Grocery inflation has been going on all year and shows no sign of abating, though overall inflation in Belgium actually fell (a fraction) in November. As in previous months, the products that had risen especially sharply are still the main culprits that would have you thinking twice before whipping up a spaghetti carbonara.
It's the time of year when we traditionally overfill our plates and copious servings of seasonal favourites are prepared in restaurants and at home. But if an expanding waistline has historically failed to restrain our temptation to overindulge, might we finally be forced to moderation by constricted budgets?
Possibly not, as record wage indexes are implemented to repair the damage to household budgets – a move that will benefit a large number of employees, though by increasing demand it threatens to keep pushing prices in the wrong direction.
Still, we might be thankful that living in Brussels comes with a much lesser price tag than other European metropoles that feature among the top ten most expensive worldwide. Belgium's capital pales in comparison to nearby Paris, which was ranked 9th by The Economist. Brussels is just 64th.
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