Shopping http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/1/all en-US 5 Times Buying the Extended Warranty Makes Sense http://www.wisebread.com/5-times-buying-the-extended-warranty-makes-sense <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-times-buying-the-extended-warranty-makes-sense" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock-498187364.jpg" alt="sometimes the extended warranty makes sense" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Every time you make a big-ish purchase &mdash; like a TV, home appliance, or automobile &mdash; you're offered the extended warranty. The extended warranty covers repair beyond the manufacturer's warranty expiration date, usually by a couple years, but it requires an additional fee. Most of us turn down this option on TVs and appliances as these items rarely break down before we're ready to upgrade. But it's wise to consider opting for the extended warranty in certain situations. Take a look at these five times buying the extended warranty actually makes sense.</p> <h2>1. Lawn and Garden Equipment</h2> <p>If you've ever owned lawn equipment &mdash; like a mower or a weed whacker (especially a weed whacker!) &mdash; you know how sensitive these machines can be. After all, they're sucking up dirt, grass, leaves, and all kinds of debris, which not only dulls the parts faster than other machinery, but the debris can become lodged in places it shouldn't be, thus causing the need for repair. Another reason these machines are prone to breaking down after a year or two of use is because they burn combustive fuel &mdash; the process of which degrades the parts over time.</p> <p>Bryan Clayton, CEO of an on-demand lawn service called GreenPal, explains why an extended warranty for these types of products makes economic sense.</p> <p>&quot;When you take a $400 push mower to your local repair shop, the cost to repair it can exceed the cost of buying a new unit. The extended warranty for a new push mower usually runs about 10% to 15% of the cost of the unit, and if you plan on keeping it three to five years, it almost always pays off,&quot; he says. &quot;For instance, the self-propelled drive mechanism of most Honda push mowers will go out after a year and a half to two years of use, and to repair or replace the drive will cost in excess of $300 with parts and labor; an extended warranty will cover you when this occurs.&quot;</p> <p>As is the case with any extended warranty, be sure to keep all paperwork and receipts that pertain to the machinery. You'll get the work done faster without any pushback since you can readily prove it.</p> <h2>2. Cars</h2> <p>Two years ago, I purchased a used 2009 Volkswagen with about 75,000 miles on it. For the first year, everything was fine. This year, however, it seems like anything that could go wrong with this vehicle has gone wrong. Since August, I've had to replace all four tires, the mechanism that opens the driver's side door, the power-steering rack, and the serpentine belt. The car is in the shop every other week for something new it seems, and the repairs have cost me thousands of dollars.</p> <p>Of course, I opted out of the extended warranty when it was offered, because I'm an idiot and I didn't want to spend the extra money. But in hindsight, I should have loosened my wallet. It would have saved me a lot of stress and unexpected expense.</p> <p>Auto sales and leasing consultant Matt Tuers says, &quot;Extended warranties from car dealers are big profit centers, but in many cases these products can save consumers a lot of money. This is especially true as modern vehicles comprise more and more intricate and expensive components and electronics. If you are planning to keep your newly purchased vehicle for longer than is covered by the factory warranty &mdash; in terms of years or mileage &mdash; these extended warranties can pay for themselves.&quot;</p> <p>A typical manufacturer's warranty on a new vehicle covers the first three to four years, so if you plan to unload the car in less than four years, skip the extended option. If you plan to keep it until it decides it doesn't want to take you anywhere anymore, however, splurge for the additional coverage.</p> <p>Purchasing an extended warranty for my vehicle would have only cost a few hundred dollars more, and I'm definitely kicking myself now.</p> <h2>3. Your &quot;New&quot; Used Home</h2> <p>If you're moving into a house with existing appliances, a home warranty may be a good idea to cover what's already there, like refrigerators and water heaters. You don't know what kind of wear and tear the appliances went through before you arrived, and you may not know how old they are or receive any of the previous owner's warranty information. Everything should be up to par at inspection, but you'll feel like a sucker if something goes on the fritz right after you move in. Besides, you have plenty of other expenses when buying a new home. The last thing you need is to replace an appliance you thought was in good working condition.</p> <h2>4. Home Improvement Projects</h2> <p>Last year I had my home re-sided, and the company that completed the work offered a warranty that covered the length of time I plan to stay in this house, so I opted out of any extended coverage. If you're planning any home improvements projects &mdash; like replacing your windows &mdash; anytime soon, however, and you plan to stick around for awhile, you should absolutely inquire about extended or lifetime warranties. These warranties are often built into the cost of the products, which may make them a bit more expensive than their competitors, so do your due diligence when comparing brands and what's offered.</p> <h2>5. Computers and Laptops</h2> <p>For the most part, computers and laptops hold their own. They're reliable devices, but there's a chance you could get one that's just a little off or crashes before you expected it. Case in point: The hard drive of my Mac crashed a few years ago, costing me about $300 in repairs &mdash; and they couldn't recover my lost data! I couldn't afford to purchase a new laptop at that time, so I had to submit to the repairs. But if I had purchased an extended warranty, I could have rested a little easier knowing that I didn't have to pay out of pocket for what seemed to me like a manufacturing defect. If you plan to purchase the extended warranty on a computer, plan to spend about 10% to 20% of the price of the device. Anything higher than that and you're paying too much.</p> <h2>A Note About Extended Warranties on Credit Cards</h2> <p>Most credit cards offer <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-take-advantage-of-free-extended-warranty-from-your-credit-card-issuer?ref=internal">free extended warranties</a> on your purchases. Look at your card agreement or call up your issuer. Find the credit card that offers the best policy on extended warranties (some cards have a lower per-claim maximum dollar amount, or lower threshold for extending the warranty) and use that for your next big ticket item.</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-times-buying-the-extended-warranty-makes-sense">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/10-innovative-but-obscure-sites-that-put-money-in-your-pocket">10 Innovative But Obscure Sites That Put Money In Your Pocket</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-reasons-you-should-start-your-holiday-shopping-now">10 Reasons You Should Start Your Holiday Shopping Now</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-10-best-couponing-apps">The 10 Best Couponing Apps</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-i-saved-3190-with-a-50-hdtv-antenna">How I Saved $3,190 With a $50 HDTV Antenna</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-bluetooth-trackers">The 5 Best Bluetooth Trackers</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping Technology big ticket item expired warranty extended warranty saving money Spending Money Warranty Mon, 23 Jan 2017 10:30:26 +0000 Mikey Rox 1877975 at http://www.wisebread.com The Best Credit Cards to Wipe Out Holiday Debt http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-credit-cards-to-wipe-out-holiday-debt <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-best-credit-cards-to-wipe-out-holiday-debt" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/614640554.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you leaned heavily on credit over the course of the holidays, you&rsquo;re probably not alone. Forbes reported that families added <a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/nickclements/2016/12/27/already-feeling-regret-how-to-deal-with-holiday-credit-card-debt/#1856307e3b0e">$1,073 of credit card debt</a> for gifts, holiday parties, and other seasonal treats.</p> <p>With the new year in full swing, it&rsquo;s time to put debt behind you and start anew. If you&rsquo;re committed to paying off your holiday debt, these credit cards can help. Wait, what?</p> <p>Yes, that&rsquo;s right. Certain credit cards were created to help people pay down debt over time. These balance transfer credit cards offer 0% APR for anywhere from 12 &ndash; 21 months, making it easier to save on interest and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/fastest-way-to-pay-off-10000-in-credit-card-debt?ref=internal">pay off debt faster</a>.</p> <p>If you&rsquo;re struggling with holiday debt and tired of forking over hefty interest payments, a balance transfer card could help. Here are the best cards to solve your holiday debt woes &ndash; once and for all.</p> <h3>Chase Slate&reg;</h3> <p><img width="154" border="0" height="97" style="float:right;margin:0 5px 5px 10px;" class="img-exempt" alt="" src="http://www.imgsynergy.com/191x120/chase-slate-060216.png" /><a style="border:none;float:right;clear:right;margin: 0 5px 5px 10px;" target="_blank" alt="Chase Slate&reg;" title="Chase Slate&reg;" rel="nofollow" href="http://ct.wisebread.com/click.php?pg=248&amp;pid=39&amp;pp=1&amp;uv=xcardbutton"><img alt="" class="img-exempt img-button" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/apply-now.png" /></a>If holiday debt has you down, the <a href="http://ct.wisebread.com/click.php?pg=248&amp;pid=39&amp;pp=1&amp;uv=xname">Chase Slate&reg;</a> might be exactly what you need. You&rsquo;ll get 0% intro APR on purchases and balance transfers for 15 billing cycles. After that, a variable APR of 15.49%-24.24% will apply. That&rsquo;s well over a year to pay down your holiday debt without forking over a dime in interest payments.