This post although the title is similar to the previous post, isn’t about psychological stuff, it’s about saving money. I’ve said before that the only way to save money is to spend less, and that’s still true but there are resources to help you that most people don’t use.
The USDA publishes predictions of retail food prices for the coming year. The predictions for 2013 are that food prices will go up about 2% or more overall. The predictions work out like this:
- 2-3% fats/oils, processed produce, sugars
- 2.5 – 3.5% fish, non-alcoholic beverages
- 3.0-4.0% all meats, all produce — especially fruit
- 3.5-4.5% dairy, most fresh produce
- 4.0-5.0% fresh vegetables
In other words, if you like preservative, GMO, pesticide laden, oil intensive food because it’s cheap (or you manufacture same) you’ll have the easiest time financially dealing with the increases. On the other hand, if you’re like me and love your fresh veggies & fruits and want to process your own, you’re going to be hit hardest.
For me that means the vegetable garden this year is less of a luxury. I’ve been asking myself: What do I do well? Can I do more of it? What do I need to work on?
I’ve been working hard at this the past few years, and the garden has been consistently getting better as I put more effort, time and thought into it. One of my biggest faults is that I tend to be inconsistent.
My end goal is to provide at least six months’ worth of fresh vegetables for us: late spring – early fall in the garden and early fall to mid winter in storage. I’ve never managed it. I’m lucky if I can get us a few things early spring. We eat pretty well mid-summer, and then it tapers off.
So new plan: toss less & grow more. No problem, right?
I wish! I make GREAT plans, if I say so myself. My follow-through leaves a bit to be desired however. I am getting better though. I found my house notebook today along with the coupon binder and keeper. Things are getting better, just not as fast as I’d like!
I have a long (incomplete) list of questions for various people at the USDA because of the reports I’ve got. Given the current political idiocy, I’ll just hold off on that, even when I get all the questions formulated, find out who I’m supposed to ask. etc.
I wish Congress had taken their own f’n salary/benefits away before they inflicted their nonsense on the rest of us because they can’t do their jobs. If someone asked me to sign a petition to that effect and made it a constitutional amendment? I’d sign it!
I don’t know when Congress became a pulpit, the last time I heard their job wasn’t to preach at each other/us about how to live and enforce one view or the other, but to get the people’s work done. If I could, I’d fire the bunch of them! [Isn't that what you do when people don't do their job?]