(Courtesy of TLC)The secret to turning five dollars into $500 worth of groceries? Coupons. Last week we talked to Chrystie Corns, one of the subjects of TLC's new hit series "Extreme Couponing," about using simple math and the Sunday paper to save hundreds. No, you don't have to dig through the trash.
Simply knowing where to shop, what coupons to bring and how to maximize their special deals can actually earn you money at the register. A few trade secrets help too: Did you know you could use a factory coupon and a store coupon on the same product? Or that you can use a buy-one-get one-free coupon and get both free? Just ask Corns. She was once paid cash at the register after she filled her cart with over $100 worth of groceries.
Now she's making it her mission to spread the bounty with Shine readers. Join us on Wednesday, April 20, from 1pm-2pm EST, for a live Twitter chat with Chrystie Corns (@ccmaine). She'll dish on current deals, the best sites to scout for coupons, the secrets of fine print and
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- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Work + Money – Thu, Apr 14, 2011 5:23 PM EDT
(Courtesy of TLC)The secret to turning five dollars into $500 worth of groceries? Coupons. Last week we talked to Chrystie Corns, one of the subjects of TLC's new hit series "Extreme Couponing," about using simple math and the Sunday paper to save hundreds. No, you don't have to dig through the trash.Read More »from Cut your grocery bill in half: Join our live Twitter chat with 'Extreme Couponing's' Chrystie Corns
Please weigh in: Mariah Carey on the cover of the British tabloid OK Magazine wearing nothing but husband Nick Cannon's sweaty palms. Tasteful or straight up porn? Only last week, she joined the pregnant nude celebrity club on the cover of Life & Style Magazine. At the time she said she was shy about the nudie shot but obviously she got over it.Read More »from Mariah Carey gets even more naked. Too much?
I don't think it would be quite so porny if her husband wasn't squeezing so hard. And if the image wasn't partnered with the bizarre headline, "I wish my babies would get off my bladder!" And if the exclamation point wasn't so darn excited about the whole thing.
But you've got to hand it to her: she managed to trump the scrapbook of other celebrities who've posed nude. Usually they're either engaged in a naked hug or posing solo, naked pregnant -never both at the same time, and never with the hoist of a human Wonderbra.
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- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Love + Sex – Wed, Apr 13, 2011 12:58 AM EDT
- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Parenting – Tue, Apr 12, 2011 9:39 PM EDT
Do you know what's in your child's sippy cup? (ThinkStock Photos)You've heard of underage drinking, but never this underage. A major restaurant chain is under fire for serving alcohol to a 15-month-old boy. At a Michigan Applebee's, Dominic Dill-Reese, 1, sucked on a sippy cup supposedly filled with apple juice when in fact he was drinking the restaurant's margarita mix.Read More »from Applebee's serves baby booze in sippy cup. Big mistake
Only after he "laid his head on the table and dozed off a little bit and woke up and got real happy," according to his mom, was it clear there weren't any apples in that juice. At the hospital, Dominic was found to have a blood alcohol level of .014%.
How the $$#@ did this happen? According to police investigators, the container holding margarita mix was simply mislabeled apple juice, likely because of their similar color. It's a simple mistake that could have turned deadly.
Today, Applebee's is scrambling to institute a new restaurant policy nationwide, ensuring
non-alcoholic drinks are stored in separate areas from alcoholic beverages. They're also making servers pour juice
This approach is not highly recommended. (Think Stock Photos)There's a reason they call it dropping the L bomb: nothing is ever the same afterward and sometimes the results are devastating. And by devastating, I mean: "thanks."Read More »from Before you say "I love you" read this study!
But sometimes, it's just because the timing wasn't right. Men are a varied bunch and what works for some, makes others particularly squeamish according Josh Ackerman, an MIT psychologist. He surveyed 205 heterosexual men and women about their experiences with those three little words and in the process created some tips to navigating the minefield of a love confession.
When to say it to a commitment-phobe: Guys who "just aren't looking to get serious" would rather hear the words "I love you" before sex, according to Ackerman. The reason, he theorized, is decidedly unromantic. Those three words get translated into the player brain as, "It will be fine if you put your penis inside me immediately." The very practical timing and ape-like reaction may have you reconsidering your offer to love him. But it's also not a bad
- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Work + Money – Mon, Apr 11, 2011 9:00 PM EDT
(Photo by Ray Tamarra/Getty Images)Read More »from Does anyone really like Russell Brand? The most curious of famous people.
I don't get it. What's so funny about Russell Brand? The 35-year-old British comedian became the biggest movie star in America today with this week's number one and number two movies. Despite critical pans of his work in the animated comedy "Hop", and the remake of "Arthur", both are a hit with movie-goers. Obviously someone out there likes him, but who? Search for the terms: "Russell Brand" and "Famous" and you'll get the question "Why is Russell Brand famous?" on countless internet forums. Nobody seems to know what turned the British comic into an American superstar in a matter of months.
He's not known for eliciting belly laughs, in fact his first big U.S. stand-up performance at an MTV awards show was panned. The only character he seems to play, that of an excessive British rock star, has been done before...and better (Spinal Tap, anyone?). He doesn't write a lot of the material he's most famous for-"Get Him to the Greek" and "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" came from the minds of
- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Healthy Living – Thu, Apr 7, 2011 11:31 PM EDT
A San Diego physician is quickly joining the ranks of Internet phenomenons with one of the world's first viral diets. Fans of his 17-Day Diet have taken to Twitter, YouTube, and the blogosphere to sing the praises of Dr. Mike Moreno's weight-loss regimen. Already a best seller, his new book professes the power of the number 17. With 17 minutes of daily exercise and four different 17-day meal plan cycles, the diet promises dramatic weight loss results for life. Broken into four different parts, the plan is designed to jump-start the body's metabolism by switching up eating habits every 17 days. The first cycle involves a restrictive calorie diet, and the other three toggle between various carbs, proteins, fruits and veggies for an overall healthy makeover.
"I think this diet is probably the only diet that is for everybody," Moreno tells ABC News. "And that means whether you want to lose five pounds for your high school reunion coming up, whether you want to lose 150 pounds, or
- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Fashion – Thu, Apr 7, 2011 6:33 PM EDT
As if you needed more proof that actors have the weirdest job on the planet: there's this leaked photo of Julianne Moore dressed as Hillary Clinton.Read More »from Why is Julianne Moore dressed like Hillary Clinton?
According to Black Book Magazine, Moore had to put on the pearl earrings, the corral lipstick and the head-on over-bite for a "make-up test" for a movie she ended up dropping out of.
Actress Hope Davis ended up playing the senator in "The Special Relationship", HBO's Tony Blair bio-pic. But in this photo, Moore shows us what could have been. What do you think-does she do a good Hillary?
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