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Almost Everything You Use Is More Expensive Than Five Years Ago

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(KCEN) -- The recent rains may be good news for ranchers, but it isn't making much of a difference at the grocery store.

The Chief Economist for Texas A&M University compiled a list of the price changes of goods from December 2008 to March of this year.

As we prepare to load up for the holiday weekend, these results may surprise: 

Food:

Food we eat at home is up 9.5 percent.

Uncooked ground beef is up 30.6 percent.

Bacon and sausage are up 32.3 percent.

Eggs are up 12.5 percent.

Hot dogs are up 10.2 percent.

Ice cream is up 5.9 percent.

Carbonated drinks are up 4.6 percent.

Coffee is up 7.1 percent.

Home:

Homeowners/tenants insurance is up 18.1 percent.

Electricity is up 9.7 percent.

Water and sewer service is up 35.4 percent.

Garbage and trash collection is up 14.6 percent.

Appliances are down 9.2 percent.

Clocks and lamps are down 27.5 percent.

Dishes and flatware are down 25 percent.

Travel:

Gasoline has gone up 117.3 percent.

Tires have gone up 7.5 percent.

Car insurance has gone up 24.1 percent.

Motor vehicle registration/license fees are up 18.1 percent.

Airline tickets are up 31.7 percent.

Intercity public transportation is down 2.1 percent.

Clothing:

Men’s apparel is up 10.8 percent.

Men’s suits are up just 3 percent.

Women’s apparel is up 12.3 percent.

Shoes are up 8.8 percent.

Health Care:

Prescription drugs are up 19.6 percent.

Physicians’ services are up 14 percent.

In-patient hospital costs are up 41.6 percent.

Nursing homes and adult day care are up 19.5 percent.

Health insurance premiums are up 9.6 percent.

Miscellaneous:

Televisions are down 67.2 percent, but cable TV and radio services are up 16.3 percent.

The cost of pets and pet accessories are down 3.2 percent, but the cost of pet food is up 8.5 percent.

Sporting goods are down 2.5 percent, but admissions to sporting events are up 10.7 percent.

Cameras are down 28.3 percent.

Toys are down 25.1 percent.

Cigarettes are up 49.7 percent.

Newspapers and magazines are up 26.1 percent.

Postage is up 27.4 percent.

Telephone services are unchanged.

Personal computers are down 39.2 percent.

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