Image & Quotes courtesy of Chattanooga Times Free Press
I don’t know how many of you read the somber article “Biting Our Budgets” on the front page of Sunday’s Chattanooga Times, but it stopped me dead in my tracks. I saw the story again last night on the news. The rising cost of groceries is an issue gripping more and more families every day. Sadly, families who used to “just get by”…. well… they simply aren’t anymore.
I felt something catch in my throat reading the grim statements below:
“We ain’t got nothing to eat. “We usually just try to struggle through it, but we couldn’t make it this month. I never thought it would come to this.” – Tron Coots, 33
“Every time I go to the grocery store, the prices go up. I find ways to buy groceries with the money I have one month and, by the next month, it isn’t enough.” – Gina Headrick, 26, mother of 2
Doesn’t that make you want to cry? I mean, seriously! We need to reach out to these people!
The article went on to reveal some sobering facts:
- February had the largest monthly increase in food costs in 2 1⁄2 years
- Gas prices rose more than $.40/ gallon this year
- Food banks have seen a large increase in families dependant on them for monthly boxes of supplies
Graph above shows rising cost of commodities from August 2010 – Feb 2011. Includes Cereal, Vegetable Oils, Meat, Seafood, Sugar, Bananas, and Oranges Price Indices. – Courtesy of IndexMundi.com
Here’s the deal, guys. I feel extremely blessed to have learned about couponing in time to help steer my family off the road we were headed down. And I know that we couponers, as a whole, are doing okay in an economy where many are not. We’re pushing through and weathering the storm. We’ve taken it upon ourselves to learn new survival tactics. And strangely enough, couponing is a HUGELY effective survival tool.
Don’t you wish we could reach out to folks who are drowning? Teach them how to keep their heads above water, show them how to ride it out?
We do too!!
I would love you all to tune in at 4:15 pm as Kasey & Kelly go live on the air with David Karnes on radio station WPLZ 95.3 FM. If you don’t live in the Chattanooga listening area tune in here to listen online. I’m also putting the word out on Facebook – for people to flood Time2Save’s facebook page with their personal testimonies. Just tell your story, honestly, briefly – and show how things can be different.
Just imagine if someone who NEEDS to hear this comes to the website or the Facebook Page to find out more – and is met with the confidence and encouragement of our community of readers and friends. What kind of hope might be kindled in someone, just by reading your story and connecting on a personal level?
Please take a moment – leave a testimony here in the comment section – and if you will, on our Facebook page here as well.
(We ask that you keep your comments positive, without judgement of those from the story.)