Anyone who regularly makes trips to Austin grocery stores has likely noticed a pattern. Prices of essential items continue to creep upward. Vegetables, meats, fruits, cereals, beverages, soups, etc.: virtually everything in the stores seems to be pulled upward in price.
The Social Security Administration has in place a cost of living adjustment (COLA) designed to help those receiving retirement benefits and disability benefits to keep up with inflation. The annual COLA was recently announced, and as has often been the case in recent years, was disappointingly modest: 1.7 percent.