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Tricks Restaurants Use to Pad the Tab

Everyone knows that the cheapest way to eat is to do it at home. The consumer who “dines in” can control the ingredients, quality and timing of the meal. Calorie conscious folks can keep track of their intake without being tempted by the chocolate lava cake. It’s a win-win. The restaurant industry brings in an estimated $123 billion dollars a year in the U.S. alone. Dining out is fun but knowledge of how you are being manipulated with the tricks restaurants use to pad the tab can make you a savvier diner. Tricks Restaurants Use Convenience: Frequent restaurant patrons surveyed by Cornell University said that they would eat almost all of their meals at home…if someone else did the shopping. When you add in the time and effort to schlep to the store for basil a trip to Denny’s...

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Retailers that Benefit in the New Economy

Retailers that benefit in the new economy aren’t always the dollar stores and other bargain basement discounters. Instead, the dismal economy is giving a big sales boost to some unlikely stores. Decidedly high-end stores that cater to an affluent demographic are actually doing well in today’s new economy. Costco Wholesale Corporation (COST)–The king of club stores is doing extremely well these days, with revenue that increased 14% in the last year. That revenue reflects a real increase in sales; Costco’s net sales were up by 7% in January. At the same time Walmart reported a sales increase of just 1%. Discounters Family Dollar and Dollar General reported falling sales. So what’s behind Costco’s surge in such a tough economy? The most likely cause is that a lot of upper income people are belt-tightening, expecting higher taxes or an economic downturn. Those people...

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Simple Ways To Eat Healthy And Save Money On Grocery Bills

Food prices have been rising and will likely continue to rise, so what if there was a way to eat healthy and save money on grocery bills, lose weight and improve life expectancy all at the same time? A new study from the University of Illinois has concluded that it is possible to cut grocery bills while improving your life. The new research which has been corroborated by a number of subsequent studies suggests a new diet that flies in the face of conventional wisdom. According to the study, targeted fasting at certain times of the week can increase life expectancy, reduce cholesterol and improve blood sugar levels, all while saving on grocery bills. The idea is to restrict your diet to just 500 calories on 2 days of the week (600 if you’re a man). The best thing...

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Budweiser Accused of Watering Down Beer

The company that advertisers itself as the King of Beers, Budweiser is accused of watering down beer that it produces. The company has been hit with a lawsuit that could hurt its reputation and send beer drinkers into believing, ‘This Bud’s Not for You!’ The watery beer allegations can hurt Anheuser-Busch because it relies heavily on traditional beer brands like Michelob and Budweiser, which have been losing share in the U.S. A sign of just how weak the brewer’s position is can be seen by the fact that it was trumpeting a 0.2% increase in sales in the U.S. market in the Fourth Quarter of 2012. That’s right — a .2% sales increase is good news for the world’s largest brewer. Bud Stock Not Watered Down Any drop in sales caused by watery beer charges can hurt Bud’s sales,...

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