Business: Inflation: How Folks Cope

More work, fewer luxuries and deeper debts

Linda Collins, wife of a Chicago steel-worker and mother of two small children, has reluctantly gone to work as a night waitress on weekends to cover living expenses. Gladys Glazer, a retired secretary in Orlando, Fla., shops where second-quality vegetables and fruits are offered at reduced prices, and even there she shuns strawberries as an extravagance. Manhattan Lawyer Arthur Alexander delivers some letters in person to nearby business offices to save on postage.

These are several of the myriad ways in which Americans are struggling to adjust to accelerating inflation. Most people are winning the battle—for...

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