It is not your imagination. Groceries are getting really more expensive.
You see him at the checkout counter. Food prices are up 0.5% in one month, and are up nearly 2.5% over the past year, according to the latest Consumer Price Index. According to the Washington Post, the price of beef is 3.3% higher than it was a year ago.
This was blamed on a combination of rising gas prices, soaring commodity prices, increased imports from China and crop failures in the Midwest, according to reports from NBC and other news outlets. All these costs are passed on to consumers. With only gas prices expected to rise, grocery prices are expected to remain high for at least the rest of the year.
No wonder you feel upset. But we have a few tips for budget-conscious grocery shoppers that will save you real money.
1. Check unit prices
One common misconception in grocery shopping is that bigger is always better – or in this case cheaper. But this is not always the case.
Instead of automatically stockpiling bulk supplies of toilet paper, peanut butter, and soup, check item unit prices first.
There is no need to do any math here. The unit price is often found on the price tag affixed to the shelf below the product, with a phrase like “$0.59 per ounce.”
You may just find that a smaller item is a better buy (and a lot easier to carry around the house and store).
2. Always useful tips
Well, this is three in one. I’ve heard these old but good things before, and they still apply:
- Skip the brand name products. Get store brands or generic brands instead.
- If you don’t want to eat meat completely, you should at least skip the expensive cuts.
- Add more beans and vegetables to your diet; Frozen vegetables are cheaper.
3. Get paid every time you buy groceries
No matter how strategic you are, groceries are still a big part of your budget. Everyone has to eat. You can also get a little cash back while packing your groceries.
A free app called Bring rewards It will reward you with gift cards only for purchasing essentials like toilet paper and more than 250 other items at the grocery store.
Here’s how it works: After you’ve downloaded the app, simply take a picture of your receipt showing that you’ve purchased an item from one of the brands listed on Fetch. For your efforts, you’ll earn gift cards to places like Amazon or Walmart.
you may Download the free Fetch Rewards app here To start getting free gift cards.
Over a million people already have them, so they must be onto something.
4. Up to 5% cash back at the grocery store
If you don’t get a reward every time you go to the grocery store, you lose extra money.
Ambition It allows you to earn up to 5% cashback on your debit card purchases. For example, it now gives you 0.5% cashback at Walmart and Target, and 5% cashback at places like Brandless. (For a full list of cashback percentages, visit the Aspiration website.)
It only takes five minutes Sign up for a new discount card With an Aspiration Spend and Save account.
Never leave extra cash at the grocery store again.
5. Shop groceries online (or at least from store items!)
If you have a huge shopping list, grocery shopping can easily become overwhelming. The next thing you know is that you’re pulling hundreds of pounds from groceries — or at least that’s how it feels.
Make life easier on yourself (and your arms) by buying your pantry and dry goods online – and earn cash rewards along the way.
A free site called Rakuten It has connections with more than 2,500 stores, which means it can give you a cash commission when you shop at a store. When we checked in, we found deals at Amazon, Safeway, Sam’s Club, Boxed, and Walmart.
It takes less than 60 seconds to Create an account Rakuten. All you need is an email. Additionally, if you use Rakuten to earn money within the first 90 days of registration, it will give you an additional $10.
Now you don’t have to worry about putting 36 packs of toilet paper in the trunk of your car or dragging a box of cat litter through the store. Just have someone deliver it to your door and get cash back along the way!
6. Stop overpaying for the groceries you order online
Do you buy groceries at Walmart after shopping online first? Wouldn’t it be nice if you got an alert anytime you’re shopping at Walmart.com and you’re about to overpay?
That’s exactly what this is free service Do.
Simply add it to your browser for free, and before you check out, it’ll check other websites, including Walmart, eBay, and others to see if your item is available at a cheaper rate. Plus, you can get coupon codes, set up price drop alerts, and even see an item’s price history.
Let’s say you’re shopping for a new pair of shoes and assume you’ve found the best price. A popup will appear letting you know if that specific pair of shoes is available elsewhere at a cheaper rate. If there are any coupon codes available, they will be automatically applied to your order. *
Last year, this saved people $160 million.
You can get started with just a few clicks to Find out if you are overpaying online.
7. Lower your food budget by planning ahead
Grocery is a big part of everyone’s budget, so it’s a great savings target. Try to prepare for the next week with some meal planning.
This goes beyond just creating a shopping list. Real meal planning helps you save money because it helps you use what you buy, and prevents wastage of food and money. It also prevents you from spending extra cash on emergency lunches or eating out late at night.
First, figure out how many meals you are responsible for preparing each week. If it were only you, your answer might be 21: Seven breakfasts, lunches, and dinners. If you have a family, count the number of meals per person – dinner for three counts as three dinners, even if you all ate the same.
Now find out how much food you’ll need to buy to get to your next grocery trip. If you buy the same items frequently, you know which items to stock when they go on sale. Stocking discounted items also helps you freeze meals for the future. If there is a way to buy in bulk and prepare the foods you eat often, do it!
8. Get an extra $225 to use on groceries this month
If we told you that before you head to the grocery store, you can get paid to watch cooking videos on your computer, you’d probably laugh.
Impossible, isn’t it? But we are serious.
A website called InboxDollars It will pay you to watch short videos online. One minute, you might watch a chef teach you how to make brownies, and the next, you might get the latest celebrity gossip.
All you have to do is choose the videos you want to watch and answer some quick questions about them afterwards. InboxDollars brands pay to get those videos in front of viewers, and pass them on to you.
Unlike other sites, InboxDollars pays you cash – no points or gift cards. You can earn up to $225 per month watching these videos, which can seriously impact your purchase bill.
Signing up takes about a minute, and you’re done Get $5 Bonus to begin with.
The bottom line is that prices at your grocery store will continue to rise. Like it or not, that includes the price of everything you eat.
If you start following at least two of these tips, you will put yourself in a better position to deal with rising grocery prices.
Any of these strategies will help.
Just choose one to start with.
Mike Brasfield ([email protected]) is a featured writer for The Penny Hoarder. He’s a father so he spends a lot of time at the grocery store.
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