In its most recent CPI report for food, the USDA reported that prices are expected to rise in 2011.
I guess the rise in food prices I've seen over recent months was a figment of my imagination. That makes my wallet feel so much better.
But all snarkiness aside, this ought to be a big wake up call for anyone who is reading this and doesn't already have a deep pantry or a full-on food storage plan. Even if you aren't worried about a future supply disruption, look at the money you can save simply by buying items in quantity when they're on sale--especially the seasonal sales.
That's how I sold Mrs. Freeholder on the concept. And now she's been able to see not only how much we save, but the added convenience of "Oh, I don't have ingredient X for tonight's supper, so I have to run to the store" has also made an impression. Not to mention the occasional time when schedules dictate no trip to the store this week. Or times when something like ground chuck not only isn't available at a reasonable price but is hardly available an an unreasonable one.
And if anyone asks, I ain't seen Chuck in two weeks. You see him, send him around 'cause he owes me 20 bucks. That's my story and I'm stickin' to it.