News 12 at 11, March 14, 2008
ACROSS THE AREA---In a struggling economy, some people are finding it harder to fill up their carts at the grocery store. The cost of groceries isn't helping, either.
"I think we need to have a garden," says shopper Martha Smith. She says if grocery prices keep going up, she may have to start growing her own food.
"Meat is very expensive, dairy product is up. Fresh produce is just out of sight," she said.
News 12 wanted to find out just how much prices are going up, so we went shopping.
We picked out fifteen common items and compared prices now, to how much they were about a year ago, at the same grocery store.
Most of the prices went up. One of the biggest hikes was a gallon of milk, which has gone up ninety cents, from $2.89 to $3.79.
Last year, you paid $4.99 per pound for Virginia ham. Today you'll pay a dollar more at $5.99.
A dozen large eggs set you back $1.29 last year. Today the price tag is sixty-three cents higher at $1.92.
It may not seem like much, but all those cents can add up. In total, last year the bill for the fifteen items was $30.39. Today the bill is $34.61. That's an increase of nearly 14 percent.
"It's hard, especially on a retired person," said Smith.
She says when she goes to the grocery store, she's a little more careful now of what she buys.
"You just have to leave off some of the extras that you have been buying, spend it on food," she said.
She's hoping things will get better before they get worse.
"It worries me, you know, but you have to do what you have to do," Smith said.