Shopping http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/1/all en-US 8 Hot New Food Trends — The Frugal Way http://www.wisebread.com/8-hot-new-food-trends-the-frugal-way <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/8-hot-new-food-trends-the-frugal-way" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_grocery_store_505801836_0.jpg" alt="Woman learning how to try hot new food trends the frugal way" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It seems there&rsquo;s always a new health food trend going on, and companies are quick to capitalize by conveniently packaging and offering them on store shelves for us to try. Unfortunately, trying what's new and different isn't always affordable. You're in luck, though. Here are the trends, and how you can enjoy them on the cheap.</p> <h2>1. Wellness beverages</h2> <p>The chilled beverage sections at your grocery store are probably teeming with new tonics and juices. Many of them include ingredients like turmeric, vinegar, and maca. There are even beverages that contain medicinal mushrooms! While this is all very interesting and even quite tasty, these drinks come at a premium &mdash; costing anywhere from $5&ndash;$14 per bottle.</p> <p>I make my own vinegar-infused beverage at home. It actually tastes a lot like kombucha, just at a fraction of the cost. First, I crack open a can of my favorite sparkling water from Aldi, usually lemon or lime. Then I pour it over a tablespoon of Aldi's organic apple cider vinegar. Mix and enjoy.</p> <h2>2. Oily byproducts</h2> <p>A company called Eco Olea has made a variety of house cleaners using the water that's left over after making olive oil. Another company is using the liquid from cooking chickpeas to make vegan mayonnaise. Incorporating byproducts into new products is definitely on the rise, and it's great to see that less is going to waste.</p> <p>How can you try this trend at home? Stop before you toss the liquid you drained from that can of chickpeas. That gooey stuff is called <em>aquafaba</em>, and there are many good things you can make with it. Try this vegan&nbsp;<a href="http://vanillacrunnch.com/aquafaba-chocolate-mousse-3-ingredients-vegan-and-glutenfree/" target="_blank">chocolate pudding</a> made from aquafaba. Sounds strange, but when you combine it with dark chocolate, maple syrup, and vanilla extract? Delicious.</p> <h2>3. All things coconut</h2> <p>You've probably tried coconut water and coconut oil to see what all the fuss is about. This year, the coconut is expanding its horizons. You can buy coconut flour, coconut chips for baking, and a whole host of other products. While <a href="http://amzn.to/2os53cS" target="_blank">coconut flour</a> costs about $3 a pound, prepackaged foods made with this ingredient are even steeper.</p> <p>Here's an easy recipe for homemade&nbsp;<a href="https://www.wholesomeyum.com/recipes/coconut-tortillas/" target="_blank">coconut flour tortillas</a>. You need just three ingredients: coconut flour, eggs, and nondairy milk. It only requires a half cup of flour. Whisk the ingredients together. Then heat a skillet and cook it like a very thin pancake, flip, and fill with your favorite hummus or whatever else you like wrapped up. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-5-credit-cards-for-groceries?ref=seealso" target="_blank">The Best Credit Cards for Groceries</a>)</p> <h2>4. Purple foods</h2> <p>You may have heard that you should eat the rainbow &mdash; vibrant, fresh veggies that come in all colors. In 2017, the color everyone seems to be focusing on is purple. You can find purple cauliflower, purple potato chips, purple corn, purple asparagus, and much more at your local grocery store.</p> <p>If you want to try this one at home, try making this gorgeous&nbsp;<a href="http://prettypies.com/recipe/purple-sweet-potato-pie/" target="_blank">purple sweet potato pie</a>. If you don&rsquo;t want to deal with the almonds and dates for the crust, you can always stick with a traditional pie crust out of flour and butter. It will still look gorgeous.</p> <h2>5. Healthier pastas</h2> <p>You can find pasta made from chickpeas, lentils, and quinoa on shelves at the store. If you take a walk around the produce section, you may even see some varieties of spiralized vegetable &quot;pastas&quot; that are healthy alternatives to the traditional noodles we all know and love. I'm especially flabbergasted by the price of the spiralized noodles because produce can be quite cheap when it's in season.</p> <p>The up-charge is all about the noodle-making process. And that's an easy at-home thing you can do yourself. Invest in a&nbsp;<a href="http://amzn.to/2oP1PSm" target="_blank">spiralizer</a>, and you'll be set with beet and zucchini noodles for life.</p> <h2>6. Unique condiments</h2> <p>My husband and I are addicted to interesting condiments. But I can't say it's good for our wallets. These days, you can find anything from ghee with pink Himalayan sea salt to pomegranate molasses to chipotle adobo sauce. One way I like to save on these splurges is to check out what our local Home Goods (a discount store) has on the shelves. I can often find condiments a few dollars cheaper than they might be at the grocery store.</p> <p>Making your own cool condiments is another option. Buying ghee at the store can cost around $1.20 an ounce. You can make it at home for around 67 cents an ounce. Just get eight ounces of a good-quality organic butter and heat it over low heat in a medium saucepan. Continue cooking until the milk solids turn brown and fall to the bottom of your pan, around 10 minutes. Then pour through cheesecloth into a glass jar for safekeeping. This makes five ounces of ghee.</p> <h2>7. Meal kits</h2> <p>Eating out can be expensive. But making everything from scratch can be time-consuming and messy. Many people are turning to meal kits you can easily toss in the oven. You can find some awesome vegetable mixes in the freezer section that won't break the bank. Others include pasta and even meat for a no-fuss meal. Just check your prices carefully and take advantage of coupons and store sales when you can.</p> <p>You may also want to try make your own meal kits. Sure, the process takes some effort &mdash; but it will save you time and money in the long run. I actually tried this method out last month when I made a bunch of &quot;dump meals&quot; to stash in my freezer. I'm hooked. It's seriously as easy and opening cans, chopping stuff, and tossing it in a bag to freeze for later cooking in the Crock-Pot.</p> <h2>8. Japanese food</h2> <p>Japanese foods are becoming more popular, as well. But move over sushi, the trend this year is going beyond the roll. Check out ingredients like miso, seaweed, and mirin. Have you ever heard of Japanese-style pickles? I hadn't either, and now I'm utterly intrigued.</p> <p>My own family regularly eats udon noodles with our stir-fries. This ends up being cheaper than buying Japanese takeout because we get a huge bag of stir-fry veggies in the freezer section and buy tofu in bulk. We also like incorporating miso into our meals &mdash; a little goes a long way. Try a miso-tahini dressing on anything from roasted sweet potatoes to salads. Combine a quarter cup tahini with just one tablespoon miso. Then add in lemon juice, warm water, and cracked pepper. You'll enjoy the flavor every day!</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-hot-new-food-trends-the-frugal-way">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-and-worst-times-to-go-grocery-shopping">The Best and Worst Times to Go Grocery Shopping</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-53-grocery-shopping-tricks-thatll-make-your-life-easier">Flashback Friday: 53 Grocery Shopping Tricks That&#039;ll Make Your Life Easier</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-having-your-groceries-delivered-can-save-you-money">6 Ways Having Your Groceries Delivered Can Save You Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-grocery-store-secrets-only-the-pros-know">10 Grocery Store Secrets Only the Pros Know</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-grocery-shop-for-five-on-100-a-week">How to Grocery Shop for Five on $100 a Week</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Shopping Food food shopping food trends groceries grocery budget grocery shopping saving money Thu, 20 Apr 2017 08:30:13 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1931161 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Forehead Thermometers http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-forehead-thermometers <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-forehead-thermometers" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/mom_son_thermometer_655721480.jpg" alt="Mom using best forehead thermometers to see if son is sick" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Forehead thermometers can accurately read a person&rsquo;s temperature in less than 10 seconds. They are quick, convenient, and safe to use on the whole family.</p> <h2>What is a forehead thermometer?</h2> <p>A forehead thermometer is a device that can quickly read temperatures to detect a fever. It measures the temperature at the temporal artery, which is directly connected to the heart via the carotid artery. This offers the constant blood flow needed for accurate measurement.</p> <p>Forehead thermometers can be as accurate as oral and rectal thermometers, and are far less invasive. This makes them ideal for sleeping children or patients and anyone with an ear infection.</p> <h2>Top 5 forehead thermometers</h2> <h3>Braun Forehead Thermometer</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2osKe12" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/braun_1.jpg" width="176" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2osKe12" target="_blank">Braun Forehead Thermometer</a> offers professional accuracy at home. It is quick and easy to use. You gently swipe this across the forehead for an accurate reading in seconds. The award-winning design features a large, easy-to-read backlit screen and color-coded fever guidance, which can track the progression of a fever. It is safe to use on the whole family.</p> <p>This runs on two AAA batteries (included) and doesn&rsquo;t require probe covers. It is backed by outstanding online reviews, including thousands of five-star reviews on Amazon.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2osKe12" target="_blank"><em>Currently $44.15 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Exergen Temporal Scan Forehead Artery Baby Thermometer</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2oMbXNg" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/exergen.jpg" width="152" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2oMbXNg" target="_blank">Exergen Temporal Scan Forehead Artery Baby Thermometer Scanner</a> is reliable enough to be trusted by nurses, pediatricians, and medical professionals. They claim that it&rsquo;s more accurate than an ear thermometer and possibly more than a rectal thermometer. It is completely nonintrusive and quick and easy to use. With a gentle forehead swipe, you can get an accurate reading. It features red LED lights and a soft-glow display. The patented Arterial Heat Balance helps compute the correct temperature. You can also choose to have the display beep and flash when the reading is complete. It also has an eight temperature memory. It is safe to use on the whole family.</p> <p>This runs on a 9-volt battery (included) and doesn&rsquo;t require any covers. It is backed by clinical studies and recommended by Consumer Reports, Consumer Search, and Inc. Magazine. It is also backed by outstanding online reviews, including thousands of five-star reviews on Amazon.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2oMbXNg" target="_blank"><em>Currently $29.95 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>iProvèn Medical Ear Thermometer with Forehead Function</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2oWs3ED" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/iproven_0.jpg" width="214" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>Amazon&rsquo;s Choice for forehead thermometers, the <a href="http://amzn.to/2oWs3ED" target="_blank">iProvèn Medical Ear Thermometer with Forehead Function</a> is both an ear and forehead thermometer. It is accurate, reliable, consistent, and quick and easy to use. It features a backlight color temperature indicator and optimized calibration technology. It provides a reading in one second and a beep to notify you when it&rsquo;s done. It comes with a fever alarm and the last 20 readings can be easily recalled. It is clinically tested, FDA-approved, and trusted by pediatricians and medical professionals. It is safe to use on the whole family.</p> <p>This includes a soft pouch and requires no covers. It is an Amazon best-seller and The Sweethome deemed it the best ear and forehead thermometer. It is also backed by outstanding online reviews, including hundreds of five-star reviews on Amazon, and a 100-day hassle-free return policy.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2oWs3ED" target="_blank"><em>Currently $33.20 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Clinical Forehead Thermometer</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2pDiZlQ" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/general%20guard.jpg" width="158" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2pDiZlQ" target="_blank">Clinical Forehead Thermometer Instant Read Sensor for Digital Fever Measurement</a> can be used to measure the temperature of a person, room, or even objects. The FDA-approved infrared scanner is noncontact and completely noninvasive. It is easy to use, reliable, and works in only one second. It has a silent mode and large backlit LCD display. It features the latest in infrared and digital thermometer technology for professional accuracy. It also has a refined microchip and highly sensitive sensor for better accuracy. The medical grade instant digital measurement is trusted by physicians and medical professionals, and is safe for all members of the family.</p> <p>This runs on AAA batteries (included). It is an Amazon best-seller and has outstanding online reviews, including hundreds of five-star reviews on Amazon.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2pDiZlQ" target="_blank"><em>Currently $29.80 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Braun Braun No-Touch Plus Forehead Thermometer</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2osKM76" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/braun%202.jpg" width="170" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2osKM76" target="_blank">Braun No-Touch Plus Forehead Thermometer</a> is the first thermometer to take accurate temperatures with a gentle touch of the forehead or no touch at all. The award-winning design features a color-coded fever guidance, which can track the progression of a fever. The clinically-proven patented technology captures twice as much body heat to ensure professionally accurate results. It is quick and easy to use thanks to the unique on-screen positioning system and gentle guidance light, which ensure proper positioning. The large, easy-to-read screen features a backlight and gentle LED light. It produces a silent reading in under three seconds. The durable thermometer is safe for use on the whole family.