Your wallet will squeal more this year

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(Becky Stein, Special)

(Becky Stein, Special)

Your tax refund will be a little late this year, and more money is coming out of your paycheck to satisfy Uncle Sam. The last thing you’ll want to hear is that prices are going up on everything from sandwich meat to satellite TV, but brace yourself.

There are various reports out there on how much deeper you’ll be digging to make it through the year:

Food: Steak, hamburger, bacon and other favorite meats are expected to cost 3 percent to 4 percent more this year, according to CNN Money’s list of top price increases, citing forecasts by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The meat price hikes result from lower livestock inventories and the higher cost for grains farmers use for feeding following last year’s U.S. drought, which also pushed prices higher for eggs, cheese and milk. The price of milk is expected to rise 3 to 4 percent this year.

College: Higher education in Georgia will cost more this fall. The State Board of Regents raised tuition by 2.5 percent for students attending 32 of the 35 colleges in the University System of Georgia. Georgia Tech will see the largest increase at 6 percent. Students will pay $3,859 per semester, a $218 bump. At the University of Georgia, a 5 percent increase awaits students, hiking their tuition by $182 to $3,823 per semester. Georgia State students will pay 3.5 percent more, with semester charges growing by $127 to $3,768. Georgia, however, isn’t alone, according to the the College Board Advocacy & Policy Center, which says U.S. college students face paying nearly 5 percent more for in-state tuition and 4 percent more in fees this year.

Gas: The volatility of gas prices is expected to continue, depending on conflicts in the Middle East, disruptions due to hurricanes, seasonal fluctuations and the usual market speculation. The average price of regular unleaded Friday in metro Atlanta was around $3.34 a gallon, according to AAA. that’s up 4 cents from a week ago and up 10 cents from a year ago.

Health insurance: Health insurance premiums are expect to rise as much as 6 percent, thanks to Obamacare, and employers are expected to pass much of that cost on to their workers.

Cable, satellite TV: CNN Money reports satellite and cable TV will cost more, with DISH raising prices as much as $15 starting Jan. 17 and DirecTV raising average bills 4.5 percent starting Feb. 7.

Car prices: Automakers are hiking the prices of their vehicles, partly because of more stringent fuel-efficiency standards. Some Lexus models, for example, are going up as much as $3,000 while other Toyota models also seeing price hikes, like the $175 higher cost for a Camry.

Computers, smartphones: Electronic gadgets will cost more, according to the Consumer Electronics Association, and expect to pay more for laptops, tablets and smartphones as these become more sophisticated.

Stamps: Even the U.S. Post Office is getting in on the act, charging you a penny more to mail a standard letter as the price of a stamp rises to 46 cents starting Jan. 27. CNN points out that both Atlanta-based UPS and Fedex also have announced rate hikes for package deliveries averaging about 5 percent.

All this comes as millions of employees face more money being taken out of their paychecks to cover a 6.2 percent Social Security tax, instead of the 4.2 percent tax they paid in 2011 and 2012. Congress allowed a payroll tax cut, which saved the average household around $1,000 a year,  to expire Dec. 31.

How will you cope?

96 comments Add your comment


January 4th, 2013
1:09 pm

The only that that won’t go up is my paycheck, at least not as much as the increase in cost of everything else.


January 4th, 2013
1:15 pm

Blaming Obamacare for insurance increases when it hasn’t kicked in yet?
And why would a Lexus go up $3k when a Toyota is only going up $175? They are the same cars with different dashboard options. That being said, how much less over the lifetime of the vehicle will you be spending on fuel?
Oh no, bacon and milk are going up … eat a little less of these things and your healthcare costs will go down as well.

the truth

January 4th, 2013
1:35 pm

Mangler is a doucher


January 4th, 2013
1:37 pm

Looks like we can’t eat, get sick, send kids to college, have cable TV, or buy gas for those expensive new cars. Sounds like a deal to me.


January 4th, 2013
1:42 pm

Just wait til you low-income-voters see your first check … you thought your taxes weren’t going to go up?? WRONG!!! suckers.


January 4th, 2013
1:43 pm

Mangler is your typical low-information-voter.

Albert Hindside

January 4th, 2013
2:10 pm

Mangler, Obamacare is a fraud. We are paying taxes for something that will not be implemented until 2014. Medical device tax, taxes on investments, its a fraud like Obama. Now Obama has taxed the middle class and the people he is suppose to try and help. Wait until they pass the carbon tax, and you are made of carbon and expel carbon through the respiration process.


