From stolen Honda Accords to relaxation guilt

By the numbers: Mostly depressing

46 million

Americans who “rely on food pantries and meal service programs to feed themselves and their families,” according to a massive survey of 60,000 adults conducted by Feeding America, the nation’s largest charitable food provider.

Other interesting results: 43 percent are white, 10 percent are adult students, and 7 million are senior citizens.


Honda Accords stolen last year, according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau. That makes it the most-stolen vehicle by far. Second place? The Honda Civic at exactly 45,0001. There’s a big drop-off to third place and the first domestic car on the list: the Chevy full-size pickup at 27,809.


What the average family is expected to have spent on back-to-school shopping this year. (The exact number is still being crunched.) That’s a lot more than they wanted. A survey by GoBankingRates said 84 percent thought a “reasonable” budget for back-to-school season was under $500.

47 percent

Americans who have shopped in thrift stores within the past year, according to the website, which also explains that price isn’t the only reason: “52 percent of thrift store shoppers say they do because it feels like a treasure hunt and 35 percent can’t resist the thrill of finding a truly unique item they couldn’t purchase elsewhere.”


The median hourly wage for the “transportation, storage, and distribution managers” — which are the highest-paying jobs that require only a high school diploma and “short-term or no on-the-job training.” In other words, if you don’t have a college degree and not many skills, this is the best you can do, says new research from Careerbuilder. Which isn’t too shabby.

“It’s a myth that only good jobs go to college graduates and that workers with high school degrees are destined to low-wage careers,” says Rosemary Haefner, CareerBuilder’s HR VP. “It’s important to note, however, that most high-paying jobs available to high school grads involve skill sets that require extensive post-secondary training or several-years’ worth of prior experience — and are often in fields that have seen declining employment in recent years.”

38 percent

Adults who “frequently feel guilty about relaxing, which can’t please the company that commissioned the poll. Princess Cruises also learned, “28 percent of those polled feel stressed out by the mere thought of trying to relax. That figure increases to 39 percent for parents and 41 percent among Americans under 40.” Relaxation guilt — sounds terrible.

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