Or go straight to the PDF file here.
The official cost to feed a family of four on the Thrifty plan has risen from $554.20 in October 2007 to 558.30 in November 2007, or about 1-extra dollar per week.
In November 2006 groceries cost $525.60 per month on the Thrifty plan. So in a year the price of groceries has risen $32.70 per month.
In November 2006 the weekly cost was $121.30.November 2007 the weekly cost was $128.80, or up $7.50 per week.
Charts and graphs are all well and good, but I think they don’t always represent the increases we see in the trenches of real life.
A previous commenter mentioned the rising cost of powdered milk. The cheapest place I can find it is at grocery store called Kroger’s. They’re store-brand tastes exceptionally good and costs $12.49 for a 20-quart/4-pound box. I can get a 22-quart box of Carnation brand at Sam’s for $13.23. Some stores are selling their 20-quart boxes for almost $15.00.
I don’t knwo how much fresh milk is because we so seldom buy it. I think I’ve seen it for over $4 a gallon, but I’m not sure how much more. One store is advertising that if you buy 6 gallons they’ll give you a seventh gallon free, but their milk is $5 a gallon, so it’s not much of a bargain, more of a trick to get more of one’s money.
Evaporated milk rose a full quarter per can last year. At my Dollar General it was 50-cents for several years and then went up to 75-cents a can. Small cans are 45-cents each, or equivalent to 90-cents for a big can. I almost never buy the small cans, too expensive.
How much are you paying for milk? Powdered or Fresh? And what other foods have risen dramatically in your neck of the woods?