Wonder Woman: What is Net Worth at Gal Gadot?Megan Elliott November 20, 2017 The cheeseburger could have a markup of almost 400 percent. iStock.com / rez-art Americans love dining out, and our aversion to home cooking is costing us a fortune. For the first time we spend more per year collectively on eating at restaurants than we do at New York Magazine grocery stores. Why do we spend so much money out on the meals? We’re re busy for one. Americans work more than they did a couple of decades ago and families are predominantly composed of two-earner households. So there’s nobody at home to cook the pot roast from scratch during the day. Plus each of those meals cost far more than a home-made counterpart. Restaurants will play this pricing game to cover all their costs and (hopefully) still make some profit. But certain foods are much more marked up than others. If you want to get the most bang for your buck, avoid these 15 foods, for which restaurants charge a big premium when you re dine out.

1. Cheese on your cheeseburger’s

Pizza Mario LaPorta / AFP / Getty Images Markup: 580 to 636 percent per Priceonomics Americans eat 23 pounds of pizza a year on average, according to the business publication Franchise HelpMotley FoolSome pizzerias between 3 to 6 percent. 3.

Pizza toppings Pizza with lots of toppings iStock.com / idogslifephoto Markup: 525 per cent Home Alone’s Kevin McCallister always wanted a plain cheese pizza but most of us want our pie to come with toppings. The more pizza extras you put on, the more you cost ll. Priceonomics predicts a markup of 525 per cent for meat and vegetables on the average pizza. A restaurant may have charged less than 50 cents for the pepperoni for which it charges you $3, and the $2 veggies may have cost the pizzeria only 32 cents. Next: The artichoke-spinach dip isn’t a great value. 4. Appetizers

Blooming onion iStock.com Markup: The cost of adding guacamole to your burrito

5 varies Next: Burrito extras

Markup: 285 percent to 426 percent If you’ve ever earned the price of adding avocado to your burrito, you’ll love this one. Priceonomics reports the guacamole cost restaurants 52 cents for your burrito, but it sells a 285 per cent margin for $2. Sour cream is a worse deal anyway. It will cost you about $1 if you have to pay extra for this condiment. That doesn’t sound too bad until you know that the restaurant charged 19 cents for it — a markup of 426 per cent. Next: Is pasta really a lunchtime bargain? 6.

Pasta

7. Eggs

Spinach and omelet mushroom iStock.com If you want to get the most bang for your buck when you eat breakfast don t order. According to Priceonomics, the $9 Denver omelet is marked by 566% and the $8 spinach omelet is marked by 471%. Or consider this: According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, a dozen eggs at Denny s cost $1.41. Because it’s so easy to make your own scrambled or fried eggs at home it makes sense to steer clear of these menu items and spend your money on something you can’t make. Whether you reorder breakfast lunch or dinner, that’s a smart rule to follow. Select labor-intensive, time-consuming complicated dishes that call for restaurant consultant Clark Wolf to find hard-to-find ingredients told Forbes. If you can cook it up with stuff from your kitchen cupboard in 20 minutes-do that. Next: Eggs aren’t the only thing on the breakfast menu to be careful of. 8.

Pancakes Pancakes iStock.com Markup: 900 percent Eggs isn t the only food with a crazy markup on breakfast. Your flapjacks plate helps keep your neighborhood diner alive. Pancakes are cheap and easy to make — the perfect meal at least from the restaurant’s viewpoint during a busy brunch rush. Rising plateful could cost as little as $1 to make but, according to Forbes, it could sell at $10. That is 900 per cent discount. Next: The Wine List Dangers 9. Second-cheapest wine on menu

People toast overpriced wine with glasses. iStock.com / FotoCuisinette Markup: 400 percent or more And they love the anxious beginner in particular — people who don’t know much about wine but don’t want to look like a cheapskate to buy the second cheapest bottle on the list. These bottles have the highest discount so if you splurge a little bit, you get a better deal. Sometimes, try breaking out of your comfort zone. Name-brand bottles are getting a bigger discount because restaurants know diners can gravitate to the familiar name described by the publication. Next: Do you think you’ll save by buying beer rather than wine? Talk it over again. 10.

