Shopping & Stores

The 5 Things I Never Buy at Trader Joe’s — Shopping

I've never been shy about professing my love for all the wonderful things Trader Joe's has to offer. I'm a huge fan of everything from those quirky snacks and smart solutions that make dinner prep easier to the cheese case and freezer section. And yet, there are some things I just won't buy at this beloved store.

Here are five things I never buy at Trader Joe's.

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The Top 10 Healthy Snacks You Can Find at Wegmans — Grocery Snacks

Those of us who are lucky enough to live in one of the six states with Wegmans stores know that no other grocery store compares to it. Any devoted Wegmans fan also knows the generic store brand is usually cheaper and better than other options, and that's especially true when it comes to healthy snacks.

In fact, Wegmans wants you to snack better, and feel good about doing so. They have an entire line of products under their Food You Feel Good About (FYFGA) label. You can trust that any product adorned with the FYFGA yellow banner has no artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives.

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The Best Halloween Couples Costumes at Party City — Shopping

Part of the fun of dressing up for Halloween is having someone who's in on it with you, which is why we're big fans of couples costumes. This year, if you want to channel your favorite combinations of foods, Party City has a bunch that are cute and affordable.

Finally, you can prove to everyone once and for all that you and your beloved go together just like bacon and eggs!

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This Cutting Board — Now on Sale — Will Make You a Neater Cook — Amazon Deal of the Day

When you're vigorously chopping vegetables for dinner, it's normal for wayward pieces of pepper, carrot, broccoli, or whatever you're prepping to go flying onto the floor. And as much as your pup may enjoy this, it's annoying and just contributes to more after-dinner cleanup for you.

That's why we like this Dexas Chop & Scoop Cutting Board, currently on sale on Amazon. It has curved edges to help keep ingredients on the board where they belong.

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To Carve Pumpkins Safely, You Only Need These Two Tools — The Great Pumpkin

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While those inexpensive pumpkin carving kits you see at the grocery store may seem appealing (they promise everything you need — and when is the last time a plastic saw ever hurt anyone?), they're actually not your best bet.

"I don't use them," says expert pumpkin carver Hugh McMahon, who heads a team that makes 300 jack-o'-lanterns a season (including portraits of Michael Jackson and Albert Einstein!). Not only do those chintzy orange knives break too easily, but they'll also never give you very detailed results. They're not always the sharpest, and you know what they about using dull knives (they're more dangerous than sharp ones!).

Instead, McMahon says there are only two tools you need to carve a pumpkin safely.

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A Guide to Picking the Best Pumpkins for Carving — Shopping

There are so many different types of pumpkins to choose from! At just one farm stand, there could be more than a half-dozen options. How can you pick the very best pumpkin for carving? We turned to some gourd-growing professionals to get expert opinions.

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