</p> <p>This includes a protective cap and two AA batteries, and requires no probe covers. Influenster deemed this the best thermometer available. It is recommended by The Sweethome and Parent Guide and has outstanding online reviews, including nearly hundreds of five-star reviews on Amazon.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2osKM76" target="_blank"><em>Currently $37.10 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best forehead thermometers. As always, be sure to check <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar">Wise Bread's Buying Calendar</a> to learn when and how to buy just about anything!</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-cannon">Andrea Cannon</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-forehead-thermometers">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-anti-itch-creams">The 5 Best Anti-Itch Creams</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-shampoos-for-frizzy-hair">The 5 Best Shampoos for Frizzy Hair</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-pet-flea-shampoos">The 5 Best Pet Flea Shampoos</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-dandruff-shampoos">The 5 Best Dandruff Shampoos</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-smart-water-bottles">The 5 Best Smart Water Bottles</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty Shopping 5 best forehead thermometer home sick product reviews shopping thermometer Thu, 20 Apr 2017 08:00:09 +0000 Andrea Cannon 1931271 at http://www.wisebread.com 39 Mindless Ways You're Wasting Money in Every Part of Your Life http://www.wisebread.com/39-mindless-ways-youre-wasting-money-in-every-part-of-your-life <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/39-mindless-ways-youre-wasting-money-in-every-part-of-your-life" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_empty_wallet_653879988.jpg" alt="Woman learning mindless ways she&#039;s wasting money" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Even though you try to be careful with your money, you are probably wasting a lot of cash without even noticing. If you find yourself wondering where your money goes, see if any of these mindless money wasters are escaping your attention.</p> <h2>1. Superfluous presents</h2> <p>The easiest way to make sure you have a special occasion covered is to buy presents, cards, flowers, cakes, etc. Some special occasions merit this kind of spending, but it's easy to get in the habit of routinely buying small gifts that will quickly be forgotten and eventually get tossed. A quick note is a meaningful way to show you care &mdash; and it's free.</p> <h2>2. High-tech gadgets</h2> <p>Many people automatically get a new cellphone when their contract is up, or buy every new game console that comes out. But do you really need an upgrade? Instead, keep your working tech toy around until it starts to get glitchy.</p> <h2>3. In-app purchases</h2> <p>Those free games and apps are usually trying to sell you something. They make it easy to click and buy a way to beat a hard level of a game or add a new feature to your free app without really thinking about it. Resist!</p> <h2>4. Unused subscriptions</h2> <p>When you were hyped up about getting in shape for the new year, you subscribed to a fitness video channel and watched it a few times. But you are still paying $9.99 per month just in case you decide to get in shape later. Cancel that membership and start saving money.</p> <h2>5. Your morning coffee</h2> <p>Lots of people seem to operate on autopilot during their morning routine. They hit the coffee shop or maybe grab fast food for breakfast. They are blowing money every day before they are awake enough to notice!</p> <h2>6. Recreational shopping</h2> <p>Stores are intentionally designed to trigger buying and extract as much money from shoppers as possible. Walking around a store or mall just for something to do is likely to result in unintended spending.</p> <h2>7. Buying books</h2> <p>You may be in the habit of buying the latest book in a series from your favorite author as soon as you see it at the store. But you can get new book releases at the library for free, or get ebooks instead of paper books, sometimes for lower prices &mdash; plus you won't need to store the book after you read it. Another alternative is to find used books for a fraction of the cost of new books.</p> <h2>8. Buying name-brand everything</h2> <p>People like buying name-brand items and seem to do so without even considering generic alternatives. Sometimes buying name brands makes sense if it offers more features or higher quality, but often the generic version costs a lot less and you won't even notice the difference.</p> <h2>9. Convenience items</h2> <p>Individual serving containers and prepared food items are quick and convenient, but cost much more than larger quantities. With a little planning, you can get the same items and avoid paying extra. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/heres-how-much-more-youre-paying-for-these-6-convenience-buys?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Here's How Much More You're Paying for These 6 Convenience Buys</a>)</p> <h2>10. Making minimum payments</h2> <p>Credit card bills show the minimum payment you are required to make each month based on your total balance. Many people simply pay just this amount, but it can take over a decade to pay off a credit card making minimum payments. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/fastest-way-to-pay-off-10000-in-credit-card-debt?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Fastest Way to Pay Off 10K Credit Card Debt</a>)</p> <h2>11. Getting high interest credit cards</h2> <p>Credit cards often offer a low introductory interest rate and later bump it up significantly when the promotional period has ended. Check the interest rates on your accounts and do a balance transfer or debt consolidation loan to get rid of high interest balances. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/when-to-do-a-balance-transfer-to-pay-off-credit-card-debt?ref=seealso" target="_blank">When to Do a Balance Transfer to Pay Off Credit Card Debt</a>)</p> <h2>12. Opening high fee investment accounts</h2> <p>The good news is that you are investing money for retirement, but the bad news is that high fees may be erasing a lot of your gains and could delay retirement by years. Take the extra step to check out the expense ratio on your investment options and choose ones with low fees. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/why-warren-buffett-says-you-should-invest-in-index-funds?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Why You Should Invest In Index Funds</a>)</p> <h2>13. Accruing late fees</h2> <p>With free autopay, you can <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-pros-and-cons-of-autopay" target="_blank">pay your bills</a> even if you don't bother to open them and avoid late fees.</p> <h2>14. Getting the extended warranty</h2> <p>When you buy a new gizmo, you will often be offered <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-free-extended-warranties-work-on-credit-cards?ref=internal" target="_blank">extended warranty coverage</a>. At that moment, saying yes to protect your new toy can seem like the easy answer, but purchasing an extended warranty is often a bad deal for many items including appliances, electronics, and vehicles. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-times-buying-the-extended-warranty-makes-sense?ref=seealso" target="_blank">5 Times Buying the Extended Warranty Makes Sense</a>)</p> <h2>15. Going along with the crowd</h2> <p>It is easy to get pulled into going to an expensive activity such as a concert or sporting event with friends, but make sure the cost is worth it to you before you commit to going. There are plenty of things you can do together that cost little or no money.</p> <h2>16. Keeping cable TV</h2> <p>Once you get signed up for cable TV or satellite TV, the bills just keep on coming every month unless you do something to make it stop. There are several cost-effective alternatives once you <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-everyone-can-cut-cable-and-still-watch-what-they-love-even-sportsfans?ref=internal" target="_blank">cut the cable cord</a>. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/3-tv-must-haves-once-you-cut-the-cable-cord?ref=seealso" target="_blank">3 TV Must-Haves Once You Cut the Cable Cord</a>)</p> <h2>17. Hobbies</h2> <p>Some hobbies require continuously buying new materials and equipment. Replace expensive, resource-intensive hobbies with activities that are less focused on trips to the store to buy supplies. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-hobbies-you-can-start-for-under-10?ref=seealso" target="_blank">25 Hobbies You Can Start for Under $10</a>)</p> <h2>18. Collections</h2> <p>It can be easy to start a collection, but you end up buying things solely to own them and you need space to keep your collection.</p> <h2>19. Extra driving</h2> <p>One great thing about modern life is that you can travel effortlessly from one place to another by driving a car, rather than in a horse and buggy, but driving around is expensive. Save money at the gas pump by cutting down on unnecessary and inefficient trips.</p> <h2>20. Not changing your thermostat setting</h2> <p>If you use a &quot;set it and forget it&quot; approach to temperature control in your house, you are sending extra money to the utility company each month. Instead of leaving the A/C cranked up all summer long, turn the temperature up at night and when you are not home. Better yet, use a <a href="http://amzn.to/2okYqtt" target="_blank">programmable thermostat</a> to automatically adjust the temperature for your schedule.</p> <h2>21. Driving a big car</h2> <p>Sometimes having a big vehicle is handy, but most of the time when I see pickup trucks and SUVs on the road, they have no cargo and only the driver on board. Think about driving a small car instead of a large vehicle to cut your fuel bill and save on the vehicle purchase price as well. You can rent or borrow a large vehicle for occasions when you need extra capacity, or let someone else do the hauling.</p> <h2>22. Carrying extra stuff in your car</h2> <p>If you have extra junk in your trunk, you are paying to haul it around everywhere you go. Get rid of extra stuff you have accumulated in your car to get better gas mileage and improve your vehicle's ride.</p> <h2>23. Keeping your home lit up like Times Square</h2> <p>It is easy to remember to turn on the lights when you walk into a dark room, but it is much harder to remember to turn the lights off when you leave. Forgetting to turn off unused lights and electronics is running up your electric bill.</p> <h2>24. Dining out</h2> <p>It is easy to go through the fast food drive-thru on the way home or take your family out to a casual dining restaurant when you don't feel like cooking, but this costs a lot more than buying groceries and preparing food at home.</p> <h2>25. Up-sizing your orders</h2> <p>When you are offered an upgrade to a large drink and large fries for a dollar, it can seem like a no-brainer to say yes. You always want a good deal, right? But if you don't need a bigger drink and more fries, up-sizing is a waste of money.</p> <h2>26. Buying bottled water</h2> <p>Buying cold bottles of water is convenient, but you can easily bring water from home for almost free. Freeze your refillable bottles of water so they will be cold when you are ready to drink them.</p> <h2>27. Using vending machines</h2> <p>When you are hungry and there is a giant machine filled with snacks nearby, it can be hard to avoid putting money into it. With a little planning, however, you can buy snack items at the grocery store instead and save a lot of money.</p> <h2>28. Entertainment snacking</h2> <p>Many people are in the habit of eating snacks at the movie theater, at ballgames, after work, or when watching TV at home. Are you really that hungry, or are you just in the habit of eating something when some form of entertainment is in front of you? Because you can still enjoy whatever you're watching with or without the snack.</p> <h2>29. Always ordering a drink</h2> <p>When dining out or at meals at home, there is always an opportunity to get a drink. Most people opt for this choice. But are you actually thirsty? And if you are, what's wrong with drinking free water instead of soda?</p> <h2>30. Blindly following expiration dates</h2> <p>Most expiration dates on food are a suggestion rather than a hard rule. Use common sense rather than throwing out food based only on the &quot;use by&quot; or &quot;best before&quot; dates printed on food packaging. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/can-i-eat-this-a-quick-guide-to-expiration-dates-and-food-safety?ref=seealso" target="_blank">A Quick Guide to Expiration Dates and Food Safety</a>)</p> <h2>31. Creating premature container waste</h2> <p>Is that empty food container really empty? Use a rubber spatula to get all of the peanut butter out of the jar before recycling it. You can probably get enough for one more PB&amp;J sandwich.</p> <h2>32. Eating too much in one sitting</h2> <p>It's hard to leave only two cookies in the package or to leave a small amount of leftovers in a tupperware container for the next day. Most people will finish off a container of food, even if it is more than they want or need. But that small amount of food may be just right for a snack or to round out the next meal. Save it for later, and save money in the process.</p> <h2>33. Buying new furniture</h2> <p>Instead of automatically going to look at new furniture, check out much cheaper used furniture first at consignment shops and on Craigslist.</p> <h2>34. Buying disposable products</h2> <p>Would you buy something and then immediately throw it away after one use? That's exactly what you are doing when you buy disposable products. I try to minimize wasting money on disposable products by using cloth napkins and reusable rags instead of paper products, for example.</p> <h2>35. Using a storage unit</h2> <p>You have too much stuff to fit in your house, basement, attic, and garage &hellip; but not to worry &mdash; you can rent a storage unit. You're paying for extra room in order to keep things you aren't using. It can be a lot of work to get rid of extra stuff, but you will save money every month by avoiding that storage unit fee. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-reasons-why-self-storage-is-a-really-bad-idea?ref=seealso" target="_blank">7 Reasons Why Self-Storage Is a Really Bad Idea</a>)</p> <h2>36. Paying for DIY services</h2> <p>You might find yourself signed up for home services such as lawn care and pest control that you could take care of yourself, or perhaps no longer need.</p> <h2>37. Carwash</h2> <p>When your car is dirty, driving through a car wash may seem like a good solution, but you can wash your car at home for a fraction of the cost.</p> <h2>38. Taking the kids to toy land</h2> <p>Will your kids really play with a new toy for more than a few minutes? Instead of mindlessly buying another toy, spend time playing with them and the toys they already have.