Inflation, shortages, and coping with economic challenges
@LaurieLovesLearning recommends we close the 13-page thread on shortages that we kept running through the previous phase of the COVID-19 emergency. I am starting a new thread that is broader, including price increases as well as shortages, and other ways we are handling our disrupted economy.
We just purchased 2 cords of green firewood, delivered, for next winter at $205 per cord. I don't recall exactly what we paid last year, but I believe this is a significant increase.
Wood is so readily available in Vermont that the purchase cost almost entirely represents labor. (When we had to hire someone to remove a fairly large tree that fell on our garage and punctured the roof, the labor cost was about the same as the cost would have been to purchase amount of wood that resulted.)
The price of fuel oil for heating skyrocketed when we had the tank refilled a few weeks ago. It's well over $4 a gallon.
A 30 oz jar of real mayonnaise is over $5 for a name brand like Hellman's, a little less than $5 for store brand.
Many shelves in our grocery stores continue to have significant empty spots. Pasta is available, but never fully stocked. Availability of bread, burger buns, and hot dog rolls, especially whole grain, continues to be spotty.
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