By Scott Horsley
Source: NPR

Rising prices at the grocery store and elsewhere are putting a strain on family budgets. Retailers are making adjustments, offering smaller package sizes and more discount options.

The cost of food and rent have been outpacing people’s paychecks over the last year, and that has more and more families watching their pennies. Well, neighborhood retailers have spotted those changes and have been making adjustments as customers switch to less expensive items. NPR’s Scott Horsley has been talking with shopkeepers around the country for an up-close view of how consumers are faring and what it means for the U.S. economy.

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