</p> <h2>39. Pampering your pets too much</h2> <p>Last time I moved, I was embarrassed to find a box labeled &quot;Dog Clothes.&quot; In addition to clothes, my dogs have lots of toys and accessories, too. I could have saved a lot of money if I had thought about what my dogs would actually use rather than impulsively buying things that looked fun.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/dr-penny-pincher">Dr Penny Pincher</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/39-mindless-ways-youre-wasting-money-in-every-part-of-your-life">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-23-mental-tricks-thatll-help-you-save-money">Flashback Friday: 23 Mental Tricks That&#039;ll Help You Save Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-one-nice-thing-can-ruin-your-whole-budget">How One Nice Thing Can Ruin Your Whole Budget</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/people-are-still-spending-too-much-on-their-weddings">People Are Still Spending Too Much on Their Weddings</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-your-lazy-habits-are-costing-you">9 Ways Your Lazy Habits Are Costing You</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-shop-with-purpose-and-save-more-money">How to Shop With Purpose — And Save More Money</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Budgeting Shopping how to save money money habits saving money shopping habits Spending Money wasting money Wed, 19 Apr 2017 09:00:09 +0000 Dr Penny Pincher 1930448 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Coloring Pens http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-coloring-pens <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-coloring-pens" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/colored_pens_179927379.jpg" alt="Using the best coloring pens" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Colored pens allow you to explore the world in color through a range of artistic effects. They can help you accomplish everything from drawing precise lines to coloring large spaces, allowing you to add your signature style to any drawing, sketch, or art project.</p> <h2>What Are Coloring Pens?</h2> <p>Coloring pens are art tools with colored pigment that can be used to write or draw with ink. The pen tip is fitted into a metal or plastic holder, which makes up the pen. Whether you&rsquo;re into adult coloring books right now or need to find the perfect gel pens for your child&rsquo;s school supplies, the options below can meet your needs. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-pens?ref=seealso" target="_blank">The 5 Best Pens</a>)</p> <h2>Top 5 Coloring Pens</h2> <h3>Staedtler Color Pen Set</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2o2yBCn" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/staedtler.jpg" width="205" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2o2yBCn" target="_blank">Staedtler Color Pen Set (Triplus Fineliner Pens)</a> includes 36 assorted colors (no duplicates) and offers a great value. The 0.3mm fine point allows you to draw precisely, making them ideal for coloring, drawing, and art projects. The superfine, metal-clad tip and ergonomic triangular shape offer smooth usage. The water-based, acid-free ink has minimal bleed-thru and they can be left uncapped for days without drying up.</p> <p>These are favorites among both artists and students. They are recommended by The Pen Addict, The Well-Appointed Desk, and JetPens. The set also has outstanding online reviews, including more than 1,000 five-star reviews on Amazon.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2o2yBCn" target="_blank"><em>Currently $20.00 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Sakura Gelly Roll Stardust Meteor Pen Set</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2o2xB1l" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/sakura.jpg" width="155" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2o2xB1l" target="_blank">Sakura Stardust Meteor Pen Set</a> offer a consistent bold line. The pigment-based sparkle gel ink is chemically stable, waterproof, and fade-resistant, so it won&rsquo;t smear, feather, or bleed through most papers. The six vibrant colors work best on light-colored papers. The roller ball pens are ideal for writing, drawing, and doodling.</p> <p>There are endless color combinations available, so you can find the perfect colors and size for your needs. They are recommended by JetPens and have outstanding online reviews, including hundreds of five-star reviews on Amazon. The <a href="http://amzn.to/2pzzann" target="_blank">Sakura 12-Piece Koi Assorted Coloring Brush Pen Set</a> is another highly reviewed set.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2o2xB1l" target="_blank"><em>Currently $5.37 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Stabilo Pen Set</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2oKyg5W" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/stabilo.jpg" width="182" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2oKyg5W" target="_blank">Stabilo Pens</a> resemble a pen-marker hybrid. The ventilated caps and long-wearing, metal-encased tips offer long-lasting usage and can be easily used with rulers and stencils. The water-based ink won&rsquo;t dry out easily, so it can sustain a long cap-off time. The 0.4mm fine point is ideal for coloring, drawing, writing, and craft projects. They write smoothly and won&rsquo;t wear down over time or with repeated use.</p> <p>This set includes 30 unique vibrant colors. They are recommended by JetPens and have outstanding online reviews, including hundreds of five-star reviews on Amazon.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2oKyg5W" target="_blank"><em>Currently $15.49 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Paper Mate InkJoy Gel Pens</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2om5hD2" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/paper%20mate.jpg" width="185" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>The retractable <a href="http://amzn.to/2om5hD2" target="_blank">Paper Mate InkJoy Gel Pens</a> offer smooth usage and feature a unique quick-dry gel ink that dries up to three times faster for reduced smearing. They feature a textured ergonomic rubberized grip for added comfort. The translucent, color-tinted body shows the ink, so you can choose the right color for the job.</p> <p>These come in fine point or medium point and in endless color combinations, so you can find the perfect colors and size for your needs. They offer a great deal, are recommended by The Pen Addict, and have outstanding online reviews, including thousands of five-star reviews on Amazon.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2om5hD2" target="_blank"><em>Currently $6.46 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Gelmushta Gel Pens</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2o2sWw8" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/gelmushta.jpg" width="220" height="220" align="right" alt="" /></a>Amazon&rsquo;s #1 best-seller in multifunction writing instruments, the <a href="http://amzn.to/2o2sWw8" target="_blank">Gelmushta Gel Pen Set</a> come with a convenient fold-up case. The fine, durable 0.8-1.0mm tips offer a steady flow of ink for smooth coloring. They have longer pen ink cartridges for longer using time and dry faster for less smearing. They feature nontoxic, acid-free ink, so they are safe for kids. The gel pens are ideal for everything from detailed designs to large coloring spaces, so you can use them for drawing, sketching, doodling, coloring, and art projects.</p> <p>The set includes 120 unique vibrant colors (no duplicates) of nine variety styles, including neon, metallic, glitter, and pastel options. These have outstanding online reviews, and are backed by a satisfaction guarantee.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2o2sWw8" target="_blank"><em>Currently $21.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best coloring pens. As always, be sure to check <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar">Wise Bread's Buying Calendar</a> to learn when and how to buy just about anything!</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-cannon">Andrea Cannon</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-coloring-pens">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-coloring-pencils">The 5 Best Coloring Pencils</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-gaming-mice">The 5 Best Gaming Mice</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-forehead-thermometers">The 5 Best Forehead Thermometers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-cast-iron-skillets">The 5 Best Cast Iron Skillets</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-anti-itch-creams">The 5 Best Anti-Itch Creams</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment Shopping 5 best art supplies art utensils coloring coloring pens product reviews shopping Wed, 19 Apr 2017 08:17:08 +0000 Andrea Cannon 1930604 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: 85 Things You Should Buy at the Dollar Store http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-85-things-you-should-buy-at-the-dollar-store <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-85-things-you-should-buy-at-the-dollar-store" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/dollar_tree_storefront_458943537.jpg" alt="Learning which things you should buy at the dollar store" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found articles on items you should buy at the dollar store, great jobs for retirees, and how going to college abroad can help you save money.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="https://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Things-Get-Dollar-Store-40954147">85 Items You Should DEFINITELY Buy at the Dollar Store</a> &mdash; The dollar store is the place to go for all sorts of office supplies, from cute erasers to pens and markers to trays for your odds and ends. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="https://blog.cheapism.com/great-jobs-for-retirees-16341/">50 Great Jobs for Retirees</a> &mdash; Modeling isn't just for teenagers. You can find vigorous-looking older models on magazines, websites, and TV ads all the time. This can be a great gig for retirees who would like a little extra money. [Cheapism]</p> <p><a href="http://lifehacker.com/you-can-actually-save-money-by-going-to-college-abroad-1794274780">You Can Actually Save Money By Going to College Abroad</a> &mdash; Thanks to rising tuition costs in the U.S., it's actually cheaper in some cases to go to college overseas. [Lifehacker]</p> <p><a href="http://www.artofmanliness.com/2017/04/12/homebrewing-101-make-great-beer-home-kit/">Home-brewing 101: How to Make Great Beer at Home From a Kit</a> &mdash; A brewing kit has everything a beginner home-brewer needs, and this guide will help you through the process. [The Art of Manliness]</p> <p><a href="http://www.stevenaitchison.co.uk/blog/4-things-you-must-keep-to-declutter-your-life/">4 Things You Must Keep to Declutter Your Life</a> &mdash; Hang on to the interests and hobbies that make you happy. They'll help expand your mind, develop your creativity, and give you an outlet for stress relief. [Change Your Thoughts]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://sweethometimes.com/kitchen-ingredients-need-home/">Kitchen Ingredients You Need in Your Home</a> &mdash; Keep a good variety of your favorite spices. They'll make any meal stand out even if other ingredients are scarce. [Sweet Home Times]</p> <p><a href="http://www.morewithlesstoday.com/new-fundraising-ideas/">New Fundraising Ideas for Parents, Teams, and Schools You May Not Have Heard About</a> &mdash; These days, you have many options for fundraising beyond the usual bake sale and car wash. [More With Less Today]</p> <p><a href="http://www.moneyspruce.com/five-ways-make-financial-life-easier/">Five Ways to Make Your Financial Life Easier</a> &mdash; Most service providers now give you the option to receive email statements. The faster delivery makes it easier to plan your budget ahead of time. [Money Spruce]</p> <p><a href="https://www.thepennyhoarder.com/life/budget-friendly-homemade-dog-food/">3 Budget-Friendly Dog Food Recipes for People Who Love to Spoil Their Pups</a> &mdash; All the benefits you get from home-cooked meals apply to dog food, too. These recipes give you more control over what your pet eats, and are easy to make and affordable, too. [The Penny Hoarder]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/how-to-teach-your-kids-to-accept-losing">How to Teach Your Kids to Accept Losing</a> &mdash; Give your child the time and space to grieve. Save the discussion for later when they are in a calmer frame of mind. [Parenting Squad]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-85-things-you-should-buy-at-the-dollar-store">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-you-should-never-buy-at-the-dollar-store-and-10-you-should">10 Things You Should Never Buy at the Dollar Store (and 10 You Should)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-dollar-store-buys-that-are-almost-too-good-to-believe">11 Dollar Store Buys That Are Almost Too Good to Believe</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/getting-it-done-at-dollar-tree">Getting it Done at Dollar Tree</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-5-credit-cards-for-groceries">The Best Credit Cards for Groceries</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/can-you-spare-a-square-5-quick-tips-on-toilet-paper-usage">&quot;Can you spare a square?&quot; 5 quick tips on toilet paper usage.</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping best money tips dollar store Fri, 14 Apr 2017 08:00:07 +0000 Amy Lu 1927308 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Binoculars http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-binoculars <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-binoculars" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_sky_binoculars_509617750.jpg" alt="Woman using the best binoculars" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Binoculars are a must-have when you&rsquo;re hunting, bird watching, stargazing, or on a hike or nature trek. They can enhance your experience by allowing you to see faraway items as if they&rsquo;re only inches away.</p> <h2>What Are Binoculars?</h2> <p>Binoculars are a handheld optical instrument made of two small telescopes attached side-by-side, one lens for each eye. They magnify distant objects and provide good depth effect. There are a range of binocular sizes, shapes, and options available, with each pair varying in brightness, clarity, focus range, and comfort.</p> <h2>Top 5 Binoculars</h2> <h3>Bushnell Falcon Binoculars</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2oqmn3s"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/bushnell.jpg" width="245" height="190" align="right" alt="" /></a>Amazon&rsquo;s #1 best-seller in binoculars, the <a href="http://amzn.to/2oqmn3s" target="_blank">Bushnell Falcon Binoculars</a> produce clear, crisp images with 7x magnification. The durable design features a rubberized, abrasion-resistant finish and handy fold-down eyecups to protect eyeglasses and sunglasses from scratching. The insta-focus lever provides smooth feedback with ideal tension to fine-tune magnification. The auto-focusing Porro prism and coated lenses provide sharp viewing and quality optics with stunning HD clarity up to 1,000 yards away.