Are You Overpaying for Your Groceries? The Basket App Will Tell You the Best Place to Shop

She knew the price of those pineapples before she set foot in the store.
She knew the price of those pineapples before she set foot in the store.
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If you’re committed to getting the best deal for everything on your grocery list, going shopping can easily turn into a day-long errand that involves hitting several stores around town. With the Basket app, however, you can do all your price-checking beforehand—and pick the one grocery store that’ll save you the most money overall.

After logging in, you choose all the grocery stores within range for your shopping trip. Then you start searching for individual items to add to your basket. Not only will the app show you the cost of each item at all your selected stores, but it’ll also show you how much your entire basket would cost at each store. For example, Fruit Roll-Ups might be more expensive at Walmart than at Target, but if the dozen other items in your basket are cheaper at Walmart, you’re better off heading to Walmart for this particular excursion. And if you're willing and able to visit both stores, you’ll know to save the Fruit Roll-Ups for Target.

Looks like Amanda's heading to Walmart.Basket

Then again, maybe your basket is only a few dollars cheaper at Walmart than at Target, and Walmart is significantly farther from your house. In that case, you might decide the longer drive (and the gas it takes to get there) isn’t worth it. Either way, Basket gives you all the information you need to make the best decision for your situation.

All the prices are submitted by other Basket users, who scan products and enter their prices through the app, so there is a possibility that stores could change prices—or items could be out of stock—by the time you go shopping. That said, the convenience of being able to price-check everything in one handy app just might outweigh the occasional discrepancy.

You can learn more and download Basket here.

Looking to Downsize? You Can Buy a 5-Room DIY Cabin on Amazon for Less Than $33,000

Five rooms of one's own.
Five rooms of one's own.
Allwood/Amazon

If you’ve already mastered DIY houses for birds and dogs, maybe it’s time you built one for yourself.

As Simplemost reports, there are a number of house kits that you can order on Amazon, and the Allwood Avalon Cabin Kit is one of the quaintest—and, at $32,990, most affordable—options. The 540-square-foot structure has enough space for a kitchen, a bathroom, a bedroom, and a sitting room—and there’s an additional 218-square-foot loft with the potential to be the coziest reading nook of all time.

You can opt for three larger rooms if you're willing to skip the kitchen and bathroom.Allwood/Amazon

The construction process might not be a great idea for someone who’s never picked up a hammer, but you don’t need an architectural degree to tackle it. Step-by-step instructions and all materials are included, so it’s a little like a high-level IKEA project. According to the Amazon listing, it takes two adults about a week to complete. Since the Nordic wood walls are reinforced with steel rods, the house can withstand winds up to 120 mph, and you can pay an extra $1000 to upgrade from double-glass windows and doors to triple-glass for added fortification.

Sadly, the cool ceiling lamp is not included.Allwood/Amazon

Though everything you need for the shell of the house comes in the kit, you will need to purchase whatever goes inside it: toilet, shower, sink, stove, insulation, and all other furnishings. You can also customize the blueprint to fit your own plans for the space; maybe, for example, you’re going to use the house as a small event venue, and you’d rather have two or three large, airy rooms and no kitchen or bedroom.

Intrigued? Find out more here.

[h/t Simplemost]

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More Than 38,000 Pounds of Ground Beef Has Been Recalled

Beef-ware.
Beef-ware.
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Your lettuce-based summer salads are safe for the moment, but there are other products you should be careful about using these days: Certain brands of hand sanitizer, for example, have been recalled for containing methanol. And as Real Simple reports, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) recently recalled 38,406 pounds of ground beef.

When JBS Food Canada ULC shipped the beef over the border from its plant in Alberta, Canada, it somehow skirted the import reinspection process, so FSIS never verified that it met U.S. food safety standards. In other words, we don’t know if there’s anything wrong with it—and no reports of illness have been tied to it so far—but eating unapproved beef is simply not worth the risk.

The beef entered the country on July 13 as raw, frozen, boneless head meat products, and Balter Meat Company processed it into 80-pound boxes of ground beef. It was sent to holding locations in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina before heading to retailers that may not be specific to those four states. According to a press release, FSIS will post the list of retailers on its website after it confirms them.

In the meantime, it’s up to consumers to toss any ground beef with labels that match those here [PDF]. Keep an eye out for lot codes 2020A and 2030A, establishment number 11126, and use-or-freeze-by dates August 9 and August 10.

[h/t Real Simple]