Shopping http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/1/all en-US How Credit Card Issuers Classify Your Purchases For Bonus Rewards http://www.wisebread.com/how-credit-card-issuers-classify-your-purchases-for-bonus-rewards <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-credit-card-issuers-classify-your-purchases-for-bonus-rewards" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/000055653042.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>We've all seen credit cards that offer bonus rewards for specific categories of purchases such as &quot;dining&quot; or &quot;entertainment,&quot; but how do you know which purchases will qualify? For example, if you go to a nightclub and order a drink, is that considered to be a dining or an entertainment expense? Thankfully, there are answers to these questions, although they might hard to find. So to avoid having to take out your credit card agreement the next time you order a drink, here are a few pointers.</p> <h2>Dining</h2> <p>Popular credit cards like the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/chase-sapphire-preferred-review-500-signup-bonus?ref=internal">Chase Sapphire Preferred</a> and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/citi-thankyou-premier-rewards-for-everyday-travel?ref=internal">Citi ThankYou Premier</a> offer 2x rewards on dining, but what does that mean? Citi&rsquo;s definition of dining includes any place that sells food or drinks &quot;for immediate consumption by consumers&quot; which includes eating in, taking out, or delivery. In fact, bars, cocktail lounges, nightclubs, and fast food joints all count as restaurants. Chase's definition of dining is similar, however it points out that if you buy food from a stand in a larger venue, such as a stadium, hotel, or theme park, the meal might show up as coming from somewhere other than a restaurant. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-credit-cards-for-dining-out?ref=seealso">Best Credit Cards for Dining Out</a>)</p> <h2>Groceries</h2> <p>Cards like the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cashing-in-at-the-supermarket-blue-cash-preferred-card-from-american-express-review?ref=internal">American Express Blue Cash Preferred</a> offer bonus rewards for purchases from grocery stores, but this category can be a bit tricky to define. American Express only counts purchases from stand alone grocery stores, not warehouses and superstores such as Costco, Sam's Club, Wal-Mart, and Target. And in addition, only qualifying purchases in the United States are eligible for the bonus offers. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-5-credit-cards-for-groceries?ref=seealso">Best Credit Cards for Groceries</a>)</p> <h2>Travel</h2> <p>There are many cards that offer bonuses for travel purchases, but their definitions of travel can vary widely. For example, the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/citi-prestige-card-world-class-benefits?ref=internal">Citi Prestige card</a> offers 3x points for air travel and hotels, but it only counts purchases that are made directly from the airline or hotel, not a travel agency or package tour company. On the other hand, the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/chase-sapphire-preferred-review-500-signup-bonus?ref=internal">Chase Sapphire Preferred</a> offers double points on all travel purchases that includes charges from travel agencies, cruise lines, tour operators, and even toll roads and parking garages. The <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/citi-thankyou-premier-rewards-for-everyday-travel?ref=internal">Citi ThankYou Premier</a> tops that with including gas and rail in their travel category.</p> <h2>Entertainment</h2> <p>Citi's ThankYou <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/citi-thankyou-premier-rewards-for-everyday-travel?ref=internal">Preferred</a>, <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/citi-thankyou-premier-rewards-for-everyday-travel?ref=internal">Premier</a>, and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/citi-prestige-card-world-class-benefits?ref=internal">Prestige</a> cards each offer double points on entertainment purchases, but it can be hard to define what someone might consider to be entertainment. Thankfully, Citi's definition is expansive enough to include sports promoters, stadiums, theaters (both live and movie), amusement parks, zoos, circuses, and aquariums. In addition, tourist attractions, museums, art galleries, and even record stores are included.</p> <h2>How to Get More Information</h2> <p>Credit card issuers classify purchases based on a merchant code that is added to your transaction behind the scenes. The problem with this system is that companies can select their own codes, which sometimes don't line up exactly with the kind of business they do. Fortunately, there is a way to find out what merchant code a business is using, by using tools like the <a href="https://www.visa.com/supplierlocator/search/index.jsp">Visa Supplier locator</a>. This tool allows you to look up the merchant code that any business is using, and it also allows you to search for businesses using particular codes in your area.&nbsp;</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/jason-steele">Jason Steele</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-credit-card-issuers-classify-your-purchases-for-bonus-rewards">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/when-you-should-get-a-business-credit-card-over-a-consumer-card">When You Should Get A Business Credit Card Over a Consumer Card</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/which-credit-cards-have-the-best-travel-redemption-value">Which Credit Cards Have the Best Travel Redemption Value?</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/a-new-rewards-card-partnered-with-tons-of-retailers-the-plenti-credit-card-from-amex">A New Rewards Card Partnered with tons of Retailers: The Plenti Credit Card from Amex</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/a-credit-card-that-rewards-you-for-online-shopping-att-access-more-card-from-citi">A Credit Card That Rewards You for Online Shopping: AT&amp;T Access More Card From Citi</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-best-5-credit-cards-for-groceries">The 5 Best Credit Cards for Groceries</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Credit Cards Shopping american express chase Citi Tue, 28 Jul 2015 06:52:41 +0000 Jason Steele 1501951 at http://www.wisebread.com Buy This — Not That — at the Farmer's Market http://www.wisebread.com/buy-this-not-that-at-the-farmers-market <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/buy-this-not-that-at-the-farmers-market" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_farmers_market_000062350146.jpg" alt="Woman deciding what to buy at the farmer&#039;s market and what to skip" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It's summertime and the livin' is easy &mdash; especially if you live near a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-and-worst-things-to-buy-at-farmers-markets">farmer's market</a>. (Not sure if you're near one? Check out this <a href="http://search.ams.usda.gov/farmersmarkets/">market directory</a>). Just don't go in unprepared: check out this list of what to buy and when.</p> <h2>Always Get (When in Season)</h2> <p>These fruits and veggies come really do deliver on the farmer's market promise of fresh and delicious produce, at a good price, as long as they are in season.</p> <h3>1. Root Vegetables</h3> <p>Great choices at the farmer's market are always root veggies like beets, turnips, carrots, heirloom potatoes, yams, and more. These hold up an extremely long time &mdash; up to six weeks depending on your storage method. Also, getting all your bright red and orange root vegetables means tons of vitamin A and beta carotene, leading to healthy skin and hearts.</p> <h3>2. Squash</h3> <p>Vine fruits like squash and melons are also good choices. There are usually varieties you cannot find in the grocery store, and they are usually just a day or two shy of ripeness. No more waiting days for the melon to be just right, then BAM &mdash; mold and squishy bits. In the fall, acorn, butternut, and spaghetti squashes rule the stalls, and they are all the most tasty direct from the farm.</p> <h3>3. Tree and Vine Fruits</h3> <p>Some fruits are really difficult to find in grocery stores: pluots, persimmons, passion fruit, kiwi, blood oranges, and other tasty nutrient-dense fruits. The farmer's market is made for locating new fruits without paying the insane markup of a chain store (who is likely importing the fruit frozen from another country).</p> <h3>4. Lettuces</h3> <p>Greens are excellent buys at the farmer's market, especially varieties of kale, butter lettuce, bok choy, and radicchio. These are usually much cheaper than at the chain grocers and much fresher as well &mdash; straight from the dirt! Speaking of which: Remember to rinse them thoroughly in the salad spinner before using!</p> <h3>5. Breads</h3> <p>Baked goods can sometimes fall into &quot;skip&quot; territory, but fresh bread at the farmer's market is usually really good. Pick up a cracked wheat or a sourdough for that day's brunch, or the week's sandwiches. Much better than store bought sliced bread.</p> <h2>What to Skip</h2> <p>Unfortunately some of the artisanal goods at the farmer's market aren't great buys, even if they are super delish.</p> <h3>6. Honey</h3> <p>Depending on your location and who is selling the honey, there can be a massive markup. Keep a lookout for who made the honey. If the jar lists a different bottler than the stall selling it, you are likely paying an inflated price. You might be better off with raw or manuka honey from Whole Foods.</p> <h3>7. Cheese</h3> <p>The cheese lady is so hard to resist, always offering you rich cubes of fresh cheeses. But keep in mind you are paying a premium for an artisanal product. There is also pressure to buy the specific cheese(s) the farmer's market stall has that day. You are probably better off purchasing fresh cheese from your local specialty foods shop where you have more variety to choose from.</p> <h3>8. Fresh Meat</h3> <p>Meat can be a double-edged sword at the farmer's market. On one hand, it's fresh and usually free of preservatives. On the other, most meat is right on the edge of perishability, so you need to cook it within a day or two. If you intend to cook it later that week, you might find that the meat has already gone brown and gamey before you get to use it.</p> <h3>9. Unpasteurized Dairy</h3> <p>While controversial, there are many out there who extol raw milk's health benefits. It's not worth it. In most states it is illegal to sell unpasteurized foods, and for good reason: you never know what bacteria or parasites are within that bottle of raw goat's milk until it's already in your belly. That's not a risk anyone should be willing to take.</p> <h3>10. Herbs</h3> <p>Fragrant, tempting herbs are plentiful at the farmer's market. But think about it: Herbs are really cheap. You can even grow them yourself. So why not do that? Five dollars for a bunch of mint may not seem like much, but you'd be spending a few cents to keep that mint plant on your kitchen windowsill.</p> <h3>11. Pressed Juice</h3> <p>Pressed juice is not only nutritionally unsound (you're straining out the fiber and many vitamins!), but incredibly pricey &mdash; up to $15 per single-serving bottle. You're basically paying for someone to destroy valuable fruits and vegetables with an extremely expensive machine. Don't fall for it.</p> <h3>12. Prepared Meals</h3> <p>At nearly every farmer's market you'll find a stall selling hot popcorn, or a falafel cart. It's Sunday morning and you haven't eaten yet. It's so tempting! Not only are the prices unreasonably high due to the nature of impulse shopping, there's never anywhere comfortable to eat it. Think of it this way: You just bought a veritable cornucopia of fresh whole foods &mdash; why not rush home and make a meal instead?</p> <p><em>What foods or other products do you skip at the farmer's market?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amanda-meadows">Amanda Meadows</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buy-this-not-that-at-the-farmers-market">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/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-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-produce-workers-guide-to-choosing-fruits-and-vegetables">The Produce Worker&#039;s Guide to Choosing Fruits and Vegetables</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-5-credit-cards-for-groceries">The 5 Best Credit Cards for Groceries</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/6-foods-that-are-actually-cheaper-at-whole-foods">6 Foods That Are Actually Cheaper At Whole Foods</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/fresh-fruits-and-vegetables-by-the-month">Fresh Fruits and Vegetables, By the Month</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Shopping bread dairy farmer's market fruit groceries vegetables Fri, 24 Jul 2015 13:00:20 +0000 Amanda Meadows 1494595 at http://www.wisebread.com Ask These 8 Questions to Get a Better Price http://www.wisebread.com/ask-these-8-questions-to-get-a-better-price <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/ask-these-8-questions-to-get-a-better-price" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_shopping_headphones_000027478275.jpg" alt="Woman asking questions that will save her money" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Negotiating often means having to be a little bit pushy and understanding basic psychological techniques in order to get a good deal. Because of this, many of us forgo negotiating and continue paying retail price for almost everything we purchase.</p> <p>We often forget, however, how simply asking for a discount can <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-of-the-coolest-sayings-about-saving">save money</a>, thereby avoiding the need for negotiating tactics. It's a simple idea but here are eight questions you can ask that could save you big bucks.</p> <h2>1. Does This Expired Coupon Still Work?</h2> <p>Many of us are guilty of clipping coupons for future use, and then forgetting about them only to realize they've expired. Instead of throwing away the expired coupon, take it to the store and ask if they will accept it, anyway.</p> <p>Bed, Bath, and Beyond offers this for all of their coupons, and Walmart will take expired coupons as long as the register doesn't read it as such. So, don't let the expiration date fool you.</p> <h2>2. Is This the Best Price You Can Offer?</h2> <p>When working with smaller boutique shops, or thrift stores, they expect you to negotiate. Asking if this is the final price, or the best they can do, will often get you a bit of money knocked off the final price.</p> <p>If they aren't willing to budge, try walking away and seeing if they come down on their price. If not, just be patient and look for another salesperson who's willing to negotiate on price.</p> <h2>3. Can You Match a Competitor's Price?</h2> <p>Big stores like Target and Lowe's will often match a competitor's advertised price on the same object simply by asking. You can either bring in the competitor's weekly circular displaying the price of the exact same item, or use your smartphone to bring up the webpage that displays the price online.</p> <p>In some cases, you can even submit the price of a competitor after the fact, and receive a refund for the difference. This is another reason why it's important to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-simple-ways-to-save-money-by-tracking-your-receipts">save your receipts</a>.</p> <h2>4. I Want to Cancel My Service &mdash; Is There a Better Deal?</h2> <p>Threatening to cancel your Internet or cable TV service isn't a negotiating tactic you should use all the time, but if you're in the process of moving, or evaluating your yearly expenses, this could be the perfect time to ask this question.</p> <p>Most companies will offer a six-month promotion, or other short-term deal, in order to keep you as a customer. Simply let them know that you're <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-awesome-cheap-alternatives-to-luxury-services">thinking of switching services</a>, or cancelling altogether, and ask if they can offer a better deal for you to stay with their service.</p> <h2>5. Will You Take $X If I Pay in Cash?</h2> <p>Nothing is a stronger negotiating strategy than cold hard cash. Ask the cashier or sales rep if they will take $X amount of money if you pay the entire balance in cash. Maybe even flash the cash you have as a way to let them know you're serious.