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One health shift is I always certain brands of bottled sugar free salad dressing. But this week there were just a few in stock and they cost $6 and I thought finally forget it. So I bought olive oil and vinegar and made my own for less and definitely healthier without the additives. I miss the convenience and the flavors but it’s fine.

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Jun 12, 2022Liked by Emily Miller

Way better. Maybe as we all begin to shift away from the convenience these food companies will begin to realize what they need to do with their pricing. Let the market dictate the terms of our purchasing power.

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I think our food has been cheap for so long that we took it for granted. We are too dependent on foreign producers and like you said these companies with their convenience foods that cost too much when they get this high.

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Jun 13, 2022Liked by Emily Miller

Agreed completely. I'll add its been cheap because these large food manufacturers also use inexpensive and not as nutritious food ingredients. Example, you bought olive oil for your dressing (excellent choice) Look at all the "name" brans dressing ingredients, they use a little olive oil maybe, but then sub all the toxic seed oils (corn, canola, soybean and safflower oil. sunflower). These are all high in Omega 6 w/o the Omega 3 to balance (health coach here). These oil lead to some seriously bad health consequences. The use of these oils alone being to unlock the reason the US has suck a large chronically sick population. It's a rabbit hole if you're willing to go down it.

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Oh lucky me to know a nutritionist coach ! So how do we get these so called healthy fats without the bad ones and balance the omegas?

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For all you salad lovers, my three very inexpensive homemade dressings:

Russian dressing = 2 Tbsp mayonnaise + 1 Tbsp ketchup + 1 tsp aged red wine vinegar

Honey Mustard = 2 Tbsp mayonnaise + 1 tsp dijon mustard + 1 tsp honey

Oil & Vinegar = 2 Tbsp extra light olive oil (less acidic) + 1 Tbsp aged red wine vinegar + 1 tsp sherry

Bon Appétit!

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I’ve gotten over confident with balsamic vinegar and grabbed a big generic balsamic from trader Joe and it’s just not good for salads. I think it must really taste better to be aged or organic (not sure which was the difference)

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Emily, either way you go in this -either balsamic or red wine vinegar- look for the "Aged for X years" kind. It will be more expensive, but we use so little of it anyway and the taste really matters in an otherwise bland salad dressing. What I don't know about is this "organic" stuff. Made without chemical pesticides, I guess. You'll have to tell us if it tastes okay. Okay?

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Have you ever tried Mrs. Bragg's Liquid Amino's ?

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Jun 13, 2022Liked by Emily Miller

Thank you Charles !

One of my favorite recipes that's super easy is 1/2 Cup of Pace salsa - makes any dish have a new flavor and the peppers are great for a person's heart and if they have inflammation in their body.

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Oh I need to make mine more interesting now before I default back to the packaged bottles! I use balsamic vinegar but do you think red wine would be better ?

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Emily, the difference is really in your own taste. Balsamic is slightly sweeter, and red wine vinegar less so. But if you do try it then find aged red wine vinegar - it's smoother. Less bite. The comment about the 'light' olive oil is more important to my taste buds than the type of vinegar. The more expensive 'extra virgin' oil is usually highly acidic and a raw teaspoon of it will prove that - a very harsh aftertaste because of the acidity, and that can spoil a salad. The 'light' olive oil is far better for eating raw (and less expensive).

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Thank you so much for explaining this to me. I just bought the first of both I saw on the shelves but now I’m going to try the light olive oil and see if I like that better. Also what is a good ratio of oil to vinegar if I just add it for each salad ? I appreciate this help !

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Emily, I like your experimentation - thanks for asking me. The classical ration is 2 parts oil to 1 part vinegar.. but as I grow older my tastes have change and I'm almost at 1:1. A splash of sherry (Taylor's cream sherry is a good sweetener for all sauces) or in the other direction a touch of mustard well mixed-in. The best extra light olive oil I've found is the Safeway brand - seriously. And the recipe for Russian dressing works great I think on a tuna salad. Best of luck!

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My wife and I were discussing this a couple of weeks ago after grocery shopping and it seems as though that the previous $100 worth of groceries costs $30-$40 more for the same amount of stuff. Most telling item we've noticed that's been shrunk: we buy a bunch of Lunchables for our autistic son and they used to have 6 Ritz-like crackers per Lunchable. Today... 5 crackers.

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Are you sure lunchables changes the number of crackers ? I can ask the company if they want to comment on that. What a stupid thing to cut back on that costs nothing and kids notice.

And you’re right about just tack on 30% for the same thigh.

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When my son eats his breakfast lunchable, he likes to make little sandwiches with the meat, cheese and crackers. Now he asks for an extra cracker at breakfast because he says 1 is missing. Lucky for us, he doesn't use the crackers with his lunch lunchable and we keep the crackers he doesn't eat. Normally, we kept them in case a breakfast lunchable cracker broke but now we need them every day to meet his sandwich quota. :) Autistic individuals are pretty rigid with habits so I feel comfortable that they've definitely cut back. I think we noticed about 2-3 weeks ago.

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That is so frustrating. Look at the box for me and see what company it is so I can see if I can find a media relations contact to ask because that’s bad for business to hurt kids counting evenly.

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Kraft Heinz is the manufacturer. You're a tough one! Good luck with the inquiry and thank you for doing that.

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I've emailed three different media relations people at Kraft Heinz corporate and no response. I just direct messaged the company on twitter. If they won't talk about it, I may want to interview you and then tell them I'm writing the story with or without their input! But I'd really like them to just put the 6th cracker back in the box so I'm going the nice route first.

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Jun 16, 2022·edited Jun 19, 2022Liked by Emily Miller

I am guessing here, but it looks like you are on their "DO NOT RESPOND TO" list, Emily. Company's think if they ignore people, they will eventually go away. When in reality, it's the American people who buy their products.

If I understood correctly, Wally World has now decided to STOP selling Mike Lindell's "MyPillow" pillows. I understand what Wally World is doing - they want to SILENCE Mike Lindell and anyone else who seeks Freedom and TRUTH and Fair & Free Elections in the US. Who wants to bet they will not sell 2000 Mules in their stores as well ?

Look closely at the name Kraft Heinz. Who owns this company ? The Heinz company. Does the name John Kerry sound familiar ?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teresa_Heinz

"Teresa Heinz, also known as Teresa Heinz Kerry, is a Portuguese-American businesswoman and philanthropist.

Heinz is the widow of former U.S. Senator John Heinz and the wife of former U.S. Secretary of State, longtime U.S. Senator, and 2004 Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry.

Heinz is Chair of the Heinz Endowments and the Heinz Family Philanthropies."

Follow the $$ !

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I’m on it. This bothers me. They need to put six crackers in there.

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Jun 14, 2022·edited Jun 14, 2022Liked by Emily Miller

I happened to be doing my weekly shopping just a few hours after reading the comments about the change in Lunchables, so I made a quick stop to give them a look. The containers are transparent enough that you can see (and count) the items.

I looked specifically at the "no drink" offerings. My store had:

Bologna & American cheese

Ham & American cheese

Ham & Cheddar cheese

The first 2 varieties both had 6 crackers in the packs, but the Ham & Cheddar only had 5. I took a photo. :D

While they sell for the same price, perhaps the cheddar cheese makes the base cost of that specific item higher, and the removal of 1 cracker gets them back to the same profit margin as the other two? Or perhaps the change is coming across the board, and the cheddar variety just sells faster, or was newer stock, so the change was not yet apparent in the other products.