</p> <p>The versatile binoculars are built to last and feature eye relief for eyeglass wearers. They are ideal for bird watching, hunting, stargazing, sporting events, and other outdoor activities. They come with a convenient carry case and straps.</p> <p>These are Amazon&rsquo;s Choice for binoculars and one of the &ldquo;Most Wished For&rdquo; items on Amazon. They are also frequently recommended online and have outstanding online reviews, including thousands of five-star reviews on Amazon. Bushnell products have won a range of design and performance awards over the years and offer other best-selling options, like the <a href="http://amzn.to/2ouWTU7" target="_blank">Bushnell Powerview Compact Folding Roof Prism Binoculars</a>.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2oqmn3s" target="_blank"><em>Currently $22.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Nikon ACULON Zoom Binoculars</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2ouTWTP"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/nikon.jpg" width="245" height="198" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2ouTWTP" target="_blank">Nikon ACULON A211 Zoom Binoculars</a> feature a lightweight, ergonomic design that is compact and easy to handle. They deliver magnification from 10 to 22-power, which can be quickly, easily adjusted with an easy-to-reach fingertip zoom control knob. The versatile, quality optic and multicoated eco-glass lenses deliver a bright, clear image in most lighting conditions. The durable rubber-armored coating ensures a nonslip grip, even in wet conditions. The turn-and-slide rubber eyecups offer comfortable viewing, even over long periods of time.</p> <p>These are built to last with eco-safe components and include a tripod adapter for extended usage. They have outstanding online reviews, including hundreds of five-star reviews on Amazon. If you&rsquo;re looking for a slightly smaller, more affordable option, consider the <a href="http://amzn.to/2p036cp" target="_blank">Nikon ACULON A211 Binoculars</a>.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2ouTWTP" target="_blank"><em>Currently $144.95 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Celestron SkyMaster Giant Binoculars</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2nHFQzE"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/celestron.jpg" width="245" height="153" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2nHFQzE" target="_blank">Celestron SkyMaster Giant Binoculars</a> feature BaK-4 prisms and multi-coated optics for sharp, bright views and improved contrast and resolution. The lightweight water-resistant binoculars offer diopter adjustment for fine focusing and long eye relief for eyeglass wearers. The large 70 mm objective lenses offer maximum image brightness in lowlight and long-range conditions. They feature a Porro prism optical design, 15x magnification, and a large center focus knob for ultrasharp focus. The protective rubber coating also makes the large binoculars comfortable to hold.</p> <p>They include a tripod adapter for extended usage. They also come with a soft carrying case, carrying strap, and lens caps. They are ideal for stargazing, bird watching, hunting, hiking, and outdoor adventures. The outer 25 percent of the field is soft and a little blurry, but reviewers agree that it doesn&rsquo;t affect the overall image.</p> <p>These are an Amazon best-seller and recommended by OutdoorGearLab. They have outstanding online reviews, including thousands of five-star reviews on Amazon, and are backed by a two-year warranty. If you&rsquo;re willing to spend a bit more, The Wirecutter recommends the <a href="http://amzn.to/2ouRZXr" target="_blank">Celestron TrailSeeker Binoculars</a>.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2nHFQzE" target="_blank"><em>Currently $65.50 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Polaris Optics Spectator Compact Bird Watching Binoculars</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2pbEAle"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/polaris.jpg" width="220" height="220" align="right" alt="" /></a>The compact, durable, lightweight <a href="http://amzn.to/2pbEAle" target="_blank">Polaris Optics Spectator Compact Bird Watching Binoculars</a> are pocket-size so you can easily take them anywhere. They offer sharp optics and impeccable detail for bright, clear viewing at 1,000 yards out. The 8x magnification and BaK-4 prism offer HD detail, clarity, and brightness. They are designed to go from wide view to crystal clear focus in seconds, so you can find your target and then zoom in. They feature a center focus system, fully multi-coated lens coating, and ergonomic, nonslip grip.</p> <p>These are ideal for bird watching, hunting, outdoor sporting events, and concerts. They are tripod adaptable and built to last. They come with a neck strap, carrying case, eyepiece and lens protection covers, and a cleaning cloth. They are an Amazon best-seller and are backed by a premium lifetime no-hassle warranty and 30-day money-back guarantee.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2pbEAle" target="_blank"><em>Currently $74.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Vanguard Binoculars with ED Glass</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2ouXMvV"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/vanguard.jpg" width="220" height="220" align="right" alt="" /></a>The lightweight, durable <a href="http://amzn.to/2ouXMvV" target="_blank">Vanguard Binoculars with ED Glass</a> feature BaK-4 phase-coated prisms and fully multi-coated lenses for high resolution and 10x magnification. The premium extra-low dispersion (ED) glass virtually eliminates color fringing to provide high-resolution colors, clarity, and image contrast. They feature 42 mm objective lens diameter, 1,000-yard field of view, and eye relief for eyeglass wearers.</p> <p>The rubber armored magnesium alloy binoculars have an ergonomic open-bridge design and large center focus wheel for comfortable usage. They offer three-stage retractable eyecups with long eye relief, outstanding near focus, and a wide viewing angle. The locking diopter ring allows users to further adjust the focus. The multi-guard coatings provide multiple layers of anti-reflective compounds resulting in nearly flawless light transmission and image recognition. This ensures sharp, bright images and high contrast even in lowlight conditions.</p> <p>These are ideal for bird watching, hunting, hiking, and other outdoor adventures. Nitrogen-charged and O-ring sealed, they are fully waterproof and fogproof. The brand is recommended by OutdoorGearLab and this model has won multiple awards, including best midpriced bird watching binoculars. They are also backed by a premium lifetime no-hassle warranty.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2ouXMvV" target="_blank"><em>Currently $299.00 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best binoculars. As always, be sure to check <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar">Wise Bread's Buying Calendar</a> to learn when and how to buy just about anything!</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" data-pin-save="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Fthe-5-best-binoculars&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FThe%25205%2520Best%2520Binoculars.jpg&amp;description=The%205%20Best%20Binoculars"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/The%205%20Best%20Binoculars.jpg" alt="The 5 Best Binoculars" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-cannon">Andrea Cannon</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-binoculars">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-7"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-travel-toiletry-bags">The 5 Best Travel Toiletry Bags</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-travel-pillows">The 5 Best Travel Pillows</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-emergency-kits">The 5 Best Emergency Kits</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-camping-sleeping-pads">The 5 Best Camping Sleeping Pads</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-forehead-thermometers">The 5 Best Forehead Thermometers</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping Travel 5 best binoculars product reviews shopping travel accessories travel gear Thu, 13 Apr 2017 08:59:01 +0000 Andrea Cannon 1927173 at http://www.wisebread.com 6 Money Lessons We Can Learn From the Easter Bunny http://www.wisebread.com/6-money-lessons-we-can-learn-from-the-easter-bunny <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/6-money-lessons-we-can-learn-from-the-easter-bunny" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock-160593094.jpg" alt="Learning money lessons from the Easter bunny" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="142" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Easter is upon us once again, and with it comes the arrival of the Easter bunny and baskets full of treats. Sure, everything about this holiday is delicious and worth the caloric splurge &mdash; right down to the succulent Easter ham &mdash; but what can we learn from all this spending? Maybe it's time to embrace the bits of financial wisdom we can get from the Easter bunny himself. What can he teach us about this annual day of sweet treats? And how can he help us with our money over time?</p> <h2>1. Hard work is rewarded</h2> <p>Hunting for Easter eggs is something most of us remember fondly from our childhood, and pass on to the kids of today. And there's a simple lesson to be learned here; the more work you put in, the more you get out of it. In this case, get out there early, search every nook and cranny, and fill your basket with as many eggs as it can hold. Then, there's egg decoration. Many schools, and some families, like to make a competition out of the task. While a simple egg dipped in dye is ok, those who really go the extra mile win the day. And that can mean winning a basketful of goodies, or a fun experience.</p> <p>In your career, your financial management, or a creative pursuit, the more effort you put in, the more you'll get out of the entire process. You'll also be much prouder of the reward you receive, knowing you truly earned it. So do the work and get the rewards &mdash; financial or otherwise.</p> <h2>2. Don't compare your assets with your neighbor's</h2> <p>How many times have you seen some kids continually look into the baskets of their friends, saying, &quot;No fair, you have way more than me!&quot; And &quot;How many have you got?&quot; They're so concerned with what others have, they get less eggs than they could if they were focused on their own egg haul. Plus, it's also a quick path to misery. They may have only four or five eggs in the basket, but that's still a bunch of free candy and goodies that they didn't have an hour earlier.</p> <p>It's been said that we measure our happiness by our neighbors, and that can be frighteningly true. For example, you're proud of your new car, especially next to your neighbor's old rust bucket. But when they trade that in for a brand-new car twice the price of yours, with all the bells and whistles, your paradigm shifts. Your great car &hellip; now, is not so great, even though it's the exact same car. This attitude can make you spend money when you don't want to. So, focus on yourself, not what others have.</p> <h2>3. Never put all your eggs in one basket</h2> <p>When kids are running around, grabbing as many eggs as they can to load up their baskets, there's no problem. But in the real world, we want to avoid this practice.</p> <p>Whether it's the stock market, your career, investors, or clients, diversification is the key. When it comes to your career, these days it's essential to have other irons in the fire. Layoffs happen daily in America, and all too often, people are finding it hard to get the same job because it's dying out. You should consider finding other ways to bring in money, in areas that are growing in strength; even if it's just a side business flipping thrift store finds on eBay. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-ways-to-make-money-outside-your-day-job?ref=seealso" target="_blank">15 Ways to Make Money Outside Your Day Job</a>)</p> <h2>4. Something of value may not be visible &hellip; yet</h2> <p>That Easter egg hidden in the dense grass isn't something that can be found immediately. But for those with a little perseverance, it's waiting to be collected. So much that we do in life applies to that moment. It's the idea sitting in the back of your head that can become a business venture. It's the investment opportunity that seems like nothing special. Or, if we are to be very literal, it's a hidden treasure tucked away in your basement or attic; something worth a small fortune, just waiting to be uncovered one day. Keep your eyes peeled for the prospect of uncovering something of value, and it's much more likely to happen.</p> <h2>5. Don't judge a book by its cover</h2> <p>In the case of Easter, don't judge the contents of an egg by its shell. Many parents and schools will put the most valuable prizes, like cash and gift cards, inside the most unassuming eggs. The big, gold, shiny eggs may well be fool's gold, containing only a few candies.</p> <p>Now, if you have ever shopped at a garage sale or thrift store, and found something valuable, you'll know it was hiding in plain sight. It didn't look like much, but to the right person, it was worth a lot. People can be judged in just the same way. Do you hire someone based on how they look, or what they offer? It is, of course, the latter. A home can look terrible at first glance, but after a little sweat equity, they can double in value. Find your hidden gem.</p> <h2>6. Something can come out of nothing</h2> <p>We all know (well, most of us, anyway) that the Easter bunny doesn't really exist. However, look at the excitement and incredible good will generated by the existence of this fantasy, including the revenue generated every Easter. We spend big bucks on this holiday each year. And yet, there is no bunny. There's no magic. It's all something we have created. So, do likewise with your finances. Can you find a way to create money out of something that doesn't exist right now? Is there a gap in the market? Do you see a need that is not being fulfilled, like all those contestants who appear on <em>Shark Tank</em>? It may not exist right now, but you can make it real, and you can make it a financial success.