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While most people love summer, and all the water activities that come with it, there are plenty of people who dread it. Why? Because that means they’ll have to put on a bathing suit.

A new poll by Planet Fitness finds that 86% of Americans have one major worry during the summer, and for 24% of those people, that worry is being seen in a swimsuit. That fear is so great, it rivals the possibility of seeing a shark (13%).

So, just how much do people hate bathing suits? Well, 46% of people say they’d rather speak in public than wear a swimsuit. What’s more, 27% of people say just the thought of shopping for a suit gives them anxiety, with 56-million people saying they’d rather get a sunburn if that meant they could avoid shopping for a bathing suit.

Source: Business Insider

Judging by how crowded stores like Sam’s Club often are, a lot of people love buying in bulk, but are you always getting a good deal when you buy items in such large quantities?

Well, when it comes to food, there are definitely some things that are better purchases than others, simply because items will likely go bad before you even come close to finishing them. But some items have a longer shelf-life and now some food experts are revealing the best, and worst, food items to buy in bulk.

Food items that are good to buy in bulk include: 

  • Mixed Nuts – Since nuts tend to last six to eight months in the pantry, and up to two years in the freezer, buying a large quantity can pay off.
  • Dried Pasta – Both pasta and rice can last up to two years in your pantry
  • Condiments – Bottled condiments, especially ones high in sugar or salt, can last a long time, which makes buying ketchup, vinegar or molasses, hood buys.
  • Butter – Butter can last up to six months in the fridge, and even longer if you keep it in a Ziploc to keep it from absorbing odors. It also can last up to a year in the freezer.

Food items that are you shouldn’t to buy in bulk include:

  • Spices – Dry spices last about two years, but unless you use a spice all the time there’s a better chance of them becoming “dull and lifeless" before you finish them.
  • Leafy Greens – They wilt fast, so unless you eat huge salads for every meal, you’ll probably wind up throwing out a lot of lettuce.
  • Fresh Fruit – Most go bad too quickly to be worth buying.
  • Most Baking Supplies – Baking items like baking powder, flour and yeast will likely go bad before they are used. Flour can only last about a year.
  • Fresh Fish – Seafood only lasts about two days in the fridge, so unless you are making fish for a party, or freezing a lot of fish, it isn’t likely to last.

Source: Today

If it seems to you like you’ve been getting more robocalls than ever before, you’re apparently not alone.

According to the FCC, consumers received more than 18-billion robocalls last year, which is a 75% increase from the year prior. And people are certainly getting annoyed, with the FCC receiving over 200,000 complaints about robocalls, which make up about 60% of all complaints received.

And things could be even worse, depending on where you live. A recent Youmail report reveals that Atlanta is the state that gets the most robocalls, with 183-million coming last month alone. Other states inundated with calls include Dallas (97 mil), Miami (93 mil) and New York (88 mil).

And these robocalls are more than just annoying, A study found that about 25-million Americans were scammed by robocalls last year, translating to about $9-billion.

Source: CBS News

If getting a balance inquiry from the ATM sends you into a panic, it’s time to get a grip on your cash flow. We all worry about our finances sometimes, but you can reduce your money worries by trying these tips.

  • Spend a week paying for things in cash only - Swiping your debit card is so easy, but paying with cash helps you see where your money goes. Being aware of your daily spending habits helps you find more opportunities to save.
  • Stop following the markets every single day - If you’ve invested, you need to step back and let your diversified strategy do it’s thing. Watching the gains and losses every day can make you crazy, so try to limit yourself to three times a week.
  • Spend socially rather than on material things - Shelling out for experiences is scientifically proven to make you happier than spending on things.
  • Employ a financial expert - Having a financial planner to set a more accurate budget and identify where your money could work harder for you can help ease your anxiety about your finances.
  • Set aside some “mad” money - Some expenses you can’t avoid, like housing and groceries, but it’s important to give yourself a little room to treat yourself, too. If you feel guilty for spending, add a regular “expense” to your budget so you can pay yourself a little every month and you can spend it or save it up over time for a bigger splurge, without all the anxiety.

Source: PureWow

Parents and their little ones love baby food pouches and pre-pureed fruits and veggies seem like a smart way to get kids to eat more produce. The pouches are healthier than chips or cookies and we can keep them in the diaper bag, which makes them super convenient. So what’s the downside? They’re just not a replacement for real fruits and vegetables.

Baby food pouches make up 25% of the baby food market in the U.S., according to Nielsen’s Total Food View. The popular snacks are often made with trendy ingredients like Greek yogurt and kale and can get picky eaters to take in essential vitamins and nutrients, but Dr. Robin Jacobson, a pediatrician, warns that they keep kids from learning how to eat different textures and how to chew foods.

“They don’t learn to eat a diet,” Jacobson explains. “They learn to drink a diet.”

Most pouches have “fruit juice concentrate” or “fruit puree” as the first ingredient, so they’re really sweet. And registered dietitian Jaclyn London, the Good Housekeeping Institute Nutrition Director says that the sweet taste of pouches primes kids for trouble eating plain veggies later on. Plus, they’re not getting the fiber they would from eating actual fruits and vegetables.

But busy parents don’t have to just throw in the pouch. Experts say it’s best to stick to one pouch a day and save them for your busiest times to make it most convenient. And try to feed real food as often as possible so they get used to eating new foods and flavors.

Source: Woman's Day

We know using sunscreen and serums on our skin helps us ease into the aging process, but what we eat can make a difference as well. Foods high in collagen can make it easier for our bodies to repair and rebuild skin cells, so we get smooth, wrinkle-free skin. So along with avoiding excessive caffeine and sugar, here are some foods to add to your daily diet to help your body fight wrinkles from the inside out.

  • Garlic - The delicious herb is full of antioxidants called polyphenols, which protect the skin from free radicals, the unstable molecules that break down collagen.
  • Raspberries - Berries have more antioxidants than any other fruit or veggie and antioxidants protect against wrinkle-causing skin damage.
  • Olive oil - This healthy oil is packed with oleic acid, which keeps skin soft. And the vitamin E and polyphenols help skin look young.
  • Salmon - The same omega-3 fatty acids that are good for your heart also keep cell membranes fluid so skin stays smooth and youthful.
  • Beans - An Australian study found that people who eat the most beans, fish, vegetables, and olive oils have the fewest wrinkles.

Source: MyDomaine

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