Grocers Assist With Holiday Meal Costs

Walmart store | Image by Tupungato

Some of the most commonly used ingredients in popular holiday recipes will be lowered in price at some of the country’s biggest grocery stores.

From November 1 through the holiday season, grocer giants Walmart and Aldi will be taking steps to help families cope with rising food costs, according to Fox 4 News KDFW.

Inflation increased by 0.4% in September, and grocery costs rose by 2.4% compared to the same period last year, while average hourly earnings for employees fell by 0.2% from the previous month, according to Fox Business. As a result, Walmart and Aldi are stepping up to the plate to ensure families can more easily afford to put food on the table.

Amid inflation woes, Aldi President Dave Rinaldo said that the company was going to provide “shoppers extra relief to make the holidays a time for celebration, not stress,” per Fox 4.

Aldi, which has over 2,300 locations nationwide, has pledged to slash prices by up to 50% on a range of 70 seasonal essentials, including green beans, potatoes, pumpkin pie, butter, flour, and cranberries.

Walmart, which has over 4,600 stores in the United States, announced that it will again offer Thanksgiving meal baskets.

Additionally, the baskets will be even lower in price than last year. The basket price will cost around $70 and include ingredients to make a meal for up to 10 people, reported ABC 13. The baskets will offer two options: one with ingredients for cooking from scratch and another with ready-to-bake items, which can be ordered online for pickup or delivery. The baskets can also be purchased in-store.

With the holiday season just around the corner, it is easy to feel overwhelmed with all the shopping and planning that needs to be done. Experts suggest starting shopping early for nonperishable items and considering buying generic brands to reduce the stress and hassle of the holiday rush.

As previously reported by The Dallas Express, some might struggle to find their holiday spirit amid stress, worry, and uncertainty. In fact, a survey conducted last year by the American Psychological Association found that some 38% of people say their stress levels increase during the holidays.

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