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Posted: 1:49 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013
By Andrew Doud
CHARLOTTE, N.C. —
A not so welcome change coming this new year, higher prices on some of the goods we use most, like groceries. "Everything I buy has gone up and naturally that's going to have an impact on the way I do things in 2013," said Barbara Queen as she left a North Charlotte Food Lion. Queen is retired and budgets about $75 each week to groceries. She could be paying more this year because of severe weather in the Midwest last year.An area of the country dedicated to agriculture saw its worst drought in 25 years.That has created a chain reaction that is expected to increase prices on beef, poultry and dairy products early this year and other foods like cereal will be impacted in 10-12 months.In all, the U.S. Department of Agriculture expects prices to increase by about 3 percent to 4 percent -- slightly higher than last year's increase.It's something shoppers expect they'll have to simply get used to. "I think i got to have it so I am going to buy it. maybe not as much," said Queen. And it's not just food prices that are expected to increase. According to consumer experts, the cost of several other things, including cars, heath care premiums, electronics and even college tuition, will all see an increase. "It's getting a little outrageous and I may have to go back to work," said Queen.
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