1. Satellite tv costs are going up. Dish Network is raising rates by about $17 depending on your area. They were supposed to start the new rates on Jan. 17, 2013, so you might be seeing this in your bill soon. DirectTV is raising their rates on Feb. 7th by around 4.5%. What can you do?
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3. Public transit fares are going up. You save a lot by taking mass transit over driving, but there will be price increases in many US cities. Partly this is because of lower tax revenue during the recession. Can you work just 4 days a week instead of 5? If you are allowed to do that, you would have to work 10 hour days instead of 8 hour days. That's not very attractive for most people. The bright side? You get a 3 day weekend every weekend! Or maybe your employer will allow you to work from home 1 or 2 days a week. If none of these ideas work for you, look for other ways to cut your working expenses, like bringing your lunch/snacks/coffee(made at home) to work or spending less on your work clothing.
4. It costs more to mail packages and stamps are up to 46 cents. We only buy Forever Stamps that can be used no matter what price the stamps rise to. Of course, you don't want to stock up on stamps too much unless you know the price is going to rise again soon. We don't use many stamps anymore because we pay almost all our bills online and use email a lot. So this increase doesn't affect us much. The price of mailing packages is going up too, and we do send packages fairly often. I'm looking at sending lightweight gifts, gift cards, and ordering gifts online that can be delivered directly to the recipient. Saves a lot! You can also compare shipping rates from other carriers, like FedEx, DHL, UPS, and Airborne.
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Click here to read Part One on fighting inflation in 2013. It deals a lot with rising basic food prices and ways to cut your food costs.
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