If you spend more on groceries, buy local or look for digital ways to save


COLORADO SPRINGS – You may have noticed that your grocery bill is higher than usual. Well, the people stocking the shelves are noticing that too.

Aubrey Day is co-owner of “Bread and butter” Colorado Springs downtown grocery store. Her store has been open since the start of the pandemic and she recently said that she has noticed the prices of basic commodities rising.

“I was checking the other day and saw that the rice had really exploded,” Day said. “It is sad.”

Not only rice, but poultry, fruits and vegetables are also more expensive, according to the monthly consumer price index.

Experts suggest buying locally when trying to save money.

“We haven’t seen a lot of inflation because we’re dealing with local suppliers,” Day explained.

Another option is to save coupons, but luckily there’s a Colorado app, which lets you do both.

Makena, is a cash back application. Every time you buy a healthy product, you earn points. Once you’ve earned that many, those points turn into money. All you need to do is scan the barcode on the product or upload a receipt.

“We help the consumer find items that meet their dietary needs or lifestyle cravings,” said Karen Frame, CEO of the app. “All you have to do is search on Makeena, and we tell you where you can buy it, and then we save you some money.”

Frame says consumers should also look for generic brands to save money.


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