Countries all around the world have their own unique New Year’s traditions. Many places feature customary cuisine, such as lentils (Brazil and Italy), suckling pig (Austria) and grapes (Spain). Others get a bit more creative. The Danish, for example, smash broken china on friends’ front doors, supposedly in a sign of affection. But you obviously don’t need to go global to learn a lot about New Year’s.
We have plenty of customs right here at home, from watching a giant crystal-covered ball drop in Time’s Square and drinking sparkling spirits at midnight to eating black-eyed peas and making resolutions on Jan. 1. But there’s still a lot to learn about even the most famous New Year’s traditions. For instance, did you know that the Time’s Square ball weighs nearly six tons , or that 360 million glasses of sparkling wine are consumed in the U.S. each New Year’s Eve? The fact that New Year’s Eve is the busiest night of the year for celebratory gunfire may come as a surprise, too.
In the 1980s, at the height of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, more than 59,000 Americans lost their lives to this brutal disease. The $146.6 billion that federal funding have contributed to the battle against AIDS, just since 2012, is paying off. But the fight is far from over.
AIDS still claims far too many lives. And HIV is still far too costly, increasing the average patient’s healthcare costs by roughly 20%. So to help build awareness for this important cause, WalletHub put together an infographic filled with HIV/AIDS factoids and consulted a panel of experts about the disease’s various costs. You can find everything below.
WalletHub conducted a nationally representative survey of American consumers to see what people are planning to buy this holiday season, how much they’re going to spend, how they’re going to pay and more. You can find the results in the following infographic.
Settlers of the Plymouth Colony and their Wampanoag tribe predecessors kicked off a grand tradition way back in 1621. And for that we should all be thankful, if for nothing else than a day off from work and school. But the Thanksgiving we celebrate today is a lot different than that first festival in honor of a particularly bountiful harvest.
Sure, we still eat turkey, potatoes and pumpkin. And we continue to use the occasion to reflect on the things we cherish most, such as friends and family. But a pair of additional F’s – football and Friday – has become just as important to some. The NFL’s three-game Thanksgiving slate earned nearly 68 million combined viewers last year, and we spent more than $5.03 billion on Black Friday online shopping – on top of the billions we spent preparing for Thanksgiving itself. So, if it isn’t tryptophan that puts you to sleep this Thanksgiving, it might be 12 hours of pigskin or an early wake-up call for a day of deal hunting.
Diabetes costs the U.S. economy over $327 billion per year, making it the country’s most expensive disease. But the damage obviously extends well beyond dollars and cents. It’s the 7th most deadly disease in the U.S., claiming over 80,000 lives per year and becoming a daily concern for millions more.
Yet the roughly 9 in 10 Americans who don’t have diabetes probably don’t understand the full extent of the struggle, either. The same can also be said of the nearly 1 in 4 people with diabetes who don’t know they have it.
WalletHub conducted a nationally representative survey of over 500 Americans to see how much people are planning to spend on Halloween festivities as well as what aspects of personal finance frighten folks the most. You can find the results in the following infographic.
Each October, brisk autumn days at the ballpark give way to hot-stove winters, and America’s national pastime adds another season to the record books with a World Series. It’s been that way since 1903. Sure, some things have changed. Everyone’s a lot richer now. Games are played under the lights, often into the early hours of the morning. And TV cameras pitch all the action, plus a lot of ads, to viewers worldwide.
But the bases are still 90 feet apart. The pitcher’s mound is still 60 feet, six inches away from home plate. And there’s no shortage of intrigue and excitement surrounding this year’s matchup, as the Boston Red Sox square off against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 114th World Series.
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. Did you know, for example, that ringing doorbells and lighting candles are thought to ward away witches, ghosts and evil spirits? And how frightening can haunted houses really be when charities operate 80% of them?
Even if you’re not prone to spooking, there’s always something interesting to learn about Halloween. For instance, 18% of people plan to put costumes on pets, and 72% of parents admit to stealing candy from their kids. And that’s just the beginning. To ease your fears and help you gain a new appreciation for this hallowed holiday, WalletHub explored Halloween from all angles.
As a licensed private investigator and a Certified Identity Theft Risk Management Specialist, I’m naturally well aware of identity theft and the various other crimes that accompany it. But I’m perhaps even better acquainted with these matters because I was actually a victim before I dedicated my professional life to helping others protect themselves from fraud.
Just because the holidays have come and gone does not mean the holiday shopping season is over. Its final act is actually just beginning. Many people have unwanted gifts they’d like to return, which can lead to more shopping as well as a fair amount of frustration. We also have holiday debt to deal with and financial resolutions we’re trying to stick to. With that in mind, WalletHub conducted a nationally representative online survey to see how the first part of the holiday shopping season went as well as what we can expect for its finale and how optimistic consumers are about 2018. You can find the complete results in the following infographic.
