10 things that cost more this year

Chocolate, digital music, ammo and lots of your other favorite things have become more expensive in 2011.

By Karen Datko Dec 9, 2010 2:24PM

Updated: May 19, 2011, 8:30 a.m. ET


This post comes from Beth Pinsker at dealnews.com.


The cost of technology goes down steadily, making HDTVs and Blu-ray players today a much better deal than they were a year ago. It's too bad that most other things rise in price.


Here's a list of 10 things that cost more this year than they did in 2010: 

  • Car insurance. Rates at the end of 2010 averaged $1,000 per year but were going up faster than inflation. (Compare rates on 2,000 models.) That's especially so because insurers are adding on high-tech monitoring abilities and passing along the costs. So not only are you going to pay more, but your privacy controls are going to go down.
  • Chocolate. There has been a veritable chocolate crisis going on in the world, and that has as much to do with political unrest and global finance as it does with weather. Cocoa was at a 30-year high earlier this year, and demand is growing. Expect to see fancier presentations even of basic chocolate -- meaning smaller boxes for bigger prices.
  • VoIP services. Now that taxes have hit the voice-over-IP market, rates will go up as fast -- or faster -- than those of traditional telephone service providers. It doesn't help that new free VoIP services over smartphones provide killer competition. Expect struggling companies, like Vonage, to keep raising rates directly and/or tacking on extra fees.
  • Airfare. Even if you see an abundance of ads for $1 fares and the like, don't believe the hype. The total cost for traveling on an airplane is going up. Airlines have had such success with added fees for baggage, seating, snacks and blankets that they're not yet done imagining other things to charge you extra for.
  • Coffee. The world's coffee supply is contracting, and prices are soaring. Coffee futures jumped 40% last year, and there's no end in sight for the rise. Even the smallest coffee shops are being hit by the price increases, meaning a more expensive cup of joe for you. Post continues after video.
  • Music. In all the great excitement about the Beatles finally coming to iTunes, it probably escaped the notice of a lot of people that individual songs were priced at $1.29, not the typical 99 cents of the past few years. Don't think that's just because it was the Beatles. Apple starting raising prices in 2009, and you'll be seeing prices edge higher throughout 2011 on digital music-buying sites.
  • Fast-food menus. This change had been coming for a while, but the fast-food chains were reluctant to up the cost of their value menus in the face of rising food prices. 
  • Sports tickets. Almost every major-league sport -- and a lot of minor-league ones too -- is still passing along the costs of new stadiums and extras to their fans. For the New York Yankees, for example, that means tickets are up 47% for nonpremium seats in 2011. The most expensive field-level seats are $260.
  • Ammunition. You might not think of ammunition prices as something to worry about, but if you're a hunter or if you're concerned about the budget of your local police precinct or the nation's military, you might want to pay attention. Ammo prices have been going up steadily over the past several years and have risen again in 2011, all because the metals they're made of are going up in price and the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan are increasing demand.
  • Movie tickets. Movie ticket prices go up every year, but 2011 will be a time of major increases for two key reasons: online streaming and 3-D. The popularity of streaming movies through subscription services such as Netflix has cut deeply into movie studio profits from DVD sales and from cable on-demand purchases, so they have to make up the difference somewhere. The advent of 3-D means that studios can tack on extra fees for the experience, even if viewers would rather watch a regular 2-D movie.

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Feb 1, 2011 9:53PM
Let's quit buying everything and watch the rich get poor!
Feb 1, 2011 6:37PM
I don't go to the show. I have Netflix.. And my Home Movie bit all sent up.. I do not go to Star Bucks. No need. I do not fly. It is a pain in the ****. I do not have a gun, yet. Maybe soon? 
Gas in the car. I only drive about 80 miles a month.. So gas in really no big thing..As for Music. It is all crap today.. No need for that bit! Sports. I will watch it on the TV.. Even cut my Cable bill 75%... 
95% of what is on TV is Crap... Don't need it... Simple is much better. 
Be well all. 
Feb 1, 2011 10:39PM
Doesn't anyone find it odd that the article never even mentioned "gasoline"?
Feb 1, 2011 10:44PM
Sorry, I don't have any so called luxuries to "cut back" on. At the end of the month I'm lucky if I have $20 left!!
They completely forgot about basic groceries.  It will go up with no end in site.
Feb 1, 2011 9:36PM
I've found that happiness doesn't come from getting stuff you want, Happiness comes from not wanting stuff or clinging to anything!!
Feb 1, 2011 10:20PM
are people afraid to say it, its corporated greed. dont you understand it, its greed. its why we are in trouble now.
Feb 1, 2011 6:07PM
I have family members who work in the ammunition manufacturing business. The reason the price of ammunition is going up is because a series of new taxes, regulations, and executive orders that the Obama administration has passed since it came to power two years ago. The consensus in the business is that they can't get rid of guns, but they can make ammunition so expensive that the common man can't afford it.
Feb 1, 2011 8:04PM
If consumers would unite we could control the companies.  Everyone stop buying gas, coffee, or chocolate for even a week it would make "the man" nervous.
Feb 1, 2011 11:46PM
Forgot to mention gasoline.  It'll be $100 per gallon by the end of next year.
I hardly care about the price of a F#$% Nintendo when 3/4 of my income will be spent so I can drive to work and back.

