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Each year, the people at PNC Wealth Management calculate their “Christmas Price Index,” which looks at all the items in the song “The 12 Days of Christmas” and figures out how much it would cost to buy all of them today.

This year, if you bought everything the way the song sings, where you are purchasing that day’s gift plus all the stuff from the previous days, you would be spending a whopping $107,300.24, which is up 6.1% from last year.

Here’s the full breakdown:

  • A partridge in a pear tree. The partridge is $15 and the pear tree is $189.99. Instead of the pear tree, you could purchase 2 month-long MARTA passes.
  • Two turtle doves will cost you $62.50 per dove
  • Three French hens are $165 total
  • Four calling birds cost the same as last year, $129.99 each
  • Five gold rings will run you $750 all together
  • Six geese-a-laying will be $210, or $35 per goose. A goose or an 11-gallon tank of gas - which would you prefer?
  • Seven swans-a-swimming is the most expensive item: $1,000 per swan
  • Eight maids-a-milking cost $58…in other words, each one gets one-hour minimum wage of $7.25. A monthly car sharing membership, like zipcar, costs less! 
  • Nine ladies dancing is just under $700 per dancer
  • Ten lords-a-leaping costs a heaping $4,766.70
  • Eleven pipers piping are $232.90 each. You can save around this much each month by vanpooling to and from work. 
  • Twelve drummers drumming will cost $2,775.50 total

Everything costs more these days. That’s why it has never been more important to examine your household budget and look for ways to save money. We spend more in this region on transportation costs than we do on food. So once the holidays are through, consider how much money you could free up by changing the way you get to and from work.

It all adds up.



Congratulations to the winners of the first-ever Bike to Work Challenge!

Your efforts truly made it a success!

Did you know that during the Bike to Work Challenge...

  • 1,070 participants signed up
  • 17,125 bike trips were logged
  • 130,000 miles were not driven
  • 64.97 tons of pollution were kept out of the air

Congratulations to the team winners!

First Place: Alta Aces
(partner with BATMA for commute options)
From left to right: REI Outreach Specialist Nicole Warren-Miller, Alta Aces Team Members Lisa Clark, Tim Bonner, Robert Evans, Phil Mallory and Bobby Brown

Second Place: Thunder Spokes
(partner with Midtown Alliance for commute options)
From left to right: Brandon Strellis, Heather Holmes, Astrid Layton, Mariel Friberg and Aika Yano

Third Place: Sun and Moon
(partner with Central Atlanta Progress & Midtown Alliance for commute options)
Team Members: Michael Carbonell, Saira Raza, Becky Katz and David Torello

Congratulations to the individual challenge winners!

1st Place: Stephen Becher

2nd Place: Alison Amyx

3rd Place: Mary Ann Schneider

4th Place: Amber Raley

5th Place: Andrew Lane
6th Place: Heather Miller
7th Place: Traci Huckaby



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