Surviving Inflation – Ways To Save
We are all suffering through the current recession situation in this country. Gas prices are astronomical, food prices are through the roof, and everything and I mean everything is seeing a rise in cost. Many of us are trying to bring our families through this recession without changing our way of life too much. Here we will discuss Surviving Inflation – Ways To Save.
I will share a few of my tips and if you have tips that can possibly help our friends and family. I hope you will share yours as well. We all need each other to get through this tough time.
Let’s Begin With Savings When Purchasing Gas:
- One of the things I do is search for the lowest gas prices in my area before I go out to actually purchase gas. One of my favorite sites is Gas Buddy.
- Gas Buddy will allow you to put your state and city into the application, and even narrow it down to your neighborhood to find the cheapest gas nearest you.
- I do consider how far I would need to drive for the cheapest gas in comparison to the price of the gas at my neighborhood service station(s). But sometimes the difference in price is well worth a ten-minute drive.
- For instance, my BJs gas is usually 10 – 20 cents less per gallon than the service station nearest my home. And if I happen to be going in that direction anyway, well that’s a win-win scenario.
- Choose one day as your designated errand day. Get your groceries, pick up and drop off cleaning, get the car washed, check out your thrift shop (if that is your thing), etc. But you get the point.
- Once you have chosen your errand day, map out your route before you leave the house. So that you do not waste gas. Make getting your gas your last stop before going home. That way you will begin with a full tank next errand day.
Prepare In Advance For Grocery Shopping:
- We have heard this all of our lives, “make a shopping list” but now during this recession, it should be something that we take to heart. Go through your pantry, freezer, and cabinets. Also, do not forget to check your cleaning supplies and everything you use to make your home run smoothly.
- Most important, and something I’ve often done, do not make your list and leave it at home. Do not forget it. 🙂
- Set a food budget depending on the size of your family. And as best you can stick to that budget.
- Invest in a food saver machine. This has been a game changer for me. It allows me to buy meat in bulk and freeze it safely to avoid freezer burns and waste. I use my vacuum seal machine weekly. I use it to seal meat that I purchase in bulk, vegetables that are in season, and fruit that is in season and prepared for future use. I also prepare some dishes in advance and vacuum seal them for future meals. You will not be sorry if you purchase one of these machines.
- Only purchase food that you know your family will eat. This is not a good time for experimentation.
- Stay away from prepackaged food as much as you can. It costs more and it is generally not as healthy as the food you prepare at home.
- You may also save if you shop for nonperishable items online. Things like paper products, toothpaste, deodorant, and cleaning supplies can be purchased on Amazon, Walmart, or Target online. Most local supermarkets also have online shopping.
- I usually choose Amazon because I am a prime member and shipping is free.
- Do not forget to check your local dollar stores as well. You may be able to find really good bargains there.
- Also, buy store brands. Nowadays, store brand items are most times just as good as name brands and they save money. Research indicates that you can avoid spending extra money on brand names by looking at the top and bottom shelves in your supermarket. Large companies pay grocery stores large sums of money to place their brand(s) at eye level, while smaller companies can’t spend as much money as the larger ones for premium shelf space, and are therefore are likely to be less expensive but just as good.
- I have learned to skip the perimeter of the supermarket. According to Mashed, “stores are specifically designed to get you to walk a certain route. It starts with the flower display and bakery, where the tasty smells will activate your salivary glands and make you hungrier so you’ll buy more.” Makes sense…right?
- Finally, never go grocery shopping while hungry. It will be a disaster and you will undoubtedly purchase items you would not otherwise buy, and even more important, always check expiration dates. Especially when buying in bulk.
We are all struggling with the price hikes but if we help each other, we will have a better chance of Surviving Inflation while finding Ways To Save.
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