there is one you forgot  , this should be 12 , the cost of food has gone up , and that was not on the list. some people cannot afford almost all the stuff on the list ,so the one that wrote this report , was done by  people that live on the east coast , so i think instead of the government sitting on there a**es , and {the big change } never will happen ,just a lot of b.s. that they feed us . this is turning into a government control of the american people , they are telling us what to do ,and i will never listen to the crap that comes out of the government , corp.  america  , or any one that has to deal with this crap. so to all that believe that these powers to be are the answer to the problems , you are just as blind and stupid for listing to lie's , then you can f off , because you have money to get what you want just like corp. america ,i blame money hungry big business , making mandatory health care , and the fines that the government  has added to it , one of our rights and many more rights are being broken by the government  , they cannot tell us what to do , if they don't like it then bring all troops home and send them into fight ,and clean up are back yard before you clean someone  else's backyard , trying to change other countries to fall in place behind u.s , we are following behind dictator mr.president obama.
Feb 1, 2011 9:35PM
Sadly, I have had to cut back on all luxuries and become creative (with coupons and getting samples) for things I need.  I have no cable, no landline(pay as you go phone plan), and shop in thrift stores.  The days of excess are over, but I do appreciate gifts more and when I buy something new, it is cherished.
Feb 1, 2011 8:25PM

The more things go up the less I Buy & Spend.  My income  isn't increasing with inflation either, which keeps our Economy in the Shape that it's in and will more than likely get worse...... along with the  GDP Manufacturing and Jobs Creation!   Smile  And as long as CEO's keep sending our work off shore we'll be in this position until Global Economic Collapse!


It's called Physics !!! ......  Everything has to "Contract"


A Manufacturing  /  R & D Engineering Purchasing Agent: ... Out of Work!

Feb 1, 2011 5:50PM
Most stuff on this list I can do without.
Feb 2, 2011 12:36AM

The beat goes on and the beat goes on.

All planned out. In early 1980’s both political parties endorsed and released “Workforce 2000” plans starting with the Fortune 500 companies. Workforce 2000 and NAFTA is Americas contribution to the new global economy. Jack Welch, then CEO of GE designed the model and the rest of the big leaguers followed in his foot steps. I remember it well working for a large aerospace company in So. Cal.
We attended a four hour presentation on how America was going to change. We were to become a service oriented country. How labor intensive work was going to be out sourced. How Chinas average pay scale was a whopping .35 cents per day. The man hours it took us to build one large airplane would be an equivalent cost to the most expensive BMW motorcar. Were all our stock holder excited. The Demographics of America were also explained. Guess what? The Hispanic communities was going to be the major population in the LA basin area. That’s right. See where we are today. All part of the plan and don’t forget, all endorsed by both political parties. Then the whipshooding began. Jack Welch implemented a theme called, “Keeping the Ideas Coming”. Ref. March Fortune 500 article. With the threat, or inevitable loss of our jobs, he started a manipulation cooptation strategy to pick the employees brains and make them think they could compete and save their jobs/asses. The CEO’s, corporate leaders and politicians are raking in all the benefits.
In 1992 United Auto Workers union, (UAW) pr4edicted that only 4% of the American workers will be represented by a union. Police, fire services and a few more government jobs will be represented to show the world America is still labor friendly.
As Americans Change so to speak and our earning power diminishes Americans will eventually take what they can get. Just like other third world counties did. Its Americas turn to become the stepchild.
And now Obama is bringing in Jeffrey Immelt CEO from GE. Immelt cut his teeth under Jack Welch and Harry Stonesypher. GE was the model corporation which has led to American’s loosing their jobs. Amazing how everything predicted is coming to pass.
Wal-Mart has become the new commissary to America.
So when I hear and read about this new economy BS, remember our government has it all under control. The part I have trouble with is if people are not working and or making half of what they use to make, income tax revenue will drop as well. How dose a tax system expect to sustain and pay for basic services, afford a healthcare program and frequent handouts to the world in trouble?
Feb 1, 2011 6:59PM
I tell how I will deal with this infomation. I will stop buying any of those things. I can do real well living without any of that crap. Give me a little food and water, shelter and I'm good to go. If everyone would practice renunciation then all this stuff would drop like a rock.
Feb 1, 2011 11:50PM
also forgot to add the more i thought about it.  be happy and thankful for  what you have. not what u really want. there is prob more people out there who are worse off than you are. i know my hubby and i dont have alot but we are thankful for what god has given us. food on the table and a roof over our heads.
Feb 1, 2011 7:34PM
It would be great if all fast food prices went up. We might have less obese people. Time to start growing our own food:)
Feb 1, 2011 6:04PM
Quit buying from these greedy people! All they want is more money. They're not happy taking a fair profit, they want to be rich! One more reason I don't fly anymore, for example. If I can do without it, I'm not buying it. It's the only way to make them pay attention.
Feb 1, 2011 6:07PM
I will live without most of those! I won't pay their greedy prices!
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