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Posted By: Imright, 12/8/2022 1:09:10 AM

Grocery bills are too expensive for the average American and customers are changing their shopping habits, according to a survey released Wednesday. The True Cost of a Grocery Shop survey conducted by Swiftly, a retail technologies company, was given to a random pool of 1,500 participants. Results measured the habits of consumers and how they navigate inflation as it drives up grocery costs. The survey found that more than two-thirds of consumers are struggling to afford groceries. About 83% of respondents said they rely on coupons or some form of customer rewards when they shop.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: Jesse Jenkem 12/8/2022 1:26:20 AM (No. 1351643)
Well, that's what they voted for, so that must be what they want.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: Sandpiper 12/8/2022 2:17:44 AM (No. 1351649)
It has hit some of my adult children hard. They are coupon shopping and buying less meat, getting by on what they’ve grown or raised. One family I have to assist financially every month. How long can this continue? They are all fully employed at what used to be respectable jobs - they are just at the expensive phase of family life with hungry teenagers.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: mifla 12/8/2022 4:12:58 AM (No. 1351665)
It is surreal that the Dems have created this mess we are in, but still get voted into office.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: SweetPea3 12/8/2022 5:32:51 AM (No. 1351684)
Well, I certainly didn't vote for them.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: franq 12/8/2022 5:41:41 AM (No. 1351686)
Well, just print up some more stimulus checks, and declare a tax holiday. That will get it under control. Are the TV cameras ready?
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Reply 6 - Posted by: 3XALADY 12/8/2022 6:07:04 AM (No. 1351691)
I feel for the families in the northeast where their heating costs will be up 45%. But doesn't the northeast usually vote for democrats? I'm a widow on a fixed income. It's not the groceries hurting me. It's the 20% increase in everything else in my life. Taxes went from $592 last year on a one year old car to $800 this year on a two year old car. Insurance in August went from $560 to $800. I guess I'm supposed to pull $2,400 out of the air for the pleasure of driving in a small town for a year.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: skacmar 12/8/2022 6:36:25 AM (No. 1351711)
And the other 1/3 (really a little more) gets foods stamps / SNAP benefits and keep getting generous benefit bonuses due to inflation and government whim. Many I know with these benefits have lots of unused benefits thanks to government generosity. They have no problem getting their groceries or anything else thanks to all of their "free " benefits.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: BeatleJeff 12/8/2022 7:09:31 AM (No. 1351726)
If they voted D, then they have the economy they deserve, and my sympathy for them is non-existent.
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Reply 9 - Posted by: Strike3 12/8/2022 7:51:16 AM (No. 1351746)
I hate using coupons and discount schemes almost as much as I hate the customer in front of me using them. That's the one and only advantage Wally World has over the other chains although their customers present unique challenges as well.
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Reply 10 - Posted by: Gnana1 12/8/2022 8:07:31 AM (No. 1351756)
Sorry folks. I live in NW AR. I simply do not see such gnashing of teeth with the population here. The stores are full of people. People seem to be buying whatever they want. I do not hear much grumbling. Yes, they are starting to notice that bags of chips are a few cents higher, but mostly that the contents are less. They are buying anyway. No layoffs. Yes utilities are higher but not causing anyone to stop putting up Christmas lights. Sorry if major cities are experiencing such awful conditions (nyc, houston, east coast, west coast). They have been living in squawler and crime for decades. Stop electing dems. Stop allowing crime! Don't move here. We don't want takers, moochers. Bail yourselves out of your deep dem hole.
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Reply 11 - Posted by: Venturer 12/8/2022 8:41:25 AM (No. 1351788)
It isn't just groceries that have me struggling. Winter is coming on and fuel oil for heating was $5.95 a gall when they filled me up. $1250 dollars worth. I have stopped all but totally necessary driving ,gasoline is too high. I feel like I should raise my hands over my head at the hardware and lumber store, their robbery prices are so high. The struggle is to end up the week without having to dig into savings. Thank You Joe Biden and the idiots that voted for this.
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Reply 12 - Posted by: red1066 12/8/2022 9:04:39 AM (No. 1351818)
Stop complaining peasants. You voted for this. Look on the bright side, the bad orange man is no longer in office spitting out those mean tweets.
