Food prices have jumped about 20% this year where I live. What this jump means to local consumers is that less money is available for food purchases or food purchases now require 20% more than the original budget. In either case, it takes a smart shopper to get the most possible out of his or her grocery dollar.
Shop the dollar type stores or grocery outlet stores. Sometimes you will find your favorite name brands on sale. The items might have a slight dent on the can or a small tear on the box, but the food inside is basically the same as it would be if purchased at the more expensive grocery stores.
You wouldn’t think you could buy fruit and vegetables at a grocery outlet or canned food warehouse, but you can. The produce may be closer to expiration date than you might find at the local grocery store, but the savings are huge.
Breads are readily available at a grocery outlet. Remember, breads can be frozen, so they can be purchased in multiples when on sale and stored in the freezer. Watch for specialty baked items like pies and cakes, for use on special occasions.
You will also see a large frozen section at these grocery outlets. Watch for packaged frozen dinners. You will often see prepared family dinners, like lasagna, for only a few bucks. You couldn’t make it for that.
At the grocery outlet, you will find both frozen and fresh meat discounted. Purchase your meat items and stash the frozen ones into the freezer at home. You can always thaw the meat at the time of need. Sometimes you can find packaged already cooked meat in the freezer section – no cooking necessary.
Bagged and canned pet food prices are discounted at dollar-type stores and grocery outlet stores. If you purchase dog bones and snacks for your pooch, look for them at the discounted places first. You’ll save big and the dog won’t know the difference.
Household Products Shopping Strategies
Paper goods purchased at a dollar type store saves you money. You can spend a buck for a large package of napkins, a buck for a box of tissues, or a buck for a package of paper plates. Few places will beat those prices.
Even dish soap, laundry detergent and shampoo can be purchased for half to a third of the normal price, if purchased at one of these outlet stores or dollar stores.
A trip to the grocery store may still be necessary for brand specific items, but you will find shopping the grocery outlet or dollar stores first, is savings in your pocket.