FLIPBOARD is one of my favorite iPad APPs. With the swipe of a finger you can get tidbits from news to sports to entertainment to Oprah to photography or anything in between. Today I spotted info on things that might cost more or less in 2012. Interested?
Things that are likely to cost less:
- Homes, bad news for anyone hoping to sell a house in 2012 but good news for those who are hoping to buy this year.
- Tablets which may be good news considering how prices dropped as competition got stiffer, but with a new iPad supposed to come out early this year, will it make any difference?
- Car rentals thanks to an overabundance of cars and steep competition among rental car companies. Hmmm, maybe it will be cheaper to rent rather than drive your own car!
- HDTVs due to lower prices for big screen models which means smaller screen prices will also fall. Since I don’t watch much TV, this matters little to me.
- Ultrabook computers, some prices of which may be half of the release price. I wonder if this might be true for the MacBook Air. I’ll be watching.
Things that are likely to cost more:
- Meat and seafood, said to be a combination of increased demand and rising fuel costs. This may be a good reason to eat more veggies.
- Clothing, particularly those items made from cotton because of the crop shortfall last year. It looks like another reason why my wardrobe may not be replenished.
- Airfare, which is no surprise as airlines struggle to stay afloat. One thing’s for sure, higher fares are not likely to mean better service.
- Coffe thanks to higher wholesale prices which rose 18% last year. That may mean replacing Starbuck or Dunkin’ Donuts lattes with ones made at home!
- Gas, again! Tensions in the Middle Eat once more threaten oil prices meaning a greater need for domestic production to increase and for us to find alternative energy sources.
- Mail as the price of a stamp has recently increased from 44 cents to 45 cents. If the postal service didn’t have so much junk mail to deliver, I wonder if it could stay in business considering the alternative ways we use to communicate, pay bills, etc.
So, there you have it. It sounds like we better be careful with our pennies and look for ways to stretch them effectively. Suggestions?
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