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Reply 13 - Posted by: udanja99 12/8/2022 9:05:55 AM (No. 1351819)
My son in law started and owns two small businesses, one of which sells wood stoves. Given the price hikes in heating fuel, he can’t keep up with the demand for wood stoves. His business is booming but, like so many others, he has trouble finding and keeping employees. Which means that he works 12 hour days 6 days a week. They have an oil furnace in their home but filling the tank is just too expensive so they have installed a wood stove and a pellet stove so they don’t have to depend on the furnace.
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Reply 14 - Posted by: DonQuijote 12/8/2022 9:10:18 AM (No. 1351823)
Stop whining. Get your priorities in order! Inflation is a small price to pay for student loan debt-forgiveness and for insuring a woman's right to reproductive health care. /s
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Reply 15 - Posted by: Lawsy0 12/8/2022 9:12:49 AM (No. 1351826)
UPI doing what the media does best! Headline must contain elements of fear above truth. It was the legacy of ''Does Anyone Remember Helen Thomas?'' Since Fauci is retiring, the media is stepping up its game.
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Reply 16 - Posted by: Moritz55 12/8/2022 9:42:13 AM (No. 1351861)
It’s not just the extra cost but also the scarcity of normal items. When I went to Safeway yesterday, they were out of whole milk and even 2%. Some of the shelves were empty. In the the checkout line, I caught myself feeling envious of the woman in front of me who got the last of one of things I wanted to buy. Just thankful that my exchange students weren’t with me to see how what used to be a “land of plenty” has been reduced to a “land of scarcity.”
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Reply 17 - Posted by: MDConservative 12/8/2022 10:09:03 AM (No. 1351875)
FTA: "Three-quarters of respondents said they have changed their overall grocery shopping habits in the last year. This may include selecting more affordable alternatives from the shelf, searching for deals or even foregoing certain items." I don't see any deprivation here. It's people who were "buyers" paying attention to price and relative quality, and taking advantage of deals and discounts. Store brands and generics put food on the table. Children of Depression parents, we have been doing that our entire lives. Thrift is a forgotten virtue. Food prep and cooking are lost arts for many. Rather pay $5 a pop for a Happy Meal. And those who "cannot afford" their rations can always wheel their late model car to the nearest food pantry for the freebies. Or, apply for that EBT card at the welfare office opening that cornucopia. No one is starving in America. Very few are truly suffering.
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Reply 18 - Posted by: DVC 12/8/2022 10:24:49 AM (No. 1351887)
See, the Dems and WEF destruction of the middle class is proceeding apace. I'm convinced that rich folks looked around and saw that the average middle class person was living, eating and driving about as well as they were.....NOT enough "gap" up to the ultra rich. What good is it being a billionaire if just any middle class person can have almost as good food, homes and cars? What if they can just fly off to Europe or wherever for a nice vacation, too? What "good" is being a billionaire if there isn't a lot of "special stuff" that only billionaires can have? So.....if they make the middle class into peasants, that "elevates" them - and THAT is what they are doing. Making sure that middle class life is no longer as good and pleasant as it has been for the last 20 or 40 make their lifestyles "better", even though nothing for them actually changes, they only impoverish the rest of us. This is all as planned.
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Reply 19 - Posted by: Birddog 12/8/2022 10:35:43 AM (No. 1351902)
My 92yo father used to have money left over from his SS at the end of the month, now I have to supplement him to the tune of $500-$1000 a month, while my income has dropped by more than 1/2. I've started doing odd jobs in the neighborhood to make up the lack, things I would have done(and did) for free 2 years ago. I have not gone out to eat this year, I used to eat beef three/four days a once a month, and I generally only eat one meal a day anymore. I have the house I found for him totally paid off, and zero credit card debt, have his cards paid down to under 20% of available credit. In January I'll be having to look at taking some equity out of the house, divide the lot, and building another house to sell. I have dozens of sets of plans from houses I built for others over the years, and by running the build myself, doing much of the work myself...while I still can, I'm 64...It's my last gasp at a decent lump sum return instead of a "just a job" at Home Depot or some such thing for the rest of my life, or rather the rest of HIS life. When he dies I can go to somewhere an income is easier to find.
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Reply 20 - Posted by: snowoutlaw 12/8/2022 10:55:56 AM (No. 1351935)
Time to start doing what they are doing in Europe, shutting down farms. Ya that will help.
