Inflation causes hardship for 45 percent of households: Gallup poll

Average rent in the country inflated 17.8 percent from January to November, according to the National Apartment List Rental Report. The median sale price for a single-family home was $353,900 in October, according to the National Association of Realtors, up more than 13 percent year on year. Beef prices are up 20 percent in the same period, according to the BLS, and the cost of a carton of eggs has gone up nearly 30 percent. On Thursday, the national average for a gallon of gas was $3.37, according to AAA, compared to $2.15 a year earlier.

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