Some grocery prices dipped slightly in May

The May ConsumerAffairs Datasembly Shopping Cart Index shows slight decline for second month, indicating price stability in grocery items - ConsumerAffairs

The ConsumerAffairs Datasembly Shopping Cart Index showed price stability

No one would dispute the fact that some grocery items are expensive and still going up. But the May ConsumerAffairs Datasembly Shopping Cart Index shows an encouraging trend – it’s declined slightly for the second straight month.

Datasembly tracks grocery prices in real-time. The Index tracks price movements for 25 commonly purchased grocery items. In May, the total price of those 25 items was $156.35, down slightly from the April Index total of $156.76.

Compared to May 2023, the Shopping Cart Index is up only $1.13.

As in April, there was remarkable price stability in May. Most items were either priced the same as the previous month or had moved up or down by only a penny.

The price of bacon declined by 22 cents from April but is $1.07 higher than May 2023. An 8 oz. bag of potato chips is two cents cheaper than in April but is 17 cents cheaper than in May 2023.

The price of salted butter continues to rise, however. It was $5.96 in May, compared to $5.71 in April.

The May Shopping Cart Index


May 2023

Apr. 2024May  2024
Penne Pasta 16 oz.$1.98$1.93$1.93
Select-a-size paper towels$23.99$23.99$23.99
White Albacore tuna in water 5oz.$2.24$2.27$2.27
Chicken noodle soup 10.75 oz.$1.41$1.46$1.43
Cola 2-liter bottle$2.88$2.89$2.89
Whole milk half-gallon$2.73$2.70$2.73
Whole bean coffee 12 oz.$13.41$11.89$11.83
Organic eggs one dozen$5.65$5.59$5.52
Waffles 10 ct. 12.3 oz.$3.21$3.30$3.29
Frosted donuts 8 ct.$5.37$5.31$5.47
Tomato ketchup 20 oz.$3.89$3.79$3.85
Mayonnaise 30 oz.$5.83$6.35$6.29
Honey Nut cereal 18.8 oz.$5.55$5.57$5.57
American cheese single 24 ct.$5.52$5.50$5.50
Salted butter 1 lb.$5.40$5.71$5.96
Classic potato chips 8 oz. bag$4.12$3.95$3.93
Honey wheat bread 20 oz.$3.49$3.79$3.79
Cookies 14.3 oz.$5.10$5.41$5.13
Bacon 16 oz.$6.96$8.25$8.03
Liquid dish detergent 46 oz.$5.57$5.58$5.58
Spring water 16.9 oz. 32 ct.$7.51$7.67$7.66
1000 sheet toilet paper 12 ct.$12.24$12.26$12.27
Peanut butter 16.3 oz.$2.97$5.32$3.30
White rice 32 oz.$5.20$5.16$5.08
Laundry detergent 96 oz.$13.09$13.09$13.06
Cart Totals$155.22$156.76


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