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    The following is a post from our sponsor, SavingStar.

    I want to save money. I really do.

    But, in my recent commitment to do so, I’ve found that trying to save money is just like trying to lose weight. No one really wants to do it. We all want instant results. And, unfortunately, it only works if you let it.

    That being said, just about any plan works, as long as you follow it. You can cut your carbs or boost your protein, cut out fine dining or put more money into your savings every week. Whichever way you choose, you just have to commit and continue. It’s plain and simple. You’ll lose weight if you burn more calories than you consume. You’ll save money if you spend less money than you make!

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    So you’ve decided to eat healthier and cook more at home. Super! If you’re new to this whole home cooking thing, though, you’ll need to stock up your pantry with some essentials. You want to be able to walk into your kitchen and cook something nutritious -- that you and your family actually want to eat -- without too much trouble. Well, here are 15 pantry staples you'll be glad to have around.

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    What if you went grocery shopping and all of the food on the shelves had expired beyond its sell-by date? Well, that could very well become a reality -- but on purpose. The former president of Trader Joe's is opening a chain of grocery stores that sell expired foods in May. The idea is to sell wholesome, healthy food that's just barely past its prime, but is still safe to eat. At a discount! And as a bonus, you're saving the Earth from a lot of waste as well. There, now does that sound a bit more palatable? Here's how it'll work.

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    You guys, our favorite couple just broke up! Whole Foods is phasing out Chobani yogurt. I can't believe it. They were sooo cute together. What went wrong? Is it because of Chobani's not-officially-a-recall recall this summer? Or does Whole Foods want to (GASP) see other Greek yogurts? How could they! And where will you get your Chobani fix now?

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    I've always weirdly admired those people (usually women) on TV who have mastered the art of using coupons. I mean, it's a little disturbing to see that they've re-purposed their garage into a mega-pantry that looks ready for the Zombie Apocalypse, but DUDE -- buying thousands of dollars worth of groceries for next to nothing? That's a skill I wish I could learn. I am terrible when it comes to spotting deals and normally accidentally walk out carrying a $40 loaf of bread or something.

    That's why I was doubly floored when I learned what this British teenager, Jordan Cox, did. This savvy, sweet kid mastered the art of extreme coupon shopping. But he didn't do it to stock up his own shelves -- Jordan was moved to hit the aisles, coupons in hand, after reading statistics about how many people go hungry on Christmas Day. He wanted to do whatever he could to help make that number a little smaller. 

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    Written by Stephanie Nelson, The Coupon Mom

    Thanksgiving is nearly upon us, which means it’s time to shop and prepare for the most important holiday meal of the year! And believe it or not, you can do it for less than $5 per person. Just follow my 5 tips ...

    1. Buy a Frozen Turkey. My store’s frozen turkey is 69 cents per pound, and the fresh turkey is $1.49 per pound. I’ll save $16 by buying a 20-pound frozen turkey and no one will be able to tell the difference. The key to a delicious turkey is baking it correctly, so watch an online video if you haven’t cooked one before. Be sure to buy your frozen turkey at least four days in advance to leave plenty of time for thawing.

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    I have a sad tale of first-world problems -- but it's one we can all probably relate to. We begin with our reality TV heroine in the grocery store, buying the ingredients for cupcakes. But alas! One key ingredient is missing. Quoth former Bachelorette Emily Maynard, "What happened to @BettyCrocker Rainbow Chip icing?? How am I supposed to make funfetti cupcakes without it?" How indeed, Emily Maynard. HOW INDEED.

    No seriously, though. How do you make funfetti cupcakes without rainbow chip icing? Ooh, I hate it when your favorite food just disappears from store shelves. That is the worst! Well, not the worst, worst. But it's still annoying.

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    Grocery stores are enigmas. From the giant chains in all their splendor, to the tiny ones that seem to sell only a single head of lettuce and a half eaten loaf of bread. They are the greatest places on earth if you've got nothing but time and a desire to wander. Plus, they are full of food which makes them immediately awesome. But most of us don't have hours, minutes, or even seconds to spare. That plus jobs plus the million other moving parts that make up a day can turn grocery shopping from a pleasure into a total, maddening disaster.

    God forbid you go in after right the school day or work day is over. You might have planned to only spend five minutes in the place, but when you emerge later the sun has set and you have aged a hundred years. Just like Rip Van Winkle before you. There is no amount of discounted breakfast cereal that will ease such an ache. 

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    Being that it's an uber-successful, nationwide grocery chain many Americans swear by, there's no feeling bad for Whole Foods. But it is an easy target -- and one that's quickly becoming the punchline to jokes about #WhitePeopleProblems. Where do spoiled, self-obsessed, phony greenies shop? Whole Foods. Where do people go when they have "rich, white person problems" ... you know, like gluten intolerance or Candida overgrowth! I'd venture to guess heavy metal toxicity (from too much sushi, obvs), nut allergies, or lactose intolerance all fall under that category, too, right?

    That seems to be the thought of comedian Kelly MacLean, who made quite the impression on the web this week with her HuffPo story "Surviving Whole Foods," making fun of the store she sees as "a microcosm of everything I hate about our new green culture." Uh huh ...

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    You know what's a mess? Food expiration dates. Right? Have you ever looked at a label reading "sell by" and wondered what exactly that meant? It's a label for the store, not for us. It doesn't really tell us how long that food can sit in our refrigerator or shelves. If you buy that milk on the day of the "sell by" date, how long do you have to drink it all? I know that information is out there, somewhere. You can probably Google it. But why isn't it on the milk carton, where it would be most helpful?

    This is the main kvetch in the new report, "The Dating Game: How Confusing Food Date Labels Lead to Food Waste in America." The basic idea of the report is just that -- confusing and inconsistent labeling lead to food waste. Ooh, I hate wasting food because that means wasted MONEY. They recommend standardizing the labeling system, which is smart. But what do we do in the meantime?

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