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63% of hiring managers say their company plans to give out a monetary bonus this year, which is down 12% from last year. If you get a bonus, they are expected to increase in value by 66%, with the average holiday gift rising to $1,797, which is up from $1,081 last year, and $858 in 2015. HR managers offer some suggestions on how to increase your chances of getting a bonus.

  • Staying more motivated throughout the year (56%)
  • Being more positive or upbeat (49%)
  • Volunteering to take on additional job duties (42%)
  • Reminding the company of their accomplishments (42%)
  • Asking their boss for a bonus directly (33%)

Source: Yahoo Finance

A new poll asked parents what costumes they would find scariest to dress their child as this Halloween.

Top Ten Halloween Costumes Parents Find Scariest

  1. Zombie (56%)
  2. Devil (42%)
  3. Grim Reaper (38%)
  4. Skeleton (37%)
  5. Day of the Dead theme (36%)
  6. Ghost (35%)
  7. Frankenstein’s monster (32%)
  8. Clown (30%)
  9. Voldemort (27%)
  10. Donald Trump (26%)

Source: The Mirror

24/7 Wall Street has done the research and determined the top holiday gifts in every state.  They made their determinations based on popularity of items on Amazon, as well as Google searches. Click here for the entire list!

Source: 24/7 Wall Street 

As we approach the holiday shopping season, we want to remind you of a great way to save: using the price-match guarantee offered by a lot of big-box stores. Some retailers will match a competitor's price, and some will even give you a better price, you just have to be willing to ask.

Some of the best price-match guarantees come from Home Depot and Staples, where they offer a 110% price-match in-store. So if you find the same item you bought for less at another store, they’ll make up the price difference and give you another 10% off for your trouble. And that can really add up if you’re shopping for high-price items.

There are rules about who counts as a competitor at each retailer and other exclusions for price matches, Black Friday deals don’t usually count. So you have to read the fine print to get all the details, but if you’re buying it anyway, why not try to score the best price on it?

“The biggest catch is the time and effort it takes to request and receive a price match, explains Kendal Perez, a savings expert with CouponSherpa.com. But if you’re buying a computer, TV, or something expensive, asking for a price-match could definitely help you save this season.

Source: Moneyish

We love scoring a good deal as much as anybody, but there’s no sale in the world that could make us want to stand in line and battle it out with other bleary-eyed shoppers on Black Friday. Thankfully, there are plenty of other ways to save in November without having to get up at the crack of dawn the day after Thanksgiving to go shopping. Here are a few things that always go on sale in November.

  • Halloween costumes and decorations - Once the candy is all passed out and the trick-or-treaters come down from their sugar highs, you can find all that Halloween gear marked way down. You can save as much as 60% off that inflatable ghost or Elsa costume, you just have to remember where you stored it next October.
  • Cars - If you’re willing to drive last year’s model, this is the time of year to find a car at the right price. The 2018 models are out, so dealers are willing to make deals on the older new cars.
  • Baking supplies - Save on all your holiday baking needs, like sugar, flour, and chocolate chips this time of year. WIth Thanksgiving just a few weeks away, grocery stores know you’ll need ingredients for pies and cookies so they mark them down in November.
  • Kitchen supplies - Now’s the time to get a discount on that Kitchen Aid mixer you’ve been eyeing all year.
  • Cashmere sweaters - November isn’t the best time of the year to save on sweaters, you’ll have to wait for January for that. But stores offer deals like “buy one, get one half off” on sweaters ahead of Black Friday.
  • TVs - Retailers are trying to clear inventory to make room for next year’s models, so you can find TVs discounted big time in November, even before Black Friday.

Source: PureWow

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