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Only big taxes that has gone up for us isn't actually a rate increase. On property tax they assessed our place at worth 100k more than last year. That's an issue caused by the current houses bubble. I saw the same thing back in Virginia Beach in the 2000s leading up to that crash.

Meat has gone up a little. Most things have at the grocery here. Not huge amounts when it's just been a price increase. It's the product downsizing that really increases the cost per ounce. Yes, I always check. Mom carried a calculator in her purse when I was a kid just to do that. Some things stick. Like figuring out mpg after every fill up, never dropping below 1/4 tank because we live away from the city, knowing that just because gas is $0.5 cheaper across town, you'll spend more than you save going there and back.

Labor costs more so there have been minor increases to cover that. The flats of berries we buy went up $2. That was all over the wage increases.

Good deals can be found. Guess what I'm smoking tomorrow.
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I'm dismayed by the housing bubble that's starting. 2008 wasnt that long ago... how is it happening again? I don't understand the current housing bubble.

Produce prices are up the most - up 10% nationwide average. Not all is true inflation, there's all the weather and water issues too.

Walmart organic spring mix was 6 oz less (10 oz instead of 16 oz) and $1 more. Hahahaha, NOPE.

The price gouging part of the current inflation assumes that demand is "inelastic" - that people will buy it anyway because they need it.

Not me - I will boycott brands/products/stores and get it elsewhere. In this case, I'll buy local organic leafy greens that are available at all the other grocery stores in my area. The local ice dispenser raised their price from $1 to $2. But, the sign says its a "bigger" 8# bag. But. Whoops, they didnt cover up the old sign that says the old bag was 8#. Oh heck no, I went somewhere else and gladly paid $2.50 per 8# bag from a store that doesnt lie about a price change. The ice dispenser people could have just said its because the water/sewer price is going up 70% in order to fund a new water treatment plant. Or not said a reason at all. 🤷‍♀️ I dont take dishonesty well.
 

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my property taxes have doubled. car registration has doubled here as well. what im telling you in no fancy words is they are continually makin it harder and harder for a workin man to raise kids in this messed up place. everything but the kitchen sink can go right up ur keester.
we didnt have power grid failures before 2 years ago. ive lived here all my life, i never experienced that.

maybe we can say its because of this or that, but at the end of the day it all adds up to me and my kids getting the shaft.

working people in my county are getting ran out of town because they cant afford to live here and at the same time immigrants from California (thats right they aint native texan) are buying all the property at increased prices because they have a large amount of cash from selling in California, where they left because they couldnt afford to live.



i used to get mad about it, but now im just done. theres no arguing morallity or common sense to all these socialists and progressives because they have all been brain washed. they come at regular joes all the time with the same long list of fancy words and bull**** like you been doing.




but you just keep saying everything is ok and believing it while ur president sells the american people out daily. im gonna keep doing for myself and avoiding the communist propaganda like the plague.
Well there is your issue. Transplants from California. They have been raising housing costs up here for ages. I remember back in the 80s-90s and California transplants causing the same issues in Portland Oregon.

That's an issue where ever they go. Even to some foreign countries. Singapore was just in the news about it a few weeks ago. Mexico has the same issues. Rich yuppies willing to pay lots drive out the people who have been living there by making it unaffordable. Then they want to change all the laws to favor them.
 
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My problem is that there has been rampant Mcmansion subdivision building around here driving up housing prices. They are putting a huge one is about 4 miles down the road. No infrastructure for it. 500+ houses. It will require another fire station because the one rural 2 miles away can't handle that much more. Oh but the rest of us have to pay for it.

The apartment we rented a decade ago now is almost 4x times what we paid for rent.

Then the yuppies want horse properties. There are a few 10acre HOA subdivisions here as well. Only horses mind you. No chickens even. Even though the county says it's allowed. We can point you which road the nearest one of these monstrosities is on by the fact the people don't know how to drive on country roads.
 

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we didnt have power grid failures before 2 years ago. ive lived here all my life, i never experienced that.


