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Almost Everything in Life Has Gotten More Expensive Lately

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We're paying more--in some cases a helluva lot more--for just about everything we use these days, according to the OC Register. The Consumer Price Index for the Orange County-Los Angeles-Riverside shows a bump in the cost of food, gasoline, transportation, utilities, education, and even apparel.

The increases in prices for food saw a dramatic increase from January 2010 to January 2011 locally, with a 2.1% jump as the "highest annualized increase since April 2009." Utility bills are higher, with customers seeing a year-to-year increase of 3.8% for household electricity and gas. Speaking of gas, that is another cost that has gone up (and up some more) over the past couple of years.

What got cheaper over the last year? What we sit on (furnishings, at -1.9%) and what we do in our free time--besides drive places to eat--(recreation, at -1.8%).