In any event, the missing cracker is "a thing" in south-central PA as well.

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Jun 12, 2022Liked by Emily Miller

Emily is like a bulldog. Once she sees the opportunity to make things right, she's on it. She doesn't care what people think about her. This is why a lot of us like her Christian tenacity !

Emily seeks the TRUTH, regardless of where it takes her i.e. "Emily Gets Her Gun" & who can forget when she went after DC Mayor Marion Barry over his unpaid parking tickets ? lol

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n0W4AZeaYqY

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Ha ha ! I am persistent and I can’t stop once I am onto something, even when I don’t know if anyone else cares. So I’m pleased and grateful that you care and support my drive to get the truth and make things right.

I still laugh myself at the Marion Barry parking ticket interview.

Me: But you DONT pay your parking tickets like the rest of us.

Marion - yes I do.

Me- No, it says right here in the DMV you don’t.

Marion - I pay them.

Me- no you don’t.

Marion - Eventually.

Ha ha ha !! I loved that absurd rationale “eventually”.

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Wow I leaned something new. Shrinkflation is not in my head ! I noticed it with a face lotion and I even called the company and said the bottle shrunk for the same price. The woman denied it which made me think I imagined the previous bottle was bigger. Now I know !

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Nope. It was not your imagination.

And, sadly, the woman you spoke to probably knew that was the case and basically lied to you.

Such is the world we live in today.

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Jun 11, 2022Liked by Emily Miller

I'm with you in feeding the autistic kids, I have one too, and it's getting crazy expensive.

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Jun 11, 2022Liked by Emily Miller

Try being on a fixed income!!! Between food and gas we are having to make real cutbacks!

I also question why all the food plants are catching fire??? Something like 28 in the last 18 months?? No story there !!

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Someone answered that above - defer to him because I don’t know.

But he’s it’s really hard to keep up with gas and food.

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Jun 11, 2022Liked by Emily Miller

Yes, we just don’t by as much, we buy milk at 1/2 gallon as we get a full gallon it goes bad before the date, also the meat we buy, it’s like they are trying to keep us from storing long term. What have you heard of all these food processing factories burning?

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I am doing some of that too -- buying less and more often just to make sure I’m eating all of it. I think Biden is the worst president since Jimmy Carter and there’s no way out of this mess unless he turns over his cabinet and lets smart experienced people take over until his term is done. We can’t go on like this for 2.5 more years.

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Jun 13, 2022Liked by Emily Miller

Brandon says & does what he's told !

How many times has he said something like:

"They don't want me to say . . .".

"They don't want me to do. . . .".

Who are the "they" Brandon keeps referring to here ?

What did Brandon mean when he said this ?

having “the most extensive and inclusive VOTER FRAUD organization” in history.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MA8a2g6tTp0

Or this ?

“I don't need you to get me elected.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l8v62PsrllY

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Jun 11, 2022Liked by Emily Miller

There's a bunch but I'm told they're a drop in the bucket of what we have, and that these things were happening before, though I haven't seen evidence of the second part. There's been a "green" terrorist or two supposedly responsible, ELF types, but who knows.

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Same here, although it grinds my gears because it costs more to buy two half gallons than one gallon - and that's just store brand!

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Jun 11, 2022·edited Jun 11, 2022Liked by Emily Miller

Yes, because I refuse to compromise. That said one bag is costing me close to $100. I buy Organic/GrassFed/Pastured. I make my own yogurt in Sous Vide using Wheat Belly/Undoctored recipes with tons of live good bacteria. Would post a pic of the recipes but can’t on this blog. The Organic Half and Half I use for yogurt has doubled in price to $9 for 64 Oz.

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Doubled ! I went to a “MOM” market last week for the first time to see if things were better there. I was shocked by the prices and left with one can of sparking water.

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What is a "MOM" market ?

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It’s all organic and the food isn’t packaged much. I was very lost in there ! Ha https://momsorganicmarket.com/

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So are us men allowed to shop there since it says "MOM" on the door ?

lol lol lol

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Jun 12, 2022Liked by Emily Miller

No matter how bad the inflation, I will never drop my support of your journalism! Emily Miller...fearless! Our country needs so many more people like you! God bless...

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Mike, you’re so generous and kind! I’m smiling. Thank you. I’ll never stop holding the government accountable to the people. That’s my life’s work.

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Jun 12, 2022Liked by Emily Miller

I don't know where this 8% is, my cost are up over 18%.

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Right the 8% can’t be true.

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8.6% is the "official" inflation rate. However, there are a number of caveats in that number, not the least of which is the methodological changes over the years.

Shadowstats publishes an alternative inflation metric that purports to recreate the CPI methodology of the 1970s, and it reports significantly higher inflation.

http://www.shadowstats.com/alternate_data/inflation-charts

However, the absolute value reported for inflation is less significant than the relative change. As an example, even the "official" inflation metric has risen 86 times what it was at the end of the 2020 technical recession. At 8.6%, official inflation clocks in at ~3%higher than during the 2020 technical recession, and is more than double the average official inflation rate people under the age of 40 have known during their lifetimes.

Whether you are experiencing an 18% rise in the prices of goods you buy regularly or "only" 8.6%, the reality is still that you are paying more and buying less. That's always going to hurt.

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Thank you!

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Only for the Politicians, but we pay for everything for them, so they don’t feel it.

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Congress Gives Itself a Double-Digit Raise - while Americans struggle to pay for food, gas, health insurance, etc. Wouldn't you like to give your workers a raise without it coming out of your bank account Mr. or Mrs. Small Business Owners ?

https://townhall.com/tipsheet/spencerbrown/2022/03/15/congress-gives-itself-a-raise-n2604526

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Jun 12, 2022·edited Jun 13, 2022

This is in Colorado.

More than one of my friends who travel all over the US, have told me that food prices are not as high in Blue states as they are in Red states. I have no direct source that can confirm this.

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I assume costs can change by trucking route, ports, taxes and maybe access to farms?

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PRECISELY !

But, none of this would have happened if what Brandon did his first day in the WH, was not done. How many of these "Executive Orders" caused a small or large shift in Fuel prices, Food prices, supply chain issues, etc. ?

I call it the domino effect.

Ironically, diesel fuel takes less refining from Crude oil to make it into diesel fuel. But the price of diesel costs more than Unleaded, Premium & Ethanol. Why does diesel cost more ? The demand is greater for diesel than the others.

And for all the people saying: Well if semi's, tractors, & combines and . . . were all ran by electricity, prices would be lower. WRONG ! Here's why: A majority of Power plants are powered by Fossil fuels that generate electricity.

The price of an electrical vehicle battery is over $20,000 each ! The "rare earth minerals" used to build and create these electric battery's are just that: RARE ! Which means these battery's will only become MORE expensive making the $60,000 electric car, even more expensive !

The "GREENIES" did not think their GREED all the way through !

For all of you parents with young children & even teenagers, here's a video to show your kids at regular speed and at 144 quality. Then ask each of them to write down how many steering wheels & how many right arms are in this video ?

Then do play the video again but at 0:28 seconds slow the playback speed down to 0.25 and bump up the quality to 1080 P and look closely.

