Dealing With The High Cost of Food

It feels like Murphy’s Law is kicking in full effect and the cost of food has taking it’s beating. Basic food products such as rice and pasta have almost doubled in the past year. Corn and sugar have also seeing substantial increases. Most of our food has seen some type of upward price change and it is starting to affect our pocket books. What is the cause of this? Well, a little of everything. According to Katherine Corcoran with the Boston Globe the rise in the cost of food is a combination of things.

“Freak weather is a factor. But so are dramatic changes in the global economy, including higher oil prices, lower food reserves, and growing consumer demand in China and India.”

Kimberly Palmer with U.S. News offers 6 great tips to eat better for less:

  1. Plan ahead. Planning your meals for the week can make it easier when grocery shopping. Remember that some of the ingredients you buy can be used for tons of different recipes. The more you cook from scratch the more money you will usually save.
  2. Do it yourself. Instead of buying things that are pre-made, start making them yourself. The best example would be buying grated cheese. Why not buy a block a cheese which will be cheaper and grated at home. How about making your own mayonnaise. Not only will you save a little cash, but you can add some flavor of your own to some of your creations that you can’t do if it’s already made.
  3. Rediscover eggs and beans. Eggs and beans are extremely versatile food staples. Not only that, they are still relatively cheap compared with meat. How about a quiche, or some beans and rice. A dinner for two of this will run you about $5 to make.
  4. Go meatless. Not spending money on meat can substantially save you money while helping promote a healthier lifestyle. Just remember to include protein in your diet in some other form. I don’t think I could do this 100% but I could trim down my meat intake.
  5. Leftovers. I love them. Remember that you can take them to work, eat them the next night, or use them to create a new meal. Left over ground meat from hamburger night-use it for spaghetti night.
  6. Use what’s on the fridge. How many times do we look in the fridge and say “there’s nothing in here”. Look again. Get creative with your ingredients. Look in the Internet for ideas and you will find that you have way more dish choices than you thought. I recommend using FoodNetwork or AllRecipes for ideas on what to make with the ingredients you have at home.

Food prices are expecteted to stabilize in the future. Unfortunately the prices will not go down. Adjusting our budget and our lifestyles will help us combat the rising food prices. What are some ways that you save on food?

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