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9 real superfoods you can actually afford

Cheap superfoods

There’s no getting around it: a healthy diet is more expensive than an unhealthy one. But that doesn’t mean your food choices should be limited to the dollar menu at your favorite fast food joint. Add some cheap superfoods to your diet and you’ll be making healthy choices that also fit within your grocery budget.

“You’ll get more bang for your buck,” says Angela Ginn, registered dietician nutritionist and spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Superfood is just a catchy term that’s being thrown around to refer to foods that are “nutrient-rich” says Ginn.

Here’s are some cheap superfoods to add to that unhealthy diet of refined carbohydrates and processed meats you’ve got there, with average prices and Ginn’s rundown of the nutritional benefits for each.

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How big numbers short-circuit your brain and how to fight back

Math and finances are closely linkedSorry to be the one to tell you this, but your brain is just not evolved to process big numbers.

In our journey from hunter-gatherers to wage slaves, homo sapiens never quite evolved the mental machinery needed to efficiently process the high numbers we typically face when doing things like buying cars, taking out mortgages and saving for retirement.

It makes sense in evolutionary terms that we wouldn’t necessarily need to be able to deal efficiently with big numbers, says Sara Cordes, an assistant professor of psychology at Boston College.
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Want to help a food bank? Give cash, not food

You wouldn’t go into the Red Cross and bring them a jumbo pack of bandages, right? You wouldn’t drive over to the Cancer Research Institute and offer to give them some of your leftover science, right?

But plenty of people will drive up to a food bank this holiday season and just drop off a bunch of food they chose at random from the grocery store or dug out of the back of their pantry.

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Good investing habits that make your primitive ape brain hurt

Good investing habits can make your brain hurtBy almost any measure, the average American is pretty terrible at investing.

Between 1993 and 2012, individual investors earned an average annual return of 2.3 percent, according to a study by DALBAR, a financial services market research firm. That’s not only terrible, it’s a lot less than the 8.2 percent they would have earned just parking their money in stocks of the 500 largest American companies and reinvesting the dividends.
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