Figuratively Speaking by John MacIntyre

Figuratively Speaking For November 22, 2015

Maximum number of days the U.S. Department of Agriculture suggests keeping a fresh turkey before cooking it, according to a National Turkey Federation survey: 2

Number of hours it takes to thaw a frozen 22- to 24-pound turkey in cold water: 11 to 12

Number of days it takes to thaw it in the refrigerator: 5.5 to 6

Number of hours it takes to cook a stuffed 22- to 24-pound turkey in an oven set to 325 degrees Fahrenheit: 5 to 5.5

Source: CNN Money.

Percentage of consumers who say their biggest holiday stress is the cost of gifts, according to a survey by RetailMeNot: 64

Percentage of consumers who are likely to do their winter holiday shopping in-store: 73


Ranks of Minnesota, North Carolina and Arkansas on the list of U.S. states that produce the most turkeys, according to the U.S. Census Bureau: 1, 2, 3

Ranks of Wisconsin, Massachusetts and New Jersey on the list of states that grow the most cranberries: 1, 2, 3

Ranks of North Carolina, California and Mississippi on the list of states that produce the most sweet potatoes: 1, 2, 3

Source: U.S. Census Bureau.

Number of ultra-high net-worth individuals globally -- defined as those with $30 million and above in net assets -- according to a study by Wealth-X and the Sotheby's International Realty brand: 211,000

Percentage of them who own two or more residences: 79

Ranks of the United States, the United Kingdom and Switzerland on the list of the most popular locations for second homes among the ultra wealthy: 1, 2, 3

Source: Wealth-X.

Percentage of Americans who report that they loathe sharing the road with bad drivers -- more than cyclists, buses, taxis, joggers and walkers combined -- according to the Expedia 2015 Road Rage Report: 51

Percentage of all Americans who rate themselves as "careful" drivers, but feel that only 29 percent of fellow drivers merit the description: 97

Source: Expedia.

Estimated amount the average consumer is expected to spend this holiday season, according to the 2015 Deferred Interest Report by CardHub: $834

Projected net rise in credit card debt by the end of the year: $60 billion

Percentage of major retailers who offer financing options to their customers: 73

Source: CardHub.

Even though many financial advisers, friends and family members will tell you owning a home is not all it's cracked up to be, percentage of Americans who believe it's truly the great American dream, according to the Ipsos survey: 81

Percentage who believe it's important to keep the house updated and looking fresh: 88

Source: Ipsos Public Affairs.

Ranks of the Dallas Cowboys, Green Bay Packers, New England Patriots and Denver Broncos on the list of America's favorite football teams, according to the results of a Harris Poll: 1, 2 (tie), 4

Percentage of Americans who believe the worst part of Super Bowl Sunday is having to get up the next morning to go to work or school: 54

Source: The Harris Poll.

Estimated number of Americans who choose to rent rather than buy a home, according to research by Credit Donkey: 105 million

Average rent in the U.S. in 2015: $1,200.

Estimated percentage of American households that spend more than 30 percent of their income to keep a roof over their heads: 41

Percentage of renters who spend more than half their pay on rent: 25


When it comes to expenditures in retirement, percentage of millennials (ages 20 to 37) who think they will spend less than $36,000 per year -- 30 percent less than the current national average, $46,757, for those aged 65 to 74: 70

Percentage who believe they will not be able to retire when they want to, with half this group thinking they will never be able to fully retire: 56

Source: Insured Retirement Institute.

Idle Thought

"Too many people spend money they haven't earned, to buy things they don't want, to impress people they don't like." -- Will Rogers, humorist

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