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Here’s How Much Your July 4th Cookout Should Cost You

With the July 4th holiday just a week away, there are bound to be a bunch of people hosting cookouts and barbecues, which can get costly. But according to the American Farm Bureau Federation, it doesn’t have to be. 

The group put out their annual report on the cost of a typical July 4th cookout, and they claim a bash for 10 people should only set you back $55.07...TOTAL. That's right, you only need to spend about $5.51 per person. Not only does that number sounds low (I mean seriously where do they go shopping?) it is actually a slight decrease (less than 1%) from last year.

The amount is based on 96 volunteer shoppers in 28 states, checking retail prices at their local grocery store to determine the overall costs. And believe it or not, the $55.07 doesn’t just have you serving a few measly burgers and dogs.

According to the report, that cost will get you:

  • eight quarter-pound hamburgers and buns with cheese slices
  • eight hotdogs and buns
  • four pounds of pork spare ribs
  • ketchup and mustard
  • three pounds of Deli potato salad
  • 28-ounces of baked beans
  • 15 ounces of corn chips
  • two quarts of lemonade
  • two quarts of chocolate milk
  • four pounds of watermelon for dessert

Source: American Farm Bureau Federation


Increase Your Chances Of Having Your Lost Phone Returned By Doing This...

It’s no secret that these days most people are addicted to their phones. So, as you can imagine, losing your phone is probably pretty heartbreaking for people, and it turns out summer is a particularly bad time for folks and their phones.

According to a new report by tech company Asurion, summer months see more than a 50% jump in smartphone loss and theft, but it turns out there’s one thing we could all be doing that may increase our chances of getting that lost phone back.

Asurion purposefully “lost” smartphones in three major cities and found that phones that were locked, but featured a person’s contact information on the lock screen, were three times more likely to be returned to their owners than those without contact info. Unfortunately, not a lot of folks do it, with only 25% of people putting their contact info on the lock screen.

So, how do you put your contact info on your lock screen? Well, all you have to do is add your info to any photo, and Asurion suggests the easiest way to do it is to take an Instagram Story using a photo of your choosing, add your info, and then download the image and make it your lock screen. 

  • ONE MORE THING! The company also suggests enabling your phone’s “Find My Phone” feature, which many people think is automatically activated, but it’s not. For iPhone, all you need to do is go into your settings, and for Android, you need to download the Google app Find My Device.

Source: Business Insider


Most People Aren’t Practicing Good Hand Hygiene

Tomorrow is National Handshake Day, and while a handshake may seem like an innocent way to say hello or goodbye to someone, they could actually be pretty dangerous. Why? Well, it turns out a lot of us aren’t practicing good hand hygiene habits, which means that little handshake could be spreading some big germs. 

A recent poll of 1,000 Americans reveals just how bad our hand hygiene really is. For example, 43% of people who pick or blow their nose don’t always wash their hands afterwards, and Staph is commonly found in the nose. What’s more, 56% don’t always wash their hands after covering their mouths when they cough, which could pass on serious respiratory illnesses, and 18% of people don’t always wash their hands after going to the bathroom, and as little as one gram of feces can contain one trillion germs.

All of this could be the reason why a lot of people go out of their way to avoid shaking hands with people. The poll finds that nearly half of all people won’t shake hands with others to avoid germs, and some have found unique ways to avoid that handshake.

Creative ways to avoid a handshake include:

  • Acting like they are looking for something in their purse
  • Pretending to be sick themselves by faking a cough
  • Holding their breath and walking away from people who are sick
  • Pretending to receive a phone call to avoid the greeting
  • Using an elbow to greet
  • Standing away from someone or ignoring them

Source: Business Journals

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