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Here's How Much More Groceries Cost at Kroger in 2022

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Pandemic Price Pain

Inflation hasn't been doing us any favors at the grocery store lately — the cost of eating at home shot up 10% in the last year, according to the latest Consumer Price Index. To see how that stacks up with our own grocery bill, we compared current prices on 35 Kroger items with prices obtained on the very same products from the same Ohio store just seven months ago, in September 2021. The result? Yes, we're paying more: 11% more, to be exact. While prices dropped on two items and stayed the same on nine items, they rose on the 24 other products. The price of one staple is even up a staggering 89%. 


Prices are subject to change and may vary by location. All are non-sale prices and do not reflect any discounts that may be available with a Kroger Plus card. Items are store brand unless otherwise noted.


Related: 15 Important Steps to Take to Outsmart Inflation

Simple Truth Organic® Baby Carrots
Kroger
Banana Bunch
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Kroger® Shredded Low-Moisture Mozzarella Cheese
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Kroger® Original Tomato Ketchup
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Apples on white
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Gala Apples (1 lb.)

2021: $1.59

2022: $1.59

Kroger® Enriched White Bread
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White Bread (1 loaf)

2021: $1.49

2022: $1.49

Kroger® Enriched White Hamburger Buns
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Hamburger Buns (8 ct.)

2021: $1.49

2022: $1.49

Fresh Berries
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Strawberries (16 oz.)

2021: $2.99

2022: $2.99


No price increase here, but in 2019, we were only paying $2.50 for berries.

Pork Boneless Loin Chops (About 3 Chops per Pack)
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Boneless Pork Chops (1 lb.)

2021: $5.49

2022: $5.49


Kroger bucks the trend here. According to the CPI, the price of pork is up 15.3% in the past year. (Worth noting: in 2019, the same pork chops cost $4.99.)

Kroger Enriched Long Grain White Rice
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White Rice (2 lb.)

2021: $1.69

2022: $1.69

Kroger® Wild Caught Chunk Light Tuna in Water
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Kroger® Toasted Oats Cereal
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Toasted Oats Cereal (12 oz.)

2021: $1.79

2022: $1.89

Increase: 5.6%

Kroger® Creamy Ranch Dressing
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Ranch Dressing (16 oz.)

2021: $1.67

2022: $1.79

Increase: 7.2%



Kroger® Reduced Sodium Chicken Broth
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Chicken Broth (32 oz.)

2021: $1.39

2022: $1.49

Increase: 7.2%

Kroger® Deli Thin Sliced Oven Roasted Turkey Breast
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Oven-Roasted Deli Turkey Breast

2021: $2.79

2022: $2.99

Increase: 7.2%


Tyson All Natural Fresh Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts
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Tyson Chicken Breasts (1 lb.)

2021: $3.99

2022: $4.29

Increase: 7.5%


In 2019, chicken breasts were only $3.49 a pound. 

Kroger® Creamy Peanut Butter
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Peanut Butter (28 oz.)

2021: $2.39
2022: $2.59

Increase: 8.4%

Private Selection® Traditional Hummus
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Hummus (10 oz.)

2021: $3.49

2022: $3.79

Increase: 8.6% 

Kroger® American Cheese Singles
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American Cheese (24 slices)

2021: $2.29

2022: $2.49

Increase: 8.7%

Ground Beef
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Ground Beef (1 lb. 80/20)

2021: $5.49

2022: $5.99

Increase: 9.1%


The rising price of meat has been one of the hardest for shoppers to swallow. In 2019, a pound of ground beef was just $4.49 — a full $1.50 cheaper.

Kroger® Unsalted Butter Sticks
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Unsalted Butter (16 oz.)

2021: $3.19

2022: $3.49

Increase: 9.4%

Kroger® Deluxe Vividly Vanilla Ice Cream
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Vanilla Ice Cream (48 oz.)

2021: $2.99

2022: $3.29

Increase: 10%

Smidge and Spoon Granulated Sugar
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Sugar (4 lbs.)

2021: $1.99

2022: $2.19

Increase: 10.1%


Normally cheap baking staples have seen steep price increases — in 2019, flour was just $1.59.

Kroger® Blended Vanilla Lowfat Yogurt
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Yogurt (32 oz.)

2021: $1.99

2022: $2.19

Increase: 10.1%

Kroger® Grade A Large Eggs
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Large Eggs (1 dozen)

2021: $1.49

2022: $1.69

Increase: 13.4%


A 20-cent increase doesn't seem so bad, but in 2019, these same eggs only cost 79 cents. 

Kroger® Diced Tomatoes in Tomato Juice
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Diced Tomatoes (14.5 oz.)

2021: 69 cents

2022: 79 cents

Increase: 14.5%

Kroger® 2% Reduced Fat Milk
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2% Milk (1 gal.)

2021: $2.69

2022: $3.09

Increase: 14.9%


Milk prices are up almost a full dollar since 2019, when a gallon of Kroger's store-brand milk cost $2.19.

Kroger® ChipMates Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies
Kroger

Chocolate Chip Cookies (13 oz.)

2021: $1.89

2022: $2.19

Increase: 15.9%

Kroger® Bleached All Purpose Enriched Flour
Kroger

Flour (5 lbs.)

2021: $1.79

2022: $2.19

Increase: 22.3%

Stouffer's Lasagna with Meat & Sauce Frozen Meal Family Size
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Iceberg lettuce and one cut half, on white background.
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Lettuce (1 head)

2021: $1.59

2022: $1.99

Increase: 25.2%

Kroger® Self-Rising Crust Pepperoni Pizza
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Kroger® Italian Style Frozen Vegetable Meal-Ready Sides
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Frozen Mixed Vegetables (12 oz.)

2021: $1

2022: $1.50

Increase: 50%


So much for trying to eat healthy. These same frozen veggies were just 96 cents in 2019.

Campbell's Condensed Chicken Noodle Soup
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Campbell's Chicken Noodle Soup (10.5 oz.)

2021: 69 cents

2022: $1.25 cents

Increase: 81.2%


There's nothing comfortable about this comfort-food price increase. In 2019, a can of Campbell's soup was just 59 cents.

Kroger® Spaghetti Noodles
Kroger
Detail of a man shopping in supermarket
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Total for 35 Items

2021: $81.57

2022: $90.58

Overall increase: 11%


Our basket of Kroger items slightly outpaces the 10% year-over-year rise in the Consumer Price Index for food at home. And if you look back at 2019, the same items cost just $75.26 — which means our grocery bill has gone up a shocking 20.4% since before the pandemic. 


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