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You can get All-Clad cookware at amazing prices right now …

— Our editors review and recommend products to help you buy the stuff you need. If you make a purchase by clicking one of our links, we may earn a small share of the revenue. However, our picks and opinions are independent from USA TODAY’s newsroom and any business incentives.

Editor’s note: All-Clad has extended the VIP Factory Seconds Sale. You now have until Thursday, August 16 at 11:59 p.m. EST to shop.

If you’re an amateur home cook or just a kitchen enthusiast, you want to fill your kitchen with the best cookware money can buy. But you can’t always spend that kind of money you might want to do so. Thankfully, every so often All-Clad holds a crazy sale, so us novice chefs can get some of the best kitchen products without breaking the bank.

Right now, you can save up to 80% on this high-end cookware brand as part of their Factory Seconds VIP Summer Clearance Event. Plus, you can save an extra 10% if you spend $150 or more (which honestly isn’t that hard to do). You just need to use the code “ACSUMMER18” to access these amazing deals. This sale runs until 12:00 a.m. EST on Wednesday, August 15, so if you’ve ever wanted All-Clad cookware, now may be the time to buy.

The All-Clad brand is known for long-lasting, high-quality kitchen products with a sleek stainless steel finish that looks amazing in any kitchen, and these discounts on popular items are incredible. For example, you can get an 8-inch and 10-inch nonstick fry pan set for just $40 (that’s $50 in savings!). There are also plenty of other pots, pans, griddles, knives, bakeware, kitchen accessories, and more with similar discounts.

The one catch of this sale, though, is that all of these products are factory seconds—but there’s actually no need for concern. All this means is that these products couldn’t be sold at full price due to minor imperfections like surface scratches and dents, which typically happens anyways after some normal usage and should not affect the integrity of the cookware.

If you want flawless cookware, this might not be the sale for you. But for those of us who can look past the surface, you can score some amazing deals on new high-end items to upgrade your kitchen.

Use the code “ACSUMMER18” to access the All-Clad VIP Factory Seconds Sale

Prices are accurate at the time of publication, but may change over time.

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This is your last chance to get All-Clad cookware at an amazing price

— Our editors review and recommend products to help you buy the stuff you need. If you make a purchase by clicking one of our links, we may earn a small share of the revenue. However, our picks and opinions are independent from USA TODAY’s newsroom and any business incentives.

Editor’s note: All-Clad has extended the VIP Factory Seconds Sale. You now have until Thursday, August 16 at 11:59 p.m. EST to shop.

If you’re an amateur home cook or just a kitchen enthusiast, you want to fill your kitchen with the best cookware money can buy. But you can’t always spend that kind of money you might want to do so. Thankfully, every so often All-Clad holds a crazy sale, so us novice chefs can get some of the best kitchen products without breaking the bank.

Right now, you can save up to 80% on this high-end cookware brand as part of their Factory Seconds VIP Summer Clearance Event. Plus, you can save an extra 10% if you spend $150 or more (which honestly isn’t that hard to do). You just need to use the code “ACSUMMER18” to access these amazing deals. This sale runs until 12:00 a.m. EST on Wednesday, August 15, so if you’ve ever wanted All-Clad cookware, now may be the time to buy.

The All-Clad brand is known for long-lasting, high-quality kitchen products with a sleek stainless steel finish that looks amazing in any kitchen, and these discounts on popular items are incredible. For example, you can get an 8-inch and 10-inch nonstick fry pan set for just $40 (that’s $50 in savings!). There are also plenty of other pots, pans, griddles, knives, bakeware, kitchen accessories, and more with similar discounts.

The one catch of this sale, though, is that all of these products are factory seconds—but there’s actually no need for concern. All this means is that these products couldn’t be sold at full price due to minor imperfections like surface scratches and dents, which typically happens anyways after some normal usage and should not affect the integrity of the cookware.

If you want flawless cookware, this might not be the sale for you. But for those of us who can look past the surface, you can score some amazing deals on new high-end items to upgrade your kitchen.

Use the code “ACSUMMER18” to access the All-Clad VIP Factory Seconds Sale

Prices are accurate at the time of publication, but may change over time.

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16 Ceramic Dinnerware Sets that Look Way More Expensive Than They Are

Whenever I have a spare moment on the weekend, I like to pop inside a nearby Anthropologie store and peruse its kitchen section. I dream about owning all the stunning mugs, glasses and plates that line the store shelves, and for a moment, I even let myself believe I can—that is, until I see the cost. Then, reality sets in.

MORE: 19 of the Best Statement Rugs You Can Get on a Budget

No plate—no matter how beautiful—is worth $18, or $20, or $26. At least, not to me—and not at this moment in my life. But I have such a hard time resisting ceramic dinnerware with all its rich colors, artful glazes and hearty weight. I’d pick a heavy ceramic over a flimsy plastic any day; I just wouldn’t pick its price tag.

