Thanksgiving http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/10074/all en-US Throwback Thursday: 58 Best Thanksgiving Hacks Ever http://www.wisebread.com/throwback-thursday-58-best-thanksgiving-hacks-ever <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/throwback-thursday-58-best-thanksgiving-hacks-ever" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/family_thanksgiving_dinner187295888.jpg" alt="Family sharing best Thanksgiving hacks ever" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>You can plan and prep as much as possible in the days leading up to Thanksgiving, and you still might end up with some last-minute turkey troubles or side dish snafus. Ultimately, all that matters is that you are surrounded by loved ones as you ingest large amounts of food. But just in case you need some Turkey Day support, here are our 58 best Thanksgiving hacks ever.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/thanksgiving_dinner_000072009501.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-thanksgiving-recipes-you-can-make-in-your-crock-pot?ref=fbf">11 Thanksgiving Recipes You Can Make in Your Crock Pot</a> &mdash; There are few things better than a Crockpot meal. You toss in the ingredients, stir occasionally, and just let it do its thing all day. That's why Thanksgiving is the perfect day to bust out your trusty slow cooker. And if you have more than one, you can cook multiple dishes!</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-youll-waste-money-on-this-thanksgiving?ref=fbf">10 Things You'll Waste Money on This Thanksgiving</a> &mdash; Along with things you need to buy and bake this Thanksgiving, it's important know what you shouldn't even bother buying. Wasting cash on centerpieces and name-brand ingredients are just a couple areas you can cut right out of your budget.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/shopping-for-pumpkins.png" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-save-on-your-thanksgiving-celebrations?ref=fbf">9 Ways to Save on Your Thanksgiving Celebrations</a> &mdash; Want to save big bucks on Thanksgiving essentials? You can shop secondhand for table decor, roast a chicken instead of a turkey, create your own DIY centerpieces, and more! Because this is a feast that should always be financially feasible.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-alternative-ways-to-do-thanksgiving?ref=fbf">6 Alternative Ways to Do Thanksgiving</a> &mdash; If you're tired of the same old football-and-massive-dinner routine on Thanksgiving, consider shaking things up this year. Plan a weekend getaway, volunteer, sign up for a local turkey trot race, etc. In order to really enjoy this holiday, you need to make it your own.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/thanksgiving_leftover_pie_000077749959.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/17-ways-to-use-thanksgiving-leftovers?ref=fbf">17 Ways to Use Thanksgiving Leftovers</a> &mdash; The only thing better than the classic Thanksgiving feast? The leftovers! And instead of just a massive turkey sandwich the next day, give these Turkey Day leftover recipes a try.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-thanksgiving-traditions-you-should-skip?ref=fbf">5 Thanksgiving Traditions You Should Skip</a> &mdash; We are creatures of habit. Once the last Thursday of November rolls around, we're programmed to stuff ourselves with turkey while watching the parade and napping before we head out for Black Friday shopping. But you can actually skip all of those things and still have a blast! Here's how.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/chrissa-hardy">Chrissa Hardy</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/throwback-thursday-58-best-thanksgiving-hacks-ever">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-6"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-63-best-cooking-hacks-for-busy-people">Flashback Friday: 63 Best Cooking Hacks for Busy People</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-84-reasons-to-be-done-with-summer-and-get-excited-for-fall">Flashback Friday: 84 Reasons to Be Done With Summer and Get Excited for Fall</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-80-holiday-treats-that-wont-bust-your-budget">Flashback Friday: 80 Holiday Treats That Won&#039;t Bust Your Budget</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-160-gift-ideas-for-everyone-you-know">Flashback Friday: 160 Gift Ideas for Everyone You Know</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-49-smartest-amazon-hacks-that-will-save-you-big">Flashback Friday: 49 Smartest Amazon Hacks That Will Save You Big</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Food and Drink cooking hacks flashback friday frugal living shopping tbt Thanksgiving throwback thursday turkey day Thu, 24 Nov 2016 12:30:06 +0000 Chrissa Hardy 1839703 at http://www.wisebread.com 7 Things a Thanksgiving Turkey Teaches Us About Money http://www.wisebread.com/7-things-a-thanksgiving-turkey-teaches-us-about-money-0 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-things-a-thanksgiving-turkey-teaches-us-about-money-0" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock-493115518.jpg" alt="we can learn a lot about money from the thanksgiving turkey" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It's that time of year again, and many of us will indulge in the traditional Thanksgiving turkey feast with all the trimmings. As you're prepping the bird, and basting it, you may not consider that the humble Thanksgiving turkey has a few lessons to teach us about money. But, there are a number of ways this tasty bird can give us insights into the economy, and our own financial situations.</p> <h2>1. Your Chances of Winning the Lottery Are Very Slim</h2> <p>According to the National Turkey Federation, <a href="http://www.eatturkey.com/why-turkey/history">233.1 million turkeys were raised</a> in the USA in 2015. Roughly 46 million of those are eaten at Thanksgiving, with another 22 million at Christmas. And as you may be aware, once a year (since 1947) the President pardons one of these turkeys destined for the dinner table. The simple math there is that, as a turkey, you have a roughly one in 233 million chance to win the turkey lottery, and live a long, happy life. The lottery humans often partake in has similar odds. Actually, they're a little worse. If you play the <a href="http://www.lotteryusa.com/powerball/">Powerball</a>, the odds of winning the jackpot are approximately one in 292 million. Longer odds than the average turkey has of being spared. Remember that the next time you buy your ticket&hellip; your chances of winning are worse than being chosen as the turkey to be pardoned by the President.</p> <h2>2. You Can Lose Everything in an Instant</h2> <p>The Thanksgiving turkey is fed and housed from day one. Perhaps not in ideal conditions, but from the day it is born, it's given everything it needs to grow and become the plump turkey that most of us look forward to on Thanksgiving. Of course, for the turkey, it's not a happy ending. After months of daily feedings, just when it is at its biggest, the blade drops and it's all over.</p> <p>This is much like the stock market, the housing crash, our careers, and many other aspects of our lives. All too often, our assets are steadily rising, and when we are at our most confident, the rug is pulled out from under us. Stocks crash. House prices plummet. Jobs are eliminated, and people are left with a bleak future when it was looking very rosy just the day before. And in the blink of an eye, our fortunes have reversed, and we're in serious trouble. Like the Thanksgiving turkey, we can very easily spend most of the year blissfully unaware that doom is just around the corner.</p> <h2>3. Keep a Close Eye on Things</h2> <p>You know the story. You put the juicy bird in the oven, forget about it for a few hours, and then realize it's been way too long. You go back to the oven, and pull out a turkey with all the tenderness of a piece of stale beef jerky. The same rule applies to money. Watch it&hellip;carefully. Or pay a professional to do it for you. Check in on your bank accounts daily. You want to look not only at the balances, and any bills coming out, but also for any unusual debits. Quite often, compromised bank accounts will be tested with very small charges; usually under one dollar. If they go unnoticed, a large amount will be taken at a later date. You also need to keep an eye on your stocks and bonds, your savings, and your other assets and liabilities.</p> <h2>4. Preparation Is a Must</h2> <p>A few days before Thanksgiving, if you're smart, you'll brine your turkey. It's a simple enough procedure, and involves soaking the turkey for at least 24 hours in a solution of broth, salt, herbs, spices, and ice water. This preparation ensures a moist, tasty turkey after all those hours in the oven or the fryer.</p> <p>Just like the turkey, you need to prepare for the future. In the short term, look at your emergency fund. Is it enough? Do you even have one? Can you cut a few expenses out of your budget now to start building up that safety net? The more distant future, that requires preparation as well. What are you doing to plan for retirement? Do you have a 401K or IRA? Are you setting aside enough money now to grow? Preparing your finances for both short and long-term goals is something we all have to do.</p> <h2>5. When Supply Outpaces Demand, Prices Drop</h2> <p>You may think that the prices of turkeys go up in November, as this is the time most families want to buy one. Well, that couldn't be further from the truth. As the <em>NYTimes</em> illustrates, <a href="http://economix.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/11/20/turkey-economics-annotated/?_r=0">prices for turkeys nosedive in November</a> by a staggering amount. In fact, a Thanksgiving turkey is about 20% cheaper than a turkey sold in January. Why is that? The simple answer is that <a href="http://www.marottaonmoney.com/the-economics-of-a-thanksgiving-turkey/">supply during November is plentiful</a>. Turkeys can be frozen and kept in storage for up to two years. This stockpile of turkeys flood the market in November, and when you have a glut of anything, the prices drop. Not only that, but customers expect to pay less for turkey during Thanksgiving, and many stores sell turkeys at a loss (known as a loss leader) to bring you into the store and shop for other goods that have a decent profit margin.</p> <h2>6. You Can't Grow Your Future on a Weak Foundation</h2> <p>Modern turkeys have been bred and modified to create the &quot;perfect&quot; Thanksgiving turkey. But sadly, what is good for us as consumers is not good for the turkeys. They grow way too quickly, and as they have been bred to have large breasts, their flimsy legs often get crippled under the weight. This rather depressing fact is just as gloomy for your finances. You need a solid foundation, with slow, steady growth to succeed. You cannot create a healthy financial future if you are being crippled by debt, or are looking into &quot;get rich quick&quot; schemes that never, ever work the way they say they will.</p> <h2>7. Know Your Limits</h2> <p>How many of us bite off way more than we can chew at Thanksgiving? We load up the plate with turkey and gravy, wash it down with a glass or two of wine or cider, and spend two hours in a food coma on the sofa. Overindulgence and the Thanksgiving turkey go hand in hand. And while recovering from that is simply a case of sleeping it off, when we overindulge with our money, the consequences are much greater. By refusing to acknowledge our limits, we can quickly and easily end up with serious debts. Gambling and other addictions can lead us into ruin. And the simple case of &quot;my eyes being bigger than my belly&quot; can lead to food shopping sprees that result in fridges and pantries full of food that will expire before we get the chance to use them. Like the Thanksgiving feast, we should all take caution with what we put onto our plates.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-things-a-thanksgiving-turkey-teaches-us-about-money-0">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-9"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-youll-waste-money-on-this-thanksgiving">10 Things You&#039;ll Waste Money on This Thanksgiving</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/throwback-thursday-58-best-thanksgiving-hacks-ever">Throwback Thursday: 58 Best Thanksgiving Hacks Ever</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-creative-simple-frugal-recipes-for-leftover-turkey">5 Creative, Simple, and Frugal Recipes for Leftover Turkey</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-lessons-on-how-to-be-a-financial-grownup-from-bobbi-rebell">6 Lessons on How to Be a Financial Grownup From Bobbi Rebell</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-cheap-and-delicious-punch-recipes-for-holiday-parties">15 Cheap and Delicious Punch Recipes for Holiday Parties</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Food and Drink budgeting Holidays money lessons Thanksgiving thanksgiving feast thanksgiving turkey turkey day Thu, 24 Nov 2016 11:00:06 +0000 Paul Michael 1839208 at http://www.wisebread.com 8 Old Holiday Traditions We Can't Believe Ever Existed http://www.wisebread.com/8-old-holiday-traditions-we-cant-believe-ever-existed <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/8-old-holiday-traditions-we-cant-believe-ever-existed" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock-157689386.jpg" alt="we can&#039;t believe these old holiday traditions" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>We like to think of the holidays as a time when we return to time-honored traditions, but the truth is that traditions change over the years. Ask your grandparents on Thanksgiving if they spent the day the same way you do now, and you may hear some surprising stories. They might have taken to the streets wearing masks, believe it or not. And if your elders immigrated from Europe, they might tell you about the Christmas Spider, who spread holiday cheer all over the world. Yeah.</p> <p>And that's not all. Here are some of the craziest old holiday traditions we could find.