Tuesday, May 12, 2009
How to feed your family under $10.
The headline in last weekend Sydney Morning Herald caught my attention when I was trying to remove its cling-wrap from the papers. Home delivered papers in Sydney usually come rolled and cling wrapped to protect it from the weather. It was reported that the Australian Government will slash the skilled migration intake for a second time in as many months in a clear signal it expects the jobless to keep rising. The Government believes this is an aberration and the budget which will be announced on the second Tuesday of the month in May will forecast an unemployment rate of well above 8 per cent for the next financial year, prompting the cut of migrant intake. What this headline means for many is as clear as daylight. An 8 per cent of unemployment rate is equivalent of 1 million people out of work and the stack human cost of doing nothing.
A supermarket advertisement “Feed your family under $10” last week, is another revealing sign of the dire economic consequences to come. I took a closer look at the advertisement and did a mental sum on the exact costing s of the entire recipes in the flyer. Indeed, they are under $10 each, to feed a family of 4. Inevitably food prices and everything else prices are up and income is the same, but surely feel like less. My goal with this blog wasn’t how cheap we go but how can we keep eating well for less. To be continued...