Survey: 85% of Americans paying more for groceries since pandemic began

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Saori Okawa

Instacart worker Saori Okawa loads groceries into her car for home delivery on Wednesday, July 1, 2020, in San Leandro, Calif. Okawa is one of an estimated 1.5 million so-called gig workers who make a living driving people to airports, picking out produce at grocery stores or providing childcare for working parents. But with the pandemic pummeling the global economy and U.S. unemployment reaching heights not seen since the Great Depression, gig workers are clamoring for jobs that often pay less while facing stiff competition from a crush of newly unemployed workers also attempting to patch together a livelihood until the economy recovers. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

CHICAGO (WTWO/WAWV) — COVID-19 is attacking Americans’ wallets, as well. C+R Research recently surveyed 2,040 consumers and found that 85% of American consumers report paying more for Groceries during COVID-19, and 83% still have difficulty finding grocery items they normally purchase. Despite masks and social distancing, 75% still feel uncomfortable shopping at a grocery store, up from 60% in April.

Among grocery items shopped for, meat, eggs, and milk were among the top three items that Americans say they’ve been paying more for since COVID-19. According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA), beef prices are 10.3% higher than they were in February of this year, while poultry is 6.3% higher and eggs are 5.9% higher.

Food isn’t the only thing that’s been hitting the pocketbooks of Americans; three quarters (75%) of Americans say they have been paying more for household goods. Household items priced higher since the pandemic, according to BEA, include paper supplies (up 8.9%), appliances (up 6%) and cleaning products (up 5.4%). It’s harder to find some household goods, 78% of those polled reported.

C+R Research has been conducting market research for more than 60 years.

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