- American families, like the Smiths, who spend most of their income on necessities such as groceries, gas and rent, are struggling with inflation
- Last month ‘food-at-home’ prices jumped 11%, the biggest 12-month increase since November 1980
- The little quality-of-life pleasures they could afford before the pandemic are now abandoned for many.
At least once a week over dinner, Cathy Smith and her husband, Robert, are faced with the same choice: not to let the kids have seconds or forgo a meal themselves.
“I have kids growing up and I want to make sure they have enough portions to feed themselves,” says Smith, 40, a mother of five who works in an Atlanta-area school district as a than a recruiter. “It’s gotten to the point that we’ve stopped buying cereal because milk is so expensive.”