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The Cost of Christmas 2016

The cost of Christmas has gone up slightly (mostly because of an increases in the price of Turtle Doves and wage increases for Drummers and Pipers).
Merry Christmas! – Mike

The cost of each gift item, once: $34,363.49 (US) = $46,475.96 (CDN)

The true cost of all the gifts, when you count each repetition in the song (364 gift items): $156,507.88 (US) = $211,675.72 (CDN)


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More here (PNCChristmasPriceIndex.com)…

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Opting out of Christmas?

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Would you like to avoid all the stress of Christmas gift buying this year? Why not opt-out?

Here are the top five benefits of opting out of Christmas.

#5. A chance to ignore all the crass commercialism and concentrate on the true meaning of mindless shopping and the endless worship of our possessions.

#4. Double-time-and-a-half if you go to work.

#3. January’s Mastercard bill should weigh a little less.

#2. Seven tons of plastic, cardboard and twisties won’t be sitting in your bin for three weeks, while you try to figure out when the next blue zone pick up will be.

#1. Pout, shout, cry and stay up as late as you want kids!


Seriously?

“Almost 80% of Canadians surveyed by RBC have gotten gifts they don’t like. So give something else: Give the gift of time. Instead of buying presents, go for brunch with your gang or go on an excursion with the family. If you want to give the gift of giving, consider charity: The Western Union Holiday Gifting Index says 87% of Canadian consumers would trade one of their holiday gifts to make someone else happy.  [Here’s the article…]”

 

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Top five best Christmas jokes of all time

Merry Christmas says the dog

Top five best Christmas jokes of allll time… Volume One!
#5. What’s the most popular Christmas wine? ‘I don’t like Brussels sprouts!’
#4. Why was Santa’s little helper feeling depressed? He had low elf-esteem.
#3. What’s wrong with the way they teach the alphabet at the North Pole. No L!
#2. What do the reindeer sing to Father Christmas on his birthday? Freeze a jolly good fellow!
#1. What nationality is Santa Claus? North Polish.

Thank you Manwalksintoajoke…

Top five best Christmas jokes of all time… Volume two…
#5. Why is Christmas just like a day at the office? You do all the work and the fat guy with the suit gets all the credit.
#4. What happens if you eat too many Christmas decorations? You get tinsel-itis.

Thanks to Hannah…

#3. What do call Santa when he stops moving? Santa Pause!
#1. How much did Santa pay for his sleigh? Nothing, it was on the house!

Thanks to Squigly’s Jokes and Riddles…

Top five best Christmas jokes of allll time… Volume Threeeeee!
#5. Did you hear about the invisible Santa? You can’t see him, but you can feel his presents.
#4. What do you call Santa Claus when he’s almost late? The Saint Nick-of-time.
#3. What goes oh, oh, oh? Santa going backwards..
#1. Why does Santa only work one day a year? There’s a Clause in his contract!

One more! What do you call a bunch of grandmasters of chess bragging about their games in a hotel lobby? Chess nuts boasting in an open foyer.


By: Mike Benny

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Top Ten Techie Gifts For Under $50

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Chromecast $45 … plugs into your tv so you can watch your phone on a big screen

Chromecast (audio) $45 … same, ‘cept for your music

Micro SD card $30 … add 32 gig storage to your phone [Amazon]

Mini speakers $29 … mini speakers that plug in to your phone or computer and charge via USB [Amazon]

Headphones (earbuds) $12 [Walmart]

USB charger (wall charger or car charger) $29 … everyone needs an extra [Best Buy]

Portable power bank $30 … charge it up and then use it to charge your phone on the go [Amazon]

Google Play card $25 / $50

Selfie stick $15 [Canadian Tire]

A domain name $15 … give them their own domain name and their own personalized email! [GoDaddy]

On the “No list”…

Phone case … too personal

Portable Bluetooth speakers … they are available for under $50, but they’re crappy unless you’re willing to spend well over $100

Did I miss any?

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The cost of Christmas 2015 – 12 Days of Christmas

Since 1984 the PNC Bank (Gingerbread Branch) has been calculating the cost of all of the items in the song The Twelve Days of Christmas. Thanks to the rising cost of partridges, pear trees, turtle doves and lords-a-leapin’, the cost of Christmas has gone up about .6%.

The PNC Christmas Price Index® shows the current cost of one set of each of the gifts given in the song “The Twelve Days of Christmas.” [LINK]

Here are the details…

2015 PNC CPI_All

ONE PARTRIDGE IN A PEAR TREE
$214.99 (+3.5%)
The Partridge was in high demand this year, leading to a higher price. The Pear Tree’s price also went up, due to a modest cost-of-living increase.

TWO TURTLE DOVES
$290.00 (+11.5%)
Seems people couldn’t get enough Turtle Doves this year; prices increased as supply couldn’t keep up with demand.

