Shopping http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/1/all en-US The 9 Everyday Products With the Biggest Markups http://www.wisebread.com/the-9-everyday-products-with-the-biggest-markups <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-9-everyday-products-with-the-biggest-markups" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/mother_daughter_glasses_000040702534.jpg" alt="Mother and daughter wearing glasses with biggest markup" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Products with ridiculously high markups exist because somebody, somewhere, is willing to pay that price. Whether it's because of convenience, perceived value, or simple ignorance, is up for debate. The good news is that with a little forethought, most of these <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cheat-sheet-retail-markup-on-common-items">markups can be avoided</a>, or at the very least lessened. Here are nine of the biggest, along with some common sense solutions and workarounds.</p> <h2>1. Bottled Water</h2> <p>If you're buying designer bottled water brands like AquaDeco or Fine, you're getting nailed by an unbelievable&nbsp;<a href="http://thebillfold.com/2013/07/the-280000-percent-markup-on-bottled-water/">280,000% markup</a>. Although, if you're reading Wise Bread, I'm guessing you probably don't buy designer brand water. But you probably do buy bottled water from the grocery store or warehouse club on occasion, in which case you're paying a 4,000% markup compared to tap water.</p> <p><strong>Solution</strong>: Buy a <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004GNGID0/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B004GNGID0&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=H46WVRH4FM7SFVP3">Brita Water Filter Pitcher</a> from Amazon and filter your tap water from home. You can then take the filtered water with you when you're on-the-go by using a reusable&nbsp;<a href="http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;fst=as%3Aoff&amp;keywords=bpa%20free%20water%20bottle&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;qid=1431699611&amp;rh=n%3A3375251%2Cn%3A10971181011%2Cn%3A3394801%2Cn%3A3395091%2Ck%3Abpa%20free%20water%20bottle%2Cp_n_feature_keywords_four_browse-bin%3A6147374011&amp;rnid=6147363011&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=SJ2G4SOTINGNR5CV">BPA-free water bottle</a>.</p> <h2>2. Pre-Cut Vegetables/Fruit</h2> <p>Veggies and fruit that are cut up and ready to go are definitely convenient, especially for busy families. But did you know that you're easily paying a hefty 40% markup on the pre-cut varieties?</p> <p>Solution: Shop your local farmer's market and grocery store for deals on fresh vegetables and fruit. Solve the convenience aspect by cutting them all up at once and store them in Ziploc bags. This is a great way to save money and have healthy snacks ready to go for school lunches and quickly-thrown-together family meals.</p> <h2>3. College Textbooks</h2> <p>According to CollegeData, the average student spent over&nbsp;<a href="http://www.collegedata.com/cs/content/content_payarticle_tmpl.jhtml?articleId=10064">$1,000 on textbooks</a> and supplies for the 2014&ndash;2015 school year with markups hovering around 200% for brand new textbooks.</p> <p><strong>Solution</strong>: If you plan on reselling your textbooks at the end of the semester, you should consider renting, instead of buying, from websites like&nbsp;<a href="http://www.chegg.com/textbooks/">Chegg</a> an&nbsp;<a href="http://www.textbookrentals.com/">TextbookRentals</a>. Also, if you plan on buying them, always ask for used textbooks at the college bookstore, or buy them in gently used condition from websites like&nbsp;<a href="http://www.abebooks.com/books/Textbooks/">AbeBooks.com</a> and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.half.ebay.com/textbooks">Half.com</a>. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-places-to-buy-or-rent-textbooks?ref=seealso">20 Places to Buy or Rent Textbooks</a>)</p> <h2>4. Designer Handbags</h2> <p>The average name brand handbag carries a markup of well over 100%. Brands like Coach, Dooney &amp; Bourke, Kate Spade, and Michael Kors have built a luxury brand reputation based solely on consumer perception.</p> <p><strong>Solution</strong>: Always buy handbags on sale. Because of the 100% markup, you'll often see 50% off sales on handbags at department stores. Also, shop at discount stores like TJ Maxx and Marshalls for name brand handbags at heavily discounted prices. You might not find Coach or Louis Vuitton, but you'll still find very high quality brands at good prices.</p> <h2>5. Designer Jeans</h2> <p>According to the Wall Street Journal, designer jeans often&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wsj.com/articles/SB10001424052702303365804576429730284498872">come with a markup</a> in the 260% range. For example, the fact that someone would spend&nbsp;<a href="http://www.7forallmankind.com/The_Straight_in_Air_Blue/pd/np/1218/p/9868.html">$208 on a pair of jeans</a> from 7ForAllMankind, tells me that for some people, being fashionable at any price is the number one priority when it comes to covering your legs with denim.</p> <p><strong>Solution</strong>: Shop&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/discount-designer-clothing-17-places-to-get-name-brands-for-less?ref=internal">discount clothing stores</a> and thrift shops for denim. On several occasions I have found designer denim on the rack at thrift stores for pennies on the dollar. Sure, they were a little worn, but most of the designer jeans bought brand new are quite worn, or even have holes in them. Some even have paint all over them like <a href="http://www.neimanmarcus.com/PRPS-Demon-Allover-Paint-Splatter-Slim-Denim-Jeans-Blue/prod176960464/p.prod?srccode=cii_17588969&amp;cpncode=45-52470518-2&amp;ecid=NMCI">these $575 jeans</a> from Neiman Marcus.</p> <h2>6. Prescription Drugs</h2> <p>Prescription drugs can be incredibly expensive, especially if you have sub-par health insurance and get stuck footing most of the bill. According to AHIP Coverage, the <a href="http://www.ahipcoverage.com/2012/04/30/cost-spotlight-a-443-markup-on-prescription-drugs/">price markup on prescription drugs</a> is at a whopping 443%.</p> <p><strong>Solution</strong>: Ask for free samples while at the doctor's office. A few years ago I was prescribed Lamisil, an expensive prescription drug, which at the time cost $30 a pill and had no generic equivalents. On a whim, I asked the nurse on the way out of the office it they had any free samples. She went and looked and returned with a bag full of Lamisil samples. She told me to come back when I ran out as she didn't have enough for a full treatment plan. Simply by politely asking she saved me over $500 on prescription drug costs.</p> <p>Also, when approaching the pharmacy window, always ask about generic alternatives to your prescription. Often times the doctor will unknowingly prescribe the name brand drug, and by switching to the generic, you can save significant money.</p> <h2>7. Eyeglass Frames</h2> <p>Eyeglass frames have a ridiculously high markup in the 500% range. I recently discovered this when I needed a new pair of glasses and decided to buy them directly from the optometrist as my vision insurance was going to pay for them. But after looking through my choices, and the hefty price tags, I quickly realized that you'd be crazy to buy directly from the doctor if you have little or poor insurance. The frames I eventually chose were close to $350, and after doing some research, I could have gotten them online for $125.</p> <p><strong>Solution</strong>: To avoid the markup as much as possible, always shop eyeglass frames and lenses online as well as warehouse clubs like Costco and BJ's Wholesale.</p> <h2>8. Coffee and Tea</h2> <p>When you hit the Starbucks or local coffee shop, know that you're getting hit by a markup in the 250% to 400% range. Sure it's a nice treat from time to time, but visiting everyday can really be a budget buster.</p> <p><strong>Solution</strong>: Start brewing at home and take your morning cup of joe with you.</p> <h2>9. Furniture</h2> <p>According to CBS Money Watch, most furniture stores <a href="http://www.marketwatch.com/story/guid/dbc03806-309a-11e0-b7f5-072128040cf6?page=2">markup their prices</a> in the 80% range. This is especially true at boutique shops and high-end department stores like Macy's and Nordstrom.</p> <p><strong>Solution</strong>: Because of the high markups you should always try to negotiate a deal, even if the price is already discounted, as the majority of furniture stores have plenty of room to come down in price and still make a profit. This is especially true if you're paying with cash as the store won't have to pay credit card fees.</p> <p>By knowing what products have the highest markups, you can learn to avoid them whenever possible. Sure, you'll get stuck buying a $5 bottle of water on occasion, or splurge on a $4 cup of coffee, but by developing smart long-term spending habits you can really save significant money. Money that can serve you much better by paying down debt, building that emergency fund, or saving for retirement.</p> <p><em>What product markups drive you crazy and how do you avoid them?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kyle-james">Kyle James</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-9-everyday-products-with-the-biggest-markups">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/cheat-sheet-retail-markup-on-common-items">Cheat Sheet: Retail Markup on Common Items</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/debit-or-credit-which-one-should-you-choose-at-the-checkout">Debit Or Credit? Which One Should You Choose At The Checkout?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-as-seen-on-tv-products-actually-worth-the-money">4 &quot;As Seen on TV&quot; Products Actually Worth the Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-products-that-cost-more-for-women-than-for-men">6 Products That Cost More for Women Than for Men</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Consumer Affairs Shopping markups overpriced rip-offs Thu, 28 May 2015 11:30:09 +0000 Kyle James 1432585 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best UPS Backup Batteries http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-ups-backup-batteries <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-ups-backup-batteries" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/headphones_computer_000052723758.jpg" alt="Too busy to notice power outage" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Anyone who&rsquo;s ever experienced a power outage knows how important it is to keep batteries and battery-powered tools around the house. You might have been in the middle of something important or need access to pertinent information after the power has been cut off, but without a computer or wifi, your information sources are very limited.</p> <p>Power outages are not only a huge inconvenience, but have the potential to hurt your electronics in the case of surges. In these instances, having something to keep your electronics going for a short amount of time, or at least safely shut them down is crucial.</p> <h2>What Is UPS Backup Battery?</h2> <p>UPS stands for &ldquo;uninterruptible power supply&rdquo;, meaning if your power goes out, you&rsquo;ve still got some reserves before your devices are completely useless. UPS backup batteries are essential for keeping your electronics from being completely fried by wayward currents or voltages coming through the outlets. Without the protection, there is a chance that your laptop, console, or anything else that plugs into the wall could be rendered useless by a random surge. When buying a backup battery, make sure you know which devices you&rsquo;ll be plugging into it and how many watts they each use. After finding the sum of the watts, make sure the battery you&rsquo;re getting can support that amount of energy.</p> <p>There are three different kinds of UPS units: standby (a unit that is charged and then takes over if main power shuts off), line-interactive (similar to standby, but works better in brownouts) and online (constantly filters electricity through the system and has devices isolated from wall power).</p> <h2>Top 5 UPS Backup Batteries</h2> <h3>APC Back UPS 650VA</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005GZRUZW/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B005GZRUZW&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=FOWHGIA5VURYGN5G"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/apc%20back-ups.jpg" width="250" height="185" align="right" alt="" /></a>This <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005GZRUZW/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B005GZRUZW&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=FOWHGIA5VURYGN5G">APC Back UPS</a> model is perfect for someone with one main workstation that needs protecting. This UPS backup comes with eight outlets, four that have surge protection, and four that have surge protection plus battery backup. It comes with software installed to safely shut down your computer and other devices when the main power supply cuts out. It comes with enough power that some people can work through shorter outages until the main power returns.</p> <p>This model is also Energy Star approved, meaning that as it retains power for you, it has also been officially recognized as helping you sustain lower energy costs. It comes with a three-year warranty, $75,000 in connected equipment guarantee, as well as 390 watts/650 volts of output power capacity.</p> <p><em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005GZRUZW/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B005GZRUZW&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=FOWHGIA5VURYGN5G">Currently $73.95 on Amazon</a></em></p> <h3>CyberPower Intelligent LCD Series UPS 1350VA 810W AVR Mini-Tower</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000OFXKFI/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B000OFXKFI&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=MFLWO3ZE5QE6GK5W"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/cyberpower%20intelligent.jpg" width="147" height="250" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000OFXKFI/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B000OFXKFI&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=MFLWO3ZE5QE6GK5W">CyberPower mini tower</a> has the ability to run up to 1500 VA/ 810 watts, which can include two desktop computers and monitors. On the front of the tower there is an LCD screen that relays important information like battery runtime, load status, and even if there are problems on your current line. It comes with four surge protected outlets and four surge protected and battery backup outlets, for eight outlets in total.</p> <p>Though it packs hefty amounts of energy, the CyberPower 1350 can fit comfortably under a desk or in a corner to keep from intruding into the decor of your room. Be aware that if you are running a Power Factor Correction PSU power supply, this device will not work and you&rsquo;ll have to look into UPS backup options that are compatible with the kinds of waves made by that. If you live in an area that experiences regular power fluctuations, the CyberPower 1350 has a built in AVR (automatic voltage regulation) to keep this from harming your devices.