The price of everything has gone through the roof these days. Call it inflation, or the leftover issues from the COVID-19 pandemic. But one thing is for certain, we are paying more for the stuff we need than ever before.

As hard as you work, it seems like you just can't get ahead these days and when you open social media you are inundated with articles about interest rates and gas prices being too much to handle. But what about the place you call home? It is getting harder and harder to pay for the roof over your head, let alone worry about the cost of groceries you bring back to it.

Average-wage workers in 47 of the 50 largest cities have to work more than 40 hours per week to afford a two-bedroom rental.

There is a new report about the amount of hours you will need to work to afford a one bedroom place on a minimum wage pay. There is some good news for those in the Queen City of Buffalo, NY. It seems that your hard work will pay off!

In only two cities, Buffalo, New York and Tucson, Arizona can minimum-wage workers afford a one-bedroom rental with under 50 hours worked per week.

There are some amazing benefits to living and working here in Western New York. Yes, the weather can be a little depressing at times. But we have it made when you consider what some have to pay and how long they have to work to afford the same things we have here in Buffalo. The United Way reports says that:

In Orlando, Florida the number rises to 101 work hours per week, and in San Francisco, California the number skyrockets to 161 hours.

We have just entered the final quarter of 2022 and if you have not asked for a raise yet, experts say you may want to schedule a meeting with HR or your boss to talk it over. Most indicators say point to a long road of rising prices and costs.

LOOK: See how much gasoline cost the year you started driving

To find out more about how has the price of gas changed throughout the years, Stacker ran the numbers on the cost of a gallon of gasoline for each of the last 84 years. Using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (released in April 2020), we analyzed the average price for a gallon of unleaded regular gasoline from 1976 to 2020 along with the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for unleaded regular gasoline from 1937 to 1976, including the absolute and inflation-adjusted prices for each year.

Read on to explore the cost of gas over time and rediscover just how much a gallon was when you first started driving.

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