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-money-lessons-we-can-learn-from-the-easter-bunny">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-use-new-toys-to-teach-kids-about-money">How to Use New Toys to Teach Kids About Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/39-mindless-ways-youre-wasting-money-in-every-part-of-your-life">39 Mindless Ways You&#039;re Wasting Money in Every Part of Your Life</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/heres-what-i-learned-about-money-after-using-acorns">Here&#039;s What I Learned About Money After Using Acorns</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-one-nice-thing-can-ruin-your-whole-budget">How One Nice Thing Can Ruin Your Whole Budget</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/21-times-spending-more-will-save-you-money">21 Times Spending More Will Save You Money</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Budgeting Shopping Easter easter bunny financial lessons Holidays money lessons saving money wisdom Wed, 12 Apr 2017 08:00:10 +0000 Paul Michael 1925855 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Ear Thermometers http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-ear-thermometers <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-ear-thermometers" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/kid_sick_thermometer_471879177.jpg" alt="Mom using best ear thermometer on sick child" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>With the right ear thermometer, you can get professional medical results at home in seconds. Research has shown that ear thermometers can be more accurate than forehead or rectal thermometers. That&rsquo;s because your eardrum shares blood supply with the body's temperature control center, so it quickly reflects changes in the body&rsquo;s core temperature.</p> <h2>What Is an Ear Thermometer?</h2> <p>An ear thermometer is a device that can quickly read temperatures to detect a fever. It uses an infrared ray to accurately measure the temperature inside your ear canal to provide an accurate reading in seconds. Ear thermometers are quick, convenient, and safe to use on the whole family.</p> <h2>Top 5 Ear Thermometers</h2> <h3>Braun Ear Thermometer</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2p6fvIv" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/braun_0.jpg" width="87" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>Amazon&rsquo;s #1 best-seller in ear thermometers, the <a href="http://amzn.to/2p6fvIv" target="_blank">Braun Ear Thermometer</a> is trusted by pediatricians and medical professionals. It is quick and easy to use. It measures the infrared heat generated by the eardrum, which clinical studies have shown can reflect changes in core body temperature faster than oral thermometers and more accurately than rectal or temple thermometers.</p> <p>The award-winning ergonomic design features a patented pre-warmed tip to minimize the cooling effect on the ear canal that can result from using room-temperature tips. The professional technology can provide precise, accurate results in just a few seconds. The unique guidance system uses a light and beep to confirm correct positioning for accurate readings. The memory function recalls the last temperature reading. The small, soft, flexible tip makes it gentle to use, even on sleeping children or patients. It is safe to use on the whole family.</p> <p>It includes two AA batteries, 21 lens filters, and a protective case. It is Amazon&rsquo;s Choice for ear thermometers and one of the &ldquo;most wished for&rdquo; items on Amazon. It is frequently recommended online and has outstanding reviews, including thousands of five-star reviews on Amazon. It is also used by more doctors' offices than any other infrared thermometer brand. The <a href="http://amzn.to/2o4LvvD" target="_blank">Braun Thermoscan Ear Thermometer with ExacTemp Technology</a> is another highly reviewed Amazon best-seller, but is more expensive.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2p6fvIv" target="_blank"><em>Currently $33.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Kinsa Digital Smart Ear Thermometer</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2oqWfXI" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/kinsa.jpg" width="216" height="220" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2oqWfXI" target="_blank">Kinsa Digital Smart Ear Thermometer</a> is more than your average thermometer. The BPA-free, latex-free smart thermometer syncs wirelessly with the free Kinsa app on most iPhone and Android devices. The app tracks temperature readings, symptoms, diagnoses, medications, and other notes in a time-stamped log, for each member of the family. It can store up to 50 readings, so you can easily share this health information and photos with a doctor. It can also provide real-time guidance with tips on the best next steps, as well as information about illnesses trending in your area. You can also use the thermometer without the app.</p> <p>The ergonomic design features an illuminated easy-to-read screen. It provides professionally accurate readings in one second. It is water-resistant and features an easy-clean tip, so no probe covers are required. It is quick, gentle, and easy to use, even on sleeping children or patients. It is safe for use on the whole family. The award-winning thermometer is recommended by Consumer Search and The Sweethome.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2oqWfXI" target="_blank"><em>Currently $39.97 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Innovo Forehead and Ear Thermometer</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2o50LbX" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/innovo.jpg" width="172" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2o50LbX" target="_blank">Innovo Forehead and Ear Thermometer</a> can be used in the ear or on the forehead. The digital thermometer is quick and easy to use. The ergonomic design has reflective finishing and instantly displays results on the advanced LCD Display. It uses the latest infrared detection technology, AccuSense Sensor, and upgraded software to accurately measure temperature. It uses a light and beep to alert you when the temperature exceeds 99.5&deg;F. It can store and recall up to 20 readings. It is clinically tested and proven to be reliable and accurate. The BPA-free, latex-free thermometer is CE and FDA-approved. It is recommended by doctors, pediatricians, and medical professionals. It is safe for the whole family to use.</p> <p>This comes with two AAA batteries that will last through thousands of readings. It is an Amazon best-seller and has outstanding online reviews, including hundred of five-star reviews on Amazon. Innovo has another option, the <a href="http://amzn.to/2prZ7RP" target="_blank">Innovo Medical Forehead and Ear Thermometer</a>, which claims to have improved accuracy, if you&rsquo;re willing to spend a few more dollars.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2o50LbX" target="_blank"><em>Currently $28.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Ear Thermometer by Iproven</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2prTsLP" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/iproven.jpg" width="200" height="200" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2prTsLP" target="_blank">Ear Thermometer by Iproven</a> is quick and easy to use. It&rsquo;s recommended by pediatricians thanks to its professional accuracy and superior sapphire probe lens. It features a large backlit display and improved infrared technology. It&rsquo;s clinically proven to provide a highly accurate, reliable reading. It&rsquo;s safe for use on the entire family.</p> <p>This includes a battery and protective case. It is easy to clean, so it doesn&rsquo;t require the use of caps or probe covers. It has outstanding online reviews, including hundreds of five-star reviews on Amazon. It is also backed by a money-back guarantee.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2prTsLP" target="_blank"><em>Currently $19.30 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Vicks Behind Ear Gentle Touch Thermometer</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2nCV4px" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/vicks_0.jpg" width="108" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2nCV4px" target="_blank">Vicks Behind Ear Gentle Touch Thermometer</a> is easy to use. Simply place it on the hollow behind the ear for one second to get a professionally accurate reading. This area is close to the carotid artery (which carries blood to the brain), so it provides a more accurate reading. It has clinical accuracy and is proven more accurate than a forehead thermometer. The Fever InSight color-coded screen has a fever guidance, which can track the progression of a fever. The large, easy-to-read LCD display beeps to display temperature. It can track and save the last eight readings. The noninvasive thermometer is safe for use on the entire family and gentle enough to be used on a sleeping child.</p> <p>It is frequently recommended online and comes from the trusted Vicks brand. It is built to last and backed by a lifetime warranty.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2nCV4px" target="_blank"><em>Currently $17.24 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best ear thermometers. As always, be sure to check <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar">Wise Bread's Buying Calendar</a> to learn when and how to buy just about anything!</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-cannon">Andrea Cannon</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-ear-thermometers">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-forehead-thermometers">The 5 Best Forehead Thermometers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-anti-itch-creams">The 5 Best Anti-Itch Creams</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-shampoos-for-frizzy-hair">The 5 Best Shampoos for Frizzy Hair</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-pet-flea-shampoos">The 5 Best Pet Flea Shampoos</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-smart-water-bottles">The 5 Best Smart Water Bottles</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty Shopping 5 best ear thermometer product reviews shopping sick thermometers Wed, 12 Apr 2017 08:00:09 +0000 Andrea Cannon 1926254 at http://www.wisebread.com How One Nice Thing Can Ruin Your Whole Budget http://www.wisebread.com/how-one-nice-thing-can-ruin-your-whole-budget <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-one-nice-thing-can-ruin-your-whole-budget" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock-613134306.jpg" alt="Woman shopping and ruining her whole budget" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>As your income rises, you tend to experience &quot;lifestyle inflation,&quot; defined as the tendency to increase spending over time to upgrade your lifestyle. You get a nicer place to live, buy better food, eat at restaurants more, buy a nicer car, spend more on vacations, spend more on pets, hobbies, and other nonessential expenses. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-signs-youre-suffering-from-lifestyle-inflation?ref=seealso" target="_blank">9 Signs You&rsquo;re Suffering From Lifestyle Inflation</a>)</p> <p>Even if your income is not rising, there is still pressure to spend more and upgrade your lifestyle as you grow older. You see your friends and neighbors &quot;moving on up&quot; and feel like you are working hard and deserve to move up as well. Once you start spending more, you reset your baseline expectations, and your increased level of spending becomes the new normal. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-mental-biases-that-are-keeping-you-poor?ref=seealso" target="_blank">5 Mental Biases That Are Keeping You Poor</a>)</p> <h2>The problem with lifestyle inflation</h2> <p>This habit can keep you stuck in the mud forever, financially speaking. Lifestyle inflation is typically a repeated behavior rather than a one-time splurge, so you keep paying more month-after-month and year-after-year for things like a bigger house or nicer car. This extra spending saps money that could be funding investment accounts and paying off debt. Even worse, lifestyle inflation spending is sometimes funded with borrowed money &mdash; such as charging a vacation to a credit card. It can keep you living paycheck-to-paycheck and delay reaching financial independence by decades. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-escape-the-paycheck-to-paycheck-cycle?ref=seealso" target="_blank">How to Escape the Paycheck-to-Paycheck cycle</a>)</p> <h2>How the Diderot Effect makes it worse</h2> <p>What benefit do you get from all of the extra spending to inflate your lifestyle? The simple answer is that you get nicer stuff. But is buying the nicer stuff making you <em>happier </em>than you would be without it?</p> <p>According to a phenomenon called the Diderot Effect, buying nicer stuff can actually make you less satisfied and lead to spiraling consumption. The Diderot Effect is named after the French philosopher Denis Diderot who described the following scenario in the 1700s: He received some very high quality clothing as a gift. The new clothes made his old clothes and even his furniture and artwork seem shabby in comparison. Diderot was no longer satisfied with his possessions and went about upgrading most of his belongings to try to find satisfaction again.</p> <p>The Diderot Effect is a driver of lifestyle inflation today. Let's say one of your kitchen appliances breaks down and you decide to replace it. You find a good deal on a fancy new appliance and buy it. Now all of your other appliances seem outdated and you can't wait to upgrade the rest of your appliances as well. And after you upgrade the appliances, you might decide that upgrading your countertops would make sense to go with the new appliances. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-10-biggest-lies-we-tell-ourselves-about-money?ref=seealso" target="_blank">The 10 Biggest Lies We Tell Ourselves About Money</a>)</p> <p>Another aspect of the Diderot Effect is that people tend to buy possessions that form a culturally complementary set. In other words, you see yourself as belonging to a particular cultural group and tend to buy possessions that reflect this status and that are consistent with your other possessions. However, if you get some higher status possessions, this can drive you to see yourself in a higher cultural status. You will then strive to upgrade all of your possessions to match your perceived status and be complementary with your other possessions. So getting a fancy refrigerator can make you feel like the kind of person who has fancy things and lead you to upgrade accordingly.</p> <p>Lifestyle inflation is a vicious cycle. You spend more money to buy nicer things that ultimately make you less satisfied. You then spend more money trying to find satisfaction and the cycle continues. Unfortunately, no matter how much money you spend, there will always be something newer, nicer, or better that you want to buy.</p> <h2>Break the cycle with &quot;lifestyle leveling&quot;</h2> <p>The way to break the cycle of spending more and more money in pursuit of happiness is to realize what is happening and short circuit the Diderot Effect. When you do spend money, buy things that are consistent with your other possessions. In the kitchen appliance example, you could buy a midrange appliance instead of the high-end model, or even find a used appliance the same age as your other appliances. This way you will spend less, and keep your lifestyle level and consistent instead of buying something much nicer than your current possessions that could spark dissatisfaction and send you into a spending spiral.