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November 23, 2011   Email to Friend 

SHOPPERS THANKFUL FOR LOWER GROCERY PRICES
Melissa Martin
(334) 612-5448
November 23, 2011

For many, this time of year serves as an opportunity to reflect on the year's blessings and give thanks. For thrifty consumers, it's also a time to enjoy a lower grocery prices.
MONTGOMERY, Ala., Nov. 23 -- For many, this time of year serves as an opportunity to reflect on the year's blessings and give thanks. For thrifty consumers, this is also a time to enjoy a little savings while satisfying the requirements of a grocery list. According to the latest results from the Alabama Farmers Federation's monthly food price survey, the average cost of 20 basic market basket items was $58.20, down $1.56 or 2.61 percent from October.

Lower prices along the meat aisle were a leading factor behind the savings. T-bone steaks decreased 82 cents to $7.90 a pound; bacon decreased 16 cents to $5.59 a pound; chuck roasts decreased 16 cents to $3.86 a pound; Boston butts decreased 13 cents to $2.08 a pound; ground beef decreased 2 cents to $2.80 a pound; whole fryers decreased 2 cents to $1.27 a pound; and chicken breasts decreased 2 cents to $2.14 a pound. Experiencing a modest price increase were pork chops, up 18 cents to $3.59 a pound. Eggs increased 2 cents to $1.85 a dozen.

Produce prices were also more affordable this month. Tomatoes decreased 22 cents to $1.61 a pound; red potatoes decreased 8 cents to 86 cents a pound; sweet potatoes decreased a nickel to 82 cents a pound; and lettuce decreased 2 cents to $1.37 a head.

Prices in the dairy case weren't excluded from savings found in other areas of the store. Ice cream decreased 12 cents to $4.38 a half-gallon; butter decreased 12 cents to $4.27 a pound; cottage cheese decreased 4 cents to $2.81 a pound; and milk decreased 3 cents to $3.52 a half-gallon.

Regional reports collected by volunteer shoppers throughout the state November 1-10 showed the market basket averaged $55.98 in northwest Alabama, $57.34 in northeast Alabama, $58.28 in central Alabama and $62.06 in south Alabama.

Alabama Farmers Federation, a member of the American Farm Bureau Federation, is the state's largest farm organization. Its county members conduct the informal monthly market basket survey as a tool to reflect retail food price trends.


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