Breaking News: Your Wendy’s burger is no longer as affordable as it was last year.
The popular fast food chain is responding to economic crisis by raising their prices on menu items from fries to Frosties to burgers. However, what seems like an insignificant price raise, varying by a few cents on each customer’s receipt, may very well help the restaurant chain to close up the difference in income and material costs.
Wendy’s Menu Prices: Before and After
Several of the most-purchased items (understandably) are the ones which Wendy’s chose to “tinker with” by adding a few cents onto the cost. This price change has made the following more expensive:
- The Junior Cheeseburger Deluxe, cherished by children across the nation, is now $1.19 instead of $.99
- When you get a bag of chicken nuggets, instead of getting five chicken nuggets, you’ll get four.
- The Value Menu, formerly a firm $.99 is now called “Right Price Right Size,” with several new options and a price range from $.99 to $1.99.
Why are Food Prices Going Up?
So why would Wendy’s and all of the other popular fast food chains raise their prices? Greed? The answer is gas and droughts. All food materials are transported by gas-powered engines, so when gas prices go up, and fast food chains find themselves with a pricier gas cost than expected, the only way to react is to raise their own prices. Also, when droughts occur, fast food chains find the food they wanted to sell (or the food that should be fed to the other food they wanted to sell) dying right in the dirt. Without sufficient water, as anyone knows, plants (food; corn, wheat, etc.) die, and what did survive is significantly more expensive.
How to Offset Food Prices
Let’s face it – this could happen to us too. And it already is – prices are being raised because of droughts, and the cost of gas. How do we deal with it? We can choose to not buy food from Wendy’s or McDonalds, but will that really solve the problem? Even grocery store prices are skyrocketing. It looks like all we have left is doing it ourselves – but how? One word: Homesteading. It’s not as hard as you think. You truly can offset rising food prices by gardening, and when the harvest comes, you really will reap the benefits. Growing your own food is not only cost efficient, but also healthier. Gardening and growing your own food at home is all around better for you, your family, and your wallet.