January 4th, 2013
2:11 pm

Not for me, I steal most of my food. I’m eating well, suckers.

Senor Coughee

January 4th, 2013
2:12 pm

“Health insurance premiums are expect to rise as much as 6 percent, thanks to Obamacare, and employers are expected to pass much of that cost on to their workers.” You mean we were lied to by politicians? For shame!

Vampire Bill

January 4th, 2013
2:13 pm

Trying to find the courage to cut Charter cable out of my life. Never anything on anyway. Finding more free stuff on the net.

Mountain Man

January 4th, 2013
2:20 pm

When the dumpster diving tax kicks in, I’ll starve. Now I find out there is a hefty tax if I sell my old shopping cart privately. Obama car wont pay for my crack habit! What’s a bum to do?

A hand full of spades

January 4th, 2013
2:22 pm

Oh great, was thinking about becoming a vegan anyway and also was thinking about dropping that garbage monoply called comcast… infinity or whatever that lousy cable service calls itself…..


January 4th, 2013
2:52 pm

Well, the politicians are only as good as the people who are dumb enough to elect them. Anyone who thinks Obama is going to do them a favor is way off base. When the takers outnumber and outvote the makers, this is the kind of hell that happens.


January 4th, 2013
3:11 pm

“Hope and Change” are still free; however, they won’t buy a helluva lots of groceries.

“Forward” you dim-witted voters.

obama who?

January 4th, 2013
3:13 pm

Not sure why any moron would vote for Obama….he is helping the middle class = SURE!!!!

Barry Obama, community organizer

January 4th, 2013
3:13 pm

Since the so-called “Bush tax cuts” are now permanent, from this point forward they shall be referred to as the Obama tax cuts.

Enjoy your newfound wealth and prosperity.

More hope and change is on the way !

Obama supporter

January 4th, 2013
3:16 pm

Pay taxes?

Where’s my check ? ! ? !

I want one of those free Obama phones I keep hearing about. Do they have free, unlimited minutes ?

black girl

January 4th, 2013
3:27 pm

Chink Fart your comments about African Americans illegal activities does not surprise me coming from someone who gets all his information from television & possibly has a 3rd grade education. So reading is not fundamental. Not all crimes are committed by African Americans. Other ethnic groups commit crimes as well. Their just not fodder for lame asses like you. Get a life!!!

Middle Class Mom

January 4th, 2013
3:33 pm

Since the Bush-Obama economy took hold of our lives, the cable television was the first to go. My kids are spending more time at the public library and its amazing what improvement has been made in their school grades since time in front of the idiot box has been curtailed.

Don't be Dumb

January 4th, 2013
3:34 pm

It’s called inflation and it will continue until we get serious about our debt reduction. You can’t print money forever!

Aldo Raine

January 4th, 2013
3:42 pm

I was really excited to see my paycheck go down 35.00 each week! UGH! and the American vote was for this person another 4 years! Wow still shocked!

I told you so

January 4th, 2013
3:48 pm

Americans are getting exactly the economy and government they deserve !


January 4th, 2013
3:54 pm

Read today that unemployment jumped sharply for the young (25-34) and blacks. Precisely the 2 groups most responsible for 4 more years of obozo the clown…

Aldo Raine

January 4th, 2013
3:57 pm

Well why would they have to work with all the free crap going around,

Crazy People

January 4th, 2013
4:10 pm

Can someone explain to me why as a “middle class” working person trying to make it got my first paycheck of 2013 with a 5 % pay raise from my gracious company and it is $ 102.00 less than what I got last year. This also takes into effect a reduction in my heath care premiums??? HELP!!!!! I am now not considered “Middle Class.”

Neal Boortz

January 4th, 2013
4:13 pm

Thanks to the moochers and parasites in this country Barack Obama now has free reign and access to the money earned by our society’s most productive. The end result will be a lower standard of living for all, and the destruction of the capitalist economy that has given opportunity to all that wanted individual freedom and a better life for themselves and their family.

The free ride will be coming to an end in the not too distant future.

Enjoy whatever free sh*t you are getting.

Aldo Raine

January 4th, 2013
4:14 pm

Craz People, welcome to next 4 years!


January 4th, 2013
4:18 pm

Yet, Bernanke keeps telling us that there is no inflation and Obama keeps telling us that we are recovering. You get what you vote for- we’re toast!


January 4th, 2013
4:22 pm

We didn’t hear any complaints from you when the Bush wars cost us billions and brought us to where we are now. You are not complaining about costs, you are only complaining about the current President. In a very uninformed way.

