Things You Shouldn't Waste Your Money On Over The Holidays
For most of us, the holidays means that we have to figure out a way to get everyone gifts without completely breaking the bank. For 20 Somethings, that also means getting gifts at thrift stores and on Amazon so we can save as much money as possible. But there are ways to save money when gift-giving. Here are some ways to spend less this holiday season:
- Don’t spend a lot of money on babies or small children - Really small kids won’t even remember what you got them for Christmas when they were one or two.
- Don’t get more than a few gifts for children - Get three good ones at most and they’ll be happy.
- Don’t go for the fancy Christmas outfit or pajamas - Go chapter with your holiday attire this year.
- Don’t get gifts for every person in your extended family - Keep the gift-giving list short.
- Don’t go crazy with travel accessories if you’re traveling - Pack light and keep your necessities to a minimum so you have more space and money for gifts on your journey
Spending a lot over the holidays is a trap we all fall into. Not to mention how hard it is to refrain from buying things for ourselves in all of that shopping!
Key Dates To Know If You Want Your Online Orders By Christmas
Christmas is less than two weeks away...and if you haven’t gotten all of your holiday shopping done you better get cracking. And if you’re one of those people who plan to buy your gifts online you only have a few more days to shop in order to guarantee your gifts get here in time for the holiday.
When it comes to shipping, a lot of folks don’t want to pay the extra dough, and if you’re one of them you may want to spend Friday making all your purchases. Friday is being dubbed Free Shipping Day, with almost 1,000 retailers participating, including Target and JC Penney.
But if getting purchases on time in order to get those gifts under the tree is the most important thing to you, it’s best to keep certain key shipping date in mind. Some retailers’ shipping deadlines include:
- December 18th: Standard shipping
- December 22nd: Two-day shipping (free with Prime)
- December 23rd: one-day shipping (In select cities)
- December 24th: 9:30 a.m. local time or earlier - Same-day delivery (select cities)
- December 24th: 9:45 p.m. local time or earlier - Two-hour delivery (select cities)
- December 17th: by 11:59 p.m. CST - Free shipping
- December 19th: by 4 p.m. CST - Standard shipping
- December 21st by 4 p.m. CST - Premium shipping
- December 24th: for in-store pickup
- Varies by item - Free standard shipping
- December 19th by 12 p.m. - Premium two-day shipping
- December 22nd by 12 p.m. - Express one-day shipping
- December 22nd by 7 p.m. - Restock
Toys R Us
- December 18th by 11:59 p.m. ET - Free shipping
- December 20th by 3 p.m. ET - Expedited
- December 20th by 11:59 p.m. ET - Express
- December 24th by noon ET - In-store pickup
- December 13th - Freight
- December 19th - Standard
- December 21st - Rush
Source: CBS News
Dear Dave: "I'm dumping my boyfriend tonight...am I the worst?
Hey guys this is Tasha and I’m a long time listener which is why I thought you guys might have some good advice for me. I’ve decided to dump my boyfriend tonight…11 days before Christmas.
I feel like a harsh bitch dumping him now but I just cant wait any longer. My original plan was to wait until the second week in January so I didn’t ruin his Christmas but he wants to plan a vacation then and I honestly don’t want to be with him a minute longer.
The worst part is that it’s nothing he’s done its just that I don’t see myself marrying him and I’ve fallen out of love with him.
So is there anyway of breaking up with him without coming off as an insensitive or do I just own it and move on? Any suggestions on how to make this easier on him?
World's Oldest Man Celebrates His 113th Birthday
A happy birthday is in order! Francisco Núñez Olivera recently turned 113, making him the world's oldest man. He's fathered four children, and has nine grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. He's been a widower since 1998, but lives with his eldest daughter, María Antonia, who's 81.
Olivera chalks his long life up to good genes, hard work, and a varied diet of homegrown vegetables. Oh, and he has a daily glass of red wine.
The birthday boy claims to have been in good health until he had a kidney removed at 90. What's more, Olivera claims he's had perfect blood pressure and has never broken a bone.
Source: The Local
You Can Buy A Gallon Of Pickle Juice On Amazon
This summer, Delish (and Walmart, and Papa John's) went a little pickle crazy, making everything from bacon-wrapped pickles to chocolate pickles to a pickle cheese ball. It may be a split vote overall, but it's clear that those who like pickles really like pickles, and we aim to please.
So, for all you pickle fans out there, behold — the gallon-size jar of pickle juice. It's available on Amazon Prime for $16.95, and as loyal Amazon commenters have shared, can be used on a multitude of occasions. Here are just a few:
- Drink it to help with muscle cramps
- Add it to snow cones, per the product's Amazon description
- Pickle eggs with it, or marinate your chicken with it
- Use it to relieve restless leg syndrome
- Take a shot of it after work (to each their own), or make picklebacks
- Add it to hummus, Bloody Mary's, or pasta salad
BUY NOW: Pickle Juice, $17; amazon.com
The pickle juice is sold by a family-owned company in Texas called Best Maid, which has been around since 1926. They also sell barbecue sauce, relish, and pretty much every shape and size pickle you could want. Pickle lovers, this is what you've been training for.
Being Stubborn And Having A Good Work Ethic Could Help You Live Longer, Study Claims
Positivity, stubbornness and a conscientious work ethic could be key to living a longer life, a new study has found.
Researchers examined the mental and physical health levels of a group of Italians between the ages of 90 and 101 and found that there were many common psychological traits between them.
The study, which was published in International Psychogeriatrics concluded that the elderly participants had better overall mental well-being than their younger family members - they attributed this to their longevity.
Scientists at the University of California San Diego and the University of Rome La Sapienza surveyed 29 participants who lived in remote villages in southern Italy. They assessed their mental and physical health through a series of tests and interviews.
For comparison purposes, they also conducted the same measures on the participants’ younger relatives who were asked to describe the personalities and lifestyles of their older family members.
In addition to having a sunny outlook on life, the researchers found that a lot of the elderly participants shared stubborn personality traits, which they claim can be psychologically beneficial because these people will tend to care less what others think of them. Another common theme between the elderly participants was a passion for rural life.