When isn't a bargain a bargain? When you end up with a lotta rot.
July 13th, 2011
02:00 PM ET
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Linda Petty is an editor at CNN Living. She liked boxed mixes and tarted-up vegetables.

Hi, my name is Linda and I am a compulsive shopper at membership big box stores.

Right now I am composting several avocados, half a ginormous bag of baby carrots and some celery in my refrigerator - along with some shriveled up oranges and some garlic that is growing roots. I bought it all in bulk because it was SUCH A DEAL!

And I must confess to using my refrigerator way too often for accidentally composting produce that was so pretty and sold at great prices at the store where I am a member.

Here's why: A mango a day – doesn’t quite work the same healthy magic that an apple a day does.
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July 7th, 2011
10:45 AM ET
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After opening its doors last year, Eataly has become Manhattan’s newest attraction for Italian food fanatics. However, the gleaming marketplace hasn’t left New York’s historic Little Italy district with empty tables. Both Italian pasta havens are known for serving up authentic Italian food, but the different dining experiences keeps the dough rolling for everyone.

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April 30th, 2011
03:45 PM ET
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April 25th, 2011
12:15 PM ET
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Bulking up at Costco
April 15th, 2011
08:00 PM ET
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A. Pawlowski writes for CNN Travel and she is nuts for Nutella

There’s something deliciously odd about buying groceries in the same place where you can also pick up a flat-screen TV and a $5,000 diamond ring.

Even more intriguing is the magnetic pull that Costco – the chain of warehouse clubs - seems to have on shoppers, if my local store in suburban Atlanta is any indication. On most days, it’s filled to wall-to-wall with bargain hunters stocking up on the giant portions of food that wholesalers are famous for.

Buying in bulk is big.

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March 14th, 2011
10:00 AM ET
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In the wake of recent tsunami devastation, survivors in many parts of Japan are left struggling for bare necessities - including food.

iReporter trunaway shared pictures of open, but decimated markets in Tsukuba, Ibaraki Prefecture under the assignment Earthquake in Japan spurs tsunami.

Rationing has been imposed in some areas, but trunaway tells iReport that she was able to get supplies after standing in line for two hours after the quake hit. In addition to the 10 lbs of rice, and bottled water, she bought baby wipes in case she couldn't shower, and butane with which to cook.

"I hope for replenishment sooner then later," she says.

Read more on iReport at Earthquake in Japan spurs tsunami

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Groceries continue to chomp away at your wallet
March 9th, 2011
02:15 PM ET
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After holding steady for two years, food prices in the United States are rising once again, due to growing demand and tight supplies of wheat, corn and other key commodities.

That means American consumers are being hit with higher grocery bills at a time when gas prices are already starting to dent household budgets. On the bright side, economists say the recent spike in fuel prices isn't yet translating into higher costs at the supermarket.

For the moment, food producers and retailers have been absorbing higher energy costs and have pledged not to pass them on.

Still, according to the U.S. government's Consumer Price Index, food prices in January rose 1.8% from the prior year, marking the fastest pace since 2009.

Read the rest of "Why you're paying more for groceries" on CNN Money.



January 20th, 2011
10:00 AM ET
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Wanna get a gig at Whole Foods? It's going to take more than a quinoa fetish and a penchant for sustainable perch. Better have a great attitude, or you're not getting past the team vote. Yes - the employees have a say on their prospective co-workers, and they'll see right through a snow job says co-founder and CEO John Mackey.

Is the hoop-jumping worth it? The editors of Fortune magazine seem to think so. This video is part of their series "Best Companies to Work For 2011."

Watch Whole Foods' hiring recipe on CNN Money



January 4th, 2011
09:30 AM ET
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