Shopping http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/1/0 en-US 15 Ways to Make Money on Halloween http://www.wisebread.com/15-ways-to-make-money-on-halloween <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/15-ways-to-make-money-on-halloween" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/kids_at_halloween.jpg" alt="Kids at halloween" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Most people balk at signs of the impending fall holidays because they fear what's coming &mdash; or rather, going: their money. But this year, instead of removing all the bills from your wallet for Halloween this-and-that, stuff it to the gills with fresh cash using these ways to turn October 31 on its paycheck-draining pumpkin head.</p> <h2>1. Attach business cards to trick-or-treaters' candy</h2> <p>Have a business you want to promote? Get in front of a lot of customers this Halloween by attaching your business card to the candy you're handing out. When parents inspect the candy later, they'll find it and hopefully call you. If you own a restaurant or retail store in town or provide a service, try a 10 percent discount instead of a standard business card. You'll build brand awareness among neighbors that may not know about your business, and you'll spend just pennies on new customer acquisition. (Shout-out to my lovely aunt for this idea. Genius.)</p> <h2>2. Rent out your guest space to tourists</h2> <p>If you've been considering whether or not to rent out your home or spare room on Airbnb and other micro-subletting services, use Halloween as a test run. There's usually higher demand around holidays so you'll likely book with relative ease if you keep your accommodations comfortable, clean, and affordable. This is a great way to experience what hosting travelers is like (without committing to it as a full-time job) while pocketing a little extra income. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-easy-ways-to-make-good-money-from-airbnb?ref=seealso" target="_blank">5 Easy Ways to Make Good Money From Airbnb</a>)</p> <h2>3. Sell old costumes online</h2> <p>If you still have last year's kids' and adult costumes, and you don't plan to wear them again, try getting rid of them locally via Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist, or online selling apps like <a href="https://us.letgo.com/en" target="_blank">Letgo</a>. You'll have the best chance of unloading your unwanted garb with great photos and reasonable prices. Start at about 60 percent off what you paid for the costume originally and haggle from there. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/turn-old-clothes-into-money-with-these-4-tools-and-apps?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Turn Old Clothes Into Money With These 4 Tools and Apps</a>)</p> <h2>4. Charge your friends for a sweet fix</h2> <p>You probably won't have much luck at this as an adult, but if you're a high school or college student, tap into your entrepreneurial skills early and peddle Halloween candy for a price. Everyone is in the sweets-eating mood at the end of October, so seize this opportunity to turn your trick-or-treating stash or reduced-priced seasonal candy bags into a profit. Undercut the competition, i.e. vending machines, and you've got a mini-business on your hands.</p> <h2>5. Sit for parents of children or pets</h2> <p>Many adults like to enjoy the Halloween festivities as much as the kids do, so if you know any parents or pet owners, offer your sitting services to allow them to enjoy the parties to which they were invited. There are several popular services that will help you market yourself, like Care.com for child care and Rover.com for pet care. Each will help you build a profile, tap into the local market, and share your services on social media. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-make-400-a-week-as-a-pet-sitter?ref=seealso" target="_blank">How to Make $400+ a Week as a Pet Sitter</a>)</p> <h2>6. Drive revelers around in your car</h2> <p>I've been an Uber and Lyft driver for a couple years now, and I can tell you firsthand that there's major demand surrounding Halloween. I've made a few hundred bucks on Halloween night alone, and that's only driving from about 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Demand, of course, will depend on the area in which you live, but if there's not a lot to do where you are, drive to another, more popular area where you know people will be partying and therefore need a safe ride home. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-earn-extra-money-driving-for-uber-or-lyft?ref=seealso" target="_blank">How to Earn Extra Money Driving for Uber or Lyft</a>)</p> <h2>7. Host a haunted house</h2> <p>A friend of mine told me that his family charged 25 cents for admission to the amateur haunted house they put together in their own home, but this was back in the 1960s. The inflation rate today would be $2.07, and nobody's going to pay that hefty fee to enter your dungeon of terror, but you could probably squeeze out $1-$2 per <em>family</em> if you create an interesting/scary enough attraction.</p> <h2>8. Set up a trick-or-treating yard sale</h2> <p>Have a pile of junk you'd like to sell? Take advantage of the built-in Halloween-night foot traffic by setting up a small yard sale while you're handing out candy. Provide bags for smaller items, and be flexible enough to allow next-day pickup for larger items that chaperones won't want to carry around all night.</p> <h2>9. Offer your face painting or hair and makeup skills</h2> <p>A quick post on social media about your hair and makeup prowess will likely fill up your Halloween weekend schedule. Expand your reach with a post on Craigslist. Everybody wants to look their best for the festivities, and they'll pay a pretty penny for it.</p> <h2>10. Tailor costumes</h2> <p>Holes in costumes may need mending, or someone might need an old costume taken in, and if you're handy with a needle and thread or a sewing machine, you can pocket a few crisp ones for your work.</p> <h2>11. Pick up a seasonal job as a haunted house actor</h2> <p>Enjoy scaring the bejesus out of people? Local haunted houses and corn mazes are hiring actors to spook guests this time of year, as are amusement parks that host seasonal events, like Six Flags' Fright Fest.</p> <h2>12. DJ a Halloween party</h2> <p>Spin &quot;Monster Mash&quot; and other macabre music by DJing Halloween parties. It doesn't have to be a major affair, so look for kids' shindigs, neighborhood parties, and community center events.</p> <h2>13. Make themed baked goods for last-minuters</h2> <p>I have a friend who makes the most incredible, perfectly decorated cookies, for which she's paid top dollar on custom orders. If you're a whiz in the kitchen, offer your baked goods to neighbors for their parties and maybe even pop into your local restaurants and cafes to ask if they might be willing to put your treats in their cases for a cut of the profits. These are the baby steps to a small business.</p> <h2>14. Chaperone children for trick-or-treating</h2> <p>Sort of like baby-sitting; you'll get paid in cash plus a few candy bars. Parents or guardians working late and therefore unable to take their kids trick-or-treating will be interested in this service.</p> <h2>15. Sell water to thirsty parents</h2> <p>Walking children around for hours on end can really take it out of you. Help adults rehydrate by offering bottled water for $1 a pop, or set up a lemonade/Kool-Aid stand to sell small cups of the sweet stuff for 50 cents to a dollar.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-ways-to-make-money-on-halloween">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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Today we found articles on ways you may be wasting money at the grocery store, smart ways to grow your savings, and the best deal sites for coupons and discounts on everything.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="https://fortunateinvestor.com/5-ways-waste-money-grocery-store/">5 Ways We Waste Money at the Grocery Store</a> &mdash; Not all organic produce is worth the extra cost. [The Fortunate Investor]</p> <p><a href="https://dyernews.com/3-smart-ways-to-start-growing-your-savings/">3 Smart Ways to Start Growing Your Savings</a> &mdash; Resist the temptation to withdraw from your savings by making it more difficult to access the funds. A CD &mdash; certificate of deposit &mdash; will do just that! [Dyer News]</p> <p><a href="http://moneypantry.com/deal-sites/">22 Best Deal Sites: Bargain Shopping Sites for Coupons &amp; Discounts (on Everything!)</a> &mdash; Find the best bargains on practically everything by checking these sites for coupons, discounts, and deals. [Money Pantry]</p> <p><a href="https://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Car-Hacks-35664947">19 Insanely Cool Car Hacks You Should Try Out</a> &mdash; Hang a shoe organizer on the back of a seat to store knickknacks during road trips. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.frugalvillage.com/2017/09/18/inexpensive-improvements-for-your-backyard-experience/">Inexpensive Improvements for Your Backyard Experience</a> &mdash; Simple updates can make a big difference. Rent a pressure washer and clean your patio and walkways, or add some flowering plants to brighten up the space. [Frugal Village]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.marcandangel.com/2017/09/17/10-regrets-too-many-people-will-have-in-10-years/">10 Regrets Too Many People Will Have in 10 Years</a> &mdash; Too many people wait, overanalyze, and never take the necessary steps to realize their goals. [Marc &amp; Angel Hack Life]</p> <p><a href="http://www.moneyjojo.com/making-money/ways-to-get-paid-to-travel-the-world/">16 Ways To Get Paid To Travel The World</a> &mdash; If you have experience in sales, you can take it abroad and help businesses break into new markets in various countries. [Moneyjojo]</p> <p><a href="http://productivitytheory.com/4-ways-increase-empathy/">4 Ways to Increase your Empathy</a> &mdash; Empathy is a skill you can cultivate like any other. Follow these steps to increase your empathy and enhance how you relate to and communicate with others. [Productivity Theory]</p> <p><a href="https://www.csmonitor.com/Environment/2017/0915/Can-resilience-planning-be-disentangled-from-climate-politics">Can resilience planning be disentangled from climate politics?</a> &mdash; Climate change is a polarizing topic. In contrast, most people agree that resilience planning is crucial to help communities deal with disasters. [The Christian Science Monitor]</p> <p><a href="http://www.easyways.net/20-easy-ways-get-rid-cramps/">20 Easy Ways To Get Rid of Cramps</a> &mdash; Moderate exercise (like yoga, swimming, walking and jogging) can help relieve cramps, especially the kind caused by menstruation. [easyWays]</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-5-ways-to-waste-money-at-the-grocery-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-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-5-credit-cards-for-groceries">The Best Credit Cards for Groceries</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/breaking-the-bread-code-how-to-get-the-freshest-loaf">Breaking the Bread Code: How to Get the Freshest Loaf</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-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-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/want-to-save-a-bundle-on-your-groceries-consider-you-local-asian-market">Save a Bundle on Your Groceries: Consider Your Local Asian Market</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-foods-that-are-actually-cheaper-at-whole-foods">6 Foods That Are Actually Cheaper At Whole Foods</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Shopping best money tips groceries Wed, 20 Sep 2017 08:30:17 +0000 Amy Lu 2023543 at http://www.wisebread.com 8 College Perks You Might Be Missing Out On http://www.wisebread.com/8-college-perks-you-might-be-missing-out-on <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/8-college-perks-you-might-be-missing-out-on" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/i_am_prepared_for_exam_very_well.jpg" alt="I am prepared for exam very well" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>College is expensive. Many students struggle to find the funds to attend college and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-easy-ways-to-avoid-student-loan-debt?ref=internal" target="_blank">avoid massive student debt</a>. And while student debt is an ongoing issue, there are many ways a student ID can provide big savings elsewhere. Savvy college students can utilize free or discounted activities and products to maximize their college experience and minimize their expenses. Here are eight college perks that you might be missing out on.