</p> <p>The concept of <em>lifestyle leveling</em> will help you to maintain a consistent lifestyle &mdash; and spending level. Gain control over lifestyle inflation by upgrading your lifestyle by choice, not as an unintended consequence of the Diderot Effect. When it comes down to it, you don't need the nicest things money can buy &mdash; especially if you don't have the money to spend. All you need are things that work well and make your life easier. And there are plenty of ways to find items that fit those requirements without letting the Diderot Effect destroy your perception of needs vs. wants.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/dr-penny-pincher">Dr Penny Pincher</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-one-nice-thing-can-ruin-your-whole-budget">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-5"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/39-mindless-ways-youre-wasting-money-in-every-part-of-your-life">39 Mindless Ways You&#039;re Wasting Money in Every Part of Your Life</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/this-is-how-americans-spent-their-money-in-the-1950s">This Is How Americans Spent Their Money in the 1950s</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/people-are-still-spending-too-much-on-their-weddings">People Are Still Spending Too Much on Their Weddings</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-23-mental-tricks-thatll-help-you-save-money">Flashback Friday: 23 Mental Tricks That&#039;ll Help You Save Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-money-lessons-we-can-learn-from-the-easter-bunny">6 Money Lessons We Can Learn From the Easter Bunny</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Budgeting Shopping diderot effect lifestyle inflation mental biases saving money shopping Shopping Tricks Spending Money Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:30:10 +0000 Dr Penny Pincher 1922315 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Coloring Pencils http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-coloring-pencils <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-coloring-pencils" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/colored_pencils_paper_495035414.jpg" alt="Using the best coloring pencils to color" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Colored pencils can allow you to explore the world in color. They can help you accomplish everything from drawing precise lines to blending shades together for unique effects.</p> <h2>What Are Coloring Pencils?</h2> <p>Coloring pencils are art tools with wax- or oil-based cores of colored pigment and protective outer casings made of wood. Whether you're looking for something for your new adult coloring book, for your child's school supplies, or for professional purposes, the selections below can meet your needs.</p> <h2>Top 5 Coloring Pencils</h2> <h3>Crayola Colored Pencils</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2nd4MyM" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/crayola.jpg" width="217" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>The best-selling <a href="http://amzn.to/2nd4MyM" target="_blank">Crayola Colored Pencils</a> are ideal for use at home or school. The smooth colors offer great color mixing and blending, so they are ideal for school supplies, art projects, and adult coloring. The box contains 50 bright, intense colors in a wide spectrum of shades, including metallic shades of silver and gold. The pre-sharpened points are strong, durable, and stay sharp longer. The thick, soft graphite points won't break easily under pressure. They offer better control and smooth use with no scratching. The long pencils are made from reforested wood and are long-lasting.</p> <p>Influenster voted these #1 in colored pencils, thanks to thousands of&nbsp;five-star reviews on their website. They also have&nbsp;thousands of five-star reviews on Amazon and are most teachers' preferred choice. They are also backed by a satisfaction guarantee.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2nd4MyM" target="_blank"><em>Currently $7.13 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2p2Yw95" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/prismacolor.jpg" width="179" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>Amazon's #1 best-seller in wooden colored pencils, the artist-quality <a href="http://amzn.to/2p2Yw95" target="_blank">Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils</a> come in a durable tin case. The 48 vibrant colors are made with light-resistant, high-grade pigments for rich color saturation that lasts. The thick, durable leads resist cracking, chipping, and breaking. They are slow to wear, waterproof, and are strong enough to be sharpened to a precision point. The soft, thick, creamy cores offer smooth, even coverage and color laydown. They are the best choice for blending, shading, shadowing, and layering. They allow you to effortlessly switch between detailed work, precise lines, delicate blends, and smooth shadowing.</p> <p>These are recommended by About.com and have outstanding reviews from artists. They also have thousands of&nbsp;five-star reviews on Amazon and are backed by a satisfaction guarantee.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2p2Yw95" target="_blank"><em>Currently $24.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Sargent Art Premium Coloring Pencils</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2o5b16x" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/sargent.jpg" width="204" height="220" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2o5b16x" target="_blank">Sargent Art Premium Coloring Pencils</a> are made of premium wood for easy sharpening and long-lasting usage. The thick leads offer smooth color lay-down. The durable presharpened seven-inch long pencils come in a variety of shade and hue variations. The vibrant colors are made with high-quality pigments for consistent color coverage, making them ideal for illustrating, drawing, sketching, and special effect blending and blurring. The pack of 50 colored pencils have thousands of five-star reviews on Amazon and are a favorite among professional artists.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2o5b16x" target="_blank"><em>Currently $5.10 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Derwent Colored Pencils</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2p3nkxN" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/derwent.jpg" width="245" height="204" align="right" alt="" /></a>The 12-pack of <a href="http://amzn.to/2p3nkxN" target="_blank">Derwent Colored Inktense Ink Pencils</a> come in a durable metal tin. The bright, opaque ink-like colors are highly blendable. They offer an intense color combined with a translucent effect for great depth. You can use the water-soluble pencils dry or mix them with water for a more vibrant color. The color is permanent once dry. They offer more precise handling, so they are ideal for everything from precise drawing to watercolor art.</p> <p>These offer very different effects when they are wet and when they are dry, so they offer a great value. They are recommended by About.com and have over&nbsp;1,000 five-star reviews on Amazon. They are also very popular with artists around the world.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2p3nkxN" target="_blank"><em>Currently $14.98 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Faber-Castell Polychromos Colored Pencil Set</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2nd7dkD" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/faber%20castel_0.jpg" width="216" height="220" align="right" alt="" /></a>The 16-piece <a href="http://amzn.to/2nd7dkD" target="_blank">Faber-Castell Polychromos Colored Pencil Set</a> comes in a sturdy metal tin. These are expensive, but reviewers tend to agree that they are well worth the cost and offer a great value for the money. The intense colors are made with unsurpassed lightfast pigments. While the tips are soft enough for smooth usage and easy layering, you won't have to worry about them crumbling. That's because the thick leads are waterproof, non-smudge, and break-resistant.</p> <p>The artist-quality pencils are commonly referred to as the best colored pencils available. They are recommended by About.com and have great reviews from professional artists.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2nd7dkD" target="_blank"><em>Currently $25.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best coloring pencils. As always, be sure to check <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar">Wise Bread's Buying Calendar</a> to learn when and how to buy just about anything!</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-cannon">Andrea Cannon</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-coloring-pencils">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-6"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-coloring-pens">The 5 Best Coloring Pens</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-gaming-mice">The 5 Best Gaming Mice</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-forehead-thermometers">The 5 Best Forehead Thermometers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-cast-iron-skillets">The 5 Best Cast Iron Skillets</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-anti-itch-creams">The 5 Best Anti-Itch Creams</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment Shopping 5 best art supplies colored pencils coloring coloring pencils product reviews shopping Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:12 +0000 Andrea Cannon 1922655 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Bath Mats http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-bath-mats <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-bath-mats" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/slippers_bath_mat_147696805.jpg" alt="Woman using best bath mats" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Bath mats can help you upgrade your bathroom without spending much. These accent rugs can serve as a functional decor piece in any bathroom. They provide a soft, water-absorbent solution to help cushion your feet after the shower and can be used for a multitude of purposes.</p> <h2>What is a bath mat?</h2> <p>A bath mat is a mat or rug that you can stand on when entering or leaving the tub. It can absorb water and can keep your floors clean and dry to prevent water damage. It can also protect your feet from the cold floor and prevent you from slipping as you get out of the tub. While it is typically used outside of the shower, it can also be used in the kitchen or any other area of the home.</p> <p>With the right bath mat, you can add the feeling of relaxation to your bathroom, so you feel like you&rsquo;re living in a luxury spa. They come in endless styles and colors to suit your bathroom. They are easy to clean and usually dry very quickly.</p> <h2>Top 5 bath mats</h2> <h3>VDOMUS Non-Slip Microfiber Shag Bathroom Rug</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2ojDF1Z"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/vdomus.jpg" width="245" height="199" align="right" alt="" /></a>Amazon&rsquo;s #1 best-seller in bath rugs, the 20&rdquo;x32&rdquo; <a href="http://amzn.to/2ojDF1Z" target="_blank">VDOMUS Non-Slip Microfiber Shag Bath Mat</a> is designed to last for years and won&rsquo;t shrink or turn rough after being washed. The nonslip, skid-resistant rubber backing also won&rsquo;t fade with continued use. The ultrasoft shag rug has a unique design with thousands of individual microfiber shags. The chenille fabric microfiber bathroom rug can quickly absorb water, is machine-washable, and dries quickly, so it stays smelling and feeling fresh and clean.</p> <p>The durable mat is available in a range of colors and has outstanding online reviews. It is also backed by a satisfaction guarantee.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2ojDF1Z" target="_blank"><em>Currently $13.79 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Utopia Towels Cotton Washable Bath Mat</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2nxPAcf"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/utopia_1.jpg" width="220" height="220" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2nxPAcf" target="_blank">Utopia Towels Bath Mats</a> set includes two 21&rdquo;x34&rdquo; mats. The luxurious 100 percent cotton mats are soft, absorbent, durable, and machine washable. They are made from natural materials and are free from harmful chemicals and synthetic materials. They come in a wide variety of colors and offer a great value. These are an Amazon best-seller and have thousands of five-star reviews on Amazon.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2nxPAcf" target="_blank"><em>Currently $16.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Chesapeake Pebbles Bath Rug Set</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2mRs7Wk"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/chesapeke.jpg" width="215" height="220" align="right" alt="" /></a>Amazon&rsquo;s #1 best-seller in bath and shower safety mats, the <a href="http://amzn.to/2mRs7Wk" target="_blank">Chesapeake Pebbles Bath Rug Set</a> includes a 21&quot;x34&quot; and 24&quot;x40&rdquo; bath rug, providing a great value. The absorbent, easy-care, 100 percent cotton rugs have a lightly sprayed antiskid backing. The mats are soft, high quality, and plush.</p> <p>Real Simple likes pebble bath mats because the 3D cotton pebbles offer a subtle foot massage and plush cushioning, while helping to prevent slipping. This set is available in various color combinations and has outstanding online reviews.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2mRs7Wk" target="_blank"><em>Currently $25.74 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Magnificent Memory Foam Bath Mat</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2ojpLN0"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/magnificent%20memory.jpg" width="214" height="220" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2ojpLN0" target="_blank">Magnificent Memory Foam Bath Mat</a> set includes two 17&rdquo;x24&rdquo; mats. The microfiber memory foam mats have nonslip, skid-resistant backing, so they won&rsquo;t slide around. They are ultrasoft and plush, so they can help provide foot relief. They are highly absorbent, machine-washable, and dry faster than other mats. They are also natural and hypoallergenic.</p> <p>This is a great value for two high quality bath mats. They are available in a range of colors to suit your bathroom. They are an Amazon best-seller and can hold up to the test of time. They are also backed by a satisfaction guarantee. If you just want the cheapest memory foam bath mat available, then consider the <a href="http://amzn.to/2niACW2" target="_blank">Town house Rugs Luxurious Memory Foam Bath Rug</a>.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2ojpLN0" target="_blank"><em>Currently $12.