research http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/4798/all en-US Make Your Food Taste Better With Rituals http://www.wisebread.com/make-your-food-taste-better-with-rituals <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/make-your-food-taste-better-with-rituals" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/eating-4726534-small.jpg" alt="eating marshmallows" title="eating marshmallows" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I always thought it didn't matter how you eat &mdash; it all ended up in the same place, anyhow.</p> <p>Turns out, I was wrong.</p> <p>Not about where the food ends up (whew!), but about the importance of what you do when you eat. According to a <a href="http://pss.sagepub.com/content/early/2013/07/17/0956797613478949.abstract">study conducted at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis and Harvard University</a>, the small rituals you do before you eat can enhance your enjoyment of the food. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/imagine-eating-to-lose-weight-and-save-money">Imagine Eating to Lose Weight (and Save Money)</a>)</p> <p><a href="http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/08/09/rituals-make-our-food-more-flavorful/">Says Catherine Saint Louis</a> of the <em>New York Times</em> Well blog:</p> <blockquote><p>Far from being mere quirks of personality, rituals like these may actually enhance how much people savor what they eat or drink, new research shows. Flavor is intensified. The meal is enjoyed more. It may be one reason why birthday cake is savored more than the stumbled-upon 4 p.m. brownie, because of the singing and candle blowing that precedes it.</p> </blockquote> <h2>The Rituals</h2> <p>What kind of rituals are we talking about, exactly? Donning a ceremonial cow costume, singing a prayer over a carton of milk, and finishing off with a cereal baptism? Will that make my original Cheerios taste less like cardboard?</p> <p>Actually, yeah, it might. But a ritual doesn't have to be as elaborate as that. In fact, you may already have some food rituals under your belt:</p> <ul> <li>Sing before eating a birthday cake.</li> <li>Tap a can before pulling the tab.</li> <li>Scrape wooden chopsticks together before digging in. (Watch out for splinters!)</li> <li>Separate an Oreo cookie before dunking it into milk. (Wait, so it's NOT just a marketing ploy?)</li> <li>Unwrap and uncork a wine bottle yourself.</li> <li>Anything you always make sure to do before you eat a certain food. Anything. Seriously, the sky's the limit!</li> </ul> <h2>The Study</h2> <p>The study consisted of four experiments:</p> <ol> <li>Participants were divided into two groups. Both were given chocolate. One group was asked go through a series of chocolate-unwrapping motions, while the other just at the bar.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Participants were given baby carrots. Some were told to knock twice, grab a bag of carrots, knock again, breathe, <em>then</em> eat the carrots. Others were instructed to perform other, similarly not-related-to-actual-eating motions. Some had to wait between carrots, and others did not.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>One set of participants mixed lemonade as another set watched.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Researchers asked the participants how fun and interesting it was to eat the chocolate.</li> </ol> <p>The participants who were asked to perform some kind of gesture &mdash; unwrapping chocolate just so, knocking and waiting before eating carrots &mdash; rated their pleasure higher than those who simply ate the food they were given. And as the baby carrot experiment showed, any old ritual will work &mdash; it doesn't have to be related to eating the food. Also, watching someone perform the ritual doesn't do anything for your own enjoyment &mdash; unless you're laughing at their silliness, in which case, joke's on you! The lemonade mixers enjoyed the drink more than those who watched from the sidelines. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-luscious-ways-to-enjoy-lemonade">12 Luscious Ways to Enjoy Lemonade</a>)</p> <p>So, why is this roundabout way of eating more enjoyable than a direct approach? By way of Experiment 4, the researchers found:</p> <blockquote><p>[O]ne reason food rituals enhance flavor and enjoyment is their ability to focus people's interest on the ensuing consumption. The researchers called this focus &quot;involvement.&quot;</p> </blockquote> <h2>The Application</h2> <p>OK, great. So I might enjoy lobster more if I took the trouble to de-shell the crustacean myself (groans, many groans), but are there any other benefits to this culinary ritual business?</p> <p>Why, yes, there are.</p> <p>The New York Times brings up the possibility of finally enjoying a food you &mdash; or a picky preschooler &mdash; previously disliked. Fun rituals, like singing a broccoli song or dancing bitter squash style (no idea what that entails), can make the food go down easier. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-cut-waste-when-feeding-kids">10 Ways to Cut Waste When Feeding Kids</a>)</p> <p>Plus, taking the time to savor your food can give you better control over how much you eat:</p> <blockquote><p>[Dr. Susan Albers], the author of <em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/160882330X/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=160882330X&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20" target="_blank">Eating Mindfully</a></em>, noted that rituals may also help in portion control, something the University of Minnesota researchers did not address in their experiments. She noted that in a <a href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22243980">small randomized controlled trial</a> at the University of Texas in Austin, researchers found that teaching restaurant diners to focus on awareness of hunger and taste, along with other strategies, was effective at promoting weight management. &quot;When you savor food you enjoy it more, and sometimes you eat less,&quot; she said.