</p> <p>To sweeten the pot, the Chase Slate&reg; doesn&rsquo;t charge an annual fee. It also comes <strong>with no balance transfer fees for the first 60 days </strong>&ndash; a perk almost unheard of among competing cards.</p> <p>The only caveat here is that <em>your transferred balance cannot come from another Chase product</em>. If your holiday debts are lingering on another Chase credit card, you&rsquo;ll need to consider one of the other balance transfer cards on this list.</p> <p><a href="http://ct.wisebread.com/click.php?pg=248&amp;pid=39&amp;pp=1&amp;uv=xend"><strong>Click here to learn more and apply for the&nbsp;</strong><strong>Chase Slate&reg; card</strong><strong> today!</strong></a></p> <h3>BankAmericard&reg; Credit Card</h3> <p><img width="154" border="0" height="97" style="float:right;margin:0 5px 5px 10px;" class="img-exempt" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/bankamericard-0523.jpg" /><a style="border:none;float:right;clear:right;margin: 0 5px 5px 10px;" target=" rel=" href="http://ct.wisebread.com/click.php?pg=248&amp;pid=107&amp;pp=2&amp;uv=xcardbutton"><img alt="" class="img-exempt img-button" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/apply-now.png" /></a>The <a href="http://ct.wisebread.com/click.php?pg=248&amp;pid=107&amp;pp=2&amp;uv=xname">BankAmericard&reg; Credit Card</a> gives you 0% intro APR on purchases and balance transfers for a full 18 billing cycles. After that, a variable APR of 11.49% - 21.49% will apply.</p> <p>This card also has the advantage of having a low APR, so even if you can&rsquo;t pay off your entire balance, its APR is most likely much lower than the APR on your current card. Keep in mind that this introductory offer only applies to balance transfers made within the first 60 days and that a 3% balance transfer fee ($10 minimum) applies.</p> <p>The BankAmericard&reg; Credit Card comes free of annual fees as well, making it a smart option for paying down holiday bills.</p> <p><a href="http://ct.wisebread.com/click.php?pg=248&amp;pid=107&amp;pp=2&amp;uv=xend"><strong>Click here to learn more and apply for the&nbsp;BankAmericard&reg; Credit Card today!</strong></a></p> <h3>Citi Simplicity&reg; Card - No Late Fees Ever</h3> <p><img width="154" border="0" height="97" style="float:right;margin:0 5px 5px 10px;" class="img-exempt" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/CitiSimplicityCard-0601.jpg" /><a style="border:none;float:right;clear:right;margin: 0 5px 5px 10px;" target=" rel=" href="http://ct.wisebread.com/click.php?pg=248&amp;pid=54&amp;pp=3&amp;uv=xcardbutton"><img alt="" class="img-exempt img-button" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/apply-now.png" /></a>If you need as much time as possible to pay down your debts at 0% APR, look no further than the <a href="http://ct.wisebread.com/click.php?pg=248&amp;pid=54&amp;pp=3&amp;uv=xname">Citi Simplicity&reg; Card - No Late Fees Ever</a> from our partner Citi. With this card, you&rsquo;ll get 0% intro APR on balance transfers made within four months of account opening&nbsp;<em>and purchases</em> for a full 21 months &ndash; that&rsquo;s almost two years! After that, a variable APR of 13.49%-23.49% will apply.</p> <p>A 3% balance transfer fee (minimum $5) applies to transferred balances, but this card does come without an annual fee. As a bonus, it doesn&rsquo;t charge late fees or penalty interest rates for late payments. You&rsquo;ll also score access to exclusive benefits like Citi Price Rewind and EMV chip technology that is compatible with Apple Pay.</p> <p><a href="http://ct.wisebread.com/click.php?pg=248&amp;pid=54&amp;pp=3&amp;uv=xend"><strong>Click here to learn more and apply for the&nbsp;Citi Simplicity&reg; Card - No Late Fees Ever today!</strong></a></p> <h3>BankAmericard Cash Rewards&trade; Credit Card</h3> <p><img width="154" border="0" height="97" style="float:right;margin:0 5px 5px 10px;" class="img-exempt" alt="" src=" http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/BoA_Cash_Rewards-154.jpg" /><a style="border:none;float:right;clear:right;margin: 0 5px 5px 10px;" target="_blank" alt="BankAmericard Cash Rewards&trade; Credit Card" title="BankAmericard Cash Rewards&trade; Credit Card" rel="nofollow" href="http://ct.wisebread.com/click.php?pg=248&amp;pid=106&amp;pp=4&amp;uv=xcardbutton"><img alt="" class="img-exempt img-button" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/apply-now.png" /></a>If you&rsquo;re looking for the right combination of balance transfer offers and rewards, you should also consider the <a href="http://ct.wisebread.com/click.php?pg=248&amp;pid=106&amp;pp=4&amp;uv=xname">BankAmericard Cash Rewards&trade; Credit Card</a>. Once you sign up, you&rsquo;ll get 0% intro APR for purchases and qualified balance transfers made in the first 60 days for a full 12 billing cycles. After that, a variable APR of 13.49% - 23.49% applies. Depending on how much you owe, 12 months could be plenty of time to destroy those holiday bills. A 3% balance transfer fee ($10 minimum) does apply. There is no annual fee.</p> <p>On the rewards side of the equation, the <strong>BankAmericard Cash Rewards&trade; Credit Card</strong> offers a sweet $100 bonus after you use your card for $500 in purchases within the first three months. You&rsquo;ll also get ongoing rewards with 1% cash back on all purchases plus 2% at grocery stores and wholesale clubs and 3% on gas for the first $2,500 in combined grocery/wholesale club/gas purchases each quarter.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://ct.wisebread.com/click.php?pg=248&amp;pid=106&amp;pp=4&amp;uv=xend">Click here to learn more and apply for the&nbsp;BankAmericard Cash Rewards&trade; Credit Card today!</a></strong></p> <h3>Chase Freedom Unlimited℠</h3> <p><img width="154" border="0" height="97" style="float:right;margin:0 5px 5px 10px;" class="img-exempt" alt="" src="http://www.imgsynergy.com/191x120/chase-freedom-unlimited-072116.png" /><a style="border:none;float:right;clear:right;margin: 0 5px 5px 10px;" target=" rel=" href="http://ct.wisebread.com/click.php?pg=248&amp;pid=130&amp;pp=5&amp;uv=xcardbutton"><img alt="" class="img-exempt img-button" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/apply-now.png" /></a>Another card for paying down holiday debt and earning cash back on all your purchases is the&nbsp;<a href="http://ct.wisebread.com/click.php?pg=248&amp;pid=130&amp;pp=5&amp;uv=xname">Chase Freedom Unlimited℠ card</a>. There is a 0% intro APR for 15 months from account opening on purchases and balance transfers. Then, a variable APR of 15.49%-24.24% applies. The balance transfer fee is 5% of the amount of each transfer ($5 minimum). There is no annual fee.</p> <p><span style="font-size: 13px;">This card awards unlimited 1.5% cash back automatically on every purchase you make with the card, which is ideal if you don't like rotating categories or rewards categories that focus on just one or two types of purchases. Also, new cardholders can earn a $150 bonus after you spend $500 on purchases in the first 3 months of opening the account.</span></p> <p><strong><a href="http://ct.wisebread.com/click.php?pg=248&amp;pid=130&amp;pp=5&amp;uv=xend">Click here to learn more and apply for the&nbsp;Chase Freedom Unlimited℠ card today!</a></strong></p> <h2>Using a Balance Transfer Card to Your Advantage</h2> <p>While any one of these cards could make paying down lingering holiday debt a lot less painful, you need to know how to play the game. To get the most out of any balance transfer offer, it&rsquo;s crucial to use your 0% APR introductory offer to its fullest advantage; in other words, you should strive to pay as much debt off as possible while you can. If you don&rsquo;t think you can pay it all off, choose a card with a low APR after the 0% intro rate, so you won&rsquo;t be killed with interest after. You should <em>never</em>, use a card with a balance on it, to get rewards. Interest will obliterate any rewards, every time.</p> <p>Remember, credit cards are in the business of making money. If you fail to meet your card&rsquo;s terms and conditions, don&rsquo;t pay your debt down before your 0% APR offer expires, or use your card to rack up more debt, you may end up worse off than when you started.</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/the-best-credit-cards-to-wipe-out-holiday-debt">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-0-balance-transfer-credit-cards">The 5 Best 0% Balance Transfer Credit Cards</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-best-low-interest-rate-credit-cards">The Best Low Interest Rate 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/the-best-5-credit-cards-for-groceries">The 5 Best Credit Cards for Groceries</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-best-credit-cards-with-no-balance-transfer-fees">5 Best Credit Cards with No Balance Transfer Fees</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-credit-cards-that-offer-free-credit-scores">The 5 Best Credit Cards That Offer Free Credit Scores</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Credit Cards Debt Management Shopping best credit cards holiday debt Fri, 20 Jan 2017 15:38:35 +0000 Holly Johnson 1875970 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Pet Nail Clippers http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-pet-nail-clippers <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-pet-nail-clippers" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/dog_nail_trimmer_506541297.jpg" alt="Dog getting nails trimmed by best nail clipper" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Trimming your pet&rsquo;s nails should be a regular part of the grooming process. Keeping their nails regularly groomed can help prevent pain and injury to your beloved pet. It can also help your pet walk more comfortably and prevent scratches on your floor and furniture. By trimming their nails at an early age, you can accustom your pet to the experience, so they don&rsquo;t squirm as much going forward.