</p> <p>Most of the time they will consider this option, especially when you're buying a car, since the dealership can avoid additional red tape from loans and the fees.</p> <h2>6. Can We Barter Services Free of Charge?</h2> <p>If you have a particular set of skills, you may be able to barter services in exchange for something you need. I offer my landlord bookkeeping services in exchange for a discount on my portion of rent.</p> <p>I have a friend who gets free labor on houses she renovates by offering scrap metal and other valuable recyclables to contractors in exchange for having them remove the items from the house. It's a win-win for both parties. So don't be afraid to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/barter-explained-why-its-wise-to-barter">barter your services</a> instead of exchanging money.</p> <h2>7. Do I Qualify for Various Discounts?</h2> <p>A good portion of restaurants and retail stores offer military or senior discounts that aren't publicly advertised. If you don't ask, you won't know what kind of various discounts are available. Most military or senior citizen discounts will be in the 10%-15% range.</p> <p>Another lesser-known discount is the friends and family discount. Even if you're not sure if a family member or friend qualifies you to receive a discount, it never hurts to ask. Some employees will occasionally use their discount on your behalf.</p> <h2>8. Are There Any Upcoming Sales or Holiday Promotions?</h2> <p>Most stores offer yearly sales and holiday promotions as a way to drum up business or clear out last season's inventory. As a woman, I know that Victoria's Secret offers their semi-annual sale, so that's usually when I make any purchases.</p> <p>Ask the customer service rep if there are any upcoming sales or holiday promotions, then mark your calendar so you can come back (or order online) to save some money. Sometimes they'll even offer you the sale price right then and there. It never hurts to ask!</p> <p><em>What other questions have you asked that ended up saving you money?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/carrie-smith">Carrie Smith</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-these-8-questions-to-get-a-better-price">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-retailers-where-you-can-negotiate-a-lower-price">11 Retailers Where You Can Negotiate a Lower 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/10-tricks-you-should-learn-from-great-hagglers">10 Tricks You Should Learn From Great Hagglers</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/conversation-killers-what-s-holding-you-back-from-negotiating">Conversation Killers: What’s Holding You Back From Negotiating?</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-craziest-groupon-deals">The 5 Craziest Groupon Deals</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/50-best-deals-coupons-sites">50 Best Deals and Coupon Sites</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Life Hacks Shopping bargaining coupons deals haggling negotiating price matching Fri, 24 Jul 2015 09:00:13 +0000 Carrie Smith 1494570 at http://www.wisebread.com 6 Foods That Are Actually Cheaper At Whole Foods http://www.wisebread.com/6-foods-that-are-actually-cheaper-at-whole-foods <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/6-foods-that-are-actually-cheaper-at-whole-foods" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/whole_foods_000031911792.jpg" alt="Food that is cheaper at whole foods than other grocery stores" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Whole Foods is working hard to shake off its reputation as &quot;Whole Paycheck.&quot;</p> <p>And now that more and more major chains are increasing their offering of organic and socially responsible food items, <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/shopping-at-whole-foods-12-smart-ways-to-save">Whole Foods</a> is lowering its prices to prove that it doesn't cost an arm or leg to shop at its stores.</p> <p>Here are the six things that are actually cheaper at Whole Foods than most major food chains.</p> <h2>1. Canned Organic Black Beans</h2> <p>Food bloggers started noting that a can of organic black beans was <a href="http://www.redorbit.com/news/health/1241287/think_whole_foods_is_for_those_with_fat_pocketbooks_think/">cheaper at Whole Food</a> as early as 2008. <a href="http://cookforgood.com/blog/2011/10/18/canned-bean-smackdown-eden-vs-whole-foods.html">Additional price comparisons</a> in subsequent years have continued to confirm the lower price of canned organic black beans at Whole Foods than at major grocery chains. For example, in July 2015 at a Whole Foods store in Honolulu, I found a 15 oz. can of 365 Organic Black Beans for $1.99, which was 40 cents cheaper than a 15 oz. can of Safeway's Organics Black Beans at a nearby location.</p> <h2>2. Vegetarian Sausage Links</h2> <p>Deals site Cheapism compared the prices of items at a Whole Foods on Long Island, New York against those with a nearby ShopRite. One of the items that stands out is a <a href="http://www.cheapism.com/blog/3403/whats-cheap-at-whole-foods">14-ounce pack of Tofurkey</a> vegan sausage links.</p> <p>The price of the 14 oz. pack of Tofurky vegan sausage links was just $2.99 at the Whole Foods store, while the price for the same product at the ShopRite store was a whopping $5.49. That's savings of almost 40 cents per ounce, or $2.50 per pack!</p> <p>I couldn't find the 14 oz. pack of Tofurky vegan sausage links at the Safeway store, so I wasn't able to do an apples-to-apples comparison with my local Whole Foods. However, the store was running specials on this item ranging from two-for-$7 to two-for-$9.</p> <h2>3. Organic Milk</h2> <p>As a Hawaii resident, this is one price I had to check out. A comparison of prices in the Seattle area between a Whole Foods (365 Everyday Value brand) and a nearby Safeway (O Organics brand) revealed that a gallon of organic milk <a href="http://www.cheapism.com/cheap-whole-foods-products">costs 30 cents less</a> at Whole Foods.</p> <p>Another price comparison in Nashville, Tennessee put Whole Food's price of a gallon of organic milk at a much lower $3.69, beating Harris Teeter, Kroger, Trader Joe's, and even Walmart by at least $1. Surprisingly, Walmart had the highest price for a gallon of organic milk at $6.48.</p> <p>Neither Safeway nor Whole Foods carry gallons of organic milk in Honolulu. At the Whole Foods in Honolulu, I found a half gallon of Organic Valley organic milk for $6.99. On the other hand, the same half gallon cost $8.29 at the nearby Safeway. Also, I found that a half gallon of Horizon Organic organic milk was cheaper at Whole Foods ($6.29) than at Safeway ($7.99).</p> <p>Given the lower prices of milk in 2015, you may be able to score even cheaper organic milk prices at your local Whole Foods. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-buys-that-will-be-cheaper-in-2015?ref=seealso">8 Buys That Will Be Cheaper in 2015</a>)</p> <h2>4. Extra Virgin Olive Oil</h2> <p>Here's an item that is guaranteed to provide big savings.</p> <p>No matter whether it's organic or conventional extra virgin oil (cold processed), Whole Foods olive oil is cheaper.</p> <ul> <li>A 33.8 oz. bottle of organic extra virgin oil (cold processed) was <a href="http://www.cheapism.com/whole-foods-prices">$4 cheaper</a> at a Whole Foods store ($12.99) in Seattle than a nearby Safeway store ($16.99).<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>A 33.8 oz. bottle of conventional extra virgin oil (cold processed) was also $4 cheaper at the same Whole Foods store ($7.99) than at the nearby Safeway store ($7.99).<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>In Nashville, Tennessee, the 33.88 oz. bottle of conventional olive oil was also several dollars cheaper than at Harris, Teeter, Kroger, and Walmart.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>In Honolulu, a 33.8 oz. bottle of organic extra virgin oil (cold processed) was $4 cheaper at Whole Foods ($11.99) than at nearby Safeway ($15.99).</li> </ul> <h2>5. Almonds</h2> <p>Pound for pound, almonds are the savings winner at Whole Foods.</p> <ul> <li>A pound of whole almonds were at least $2 cheaper than at Harris Teeter, Kroger, and Walmart.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>$5.99 would get you just nine ounces of Snack Artist-brand almonds at Safeway, but a <a href="http://www.cheapism.com/whole-foods-deals">full 16 ounces</a> of 365 Everyday Value almonds at Whole Foods.</li> </ul> <p>Several sites report that you can obtain similar savings with most types of nuts, such as cashews.</p> <p>(Disclaimer: the Safeway store that I visited in July 2015 didn't have almonds available on that day, so I couldn't compare its prices to Whole Foods.)</p> <h2>6. Taco Tuesday</h2> <p>Besides its wide selection of natural and organic items, one of the main draws to Whole Foods is the selection of yummy prepared foods. If you're looking for one of the cheapest prepared food options at a major grocery chain, then look no further than Whole Foods $1 Taco Tuesday.</p> <p>Several locations, such as Pasadena and Thousand Oaks in California, and Kahala in Hawaii, have offered or continue to offer soft tortilla, street style tacos at $1 each on Tuesdays.</p> <p>At Kahala, you can choose your main filling from hormone and antibiotic-free chicken, pork, or veggies, and you can pick pico de gallo, raw onions, cilantro, and hot sauce toppings. You get two small corn tortillas per taco, which are quite loaded. This writer reports that three of these soft tacos are enough to satisfy your Mexican food fix.</p> <p>These six items show that, if you look carefully, your buck can go a longer way at Whole Foods than at other major chains.</p> <p><em>What are other things that are actually cheaper at Whole Foods than most major chains?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/damian-davila">Damian Davila</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-foods-that-are-actually-cheaper-at-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-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/shopping-at-whole-foods-12-smart-ways-to-save">Shopping at Whole Foods: 12 Smart Ways to Save</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/8-ways-to-buy-organic-and-still-be-frugal">8 Ways to Buy Organic and Still Be Frugal</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/this-simple-shopping-list-strategy-from-5-meal-plan-will-save-you-big">This Simple Shopping List Strategy From $5 Meal Plan Will Save You Big</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/5-easy-ways-to-save-on-groceries-in-a-pinch">5 Easy Ways to Save on Groceries in a Pinch</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-organic-grocery-items-that-arent-worth-it">10 Organic Grocery Items That Aren&#039;t Worth It</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Shopping groceries organic price comparisons saving money Whole Foods Thu, 23 Jul 2015 15:00:16 +0000 Damian Davila 1493878 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Hair Straighteners http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-hair-straighteners <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-hair-straighteners" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_hair_straightener_000041420812.jpg" alt="Woman using best hair straightener to straighten her hair" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>When you want straight, smooth, shiny hair, a hair straightener can help you achieve it in no time. A straightener can also be used to create voluminous curls and waves. Choosing the right flat iron will pay off over time by helping you create salon quality results at home and by providing you with reliable usage for years.</p> <h2>What Is a Hair Straightener?</h2> <p>A hair straightener, also called a flat iron, uses heat to quickly flatten and straighten the hair, leaving you with shiny, smooth locks and a sleek appearance. Most people prefer straighteners with ceramic plates because ceramic improves heat distribution. It helps maintain the same temperature throughout the entire plate, so there are no hot spots.</p> <p>Ceramic also helps improve glide with no snagging and can protect the plates from scratching and damage from styling products. Once you have found the right straightener, make sure to invest in the right heat protectant spray so that you can protect your hair before heat styling.</p> <h2>Top 5 Hair Straighteners</h2> <h3>HSI Professional 1 Ceramic Tourmaline Ionic Flat Iron Hair Straightener</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001MA0QY2/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B001MA0QY2&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=C2EPX34KHC63PR5S"><img src="/files/fruganomics/u5171/hsi%20pro.jpg" width="250" height="141" align="right" alt="" /></a>As Amazon&rsquo;s #1 best seller in beauty tools and accessories, the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001MA0QY2/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B001MA0QY2&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=C2EPX34KHC63PR5S">HSI Professional 1-inch Ceramic Tourmaline Ionic Flat Iron</a> includes a free protective heat glove, carrying pouch, and travel size Argan Oil Leave-In Hair Treatment to help you reveal your best hair ever. This multifunctional flat iron can straighten, flip, and curl your hair, transforming frizzy, dull hair into straight, sleek locks. With flash quick heating and adjustable temperature from 240 &ndash; 410 degrees, it can suit all hair types.</p> <p>There is also a heat indicating LED light to help you determine when the straightener is ready to use. The ceramic/tourmaline ion plates create a shinier, silkier finish in less time, while the 1-inch plates are suitable for any hair length and hair types, yet narrow enough for bangs. The smooth ceramic plates easily glide through hair, so there is never any snagging or tugging. The new easier grip with ergonomic design offers easier hold and the swivel power cord allows for simple usage and storage.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001MA0QY2/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B001MA0QY2&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=C2EPX34KHC63PR5S"><em>Currently $39.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Remington S5500 Digital Anti Static Ceramic Hair Straightener</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003S516XO/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B003S516XO&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=L4ZZHQGDZXU6J644"><img src="/files/fruganomics/u5171/remington_0.jpg" width="250" height="165" align="right" alt="" /></a>As one of Amazon&rsquo;s bestselling tools and accessories, the 1-inch <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003S516XO/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B003S516XO&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=L4ZZHQGDZXU6J644">Remington S5500 Digital Anti Static Ceramic Hair Straightener</a> features ceramic plates infused with anti-static technology. It can create 50% less static and flyaways, reduce the amount of negatively charged particles during styling, and ensure a smooth, sleek style. The digital temperature controls and 30 second heat up will allow you to quickly reach a maximum temperature of 410 degrees.</p> <p>The long ceramic plates provide more control and allow for less damage, while the floating plates allow for easy glide, allowing you to achieve your style quickly, with less damage. You won&rsquo;t have to worry about cord tangling or twisting with the swivel cord. There is also an auto shutoff feature and a 2-year warranty for your added peace of mind.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003S516XO/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B003S516XO&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=L4ZZHQGDZXU6J644"><em>Currently $14.85 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>CHI Ceramic Hairstyling Flat Iron</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0009V1YR8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B0009V1YR8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=LTZO2UVFK5DU2MVW"><img src="/files/fruganomics/u5171/chi.jpg" width="238" height="240" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0009V1YR8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B0009V1YR8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=LTZO2UVFK5DU2MVW">CHI 1-inch Ceramic Hairstyling Flat Iron</a> is what all other hair straighteners are compared to. This powerful professional tool can straighten, flip, and curl your hair with ease, leaving you with shiny, silky, smooth hair. It utilizes the latest innovative technology combining tourmaline ceramic with even heat distribution to produce a high amount of negative ions. It maintains a fixed temperature setting of 370 degrees, which is the industry standard. It heats up very quickly and uses far infrared heating to help reduce frizz and static electricity. This tool is available in a range of colors to best suit your personal preferences and features a slim ergonomic design and swivel cord, allowing you to easily store the tool when not in use.