It’s the spookiest time of the year, when superstition runs rampant and treats always come with the potential for a trick. But like with anything else, the more you know about Halloween, the less scary it seems. For example, did you know that ringing doorbells and lighting candles are thought to help ward away all of the witches, ghosts and evil spirits on All Hallows’ Eve? And were you aware that charities operate 80% of the country’s haunted attractions?
From a fear of needles to concerns over autism and even government mind control, the small percentage of Americans who shy away from vaccinations for themselves and their children each year certainly have their reasons. Some even justify the choice with supposed financial responsibility, as if a $40 flu shot is really going to break the bank.
From Baton Rouge to Charlotte, Cleveland to Ferguson and North Charleston to Tulsa, the high-profile police shootings of minority individuals that we’ve witnessed over the past two-plus years have aroused deep-seeded feelings of mistrust and resentment across the country. In keeping with our long history of racial rancor, this latest chapter in our societal struggle for equality has initially served only to divide us. You’re either with the police or with the people, it seems.
Although it’s technically a federal holiday, the celebration of Christopher Columbus’ arrival in the New World 524 years ago won’t give you a legitimate excuse to skip work. But you can still take advantage of Columbus Day discounts the weekend before.
In anticipation of the holiday on Oct. 10, WalletHub’s number crunchers surveyed the best Columbus Day deals to help you find the most savings on your favorite items and get ahead of the crowds. In addition, we tracked various product categories for more than a year to determine what’s discounted most heavily in October compared with the rest of the year. And one specific item stands out: exercise bikes. So if you’re on the hunt for one, this month’s the time to budget for it.
Solar energy is supposed to be an elegant solution to our dual problems of high utility costs and climate change. But it seems like the technology has been on the brink of a breakthrough for decades now, providing neither elegance nor much of a solution along the way, thanks in large part to bulky equipment and convoluted pricing. So it’s fair to wonder: Is solar finally ready for show time?
Love coffee? In honor of National Coffee Day on Sept. 29, WalletHub compiled a list of coffee retailers extending special discounts and other promotions to their customers. How about a medium cup of joe for only $0.66 at Dunkin' Donuts or a free coffee and an Original Glazed donut at participating Krispy Kreme locations in the U.S. and Canada? Find out what's brewing at each store below.
From barrels brimming with beer and boots made for drinking to Bavarian pretzels and pork in both link- and knuckle-form, Oktoberfest has it all. That’s why this celebration held in Munich for just over two weeks each October ranks among the world’s biggest parties, attracting more than five million visitors per year and inspiring numerous copycat events, including a pair of notable examples in Cincinnati and San Francisco.
Although attending the original Oktoberfest – whose roots can be traced back to a royal Bavarian wedding in 1810 – is a bucket-list item for many, only about 3% of the crowd typically hails from the U.S. And it’s little wonder why, considering that the trip would cost the average American roughly $5,000, according to WalletHub estimates. But much like it’s always five o’clock somewhere, you fortunately don’t need to actually visit Oktoberfest to feel the vibe.
Much like the music industry, the movie business has experienced significant growing pains in recent years as producers and consumers alike adjust to an environment in which films are as likely to be watched on a smartphone as in a theater and Captain Phillips is only the tip of the iceberg as far as piracy is concerned. The optimal word, however, is “growing.” The $38.3 billion in global box office sales recorded in 2015 represents a 5% year-over-year increase, according to the Motion Picture Association of America, while sales in the U.S. and Canada ($11.1) rose 8%. In fact, 69% of the combined populations of the U.S. and Canada (235.3 million people) went to the movies at least once last year.
Reducing the cost of higher education was among the most popular policy concerns during the 2016 presidential primary season, and it’s obvious why. Roughly 43 million Americans collectively owe more than $1.3 trillion in student debt, according to data from the Federal Reserve, and the average graduate now leaves campus owing approximately $37,000. Politicians who propose making higher education either free or debt-free are therefore singing to a very large and collectively powerful choir.
Navigating your way into a new career is a big challenge for a recent grad or any young professional. Moreover, having to do it in a new city can pretty much throw you into uncharted waters. This exciting new experience brings along a ton of challenges you may or may not have thought about: making new friends, adjusting to a new boss, finding your way around unfamiliar neighborhoods and even locating a new go-to coffee shop or restaurant – just to name a handful of things.