</p> <h2>What Are Pet Nail Clippers?</h2> <p>Pet nail clippers are hand tools that allow you to safely trim your pet&rsquo;s nails at home. By taking advantage of safe, professional grooming at home, you can save a lot of money at the groomer.</p> <p>Nail trimmers should be sharp, feel comfortable in your hand, and be the right size for your pet. If you don&rsquo;t have a steady hand or feel nervous that you may cut too deep with nail trimmers, consider one of the grinding grooming tools listed below instead.</p> <h2>Top 5 Pet Nail Clippers</h2> <h3>Safari Professional Nail Trimmer</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2jABffc"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/safari.jpg" width="217" height="220" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2jABffc">Safari Professional Nail Trimmer</a> works just as well for small cats as it does for large dogs. It features locking blades, an adjustable safety stop to prevent injury, and rubber-coated handles for easy, comfortable gripping. The sharp, durable, long-lasting cutting edge is made from the finest quality stainless steel to ensure clean cuts.</p> <p>They work like scissors to make nail trimming and maintenance effortless, even for large, thick nails. It comes in a range of sizes, so you can pick the best one for your pet&rsquo;s size. It is recommended by the American Kennel Club and has outstanding online reviews, including more than 3,100 five-star reviews on Amazon.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2jABffc"><em>Currently $8.69 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Epica Professional Pet Nail Clipper</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2jppRRm"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/epica_0.jpg" width="163" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2jppRRm">#1 Best Professional Pet Nail Clipper from Epica</a> is easy and safe to use. The durable, heavy-duty spring action clippers have rubber coated handles for a comfortable, secure nonslip grip. It also has a safety edge to prevent over-cutting and a standard safety lock for safe storage. The top quality rugged stainless steel, tempered shears offer long-lasting sharpness and won't bend, scratch, or rust. It offers precise, even cutting with no jagged edges or splintering.</p> <p>They work like scissors to make nail trimming and maintenance effortless, even for large, thick nails. It comes in two different sizes, so you can pick the best one for your pet&rsquo;s size. It is recommended by the American Kennel Club and has outstanding online reviews, including more than 2,100 five-star reviews on Amazon. It is also backed by a 100% lifetime warranty for your added peace of mind.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2jppRRm"><em>Currently $9.50 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Dremel Pet Nail Grooming Tool</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2iL6ccr"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/dremel.jpg" width="171" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>Amazon&rsquo;s #1 best-seller in dog claw care, the <a href="http://amzn.to/2iL6ccr">Dremel Pet Nail Grooming Tool</a> is the perfect solution if you want an alternative to clipping your dog&rsquo;s or cat&rsquo;s nails. The rotary tool offers light duty performance to gently grind away long nails quickly, safely, and painlessly. Two rotation speeds allow you to customize it to your pet&rsquo;s comfort level. It offers cordless operation using a rechargeable and removable battery pack for optimum control.</p> <p>It may take some time for your pet to get used to the vibrating sensation of this device. The grinding process also takes a bit longer than the clipping process, but it helps ensure that you never clip too far down. This is recommended by the American Kennel Club and has outstanding online reviews, including nearly 2,000 five-star reviews on Amazon. It is also backed by a two-year warranty for your added peace of mind.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2iL6ccr"><em>Currently $24.23 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Boshel Dog Nail Clippers</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2iKZe7g"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/boshel.jpg" width="220" height="220" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2iKZe7g">Dog Nail Clippers and Trimmer By Boshel</a> works well for both dogs and cats. The protective safety guard and heavy-duty, sharp stainless steel cutting edge allow you to trim your pet&rsquo;s nails cleanly and quickly. The ergonomic design and comfortable nonslip handles allow you to apply the perfect amount of force, without fear of accidentally slipping and hurting your pet during grooming. There is also an integrated safety stop blade, which serves as a quick sensor to prevent over-cutting the nails. It also comes with a free nail file, which stores compactly in the handle of the clipper, to ensure there are no jagged edges.</p> <p>This works like scissors to make nail trimming and maintenance effortless, even for large, thick nails. The blade will stay sharp for years to provide you with the best value possible. It is recommended by the American Kennel Club, as well as by countless animal trainers, veterinarians, and professional pet groomers. It also has outstanding online reviews, including more than 900 five-star reviews on Amazon.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2iKZe7g"><em>Currently $12.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Pedi Paws Dog Nail Grinder by BulbHead</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2iL0qYr"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/pedi%20paws.jpg" width="220" height="220" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2iL0qYr">Pedi Paws Dog Nail Grinder by BulbHead</a> is an As Seen On TV item that actually works. The precision emery filing wheel gently removes thin layers of the nail, so it won&rsquo;t cut sensitive nerves like nail clippers can. The unique protective cap allows only the perfect amount of nail to be removed and traps clipped filings so there is no mess. The quiet cordless trimmer is fast, easy, gentle to use, and won&rsquo;t crack, splinter, or break your pet&rsquo;s nails.</p> <p>This is ideal for calm cats and dogs as the buzzing sound can scare pets. It may take some time for your pet to get used to the vibrating sensation of this device. The grinding process also takes a bit longer than the clipping process, but it helps ensure that you never clip too far down. The battery-powered grinder is recommended by Consumer Search and the American Kennel Club.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2iL0qYr"><em>Currently $25.35 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best pet nail clippers. As always, be sure to check <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar">Wise Bread's Buying Calendar</a> to learn when and how to buy just about anything!</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-cannon">Andrea Cannon</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-pet-nail-clippers">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-smart-water-bottles">The 5 Best Smart Water Bottles</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-pet-flea-shampoos">The 5 Best Pet Flea Shampoos</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-emergency-kits">The 5 Best Emergency Kits</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-pet-collars">The 5 Best Pet Collars</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-toilet-papers">The 5 Best Toilet Papers</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Family Health and Beauty Shopping 5 best nail clipper nail trim nail trimmer pet nail clipper product reviews shopping Thu, 19 Jan 2017 10:00:11 +0000 Andrea Cannon 1876852 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Bluetooth Trackers http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-bluetooth-trackers <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-bluetooth-trackers" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_happy_phone_506889560.jpg" alt="Woman using best bluetooth trackers" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you tend to lose things (like your keys, phone, or wallet), then you need a Bluetooth tracker. It can help you find lost or misplaced items using your Bluetooth connection. These tracking devices can quickly find your lost belongings, so you can get out the door more quickly.</p> <p>You can attach a tracker to your bike, electronics, keys, and anything else you tend to lose. You can even leave a tracker in your car, so you can always find your parking space when you&rsquo;re shopping or using street parking.</p> <h2>What Is a Bluetooth Tracker?</h2> <p>A Bluetooth tracker is a small gadget that you can attach to important items that you&rsquo;re worried about losing. Once you attach the tracker to your item, you can track it through the app. The tracker will emit an alarm so you can find your item in no time, or you can use a map on your device to find the item. It can save you time and frustration, making your life easier and less stressful.</p> <h2>Top 5 Bluetooth Trackers</h2> <h3>Tile Mate</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2jX6nCq"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/tile%20mate.jpg" width="153" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2jX6nCq">Tile Mate</a> is an updated version of the original Tile. It is now 25% smaller and has a hole in the corner, allowing you to easily hook it onto your keys or bag. It also now comes with four preset ringtones so you can customize the alarm sound.</p> <p>You can easily track an item with the free Tile app. The app automatically records the last known location of your item on a map, so you can quickly find it. You can also make it ring when you get close. The small tracker can also find your phone by making it ring, even on silent. The durable, reliable, sealed, waterproof tracker has a sleek design and very good range. The best part is that if your item is stolen, you can mark it as such on the app. Then, any Tile that is within range of your item can alert the network of your item&rsquo;s location so you can get it back in no time.