By the end of this year, we're seeing some signs of a recovering economy, but prices are still in flux. Real estate prices continued to fluctuate, and just as we were getting used to paying way less at the pump, gas prices went back up again, with a national average of about $2.62 — up from $1.81 a year ago. Airfare was another costly expense — pricey tickets, blackout dates, and restrictions on travel vouchers and free flights along with extra costs to check baggage or claim "extra" leg room made flying an all-around expensive hassle.
Meanwhile, weddings cost about $30,000 on average, and the cost of higher education rises every year along with our grocery bills. So, tell me, which expense is your pick for the most overpriced in '09? And don't stop voting there — check the rest of my best of 2009 polls!