</p> <h2>Thanksgiving</h2> <p>Think shopping is the weirdest thing anyone has ever done on Turkey Day? Even the newest holiday on the calendar has plenty of oddities in its past.</p> <h3>1. Pray All Day</h3> <p>You might spend the fourth Thursday in November watching football and eating, but the holiday's concept springs from Calvinist Thanksgivings, which were days set aside for <a href="http://www.plimoth.org/learn/multimedia-reference-library/read-articles-and-writings/thanksgiving-history">nonstop prayer</a>. These weren't annual events. They were not to be held on Sunday &mdash; which could be why we celebrate Thanksgiving on a weekday.</p> <p>When the first national Thanksgiving was announced in 1777, the <a href="http://www.pilgrimhallmuseum.org/pdf/TG_First_National_Thanksgiving_Proclamation_1777.pdf">Continental Congress</a> specified that no &quot;recreation&quot; was allowed; instead folks should devote the time off to &quot;Confession of their manifold Sins.&quot;</p> <h3>2. Fast, Not Feast</h3> <p>Sometimes a Thanksgiving was set aside as a feast day, but other times for eating nothing at all. After the Union victory at Gettysburg, President Lincoln <a href="http://rogerjnorton.com/Lincoln99.html">set aside the last Thursday of September</a> of 1863 as &quot;a day of humiliation, prayer, and fasting for all the people of the nation.&quot; Later that year, Lincoln declared another Thanksgiving, during which grateful northerners fed turkey dinners to troops.</p> <h3>3. Masquerade</h3> <p>Going out to the mall on Thanksgiving Day is seen as breaking the tradition of spending it at home with family, but surprisingly, it was once popular to take to the streets on T-Day. Not to shop, but to <a href="http://www.npr.org/sections/theprotojournalist/2014/11/19/365195079/when-thanksgiving-was-weird">show off your festive mask</a>.</p> <p>&quot;The chief feature of the day was the street charivari,&quot; reads an 1899 New York Times article. Charivari? Pronounced &quot;shivery,&quot; a charivari is a rowdy masked parade. Masks depicted everything from fictional characters to caricatures of ethnicities: &quot;Fausts, Filipinos, Mephistos, Boers, Uncle Sams &hellip;&quot; There were also boys in drag.</p> <h3>4. Dressing Up as Native Americans</h3> <p>When I was a child, my kindergarten teacher set up a teepee in our classroom, and we donned headdresses and banged drums. Luckily, most schools have at least toned down this inaccurate and offensive cultural appropriation, and many <a href="http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2003-11-22/news/0311220160_1_native-americans-costumes-stereotypes">schools have eliminated</a> any trace of pilgrim and Native American costumes or craft projects.</p> <h2>Christmas</h2> <p>Leaving veggies out for Santa's reindeer might seem like a strange modern tradition, but oh boy, old school traditions were so much weirder.</p> <h3>5. Santa's Sidekicks</h3> <p>In modern America, usually only benevolent Santa Claus surveilles child behavior. But in Europe, a tradition dating back hundreds of years gives St. Nick a darker counterpart, half-goat, half-man <a href="http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2013/12/131217-krampus-christmas-santa-devil/">Krampus</a>, who punishes children that don't make Santa's &quot;nice&quot; list. In the Netherlands even today, Santa arrives with a helper called <a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/netherlands/11996588/Dutch-Black-Pete-makes-annual-arrival-to-howls-of-protest.html">Black Piet</a>, who, despite growing protests and an obvious level of offensiveness, is a white person in blackface. Other European countries also have bizarre St. Nick helpers, including &quot;The Whipping Father&quot; in France.</p> <h3>6. Candles on the Tree</h3> <p>As if bringing a dead tree into your living room isn't enough of a <a href="http://wrfmc.com/Fire_Museum/Fire_Safety_files/Holiday%20Fire%20Safety%20Tips.pdf">fire hazard</a> &mdash; the original twinkling holiday lights were flaming candles, and were all the rage in <a href="http://mentalfloss.com/article/26585/brief-history-christmas-tree-lights">Germany in the 1600s</a>.</p> <p>Wasn't that dangerous? Oh yes. A Chicago hospital burned to the ground because of tree candles, and in 1908 insurance companies tried to ban them.</p> <h3>7. O Holy Fright</h3> <p>Folks in Eastern Europe have seen hard times &mdash; sometimes so hard that families could not afford to decorate the holiday tree. Not to worry! The <a href="http://www.whychristmas.com/customs/trees.shtml">Christmas spider</a> will cover it with cobwebs, which ideally the magic of Christmas transforms into silver and gold tinsel by morning. It's not recorded whether children would leave a plate of dead bugs for the Christmas spider to snack on.</p> <h3>8. J-E-L-L- Oh Heck No</h3> <p>In the '50s and '60s, gelatin molds were all the rage, leading disturbing &quot;festive&quot; meal items such as the <a href="https://www.buzzfeed.com/rachelwmiller/truly-horrifying-vintage-holiday-recipes?utm_term=.jkVz4Mbmj#.vqnJdeZRP">Vegetable and Tuna Jell-O Wreath</a>. Then there's this <a href="http://www.foodtimeline.org/christmasmenu.html#50christmas">1956 &quot;red&quot; themed dinner menu</a> that includes &quot;salmon pudding.&quot; Yikes.</p> <p>We like to think of the holidays as a time when we return to time-honored traditions, but the truth is that traditions change over the years. Ask your grandparents on Thanksgiving if they spent the day the same way you do now, and you may hear some surprising stories. They might have taken to the streets wearing masks, believe it or not. And if your elders immigrated from Europe, they might tell you about the Christmas Spider, who spread holiday cheer all over the world. Yeah.</p> <p>And that's not all. Here are some of the craziest old holiday traditions we could find.</p> <h2>Thanksgiving</h2> <p>Think shopping is the weirdest thing anyone has ever done on Turkey Day? Even the newest holiday on the calendar has plenty of oddities in its past.</p> <h3>1. Pray All Day</h3> <p>You might spend the fourth Thursday in November watching football and eating, but the holiday's concept springs from Calvinist Thanksgivings, which were days set aside for <a href="http://www.plimoth.org/learn/multimedia-reference-library/read-articles-and-writings/thanksgiving-history">nonstop prayer</a>. These weren't annual events. They were not to be held on Sunday &mdash; which could be why we celebrate Thanksgiving on a weekday.</p> <p>When the first national Thanksgiving was announced in 1777, the <a href="http://www.pilgrimhallmuseum.org/pdf/TG_First_National_Thanksgiving_Proclamation_1777.pdf">Continental Congress</a> specified that no &quot;recreation&quot; was allowed; instead folks should devote the time off to &quot;Confession of their manifold Sins.&quot;</p> <h3>2. Fast, Not Feast</h3> <p>Sometimes a Thanksgiving was set aside as a feast day, but other times for eating nothing at all. After the Union victory at Gettysburg, President Lincoln <a href="http://rogerjnorton.com/Lincoln99.html">set aside the last Thursday of September</a> of 1863 as &quot;a day of humiliation, prayer, and fasting for all the people of the nation.&quot; Later that year, Lincoln declared another Thanksgiving, during which grateful northerners fed turkey dinners to troops.</p> <h3>3. Masquerade</h3> <p>Going out to the mall on Thanksgiving Day is seen as breaking the tradition of spending it at home with family, but surprisingly, it was once popular to take to the streets on T-Day. Not to shop, but to <a href="http://www.npr.org/sections/theprotojournalist/2014/11/19/365195079/when-thanksgiving-was-weird">show off your festive mask</a>.</p> <p>&quot;The chief feature of the day was the street charivari,&quot; reads an 1899 New York Times article. Charivari? Pronounced &quot;shivery,&quot; a charivari is a rowdy masked parade. Masks depicted everything from fictional characters to caricatures of ethnicities: &quot;Fausts, Filipinos, Mephistos, Boers, Uncle Sams &hellip;&quot; There were also boys in drag.</p> <h3>4. Dressing Up as Native Americans</h3> <p>When I was a child, my kindergarten teacher set up a teepee in our classroom, and we donned headdresses and banged drums. Luckily, most schools have at least toned down this inaccurate and offensive cultural appropriation, and many <a href="http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2003-11-22/news/0311220160_1_native-americans-costumes-stereotypes">schools have eliminated</a> any trace of pilgrim and Native American costumes or craft projects.</p> <h2>Christmas</h2> <p>Leaving veggies out for Santa's reindeer might seem like a strange modern tradition, but oh boy, old school traditions were so much weirder.</p> <h3>5. Santa's Sidekicks</h3> <p>In modern America, usually only benevolent Santa Claus surveilles child behavior. But in Europe, a tradition dating back hundreds of years gives St. Nick a darker counterpart, half-goat, half-man <a href="http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2013/12/131217-krampus-christmas-santa-devil/">Krampus</a>, who punishes children that don't make Santa's &quot;nice&quot; list. In the Netherlands even today, Santa arrives with a helper called <a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/netherlands/11996588/Dutch-Black-Pete-makes-annual-arrival-to-howls-of-protest.html">Black Piet</a>, who, despite growing protests and an obvious level of offensiveness, is a white person in blackface. Other European countries also have bizarre St. Nick helpers, including &quot;The Whipping Father&quot; in France.</p> <h3>6. Candles on the Tree</h3> <p>As if bringing a dead tree into your living room isn't enough of a <a href="http://wrfmc.com/Fire_Museum/Fire_Safety_files/Holiday%20Fire%20Safety%20Tips.pdf">fire hazard</a> &mdash; the original twinkling holiday lights were flaming candles, and were all the rage in <a href="http://mentalfloss.com/article/26585/brief-history-christmas-tree-lights">Germany in the 1600s</a>.</p> <p>Wasn't that dangerous? Oh yes. A Chicago hospital burned to the ground because of tree candles, and in 1908 insurance companies tried to ban them.</p> <h3>7. O Holy Fright</h3> <p>Folks in Eastern Europe have seen hard times &mdash; sometimes so hard that families could not afford to decorate the holiday tree. Not to worry! The <a href="http://www.whychristmas.com/customs/trees.shtml">Christmas spider</a> will cover it with cobwebs, which ideally the magic of Christmas transforms into silver and gold tinsel by morning. It's not recorded whether children would leave a plate of dead bugs for the Christmas spider to snack on.</p> <h3>8. J-E-L-L- Oh Heck No</h3> <p>In the '50s and '60s, gelatin molds were all the rage, leading disturbing &quot;festive&quot; meal items such as the <a href="https://www.buzzfeed.com/rachelwmiller/truly-horrifying-vintage-holiday-recipes?utm_term=.jkVz4Mbmj#.vqnJdeZRP">Vegetable and Tuna Jell-O Wreath</a>. Then there's this <a href="http://www.foodtimeline.org/christmasmenu.html#50christmas">1956 &quot;red&quot; themed dinner menu</a> that includes &quot;salmon pudding.&quot; Yikes.</p> <p>We like to think of the holidays as a time when we return to time-honored traditions, but the truth is that traditions change over the years. Ask your grandparents on Thanksgiving if they spent the day the same way you do now, and you may hear some surprising stories. They might have taken to the streets wearing masks, believe it or not. And if your elders immigrated from Europe, they might tell you about the Christmas Spider, who spread holiday cheer all over the world. Yeah.</p> <p>And that's not all. Here are some of the craziest old holiday traditions we could find.</p> <h2>Thanksgiving</h2> <p>Think shopping is the weirdest thing anyone has ever done on Turkey Day? Even the newest holiday on the calendar has plenty of oddities in its past.</p> <h3>1. Pray All Day</h3> <p>You might spend the fourth Thursday in November watching football and eating, but the holiday's concept springs from Calvinist Thanksgivings, which were days set aside for <a href="http://www.plimoth.org/learn/multimedia-reference-library/read-articles-and-writings/thanksgiving-history">nonstop prayer</a>. These weren't annual events. They were not to be held on Sunday &mdash; which could be why we celebrate Thanksgiving on a weekday.</p> <p>When the first national Thanksgiving was announced in 1777, the <a href="http://www.pilgrimhallmuseum.org/pdf/TG_First_National_Thanksgiving_Proclamation_1777.pdf">Continental Congress</a> specified that no &quot;recreation&quot; was allowed; instead folks should devote the time off to &quot;Confession of their manifold Sins.&quot;</p> <h3>2. Fast, Not Feast</h3> <p>Sometimes a Thanksgiving was set aside as a feast day, but other times for eating nothing at all. After the Union victory at Gettysburg, President Lincoln <a href="http://rogerjnorton.com/Lincoln99.html">set aside the last Thursday of September</a> of 1863 as &quot;a day of humiliation, prayer, and fasting for all the people of the nation.&quot; Later that year, Lincoln declared another Thanksgiving, during which grateful northerners fed turkey dinners to troops.</p> <h3>3. Masquerade</h3> <p>Going out to the mall on Thanksgiving Day is seen as breaking the tradition of spending it at home with family, but surprisingly, it was once popular to take to the streets on T-Day. Not to shop, but to <a href="http://www.npr.org/sections/theprotojournalist/2014/11/19/365195079/when-thanksgiving-was-weird">show off your festive mask</a>.</p> <p>&quot;The chief feature of the day was the street charivari,&quot; reads an 1899 New York Times article. Charivari? Pronounced &quot;shivery,&quot; a charivari is a rowdy masked parade. Masks depicted everything from fictional characters to caricatures of ethnicities: &quot;Fausts, Filipinos, Mephistos, Boers, Uncle Sams &hellip;&quot; There were also boys in drag.</p> <h3>4. Dressing Up as Native Americans</h3> <p>When I was a child, my kindergarten teacher set up a teepee in our classroom, and we donned headdresses and banged drums. Luckily, most schools have at least toned down this inaccurate and offensive cultural appropriation, and many <a href="http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2003-11-22/news/0311220160_1_native-americans-costumes-stereotypes">schools have eliminated</a> any trace of pilgrim and Native American costumes or craft projects.