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The Pocketbook Pinch: Items That Will Cost You More In 2013

January 4th, 2013 - By Ann Brown
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Each year it seems like the prices of everything goes up. Well, this year it will be a fact. According to Dealnews (via The Huffington Post), there are various items that will cost you more in 2013 — from cereal to college tuition.  Annually, Dealnews looks at items that are expected to cost consumers more in the coming year.

Here are five things that you can expect to pay more for this year:

1)      Cars: “Gas prices may be falling, but cars that run on it are getting more expensive. Earlier this year, the Obama administration issued new standards that require automakers improve fuel efficiency, and the cost of upgraded engines alone is driving up prices,” according to Dealnews. For example, A mid-size Toyota Camry will cost you  an additional $175 while 2013 Lexus CT 200h will be almost $3,000 more than last year’s model.

2)      Groceries: Because of this summer’s drought, foods such as meat, poultry, and dairy prices are all expected to rise. Why?  Drought conditions “forced farmers to reduce the size of their herds to combat higher feed costs, the price of beef and chicken is also slated to rise,” the article says.

3)      Healthcare:  HR consulting firm Aon Hewitt told the outlet says that, even with Obamacare, employee health care premiums are expected to rise an average of six percent in 2013. For more about the latest developments to the new healthcare plan, click here.

4)      Computers:  As technology gets more advanced, prices increase. Just look at Apple’s new notebooks that feature retina displays. They are among the highest-priced models on the market.

5)      Smartphones: In the past, if you signed a long-term cell phone service contact, the maker would subsidize the phone’s cost. Not so much anymore. “In 2013 T-Mobile will eliminate the subsidy and charge full price for its phones. While there’s evidence to suggest that the carrier will in turn allow users to opt for cheaper service rates (thus saving money in the long run), the pill of a full-price phone may be hard for many to swallow,” writes Dealnews.

Get Your Shopping List Ready! These Mobile Apps Help You Find Black Friday Deals (And More)

November 16th, 2012 - By Ann Brown
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Do you find yourself checking out online reviews via your smartphone when you are in a store? Well, nearly 70 percent of blacks used a mobile connection for shopping research. According to the “African-American Consumers: Still Vital, Still Growing 2012 Report”  from Nielsen, 64 percent checked out a retailer’s app or mobile site; 61 percent read the product reviews; and 57 percent looked up prices to compare. And 50 percent liked to consult shopping sites or app.

So a set of shopping apps will come in handy this Black Friday.

The BuyOrNot iPhone App is now available at iTunes for free for a limited time. The app allows shoppers to quickly see how an item is rated by other shoppers while they’re in-store and without opening a Web browser.  Scan the barcode of a product you’re considering, and BuyOrNot automatically searches for rating scores (e.g. 4 stars out of 5) and the number of ratings at each store that carries the item. The search is conducted across more than 100 online merchants.

Silicon Beat lists 10 other apps that are also free on Black Friday. Wondering what things are discounted at the major retailers? BradsDeals has a Black Friday app that list sales items.

Dealnews goes beyond the doorbusters by letting you browse leaked ads and track bargains that might be better-than-Black-Friday discounts. If you’re on a tight budget, Mint might be the app for you. It tracks purchases and helps users see what they’ve spent in the past. Users can check bank account balances and credit cards, and set up alerts when funds run low.

Just like frequent flier miles, ShopKick gives you points for spending that you can put toward new purchases, anything from a Starbucks latte to designer jeans. Okay, so now you have bags full of goodies and a ton of receipts. Paperphobic app lets you snap an photo of your receipts and email, archive and organize them by expense type.

That is everything soup to nuts. Get ready, set, shop!