Shopping http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/1/0 en-US 8 Things That Are Cheaper to Replace Than to Fix http://www.wisebread.com/8-things-that-are-cheaper-to-replace-than-to-fix <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/8-things-that-are-cheaper-to-replace-than-to-fix" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/broken_fridge_902703032.jpg" alt="Finding things that are cheaper to replace than to fix" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Before you hire a handyperson to fix what's broken, consider the cost. The truth is, some things are cheaper to send to the scrap heap and replace with new or refurbished models, than to repair. From wonky TVs to cordless vacuum cleaners (and a few other everyday items), here are eight things you're better off parting with before it becomes a money pit.</p> <h2>1. Most appliances</h2> <p>On average, appliance repair services charge between&nbsp;<a href="https://www.homeadvisor.com/cost/kitchens/repair-an-appliance/" target="_blank">$100 and $250 an hour for labor on major appliances</a>, according to HomeAdvisor, and that's before you factor in the price of parts and other service fees and taxes. Smaller appliances, like microwaves, can be repaired for around $70 an hour (plus the cost of parts), but when you consider the cost of a <a href="http://amzn.to/2Hhh6nI" target="_blank">new microwave</a> &mdash; most decent models of which fall in the $50 to $100 range &mdash; you'd be silly not to just update the broken machine. HouseLogic.com provides a tip on&nbsp;<a href="https://www.houselogic.com/organize-maintain/home-maintenance-tips/when-to-repair-or-replace-large-appliances/" target="_blank">how to decide to repair or replace</a>. It's called the 50-percent rule, and it suggests that if an appliance is more than 50 percent through its life span, and if the cost of one repair is more than 50 percent of the cost of buying new, then you should replace rather than repair.</p> <p>You could, of course, try to DIY the fix, like I did with a dishwasher that stopped draining water efficiently. I went online to research the problem, and I found a helpful YouTube video that walked me through how to remove the parts. Working through it, I discovered a rogue screw in the chopper element of the dishwasher, which was clogging it up. The 20-minute project from start to finish saved me a few hundred dollars.</p> <p>Before you take drastic measures, however, check to make sure the appliance is actually broken. Is it plugged in? Have circuit breakers tripped? Has flooring become uneven? (This can stop some appliances from turning on.) Are the vents and filters clear of lint, dust, and debris? Once you've assessed the situation appropriately, make your next move. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-smart-ways-to-help-your-appliances-retain-their-value?ref=seealso" target="_blank">6 Smart Ways to Help Your Appliances Retain Their Value</a>)</p> <h2>2. Car parts</h2> <p>Across the board, it's almost always cheaper to replace a broken car part than repair it.</p> <p>&quot;Unless you're driving a much older car whose replacement parts are very hard to come by, parts are abundant for modern vehicles,&quot; says Richard Reina, product training director of CARiD.com, an online aftermarket auto retailer. &quot;In addition to being more readily available, new, mass-produced parts tend to cost less than more custom replacement parts of the past. Finally, repairing a broken element of your vehicle, no matter how simple, can come with incredibly high labor costs. It is not cost-efficient to pay a technician $40 an hour or more to spend four hours removing a component and rebuilding it, when the total cost of replacement is less. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-easy-diy-car-repairs-to-save-big?ref=seealso" target="_blank">8 Easy DIY Car Repairs to Save Big</a>)</p> <h2>3. TVs</h2> <p>I never buy the warranty when I get a new television, because reliable brand-name TVs are relatively inexpensive these days, especially when they're on sale. I've never owned a TV that has malfunctioned in any way. That's probably because I tend to upgrade every five years or so (picture quality, sound, and size changes so drastically over that time that I can't help myself), but even if the TV did break somehow and it was out of warranty, I'd just replace it.</p> <h2>4. Coffee machines</h2> <p>At the high end of home or office coffee machines, you're looking at a $200 to $250 investment, but most in-the-middle models cost around $150. However, you can definitely get a perfectly fine coffee machine for around $20, which is why replacement over repair makes sense here.</p> <p>A friend told me a story of her work coffee machine breaking down, and since it was a crucial part of the office, they wanted it fixed ASAP. Initially, they researched if they could fix it themselves, but it became clear how expensive it would be. Since it was out of warranty, they would've had to buy replacement parts to try to fix it. After hopping on eBay and other local suppliers, they noticed that the prices were ridiculously high to buy new parts. There were also no guarantees that the machine would work after buying them. To save time and money, they decided to buy a brand-new coffee machine, which was cheaper than the individual parts collectively, plus it came with a brand-new two-year warranty &mdash; an added value you should always consider when contemplating a repair versus replacement.</p> <h2>5. Cordless vacuum cleaners</h2> <p>ModernCastle.com, a site dedicated to reviewing vacuum cleaners, recently did a test of cordless vacuums that it identified as more expensive to repair than replace. The most common issue is a dying battery, because most of the batteries are lithium ion, which only last two to three years.</p> <p>Editor-in-chief Derek Hales provided a few examples of the research.</p> <p>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2EF4c4G" target="_blank">Shark Pet Perfect 2</a> has a replacement battery that costs as much as a brand-new unit (about $50). The <a href="http://amzn.to/2HgzMUH" target="_blank">Black &amp; Decker V16 Cordless</a> and <a href="http://amzn.to/2CjjuXr" target="_blank">Bissell Pet Hair Cordless</a>, on the other hand, don't have replacement batteries available, forcing you to buy a new model every couple of years. Repair isn't even an option, and that's problematic for an appliance with such a short life span. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/this-is-how-long-these-6-appliances-should-last?ref=seealso" target="_blank">This Is How Long These 6 Appliances Should Last</a>)</p> <p>It's worth noting that some companies that sell battery-operated appliances will replace the battery for free if you reach out to customer service and explain your issue.</p> <h2>6. Clothing</h2> <p>If you have expensive designer pieces, especially handbags or shoes, repair is probably worth the investment, mostly because these accessories have a respectable resale value. Otherwise, the only thing I consider is how much I love a piece, which isn't much since I don't have any attachment to specific items in my closet, and I welcome the chance to buy new ones. For example, I had a few sweaters taken in a few years ago after I lost a bit of weight, and the bill was up there. Almost as much as buying the sweaters brand-new, and I would have if they were available in a smaller size, but they weren't. Everything else, I just toss, donate, or learn to love with its new imperfection. I buy everything on super sale anyway, so repair isn't worth the consideration.</p> <h2>7. Hot water heaters or boilers</h2> <p>Boilers pose a dilemma when it comes to replacing or repairing. It ultimately comes down to what the problem is (which will likely only be solved with a service call) and how badly the unit is affected.</p> <p>Older boilers that haven't had many issues are prime candidates for the scrap yard, especially if they haven't been serviced regularly. Older models also are likely to cost more to repair than their newer counterparts; newer models eventually become the standard to consider, as well as the age and pressure through the years.</p> <p>The initial costs of a repair won't match new installation. But while it may seem cheaper now, additional damages and inefficient running costs should be a consideration for boilers that are more than 10 years old.</p> <h2>8. Gaming consoles</h2> <p>You're more likely to spend more on repairing a PS4 or Xbox One than replacing. Repairs to these systems can take some time, and when you factor in shipping costs (because have you experienced shipping costs lately?), you're probably better off buying a new console altogether.</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/8-things-that-are-cheaper-to-replace-than-to-fix">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/12-better-ways-to-spend-1000-than-on-the-new-iphone">12 Better Ways to Spend $1,000 Than on the New iPhone</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-a-simple-do-not-buy-list-keeps-money-in-your-pocket">How a Simple &quot;Do Not Buy&quot; List Keeps Money in Your Pocket</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-genius-ways-to-stock-up-on-school-supplies">6 Genius Ways to Stock Up on School Supplies</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-home-and-houseware-upgrades-that-prove-youre-finally-a-grownup">11 Home and Houseware Upgrades That Prove You&#039;re Finally a Grownup</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-effortless-ways-to-save-on-back-to-school-shopping">4 Effortless Ways to Save on Back-to-School Shopping</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Home Shopping broken appliance car repair Home repair saving money shopping tips Mon, 19 Feb 2018 09:00:06 +0000 Mikey Rox 2105464 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Memory Foam Mattress Toppers http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-memory-foam-mattress-toppers <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-memory-foam-mattress-toppers" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_stretching_bed_589544914.jpg" alt="Woman waking up on memory foam mattress topper" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If your mattress is starting to feel uncomfortable, or you notice it's dipping or sagging in areas, a memory foam mattress topper may be just what you need to breathe new life into it. Some sleepers immediately enjoy a better night's sleep from the very first night, with less tossing, turning, and distractions from their sleeping partner.</p> <h2>What is a memory foam mattress topper?</h2> <p>A mattress topper can be placed on top of any mattress to add a plush layer. Memory foam is the most popular type of mattress topper because it adds unmatched comfort and support. The material responds to the body's temperature and contours. This allows it to mold to the shape of the body. It can align the spine and relieve pressure points.</p> <p>They are available in all different sizes, thicknesses, and densities. Typically, thicker toppers have a softer feel and denser toppers have more support.</p> <h2>Top 5 memory foam mattress toppers</h2> <h3>DreamFoam Bedding Gel Swirl Memory Foam Topper</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2Etz1Kg" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/dreamfoam.jpg" width="245" height="75" align="right" alt="" /></a>Amazon&rsquo;s Choice for memory foam mattress toppers, the <a href="http://amzn.to/2Etz1Kg" target="_blank">DreamFoam Bedding Gel Swirl Memory Foam Topper</a> is made of soft viscoelastic CertiPUR-certified gel-infused memory foam, which adds a lot of comfort and support to any aging mattress. The 2-inch memory foam mattress topper reduces motion transfer and won't generate or retain a lot of heat.</p> <p>This is available in a range of sizes and backed by a three-year warranty. It is an Amazon best-seller and one of the &quot;Most Wished For&quot; items on Amazon. It's also Consumer Search's top pick and recommended by The Wirecutter and The Sweethome. It also has outstanding online reviews, including more than 3,500 five-star reviews on Amazon.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2Etz1Kg" target="_blank"><em>Currently $69.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Red Nomad Memory Foam Mattress Pad</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2EE6u4a" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/red%20nomad.jpg" width="245" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>Amazon's Choice for bed foam, the <a href="http://amzn.to/2EE6u4a" target="_blank">Red Nomad Memory Foam Mattress Pad</a> is sized 1-inch shorter on all sides to better accommodate fitted sheets. The Cool Cycle Technology offers better ventilation, keeping you cool throughout the night. The soft CertiPUR-US certified premium memory foam topper provides comfort and support, reduces pressure points, and allows you to get a better night's sleep with less tossing and turning.</p> <p>This is available in various sizes and thicknesses. It is recommended by Consumer Search, The Wirecutter, and The Sweethome. It is also backed by more than 3,500 five-star reviews on Amazon and a money-back guarantee.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2EE6u4a" target="_blank"><em>Currently $79.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>LUCID Gel Memory Foam Mattress Topper</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2Ckp7oo" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/lucid.jpg" width="245" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>Amazon&rsquo;s #1 best-seller in mattress toppers, the <a href="http://amzn.to/2Ckp7oo" target="_blank">LUCID Gel Memory Foam Mattress Topper</a> is soft, breathable, and responsive. The plush 3-inch gel memory foam adds pressure-relieving comfort to any mattress. The gel-infused memory foam captures and distributes body heat for temperature control. It also has a ventilated design to improve airflow.