Texans paying slightly less for groceries, goes unnoticed

POSTED: Thursday, April 12, 2012 - 3:19pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 8:55am

WACO -- It's something we can't survive without...food.

And while food prices were expected to increase in 2012, so far, according to the Texas Farm Bureau, they haven't risen as high as first predicted.

"They were predicting about five percent increase for annual food prices so a two and a half increase is less than might be expected," Amanda Hill with the Texas Farm Bureau said.

But some Central Texans we spoke to believe prices are still too high.

"Our food prices have gone up I would say 30 percent here really recently. It has been more noticeable some weeks more than others."

"Everything seems to be going up or staying about the same."

The Farm Bureau's Grocery Price Watch found that Texans saved 64 cents on 16 staple foods since the end of 2011.

However, this time last year Texans were paying a dollar less than they are now.

The Farm Bureau says food prices do fluctuate, but the best way to save a little money on your next grocery bill, buy your produce in season.

"When you buy produce in season, you can really save some money," Hill said.

And as the summer gets closer and gas gets more expensive, you can guarantee so will groceries.

"Gas prices and food prices track pretty closely so when gas prices increase, your food prices are effected. So that is something that we need to keep in mind going into the summer months."

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