7 Grocery Items That Are Now More Expensive


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The cost of everything seems to be rising in America. But the most painful price increases may be those associated with groceries.

After all, when the prices of some items go up, we can simply choose not to buy them. But we all need to eat, so skipping the grocery store isn’t an option.

Overall, grocery prices rose 1.2% in September, according to the latest Consumer Price Index data, which was released on October 13. This is the highest increase in one month for groceries as a whole so far this year.

With prices going up at your local supermarket, you may notice that some items have become especially expensive. In fact, seven grocery items tracked by the Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics saw prices rise at least 3% in September.

Here are the grocery items that will force you to dig deeper into your wallet or purse right now.

Crisps, Bread & Crispy Products

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Increase from August to September: 3.1%

Change from last September to current September: 7.1% increase

Life staff are getting more expensive. In fact, the 7.1% year-over-year price hike was the largest 12-month increase since February 2012.

At a time when inflation is surging, this is how the cracker breaks down. However, you can find money-saving tips in How to Buy Bread for $1 or Less.

Fresh biscuits, rolls and cakes

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Increase from August to September: 3.7%

Change from last September to current September: 4% increase

Everyday muffins may be comfort food for tough times, but even this treat is little of solace in an age of soaring prices.

Other fats and oils, including peanut butter

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Increase from August to September: 3.7%

Change from last September to current September: 10.7% increase

Many of us can limit our intake of fats and oils, and now might be the perfect time to do so. The 10.7% annual price increase in this category — which doesn’t include butter, margarine and salad dressing — is the biggest 12-month increase since August 2012.

One ounce of good news: It’s easy to make your own peanut butter—and we have the recipe in “10 Cheap and Easy Homemade Food Staples.”

Frankfurt

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Increase from August to September: 3.8%

Change from last September to current September: 1.2% decrease

All-American hot dogs are not immune to our nation’s inflation problems, with prices now starting to rise significantly despite falling over the past 12 months.

An apple

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Increase from August to September: 3.8%

Change from last September to current September: 7.8% increase

If you love apples, this news will leave you spoiled to the core: The 7.8% price increase is the biggest annual jump since August 2016.

Ready salads

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Increase from August to September: 4.2%

Change from last September to current September: 6.8% increase

It now takes more green paper to get edible greens: the 6.8% increase is the largest 12-month price increase on record.

Beef and veal

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Increase from August to September: 4.8%

Change from last September to current September: 17.6% increase

If these price increases are enough to make you consider becoming a vegetarian, perhaps start with a review of “8 Easy Ways to Cut Down on Meat.”

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