Inflation under President Joe Biden is at a 40-year high, putting a strain on Americans who are simply trying to meet the basic needs of their families.
New polling suggests 87 percent of American adults cite gas prices, energy bills, grocery costs, and other pricey essentials as a significant source of stress. Bloomberg published an article last week purporting to offer solutions that could help solve inflation.
Instead of offering helpful tips, Teresa Ghilarducci, the author of the article who also happens to serve on the board of the leftist think tank the Economic Policy Institute, recommended that Americans who make less than $300,000 annually eat lentils and stop paying medical bills for beloved pets to deal with government-caused price hikes.
The article quickly went viral and was mocked as patronizing and out of touch, but Bloomberg is not the only tone-deaf organization or individual blame-shifting and gaslighting Americans about rising prices. Vice President Kamala Harris told Americans this month that inflation is just the “price to pay for democracy.”
That was just one day after White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki blamed rising gas prices and costs of goods on Russia’s Vladimir Putin.
Despite the corrupt corporate media and Biden administration’s insistence that inflation and supply chain issues are no big deal, they are a big deal for many people. Here are some less insulting ways to fight inflation and the people who caused it aside from wealthy, beltway elites’ fantasies that you go completely vegan or buy an electric car.
Bring Back Potlucks
After tyrants tried to keep Americans shuttered in their homes and distanced for two years, we need community more than ever. And what better way to socialize than a group dinner where everyone brings a dish to share?
Inflation is pushing the price of dining out and groceries higher every day, so now is a great time to invest in alternative meal options that aren’t lentils. Host a neighborhood potluck or, even better, encourage your church to put on a community-wide, food-filled event where everyone pitches in with a homemade, cost-effective dish and gets to eat until their bellies are full. It’s cheaper than eating out, a fun way to connect with normal Americans, and a great way to stuff it to the health bureaucrats and politicians who wished you “severe illness and death” for celebrating Christmas.
Turn Off Your TV
Seriously, get rid of cable and all the bills that come with it. Cable price hikes are becoming more frequent as cable companies try to stay ahead of the inflation curve. Everything on TV nowadays is hogwash, anyways, and cutting the cord will protect your wallet and your sanity.
Buy in Bulk
Contrary to Ghilarducci’s claims, buying in bulk can save you money as long as you’re attentive. Bulk items typically have a lower cost per unit than buying singular products, and with gas prices quickly rising, buying in bulk will save you from making so many trips to the grocery store. That’s why big families with lots of kids already benefit from shopping at bulk stores such as Costco.
As long as you avoid straying from your grocery list and avoid buying perishables, your bulk purchases will save you money. Most of the time, items such as toiletries, canned goods, toilet paper, other paper goods, cereal, and dry rice and beans are well worth buying in big batches.
Get Your Hands Dirty
If you’re looking to save a little money but are tired of racking up your grocery bill, try starting a garden. A 2020 food cultivation study found that a small, variety garden could yield “an estimated 300 pounds of fresh produce worth $600″ that you wouldn’t have to pay at the grocery store.
Starting a garden is simple and doesn’t require extra purchases if you’re willing to get resourceful. Save seeds and starts from your grocery produce and start by germinating them in jars you find around the house. Compost any nutritious food waste to feed the soil. Be consistent in your watering and care, and soon enough you’ll be eating yummy fruits and veggies that cost you little. Read more about creating your own farm-to-table system here.
If you’re feeling super experimental, add some backyard chickens to the mix and you’ll have a baby farm.
Partner with Local Farms
If you’re not much of a green thumb, try fulfilling all of your fruit and veggie needs through a local farmer. When you shop locally for produce, you don’t run the risk of paying higher prices for food that was shipped across the country or scouring bare shelves because there’s a supply chain crisis. You also don’t have to buy from anti-freedom companies or big-box retailers that profited off of the government-mandated lockdowns which hurt many small businesses.
Start by researching whether your town hosts a regular farmers’ market and plan a visit to test out the service and quality of the items available. Once you find a farmer that you think will be a reliable source for your family’s produce, you might also consider buying a cut of a cow from a rancher so you have a supply of beef that can be frozen for long periods of time.
Avoid making massive purchases on one-off items by borrowing from your family, friends, and neighbors. This applies to anything ranging from sugar for that cake you’re baking or power tools that your husband needs to build garden boxes for your new veggie garden.
Vote For Responsible Republicans
Long-term inflation helps no one and with Biden and the Democrats in charge, there’s no end to high prices in sight.
Republicans don’t have the best track record on keeping federal spending to a minimum, but if you want Congress to check the ridiculous and expensive policies the White House keeps pumping out, vote the right Republicans into office in the November midterms.