Grocery spending has been rising during the pandemic. Not only are shoppers grabbing more when in the stores to avoid multiple trips but the prices of items like meat, fish, and eggs have risen month over month since April. Industry analysts think this may be the new normal for a while, despite states slowly reopening.
- Technology - this word that pops up in seemingly everything we do these days. In Atlanta, many folks shop at Kroger for their groceries. Kroger started a grocery pickup service called Pickup (formerly ClickList) which allows you to shop online, select a time to pick up, and have your groceries brought to your car when you arrive at the store. The cost? $5. Not as high as you would think! It is certainly worth it when you consider you can make a shopping list and stick to it because you aren't wandering around a physical store. Plus, you can easily use the Kroger coupons on the website instead of rifling through your wallet, taking up your time and everyone else's sitting in line trying to find the coupons you cut out at home. Check out your local grocery store for these types of services.
- Frozen Foods - I'm not here to argue healthy options vs. non-healthy or organic vs. not, but what cannot be argued is finances: frozen foods have not seen the price increases that the meat, beef, and eggs have.
Everyone should also consider cooking meals from scratch so you can re-use many of the ingredients. Though dining at restaurants has gone down, it is still very expensive to purchase prepared meals from the store and they don't last nearly as long. Employing this tip, as well as the ones above, should help you curtail some of that grocery spending you have been trying to change for years.