Super Bowl party hosts search for cheaper options as consumer prices at highest in nearly 40 years
Long Islanders' wallets are getting a little thinner at the supermarket as the Labor Department says consumer prices are the steepest they have been since 1982.
Shoppers say it's "very apparent" in the stores as they search for Super Bowl staples like chicken wings, steaks and hamburger meat. Prices for all of those foods are spiking.
Judy Simonson, however, says she has a plan to beat the inflation.
"I'm barbecuing ribs instead of chicken," Simonson says. "It's a better deal. Who needs a boney chicken wing when you can get a pork rib?"
Chief retail analyst for NPD group Marshal Cohen says a combination of labor shortages and shipping delays is causing the price increases.
Store director at Stew Leonard's in Farmingdale Jeff Doyle says there are some cheaper options for hosts of Super Bowl parties to save some money.
"We have pizza, we have chips, we have beer," Doyle says. "Who doesn't want beer for the Super Bowl? Pizza has not gone up at all, it's stayed the same since last year."
Avocado prices have risen only slightly while carrots, celery and tomatoes are roughly the same price.
Experts say those getting food for the Super Bowl will be paying up to 14% more compared to 2021.
Around 90 million people are either hosting a Super Bowl party or attending one this year.