Christina Cheddar Berk is assistant managing editor of Enterprise coverage at CNBC Digital. Before joining CNBC, she was a special writer at Dow Jones Newswires and a guest columnist for the Wall Street Journal. Cheddar Berk was part of a team of reporters who received a Society of American Business Editors and Writers award for breaking news coverage. She also has worked as an associate editor for "The World Almanac" and an assistant editor for "Funk & Wagnalls New Encyclopedia."
The cost of a classic Thanksgiving dinner edged up slightly, but it could have been lower this year had it not been for the meal’s traditional centerpiece, the turkey.
Although the headlines are still dominated by the U.S. presidential election and the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, analysts are still looking ahead to the busy holiday shopping season — there are only 48 days until Christmas — and some of the latest reports are more optimistic than the earlier projections.
Layaway seems harmless enough, but unless you are taking advantage of the free layaway programs being offered by some retailers this year, it might not be the bargain it seems.
After a bumper crop of pumpkin-flavored products this fall, it looks like it’s time to bring out the gingerbread and mint at restaurant chains even though trick-or-treaters have yet to ring the doorbell.
No one knows who the "layaway Santas" are, but Toys 'R Us has drawn inspiration from their actions. The toy retailer has promised to donate $200 worth of toys whenever someone comes to their stores and pays off a stranger's bill.
Holiday shoppers plan to deck the halls and splurge a bit more on themselves this year, but overall spending will remain cautious this holiday season as shoppers hunt out the bargains.