Thanks to out-of-control inflation, just about everything is expensive right now. 

According to Forbes things like food, electricity, natural gas, furniture/bedding, household cleaning products and rent prices have seen the largest increases over the past year. 

Shopping cart with foods at the grocery store

We’ve already touched on the fact of how outrageous rent prices in Boise have become. According to, Boise saw the second-highest month-to-month rent increase in the country in May. By their numbers, rent in Boise has gone up 9.6% from this time last year and 45.2% since the pandemic began. 

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Obviously higher rent prices don’t affect everyone in the Treasure Valley. But food prices? That’s a different story. The need for food affects EVERYONE and according to Trading Economics, food inflation has increased for nearly 11 months. In April it reached 9.4%, the highest that it’s been since April 1981. 

We’re sure that the rising total on your Albertsons or WinCo receipt is as frustrating as not being able to get the products you want or need due to supply chain issues. Which foods have you noticed getting more and more expensive? 

We pulled up the most recent data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics “Consumer Price Index” for their “West area” which includes Idaho. We were able to search the year-to-year percentage change for the prices of 22 different grocery items. Of the 22 items that came up in our search, the only item to see a decrease in cost was a pound of fresh tomatoes. 

Here’s a look at which grocery items saw the biggest increase in price from 2021 to 2022. 

The Price of These 15 Foods Have Gone Up the Most in Idaho Grocery Stores

We dove into the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' Consumer Price Index to see which foods have gotten more expensive over the past year. They were able to show the year-to-year (April 2021 to April 2022) price change for 22 different items. These were the foods with the most dramatic increases.

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15 Popular Grocery Items Are Nearly Impossible to Find Due to Shortages in Boise

After we couldn't find yogurt to grab for breakfast, we polled our listeners to ask what other products they were still having a hard time finding in and around Boise. These are the 15 that recurred over and over again. We decided to take a walk around a Boise Albertsons to see if the shortage is universal and this is what the shelves looked like at the end of February 2022.

10 Of Boise's Most Splurge Worthy, Expensive Steaks

For this list, we checked the menus at some of Boise's top-rated steakhouses and fine dining establishments and picked the MOST expensive steak from each. If we didn't do it that way, this list would probably be dominated by Chandlers which six different steaks costing $70 or more on their regular menu! (We also didn't include steaks big enough for two.)

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