SENIOR NEWS LINE: Learn how to fight rising food prices | Community integration
According to the Consumer Price Index, food prices from a year ago rose 3.3%. It’s not going to end there.
Prices for non-food products are also rising as companies struggle to find the raw materials and labor they need to produce everything else. Fitness equipment, furniture, wood, gasoline, electronics – it’s all on the rise.
What we need to worry about, however, is our most basic need: food. Even if you’ve never had an emergency before, check out your local food bank. Keep this information handy, in case you need it later. Look at the brands of the stores. Many are even better than famous brands. Make every dollar count. Sign up for a grocery rewards card, if available.
Use a disposable private email address, the one you use to sign up for activities that may generate too much spam. You will likely receive sales emails with coupons. (In my store, I log into the checkout and receive cash back at the end of each quarter.)
Consider your own vegetable garden or farmers’ markets as a way to save money. If you want to canning this summer, a word of warning: make sure you can get the jars, lids, and rings at the same time. They could be rare. Freezing meals is another option and ensures that food is always available. Double up on a stew or soup recipe and buy in bulk when it makes sense.
Buy from a list whenever possible, knowing that stores may be running out of things you want. Consider having breakfast for dinner one night a week and a meatless dinner. Plan your meals based on what’s on sale each week. It bears repeating: Ask about your local food bank.
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