This is not your imagination. Groceries are really getting more and more expensive.
You saw it at the cash register. According to the latest consumer price index, food prices have risen by only 0.5% in one month, while they have risen by nearly 2.5% in the past year. According to the Washington Post, the price of beef is 3.3% higher than a year ago.
According to NBC and other news media reports, this is due to rising gasoline prices, soaring commodity prices, increased imports from China, and crop damage in the central and western regions. All these costs will be passed on to consumers. As natural gas prices are only expected to rise, it is expected that grocery prices will remain high for at least the rest of this year.
No wonder you feel squeezed. However, we have some tips for your budget-conscious grocery shoppers that can save you real money.
1. Check the unit price
A common grocery shopping misconception is that bigger is better – or, in this case, cheaper. But this is not always the case.
Instead of automatically hoarding large amounts of toilet paper, peanut butter, and soup, check the unit price of the product first.
There is no need to do any mathematics here. The unit price is usually located on the price tag attached to the shelf under the product, which says “$0.59 per ounce.”
You may find that smaller items are more worth buying (and easier to bring home and store).
2. Useful suggestions throughout the year
Okay, this is three in one. You’ve heard these old songs before, but they still apply:
- Skip brand-name products. Switch to store brand or generic brand.
- If you don’t skip meat at all, at least skip expensive cuts.
- Add more beans and vegetables to your diet; frozen vegetables are cheaper.
3. Get paid every time you buy groceries
Regardless of your strategy, groceries still account for a large part of your budget. Everyone has to eat. You can also make a little money when you bag your groceries.
A free app called Receive award Simply purchase essentials such as toilet paper and more than 250 other items at the grocery store to receive gift card rewards.
It works as follows: After downloading the app, just take a photo of the receipt showing that you purchased an item from one of the brands listed in Fetch. For your efforts, you will get gift cards from places like Amazon or Walmart.
you could Download the free Fetch Rewards app here Start getting free gift cards.
More than a million people already own it, so they must make a difference.
4. Get 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 miss the extra money.
desire Allows you to buy a debit card to get up to 5% cash back. For example, it now provides you with 0.5% cash back in Walmart and Target, and 5% cash back in places such as Brandless. (For a complete list of cash back percentages, please visit Aspiration’s website.)
It only takes five minutes Register a new debit card Use Aspiration consumer and savings accounts.
Never leave extra money in the grocery store again.
5. Buy groceries online (or at least the pantry!)
If you have a huge shopping list, grocery shopping can easily become overwhelmed. Next you know, you are dragging hundreds of pounds of groceries-or at least it feels like this.
Make your own (and your arm) life easier by purchasing your pantry and dry goods online-and earn cash rewards in the process.
A free website called Lotte It is connected to more than 2,500 stores, which means that when you shop in one of these stores, it can provide you with cash rebates. When we checked, we found deals on Amazon, Safeway, Sam’s Club, Boxed and Walmart.
Takes less than 60 seconds Create Rakuten account. You only need an email address. In addition, if you use Rakuten to make money within the first 90 days after registration, it will give you an additional $10.
Now, you don’t have to worry about packing 36 packs of toilet paper in the trunk or dragging a box of cat litter in the store. Just someone delivers it to your door and earns cash along the way!
6. Stop overpaying for groceries you order online
Do you buy groceries at Walmart after shopping online? Wouldn’t it be great if you received a reminder when you made a purchase on Walmart.com and were about to overpay?
This is exactly this Free service do.
Just add it to your browser for free, and before you check out, it will check other websites, including Walmart, eBay, and others, to see if your products have cheaper prices. In addition, you can get coupon codes, set price drop reminders, and even view the price history of items.
Suppose you are buying a new pair of shoes, and suppose you have found the best price. At this time, you will see a pop-up window to let you know if these shoes can be bought at a cheaper price elsewhere. If there are any coupon codes available, they will also be automatically applied to your order. *
Last year, this saved people $160 million.
You can get started in just a few clicks See if you pay too much online.
7. Cut your food budget by planning ahead
Groceries are a large part of everyone’s budget, so they are an important goal for savings. Try to prepare for the next week through some meal plans.
This is more than just making a shopping list. A real meal plan can help you save money because it can help you use what you buy and prevent food and money waste. It also prevents you from spending extra cash on emergency lunches or late-night takeaways.
First, figure out how many meals you are responsible for cooking each week. If it’s just you, your answer might be 21: Seven breakfasts, lunches, and dinners. If you have a family, count the meals per person—a dinner for three people counts as three dinners, even if you all eat the same things.
Now figure out how much food you need to buy to make it before your next grocery store trip. If you buy the same products repeatedly, you will know which products to stock at a discount. Hoarding special offers can also help you freeze future meals. If there is a way to buy in bulk and prepare the food you eat most often, do it!
8. This month, you can get an extra $225 for grocery shopping
If we tell you before you go to the grocery store that you can get paid for watching cooking videos on your computer, you might laugh.
Can’t it? But we are serious.
A website called Inbox dollars Will pay you to watch the short film online. In one minute, you might see a chef teach you how to make a fudge brownie, and in the next minute, you might hear the latest celebrity gossip.
All you have to do is choose the videos you want to watch and answer some quick questions about them. Brands pay InboxDollars to present these videos to the audience, and it will give you an entry point.
Unlike other sites, InboxDollars pays you in cash-no points or gift cards. Watching these videos can earn up to $225 per month, which can severely reduce your grocery bill.
Registration takes about a minute and you will Receive 5 USD bonus Let you start.
Most importantly, prices in grocery stores will continue to rise. Whether you like it or not, this includes the price of everything you eat.
If you start to follow at least a few of these tips, you will be in a better position to deal with rising food prices.
Any of these strategies will help.
Just choose one to start.
Mike Brasfield ([email protected]) Is the senior writer of The Penny Hoarder. He is a dad, so he spends a lot of time in the grocery store.
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