Some call it the “most exciting two minutes in sports,” in reference to the speed of good, old-fashioned horse power and the millions of dollars that ride on the outcome. Others call it the “run for the roses,” given the giant floral garnish donned by the fastest pair in the winner’s circle. But you probably know this annual celebration of hats, horses and hooch as the Kentucky Derby, or the first leg of the Triple Crown.
This year marks the 143rd running of the Kentucky Derby, held each May at Louisville’s historic Churchill Downs Racetrack. Yet only 35 mounts have followed up a Derby victory with a win in the Triple Crown’s second leg, the Preakness Stakes. And a mere 12 have then sealed the deal in the Belmont Stakes. The chance to see history is nevertheless just one element of what makes the Kentucky Derby so special.
The Boston Marathon is the country’s premier long-distance running event and a Patriots’ Day mainstay for Beantowners. But it’s become much more than that. The heinous acts of two troubled young men in 2013 turned the city into a symbol of American resilience and “Boston Strong” into a rallying cry heard worldwide. As a result, the Boston Marathon is characterized not by the violence of that day, but rather by the fact that we continue to run freely each year.
Symbolism aside, a spot in the Boston Marathon is a prestigious position. The field is limited to just 30,000 people, 80% of whom must beat an age-based qualifying time in another marathon to even have a chance. Such is why thousands of qualifiers are left bib-less each year. Their only solace: $180 to $240 in savings from not having to pay a registration.
Easter is much more than an occasion to break out your Sunday best or hop into a bunny costume. It is a day of great religious significance for the roughly 71% of Americans who classify themselves as Christians, marking the resurrection of Jesus. And it actually takes place twice most years because of differences in the Western and Orthodox calendars.
Easter is also a big donation day for U.S. churches, thanks to the year’s highest attendance rates. It’s a significant revenue-driver for companies in the candy business. And it’s a source of divisiveness for those who feel strongly about the best way to eat a chocolate bunny or the best filling for a chocolate egg.
No one likes Tax Day, except for accountants and Uncle Sam. In fact, disdain for filling out forms and forking over funds to the government drives many of us to contemplate some pretty kooky alternatives. For example, one in five Americans would get an “IRS” tattoo in return for a tax-free future while 6% would name their first-born child “Taxes.”
It’s no wonder, either. We’ve spent billions of hours preparing billions of dollars in payments since tax season began Jan. 23. We’re also grappling with a tax code that’s longer than all of the Harry Potter and Game of Thrones books combined. Plus, Tax Day is a moving target. It’s April 18 this year because April 15 falls on a Saturday and IRS offices are closed the following Monday for Emancipation Day in Washington, DC.
Easter this year arrives 20 days later than it did in 2016. That’s good news for shoppers who need a little extra time to save up for the best bargains of the holiday and throughout April. On a time crunch? That’s okay, too. WalletHub’s been Easter deal hunting since the past year, tracking offers from a dozen big retailers to find out which items are truly worth a hop to the store.
Listed below are WalletHub’s picks of the 10 most exceptional deals from the heap, followed by the top offers in nine product categories such as Apparel, Electronics and Jewelry. You’ll also find each item’s sale price and discount percentage, showing exactly how much you’ll save.
It’s a tradition unlike other and the unofficial start of spring for golf fans nationwide. But the beauty of April flowers at Augusta National Golf Club, once a plant nursery, belies the danger lurking for the 94 participants in the 81st Masters Tournament. Plenty of prayers will be made around Amen Corner, to be sure. And we may even see some showers from the eyes of those who overcome and succumb to the pressure alike.
To help get you in the mood for golf’s first major of the year, WalletHub analyzed the Masters from tee to green, collecting interesting fun facts along the way. You can check out our findings in the infographic below, followed by a Q&A with a panel of leading golf experts. Enjoy the action!
Are you down with TPP? Or do you say, “Down with TPP”? Odds are you’re not quite sure, as 71% of Americans polled by Harvard and Politico just a couple of months before the 2016 election hadn’t even heard of it. For those who still don’t know, this controversial trio of letters stands for the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a doomed international trade agreement that was established among 12 nations bordering the Pacific Ocean, including the United States.
As binding as this pact would have been for the economies of its member states, it's been equally divisive within U.S. borders. Halting it in the name of love for the American worker was a centerpiece of President Trump’s populist t path to the White House. “The Trans-Pacific Partnership is another disaster done and pushed by special interests who want to rape our country,” he proclaimed on the campaign trail.
Spring’s nearly here, and what better way to start the season than by saving money while you shop. For more than a year, WalletHub tracked deals from a dozen big retailers to help you score the biggest bargains this month.
Listed below are WalletHub’s picks of the 10 most exceptional deals from the heap, followed by the top offers in nine product categories, such as Apparel, Electronics and Jewelry. You’ll also find each item’s sale price and discount percentage, showing exactly how much you’ll save.
Whatever you see it as a civic duty, a necessary evil or perhaps even cause for a few choice expletives, it’s no surprise that most of us dislike paying taxes. From the expense and hassle of the process to fears of basic math and being audited, the reasons for our April angst are varied.
But just how much do we dislike taxes and tax collectors? And does this stance affect how long we put off tax prep?
