Good day to you all! I know we are all in basically the same boat at this point in time. EVERYTHING we need costs more! Now you noticed, I said NEED! There are tons of things out there that people want - but we have to make some hard decisions at some points in our lives - and YES, this is one of those times. Your "wants" just may need to be put aside to cover the needs.
Utilities are going up. Gasoline prices are going up. Food prices are going up. It is going to get worse before it gets better - so we all need to buckle up and get smart about our choices.
Sorry but many need to say so long to the morning coffee shops, the soda stops, lunches out, frivolous driving here and there and yes, even the random thrift shopping. We need to make smarter choices at the grocery and buy the REAL food and not the garbage foods. (sure, we all need a treat - just make it).
Sorry, but this is so true. We complain about the cost of milk, eggs, fresh produce, and definitely gasoline prices - yet some still stop for that expensive coffee drink or that fast food. I just shake my head.
Yes, a gallon of gas is getting crazy expensive - but how far can you go on a gallon of gas? Most vehicles can go several miles per gallon. My food for thought - I'd sure be happy to pay the price of a gallon - than to have to walk those miles!!!
I have stores and shops, a library and a post office all within a mile or so of my home. I can walk to some (even at my age) - but it is nice to know I can drive as well. NO, I wouldn't want to walk to the grocery and have to carry all my groceries home (I know many do that in places) - I will pay that price for gasoline to get me there and back.
I guess it all depends on priorities. If you have a job - the choice is not so easy. Maybe you can carpool or take transit to save on costs.
Think about what it takes to get groceries to your table. No matter what it is, eggs, milk, produce, canned goods, boxed foods, etc. Farmers grown and take care of crops/animals - they harvest and prepare - they ship to plants - it is packaged and shipped again - and then stocked in your stores ALL before you get it. Each operation takes people and energy!!!!! Why then do we complain when the cost rises a bit?
I know we all ONLY make XXXX amount of dollars - most times that doesn't change. Yes, prices go up and our pay doesn't.
So that is where it all comes to choices. I can still walk through the grocery and see carts and carts of 'junk' being purchased. Their decision - so I am trying not to judge - but I can almost bet money - those are the same people complaining!
I know we all complain - it is human nature. We all hate the rise in costs of everything. You know what? At this moment there is not one darn thing we can do about it.
All we can do is make CHOICES that may be hard. Maybe we have to get rid of cable, or turn down the heat, or get rid of the extra phone, or sale things we aren't using, or stay home more, or quit doing the 'fun' things that cost money.
Yep, maybe - choices is all we got at this point. Does it suck? Sure, at times it will.
It will eventually get better - it always does - but for now, we have to be strong and get up and DO what needs to be done.
Plan those gardens. IF you have no garden space - think about a few containers for growing. Friend people who DO garden. Think about summer fun at home. Think about new uses for things. Plan your trips out and be vigilant when shopping.
Do what it takes.
I don't know about you, but I am so thankful for each and everything I have. I am so thankful I live in relative freedom. I am so happy I can nourish my body. It may get to a point that it is not with things of choice - but nourishment none the less. I am thankful I can worship. I am thankful for home and for family and friends. I am thankful for this wonderful community we have here and for the grand encouragement we give each other.
I hope I have given you something to think about and ponder. I hope maybe, just maybe, I have given you look at things in a new light. I hope you make good choices - even if a tough choice. I hope you too, can be a rebel and count your blessings.
I am thankful and I am blessed.