TO @MsAmandaAnn: Re – Reply # 4
Lol, I didn’t go that far… I just sort of know the Ballpark Numbers we were spending for things a year ago per month, and what we are spending now. We shop aprox every 7 to 10 Days, so 3 or 4 times a month. And hit the Drugstore & Household Store (aka Cdn Tire) 1 to 2 times a month.
My Drugstore & Household items (Health, Beauty, Cleaning Products, etc) has been close to steady… maybe just a 5% jump at most… BUT my regular items at the Grocery Store have gone up maybe 20% (so an overall average of 15%).
Where a year ago we were spending $ 600 / month on Groceries and $ 50 a month on the other stuff… it now looks more like $ 700+ and a tad over $ 50 now.
As the other Bees have said, hopefully things will “calm down” soon as we go into Summer and the prime growing season
(Food items in Canada tend to be at their most expensive February, March & April)
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TO @fishbone: & @Eckle: – lol, “food for thought”… but sorry I have to agree with @beemo: (Reply # 11) on this one, when it comes to Corn (the primary source for Ethanol) it is a HUGE crop that typically grows more than we need.
AND there is a BIG difference between Corn that Humans eat (corn on the cob, niblets etc) which is SWEET CORN and Corn that is grown for commercial purposes… FIELD CORN (aka when I was a kid, the distinction was made by calling this one more commonly COW CORN… because well that was its primary purpose… livestock feed).
Truth is… Cow Corn is not something you’d ever want to eat !!
But it is used for Animal Feed, as well as the production of things like Corn Starch, Sweetners (Fructose Corn Syrup) and Ethanol Alcohol… but also found in common products like Cosmetics, Drugs, Batteries, Rubber, Crayons, Soaps, Aborbents (ie like in Disposible Paper Produts like Diapers), Biodegradeable Plastics, Beverages, Food Additives and Food Supplements to name but a small handful.
So ya Corn is a very important NA Crop… and there is no shortage… and growing corn doesn’t take away from farmers growing any other crops, as it tends to be a very low maintenace crop as well. Plant in the early spring… harvest in the very very late fall.
It is a CASH Crop for NA Farmers in a very very real way.
Hope this helps,