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Shoppers cut down grocery bill for gas

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SYLVESTER, GA (WALB) –Are you choosing between gasoline and food or medicine? With these high prices, a lot of people are making difficult decisions and sacrifices.

And sadly, gas prices are expected to continue to rise in the coming weeks.

According to AAA, the average price of gasoline in Albany today is $3.73 cents that's up almost ten cents from last week. Not only are these high prices affecting how much food is sold for in the store, but its affecting the choices shoppers are making.

Traveling to and from work, is just about all Danielle Teal can afford these days, "A lot of my pay check does go to gas," she said.

According to AAA, the average price of regular gasoline is $3.79 cents that's up two cents from yesterday.

Not only do the high gas prices affect Teal's life, but she sees how its affecting others lives as well. She's a cashier at Piggly Wiggly in Sylvester, and she says at least three times a day, someone puts back some groceries while checking out.

Teal says she also notices a shift in the type of products shoppers are buying. "You might start getting Piggly Wiggly brand instead of Kraft brand,"she said.

Lynda Harris is one of those who has traded name brand foods for store brand in order to make her dollar stretch further at the store. "Whenever I came to the store, whatever I decided I wanted it's what I got,

And its not just the brands shoppers are trading up, its also the types of foods. Tammie Clark says eating healthy has become too expensive, "My children like fresh fruits and vegetables, but the grapes are much higher that they used to be," she said.

So in order to save money she's buying more boxed and canned goods. Shoppers aren't coming in as frequently either. "You used to see them three times a day, now you only see them twice a week," she said.

Shoppers say they hope to catch a break at the pump soon, because if it keeps on at this rate, they may need to find another job.

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