Have you noticed that the prices at the grocery store are increasing? My husband came along grocery shopping with Nathan and me after church on Sunday. We were completely out of ground beef in the freezer so I picked up some more to grill that evening. I asked Andy how much he thought my 3 pound package of meat cost. $6 was his guess. Actually price? $10. So, I was not surprised when I read this recent article on the 10 fastest rising food prices. Do you have guesses what made the list? Prices were compared from 2010 to March of 2014, and the results were intriguing. According to this report, here are the 10 items that made the list.
- Ground beef
- Peanut butter
The article was fascinating and shares the actual percentage of price increases, as well as the current average price. I’d encourage you to read the full article here. After reading it, take some time to think. I know that I buy most of the items on this list and I have certainly noticed the increases. Ground beef has affected us the most with peanut butter being the second one. Which one impacts you and your family the most?
Now, the important question is this. What are we going to do about the food increases? Well, we don’t have to buy the products and we can find a cheaper substitute. That’s certainly an option. We don’t eat ground beef as much and I am starting to plan more meatless meals. Another option is to watch for sales and stock-up on these items. It hurts me to pay full price for expensive items such as these. Sometimes, I don’t have a choice. However, I can – and do – try to plan ahead and stockpile. Those are the two ways I am attempting to deal with increasing food prices. What are you doing?