Rising and falling prices in 2012

It feels like prices are always on the rise, but, some are actually falling.

While it is difficult to predict the cost of products and services, money-saving expert Andrea Woroch of Kinoli Inc. has a list of predictions for 2012.

GOING UP

Orange Juice
The FDA discovered "low levels" of a fungicide in the 2011 orange crop imported from Brazil, the world's largest produce of oranges.

Airfare
Airlines have trimmed their sales and are putting fewer planes in the air. Expect an increase between 3 percent and 10 percent worldwide.

Parking Rates and Tickets
Cash-strapped cities will try to boost their budgets by increasing city-imposed fees.

Gas
The U.S. Energy Information Administration predicts regular gas will average $3.45 this year.

Groceries
Rising energy costs, poor weather conditions, commodity prices and the lousy value of the U.S. dollar means food is expected to increase 2.5 percent to 3.5 percent from 2011, according to the Consumer Price Index .

Mobile Data Plans
Carriers are building up LTE and 4G services, which means your rates will rise.

Desktop Computers
You want a touchscreen? Then you're going to have to pay a lot more for that luxury. The shortage of hard-drive materials, thanks to flooding in Thailand, is also a factor. Expect a boost of about 30 percent.

First-class Postage
The U.S. Postal Service upped it's first-class postage prices last weekend to the tune of a one-penny increase for regular mail; a three-cent increase on postcards and a five- to seven-cent increase for international letters.

GOING DOWN

Natural Gas
According to CNN Money , homeowners can heat their homes this winter without breaking the bank. Natural gas prices are the lowest they've been in years and, thanks to increased production and less demand should fall even further.

Apple iPad 2
The release of the iPad3 will bring down the price of this much-lusted-after tablet.

Retail Shipping
The $1.07 billion in retail business occasioned by Free Shipping Day and the continued success of sister site FreeShipping.org indicate this trend should stick around for some time to come.

Corn, Wheat and Soybeans
Food prices in general are expected to rise, but prices on these commodities have plunged of late, thanks to massive stockpiles.

Car Rentals
Agencies are experiencing an excess of stock and more competition, which means lower car-rental rates throughout the year.

E-book Readers
Succeeding generations and competitors for Amazon's Kindle have steadily reduced prices, sometimes by up to 60 percent .

Real Estate
Despite rock-bottom mortgage interest rates, the economy and unemployment will keep home prices at rock bottom, as well.

3D HDTVs
We'll see a influx of new 3D TVs in 2012, which means big discounts on last year's models.

GPS Units
Smart phones are replacing stand alone GPS units.

Wine
Wine Advocate publisher Robert Parker told Reuters the world is entering the "Age of the Buyer," during which we'll see stable or declining wine prices.

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