Six Smart Ways To Save Money On Thanksgiving Dinner

Who thought the flu could affect Thanksgiving?   According to the Department of Agriculture, the price of turkey will increase as much as 19%, or up to a $1.36 per pound, thanks to the avian flu that’s impacted poultry prices all year. According to a report from the American Farm Bureau Federation, you’ll spend 10% more on Thanksgiving groceries than you did in 2014. The report also mentions how the average cost for a Thanksgiving dinner to feed 10 people in 2014 was $49.41. With the rising costs of milk, turkey, and other consumer staples, you are likely to pay more this year if you are hosting Thanksgiving Dinner.   Here are a few tips that might save you some bucks and still allow you to pull off a nice meal. Go Generic– There may be a few brands that you cannot live without for Thanksgiving, but consider items such as salt, spices, frozen vegetables, and other items that can save you ...

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Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and Hangover January

It’s official.    Everyone in America has decided we should be just like the Federal Government.    Get up and keeping adding more zeros to your debt because it just doesn’t matter.   Remember that movie many years ago starring Bill Murray called Meatballs when he began the chant it just doesn’t matter . . . it just doesn’t matter . . . it just doesn’t matter?   Well, unfortunately for most of us we can’t get away with piling up debt like the Government does today.  It does matter.   Even though the media has tried to get us all excited that things are picking up from a record Black Friday and Cyber Monday, get ready for them to report in January about the lingering effects of people spending money that they didn’t have this Christmas because they were all just tired of feeling so beaten down from the past couple of years of tough times. Total spending over the four-day weekend following Thanksgiving ...

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Not Even Thanksgiving Is Sacred?

How bad are things going in the economy today? Well, nobody knows for certain amidst fears in the United States and internationally around the stability of the dollar in many countries. Thanksgiving is supposed to be one of those special days where family, friends, and loved ones get together for some turkey, football, and pumpkin pie. As I spoke with some of my clients and friends over the past week leading up to today, it has become clear how disappointed people are in retailers and stores alike that not even Thanksgiving is a holiday anymore where we get to rest. For the first time, retailers by the droves are opening up their doors on Thanksgiving with the hopes of attracting more customers earlier to get in on Black Friday deals rather than have the typical 4 a.m. morning rush. When Target employees learned that they would have to be working on Turkey Day, they immediately began an online protest (www.crainsnewyork.com). ...

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Don’t Get Tricked On Black Friday

After the turkey, the football, and the one awkward conversation with your cousin that happened to get stuck at the card table with you at the end of the big Thanksgiving table comes the second holiday during Thanksgiving week called Black Friday.  The day’s name originated in Philadelphia where it originally was used to describe the heavy and disruptive pedestrian and vehicle traffic which would occur on the day after Thanksgiving. Use of the term began by 1966 and began to see broader use outside Philadelphia around 1975. Later an alternative explanation began to be offered: that “Black Friday” indicates the period during which retailers are turning a profit, or “in the black.” (source: Wikipedia) People often ask if me if Black Friday really offers good deals.    I have always responded with the answer, “It depends”.   The reason is that if you aren’t careful with your shopping you could end up paying the same prices you would have paid for ...

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