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    CUSTOMERS should avoid these eight products while searching for deals at Costco, according to shopping experts. While Costco is known for having some incredible products, it's important to select the finest options when you're buying in bulk. 1Shopping pros have revealed eight products that they recommend Costco customers buy elsewhereCredit: Getty Shoppers should never buy name-brand items when the store-brand Kirkland is available, the experts say. "The Kirkland Signature items are just as good if not better than their name-brand counterparts," Julie Ramhold, a consumer analyst at DealNews, told BestLife. "In fact, I'm still sad that our Costco stopped carrying Kirkland Signature chocolate hazelnut spread because it was leagues better than Nutella in my opinion." While the rotisserie chickens are tempting for a quick $5 meal, an animal rights group revealed the horrors that occur before the chicken makes it to Costco. Read more on CostcoPURCHASING IN BULK 21 must-have affordable items available at Costco SAVVY SHOPPER I bought $68 of personal care products at Costco for only $18 Mercy for Animals put out a video in 2021 of a...
    A VET has issued a stark warning against a certain breed of cat that people have dubbed the cutest thing ever. Dr Ben Simpson-Vernon advised that “Munchkin cats” are simply a product of cruelty.  2Dr Ben took to Tik Tok to share his thoughts on "Munchkin cats" and urged people to think before they call them cuteCredit: Tiktok - @ben.the.vet 2Due to a genetic mutation, a Munchkin cat's legs can't grow more than three inchesCredit: Getty Munchkin’s have very short legs due to a genetic mutation that makes them more susceptible to bone and joint issues.  Despite this, people are increasingly breeding the moggies because of their cute look.  Dr Ben dubbed their growing popularity as “a great animal welfare concern”. He warned: “Dear God, if you love cats, please never get a Munchkin cat. “And just don’t comment on videos saying this cat is cute. “Munchkin cats have a genetic mutation which means they have these short legs. “But it’s not cute - it’s cruel.  “It obviously has a consequence that this cat cannot behave like a normal cat....
    DESPITE being convenient stops for essentials, there are apparently some things you want to avoid buying from Walgreens and CVS. From cleaning products to specific types of food, there are seven things that you may want to consider buying elsewhere. 1CVS and Walgreens are popular American drug stores but shoppers may want to look elsewhere for certain productsCredit: Getty CLEANING PRODUCTS Both CVS and Walgreens drug stores have good cleaning products, Yahoo Finance reports. The disinfecting wipes and toilet-bowl cleaners are high quality, according to the outlet. However, the article points out that you will pay more for cleaning products compared to at other stores. Despite this, if you use a coupon, you could still score a deal. Read More on MoneyFANCY FACE I bought an advent calendar at CVS for $7 - it got me 12 makeup products tooMONEY MAKEOVER 3 CVS and Walgreens makeup dupes that are 80% cheaper than designer brands FROZEN FOOD Frozen food is another item that shoppers should consider avoiding. While the frozen dinners and desserts can be tempting, supermarkets have better deals,...
    YOU might be able to score a better deal on Target clearance items if you're willing to wait. According to a recent video from bargain hunter Christine Michelle on TikTok, there are specific digits to look for at Target that will indicate the discount. 2Christine Michelle has a Target hack that can save extra on clearance itemsCredit: TIKTOK/ christi.mich 2Items that are marked at 30 percent off could go up to 70 percent on clearanceCredit: TIKTOK/ christi.mich In the past, clearance at the retailer used to be marked down up to 90 percent – but those days appear to be gone. But you can still score big markdowns as Michelle went to the clothing section where items on the rack were advertised anywhere from 30 to 70 percent off. She then grabbed a piece of clothing with a tag marked with a "30." "That means it's 30% off, so it could go all the way up to 70," Michelle explained. Read More on TargetLA VIE EN ROSE I did a plus-size Target haul in XXL, people are...
    THE one Costco Thanksgiving dessert you should never buy has been revealed. Fans have slammed the disappointing item as being a "waste of money." 2Costco recently added Junior's Mini Cheesecakes to their inventoryCredit: Getty Images - Getty 2But not all reviews of the cheesecakes have been favorableCredit: Costco A popular Instagram account, @costcobuys, shared the news that Junior’s Mini Cheesecakes were now available for purchase from Costco. The 24-pack includes three different flavors of the famous New York cheesecake: original, chocolate swirl, and strawberry swirl. The dessert retails for about $17.99. But shoppers were quick to warn others against the purchase. READ MORE COSTCO STORIESFESTIVE TIMES I’m a Costco super shopper – the 3 finds starting at $6 for ThanksgivingNO CREDIT Costco makes major shake-up to card rewards - and it could cost shoppers extra Many recommended skipping over the cheesecakes because they don't have a crust. Seeing as most cheesecakes come with a golden or other crust, this can be a huge drawback. "I LOVE CHEESECAKE and these was definitely a disappointment! i threw it all away!!," one person...
    A SAVINGS expert has revealed eleven items you should never buy from Dollar Tree. The discount chain offers tons of amazing items, but sometimes you can a better deal at stores like Target. 1YouTuber Bargain Bethany explained why she avoids certain Dollar Tree products While Dollar Tree may be ubiquitous, accessible, and affordable, not every item the store sells is worth your cash. Although the dollar store will likely offer the lowest price on products, you're not always getting the best quality. If you can afford to spend a few extra dollars, you're better off buying some things at other discount chains like Target. To help shoppers get the best bang for their buck, YouTuber Bargain Bethany shared a dozen things she avoids at Dollar Tree and instead buys from other low-cost retailers. READ MORE ON DOLLAR TREENEW FACES Dollar Tree announces a huge shake-up & it could drop Family Dollar pricesPLAY IT SAFE Nine Dollar Tree items to buy ahead of winter so you’re prepared for anything Bethany's full list of Dollar Tree no-gos, plus her...
