American Shopping Holidays; 25 Facts about Black Friday and Cyber Monday

Last year, about 137 million Americans – about half of our adult population – flocked to malls, shops, and their favorite retailers on Black Friday. They’re spending big bucks, as U.S. consumers will throw down about $61.4 billion in sales this year, up from $41 billion in 2008. (In total, we’re expected to spend about $682 billion this holiday season!)

The name “Black Friday” actually came ...

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Are you (or your partner) committing financial infidelity?

Money and relationships are inextricably tied, each exerting significant influence upon the other. Don’t believe me? In 2009 – during the dark days of the real estate crash and Great Recession – there were more foreclosures than marriages in the U.S.

I know what you’re thinking – there we an unprecedented number of foreclosures at that time, but the data on divorces during those financial hard ...

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Death by a Thousand Hidden Fees

If you’re like most Americans, you’re probably tightening your budget and watching what you spend. But it’s not just the cost of goods and services that’s eating up your paycheck, but also the hidden and unnecessary fees that are being lumped in by companies just to try and bleed a few more dollars out of ...

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21 Financial Red Flags (Part 2)

These days, so many people are struggling financially, failing to save, awash in debt and student loans, shut out from home ownership, and wondering how they’ll retire comfortably. So it’s more important than ever to identify the red flags in our financial picture, and then fix them.

In part one of this blog we covered the first 7 financial red flags to look for. Here are 7 more to identify in case you’re inadvertently sabotaging your finances, and most importantly, action ...

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It turns out money really can buy happiness!

“Money can’t buy you happiness,” is a mantra we tell ourselves regularly, put on bumper stickers and even teach our children. But is it true?

Probably not, it turns out, as studies point to the positive correlation between income and levels of happiness. So having more money really will make us happier?

Somewhat, but there are certain important distinctions to make before we start blindly chasing dollar signs in hopes for inner bliss.

First, we’ll go over the research:

One of the first stabs ...

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​Vanity, Incorporated. Just how much do we spend on looking good?

Looking good is big business around the world, but no one spends more on cosmetics, beauty products, surgeries, and grooming than people in the U.S. In fact, in 2015 alone, the beauty industry generated $56.2 billion in the United States (to put it in perspective, the medical technology industry makes only $44 billion every year).

But is our spending on vanity out of control? You be the judge once you read these facts about the beauty industry:

Goldman Sachs estimates that the ...

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The U.S. pet industry is barking, biting, and booming like never before.

Do you own a pet? Chances are, you either have a beloved pooch or frisky feline in your care, and if so, you probably spend a hefty sum of money keeping them fed, healthy, happy, and even entertained. In fact, the pet industry is one of the largest niche segments of household discretionary spending, and has even proven to be recession proof over the last 5+ years. Of course we can’t measure our love for the loyal family dog ...

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25 more perfectly roasted and heavily-caffeinated facts about Starbucks, (including one coffee shop location you won’t believe!)

In part one of this blog we brought you 25 rich, steamy and delicious facts about Starbucks, the world’s most popular coffee brand. Here are 25 more perfectly roasted and heavily-caffeinated facts about Starbucks, including our vote for the nicest coffee store in the world!

1. Starbucks was originally based with a nautical theme to celebrate founding city Seattle’s seaport identity, so their logo also has a maritime design.

2. In fact, inspiration for the Starbucks logo came from a ...

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