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Our 15 Most Popular Posts of 2015

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January 07, 2016 · 1k Views

Now that 2015 has come to an end, let’s take a look back on your favorite posts on The Plus Side. We covered a ton of topics in the past year, and 2016 calls for an even greater coverage of more interesting and useful topics for you. With that being said, check out the 15 Most Popular Posts of 2015!


15. Target to Begin Serving Cocktails

Whether we like it or not, we’re completely devoted to all that is red and bullseye-themed. It’s the perfect spot to spend more than you had originally planned on things you didn’t even know you needed (or existed). Regardless, when we learned that Target is going to serve alcohol, we almost lost it, and I guess you almost did, too. It still has yet to happen, but we’re keeping a close watch!


14. Peppermint Sugar Cookie Bars

We introduced guest bloggers in 2015, and one of the most beloved is Jamie Eskelson from Jamie Cooks It Up!. A few of her recipes are on this list (no surprise), but this holiday-inspired recipe became a quick favorite! These bars are quick and easy – 30 minutes and you’ll have about 40 bars! – and crazy delicious. Stay tuned in 2016 for more from Jamie!


13. Easy Kitchen Organizing Ideas

When your kitchen (or any room in your house) is organized, doesn’t it feel like you’ve got your whole life on track? I don’t know if there’s anything more beautiful than walking into my pantry and seeing that everything has a rightful place. *Sigh of satisfaction* Jessica Kielman is a guest blogger from Mom 4 Real, and she is for real. Moms do always have the answer to everything!


12. 20 Christmas Cards That Are Actually Funny

If you’re going to send out Christmas cards, you might as well make your recipients laugh. One of our writers put together this awesome list of to-die-for cards, and to be honest, if I were to receive every single one of these in the mail, it would make my Christmas.

P.S. If you’re a pun lover like me, prepare yourself.

The Nutcracker.


11. Best Tech Gifts Guide 2015 (And Where to Save!)

In our modern day and age, technology consitutes a massive portion of our lives. It’s a no brainer that tech products are pretty universally welcomed when it comes to gift-giving. We assembled a guide to help you buy the most in-demand electronics at the best price, and you guys responded well. Stay on the lookout for more gift guides!


10. Best Things to Buy Over Labor Day Weekend

DealsPlus and The Plus Side are ideal places to learn about the best holiday savings. We give you all the know-how on where to buy, when to buy, and what to buy. Labor Day weekend is a big shopping weekend, and we created a list of items that gave you the best bang for your buck. Anticipate these articles every holiday shopping weekend!


9. 20 Secrets Department Stores Don’t Want You to Know

Department stores like Macy’s, Nordstrom, and Kohl’s attract millions of customers daily, but there are some details that are hidden from your every day shopper. We give you shopper insights that are helpful when it comes to sticking to your budget and being a true deal diver.


8. Fun Back to School Printables

On The Plus Side, we’re family-friendly, so of course we have to dedicate some articles to the little ones in our lives. Andreja Vucanjk from Itsy Bitsy Fun is an arts and crafts maven who has been kind enough to share several of her printables packets. This fun and educational set was especially popular with getting kids back into the groove of school!


7. Crock Pot Chicken Noodle Soup

Another popular recipe from Jamie of Jamie Cooks It Up! is her comforting Crock Pot Chicken Noodle Soup. We wanted to incorporate familiar recipes as well as adventurous food into The Plus Side so that you get the best of both worlds. This was definitely a familiar recipe that we thought everyone would love, and we were right!


6. Turkey Cranberry Pinwheels

I guess The Plus Side was a resourceful site when it came to recipes in 2015. Amanda Finks from The Wholesome Dish told me about this recipe in December, and I knew it had to be shared for the upcoming holiday. It’s insanely easy to put together, and the colors and tree shape were the icing on top!


5. Crispy Southwest Chicken

The most popular recipe on the blog. Everybody loves fried chicken, and everybody surely loved Jamie’s Crispy Southwest Chicken (secret: baked, not fried)! I’m not sure if it was the chicken or the gravy that sold us, but it’s drool-worthy and everything we could ever hope chicken and gravy could be. Thank you, Jamie!!


4. 10 Things Grocery Stores Don’t Want You to Know

Much like department stores, grocery stores have well-kept secrets, too. But don’t worry, much like our 20 Secrets Department Stores Don’t Want You to Know article, we give you the inside scoop on what there is to know about saving money when you’re grocery shopping. And we’ll continue to do that into the new year!


3. 50 Holiday Gifts Under $20 Your Friends Will Actually Want

We know the holidays are full of love, laughter, and food, but the realists in us also scream bloody murder just thinking about the cost associated with the holiday season. To make sure you spent your holidays the way it should be spent, I rounded up a ton of affordable gifts that people will actually want. Expect more of these helpful guides this year!


2. 5 Things Starbucks Doesn’t Want You to Know

It seems like a lot of these big corporations are hiding things from us… Anyway, we all know the mega-chain that Starbucks has become, but there are facts even a loyal Starbucks drinker may not know. They could change things instantly. Read on to see why this article received many, many clicks.


1. 25 Best Amazon Shopping Hacks of All Time

It’s no surprise that a money-saving article topped the charts for The Plus Side in 2015. We are all about helping you become the most financially-aware, stress-free shopper you can be. Amazon is the mecca for outstanding deals on innumerable items we want and need, so it’s no doubt that sharing hacks to escalate the savings would be popular. If you haven’t taken a look at this article, what are you waiting for?

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