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If you buy food, and I’m guessing you do, you’ve had to have noticed that you’re paying a lot more groceries than you did ten years ago. There are a few reasons for this, including rising fuel prices, extreme weather affecting crops, and shoppers’ interest in higher end items.

Prices at the supermarket have jumped an average of about 19% over the last decade. Many of the items that have increased the most are staples such as bread, rice, pasta, cornmeal, cooking oils, canned fruits, and pet food. Here are the top ten:

1. Tobacco and smoking/vaping products (+88%)
2. Margarine (+50%)
3. Fish and seafood (+42.5%)
4. Beef and veal (+42.4%)
5. Prescription drugs (+39.1%)
6. Oranges and tangerines (+37.6%)
7. Salt, seasonings, and spices (+31.5%)
8. Hot dogs (+27.6%)
9. Packaged baked goods (+27.6%)
10. Fresh rolls, biscuits, and muffins (+27.2%)

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