My grocery bill has been growing.
Has this been happening to any of you as well?
I stick to strict budget when it comes to groceries. I have a whole "pantry" system worked out at my house (which is a topic for a later date).
I usually know what a good deal is and I won't buy anything unless it fits my "good deal" status and also works with my budget and my pantry rotation.
I can usually always stick to my budget. Until lately.
So, I am beginning to realize, that my shopping strategy has to change a bit and there are a few items I need to keep an eye on to make sure they don't surge in price as well.
I went to the grocery store a few days ago. I had oatmeal on my list. I buy the generic oatmeal and can usually get it for about $2.
I almost had a panic attack when I saw the price, for the generic, was up to $3.99. Seriously?
The name-brand price was $5.19.
For one container of oatmeal.
Since when did oatmeal become a luxury item on my shopping list?
Have you looked at the price of juice, or ice cream lately? (those are luxury items on our list)
The prices are high.
Milk, sugar, flour, butter, yogurt.... all those things have increased as well.
I am happy to note, and feel it is my duty to inform you, that I did see oatmeal on sale at Safeway.... 2/$5. That is a great deal right now (it wouldn't have been in the past). Throw in a coupon and it brings the price down to 2/$4.
I bought 6 of them.
I am afraid there are going to have to be more price adjustments made in my shopping scheme.
And, I'm thinking that it's going to be important for our garden to produce bountifully this summer. I have a feeling I'm going to need to can more than I did last year.
Get ready people. Prices are going up.
And, in the meantime, I will continue hunting for lower prices at my grocery store that is in the midst of getting remodeled.
Did I mention that?
I think their oatmeal prices are paying for it all .....