How many do they see ? lol lol lol

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FpwuhTTQl9A

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Jun 11, 2022·edited Jun 11, 2022Liked by Emily Miller

ShadowStats by John Williams calculates inflation like was done in 1980. Using that metric we are at about 18%. You might want to interview him. He has been on Greg Hunter’ video channel quite often. And using Rule of 70 that means 70/18 ~ 4 years for aggregate prices to double!

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I’ll try to find him. Great tip. Thank you.

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Having 2 kids with different food allergies, we buy the same stuff (organic, grass fed, fresh fruits and veggies, etc). Gut healing is a long process, and they are thriving, so we are hesitant to change. Hemp milk (what the one with milk allergy drinks) is now $5/ carton and we got through 4-5 a week. Alexandre Organic A2 2% milk is $7/ half gallon. Our grocery bill for 2 adults and 2 children is about $3,000/ month (that doesn’t include eating out). It was about $2,000 in January 2021............. that’s buying the exact same products. CPI isn’t a true inflation index, nor is the amount they claim groceries are going up. Apples to apples it’s way over 8-9% annualized.

My father in law owns a small farm services company and is a Purina dealer (mostly for large animals). Based on the animal feed shortages and decreases in planting he’s seeing right now, we ain’t seen nothing yet.

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Oh no. Your father in law thinks it’s getting worse?

You really have a hard deal with the necessary food items that are so expensive. That’s just terrible that you have to spend $3000 to feed your family in a healthy way. It’s not sustainable.

Totally agree CPI or the grocery index can’t be right with prices we see first hand.

You’re a good mama to work hard to give them what they need to be healthy and thrive. ❤️

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He does. Planting in his area of VA is down 30%-40% for the farmers he knows and orders for certain feed have started going unfilled for a couple weeks at a time. Fertilizer and diesel are up so much farmers know they won’t recoup the cost this season, so many in that area are resting more fields and either not planting or planting less acreage. They lose less money decreasing production or skipping a season than paying for super inflated fertilizer when the market price hasn’t caught up. Once food prices catch up and they can recoup their cost inputs they’ll start planting at capacity again.

Let’s go Brandon!!

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Thank you for explaining this to me. I understand diesel prices but why are fertilizer prices higher now ? And if food is already so expensive, do the farmers need it to go higher to make up for their bottom line costs to produce? I don’t see anyone in the media covering this issue !

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Russia is the 4th largest exporter of nitrogen based fertilizer. Putting economic sanctions of the world’s top exporter of wheat, and 4th largest exporter of fertilizer, and a meaningful exporter of oil and natural gas is, um, short sighted for global food supply. Additionally, fossil fuels go into conventional fertilizer. Farm equipment runs on diesel. It’s a huge percentage of the cost inputs. This stuff is all up over 100% (and the inflation started pre-Russia/ Ukraine) Food prices aren’t up anywhere near the input increases yet. A lot of the increases we see this far are demand (Covid supply chain 💩), and transportation (gas prices up) increases. We’ve only seen a fraction of the increases from the farm side. Planting to grocery shelf is 6-18 months depending on the product.

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Jun 12, 2022Liked by Emily Miller

PRECISELY !

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Jun 12, 2022Liked by Emily Miller

Everything is CONNECTED to fuel prices.

Fertilizer is a combination of chemicals, but it takes fuel to manufacture the chemicals & fuel to deliver it to the farmers. Dad's tractor fuel tank held 55 gallons & we filled it up at least once a day if not twice. At $5.759 a gallon running six days a week, that was over $1000 for fuel alone for a week.

Growing up on a farm untiI I moved out at 19 and went to college, small farms were the norm. Farmers helped each other out whether it was with a planter or a combine, we made sure our neighbors were taken care of.

Guess who's buying farm land now ? Ever heard of B. Gates & G. Sorrros ? They are planting Non-GMO crops that they will sell to the rich & GMO food crops to the rest of us & the food manufacturing plants. How many kids had food allergy's in the 70s, 80s, 90s etc. compared to now with GMO crops ?

It's not a coincidence the WH & the US Congress cafeterias, BOTH serve 100% NON-GMO food. While the rest of us. . . . .

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I'm really scared about the feed prices as we still have two horses.

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Holy cow!! If I may ask... what on earth are you eating and/or how often are you eating out?! In our house we have my wife and I and six children ages 20-5 and our monthly grocery bill is under $1000. We only eat out once or twice a month max. I can’t even imagine spending 2-3x that amount. We’d be throwing more away than we were eating. What you’re spending on food is more than my groceries, two cars and mortgage.

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Rob, Thank you for joining the community conversation here on inflation. It’s a difficult and stressful issue for all of us.

I am sure you got the sign up email from me when you subscribed here. You’ll remember that I created this place on the internet where we can have respectful and thoughtful discussions. My site is the opposite of social media. We make friends here, not fight strangers.

I hope you can go back to your comment and maybe edit to think you’re talking in person. Would you judge how much she spends to feed her family in person?

I hope you can join us in civil and respectful discussions.

Emily

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I get that people who don’t deal with restrictions, or even those that do but don’t focus on still having really good nutrition, can’t imagine the expense. A lot of kids with food allergies are sickly, in no small part because it’s very easy to become nutrient deficient on restrictive diets, and very expensive to avoid that. It’s worth the expense to us to have two happy, active, thriving kids that aren’t sickly.

We spend $50-$70/ night just on dinner. An average dinner is something like baked salmon, green beans, rice, fresh fruit. That’s just dinner. Kids eat a lot - especially active ones. We do eat out, usually once a week in the winter and a bit more in the summer, but face having to choose places to eat out that actually will cook the food without the allergens.

A lot of people don’t understand even meatballs aren’t cheap when one kid can’t eat gluten and another can’t eat most dairy. We use organic and grass fed meats, gluten free planko crumbs and duck eggs. Pasta isn’t really a regular thing in our house. Neither is toast or grilled cheese. Our kids can’t eat most regular kid foods. At the pool one gets a gluten free burger or gluten free pizza (adult menu) and the other a plain mahi mahi sandwich (again, adult menu). That same difference carries over to home - we pack things like shrimp for lunch at school.

Peanut butter sandwiches are out. Nuts are out. But we still have to make sure they get plenty of protein and a full nutrient profile.

I think if parents/ people haven’t ever had to deal with the expenses of eating this way, it’s genuinely hard to imagine the cost and effort, so I understand the shock. What is shocking to you is my everyday life.

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I am in awe of you. I don’t think I would have the strength to keep figuring out all those food issues three or more times a day for each child. God bless you for all you do as a mom raising healthy children. You’re taking the hard road for their sake and it’s admirable.

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Jun 14, 2022Liked by Emily Miller

Forgive me G-D, for not thanking YOU for keeping me alive, healthy & fed.

Thank YOU ABBA FATHER, for giving me my health every day.

Thank YOU JESUS for giving NCmom the wisdom she needs each day.

And thank YOU HOLY SPIRIT for blessing her with great deals on all she needs.

Thank YOU, ABBA FATHER, for ALL the miracles YOU send her way, every day !

