Food prices have generally gone up, but some food groups are seeing smaller increases than others.
SAVAGE, Minn. Almost everything there is getting more expensive these days, especially the food.
Inflation has hit grocery stores hard in recent months.
However, some food products are becoming more expensive than others.
According to the latest Consumer Price Index, every food category has seen price increases this year, but some categories are seeing smaller increases than others.
The June Index report shows that the cost of fruits and vegetables actually fell last month.
HyVee Registered Dietitian Melissa Jaeger says the products are a great food combo to help shoppers save money, especially when it comes to seasonal produce.
“Produce items like berries and watermelon in high season right now,” says Jaeger. “Also, peaches will be really tasty, rich in nutrients, and also be better for the rest of you now.”
Meat has seen some of the highest increases over the past year.
Jaeger says you can use less meat by mixing in cheaper alternatives.
“You can simply eat the mushrooms, chop them up, or cut them into cubes, and mix them into ground beef for taco night or burgers on the grill,” says Jaeger.
She says you can do the same with beans and tofu.
You can also make your meat go even further by making stir-fries, salads, and pasta dishes that usually require less meat.
However, University of Minnesota professor of marketing and pricing, Mark Bergen, says meat prices are stable for now.
According to the June CPI report, beef prices fell in June, while pork and some other pork products increased.
Meat prices are still relatively high overall, but other food groups have been seeing larger increases in recent times.
“Dairy products, flour, baked goods, the ones that really jumped the most,” Bergen says.
“It’s interesting, from month to month, it changes.”
Prices of some baked goods rose as much as 5.5% last month.
Bergen says you can save by buying other grains such as rice.
Jaeger also recommends making a plan before you go shopping.
“I find that often if we go into a plan, we are less likely to get additional things that we didn’t need for that week,” Jaeger says.
And now, your freezer is your friend.
Jaeger says shoppers can save a lot of money buying seasonal produce and then freezing them for fall or winter.
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