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Live 4 Financial Freedom

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Factoring Inflation in our Retirement Projections

Most people that work at a job hopes to get a pay raise each year. Some employees want them more than once a year. Wages is one of the largest expenses they have to run their business.

If you own a business then you know if you want to stay in business then you need to show a profit. If wages go up then you need to find a way to cover that expense. Most businesses raise the prices to cover the cost. This starts at the Manufacturing level to the Retail level. Each business needs to pass on the costs of operating so they maintain their profit margins to stay in business.

There is such a push to get the minimum wage up. In some states they are pushing to get it up to as high as $15 per hour. With the Federal Minimum rate at $7.25 per hour. Here in Arizona in 2020 we are sitting at $11.00 an hour.

The Federal Minimum wage rate in 1955 was 75 cents per hour. In 1975 it was $2.10 per hour and in 2015 it was $7.25 per hour. The link to this is in the below show notes. As you can see it has gone up quite a bit over the years so no wonder prices have risen. This shows why we need to factor an Inflation rate in our Financial Freedom plans.

As always, I am not giving you any Financial Advice and you should seek advice from your Professional Advisors to see what is best for your situation. See my Disclaimer at This is for entertainment only.

U.S Bureau of labor Stats in April 2014 listed some of the below food prices back in the following times. The link is below in the show notes.

Apples – 15.1 cents per pound in 1955. 34 cents a pound in 1975. We currently pay now around $1.19 per pound for the cheaper apples. For more info listen to the whole Podcast.

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Sources and Resources from Podcast (Available in Show Notes)

1. Prices in the past from U.S. Bureau of Labor Stats April 2014 -

2. Inflation Caculator -

3. Past Inflation Rates by Year -

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