Ho, No: Christmas Trees Will Be Expensive and Scarce This Year

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The annual tradition of picking out the healthiest, densest, biggest tree that you can tie to your car’s roof and stuff in your living room won’t be quite the same this year. According to The New York Times, Christmas trees will be scarce in some parts of the country and markedly more expensive overall.

The reason? Not Krampus, Belsnickel, or Scrooge, but something even more miserly: the American economy. The current situation has roots in 2008, when families were buying fewer trees due to the recession. Because more trees stayed in the ground, tree farms planted fewer seeds that year. And since firs grow in cycles of 8 to 10 years, we’re now arriving at a point where that diminished supply is beginning to impact the tree industry.

New York Times reporter Tiffany Hsu reports that 2017’s healthier holiday spending habits are set to drive up the price of trees as consumers vie for the choicest cuts on the market. In 2008, trees were just under $40 on average. Now, they’re $75 or more.

This doesn’t mean you can’t get a nice tree at a decent price—just that some farms will run out of prime selections more quickly and you might have to settle for something a little less impressive than in years past. Tree industry experts also caution that the shortages could last through 2025.

[h/t New York Times]

Save Up to 80 Percent on Furniture, Home Decor, and Appliances During Wayfair's Way Day 2020 Sale

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Wayfair

From September 23 to September 24, customers can get as much as 80 percent off home decor, furniture, WFH essentials, kitchen appliances, and more during the Wayfair's Way Day 2020 sale. Additionally, when you buy a select Samsung appliance during the sale, you'll also get a $200 Wayfair gift card once the product ships. Make sure to see all that the Way Day 2020 sale has to offer. These prices won’t last long, so we've also compiled a list of the best deals for your home below.

Rugs

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- Mistana Hillsby Power Loom Beige Saffron/Teal Rug $49 (save $97)

- Wrought Studios Shuff Abstract Blue Area Rug $100 (save $105)

- All Modern Lydia Southwestern Cream/Charcoal Area Rug $49 (save $100)

- Union Rustic Gunter Power Loom Blue/Khaki Rug $22 (save $38)

- Willa Arlo Interiors Omri Oriental Light Gray/Ivory Area Rug $49 (save $149)

Furniture

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- Alwyn Home 14-inch Medium Gel Memory Foam King Mattress $580 (save $1420)

- Andover Mills Pascal Upholstered King Bed Frame $318 (save $832)

- Sol 72 Outdoor 8-Piece Sectional Seating Group with Cushions $650 (save $1180)

- Langley Street Darren 68-Inch Tuxedo Arm Sofa $340 (save $1410)

- Three Posts Tyronza Coffee Table $147 (save $193)

Kitchen

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- Cuisinart 11-Piece Aluminum Non Stick Cookware Set $100 (save $200)

- Rachael Ray Cucina 10-Piece Non-Stick Bakeware Set $92 (save $108)

- NutriBullet Rx Smart 45-Ounce Personal Countertop Blender $124 (save $56)

- Henckels Graphite 13-Piece Knife Block Set $160 (save $340)

- DeLonghi ECP3220 15-Bar Pump Espresso Machine $120 (save $90)

Electronics

Samsung/Wayfair

- Samsung 36-Inch French Door Energy Smart Refrigerator $3600 (save $400)

- Cosmo 30-Inch Freestanding Electric Range Oven $1420 (save $1580)

- Whynter 19-Bottle Single Zone Built-In Wine Refrigerator $380 (save $232)

- bObsweep PetHair Robotic Vacuum Cleaner with Mop Attachment $226 (save $443)

- Rowenta Focus 1700 Iron with Burst of Steam $68 (save $47)

Work From Home Essentials

Foundery Select/Wayfair

- Techi Mobili Adjustable Laptop Cart $50 (save $20)

- Foundry Select Arsenault Farmhouse Desk $210 (save $190)

- Symple Stuff Clay Mesh Task Chair $128 (save $121)

- Three Posts Salina Standard Bookcase $183 (save $617)

- Lorell Hard Floor Chairmat $52 (save $39)

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Veterans Day 2020: What's Open? What's Closed?

Many businesses remain open on Veterans Day, and some even have special offers for military members.
Many businesses remain open on Veterans Day, and some even have special offers for military members.
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The United States will observe Veterans Day on Monday, November 11, 2020. The date commemorates all veterans living and deceased who bravely fought for the nation’s freedoms. Originally known as Armistice Day when President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation in 1919 to acknowledge the agreement between the Allies and Germany that ended World War I one year earlier, it became a federal holiday in 1938. The name was changed to Veterans Day in 1954 to better reflect the fact that it honors all military veterans, not just those who served in the First World War.

Like many major holidays, knowing what businesses and services are open or closed can be a little tricky. We’ve compiled some of that information here, though it’s always best to double-check individual locations to be sure.

What’s open on Veterans Day?

  • 7-Eleven
  • Ace Hardware
  • ALDI
  • Applebee’s
  • Bed Bath & Beyond
  • Best Buy
  • BJ’s Wholesale Club
  • Costco
  • CVS (Though pharmacy counters may close early)
  • Dollar General
  • Dollar Tree
  • Family Dollar
  • GameStop
  • Gap
  • Home Depot
  • IKEA
  • JCPenney
  • Kohl’s
  • Lowe’s
  • Macy’s
  • Nordstrom
  • Nordstrom Rack
  • Rite Aid
  • Sam’s Club
  • Sears
  • Staples
  • Starbucks
  • Target
  • Walmart
  • Wegmans
  • Whole Foods

What’s closed?

Most national chains will be open for business, though you might find privately-owned shops are closed.

Is the post office open on Veterans Day?

The United States Post Office will be closed on Veterans Day. But you still might be able to send and receive packages through other means. Federal Express (FedEx) will be open on the holiday. United Parcel Service (UPS) will also be serving customers, though some packages may take an additional day in transit. Additionally, UPS Stores will be open to assist with shipments.

Are liquor stores open on Veterans Day?

This can depend on state laws regarding the sale of alcoholic beverages. It’s best to phone ahead before venturing out.

Are public libraries open on Veterans Day?

Most public libraries are closed in observation of Veterans Day and most federal holidays.

Do government offices stay open on Veterans Day?

Most major government offices, like the Department of Motor Vehicles, will be closed.

Are banks open on Veterans Day?

You’ll find virtually all banks closed on Veterans Day, though you’ll probably be able to access ATMs.

Does anyone offer military discounts or free meals on Veterans Day?

You’ll find plenty of businesses want to honor members of the military with discounts or other incentives. Applebee’s is offering free meals to veterans on Veterans Day. Convenience store chain 7-Eleven will give one free cup of coffee or a Big Gulp to service members. At Lowe’s, veterans get a 10 percent discount on purchases every day.