By now you should notice the skyrocketing prices for groceries at the supermarket â€“ itâ€™s hard not to notice these chances in prices, because they going up by the days, weeks, months and years. You may have also noticed that even locally produced food items like eggs and bread, have risen by nearly 25%; while many of the imported (processed foods) stays the same or drop in price. Even worse, the price of fruits and vegetable has all gone up at the local market, making it even more difficult for a family to eat healthy.
What could be causing these prices to up? There are many possible reasons: fuel cost, export restrictions, global shortages,and the list go on. But the true of the matter, you as a consumer these high prices are hunting you bottom line. Economists are predicting further price increases ahead, now, itâ€™s becoming mandatory to save some extra money for the future. By the outlook on how things are going-no knows when these prices with come back down.
Here are some tips on how you can eat healthy and still save some money in these high times.
Stock up (now) on Basic Non-perishables Food Items
Over the past months, flour (white) has gone up by almost 30%. Rice 10% I strongly believe that now is a time to start stocking up on the important non-perishable. I’m not saying that you go and stock up a five year supply of everything, a half bag of rice will last a long time for any regular size family, it will not spoil and it will act as a cushion against the constant increase in prices over time. The same goes for other products like pasta, flour, beans, and vegetable oil, each of these are going up at mad rates so it would be worth it to buy this in large portions.
Eat What’s in Season
Fruits and vegetables has also seen an increase in price over the past two years, making harder than ever to eat healthy, ever for middle income families. Buying fruit and vegetables that are in season either at your grocery store or local farmersâ€™ market is the best way to make sure you get a good deal, and can make a big difference in the price you pay.
Another way to save money is to freeze them. Pineapples, tomatoes, cherries, and mangoes all freeze very well, although freezing them may leave them a little soggy. Rather than simply eating them raw, there are still many uses for fruits in cooking. Same goes for vegetables, they freeze very well â€“ theyâ€™ll be ready for use without any more prep work once youâ€™ve clean and chop them before.
Buy Meat on Sale
Over the past several years, the price of meats have had a pretty flat average. Trick is to get it when itâ€™s low or on sale. Then you freeze this too.
Plan Meals and Shopping Ahead of Time
Probably the most important thing you can do is to plan you meals and shopping ahead, this will help with in spoilage – which lots of time a result of poor planning. Writing it all down on a list and see what youâ€™re going to need to make all your meals for the next two weeks. Bring that list with you whenever go the store/supermarket, try not to buy anything thatâ€™s not on the list unless you realize you honestly forgot something.
Take along a Calculator
Knowing how much you are buying as you go along shopping will help you stay within your budget, so that there will be no surprises at the check out counter. Luckily, a lot supermarkets put the price (per ounce, pound,etc), which makes it a lot easier for the consumer to decide what the better deals are.
Stop Buying Bottled Water
one of the biggest rip-offs in the world would be bottled water, especially in Dominica. You pay more for a bottle of purified tap water than you do for a soft drink. Arenâ€™t there fewer ingredients in bottled water, so why are you paying more? That needs to be stopped right now. Itâ€™s cheaper to get an inexpensive reusable bottle and a water filter, if you must have a bottle of H2O with you.
Hope these tips can help you save some money on your next visit to the grocery store. What about you? What tips do you use to save some money at the grocery store? Share them in the comments.