15 Not Weird Ways to Do Thanksgiving On the Interwebs

Photo credit: Khadija Horton
Photo credit: Khadija Horton

From Cosmopolitan

Ah, Thanksgiving. A holiday for spending time with family, practicing gratitude, and eating your entire bodyweight in turkey.

While all of those things will still happen this year (nothing can come between me and my three servings of sweet potato casserole), the day is probably gonna look a ‘lil bit different, thanks to the whole global pandemic sitch. Or at least, it definitely should.

Per the CDC’s guidelines, it’s best to attend outdoor gatherings rather than indoor ones and to stay within your local area as much as possible (as in no out of state travel, por favor). Plus, most states currently have pretty strict limits on the number of people you’re allowed to have at indoor gatherings. In other words, you might want to skip the four-hour drive over to Aunt Pam’s house to see the entire extended family this year.

Sooo, how

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40 Super Fun Ways to Decorate Your House This Fall

The air is crisp, the leaves are falling, and pumpkin spice everything is back at stores. You know what that means: fall is here at long last. However, it’s not just your wardrobe that deserves a fresh look for the season—your home could use some sprucing up, too. And with the right fall decorations, you can make your home look like a million bucks without veering into serious kitsch. From your front porch to your powder room, we’ve rounded up the very best ways to decorate your house for fall this year.

Best Life’s editors have scoured the internet to bring you the best products out there, and we’re hoping you’ll love them as much as we do. Full disclosure: we may earn a commission for anything you purchase through links on this page, but that doesn’t mean you’ll pay more for them (we’d never do that to you!). Pricing

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9 ways to make your own stimulus check (and forget Congress)

For a while there, it was looking pretty certain that Americans were going to get another round of those $1,200 coronavirus “stimulus checks.”

Democrats, Republicans and the White House all said they wanted to give out more money to relieve financial pain and stimulate the economy, and the U.S. House voted in May to provide fresh payments. But stimulus money was missing from a COVID-19 relief bill that was just introduced in the Senate — and promptly died.

If you could use another $1,200 right now, why wait around while Washington plays the usual games? Here’s a better game: look around and find your own sources of cash, to give yourself a stimulus check. Check out these nine ways to create one on your own.

1. Curb your car insurance costs

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If you’re like most people, your car insurance is due every six months. It’s very

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10 ways to make your own stimulus check (and forget Congress)

For a while there, it was looking pretty certain that Americans were going to get another round of those $1,200 coronavirus “stimulus checks.”

Democrats, Republicans and the White House all said they wanted to give out more money to relieve financial pain and stimulate the economy, and the U.S. House voted in May to provide fresh payments. But stimulus money was missing from a COVID-19 relief bill that was just introduced in the Senate — and promptly died.

If you could use another $1,200 right now, why wait around while Washington plays the usual games? Here’s a better game: look around and find your own sources of cash, to give yourself a stimulus check. Check out these six ways to create one on your own.

1. Curb your car insurance costs

ADragan / Shutterstock

If you’re like most people, your car insurance is due every six months. It’s very

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31 Hidden Ways You’re Bleeding Money Every Month

There are some expenses you plan for every month — your rent or mortgage, utilities, your cellphone bill, etc. — but there are also a lot of hidden expenses you’re paying for regularly that you might not be aware of. These little costs could quickly add up, whittling away at your hard-earned paycheck.

Uncover the hidden ways you’re losing money every month, so you can start making moves to stop the bleeding.

Last updated: Sept. 9, 2020

Not Tracking Your Spending

You should be able to account for every dollar you spend. Keep track of your spending with a budgeting app, spreadsheet or even a notebook. Simply recording what you’re spending money on will make it easier to spot any hidden expenses.

Shopping for Seasonal or Holiday Items In-Season

Many stores put their displays of seasonal goods up front where they’re hard to resist — but don’t fall into this

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Drowning in Debt? 18 Effective Ways To Tackle Your Budget

Debt is a growing problem in America. Total household debt hit $13.86 trillion at the end of 2019’s second quarter — up $192 billion from the first quarter, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

The bulk of that amount was comprised of mortgage debt, followed by student loan, auto loan and credit card debt. And delinquent debt — payments that are 30 days or more late — is also growing. Cutting your expenses and bills can help manage your debt but often only provide minimal assistance. Fortunately, whether you’re drowning in debt or just want to pay down what you owe more quickly, there are several budgeting strategies you can use. Click through to see how you can dig yourself out of debt.

Last updated: Sept. 4, 2020

Create a ‘You Only Live Once’ Budget

A YOLO budget gives you a clearly articulated vision you can use

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39 Careless Ways Retirees Waste Money

You’ve worked hard all your life, so you deserve to enjoy yourself in retirement. However, when you live on a fixed income, it’s important to keep track of where every dollar is going and not spend money carelessly. I spoke to financial experts and business leaders to find out the most common ways retirees waste money — so you know what not to do and can make better decisions that enable your retirement savings to last well into your golden years.

Last updated: Sept. 3, 2020

Investment Fees

A financial advisor can be a great asset when it comes to retirement planning, but make sure you’re not paying them higher fees than you need to be.

“Investment fees can run 1-2% of your assets. For retirees with a million dollars invested that’s $10-20k a year,” said speaker, writer, teacher and financial coach Jillian Johnsrud. “If you’re only getting an hour

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Six Easy Ways to Go Above and Beyond for Your Houseguests

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One of the great joys of staying in a luxury hotel is, well, the luxury. The staff put together a collection of small surprises that are designed to make you feel spoiled (think plush robes and slippers, daily newspaper deliveries, and treats left on your pillow). You look forward to these small indulgences, so why not give your houseguests the same treatment when they come to stay? As event planner Lauren Grech, the CEO and co-founder of LLG Events, says, “If you’ve ever dreamed of running a bed and breakfast, having overnight guests is your chance to live out that dream without all the commitments of actually running an inn!”

Today, however, there is an element of safety to consider whenever you bring someone outside of your immediate circle into your home due to the coronavirus pandemic. In addition to making your guests feel welcome, it’s also

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100 Ways To Work Better From Home

As of March 19, 58% of American knowledge workers were working from home, according to Forbes — and that percentage has likely increased since then. Although many have now spent weeks and months working remotely, you might still be struggling to adjust to the new normal. And with many working from home for the foreseeable future, it’s not too late to take steps to optimize that experience.

From setting up an ideal home office to making the most of available technology and learning to balance parental and office duties — all while staying sane — here are 100 ways to work better from home.

Last updated: Sept. 3, 2020

How To Set Up a Home Office

If you’re still taking your meetings and sending off emails from your bed every day, you probably don’t have the most efficient setup. Now is the time to create a home office that will

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9 ways to prepare for the next COVID-19 lockdown

After giving up spring break and summer barbecues, cooped-up Americans are looking forward to the day when things go back to normal. But COVID-19 isn’t like a natural disaster that strikes once, then fades away.

Several states have paused or walked back their plans to reopen, as new hot spots emerge and the number of active cases remains high.

Now health experts are warning that a second round of lockdowns may be necessary as the fall flu season begins, classes resume and cool weather drives people into cramped indoor spaces.

still feeling drained after round one.” data-reactid=”35″Even a series of smaller, more localized lockdowns could spell trouble for Americans’ livelihoods, especially for those workers still feeling drained after round one.

But you still have time to prepare. Here are nine things you can do to protect your finances ahead of a second wave.

1. Keep saving

As the first

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