Making meals could be getting more expensive, but some reasons for added costs have nothing to do with the food.
We talked with registered dietician Diane Reinhold in Stephenson County about a U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report on price jumps of food you might buy every week.
"Food prices are always volatile. They're affected by many different things." -says Reinhold.
Motor fuel and plastic. Obviously things we're not eating or at least we shouldn't be. But, those are major factors driving the cost of what we get at the grocery store. First, transportation and gas to get the food from the farm to processing plants and finally the supermarket.
"Fuel prices also affect packaging."
That's because usually the plastic casing our food has petroleum in it.
"Again petroleum is a source of fuel and that's going to affect prices."
On the bureau's list we highlighted nine pretty common items. Odds are you're paying an average 14% more for them this year than in 2013. Let's start with typical breakfast food. Bacon jumped 7% in price from last year. Eggs increased 15% and oranges 16%. For lunch items, bread is now about 2% more expensive. Grapes are 20%. Turkey prices are among the highest increases at 23%. For dinner items, one meal of pork chops, broccoli and potatoes now costs $0.50 more. Items grown from the ground have seen some of the biggest percentage increases. Extreme weather is one main reason.
"If there's a drought like if we take a look at what's going on in California and Texas, there is really very little they can do about getting additional water brought in especially when you're talking about produce. A lot of our produce has a lot of high water content so it's going to need a lot of water." -Reinhold explains.
Most of the food on our shortened list is healthy. So what can people do to eat well on a budget? Experts say get your groceries from home.
"Plant a garden in your backyard. That's a really great way to help serve quality food to your family at a reduced cost."
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