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Gas Prices Go Down, Food Prices Go Up

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Gwendolyn Sampson of Augusta says, "Well ya know you gotta ride and you gotta eat so you just deal with it, gotta cut back some way."

The 4th of July is almost here and gas prices have come down just in time for the Holiday.

Pandora Angelisanti of Martinez, GA says, "I'm retired and I don't have to go out all the time, but people have to travel long distances especially if they go to Savannah River Site to go to work and they need a break."

I found prices for a gallon of gas between 3-19 and 3-29 in Georgia.

Over the River into South Carolina prices were much lower, down below 3 dollars for the first time in a while. That's between 20 and 30 cents cheaper just for driving a couple of miles over the state line.

But as gas goes down, food is going up…

Richard Volpe, Economist at the USDA says, "Yes, we have seen food prices trend up and one of the major reasons for that has been the drought in the Midwest in the Summer of 2012."

Poultry is up 5.6% from a year ago. Volpe says that's as high as it gets for an increase.

"So are fresh vegetable prices and fresh fruit prices. These are all commodities that are going to be hit by further inflation down the road if we have adverse weather conditions in places like the Southeast," said Volpe.

With higher prices at grocery stores compared to last year, Augustans are cutting back.

Rick Wood of Augusta says, "I try and buy meat when it's on sale, whether it's pork or beef. We are gonna have bbq'ed pork for the 4th and looking forward to it."

Nicole Price is not happy about the sudden rise in her grocery bill.


"It's terrible!" said Price.

And Pandora Angelisanti says times are tough.

"I only have myself to take care of, but there are people with families and it's very difficult for them," said Angelisanti.

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