Feeling the pinch at the grocery store thanks to inflation? Prices are skyrocketing, but that doesn’t mean you have to bust your budget. Here are our best grocery hacks to help you beat inflation and save big on your next shopping trip. Get started and keep more money in your pocket!

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Frozen Veggies for the Win

Frozen Veggies for the Win. Photo credit: Canva.

Fresh veggies are great and all, but they can hit your wallet hard, especially if they’re out of season. Enter frozen veggies: your budget’s best friend. They’re just as nutritious, often cheaper and they won’t go bad in two days. Perfect for those ‘I don’t feel like shopping’ weeks.

Unit Price Detective

Unit Price Detective. Photo credit: Canva.

Ever notice those tiny numbers on price tags? That’s the unit price, and it’s like finding the secret code to shopping smart. It tells you the cost per ounce, pound, or liter. So, next time, a little math can really help you spot the real deals from the not-so-great ones.

Plan It Out

Plan It Out. Photo credit: Canva.

Ever find yourself wandering the aisles and grabbing random stuff? Yeah, we’ve all been there. Making a game plan with a list is a game-changer. Having a plan can help you dodge those impulse buys and get just what you need. Plus, you’re less likely to end up with a fridge full of ‘what was I thinking?’ items.

Protein Swap

Protein Swap. Photo credit: Canva.

Love your meat but don’t love the price? Get adventurous with beans, lentils or chickpeas. They’re not just for vegetarians – they’re cheap, full of protein and can make your meals stretch further. Plus, it’s kind of fun to mix things up and try new recipes, right? This bean soup is easy, hearty, filling and cheap!

Shop Your Pantry

Shop Your Pantry. Photo credit: Canva.

Before you hit the store, check what you’ve already got. It’s like a treasure hunt in your own kitchen! You might find half the stuff on your list is already there, hiding behind that giant jar of pickles. It’s a super easy way to slash that grocery bill and help you meal plan to use what you already have on hand. Get our best gluten-free pantry stocking tips!

Shop on a Full Stomach

Shop on a Full Stomach. Photo credit: Canva.

Shopping hungry is like letting a kid loose in a candy store. Everything looks good! Eating first means you won’t be tempted by every snack in sight, keeping both your stomach and wallet full.

Bulk Bargains

Bulk Bargains. Photo credit: Canva.

Buying in bulk can be a wallet’s best pal, especially for non-perishables or things you eat a lot of. Think rice, pasta, or even shampoo. If you have the space, buying protein in bulk from a farm can even be cheaper than the best sale at a box store. Just don’t get carried away and buy a year’s supply of mustard, okay?

Seasonal Shopper

Seasonal Shopper. Photo credit: Canva.

Buying produce in its season isn’t just tastier, it’s cheaper too. Strawberries in summer, squash in fall – nature’s way of giving your budget a break. Plus, it’s a fun way to change up your meals through the year and eat as nature intended.

Perimeter Pro

Perimeter Pro. Photo credit: Canva.

Here’s a cool trick: Stick to the store’s edges. That’s where you’ll find fresh foods like fruits, veggies and dairy. The middle aisles are temptation city with all the processed stuff. Staying on the outskirts keeps you healthy and saves cash!

Sale Sniper

Sale Sniper. Photo credit: Canva.

Keep an eye out for sales and stock up when the price is right. But be smart – only snag deals on stuff you know you’ll use. Striking when the savings are hot makes a lot of sense and takes just a little bit of planning.

12 Affordable Foods That Replace Expensive Probiotics

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Kefir. Photo credit: Canva.

Looking to boost your gut health without breaking the bank? Probiotics don’t have to come from expensive supplements; there are plenty of everyday foods that can help. In this list, we’ve rounded up affordable food options that are rich in natural probiotics. From tangy yogurt to crunchy sauerkraut, get ready to give your digestion a helping hand without emptying your wallet.

Read it Here: 12 Affordable Foods That Replace Expensive Probiotics

10 Foods That Have Gotten Obscenely Expensive Thanks to Inflation

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Inflation has been silently (or not so silently) ramping up our grocery bills, making each trip to the store a bit more of a gulp moment than the last. We’re shining a light on ten foods that have become so expensive lately people just aren’t buying them as much any more.

Read it Here: 10 Foods That Have Gotten Obscenely Expensive Thanks to Inflation

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