It seems fitting that on the day President Bush addressed the nation about the current state of the U.S. economy, we're showing you how people here in the East are coping with the rising cost of everything.
The Bureau of Labor says the Consumer Price Index has risen 4 percent since March of last year. And consumers are seeing the impact, especially at the grocery store.
JoMarie Giorgi is a stay at home mom of two little ones, her husband is a Marine at New River Air Station. She says she's feeling the pinch.
Giorgi said, "I do make a list and I usually go out once or twice a week that's all and try to do everything at one time. "
I followed Giorgi and little Maria and Anthony on a shopping trip to see how she's cutting corners.
Giorgi said, "Just not buying special things very much and trying to make a lot of dinners at home and not going out, also saving on gas and the price of food."
She says, says she's definitely seen an increase of about 80 dollars a shopping trip than what she used to pay. She says she used to spend about 170 dollars and now it's more around the area of $250.