</p> <h2>1. Reduced or free museum admission</h2> <p>Many museums and art galleries offer free or reduced admission to college students. New York University, for example, has a program called <a href="https://www.nyu.edu/life/arts-culture-and-entertainment/free-museum-access.html" target="_blank">Museum Gateway</a> that grants free admission to nearly a dozen museums and art galleries in New York City.</p> <p>Even if the college doesn't have a direct partnership with the museum to provide free admission to students, the museum might still have a student discount. The Museum of Fine Arts Boston, for example, offers free admission with a valid student ID. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-freebies-for-college-students?ref=seealso" target="_blank">20+ Freebies for College Students</a>)</p> <h2>2. Student discounts on computers</h2> <p>Computers are a vital tool. While students can access computers at local and college libraries, it can be a tad inconvenient. Computer manufacturers have created student discount programs to lower the monetary burden of students who need a computer.</p> <ul> <li> <p><a href="http://hp.force.com/external/hpacademy?AOID=51289" target="_blank">HP Academy</a> offers students 20 percent off HP products.</p> </li> <li> <p><a href="http://www.dell.com/en-us/learn/purchaseprogram/university" target="_blank">Dell University</a> offers students 20 percent off Dell products.</p> </li> <li> <p><a href="https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/store/b/sale" target="_blank">Microsoft</a> offers students up to 10 percent off Microsoft computers.</p> </li> <li> <p><a href="http://www3.lenovo.com/us/en/landingpage/students-and-teachers/" target="_blank">Lenovo</a> offers students 15 percent of Lenovo products.</p> </li> </ul> <p>If you get really lucky, the university might also offer additional savings or a free computer or tablet upon enrollment.</p> <h2>3. Discounted or free software</h2> <p>Software can be essential for a successful college career. Spreadsheets, word processing, presentation programs, and graphics editing programs are expensive. Thankfully, as a student, you are spared the high cost of the programs.</p> <ul> <li> <p>Office 365 is free to all students with a valid student ID. You can either download the programs from your college's website or from <a href="https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/education/products/office/default.aspx" target="_blank">Microsoft</a>.</p> </li> <li> <p><a href="http://www.adobe.com/creativecloud/buy/students.html" target="_blank">Adobe</a> offers students 60 percent off the price of their photography and design apps.</p> </li> </ul> <h2>4. Free access to gyms and rec centers</h2> <p>Most on-campus colleges tend to have a gym and rec center that are free for students to utilize. The perks offered in the gyms are highly dependent on the school. Perks range from workout equipment, one-on-one personal training, online, or on-site workout classes, lap pools, lazy rivers, hot tubs, rock climbing centers, and indoor recreation rooms for various intramural sports. Gym and rec center memberships are expensive, so it's definitely worth taking advantage of this perk.</p> <p>If you're an online student without access to your university's gym, private gyms often offer a student discount you can cash in on.</p> <h2>5. Free entertainment</h2> <p>Colleges often offer free admission to movie screenings, plays, guest speakers, sporting events, and concerts. These college-funded events can be great ways to fill your free time without dipping into your bank account.</p> <h2>6. Free mental health counseling and services</h2> <p>College life can be stressful. Students who are mentally and emotionally healthy have a slightly higher chance of succeeding at school. In order to help students maintain a good mental health, many colleges offer free individual, group, or couples therapy. The sessions are meant to help students deal with issues, manage their personal problems, and develop coping strategies. This is a free service that can, in many cases, save your educational career.</p> <h2>7. Discounted airfare and hotels</h2> <p>Whether it's for summer break, visiting the family, or returning to school, plane tickets and hotels can be horrendously expensive. The good news is that there are travel sites that offer discounted prices to students.</p> <ul> <li> <p><a href="https://www.studentuniverse.com/" target="_blank">Student Universe</a> lets students buy flights and hotels at a discounted rate. A student ID or class schedule will often be required to prove that you are a student.</p> </li> <li> <p><a href="https://www.cheapoair.com/deals/student-travel" target="_blank">CheapOAir</a> has a student travel page that offers discounted rates.</p> </li> <li> <p><a href="http://www.statravel.com/" target="_blank">STA Travel</a> offers an International Student Identity Card that provides discounts on flights and hotels.</p> </li> </ul> <h2>8. Clothing discounts</h2> <p>Students can receive special discounts at dozens of clothing retailers. This is especially true for students who need more formal clothing for internships or their first job after college.</p> <p>Once you have a little money to spend, go shopping for a few work-approved outfits before you graduate. Check out Banana Republic, J. Crew, Ann Taylor, Club Monaco, Sam's Club for student discounts. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-sites-where-the-right-email-address-can-save-you-money?ref=seealso" target="_blank">15 Sites Where the Right Email Address Can Save You Money</a>)</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/samantha-stauf">Samantha Stauf</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-college-perks-you-might-be-missing-out-on">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/6-genius-ways-to-stock-up-on-school-supplies">6 Genius Ways to Stock Up on School Supplies</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-smart-shoppers-will-save-at-amazons-whole-foods">How Smart Shoppers Will Save at Amazon&#039;s Whole Foods</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/now-or-later-how-to-decide-the-right-time-to-buy-almost-anything">Now or Later: How to Decide the Right Time to Buy Almost Anything</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/4-effortless-ways-to-save-on-back-to-school-shopping">4 Effortless Ways to Save on Back-to-School Shopping</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/8-money-saving-hacks-every-college-student-should-try">8 Money-Saving Hacks Every College Student Should Try</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Education & Training Shopping college perks college student discounts saving money shopping tips student discounts Wed, 20 Sep 2017 08:30:17 +0000 Samantha Stauf 2023006 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Camping Stoves http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-camping-stoves <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-camping-stoves" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/camping_stove_157378096.jpg" alt="Using the best camping stove" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Why bother with the struggle of cooking over a fire when you can use an affordable camping stove instead? A camp stove can be used to cook food and boil water, so you can enjoy a hot meal anywhere.</p> <h2>What is a camping stove?</h2> <p>A camping stove is a portable, lightweight cooking device that can be easily transported to your favorite outdoor location. They are ideal for camping, hunting, hiking, picnicking, backpacking, tailgating, and most other outdoor activities. They are also a great item to include in your emergency kit in the event of a power outage.</p> <h2>Top 5 camping stoves</h2> <h3>Coleman Classic Propane Stove</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2fiboci" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/coleman_2.jpg" width="245" height="137" align="right" alt="" /></a>Amazon&rsquo;s Choice for camping stoves, the rugged <a href="http://amzn.to/2fiboci" target="_blank">Coleman Classic Propane Stove</a> features two independently adjustable 10,000 BTU burners for quick, even cooking. It includes WindBlock side panels to shield the burners for maximum heat and to adjust for different pot sizes. PerfectHeat&trade; technology regulates the pressure of the propane for more efficient cooking with less fuel, while PerfectFlow&trade; pressure control technology provides consistent heat, even in extreme conditions.</p> <p>The durable aluminized steel cooktop is rust-resistant. You can use both burners on high for up to an hour. It&rsquo;s easy to set up, pack, and clean thanks to the durable, removable chrome-plated grate. This is recommended by The Wirecutter and has more than 1,000 five-star reviews on Amazon. It has been a classic for 50 years and is backed by a three-year limited warranty.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2fiboci" target="_blank"><em>Currently $49.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Camp Chef Explorer 2 Burner Range</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2ynZOkp" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/camp%20chef.jpg" width="245" height="222" align="right" alt="" /></a>The rugged <a href="http://amzn.to/2ynZOkp" target="_blank">Camp Chef Explorer 2 Burner Range</a> has two highly efficient &quot;blue flame&quot; cast-aluminum burners with an output of 30,000 BTU each. The modular cooking system adjusts to what you&rsquo;re cooking and has a large cooking space and fully adjustable heat-control dials. The durable, versatile stove is portable thanks to removable/adjustable legs and a three-sided windscreen.</p> <p>This is ready to use right out of the box and includes a regulator and three-foot hose for use with a bulk propane tank. You can also mix and match accessories from the brand for a customized cooking system. This is the winner of Fish Alaska's Editors' Choice Award and has more than 800 five-star reviews on Amazon.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2ynZOkp" target="_blank"><em>Currently $102.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Etekcity 2-Pack Ultralight Outdoor Camping Stove</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2yp98EN" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/etekcity_1.jpg" width="245" height="161" align="right" alt="" /></a>Amazon&rsquo;s #1 best-seller in gas fireplace stores, the durable <a href="http://amzn.to/2yp98EN" target="_blank">Etekcity 2-Pack Ultralight Outdoor Camping Stove</a> is easy to use and heats up quickly, even in cold conditions. It features foldable anti-slip support arms, built-in Piezo ignition system, and adjustable fuel flow valve. It produces one of the strongest flames for its size and has an easy flame intensity control. It is made of aluminum alloy and stainless steel which can stand high temperature and weight.</p> <p>This is reliable, portable, lightweight, and easy to set up. It has broad compatibility and includes a convenient carrying case. It also adheres to &quot;Leave No Trace&quot; principles and burns clean, with no leftover soot or debris. It has great reviews and is backed by a one-year warranty.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2yp98EN" target="_blank"><em>Currently $15.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Bisgear Camping Cookware Stove</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2xRb4c0" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/bisgear.jpg" width="245" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2xRb4c0" target="_blank">Bisgear Camping Cookware Stove Canister Stand Set</a> is the perfect set for outdoor cooking. The small, lightweight camping cookware set includes a multipurpose set of durable, easy clean, nonstick anodized aluminum pots and pans, two BPA-free bowls, utensils, wine opener, rice ladle, loofah sponge, carabiner, and nylon bag. The mini stove with Piezo ignition is easy to use and heats up quickly. The internal surface material is nontoxic and wear-resistant.</p> <p>The space saving design and high temperature-resistant folding handle design makes it easy to carry around in the included mesh bag. The set is available in a range of sizes and colors. It is also backed by a 100% money-back guarantee.