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Old 07-01-2011, 05:37 PM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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The cost of food increases, yet, my salary was also cut, no COLA for me, for two years. Thanks Obama.
Can you please draw a line connecting your salary and Obama and also a line connecting food price increases and Obama?

Thanks
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Old 07-01-2011, 05:51 PM
 
Location: Land of Free Johnson-Weld-2016
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The cost of food increases, yet, my salary was also cut, no COLA for me, for two years. Thanks Obama.
What does the president have to do with your job loss? The profits of US corporations have increased over the past what 2-3 years to record ( I believe) levels. But corporations are doing their best to continue to hire cheaper overseas workers, provide less expensive health care plans and overall cut the amount they spend on workers, while rewarding upper management.

The government is not to blame AND no matter what some of the politicians say, their hands are tied when it comes to trying to help the unemployed. Based on what I keep hearing, our government is in debt up to their ears. And based on what I hear on C-span none of those jokers is honestly interested in improving the situation.

Anyway, I'll add my economic angst. I had an argument with a CD guy (who I respect, but I forgot his screenname) about inflation versus deflation in the next decade or or so.

My argument was for inflation. I believe it is only going to get worse because we are in a "global" economy and there's competition for resources: jobs, food, materials from all over the world now.

He may be right for the long term, but I speak a couple of foreign languages and have traveled overseas recently and the world has a LOT of people now competing with Americans for the same resources. I don't see how we're going to keep inflation in check long term...

I eat organic, so my already crazy food bills are more expensive. Partly because of food safety regulations, I believe but I could be wrong. Anyway food is like gold.

I also had a "pay" freeze about 2 years ago. My company also reduced the health care package, and the out of pocket costs ate up any little raise I got. Nice, right?

I grew up shopping at 2nd hand stores, and I love them. Why pay retail for high quality clothes, I say. But even the thrift stores are selling stuff like FIVE times more expensive than a couple of years ago. I was shocked and pissed off on my last trip.

I was decorating my new house for the past 2 years and I noticed that retail furniture prices have gone through the ROOF. And anything that I consider reasonably priced is just garbage quality.

OK, bitching over.
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Old 07-02-2011, 02:43 AM
 
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What a nice bathroom
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Old 01-10-2012, 11:25 AM
 
Location: Talmadge, San Diego, CA
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Dawn dish soap was reduced from a 10oz bottle to a 9oz bottle. I stock up on it, and buy the smaller bottles on sale with coupons, and didn't notice it until I put the new bottle new to an older bottle.
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Old 01-14-2012, 02:09 AM
 
Location: Out there somewhere...a traveling man.
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Ever notice in the Nurseries/Garden Centers that 1 gallon potted plants are about 1/2 gallon size and 5 gallon plants are only about 3 gal size.
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Old 01-15-2012, 09:27 PM
 
Location: In my view finder.....
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I'm on my way out to get Ice cream now, I'm going to look into it on several brands.

I'll report back.
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Old 01-15-2012, 09:44 PM
 
Location: in my mind
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I've been buying Salmon oil capsules at Trader Joe's for years ... just noticed that the bottle now has 160 capsules instead of 180 .... same price.
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Old 01-16-2012, 12:11 AM
 
Location: In my view finder.....
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Ok,


I bought my ice cream and what I noticed---MOST brands were 1.5 quarts. I saw very few 1/2 gallons. I did see pints and a few gallon plastic tubes of ice cream
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Old 01-18-2012, 11:37 AM
 
Location: Upstate
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I loves me some Blue Bell as previously mentioned. Still a half-gallon and they actually mention that in some of their ads.

Noticed a few months ago that most name brand OJ is now 56 oz instead of 64...plus the price went up.
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Old 01-18-2012, 12:01 PM
 
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Once again, this wouldn;t be a big deal if people started shopping by unit price and not by the package marketing that sucks the ignorant into spending more for less. Unit pricing has been around for so long that if people are being shocked by realizing they are getting less than they use to get for the same or more money, they are just bad consumers and deserve to pay more for less and be taken for the suckers they are!
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