Your Grocery List Ranked by Inflation

Lettuce, apples, margarine, and frozen vegetables had the biggest increases

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Grocery bills are relentlessly higher these days, fueling inflation that’s stubbornly staying near its highest in decades. Which of the items on your regular list are going up the most?

Here’s a look at the biggest price increases (and decreases) just in the month of September, according to the latest data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Lettuce, apples, margarine, and frozen vegetables had the biggest gains, while eggs, ground beef, and certain kinds of milk were among the few things that got less expensive. Overall, groceries have gotten 13% more expensive in the last year.

Eggs saw a welcome drop in prices, but are still 32% more expensive than a year ago. A bird flu outbreak earlier this year killed millions of chickens in the U.S., according to the Department of Agriculture, driving egg and poultry prices higher.

The original version of this story was published on Nov. 11, 2021.

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  1. Bureau of Labor Statistics. “Table 2. Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U): U. S. City Average, By Detailed Expenditure Category.”

  2. USDA. “Food Price Outlook, 2022 and 2023: Summary Findings.”

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