I just read this article in the NY Times today that just made me exclaim I won’t say exactly what I exclaimed I will leave that to your imagination. I knew grocery prices were climbing and I knew the prices were going up but I did not know how fast and how soon! Here is another article I found along the same lines stating that food costs are going to go up considerably and that this will be the fourth quarter in a row. Look at this jar of Miracle Whip I spotted at my grocery store this past week I could not believe the price!
Yes that Miracle Whip was listed for $5.29 your not just seeing things!
So here are some of my strategies for dealing with climbing food prices because folks in my opinion we are going to be seeing less and less coupons and good deals coming out. It was only a matter of time after Extreme Couponing became a fad because the stores and manufacturers cannot make the big fat profits they want and more and more people are couponing and before it was too inconvenient for the mainstream population to coupon at that rate but then with the economy many folks just said it is something they have to incorporate into their lives to save money. For example CVS is banning shelf clearing by extreme couponers and Target, Kroger, Rite Aid, and Giant Eagle are all adjusting or reviewing their couponing policies. It was only a matter of time.
So lets say like me you decide couponing is just too time consuming what might you do?
Here are some of the things I do here at our Lil’ Suburban Homestead to combat climbing prices some are obvious and some are labor intensive.
1. We make our own laundry soap.
2. We are now going to start making our own dish soap.
3. We raise bees for honey so soon we will not need an outside sugar source or at least not at the same level.
4. We raise chickens for eggs.
5. We grow a lot of our own food but not all – we will need to add more and more to our garden each year.
6. We will start making our own homemade corn and flour tortillas.
7. In the past I used to make homemade bread on the weekends this will have to be incorporated more often into my schedule.
8. Continue to can our own food.
9. We are going to start to make our own condiments.
10. Paper towels are a huge expense (blog topic coming up!) we will show you how to sew your cloth towels yes you have to launder them but if you are efficient with this it’s not all bad!
11. Ditch the bottled water…..okay okay my friends who are reading this are gonna’ say ” she’s such a hypocrite she has not ditched her bottled water yet we have seen her with it at work! They would be right but this is my next major change. This is going to be painful because I only drink bottled water at work I truly hate the way our water tastes there. I’m going to do it though!” and now that I have said this they are going to hold me to it I promise you! I know them 😉
12. Eat leftovers – we already do this but I know a lot of you out there don’t you need to start. There are so many creative uses for leftovers.
Well I have many ideas to come! So this will be a running blog topic along with my Emergency Preparedness tips!
Well I have to go, I have to clean out my fridge and prepare my menu for the week.
What about you? Are any of my ideas to extreme for you? Have you tried any of these? If you have were they able to help you?