Hi there my beautiful lovelies! Hope you guys are doing well and staying safe. Today I want to talk to you about ways to save on your grocery bill.
Rising Cost of Grocery
The cost of meat, rice, cereal, tomatoes, salad dressings is all risen. US Bureau of Labor Statistics reports a 0.04% increase in price from August 2021. Over the past year, grocery prices are up 2.6%. The largest price hikes are in meat, poultry, fish, and eggs, which increased 8%. Beef rose 12.2% over the year. The only group that saw any decline is dairy. According to Wells Fargo, series of the most unfortunate events are responsible for the big hike in grocery bills even before the pandemic. An unusually wet season in 2019 impacted crops, decreasing production in grains, soybeans, and corn. Add in a global pandemic, labor shortages, and supply issues, you got a basket full of reasons for those high prices. While consumers can’t do anything about those rising prices, we can make some changes to our habits.
1. Shop Local
Farmer’s market cut out the middleman, so prices are generally cheaper than a grocery store. Additionally, buying local can also provide an economic boost to your community. In fact, the New Economics Foundation found that when people buy local, twice the amount of money stays in the community compared to areas where people bought more imported and out-of-state goods. One that I have noticed is that every single Farmer or offers produce that’s far superior to the grocery stores but is only about half the price.
2. Use In-Store App
Download the store app that allows you to scan and brag your groceries while you shop. It keeps a running total to keep you on budget. While there are a variety of apps you can use to save money on groceries, most work one of two ways. They either track your store loyalty card and offer point-of-sale savings by the specific retailer, or they require you to add offers and then upload a photo of your receipt.
3. Sign Up for Loyalty Program
To get discounts and rewards. The first thing I do is sign up for the loyalty programs and after spending a certain amount, I get a $20 gift certificate. Even supermarkets like Giants and Safeway provide loyalty programs, which not only help you save money every week but also accumulate points to save money on your fuel cost.
4. Buy Generic/Store Brand
Name brand isn’t always better. In fact, most of the time it’s exactly the same as the generic brand. Many generic and name-brand products are produced right in the same factory. It’s just that the packaging and stickers on them are different. I especially buy my vitamins and over-the-counter drugs in generic and store-brand which makes a huge difference in the price. Whether, you are getting OTC medicines, pasta, or condiments generic brands will save you more money.
5. Buy Dry Products in Bulk
Whether, it’s pasta, bath tissue, or other products, you can save money buying them in bulk. However, the prices are generally marked up. You can still shop for groceries online though when it comes to dry products, like pasta and canned goods. On sites like Amazon and Walmart, you can buy these in bulk at much lower prices, especially if they’re on sale. And as a bonus, you don’t have to go to the store to lug them back. I always buy protein drinks, shampoo, canned goods in bulk from Amazon, Walmart, and Boxed when they are on sale.
My dear beautiful lovelies! Hope you guys this post helpful. I would love to know your tips to save money on groceries. I look forward to reading your comments and feedback.
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