</p> <p><em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000OFXKFI/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B000OFXKFI&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=MFLWO3ZE5QE6GK5W">Currently $129.95 on Amazon</a></em></p> <h3>APC Smart-UPS 750VA 120V LCD UPS System</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002MZW5KE/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B002MZW5KE&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=476YGHDMUTW6YIPY"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/apc%20smart-ups.jpg" width="250" height="235" align="right" alt="" /></a>If you&rsquo;re looking for a UPS that can backup your server or point-of-sale equipment, then the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002MZW5KE/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B002MZW5KE&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=476YGHDMUTW6YIPY">APC Smart-UPS 750VA LCD UPS System</a> might be what you need. All six of the outlets attached to this UPS are both battery backed up and surge protected, giving any device that has been plugged in the best defense against sudden fluctuations in electricity. It has a pure sinewave output and comes with AVR technology. An automatic green mode is engaged during usage to make sure your energy is being used in the most efficient way.</p> <p>There is an included predicted month and year estimate to when the battery will need to be replaced so you can keep track of its health. The bright LCD screen displays alphanumeric characters and can be changed to different languages for optimal convenience, making it a great addition to any home office space.</p> <p><em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002MZW5KE/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B002MZW5KE&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=476YGHDMUTW6YIPY">Currently $259.95 on Amazon</a></em></p> <h3>APC Back-UPS Pro 1500VA 10-outlet Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS)</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003Y24DEU/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B003Y24DEU&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=3I7IV57PZDCMQNEC"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/apc%20pro.jpg" width="155" height="250" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003Y24DEU/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B003Y24DEU&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=3I7IV57PZDCMQNEC">APC BR1500VA 10-outlet</a> packs a hefty punch of energy that might be the perfect option for you. It comes with 10 outlets, five surge protected and five with that plus battery backup. To guarantee consistent protection, it comes with Automatic Voltage Regulation without using the battery. This UPS also comes with PowerChute software which not only safely shuts down your devices to prevent data corruption, but also monitors and displays energy usage while helping you manage energy cost by giving you efficient energy plans. It also comes with a basic LCD screen to conveniently display information about the battery.</p> <p>Telephone and coaxial cables can also be protected by this UPS. The battery is replaceable as well as expandable with additional purchases if necessary, and the one it comes with can output 865 watts / 1500 volts ampere.</p> <p><em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003Y24DEU/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B003Y24DEU&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=3I7IV57PZDCMQNEC">Currently $162.50 on Amazon</a></em></p> <h3>CyberPower Standby UPS 425VA 255W Compact</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001Q3MA4O/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B001Q3MA4O&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=WMYTTP7UVPIAFV7V"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/cyberpower%20compact.jpg" width="170" height="250" align="right" alt="" /></a>People without too many devices to back up might find a great match with the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001Q3MA4O/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B001Q3MA4O&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=WMYTTP7UVPIAFV7V">CyberPower Standby UPS</a>. This UPS comes with a three-year warranty, eight surge protected outlets, and a protection outlet for telephone cords. Its protection is provided by a simulated sine wave (a square wave) to keep your personal computer and other kinds of devices safe.</p> <p>Be aware that this UPS puts out 225 watts / 425 volt ampere, which is lower than most on this list, but is more than sufficient for anyone who needs less than that amount of power. The Cyberpower 425VA Standby UPS is a GreenPower UPS, meaning it can reduce energy consumption up to 75%. With a USB port to help you install the PowerPanel Personal software to help you keep track of your battery&rsquo;s status, this UPS is a great addition to any room in need of protection.</p> <p><em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001Q3MA4O/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B001Q3MA4O&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=WMYTTP7UVPIAFV7V">Currently $84.95 on Amazon</a></em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/janae-spinato">Janae Spinato</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-ups-backup-batteries">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-power-banks">The 5 Best Power Banks</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-bluetooth-speakers">The 5 Best Bluetooth Speakers</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-sprays">The 5 Best Detangling Sprays</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/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-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-aaa-batteries">The 5 Best AAA Batteries</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping Technology backup batteries product reviews ups backup batteries Thu, 28 May 2015 01:23:32 +0000 Janae Spinato 1415642 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Detangling Sprays http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-detangling-sprays <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-detangling-sprays" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_hairbrush_000013405005.jpg" alt="Woman brushing soft hair after using best detangling spray" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you frequently find knots in your hair when you&rsquo;re trying to comb through it, then a detangling spray can work wonders. It adds an extra layer of conditioning and protection to your hair before you ever take a detangling comb or brush to it. Instead of damaging your hair by combing through knots, adding a detangling spray will leave your hair healthier and stronger than ever, and save you time combing out your hair in the morning. It can also keep your child&rsquo;s hair smoother than ever, so you can comb through it quickly, with no more tears or squirming.</p> <h2>What Is a Detangling Spray?</h2> <p>A detangling spray can be quickly sprayed in wet or dry hair to make combing easier. It will make your hair more manageable and can even battle frizz. Many detangling sprays serve a dual purpose and can help improve the overall appearance and health of your hair.</p> <p>A detangling spray can also work as a leave-in conditioner, which will not leave your hair feeling greasy or weighed down. Just spritz a little on your wet or dry hair before combing it out and your brush or comb should run through your hair with ease.</p> <h2>Top 5 Detangling Sprays</h2> <h3>It's a 10 Miracle Leave In Product</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002CMLHEC/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B002CMLHEC&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=ZPXY75Q2E6ALLNME"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/itsa10.jpg" width="90" height="250" align="right" alt="" />It's a 10 Miracle</a> is a wildly popular multipurpose leave-in product is ideal for men, women, and children, on all hair types. It offers 10 benefits, so it can protect your hair from heat and repair dry, damaged hair, while adding shine and controlling frizz. It also seals and protects hair color, detangles, and prevents split ends and breakage, creating silkiness while enhancing hair&rsquo;s natural body. The nourishing treatment can also be used as a restorative styling product that leaves hair softer, stronger, and healthier with every use. It is made of quality ingredients, including Panthenol, sunflower seed extract, green tea leaf extract, silk amino acids, and citric acid (Vitamin C).</p> <p>By using this one miracle product, you won&rsquo;t need to worry about purchasing a leave-in conditioner or thermal heat protector anymore. It also smells great and can reverse the signs of damage from heat and color treatments. The unmatched performance makes it a favorite with beauty-conscious minds, hairstylists, and celebrities alike, and has also topped the list of best detanglers and leave-in conditioners for sites like TotalBeauty.com.</p> <p>It is best used on wet hair, right after shampooing and conditioning. While it has a thick consistency like conditioner, it should not weigh down hair. If the formula is too thick for your hair, there are also variations, such as It&rsquo;s a 10 with keratin, for thin hair, for blondes, and more.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002CMLHEC/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B002CMLHEC&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=ZPXY75Q2E6ALLNME"><em>Currently $26.10 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Johnson's No More Tangles Spray Detangler</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0013UAPVK/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B0013UAPVK&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=4RVNGD4X7JPJZBLT"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/johnsons.jpg" width="95" height="250" align="right" alt="" />Johnson's No More Tangles</a> detangling spray can instantly unlock knots and tangles, improving manageability for easy combing. This is ideal for use on wet and dry hair. It is intended for all hair types, even for kids and adults with color treated hair. It is so effective and gentle that many reviewers found it also effective on their pet&rsquo;s hair.</p> <p>The No More Tears formula is as gentle to the eyes as pure water. It works instantly to remove knots and tangles, so that you can easily style your hair. This affordable detangler is a top seller and has overwhelmingly positive reviews online.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0013UAPVK/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B0013UAPVK&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=4RVNGD4X7JPJZBLT"><em>Currently $6.98 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Sexy Hair Concepts Healthy Sexy Hair Soy-Tri-Wheat Leave In Conditioner</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0009EXOO6/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B0009EXOO6&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=KQRMN3Z27G3LWOFV"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/healthysexy.jpg" width="60" height="250" align="right" alt="" />Sexy Hair Concepts&rsquo;</a> spray leave-in conditioner is ideal for all hair types and will leave your hair instantly detangled. It is both a nourishing moisturizer and mild protein reconstructor. It will leave your hair soft, manageable, and frizz-free, and has a light scent that will leave your hair smelling clean.</p> <p>Made with soy, cocoa, and proteins that penetrate the hair, it offers intensive repairing qualities to improve the overall health and appearance of your hair with each use. It does not leave a residue behind or leave the hair feeling weighed down. This has rave reviews online and has topped the list of best detanglers and leave-in conditioners for sites like TotalBeauty.com.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0009EXOO6/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B0009EXOO6&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=KQRMN3Z27G3LWOFV"><em>Currently $11.48 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Unite 7Seconds Condition Leave in Detangler</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003YJ6I78/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B003YJ6I78&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=TAVZEZ2FGAIRNTDR"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/unite7.jpg" width="64" height="250" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003YJ6I78/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B003YJ6I78&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=TAVZEZ2FGAIRNTDR">Unite 7Seconds</a> leave-in conditioner couldn&rsquo;t be easier to use and will detangle your hair in only seven seconds. It can be used on wet or dry hair and is ideal for all hair types, even for children&rsquo;s fine hair. It can add light protein and moisturizers to the hair, and will protect your hair at the same time as revitalizing it with extra nourishment. Your hair will be instantly softer, smoother, and more manageable.</p> <p>This effective detangler can even be used to protect hair that was chemically treated or badly damaged. It locks in color and offers thermal protection and UV protection to better protect your hair.</p> <p><em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003YJ6I78/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B003YJ6I78&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=TAVZEZ2FGAIRNTDR">Currently $25.48 on Amazon</a></em></p> <h3>Original Sprout Miracle Detangler</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0007XFB2W/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B0007XFB2W&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=PFQSWR3U5G3QXIS3"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/ogsprout.jpg" width="62" height="250" align="right" alt="" />Original Sprout&rsquo;s miracle detangler</a> is ideal for babies, children, and adults, and can be used on wet or dry hair to give a freshly washed feeling. It is intended for all hair types, including fine and delicate hair. It is designed to recondition damaged hair, making combing quick and pain-free.</p> <p>This sulfate-free, paraben-free hair detangler is safe, effective, and natural. Instead of using harmful chemicals and ingredients, this safe, non-irritating formulation uses daily vitamins and beneficial organic extracts, such as cranberry, cucumber, and rosemary extracts, which can strengthen the hair and leave a nice clean scent behind. The 100% vegan, no tears formula is infused with refreshing ingredients and delivers intense moisturization, allowing for detangling and anti-frizz benefits.</p> <p>The advanced smoothing system helps tame unruly, frizzy hair, leaving it ultra smooth and soft, without weighing it down. Tangles release immediately and hair is left silky and soft for easy combing.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0007XFB2W/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B0007XFB2W&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=PFQSWR3U5G3QXIS3"><em>Currently $7.35 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best detangling sprays. 