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2xRb4c0" target="_blank"><em>Currently $26.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Coleman Road Trip Propane Portable Grill LXE</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2ypatvi" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/coleman%20road%20trip.jpg" width="245" height="193" align="right" alt="" /></a>If you&rsquo;re looking for a full outdoor grill and stove, you won&rsquo;t find better than the <a href="http://amzn.to/2ypatvi" target="_blank">Coleman Road Trip Propane Portable Grill LXE</a>. Equipped with 20,000 BTUs of power, you can cook for more than an hour on one propane cylinder. It features Instastart Ignition matchless lighting system, PerfectFlow Pressure Control System for steady heat (even in the cold), and Swaptop interchangeable cooktops. It is easy to clean, sets up in seconds with a lift and lock system, and folds down small with a large handle and wheels for easy transport. The durable, open-flame, drip-through, cast-iron grilling surface gives an authentic grill taste.</p> <p>This is available in a range of colors. It has more than 4,000 five-star reviews on Amazon. It is also backed by a limited three-year warranty.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2ypatvi" target="_blank"><em>Currently $149.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best camping stoves. As always, be sure to check <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar" target="_blank">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-camping-stoves">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-cheese-graters">The 5 Best Cheese Graters</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-smart-water-bottles">The 5 Best Smart Water Bottles</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-thermoses">The 5 Best Thermoses</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-reusable-straws">The 5 Best Reusable Straws</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-aluminum-and-stainless-steel-water-bottles">The 5 Best Aluminum and Stainless Steel Water Bottles</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Shopping 5 best camping accessories camping stove kitchen tools portable stove product reviews shopping Wed, 20 Sep 2017 08:00:09 +0000 Andrea Cannon 2023942 at http://www.wisebread.com 9 Ways to Protect Your Luggage on Your Next Trip http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-protect-your-luggage-on-your-next-trip <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/9-ways-to-protect-your-luggage-on-your-next-trip" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/tourist_woman_picking_up_luggage.jpg" alt="Tourist woman picking up luggage" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Think your last air travel experience was rough? Just imagine what your luggage went through. According to a 2017 report by SITA, a multinational company that provides IT support to the air transport industry, airlines mishandled (i.e., <em>lost</em>) approximately 21.6 million bags in 2016. And while that figure actually represents a record low for airlines, it doesn't reflect theft, damage, or all the other things that can sack your bags. So before you and your luggage enter the fray, take some common sense precautions. Here are nine ways to protect your luggage on your next trip. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-airline-lost-your-luggage-now-what?ref=seealso" target="_blank">The Airline Lost Your Luggage. Now What?</a>)</p> <h2>1. Choose the right bag</h2> <p>Protecting your luggage starts by selecting the <em>right</em> luggage. Hard-shell cases are less adaptable to pressure and can crack or break from rough handling and overstuffed baggage hulls. Soft-sided or nylon bags can handle impacts better.</p> <p>If you're worried about distinguishing your suitcase from all the others on the baggage carousel, customize it with a piece of bright ribbon, a scarf, or unique luggage tag.</p> <h2>2. Keep it simple</h2> <p>When it comes to luggage, don't worry about keeping up with the Joneses. Obviously high-end luggage is more likely to be noticed by thieves; not only because the bags themselves are valuable, but because expensive bags suggest expensive contents.</p> <h2>3. Wrap it up</h2> <p>Encasing your luggage in plastic cling wrap not only protects it from scrapes and scratches, it's a slight deterrent for the wide range of folks who'll be handling your bag on its journey. Keep in mind, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has the right to cut through any wrapping if an agent needs to inspect the contents.</p> <h2>4. Buy bag protectors</h2> <p>A <a href="http://amzn.to/2wmYfRu" target="_blank">bag protector</a> is the commercial (and reusable!) version of plastic wrap. Made of durable PVC, these clear protectors fit over suitcases of various sizes and are secured in place with Velcro. They're designed to allow for free wheel movement and feature cutouts for easy access to handles.</p> <h2>5. Put your photo on it</h2> <p>The UK-based online retailer, Firebox, distributes a product called <a href="https://www.firebox.com/Head-Case/p8279" target="_blank">Head Case</a>, a line of stretchable Spandex sleeves that fit over suitcases. Similar to the bag protectors mentioned above, the sleeves offer a distinct advantage: They can be customized with a photo of your choice. By choosing a giant selfie, you can protect your luggage from theft while shielding it from damage (if you don't mind a few chuckles at baggage claim, that is).</p> <h2>6. Take a photo of it</h2> <p>Snap a photo of your luggage before the first leg of any journey &mdash; especially international trips. Photos can help airport staff identify lost bags and facilitate communication between personnel in different nations.</p> <h2>7. Use a luggage tag outside and inside</h2> <p>Even the most secure luggage tags can get torn off in transit. Put a duplicate tag inside your bag in case it gets lost at the airport and you need to prove ownership. Oh, and for personal security, don't list your home address or landline phone number on luggage tags; use an email address and cellphone number instead.</p> <h2>8. Zip up toiletries</h2> <p>Though zip-top bags are required for the toiletries in your carry-on, they make just as much sense for checked luggage. Zip it up and protect your bags from leaking liquids like shampoo, mouthwash, and perfume. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-packing-secrets-from-a-professional-traveler?ref=seealso" target="_blank">15 Packing Secrets From a Professional Traveler</a>)</p> <h2>9. Travel light</h2> <p>What's the best way to protect your luggage from loss or damage? Use less of it. By traveling with a carry-on only, you can keep essentials close at hand, adapt to last-minute flight changes easily, and hop off the baggage carousel once and for all. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-carry-on-luggage-can-save-you-time-and-money?ref=seealso" target="_blank">5 Ways Carry-On Luggage Can Save You Time and Money</a>)</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kentin-waits">Kentin Waits</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-protect-your-luggage-on-your-next-trip">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-luggage-scales">The 5 Best Luggage Scales</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-packing-cubes">The 5 Best Packing Cubes</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/8-things-you-should-always-pack-in-your-carry-on">8 Things You Should Always Pack in Your Carry-On</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-to-get-over-your-post-vacation-blues">9 Ways to Get Over Your Post-Vacation Blues</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/7-best-websites-for-last-minute-airfare-deals">7 Best Websites for Last-Minute Airfare Deals</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping Travel airport destination lost luggage luggage new luggage suitcase travel tips vacation Mon, 18 Sep 2017 09:00:05 +0000 Kentin Waits 2021152 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Shopping Secrets for the Best Deals at Costco http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-shopping-secrets-for-the-best-deals-at-costco <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-shopping-secrets-for-the-best-deals-at-costco" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/costco_storefront_514387930.jpg" alt="Finding the best deals at Costco" 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 the secrets to the best deals at Costco, everyday products you should stop wasting money on, and free tools that help you save on online shopping.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="https://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/How-Save-Money-Costco-35890518">25 Awesome Costco Shopping Secrets That Go Way Beyond Free Samples</a> &mdash; Avoid shopping from the endcaps. The real deals are around the edges of the store and in the center. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="https://moneyqanda.com/wasting-money/">6 Useless Everyday Products to Stop Wasting Money On</a> &mdash; Buying bottled water has an enormous impact on the environment &mdash; and your wallet. [Money Q&amp;A]</p> <p><a href="http://moneypantry.com/save-money-when-shopping-online/">Save Money (on Everything!) When Shopping Online with These 5 Free Tools</a> &mdash; These tools will help you save money at every stage of online shopping. [Money Pantry]</p> <p><a href="https://www.thefinancialblogger.com/8-career-moves-to-make-before-you-leave-your-20s/">8 Career Moves to Make Before You Leave Your 20s</a> &mdash; Diversify your experiences so you have a better idea of what kind of work you enjoy &mdash; and hate. [The Financial Blogger]</p> <p><a href="http://www.theorderexpert.com/paper-decluttering-tips/">14 Fantastic Paper Decluttering Tips</a> &mdash; If paper tends to clutter around you, keep notepads, sticky notes, and paper scraps away from your workspace. Take digital notes with your smartphone, tablet, or computer. [The Order Expert]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="https://christianpf.com/how-to-use-evernote-creative-uses/">How To Use Evernote: 21 Creative Uses</a> &mdash; Evernote is a great tool for organizing research. [SeedTime]</p> <p><a href="https://www.pickthebrain.com/blog/5-ways-to-create-your-own-work-and-life-balance/">5 Ways to Create Your Own Work and Life Balance</a> &mdash; Shoot for 7-9 hours of sleep each night. When you don't get enough sleep, your brain has a harder time making decisions, solving problems, controlling your emotions and coping with change. [Pick The Brain]</p> <p><a href="https://www.daveursillo.com/compliments-journaling/">Keeping a Compliments Journal is the New Alternative to Gratitude Journaling</a> &mdash; When you need a pick-me-up, this variation on the classic gratitude journal will remind you that you're loved, cared for, respected, and appreciated. [Dave Ursillo]</p> <p><a href="http://commoncentsmom.com/2017/09/six-tips-for-a-healthy-nights-sleep/">Six Tips for a Healthy Night&rsquo;s Sleep</a> &mdash; Write in a journal before bed. This habit gives you a chance to reflect on the good parts of the day and unwind from the stresses. [Common Cents Mom]</p> <p><a href="https://www.csmonitor.com/World/Europe/2017/0913/Despite-Brexit-European-economy-shows-signs-of-momentum">Despite Brexit, European economy shows signs of momentum</a> &mdash; The European economy is bouncing back and the EU has plans to tackle big items on their agenda. [The Christian Science Monitor]</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-shopping-secrets-for-the-best-deals-at-costco">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/modifiers-5-things-that-change-an-items-final-price">Modifiers: 5 things that change an item&#039;s final price</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/7-things-non-members-can-get-at-costco-including-cheap-eye-exams">7 Things Non-Members Can Get at Costco (Including Cheap Eye Exams!)</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/sams-club-or-costco-which-warehouse-club-is-right-for-you">Sam&#039;s Club or Costco: Which Warehouse Club Is Right for You?