</p> <h2>Christmas</h2> <p>Leaving veggies out for Santa's reindeer might seem like a strange modern tradition, but oh boy, old school traditions were so much weirder.</p> <h3>5. Santa's Sidekicks</h3> <p>In modern America, usually only benevolent Santa Claus surveilles child behavior. But in Europe, a tradition dating back hundreds of years gives St. Nick a darker counterpart, half-goat, half-man <a href="http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2013/12/131217-krampus-christmas-santa-devil/">Krampus</a>, who punishes children that don't make Santa's &quot;nice&quot; list. In the Netherlands even today, Santa arrives with a helper called <a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/netherlands/11996588/Dutch-Black-Pete-makes-annual-arrival-to-howls-of-protest.html">Black Piet</a>, who, despite growing protests and an obvious level of offensiveness, is a white person in blackface. Other European countries also have bizarre St. Nick helpers, including &quot;The Whipping Father&quot; in France.</p> <h3>6. Candles on the Tree</h3> <p>As if bringing a dead tree into your living room isn't enough of a <a href="http://wrfmc.com/Fire_Museum/Fire_Safety_files/Holiday%20Fire%20Safety%20Tips.pdf">fire hazard</a> &mdash; the original twinkling holiday lights were flaming candles, and were all the rage in <a href="http://mentalfloss.com/article/26585/brief-history-christmas-tree-lights">Germany in the 1600s</a>.</p> <p>Wasn't that dangerous? Oh yes. A Chicago hospital burned to the ground because of tree candles, and in 1908 insurance companies tried to ban them.</p> <h3>7. O Holy Fright</h3> <p>Folks in Eastern Europe have seen hard times &mdash; sometimes so hard that families could not afford to decorate the holiday tree. Not to worry! The <a href="http://www.whychristmas.com/customs/trees.shtml">Christmas spider</a> will cover it with cobwebs, which ideally the magic of Christmas transforms into silver and gold tinsel by morning. It's not recorded whether children would leave a plate of dead bugs for the Christmas spider to snack on.</p> <h3>8. J-E-L-L- Oh Heck No</h3> <p>In the '50s and '60s, gelatin molds were all the rage, leading disturbing &quot;festive&quot; meal items such as the <a href="https://www.buzzfeed.com/rachelwmiller/truly-horrifying-vintage-holiday-recipes?utm_term=.jkVz4Mbmj#.vqnJdeZRP">Vegetable and Tuna Jell-O Wreath</a>. Then there's this <a href="http://www.foodtimeline.org/christmasmenu.html#50christmas">1956 &quot;red&quot; themed dinner menu</a> that includes &quot;salmon pudding.&quot; Yikes.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/carrie-kirby">Carrie Kirby</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-old-holiday-traditions-we-cant-believe-ever-existed">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-holiday-pet-dangers-to-avoid">11 Holiday Pet Dangers to Avoid</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-fun-ways-to-celebrate-valentines-day-with-kids">10 Fun Ways to Celebrate Valentine&#039;s Day With Kids</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-frugal-christmas-decorating-hacks">14 Frugal Christmas Decorating Hacks</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-cheap-and-delicious-punch-recipes-for-holiday-parties">15 Cheap and Delicious Punch Recipes for Holiday Parties</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-festive-and-easy-diy-holiday-decorations">14 Festive and Easy DIY Holiday Decorations</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Family Home Christmas feast frugal living holiday traditions Holidays religion Thanksgiving traditions Tue, 22 Nov 2016 10:00:08 +0000 Carrie Kirby 1837833 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: How to Host a Thanksgiving Dinner on the Cheap http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-how-to-host-a-thanksgiving-dinner-on-the-cheap <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-how-to-host-a-thanksgiving-dinner-on-the-cheap" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/family_thanksgiving_dinner_74677925.jpg" alt="Family hosting Thanksgiving dinner on the cheap" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found articles on tactics for an inexpensive Thanksgiving meal, ways to make hundreds at your next yard sale, and online sources for the best Black Friday deals.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.thesimpledollar.com/12-tactics-for-an-inexpensive-thanksgiving-meal/">12 Tactics for an Inexpensive Thanksgiving Meal</a> &mdash; Put a reasonable cap on the number of side dishes you are preparing yourself, no matter how many dishes other guests are bringing. [The Simple Dollar]</p> <p><a href="http://www.thepennyhoarder.com/how-to-have-a-successful-yard-sale/">6 Strategies I Used to Make $700 From a Yard Sale&hellip; and One I Wish I&rsquo;d Tried</a> &mdash; Carry a fanny pack so shoppers can pay you on the fly. Having people stand in line gives them time to reconsider their purchase. [The Penny Hoarder]</p> <p><a href="http://www.cheapism.com/blog/black-friday-apps-sites-14894/">15 Online Sources for the Best Black Friday Deals</a> &mdash; If you don't have time to scour retailers for the best deals, take advantage of the many websites and apps that will do it for you! [Cheapism]</p> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/How-Save-Travel-24627929#photo-24627929">39 Tips That'll Save You Hundreds on Your Next Trip</a> &mdash; If you want to check out multiple locations, it's worth considering some cruise deals. An all-inclusive cruise deal can help you save on transportation, lodging, and meals. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://bargainbriana.com/dont-neglect-laundry-room-4-savvy-tips-organized-space/">Don&rsquo;t Neglect Your Laundry Room: 4 Savvy Tips for an Organized Space</a> &mdash; The dryer is one of the most expensive appliances to run, but the weather doesn&rsquo;t always permit hanging laundry out on a clothesline. Mount a cheap bath towel holder in your laundry room to dry wrinkle prone clothing without running the dryer. [Bargain Briana]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="https://due.com/blog/daily-habits-holding-back/">Are Your Daily Habits Holding You Back?</a> &mdash; Relatively small habits can have a big impact, especially if they seem to drain your energy and confidence.&nbsp; [Due]</p> <p><a href="http://www.moneyspruce.com/5-quick-ways-get-cash-today/">5 Quick Ways to Get Cash Today</a> &mdash; Emergencies happen, and they can destroy your finances if you don't have enough saved up to cover unexpected expenses. However, you do have a few options if you need money in a pinch. [Money Spruce]</p> <p><a href="http://creativemoney.biz/giving-wrong-reasons-save-money-gift-giving/">Are You Giving For the Wrong Reasons? Save Money on Gift Giving</a> &mdash; Every time you get a gift for someone, ask yourself &quot;why?&quot; If you have an ulterior motive when selecting a gift or adding someone to your list, it's probably just better to skip it. [Creative Money]</p> <p><a href="http://www.dumblittleman.com/2016/11/becoming-a-stronger-person.html">22 Winning Ways That Will Make You A Stronger Person</a> &mdash; Listen to motivational music that keeps you psyched, pumped, and feeling ready to tackle whatever you want to do. [Dumb Little Man]</p> <p><a href="http://liveyourlegend.net/rise-up-when-you-want-to-give-up/">How to Rise Up When You Want to Give Up: The 4-Step Process to Turn a Reaction into Positive Action</a> &mdash; Start by shifting your focus from &quot;what could have been&quot; to &quot;what is&quot; &mdash; and use that as a foundation for moving forward. [Live Your Legend]</p> <p><a href="http://www.productiveflourishing.com/overcome-procrastination/">Three Questions to Confront and Overcome Procrastination</a> &mdash; Identify the people who don't want you to follow your dreams or goals. Confront the voice that says you can't do it. [Productive Flourishing]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-how-to-host-a-thanksgiving-dinner-on-the-cheap">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-quick-and-delicious-ways-to-use-thanksgiving-leftovers">15 Quick and Delicious Ways to Use Thanksgiving Leftovers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/simple-recipes-for-a-frugal-vegetarian-thanksgiving">Simple Recipes for a Frugal Vegetarian Thanksgiving</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-thanksgiving-traditions-you-should-skip">5 Thanksgiving Traditions You Should Skip</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-host-thanksgiving-in-a-tiny-apartment">How to Host Thanksgiving in a Tiny Apartment</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/people-who-love-thanksgiving-do-these-8-things-do-you">People Who Love Thanksgiving Do These 8 Things, Do You?</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment best money tips Thanksgiving Thu, 17 Nov 2016 11:00:08 +0000 Amy Lu 1834562 at http://www.wisebread.com Ask the Readers: How Do You Save Money on Thanksgiving? http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-how-do-you-save-money-on-thanksgiving <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/ask-the-readers-how-do-you-save-money-on-thanksgiving" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/thanksgiving_feast_turkey_51956162.jpg" alt="Learning how to save money on Thanksgiving" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Editor's Note: Congratulations to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-how-do-you-save-money-on-thanksgiving#comment-800569">Tabathia</a>, Gina, and Natasha for winning this week's contest!</em></p> <p>Most people won't spend as much money on Thanksgiving as they would at Christmas, but the costs can add up when you're hosting a feast or traveling to spend the holiday with family. If you aren't careful with your budget, it can go bust before the year ends.</p> <p><strong>How do you save money on Thanksgiving?</strong> What Thanksgiving traditions do you skip to keep costs low? Is there any part of Thanksgiving that you're willing to splurge on &mdash; like a giant turkey or fancy dinnerware?</p> <p>Tell us how you save money on Thanksgiving and we'll enter you in a drawing to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card!</p> <h2>Win 1 of 3 $20 Amazon Gift Cards</h2> <p>We're doing three giveaways &mdash; here's how you can win!</p> <h3>Mandatory Entry:</h3> <ul> <li>Post your answer in the comments below. One commenter will be randomly selected to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card!</li> </ul> <h3>For Extra Entries:</h3> <ul> <li>You can tweet about our giveaway for an extra entry. Also, our Facebook fans can get an extra entry too! Use our Rafflecopter widget for your chance to win one of the other two Amazon Gift Cards:</li> </ul> <p><a class="rcptr" href="http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/79857dfa271/" rel="nofollow" data-raflid="79857dfa271" data-theme="classic" data-template="" id="rcwidget_ad3xbo5e">a Rafflecopter giveaway</a> </p> <script src="https://widget-prime.rafflecopter.com/launch.js"></script></p> <p>If you're inspired to write a whole blog post OR you have a photo on Flickr to share, please link to it in the comments or tweet it.</p> <h4>Giveaway Rules:</h4> <ul> <li>Contest ends Monday, November 21st at 11:59 p.m. Pacific. Winners will be announced after November 21st on the original post. Winners will also be contacted via email.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>You can enter all three drawings &mdash; once by leaving a comment, once by liking our Facebook update, and once by tweeting.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered, or associated with Facebook.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>You must be 18 and US resident to enter. Void where prohibited.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Good Luck!</strong></p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tell us how you save money on Thanksgiving and we&#039;ll enter you in a drawing to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card! </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-how-do-you-save-money-on-thanksgiving">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/throwback-thursday-58-best-thanksgiving-hacks-ever">Throwback Thursday: 58 Best Thanksgiving Hacks Ever</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-things-a-thanksgiving-turkey-teaches-us-about-money-0">7 Things a Thanksgiving Turkey Teaches Us About Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-friendsgiving-hacks-thatll-make-everyone-feel-at-home">8 Friendsgiving Hacks That&#039;ll Make Everyone Feel at Home</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-the-pilgrims-did-personal-finance">How the Pilgrims Did Personal Finance</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/frugal-living-lessons-from-the-first-thanksgiving">Frugal Living Lessons From The First Thanksgiving</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Ask the Readers Thanksgiving Tue, 15 Nov 2016 10:00:08 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 1830893 at http://www.wisebread.com 7 Money Moves You Will Always Be Thankful For http://www.wisebread.com/7-money-moves-you-will-always-be-thankful-for <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-money-moves-you-will-always-be-thankful-for" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/family_piggy_bank_72948583.jpg" alt="Family making money moves they&#039;ll always be thankful for" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The air is crisp and the time for family, friends, and fun is upon us! But are you ready for the tons of holiday spending and planning ahead for 2017? Read up on these seven money moves you will always be thankful for/</p> <h2>1. Monitoring Your Credit</h2> <p>Whether you've already got a mortgage, cars, and all the trimmings, or you're a young adult with the hopes of buying an asset like a house someday, you'll need to maintain good credit. Everyone gets one <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-a-truly-free-credit-report">free credit report</a> each year, and some credit card companies even give you regular updates on your credit score. I know, we love to remind you of this! But when you're meeting with the realtor and they don't laugh at your borrowing limit, you'll be saying thanks.