How to avoid inflation’s ‘Grinch pinch’ this year

Inflation, rising interest rates and recession risks are less welcome during the holidays than crazy uncles, uninvited guests and that person who bought Thanksgiving pie at the supermarket.

But high prices, bigger price tags, heavier debt-carrying costs and economic uncertainty are here this year, and they will make most of us as uncomfortable as that uncle belching and unbuckling his pants when the Thanksgiving meal is done.

The question for consumers is how they will handle these unwanted guests, and how they keep financial concerns from ruining the holidays.

While there are dozens of studies showing how consumers have been feeling about inflation, what the research really seems to show is a disconnect between the complaints people are voicing and the actions they’ll be taking.

Roughly one in five Americans expects to feel pressured to spend more money than they are comfortable with buying gifts this year, according to a study, with younger generations feeling pushed more than their elders. About 30 percent of all adults say they will need either a “buy now, pay later” plan or will take on credit-card debt that they won’t pay off for multiple cycles to complete their holiday shopping.

A WalletHub survey showed that 50 percent of Americans say that Santa won’t be as generous this year, due to inflation.

But other research from both of those firms and others suggests that having those worries is not the same as acting on them.

While half of the people said Santa will be less generous, just over one-quarter of respondents said they expect to spend less than last year on holiday shopping. Several other polls from shopping sites showed that most consumers believe that, in the end, they will do no more than hold the line on spending from 2021 levels.

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Strange World Voice Cast: Who Voices Who In Disney’s Animated Adventure

Disney has taken us to many wonderful and also very “strange” worlds in its nearly 100-year history. In 2022, the company’s animation department is taking that specific mantra to heart with a new theatrically released movie called Strange World, in which a farmer is reunited with his long-lost father — a legendary explorer — after he and his family become embroiled in a dangerous mission through bizarre and unexplored terrain.

Disney has employed a star-studded ensemble of talented actors to breathe life into the lovable characters from this character-driven sci-fi/fantasy adventure that has come to theaters just in time for the Thanksgiving weekend. Let’s go over who plays who in the Strange World cast.

Jake Gyllenhaal in Ambulance and Strange World

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Jake Gyllenhaal (Searcher Clade)

Leading the Strange World voice cast as Searcher Clade, a simple man whose extraordinary family history catches up with him, is Jake Gyllenhaal. The Academy Award nominee is known for westerns like Brokeback Mountain and The Sisters Brothers, horror movies like 2001’s Donnie Darko and Velvet Buzzsaw, gritty crime thrillers like Zodiac and Nightcrawler, and action-packed popcorn flicks like Michael Bay’s Ambulance, most recently. 

In fact, one of the actor’s last collaborations with Disney (which his role as Mysterio in the MCU’s Spider-Man: Far From Home would, technically, not count as) was an action-packed popcorn flick called Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time from 2010. Gyllenhaal — who made his acting debut at 11 in 1991’s City Slickers — last leant his voice to an animated movie when he joined Netflix’s Spirit Untamed cast in 2021.

Dennis Quaid in Blue Miracle and Strange World

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Dennis Quaid (Jaeger Clade)

As Searcher’s famous adventurer father, Jaeger, we have Dennis Quaid, who last played Jake Gyllenhaal’s onscreen dad in Roland Emmerich’s 2004 disaster movie, The Day

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Coup’s Notebook Vol. 33: Bam’s Go-To Move, Top Siding Strus, A Whole Lotta Clutch and Bradley Beal’s Interesting Zone Wrinkle

The Miami HEAT are 9-11, No. 11 in the Eastern Conference with a Net Rating of -1.1, No. 21 in the NBA. They’re about to embark on another four-game road trip with two games against the Boston Celtics sandwiched in the middle. Here’s what we’ve been noting and noticing.

Have you ever noticed how Bam Adebayo rarely takes hook shots? He certainly can and has used them, but as a downhill, pick-and-roll player Adebayo has most often gravitated toward push shots and floaters to capitalize on momentum. Even when contact turns him away from the rim, or he initializes contact out of a post-up, he’s typically not going over one shoulder for a hook, preferring to keep two hands on the ball – which has the benefit of allowing him to pump fake and draw fouls – so he can get to a short jumper.

The fact that it’s a jumper he leans on at all is unusual. Most bigger players, non-Nikola Jokic division, don’t have the touch to shoot a regular jumper from such short range. Even Adebayo didn’t quite have that touch earlier in his career – he says playing HORSE and trying circus shots has helped him there – but now he’s reached the point where he can effectively pullup from anywhere in the paint with a normal follow through much in the same way Kevin Durant can.

