Prices are rocketing across the board and it is hard to find bargains as families feel the squeeze on already overstretched budgets.
Energy, fuel, taxation and high inflation is biting hard and some A**hole in government said that people should buy ‘own brand’ products in the supermarkets to save money on their ever spiralling upward food bills.
Well Pal, having read an article yesterday (source), I’d like to know how!!
According to figures from the Office for National Statistics, food inflation soared by 5.9% in March.
New figures also show that the prices of dozens of value range items at Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury’s, Morrisons and Aldi all went up in recent weeks by up to 30%.
Price rises were recorded for 102 items including tinned vegetables, jam, pasta, coffee, fresh meat and cheese.
I had already noticed that our budget 69p meals from Tesco have gone up to 75p, but it’s not a one off. Fresh fruit and veg prices are also rising every day and in all honesty, I refuse to pay it. Frozen fruit was always a good alternative, but even that has gone up considerably, the last pack of summer fruits I bought being £1.99 from £1.69.
I am glad that most of the products listed are not what we would buy as a rule anyway, but we do have UHT skimmed milk which was 49p not that long ago and went up 1p for a while. It has since seen two hikes to 55p and now currently 59p per litre. A 500g tub of Flora Lighter margarine has also rocketed from £1.19p to £1.45 in Lidl in recent weeks and shop brand alternatives are a lot to be desired in the ‘light’ range.
In summary (full list of items is in the article):
Asda increased the prices of 37 out of 158 Smart Price or Farm Stores products between 4 April and 2 May.
Sainsbury’s increased the prices of 20 out of 237 value range products between 4 April and 2 May.
Tesco increased the prices of 42 out of 216 value range products between 4 April and 2 May.
Morrisons only increased the price of one product out of the 43 value items between 4 April and 2 May.
Aldi only increased the price of two products out of their 90 everyday essentials items between 4 April and 2 May.
I can’t see BoJo or our chancellor with a trolley full of budget food, and have serious doubts as to whether they actually have any idea about rip off Britain and any excuse to put prices up businesses as they have no money worries. I have no issue with people working hard, earning good money, or being well off. But our Chancellor has multiple homes, millions in the bank, and married into a wealthy family, so how can he possibly have the remotest idea of what the lower paid population is facing now?
I cannot understand why the Government don’t step in and STOP these greedy energy and food giants hiking prices out of all proportion. With yet another horrendous rise in energy bills expected in October, the chancellor can shove his £200 ‘loan’ that most of us don’t want but have no choice, and tackle the energy crisis at source.
Already it is a case of heat or eat for too many, but looking at this article, more and more people will be unable to afford either.