</p> <h2>2. Negotiating Your Insurance</h2> <p>When shopping around for insurance, it's easy to settle for the first average quote you receive and end it. It's boring! But it really is best to gather several quotes to gain some leverage. If there's a company you prefer, show them the cheaper quote and get them to lower theirs. Also, try to ask yourself which types of insurance you actually need. When you've saved hundreds of dollars per year in insurance costs, it'll be easier to agree to host Thanksgiving at your place next time.</p> <h2>3. Stowing Cash Into a Mutual Fund or ETF</h2> <p>How many ways should you save money? Even if you already have some mutual funds in your 401K, even if you have a vacation savings jar in the kitchen &mdash; you might want to consider stowing some cash from your savings account separately in a mutual fund or ETF. They're steady, the rate is far superior to a savings account, and it keeps you from feeling like your savings can be tapped at any time. It takes some thought and some calculus of weighing the fees and taxes to decide whether to take the funds out. Sometimes we need that bit of a barrier so that we can benefit in the long run. Check out <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-top-mutual-funds-for-low-risk-investors">these tips for investors</a>. Your future self will be thanking you down the line.</p> <h2>4. Paying Off High-Interest Debt</h2> <p>Carrying balances on one (or a few) high-interest cards? If you have debt at anything above 10% interest, paying those off should be your priority. The longer you carry those balances, the more precarious the situation gets. And of course, if you were to follow the first point in this list, it would be pretty hard without paying off that <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-to-pay-off-high-interest-credit-card-debt?ref=internal">high-interest debt</a>. Once that's done, you can pass the savings around the table.</p> <h2>5. Building an Emergency Fund</h2> <p>Why wouldn't you want to be covered if a small emergency happened? Consider the emergency fund as your war chest, defending you from calamities such as car accidents, sudden house repairs, a child getting sick, or getting stuck with unpaid jury duty. <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/change-jars-and-8-other-clever-ways-to-build-an-emergency-fund">Even broke folks</a> can start one. Keep it somewhere easy to access, and by all means, never pilfer it for Black Friday. That's what #7 is for!</p> <h2>6. Getting Your Taxes Done Early</h2> <p>Who doesn't want to get their money early? Or get tax stress off their chests? Starting around November, you really should be gathering your receipts and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/avoid-the-tax-season-rush-with-these-early-prep-steps">setting a tax plan</a> &mdash; whether you need to book an appointment with your accountant, or book some personal time in front of QuickBooks. What easier way to be thankful all the way into the dark of January than knowing a refund check is on its way?</p> <h2>7. Setting a Christmas Budget</h2> <p>Going into Thanksgiving with a shopping list and wondering, &quot;How am I gonna do this <em>and </em>Christmas?&quot; Fix that in the future with a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/avoid-these-5-common-holiday-budget-pitfalls">Christmas budget set in advance</a>. Even if you're a family who slowly buys gifts for each other year-round, that can creep up. By having a set budget every year, you can check against immediately clicking &quot;add to cart.&quot; Imagine how nice it would be to not feel completely tapped out after the holidays. Just get through Thanksgiving and everything else is gravy.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amanda-meadows">Amanda Meadows</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-money-moves-you-will-always-be-thankful-for">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-signs-youre-making-all-the-right-money-moves">6 Signs You&#039;re Making All the Right Money Moves</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-money-moves-to-make-before-the-leaves-change">10 Money Moves to Make Before the Leaves Change</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/where-to-turn-for-help-when-you-dont-have-an-emergency-fund">Where to Turn for Help When You Don&#039;t Have an Emergency Fund</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/when-to-use-savings-to-pay-off-debt">When to Use Savings to Pay Off Debt</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-year-end-financial-moves-you-must-make-now">10 Year-End Financial Moves You Must Make Now</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Personal Finance being thankful credit report debt emergency funds money moves savings taxes Thanksgiving Mon, 14 Nov 2016 09:00:06 +0000 Amanda Meadows 1830894 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Things You'll Waste Money on This Thanksgiving http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-youll-waste-money-on-this-thanksgiving <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-things-youll-waste-money-on-this-thanksgiving" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_29382656_XXXLARGE.jpg" alt="don&#039;t waste money on these things this thanksgiving" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Serving a Thanksgiving feast on a budget is like performing a magic trick. It takes a lot of money to buy the large quantities of food to fill the bellies of all your Turkey Day guests. But it helps to know what people usually end up wasting money on, before forming your feast menu. If you're the host, here are 10 ways to stay on track and not blow your Thanksgiving grocery budget.</p> <h2>1. Buying Expensive Centerpieces</h2> <p>Have you priced formal <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-save-on-your-thanksgiving-celebrations">floral Thanksgiving centerpieces</a>, lately? Your basic cornucopia number runs around $50. Ouch! No need to engage a florist. Try your own hand at tablescaping. Here are <a href="http://www.hgtv.com/design/make-and-celebrate/entertaining/30-thanksgiving-centerpieces-pictures">simple, beautiful ideas</a> using items you may already own, or that are easily found outdoors.</p> <h2>2. Serving Food Nobody Really Likes</h2> <p>Yes, Aunt Peggy's wiggly molded red jello may be traditional, but does anyone really <em>like</em> it? Take a hard look at your menu. It may be time ax the dishes you think you <em>ought</em> to make in favor of ones that people actually enjoy. Why waste time, money, and energy on food that is going to sit in the fridge for weeks?</p> <h2>3. Making Too Much Food</h2> <p>One of my grandmothers always worried about not having everyone's favorites, so she made it all. We really did not need both a turkey and a ham, or sweet potatoes fixed two ways. Even when everyone took leftovers home, her refrigerator was still difficult to close. Learn from my grandma: Stop overspending and also cut back on your food waste.</p> <h2>4. Only Buying Name Brands</h2> <p>Per pound, turkey is pretty inexpensive, unless you decide you need a pasture-raised one, which will cost you more. Big-box stores now offer organic products, too, so do your homework before you buy.</p> <h2>5. Not Asking for Help</h2> <p>One of the inevitable questions from your guests will be, &quot;What can I bring?&quot; Take them up on that! Hate peeling potatoes? Ask someone to bring the mashed potatoes. My mother couldn't make gravy without lumps, so she'd ask a friend to bring that. My daughter, who doesn't cook, can be depended upon to bring wine. There is nothing wrong with taking people up on their offers of help, and it will keep your costs down.</p> <h2>6. Serving Elaborate Hors d'Oeuvres</h2> <p>Spending loads of time on dinner? There's not much sense in your guests filling up on snacks ahead of time, and ruining their appetites. Instead of yet another hot appetizer that takes up space in the oven, try serving some inexpensive raw vegetables and <a href="http://markbittman.com/roasted-nuts-so-easy-so-good/">spicy nuts</a> that you can make ahead of time.</p> <h2>7. Using Fancy China</h2> <p>As someone who has multiple sets of china, I'm going to give you the straight scoop: I rarely use it. While I found the pretty flowers and silver bands on the rims just enchanting at age 20, now, I wish I had registered for a plain, good quality pattern. White, or off-white, is a lot more versatile, and a good quality plate is more useful than a highly decorative one.</p> <h2>8. Making Multiple Trips to the Store</h2> <p>Five years, ago, I found myself making a third trip to the supermarket when I realized I only had one type of cranberry sauce. What a waste of gas! How to avoid this? Make a list. Get out each and every recipe and make sure you either have the ingredient on hand, or that it is on your shopping list.</p> <h2>9. Creating Elaborate Place-Settings</h2> <p>I'm all for proper use of silverware, but you really don't need to go out and buy it all. It's no fun for my guests if they have anxiety about which fork to use first, or they don't know which bread plate is theirs. Here are some excellent photos and tips about <a href="http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/how-to-set-the-table-properly-206075">which silverware to put where</a>, ensuring that your guests don't stress.</p> <h2>10. Presenting Over-the-Top House Decor</h2> <p>Guests want to feel relaxed, welcomed, and comfortable. If you hang a wreath on your door, fine. But piles of pumpkins, huge hurricanes with candles, or hay bales at the front door are really unnecessary, and the cost adds up. What are you going to do with all this decor when Thanksgiving is over? Think ahead, and only buy the stuff you need and will use again.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/marla-walters">Marla Walters</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-youll-waste-money-on-this-thanksgiving">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-10"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-easy-ways-to-stretch-your-grocery-dollars">20 Easy Ways to Stretch Your Grocery Dollars</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-hot-new-food-trends-the-frugal-way">8 Hot New Food Trends — The Frugal Way</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/shop-the-salad-bar-and-other-ways-to-save-big-on-groceries">Shop the Salad Bar and Other Ways to Save Big on Groceries</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-ways-to-buy-organic-and-still-be-frugal">8 Ways to Buy Organic and Still Be Frugal</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-12-best-frozen-food-values">The 12 Best Frozen Food Values</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Shopping black friday Cooking dinner party food shopping groceries Holidays host Thanksgiving thanksgiving dinner turkey turkey day Wed, 09 Nov 2016 10:30:29 +0000 Marla Walters 1829423 at http://www.wisebread.com How the Pilgrims Did Personal Finance http://www.wisebread.com/how-the-pilgrims-did-personal-finance <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-the-pilgrims-did-personal-finance" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/pilgrims_harvest_pumpkins_80628247.jpg" alt="How the pilgrims did personal finance" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It's the time of year when we celebrate the Pilgrims crossing over to the New World and settling the land we now call America. The stories of the Pilgrims' courage in traveling on the Mayflower and surviving those early years are legendary. But they did not survive and eventually thrive without some financial savvy.</p> <p>Are there money lessons to be learned from the Pilgrims, even though they had little money to begin with? Yes. Here's a look at what we know about the Pilgrims and their financial habits.</p> <h2>1. They Were Deeply in Debt for Many Years</h2> <p>The Pilgrims' journey to the New World was financed by people who might have sympathized with their desire for religious freedom, but these businessmen believed the colony would actually generate a big financial return. In reality, the Pilgrims asked their investors repeatedly for more money just to survive. An initial debt of as little as 1,200 British pounds grew to as much as 7,000 pounds, and the Pilgrims weren't out of debt for almost 30 years, according to the Pilgrim Hall Museum. That would be hundreds of thousands of pounds today.</p> <h2>2. They Had Little Currency, So They Used Beads</h2> <p>When the Pilgrims arrived in Massachusetts, they didn't have much in the way of real money &mdash; and it's not like they had any ATMs to go to. So, they instead relied on something called <em>wampum</em>, or strings of beads made of shells. According to <em>The Mayflower and the Pilgrims New World, </em>wampum was a remarkable innovative currency, with purple beads worth twice as much as white beads, and rules governing the quality, shape, and size. It quickly became the defacto currency for trading with the Native Americans.</p> <h2>3. They Were Thrifty</h2> <p>No question, the Pilgrims were forced to make do with the bare necessities. They grew and hunted their own food. They made wood slab homes from wood they chopped themselves. In fact, they were probably even more thrifty than popular images suggest. Those buckles you often see depicted on Pilgrims' shoes and hats? Those were unlikely to have been there, as Pilgrims more likely used simple leather and laces. The myth of the buckles arose from artists during the Victorian era.</p> <h2>4. They Were Communists &mdash; Then They Were Capitalists</h2> <p>When the Pilgrims first arrived, they experimented with something called &quot;Common Course,&quot; in which all of the settlers owned property together. But it didn't last: &quot;Because they could not reap the fruits of their labors, no one had any incentive to work, and <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/21/weekinreview/21zernike.html">the system failed</a> &mdash; confusion, thievery and famine ensued.