Inflation has caused significant increases in global food prices over the past year.

In the United States, meats, poultry, fish, and eggs increased nearly 15% over the same period, while fruits and vegetables increased nearly 8%.

PLAN AHEAD In the United States, an estimated 30 to 40% of the food supply becomes food waste. With the average household spending nearly $5,000 annually on groceries, that means that about $2,000 is going right into the waste bin.

MEAL PREP IS A MUST By batch prepping your meals for the week, you’ll ensure that food doesn’t sit in the fridge or pantry unprepared (then get thrown out). Food not wasted = money not wasted.

DON’T HOLD BACK ON COUPONS AND REWARD PROGRAMS Grocery stores love having you as a customer. So much so that they incentivize you to come back through rewards programs and memberships that provide discounts and savings for things you already shop for.

GO GENERIC Store brands often have the same ingredients and nutritional value as their brand-name counterparts. Perhaps most importantly, they save you money at checkout.

DON’T STRESS ABOUT ORGANIC When budget is one of your priorities, focus on your diet more holistically. Are you getting enough fruits, vegetables, and protein each and every day? Answering this question with a resounding “yes,” even if it’s with conventionally-grown produce and meats, is better for you than going without them.

LOOK TO THE FREEZER AISLE FOR LOWER PRICES Frozen fruits and vegetables often come with a lower price tag, especially for produce that’s out of season (especially helpful during the winter months).