On Sunday, February 5th, the New England Patriots and New York Giants will battle it out in Indianapolis for the Super Bowl XLVI championship while consumers also battle it out and compete for the top Super Bowl party. This is good news for retailers and advertisers since Super Bowl Sunday is the most important snack, electronic, and ad purchase day of the year. Consumers impress their friends with the biggest parties, the most snacks, and often the latest and greatest big screen TVs, increasing retail sales and sales tax revenue. Check out our infographic to see how much America typically spends on the Super Bowl.
For many, the most nerve-wracking conversation for both the employer and employee is a discussion about a salary raise. Nationally, employees will receive an average 3 percent wage increase this year. With this in mind, employers must carefully decide who gets a raise and when, while employees must perfect the art of salary negotiation. Consult this guide to become fully versed in the ins and outs of the salary raise. (Via: MindFlash. H/T: Tagged.com)
How much money do you need to be rich? It seems that like beauty, wealth is in the eye of the beholder. A recent Gallup poll found that Americans’ perceptions of what it means to be “rich” vary by demographic group. Click “Launch Infographic” to see a visual guide on how other Americans define wealth. (Via: Tagged.com. H/T: Fife Nissan Dealers).
Therapists are expensive. If you're going to spend the money, you might as well get a gadget or a new pair of shoes out of it, right? That's the theory, at least, behind "Retail Therapy". Click to enlarge.
For years, tuition rates have far out-paced the rate of inflation. College students are now borrowing twice as much as they did just a decade ago. This year the total amount of student loan debt will exceed $1 trillion, the highest amount ever. This steep rise comes at a time of stubbornly high unemployment and economic frailty, creating a perfect storm. The combination of record student loan debt and high unemployment has put a severe burden on millions of young people. So, how can new college-bound debtors fight back? By choosing the degrees that are most likely to lead to jobs with high entry-level salaries. Click to enlarge.
Surviving the holidays is a feat — but surviving the holidays debt-free is something to be truly proud of. During the holiday season, retailers try to squeeze every last dime from our pocket books and credit cards. But if we know what to watch out for, we could (easily or not) survive debt-free. The infographic below will help you navigate — and survive — the typical obstacle course that retailers and credit card issuers set for their customers, during the holiday season and beyond. Good luck! (Via: Credit Sesame. H/T: Conservative Haven)
We all know that the holidays are here. We also know in a down economy it's time to be frugal. Will you be returning gifts this year to put a little extra cash in your pocket? Will any of your gifts be returned? Should we even care?
From September to November, shoppers head to stores in droves to pick up their favorite electronics, sporting goods, and more. But not all businesses thrive this time of year. Below, we examine what retail sectors get the biggest fall boost and what sectors fall flat. Via.