&quot;</p> <p>By 1623, the Pilgrims divided the land equally, and an early form of capitalism began.</p> <p>Conservative organizations and politicians have hailed the Pilgrims as an example of America rejecting communism for capitalism, even back then. Things are probably a little more complicated than that, but there's ample evidence that the colony began to thrive over time when each settler had land of his or her own.</p> <h2>5. They &quot;Pivoted&quot;</h2> <p>These days, you often hear about young startup companies shifting their focus or even their entire business concept due to market conditions. This is called a &quot;pivot.&quot; And the Pilgrims were pretty good at pivoting. Early on, they tried to make money off the fur trade. But by 1650, the beavers they relied on became scarce, and they faced competition that made it hard to expand their operation. So, they switched to fish and lumber, and those became main revenue sources.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/tim-lemke">Tim Lemke</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-the-pilgrims-did-personal-finance">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/so-you-caught-a-world-series-home-run-whats-it-worth">So You Caught a World Series Home Run — What&#039;s It Worth?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/throwback-thursday-58-best-thanksgiving-hacks-ever">Throwback Thursday: 58 Best Thanksgiving Hacks Ever</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/book-review-supercapitalism">Book review: Supercapitalism</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-friendsgiving-hacks-thatll-make-everyone-feel-at-home">8 Friendsgiving Hacks That&#039;ll Make Everyone Feel at Home</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/local-currencies">Local Currencies</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living capitalism currency history markets mayflower Pilgrims pivot Thanksgiving trading wampum Fri, 04 Nov 2016 09:00:09 +0000 Tim Lemke 1826532 at http://www.wisebread.com 20 Surprisingly Delicious Squash Recipes http://www.wisebread.com/20-surprisingly-delicious-squash-recipes <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/20-surprisingly-delicious-squash-recipes" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/squash_appetizers_000021285884.jpg" alt="Making surprisingly delicious squash recipes for dinner" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>When I was a kid, squash came around once a year at Thanksgiving &mdash; baked, drizzled with maple syrup, and topped with butter. I have no complaints with that treatment, however, squashes are so healthy, versatile, and delicious that creative people keep coming up with new and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-thanksgiving-recipes-you-can-make-in-your-crock-pot">very unique recipes</a>. Here are 20 to try throughout the holiday season, and beyond.</p> <h2>Let's Give It a Nationality</h2> <p>First, let's chat about spaghetti squash. These are really fun to cook, but the trick is getting them cooked all the way through. My method: Split the squash in half, lengthwise. Scoop out the seeds with a spoon and discard. Put a tablespoon of water in each squash &quot;boat,&quot; cover with wax paper, and microwave on high for 18&ndash;20 minutes. Test with a fork and see if the strands lift easily. If not, microwave another five minutes or so. When it's done, &quot;fluff&quot; the strands with a fork. Then, try these toppings:</p> <h3>1. Mexican</h3> <p>Top with shredded chicken, Monterey Jack cheese, chiles, salsa, black beans, cilantro, and sour cream.</p> <h3>2. Italian</h3> <p>Top with cooked pork sausage, marinara, mozzarella cheese, sliced olives, and chopped parsley.</p> <h3>3. Mediterranean</h3> <p>Top with chopped artichoke hearts, feta cheese, chopped tomatoes, greek yogurt, and sliced green onions.</p> <h2>Let's Fry It</h2> <p>Everything taste better fried, even squash.</p> <h3>4. Squash Pancakes</h3> <p>The trick to these <a href="http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/crispy-summer-squash-pancakes">crispy squash pancakes </a>is to really squeeze the moisture out of the yellow squash. I have an old tea towel I use for just this purpose &mdash; bundle up the grated squash in the towel, and wring it out. As a variation, toss in some pepperjack cheese (half a cup) for extra spiciness and creamy texture.</p> <h3>5. Fried Zucchini</h3> <p>Got any obnoxiously large zucchini? Perfect. Here is what my mother-in-law did with those: Wash, pat dry, and slice into &frac14; inch pieces. Dip in egg wash, then dip in crushed cracker crumbs. Fry in butter.</p> <h3>6. Squash and Chickpea Patties</h3> <p>I think these <a href="http://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/chickpea-pancakes-with-leeks-squash-and-yogurt">chickpea pancakes</a> with leeks, squash, and yogurt make an absolutely great breakfast. I make them in batches and refrigerate. When I get to the office, I just zap in the microwave. Chickpea flour is high in folate and protein (higher than whole wheat, even).</p> <h2>Let's Puree It</h2> <p>Butternut or kabocha squash puree very easily. I prefer the microwave method, but if you'd rather oven-bake, heat your oven to 400 F. Halve the squash and place cut-side down on oiled aluminum foil, then bake for about 30 minutes. Check for tenderness &mdash; it should be &quot;scoopable.&quot; If not, keep baking. When it is tender, remove from the oven, cool until you can handle it, and then scoop out the cooked squash into a large bowl and mash. Once cool, refrigerate or freeze for future use.</p> <h3>7. Butternut Squash Dinner Rolls</h3> <p>If you are a fellow carb-lover, your must try these <a href="http://ourlifetastesgood.blogspot.com/2014/09/butternut-squash-dinner-rolls.html#_a5y_p=2475692">butternut squash dinner rolls</a>. The squash puree keeps the rolls very moist (think of potato rolls or potato bread). As the author mentions, you get the added benefit of a little vitamin C. If you prefer to use wheat flour, I'd recommend wheat <em>pastry</em> flour.</p> <h3>8. Butternut Squash Pizza</h3> <p>This <a href="http://naturallyella.com/butternut-squash-puree-and-blue-cheese-pizza/">butternut squash pizza</a> is very autumnal, and I am thinking that sliced into very thin pieces, it would be a great appetizer for a holiday feast. I think I will add some chopped pecans on top.</p> <h3>9. Squash Muffins</h3> <p>Butternut as breakfast? Sure! Check out these <a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/33093/spiced-butternut-squash-muffins/">spiced butternut squash muffins</a>. Bake on a Sunday, and reheat for breakfast. A handful or raisins or (naughtier) chocolate chips in the batter are a nice variation. They also freeze very well, if you want to make a double batch.</p> <h3>10. Squash Cookies</h3> <p>If you like your sweets with hidden benefits, check out these soft <a href="http://www.recipetips.com/recipe-cards/t--1959/squash-cookies.asp">squash cookies.</a> If you aren't a fan of raisins and nuts, you might prefer <a href="http://makethebestofeverything.com/2014/03/squash-and-dark-chocolate-chip-cookies.html">squash and dark chocolate chip cookies</a>. (This does use baby food instead of homemade puree, which is another option.)</p> <h2>Let's Put it in a Casserole</h2> <p>One dish dinners are so easy, and so warming when it's chilly out.</p> <h3>11. Squash Casserole</h3> <p>I'll tell you right now: This classic Southern <a href="http://addapinch.com/cooking/squash-casserole-recipe/#.UjMUgZxsBBx">squash casserole</a> is the best of the bunch, because the topping is made with Ritz crackers. Magical things happen when recipes combine Ritz crackers, butter, and cheese. Please don't stop at the topping, though, because the squash below is also absolutely delicious. The cayenne pepper gives it a little &quot;zip,&quot; so don't even consider leaving it out.</p> <h3>12. Black Bean and Squash Enchilada Casserole</h3> <p>Running close behind the Ritz cracker squash casserole is this black bean and butternut squash <a href="http://juliasalbum.com/2014/11/black-bean-and-butternut-squash-enchilada-casserole-recipe/">enchilada casserole</a>. If you like Mexican food, this one is for you. If you don't, it might convert you. Yes, it's vegetarian, but you can easily toss in a cup or two of cooked, shredded chicken breast.</p> <h3>13. Vegetable Tian</h3> <p>By far the prettiest, most appetizing use of yellow and zucchini squashes is this <a href="http://www.budgetbytes.com/2011/08/summer-vegetable-tian/">vegetable tian</a>. (&quot;Tian&quot; refers to vegetables that are chopped, cooked in olive oil, and then baked with cheeses on top.) Leftovers, if you have any, are really nice with scrambled eggs the next morning.</p> <h2>Let's Stuff It</h2> <p>Once you scoop the seeds out of the middle, you're left with a void that needs filling. Delicious filling.</p> <h3>14. Patty Pans With Bacon and Eggs</h3> <p>Patty pan squashes can be hard to find, and cooking them can be a little intimidating. (It's the weird shape.) While you can easily slice and cook patty pans just like zucchini or yellow squash, it's more fun to stuff them (especially with <a href="http://ketodietapp.com/Blog/post/2015/09/15/bacon-and-egg-stuffed-pattypan-squash">bacon and eggs</a>). These are also low-carb..</p> <h3>15. Sausage-Stuffed Zucchini</h3> <p>This <a href="http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/italian-sausage-stuffed-zucchini">Italian sausage-stuffed zucchini</a> is easy and versatile. You can switch up the meats (hamburger, pork sausage, etc.). I like that it serves six; that guarantees lunch leftovers or a night of no cooking!</p> <h3>16. Acorn Squash With Mushrooms and Rice</h3> <p>One of my cousins, who is a vegetarian, makes these stuffed <a href="http://www.marthastewart.com/946769/acorn-squash-stuffed-mushrooms-and-rice">acorn squashes with mushrooms and rice</a> each year at Thanksgiving. As the recipe notes, they also make a great &quot;Meatless Monday&quot; entree. She uses wild rice instead of long-grain white rice; I think that gives them a very nutty flavor, which is even better.</p> <h2>Let's Roast It</h2> <p>Roasting, like frying, makes everything delicious, especially vegetables. (How about roasted, then fried?)</p> <h3>17. Roasted Butternut Squash</h3> <p>Even people who are picky about vegetables, I have found, tend to like them roasted. <a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/229733/simple-roasted-butternut-squash/">Roasted butternut squash</a> makes a sweet and simple side dish. You can also toss it with pasta, tuck it into wraps, or add it to rice.</p> <h3>18. Roasted Zucchini, Squash, and Tomatoes</h3> <p>This recipe for roasted garlic-Parmesan <a href="http://www.cookingclassy.com/2015/07/roasted-garlic-parmesan-zucchini-squash-and-tomatoes/">zucchini, squash, and tomatoes</a> is a keeper. Again, great on its own, but pair it with some whole wheat pasta... wow.</p> <h3>19. Roasted Delicata Salad</h3> <p>Lest you think squash dishes are always heavy, have a look at this beautiful <a href="http://cookieandkate.com/2013/roasted-delicata-squash-pomegranate-arugula-salad/">delicata, pomegranate, and arugula salad</a>. It honestly gave me pause about making a turkey for Thanksgiving. Can we just have this and some nice rolls?</p> <h3>20. Warm Butternut and Chickpea Salad</h3> <p>Another beautiful salad &mdash; this time a warm <a href="http://smittenkitchen.com/blog/2009/01/warm-butternut-squash-and-chickpea-salad/">butternut squash and chickpea</a> version. Kabocha also works well in place of the butternut.</p> <p><em>Have any unique squash recipes to share?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/marla-walters">Marla Walters</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-surprisingly-delicious-squash-recipes">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/31-delicious-ways-to-enjoy-your-summer-veggies">31 Delicious Ways to Enjoy Your Summer Veggies</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-grilled-veggie-dishes-that-hold-their-own-with-meat">15 Grilled Veggie Dishes That Hold Their Own With Meat</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-delicious-ways-to-prepare-a-humble-head-of-cabbage">15 Delicious Ways to Prepare a Humble Head of Cabbage</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-easy-and-delicious-ice-cream-substitutes">15 Easy and Delicious Ice Cream Substitutes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/gadzukes-10-ways-to-use-up-your-zucchini-bounty">Gadzukes! 10 Ways to Use Up Your Zucchini Bounty</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink healthy recipes squash Thanksgiving vegetables Wed, 02 Dec 2015 10:01:11 +0000 Marla Walters 1617394 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Easy, Delicious Canned Cranberry Recipes http://www.wisebread.com/10-easy-delicious-canned-cranberry-recipes <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-easy-delicious-canned-cranberry-recipes" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/fresh_cranberries_000052987314.jpg" alt="Using delicious recipes for canned cranberry" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Although I always make my mother's special recipe of fresh cranberry sauce for Thanksgiving, I am the only one who eats it. <em>Everyone prefers canned.</em> What to do with any leftover canned cranberry, though? Here are 10 delicious solutions.</p> <h2>1.The Cran-Turkey Sammich</h2> <p>Quite possibly in my Top Five Sandwiches list is this delicious cranberry-turkey sandwich. It's very simple. For each sandwich, spread bread with softened cream cheese. Add red onion or chopped shallot, leftover turkey, a couple slices of canned cranberry, and a lettuce leaf. We used whole wheat sourdough for a recent lunch, but I think they'd be extra-yummy on sliced brioche.</p> <h2>2. Better Bagels</h2> <p>The above sandwich can be turned into a fast breakfast with bagels, cream cheese, lunch-meat turkey, and cranberry sauce.</p> <h2>3. Cranberry Meatballs</h2> <p>Only requiring three ingredients, cranberry meatballs meet the &quot;fast and easy&quot; criteria. Simply combine a bag of frozen turkey meatballs, a can of cranberry sauce (not the whole berry type), and bottle of chili sauce <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-thanksgiving-recipes-you-can-make-in-your-crock-pot">in your Crock-Pot</a>. People <em>love</em> them. You can assemble them at the office for a potluck around 10 a.m. and drive them crazy with the aroma. They're also great for a quick meal at home, over rice or egg noodles.