High Cost of Colorado

Living in Colorado right now means worrying about what everything costs. People say housing and other prices are the state’s biggest problem.

A new ongoing Colorado Sun series puts reporters with all kinds of Coloradans to talk about their challenges, their fears and, in some remarkable cases, their solutions.

High Cost of Colorado Endless Receipt

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“Sky-high prices
or your money back!”
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TIP
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FEES
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$ TOO MUCH
  
 
    
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THE COLORADO SUN
2003 0998 9000 8730 21
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Nov. 12, 2023
10:16 AM
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0%

HOUSING DEAL

50% OF YOUR PAYCHECK
Hoping to RENT a home? Buy a house? Good luck!
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$$$

“Sky-high prices
or your money back!”
SuperSaver Card #: *********2018
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QTY
    Price
      
  
    
MORTGAGE     
1  
$,$$$,$$$
GROCERIES  
10 
    $$$
RENT         
1  
    $,$$$
HEALTH CARE  
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   $$,$$$
RESTAURANTS  
5  
      $$$
GOING OUTSIDE
12 
    $,$$$
HAVING FUN   
???
    $,$$$
  
 
    
SUBTOTAL
$ A LOT
TAX
$ A LITTLE
TIP
$ MORE
FEES
$ EVEN MORE
TOTAL
$ TOO MUCH
  
 
    
************2023
CH

CREDIT      ****************

approved# 09773B

CHANGE
.00
THE COLORADO SUN
2003 0998 9000 8730 21
Returns not accepted = You get what you get and don’t get upset.
Nov. 12, 2023
10:16 AM
Summary:
Today You Saved:
.00
Savings Value
0%

HOUSING DEAL

50% OF YOUR PAYCHECK
Hoping to RENT a home? Buy a house? Good luck!
Expires 12/12/2023
NO CASH VALUE
HelloCVSMate1
9007 9876 9087 7665 62

ExtraCare Card #: *7140 00130030598777

CPN#: 85887

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Make sure you have good equipment!
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9007 9876 9087 7665 62

ExtraCare Card #: *7140 00130030598777

CPN#: 85887

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EXTRA FEES!
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Value
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ExtraCare Card #: *7140 00130030598777

CPN#: 85887

$$$

“Sky-high prices
or your money back!”
SuperSaver Card #: *********2018
——————————————-
Product      
QTY
    Price
      
  
    
MORTGAGE     
1  
$,$$$,$$$
GROCERIES  
10 
    $$$
RENT         
1  
    $,$$$
HEALTH CARE  
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   $$,$$$
RESTAURANTS  
5  
      $$$
GOING OUTSIDE
12 
    $,$$$
HAVING FUN   
???
    $,$$$
  
 
    
SUBTOTAL
$ A LOT
TAX
$ A LITTLE
TIP
$ MORE
FEES
$ EVEN MORE
TOTAL
$ TOO MUCH
  
 
    
************2023
CH

CREDIT      ****************

approved# 09773B

CHANGE
.00
THE COLORADO SUN
2003 0998 9000 8730 21
Returns not accepted = You get what you get and don’t get upset.
Nov. 12, 2023
10:16 AM
Summary:
Today You Saved:
.00
Savings Value
0%

HOUSING DEAL

50% OF YOUR PAYCHECK
Hoping to RENT a home? Buy a house? Good luck!
Expires 12/12/2023
NO CASH VALUE
HelloCVSMate1
9007 9876 9087 7665 62

ExtraCare Card #: *7140 00130030598777

CPN#: 85887

CLIMB A 14ER

Make sure you have good equipment!
Expires 12/12/2023
NO CASH VALUE
HelloCVSMate1
9007 9876 9087 7665 62

ExtraCare Card #: *7140 00130030598777

CPN#: 85887

DINING OUT?

