Seems diamonds are no longer a girl’s best friend. As the demand for diamonds continues its downward plunge, prices are following. While luxury goods are still king, diamonds have lost a bit of their luster.
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6. 4K Televisions
A year ago The New York Times told us to wait another year before buying a 4K television. Well, it appears they were right and the time has come. Fifty-inch sets that once sold in the $4,000 to $6,000 range are now available for as low as $399 on Amazon. More and more content is available in this super HD too, which makes it a better value all around.
7. Whole Foods Groceries
Come 2017, you might not have to spend that “whole paycheck.” In addition to rolling out more of their low-cost focused 365 stores, Whole Foods Market will roll out their rewards program to all cities in 2017. So far residents of Dallas/Ft. Worth area and Philadelphia have piloted the program that gives participants deep discounts and access to really good coupons.
8. Solar Panels
The future is bright. As the demand increases for sustainable energy options, production of solar panels is up, and prices are falling. The Fiscal Times reports the price has dropped 12 percent in the last year, and that consumers can now expect to break even on their investment in five to 10 years.
9. Economy Air Travel
If you pack light and don’t care where you sit on an airplane, you may be in luck in 2017. Two major airlines—Delta and United—have recently announced low-fare options. The Delta Basic Economy will earn you a seat in the main cabin, you just won’t know where it will be until you arrive at the airport. While the United Basic Economy follows this same seat assignment restriction, they also charge passengers for any luggage that doesn’t fit under the seat. American Airlines is expected to make a similar move in 2017, too.
10. World Travel
With a strong dollar, American travelers can get more bang for their buck by seeking adventure outside the U.S. Forbes recently put together a list of the 30 cheapest places around the world to travel in 2017, and top picks include Portugal, Barcelona and Quebec City.
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