MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The trip to the supermarket is less costly this month, according to the Alabama Farmer's Federation's monthly survey. A market basket of 20 items averaged 44 dollars and 19 cents in January - down 18 cents from December.
The federation said the decrease is led by lower prices for beef and produce. But dairy items, like ice cream, milk and butter, were up this month.
The survey, conducted January first through the eighth, showed the market basket in south Alabama was the most expensive at 46 dollars and 82 cents. The cheapest basket was found in northwest counties at 41 dollars and 6 cents.
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