“Food costs have doubled. How do I budget when there is nothing else to cut?” – one follower
I got this question a while ago on Instagram I know this follower isn’t the only one who feels this way. In this post, I want to share some encouragement on how to deal with rising grocery costs…
1. Don’t let the media dictate your beliefs
The goal of the media is to attract an audience. Audience income is equal. The more people who watch it, the more advertisers pay.
Guess what that usually means? The media often relies on sensationalism, hype and fear, which sadly increases viewership.
Just because a media site or TV personality says with authority and shock value, “Grocery up 50%!!!” doesn’t mean it has to be true. Yes, many items have gone up in price, but I don’t think you’ll find any grocery store listing 50% off everything.
So don’t let what you hear from the media dictate your beliefs or incite fear. Do your own research and validation; don’t just blindly succumb to the hype, sensationalism, and fear that often exists.
2. Choose your attitude
There are always difficult and frustrating things in life. There will always be good and beautiful things. We can choose what we focus on.
We can despair over rising costs, or we can choose to let it fuel our creativity. this is your choice.
Being stressed or frustrated will not help you solve the problem or help you. It just wastes a lot of brain power.
I challenge you to choose to say, “I’m going to do the best I can with the resources, time, and abilities I have. I’m going to approach my grocery budget with a do-it-yourself, creative attitude and see what we can eat within the grocery budget we have to deal with How nice.”
3. Do a grocery inventory
Double-check your grocery spending. Where do you spend the most money?
For example, if you are Spend a lot of money on producebuy more discounted or lower-cost items instead of a wide variety? We usually only buy 2-4 produce (whether they are on sale/reduced price) and eat a lot that week.
Or, if you spend a lot of money on meat, try no meat per week Or use the meat as a “condiment” rather than the main thing (think pizza, soup, sprinkles on salads).
If you spend a lot on dairy, dilute the milk for baking. Drink more water. Use less cheese. Cut back on sour cream. Make your own yogurt.
4. Plan your menu based on discounted items
Instead of planning your menu based on what sounds good, plan based on what is on sale. Check out the front page of your store’s sales flyer – this is usually where they advertise “loss leaders.”
These are sales items that the store lost money or broke even for your purchase. Stores expect those losing leaders to lure you to the store, and you’ll also fill your cart with a variety of full-price items.
Be a savvy shopper and plan your menu primarily for those lowest priced items rather than full-price items, and you’ll save a lot of money on your grocery bill!
Want to further increase your savings? When planning your menu and grocery list, plan your menu based on what you have on hand (check your cupboard/freezer/pantry).
5. Back to Basics
Use this higher-priced time to motivate you to try something new. Did you buy any prepackaged products that you can easily make from scratch? Do you use remixes instead of making your own?
Add more beans, rice, potatoes and pasta to your meals. Homemade soup and bread. Stick to simpler meals with inexpensive ingredients.
Pay attention to roughly how much your favorite meals cost, and eat more lower-cost meals. look at the cost Buy in bulk from somewhere other than the grocery store.
6. Practice the pre-purchase principle
Instead of paying full price for items, try to get most of your groceries at rock-bottom prices. Designate a portion of your grocery budget for advance purchases in the coming weeks.
Buy in advance for as little as $5-10 to get started. Look for items you use regularly that are at least 50% off or more, and buy enough for a week or two.
The more you make, the better you can plan your menu based on what you have on hand – and what you have on hand is what you can buy for pennies! This will free up more money in your grocery budget to buy more products ahead of time!
What’s your best advice and advice for those who feel that rising grocery costs are making it difficult for them to stick to a grocery budget?