Prices have been rising on groceries for several years, and this is a direct result of the government’s policies.
Inflation? That, too, is is a direct result of government policies. It is the symptom, not the cause, of a devalued money system.
One tool to help you stretch your food dollar is a price book. In the comments at the first link above, Mile Hi Mama mentions her price book- which is an index card box of cards. She explains more about that in a blog post here.
I haven’t had a price book for a few years- since we moved here, in fact. Mostly because we only have three grocery stores in town, and my husband worked at the cheapest grocery store in town, and it was just easy to keep track of prices then.
When we lived in Nebraska, I got together with two other friends and we printed out a blank form for a pricebook for each of us. Then each of us took on just two stores apiece and wrote down the prices. Later, we got together and combined our work to create a pricebook for each of us. It was fun working together as well as seeing how each of us shopped- there were things each of us wanted in our pricebook that the others never bought. It saved labor for each of us, too.
Another benefit of creating our price book as a group project was that this was a way for two very busy mothers of a large group of children ranging in age from newborns to teens, were able to mentor and befriend the third member of our group- a younger mother of a small, but still growing family, new to the area, and hungry for friendships. Often it seems that building relationships outside the family must come at the expense of things we need to be doing within and for our families, but this is not always true. We can be just a little creative and do both- creating opportunities where both needs are met, not only for us, but for others as well.