What’s $1,635 per year more in taxes for tens of millions of households? That’s just $136.25 taken from a family budget per month. Like prudent mobsters, President Obama and Speaker Boehner are just skimming a little from your earnings to keep the nation from falling off that awful fiscal cliff. As patriots, on the order of 1984, we should all rejoice that Big Brother knows best.
Let’s see what a paltry $1,635 buys annually, shall we? And, dear reader, feel free to add to the list. How about a…
- 1. Whirlpool 26.4 cu. ft. Side-by-Side Refrigerator Stainless Steel. On sale at Sears for $1,348.99;
- 2. Sony – 46″ Class (46″ Diag.) – LED – 1080p – 240 Hz – Smart – 3D – HDTV. At Best Buy: $1,599.98;
- 3. GE Profile Harmony 4.5 cu. ft. Top Load Washer in White. At Home Depot: $1,079.10. Add a GE 6.8 cu. ft. Electric Dryer in White. Home Depot priced: $430.20. Grand total: $1,509.30;
- 4. Samsung 24″ Dishwasher (Energy Star® compliant). Samsung’s price: $949.00;
- 5. Dell Ships Fast Latitude E6430 laptop computer. Dell’s price: $1,399.00
And $136.25 monthly? What does that buy or help offset?
How about groceries? Read this from Daily Finance (and weep):
The Department of Agriculture Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion estimates a moderate weekly grocery bill for a family of four with school-age children at roughly $236.60, which translates into an annual family budget of approximately $12,300 for food consumed at home.
Assuming the anticipated 5% increase in food prices next year, a family of four is looking at an additional $615 on their annual grocery bill in 2013.