Posts Tagged ‘gifts’

The Cost of Attending a Wedding in 2017

Posted on June 16, 2017 by Laura Lam

Wedding season is upon us.  According to theKnot.com, the average cost of a wedding in 2016 rose to an all-time high of $35,329.  But modern weddings aren’t just ultra-expensive for the happy couple, they’re actually a serious, wallet-emptying affair for guests as well. According to the Knot’s 2016 Wedding Guest Study, the average bridesmaid/groomsman spent just over $1,500 last year, while wedding guests spent $888.  Here’s a breakdown of the costs: Average bridesmaid and groomsmen spend per wedding: $1,154 Wedding gift spend: $177 Wedding attire: $207 Wedding travel: $342 Wedding accommodations: $293 Average wedding guest spend per wedding total: $888…

Cost of 12 Days of Christmas Gifts Holds Steady in '15

Posted on December 11, 2015 by Saldutti

If you’ve ever wondered the going rate of the combined price of the gifts “my true love gave to me” in “The 12 Days of Christmas,” wonder no more! Every year, PNC Wealth Management measures the changing cost of such items as 5 gold rings, 8 maids a’milking and, of course, that partridge in a pear tree. In the 32nd annual PNC Christmas Price Index (CPI), the company discloses that the cost of “The Twelve Days of Christmas in 2015 would total $34,131.” That’s only $198 more than last year’s cost (0.6%), an inflation due, in part to the rising prices of…

Give Yourself the Gift of a Debt-Free Holiday

Posted on December 04, 2015 by Saldutti

he holidays can be magical – there’s no other time of the year quite like it.  The decorations, the lights, shopping for your favorite people, spending time with family, and feasting like a king.  For these reasons and more, it’s easy to get carried away with your seasonal shopping!  Last year’s annual Gallup poll found that nearly 25% of Americans anticipated spending $1,000 or more on Christmas. While it’s perfectly okay to spend extra money around the holidays, you don’t want to end up with the unwelcomed gift of credit card debt come Christmas morning. The first step is to be…

Exchange Less, Give More This Holiday Season

Posted on December 15, 2010 by Saldutti

With Black Friday and Cyber Monday behind us, the season of shopping is in full swing. Thousands of gift cards have already been purchased for holiday exchange.  Have you ever swapped gift cards for the same value with a friend or family member? We have. Does it make your holidays feel like they have become more about meaningless exchange than the true spirit of giving? Us too. This year, Americans will spend over $24 billion on gift cards alone, averaging $40 each. Imagine if, instead of giving you a piece of plastic, your friends and family gave a $40 donation…