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“A Constant State Of Sticker Shock” – Here Is Proof That Inflation In The U.S. Is Wildly Out Of Control
The Economic Collapse Blog ^ | December 3, 2023 | Michael Snyder

Posted on 12/04/2023 6:33:11 AM PST by Red Badger

Do you believe the politicians in Washington or do you believe your own eyes? The politicians keep telling us that “inflation is low”, but everyone can see that everything sure does cost a lot more than it once did. Our standard of living just keeps going down, and even JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon is admitting that “inflation is hurting people”. But how can inflation be “hurting people” if it is under control? Of course the truth is that it isn’t under control. If the official rate of inflation was still measured using the formula that was in place in 1980, it would be well into double digit territory right now. Prices have been rising much faster than paychecks have, and that is putting an extraordinary amount of financial stress on the more than 60 percent of U.S. adults that currently live paycheck to paycheck.

Vox is a website that leans very far to the left, and even they are complaining about inflation.

In fact, a recent article posted on Vox boldly declared that life in 2023 “means being in a constant state of sticker shock”…

Life in 2023 means being in a constant state of sticker shock.

You walk out of the grocery store feeling like you’re not really sure what happened, but somehow, your normal fare ran you $50 more than you swear it should have. Did Diet Coke always cost that much? Or eggs? Maybe you’ve been putting off buying that new car in the hope prices go back to where they were pre-pandemic, but you’re starting to feel like the wait is awfully long. Or, the morning after a post-work happy hour, you’re left scratching your head. You swear you had two glasses of wine, but the size of your credit card receipt makes you wonder if it wasn’t four. “How expensive everything is today” is a top theme of conversation. The whole situation can be infuriating.

I don’t care for Vox much, but those two paragraphs are quite accurate.

Prices have reached absurd heights, and most of us really are “in a constant state of sticker shock” these days.

And the cold, hard numbers back this up.

According to a report from Republican members of the U.S. Senate Joint Economic Committee, the typical household in this country “must spend an additional $11,434 annually” in order to have the same standard of living that it did when Joe Biden entered the White House…

The typical American household must spend an additional $11,434 annually just to maintain the same standard of living they enjoyed in January of 2021, right before inflation soared to 40-year highs, according to a recent analysis of government data.

So let me ask you a question.

Has your household income gone up by $11,434 a year since January 2021?

If you are like most Americans, your income has barely moved.

As I discussed last week, half of all American workers made less than $40,847.18 last year.

If you are one of those workers, life is not easy in 2023.

Even really basic things just cost so much at this point. For example, a Big Mac value meal will now set you back 18 dollars in some parts of the country…

A Big Mac burger, a medium beverage, and a medium fry meal now costs 18 dollars in some locations, up $10 from 2018 when former President Donald Trump was president.

Visiting McDonald’s has become something that only wealthy people can afford to do on a regular basis.

Of course it isn’t just fast food that has become painfully expensive…

A pound of ground beef now costs $5.23 on average, up from $3.89 in January 2020.

Coffee is up some $2 a pound. Prices for fresh fruits and vegetables are nearly 14% higher.

At one point, the price of a carton of eggs was triple its pre-pandemic price.

When I was growing up, my mother would feed us ground beef all the time.

Now it is considered to be a luxury item.

Let me give you another example of how inflation is killing us financially.

The cost of auto insurance and the cost of home insurance are both going through the roof…

The skyrocketing cost of auto and home insurance is increasingly weighing on cash-strapped Americans.

In 2022, the average price of both types of insurance saw its biggest spike in more than five years.

And this year rates are projected to grow by an even greater amount, according to analysis from S&P Global Market Intelligence. Within the first seven months, both had already jumped by double-digit amounts.

When you combine both expenses, the average American household is now spending over $3,700 a year…

According to the latest analysis from Forbes Advisor, the average cost of home insurance is $1,582 a year for a policy with $350,000 coverage. And typical motorist pays $2,150 a year for full coverage car insurance.

That means on car and home insurance alone a household can expect to spend more than $3,700 a year.

How can anyone afford that?

And don’t get me started on health insurance.

Our system is so broken that only those with lots of money can afford a decent health insurance policy that actually has adequate coverage.

