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Shoppers flock to dollar stores for canned goods and buy in bulk at Sam’s Club due to soaring inflation

Buyers are increasingly feeling the effects of soaring US inflation.

Elayna Fernandez, a mother of four, told the Journal that she recently purchased a Sam’s Club membership so she could buy items such as shampoo and conditioner in bulk.

Fernandez also said she’s switched to own-brand grocery items such as granola bars and almond milk. Plus, she replaced one of her daughter’s nightlights with glow-in-the-dark stars to save on electricity costs.

San Antonio resident Lily Penelope told the Journal that they could not afford the cost of groceries coupled with the transportation it costs to get them to the nearest HEB store. Now Penelope, who uses gender-neutral pronouns, says they mostly eat canned vegetables, chicken and peanut butter from a nearby Dollar General that didn’t stock fresh produce.

Only 2,300 of 18,000 Dollar Generals in the United States provide fresh produce, a Dollar General spokeswoman told the WSJ.

Representatives for Dollar General did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment outside of normal working hours.

A spokesperson told the Journal: “While Dollar General is not a full-service grocer, we see ourselves as today’s general store by providing close and affordable access to everyday household essentials, including components of a nutritious meal.”

Penelope said their health and quality of life declined after making the switch. “I’m in a position where I have to choose between cooking meals I can afford and putting my health on the line,” they told the Journal.

In June 2022, inflation was at the highest rate since November 1981, Reported Insider. Food prices also rose throughout the year, data from theBureau of Labor Statistics showing a year-over-year rate of 10.4% in June.