8 Foods That May Be Too Expensive to Eat This Summer

Are limes and avocados an essential part of your diet? You might want to start looking for cheaper alternatives.
Lime, avocado

Summer is on its way, and if you're anything like us, you're looking forward to backyard barbecues, cool cocktails, and seasonal produce — that is, if you can afford it. The USDA is estimating food costs to increase by 2.5% to 3.5% this year, and that's under normal weather conditions. But we're already seeing droughts in California and the Southwest, and if more severe weather is in store for the warmer months, we might be in for even higher prices.

We took a look at eight foods that may be in for a price hike this summer, and there's good and bad news. You aren't likely to starve, but you may need to seek out some budget-friendly alternatives to your usual fare.

Whether or not these threats to your summer eating and drinking prove to be real, food prices are increasing across the board. How are you coping, readers? Cooking at home more, or using coupons? Let us know in the comments.

Jessica Hulett
Contributing Writer

Jessica Hulett is a freelance writer, editor and obsessive seeker of online promo codes. She's been writing professionally for more than 15 years, and was most recently the managing editor of coupon and lifestyle site extrasforme.com.
DealNews may be compensated by companies mentioned in this article. Please note that, although prices sometimes fluctuate or expire unexpectedly, all products and deals mentioned in this feature were available at the lowest total price we could find at the time of publication (unless otherwise specified).


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Lindsay Sakraida (DealNews)
@MRomacne What browsers did you try? Are they up to date?
Tried three browsers. No article. No slide show.
Lindsay Sakraida (DealNews)
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Thanks, it's not showing in IE9 on my laptop. I think it'a setting of mine.
It's fine in Chrome & Firefox as well as IE11 on another machine.

Lindsay Sakraida (DealNews)
@zebdaddy The 8 items are contained within the slide show above. Click the arrows or selected one of the numbered boxes to see additional entries in the list.
What are the 8 foods? This is an incomplete article.