How Expensive Is Your Drunk Shopping Habit?

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A night of heavy drinking can lead to more than just nausea and a killer headache the morning afterward. It can also leave you with a credit card bill for some taxidermied alligator head you don't remember buying on Amazon. This is all thanks to tipsy shopping, which, according to a recent survey conducted by the Archstone Recovery Center, may be more expensive than you think.

Drunk Americans may be spending as much as $30 billion annually while shopping online, The Daily Dot reports. A separate survey conducted in February 2018 by the website Finder suggests as many as 46 percent of people have made a purchase while under the influence. Those drunk purchases add up: According to Finder’s research, Americans spend an average of $447.57 per year shopping while buzzed.

Gin is apparently the most dangerous alcohol for your wallet, according to the Archstone Recovery Center. Gin drinkers in Archstone’s survey spent the most on Amazon shopping sprees—an average of $82.40—and they were also likely to splurge on more expensive items (an average of $235.10 for the most expensive purchase). Whiskey drinkers, on the other hand, spend the least amount of money when they’re drunk ($38.84 on average), but they’re right behind gin drinkers in terms of splurging ($204.70 for the priciest Amazon orders).

But who spends more while drunk shopping on Amazon? Women, says Archstone, who spend an average of $45.39 on a drunk shopping spree (men spend an average of $39.87). Men spend more than women on their most expensive splurges, though ($198.27 and $154.81, respectively).

People regret some purchases more than others, Archstone says. Almost 67 percent of people in the survey regretted purchasing cell phones and phone accessories, and 34 percent regretted purchasing books. On the other hand, nobody regretted buying musical instruments, and a full 93 percent said they enjoyed their purchases of pet supplies.

Archstone’s survey wasn’t exactly scientific. According to the center’s methodology report, the study surveyed 1094 people, and the only qualifier for participation was that subjects had to have purchased an item on Amazon while drinking alcohol.

But the results are fascinating, and it’s a good reminder that shopping—like driving, texting, and exercising—is better left for when you’re sober.

[h/t The Daily Dot]

25 of the Best Places to Retire Early in America

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Retirement is a word we often associate with sun-loving sexagenarians and beyond who are living out their glory years in a Florida bungalow. To many, it's a luxury afforded only to those seasoned professionals who did their time in the workforce. But Kiplinger, the nearly 100-year-old publication focused on personal finance and business forecasts, says otherwise. The site recently reported how, with careful planning, a person could successfully retire early.

By “retiring early,” the site is referring to a retirement age of around 45, not 25 (sorry, to all you hopeful Millennials out there). While there is some taboo surrounding a person’s decision to move forward with such a choice, those who have actually done it have praised its many benefits. So what kind of careful planning would allow for someone to achieve such a goal?

According to Kiplinger, one of the best ways to successfully quit your day job while you're still in your 40s is to settle in a place where the living conditions—including cost of living, tax rates, and income opportunities—allow you to keep busy and remain financially solvent. To help out, Kiplinger released a list of the best places in each state for early retirement, factoring in such variables as the health of each state's economy, taxes on retirees, poverty rates within the retirement demographic, and certain population data.

Listed alphabetically by state, cities and towns with higher concentrations of residents aged 45 to 64 were also favored. Here are 25 of Kiplinger's 50 best places.

  1. Huntsville, Alabama

  1. Lake Havasu City, Arizona

  1. San Francisco, California

  1. New Milford, Connecticut

  1. Tampa, Florida

  1. Kapaa, Hawaii

  1. Champaign-Urbana, Illinois

  1. Des Moines, Iowa

  1. Louisville, Kentucky

  1. Portland, Maine

  1. Pittsfield, Massachusetts

  1. Minneapolis, Minnesota

  1. St. Louis, Missouri

  1. Omaha, Nebraska

  1. Manchester, New Hampshire

  1. Albuquerque, New Mexico

  1. Raleigh, North Carolina

  1. Cincinnati, Ohio

  1. Portland, Oregon

  1. Providence, Rhode Island

  1. Pierre, South Dakota

  1. Sherman, Texas

  1. Burlington, Vermont

  1. Seattle, Washington

  1. Green Bay, Wisconsin

To check out the full list of 50, visit Kiplinger's website.

Starting in July, All Kohl's Stores Will Accept Amazon Returns

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The only thing that can dilute the excitement of receiving a package from Amazon is the realization that you ordered the wrong item. Maybe it’s a shirt that doesn’t fit, or a gadget that didn’t meet expectations. Now it has to go back, which means printing out a return slip, boxing it back up, and either making a trip to the post office or waiting for a postal carrier to take it away.

Amazon's return policy is now getting a makeover. Beginning in July, all 1150 Kohl’s locations will be accepting returns for the online giant. The program is called Amazon Returns, and it’s free for the consumer. Items don’t need to be packaged. All you have to do is bring in your unwanted Amazon order and let them box it up. While it would seem like a massive inconvenience for Kohl’s, it’s actually part of a mutually beneficial strategy.

By inviting Amazon customers to walk into their stores, Kohl’s is increasing their foot traffic and setting themselves up for an opportunity to capture some additional revenue from people who might not have stopped in otherwise. It’s a smart approach for a brick-and-mortar retailer, a segment of commerce that has been dramatically impacted by the rise of online shopping and Amazon’s dominance in particular.

For Amazon, it likely means consolidating their shipping costs. Instead of retrieving returns from a number of addresses or drop-off locations, they’re able to bundle shipments from Kohl’s.

There are some caveats. If you bought a product from a third-party Amazon seller, it’s not eligible to be processed at a Kohl’s location. And you’ll still have to log on to your Amazon account to notify them you’ll be returning an item via a Kohl’s store.

Accepting Amazon returns may not be the only change you see in Kohl’s in the coming years. Some locations have partnered with Aldi and Planet Fitness to offer a more diverse array of services.

[h/t Gizmodo]

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