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Always buy the biggest pizza…That’s why God created freezers…And big ziplock bags

We suspect you don’t really need another reason to buy a bigger pizza.

But if you do, here’s a great one: You’ll get more pizza for your money if you go with the larger pie.
Quoctrung Bui of Planet Money recently studied this after noticing something while eating lunch with an engineer.

Though the engineer claimed not to be very hungry, he ordered the 12-inch medium pizza instead of the 8-inch small. His reasoning: The medium was more than twice as big as the small and only cost a bit more.

The math of why the bigger pizza is a better deal is straightforward. The area of a circle, the pizza in this case, increases with the square of the radius.
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Can saving cyclically help you put away more?

Cylical saving may trump the way we normally save?

You probably have lofty goals and high hopes for your financial future.

Forget about them.

New research suggests that, when it comes to saving, a cyclical mindset trumps linear, goal-oriented thinking. People tend to save more money when they think about the present instead of the future, researchers found.
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Is finding love online easier if you’re rich?

online datingIt’s fair to say America is obsessed with “gold diggers.” From Anna Nicole Smith to Kevin Federline to whoever Kanye was rapping about on his triple-platinum single, we have a long tradition of assuming that having enough money attracts members of the opposite sex like, well, miners to the Yukon.

But does having money really help attract a mate? We conducted a little online dating experiment to find out.
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‘Multilevel marketing’ schemes like Herbalife, Amway and Juice Plus are bullshit and here’s why

Multilevel marketing schemes like Amway, Herbalife and Juice Plus are bullshit You probably know someone (or multiple people if you’re particularly unlucky) who has tried to sell you so-called “multilevel marketing” products such as Herbalife, Amway, Juice Plus, Avon, Mona Vie, Vemma or Arbonne.

If you’re even more unlucky, they’ve tried to recruit you to sell the product, too, waxing poetic about the amazing quality of the products, big discounts, easy money, blah blah blah.

There are lots of annoying things about this: high-pressure sales pitches, attempts to monetize their relationship with you, appeals at get-togethers and on social media. But the most annoying thing of all may be that, even after badgering everyone they know to buy a bunch of stuff they don’t really want, your friend or relative will probably never make a dime off it.
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Can you really heat a room for 15 cents a day worth of tea lights?

Flowerpot heater materialsThere’s a video making the rounds on social media about a “hack” for home heating that seems like it should be huge news to cheapskates the world over, especially given the hellacious polar vortex that’s covered much of the United States in snow and ice this winter.

In the video, which was actually published in fall of 2012, a British man named Dylan Winter, who runs a YouTube channel devoted largely to boating, demonstrates how he uses simple household materials — a bread tin, two flowerpots of varying sizes and some tea lights — to build a heater that cheaply keeps a small room warm. The video is really popular, with 5,349,262 views as of this writing.

I hail from the arctic tundra known as Minnesota, and, because we have had some record-breaking low temperatures this winter (when don’t we?), I thought it would be as good a time as any to give building my own flowerpot heater a whirl.
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How I got $132 worth of clothes for free

A clothing swap allows you to freshen up your wardrobe without a pricey shopping spreeA clothing swap allows you to freshen up your wardrobe without a pricey shopping spree.

It’s totally unfrugal, but sometimes buying new clothes and shoes and accessories just feels good. But know what doesn’t feel so good? A busted budget.

Good news is, there are ways to satisfy your inner shopaholic without going broke. One of my favorite ways to scratch a shopping itch on a budget: swap parties.

Yes, swap parties. (And get your mind out of the gutter. This ain’t the ’70s.) I’m talking clothing swap parties: get-togethers in which you and your friends sip wine, snack, and then trade awesome outfits.
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Is it cheaper to commute by motorcycle?

Could a commute by motorcycle save you money?I ride a motorcycle everywhere. I commute on it (daily, year-round, rain or shine, in South Florida), run errands on it. Heck, I’ve even brought home 7-foot Christmas trees on my bike.

Yet I still own a car — a 2000 Jetta that I haven’t driven in about six weeks. If you ignore the costs of tires and armored clothing for the motorcycle, the car is cheaper. If you consider the protective gear a sunk cost, keeping the car is a mistake. Let’s talk money.
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Are must-have Christmas gifts getting more expensive?

Are the gifts kids want for Christmas getting more expensive?It seems like the one constant around the holidays is people complaining about how spoiled kids are today, and how out-of-control holiday costs have become. But are the gifts we give kids really that much more expensive than the ones you’d find under the tree back in the “good old days”?

What got me wondering about this question was a really cool infographic, “50 years 50 toys,” created by Abby Ryan Design that’s been floating around the Web. While the infographic isn’t based on exact sales figures, etc., I think it gives a pretty good representation of what people were buying as their primary gift for kids throughout the years. So I set out to research the cost of all the toys that appear in the infographic in the year they were the hot toy to have.
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