Easter Food Prices Up, Consumers Cutting Back

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Researchers are letting us know that the cost of major ingredients for a traditional Easter dinner is up this year.  For most Americans, ham is the meat of choice at Easter, and prices are up 13 percent over last year.  That is a relatively modest increase, compared to staples like white potatoes and rice, which have risen 25 percent and 34 percent respectively.

However, there are a few bright spots to report.  Egg prices are substantially lower than last year at this time and sweet potatoes are plentiful, which keeps the price down.

However, there are other costs associated with the holiday season, and the National Retail Federation predicts that as Americans cut back their spending, they will lay out an average of $116.59 on Easter candy, gifts, food and decorations, down from an average of $135.03 last year.

Survey findings indicate that many people will opt for less expensive celebrations this year. Americans’ largest Easter expense will be in preparing a meal, with the average family expected to spend $37.67 on food (down from $41.09 last year).

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