For a player who sometimes struggles to score against elite length and rim protection, it’s a critical skill. Push shots and floaters are shots that you shoot going into a defender and going into size isn’t always a wise decision. With a jumper, Adebayo can both get elevation on the ball with two feet underneath him while also add some fade to get it over the top of

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How to Get Good Airbnb Reviews as a Guest, According to Hosts

Competition for Airbnbs has only increased since the start of the pandemic. Total demand for short-term rentals in September was up 26.6% compared with the same period in 2019, according to vacation rental data platform AirDNA. And for some guests, successfully booking an Airbnb means more than just paying the cost (plus any additional fees) — it means maintaining a good rating from hosts.

Like Uber and other peer-to-peer rental platforms, the reviews on Airbnb go both ways. Guests review properties and hosts to inform future guests, and hosts review guests to inform future hosts.

Having a poor or nonexistent rating as a guest can make it hard to book stays, particularly on peak travel dates when hosts can be choosy about whom they accept.

“If somebody doesn’t have any reviews, that’s kind of a red flag — especially if it’s a brand-new account,” says Patrick Moltrup, an Airbnb host in California’s Coachella Valley. He says brand-new accounts with no ratings are a concern because guests who get bad reviews tend to delete their accounts and open new ones.

“We require a review before we book you.”

Despite recent horror stories about hosts demanding that guests perform arduous tasks at checkout, and reports of hosts getting fed up with unruly guests, maintaining a good guest rating doesn’t require a lot of effort, according to Moltrup. Being thoughtful about some basic rules can make the difference between a successful rental and a canceled (or rejected) booking.

How to find your Airbnb reviews

Just like reviews for the properties themselves, the reviews you receive from hosts have two parts: a written review and a numeric rating on a 5-star scale.

Finding your reviews can be tricky, since Airbnb hides them deep within the account menu. On the website or

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Blind cat, Fantastic Mr. Fawkes, is full of adventure on SM

NEWPORT NEWS — Fawkes takes a few steps on a grassy patch at Christopher Newport University, stops, raises his head toward the sun and flicks his ears to catch any sounds.

The 6-month-old kitten with no eyes listens for his owner’s voice, knowing he can follow that.

He turns toward passing bikes, falling acorns and buzzing insects but only occasionally looks startled or hesitant. When students approach, Zoë Churchill, his owner, tells them to talk to him as they approach him slowly.

Fawkes then gladly nudges his pink nose into their hands.

“He was so immediately brave,” said Churchill, who adopted Fawkes in August from Symbiotic, a Suffolk-based nonprofit rescue group. “I would love for him to teach people how much he can do despite his disability. It doesn’t make him any less perfect.”

Since losing his eyes to a life-threatening infection in July, Fawkes has dared to climb on and off logs, high-step through tall grass and dip his paws in the ocean. Churchill and her boyfriend, Bruce Sheppard, also have helped him learn to navigate their one-bedroom apartment in Newport News with treats, voice commands and patience.

Fawkes now goes on regular excursions to CNU, Newport News Park, Willoughby Beach and Barnes & Noble, and Churchill chronicles their outings on her rapidly growing Instagram account, fawkes/”“Fantastic Mr. Fawkes.” As his story spread, the account sometimes logged hundreds of new fans each day. As of Wednesday, Fawkes had more than 23,000 followers.

Fawkes hangs out at home in Newport News on Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2022. Zoe Churchill adopted Fawkes, who lost both his eyes — likely due to an infection — and has gained a large Instagram following.

For rescuers at Symbiotic, Fawkes’ new life is miraculous. He and his sister were found in

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Wake Forest at Duke: Free Live Stream College Football Online – How to Watch and Stream Major League & College Sports

Wake Forest and Duke both go for their eighth win of the year when they battle on Saturday afternoon. The Demon Deacons were able to snap a three-game losing streak last week when they knocked off Syracuse 45-35. The Demon Deacons had started the year 6-1 and in great shape to make it back to the ACC championship game, but three straight losses to Louisville, NC State and North Carolina derailed those plans. They were able to finally get back on track against the Orange, but are now just looking to end the season and a high note and improve their bowl standings.

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The Blue Devils, though, are looking to do the same thing. Their preseason expectations were much lower, though, and are finishing off a surprising season.

The Blue Devils were only predicted to win three games this year, but they have played great football and are looking to finish it off with a big home win to end the regular season.

Both of these teams will be playing in a bowl game but want to get a win and get a leg up in the selection order.

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‘The White Lotus’ Season 2 Understands the Emptiness of the Instagram Vacation

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Yes, ‘White Lotus’ Is Dragging Your Insta VacationFabio Lovino/HBO

A few months ago, I instagram” data-ylk=”slk:read a Vox story about” class=”link rapid-noclick-resp”read a Vox story about traveling to the “Instagram capital of the world,” Positano, that has haunted me ever since. After the writer Rebecca Jennings’ week-long trip to the Italian city, she wrote that the whole vacation left her feeling suckered, in part because she took basically the same vacation as everyone she follows on Instagram. Watching this season of The White Lotus, it’s clear the show not only understands the idea of the “Instagram vacation”—complete with recommendations from friends, Resy reservations, and Google review-based activities—but it also wants to call me out for it. And frankly, I deserve it.

