Become a savvy shopper and beat the food inflation in 2012

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By: Good Nelly
on 13th Jan,2012

The cost of groceries, fuels, air tickets, apparels, etc. are going to increase in 2012.
Become a savvy shopper and beat the food inflation in 2012

The cost of groceries, fuels, air tickets, apparels, etc. are going to increase in 2012. The officials working at the Department of Agriculture are saying that the rising transportation cost will increase the food price. The price will increase by 3%-4% in 2012. This will create an added financial pressure upon the consumers after the previous year's 8% increase. There will be a substantial hike especially in the price of meat and fish. So, don't be surprised if your husband's love for these items vanishes all of a sudden.

Food inflation is a reality, not a myth. The price of groceries may further increase in the next year due to low productivity. You'll have to buy groceries even if the price of foods increases. So, you need to put an extra effort and be a little careful while  planning a trip to the grocery store.

Wise usage of your money can indeed help you complete your grocery shopping within your budget. Read along to know about how you can beat the food inflation by becoming a savvy shopper.

Keep your budget in check and beat the food inflation

Go through the following lines to know how you can beat the food inflation in 2012.

1. Devote time in creating your shopping list and follow it sincerely. 

A carefully planned shopping list helps you avoid the last minute shopping mistakes. Look what the stores are offering in a week. Are they offering some special deals in a week? If yes, then you can include those items in your shopping list on which the stores are giving heavy discounts. The trick to make a smart shopping list is to adjust it according to the sale offers and coupons.

For example: If you're getting discounts on beef and pork, then you can buy more of these things in a week. Purchase fewer vegetables in that week. Try out different recipes and prepare dishes with beef and pork. Your family will appreciate your cooking skills during the dinners. On the other hand you'll save money too. 
2. Be careful when you stock the grocery items.

Give special attention to how you stock the grocery items in your refrigerator. Foods are very costly. You're spending a big percentage of your paycheck for purchasing foods. You can't let the costly foods get spoiled. Store those items in bulk that have a longer time span. Wrap a paper towel around the vegetables to absorb the moisture and keep them fresh for several days. This way you can eat the frozen vegetables and fruits for a long period of time.

3. Don't be too much depended upon the grocery store. 

You don't need to depend upon the grocery store for purchasing your food nowadays. You can buy foods from the drug stores and gas stations too. What more, you can buy foods online too. Some of the online retailers offer heavy discounts on the foods, which will certainly help you save money. However, in this case, try to purchase the non-perishable items only.  Try to buy those items on which you'll get free shipping offers. Make sure you compare which will be more cost-effective for you - shopping from the traditional grocery store or the online retailer. 

4. Watch out for the sale offers and buy items at low price.

You can purchase foods at a low price by taking advantage of the sale offers. An effective strategy will be to purchase those items on which the ‘sale offer” placard is kept.  For example, when you find that bread is on sale, you can buy 4-5 pounds of breads at ease. This is because the same product may not be on sale in the subsequent weeks. Use coupons to purchase the items. This will further help you get extra discounts on them.   

Finally, try to plan your meals in advance. Ask your family about what they want to eat in a week. List the items you'll need to cook the dishes and buy them from the market. If your children are going for a vacation with their school friends, then you can buy only a few items in a week. This will help you avoid wastage of food and money.  

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