</p> <p>The non-replaceable battery lasts at least one year from activation. The Tile Mate works with Android and iOS devices, as well as electronics with Bluetooth 4.0. It is an Amazon best-seller and is recommended by Wired, PC Advisor, PCMag, The Wirecutter, TechCrunch, BuzzFeed, and USA Today. It also has outstanding online reviews, including nearly 1,000 five-star reviews on Amazon. The <a href="http://amzn.to/2izhIwo">Tile Slim</a> is another option that is a bit slimmer, so you can more easily carry it in your wallet.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2jX6nCq"><em>Currently $24.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>TrackR bravo Generation 2</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2k2MnCI"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/trackr.jpg" width="201" height="220" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2k2MnCI">TrackR bravo Generation 2</a> has a sleek, simple design. The coin-sized device has two-way tracking capabilities and a distance indicator to let you know when you&rsquo;re getting close to your item. It can quickly find your phone by making it ring, even on silent, or you can login to the website to see its location on a map. Thanks to custom separation alerts, if you leave your item behind, both your phone and TrackR device will ring to notify you.</p> <p>The durable, effective tracking device has a one-year replaceable battery. You can also share important items with friends or family, so everyone can locate your items. The best part is that if your item is stolen, you can mark it as such on the app. Then, any TrackR that is within range of your item can alert the network of your item&rsquo;s location so you can get it back in no time. In fact, TrackR claims to help find one million items every day.</p> <p>This is available in a range of colors. It works with iOS and Android devices with Bluetooth 4.0 and has Alexa integration. It is frequently recommended online by publications like The Wall Street Journal and Tom&rsquo;s Guide.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2k2MnCI"><em>Currently $22.50 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>PROTAG Duet Bluetooth Tracker</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2iMXEoR"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/protag.jpg" width="245" height="152" align="right" alt="" /></a>With the <a href="http://amzn.to/2iMXEoR">PROTAG Duet Bluetooth Tracker</a>, you can manage multiple valuables at once. It has two-way tracking for valuables attached to your Duet and your phone. The compact tracker features a Smart Alert to alert your phone when items are left behind, a Smart Locator to record the last GPS location, and a Smart Radar to scan an area of 30 meters to find valuables. It also has mobile protection, which allows it to capture a photo of the thief and record the SIM number. The replaceable battery should last about eight months.</p> <p>This works with iOS and Android devices with Bluetooth 4.0. It is available in a range of colors. It is frequently recommended online by publications like The Wall Street Journal and Tom&rsquo;s Guide. Some reviewers find the device to be faulty, but it is one of the most popular on the market.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2iMXEoR"><em>Currently $29.90 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>XY3 3rd Gen Item Finder</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2jX4nu7"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/xy3.jpg" width="219" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>This started as a Kickstarter campaign and the <a href="http://amzn.to/2jX4nu7">XY3 3rd Gen Item Finder</a> is now one of the most popular Bluetooth trackers on the market. The new XY3 is water-resistant and five times louder than before. The exclusive KeepNear notifications let you know when your item is out of range, so you&rsquo;ll know if you&rsquo;re leaving something behind. It can quickly find your phone by making it ring, even on silent, or you can login to the website to see its location on a map. The best part is that if your item is stolen, you can mark it as such on the app. Then, any XY3 that is within range of your item can alert the network of your item&rsquo;s location so you can get it back in no time. The small, lightweight device uses a standard, easily replaceable CR2032 battery.</p> <p>This is available in eight different colors. It works with iOS and Android devices via a Bluetooth Low Energy signal. It has great reviews and is frequently recommended online.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2jX4nu7"><em>Currently $25.43 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>CUBE</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2jWQNH5" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/cube.jpg" width="217" height="245" align="right" alt="" />The CUBE</a> uses a simple app to find your valuables in no time. It features the last known location on a map and uses Bluetooth to tell if you&rsquo;re near your item, with up to 100-feet range. It also has a separation alarm to alert you if you left something behind. It can locate your phone with ring, vibrate, and flash, even if the app is not running. The waterproof tracker also works as a shutter button for your phone&rsquo;s camera. It includes an extra battery, which should last you a year and can be replaced.</p> <p>This works with Android and iOS devices, as well as most Bluetooth devices. It has great reviews and is frequently recommended online.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2jWQNH5"><em>Currently $25.00 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best Bluetooth trackers. As always, be sure to check <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar">Wise Bread's Buying Calendar</a> to learn when and how to buy just about anything!</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-cannon">Andrea Cannon</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-bluetooth-trackers">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-selfie-sticks">The 5 Best Selfie Sticks</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-pet-cameras">The 5 Best Pet Cameras</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-instant-cameras">The 5 Best Instant Cameras</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-4k-televisions">The 5 Best 4K Televisions</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-gaming-mice">The 5 Best Gaming Mice</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping Technology 5 best bluetooth bluetooth accessories bluetooth trackers product reviews shopping smartphone Wed, 18 Jan 2017 10:00:08 +0000 Andrea Cannon 1868195 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Paper Towels http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-paper-towels <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-paper-towels" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/puppy_paper_towel_153747766.jpg" alt="Puppy using the best paper towels" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>There&rsquo;s nothing worse than trying to clean up a spill only to have the paper towel shred and disintegrate on the spot. That&rsquo;s why we&rsquo;ve found some of the best paper towels on the market, so you can count on it to clean up even your worst spills.</p> <h2>What Is a Paper Towel?</h2> <p>Paper towels are absorbent disposable towels that can be used to clean up everyday messes. They can also be used to dry your hands, dust, and wipe away streaks. Paper towels are loosely woven, so they can better absorb liquid.</p> <p>When shopping for paper towels, you want something that&rsquo;s absorbent, strong when wet, and gentle enough not to scratch surfaces. Some paper towels also have scrubbing abilities, which are perfect for jobs like cleaning your sinks.</p> <h2>Top 5 Paper Towels</h2> <h3>Bounty Select-a-Size Paper Towels</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2jwCfhg"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/bounty.jpg" width="220" height="220" align="right" alt="" /></a>An Amazon best-seller, the <a href="http://amzn.to/2jwCfhg">Bounty Select-a-Size Paper Towels</a> hold up well, so they won&rsquo;t shred when you use them. They absorb liquid quickly and won&rsquo;t fall apart. They are thick, strong when wet, and won&rsquo;t leave lint behind. They also have good scrubbing strength for your toughest jobs. The select-a-size sheets allow you to choose the perfect size for every mess, so you don&rsquo;t waste unused paper towel (and money).</p> <p>Each roll is equivalent to 2.5 regular rolls, so you&rsquo;ll get more for your money. Good Housekeeping said this is the strongest paper towel available. They are also recommended by Consumer Reports and The Sweethome, and have outstanding online reviews, including more than 2,100 five-star reviews on Amazon.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2jwCfhg"><em>Currently $28.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Brawny Pick-a-Size Paper Towels</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2iHsyfW"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/brawny.jpg" width="220" height="213" align="right" alt="" /></a>An Amazon best-seller, the <a href="http://amzn.to/2iHsyfW">Brawny Pick-a-Size Paper Towels</a> are absorbent, strong when wet, and can quickly pick up spills. The strong, absorbent, hefty sheets are very thick and leave very little lint behind. They have scrubbing power and can work on even your toughest jobs. The two-ply paper towels have 117 pick-a-size sheets per roll. The pick-a-size sheets allow you to choose the perfect size for every mess, so you don&rsquo;t waste unused paper towel (and money).</p> <p>These are an Amazon&rsquo;s Choice product and Good Housekeeping&rsquo;s favorite budget buy. They are also recommended by Consumer Reports and have outstanding online reviews, including more than 3,200 five-star reviews on Amazon.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2iHsyfW"><em>Currently $29.