The BBC News website asked three readers to keep a diary of their living costs across a week.
The panel monitored their spending all last week and let us know how food, fuel and energy prices have been affecting their lives.
Daniel Donaldson, 28, is a graduate waiting to start full-time work who lives in Edinburgh. Anne Thomson, 41, lives with her partner and children on South Uist and works as a money adviser. Stuart Chandler, 46, is unemployed and lives with his two sons in Clydebank.