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How To Combat Rising Grocery Store Prices With These 20 Hacks

Posted By peronalfynance40 173 days ago on Finance - There is no doubt that inflation is here, and this means that grocery store prices are increasing all across the country. As I visited my local supermarket, I saw evidence of “shrinkflation”. This is when certain products are packaged in smaller sizes but you pay the same price for them. Rising grocery store prices don’t have to eat up your budget if you shop smart and live within your means. Here are 20 ways to combat rising grocery store prices. 1. Stock Up On Your Favorite Items Ahead of Time When the pandemic first struck last year, many families scrambled to buy their most important household goods so that they can stock up on what they needed. It is wise to stock up on your favorite grocery store items while the prices haven’t gotten too bad so that when hard times hit, you’ll have everything you need. This is also a good rule to follow even if we’re not experiencing inflation. 2. Purchase Pantry Items In Bulk You can also save money by purchasing items you use the most in bulk. This keeps you from buying the same items every other week or month. One way to do this is by getting a membership at a wholesale club such as Costco and Sam’s Club. If you buy fresh vegetables and fruits in bulk, chop them up and place them in large freezer bags for use in later weeks. 3. Ditch The Name Brands There are certain foods that I prefer to buy name brands, but if I want to save more money and combat rising grocery store prices, I know that it would be better to buy more generic brand food staples. I also found that store-brand products taste just as good as the popular name brands. 4. Shop Your Weekly Ads Another way to combat grocery store prices is to shop your weekly ads. If you’re planning meals for the month, you can take all of the staples you bought on sale and plan your meals solely around those. If you bought chicken breasts, carrots, canned pineapple, green onions, bell peppers, and rice on sale this week, you can prepare a large batch of chicken stir-fry that can last for a few days. 5. Create New Meals With Your Leftovers If you want a way to shop at the supermarket less frequently, then you can create new meals with your leftovers. Suppose you prepared a huge pot roast with roasted vegetables on Sunday night. You can turn this into a week’s worth of delicious meals: Monday: Pulled pork sandwiches Tuesday: Shredded pork tacos Wednesday: Pork sandwiches with Swiss cheese Thursday: Pork fritters with fries Friday: Pork enchiladas Saturday: Pork roast pieces with mashed potatoes and gravy 6. Stay Away From Convenience Foods Convenience foods may be tasty and save you time in the kitchen, but these foods will be even more expensive during times of inflation. You want to spend less money on boxed or canned meals and instead prepare more affordable versions of them at home. Recently, I made my version of cheeseburger macaroni with ground beef, green onions, heavy cream, spices, and store-brand cheddar cheese. 7. Bring A Grocery List Start by taking inventory of all of your pantry items and write them down by category. You might write down items in categories such as dairy products, produce, meats, and seafood. Then write a separate list of all of the pantry items that you need to buy and how many of each one you’ll need to get. Take the second list with you to the store and set a timer on your phone so that you won’t spend too much time there. Once you hear the timer go off, head to the checkout aisle. 8. Cut Back on Eating Out Sometimes you don’t feel like eating your leftovers or it could be that you’re low on pantry items so you decide to order more meals from your favorite restaurants through apps such as DoorDash and Grubhub. While this is okay to do sometimes, you don’t want to eat out too frequently. 9. Increase Contributions To Your Emergency Fund Credit card interest rates are quite high, and when you purchase a big load of groceries with a credit card, it might be more expensive if you fail to pay off what you charged at the end of the month. This is why it’s vital that you increase your emergency fund. When you have adequate emergency savings, you can use them for groceries when your income takes a hit or if you spent most of the month’s expenses on bills. 10. Choose Frozen Produce Over Canned Version I discovered that frozen vegetables and fruits are cheaper than fresh produce and even canned produce depending on which store I visit. I’m currently trying to cut back on the rice and pasta I eat, and not too long ago I found plenty of inexpensive frozen veggies to eat with my meat dishes. Another cool thing about frozen produce is that the nutrients are locked in it because of the freezing process right after harvesting. 11. Bring A Certain Amount of Cash To The Store I find that I spend more money than I need on groceries sometimes whenever I have my debit card with me. On the other hand, I am usually more careful about what I put in my shopping cart if I only have cash with me when I am at the store. If you find that you spend a lot more on groceries with a debit or credit card, consider bringing a certain amount of cash to the store. 12. Watch Those Portions You can make your food last longer by not having so many large portions. One mistake I made at mealtime was to give my daughter too much on her plate. We live in a society that promotes super-sized living and this includes how much food we eat. When you eat smaller portions, you save money and your health. 13. Use Coupons I remember looking through all of the manufacturers’ coupons in the Sunday newspaper as a child and cutting certain ones out for my grandmother. It was so much fun being able to save money on household expenses, and coupons are still an excellent way to buy groceries cheaply. If you’re stocking up on coupons, be sure to check the expiration dates before you shop. 14. Make Your SNAP Benefits Stretch For those who receive SNAP benefits, here are some ways to make them last during the month. Prepare batch meals then freeze them for later consumption throughout the month. Buy cheaper meats such as leg quarters, ground beef, pork chops, and cold cuts. Stock up on healthy and inexpensive options such as eggs, peanut butter, and beans. 15. Do Some Bartering Bartering is when you trade your services with someone else in exchange for goods. You can ask your neighbor if you can mow his lawn on certain days of the week in exchange for him giving you some of his extra canned goods that you can eat at home. Or if you’re a hairdresser, you can exchange your services with some friends in exchange for them preparing freezer meals for you to eat during the week. 16. Shop The Clearance Section Another way to combat grocery store prices is to check out the clearance section. Here you will find marked down foods at neat prices. In addition, many of these products are still in good condition so you’re getting a good deal without sacrificing quality. 17. Apply For Rewards Cards Many supermarkets and drugstores offer rewards cards, and if you accumulate a certain amount of points, you can get a discount on your groceries. I do this a lot when I buy groceries and it reduces my grocery bill quite a bit. 18. Eat Meatless Meals During The Week Since meat tends to be one of the most pricey food staples, save money on your food costs and eat meatless meals during the week. Some ideas for meatless meals include: Vegetable Soup Grilled Cheese Sandwich Vegetarian Meatballs Wild Mushroom Risotto Broccoli Pesto Pasta 19. Don’t Forget About Dollar Stores I love to shop at the dollar store, and one reason is because you can find neat deals on groceries there. I generally buy canned goods at Dollar General but I also stock up on bottled water, snacks, and toiletries. You want to have a list when you come in this store because it’s easy to overspend with all of the discounts. 20. Organize Your Pantry Have you ever bought items from the store only to find out that you had a bunch of those same items already in your pantry? This has happened to me quite a few times and I realized I wasted money on things I didn’t need. To keep from buying duplicate food staples at the supermarket, organize your pantry periodically to get an idea of what you already have. Bonus Point: Keep Your Recipes Simple Some of the best recipes are the ones that have fewer ingredients. You can combat rising grocery store prices by preparing simple recipes that don’t take a long time to fix. This is especially helpful if you have kids because they tend to be picky eaters and while you want to introduce new foods, you can do it with recipes that they know and love. For example, you might puree some cauliflower and use it as a cheese sauce for pasta. These tips will be helpful in managing your food expenses even as grocery store prices continue to rise.

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