(CNN) - It's that time of year when millions of senior citizens find out if Social Security checks will increase, or stay the same.
The good news? Checks are going up, but not by much.
The government announced the monthly benefit will rise 1.5 percent in 2014.
The average check is $1294, so a 1.5 percent increase is $19.
It's not a big boost, if you look at the increases we've seen in years past.
This year, checks went up 1.7 percent.
The year before was even bigger.
Since 1975, the average boost is four percent, and in the early 80s checks rose by as much as 14 percent. So the increase next year, pales in comparison.
But here's the thing, benefits aren't increasing that much because prices at the store aren't increasing that much.
Social Security is tied to inflation.
So when prices for food, clothing, gas, medical care, and other items go up, so does Social Security.
In 2010 and 2011, prices didn't go up because the economy was such a wreck, so Social Security benefits didn't budge either.
Still, analysts say the 1.5 percent increase might not be enough.
The 57 million Social Security recipients face costs that other do not, they spend more on medical care and the government says those prices are up 2.5 percent.
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