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The implication we are throwing away a bunch of food is insulting. I’m glad you can feed 6 kids for a lot less than we can. We can’t. Clearly we eat differently. The condescending tone means you aren’t likely interested in the answer. We all spend our money differently and there isn’t anything wrong with that. Questions are fine. The judgements aren’t.

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I am sorry this happened. See my note to him above which I’ll let him reflect before considering deleting it for breaking the rules of my website to always treat others with civility and respect.

I can also go back to only allowing paid subscribers comment, which is what I generally do but wanted to give the free subscribers an opportunity to join the discussion.

So give me a day to see if he can rejoin in a way that makes you feel comfortable and safe speaking honestly here. And if not then I’ll do one of the two options to keep this place peaceful.

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Hey brother go back & read the first paragraph where NCmom says:

-- "Having 2 kids with different food allergies,

we buy the same stuff

(organic, grass fed, fresh fruits and veggies, etc).

-- Gut healing is a long process, and they are thriving, so we are hesitant to change.

-- Hemp milk (what the one with milk allergy drinks) is now $5/ carton

and we got through 4-5 a week.

-- Alexandre Organic A2 2% milk is $7/ half gallon."

I will emphasize these 7 words because they explain it the best:

"Having 2 kids with different food allergies".

THIS is why she's having to spend the amount she spends. She's chosen to spend her money she has in her budget for food, rather than trips to the Doctor & ER when a child has a severe FOOD reaction from eating "junk food". To me, that is WISDOM & love ! Doctor's seldom "cure" people but "treat" people for their symptoms & reactions, they have.

When I was a young child my mom had multiple symptoms. It wasn't until I was 12, she was diagnosed with cancer throughout her internal digestive organs. On my 13th b-day we spent it at her hospital bedside. A few months later she died of mal-nutrition & cancer. The chemo & radiation she was given, killed ALL of her white blood cells & she had ZERO immune system left to fight.

I eat "clean" like NCmom does because my life depends on it. It costs more but its worth it. I applaud all of the "mom's" who sacrifice their vacations etc. to keep their children healthy !

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I am so sorry to hear you lost your mom as a child and in such a terrible way. It must have been terrible for you to go through that at just 13 years old and then have to spend your life thinking how to watch your own health. Thank you for standing up for NC Mom and recognizing how hard it is to do what she’s doing with her kids foods.

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Speechless in Colorado. . .

. . . .thank you Emily

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It is important to remember that the essence of inflation is not so much price increase as it is price distortion, something that focusing exclusively on the top-level inflation number (or even the national "official" inflation number vs what is experienced in specific regions and locales) is prone to obscure.

https://allfactsmatter.substack.com/p/inflation-report-shows-us-economy

Also, there is an important lesson to be gleaned from understanding that this current inflationary episode is a GLOBAL phenomenon: the gaps among countries and communities are widening across the entire spectrum of things people buy, especially food.

https://allfactsmatter.substack.com/p/rising-inflation-means-global-recession

While some might find it difficult to comprehend the food budgets of other households, we do well to remember that no one person's experience is ever the universal norm. That I might not be struggling with food purchases does not change the reality that others do struggle with food purchases, as well as other items necessary for modern living (gas, rent, et cetera).

The moral perversity of inflation is that it widens the gaps among people at the very moment when it is most important for people to come together to seek out solutions for increasingly scarce yet necessary goods.

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Thank you for looking into this. We all have to deal with inflation and "shrinkage" and we understand the choices but I wish there was some sort of notice about it. It's either one less cracker or a few pennies more per box, I'm sure. Luckily for us, our son only uses the full amount of crackers at breakfast so we can hoard his lunch crackers for later. But if kids are using these at lunch, it's probably causing at least some headaches for parents.

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Jun 12, 2022Liked by Emily Miller

It's been an added burden. Each week I go into the store hoping the price of the things I buy has not changed too much. It's usually 30 cents here 40 cents there, but weekly you just watch powerless to control it. Time to get my victory garden going.

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I’ve thought of gardening this year too but may be too late for it. It might be fun try one or two to learn.

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Speaking of planting a garden this year. . . You can make it as big or as small as you like. Who thought that all those plastic bottles we throw away could do this ? I suggest buying & using "potting soil" so it will be "weed free" from the start.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZrN3gDJRuMM

Here's also a link for some vegetable seeds that are heirloom. If this is to big, you can type in "Heirloom seeds" in the eBay search box to find smaller packages of seeds.

Heirloom seeds are plants that grow with the seeds inside of them. They are also NON-GMO which makes for better food. And if you want to get a jump start, you can use grown garlic and onions that are growing in your pantry. I have some that already have leaves and a stalk.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/353491544851?epid=2084985353&hash=item524dbceb13:g:c24AAOSwdwVb21jE

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I’m not one to usually check prices, I just shop for what I need. I’m oblivious.  With with that said, now I’m actually noticing the high prices. More than the prices are The lack of certain goods on the shelves. That upsets me more. I’m just becoming more conscious of eating what I buy not letting anything go to waste . On a fun note I’m making homemade pasta again. 

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My mouth watered at homemade pasta - esp since I eat a low carb diet (not Keto but just mostly low)

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Jun 12, 2022·edited Jun 14, 2022Liked by Emily Miller

I haven't made any significant changes, but there have been some changes forced upon me that are not helpful. There are increasingly limited "store brand" options, which then push me to name brands, which have always been more expensive comparatively.

We are fortunate to live in a rural area, and have started buying our beef direct from the farm. The price is comparable, sometimes actually cheaper, and the quality is far above supermarket meats.

As always, if something I use regularly is on sale, and spoilage is not a concern, I get an extra one or two. Week to week, my bill is up 30% to 40%, and finding items completely out of stock is now the norm.

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Shame that even in rural areas, the grocery store inflation is as high. But good that you can offer with direct farmer meat. The empty shelves still upset me too. It’s also frustrating to look all over to find the things that used to be in one store. Boy I miss the olden days of 2019.

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Here's a riddle for you. I grew up in Colorado in a small farming/ranching community. I got a job working in the meat dept. at a local grocery store. When the store needed ground beef, they would buy the boxed BULK meat from Australia that we ground up into hamburger meat.

Why did they buy frozen boxed meat from Australia, when it was CHEAPER less than 4 miles away at a ranch or farmer who had a few head of cattle & we could have processed it with whatever we needed ? Hamburger meat, steaks, roasts etc.

When the store bought steaks & roasts, they bought it from a Distributor from Denver who bought it from a Wholesaler who bought it from a . . . you get the idea. Yet Monfort's feedlot & processing plant was less than 200 miles away and obviously, we could have got it fresher.

Why did the grocery store not buy products grown LOCALLY or in-state ?

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Jun 12, 2022Liked by Emily Miller

Moved to Missouri we have lots ofAmish goods here so like dairy products,Meat products I’m paying less,produce and fruits are coming into season so I’ll be doing canning for the winter…

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That’s so cool ! Farmers markets on the east coast are more expensive than the stores for some reason ?

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Farmers market has better produce less chemicals used and your correct sometimes cost more…

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Jun 12, 2022Liked by Emily Miller

We just stick to meat, eggs, butter, HC and a little veg

Don’t go through the middle isles….never really have

Also have 2 meals a day.

Been doing this for years actually.

Got in on a cow-share….catch fish and churn my own butter if I have too…

Keeping it simple

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That’s amazing discipline !

