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Family copes with soaring prices in Indonesia by making small adjustments

After Ms Trie Gusnia Lanasha stopped work last year, they have depended solely on Mr Anggi Wijaya's salary. PHOTO: COURTESY OF MR ANGGI WIJAYA
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JAKARTA - For the young Wijaya family of four, home-cooked meals have become a little blander in the past months as soaring food prices have hit them hard.

Scrimping to save money, Ms Trie Gusnia Lanasha, 25, has cut back on key ingredients like shallot and chilli. She has also stopped using expensive ready-to-use seasoning, and has started growing her own chillis. The price of shallots rose 113 per cent to 80,000 rupiah per kg in July from 37,500 rupiah (S$3.50) in May, while that of chilli rose 199 per cent in the same period to 140,000 rupiah.

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