</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/15-things-you-should-buy-at-costco">15 Things You Should Buy at Costco</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/these-6-costco-items-will-easily-cover-your-55-membership">These 6 Costco Items Will Easily Cover Your $55 Membership</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping best money tips costco Mon, 18 Sep 2017 08:30:10 +0000 Amy Lu 2021704 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: 20 Things You Should Not Buy in Bulk http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-20-things-you-should-not-buy-in-bulk <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-20-things-you-should-not-buy-in-bulk" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/couple_shopping_cart_92263233.jpg" alt="Couple learning what not to buy in bulk" 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 <em>not</em> buy in bulk, cheap ways to stay connected when traveling abroad, and tips to create a home office.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="https://blog.cheapism.com/what-not-to-buy-in-bulk-17648/">20 Items You Should Avoid Buying in Bulk</a> &mdash; Cooking oil is only good for 3-5 months before it starts losing its freshness and quality. The huge containers of cooking oil is a better deal for a restaurant than for your regular household. [Cheapism]</p> <p><a href="https://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/How-Stay-Connected-While-Traveling-44007087">10 Ways to Stay Connected When Traveling Abroad</a> &mdash; If most of your travel is international and you need reliable Internet access, invest in a global hot spot. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="https://blog.allstate.com/4-tips-to-create-a-home-office/">4 Tips to Create a Home Office</a> &mdash; Dividing your office space into distinct parts will keep it organized and prevent it from becoming a catchall room. [The Allstate Blog]</p> <p><a href="https://www.goodfinancialcents.com/confess-debt-partner/">How to Confess Debt to a Partner (and Why You Should)</a> &mdash; Having a &quot;debt talk&quot; or &quot;money talk&quot; with your partner early on can prevent money problems down the line. [Good Financial Cents]</p> <p><a href="http://www.moneysoldiers.com/preparing-emergency-abroad-know/">Preparing For an Emergency Abroad: Do You Know What To Do?</a> &mdash; Have your contact numbers and the addresses for the places you'll be staying written down in a notebook as well as in your smartphone. This way, the information will still be accessible even if your phone runs out of juice. [Money Soldiers]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="https://moneystrands.com/blog/2017/09/13/10-ways-side-hustle-college/">10 Ways to Side Hustle Through College</a> &mdash; Freelance writing is great for students who need a flexible schedule. You can sign up at a writing agency or offer resume help to job seekers. [Money Strands]</p> <p><a href="http://www.cleverdude.com/content/tips-for-starting-a-recession-proof-business-on-a-budget/">Tips For Starting A Recession-Proof Business On A Budget</a> &mdash; Keep a low overhead for your new business until you're on solid footing. [Clever Dude]</p> <p><a href="https://zenhabits.net/focus-training/">How to Train Yourself to Stay Focused</a> &mdash; Start your day with a 15-minute focus session where you only have two options: work on your most important task or do nothing. [zen habits]</p> <p><a href="https://www.pickthebrain.com/blog/benefits-of-jealousy-7-steps-to-turn-your-envy-into-motivation/">Benefits of Jealousy: 7 Steps to Turn Your Envy into Motivation</a> &mdash; Turn envy into admiration. Recognize other people's success and learn from them. [Pick the Brain]</p> <p><a href="http://www.easyways.net/11-easy-ways-pack-suitcase-efficiently/">11 Easy Ways To Pack A Suitcase Efficiently</a> &mdash; Plan to dress in layers if you're traveling to cold areas. Multiple thin layers take up less room in your suitcase than a bulky coat or sweater. [easyWays]</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-20-things-you-should-not-buy-in-bulk">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/bulk-buying-basics-what-to-buy-how-to-store-and-money-saving-tips">Bulk Buying Basics: What to Buy, How to Store, and Money Saving Tips</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/25-ways-to-lower-your-grocery-bill">25 Ways to Lower Your Grocery Bill</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/maximize-your-membership-16-tips-to-shopping-warehouse-stores">Maximize Your Membership: 16 Tips to Shopping Warehouse Stores</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/trader-joes-vs-costco-whats-a-better-place-to-shop">Trader Joes vs. Costco: What&#039;s a Better Place to Shop?</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/10-things-you-didnt-know-you-could-buy-in-bulk">10 Things You Didn&#039;t Know You Could Buy in Bulk</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping best money tips Bulk buying Thu, 14 Sep 2017 08:31:05 +0000 Amy Lu 2020576 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best 3D Printers http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-3d-printers <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-3d-printers" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_3D_printer_494955695.jpg" alt="Woman using best 3d printer" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>3D printing is being used for all sorts of unique purposes now &mdash; creating everything from concept cars to human limbs, and so much more. It works in various industries because it can easily recreate missing or damaged parts.</p> <h2>What is a 3D printer?</h2> <p>A 3D printer is a machine that creates 3D objects from digital files. It can replace a factory production line by printing different types of items on a variety of materials. In years past, they were too expensive for home use, but they are now available in a range of prices, so you can enjoy the benefits from home. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-surprising-ways-a-3d-printer-can-save-you-money?ref=seealso" target="_blank">5 Surprising Ways a 3D Printer Can Save You Money</a>)</p> <h2>Top 5 3D printers</h2> <h3>FlashForge 3D Printer</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2wq0SSG" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/finder.jpg" width="245" height="231" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2wq0SSG" target="_blank">FlashForge 3D Printer</a> offers quiet, safe usage, even for beginners. The user-friendly features ensure it is ready to use right away. It has a slide-in, non-heated build plate, assisted bed-leveling, and color touch-screen to ensure you get the best results every time. It can connect through Wi-Fi, USB, and flash drive.</p> <p>This includes a roll of PLA filament, power cable, USB cable, filament guide tube, and USB stick. It is built to last and is an Amazon best-seller. It is also recommended by PCMag.</p> <p><em><a href="http://amzn.to/2wq0SSG" target="_blank">Currently $399.00 on Amazon</a></em></p> <h3>MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printer</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2f57CTx" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/makerbot.jpg" width="245" height="236" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2f57CTx" target="_blank">MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printer, 5th Generation, Firmware Version 1.7+</a> allows you to create high-resolution prototypes and complex models from your desk. It features a full-color display, onboard user interface, intuitive dial, and remote monitoring from the onboard camera feed. The large build volume and onboard utilities will help you print more in less time. It offers a preview of your 3D model files and automatically takes reference pictures of final prints to save to the Cloud.</p> <p>This is meant to print for over 700 hours and can connect through Wi-Fi, USB, Ethernet, or the Cloud. It is recommended by PCMag (which also recommends the <a href="http://amzn.to/2fjt7gl" target="_blank">MakerBot Replicator+</a>).</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2f57CTx" target="_blank"><em>Currently $1,299.97 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>XYZprinting Da Vinci Mini 3D Printer</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2xzweLC" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/xyz.jpg" width="226" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>If you&rsquo;re just looking for a small 3D printer for home use, then the <a href="http://amzn.to/2xzweLC" target="_blank">XYZprinting Da Vinci Mini 3D Printer</a> should work for you. It uses an intuitive auto-calibration system that automatically adjusts to give you the best possible prints. It also has updated slicing precision and computing efficiency, so there&rsquo;s less prep time required. The compact, lightweight design has a large aluminum print bed, autoloading filament system, and colored LED indicator lights.</p> <p>This can connect wirelessly to your local network and streamlines its printing through a single-button design. It is available in two colors. It is an Amazon best-seller and won the 2017 Family Choice Award. It is also recommended by Tom&rsquo;s Guide and PCMag. CNET also recommends the <a href="http://amzn.to/2f6pBsO" target="_blank">XYZprinting da Vinci Jr. 1.0 Pro. 3D Printer</a>.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2xzweLC" target="_blank"><em>Currently $259.00 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>LulzBot Mini Desktop 3D Printer</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2h3HBRh" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/lulzbot.jpg" width="245" height="214" align="right" alt="" /></a>The award-winning <a href="http://amzn.to/2h3HBRh" target="_blank">LulzBot Mini Desktop 3D Printer</a> is fast, accurate, and easy to use, even for beginners. The premium desktop 3D printer is ready to use right out of the box. It starts each print with a nozzle cleaning and probing sequence for a level first layer, with no manual adjustments required. It also features a low maintenance heated PEI print surface, all-metal Hexagon hot end, and easy carry handle. The modular tool head carriage design allows plug-and-play with different print heads to suit different printing filament materials.</p> <p>This is recommended by Tom&rsquo;s Guide, Computer World, PCMag, Digital Trends, CNET, and Tech Radar. It is built to last and backed by a one-year warranty.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2h3HBRh" target="_blank"><em>Currently $1,250.00 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Monoprice Select Mini 3D Printer</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2fiNPwB" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/monoprice.jpg" width="211" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>Amazon&rsquo;s #1 best-seller in 3D printers, the <a href="http://amzn.to/2fiNPwB" target="_blank">Monoprice Select Mini 3D Printer</a> is perfect for desktop use. The compact open frame design has a small footprint and is ready to print right out of the box. The affordable printer has great features, like a quick-release steel gear filament feeder and easy-to-read color LCD. The heated aluminum build plate nozzle cooling fan offers support for all filament types.</p> <p>The complete kit includes a filament rack, AC power adapter, Micro USB cable, MicroSD card, bed scraper, and bed leveling hex wrench. It is Amazon&rsquo;s Choice for 3D printers and one of the &ldquo;Most Wished For&rdquo; items on Amazon. It is also recommended by Digital Trends and has more than 500 five-star reviews on Amazon. It is also backed by a one-year replacement warranty and a 30-day money back guarantee. The Wirecutter also recommends the <a href="http://amzn.to/2xyWKF1" target="_blank">Monoprice 13860 Maker Select 3d Printer V2</a>.