Do you ever rent movies or games from Redbox? If so, prepare to pay a little more. The parent compnay of Redbox, Outerwall, has announced that new prices for DVD, Blu-ray and video game rentals will go into effect in the coming weeks.
There's a good chance you'll catch 'Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,' 'Frosty the Snowman,' or 'Santa Claus is Coming to Town' on TV during the holiday season. Viewers have been watching these specials on television for decades. Many adults make it a holiday tradition to watch these shows, which they remember from their own childhoods, with their own children and grandchildren. Some adults even watch them without children and grandchildren!
Christmas is coming, and it's probably safe to say that most Christmas shoppers have at least one person is are hard to buy gifts for. Some of us have several people in that category. More and more shoppers are giving gift cards instead of actual presents. In fact, 62% of shoppers, according to CardHub, are expected to request at least one gift card during the holidays. What are the most popular gift cards shoppers are buying? A list of the top gift cards for the 2014 holiday season has been released. Here are the Top 10.
This strikes me as very funny. Not only is Black Friday the busiest shopping day of the year, but it also turns out that it is one of the busiest days of the year for plumbers. Who would have thought that plumbing problems would be on the rise the day following the biggest pig-out of the year?
Almost every family has certain members that just don't get along. Of course we all try to make the best of things at the holidays, but it's not always easy. In fact, a new survey from Travelocity found 48% of Americans admitting that they've used an excuse to get away early on Thanksgiving!
The holiday shopping season "officially" begins on Black Friday, but plenty of people get started early. In fact, I know some people that buy Christmas gifts all year around, which means that they end up with a pretty stress-free December. (I wish I could plan ahead like that!) The results of a new holiday shopping survey have been released by online marketplace Rakuten, and I thought the results were somewhat surprising.
Do you ever go through food phases? You know, where you crave only one thing for a couple days (or weeks)? I go through this with wings and pizza every so often. I also once went through a pecan pie phase for about three days. The latest one I've had is pretty expensive, so I'll be glad when it's over: prime rib.
Most of us are perfectly happy to build a snowman by rolling out three reasonably round snowballs, stacking them up, then decorating with traditional snowman stuff, like carrots, buttons, hats and scarves. Others are overachievers.
Here's something I've never really thought about, but it's pretty neat. ThrillList.com has done a bunch of research and tracked down the oldest continuously operating restaurants for each state, and Washington D.C. Here's what they found for the three states in our area: Illinois, Missouri and Iowa.
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