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>VIVA Choose-A-Sheet Paper Towels</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2ikXd4V"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/viva.jpg" width="220" height="220" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2ikXd4V">VIVA Choose-A-Sheet Paper Towels</a> are ultrasoft, smooth, and gentle, so they won&rsquo;t scratch delicate surfaces. They have cloth-like strength and durability, so they can clean like cloth. The sturdy paper towels absorb liquid quickly and hold it in. They are strong when dry and stay tough when wet, so they are durable enough to tackle tough messes. They are also very thick and strong, so they can resist ripping and tearing. The lint-free towels tend to stick together and stick to the roll, so when you tear one sheet off, the rest will stick together (and you won&rsquo;t leave a second trailing paper towel behind).</p> <p>The pick-a-size sheets allow you to choose the perfect size for every mess, so you don&rsquo;t waste unused paper towel (and money). Each paper towel roll has 88 individually perforated sheets, which is more sheets than the leading brands&rsquo; big rolls. These are Good Housekeeping&rsquo;s top pick and are recommended by Consumer Reports and The Sweethome. They have outstanding online reviews, including more than 800 five-star reviews on Amazon.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2ikXd4V"><em>Currently $25.98 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Sparkle Paper Towels</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2jwxnsf"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/sparkle.jpg" width="212" height="220" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2jwxnsf">Sparkle Paper Towels</a> are absorbent and durable enough for your everyday messes. The two-ply paper towels have thirst pockets to absorb messes. The pick-a-size sheets allow you to choose the perfect size for every mess, so you don&rsquo;t waste unused paper towel (and money). Each giant roll equals 1.5 regular rolls, with 107 sheets per roll, so you get more for your money. They have outstanding online reviews, including nearly 3,000 five-star reviews on Amazon.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2jwxnsf"><em>Currently $25.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Scott Towels Mega Roll Choose-a-Size</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2jwqZRV"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/scott1.jpg" width="245" height="180" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2jwqZRV">Scott Towels Mega Roll Choose-a-Size</a> paper towels are ideal if you&rsquo;re looking for thinner paper towels. They are streak-free, super absorbent, and durable. The one-ply paper towels have unique ridges, which quickly absorb messes and spills. The perforated paper towels offer 102 choose-a-size sheets, which allow you to choose the perfect size for every mess, so you don&rsquo;t waste unused paper towel (and money). Each mega roll is equivalent to 1.5 regular rolls, so you get more for your money. They have outstanding reviews online and are a great bargain option.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2jwqZRV"><em>Currently $30.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best paper towels. As always, be sure to check <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar">Wise Bread's Buying Calendar</a> to learn when and how to buy just about anything!</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-cannon">Andrea Cannon</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-paper-towels">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-toilet-papers">The 5 Best Toilet Papers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-cast-iron-skillets">The 5 Best Cast Iron Skillets</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-pet-flea-shampoos">The 5 Best Pet Flea Shampoos</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-robotic-mops">The 5 Best Robotic Mops</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-bidet-seats">The 5 Best Bidet Seats</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Home Shopping 5 best cleaning supplies groceries paper towels product reviews shopping Thu, 12 Jan 2017 10:00:18 +0000 Andrea Cannon 1872587 at http://www.wisebread.com What You Need to Start Flipping Items for Cash Online http://www.wisebread.com/what-you-need-to-start-flipping-items-for-cash-online <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/what-you-need-to-start-flipping-items-for-cash-online" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock-628153006.jpg" alt="make money from home flipping your clutter" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Over the past few months, I've shared my love of flipping by sharing <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-easiest-items-to-flip-for-cash?ref=internal" target="_blank">easy items to flip for cash</a> and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-old-knick-knacks-you-can-flip-for-easy-cash?ref=internal" target="_blank">&quot;flippable&quot; knickknacks</a> that can bring in the highest profit. But knowing <em>what </em>to sell is far different from knowing <em>how </em>to sell. With that in mind, let's explore the essentials for getting started in the flipping game. Here are the only nine things you need to make money flipping your stuff.</p> <h2>1. A Smartphone</h2> <p>Even if you're equipped with decades' worth of knowledge about a wide range of items, immediate access to information is crucial. Though I've spent most of my life immersed in the world of antiques, I still rely on my smartphone nearly every time I go picking. Researching recent online sales helps me confirm hunches, learn more about obscure items, decide what's worth buying, and determine the maximum price I can pay. And I can do all of it on the go with my smartphone in hand.</p> <h2>2. A Quality Camera</h2> <p>Though written descriptions are important, great photographs sell products. Invest in a high-quality digital camera and work to develop basic photo-editing skills. Just a few minutes' worth of cropping, adjusting brightness levels, and tweaking contrast ratios can turn so-so snapshots in fabulous photos.</p> <h2>3. An Account With an Online Auction Site</h2> <p>An account or storefront on eBay, Etsy, Amazon, or similar site is the virtual front door of your flipping business &mdash; a door that millions of potential buyers can walk through 24/7. While selling locally on Craigslist is convenient for large items, many people are understandably put off by the risks associated with meeting buyers in person. Also, depending on your area, a Craigslist ad may simply not get the same level of attention as a listing on a major auction or retail site. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-9-secrets-of-highly-successful-craigslist-sellers?ref=seealso" target="_blank">The 9 Secrets of Highly Successful Craigslist Sellers</a>)</p> <h2>4. A PayPal Account</h2> <p>Though there are competing payment methods, PayPal is the standard for most online transactions. As much as you may want to support the underdog or minimize your transaction fees, make your life (and your buyers' lives) easier by setting up a PayPal account and getting verified. Verified status on PayPal boosts your credibility as both a buyer and a seller, allows you to send and receive money as often as you like, and provides certain seller protections.</p> <h2>5. A Dedicated Space</h2> <p>While not a requirement, a dedicated space for inventory can help serious flippers keep track of what needs to be photographed and listed, what's listed but unsold, and what's waiting to be shipped. Find a walk-in closet or basement corner that you can devote to stock, packing supplies, and other business essentials.</p> <h2>6. Packing and Shipping Supplies</h2> <p>If you're selling primarily online, you'll need a steady supply of boxes, Bubble Wrap, and packing peanuts. To keep my overhead low, I try to source most of this material free from local retailers. Department and grocery stores usually restock shelves in the evening and are more than happy to offload empty boxes that would be destined for the dumpster or recycling bin anyway.</p> <h2>7. A Shipping Account</h2> <p>As an active flipper, you'll likely be shipping packages all week long. Avoid schlepping all those parcels to the post office by setting up a USPS account, paying for and printing your postage at home, and having packages picked up at your doorstep. FedEx Ship Manager and UPS Internet Shipping are similar services that allow you to do the same thing. Whatever option you choose, be transparent. Communicate your shipping charges clearly and make sure buyers understand their options and have accurate tracking information.</p> <h2>8. Basic Customer Service Skills</h2> <p>Just as in the brick-and-mortar world, selling successfully online takes a bit of hand-holding. Inevitably, prospective buyers will have questions, request additional details or photos, and try to get a better deal by throwing lowball offers your way. Channel your inner customer service representative and respond to inquiries quickly and respectfully. Your buyers will appreciate it and remember you when it's time to buy again.</p> <h2>9. An Eye for Trends</h2> <p>Since tastes and styles change quickly, flippers need to stay on top of trends. Particularly if you're selling clothing, antiques, or home décor items, become a student of the world around you. What items are people just beginning to appreciate and collect? What clothing trends are fading away? What parts of the resale market are oversaturated? Once you've tuned into evolving trends, you'll begin to anticipate what's next and discover whole new categories of items you can flip for easy cash.