High Food Costs Are Eating Me Up

I am sure you have all noticed the rising price of food in the grocery stores. It is happening everywhere. Every time I go into the store I am paying more for the same items than I did the time before. I am paying more and more and getting less and less each time. I never paid all that much attention to it before because the rising prices seemed small and incremental. But now they are HUGE and are very noticeable.

I had to finally concede that I can no longer teach my kids’ cooking classes at the moment because of these ever increasing high food prices. I was pricing out the items I needed for Noah’s latest request, and to my dismay and horror, in order to purchase just the basics for what I needed, plus the high costs of gas as well, I was actually operating in the red. And as I said, that was just for the basics too. It is much worse when I am purchasing specialty items. And that isn’t even accounting for my time, or my planning or my travel. No business, regardless of whether it’s just a business of 1 or a business of 1000, can continue operating in the red for very long. It broke my heart to have to say “good-bye” to the kids, but I had no other choice. These high food costs are eating me up.

All we can do is to do our best. And sometimes that means we have to make some touch choices to get through tough times. I hope all of you continue to do you best and to be your best. Stay safe and stay well Everyone. ‘Til next time.

Author: ajeanneinthekitchen

I have worked in the restaurant and catering industry for over 35 years. I attended 2 culinary schools in Southern California, and have a degree in culinary arts from the Southern California School of Culinary Arts, as well as a few other degrees in other areas. I love to cook and I love to feed people.

38 thoughts on “High Food Costs Are Eating Me Up”

    1. I agree completely! Let’s Go Brandon. the door is still open, and you just never know what the future holds in store. I am a firm believer that when one door closes another one opens. I am currently in the hiring process for another Head Swim Coach’s position too. I think it is only seasonal at the moment, but potentially it could open up to a full time position.

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    1. Thank you. The door is always open. You just never know what will happen. Besides, I am in the hiring process for a coaching position for Commerce City. I am a firm believer that when one door closes, another one opens. πŸ™‚

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      1. Thank you. It is a long story, but I applied a few months ago, and nothing came from it. Then they emailed and asked if I was still interested. I had a phone interview with them, that obviously went well. I got phone call yesterday, and had to do yet another background check (since I am working with kids) and a drug screen. I did both of those yesterday. So I think it is a done deal, but I never want to count my chickens before they hatch. πŸ™‚

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  1. I’m afraid this is just a preview of things to come. It’s why we’ve been working so hard at becoming as self sufficient as possible but as you know, that’s an almost insurmountable feat in today’s globalized economy. I’m sorry you had to give up the classes, hopefully things will level out soon but I’m quite cynical about that.

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  2. I have been expecting and writing about inflation for a long time (from a finance and economics perspective), and even urged my family and friends to stock up on essentials last year, but I never expected anything like what we are seeing with food right now. My husband and I talk about this every time we go to the grocery store, and we hear people freaking out about it as they shop, which makes me sad/furious. Some items have literally doubled in price. Just a pair of regular sausage links here is pushing $10. A box of Cheez-It crackers is $7. (I mean, really, you could work a minimum wage job for nearly an hour and be able to afford… a box of crackers?) Our produce is still low, but I think that is only because we live in a big agricultural state. They haven’t been able to keep the pasta aisle (traditional alternative to higher prices) stocked for several months now. I truly don’t understand how many folks are making it anymore. (It’s somehow not impacting tourism, however. Florida restaurants are slammed to the point that it’s been difficult to get a table for months now. I don’t get it.)

    I’m honestly getting a little worried about what is going to happen to food prices during this growing season, as there are massive fertilizer shortages around the world and prices for raw materials are extremely volatile. (Not to mention Ukraine, whose agriculture industry is responsible for feeding nearly a billion people in Europe and Asia, is out of commission. That may be a huge incentive for US producers to send products overseas.) These factors will push a lot of smaller farmers out of business, but the ag conglomerates will just swallow the initial investment and pass the cost on to consumers. The shortages are partly due to high energy costs (natural gas is one of the big inputs in fertilizer production) and partly due to China being China. (They started hoarding fertilizer last fall and only now is the media even kind-of sort-of getting around to talking about it.) Seems like a perfect storm, but I hope it’s not that bad.

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  3. I have really noticed the difference here too. I am trying to economize in sensible ways – its porridge for breakfast now – and I always make my own lunch for work as that saves me a lot of money. I hardly buy any takeaway food now. I want to be able to enjoy a nice dinner when I come home after a long day. Cooking large batches and freezing portions is something I have done for a long time, but now I am going to make sure I don’t waste money. I am going to think about the cost of the dishes I make. I just love salad, and don’t really want to cut back on salad veggies over the next few months if I can help it.

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  4. Booo about your classes. That sucks, but you do what you gotta do.
    Like you – I’ve been blessed my whole life to not have to look at the prices all that closely when shopping for food. However, things are getting crazy now. And it creates a vicious cycle – people freak out and buy things out, which leaves empty shelves for others, it makes the demand higher, the supply is lower, so they hike up the prices again. And again, and again. So it’s a fine line between buying in bulk and being selfish. I like to keep it balanced.

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