Discussion Thread: Grocery Costs

[Content Note: Class warfare; food insecurity.]

Although the "food price outlook by the USDA states that, as of this year, the consumer price index for grocery or supermarket food items was down .5 percent in March," it's still "1.9 percent higher than last year around the same time."

I've had a bunch of conversations with local friends lately about the increasing cost of groceries, and the increasing reliance (in our state and in others) on food programs and pantries even among working people, so I thought I'd open a thread to discuss cost-saving ideas and recommendations.

Do you use a coupon program that you'd recommend? A food delivery service that is cost-effective for people who can't shop for themselves? Are you a member of a warehouse retailer like Costco or Sam's Club, with recommendations about particularly cost-effective items? Got secrets for stretching pantry items that you'd love to pass on?

Whatever tips or tricks you've got, share 'em in comments.

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