</p> </blockquote> <p>Then again, some foods don't need the flavor boost. The researchers caution that the extra kick in some tastes may repel some eaters.</p> <p>I think I'll hold off on choreographing that bitter squash dance for now.</p> <p><em>What food rituals do you engage in? Are there any foods that you want to enjoy more, enough to create a ritual for it?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-your-food-taste-better-with-rituals">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/23-fantastic-uses-for-apples">23 Fantastic Uses for Apples</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-use-portion-control-to-lose-weight">How to Use Portion Control to Lose Weight</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-these-5-diet-moves-now-or-youll-regret-it-in-20-years">Make These 5 Diet Moves Now or You&#039;ll Regret It in 20 Years</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-tasty-and-cheap-meals-for-one">14 Tasty and Cheap Meals for One</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/grocery-jargon-10-terms-to-know-before-you-hit-the-aisles">Grocery Jargon: 10 Terms to Know Before You Hit the Aisles</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink eating healthy research Thu, 15 Aug 2013 18:34:46 +0000 Amy Lu 981311 at http://www.wisebread.com How to Thrive Before, During, and After Job Fairs http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-thrive-before-during-and-after-job-fairs <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-thrive-before-during-and-after-job-fairs" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/career_fair_1.jpg" alt="Girls at fair table" title="Girls at fair table" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I remember my first job fair very well. During my senior year of college, I entered the large room with a folder full of resumés and a map of where in the room each employer was located. As I looked at the map, I realized two things: I had no idea what any of these companies did, and I had absolutely no plan. Panic started to set in.</p> <p>After some wandering, I made up a pitch about my experience and goals and headed over to a table that surprisingly had nobody waiting in line. After giving my 30-second life story, I found out that the company was only interested in graduate students. Rejected! The only positive that came out of it was that I gained some practice without ruining and potential opportunities. But it showed just how unprepared I was.</p> <p>After having little success, I went home dejected. Three months later, I was given another opportunity, and this time, I wasn't going to let it go to waste. So I developed a plan of attack. Mission &mdash; find a job.</p> <p>Here are tips I used for that job fair, and ones that you can use to ace your job fair experience.</p> <h2>Research, Research, Research</h2> <p>As much as a suit and great resumé will help, knowing which companies are going to be there and how you could fit in is much more important. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/standout-stuff-to-put-on-your-resume">Standout Stuff for Your Resumé and LinkedIn Profile</a>)</p> <p>Make a list of companies you are interested in, find out what they do, and if you can, go a step further and find positions you are well suited for. You'll really impress them if you bring up a position you have skills for and describe how you would be a perfect match.</p> <p>Mark the companies you like on a map. You'll spend less time wandering while looking clueless, and you'll maximize the time spent talking to employers.</p> <h2>Interact</h2> <p>The goal of a career fair is not to simply hand your resumé to a company representative and walk away. There are no prizes for giving away all of your resumés, and you want to make an impression that will last all the way through the review process.</p> <p>Ask questions! You're not simply hoping to get hired, you're also looking for a company that you want to work for. Bonus points for targeting questions to specific companies. At the end of the conversation, ask for a business card or contact information so you can follow up later.</p> <p>After leaving an employer's station, spend a few moments taking notes. Write down positives, negatives, and the things discussed before running off to another employer. This will help you later when you're trying to remember which companies you'd like to continue pursuing and which ones you shouldn't waste your time with.</p> <h2>Follow Up</h2> <p>In about ten minutes, you can craft a personalized email or better yet, a handwritten letter. Sending a note a day or two after the fair will show you're genuinely interested, and thanking someone for their time is always polite and sheds a positive light on you. Try to incorporate some part of your conversation (that you took notes on!), and you'll show that you were paying attention and would be someone great to work with!</p> <p>As it turned out, I was <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-tips-to-acing-an-interview">interviewed</a> by one of the companies at the job fair, and that ultimately turned into my current job. Mission accomplished.