</p> <p>This is available in various sizes and thicknesses. It's one of the &quot;Most Wished For&quot; items on Amazon, is frequently recommended online, and is available in various sizes and thicknesses. It is also backed by more than 3,400 five-star reviews on Amazon and a three-year warranty.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2Ckp7oo" target="_blank"><em>Currently $99.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Density Visco Elastic Memory Foam Mattress Pad Bed Topper</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2BXvke7" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/density.jpg" width="245" height="217" align="right" alt="" /></a>Amazon&rsquo;s Choice for memory foam solutions, the <a href="http://amzn.to/2BXvke7" target="_blank">Density Visco Elastic Memory Foam Mattress Pad Bed Topper</a> contours and conforms to your body, adding comfort, support, and pressure point relief to any mattress. The unique temperature sensitive material is firmer when it's cool and softer when it's warm.</p> <p>The PURGreen-Certified memory foam topper is available in various sizes. It's backed by a three-year limited warranty and more than 5,000 five-star reviews on Amazon.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2BXvke7" target="_blank"><em>Currently $177.28 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Best Price Mattress Memory Foam Mattress Topper</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2BWzSBL" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/best%20price.jpg" width="245" height="143" align="right" alt="" /></a>Amazon&rsquo;s #1 best-seller in RV bed pads and an Amazon's Choice item, the <a href="http://amzn.to/2BWzSBL" target="_blank">Best Price Mattress Memory Foam Mattress Topper</a> is perfect for people with a partner that tosses and turns. The responsive active suspension reduces motion transfer and distributes weight evenly to relieve pressure points. The body-conforming 2.5-inch high density foam and 1.5-inch memory foam adds optimal comfort and support to any mattress.</p> <p>The CertiPUR-certified topper includes a mesh zippered cover and is available in various sizes and thicknesses. It's backed by a five-year warranty and more than 1,500 five-star reviews on Amazon.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2BWzSBL" target="_blank"><em>Currently $127.14 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best memory foam mattress toppers. As always, be sure to check <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar" target="_blank">Wise Bread's Buying Calendar</a> to learn when and how to buy just about anything!</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-cannon">Andrea Cannon</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-memory-foam-mattress-toppers">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-robotic-mops">The 5 Best Robotic Mops</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-blackout-curtains">The 5 Best Blackout Curtains</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-reusable-straws">The 5 Best Reusable Straws</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-pet-flea-shampoos">The 5 Best Pet Flea Shampoos</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-pet-wipes">The 5 Best Pet Wipes</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Home Shopping 5 best bed bedding mattress mattress topper memory foam product reviews Thu, 15 Feb 2018 09:00:06 +0000 Andrea Cannon 2104169 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Blackout Curtains http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-blackout-curtains <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-blackout-curtains" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_window_curtains_476110942.jpg" alt="Woman using best blackout curtains" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Blackout curtains can completely transform any room. They can help you sleep better by reducing outside light and noise. They can enhance privacy and even provide insulation to keep the room at the optimal temperature. They can also help protect your furniture and valuable possessions by blocking out harmful sunlight and UV rays. By saving you money on monthly heating and cooling costs, the curtains can pay for themselves in no time.</p> <h2>What are blackout curtains?</h2> <p>Blackout curtains are made of opaque fabrics used to give any room the appearance of darkness by blocking out light. They are available in endless colors, designs, and styles, so you can choose the one that best compliments your home. Typically, darker colors have a better blackout effect.</p> <h2>Top 5 blackout curtains</h2> <h3>Best Home Fashion Thermal Insulated Blackout Curtains</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2CgY25n" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/best%20home.jpg" width="245" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>Amazon&rsquo;s Choice for heat curtains, the <a href="http://amzn.to/2CgY25n" target="_blank">Best Home Fashion Thermal Insulated Blackout Curtains</a> can block light and keep your home warm at the same time. The set of two energy-efficient, machine-washable curtain panels blocks noise, ensures privacy, and doesn't require stiff liners. The curtains have an innovative triple weave fabric construction that blocks out up to 99.9 percent of light, heat, cold, and UV rays. They have two hanging options and are available in various sizes and colors. They are backed by outstanding online reviews, including more than 5,000 five-star reviews on Amazon.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2CgY25n" target="_blank"><em>Currently $24.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>NICETOWN Thermal Insulated Grommet Blackout Curtains</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2HddYcJ" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/nicetown.jpg" width="245" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>Amazon&rsquo;s Choice for blackout curtains, the <a href="http://amzn.to/2HddYcJ" target="_blank">NICETOWN Thermal Insulated Grommet Blackout Curtains</a> block up to 99 percent of outside light and UV rays. The innovative triple weave technology offers privacy, temperature insulation, and noise reduction. The two machine-washable, energy-efficient blackout curtain panels have six grommets and an elegant design. They are also available in various sizes and colors to highlight your decor. They are backed by outstanding online reviews, including more than 3,500 five-star reviews on Amazon.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2HddYcJ" target="_blank"><em>Currently $16.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Deconovo Room Darkening Thermal Insulated Curtains</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2CjcTfI" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/deconovo.jpg" width="245" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>Amazon&rsquo;s #1 best-seller in window treatment panels, the <a href="http://amzn.to/2CjcTfI" target="_blank">Deconovo Room Darkening Thermal Insulated Blackout Curtains</a> can keep your room dark while providing temperature insulation. The machine-washable, energy-saving thermal insulated blackout curtain panel has six silver grommets and an innovative triple-weave fabric construction that can block out light and UV rays, provide additional privacy, and reduce outside noise. It's available in various sizes and colors, and is backed by outstanding online reviews, including more than 3,000 five-star reviews on Amazon.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2CjcTfI" target="_blank"><em>Currently $8.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Utopia Bedding Blackout Room Darkening Curtains</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2Ept693" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/utopia_2.jpg" width="205" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2Ept693" target="_blank">Utopia Bedding Blackout Room Darkening Curtains</a> are energy-efficient and offer thermal insulation. They also block up to 99 percent of light, provide additional privacy, and reduce outside noise by about 60 percent. The set of two machine-washable panels is available in various colors and comes with eight rust-free grommets and two matching tie backs. They're backed by outstanding online reviews, including more than 3,000 five-star reviews on Amazon.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2Ept693" target="_blank"><em>Currently $19.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Eclipse Kendall Thermaback Blackout Single Panel</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2Ch00mh" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/eclipse.jpg" width="245" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2Ch00mh" target="_blank">Eclipse Kendall Thermaback Blackout Single Panel</a> blocks out up to 99.9 percent of outside light, offers maximum privacy, and even reduces noise. The machine-washable blackout panel can also help save energy thanks to the patented Thermaback thermal coating, which insulates heat and cold. The single curtain panel has two hanging options and is available in various sizes and colors. It's backed by outstanding online reviews, including more than 2,000 five-star reviews on Amazon.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2Ch00mh" target="_blank"><em>Currently $6.30 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best blackout curtains. As always, be sure to check <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar" target="_blank">Wise Bread's Buying Calendar</a> to learn when and how to buy just about anything!</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-cannon">Andrea Cannon</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-blackout-curtains">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-5"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-pet-wipes">The 5 Best Pet Wipes</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-paper-napkins">The 5 Best Paper Napkins</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-memory-foam-mattress-toppers">The 5 Best Memory Foam Mattress Toppers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-reusable-straws">The 5 Best Reusable Straws</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-usb-powered-fans">The 5 Best USB-Powered Fans</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Home Shopping 5 best blackout curtains curtains home products product reviews room darkening curtains Wed, 14 Feb 2018 09:01:07 +0000 Andrea Cannon 2103925 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: How to Score Radical Savings on Clothing http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-how-to-score-radical-savings-on-clothing <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-how-to-score-radical-savings-on-clothing" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_clothes_shopping_696526278.jpg" alt="Woman scoring radical savings on clothing" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found articles on the top tips for saving money on clothing, legit ways to lower your student loan payments, and the best plants to grow if you want to save on groceries.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="https://www.moneytalksnews.com/23-tips-for-saving-money-clothing/">23 Top Tips for Radical Savings on Clothing</a> &mdash; Get your basics &mdash; like T-shirts, tank tops, and lounge wear &mdash; from generic brands. You don't need a high-end designer for simple cuts and solid colors. [Money Talks News]</p> <p><a href="https://www.frugalrules.com/lower-your-student-loan-payments/">5 Legit Ways to Lower Your Student Loan Payments</a> &mdash; It can be a challenge to make your monthly student loan payments when you don't land the job you hoped you would right after college, but know that you have options to make it more manageable. [Frugal Rules]</p> <p><a href="https://www.dumblittleman.com/plants-to-have-in-your-garden/">Save Hundreds of Dollars By Growing These 7 Plants</a> &mdash; You can save hundreds of dollars a year on groceries just by growing some fresh produce in a small yard or sunny balcony. These plants offer great value and minimal effort. [Dumb Little Man]</p> <p><a href="https://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/London-Tube-Bus-Tips-43960018">13 Top Tips For Traveling on Public Transport in London</a> &mdash; If you're planning a trip to London, use these tips to ensure you ride the tube, bus, and train like a local. