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The Inflating Prices of Easter Eggs

Whether the eggs handed out this past Easter Sunday were tri-coloured, deviled, hard-boiled or plastic, they signified the big bucks paid each year to maintain the tradition of backyard Easter egg hunts.

 Source:  ABC News

Source: ABC News

Aside from increased holiday demand, Easter eggs were extra expensive this year due to inflated egg prices. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the demand for eggs has been steadily increasing each year. 

 Source: U.S. Bureau of the Census, Historical Statistics of the United States, Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2011

Source: U.S. Bureau of the Census, Historical Statistics of the United States, Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2011

Veronica Nigh, an economist at the American Farm Bureau Federation, speculates that due to the ever increasing prices of eggs, Americans might begin considering alternatives to the Easter egg hunt. Whether the tradition holds or not, we’ll be paying around a 35 percent increase in egg prices this year.