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The price of meat is way up. So is the price of milk.

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Yep and I don’t know what we do about it but keep paying

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Practically speaking, in the immediate moment of shopping there is little alternative but to pay.

However, it is important to understand that inflation itself is fundamentally an expression of economic disequilibrium. When prices keep going up and up, things are simply out of balance.

https://allfactsmatter.substack.com/p/rising-inflation-means-global-recession?s=w

Balance is, of course, the natural order of things, and eventually equilibrium will be restored, with or without human intervention.

Broadly and theoretically speaking, the pathway back to economic equilibrium is what is called "demand destruction". People basically give up looking for cheaper substitutes and simply stop buying. Think of it as an economic "reset" or "reboot". Equilibrium is this restored.

However, since we're talking about food price inflation, "demand destruction" gets a different label--actually two different labels: the technocratic anodyne label is "food insecurity"; the more direct label is "hunger".

Depending on a person's income bracket, the longer food price inflation continues, the closer he or she comes to the unpleasant reality of not eating. Until then, people look for progressively cheaper foods, and hopefully do not degrade their nutrition in the process.

And the United States is one of the "lucky" countries right now. Already countries such as India are curtailing food exports to ensure there will be food available for their own people. Sri Lanka is facing an imminent food shortage.

https://www.outlookindia.com/international/top-un-world-food-programme-official-to-visit-sri-lanka-amid-looming-food-crisis-news-201785

Things are not that bad in the US. Not yet.

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Peter, Thank you so much for jumping in here with the economics and deeper issues. What do you think caused the imbalance ? Pandemic driven ?

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The short answer is an extremely unsatisfying "corporate greed". Alternatively "corruption", "globalism" or simply rank stupidity.

A somewhat longer answer recognizes the involvement of all of the above and then more.

As much as people like to think that the fundamental characteristic of Western economies is free market capitalism, it is far more accurate and, I think, far more illuminating to view them as various expressions of a modern iteration of the same mercantilist concepts and ideas that were explicitly rebuked and criticized by Adam Smith in "Wealth of Nations" and which were largely misunderstood by Karl Marx in "Das Kapital". The modern globalist multinational conglomerate is hardly a new phenomenon (Adam Smith references several such entities), although the proliferation of such entities is definitely a new wrinkle.

This rather panoramic backdrop is important because it illuminates both the driving rationales behind and the evolution of the modern global supply chain for just about everything, including much of the food we eat. Industrial methodologies and the supposed virtues of mass production govern even modern agriculture (Aldous Huxley's "Brave New World" was prophetic for its ironic, satirical, and dystopian celebration of consumer culture based on such virtues).

One outgrowth of these broad macroeconomic forces and trends has been a global supply chain that is at once highly efficient and extremely brittle--it works so long as everything works, and doesn't work when even one part fails. The notion of "just in time" inventories and production methods have created a global scenario where the production and delivery of almost any broadly consumed good--and this includes food--is based on a supply chain that is riddled with single points of failure. The world's economic house has for decades been built upon shifting and ultimately unstable sand, rather than a bedrock of firm free markets.

That brittle and unstable foundation set the stage for the imbalances we see. What triggered the emergence of so many imbalances globally was not so much the pandemic as governments' largely insane responses to it.

The Zero COVID lockdown strategies that are still in play in China have been a disaster on two levels. First, they have completely and demonstrably failed to contain the community spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus itself.

https://allfactsmatter.substack.com/p/the-disaster-of-lockdowns

https://allfactsmatter.substack.com/p/shanghai-lockdown-doubling-down-on

Even worse, however, is that the lockdowns predictably ruptured the finely-tuned global supply chain mechanisms upon which modern economies are built. Not only have the lockdowns failed as a public health strategy, their economic and social costs are so great as to amount to societal suicide.

https://allfactsmatter.substack.com/p/destroying-society-is-no-way-to-save

https://allfactsmatter.substack.com/p/shanghai-the-grim-reality-of-pandemic

https://allfactsmatter.substack.com/p/do-not-look-the-other-way-look-at

The imbalances are the result both of the destabilizing shocks of the lockdowns themselves and the constant government twiddling of national economies in an effort to compensate for those shocks.

The pandemic "stimulus" payments from the US government directly to individual consumers had the unfortunate but inevitable consequence of piercing the barrier that had arisen between financial markets--which have been characterized by extreme asset price inflation ever since the 2008 Great Financial Crisis--and consumer markets. From 2008 onward most of the dollars magically created by the Fed's QE policies remained within financial markets, inflating asset prices tremendously while impacting consumer prices only minimally.

https://allfactsmatter.substack.com/p/falling-down-the-rabbit-hole

The stimulus payments injected money directly into consumer markets, thus unleashing the inflation phenomenon we see happening now. Those payments breached the money wall, allowing the money that had accumulated on Wall Street to begin flooding Main Street.

The perverse irony of such "stimulus" efforts is that they compound the ruptures and dislocations within the global supply chain by increasing demand at the very moment the supply chain is least able to service that demand. Think of it as the economic equivalent of driving at high speed down the freeway and then throwing your car into reverse--the transmission and drive train will shred themselves from the whiplash of forces.

Thus, the imbalances are the product both of corporatist-mercantilist greed and short-sighted thinking, allowing the evolution of a global economy that is optimized for things going well and wholly unprepared for even a single macro-economic shock, and have been catalyzed by government lunacy and sheer stupidity, which have sent multiple macro-economic shocks through the supply chain, starting with the first Wuhan lockdown and continuing through to the barbarity of the Russo-Ukrainian War (which is driving among other things a global shortage not just of foodstuffs but also fertilizers, as both Ukraine and Russia are primary global producers of both).

And this is just a "brief summary" of what caused the imbalances!

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WoW - I sure didn't learn all of this in college !

I appreciate you sharing what you did, hopefully it will wake Americans UP !

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Jun 12, 2022Liked by Emily Miller

Honestly, no. But I don't have extravagant tastes nor do I have that large of a grocery list. I also still get a kick out of finding a sale price on an item I use regularly.

I think it may be relevant to the discussion that what we pay can be partly a function of where we buy, since some places are typically more expensive than others, even during better times. I shop most of the time at Fry's, a Kroger brand. I also hit Walmart once or twice a month. There are always one or two stores in every area that have a good combination of product variety and prices, and that's how I selected Fry's as my go-to. I avoid places like Sprouts, Safeway, Target and even Aldi for varying reasons. We also don't have "Mom and Pop" type places out here, at least not within a reasonable distance, so those aren't in my possible choices.

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Yes you can see just in the comments here how many are going to Costco to get basics and I haven’t seen one mention of Whole Foods! (Though their brand name stuff is not expensive.)

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Jun 12, 2022Liked by Emily Miller

Yes I am single buying same try to buy bargains cut back on eating out

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Jun 12, 2022·edited Jun 12, 2022Liked by Emily Miller

C~s~c~

Bag of salad with Trump $3.99

Bag of smaller salad with Brandon $6.99

Beef with Trump reasonable

Beef with Brandon up 50%

6 avocados with Trump $5.99

6 avocados with Brandon $8.99

Adult beverages with Trump reasonable

Adult beverages with Brandon up over 40%

Gas under Trump $2.259 a gallon

Gas under Brandon $4.199 a gallon

Eggs under Trump $.99 a dozen

Eggs under Brandon $1.89 a dozen

Other items

Guns with Trump Ruger 10/22 $250

Guns with Brandon Ruger 10/22 $395

Ammo when I was 18, .22 long 100 rounds 95 cents

Ammo with Trump .22 long 50 rounds $1.95

Ammo with Brandon .22 long $3.99

Can you tell me 5 good things that Brandon has done to help Americans ?

