No it’s not your imagination that’s causing your grocery bill to rise. While shopping at Publix we almost fainted when we saw this price of an every day item. According to a recent study by Instacart, an online grocery delivery service, Tampa Bay ranks Third highest egg prices in the country. According to Creative Loafing, shoppers in the Tampa Bay area are expected to pay an average of $6.27 for a dozen eggs. This is an 18% increase from last year. Tampa Bay is tied with San Francisco for price tag on eggs. Another Florida city is coughing up even more, Miami is expected to pay $6.67 for a dozen eggs.

Unless you’re a baker or eat a very high protein diet, eggs usually aren’t that essential to everyday meals. Normally, we’d be reporting about a supply chain issue that’s causing these prices to sky rocket. But there’s another reason behind these crazy eggs costs, and it’s not inflation either. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, bird flu outbreaks is what’s causing the increase in prices. According to the CDC, more than 49 million birds in 46 states have died as a result of the bird flu since early 2022. And, according to the CDC, the virus doesn’t present a high risk to people. However, it’s very contagious among birds and even other pets.

Instacart looked at all purchases of one dozen eggs in the month of December 2022 to calculate the average per state. They found that Hawaii has the highest cost per dozen eggs at $9.73 a carton. Missouri has the lowest cost per dozen eggs at $4.24 a carton.

Top 5 States Spending The Most On One Dozen Eggs:

  1. Hawaii – $9.73 average
  2. Florida – $6.36 average
  3. Alabama – $6.12 average
  4. Nevada – $6.07 average
  5. California – $6.05 average

Save some dough and try using some of these effective egg substitutes that is great for baking or any type of meal:

  • Applesauce – 1/4 cup = 1 egg
  • Mashed banana – 1/4 cup = 1 egg
  • Ground flaxseed or chia seed – 3 tablespoons = 1 egg
  • Vinegar and baking soda – Mixing 1 teaspoon of baking soda with 1 tablespoon of vinegar can replace 1 egg in most recipes
  • Yogurt or buttermilk – 1/4 cup = 1 egg

[Source: Creative Loafing]