Brew and snacksPizza Mario LaPorta / AFP / Getty Images Markup: 580 to 636 percent per Priceonomics Americans eat 23 pounds of pizza a year on average, according to the business publication Franchise HelpMotley FoolSome pizzerias between 3 to 6 percent. 3.

Pizza toppings Pizza with lots of toppings iStock.com / idogslifephoto Markup: 525 per cent Home Alone’s Kevin McCallister always wanted a plain cheese pizza but most of us want our pie to come with toppings. The more pizza extras you put on, the more you cost ll. Priceonomics predicts a markup of 525 per cent for meat and vegetables on the average pizza. A restaurant may have charged less than 50 cents for the pepperoni for which it charges you $3, and the $2 veggies may have cost the pizzeria only 32 cents. Next: The artichoke-spinach dip isn’t a great value. 4. Appetizers

Blooming onion iStock.com Markup: The cost of adding guacamole to your burrito

5 varies Next: Burrito extras

Markup: 285 percent to 426 percent If you’ve ever earned the price of adding avocado to your burrito, you’ll love this one. Priceonomics reports the guacamole cost restaurants 52 cents for your burrito, but it sells a 285 per cent margin for $2. Sour cream is a worse deal anyway. It will cost you about $1 if you have to pay extra for this condiment. That doesn’t sound too bad until you know that the restaurant charged 19 cents for it — a markup of 426 per cent. Next: Is pasta really a lunchtime bargain? 6.

Pasta

7. Eggs

Spinach and omelet mushroom iStock.com If you want to get the most bang for your buck when you eat breakfast don t order. According to Priceonomics, the $9 Denver omelet is marked by 566% and the $8 spinach omelet is marked by 471%. Or consider this: According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, a dozen eggs at Denny s cost $1.41. Because it’s so easy to make your own scrambled or fried eggs at home it makes sense to steer clear of these menu items and spend your money on something you can’t make. Whether you reorder breakfast lunch or dinner, that’s a smart rule to follow. Select labor-intensive, time-consuming complicated dishes that call for restaurant consultant Clark Wolf to find hard-to-find ingredients told Forbes. If you can cook it up with stuff from your kitchen cupboard in 20 minutes-do that. Next: Eggs aren’t the only thing on the breakfast menu to be careful of. 8.

Pancakes Pancakes iStock.com Markup: 900 percent Eggs isn t the only food with a crazy markup on breakfast. Your flapjacks plate helps keep your neighborhood diner alive. Pancakes are cheap and easy to make — the perfect meal at least from the restaurant’s viewpoint during a busy brunch rush. Rising plateful could cost as little as $1 to make but, according to Forbes, it could sell at $10. That is 900 per cent discount. Next: The Wine List Dangers 9. Second-cheapest wine on menu

People toast overpriced wine with glasses. iStock.com / FotoCuisinette Markup: 400 percent or more And they love the anxious beginner in particular — people who don’t know much about wine but don’t want to look like a cheapskate to buy the second cheapest bottle on the list. These bottles have the highest discount so if you splurge a little bit, you get a better deal. Sometimes, try breaking out of your comfort zone. Name-brand bottles are getting a bigger discount because restaurants know diners can gravitate to the familiar name described by the publication. Next: Do you think you’ll save by buying beer rather than wine? Talk it over again. 10.

