Retailers use all kinds of tricks to make you spend more than you planned.We try to stick to our shopping lists. We keep an eye out for sales, clip coupons, study the store circulars, and even go so far as to leave the credit cards at home in order to avoid impulse buying. And yet, most shoppers end up buying more than they bargained for—and that's exactly what retailers want them to do.
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"Every single detail of your shopping experience—the placement of every shelf, box, sign, and restroom; the background music; color of paint on the wall; words the staff use to greet you—is a precisely orchestrated merchant-customer dance designed to achieve maximum sales results," writes Dayana Yochim at the finance and investing site The Motley Fool.
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Customers have figured out the end-cap trick—the one where stores feature higher-priced goods on the ends of the aisles, where they're easy to see, and fill the back and center of the store with the everyday items people really went
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Retailers use all kinds of tricks to make you spend more than you planned.We try to stick to our shopping lists. We keep an eye out for sales, clip coupons, study the store circulars, and even go so far as to leave the credit cards at home in order to avoid impulse buying. And yet, most shoppers end up buying more than they bargained for—and that's exactly what retailers want them to do.Read More »from How Stores Trick You into Spending More Money
Is this what feminism is really all about?It's easy to forget that, originally, being a feminist simply meant supporting legal, political, social, and economic opportunities for women. It wasn't about putting down domestic pursuits. It wasn't about trying to "have it all." And it certainly wasn't about bashing men.Read More »from Are You a Feminist? Why or Why Not?
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"Feminism insists on women's right to make choices -- about whether to marry, whether to have children, whether to combine work and family or to focus on one over the other," Stephanie Coontz wrote at CNN. "It also urges men and women to share the joys and burdens of family life and calls on society to place a higher priority on supporting care-giving work."
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In an interview with The Daily Beast last year, Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann said that she wouldn't call herself a feminist; instead, she said, "I'm a woman comfortable in her own skin. I grew up with three brothers. My parents didn't
Should elementary schools host beauty pageants for students?Parents in South Carolina are up in arms after their kids were encouraged to compete in a beauty pageant at their elementary school. Though organizers insist that it's no different from a sporting event or a dance contest, outraged parents say that schools have no business judging kids based on their looks.Read More »from Should Elementary Schools Hold Beauty Pageants?
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"Come be the first Warrior King or Warrior Queen of Indian Land Elementary! Represent your school all year long during school events! " the flier read. "Contestants will be judged on facial beauty, personality, and overall appeal."
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According to the three-page flier, prizes would be awarded at the October 20th pageant for "Best Eyes," "Best Hair," "Best Smile," "Best Dressed," and "Most Beautiful," which would be "based upon the contestant's facial beauty score only." Boys and girls could also submit photos to win additional awards, and could
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Parenting – Fri, Sep 28, 2012 3:17 PM EDT
Keira, wearing one of the shirts her dad created for his new company Keira's Kollection. (Photo: Kevin Wagstaff/KeirasKollection.com)After reading about a girls' T-Shirt printed with "I'm Too Pretty to Do My Homework so My Brother Has to Do It For Me," Kevin Wagstaff was appalled. But instead of venting to his friends or vowing not to buy the shirt, the single dad decided to do something about it.Read More »from Keira's Kollection: New T-shirt Company Aims to Empower Girls
"Seeing that shirt kind of was just like, 'Boom! Light bulb moment'," Wagstaff, who has a 6-year-old daughter, told Yahoo! Shine in an interview. "I rolled my eyes and thought, 'This is a problem that's snowballing in the wrong direction'. I thought to myself, 'If someone can approve this, to put this out, they must feel like there's a market for it.' So I'm thinking that I want to create a market that's the inverse of that."
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A year later, he's launched his own company, selling T-shirts that encourage, support, and inspire girls to be their best selves. The shirts at Keira's Kollection, which is named after his daughter, are stamped with messages
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Pets – Fri, Sep 28, 2012 11:16 AM EDT
Cross-eyed cat Spangles has become an internet sensation with his cool costumes. (Photo: Mary Buchanan/Facebook)People love cute cat photos, but Spangles takes cute to the extreme. The cross-eyed kitty, who was caught glowering goofily in pirate hat, now has a huge following on Facebook, and is making waves across the Internet as well.Read More »from Cross-eyed Cat Spangles Wins Hearts with His Crazy Costumes
She first decided to dress him up when she came across a tiger costume at a pet store. "I saw the tiger hat in PetSmart and it was so cute," his owner, 25-year-old Mary Buchanan, told Yahoo! Shine in an interview. "I put it on him and he just looked so adorable. I wanted to show others how cute he is."
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"He was born on July 4. So I came up with his name, Spangles!" Buchanan posted on Spangles' Facebook page, where she also posts plenty of photos. The 3-year-old mixed-breed cat was born with his eyes crossed, Buchanan told Yahoo! Shine, but "He can see perfectly fine. He has been checked out by a vet."