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Reply 21 - Posted by: moebellini3 12/8/2022 10:56:46 AM (No. 1351936)
With those numbers are you really telling people that democrats didn't steal the last two election cycles. What kind of a moron would vote for a democrat while they are seeing their life savings disappear, they can't fill their gas tanks and they have to struggle to feed their children. Think about that.
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Reply 22 - Posted by: bighambone 12/8/2022 11:13:31 AM (No. 1351960)
How many of the 2/3rds of people who are finding it difficult to pay for their groceries actually voted for Biden and the leftist, progressive, and socialist Democrats who are responsible for a lot of the inflationary price points that they are now experiencing?
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Reply 23 - Posted by: PIApilot 12/8/2022 11:55:37 AM (No. 1352003)
While I do see people who are obviously struggling to pay for food, I also see those who walk in after parking their new cars, carrying name brand purses, with their nails done, hair done, expensive shoes on their feet and carrying the latest iPhone. Here's a thought - rather than teaching "age appropriate" gender identity, why not teach "age appropriate" money management?
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Reply 24 - Posted by: zephyrgirl 12/8/2022 11:56:09 AM (No. 1352004)
I'm with #6 - my car insurance on two cars (4 and 2 years old) went up 10%. My last gas/electric bill is the highest I've ever seen. My property taxes are guaranteed to climb into the stratosphere because several houses around me have sold for twice what I paid for mine ten years ago. It just goes on and on. Yes, we're getting COLAs on Social Security, but any increase is getting eaten up by inflation.
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Reply 25 - Posted by: Zeek Wolfe 12/8/2022 12:18:17 PM (No. 1352020)
Biden voters and Democrats are giddy with excitement over the way things have turned out. Hey, it only costs $20 to buy a T-bone steak. That is one steak mind you, but delicious. I saw a very poor looking elderly lady ask the butcher for a quarter pound of ground beef to go into her cart with food from the outdated or damaged discount bin. I saw an unopened but crushed flat box of rice-a-roni, $0.75. Welcome to Democrat America.
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Reply 26 - Posted by: Safari Man 12/8/2022 1:17:24 PM (No. 1352084)
Go to Walmart grocery and it becomes very obvious who is on food stamps. I see full-to-overflowing carts which are easily $1000 of stuff. That's why Biden increased their allocation by 25% not long ago. Food stampers don't give a flip about prices. Joe's got them covered.
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Reply 27 - Posted by: Muguy 12/9/2022 6:05:00 AM (No. 1352539)
This is affecting EVERYONE but not at the same level of impact. My family only goes out to eat twice a month now. We prepare food at home and have cut down on beef. Pork (except for bacon) has not skyrocketed here yet, but beef and chicken are quite a bit higher now. The SAME item at Walmart I liked to buy has gone up 4 times since March for the same thing-- 58 cents to 65 cents, to 72 cents to now 78 cents last week. I stopped buying it when it went to 72 cents. It would be interesting if it was possible for people to see the cause and effect of voting for MORE of the same in the last mid-term, but people DO NOT think long range, and the media and Big Tech keeps the majority at a "Low information" level with all the stories that don't matter to their daily lives. The Twitter scandal due to the Hunter Macbook story is suddenly now news being beaten back yet again while the REAL story about how shadowbanning and deplatforming attacked those who would speak up and speak out-- is really an attack against ALL who would dare to go against the grain under the guise of "free speech". People are being taxed out of their homes and things are going to get much worse for some during the Winter months.... meanwhile, the republicans are selling U.S. out making deal with the demonrat socialist marxists--- even stalwarts like Kat Kammack and Elise Stefanick are listening to the call of the Rino....
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Posted by NorthernDog 12/9/2022 9:25:10 AM Post Reply
Under a bill signed by Governor Gavin Newsom in 2020, California is looking into possible ways to provide restitution to Black Americans who experienced the generational effects of slavery—and the state's reparations plan might potentially benefit White-identifying individuals, some analysts have said. A nine-member Reparations Task Force was deployed to to travel across the state and develop reparation recommendations and propose solutions to its findings, which take into account the harms that Black people suffered. In a March 2022 report, the task force said that those eligible for reparations should be descendants of enslaved African Americans or of a
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