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20 Groceries Driving Up Your Food Bill the Most During Coronavirus

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10. Frozen and freeze dried prepared foods
> Price increase, Jan. 2020 – Feb. 2020: 1.46%

The 1.46% price increase in frozen and freeze dried prepared foods prices from January to February is more than five times the 0.27% inflation rate across all goods and services, and one of the highest among all grocery items in the nation. These foods can be kept and stored for long stretches of time.

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9. Instant coffee
> Price increase, Jan. 2020 – Feb. 2020: 1.55%

Though instant coffee was 1.55% more expensive in February 2020 than it was the previous month, it still tends to cost much less than it did a decade ago. Despite the recent spike in price, instant coffee is still 7.1% less expensive than it was in February 2010. Consumer prices in America increased by 19.3% in that time.

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8. Frozen and refrigerated bakery products, pies, tarts, turnovers
> Price increase, Jan. 2020 – Feb. 2020: 1.70%

Though the prices of frozen and refrigerated bakery products like pies, tarts, and turnovers have spiked over the last month, the prices of these products have increased relatively slowly over the past decade compared to the overall consumer price index. These products were only 4.7% more expensive as of February 2020 than they were in February 2010. Consumer prices have increased by more than 19.3% during that time.

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7. Sauces and gravies
> Price increase, Jan. 2020 – Feb. 2020: 1.92%

Sauces and gravies increased in price by nearly 2% from January 2020 to February 2020. The price of these products has only increased by 11.1% over the past decade, as compared to a 19.3% price inflation across all goods during that time.

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6. Crackers, bread, and cracker products
> Price increase, Jan. 2020 – Feb. 2020: 2.11%

Crackers and other similar products are one of just six types of groceries on this list that increased in price by more than 2% from January to February. The prices of many similar shelf-stable products significantly increased during that time period.

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