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://lenpenzo.com/blog/id9700-18-fond-financial-facts-you-didnt-know-about-valentines-day-2.html">18 Fond Financial Facts You Didn&rsquo;t Know About Valentine&rsquo;s Day</a> &mdash; The first Valentine&rsquo;s Day chocolate box was introduced in 1868 by Richard Cadbury, the same guy who founded the Cadbury chocolate company. [Len Penzo]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="https://www.csmonitor.com/Environment/2018/0208/Natural-disasters-2017-costliest-year">Natural disasters: 2017 costliest year</a> &mdash; According to the NOAA, 2017 was the most expensive year for natural disasters in the U.S. Some communities are taking steps to mitigate the effects of future disasters. [The Christian Science Monitor]</p> <p><a href="https://www.moneyunder30.com/need-help-with-your-budget-try-a-weekly-budget">Need Help With Your Budget? Try A Weekly Budget</a> &mdash; A weekly budget may work better for you if you find yourself running out of money at the end of every month. [Money Under 30]</p> <p><a href="http://www.getrichslowly.org/2018/02/08/financial-empathy/">Building financial empathy</a> &mdash; Financial empathy will help you better understand your friends, family, and yourself. [Get Rich Slowly]</p> <p><a href="https://everythingfinanceblog.com/23576/reduce-medical-care-costs.html">7 Ways to Reduce Medical Care Costs</a> &mdash; When you need nonemergency medical assistance and your family doctor is closed, opt to go to urgent care or convenience care instead of the ER. [Everything Finance]</p> <p><a href="https://thecollegeinvestor.com/21349/optimize-investments-tax-minimization/">How To Optimize Your Investments For Tax Minimization</a> &mdash; Learn how to decrease the tax burden on your investments. [The College Investor]</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-how-to-score-radical-savings-on-clothing">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/wardrobe-staples-every-man-should-own">Wardrobe Staples Every Man Should Own</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-clothing-steamers">The 5 Best Clothing Steamers</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/50-ways-to-save-money-on-clothing">50 Ways to Update Your Wardrobe for Cheap</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-in-home-dry-cleaning-kits">The 5 Best In-Home Dry Cleaning Kits</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-smart-ways-to-save-on-back-to-school-clothing">5 Smart Ways to Save on Back-to-School Clothing</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping best money tips clothing Mon, 12 Feb 2018 09:30:09 +0000 Amy Lu 2101998 at http://www.wisebread.com 5 Ways to Cash in on Romantic Gifts From Exes http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-to-cash-in-on-romantic-gifts-from-exes <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-ways-to-cash-in-on-romantic-gifts-from-exes" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock-114238193.jpg" alt="make money from old gifts from exes" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Your ex is officially out of your life, but you still have the stuff they gave you. Will you continue to wear the jewelry, or that sweater, or use that gadget? If your answer is no, why not make a little cash instead of letting it collect dust? Ease the pain of your breakup by turning all those love tokens he or she gave you into make-it-all-better money. Check out these ways to cash in on romantic gifts you don't want.</span></p> <h2><span style="font-weight: 400;">1. Visit a jeweler for an offer </span></h2> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Jewelry is a great gift to receive when your eyes are filled with heart emojis for each other, but when things come crashing down, the ring, watch, or necklace is just a shiny reminder of everything that went wrong. If the jewelry is the real deal, however, you should be able to ease your pain with a boost to your bank account after a visit to a jeweler. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">&quot;Ensuring you get the most money for your item is key, so while you get your piece appraised by jewelers or pawnbrokers, it's worth considering the offers they make you,&quot; says Natasha Rachel Smith, personal finance expert at TopCashback.com. &quot;More often than not, local jewelers will offer the best price because they'll see you as a potential customer. Another great option when negotiating with a jeweler is to exchange your used jewelry for store credit if they don't buy used jewelry, which may or may not be ideal for you.&quot; </span></p> <h2><span style="font-weight: 400;">2. Send it to the scrap heap </span></h2> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A quick way to make cash on your precious metal jewelry is to hawk it for its scrap value. This means selling it for the material that will eventually be disassembled and melted down. I did this with a gold ring once. I kept the diamonds and got paid for the gold the store kept. This form of selling your jewelry is easy and convenient. Just find a gold buying store in your area or mail your pieces in (certified mail with insurance is best) for fast cash. The state of the market will determine the value of the material, but you will usually get an immediate offer. (See also: </span><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-sell-gold-without-getting-ripped-off?ref=seealso" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">How to Sell Gold Without Getting Ripped Off</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">)</span></p> <h2><span style="font-weight: 400;">3. Tap into the online community </span></h2> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">There's an abundance of resources online to sell unwanted gifts, from sites like eBay or Amazon, to more focused marketplaces, like&nbsp;</span><a href="https://www.bagborroworsteal.com" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Bag Borrow or Steal</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">, which deals in the buying and selling of designer handbags. (See also: </span><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-i-make-800-on-month-on-ebay-selling-used-clothes?ref=seealso" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">How I Make $800 on Month on eBay Selling Used Clothes</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">)</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">&quot;Using auction websites like eBay or online marketplaces such as Craigslist or&nbsp;</span><a href="https://poshmark.com/" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Poshmark</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> to sell your used or new items can be easy and convenient,&quot; Smith says. &quot;Figure out what type of selling fits your lifestyle. For example, eBay and Poshmark allow you to make transactions all online and shipping is relatively easy. Craigslist opens the door for face-to-face interactions with unfamiliar faces.&quot; </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Still, there are many resources you may not have heard of, like&nbsp;</span><a href="https://gemr.com/landing" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Gemr</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">, for instance. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Gemr is a social-commerce platform for collectors to discover, display, discuss, and buy and sell collectibles. So instead of selling in a marketplace like eBay or Amazon where an item is one of thousands, Gemr offers super-niche, curated selling pages. As a result, even the most custom and unique gifted items can now be turned into cash, like baseball autographs. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Another great resource is&nbsp;</span><a href="https://www.worthy.com" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Worthy.com</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> to sell your diamond ring. Its two-day auction puts a vetted community of professional buyers at your virtual door. </span></p> <h2><span style="font-weight: 400;">4. Post on social media </span></h2> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The ability to connect with people you know can help you sell your items fast. Use Facebook's Craigslist-style Marketplace to sell items to users in your immediate area. I also sometimes just post an item to my personal page. On several occasions, I've had people within my own network interested in what I'm selling, which removes a lot of hesitation and anxiety I get when dealing with strangers, many of whom often flake on the deal, forcing me to start from scratch. Annoying! </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">I've also had a really great experiences with&nbsp;</span><a href="https://us.letgo.com/en" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Letgo</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">, which, similar to Facebook Marketplace, helps connect you with local buyers who will pick the item up from you so you don't have to worry about shipping. </span></p> <h2><span style="font-weight: 400;">5. Sell it to a consignment shop </span></h2> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Chances are you have a consignment shop in your area that would be willing to take your items for resale. You'll take only a fraction of the profit, but at least your items will be in a place with built-in foot traffic. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">If you want to try online consignment,&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.therealreal.com/" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">TheRealReal.com</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> is a great place to consign romantic gifts, especially fine jewelry and designer clothes or handbags. It can be even better than your local jewelry or consignment shops, since people from all over the world will be able to see your items and possibly purchase them. Other popular online consignments shops include&nbsp;</span><a href="https://www.thredup.com/" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">thredUP</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">, dedicated to women's and children's fashion, and&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.tradesy.com" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Tradesy</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">, which specializes in high-end designer fashion and accessories, plus wedding apparel for men and women. (See also: </span><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-to-do-with-your-wedding-dress-after-the-big-day?ref=seealso" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">What to Do With Your Wedding Dress After the Big Day</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">)</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">If you were gifted furniture or artwork you don't want, consider&nbsp;</span><a href="https://www.chairish.com/" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Chairish</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">, which is the perfect place to unload home d├ęcor given from an ex. (Just don't be too hasty; you need a couch.)</span></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/5-ways-to-cash-in-on-romantic-gifts-from-exes">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/15-ways-to-make-money-on-halloween">15 Ways to Make Money on Halloween</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-ways-to-make-money-on-thanksgiving">11 Ways to Make Money on Thanksgiving</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-i-make-800-on-month-on-ebay-selling-used-clothes">How I Make $800 on Month on eBay Selling Used Clothes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-lust-is-keeping-you-poor">6 Ways Lust Is Keeping You Poor</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-relationship-mistakes-everyone-makes">8 Relationship Mistakes Everyone Makes</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Lifestyle Shopping ex-boyfriend love make money romance sell your stuff side hustle valentines day valentines day gifts Fri, 09 Feb 2018 09:00:06 +0000 Mikey Rox 2101407 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Travel Backpacks http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-travel-backpacks <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-travel-backpacks" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_backpack_china_638661356.jpg" alt="Woman wearing best travel backpack" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Travel backpacks are specifically designed to take the stress and frustration out of traveling. They are ideal for business trips, weekend getaways, shopping, and any other time you need a durable multipurpose bag to keep you organized.</p> <h2>What is a travel backpack?</h2> <p>A travel backpack is a bag with shoulder straps that can protect and organize your travel essentials. When shopping for one, you'll want to find something spacious enough to carry all your travel essentials, but lightweight enough to stay out of your way. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-backpacks?ref=seealso" target="_blank">The 5 Best Backpacks</a>)</p> <h2>Top 5 travel backpacks</h2> <h3>Osprey Farpoint 55 Travel Backpack</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2BeONpI" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/osprey_2.jpg" width="156" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2BeONpI" target="_blank">Osprey Farpoint 55 Travel Backpack</a> has all the features you could want in a travel bag. It has dual front compression straps, sleeping pad straps, padded handles, a stowaway mesh back panel, laptop and tablet sleeve, and heat-embossed, scratch-free zippered slash pocket. It also has a zip-off daypack with lockable zip compartment, which detaches from the main bag for added convenience. The versatile, durable bag can handle up to 50 pounds. It has a hip belt, LightWire frame suspension system, and harness system. It's available in various colors, and it's recommended by The Wirecutter and OutdoorGearLab.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2BeONpI" target="_blank"><em>Currently $180.00 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>eBags Professional Weekender</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2EMj1zU" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/ebags_1.jpg" width="207" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>Business Insider found the <a href="http://amzn.to/2EMj1zU" target="_blank">eBags Professional Weekender</a> to be the best travel backpack for work trips. It's TSA recognized and fits neatly in the overhead compartment, so it'll get you through the airport in no time. The design has improved based on customer feedback, and allows you to use the bag as a backpack or soft-sided carry-on. It features a vented air mesh back panel, contoured straps with removable, adjustable shock-load sternum strap, and vertical and horizontal luggage handle pass-thru panels. It&rsquo;s available in three colors and is backed by a limited lifetime warranty.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2EMj1zU" target="_blank"><em>Currently $159.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Outlander Packable Lightweight Travel Hiking Backpack</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2sfZTI6" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/new%20outlander_0.jpg" width="149" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>The roomy <a href="http://amzn.to/2sfZTI6" target="_blank">Outlander Packable Lightweight Travel Hiking Backpack</a> folds up small, into its own zippered inner pocket, to save space. It features nylon webbing, adjustable buckle and bottle holders on the sides, multiple compartments and zippered pockets, and reinforced stress points. It includes a multifunctional carabiner, whistle buckle, and reflector. It's available in a range of colors and made with high-quality water-, weather- and tear-resistant nylon materials. It has nearly 2,500 five-star reviews on Amazon and is backed by a lifetime warranty.