Unfortunately price increases are everywhere. At the moment gas is the biggest barometer but when companies make the sizes of packages smaller and don't lower the price, that is also a price increase. And that seems to be the way all the companies are going right now.
Ann, apparently those people you know will not change their ways until they are forced to do so by running out of money. I also know some people like that. Like the one who spends hundreds of dollars on vitamins but can't or won't cook a meal. Really sad!
I know that God watches over all of us but I was also taught that He helps those who help themselves.