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7 Grocery Items That Are Now More Costly

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It seems like the cost of everything is rising in America. But the most painful price increases might be those tied to groceries.

After all, when prices rise on some items, we can simply choose not to buy them. But we all need to eat, so skipping the grocery store is not an option.

Overall, grocery prices rose 1.2% in September, according to the latest Consumer Price Index data, released on Oct. 13. That is easily the highest one-month increase for groceries as a whole so far this year.

As prices rise at your local supermarket, you might notice that a few items are becoming especially expensive. In fact, seven grocery items tracked by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics saw prices rise by at least 3% in September.

Following are grocery items that will force you to dig more deeply into your wallet or purse right now.

Crackers, bread and cracker products

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Increase from August to September: 3.1%

Change from last September to this September: 7.1% increase

The staff of life is growing more expensive. In fact, the 7.1% year-over-year price rise was the largest 12-month increase since February 2012.

In a time of soaring inflation, that’s just how the cracker crumbles. Still, you can find money-saving tips in “How I Buy Bread for $1 or Less.”

Fresh biscuits, rolls and muffins

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Increase from August to September: 3.7%

Change from last September to this September: 4% increase

Your daily muffin may be a comfort food for troubling times, but even that treat is little solace in this era of rising prices.

Other fats and oils, including peanut butter

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Increase from August to September: 3.7%

Change from last September to this September: 10.7% increase

Many of us could stand to cut back on our intake of fats and oils, and now might be the perfect time to do so. The year-over-year 10.7% price increase in this category — which excludes butter, margarine and salad dressings — is the largest 12-month increase since August 2012.

One ounce of good news: It’s easy to make peanut butter yourself — and we’ve got a recipe in “10 Food Staples That Are Cheap and Easy to Make at Home.”

Frankfurters

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Increase from August to September: 3.8%

Change from last September to this September: 1.2% decrease

The all-American hot dog is not immune to our nation’s inflation woes, with prices now starting to rise significantly despite showing a decrease over the past 12 months.

Apples

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Increase from August to September: 3.8%

Change from last September to this September: 7.8% increase

If you love apples, this news will make you feel rotten to the core: The 7.8% price increase is the largest year-over-year jump since August 2016.

Prepared salads

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Increase from August to September: 4.2%

Change from last September to this September: 6.8% increase

It now takes more paper green to get your edible greens: The 6.8% increase is the largest 12-month price increase on record.

Beef and veal

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Increase from August to September: 4.8%

Change from last September to this September: 17.6% increase

If these price increases are enough to make you consider becoming a vegetarian, perhaps start by checking out “8 Easy Ways to Cut Back on Meat.”

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