Food is not cheap, and it seems like grocery prices are continuously on the rise. Your grocery bill likely gets larger and larger even if you are buying the exact same things. That is because grocery food prices are inflating 50% faster than actual inflation rates! That is huge! Of course, there is not too much that you can do to prevent inflation, but you can certainly save money to protect your food budget. Here are some ideas on how to keep your grocery bill lower:
- Buy in bulk. Even if you are just a family of two, there are things that you can buy in bulk and save money on. Think about the things that take longer to go bad that you know that you will definitely eat. Things like pasta and beans are great to buy in bulk. You can also buy necessities like toothpaste and toilet paper in bulk because you know you will need them. Try sites like Amazon.com or stores like BJ’s and Sam’s Club for your bulk shopping.
- Make a list and stick to it. To make sure that you are not buying things that you do not need to buy, make a list before heading out to the store. You can even check store’s sales ads on their websites before heading out to see if any of what you need is on sale.
- Buy store brand when you can. There are some things that you might not even consider buying store brand of, but there are many things that you pay more for that are identical (besides the packaging) to the store brand. To be sure, check the labels on both the name brand and store brand. If the two are the same, go for the less expensive of the two.
Sure, you cannot control inflation, and you might not be able to increase your food budget. You can watch how much you spend at the grocery store and do everything in your power to keep your costs low.