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.
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