A lonely beef tenderloin in the field of Kolbassa.
I have no idea whether the person who dropped a pack of beef tenderloin into the food warehouse in Kolbassa actually traded the steak for sausages. But the symbolism of this image is clear to anyone living with food inflation.
The recently announced September inflation figure was described as good news by economists because the 3.8 percent annual increase in the cost of living was less than the 4 percent rate in August. When you examine the figures, you will see that food inflation is 5.9 percent. This is typical of rising prices over the past year or two; No matter how much the overall cost of living increases, food also increases much more.
While wandering around a local food store recently, I noticed the abandoned beef tenderloin. The beef special was $17.94 for two steaks, which seems like a good deal for sirloin steak. I may have revealed my incompetence at grocery store food shopping there, but whatever. The point is, someone bought a luxury type grocery item and walked away. Is this the future of grocery shopping?
Inflation will eventually fall to the Bank of Canada’s preferred level of 2 percent, but that only means more moderate price growth than we’ve seen recently. There’s no going back to past prices, which means making tough choices in the market now and in the future. Which way to the tofu aisle?
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Q: A few years ago, I sought debt consolidation and credit counseling because I had $30,000 in student debt and my credit cards were maxed out. Since then, I have worked hard to become debt-free and financially literate. Debt consolidation was removed from my record and my credit score became 836. This month I got distracted and missed paying my credit card bill for the first time. I paid it in full as soon as I realized it the next day, but now I’m losing sleep over how this bill will affect my credit score and clean track record. Can you give any insight on this?
HAVE: First of all, congratulations on taking care of your debt and building an A+ credit score. Congratulations. When it comes to your accidentally late credit card payment, check this out information from then-credit monitoring company Equifax. If you’re just a few days or weeks late, the late payment may not be reported to the credit bureaus, he says. Suggestion: Call your credit card company, explain the situation and see what can be done. In the worst case, late payment will slightly reduce your credit score. However, the decline will probably leave you on a very good note, which poses no problem if you borrow money.
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