Grocery Prices On The Rise

By: Jeff Allen Email
By: Jeff Allen Email

Chances are you're paying a little more for several things these days, for example, gasoline. Many people say they're experiencing pain at other places than just the pump. A trip down the dairy aisle is getting more expensive too.

"Milk and juice. The best thing we can feed them," said Wilma Rector.

Rector is buying a lot of it to serve to her grandsons in town for the weekend.

"They're here for Father's Day so we're gonna load them down," she said.

But she says it's going to cost a load. Milk prices have been increasing the last few months. We found some brands up over four and even five dollars a gallon in a couple of Middlesboro stores.

"It's getting too expensive. We can't hardly afford to buy it. We're on a fixed income. It has gone out of sight the last two months," said Loretta Johnson.

"When you're not working, that's too high to pay for milk," said Doris Ingle.

Experts say worldwide, there's higher demand for milk but there's been a decreasing supply of it. Rising gas prices mean it's costing more to deliver milk to stores. With the drought, less hay means it's getting more expensive to feed the cows so you guessed it, that cost is getting passed on to you.

But many people we talked to say they're still willing to pay the extra money.

"I think they need it. It's hard to buy, but we have to have it," Johnson said.

Experts say it's not just milk. Prices are rising in other dairy products such as cheese and ice cream.

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