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Old 04-06-2009, 02:47 PM   #21
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I Know! Beer at the Ball Park is Up .75 cents this yr! to $6.75 per.. parking is Up $1 and now have .25 cent Meters for the Bathrooms...!

my heating Bills went down.. Converted from Nat. Gas to Baseboard Electric.. cut over 43% this yr.. and alot less Dust in the House..Next? How to Hook up into the Main Power Line without using the Meter...hehe...

And we went back and added Old fashion Storm Windows.. Vynil Clad to the Inside...vs using the Plastic stuff over our Double Glass Anderson Windows.. con game..With our 9 Inches of Insulation in the Attic & Foam Filled our Storm Doors? What a Difference this yr..

Now it's Going back to using the old fashion Attic Fan in the Hallway for the Summer..
I heard Drug Co. just raised their prices by 6% and that's going to be just the begining me thinks.. Gas is Up 33% already from the bottom..
Probably Hit $3/gal by Mem. Day...

Of course that doesn't count on the CPI...naturally...LOL
And McDonalds Raised prices by .10 cents... Oought to Boycott Getting their Buns with the burgers.. It's were all the fat is anyway..!
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Old 04-06-2009, 03:40 PM   #22
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Last month I paid $3.00 less per gallon for diesel than what I paid last July!!! Amazing! The drop in fuel prices has made a huge difference to us with the motorhome.

We spent $2,150 for the automobile fuel and $4,767 for the motorhome last year - $6,917 total. So I expect these numbers to be quite a bit lower this year.

Our other major expenses - camping fees, eating out, groceries and insurance - not likely to see reductions this year although we haven't been eating out as much lately and groceries seem to be running a bit lower than last year so far.

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I have not kept track of inflation, but today a case of Fosters was S21.- with tax. Gas is at 2.099/gal vs last week at 1.999.

Fuel surcharge was added to all foodstuffs last year, no drop in food prices in the area supermarkets this year.
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Old 04-06-2009, 08:04 PM   #24
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Re: fuel costs.

Honey just noted that Capital One Costco account is paying 2.07%. OTH, our American Express Costco card pays us 5% back on gas purchases. Dawns on me i should hang out at the pumps buying gas for people with my card and taking their cash. TaaDa! Instant 3% profit! Always thinking here....
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Old 04-07-2009, 02:08 AM   #25
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Originally Posted by ziggy29 View Post
That's exactly what's wrong with the CPI and its use of "substitution."

Comparing apples to apples, prices are rising. But people are substituting cheaper "oranges" (this is metaphoric, not specifically the real fruits) in tough times, and as a result their food bill goes down even though the price of apples may be up 5-10%. The CPI's "substitution" algorithm considers this and pretends food prices are flat or even falling. It's a joke, really -- it should be tracking a fixed standard of living, not a downward-adjusted standard of living.
I wonder what they substitute for rising water prices. Ain't getting any cheaper here in Southern California!
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All energy costs have dropped dramatically, but other than that, I'm seeing some huge price increases. Canned stuff we use to stock our pantry have gone way up in the last couple of months. I'm guessing it's shipping costs which may just now be reflected in the shelf prices. But a few of these increases are nearing 50%! What's up with that?

Personally, I'm not seeing deflation.
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