    A LESSER-KNOWN trick can help you determine if your iPhone is fake, one social media user has revealed. TikTok user @MoneyTalksWireless shared the tip in a 53-second-long reel, outlining why the key code was so important. 1ONE lesser-known trick can help you determine if your iPhone is fake.Credit: TikTok "I don't know who needs to hear this, but don't buy used iPhones just because they're cheap," the content creator said. He then showed his users a used iPhone 13 Pro Max in "nice' packaging. "When you open the box, you can not tell [that it's fake]," he continued. The TikTok influencer then told his followers to "watch" as headed into the iPhone's Settings, and then General. Read more on iPhoneI-SAFE People are just noticing important iPhone trick that everyone should activateOUT WITH THE OLD? What to know about changing your Default Map setting on iPhones He then scrolled down to the iPhone model section, which read iPhone 13 Pro Max. "Now, here's the crazy part," he said as he typed a special code into his keypad. The...
    WITH the rise of upcycling and people keen to make their money go further than ever, second-hand furniture is having a moment. Charity shops and Facebook Marketplace are filled with cut-price chairs and tables - but it seems you should be careful before parting with your cash. 3This man was disgusted with his second hand bargain buyCredit: TikTok/@blocheadkg This is the start warning from one guy, who got more than he bargained for when he splashed out on a used stool. The TikTok user, who goes by the handle blocheadkg, shared a shocking video which showed a shower of cockroaches falling from the chair. Captioning the video: "This is why you don't buy used furniture," he initially showed off the cute-looking item. The blogger obviously had a hunch about what might be hidden inside as he filmed the video in his garage, adding: "This is so you won't say I'm making this up." More on cleaningBETTER WASH THIS How to remove the damp smell from laundry & why it's all about foldingFairy Magic I've ditched all my cleaning products...
    WHEN the festive season arrives, it's all too easy to get carried away and splash the cash in a bid to get into the Christmas spirit. But according to one money-saving guru, not everything is worth the money. 3Money-saving guru Mandy shared three things she thinks people should stop buying every ChristmasCredit: tiktok/@mandyyourtiktokmum 3On Mandy's list was light-up gin bottlesCredit: The Sun @mandyyourtiktokmum Suggest some other ridiculous ideas you only ever see at Christmas and ill make a part 2 #frugalbutfabulous #frugalliving #christmas2022 #yourtiktokmum #giftbetter #frugalchristmas ♬ Nazareth - Nativity! Cast Mandy, who posts under the acronym @mandyyourtiktokmum, took to TikTok and revealed the three things you should not shop for this December. In the clip, she begins: "I am the Queen of Christmas and not at all scroogey but I think these three things you really should just leave them on the shelves this year." Taking Mandy's number one spot are musical biscuit tins. "No biscuit was ever enhanced by a wind up biscuit tin and the prices triple," she quips. Next in the firing line...
    BRITS have paid tribute to the "incredible" pall bearers who carried the Queen's coffin and said they should "never buy a drink again". The pallbearers had carried the Queen into Westminster Hall five days ago before taking on the weighty role once more at Westminster Abbey today. 3The pallbearers had the honour of carrying the Queen's coffin in and out of Westminster Abbey 3The eight young men executed their job to perfectionCredit: AP 3The coffin of Her Majesty being carried out of Westminster AbbeyCredit: AP A viral tweet described the eight young men who carried the coffin as " the crème de la crème, the Premier League of pall bearers." "Nerves (and spines and shoulders) of steel," the tweet added: The soldiers carrying the Queen's coffin were specially chosen for the role and flew back from Iraq to prepare for today's funeral. And the eight men, part of the 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards, were deployed on operations in Iraq on the day Her Majesty passed but flew back upon hearing of her death. It comes as... The Queen’s coffin...
    PEOPLE found items from Five Below that were not the best, but there were some hidden gems. Products from Five Below are not expected to be high quality, but this TikToker shared some cool finds. 1Five Below offers products like toys, snacks, electronics, and accessoriesCredit: Getty Prettylittlediy gained over 700,000 followers on TikTok where she shares her favorite shopping finds and DIYs. One of her product reviews was from Five Below. She warned people to not buy an inflatable tube man from the store as it is too loud. "It takes 9-volt batteries which probably cost more than this [inflatable tube man] does," prettylittlediy said. five below'Kim'pare I’m a shopping pro - Five Below is selling dupes of Kim Kardashian’s fragrancesCAKE MASTER My kid's baker canceled on her birthday last minute – I elevated a $12.99 cake Her followers requested her to try other products as well. She tested the Faux Marble Led Fountain from Five Below which is sold out. The gadget is $5.55. In her TikTok video, she was hesitant that the gadget...
    CARROTS will help you see in the dark. Don’t leave any food on your plate. Use margarine instead of butter. Most of us grew up with food myths and old wives' tales like these, usually told to us by loving parents who wanted to make sure we were well fed. 1Dr Richard Allison debunks some of the most commonly believed food myths and set the record straight on all things nutrition.Credit: Getty Images - Getty But are they all really true? And how many of us still live our lives by them? According to a recent study from Herbalife Nutrition, many of us still believe in traditional food myths, which experts say could be damaging to our health.  We asked nutritionist Dr Richard Allison to debunk some of the most commonly believed food myths and set the record straight on all things nutrition. Myth 1: Don't skip breakfast read more on nutrition HOT TOPIC I'm a nutrition expert - here's 9 foods that are healthier if you COOK themOUT OF WHACK I'm a nutritional therapist - the reasons you can't...
