It is not your imagination. Groceries are really getting more expensive.
You can see it at the checkout. Food prices are up only 0.5% in a month, and according to the latest consumer price index, they are up almost 2.5% over the past year. The price of beef is 3.3% higher than a year ago, according to the Washington Post.
According to reports from NBC and other news outlets, this is due to a mixture of rising gas prices, an increase in commodity prices, increased imports from China and crop damage in the Midwest. All of these costs are passed on to consumers. With gas prices only expected to rise, food prices are likely to remain high for at least the rest of the year.
No wonder you feel constricted. But we have some tips for budget-conscious grocery buyers that will save you real money.
1. Check unit prices
A common misconception when shopping for groceries is that bigger is always better – or, in this case, cheaper. But that’s not always the case.
Instead of automatically stocking up on toilet paper, peanut butter, and soup, check the unit prices of the items first.
You don’t have to do math here. The unit price is often on the price tag placed on the shelf below the product, with a phrase like “$ 0.59 per ounce”.
You may find that the smaller item is a better buy (and a lot easier to carry around and store at home).
2. Perennial useful advice
Okay, here are three in one. You’ve heard these oldies-but-goodies before, and they still apply:
- Skip the branded products. Instead, go for private label or generic brands.
- Unless you get completely meatless, 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, food is still a good part of your budget. Everyone must eat. You can also make some cash back while your groceries are being bagged.
A free app called Get rewards reward you with gift certificates just for buying staples like toilet paper and more than 250 other items in the grocery store.
Here’s how it works: After you’ve downloaded the app, just 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 will receive gift cards for places like Amazon or Walmart.
You can Download the free Fetch Rewards app here to receive free gift cards.
Over a million people already have it, so they have to be into something.
4. Pocket up to 5% cash back in the grocery store
If you are not rewarded every time you go to the grocery store, you are missing out on extra money.
aspiration you can earn up to 5% cashback on your debit card purchases. For example, right now you can get 0.5% cashback at Walmart and Target and 5% cashback at places like Brandless. (For a full list of cashback percentages, see Aspiration’s website.)
It only takes five minutes to Sign up for a new debit card with the Aspiration Spend and Save account.
Never leave extra money in the grocery store again.
5. Buy groceries online (or at least pantry items!)
When you have a huge shopping list, grocery shopping can quickly become overwhelming. Next, you’re lugging hundreds of pounds of groceries – or at least that’s what it feels like.
Make life easier for yourself (and your poor) by buying your pantry and dry goods online – and earn cash bonuses in the process.
A free website called Rakuten has connections to 2,500+ stores meaning you can get money back in one when you shop. During our review, we found offers on Amazon, Safeway, Sam’s Club, Boxed and Walmart.
It takes less than 60 seconds to create a Rakuten account. All you need is an email address. Use Rakuten to get cash back within the first 90 days of signing up and receive an additional $ 10.
Now you no longer have to worry about putting that 36-pack of toilet paper in your trunk or lugging a box of cat litter around the store. Just have someone deliver it to your door and earn money back along the way!
6. Stop overpaying for groceries you order online
Do you pick up groceries at Walmart after first shopping online? Wouldn’t it be nice if you got a notification every time you shop on Walmart.com and overpay?
That’s it free service does.
Just add it to your browser for free, and before you check out, it will check other sites including Walmart, eBay, and others to see if your item is on sale for a cheaper price. You can also get coupon codes, set up price drop notifications, and even see the item’s price history.
Let’s say you buy a new pair of shoes and assume you’ve found the best price. Here you will receive a pop-up in which you will know whether this particular pair of shoes is available cheaper elsewhere. If coupon codes are available, these will also be automatically applied to your order. *
Last year, this saved people $ 160 million.
You can get started with just a few clicks See if you are overpaying online.
7. Reduce your grocery budget by planning ahead
Groceries make up a large chunk of everyone’s budget, so it’s a great savings goal. Try to prepare for the week ahead with some meal planning.
This goes way beyond creating a shopping list. Real meal planning will help you save money because it will help you use what you buy and avoid wasting food and money. It also prevents you from having to spend extra cash on emergency lunches or late night takeaways.
First, think about how many meals you are responsible for each week. If it’s just you, your answer might be 21: seven breakfasts, lunch, and dinner. If you have a family, count meals per person – a dinner for three counts as three dinners, even if you all eat the same thing.
Now is the time to find out how much grocery you need to buy to make it to your next purchase. By buying the same items repeatedly, you’ll know which ones to stock up on when they go on sale. Stocking up on sale items will also help you freeze meals for the future. If there’s a way to buy in bulk and prepare the foods you eat most often, go for it!
8. Get an extra $ 225 to use on groceries this month
If we told you that before you went to the grocery store, you could get paid to watch cooking videos on your computer, you’d probably be laughing.
No way, right? But we’re serious.
A website called Inbox dollars will pay you to watch short video clips online. One minute you might see a chef teach you how to make fudge brownies, and the next you might get the latest celebrity gossip.
All you have to do is choose which videos you want to watch and then answer a few quick questions about them. Brands pay InboxDollars to get these videos in front of viewers, and there’s a cut to you.
Unlike other websites, InboxDollars pays you in cash – no points or gift cards. It’s possible to make up to $ 225 a month watching these videos which could be a serious drag on your grocery bill.
It takes about a minute to sign up and you will Get a $ 5 bonus to get you started.
The bottom line is that prices in your grocery store will keep going up. Like it or not, that includes the price of everything you eat.
If you start to follow at least a few of these tips, you will be able to cope better with rising food prices.
Any of these strategies will help.
Just pick one to start with.
Mike Brassfield ([email protected]) is a senior writer at The Penny Hoarder. He is a father and spends a lot of time in the supermarket.
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