Money Talks

Spending dollars and what they are used to purchase reveal cultural norms, offer insight about accessibility, and provide information concerning values.  A recently published article detailing America’s consumer patterns shows the metaphorical language spoken when money talks in the United States.  A sequential list numbered one through 10 identifies the vendors holding the most coveted stakes in America’s purchasing decisions:

America is home to 14,259 McDonald’s, making this restaurant America’s second most visited shop.  Finishing in third place is Subway, in April of 2016 34.0% of Americans’ traveled to one of its 26, 960 locations.  Starbucks comes in closely behind Subway, and in April of 2016, 31.2% of Americans’ traveled to one of its 7,559 locations.  Taco Bell ranks eighth on the list with 6,121 U.S. locations and 19.3% of the U.S. population traveling to one of these locations in April of 2016.  19.2% of Americans’ traveled to Burger King in April of 2016, aiding in the restaurant’s standing at ninth place.

The above statistics quantitatively describe restaurants.  The remaining stores on the top 10 list, while not advertised or branded as restaurants, offer food and beverage products to consumers.  Walmart reigns supreme at number one on the list, and the remaining stores include: Walgreens, Target, CVS, and Dollar Tree.

How do you think this information depicts America’s cultural norms, U.S. consumer access to food and beverage products, and American values?  In your opinion, what is the language spoken when money talks in the U.S.?

Until Next Week… Plan Well, Pack Well, Live Well,



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