At the start of the pandemic, many people stockpiled groceries and even though the rate of infection has since dropped in many cities and states, dining indoors is still a high-risk activity. Because of this, many Americans are continuing to buy a majority of their food from the grocery store so they can cook at home, and as the demand for food items continues to increase, so do the prices.
According to the Wall Street Journal, which had access to recent grocery price data from market-research firm IRI, the price for groceries are, on average, 5% higher than what they were a year ago. Long gone are the days where grocers got an over-shipment of a specific product and had to run a generous deal on it to push it out of the store faster. Now, in most cases, grocers are struggling to keep staple items on the shelves.
Here are three grocery store deals that you likely won’t see as often (or at all) this fall.
“BOGO, or 2 for the price of 1”
The classic “buy one get one free” or “buy two for the price of one” deal may not be offered as frequently as it was just before the pandemic hit, and will likely continue to be relatively absent for many months to come, especially on items that are being as widely produced. For example, in the past, you may have been able to buy a box of frozen burgers and get the second box for free. This was likely because the grocer had too much of the product and wanted a way to get rid of the product faster so they could clear up some space in the freezer aisles.
However, with the latest report from the Bureau of Economic Analysis specifying that the price of beef, along with fruits and vegetables, has steadily increased since February, there’s a minimal chance you’ll see a surplus of frozen patties in your local grocery store anytime soon.
“Buy 2 get the third, free”
Maybe your local grocery store used to run a special like “buy two, get one free” on more expensive items, such as avocados prior to March. This deal is unlikely to be offered in the near future for that same items as the price of fruit and vegetables continues to be on the incline.
“10 for $10”
Have you ever seen single cups of yogurt run for $1 each if you buy 10? With dairy prices also on the rise since February, it’s doubtful you’ll be able to score that kind of deal on something like yogurt for the rest of this year.