The latest report from the USDA predicts that average grocery store prices will rise 8.5% to 9.5% year over year. If the current forecast holds, that would be the highest inflation rate since 1980, when food costs rose 8.1%.
With no end in sight to rising costs, consumers are turning to other ways to rein in their grocery spending. From cash back apps to reducing food waste, here are five ways to beat inflation on every shopping trip.
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For example, meat products will often go on sale – chicken one week, beef the next – and will be half the price compared to what you usually pay. If you are strategic with your meal planning, you can often save $5 or more per pound on meat products.
Many grocery stores now allow you to order online for curbside pickup or will even deliver groceries to your front door. This simple change prevents you from wandering the aisles, tempted to add “just one more thing” to your cart.