The cost of living can have at least three meanings:
- The cost of meeting basic needs, in terms of fiscal impositions (invoices to satisfy), duties and obligations (things that must be done)
- The drain to emotions caused by circumstances, esp. if nothing major changes
- The cost, fiscal or otherwise, of making major investments (e.g. writing a novel, getting a college degree, raising children, fostering a business to profitability)
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