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Irish Born Chinese

Food savings (trying to anyway)

Created Sunday, 20th April 2008, 12:49 by whykay
(NOTE: This is a migrated article from the old IBC blog)

I swear, the prices of food is sky-rocketing, it’s not funny any more. I tend to buy a lot of fresh vegetables, some meat and fish, and it’s hurting our pockets big time. Maybe some common sense might help here though instead of convenience. I also did not know that many Hong Kong’s eateries will be out of business due to the food crisis over there. I take HK as an example just from talking to my mom over the weekend. It’s an example of a country that is reliant on imports of everything, the rising value of the Chinese currency compared to the HK Dollar, it’s really hurting the normal folks. My aunt in HK told my mom that cooking oil is up by 100% since last year, and buying from wet markets is just as dear as in supermarkets. Back home here, I don’t even know what will happen to restaurants and takeaways that sells rice, given that some rice-producing countries have stopped exporting rice, will they be bulk-storing rice over here? I cannot imagine being without rice, I don’t eat it everyday, but it’s part of who I am. I grew up eating it as part of my staple diet, as with all Asian families.

So I suppose what I can only do here is shop smarter, which will help me stop buying crap and only get essentials. Supermarkets will probably have to work harder now, as I wouldn’t be the only consumer trying to save on food spending.