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April 12, 2024

The Rising Of Prices: Inflation Explained

Have you been wondering why things are getting pricier? You’re not alone! This is a concern to many people across the USA. It is because of a phenomenon known as inflation. Let’s dive into what inflation is, why it’s happening, and how it is impacting our everyday lives. 

So what is Inflation? 

      Inflation is the gradual increase of prices over time. Since 2020, the USA has experienced a rise in inflation rates. This means that the costs of groceries, gas, housing, and more have been climbing higher. One significant factor contributing to this trend is increased consumer demand. As the economy has been recovering from the effects of the COVID 19 pandemic, people are spending more money. When everyone wants something, and there aren’t enough of those things to go around, prices shoot up. 

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     Another key driver of inflation is government spending. In response to the pandemic, the federal government implemented various stimulus measures to support individuals and businesses. While this action provided relief to people, it also  injected a large amount of money into the economy, which contributed to inflationary pressures. 


      The housing market has been particularly affected by inflation. Home prices have soared to record highs, making it extremely difficult for many Americans to afford homeownership. Rent prices have also increased, putting a strain on renter’s budgets. 

What does this mean for us?

      What this means for Americans is that your part-time job might not cover as much as it used to, and weekend outings with friends will have to be more budget-friendly. Families may find themselves spending more of their income on necessities, leaving less room for savings or non essential spending. Businesses may struggle to keep up with rising costs, leading some to pass those expenses onto consumers through higher prices. 

      Inflation is a big deal that affects all of us, whether we realize it or not. As prices keep climbing, we must be cautious of our spending habits. The next time you see pricey items you want to splurge on, remember how inflation’s got its eyes on your money, so spend wisely!

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