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Go back to 2000 and look at the prices in the newspapers. Half of what they are now, except for medical care and drugs, which are 10x higher.
if you check the tables in the article, the price of Big Macs has also been increasing by just over 4% for the entire three decade period.
This suggests that the Big Mac data might also provide a good proxy for consumer price inflation (excluding assets and government, which would drive the number up a bit higher).
a Big Mac in 1990 weighed a hell of a lot more than they do now. Fine with me. I use to have one twice a month, now, twice a year. Because I'm a fat F... whose wife can't cook for shit. They are not healthy for you. In fact, a study could be done that would show the indirect downstream medical and loss of productivity cost would be more than the counter price.
Meanwhile, bulksuppliments and organic food sales did not exist even 18 years ago. You can live a longer and healthier life for less if you stay away from expensive things that are bad for you and embrace more affordable things that are good for you.
Back in 1995 or so, 87 grade gas costed 99 cents, now it's $3.35.
Pizza hut (medium) $7, now $13 or so ...
If you can manage the basic living stuffs, life is ok.
It's the car, school tuition, home price, healthcare ... are doing the damage. Big items are making money off of us...
In 1989 I bought a brand new Honda Civic DX (fully loaded) for $4200. It was about 6 weeks wages (I was still not at top income rate at the plant and taxes not counted). Today a new Honda is about $44,000 and is less reliable. Now, it takes a full year of salary to buy essentially the same car. We've been robbed.