Eggs, Lettuce, and Butter: 10 Groceries That Are Finally Getting Cheaper as Inflation Slows

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Inflation is a relentless drain on all of our bank accounts, but there's one tiny crack where a little daylight is showing through: groceries. For the first time since 2020, grocery prices slightly fell overall in March 2023, according to the latest data from the Labor Department. Many items are still much more expensive than they were in your supermarket a year ago, but they're tracking in the right direction: downward. Here are some of the groceries that fell in price between February and March 2023, and will hopefully continue the trend for a while. 

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Lettuce and Greens
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Difference from February to March 2023: -3.5%

Baking your favorite sugar cookies is a little bit less expensive than it was for Christmas last year as butter prices come down. If you prefer margarine, that's also decreased 1.5% too.

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Four Ripe Tomatoes on a Vine on a Wooden Kitchen Table


Difference from February to March 2023: -3.4%

Fresh tomatoes are dropping in price, so along with lettuce, you can make some really good salads again without emptying your bank account.

Glass jar with coffee in a hand
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Instant Coffee

Difference from February to March 2023: -2.4%

You daily dose of caffeine is a little bit cheaper if you prefer using instant coffee granules at home. If you use roasted coffee, though, that price actually went up slightly (0.2%) between February and March.

Peanut Butter

Peanut Butter

Difference from February to March 2023: -2.3%

Kids (and wise adults who love a good PB+J) are happy that the price of peanut butter has fallen recently. 

Canned tuna fish in bowl

Shelf Stable Fish and Seafood

Difference from February to March 2023: -2.1%

While "shelf stable fish" might not sound super tasty, the category includes inexpensive staples like canned tuna and salmon. If frozen fish is more your thing, that dropped 1.4% in the same time frame.

Variety of full and halved citrus fruit

Fresh Fruits

Difference from February to March 2023: -1.7%

Getting your fill of fresh fruits is less expensive now than it was earlier in the year. It's especially true for citrus fruits like oranges and limes, which have dropped 3.7%.

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Difference from February to March 2023: -1.4%

Fresh pork products in general have dropped in price, especially ham, either canned or fresh. You'd do well to buy pork roasts, steaks, and ribs too, since they've gone down 1.8%.

shelves of refrigerated milk in store


Difference from February to March 2023: -1.3%

A tall glass of milk with your cookies isn't going to set you back as much as it used to. It doesn't matter whether you drink whole milk or skim, either, because both dropped by almost the same amount: 1.2% and 1.3% respectively.