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-detangling-sprays">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-dry-shampoos">The 5 Best Dry Shampoos</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-electric-toothbrushes">The 5 Best Electric Toothbrushes</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-electric-razors">The 5 Best Electric Razors</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-ups-backup-batteries">The 5 Best UPS Backup Batteries</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-sell-your-hair-for-cash">How to Sell Your Hair for Cash</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty Shopping hair hair detanglers product reviews Wed, 27 May 2015 09:00:08 +0000 Andrea Cannon 1418192 at http://www.wisebread.com These Secrets of Amazon's Pricing Strategy Will Help You Find the Best Buys http://www.wisebread.com/these-secrets-of-amazons-pricing-strategy-will-help-you-find-the-best-buys <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/these-secrets-of-amazons-pricing-strategy-will-help-you-find-the-best-buys" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_thinking_000059983456.jpg" alt="Woman finding best buys on amazon through secret pricing strategy" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It can be easy for Amazon customers to assume they're always getting the best price. As a matter of fact, that's exactly what the marketing geniuses at <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-things-you-shouldnt-order-on-amazon">Amazon</a> want you to do. They don't want you to compare prices with Walmart; instead they want you to perceive them as always having the lowest price.</p> <p>They do this by pricing a few, popular items lower than Walmart does in an effort to build your perception of them as a low-price leader. By knowing which items undercut Walmart's pricing &mdash; and which don't &mdash; you can become a more informed shopper and save money in the process.</p> <h2>Items That Are Cheaper at Amazon</h2> <p>Spotting the loss leaders at Amazon is not hard. After all, they <em>wan</em>t you to find the lower prices for their marketing to work.</p> <h3>Items With a High Customer (Star) Rating</h3> <p>A recent study from Boomerang Commerce showed that, in an effort to be perceived as a low price leader, Amazon <a href="http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/boomerang-commerce-introduces-price-perception-index-for-online-retailers-300019677.html">purposefully undercuts the Walmart price</a> on products with a high star rating. (A high rating is anything over four stars.)</p> <p>By analyzing millions of orders over the years, Amazon has realized that a great way to build loyal customers is to beat the competition on products that people are gobbling up due to the glowing opinions of fellow shoppers. Use this to your advantage by gravitating toward products with at least a four-star rating, especially when there are at least 50 reviews. It's a bit of a follower's mentality, but you'll find it really does hold true, especially when shopping for small electronics, toys, and video games.</p> <h3>Highly Visible Products</h3> <p>Another category of products that Amazon sells cheaper than Walmart is highly visible and popular items. In other words, items that have a lot of buzz around them and are often featured on the Amazon homepage or highlighted on specific product category pages. Again, the perception of having the lowest price means a lot to Amazon, so when a product has a lot of eyes on it, Amazon will tend to price it lower than Walmart. Examples of some popular and highly visible items that consistently beat Walmart include the popular <a href="http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;fst=as%3Aoff&amp;keywords=Fitbit%20Charge%20activity%20wristband&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;qid=1431703039&amp;rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3AFitbit%20Charge%20activity%20wristband%2Cp_89%3AFitbit&amp;rnid=2528832011&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=42WLZJFPNJZAUQMH">Fitbit Charge Activity Wristband</a>, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;field-keywords=Dyson%20vacuum%20cleanerDyson%20vacuum%20cleaner&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3ADyson%20vacuum%20cleanerDyson%20vacuum%20cleaner&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;url=search-alias%3Daps&amp;linkId=PBDXWU3XBHNYR2PJ">Dyson vacuum cleaners</a>, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;fst=as%3Aoff&amp;keywords=Keurig%20brewer&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;qid=1431703152&amp;rh=n%3A1055398%2Cn%3A284507%2Cn%3A915194%2Cn%3A7740213011%2Cn%3A2474054011%2Ck%3AKeurig%20brewer%2Cp_89%3AKeurig&amp;rnid=2528832011&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=S77OLKFBQ7V2NDDM">Keurig coffee makers</a>, and the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;fst=as%3Aoff&amp;keywords=Jawbone%20wireless%20speaker&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;qid=1431703218&amp;rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3AJawbone%20wireless%20speaker%2Cp_89%3AJawbone&amp;rnid=2528832011&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=UAR2FRJOBTDAWQXX">Jawbone Wireless Speaker</a>.</p> <h2>Items That Are Bad Buys at Amazon</h2> <p>Amazon obviously can't undercut the Walmart price on every product. With Walmart's enormous buying power, and reputation for pressuring suppliers to lower prices, it simply can't be done. This means Amazon often raises the prices on other products to make up the difference. These &quot;other products&quot; are items that are not very glamorous in nature and tend to be more &quot;needs&quot; than &quot;wants.&quot;</p> <h3>Consumer Electronic Add-Ons</h3> <p>If you score a great deal on a HDTV from Amazon, beware of add-ons like cables, wall mounts, and screen cleaners, as they're typically marked-up. Other examples of add-ons that can be marked up include things like a wireless mouse when buying a laptop, and a protective case or charging station for your new Kindle. In many cases, Amazon will try to pad their profits on these add-ons making them not such a great deal for shoppers.</p> <h3>Household Items</h3> <p>Amazon has the reputation of being up to <a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2012-06-22/wal-mart-beats-amazon-prices-including-glee-dvd-set">20% more expensive than Walmart</a> when shopping for household items like laundry detergent, paper towels, toilet paper, and the like. While this margin is definitely getting smaller in recent years, you'll still typically end up paying more compared to Walmart and Costco. If you are going to shop for household items at Amazon, I highly recommend signing up for their&nbsp;<a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/subscribe-and-save/details/">Subscribe &amp; Save</a> program, which allows you to get items sent on a monthly schedule with free delivery. The best part is you'll get 15% off your total when you have at least five items in your monthly subscription plan. The extra 15% savings brings Amazon very close in price, or in many cases, under the Walmart price for identical products.</p> <h3>Clothing</h3> <p>The problem with buying brand name apparel from Amazon is they rarely mark down prices and seldom have coupons. You'll typically score a much better deal by shopping at discount clothing stores like TJ Maxx, Ross, and Marshalls.</p> <h3>Shoes</h3> <p>When shopping for brand name shoes, especially online, you'll find much better prices at websites like Shoebuy, 6PM.com, and ShoeMall. Not only do all three sites offer free shipping, but they also regularly have coupon codes in the 25% off range. For example, a new pair of top of the line women's <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005UVNE9S/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B005UVNE9S&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=6OPCHDMFUUS3DULF">New Balance 990V3</a> running shoes is selling for $149.95 at both Amazon and Shoebuy, with free shipping. But with a little digging, I found a 20% off coupon code for Shoebuy, bringing my total down to $119.96 &mdash; a price Amazon can't touch.</p> <p>While having the perception of being a low price leader is something Amazon strives for, it's up to us, as smart consumers, to see through the charade and always do our due diligence when making significant purchases. This means always price comparing, looking for coupons that'll beat Amazon pricing, and understanding the types of products Amazon purposefully prices higher than the competition. Do that and you're guaranteed to always find the lowest price.</p> <p><em>Have you noticed Amazon offering certain items cheaper than the competition?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kyle-james">Kyle James</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/these-secrets-of-amazons-pricing-strategy-will-help-you-find-the-best-buys">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/filler-strategies-for-amazon-s-free-super-saver-shipping">Filler Strategies for Amazon’s Free Super Saver Shipping</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/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-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/more-sales-insanity-this-time-from-walmart">More Sales Insanity, This Time From Walmart</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/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-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-buy-all-that-stuff-the-police-seize-and-its-cheap">How to Buy All That Stuff the Police Seize. And It&#039;s Cheap.</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Consumer Affairs Shopping Amazon online shopping price comparison retail WalMart Mon, 25 May 2015 13:00:13 +0000 Kyle James 1429809 at http://www.wisebread.com Supermarket Savings Guide http://www.wisebread.com/supermarket-savings <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/supermarket-savings" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/supermarket-iStock_000034407860_Small.jpg" alt="groceries" title="groceries" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Food: We all need it. There are various quick and easy ways to get a meal these days: eating out, taking out, ordering in &mdash; but the financial, environmental, and health costs add up over time. Most people still prefer to cook their own meals, but even then, the cost of groceries can run high, especially for those who have to feed a family. This is where the writers of Wise Bread can help. Check out these articles for tips on supermarket savings.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-to-cut-your-grocery-bill"><strong>5 Ways to Cut Your Grocery Bill</strong></a><br /> If you're going to spend the time (and gas) to go to a grocery store, make it worth it &mdash; the frugal way. Here's how to make the most of your trip without going over budget.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-ive-learned-from-grocery-shopping-on-a-budget"><strong>10 Things I've Learned From Grocery Shopping on a Budget</strong></a><br /> Though everyone's grocery savings strategies vary, it helps to get suggestions (and support!) from fellow frugal shoppers. Here are tips and insights on grocery shopping on a budget.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-foods-i-grew-tired-of-buying-and-how-i-quit"><strong>5 Foods I Grew Tired of Buying, and How I Quit</strong></a><br /> The cost of household essentials add up over time, if only because you always have to restock &mdash; but don't think that you have to restock from the grocery store. Here are five common food items that can be produced right at home.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-ways-to-shop-for-food-cheaply-without-a-tedious-grocery-list"><strong>Grocery Shopping for the Cheap and Lazy</strong></a><br /> If you don't have to cook for anyone else, it doesn't make sense to shop (or cook) like you do. Here are eleven grocery shopping tips for the busy, lazy, and single.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-tips-for-streamlining-your-shopping-list"><strong>7 Tips for Streamlining Your Shopping List</strong></a><br /> Shopping from a list is a great way to make sure that you know what you need (and know what you <em>don't </em>need). Here are 7 tips to making the perfect money-saving shopping list for maximum grocery savings.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/behold-the-secrets-of-the-grocery-store"><strong>Behold: The Secrets of the Grocery Store</strong></a><br /> Know your enemy. Find out what tactics your grocer uses to make you thwart your own goal of grocery savings.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/supermarket-shopping-for-savers-6-ways-to-avoid-their-tricky-traps"><strong>6 Ways to Avoid the Tricky Traps of Supermarkets</strong></a><br /> It takes discipline and strategy, but it can be done! Learn how to avoid the traps that supermarkets set to make you spend more.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-cs-to-keep-you-frugal-while-shopping"><strong>6 C's to Keep You Frugal While Shopping</strong></a><br /> To ward against the lure of an impulse buy, be sure to arm yourself with these 6 C's: cash, concise shopping list, coupons, calculator, candy, and...?</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-sleek-marketing-ploys-aimed-at-getting-more-of-your-grocery-money"><strong>5 Sleek Marketing Ploys Aimed at Getting More of Your Grocery Money</strong></a><br /> To learn how to save money on groceries, you need to know how food marketers get you to spend. Five food myths unveiled here!</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/bulk-buying-basics-what-to-buy-how-to-store-and-money-saving-tips"><strong>Bulk Buying Basics</strong></a><br /> A good way to save money on groceries without running out of food is to buy in bulk...but where to store it? And what to buy? And how does bulk-buying contribute to grocery savings, anyway, if you're spending more on a single purchase? Get the answers here!</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-grocery-budgeting-a-game-the-price-is-right-style"><strong>Make Grocery Budgeting A Game, The Price Is Right Style</strong></a><br /> Make grocery shopping fun! Here's a game you can play with your family to budget while you shop.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ethnic-markets-feel-worldly-for-cheap"><strong> Ethnic Markets: Feel Wordly for Cheap</strong></a><br /> You probably already know that they're great for hard-to-find ingredients, but did you know that ethnic markets also stock foods that you would see in national supermarket chains, and at much lower prices? Here's a brief guide to what you can expect to find at different ethnic markets.