Spangles lives in Spartanburg, S.C., with his human, his canine siblings (Jen Jen and Mojo), and his
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Women Who Shine – Thu, Sep 27, 2012 4:35 PM EDT
This picture of Balpreet Kaur sparked bullying -- and then inspiration -- on Reddit. (Photo via Reddit)After someone snapped a photo of her and posted it on online, Balpreet Kaur was ridiculed for following the tenets of her Sikh faith. But instead of hiding or lashing out, she politely posted a reply—and turned a bullying situation into a inspiring example of tolerance, support, and inspiration.Read More »from Sikh Woman Balpreet Kaur Turns Cyber Bullying Incident into Inspiration
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The photo was taken apparently without Kaur's knowledge while she was waiting in line at the Ohio State University Library. In the photo, Kaur's hair is hidden by a large, black turban. She's wearing a T-shirt and yoga pants, glasses, and is looking down at her cell phone; her sparse facial hair is clearly visible. A Reddit user posted it to the "Funny" forum with the quip, "I'm not sure what to conclude from this."
Comments started pouring in, making fun of her appearance, asking if she was transgendered, and taking her to task for not plucking, waxing, or shaving.
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Go anywhere in the world and beer drinkers have probably heard of Bud, Coors, and Heineken. But, according to the experts at The Drink Business another brand topped them all in 2011. Though there are a huge number of big-name beers out there, there are only a handful of big breweries. AB InBev owns Budweiser, Corona, and Labatt as well as Michelob, Stella Artois, Becks, Bass, St. Pauli Girl, and 59 other brands. The Molson Coors Brewing Company owns Keystone, Blue Moon, and a host of others, in addition to Molson and Coors. SABMiller owns Miller, Milwaukee's Best, Grolsch, and 58 percent of the Molson Coors Brewing Company (it also operates as MillerCoors). Some say that these guys are so huge that they spill more beer than Sam Adams brews. The Drink Business points out that their analysis is based on volume sales, not taste. So, craft-brew and home-brew aficionados, avert your eyes. -- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine
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- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Fashion – Wed, Sep 26, 2012 1:39 PM EDT
Debbie Wingham's $5.7 million black diamond dress. (Photo: Jeff Romero/Wenn)Calling it "the world's most-expensive black diamond dress," self-taught British designer Debbie Wingham showcased her latest masterpiece in Kiev earlier this month: a $5.7 million gown decorated with rare black diamonds, the centerpiece of her newest luxury line.Read More »from $5.7 Million Dress Dazzles with Black Diamonds, but Isn't the Priciest Gown Out There
Wingham, who has dressed celebrities including Kate Winslet, Hilary Swank, and Dita Von Teese, calls the gown "an anthem for a beautiful woman who loves life."
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Twenty-five 2-carat black diamonds dot the peplum of the 29-pound dress, and 25 more adorn the removable shrug; another 5 carats' worth embellish the bustier. It took more than six months to hand-sew the outfit, which also features "fine beading and delicate pointer white diamonds set in white gold with a very fine chain mail detail to add a little more individuality," Wingham writes on her website.
(How big is a 2-carat diamond? A round-cut stone is about 8.1 millimeters, or
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Team Mom – Tue, Sep 25, 2012 2:28 PM EDT
Buzz Bishop and his son, Zacharie. Bishop has been under fire for calling Zacharie his favorite son. (Photo courtesy of Buzz Bishop)Let's face it: It can be easier to spend time with a sunny kindergartener than a tantruming toddler. And while most parents are quick to say that they love all of their children equally, they're also willing to admit, in private, that there are times when they like one a little more than another. One dad has come under fire for publicly declaring that his older son is his favorite, sparking a debate about how we feel as parents—and whether it's OK to say it out loud.Read More »from Dad Under Fire for Revealing He Has a Favorite Child. Do You Have a Favorite?
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"If I were to be absolutely honest, my older son is my favorite of the two," Buzz Bishop wrote at Babble.com, where he blogs as DadCamp. "He and I are adventurous partners in crime, and I can't imagine life without him. He was an accident waiting to happen, and I'm so glad it did."
There were plenty of other things for people to judge about the post—he also confessed that his girlfriend discovered she was pregnant just two months after they met, while he was still
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Love + Sex – Mon, Sep 24, 2012 4:39 PM EDT
Arnold Schwarzenegger offers up plenty of sordid details in his new autobiography.In his new autobiography, "Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story," Arnold Schwarzenegger talks about how his wife, Maria Shriver, confronted him about his secret love child -- and how he begged her not to leave him.Read More »from How Maria Shriver Confronted Arnold Schwarzenegger About His Secret Love Child
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On January 4, 2011, Schwarzenegger and Shriver went to a therapist together -- an appointment she requested the day after his term as governor of California ended. He thought the counseling session was to help the couple cope with the transition from public to private life.
Instead, "The minute we sat down, the therapist turned to me and said, 'Maria wanted to come here today and to ask about a child -- whether you fathered a child with your housekeeper Mildred'," Schwarzenegger writes in his book, which comes out next week. "I told the therapist, 'It's true'."
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Years earlier, Shriver had asked him if the boy was his, and he had