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/daniel-packer">Daniel Packer</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-thrive-before-during-and-after-job-fairs">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-outdated-job-search-techniques-to-avoid">10 Outdated Job-Search Techniques to Avoid</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-awesome-websites-to-help-you-get-a-job">25 Awesome Websites to Help You Get a Job</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/job-search-tips-that-will-get-you-a-job-in-2012">Job Search Tips That Will Get You a Job in 2012</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/fired-heres-how-to-keep-it-from-hurting-your-career">Fired? Here&#039;s How to Keep It From Hurting Your Career</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/your-resume-sucks-try-one-of-these-instead">Your Resume Sucks — Try One of These Instead</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Job Hunting job fairs research resumes thank you cards Tue, 10 May 2011 10:24:13 +0000 Daniel Packer 540284 at http://www.wisebread.com 8 Timeless Tips for Resisting the Upsell http://www.wisebread.com/8-timeless-tips-for-resisting-the-upsell <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/8-timeless-tips-for-resisting-the-upsell" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000003275965XSmall.jpg" alt="Store cashier" title="Store cashier" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="166" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The art of upselling is regarded in the sales world as one of the easiest ways to increase sales, and that's why you encounter this tactic often. A waiter may try to sell you a nice bottle of wine when you order a steak dinner, a car salesmen may try to sell you paint protection packages when you buy a car, and the McDonald's cashier will always ask &quot;Would you like to make that a meal today?&quot; They ask because in the moment, most people don't think about the additional expense and just see the additional benefit. If you want to save some money this holiday season and beyond, know these rules that will help keep those add-on costs down:</p> <h3>1. Think twice before you give out your contact information.</h3> <p>From signing up for email newsletters to flat-out leaving the other party with every conceivable way of reaching you, providing your contact information allows salespeople to contact you and pitch products and services again and again. Last week I got a call from a dealership pitching a maintenance package for my car. If even car dealerships have started doing this, you know every company can potentially spam you with these calls.</p> <h3>2. Do your research ahead of time.</h3> <p>To avoid spending more due to the hoopla of the shopping experience, try to figure out exactly what you need to purchase before you ever step out the door. Many people go to a restaurant because they are hungry or walk into Best Buy because they would like a new TV. The more prudent buyers know that they actually want a nice rib-eye steak because of its flavor, or that they want a LED TV from Samsung for Christmas.</p> <h3>3. Have a clear understanding of why you want it.</h3> <p>When you are able to articulate the reasons why you want to purchase a product, you can find the best place to purchase it. When you know exactly why you want a certain product, it's also much easier to tune out the sales pitches that will surface during the buying process.</p> <h3>4. Have a budget.</h3> <p>Most people should have a budget anyway, but it can be especially helpful in avoiding an upsell. Have a strict budget for items you want to buy, and if the price of an add-on still falls within budget, you can buy it. Otherwise, forget about it, no matter how useful it seems at the time.</p> <p>Be mindful of setting too loose a budget though. When there is a limit, it sometimes becomes a game of &quot;How close you can get to the limit without going over.&quot; Set the budget to $300? You will spend $297. Set it to $500? You will likely end up spending $485, even if you are trying to buy the same type of product. That's why research is so crucial.</p> <h3>5. Learn to say no to time limits.</h3> <p>It's easy to spend more at the time of purchase because you're drowning in the happiness of buying something new. When salespeople add a time limit on those add-on offers, they can suddenly become must-haves. In reality, almost no discount is ever a once-in-a-lifetime deal, so just say no and decide whether you really need it when you are in a more relaxed environment.</p> <h3>6. Try the 30 day rule.</h3> <p>This is just taking the &quot;say no&quot; rule up a notch. Basically, you limit yourself to not buying anything that wasn't planned or isn't needed until 30 days later, when you are past the time that you will likely act on impulse. If you still want it after 30 days, then you can have it!</p> <h3>7. Always find a way to self-serve.</h3> <p>I love self-service because of its convenience, but there's another benefit &mdash; the lack of upsell. Sure, computers can be programmed to ask questions in an attempt to get you to buy more, but they will never compare to a highly trained salesperson. And when the choice is presented by a computer, you also have a bit less pressure and thus can spend more time thinking about the offer.</p> <h3>8. Don't shop as much.