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/supermarket-savings">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-best-and-worst-times-to-go-grocery-shopping">The Best and Worst Times to Go Grocery Shopping</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-grocery-shop-for-five-on-100-a-week">How to Grocery Shop for Five on $100 a Week</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/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-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-ways-you-can-cut-grocery-expenses-today">13 Ways You Can Cut Grocery Expenses Today</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-grocery-store-secrets-only-the-pros-know">10 Grocery Store Secrets Only the Pros Know</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Shopping groceries grocery shopping supermarket Thu, 21 May 2015 23:49:59 +0000 Amy Lu 1432747 at http://www.wisebread.com 6 Products That Cost More for Women Than for Men http://www.wisebread.com/6-products-that-cost-more-for-women-than-for-men <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/6-products-that-cost-more-for-women-than-for-men" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/mens_womens_hygiene_products_000053383074.jpg" alt="Couple using products for women that have cheaper alternatives" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Have you ever noticed that men's versions of some products are really cheap compared to the women's versions? Sometimes the price difference reaches a whopping 50%! I'm talking things like soap, deodorant, shampoos, razors, and the like. If you're female (and not a picky shopper), it just may be worth your while to consider the following men's versions of these products.</p> <h2>1. Razors (Disposables and Refillables)</h2> <p>Razors from brands like Gillette, Schick, and Bic have models for both men and women. Aside from the pink and purple packaging, there is very little difference between them, except for price. In the example below, the women's version of the Schick ST Disposable Razor costs a few cents more compared to the men's alternative, even when buying in bulk. Save a few bucks and buy the men's version of razors &mdash; your legs won't know the difference, but your wallet will.</p> <ul> <li>Men's Version: <a href="http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;field-keywords=Schick%20ST%20Disposable%20Razor%2C%2012%20Count%20men&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3ASchick%20ST%20Disposable%20Razor%5Cc%2012%20Count%20men&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;url=search-alias%3Daps&amp;linkId=5OFD2FFH2IGRNBKE">Schick ST Disposable Razor, 12 Count</a> &mdash; from $6.58 ($0.55 each)</li> <li>Women's Version: <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001URL3DA/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B001URL3DA&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=UQGGL7C2BDF44NYL">Schick ST Disposable Razor, 12 Count</a> &mdash; $6.88 ($0.57 each)</li> </ul> <h2>2. Shaving Cream</h2> <p>In terms of saving money with little noticeable effect, shaving cream is probably the best example of buying men's versions to save money. It's a product you only use for a couple minutes before washing off, with very little lingering odor. In other words, it's a highly disposable item, so if you're a female, why would you pay the huge markup associated with <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-old-school-beauty-products-we-want-back">women's shaving cream</a>? After examining a bunch of different brands, my example below is a fair representation of a top tier shaving cream for both sexes. Notice the women's version is several times the price &mdash; not worth it in my humble opinion.</p> <ul> <li>Men's Version: <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BIL9HZE/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00BIL9HZE&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=A4YNHS7TUUE2CGKW">NIVEA for Men Sensitive Shaving Gel, 7 oz.</a> &mdash; $1.69 ($0.24/ounce)</li> <li>Women's Version: <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000URD53C/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000URD53C&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=3YZ4Y7MS6BLIIS4Q">Skintimate Skin Therapy Shave Gel, 7 oz.</a> &mdash; $6.51 ($0.93/ounce)</li> </ul> <h2>3. Deodorant</h2> <p>Deodorant, also known as &quot;pit putty&quot; in my house, is another item where the women's version is noticeably higher in price than the men's equivalent. In my example, a pack of six women's Degree deodorants will cost you almost $4 more than the men's. If odor is an issue for you, and you're a female worried about saving a few bucks (but also concerned about smelling like Tom Selleck), then shop for odorless men's deodorants and antiperspirants. Besides Degree, other men's versions worth shopping for include Sure, Arrid, and Dove.</p> <ul> <li>Men's Version: <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000MANVWW/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000MANVWW&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=HEMOIGMWQQQPMMKF">Degree Dry Protection Antiperspirant &amp; Deodorant, (Pack of 6)</a> &mdash; $16.01 ($0.99/ounce)</li> <li>Women's Version: <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001ET76WG/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B001ET76WG&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=NXJGH72JHG2SIRK7">Degree Dry Protection Antiperspirant &amp; Deodorant, (Pack of 6)</a> &mdash; $20.30 ($1.30/ounce)</li> </ul> <h2>4. Shampoo and Conditioner</h2> <p>Women's shampoos and conditioners also have a premium price point when compared to men's versions. While not as radical a price difference as some of the other products listed here, it's still smart to consider men's hair products, or at the very least unisex shampoos and conditioners like Pert Plus and Head &amp; Shoulders. The Dove shampoo example below showed a 20% higher price for a women's product.</p> <ul> <li>Men's Version: <a href="http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;field-keywords=Dove%20Men%2BCare%20Shampoo%20%2B%20Conditioner%2C%2012%20oz.&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3ADove%20Men%2BCare%20Shampoo%20%2B%20Conditioner%5Cc%2012%20oz.&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;url=search-alias%3Daps&amp;linkId=LOCNV7AR2IZBW5XB">Dove Men+Care Shampoo + Conditioner, 12 oz.</a> &mdash; from $3.77 ($0.31/ounce)</li> <li>Women's Version: <a href="http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;field-keywords=Dove%20Pure%20Care%20Shampoo%2C%2012%20oz.%20&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;url=search-alias%3Daps&amp;linkId=GVHTXVDF5FZE7HYI">Dove Pure Care Shampoo, 12 oz.</a> &mdash; from $4.73 ($0.39/ounce)</li> </ul> <h2>5. Soap</h2> <p>Women's soap, with its higher perfume and moisturizer content, is usually significantly more expensive. As a matter of fact, it's twice as expensive in my example below. If you really don't care what your soap smells like, you should always buy a men's or unisex bar, as you'll save a big chunk of change over the course of an entire year. Let's say you use two bars per month &mdash; this would translate to just under $30 in <em>savings in one</em> year if you always opted for men's or unisex bars of soap. Pretty decent savings for doing very little.</p> <ul> <li>Men's Version: <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BKZQJHW/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00BKZQJHW&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=Z6OXB6332HLE73RK">Dial for Men Odor Armor Bar, 3 count, 4 oz. bar</a> &mdash; $3.49 ($1.16/each)</li> <li>Women's Version: <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0076XMEVW/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0076XMEVW&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=G5IGU4IWXR6GD2WU">Caress Beauty Bar, 4 count, 4 oz. bar</a> &mdash; $9.28 ($2.32/each)</li> </ul> <h2>6. Hair Spray</h2> <p>Hair spray marked for men is pretty darn cheap compared to the women's version. From Amazon, you can get a men's bottle that is about twice as big as the women's for darn near the same price. The women's variety is actually marked as &quot;unisex,&quot; but I'm calling it a female product as the bottle is bright pink. It's the same brand as well, so we really are comparing apples to apples making the men's version a much smarter buy.</p> <ul> <li>Men's Version: <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002RS6JW6/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B002RS6JW6&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=L7MQCKR5CDCPSQN7">TIGI Bed Head Hard Head Hair Spray, 10.6 oz.</a> &mdash; $15.12 ($1.43/ounce)</li> <li>Women's Version: <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000VZDWB8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000VZDWB8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=NOHWBM2PPUJNRK5F">TIGI Bed Head Head Rush Shine Mist for &quot;Unisex,&quot; 5.07 oz.</a> &mdash; $11.90 ($2.34/ounce)</li> </ul> <p>By keeping a keen eye peeled for men's versions of products that are cheaper, and do the same thing, you can definitely save some money. In many cases, you can also find unscented or &quot;unisex&quot; scented items if odor is an issue for you, making this a really smart way to save.</p> <p><em>Any other &quot;women's&quot; products you've discovered to be expensive when compared to the male alternative?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kyle-james">Kyle James</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-products-that-cost-more-for-women-than-for-men">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/unbearably-stupid-packaging">Dumbest packaging ever?</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/advertising-jargon-that-aims-to-mislead">Advertising Jargon That Aims to Mislead</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-9-everyday-products-with-the-biggest-markups">The 9 Everyday Products With the Biggest Markups</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/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-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/debit-or-credit-which-one-should-you-choose-at-the-checkout">Debit Or Credit? Which One Should You Choose At The Checkout?</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Consumer Affairs Shopping gender marketing mens products womens products Thu, 21 May 2015 21:00:11 +0000 Kyle James 1424470 at http://www.wisebread.com The 12 Best Frozen Food Values http://www.wisebread.com/the-12-best-frozen-food-values <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-12-best-frozen-food-values" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/frozen_fruit_raspberries_000038545662.jpg" alt="Frozen raspberries that are one of many frozen food values" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Many people only stop in the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/18-frugal-foods-you-should-always-have-in-your-freezer">frozen aisle</a> for ice cream and a selection of TV dinners, but there's more to this section of the grocery for value seekers. Frozen food offers real convenience, variety, and savings. Items are typically ready-to-cook, they have a much longer shelf life than their fresh counterparts, and are available year-round. Produce is typically frozen at its peak, sealing in nutrients and flavor.</p> <p>Many items are simply cheaper frozen, and many others offer real value because of their ease and longevity. This includes the 12 items below &mdash; stock your freezer with these smart buys and save some cold, hard cash.</p> <h2>1. Berries</h2> <p>Frozen fruit is typically a good deal across the board, and this is definitely true with berries. While price checking at my local grocery, the savings were most noticeable with blueberries. Fresh ones were 66 cents an ounce, while frozen were a mere 25 cents. Strawberries, cranberries, and raspberries are also great values. They are washed and frozen at their peak, and the quality is consistent all year. Fresh berries also tend to go bad quickly, and freezing eliminates that problem while locking-in nutrients.</p> <p>Frozen berries are especially handy for <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-easy-superfood-smoothies-for-a-better-morning">making smoothies</a> (they actually work better than fresh), pancakes, muffins, and other baked goods.</p> <h2>2. Fish</h2> <p>Many shoppers gravitate toward the fresh fish counter when shopping for seafood, but few know that in the U.S., most fish must be frozen before being sold, in order to kill germs. Since this means the &quot;fresh&quot; fish has already been frozen and defrosted, why not buy it still frozen? Fish is often frozen when it has just been caught, keeping it as fresh as possible. The price difference is also huge. At our grocery, wild-caught salmon was 75 cents an ounce at the fresh counter, and only 30 cents an ounce for frozen, individual filets. Similar savings can be found for cod and other fish.</p> <h2>3. Shrimp</h2> <p>The same deal goes for <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/70-scrumptious-shrimp-recipes">buying shrimp</a>. You could pay big prices for shrimp that's already been frozen anyway, or you can just buy it frozen and save big. We found frozen shrimp for almost 60% cheaper than the &quot;fresh&quot; version, and there were lots of options, as well. Find various sizes, shelled and unshelled, de-veined, and cooked varieties in your frozen food aisle.</p> <h2>4. Pizza</h2> <p>The frozen pizza section seems to get bigger and bigger, and varieties have greatly expanded beyond Bagel Bites and Digiorno (don't worry, those are still on offer). When comparing prices to the &quot;fresh,&quot; pre-made (uncooked) pizzas that they sell in the deli section of the grocery, frozen is a much better buy. During our trip, the deli pizzas were $7, while comparable frozen pizzas were as little as $4. They also offered more options on toppings, types of crust, and some healthier choices. Frozen pizza is also worth considering over delivery, since many chains have started using frozen pizzas anyway. There's no wait, no tip, and they are typically cheaper.</p> <h2>5. Mango</h2> <p>If you find mangos to be especially hard to pick at the store and a little difficult to cut up, we can relate. Frozen mango eliminates these problems, since they are perfectly ripe and cut before being flash frozen. Mango is an excellent smoothie fruit, so buying the frozen version is a no-brainer. Ounce for ounce, mango also tends to be cheaper when bought this way, and unless you live someplace tropical, the quality is higher.</p> <h2>6. Spinach</h2> <p>This nutrient-dense green vegetable is one of the better deals in the frozen food aisle. <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/35-tasty-ways-to-use-frozen-spinach">Frozen spinach</a> is offered chopped and whole, in bags and in boxes. It's a perfect solution if you're planning to wilt your spinach anyway in dishes like soup, stew, quiche, or other hot items. It's also a great way to keep greens handy without them quickly going bad in your crisper, and will save you money, too.</p> <h2>7. Corn</h2> <p>Frozen corn is a freezer essential. It's amazingly cheap &mdash; just 9 cents an ounce at our store &mdash; and comes in handy at dinnertime. As opposed to opening up a can of corn, you can use a little or a lot and throw the rest of the bag back in the freezer without wasting any food. Corn is perfect for adding to soups, salsa, and more, and because the kernels are so small, it doesn't need lots of defrost time.</p> <h2>8. Burritos</h2> <p>While doing price comparisons at the grocery store, we found frozen burritos for just 33 cents a piece. Prices like that practically harken back to the 1950s, and are hard to beat today. Plus, they only require a quick ride in the microwave before eating. Our store offered dozens of flavors and brands, and a number of healthier options ranging from $1&ndash;$4. They're a great item to keep in the freezer as a last minute quick meal or snack. Unless you have time to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cheaper-and-healthier-than-store-bought-10-great-freeze-ahead-burrito-recipes">freeze your own burritos</a>, of course.