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GoBankingRates has just come out with their list of the best and worst states for middle class earners.  The site made their determinations by looking at things like income, higher education and housing trends in each state.  Arkansas didn't make the list, but a few of our neighbors did:

Top Ten Best States For Middle Class Earners

  1. Iowa
  2. South Dakota
  3. West Virginia
  4. Nebraska
  5. North Dakota
  6. Oklahoma
  7. Mississippi
  8. Wyoming
  9. Indiana
  10. Missouri

Source: GoBankingRates


WalletHub has just come out with their list of the “Fattest” states in the country.  We made this one, unfortunately:

The Top Ten “Fattest” States In The Country(Click here for the complete list)

  1. Mississippi
  2. West Virginia
  3. Tennessee
  4. Arkansas
  5. Louisiana
  6. Kentucky
  7. Alabama
  8. Oklahoma
  9. South Carolina
  10. Indiana

Source: WalletHub


When it comes to online holiday shopping, 88% of consumers say free shipping is more important that fast shipping, which only 12% prefer.  72% of shoppers say they expect to take advantage of free shipping offers this season, while 65% of consumers believe they should still be able to get free shipping after December 17th.  72% of consumers define fast shipping as getting their deliveries in two days or less, while 35% say between three to four days is fast.

Source: Deloitte


According to a new report, Black Friday isn’t what it used to be for holiday shoppers. Fewer people say they plan to head to stores the day after Thanksgiving this year, just 35% intend to get most of their shopping done on Black Friday, down from 59% in 2015, finds research from PwC.

Retailers once used “doorbuster” deals to draw people out to shop on Black Friday and they were so good, folks would line up in front of stores overnight to secure a spot. But now those deals are rolling out earlier so retailers can get customers to spend money sooner.

Some folks are also waiting longer in the season to get their shopping done. Since 2014, “Super Saturday” – the Saturday before Christmas has beaten Black Friday – which was once the busiest shopping day of the year - in sales.

Of course, some shoppers have made holiday shopping on Black Friday a tradition and they don’t plan to stop this year. But that’s less about getting the deepest discounts and more about enjoying the custom.

And since 63% of those surveyed say price is what motivates them to buy, they’ll shop when they get the best deals. For some, that means hitting stores on Thanksgiving. According to this report, 58% say they plan to shop on Turkey Day, compared to 40% who planned to last year.

Source: USA Today


Some of us are crazy about Nutella, right? The chocolate and hazelnut spread has a devoted fan following, but it turns out we don’t like change. So when word got out that Nutella made a change to its beloved recipe, people were livid.

This week, a German consumer group reported that the amount of powdered skimmed milk in Nutella went up from 7.5% to 8.7% and that the sugar content increased from 55.9% to 56.3%. Nutella manufacturer Ferrero confirms the “adjustment” but assures fans the quality of their precious spread will stay the same.

Those little tweaks to the formula don’t seem like they would make that big a difference, but it’s believed they could make Nutella a bit sweeter and lighter in color. And the Twitterverse wasn’t happy at all about the changes. Some are even threatening to boycott, but who wants to live without all that deliciousness, new recipe or not.

Source: Cosmopolitan UK

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