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December 2012 CBS 6 Consumer Index

Shoppers are looking for deals this holiday season, and they might also find some at the grocery store.
 
Our monthly CBS 6 Consumer Index shows shoppers spending less money on a handful of items this month.

Eggs are down $.10, butter is down $.18, ground beef is down $.20, and a bag of carrots costs a whole $1.00 less.

New York State Farm Bureau spokesman, Steve Ammerman, tells Dori Marlin - beef prices are dropping because more cattle are being sold off due to high feed prices, leading to more supply in the market.

Two items saw prices stabilize since last month: Apples, and a gallon of milk, were both unchanged.

Ammerman says apple prices have held steady after the rough growing season, combined with high demand during the fall.
 
And several items are costing you more at the store, in the month of December.

Orange juice is up by $.15, Cheerios are up $.25, white bread is up $.30, coffee is up $.60, and white rice is up $.64.

Ammerman tells Dori the rising price of grain for farmers, is reflected in the higher prices of bread, rice, and Cheerios.

 
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