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Grocery is the #1 holiday purchase! Research shows where consumers are spending this holiday season

Grocery is the #1 holiday purchase! Research shows where consumers are spending this holiday season

With all the hype and Black Friday campouts at Best Buys and Toys R Us, you'd guess that the majority of holiday shopping budgets go to purchases like electronics, toys and clothing. But according to new research, the biggest share what comes out of your holiday wallet actually goes to ... groceries and restaurants.

New data from Card-Linked Marketing leader Cardlytics -- collected from millions of U.S. households over the past two years -- shows what consumers actually spend their money on during the holiday season.  When it comes to holiday shopping Americans are spending 24% of their budget on groceries followed by restaurants and apparel.  Toy purchases are actually at the bottom of the list.

The Top 10 Share of Wallet (see link/attached for graphics and pie charts for 2011 and 2012 holiday spending):

1. Groceries - 24%

N. Georgia's 706 area code exhausted, new area code will be 762

AUGUSTA -- More 762 area codes are coming to Georgia in the coming months, because combinations for the 706 code were exhausted last week, reports The Augusta Chronicle.

The 762 area code isn't new, but it will be more widely used, said John Manning, director of the North American Number Planning Association, the group that administers telephone numbers in the U.S., its territories and Canada.

The 762 area code was added in 2006 as an overlay code for the 706 zone because of the growing amount of phone, computer and cell phone lines, the Augusta paper reports. The 706 and 762 region includes metro Augusta, Athens, Columbus and north Georgia.

"As the area continues to grow and more numbers are needed, we are going to see more and more 762 prefixes," Manning said.

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Atlanta's Best Places to Work honored

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(ATLANTA BUSINESS CHRONICLE) -- So where are the best jobs in metro Atlanta?

On Sept. 13, Atlanta Business Chronicle named the 2013 Atlanta's Best Places To Work during a sold-out event at the Grand Hyatt Atlanta in Buckhead.

Each year, Atlanta Business Chronicle in partnership with Quantum Workplace surveys the metro area's employers to find those that have discovered how to become one of Atlanta's Best Places To Work.

This year more than 560 companies and organizations were nominated and more than 400 participated in the surveys.

Quantum used analytical tools to rank the top employers in three categories: the top 10 in the large employer category (501 employees or more in the metro area), the top 30 in the medium employer category (101 to 500 employees) and the top 60 in the small employer category (10 to 100 employees).

fab'rik founder shares her passion for fashion

fab'rik founder shares her passion for fashion

ATLANTA -- Many people dream of being their own boss, but struggle to make the leap.

Twelve years ago, Atlanta native Dana Spinola gathered the courage to turn her lifelong passion into a profession and opened her first clothing boutique, fab'rik.

"I get up early. I stay up late. My mind is always working," she said.

And it's perfectly understandable. Spinola has had a lot on her plate since starting fab'rik. She has since opened 21 boutiques and franchises. Her mission has always been frugal fashion -- less than $100 -- in a fun, inviting boutique environment.

Being your own boss can seem liberating, but many who make that leap say they end up working even more.

Sad day for Atlanta couponers: The end of Kroger double coupons

Sad day for Atlanta couponers: The end of Kroger double coupons

ATLANTA -- The wave of couponers' cries heard in the Midwest and Texas has finally hit the Southeast!

For years, we have enjoyed the everyday doubling of coupons $0.50 and less. We got FREE items because of this great policy and it made handling an almost impossible budget easier for us couponers and savvy shoppers.

While I am not saying that this will hurt us (I will be posting some other things Kroger is doing), it does have me wondering -- in this competitive Atlanta market, where we use more coupons per capita then ANYWHERE in the US -- how will this fare? Will Publix jump on the bandwagon?

The end of double coupons becomes effective September 21, 2013. For this couponer, I will be having to double check my shopping list with this new rule. It's not fun, but a lot of new things are coming from Kroger, and I think this is why the program of double couponing is ending.

UGA business school plans online degree program

UGA business school plans online degree program

ATHENS, Ga. -- The University of Georgia's Terry College of Business plans to offer its first online degree program next fall.

The planned bachelor of business administration in general business degree is designed for working professionals who can't attend a traditional on-campus program, according to Myra Moore, director of assessment, rankings and undergraduate programs in the business college.

The UGA University Council's curriculum committee approved the program and voted to send the proposal to the full University Council for a vote in September.

If the group approves the program as expected, the proposal goes to UGA President Jere Morehead for a vote.

The degree program is expected to target students eligible for tuition reimbursement through employers or the G.I. Bill, according to the document business school administrators recently presented to the curriculum committee.