"Grocery Prices Are Up. Here’s How to Save at the Supermarket."

September 20, 2020 General News Information

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we eat—we’re having more meals at home. As a result, we’re spending more food dollars at the supermarket instead of restaurants.

If you do the grocery shopping in your family, you’ve probably noticed that the grocery bills keep going up. Blame the pandemic for pushing up the prices of many staples, including meat and eggs.

“Shoppers are facing a double-whammy because not only are prices going up, but stores are putting fewer items on sale each week due uncertainties in the supply chain,” said Edgar Dworsky, founder of Consumer World.

Phil Lempert, a retail analyst and consumer trendwatcher known as the Supermarket Guru, predicts food prices will continue going up for the rest of the year, so smart shoppers will need to adjust their mindsets.

“When you see products that are on sale, make sure you stock up,” Lempert said. “And be willing to make substitutions when brand doesn’t really matter. If you like a particular kind of ketchup, but there’s another ketchup that’s less expensive, try it.”

These simple tips can help you lower your weekly grocery bills.

Consider lower cost stores
Checkbook regularly compares grocery store options for price and quality. To compare prices, Checkbook’s researchers use a 150+ item list—and lots of energy—to shop area stores. To evaluate stores on quality of products and service, we survey consumers. We also compare prices of local grocery delivery services. We find most families can save $1,200 or more per year by moving their food-shopping business to a low-cost grocer.

Try store brands
Store brands are generally a great value and you might be surprised how good they are.

“Manufacturers have really upped the quality, and the price spread between the national brands and the store brands is getting wider and wider, at least 25 to 30 percent,” Lempert told Checkbook. “Store brands typically come with a money-back guarantee, so you really can’t go wrong.”

In a Consumer Reports survey, two national chains earned top marks for store brands: Costco and Trader Joe’s.
Frozen foods are often cheaper

READ more at: https://www.checkbook.org/delaware-valley-area/consumers-notebook/articles/Grocery-Prices-Are-Up-Here-s-How-to-Save-at-the-Supermarket-7406

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