Gas prices may be falling, but a lot of other stuff is going up. Here are a few things that you’ll be paying MORE for in 2013.
Shipping - 2013 will see a 4.5% - 4.9% hike in shipping costs from both UPS and FedEx, slated to begin Jan. 7. Higher shipping costs will affect people who shop from "independent" sellers, like those found on eBay, and Etsy. But the increase may also have an impact on retailers that currently offer free shipping.
Cars - There are new fuel efficiency requirements, so automakers will be passing that cost onto you.
Meat / Dairy- Thanks to a drought this past summer, farmers were forced to reduce the size of their herds. That means the price of beef and chicken will be going up, along with the cost of dairy products.
Grain - You’ll also be paying more for items like cereal and bakery products thanks to an increase in the price of grain.
iPhone Accessories - Now that Apple has changed the ports, expect to pay higher prices for chargers, docks and cases.
Computers - As tablets continue to gain momentum in the consumer electronics realm, computers are returning to their original function as work-related machines -- albeit more powerful and expensive ones.
Health insurance premiums - Obamacare notwithstanding, employee health care premiums are expected to rise an average of 6% in 2013. That amount will vary by state and type of plan, but overall, employers will face higher premiums, and the increased costs will be passed along in part to employees.