MORE: A Single Palm Leaf Is the Underrated Decor Piece Your Home Is Missing

Thankfully, a few stores have come to my rescue, offering the best of both worlds: the quality of ceramic dinnerware and the affordability of plastic pieces. Stores like World Market, Etsy, Urban Outfitters and even West Elm currently offer ceramic dinnerware sets at killer price points—plates for as little as $9 and 12-piece sets for as little as $90. (Do the math—that’s $7.50 per piece.)

These brands are making it easier than ever to find ceramic plates, bowls and mugs that look like artisan treasures and flea market finds. And we’ve highlighted some of our favorites below.

I mean, can you stop staring at it? I can’t.

Reactive glaze serveware, $34-49 at West Elm

Millennial pink plates are just the thing your kitchen needs, don’t you think?

Blush spinwash dinnerware collection, $24-28 at World Market

Subtly brushed with color.

Terranea 12-piece dining set, $89 at Urban Outfitters

The sleekest way to serve up a meal.

Black Zen dinnerware collection, $20-40 at World Market

For the minimalist who still appreciates a little color.

Rockaway 12-piece dining set, $49 at Urban Outfitters

A classic.

Ivory Element stoneware collection, $20-40 at World Market

Doesn’t this look like you found it at a flea market?

Green Zen dinnerware collection, $20-40 at World Market

For the shopper who wants their dinnerware to come with a little history.

Vintage coral plates, $10 at Etsy

Just wait until you see these dishes from the side.

16-Piece speckle stoneware dinnerware set, $89 at Urban Outfitters

Perfect for a tea party—but so cute you’ll want to use them for everything.

Lucia reactive glaze dinnerware collection, $36 at World Market

If you look closely, you’ll notice the intricate, ridged trim.

Terranea 12-piece dining set, $89 at Urban Outfitters

Perfectly imperfect.

Dinner plate, $9 at Etsy

Straight from the 1950s.

Vintage Harkerware pink shell dinner plate, $9 at Etsy

A dab of reactive glaze goes a long way.

Blue and white reactive glaze dinnerware collection, $16-32 at World Market

The highlight of this collection? The circular handle on the mug.

Indigo organic reactive dinnerware, $6-20 at World Market

Available in shades of gray and pink.

Russel Wright American modern plate, $13 at Etsy

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Cuisinart Cast Iron Skillets Are More Than 70% Off on Amazon Today

There’s only a few cookware tools that you want to leave out in plain sight, but anyone who’s lusted over colorful enameled cast iron knows it can also come at a hefty price. Just one Le Creuset 12-inch skillet will run you $260, and let’s not talk about the sticker shock for the $380 French oven.


Enter the Amazon Deal of the Day: The 12-inch cast-iron Cuisinart skillets that regularly sell for a similarly eye-popping $250 now cost just $70. That’s a savings of $180, or a whopping 70% off quality enameled cookware that looks just like French stuff. And with both the cream and light blue options on sale, you can take your pick on which one matches your countertops better.

The perfectly-sized chicken fryer can withstand the stove, oven, and broiler due to its durable porcelain exterior and cast iron construction. It’s even dishwasher-safe for easy clean up! When the Good Housekeeping Institute tested cast-iron cookware a few years back, the Cuisinart dish also produced the best-tasting results.

No matter which brand you choose, it’s worth investing in at least one cast-iron dish for your home, says Betty Gold, a senior editor and product analyst in the Good Housekeeping Institute Kitchen Food Lab.

“Cast iron is amazing for heat retention — it gets hot and stays hot,” she explains. “When your meal is done, it’s pretty enough to go right on the table and the enameled coating makes it easier to clean.”

And with the savings you can get today, now’s the time to refresh your kitchen stash before the holiday entertaining season kicks in. Still need convincing? Just check out what these thrilled buyers had to say:

Great deal for the price when compared to similar Le Creuset pans. Hey, cast iron is cast iron, right?

We use this all the time. We have three Cuisinart cast iron pieces and they hold up so well. Love that the lids can go in the oven.

I love this pot. It just cooks so evenly. Easy to adjust the heat. Nice and big so things aren’t crowded. It’s heavy but that’s why I have my hubby.

Now get to it! This deal only last a few more hours before it goes away for good.

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Shopping addiction can be a mental disorder

In the 2009 smash hit ‘Confessions of a Shopaholic’, based on a book by Sophie Kinsella, the lead character cutely admits to having a problem when her shopping bills went above the head.

Cut to 2018 and excessive shopping bills don’t seem so harmless anymore. A recent study conducted by Hannover Medical School is calling for compulsive shopping disorder to be recognised as a mental illness. 

This compulsive buying disorder, termed ‘oniomania’, has been seen in some form or the other in 7 per cent of adults with numbers in the US and Europe rising. 

 

What is it?

Do you feel this urge to buy something new whenever you are sad or bored or lonely? Do you buy things you don’t really need, knowing full well that you will regret it later?

(No, we are not judging you at all. In fact, we are looking for kindred souls who will share the misery this latest study is causing us.) 

This urge to spend is what experts are calling for to be flagged as mental illness. They are of the opinion that this condition is often associated with psychological, social or mood disorders as well as financial problems.

Dr Rizwana Begum, director, Aviva Psychological Clinic, says this destructive behavioural addiction is influenced by age and gender. “The younger lot are more prone to this. Poor self-esteem is a factor which causes people to develop this syndrome,” she notes.  