Needless to say, Joe Biden doesn’t want to take the blame for any of this. Last week, he was accusing large corporations of “price gouging”…

President Joe Biden delivered remarks from the White House on Monday to announce the new council’s creation. He touted the lower inflation rate and falling grocery prices but admonished American companies for, in his view, not going far enough.

“Let me be clear: To any corporation that has not brought their prices back down—even as inflation has come down, even as supply chains have been rebuilt—it’s time to stop the price gouging,” Biden warned, imploring them to “giv[e] the American consumer a break.”


Other liberals are actually blaming you for inflation…

People hate inflation, just not enough to spend less: This is one of the central tensions of today’s economy, in which things are going great yet everyone is miserable. And in some ways, Americans have nobody to blame but themselves.

No matter how high prices go, most of us still have to pay the bills and put food on the table.

So there is only so much that we can “cut back” on our spending.

However, one recent survey did find that approximately a quarter of the U.S. population has been engaged in “doom spending”…

Nearly all Americans, 96%, are concerned about the current state of the economy, according to a recent report by Intuit Credit Karma.

Still, more than a quarter are “doom spending,” or spending money despite economic and geopolitical concerns, the report found.

A lot of people figure that if everything is about to fall apart they may as well enjoy things while they still can.

But I think that a much wiser approach would be to use the resources that you have to get prepared for the tremendous chaos that is ahead of us.

Economic conditions are going to get a whole lot rougher from here.

So enjoy these relatively stable times while you still can, because they will not last indefinitely…

TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; History; Society
KEYWORDS: bidendestroyseconomy; bidenflation; bidenomics; economy; inflation
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1 posted on 12/04/2023 6:33:11 AM PST by Red Badger
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To: Red Badger

Eggs are back up in cost and I can’t believe how extortionate laundry detergent has become.

2 posted on 12/04/2023 6:37:46 AM PST by metmom (He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming soon.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.)
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To: metmom

You vill be dirty and live in mud huts and eat ze bugs, own nothing and be happy!....................or else!.............

3 posted on 12/04/2023 6:40:14 AM PST by Red Badger (Homeless veterans camp in the streets while illegal aliens are put up in hotels.....................)
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To: Red Badger

Joe and his cronies can say whatever they want, real Americans know exactly how bad things are. I’d bet even the folks who voted for Joe aren’t happy about the continued high inflation. Bidenomics sucks.

4 posted on 12/04/2023 6:45:30 AM PST by Kharis13
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the pressure on younger generation marriages and domestic partnerships must be very large... will the marriage rate go up or down?

5 posted on 12/04/2023 6:53:45 AM PST by SteveH
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To: Red Badger

Just one of the many features of the MoneyChangers and Central banking using a pure fiat dollar...

6 posted on 12/04/2023 6:56:55 AM PST by eyeamok
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To: Red Badger

My homeowners insurance went up from $2400 per year to $4500 in January with no warning. Caused my mortgage to go up $300 a month.

I don’t know what people are complaining about? If you don’t buy fuel, food or have to pay rent the economy is just fine.

7 posted on 12/04/2023 6:57:49 AM PST by subterfuge (I'm a pure-blood!)
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I used to get cases of Yuengling at my Publix on sale for $19.99/case before the 2020 election was stolen. Now it’s rarely on sale, and sells for $26.95.

8 posted on 12/04/2023 6:59:34 AM PST by FLNittany (Autotune is jealous of Karen Carpenter)
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To: Red Badger

But according to some people on this sub, noticing that this is a problem is Marxist.

9 posted on 12/04/2023 7:55:16 AM PST by nonliberal (Z.)
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To: Red Badger

Sticker shock $18 big Mac meal. $60 fillups at has station for vehicles with small gas tanks. And many many more examples-

When president Trump was in office, I was once again able to fill up for about $25- now paying near $60 when car gets real low on gas. All in 4 short years too- heck, it happened in 1 year I beleive after obiden took office

10 posted on 12/04/2023 8:04:58 AM PST by Bob434
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To: metmom

Everything has gone up so much the last 3 years. Any grocery item now costs more...way more than it did 3 yrs ago. Throw away cups I used to pay $1.99 for are now right at $5. Laundry detergent, fabric softener & bleach ....I hate when I run low on any of it due to the current prices. Store brand bleach used to be $1.99 a gallon. Now it is just under $5 and the size has shrunk. The one thing that just blows my mind is the price of deodorant! I used to buy a can of spray deodorant for anywhere from $1.49 to $2.29 a can. Now to buy an aerosol can of deodorant the price is currently $8.57! It leaves me shaking my head in disbelief these are the prices now. Our Country is in deep trouble and I don’t see a light at the end of the tunnel.

