By Christian Gordun of CouponCraze.com
Camping outside a big box retailer for Black Friday sales is not the smartest way to shop. While you might get a great price on some items, the savings aren't really worth the miserable long lines. Better deals can be found in the weeks following Thanksgiving weekend and even after New Year's Day. To help you become a more strategic holiday shopper, here are five tips to help you save big and avoid any unnecessary headaches:
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1. Know When Rock-Bottom Prices Hit
Contrary to popular belief, Cyber Monday actually isn't the best time to buy TVs. Retailers typically offer the best deals in January - right before the Super Bowl - in order to clear their inventory and make room for the latest models.
2. Buy Holiday Sweaters After the Holidays
While it might be tempting to stock up on sweaters, scarves and other clothes between Thanksgiving and Christmas, the best deals actually come after December 26 when
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Green Bean Casserole was never part of my traditional Thanksgiving lineup. Which is odd since it's been a Thanksgiving icon for 55 years. Yes, this year marks the 55th anniversary of the green bean casserole, invented by Campbell Soup Company in 1955 to prompt happy housewives to buy more cream of mushroom soup.
I always thought that my Thanksgiving dinner covered all the bases-ample side dishes, casseroles, two kinds of stuffing, dessert and of course the turkey. But apparently, I'd been cheated out of this Thanksgiving icon my whole life. So I decided on a whim to see what I was missing. I bought the whole shebang-the condensed cream of mushroom soup, the French-cut green beans and the French's original French Fried Onions in a can. I whipped it up and it was delicious. I'm not going to lie. But it was also high in calories,Read More »from Green bean casserole turns 55â€”time for a makeover?
- RealBeauty.com | Holiday Moments – Mon, Nov 8, 2010 11:35 PM EST
Our spin instructor left us with this factoid today: You'll gain at least one pound during the holiday season, but unfortunately your chances of losing that extra pound are slim. Sure, it may be getting darker earlier and cold temps make you want to curl up inside, but starting an exercise plan now will only help make it easier to work off those extra calories during the holidays. Start today with these five tips. Also see, From Fab to Flab: Your Holiday Survival GuideRead More »from 5 Ways to Kick-Start a Pre-Holiday Season Workout Routine
1. Make working out part of the start of your day. Lay out your workout clothes the night before, so they are the first thing you see when you wake up. That way there are no excuses in the morning. Related: Pack the Perfect Gym Bag
2. Hire a personal trainer. If you've paid for it and have an appointment to meet with a trainer, you'll be there! Related: Get a Flatter Tummy with These Moves
3. Or, enlist a friend. Can't afford a trainer? Make an appointment with a friend. Even if you don't work out together, knowing
- RachaelRaymag.com | Holiday Moments – Mon, Nov 8, 2010 10:48 PM EST
Try these delicious starters, sides and desserts if you're invited to Thanksgiving and want to bring a little something-each dish was created for easy prep, cooking, transporting and reheating.
- RachaelRaymag.com | Holiday Moments – Mon, Nov 8, 2010 7:35 PM EST
Even after a big holiday meal, you'll want to save room for these easy-to-make, over-the-top desserts.
This is a cute and simple cake to make for Thanksgiving. Kids love the colorful Twizzler tail feathers. Made using a ready-made pound cake, it's a snap when you're short on time.
- Pound Cake
- Chocolate Icing
- Rainbow Twizzlers
- Small Reese's peanut butter cup (or other candy or vanilla wafer for head) (optional)
- Candy Corn
- Orange M&Ms
What To Do:
- Cut a 1 inch slice of pound cake from the very center of the cake, so you will have a large slice. Lay this down on your plate for the body. Note that everything is laid out before icing begins.
- Cut two more slices, about 3/4 inch wide, one from each side of cake for large slices. Cut into tail feathers. We used only 6 but you could use 7 or 8. Set in place.
- Cut two legs, a little smaller than your tail feathers and then cut a round head, if you are not using candy/cookie for the head. Set these all in place.
- For ease of icing, although it is a little tricky, we iced each section individually on a
Is it just me or does it seem like every year, the holidays come a little faster and with a lot more hoopla. The kids have barely begun their Halloween sugar crash when visions of sugarplums are already being forced into our heads (which is always a little odd for this Massachusetts girl living in 97 degree southern California).Read More »from 3 Cheap and Easy Ways to Give this Holiday
But this year, something feels different. I'm actually giddy with excitement and ready for the holidays to begin! My kids are now at ages where they really "get it" (6, 5 and 3.5) and can enthusiastically take part in the planning, baking and decorating. School will be off for three weeks so we can take day trips to the snow and spend evenings munching on popcorn as we partake in some holiday classics. I plan to appreciate the moments, instead of wishing them away or stressing over getting it all done.
But most of all, I am looking forward to the season of giving. No, I haven't hit the lottery (my bank account is far from ready for the expense of it all), but
Looking at these gorgeous appetizer recipes you would never guess that they are all good for you.
Thanksgiving is exactly three weeks away. Have you started preparing yet? Now, don't get me wrong, my preparations at this point are minimal, but yes, I have started preparing. First, I have a list of potential new recipes going as I see them in magazines and online. I'll test them out of these next few weeks. Second, I have the guest list working so I know who's coming and how much food I'll need. Third, I have ordered my Thanksgiving turkey.
There are many reasons for ordering a bird, one being that if you need to feed a large group and need a large bird, you'll need to order one that is the right size. Usually you want to assume 1.25-1.5 pounds of turkey per person when choosing your turkey, and grocery stores tend to stock birds that are 8-20 pounds. So, if you're like me and have upwards of 30 aunts and uncles and cousins coming, you'll need a bigger bird.Read More »from Should you order a turkey? When?
The only thing heated about these low-cal palate pleasers from Anita Lo, owner of Annisa in New York City, will be the arguments over who gets the last bite.
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