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What is up with the grocery store bill? EVERYTHING!

Food costs have risen significantly in the last two years. According to the USDA, the overall Consumer Price Index for food in the U.S. has risen by 17.3% between 2020 and 2022. This increase is due to a variety of factors, including rising wages, transportation costs, and global supply and demand. The grocery bill a family of four has gone up by 32% in the last year. This amount is in addition to the average rate of inflation, meaning that many households are spending significantly more on groceries than they did a year ago.

10 tips to decrease your grocery bill

1. Make a list before you go to the store and stick to it.

2. Look for in-store specials and coupons.

3. Buy in bulk when it makes sense.

4. Avoid pre-cut, pre-washed, and pre-packaged food items.

5. Shop the perimeter of the store for fresh produce and dairy items.

6. Buy generic brands when available.

7. Buy frozen fruits and vegetables instead of fresh.

8. Buy store-brand items when available.

9. Take advantage of sales and stock up on items that you use regularly.

10. Grow whatever food you can in a garden.

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