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While most people love to give gifts to others, the truth is we really love to give gifts to ourselves even more. In fact, new data reveals that Americans will spend $143,280 to “treat themselves” over their lifetime.

Of course, what constitutes treating yourself means different things to different people. While some will spend money on things like spas or a great handbag, 60% would rather treat themselves to a luxury experience than an item. Overall, Americans are okay spending about $199 a month, or 22% of their disposable income, on either “self care” treatments, or luxury experiences, with the average American seeing no problem spending $368 on a one-time experience, like say a backstage pass to meet their favorite artist.

A person’s responsibilities also play a role in how much they are willing to spend to treat themselves. Those under 25, who may not necessarily have as many expenses, will spend an average of 33% of their income treating themselves, while those over 55 will only spend about 13%.

  • And while people treat themselves in order to feel better, many actually feel the exact opposite, with the survey finding that 75% feel guilty about spending money on themselves, although they are twice as guilty treating themselves to something material than on an experience. As for why they think treating themselves to experiences are worth it, the top reasons include:
  • To treat myself
  • To do something special with a friend/partner
  • To share the experience via social media
  • To brag about it to my friends
  • To avoid inconvenience (i.e. lines, crowds)

Source: New York Post

While most people go to fast food restaurants to eat the food they’ve loved for years, many chains will still try and introduce new items hoping to get folks to spend more, or maybe attract new customers. Unfortunately, not every menu addition has worked over the years. Some, in fact, have been huge failures.

Well, Business Insider has just come out with a list of the biggest fast food menu flops of all time. You may be surprised anyone thought they’d work in the first place.

Flops include:

  • McDonald’s Hula Burger – Introduced in 1960, the pineapple-and-cheese "burger" was created to compete with Filet-o-Fish, and give Catholics something to eat other than meat on Friday.
  • McDonald’s McDLT – It was basically a burger with the lettuce and tomato in a separate Styrofoam container for “maximum freshness.” Environmental activists weren’t down with the extra packaging and it was off the menu by 1991.
  • McDonald’s Arch Deluxe – One of McDonald’s most expensive failures, the burger with Arch sauce, a mustard-mayo combination, was discontinued in the late 90s.
  • McDonald’s McSpaghetti – The burger company tried to add spaghetti to the menu in the 70s but it's no longer available in the U.S., although you can still get it in the Philippines.
  • Taco Bell Waffle Taco – Introduced in 2013, these were basically eggs and sausage inside a waffle, although they didn’t last.
  • Taco Bell Seafood Salad - Launched in the 1980s as an answer to the McDonald’s Filet-O-Fish, customers did not like the shrimp, whitefish, and snow crab mix.
  • Burger King Enormous Omelet Sandwich – Introduced in 2005, the breakfast sandwich was discontinued over health concerns, thanks to its 330 milligrams of cholesterol and 1,940 milligrams of sodium.
  • Burger King Satisfries – Burger King tried to introduce an alternative to their fattening fries, but failed, and they were discontinued in 2014.
  • Wendy’s Frescata – A deli sandwich that only lasted a year because of bad sales.
  • Dominos Oreo Dessert Pizza – Introduced in 2007, this sweet pizza was quickly pulled because it was well, too sweet.

Click here to check out some more fast food failures.

Source: Business Insider

While most of us use our credit cards when we go out shopping, these days doing so hasn’t been so safe. In the past year, there have been at least 15 separate security breaches with retailers, thanks to payment systems, either online or in stores.

This can be seriously bad news for already struggling retailers, with a recent poll finding that 19% of customers would stop shopping at a store after a breach, and another 33% would take an extended break.

Should you be worried that your account was compromised? The following stores have had breaches in the past year, so if you’ve shopped at any of them, you may want to keep an eye on your accounts.

Retailers that have experienced data breaches include:

  • Macy’s
  • Adidas
  • Sears
  • Kmart
  • Delta Airlines
  • Best Buy
  • Sax Fifth Avenue
  • Lord & Taylor
  • Under Armor
  • Panera Bread
  • Forever 21
  • Sonic
  • Whole Foods
  • Gamestop
  • Arby's

Source: Business Insider

Is there anything better than McDonald’s French Fries? Well, how about free McDonald’s French Fries?

Believe it or not, you can now get free French Fries at McDonald’s every Friday through the end of the year, and it won’t take much of an effort to get them. From now until December 30th, the chain is giving a free medium fries with every purchase of more than one dollar.

Of course, there is a tiny bit more to it. In order to get the freebies, you’ll have to download the McDonald’s app, and place your order with the option for “Add Deal to Mobile Order.” Then all you have to do is pay for your order and choose your pick up location and the fries are yours.

Source: Bustle

Most of us aren’t lucky enough to travel in first class, so we’ve learned not to expect much from in-flight dining, but according to a post on the question-and-answer site Quora, maybe we should skip the plane food altogether. UserShreyas P. claims to have been a flight attendant for five major airlines and warns about the “very unhealthy” airline meals in the thread, even if you get the vegan or raw option.

"The food on your tray is prepared not in the galley but in the aircraft catering which is often done 12 hours before and even days before the aircraft departure," Shreyas writes. "Now, how many such industries do you know where the hot or cold meal was made days before you consume it?"

She also warns to be wary of your breakfast, explaining that the scrambled egg or omelet isn’t just egg, but a mix of egg and other substitute. And it turns out even the fruit isn’t safe. “That cut fruit which is on your tray still looks fresh and how is that possible when it was cut hours before the departure.”

Because altitude affects taste buds, Shreyas P. claims airline catering really pumps up the spices, salt, and fats - “all to make your mouth happy.” She points out that’s one of the reasons the cabin crew brings their own food on board instead. So consider yourselves warned.

Source: Business Insider

If you’re the one who usually washes the dishes in your family, listen up. Our hands go through a lot and that ages them faster than almost any other body part. And even if your face doesn’t give away your real age, the damaged skin on your hands can blow your cover quick. So try these handy pointers to take years off your hands.

  • Invest in an anti-aging hand cream - You use it on your face, why not on your hands? Find one that hydrates and brightens skin to get that same dewy, youthful glow your face cream provides.
  • Wear gloves for chores - Hot water and cleaning products can really dry out skin and even cause it to crack, so slip on some gloves when washing dishes or scrubbing the tub to protect your hands. Even better? Apply some lotion first so your hands can soak while you’re working.
  • Rethink your nail polish - Look for brands that cut toxic chemicals from their formulas and are infusing their polishes with essential oils to keep tips hydrated and strong.
  • Show your nail beds some love - Cuticle oil helps you stay hangnail-free and adds moisture your skin needs.
  • Wear sunscreen - Swap your hand cream for one with SPF and be sure to apply it to the backs of your hands to fight against premature aging, sun damage and those dreaded wrinkles.

Source: PureWow

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