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You’re not crazy — your fruits, vegetables, and just about every single other grocery item has gotten more expensive since March 2021. According to the most recent Consumer Price Index (CPI) report, food prices in March 2022 were overall 8.8% higher than they were in March 2021.

For those keeping score at home, that’s the largest one-year increase since May 1981.

Here’s how much more, on average, you’re spending on your go-to grocery items in 2022 — with some helpful links to lessen the sting to your bottom line.

Of course, saving is always made easier when you download the Krazy Coupon Lady app.

 

A family of four can expect to pay $60 – $120 more on groceries per month.

According to the USDA, the average family of four spent between $682.80 and $1,361.50 on groceries in 2021.

When you add the 8.8% average increase to the cost of groceries in 2021, that makes the range $742.89 to $1,481.31 per month.

That’s $60 – $120 more per month — or $720 – $1,440 per year!

If you live alone, NUMBEO says you’re spending $372.22/month on groceries, which is $30.10 more per month than you were paying in 2021.

 

Groceries now cost 21% of an average household’s income.

The average U.S. household income is $87,864. So if you’re right in the middle of the range of average monthly grocery prices for a family of four — $1022.15/month — you’re spending 21% of your income on groceries. That’s wayyyy higher than what lots of budgeting gurus say to spend (no more than 15%), and much higher than the 9.6% households were spending in 2019 (according to the USDA).

By comparison, it’s higher than what people were paying, percentage wise, in 1960; between 1960 and 2000, the average percentage of income spent on food fell from 17.0 percent to 9.9 percent.

Let’s take a look at what’s costing us more.

 

Bacon: 18.2% more expensive

Sam’s Club prices for four-pound packages of Wright Brand bacon are now $25.33, which is over $6 more than they were this time last year. That’s more than 33%. Yikes. You’re gonna want to bookmark our bacon coupons. And speaking of meat. . .

 

Beef and Veal: 16% more expensive

A person's hand holding a package of Simply Nature ground beef in front of a shelf of more of the same product at Aldi.

You saw it with bacon, and you’re seeing it with beef: Meat is a lot more expensive. Here are some other examples of year-over-year price increases:

  • Bacon and breakfast sausage: Bacon prices increased 18.2%, while breakfast sausage prices increased 13.5%.
  • Ham: Food prices increased 14.6%.
  • Pork chops: Food prices increased 13.8%.
  • Roasts, steaks, and ribs: Food prices increased 15.4%.
  • Chicken: Whole chicken prices increased 10.2%, while chicken parts prices increased 15.1%.
  • Fish and seafood: Food prices increased 10.9%.

This is where meat coupons come in handy, as well as some of our bizarre and extreme ways to get meat for cheap. And should you just go ahead and buy a whole cow?

 

Butter: 14% more expensive

OK, grab your butter coupons. This kitchen staple is spendier in 2022 than it was in 2021, and that’s because of the price of. . .

 

Milk: 13.3% more expensive

Milk and dairy products on the shelf at Albertsons with sale tags.

In our experience, milk prices are much worse than the official government numbers. For example, Walmart prices on a gallon of their Great Value milk are about 48% more expensive in 2022 than they were a year prior; the price went from $2.19 to $3.24.

And even if you’re not buying cow’s milk, you’re still paying more; a pint of Almond Breeze almond milk at Walmart is over 16% more expensive year to year.

Milk coupons are pretty rare, so you’re gonna need some more strategies to save money on groceries without coupons.

 

Eggs: 11.2% more expensive

Again, this is another one where our experience is actually much worse. The 18-count container of Eggland’s Best eggs at Sam’s Club were just $3.08 in spring 2021. The price has jumped up to $4.84, which is a massive 57.14% increase.

Get out your eggs coupons and stock up when you can find a good price — don’t worry: you can freeze eggs.

 

 

Coffee: 11.2% more expensive

Getting that morning jolt is gonna cost you whether or not you get your drink at a coffee shop. Luckily we have coffee coupons and Starbucks menu hacks to knock down your out-of-pocket cost.

 

Baby Food: 10.8% more expensive

You’re probably going to want to read our baby freebies article to find out how to spend less on your little bundle of joy. We’ve also got baby food coupons.

 

Cereal: 10% more expensive

a person pushing a fred meyer cart with 2 boxes of capn crunch in basket

Sorry, Cap’n Crunch — the real crunch is on my budget. Cereal coupons definitely help, though — as does being flexible enough to only buy the products that have sales or coupons.

 

Rice and Pasta: 9.3% more expensive

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Pasta coupons help, but when you find a good deal on pasta or rice, you can freeze them to keep them fresh. We’ll tell you all about the unexpected things you can freeze.

 

Snacks: 9.3% more expensive

Snacks like chips and popcorn were more popular than ever during the Covid-19 pandemic. Now our growing addiction is being tested with rising prices.

Don’t panic. We’ve got a steady stream of snacks coupons and chips coupons you’ll want to keep an eye on.

 

 

Household Cleaning Products: 8.7% more expensive

We’ve got the ultimate cleaning guide to help you save on a wide array of cleaning products.

 

Fruits and Vegetables: 8.5% more expensive

a person holding prepackaged produce

We know how to save on fresh produce the easy way. You’ll want to check that out. The alternative is to not eat fruits and vegetables, which will get you scurvy.

 

Bread: 7 – 8.5% more expensive

You’re gonna need bread, and while bread coupons will get you pretty far, you’re gonna need to go more extreme — like cheapskate-extreme food savings hacks.

 

Beverages: 8% more expensive

Want a Pepsi, lemonade, or La Croix sparkling water? You’re gonna spend 8% more than you used to back in 2021. Check out our Pepsi coupons, and find out who has the best prices on La Croix.

 

Pet Products: 6.9% more expensive

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Doggone pet prices got you down? Fight back with our Ultimate Pet Savings Guide and never pay full price for food, toys, or anything else your furry friends need.

 

 

Cakes, Cupcakes, and Cookies: 6.6% more expensive

We’re constantly watching for cookie deals, and share Nabisco coupons (Oreo, Chips Ahoy), Udi’s coupons, and Mrs. Fields coupons so your sweet tooth doesn’t break the bank.

 

Alcoholic Beverages: 3.5% more expensive

Alcohol prices have gone up, but if you’re jonesin’ for a White Claw, you gotta know which store has the best prices on White Claw. And then keep an eye on White Claw coupons.

 

Cheese: 3.1% more expensive

Cheese? Non. Negotiable. Although 3.1% isn’t that big of a price jump, every little bit helps, which is why you should bookmark our cheese coupons and use them every time you buy cheese.

Your Average Cost of Groceries per Month Has Gone Way Up