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December PracticalDad Price Index:  Prices Up Again

December's marketbasket was priced and the data from the three unrelated stores shows that prices are up again after a three month respite, to an index level of 106.49, or about 6.5% from the original prices in November 2010.  This is a rise of almost one full percentage point and is the highest monthly increase since July's jump of 1.14%.  This increase is on the back of four items - store brand frosted flake cereal (5.1%), peanut butter (4.7%), Gorton's Fish Sticks (9.7%) and potatoes (18%).  The peanut butter increase is purely a function of supply as the crop suffered and the fish price is on the back of a 28% rise at one particular store, so it's uncertain if this is a precursor to the other stores raising prices or simply a "one-off" abnormality.  The other item of note is that once again, the number of items with a price increase (15) is higher than those with price decreases (7), a reversal of the November situation in which prices actually dropped.

 

PracticalDad Price Index - Cumulative Results
Month $ Average Index 3 M Mov Avg
Nov 2010 178.39 100.00  
Dec 2010 180.30 101.07  
Jan 2011 179.51 100.63

100.56

Feb 2011 179.50 100.63 100.78
Mar 2011 180.51 101.08 100.78
Apr 2011 181.91 101.97 101.56
May 2011 182.10 102.08 101.71
Jun 2011 184.07 103.18 102.99
Jul 2011 184.82 103.71 102.99
Aug 2011 187.05 104.85 103.91
Sep 2011 188.57 105.71 104.76
Oct 2011 188.34 105.58 105.38
Nov 2011 188.31 105.56 105.61
Dec 2011 189.97 106.49 105.88

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PracticalDad Price Index - December 2011

Item Size Category 10/11 11/11 12/11
hot dog rolls (ct) 8 bread 1.20 1.20 1.20
loaf, wht bread, store brand (oz) 20 bread 1.26 1.26 1.26
spaghetti, store brand (oz) 16  bread  1.24  1.25  1.25 
child cereal, sugar flakes, store brand (oz)  17  cereal  2.90  2.97  3.12 
cereal, rice chex, store brand (oz)  12.8  cereal  2.74  2.82  2.84 
oatmeal, one minute, store brand (oz)  42  cereal  3.29  3.36  3.36 
milk, 2% (gallon)  dairy  4.06  3.81  3.80 
butter, unsalted, store brand (lb)  dairy  3.49  3.49  3.49 
vanilla ice cream, store brand (qt)  dairy  2.01  2.01  2.01 
grated parmesan cheese, store brand (oz)  dairy  3.08  3.08  3.08 
American cheese, deli (lb)  dairy  5.59  5.52  5.59 
peanut butter, store brand (oz)  28  grocery  3.16  3.59  3.76 
grape jelly, store brand (oz)  32  grocery  2.01  2.01  2.01 
kidney beans, dark, store brand (oz)  15.5  grocery  .95  .95  .95 
can green peas, store brand (oz)  15  grocery  .99  .99  .96 
can diced tomatoes, store brand (oz)  14.5  grocery  1.06  1.06  1.06 
can cut green beans, store brand (oz)  14.5  grocery  .99  .99  .99 
can corn, store brand (oz)  15.25  grocery  .99  1.02  .99 
spaghetti sauce, store brand (oz)  26.5  grocery  1.21  1.21 1.21 
cola, store brand (L)  grocery  .96  .94  .94 
caffeinated coffee, store brand (oz)  13  grocery  4.36  4.39  4.41 
diapers, store brand (ct)  100  hlth/bty  17.7  17.7  17.70 
formula, Enfamil Premium (oz)  23.4  hlth/bty  23.59  23.59  23.84 
child ibuprofen, store brand, OS (oz)  hlth/bty  4.96  4.86  4.89 
adult ibuprofen, store brand, caplet (ct) 100  hlth/bty  7.41  8.12  8.31 
shampoo, Suave (oz)  22.5  hlth/bty  2.09  1.96  1.86 
pads, long/medium, Poise (ct) 42 hlth/bty 16.09 16.42 15.82 
bath soap, Dial (ct)  hlth/bty  6.14  6.18  6.17 
aluminum foil, store brand (sq ft)  75  hshld  3.03  3.09  3.09 
kitchen trash bags, handletop, store brand (ct)  26  hshld  4.31  4.31  4.31 
paper towels, 2 ply, store brand (ct)  hshld  7.26  7.26  7.26 
hot dogs, meat franks, store brand (oz)  16  meat  2.69  2.69  2.69 
ground beef, 80% lean (lb)  meat  3.52  3.46  3.52 
eggs, large (doz)  meat  1.98  1.91  1.91 
lunchmeat, deli ham (lb)  meat  4.06  4.03  4.03 
chicken, roaster (lb)  meat  1.56  1.56  1.59 
fish sticks, Gortons (ct)  44  meat  7.79  7.51  8.24 
tuna, chunk light, water packed, store brand (oz)  meat  .81  .81  .84 
bananas (lb)  produce  .59  .59  .59 
apples, Red Delicious, bag (lb)  produce  4.09  3.76  3.76 
carrots, bag (lb)  produce  2.36  2.36  2.36 
OJ, non-concentrate, store brand (oz)  64  produce  2.79  2.79  2.79 
potatoes, Russet (lb)  produce  4.32  3.66  4.32 
sugar, store brand (lb)  staple  3.26  3.27  3.33 
flour, store brand (lb)  staple  2.29  2.26  2.30 
canola oil, store brand (oz)  48  staple  4.39  4.39  4.39 
rice, white, long-grain, store brand (lb)  staple  1.73  1.85  1.81 
           
                             Total     188.34  188.31  189.97 

 

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