Shoppers who want to keep their grocery bills under control or even save money are probably familiar with this well-worn advice: Go to the store with a shopping list — and stick to it. Don’t get waylaid by impulse buys.
But discipline alone may not be enough to protect shoppers from sticker shock at the checkout counter, especially if they’re fond of brand-name products.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ monthly consumer price index, grocery prices were up by 7.4 percent over the past year. The inflation rate is at a 40-year high.