Food Prices On The Rise

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By Rachel Holt

Kimberly, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KSVT-TV ) Milk, beef, fruits, and vegetables... these are just a few grocery store staples whose prices are on the rise.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports food prices rose .4 percent in February, the most since September of 2011.

And experts say it won't stop there.

Grocery store prices are expected to increase as much as 3.5 percent this year.

Beef shoppers face some of the biggest changes, with prices the highest they've been since 1987.

"I work very closely with the meat department, and I have been told the price of beef and chicken has gone up very significantly," says Faith Shoulders, Assistant Deli Manager at Ridley’s.

Food inflation is due to a number of different things, including droughts, cold winter weather, and a virus outbreak in the hog population.

Ridley's Family Market is aware of the trend... and doing everything they can to help shoppers.

"Ridley's has a sale every week. We change ads every Tuesday, and we offer at least one to two types of meat on sale weekly. During the spring season, we offer a case sale, which are big cases of items for a very decent price," Shoulders explains.

Other tips for saving include buying larger portions of food, including bacon and chicken, which are often offered at discounted prices.

Buy produce when it's in season, as it's typically less expensive.

And most deals are all about timing and being patient.

"I personally plan my weekly meals by what we do have on sale, and I find I save a lot of money that way," Shoulders points out.

Making changes and cutting costs.

Coupons for Ridley’s can be found online at shopridleys.com.

There is also a tab for food planning, in which you can view different recipes.


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