A new CNN/Money report notes that middle-class net worth has dropped by 40% in the past 4 years, fueled largely by a drop in home values; those in the West and South reportedly took the biggest hits.
Luckily, we don't live in the North - the really, really far North - like in Nunavut, Canada, where a head of cabbage retails for $28 and chicken is $65 per pound. A case of bottled water? That's $105. Plain old green bell peppers are $11 each; the red bells cost $6 more.
Even though it's in the northernmost part of Canada, these prices aren't entirely down to shipping, as it's reportedly less expensive to fly to Edmonton, Alberta, do the shopping, and then fly back. Presumably, they have to pay extra up there because of the friendly customer service they receive.