Until this report.
Grocery prices grew by more than 1 1/2 times the overall rate of inflation this year, outpaced only by costs of transportation and medical care, according to numbers released Wednesday by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Oh, wait! It gets worse!
Economists predict that this is only the beginning. Fueled by the higher costs of wheat, sugar, corn, soybeans and energy, shoppers could see as much as a 4 percent increase at the supermarket checkout next year.
Nothing to see here. After all, gasoline is
...Since November 2009, meat, poultry, fish and eggs have surged 5.8 percent in price. Dairy and related products have gone up 3.8 percent; fats and oils, 3 percent; and sugar and sweets, 1.2 percent.
BLS uses "hedonics" pricing which was invented by Al "Bubbles" Greenspan. That means that when you notice the price of steak going up, you substitute hamburger. If cereal prices are high, you substitute with dry cat food.
Unless you don't.
But "Bubbles" was too busy keeping rates artificially low to know about How the Little People Live. So in BLS' view:
....overall inflation nationwide was 1.1 percent, grocery prices went up 1.7 percent nationally...
Expect more fun!