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Physician's Money Digest, September 2007, Volume 14, Issue 9

85 million—Number of packages sold in 2005 of instant noodles, a dietary staple of college students. (Time, 2007)

45%—Percentage of teenagers surveyed who had consumed alcohol within the previous month, and 64% of that group admitted to more than five drinks in a row. (U.S. News & World Report, 2007)

$838 billion—Total amount of unpaid credit card balances at the end of 2005. (Monthly Review, 2006)

21%—Percentage of consumers concerned about not having enough money to pay their monthly bills. (Experian-Gallup Personal Credit Index Survey, 2007)

16%—Percentage of consumers worried about not being able to pay their rent, mortgage, or other housing costs. (Experian-Gallup Personal Credit Index Survey, 2007)

$20,000—Amount workers aged 50 and older are allowed to put in their company’s 401(k) plan. (AARP, 2007)

$32,000—Cost of the first 2 years of a new baby’s life. (Newsweek, 2007)

$24,000—Two-year cost for adding an additional child to a family. (Newsweek, 2007)

80%—Percentage of highachieving men who want to marry women who are at least as accomplished as they are. (Bottom Line, 2007)

83%—Percentage of highachieving women who would consider marrying a man who has less education than they have. (Bottom Line, 2007)