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Wed Feb 28, 2024, 09:33 AM Feb 28

Food Is Taking a Bite Out of Your Income. These Consumers Are Getting Creative. [View all]



Food Is Taking a Bite Out of Your Income. These Consumers Are Getting Creative.
Shoppers share strategies for coping with food inflation, including potluck dinners, gardening and even hunting
By Heather Haddon and Jesse Newman
Updated Feb. 27, 2024 1:38 pm ET

Eating rice and beans instead of meat. Planning out meals a month in advance. Trying to raise more food in backyard gardens. Americans are changing the way they eat, shop and live to cope with a stretch of record food inflation.

Hundreds of readers responded to a Wall Street Journal article last week that illustrated how food has come to consume the biggest portion of Americans’ income since 1991, sharing strategies they have adopted in their kitchens.

Some are imposing new limits on eating out, and coupons are table stakes for many at both grocery stores and restaurants. Readers are buying more in bulk, while purchasing less packaged food, meat and organic vegetables.

Not all coping strategies are widely embraced. Some social media users have blasted WK Kellogg Chief Executive Gary Pilnick, who told The Wall Street Journal in an interview that the company has been marketing cereal to pressured consumers — including an ad campaign that suggests eating cereal for dinner.



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On average Americans eat too much... MiHale Feb 28 #1
Great messaging ... redqueen Feb 28 #4
Love the advice. limbicnuminousity Feb 28 #6
Never meant it as the only solution... MiHale Feb 28 #13
You're right. limbicnuminousity Feb 28 #18
Didn't take your response as snarky... MiHale Feb 28 #19
Well, that's a gross take. Cuthbert Allgood Feb 28 #9
The problem was that food prices were taking a bite out of income... MiHale Feb 28 #15
Really Always Blue Feb 28 #17
This OP is about saving our personal income on food... MiHale Feb 28 #20
Funny Always Blue Feb 28 #21
HOW ABOUT... the FTC slapping a huge windfall profits tax on their historic profits CousinIT Feb 28 #2
You are correct. I don't think it's possible without Dem supermajorities redqueen Feb 28 #14
Creative thinking helps. no_hypocrisy Feb 28 #3
I'm a whole foods homemade fanatic. I was going that way hard in the months leading up to COVID. brewens Feb 28 #7
Try this book. I love it. no_hypocrisy Feb 28 #11
That's part of it too. Knowing what not to waste time and money on. One of my big successes last year brewens Feb 28 #12
Beans and corn together provide a complete protein. raging moderate Feb 28 #16
My wife did a two month "pantry challenge " this time last year underpants Feb 28 #5
I'm a bulk meals food prepper. I buy two turkeys every year at Thanksgiving time just for myself. brewens Feb 28 #10
you can really see that whole top chef, eating out craze on the chart from 2010 until Covid shut it down Blues Heron Feb 28 #8
I do so many things to save money on food MissB Feb 28 #22
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