With the rate of inflation constantly rising, and the consumer price index has risen by 7.7% in October according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, it is normal to feel like every time you walk into a grocery store your money evaporates. If you want to limit the extent to which you feel that way then you might want to start avoiding the following items in your next grocery shopping trip.
1. Prepared produce
While it is definitely convenient to have all of your produce washed, peeled, and even cut by others, the reality is that pre-cut produce could be one of the reasons you are spending more on your grocery bill than you might have hoped for. This is why you might want to start buying your produce whole and then doing all the work on your own. This is going to be both less expensive and you are going to end up having a lot more of the produce you need.
2. Pre-marinated meat
Much like with your produce, being your meat prepared could also be putting a dent in your finances. Instead, you should just be buying your meat as normal and preparing it on your own. This will help cut down on the cost of your next piece of chicken, beef, or turkey.
Spices at the grocery store usually come in tiny little bottles that are extremely high in price. This is why you might be better off buying the off-brand versions of those same spices. These can be much more reasonably priced, and you could end up getting a larger amount of your favorite spices for a lesser price.
4. Canned beans
Canned beans are certainly more convenient than dried beans, but that convenience comes at a price. If you want to cut down on your bills, you should instead buy dry beans and soak them overnight. This will allow you to cook them for your next meal faster.
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If you decide to purchase dried beans instead of precooked canned beans make sure you follow proper safe food handling procedures. Incorrectly rehydrating, preparing & storing of dried bean products can be deadly!