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Middle-class tightens belt amid high food prices

Many Kenyans including the luxury-loving urban middle-class are finding life tough and are resorting to austere cost-cutting measures to beat the hard times.

Residents of Buru Buru, Donholm, South C and South B who talked to the Nation say they have done away with certain expenditures to fit their tight budget.

Jane Ndunge, a mother of two who lives in Buru Buru, says that in her neighbourhood the prices of groceries such as tomatoes have gone up remarkably.

For instance, three tomatoes cost Sh25 on a good day and one is sold for Sh5 in the worst of times.

There are no groceries that go for Sh5, not even coriander (dhania) and capsicum (pilipili hoho).

“Buying commodities from the local retailers has become expensive because their prices are too high. I shop at the supermarket but only go for what is necessary,” she said.

Jane added that she now prefers to carry food to work rather than buy lunch at a restaurant.

Although her family has a car, she uses public transport to go to work.

“We only use our car on weekends,” she said.

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