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  • 8 Things Your Butcher Wants to Tell You

    by Mandy Major

    8 Things Your Butcher Wants to Tell You8 Things Your Butcher Wants to Tell You

    You probably visit the meat counter every time you go to the grocery store, but have you ever wondered about what goes on behind it? To learn the tricks of the butchery trade, we spoke with butchers from grocery-store chains, gourmet supermarkets and specialty shops. Read on to get the inside scoop on freezing, preparing, shopping and saving money on meats so you can carve out some savings next time you hit the counter.

    1. Unconventional cuts can save you money.
    While you're probably most familiar with traditional cuts like filet mignon, porterhouse and rib eye, those high-end pieces will cost you; as an alternative, look to other cuts that are just as delicious but much more affordable. "Skirt steak is a fabulous piece of meat. It's super flavorful and economical," says JoAnn Witherell, culinary vice president at Allen Brothers steaks. "The tips of the tenderloin are also an excellent cut of meat. They're wonderful, and there's nothing wrong with it.

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  • 9 Fast-Food Beverages to Avoid

    by Brynn Mannino

    We recently created a list of " Fast-Food Items You Should Never Eat," but stacked burgers, extra-large sandwiches and loaded platters only account for some of the fast-food calories you're likely to consume. Often, it's your drink selection that turns a meal from a small indulgence into a caloric nightmare. Not only are the extra-large sodas dreadful for your waistline-a 64-oz soda from KFC, for example, can have as many as 850 calories-but specialty drinks, from White Castle's chocolate shake to Subway's iced tea, are also shockingly caloric. Find out which are some of the worst diet-derailing drinks around, so you know what to steer clear of on your next trip through the drive-thru.

    White Castle: Chocolate Shake

    Calories: 1350
    Despite being served in whopping 44-oz. portions, this ice cream drink offered in the Cincinnati area (yes, White Castle changes its ingredients by region), may sound relatively innocent. But slurp on this: You're better off

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  • 8 Reasons Not to Buy the More Expensive Option

    by Kimberly Fusaro

    Among shoppers across the country, it's often believed that when faced with a more- and less-expensive price on a type of product, the pricier of the two is always going to be of better quality. However, as tempting as it may be to spend more for what you may perceive as the "superior" product, it's not always necessary. Don't believe us? We found eight everyday items that prove sometimes "buying down" is the better option.

    Organic Food

    No matter where you are in the grocery store-dairy cooler, freezer case, produce aisle-there's no need to reach for name-brand organic goods. "The store brand is cheaper, and must abide by the same government standards," says Teri Gault, founder of The Grocery Game, a website that's dedicated to helping members save hundreds of dollars a month on groceries. Unless a name-brand product is on sale, buying the store brand can save you as much as 50%. Photo: iStock

    Check out 15 reasons not to buy organic.

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  • 3 Surprising Teeth Stainers

    by Abigail L. Cuffey3 Surprising Teeth Stainers3 Surprising Teeth Stainers

    When it comes to less-than-pearly whites, coffee's not the only culprit. Watch out for these little-known teeth tainters, says Cynthia Sherwood, DDS, a spokeswoman for the Academy of General Dentistry:

    White Wine
    It's actually more acidic than red-and acid breaks down tooth enamel, making it more likely to absorb color from food or drinks. That means if you drink white wine while enjoying, say, a plate of berries, your teeth are at risk. No need to nix the vino entirely; just alternate with sips of water to avoid unsightly marks.

    See 10 ways to get (or fake) whiter teeth.

    Orange Juice
    Also acidic, it's especially damaging when paired with a dark beverage (like coffee). Daily cups of OJ can also leave your mouth more prone to stains because the acid continues to break down enamel over time. Lower the acidity level a little (and save calories) by diluting your juice with water or seltzer.

    If you're a competitive swimmer

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  • 8 Things You Should Never Say to Your Husband

    by Denise Schipani

    One of the best parts about marriage is being so comfortable with your hubby that you can say just about anything to him. But if you don't watch your mouth, sometimes the ugly truth comes out in hurtful-not helpful--ways. Though you may have legitimate concerns to express or issues to bring up, doing so in a harsh manner can be damaging in the long term, to both your husband's feelings and your relationship. According to Judy Ford, psychotherapist and author of Every Day Love, "Speaking kindly is a skill that couples have to learn. Everyone feels battered by life and the outside world. You shouldn't feel that way at home." Here, nine statements that you should never utter to your significant other--and the words that you should try instead.

    1. "You're just like your father.

