No longer bolstered by congressional price supports, milk prices have been on a roller coaster lately. Northeast consumers pay an inflated rate of 5 to 11 percent because of continuing subsidies to the region's dairy farmers.
But nationwide, consumers can expect lower average costs.
To skim milk costs in your area, consider these buying tips:
*Visit your local mom-and-pop stores; they often charge less than supermarkets.
*Buy in bulk if you can drink it in a week; two-gallon packs are a bargain.
*Purchase store brands, typically cheaper than name-brand milk.
Source: Consumer Reports
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