</p> <p>While the CHI has a higher price point, it should last you reliably for years. There are a number of knockoffs available, but none can provide the results of the CHI. The CHI is also the bestselling flat iron on Ulta, topped the list for various independent review sites, and was chosen as one of the best hair straighteners by Folica and TotalBeauty.com. You can also take comfort in the overwhelmingly positive reviews online and the 2-year Limited Warranty.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0009V1YR8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B0009V1YR8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=LTZO2UVFK5DU2MVW"><em>Currently $159.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Remington S9520 Salon Collection Ceramic Hair Straightener with Pearl Infused Wide Plates</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003V21WO2/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B003V21WO2&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=3XV5XVPFU5TLDETQ"><img src="/files/fruganomics/u5171/remington%20s9500.jpg" width="240" height="139" align="right" alt="" /></a>As one of Amazon&rsquo;s bestselling hair straightening irons, the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003V21WO2/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B003V21WO2&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=3XV5XVPFU5TLDETQ">Remington Ceramic Hair Straightener with Pearl Infused Wide Plates</a> is available in 1-inch and 2-inch options. With the combination of advanced technology, high-performance ceramic coating, and real crushed pearls, you can achieve an eight times smoother glide for the smoothest salon finish ever. Most people say that the more ceramic, the better, so Remington&rsquo;s straightener features a dual-layer, sol-gel based ceramic coating, which effectively doubles the amount of ceramic. The plates offer generous length and width, so you can style your hair more quickly, while the sleek frame fits neatly in your hand. With 15 second heat up, simple temperature controls, an easy-to-read digital display, and 450 degree salon high heat, this can heat up to your optimal temperature in no time.</p> <p>It also maintains the same high, even heat with a simple temperature lock. This can easily be stored away with the simple hinge-lock and long swivel cord. This lightweight straightener is eight times more durable than standard models, so it's more scratch-proof and can last much longer than your standard flat iron. There is also an auto shutoff feature and a 4-year warranty for your added peace of mind.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003V21WO2/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B003V21WO2&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=3XV5XVPFU5TLDETQ"><em>Currently $26.25 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>InStyler Original Rotating Hot Iron</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00KOJ8UWM/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00KOJ8UWM&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=4SS5AH6WTCOH7NSW"><img src="/files/fruganomics/u5171/instyler.jpg" width="240" height="214" align="right" alt="" /></a>This &ldquo;As Seen On TV&rdquo; product actually lives up to the hype. It uses less heat than traditional hot tools, and delivers better results with less damage. The 1-1/4 inch <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00KOJ8UWM/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00KOJ8UWM&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=4SS5AH6WTCOH7NSW">InStyler Original Rotating Hot Iron</a> is a unique tool that can straighten and curl your hair with ease. This unique motorized tool rotates the hair through a heated barrel and ceramic coated smoothing plate to polish hair and help you achieve the perfect results for any hair type. The heated rotating barrel polishes as it styles, while the tourmaline ceramic floating plate smoothes the hair for extra shine.</p> <p>With the patented design, rotating heated polishing cylinder, and tourmaline ceramic floating plates, your hair won't get flattened, crushed, or damaged. There are also four rows of precision-aligned bristles that act like a brush to separate, smooth, and polish your hair. The size is great for all hair lengths and can be used to style closer to the root. You can also flip your ends out, add extra volume and body, perfect your bangs, and create a number of looks with this multifunctional tool. With multiple heat settings up to 410 degrees Fahrenheit and 30 second rapid heat-up, you can quickly reach your optimal temperature.</p> <p>There is also a swivel cord and an auto safety shut-off for your added peace of mind. While this is more expensive than your average flat iron, most reviewers say it is well worth the difference in price because it can provide salon quality results and can reliably last you for years. The tool is also backed by outstanding online reviews from beauty gurus and independent review sites (such as ConsumerSearch) thanks to its ability to add volume and shine and quickly style the hair.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00KOJ8UWM/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00KOJ8UWM&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=4SS5AH6WTCOH7NSW"><em>Currently $99.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best hair straighteners. As always, be sure to check <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar">Wise Bread's Buying Calendar</a> to learn when and how to buy just about anything!</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-cannon">Andrea Cannon</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-hair-straighteners">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-5"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-concealers">The 5 Best Concealers</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-detangling-combs">The 5 Best Detangling Combs</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-foundations">The 5 Best Foundations</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-dry-shampoos">The 5 Best Dry Shampoos</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-sunscreens">The 5 Best Sunscreens</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty Shopping Style beauty products hair straightener hair tools product reviews Thu, 23 Jul 2015 09:00:10 +0000 Andrea Cannon 1465320 at http://www.wisebread.com The 6 Best Natural Sunscreens http://www.wisebread.com/the-6-best-natural-sunscreens <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-6-best-natural-sunscreens" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/mother_daughter_beach_000023507881.jpg" alt="Mother using natural sunscreen on daughter&#039;s face" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>We're in the thick of summer now &mdash; have you found <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-sunscreens">a good sunscreen</a> yet? Of course, wearing sun protection is important all year round. And since we rub it directly into our skin, we want to make sure it's the safest, most effective cream it can be. Here are a few of the top skin-friendly sunscreens on the market, their reviews, and some pros and cons for each.</p> <p>To see your favorite formula's rating, check out the Environmental Working Group (EGW)'s <a href="http://www.ewg.org/2015sunscreen/">2015 Guide to Sunscreens</a>.</p> <h2>1. Del Mar Shade (SPF 32)</h2> <p>4.4 stars with 83 reviews</p> <p><strong>Price</strong>: $19.97 for 4 oz.</p> <p>USA-made <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00R1WNPIE/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00R1WNPIE&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=RMDSD5XAUKASSV7Y">Del Mar Shade</a> sunscreen is organic, fragrance-free, biodegradable, and safe for wearers of all ages &mdash; even babies under six months old. The non-nano, not-micronized zinc oxide helps absorb up to 97% of UV rays across the UVA and UVB spectrums. Many reviewers, even those who rave about this product, complain that it's hard to rub in fully and leaves white, chalky residue. But if you're unhappy with this sunscreen, the company offers a 100% money back guarantee. Certainly worth a try!</p> <h2>2. Babyganics Sunscreen (SPF 50)</h2> <p>4.3 stars with 180 reviews</p> <p><strong>Price</strong>: $15.98 for 12 oz.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00HYV2F7E/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00HYV2F7E&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=UDGOYVNMTLTFONZJ">Babyganics</a> offers water-resistant sun protection for 80 minutes. This mix is tear-free and hypoallergenic, so it won't irritate sensitive skin. It's also reasonably priced. A reviewer noted that this popular mineral-based sunscreen does actually contain chemicals. The company replied that the ingredient &mdash; octisalate &mdash; has been rated safe by the EWG and doesn't pose cancer concerns. For a truly chemical-free sun lotion from this brand, try the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00CQ0678G/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00CQ0678G&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=WVT5OCO3ROGWPHVB">Pure Mineral Sunscreen</a> in SPF 30.</p> <h2>3. Badger Sport (SPF 35)</h2> <p>3.6 stars with 196 reviews</p> <p><strong>Price</strong>: $13.59 for 3 oz.</p> <p>Talk about simple! There are only six ingredients in this <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Badger-Sport-Sunscreen-Cream-Certified/dp/B00J4F7W94/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1436383600&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=badger+sport">Badger Sport</a> sunscreen. It's also 100% certified natural and 94% certified organic. All Badger sunscreens rate highly, including formulas for babies and kids, but this particular mix is unscented and made for sports with 80-minute water resistance. I have personal experience with this product, and though it works well at helping me avoid burns, it can feel greasy.</p> <h2>4. BurnOut Eco (SPF 35)</h2> <p>4 stars with 184 reviews</p> <p><strong>Price</strong>: $15.50 for 3 oz.</p> <p>If you have sensitive skin, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001B9RGVU/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B001B9RGVU&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=WIR7XP3YU6KBPT5L">BurnOut Eco</a> promises to be a great sunscreen for everyday wear. The lotion goes on clear and matte with UVA/UVB broad spectrum protection. Its formula is also free of chemicals, parabens, petroleum, and fragrances, all while being eco-sensitive, ocean safe, and biodegradable. Some reviewers complain that BurnOut is only water resistant for 40 minutes and stings their eyes. Also: It can leave skin feeling somewhat dry.</p> <h2>5. Blue Lizard Sensitive (SPF 30+)</h2> <p>4.6 stars with 273 reviews</p> <p><strong>Price</strong>: $24.50 for 8.75 oz.</p> <p>Dermatologist-recommended and Amazon number one bestseller <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003AVNK0S/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B003AVNK0S&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=EESMWOTLIOV3F5SH">Blue Lizard</a> sunscreen gets high marks for its clever packaging. Whenever harmful rays are present, its label turns blue to let you know. This gentle formula contains 10% zinc oxide and 5% titanium dioxide to shield even the most sensitive skin. Several reviewers mention that this sunscreen is not waterproof or even water resistant, so it will need to be reapplied often for optimal protection.</p> <h2>6. Thinkbaby Safe (SPF 50+)</h2> <p>4.3 stars with 625 reviews</p> <p><strong>Price</strong>: $10.99 for 3 oz.</p> <p>Another Amazon bestseller, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004CDQ73K/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B004CDQ73K&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=GXZWZRFS4XRMULHK">Thinkbaby Safe</a> is a highly rated sunscreen for your little ones. The brand, like others on this list, also boasts the highest 80 minute water resistance rating. And just because it's marketed for babies doesn't mean adults can't (and don't) wear it, too. A few reviewers report that their sunscreen separated into solid chunks and thin liquid.</p> <p><em>What's your favorite sunscreen?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-6-best-natural-sunscreens">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-6"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-new-face-of-poverty-is-fat">The new face of poverty is fat</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/sun-screens-can-really-cost-you-by-the-ounce-and-by-the-tumor">Sun Screens Can Really Cost You – By the Ounce or By the Tumor</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-sunscreens">The 5 Best Sunscreens</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/homemade-sunblock-and-6-other-non-toxic-recipes-to-get-your-skin-sun-ready">Homemade Sunblock and 6 Other Non-Toxic Recipes to Get Your Skin Sun-Ready</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/5-things-to-remember-when-choosing-natural-products">5 Things to Remember When Choosing Natural Products</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty Shopping all-natural organic sunblock sunburn sunscreen uva uvb Wed, 22 Jul 2015 17:00:12 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1493824 at http://www.wisebread.com 5 Ways Having Good Taste Saves You Money http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-having-good-taste-saves-you-money <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-ways-having-good-taste-saves-you-money" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_shoe_shopping_000026546777.jpg" alt="Woman having good taste in shoes and saving money" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Good taste is a little perk, like knowing Esperanto or playing the accordion really, really well. It can help you save money on otherwise <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-scientific-reasons-to-ditch-the-luxury-brands">expensive purchases</a> and enables you to pick out diamonds in the rough at garage sales or discount shops.</p> <p>Here are five major ways having good taste can save you money.</p> <h2>1. Score Great Finds at Thrift Stores</h2> <p>Good taste can make shopping at thrift stores and garage sales a fairy tale experience. Even in a picked-over, second-hand market like Los Angeles, I can usually find valuable items that are severely under-priced. I built a side business buying and then reselling vintage items online and to local interior decorators. As a second-hand shopper, good taste helps me make an extra $5,000 a year.</p> <h2>2. Save Money on Clothing</h2> <p>I live in Los Angeles, which means that I have access to many excellent used clothing stores. However, even if I lived in the boonies, good taste makes buying clothes on a budget much easier, mainly because I know exactly what looks good on me. I know, for example that the most flattering skirt length on me is right at mid-knee. So, even though mid-calf skirts are all the rage for summer, I will be sitting out this trend. Why waste money on clothes that look terrible on me?</p> <p>In addition to ignoring bad fashion advice, good taste helps me find designer quality garments without the designer price. For example, the classic knit wrap dress is my go-to garment for work. They don't wrinkle, they pack well, and they are easy to dress up and down with just a change of accessories. While I must credit Diane Von Furstenberg for her original design, even if I could afford her dresses, I couldn't wear them &mdash; I'm too long-waisted. After trying on approximately 450,000 wrap dresses at all price points, I've found a brand that fits my long torso to a T. At $84 the <a href="http://www.perithelabel.com/chai-wrap-dress/">PERI Pure Eco-Rag Industry wrap dress</a> is still pricey. However, when compared to the similar <a href="http://www.dvf.com/new-jeanne-two-matte-jersey-wrap-dress/D5130618E00.html?dwvar_D5130618E00_color=NAVY&amp;dwvar_D5130618E00_size=10#cgid=wrap-shop-fashion">Diane Von Furstenberg dress</a> that costs $368, the PERI dress is practically a steal. And, although exactly no one can tell this without looking at the tag, the PERI dress is made in the United States, out of organic, biodegradable, and recyclable fabric that is dyed using low-impact dyes in a solar-powered factory.