How much money did you spend last year?

If you’re like most people, you may answer “Too much!” or “A truck-load!” without knowing an actual number.

But, thanks to a yearly survey by the Department of Labor, we can now account for each category of spending for the whole year, both in real dollars and as a percent of the overall budget.

In fact, it’s estimated that the average U.S. consumer spent a total of $49,638 last year, or $4,136.50 monthly and approximately $138 per day!

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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 ...

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Primed to revolutionize retail: 25 facts about Amazon Prime

Are you an Amazon Prime member? If you shop on Amazon.com, the world’s biggest retail site, the chances are that you’ve already signed up to take advantage of their exclusive membership subscription.

In fact, Amazon Prime has grown so quickly that it’s revolutionizing the online retail industries.  Rendering traditional buying and selling models obsolete, ‘Prime has sent shock waves around the world of ...

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20 Facts to honor and remember 9/11

On September 11, 2001, the world as we knew it changed, forever. Most of us have emotional and shocking recollections of the moment when we first saw the images of a smoking World Trade Center. We soon learned that our country was the victim of a terrorist attack, including two planes hitting the World Trade Center towers in New York City, another ...

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Could the flooding in Houston ever happen in Sacramento? It already did during the Great Flood of 1862

Recently, we’ve seen images on television and across the internet that seemed unimaginable, as the city of Houston was underwater after Hurrican Harvey struck. Of course, our thoughts and donations go out to the victims of Harvey, as we wish them a speedy and safe recovery, but our minds also turn to the inevitable question: could something like ...

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30 Facts about the gym and fitness industry that will surprise you!

Over the past few decades, fitness has climbed from a P.E. class and garage weight set afterthought to a multi-billion dollar industry. Getting people to work out and try to be healthier has also never been more necessary, as according to the Centers for Disease Control, almost 70% of Americans over the age of 20 are overweight, including 35% that are considered obese.

But ...

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Ranking the world’s top 100 brands

What would you guess is the most valuable brand in the world?

A bevy of companies and products might come to mind, but now we have confirmation as to which is the brand with the highest reported financial worth thanks to a Forbes magazine report.

Leading the annual list of the world’s 100 top brands is perennial powerhouse Apple, with an estimated worth of ...

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