If you have been shopping lately, you have probably noticed an uptick in the prices. Grocery stores have been no exception to this. Even though it seems like prices have gone up more lately, I would argue that they have been gradually increasing over the last two years. The pandemic-created shortages have made things worse at all stores, but grocery stores in particular. You might be asking what inflation means and why it is happening now. Inflation is simply the decline of purchasing power of a given currency over time (Investopedia) . Basically, your money is less valuable and you need more of it to purchase things. What is this happening now? In the spring of 2020, the Feds decided to print more money to boost the economy to the tune of $5 trillion more dollars . Eesh! In addition to that, the pandemic shut down supplies, industries, and employment which meant less spending and fewer goods. Less spending with more money being printed means that the dollar has less purchasing power.