Inflation is soaring higher than economists expected.
CNBC reports that the numbers out this morning show the consumer price index jumped to eight-point-five percent last month. Analysts had forecast an eight-point-three percent rise over the past 12 months.
March’s sky-high rate is the highest since 1981, following a seven-point-nine percent bump in February.
The data shows increases not seen since the 70s and early 80s.
While you are financially be hit harder than anyone has felt in generations, there are ways to save at the grocery store.
- Fill your pantry with your basic essentials like pasta, rice, bread, canned tomatoes, frozen veggies, onions and potatoes. You’d be surprised at how many meals you can make with just those items. You won’t have to buy as many new meals weekly.
- Prepare a head of time. Walk in there with your list complete and stick to it. Impulse buying will only delay your trip.
- The deals are out there, you just have to look for them. Most deals are posted on the stores website and some even have in-store QR codes you can scan with your phone which will then be applied at checkout.
- Finally, it might help to tweak your dinner menu for the week. Meat and dairy are super expensive right now so maybe come up with meals that don’t use either of those as the main ingredient.