    THE beauty aisles at Target are full of affordable, effective budget finds, but one hairstylist warned against certain products on the shelves. She said there are shampoos and conditioners available at the superstore that she'd never recommend, and others that are her forever favorites. 4Hairstylist Sabrina Shick shared her verdicts on Target shampoos and conditionersCredit: Instagram/sabrina.cyrus 4The hairstylist reviewed affordable options from the Target shelvesCredit: TikTok Sabrina Shick, a licensed hairstylist, has 52k followers on TikTok, where she posted a video dispatch from the aisles of her local Target. Shick reviewed a number of budget-friendly haircare products, giving them a "yes" or "no" based on whether she'd use them herself or not. First, she passed judgment on Rhyme & Reason, an eco-friendly brand that offers sulfate-free formulas for many hair types. "Rhyme & Reason is a yes," Shick said. "Great formulas." READ MORE BEAUTY TIPSMANE EVENT I’m a haircare expert - Four shampoos under $7 to avoid at Walmart FRESH IDEA I’m a hair pro, you’re using dry shampoo wrong, my way leaves locks much fresher She also recommended Monday Haircare....
    THIS Dollar Tree superfan has at least five things that you should never get from the store, as there may be better and more affordable options. Dollar Tree expert Sarah, who goes by the handle @sensationalfinds on TikTok, recently posted a video detailing five separate items that aren't worth the discount at your local Dollar Tree — along with suggesting some quality items to reach for instead. 3Dollar Tree expert Sarah has a few items for shoppers to avoidCredit: TikTok/sensationalfinds 3The Dollar Tree flip-flops won't last very long, per SarahCredit: TikTok/sensationalfinds 1. Shampoos and conditioners According to Sarah, the Dollar Tree shampoos and conditioners may not be worth the low price. It's a low-quality issue that will come back to bite shoppers, Sarah explains. "They don't have great quality, it's not great ingredients," she claims. Read More On Saving MoneyBUDGET BEAUTY I’m a Dollar Tree super fan – I save $20 on salon visits with an eyebrow buySAVVY LIFESTYLE I'm a budgeting mom - my six hacks at Dollar Tree that could save you $100s Sarah instead recommends...
    A CLEANING expert has shared popular cleaning products that she say, in her opinion, are not worth it. In a 30-second video, Vanesa Amaro debunks five viral TikTok products that she insists you shouldn't get, no matter how good their price. 5Home cleaning expert Vanesa Amaro shared viral products you should never buyCredit: Getty 5The home cleaning expert starts off the video advising viewers to avoid cleaning with Lime-A-WayCredit: TikTok/vanesamaro91 Vanesa Amaro has been cleaning homes for seven years and believes herself to be an expert on home cleaning hacks. The self-proclaimed "Queen of Cleaning" has over 5.4 million followers on her TikTok account, which is dedicated to home hacks, home cleaning stories, and cleaning product reviews. With other 200,000 likes and counting, Amaro captions the video as a disclaimer: "This is just my opinion… don’t want to get sued but I have been cleaning houses for 7 years. So I know what I'm talking about." "Hi, I'm Vanesa, and I'm a cleaning expert," she says at the start of the video." I'm going to tell you five products...
    As any fashion enthusiast will know, it's all too easy to get carried away in Primark when the prices of items are so reasonable. But one interior stylist has warned of the homeware items you should avoid buying in the store so you don't waste your money. In a video shared to TikTok, Maxine Brady, who posts under the acronym @maxinebradystyling, begins: "Firstly with the bedding, just check the material it's made of - this is polyester which is very sweaty, whereas this is cotton which is good quality." She continues: "Avoid anything with names or slogans on because it dates really quickly and you won't like it." Capturing a shelf filled with Mickey Mouse-themed bedding for the kids, Maxine notes: "They'll like you for it but within a year they'll outgrow it." She then shares a snap of 4 microfibre tea towels which cost just £3.50. "These don't actually soak up much water - buy the cotton ones instead," she advises. The style guru is then seen holding up a £6 memory foam bath mat and points out:...
    CONSUMERS are often met with a surprise at the grocery store when they pick up an item that seems healthy but actually isn't due to the ingredients. A survey posted by the International Food Information Council Foundation finds that 43% of Americans “always” look for healthy foods and 52% “sometimes” do. 2The nutritionist expert reveals two brands of butter that aren't healthy 2But there are two better alternatives that you might want to give a shot Just 5% of consumers said that they “never” look for healthy foods. But it turns out that shopping at your local grocery retailer and glancing over what appears to be a healthy keyword could be deceiving. Shopping pro, who goes by Clean Kitchen Nutrition on TikTok, often shares his knowledge with his followers to help them put the best quality ingredients inside their bodies. This time he’s taking a look a butter that could trick consumers into thinking they are buying something healthy when they really aren’t. READ MORE ON FOOD PRODUCTSHEALTHY FOODS I'm a chef - four items to get at Costco now as store launches flash saleDOLLAR FINDS...
