How to Hide a Price Increase

Expecting consumers to resist 8.3 percent inflation, some retailers have figured out hidden price increases that are tough to see.

Student Loan Debate Dilemmas

Misleading when we just look at $50,000 or $10,000, the student loan debate takes us to a long and complicated cost and benefit list.

A Tale of Two T’s: AriZona and the Model T

When we see that AriZona tea has stayed at the same price for 30 years, we can ask if its cost cutting is like the Model T.

How Your Generation Spends Its Money

Looking at generational spending, we can see our age-related expenses and also how inflation will affect the different groups.

The Real Reason We Love Girl Scout Cookies

When we look at this year’s Girl Scout cookie economics, what we see is also happening far beyond the world of cookies.

How to Really Understand the CPI

Because the CPI is an index showing percent changes, it is helpful sometimes to see actual price changes for items like new cars.

The People With the Most and Least Inflation

While monthly CPI reports emphasize the average increase in prices, we can also use it to see the differences in household spending.

Where Shrinkflation Is Retail Camouflage

Concerned that inflation might reduce sales, the remedy is shrinkflation through which food makers reduce package size.

How Shrinkflation Makes More Become Less

When a producer is concerned that a price increase will diminish sales and increase consumers’ ire, the other alternative is shrinkflation.

Inflation Clues From Sticky Prices

To solve the mystery created by the inflation worries that are in the news, we can look at sticky and flexible prices.