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kentin-waits">Kentin Waits</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-you-need-to-start-flipping-items-for-cash-online">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/craigslist-vs-ebay-where-to-sell-10-common-items">Craigslist vs. eBay: Where to Sell 10 Common Items</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/turn-old-clothes-into-money-with-these-4-tools-and-apps">Turn Old Clothes Into Money With These 4 Tools and Apps</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/make-money-and-declutter-by-selling-these-5-unlikely-treasures">Make Money and Declutter by Selling These 5 Unlikely Treasures</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-awesome-art-of-getting-great-deals-online">The Awesome Art of Getting Great Deals Online</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-sell-your-crap-a-book-review-and-tips">How to Sell Your Crap: A Book Review and Tips</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Extra Income Shopping Technology Amazon clothes clutter craigslist de-clutter eBay etsy flipping flipping items paypal sell your stuff Wed, 11 Jan 2017 11:00:09 +0000 Kentin Waits 1871894 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Camping Sleeping Pads http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-camping-sleeping-pads <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-camping-sleeping-pads" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_tent_camping_539236780.jpg" alt="Woman sleeping on best camping sleeping pad" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Roughing it in the great outdoors doesn&rsquo;t need to be uncomfortable. Whether you&rsquo;re sleeping on a cot, hammock, or on the ground, you can enjoy additional comfort and support with the right sleeping pad. It provides cushioning and insulation from the ground, so you can enjoy nighttime comfort, support, and warmth.</p> <h2>What Are Camping Sleeping Pads?</h2> <p>A sleeping pad is a cushioned pad that offers thermal insulation, so you can sleep better in the great outdoors. It is small and lightweight, so you can easily carry it around on your outdoor adventures. It is a must-have for any backpackers, climbers, hikers, and campers.</p> <h2>Top 5 Camping Sleeping Pads</h2> <h3>Therm-a-Rest Z Lite Sol Mattress</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2j5Ab38"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/thermarest_0.jpg" width="220" height="220" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2j5Ab38">Therm-a-Rest Z Lite Sol Mattress</a> is comfortable, rugged, and virtually indestructible. The compact, durable pad is softer and lighter than most foam pads, weighing less than one pound. The incompressible closed-cell foam structure is softer on top for extra comfort and denser on the bottom for extra durability. The ThermaCapture surface and reflective barriers reflect body heat to keep you warmer at night. The closed-cell mattress is not affected by tears and punctures, and the foam will not absorb water. The peaks provide support and the valleys trap warmth. The lightweight, compact closed-cell mattress features a compact accordion-style shape that folds down and is easy to pack.</p> <p>This comes from the best-selling Therm-a-Rest brand, so you can count on it to last you a long time. In fact, if you have a hole or tear, you can just repair it with industrial tape. The award-winning camping pad is available in various sizes. It is an Amazon best-seller and one of the &ldquo;most wished for&rdquo; items on Amazon. It is recommended by Gizmodo and by many camping authorities. It is also backed by a limited lifetime warranty.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2j5Ab38"><em>Currently $35.00 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Klymit Static V Lightweight Sleeping Pad</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2jBadFe"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/klymit.jpg" width="245" height="172" align="right" alt="" /></a>Amazon&rsquo;s #1 best-seller in camping sleeping pads, the <a href="http://amzn.to/2jBadFe">Klymit Static V Lightweight Sleeping Pad</a> is a bit wider than most, so you have room to stretch. It weighs only 20 ounces and inflates with about 10-15 breaths. The camping pad features an easy-to-use push valve, which allows for quick inflation and deflation. The lightweight pad offers great support and is very comfortable. The ergonomic V-shape follows the contours of the body and prevents air movement and heat loss, allowing for optimal weight distribution. The inflated side rails contribute to insulation and ensure that you don&rsquo;t roll off. It can be folded down to the size of a water bottle and stored in the included sack. It also comes with a patch kit in case you have any punctures.</p> <p>This is available in a range of colors. It is one of the &ldquo;most wished for&rdquo; items on Amazon and has outstanding online reviews, including nearly 1,100 five-star reviews on Amazon. It is also backed by a lifetime warranty for your peace of mind.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2jBadFe"><em>Currently $49.57 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Coleman Self-Inflating Camp Pad With Attached Pillow</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2jsAeCF"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/coleman_0.jpg" width="220" height="203" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2jsAeCF">Coleman Self-Inflating Camp Pad With Attached Pillow</a> quickly self-inflates and self-deflates with a free-flow valve, so you won&rsquo;t need a pump, but the pillow needs to be manually blown up. The durable, weather-resistant nylon shell wipes clean easily and is designed to last you a long time. The tufted design offers additional cushion and comfort. It has convenient built-in Velcro straps to hold the rolled up pad, but if you pull too hard, they can break off.</p> <p>This has outstanding online reviews and has a one-year limited warranty. If you don&rsquo;t care about the pillow, then consider the <a href="http://amzn.to/2jBcsbS">Coleman Self-Inflating Camp Pad</a>.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2jsAeCF"><em>Currently $41.76 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>ALPS Mountaineering Lightweight Series Self-Inflating Air Pad</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2idScYN"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/alps.jpg" width="245" height="134" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2idScYN">ALPS Mountaineering Lightweight Series Self-Inflating Air Pad</a> features durable noncorrosive brass valves for maximum durability. It inflates and deflates quickly with the jet stream open cell foam. The durable diamond ripstop and taffeta construction resists punctures and comes with a repair kit, so it&rsquo;s designed to last you a long time. The strong, lightweight sleeping pad is very comfortable, comes with compression straps, and packs into a compact roll, which you can store in the included sack.</p> <p>This comes in various sizes. It is an Amazon best-seller and one of the &ldquo;most wished for&rdquo; items on Amazon. It is also backed by outstanding online reviews, including more than 700 five-star reviews on Amazon.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2idScYN"><em>Currently $42.24 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XLite Sleeping Pad</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2j5Fob8"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/therma%20neoair.jpg" width="245" height="218" align="right" alt="" /></a>The lightweight, compact <a href="http://amzn.to/2j5Fob8">Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XLite Sleeping Pad</a> is comfortable and packs to about the size of a water bottle, which you can pack into the included sack. It takes about 15 breaths to inflate. The patent-pending, reflective ThermaCapture technology traps radiant heat to keep you warm. The Triangular Core Matrix construction also helps to minimize heat loss. It features low-bulk materials, soft-touch fabrics, and a tapered design to provide better durability, stability, and support. It is built to last and includes a repair kit.</p> <p>This comes in various sizes and colors. It is an Amazon best-seller and is recommended by Gizmodo and The Wirecutter. It is also backed by a limited lifetime warranty.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2j5Fob8"><em>Currently $117.68 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best camping sleeping pads. As always, be sure to check <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar">Wise Bread's Buying Calendar</a> to learn when and how to buy just about anything!</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="//www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Fthe-5-best-camping-sleeping-pads&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FThe%205%20Best%20Camping%20Sleeping%20Pads.jpg&amp;description=The%205%20Best%20Camping%20Sleeping%20Pads" data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-config="above" data-pin-color="red" data-pin-height="28"><img src="//assets.pinterest.com/images/pidgets/pinit_fg_en_rect_red_28.png" alt="" /></a> </p> <!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><script type="text/javascript" async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/The%205%20Best%20Camping%20Sleeping%20Pads.jpg" alt="The 5 Best Camping Sleeping Pads" 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-camping-sleeping-pads">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-emergency-kits">The 5 Best Emergency Kits</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-travel-toiletry-bags">The 5 Best Travel Toiletry Bags</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-travel-pillows">The 5 Best Travel Pillows</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-nail-clippers">The 5 Best Pet Nail Clippers</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-bluetooth-trackers">The 5 Best Bluetooth Trackers</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Shopping Travel 5 best camping camping accessories product reviews shopping sleeping bags sleeping pads Wed, 11 Jan 2017 10:00:09 +0000 Andrea Cannon 1871895 at http://www.wisebread.com 6 Grocery Purchases That Will Be Cheaper in 2017 http://www.wisebread.com/6-grocery-purchases-that-will-be-cheaper-in-2017 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/6-grocery-purchases-that-will-be-cheaper-in-2017" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_grocery_store_477153876.jpg" alt="Woman buying groceries that will be cheaper in 2017" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="143" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>In case you haven't noticed, 2017 is here and bringing a whole bunch of changes.