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      Gas is down, groceries are up

      Photo Credit: Photo by: Melissa Shriver

      You remember, KHQA's Chad Douglas has been keeping track of prices for 16 grocery items since June of 2007.

      Over the last year or so, grocery prices have gone up.

      The reason we were given was because of high gas prices.

      As you know, gas prices have plummeted in the last month.

      But we found out, grocery prices haven't.

      One of the the most surprising increases I saw was in the soda aisle. You'll remember we check a 12 pack of Dr. Pepper. It's now selling for $4.19. That's the highest it's been since I started keeping track of prices in June of last year. Remember, one reason soda prices went up was because corn prices went up and it has high fructose corn syrup in it. I checked the price of corn, it's fallen by half since February of this year. So that's kind of a mystery. Another mystery, you can get a 12 pack for $4.19, or get double that, 24 cans for about $1.50 more.

      Speaking of corn, a bag of frozen corn is down to $.88. That's down $1.00 since September.

      Some good news if you shop a lot in the dairy aisle. Milk is $.12 cheaper, eggs are $.11 cheaper and butter stayed the same this go round.

      But the good news stops at the orange juice. It's up $.51 since I last checked in September.

      Wanting to make a cheap sandwich? It's not so cheap anymore. Cheese, chopped ham, and bread all went up this time.

      So did Kellogs Corn Pops, flour, and laundry detergent. (nats) Sugar and ground beef actually went down. Honey Nut Cheerios and bananas stayed the same. When it came down to check out time, I racked up a total of $62.23, that's $4.47 more than I spent in September.

      Here's a list of all items and prices:

      Tuesday, June 12, 2007 (August 21, 2007) {October 22, 2007} [January 11, 2008] *March 7, 2008* +July 3, 2008+ -September 2, 2008- *November 19, 2008*

      A gallon of Prairie Farms skim milk was $3.37. ($3.83) {$3.83} [$3.88] *$3.59* +$2.48+ -$3.78- *$3.67*

      12 ounces of Kraft 2% American Singles cheese was $3.99. ($3.99) {$3.99} [$3.99] *$3.99* +$4.29+ -$4.29- *$4.68*

      Store brand of large eggs was $.84. ($1.19) {$1.27} [$1.86] *$1.77* +$1.83+ -$1.83- *$1.72*

      A 24 ounce tub of Country Crock was $1.97. ($2.27) {$2.27} [$2.27] *$2.37* +$2.67+ -$2.97- *$2.97*

      One pound of 80% lean ground beef was $2.78. ($2.78) {$2.54} [$2.78] *$.2.79* +$2.39+ -$2.98- *$2.88*

      A 12 pack of Dr. Pepper was $3.33. ($3.00) {$3.33} [$4.19] *$3.00* +$3.67+ -$3.99- *$4.19*

      20 ounces of Honey Nut Cheerios was $3.99. ($3.99 17oz) {$4.49 17oz} [$4.49 17oz] *$3.49 17oz* +$4.49+ -$4.59- *$4.59*

      19.5 ounces of Kellogs Corn Pops was $3.69. ($3.69) {$2.67} [$3.69] *3.98* +$3.98+ -$3.77 (17oz)- *$3.98 (17oz)*

      8 ounces of Oscar Mayer Chopped Ham was $2.38. ($2.38) {$2.38} [$2.88] *2.88* +$2.88+ -$3.29- *$3.49*

      5 pounds of Gold Medal Unbleached Flour was $1.89. ($1.99) {$1.99} [$1.99] *2.59* +$2.59+ -$2.59- *$2.79*

      4 pounds of C&H Sugar was on sale for $1.59. ($2.18) {$2.18} [$2.18] *$1.48* +$2.14+ -$2.38- *$1.77 (on sale)*

      Bananas were $.49 cents a pound...we bought four (a pound and a half) bringing the total to $.75. ($1.00 -- $.25 a piece...bought 4) {$.25/ea} [$.25] *.$30* +.$35+ -$.69/lb- *$.69/lb*

      16 ounces of Birdseye Frozen Sweet Corn was $1.77. ($1.77) {$1.77} [$1.77] *$1.77* +$1.88+ -$1.88- *$.88 (on sale)*

      100 ounces of Tide liquid Clean Breeze was $6.97. ($6.97) {$6.49} [$5.99] *$6.48* +$6.97+ -$12.94- (50oz -$6.97) *14.88 (100oz)*

      16 ounces of Wonder 100 percent wheat bread was $2.39. ($2.39) {$2.39} [$2.39] *$2.39* +$2.49+ -$2.00 (on sale)- *$2.69*

      96 ounces of Minute Maid Country Orange Juice with medium pulp was $4.48. ($4.48) {$4.48} [$4.48] *$4.48* +$4.48+ -$4.48- *$4.99*

      The total for my groceries is $46.18. (Total 47.90) {Total $47.07} [Total 49.83] *Total $48.25* +Total $50.63+ -Total 57.76- *$62.23*

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