Tuesday, February 21, 2012

GAS AND FOOD PRICES: The Wheels Keep Turning!

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YOUR PERSONAL GPS
You might find your life's destination better if you remember
ADVICE IS LEAST HEEDED WHEN MOST NEEDED - English Proverb

WHEN GIVING ADVICE, SEEK TO HELP, NOT TO PLEASE, YOUR FRIEND - Solon

The man shown on the front cover of Forbes is Sheldon Adelson, one of the richest men on the planet.  His net worth is about $25 Billion.

I DID NOT WRITE THIS BLOG FOR HIM!

I did write it for you.  I wanted to remind you of a Forbes article that motivated me to write several blogs about your welfare last year.  In January 2011 Forbes wrote:

The world is treading on dangerous ground.
Market forces are in place for another
global food crisis, and, as the wheels keep
turning, it will be harder for them to be
put in reverse!




The article pointed out that corn was up 94% and wheat was up 80% since the previous June.

My lovely wife, Julie, and I enjoyed one of our favorite dinners last night, Lake Erie perch and cole slaw.  Simple, easy to fix and, Oh! so good.  The perch was a gift of my friend Don Wilson.  The cole slaw mix came from Save-A-Lot, a nearby discount grocery store.  Two weeks ago I bought that cole slaw mix for the usual price of $1.19.  Last night it cost me $1.49.  So, what's the big deal, it was just thirty cents, wasn't it?  NO! IT WAS OVER A 25% INCREASE IN COSTS IN A MONTH OR LESS TIME.  Most of our food comes from our own stores, but one must buy the fresh veggies.  I'll be heading for the farmer's market come Thursday. 

  A GOOD SCARE IS WORTH MORE TO A MAN THAN GOOD ADVICE
Edgar Watson Howe

Well, my friends, I tried to scare you several times last year.  DID IT WORK?  On my April 3rd blog, I mentioned that coffee and toilet paper prices were going out of sight, encouraging you to store up coffee at the prices we just paid, $2.50 a pound.  On May 5th, I told about laying aside  cases of Campbell's pork-n-beans for which we paid only $23.00.  I told about getting a couple years supply of sour, water packed cherries for a third their normal costs.


ADVICE IS LEAST HEEDED WHEN MOST NEEDED
  English Proverb

 In general, due to soaring gasoline and grain prices, global food costs are at their highest price in 20 years. THEY WILL GO HIGHER, STILL!  We are told to expect in excess of $5.00 a gallon gasoline this summer, what with all the Middle East unrest.  WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO ABOUT IT?

WHAT IF THE ECONOMY TOTALLY TANKS
Have you thought about it, in a positive manner?
IF IT CAN HAPPEN, IT WILL, AT THE WORST POSSIBLE TIME!
Murphy's Law

Kin Hubbard asked, "Who really recalls when folks
got along without something?"
Before you need to do so, you might give some thought to what you can get along without.  What do you really need to be warm, dry, well fed and secure?  Up front, in my life, comes all the excessively expensive things I do, like entertaining friends and family at the beach for a month, or making a cross-country camping trip.  Or, having friends and/or family as guests at a Bed and Breakfast. Just the change in that attitude alone would almost feed Julie and I for a year.
 A month on a Shanty Boat, for example, would still be quite enjoyable and cost nil.  Cable TV, two cell phones and three computers?  Not needed for warm, dry, well fed and secure!  Another decision that would feed us for a year.  Three cars?  Yep!  You get the idea.  A bigger garden?  Fish from our lakeside retreat?  Why, I even remember how to build a box trap for rabbits.  Come right down to it, I remember how Mom used to bait quail, good eat'n!

A COUNTRY BOY CAN SURVIVE, AND, AS JOHN DENVER SANG,
I'M JUST A COUNTRY BOY! 


 NOW IS THE TIME TO THINK THOSE THOUGHTS,
 NOT WHEN YOU ARE IN DEEP DOO-DOO, NOT KNOWING WHICH WAY TO TURN.

Publilus Syrus was a Roman slave
in the first century B.C.

He was so wise that he was freed
These words of wisdom of 2,000 years ago
 are still worth consideration.

MANY GIVE ADVICE, ONLY THE WISE PROFIT FROM IT

A wise man, descendent of slaves, Bill Cosby, 
uttered this pearl of wisdom

A WORD TO THE WISE AIN'T  NECESARY,
ITS THE STUPID ONES THAT NEED IT


ADVICE IS SELDOM WELCOME, AND THOSE WHO NEED IT MOST
LIKE IT LEAST - Lord Chesterfield

God Bless You and Yours

GOD BLESS THE USA

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