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What is your inflation number?

October 27, 2017

One always has to be careful about averages. Inflation on my expenses may not be the same as yours. It depends on what you spend your money on. Below is a table of price changes for goods and services between 1997 (everything starts at zero) and August 2017.

Clothing -3.9%
Childcare 110.2%
College Tuition fees 170.1%
Education 151.1%
Food & Beverage 56.5%
Household energy 68.4%
Housing 58.0%
Medical care 99.7%
New cars 2.1%
Public Transportation 45.4%
Software -67.2%
Toys -68.9%
TVs -96.0%
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

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