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How bad is inflation in Texas?

The Dallas Morning News Texflation Index tracks the prices of distinctively Texan goods.

To help Texans figure out if sticker terror at the grocery store and gas pump is all in our heads or part of a new reality, we introduce the Dallas Morning News Texflation Index. The Texflation Index is a consumer-price index of 10 distinctively Texas items, most of them from distinctively Texan suppliers, which will be calculated once a month for a year by freelance business writer Rob Curran.

  • One gallon of gasoline, statewide average, as per AAA
  • Median price for a used Ford F150 (XLT trim) 2021
  • One pound of whole (packer) brisket, Rudolph’s Market & Sausage Factory, Deep Ellum
  • One frozen margarita at El Fenix, downtown location, as per online menu
  • One pair of black leather Lucchese boots, Elgin style, as per Lucchese website
  • A family-sized, eight-piece fried chicken dinner at Bubba’s Cooks Country restaurant on Hillcrest
  • Average ticket price for Texas Rangers home games
  • Average monthly rent for one-bedroom apartments in Dallas and Houston, as determined by median rents estimated by RentCafe.com and Zumper.com.
  • One box of 20 rounds of Federal Premium Gold Medal Sierra Match King .308 caliber bullets, as per Federal Premium website
  • Turquoise drop earrings, Barse & Co.

September Texflation -0.4%: Prices stubbornly high

August Texflation +0.87: Reasons to be optimistic

July Texflation -0.6%: Down but not out

June Texflation +2%: Index may be leveling off, but is it too high for consumers to notice?

May Texflation +1.5%: Boot prices kick up, but used truck inflation may be hitting the brakes

April Texflation +1.5%: Texans getting squeezed by rent and food prices

March Texflation +5.9%: Inflation hit Texas hard, especially in food, fuel and rent

February Texflation +0.9%: The first month of our inflation index looks grim

Introducing the Texflation Index: Should Texans brace for hot prices?

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