Black Friday deals bring out some incredibly massive crowds and it’s not a place for the unprepared. Holiday deals can be enticing but they’re no good if you miss them or simply can’t pay the bill. Don’t walk into Black Friday blind this year! Here at Babylon Honda, we have some helpful tips for Black Friday shopping to make your deal-grabbing adventure more successful.
•Budget – Great deals may be enticing but they’re no good if you can’t pay your credit card statement later on. Make a strict budget and stick to it. Leave a small amount of wiggle room if necessary but avoid spending more than you can afford. Keep a record of how much you spend at each store or for each purchase as well.
•Research – Many stores advertise their Black Friday deals well ahead of time so it’s worth researching. Compare the prices of different stores and determine which ones are worth your time. Don’t rely on price-matching guarantees, as some stores suspend that deal during Black Friday.
•Technology – Smartphone apps can go a long way in helping to find the items you want. A QR scanner can quickly compare prices and find coupon codes, while shopping apps can guide you to the store with the lowest price.
Creating the perfect Thanksgiving meal doesn’t have to be simply turkey, potatoes, and other common dishes. Spice up this holiday season by trying a new recipe and get the feedback of the whole family. Someone could find a new favorite, after all. Here are a few of the best Thanksgiving recipes to spice up your holiday from us here at Babylon Honda.
• Spiced Cranberry Sauce with Orange and Star Anise – This simple recipe starts by gathering allspice and star anise in a square cheesecloth and tying it into a sachet. Add sugar, orange juice, and a quarter of a cup of water to a medium pot. Add the sachet and stir until the sugar melts and bubbles form (roughly five minutes). Let it steep for 10 minutes away from the heat. Once time has passed, add the pot back to the heat and introduce cranberries. After seven minutes, get rid of the sachet and refrigerate the sauce until chilled.
• Roasted Turkey – Start this recipe by preheating the oven to 325 degrees and rinsing the turkey in cold water, draining it, and patting it dry. Add a teaspoon for salt and half a teaspoon of pepper to the cavity. Stuff it with onions and carrots and then tie the legs together. Place the turkey breast side up then rub butter under and over the skin. Rub the skin with a teaspoon of salt and pepper then tent it in aluminum foil. Roast the turkey for one hour, then baste it with the juices and continue roasting. Remove the foil and continue to roast the turkey, basting it every half hour, until the thermometer reaches 170 degrees. Let the turkey sit for 20 minutes. Then remove the ties, carrots, and onions. Drain the juices and serve with gravy.