Tariff's went up in September and we've seen a 15% increase in things like coffee, wine, diapers, milk, avocados, pasta, and clothing.

USA Today is reporting the trade war between the United States and China will continue to hit our wallets and actually ramp it up to a 30% increase on items for the month of October, compared to over a month ago.

Let's dive into what those items are that will cost 30% more next month compared to August.

Peanut Butter

Still a staple in the home, peanut butter will be one of the items that will cost more for the month of October.  What could cost $2.00 - $6.00 per pound at your local grocery store will now be $2.60 - $7.80 per pound at the grocery store or a $0.60 - $1.80 increase.


Shampoo is one of those things that you are either don't care about and spend comparably little for OR think it's a great investment to keep your hair healthy.  Let's face it, I'm not paying an arm and a leg for my shampoo anyway but, now I may be running to the dollar store for the goop that cleans my hair.  $4.15 is an average of the retail price of lead shampoo brands in the United States which will become $5.40.

Pet Food

Oh, the puppers and kittahs don't get away with anything.  Tariffs will be affecting the pets, as well.  Your average dry kibble for the kitty will go from about $6.50 to $8.45 and your dog food will go from about $14.50 for a months worth of kibble to about $18.87.

And More

  • Water
  • Flour
  • Nuts
  • Carrots
  • Onions
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Apples
  • Makeup
  • Soap
  • Natural gas
  • Handbags
  • Toilet paper
  • Vacuum cleaners

There Is Some Relief Coming... Sort Of...

The tariff increase started in September with a 15% increase and will be bumped up to 30% in October.  December, however, is looking to go back down to the 15% tariff increase, just in time for the holiday season.  That 15% will be affecting tech stuff like phones, cameras, video game consoles, baby gear, toys and more personal care items- the stuff we're going to be putting our holiday cash and credit towards for the gift giving season.

Welp, sorry again that I choose to pass along more bad news for your wallet BUT at least we have the dollar store.

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