Sacramento grocery store price review, how to save money
Our Dollars and Sense team takes your questions directly to the experts to find out why you’re paying so much more at the grocery store.
SACRAMENTO, Calif .– It’s hard to deny, grocery store prices are going up and according to comments on Brittany Begley’s Facebook page, you’re feeling the sting at the supermarket.
“I’m on a budget, so I get the same items every week,” said Ray, a Facebook friend.
“I used to buy $ 200 and now it’s closer to $ 400,” said Megan, a friend of Facebook.
If you look at the grocery store data from the Consumer Index for July, you can see why Facebook friend Megan’s grocery bill is now double; beef is up 14%, pork is up 14% and even fruit is up 5% from last year.
“Is the cost increasing due to transportation or labor issues?” Facebook friend Carol asked.
Begley went straight to Nate Rose with the California Grocers Association to get a response for Carol.
“Grocery store operators are doing just about everything they can to keep prices down because it’s such a competitive industry,” Rose explained. “The big challenge right now is on the job side and being able to fill all the open positions. The hardest part is when there is more demand than supply because there is not enough workers to increase supply and that’s why prices go up. ”
So how do you save money in the store since it costs more to fill your refrigerator? Fortunately, not all groceries are expensive; rice, hot dogs and vegetables are down 1% from a year ago.
Since the cost of beef has increased pretty much across the board, not eating meat one day a week can save you $ 40.00 a month, according to credit counseling company Debtwave. It will also cost you more to bring your groceries home, as gas prices are also on the rise.
You can find the “best price” for refueling here.
You might as well try it because nowadays every penny counts.
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