Food prices in Lansing Area will rise through 2021

I’ve noticed some really high prices at the grocery stores around the Lansing area lately. I’ve been shopping a lot more than last year because of the pandemic and I’m eating healthier.

Some of the things that caught my eye are produce, fruits and nuts, deli, and meat and fish. Other things that seem to stay the same or lower include eggs, cheese, bacon, and some products like onions, lettuce, and pickles. It’s just me and what I noticed in the stores I bought from.

I think higher food prices will happen everywhere, says nbcnews.com. Shoppers can expect to pay more for groceries when shopping. This is what comes from the latest consumer price index which shows that prices are going up and unfortunately they can still go up and stay there for the rest of the year.

The monthly consumer price index, released Tuesday morning by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, rose 0.6 percent in March, the largest increase in a month in nearly 10 years. And look at that, prices are up 2.6 percent overall.

And that’s not all that weighed on the paperback and wallet. Gasoline rose a whopping 9.1 percent last month. Since February, prices for fruits and vegetables have risen nearly 2 percent, and the index for meat, poultry, fish and eggs is up 0.4 percent, according to the government.

All we can do now is start budgeting for the higher food prices. Some stores are of course higher than others, so it’s worth comparing prices in different stores. I even started looking for coupons online and in store.

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