It's expensive to exist and there's no nice way to put it. child saying "the price is just like ugh" ABC / Via giphy.com Being an adult means that (in most cases) you're always at least a liiiittle stressed about money. Elaine looking stressed with hands in her hair on Seinfeld Castle Rock Entertainment / Via giphy.com
It's the nature of the beast that is responsibility.
Lately, it probably feels like a little more than a little bit. Most people were left in a weird place financially from the events of the last few years. gilda radner on saturday night live saying "It's always something, if it's not one thing it's another" NBC / Via giphy.com Take these life basics that have gone up in price in a dramatic way in the last five(ish) years. doug saying "how much is that cost?" on "King of Queens" CBS/Paramount / Via giphy.com 1. According to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA), the average gas price for 2018 (inexplicably five years ago) was $2.60 per gallon. Sdi Productions / Getty Images 2. Not only is gas expensive, but so are the things it fuels. The average car price ( per JD Power) in 2018 was $34,292, or $40,511.25 when adjusted for inflation.
The average in December 2022 was, in comparison,
$46,382. Duxx / Getty Images/iStockphoto 3. And speaking of things you buy off a lot, Christmas tree prices in 2018 averaged $66.43 ($79.54). This past Christmas, prices averaged $85.59.
Plenty of other plants have seen price hikes as well.
Hero Images / Getty Images/iStockphoto 4. Let's talk rent. The national average apartment rent in 2018 was $1,419, which is $1,676.35 when adjusted for inflation. Valentinrussanov / Getty Images Tara Moore / Getty Images 6. You've heard groceries have gone up but, a look at a few key items will show you how much. There's been a lot of talk about eggs, which averaged at $1.74 a dozen in 2018, which is $2.06 when adjusted for inflation.
Based on 2022's average egg prices, we're currently paying $0.80 more for a dozen eggs, with the
current average at $2.86. Vladimir Dyavhkov / Getty Images/iStockphoto 7. Streaming is costing more, and not just because there are more streaming services than ever before. Take Netflix, for example, which cost $7.99/month for basic ($9.44 adjusted for inflation) in 2018.
Standard was $10.99/month ($12.98), and premium was $13.99/month ($16.53). They've
since added a fourth option, basic with ads ($6.99/month). The basic plan is $9.99/month, the standard plan is $15.49/month, and the premium plan is $19.99/month. Demaerre / Getty Images/iStockphoto 8. Milk has also gone up from averaging $3.27 per gallon of whole milk in 2018 ($3.86 when adjusted for inflation). Today, a gallon of whole milk costs, on average, $4.21. Robinolimb / Getty Images/iStockphoto 9. There's also beer, another great staple of the USA, which was going for $1.41 (today's $1.70) per 16 ounces as the national average in 2018. Aiman Dairabaeva / Getty Images/iStockphoto 10. Everyone's favorite form of caffeine has also gotten pricier. A single pound of coffee cost $1.13 in 2018 ($1.35 today), while now, it's $2.14. Yurii Sliusar / Getty Images/iStockphoto 11. Movie ticket prices have gone up in a big way, too. In 2018, the average ticket price was $9.11 ($10.76). Though updated figures haven't been officially released since 2019, it's believed that number is around $11 today. Kong Ding Chek / Getty Images 12. Everyone loves bacon, but not at these prices. The average price of bacon per pound in 2018 was $5.47 ($6.55 today). Now, it's $6.96. Sergeyryzhov / Getty Images/iStockphoto 13. A formula-feeding family (using an average of 25 ounces a day) would spend between $1,200 ($1,436.89) to $1,500 ($1,796.11) on average in 2018. In 2022, that range opened up to between $821.25 and $2,920. Lenblr / Getty Images/iStockphoto 14. Childcare prices have gone up, too. Babysitters were charging an average of $16.75 per hour ($20.06 with inflation considered) to watch one child in 2018/2019. Lordn / Getty Images/iStockphoto 15. Education's been hit as well. In the 2017–2018 school year, the average price of four-year public colleges in-state was $20,770 ($24,870), and $46,950 ($56,218) for nonprofit private schools.
For 2022–2023, four-year public colleges are averaging $25,707 annually, and $54,501 for nonprofit private colleges.
Maskot / Getty Images/Maskot What expense is currently killing you? What do you feel keeps going up? Let's discuss in the comments.