Make sure to don green and put down your keys if you want to avoid getting pinched come March 17. Despite its religious undertones, St. Patrick’s Day inevitably results in some light bruising for folks whose dress doesn’t express the Emerald Isle’s characteristic hue. It also ranks among the year’s most popular drinking occasions.
Each year, more than 33 million Irish-Americans and fellow partiers worldwide raise pints of Guinness and forkfuls of cabbage in the name of the Ireland’s primary patron saint. But the good times are too often ruined by drunk-driving incidents, which can have a devastating impact on lives in general and wallets in particular. So in addition to checking out the interesting St. Paddy’s Day stats presented below, try to keep your celebrations safe this year. The cost of a quick Uber or Lyft ride pales in comparison to that of a DUI or vehicular manslaughter charge, after all.
Coming down with March Madness before the Big Dance may sound like an excuse to skip prom, but it actually describes our nationwide obsession with the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. This 68-team basketball bonanza has been known to crown a Cinderella or two, produce at least one shining moment a year, and turn millions of Americans into illegal gamblers. It’s that good.
It’s also a big business both on and off the court, making millionaires out of coaches, conference commissioners and NCAA executives but very few players. Tournament time takes a toll on fans’ wallets, too, and not just in terms of the millions we lose in bracket pools each year. The average single-game ticket costs about $477, for one thing. Roughly 3.5 million extra cases of beer are produced to keep up with increased demand. And there’s the potential for some workplace conflict, since distracted employees cost businesses about $4 billion per year.
Perhaps you’ve heard about the U.S. dollar’s recent strength as well as the torrid pace with which the stock market has set all-time records. But guess which type of asset actually performed the best in 2016. That’s right; you won big if you bet on bitcoin, with the cryptocurrency more than doubling in value over the calendar year. In fact, it wasn’t even close, as bitcoin’s 126% gain far outpaced the likes of Brent crude oil (53%), sugar (30%), silver (18%), and the S&P 500 (10%). Even more astounding, the dollar price of one bitcoin has increased from just $0.06 in July 2010 to $1,182 as of February 24, 2017.
Tax season can be a very stressful, confusing time, but it’s important to remember that you’re not alone. There are plenty of people in the same boat and a wealth of great resources to help guide you to a successful outcome. The question is: Which one will make it easiest to put a smile on Uncle Sam’s face without opening your wallet wider than necessary?
For many people, Mardi Gras is all about four B’s, three of which are beads, booze and the Big Easy. But this multi-week carnival, which runs from Epiphany through Fat Tuesday every year, isn’t confined to New Orleans or the tawdry pursuits of partygoers.
Getting to the 2017 Academy Awards is easy. Just leave “Manchester By The Sea” for a “Moonlight” stroll, take a right at the “Fences” and head west when you see “Hacksaw Ridge.” Assuming you don't encounter a “Lion” or any “Hidden Figures” along the way, you'll be ready and waiting for Oscar's “Arrival” in “La La Land,” come “Hell or High Water”! Oh yeah, you also need to either know someone or go back in time and contribute to one of these aforementioned hit films because tickets are nearly impossible to come by, otherwise.
Which flick will take home the Oscar for Best Picture remains to be seen, of course. And we must similarly wait to see who will claim statues in all of the other categories, from Best Actor and Best Actress to Best Cinematography and Best Score. But even before PricewaterhouseCoopers finishes tallying the votes for the 83rdtime, there are a few things we do know for sure about the 89th Academy Awards.
When President Donald Trump first floated the idea of a southern border wall, way back in June 2015 while announcing his candidacy, man-made barricades and natural barriers guarded more than 82% of the 2,000-mile U.S.-Mexico divide, according to data from the Government Accountability Office.
Whether or not you’re a fan of Donald Trump, a chance to keep more money in your pocket is always a good excuse to celebrate Presidents’ Day. WalletHub’s data team has kept a close eye on America’s favorite retailers for the past year so you can take advantage of the best deals both during the holiday and throughout the month of February.
Below, we’ve listed the biggest bargains by product category such as “Apparel,” “Electronics” and “Jewelry.” Each item is listed with its sale price and discount percentage to show you exactly how much you’ll save. We’ve also hand-selected 10 special offers we think you’ll love.
Valentine’s Day is the third-largest consumer holiday in the U.S., with lovesick shoppers shelling out more than $18 billion per year in Cupid’s name. So whether you love or hate his holiday, there’s no denying St. Valentine’s impact on the economy.
College once was a one-way ticket to a better financial life for the relatively few Americans who were fortunate enough to attend. But matriculation seems all but mandatory now if you want to keep pace in our increasingly competitive and well-educated workforce. The share of Americans aged 25 and older with at least a bachelor’s degree has increased sevenfold from 4.6% in 1940 to 32.5% in 2015, according to the most recent data from the U.S. Census Bureau. And college graduates earn nearly twice as much ($1,270 per week) as high-school grads with no college experience ($698 per week), according to fourth-quarter 2016 data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
While the Roman numerals may take some getting used to, Super Bowl LI (51) is largely characterized by familiarities, as Tom Brady, Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots make their seventh run at the Lombardi Trophy since 2002 in the big game’s third trip to Space City. As usual, millions of people will tune in on television. And we’ll again consume more than a billion chicken wings while advertisers spend billions of dollars trying to curry our favor during uniquely popular commercial breaks. Lurking behind the standard hoopla, however, are an upstart and an unanswered question.