 

What are the symptoms?

Dr Rizwana lists out some of the symptoms that can be signs of this disorder—

Preoccupied with shopping and thinking of buying things all the time

Spending more than you can afford

Feeling angry or depressed when you can’t buy something or have to reschedule your purchase

Harming relationships; ties become secondary to such people

Losing control of oneself

Shopping to cope with stress — currently shopping has actually become a sort of coping mechanism for many

Stealing and lying to continue shopping

Insomnia

 

What triggers this?

The reasons for this range from increasing levels of loneliness among the younger generation, a need to look good in public and peer pressure on social media, higher levels of earning and so on. 

While many young shoppers admit to spending excessively on branded things, this disorder itself is not classist.

You could be having oniomania even if you compulsively shop for items like stationery, shoes, kitchen accessories, hair clips and so on. As they said, it’s the thought that counts!

 

What are the consequences?

Feelings of guilt, shame and anxiety after the shopping is done. This can lead to depression later on. Financial crisis and broken relationships are long-term consequences of this. 

 

What do they say?

“I often end up buying things I don’t need. The entire process of surfing through websites and looking at the products on offer or flipping through clothes at a store makes me very happy; especially after a long day at work. Credit cards come to my rescue by the end of the month,” says a young MNC professional who doesn’t wish to be named.

The promotional messages and mails that flood your inboxes can weaken your self-control and lead you to splurge. Recently, addiction to digital and video gaming has also been classified as a mental health disorder by the World Health Organisation in its new International Classification of Diseases.

 

What can you do?

Research is still going on so medication and other solutions are unclear. Talking to loved ones seems to be the only sure-fire way as of now.

 

Did you know?

Recently, addiction to digital and video gaming has also been classified as a mental health disorder by the World Health Organisation in its new International Classification of Diseases.

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PSEG Long Island employees cook up a great day at Ronald McDonald House


PSEG Long Island employees banded together and donated more than $1,000, and much-needed kitchen utensils and small appliances, to the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island. Some of the volunteers also prepped and cook meals for 92 residents through the Meals of the Heart/Dinner Brunch program.
(Photo courtesy of PSEG Long Island)

PSEG Long Island employees donated more than one thousand dollars, donned aprons, sliced and diced as they joined forces to prepare a meal for the residents of Ronald McDonald House of Long Island (RMH-LI).

Thanks to a company-wide effort to restock the non-profit’s kitchens, they had a host of new kitchen accessories to accomplish the task.

The effort was spearheaded by PSEG Long Island’s Stephanie Panvini of Dix Hills. Panvini learned about the Ronald McDonald House through a community service project that her daughter and a schoolmate organized, and fell in love with the organization and their mission.

“I am proud that PSEG Long Island has been helping families of sick children at the Ronald McDonald House, since 2014,” said Panvini, senior administrative assistant, customer services, PSEG Long Island. “The last time I was at the facility to cook for the families staying at the home, I noticed the kitchen utensils needed a refresh. As a result, my idea of a utensil/kitchen supply drive was created. I am overwhelmed at how incredibly generous my fellow employees are with their time and financial support to help these families in their time of need.”

“Ronald McDonald House of Long Island is grateful beyond words to our friends at PSEG Long Island who continue to support our mission by continuously participating throughout the year in our ‘Meals from the Heart’ brunch/dinner program,” said Betti McClellan, director of Volunteers Programs, Ronald McDonald House of Long Island.

“We thank PSEG Long Island for supporting the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island by participating in our Wish List Collection,” said Lisa O’Neil, family services coordinator for Ronald McDonald House of Long Island, Inc. “Helping us stock our kitchens with everyday essentials for our residents makes a difference in the lives of over 1,000 families a year that stay at RMH-LI. PSEG Long Island’s generosity helps us fulfill our mission of keeping families close in the midst of a medical crisis.”

PSEG Long Island is committed to giving back to the people and the communities it serves. Employee engagement in our community is a top priority for the company. PSEG Long Island employees have taken up the responsibility to get involved with local charity events and organizations through its Community Partnership Program. In 2017, PSEG Long Island participated in 1,100 events supporting more than 400 organizations, for more visit, https://www.psegliny.com/page.cfm/Community.

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Ziploc Now Has a Clothing Line and Yes, It’s Clear-ly Amazing

If you rocked a clear PVC It-girl approved bag in the ’90s and have been not-so-secretly psyched for its return, you’re going to freak out over this news. Ziploc — yes, the ubiquitous brand of resealable zipper bags — now has a clothing and accessories line, because fashion should always be both fun and functional.

BEAMS teamed up with the iconic company on the nine-piece BEAMS x Ziploc collaboration so couture can exist in your closet and in your kitchen.

If you happen to be in Tokyo, you can already snag pieces from the collection, which ranges in price from $12 for a polka-dotted pouch to $127 for a backpack with the signature blue and pink zip slide. If you’re elsewhere in the world, find the collection on BEAMS‘ website for a limited time on August 20.

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(Photos via Ziploc/BEAMS)

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