There are many reasons that prices will be going up here in the states. So far, I have not noticed much of a change in advertised prices in our area. I know some people talk about the prices they pay, and it astounds me. I guess living in this particular area of the country is just cheaper. Everything is - housing is some of the most affordable in the country, gas isn't bad, nor are goods and food too overly priced (not as bad as some places).
There are many reason for increases - but the biggest is going to be the weather. This spring has been horrible for farmers. Extreme snow - then melt, and rain and more rain. Flooding is every where. Two weeks ago (or more recent) some areas were still getting snow! The spring was chilly longer. There are places this week, that have only limited access across rivers, because rivers are out of banks and over bridges.
Truckers and rail transit (even river transit) is seriously being affected. So even if the product is OK - delivery is being hampered.
In my state (Indiana) as of May 26, only 22% of the corn crops had been planted - vs. 95% on that date last year! We have had it easy compared to the mid section of this country. Most of our corn crops provide livestock feed, but it is also used in cereal and ethanol. 'Food' farmers are having no better luck.
By May 26 only 11% of the soy bean crops had been planted here. Last year it was 85%.
There are deadlines as to planting - fall/winter happens regardless of what spring/summer brought. Crops only get so long in the ground before frost and freeze - period!!!!
If you stop and think about all the things that corn and soy are used in - well, it makes since things will be going up in price.
Farmers need many days of no rain for the fields to dry enough to plow - then they need 7-10 days to plant. No way have we had that many days rain free.
Huge amounts of farm animals were lost in flooding in the mid section of the country this year.
Calves were lost by the thousands, as well as milk cows, pigs, chickens, etc.. It is so terribly sad.
Many of the farmers will never be able to re-coop, regardless of insurance or federal help. Many family farms will be gone forever.
This has happened in the past - devastating crops for many seasons. Also citizens have dealt with pestilence and with the huge dust storms in past history. Many lost everything - many died. I don't believe it will be that bad, as we are more aware and communication and industry are more prevalent today. BUT, it will be bad.
Yes, they will probably make a difference in prices in the future - my plan is to avoid as many of those products as possible. Luckily I don't like avocado (LOL) but they are also grown in the U.S.!! (just trying to keep the subject light!!!!! laugh people!)
READ YOUR LABELS folks!!!!!!!! I heard just today that Kroger canned fruits are now using many fruits coming from China rather than the U.S.. I won't be buying them!
Other countries do not have the safety standards that we have - and well, to be honest I am not that happy with ours! Plastic is allowed in rice coming from China, chemicals and additives that we would never think of ingesting are used, concerns of food born illnesses are not a huge concern, health regulations are lax, not to mention to the crappy labor situation there.
There are just so many reasons to buy from your HOME country!!!
I am sure many of you have seen the stories that Dollar Tree is going to be raising prices. No surprise to me. I have never figured how they kept the prices so low. Yes, there is a lot of junky cheap stuff there, but there are also products from good manufacturers. I won't mind paying a little extra if need be on certain items.
IF you utilize a lot of the items from these types of stores - stock up now!
BUY LOCAL. Yes, you may pay a little more. Those folks you buy from at the farm markets and at the farm gates are putting that money they make back into your local environment and economy. The old saying that you are "helping pay for ballet classes for their kids - not higher paychecks for corporate C.E.O.'s" is so true!!!!
We truly need to be more mindful of our food, products, economies and neighbors!
Yes, you diet (and even gifting) may be more limited - but that is OK.
Learn new uses for foods that can be obtained in your area. Visit local artisans for gifts and home furnishings. Visit local orchards and local farms. Learn to get crafty. Learn to garden - even if it is a few garden pots on the balcony. Learn to preserve your bounties for the future. Learn to cook, bake, produce your own bread, can, freeze, etc. It isn't that hard. You Tube makes it easy for everyone. There are videos on how to "do anything"!!!!!!!!
YOU WILL BE GLAD YOU DID - TRUST ME!
(added benefit - you may learn more about your community and it's people)
I am still amazed each week at the sale prices I am seeing. I just don't understand how things can be produced/manufactured/raised, hauled and sold for the prices I am seeing. There have been some great deals so far this summer.
So folks, get prepared - we may be in for a bumpy ride for a while. Truthfully, I don't think the tariff thing will last that long - it would not be beneficial for those countries being fined. But the flooding situation is going to have a long term effect.
NOW, is the time to stock-up on what you can. Prices are lower than they probably will be for at least the next year or more (or even ever again).
LEARN new ways - educate yourself, and I just can't emphasize enough BUY LOCAL!
Take control of your health, economy, dollars and community.
YOU HAVE THE CONTROL!