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Slickdeals decided to find out if Black Friday is alive and well or doomed like many predict. It turns out the biggest shopping day of the year has a very strong pulse. The survey uncovered that over half of Americans will be braving the crowds to partake in the Thanksgiving weekend tradition of grabbing huge deals.

Not only that, but the average spent by shoppers will be $520. The top items being sought don’t change this year. They are clothes at 53-percent, a laptop or computer at 47-percent, and a TV (37 percent). Over 80-percent of Americans say they’ve shopped Black Friday and they still feel it’s the biggest bargain day there is.

One of the coolest stats? Instead of buying those coveted items for themselves, 33-percent said they are buying only for someone else on Black Friday. Share that wish list with your loved ones.

Source: New York Post

If you’ve been doing all the right things to shed pounds, but they aren’t coming off, there’s a reason. The good news is… there’s also a solution! There are steps you can take to stay on track and achieve your goal, but you’ve got to be realistic.

Here are some steps, according to some top weight loss experts, to breakthrough that plateau.

  • Remember that you’re losing weight. It’s just coming off s-l-o-w-l-y.
  • You aren’t drinking enough water. Water powers weight loss.
  • You aren’t sleeping enough. Dr. Craig Primack says “One study showed that the same person burned 400 fewer calories when they slept for five and a half hours vs. eight and a half hours.”
  • Your medication may be to blame. Read up on it.
  • You only eat healthy sometimes.
  • You’re stressed. Cortisol ruins everything.
  • Your exercise routine isn’t challenging your body.

For more, head here.

Source: HuffPost

If you’re living paycheck to paycheck or can’t buy the things you want, now is the time to set yourself up for success in 2019. Being financially disciplined isn’t easy but if you have long term money goals you can keep your eyes on the prize easier.

US News and World Report asked financial experts for tips to set you up for success and they shared some great ones. They all agreed that by tracking these tasks, you can be wallet thick.

  • Budget your holiday spending…and stick to it.
  • Max out your 401k match.
  • Refinance your student loans. Even if you extend it, that frees up cash.
  • Shop for new insurance. You may find deep savings.
  • Reassess and renegotiate your monthly bills.
  • Check your credit report and score. Identity theft can affect your finances.

All the details can be found right here!

Source: US News and World Report

Imagine having that “warm and fuzzy” feeling you get when a kindness is done every single day of your life. Well, not everyday, but close to it. It’s possible.

You can practice kindness on a regular basis and you’ll be surprised at how happy you feel about your life. All it takes is a little thoughtfulness. Since it’s the season of giving, here’s how to practice gratitude and kindness, thanks to the people at

  • Thank someone publicly on social media.
  • Greet someone by their name. It’s a big deal.
  • Take five minutes for yourself.
  • Ask a stranger about their day.
  • Treat yourself and a friend! Then pay it forward to the next person in line.

Source: Today

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