A little here, a little there
Stephanie Roth, 41, realized just how much her financial situation had deteriorated when she was signing up to bring a dish to the Valentine's Day party at her kids' daycare.
"I used to always be a mom who would sign up for the main stuff like the sandwiches," she says. "You know, the big, expensive things."
Before the pandemic, Roth was in a good financial situation. She could bring the sandwiches, the soda and the cupcakes. But last month, she realized that was no longer the case.
"I was literally looking at the list thinking, 'What has inflation not messed with?' And I signed up for bananas, because they're still 59 cents a pound."
Roth has three children, ages 2, 4 and 6 and lives in Lebanon, Tennessee, just outside of Nashville.
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