Over the past year, your grocery bill has skyrocketed. You’re not alone, as prices for food at home surged 10.8% for the year ended April 2022 — the largest 12-month percentage increase since the period ending November 1980 — according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
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To give a bit more context, the average price of a dozen eggs was $1.64 in June 2021 but increased to $2.71 by June 2022. Another example: The average price of one pound of 100% ground roast coffee was $4.61 in June 2021 but skyrocketed to $5.79 in June 2022.
Given these price increases, you may have decided to get creative to lower your grocery bill. Specifically, you may want to find as many ways as possible to get free food.
Thankfully, this might be easier than you think. If you’re willing to dedicate a bit of time and effort to the cause, it might literally pay.
Ready to get started? Here’s a look at five ways you can get groceries for free.
Take Advantage of ‘Buy One, Get One’ Deals
If you’re willing to purchase multiple items, Katie Roberts said you might be able to score free groceries with “buy one, get one” deals.
“Grocery chains like Publix offer a variety of ‘buy one, get one free’ offers, where you buy one item and get a second of the same item or brand for free,” said Roberts, a consumer analyst at shopping comparison site DealNews.com. “Look at the store’s ad before grocery shopping to see which items are eligible, and then plan your list around those products to get the best chance at saving.”