The American Institute for Economic Research has released their Cost-of-Living Guide, which tracks the purchasing power of the dollar, says the WSJ Wallet Blog. They pulled some interesting examples of items that have increased in price — and a few that have actually gone down since 1990.
College tuition and fees: 248.4%
Cigarettes & other tobacco products: 246.5%
Motor oil, coolant & fluids: 170.7%
Oranges and tangerines: 157.6%
Personal computers & other information processing equipment: -89.4%
Audio equipment: -45.4%
Good news for those of you who like electronics, and bad news for those of you who want to go to college to learn more about them.