3 ways by which the Russia-Ukraine war will affect your spending!

Just before I write anything, I want to say that I am devastated to see what’s happening right now in Ukraine. I can only hope that the war ends soon and the situation gets better. Now, onto the article. Historically, we have seen that any kind of war had bad after-effects on the consumers like you and me. After the 2nd World War, there was a lot of crisis happening all across the world. For example, the German economy was broken into 2 and UK’s economy went into a bad recession. It took quite some time for these countries to get back to normality. We can only hope the war ends soon.

Most of us are like this!

As we are seeing in the media, Russia has been relentlessly attacking Ukraine. This has sparked a lot of crises among the general population. Now you might be thinking, well how does that affect me? Here are 3 ways this war can affect you: –

1. Food becomes expensive

Ukraine and Russia are major exporters of wheat. Wheat as we all know is a staple food for many of us. I mean, when you wake up and have a slice of bread for your breakfast, that bread is made of wheat. I am pretty sure; bread is important for many of us. So, you can expect the wheat prices to go up which can lead to a rise in bread prices too. Food, as we all know, is a necessity, so, a rise in food prices will lead to a rise in your expenses. Now, this rise can further amplify when people hoard products. In one of my earlier articles, I wrote about how people fell for panic buy during the beginning of the pandemic. Do check that out in the link below. I am sure you will get a lot of clarity.  

Check out my article about Panic buy in pandemic!

2. Oil becomes expensive

Other than the Arab nations, Russia is a major exporter of oil and petroleum. From cooking oil to crude oil, Russia ranks in the top 3 for exporting these. Especially in Vegetable oil, in which Russia exports 80% of it. Vegetable oil is a staple for most households. It’s cheap and easily available, which is why it is widely used. Now, small disruptions in the supply can lead to a lot of issues. A lot of restaurants go for vegetable oil because of the reasons I just said. So you can understand what problems can arise when the prices of vegetable oil go up. Your favourite food will cost you more. So, there is a good possibility that your household bill will increase soon.

3. Energy becomes expensive

Now this problem mostly arises for the nations around Russia, mainly the European Union and the Central Asian countries. These countries depend a lot on Russia for their energy. Now, there are very high chances that there are supply disruptions which can cause a lot of blackouts and disruptions worldwide. Although the European Union have made plans on reducing the dependence on Russian energy services, I do feel that there are problems that will come in later, mainly with shortages and higher prices. This is especially going to affect the nations to which energy is exported. Any form of disruption will lead to a rise in price which will increase your household bills as well.   

Read more about current situations here.

Now, you might be wondering what can I do to minimize the effect on me. Well, one thing I can ask for is to not panic buy everything. The thing is it’s the general consumers who suffer the most here. During panic shopping, people buy things, they don’t even need but, they think they might need it later on. Simply saying, people anticipate future consumption today. Don’t worry I will write a post on this too, maybe make a comeback on the series too. As a result, they buy the product.

We can hope for this!

At the same time, I believe it is time for us to think more towards sustainability. One of the ways we can contribute to it is by being conscious, not just for the environmental waste but also with energy use. But, I will be honest here, this war will make our household bills go up. As time passes, products will become expensive and that will cause a lot of changes in our spending habits. Until then do not panic buy everything!

If you enjoyed reading this post, a like would be awesome. Comment below your thoughts on the war and how do you feel about it. Tell me in the comments whether you have bought anything just because you thought you would need it in the future. Let me hear your stories! Check out my previous post here. You can follow me on Twitter as well. If you are new here, then Hi! I am Arpan, I am a part-time blogger and I write articles in and around the world of Economics. I am hoping to reach 500 followers soon, so do help me out here by clicking that follow button. Stay tuned for more posts by The Antique Economist.

71 Comments

  1. Great post! As someone said earlier, you presented the cold hard facts and I appreciate that. I really pray that this war is over soon, it’s quite heartbreaking to see fellow human beings doing this to each other.

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  2. Yeah, we are feeling this right now and it makes me feel a whole lot closer to the line of fire Russia is blasting more than Ukraine with . . . people speculate the war on Ukraine is more about destroying the world economy . . . what a heartless act!

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  3. This was a short and to the point post which made sense. Though I always had an idea that India produced its own wheat.
    Its true that peace is anytime preferred over war, but who is going go explain that to the politicians?

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  4. It’s really a bad situation, I hope things get better soon. You’re whenever wars happen normal people suffer. And this time it’s not about the people living Ukraine and Russia but it’s about everyone now. I pray for the people in Ukraine and in Russia. Let’s hope everyone is safe.

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  5. The whole situation is really bad. It is so bad for inocent people suffering and losing their homeland. But the whole world will also suffer with them. Wars come along with lots of problems as you well noticed in your post and poverty is one of them. Thank you for sharing!

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  6. It’s during times like this, when war is raging, that it shows us just how connected we all are. What happens in other countries will have an impact around the world; but not more so on the Ukrainian people whose lives are being destroyed. I hope Putin withdraws and stops this attack; and I hope all leaders and industry giants do everything they can to ease the impact on gas/food prices, etc and the Ukrainian people are robustly supported.

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  7. Very well thought out and informative article. This war has already had such a huge impact worldwide and its so sad to see what’s happening. Thanks for raising awareness to those who may need it.

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  8. Didn’t expect so heavy topic early in the morning. But yes, Russia’s actions are affecting a lot of things. I handle logistics at work so one thing hit me unexpectedly – turned out that the majority of truck drivers in our area were from Ukraine and since they returned to war. This means although there are more trucks than drivers available.

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