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10 Thanksgiving Leftover Makeovers

By (view all posts by ErinChase)
at 6:30AM Friday November 23, 2012
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(photo credit: Tasty Kitchen)

A day of leftovers is enough for me. Beyond that, the leftovers from the Thanksgiving feast have to be magically transformed, so that it doesn't feel like I'm eating the Thanksgiving meal for the 7th time in a row. Here are my 10 favorite ways to completely make-over Thanksgiving Leftovers:

Sweet Potato Muffins – After a busy day of Black Friday shopping, come home and rest, then whip up a batch of these sweet potato muffins.

Loaded Mashed Potato Casserole - Add in your favorite baked potato toppings as mixins to renew your leftover mashed potatoes. Read More »

Exclusive sneak peek at Black Friday deals

By Guest Blogger(view all posts by Jackie.Simione)
at 6:00AM Thursday November 22, 2012
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Many stores are going to be open today to give shoppers a head start on holiday sales. A lot of people are going to be eating their Thanksgiving dinner with family and friends and immediately after ditch everyone to run out to the Black Friday sales without even washing the dishes. Some of you may even toss the turkey in the oven and run to the store while it's cooking. There are a few tips I have for shopping on Black Friday:

1. Make a list and stick to it.
2. Read over ALL Black Friday ads to find the best deal on your items.
3. Leave the kids at home if possible, shopping may take hours.
4. Don't get caught up in tossing random items that are on sale in your cart. Stick to your list, this will save you a lot of money at the register.

Here are a few of the great deals I found.

I think Toys R Us is going to be a great place for toys this year. Read More »

Cyber Monday: Which retailers will have the best deals and how to prepare

By DealPro(view all posts by CrystalECollins)
at 8:20AM Tuesday November 20, 2012
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Cyber Monday grows by leaps and bounds every single year, and this year is no exception. Last year shoppers spent $1.3 billion on Cyber Monday and got some amazing deals. If you're not looking forward to standing in line for hours this Friday, hang in there because Cyber Monday is just two days after that! 

The Top 3 Places to Shop Online for Cyber Monday Read More »

The Right Credit Card Could Be Your Bank Account's Biggest Ally this Holiday Season

By Guest Blogger(view all posts by Odysseas.Papadimitriou)
at 7:49AM Tuesday November 20, 2012
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If you're like most people, all you want for Christmas is some savings.  Forget your two front teeth or Mariah Carey singing about wanting "you," the average consumer is expected to spend $838 this holiday season, according to Discover's Annual Holiday Shopping Survey, and it's important to soften the impact on your bank account. 

The question is how.

There are a number of tried-and-true holiday savings methods, including taking advantage of sales on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, selling unused gift cards for cash, and doing some comparison shopping online.
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Savings Secrets: The 4 best days to shop this holiday season

By DealPro(view all posts by CrystalECollins)
at 8:00AM Monday November 19, 2012
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It's no secret that Black Friday is the day of all days to shop the deals. Most of you probably already know that you're either heading out to the stores on Black Friday, or you'll be cozied up like me with your fuzzy slippers ready to tackle all the online deals. There are very specific days to grab some great deals this year and here they are:  Read More »

Tips for shopping Cyber Monday

By DealPro(view all posts by Melissa.King)
at 6:00AM Monday November 19, 2012
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Whether it's your first time shopping Cyber Monday, or you're a Cyber Monday Veteran, these tips will help you get the most for your money while shopping during the biggest online sale of the year!

Make a list, check it twice.

I like to make a list for each person, basically outlining what I'd like to get them and the amount I'm willing to spend up to on each gift. I also list "back up" gifts, in case I can't find the exact products I'm looking for. Many stores will list their sales ahead of time, so you can plan everything out to maximize savings.

Read reviews!

Don't just read product reviews, be sure to read site reviews also. Also be sure to find out what each store's Return Policy is,just in case. Shop the big sites (Walmart, Kmart, etc). Smaller sites may not be as secure, which brings us to our next tip: Read More »

7 easy ways to cut food costs when you vacation

By (view all posts by Kidventurous)
at 6:00AM Sunday November 18, 2012
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There are six people in my family, so there's no question that food is a major line item in our vacation budget. Fortunately, by planning ahead, we've been able to cut our food expenses in half when we travel. Here are seven ways to stay on budget and still be able to eat while on vacation.