</p> <h2>3. Decorate Frugally</h2> <p>I didn't know that the $3 garage sale coffee table would be valued at $1200 when I bought it, but I knew just by looking at its streamlined shape that it was worth snapping up. With the exception of my mattress and my armoire, all of my furniture was purchased second hand, at a steep discount, or actually rescued from the curb on trash day.</p> <p>While owning used furniture really isn't anything to brag about, the fact that my home has been featured in numerous newspapers and magazines including the New York Times, and was a runner up for the Metropolitan Home Award, is. Good taste allows me to see the potential of lowly items. My red mohair sofa that everyone thinks is a Jean-Michel Frank original, started life as a $99 mustard yellow Hide-a-Bed.</p> <h2>4. Know What to Pay for Quality</h2> <p>Even unskilled cooks can make delicious meals with the right ingredients. But quality ingredients don't have to come with a huge price tag. In fact, according to a recent study by the University of Chicago's Booth School of Business, the more informed the shopper, they more likely he is to <a href="http://www.brown.edu/Research/Shapiro/pdfs/generics.pdf">buy store brands</a>. The study specifically compared the shopping habits of pharmacists and chefs to less expert consumers. Researchers discovered that 77% of chefs preferred generic store brands over national brands for pantry staples like sugar, salt, and flour.</p> <p>Although generic food got a bad rap in the 1970s when the quality was very poor, this is no longer the case. Store brands like Costco's Kirkland line and Trader Joe's are often superior to their name brand competitors. Simply put, store brands don't have to pay for marketing, and this 25% savings is passed along to the consumer without impacting the product quality.</p> <p>Even more shocking are the numbers for generic drugs. The researchers found that pharmacists only bought national brands of over-the-counter drugs 8.5% of the time, while the average consumer bought them 26% percent of the time. The research also revealed that people without a college education were especially likely to buy the more expensive name brand drugs.</p> <h2>5. Save on Good Design</h2> <p>Design sense is a rare talent that people are born with. If everyone had good taste, then there would be no work for artists, designers, or architects. Luckily, good taste can be faked. It's called being an educated consumer. I was lucky enough to hone my design sense as a child by spending thousands of hours sorting through swap meet merchandise with my grandmother who was an interior decorator.</p> <p>Practice does make perfect. Before making any big purchase, compare, compare, compare. Read online comments and reviews. If the financial risk is low enough, do a taste test! Spend $2 and try the store brand tomato sauce. Cover the sofa you trash picked with a white sheet and see if you can fool your guests into believing it's a family heirloom hiding under a dust cover. Improve your skills as a &quot;selector&quot; on inexpensive items. If your trash picked sofa doesn't work out, what have you really lost? Nothing. You now know one thing that shouldn't be in your living room, so you are actually ahead in your design education. And, if you fool the company, then you know your instincts were right!</p> <p><em>Do you have good taste? How does your good taste manifest itself? Is good taste a stupid concept? Share your (tasteful) opinions with your fellow Wise Bread readers. </em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/max-wong">Max Wong</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-having-good-taste-saves-you-money">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-7"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-foods-that-are-actually-cheaper-at-whole-foods">6 Foods That Are Actually Cheaper At Whole Foods</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/cheap-ways-to-get-these-8-expensive-indulgences">Cheap Ways to Get These 8 Expensive Indulgences</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/heres-how-to-get-a-sale-price-match-at-16-popular-stores">Here&#039;s How to Get a Sale Price-Match at 16 Popular 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/save-100s-next-month-with-these-10-grocery-shopping-tips">Save $100s Next Month With These 10 Grocery Shopping Tips</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/101-ways-to-save-money-on-clothes">101 Ways to Save Money on Clothes</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping clothes furniture generic good taste saving money Wed, 22 Jul 2015 11:00:13 +0000 Max Wong 1493872 at http://www.wisebread.com How to Game the System and Save Big at CVS, Walgreens, and Rite Aid http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-game-the-system-and-save-big-at-cvs-walgreens-and-rite-aid <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-game-the-system-and-save-big-at-cvs-walgreens-and-rite-aid" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_shopping_credit_card_000019484812.jpg" alt="Woman gaming the system at major drug store chains" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>When looking for savings, shopping at big name drugstores used to be a no-no.</p> <p>But <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/24-places-to-buy-inexpensive-natural-beauty-products">CVS</a>, Walgreens, and Rite Aid have useful rewards programs that, when used right, can help you get the most bang out of your buck. Here's a list of useful tricks to maximize savings at these three big name drugstores.</p> <h2>1. CVS</h2> <p>The receipts from CVS can be so long that they inspire <a href="http://imgur.com/APyaKWu">Halloween costumes</a>. However, when it comes to savings, those paper coupons are just the tip of the iceberg.</p> <p>The most important step is to sign up for the <a href="http://www.cvs.com/extracare/landing.jsp">ExtraCare Rewards</a> program online or in-store to receive 2% cash back on purchases made throughout a quarter.</p> <p>Follow these tips to maximize your ExtraCare Rewards savings:</p> <ul> <li>Opt-in to receive mailers and emails, because CVS sends out coupons ranging from $5 off a $20 purchase to 35% off the total purchase.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>If you have an iPhone or Android smartphone, download the CVS mobile app and connect your ExtraCare Rewards card to receive a <a href="http://www.cvs.com/mobile-cvs/apps">$3 coupon</a>. The app is also a great way to store most of your CVS coupons in digital form. CVS sometimes surprises app users with additional ExtraBucks Rewards.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Enroll in the <a href="http://www.cvs.com/extracare-cvs/beauty-club/join">ExtraCare Beauty Club</a> and you'll receive a 10% coupon immediately. You'll also receive a $5 ExtraBucks Rewards for every $50 spent on qualifying beauty purchases and $3 ExtraBucks rewards on your birthday.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Individuals with diabetes can enroll in the <a href="http://www.cvs.com/extracare-cvs/ecad/join">ExtraCare Advantage for Diabetes</a> program for double ExtraBucks Rewards on over 100 qualifying products.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Through <a href="https://www.veteransadvantage.com/vauser3/register?partner=cvs">Veterans Advantage</a>, active members of the U.S. armed forces, veterans, and their family members can receive 20% off coupons to use in-store, and 20% off and free shipping codes to use online.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>The <a href="http://www.cvs.com/extracare-cvs/rxrewards">ExtraCare Pharmacy &amp; Health Rewards</a> program gets you a $5 Pharmacy and Health ExtraBucks Rewards by filling 10 prescriptions at CVS. Completing certain tasks, such as adding email or text alerts for refill notifications, also counts towards that goal.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Print out <a href="http://www.cvs.com/deals/deals.jsp">special deals</a> at the CVS site, check for additional coupons at the in-store coupon centers, and bring manufacturer coupons that you clipped in other places.</li> </ul> <p>Now that's how you stack savings on top of savings!</p> <h2>2. Walgreens</h2> <p>Through the <a href="https://www.walgreens.com/balancerewards/balance-rewards.jsp">Balance Rewards Program</a>, you can accumulate points and redeem them for a discount on your purchases. Here is a table of redemption values:</p> <ul> <li>5,000 points = $5.00</li> <li>10,000 points = $10.00</li> <li>18,000 points = $20.00</li> <li>30,000 points = $35.00</li> <li>40,000 points = $50.00</li> </ul> <p>As you can see, it pays to wait a bit to redeem your points.</p> <p>To maximize your Balance Rewards points:</p> <ul> <li>Enroll your Balance Rewards card at the Walgreens site. That way you can activate the <a href="http://www.walgreens.com/topic/balancerewards/everyday-points.jsp">Everyday Points perk</a> and earn 10 points per $1 spent at Walgreens on almost everything.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Receive 100 points per 30-day prescription, including those covered by Medicare and Medicaid, and 300 points per 90-day prescription. You can also earn points through your children and pet prescription purchases.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Get 100 points per immunization received at Walgreens.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Download the <a href="http://www.walgreens.com/topic/mobile/apps/learn_about_mobile_apps.jsp?ban=home_nav">Walgreens mobile app</a> (available for Apple, Android, and Windows Phone devices) to clip digital coupons and additional Balance Rewards offers.</li> </ul> <p>However, you can earn Balance Rewards points without spending any money at all.</p> <p>Walgreens truly lives up to its slogan &quot;At the corner of happy and healthy&quot; by rewarding you for healthy behaviors. Through 13 smartphone apps, such as Runkeeper and GenieMD, and 32 devices, such as <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BGO0Q9O/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00BGO0Q9O&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=UIJYM55UOREL27LU">FitBit Flex</a> and <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00H43WOAK/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00H43WOAK&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=FIY42OSAHROIAKSW">Withings Blood Pressure Monitor</a>, you can earn points by keeping logs of fitness and weight, and tracking your blood pressure, glucose level, sleep, or pulse. By making healthy choices, you can accumulate:</p> <ul> <li>Up to 1,000 points per month for walking, running or cycling sessions;<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Up to 600 points per month for other fitness activities;<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Up to 600 points per month for weigh-ins;<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Up to 600 points per month for blood pressure readings;<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Up to 1,200 points per month for blood glucose readings; and</li> <li>Up to 600 points per month for nicotine replacement therapies.</li> </ul> <p>Getting some extra cash can be a great motivation to stick to your health goals.</p> <h2>3. Rite Aid</h2> <p>You probably have heard the news online or on TV &mdash; Rite Aid is the only drugstore chain that participates in the <a href="http://www.plenti.com">Plenti membership rewards program</a>. By merging its <a href="https://www.riteaid.com/wellness-with-plenti/programs">wellness+ Programs</a> with Plenti, Rite Aid lets you earn points not only through your purchases in-store, but also through everyday purchases at Plenti partners, such as AT&amp;T, Macy's, Hulu, and Mobil.</p> <p>Here are the basics of the wellness+ Program with Plenti:</p> <ul> <li>You get one point per $1 spent on eligible products.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Boost your points with partner offers, such as earning 500 points when you sign up for AT&amp;T's paperless billing, and 10 times points on qualifying non-fuel purchase at a participating Exxon or Mobil-branded service station.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Once you reach a 200 points balance, you can start using your points for savings at checkout at Ride Aid.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Every 100 points gets you at least $1 in savings.</li> </ul> <p>If you're a frequent shopper at Rite Aid you can quickly rack up points.</p> <ul> <li>Spending $20 on a particular brand of baby food gets you 500 points.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Spending $50 on eligible purchases in a single online transaction at RiteAid.com gets you 1,000 points.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Rite Aid is pushing its Plenti partnership by providing promo codes (e.g. promo code PLENTI got you $10 off and free shipping on online purchases of $50 or more until 6/27/15).<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Follow <a href="http://www.facebook.com/riteaid">Rite Aid on Facebook</a> for additional coupons.</li> </ul> <p>Keeping true to its &quot;With us, it's personal&quot; motto, Rite Aid provides a series of personalized wellness+ programs.</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.riteaid.com/wellness-with-plenti/programs/wellness65">wellness65+</a>: Created for seniors age 65 and over, this program provides a 20% discount on purchases every Wednesday, free pharmacist consultation, and series of monthly activities.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><a href="https://www.riteaid.com/wellness-with-plenti/programs/diabetes">wellness+ for Diabetes</a>: Receive discounts on diabetes products and access to diabetes specialists online or over the phone.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><a href="https://www.riteaid.com/wellness-with-plenti/programs/allergy">wellness+ Allergy</a>: Earn 2,000 Plenti points every time you spend $75 on select OTC allergy products.</li> </ul> <p><em>What other tricks do you use to maximize savings at these big name drugstores?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/damian-davila">Damian Davila</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-game-the-system-and-save-big-at-cvs-walgreens-and-rite-aid">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-8"> <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/save-100s-next-month-with-these-10-grocery-shopping-tips">Save $100s Next Month With These 10 Grocery Shopping 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/how-to-turn-groceries-into-gasoline">How to Turn Groceries Into Gasoline</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/free-shopping-at-walgreens">Free Shopping at Walgreens</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/dealista-tip-getting-free-stuff-at-walgreens">Getting Free Stuff at Walgreens</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/frequent-flyer-junkie-manage-your-miles-here">Frequent Flyer Junkie? Manage your Miles Here</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping CVS drugstores rewards programs rite aid Walgreens Mon, 20 Jul 2015 17:00:11 +0000 Damian Davila 1490873 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Concealers http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-concealers <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-concealers" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_wearing_concealer_000034580444.jpg" alt="Woman applying best concealers on her face" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Concealer may be one of the most important items in your makeup bag, especially when you haven&rsquo;t gotten a full night&rsquo;s sleep. It can mask your imperfections, hide the appearance of dark circles under your eyes, reduce redness, and provide you with a flawless appearance. Many women even wear no makeup other than concealer because it is enough to hide their imperfections and discolorations, without having to wear foundation or a heavy layer of makeup.</p> <p>To get the best results from your concealer, it&rsquo;s important to find the right color and formulation for your skin, at a price point that can fit your beauty budget.</p> <h2>What Is Concealer?</h2> <p>Concealer is a type of color corrector that can hide the appearance of dark circles, puffiness, fine lines, redness, age spots, large pores, blemishes, acne, and other signs of aging. Concealer can be applied before or after your foundation by dotting the concealer onto imperfections or under your eyes. Then, pat to blend it in with your fingers, makeup sponge, makeup brush, or blender sponge.</p> <p>Regardless of which concealer you choose, always start with a light application and build up coverage from there.