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Combat The Effects Of Inflation - How To Survive Price Increase

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Governments continue to gear themselves up to combat the effects of inflation as economies endure a gradual but steady downward trend.

In June 2022, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) predicted that in 2023, the European economy would grow 1.6 percent, reported BusinessWorld.

This September, the OECD changed its forecast. Instead, the Paris-based organization said that it could be a bleak 0.3 percent growth in 2023.

As banks find ways to defeat inflation, the common people in general can also combat the effects of inflation in their own ways.

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What Is Meant By Inflation?

Before getting to know some of the ways to combat the effects of inflation, below is a simple explanation of what inflation is by an international financial institution.

According to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), inflation involves prices of goods and services increasing for a certain period.

To add to that, the IMF stated:

Inflation is the rate of increase in prices over a given period of time. Inflation is typically a broad measure, such as the overall increase in prices or the increase in the cost of living in a country.

- International Monetary Fund (IMF)

By that definition alone, one would see why the government would want to combat the effects of inflation. It makes life generally hard for most people, particularly for lower-income households.

Unleaded plus gasoline; a hand holding a red marker drawing a rising line above a bar graph going up
Unleaded plus gasoline; a hand holding a red marker drawing a rising line above a bar graph going up

Combat The Effects Of Inflation

Even though the government can wield greater power when it comes to controlling inflation, ordinary folks shouldn’t undermine what they can do about it.

It’s a battle waged by both parties. And, as they say, teamwork makes a huge difference all the time.

How Does The Government Combat Inflation?

For the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget (CRFB), a Washington-based non-profit organization, the government should focus on reducing costs.

Below are some of the steps taken by the government to combat the effects of inflation, as identified by the CRFB:

  • make tax reforms
  • lower the price of health care
  • limit spending on non-essential goods (known as “discretionary spending”)
  • reduce funds for and financial aids to different states
  • encourage people to invest (educate the public about investments)
  • increase productivity by making access to job opportunities easier and faster (e.g., improve and hasten employment procedures)
  • lower tariffs (the taxes a government imposes on imported and exported goods)
  • lower procurement costs (the cost/expenses involved when buying goods and services from different providers/sellers)
  • reexamine existing shipping-related regulations to check what can be done to reduce shipping costs
  • promote the use renewable energy (e.g., promote solar farms, wind energy)
Vector graphics of the U.S. Fed with a dollar sign; rolled one-, ten-, twenty- and hundred-dollar bills
Vector graphics of the U.S. Fed with a dollar sign; rolled one-, ten-, twenty- and hundred-dollar bills

How To Combat Inflation As An Individual?

Though those belonging in the upper crust of society can also be affected, it’s the ordinary citizens that can feel the burden of inflation in their everyday lives.

Be as “ordinary” as they are, people can also do something - heck, they can do a lot - to combat the effects of inflation. Take these as examples:

  • Save electricity.
  • Visit nearby stores to compare prices.
  • Use discount vouchers (e.g., when shopping and dining) and grocery coupons.
  • Whenever possible, grow your own vegetables.
  • Create a meal plan to lower your food expenses. Bring packed meals to work.
  • If schedule permits, try to moonlight to earn extra cash.
  • Take public transportation.
  • If the distance is not that great, bike your way to work. It doesn’t need to be daily.
  • Check your subscriptions (e.g., internet, cable, phone, magazine, etc.), and see how you can avail of other plans to save money.

Generally speaking, to combat the effects of inflation, the ordinary individuals should learn to pay more attention to their needs than their wants. Ways on how to save money will start from there.

Male middle-aged worker in suit and bicycle helmet standing near rows of bicycles; grocery coupons on a tray
Male middle-aged worker in suit and bicycle helmet standing near rows of bicycles; grocery coupons on a tray

People Also Ask

What Is Causing Inflation?

Below are the causes, according to Investopedia:

  • when production costs increase
  • when demand for products and services increase
  • changes in fiscal policy

What Are The Three Main Effects Of Inflation?

Per economics site BoyceWire, they are the following:

  • increased cost of living
  • value of money decreased (in other words, decreased purchasing power)
  • fluctuating exchange rates

Who Benefits From Inflation?

Individual lenders and lending companies benefit from inflation because more people need money and interest rates can go high.

Final Thoughts

The government needs a sound fiscal policy and for leaders, a strong political will to combat the effects of inflation.

As for the public, they should respond to the government’s call to support renewable energy. Teamwork, remember?

Still, through their own individual efforts, they can observe their own self-imposed cost-cutting measures.

Two key measures to combat the effects of inflation? Being prudent and practicing self-sacrifice.

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William Willis - William Willis is a freelance writer and social media manager who specializes in assisting finance professionals and Fintech entrepreneurs in growing their online audience and attracting more paying customers. William worked as a bank teller and virtual assistant for financial firms in the United States and the United Kingdom for six years before beginning her writing career. William is a strong force in the workplace, inspiring others to work hard and excel with his optimistic attitude and boundless energy. He enjoys hiking, crocheting, and playing video games with his children in his spare time.

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