I think I'm going to have to pass on the collective "Twelve Days of Christmas" gift set this year, I can't afford the price tag any more.
The total price for all 364 items repeated in the Christmas carol is 6.1% higher than last year.
Here's a list of the individual prices, according to the annual "Christmas Price Index" released by PNC Wealth Management:
— Partridge, $15; last year: same
— Pear tree, $189.99; last year: $169.99; up 11.8%
— Two turtle doves, $125; last year: same
— Three French hens, $165; last year: $150; up 10%
— Four calling birds (canaries), $519.96; last year: same
— Five gold rings, $750; last year: $645: up 16.3%
— Six geese a-laying, $210; last year: $162; up 29.6%
— Seven swans a-swimming, $7,000; last year: $6,300; up 11.1%
— Eight maids a-milking, $58; last year: same
— Nine ladies dancing (per performance), $6,294; last year: same
— 10 lords a-leaping (per performance), $4,767; last year: same
— 11 pipers piping (per performance), $2,562; last year: $2,428; up 5.5%
— 12 drummers drumming (per performance), $2,776; last year: $2,630; up 5.5%
PNC Financial Services Group Inc. checks jewelry stores, dance companies, pet stores and other sources to compile the list. Some of its sources this year include the National Aviary in Pittsburgh and the Philadelphia-based Pennsylvania Ballet Company.
Apparently the 2011 drought caused the prices of some birds to soar, partly because of corn and other feed costs. (pun intended)
And shipping them can't be cheap, either.
I suppose thrifty shoppers could focus on those items with prices that stayed the same, but personally I'm planning to find some coupons and sales on Buxr to save on other things....
Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com.....as-2012-11