Within that category, meats overall dropped 0.9% — with beef and veal down 2%, pork chops 1.1% cheaper and hot dogs falling 1.5%.
Not all individual meat items got cheaper, however. Breakfast sausages were up 1.4%, lunch meats got 2.7% more expensive, and chicken prices rose 0.3% in December.
And looking over the past year, meats, poultry, fish, and eggs got 12.5% pricier, with beef, veal and bacon up 18.6%.
While meat prices fell in December, other grocery staples got pricier.
Food costs overall were 0.5% higher in December, with grocery prices up 0.4% and restaurant prices up 0.6%.
And over the past year, food at home got 6.5% more expensive while at restaurants prices rose 6% in that time.
At least some sweets got a little cheaper: The price of fresh biscuits, rolls and muffins fell 1.7%, and fresh doughnuts got 1% cheaper.