Saving Money As Food Prices Climb

July 30, 2012 Updated Oct 10, 2013 at 4:04 PM EDT

By WKBW News

July 30, 2012 Updated Oct 10, 2013 at 4:04 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW-TV) - A new report by the U-S Department of Agriculture says food prices could jump by 3 or 4 percent of the next couple months.

Experts say beef prices could see the largest jump of 4 or 5 percent... followed by dairy products at roughly 3.5 to 4.5 percent...

Consumer affairs manager for Wegmans Theresa Jackson says eggs have gone up significantly and they've only seen a slight increase in beef and poultry.
Jackson says for the most part they are not passing the increase onto the consumer.

"Right now we are able to hold those prices for our customers especially in the areas of producer, beef and dairy. We're doing a lot to source local products and really keep our prices low for our customers," Jackson says.

Customers we spoke to had mixed reaction to the price increases.

"A usual week for me is roughly $150. It wouldn't alter too much for me. I would keep buying organic, i would still buy the pack," says Amherst resident Maria Simon.

Jamie Fanara says "If you're feeding 5 people it does add up."

So as you wander through the isles there are some ways to lower your bill. One, buy in bulk.

"Especially with meats and beef. Just buying a large packs, they sell those giant packs and chop it up and throw it in the freezer," says Buffalo resident Nick Duell.

Second, don't let those cheaper store brands scare you away.

"Sometimes those store brands have a bad reputation of being less than or a generic brand and we want our customers to know they can save money and get the same quality by buying Wegmans brand products," says Jackson.

And finally, plan out your week in advance, "a lot of meal planning which is good that way you're not just going into the store buy whatever. Planning is really good," says Jamie Fanara