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You’ve probably noticed that your grocery bill is higher than it used to be lately. Or maybe doing some spring clothes shopping is more expensive than you’d like. Price hikes are everywhere right now, and the culprit is inflation.

Inflation is an escalation in consumer goods prices caused by factors like production shortages, supply chain challenges, or international conflicts.

But there are a few things you can do to protect your pocketbook during times of inflation.

Read the full article in the Finances FYI section of The Seattle Times, sponsored by 1st Security Bank.