And then came one of my first primal "ouches" on the price front. At the time (last summer) a quart of Coffeemate sugar free was $1.99. Half 'n' half was $2.99. Pastured half 'n' half was $3.99. Since I'd originally switched from half 'n' half to Coffeemate because of bgh and resultant low levels of pus in milk, the middle option wasn't an option for me. So in one move, the cost of my coffee whitener doubled.
One of the reasons folks in the U.S. are scowling when they go to the grocery store is that food prices in the last two years have gone up more than most people's raises. I noticed when I first switched the kind of eggs I bought that I was paying almost twice as much as factory eggs. Now it's only 50% more. So even in a year, the factory eggs have gone up quite a bit. I blame it on unionized chickens. *chuckle*