Quick Hits

According to the National Retail Federation, a record-setting $15.5 billion will be spent on dad this year, beating the previous record by 1.2 billion.  Overall, 77% of the U.S. population will celebrate Father’s Day, which translates to about $136.75 spent per dad.  27% of people will give dads “gifts of experience,” like tickets to a game or a concert, or taking them on a trip or to a restaurant, while others will buy them greeting cards, clothing, consumer electronics and more.

Source: 24/7 Wall Street


A new CareerBuilder survey finds that 70% of employers use social media to screen candidates, a 10% jump from last year, and a whopping 59% increase from 2006.  Social media has become such an important part in judging candidates that 30% of employers actually have someone whose sole task is to do social media research on potential job prospects.  54% of employers say they have found content on social media that made them not hire a candidate for a job, while 44% of employers say that content on a person’s social networking site convinced them to hire a candidate.

Source: Yahoo Finance


A new Robert Half poll finds that only 49% of workers say they feel confident when asking for a pay increase.  36% of people said they’d rather clean their house than ask their boss for more money, while 14% would rather just look for a new job, 5% would prefer a root canal, and 4% would actually rather be audited by the IRS.  90% of those polled think they deserve a raise, with 44% of employees saying they plan to ask for one this year.

Source: Robert Half

A new survey finds that the average parent will spend $51,790 to feed their hungry teenager, with parents of kids between of 13 and 19 saying the typical cost to feed one teenager is about $142 a week.  A third of parents describe their teens as a “bottomless pit,” with 75% saying they don’t know how their teen eats as much as they do.  Parents say they spend an average of one hour and 33 minutes per week planning, buying and preparing food, and they’ll also make three trips to the grocery store each week to keep up with their teens’ food demands.

Top 10 Foods Teens Devour Most at Home

  1. Pizza
  2. Fruit/Vegetables
  3. Cereal
  4. Ice Cream
  5. Potato Chips
  6. Chicken Fingers/Strips/Nuggets
  7. Mac & Cheese
  8. Spaghetti
  9. French Fries
  10. Pancakes/Waffles

Source: Yahoo Finance

Before we get ready for a trip, most of us like to make sure everything is safe and secure - from our homes to our luggage. So to save our suitcases from the risk of going missing, we might add an identification tag with our name and address written on it. Seems like the safe thing to do, right?

Well, the problem is that instead of adding to security, this could actually do the opposite. Travel expert Richard Clive Owens explains that putting that ID tag on your bag “says ‘This house is empty, please burgle - and take your time.” And he says you might be tempted to use a friend’s address instead, but that only makes them more likely to be robbed because the burglars don’t know or care whose house it is.

So what can we do to our luggage to help get it back in case it’s lost? Owens suggests using a work address instead, along with your cell number. That way, if there’s an issue with your smartphone, your name and work address will help you and your suitcase be reunited. Safe travels!

Source: Cosmopolitan

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