Thursday, April 26, 2012

Israeli Grocery Bills are on the Rise

Brace yourselves! Globes is reporting that food prices will be rising again. 
Apparently, suppliers think that they can get more money from the Israeli consumer, once again.
It's really very sad to think of all the exploitation that goes on. It shouldn't cost a fortune to feed a family!

Globes does report, however, that much of the rise in prices is due to the fact that Israeli shoppers are VERY brand-loyal. People, it is time to lose your loyalty to brands! It's one of the first facts of bargain hunting! Buy the cheapest one you can find, not the one you think is your favorite brand. For most products, there really won't be a noticeable difference. Or just make it from scratch! It will taste better and it will be healthier and usually, a lot less expensive...

I for one, will continue focusing on produce. Fresh produce, lentils, beans, rice... those form the basis of our diet. Of course we buy chicken for Shabbat, but we don't buy a lot, and we try really hard not to waste it. We only buy a certain amount of cheese and yogurt each week, and we figure it out. I probably buy more than a smaller family does, that would make sense, wouldn't it? But I have heard that Israeli families overbuy, especially when they are hosting guests... So let's all figure out ways to cut back without feeling like we are. Less food waste. Less brand loyalty. More fresh, in-season fruits and vegetables. What do you think?

How are you going to adjust to higher costs? I'd love to hear your ideas!


  1. I always used to overcook, especially when we have guests. I would finish cooking and then.. just make one more thing. Then I read the book "What is the What" by Dave Eggars about a boy in Africa - and I understood how much we take food for granted and waste so much, so I cut down and make less. Also, much better about making sure leftovers get eaten at the beginning of the week.

    1. Good for you! I am working on making sure that we use up all the leftovers. we're good about using shabbat leftovers. It's the 1 serving of pasta or 1 piece of something from lunch, or 1 muffin, that always just gets wrapped up and shoved to the back of the fridge. i usually forget about it until it's a gross science experiment. how do you handle those?


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