1. Eggs

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If the quarantine has you cooking up a storm, be wary. You’ll want to avoid any recipe that calls for a lot of eggs.

Eggs crack the top spot on the list, with prices shooting up an exorbitant 16.1% in April compared to March.

If you’re baking, you can try substituting applesauce, ground flaxseed or mashed bananas — but if you love a good omelet, you’re out of luck. That is, unless you can find cheaper car insurance or some other way to economize.

2. Pork chops + roasts, steaks, ribs

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Feel like pigging out? Your hankering for pork is going to cut into your savings like a freshly sharpened steak-knife.

Some pork products like roasts and ribs increased by 10.1%. And if you’re craving chops, you might let out a high-pitched squeal the next time you’re at the butcher shop. The price of pork chops went up by 7.1% in one month.

There’s no data on whether pork rinds are more expensive, so snack to your heart’s content.

3. Chicken

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The humble chicken provides so many meal options. Nuggets, wings, full-on rotisserie — it’s amazing what you can get from just one bird.

Too bad the price increases will leave your wallet feeling peckish. Fresh whole chickens saw prices increase 7.1%, while chicken parts, like breasts and thighs, rose 5.2%.

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4. Hot dogs

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Fourth of July celebrations are just around the corner, and what’s more American than a freshly grilled hotdog on a Wonder Bread bun?

Just expect your all-American meal to cost you a few more George Washingtons at the grocery store. To be perfectly frank, hot dogs have seen a more-than-weenie price increase of 5.7% .

It’s a dog-eat-dog world out there.

5. Cookies, coffeecakes and doughnuts

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These stressful times call for some serious comfort foods, but you might want to practice some moderation — and not for your waistline, but for your wallet.

You want a cookie? That’s going to cost you an extra 5.1%.

What about a fresh sweetroll, coffee cake or doughnut as a midafternoon snack? Calories don’t count in quarantine, but unfortunately price hikes do. Those delectable confections are going to cost you another 5%.

If you’re worrying about your dessert budget now, there’s an app that helps people gain awareness about their spending habits and better manage their money.

6. Frozen fish and seafood

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Seafood lovers might want to wait for the catch-of-the-day to go on sale.

While fish and seafood prices have only gone up 3.3% as an entire category, there’s been a 5.8% price increase for the frozen variety. Shelf-stable fish, like canned tuna and salmon flakes, have gone up 4%.

If you prefer your fish fresh, you’ll still be left reeling. Freshly caught fish and seafood have experienced a wicked 4.2% price increase.

7. Oranges

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Oranges are a great source of Vitamin C, which is a vital nutrient for keeping your immune system strong and healthy. But those sweet Navels are going to beat your budget into a pulp, since orange prices are up 5.6%.

Citrus fruits are altogether more expensive, reaching a positively acidic 4.3% price increase.

If you’ve got a zest for fresh fruit, consider picking up tomatoes instead. (Yep, they’re a fruit.) They’re in season and are 1.4% cheaper.

8. Beef roast

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This little piggy had roast beef, and this little piggy had none. Probably because roast beef has gone up in price by a meaty 5%.

If you’ve got beef with the prices, join the club. Roast beef is delicious, and is an easy meal to pop in the oven.

Here’s hoping that this delectable cut of meat scales back in price soon. Price hikes don’t mean as much if your money is earning consistent interest in your savings account. Take a look at today’s high-yield savings account options.

9. Apples

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While an apple a day may keep the doctor away, expect to shell out a little more for your Granny Smiths and Pink Ladies: Apple prices have risen 4.9%.

If you’re a health nut on a budget, this probably isn’t something you want to sink your teeth into.

As previously mentioned, citrus has also risen in price, but there’s one fruit that’s exempt from the bunch: bananas. Bananas have experienced a negligible 0.2% price increase, which might be a little more a-peel-ing.

10. Ground beef

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A triple-stacked burger on a toasted bun? That sounds completely irresistible, until you realize your grocery bill has mooo-ved up by a couple of zeroes. Ground beef has gone up 4.8%, says the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Maybe we’ll try the salad instead?

Just kidding, we would never.

About the Author

Sarah Cunnane

Sarah Cunnane

Staff Writer

Sarah Cunnane is a staff writer at MoneyWise. She is a writing and marketing professional with an Honors Bachelor's degree in English and Creative Writing from the University of Toronto.

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