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    Eating and surviving

     

     

    Rising gas prices have caused another cost Americans have to cope with, that of the rising cost of food.

     

     

     

    In Knoxville Tennessee, milk is in the $5 range, with bread over $2/loaf.  We are paying for

    high gas prices everywhere, as the increase is being tacked on to the food we put on our table for our families.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    For me, it is costing between $100 and $150 a week for groceries, as opposed to around $60 last year.

    Add to this the difference in the cost of gas, and it becomes apparent the problem that American families are facing.

     

     

     

    Extra activities are being cut out, as housing, food, and transportation are taking center stage.  We have to have a place to live, food to eat, and gas to reach work. 

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Decisions are no longer, does one to a movie, drive to the mountains, or go to the lake.  The daily

    decisions we have to make are how can I still provide food for my family, medicine if needed, transportation, and keep a house.  Loans are out of the question, there is barely any money in the budget for people to afford these outrageous loan

    payments.  Borrowing from family is not an option, as they are suffering the same.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    What choices are we having to make to survive?  The economy is going to implode upon itself

    without money.  Resorts, vacation spots,

    entertainment are all suffering.  No longer can we just impulsively load the car and head out on a day trip without completely understanding the total cost and how it will affect us before

    payday.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Something about gas and food must be done, or the average American will be hurting and there will be nothing that can be done to help

    them.

     

     

     

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