    "This is just a no-no," says Julie Orlov, psychotherapist, speaker and author of The Pathway to Love. "It's nasty and belittling, and it gets at his fear that he may be exhibiting the

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  • Start Your Own Business in 5 Steps

    by Daisy Chan

    You've got your money-making idea-now you just need a road map for success. From how to draft a business plan to landing interested investors, learn the basics of beginning your entrepreneurial journey.

    Step 1: Put together a detailed business plan.

    The more thorough it is, the smoother your launch will be. One key component you'll want to analyze as closely as possible is your company's projected financials. You need to consider two types of costs: fixed (rent, utilities, administrative costs, insurance, etc.) and variable (product inventory, shipping, packaging, etc.). Write them all down to see what kind of money you'll need.

    Starting a consulting company could cost as little as a few hundred dollars for a simple website and some business cards. A basic online business selling products can cost anywhere from $15,000 to $25,000, plus any employee salaries, says Marilyn Landis, president and CEO of Basic Business Concepts, a Pittsburgh firm that

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  • 7 Things You Didn’t Know About Your Taste Buds

    by Amanda Greene

    7 Things You Didn't Know About Your Taste Buds7 Things You Didn't Know About Your Taste BudsYou probably already know that your taste buds have something to do with your food preferences, but you'll likely be surprised to learn how deeply those preferences are rooted in your body's survival instincts. We spoke to the experts to learn more about taste buds, and uncovered loads of surprising information, from how pregnancy can affect taste to why some people have more sensitive palates. Read on to learn seven surprising facts about taste buds.

    1. You can't see your taste buds.
    Those bumps you see on your tongue when you say "ahh"? They aren't taste buds. "Those round projections are called fungiform papillae and each has an average of six taste buds buried inside its surface tissue," says Linda Bartoshuk, PhD, director of human research at the University of Florida Center for Smell and Taste. Specialized taste receptors inside the taste buds allow us to distinguish sweet, salty, sour and bitter-and a possible fifth taste called umami, which has a

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  • 9 Boardwalk-Inspired Recipes

    by Staff

    If you can't make it out to the boardwalk this season, bring the boardwalk home in the form of these nine delicious recipes. Whether you're missing out on hearty sausage and pepper sandwiches, tempting fried-dough treats or refreshing Italian ices, these fun recreations mimic the flavors of the beloved eats served along the seashore, and will give you-and your taste buds-a reason to celebrate summer.

    Melon Granitas Recipe

    Melon Granitas RecipeMelon Granitas RecipeIncredibly colorful and refreshing, this fruity granita is a terrific all-natural alternative to store-bought ices and sorbets. If you're planning to serve it at a party, don't waste time portioning it out-create a few big batches and serve them in the pan, allowing guests to scrape their own.

    Recipe Ingredients:

    • 1/2 cup sugar
    • 3 lb honeydew, cantaloupe or watermelon, rind removed, seeded and cut into 1-in. pieces (about 4 cups total)

    Recipe Preparation:

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  • 4 Steps to Making Smarter Decisions

    by Emilie Lyons

    decision makingdecision makingEvery day you are faced with hundreds of decisions: You decide what to make for breakfast, how to react to coworkers and whether or not to indulge in a slice of chocolate cake. Yet it's not until after the choice has been made that you discover how wrong it was. For example, the stomachache that resulted from saying "yes" to cake is one indication that you may have chosen poorly; another could be the dissatisfaction youfeel when you discover option B had a better outcome in the long run. But just because you've made some wrong picks in the past doesn't mean you are destined to make them for the rest of your life. The next time you're contemplating what to do, stick to the following tips from our decision-making experts, and you can ward off regret for good. Photo credit: Tim Robberts/Getty Images

    1. Think about what's most important to you.
    We all choose our choices for a variety of reasons, including running out of time, not wanting to consider an

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  • 8 Foods that Help You Live Longer

    by Alexandra Gekas

    If you're tired of reading about must-eat superfoods that are hard to find-and even harder to pronounce; (hello, açai berry and quinoa)-take heart: Your pantry may hold more superpowered wonders than you realize! From chocolate and coffee to red wine and walnuts, the following eight amazing everyday foods can help improve your health.

    Good news for all the chocoholics out there: Cocoa just might be one of the heart-healthiest foods around! A 2011 Harvard study found that organic compounds called flavonoids that are contained in cacao (the bean used to make chocolate) are associated with reduced blood pressure as well as improved blood vessel health, cholesterol levels and general blood flow. "All of these things are protective against heart disease," says Eric Ding, PhD, conductor of the study and a professor of nutrition and epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health. "But the HDL findings-the increase in good cholesterol-nobody knew

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