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2fiNPwB" target="_blank"><em>Currently $220.00 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best 3D printers. As always, be sure to check <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar" target="_blank">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-3d-printers&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FThe%25205%2520Best%25203D%2520Printers.jpg&amp;description=The%205%20Best%203D%20Printers"></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%203D%20Printers.jpg" alt="The 5 Best 3D Printers" 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-3d-printers">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-battery-phone-cases">The 5 Best Battery Phone Cases</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-smart-alarm-clocks">The 5 Best Smart Alarm Clocks</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-travel-adapters">The 5 Best Travel Adapters</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-usb-powered-fans">The 5 Best USB-Powered 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-electronics-wipes">The 5 Best Electronics Wipes</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping Technology 3d printers 5 best new printer printers product reviews shopping Thu, 14 Sep 2017 08:00:08 +0000 Andrea Cannon 2020224 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Hiking Backpacks http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-hiking-backpacks <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-hiking-backpacks" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_hiking_backpack_507685148.jpg" alt="Woman using best hiking backpack while hiking" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you&rsquo;re planning a hike or long outdoor adventure, you&rsquo;ll want to take a quality hiking backpack along for the ride. It can securely house the food, water, and gear you need on your expedition. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-backpacks?ref=seealso" target="_blank">The 5 Best Backpacks</a>)</p> <h2>What is a hiking backpack?</h2> <p>A hiking backpack is a bag with shoulder straps that can be carried on the back. It can keep all your gear secure and organized during your next camping, hiking, or outdoor adventure.</p> <p>You&rsquo;ll want to find something lightweight, portable, comfortable, and durable. You&rsquo;ll also want to take into account the capacity, compartments, and ability to store and organize all your essentials. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-hydration-packs?ref=seealso" target="_blank">The 5 Best Hydration Packs</a>)</p> <h2>Top 5 hiking backpacks</h2> <h3>TETON Sports Scout 3400 Internal Frame Backpack</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2wo6RaO" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/teton_0.jpg" width="127" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>Amazon&rsquo;s #1 best-seller in internal frame hiking backpacks, the <a href="http://amzn.to/2wo6RaO" target="_blank">TETON Sports Scout 3400 Internal Frame Backpack</a> has a fully adjustable fit in the torso. Some of the impressive features include sturdy zippers, mesh lumbar support, upper load adjustment straps at the shoulders, gear loops and top carry loop, multidirectional compression straps, and bendable aluminum stays. It has multiple pockets and spacious compartments, including a mesh storage pocket and large sleeping bag compartment. It is durable, breathable, and comfortable thanks to fully adjustable padded waist and shoulder straps, an open-cell foam lumbar pad, and molded channels.</p> <p>This is available in three colors and comes with a free rain cover. It is one of the &ldquo;Most Wished For&rdquo; items on Amazon and has nearly 1,500 five-star reviews. It is also backed by a limited lifetime warranty.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2wo6RaO" target="_blank"><em>Currently $63.37 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Venture Pal Lightweight Packable Durable Travel Hiking Backpack</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2f4uGl8" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/venture%20pal.jpg" width="186" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>Amazon&rsquo;s Choice for hiking backpacks, the <a href="http://amzn.to/2f4uGl8" target="_blank">Venture Pal Lightweight Packable Durable Travel Hiking Backpack</a> is spacious and has multiple compartments, including one main zipped compartment, two zipped front pockets, and two side pockets. The improved design includes a thicker flap, double-layer bottom for added strength, bar-tacks at major stress points, adjustable buckles, heavy duty metal zippers, and a chest strap with a whistle buckle. It is made from high-quality water- and tear-resistant material and feels comfortable thanks to adjustable breathable padded mesh shoulder straps.</p> <p>This is compact, lightweight, and foldable, so it won&rsquo;t take up any space. It is available in a wide range of colors. It has more than 2,500 five-star reviews on Amazon and is backed by a lifetime warranty.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2f4uGl8" target="_blank"><em>Currently $20.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Outlander Lightweight Travel Hiking Backpack</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2joEKXU" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/new%20outlander.jpg" width="163" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2joEKXU" target="_blank">Outlander Travel Hiking Backpack</a> is made of high-quality water- and tear-resistant material. It has multiple compartments, including a spacious main compartment, two front zipper pockets, one internal security zippered pocket, and two side pockets. It features durable metal zippers, adjustable breathable straps, and reinforced stress points for increased durability. It is compact, lightweight, spacious, and folds up, so it is ultraconvenient and won&rsquo;t take up any space.</p> <p>This is available in a range of colors. It has nearly 6,000 five-star reviews on Amazon and is backed by a lifetime warranty.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2joEKXU" target="_blank"><em>Currently $15.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>OutdoorMaster Hiking Backpack</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2fgPBP0" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/outdoormaster.jpg" width="186" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>The versatile <a href="http://amzn.to/2fgPBP0" target="_blank">OutdoorMaster Hiking Backpack</a> is lightweight, spacious, comfortable, and durable. It has many smart features and pockets, including a water bottle pocket, breathable mesh back panel, padded adjustable shoulder straps, and a padded laptop compartment. This is available in various colors and includes a waterproof rain cover. It has more than 1,000 five-star reviews on Amazon and is backed by a six-month satisfaction guarantee.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2fgPBP0" target="_blank"><em>Currently $36.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>High Sierra Titan 55 Frame Pack</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2w6M9B2" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/titan_0.jpg" width="168" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2w6M9B2" target="_blank">High Sierra Titan 55 Frame Pack</a> has no shortage of pockets or features. It has an internal hydration reservoir sleeve, hinged front pocket, mesh side pockets, removable media pocket, front-load sleeping bag compartment with divider, and zippered pockets on the padded waist belt. It features adjustable side and bottom compression straps, adjustable sternum strap, padded grab handles, and S-shaped Ergo-Fit shoulder strap harness with load-lifters that adjusts to fit trimmer torsos. The top-load main compartment has a gusseted drawstring closure and adjustable top lid.</p> <p>Lightweight fabrics and soft lashing hardware are combined with a high-density foam padded back panel for added comfort. The airflow channels and internal frame structure can also help keep your back cool and dry all day. This is available in various colors and includes a rain cover. It is recommended by Hiking Gear Lab and has outstanding online reviews.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2w6M9B2" target="_blank"><em>Currently $79.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best hiking backpacks. As always, be sure to check <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar" target="_blank">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-hiking-backpacks&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FThe%25205%2520Best%2520Hiking%2520Backpacks.jpg&amp;description=The%205%20Best%20Hiking%20Backpacks"></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%20Hiking%20Backpacks.jpg" alt="The 5 Best Hiking Backpacks" 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-hiking-backpacks">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-backpacks">The 5 Best Backpacks</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-hydration-packs">The 5 Best Hydration Packs</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-anti-itch-creams">The 5 Best Anti-Itch Creams</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-shampoos-for-frizzy-hair">The 5 Best Shampoos for Frizzy Hair</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> Health and Beauty Shopping 5 best backpacks hiking hiking accessories hiking backpacks product reviews shopping Wed, 13 Sep 2017 08:00:07 +0000 Andrea Cannon 2020049 at http://www.wisebread.com How Smart Shoppers Will Save at Amazon's Whole Foods http://www.wisebread.com/how-smart-shoppers-will-save-at-amazons-whole-foods <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-smart-shoppers-will-save-at-amazons-whole-foods" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock-529131548.jpg" alt="whole foods just got cheaper" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Amazon is looking to repeat its e-commerce success in the grocery vertical. Its recent acquisition of Whole Foods brought sweeping and immediate changes to the notoriously pricey grocery chain by taking a page from Amazon's traditional playbook &mdash; slashing prices. Here are details on the price changes that were implemented, and how you can cash in while shopping.</p> <h2>Look for the signs</h2> <p>All over Whole Foods stores, you can now find tags and large signage that clearly explain the recent price drops that Amazon has implemented. The produce market of Whole Foods, opulent and historically expensive, is one of the hallmarks of the chain. It makes perfect sense that Amazon would begin there. Certain varieties of apples have dropped a full dollar per pound, from $2.99 to $1.99. Avocados, which have been extra pricey this summer due to crop shortages in California and Mexico, have dropped, too, from $2.50 a piece to $1.49. Bananas dropped from $0.79 to $0.49 per pound, and lean ground beef dropped from $10.99 per pound to $6.99.</p> <p>Overall, prices have dropped an average of 43 percent on the store's most popular items. To find the best deals in-store, be on the lookout for these signs and tags.</p> <h2>Lock it up</h2> <p>One of the signature benefits of being an Amazon shopper is a relatively easy return policy on many items. Amazon will start placing Amazon lockers in select Whole Foods locations where you can drop off your packages for easy returns, and also pick up packages that you order if you don't want them shipped to your home. This makes it more convenient for people to shop both brands in one, while having a single location where returns can be managed. (Lockers are ideal for people who aren't home during the day and don't have a doorman to collect their packages. With Amazon Lockers, there is less of a chance of packages being lost or stolen off of your doorstep.)</p> <h2>Shop Whole Foods products from Amazon</h2> <p>Amazon is in the process of adding Whole Foods private label brand items to the website for ordering through Prime Pantry, Prime Fresh, and Prime Now delivery programs. The Whole Foods private label brands include 365 Everyday Value and Whole Foods Market. They have long been touted as the best deals in the store. Now Amazon is elevating them even higher by making them available online.</p> <h2>Become a Prime member</h2> <p>Amazon is crafting big plans to integrate Amazon Prime into the Whole Foods shopping experience to further enrich the Prime program. Jeff Wilke, CEO of Amazon Worldwide Consumer, said in a recent statement that Amazon Prime will become the customer rewards program at Whole Foods and will trigger lower prices and other benefits for Prime members over time. Whole Foods created a pilot customer rewards program of its own in the Philadelphia and Dallas/Fort Worth areas, but it never took off nationwide. Amazon provides an opportunity to change that with a quick solution that already has a large and loyal user base. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-amazon-prime-perks-youve-forgotten-to-use?ref=seealso" target="_blank">7 Amazon Prime Perks You've Forgotten to Use</a>)</p> <p>We're in the early days of Amazon's ownership of Whole Foods. What's clear is that the two brands intend to continue co-inventing ways to improve the shopping experience, provide enhanced value to customers, and compete with innovation in a traditional market.