Andy & Meaghan Chat: Weekend Fun, Cats, Chick-Fil-A & School Shopping


Andrew Lloyd Webber’s long-running musical “Cats” is being turned into a movie. Part of the cast will include Taylor Swift, Jennifer Hudson, James Corden, and Ian McKellen. Tom Hooper will be directed the movie.

Chick-Fil-A announced that it will become the first quick-service restaurant to offer full meal kits. The cook-at-home program will provide fresh, pre-measured ingredients to customers so they can make their own meals in about 30 minutes at home. There will be five meal options offered during the test: Chicken Parmesan, Chicken Enchiladas, Dijon Chicken, Pan-Roasted Chicken and a Chicken Flatbread. Each option will serve two people for just under 16 dollars and can be picked up at the front counter or at the drive-thru. The Georgia-based company will run the test from the end of August to mid-November at 150 restaurants in the Atlanta area.

Back-to-school spending is expected to be hotter than ever this year and more consumers are shopping earlier for their kids. In fact, 77% plan to start shopping at least three weeks before school begins. The National Retail Federation finds that total spending for school and college combined is projected to reach nearly 83-billion dollars this year. Families with children in elementary through high school say they’ll spend an average of 684-dollars. While those heading off to college plan to spend an average of $942 each. Expenditures for clothing tops the list followed by electronics, shoes and school supplies. College shoppers will fork out the most money on electronics, followed by clothing and dorm room furnishings.

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