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  1. Thanksgiving History Quiz

    Thanksgiving History QuizAmericans have a hearty appetite for Thanksgiving. Our national bird may be the bald eagle, but it’s the stuffed turkey we salute on the fourth Thursday of November each year.

    Along with “the bird,” we relish the Thanksgiving Day parade, football rivalry and kickoff of the holiday shopping season. But the essence of Thanksgiving is all about giving thanks, a time to express gratitude for all the blessings in our lives.

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  2. Thanksgiving Traditions

    Thanksgiving CustomsFrom turkeys to parades, we look at the customs that make this holiday worth celebrating.

    Whether you spend Thanksgiving Day with family or friends, you’re likely to share longstanding customs. For some, it’s all about the feast. For others, it’s all about football. Here are some of our favorite Thanksgiving traditions:

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  3. Shop Smart and Safely on ‘Black Friday’

    Black Friday ShoppingThe day after Thanksgiving – known as “Black Friday” – is one of the biggest shopping days of the year, when intrepid shoppers brave long lines and sometimes unruly crowds for legendary bargains.

    A couple of theories profess how the day came to be called “Black Friday.” One theory credits it to the time of year when retailers typically stop operating at a loss and get “back in the black.” Another says Black Friday got its black eye because of traffic jams and other mayhem caused by frenzied shoppers.

    So when Black Friday kicks off the holiday shopping season with heaps of hot deals, get ready to shop – but not till you drop. Instead, arm yourself with the following saving – and survival – tips for Black Friday:

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  4. Holiday Safety Tips

    Thanksgiving ChallengesKeep your health in mind come turkey time.

    Holidays may be full of fun and excitement, but they also can be hazardous to your health.

    It would seem that Turkey Day should score low on the potential-for-trouble meter, but, in reality, Thanksgiving Day poses its own set of challenges. If you don’t prepare your turkey properly, you could send guests home sick. If not everyone in the family gets along, your dinner table could go from cordial to combative.

    Here are some holiday safety tips to help keep the Thanksgiving holiday a healthy one for your household:

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  5. Repair or Replace?

    Broken Washing MachineHow to know when your appliances have reached the end of their life.

    When a major appliance in your home breaks down, you are faced with a decision: Do you pay to have the appliance repaired or do you replace it? According to Consumer Reports, the best choice in this situation will depend on the age of the appliance, its fair market value and whether it is currently under warranty.

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    Categories: Saving Money