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Grocery stores open on Christmas Day 2019

In a perfect world, you’ve had plenty of time to plan your holiday menu, you’ve been able to shop for all the ingredients, and you know exactly how many people are coming to dinner. Then there’s real life. If your platter of Christmas cookies go crashing to the floor, you realize the morning-of you forget to pick up your holiday ham, or you didn’t account on your cousin bringing his new girlfriend… and his roommate, don’t stress. Pull off a little Christmas miracle and head to one of these convenience or grocery stores on Christmas Day. These stores will have open hours on December 25, 2019 to help you turn your holiday mishaps back into magic. Most grocery stores are closed entirely for Christmas Day, so we’ve included convenience stores on this list, as well, to give you more options. Whether it’s wine, eggnog, candy, or canned corn, you just…

5 clever gifts for the wine or beer lover in your life

You can’t go wrong putting a six-pack or bottle of wine under the tree, but you can also get a lot more creative. From freezable beer glasses to wine glass appetizer plates, here are 5 gifts the wine or beer drinker in your life will love just as much as their favorite brewskis, bubbly, or booze. Silicone Wine Glass Mustache Whiskers ($8.99) Set of 6 Never lose your wine glass again. These fun and whimsical wine charms suction to the outside of your wine glass making it easily identifiable in a crowd. Comes in a set of 6 unique, colorful mustache designs. Wine Chiller ($35.00) When the night calls for BYOB, this insulated stainless steel wine chiller will be MVP. Container holds one full standard-sized bottle of wine (750 ml – 25.36 fl oz). Design holds a lid that doubles as a cup, an easy pour spout, an easy clean design. Toss it…

Where to get a KitchenAid stand mixer on sale during Black Friday 2019

If there is one kitchen appliance we all covet, it’s those shiny, beautiful KitchenAid stand mixers. Yes, KitchenAid proves an appliance can be beautiful. Those cheerful colors make baking so much more enjoyable, while also making any kitchen look a thousand times more glamorous. Of course, they’re also not cheap. But don’t fret! They’re always on sale during Black Friday, so whether you’re shopping online or in-store, you can easily snag a pretty good deal. Some stores are already discounting their KitchenAid stand mixers, so you don’t have to wait until after Turkey Day if you wanted one this month to help cook your holiday feast. But more deals are to come. Here is everywhere we’ve seen KitchenAid Black Friday deals announced so far: JCPenney The nationwide department store shows announced discounts on the KitchenAid Artisan Series 5-Quart Tilt-Head Stand Mixer via its Black Friday ad. Discounted colors include black, white,…

8 ways to save money on your Thanksgiving meal budget

For all the attention the stress and craziness of cooking on Thanksgiving receives, we often fail to acknowledge the other downside of being the designated host: the cost. If you’re on a tight budget it can seem nearly impossible to pull of a feast with all of the fixin’s guests have come to expect. This Thanksgiving, you’ll be thankful you followed these 10 tips for saving money on your Turkey Day grocery bill. 1.  Set a budget — and don’t budge from it! It’s easy to go overboard on extras when planning a holiday meal, after all, you want to show your loved ones you appreciate them. But don’t feel pressure to recreate the lavish spread you saw in Martha Stewart magazine. According to the American Farm Bureau Federation, the average American Thanksgiving meal for 10 costs $48.90 — that’s less than $5 per person!  If you’re about to blow…

Consumer survey forecasts a busy holiday shopping season

Consumers expect to spend an average of $967.13 on holiday shopping this season, according to a survey conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics for the National Retail Federation (NRF). That’s up from the $935.58 consumers said they would spend in 2016. The national survey found that shoppers are less concerned about the economy than they have been in the past. Only 27 percent reported that their spending would be affected compared to 32 percent last year. “With employment and incomes increasing, consumers are more confident this year, and that is reflected in their buying plans for the holidays,” NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay said. “All signs are that this will be a busy holiday season.” Shoppers plan to spend these amounts in the three major categories: gifts ($608.06); foods, decor and cards ($218.08); and non-gift items ($140.99). For the first year ever consumers named online as their most likely shopping destination with 59 percent…