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Raising Chickens for Cheaper Eggs Gets Expensive Fast
  + stars: | 2023-01-31 | by ( Rachel Wolfe | ) www.wsj.com   time to read: 1 min
Grocery shoppers, frustrated by the record prices of a dozen eggs, are increasingly choosing to go right to the source by bringing chickens home. The price for a carton of eggs is up 60% year-over-year, according to the latest Consumer Price Index. Eggs are just one example out of hundreds of items that eat further into Americans’ budgets than they did a few years ago. Some shoppers hope a do-it-yourself approach to eggs will help stretch their budgets, and bring a little joy to their backyards.
Consumers Tired of Inflation Scrimp—and Splurge
  + stars: | 2023-01-24 | by ( Rachel Wolfe | ) www.wsj.com   time to read: 1 min
Americans are cutting back on many everyday purchases amid inflation, while splurging on a few big-ticket items. Think shopping for staples at the dollar store dressed in Gucci sneakers. Welcome to the split-brain budget.
Americans are cutting back on many everyday purchases amid inflation, while splurging on a few big-ticket items. Think shopping for staples at the dollar store dressed in Gucci sneakers. Welcome to the split-brain budget.
Inflation is often called a tax on the poor, but this time it’s hit middle-income households the hardest. Many low-income households, benefiting from exceptionally low unemployment rates, have found jobs and experienced wage increases that lifted income more than the cost of living, according to studies by the Congressional Budget Office and others. Many were also bolstered by federal payments during the pandemic.
Parents who give their grown children a gym membership at Christmas risk a recriminatory, What are you saying, Mom? So does surprising them with offers to pay for dating coaches and matchmakers. Two years ago, Kelli Kaku’s mother bought her the $797 online course, “Fall in Love by Christmas.” Ms. Kaku, 34 years old, was blindsided.
The $25 Gift Card Rules Christmas in a Year of Inflation
  + stars: | 2022-12-22 | by ( Rachel Wolfe | ) www.wsj.com   time to read: 1 min
Inflation may be driving up the price of presents this year, but one item costs exactly the same: a $25 gift card. Long viewed as impersonal by some, gift cards have taken on a new shine this season as a way to help givers maneuver around rising prices and let receivers buy what they actually need.
No matter how many times you yell “representative” into the phone, you won’t reach an employee at Frontier Airlines . The budget carrier dropped its phone service option last month, leaving customers to use chat functions or social media to resolve issues. The airline joins a growing group of companies—from Breeze Airways to Resy to Facebook —that eliminate or make phone numbers extra hard for customers to find. Instead, they rely on automated or text-based customer service. Others still have operators, but are pushing more customers to use online services rather than the phone.
No More Dinner and a Movie. Cheapskate Daters Want Less.
  + stars: | 2022-11-29 | by ( Rachel Wolfe | ) www.wsj.com   time to read: 1 min
Nearly half of single Gen Zers and millennials have suggested or taken someone on a less expensive date due to inflation, according to a recent survey. Looking for love has always been emotionally draining. Now, it will also drain your bank account even more than it used to. That’s why many daters are increasingly pushing back and embracing frugality. It’s a necessity for some, with the price of restaurant meals up 17% and alcoholic beverages away from home up 12% since before the pandemic, according to the most recent Consumer Price Index.
Being a Cheap Date Is Suddenly a Major Plus
  + stars: | 2022-11-29 | by ( Rachel Wolfe | ) www.wsj.com   time to read: 1 min
Nearly half of single Gen Zers and millennials have suggested or taken someone on a less expensive date due to inflation, according to a recent survey. Looking for love has always been emotionally draining. Now, it will also drain your bank account even more than it used to. That’s why many daters are increasingly pushing back and embracing frugality. It’s a necessity for some, with the price of restaurant meals up 17% and alcoholic beverages away from home up 12% since before the pandemic, according to the most recent Consumer Price Index.
Households, retailers and charities nationwide, feeling the pinch of inflation, are bracing for a humbug holiday season. U.S. consumers and businesses have trimmed spending plans for gifts, charitable contributions and holiday events, data show. The penny-pinching threatens to spoil the year-end for many, especially firms and nonprofits that tally their largest share of sales and donations in November and December.
Shoppers became accustomed to using their homes as dressing rooms during the pandemic, as retailers let them buy several items online and then decide what to keep. Stores are now trying sharp measures to curb that habit. Retailers bent over backward to make returns easy so that people would keep shopping through Covid-19 shutdowns, says Erin Halka, a retail strategist at supply-chain consulting firm Blue Yonder. But that fed a pattern of buying and returning that grew costly for companies.
Good Luck Returning Your Unwanted Clothes and Electronics
  + stars: | 2022-11-01 | by ( Rachel Wolfe | ) www.wsj.com   time to read: 1 min
Shoppers became accustomed to using their homes as dressing rooms during the pandemic, as retailers let them buy several items online and then decide what to keep. Stores are now trying sharp measures to curb that habit. Retailers bent over backward to make returns easy so that people would keep shopping through Covid-19 shutdowns, says Erin Halka, a retail strategist at supply-chain consulting firm Blue Yonder. But that fed a pattern of buying and returning that grew costly for companies.
This winter is set to be one of the most expensive in recent history to heat a home. For the roughly half of U.S. households that rely on gas furnaces, heating costs are estimated to rise 28% to an average of $931 this winter, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.
A third of Americans reportedly have tattoos. There’s a good chance one of them is on Grandma. Roxana Nourishad , 18 years old, and her grandmother, Shoheila Mahdavi , 76, plan to get matching tattoos the next time they are together. They’re thinking envelopes with little hearts to represent their long-distance ties—Ms. Nourishad at college in Berkeley, Calif., and her grandmother in Dubai.
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Food & Services News
  + stars: | 2022-09-12 | by ( Alistair Macdonald | Karolina Jeznach | Rachel Wolfe | ) www.wsj.com   time to read: 1 min
TechThe grocery-delivery company is one of the few companies in Silicon Valley moving toward a public listing in what may be one of the slowest years for IPOs in decades.
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