A few weeks ago I bought lemons without realising that I still have some at home. Much to my amazement I saw that the price of lemons went up with 9% in 2 weeks.
This then made me wonder about the prices of food. Do you notice how much you pay for the essentials? Do you know how much you pay for a loaf of bread, cheese and milk?
I must admit that I have a ball park figure in my head but not an exact price.
None of us believe that inflation is 7%, we all know that it is way more but to actually see how much things go up in the space of 2 weeks is mind boggling. You do have to ask – is this inflation or is this big corporations seeing a chance to make extra money?
So being the nerd I am – I’ve started a spreadsheet. I log everything I buy with the date and the price. I’ve only done this for two trips but already the price increases are mind boggling.
These were all bought and compared at Woolworths – however Food Lovers Clover milk was R4 more expensive that the Woolworths brand.
2l of milk – up by R2 – 9.3%
6 small yogurts – up by R2 – 9.1%
plastic bags – up by 4c – do you even know how much you pay for plastic bags – I thought it was about 20c – well much to my amazement it is actually 51c!!! – 9.2%
So this is now a challenge to myself – I’m not going to shop at one shop only. I going to make a concerted effort to buy the essentials from places that is cheapest. I have a Woolworths, a Pick ‘n Pay, a Spar, a Checkers and a Food Lovers market all within a 2km range from my house. I think the days of the attitude that time is more valuable than money is over.
Just to show you how lemons increased – look at this photo.