Crazy People

January 4th, 2013
4:23 pm

@ Aldo can I move in with you, please?

Obama Voter

January 4th, 2013
4:27 pm

I’m 24, voted for Obama in 2008 & 2012, got my psychology degree and now I’m back living with Mom & Dad because I can’t find a job.

These Republicans expect me to pay back my student loans. Thank God President Obama is helping people in my situation.

Aldo Raine

January 4th, 2013
4:30 pm

Crazy people , can’t afford housing anymore! so negative.

Obama voter I hope you’re joking!

Bush Come Back Please

January 4th, 2013
4:38 pm


January 4th, 2013
4:40 pm

Without the GOP’s constant ‘NO’ to everything, we wouldn’t be where we are now. Put the blame where the blame belongs.


January 4th, 2013
4:42 pm

“Bush come back please”: Exactly the expected reaction. That’s all you got? :)


January 4th, 2013
4:50 pm

Ted you are a dumb fool Bush got us into tis mess Wow georgia I am not suprise.


January 4th, 2013
4:55 pm

“Without the GOP’s constant ‘NO’ to everything, we wouldn’t be where we are now. ” – Ted

Ted, somebody has to say NO to the damn Democrats and their runaway spending sprees. The Republicrats aren’t much better, either.

Why don’t we spend no more than what we have, and live within our means like most Americans have to do with their personal budgets? All the borrowing has to be paid back !

Our financial status is about to get downgraded. Obama won’t be able to print enough money as it is becoming more and more worthless.

Atlanta Mom

January 4th, 2013
5:10 pm

If my health care goes up 6% I will dance in the streets.
My health care has increased over 50% the past 4 years. When I contacted the Office of Insurance the response was, they had no responsibility.

Regular Guy

January 4th, 2013
5:19 pm

At least under Bush I got a couple $300 checks in the mail.

All of Obama’s stimulus and I haven’t gotten a damn thing !


January 4th, 2013
5:29 pm

You’re getting what you voted for folks. I can’t believe you idiots bought obama’s help the middle class crap. The u.s. consists of mostly the middle class. Who do you think is going to have to foot the bill on his wonderful programs.


January 4th, 2013
6:12 pm

Announcer: “Today’s lower standard of living is brought to you by the secular Democrat Party. Look for it wherever statist propaganda is sold.”


January 4th, 2013
6:35 pm

Thanks, “George”. You know what quotation marks are? You read some of the names posting here? Go figure. With your intelligence, you should have figured out that I answered to that person. With your intelligence, you should have figured out that I am definitely not a Bush supporter. Oh well…

Gov. Cheese

January 4th, 2013
6:58 pm

I believe both political parties are at fault…although the success or failure of the new universal healthcare legislation rests squarely on Obama’s shoulders. I predict that many companies will get rid of their health insurance, pay the penalties as they will be cheaper, and force their employees to find coverage through the government or elsewhere. Since I was at the DMV today, and it took nearly 3 hours simply to renew my driver’s license, I shutter at the thought of the government managing my health insurance. God help us all…we’re going to need it.


January 4th, 2013
7:16 pm

Oh, new car prices are going up as well? That’s fine, I’ll just go buy a new car in Georgia…… oh wait…… how much does that cost to register my car again?

K Conway

January 4th, 2013
7:33 pm

All you dumb people who voted for Obama ..get what you deserve!!


January 4th, 2013
7:37 pm

Mangler is an idiot. Regardless, it seems most of the increases are caused by government policies.


January 4th, 2013
7:39 pm

Yes, healthcare costs were going down until obamacare kicks in!

Pathetic political trolling by the author. Show me a year pre-Obamacare when health care costs didn’t increase year-over-year.

Get what you ask for

January 4th, 2013
8:49 pm

Obama voter hope you never find a job


January 4th, 2013
9:09 pm

People should stop & realize how obama has screwed our nation. The wealthy are the ones who hire and employ the lower income. Think where your bread and butter comes from. Why would anyone even consider voting for obama. I agree with the guy above: GET WHAT YOU
DESERVE! MORE TAXES! HIGHER FOOD! HIGHER GAS! HIGHER INSURANCE! AND EVERYTHING ELSE. obama is Anti-American. Why can anyone not see through a glass
window? Bush was a hero compared to obama. Bring him back. We need to impeach obama for Benghazi cover up. obama is a spender – if you don’t think so go out and fill up your credit cards and that will be the same thing he has done to this nation. I don’t even capitalize his name.

Old White Dude

January 4th, 2013
10:00 pm

It doesn’t matter what any of you do. I still win. Bring it.