A couple of weeks back, I challenged you to guess which food staple has gone up the most in price at your favorite grocery store. Not to be a spoiler for my own story, but the answer turned out to be eggs.

As you'll see below, eggs have skyrocketed in price, but eggs most certainly aren't the only thing at the grocery store that can give you a good case of sticker-shock. At this point, I should do a very short piece on the foods that won't.

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It's Not Just Groceries--Is There Anything That Hasn't Jumped In Price?

According to a report on inflation at Forbes.com, just about everything is more expensive than it used to be, but certain areas have been hit harder. For example, airline fares are up 37.8%, electricity costs will run you about 12% more than they used to, and rent prices across the country are over 5% higher.

I'm not even going to get started on gas prices, as my doctor worries about blood pressure.

But you don't eat airline fares, electricity, or rent. The real shock comes from those things that you consume on a daily basis, like groceries.

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Here Are Some Of The Grocery Items That Have Gone Up The Most In Price In Illinois

These numbers come courtesy of the Bureau of Labor Statistics statement issued on June 10th (and it appears that eggs have been dethroned as the leader of price increases):

  • Beef: 16% increase
  • Chicken: 13.4% increase
  • Eggs: 11.2% increase
  • Rice, pasta and cornmeal: 9.3% increase
  • Milk: 13.3% increase
  • Butter: 12.5% increase
  • Fresh fruits: 10.1% increase
  • Fresh vegetables: 5.9% increase
  • Frozen and freeze-dried prepared foods: 14% increase


The all items index increased 8.6 percent for the 12 months ending May, the largest 12-month increase since the period ending December 1981.

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