04/25/2012 04:14 pm ET | Updated Aug 30, 2012

Nine Bizarre Ways To Know The Economy's On The Upswing (PHOTOS)

If the idea of economic growth makes you fall asleep, wake up! There are a number of other ways to tell the economy is on the up and up.

These weird indicators may seem inconsequential, but they help to paint a more tangible picture of how the economic recovery manifests itself in day-to-day American life. So be thankful if your husband decides it's time to buy new underwear. It's a sign of something good!

Check out our nine favorite weird indicators below:

Nine Ways To Know If The Economy Is Recovering