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Grocery is the #1 holiday purchase! Research shows where consumers are spending this holiday season

Grocery is the #1 holiday purchase! Research shows where consumers are spending this holiday season

With all the hype and Black Friday campouts at Best Buys and Toys R Us, you'd guess that the majority of holiday shopping budgets go to purchases like electronics, toys and clothing. But according to new research, the biggest share what comes out of your holiday wallet actually goes to ... groceries and restaurants.

New data from Card-Linked Marketing leader Cardlytics -- collected from millions of U.S. households over the past two years -- shows what consumers actually spend their money on during the holiday season.  When it comes to holiday shopping Americans are spending 24% of their budget on groceries followed by restaurants and apparel.  Toy purchases are actually at the bottom of the list.

The Top 10 Share of Wallet (see link/attached for graphics and pie charts for 2011 and 2012 holiday spending):

1. Groceries - 24%

Black Friday Battle: Walmart to match best Black Friday deals in-store and online

Black Friday Battle: Walmart to match best Black Friday deals in-store and online

ATLANTA -- If you thought retailers were crazy to open on Thanksgiving, things just got a little juicer -- but better -- for consumers.

Walmart has decided to give customers matchups on Black Friday deals, starting this Friday!

At 8 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 22, Walmart will kick off a pre-Black Friday savings event in stores and online, lowering the prices on popular toys and electronics, to match select Black Friday offers from Target, Toys R' Us and Best Buy one week early.

6 ways to save On Halloween decorations

6 ways to save On Halloween decorations

ATLANTA -- Every year there are millions of dollars spent on Halloween, from costumes, snacks and candy to decorations.

Hopefully after reading this, you will be able to save a ton on Halloween decor for your yard and home.

Pumpkin patch to benefit local, national ministries

Pumpkin patch to benefit local, national ministries

ATLANTA -- Residents of northeast Atlanta don't have to travel far to find the perfect pumpkin this fall.

Oakleaf Mennonite Farm will open a pumpkin patch this Saturday, Sept. 28. It will feature pumpkins and other fall favorites from the Navajo Reservation in Farmingham, N.M.

The patch will be open weekdays from noon to 1 p.m. and 5 p.m to 9 p.m., and weekends from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. through Thursday, Oct. 31.

Proceeds will benefit both the Navajo tribe and Atlanta-based teaching ministries.

Call Berea Mennonite Church at 404-244-0289 for more information. The pumpkin patch is located at 1088 Bouldercrest Drive.

Sad day for Atlanta couponers: The end of Kroger double coupons

Sad day for Atlanta couponers: The end of Kroger double coupons

ATLANTA -- The wave of couponers' cries heard in the Midwest and Texas has finally hit the Southeast!

For years, we have enjoyed the everyday doubling of coupons $0.50 and less. We got FREE items because of this great policy and it made handling an almost impossible budget easier for us couponers and savvy shoppers.

While I am not saying that this will hurt us (I will be posting some other things Kroger is doing), it does have me wondering -- in this competitive Atlanta market, where we use more coupons per capita then ANYWHERE in the US -- how will this fare? Will Publix jump on the bandwagon?

The end of double coupons becomes effective September 21, 2013. For this couponer, I will be having to double check my shopping list with this new rule. It's not fun, but a lot of new things are coming from Kroger, and I think this is why the program of double couponing is ending.

Lego Architecture Studio coming to Barnes & Noble

Lego Architecture Studio coming to Barnes & Noble

ATLANTA -- The Lego Architecture Studio will hold an event for the young and young at heart in Edgewood later this month.

Teens and adults are invited to attend the studio's launch at Barnes & Noble on Thursday, July 25 at 5 p.m.

Lego Architecture Studio representatives will hold a discussion and Q&A session before allowing attendees to build.

Visit barnesandnoble.com for more information.

The Edgewood Barnes & Noble is located at 1217 Caroline Street in the Edgewood Retail District.

Savings Nation: Couponing Basics (a coupon class)

Savings Nation: Couponing Basics (a coupon class)

Gas Prices are almost $4.00/ gallon what if I told you that its not affecting me as much as you would think? Why? Cause I feed my family on $35 a week through not only sales, coupons but also meal planning. Would you like to learn how you can cut your family grocery budget in half? 

 

 

Pretty Frugal Diva’sCoupon Class