If you’re worried about running into some bad luck today, you’re not alone. Here are four stats about Friday the 13th and superstitions . . .
- 80% of people consider themselves to be superstitious.
- The most common superstition we have is wearing lucky socks . . . followed by knocking on wood . . . wearing lucky pants . . . having a lucky coin . . . and crossing our fingers.
- The top five moments when we’re MOST superstitious are: when we’re taking a test . . . when we’re buying a lotto ticket or gambling . . . during an important life moment like buying a house or getting married . . . when we’re looking for a new job . . . and when it’s Friday the 13th or Halloween.
- And about 5% of people say they plan on STAYING HOME all day today to reduce their chances of having bad luck.
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Here are five lies you’re probably telling yourself about money.
- You have “good debt.” We’ve all been told there’s a difference between “good debt” like student loans or your mortgage . . . and “bad debt” like from credit cards. And while it’s true that some kinds of debt are worse than others, it’s best to avoid it altogether.
- You don’t have enough to invest. If you have enough money for a Netflix subscription or a cup of coffee at Starbucks, then you have money you can invest.
- You’ll be earning more in the future. We all want to assume we’ll earn more as we get older and more experienced, but there are no guarantees.
- You saved money buying something on sale. If you rationalize a purchase by saying it was on sale, or that you used a coupon, you’re ignoring the fact that money still left your wallet. You only truly “save” money if you were planning to buy it anyway.
- You get paid well, so your crappy job is worth it. Financial security is important, so it’s not necessarily smart to quit your stressful job, follow your passion, and become a professional “Pokemon Go” player.
But if you live reasonably and spend wisely, you should be able to find a middle ground where bills get paid AND you’re happy at work.
When OPRAH WINFREY invested $43 million in Weight Watchers last year, the stock went up and she doubled her money almost instantly. Then last month, she made $12 million in an hour just by posting a 30-second Weight Watchers ad about how she eats bread everyday.
But just so you know, Oprah is NOT magic. She loses money on the stock market like everybody else. Last Thursday, the stock plummeted 27% . . . meaning she lost $24 MILLION at the drop of a hat.
Don’t worry about her though. She bought in when the shares were $6.79, and it’s currently at $11.01. So she’s still up around $75 million since buying in five months ago . . . and she’s worth $3 BILLION overall.
Summer officially starts this Sunday. According to eye doctors, here are five tips for buying a good pair of sunglasses . . .
- Make sure they have 100% U.V. protection.
U.V. rays are radiation from the sun that can make you develop cataracts.
A survey last year found less than half of us check the U.V. sticker on sunglasses before we buy them.
So check the tag the next time you buy a cheap pair at a gas station.
Some of those only block about 40% of U.V. rays.
- Big sunglasses are better, because they keep more of the U.V. rays out. Ideally they should be oversized, and wrap around your face.
- The color of the lenses doesn’t matter, and neither does how dark they are. Lighter lenses can still block all of the U.V. rays.
- Polarized lenses reduce glare, not necessarily U.V. exposure. So if you’re buying polarized sunglasses, make sure they block 100% of U.V. rays too.
- Don’t break the bank. You don’t have to spend a hundred bucks to protect your eyes. $10 sunglasses with 100% U.V. protection work just as well.
Supposedly, turkeys aren’t quite as dumb as most people think they are . . . but I’m not buying it. There’s a video on YouTube of a male turkey trying to mate with a female, which starts running around in circles to get away.