How's your Cost of Living going?

Linus

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Are you feeling the pinch of rising gas, electricity, food, interest rates.....? How are you, colleagues, friends and acquaintances handling it? Your story might help someone else...
 

Lols

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I have a feeling people are already pulling back from spending… maybe with more ease than they thought… because we’ve had 2 lockdowns where only necessity food shops were open (and Post office and chemist)
We sell car parts and it’s usually a constant… but since the rates rise… it’s gone all quiet… I said to hubby… just don’t expect things to sell whilst these interest rates and food prices are rising.
Real estate agents ringing me constantly re: houses still trying to sell at inflated prices… are stagnating.
They need to meet the market.
Another half percent rise just happened today.
I’ve noticed a lot of caravans that sold like hot cakes during covid because none could go overseas….and many sold for double !
Well now there’s a heap of them for sale again… and not selling…
So in a way…. Many people already know how to budget and pull back from extra spending.
 

Lols

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Thats the whole point of the interest rate hikes
Which proves how manipulated it is. So now shops are quiet whilst it’s costing money for overheads…. This is what happened last time with my friend as she had 2 shoe shops. Then 1 shop only… then it went backwards and closed.
She had quality stuff at cheaper prices than anywhere in Melbourne. But if the customers get shied away due to rising costs of living….
 
Are you feeling the pinch of rising gas, electricity, food, interest rates.....? How are you, colleagues, friends and acquaintances handling it? Your story might help someone else...
I have only bought half price meat for a long time, I have a good 100 meals in the freezer. Nowadays I buy it and give to my son, I bought my son a house and now he has no work, I pay the mortgage and buy him food b/c the dole is a joke.

I am on a high income so I still eat whatever I want, if I make tacos it honestly costs $100 for four people. But most nights I spend $15 to feed three people a decent meal. I do avoid driving where I can, petrol is insane.
 

johnsmith

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Which proves how manipulated it is. So now shops are quiet whilst it’s costing money for overheads….

shops are not quite, they're just a little quieter than they were. Yes inflation is an issue but the main cause of the current inflation issues is supply. That will sort itself out over the next few months and once supply is sorted many of the current price rises will go away. And you need to stop listening to all the media crap. Look at the official figures instead. Just yesterday the reserve bank said the economy is looking good and we can expect growth over the next year of 3.5% .... thats hardly doom and gloom.

having said that, there are always industries doing it tougher than others. Thats irrespective of inflation or interest rate hikes. The media likes to focus on those and ignore the big picture.
 
what the fuck are you putting in your tacos? Gold gilded lettuce? I make tacos for 4 people and i estimate that it might cost me between $20 to $25
I don't use a kit. I make guac, street corn, shells and then a few fillings, like slow cooked beef ribs and so on. I spend $12 on coriander and $6 on limes and jalapenos!!!!
 

johnsmith

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I don't use a kit. I make guac, street corn, shells and then a few fillings, like slow cooked beef ribs and so on. I spend $12 on coriander and $6 on limes and jalapenos!!!!
i typically use mince or chicken breast ... If I'm going to slow cook ribs I'm going to eat them straight off the bone, fuck the tacos, what a waste of good ribs:50/50
 

HBS Guy

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Get an offset smoker and cook the ribs s l o w l y in that with some well-soaked chips of hardwood (want smoke not flame.) Take the cartilage off the back before putting in the smoker.
 

johnsmith

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The only things I really make with mince are mousakka (lamb), bolagnese (I just use beef a lot of the time) and dumplings (chicken or pork)
i prefer pork mince for my bolognaise, or sometimes a mix of pork and veal mince. My favourite bolognaise of all though is with diced pork rashers. Just remove the skin if you don't like soft pork skin. My wife likes it so I leave it on and we all peel off the skin while we're eating and pile in onto my wifes plate.
 
Pork and veal is traditional, but I just make up some tomato herb mince thing and call it bolagnese :) And I will put some bacon in, yes, and heaps of veggies.
 

Lols

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Hmmmm…. You know what I find impressive…. All you blokes talking about your recipes and cooking…. I wish my ole man was a bit clever cooking and cook me a meal occasionally …. I’ve been the chief cook and bottle washer forever!

Anyway…. Watching better homes and gardens on tv recently, Karen Martini did this old family recipe of her mum…spag bowl but with milk and wine and I can’t imagine how it will taste… so I found the recipe online and will try it out soon.
It’s called Ragu alla bolognaise
 
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