Economics of Groceries

I began writing my frugal blog in 2009…”back then” butter could be found for $2/lb and sour cream was .99 cents for 16 oz.  My, my how dairy has skyrocketed!  If only I could’ve invested in “Dairy Futures” back then!

Today, I am lucky to find Sour Cream  – just plain sour cream, nothing special, not “Truffle Oil Sour Cream” (if that even exists), just normal plain Sour Cream, 16 oz for the lowest price of $1.29 – and that’s at Aldi.  We’re not even talking Jewel prices!  I’ve seen name brand Sour Cream go for over $3.50 for 16 ounces!  Insane!  It’s just sour cream!  The reality is that my paycheck is not going up but food prices most certainly are.  This affects us all, especially those families with many mouths to feed.  If you’re feeling the pinch, and the pinch feels more like a suckerpunch, here are some ways to deal with rising food prices.

USE YOUR YARD

Since it’s fall, you can’t start a garden now, but you can plant garlic for next season!

Also, consider getting hens for fresh eggs every day!  They take minimal care and can live in a coop in your backyard.  They aren’t noisy like roosters and if you can’t keep up with their egg producing, swap your farm fresh eggs with a neighbor.

STOCKPILE

Start a pantry stockpile!  If you don’t have a pantry, you can easily convert a closet or small un-used room to a pantry with shelving.  Buy items on sale with coupons, so you don’t have to buy it at full price.  This pantry can also include your drinks…we stock up on liqours, wines and seasonal ales during sales with big rebates!

CASHBACK + CREDIT CARDS

Chase and other credit cards often offer percentages back on Grocery purchases.  Currently if you have a Chase Credit card, you can get 5% back!  Also, if you’re a Target customer consider applying for the Target Red Card, which offers a 5% discount on everything.  Sure it’s another credit card, but having available equity lines today is not a bad thing, as long as you’re responsible, remember to pay it off every month and never carry a balance!

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