Today I read an article in the paper about the rising cost of groceries. Seems that last year alone grocery costs have risen 5.7%! Ouch!
I knew it was happening. If you’ve been with me for some time you’ll recall my numerous blogs about budgeting, coupon clipping and stockpiling in an effort to save money, and my big media moment when I was featured in Real Simple Magazine a year or so ago because of my frugalness. Needless to say, I keep track of how much things cost with a very keen eye. Orange juice is up to $5, and yes, that is a FIVE, dollars per gallon, and milk is not far behind. I pay well over $1 for a dozen eggs and just spent almost four times that amount for an 18 pack. Bread? If I’m lucky I get it for $2.50 per loaf, but that is the better stuff-not the best, mind you, but not the cheapest either.
Feeding a growing family is quite tough these days. The article went on to talk about some ways that a family can cut their grocery bill, and I know that there are ways. As you know I’m a big proponent of using coupons when a sale is going on-you can save so much! Of purchasing generics instead of name brands and of stockpiling as much as possible when it is possible rather than waiting until you run out of something to run out and buy it (never a good idea-always more expensive to shop this way!)
Yet even in all of my frugalness we have had to increase our grocery budget this year. We have four members in our family-that’s four sandwiches each day (7 slices of bread), numerous glasses of milk, at least one glass of orange juice for three of us each morning-it adds up! Do I try to remain frugal? Absolutely. But I can still feel the crunch in my pocketbook when it comes time to pay the grocery tab.
So I’m wondering, how is it hitting the rest of you? Are you feeling it as well? If so, do share some great money saving tips for those of us who are frugal-or who try to be-but who are finding it difficult in these rising costs!