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What's the Most Overpriced Expense in 2008?

What's the Most Overpriced Expense in 2008?

You probably didn't enjoy any of the escalated prices this year, but we can't determine the Best of 2008 without mentioning them.

Thank goodness we had each other this year to vent about the expensive cost-of-living. Expenses have been through a loopy roller coaster, taking us all for a ride — gas was more than $4 and now it's around $2; home prices are dropping but more in some places than others; the average wedding costs more than $29,000; college gets more pricey every year; and our grocery bills have gone through the roof. Which do you think takes the cake as the most overpriced expense?


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Beauty Beauty 8 years
I think gas is UNDERpriced considering how much people elsewhere pay for it, and how much energy we get for a relatively low price. I think weddings are always overpriced, so I voted for that.
MzKita MzKita 8 years
I'd def hav to say gas...and its beginning to go back up again!
LittlePinkStar LittlePinkStar 8 years
gas is pretty cheap right now ($1.46) i'm continuing my Education at a county college and its not so expensive, my moms house dropped in sales i chose wedding because the prices are still rising, and that's where i'm taking the biggest hit!
Kat-E Kat-E 8 years
I said weddings because it's the one thing on the list that you don't need in some form or another. Gas is overpriced but we wouldn't be in this state with it if we conserved it more (see: Hummers).
GossipGal13 GossipGal13 8 years
I would love to go to Juilliard but with a cost 40.000 (!!!) bucks per year i really don`t know if i can. Which sucks. Do i really have to say what i voted for?.
kia kia 8 years
I got married in 08 but did it well. Destination wedding for a week in the tropics... under $6,000 including a good photog + assistant we flew in for the week. Totally not overpriced. I would have to say gas, but compared to what gas should cost it really isn't bad. Perhaps inflated real estate.
wambalus wambalus 8 years
For me, in the UK, it's gas & electricity. Prices have doubled over the past two years, and it's becoming so expensive I wonder how much longer I can afford to heat my (small) flat.
Meike Meike 8 years
Real Estate. Americans pay hundreds of thousands of dollars for cheaply built houses that can easily get swept away by tornadoes, hurricanes, and the like.
momma-tikita momma-tikita 8 years
just one? :rant: theres too many..I refuse to pick just one...
Glittersniffer Glittersniffer 8 years
Gas was bad, but the whole wedding phenomena with stupidly expensive and extravagant to-dos just seems bloody stupid.
yeahimkristin yeahimkristin 8 years
Gas and food, they both were way overpriced. I don't like to buy food with a lot of preservatives and I feel like the food that is good for you was more expensive than those with a lot of additives and preservatives.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i have to say that gas was by far the worst's one of those things that you really can't find a way around. real estate, weddings, school - there are options there - loans and all that - but with gas - you're SOL
Mesayme Mesayme 8 years
YES! I was a snob at first... 'I don't use this brand...' Divorce will de-snob ya real quick! LOL The food's wonderful. I love that they have items straight from Germany that you can't even get elsewhere! And I bring my own bags...they were SO ahead of the times. It's so much cheaper because they don't have to run commercials for sales...It's already CHEAP!! :D
Spectra Spectra 8 years
Dude, Mesayme, I LOVE Aldi!! That's my main food store, actually. It's getting to be more popular in our city because their prices are a TON cheaper than any other grocery store. I mean, yeah, you don't get quite the variety of brands that you get at the regular stores, but I've always been very satisfied with their products and their produce. And I love that they charge for bags because it motivates me to bring my own canvas totes, LOL.
stargazer25 stargazer25 8 years
other - cell phone plans, especially the text and data plans!!
smileylo smileylo 8 years
gas used to be approx $5 at one time.. i live in orange couty!!!! it was horrible . now it's amazingly cheap. but rent is killing us here. prices to rent an apartment are absolutely out of control. unless you want to move into a pretty bad/ghetto area...which i did :(
Mesayme Mesayme 8 years
Groceries. They don't know how to go up a dime! The increase by the quarter. Nothing should cost $1.49 one year and the same thing $1.89 the next. That increase in all prices without the pay going up at the same pace is out of wack. At the rate they are increasing, a loaf of even store brand white bread's gonna cost $2.00 in a few years. That's ridiculous. People have to eat,damn! You can cut back and cook from scratch if need be, but not if they make all the staples too expensive. But I found one grocery store! If you have one try ALDI's!! The brands are mostly German imports but they are excellent (no out-of-date or dented stuff at all) AND much cheaper than other grocers. If you don't have one, go to the website and BEG for one. They pay the cashier's twice as much as other stores because they don't have baggers. You have to bag it yourself. Small price to pay for the $230 for a month's worth of groceries for 4 people that I bought just yesterday. To include Belgium assorted chocolate boxes for teacher gifts AND port wine cheese balls, sparkling Martinelli's apple cider...YES! Another thing, many of their products are high fructose corn syrup free!! Hope that helps! take care.
skigurl skigurl 8 years
for 2008 overall, i had to say GAS! but right now, it's really REALLY good...down even lower than a year and a half ago when i bought my i can't complain...but for the year overall, it was really out of control! gas is SUCH a pain to spend money on. it just seems like you're throwing it away and not getting anything in return!
starangel82 starangel82 8 years
It was gas for me this year... because it made everything else go up (food, etc). Plus there is no public transit where I live, so you have to drive. (Granted there is walking and biking, but I live in the sticks!) But I say gas, food, higher education, real estate, then weddings... yep, that's how I'd put 'em.
bellaressa bellaressa 8 years
For me it was food. I take public transit which will increase in Jan of 09.
Marlovestar Marlovestar 8 years
My job as a visual merchandiser (until July because I moved to Greece) required me to drive around to about 32 malls on a regular basis, sometime 5 in a day. And it got to the point at the end of Spring that I would save money by not working. Ha. Thank God for expense accounts ;)
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 8 years
I think everything on the list is relatively overpriced or pricey. Because of my frugal ways, I find ways to manage all those costs.
CityStyleLife CityStyleLife 8 years
I take the subway so it's higher education for me!
hippiecowgirl hippiecowgirl 8 years
I voted for gas. Food was a close second for me, but I don't mind spending a little extra in that department for quality. I agree with Spectra that weddings are only expensive as you make them. It is possible to have a lovely event without dropping a fortune.
RockAndRepublic RockAndRepublic 8 years
I'm unemployed so everything is expensive.
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