6:15- Thinking about popping the question to your sweetheart this Valentine's Day?
Naturally, that comes with the added pressure of buying an engagement ring that can set the buyer back some serious dollars.
However, a new survey by American Express Spending & Saving Tracker says that 59 percent of potential engagement ring purchasers don't want to spend more than two grand, down from 62 percent last year.
Among this frugal group, 21 percent would spend between $1,000 and $2,000 while 38 percent are looking for something under $1,000.
As for the bigger spenders, 25 percent say that their price range falls between $2,000 and $5,000 for an engagement ring while for 16 percent, money is apparently no object as they're willing to exceed five grand for the ultimate token of a person's appreciation for a loved one.
The survey computes that the average price people hope to spend on an engagement ring is $2,311, again lower than the $2,410 from last year.
6:45 See, I had this whole thing that I was planning to talk about with men thinking that their attempts at cleaning up at home were acceptable. Read this.
POLL: MEN ARE HOPELESS ROMANTICS
If you want something done right, you’ve got to do it yourself. That’s definitely the case when it comes to romance- according to a poll, the average modern man’s idea of a romantic gesture leaves something to be desired. The survey found men believe romance means taking the garbage out, doing the dishes, making the bed and even putting the toilet seat down! Of course, while most women would certainly appreciate this, it’s not exactly swoon-worthy. At least guys are aware that their romance skills are lacking- nearly 75% admit they could make a better effort. Hey, it’s the thought that counts, right?
Then I realized, that was kind of a boring topic and that I wanted to talk about the impending storm and pose the question:
Why do we go the to grocery store and get toilet paper, milk, and eggs specifically? Are you planning to go through that much of any of these items in the span of 2 days? Just sayin. I invited people to call but got nothing.
7:15- This is a great way to find a silver lining in all the bad weather we've been having...
BAD WEATHER BOOSTS PRODUCTIVITY
This is the best argument in favor of snow days we’ve ever heard. A study found that contrary to what you might think, bad weather actually boosts productivity! Experts say nasty winter weather- like the kind much of the country has been experiencing lately- helps people focus, since they’re not distracted by thinking about what else they could be doing other than working. Research showed that rates of distractions and mistakes are higher on nice days. http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2014-02-05/awful-weather-makes-for-better-workers-and-more-mouse-trap-sales
8:15- Remember The Chappelle Show? It was wildly popular. Just think the sketch "I'm Rick James Bitch" is 10 years old! Wow. I feel old. I was reminded of it by a great daily newlsetter I get called The Skimm. Here's what they linked to about the article. By the way, you should really sign up for The Skimm.