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There are plenty of folks who’ll be out in stores looking for the best deals on Black Friday, but according to a new report, you may be better off just sitting at home on the couch all day. According to Market Watch, while Black Friday is expected to be bigger this year than last, the deals offered probably aren’t as good as folks expect.

But that's only one of the reasons it's smart to skip Black Friday. But if you’re on the fence as to whether to shop on Black Friday or not, here are some more reasons you should opt to stay home with your leftovers:

  • You may actually pay more on Black Friday – A report by WalleHub last year found that while items like video games, toys and electronics get the best discounts on Black Friday, things like jewelry, clothes and accessories were less likely to be discounted. Plus the same report found that 8.5% of items actually cost more on Black Friday than they did the week prior on Amazon. 
  • You can find the same deals from your couch – The truth is, most retailers offer the same prices online as they do in stores, and you don’t have to wait until Cyber Monday to get them.
  • You’re likely to go overboard with Black Friday sales – All these Black Friday deals are just retail tricks to get you to buy more. While you may be getting deals, chances are you’ll buy more and spend more than you really want or need to.
  • There will be plenty of time to save – In addition to Black Friday, there’s Cyber Monday, and lots of stores slash things even further as we get further into the holiday season. In fact, the deepest discounts are usually found during the second week of December, plus there’s also Free Shipping Day on December 14th, with prices dropping as well.

Source: Market Watch

The holiday season is here, which means a lot of folks will be hosting parties and guests in the coming weeks, and let’s face it, being a good host isn’t always easy. Well, a new survey reveals just what it takes to be a good host, and after hearing it you may want to cancel your next bash. 

The poll finds that it takes a whopping three hours of work to get the average home ready for guests to visit, with cleaning the top thing most people do (85%). Other things folks do to get their home ready for guests include:

  • Prepare food (69%)
  • Declutter (58%)
  • Restock toilet paper in bathroom (54%)
  • Light scented candles (47%)
  • Bake delicious treats (45%)
  • Do the laundry (43%)
  • Brew fresh coffee (38%)
  • Put out fresh flowers (27%)
  • Tackle last minute home improvement projects (24%)

So, are guests really noticing all the work people put in? Well, the survey finds that the top three things guests notice are delicious food, home décor and yummy baked goods. What’s more, 49% of people say they were so impressed by something they saw at someone else’s home when they were a guest that they actually copied it. 

Source: SWNS Digital

‘Tis the season that most of us deal with more stress than usual and that can take a toll on our relationships. Facebook reports seeing an excessive amount of relationship status changes around the holidays and according to, 76% of their singles say their relationship dissolved before, during, or after the holiday season. So don’t let the holidays be the end of your romance. Try these tips to manage the seasonal stress as a couple so you’ll still be going strong in 2019.

  • Anticipate stress, specifically the stress you’ll both probably face -Think about which parts of the holidays will be the most challenging for you and the family relationships that are most difficult. Talk to your partner about what makes this time of year difficult for them.
  • Plan your "cope-aheads" - Once you figure out the pitfalls you can expect, figure out how to navigate them with your S.O. Make a plan to cope with the financial challenges, relatives, and travel arrangements so you can manage the stress.
  • Commit to spending time as just a couple - It’s easy to get sucked into the crazy energy of the season, but don’t let that keep you from getting some private time in with the one you love. Use that time together to reconnect and recharge from the stresses.
  • Create and maintain a holiday tradition for the two of you - Come up with your very own tradition so you have something special for your family, separate from the ones you were raised in. It can include the kids or not, it’s up to you.
  • Be forgiving and flexible - Remember that you’re on the same team so you should give each other the benefit of the doubt. Holidays are stressful and being more forgiving with your partner can help keep things from escalating.
  • Don't neglect your intimate relationship - Everyone’s busy, but you can’t let that bring your sex life to a stop. Being intimate helps you feel connected, relieves stress, and makes you feel good, so get busy.
  • Keep your sense of humor - Laughter is one of the best tools for dealing with stress, so try to see the humor where you can. Taking each other less seriously can help you handle the holidays as a couple.

Source: Mind Body Green

Sharing Thanksgiving dinner with loved ones is a wonderful way to spend the holiday, until someone brings up the last election. It would be great to have a handful of witty comebacks or interesting things to say to change the subject quickly and defuse any awkward family tension, but we can’t always think that fast on our feet. So make your holiday dinner talks fun and festive and avoid controversy with these lighthearted conversation starters for the whole family.

For parents to ask kids (of all ages):

  • Who’s the funniest person at the table and why?
  • Pretend you just won $5-million. What would you buy first?
  • What do you think is the hardest part of being a parent?

For kids to ask parents:

  • What about me is the most (and least) like you?
  • If you had to eat only one food on this table for a year, which one would it be?
  • What do you think is the hardest part about being a kid?

For friends to ask friends:

  • Which person at this table would make the best news anchor?
  • If you had to choose a uniform to wear every day, what would it be?
  • Who here do you wish you knew better?

For kids to ask grandparents:

  • How did you celebrate Thanksgiving when you were my age?
  • What about my mom/dad drove you crazy when they were a kid?
  • If you could relive any decade in your life, which one would you pick?

For partners to ask each other:

  • What did you really think of me on our first date?
  • What phrase would you like me to NEVER say again?
  • What’s the best holiday we’ve ever spent together?

Source: Real Simple

When trying to get out a fast text is there anything more annoying than realizing a mistake and having to go back and fix it? Well, apparently there’s a hidden iPhone trick that makes moving your cursor much faster, and after one woman posted about it, it soon went viral.

It seems not many people knew that if you click and hold down the iPhone keyboard, it makes it easier for you to move the cursor left and right and even up and down. Food blogger Krissy Brierre-Davis discovered the hack on Facebook and after posting about it, folks were simply blown away.

"I thought I was an idiot for never having discovered this gem myself," she tells BuzzFeed News. "My mind was blown. Literally." And so were a lot of other people’s minds, even though the feature has apparently been around since 2015’s iPhone 6S. 

 Source: Buzzfeed

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