• Amanda Vanderbeek

    Amanda Vanderbeek

    Class of 2012
    Ely, MN
    Elementary education

    Amanda's Bio:
    I grew up in the Twin Cities, but now live up in Ely, MN near the BWCA, where my family has been for the last 7 years. I have three brothers, who I adore, and I enjoy fishing, playing basketball, and rough housing with them whenever I can. My mom has been a daycare provider since I was born, which served as inspiration for me to pursue a degree in Elementary education. I also love to paint, draw, and DANCE! I have been dancing for twenty years and am a dance instructor in Superior, WI....I can't imagine a life without it!

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    East Bethel, MN
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    Aurora, CO
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    Brussels, Belgium
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    Graduate Student
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    Madrid, Spain
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Budgeting: What to Expect in 2012

Each year we experience fluctuations in what the cost is of particular goods, based on the times and the consumer demand.  In 2011, we witnessed the skyrocketing price of gasoline, oil, many dairy products (cheese in particular), cereal (have you noticed the smaller packages?), and fast food.

This year, the news is out on what good prices are expected to soar, while also revealing to us which ones we  can expect to find some financial relief in.  Here’s the scoop:

Rising Prices for 2012:

  • Due to large damage payouts over the last year, the cost of homeowners insurance is expected to rise between 15 and 20% this year.
  • Airfare costs (higher demand and not enough seating)
  • Food (in a general sense).  Particular products to be on the watch for include peanut butter and coffee.
  • Desktop computers (with increased levels of features, they will be more highly sought).

Falling Prices for 2012:

  • Natural gas prices (64.5 cents per therm, 14% less than last year)
  • Computer tablets (originally were overpriced and are now facing increased competition among brands)
  • Wine (increasing sales and clearing stock)
  • Laptop computers (increased levels of necessity and popularity)
  • Car rentals (have excess inventory)

***Based on projections taken from the StarTribune

Surprising, some of these.  However, thanks to our world of fast growing technology, many of these don’t seem to raise an eyebrow.  This blogger’s advice?  Stock up on your canned goods and peanut butter now.  You never know when it will come in handy for the upcoming semesters 😉

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