The day after Thanksgiving – known as “Black Friday” – is one of the biggest shopping days of the year, when intrepid shoppers brave long lines and sometimes unruly crowds for legendary bargains.
A couple of theories profess how the day came to be called “Black Friday.” One theory credits it to the time of year when retailers typically stop operating at a loss and get “back in the black.” Another says Black Friday got its black eye because of traffic jams and other mayhem caused by frenzied shoppers.
So when Black Friday kicks off the holiday shopping season with heaps of hot deals, get ready to shop – but not till you drop. Instead, arm yourself with the following saving – and survival – tips for Black Friday:
Keep your health in mind come turkey time.
Holidays may be full of fun and excitement, but they also can be hazardous to your health.
It would seem that Turkey Day should score low on the potential-for-trouble meter, but, in reality, Thanksgiving Day poses its own set of challenges. If you don’t prepare your turkey properly, you could send guests home sick. If not everyone in the family gets along, your dinner table could go from cordial to combative.
Here are some holiday safety tips to help keep the Thanksgiving holiday a healthy one for your household:
How to know when your appliances have reached the end of their life.
When a major appliance in your home breaks down, you are faced with a decision: Do you pay to have the appliance repaired or do you replace it? According to Consumer Reports, the best choice in this situation will depend on the age of the appliance, its fair market value and whether it is currently under warranty.
Life insurance rates are not “one-size-fits-all.” According to the New York Department of Financial Services, an assortment of factors can affect how much money will be paid for coverage. For example, a $500,000, 30-year Term Life policy could cost much less for a healthy, non-smoking 20-year-old than the same policy would cost for a 50-year-old smoker or someone who participates in high-risk sports.
More and more people understand that making eco-friendly choices at home is good for the environment. From recycling to using less water, composting to carpooling, households are getting on the green bandwagon. Did you know that the foods you choose to purchase and consume impact the environment?