    DOLLAR Tree is one of the most popular stores in the US. The discount chain has more than 15,000 locations nationwide, trailing only Dollar General in physical storefronts. 1YouTuber Bargain Bethany explained why she avoids certain Dollar Tree products While Dollar Tree may be ubiquitous, accessible, and affordable, not every item the store sells is worth your cash. Although the dollar store will likely offer the lowest price on products, you're not always getting the best quality. If you can afford to spend a few extra dollars, you're better off buying some things at other discount chains like Target. To help shoppers get the best bang for their buck, YouTuber Bargain Bethany shared a dozen things she avoids at Dollar Tree and instead buys from other low-cost retailers. READ MORE ON DOLLAR TREEBAG A BARGAIN I'm a Dollar Tree shopper - three beauty deals including name-brand products SUNNY SIDE UP Hidden gems to buy at Dollar Tree - get a Target $7 favorite for only $1.25 Bethany's full list of Dollar Tree no-gos, plus her...
    An Apple employee took to TikTok to share the best tips and tricks to protect your devices and avoid a trip to the genius bar.  Karleigh, from Seattle, shared a video to her over 8,000 followers, revealing four key trips to prevent your device from a short-lived life.  She shared the video with the caption: 'Things I'll never do with my technology after working at the Apple store for three years.' Karleigh, from Seattle, took to TikTok to reveal her four tips and trick to keep your devices lasting and to avoid a genius bar appointment Karleigh shared the video with the caption: 'Things I'll never do with my technology after working at the Apple store for three years'  Her first tip was to never leave your device by liquids or put your phone in rice; followed by her second tip, which was to periodically shut off your computer to help its memory @karlitabonitaa inspired by the Dr. “things ill never do after working in the ER” but make it tech #fyp #techadvice #applestoreemployee #apple #thingsillneverdo #thingsiwontdo #lessonslearned #computerbug #seattle...
    KNOWING how to dress for your age is a fantastic skill to have. Unfortunately, too many people buy items that make them look older than they are — and this is something that can be avoided. 4A fashion expert named Nevin shares five tips women should keep up withCredit: TikTok/nevin_el_moda 4Clunky shoes are a total mistake, according to NevinCredit: Getty - Contributor TikToker and fashion expert Nevin El Moda posted a video sharing clothing items and styles women should avoid if they don’t want to age themselves. Her first tip is to avoid buying too many trendy items. Nevin says: “[There’s] no longevity. At least follow the 80% basics plus 20% trendy rule.” Her second tip is to stop pairing oversized tops and shirts with baggy bottoms. Read More About FashionCHILL OUT I'm a fashion expert and here's the clothes you should wear to stay coolBINGO! I'm a fashion expert - these 5 summer buys hide your arms AND keep you cool She shares an example photo of a woman wearing two loose-fitting pieces of clothing with a red X...
    SHOPPERS often flock to Dollar Stores assuming they're getting the best deal possible--after all, it's hard to beat a dollar. But, according to recent price-matching research, Target and Walmart have better deals on some of the most needed household items. 3Recent price matches have shown Walmart and Target to be cent-for-cent competitors to Dollar StoresCredit: Getty While Dollar Tree has been called out recently for raising its prices on the sly, shoppers don't anticipate spending more than $5 on one item. But GoBankingRates has put together an extensive look at the household items that are cheaper at Target and Walmart. Batteries A common stop for bargain electronic needs, Dollar Tree's website offers 72 AA batteries bought in bulk for $45. However, shoppers can get 96 batteries of the same size at Target for just $29.38 READ MORE MONEYHIGH FIVE I’m a Dollar Tree superfan - 5 items you MUST buy that are great brand copiesBAG A BARGAIN I'm a Dollar Tree shopper - three beauty deals including name-brand products Tampons GoBankingRate found periods are more expensive at Dollar...
    WORKING in the food business means you're privy to a lot of aspects of restaurants and grocery stores that others don’t know about. Sometimes, you witness unsanitary regular occurrences that can’t be unseen. 3A chef revealed three foods she would never buy or orderCredit: TikTok/kellyscleankitchen 3One of them involved restaurant specialsCredit: TikTok/kellyscleankitchen A chef named Kelly Scott, who goes by @kellyscleankitchen on TikTok, revealed a few things she’ll never eat because of her experience in the business. In the clip, she began: “Ok you know that TikTok that’s going around of the paramedic saying, ‘Things I wouldn’t do with my knowledge of being a paramedic?’ I’m going to do that, except: Chef version.” RESTAURANT SPECIALS When the waiter at a restaurant rattles off tempting specials of the day, many of us listen with excitement. Kelly, however, said she’s hesitant to order any of those. READ MORE ON EMPLOYEE SECRETSWORTH IT I work at Old Navy – here's why we push the store cards so much & more secretsEMPLOYEE SECRETS I work at Costco – products are moved deliberately to confuse...
    IF you’re looking to save money, this Dollar Tree superfan is here to help. The large retailer has well over 15,500 stores and has served customers for around 30 years. 1Sarah shared five products that should be avoidedCredit: sensationalfinds However, it doesn’t always get it right as some items should be avoided. Sarah, a dedicated Dollar Tree shopper, has done the digging for you. She has tons of videos sharing her favorite finds at the large retailer. Sarah, who goes by sensationalfinds on TikTok, recently posted a video about what Dollar Tree items to buy and which ones to bypass. Read More on Dollar TreeSAVVY SHOPPING I got 32 items for $41 from Dollar Tree - enough to feed a family of fourDOLLAR SIGNS I’m a Dollar Tree superfan - 7 new items you MUST buy before it’s too late Below are her findings. 1. Shampoo and conditioner The superfan said that the products Dollar Tree carries are not worth the buy. None are made with good ingredients, it’s low quality, and typically come watered down. Most read in MoneyINDEPENDENCE...
