Joy Magazine

Have You Heard?

Saving on your food bill.

It's not news that food prices have risen over the last year"¦ and there's no prediction that they will drop. What are women doing in the new "normal?" Have You Heard traveled to the Medford's Growers and Crafters Market and Bear Creek Park to ask, "Has your food shopping changed at all? What are you doing to save on your grocery bill?"

Kelly Duncan
Medford

I'm diabetic and I have to eat a certain amount of produce. We can't buy quality food anymore. We're all suffering from higher gas prices.

Tina Duncan
Medford

We have been hitting the farmers' markets. We're better off going there. You know it's quality and guaranteed fresh. If you develop a rapport with your farmer you can get the breaks you need.

Sarah James
Medford

We watch coupons. We go to Grocery Outlet first and try to buy what's on sale. If it's on sale, we try to buy in bulk.

Kathee Martin
Medford

I was just in Arizona for six months and different things are more expensive there, including produce. I've always been very cognizant of prices and am wise when I shop. Prices are getting noticeably higher.

Nicole Thomas
Central Point

We've bought less junk food and a lot more fruits and vegetables. My kids all love that. I notice leftovers don't go bad anymore; they all get eaten.

Lindsey Hartsough
Ashland

The amount of food I buy now is less. It's all about budgeting now. I have to make my money last. I do a lot of bulk buying. I work at a restaurant and I eat there a lot more often. I cook less food at a time, so it doesn't get left over and go to waste.

Joye Sanders
I make pretty good money but I'm budgeting. I shop the sales. My budget for food has gone way down. It's cheaper to buy [fast food] from the dollar menu, but that's really unhealthy.

Lisa Kessler
Rogue River

We pay attention to the food on sale. I go to the store where I can get the deals. I buy in bulk. We make big meals and eat all the leftovers instead of wasting food.


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