While driving down the main highway through town over the weekend, I noticed something. There were many houses with things for sale near the curb. One house was having a garage sale. One was selling some furniture. Another had a truck and another had a boat. Turning the corner, there were a few more trucks for sale and another boat.
I think people are really feeling the pinch of higher prices, and in Michigan – the unemployment rate continues to be high here (in July it was 8.5%). I don’t think I have ever seen so many things for sale on the sides of the roads. Even websites for buying and selling seem to be flooded with items for sale. We are still on schedule to have a monster of a garage sale soon but now I’m wondering if there will be many buyers!
We are definitely feeling the pinch especially with our groceries. I haven’t found one thing that we normally buy that hasn’t gone up in price. The one type of cheese that we buy went up 50 cents. Eggs went up by almost a dollar. It’s tough to adjust to spending even less when we were trying to cut our spending to begin with. It seems like a big uphill battle, but I have hope we will make it work.