</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%2Fhow-smart-shoppers-will-save-at-amazons-whole-foods&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FHow%2520Smart%2520Shoppers%2520Will%2520Save%2520at%2520Amazons%2520Whole%2520Foods.jpg&amp;description=How%20Smart%20Shoppers%20Will%20Save%20at%20Amazons%20Whole%20Foods"></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/How%20Smart%20Shoppers%20Will%20Save%20at%20Amazons%20Whole%20Foods.jpg" alt="How Smart Shoppers Will Save at Amazon's Whole Foods" 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/christa-avampato">Christa Avampato</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-smart-shoppers-will-save-at-amazons-whole-foods">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/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-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-shop-for-food-once-a-month-and-save-big">How to Shop for Food Once a Month and Save Big</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/5-checkout-line-tricks-to-finish-shopping-faster">5 Checkout Line Tricks to Finish Shopping Faster</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/8-hot-new-food-trends-the-frugal-way">8 Hot New Food Trends — The Frugal Way</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/shop-the-salad-bar-and-other-ways-to-save-big-on-groceries">Shop the Salad Bar and Other Ways to Save Big on Groceries</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Shopping Amazon food shopping grocery shopping saving money shopping tips smart shopping Whole Foods Mon, 11 Sep 2017 09:00:06 +0000 Christa Avampato 2018088 at http://www.wisebread.com 11 Home and Houseware Upgrades That Prove You're Finally a Grownup http://www.wisebread.com/11-home-and-houseware-upgrades-that-prove-youre-finally-a-grownup <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/11-home-and-houseware-upgrades-that-prove-youre-finally-a-grownup" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock-519998537.jpg" alt="these home decor upgrades prove you&#039;re an adult" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Your home says a lot about you. Are you still in an adolescent phase, barely keeping things together with take-out containers all over your futon, or are you ready for some real adulting? Impress your friends and prove to your parents that you're a grownup with these easy and affordable home decor upgrades.</p> <h2>1. A quality chef's knife</h2> <p>You know you're a grownup when you have a knife you love so much, you're willing to get it sharpened in order to keep it in tip-top shape. When you've cooked enough at home, you know having a <a href="http://amzn.to/2wIX7cS" target="_blank">quality chef's knife</a> is a must.</p> <p>Don't worry, a quality knife doesn't have to put you in the poorhouse. Yes, the Wüsthofs and Shuns of the world may be the ultimate standard, but the truly savvy adult knows that top quality can be had from slightly less pricey brands, such as Victorinox, or less-expensive lines from the top brands, such as the <a href="http://amzn.to/2vMerR6" target="_blank">Wüsthof Pro</a> line. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/31-essential-kitchen-tools-all-frugal-cooks-need?ref=seealso" target="_blank">31 Essential Kitchen Tools All Frugal Cooks Need</a>)</p> <h2>2. Blackout curtains</h2> <p>Sure, when you were in your college days, any old thing that could keep the light out when you were sleeping off last night's &hellip; study session &hellip; was fine. A sheet tacked up over the window was plenty for your needs. But now that you're a bill-paying adult, it's time to get some nicer window dressings.</p> <p>You can pay a pretty penny for quality <a href="http://amzn.to/2xOX8fC" target="_blank">blackout curtains</a>, but you can get some surprisingly luxurious and grownup looking ones from places like Target, World Market, IKEA, and Amazon. And instead of paying through the nose for custom lined curtains, clip some blackout lining to the back using curtain clips and rings. After all, you need your beauty sleep for all the adulting you'll be doing early in the morning.</p> <h2>3. A table centerpiece</h2> <p>Nothing says you've made it to adulthood like a centerpiece for your table. A nice vase, or a tray with some candles on it tells the world that you've settled into your home.</p> <p>The cheapest place to get vases and knick-knacks is the thrift store, where you can find an abundance of pitchers, vases, baskets, and trays for a couple bucks each.</p> <h2>4. Framed prints</h2> <p>Throw away those music festival posters, or at least frame them so they look like art. Framed prints make a home look so much more put together.</p> <p>And if you want to go with custom framing, you should know it's a bit of a splurge. If you must custom frame something, make use of coupons at craft stores or promo codes for online custom framing retailers like Framebridge. Cheaper alternatives include shopping for already-framed art at discount stores like TJMaxx, or framing your own art with ready-made frames &mdash; IKEA has some lovely inexpensive options.</p> <h2>5. Houseplants</h2> <p>It takes some real adult skill to keep a houseplant alive. I should know, I've killed plenty. That's why I now invest in succulents and air plants.</p> <p>The clearance section of the Home Depot garden center is where I've found a lot of my succulents and plants. I've also gotten a lot of cuttings from a friend for free, and actually had success propagating some of them. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-surprising-ways-a-houseplant-can-save-you-money?ref=seealso" target="_blank">6 Surprising Ways a Houseplant Can Save You Money</a>)</p> <h2>6. Supportive pillows</h2> <p>You know you're getting older when you buy a pillow specifically for its neck or back support. The most important thing about a pillow is that it holds your head in a neutral position. Side sleepers need a thicker, firmer pillow (such as <a href="http://amzn.to/2j3xOis" target="_blank">memory foam pillows</a>), whereas back sleepers need a pillow that supports their head without disrupting the natural curve of the neck.</p> <p>It can be hard to find the perfect pillow for you, and I honestly think this is one purchase that is worth the investment. Look for pillows that have a money-back guarantee so you can try it out risk-free, as it takes a few nights to determine if a pillow is a good fit.</p> <h2>7. Multiple sources of lighting</h2> <p>A ceiling light can do the job of illuminating a room, but decorators agree that multiple sources of lighting are more soothing and pleasing to the eye. One upgrade that can make your home feel much cozier is buying a few floor and table lamps to diversify your lighting.</p> <p>Discount stores like TJMaxx are great for finding affordable lighting. If you'd like to save a little more, you can also look at architectural salvage stores like the <a href="https://www.habitat.org/restores" target="_blank">Habitat for Humanity Restore</a>, or thrift shops.</p> <h2>8. A proper filing system</h2> <p>It might seem boring, but it's so essential to keep track of bills, medical records, receipts, tax returns, and other important documents. After a while, throwing them all in a drawer (or piling them on the dining table) and hoping they'll sort themselves out just doesn't cut it anymore.</p> <p>IKEA has some sleek looking file cabinets for under $100, and check online on Overstock and Amazon for some basic options. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-essential-documents-you-should-keep-in-your-safe?ref=seealso" target="_blank">11 Essential Documents You Should Keep in Your Safe</a>)</p> <h2>9. Guest-friendly bathroom amenities</h2> <p>When your friends come over, is there enough toilet paper? How about a place to dry their hands that isn't the bath towel you used this morning? Put a little thought into what guests might need if they use your bathroom.</p> <p>You don't need much, just a few hand towels, a soap dispenser, and a toilet paper holder. There are endless budget-friendly options at home decor or major department stores. Make sure you tuck your toiletries out of sight and bam! You've got a grownup bathroom.</p> <h2>10. Matching dishes</h2> <p>Having matching dishes on the table is definitely a step towards being an adult. White dishes are always practical and can always be accessorized with other colors.</p> <p>You can dish out a lot for matching dinnerware at department stores, but go to Amazon, IKEA, or Target and you can get a serviceable set of matching plates and bowls for a super affordable price. A set of eight will usually be enough for dinner parties and guests.</p> <h2>11. A slow cooker</h2> <p>Whether it's a basic <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-slow-cookers" target="_blank">slow-cooker</a>, or one of the uber-popular electric <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-pressure-cookers" target="_blank">pressure cookers</a>, having an appliance that cooks your dinner for you while you do other stuff is one of the marks of a busy adult.</p> <p>For the cult-favorite <a href="http://amzn.to/2eLGCbz" target="_blank">Instant Pot</a> or other appliances, put a price alert on the Amazon listing using <a href="https://camelcamelcamel.com/" target="_blank">Camel Camel Camel</a> so you'll be notified when they have their periodic sales, which are the cheapest way to get one of these appliances (unless you lucked out by finding a brand-new Instant Pot at the thrift store, like I did).</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/camilla-cheung">Camilla Cheung</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-home-and-houseware-upgrades-that-prove-youre-finally-a-grownup">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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Now, you can enjoy similar sights of outer space from home with your own telescope.</p> <h2>What is a telescope?</h2> <p>A telescope is an optical instrument designed to make distant objects appear larger and nearer. It works by collecting and focusing light, so the resulting image is magnified. You can use it for bird watching, enjoying scenery, astrophotography, or for clear views of stars, planets, moons, and other objects in the night sky.</p> <h2>Top 5 telescopes</h2> <h3>Celestron PowerSeeker Telescope</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2wJaMAI" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/celestron_0.jpg" width="190" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>Amazon&rsquo;s #1 best-seller in telescope reflectors, the <a href="http://amzn.to/2wJaMAI" target="_blank">Celestron 127EQ PowerSeeker Telescope</a> offers an incredible value. The best-selling telescope features a finderscope, two eyepieces, and a Barlow lens (which triples the power of the eyepieces) for up to 300x magnification.</p> <p>It provides correctly oriented images, a sturdy German equatorial mount, and smooth, slow-motion manual tracking to track objects as they move across the sky. The erect image optics are ideal for both terrestrial and astronomical use. The fully-coated optical glass components with high transmission coatings create bright, clear views. The powerful Newtonian reflector telescope is perfect for beginners and has quick and easy no-tool setup.</p> <p>This comes with an aluminum tripod, accessory tray, and TheSkyX astronomy software. It is one of the most popular telescopes on the market and is recommended by Digital Trends. It has hundreds of five-star reviews on Amazon and is backed by a two-year limited warranty. If you&rsquo;re willing to spend more, the <a href="http://amzn.to/2xbE520" target="_blank">Celestron NexStar 6 SE Telescope</a> is also highly reviewed and recommended online.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2wJaMAI" target="_blank"><em>Currently $135.14 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Orion SkyQuest XT8 Classic Dobsonian Telescope</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2xbFJkc" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/orion.jpg" width="153" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>The powerful <a href="http://amzn.to/2xbFJkc" target="_blank">Orion SkyQuest XT8 Classic Dobsonian Telescope</a> is a great option for beginners. It is easy to use thanks to the ultra-stable Dobsonian base, which keeps the reflector optical tube perfectly balanced for point-and-view simplicity. The large aperture reflector telescope features 8-inch diameter reflector optics and enough light grasp to provide high-quality views of celestial objects.