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According to a new survey, the average American will spend about $165.14 on Thanksgiving this year.  $67.59 of that amount will going towards travel expenses, with $97.55 going towards other expenses.  Overall, $2.98 billion will be spent in the U.S. on Thanksgiving dinner, with 52 million turkeys expected to be consumed, at an average cost of $1.20 per pound.

Source: LendEDU

A new report finds that 78% of employers will be giving employees both Thanksgiving Day and the Friday after as paid time-off.  33% of employers say they will require employees to work on Thanksgiving Day.  85% of companies whose employees work on Thanksgiving will offer extra compensation, with 33% offering time-and-one-half pay, 27% offering double pay.

Source: Bloomberg

69% of Americans would gladly skip the whole gift exchange during the holidays if their friends and family were up for it.  60% of people say they’d spend the time they normally waste buying gifts with family and friends.  43% of people who give gifts over the holiday say they feel pressured to spend more money than they can actually afford.

Source: Yahoo Finance 

We’ve heard stories before about kids accidentally running up big bills using apps and online stores without their parent’s permission, but one little girl in the U.K. had her sights set higher than that. And it was on purpose. How so? When nine-year-old Susan guessed her dad’s PayPal password, she booked a $1,300 trip to Disneyland Paris for herself.

When her dad, Ian Wilson, saw the $1,300 charge to his PayPal account, he immediately called to report it. But the company told him it was made using a device they considered normal and they didn’t think it was fraud. So he checked the Internet history on his phone and found a bunch of Disney sites he’d never visited. When he asked Susan, she admitted came clean.

It seems the little girl managed to book a whole Disneyland Paris trip for one, all while dad was asleep. Wilson didn’t have a password on his phone and after a few tries, Susan guessed his PayPal password and was able to plan her getaway. In all she spent $524.44 on flights and hotel gift cards, $280.68 on a VIP trip to the Eiffel Tower, and $513.74 on the Disneyland Express train and tickets to the Disney theme park.

Susan told her dad she has no idea how she spent so much money and he says she was brokenhearted and very sorry. “She had no idea what she was doing, I couldn’t even punish her for it,” Wilson says. So she didn’t get in trouble and dad didn’t get stuck with the bill. PayPal was willing to refund his money once they reclassified the charges as “family fraud.” Oh and he’s added a password to his phone so there won’t be a next time.

Source: The Stir

Pregnancy and parenting site What to Expect has announced the winners of their 2017 What to Expect Mom Must-Have Awards. They sorted through over 6,000 nominations and 133,000 votes in 20 categories to come up with their top picks. And these are the products moms and dads swear by.

  • Best bottle - Dr. Brown’s Original Bottles. These bottles have a unique venting system, so there are no air bubbles sneaking into baby’s milk while they’re feeding. Fewer air bubbles means less gas, less spit up, and less colic. No wonder these are a favorite. They also come with a bottle cleaning wand and the bottles are dishwasher-friendly. Available from Amazon starting at $21
  • Best baby soother - WubbaNub Pacifier. These are cute stuffed animals with a pacifier sewn on, so they make it easier to find that pacifier when baby spits it out or drops it. Plus the plushie gives tiny hands something to hold onto and snuggle with while they self soothe. Available from Amazon starting at $25
  • Best maternity line - Motherhood Maternity. Expecting moms can shop online or in one of their stores, where they have fake pregnancy bumps to try on with your clothes, so you get a better idea of how things will fit later in the pregnancy. And they sell everything from pajamas to bras to cocktail dresses, so they’ve got pregnant women’s fashion needs covered.
  • Best diaper bag - Ju-Ju-Be BFF. People love this diaper bag because it has lots of pockets to keep you organized and it’s easy to clean. This bag has a pocket for your wallet, one for your keys, and one for your phone, and outside pockets for bottles and diapers and wipes, so you don’t have to dig around to get what you need. Available from Amazon starting at $180.
  • Best diapers - Pampers Swaddlers. These are a favorite of moms and dads because they fit properly and don’t leak, which means they help baby sleep better because they’re not waking up in a wet onesie. And Pampers Swaddlers are good for baby’s sensitive skin, too, which keeps baby happier and that makes mom and dad happier, too.
  • Best baby carrier - Ergobaby 360 All Position. Babies as small as seven pounds will fit with the infant insert and this carrier will work until your toddler is 33 pounds, so that’s a huge range and a lot of use you’ll get from it. This Ergobaby 360 allows you to use it in the front, the back, and on your hip, and people love that it adjusts quickly and easily, which not all baby carriers do. Available from Amazon starting at $136

Check out the entire list of the must-have products here.

Source: What to Expect

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