Stamps, clothing, food prices expected to increase this year

If saving money was part of your New Year's resolution, you're going to want to take note of these items that are expected to increase this year.

Stamps. If you need to mail a letter, plan on spending $.03 more, starting on January 26. To buy a stamp you will pay $.49 instead of $.46. They say this is only a temporary thing and should only last two years. To avoid the increase buy those Forever stamps. I got 100 of them at Costco at $.46 each.

Love Chipotle? Well plan on spending more money for their food. Coming in mid-2014 they will be increasing their menu prices due to the cost of serving more organic foods and getting away from genetically modified cooking oils.

You know McDonald's "Dollar Menu." Well it was changed and the new name shows that some items are now selling for over a dollar. Welcome to McDonalds' "Dollar Menu and More." So now they can offer some of their menu options for $2 and $5.

If you want a fancier car like a BMW, be aware you might be paying a few hundred dollars more for that car. According to BMW group of North America, they announced in October that 2014 BMW models will increase in price by $300 for series 1 and 3 and up $2,000 for their M5 and 6 series.

Clothing. Clothes made out of cotton are also expected to go up in price this year. Expect an increase of 5 to 8 percent on those cotton-based clothes. According to an article by published in December, the increase is due to a lack of cotton crops.

Satellite TV. Both Direct TV and Dish Network are both expected to increase their service fees according to several blogs and articles. Expect those rates to increase around $2 to $5 more per month. This rate increase should take effect in mid-January to February 2014. The reason for the increase is that the satellite companies cost of content has risen and that cost is being passed down to you. To save money, you could look into online streaming services or the old-fashioned antenna.

Food. You'll want to pay more attention to the price tags at the grocery store this year. Some items will be going up. Make sure to look for grocery savings by utilizing coupons, price-matching and even buying in bulk.




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