Surging Prices Force Consumers to Ask: Can I Live Without it?

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Prices are rising because there is too much easy money.

Consumers are looking for ways to cut back on spending, such as drinking the free coffee at the office instead of buying it at a coffee shop and dining out less. Consumer spending rose 1.1 percent in March, which sounds good, but inflation was up 1.2 percent for the month, meaning there was actually a slight decrease in purchases.

Published May 1. Read entire article.