I know I can't !

Oh....I almost forgot.....Brandon has helped me to get a collection of over 300 masks,

that I can use to help light the camp fire, when I go camping this Summer !

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Lol !!! The mask fire

That list is just astounding. It should be on the front of every newspaper every day to remind people how recently we were doing well. Biden was supposed to take us out of the pandemic to prosperity again !

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Do you have any masks you want to contribute ? lol If Covid was so deadly, why weren't used masks put into bio-weapon bags & incinerated like they did with TB masks years ago ?

You know me Emily - I'm going to tell the truth. Americans are PISSED OFF ! Brandon has destroyed nearly everything we had less than 2 years ago. Americans have watched Falsey & democRATS LIE to Trump, Americans & the world about Covid, Monkey Pox & every other variant they can think of to CONROL & "cull the herd" of people they see as 'undesirables'.

The more I watch Brandon & the democRAT-Communists, the more we all know they're doing this willyfully & INTENTIONALLY. Brandon & the rest of the Communists BLAME Putin for everything. Americans KNOW this is NOT the truth & the rest of the world is waking up to the LIES of LYINGnews, Falsey, democRATS, the UN & WHO.

In most countrys, people would be protesting in the streets if their prices sky rocketed like this but most countrys do NOT have LYINGnews, who LIES & tries to brain-wash Americans that this is just temporary. Who remembers this scene from the movie "Wag the Dog" ?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gNDmDZi05dY

How soon will the Communists link Trump & Putin together & then link "White Christian Nationalists" as the problem, just like Hitler blamed the Jews for his problems ?

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Jun 12, 2022Liked by Emily Miller

I'm buying less beef, switched to chicken for protein- relatively cheaper. I'm actually buying more groceries now since I cut on meals outside, before it was three or four times a week, now it's just once a week. I'm at Costco once a week, the only items that haven't increased are chicken rotisserie, hot dog and pizza at the food court.

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Bless the Costco folks and their promise to keep the chicken and hot dog the same price. And now you’ve motivated me to get in the lines at Costco again because it’s worth it.

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And gas is cheaper there. Let’s get together and split a 55 gallon drum of olive oil, 100 lbs. of chicken and a case of ice cream. 😛

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Decisions. . . . decisions. . . . decisions !

Do I jump on board with Jim on the 55 gallons of olive oil ?

Or the 100 pounds of chicken ?

No way ! I am going for the ice cream !

We'll have a block party in Emily's neighborhood and invite ALL the kids to come !

Except for the Toddlers in the US Congress & the WH who throw temper tantrums when they don't get their way on SCOTUS rulings ! Can you believe their behavior after the Dodd Decision was "officially" announced ? Will AOC or any democrat be charged for inciting people to RIOT ? Oh wait, wrong party, my bad - democrats can DO and SAY anything with no charges !

Why is the "Fake Indian" Elizabeth Warren now in July 2022, going after Crisis Pregnancy Centers ? Over 90% of the people at these CPC's are volunteers who just love ALL baby's ! They don't turn any woman away who needs help. The democrats keep on exposing the HATE in their own hearts towards baby's, children & unwed mother's.

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Look closely at the letters missing in my original post. . . . lol :)

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Jun 12, 2022Liked by Emily Miller

Yeah, inflation is terrible but food is important. I'm just not spending much on other things.

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Agree. Less spending in other areas to make up the difference

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Jul 7, 2022Liked by Emily Miller

Hi

I noticed the missing cracker the last few times I purchased these as well. I'd say over the last two months I've purchased six as I happen to work in a grocery store and they make a quick and inexpensive snack. I have noticed it in both the ham/cheddar as well as the turkey/American. I purchased another today (ham) and sure enough, five crackers. So I decided to search the internet before I wrote the company.. that's how I came across this thread.

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Did you see my report that Kraft told me it is a national cracker shortage ? They won’t say when they will put back the 6th cracker. Here’s what I have so far on this ...https://www.emilypostnews.com/p/lunchables-shrinkflation-frustrates

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Yes, I did see and read your report, thank you. Interestingly, I purchased another today @ work.. ham/American.. and there was indeed a 6th cracker!!!

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Jun 20, 2022Liked by Emily Miller

Thank you for sharing this great post Emily !

I am learning so much from what you and others are sharing with all of us.

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I’m leaning so much too ! I’m going to keep doing it once a week on the topic we all want to learn more from each other !

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I'm frugal and will look for sales on the items I like and stock up on those.

But the sale prices *now are the full retail prices from just 12 months ago.

I still have to find the sales, but there is no savings possible any more by smart shopping.

Yes, 30% more expensive.

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I look for sale too and will now pick another brand if it’s on sale. It takes so much longer to get in and out of the grocery store when we have to look so closely at prices !

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I shop at Costco every week for produce and certain items. I usually go down every aisle looking for new items. 95% of items have gone up in price by 10% minimum. There are less than 5 Kirkland branded items where the price is still the same. Also when Costco has sales, the sales still cost more than 2020 prices.

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I love Costco because it’s the only place where it’s not totally insane increase but still I no longer just grab things there that I can assume cost less in General because it’s still higher than before, just like you explained.

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Do you have any Costco Business stores nearby ?

Form a "coop" between yourself & a few neighbors that you trust & buy 20 lbs. bags of rice for about $20 & then divide it up between everyone.

When you buy in bulk (which is what is mostly at the Costco Business locations) everyone can save some money, and you have less chance of it going bad.

This works for everything from eggs to mozzarella cheese to pasta to rice to Pure Protein bars (Emily's favorite lol lol). . . . .

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No change in food purchases at the grocery store. I hunt and fish so we rarely buy meat, which has always saved us money. One tuna trip we can get 600 pounds of tuna for a $300 guided trip and with processing we have $1.50 a pound frozen tuna for a year! We have changed how we order in restaurants, partly due to price, partly due to less appetite than years ago. We now split an appetizer, a salad and an entree. We used to each get an entree and split an appetizer and a salad, so we save buying the second entree which is always too much food and adds another $30 to $50. So we're spending less in total than before! The biggest price jumps are still to come, I'm afraid. So many food plants and chicken raising plants have burned or been shut down, not sure why, but that's going to hit the market and when there is demand pull inflation, the Fed can't do much by reducing the money supply, people have to eat! Biden will go down in history as the worst President ever.

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Worst. President. Ever.

And that’s fantastic how you have tuna for a year at the price and get it yourself.

Very smart about the restaurant costs. I eat out less often but when I do, I scan the menu for the best bang for the buck. Splitting is smart so you get a full mEal and enjoy the time and still leave satisfied

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Jun 12, 2022·edited Jun 12, 2022Liked by Emily Miller

Before your food arrives at your table at the restaurant, drink a LARGE glass of water and you'll eat less and still feel full. When the food arrives, split the items and share it, this way everyone gets a sample of everything. Isn't that what we used to do in college when we went to Chinese restaurants ? Am I dating myself here ?

