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What's the Most Overpriced Expense For 2009?

What's the Most Overpriced Expense For 2009?

This year saw some escalating prices coming down — and back up again (hello gas prices!). We're not fans of this pricing roller coaster either — but couldn't determine the Best of 2009 without asking what you think about this year's priciest expenses.

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!

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aimeelove aimeelove 7 years
Food! Groceries are expensive, and the prices just keep going up while the products downsize. It's ridiculous. And although it's not on the list I'd also have to say cigarettes! (I know, bad habit...)
Zigggy Zigggy 7 years
I missed the food option too- that's my choice for sure. I live in northern Canada and my grocery bill is just stupid.
mek123 mek123 7 years
I picked higher education. My son is in the process of applying to college and it is total sticker shock for tuition even compared to a few years ago.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
I went with higher education. Like Spectra, I'm no longer paying for it, but I've read a bit about the price hikes and they seem insane. I spent a ton on airfare this year, so almost picked that, but I thought about it and I actually got great deals on all of my flights; I just happened to fly a lot.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
I went with higher education. Like Spectra, I'm no longer paying for it, but I've read a bit about the price hikes and they seem insane.I spent a ton on airfare this year, so almost picked that, but I thought about it and I actually got great deals on all of my flights; I just happened to fly a lot.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 7 years
In my opinion, weddings.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 7 years
In my opinion, weddings.
Spectra Spectra 7 years
I'm not paying tuition anymore, but it sounds like huge hikes are the norm...crazy. The only one I can really think of as being insanely overpriced is airfare. It seems like they are charging for just about every single stinking thing nowdays.
NurseKimberly NurseKimberly 7 years
Gas
Drewsfan Drewsfan 7 years
I somehow missed the 'food' option. I personally think it's crazy how much the prices for groceries keep going up almost every time we go shopping!
tarabara1229 tarabara1229 7 years
I said airfare, only because I'm trying to fly home to Hawaii for the holidays and it's $1000+, whereas last year, I found a great deal for around $600.
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