But it wasn't until I did a little basic number crunching today that the long-term effect of the price increases really hit me. When I bought my car back in May of 2003, I had to pay roughly $20 to fill the tank. When I stopped at the gas station yesterday, I paid $50. So assuming I fill the tank four times a month, that's $120 more per month and $1,440 more per year.
If I could recall what I paid for particular grocery items five years ago (I suppose I could look that up), I'd calculate the difference as well.