Budgeting for beef as prices are on the rise

DORA, Ala. (WIAT) – Shoppers who braved the grocery lines this weekend may have noticed they’re shelling out a little more for beef.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, choice-grade beef–that’s the most common– cost’s an average of $2 dollars and 11 cents a pound.

That’s the highest it’s been since a 2003 spike causedby a case of mad cow disease, and it’s going to get worse.

With prices expected to go up even more, analysts predict many consumers will switch from beef to chicken or pork.

Our Melissa Crabtree spoke with local shoppers to find out what’s on their grills.

The Fhenix family loves beef, but with a 14 month old they have a strict budget that means it’s not always possible to have it on the menu.

“it’s gone up so sky sky high you just about can’t buy it anymore” says Julie Fhenix.

Fhenix is fixing two new york strips for dinner. She always shops in the discounted section..

“I try what ever is on sale for the beef  like the steaks we’re going to cook today are ‘reduced for quick sale’ usually dont’ buy beef unless it’s ‘reduced for quick sell’ even my hamburger beef.”

However some shoppers say price is not a factor. Danielle Gray says she buys what she likes no matter what it costs.

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