    SHOPPING experts have revealed seven things patrons should never buy at Walmart and shared precisely where people should purchase them to save money. Walmart supercenters are known to offer patrons a wide variety of items at bargain prices; however, these are some items you may want to skip. 3Shopping experts share seven items patrons should never buy at WalmartCredit: Getty 3Costco offers the best batteries among large chain stores, shopping experts sayCredit: Getty 3If you're looking for a new vacuum set, you may want to avoid WalmartCredit: Getty VACUUMS The first item to steer clear of are vacuums, even if the price tag seems tempting. A shopping expert at Best Life says shoppers should look at retailers like Best Buy, Home Depot and Lowes when getting great deals on appliances. While those stores have extensive selections and good prices, Walmart has a small selection filled with appliances that are marked up. LUGGAGE If you've booked that flight and are looking for a new suitcase - don't go shopping at Walmart for one. Read more Walmart storiesSMART SHOPPING Seven ways NOT...
    A HOME guru has shared three ways that you can add instant value to your room and make it look extra expensive.  RedInkhomes, who can be found on TikTok at @redinkhomes, said there are some simple steps to achieving the end result - and some strict rules that must be followed.  4There are some ways to make your living room look more expensiveCredit: TikTok/@redinkhomes In a video titled “How to make your living room look more expensive”, the home experts say it’s important to think about every element of the space and the small things that can make a real difference. They started by saying that floor length windows are a must if you are renovating. The impressive looking feature not only has the wow factor but also allows plenty more light in to really open up the space. Next, RedInkhomes said that despite what is commonly thought, it’s actually better to use mismatched furniture sets. Read More in HomesDREAM GARDEN I’m a home and gardens expert - five easy ways to upgrade your garden In their example living room,...
    SOCIAL media apps like TikTok are useful in discovering new tips and tools when it comes to saving money at the grocery store. Now, a deals expert has shared a new secret to grocery shopping - including where on the shelf to shop if you want to save some cash. 1Experts have shared tips to save money while grocery shopping Experts at NerdWallet explained what to look for on certain grocery store shelves. It's best to look for yellow sticker items on the shelves, the experts said. While every grocery store has a different day and time that the stickered items go out, it could be worth seeking this information out. But the experts also gave a warning, saying, "it is important to not let yellow reduction stickers tempt you into buying items unnecessarily." READ MORE ON SHOPPING HACKSCOLOR CODED I worked at TJ Maxx – pay attention to the purple price tags SHOWERED WITH PRAISE I'm a pro shopper - I found the perfect bath towels for every home Sometimes when you spot items at reduced prices, you're tricked...
    FINDING items at Target that can save you money is possible, but there are at least seven that you should never buy — and there's an easy way to spot them. Some of the Target brand items that you've been reaching for to save a few bucks are actually hurting you in the long run, according to Best Life Magazine. 1Some Target items can save you money but lack qualityCredit: Getty PAPER TOWELS Target's Up & Up brand of paper towels may seem like a great idea to save a few dollars from name brands like Bounty, but according to some experts, the lack of quality doesn't justify the purchase. Brands like Bounty have a more absorbent and longer-lasting towel that will let you use fewer to clean up messes, ultimately evening out costs. TRASH BAGS In a similar situation with the Target brand paper towels, the Up & Up garbage bags won't do you much good for the few dollars that you save, Best Life Magazine reported. It has to do with lack of durability...
    THIS Aldi superfan found that not all products at the large chain are worth the purchase. Hope Reynolds is an avid Aldi shopper and typically buys 90% or more of her groceries from the retailer. 1Hope Reynolds is an Aldi superfan who loves sharing her finds with followers However, she recently posted a TikTok revealing the three items that should be skipped. Below is a round-up of her findings plus her alternatives. 1. Produce The Aldi expert said you should never buy produce at Aldi. Read More on AldiCOST EFFICIENT I bought dinner at Aldi for my family of five for only $15 with leftoversHEALTHY SAVINGS I’m a budgeting expert - four healthy items to buy at Aldi to save $16 Hope noticed that more often than not when she purchased produce from Aldi, it typically went bad overnight. She specifically said that its $1.59 bag of green beans is the one to skip. Instead, Hope suggests that you pay the $3 and grab the packaged green beans. She lives in Central Florida, so the price may be different...
    HOME depot is great place to shop for people who are looking to stock up on DIY products for their latest projects. But some pros warn that some of the chain’s stock are not suitable for home improvement. 1Some pros warn that some of The Home Depot's isn't always suitable for home renonovationCredit: Getty Best Life Online claims that certain products from Home Depot should be totally avoided. HOME DECOR Among them are throw pillows, curtains and rugs, which experts say are cheap and overpriced. Maria, founder of Chic Pursuit, claims customer should stay clear of this store when it comes to home imrpovement. "The one thing to avoid at Home Depot is their decor section as the selection is weak and the products are overpriced," she told the outlet. Read more on LifestyleTHRIFTY TIP The 13 mistakes you should never make when heading to the charity shopsTUB-TASTIC I transformed my bathroom using peel and stick tiles "Plus, it's a load of mass-produced products that you can find at cheaper prices at Target, Ikea, Marshalls, TJ Maxx, or Home Goods."...
    DOLLAR Tree is a great place shop for people who are trying to save as much money as possible. But some pros warn that some of the chain's super-cheap stock might not always be perfectly safe to use. 3Some pros warn that some of Dollar Tree's super-cheap stock might not always be perfectly safe to useCredit: Getty 3Vitamins are one of the items shoppers might want to avoid from Dollar TreeCredit: Getty Best Life Online claims that certain products from Dollar Tree should be totally avoided. Among them are vitamins, since they might not match up to nutritional standards. They might even be expired. Buying toys for the kids from Dollar Tree could bring up some safety concerns as well. Read More About Dollar TreeDINGO DOLLAR I'm a Dollar Tree fanatic - 3 hidden gems you need to buy for $1.25ORGANIZE EVERYTHING I’m a Dollar Tree fan - my hacks for making $1.25 items look expensive It’s possible the toys haven’t been properly tested to prove how safe they are in the hands of small children. Business Insider has also...
