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Food prices are on the way up again

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Bad weather and high demand are raising prices on many staple items at the grocery store, making it tougher to feed a family.

"The first part of 2014, we had about four-tenths of a percent increase in prices. And before the end of the year, it is predicted to be a 3 1/2 percent increase in prices," said Dr. Enefiok Ekanem, agricultural economist at Tennessee State University.

"Pretty much seems like sometimes doubled to what they were. I am just blown away because I live on a fixed income," said shopper Helen Wall.

Meat, dairy and eggs are all expected to cost more this year, putting shoppers like Gabriella Williams in a tough spot.

"Milk was like $2.99 a gallon, and now it's about $4 a gallon. That is a very big difference. And eggs are about $2, too. And they used to be $1," Williams said.

The drought out west that dried up 95 percent of California and parts of Texas is driving up the costs.

And, surprisingly, coffee may go up even more, partly because of demands.

"I have to cut back. You have to pick the cheaper brands," Wall said.

Comparative shopping is catching on, with many stores sending out sale flyers each week.

"Prices, once they go up, they may go down again, but they will never go down to where they started from," Ekanem said.

"I am going to become one of those extreme, crazy coupon ladies pretty soon," Williams said.

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