</p> <h2>9. Broccoli</h2> <p>When shopping in the frozen food aisle, you can find broccoli for as little as $1 a pound. It's a great deal regardless, but when you consider that <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-delicious-ways-to-prepare-frozen-broccoli">frozen broccoli</a> is already cut up and only includes florets, it becomes an even better deal when compared pound for pound with fresh. It's great for steaming or adding to curries and stir frys. It's also super convenient, since it's already washed, cut, and good to go.</p> <h2>10. Juice Concentrates</h2> <p>More often than not, when you look at your carton of orange juice or container of lemonade, it says &quot;from concentrate.&quot; You can buy that concentrate in the frozen food aisle for a fraction of the cost, mix it with water, and you have the same thing for cheaper! These concentrates are especially good for making big batches of lemonade, punches, or fruit tea for gatherings. They'll also last in your freezer, so you will have everything you need to serve up a cold, fruity drink at a moment's notice.</p> <h2>11. Waffles</h2> <p>There's a reason that many of us grew up eating frozen waffles &mdash; they are cheap, easy, and quick. When feeding a family that's rushing out the door for school and work, it just makes sense. Now there are more options than ever, with whole grain and gluten-free varieties offered. They cost less than 50 cents per waffle, and even though mixing up and making waffles yourself would be cheaper in the long run, it's not by much, and the time saved is valuable. Add some fruit and yogurt for a complete breakfast for about $1 a serving.</p> <h2>12. Puff Pastry</h2> <p>To make a gourmet dessert with a low budget and almost no effort, turn to the freezer aisle. Puff pastry takes skill and hours to make, but the frozen variety bakes beautifully and is sure to impress. Use it to make flaky tarts, napoleons, or turnovers. <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/30-easy-and-impressive-frozen-puff-pastry-recipes">Puff pastry</a> is also great for savory dishes like chicken pot pie. Even the most skilled home cooks use it, since making your own is unreasonable for most people, and the frozen version is almost as good.</p> <p><em>What frozen foods are staples in your kitchen? </em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/laurel-randolph">Laurel Randolph</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-12-best-frozen-food-values">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/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-2 views-row-even"> <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> <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/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-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-5-credit-cards-for-groceries">The 5 Best Credit Cards for Groceries</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-and-worst-times-to-go-grocery-shopping">The Best and Worst Times to Go Grocery Shopping</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Shopping Cooking frozen foods groceries saving money Thu, 21 May 2015 17:00:19 +0000 Laurel Randolph 1424543 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Online Shopping Hacks to Beat Retailers http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-online-shopping-hacks-to-beat-retailers <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-online-shopping-hacks-to-beat-retailers" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_shopping_online_000023286303.jpg" alt="Woman using online shopping hacks to beat retailers" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some great articles on online shopping hacks to beat retailers at their own game, what you can expect from Memorial Day sales, and a guide to selling on Facebook groups.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://couponpal.com/blog/4-online-shopping-hacks-to-beat-retailers-at-their-own-game">4 Online Shopping Hacks To Beat Retailers at Their Own Game</a> &mdash; Many stores offer special discounts or rewards if you share promotional messages your social media accounts&hellip;which you can delete as soon as you get the discount. [CouponPal]</p> <p><a href="http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/Saving-Money/2015/0519/What-to-expect-from-Memorial-Day-sales">What to expect from Memorial Day sales</a> &mdash; You'll see a lot of great clothing deals &mdash; and a bunch of them will allow you to use stackable coupons! [The Monitor]</p> <p><a href="http://www.bargaineering.com/articles/guide-facebook-group-selling-junk.html">How to get people to buy your junk &hellip; A guide to selling almost anything on Facebook groups</a> &mdash; Before you make a listing, spend a bit of time learning the etiquette and lingo of the groups, and take note of what sells. [Bargaineering]</p> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Life-Hacks-Women-37511605">16 Life Hacks All Women Absolutely Should Know</a> &mdash; There's an easy way to break in new shoes with just a pair of thick socks and a hair dryer! [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://moneyning.com/shopping-smart/how-to-successfully-resist-a-tempting-sales-pitch/">How to Successfully Resist a Tempting Sales Pitch</a> &mdash; If you know you're easily persuaded, tell a friend or famly member exactly what you want and your budget, and bring them along as reinforcements. [MoneyNing]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://blog.readyforzero.com/7-ways-conquer-student-loan-debt/">7 Ways to Conquer Student Loan Debt</a> &mdash; If you continue to live on a college budget and keep your expenses low, you'll be able to put more of your money into paying off student loans. [ReadyForZero]</p> <p><a href="http://ptmoney.com/best-gifts-for-graduates/">6 Gifts That Actually Help to Launch Graduates</a> &mdash; Take the new grad shopping for a well-made, perfectly-fit interview suit. [PT Money]</p> <p><a href="http://www.listenmoneymatters.com/dont-get-off-track-this-summer/">Don&rsquo;t Get Off Track This Summer</a> &mdash; It's easy to sit for hours at a restaurant with outdoor seating, ordering more food and drinks as you socialize, but that gets expensive. Instead, opt for cheap outdoor activities like picnics, street fairs, and movies in the park. [Listen Money Matters]</p> <p><a href="http://www.aspiringmillionaire.com/2015/05/why-spending-more-on-food-now-is-better.html">Why Spending More on Food Now is Better For Your Retirement</a> &mdash; If you don't want to spend all your retirement savings on medical bills during your golden years, then make sure to prioritize your health now. [Aspiring Millionaire]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/8-tips-for-new-dads-in-the-delivery-room">8 Tips for New Dads in the Delivery Room</a> &mdash; Your wife may not be able to answer questions or make decisions during labor. Be ready to field questions and handle any issues that come up. [Parenting Squad]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-online-shopping-hacks-to-beat-retailers">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/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-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/how-to-buy-all-that-stuff-the-police-seize-and-its-cheap">How to Buy All That Stuff the Police Seize. And It&#039;s Cheap.</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-price-match-policies-you-should-be-wary-of">8 Price Match Policies You Should Be Wary Of</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping best money tips online shopping Wed, 20 May 2015 19:00:10 +0000 Amy Lu 1429597 at http://www.wisebread.com Always Buy Airfare on Tuesdays and 7 Other Calendar Shopping Secrets http://www.wisebread.com/always-buy-airfare-on-tuesdays-and-7-other-calendar-shopping-secrets <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/always-buy-airfare-on-tuesdays-and-7-other-calendar-shopping-secrets" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_shopping_000026548068.jpg" alt="Woman using calendar shopping secrets to find good deals" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Ever wonder if there's a rhyme or reason to the retail game? Well, there is, and it often involves knowing <em>when </em>to buy. Reverse your losing streak and start winning by buying these items on certain days of the week.</p> <h2>1. Airfare</h2> <p>It seems like everyone has an opinion about the best time to purchase airfare, but the general consensus seems to be that Tuesdays are you best bet to pick up a ticket for your next jet-setting vacay.</p> <p>&quot;Airlines post sales on Monday evening which make other airlines scramble to match prices on Tuesday morning. By 3 p.m. on Tuesday, the unbelievable deals are gone, but those sales may last for a few more days,&quot; writes My Dollar Plan.</p> <p>ABC News also weighed in on the subject of <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/Lifestyle/best-days-shop-save-electronics-clothing-airfare-groceries/story?id=24515725">cheap airfare</a>, citing CheapOair.com, which said that purchases can save up to $236 on average on Tuesdays &mdash; while Fare Compare is much more specific, claiming that the lowest prices are typically found at 3 p.m. EST on Tuesdays.</p> <p>CNN took a different approach to find out the best average time to <a href="http://money.cnn.com/2015/02/11/pf/best-time-to-buy-airfare/">book your cheapest plane ticket</a>. &quot;CheapAir.com analyzed nearly 5 million trips last year and found the best prices for domestic airfare were booked, on average, 47 days ahead of the departure date. The year before, the sweet spot was 54 days,&quot; it says. Forbes backs up that assessment by generalizing that the <a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/grantmartin/2014/12/09/best-days-to-book-flights-are-tuesdays-50-100-days-before-travel-expedia-study-concludes/">best time to buy airfare</a> is 50 to 100 days before the trip.</p> <h2>2. Electronics</h2> <p>In the market for a new computer? DVD player? Flatscreen TV? Tell the boss you'll be a little late on Monday because you've got some shopping to do.</p> <p>According to the Huffington Post, &quot;Online manufactures and retailers offer cheaper deals for computers, TVs, cameras, video games, and other electronics on Mondays.&quot;</p> <p>Consumer savings expert Andrea Woroch confirmed to ABC News that Mondays are the best time to buy electronics, such as cellphones and tablets, because that's the day manufacturers release rebates and discounts and the retailers pass them on to customers.</p> <h2>3. Jewelry</h2> <p>Lifehacker says that Wednesdays are the best day of the week to buy jewelry, because &quot;...apparently women tend to shop in the middle of the week, so online jewelry prices start dropping on Wednesdays and sales on accessories continue on Thursday.&quot;</p> <p>That statement isn't entirely scientific, of course, but <em>Time</em> magazine substantiates it with research that suggests that jewelry is at it lowest on Wednesdays.</p> <h2>4. Groceries</h2> <p>You might expect Mondays to be the best day to go grocery shopping &mdash; because who wants to go grocery shopping on Monday &mdash; but it's actually Wednesday when you'll score the best deals.</p> <p>DailyFinance says it's more economical to shop mid-week because Wednesday is the day that many supermarkets release new sale ads, but also honor the previous week's sale items. Take advantage of that tidbit and you could walk away with double the savings.</p> <p>On the other hand, however, My Dollar Plan and U.S. News &amp; World Report both claim that Sundays are the day you should do your food shopping because that's when new coupons appear in the newspaper.</p> <p>So who's right?</p> <p>Let's say that nobody's wrong &mdash; both days have their merits &mdash; but Wednesdays take the lead in the &quot;best day to grocery shop&quot; category.</p> <p>Just steer clear of the supermarket on Saturdays, which research shows is the busiest grocery-shopping day of the week.</p> <h2>5. Cars</h2> <p>Many websites agree that Monday is the best day of the week to buy a car.</p> <p>&quot;Coming off of a less than impressive weekend, any sales they can get to temper their unimpressive performance are gladly taken, but sometimes the opposite is true,&quot; explains My Dollar Plan. &quot;If the dealership had a big sale and the results were impressive, they may be more likely to make the same deals to people they met over the weekend. Sort of an icing on the cake as they look at their sales numbers.&quot;</p> <p>But wait &mdash; there's more&hellip;</p> <p>The best month to a buy a new car, according to Fox Business News and ABC News based on data from TrueCar, is August. Reasoning suggests that August buyers benefit from changeovers in model years, which used to come in September and October.</p> <p>And for the absolute, very best day to buy a car, you'll want to&nbsp;<a href="http://www.marketwatch.com/story/the-years-best-day-to-buy-a-car-is-approaching-2013-12-09">shop on New Year's Eve</a>. That's right, you'll have to put your party plans on hold if you want to score serious savings, according to MarketWatch &mdash; though you can still save a bundle anytime between the day after Christmas and Jan. 2.</p> <h2>6. Major Appliances</h2> <p>You've probably noticed a pattern emerging that weekdays are the best days to save on a lot of item, which is just typical isn't it? Who has time to shop Monday to Friday!?</p> <p>Rest assured that major-appliance manufacturers are tapped into your schedule, with Saturday and Sunday being the best days to reduce the cost of washers, dryers, refrigerators, and more.</p> <p>For good measure, Home Depot accepts competitor coupons. You can find an abundance of low-priced Lowe's coupons on eBay (that's how coveted they are; people are selling them online), primarily for 10% of your purchase.</p> <h2>7. Gas</h2> <p>You might think the gas gods are against you &mdash; always raising the price-per-gallon when you feel the pinch the most &mdash; but you might be surprised to learn that the industry is (sort of) in your corner.</p> <p>According to GasBuddy, the best days of the week to <a href="https://blog.gasbuddy.com/posts/GasBuddy-Study-Finds-Best-Day-for-Motorists-to-Fill-Up/1715-562509-2244.aspx">buy the cheapest gasoline</a> are actually on the weekend. Shocker, huh?</p> <p>&quot;Surprisingly, many states see the lowest gasoline prices for the week during the weekend, which may come as a surprise to many motorists,&quot; said Patrick DeHaan, senior petroleum analyst with GasBuddy.</p> <h2>8. Clothing</h2> <p>The early bird gets the worm when it comes to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/101-ways-to-save-money-on-clothes">new clothes</a>, and if you want the pick of the litter, you better show up on Wednesdays or Thursdays.</p> <p>Margie Cader, spokeswoman for Shop It To Me, says that retailers <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/Business/best-days-buy/story?id=23128573#4">add new sale merchandise</a> on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, so if you want to take advantage of new markdowns, Thursday is the ideal time to strike, according to ABC News.</p> <p>Catey Hill, a consumer reporter for MarketWatch, confirms Cader's assessment to Marketplace.