Square data said workers are paying from 10 to 20 percent more for common lunch items at restaurants. Cutting costs will require some work, but the savings are worth it.

“Making your lunch at home will save you a lot and use your leftovers,” said Trae Bodge, a smart shopping expert with TrueTrae.com. “But we’re also experiencing shrinkflation at the grocery store, where packages are smaller. Net weight is lower and you’re paying the same as you did before. What I like to suggest is to, first of all, look for coupons and ways to save and then also buy in bulk if you happen to have a membership to Costco or Sam’s Club. You can save quite a bit doing that.”

Here are some tips to save on your return to work:

  • Buy nonperishable items on sale or in bulk because they will last longer. For perishables, stock up on them when they are on sale and freeze them.
  • For clothes, shop your closet. You might have more items than you think that got pushed to the back of your closet during the pandemic. That’s the free option.
  • The frugal option is to figure out what clothes you really need and shop used. You can find a lot of new clothing with tags still on for a fraction of the retail price.
  • For gas, make sure you are using an app like AAA or Gas Buddy that can help you find the best price along your route.

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