    NEXT time you visit Costco, you can skip several aisles that might be on your list – and stay away from a popular part of the store that will raise employees' eyebrows. According to former staff members, specific items in the food, automotive, and home goods sections aren't worth buying. 2Ex-Costco employees warned against buying certain items, from coffee to booksCredit: Getty 2Former staff also had a dire warning for any Costco food court fansCredit: AFP Ex-employees of the warehouse megastore have shared their shopping advice all over the internet, and the best tips were compiled from multiple threads and videos by Best Life Online. A clear trend emerged from the reports: every dedicated shopper knows the best deals at Costco, but few realize their behavior frequently makes store staff cringe. That includes shopping with food in hand, a common practice for anyone who loves Costco's affordable, accessible food court area. Eating while shopping is one activity store staff will "judge" shoppers for, the outlet reported, citing a former employee who shared their ire on Reddit. READ MORE EMPLOYEE SECRETSSHOPPING SMART...
    YOU know you're an adult when the thought of buying a self-cleaning oven fills you with absolute joy. Because let's be honest - what could be better than ticking this maddening household chore off our life forever? 1A home appliance repair technician has urged people against self-cleaning ovensCredit: Alamy However, Scott Flint - a home appliance repair technician with over 30 years experience - is urging people to think twice before they take the plunge. Speaking to Taste of Home, the handyman likened the self-cleaning feature to "swimming in shark infested waters". He explained: "A self-cleaning oven incinerates the crumbs and grease in your oven and turns them into ashes. "It does this by bringing the interior temperature of the oven to almost 1,000°F [537 °C] for three to five hours and therein lies the problem -that much heat can damage oven component." Read More Home HacksIN A SPIN I'm a handyman - why you should NEVER put bath mats in the washing machineHOME RUN I'm an interior decorator & here are trends that make living rooms look dated According...
    OVERALL, Aldi can be a great store to save some money at – but you need to know that not everything is a bargain or worth buying.  When compared with Walmart, Aldi shoppers save more than 40%, according to a report from Clark Howard.  1While many products are cheap, you need to know which ones to avoidCredit: Alamy But food website Simple Purposeful Living (SPL) has constructed a list of items at Aldi to stay away from. This might pertain to the price or the quality of the products.  Here’s the list of products you’ll want to avoid.  Produce  SPL isn’t the only one that is against produce items at Aldi, but others in the media share the same disdain for it.  READ MORE ON ALDITWICE AS NICE I’m a money expert - my Aldi trick to get MORE than a refund during a returnSHOP LIKE A PRO I’m a chef and these two items are must buys at Aldi Most frustratingly, it may not be too long after you bring it home before you have to throw them out.   “The potatoes and other...
    NEXT time you go to Costco, you can cross some items off your list before entering the store. While the welcoming, wide aisles of the warehouse are stuffed with great deals, a nutritionist – Costco superfan – has revealed the items she never buys there. 1Though Costco is full of deals, you don't need to finish your grocery shopping thereCredit: Getty Candace Nelson, a nutritionist, shared her list of skippable snacks and sundries with Insider. Along with sweet treats like candy and muffins, the health-minded pro included some more surprising entries. For starters, she never buys the bulky containers of spices that many customers swear by. "Those giant canisters are just too big for most home cooks and many seasonings lose potency over time," Nelson explained. "I love cinnamon," she added, "and I don't even get through a small container of it before it expires." READ MORE SHOPPING SECRETSFREEBIE HAUL I’m a shopping pro - little-known tool for free products from Walmart, AmazonRAKE IN THE DOUGH I'm a grocery store worker - a secret can help stop bread going...
    WALMART might typically be one of the cheapest options for grocery shopping, but there is one item you might want to buy somewhere else. It turns out you might be wasting money if you are buying organic food products from the discount retailer. 2Walmart is usually known for having some of the cheapest prices, but there is one category of item that you should probably buy elsewhere if you want to cut costsCredit: Getty 2Experts have found that Walmart's organic food products are typically more expensive than other grocery store chains, including Whole FoodsCredit: Getty Organic food selections at Walmart tend to come with heftier price tags than you would find at other stores, Eat This, Not That explains. If you are looking for the best price for an organic item, the website says you’ll actually find better deals at stores like Whole Foods and Aldi. When shopping experts compared price tags of organic groceries between Whole Foods and Walmart, they found the discount retailer did not actually have the cheapest prices. Whole Foods might have a reputation for being...
    GROCERY shopping in the sale may be the best way to bag a bargain, but it's not always advisable. Nutrition and grocery shopping expert Maria Marlowe told Eat This 10 items you should never buy on sale - as they could make you ill. 3A nutrition and grocery expert has warned against buying certain foods on sale - as they could make you illCredit: Getty While everything your grocery store reduces should be fine to eat that day, certain produce will go off if it's left for too many hours. Marlowe adds your reduced grub is "likely expiring very soon, or even that day." Here's what to take particular care of, as it could pose a "major health risk"... 1. Pre-cut fruit or veggies "If pre-cut fruit and veggies are on sale, they're likely on their way out and about to expire," Marlowe says. Read more life hacksRED MEANS RUN I'm a relationship expert - the first date red flags you MUST watch out forNAME SHAME I’m a baby name expert – why you must ALWAYS think about your child’s...
