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.
The United States has the oldest minimum drinking age of any country where alcohol consumption is legal, at 21 years. In contrast, roughly 61% set their minimum age at 18 or 19 years old – including France, Russia and the United Kingdom – while 12% range from 10 to 17 years old and another 10% have no such restriction, according to the World Health Organization. So is this a sign of superior American judgment or an example of us stubbornly lagging behind much of the global community?
Held on the hallowed, brick-laden ground of Indianapolis Motor Speedway each July, the Brickyard 400 has long been one of NASCAR’s most-watched races. It’s an event with cherished traditions, such as the post-race kissing of the bricks, and a healthy dose of intrigue – with Indiana native Tony Stewart seeking his third Brickyard win in his Indianapolis Motor Speedway finale.
Food presents a number of quandaries for folks these days. We obviously love to eat, but trying to balance health consciousness, time constraints, the differing tastes of family members and perhaps even environmental concerns can be difficult, not to mention expensive. The average American spends roughly $6,759 on food each year, which makes dining our third largest expense category, and buys 5.8 meals or snacks from restaurants each week, according to the United States Healthful Foods Council.
Call it a sign of society’s moral erosion, an act of economic desperation or folks finally coming to their senses, but a record-high number of Americans – 61% – now support marijuana legalization, according to a March 2016 survey by the AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. Such sentiment is the product of a decades-long shift in perspective, which has taken this hot-button issue from the realm of “I didn't inhale, and I never tried again” to "When I was a kid I inhaled frequently; that was the point." And that’s just commanders in chief talking!
College athletics generate nearly $1 trillion in annual revenue for the NCAA and its member institutions, yet relatively little of that goes to the real stars of the show. The average top-tier football or men’s basketball player earns his school roughly $200,000 per season, according to NCAA data, while being compensated to the tune of $14,000 in education, food and housing each year. And all of that can disappear just as quickly as an ACL can tear, as scholarships are not guaranteed.