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Inflation in real life: What items do you buy regularly that cost more than they did last year?

Erik Anderson
A gas pump at an Arco station in the Allied Gardens neighborhood of San Diego, Calif. March 22, 2022.

U.S. inflation rates are the highest they’ve been in 40 years, increasing 8.5% over the last year. From the grocery store to the gas pump, what we're buying hasn’t changed but it costs more, sometimes a lot more.

Some numbers from the Labor Department’s Consumer Price Index: Over the last year the average prices across the U.S. for meat, poultry, fish and eggs increased an average of 13.7%, beef 16%, gas a whopping 48% and rents 5.1%.

How much are these higher costs of living impacting your buying habits? Have you noticed specific items that you buy regularly now cost more?


We want to know how your life has been impacted by the higher cost of living these days. Your story may be included in upcoming reporting on how San Diegans’ lives have been impacted by inflation.