</p> <p>&quot;They're hoping people will go shopping on Friday or Saturday, so they <a href="http://www.marketplace.org/topics/your-money/ask-money/best-days-week-shop">release the deals</a> on Wednesday or Thursday in preparation for the weekend. But there are so many avid couponers that are like, 'Oh deal's released, I'm getting this right now!' that by the time Saturday has rolled around the inventory is much more picked through,&quot; she says.</p> <p><em>Do you have insider knowledge on items that are cheaper to buy on certain days of the week? Let us know in the comments below.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/always-buy-airfare-on-tuesdays-and-7-other-calendar-shopping-secrets">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/5-things-you-shouldnt-order-on-amazon">5 Things You Shouldn&#039;t Order on Amazon</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/tips-for-perimeter-perusing-at-target">Tips for Perimeter Perusing at Target</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/10-outlet-shopping-hacks-that-will-save-you-big">10 Outlet Shopping Hacks That 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/for-the-best-deals-of-the-year-shop-labor-day-and-skip-black-friday">For the Best Deals of the Year, Shop Labor Day and Skip Black Friday</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-stupid-shopping-mistakes-even-smart-people-make">10 Stupid Shopping Mistakes Even Smart People Make</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping clearance discounts sales saving money Wed, 20 May 2015 17:00:11 +0000 Mikey Rox 1424425 at http://www.wisebread.com 7 Generic Wellness Buys Better Than the Expensive Originals http://www.wisebread.com/7-generic-wellness-buys-better-than-the-expensive-originals <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-generic-wellness-buys-better-than-the-expensive-originals" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/Woman_sunscreen_000045417138.jpg" alt="Woman buying generic wellness products that are better than originals" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>You don't need to spend a fortune to look and feel your best. Here are seven generic wellness buys that maintain the same high quality and perform as well (or even better) than name brands.</p> <h2>1. Vitamins</h2> <p>Because ingredients in vitamins are regulated by the FDA, there's little reason to choose expensive name brands over generics. What's relevant is the vitamin content and formulation. Compare the percentages of different vitamins and minerals across brands, and choose the best option for you. Often generics are exactly the same as name brands, but they almost always cost less.</p> <h2>2. Over-the-Counter Medications</h2> <p>Like vitamins, over-the-counter medications are also regulated. What you want to compare is the percentage and type of active ingredient. As long as those are the same as your usual name brand, you should get the same results at a lower cost.</p> <h2>3. Spa Day Supplies</h2> <p>Spas are expensive because you're paying a premium for service. But you can often find generics at your neighborhood pharmacy and chain stores with the same ingredients as name brands. And even cheaper still is making your own products, with the added benefit of fewer chemicals or harsh ingredients:</p> <ul> <li>A combination of brown sugar or sea salt with coconut oil and a dash of essential oil (any scent you like), for example, makes a luscious <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-homemade-beauty-treatments-that-actually-work">body scrub</a>.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Half an avocado and one tablespoon of honey creates a deeply moisturizing face mask.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>A quick hair rinse of white vinegar in a squeeze bottle restores shine.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>And a handful of epsom salts with a dash of essential oil makes for a relaxing and detoxifying bath.</li> </ul> <h2>4. Sunscreen</h2> <p>It's important to apply sunscreen every day &mdash; no matter the weather. While the price varies widely across brands, what matters most is making sure your product is PABA-free and has a high level of SPF (experts recommend an SPF of at least 30). Focus on these facts and ignore the brands on the bottles.</p> <h2>5. Veggies</h2> <p>Up your vegetable intake, and you're sure to improve your health. Rather than buying expensive fresh vegetables that have a short shelf life, you can get the same benefits in frozen veggies that are often cheaper and fresher than even the crispest vegetables in the produce section of the grocery store. If you're feeling particularly ambitious (and patient!), you can also buy seeds and grow your own veggies at pennies on the dollar.</p> <h2>6. Personal Care Section at Bed Bath &amp; Beyond</h2> <p>Bed Bath &amp; Beyond carries the Harmon Face Values brand product for just about every personal care item you could want. This line has many of the same active ingredients as the name brands and is cheaper. You'll often see them side by side on the shelf with their name brand competitors and a price comparison sign to show you how much you're saving.</p> <h2>7. Health Food</h2> <p>Several grocery chains have drastically improved their generics in recent years. For example, Whole Foods, Trader Joe's, and Wegmans all have store brands that have intense loyal followings and a wide variety of products. These lines are healthy and less expensive than their name-brand counterparts.</p> <p><em>Which generic wellness buys do you swear by?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/christa-avampato">Christa Avampato</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-generic-wellness-buys-better-than-the-expensive-originals">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-detangling-sprays">The 5 Best Detangling Sprays</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-generic-home-goods-buys-better-than-the-expensive-originals">7 Generic Home Goods Buys Better Than the Expensive Originals</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/4-surprising-places-to-find-deals-on-health-care">4 Surprising Places to Find Deals on Health Care</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/4-easy-steps-to-buying-lingerie-for-your-wife-girlfriend-or-significant-other">4 Easy Steps to Buying Lingerie for Your Wife, Girlfriend, or Significant Other</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty Shopping generic health food personal care vitamins wellness Wed, 20 May 2015 15:00:10 +0000 Christa Avampato 1423466 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Cat Foods http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-cat-foods <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-cat-foods" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_feeding_cat_000049020870.jpg" alt="Woman feeding her cat with the best cat food available" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Your cats deserve the very best food and we can help you find just that. But, what exactly makes a cat food &ldquo;the best?&rdquo; Cat food that is high in protein, low in carbohydrates, and high in antioxidants can help improve your cat&rsquo;s overall health and can even help them drop excess weight. When shopping for cat food, some things to look for in the ingredients are more meat, less grain, and no corn, wheat, soy, meat byproducts, or artificial preservatives, colors, or additives.</p> <h2>What Is Cat Food?</h2> <p>Cat food offers the right combination of a tasty flavor that your cat will love, with the protein and nutrients they need to be healthy and active. With so many varieties of dry food, canned food, frozen food, and food pouches to choose from, you can find the perfect cat food for your picky feline. Options like organic, natural, and grain free cat food are preferable, but not necessarily something your pet needs. If you&rsquo;re still not sure what is right for your pet, your veterinarian can help guide you in the right direction.</p> <h2>Top 5 Cat Foods</h2> <h3>Taste of the Wild Dry Cat Food, Rocky Mountain Feline Formula</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0018CIPS8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B0018CIPS8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=VUAI3JO52ISATP5K"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/taste%20of%20the%20wild.jpg" width="157" height="250" align="right" alt="" /></a>With meat as the main ingredient in <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0018CIPS8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B0018CIPS8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=VUAI3JO52ISATP5K">Taste of the Wild Dry Cat Food</a>, your cat can enjoy a wholesome, protein-filled meal that tastes great. Awarded the best value dry cat food by ConsumerSearch, this high quality, veterinarian-recommended cat food has no corn, soy, or harmful byproducts. The top quality cat food also contains fruits, vegetables, natural antioxidants, and probiotics. The healthy recipe can lead to an improved immune system, better health, increased energy, and can even help an overweight cat reach their ideal size.</p> <p>While it&rsquo;s a bit more expensive than your standard supermarket cat food, most vets and pet owners agree that it is worth the cost to have a healthier, happier cat. Cats in all stages of life also love the roasted venison and smoked salmon flavor. In fact, even picky eaters and cats with sensitive stomachs love this dry cat food.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0018CIPS8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B0018CIPS8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=VUAI3JO52ISATP5K"><em>Currently $13.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Halo, Spot's Stew for Cats</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004HYH8PK/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B004HYH8PK&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=2PYZSRS55MIFQ4H6"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/halo.jpg" width="250" height="131" align="right" alt="" /></a>Many cats prefer wet food like <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004HYH8PK/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B004HYH8PK&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=2PYZSRS55MIFQ4H6">Halo, Spot's Stew for Cats</a>, and your vet may even recommend it if your cat is a picky eater or has a sensitive stomach. This wholesome chicken recipe was awarded the best canned cat food by ConsumerSearch, thanks in part to the flavor cats can&rsquo;t seem to get enough of. Complete with high quality ingredients, like veggies and chunks of butcher-quality meat, this looks more like a stew than cat food. The healthy, grain-free wet cat food has no artificial preservatives, no fillers, no byproducts, and is a lower calorie option than some other premium foods.</p> <p>It is recommended more often than most other canned cat foods and offers a complete and balanced nutrition for cats in all life stages.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004HYH8PK/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B004HYH8PK&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=2PYZSRS55MIFQ4H6"><em>Currently $19.49 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Fancy Feast Gravy Lovers</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005OB3E30/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B005OB3E30&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=PXNSLF7B2E36GVLX"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/fancy%20feast.jpg" width="250" height="221" align="right" alt="" />Fancy Feast Gravy Lovers</a> wet cat food is Amazon&rsquo;s #1 best seller in canned cat food. Your cat will love the array of flavors, and you&rsquo;ll love that they&rsquo;re getting a 100% complete and balanced meal, enriched with vitamins and minerals. Packed with little bits of meat and gravy, these 3-ounce cans of food can be more easily digested by your adult cat or kitten compared to dry food. An average size adult cat requires 1 can per 2-1/2 pounds of body weight daily. Feed up to twice this amount to kittens.</p> <p>This canned food can also be paired with a dry cat food. The overwhelmingly positive reviews state that these cans are a favorite, even for picky cats and cats with sensitive stomachs.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005OB3E30/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B005OB3E30&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=PXNSLF7B2E36GVLX"><em>Currently $12.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Meow Mix Original Choice Dry Cat Food</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000R4CJQ2/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B000R4CJQ2&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=LRTHMGIKPVZPS2UV"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/meow%20mix.jpg" width="168" height="250" align="right" alt="" />Meow Mix Original Choice Dry Cat Food</a> is an affordable option and is Amazon&rsquo;s #1 best seller in dry cat food. It offers 100% complete and balanced nutrition for kittens and adult cats, as well as for pregnant and nursing cats. Along with offering a flavor that most cats love, it also contains essential nutrients and antioxidants to support a long, healthy life. It also contains high quality protein for a lean body and more energy. With flavors of chicken, salmon, ocean fish, and turkey, even picky cats won&rsquo;t get bored with the flavor anytime soon.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000R4CJQ2/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B000R4CJQ2&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=LRTHMGIKPVZPS2UV"><em>Currently $10.79 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Hill's Science Diet Adult Oral Care</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003MWBFMK/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B003MWBFMK&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=76IDTB6HHIB7KLFD"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/hills.jpg" width="150" height="250" align="right" alt="" />Hill&rsquo;s Science Diet</a> is not only veterinarian-recommended, but also U.S. Veterinarians&rsquo; #1 choice to feed their own pets. Impress your vet by improving your pet&rsquo;s oral health with each meal. This dry cat food can help reduce plaque buildup, improve tooth health, freshen your cat&rsquo;s breath, and provide the nutrients they need. Along with helping build a healthy immune system, it can also lead to lean muscle and an ideal body weight. It is also easy to digest and offers complete nutrition, with no artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives.</p> <p>Overwhelmingly positive customer reviews agree that even picky cats love the flavor of this quality cat food. It&rsquo;s also backed by a 100% money-back guarantee for your added peace of mind. Hill&rsquo;s Science Diet also offers a range of dry cat food formulas, such as weight loss, sensitive stomach, hairball control, and mature adult formulas.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003MWBFMK/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B003MWBFMK&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=76IDTB6HHIB7KLFD"><em>Currently $22.39 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best cat foods. 