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2sfZTI6" target="_blank"><em>Currently $19.23 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>OutdoorMaster Hiking Backpack</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2EQD6Fz" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/outdoormaster_0.jpg" width="190" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>The spacious, durable <a href="http://amzn.to/2EQD6Fz" target="_blank">OutdoorMaster Hiking Backpack</a> is ideal for travel, camping, hiking, and other weekend adventures. The lightweight design has plenty of room for your items, without taking up much space. It has various smart features and pockets, a breathable back panel, cushioned, adjustable, S-curved shoulder straps, foam padded hip belt, YKK zippers, a padded laptop compartment, and various external attachment points. It includes a waterproof rain cover and is available in a number of colors. It has more than 1,000 five-star reviews on Amazon and is backed by a six-month satisfaction guarantee.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2EQD6Fz" target="_blank"><em>Currently $36.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Mancro Business Laptop Backpack</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2BiaFk4" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/mancro.jpg" width="179" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>The sturdy, lightweight <a href="http://amzn.to/2BiaFk4" target="_blank">Mancro Business Laptop Backpack</a> is the perfect travel bag, particularly for business trips. The slim, anti-theft computer bag has a reinforced bottom and top-mount handle, adjustable S-curve padded shoulder straps, various compartments, two side sealed pockets, a soft lined laptop sleeve, USB charging port, and water-resistant fabric. It's available in a number of colors and includes a theft-proof combination lock. It&rsquo;s backed by more than 2,600 five-star reviews on Amazon and a lifetime warranty.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2BiaFk4" target="_blank"><em>Currently $25.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best travel backpacks. As always, be sure to check <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar" target="_blank">Wise Bread's Buying Calendar</a> to learn when and how to buy just about anything!</p> <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-travel-backpacks">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-packable-daypacks">The 5 Best Packable Daypacks</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-backpack-tents">The 5 Best Backpack Tents</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-binoculars">The 5 Best Binoculars</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-instant-tents">The 5 Best Instant Tents</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-travel-adapters">The 5 Best Travel Adapters</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping Travel 5 best accessories backpacks product reviews travel backpacks travel gear Thu, 08 Feb 2018 09:00:08 +0000 Andrea Cannon 2100689 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Instant Tents http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-instant-tents <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-instant-tents" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_camping_tent_610682200.jpg" alt="Woman using instant tent while camping" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>After a long day of fun, the last thing most people want to do is set up a complicated tent. Fortunately, instant tents can provide the solution you've been looking for. They can provide the comfort of a home base and reliable coverage from the wind, sun, bugs, and other outdoor elements, without taking up much space or time.</p> <h2>What is an instant tent?</h2> <p>An instant tent is a portable shelter that sets up quickly, and with very little effort. It&rsquo;s great for everything from hiking and camping to spending a day at the beach or in the backyard. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-beach-tents?ref=seealso" target="_blank">The 5 Best Beach Tents</a>)</p> <h2>Top 5 instant tents</h2> <h3>Coleman Tenaya Lake Fast Pitch Cabin Tent</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2FTto4m" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/coleman_6.jpg" width="245" height="143" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2FTto4m" target="_blank">Coleman Tenaya Lake Fast Pitch Cabin Tent</a> will make it feel like you're living in a two-bedroom home with a closet and windows. It fits two queen air mattresses and features a room divider, storage pockets, and built-in closet with shelves and a hanger bar. It features an E-Port, hinged door, Illumiline reflective guy lines, and a WeatherTec system with patented welded floors and inverted seams to keep you dry. The Fast Pitch design sets up in about nine minutes. It includes a rainfly and wheeled carry bag. It is frequently recommended online and has more than 500 five-star reviews on Amazon.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2FTto4m" target="_blank"><em>Currently $213.94 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>CORE Instant Cabin Tent</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2E8AuFS" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/core.jpg" width="245" height="118" align="right" alt="" /></a>Amazon&rsquo;s Choice for instant tents, the durable <a href="http://amzn.to/2E8AuFS" target="_blank">CORE Instant Cabin Tent</a> sets up in only 60 seconds. It fits two queen air mattresses and has two rooms with a divider and hanging wall storage pockets. It has an adjustable ground vent, sealed seams, rain-resistant door and window seals, and water-repellent fabric. It also features an electrical cord access port, large double doors, and zippered privacy panels on the doors and windows. It's backed by a one-year limited warranty and is available in various sizes and options. It also includes a rain fly, tent stakes, and carry bag.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2E8AuFS" target="_blank"><em>Currently $226.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>OZARK Tent</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2C0bwm4" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/ozark.jpg" width="245" height="128" align="right" alt="" /></a>The spacious <a href="http://amzn.to/2C0bwm4" target="_blank">OZARK Tent</a> has large windows on all sides and includes a room divider. It also comfortably fits two queen air mattresses. It's made of durable fabric, taped factory-sealed seams, and a factory welded 6&quot; tub floor for rain protection. It's frequently recommended online and includes electrical cord access, a rainfly, carry bag, gear loft, and tent stakes.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2C0bwm4" target="_blank"><em>Currently $174.82 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Wnnideo Automatic Instant Pop-Up Tent</h3> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/wnniedo.jpg" width="245" height="169" align="right" alt="" />The durable <a href="http://amzn.to/2GTejRJ" target="_blank">Wnnideo Automatic Instant Pop-Up Tent</a> can be set up in only one minute. It has large arched double doors, multiple mesh windows, and elasticized rain-resistant fabric. The waterproof, lightweight, spacious dome tent has good ventilation, wind resistance, and UV protection. It includes a storage bag and is frequently recommended online.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2GTejRJ" target="_blank"><em>Currently $79.88 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Coleman Instant Screenhouse</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2C1exm3" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/coleman%20instant.jpg" width="245" height="135" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2C1exm3" target="_blank">Coleman Instant Screenhouse</a> is perfect if you're just looking for a quick shelter that can protect you from the sun, wind, bugs, and the elements. It sets up in less than one minute. It's made of Polyguard 2X double-thick fabric with UV Guard 50+ UPF sun protection. The durable hexagon-shaped screened canopy has exclusive push-button release levers to protect your fingers. It also features two large zippered T-doors for easy access in the front and back. It includes a removable screen wall and carry bag, and has more than 500 five-star reviews on Amazon.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2C1exm3" target="_blank"><em>Currently $130.24 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best instant tents. As always, be sure to check <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar" target="_blank">Wise Bread's Buying Calendar</a> to learn when and how to buy just about anything!</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Fthe-5-best-instant-tents&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FThe%25205%2520Best%2520Instant%2520Tents.jpg&amp;description=5%20Tax%20Mistakes%20Freelancers%20Need%20to%20Stop%20Making"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/The%205%20Best%20Instant%20Tents.jpg" alt="The 5 Best Instant Tents" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-cannon">Andrea Cannon</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-instant-tents">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-backpack-tents">The 5 Best Backpack Tents</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-car-camping-tents">The 5 Best Car Camping Tents</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-camping-sleeping-pads">The 5 Best Camping Sleeping Pads</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-beach-tents">The 5 Best Beach Tents</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-travel-backpacks">The 5 Best Travel Backpacks</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping Travel 5 best camping camping gear instant tent pop up tent product reviews tents Wed, 07 Feb 2018 09:00:07 +0000 Andrea Cannon 2100153 at http://www.wisebread.com 5 Travel Splurges That Are Worth Every Penny http://www.wisebread.com/5-travel-splurges-that-are-worth-every-penny <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-travel-splurges-that-are-worth-every-penny" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/tourist_in_paris_visiting_landmark_eiffel_tower.jpg" alt="Tourist in Paris visiting landmark Eiffel tower" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Many people like to splurge on designer clothing, fancy houses, or flashy cars. For me, however, the big indulgence has always been travel, at least since I've been able to afford it.</p> <p>I'm perfectly fine with the fact that my husband and I share a 2009 Prius and that our &quot;fine China&quot; is made up of plastic cups we got for free. Heck, I'm even okay with the fact that half of our furniture came from garage sales. But I'll gladly spend enough cash to pay for the travel experiences we desire, even if it means going without some of life's extras. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-build-your-best-travel-budget?ref=seealso" target="_blank">How to Build Your Best Travel Budget</a>)</p> <p>While we do our best to rack up airline miles and find deals on hotels and condos, we still pay out of pocket for much of the expense. But you know what? Most of the money we spend on travel is more than worth it. And even though I love saving money, there are some travel experiences that I wouldn't dare scrimp on. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-5-travel-reward-credit-cards?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Best Travel Rewards Credit Cards</a>)</p> <p>Saving some cash is great, but not when it takes away from what could be an epic travel experience you'll never forget. Here are five instances when you should go ahead and splurge (within reason, of course). (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-things-you-should-never-skimp-on-when-traveling?ref=seealso" target="_blank">9 Things You Should Never Skimp on When Traveling</a>)</p> <h2>1. Anything that saves your most important asset: time</h2> <p>Most of us who travel have limited time on our hands. Perhaps we have a week at a time to spend abroad, or just a few days in each city we choose. In those cases, it makes sense to pay more to save what we have the least of: time.</p> <p>To save time, you might choose to pay more for a direct flight instead of one with several stopovers. With this strategy, you could avoid hours spent idle in an airport and instead have more time to enjoy your destination. Similarly, maybe you choose to splurge for a high-speed train instead of taking a slow-moving bus. It costs more, but it frees up more time to sightsee and explore new worlds.</p> <p>I know my husband and I almost always book skip-the-line passes for museums and attractions for this very reason. You pay a premium to skip past the winding entry line, but you often save hours each time. Here's why the premium is worth it: Imagine you're visiting the Colosseum and Roman Forum in Rome. You can get skip-the-line entry into both for around $42, or you can pay $14 for a standard ticket. Since the lines can easily last several hours, you're paying $28 per person to buy several hours more of sightseeing time in Rome.</p> <p>Would you pay $28 for a few more hours spent wandering the eternal city? I would, especially if I only had a week to spend in the first place. