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Prices are rising-are you cutting back on anything?
Posted by: Steve G.
Date: July 30, 2022 01:06PM
Lots of ways to 'eliminate the fat' as prices rise.

Are you cutting back on anything?
I find as I walk through the grocery store, a growing number of packaged foods are being passed by. And, of course, take out foods and restaurants have become even less appealing....more cook at home.
Also almost all gizmos and major purchases are shelved.(With the exception of a M1 Mac Mini when the new ones come out.)

How about you, any cutbacks?
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Posted by: Tiangou
Date: July 30, 2022 01:26PM
Fruit.

Snack foods.

And canned soup. Not paying $4+ bucks for a can of soup.



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Posted by: Grateful11
Date: July 30, 2022 01:27PM
We started really cutting back in Fall of 2019.

We got to figuring what we spent going out to eat per month and we were like WHOA, this is has got to stop, about $400-500/month. My wife is an excellent cook so and she's gotten even better since then trying all sorts of new things.

We also switched from Verizon wireless to Spectrum and moved phones over, went from $160/month to $42/month for three lines.

We cut the cable cord and landline phone. They were going to to $180 for cable, DVR, internet and landline phone. We cut to $82/month for 400mbps internet and Spectrum app. We also pay $1/month for Hulu, $7.50/month for ad free HBO(that stops next month). We watch a lot on PlutoTV and Tubi, I could get by with free streaming but not my wife.

We sold our 2019 Camry and bought a used 2015 Prius Persona series and cut our payment by nearly half and boosted our gas mileage by about 17 mpg.

Groceries and electricity we really haven't done much to cutback except shop a bit more at Aldi Foods.

We've only had one sit down meal out in 2 1/2 years, mainly due to Covid.



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Posted by: GGD
Date: July 30, 2022 02:20PM
Switched to store brand of 2-liter bottles of diet soda. It used to be that I could find Diet Pepsi on sale for $1.00 to $1.25/bottle, now the on-sale price is $2.49/bottle. Store brand is $0.96/bottle even after some recent price increases.
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Posted by: vision63
Date: July 30, 2022 02:36PM
I've always liked this soup from Safeway, but I'm not paying this much for it. Used to be about $3.50.

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Posted by: SDGuy
Date: July 30, 2022 02:44PM
For the longest time I've been meeting co-workers (now former co-workers, since I retired) weekly for a Happy Hour get-together.

There used to be some nice deals on the Happy Hour food (chicken wings, flatbread pizzas) - but everything has gone up by at least 50-100%, so Happy Hour no longer includes (for me) the food part. I just can't justify paying close to $3 for a chicken wing.



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Posted by: mrbigstuff
Date: July 30, 2022 03:06PM
Has anyone bought TP recently? Yikes!

It's been a few months since I've got my brick from Costco.
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Posted by: mattkime
Date: July 30, 2022 03:30PM
Not yet..I’m pretty frugal unless I want to splurge. Down to one kid in daycare helps. Increased prices might delay some work on the house but there’s been no day to day changes. Oh, I also buy food directly from farmers as much as I can - prices have gone up there but not dramatically.



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Posted by: MrNoBody
Date: July 30, 2022 03:35PM
Someone please explain how anyone is spending $6-7 for a loaf of
retail wrap Dave's Breads?? I'm not talking one per-centers gourmet
groceries that carry $12 pints of Jeni's ice cream; Safeway, Food Lion,
& Whole Foods have it on their shelves.
Local bakery, fresh baked multi-grain is only $3.60 loaf.

I'm trying to keep my shopping down to bi-weekly and leave the car
parked except for 'emergencies'. It's ironic as my VW gets 28-34MPG.



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Posted by: pdq
Date: July 30, 2022 04:08PM
Honestly, I haven’t noticed a huge difference in food items, but I’m not the chief procurer. Maybe produce.

But cedar decking? It’s coming down, but still outrageous. I ain’t paying no $15 for an 8 foot cedar board at the low-price lumberyard!
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Posted by: Forrest
Date: July 30, 2022 04:10PM
I do price comparison’s at local stores for better prices. My newest low cost store is Grocery Outlet
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Posted by: cbelt3
Date: July 30, 2022 04:12PM
I grocery shop at Aldi. The price increases are surprising.
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Re: Prices are rising-are you cutting back on anything?
Posted by: modelamac
Date: July 30, 2022 05:41PM
No.



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I think I will just put an OUT OF ORDER
sticker on my head and call it a day.
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Posted by: davemchine
Date: July 30, 2022 05:49PM
We are reducing our entertainment expenses mainly in subscriptions. I’m looking at the grocery budget and being more aware of prices and taking advantage of sales. It’s a pretty small cutback but it feels responsible.



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Re: Prices are rising-are you cutting back on anything?
Posted by: robfilms
Date: July 30, 2022 07:20PM
i am the grocery shopper.

there are higher food prices.

i decided to buy the same quality but just a wee bit less of everything.

inflation is cyclical.

there will be a leveling.

now is NOT the time to spend on big ticket items.

unless you have to.

we just sprang for my daughter's wedding and that went nearly 40% over the 2019 budget. that said, he's a really nice guy. they are in love. and we had a BLAST at the shindig!.

it's all good.

rob
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Posted by: RecipeForDisaster
Date: July 31, 2022 06:23AM
Since we had to buy the 4Runner this year, we have been careful… almost never getting take out, packing picnics, scrimping at the grocery store, avoiding trips over an hour away, and growing most of our food (okay, I was doing that before, but scaled up this year). It’s fine - we still get tiny splurgy things like a block of feta, which can be used to make 10 super delicious meals, or artisanal croissants that are still a lot cheaper than a meal out.
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Re: Prices are rising-are you cutting back on anything?
Posted by: Grateful11
Date: July 31, 2022 09:58AM
My wife made three egg mcmuffins just now for less than $2.



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Posted by: Harbourmaster
Date: July 31, 2022 12:36PM
Hookers & Booze…



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Posted by: gadje
Date: July 31, 2022 04:42PM
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Re: Prices are rising-are you cutting back on anything?
Posted by: samintx
Date: August 01, 2022 10:45AM
Quote
mrbigstuff
Has anyone bought TP recently? Yikes!

It's been a few months since I've got my brick from Costco.

Save your catalogs and sewing patterns. We used both plus telephone books during WW2
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Posted by: DeusxMac
Date: August 01, 2022 11:33AM
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samintx
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mrbigstuff
Has anyone bought TP recently? Yikes!

It's been a few months since I've got my brick from Costco.

Save your catalogs and sewing patterns. We used both plus telephone books during WW2

One word… bidet.
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Re: Prices are rising-are you cutting back on anything?
Posted by: AllGold
Date: August 01, 2022 05:29PM
Milk went up quite a bit, but now it's back close to pre-inflation prices, at least around here. But half and half lagged on the milk price-jack and recently it's going up a bunch.

Sugar is up a bit. I hear cereal went up a lot, but I only buy it on sale anyway so I haven't noticed. I quit buying soda/pop quite a while back.

TP actually seems to be down a little in price.



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