</p> <h2>4. Cranberry Meatloaf</h2> <p>Not a fan of meatloaf, you say? Guess again. Here is something I whipped up:</p> <h3>Meatloaf Mixture</h3> <ul> <li>1 pound ground turkey</li> <li>&frac12; cup panko crumbs</li> <li>2 eggs, beaten</li> <li>2 T shallots, finely minced</li> <li>&frac14; cup ketchup</li> <li>⅛ cup half-and-half</li> <li>1 t salt</li> <li>&frac12; t pepper</li> <li>&frac14; cup bacon bits</li> <li>&frac12; cup bleu cheese</li> <li>Nonstick spray</li> </ul> <h3>Sauce</h3> <ul> <li>&frac14; can cranberry, mashed up with a fork</li> <li>&frac12; cup ketchup</li> <li>1 T Sriracha sauce (or to taste)</li> </ul> <h3>Method</h3> <p>Combine sauce ingredients well and set aside.</p> <p>Spray loaf pan with nonstick spray. Combine turkey burger, panko crumbs, eggs, &frac14; cup ketchup, shallots, half-and-half, salt, and pepper. Place one-half of that mixture in bottom of loaf pan. Then, sprinkle bacon bits and bleu cheese over the mixture. Top with remaining turkey mixture and bake at 375 F for 25 minutes. Remove from oven and spread sauce over top. Bake for another 20 minutes or until sauce is bubbly. Remove from oven and let it &quot;rest&quot; for 10 minutes. Slice and serve with garlic mashed potatoes and spinach-pear salad. Leftovers make awesome sandwiches.</p> <h2>5. Fancier Chicken</h2> <p>Oven-baked chicken breasts for dinner? Those can be pretty boring. A sauce makes all the difference, though. Smash up some of that canned cranberry with a little brown sugar, a pat of butter, a spritz of lime, and a dash of bourbon. Heat until melted and pour over that formerly boring chicken.</p> <h2>6. Zip Up Some Pork Chops</h2> <p>Try a chunky berry sauce with your grilled pork chops. To a can of whole-berry sauce, add a teaspoon each of finely-minced jalapeno and freshly grated ginger, and a small can of crushed pineapple. Heat until bubbly and then serve with pork chops.</p> <h2>7. Fast Appetizers</h2> <p>If you like the contrast of creamy Brie and tart cranberries, experiment with making easy appetizers. Try pre-made tart shells filled with cheese, caramelized onions or shallots, and a teaspoon of cranberries. Even easier? Slather onto crostini. Pick up puff pastry in the freezer section, fill with the cheese and cranberry combo, and bake.</p> <h2>8. Make a Smoothie</h2> <p>Toss chunky cranberry sauce into the blender and make a really delicious smoothie with almond milk and a banana.</p> <h2>9. Easy Syrup</h2> <p>Cranberry syrup is delicious on pancakes, waffles, or crepes. Heat a can of the whole-berry sauce. To thicken, stir &frac12; teaspoon of cornstarch into &frac14; cup of cold water. Stir well. Add to heated cranberry sauce and stir on low heat until thickened. Chill leftover syrup and and spoon over a plain cheesecake, angel-food cake, or into vanilla Greek yogurt.</p> <h2>10. Healthy Lunch</h2> <p>Leftover quinoa? Try mixing it with feta, a couple of spoonfuls of canned whole cranberry, and some leftover turkey or chicken. Top with toasted pecans.</p> <p>See? Canned cranberry isn't just for Thanksgiving. Stock up and enjoy the goodness anytime!</p> <p><em>What's your favorite canned cranberry recipe?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/marla-walters">Marla Walters</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-easy-delicious-canned-cranberry-recipes">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kick-ass-alternatives-to-canned-cranberry-sauce">Kick-Ass Alternatives to Canned Cranberry Sauce</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/17-ways-to-use-thanksgiving-leftovers">17 Ways to Use Thanksgiving Leftovers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-meals-you-can-make-with-thanksgiving-leftovers">4 Meals You Can Make With Thanksgiving Leftovers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-ways-to-turn-leftover-sweet-potatoes-and-other-starchy-foods-into-something-special">11 Ways to Turn Leftover Sweet Potatoes and Other Starchy Foods Into Something Special</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-surprisingly-delicious-squash-recipes">20 Surprisingly Delicious Squash Recipes</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink canned cranberry cranberry sauce leftovers recipes Thanksgiving Fri, 27 Nov 2015 16:00:44 +0000 Marla Walters 1616592 at http://www.wisebread.com 17 Ways to Use Thanksgiving Leftovers http://www.wisebread.com/17-ways-to-use-thanksgiving-leftovers <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/17-ways-to-use-thanksgiving-leftovers" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/thanksgiving_leftover_pie_000077749959.jpg" alt="Learning genius ways to use Thanksgiving leftovers" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I love Thanksgiving. It's my favorite holiday. So, of course, I always cook way too much food. Fortunately, if there's one thing I love more than <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-thanksgiving-recipes-you-can-make-in-your-crock-pot">Thanksgiving dinner</a>, it's all the leftovers. Here's a list of some of my favorite Thanksgiving leftover hacks.</p> <h2>1. Like a Turkey and Stuffing Sandwich, But Not</h2> <p>Turkey tacos are super delicious and super easy to make. Just put everything into a tortilla and zap it hot in the microwave.</p> <h2>2. Cook Enchiladas With the Turkey</h2> <p>Jason Vincent, the executive chef of Chicago's Nightwood restaurant, makes <a href="http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Turkey-Enchiladas-51197020">turkey enchiladas</a> <em>while </em>he prepares his Thanksgiving dinner, cooking the enchilada sauce right in the bottom of the turkey roasting pan! Genius.</p> <h2>3. Jook</h2> <p>Another cook-it-while-you-eat Thanksgiving leftovers dinner is jook, also known as congee. Jook is a super easy and frugal Chinese comfort food. To make <a href="http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/turkey-jook-350588">turkey jook</a>, put the turkey carcass into a large Crock-Pot or soup pot. Then add one cup of rice to 10 cups of water. Cook until the rice breaks down to a porridge-like consistency. I like to add a thumb-sized chunk of ginger and some garlic cloves while it's cooking for additional flavor. Season the finished jook with soy sauce, pepper, hot chili oil, or green onions. My husband likes to add leftover French fried onions (from the green bean casserole).</p> <h2>4. Cranberry Meatballs</h2> <p>The classic <a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/15206/cocktail-meatballs/">cocktail meatball</a> recipe calls for grape jelly, but this one uses cranberry. A great way to use up any leftover cranberry sauce.</p> <h2>5. Green Gravy and Biscuits</h2> <p>Puree leftover green bean casserole in a food processor. Reheat (adding additional gravy or turkey broth as needed). Pour green gravy over warm biscuits and top with more French fried onions.</p> <h2>6. Pasta alla Genovese</h2> <p>Most Americans recognize this dish as pasta with pesto, but the original Ligurian <a href="http://www.nigella.com/recipes/view/pasta-alla-genovese-5162">pasta alla genovese</a> recipe includes green beans and potatoes.</p> <h2>7. Creamy Turkey in Puff Pastry</h2> <p>Turn biscuits and gravy into a <a href="http://southernfood.about.com/od/turkeyrecipes/r/bl61122d.htm">dainty dinner appetizer</a> with puff pastry and the addition of a can of drained artichokes.</p> <h2>8. Salad Niçoise</h2> <p>Green beans? Check. Cooked potatoes? Check. If you've got these two leftovers you can whip up <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/recipe/julia-childs-salade-nicoise-8255829">salad niçoise</a>, one of Julia Childs' favorite recipes, with the addition of a few kitchen staples like canned tuna and hard-boiled eggs.</p> <h2>9. Turkey Waldorf Salad</h2> <p>One of my favorite Thanksgiving dishes is Waldorf salad. It's a dish that I make year-round because it pairs well with a variety of cuisines. So, it's pretty much a no-brainer to add leftover turkey to make, well, <a href="http://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/1017004-turkey-waldorf-salad">turkey Waldorf salad</a>. Use it in sandwiches or toss with mixed greens to stretch the recipe into a lunch entrée.</p> <h2>10. Curry in a Hurry</h2> <p>Add leftover turkey, carrots, green beans, or potatoes to your favorite curry sauce recipe or make a <a href="http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/curried-turkey-and-mango-salad-105783">curried turkey salad</a>.</p> <h2>11. Vegetable Samosas</h2> <p><a href="http://www.vegrecipesofindia.com/samosa-recipe-punjabi-samosa/">Samosas</a> are the Punjabi version of hand pies. This Indian chef gives step-by-step instructions on how to make fried, twice fried, and baked versions of this classic snack. Samosas are my very favorite way to use up leftover mashed potatoes and peas.</p> <h2>12. Shepherd's Pie With Two-Potato Topping</h2> <p>This <a href="http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/turkey-shepherds-pie-with-two-potato-topping">shepherd's pie recipe</a> from New York's Red Cat restaurant calls for turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes, and sweet potatoes. Make one giant pie for Sunday night (after Thanksgiving) dinner for the family, or prepare individual pies in ramekins.</p> <h2>13. Mashed Potato Pancakes</h2> <p>With just a five-minute prep time, these <a href="http://www.food.com/recipe/leftover-mashed-potato-pancakes-9054">potato pancakes</a> make a quickie meal from leftover mashed potatoes.</p> <h2>14. Sweet Potato Latkes</h2> <p>Full disclosure: very few recipes churn my stomach more than the sweet potato and marshmallow-topped casserole that grace so many Thanksgiving tables. Blargh. However, this recipe for <a href="http://toriavey.com/toris-kitchen/2013/10/sweet-potato-latkes-brown-sugar-syrup/">sweet potato latkes with candied pecans</a> is making me rethink my entire stance on sweetened sweet potatoes. Is it a side dish or a dessert? You decide.</p> <h2>15. Cheesy Mashed Potato Muffins</h2> <p>Feeling fancy? Then forget about frying potato pancakes and bake up some savory leftover <a href="http://www.justataste.com/cheesy-leftover-mashed-potato-muffins-recipe/">mashed potato muffins</a> instead.</p> <h2>16. Cranberry Crisp</h2> <p>Use up leftover apples and/or cranberry sauce by turning them into a super simple <a href="http://southernfood.about.com/od/applecrisps/r/bl11014d.htm">fruit cobbler</a>.</p> <h2>17. Peanut Butter and Cranberry Sauce Sandwiches</h2> <p>Cranberry sauce is basically firm jam. Use it as a jam substitute in any of these <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/30-ways-to-use-up-a-jar-of-preserves">recipes for preserves</a>.</p> <p><em>What's your favorite Thanksgiving leftover recipe?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/max-wong">Max Wong</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/17-ways-to-use-thanksgiving-leftovers">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-meals-you-can-make-with-thanksgiving-leftovers">4 Meals You Can Make With Thanksgiving Leftovers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-easy-delicious-canned-cranberry-recipes">10 Easy, Delicious Canned Cranberry Recipes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-ways-to-turn-leftover-sweet-potatoes-and-other-starchy-foods-into-something-special">11 Ways to Turn Leftover Sweet Potatoes and Other Starchy Foods Into Something Special</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-surprisingly-delicious-squash-recipes">20 Surprisingly Delicious Squash Recipes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-tasty-ideas-for-leftover-turkey">10 Tasty Ideas for Leftover Turkey</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink green beans leftovers mashed potatoes recipes Thanksgiving turkey Thu, 26 Nov 2015 12:00:05 +0000 Max Wong 1616591 at http://www.wisebread.com 25 Major Retailers That Give Employees Time Off for Thanksgiving http://www.wisebread.com/25-major-retailers-that-give-employees-time-off-for-thanksgiving <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/25-major-retailers-that-give-employees-time-off-for-thanksgiving" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000026543194_Small.jpg" alt="retailers that are closed on Thanksgiving" title="retailers that are closed on Thanksgiving" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="166" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Thanksgiving is almost here, and with it comes a very busy shopping season. Stores are opening earlier and earlier in a desperate bid to grab hungry bargain-hunters, many on Thanksgiving Day itself. Through it all, the employees of these stores have to be there with a smile and a helping hand, when most would much rather be at home with friends and family.</p> <p>But, some major retailers are starting to fight back, preferring to give their employees time off over the holiday. Here are 25 stores that will not be open this Thanksgiving.</p> <h2>1. REI</h2> <p>Apart from being closed on Thanksgiving, the chain devoted to the outdoors is literally walking the walk this year by paying its employees to take Black Friday off, too. It&rsquo;s all part of the company&rsquo;s mission to help people enjoy the outdoors, and wants both its staff, and customers, to get out and enjoy nature. In an email sent to its members in over 140 stores around the country, REI stated: &ldquo;Instead of reporting to work, we&rsquo;re paying our employees to do what we love most &mdash; be outside.&rdquo;</p> <h2>2. Patagonia</h2> <p>In typical Patagonia style, a spokesperson said, &ldquo;It&rsquo;s a holiday &mdash; we&rsquo;re closed!&rdquo; when asked about Thanksgiving Day hours. The company is famous for treating employees well, offering some <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/a-company-that-profits-as-it-pampers-workers/2014/10/22/d3321b34-4818-11e4-b72e-d60a9229cc10_story.html">exceptional benefits</a>.