</p> <h2>Top 5 Concealers</h2> <h3>niceEshop Professional 15 Color Concealer Camouflage Makeup Palette</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0068Y6CA4/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B0068Y6CA4&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=AGTSKCYIWCPPM6R6"><img src="/files/fruganomics/u5171/niceEshop.jpg" width="250" height="238" align="right" alt="" /></a>As Amazon&rsquo;s #1 best seller in concealers and neutralizing makeup, the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0068Y6CA4/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B0068Y6CA4&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=AGTSKCYIWCPPM6R6">niceEshop Professional 15 Color Concealer Camouflage Makeup Palette</a> provides complete coverage for almost any skin problem, such as acne, blemishes, scars, and under eye circles. This affordable option offers an extensive range of 15 multiple vibrant concealer colors at less than $5. This palette will save you money, while helping you find or create the perfect concealer color for your skin tone.</p> <p>It also has the ideal colors to contour the face and camouflage any skin problems. A little goes a long way with this concealer, so start with a light application and build from there. This is ideal for anyone who wants to conceal any face imperfections, and is also widely used in professional salons and for wedding makeup application.</p> <p><em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0068Y6CA4/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B0068Y6CA4&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=AGTSKCYIWCPPM6R6">Currently $3.99 on Amazon</a></em></p> <h3>Maybelline New York Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles Treatment Concealer</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004Y9GY44/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B004Y9GY44&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=EGIIYNLIDDNQMOIA"><img src="/files/fruganomics/u5171/maybelline.jpg" width="50" height="250" align="right" alt="" /></a>As one of Amazon&rsquo;s bestselling concealers, the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004Y9GY44/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B004Y9GY44&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=EGIIYNLIDDNQMOIA">Maybelline New York Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles Treatment Concealer</a> is also one of the top concealer picks by Elle, Real Simple, and Good Housekeeping, and was voted the top concealer by a number of independent review sites. It offers a micro-corrector applicator, which micro-fills and smooths fine lines and imperfections. The super concentrated formula is enhanced by goji berry and haloxyl, and offers anti-aging benefits for your skin.</p> <p>While this oil-free concealer can be used anywhere, it is especially ideal for the under eye area. It instantly erases the appearance of dark circles, visibly diminishes the appearance of puffiness around the eyes, and creates a refreshed looking eye area. This concealer and treatment in one is a huge hit with makeup artists, beauty bloggers, and everyday women alike. This concealer is backed by outstanding reviews thanks to its ease of use, coverage, and blendability. It could not be easier to use and offers instant, noticeable results. A little goes a long way and no matter how much is applied, it will not cake or dry up.</p> <p>There are a number of shades available, as well as a Neutralizer shade and Brightener shade for additional benefits and problem areas.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004Y9GY44/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B004Y9GY44&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=EGIIYNLIDDNQMOIA"><em>Currently $6.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Coastal Scents Eclipse Concealer Palette</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004M7WKKK/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B004M7WKKK&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=GQBV4UU4EJC7GC47"><img src="/files/fruganomics/u5171/coastal%20scents.jpg" width="250" height="230" align="right" alt="" /></a>As Amazon&rsquo;s #1 best seller in makeup palettes, the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004M7WKKK/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B004M7WKKK&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=GQBV4UU4EJC7GC47">Coastal Scents Eclipse Concealer Palette</a> offers 12 made-to-match concealer shades and three corrector concealer shades to help you find or create the perfect shade for your skin tone. With so many varying tones to choose from, this concealer palette can also be used for contouring.</p> <p>This palette offers the perfect cover up for everyday women and makeup artists alike. It can conceal all types of imperfections, such as dark circles, acne, blemishes, and even skin discoloration. The coverage is so significant that it can even be used to cover up tattoos. It is waterproof, which means that it&rsquo;s perfect for your wedding day, or any other occasion where you may get teary-eyed. It offers a small, compact size, ideal for traveling and to squeeze into your makeup bag.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004M7WKKK/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B004M7WKKK&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=GQBV4UU4EJC7GC47"><em>Currently $14.95 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Maybelline New York Fit Me! Concealer</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0046VJTX8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B0046VJTX8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=XMI5PWJXD65DQ4PV"><img src="/files/fruganomics/u5171/maybelline%20nyf.jpg" width="74" height="250" align="right" alt="" /></a>As one of Amazon&rsquo;s bestselling concealers, the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0046VJTX8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B0046VJTX8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=XMI5PWJXD65DQ4PV">Maybelline New York Fit Me! Concealer</a> was voted the best spot concealer by Into the Gloss and is one of Cosmopolitan&rsquo;s top concealer picks. At just over $4, you won&rsquo;t find a better, more affordable option than this drugstore must-have. Many reviewers compare this to the YSL Touche Eclat, which is nearly 10 times the price of this Maybelline staple. Most reviewers found that this conceals very well with a light application and very little blending required. It offers natural coverage, perfectly concealing imperfections and under eye circles, while remaining light and breathable.</p> <p>Formulated with no oils, waxes, or fragrances, it is also dermatologist-tested and ophthalmologist-tested. The wand applicator makes it simple to apply this exactly where you need coverage. The exclusive translucent base and lightweight pigments allow the skin's natural highs and lows to show through for a more natural look.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0046VJTX8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B0046VJTX8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=XMI5PWJXD65DQ4PV"><em>Currently $4.19 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BM1WLQM/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00BM1WLQM&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=CJUVNXCBYM6MRKRZ"><img src="/files/fruganomics/u5171/nars.jpg" width="41" height="250" align="right" alt="" /></a>Voted the best concealer by ConsumerSearch, the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BM1WLQM/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00BM1WLQM&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=CJUVNXCBYM6MRKRZ">NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer</a> is also the bestselling concealer at Sephora and one of the top concealer picks according to Elle, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, and Good Housekeeping. In independent tests, it was also found that this coverup is the best option for evening out redness. The creamy concealer offers complete coverage with a light texture for natural-looking, buildable technology. It has rave reviews from customers, beauty bloggers, and makeup artists alike. This is mainly thanks to its ability to cover blemishes, under eye circles, and other imperfections, without settling into fine lines or creasing.</p> <p>Most women also find that it is very hydrating, leaving the area soft and moisturized. The concealer also has antioxidant protection to ward off damaging free radicals. Ideal for all skin types, the universal shade is good for light and dark skin tones and thanks to light diffusing technology, you can enjoy smoother, softer looking skin. The formula is also paraben-free, sulfate-free, alcohol-free, and synthetic fragrance-free to better protect your skin. This offers great coverage, all day wear, and simple application with the wand applicator. A little goes a long way, meaning this tube of concealer should last you a long time.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BM1WLQM/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00BM1WLQM&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=CJUVNXCBYM6MRKRZ"><em>Currently $29.00 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best concealers. As always, be sure to check <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar">Wise Bread's Buying Calendar</a> to learn when and how to buy just about anything!</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-cannon">Andrea Cannon</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-concealers">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-9"> <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-foundations">The 5 Best Foundations</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-hair-straighteners">The 5 Best Hair Straighteners</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-detangling-combs">The 5 Best Detangling Combs</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-dry-shampoos">The 5 Best Dry Shampoos</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-sunscreens">The 5 Best Sunscreens</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty Shopping beauty products concealer makeup product reviews Thu, 16 Jul 2015 09:00:10 +0000 Andrea Cannon 1459475 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Foundations http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-foundations <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-foundations" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_applying_foundation_000020333782.jpg" alt="Woman using best foundation on her face" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>When you want to feel more confident in your appearance, foundation can help. It can enhance your complexion, cover any embarrassing marks, combat skin issues like dryness or oily skin, and even help adjust your skin shade. Many people believe that you should spend more money on foundation because it is the &ldquo;foundation&rdquo; of your makeup routine, but spending more does not necessarily mean you are getting more.</p> <h2>What Is Foundation?</h2> <p>Foundation is a form of makeup that can help even out the skin tone, cover up blemishes, and leave your face looking fresh, smooth, and flawless. Foundation can come in liquid, cream, or powder form, and can be oil based, water based, or oil free. Foundation can be applied after your daily moisturizer and/or primer.</p> <p>Begin by dotting foundation on the forehead, cheeks, and chin. It can then be applied with your fingers, a foundation brush, a makeup sponge, or a blender sponge, depending on your personal preferences and the type of foundation. Start with light coverage and build from there. It is important to carefully match the foundation to your skin tone and skin type for a natural appearance.</p> <p>Some foundations also offer additional benefits, such as multitasking ingredients, SPF protection, primer, concealer, and other benefits.</p> <h2>Top 5 Foundations</h2> <h3>bareMinerals ORIGINAL Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 15</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0010P55I6/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B0010P55I6&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=XD42Y6ADJHHEXJZ3"><img src="/files/fruganomics/u5171/bareminerals%20og.jpg" width="232" height="250" align="right" alt="" /></a>The award-winning <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0010P55I6/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B0010P55I6&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=XD42Y6ADJHHEXJZ3">bareMinerals ORIGINAL Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 15</a> is a cult classic. As one of Amazon&rsquo;s bestselling and top-rated foundations, it is also an Ulta Fan Fave, Editors&rsquo; Pick on TotalBeauty.com, a Sephora bestseller, About.com&rsquo;s pick for the best mineral foundation, and one of the highest rated foundations available. Customers and beauty bloggers state that there is nothing quite like this mineral foundation. The hypoallergenic formula is clinically proven to promote clearer, healthier-looking skin.</p> <p>It also offers UVA/UVB protection with SPF 15 to better protect your skin. The mineral-based foundation applies like a cream, looks like a powder, and buffs on gently, but still offers full coverage. You can achieve adjustable sheer-to-full coverage, but you won&rsquo;t feel like you&rsquo;re wearing any makeup at all. The versatile weightless foundation can give your skin a natural luminosity and conceal blemishes, lines, and wrinkles. It is ideal for all skin types and can last up to eight hours, leaving you with soft, beautiful skin all day or night, without smudging or budging.</p> <p>The powder foundation goes on matte and is available in a range of colors to perfectly match your tone. bareMinerals has been praised for its exceptional purity and superior formulas, which are made without oil, silicone, parabens, preservatives, talc, oil, waxes, fragrances, and other chemicals that can irritate skin and cause breakouts. This can help promote clearer, healthier, radiant skin and provide you with a flawless appearance.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0010P55I6/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B0010P55I6&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=XD42Y6ADJHHEXJZ3"><em>Currently $20.00 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Covergirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3-in-1 Foundation</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0094G3MRY/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B0094G3MRY&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=KNQWDWGWVVG7MLQS"><img src="/files/fruganomics/u5171/covergirl%20outlast.jpg" width="74" height="250" align="right" alt="" /></a>As one of Amazon&rsquo;s bestselling and top-rated foundations, the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0094G3MRY/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B0094G3MRY&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=KNQWDWGWVVG7MLQS">Covergirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3-in-1 Foundation</a> is also a BestCovery Best Pick for the best liquid foundation. This affordable all-in-one foundation offers built-in concealer, primer, and sun protection with SPF 20 to ensure long-lasting wear and smooth, even coverage from day to night.</p> <p>Reviewers found that this foundation stays on really well, does not fade even after hours of wear, covers imperfections well, and provides an airbrushed appearance. The lightweight formula is available in a variety of colors to best match your skin tone. The drugstore must-have is also the most affordable option on our list, so it won&rsquo;t break your beauty budget.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0094G3MRY/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B0094G3MRY&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=KNQWDWGWVVG7MLQS"><em>Currently $6.83 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>bareMinerals BareSkin Pure Serum Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 20</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00JVVPFRM/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00JVVPFRM&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=JQMES5ZYMNHB237C"><img src="/files/fruganomics/u5171/bareminerals%20bareskin.jpg" width="153" height="250" align="right" alt="" /></a>Another cult classic from bareMinerals, the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00JVVPFRM/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00JVVPFRM&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=JQMES5ZYMNHB237C">bareMinerals BareSkin Pure Serum Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 20</a> is more than your average foundation. As one of Amazon&rsquo;s bestselling foundations, this brightening foundation is an Allure Best of Beauty Award Winner, one of the top rated items on Ulta, a Sephora bestseller, and Women&rsquo;s Health Magazine&rsquo;s choice for the top mineral foundation. As a serum foundation, it offers the beautifying benefits of makeup, with the skincare benefits of a serum, to help improve the look of your skin both now and in the future.