Originally Posted by Minta
AMEN!!!! Our grocery bill has almost doubled in the past year. With little kids in the house we go through ALOT of milk too.
We didn't take a family vacation this year but a few day trips instead. We have cut back on going out to eat and I am trying more different recipes made with daily staples.
We also have cut way back on un-neccesary spending. Needs come before wants!
DEFINITELY!! That and gas!!!!! Just yesterday, gas prices did start to go back down, but when you live in a metro area like Atlanta full of "super commuters", gas prices really do impact your household. Atlanta is very spread out, and the more affordable areas are farther away from the city. For example: a three bedroom, two bath condo in a DECENT part of downtown/midtown Atlanta (where all the corporations are) would cost you an upwards of a half a million dollars, while the same square footage can be bought about 30-40 minutes away for just $165,000. So pretty much all middle class Americans in Atlanta, like myself live in the more affordable areas, and we commute to our jobs that are in downtown. This nearly 45 minute drive to and from work (with traffic) really makes you feel just how expensive gas is. Groceries are definitely expensive too. My fiance and I have always tried to stay smart about our grocery bill, but now, we're making the craziest compromises! Like...well, we don't really need jelly, we'll just eat peanut butter...or, we don't really need juice right? Water is better for you.
Also, I forgot to mention that we no longer like...go out. We haven't gone out to dinner or to the movies in a very long time. He's 25 and I'm 24 and we're still about 8 months away from having a child, so we should be out enjoying our youth right? Wrong...we can't afford to go out! I think the hike in gas prices and groceries has really put a damper on my social life!