17 products, prices for which are growing rapidly: how to save
No, this is not a game of your imagination - prices in grocery stores are growing rapidly, which is associated with the coronavirus pandemic and the changing demand, writes Money Talks News.
In April, the home food index showed the largest monthly increase since February 1974, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Food prices are skyrocketing at a time when prices for many other products - gasoline, clothing, car insurance, airline tickets and living away from home - are plummeting.
CNN reports that food producers and farmers have struggled to meet the growing demand of Americans, who now cook their own food at home because of the coronavirus pandemic. Violation of the food supply chain led to higher prices.
Panic shoppers worried about coronavirus are also contributing to higher prices for some high-demand products.
Groceries, prices for which are growing rapidly:
- Eggs: 16,1% more expensive from March to April
- Pork chops: 7,4%
- Frozen fish and seafood: 5,8%
- Chicken meat: by 5,8%
- Sausages: 5,7%
- Oranges and tangerines: 5,6%
- Cookies: 5,1%
- Fresh sweet buns, coffee cakes and donuts: 5%
- Apples: 4,9%
- Fresh cookies, rolls and muffins: by 4,7%
- Carbonated drinks: 4,5%
- Fresh fish and seafood: 4,2%
- Snacks: 3,8%
- Beef and Veal: 3,7%
- Bread: by 3,7%
- Canned vegetables: 3,6%
- Pork: 3%
Buying food is an inevitable cost for each family, which, despite high prices, remains the most economical way to eat, since going to a restaurant always costs more than food prepared at home.
However, the cost of products can be significantly reduced if you follow a few tips on saving, writes Huffington Post.
1. Stick to the list and do not walk around the store
Supermarkets intend to set up so as to force the buyer to go through the entire store. To do this, the most necessary and frequently purchased goods - bread, dairy products, vegetables and fruits - are placed in different parts of the store, which forces the buyer to go past all the shelves and often grab a couple more goods along the way that they did not plan to buy. Try to avoid this by strictly adhering to the shopping list and without unnecessarily joining the ranks with other goods.
2. Use coupons
Coupons can save you serious money. Visit coupons.com, which offers good discounts on various products, and regularly read the brochures of your grocery store, from which you can find out what products the supermarket offers at discounted prices.
3. Do not buy toiletries in the supermarket
Buying toiletries in a supermarket can be very convenient, but buyers often pay higher prices for these products. Therefore, such purchases are better to carry out in a pharmacy or specialty store.
4. Resist the temptation of famous brands
Famous brands often offer the same products as less promoted companies, but at a much higher price, which does not always mean higher quality. Check the composition of the product, and if it is not different, then it is better to purchase a less promoted brand and save.
5. Pay attention to the top and bottom shelves
Most buyers pay attention to products located at eye level, and grocery stores use this by placing more expensive products on these shelves. Therefore, you can find cheaper options for a particular product, if you pay attention to the upper and lower shelves.
6. Ask about extending the sale
When a product that is popular with most customers goes to a store sale, it is usually sold very quickly. Therefore, it is worth checking with the store employees - they can extend the sales time for goods that are quickly bought.
7. Do not go to the store hungry
Many go to the grocery store after work and before dinner, while being hungry. If you buy food when you are hungry, you will subconsciously buy more than you need. Try to go grocery shopping on the weekends when you can shop on a full stomach.
8. Stay away from ready meals.
Do not buy ready-made meals in the supermarket, no matter how good they are, because in the store the price of the finished dish is several times higher than the cost of the ingredients spent on it. Therefore, it will be much more economical to buy the necessary products and cook this dish at home.
9. Try to eat seasonal food.
Buy products for the season. Firstly, they will have better taste, and secondly, it will save you money, because the products for which you are not in season in your country are being taken from afar, which automatically increases their value.
10. Do not buy exotic spices in the supermarket.
Culinary experiments - a good idea, not exotic spices will cost you much cheaper if you buy them on the market. In addition, there you will be offered a wider selection and quality of this product.
11. Refuse to buy bottled water
Bottled water is an industry that makes a billion dollars a year. On average, a half-liter bottle of water costs about a dollar, a day is recommended to drink 4 of such bottles, which amounts to $ 120 per month for what you can get for free from a tap at home.
12. Always make a shopping list
No matter how good your memory is, always make a shopping list. This not only ensures that you do not forget to buy what you need, but also helps you to keep from acquiring what you do not need.
13. Whenever possible, go shopping at home.
Children often want to buy a lot of different products that you really don't need, and it’s not always easy to refuse them.
14. Avoid pre-washed vegetables, chopped fruit, and grated cheese
Washing, cleaning and slicing fruits and vegetables is work done by supermarket staff and must be paid for. Therefore, buying ready-to-eat vegetables and fruits, you pay 3 times more expensive than for the same amount of these products, but unwashed and unpeeled. The same applies to grated cheese - it will be much cheaper to rub it at home.
15. Do not buy greens in the store
A few sprigs of fresh greens are in the store a fortune. In this case, you can grow them for free at home, it is easy.
16. Discard complex seasonings
A mix of seasonings from a well-known brand can cost around $ 5. At the same time, the main part of this seasoning is salt, and a few more spices, which you probably already have. Therefore, mixing them independently is not difficult and saves money.
17. Buy potatoes in large portions
Potatoes in large packages - very good buy. Sometimes a package of 5 kg will cost you the same price as several potatoes purchased separately.
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