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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!
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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!
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I don't mean to sound to positive here, but, if we look at history, the economy (stock market) has done this many times before, it always recovers. if you have $ in the S.M. "fret not thyself" everything will be ok.

As faithmom6 said everything else is doing fine in normal circumstances, I personally believe the media is trying to scare everyone with the S.M. situation, but as I stated before, it has been down like this before, and it always goes back up and satys good.
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I also think it has to do wih what part of the country you live here in the northeast, we're doing very well. My in-laws say where they live in Louisiana is doing well,I met someone from MI,and they said some states over in that area weren't doing as good as here.
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That's where I notice it the most.

I do see some eating out less. It seems that the wait is less at most restaurants and we usually go with a big group. I do feel for those on fixed incomes. It can't be easy. It is wonderful seeing gas prices down. I hope that lasts.
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The cost of living is so high, between heating bills and groceries add the prescription cost increase. Everything seems to have an added cost due to 'fuel surcharges'. I may be driving less, but I still have to pay the gas for most of my items to get to me? Crazy.

I think it is going to hurt.
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You said it Jana, if the price didn't go up on certain items the quantity went down, for example a 50# bag of dog food has went up $4 in the last 5 months, and yesterday while shopping I saw the price had went back down by $2, however after a closer look the weight was 46#s instead of 50#s. I don't buy the most expensive brands either. ( sorry, this isn't people food, but it does bite into my budget)
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I am identifying with Mrs. H. I'm also in SW Florida, and things are not good here. My part-time job at the hotel where I work has been cut back from 3-4 days a week to 2 days a week because the biz is just not there. I do live in a resort town so this can make the difference. Yes, a few people I work with have lost their homes to foreclosure. Our local paper, The Naples News, has 5 pages of foreclosures (and growing) listed with only 1/2 page of employment opportunities. Even with that, nobody is hiring in my town unless you work in security or healthcare, and then it's slim pickins. I agree with others here, grocery prices are rising but my income is decreasing. We no longer go out to eat on the pricey 5th Ave but rather look for a Cracker Barrell or Perkins...that is if we eat out at all. There are brand new homes and condos in our neighborhood that sit unoccupied and unable to sell. I've never seen anything like it before. So, to sum it all up, it could be the area in which you live as to how each is impacted.
It will be a very frugal Christmas this year for us.
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Originally Posted by caseydbell View Post
I don't mean to sound to positive here, but, if we look at history, the economy (stock market) has done this many times before, it always recovers. if you have $ in the S.M. "fret not thyself" everything will be ok.

As faithmom6 said everything else is doing fine in normal circumstances, I personally believe the media is trying to scare everyone with the S.M. situation, but as I stated before, it has been down like this before, and it always goes back up and satys good.

With all due respect. you state that the market has done this many times. If you check history the only time you have ever seen it this bad was the Great Depression. This is something that we have studied. I do believe that we will overcome this state. But it is going to take a while to get there.
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