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-reasons-you-should-splurge-on-experiences-not-things?ref=seealso" target="_blank">4 Reasons You Should Splurge on Experiences, Not Things</a>)</p> <h2>2. A once-in-a-lifetime experience</h2> <p>Bucket list experiences aren't always available, but when you find one, you should take it. Of course, what is considered &quot;bucket list&quot; is entirely different from one person to the next. For some travelers, forking over $100+ to ride a gondola in Venice might be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. For others, a true &quot;bucket list experience&quot; might be scaling Mount Everest or Mount Kilimanjaro &mdash; both time-consuming, expensive, and dangerous endeavors. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/once-in-a-lifetime-experiences-ive-earned-with-credit-card-rewards?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Once-In-A-Lifetime Experiences I've Earned With Credit Card Rewards</a>)</p> <p>My husband and I splurged for a once-in-a-lifetime experience earlier this year when we were in Bora Bora, which was a bucket list trip in itself. While we were content sitting on the deck of our overwater bungalow for days, something inside told me we should sign up for the quintessential Bora Bora excursion and swim with sharks. After all, when would we be in Bora Bora again, if ever?</p> <p>So we did swim with sharks &hellip; and it was absolutely electrifying. It was around $100 per person for the excursion, which was more than I wanted to spend at that point, but it was worth it and I would do it again.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5197/1_0.png" width="605" height="454" alt="" /></p> <h2>3. Experiences that help you learn</h2> <p>Traveling somewhere new can be a learning experience in itself, but there's something to be said for hiring a knowledgeable guide. Whether you're touring the Louvre in Paris, seeing China's Terracotta Warriors for the first time, or wandering Vatican City, it's helpful to have someone around who knows what you're looking at.</p> <p>Unfortunately, hiring a guide can be expensive. Websites like <a href="http://www.toursbylocals.com/" target="_blank">Tours by Locals</a> offer access to local guides in 158 countries around the world, but in some cases, the costs can be staggering. Still, the cost can be worth it if you want a private guide of your own.</p> <p>If you want to save, you can also book a guided group tour through a website like <a href="http://www.viator.com/" target="_blank">Viator.com</a>. Don't forget to check the concierge services or travel portals of your credit card. Group tours are typically less expensive because you have to share your guide with other people who sign up. However, you can still gain the kind of insider knowledge you're after.</p> <h2>4. Anything that makes the &quot;travel&quot; component of your trip easier to handle</h2> <p>Earlier this year, my husband and I took our kids to Spain and France for fall break. Always trying to save a buck, we mapped out our ideal subway route to get from the Madrid airport to our rental condo.</p> <p>What a mistake that was. Having never used the Madrid underground system before, we quickly found ourselves scaling multiple staircases up and down with four giant pieces of luggage. And since we had to change metro lines three times along the way, we had to go up and down, up and down, up and down to the point where our kids &mdash; ages six and eight &mdash; were exhausted and crying. Full disclosure, I was pretty unhappy about it, too.</p> <p>And we did it all for what? To save $50 on a taxi to the hotel? It wasn't even close to worth it. The funny thing is, we are usually more in touch with situations like these where our travel experience could be improved if we weren't so cheap. But we spaced out on this one.</p> <p>The bottom line: Do what you can to save money, but draw the line when saving a little cash will make everyone miserable. Travel is hard enough on its own &mdash; especially if you are bringing kids along. If you can make the process less stressful for a reasonable amount of money, you will thank yourself later. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-money-lessons-i-learned-from-three-weeks-in-europe?ref=seealso" target="_blank">8 Money Lessons I Learned From 3 Weeks in Europe</a>)</p> <h2>5. More space (if you need it)</h2> <p>Whether you're traveling alone, with a partner, in a group, or with your kids, it's easy to settle on a cheap hotel or hostel and justify it by saying you'll never be in your room. While that may be true, I've personally found I'm a lot more comfortable if I have some space to spread out. I've stayed in a hostel with my husband and kids before and it was fine, but some of our best travel experiences have been in places where we've had our own condo and a separate bedroom for the adults.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5197/2.jpg" width="454" height="605" alt="" /></p> <p>For this upcoming summer, I even splurged for a rental villa with a pool on the Amalfi Coast of Italy. It is easily twice the cost of renting an apartment away from the beach, but I want to relax in our own place without having to travel to soak in the beautiful views. To save money, we'll make most of our own meals and do free stuff in the area. It's a trade-off for sure, but it's one I'm willing to make to get the experience we want.</p> <p>Life is short, and the time we get to travel is often fleeting. Most of us get what, 10-20 vacation days per year? Saving money is important, but it's not everything.</p> <p>To get the travel experiences you truly want, sometimes you have to spend some cash. But don't take my word for it. The next time you travel, try splurging on something you've always wanted to do or paying extra to make your trip more convenient. Chances are, you'll have an experience you won't regret.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F5-travel-splurges-that-are-worth-every-penny&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F5%2520Travel%2520Splurges%2520That%2520Are%2520Worth%2520Every%2520Penny.jpg&amp;description=5%20Travel%20Splurges%20That%20Are%20Worth%20Every%20Penny"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/5%20Travel%20Splurges%20That%20Are%20Worth%20Every%20Penny.jpg" alt="5 Travel Splurges That Are Worth Every Penny" width="250" height="374" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/holly-johnson">Holly Johnson</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-travel-splurges-that-are-worth-every-penny">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/8-great-places-to-take-the-family-for-spring-break">8 Great Places to Take the Family for Spring Break</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-ways-to-save-on-a-european-getaway-with-kids">7 Ways to Save on a European Getaway With Kids</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/are-cruise-line-rewards-programs-worth-it">Are Cruise Line Rewards Programs Worth It?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-affordable-destinations-for-people-who-love-to-fish">8 Affordable Destinations for People Who Love to Fish</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-get-to-machu-picchu-and-back-for-30">How to Get to Machu Picchu and Back for $30</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping Travel family vacation keepsakes travel budget travel gifts travel splurges travel tips vacation tips Tue, 06 Feb 2018 09:30:08 +0000 Holly Johnson 2098609 at http://www.wisebread.com 7 Ways Being Single is Better for Your Bank Account http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-being-single-is-better-for-your-bank-account <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-ways-being-single-is-better-for-your-bank-account" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/love_or_money_concept.jpg" alt="Love or money concept" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Valentine's Day is once again fast approaching. People in relationships are saving up to treat their partner to something special. And for those seeking romance, it's a great opportunity to drop a few hints with a card and candy. But for the millions of people who are single, this time of year can really suck.</p> <p>If you fall into the latter category, take heart. You may not be part of a couple, but your bank account will adore you. Here's why.</p> <h2>1. Valentine's Day is a money suck</h2> <p>Romance is big business in America, and retailers will do everything they can to get you opening your wallet. In 2017, USA Today found that Americans spent over $18 billion on the day for lovers.</p> <p>Think about all the good that money could have done; schools, hospitals, care for sick people. Instead, it was spent on overpriced roses, chocolates, teddy bears, jewelry, fancy meals, and lingerie. This equates to the average consumer spending around $137 on February 14, although clearly some people are spending way more.</p> <p>If you're single and like the idea of chocolates and flowers, wait until the day after. They'll be reduced by 50 to 75 percent (or more in some cases) for the exact same products. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-ways-to-spend-less-money-on-valentines-day?ref=seealso" target="_blank">14 Ways to Spend Less Money on Valentine's Day</a>)</p> <h2>2. Your food budget goes a lot further</h2> <p>When you're shopping for two, you spend a lot more than when you're on your own. For a start, the chances of you both loving all the same foods is slim. Speaking from personal experience, I can meal prep the same food that I love for the whole week and eat it every night. It's cheap, it's balanced, and it suits me just fine. In a couple, that was a complete no-go. The same meal every night? No way. That means more ingredients, more recipes, and more money.</p> <p>What's more, dining out as a single person is not as attractive a proposition as dining with a partner, so less is spent on restaurants and other eateries. And when you do eat out alone, you're spending at least half as much. Couples have a tendency to splurge on wine, desserts, and so on. When you're eating alone, you don't want to linger for as long, and that means less time to eat, drink, and spend. Those savings are delicious.</p> <h2>3. Weddings aren't cheap</h2> <p>If you're fretting about the couples around you that are planning to get married, this little statistic should ease the pain considerably: According to The Knot, the average cost of a wedding in the USA in 2016 was a staggering $35,329.</p> <p>That is up $2,688 from 2015, which means you can expect that average to be even higher this year. After the cost of food and wine, renting a venue, a DJ or band, flowers, cake, invitations, photographs, and favors, the average price per guest rose to $245.</p> <p>That's right, you're spending that much for each and every guest you invite. And let's not forget the cost of the wedding dress, the ring, and the expensive honeymoon after the big day. You can easily kick-start married life with over $40,000 in debt. Consider that next time you see a couple walk down the aisle.</p> <h2>4. You have time to focus on your career and your finances</h2> <p>Relationships eat up time. There's just no getting around that fact. Of course, people in happy relationships will point out that it's exactly the reason they're seeing someone; they want to spend time in the company of someone they love, and why wouldn't they? But this has to come with a sacrifice, and usually it's the career and the ability to make money that suffers.</p> <p>The relationship will take a hit if one of you is working late night after night, or canceling plans at the weekend to pitch on new business. Guilt sets in, and instead of devoting time to a higher salary and new opportunities, it becomes the norm to spend free time eating out, going to movies, and taking weekend trips to the mountains or the beach. That means instead of using your free time to earn money, you're using it to spend money. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-ways-to-make-money-from-valentines-day?ref=seealso" target="_blank">13 Ways to Make Money From Valentine's Day</a>)</p> <h2>5. No more spending money on gifts</h2> <p>Aside from Valentine's Day, there are plenty of other dates on the calendar that make you spend money. Birthdays, anniversaries, and major holidays will hit you in the bank account throughout the year. Depending on what your partner is into, these gifts can set you back hundreds (or even thousands) of dollars. Forget the watches, clothes, gadgets, and gift cards, and instead save the money. Or, buy yourself something you've always wanted. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-fun-facts-about-valentines-day-spending?ref=seealso" target="_blank">12 Fun Facts About Valentine's Day Spending</a>)</p> <h2>6. Vacations are cheaper alone</h2> <p>Most couples like to do things the traditional (and expensive) way when they go on vacation. A hotel room, rental car, taxis, shows, restaurants, and bars are usually part of the mix. But when you're single, your options open up considerably, and the cost of your vacation can drop dramatically.</p> <p>For a start, as a single traveler, a site like <a href="https://www.couchsurfing.com/" target="_blank">Couchsurfing</a> can be a huge money-saver, and it's also a great way to meet other people and make new friends. You could also use Airbnb to find a bedroom in a local house that is way cheaper than a hotel room. You don't have to compromise on anything. Eat the food you want. Go where you want. Spend as little as you want. Single travelers have much more freedom, and way more options available. When you have more options, you have more opportunities to save money.</p> <h2>7. Two people means double the debt</h2> <p>The average person with credit card debt owes $5,331 on their cards, according to CreditDonkey. When you become part of a serious relationship, and get married, you combine the debts you owe. That means you are now responsible for twice what you were before.</p> <p>Admittedly, you probably have two salaries (although not every couple has two incomes), but it can become daunting to look at the combined debts you have to pay off. As a single person, your debts are your own. And you can choose to live very frugally to pay off your debts, which can be a lot more difficult to do when your partner doesn't want to eat ramen and eggs four times a week.