Many Americans think they have to clean their plates.

STOP eating when you feel full. Then. . . take it home for a meal a few days later !

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But please tip 20% !

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PRECISELY !

Waitresses and Waiters are allowed to be paid less than the Minimum Wage, because Government folks think they make it up in Tips - some do, most do not !

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Jun 14, 2022Liked by Emily Miller

I didn't see a good place to put this link, so I will put it under the thread

Worst. President. Ever.

This is just what one man & his family are GOING through. He wasn't even in DC on J6. But the Feds are charging him with the Calif. "Red Flag law" from a tip they received & his own Twitter words. Yet. . . Hunter Biden buys a gun illegally & not a single criminal charge has been field against him. Rules for Thee, but not for the Eleeeetes !

Ask yourself: Did this man & his family deserve to go through all of this, when even the local Police Dept. he worked for, knew he was 100% INNOCENT ? How will he ever pay off ALL of his legal bills to stay out of jail ? Can you imagine the fears he & his wife's children, now have ?

It's by design folks. The democRATS have written and then used (bad) laws to drain Americans bank accounts. What the democRATS are doing are writing bills that will make us Law ABIDING into criminals. While IGNORING the root causes of "mass shootings." One thing that is NEVER mentioned: Almost all mass shooters were taking Psychotropic drugs.

Does anyone know how to get this link to the Republican leaders in the Senate & House i.e. McConnell, McCarthy, Cruz, Jordan, Biggs, Blackburn, Scalise, Banks, Stefanik & Kennedy. They need to EXPOSE the LIES of those pushing "Red Flag laws" the democRAT - COMMUNISTS are trying to force on Law Abiding Americans.

https://rumble.com/v189go7-david-nino-rodriguez-61222-alfredo-alpha-warrior-luna-man-on-target.html

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My favorite beef cut is the Tri-Tip roast. Used to buy it all the time but with the price about double from a few months ago. A couple of weeks ago, it disappeared entirely. I even asked the store butcher if they had any in the back. Answer was no. Today I went to the store and the beef section is half empty. The tri-tip roast is back now, but only in a shrink-wrapped, pre-packaged form that now includes, according to the label, about 16% of the weight in the form of marinating fluids. So in addition to the price doubling, the actual beef per pound is now 16% less beef, with the beef being replaced by fluids. I shop only for me and yes, my average grocery store bill has about doubled. From around $60 to $100-$120. That is inflation of around 80% to 100%. Nothing close to the official 8% inflation.

My haircuts at Dollar Cuts just went from $15 to $20 (before the tip). That is 33% inflation. Gasoline, of course, had doubled, namely 100% inflation. Property taxes up 20%.

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That’s highway robbery ! Less beef for so much more!

I’ll also start comparing prices to find the real inflation in hair cuts and things that aren’t being counted.

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I knew prices were going up but I didn’t realize how bad things had gotten until about 6-8 weeks ago. Jenn sent me to buy 2 lbs of chicken breast and cabbage. $27. I was WTF? We’re buying essentially what we always buy, but we’re definitely spending more for the same.

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Wow. That’s a sticker shock. It’s like there should be a bottle or wine with it to make sense of the total !

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Jun 12, 2022Liked by Emily Miller

It’s craziness and it would begin to abate is the war on fossil fuel stopped. Since oil is traded on the futures market, just a “we’re opening up” announcement would begin to lower costs. The Fed is beginning to take some liquidity out of the market, but with energy opening up they might only need a couple of more rate increases. If we stand pat, the Fed would need to raise interest rates to about 8% to have a reasonable chance to ring out inflation, but they would cause a recession. Biden and the Fed have made a series of unforced errors.

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What do you think are the chances he says we will drill again and more ? Ans what about avoiding recession ? Everyone seems to think it’s unavoidable or we are already in it.

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This is all being done by design folks. Why ?

It creates stress, nervousness, tension, uncertainty and a whole lot of fear in people who are naturally inclined to negative emotions and feelings.

Now would be a good time to build your relationships with your family even stronger. Why support Hollywierd when you can pickup used board games at the thrift store. There are tons of card games you can play also. They also sell used DvD's as well as books etc.

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You think you're lucky, imagine how my little ones feel. LOL!! Here's a start, do your best to stay away from vegetable and seed oils (they are in everything and and I just do the best I can). Go with olive oil as much as possible. The most important info when shopping for food is the ingredients list. Look for anything that says "hydrogenated." Especially, on anything that says "trans fat free." It's nice loop hole to rename things (and there are a bunch). Wild Sockeye Salmon is an excellent source of omega 3, it has good 3 to 6 ratio, and is known to be less contaminated (we eat no more than twice a week).

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You made this easy for me to follow. I never look at ingredients. I just look at calories, protein, carbs etc. But I’m determined to eat better quality and fewer bottles and canned things. Thank you!

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Jun 20, 2022·edited Jun 20, 2022Liked by Emily Miller

When I was a wrestler in HS, I tried "counting calories" but it never worked for me. I do try to eat at least 20 grams of protein each day, less than 300 mgms of sodium, and less than 20 grams of sugar. Then again, I didn't try that hard to follow a diet like that. You have more discipline than I do.

What is frustrating is not knowing what the FDA allows to be put into food and allows manufacturers to call it a different name.

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Right the FDA is a free for all with our food so less ingredients better.

I count calories with the my fitness pal app. I don’t track the macros. Just the total so I know I’m on track to not gain or lose.

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I agree with you Emily 100% on both accounts: 1) the FDA is a free for all and 2) the less ingredients are usually the best food. A few of questions that concern me.

a) Why are Food & Drug items in the same Federal agency ?

b) Why did the FDA approve GMO food items without years of testing, like they require almost all vaccines to have to go through i.e. 3-5 year study of double blind placebo testing so they would have a Base of people who did NOT consume the GMO adulterated food and a Base of people who did ?

This way they would have a general idea of the side affects & especially the adverse reactions people had so food manufacturers would have to tell Americans: This product contains ingredient X. Some people who consume ingredient X had adverse reactions including S, F, P, & D. This way if a person knew they had a food allergy to ingredient X, they would NOT eat it and they would NOT give it to their children to eat.

Instead company's create words to list as an ingredient, but no one knows what that ingredient is or what the side effects and the adverse reactions that ingredient causes.

c) Is it possible that food manufacturers are putting drugs/chemicals into their products such as drugs that make men and women sterile OR vaccines that people are reluctant to take because they did NOT go through the FDA 3-5 year study of double blind placebo testing i.e. Co-venom-19 ? At this time, many Americans do NOT trust the Federal government agency's !

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Glad to. Any time.

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Jun 20, 2022Liked by Emily Miller

Great things to look for Nick ! I look at the top 5 - 7 ingredients. Then I look at the amount of sugar and sodium amounts. Sugar feeds coughs, colds, flu, infections etc.

I've been told that manufacturers can now use the term "food preservative" over what a lot of us avoid when we can: M S G. Mono Sodium Glutamate. It gives me severe headaches.