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Soda

As a bar, a customer fills one cup of soda. Mario Tama / Getty Images While dining out, most budget-conscious diners know how to miss the soda and other soft drinks. Such drinks put a serious dent in your pocket, at as much as $3 a bottle. If you are unwilling to give up your diet coke or iced dinner tea, these numbers may change your mind. According to Business Insider, the drink comes with a 1150 per cent markup. It’s enough to hold you stuck to water. Just don’t order the stuff in bottle. That has an average markup of 2000 per cent. Next: Why are you probably better off brewing your home coffee

12 in the morning? Coffee A cup of coffee in a Starbucks | Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images Markup : 300% to 2900% Estimates of the markup on your morning cup of joe vary considerably from 300% (according to NBC NewsMoney and it’s 66 cents per cup if you use K-cups. Next: The fish on your plate might not be worth the premium price. 13. Fish

A fish meal | iStock.com/Santorines Markup : Varies Nearly half of all sushi in Los Angeles restaurants wasn t correctly identified a 2017 UCLA studyseparate study found fish sold in the U.S. was mislabeled 33% of the time. Fish was incorrectly identified at all types of restaurants but the practice was especially common at sushi restaurants. It s not necessarily restaurants that are behind the fraud The Atlantic explained. Importers are trying to unload less desirable cheaper fish by saying it s something it s not. The trickery costs Americans $25 billion a year.

14. Lobster mac and cheese

A genuine Kobe beef dish is served at Nobu InterContinental Hong Kong. | Aaron Tam/AFP/GettyImages Markup : Varies Like fish of dubious provenance the problem with Kobe beef is it often isn t what it claims to be. According to Eater there are just nine restaurants in the entire U.S. that are licensed to sell authentic Kobe beef from Japan. Chances are the restaurant you re eating at isn t one of them. Additional reporting by Erika Rawes.

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Swiss Watchmaker Gets Serious About Apple Watch Threat

Nathanael ArnoldGoogle+Twitter December 18 2014 Source: Justin Sullivan/ Getty Images While it remains to be seen if the Apple Watch will have any impact on the traditional timepiece industry there is at least one watchmaker that isn t taking any chances. According to Reuters TAG Heuer — a watch brand owned by multinational luxury goods conglomerate LVMH — is pushing forward with an aggressive plan to develop its own smartwatch. TAG Heuer s new response toward the upcoming launch of the Apple Watch represents a vastly different approach than the one the company appeared to be taking just a few months ago. Soon after Apple unveiled its wrist-worn wearable tech device at a media event in September Jean-Claude Biver — president of LVMH s watches and jewelry division — dismissed the Apple Watch as a poorly designed device that would have no chance of impacting the luxury watch industry. This watch has no sex appeal. It’s too feminine and looks too much like the smartwatches already on the market Biver told Germany s Die Welt newspaper according to The Telegraph. To be totally honest it looks like it was designed by a student in their first trimester. However Biver — who recently took over as CEO of TAG Heuer after former chief executive Stephane Linder stepped down earlier this month — said that the luxury watch brand is now moving forward with plans to launch its own smartwatch. We started on the project about four months ago said Biver according to Reuters. We have done several partnerships and might also do acquisitions. TAG Heuer general manager Guy Semon did not mince words when he described the existential threat that he believes smartwatches present to the overall horology industry. Smartwatches represent a challenge to the Swiss watch industry that is comparable to the appearance of quartz technology said Semon according to Reuters. We cannot ignore this tsunami that is coming closer. Although TAG Heuer has presumably partnered with another Silicon Valley-based tech company to create its smartwatch the company s executives declined to name which one. However Biver noted that the earliest the TAG Heuer smartwatch would be ready to launch would be late 2015. On the other hand the Apple Watch is set to make its debut sometime in early 2015 according to the California-based tech company. While Apple showed off some of the Apple Watch s capabilities and features at a media event in September there remain many unanswered questions about the device such as the length of its battery life and the pricing beyond the $349 entry-level model. The smartwatch will be available in three distinct collections including an Apple Watch Edition collection that will feature enclosures made of 18-karat gold. Prices for the gold Apple Watch Edition collection models could be as high as $5000said Semon according to Reuters. The only question is: Will TAG Heuer s change of heart be too little too late?

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