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F7-ways-being-single-is-better-for-your-bank-account&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F7%2520Ways%2520Being%2520Single%2520is%2520Better%2520for%2520Your%2520Bank%2520Account%2520%25281%2529.jpg&amp;description=7%20Ways%20Being%20Single%20is%20Better%20for%20Your%20Bank%20Account"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/7%20Ways%20Being%20Single%20is%20Better%20for%20Your%20Bank%20Account%20%281%29.jpg" alt="7 Ways Being Single is Better for Your Bank Account" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-being-single-is-better-for-your-bank-account">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/5-excuses-we-need-to-stop-making-about-overspending">5 Excuses We Need to Stop Making About Overspending</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/3-smart-ways-to-save-on-fathers-day">3 Smart Ways to Save on Father&#039;s Day</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/13-financial-gifts-to-give-yourself-this-holiday-season">13 Financial Gifts to Give Yourself This Holiday Season</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-tidy-up-your-finances-before-the-holidays">10 Ways to Tidy Up Your Finances Before the Holidays</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/save-on-christmas-shopping-with-this-clever-gift-card-strategy">Save on Christmas Shopping With This Clever Gift Card Strategy</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Personal Finance Shopping budgeting couples dates food costs gifts Holidays saving money single spending less travel Valentine's Day Tue, 06 Feb 2018 09:30:08 +0000 Paul Michael 2096005 at http://www.wisebread.com What Happens to Your Store Credit Card When the Store Closes? http://www.wisebread.com/what-happens-to-your-store-credit-card-when-the-store-closes <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/what-happens-to-your-store-credit-card-when-the-store-closes" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/radio_shack_store_entrance_facade_with_closing_sale_sign.jpg" alt="Radio Shack store entrance facade with closing sale sign" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The year 2017 won't go down as a banner year for retailers. Big-name companies such as The Limited, Toys R Us, RadioShack, and Gander Mountain all filed for bankruptcy protection last year.</p> <p>With bankruptcy comes the closing of hundreds of stores, and that means the company behind one of your store credit cards could shutter the locations nearest you. That retailer might even go out of business entirely. That leaves two questions: Should you close a store credit card if it's unlikely that you'll ever use the card again? And if a store goes completely out of business, what happens to the credit card it issued you? (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/should-you-sign-up-for-that-store-credit-card?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Should You Sign Up for That Store Credit Card?</a>)</p> <h2>When a retailer goes out of business</h2> <p>Let's tackle this predicament first. When a retailer goes out of business, your credit card account with that merchant will usually be canceled, and will be reported as canceled on your three credit reports (maintained by Experian, Equifax, and TransUnion).</p> <p>What won't go away, though, is the balance on your store credit card. Most store credit cards are not actually owned by the retailers whose names are printed on the front. Instead, they are owned by banks or large credit card companies. When a retailer goes out of business, you must keep making payments on its branded credit card until the debt you accrued is paid off.</p> <p>If you stop making payments, you will damage your credit score. A single late payment of more than 30 days past due could send your score falling by 100 points or more. A missed or late payment also remains on your credit reports for seven years.</p> <p>If a retailer goes out of business, any rewards you've earned on that store credit card will also disappear. If you know that the store behind your credit card is on the verge of shutting its doors, you should redeem those rewards before it's too late.</p> <h2>When a retailer closes its nearest locations</h2> <p>If the store that issued your card isn't going out of business completely, and is instead just closing the brick-and-mortar locations nearest to you, keep in mind that you may still be able to use that store card for online purchases. But if you truly don't think you'll ever use the card again, you might decide that it's pointless to hold onto it and cancel the account.</p> <p>This is the wrong move. Closing a credit account, even one you don't use anymore, will hurt your credit score.</p> <p>You have something called a credit utilization ratio, which accounts for 30 percent of your credit score. This is a measure of how much of your available credit you are using at any given time. The more of your credit that you are using, and the higher this ratio, the lower your credit score will be.</p> <p>Closing a store credit card, even if you no longer use that card, will automatically lower your credit utilization ratio. Say you have three credit cards &mdash; one with a credit limit of $10,000, a second with a credit limit of $5,000, and a store card with a credit limit of $3,000. That gives you $18,000 of available credit. Now, say you owe $7,500 total on these credit cards. Your credit utilization ratio is about 42 percent, or $7,500 divided by $18,000.</p> <p>If you close that store card with a credit limit of $3,000, your available credit instantly falls to $15,000. Even if you don't make any more charges, your credit utilization ratio has automatically increased to 50 percent ($7,500 divided by $15,000).</p> <p>So even though you didn't add to your credit card debt, your credit score could still take a hit if you close that store-branded credit card.</p> <p>Store credit cards are a hassle when a retailer closes stores or goes out of business. But opening a store credit card might not be a smart move in any circumstance. Store cards that can only be used at one retailer aren't flexible. Why not instead open a non-store credit card that comes with a solid rewards program and that you can use anywhere, including at your favorite retailer? Such credit cards are far more useful than single-retailer brands. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-store-card-pitfalls-to-watch-out-for?ref=seealso" target="_blank">5 Store Card Pitfalls to Watch Out For</a>)</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Fwhat-happens-to-your-store-credit-card-when-the-store-closes&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FWhat%2520Happens%2520to%2520Your%2520Store%2520Credit%2520Card%2520When%2520the%2520Store%2520Closes_.jpg&amp;description=What%20Happens%20to%20Your%20Store%20Credit%20Card%20When%20the%20Store%20Closes%3F"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/What%20Happens%20to%20Your%20Store%20Credit%20Card%20When%20the%20Store%20Closes_.jpg" alt="What Happens to Your Store Credit Card When the Store Closes?" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/dan-rafter">Dan Rafter</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-happens-to-your-store-credit-card-when-the-store-closes">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/4-reasons-credit-is-safer-than-debit">4 Reasons Credit Is Safer Than Debit</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-ways-to-save-loads-of-money-using-credit-cards">7 Ways to Save Loads of Money Using Credit Cards</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/11-ways-your-credit-card-will-save-you-money-while-holiday-shopping">11 Ways Your Credit Card Will Save You Money While Holiday Shopping</a></span> </div> </li> <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-millennials-guide-to-avoiding-credit-card-debt">The Millennials Guide to Avoiding Credit Card Debt</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/store-credit-cards-that-dont-suck">Store Credit Cards That Don&#039;t Suck</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Credit Cards Shopping bankruptcy credit score going out of business retailers rewards store credit cards Fri, 02 Feb 2018 09:30:08 +0000 Dan Rafter 2091494 at http://www.wisebread.com 15 Winter Must-Haves to Keep in Your Car http://www.wisebread.com/15-winter-must-haves-to-keep-in-your-car <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/15-winter-must-haves-to-keep-in-your-car" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_scraping_and_cleans_snow_off_car.jpg" alt="Woman scraping and cleans snow off car" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Having your car break down in the winter sucks, but not as much as breaking down and being stranded without the proper supplies. You never know how long you'll be stuck on the side of the road, and without the right tools and survival supplies, you could be in serious danger. Avoid adding insult to injury (hopefully not literally) with these items that you should have in your car when winter weather is a threat to driving safety.</p> <h2>1. Ice scraper</h2> <p>Take it from someone who used to use debit cards to chip away at ice on my windshield, an <a href="http://amzn.to/2DOovJ8" target="_blank">ice scraper</a> is worth the investment &mdash; if only so you don't have to keep calling your bank to request new cards.</p> <h2>2. Jumper cables</h2> <p>You can't go anywhere if your battery is dead, which means you could be stuck for a long time if you're in a secluded area with no cell service or a dead phone. Keep <a href="http://amzn.to/2Gx5HAa" target="_blank">jumper cables</a> in your car (at all times!) to avoid this precarious predicament.</p> <p>Adds CARiD.com's product training director Richard Reina, &quot;Another, lesser-known item that might be helpful during the winter is a battery blanket. Batteries lose their starting power in the cold and these blankets can help extend the life of your battery and help it start during cold conditions.&quot; (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-car-battery-warmers?ref=seealso" target="_blank">The 5 Best Car Battery Warmers</a>)</p> <h2>3. Foldable shovel</h2> <p>You can find relatively inexpensive, <a href="http://amzn.to/2DNIAiQ" target="_blank">foldable snow shovels</a> that can slide under seats and in the trunks of even the smallest cars. These are essential if you encounter an unexpected snowstorm that leaves your car buried.</p> <h2>4. Extra vehicle fluids</h2> <p>Having small amounts of vital vehicle fluids, like de-icing and wiper fluids, will help you avoid the very dangerous situation of running out and therefore not being able to see through your windows properly. Add wintry precipitation into the mix and you have a recipe for disaster.</p> <p>&quot;Many brands of de-icing fluid suggest using a 50/50 mix of fluid and water,&quot; adds Reina. &quot;In the winter, particularly if you live somewhere that gets very cold, you may want to switch to using 100 percent fluid in your vehicle.&quot;</p> <h2>5. Snow salt</h2> <p>Keep a small amount of <a href="http://amzn.to/2DQ6oTj" target="_blank">snow salt</a> in the car to help with traction and melting if you encounter a slippery situation. It could mean the difference between working your car free from the snow and ice or not being to get out until someone arrives to help.</p> <h2>6. Flashlight</h2> <p>A lot of people rely on their phones as a flashlight, but you can't put all your eggs in that basket when it comes to car safety, because the phone could die, and you will need to preserve the battery until help arrives. Instead, keep a battery-operated or crank <a href="http://amzn.to/2rV2kjb" target="_blank">flashlight</a> in your car. It's much more reliable and likely brighter.</p> <h2>7. Blankets</h2> <p>If your car's stuck in the cold winter weather, it may take a while for help to arrive. Blankets, particularly made of wool, will help you stay warm if your car is dead and without heat. I also like to carry those hand-warming packets to put in my gloves and shoes; they help me stay toasty out in the cold, and they'll make you more comfortable if you're stranded. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-save-on-12-winter-essentials?ref=seealso" target="_blank">How to Save on 12 Winter Essentials</a>)</p> <h2>8. First-aid kit</h2> <p>I keep a first-aid kit in my car at all times, because you never know when you'll need a bandage or other quick-fix medical supplies. Exposed cuts and scrapes can get infected quickly, so it's better to be safe than sorry. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-first-aid-kits?ref=seealso" target="_blank">The 5 Best First Aid Kits</a>)</p> <h2>9. Tow Rope</h2> <p>A <a href="http://amzn.to/2DMgN2q" target="_blank">tow rope</a> can get you out of those annoying snow ditches, but you also can help others when they're in the same situations. Sharing is caring.</p> <h2>10. An extra pair of clothes</h2> <p>If you're out in the snow, even for a short amount of time, you're going to get wet. Your shoes and gloves will be affected the most, and your hands and feet are extremities you want to keep the warmest. Keep an extra pair of clothing, including socks and shoes, in your trunk so you can change and warm up promptly. You don't want to run the risk of frostbite or hypothermia.</p> <h2>11. Water</h2> <p>You can live at least three weeks without food, but you'll be in pretty bad shape just a few days after your last sip of water. The upside to winter weather, of course, is that if there's snow on the ground, you can eat it to stay hydrated. Just stay away from the yellow patches.</p> <h2>12. Matches and lighters</h2> <p>I keep lighters and matches in a plastic bag in my car just in case I need to start a fire, whether for warmth or a smoke signal. The adventurer in me kind of looks forward to the opportunity, but not when it's teeth-chattering degrees outside.</p> <h2>13. Whistle</h2> <p>It may be hard for your cries for help to cut through wind and precipitation on a particularly stormy winter day. A whistle will do a much better job of that, and could lead potential rescuers to your location.