On the other hand there were notable increases in the cost of domestic and international holiday travel.
Currency markets rather liked this outcome, a Goldilocks result if you will - not too low or any imminent risk of deflation, and not too high either, affording ample scope for further interest rate cuts if they are needed.
Finally, the charge is often levelled at me that I focus too much on macro trends instead of providing practical advice to readers.
If that is so, it's because I believe that there are only so many ways to say "spend less than you earn, and invest the difference in property, shares, and setting up your own business".
But, anyway, here are a few pointers for free:
Clearly with the declining dollar now may not be such a great time to be jetting off to Hawaii, so consider instead loading up on a tank of now-cheaper fuel and driving to the Sunshine Coast for a break this spring.
If you're a partial to a smoke, now is definitely a time to consider giving away the gaspers, with excise being levied relentlessly on the habit.
This doesn't all mean that you can't have some fun though: with the price of plonk falling by its largest percentage amount in 34 years and fruit prices also down, you could make yourself a thrifty fruit punch, perhaps even in some inexpensive stilettos, if that's your thing?
Finally, it may at last be a good time to lock in that root canal appointment you've been putting off, with dental services costs rising at their equal slowest rate in well over three decades.