Over the years, we noticed a pattern of flower prices going up for Valentine's Day and Mother's Day, and we wondered what exactly was up with that. And we know we're not alone – many of our readers are struck with sticker shock, too.
Over the next few weeks, you are going to witness an onslaught of ads for products designed to aid with every New Years resolution imaginable. But as deal experts we know that a resolution we don't keep is always a bad deal. So today we're taking a look at some of the biggest reasons resolutions fail, and what it takes to succeed.
An explosion at a nitrous oxide plant last summer may have put a crimp in your holiday dessert plans, triggering a shortage of canned whipped cream just in time for Christmas. If the thought of not having Reddi-wip for your pie is too much to bear, don't worry – making your own whipped cream from scratch is easy and inexpensive!
So you waited until the very last minute to finish your Christmas shopping again, and now you're in a jam, well past all of the shipping deadlines and no time in your busy schedule to go scour the sad, picked-over shelves at the mall.
Actually, the mall isn't a bad option on Christmas Eve since all that's when the post-Christmas sales actually start, but that's not the point. Time is up, going out isn't an option, and you're stuck.
Bears do it, bees do it, squirrels and snakes do it, so why can't we all just sleep, snuggle and hide out inside until April?
Hosting Christmas dinner isn't a task for the faint of heart. The perfect Christmas dinner is festive, fun and just a bit formal, and as old pros like your Grandma will tell you, cooking a flawless meal is only half the battle.
Gift cards get a bad rap in the world of holiday presents for being a last-minute cop-out, which is unfair given the fact that a majority (61 percent) of holiday shoppers surveyed by the National Retail Federation said they would like to receive one. In fact, gift cards have been the top item on the NRF's annual gift survey for 10 years and counting, so anyone who writes them off as a fleeting fad for procrastinators is dead wrong.
Most people would probably agree that shopping online is easier, more convenient and often cheaper than spending a day at the mall. But for all its advantages, there's one major drawback of cyber spending: the shipping fees.
Do you still have a few presents to pick up before Christmas hits? With a little more than a week left until the big day, your window for ensuring your online purchases arrive before Christmas is closing quickly.
Well, it finally happened. After a lackluster start to the season, Old Man Winter upped his game this week, sending out a negative windchill and a nice dusting of snow to unprepared citizens across the nation.