</p> <h2>3. DSW</h2> <p>Need shoes, or big winter boots? Get them before or after Thanksgiving Day, because one of the biggest shoe retailers is staying closed. A spokesperson said, &quot;While many retail stores will be opening for business on Thanksgiving Day, this year we continue the DSW tradition of keeping ours closed. Family time is extremely important to us, and we want our associates to enjoy the holiday with their loved ones.&rdquo;</p> <h2>4. Nordstrom</h2> <p>&ldquo;We won&rsquo;t be decking our halls until Friday, November 27,&rdquo; says the notice in Nordstrom windows everywhere. &ldquo;Why? Well, we just like the idea of celebrating one holiday at a time. From our family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving.&rdquo; Well said.</p> <h2>5. H&amp;M</h2> <p>The clothing retailer known for giving people incredible bargains is closing all 400 of its stores this Thanksgiving. The decision was made by H&amp;M president Daniel Kulle, saying, &ldquo;In the tradition of Thanksgiving, H&amp;M will close our U.S. stores on Thanksgiving Day, allowing our store teams to enjoy this time with their families and friends.&rdquo;</p> <h2>6. GameStop</h2> <p>If you want new video games to play over the Thanksgiving break, make sure you get them before the big day. GameStop is closing on Thanksgiving, saying that it, too, recognizes the importance of family time. What&rsquo;s more, the chain has put together this handy guide on helping with the &ldquo;<a href="http://news.gamestop.com/press-release/consumer/gamestop-offers-tips-help-avoid-holiday-shopping-blues">Holiday Shopping Blues</a>.&rdquo;</p> <h2>7. Ace Hardware, Home Depot, True Value, and Lowes</h2> <p>Don&rsquo;t wait until the last minute for those essential DIY tools and fixtures, because the four big hardware stores are all remaining closed on Thanksgiving Day. Ace Hardware has been doing this for several years, and Home Depot, True Value, and Lowes are following suit. All four will be open on Black Friday though, with plenty of doorbuster deals.</p> <h2>8. Barnes &amp; Noble</h2> <p>If you&rsquo;re planning to settle down with a good book or movie after the Thanksgiving feast, get your shopping done ahead of time. Once again, Barnes &amp; Noble is closed for Thanksgiving.</p> <h2>9. Costco and Sam&rsquo;s Club</h2> <p>Both of the big warehouse stores will be giving their employees the day off on Thanksgiving. This means you can expect them both to be extra busy in the run up to the big day. So, get what you need well ahead of time, and leave the last minute shopping to the smaller grocery stores.</p> <h2>10. Jo-Ann Fabric Stores</h2> <p>Thanksgiving is usually a day when people start to put up holiday decorations. So, if you&rsquo;re looking for those extras from Jo-Ann&rsquo;s, get them beforehand.</p> <h2>11. Staples</h2> <p>Hopefully, you won&rsquo;t be in need of any office supplies on Thanksgiving. If you do need printer paper, ink, pens, or anything else, get them from Staples early on in the week. The stores will all be closed on Thursday.</p> <h2>12. Petco and PetSmart</h2> <p>Remember, your pets need to eat on Thanksgiving day as well, so don&rsquo;t forget them! The two biggest pet chains are closed however, so stock up on food, treats, and toys.</p> <h2>13. American Girl</h2> <p>My daughters both love American Girl, so I know for sure that they will be closed on Thanksgiving, but open again on Black Friday. However, don&rsquo;t expect to see big discounts. AG is a little like Apple; they rarely have any kind of noteworthy sales.</p> <h2>14. Marshalls, TJ Maxx, and Homegoods</h2> <p>All three discount retailers are owned by TJX, and as such, all of them share the same Thanksgiving policy &mdash; they will remain closed for the holiday. Black Friday, they are open for business.</p> <h2>15. Pier 1 Imports</h2> <p>One of the earlier stores to adopt this trend, Pier 1 Imports has been closed on Thanksgiving Day since 2011. And this year will be no exception. If you need something, get it now.</p> <h2>16. Burlington Coat Factory</h2> <p>Looking for a big winter coat? Don&rsquo;t wait until Thanksgiving Day to go shopping at Burlington Coat Factory. All stores will be closed that day, but plan to open on Black Friday with some huge discounts.</p> <h2>17. Dillard&rsquo;s</h2> <p>The big department store is once again closed on Thanksgiving, and has been doing so for 77 years. It will, of course, be open again on Black Friday.</p> <h2>18. Harbor Freight Tools</h2> <p>The DIY-lovers everywhere will not be happy. I know my father-in-law loves a stroll around HFT, especially to get out of the house and chaos for a few hours. But this year, it&rsquo;s closed.</p> <h2>19. Babies R Us</h2> <p>Although it&rsquo;s sister company, Toys R Us, will be open on Thanksgiving Day, the baby retailer has decided to stay closed. Stock up on diapers and formula!</p> <p>And if you&rsquo;re curious, the following stores WILL OPEN on Thanksgiving. While this may not be very good news for their respective employees, it could be very good for you if you forget something important.</p> <p>Walgreens: Open 9 a.m. &ndash; 6 p.m.</p> <p>Walmart: Open 6 p.m.</p> <p>Rite Aid: Open at 8 a.m.</p> <p>J.C.Penney: Open 3 p.m. &ndash; 10 p.m.</p> <p>Kohl&rsquo;s: Open at 6 p.m.</p> <p>Best Buy: Open 5 p.m. &ndash; 1 a.m.</p> <p>Target: Open 6 p.m.</p> <p>Toys R Us: Open 5 p.m.</p> <p>Macy&rsquo;s: Open 6 p.m.</p> <p>Sports Authority: Open 6 p.m.</p> <p>Sears: Open 6 p.m. &ndash; 2 a.m.</p> <p>Old Navy: Open 4 p.m.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-major-retailers-that-give-employees-time-off-for-thanksgiving">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-reasons-black-friday-craziness-is-worth-it">5 Reasons Black Friday Craziness Is Worth It</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-score-a-black-friday-deal-without-leaving-home">6 Ways to Score a Black Friday Deal Without Leaving Home</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-youll-waste-money-on-this-thanksgiving">10 Things You&#039;ll Waste Money on This Thanksgiving</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-stores-with-the-best-price-matching">10 Stores With the Best Price Matching</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-big-list-of-money-saving-coupon-codes-for-halloween-2016">The Big List of Money-Saving Coupon Codes for Halloween 2016</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping black friday discounts Holidays retail store closings Thanksgiving Thu, 26 Nov 2015 00:00:15 +0000 Paul Michael 1616808 at http://www.wisebread.com 14 Festive and Easy DIY Holiday Decorations http://www.wisebread.com/14-festive-and-easy-diy-holiday-decorations <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/14-festive-and-easy-diy-holiday-decorations" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_holiday_decorations_000053976300.jpg" alt="Woman making easy and festive diy holiday decorations" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Want to jazz up your place for the winter season ahead? Making your home feel festive is as easy as grabbing a glue gun. Here are a bunch of simple and inexpensive projects that will warm your heart throughout the holiday season and beyond. (Related: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-frugal-fall-decoration-tips?ref=seealso">7 Frugal Fall Decorating Tips</a>)</p> <h2>1. Thankful Pumpkins</h2> <p>These <a href="http://eclecticallyvintage.com/2013/11/thanksgiving-traditions-thankful-pumpkins/">thankful pumpkins</a> give everyone in the family a chance to showcase what they're thankful for this year. Coat the pumpkin in a light paint color and then use a Sharpie marker to write anything you wish. They'd make a wonderful centerpiece at your Thanksgiving dinner.</p> <h2>2. Photo Board</h2> <p>With this <a href="http://www.shanty-2-chic.com/2013/09/thankful-photo-board.html">thankful board</a>, everyone will know whom you love and cherish this season. You'll need a 1&quot; by 8&quot; pine board to sand and stain. Then, use the free template to print out the word &quot;thankful&quot; on card stock. Stick the letters to the board with bronze nail heads and use super glue to attach a few clips to hold the photos. If you change up the lettering, this project would also make a cool holiday card holder.</p> <h2>3. Dollar Centerpieces</h2> <p>If you're hosting the big dinner this year, try wowing your guests with a <a href="http://www.blesserhouse.com/2014/11/dollar-store-thanksgiving-tablescape.html">Dollar Store tablescape</a>. The author found orange candles, fake pumpkins (that she painted), and poster board for placemats. Accent everything with pine cones and other free nature finds from your backyard.</p> <h2>4. Thrifty Finds</h2> <p>Take a stroll around your local thrift shops to see what holiday decorations are on the shelves. I recently found a deal on a ceramic holiday village &mdash; 10 houses for $5! I've seen anything from limited edition snow globes to porcelain ornaments to vintage tree toppers. Most everything is gently used and offered at a fraction of its original price.</p> <h2>5. Moving Makeover</h2> <p>If you do come across something you like, remember that you can personalize it with paint. That holiday village I bought? I'd love to give it this <a href="http://www.the36thavenue.com/loving-the-dollar-store-christmas-village/">chic makeover</a> using some ivory shades. Make sure your village is clean, then spritz the paint just enough to get a light coating. Do some detail work with watered down acrylics before letting everything dry.</p> <h2>6. Tricky Sticks</h2> <p>Make <a href="http://www.momendeavors.com/2013/12/diy-giant-popsicle-stick-snowflakes.html">gigantic snowflakes</a> to adorn on your walls with <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00380E7RQ/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00380E7RQ&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=5WSJ4HEM47HW5IEH">popsicle sticks</a>. Grab a big pack of sticks, then attach them together in different patterns using a hot glue gun. Let set a while before hanging. You can also give them a coat of colorful or sparkly spray paint for extra flair.</p> <h2>7. Sweater Trees</h2> <p>Make a set of cozy <a href="http://finditmakeitloveit.com/2013/12/sweater-trees-easy-cheap-free.html">sweater Christmas trees</a>. You'll cut out a sturdy tree template from an empty cardboard box. Then, cut a few pieces of knit fabric out of old sweaters and hot glue them around the tree. Slap a square of burlap on the trunk and you're done!</p> <h2>8. Pinecone Garland</h2> <p>Bring the outdoors in with this <a href="http://blog.freepeople.com/2013/10/diy-fall-garland/">pinecone garland</a>. Collect pinecones of all assorted shapes and sizes. You can paint them different colors or add accent flower, berries, and other items. Just hot glue everything to a piece of twine. You can even use some fine wire for extra support.</p> <h2>9. Woodland Sign</h2> <p>Get a little rustic charm going with this <a href="http://livelaughrowe.com/diy-woodland-sign/">woodland sign</a>. Attach a few boards together (or use a single piece of wood) and then stain and distress. Then use a stencil to paint on whatever saying you like. You may also try free-handing, if you're talented like that. Seal your board and hang with jute.</p> <h2>10. Sparkle Branches</h2> <p>Bring some bling to your living room with these <a href="http://www.momtastic.com/diy/170919-holiday-decorating-making-sparkly-branches/">sparkle branches</a>. Scour your backyard for the best woody specimens. Once you've found them, spray with paint and then adhesive. Sprinkle glitter onto the branch and admire your crafting powers.</p> <h2>11. Snowball Garland</h2> <p>All you need is fishing line and cotton balls to make this classy <a href="http://www.jamiedphoto.com/diy-snow-and-white-trees/">snowball garland</a>. Hot glue the cotton balls to the line and then use it for whatever you think needs some winter spirit. I love the idea to use the garland as a festive backdrop for photos.</p> <h2>12. Sweet Aroma</h2> <p>Not into decorating? You can make your house smell like the holidays with these amazing <a href="http://tipnut.com/fragrant-home-13-simmering-pot-recipes/">simmering potpourri</a> recipes. My favorite combines cinnamon sticks, cloves, and allspice. Fill a pot with water and simmer the ingredients on low all day long.</p> <h2>13. Frosty Candles</h2> <p>Leave it to Martha Stewart to show us how to make these gorgeous <a href="http://www.marthastewart.com/264490/frosty-salted-pillar-candles">salted pillar candles</a>. Fill a rimmed tray with <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B010813796/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B010813796&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=GR3JS45QJUQFOH7X">epsom salts</a>. Coat the outside of your candle with some Mod Podge, and then roll in the salts. Let dry before lighting.</p> <h2>14. Spiffy Lights</h2> <p>Want to keep your Christmas lights up all year? Try <a href="http://www.landeeseelandeedo.com/2014/12/gold-christmas-decor-mantel-details.html">spray painting them</a> to spiff them up. Simply take the bulbs out of the sockets, coat the cord in gold spray paint, and let everything dry before you plug it back in. While you're at it, use the rest of your can of gold paint to make matching accents that will last the whole season.</p> <p><em>What are your clever holiday decoration tricks?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-festive-and-easy-diy-holiday-decorations">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/18-diy-christmas-ornaments-that-are-better-than-store-bought">18 DIY Christmas Ornaments That Are Better Than Store Bought</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-easy-holiday-lighting-hacks">10 Easy Holiday Lighting Hacks</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-cheap-and-delicious-punch-recipes-for-holiday-parties">15 Cheap and Delicious Punch Recipes for Holiday Parties</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-frugal-christmas-decorating-hacks">14 Frugal Christmas Decorating Hacks</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-scariest-halloween-frights-you-can-make-from-trash">13 Scariest Halloween Frights You Can Make From Trash</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> DIY Christmas crafts decorations Holidays Homemade lights Thanksgiving Wed, 25 Nov 2015 18:00:08 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1615577 at http://www.wisebread.com 6 Ways to Score a Black Friday Deal Without Leaving Home http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-score-a-black-friday-deal-without-leaving-home <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/6-ways-to-score-a-black-friday-deal-without-leaving-home" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_shopping_tablet_000071622233.jpg" alt="Woman scoring Black Friday deals without leaving home" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Black Friday &mdash; either you love it, or you hate it. As retailers continue to offer a very limited quantity of doorbuster deals each year, many shoppers are wising up and looking for other ways to save. Here are a few unique ways to save money on Black Friday without ever having to leave the comfort of your pajamas.