Inflation

Lowend

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Mar 25, 1999
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San Jose, CA, USA
If you guys would like a very easy to listen to, mostly non-partisan explanation of inflation
 

giggity

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Mar 18, 2013
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Pearland, texas
i'm working from home 100%, so I can go a month or so without filling up my truck. My wife drives into the city(i live in suburb of Houston), she goes through a tank a week in her jeep. we both got 10% increases last year, with the inflation we didn't feel the increase, it kinda sucks, 10% each was huge! We have scaled back eating out, no vacations this year. She's a nurse, she's able to work as much as she wants, sadly I'm salaried so she can work extra to make up for expenses. Im looking for a side gig just get ahead, pretty sure next year will be worse.
 

tom3

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Aug 1, 1999
14,523
ohio
We started downsizing some, selling crap on Ebay. And we have a lot of crap. Just got the hang of it and getting good response from the listings then the feds started the 1099K deal and shot that side gig all to hell. 14% sales fee and 20% tax on the sales (unless there's a receipt with value for the item above the sale price.) Best thing we have going is that we don't need to do any serious driving, tank of gas lasts weeks. But we did just pay a bit over $1000 for new glasses for the both of us. Ouch.
 

Knuckle Dragger

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Nov 2, 2002
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Waddell AZ
i'm working from home 100%, so I can go a month or so without filling up my truck. My wife drives into the city(i live in suburb of Houston), she goes through a tank a week in her jeep. we both got 10% increases last year, with the inflation we didn't feel the increase, it kinda sucks, 10% each was huge! We have scaled back eating out, no vacations this year. She's a nurse, she's able to work as much as she wants, sadly I'm salaried so she can work extra to make up for expenses. Im looking for a side gig just get ahead, pretty sure next year will be worse.
I'd kill for 10%, we have had about 6% since 2008 when I started. A few of those years we took a significant cut due to furlough days.
 

Bikefixr

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Mar 13, 2006
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It definitely affects us. We're OK. We're not pinching pennies, but we do look at things more closely and go through the 'need' vs 'would like' routine. We don't eat out as much. When I changed jobs (Nurse) distance was the #1 priority. My new commute is just 3 days a week vs 5, and 22 mile round trip vs 67 and not wasting 100 mins a day sitting in traffic. My wife retired in May, so even with a very good pension it's still a 35% pay cut for her. I take OT when I can to make up the difference, because at $96/hr, well, it's hard to say 'no.' And I'm not putting as much away every month, new paint job for the Camaro is on hold. Gotta make choices. I feel bad for the people who have nothing extra every month, they are the ones getting crippled.
 




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