"I'm spending less than I was several months ago, but I am also recently retired, so I'm very mindful of my spending - don't want to outlive my bank accounts."
-- Cindy C., VA
"Utilities, gas, health insurance, property taxes keep rising faster than our meager 3% salary increases. We budget and buy only necessities. No eating out, no movies, no high priced cable or vacations. It is still hard to make ends meet. We are in the middle-class squeeze."
-- Deborah J, Colorado
"Spending more money on general items, but making more money in the markets to offset! Love it!"
-- Brett C., Wyoming
"As far as everyday costs, Gas has gone up, Cable TV, Phone, Insurance and all the everyday costs have gone up over the last few years. I am paying more and getting less. It is like every company is now trying to squeeze every penny out of us."
-- Scott R., New York
"Someone needs to address the topic of daycare. Young families are really getting hit hard with inflationary increases."
-- Diane W., Ohio
"Even after getting a better job paying me more money, I'm trying to save more...Living is not easy and taxes are absurdly high. Not to mention food - who would have thought food and water, the absolute essentials of life, would cost so much money?"
-- Kunal, New York
"More with the price of gas -- how can you not?"
I am spending more on items that are out of my control such as: gas, utilities, property taxes, wind & home owners insurances. This forces me to readjust my living expense budget whereby, I now spend less and question myself when buying something that I normally would have purchased because it was within my monthly budget. I am relinquishing myself to shop for anything at all beyond necessities due to this."
-- Richard G., Florida
"Spending more on everything. Increase in food costs, utilities, garbage pick up, water, fuel, phone, and Internet. Also, the service industry has tacked on fuel costs as well as hourly rates. Cabs are more as well. Inflation is growing out of control but not showing up in the CPI numbers."
-- Mary C., Oregon