</p> <p>This multi-tasking, ultra-thin, skin-perfecting fluid comes in a range of colors to exactly match your skin tone. It goes on light, but can provide full, adjustable coverage with a natural finish. It can even out and brighten your skin, improve the appearance of dark spots and imperfections, provide a more youthful appearance, and leave you with soft, beautiful, even-toned skin and an airbrushed finish. bareMinerals has been praised for its exceptional purity and superior formulas, which are made without oil, silicone, parabens, preservatives, talc, oil, waxes, fragrances, and other chemicals that can irritate skin and cause breakouts.</p> <p>As a combination foundation and tinted moisturizer, this clinically proven tone-correcting mineral foundation and brightening serum also contains a coconut-derived base with jojoba-coated mineral pigments, Supercharged Lilac Plant Stem Cells, Vitamin C, and SPF 20 to better protect your skin.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00JVVPFRM/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00JVVPFRM&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=JQMES5ZYMNHB237C"><em>Currently $25.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Pur Minerals 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Makeup</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007A2Z4VQ/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B007A2Z4VQ&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=PFHLLJHA35ICMBVH"><img src="/files/fruganomics/u5171/pur%20minerals.jpg" width="232" height="250" align="right" alt="" /></a>As one of Amazon&rsquo;s bestselling foundations, the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007A2Z4VQ/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B007A2Z4VQ&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=PFHLLJHA35ICMBVH">Pur Minerals 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Makeup</a> is also an Ulta Pick and backed by overwhelmingly positive reviews online. The 4-in-1 formula contains foundation, powder, concealer, and SPF 15 to best protect and beautify the skin. Save time on your morning routine by accomplishing multiple steps with one pressed mineral foundation. Formulated with vitamin E, Silica, organic shea butter, this foundation can help nourish, hydrate, and improve the condition of your skin both now and in the future.</p> <p>It is also clinically proven to correct and prevent your skin concerns, smooth away the look of fine lines and wrinkles, balance uneven skin tone, and firm the skin's appearance. It provides full, flawless coverage, while remaining light on the skin. If you are looking for a liquid foundation, Pur Minerals also offers a top rated 4-in-1 liquid foundation, which offers similar benefits.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007A2Z4VQ/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B007A2Z4VQ&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=PFHLLJHA35ICMBVH"><em>Currently $27.00 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Maybelline New York Dream Matte Mousse Foundation</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00112BTH4/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00112BTH4&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=ZUBBFMVPULNEFKAU"><img src="/files/fruganomics/u5171/maybelline%20dream.jpg" width="250" height="148" align="right" alt="" /></a>As one of Amazon&rsquo;s bestselling and top-rated foundations, the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00112BTH4/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00112BTH4&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=ZUBBFMVPULNEFKAU">Maybelline New York Dream Matte Mousse Foundation</a> is one of the highest rated foundations online. Reviews state that this revolutionary air-soft mousse foundation feels light and soft on the skin, removes oil and shine, and provides rich, full coverage with an airbrushed finish. The perfecting coverage and even toned results will last from day to night.</p> <p>This affordable drugstore find is ideal for any skin type and skin tone. If the lightweight whipped mousse foundation is not right for you, try Maybelline&rsquo;s liquid formula, which has the same affordable price point. Both the matte and liquid formulas are very well received by both customers and makeup artists alike.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00112BTH4/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00112BTH4&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=ZUBBFMVPULNEFKAU"><em>Currently $6.89 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best foundations. As always, be sure to check <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar">Wise Bread's Buying Calendar</a> to learn when and how to buy just about anything!</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-cannon">Andrea Cannon</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-foundations">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-10"> <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-concealers">The 5 Best Concealers</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-hair-straighteners">The 5 Best Hair Straighteners</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-detangling-combs">The 5 Best Detangling Combs</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-dry-shampoos">The 5 Best Dry Shampoos</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-sunscreens">The 5 Best Sunscreens</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty Shopping beauty products foundations makeup product reviews Wed, 15 Jul 2015 09:00:13 +0000 Andrea Cannon 1459605 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Craziest Groupon Deals http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-craziest-groupon-deals <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-craziest-groupon-deals" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/couple_on_internet_000029608360.jpg" alt="Couple finding craziest Groupon deals online" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Nobody likes to pay full price.</p> <p>That's why everybody jumped on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-a-groupon-refund-when-a-company-closes">Groupon</a> when it first came out with all of its crazy-cheap deals, and many of us still keep coming back. From dinners at fancy places to open bar catamaran cruises, Groupon seems to offer everything under the sun &mdash; at a steep discount.</p> <p>But if you think that bikini waxes are the wildest thing that Groupon offers, think again. Here are the five craziest Groupon deals ever. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-ensure-you-use-your-groupons-and-other-daily-deals?ref=seealso">How to Ensure You Use Your Groupons and Other Daily Deals</a>)</p> <h2>1. Bedtime Tuck-In</h2> <p>Parents have been warning their kids about stranger danger for a long time. Ben Kobold wanted you to dismiss all that advice and let him give you or the recipient of this Groupon &quot;deal&quot; the <a href="http://www.groupon.com/deals/ben-kobold-tuck-in">most amazing bedtime tuck-in</a>. Not only will Ben use his &quot;summer-breeze-like&quot; voice to sing you a lullaby, but he will also monitor your body temperature and breathing rate.</p> <p>Priced at $100, this bedtime tuck-in deal would seem a prank. However, Groupon has established that <a href="https://www.groupon.com/deals/ben-kobold-tuck-in/discussion">this deal wasn't a joke</a> and that Ben Kobold was an actual Groupon employee (he's a writer). Such level of professionalism must have been very reassuring for the two people that bought this crazy deal!</p> <h2>2. Serial-Killer Walking Tour</h2> <p>There are creepy deals, and then there are truly scary ones. A Milwaukee company caused the rage of several local residents by offering a 90-minute Jeffrey Dahmer (a.k.a. the Milwaukee Cannibal) tour for two. For $25 (deal was valued at $60), you and your guest would tour the exact streets in which cannibalistic serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer picked up seven of his victims.</p> <p>Even though two decades have passed since Dahmer was arrested, his memory still haunts the neighborhood. It wasn't long until the Dahmer's hunting grounds &quot;deal&quot; caught the attention of the local and national news and Groupon was forced to <a href="http://newsfeed.time.com/2012/03/02/groupon-pulls-deal-for-serial-killer-walking-tour/">take down the sale</a> from its website. Despite the pull-plug from Groupon and the outcry from the Milwaukee community, the tour company was still legally allowed to fulfill its 15 sold tours.</p> <h2>3. DVD Signed by Leonardo DiCaprio Impersonator</h2> <p>When you are offering a travel package that includes...</p> <ul> <li>Round-trip airfare from any city in the continental U.S. to the nearest city of the resting place of the Titanic;<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>One-night stay at a comfy hotel;<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>11-night stay at a cruise ship;<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Exploration of the Titanic shipwreck aboard a deep-ocean vessel;<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Admission to a series of lectures from experts on the Titanic; and<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>A long list of Titanic-related activities,</li> </ul> <p>...why in the world would you make a Titanic-movie DVD signed by a <a href="http://www.groupon.com/pages/titanic">Leonardo DiCaprio impersonator</a> the main selling point of this package? (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/are-groupon-getaways-a-good-idea?ref=seealso">Are Groupon Getaways a Good Idea?</a>)</p> <p>To be fair, he's a professional impersonator. But, heck with a price tag of $12,500 for this deal, you would expect at least the Leo impersonator would be around to recreate the famous &quot;I'm the king of the world&quot; scene!</p> <h2>4. Role as Movie Extra</h2> <p>In 2014, Robert Downey, Jr. made $75 million, while Sandra Bullock earned $50 million. Dreaming of landing such big paychecks one day, several individuals kick off their careers by playing extras in over 1,800 movies released in the U.S.</p> <p>And all of those extras get paid!</p> <p>So, why in the world would you pay <a href="http://www.bestofneworleans.com/blogofneworleans/archives/2012/05/04/groupon-invites-you-to-pay-to-be-a-movie-extra">$149 for a Groupon deal</a> to become a movie extra? This &quot;deal&quot; in New Orleans was called out faster than you can say &quot;Lights, camera, action!&quot; The Office of the Mayor of New Orleans clearly states that if you follow the rules, you'll get <a href="http://www.filmneworleans.org/for-the-local-community/becoming-an-extra/">paid for your work</a> as an extra.</p> <h2>5. Kilogram of Onions</h2> <p>Groupon operates in close to 50 countries, including India. One of Groupon India's most successful deals to date is Rs. 9 (roughly $0.15) for a <a href="http://www.groupon.co.in/deals/shopping/Groupon-India-Onion/408055">kilo of onions</a>.</p> <p>With the price of kilo of onions at about Rs. 100 at the time of the deal, this crazy Groupon deal was able to sell 3,000 kilograms of onions in just 44 minutes. The heavy demand caused the site to crash. Once the site was back up, Groupon India sold a <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/10/groupon-india--onion_n_3896180.html">total of 8,000 kilos of onions</a> during the two-day sale.</p> <p>Onions are a major staple in Indian cuisine and are used in a wide variety of dishes, including the one recommended by Groupon India, onion pakora.</p> <p><em>What is the craziest Groupon deal that you ever bought?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/damian-davila">Damian Davila</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-craziest-groupon-deals">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-11"> <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/ask-these-8-questions-to-get-a-better-price">Ask These 8 Questions to Get a Better 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/50-best-deals-coupons-sites">50 Best Deals and Coupon Sites</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-awesome-alternatives-to-groupon">5 Awesome Alternatives to Groupon</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/when-deals-matter">When Deals Matter</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/use-less-cash-for-your-jcpenney-purchase">Use Less Cash for Your JCPenney Purchase</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping coupons deals groupon Internet Tue, 14 Jul 2015 11:00:15 +0000 Damian Davila 1484674 at http://www.wisebread.com Save $100s Next Month With These 10 Grocery Shopping Tips http://www.wisebread.com/save-100s-next-month-with-these-10-grocery-shopping-tips <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/save-100s-next-month-with-these-10-grocery-shopping-tips" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_saving_money_groceries_000057402780.jpg" alt="Woman taking thrifty grocery shopping challenge" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Thrifty shopping may seem like a pain at first, but the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/this-simple-shopping-list-strategy-from-5-meal-plan-will-save-you-big">savings can really add up.</a> If you're used to a liberal spending plan, you might be able to save hundreds per month, just by eating at home more and shopping thrifty at the grocery store. Below, you'll find some realistic estimates of just you much you can save, and easy ways to do it.</p> <h2>1. Keep a Budget</h2> <p>According to the USDA, the average family of four can expect to spend around <a href="http://www.cnpp.usda.gov/sites/default/files/CostofFoodApr2015.pdf">$606.20 per month</a> with a thrifty spending plan, $786.50 with a low-cost plan, $977.80 with a moderate-cost plan, and $1,197.75 with a liberal plan. While $606.20 per month may seem low, the average low-cost plan budgets a more reasonable $786.50 per month. According to USA Today, the average family of four spends closer to <a href="http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/05/01/grocery-costs-for-family/2104165/">$870 per month on groceries</a>.</p> <p>By just keeping a budget and maintaining a low-cost meal plan, your family can save up to $411.25 every month, compared to a family with a liberal spending plan. If you can stick to a budget of $786.50 per month for a family of four, then you're halfway to becoming a thrifty shopper.</p> <h2>2. Pack a Lunch</h2> <p>According to Forbes, when the average American eats out, they spend about <a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/halahtouryalai/2013/09/25/lunchtime-americans-spend-nearly-1k-annually-eating-out-for-lunch/">$10 on lunch</a>. However, Visa found that the average man spends about $21 per lunch and the average woman spends about $14 per lunch. Alternatively, packing a lunch costs about $3 per meal. This means that you can save at least $7 per lunch, Monday-Friday, or $140 per month. Imagine how much more you could save by eating breakfast and dinner at home, as well. Make eating out a special occasion and you'll see the savings pile up. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-quick-cheap-lunch-ideas?ref=seealso">25 Quick, Cheap Lunch Ideas</a>)</p> <h2>3. Stop Throwing Out Food</h2> <p>Any food that you throw out becomes the most expensive food in your kitchen. Unfortunately, Americans throw out more than 25% of the food and beverages they purchase, according to the EPA. Based on a study conducted by the University of Arizona, it was determined that the average American family of four throws out approximately $590 worth of food every year, which comes out to about $49.16 per month. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/youre-wasting-13-of-the-food-you-buy-heres-how-to-stop?ref=seealso">You're Wasting ⅓ of the Food You Buy &mdash; Here's How to Stop</a>)</p> <p>Find interesting ways to use your leftovers (such as healthy soups and smoothies) and you're on your way to less food waste. You can also find ways to better freeze and preserve your food (such as canning and pickling) so that nothing goes to waste.