Food prices have increased nearly 30 percent.
If you've been to the grocery store lately, you've noticed food prices keep creeping up.
Over the last decade, food prices have increased nearly 30 percent. Butter and ground beef are up more than 50 percent; bacon and seafood are up more than 40 percent.
The price hike is outpacing inflation and can be tough on local families. There are several key factors that drive the price of food. High oil costs increase shipping prices, and droughts and flood cause shortages of certain foods.
Statistics from Feeding America show the average cost of a meal per person is a little more than $3, which is up from $2.89 two years ago in Monroe County.
How can you save money when prices show no signs of decreasing? Pam Segerra, a local couponing mom, says you don't need to spend time clipping coupons. Instead, you can use something most people have.
"All you have to do is download some apps, scan in your receipts and get cash back...it's not the mail in rebates of the past," Segerra says. "For your larger purchases and you can price match in stores...if you look up an item and find it cheaper online, show it to customer service. They'll price adjust for you in the store."
Another important tip -- when it comes to produce, buy items in season for the best prices and check local farmers markets.
Segerra also recommends apps like ibotta. Her blog, Extreme Couponing Mommy, goes into more detail about how to save money.