Inflation continues to be a challenge, with grocery prices up 11.3% from a year ago. That includes lingering sticker shocks — such as a 70% spike in prices for eggs and 33% hikes in the prices for butter and margarine.

In Florida, we have felt the brunt of the inflation wave. The latest Consumer Price Index shows the Tampa-St. Petersburg metro area with an 8.9% year-over-year inflation rate. That compares to a 6.4% national CPI.