2023: the year of sticker shock

Many Americans were down on the economy this year due to problematic prices

Pricetags at a grocery store in Los Angeles
Prices are coming down, but Americans don't seem to be feeling the relief yet
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There's no question that Americans had their doubts about the economy in 2023. Despite economic metrics booming, a strong jobs market and strength on Wall Street, there is one aspect still sowing discord among the population: price tags. 

Sticker shock is keeping many down on the economy as "inflation continues to sour Americans," The Washington Post reported. And while President Joe Biden "has played a considerable role in improving Americans' financial situation through legislative victories," the Post reported, "basic expenses, such as food, housing and transportation, are considerably higher than they were a year ago, even as energy prices have declined." A few notable instances of sticker shock throughout 2023: 

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