(ThinkStock Photos)Imagine no more lines, no more overloaded grocery carts going rogue in the parking lot, no more trekking three miles from the produce aisle to hardware because you forgot to pick up an extra lightbulb. Some of life's most tedious problems could be gone instantly if Walmart starts delivering groceries purchased online.
A tipster told Bloomberg News the superstore is testing out home delivery service in the San Jose, California area. That would mean customers could order a new bike with a side of deli meat.
It wouldn't be the first superstore to hop on the grocery delivery concept: Safeway delivers groceries bought online the same day and Amazon offers a grocery delivery service in Seattle. Kmart and Sears are planning to test out the format soon too, according to WalletPop.
Imagine grocery shopping for the week in your pajamas while watching "Top Chef". Now imagine how much you'd spend. On top of the standard purchase, you've got delivery fees and tip to consider. There's also the
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- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Shine Food – Thu, Apr 7, 2011 4:09 PM EDT
(ThinkStock Photos)Imagine no more lines, no more overloaded grocery carts going rogue in the parking lot, no more trekking three miles from the produce aisle to hardware because you forgot to pick up an extra lightbulb. Some of life's most tedious problems could be gone instantly if Walmart starts delivering groceries purchased online.Read More »from Would you have your groceries delivered? Walmart wants to know.
- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Work + Money – Tue, Apr 5, 2011 11:46 PM EDT
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Corns celebrates after another coupon coup. (Courtesy of TLC) On a good day, Chrystie Corns can save hundreds on groceries. On a great day, she'll make money in the process.
"I once got $156 worth of items at Rite Aid and I walked away with $17," says Corns. "I actually was able to make money because I used store coupons and a manufacturer coupons on the same items, plus I had a rewards card."
If that sentence requires a translation, you're probably not an extreme couponer. Corns is one of the subjects of TLC's new docu-series "Extreme Couponing" (premiering Wednesday at 9 EST). It's a show about shoppers who consider newspaper inserts currency, not kitty litter liner.
"I got into couponing after I got divorced," says 33-year-old Corns, who lives with her young son and daughter in in Portland, Maine. "I was a self-employed single mom of two and I needed to save money." At first she started to search for discounts online at sites like CouponMom and Coupons.com. "I quickly got addicted," she says. "Every time you go out and pay pennies on the
(Thinkstock Photos)If your macaroni and cheese isn't cheesy enough, add more orange. Bolder colors makes our food taste more flavorful. It's just the way our brains work, according to countless focus groups and food psychology experiments. But new concerns from the FDA have us wondering whether our brains need some de-programming.
After the Center for Science in the Public Interest requested a ban on artificial coloring, noting that some coloring may be linked to childhood hyperactivity, the FDA re-examined the side effects of food dyes. This week they concluded there's not enough proof of danger to warrant a warning on foods with artificial coloring. Still it has us wondering why we consume so much dyed food when we can't even taste it. There's already a load of artificial ingredients in M&Ms, Fruit Loops, Jello and Cheese Doodles-do we really need another?
Survey says: yes please, and make it a double. Taste testers who ate Cheetos without FD&C Yellow No. 6, the dye that colors the tips of yourRead More »from Why does food taste better in technicolor?
- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Work + Money – Mon, Apr 4, 2011 10:08 PM EDT
Read More »from Katie Couric reportedly leaving CBS. Why was Charlie Sheen given more shots?
The first woman solo anchor may be getting out of nightly news. (Photo by Marcel Thomas/FilmMagic) In 2006, Katie Couric debuted on CBS as first solo female anchor for nightly news. That same year, CBS renewed their contract with another big name star, Charlie Sheen, making him the highest paid actor on television.
In 2011, both have reportedly split ties with the network. Sheen is on his tour of drugs, prostitutes, and warlock promotion, and Couric is looking to return to her daytime roots when her contract ends in June. In an interview with the New York Times today, Couric talks about her fellow network star, suggesting Sheen should have been fired when he was arrested for holding his wife at knifepoint in 2009. But ultimately it's Couric's wardrobe, hair and makeup that caused more criticism for the network than anything else.
How on earth did the first solo female anchor end up fighting harder to keep her job than a guy with a rap sheet for violence against women? Ratings. Sheen's were up, and Couric's were mostly down, stuck as they'd been before her arrival, in third place
- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Shine Food – Mon, Apr 4, 2011 6:20 PM EDT
(Photo by Food Network)And the epilogue to this morality play: be careful what you wish for. Now that Ina Garten has agreed to cook with Enzo, the 6-year-old cancer-stricken fan who was initially rebuffed by the Food Network star, his family has graciously declined the offer. "We're not going to do it," Enzo's dad told ABC News. "I don't want my son to go through any other stress. We just want to go on with our life."Read More »from Boy's family turns away Barefoot Contessa. Oh Snap.
Like it or not, the young foodie got roped into the takedown and reparation of a celebrity. It's hardly what his family expected from the Make-A-Wish experience. Now Enzo and his family are over it, and so are we. We just hope he's still going to get his wish to swim with dolphins. He deserves it.
- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Shine Food – Sat, Apr 2, 2011 1:57 AM EDT
- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Love + Sex – Fri, Apr 1, 2011 8:12 PM EDT
William isn't planning on wearing a wedding band, and Kate's just fine with his decision. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)British palace officials have confirmed that Prince William has rejected one of the most hallowed traditions in marriage: the wedding ring. "There is only going to be one ring, in accordance with the couple's wishes," a royal spokesperson tells People.Read More »from No ring? Will and Kate break from tradition, along with more couples
That ring is a Welsh gold band bequeathed by the queen as a family heirloom to Kate. Meanwhile, William has decided to go jewelry free. "It was something the couple discussed but Prince William isn't one for jewelry," a St. James Palace aid tells the Daily Mail. "It really is just down to personal preference."
It's a bold decision for any groom to make, royal or no. Even Will's father, Charles, wears a wedding band beneath his signet ring. But according to insiders, he has Kate's blessing. And after 10 years together, some decisions are best made by the couple, not the public.
Ever since their engagement, Will and Kate have held tight reins on their wedding planning. "They are very much in charge and giving us in the Household Office
- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Shine Food – Fri, Apr 1, 2011 2:06 AM EDT
(Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)First the scary news: Trace amounts of radiation have been found in milk from Washington and California. It's believed that the radioactive agents were transferred as isotopes from Japan to the West Coast through wind, absorbed in the grass, which was then eaten by dairy farm cows.Read More »from Radiation found in West Coast milk. What's safe to eat and drink?
Now the good news: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency released a joint statement that the iodine-131 they found in the milk was "far below levels of public health concern, including for infants and children." In fact, the levels were 5000 times below the legal limit prescribed by the FDA.
While, the radioactivity isn't likely to increase in local milk, it's not going away until reactors stop releasing toxic plumes. The big concern over iodine-131 exposure is an increase risk of thyroid cancer. But according to the FDA, milk would have to contain 4,600 pico-Curies of radiation per liter for it to be a real danger. Right now, the contamination is measured at 0.8