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Horse with no Name Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 12:36 PM
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In the grocery store
I noticed that items that USED to be 2/$1.00 are now .55 each.
Potatoes that normally cost $2.99 are now $3.50.
Milk prices are skyrocketing...almost $5.00 a gallon.

Gas prices are through the roof.

Electricity prices are rising.

Credit Card bills are doubling.

Natural Gas prices are rising.

The only thing that isn't rising are wages.

How long can the average American sustain the unsustainable? My guess will be 6 months tops.



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nadinbrzezinski Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 12:38 PM
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1. Yuo noticed too? My food bills are off teh scale
not much discretionary spending roudn these parts
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Horse with no Name Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 12:42 PM
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I hear you but the inevitable will occur
People will have no choice but to eat unhealthy non-nutritious foods.
It will be all they can afford. Food will be where most people have to take the budgetary hit.
Fresh meats, fruits and veggies will become a luxury.

Ummm...wait. I remember my grandpa telling me stories of how a bologna sandwich was a luxury they could indulge in only once a week. I believe it was during the depression....

Are we there yet?
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nadinbrzezinski Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 12:44 PM
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4. Getting close there
lets just put it this day, my wonderful city gov'ment asked the cops to take a 7.5 salary hit and now they are asking everybody to take a 10% and they don't expect a flood of people out

This is just one example of the attack on the Middle Class.

And now that the factories are gone, they are going after public servants.

So who will the cops stop if the people decide to riot? Wink, wink
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w8liftinglady Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 01:00 PM
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10. funny you mention that
I was going back in my head to my poor days as a nursing student with a baby,and trying to make $20 bucks stretch 2 weeks...except now it's $100 bucks for the same thing
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Armstead Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 01:48 PM
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21. Welcome to the 1970's
Edited on Wed Oct-19-05 01:49 PM by Armstead
Someone below wrote "Welcome to the future." I hope not.

But things are beginning to feel like a replay of the 1970's, when it seemed that we couldn't win for losing. The cost of everything kept going up and up and up, while the economy kinda just mushed along and new failures and disasters seemed to appear daily.

The whole nation seemed stuck in a pit of molasses.

It was a depressing morass that ultimately brought us Ronald Reagan who promised a "brighter day" to a nation desperate for a change in course.

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SoCalDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 06:42 PM
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26. I am getting stronger..
I didn't used to be able to carry $50 worth of groceries in one trip from the car :)

I still remember my first grocery shopping trip as a grown up married woman. We bought cleaning supplies, clothes baskets,mops brooms, etc spices..all the stuff that you don;t buy every time, but have to have to set up a household.. We had TWO BASKETS (we also bought food for the fridge & cupboards..

I was flabberghasted when it came to almost $60.. I was so afraid we would never be able to support ourselves...what with 36 cent a gallon gas, and $125 rent on our two bedroom house..

Those were the days, my friend
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rmgustaf Donating Member (98 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 12:40 PM
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2. Inflation
is on the rise, isn't it? I read somewhere today (can't find the link, sorry!) that inflation went up 1.9 percent or something similar.
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Bill McBlueState Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 12:42 PM
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3. some more numbers
Grad employees at my school are experiencing a holdup in the implementation of raises we negotiated in collective bargaining, so we put together some numbers to illustrate our position.

Since September 2003, when we last got raises,

*gas prices are up 65%
*rents are up 5-10%
*the service fee is up 5%
*health fees have gone from $0 to $120 per year
*prices throughout the region are up 7%, according to the government's Consumer Price Index

But our pay? Up 0%.


(The "service fee" and "health fee" are fees we pay as students, but I'm sure others are in similar situations regarding health care.)
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BiggJawn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 01:16 PM
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13. How's your parking?
We get 2% "raises" every year if we're "good".
Parking has increased over 100% and will go up again next year, and health care went up 5-15%.

