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Continuing of the Valentine's Day Theme.....

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Valentine's day seems to ebb and flow in terms of popularity. I for one love the holiday. For one thing, it bridges the gap between New Years and ST PADDY'S day!!! Another thing is that it is fun and allows us to express creativity in the display of emotions and gratitude. BTW a colleague mentioned to me this week the "gratitude is the shortest emotion" and I REALLY have to second that statement.

So how will the AR community celebrate? Anything new, novel or fun?

I read that the trend is to cook at home because the cost of dining out has risen faster than the cost of "groceries".  I noted that in the haunts that  I frequent, prices are INSANE. Coffee...$9.00....iced tea...$7.00 (what are the costs on those????).

A "Big ASS soft pretzel....soft pretzel and a sports bar...$18.00!!! WHEW!

Those lovable rogues at CNN reported recently that the cost of groceries has risen 1.2% year over year while the cost of dining out has increased 5.1% year over year.  I do not see how this is possible,

It seems that each has risen much ore than this - especially groceries.  I reviewed my Instacart orders from Whole Foods and Vons.....the costs of groceries have risen more than 10% for me during the past year -  for the same items of course. Not to mention the "shrinkflation" under which the size of the products has become smaller but the prices have remained the same or risen.




Joyce Marsh
Joyce Marsh Real Estate LLC - Daytona Beach, FL
Joyce Marsh Homes

We are celebrating at home this year. Lobster tails for dinner, asparagus, rice pilaf, cherry tarts. Possibly a cheese course 

Feb 14, 2024 11:57 AM
Paddy Deighan MBA JD PhD

Joyce..that sounds perfect...with the notable exception of asparagus!!

Feb 21, 2024 07:57 AM
Joyce Marsh
Joyce Marsh Real Estate LLC - Daytona Beach, FL
Joyce Marsh Homes

I might add, definitely less expensive than eating out and we don’t have to worry about reservations.

Feb 14, 2024 11:58 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Prop. Mgr, Wenatchee, WA

Hi Paddy,
I am eating out far less than I used to. It's not that I can't afford to eat out, but that's not how I am choosing to spend my money.  As inflation rages, we all have to make choices.

Feb 14, 2024 02:30 PM
Paddy Deighan MBA JD PhD

Carol, I do not eat out as frequently either, mainly due to the fact that restaurants cook with unhealthy oil, add sugar to everything and do not follow standard recipes.....how many variations of Cesaer salad 

Feb 21, 2024 07:59 AM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

I’m up for Saint Paddy’s Day and I know just where to go for some real good Cornbeef and Cabbage!!!

Feb 14, 2024 04:39 PM
Peter Mohylsky, Destin BeachPro

At home?  Or out?

Feb 15, 2024 04:10 AM
Paddy Deighan MBA JD PhD

Mmmmm Michael I LOVE Corned Beef and cabbage....of course a pint of Guinness draft does not hurt either!!

Feb 21, 2024 08:00 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Paddy- yes...things are going up. I was buying small avocadoes for 55 cents each and saw them rise 10 cents each time over the course of 3 weeks. They did come down a bit. Things were better back in 2019. 

Feb 17, 2024 06:40 PM
Paddy Deighan MBA JD PhD

Kathy I love avocados and they have gone up tremendously..as have all fruits and vegetables...yet we are advised that Bidenomics and The Inflation Reduction Act are WORKING !!!!

Feb 21, 2024 08:01 AM