Consumer Minute: Your gas and grocery bills are going up

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by Sandra Parker, 13News Now

WVEC.com

Posted on February 25, 2014 at 9:42 AM

Updated Tuesday, Feb 25 at 10:00 AM

The price at the pump is going up for the 17th straight day! Gas prices are expected to go even higher, too.  That's because, according to industry experts, refineries are making the switch to their more expensive summer fuel blends. The average U.S. gas price is about $3.44.  The good news is that's still 34 cents a gallon less than this same time last year.

The water crisis out west is going to start impacting your grocery bill.  Experts say, because of the drought, for every $100 you spend expect to pay an extra $10 to $15 at checkout.

Taco Bell is ready to take a bite out of the $50 billion fast food breakfast business.  Starting next month, Taco Bell will offer the "waffle taco."  It's a waffle stuffed with an egg and smothered in syrup.  Taco Bell's breakfast will also be available until 11 a.m.  That's a half an hour later than McDonald's.  But word is McDonald's is also looking at expanding its breakfast hours.

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