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The increase of food prices is something shoppers are already seeing.

"Especially the milk," said Barb Gripe of Dewitt. 

Many customers are experiencing effects of the California drought. Analysts say milk is up 13 cents per gallon since September nationwide. Ground beef could hit four dollars a pound this year, and egg prices are also on the rise.

These changes are evident at Barnes Foodland.

"We're a little surprised that we haven't seen higher pricing yet in the fresh produce," said Barnes Foodland owner Mike Barnes.

However, he says there's no reason to be alarmed.

"Nobody needs to panic," he said. "This is just markets that maybe are a little higher than normal, and things will level off as time goes by."

"Well, I don't like it. but what can you do? you need milk," Gripes added.

Budgeting specialists like Vera Stokes of Iowa State University Extension and Outreach say there's a lot you can do to save during this peak.

"One of the first things that I would say to families would be to make sure you plan. Make a plan before going shopping," Stokes said.       

She says shoppers should also center their lists around certain meals.

"Skillet lasagna. It basically encompasses ground meat, vegetables, which is a spinach, and noodles," Stokes added, "You can look at beef. you can use ground pork. you can use ground chicken."

Finally, she says make sure that you weren't over charged at the checkout lane.