Sunday is St. Patrick’s Day. As is
our tradition, our family spends time with some friends and neighbors. We’ll
all dress in green and enjoy some traditional foods, such as corned beef and
cabbage, and Irish soda bread. What about you? Do you celebrate St. Patrick’s
Day? If so, let us know!
Anyway, there are loads of interesting information about St. Patrick’s
Day. Here are a few, from mentalfloss.com:
- Blue, not green: St. Patrick’s color was “Saint
Patrick’s blue,” a light shade. The color green only became associated with the
day after it was linked to the Irish independence movement in the late 18th
- Patrick was British: Although he made his mark
by introducing Christianity to Ireland in the year 432, Patrick wasn’t Irish
himself. He was born to Roman parents in Scotland or Wales in the late fourth
- It might have been St. Maewyn’s Day: According
to Irish legend, St. Patrick wasn’t originally called Patrick. His birth name
was Maewyn Succat, but he changed his name to Patricius after becoming a
- About those shamrocks: According to Irish
legend, the saint used the three-leafed plant as a metaphor for the Holy
Trinity when he was first introducing Christianity to Ireland.
- About that phrase: So what does “Erin go Bragh”
mean? It’s a corruption of the Irish Éirinn go Brách, which roughly means “Ireland
Since we’re talking history here, let’s acknowledge today, March 15, which is the Ides of March. (You might have heard the expression, “beware the Ides of March.”) This marks the day in 44 B.C. that conspirators led by Marcus Junius Brutus stabbed Julius Caesar to death before the Roman senate. This was a significant turning point in Roman history.
Well, let’s end this history lesson by wishing you all a happy and safe St. Patrick’s Day!
Whether you like it or not, on Sunday at 2 a.m. we’ll be turning
the clocks ahead an hour. After speaking about it with people in our office, I realized
how divisive this event can be!
While some like the extra daylight when they leave the
office, others complain about how tired they are for several weeks until their
What do you think of Daylight Saving Time – good thing or
not so good thing?
Let’s take a look at some of the not so good things about DST,
according to msn.com:
- Daylight savings can cause sleep deprivation:
By springing ahead, we can alter our circadian rhythm and this can throw us off
for several weeks.
- DST can put people at greater risk for
cardiovascular conditions: A 2014 study found that on the Monday after DST
begins, 24% more people have heart attacks than on other Mondays throughout the
year. On the flipside, the study noted a 21% decrease in heart attacks the
Tuesday after DST ends.
- It can lead to an increase in workplace
injuries: The 2013 Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Survey of Occupational Injuries
and Illnesses reported a rise in injuries in the summer months – and a decrease
in November and December, after a return to standard time.
- And more car accidents: Austin C. Smith, an
assistant professor of economics at Miami University, reports a 6.3% increase
in fatal car accidents for six days following the spring time change.
- You might be less productive at the office
because of DST: DST might also be to blame for “cyberloafing” – the act of
wasting time online at work. A series of studies conducted at Pennsylvania
State University in 2012 found that on the Monday after the time change
employees are more likely to browse websites unrelated to their job.
On the other hand, there are good things about Daylight
Saving Time. Here are some interesting tidbits from popularmechanics.com:
- In the Western world, we typically spend more
awake time in the evenings than in the mornings. We also enjoy many benefits
from being awake in the sunshine. This leads to an increase in vitamin D,
increased exercise, increased socializing, and overall improvements to mental
health that come with sunlight.
- A paper from the Brookings Institute finds that
there’s a 7% decrease in crime following the shift to DST. In 2007, when DST
was extended through November 1, that drop resulted in an estimated $59 million
in savings from robberies not committed. The reason is simple: crimes tend to
happen much more often in darkness. Extend the daylight, and crimes, especially
outdoor crimes like muggings, go down.
- Opponents of DST note that, in the week
following the spring clock change, traffic accidents spike. But, DST lasts
eight months, not a week, and the net effect of DST on traffic accidents is
overwhelmingly positive. In fact, studies actually estimate that we could save
about 366 more lives per year if we extended DST all year round. It is, very
simply, easier to drive in daylight.
So remember to move any clocks – at least those that are not connected to the Internet in some way – ahead one hour.
Have a great weekend, and I hope you’re not too groggy on Monday!
Like almost everybody else, I LOVE coupons! And I’m sure
most of you do, too. In fact, according to CreditCards.com, 85% of Americans
Do you use coupons? If so, where do you get your coupons? Oh,
and another thing: A few times I’ve forgotten to bring my (paper) coupons with
me to the store. Anyone have any suggestions for remembering to bring and use
their coupons? Let us know by leaving a comment!
Anyway, a website called accessdevelopment.com pulled together a massive amount of information about coupons. Here are just a few of the very interesting stats cited:
- 97% of consumers look for deals when they shop
and 92% said they are always looking
- 81% of consumers search for dining deals on a
- 85% of consumers look for coupons prior to
visiting a retailer
- 74% of consumers review circulars and print ads
before making a purchase
- $3.1 billion was saved by consumers in 2017
thanks to coupons
- 42% of consumers save over $30/week using
coupons; 30% save over $50/week
- Over half of consumers use a coupon in at least
one of every four purchases
- 87% of Millennials, 91% of Generation Xers and
96% of Baby Boomers used coupons in 2016
- 53% of consumers indicated they invest over two
hours a week looking for deals and savings across all sources
- 55% of consumers said they use both digital and
- 52% of consumers print out digital coupons for
use in stores
Finally, here are some useful scanning tips regarding
coupons and deals:
you purchase items using a special deal like a coupon, discount, or store sale,
please let us know. Manufacturers and retailers really want to know what types
of deals you’re using when you buy their products.
coupons have barcodes on them. Of course we want you to tell us about any
coupons you use, but please do not scan the barcode on the
coupon. Although the scanner or NCPMobile App may accept the barcode, the
information is not readable to us.
Well, I have to get back to clipping my coupons! Have a
great weekend, and happy shopping!