Figuratively Speaking by John MacIntyre

Figuratively Speaking For May 18, 2014

Of the roughly $48 billion in loyalty rewards dispensed each year, percentage of that amount that is never redeemed, according to a CardHub report: 33

Ranks of rewards expiring after a missed payment and requirements that consumers meet a minimum threshold before rewards could be redeemed on the list of the most common limitations found among all rewards cards: 1, 2

Source: CardHub.

Percentage of consumers who say that even if they had an abundance of money they would still use savings tactics when they shop, according to a survey by Time Inc.'s smart-shopping brand All You and RetailMeNot: 84

Ranks of shopping for clearance items, using coupons in-store and using coupon codes online on the list of tactics they would use: 1, 2, 3

Source: RetailMeNot.com.

Percentage higher tax penalties (as a percentage of adjusted gross income) that audited consumers who make less than $200,000 pay than people making more than $200,000, according to WalletHub: 83

Number of times higher the penalty is for audited corporations that earn $250,000 to $1 million than corporations earning $10 million to $50 million: 11

Source: WalletHub.

Between 1965 and last year, growth in the median annual earnings among full-time workers ages 25 to 32 with a college degree, according to a report from the Pew Research Center: $6,667

In the same period, fall in the typical high school graduate's earnings: $3,384

Source: Pew Research Center's Social & Demographic Trends.

Average annual repair costs to small businesses to maintain a PC that is four years old or older, according to a study conducted by Techaisle with 736 small businesses in six countries -- the U.S., Brazil, China, Germany, Russia and India: $427

Hours lost: 7

Source: Techaisle.

Percentage of brides who say that the first wedding photo they posted or will post to social media was or will be a "selfie" (self-portrait photograph, typically taken with a handheld digital camera or camera phone), according to a Wakefield Research survey: 40

Source: Invisalign.

Percentage of men who feel self-conscious about the car they drive when picking up women on the first date, according to a survey by AnastasiaDate: 25

Percentage of men who think women are more interested in the type of car a man drives than the job he has: 30

Source: AnastasiaDate.

Percentage of CFOs not ready to stop working upon retirement who find the prospect of consulting somewhat or very attractive, according to a survey from Robert Half Management Resources: 75

Source: Robert Half Finance & Accounting.

Percentage of women for whom feelings of self-worth are intertwined with the act of giving back, according to a poll conducted by Ipsos on behalf of Loreal Paris: 96

Ranks of hardworking, independent, honest and resourceful on the list of qualities women with strong self-worth are very likely to have: 1, 2, 3, 4

Ranks of being fit, elegant, beautiful or wealthy on the list of attributes that are least likely to be associated with self-worth: 1, 2, 3, 4

Source: Ipsos Public Affairs.

Average amount that consumers spent on Mom this Mother's Day, up 11 percent from last year's $152.52, according to a National Retail Federation Mother's Day spending survey: $168.94

Total spending: $20.7 billion

Source: NRF.

Idle Thought

"A person usually has two reasons for doing something: a good reason and the real reason." -- Thomas Carlyle

(Readers can contact John MacIntyre at johnmacintyre(at)bwr.eastlink.ca.)