Yes, the CSO measures national rates. You're talking about spending reductions at an individual level. If coffee gets more expensive and everyone stops buying coffee the price has still gone up. If everything gets more expensive and everyone buys less of everything everything is still more expensive.I don't really get that Purple? I'm not disputing the CSO or the national stats. I'm merely suggesting that there are more precise and reliable ways to gauge the inflation rate on one's standard of living that using those figures. Those figures are a useful as a comparable guide that is all.