Towards the beginning of season 2, episode 3, Portia (Haley Lu Richardson) is having a conversation with Albie (Adam DiMarco) about how boring life seems. “I’ve been feeling so depressed at home, and I just thought I’d come here and feel something…. And now you come somewhere like this and it’s beautiful and you take a picture and then realize that everyone’s taken that same picture from that exact same spot. You just made some redundant content for stupid Instagram.” And Albie responds with a half-hearted idea that even he doesn’t buy into: “Throw away your phone. Throw it in the ocean.” Notably, Portia continues to sit there and text on said phone, doing the literal opposite of throwing it in the ocean.

Later in the episode, there’s a scene with Daphne (Meghann Fahy) and Harper (Aubrey Plaza) that gets at this same idea in a different way. Daphne asks Harper to go on a day trip with her to a palazzo in Noto, but when they get there, Harper discovers they’re actually spending the

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30 Of The Best Black Friday And Cyber Monday Travel Deals For 2023

Planning a trip is half the fun, and people are busy booking winter travel for the upcoming months. According to a survey by vacation rental company Vacasa, 71% of winter travelers have already booked their travel for the season. Have you?

This weekend could be the opportunity to find a great deal for travel both during the holidays and in 2023, including on your favorite cruise line or preferred hotel brand. Here are some of the best Black Friday and Cyber Monday travel deals to save you major cash on hotels and resorts around the world.

Discounts for IHG One Rewards members

Known as “IHG’s Biggest Member Event” of the year, IHG One Rewards loyalty program members can save up to 10% off the already discounted “Advance Saver” and “Book Early and Save” rates between now and Dec. 2. They can also save up to 20% off the best available rate at participating Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants between now and Dec. 5. Members of the free-to-join loyalty program who have not downloaded the IHG app can also receive 1,000 bonus points for adding it to their device before Dec. 2.

Up to half off at Meliá Hotels International

With this deal, available from now through Nov. 29, Meliá Rewards members can save up to 50% off stays between now and the end of next year. With 390 hotels around the world, the Spanish hotel company has something for every traveler from city hotels

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New operator launches wine and spirits tours: Travel Weekly

A new tour operator has partnered with beverage company Pernod Ricard to launch wine and spirits tours. 

Dharma, an experiential small-group operator, is offering 10 itineraries in six countries called Spirited Stories, which aim to connect guests with the people, culture and historic places of a destination through its wine and spirits. 

Pernod Ricard is one of the world’s largest sellers of wine and spirits, and its brands include Absolut vodka, Jameson Irish whiskey and Perrier-Jouët champagne.

Guests can expect to explore vodka in Sweden; mezcal in Oaxaca, Mexico; champagne and pastis in France; wine in Tuscany, Italy, and California’s Napa Valley; bourbon in Kentucky; and whiskey in Ireland. 

Groups will have a maximum of 12 guests and itineraries range from three to six nights. Packages include hotels, most meals, ground transportation, tips and gratuities, as well as activities like cooking classes, kayaking and bike and walking tours. 

The company is aiming to attract millennial and Gen Z travelers. 

Dharma says it will rely heavily on travel advisors and wholesalers through its travel partner program in order to grow its sales volume. 

The company is also offering travel advisors and registered travel partners a 20% commission.

Departures begin on Jan. 1, 2023.

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Traveler Who Has Been to Over 100 Countries Shares Tips, Lessons

I know it can be tempting to sleep in, but don’t. When you look back, you won’t remember how tired you were, but you will remember your experience.

Two men standing in a park next to a statue with their arms crossed.

Taking pictures in Frogner Park.

Ash Jurberg

My last point is the most important to me, and one I tell everyone who goes on vacation.

In 2012, I was in Norway, traveling with my cousin, Yonatan. It was our last night in Oslo, and we were out late, only getting back to the hotel at 2 a.m.. We were due to fly home at 9 a.m. the next day, and I was disappointed that we hadn’t visited Frogner Park, which is the world’s largest sculpture park made by a single artist.

Yonatan said if we set our alarms for 5 a.m., it would give us two hours to explore Frogner before leaving for the airport. I was concerned that I’d be too tired the next day with only three hours of sleep. Then, Yonatan told me something that has stuck in my mind ever since.

“In a few years, you won’t remember how tired you were, but you will remember the fun you had visiting Frogner Park.”

We awoke at 5 a.m. and headed to Frogner, where we were the only people in the park. We watched the sunrise and admired the sculptures, creating many new memories that I will never forget.

On the flight home, I realized my cousin was right. The photos I took and the memories I made were far better than a few hours of extra sleep. 

I’ve put this mentality into practice with my children, too. In September, we visited Disney World, and despite their desire to sleep in, we woke up at 6 a.m. each day to be among the first at the theme parks.

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