1. Fill a Suitcase with Food: When we stay in hotels, I like to pack a suitcase full of food, like breakfast cereals, granola bars, juice boxes and cookies. I also pack Wet Ones, paper plates and plastic utensils. Even with a checked bag fee, we still end up on top over going out for breakfast and snacks.

2. Make Lunch the Biggest Meal of the Day: If you can, eat lunch later in the afternoon. Not only will you avoid crowds, but by the time dinner comes around you can have a small snack or dessert and feel quite satisfied.
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4 reasons you should start shopping for the holidays now

By Guest Blogger(view all posts by Cheryl.Lock)
at 9:00AM Saturday November 17, 2012
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When it comes to holiday shopping, it's all about the timing. Sure we're busy, and sometimes we simply can't get around to shopping for gifts until after we've hosted Thanksgiving dinner, taken the dog to the vet, helped the kids study for midterms and decorated the house for the holidays.

In fact, according to the National Retail Federation, last year only 7.6% of Americans had their gift shopping done by the second week of December.

Still, if there's any wiggle room in your schedule at all, consider these four reasons why shopping for gifts early can give you a major monetary advantage …

1. You'll Shop Smartly When You Start Early.

Think about it: when you're late on your holiday shopping, the last thing you want to do is take more time to scope out the sales. Read More »

Q&A Black Friday/Cyber Monday Part 6: #1 Advice & The End

By (view all posts by Susan.Yoo-Lee)
at 6:00AM Saturday November 17, 2012
under Holidays

Over the course of the last couple of days, our DealPros have answered questions on what the best deals will be and what stores to find them at, trends, how to shop online and in stores.  Today, to sum up our 6 Part series, we've asked them for their best shopping advice for Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

Q: What is your #1 piece of advice for Black Friday/Cyber Monday shoppers?

Courtney Solstad, My Crazy Savings: Wear comfy might be inline for a long time...before the store opens and after :)

Kelly Whalen, The Centsible Life: Know what's on your list, and be prepared with a plan of action.

Christina Brown, Northern Cheapskate: Make a list! It is too easy to get caught up in the shopping frenzy and end up spending too much without getting your shopping list done. Read More »

10 tips for Black Friday shopping made easy

By DealPro(view all posts by Melissa.Buckles)
at 8:00AM Friday November 16, 2012
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(photo credit: iStockphoto)

Black Friday is almost here. Are you ready? Holiday shopping and Black Friday shopping doesn't have to be stressful with these "10 Tips for Black Friday Shopping Made Easy". In order to have a successful Black Friday you need to do the upfront work and planning now. Read More »

3 Thanksgiving side dishes - Ready in under 30 minutes

By (view all posts by ErinChase)
at 6:30AM Friday November 16, 2012
under Holidays

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Time is of the essence on Thanksgiving morning, as you prepare your feast. If you didn't have time to get any "make ahead sides or desserts" ready, you've still got time on the morning of the big day. Half of the battle on Thanksgiving morning is figuring out what to make when, what should be started first, and coming up with a plan and order so that it can all hit the table, perfectly warmed.

Below is a plan that will help you make the best use of your time, to get 3 side dishes on the table in less than 30 minutes:

Oven Roasted Asparagus

Glazed Butternut Squash Read More »

Q&A Black Friday/Cyber Monday Part 5: Tips for shopping in stores

By (view all posts by Susan.Yoo-Lee)
at 6:00AM Friday November 16, 2012
under Holidays

After yesterday's Q&A Part 4, I'm ready to shop online during Black Friday and Cyber Monday.  Now the big question is, will I have the patience and confidence to shop in stores?  I've heard so many horror stories of how people were trampled, even killed on Black Friday, and that scares me.  Our DealPros give their best tips for shopping in stores this Black Friday.

Q: What is your best (and most unique) tip for those that brave the stores for Black Friday?

Courtney Solstad, My Crazy Savings
: My best tip is to team shop! Have a plan before getting in the store and divide and conquer!

Kelly Whalen, The Centsible Life: Don't! It's typically not worth your time to spend hours in line to save.

Christina Brown, Northern Cheapskate: Study up on the features of the products you want to buy.  Some major discount stores get stripped-down versions of electronics, so be sure you're buying the product you think you are.  A really great price on a TV or a digital photo frame might not be all that great if the product is of poor quality.  Try to find some online reviews of the exact model in the advertisement to make sure that the deal is worth the money.

Erin Huffstetler, My Frugal Home: Stop by the stores that you plan to shop at a day or two before Black Friday to locate the items that you'll be shopping for, so you don't waste time hunting for them on the day of the sale. Read More »