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-cat-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-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/the-5-best-electric-woks">The 5 Best Electric Woks</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-milk-frothers">The 5 Best Milk Frothers</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/no-pulling-dogs-walk-easy-with-the-easy-walk-harness">No Pulling! Dogs Walk Easy With the Easy Walk Harness</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/20-most-useful-pet-food-websites">20 Most Useful Pet Food Websites</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/great-whisky-and-spirit-gifts-for-less-than-25">Great Whisky and Spirit Gifts for Less Than $25</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Shopping cat food pet care pet food pet supplies product reviews Wed, 20 May 2015 09:00:11 +0000 Andrea Cannon 1399608 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: The Worst Things to Buy Online http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-the-worst-things-to-buy-online <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-the-worst-things-to-buy-online" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_online_shopping_000021736587.jpg" alt="Woman shopping and picking worst things to buy online" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some great articles on the worst things to buy online, foods you can grown in your kitchen, and important (but often overlooked) qualities for success.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.kiplinger.com/slideshow/spending/T050-S001-things-you-should-not-buy-online/index.html">9 Worst Things to Buy Online</a> &mdash; It's best to buy things like furniture and home décor in person so you can verify comfort, quality, and color. [Kiplinger]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/10-foods-you-can-grow-in-your-kitchen">10 Foods You Can Grow in Your Kitchen</a> &mdash; Scallions and garlic greens can be grown in a glass of water. It doesn't get much easier than that! [Parenting Squad]</p> <p><a href="http://www.lifehack.org/articles/productivity/10-important-qualities-for-success-that-are-often-overlooked.html">10 Important Qualities For Success That Are Often Overlooked</a> &mdash; Being curious means that you are eager to learn and explore, which help you find success at what you do. [Lifehack.org]</p> <p><a href="http://www.northerncheapskate.com/5-things-you-can-do-to-free-up-some-cash/">5 Things You Can Do To Free Up Some Cash</a> &mdash; Start using your car one less day a week. Instead, walk, ride bike, or car pool with someone else. You'll save on gas and spend less from not be out and about. [Northern Cheapskate]</p> <p><a href="http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/Saving-Money/2015/0510/Six-things-you-don-t-need-to-buy">Six things you don't need to buy</a> &mdash; You don't need to buy extended warranties on electronics. Electronics today are more reliable than we realize &mdash; and your credit card may already extend the manufacturer's warranty.&nbsp;[The Monitor]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Ikea-Facts-36624338">13 Crazy Things You Never Knew About Ikea</a> &mdash; The world's largest Ikea, in Gwangmyeong, South Korea, is bigger than 11 American football fields! [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.creditsesame.com/blog/top-identity-theft-questions-answered/">Top Identity Theft Questions Answered</a> &mdash; A credit freeze prevents identity thieves from opening new accounts under your name; it doesn't hurt your credit at all. [Credit Sesame]</p> <p><a href="http://www.cheapism.com/blog/3581/summer-party-ideas">10 Tips for Hosting a Budget-Friendly Summer Party</a> &mdash; Be ready for mosquitoes, flies, and wasps! Invest in some bug spray, citronella candles, or mosquito-repellent coils &mdash; or make your own! [Cheapism]</p> <p><a href="http://adebtfreestressfreelife.com/how-to-handle-the-competing-demands-of-work-and-family/">How To Handle The Competing Demands of Work and Family</a> &mdash; An easy way to transition away from your &quot;work&quot; state is by changing into comfy clothes as soon as you get home. [A Debt Free Stress Free Life]</p> <p><a href="http://www.marcandangel.com/2015/05/17/9-addictions-90-percent-of-us-struggle-with/">9 Addictions 90% of Us Struggle With</a> &mdash; Most of us are more loving to others than we are to ourselves, but in order to take good care of the people we love, we need to take good care of ourselves first. [Marc and Angel Hack Life]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-the-worst-things-to-buy-online">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/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-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/how-to-buy-all-that-stuff-the-police-seize-and-its-cheap">How to Buy All That Stuff the Police Seize. And It&#039;s Cheap.</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-price-match-policies-you-should-be-wary-of">8 Price Match Policies You Should Be Wary Of</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping best money tips online shopping Tue, 19 May 2015 19:00:09 +0000 Amy Lu 1428337 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Reasons to Stop Buying Gas Station Food http://www.wisebread.com/10-reasons-to-stop-buying-gas-station-food <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-reasons-to-stop-buying-gas-station-food" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/gas_station_000002993597.jpg" alt="Family deciding if they should buy food at a gas station" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>You have a craving for a breakfast burrito and your local gas station sits just a half-block away. Should you turn your wheel and head over?</p> <p>No!</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-cheap-ways-to-save-money-on-gas">Gas station</a> food is often loaded with calories and fat. The prices aren't as cheap as you think. And that gas station convenience store might not be the cleanest place in town. Not convinced? Then check out these 10 reasons why buying food or drinks at your local gas station's convenience store is a big mistake.</p> <h2>1. You're Wasting Money That You're Saving at the Pump</h2> <p>Gas prices are falling. On May 4, a gallon of regular gas cost an average of $2.62 around the country, according to AAA's <a href="http://www.fuelgaugereport.com">Fuel Gauge Report</a>. That's down from an average of $3.67 a gallon during the first week of May last year. Don't waste the money you're not pumping into your car. Skip the snacks and drive away.</p> <h2>2. We're Already Spending Too Much Inside Gas Stations</h2> <p>According to Convenience Store News, &quot;C-stores&quot; recently enjoyed <a href="http://www.csnews.com/industry-news-and-trends/corporate-store-operations/2014-was-historic-sales-year-us-c-store-industry">record in-store sales</a> &mdash; sales of items other than gas, basically. In 2014, in-store sales hit $214.9 billion. Think of how much you spent last year inside your local gas station. Now think of what else you could have done with that money.</p> <h2>3. You'll Start Your Day Off on the Wrong Foot</h2> <p>Say you should only consume from 1,600 to 1,800 calories a day. If you start your day with a chicken and cheese biscuit at your local Speedway, you'll consume 500 calories &mdash; and 29 grams of fat &mdash; for breakfast. If you opt for the sausage, bacon, scrambled egg, and cheese croissant, you'll scarf down 590 calories and 39 grams of fat. And it's all downhill from there.</p> <h2>4. What You Think Is Healthy Might Not Be</h2> <p>You'd think a wrap would be a healthier alternative to a hamburger or hotdog, but this isn't always the case. The chicken pepper jack wrap offered by FiveStar gas stations, for example, contains 764 calories and 37 grams of fat.</p> <h2>5. Getting Creative Can Get You in Trouble</h2> <p>The Sheetz gas station chain offers what it calls a walking taco &mdash; basically a taco in a bag that's easy to eat when you're, well, walking around. You can build your own walking taco at Sheetz, and that's where you can get into trouble. If you're adventurous enough to build a walking taco that includes Doritos, grilled chicken strips, Mexican black beans and rice, and something called boom-boom sauce, you will have created a treat with 760 calories and 38 grams of fat.</p> <h2>6. Coffee Will Kill You</h2> <p>Coffee drinks can be especially hard on your waistline at your local gas station. A medium mocha drink at Sheetz with 2% reduced-fat milk and chocolate mocha sauce clocks in at 660 calories and eight grams of fat. That's a lot of calories to drink.</p> <h2>7. Even Non-Coffee Drinks Can Hurt</h2> <p>A 22-ounce Coca-Cola Classic fountain drink at Speedway comes with 183 calories. That might not seem like a lot, but drink three of these &mdash; which isn't an unusually high number for many &mdash; and you've consumed 549 calories. That's about one third of the 1,800 calories that many people aim for, and those calories don't include a bite of real food.</p> <p>The Slurpee offered by 7-11 comes with about 99 calories for a 12-ounce serving. That might not seem like a lot, either, but Calorie King says that you'd have to walk for 27 minutes or jog for 11 to <a href="http://www.calorieking.com/foods/calories-in-beverages-fanta-slurpee-pina-colada-or-wild-cherry_f-ZmlkPTE5MDk5MQ.html">burn off those 99 calories</a>. And, again, you're not really eating any <em>food </em>for those calories.</p> <h2>8. Gas Station Food Isn't Always That Cheap</h2> <p>You might think you're spending pocket change at the gas station. But consider this example: You can buy a 20-ounce plastic bottle of Diet Pepsi at your local gas station convenience store for as high as $1.89 a bottle. Why not just buy a two-liter bottle of diet pop instead? You can find generic two-liter bottles for as low as 79 cents at some chain grocery stores. (And don't complain about the taste: Close your eyes and you can barely tell the difference between generic diet pop and the big two.)</p> <h2>9. You Don't Know How Long Food Has Been Sitting Out</h2> <p>Ever picked up a candy bar at your local gas station only to find dust on the package? Who knows how long that treat has been sitting on the shelf waiting for someone like you to pick it up? It's true, too, that you don't know how long your food has been sitting around before you order it at a typical fast-food or fast-casual restaurant. The same holds true at your local grocery store. But when there's dust on your Snickers bar? It's time to move on.</p> <h2>10. Gas Stations Aren't Always Clean</h2> <p>Many gas station owners keep their convenience stores clean. Many others, though, do not. Check out the bathroom; if you don't want to be in there, you probably don't want to buy anything to eat from the rest of the store, either. If the inside of the bathroom is gross, it's a safe bet that the inside of the Slurpee machine is gross, too.</p> <p><em>Do you splurge on gas station and convenience store snacks? What's your favorite?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/dan-rafter">Dan Rafter</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-reasons-to-stop-buying-gas-station-food">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/ugggh-hic-i-justss-gotta-eat-somehicthing-my-top-10-homemade-drunk-snacks">Ugggh, (hic) I justss gotta eat some(hic)thing; my top 10 homemade drunk snacks.</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/14-popular-snacks-you-can-make-at-home">14 Popular Snacks You Can Make at Home</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/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-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-5-credit-cards-for-groceries">The 5 Best Credit Cards for Groceries</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/40-rice-cake-topping-ideas">40 Rice Cake Topping Ideas</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Shopping convenience stores Fast Food gas stations snacks Fri, 15 May 2015 15:00:08 +0000 Dan Rafter 1417848 at http://www.wisebread.com 4 "As Seen on TV" Products Actually Worth the Money http://www.wisebread.com/4-as-seen-on-tv-products-actually-worth-the-money <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/4-as-seen-on-tv-products-actually-worth-the-money" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_thumbs_up_000018083430.jpg" alt="Woman buying as seen on TV products that are worth the money" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>My first experience with an &quot;As Seen on TV&quot; products was the mid-'90s <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00DU5ARH8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00DU5ARH8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=ICHNPPOB7BEQERXJ">Miracle Thaw Defrosting Tray</a>. The infomercial claimed you could defrost completely frozen steak and chicken in minutes. When we finally received our Miracle Thaw, we discovered that it was in fact, miraculous &mdash; when we were melting ice cubes. Defrosting meat, not so much.</p> <p>Even today, it can be difficult to separate the works-in-real-life wheat from the infomercial chaff. Here are four &quot;As Seen on TV&quot; <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-home-buys-you-should-never-skimp-on">products that actually work</a> &mdash; and that you can feel comfortable purchasing:</p> <h2>1. The Forearm Forklift</h2> <p>No less an authority than Consumer Reports touts the <a href="http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/magazine-archive/2010/november/home-garden/forearm-forklift/overview/index.htm">utility of the Forearm Forklift</a> &mdash; a product consisting of two adjustable straps that you place underneath heavy furniture and appliances, and then hook over your forearms in order to more easily move heavy objects of up to 700 pounds, according to the claims.</p> <p>The biggest benefit of this &quot;As Seen on TV&quot; wonder is that it allows you to lift and carry large and bulky items without having to hunch over, stretch, or hurt your hands on rough edges. Anyone who has ever had a tough time moving a couch up a flight of stairs can appreciate how much easier it could be to have a product that more evenly distributes the weight of what you are carrying.</p> <p>But while the Forearm Forklift's infomercial claims that the product &quot;employs leverage to make the pieces you carry feel lighter,&quot; the fact of the matter is that it's just a set of straps, and not a superhero cape. If the furniture you are trying to move is too heavy for you, then the Forearm Forklift will not fix that problem.</p> <p>However, for any individual who will be handling his or her own move, owning a <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008ASBLJI/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B008ASBLJI&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=NYKNTMXDXGH24DUA">Forearm Forklift</a> can potentially make your moving day both less painful &mdash; and less damaging to your stuff. At a cost of only about $20 (or the amount U-Haul charges for the rental of a furniture dolly), the Forearm Forklift is a good buy. (Just stick to purchasing it from a traditional retailer. Infomercial websites are notoriously difficult to navigate without buying extra crap you don't want.)