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A Different Look at "The 12 Days of Christmas"

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.

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