The credit card is an American invention. But while we use credit to pay for plenty of Independence Day purchases, plastic isn’t so patriotic in the minds of many. Some believe credit card debt doesn’t fit with core U.S. ideals, such as freedom and independence. Others say Uncle Sam tracks our credit card spending, restricting civil liberties.
It’s not all gloom, doom and conspiracy theories, though. These days, we tend to trust credit card companies more than cornerstone institutions such as the federal government and media. And most people think access to credit should be a fundamental right.
Fireworks and freedom: That’s what America does on the Fourth of July to celebrate the nation’s birthday, which was established with the pen strokes of 56 founding fathers on the Declaration of Independence in 1776. Plus, we eat a whole lot of hotdogs: 150 million in total. We make a toast or two to good old Uncle Sam, shelling out more than $1.6 billion on July Fourth beer and wine. And we travel, with a record 44 million of us planning to venture 50+ miles from home this year.
While 2017 marks America’s 242nd birthday, there’s still a lot that we all can learn about Independence Day. To help fill you in and pump up your patriotism, we put together an awesome infographic filled with fun facts about this red, white and blue anniversary. We also polled a panel of leading American-studies experts for some added insight. You can check it out below.
Time off from work means more time to shop, which is why retailers roll out the red, white and blue carpet in honor of Independence Day, offering some of the biggest savings of the year. In order to help Americans celebrate their freedom from undue expense, WalletHub tracked offers from a dozen big retailers for the past year to help you easily find the best deals of the holiday and the rest of the month.
Listed below are WalletHub’s picks of the 10 most firecracking deals from the heap, followed by the top offers in eight product categories such as Furniture, Patio & BBQ and Electronics. You’ll also find each item’s sale price and discount percentage to show you exactly how much you stand to save.
May is American Stroke Month. It’s on the calendar every year, and for good reason. Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the U.S. The odds of any of us having one at some point in our lifetime are far too high. And the disease has already cost us way too much.
That’s why taxpayers, pharmaceutical companies and other vested parties have spent billions of dollars researching stroke in recent years. And it’s why the month of May is reserved for building awareness, not to mention soliciting a few donations here and there.
Memorial Day is more than just a day off from work or school, an excellent occasion for a backyard barbeque or a chance to travel. Sure, all of those celebratory staples speak to the holiday’s true spirit. But above all else, Memorial Day honors Americans who have died in service to their country. This holiday is not one of somber reflection, however. We instead choose to celebrate by enjoying the many freedoms that American servicemen and women have perished protecting.
That includes fundamental rights such as freedom of speech, trial by jury, and protection against cruel and unusual punishment. It also extends to relative trivialities such as the ability to save up to 90% with Memorial Day weekend sales or ride roaring Harleys through the nation’s capital. And yes, 75% of us do indeed barbeque each Memorial Day weekend, while 39.3 million take a trip. Memorial Day’s place on the calendar has positioned it as the unofficial start to summer for many, after all.
Some people travel on Memorial Day weekend. Others shop. If you’re one of the latter, WalletHub’s been tracking offers from a dozen big retailers for the past year to help you easily find the best deals of the holiday and the rest of the month.
Listed below are WalletHub’s picks of the 10 most exceptional deals from the heap, followed by the top offers in eight product categories such as Apparel and Electronics. You’ll also find each item’s sale price and discount percentage to show you exactly how much you stand to save.
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.