Prices rise and rise. Inflation is back with a vengeance. This is especially true for grocery stores, where we keep getting a sticker shock at the checkout.
Just look at the headlines:
Beef prices are increasing worldwidereports Reuters.
As food prices continue to rise, beef and pork come out on topsays the Washington Post.
If you are a steak lover, you may be out of luck. Just as the barbecue season is in full swing, the prices are sky high.
Overall, inflation rose 5% last year – the biggest jump since 2008, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
How can you keep up with rising prices? We have some ideas.
1. Get paid every time you buy groceries
What’s your favorite steak? Ribeye? T-bones? Filet Mignon?
No matter how strategic you are, food is still a good part of your budget. Everyone has to eat. You can also make some cash back while your groceries are being bagged.
A free app called Fetch Rewards rewards you with gift cards just for buying staples like toilet paper and 250+ other items in the grocery store.
Here’s how it works: After you’ve downloaded the app, just take a picture of your receipt showing that you’ve purchased an item from one of the brands listed on Fetch. For your efforts, you will receive gift cards for places like Amazon or Walmart.
You can download the free Fetch Rewards app here for free gift cards.
Over a million people already have it, so they have to be into something.
2. Pocket up to 5% cash back in the grocery store
If you are not rewarded every time you go to the grocery store, you are missing out on extra money.
With Aspiration, you can earn up to 5% cashback on your debit card purchases. For example, right now you can get 0.5% cashback at Walmart and Target and 5% cashback at places like Brandless. (For a full list of cashback percentages, see Aspiration’s website.)
It only takes five minutes to sign up for a new debit card using the Aspiration Spend and Save account.
Never leave extra money in the grocery store again.
3. Buy groceries online (or at least pantry items!)
When you have a huge shopping list, grocery shopping can quickly become overwhelming. Next, you’re lugging around hundreds of pounds of groceries – or at least that’s what it feels like.
Make life easier for yourself (and your poor) by buying your pantry and dry goods online – and earn cash bonuses in the process.
A free website called Rakuten has links to 2,500+ stores, which means you can get cash kickback while shopping in one. During our review, we found listings on Amazon, Safeway, Sam’s Club, Boxed, and Walmart.
It takes less than 60 seconds to create a Rakuten account. All you need is an email address. Use Rakuten to get cash back within the first 90 days of signing up and receive an additional $ 10.
Now you no longer have to worry about putting that 36-pack of toilet paper in your trunk or lugging a box of cat litter around the store. Just have someone deliver it to your door and earn money back along the way!
4. Stop overpaying for groceries you order online
Do you pick up groceries after first shopping online? Wouldn’t it be nice if you got a notification every time you shop online and overpay?
This is exactly what this free service does.
Just add it to your browser for free, and before you check out, it will check other sites including Walmart, eBay, and others to see if your item is on sale for a cheaper price. You can also get coupon codes, set up price drop notifications, and even see the item’s price history.
Let’s say you buy a new pair of shoes and assume you’ve found the best price. Here you will receive a pop-up in which you will know whether this particular pair of shoes is available cheaper elsewhere. If coupon codes are available, these will also be automatically applied to your order. *
Last year, this saved people $ 160 million.
You can get started with just a few clicks to see if you are overpaying online.
5. Get an extra $ 225 on groceries this month
If we told you that before you went to the grocery store, you could get paid to watch cooking videos on your computer, you’d probably be laughing.
No way, right? But we’re serious.
A website called InboxDollars pays you to watch short video clips online. One minute you might see a chef teach you how to make fudge brownies, and the next you might get the latest celebrity gossip.
All you have to do is choose which videos you want to watch and then answer a few quick questions about them. Brands pay InboxDollars to get these videos in front of viewers, and there’s a cut to you.
Unlike other websites, InboxDollars pays you in cash – no points or gift cards. It’s possible to make up to $ 225 a month watching these videos which could be a serious drag on your grocery bill.
It takes about a minute to sign up and you will receive a $ 5 bonus to get started.
The bottom line is that prices in your grocery store will keep going up. Steak prices will continue to rise.
Like it or not, that includes the price of everything you eat – including steak.
If you start to follow at least a few of these tips, you will be able to cope better with rising food prices. And keep eating steak.
Any of these strategies will help.
Just pick one to start with.
Mike Brassfield ([email protected]) is a senior writer at The Penny Hoarder. He likes his steak medium rare.
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