‘Tis the Season to Go Shopping: Black Friday and Cyber Monday Battle It Out for Consumer Dollars

Nothing says “holiday shopping” quite like the four-day weekend from Black Friday to Cyber Monday. According to the National Retail Federation, consumers spent $59.1 billion on 2012 during the busiest shopping weekend of the year. While 10% of shoppers rushed to the stores right after finishing their Thanksgiving dinners, others waited until Cyber Monday, with online shopping peaking at 11:25 a.m. EST. Whether you plan to shop in-store or online, check out this infographic for more fun Cyber Monday and Black Friday statistics.

Black Friday & Cyber Monday: Fun Facts and Info

With the traditional holiday shopping season upon us, some retailers are opening on Thanksgiving Day to kick-start early Black Friday deals, while most stores are sticking to a Friday opening. Online sales during Cyber Monday saw a 30% increase in 2012 – a percentage expected to rise this year, according to IBM Digital Analytics. Here’s a by-the-numbers look at Black Friday and Cyber Monday:

Drive Safely this Halloween

Children in spooky costumes, bags of good candy corn and scary ghost stories set the scene for an exciting night. With kids four times more likely to be involved in pedestrian-car collisions on Halloween, however, Oct. 31 can be one of the most dangerous nights for driving. Drive safely on Halloween with these tips from the National Safety Council.

How to Have a Safe and Spooktacular Time this Halloween

What youngster doesn’t get a thrill out of Halloween? From dressing up as their favorite goblin, princess or superhero to hauling in the treats, Halloween can be fun for kids. But before you let your costumed character out the door, know your community’s trick-or-treat night and hours, and keep these safety tips from the American College of Emergency Physicians in mind.

5 of the Top Fourth of July Fireworks Displays

On July Fourth weekend, nearly every community in the country gathers on lawn chairs and blankets to watch the local fireworks display. There are dozens of spectacular shows in all 50 states, but a few use big budgets, specialty fireworks or even a live music soundtrack to stand out from the rest. Here are 5 of the best fireworks displays in the country, from Forbes.com.

The Top Animal Holidays This Summer

Did you answer your cat’s question on National Answer Your Cat’s Question Day ? It was January 22, in case you missed it this year. But don’t worry – there are plenty of animal holidays coming up.