Four Ways to Find a Great Bottle of Wine for Cheap

Feeling lost amidst the sea of wine choices? You’re not alone. With countless options vying for attention, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. But fear not, because help is at hand. We’ve consulted a wine expert to bring you insider tips on how to make the right choice every time.

1. Say No to Mass-Market Brands:
Ever noticed certain wine brands dominating the shelves? Brands like Barefoot, Yellowtail, and Josh might seem ubiquitous, but don’t let their popularity fool you. Often, these brands prioritize marketing over quality. Instead of falling for the hype, explore lesser-known labels for hidden treasures that deliver on taste, not just advertising dollars.

2. Sweet Nothings:
When it comes to wine labels, the word “sweet” can be a red flag. It often indicates added sugar, compromising the wine’s integrity. For those who prefer a hint of sweetness, opt for wines labeled “off dry.” These wines retain a subtle sweetness naturally, adding depth without artificial enhancements.

3. Beware of Gimmicks:
Don’t be swayed by fancy marketing gimmicks like “bourbon-barrel aged” or boasting about “natural flavors.” These tactics can often mask inferior quality. Instead, focus on wines that showcase the true essence of the grapes, without unnecessary additives or shortcuts.

4. Explore Beyond California:
While California wines may steal the spotlight, don’t overlook other regions producing exceptional offerings. Washington state is gaining recognition for its quality wines, offering a refreshing alternative to West Coast favorites. Venture further south to South America, where countries like Argentina and Chile are producing remarkable wines at affordable prices.

Armed with these expert insights, you’ll navigate the wine aisle with confidence, bypassing the noise to discover true gems that tantalize the taste buds. Cheers to exploring the world of wine with a discerning palate and an adventurous spirit!

Airbnb Is Using AI to Block ‘High Risk’ Halloween Party Bookings

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You know how Airbnb always tries to keep the party poopers at bay, but sometimes, those open-invite shindigs just sneak through the cracks? Well, they’ve got a new trick up their sleeve – artificial intelligence!

Airbnb is bringing in the big guns to keep those disruptive and unauthorized parties from haunting the neighborhood during Halloween. They’ve unveiled an AI-driven anti-party system across the U.S. and Canada, and it’s out to stop those wild bookings before they even happen.

So, how does this high-tech guardian of the night work its magic? It’s all about AI and machine learning. This system scans through a bunch of signals like the length of the stay, how far the listing is from your crypt of choice, and if you’re booking at the last minute. It then waves a digital red flag if things seem fishy.

Naba Banerjee, Airbnb’s safety chief, chimed in, saying they want to make sure those disruptive parties are as rare as a black cat crossing your path. Last year, their AI anti-party system managed to keep thousands of potential revelers from booking a whole house, and it might just be the secret sauce behind fewer party poopers this Halloween.

So, while you’re out there getting your costumes ready, know that AI is watching over the Airbnb realm, making sure things stay spooktacularly peaceful. Have a boo-tiful Halloween, everyone! 🎃👻

Housing Market Update: The Surprising Trend of Moving Back In with Parents to Save for a Home

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If you’ve been keeping an eye on the housing market, you’re likely aware that it’s been a rollercoaster ride. Mortgage rates are on the rise, and for prospective homebuyers, it’s presenting a unique set of challenges. 

Lets explore what’s happening in the housing market and why more adults are considering moving back in with their parents.

As fall’s buying season kicks into high gear, mortgage rates are nearing 8%, making affordability a major concern. Some aspiring homeowners are finding themselves in a tricky spot, prompting a surprising solution – moving back in with mom and dad. The aim? To save up for that dream home.

Clare Trapasso,’s executive news editor, notes that while family assistance for homebuying is nothing new, it’s taking on a new twist. In a recent survey from and Censuswide, it’s revealed that of those planning to buy a home within the next year, 51% are potentially looking to their parents for financial help, while 29% have already made the move back home to save money.

So, what’s driving this trend? Climbing rents and inflation have significantly impacted the savings potential of prospective homebuyers. As a result, creative solutions are being sought to achieve homeownership, and turning to family members is an attractive option for many.

Savings vary depending on location and arrangements, but living rent-free at home for a year could save buyers over $20,000. While this might not cover a full down payment, it’s a significant boost to their savings.

But how long are these adults planning to stay with their parents? The data doesn’t provide an exact answer, but since respondents are planning to buy within the next year, it’s safe to assume that the living arrangement will last around 12 months or less.

The difficulty of paying high rent costs while trying to save for a home is a major issue. Even though rent prices have cooled off somewhat in recent months, they’re still approximately 25% higher than pre-pandemic levels. This, coupled with soaring home prices, makes saving for a down payment even more challenging.

