It seems everything is better with bacon...except your food budget.
The latest Arizona Farm Bureau Federation Marketbasket Survey shows bacon, over other grocery basics, saw the biggest jump in price from the third quarter of 2015 to the fourth.
It's not all bad news though.
Overall, retail food prices at the supermarket in Arizona were down about six percent in the fourth quarter of 2015. Sixteen basic grocery items purchased in the last part of 2015 totaled $51.15.
Since the fourth quarter of 2014, Arizona grocery prices have dropped about three percent.
Here's a breakdown of the price changes:
- Bacon: up 45 cents to $4.89 per pound
- Boneless chicken breast: up 41 cents to $3.65 per pound
- White bread: up 9 cents to $1.20 per 20-oz. loaf
- Eggs: up one cent to $3.07 per dozen
- Sliced deli ham: down $1.18 per pound to $3.59 per pound
- Ground chuck: down 57 cents to $3.52 per pound
- Shredded cheese: down 54 cents to $4.80 per pound
- Flour: down 51 cents to $1.97 per 5-pound bag
- Apples: down 50 cents to $1.19 per pound
- Potatoes: down 36 cents to $2.31 per 5-pound bag
- Orange juice: down 32 cents to $3.06 per half gallon
- Toasted oat cereal: down 19 cents to $2.94 for an 8.9-oz. box
- Sirloin: down 16 cents to $7.49 per pound
- Vegetable oil: down 4 cents to $2.08 per 32-oz. bottle
- Milk: down one cent to $2.41 per gallon.
- Salad mix: no price change for $2.98 per one-pound bag
What's the money-saving advice from the Farm Bureau? Stick to a grocery list, so unnecessary items aren't eating away at your budget.