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These days you’re more likely to see someone pull out their credit or debit card than cash when making a purchase, which can certainly slow down a checkout line, but that process may start going a little quicker now, thanks to a new move by credit cards. 

Beginning April 14th, major credit cards Mastercard, Visa, American Express and Discover will no longer require customers to sign receipts for purchases used with credit and debit cards. While some stores already allow you to forgo the signature, especially for purchases under a certain amount of money, this is the first time card companies are collectively saying they no longer need your John Hancock, although some will require an EMV chip be on a card in order to allow a signature-less purchase.

According to Mastercard, which was the first major credit card to end the signature requirement, their research shows people believe the payment process and checkout lines will move along quicker without the signature, which is what both merchants and consumers want. 

Now if you’re worried about security, companies say you shouldn’t be. The encryption inside the EMV chip on most cards, along with other measures, make buying with a credit card a lot safer these days.

Source: USA Today


This year, Tax Day - that deadline for submitting your individual tax returns for 2017 - is Tuesday, April 17. And while it’s not a day most people look forward to, some retailers want to treat customers on Tax Day, so here are some freebies and special offers to make the dreaded day a little better.

  • Char-Broil 5 Burner Performance Gas Grill - This grill usually sells for $199, but Lowe’s will have it marked down $50 from April 12-17.
  • Free Paper Shredding at Office Depot/OfficeMax - Now through April 28 you can bring in as much as five pounds of documents to shred - for free - just bring this coupon with you or show it on your smartphone.
  • Great American Cookies - Visit one of the cookie chain locations in malls all over the U.S. on Tax Day to get a free Cookies and Cream cookie.
  • Schlotzsky's - The sandwich chain will offer customers a free small “The Original” sandwich with the purchase of a drink and chips on Tax Day.
  • Zeel - This app delivers same-day, in-home massages from legit licensed massage therapists and you can save $20 when you book your first one using the code TAXDAY2018 throughout the month of April.

Source: Moneyish


There’s always some new diet making its rounds with big claims of big results, and this time it’s called the Snake Diet. It was created by Cole Robinson, a trainer who says on the diet’s website that the Snake Diet works by following the eating habits of a snake, so you eat a huge meal and then live off it for a while.

In videos on Robinson’s YouTube channel, he claims the Snake Diet can cure type 2 diabetes, herpes, and inflammation, and even make you more productive. All you have to do is follow the diet’s three-pronged approach.Phase One is a 48-hour fast that uses apple cider vinegar and “snake juice” - something the site calls an “essential mineral replacement” to help “clear your liver of toxins.” Phase Two includes “flexible fasting routines” and Phase Three is about “maintenance” and listening to your body’s hunger cues.

So is the Snake Diet safe? That’s a big no. “I would not recommend it to anyone for even a short-term trial, as it is not based on any clear evidence nor does it have any clinical evidence that is peer-reviewed to support the program,” says registered dietitian Julie Upton. Not only that, she says it would be “nearly impossible” for anyone to follow for a significant amount of time.” So maybe just skip the Snake Diet and wait for the next new thing.

Source: Women's Health


If you’re past the age of 22, you’re probably well aware of how hard it can be to make friends as a grown up. Something that came so naturally as kids becomes a big challenge as an adult. And now science has figured out just how long it really takes to make friends.

New research from the University of Kansas shows getting to be friends with someone new takes an incredibly long time. Professor Jeffrey Hall lead the study and explains, “It takes roughly 50 hours of time together to move from mere acquaintance to casual friend, 90 hours to go from that stage to simple ‘friend’ status, and more than 200 hours before you can consider someone your close friend.”

So no wonder it feels so hard to make meaningful friends. When was the last time you spent 200 hours hanging out with someone cultivating a new friendship? But as busy as everyone is today, we still need our close personal relationships. Research has shown that having friends can help us live longer, keep our minds sharper, and of course, they have our backs when life gets tough, so it’s worth the hard work to develop friendships.

"We have to put that time in," Hall explains. "You can't snap your fingers and make a friend. Maintaining close relationships is the most important work we do in our lives — most people on their deathbeds agree." So it takes a long time, but it’s worth every second.

Source: Hello Giggles


Every Easter for the last few years, the folks at Just Born, makers of the iconic Peeps candy, have come out with a special edition of the marshmallow chicks covered in white sugar and they’ve kept the flavor a mystery for fans to try to identify. This year they did it again and the taste testers at the “Daily Meal” tried three boxes of Mystery Peeps and didn’t do so well at guessing the flavors.

Now that the 2018 Mystery Peeps flavors have been revealed, here’s what the real flavors are and what the guys at the magazine got wrong:

  • Flavor #1 - Their guess: Mint, Real Flavor: Root Beer Float. These two flavors seem pretty unrelated, but the tasters seemed to confuse the sassafras of root beer floats for the bite of spearmint. Each tester said this flavor was like marshmallow with hints of conversation hearts and kids’ toothpaste, but it was just ice cream and root beer.
  • Flavor #2 - Their guess: Lemon-Lime, Real Flavor: Lemonade. This time the taste testers came close to guessing the actual flavor, they were just leaning to citrus-y soda flavors like Sprite and Mountain Dew instead of good old lemonade.
  • Flavor #3 - Their guess: Sour Gummy Worms, Real Flavor: Blue Raspberry. They were kind of right with this one, because some gummy worms are blue raspberry flavored. And at least they got the fruit element right.

Source: The Daily Meal

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