Grocery prices remain sky high, but a handful of supermarket items were a little cheaper last month.
Costs were higher in five of the six major grocery indexes in February, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. But a few key foods recorded a modest decline in prices.
Following are the items that saw the biggest one-month price drops over the month of February, according to the Consumer Price Index, one of the federal government’s gauges of inflation.
7. Bacon and related products
Last one-month price change: 1.5% decrease
The next time you get a hankering for a bacon at breakfast, you might not have dig quite so deep into your wallet to purchase the meat.
Whether it’s a good idea to enjoy bacon is a separate question. To find out why, read “Should You Stop Eating Any Processed Meats?”
6. Other fresh vegetables
Last one-month price change: 1.6% decrease
This oddly named category refers to vegetables excluding potatoes, tomatoes and lettuce.
As storm clouds gather around the economy, growing your own vegetables might be a healthful and more affordable way to fill your plate.
5. Oranges and tangerines
Last one-month price change: 1.8% decrease
It was a little less costly in February to get your daily dose of vitamin C.
Last one-month price change: 1.9% decrease
It was cheaper in February to spread a pad of butter across your morning toast.
3. Dried beans, peas and lentils
Last one-month price change: 3.2% decrease
Beans are a staple of many diets. This food is packed with nutrients, and falling prices meant it was also good for your wallet in February.
To learn more about how to use them, check out “Beans 101: A Guide to Enjoying the Stockpile Staple.”
2. Fresh lettuce
Last one-month price change: 4.7% decrease
Not only are salads good for your health, but they should be less expensive now, thanks to falling lettuce prices.
Last one-month price change: 6.7% decrease
Eggs have been the poster child for rising grocery prices, with the cost of a dozen soaring above $7 in some places earlier this year. Prices finally are coming down now.
Before you crack your next egg, make sure you are aware of the “8 Mistakes Everyone Makes When Cooking Eggs.”
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