Don’t buy without a plan – here’s what to do


It’s not just the shortages that many of us worry about, but also the rising prices.

In our recent ClickOnDetroit Insiders survey, 90% said they were worried about the higher prices they pay on just about everything. Is there anything we can do to address these rising costs?

Grocery bills on the rise

It seems everyone I talk to sees it: Grocery bills rising week after week. While you can’t change the price of a gallon of milk or a pound of meat, you can change the way you shop.

“We were just talking about it, the prices were going up and the shelves were not as well stocked as in the past. We’re definitely feeling the pinch here, ”said Felicia Kendrick of Dearborn.

Kendrick watch how she spends

“The price of meat, chicken, drinks, pretty much everything. Even snacks that used to cost 25 cents are now double the price, ”she said.

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Planning is the key

Money saving expert Andrea Woroch said planning is key.

“The most important thing you can do to cut your grocery expenses and stop wasting food is to plan your meals,” Woroch said.

Saving on rising food prices means doing some homework before you go to the store.

“Run a pantry and refrigerator check. Just go over what you have at home, chances are you have some ingredients you could use for your meals or maybe you decide what to cook based on what you really have at home. Woroch said.

Woroch has his own family. She said making a shopping list from the meals you plan and sticking to it will save you money.

“If it’s not part of your meal plan, you have to remember to skip it because it will increase your overall spending each week,” she said.

If you can’t avoid impulse shopping in the store, consider ordering online and picking up curbside.

“Look for those manager markdowns. These may be perishable foods that are approaching their expiration date. So it could be meat, poultry, fish, maybe dairy, ”Woroch said.

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When you are in the store, look at the prices of the products on the lower and upper shelves, the ones that are out of your sight. They are often less expensive.

Go for generic brands

Also consider generic brands rather than brands.

“When it comes to those baking supplies – flour, sugar – these are single ingredient items. They are single ingredient items. So a brand cannot be different from a generic brand or brand. a trademark, so don’t spend just on marketing and packaging anymore, ”Woroch said.

Also consider buying generic brand name spices.

“Yeah, like the store brands, maybe the Kroger brand or here the Holiday brand instead of Faygo, or something like that,” Kendrick said.

Bulk products only and meals without meat

Woroch suggested buying only bulk produce if you plan to eat it all. Frozen fruits and vegetables are cheaper, retain their nutrients, and are always on hand.

And include meatless meals to help save on the rising costs of meat, chicken, and seafood.

It doesn’t matter what prices or shortages you see in stores:

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“Be very cost conscious, note that there is a price difference, and please don’t take it out on the staff because they are just trying to do their job,” Kendrick said. “You know it’s a global problem.”

Another tip Woroch recommends is cereal: compare a brand’s ingredients versus a generic. If you have a kid who really wants the box with the character on it, keep the box and replace the new bag inside. They will never know.

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