</p> <p>This includes a 2-inch Crayford focuser that accepts 1.25-inch and 2-inch telescope eyepieces, a 25 mm Sirius Plossl eyepiece, an EZ Finder II reflex sight, collimation cap, and Starry Night software. It is designed to last a lifetime, so it should provide a great value. It is one of the most popular reflectors and is recommended by Popular Mechanics and Space.com.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2xbFJkc" target="_blank"><em>Currently $379.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Gskyer Telescope</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2eH84n8" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/gskyer.jpg" width="245" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>The lightweight, portable <a href="http://amzn.to/2eH84n8" target="_blank">Gskyer Telescope</a> is ideal for beginners. It features a rack-and-pinion focuser, two magnification eyepieces, and a Barlow lens to double the magnifying power of each eyepiece for a maximum magnification of 105x. It features all-glass optical components with high transmission coatings for enhanced image brightness and clarity. The mount with slow motion control allows for precision tracking. It has easy assembly with no tools required.</p> <p>This comes with a Zenith mirror, two eyepieces, an adjustable aluminum alloy tripod, and a carry bag. It is frequently recommended online and is backed by a 12-month manufacturer's limited warranty and a three-month warranty for accessories.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2eH84n8" target="_blank"><em>Currently $75.29 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Levenhuk SkyMatic 135 GTA Telescope</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2wK1owQ" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/levenhuk.jpg" width="168" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2wK1owQ" target="_blank">Levenhuk SkyMatic 135 GTA Telescope</a> is perfect for beginners because it can do everything by itself. The mount with built-in GoTo function automatically locates moving objects. The durable computerized reflecting telescope has an optical finderscope and is ideal for astrophotography.</p> <p>The kit includes a steel adjustable tripod, two eyepieces, and a 1.25-inch adapter, which allows you to use telescope accessories of any make and brand with this model. This can increase telescope magnification up to 260x. This smart telescope is frequently recommended online.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2wK1owQ" target="_blank"><em>Currently $479.95 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Celestron 70 mm Travel Scope</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2w8SwPk" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/celestron1.jpg" width="245" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>Amazon&rsquo;s #1 best-seller in telescope refractors, the <a href="http://amzn.to/2w8SwPk" target="_blank">Celestron 70 mm Travel Scope</a> is easy to take on-the-go thanks to the included durable padded canvas backpack. The light, compact, portable refractor telescope can be quickly put together with no tools. The refractor style telescope uses two eyepieces for up to 40x magnification. It features all coated glass optical components for clear, crisp views, erect image diagonal for correctly-oriented views, smooth functioning mount with easy object tracking, and wide field views.</p> <p>This includes a stable, lightweight, adjustable aluminum tripod and TheSkyX astronomy software. The award-winning telescope has more than 500 five-star reviews on Amazon. It is also commonly compared to more expensive telescopes and can stand up to the competition. It is made of the highest quality materials and designed to last a lifetime with minimal maintenance.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2w8SwPk" target="_blank"><em>Currently $65.97 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best telescopes. As always, be sure to check <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar" target="_blank">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-telescopes&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FThe%25205%2520Best%2520Telescopes.jpg&amp;description=The%205%20Best%20Telescopes"></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%20Telescopes.jpg" alt="The 5 Best Telescopes" 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-telescopes">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-camping-stoves">The 5 Best Camping Stoves</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-3d-printers">The 5 Best 3D Printers</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-cast-iron-skillets">The 5 Best Cast Iron Skillets</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping 5 best best telescope product reviews shopping star gazing telescopes travel scope Thu, 07 Sep 2017 08:01:06 +0000 Andrea Cannon 2016722 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Solar-Powered Outdoor Security Lights http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-solar-powered-outdoor-security-lights <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-solar-powered-outdoor-security-lights" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/solar_security_lights_629434366.jpg" alt="Using the best solar powered outdoor security lights" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Solar-powered outdoor security lights harness the power of the sun to provide lighting and security around the home and yard. This means lower energy costs and a better option for the environment.</p> <h2>What is a solar-powered outdoor security light?</h2> <p>Solar powered outdoor security lights convert solar power into electric energy to provide lighting without using electricity. They are charged by the sun, so you won&rsquo;t need to worry about power cords getting in the way. They are ideal for use around steps, driveways, porches, patios, walkways, carports, and sheds.</p> <h2>Top 5 solar-powered outdoor security lights</h2> <h3>Sunforce LED Solar Motion Light</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2j0gnPV" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/sunforce.jpg" width="245" height="199" align="right" alt="" /></a>The durable <a href="http://amzn.to/2j0gnPV" target="_blank">Sunforce LED Solar Motion Light</a> automatically turns on when it detects motion. The amorphous solar panel generates electricity in all daylight conditions, even on cloudy days, so you can get reliable lighting anytime. The weatherproof light comes equipped with 60 super-bright white LED lights and three adjustable settings: light level, time, and sensitivity.</p> <p>This has easy installation and is maintenance free. It includes a lithium-ion rechargeable battery and mounting hardware. It has outstanding online reviews, including more than 2,000 five-star reviews on Amazon. The <a href="http://amzn.to/2w51kFN" target="_blank">Sunforce 80-LED Solar Motion Light</a> is another highly reviewed option from the brand.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2j0gnPV" target="_blank"><em>Currently $25.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Mpow Solar Lights</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2x9tvs6" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/mpow_0.jpg" width="245" height="225" align="right" alt="" /></a>Amazon&rsquo;s #1 best-seller in commercial emergency light fixtures, the <a href="http://amzn.to/2x9tvs6" target="_blank">Mpow Solar Lights</a>, turn on automatically in the dusk and turn off at dawn. They offer fast charging, seven hours of illumination, eight ultrabright LED lights, and long sensor length. They also feature three intelligent adjustable modes: strong long light mode, dim light sensor mode, and strong light sensor mode.</p> <p>A polysilicon solar panel shortens the charging time, even in less sunny environments. This set has outstanding online reviews, including more than 2,000 five-star reviews on Amazon.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2x9tvs6" target="_blank"><em>Currently $21.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>URPOWER LED Outdoor Solar Motion Sensor Lights</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2xNKHAE" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/urpower.jpg" width="245" height="239" align="right" alt="" /></a>Amazon&rsquo;s #1 best-seller in patio ceiling light fixtures, the durable wireless <a href="http://amzn.to/2xNKHAE" target="_blank">URPOWER LED Outdoor Solar Motion Sensor Lights</a> have large solar panels, a large capacity battery, 20 LEDs, and a diamond lampshade. The waterproof, rustproof, high temperature-resistant stainless steel construction can withstand years of rain, snow, ice, and wind. Thanks to intelligent detection, brighter light activates when sensing motion, and the light stays on for 20 seconds after motion stops.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s easy to install this four-pack with the included mounting hardware and lights can be positioned seven feet away from each other to cover a larger area. This includes a 1000mAh 3.7V Li-ion rechargeable battery for up to 10 hours of use on a full charge. It has outstanding online reviews, including more than 1,000 five-star reviews on Amazon.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2xNKHAE" target="_blank"><em>Currently $24.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Litom Super Bright Solar Lights</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2w4HjPQ" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/litom.jpg" width="245" height="148" align="right" alt="" /></a>Amazon&rsquo;s #1 best-seller in island lights, the <a href="http://amzn.to/2w4HjPQ" target="_blank">Litom Super Bright Solar Lights</a> offers a broad range of bright light. The unique design has a wider 120-degree sensor angle and longer sensing distance. The durable weatherproof light has 54 super bright LEDs and a built-in PIR motion sensor. The larger solar panel has faster battery charging (even in cloudy environments) and more power energy storage.</p> <p>This automatically turns on when it senses motion and has three adjustable lighting modes: medium light mode, dim light sensor mode, and sensor mode. Installation is easy with the included mounting hardware. The light is frequently recommended online for those who want a bright outdoor light.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2w4HjPQ" target="_blank"><em>Currently $26.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>MAXSA Innovations Motion-Activated Dual Head LED Security Spotlight</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2gK3Z5L" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/maxsa.jpg" width="245" height="173" align="right" alt="" /></a>The durable <a href="http://amzn.to/2gK3Z5L" target="_blank">MAXSA Innovations Motion-Activated Dual Head LED Security Spotlight</a> is one of the brightest solar-powered, motion-activated outdoor security lights on the market, thanks to four super-bright LEDs. It can withstand any weather and turns on automatically when motion is detected. It is fully adjustable thanks to three dials for time, motion sensor range, and amount of darkness needed for activation. The amorphous solar panel can efficiently charge, even on cloudy days, ensuring you get light when you need it.</p> <p>The solar security light has two heads that can be pointed in different directions for wide illumination. Installation is easy with the included mounting hardware. This also includes three 1.2V NIMH AA rechargeable batteries that last up to three years.