Happy Labor Day!

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Labor Day Infographic

Happy Labor Day to all my American readers, and to my non-American readers, Happy Monday! Being as it’s a holiday for many of us, I thought I’d spare you all from my normal and sometimes verbose prose and share this cool little infographic I found last week. What I like about Labor Day, other than the day off I would get while in the corporate world, is that it’s the unofficial beginning of fall for many of us. I don’t know that I’d agree with that this year though, as it hit 100 degrees in Omaha last week and shows few signs of letting up.

While that weather is perfect for the watermelons, tomatoes and peppers growing in our back yard garden, it’s not as good for me. That said, I love fall and everything it brings. I love the cooler weather, the changing colors of the leaves, the upcoming holidays and football! For those of us, like me, that love watching a good football game, the summer is long and arduous as we await the new season. That said, I do like summer because of things like grilling and travel, which is part of what this infographic touched on. So, as many of us march towards the fall, I hope you’re enjoying your three day weekend. Ours will likely be filled with some sort of grilling and enjoying time with family.

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What stood out to you most about the infographic? Am I the only one that thinks 162 cans of soda in one summer is a bit much for someone to consume, or finds $635 on back to school supplies just a bit much?

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  • FI Pilgrim says:

    I’m probably in the minority, but I don’t think I’ve ever traveled on Labor Day… I couldn’t tell you why, though. Maybe because all I’m thinking about at this point in the year is football starting back up?

  • I completely agree – 162 cans of soda seems crazy – even for Americans!! 🙂

    As does $1233 for back to school items for high school students!

    Oh well, goodbye summer, hello autumn!!

  • We start a monthly savings fund each September so that we have enough money come the following August to pay for all the school items. Back to school is truly an insane time for spending. Enjoy your day John!

  • That is a crazy amount of soda to drink. I think I would be lucky to have 10 cans…

  • Labor Day is always a really sad time for us because it means that summer really is over. The kid head back to school and Fall begins!

  • An AVERAGE of 162 cans of soda!?! Someone must be drinking 300+ because I know our family is no where near that.

    Summer is a great season and I’ll miss it, but I also really enjoy the fall. Cooler temperatures, lots of fresh vegetables and fruit, the annual fall fair!

  • It was 75 and cloudy here yesterday, and oddly, it felt wonderful after the blazing heat we’ve been dealing with! WOW – those back to school expense numbers are painful to look at! If we were “average”, we would’ve spent just under $2500 for our kids to start school! I’m so thankful we’re below average regarding this stat. 🙂 I wish I could say the same about the hot dog consumption, LOL.

  • I agree, 162 cans of soda seems a bit much! Maybe for a whole family? I’m totally off the chart. I’m not going anywhere, I don’t drink soda, and I don’t have to worry about back to school stuff. 🙂

  • I feel like I drink too much soda, but who drinks 13+ 12 packs by themselves? That’s also crazy with the school supplies. I heard $350 per kid and thought that was high. I did enjoy that many more people went to National Parks than Disney! Have a good day.

  • I can’t believe how much money people spend on back to school stuff for high schoolers! It’s funny because I hardly do any of those things on the infographic. I am looking forward to the fall holidays though like halloween and thanksgiving! thanksgiving is my favorite holiday by far!

  • Michelle says:

    That’s a lot of soda! I hardly drink soda because it gives me migraines, so that surprises me!

  • I have to agree with you John, 162 cans of soda in a summer, wow! That’s a lot! I think the 7 billion dogs number is what stood out the most. It’s a pretty neat graphic, thanks!

  • Hmm that does seem like a lot of soda, because one can a day for three months would be about 90 cans. I guess a lot of people have the 20 ounce bottles or drink two cans a day. Still seems off, I’d question the research 😉

  • Untemplater says:

    Happy Labor Day! I’ve been spending a lot of time outdoors this long weekend and (gasp) going shopping, which I hardly ever do. I found some great deals on clothes which I haven’t bought in a while so I don’t feel too guilty for spending a little money on myself for a change. It’s pretty crazy how much stuff there is to buy in this world. It’s endless really, so I like to be really sure I want and will use something before I pay for it.

  • I can´t wait for fall to get here.. yesterday, there was a sudden weather change with a drop in temperature, making the air more crisp. I´m definitely hoping for a dry, crisp fall this year!:-)

  • Happy Labor Day to you as well, John! We spent $60 on back to school supplies, but we only have one second grader! When both kids are in the upper grades…whoo boy!

  • I think I would have to go with the soda thing. That is quite a lot. I don’t even drink that many sodas per year. Happy Labor Day John!

  • Happy Labor day to you! Fall is my favorite season too. I love the leaves changing color, the cooler weather and the “flavors” of fall (pumpkin, apple etc.) Bring on the Sam Oktoberfest!

  • 100 degrees – ouch! It’s been quite warm here too, which is tough when you don’t have air conditioning!! Well, we did two of the top summer activities – Disneyland and a cruise. 🙂 I am definitely looking forward to the holidays, although a small part of me can’t believe that we’re going to talking costumes, turkey and Santa in a just a few weeks! Hope you had a great Labor Day weekend, John!

  • Catherine says:

    We celebrate Labour day in Canada too!
    That is a disgusting amount of pop. I’d hate to see their teeth!

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