    ORDERING clothes online can be such a gamble, especially when you're buying from the Kardashians who have very unique body shapes. Well, one woman has revealed everything that's worth buying on Kim Kardashian's SKIMS line – and which ones will have you arrested for public indecency. 3Holly Davenport shared what was worth buying from SKIMSCredit: TikTok 3She dubbed this bodysuit as completely see-through. She claimed you'd go to jail if you wore it in public.Credit: TikTok WORTH THE MONEY Holly Davenport, who dubs herself a shopaholic, explained that because she's bought almost every product from the line, she knows what products are well worth the splurge. In this section, she claimed that the Soft Lounge Long Slip Dress and its long-sleeved version are both worth it. "The long-sleeved one is way more flattering in my opinion," she added in her video. "Both dresses make your figure look amazing but the long sleeves give it a fancier feel." Read More SKIMS reviewsONE CON I tried Kim Kardashian’s Skims on my 28F boobs –it was tiny & there was an issueSKIM...
    IS Black Opium always at the top of your birthday wish list? If you answered yes to that, then you might want to reconsider your perfume buying strategy, as fragrance expert Jus de Rose has revealed it was one of the most hated scents in a recent survey she conducted. 4Perfume expert Jus de Rose took to TikTok to reveal the fragrances which people love to hateCredit: tiktok/@jusderose 4Black Opium by YSL was among the fragrances that made the list, with the perfume expert admitting people had labelled it "juvenile"Credit: tiktok/@jusderose 4She suggested Carolina Herrera's Good Girl as a good alternative to Black OpiumCredit: tiktok/@jusderose "Whatever you do, don’t buy these fragrances," she began her TikTok video. "I asked my audience on Instagram what is their most hated fragrance and here are the results." While Lancome's La Vie Est Belle topped the list, Black Opium by YSL was a close second. "Also headache-inducing and lots said it was more juvenile," she admitted. Read more Perfume stories Scent-sational Shopper shares Poundland's perfume dupes including a Coco...
    HOUSEPLANTS make an excellent addition to your decor, but if you're not careful, they can bring a ton of bugs to your home. One popular plant, loved for its cheap price and big leaves, is more bug-ridden than you may realize. 3Many people love adding plants to their homes, but you should be careful of bug-infested greeneryCredit: TikTok/tannertheplanter 3According to plant pro Tanner Mitchell, majesty palms are especially prone to spider mitesCredit: TikTok/tannertheplanter A gardening expert named Tanner Mitchell shared why you should never buy a plant called a majesty palm. In a video, Mitchell was at the gardening section in what appears to be Home Depot or Lowes. He said: "This is your reminder to never buy majesty palms, especially not from here." "They are spider mite magnets... and they don't do well indoors, not long-term." Read more houseplant tips GREEN FINGERS I’m a gardening expert - how to revive houseplants with cupboard stapleFLOWER POWER Freezer hack can help you keep houseplants like orchids watered for a week In the comment section, Mitchell...
    DESIGNER bags come at a high price point, but fashion fans justify the cost by pointing to the quality of construction and high-end materials. One ex-employee claims that during her time at Michael Kors, staff members weren't allowed to share what a signature design often assumed to be leather was really made from. 3An ex-employee of Michael Kors claims Signature Logo bags are not what they seemCredit: tikTok 3The woman shared a photo of the bags that customers assume are leatherCredit: tikTok The former employee, who only uses her initials, ML, on social media, made the revelation in response to a TikTok prompt about employee secrets. "I used to work for this well-known company called Michael Kors," ML recounted. "We weren't allowed to say one thing: their signature Michael Kors logo bags are fake." In the comments, the ex-employee clarified what she meant by describing the bags as "fake": that they are "high-quality plastic, not leather." On the Michael Kors website, the materials listed on Signature Logo items make no mention of leather: the bags are made from coated...
    DOLLAR TREE stores can provide great deals, but there are allegedly seven items to never buy while shopping there - one of which reportedly could be hazardous to your health. The chain operates thousands of stores across the US and Canada and offers a wide variety of merchandise from food to household products to apparel and toys. 2Dollar Tree operates thousands of stores across the US and CanadaCredit: Getty However, according to YouTuber Bargain Bethany there are some things you should stay away from. In her video post, she says since the retailer increased the price of its products from $1 to $1.25 in November of last year she's been discouraged from buying brand-name non-perishable goods there. That includes things like cereals and canned vegetables. The reason, she claims, is because Dollar Tree cereals tend to come in 3-ounce bags and with the 25-cent increase "you're paying more per ounce." She also says "I can go to Walgreens and get 11 ounces or $1.99; or I can go to Target and get a family-size that has 15 ounces...
    AMAZON revolutionized e-commerce, but it is not an exact science. Some of the technology products on the site come up short in comparison to other retailers. 1Some of Amazon's products are suspect at best Apple discontinued the inclusion of a charger with the purchase of a new phone in 2020, citing environmental reasons. Users have swarmed to third party markets for cheap chargers, a counterproductive result of Apple's decision. Consumers should not buy suspiciously cheap chargers from Amazon. Damages to your iPhone created by a third party charger are not covered by Apple's warranty - you could be effectively forfeiting coverage by using a suspect charger. Read More in AmazonDELIVERY FEE Amazon raises price of popular Prime subscription by $10 in shock changeGAME ON Amazon finally launches Luna streaming service in the US with free games for Prime Switching2Mac reported that iPhones and iPads have an "authentication chip" that is supposed to prevent a third party charger from actually supplying the device with power. Of course, there are clever distributors that find ways around Apple's proprietary stinginess. Some chargers are...
