Your Grocery List Ranked by Inflation

Eggs, ice cream, cookies, and milk had the biggest price jumps in May

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Grocery bills are relentlessly higher these days, fueling the highest inflation 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 May, according to the latest data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Eggs, ice cream, cookies, milk, and canned fruit had the biggest gains, while oranges, lettuce, and certain meats were among the few things that got less expensive. Overall, groceries have gotten 11.9% more expensive in the last year. That’s the biggest jump for any 12-month period since 1979.

Eggs were the biggest gainer for the second month running and are 32% more expensive than a year ago. Not coincidentally, chicken parts are near the top of the list too, up 3% in May and 19% over the past year. A bird flu outbreak has 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.”

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