My wife and I went grocery shopping today. Usually she shops alone since I am an impulse shopper. If I see it and want it, I put it in the shopping cart. Although retired, I can still afford an occasional steak, I just buy smaller ones and less often. While I was employed, I liked to buy from Pfaelzer Brothers or Omaha Steaks occasionally. No more. I enjoyed HoneyBaked Hams, but the local store has closed, and HoneyBaked by mail is too expensive because of the high cost of shipping. Although the Federal government has not yet imposed a chained CPI factor on our Social Security checks, I am already learning to live as if they had. Our local grocery has reduced the size of their hamburger patties from eight to seven ounces and kept the same price. When I can no longer afford meat I guess I’ll become a vegetarian, not by choice but by necessity. We started a small garden this year and plan to enlarge it next year. I suggested to my wife that we add chickens next year. We live on a third acre and our neighbors may not appreciate the rooster or the odors. Such is life in America in 2013.
- Stop Chained CPI (wisaflcio.typepad.com)
- Stand Up for Retirement Security! Join the Human Chain Against the Chained CPI! – Alliance for Retired Americans (ramyabdeljabbar.wordpress.com)
- Group opposes “Chained CPI” Social Security benefit cut (vtdigger.org)