    SHOPPING at Target can be a pleasantly overwhelming experience. There are dozens of aisles stacked with groceries, home goods, clothing, and an array of electronics to look through. 3A woman warned viewers to stay away from Target cakesCredit: TikTok 3She said they are not as fresh as you thinkCredit: TikTok But if you’re thinking about buying one of Target’s bakery cakes, a former employee said you may want to think again. Posting to her TikTok account @madamewest, the woman revealed that she worked the “seasonal position for Christmas at Target” in their bakery department.   During her time there, she witnessed some less than pleasant practices. “All of the cakes are prebaked, and you just ice them. And all of the icing stays in the containers until using, so they don’t clean them.” READ MORE EMPLOYEE SECRETSEMPLOYEE SECRETS I work at Costco – products are moved deliberately to confuse customersHAPPY HOUR This secret hack will get you half price ice lattes every time Although she claimed this was “years ago,” so it’s unclear if things have changed since, she said...
    TRADER Joe’s employees have warned customers to avoid the frozen food section and to buy their fruit and vegetables from elsewhere. Four unnamed workers revealed a list of products that shoppers shouldn't buy when visiting their local store. 1Trader Joe's workers have revealed items customers should never buy (stock image)Credit: Alamy One worker said the frozen produce is too expensive, according to Business Insider. While another claimed shoppers should go elsewhere when it comes to buying frozen fruit. The cuts of meat on offer are too expensive although they are of good quality, a worker said. And, a different employee told Insider that savvy shoppers could get better value for money if they looked around for their fruit and vegetables. read more on trader joe'sSAVE IT I'm a Trader Joe's employee - we don't have sales but there's one way to save moneyTRADE SECRET Trader Joe’s has secret theme that inspires EVERYTHING from décor to job roles Employees that work at Trader Joe’s are not fans of all the products on offer to customers. The chain often...
    FINANCING a new car can be tricky if you have a poor credit history, and it's not unusual to need a co-signer on a lease to guarantee the loan. But a former car salesman has warned people that they may be putting their own finances at risk if they volunteer to be a co-signer for a family member. 3Former car salesman Deshone the Auto Advisor offers advice from his days working at Mercedes and GMCredit: Instagram/deshonetheautoadvisor 3Financing a new car can be tricky if you have a poor credit historyCredit: Getty TikToker Deshone the Auto Advisor worked in sales for both Mercedes and GM, and gives advice to followers online. And Deshone warned people never to volunteer as a cosigner if they cannot afford to cover all of the payments themselves. A co-signer can help someone with poor credit get a loan - but they have to promise to make any lease payments that the leasee cannot make. But the loan will also appear on a credit report for the co-signer as well, and if the co-signer cannot afford to...
    A COSTCO worker says shoppers shouldn’t buy soda in store as it's cheaper to buy in a supermarket. It’s thought that convenience stores sell the drinks at a low price in a bid to get customers through their doors. 1Many stores sell soda at a loss leader as bosses hope sales will be compensated by the other groceries shoppers buyCredit: Getty The unnamed Costco worker says it’s likely that local, smaller stores will offer a better deal for the sugary drinks, Readers Digest reports. Store bosses hope that the loss recorded on soda sales will be compensated by the other groceries shoppers buy. The worker encourages soda fans to buy in bulk in the run-up to holidays such as the Fourth of July and Memorial Day. The Sun also revealed that shoppers should not buy eggs or paper products at warehouse-like stores. read more on costcoTAKE STOCK I work at Costco - the asterisks on price labels are a huge warning to customersGAS HELP Cheap gas trick at Costco that could save you hundreds of dollars The Costco employee claims...
    MATCHING clothing sets may be in, but apparently matching furniture sets are a thing of the past. An interior designer shared exactly why she tells people to forego the traditional matching furniture set for their space and buy separate pieces instead. 3An interior designer has sounded off on matching setsCredit: Tiktok 3She said they're outdated and hard to styleCredit: Tiktok Julie Sousa, the founder of Boston-based interior design company Avant Garde Home, said that matching sets are really limiting design-wise. "Remember how matching furniture sets used to be all the rage back in the day?" she asked. "Today you might actually want to avoid doing this. "Besides looking a lot like a furniture showroom, matching sets lack visual interest." Read more in lifestyleOH SO CHIC I'm an interior designer - 5 cheap things every home should have to look poshLUXE DESIGN I'm an interior designer - 10 easy ways to make your home look more expensive Sousa said that instead of opting for matching sets, she encourages people to mix and match contrasting elements such as wood and metal or...
    THERE are a few items that will cost you more money to buy at warehouse stores. Since these items have a short shelf life, you would be better off buying a smaller amount. 1You should not buy a 36-pack of eggs at warehouse storesCredit: Getty 1. Cooking oil When you purchase oil at a warehouse store, like Costco or BJs, the store generally gives you around six quarts. However, Trae Bodge, senior editor of RetailMeNot, explains that though it might seem like a great bulk buy, oil has a shelf life of six months. Once oil starts to go bad, "it may begin to turn and taste sour or strangely sharp," says Laurence Edelman, chef and owner of New York's Left Bank. 2. Eggs The next item you should not buy at warehouse stores is a 36-pack of eggs. Read More CostcoSAVVY SHOPPING I'm a Costco shopper and this is how you find secret discountsOUT OF CASH Expert reveals how Costco gets you to spend so much money every single time According to federal guidelines on food safety, eggs are...
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