Grocery Guy: Comparing the cost of groceries to last year

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by TIM ROBINSON / KING

NWCN.com

Posted on May 21, 2010 at 8:14 AM

Updated Friday, May 21 at 8:14 AM

SEATTLE -- Grocery prices across the nation are up a bit, according to a report out this week, but in Seattle, the story's a little different.

Nationally, the cost of eggs, meat, poultry and fish edged food prices up. Putting that data aside for a moment, we returned to our own, traditional test roaming the aisles of local grocery stores and comparing prices.

We've been doing this for three years now. Last year, we tracked the prices of 20 different grocery items. Here's what's on our grocery list: bananas, OJ, bread, cereal, romaine, creamy Jif peanut butter, apples, frozen pizza, potato chips, ice cream, beer, bacon, eggs, cheese, soup, sauce (marinara), spaghetti, tuna, paper towels, and mayo.

Last year, those 20 items cost $78.69.  When priced them a week later, they dropped to $74.93. And now in 2010? Those same 20 items cost $75.26 – basically the same price.

The Consumer Price Index out this week shows that inflation slowed to its lowest level since the 1960s. In Seattle, the CPI shows that prices are down 1.7 percent.
 

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