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Hinoki Wood Shower and Bath Mat</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2nxL0L9"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/hinoki.jpg" width="245" height="135" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2nxL0L9" target="_blank">Hinoki Wood Shower and Bath Mat</a> is pricey, but it should last for years. It is made of Japanese cypress wood, which is also used to build traditional Japanese temples, shrines, and palaces. The wood has antibacterial properties, dries quickly, and doesn&rsquo;t accumulate mildew, so you can expect it to last with no maintenance required. It is resistant to humidity and discoloration, and has a naturally refreshing scent. It is slightly elevated above floor level on slats and won&rsquo;t collect dust or hair like cloth mats. The natural style can complement any bathroom decor. It is recommended by Lifehacker and Apartment Therapy.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2nxL0L9" target="_blank"><em>Currently $47.95 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best bath mats. As always, be sure to check <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar">Wise Bread's Buying Calendar</a> to learn when and how to buy just about anything!</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-cannon">Andrea Cannon</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-bath-mats">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-shower-curtains">The 5 Best Shower Curtains</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-cast-iron-skillets">The 5 Best Cast Iron Skillets</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-bidet-seats">The 5 Best Bidet Seats</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-ceiling-fans">The 5 Best Ceiling Fans</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-pet-flea-shampoos">The 5 Best Pet Flea Shampoos</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Home Shopping 5 best bath mat bath mats bathroom decor home goods product reviews shopping Wed, 05 Apr 2017 08:00:12 +0000 Andrea Cannon 1918554 at http://www.wisebread.com People Are Still Spending Too Much on Their Weddings http://www.wisebread.com/people-are-still-spending-too-much-on-their-weddings <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/people-are-still-spending-too-much-on-their-weddings" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock-185257276.jpg" alt="people are still spending too much on their weddings" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>How much should it cost to get married?</p> <p>According to the most recent Real Weddings Study by The Knot, couples in 2016 spent an average of $35,329 on their weddings &mdash; and that figure does not include the cost of the honeymoon.</p> <p>Considering the fact that $35K could make for a nice down payment on a house, or could buy a fully-loaded, brand new Honda Accord, or could pay for a few semesters of college, it's fair to argue that people are spending too much on their weddings. But how do you avoid the high costs of wedding planning? (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-shave-5000-off-your-wedding-expenses?ref=seealso" target="_blank">How to Save $5,000 Off Your Wedding Expenses</a>)</p> <p>Here's what you can do about trimming those costs for your own nuptials.</p> <h2>Breaking down wedding costs</h2> <p>A full breakdown of how couples allot their wedding budgets can help you figure out where you want to spend your money and where you are comfortable pinching pennies. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-big-ticket-wedding-items-you-should-borrow-instead-of-buy?ref=seealso" target="_blank">5 Big Ticket Wedding Items You Should Borrow Instead of Buy</a>)</p> <h2>The venue</h2> <p>This is generally the largest expense for couples, costing an average of $16,107. It is possible to lower the cost of the venue without sacrificing any of the beauty or elegance that caught your eye in the first place.</p> <h3>Get married on a weekday</h3> <p>A dear friend of mine saved 80 percent off the cost of her preferred venue &mdash; a historic house in Boston &mdash; by getting married on a Monday. This choice also helped them to have a smaller and more intimate wedding, since not everyone was able to attend a weekday wedding. They got the small wedding they wanted, and were able to trim costs. Even if you can't schedule a weekday wedding, choosing a Friday night or Sunday afternoon wedding time can save you money.</p> <h3>Get married out of season</h3> <p>Venues offer discounts for bridal couples who get married during the slower times of year, which generally include: January, February, and March.</p> <h3>Have your ceremony and reception in the same place</h3> <p>This not only saves you the additional cost of the ceremony site (which cost an average of $2,197 in 2016) as well as transportation costs, but your out-of-town guests will also appreciate not having to navigate their way to two different unfamiliar locations.</p> <h2>The engagement ring</h2> <p>I still remember the commercials I saw as a child that asked, &quot;How else can two months' salary last a lifetime?&quot; That question was asked (and answered) by the De Beers company, and it made the idea of spending two months' salary on an engagement ring the standard requirement for a marrying couple.</p> <p>Which helps explain why the second largest wedding expense is the engagement ring, at an average cost of $6,163. Marketing by the De Beers company has clearly done its job. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-money-saving-tricks-to-know-before-buying-an-engagement-ring?ref=seealso" target="_blank">12 Money Saving Tricks for Engagement Rings</a>)</p> <p>But engagement rings (and wedding rings) are a new phenomenon, and there is no need to feel like you are bucking tradition by choosing not to spend money on one. If you do want to mark your engagement by putting a ring on it, there are some great engagement ring options to choose from without spending a fortune.</p> <h3>Use a family ring</h3> <p>Many families pass engagement rings from one generation to the next, but the family ring you use does not have to be a diamond engagement ring in order to be meaningful and beautiful. Any jewel that your grandmother or mother would like to see passed along to your fiancee could be the perfect engagement ring. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/3-great-reasons-to-choose-a-secondhand-engagement-ring-and-where-to-find-one?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Where to Get Secondhand Engagement Rings</a>)</p> <h3>Choose a non-diamond gemstone</h3> <p>There are many different types of gems out there in a variety of colors, and they tend to be much cheaper than diamonds, in addition to being unique and gorgeous.</p> <h3>Select a knot or Claddagh ring style</h3> <p>Knot rings are a lovely symbol of two people joining together, and they generally do not include a gemstone. Similarly, Claddagh rings are traditional Irish symbols that represent pledging vows.</p> <p>See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-frugal-fabulous-alternatives-to-the-diamond-engagement-ring?ref=seealso2" target="_blank">7 Frugal, Fabulous Alternatives to the Diamond Engagement Ring</a></p> <h2>The dress</h2> <p>There is no getting around the fact that wedding dresses are expensive. The average bride in 2016 spent $1,564 on her wedding dress. To reduce wedding dress costs, consider the following options.</p> <h3>Rent your wedding dress</h3> <p>Many dress rental companies now offer bridal rentals, which allow you to have all of the designer chic for a fraction of the cost.</p> <h3>Purchase a secondhand wedding dress</h3> <p>Not all brides keep their dresses forever, and new brides can find their perfect gown on sites like <a href="https://www.preownedweddingdresses.com/" target="_blank">preownedweddingdresses.com</a>.</p> <h3>Think outside the bridal section</h3> <p>You can find gorgeous white dresses in the formal section of department stores. Since these aren't marketed as wedding dresses, they tend to be much cheaper.</p> <p>See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-smart-ways-to-save-on-a-wedding-dress?ref=seealso2" target="_blank">7 Smart Ways to Save on a Wedding Dress</a></p> <h2>The photographer and videographer</h2> <p>It's important to record your special day with photographs and/or a video of your vows. However, professional photographers and videographers tend to be expensive, costing an average of $2,783 and $1,995, respectively, in 2016.</p> <p>However, it is possible to get professional photos and videos of your special day without paying the professional-level prices.</p> <h3>Find a student photographer at a local art school</h3> <p>This was how my husband and I saved on the cost of our photographer. We posted an ad for a photography student at the local art college, and had a chance to look through the portfolios of several students. We loved the photos that we got of our wedding day, and we saved 50% off the cost of a professional wedding photographer.</p> <h3>Ask for an off-peak discount</h3> <p>If you are getting married on a weekday or off-season, ask your photographer for a discount. Presumably, he or she would not be working on your non-traditional wedding date otherwise.</p> <h3>Ask for referral discounts</h3> <p>Wedding photography and videography are word-of-mouth businesses, which means you might be able to score a referral discount on your own wedding photos and video if you refer your vendors to friends who are also getting married.</p> <h2>Reception music</h2> <p>Couples who danced to live bands at their 2016 wedding receptions paid an average of $4,156, while brides and grooms who opted for DJs paid an average of $1,245. Here are some ways to bring down the cost of getting down on the dance floor.</p> <h3>Follow your preferred entertainer's social media</h3> <p>Bands and DJs will often have special discounts for their followers, which you can take advantage of for your wedding.</p> <h3>Find local talent</h3> <p>Hire student musicians from a local music school.</p> <h3>DIY the playlist</h3> <p>This will only work if your venue comes with a top quality sound system, but you could potentially whip up a wedding playlist on your laptop or mp3 player and just plug it into the sound system. Make sure you ask a charismatic friend to play MC for the night, since a DJ's job is also about introducing people and events at the reception.</p> <h2>You don't have to go into debt for your wedding</h2> <p>Just because the average cost of a wedding has been going up doesn't mean that your wedding day has to be expensive. Find creative ways to make your wedding unique and memorable, instead of settling for the average wedding's hefty price tag. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/alternative-wedding-ideas-for-big-savings?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Alternative Wedding Ideas for Big Savings</a>)</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/emily-guy-birken">Emily Guy Birken</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/people-are-still-spending-too-much-on-their-weddings">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-7"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-ways-millennials-are-changing-marriage">4 Ways Millennials Are Changing Marriage</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/39-mindless-ways-youre-wasting-money-in-every-part-of-your-life">39 Mindless Ways You&#039;re Wasting Money in Every Part of Your Life</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-one-nice-thing-can-ruin-your-whole-budget">How One Nice Thing Can Ruin Your Whole Budget</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-23-mental-tricks-thatll-help-you-save-money">Flashback Friday: 23 Mental Tricks That&#039;ll Help You Save Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-money-lessons-we-can-learn-from-the-easter-bunny">6 Money Lessons We Can Learn From the Easter Bunny</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Budgeting Shopping saving money Spending Money wedding budget wedding costs wedding dress wedding expenses weddings Mon, 03 Apr 2017 09:00:11 +0000 Emily Guy Birken 1919581 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Foot Scrubbers http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-foot-scrubbers <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-foot-scrubbers" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_foot_scrub_155317157.jpg" alt="Woman using best foot scrubbers on feet" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Your shower can become the spa of your dreams. Maybe you've added a shower speaker, calming lighting, and scented bath products. But, do you have a foot scrubber? That's when the real magic happens.</p> <h2>What Is a Foot Scrubber?</h2> <p>A foot scrubber is a pedicure tool that can thoroughly clean feet and help remove dry skin. It can come in various forms, such as a shower scrubber, foot file, or pumice stone. By keeping your feet clean and smooth, you can improve foot and toenail health and prevent infections like athlete's foot.</p> <h2>Top 5 Foot Scrubbers</h2> <h3>The FootMate System Foot Massager and Scrubber</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2o9V2F7"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/footmate.jpg" width="182" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2o9V2F7" target="_blank">FootMate System Foot Massager and Scrubber</a> is the perfect way to pamper your feet at home. Instead of having to bend over and reach down to clean your feet, you can simply use this shower foot scrubber. This is especially beneficial if you are arthritic, diabetic, lack flexibility, or have knee, back, or hip problems.</p> <p>The complete foot care system allows you to thoroughly clean, soften, and massage the bottom and sides of your feet from the convenience of your tub or shower. It can refresh and smooth dry, cracked feet and thoroughly clean between the toes, which is often forgotten. The wide, gentle inner brush will massage the feet, while stiffer contoured outer bristles stimulate circulation and smooth rough skin and calluses. The podiatrist-recommended scrubber features an anti-mildew retrieval rope and suction cups for added safety.</p> <p>The set includes the foot scrubber and a bottle of specially formulated foaming rejuvenating gel, which contains tea tree oil, aloe, and gentle cleansers and conditioners. The system is endorsed by The American College of Foot and Ankle Orthopedics and Medicine. It has outstanding reviews online, including hundreds of five-star reviews on Amazon.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2o9V2F7" target="_blank"><em>Currently $28.00 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Soapy Soles</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2ocMvle"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/soapy%20soles.jpg" width="220" height="220" align="right" alt="" /></a>There is no easier way to pamper your feet than with <a href="http://amzn.to/2ocMvle" target="_blank">Soapy Soles</a>. It has more than 1,500 soft massaging bristles to thoroughly clean and invigorate your feet while stimulating circulation. You can use it to clean your feet while standing in the shower, without having to bend over or exert any energy. Once you stick it to the floor of your shower or bathtub, it will stay put. The QVC favorite has hundreds of five-star reviews on Amazon.