Take 5: A Roundup of Reads From Around the Web

Take 5: A Roundup of Reads From Around the Web

1. How Much Are Americans Spending on Bacon Each Year?

[Credit.com] “If you’re like most Americans, you’re hog-wild about bacon. There’s bacon-flavored bourbon, bacon-flavored vodka, chocolate-covered bacon, chicken-fried bacon, bacon-flavored toothpaste, bacon-flavored gum balls and cupcakes, chocolate bars and donuts and … you know this list is infinite, right?”

We’ve covered America’s love affair with bacon in past stories, and many other outlets have as well. Why has bacon been the focus of so many stories? I honestly have no idea, but according to this story, Americans are now consuming nearly 3 pounds of bacon each annually. Hopefully not in one sitting.

For more interesting bacon stats and recipes, click the link and pig out.

2. How to Identify a Catfish

[The Dollar Stretcher] “Catfishing refers to the practice of hooking someone into an online relationship with a false persona or profile. Why? Beyond some who do it for emotional or vengeful reasons, catfishing often has a bigger goal, namely cash. Even celebrities have fallen prey to catfishers. NFL player Manti Te’o was shocked to find out, after her supposed death, that his online girlfriend Lennay Kekua never existed.”

Although we have done plenty of stories on online dating, until reading this article, I thought a catfish was simply a fish with whiskers. If you’re in the online dating scene, or do anything involving an online profile, check this one out.

3. 7 Trips That Are Better (and Cheaper) in the Fall

[Money] “If you wait until the crowds thin out, you’ll return home with a fatter wallet. Of course, that means knowing where to go — and where to avoid. Consider this a tour guide to great destinations with fantastic prices.”

Ready for a cheap autumn vacation? Here’s your list. It includes London (instead of New York), San Antonio (instead of Austin, Texas), Burlington, Vermont (instead of Portland, Maine), Montreal (instead of Paris) and more.

4. Moving Past Financial Mistakes

[Debt.com] “Wow. I wish I wouldn’t have bought that expensive car. Those high payments are killing me. We all experience financial regret at some point. It’s easy to get frustrated by financial missteps, but how do you put them into perspective and move on?”

It’s always nice to read an article that makes you feel better about the stupid stuff you’ve done, and this one fits the bill. Advice includes accepting that mistakes are part of life, not overblowing it, focusing on the positive, giving yourself credit and changing your behavior.

Check out the post for details, then check out “How to Avoid 12 Common Money Mistakes.”

5. Health Risks and 5 Other Secrets Barcodes Can Tell You

[Wise Bread] “From secrets about the product’s manufacturer, to allergy information and user reviews, here are six amazing things that barcodes can tell you.”

While I’ve used barcodes to comparison shop with a shopping app, I’ve never given much thought to what else they can reveal. But with the right apps, they can tell you plenty. Check out this post, download some apps and start getting more info about the things you buy.

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