Mortgage interest rates are adding to the complexity of the situation. In October, rates hit multi-decade highs, and when combined with elevated home prices, the monthly cost of financing a home is more than double what it was just four years ago. While moving back in with family can help save for a down payment, the monthly cost of homeownership remains a significant barrier for many potential buyers.

In this ever-evolving housing market, creative solutions like moving back in with parents are becoming increasingly common. While it may not be the dream scenario for everyone, it’s a practical strategy for some to overcome the hurdles of high rent, soaring home prices, and increasing mortgage rates. So, whether you’re considering this path or exploring other options, it’s important to stay informed about the ever-changing landscape of the housing market.

The High Cost of Working in the Office

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Many of us have traded our cozy home offices for the hustle and bustle of in-person work. If you’ve noticed your expenses creeping up, you’re not alone. Owl Labs, a company known for its video-conferencing solutions for hybrid work, recently published its “State of Hybrid Work” report, and the findings won’t shock you if you’ve been frequenting coffee shops and racking up rewards points.

Owl Labs surveyed 2,000 full-time U.S. employees from companies with at least two workers. Here’s the breakdown: 66% are back in the office full-time, 27% are enjoying a mix of office and remote work, and 7% are fully remote. This represents a significant shift from last year when 41% were in the office, 25% were in hybrid roles, and 34% worked remotely.

Let’s focus on the hybrid workers. About 45% are in the office three days a week, 24% for two days, and 7% for just one day. What’s interesting is that 58% of these hybrid workers admit to practicing “coffee badging.” They show up in the morning, grab a coffee, chat for a bit, and then vanish to work from a more comfortable location.

Now, the money talk. When asked what they’d expect if they had to work in the office every day, 29% of hybrid and fully remote workers said they’d want a pay increase to cover the extra costs. Another 28% hoped for free or subsidized food and beverages at the workplace. Their concerns are valid because the survey revealed that these hybrid workers are spending an extra $51 per day compared to working from home. Lunch is the biggest expense at an average of $16 per meal, followed by commuting costs at $14, breakfast and coffee at $13, and parking fees at $8.

On the bright side, think of all the loyalty programs you can now join at cafes and restaurants. Just remember to keep track of them – or not. It’s all part of the experience, and like many of us, you’ll probably forget most of them anyway. Enjoy your caffeinated workdays!

Goodbye DVDs and Blu-Rays at Best Buy


A change is coming to Best Buy. Starting in 2024, they’ll be waving goodbye to physical DVDs, both in-store and online. It’s all thanks to the rise of streaming services, which have made DVDs a bit old-fashioned.

According to a spokesperson from Best Buy speaking to Bloomberg, this shift is about making space for new and exciting tech products. They want to offer you the latest and greatest in technology, rather than traditional DVDs.

Best Buy isn’t alone in this move; it’s simply adapting to the changing times. The way we watch movies and TV shows has transformed. Remember when you had to wait for a movie to release on DVD? Now, you can have instant access with a click.

Streaming is not only more convenient but also more budget-friendly. No need to purchase pricey DVDs or invest in DVD players. For the cost of a single disc, you can enjoy a whole month of content.

The decline of DVD sales is not a recent phenomenon. CNBC data shows an 86% drop from 2008 to 2018. Even Netflix, which once mailed DVDs, has switched entirely to streaming for its massive subscriber base.

Some customers noticed this transition happening in Best Buy stores a couple of years ago. It’s a long-expected change, keeping pace with the digital era.

Coin toss not so random after all, says groundbreaking study


Hey there, fellow coin-flippers and chance-takers! Remember the days when we used to whip out good ol’ coins to make those snap decisions? Well, it turns out our trusty coins might not be as random as we thought.

A new study has shaken the world of coin flipping by revealing a “slight tendency” for coins to land on the same side they started from. Yeah, you heard that right. They’ve done the math, and after more than 350,000 coin flips, it turns out that those little discs chose their original side 51% of the time, just slightly above our traditional 50/50 notion. It might not sound like a big deal, but hey, in the world of statistics, every percentage point counts – just ask the casinos!

Now, before you start worrying about where to grab lunch based on this revelation, rest assured that a coin flip is still pretty random for everyday decisions. But when it comes to high-stakes situations like gambling, where the odds matter, this newfound “same-side” bias could make a difference.

This isn’t the first time someone pointed out this odd coin behavior. Back in 2007, Stanford researchers had already sniffed out this tendency, also at 51%. But here’s the kicker: in both studies, the coins were caught mid-air, no bouncing. If you give your coin a hearty slap on the table or your hand, it’s a different story – you might get the reverse of the same-side bias.

The study involved coins from all over the world, so it’s not about any specific currency’s design. So, if you still want to keep your coin flips thrillingly random, remember to let them bounce or, for extra suspense, give that coin a good shake in your cupped hands first. That way, you’ll never know which side is up! Happy flipping!