The age of out of control consumer spending is officially over and now it's actually in vogue to care about what things cost and how best to spend your hard-earned dollars
(PRWEB) April 22, 2009
With the unemployment rate at a startling high and the prices of necessities rising even as many household budgets shrink, making informed purchasing decisions matters now more than ever. That's where a new website called WhatitCosts.com comes in. This website is a valuable resource helping consumers navigate the range of prices for everything from eco-friendly baby clothing to contact lenses to the cost of joining a gym.
"The age of out of control consumer spending is officially over and now it's actually in vogue to care about what things cost and how best to spend your hard-earned dollars," explains John Moran, the founder of WhatitCosts.
While many other websites offer listings of prices for consumer products like HDTVs, computers and digital cameras, WhatItCosts steers away from repeating easily found cost information and instead focuses on more abstract concepts that are more difficult for consumers to quantify. "We do the work for our visitors to save them time," Moran says. He adds that each cost-driven piece on the website can serve as a "mini guide" so consumer will know where to shop, what to expect, questions to ask and what to budget for their upcoming purchases of essential products and services.
"Even in the toughest of financial situations, people enjoy dreaming about being in a better place in terms of wealth," Moran says. That's why WhatItCosts goes beyond the expected and also throws in a healthy dose of luxury items, leisure activities and unusual services. This includes everything from the cost to travel into outer space and the top ten most expensive cars ever sold to a roundup of birthday parties for kids that cost more than most people spend on a wedding. Visitors can also find the cost of buying a hot air balloon, traveling to Paris for the weekend, learning to ski jump and getting a pilot's license.
Since the WhatItCosts website went live last year, it has grown to receive 100,000 unique visitors each month, and the audience continues to expand. "If you've suddenly lost your job, watched your retirement savings be cut in half and lost much of the equity in your home, you know all too well that what you spend on everything suddenly matters," Moran says. "WhatitCosts can help people navigate their expenses and feel more in control."
To learn more about the website and the wealth of information offered there, visit http://www.whatitcosts.com.
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