This country has been wobbling economically for over two years now. Just flip on the news and you will be given statistics and flip charts of data that shows how the economy is doing. Everything is monitored from the housing market to exports to unemployment. Right now the government likes to tell us that our economic situation is improving. I would beg to differ.
You see, ever since I was a kid there was one household indication that was unfailing to indicate how we were doing financially. It was simple, and foolproof. It is as timely now, as it was when I was a boy. The indicator I am referring to is hamburger.
Yes that ground beef is the perfect home barometer for determining the health of household finances. By now you are probably thinking I am a little of my rocker, after all beef and other commodities are already monitored right? No I am referring to the actual ground beef that is purchased and taken home. The formula is actually quite simple really. When times of prosperity are going on, the hamburger is used a whole pound at a time. As prosperity decreases less and less hamburger is used in various recipes. The reasoning for this is very simple really. As household income decreases, the need to stretch food resources becomes more necessary.
So nowadays, I don’t worry about watching the news to learn how bad off we are. I check the freezer and look for hockey puck portions of ground beef.