</p> <h2>4. Take Advantage of Credit Card Rewards</h2> <p>Every credit card is different, so your rewards program will depend on which card you have. For instance, the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cashing-in-at-the-supermarket-blue-cash-preferred-card-from-american-express-review?ref=internal">American Express Blue Cash Preferred Card</a> offers 6% cash back on groceries. If your family is spending approximately $786.50 per month on groceries using a low-cost shopping plan, then you can earn $47.19 per month just by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-5-credit-cards-for-groceries?ref=internal">using your credit card to purchase groceries</a>.</p> <h2>5. Stop Dining Out</h2> <p>Keep reminding yourself that every time you dine out, you are wasting money. For the simplest example, consider a pizza. At Pizza Hut, a large supreme stuffed-crust pizza costs $18.00, while the exact same pizza from DiGiorno costs $8.87. By making this swap just once per week, you'll save $36.52 per month. By cooking at home, you also won't need to worry about driving to get food or dealing with the crowds. Imagine the savings if you also took your lunch to work (rather than eating out) and swapped your morning coffee run with a cup brewed at home. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/this-is-how-you-make-restaurant-quality-pizza-at-home?ref=seealso">This Is How You Make Restaurant-Quality Pizza at Home</a>)</p> <h2>6. Go Vegetarian Twice a Week</h2> <p>According to Eating Well, <a href="http://www.eatingwell.com/healthy_cooking/budget_cooking/6_simple_changes_that_could_help_you_save_2997_a_year?page=2">one pound of sirloin</a> costs $5.99, while a 14-ounce block of tofu only costs $1.96. By swapping meat for tofu or veggies only twice weekly, you'll save $8.06 per week and at least $32.24 per month. You might also drop a few pounds and improve your health in the process. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/35-slow-cooker-recipes-for-busy-or-lazy-vegetarians?ref=seealso">35 Slow Cooker Recipes for Busy (or Lazy) Vegetarians</a>)</p> <h2>7. Choose Cheaper Cuts of Meat</h2> <p>Eating Well also found that one pound of boneless, skinless chicken breasts costs $4.99, while one pound of boneless, skinless chicken thighs costs $3.49. By making simple swaps like this just once a week, you'll save at least $6 per month. By replacing one pound of fresh tuna (at $7.99) with one pound of canned tuna (at $3.68) just once a week, you'll save another $17.24 per month.</p> <p>You will realize even greater savings by swapping out other expensive cuts of meat for more affordable alternatives. Get out the slow cooker and find other ways to transform affordable cuts of meat into extraordinary meals to really benefit from the savings. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-secret-cheap-steak-cuts-you-should-be-asking-for?ref=seealso">7 Secret Cheap Steak Cuts You Should be Asking For</a>)</p> <h2>8. Prep Your Own Food</h2> <p>By just spending 10 extra minutes after returning from the store, you can prep your produce for the week and stack up the savings. For instance, on average, a pound of four apples costs $1.99, while sliced apples cost $4.99; a head of romaine or iceberg lettuce only costs $1.99, while one bag of lettuce costs $3.99 on average. By just prepping your own apples and one head of lettuce once per week, you'll save $5 per week, or $20 per month.</p> <h2>9. Take Advantage of Grocery Rewards</h2> <p>Every store offers their own unique rewards programs; some stores offer rewards points based on what you spend, some offer discounts at the pump, and others offer food discounts and unique perks. For instance, Save Mart, Lucky, S-Mart Foods, and FoodMaxx offer one point for every $1 spent and another 100 points just for enrolling. Then, you can use your points to earn rewards of your choice (like $1 off for every 100 points).</p> <p>By enrolling in this free program, you would earn 786 points per month based on your monthly spending of $786.50 per month. This would translate into $7.86 off your next transaction. More importantly, joining a reward program provides you with better deals at the store.</p> <p>There are other ways to earn points and find rewards that can save you even more in the end. For instance, stores like Giant Eagle and Safeway offer savings when you fill up at the pump, based on how much you spend in the store. Ask your local supermarket about what they offer and how you can join the program. While you're at it, find out if there is a rewards program at any restaurant or store that you frequent. You can save big money by joining the rewards programs for stores like Starbucks, Best Buy, and other large stores that you shop at frequently.</p> <h2>10. Plan Ahead</h2> <p>You can also save more money by cooking more items from scratch, choosing frozen and canned produce when possible, choosing generic over brand name, and planning your meals around sales and specials. Services like the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/this-simple-shopping-list-strategy-from-5-meal-plan-will-save-you-big">$5 Meal Plan</a> can help.</p> <p>To keep your spending in check, the USDA recommends using the smart shopping strategies found on <a href="http://www.choosemyplate.gov/">ChooseMyPlate.gov</a>, which can help you find ways to eat healthy on a budget. Remember, saving money every month can be fun. Challenge yourself to see if you can save more every month or find a way to treat your family when you stay within budget.</p> <p><em>How do you control grocery costs?</em></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/save-100s-next-month-with-these-10-grocery-shopping-tips">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-12"> <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-places-to-get-coupons-online">The Best Places to Get Coupons Online</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/6-creative-ways-to-save-money-with-bulk-buying">6 Creative Ways to Save Money With Bulk Buying</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-foods-that-are-actually-cheaper-at-whole-foods">6 Foods That Are Actually Cheaper At Whole Foods</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-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-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-easy-ways-to-stretch-your-grocery-dollars">20 Easy Ways to Stretch Your Grocery Dollars</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Budgeting Shopping coupons Food groceries rewards programs saving money Fri, 10 Jul 2015 15:00:17 +0000 Andrea Cannon 1478520 at http://www.wisebread.com 8 Cool Stores We Miss http://www.wisebread.com/8-cool-stores-we-miss <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/8-cool-stores-we-miss" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/borders_bookstore_000017392179.jpg" alt="Borders bookstore is a cool store we miss" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It is sadly the way of life that all good things must come to an end. And <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/heres-how-to-get-a-sale-price-match-at-16-popular-stores">retail stores</a> are no exception. When we look back at the places at which we loved to shop, we may have thought they would be around forever. Who could have known that, just twenty years ago, the Internet would come along and change everything.</p> <p>Here are eight of those cool stores that are now just a memory.</p> <h2>1. Sharper Image</h2> <p>Founded in 1977, just 38 years ago, Sharper Image was the brainchild of Richard Thalheimer. Originally a catalog business for jogging watches, it grew into a retail giant known for selling the latest cool gadgets and gizmos designed to help us live better lives (or spend a ton of money on birthday presents). How many of us stopped into a Sharper Image when we were shopping at the mall to sit in the latest massage chair, or test-drive some remote-controlled car or plane?</p> <p>Of course, the Internet took its toll on Sharper Image, with everything in the stores available in some form or another on Amazon, eBay, and a bunch of other online outlets. In 2008, the company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, and closed every single retail store. You can still shop online at <a href="http://sharperimage.com">Sharper Image</a>, but it's just not the same. The retail stores were an experience, not just a place to pop in and buy something.</p> <h2>2. Wild Oats Market</h2> <p>Founded in 1987 in Boulder, Colorado, Wild Oats was at the forefront of bringing natural foods to the masses. From humble beginnings, with just one store, it became the third largest natural food chain in the USA. Wild Oats Markets were a treasure trove of goodies that supplied everything from fresh organic fruit and veg, to coffee beans, canned and jarred goods, snacks, and a whole lot more. But, they were no match for Whole Foods, who tried to acquire the company in 2007. That deal went sour, and as is the case with many stores in the list, Walmart became the reason for the closure of the Wild Oats stores around the country.</p> <p>Now, the only way you can get Wild Oats products is to buy them at a Walmart or a Fresh &amp; Easy store. It's a shame that a store that had its roots firmly planted in delivering the freshest, most natural ingredients ended up being swallowed by the retail giant that is Walmart.</p> <h2>3. Tower Records</h2> <p>There was a reason some people (<em>cool people</em>) loved Tower Records, and others couldn't stand to be in the store. It was claustrophobic; stacked from floor to ceiling with amazing finds, cheap CDs, bizarre DVDs, and a ton of vinyl. Every trip to Tower Records was another chance to broaden your horizons.</p> <p>Started in 1960 by Russell Solomon, it was named after his father's drugstore in the same building as the Tower Theater. It grew into a giant, with stores from the UK to Colombia and the Philippines. But it grew too fast, and too far, and acquired massive debt from the expansion. Chapter 11 bankruptcy couldn't save it, and Tower Records closed the last of its physical locations in 2007.</p> <h2>4. Borders</h2> <p>Once upon a time, when you wanted a book, you went to a local bookstore. Then along came Borders, and combined the humble bookstore with music, coffee, DVDs, and everything else the entertainment enthusiast could want. It was great. But it did have a slight drawback; everything was <em>really </em>overpriced.</p> <p>Sure enough, Borders became a place where you would browse for a half hour, or more, but just never bit the bullet because you could find it cheaper online. And that flaw became the reason the big book chain went under in 2011. Its biggest rival, Barnes &amp; Noble, had a much better pricing model, and the member perks also helped. Not to mention, the big bargain book section as you enter the front of the store. But for some reason, not having a Borders around seems sad.</p> <h2>5. KB Toys</h2> <p>As a kid, seeing the KB Toys logo in the malls and outlets shopping centers was awesome. Although it was no Toys 'R Us, you could always find something cool <em>and </em>affordable in there. As well as name brands, KB Toys carried a lot of the cheaper versions of popular items, and always had special deals and sale items to help stretch your allowance. Having started in 1922, founded by the Kaufman Brothers (KB), it seemed like KB Toys would be around forever.</p> <p>So, what changed? You guessed it. Walmart's buying power and locations meant that KB Toys couldn't compete with the retail giant. They struggled to stay afloat after a bankruptcy in 2004, and then finally closed down in 2009. Toys 'R Us scooped up what remained of the company.</p> <h2>6. Woolworths</h2> <p>Originally known as F.W. Woolworth Co., named after its founder Frank Winfield Woolworth, this was the first &quot;five-and-dime&quot; store in America. Opened in 1878, and re-opened in 1879, &quot;Woolworth's Great Five Cent Store&quot; sold a variety of household goods at discounted prices&hellip;usually at five cents. This pricing model became five and 10 cents, where the term &quot;five-and-dime store&quot; came from. And it was a very successful business for over 100 years, expanding its reach across the U.S. and the world, until the rise of the K-Mart and Walmart brands.</p> <p>Woolworths (or Woolies to those of us who grew up in the UK) became the cheap cousin to those giants, even though we all enjoyed the low pricing and eclectic mix of products. The stores were also much smaller than the big marts, meaning you could find one in a high street or strip mall. On July 7th, 1997, Woolworths closed its last stores in the USA, and changed its corporate name to Venator. Never heard of them? You're not alone.</p> <h2>7. Filene's Basement</h2> <p>If you're a fan of Ross and T.J. Maxx, you were no doubt in love with Filene's Basement. Also known as simply &quot;The Basement,&quot; it was founded in 1908, and was America's oldest off-price retailer. One of the reasons everyone loved Filene's was the annual &quot;Running of the Brides,&quot; which gave future wives the chance to pick up a bridal gown for an insanely low price.</p> <p>You would think any kind of economic crisis would actually help a store that sells clothing at discounts, but for some reason the troubles of 2009 wreaked havoc with the chain. In 2011, the last Filene's Basement closed its doors for good. You can still shop at Filene's Basement online, but the experience is nowhere near the same. And of course, you can't really run anywhere when you're hunkered in front of a computer screen.</p> <h2>8. Hollywood Video</h2> <p>Unlike Blockbuster Video, a store that dominated the movie rental world and abused us with horrendous late fees and big rental prices, Hollywood Video had a much more friendly approach to movies. The store was way cooler inside, opting for a darker, more industrial look, and staying away from the insipid bright lights and nasty carpeting of Blockbuster. They also had $1 rental deals on movies and games, and their pre-viewed purchases were priced to sell. Even when the last Blockbuster store was closing, their old DVDs and Blu-rays were priced higher than new ones on Amazon. It was always fun to pop into a HV and peruse the Friday night films or new releases.</p> <p>Of course, not even a decent chain like Hollywood Video could compete with Netflix, and the many streaming services offered online. It was just impossible for them to stay afloat, and in 2010 the last of its stores closed for good.</p> <p><em>What stores do you miss?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-cool-stores-we-miss">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-13"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-ways-stores-trick-us-into-impulse-buys-and-how-to-resist">4 Ways Stores Trick Us Into Impulse Buys (And How to Resist)</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/these-secrets-of-amazons-pricing-strategy-will-help-you-find-the-best-buys">These Secrets of Amazon&#039;s Pricing Strategy Will Help You Find the Best Buys</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-discount-stores-that-are-more-expensive-than-you-think">5 Discount Stores That Are More Expensive Than You Think</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/best-time-for-summer-shopping-in-europe">Best Time For Summer Shopping In Europe!</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/sample-before-you-buy-perfume">Sample before you buy - Perfume</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping bankruptcy closed cool stores retail Fri, 10 Jul 2015 13:00:17 +0000 Paul Michael 1484684 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Cool Companies That Pay You for Referring Friends http://www.wisebread.com/10-cool-companies-that-pay-you-for-referring-friends <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-cool-companies-that-pay-you-for-referring-friends" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_relaxing_couch_000066499351.jpg" alt="Woman learning lowdown on popular referral programs" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Do you like shopping online? Better yet, would you like to make money (or get other cool stuff) for shopping online? There are a number of retailers, websites, and subscription clubs with <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-earn-over-12000-through-referrals">awesome referral programs</a> that let you do just that. Check out the perks and start earning some major rewards for all your hard work.</p> <h2>1. Zulily</h2> <p><a href="http://www.zulily.com/">Zulily</a> offers thousands of trendy items for the whole family. From baby gear to home decor to apparel, toys, and more. If you refer a friend, you can earn $15 to spend on the site. The credit is added to your account when your friend's item ships. There's no limit to the number of credits you can earn, and they expire 18 months after issuance.