Rising food prices hit consumer pocketbooks

Look for local deals when eating out

Rising food prices have us all thinking about how we can stretch our budgets whether we’re restaurant owners or consumers.

Some restaurants are raising prices or offering smaller portions for the same price. Some are switching to less expensive ingredients.

Some of the hardest hit ingredients are sugar, coffee, chicken, beef and bread. Experts say it’s global unrest and rising fuel costs that are causing the increase. It may be time to start looking for local produce at your grocery if you want to keep your spending in check. If you can’t find local produce, some farms sell direct to consumers, or check out your local farmers market here: www.bcfarmersmarket.org

Customers can help ease the impact on their budgets and still enjoy eating out. It just takes a little bit of research before hand.

You can find coupons and deals on www.bcrestaurnts.ca/couponscode/getDBcoupon.asp.

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