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2gK3Z5L" target="_blank"><em>Currently $51.00 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best solar powered outdoor security lights. As always, be sure to check <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar" target="_blank">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%2Fnow-or-later-how-to-decide-the-right-time-to-buy-almost-anything&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FThe%25205%2520Best%2520Solar-Powered%2520Outdoor%2520Security%2520Lights.jpg&amp;description=The%205%20Best%20Solar-Powered%20Outdoor%20Security%20Lights"></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%20Solar-Powered%20Outdoor%20Security%20Lights.jpg" alt="The 5 Best Solar-Powered Outdoor Security Lights" 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-solar-powered-outdoor-security-lights">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-cast-iron-skillets">The 5 Best Cast Iron Skillets</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-pet-flea-shampoos">The 5 Best Pet Flea Shampoos</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-robotic-mops">The 5 Best Robotic Mops</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-in-home-dry-cleaning-kits">The 5 Best In-Home Dry Cleaning Kits</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-thermoses">The 5 Best Thermoses</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Green Living Home Shopping 5 best product reviews security lights outdoor lights shopping solar energy solar lights Wed, 06 Sep 2017 08:00:10 +0000 Andrea Cannon 2016235 at http://www.wisebread.com Now or Later: How to Decide the Right Time to Buy Almost Anything http://www.wisebread.com/now-or-later-how-to-decide-the-right-time-to-buy-almost-anything <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/now-or-later-how-to-decide-the-right-time-to-buy-almost-anything" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock-167399345.jpg" alt="when to buy almost everything" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>There are some things that make sense to buy right away, because spending a little money now can save you a lot of expense and hassle later. Other purchases are best deferred as long as possible, since there is little or no advantage to buying the item before you really need it. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-never-succumb-to-impulse-spending-again?ref=seealso" target="_blank">How to Never Succumb to Impulse Spending Again</a>)</p> <p>Here's a handy guide to help you determine what you should buy now versus later.</p> <h2>Buy it now</h2> <p>You shouldn't wait to buy these items.</p> <h3>Tires</h3> <p>Check your tire tread depth by inserting a penny into the groove &mdash; if you can see all of Lincoln's head, your tires are considered bald. Replace worn out tires now instead of waiting for a flat, or even worse, an accident.</p> <h3>Car Battery</h3> <p>If your car shows signs of a weak battery, such as difficulty cranking the engine or dim lights, it is time to have the battery checked at the shop. Battery checks are often free, and allow you to replace your battery at a convenient time while you can still shop around for a good deal instead of when you are stranded somewhere with a car that won't start. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/bookmark-this-save-money-with-an-easy-to-follow-car-maintenance-checklist?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Bookmark This: Save Money With an Easy to Follow Car Maintenance Checklist</a>)</p> <h3>Gas</h3> <p>It doesn't really save you money to run on fumes since you will end up buying the gas anyway. You might as well reduce your risk of running out of gas in traffic by filling up before the needle falls well below the &quot;E.&quot;</p> <h3>Oil change</h3> <p>You might feel like you should wait as long as possible between oil changes to save money, but the extra cost of changing the oil a little early is minimal. By staying ahead of schedule for oil changes, you avoid the risk that you will forget or get busy and push your motor oil beyond its life, ultimately damaging your engine.</p> <h3>Roof repair/replacement</h3> <p>Address roofing issues before leaks form by promptly repairing roof damage. Waiting until your roof starts leaking before taking action doesn't save money, since you'll have to repair or replace the roof anyway, plus the added expense to repair water damage. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-simple-household-repairs-every-frugal-person-should-master?ref=seealso" target="_blank">10 Simple Household Repairs Every Frugal Person Should Master</a>)</p> <h3>Investments</h3> <p>Since investments tend to appreciate in value, you are better off buying them now for two reasons:</p> <ul> <li>Buying the investment will cost more if you wait.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>If you invest now, you will start gaining appreciation sooner.</li> </ul> <h3>Out-of-season clothing or gear</h3> <p>Clothing or gear that is out of season will often end up on the clearance racks, and these sales can be a cheap way to pick up things you know you'll need next year. Winter coats, swimwear, and sporting goods are some of the best clearance sale bargains.</p> <h3>Energy efficiency upgrades</h3> <p>Adding insulation, replacing leaky windows, or upgrading an inefficient heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system will save you money on utility bills every month. The sooner you make energy efficiency upgrades, the more money you'll save.</p> <h2>Buy it later</h2> <p>If you're trying to save money, these items can wait.</p> <h3>Tech gadgets</h3> <p>The longer you wait to upgrade tech products, the more capability you'll get for less money. Wait as long as you can before buying a new TV, smartphone, tablet, or computer.</p> <h3>New car (or newer used car)</h3> <p>Driving a car for as long as possible is one of the best things you can do to save money. Keep your current car in good working order to help suppress your desire to get a different car before you really need one. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/could-you-put-away-a-million-dollars-by-driving-a-used-car?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Could You Put Away a Million Dollars by Driving a Used Car?</a>)</p> <h3>In-season clothing</h3> <p>Styles can change, or your size could change. If your current clothes fit and don't have holes, there is no real advantage to buying brand new clothes until the situation changes.</p> <h3>A bigger house</h3> <p>Unless there's a disruptive ghost in your attic or a consistent flood in your basement, you should wait to upgrade to a bigger house. Delay ratcheting up your mortgage, property tax, utilities, and insurance payments to save money until you really need more space or to live in a different location.</p> <h3>Furniture</h3> <p>Try to get one more year of life from a piece of furniture before buying something new. You can repaint or reupholster it to give it a new look for much less than you'd spend on a brand new item. After the year of waiting is up, try to do the same thing again.</p> <h3>Aged or unsightly items</h3> <p>There are a lot of possessions that get &quot;uglied out&quot; before they get worn out to the point where they no longer function. For example, my garbage can is faded, has a cracked lid, and has some paint on it. But even though it is ugly, it still works perfectly well as a garbage can and there is no advantage to rushing to replace it. Things that tend to get ugly before they wear out include luggage, carpet, furniture, appliances, and tools. Keep those around until they break or you can afford to replace them.</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%2Fnow-or-later-how-to-decide-the-right-time-to-buy-almost-anything&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FNow%2520or%2520Later-%2520How%2520to%2520Decide%2520the%2520Right%2520Time%2520to%2520Buy%2520Almost%2520Anything.jpg&amp;description=Now%20or%20Later%3A%20How%20to%20Decide%20the%20Right%20Time%20to%20Buy%20Almost%20Anything"></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/Now%20or%20Later-%20How%20to%20Decide%20the%20Right%20Time%20to%20Buy%20Almost%20Anything.jpg" alt="Now or Later: How to Decide the Right Time to Buy Almost Anything" 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/dr-penny-pincher">Dr Penny Pincher</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/now-or-later-how-to-decide-the-right-time-to-buy-almost-anything">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/6-things-its-better-to-buy-at-the-last-minute">6 Things It&#039;s Better to Buy at the Last Minute</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-one-question-you-should-ask-before-every-major-purchase">The One Question You Should Ask Before Every Major Purchase</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/8-college-perks-you-might-be-missing-out-on">8 College Perks You Might Be Missing Out On</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-to-keep-food-waste-from-spoiling-your-budget">How to Keep Food Waste From Spoiling Your 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/how-smart-shoppers-will-save-at-amazons-whole-foods">How Smart Shoppers Will Save at Amazon&#039;s Whole Foods</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping buy it later Buy It Now saving money shopping guide shopping tips Spending Money when to shop Wed, 06 Sep 2017 08:00:07 +0000 Dr Penny Pincher 2016056 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Smart Purchases That Will Save You Money http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-smart-purchases-that-will-save-you-money <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-smart-purchases-that-will-save-you-money" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_shopping_bags_615594336.jpg" alt="Woman making smart purchases that will save her money" 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 smart purchases that will save you money, tips for traveling with food allergies, and positive habits that you can develop in a month.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.northerncheapskate.com/smart-purchases-to-save-money-in-the-long-run/">Smart Purchases to Save Money in the Long Run</a> &mdash; A gym membership can have long-term, positive impacts on your health. It's a great investment if you make sure to use it a few times each week. [Northern Cheapskate]</p> <p><a href="https://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Travel-Tips-People-Food-Allergies-43937493">5 Tips For Traveling Safely With Food Allergies</a> &mdash; Ask your doctor to write up a medical passport that lists everything you're allergic to. If you're not fluent in the language, bring a translated version that you can show to restaurant servers. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://perfect24hours.com/the-10-best-positive-habits-you-can-develop/">The 10 Best Positive Habits You Can Develop For Free In 30 Days Or Less</a> &mdash; Start your day on a positive note. Do something you enjoy first thing in the morning to give your mental and physical state a boost. [Perfect 24 Hours]</p> <p><a href="https://www.morewithlesstoday.com/uses-for-baby-oil/">Baby, That&rsquo;s a Great List of Hacks! Ultimate List of Uses for Baby Oil</a> &mdash; Baby oil is super useful around the home. It can remove residue from old candle jars so you can reuse them, it can silence creaking floorboards, and the gel version can clean paint, grease, concrete, and stucco off your hands. [More With Less Today]</p> <p><a href="http://moneyminiblog.com/make-money/time-to-sell-your-car/">5 Signs That it&rsquo;s Time to Sell Your Car</a> &mdash; If you start losing confidence in your car &mdash; you can't trust it to get you safely from Point A to Point B &mdash; it's time to get a new car. [MoneyMiniBlog]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="https://lifehacks.io/types-of-people-you-need-to-avoid/">5 Types Of People You Need To Avoid &ndash; Starting Today!</a> &mdash; Some people will only remember you when they need something from you. If you discover that someone has been using you, go ahead and cut them out of your life. [Life Hacks]</p> <p><a href="http://www.theorderexpert.com/how-to-arrive-on-time-to-those-nearby-appointments/">How to Arrive on Time to Those Nearby Appointments</a> &mdash; It's easy to lose track of time when your appointment is close by. Give yourself enough time to travel by scheduling &quot;stop working&quot; and &quot;out the door&quot; times. [The Order Expert]</p> <p><a href="https://www.thesimpledollar.com/how-to-get-over-feeling-envious-of-other-peoples-money-and-success/">How to Get Over Feeling Envious of Other People&rsquo;s Money and Success</a> &mdash; When someone else succeeds, consciously choose to be happy for them. Remember that their success does not equate to your failure. [The Simple Dollar]</p> <p><a href="https://wealthyturtle.com/legitimate-work-from-home-opportunities/">129 Legitimate Work From Home Opportunities You Can Start Right Now</a> &mdash; There are many opportunities out there for people who want to work from home. From writing to translating to taste testing, you're bound to find something on this list that will work for you! 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