It's known as the "world’s oldest profession," but prostitution typically isn't viewed as an honest day's (or night's) work – at least not in the United States. Save for about 19 above-board brothels in Nevada, prostitution is illegal here – both for buyers and sellers, though perhaps disproportionately and with fading zealous. You see, arrests for "Prostitution/criminalized vice" declined by more than 35% from 2004 to 2012, when 56,575 such arrests were made, according to the most recent data available from the Bureau of Justice Statistics. And more than two-thirds of 2012 arrestees were women.
Labor Day in the 21st century is all about beaches, barbeques and ballgames. This year, for example, more than 35 million people plan to travel at least 50 miles from home over the holiday weekend, nearly 195 million will barbeque and hundreds of thousands will attend an exciting slate of college football games. Many of us will also spend hundreds of dollars in the process.
It’s that time of year again, with kids headed back to school and the violent grunts of the world’s best tennis players set to join the Big Apple’s city symphony as play in the 136th US Open commences Aug.29. To get you ready for two weeks of tennis bliss, WalletHub put together the following report which explores the tournament’s financial impact, the economics of professional tennis and fun facts related to this year’s event.
After all, there’s never any shortage of storylines – financial and otherwise – bouncing around the hard courts of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Most notable in 2016, of course, is Serena Williams’ quest to sweep the calendar year’s majors, surpass Steffi Graf for most career Grand Slam victories and take home her share of the largest purse in professional tennis. You’ve also got four American underdogs trying to pull off a major upset in men’s singles and the debut of Arthur Ashe Stadium’s $150 million retractable roof. And even if the on-court action proves uncompelling, New Yorkers still stand to benefit to the tune of roughly $800 million.
Vaping, the practice of inhaling vaporized liquid as a substitute for smoking, constitutes the latest chapter in the deeply interwoven history of America, tobacco and technology. But does it represent actual progress from the public health crisis caused by cigarettes, or is this new nicotine delivery system just a more-fashionable, yet similarly harmful drain on our health – both physical and financial? It’s already a multi-billion dollar market, after all.
The idea of increasing the federal minimum wage above the current $7.25 per hour has gained momentum in recent years, as 29 states and a number of major cities have experimented with significantly higher earnings floors while debate over income inequality has taken center stage in the national political discourse. But can the country afford a higher minimum wage, and how many people would this quick fix really help, anyway?
British voters shocked the world and sent ripples through the global economy with their 52% to 48% decision to leave the European Union on June 23, amid vociferous concern regarding immigration, terrorism and joblessness. And while the so-called Brexit conflates a variety of interconnected socioeconomic issues into a complex topic capable of sparking heated emotions, it’s difficult to tell whether Britain’s impending departure is actually a good or bad move.
The Rio 2016 Olympics are going to be … interesting. Lurking behind the standard fanfare and athletic intrigue that accompany any Summer Games, the first Olympics on South American soil brings with it a certain element of danger. Although Rio de Janeiro isn’t one of the 21 Brazilian cities on the list of the world’s 50 highest murder rates, its 1,202 homicides in 2015 are more than the three most violent U.S. cities combined.
And then there’s Zika. The mosquito-borne virus capable of producing severe birth defects has prompted at least 17 would-be Olympians – including the world’s top four golfers, in the sport’s Olympic return – to pull out of the Games, while putting very reasonable doubt in the minds of visitors from abroad. Olympic officials have, in turn, tried to downplay the dangers and emphasize the millions spent to promote public health during the Games. And yes, Zika cases are down compared to early in the year, but how much solace does that really provide?
Every parent wants the best for their children, including safety, success, love and happiness. And in this day in age, much of that is predicated on a good education. After all, the average person with a bachelor’s degree earns nearly twice as much as the average high school graduate, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, while other research has shown that murder and assault rates tend to fall as graduation rates rise.
Exciting news, Hubsters! We are proud to announce that WalletHub has earned a pair of prestigious accolades: the Gold Stevie for 2016’s best financial services website from the American Business Awards and a gold medal as one of the products of the year from the Consumer World Awards.