</p> <h2>1. Check eBay Right After Black Friday</h2> <p>If you're a Black Friday veteran, you know about the &quot;doorbuster&quot; deals that are available at stores like Best Buy, Target, and Kohl's. But the problem is, unless you're willing to camp out for hours (even days), you simply aren't going to get your hands on these very limited-supply deals.</p> <p>Well&hellip; until now! A great way to find close to doorbuster prices is to check out eBay the weekend <em>after </em>Black Friday. Many shoppers who are willing to stand in line are wannabe entrepreneurs looking to turn a quick profit. They get into the store first, snatch up as many of the doorbusters as they can find, and go home and put them on eBay.</p> <p>Because eBay gets inundated with Black Friday products, supply and demand takes over and you stand a great chance of scoring a deal close to the doorbuster price. I did this last year with an external hard drive that was regularly $79.99. It had a $39.99 Black Friday price, and I snatched it up on eBay for only $49. Still a great deal, and I didn't have to fight the crowds.</p> <h2>2. Most Black Friday Deals Are Now Online</h2> <p>When looking through the Black Friday ads this year, note that almost all of the sale prices will also be available on the retailer's website. You can find most of them starting at 12:01 a.m. on Black Friday morning, and some stores like Walmart and Target will have deals available online all day on Thanksgiving as well. By staying home and shopping online, you can also take advantage of quick price comparison websites and shop with coupon codes.</p> <p>If you can't find a coupon code to your favorite online retailer, simply start a live chat session on their website and politely ask the operator if they can help you out. In many cases, they're given coupon codes to hand out on Black Friday, like free shipping or 15% off your order..</p> <h2>3. Shop Early and Still Save&hellip; Maybe More</h2> <p>Over the years, Black Friday has morphed from a one-day event to a week-long savings fest. But what many shoppers don't realize is that many of these early deals have proven to provide similar savings to what you'll find on Black Friday.</p> <p>For example, Amazon is terming their current sale &quot;Countdown to Black Friday,&quot; while Home Depot has coined their sale &quot;Black Friday Prices Starts Now.&quot; Home Depot is selling major appliances for up to 40% off the retail price until Thanksgiving, a discount that will be matched on Black Friday. So why not shop early, avoid the crowd, and get the same deal? This also makes sense at Costco, Kmart, Macy's, Sears, and other big-box stores.</p> <h2>4. Amazon Will Be Price-Matching Like Crazy</h2> <p>The last two years we saw Amazon lowering prices throughout the day on Black Friday in response to what the competition was offering. Look for more of the same this year from the online retail giant.</p> <p>The two retailers they were carefully watching were Best Buy and Walmart. So as a consumer, if you're considering a significant purchase from Best Buy or Walmart, know that Amazon may very well have a lower price by the evening of Black Friday. It may be worth your while to wait and try to nab the lowest price possible. You may even score free shipping.</p> <h2>5. Automate Your Online Coupons for Black Friday</h2> <p>If you're planning on skipping the Black Friday chaos to shop online, be sure you do it with a coupon in-hand. Sign up for coupon alerts at a website like RetailMeNot or SlickDeals, then simply pick the online retailers you know you'll be searching. They'll email you a coupon or deal when they add one to their website, which guarantees you'll maximize your savings.</p> <h2>6. Opt-Out Completely and Save More in December</h2> <p>If the idea of doing any shopping over Thanksgiving weekend makes you cringe, don't worry too much about missing any possible money-saving opportunities. In actuality, according to coupon research at Rather-Be-Shopping.com, many items are <a href="http://www.rather-be-shopping.com/blog/2015/10/27/9-ways-to-hack-your-black-friday-this-year/">cheaper in December</a> than they are on Black Friday.</p> <p><em>Are you planning on shopping on Black Friday? What's your best tip to save money?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kyle-james">Kyle James</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-score-a-black-friday-deal-without-leaving-home">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-frugal-skills-you-need-to-survive-black-friday">8 Frugal Skills You Need to Survive Black Friday</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-find-the-best-back-to-school-sales">How to Find the Best Back to School Sales</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-smart-ways-to-save-money-this-year-without-clipping-a-coupon">6 Smart Ways to Save Money This Year (Without Clipping a Coupon)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-major-retailers-that-give-employees-time-off-for-thanksgiving">25 Major Retailers That Give Employees Time Off for Thanksgiving</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/50-best-deals-coupons-sites">50 Best Deals and Coupon Sites</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping black friday coupons deals doorbusters retail Thanksgiving Mon, 23 Nov 2015 12:00:17 +0000 Kyle James 1615572 at http://www.wisebread.com 8 Friendsgiving Hacks That'll Make Everyone Feel at Home http://www.wisebread.com/8-friendsgiving-hacks-thatll-make-everyone-feel-at-home <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/8-friendsgiving-hacks-thatll-make-everyone-feel-at-home" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/friendsgiving_dinner_000073402371.jpg" alt="Host learning friendsgiving hacks to make guests feel at home" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Thanksgiving can be a lonely and depressing holiday. For others who can go home, Thanksgiving can be a stressful onslaught of family dysfunction, terrible commutes, and questionable side dishes.</p> <p>Luckily for my bummed-out friends, I love Thanksgiving. It is, by far, my favorite American holiday and I am sooooooo happy to share my celebration with them. I am one of those insane Turkey Day evangelists who actually makes a grocery shopping spreadsheet (and schedule) to plan out what ingredients I need to buy at each grocery store chain to receive my free, &quot;one per household&quot; turkey (my record is six free turkeys!). Boom.</p> <p>Every year, instead of a traditional sit-down dinner, I host a Strays Party for my friends who cannot or will not go home for the holidays. I am very proud that this annual party has become THE Thanksgiving tradition for many of my friends, some of whom have attended every year for the past 12 years.</p> <p>Here's how I ensure that my Friendsgiving feast stays super fun every year.</p> <h2>1. Keep a Flexible Schedule</h2> <p>Thanksgiving is often a logistical nightmare. Airfare is expensive. Traffic is terrible. The turkey takes two hours longer to roast than the recipe suggests. Instead of trying to schedule and cook for 50+ people, I start cooking at 10 in the morning and don't stop cooking until 10 p.m., and let my guests show up, eat, and leave whenever they want.</p> <p>Some people stay all day, while others come for just a late night snack. I never know who is going to show up when, so every hour the party changes up with a different mix of guests. Just removing the time constraint from the party helps people to relax and enjoy themselves.</p> <p>I know that my 12-hour Thanksgiving Day schedule is daunting to many just from the endurance cooking standpoint, but I like the ever-changing cast of characters. It's like a progressive dinner party that never leaves my dining room.</p> <p>If I ever decide to tighten my party schedule down to just a few hours, I am going to borrow a slick scheduling trick from my friend Giselle. Every year, Giselle manages to get all the members of her enormous family to the dinner table at the same time, without hassle, by serving Thanksgiving dinner on Friday, the day after Thanksgiving. Do her relatives care that they eat cranberry sauce a day late? No. Do they like the fact that it's cheaper to fly on Thanksgiving, than the day before Thanksgiving? Yes.</p> <h2>2. Create a Non-Traditional Menu</h2> <p>I am just going to say it: a lot of traditional Thanksgiving sides look like vomit in a casserole dish. I mean, really. How anyone can screw up a recipe that involves cream of mushroom soup is beyond me. I know I am not alone with this criticism because every year I pick up more friends who come to my Strays Party as a means of subsidizing the terrible meal that awaits them at Grandma's house.</p> <p>I used to really throw down in the kitchen for the Strays Party. I made a stuffed goose. I made Turducken. I made my Cajun family's recipe for WTF-en (ahem, What The Ducken), which is a Turducken but with game meat. Although I loved impressing my friends with my <em>Iron Chef</em> skills, I hated spending the rest of the holiday weekend washing every single pan and dish in my kitchen.</p> <p>A few years ago, I realized that the dish that everyone craves, without exception, is not some elaborate entree, but my very simple Swedish pancakes. Instead of cooking Thanksgiving dinner each year for my friends, I now serve Thanksgiving breakfast &mdash; which consists of Swedish pancakes and a variety of toppings and fillings &mdash; all day long. My friends look forward to eating special crepes for Thanksgiving and my kitchen stays much cleaner.</p> <h2>3. Plan for Dietary Restrictions</h2> <p>Back in the days when I was cooking a full Thanksgiving spread, I used to include a menu with my invitation. Now, I ask every guest to bring a dish to share. This allows people to have a &quot;safe&quot; dish that they know they can enjoy. Self-described terrible cooks are allowed to bring wood for the fireplace, ice, or store bought goodies.</p> <p>At every potluck, I provide pens and little place cards to my guests. This allows people to label the dish that they bring, so everyone knows what is vegan, kosher, gluten-free, etc&hellip;</p> <h2>4. Don't Give Dietary Advice</h2> <p>Often, Thanksgiving dinner is one of the only meals that people with severe food restrictions allow themselves to enjoy <em>each year</em>. One of my best friends is on an extremely limited, medically supervised, gluten-free diet to help keep his Multiple Sclerosis in check. Thanksgiving and his birthday are the only two days each year that he allows himself to eat &quot;normally.&quot; According to him, the worst thing about eating Thanksgiving dinner is not his resulting, pie-crust induced joint pain, or the week-long bout of depression that he risks by eating cornbread stuffing, but having his bread pudding bliss interrupted by that busy-body who feels compelled to lecture him on nutrition.</p> <p>More importantly, Thanksgiving is extremely stressful for people suffering from eating disorders and for their friends and families. Although it is extremely hard for me to sit by and watch my binge-eating relative engage in self-harm at the dinner table, Thanksgiving is the day to enjoy good food and give him some extra love. Thanksgiving is not the day to discuss my own body image issues, joke about calorie counts, or ask if he's gotten therapy yet.</p> <h2>5. Say No to Drunk Driving</h2> <p>Sadly, this needs to be said. I let all my guests know in advance that I expect them to take Uber or public transit home if they plan on drinking. Drunk driving is dangerous and unacceptable.</p> <h2>6. Let People Contribute in Their Own Way</h2> <p>Many people have a favorite family dish that they are nostalgic to eat. So, even if I don't need any extra food, I let my guests share their favorite Thanksgiving treat.</p> <p>Coming alone to a holiday party can be <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-everyday-situations-that-introverts-ace">nerve-wracking for introverts</a>, so I recruit my shy guests to help me in the kitchen. Just like there's that friend who volunteers to grill the burgers at every barbecue as a shield for his social phobia, there's that friend who always offers to help me wash the dishes.</p> <h2>7. Allow All Naps</h2> <p>My brother-in-law always shows up hours early to help me prep for parties, eats voraciously, talks to everyone, and then falls into a dead sleep on my bed while the party is still going. Thanksgiving after-dinner napping is a great American tradition. I never see napping guests as a host failure, as I am giving my friends exactly what they want and need: more sleep.</p> <h2>8. Plan Activities</h2> <p>Obviously, I like my Thanksgiving dinner to be a slightly chaotic, choose your own foodie adventure. But some of my friends like a little more structure. For those friends, I organize pre-dinner ping pong tournaments, mid-dinner parlor games, and post-dinner walks by the river. Planned activities often make socializing with strangers a little easier.</p> <p><em>Are you a host with the most? What's your secret to throwing the best Friendsgiving party?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/max-wong">Max Wong</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-friendsgiving-hacks-thatll-make-everyone-feel-at-home">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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