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No matter how much you’re trying to save money by cutting back on purchases, most people will give in to the impulse buy now and again. You know, that thing you didn’t know you wanted or needed until you saw it on the store shelf. Well, it turns out all those impulse buys are costing people A LOT of money.

A new survey finds that Americans spend about $450 a month on impulse buys, which comes out to $5,400 a year and about $324,000 through the course of their life. Overall,  20% of people admit to making purchases impulsively, with the top impulse buys being:

  • food and groceries
  • clothing
  • household items
  • takeout
  • shoes  

So why are so many people shopping impulsively? Well, 64% say they make impulse buys because of a deal that’s offered, while 40% do it because they got a coupon in the mail, 33% are motivated by a coupon via email, and 21% shop impulsively when they are online.

Source: Yahoo Finance

While Las Vegas is known as Sin City, Nevada isn’t the only place in the country where people get a bit wild, and maybe even nasty. People in all states have their various vices, although there’s no doubt some states are way more sinful than others. 

Well, WalletHub has just come out with their list of the Most Sinful States in the Country, judging states on 38 key indicators that fall into seven categories – Anger & Hatred, Jealousy, Excesses and Vices, Lust, Vanity and Laziness.

So, which state is the most sinful? Well, that would be Florida, with a WalletHub Vice Index of 57.27 out of 100. Florida ranks number one for jealousy, and in the Top Ten for lust, vanity and laziness, although they are low on the list for excesses and vices, at 44.

Top Ten Most Sinful States in the U.S.

  1. Florida
  2. California
  3. Nevada
  4. Texas
  5. Georgia
  6. Tennessee
  7. Illinois
  8. Michigan
  9. Arkansas
  10. Louisiana 

Source: WalletHub

When you’re looking to lose weight, low-carb, like keto and low-fat, like DASH diets are popular choices. And followers of each side seem to feel pretty passionately about their chosen healthy eating plan, but according to new research, it might not really matter which one you go with.

A new Stanford University study followed 609 men and women, who were randomly put on either a low-carb or low-fat diet and were asked to stick to it for a year. For the first eight weeks, they were asked to limit carb or fat intake to 20 grams a day, depending on which diet they were on. That’s pretty low, but after eight weeks, they were allowed to add back in fat or carbs and were told to find a balance they thought they could live with forever.

And after a year, those on the low-fat diet were eating about 57 grams a day, and people in the low-carb group were up to about 132 carbs a day. So which group lost the most weight? It turns out, each person in both groups lost an average of 13 pounds.

Both groups were encouraged to eat healthy, they didn’t just cut back on carbs or fat and eat junk the rest of the time. But with results so similar, the right diet for your weight loss may just be the one that you’ll want to stick to. If you can’t live without your daily avocado, don’t do low-fat, maybe keto is better for you. And if not, there are no shortage of low-fat diets out there.

Source: Women's Health

Being passed over for a promotion at work can be a discouraging setback and it might leave you wondering why you didn’t get chosen. But you don’t have to overanalyze what you could’ve done differently, writer and entrepreneur Daniel Wesley explains these are the most common reasons managers don’t promote employees, or regret doing it afterwards.

"In the many years since I started my first company, I've had my fair share of experience promoting people," Wesley explains. "Some of the people I've promoted from within have made me infinitely proud, but others have filled me with regret. The difference between them? Some wanted a fancier title; some actually wanted to succeed long-term."

These are the four reasons he says your promotion didn’t pan out:

  • You refuse to accommodate your team - Growing a business or leading a team requires sacrificing personal time and energy, Wesley says, adding, “Selfishness is a huge red flag.”
  • You act like a buddy instead of a leader - A good leader will encourage open, honest communication, but knows how to keep it office-appropriate.
  • You don't believe in the company itself - Even if you’re the top rock-star employee in the company, if you don’t think it has a future, nothing they pay you can change that.
  • You can't maintain focus - Being a great leader means handling last-minute developments and communicating with clarity, it’s not good for the company if you can’t stay focused while doing that.

Source: MyDomaine

Parenting is packed with highs and lows, from those adorable toothless grins to the battle to potty train your toddler. But sometimes when your little one is in the middle of a meltdown in the supermarket checkout line, you need a little reminder about those parenting positives. So here are some studies showing the research-backed benefits of motherhood to remind you why it’s all worth it.

  • Moms may be more productive at work - A study from the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis finds that moms are more productive than their childless coworkers, and that those with at least two kids were the most productive of all. Go mamas!
  • Moms may have better memories - Moms may be forgetful during pregnancy, thanks to “baby brain,” but after the kids are born, moms may actually have improved memories. Researchers from Carlos Albizu University in Miami found mothers performed as well or better on visuospatial memory experiments than women without kids, which helps us scan the environment to find that choking hazard Lego hat.
  • Moms may have a lower risk for certain types of cancer - A study from Oxford University finds that a woman’s risk for ovarian cancer decreases with each child she has and several studies show a link between pregnancy, breastfeeding and a lower risk for breast cancer.
  • Moms may have a reduced risk for diabetes - A 30-year study published in the JAMA Internal Medicine journalshows that moms who breastfeed for six months or longer slashed their chance of developing diabetes by 47%. Mom who did it for less time also saw risk cut by 23%. Researchers think hormones involved in lactation could affect insulin and blood sugar levels.
  • Parents may live longer - Swedish researchers tracked close to 1.5-million folks and found that being a parent could increase the chance of living longer. The study shows that mothers could live up to one-and-a-half years longer than those without kids. Good news for those of us who want to stick around to see our grandkids grow up!

Source: PureWow

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