Cost of baking supplies surged as TVs got cheaper

Shoppers paid more for basics in 2022 as inflation hit its highest level in more than four decades – but there were some bargains to be found on some historically expensive items.

The key ingredients needed to bake a cake were among a dozen products that grew the most since November 2021, according to Labor Department data.

Eggs and margarine jumped 50% during this period, while flour and baking mixes jumped nearly 25%. Overall, the cost of groceries rose 13.5% year over year as inflation hit its highest level since 1981.

Rising prices sapped family budgets by about $10,000 from a year earlier, with the consumer price index rising 9.1% in June from a year earlier before falling to 7.1% in November.

However, the prices of some luxury goods have actually fallen year on year. Chief among these are flat-screen TVs, which fell 17%. The cost of attending sporting events has also become cheaper, falling by 7.2% this year.

The price of baked goods has skyrocketed this year.
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Yet there were few other places where shoppers could find savings. Owning and using a car has become much more expensive, with gasoline jumping 10%, the cost of repairing a car rising 15% and insurance rising 13%.

Traveling by plane was even worse. Fares are skyrocketing 36% as demand surged after lockdowns were lifted.

The end of pandemic restrictions also pushed restaurant dining prices up 9% while alcohol in bars jumped 7.1%.

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The cost of flour and baking mixes has increased by almost 25% this year.
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There may be relief on the horizon. Recent data from the Commerce Department shows that the personal consumption expenditure price index – a measure of costs and services – fell to 5.5% in November from 6.1% in October.

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