</p> <h2>14. Gloves</h2> <p>You can't do anything helpful for yourself in the event your car breaks down if your hands are frozen.</p> <p>Winter-preparedness advocate Paul Grattan, a sergeant with the NYPD's Transit Bureau, suggests carrying appropriate <a href="http://amzn.to/2DLAIhN" target="_blank">winter gloves</a> or mittens.</p> <p>&quot;They'll help you during snow removal, towing, minor repairs, or tire changes, and they can help you recover and conserve body heat when you're stranded or returning to your vehicle from the cold. I don't rely on the pair I wear during the winter alone; I always carry an extra pair in the car.&quot;</p> <h2>15. Nonperishable snacks</h2> <p>Yeah, you can survive for a while without food, but you don't have to if you pack a few nonperishable snacks in your vehicle.</p> <p>&quot;Dried foods, such as jerky and fruit, as well as nuts, nut butters, and snack bars are great because they are energy-dense,&quot; says Emily Patterson, safety and security expert at ASecureLife.com. &quot;They can keep you going if you're stuck in a storm or with a mechanical issue &mdash; or even just on a road trip with a significant distance between stops.&quot;</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F15-winter-must-haves-to-keep-in-your-car&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F15%2520Winter%2520Must-Haves%2520to%2520Keep%2520in%2520Your%2520Car.jpg&amp;description=15%20Winter%20Must-Haves%20to%20Keep%20in%20Your%20Car"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/15%20Winter%20Must-Haves%20to%20Keep%20in%20Your%20Car.jpg" alt="15 Winter Must-Haves to Keep in Your Car" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-winter-must-haves-to-keep-in-your-car">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/simplify-your-life-with-these-27-monthly-subscription-services">Simplify Your Life With These 27 Monthly Subscription Services</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/gift-giving-etiquette-to-get-you-through-the-holidays">Gift Giving Etiquette to Get You Through the Holidays</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-master-these-10-shopping-skills-before-you-hit-30">How to Master These 10 Shopping Skills Before You Hit 30</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-things-that-are-cheaper-to-replace-than-to-fix">8 Things That Are Cheaper to Replace Than to Fix</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-to-cash-in-on-romantic-gifts-from-exes">5 Ways to Cash in on Romantic Gifts From Exes</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Lifestyle Shopping car trouble first aid must-haves shopping tips travel must-haves winter winter must-haves Thu, 01 Feb 2018 10:00:06 +0000 Mikey Rox 2097063 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Packable Daypacks http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-packable-daypacks <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-packable-daypacks" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/man_travel_daypack_907961986.jpg" alt="Man wearing daypack while traveling" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>A packable daypack can keep you organized without taking up precious space. This makes it ideal for travel, backpacking, day trips, hiking, and shopping. The options below can provide the extra space you need, whenever and wherever you need it.</p> <h2>What is a packable daypack?</h2> <p>A packable daypack is a small, lightweight bag that can be folded down small, making it the perfect item to throw in your suitcase, car, or bag. When shopping for a daypack, you'll want to find something that can fold down compactly, but expands large enough to fit all your essentials. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-hiking-backpacks?ref=seealso" target="_blank">The 5 Best Hiking Backpacks</a>)</p> <h2>Top 5 packable daypacks</h2> <h3>Eagle Creek Packable Daypack</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2GDajEU" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/eagle%20creek_1.jpg" width="155" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>The roomy, lightweight <a href="http://amzn.to/2GDajEU" target="_blank">Eagle Creek Packable Daypack</a> stuffs into its own zippered pocket. It features durable fabric, color-pop accents, breathable mesh shoulder straps, and a side mesh water bottle pocket. It's available in two colors and is frequently recommended online.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2GDajEU" target="_blank"><em>Currently $31.95 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>AmazonBasics Ultralight Packable Daypack</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2E3EGpf" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/amazon_1.jpg" width="169" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2E3EGpf" target="_blank">AmazonBasics Ultralight Packable Daypack</a> stuffs into its own pocket. The durable, lightweight bag has a sleek design, space-saving compact size, multiple compartments and zippered pockets, two-way zipper, two mesh side pockets, and adjustable breathable straps. It's available in a number of colors and two different sizes.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2E3EGpf" target="_blank"><em>Currently $15.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Osprey Ultralight Stuff Pack</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2Fz15rM" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/osprey_1.jpg" width="179" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2Fz15rM" target="_blank">Osprey Ultralight Stuff Pack</a> folds down into its own carrying case. The lightweight bag has various pockets, dual zippers, stretch mesh side pockets, and air mesh harness. It's available in various colors and is frequently recommended online.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2Fz15rM" target="_blank"><em>Currently $34.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Herschel Supply Co. Packable Daypack</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2FAVy47" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/herschel_0.jpg" width="154" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2FAVy47" target="_blank">Herschel Supply Co. Packable Daypack</a> fits into its own internal pocket. The compact, lightweight bag has helpful features like tear-resistant fabric and adjustable webbing straps. It's frequently recommended online and is available in a range of colors and designs.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2FAVy47" target="_blank"><em>Currently $21.06 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Hikpro Ultra Lightweight Packable Backpack</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2E3b4bH" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/hikpro.jpg" width="153" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>The durable <a href="http://amzn.to/2E3b4bH" target="_blank">Hikpro Ultra Lightweight Packable Backpack</a> folds into its own small pocket. It makes the perfect carry-on bag, so it's ideal for traveling, camping, cycling, hiking, and school. It has two side mesh pockets, various pockets and zippered compartments, two-way zippers, and wide breathable mesh shoulder straps. It has water- and tear-resistant nylon material and reinforced points to ensure it lasts for many years. The roomy bag can be easily adjusted and locked firmly. It's available in various colors, has over 2,000 five-star reviews on Amazon, and is backed by a 30-day satisfaction guarantee.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2E3b4bH" target="_blank"><em>Currently $14.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best packable daypacks. As always, be sure to check <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar" target="_blank">Wise Bread's Buying Calendar</a> to learn when and how to buy just about anything!</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? 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Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-backpack-tents">The 5 Best Backpack Tents</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-travel-backpacks">The 5 Best Travel Backpacks</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-hiking-backpacks">The 5 Best Hiking Backpacks</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-hiking-baby-carriers">The 5 Best Hiking Baby Carriers</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-luxury-pens">The 5 Best Luxury Pens</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Lifestyle Shopping Travel 5 best backpacks daypacks hiking backpacks hiking gear product reviews Thu, 01 Feb 2018 09:00:07 +0000 Andrea Cannon 2097065 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Backpack Tents http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-backpack-tents <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-backpack-tents" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/friends_hiking_backpacks_598801508.jpg" alt="Friends hiking with backpack tents" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you need dependable shelter at a moment's notice, then a backpacking tent can provide what you've been looking for. It offers the safety and reliability you need, with no added weight or frustration.</p> <h2>What are backpacking tents?</h2> <p>Backpacking tents are lightweight tents that can be easily carried in a backpack. They can provide the comfortable sleeping arrangements you need, no matter where your next adventure may take you.</p> <h2>Top 5 backpack tents</h2> <h3>MSR Hubba Hubba NX Lightweight Backpacking Tent</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2BHPBQA" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/msr.jpg" width="245" height="158" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2BHPBQA" target="_blank">MSR Hubba Hubba NX Lightweight Backpacking Tent</a> is the ideal free-standing three-season tent for two people, but is light enough for one person to carry. It's lightweight, sturdy, spacious, well-ventilated, and easy to setup with color-coded clips and a fast-pitch option. It features a rollback rainfly, two large StayDry doors with built-in rain gutters, and includes an ultracompact compression stuff sack. It's recommended by ConsumerSearch, Popular Mechanics, Switchback Travel, and OutdoorGearLab.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2BHPBQA" target="_blank"><em>Currently $399.95 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Coleman Sundome Tent</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2BGHROx" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/sundome.jpg" width="245" height="120" align="right" alt="" /></a>Amazon's #1 best-seller in backpacking tents, the <a href="http://amzn.to/2BGHROx" target="_blank">Coleman Sundome Tent</a> is available in a six-person, four-person, or two-person variety. It's spacious and sets up quickly and easily. It has good ventilation thanks to two large windows and a ground vent. The WeatherTec system patented welded floors and inverted seams can keep you dry. The dome tent features organization pockets, Insta-Clip pole attachments, snag-free, continuous pole sleeves, and a rainfly awning for rain protection. It's available in two different colors and includes a carry bag. It has more than 2,000 five-star reviews on Amazon and is recommended by The Wirecutter and Popular Mechanics. It's also backed by a one-year limited warranty.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2BGHROx" target="_blank"><em>Currently $49.00 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Big Agnes Copper Spur UL 2 Tent</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2GzvyaC" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/big%20agnes.jpg" width="245" height="166" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2GzvyaC" target="_blank">Big Agnes Copper Spur UL 2 Tent</a> is the ideal three-season, free-standing, ultralight backpacking tent. It features a single door, interior mesh pocket, and reflective webbing for nighttime visibility. It has quick setup and great ventilation thanks to a mesh body. This is available in various colors and sizes. It's recommended by various publications, such as OutdoorGearLab. You can't go wrong with a Big Agnes tent, so you may also consider the highly rated <a href="http://amzn.to/2GxaK3r" target="_blank">Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL1 Tent</a>.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2GzvyaC" target="_blank"><em>Currently $379.00 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>ALPS Mountaineering Lynx Tent</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2Fv0xmI" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/alps1.jpg" width="245" height="153" align="right" alt="" /></a>Amazon's Choice for backpacking tents, the lightweight <a href="http://amzn.to/2Fv0xmI" target="_blank">ALPS Mountaineering Lynx Tent</a> resists UV damage and has good ventilation thanks to mesh walls. It features factory sealed seams, durable zippers and poly taffeta floor, storage pockets, stakes, and guy ropes. The free-standing design is spacious, offers easy assembly, and has weatherproofing to keep you dry. It has more than 600 five-star reviews on Amazon and is recommended by OutdoorGearLab. It's also backed by a limited lifetime warranty.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2Fv0xmI" target="_blank"><em>Currently $71.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Kelty Salida 2 Tent</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2GxTXNy" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/kelty_2.jpg" width="245" height="142" align="right" alt="" /></a>The spacious <a href="http://amzn.to/2GxTXNy" target="_blank">Kelty Salida 2 Tent</a> is the ideal three-season, two-person lightweight free-standing tent. It's easy to set up thanks to a hug clip, compact folding poles, side release buckles, gear loft loops, color-coded clip and fly attachment, and center C clip. It has an easy entry D door, internal storage pockets, noiseless zipper pulls, and fully seam-taped construction. It has weather protection and great ventilation thanks to mesh walls. It includes a roll top cube carry bag and is recommended by publications like OutdoorGearLab.