One of my big goals during the holidays is to stock up on all the great grocery deals. Well, at least it was when there were great grocery deals during the holidays. It was disappointing to see that turkeys never really went down to the low prices of previous years. Each time my Mom and I make a Costco run, we discover several items that have gone up in price. It’s time for me to sit down and do some thinking about dealing with food inflation in 2014.
I know some people who won’t spend over $1.00 for meat. Honestly, I’d be hard pressed to get hot dogs at this price. Maybe canned tuna, and canned chicken during the case lot sales, but nobody in my house will touch tuna or canned chicken. Looking at the meat that is on sale in my area right now and four stars GREAT deals include:
Jennie O Ground Turkey @ 1.59 a pound
Pork Loin Roast bone in @ 1.49 a pound
Ground beef @ 2.99 a pound
Beef Sirloin Tip Roast @ 2.97
So much for that $1.00 a pound thing.
I can stretch my ground beef and ground turkey with beans, but I can’t serve beans in their easily recognized form.
Except for chicken and noodle soup I can’t serve soups.
I’m going to re-do my grocery price point list.
The only way for me to do this and still stay within our paying off debt and being able to afford Parker budget is to make changes in other areas.
- I’m working on a bread recipe for oat bread. I have a TON of oats on hand. It only makes sense to use those up and save money by crossing off any and all store bought bread on my list.
- Pay exceedingly close attention to sales and coupons for non-food items such as tooth paste, garbage bags, TP, etc. There are good deals for these items with Subscribe and Save via Amazon and Amazon Mom. However this requires using a credit card and just the thought of using the credit card, even if I pre-pay on it, makes Reed exceedingly stabby.
- I’m hoping to find a deal a month that is so good, with prices so low, that I can stock up on it for at least 6 months to a year, and then add the money I would have spent on that item each month to the pot of being able to buy a year’s supply of another item.
- I’m a bit of an egg snob. I hate the cheaper eggs with the anemic looking yokes and MUCH prefer free range eggs. These eggs run over $4.00 a dozen at the health food store. I’ve found a friend that will sell me 2 dozen eggs a week from her backyard chickens at a cost of $2.50 a dozen. Still expensive? Yes. Can you really tell the difference. You bet you can.
- Source out new purchasing avenues. There is a small, family run from home, place close to us that used to sell mostly food storage stuff. Now they are bringing in produce seconds that might not look perfect, but taste great. I picked up a case of apples for .88 cents a pound. Score! I also picked up a 25 pound of short brown rice for less than the same thing from Costco.
Homemade fries made from home grown spuds!
- Go without. Yup. You read that right. Just say no. Walk away. Figure out something else. This last go around with having to appeal to regain coverage of Parker’s feeding supplies really scared me. I don’t believe it will end there either. States are scrambling to cut costs.
And you know what? That’s okay.
Our family is blessed with a warm, safe home, a job, lots of love and so much more.
We can do this.
What are you doing to deal with food inflation. Are you noticing price increases in your area?