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Americans Explain How Inflation and Rising Prices Affect Daily Life

John Harriger loves a good steak, but these days it’s an expense he can no longer afford.

The 66-year-old Virginian has been living on Social Security since a work-related back injury in 1994. That’s $1,800 a month in total for Harriger and his wife.

With grocery prices up 13.5% over the past 12 months and gas prices above $3.39 a gallon, Harriger has had to make cuts. He now only has two meals a day instead of three – usually a peanut butter and jelly sandwich for lunch and trout for dinner if a friend has had a good day fishing.

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