</p> <h2>2. Hulu Plus</h2> <p>By now, we all know that cable television is expensive &mdash; it's one of the first things we cut from our budget in a pinch. Switch to Hulu Plus to save money and still see the shows you love. If you refer your friends, you'll even get <a href="http://www.hulu.com/help/articles/29781737">two weeks free</a>. This deal is so great, you can earn up to a full year if you get 26 of your friends to join in on the fun.</p> <h2>3. ThredUp</h2> <p>Not only can you sell your used clothing on <a href="http://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/click?id=g519OIyP0is&amp;offerid=334662.5&amp;type=3&amp;subid=0">ThredUp</a>, but you can also make money for telling friends about it. Their system is set up as a share-and-earn model. You send invitations to shop on the site to your friends, they get $10 to spend, and if they spend it, you &mdash; in turn &mdash; get $10 added to your account when their items ship.</p> <h2>4. Airbnb</h2> <p>Travel can be expensive, and sites like Airbnb have unique options to help make it more fun and affordable. I love how their <a href="https://www.airbnb.com/support/article/84">referral program works two ways</a>. You get $25 if your friend completes a reservation request. And you get a whopping $75 if your friend lists a place as a host. What a wonderful way to make money to go on vacation.</p> <h2>5. Sock Fancy</h2> <p>We all need socks. They keep our feet warm, cozy, and looking good. When you refer friends to <a href="http://www.shareasale.com/r.cfm?B=669237&amp;U=255320&amp;M=56285&amp;urllink=">Sock Fancy</a>, they get 15% off their first order and you get a free pair of socks. Send invitations via email, Facebook, or Twitter.</p> <h2>6. Birchbox</h2> <p><a href="http://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/click?id=g519OIyP0is&amp;offerid=335035.188&amp;type=3&amp;subid=0">Birchbox</a> lets you pretty yourself with products delivered to your front door. When you tell your friends about the service, you earn 50 points. For every 100 points, you get $10 to spend in the Birchbox Shop.</p> <h2>7. Stitch Fix</h2> <p>Need a little help with your style? <a href="http://www.kqzyfj.com/click-2822544-11713107-1413249375000">Stitch Fix</a> gives you personalized clothing options according to your list of preferences. You try them at home and decide whether to purchase or return (for free). If you get your friends to sign up for the service, you earn a $25 credit to spend on the site. This credit is activated when your friend's order ships.</p> <h2>8. MyHabit</h2> <p>Shop amazing deals on the popular brands you love at <a href="http://www.myhabit.com/?tag=wisebre03-20">MyHabit</a>. For a limited time, this site is giving members $20 for each friend they refer. The extra incentive: Those friends you refer also earn $20 for signing up. It's a win-win!</p> <h2>9. Dollar Shave Club</h2> <p>Keep your face smooth and get free stuff with subscription-based Dollar Shave Club. For every friend you successfully refer to the site, <a href="http://www.dollarshaveclub.com/faqs#/faq11">you'll earn $5</a> toward your next purchase. You can choose from all different blades and products, so there's something each of your friends can enjoy.</p> <h2>10. Ebates</h2> <p>You've probably heard about <a href="http://www.ebates.com/rf.do?referrerid=vIhagUaAxdMIsu435wELZg%3D%3D&amp;eeid=26471">Ebates</a>. Those of you who haven't are missing out, quite literally. Shop at your favorite stores through the site and earn back a percentage of the total price in the form of a quarterly check. And refer your friends to sign up for a $5 bonus. They're even offering an additional bonus for the first three friends you refer now through the end of June.</p> <p><em>Which referral programs have you benefited from?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-cool-companies-that-pay-you-for-referring-friends">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-14"> <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/ask-these-8-questions-to-get-a-better-price">Ask These 8 Questions to Get a Better 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/discount-designer-clothing-17-places-to-get-name-brands-for-less">Discount Designer Clothing: 17 Places to Get Name Brands for Less</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/16-amazon-deal-hacks-you-may-not-already-know">16 Amazon Deal Hacks You May Not Already Know</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/11-retailers-where-you-can-negotiate-a-lower-price">11 Retailers Where You Can Negotiate a Lower Price</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/11-ways-your-credit-card-will-save-you-money-while-holiday-shopping">11 Ways Your Credit Card Will Save You Money While Holiday Shopping</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Life Hacks Shopping free stuff online shopping referral programs rewards Fri, 10 Jul 2015 09:00:10 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1478519 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Hair Growth Products for Men http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-hair-growth-products-for-men <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-hair-growth-products-for-men" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/man_hair_growth_000015132879.jpg" alt="Man using best hair growth product on receding hair" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Are you experiencing hair loss? This is completely natural and, in many cases, it can be prevented or reversed. Hair loss or thinning can be caused by a number of things, such as genetics, aging, stress, or medical conditions such as alopecia. Male pattern baldness is very common and can lead to embarrassing situations for many men.</p> <p>However, certain over-the-counter topical treatments and supplements can help stimulate hair growth and prevent further shedding, so you can have a fuller head of hair in as little as two months. A trip to your doctor or dermatologist can provide you with more solutions, but we&rsquo;ve covered some of the most effective hair growth products for men to get you started.</p> <h2>What Is a Hair Growth Product?</h2> <p>A hair growth product can stimulate the scalp and hair follicle so that you can regrow hair more quickly. It can also help you keep the hair you have and make your hair appear thicker and fuller right away. These products are ideal for men who have a general thinning of hair on the top of the scalp, or low to moderate hair loss.</p> <p>Results can take awhile to become apparent, so it&rsquo;s important to be patient and follow the regimen exactly. It is best to begin using these products at the first signs of balding or hair thinning for the best results. Drinking more water, eating a balanced diet, taking a daily multivitamin, and taking advantage of additional supplements like Biotin can also help speed up hair regrowth.</p> <h2>Top 5 Hair Growth Products for Men</h2> <h3>Rogaine for Men Hair Regrowth Treatment, 5% Minoxidil Topical Aerosol</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0012BNVE8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B0012BNVE8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=C4OVAXONH47Z2IXZ"><img src="/files/fruganomics/u5171/rogaine.jpg" width="156" height="250" align="right" alt="" /></a>As Amazon&rsquo;s #1 best seller in hair regrowth treatments, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0012BNVE8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B0012BNVE8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=C4OVAXONH47Z2IXZ">Rogaine for Men</a> regrowth treatment is also the #1 dermatologist recommended brand. It is also one of the top recommendations by HairLossTalk and has outstanding reviews from most users. This easy-to-use foam is the most effective method for stimulating hair growth. It features 5% Minoxidil, which is an FDA-approved medication for male hair loss. Rogaine works by prolonging the growth phase of hair and revitalizing the hair follicles to help regrow thicker hair.</p> <p>In clinical testing, nearly nine out of 10 men noticed results. The solution is intended for men only and is easy to use on a daily basis. Simply dispense 1/2 capful of foam in your hands, part your hair, and apply in the area where your hair is thinning. Use your fingers to massage throughout the hair loss area twice a day and you should notice regrowth in as little as two months. Results last only as long as you use the medicine.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0012BNVE8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B0012BNVE8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=C4OVAXONH47Z2IXZ"><em>Currently $38.52 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Lipogaine for Men: Intensive Treatment &amp; Complete Solution for Hair Loss/Hair Regrowth/Beard Growth</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0037TM252/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B0037TM252&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=OAEOA6MJKNJA6VKQ"><img src="/files/fruganomics/u5171/lipogaine.jpg" width="234" height="250" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0037TM252/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B0037TM252&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=OAEOA6MJKNJA6VKQ">Lipogaine for Men</a> one month intensive treatment is intended for men only. It features the best combination of natural ingredients and effective Minoxidil to aid in hair loss, hair regrowth, and beard growth. It can also reduce DHT level, provide follicle nutrients, strengthen the hair you have, improve the scalp health, and fill in thinning areas around the scalp and frontal hairline. The comprehensive and holistic approach has made Lipogaine the first hair growth formula that combines Minoxidil with Biotin and a proprietary herbal blend of natural DHT blockers with saw palmetto, beta-sitosterol, fatty acids, and many other vitamins. The advanced liposome delivery system can deliver ingredients precisely to the target area for maximum results.</p> <p>Many users have found that they can achieve results with this product, even when other hair regrowth treatments have failed. That&rsquo;s because Lipogaine includes effective clinically proven ingredients that most other treatments do not. Simply use the dropper to apply no more than 1 mL to the hair thinning area twice daily. This can be used together with other hair regrowth treatments for faster results. As is the case with any Minoxidil product (such as Rogaine), the effects will only last as long as you use the product. This product is backed by unmatched customer loyalty and five years of positive customer reviews.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0037TM252/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B0037TM252&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=OAEOA6MJKNJA6VKQ"><em>Currently $25.50 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Kirkland Minoxidil 5% Extra Strength Hair Regrowth for Men</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002VLZHLI/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B002VLZHLI&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=CW3OR6YUWMDRDOEG"><img src="/files/fruganomics/u5171/kirkland.jpg" width="224" height="250" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002VLZHLI/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B002VLZHLI&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=CW3OR6YUWMDRDOEG">Kirkland Minoxidil</a> extra strength hair regrowth treatment features 5% Minoxidil. Minoxidil is the #1 hair regrowth product in the country and is the only FDA approved ingredient for hair regrowth. According to Men&rsquo;s Health, researchers aren't sure how Minoxidil works, but some theorize that it dilates blood vessels in the scalp.</p> <p>According to Men&rsquo;s Fitness, Minoxidil will help slow the hair loss process, preserve the hair you have, and regrow hair more quickly. The six month supply of unscented topical solution is clinically proven to help regrow hair and revitalize hair follicles. The easy-to-use application can be used once daily. Simply apply the solution along the scalp using the dropper.</p> <p>Most users report positive results, but some experienced dryness or itching of the scalp. The Kirkland extra strength Minoxidil formula for men can produce significant results, but as is the case with any Minoxidil product (such as Rogaine), the effects will only last as long as you use the product.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002VLZHLI/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B002VLZHLI&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=CW3OR6YUWMDRDOEG"><em>Currently $25.69 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Infinite Growth</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00OI4ANG0/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00OI4ANG0&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=AMY2TFAT3S5JQ44L"><img src="/files/fruganomics/u5171/infinite%20growth.jpg" width="219" height="250" align="right" alt="" /></a>With unbeatable online ratings, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00OI4ANG0/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00OI4ANG0&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=AMY2TFAT3S5JQ44L">Infinite Growth</a> is an effective hair regrowth treatment contains powerful key ingredients derived from nature to address the underlying cause of hair loss. It also features natural Biochanin A (extracted from Red Clover), an inhibitor of 5-alpha-reductase, which slows the conversion of testosterone into DHT.</p> <p>The easy-to-use serum can reverse hair loss and can help you pinpoint problem areas. It can thicken the hair, regrow hair, slow hair loss, ease inflammation, strengthen the hair root, promote stronger hair follicles, and stimulate hair regrowth. The natural and drug free solution provides a revolutionary method to combat both age and non-age related hair loss for men and won't cause harmful side effects. It can be applied through an easy-to-use spray bottle once daily, over the course of five weeks.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00OI4ANG0/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00OI4ANG0&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=AMY2TFAT3S5JQ44L"><em>Currently $39.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>NuNutrients Advanced Hair Regrowth Treatment for Men</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00KYXSF00/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00KYXSF00&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=UIPHULGTYKVLYXXH"><img src="/files/fruganomics/u5171/nunutrients.jpg" width="250" height="244" align="right" alt="" />NuNutrients Advanced</a> is a potent serum that works at the root of hair loss. It revitalizes hair follicles, helps reduce hair loss, and reduces inflammation, while regrowing hair by reducing the level of DHT (which can degrade hair follicles and inflame the skin). Voted a #1 trusted brand in 2013 and 2014, this effective treatment uses Biochanin A (extracted from Red Clover) to produce results that can&rsquo;t be achieved with other products. Biochanin A is a natural inhibitor of DHT, subdues hair loss, and modulates free radical damage to the skin and scalp. This helps the hair stay rooted much longer, while increasing the size of the hair follicle for better volume. It also uses Acetyl Tetrapeptide-3 Biomimetic peptides to stimulate the extracellular matrix proteins for stronger hair anchoring. It also prevents hair from falling out and improves the scalp&rsquo;s health, while adding more volume and increasing the size of the hair follicle.</p> <p>The easy-to-use spray bottle allows you to apply the serum directly to your scalp, or you can spray it onto your hands to rub into parts of your scalp. Each bottle offers a three month supply and should be used twice daily. It has outstanding reviews online, partly because it does not leave a sticky residue or cause preliminary hair shedding like most other regrowth treatments.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00KYXSF00/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00KYXSF00&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=UIPHULGTYKVLYXXH"><em>Currently $49.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best hair growth products for men. As always, be sure to check <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar">Wise Bread's Buying Calendar</a> to learn when and how to buy just about anything!</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-cannon">Andrea Cannon</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-hair-growth-products-for-men">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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