THREE FRENCH HENS
$181.50 (0.0%)
It’s been a quiet year for the French Hens. They didn’t see any change in price due to steady supply and demand compared to 2014.

FOUR CALLING BIRDS
$599.96 (0.0%)
For the Calling Birds, it was business as usual in 2015. Their price was unchanged, selling right at market value. No discount needed.

FIVE GOLD RINGS
$750.00 (0.0%)
The price of gold dropped this year, but Gold Rings stayed the same, thanks to steady demand for classic gold wedding bands.

SIX GEESE-A-LAYING
$360.00 (0.0%)
After a wild jump in price in 2014, the Geese-a-Laying cooled off this year, with prices staying unchanged at $360.

SEVEN SWANS-A-SWIMMING
$13,125.00 (0.0%)
Swans aren’t cheap, but hey, at least they aren’t getting more expensive. Despite inflation, the Swans didn’t increase in price from last year.

EIGHT MAIDS-A-MILKING
$58.00 (0.0%)
This year the Maids remained steady at $58. No surprise, since their price is based on federal minimum wage, which hasn’t changed since 2009.

NINE LADIES DANCING
$7,552.84 (0.0%)
The price of the PHILADANCO! dancers didn’t change this year. They’ve updated their moves, but not their price, due to waning demand.

TEN LORDS-A-LEAPING
$5,508.70 (+3.0%)
The Lords-a-Leaping who call the Pennsylvania Ballet home have good reason to leap. Their price increased by 3% due to rising salaries.

ELEVEN PIPERS PIPING
$2,635.20 (0.0%)
It’s been a quiet year for the Pipers. Weakening demand meant no change in price for their music, which held steady at $2,635.20.

TWELVE DRUMMERS DRUMMING
$2,854.80 (0.0%)
The Drummers marched to the same beat as last year. Uncertainty about future demand for their skills kept their price unchanged at $2,854.80.

TOTAL CHRISTMAS PRICE INDEX
$34,130.99 (+0.6%)

Check out previous years here!

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How Much To Buy Everything In "The 12 Days Of Christmas" Song?

To buy all the gifts featured in the song, The 12 Days of Christmas — you would need to spend $27,393. Buying all the items repeated throughout the entire song would cost $114,651. This year there was an increase of 6.9%. – According to PNC Wealth Management’s annual Christmas Price Index.

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Item 2013 price 2012 price %Change
One Partridge in a Pear Tree $199.99 $204.99 -2.4%
Two Turtle Doves $125.00 $125.00 0.0%
Three French Hens $165.00 $165.00 0.0%
Four Calling Birds $599.96 $519.96 +15.4%
Five Golden Rings $750.00 $750.00 0.0%
Six Geese-a-Laying $210.00 $210.00 0.0%
Seven Swans-a-Swimming $7000.00 $7000.00 0.0%
Eight Maids-a-Milking $58.00 $58.00 0.0%
Nine Ladies Dancing $7552.84 $6,294.03 +20.0%
Ten Lords-a-Leaping $5,243.37 $4,766.70 +10.0%
Eleven Pipers Piping $2,635.20 $2,562.00 +2.9%
Twelve Drummers Drumming $2,854.50 $2,775.50 +2.9%
Total Christmas Price Index $27,393.17 $25,431.18
% Change 2013/2012 +7.7%
True Cost of Christmas (cumulative cost of all the gifts when you count each repetition in the song—364 gifts)
$114,651.18 $107,300.84 +6.9%
“Core” Index* (excluding swans) $20,393.17 $18,431.18 +10.6%

*Trumpeter swans are excluded from the Core Index because they have proven to be the most volatile part of The PNC Christmas Price Index®. Likewise, the federal government’s “core” Consumer Price Index (CPI) removes the most volatile items on their CPI, food and energy prices.


By: Mike Benny
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Black Friday vs. Buy Nothing Day

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The day after Thanksgiving is traditionally the official kick-off of the Christmas shopping season, “Black Friday”. The day after Thanksgiving is also “Buy Nothing Day”, an international day of protest against consumerism (More here at the Adbusters website).

Black Friday vs. Buy Nothing Day

So, which to chose?

BF: The new Miley CD for 2.99.
BND: Dad & Uncle Bill twerking ’round the Christmas tree.
VERDICT: Toss-up

BF: A big screen HD TV to create quality time family memories playing Call of Duty Ghosts in high def.
BND: A year of University.
VERDICT: Hmmm… that first year is kind of a write-off…

BF: A zero-dollar smart phone on an $80 a month plan.
BND: $80 x 24 mnths = $1,920 cash! Hmmm…
VERDICT: The phone has Candy Crush…

BF: iPad mini $199.
BND: iPad mini $299.
VERDICT: Okay… this one goes to BF.

BF: ‘Black Friday, Broke Saturday’.
BND: Homemade gifts and looks of dough-eyed disbelief from the kids.
VERDICT: Tie!

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By: Mike Benny
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