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U.S. households plan to spend an average 7.8 percent less for this year's back-to-school shopping season because of the bumpy economic recovery, the National Retail Federation says. Customers are shown looking at merchandise at a Target store in Colma, Calif., in 2011.

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The Iowegian wants readers to think about food prices. Are you paying more than you were last year for certain food items? According to a survey by the American Farm Bureau Federation, "the cost of 16 food items" increased by 3.5 over 2013, as reported by the Des Moines Register. So, the question of the week is, "Are you feeling the food price increase pinch?"

A. Yes, and it hurts.
B. No, I don't feel a thing.
C. Not sure.
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