I was shopping yesterday, and found myself analyzing the price increases of food. I'm pretty predictable about some things--buy the same items at the same stores that I've bought for years. Started to look at the price increases as a whole, rather than individual items, and realized that a lot of these are half-again as much or even doubled in the last few years. A three-pound bag of walnuts at Sam's that cost $8 a few years ago is up to $17+! I'm happy to be employed, but I am pretty confident that my paycheck hasn't increased by that much. Is this just here? If you're seeing these kinds of jumps, has your salary/wage increased sufficient to take some of the sting out of it? I know that transportation and increased cost of petroleum products are blamed for some of this, but a three-buck-a-pound increase for transportation costs seems extreme to me.