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More cooking fires occur on Thanksgiving than any other day of the year.

By Karen Datko Nov 16, 2010 9:43PM

This post comes fromBarbara Marquand at partner site Insure.com.

 

Keith Evrley, a retired fire chief in Taylorville, Ill., knows a lot about fire prevention and safety. But when he talks about the importance of being careful with turkey deep fryers, he draws more from personal than professional experience.

Five years ago, after hearing people rave about fried turkey, Evrley bought a deep fryer to prepare a meal for his family on Easter Sunday. He set up the fryer on his mother-in-law's back porch, began heating the oil and walked two houses away to gather his family.

 

"I was probably gone four or five minutes," he recalls.

 

With relationships and with money, avoiding temptation is key.

By Karen Datko Nov 16, 2010 6:58PM

This guest post comes from J. Money at Budgets are Sexy.

 

Personal finances are like relationships. Things can go really well at times, and then two seconds later crash and burn out of nowhere.

 

And it almost always involves you putting yourself in a situation you know darn well you shouldn't have been in to begin with.

 

In committed relationships, this can happen a number of ways:

  • Hanging out (alone) with someone of the opposite sex. Who's pretty.
 

Ads from Kmart are sweet, while at least one price from OfficeMax stinks.

By Karen Datko Nov 16, 2010 5:40PM

This post comes from Melinda Fulmer of MSN Money.

 

Kmart's leaked Black Friday ad promises shoppers a "Blue Friday," with plenty of their trademark "blue light" specials between 5 and 11 a.m. the day after Thanksgiving.

 

Many of the deals in the circular are decent. However, only a few bargains made the cut with Black Friday shoppers on the Web, including:

 

A few simple rules: Make designer purchases with a fraud-protection credit card, never wire money and don't use a debit card.

By Karen Datko Nov 16, 2010 4:22PM

This guest post comes from Phil Lindeman at FreeShipping.org's Go Frugal Blog.

 

The next time you ogle discount handbags at a downtown street vendor, keep in mind: Counterfeit products cost the global economy an estimated $600 billion in legitimate revenue every year, or roughly the price of 240 million Prada handbags. No joke.

Fakes are hardly a shocking sight, but with the holidays hot on our collective heels, counterfeits of everything will be more prominent than usual.

 

Plane crashes are not that common. And yet …

By Karen Datko Nov 16, 2010 2:43PM

This guest post comes from Pop at Pop Economics.

 

You've probably heard the old yarn about how we often overestimate the chances of dying in a plane crash. When I made a guess before beginning this post, I was actually off by a factor of 10. I, somewhat flippantly, guessed one in a million, when really the chances are closer to one in 11 million.

The mistake (too conveniently) illustrates the point of this post. Humans are notoriously bad at knowing how risky things are, which leads to all sorts of bad decisions we make with our money.

 

Some hand sanitizers are only 40% effective, and last for as little as 2 minutes.

By Stacy Johnson Nov 16, 2010 10:46AM

This post comes from Michael Koretzky at partner site Money Talks News.

 

You can't fight an idea with logic. That's my conclusion after watching my 70-year-old mother obsess about hand sanitizer.

My mom taught me how to save money by clipping coupons and checking my pockets for loose change. But she has no problem spending $3 for a tiny bottle of hand sanitizer that she carries everywhere in her purse. And no amount of research on this topic will change her mind or her spending habits.

 

"Mom, you know that stuff doesn't work as well as you think it does, right?" I asked her once while we were sitting in a restaurant where I was buying her Mother's Day dinner.

 

A great deal of the value derived from a college degree has nothing to do with the concentration/focus/major.

By Karen Datko Nov 15, 2010 4:51PM

This guest post comes from Lauren at Richly Reasonable.

 

I recently wrapped up a weeklong invasion of my good friend E's house. 

 

First off, I'd like to say thank you to E for allowing me to stay at her pad instead of a hotel, thereby saving a little extra to put in the good ol' Roth IRA

 

(The truest friends care about your retirement funds. You can quote me on that. You could quote me on any of this, technically speaking.)

Let me tell you a bit about E. She is a well-spoken, well-written black belt. Maybe not a black belt, but I'm pretty sure I couldn't take her. 

 

E put herself through college at the University of Georgia using a combination of work, parents, scholarships and student loans. Her degree was in theater.

 

The retailer's leaked ad features midnight bargains and a second sale that begins at 5 a.m.

By Karen Datko Nov 15, 2010 3:21PM

This post comes from Melinda Fulmer of MSN Money.

 

Wal-Mart is apparently hoping its two-tier Black Friday sale will get shoppers camping out long enough to forgo their trips to other retailers.

 

The discount giant's Black Friday ad, leaked over the weekend, shows two distinct sales. One set of deals -- for toys, clothes and other goods -- starts at midnight as Thanksgiving Day comes to an end. A set of electronics doorbusters rolls out at 5 a.m. Friday.

 

Are these bargains steep enough to have shoppers camped out at their stores much earlier than they've ever done before?

 

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