I’m sure you’ve noticed the news about escalating food prices and how it is taking its toll on our wallets and our lives. This disquieting topic has made headlines in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and even Good Morning America. So, how real is this unsettling trend?
Personally, I’ve noticed a significant increase in what I am spending weekly on groceries. The big jug of olive oil that I buy has gone up a whopping 25%, bulk paper towels by $5.00, and an 18-pack of eggs by more than a dollar. Truthfully, I’ve been getting quite a shock at the check out line.
Consumers are adjusting their lifestyles in various ways to cope. Some are eating out less; others are taking fewer vacations or foregoing certain luxury items. For me, now more than ever, I’m cooking with my friends. We share ingredients and cooking supplies — what I lack in my cupboard, a friend often has in hers. Simply put, cooking together allows us to make more food for less money. We can shop in bulk at places like Costco and split the cost.
Cooking With Friends is a cost-effective solution for today’s economy.