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With inflation at an all-time high in the country, Nirupa Vatyam spoke to four people from different professions to understand the changes they made to their monthly budget and found that they were reducing their food intake, consumption luxury and their holidays.
The changes made in the family budget
My wife and I earn Rs 3 lakh per month but we are unable to save even a single rupee due to inflation. While we used to go out to dinner as a family every week before, we have now stopped eating out. The same goes for movies, as ticket prices have increased exponentially. My car is now more of a showpiece. I only remove it in an emergency. Also, we used to go on vacation to a foreign country every year or do two tours in the country. But now we also have to put an end to vacation. I have to think twice even when my twins who are in their third B Tech year ask for something as my income has gone down after the pandemic as many stay away from insurance and investments as they want to have cash at their disposal. It would be a great relief for many if the state could take care of education and health like in the West. The least they can do is reduce taxes and GST on health insurance premiums.
Changes to the family budget
I run a small travel agency with two cars. After deduction of EMI and other expenses, I earn around Rs 30,000 per month. I have three dependents: my wife and my two children. Of my total income, Rs 7500 goes towards rent. I am now planning to move to a smaller house which would cost around Rs 5000. Same goes for my children who are in class 7 and class 3 the education we think if we transfer them to a school on a tight budget from a convent school, as their current schools have increased fees exponentially. We also stopped watching movies at the cinema and limited our entertainment to anything on TV. To make matters worse, my medical expenses are a bit high as I recently had major surgery and had to close my auto repair shop as doctors advised me not to work hard. I think the state should come to the aid of the middle classes and small entrepreneurs by taking measures to reduce prices.
Changes to the family budget
I am the sole breadwinner in my family. I live with my grandmother and my son, who is in his final year of B Tech. Despite creating multiple sources of income by working from 5:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., I am still forced to reduce various expenses due to the rising prices of basic necessities. To save on fuel, I stopped using my car and now rely on the metro for commuting. Also, instead of relying solely on gas for cooking, I also use an electric stove and an induction cooker. I think twice before even spending a rupee as the pandemic made me realize the importance of money as my family and I had to survive on a quarter of my salary for almost two years due to cuts in salary. If the government raises prices, say by 20%, and then lowers them by 10%, there is no point. It should take steps to ensure that at least the prices of basic necessities are within reach of all segments of the population. | Lecturer.
I am an electrician and my income depends on the number of clients I receive in a month. I earn around Rs 30,000 every month. I have a wife and three children – middle, class 9 and class 6. Although we can’t do much for the basics, like using fans or buying groceries, to make ends meet , we have reduced purchases and non-vegetarian products. . Even during the festival, we did very little shopping. When it comes to consuming non-veg, while we used to have it at least once a week, now we only reserve it for when parents come or once or twice a month. The same goes for fruits, because we have completely stopped eating them. I even stopped using my bike and started depending on my bike instead. We have no savings. I feel like I only work for us to eat and survive. My children’s education is another major headache as management has raised fees this year citing increased taxes and other expenses. Why can’t the state come to the aid of the middle classes by at least taking care of education?
“Lower food and fuel prices”
Claiming that people are struggling to provide for their families, the Confederation of Voluntary Associations (COVA) said central government and state governments should reduce taxes on all items. They further demanded that the government reduce central excise and VAT by 50% and freeze them for one year. COVA, which organized a 15-day summer camp for students from different schools on various social issues, including the impact of rising prices on different sections of society, conducted an in-depth interview with 71 people in camp and discovered that rising prices are making it difficult to buy basic necessities, pay rent, fees, medicine and repay loans. the middle classes reported a growing struggle with the costs of gasoline, cooking oil, kirana, LPG gas, milk, vegetables and meat. On average, the poor reported a monthly decrease in the purchase of rice by 6 kg, atta by 3 kg, oil by 3 kg, and vegetables. So even basic food is beyond their reach,” said Mazher Hussain, Executive Director, COVA Peace Network. “People think that only the government can control and reduce prices and that they must act immediately,” he added. The organization further stated that inflation is forcing people to sell or pawn their valuables or borrow to survive. They don’t have any savings now either, he revealed. They demanded that the government reduce petrol and diesel prices to the previous level of 70 rupees per litre, reduce the interest rate on personal and small business loans and provide unemployment benefit.
Families are tightening their budgets as prices of basic necessities rise
Last week, TOI asked its readers if rising prices for basic necessities were burning a hole in their pockets and what adjustments they needed to make to their monthly budget. Here are some answers… I follow four principles: reuse, recycle, refuse and recover to survive. this inflation. We only use public transport for travel. And develop good health habits through cycling, walking, yoga and meditation, to save on medical bills. Use only LED bulbs, common AC and air cooler, bathe in cold water, avoid school fees for children, do not buy non-essential items, and use microwaves and Non-stick coatings to reduce oil consumption are some of the cost saving measures we have opted for. —Sripad Ade
Rising commodity prices have put ordinary people in a difficult position. Prices for rice, pulses, spices, spinach, mustard oil and all other staples are rising sharply. Fish and meat are now only included in the diet during holidays. Electricity tariffs and LPG cylinder prices are also on the rise. All kinds of medicines, including life-saving medicines, now become inaccessible to the common man. In such a situation, managing a household has become a real challenge for a family on a fixed income. The cost burden is so high that ordinary people suffer the most. The government should take tough action against the unscrupulous hoarding traders who are largely responsible for this horrendous rise in the prices of all essentials. —Sanober Surayya
It seems that the central and state governments are using rising fuel prices to gain more revenue, as neither of them controls rising fuel prices and penalizes the public, mainly the middle and working class. Rising fuel prices have recently triggered runaway inflation. Prices of basic necessities have increased by almost 25-50%. I hope the central and state governments will wake up and understand the concerns of the citizens over rising prices. —T Kailash Ditya
Instead of using a vehicle, we walk for chores in the locality. We only buy cheaper vegetables and avoid non-vegetarian foods. Stopped attending weddings of distant relatives. In addition, we reduce alcohol consumption. In entertainment, by reducing the number of channels, we keep an eye on TV bills. The same goes for mobile internet bills. —JP Reddy
After the pandemic, we all face sudden inflation in the prices of all basic necessities like fruits, vegetables, groceries, oils, food grains, pulses, cooking gas and oil. ‘essence. It certainly affected our monthly budgets. We have made several adjustments to respond to the price increase. Instead of buying fruits and vegetables from supermarkets or online, we buy from local weekly markets or rythu bazaars. The same goes for groceries and we prefer a local Kirana store. We stopped eating at the restaurant. We also now spend Sundays at home instead of going out to reduce our gas mileage. —Parimala G Tadas

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