If you handle the grocery shopping for your household, there’s a chance you haven’t bothered picking up one of the items on your list because of the cost.
A new study shows about one-quarter of Canadians are worried about how they are going to pay for groceries, with more than 50% changing their shopping habits due to fluctuating prices.
Lower-earning, less-educated women, as well as households with dependents were found to be more likely to feel less “food secure” than a year ago.
Lead researcher Sylvain Charlebois, the Dean of the Faculty of Management at Dalhousie University in Halifax, says this year, food inflation rates started above normal before entering into a period of deflation.
Charlebois says meat and produce have seen large shifts in price, while dairy has experienced more fluctuations than usual.
More than half of the respondents to the survey (59.5%) said they look for deals, stocked up on sale items (56.9%) and planned out their purchases (50.9%) before heading out.
Nearly 41% admitted they were finding alternatives to items that had become too expensive.
In a survey done earlier this year, Charlebois found some Canadians were making the switch from fresh to frozen produce and juices, due to costs.