Rising Food Prices & Empty Shelves Make Grocery Shopping Challenging
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Rising food prices and empty shelves gotcha down?
If you’ve done any food shopping lately, you know that the grocery game has changed a lot over the past two years.
Inflation has caused the price of everything to spike in recent months, and rising food prices are no exception. Shoppers all across the country are paying more than ever for their groceries if they can even find what they’re looking for.
While grocery prices rising may leave you with empty pockets, you’re just as likely to walk away from the store empty-handed if you’re looking for a specific item as empty shelves are everywhere.
Can you relate?? 😆⬇️
Our team has noticed empty shelves at their local stores. Here are just a few of the items they’re having a hard time finding:
“I can’t buy Kraft Lunchables in Pepperoni flavor, but the Armour brand Lunchables are fully stocked. Certain brands of coffee are also always out, and the coffee I normally buy went up in price.” – Chelsey L.
“We have chicken and pasta shortages here. There’s a limit on how many packs of chicken you can buy when they are available, and the pasta has been mostly gone at my Walmart for a while. And the cat food – ugh! That’s the worst to find!” – Amber
“Lots of empty shelves at my Kroger, and I’m definitely noticing price increases across the board on items.” – Emily
“If it makes anyone feel better, my local Walmart has been out of ramen for about 4 months. Not good, not good at all.” – Shane
Due to supply chain issues, shipping delays, and staffing shortages, grocery stores are having a tough time keeping their shelves stocked. And it’s hard to predict what they’ll be out of next because every category of products has been affected.
Depending on where they live, Hip2Save readers have been reporting difficulties finding just about everything at one time or another since the beginning of the pandemic.
In addition to low inventory and the effects of COVID-19 on the economy, bad weather, poor crop yields, and strong demand have all contributed to an 11% increase in grocery prices over the past two years. Unfortunately, there’s no end in sight to this trend of rising food prices.
Economists at Goldman Sachs say we’ll be spending even more on groceries in the coming year. On Monday, the firm projected that grocery and food prices will increase by an additional 5-6% in 2022. 😱
Here are some ways to avoid falling victim to these rising food prices:
- Remember coupons?! They really can save you a lot of money on groceries, and we make couponing easy by explaining all the best matchups here.
- You’ve heard this before, but meal planning is key! Study the weekly ads, make a list, and be prepared to go to more than one store to get what you need until the supply chain turmoil subsides.
- Follow these tips to save money on fresh produce.
- Reduce food waste by freezing unused dairy products.
- Visit our sister site Hip2Keto for clever ways to save money on meat.
- Shop the discount grocery stores in your area, like ALDI. While their prices are increasing too, you’ll still pay significantly less on so many items compared to traditional grocery stores.
- Save money on produce, meat, dairy, and more at your local farmer’s market.
- Try these tricks to save money on adult beverages.
- Use one of our favorite money-saving apps like Ibotta, Fetch, or Coupons.com to earn cashback on your grocery purchases.
- Take advantage of Amazon’s Subscribe & Save discount to save on household essentials and groceries without leaving home.
Anyone else feeling the sting of empty shelves and rising food prices? Share with us in the comments what you’re missing the most and where it seems to be hitting the hardest around you!