Prices Up, but NO Inflation
Or- having no cake nor eating it either
OK, so we have all noticed that prices are going up. Projections are that prices will go up. The Federal Reserve doubled the money supply a couple years back. But *the people we have allowed to run our government* (TPWHATROG) say that “Inflation” is under control.
Well, that is a bigger pile of cattle manure than the one sitting out in back of my barn. First of all, increasing the money supply IS inflation in my book. And if food, energy, clothing, education, and taxes on cigarettes are all more expensive than they used to be, then that is inflation. We need to tell TPWHATROG to get real.
Here is a link to an article (What another article?) that predicts higher prices for 7 things. What is nice about this is that they offer some suggestions on what to do about it.
Grandma and Grandpa were Right!
The rash of articles I have been reading lately reflect to me that my grandparents were way ahead of us in their style of living. Having emigrated from Poland, they brought with them a frugal lifestyle that prevented them from living beyond their means. They did not buy on credit, they put money in savings, they had a strong conception of the difference between NEEDS and WANTS. They rarely (if ever) satisfied their wants if it involved purchasing. Grandpa raised pigeons for squab, and eggs. Grandma canned local grown produce when prices were at a minimum, at the peak of the season. And they grew fruits and vegetables.
If CSA’s existed, they would have participated
Now I don’t have any way to substantiate this claim, but I will toss it out there that if CSA’s had existed in the Polish neighborhood of Detroit way back when, then my grandparents would have participated. Oh, sorry. CSA=Community Supported Agriculture; where participants buy a share in locally grown produce. Pay a one time fee and receive fresh, frequently organic produce weekly during the specified season. Victoria had a nice post about Indiana CSA’s HERE: at Going Local … BTW, the *Going Local* site is a fun read even if you are not from Indiana, the same principles apply that food grown close to where YOU live will be fresher and healthier than the stuff from afar. Please check it out. If you are into organic produce, or pastured meat products I would encourage you to look for a local CSA, and consider participating.
Dirt under your Fingernails
And of course I am going to recommend that all my dear readers start getting some dirt under the fingernails, even if you can only grow stuff on your patio in pots. Start now. Make 2011 the *Year of the Home-Made Vegetable*. It is a sure fired way to beat inflation.
- “Community Supported Agriculture: How to find & join a CSA” and related posts (robbwolf.com)
- It’s not too soon to think “Summer CSA!” (momgoesgreen.com)
- It’s CSA Time Again! (thegreenists.com)
- What You Need to Know About CSAs Before Joining (moneyning.com)
- Make Organic Food Affordable (moneyning.com)