The other day I posted on my facebook page an article I had read on MSNBC.com about ten items, actually there were eleven, that were going to dramatically increase in price this year either due to weather or production constraints. All of these items are ones I purchase on a regular basis so needless to say I was less than impressed.
So what am I going to do to combat this problem and still manage to stay on my meager grocery budget? Well lets go through the list.
Pork - recently bacon has gone up considerably and now it looks like all the other pork products are due to follow suit. I'll comb the sales ads and markdown bins and stock up when the prices are good.
Beef - as with pork I will plan to comb the sales ads and markdown bins to purchase beef as well and make my purchases at that time. I had already planned to lower our meat consumption this year too and incorporate more meat less or meat free meals into our diet.
Salmon - when I find it on sale I'll buy it. Healthy and nutritious but also very tasty. I have no plans to give up salmon. I find the individually packaged portions sold from the freezer section to be a good value as well as a good product. There is also other tasty fish out there to enjoy as well.
Lettuce - this is the mainstay of my diet. We eat a ton of salads. I was planning to plant my own lettuce garden this year so I will definitely keep my plans to do this. I am also researching how to grow indoors during the cold months.
Tomatoes - this price increase will effect everything from ketchup and tomato sauce products all the way to every product that contains tomatoes. I think this year I'll be planting some tomatoes to can as well as to eat fresh.
Grapes - grapes, raisins, juice and wine will feel the hit here. I'll just purchase in moderation and when on sale. I'm most concerned about the wine. LOL
Peppers - again I was planning to plant peppers and although I've never been all that successful at it I'll just have to try harder this year. Freezing and canning them will be a good thing to do with them I think.
Milk - fortunately we don't spend a ton of money here and since we drink our whole milk diluted with water we get far more mileage out of it than most as a result. I'll continue to do this.
Cheese - this is another item that is a mainstay of our diet. I buy a lot of cheese. I'll continue to buy when it is on sale but more than likely we'll be cutting back on our consumption of cheese.
Bread - I'm not too terribly worried about this because I can bake my own. However, I'm sure flour will increase in price too so I'll have to watch that. Day old bread stores will also be a source for us to consider as well.
Nuts - Nuts! That's all I can say about that. I love them but they are already expensive and I don't buy a lot of them now. Hopefully peanut butter won't be priced out of existence in my pantry. We'll just have to wait and see.
So what will you do, or are already doing, to combat the rising price of groceries?