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5 clever gifts for the wine or beer lover in your life

You can’t go wrong putting a six-pack or bottle of wine under the tree, but you can also get a lot more creative. From freezable beer glasses to wine glass appetizer plates, here are 5 gifts the wine or beer drinker in your life will love just as much as their favorite brewskis, bubbly, or booze. Silicone Wine Glass Mustache Whiskers ($8.99) Set of 6 Never lose your wine glass again. These fun and whimsical wine charms suction to the outside of your wine glass making it easily identifiable in a crowd. Comes in a set of 6 unique, colorful mustache designs. Wine Chiller ($35.00) When the night calls for BYOB, this insulated stainless steel wine chiller will be MVP. Container holds one full standard-sized bottle of wine (750 ml – 25.36 fl oz). Design holds a lid that doubles as a cup, an easy pour spout, an easy clean design. Toss it…

8 ways you might be seen as rude at the grocery store

We’ve all witnessed some pretty bad behavior at the grocery store. You know — the guy who grabs a quick snack from the salad bar or the woman who leaves her cart in the middle of aisle. It doesn’t matter what store you shop at or what time of the day you go, running into rude people is inevitable. But anytime you step into public you’re at risk for your own little social blunder, as well. Whether you realize it or not, if you do any of these things, you will be seen as rude by others: sneaky Snacking Everyone know that grocery shopping hungry is never a good idea. Shopping on an empty stomach means you’re more likely to buy highly-processed, fatty food items to your cart. But it also means you might be tempted to sneak a snack. When you “sample” items from the bulk bins or salad…

How to receive your refund from a food recall

First it was peanuts that we were trashing. Then came time to toss the romaine, avocado, veggies, beef, potatoes, flour, and then the eggs. The ingredients we’ve lost lately due to nationwide food recalls reads like a grocery list for a decadent holiday meal. While we’re horrified that so many people are getting sick from salmonella and other foodborne illnesses lately, it’s also worth considering your wallet. Are any of these companies willing to pay us back for the food we’re missing out on? The answer is yes, but you have to pay close attention to the recall directions. If you see a recall for a product you purchased, verify that your item has the specific code, sell by date, or whatever other identifying mark the company is using. Then you’ll have to determine who is responsible for giving you your refund. You can check the FDA’s website for a…

What’s in season in August?

Can you believe it’s already August? Summer is in full swing as evident by all of the delicious fruits and vegetables — Hello fresh berries! Yet, we can’t help but notice the fall crops starting to creep in (We’re looking at you apples!). Despite our growing anxiety that summer is slipping away all-too-soon, it’s hard not to fall in love with August produce. So many fruits make it easy to satisfy your sweet tooth the healthy way. Plus, all of those zucchinis and tomatoes make dinner a breeze. So what should you be being in August? Take this list to the grocery store and pick up some of these in-season fruits and veggies: Apples Some apples are already hitting the shelves, but in just a week or two markets and stores will have bushels of the brand new crop. Enjoy as a snack, in a dessert, in a salad —…

Survey finds what makes the best grocery stores and supermarkets

Having access to quality grocery stores can make or break your relationship with food. A good grocery store sends customers home satisfied with reasonably priced bags full of fresh, tasty food, while the bad ones can leave shoppers frustrated for any number of reasons. For as much as grocery chains seems to have in common on the surface, experienced shoppers know they can be wildly different. So what do the best grocery stores have in common? Is it food selection? Customer service? Good product organization? A survey of more than 75,000 Consumer Reports members ranked grocery stores on these and a number of other categories to determine what makes the best grocery store. The survey’s findings pit 96 different national and regional grocery chains against each other to determine the very best grocery stores in America — and what makes them so great. So what’s the one thing most of…

Americans spent $40 billion while drunk shopping

Your bar tab might be high, but that might not be the the highest bill you receive for your evening. A new report found that Americans picked up the credit card and spent close to $40 billion on drunk purchases last year — that’s right, BILLIONS! According to Finder.com, 26 percent of people made one or more booze-fueled buying decisions in 2018, which equals out to be a whopping 53.4 million people drunk shopping. More than half of the 2,100 individuals polled claim some of those late-night orders were purely hunger-fueled, but 10 percent admitted to buying cars, and 14 percent admitted to buying vacations. The number of people drunk shopping has actually decreased in recent years, but how much they’re spending is way up. Collectively, Americans dropped $39.4 billion on drunk purchases in the past 12 months — up from $30.43 in 2018. Finder reports that on average, we spent…

10 grocery story items you should always buy generic

Brand names can invoke nostalgia, but they can also come at a cost. Just because you’ve bought a brand name since you were younger, doesn’t mean it makes sense to continue to buy that product if there is a generic version that saves you some coin. Sometimes the national brand names offer something special, but more often anymore, they don’t. Here are 10 grocery store items you should always buy generic: 1. Cereal Think that tiger is totally original? Think again. The contents of brand named cereal boxes are nearly identical to the generic versions — and the latter can come at half the price. Invest in a airtight container so store the cereal once it’s opened, so it doesn’t get stale in that bag. 2. Water If you still buy bottled water, choose the store brand to stop yourself from washing dollars down the drain. Better yet, buy a…

This is the best day to grocery shop, according to research

If your routine includes grocery shopping on the weekend, it might be time to reconsider. According to new research compiled by Colorado-based mobile technology company Ibotta, buying groceries on Saturday and Sunday could end up costing you more. While it might be convenient to hit the aisles on your day off, making the chore a weekday endeavor might result in a small savings. According to Today, it’s not as simple as going on Tuesday or Wednesday, but rather a tricky dance depending on what you’re going of. Ibotta’s research showed that going for wine on Tuesday is the least expensive day (4 percent cheaper), bread costs the least on Wednesday (2 percent less), and you should go Thursdays for beer (1 percent cheaper). For snacks, go Thursday (1 percent cheaper), and Fridays are the best time for ice cream (1 percent cheaper). While those numbers aren’t likely to save you hundreds of dollars…

Supermarket psychology means you’ll spend more per visit

Have you ever gone into the grocery store looking for one or two items and ended up leaving way over budget? You have forces working against you beyond your own cravings. It turns out, supermarkets have plenty of tricks and strategies they use to get the most money out of every consumer visit. According to the Food Marketing Institute, the typical supermarket sells about 40,000 different products. Moving all these fresh foods and packaged goods along before they hit expiration is imperative to the store’s success, so they don’t leave their sales simply up to chance. The layout of the store is very specific, from the fresh flowers and produce up front to the dairy in the back and packaged goods in the center aisles, everything is where it is for a reason. The best ways to avoid letting the supermarket get the best of you is to make a grocery list, stick to it,…

Consumers to spend nearly $90 per person for Super Bowl food, drinks, items

It might not be an actual holiday, but consumers are ready to spend like it is. Americans are expected to shell out $87.17 on average for Super Bowl Sunday related items in the days leading up to the big game on Feb. 4. According to a report from the National Retail Federation (NRF), this number is up 8.5 percent from last year, amounting to a total of $15.3 billion in sales surrounding the event. “Whether throwing their own party, heading to a friend’s house or gathering at their favorite bar or restaurant, consumers are ready to spend on the big game,” NRF President and CEO Matther Shay said in the report. ” An estimated 188.5 million people are expected to watch a the New England Patriots take on the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis — about the same viewership as 2017. Justin Timberland will command the halftime show stage, becoming the first musician to…