There are two ways to measure inflation: (1) by price increases, and (2) by what you're spending. Despite last year's price increases, my spending -- which I track assiduously on a customized Excel spreadsheet -- only rose about 4%. I did this by very carefully and methodically altering some of my spending habits, but I could only do that by understanding exactly where every centavo was going. What worked (and works) for me will not necessarily work for anyone else, and besides, there's a limit on just how much you can cap spending should inflation spin totally out of control. Nonetheless, I find that at current levels, it's definitely manageable.One thing I do is every morning when I start making my web rounds, I hit the following two sites first: http://www.thesimpledollar.com/http://www.wisebread.com/Not all of these tips and tricks work in Buenos Aires, but it does get my mind in a thrifty mode as I start the day.As Helen Keller said, "Life is either a daring adventure or it is nothing." Think of living in Argentina just now as an invitation to a daring adventure. LOL!"Celia" said:Can I still afford to live here?