In less than 6 months the price of a bag of value brand frozen peas at Tesco has gone from 84p to £1.20.
I’m already down to one bag per month and I expect prices to keep on rising. Cheese, butter and potatoes are all off my list now and I stopped buying washing powder about 2 years ago thanks to a handy gadget from Lakeland which has saved me a lot of money.
We are all feeling the pinch. Even the most basic things are starting to become luxuries and I’m thinking that I can’t be the only one streamlining my shopping basket to such lengths. I am however now beginning to worry how the restricted diets many of us are being forced into are going to affect our health in years to come. Scrimping on fresh fruit, vegetables and a balanced diet is surely going to have long term effects?
Over the last few years my diet has become incredibly restricted. Most of the veg I consume has to be grown in the garden which means that for a large part of the year I don’t have much variety. Supermarket prices are now too prohibitive as the price of peas demonstrates. I now have an intake of just five vegetables.
My staple diet consists mostly of meat, fish, carbohydrates (pasta, rice, homemade bread, porridge), milk and eggs which I am sure cannot be good for me. Despite this I’ve not lost any weight at all which is also a concern because it means I must be eating calorie rich foods and am not getting the right nutrition.
Over the last few weeks I’ve noticed I am going to bed hungry more often and I skip at least a few meals a week. The food I am eating at home is becoming routine and uninteresting which often means I just can’t be bothered with it. And I‘m not the only one. This is becoming a regular pattern across the country for people in all wage brackets, in all classes.
The knock on effect is that supermarkets are going to see their profits fall. To encourage shoppers they either have to drop their prices or cover the short fall by putting them even higher. Something has to give. And I can’t see an easy resolution to the problem.