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It’s safe to say most people are guilty of running into a store to pick up one or two things and coming out with a whole cart full of items they've spent way too much money on. Well, you may be happy to know that it isn’t necessarily your fault. In fact, stores are counting on you to spend more than you initially planned, and they have several tricks they use to get you to do just that. 

So, what should you look out for next time you shop to keep yourself from buying more than you need? Well, here are some store tricks to keep an eye out for on your next shopping run:

  • They put a big, bold “sale” sign in the window – Come on, who can resist a good sale.
  • They tell you it’s a “limited time” offer – Better shop now or you’ll miss out on a good deal.
  • They greet you with big shopping carts – The more room you have in your cart, the more you’ll buy.
  • They put baked goods and flowers in the front of a store – The bright colors and smells will make folks happy, because if they’re in a good mood, they’ll shop more.
  • Calm music is strategically chosen – Calming music will make shoppers slow down, and the longer they are in the store, the more they will likely buy.
  • Store layouts change as often as once a month – By rearranging a store, customers are forced to wander, which could get them to find something new to buy.
  • Free samples tempt you to buy more – Everyone loves a free sample, especially stores because people who eat them often feel guilty and then buy the product.
  • The checkout is stocked with tempting items – It’s the perfect place for those last minute impulse buys.
  • They offer free shipping after spending a certain amount – People are most likely to spend more money just to avoid that shipping charge.

Click here to find out more tricks stores use to get you to spend more.

Source: Money

Nobody likes to sound like they are out of touch, especially brands trying to sell their products to teens, but keeping up with the latest slang words certainly isn’t easy. Just when you think you’ve gotten a handle on what words are “cool,” Gen Z goes and changes them, making you sound ancient.

So, what slang words are teens no longer using? Well, Business Insider polled some teens to find out what words are so yesterday, along with some of the words that have replaced them, so if you want to sound hip to your teenager, you better listen up.

Outdated slang words include:

  • “Swag” - Once used to describe someone who is cool, teens say that word hasn’t been cool since 2012. Now if something is cool, teens will use the word “Lit,” although it’s more likely to be used to describe a situation or thing rather than a person. 
  • “Bae” – It used to be the trendy way to talk about ones significant other, but it’s been overused. There isn’t actually a replacement word, although the word "bruh” is a way to describe a friend using something other than their name.
  • “YOLO” – Thanks to Drake, teens used YOLO to mean, “You only live once,” a way to refer to seizing the day. But now, thanks to DJ Khaled, they use “key” or “major key” to describe something that’s important. 
  • “Rad” – This word for cool hasn’t been popular since the 1990s. Instead, teens use the word “chill” to say something’s cool. 
  • “Gnarly” – Another word for cool, but this one hasn’t been popular since the 70s and 80s. A better term to use is “dope.”
  • “Savage” – Used to describe someone who acts without restraint, a trait that folks admire. This type of person usually does things that others are scared to do. Unfortunately, most teens don’t use that word anymore. They suggest using the word “oof,” to express sympathy for a friend who possibly got hurt by the “savage" individual.
  • “On Fleek” – Used to describe something or someone that’s perfect, although these days teens use the term “GOAT,” as in “greatest of all time” in such situations. 

Source: Business Insider

While July 4th falls in the middle of the week this year, which means most people won’t be getting a long holiday weekend, that isn’t stopping folks from traveling for the Independence Day holiday.

In case you missed it, the AAA reports that a record 46.9-million Americans will travel 50 miles or more over the July 4th holiday, which is 5% more than last year, and the highest amount in the 18 years AAA has been tracking holiday travelers.

Overall, road trips will be the most popular form of travel over the holiday, with 39.7-million people hitting the road, up 5.1% from last year. In addition, for the ninth year in a row, air travel is up, with 3.8-million people flying to their destination, up 7.9% from last year. Other forms of travel, like trains, buses and cruise ships, are also up with 3.5-million using those modes of transport, up 5.8%. 

Of course with all those people hitting the road, there’s going to be a lot of traffic. The AAA warns that Tuesday, July 3rd in the late afternoon will be the worst time for road congestion, and traffic will likely be the worst in Los Angeles, New York and Washington, DC.

Source: AAA

Losing weight is a marathon that’s made up of a million healthy choices we make every day. And to drop pounds, we have to do the work, which means working out regularly, consistently eating healthy foods, and being diligent. And to give us a little boost, here are some simple and effective tips from experts to help us shed the weight for good.

  • Train in the morning - The time of day you train can affect the amount of calories you burn. Doing fasted cardio in the morning helps you burn more fat because your glycogen stores are depleted, so your body uses fat for energy.
  • Train with higher intensity - Your body is constantly trying to meet energy demands during high-intensity training and once your sweat sesh is over, you’ll notice your heart rate and breathing go back to normal, creating an “oxygen debt.” And that oxygen debt will raise your metabolism for up to 24 hours.
  • Eat protein - When you’re trying to lose weight, protein is one of the best foods to eat. Aim for 20 to 30 grams of high-quality protein every three to four hours.
  • Implement a calorie deficit - A pound weighs around 3,500 calories, so if you eat 500 less calories than you burn every day for a week, you can drop a pound in one week.
  • Do steady-state cardio - Add steady-state cardio to your strength-training program to switch up the intensity of your workouts and keep you from getting burned out, while helping burn greater amounts of fat.
  • Don't lose weight too quickly - With weight loss, it’s slow and steady for the win. Try not to lose more than two pounds in a week so you maintain muscle mass.

Source: PopSugar

Most of us would love to have less stress in our lives and we spend a lot of time and energy trying to achieve that. But the fix could be easier than we thought, because research shows having a cat can reduce stress, as well as reduce your risk of having a stroke or heart attack by a third.

A 2009 study looked at data from 4,000 people between the ages of 30 and 75 for a 10-year period. About half were current or former cat owners and the other half never had a feline. Researchers found cat owners, overall, had a 30% lower risk of dying from a heart attack or stroke compared to people who didn't own a cat, even when accounting for lifestyle factors like smoking, diabetes, heart health, and cholesterol levels.

So what’s so great about owning a cat? The study’s lead researcher says he and his team were surprised by their findings as well, but say “the logical explanation” is that being a cat owner eases stress and anxiety, which then lowers their risk of heart disease. Petting the cat could help cut stress hormones and being connected to the pet can help cat owners cope with stress and not feel so lonely.

But if you’re totally not a cat person and just never will be, there’s all kinds of research showing similar benefits to having and interacting with a dog. A 2017 study also found that owning a dog is linked with a lower risk of cardiovascular disease. So either way, having a pet cat or a dog is good for your health.

Source: Elite Daily

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