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Mississippi spends among the most at the grocery checkout

If you think you’re spending a few pennies more at the supermarket checkout, you may be right. 

A new study from the website HelpAdvisor shows Mississippi spends the third-highest amount of money each week of any state in the country.  

According to the ranking of states, Mississippi grocery shoppers spend an average of $290.76 a week at the store. Only California and Nevada spend more a week. The average bill in California is $297.72 and it is $294.76 in Nevada. The national average is $270.21.  

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the consumer price index for food at home in 2023 was up 1.7 percent year-over-year in November.

The overall average household spending on groceries is $1,080 per month, while an average four-person U.S. household is spending around $1,260 per month at the grocery store. That’s according to HelpAdvisor.com analysis of the most recent data from the U.S. Census Household Pulse Survey that measured the average amount of money spent on food prepared and eaten at home for the period of Oct. 18 to Oct. 30, 2023.

According to the report, Americans of Hispanic or Latino ethnicity report the highest average weekly spending on groceries, at $325.67 per week.

There’s also an apparently direct correlation between average grocery spending and education level.

HelpAdvisor said those with less than a high school education report the highest average spending level ($320.00 per week), followed by those with a high school diploma or GED ($274.96) and then those with some college or an associate’s degree ($268.19).

Those with a bachelor’s degree or higher reported average weekly grocery spending of $258.42.

You can read more in the report on the HelpAdvisor website.