The price of hard good are not going up.
The dollars in your bank account are worth less.(its called inflation)
It's easy taxation without representation.
Check here for the good old day price. The Inflation Calculator
“Do not yearn too much for a sword made by a famous smith. This is because even if you give a good man a sword worth ten thousand coppers, he will not be able to beat a hundred men each holding a spear worth a hundred coppers.” - Asakura Takakage Toshikage, 1462-1482
Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, where you go.