</h3> <p>If you don't want to pay more for an upsell, then reduce the chances that you are being sold to. The less you are in the checkout line, the fewer small purchases you will see. The less you eat out, the less you will buy a premium beverage to go with your entree. The less you buy, the less you will pay more.</p> <p>Learn the rules, and you will spend less. Really.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/david-ning">David Ning</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-timeless-tips-for-resisting-the-upsell">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/90-off-is-not-a-deal-if-you-don-t-need-it">90% off is not a deal if you don’t need it.</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/these-secrets-of-amazons-pricing-strategy-will-help-you-find-the-best-buys">These Secrets of Amazon&#039;s Pricing Strategy Will Help You Find the Best Buys</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/debit-or-credit-which-one-should-you-choose-at-the-checkout">Debit Or Credit? Which One Should You Choose At The Checkout?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/big-list-of-senior-discounts">Big List of Senior Discounts</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cheat-sheet-retail-markup-on-common-items">Cheat Sheet: Retail Markup on Common Items</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Consumer Affairs Shopping balanced spending frugal shopping research smart shopping Thu, 16 Dec 2010 14:00:21 +0000 David Ning 385317 at http://www.wisebread.com One genius little button that's saving me a whole bunch of time http://www.wisebread.com/one-genius-little-button-thats-saving-me-a-whole-bunch-of-time <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/one-genius-little-button-thats-saving-me-a-whole-bunch-of-time" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/61780671_1574a5db01.jpg" alt="Happy Brit button smiley flag" title="Happy Brit button smiley flag" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="254" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>How many times do you click on a link to an article, video, image or anything else of interest and want to visit the homepage of that site? It happens to me all the time. Sometimes finding the homepage link is fairly easy, on other occasions it&#39;s buried. And then you have to go up to the address bar, delete all of the information before the domain name and hit enter. Well, not any more with the help of this &quot;bookmarklet.&quot;</p> <p>It is the brainchild of Billy Chasen, author of  <a href="http://anerroroccurredwhileprocessingthisdirective.com/2008/03/22/go-to-home/">[anerroroccurredwhileprocessingthisdirective].com</a> (nice and easy url Billy). Billy explains the simplicity behind his idea:</p> <blockquote><p><em>The best ideas come from finding something you do all the time, realize you do it, and then automate it.</em></p> <p><em>With me, I discovered that I frequently go to the base domain of a website by going to the URL, highlighting and deleting the junk on the end of the domain name and then pressing enter. I HATE doing it. I also have to do it when websites don’t link to their home page.</em></p> </blockquote> <p>As someone who does a lot of research online for Wisebread, and my job, I&#39;m coming up against this on a daily basis. Countless links lead to websites that I just want to know more about, but I end up having to spend valuable time editing the web address (which doesn&#39;t always work either, usually because I delete an extra letter or symbol by mistake). </p> <p>The &quot;bookmarklet&quot; Billy has devised uses a simple piece of code, that I don&#39;t pretend to understand, to get around all of that. To get this simple little button, <a href="http://anerroroccurredwhileprocessingthisdirective.com/2008/03/22/go-to-home/">visit Billy&#39;s site here</a> . You&#39;ll be greeted with the image below. Simply drag the &quot;go to home&quot; button to your bookmark bar, and hey presto, now you can get to the homepage of any site just by clicking it. </p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u17/Go_to_Home_1220074418884.png" alt="go to home" title="go to home" width="500" height="168" /> </p> <p>It&#39;s already saved me a bunch of time this evening. And as we all know, time is money.If you have Firefox, you can also<a href="https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/869"> try this little add-on</a> that basically navigates you up one level. Enjoy, and thanks Billy. </p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/one-genius-little-button-thats-saving-me-a-whole-bunch-of-time">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-do-you-spend-money-to-save-time">How do you spend money to save time?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-essential-tools-for-getting-work-done-anywhere">7 Essential Tools for Getting Work Done -- Anywhere!</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/three-quirky-search-tools-to-help-you-get-results">Three Quirky Search Tools to Help You Get Results</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/quick-vista-hack-to-get-you-browsing-at-high-speed-again">Quick Vista Hack to Get You Browsing at High-Speed Again</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/dont-have-a-sven-sandy-might-be-the-next-best-thing">Don&#039;t Have A Sven? Sandy Might Be the Next Best Thing</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Life Hacks Productivity Technology application bookmark browsing Internet research save time web Sat, 30 Aug 2008 05:38:39 +0000 Paul Michael 2384 at http://www.wisebread.com