30% MORE
Expires 12/12/2023
NO CASH VALUE
HelloCVSMate1
9007 9876 9087 7665 62

ExtraCare Card #: *7140 00130030598777

CPN#: 85887

TICKET DEAL

EXTRA FEES!
And plenty of them!
Expires 1/12/2025
Value
HelloCVSMate1
9007 9876 9087 7665 62

ExtraCare Card #: *7140 00130030598777

CPN#: 85887

$$$

“Sky-high prices
or your money back!”
SuperSaver Card #: *********2018
———————–
Product      
QTY
    Price
      
  
    
MORTGAGE     
1  
$,$$$,$$$
GROCERIES  
10 
    $$$
RENT         
1  
    $,$$$
HEALTH CARE  
???
   $$,$$$
RESTAURANTS  
5  
      $$$
GOING OUTSIDE
12 
    $,$$$
HAVING FUN   
???
    $,$$$
  
 
    
SUBTOTAL
$ A LOT
TAX
$ A LITTLE
TIP
$ MORE
FEES
$ EVEN MORE
TOTAL
$ TOO MUCH
  
 
    
************2023
CH

CREDIT      ****************

approved# 09773B

CHANGE
.00
THE COLORADO SUN
2003 0998 9000 8730 21
Returns not accepted = You get what you get and don’t get upset.
Nov. 12, 2023
10:16 AM
Summary:
Today You Saved:
.00
Savings Value
0%

HOUSING DEAL

50% OF YOUR PAYCHECK
Hoping to RENT a home? BUY a house? Good luck!
Expires 12/12/2023
NO CASH VALUE
HelloCVSMate1
9007 9876 9087 7665 62

ExtraCare Card #: *7140 00130030598777

CPN#: 85887

CLIMB A 14ER

Get the right equipment!
Expires 12/12/2023
NO CASH VALUE
HelloCVSMate1
9007 9876 9087 7665 62

ExtraCare Card #: *7140 00130030598777

CPN#: 85887

DINING OUT?

30% MORE
Expires 12/12/2023
NO CASH VALUE
HelloCVSMate1
9007 9876 9087 7665 62

ExtraCare Card #: *7140 00130030598777

CPN#: 85887

TICKET DEAL

EXTRA FEES!
And plenty of them!
Expires 1/12/2025
Value
HelloCVSMate1
9007 9876 9087 7665 62

ExtraCare Card #: *7140 00130030598777

CPN#: 85887

$$$

“It Just Keeps Getting Higher!”
SuperSaver Card #: *********2018
——————————————-
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QTY
    Price
      
  
    
MORTGAGE     
1  
$,$$$,$$$
GROCERIES  
10 
    $$$
RENT         
1  
    $,$$$
HEALTH CARE  
???
   $$,$$$
RESTAURANTS  
5  
      $$$
GOING OUTSIDE
12 
    $,$$$
HAVING FUN   
???
    $,$$$
  
 
    
SUBTOTAL
$ A LOT
TAX
$ A LITTLE
TIP
$ MORE
FEES
$ EVEN MORE
TOTAL
$ TOO MUCH
  
 
    
************2023
CH

CREDIT      ****************

approved# 09773B

CHANGE
.00
THE COLORADO SUN
2003 0998 9000 8730 21
Returns not accepted = You get what you get and don’t get upset.
Nov. 12, 2023
10:16 AM
Summary:
Today You Saved:
.00
Savings Value
0%

HOUSING DEAL

50% OF YOUR PAYCHECK
Hoping to RENT a home? Buy a house? Good luck!
Expires 12/12/2023
NO CASH VALUE
HelloCVSMate1
9007 9876 9087 7665 62

ExtraCare Card #: *7140 00130030598777

CPN#: 85887

CLIMB A 14ER

Make sure you have good equipment!
Expires 12/12/2023
NO CASH VALUE
HelloCVSMate1
9007 9876 9087 7665 62

ExtraCare Card #: *7140 00130030598777

CPN#: 85887

DINING OUT?

30% MORE
Expires 12/12/2023
NO CASH VALUE
HelloCVSMate1
9007 9876 9087 7665 62

ExtraCare Card #: *7140 00130030598777

CPN#: 85887

TICKET DEAL

EXTRA FEES!
And plenty of them!
Expires 1/12/2025
Value
HelloCVSMate1
9007 9876 9087 7665 62

ExtraCare Card #: *7140 00130030598777

CPN#: 85887

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Credits

Project Leads: Michael Booth & Jennifer Brown
Editor: Dana Coffield
Photographers: Olivia Sun & Hugh Carey
Designers: Danika Worthington & Eric Lubbers
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