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When I buy groceries I tend to be static as to what I purchase:. Frozen Asian Stir fry vegetables, Wasa Brod in the Light Rye variety, butter, and other stuff that's easy for me to prepare. Unfortunately I'm compelled to watch what I intake. Certain other things I procure from Amazon as they are currently the better source for the less of the junk food. Market Basket is my preferred grocery store chain now because their prices are excellent and their customer service is quite good in most cases. Walmart sometimes has good deals too... however their selection of foods is not always on point. I tend to keep focus on frozen and fresh foods instead of canned. Though I intend to lay in a preparatory stock of healthy dried foods that have decent ability to prepare and that have maximum nutrition value. Less of the refined sugars, less of the corn syrups of any kind, lower sodium. And of course controlling the fat sources too. Israeli salad, tabouli, hummus, and other natural foods work too. While costs do have their effect, one effort to alleviate hunger is to intake water based fluids of as much as you are able. Lemon water and red wine vinegar diluted in water are two water based fluids I use along with green tea and coffee. 96 fluid ounces a day plus more. And a good broth base powder to make soup and simple broth. Additionally, there are wonderful people such as Ms Morgan Zegers who advocate simple living and excellent personal preparedness strategies to mitigate things.

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Jun 13, 2022Liked by Emily Miller

Thank you for sharing your wisdom WISDOM on foods to eat and to AVOID !

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You work hard on staying healthy and eating and drinking right. That’s why your immune system must be so good !

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Emily, definitely agree about "shrinking size". Example, Betty Crocker box of Scalloped Potatoes used to be 4.7oz, now they are 4.0oz. Also have noticed that the sizes you find are smaller at stores like Dollar General versus Food Lion.

One thing I have done for years, living out here in the Shenandoah Valley, is go in with friends and buy 1/4 or 1/2 cow. I'm single, but I share with the ex-wife, my sister and her family, and my dad. 1/2 cow gives you 400lbs or so of meat (I ended up with 70lbs just of ground beef!) I paid $1k for that 1/2 cow, processed and packaged. So about 2.50/lb, including ground beef, sirloin, ribeye, arm roast, etc etc. AND as far as I am concerned, it tastes so so much better than store bought meat. I *know* where my food came from, I know who raised it, and HOW it was raised and fed, I know who butchered it. Let me know if you are interested (make sure you have a fair amount of freezer space!) and I'll be happy to give you some contacts. Plus which, I'm supporting a local family farmer and not some corporate agri-conglomerate. The same can be done with chicken, turkey, etc. FYI, Rockingham County VA (Harrisonburg/ JMU) is the biggest turkey producer in the state.

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I never heard of this ans it’s so smart ! Also the beef sounds really good.

I have a small freezer so can’t do it for myself but I’m going to share this info with others who could. I would love to have Turkey frozen since the stores have really jacked up the price on those.

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Yes and no and + some - no on some items, for example turkey bacon. It used to be about $3.69 and now it's over $5.00 - nearly $6.00. I used to buy three to four packs, sometimes more if it was on sale, and freeze it. Now? I think the last time I bought a pack was about a month ago. Yes on some other things that I really can't cut out, such as lettuce and other veggies. I have been buying a lot of certain things, tuna for example, because of the projected shortages, but also because buying, say, ten cans now will be cheaper in the long run than five now and then the other five when the price has gone up - and everything its going up. I currently have a particular Italian salad dressing from a restaurant chain (two-pack, Costco) that I likely won't buy again, though admittedly because its flavor is meh and it's not creamy, which is my preference. But also because I'm sure the price will be insane when I need it again. Your reminder about olive oil and vinegar, Emily, is a great one as I do enjoy this flavor and, yep, it's much cheaper! I really love this one brand, I forget the name, but it comes in a rounded bottle, but it was expensive before. I'm scared to look at the price now, jeez.

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Now you’ve really got me thinking of stocking up at these inflated prices since it will go up more. I think I’m in denial and want this to be the worst of it.

I love Turkey bacon! I noticed all cold cuts are so expensive and that’s why I think my recent grocery run got so high - Turkey slices and chicken. It’s all so time consuming and stressful.

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Yes, it's insane. Prices are always high here (Alaska) because we import nearly everything. Also, it makes a difference where you shop. Going across town for one item won't help (you'll pay that much in gas, or more), but if you co-ordinate, you can get certain things here and certain things there. I noticed, for example, enchilada sauce, which in normal times hovers at about $4.50 for that fat can, is now a little over $5 at Fred Meyer and $6.99 at Carrs/Safeway, which has always been the more expensive store.

Do you ever find your fruits (and maybe veggies too) don't stay very long? I always figured it was an AK thing because of the time it takes to get stuff up here - for example I always look at the bottom of that clamshell container er of strawberries because at one store the ones on the bottom are almost always moldy already. And when they're not, if you don't eat them with about two days, they're lost. Anyway so recently I found a set of four containers at Costco - sort of a hard plastic - with lids and also trays for beneath the containers, because they all have slits in them. They also have "air vents" and each one has a table on the cover that shows which type of void needs the air vent/and or water. If I recall it was about $30, sort of steep, BUT I have noticed my fruit absolutely stays longer, which is really great for me because I don't want to go to the store every two days. The one I use the most is the big one for my mixed greens ( I get it at Costco usually, the one in that same type of clamshell container) and it TOTALLY makes it last longer, though the water that drains to there tray should be rinsed out at least every couple of days. The clamshell containers will stack up quickly if you save them (to grow stuff in, e.g.), but I sometimes use them to hold what I call the "stinking garbage" so it won't leak all around my in-use bag. I'd love to know what other uses for them could be too, though.

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Hey Emily. You asked what percent would I give for a Biden pivot? Less than 1%. I really believe he’d be fine driving the car right over the edge of the cliff. If he wouldn’t, the people who control him would.

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I doubt if Brandon ever missed a meal because his family did not have the money. He's been in politics since he graduated from college, so he's always BEEN paid, from us taxpayers !

Brandon is the puppet !

Who are the "puppet masters" besides Bary, Val the gal and Susie Rice ?

Here's the evidence if there are any doubting Thomas' out there:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BUMeS-fWvOs

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Jun 12, 2022Liked by Emily Miller

Something very dark has been going on in America for a number of years now. It has really manifest over the past 5-7. All the right direction/wrong direction numbers reflect that the majority of Americans are waking up to the fact that something is very off and it’s not just the economy. We all need to be fearless and beat the drum.

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It truly has been one terrible thing after another. Locusts next

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Jun 14, 2022·edited Jun 20, 2022

Read the book of Revelation friends & see what it says is coming.

Things in Revelation could be happening sooner than we think !

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FYI. I bought my first house in 1981. Our mortgage interest rate was 19% A YEAR. Imagine paying 1/5 the price of the whole house - every year, just for the loan! Needless to say, paying that off became our prime objective.

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Wowowow. I didn’t know that rate history. That’s ouch. And that’s when we last had this kind of inflation. I hope interest rates don’t end up like that again

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I remember those insane interest rates.

Plus under Carter, my dad who made good money said he was paying 70% taxes

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I just gasped 70%!!

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Yes. I remember so clearly when he would talk about it.

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Sadly, they are !

Many people who bought houses in the past few years, bought it with an ARM*. They originally were paying 2 - 3% interest that *Adjustable Rate Mortgage jumps up every time Brandon is seen in public.

Can you imagine the folks who signed a contract for a $350,000 home at 3% interest are now paying 15% or higher and what their monthly Mortgage payment is now ?

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