11 posted on 12/04/2023 8:35:22 AM PST by bohica1
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To: bohica1

The people who claim that the cost of living has not gone up much are absolutely wrong.

They pick items to determine that increase that is not what ordinary people tend to need to buy. It’s easy to manipulate statistics by picking and choosing what you are using to make them.

12 posted on 12/04/2023 8:40:39 AM PST by metmom (He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming soon.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.)
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To: Red Badger

Want to have fun.

Go look at the MSRP of the base mode 2022 Transit Connect and the 2023 base model Transit Connect. (which was the last year it was made.)

2022 MSRP of Base model 30,760
2023 MSRP of Base Model 35,485

1 model year, no major changes, last year it was being produced... a 15% price increase on a vehicle you did nothing of any consequence to between model years and is they last year its being built.

Keep on lying about having Bidenflation “under control”...

13 posted on 12/04/2023 9:15:22 AM PST by HamiltonJay
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To: Kharis13

You aint seen nothing yet—wait for your $100 Burger at McDonalds, %200 a gallon gas, and six million dollar homes. Coming the Two hundred dollar bill and the Thousand dollar bill. They will be as common as a twenty is today. It has happened in many lands in the past, and will happen here. Wait for the “New Dollars” coming—big red, white and blue money with Liberal Leaders faces on them. FDR on the fifty, Bill Clinton on the 100, Jimmy Carter on the 200.

14 posted on 12/04/2023 9:34:22 AM PST by Forward the Light Brigade ( Ride to the sound of the Guns!)
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To: bohica1

Part of my “prepping” over the years was buying crazy stockpiles of non-perishable goods.

My main concern was the long supply chains that could be disrupted at any time—but it turned out that inflation has been a bigger issue.

My purchases of such items are rare but as you say it is sticker shock for sure.

The DC gaslighters hope we are stupid.

15 posted on 12/04/2023 9:46:22 AM PST by cgbg ("Creative minds have always been known to survive any kind of bad training." Anna Freud.)
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Yes, I have stocked up also, but apparently didn’t factor in what the prices would go up to on some of our daily purchases. Had I known....I would have had a closet full of deodorant, cups, laundry items, etc. Toilet paper, light bulbs, paper towels...I have a ton of those items along with canned grocery goods. It really is insane how much some daily use items have gone up! Thanks O’Biden, democrats & RINO’s. They all make me very angry these days.

16 posted on 12/04/2023 10:02:07 AM PST by bohica1
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To: Red Badger

Needed to get a regular sized bottle of nyquil today at Walmart, $12. Last time I had to buy that a couple years ago I think maybe $7.

17 posted on 12/04/2023 10:03:57 AM PST by Newtoidaho (All I ask of living is to have no chains on me.)
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To: metmom

You got that right! It’s crazy how the media and administration are trying to say things are not as bad as they were. No, they are worse! Hate going to a store anymore. It just makes me so angry when I get to the check out. We go to WalMart for a lot of things since they are cheaper than any other places here [other than the dollar stores on some items]. What used to cost me less than $200 for a big supply of items we need/use every day is now pushing the $400 mark! I really feel sorry for people with young kids. I don’t know how they are doing it? And us, being on a fixed income, I am really watching my pennies these days. Makes me fear the day I can not afford to buy what we need at the rate things are going.

18 posted on 12/04/2023 10:09:31 AM PST by bohica1
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To: Red Badger
Price gouging was allowed during covid and laid off to "supply chain disruptions". It is for everything, including essentials. People somehow sense that if they get a raise it will just cause more price hikes and the result them will be a loss.

The greed of inflation is like a snowball running down hil just getting bigger and faster until something else happens.

In retirement I make twice as much as my parents did and can't afford a new car, they bought a new one about every third year.

19 posted on 12/04/2023 10:52:06 AM PST by Sequoyah101 (Procrastination is just a form of defiance)
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To: Sequoyah101

The ‘problem’ with inflation is the prices never go back down......................

20 posted on 12/04/2023 10:55:31 AM PST by Red Badger (Homeless veterans camp in the streets while illegal aliens are put up in hotels.....................)
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