With four teenage mouths to feed, Bob Ballard relies on his smart shopper skills.
"I'm a near expert on meat prices I know when there's a good buy I buy reduced prices whenever possible and I usually buy bulk when I get a good discount," he says.
But buying cheap meat wont last for long. Starting in August, farmers will be barred from injecting cows with a growth hormone that boosts milk production by 20-percent. So this means we'll be paying more for dairy and meat. Shopper Marie Caltagerone says she's already noticing bigger price tags.
"Some things I just don't get. I'll leave them behind and do without cause when you're on a limited income you can't get everything you want," she says.
One thing left out of her cart, corn. That's because U.S. Department of Agriculture says ethanol fuel will consume 25-percent of this year's crop. Making store bought corn more expensive. Which trickles down to costlier livestock feed, bringing it back home to the cows.
The Department of Agriculture also says orange juice is more expensive, since the California orange crop is 39-percent smaller than last year. This is due to the January freeze.