The November issue of ALL YOU shares secrets for smart shopping for the upcoming holidays including how to secure Black Friday deals and outsmart common online spending traps. It also includes an affordable array of holiday gift ideas and tasty recipes for 30-minute suppers, perfect for busy weeknights and much more.
Here are some highlights:
A record 226 million shoppers visited stores and websites over Black Friday weekend last year, up from 212 million in 2010, according to a National Retail Federation survey conducted by BIGresearch. The average holiday shopper spent $398.62 this year, up from $365.34. ALL YOU shares strategies for what to do before, during and after Black Friday weekend in order to reap the biggest rewards. Tips include:
One Week Before:
Check out leaked ads at blackfriday.com and blackfriday.bradsdeals.com and make a list.
Five Days Before:
Consider the pros and cons of cash vs. credit. Shoppers who use cash end up shelling out 20 percent less on average.
Download free smartphone apps that can help you save while you shop. The TGI Black Friday app lets you view instantly updated ads for major retailers and compare prices.
Watch for lowered prices on items you bought Friday. Many stores will make a price adjustment within two weeks if you bring a receipt.
FASHION: FIND A WINTER COAT FOR AS LITTLE AS $28 (p. 19)
ALL YOU shares tips for finding a flattering winter coat for as low as $28.
QUICK SUPPERS ON THE GO (p. 68)
Weeknights approaching and during the holiday season can be super busy, but the with the right recipe, a busy mom can serve a homemade meal fast. ALL YOU serves up inspiring ideas from Asian Ginger Beef to a Pasta and Vegetable Frittata.
HOW TO STEER CLEAR OF ONLINE SPENDING TRAPS (p. 109)
ALL YOU identifies the five most common online spending traps and how to avoid them. Beware of buying into flash-sale urgency and being swayed by a discounted list price, recommends the magazine. Plus: The Dos and Don’ts of outmaneuvering scams and hackers when shopping online.
WINNING THANKSGIVING DISHES (p. 13)
ALL YOU highlights readers’ favorite Thanksgiving dishes. These winning dishes include: Harvest Baked Brie and Cranberry-Jeweled Carrots.
INSPIRING MILITARY MOMS (p. 56)
Thirty-eight percent of all women in active duty U.S. forces are moms, and thousands more mothers single-handedly pick up the slack on the home front when their spouse heads off to serve. In May, ALL YOU asked readers to nominate the most inspiring military mom at home or deployed. ALL YOU spotlighted three women who exemplify ALL YOU readers’ love of family and country.
HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE (p. 99)
A roundup of holiday gift ideas from a flashy camera to a handy grill, a fun alarm clock shaped like a flower to earbuds in a case that looks like a crayon.
CRAFTS: HOLIDAY IDEAS (p. 15)
Use inexpensive materials like wrapping paper to create holiday decorations such as a wreath.
The ALL YOU brand, general to the value-driven woman, helps women enjoy life for less. Published by the Time Inc. Lifestyle Group, ALL YOU has an innovative distribution strategy, which combines newsstand sales exclusively through Walmart stores, with nationally available subscriptions. ALL YOU was named to ADWEEK’s Hotlist for magazines 10 Under $50-$60 million for four consecutive years (2007-2010) and ranked #3 on Advertising Age’s A-List in 2010. ALLYOU.com is a one-stop savings destination delivering money-saving tips, exclusive high-value coupons, daily free samples, discount offers and local grocery deals. ALL YOU is now available on all tablets.
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