</p> <h2>2. The Pasta Boat</h2> <p>Oh, Pasta Boat, where were you when I was in college? This product was made for the dorm-dweller, whose only cooking option is the microwave. The Pasta Boat is a microwaveable plastic bowl that measures, cooks, strains, serves, and stores pasta all in one place.</p> <p>The Pasta Boat chef merely throws her Italian carbohydrate of choice into the boat, fills it with water, and microwaves the whole shebang for approximately 18 minutes. When the timer dings, simply strain the water out using the strainer built right into the lid.</p> <p>But wait! There's more! You can also steam vegetables and potatoes in the Pasta Boat, using the included steamer tray. Also, the handles do double-duty as measuring tools for spaghetti.</p> <p>All that said, this is not a perfect product. Though My Daily Finance reviewer Lisa Kaplan Gordon <a href="http://www.dailyfinance.com/2011/01/06/pasta-boat-review-forget-the-pot-use-the-boat/">gives the Pasta Boat high marks</a>, she does note that it can be easy to scald yourself while removing the cooked pasta from the microwave.</p> <p>Sadly, the Pasta Boat is a little difficult to hunt down these days (its heyday was 2011), but it can be found through <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003XS32OW/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B003XS32OW&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=YGQTALVPBU6QL5N5">third-party sellers on Amazon</a> for about $13.</p> <h2>3. The Ped Egg</h2> <p>At first glance, the Ped Egg seems like nothing more than a cheese grater for the scaly parts of your feet. It claims to gently remove dead skin and callouses from your feet without pain or mess, since the &quot;egg&quot; part of the product is designed to catch the flaky skin detritus you are removing.</p> <p>By all accounts, the pain-free claim is totally borne out. According to the website <a href="http://doesitreallywork.org/ped-egg-review/">Does It Really Work?</a>, &quot;...if you try to use [the Ped Egg] on areas that aren't dry, flaky, and callousy, it doesn't do anything.&quot;</p> <p>However, the product is not as good at containing the mess as it claims to be. Not only does it not catch all of your powdery skin flakes, but it's possible for the Egg to split apart mid-callous removal and rain dead skin all over your floor. So it's a good idea to use your Ped Egg over a towel.</p> <p>Like the Pasta Boat, the Ped Egg is not as widely available as it once was, but you can <a href="http://www.drugstore.com/products/prod.asp?pid=184309&amp;catid=196087&amp;aid=338666&amp;aparam=184309&amp;kpid=184309&amp;CAWELAID=120142990000005159&amp;CAGPSPN=pla&amp;kpid=184309">find it on drugstore.com</a> for $6.99.</p> <h2>4. The Ninja Master Prep Professional</h2> <p>Late-night infomercials have been promising easier slicing and dicing in the kitchen since almost before the invention of television. The Ninja Master Prep Professional is only the latest in the long line of blender/processor/chopper technology, and you can be forgiven for assuming it's just as much a waste of money as the Veg-o-Matic once was.</p> <p>However, Consumer Reports finds that the Ninja Master Prep Professional <a href="http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/video-hub/appliances/kitchen/claim-check-ninja-master-prep-professional/16497315001/1009333799001/">lives up to its claims</a> (although not the ridiculously vague one about ancient Japanese blade-making). It placed second in the Consumer Reports blender test, and first among food choppers.</p> <p>Brian Krepshaw of CNET notes that it also <a href="http://www.cnet.com/news/taking-the-ninja-master-prep-pro-out-for-a-spin/">works well with small ingredients</a> like garlic cloves, as they don't get &quot;lost&quot; under the blade. (As a dedicated home cook, I have to say that I have torn my hair out about that flaw of my food processor on numerous occasions.)</p> <p>In addition, everything but the motor is dishwasher safe.</p> <p>While purchasing a <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004XK4N9C/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B004XK4N9C&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=6SYJF2EPJJ7QFNZE">Ninja Master Prep Professional</a> would probably be superfluous for any cook who already owns a decent blender and food processor (lost garlic notwithstanding), it's a great buy for someone just starting out with no kitchen appliances, particularly considering the fact that it can be found for about $50.</p> <h2>Solving Real Problems</h2> <p>The cliché about infomercials is that they manufacture the problems that their products solve. (For example, we all know that <a href="https://youtu.be/wwROPN3Fir8">milk is not as hard to open</a> as this product claims.)</p> <p>The &quot;As Seen on TV&quot; products that actually stand the test of time really do offer an efficient and elegant solution to a real problem. These four, unlike the Miracle Thaw Defrosting Tray, the Snuggie, or the Milkmaster 2000, actually deliver.</p> <p><em>Do you own any &quot;As Seen on TV&quot; products you'd recommend to others?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/emily-guy-birken">Emily Guy Birken</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-as-seen-on-tv-products-actually-worth-the-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-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/the-9-everyday-products-with-the-biggest-markups">The 9 Everyday Products With the Biggest Markups</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/debit-or-credit-which-one-should-you-choose-at-the-checkout">Debit Or Credit? Which One Should You Choose At The Checkout?</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/cheat-sheet-retail-markup-on-common-items">Cheat Sheet: Retail Markup on Common Items</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-products-that-cost-more-for-women-than-for-men">6 Products That Cost More for Women Than for Men</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Consumer Affairs Shopping as seen on tv infomercials made for tv Fri, 15 May 2015 13:00:08 +0000 Emily Guy Birken 1421633 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Dry Shampoos http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-dry-shampoos <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-dry-shampoos" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_beautiful_hair_000020511074.jpg" alt="Woman with beautiful hair from using best dry shampoo" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Dry shampoo is a quick and convenient solution for your hair, perfect for your home, travel bag, and beauty arsenal. Washing your hair with shampoo everyday can remove your hair&rsquo;s natural oils, resulting in drier, thinner hair. Instead, washing your hair less often (about every 2-4 days) can improve your hair&rsquo;s health and appearance in the short- and long-run. It will save you time and protect your hair by allowing you to achieve a clean feeling, without having to wash your hair.</p> <h2>What Is Dry Shampoo?</h2> <p>Dry shampoo is the perfect solution to refresh your hair between washes. It will allow you to get the clean feeling you love, without the use of water or traditional shampoo. In only one minute, your hair can be cleaned, revived, and refreshed, with just a few spritzes. To use dry shampoo, shake the can well, hold it about 8-10 inches from your dry hair, and spray lightly and evenly over the hair and scalp. Then, use your fingertips to massage the product through your hair. After about one minute, brush your hair out and enjoy instant volume. Dry shampoo can also double over as an instant hair texturizer and lightweight hairspray.</p> <h2>Top 5 Dry Shampoos<strong><strong>&nbsp;</strong></strong></h2> <h3>Batiste Dry Shampoo Original Clean &amp; Classic</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008D5HAHU/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B008D5HAHU&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=HYLTCHQQZJ6FRPSN"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/batiste.jpg" width="68" height="250" align="right" alt="" />Batiste Dry Shampoo</a> is not only a best seller in the US; it was also voted the #1 dry shampoo in the UK. It has a massive following with women, hairstylists, and celebrities alike. It has also topped the list of the best dry shampoos on Amazon, Ulta, Elle Magazine, TotalBeauty.com, and Allure. The instant hair refresher will remove oil, boost volume, and revitalize your hair, without weighing it down.</p> <p>It will also leave it looking and smelling clean and beautiful. The original scent is clean and fresh, and Batiste Dry Shampoo is also available in more sizes, scents, and options than you can count, including varieties for light and dark hair. This dry shampoo has no white residue, applies easily, and works for all hair types and textures.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008D5HAHU/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B008D5HAHU&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=HYLTCHQQZJ6FRPSN"><em>Currently $9.09 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Klorane Gentle Dry Shampoo With Oat Milk</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BVSN3EA/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00BVSN3EA&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=BELPGYOT6GUKARZZ"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/klorane.jpg" width="84" height="250" align="right" alt="" />Klorane Gentle Dry Shampoo</a> is an award-winning dry shampoo that is available in both aerosol and non-aerosol formulas. It is an Allure Best of Beauty Winner and has topped the list of the best dry shampoos for Elle Magazine, TotalBeauty.com, Birchbox, and Cosmopolitan. Even Karl Lagerfeld swears by this cult favorite. These small cans are easy to transport, so they can easily fit in your travel bag or purse.</p> <p>The lightweight formula contains protective oat extract, cyclodextrins, natural polysaccharides, and other highly beneficial ingredients to help clean, nourish, and soften the hair with each use. It also contains corn and rice starch to cleanse the hair, and natural microspheres to remove dirt and odors. It penetrates the hair to absorb dirt and hair products, so once it&rsquo;s brushed out, it will take all impurities with it, leaving you with soft, clean, volumized hair. It has a soft, mild scent and is quick and easy to use everyday on any hair color or type of hair (even fine and oily hair).</p> <p>It is even ideal for people with a sensitive or itchy scalp because it soothes your scalp with every use. It does not leave behind a powdery residue or weight hair down. In fact, it can even add volume and leave you with a just-blow-dried look. While it may be more expensive than a typical drugstore find, reviewers agree that this dry shampoo with oat milk is worth the price considering it is far more effective than any other product on the market.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BVSN3EA/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00BVSN3EA&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=BELPGYOT6GUKARZZ"><em>Currently $26.49 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Oscar Blandi Pronto Dry Shampoo</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000Z65DZG/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B000Z65DZG&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=KXKVMBKNTHQVZ3D3"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/oscarblandi.jpg" width="83" height="250" align="right" alt="" />Oscar Blandi Pronto Dry Shampoo</a> is an award-winning loose powder dry shampoo that cleanses, absorbs oil, removes product build-up, and boosts volume with each use. It will leave your hair smelling just-washed with a soft citrus scent from the lemon verbena. It is easy to use on a daily basis and can make your hair oil-free for days, which made it a top choice for the best dry shampoos for Cosmopolitan, Real Simple, and Elle Magazine.</p> <p>You can direct this exactly where you want to use it on the scalp, which is ideal for anyone who thinks an aerosol spray distributes too much product. Simply use the pointed cap to separate sections of hair, tilt the bottle, and lightly squeeze the powder onto the roots. It will absorb oil quickly with rice and oat starches.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000Z65DZG/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B000Z65DZG&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=KXKVMBKNTHQVZ3D3"><em>Currently $11.00 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Garnier Fructis Volume Extend Instant Bodifier Dry Shampoo for Fine or Flat Hair</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00CZE9YHO/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00CZE9YHO&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=IISJ4UFREATBG7F4"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/garnierfructis.jpg" width="62" height="250" align="right" alt="" />Garnier Fructis</a> offers an affordable dry shampoo that was voted one of the best dry shampoos by PopSugar Magazine, thanks to the root-boosting results. It can be used on all hair types and hair colors, but is especially beneficial for those who have fine or flat hair. It immediately revives and refreshes hair, removes oil, adds texture, imparts shine, and extends volume a full 24 hours. It does not weight hair down and can add bounce and fullness to even the finest hair, which can be difficult to accomplish with a dry shampoo.</p> <p>Reviewers found that their hair both looked and felt cleaner after using this dry shampoo. The orange citrus and grape extracts also impart a strong fruity scent that will cover up any odors.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00CZE9YHO/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00CZE9YHO&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=IISJ4UFREATBG7F4"><em>Currently $4.97 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00Q2Z99Z4/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00Q2Z99Z4&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=R2WUVIC4VE4DTNQQ"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/amika.jpg" width="197" height="250" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00Q2Z99Z4/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00Q2Z99Z4&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=R2WUVIC4VE4DTNQQ">Amika Perk dry shampoo</a> was voted one of the best dry shampoos by Birchbox because it can help improve hair health with each use. The ultra-lightweight, talc-free mist is formulated to clean and refresh hair, absorb excess oil and dirt, add volume, refresh the roots, and shape without buildup. The nutrient-rich dry shampoo contains obliphica (sea buckthorn berry) extract, which is high in antioxidants, vitamins, and healthy fatty acids. This helps repair split ends, impart shine, and strengthen and nourish hair.</p> <p>This also imparts a great scent that helps cover up odors. It is ideal for all hair types, including color treated hair, and does not leave any powdery white residue behind.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00Q2Z99Z4/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00Q2Z99Z4&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=R2WUVIC4VE4DTNQQ"><em>Currently $46.50 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best dry shampoo. 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-dry-shampoos">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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