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Real wages have barely budged in decades. Most gains have gone to higher earners... Paychecks are bigger, purchasing power is not.

https://www.pewresearch.org/short-reads/2018/08/07/for-most-us-workers-real-wages-have-barely-budged-for-decades/

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Dec 18, 2023·edited Dec 18, 2023

My local “Mom & Pop” pizzeria charges about $20 now for a large pepperoni. The quality of Little Caesars is horrible now which is why it is cheap. LOL!

Family grocery bills have gone up a third or more since 2021. I question whether food is affordable. Depends on what you are willing to eat.

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