No one can deny that food prices have increased. The question is WHY?
It makes me wonder why the USDA is paying farmers not to farm and requesting that farmers destroy their current crops.
The government claims that it’s to promote more wildlife habitats, but as someone who created a Non-Profit Wildlife Preserve, I disagree with that.
It makes me wonder why the USDA pays farmers expanded incentive payments to rent their farm fields to the USDA.
It makes me wonder why the USDA makes farmers immediately kill thousands of chickens under the “suspicion” of a bird flu outbreak that never seems to happen (if it was real at all); the animals are all destroyed before they have found the cause that could have saved them.
This doesn’t lower your food costs at the grocery stores …
A friend sent me this picture in 2013, and boy, does it ring true today in 2023. I wish I had a more updated photo to post, but this one is just too good not to share. One thing this does tell us, though, is that food prices have been rising for decades.
So why haven’t we done anything about this before now to stop the inflation?
Well, here are some ways you can lower your grocery bill while eating better quality foods. The time is NOW to begin.
Grow Your Own Veggies
I’m no gardener, but I’m having fun trying.
Even if you live in a condo, you can grow salad veggies on your porch using hydroponics, or by just having a green thumb and some flower pots. Tower Gardens are awesome, too, but it’s less expensive to build your own.
Every little bit helps keep the grocery bill down.
Eat At Home
There’s no question that eating out today is getting more and more expensive. It’s not only cheaper when you eat most of your meals at home, but it’s healthier for you, too.
A $13.00 meal at a restaurant today costs you about $4.00 to prepare yourself at home. You’ll save even more if you make enough food for leftovers.
Enjoy eating out at your favorite restaurants, but eat out only once a month or so, and try your best not to eat out more than once a week.
You’ll not only save money, but you’ll lose weight because you won’t be eating foods cooked in old, unhealthy oils or take-out filled with unhealthy chemical preservatives and flavor enhancers.
If you work outside of your home, pack your lunch and take your own mid-day snacks. Drink water throughout the day, flavored with electrolytes, lemons, pineapple, or other fresh fruits.
You can buy bulk beans and rice and soups, and put them in a crockpot to help stretch out your groceries.
Put your dinner into the crockpot in the morning, and it will be ready to eat by the time you get home from work or school in the evening.
Reverse this and put healthy oats and grain cereals into the crockpot at night (on warm), and feed the family a healthy breakfast that’s waiting for them in the morning before rushing out of the house for school or work.
Head’s-up shoppers as we continue to find ways to stop paying more for less at the grocery stores.
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