Sweet and salty food contributed to November's grocery inflation


Paper products also continued to rise

Many supermarket prices have leveled off over the last couple of months but the rising cost of sugar and salt contributed to grocery inflation last month.

The ConsumerAffairs-Datasembly Shopping Cart Index, which tracks the prices of 25 commonly-purchased items, rose from $156.55 in October to $157.19 in November. The cost of items in the shopping cost totaled $155.66 in November 2022.

That increase is well below the overall inflation rate, as measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI), several items rose at a much faster rate. For example, a box of cookies costing $4.51 a year ago increased to $5.67 last month, a 25% jump.

A box of honey nut cereal, which cost $5.31 a year ago, rose to $5.56 last month. A loaf of honey wheat bread rose from $3.39 in November 2022 to $3.79 last month.

The price of paper products is also still rising. Select-A-Size paper towels cost $21.85 last month, up from $21.56 a year ago. Twelve rolls of toilet paper cost $12.84 in November 2022 but sold for $12.92 last month.

Among the items that dropped in price from a year ago were sliced cheese, eggs and whole bean coffee, whose price declined by 14.3%.

The Shopping Cart Index


Nov. 2022

Oct. 2023Nov. 2023
Penne Pasta 16 oz.$1.98$1.92$1.92
Select-a-size paper towels$21.56$21.66$21.85
White Albacore tuna in water 5oz.$2.23$2.24$2.26
Chicken noodle soup 10.75 oz.$1.40$1.41$1.41
Cola 2-liter bottle$2.69$2.87$2.87
Whole milk half-gallon$2.73$2.79$2.73
Whole bean coffee 12 oz.$15.34$14.26$13.14
Organic eggs one dozen$5.92$5.31$5.32
Waffles 10 ct. 12.3 oz.$3.11$3.16$3.16
Frosted donuts 8 ct.$5.25$5.29$5.26
Tomato ketchup 20 oz.$3.39$3.89$3.86
Mayonnaise 30 oz.$5.80$5.84$5.86
Honey Nut cereal 18.8 oz.$5.31$5.56$5.56
American cheese single 24 ct.$5.51$5.42$5.49
Salted butter 1 lb.$6.06$6.11$6.42
Classic potato chips 8 oz. bag$3.89$4.11$4.12
Honey wheat bread 20 oz.$3.49$3.79$3.79
Cookies 14.3 oz.$4.51$5.30$5.67
Bacon 16 oz.$8.67$8.66$8.82
Liquid dish detergent 46 oz.$5.27$5.59$5.59
Spring water 16.9 oz. 32 ct.$7.52$7.56$7.59
1000 sheet toilet paper 12 ct.$12.84$12.18$12.92
Peanut butter 16.3 oz.$2.96$3.33$3.31
White rice 32 oz.$5.14$5.21$5.21
Laundry detergent 96 oz.$13.09$13.09


Cart Totals$155.66$156.55


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