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8 Ways to Overcome Rising Food Prices

Updated on March 10, 2011
Grow your own food.
Grow your own food.

Everywhere I turn I see and hear things about the rising costs of food. Groceries are getting very expensive. In fact, they are expected to double in 2011 alone. There are many reasons, but to sum them up it is because of the increasing costs of oil and weather problems that are wiping out crops all over the world. There isn't much we can do about the weather, and I know that I personally can't do anything about the oil prices either. Fortunately there are things that you can do, starting right now, that will help you beat the rising grocery prices.

  1. Produce more of your own food. I already garden extensively, but I know that I can do more. Everyone can do more. You can start growing herbs in a sunny window in your apartment, you can grow salad fixings on the porch and you can replace flower gardens with vegetable gardens. You should also think about growing some perennial fruits and vegetables too.
  2. Become less dependent on the grocery store. Growing your own food will help in this area, but you should also try to find local sources for more of your food. The food is typically better for you, tastes better, and doesn't require nearly as much oil to get to your table. If consumers are not so dependent on oil, then maybe the prices will drop.
  3. Create a stockpile. Start thinking long term about your food, not just what you are eating this week. By stocking up on foods when they are on sale you will keep your grocery costs down in the long run. Plus, if there is a shortage of food you will have enough on hand to last awhile until the crisis is over.
  4. Take advantage of sales. Regardless of how high food prices get, there will still be sales and coupons. When something you use goes on sale (make sure it is a great one) buy as much as you feasibly can fit in your home and your budget. Check expiration dates and don't get so many that they will expire though.
  5. Think outside the box. Try bartering for food or household supplies if you don't have time to clip coupons and shop the sales. As the recession deepens, bartering is coming back into favor and people are becoming more and more willing to do it. I know two people that trade home baked bread for piano lessons. Both parties are very happy with this arrangement.
  6. Shop online for food. Just like grocery stores have loss leaders to get you into the store to shop, online retailers do the same thing. I have gotten some amazing deals on Amazon in the past - prices well below what I can get locally.
  7. Learn to make more of your own food. Knowing how to cook from scratch will make you less vulnerable to rising costs and possible food shortages. Cooking from scratch also saves a lot of money over prepackaged convenience foods.
  8. Consume less. Americans typically overeat every single day. One of the quickest ways to save money on food costs is to eat less.

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    • what_say_you profile image

      what_say_you 

      7 years ago from Louisiana

      Jennifer...I agree...thank you for this Hub. I have an extensive background in the alternative energy field and as a result I think of self sustainability more than I like to. I am happy to see more women getting ahead of the curve. I noticed you have other great Hubs that I am interested in reading. Kudos!!

    • Jennifer profile imageAUTHOR

      Jennifer 

      7 years ago

      what_say_you - yes the rise in prices is a direct result of food shortages. For the past few years the world in general has eaten more than we have produced. Combine this with weather disasters all over the place and you have a food shortage. I had not heard about china not exporting rice, but I know Russia stopped exporting wheat this year. I have heard that one of the main sugar producing countries (can't remember which one) is going to quit exporting too because of shortages there. Scary and I am certainly stockpiling right now to hopefully combat this.

    • what_say_you profile image

      what_say_you 

      7 years ago from Louisiana

      Hi Jennifer...as a mom of 3 kids under 13years old I am constantly trying to figure out how to reduce, re-use, recycle and where to get the best bang for my buck!! I am wondering if you think that these rising food costs are an indication of a coming food shortage globally speaking? I read that China is no longer exporting rice due to their own shortage..and that is just one example of what I suspect is also adding rising costs to our grocery bills. It is obvious that destroyed crops, and other natural disasters can hurt global food trade as well but I am seriously concerned about this and wondered if I am the only person who feels a little anxiety over how I am gonna keep food on the table during these hard times.

      Along this subject I have read about fertilized seed banks that can last 25 years or more and that sounds interesting but I am no gardener. I vow to do better but maybe the topsy turvey will be better for me lol.

      Also, I am learning how to make my own wheat bread, beer and wine because I think those would be items that could be bartered with ease. What do you think? Is it time to start stocking up on wheat, rice, sugar and canned foods??

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      Deidre Shelden 

      7 years ago from Texas, USA

      Some useful things to consider in light of the rising prices! Voted Up and Useful.

    • Mr Tindle profile image

      Mr Tindle 

      7 years ago

      Jennifer,

      These are 8 really good ideas for cutting your food expenditures. I think you are absolutely right about food prices continueing to rise in 2011. I wouldn't be surprised if they kept going even higher over the next several years due to the inflationary policies that world leaders seem to be addicted too. We will see though. Regardless, these are all ideas that could easily be executed with enough initiative and discipline.

      I just wrote a hub about various ways that people can get free food at restaurants and other methods. If you don't mind I will make the link available for anyone interested in the comments to this hub. Just let me know.

      Anyway thanks for the good read, voted up!

    • chspublish profile image

      chspublish 

      7 years ago from Ireland

      What you have you say here is all true and it's just a question of practising it and making it happen. Thanks

    • tebo profile image

      tebo 

      7 years ago from New Zealand

      It is becoming a problem. I think I will extend my garden. Good advice, thanks.

    • dallas93444 profile image

      Dallas W Thompson 

      7 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

      Good information!

    • BlissfulWriter profile image

      BlissfulWriter 

      7 years ago

      Definitely true that food prices are going up. This is happening all over the world. In some countries, 50% of a family's household income goes into buying food. The Food Price Index is now highest it has ever been since it had started keeping track. I researched and wrote about World Food Prices in a Hub: http://hubpages.com/t/212d06

    • sincerely25 profile image

      sincerely25 

      7 years ago from United States

      I think twice when visiting the grocery store. Great hub!

    • breakfastpop profile image

      breakfastpop 

      7 years ago

      Great advice, especially now that food prices are going to skyrocket because of the oil situation in the Middle East. Up and useful.

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