Feel like you’re working harder these days to stretch your food budget? You’re right. Chances are, you’re spending about 3% more than at this time last year to buy the same cart of groceries.
The US Government’s Consumer Price Index reportedly rose 3.2% from last September to September 2014. This, after nearly no change at all in overall food prices the previous year. Fresh fruit prices are up about 6% over the past year.
California’s drought has been a concern about potentially higher produce prices. Yet, demand for fresh continues to increase. The strongest segment of growth in groceries is perpetually in natural and organic food.
Drought in Texas and Oklahoma is affecting rising beef prices.
How are you stretching that food budget another 3% or so? Here are some suggestions:
- Look for local, in-season choices: bargain with local growers, use what’s available.
- Avoid wasting food: watch portion sizes, serve leftovers for lunch, freeze part of what you cook.
- Go directly to your favorite brands’ websites or via portals at sites like CleanCouponing.com for coupons on real food.
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