You can learn a lot about people from their travel habits generally and their attitudes toward winter travel in particular. After all, winter travel can be especially trying, on both our patience and our wallets.
To get a better sense of how U.S. consumers are feeling about their ability to get away heading into the most expensive time of the year, WalletHub conducted a nationally representative online survey. You can find the results in the following infographic.
Love coffee? In honor of National Coffee Day on Sept. 29, WalletHub compiled a list of coffee retailers offering special discounts and other promotions to their customers during the holiday and other days of the week.
Some of the deals include buy one coffee, get one free (of equal or lesser value) at participating Dunkin' Donuts locations; one free any-size coffee at participating Krispy Kreme locations; and 20 percent off all pods at Keurig.com. Find out exactly what specials are brewing at each store below.
From barrels brimming with beer and boots made for drinking to Bavarian pretzels and pork knuckles, Oktoberfest has it all. That’s why this centuries-old celebration brings more than six million partiers to Munich for a couple weeks each October. Yet only about 2% of the crowd typically hails from the U.S. And it’s little wonder why, considering 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 don’t need to visit the original Oktoberfest to feel the vibe. Many cities host their own festivals – most notably, Cincinnati and San Francisco. Even more local watering holes throw themed parties. Or, maybe you just want to get festive at home. No matter what, we’ve got all the information you need to understand what you’re “prost”-ing to.
In honor of Veteran’s Day, WalletHub conducted a nationally representative survey to gauge people’s opinions about military personal-finance perks and a whole lot more. You can find the complete results in the following infographic.
The release of each new iPhone model is a big-money occasion. Not just for Apple, the world's largest company by market capitalization and a new Warren Buffet favorite. But also for consumers, who will reportedly be asked to shell out up to $1,400 for the new device at a time when credit card debt is approaching record highs. The key, it seems, is that credit scores are at lofty historical levels, too. In other words, installment plans and other financing arrangements will help the iPhone remain as popular as ever into its second decade.
But how much do consumers really know about the connection between their credit scores and monthly cell phone bills? Do we care more about our phones than our credit scores?
Labor Day weekend is not just the last summer holiday you can celebrate — it’s also one of the best times of the year to shop. Many retailers mark down their inventory considerably during the holiday, which is why many parents hold off until then to do their children’s back-to-school shopping. You’re likely to find deep discounts on just about everything, from clothes to books to furniture to video games.
For more than a year, WalletHub kept an eye on America’s biggest retailers to find out what special deals they have in store for the upcoming holiday shopping bonanza. We also tracked various product categories to see which among them are discounted most heavily in September compared with the rest of the year. The standouts? Treadmills. If your wish list includes those items, September is the time to make room in your budget.
Labor Day in the 21st century is all about beaches, BBQs, ballgames and buying things. This year, for example, 25% of Americans plan to get out of town for Labor Day weekend . More than 133 million will enjoy a cookout. Thousands will pack college football stadiums. And the average Labor Day weekend shopper will spend $58 in the process, according to WalletHub’s survey.
But it hasn’t always been that way. Labor Day’s roots can be traced back to the streets of 1880s New York City, where rival union leaders joined forces to protest the unfair labor practices that plagued industry at the time.
Most people know that credit scores are important, especially when it comes to applying for credit cards and loans. But what about the other ways in which our credit history can have present and future implications for our wallets? If you have car insurance, for example, your monthly payments probably are affected by your track record as a borrower.
To see just how much drivers across the country know about the connection between car insurance and credit scores, WalletHub conducted a nationally representative online survey. We asked about matters ranging from the factors that people think do and should affect car insurance rates to their opinions of car insurance companies.
People have all sorts of excuses for not checking their credit reports more often. Some say they just don’t have time. Others are afraid to see what’s on there. But two things are abundantly clear: 1) Credit reports are among the most important documents in our financial lives; and 2) We’d review them far more frequently if they were simpler.
That’s why WalletHub gives you free credit reports, updated daily, plus a timeline highlighting important changes. And to get a sense of just how much this type of simpler option could help people, WalletHub conducted a nationally representative survey on the subject of credit report complexity. You can check out the findings below.
American Express (a WalletHub partner) is a venerable brand, known for customer service and as a status symbol. So it’s understandable that you’d be interested in the company’s cards. But thinking you want an Amex is a far cry from knowing you’ve found the best card for your needs. Please note, American Express is a WalletHub partner.