Grad students get screwed. Around here, they're practicaly Indentured Servants.
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Bill McBlueState Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 06:38 PM
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25. parking, surprisingly, hasn't gone up
Are grad students there unionized? It doesn't make things perfect, but it certainly helps.
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BiggJawn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 10:42 PM
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28. Union?
Not even the regular staff are unionized.
I think if a Union ever came to campus, ol' Johnny P. would explode from his grave with a screech.
Us employees didn't even get dental insurance until this year.
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napi21 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 12:46 PM
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5. Everything on your list is affected by gas prices! (except CC pmts.)
Delivery costs have skyrocketed on everything. Power plants are fueled by a gas product. You're going to see increases in everything. Clothes, toys, tires, car parts. EVERYTHING is trucked to it's final destination.

As to the CC bills, thank you're Congressman!

How can the avg. American sustain that? But cutting down on unnecessary purchases. Wait till you hear how bad the Christmas sales season is this year! If you have to spend more on mandatory living expenses, you just can't go shopping for anything else!
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rkc3 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 01:18 PM
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14. This Christmas is going to be bad - far worse than we can imagine.
I have moved my retirement funds to money market accounts. I'm not going through the NASDAQ bubble again.

Once Christmas is over, we'll find things are going to get worse because of the next 3-4 months of winter still to follow. Christmas will be Katrina, the long winter will be Rita, and America will be fucked again.
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merbex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 01:41 PM
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19. Christmas will be all about a tasty dinner and homemade gifts n/t
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rkc3 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 02:30 PM
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22. As long as you can afford dinner (or the energy to cook it).
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Demobrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 12:48 PM
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6. A good friend runs our little corner grocery store.
Edited on Wed Oct-19-05 12:50 PM by Demobrat
I buy as much as I can there. He tells me that he has had to raise prices not because wholesale prices for food have gone up so much, although quantity discounts have all but disappeared, but because now every time he gets any kind of delivery there is a nice, big fat "surcharge" for gas attached. He has no choice but to divide it up and pass it along to his customers, or he will be operating at a loss.
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Horse with no Name Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 12:52 PM
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8. I have no doubts
I don't hold the grocers responsible, they have overhead and I realize that.
I hold this bunch of thugs in the White House responsible.
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PunkPop Donating Member (847 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 12:51 PM
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7. The bankrupting of America(ns).
The Bush agenda rolls forward. We are being robbed by corporate interests with the complicity of our government.

My only hope is that plenty of Republicans and those too lazy or disinterested to vote are getting hammered as well. Maybe they'll pull their heads out of their ass, but I'm not very hopeful.

We cut coupons religously and buy in bulk as much as possible. But we're still hurting.
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Canadian Socialist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 12:54 PM
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9. Things are costing a lot more here too.
e.g. coffee 1kg was about $10 up about $2 since I last bought a can (a month ago). 3 (!!!) bananas were over $2!!!. And don't get me started on the price of cheese. Milk has stayed pretty constant (1 litre - $1.01 + .01 recycling fee). Fresh fruit/vegs are almost impossible to buy at a decent price.
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tatertop Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 01:16 PM
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12. those prices are outrageous
That sounds like double what I pay.
I wonder why so high?
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nadinbrzezinski Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 01:19 PM
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15. Exchange rate
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tatertop Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 01:39 PM
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18. that explains it
I pay 29 cents a pound for bananas,
29 cents for an 8 oz yogurt,
1.59 for five pounds of spuds.
Not bad at all.
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MarsThe Cat Donating Member (978 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 06:47 PM
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27. canadian dollars-
they aren't worth as much.
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Name removed Donating Member (0 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 01:20 PM
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merbex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 01:43 PM
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20. Next comes canning, which make great Christmas gifts
the only bad part is you usually are canning during the hottest part of the summer(all that boiling water)
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Canadian Socialist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 03:24 PM
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24. Little late for that now
however, a good idea for the summer (all 3 weeks of it <heee> ;). Fresh fruit/veg are expensive here because they have to be shipped so far.
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LVdem Donating Member (375 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 01:16 PM
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11. Welcome to the future...nt
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youthere Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 01:22 PM
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17. Check out this thread...
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troubleinwinter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 02:42 PM
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23. Call your mothers and grandmothers.
Ask for their old family Depression recipes.

I have a few that I have made.
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