My wife and I were fortunate enough to be able to work throughout all of last year and were never at risk of being laid off. Everything was just fine until the stimulus money started flowing.
It didn’t take us long to see prices jump on almost everything. I’m no expert, but it seems to me people can charge anything they want because if you aren’t spending your own money who cares what you are paying.
I bought a plane ticket in April 2020 for a shade over $700. I had cancel the flight but I got a credit with the airline. The same exact itinerary cost me almost $950 two days ago when I was finally able to reschedule.