"Hell may not freeze over, but history suggests that Texas’s energy system does—and with some frequency. In 1989, in 2003, and in 2011, the state experienced, to varying degrees, simultaneous shutdowns of power plants and parts of its natural gas–producing infrastructure, as significant swaths of both of those critical systems were incapacitated by arctic temperatures, triggering blackouts."

i guess you were lucky then to not have experienced those...

as for the rest of your comments. i consider the abortion rights changes recently happening a return to the dark ages for sure. the violence towards minorities and people i consider friends isn't making for a wonderful country either.
 

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Well there is your issue. Transplants from California. They have been raising housing costs up here for ages. I remember back in the 80s-90s and California transplants causing the same issues in Portland Oregon.

That's an issue where ever they go. Even to some foreign countries. Singapore was just in the news about it a few weeks ago. Mexico has the same issues. Rich yuppies willing to pay lots drive out the people who have been living there by making it unaffordable. Then they want to change all the laws to favor them.
right. i mean i dont hold it against them. most of the ones ive spoken to call it commiefornia because of all the green regulations and taxes that ended up making it unlivable for the average person. alot of them are just regular people trying to make a living, but we are suffering for it. i really hope they dont bring the same mentalities to the voter booths and make Texas progressive....but thats probably gonna happen.


then on top of that we have a power grid thats struggling to keep up AND they built thousands of new houses this year to hook to the same grid. its all about revenue i guess. "dont worry about the mule, just load the cart so we can get paid"



maybe alot of these separate issues (food shortages, mass death of livestock, fuel prices, food prices, inflation, housing market, building material prices, local taxes, stock markets, interest rates, etc) are unrelated but it seems like they are compounding on each other and the average people are getting the shaft. its gonna be much worse than 08


i may be all doom and gloom but i dont see things getting any better any time soon and im starting to question if its all by accident or if some of it is by design.


im gonna keep doing what we do. keep practicing self reliance, keep my family safe, fed, and healthy. i guess thats all we can do.
 

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right. i mean i dont hold it against them. most of the ones ive spoken to call it commiefornia because of all the green regulations and taxes that ended up making it unlivable for the average person. alot of them are just regular people trying to make a living, but we are suffering for it. i really hope they dont bring the same mentalities to the voter booths and make Texas progressive....but thats probably gonna happen.


then on top of that we have a power grid thats struggling to keep up AND they built thousands of new houses this year to hook to the same grid. its all about revenue i guess. "dont worry about the mule, just load the cart so we can get paid"



maybe alot of these separate issues (food shortages, mass death of livestock, fuel prices, food prices, inflation, housing market, building material prices, local taxes, stock markets, interest rates, etc) are unrelated but it seems like they are compounding on each other and the average people are getting the shaft. its gonna be much worse than 08


i may be all doom and gloom but i dont see things getting any better any time soon and im starting to question if its all by accident or if some of it is by design.


im gonna keep doing what we do. keep practicing self reliance, keep my family safe, fed, and healthy. i guess thats all we can do.
Don't forget putting your faith in God. Jesus already won the battle, but the Enemy doesn't believe it.
 

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My problem around here is the Industrial Ag taking over.
The small dairy farmer is being shut down because the dairies don't want to deal with their smaller production amounts. Same with beef cattle. Those "Family Farms" that hire workers for shift work and have 1000+ head of cattle locked up in a barn 24/7/365 are Industrial Ag and cause so much environmental issues. How is such concentrated livestock operation even healthy? I must admit that they do work hard to keep the cows healthy but is that really a good thing? How many resources go into keeping them healthy that having them out on green grass and sunshine couldn't cure? The electric bills alone must be staggering - much less the amount of diesel used to run the tractors.
I like the beef I get from my local grocery store. I talked to the butcher, and they get their meat from a "local" processor who purchases from local farmers. Local here meaning within 100 miles at most. Most of the beef is raised on pasture and only on a feedlot for a short while if at all. They are trucked from farm to processor and spend minimal time in the kill pen. Is it a perfect solution, no. But I am not in a position to have a small herd and raise my own milk and beef at this time. Will that time come, probably not.
 
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