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2ocMvle" target="_blank"><em>Currently $11.89 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Microplane Colossal Pedicure Rasp</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2oAjsUM"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/microplane.jpg" width="245" height="168" align="right" alt="" /></a>Amazon's Choice for feet scrubbers, the lightweight <a href="http://amzn.to/2oAjsUM" target="_blank">Microplane Colossal Pedicure Rasp</a> can quickly, easily remove calluses, corns, and other rough spots on your feet. The foot file has a large surface so you can cover all rough areas of the feet. You can use this on dry feet or soak your feet beforehand. This is available in various colors. It has thousands of five-star reviews on Amazon.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2oAjsUM" target="_blank"><em>Currently $7.25 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Natural Earth Lava Pumice Stone</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2oA0UUP"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/zenda.jpg" width="220" height="220" align="right" alt="" /></a>Amazon's #1 best-seller in foot pumices, the <a href="http://amzn.to/2oA0UUP" target="_blank">Natural Earth Lava Pumice Stone</a> will leave your feet feeling soft and smooth. The natural pumice stone can thoroughly clean and exfoliate feet, or be used to remove corns, calluses, warts, dead skin, and the rough part of your feet. The ergonomic design allows the stone to fit perfectly in your hand, so you can handle and use it more easily. It is made of naturally occurring volcanic lava stones, so you won't have to worry about toxins or chemicals coming into contact with your feet.</p> <p>The premium callus remover won't crumble, so it should last a long time. It has a string, which allows you to hang it to dry in the shower. It has outstanding online reviews, including hundreds of five-star reviews on Amazon.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2oA0UUP" target="_blank"><em>Currently $9.97 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Perfect Professional Pedicure Foot File</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2nidTZS"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/foot%20file.jpg" width="245" height="144" align="right" alt="" /></a>The small, lightweight <a href="http://amzn.to/2nidTZS" target="_blank">Perfect Professional Pedicure Foot File from DaBee</a> exfoliates the feet quickly and easily. The durable micro-sanding foot rasp is specially designed with a 2-in-1 buffing surface to smooth your feet, making it easier to walk comfortably. It can safely, thoroughly scrub feet, smooth heels, and remove corns, calluses, and rough, cracked skin in minutes. The ergonomic handle has a curved angle, which allows you to reach every curve of your foot. The generous handle grip is comfortable to hold and won't slip out of your hand. This can be used on both wet and dry feet. The hole in the handle also allows you to hang it to dry in the shower. This has great online reviews and will leave your feet cleaner and softer than ever.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2nidTZS" target="_blank"><em>Currently $6.49 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best foot scrubbers. As always, be sure to check <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar">Wise Bread's Buying Calendar</a> to learn when and how to buy just about anything!</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-cannon">Andrea Cannon</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-foot-scrubbers">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-5"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-tweezers">The 5 Best Tweezers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-travel-toiletry-bags">The 5 Best Travel Toiletry Bags</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-frizz-control-products">The 5 Best Frizz Control Products</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-repair-shampoos">The 5 Best Repair Shampoos</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-hair-serums">The 5 Best Hair Serums</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty Shopping 5 best beauty products foot care foot scrub foot scrubbers product reviews shopping Thu, 30 Mar 2017 08:00:17 +0000 Andrea Cannon 1918288 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Frizz Control Products http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-frizz-control-products <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-frizz-control-products" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/women_friends_hair_508088550.jpg" alt="Women using the best frizz control products" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Dry, frizzy hair can really get you down. Whether you have frizzy hair by nature or your hair just can't handle the weather elements, there is hope. Fortunately, there are an array of frizz control products that can give you the soft, smooth, shiny, manageable hair of your dreams.</p> <h2>What Is a Frizz Control Product?</h2> <p>Frizz control products are hair care essentials that can restore moisture and smooth the hair cuticle to tame frizzy hair, fight humidity, and reduce flyaways. They come in a variety of forms, including serums, sprays, and even shampoos and conditioners. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-shampoos-for-frizzy-hair?ref=seealso" target="_blank">The 5 Best Shampoos for Frizzy Hair</a>)</p> <h2>Top 5 Frizz Control Products</h2> <h3>John Frieda Frizz Ease Beyond Smooth Immunity Primer</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2nsfVZl"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/john%20freida_0.jpg" width="101" height="245" align="right" alt="" />The </a><a href="http://amzn.to/2nsfVZl" target="_blank">John Frieda Frizz Ease Beyond Smooth Immunity Primer</a> immediately works on frizz. It gradually builds up hair's frizz immunity with each use and provides smoother hair with continued use. The non-silicone formula is enriched with pure coconut oil and a frizz-immunity complex, which works from the inside out, eliminating frizz at the source for easier styling, added control, and better manageability. It forms a protective seal that locks out water and humidity to protect the hair shaft. The potent, non-greasy primer also improves hair's texture for long-lasting results.</p> <p>The brand is recommended by Vogue, InStyle, Influenster, and All Women Stalk. If this primer isn't right for you, you may want to consider the <a href="http://amzn.to/2mO2Lsr" target="_blank">John Frieda Frizz-Ease Extra Strength 6 Effects Serum</a> or the <a href="http://amzn.to/2mNRWa2" target="_blank">John Frieda Frizz Ease Dream Curls Conditioner</a>.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2nsfVZl" target="_blank"><em>Currently $7.49 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Moroccanoil Frizz Control</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2oeomaA"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/moroccanoil_1.jpg" width="166" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2oeomaA" target="_blank">Moroccanoil Frizz Control</a> works great even in particularly dry or humid conditions. The anti-frizz spray significantly reduces frizz, flyaways, static, and split ends in any weather. It is formulated with argan oil, vitamin E, and keratin to nourish and moisturize with antioxidant and conditioning benefits. It repairs, strengthens, and restores elasticity, so your hair is left smooth, manageable, and ultra shiny. It has a dry oil-like texture and a slight stickiness. It is color-safe, sulfate-free, phosphate-free, and paraben-free.</p> <p>This works on all hair types, but is particularly beneficial for over-processed, frizzy, dry, or curly hair. If you have an oily scalp, it may be too greasy for your roots, so you'll only want to apply it to the bottom of the hair. Most reviewers love the famed tropical-musk scent, which is unlike anything else. It is an Allure Editors' pick and is recommended by the Huffington Post. It is also a favorite at fashion shows and salons around the country. You may also want to pair this with the <a href="http://amzn.to/2o41zB7" target="_blank">Moroccanoil Luminous Hairspray</a> for additional frizz-fighting benefits.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2oeomaA" target="_blank"><em>Currently $33.94 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Garnier Hair Care Fructis Sleek and Shine Anti-Frizz Serum</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2mNSXP6"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/garnier_4.jpg" width="108" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2mNSXP6" target="_blank">Garnier Hair Care Fructis Sleek and Shine Anti-Frizz Serum</a> smooths hair from root to tip and tames frizz immediately. The concentrated smoothing serum works even in 97 percent humidity to help prevent frizz and fight humidity. The proven strength system promises 10 times smoother hair, which can stay sleek and super shiny for up to three days. It is formulated with argan oil from Morocco and apricot oil to condition, as well as silicone to fight frizz and add shine. The formula feels slick and shouldn't weigh hair down. It soaks deep into frizzy, dry hair to smooth each strand, leaving you with soft, shiny hair for days.</p> <p>This can be used on wet or dry hair and works well on all hair types, but is especially ideal for dry, thick, curly, coarse, frizzy, or unmanageable hair. The top-rated serum has a dedicated following, mainly thanks to the unbelievable fruity scent. It is an Allure &quot;Best of Beauty&quot; winner and is recommended by Good Housekeeping. You may also want to pair this with the <a href="http://amzn.to/2oev6p4" target="_blank">Garnier Fructis Style Sleek and Shine Anti-Humidity Aerosol Hairspray</a> for additional frizz-fighting benefits. If this one doesn't work for you, consider the <a href="http://amzn.to/2nJSPzm" target="_blank">Garnier Fructis Sleek and Shine Intensely Smooth Leave-In Conditioning Cream</a>.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2mNSXP6" target="_blank"><em>Currently $4.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Schwarzkopf Styliste Ultime Satin Frizz Control Spray</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2mNRaJT"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/schwarzkopf.jpg" width="114" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2mNRaJT" target="_blank">Schwarzkopf Styliste Ultime Satin Frizz Control Heat Protection Straightening Spray</a> features a unique array of ingredients that can fight frizz and humidity while protecting your hair from heat tools with 450 F heat protection. The rich micronized spray uses an advanced micro-fix technology with high performing micro-polymers to continuously fight frizz, flyaways, and curl reversion. The lightweight, greaseless formula will leave your hair strong, shiny, and smooth. The straightening spray is designed to provide long-lasting results, with a straight effect for up to four days.</p> <p>The Schwarzkopf brand is recommended by Health Magazine and Influenster. The <a href="http://amzn.to/2nspSFX" target="_blank">Schwarzkopf Essence Ultime Satin Frizz Control Conditioner</a> is another highly reviewed item from the best-selling brand.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2mNRaJT" target="_blank"><em>Currently $29.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Bed Head Control Freak Serum by TIGI</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2nsrHmx"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/bed%20head_0.jpg" width="95" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>Amazon's Choice for frizz control, the <a href="http://amzn.to/2nsrHmx" target="_blank">Bed Head Control Freak Serum by TIGI</a> prevents frizz, fights humidity, and improves manageability. It has thermal protection so many reviewers also use it as a straightening serum. It can also make your hairstyle last longer. The lightweight, greaseless serum is moisture-resistant, so it can be used on wet or dry hair.</p> <p>This is especially ideal for frizzy or curly hair. Most reviewers love the scent and how shiny it leaves their hair. It is recommended by Influenster and is a salon favorite.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2nsrHmx" target="_blank"><em>Currently $7.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best frizz control products. As always, be sure to check <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar">Wise Bread's Buying Calendar</a> to learn when and how to buy just about anything!</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-cannon">Andrea Cannon</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-frizz-control-products">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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You fall victim to impulse buys and overpriced salads from the deli. And when you get home, you spent more time and money than you should have, and you forgot one of the key items you need for upcoming meals. No more. Here are 53 grocery shopping tricks that'll make your life easier.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/woman_grcoery_bag_000018272858_0.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/21-fresh-food-delivery-services-that-can-save-you-big?ref=fbf">21 Fresh Food Delivery Services That Can Save You Big</a> &mdash; Skip the trip to the store entirely and have all your food delivered! Sound like a dream come true? It is. Here are all the best services to try.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-checkout-line-tricks-to-finish-shopping-faster?ref=fbf">5 Checkout Line Tricks to Finish Shopping Faster</a> &mdash; When you just want to get in and out of the grocery store, follow these smart shopping tricks. Avoiding chatty cashiers and opting for the checkout lanes on the left could save you lots of precious time.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/woman_fresh_strawberries_000067876803_0.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-off-season-foods-that-are-destroying-your-grocery-budget?ref=fbf">5 Offseason Foods That Are Destroying Your Grocery Budget</a> &mdash; A really easy fix to staying on-budget is to avoid the sections of the store with foods that are currently offseason. 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Take a look back at your previous grocery receipts, give meal planning a try, clip those coupons, and your grocery budget will remain intact.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-and-worst-times-to-go-grocery-shopping?ref=fbf">The Best and Worst Times to Go Grocery Shopping</a> &mdash; A big part of making grocery shopping easier is knowing when to shop in the first place. Because there are certain times &mdash; weekend afternoons, for example &mdash; when you shouldn't go at all.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/chrissa-hardy">Chrissa Hardy</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-53-grocery-shopping-tricks-thatll-make-your-life-easier">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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