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Cost of Thanksgiving Day meal down in 2016

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If you still need to pick up the fixings for Thanksgiving dinner, here’s a bit of good news: This year’s feast will cost you a bit less. According to the American Farm Bureau Federation’s annual price survey, the average cost of Thanksgiving dinner for 10 people is $49.87. That’s a 24-cent decrease from the 2015 average of $50.11. The survey found a 16-pound turkey will cost $22.74, or about $1.42 per pound. That’s a two-cent-per-pound decrease from 2015. The American…

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College football playoff semifinals make new tradition for New Year’s Eve

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Sometime around 8 p.m. on New Year’s Eve, Rochelle Carrasco and Jeremy Jehnsen will be having their first dance as a newly married couple. All eyes at the reception will be on them for those few minutes – no small feat since they’ll be having that dance in Lansing, Michigan, around the same time as kickoff of the Michigan State-Alabama matchup in the College Football Playoff semifinals. And most of their bridal party is, you guessed it, Michigan State fans.…

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Metropolitan Ministries brings Christmas spirit to thousands in Tampa Bay

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Mode of transportation is not the issue. Getting Christmas dinner and toys to families is. Arriving by often-compromised automobiles, mopeds, rusty bicycles, public transportation and many on foot, the families served by Metropolitan Ministries throughout this holiday season have reasons to smile, if only temporarily. Arriving by often-compromised automobiles, mopeds, rusty bicycles, public transportation and many on foot, the families served by Metropolitan Ministries throughout this holiday season have reasons to smile, if only temporarily. Relying on corporate and community…

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Today on Context Florida: Solving hunger in Florida, coding as a foreign language and updating traditions

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Today on Context Florida: Hunger is a complex problem, says Robin Safley. In order to solve it, we must understand the underlying issues and apply comprehensive solutions to assist those in need. We know that access to a consistent supply of nutritious food is critical to the underlying health of our families and the academic achievement of our children. There’s no better platform to take on those issues than as executive director of the Florida Association of Food Banks (FAFB). Every…

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Cyber Monday sales still on top, but losing some luster

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Retailers are rolling out online deals on so-called “Cyber Monday.” But now that shoppers are online all the time anyway, the 10-year-old shopping holiday is losing some of its luster. Still, Monday is expected to be the biggest online shopping day ever, with estimates that it will rack up over $3 billion in sales. “It’s no longer about one day, but a season of digital deals,” said Matthew Shay, president of retail trade group The National Retail Federation. Online shopping…

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Buyer beware, not all Black Friday deals are really deals

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Black Friday shopping is a craze because consumers want to save as much money as possible on gifts or other items they’ve waited to purchase on sale. But some items may actually be more expensive on Black Friday. According to an analysis of several popular purchases, more than 17 percent of the items evaluated by WalletHub were actually more expensive for the day after Thanksgiving this year than they are regularly priced. WalletHub lists ten specific items studied where half…

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CFO Jeff Atwater reminds consumers to plan before braving Black Friday crowds

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The days after Thanksgiving have become the top shopping weekend of the year for many retailers and the National Retail Federation expects more than 135 million Americans will shop retail deals over the holiday weekend. While Black Friday deals may be enticing, Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater and the Department of Financial Services say shoppers need to make a plan and a budget before braving the crowds. Most financial planners say shoppers should spend no more than 1.5 percent…

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