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2GxTXNy" target="_blank"><em>Currently $130.18 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best backpacking tents. As always, be sure to check <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar" target="_blank">Wise Bread's Buying Calendar</a> to learn when and how to buy just about anything!</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Fthe-5-best-backpack-tents&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FThe%25205%2520Best%2520Backpack%2520Tents.jpg&amp;description=The%205%20Best%20Backpack%20Tents"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/The%205%20Best%20Backpack%20Tents.jpg" alt="The 5 Best Backpack Tents" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-cannon">Andrea Cannon</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-backpack-tents">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-instant-tents">The 5 Best Instant Tents</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-car-camping-tents">The 5 Best Car Camping Tents</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-packable-daypacks">The 5 Best Packable Daypacks</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-beach-tents">The 5 Best Beach Tents</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-travel-backpacks">The 5 Best Travel Backpacks</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Lifestyle Shopping Travel 5 best backpack tents backpacks camping camping gear product reviews tents Wed, 31 Jan 2018 09:00:08 +0000 Andrea Cannon 2096691 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Hiking Baby Carriers http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-hiking-baby-carriers <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-hiking-baby-carriers" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/man_hiking_baby_618456504.jpg" alt="Man hiking with baby" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Introducing your little one to nature can be one of the best learning experiences your child can have at an early age. In order to hike safely with your baby, a hiking baby carrier can provide comfort, protection, and carrying ease for the parent. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-baby-carriers?ref=seealso" target="_blank">The 5 Best Baby Carriers</a>)</p> <h2>What is a hiking baby carrier?</h2> <p>A hiking baby carrier consists of a backpack-style carrier that allows you to safely hike with your baby in tow. It can keep baby squirming to a minimum and protect your child from movement and the elements. It can usually be worn on the front or the back and comes in a wide range of styles, designs, and options to suit your needs.</p> <h2>Top 5 hiking baby carriers</h2> <h3>Deuter Kid Comfort 2</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2DyWhCl" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/deuter.jpg" width="239" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2DyWhCl" target="_blank">Deuter Kid Comfort 2</a> was developed by a pediatric specialist to ensure your child enjoys the healthiest sitting position possible. It has exceptional ventilation, resulting in 15 percent less perspiration than other body-contour packs. The soft padded five-point safety harness adjusts to your child and offers step-in side access. It has a wide kickstand, two grab handles, storage pockets and compartments, soft chin pad, height-adjustable footrests, and S-shaped shoulder straps to relieve neck strain. The aluminum frame has an ergonomic, padded hip belt and load adjustment straps for easier carrying on your next hike. This is an Amazon best-seller, recommended by The Wirecutter, and available in two colors.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2DyWhCl" target="_blank"><em>Currently $249.00 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Baby Backpack Cross Country Carrier</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2DFgrOM" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/clevr.jpg" width="224" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2DFgrOM" target="_blank">Baby Backpack Cross Country Carrier</a> is ideal for children up to four years old. It features multiple pockets, thick padded shoulder pads and bolsters, and energy-absorbing lumbar padding. The strong, lightweight aluminum frame weighs only five pounds and folds flat. It is easy to adjust and has a retractable canopy to protect your child from the elements. This is available in various colors, is an Amazon best-seller, and is recommended by The Wirecutter.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2DFgrOM" target="_blank"><em>Currently $119.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Osprey POCO AG Plus Child Carrier</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2DwLkAY" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/osprey_0.jpg" width="194" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2DwLkAY" target="_blank">Osprey POCO AG Plus Child Carrier</a> is highly recommended because it offers extra safety features to keep your child snugly in place. It features adjustable, removable stirrups, fit-on-the-fly hip belt, adjustable torso, toy attachment loops, stretch mesh side pockets and shoulder harness, lower zippered compartments, deluxe child cockpit, drool pad, zippered stash pocket, safety leg loops, and dual reinforced grab handles. It also has a built-in sunshade. It can be custom fitted to both the child and adult. The lightweight aluminum frame also features an award-winning antigravity suspension system. This is an Amazon best-seller, one of the &quot;Most Wished For&quot; items on Amazon, a top &quot;Gift Idea&quot; on Amazon, recommended by The Wirecutter, and available in various colors.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2DwLkAY" target="_blank"><em>Currently $290.00 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>phil&amp;teds Parade Lightweight Backpack Carrier</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2Dz95s6" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/phil%20and%20teds.jpg" width="203" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>The compact <a href="http://amzn.to/2Dz95s6" target="_blank">phil&amp;teds Parade Lightweight Backpack Carrier</a> is free-standing, easy to load, and folds flat for storage. It has an active-ergo fit harness system with padded shoulder and hip belts, featuring breathable, molded air-tech mesh panels for cooling and comfort. It features a detachable mini-backpack, adjustable harness, drink bottle storage, streamlined pockets, and strong handle. The compact, lightweight bag carries children up to 40 pounds. This is available in two color options and is backed by a two-year guarantee.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2Dz95s6" target="_blank"><em>Currently $125.09 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Boba 4G Carrier</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2GgAu42" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/boba_0.jpg" width="149" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>If you're looking for something lightweight and compact to take on your hike, then consider the cotton <a href="http://amzn.to/2GgAu42" target="_blank">Boba 4G Carrier</a>. The soft, ergonomic carrier has multiple adjustments to adapt to your baby. It can be used as a front carrier for smaller children or a back carrier for children up to 45 pounds. It features a removable sleeping hood, foot straps, integrated infant insert with two positions, and convenient pockets. The Amazon's Choice product is also an Amazon best-seller and one of the &quot;Most Gifted&quot; items on Amazon. It also has more than 500 five-star reviews on Amazon.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2GgAu42" target="_blank"><em>Currently $99.00 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best hiking baby carriers. As always, be sure to check <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar" target="_blank">Wise Bread's Buying Calendar</a> to learn when and how to buy just about anything!</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? 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It's the perfect item to store in your trunk for last-minute adventures anywhere.</p> <h2>What is a car camping tent?</h2> <p>There are various types of car camping tents available. Some allow you to transform your vehicle into a tent, while others are considered car camping tents because they can be conveniently stored in your vehicle for quick, last-minute tent setups. They can keep you safe and secure so you can stay dry and sleep comfortably, no matter where life takes you.</p> <h2>Top 5 car camping tents</h2> <h3>Eureka Copper Canyon 6 Tent</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2DvjHIG" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/eureka.jpg" width="245" height="178" align="right" alt="" /></a>The roomy <a href="http://amzn.to/2DvjHIG" target="_blank">Eureka Copper Canyon 6 Tent</a> features a full mesh roof and windows on each side for reduced condensation and maximum visibility and ventilation. The cabin-style, straight-walled, six-person family tent offers seven feet of standing room. It has a large D-style door with a half window, organization pockets and loops, removable interior divider, coated polyester fabric, and a zippered access port for a power cable. It's easy to set up and includes all carry bags and stakes. The sturdy, durable tent is also recommended by ConsumerSearch and The Wirecutter.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2DvjHIG" target="_blank"><em>Currently $252.10 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Kelty Grand Mesa 4 Tent</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2DDKiq1" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/kelty_1.jpg" width="245" height="159" align="right" alt="" /></a>The free-standing, lightweight <a href="http://amzn.to/2DDKiq1" target="_blank">Kelty Grand Mesa 4 Tent</a> is easy to set up thanks to compact folding poles and an included roll-top cube carry bag. It has taped seams, an all-mesh design, side release tent/fly connection, fly vent for increased air flow, color-coded clip and fly attachment, multiple storage pockets, gear loft loops, and a hug clip. This is available in two-person or four-person. It's recommended by The Wirecutter and Popular Mechanics.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2DDKiq1" target="_blank"><em>Currently $198.04 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Rightline Gear Full-Size Standard Truck Bed Tent</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2GaNCaN" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/rightline.jpg" width="245" height="134" align="right" alt="" /></a>If you want to turn your truck into a tent for the night, then the <a href="http://amzn.to/2GaNCaN" target="_blank">Rightline Gear Full-Size Standard Truck Bed Tent</a> is perfect for you. Some of the features include a floorless design, protective heavy-duty straps and nylon buckles, water-resistant fabric with tape-sealed seams, color-coded poles and pole pockets, and an included rainfly and stuff sack. It's easy to set up and you can find the perfect size for your vehicle to ensure the right fit. The <a href="http://amzn.to/2GaGdIn" target="_blank">Rightline Gear SUV Tent</a> is another highly recommended option from the trusted brand.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2GaNCaN" target="_blank"><em>Currently $179.95 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Kamp-Rite Oversize Tent Cot</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2F614eB" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/kamp%20rite.jpg" width="245" height="165" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2F614eB" target="_blank">Kamp-Rite Oversize Tent Cot</a> can be used as a lounge, a chair, and a fully framed and enclosed flat cot. The insect-proof tent cot is easy to set up and transport thanks to the carrying bag. The heavy-duty tape sealed rain fly can handle most wet environments. It's comfortable and offers 360-degree airflow. The elevated sleeping platform is suspended 11 inches off the ground to keep you dry and away from critters on the ground. The roomy cot has nylon sides, tie-up mesh doors and windows, durable nylon fabric, and a lightweight, sturdy aluminum frame. It has more than 400 five-star reviews on Amazon and is backed by a one-year warranty against defects.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2F614eB" target="_blank"><em>Currently $169.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Chillbo Cabbins Tent</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2E2AW52" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/chillbo%20cabbins.jpg" width="245" height="174" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2E2AW52" target="_blank">Chillbo Cabbins Tent</a> is the perfect car camping tent because it can also serve as a backpacking tent or dome tent, which is ideal for carrying along on festivals, hikes, and last-minute events. The roomy, lightweight tent comfortably fits two people with their gear. It's easy to set up and dismantle with no tools. It has easy access and great ventilation thanks to two large D-frame doors and two mesh window panels. It is stormproof thanks to a covered entryway, wind responsive frame, sealed seams, and welded flooring. It features internal storage pockets, cross-wound poles, and an included roomy carry bag. It's available in a range of colors and designs, and is backed by a lifetime guarantee.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2E2AW52" target="_blank"><em>Currently $39.95 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best car camping tents. As always, be sure to check <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar" target="_blank">Wise Bread's Buying Calendar</a> to learn when and how to buy just about anything!</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? 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