Bidenflation is causing Americans to make big changes to feed their families

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Inflation is making the cost of everyday essentials much more expensive and forcing many people to tap into their savings and live from paycheck to paycheck.

Sadly, this new reality is leading many consumers to try and come up with new ways to deal with the higher cost of living.

And Biden’s inflation has led many Americans to radically change their lifestyle.

Americans are using new spending strategies

A new report has found that many American consumers are trying new strategies to help them stretch out their food budgets.

The report comes as food prices continue to rise ever higher, both in grocery stores and in restaurants.

The average American still forks over a lot more cash to buy everyday necessities now than they did just one year ago.

Consumer prices rose 3.1 percent over the last year according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Now, the average American household must pay around $213 more per month just to purchase the same goods and services it did one year ago, according to Mark Zandi, Moody’s Analytics chief economist.

Recently, hundreds of The Wall Street Journal readers shared how they changed their spending and eating habits so they can deal with these higher food costs.

Some examples include leaving out certain foods when grocery shopping, hunting, growing and harvesting their own food, and creating detailed spreadsheets for their food budgets.

Sarah Smith, 54, explained that she and her husband have traded in elaborate meals using fresh herbs and premium ingredients for much simpler meals made from cheaper canned foods.

For example, she explained that she now prepares tuna-noodle casserole instead of chicken cacciatore: “It’s not healthy, but it’s food,” she said.

Chicago resident Alexandra Blom and her husband Jason said they started to change their spending habits after they looked more closely at the prices of food at various grocery stores.

The 43-year-old said that they now buy in bulk, purchase less organic produce and locally sourced meat and eggs, and limit eating out to feed their family of four.

Instead, Blom said they make simpler meals using beans, rice, and lentils since these meals can be stretched out over longer periods.

Reader Nancy Randall said her family was able to cut spending by 30% per person to help stretch their budget.

The 56-year-old is a retired dietician and said she used to make fancy charcuterie boards, but now she skips the cheese aisle altogether.

The Houston family now relies on eating the deer they hunt and the fish they catch instead of buying prepackaged meats and other meals at the local grocery store.

Americans are returning to their roots

Aside from cutting back on going out to dinner or no longer buying fancy cheeses, more Americans are returning to their roots.

For example, New Jersey resident Bernard Brothman now relies on eating his homegrown food — he grows over a dozen different food items at a local community garden and in his son’s backyard garden.

The 67-year-old also said that he’s teaching his grandchildren how to grow their own vegetables as well.

Today, Americans are spending $605 more each month compared with the same spending two years ago and $1,019 more per month compared with three years ago. 

In response to rising food prices, President Biden blamed grocery stores for “ripping people off” earlier this month.

Informed American will keep you up-to-date on any developments to this ongoing story.