“Towards the end of 2020, I went to Walmart and purchased everything for $10.09 and made a week’s worth of meals for one person. This week I went back again and purchased those same items…”
But unless you’ve been saving receipts and comparing prices, you might not realize just how much more you’re spending on basic, everyday items.
Well, recently Kentucky-based TikToker Amy Way to Save (@amywaytosave) posted a video comparing the prices on a grocery run she did in 2020 with what the exact same items cost her now in 2023. The video has since been viewed 1.8 million times and has over 300,000 likes.
In the video, she says, “Towards the end of 2020, I went to Walmart and I purchased all of these things for $10.09. And I made a week’s worth of meals for one person.”
And if you’re curious what she made, back in 2020, she also posted a YouTube video sharing how she turned these items into a week’s worth of meals for a single person:
She continues her TikTok, saying, “In the beginning of 2022, there was a lot of talk about inflation at the grocery store. So I went back and purchased all of the same things, and they cost me about 10% more.”
But when she went back to Walmart to buy the same items again in 2023, the prices had gone up even more significantly. “This week I went back again and purchased those same items. Now they cost $15.10, which is about 50% more than the prices at the end of 2020.”
But before you blame it all on the eggs, which have recently gone up in price, Amy commented that even if you take the eggs out of the equation, her groceries have still gone up 38%.
In the comments, people are questioning if these increasing costs are inflation or greedflation.
And people are also sharing how rising grocery prices are affecting them and their families.
Amy told BuzzFeed that she decided to check her 2023 grocery prices against the same list from 2020 because she’s currently seeing price increases every time she shops. “I’m a couponer, so I pay attention to prices and have many prices memorized. Lately, every time that I go to the grocery store I notice price increases, and that prompted me to do another price comparison video.”
She also shared that while she wasn’t surprised by the price of eggs going up, there was one item that shocked her. “The price increase that surprised me the most was on dried pinto beans. It seems like a one pound bag of pinto beans has been $1 forever. The price only went up by 24 cents to $1.24, but dried beans are so cheap to begin with that 24 cents higher meant a 24% price increase!”
Amy continued, saying, “Rice and beans are the stereotypical budget foods. They both went up in price since last year.”
Since Amy’s all about saving money, she shared two quick ways to lower your grocery bill. First of all, coupons. “Most stores now have digital coupons that you can clip to your account and will automatically come off at the register,” she says. “If that option isn’t available at your grocery store, the Coupons.com app provides a coupon reimbursement when you upload your receipt.”
She also recommends using rebate apps like Ibotta and Fetch Rewards. “Rebate apps provide reimbursement on a wide variety of food and household goods. Many of them are easy to use and you simply need to upload a receipt to earn cash back or gift cards.”
Unfortunately, grocery prices aren’t expected to come down any time soon, so if you’ve got a tip or trick that’s helping you save on essentials, please tell us about it in the comments!