Sounds of 2008: Prices
(Host) We're taking some time, as the year comes to a close, to sample some of the "Sounds of 2008.''
This year, from the gas pump to the grocery store, rising prices were having an effect on almost everyone.
By April, gas prices had already gone well above $3 a gallon.
(Customer) "$34 for 10 gallons.''
(Customer) "This is $88.89.''
(Customer) "Let's see, $43.86, my friend.''
(Price) "$38 and I got a quarter tank of gas. It's pretty expensive, especially with the all the other rising cost of bills and everything and rent goes up and everything else, you know?''
(Host) And the cost of gasoline seemed to affect the cost of everything else ... including food.
"This is a great deal. I don't know if you've seen what I've got, but I just bought a can of sweetened condensed milk for 25 cents. It's over $3 in the store."
(Host) By the end of the year, after a dramatic rise in the price of gasoline there was a dramatic drop in price. But the crisis had already changed driving habits....
We'll have more Sounds of 2008 later this morning and again this afternoon during All Things Considered.
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