Remember a few years back when we covered grocery shopping and doing everything possible to save a buck? Well soon after that we began shopping organic and raised our food budget accordingly but recently we’ve had to raise our budget again and even cut back on what organics we purchase in order to stay within our budget. Unfortunately beginning this week we just couldn’t do it anymore and we finally had to raise our food budget to feed our family and we’re not alone.
According to this article which was syndicated across the Forum Communication media outlets, such as The Farmington Independent, everyone is starting to feel the pinch and are altering their grocery budgets as rising food costs begin to eat away at available cash.
From the article:
Grocery and restaurant prices are forecast to rise 3 to 4 percent due to higher food commodity and energy prices, and strong global demand for food, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture 2011 Food Price Outlook.
Food inflation was stable in 2010, inching up just 1.5 percent in 2010, the Consumer Price Index shows. But in January, food prices rose 0.5 percent for the month, and “all six major grocery-store food groups posted increases,” the U.S. government reported.
We were getting by on $500 a month (already up from the $400 we were spending back in 2008) but after consistently being unable to meet our budget we’ve had to increase that another $100 a month to $300 every two weeks–something which is difficult when feeding a family of three on one income. We’re already limiting organics purchasing to most vegetables, almost all items for The Rooster, and meats but if prices continue to rise we may have to see where else we can cut while remaining healthy.
Have you been hit hard by the rising prices either in restaurants or at the grocery store? Have you had to raise your grocery/eating out budget to meet the food price inflation? What suggestions do you have for others to help them avoid cutting out healthier foods such as fresh produce or organics to save money if they can’t afford a larger budget? Whatever you have to say about rising food costs go ahead and comment on as I’d love to hear your thoughts and suggestions.