Most holiday shoppers stress-free as holiday nears, Consumer Reports poll shows

Most holiday shoppers stress-free as holiday nears, Consumer Reports poll shows

With Thanksgiving in the rearview mirror and Christmas coming fast, nearly one-third of Americans who plan to give gifts had yet to begin their shopping as of early December, according to the latest Consumer Reports Holiday Poll*. Forty-nine percent were less than halfway finished.

But even with that procrastination, 64 percent said they have things under control and will be ready for the holiday. The remaining 36 percent said that preparing for the holiday had them at least … (read more)

Cooking countdown to a stress-free Thanksgiving feast

Cooking countdown to a stress-free Thanksgiving feast

Thanksgiving is just a week away and if you’re hosting this year’s feast your to-do list may be long but time is short. Stressful? You bet. But getting a head start on the cooking can help and so does sticking with recipes you know and love. Here are some tips from the pros.

7 days before. After stocking up on food and beverages focus on the bird. If you bought a frozen turkey figure out how long it will take to … (read more)