</p> <p>With a new president in the White House, a second hike in interest rates by the Fed since 2006, a long list of U.S. cities with higher minimum wages, and a broad range of changes coming to the states, consumers are still trying to figure out how all of these changes are going to affect them.</p> <p>Cheer up, America! It looks like 2017 may also bring you some serious <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-5-credit-cards-for-groceries?ref=internal">savings at the grocery store</a>. The U.S. Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service keeps track of the average prices paid by urban Americans for a series of key consumer goods and services. The latest data from the USDA's Food Price Outlook is showing that you'll save on your grocery runs throughout 2017. Let's break down the six buys that will give you the most bang for your buck this year.&nbsp;</p> <h2>1. Eggs</h2> <p>Continuing their downward trend in prices throughout 2016, eggs are leading the forecast savings with an estimated <a href="https://www.ers.usda.gov/data-products/food-price-outlook/summary-findings.aspx" target="_blank">drop of 3% to 4% in price</a> for 2017. This means that the sightings of a dozen of eggs going for under a buck should become more common in cities across the nation. Even when adjusted for inflation, 2017 is poised to set a record for lowest price of eggs since 2000. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-make-perfectly-cooked-eggs?ref=seealso" target="_blank">6 Ways to Make Perfectly Cooked Eggs</a>)</p> <h2>2. Fats and Oils</h2> <p>Stay with me on this one; it's not as unhealthy as it sounds. In this category, the USDA goes beyond the usual suspects, such as butter and cooking oil, and includes several familiar food items, including peanut butter and salad dressing. A drop in the prices of fats and oils has a domino effect across prices in several grocery aisles.</p> <p>Back in November 2016, the USDA reported that the prices of fats and oils fell 2.9% from the previous month and were down 2.4% from the previous year. For 2017, the USDA is projecting an additional 3% to 4% drop in prices for fats and oils.</p> <h2>3. Beef and Veal</h2> <p>As forecast back in our guide to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-necessities-that-will-be-cheaper-in-2016?ref=internal" target="_blank">cheaper buys in 2016</a>, prices of pork products dropped 3.25% to 4.25% throughout the year, according to USDA data. In 2017, the USDA isn't expecting pork prices to drop much, if at all. However, prices of beef and veal are poised to continue to drop an extra 1% to 2% across the nation this year.</p> <p>Higher production outputs of carcasses, larger supplies of beef and veal held in cold storage, and lower prices of both feeder and fed cattle are all contributing to the lower prices of beef and veal. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-easy-ways-to-make-cheap-cuts-of-meat-taste-expensive?ref=seealso" target="_blank">25 Easy Ways to Make Cheap Cuts of Meat Taste Expensive</a>)</p> <h2>4. Fresh Vegetables</h2> <p>With all these low prices, you may be having second thoughts about your New Year's resolution to lose weight. Fear not dear dieters, 2017 is also cutting down the prices of fresh veggies to keep you on track for success. While the previous year brought very little savings, the new one is expected to reduce the prices of fresh vegetables by 2% to 3%.</p> <p>When looking for fresh produce in 2017, keep in mind that the prices of fresh fruits are on the rise. The USDA is forecasting an increase of 1% to 2% in the prices of fresh fruits for 2017. Another reason to stick with fresh veggies is that the prices of processed fruits and vegetables are expected to rise up to 1% this year.</p> <h2>5. Avocados</h2> <p>Speaking of fresh fruits, the price of an avocado is one that might be an exception to the USDA forecast for 2017. If you were paying attention at the store, you may have noticed that the prices of avocados were much higher than usual. For example, some stores in California were commanding as much as $3 per avocado. The same thing was taking place across several grocers here in Hawaii.</p> <p>The culprit for these high prices was the interruption in harvesting caused by disputes between avocado growers and packers in Mexico. The disagreements resulted in a dramatic drop of exported Mexican avocados to the U.S. from a projected <a href="http://www.thepacker.com/news/mexico-avocados-resume-full-production" target="_blank">40 million pounds</a> to just 13.7 million in October 2016. Fortunately, an agreement was reached in November 2016 and Mexican harvesting of avocados is now back to normal. As more and more millions of Mexican avocados enter the market in the next couple of weeks, the prices of the green fruit are expected to drop.</p> <p>Given the expected lower prices of avocado for 2017, you could start taking better advantage of all of the different uses of this nutrient-rich fruit. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-unexpected-uses-for-avocados?ref=seealso" target="_blank">6 Unexpected Uses for Avocados</a>)</p> <h2>6. Whole Foods Products</h2> <p>Yes, there are actually <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-foods-that-are-actually-cheaper-at-whole-foods?ref=internal" target="_blank">buys that are cheaper at Whole Foods</a> than most major food chains. And to continue to meet the high expectations of its shareholders, Whole Foods is rolling out two key initiatives in 2017 that will drive down the prices of many of its products.</p> <p>First, Whole Foods has been offering its 365 Everyday Value brand at its regular stores for quite some time. Given that many of the products under the 365 brand are cheaper than those at major grocers, Whole Foods decided to open 365 by Whole Foods Market stores that only sell those products. Currently, there are only three 365 stores (Los Angeles, California; Lake Oswego, Oregon; and Bellevue, Washington), but there are 16 more scheduled to open in 2017 and beyond.</p> <p>Second, Whole Foods has introduced a <a href="https://rewards.wholefoodsmarket.com" target="_blank">rewards program</a> across 24 regular stores across New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Texas. The rewards program offers a 10% discount on the first purchase and additional discounts as you continue to shop using the program. Also, all 365 by Whole Foods Market stores automatically participate in a separate rewards program that offers an instant 10% off on close to 120 items per week.</p> <h2>The Bottom Line: Eat at Home More Often in 2017</h2> <p>In 2017, it will be cheaper for you to eat in than to eat out. The USDA is expecting prices of food away from home to increase from 2% to 3%, while those of food at home to only increase from 0.5% to 1.5%. Shop smart and prep more home meals and you'll be able to pocket some extra cash this 2017.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/damian-davila">Damian Davila</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-grocery-purchases-that-will-be-cheaper-in-2017">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-7"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-stay-on-budget-while-eating-paleo">How to Stay on Budget While Eating Paleo</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-off-season-foods-that-are-destroying-your-grocery-budget">5 Off-Season Foods That Are Destroying Your Grocery Budget</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-foods-that-are-actually-cheaper-at-whole-foods">6 Foods That Are Actually Cheaper At Whole Foods</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/save-100s-next-month-with-these-10-grocery-shopping-tips">Save $100s Next Month With These 10 Grocery Shopping Tips</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-things-americans-spend-too-much-on">5 Things Americans Spend Too Much On</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping 2017 eggs food costs forecast groceries meat price drops produce saving money USDA Whole Foods Tue, 10 Jan 2017 10:00:13 +0000 Damian Davila 1870051 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Smart Ways to Save Money at Bed Bath & Beyond http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-smart-ways-to-save-money-at-bed-bath-beyond <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-smart-ways-to-save-money-at-bed-bath-beyond" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/bed_bath_beyond_458583895.jpg" alt="Finding smart ways to save money at bed bath &amp; beyond" 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 ways to save money at Bed Bath &amp; Beyond, Internet hacks to simplify your web surfing, and fun ways for pet lovers to make money.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/How-Save-Money-Bed-Bath-Beyond-42102017#photo-42102017">7 Genius Ways to Save Money at Bed Bath &amp; Beyond</a> &mdash; Monday is the best day of the week to shop Bed Bath &amp; Beyond's sale section. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.lifehack.org/512592/9-awesome-internet-hacks-that-will-simplify-your-user-experience">9 Awesome Internet Hacks That Will Simplify Your User Experience</a> &mdash; Hitting the space bar will pause and restart a video on YouTube, but this method can sometimes cause the page to skip. Use the K key instead for easier viewing. [Lifehack]</p> <p><a href="http://moneyqanda.com/ways-pet-lovers-make-money/">7 Purr-Fect Ways for Pet Lovers to Make Money</a> &mdash; A pet party planner sets up fun and safe environments for many pups to come together and celebrate. [Money Q&amp;A]</p> <p><a href="http://www.moneytalksnews.com/inflation-outlook-for-2016-like-lamb-out-like-sheep/">Bracing for Inflation in 2017? Take a Deep Breath</a> &mdash; This will not be the year for runaway inflation, but there will be price increases in a few sectors that will likely affect you. [Money Talks News]</p> <p><a href="http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/Saving-Money/2017/0104/The-top-free-apps-that-can-help-your-New-Year-s-resolutions-stick">The top free apps that can help your New Year's resolutions stick</a> &mdash; Whether you want to eat healthier, exercise more, or be more savvy with your money, these apps will help you succeed. [The Monitor]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.shebudgets.com/personal-finance/investing/10-ways-to-protect-yourself-from-an-investment-scam/71927">10 Ways to Protect Yourself from an Investment Scam</a> &mdash; Investment fraud is on the rise. These simply guidelines will help you reduce your risk of losing money in bad investments that are designed to fleece you. [SheBudgets]</p> <p><a href="http://www.livingwellspendingless.com/2017/01/06/simple-habits-that-will-change-your-life/">Simple Habits that Will Change Your Life</a> &mdash; Set aside some time every day to read. Look for books that help you learn, stretch your imagination, and keep you interested. [Living Well Spending Less]</p> <p><a href="http://www.dumblittleman.com/healthy-habits-for-children/">Top 10 Tips to Help Children Develop Useful Habits</a> &mdash; You are your child's first role model. They'll learn their earliest values from you, so be the kind of person you want them to be. [Dumb Little Man]</p> <p><a href="http://productivitytheory.com/use-quora-for-self-improvement/">How To Use Quora For Self-Improvement</a> &mdash; Quora offers a framework that supports an interconnected group of learners who ask questions. The answers you get can help guide you to a better, happier life. [Productivity Theory]</p> <p><a href="http://www.theorderexpert.com/paper-decluttering-tips-office/">5 Paper Decluttering Tips for the Office</a> &mdash; Set up a recycling and/or shedding bin to easily get your paper clutter out of the way. [The Order Expert]</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-smart-ways-to-save-money-at-bed-bath-beyond">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-5-credit-cards-for-groceries">The 5 Best Credit Cards for Groceries</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-pet-nail-clippers">The 5 Best Pet Nail Clippers</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-bluetooth-trackers">The 5 Best Bluetooth Trackers</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/what-you-need-to-start-flipping-items-for-cash-online">What You Need to Start Flipping Items for Cash Online</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-apps-that-actually-pay-you-to-shop">8 Apps That Actually Pay You to Shop</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping bed bath & beyond best money tips Mon, 09 Jan 2017 10:30:28 +0000 Amy Lu 1869548 at http://www.wisebread.com Here's How to Monetize Your Unwanted Gifts http://www.wisebread.com/heres-how-to-monetize-your-unwanted-gifts <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/heres-how-to-monetize-your-unwanted-gifts" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock-502527550.jpg" alt="make money from unwanted gifts" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It's already 2017, which means it's time to take inventory and clean up. Got a few unwanted or duplicate presents for the holidays? Here are five ways to make money on the gifts you don't want.</p> <h2>Sell Clothing on ThredUp</h2> <p>Need something to do with your &quot;ugly christmas sweater&quot; from the work holiday party, or the pjs that are four sizes too big? If you're saddled with some brand new clothes you don't want, resell them on ThredUp &mdash; a site dedicated to clothing recycling and reuse. Sign up and send a batch of your clothing with their provided kit, and they will send you payment based on what they deem the clothing to be worth. You can even estimate <a href="https://www.thredup.com/p/cleanout-payout-estimator" target="_blank">what you might earn</a>. Soon, you can make some scratch to spend toward that cute unicorn pj onesie you really wanted.</p> <h2>Sell Toys and Games on eBay</h2> <p>Some sites stay the same for a reason. When it comes to toys, games, and other collectibles, you just can't beat eBay. It's where folks looking for a specific item are shopping. If you're stuck with a gigantic Power Rangers toy your kids don't want, or a third copy of <em>Big Bang Theory</em> Monopoly, it's easy to post them with a &quot;Buy It Now&quot; and/or an &quot;Make an Offer&quot; option. eBay even makes it easy to fill out the product form, as half the fields can be auto-filled based on the product. Take a photo and you're good to go.</p> <h2>Sell Books on Amazon Marketplace</h2> <p>Turns out everyone in your life only knows one thing about you, because everyone got you a copy of the newest <em>Peanuts</em> collection. You should definitely push off your other copies at <a href="https://services.amazon.com/selling/benefits.htm" target="_blank">Amazon Marketplace</a>. When one shops for books on Amazon, they can look at the section reading (for example), &quot;5 used and new starting at $2.46.&quot; People buy tons of books there, as you can usually get a really good deal on a used, but &quot;like new&quot; copy. Group together a crop of books you don't need, then simply sign up for an Amazon Marketplace account as an individual selling fewer than 40 items per month, so that you only have to pay 99 cents per item and a few other fees.</p> <h2>Sell Antiques and Appliances on Craigslist</h2> <p>Good old Craigslist is always there for when you need to get rid of something fairly quickly. Got some majorly heavy and space-consuming gifts from family you can't use? Post an ad for that awkward antique floor lamp, the racing bike gathering dust, or that huge pizza oven that you'll never bake with on Craigslist. It's easy and everyone knows how it works. No setting up an elaborate account, and there's minimal upkeep. The buyer comes to you to pick up the bulky item and then it's out of your life.</p> <h2>Sell Household Items on OfferUp</h2> <p>For miscellaneous presents from friends and family that you know will only gather dust, sell them while they're still new on <a href="https://offerupnow.com/howitworks/" target="_blank">OfferUp</a> for extra money. OfferUp attempts to make the Craigslist style of selling accessible and easy for the mobile phone generation. Snap a photo of the item, add details, and post. You can chat instantly with buyers within the app, which is especially helpful for those who dread getting emails and texts from random strangers on Craigslist.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amanda-meadows">Amanda Meadows</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/heres-how-to-monetize-your-unwanted-gifts">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-15"> <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/9-gifts-that-wont-become-clutter">9 Gifts That Won&#039;t Become Clutter</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-simple-holiday-budget-anyone-can-follow">The Simple Holiday Budget Anyone Can Follow</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/9-smart-reasons-to-last-minute-holiday-shop">9 Smart Reasons to Last-Minute Holiday Shop</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/regifting-a-simple-how-to-guide">Regifting: A Simple How-To Guide</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> Frugal Living Shopping Christmas Christmas gifts exchange gifts gifts Holidays Internet presents regift regifting resale sell your stuff Fri, 06 Jan 2017 10:00:10 +0000 Amanda Meadows 1869197 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Pet Collars http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-pet-collars <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-pet-collars" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/dog_wearing_collar_157333376.jpg" alt="Dog wearing best pet collar" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>A quality pet collar is an essential item for your dog or cat. You can attach their leash or harness to it, as well as some form of identification, in case your pet ever gets lost.</p> <h2>What Is a Pet Collar?</h2> <p>A pet collar is placed around your pet&rsquo;s neck to keep them safe and serve as a year-round fashion accessory. Collars are available in virtually limitless sizes, styles, and colors.</p> <p>The collar should fit comfortably snug on your pet's neck. To find the right size, measure snugly around the middle of your pet&rsquo;s neck and add an extra 5% for a comfortable fit. As a general rule, you should be able to fit two fingers comfortably underneath the collar. As your pet gets older (and bigger), you&rsquo;ll need to adjust the collar size so they remain comfortable.</p> <h2>Top 5 Pet Collars</h2> <h3>Custom Embroidered Dog Collars</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2hShxw1" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/custom.jpg" width="245" height="195" align="right" alt="" /></a>Amazon&rsquo;s #1 best-seller in basic dog collars, the <a href="http://amzn.to/2hShxw1" target="_blank">Custom Embroidered Dog Collar</a> is a personalized identification collar with your pet&rsquo;s name and phone number permanently embroidered into it. The tough nylon collar features a sturdy snap closure style plastic buckle and a stainless steel D-ring swivel clip that is double boxed stitched for added durability. Best of all, if your pet ever gets lost, you&rsquo;ll have the peace of mind that their name and phone number are easily visible to passersby. This is available in five collar colors, 15 thread colors, and allows for up to 25 stitched characters. It is adjustable and available in a range of sizes. It has outstanding online reviews, including more than 2,600 five-star reviews on Amazon.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2hShxw1" target="_blank"><em>Currently $18.95 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>LupinePet 1-Inch Adjustable Dog Collar</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2iFcwnm" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/lupine.jpg" width="245" height="112" align="right" alt="" /></a>The reliable <a href="http://amzn.to/2iFcwnm" target="_blank">LupinePet 1-Inch Adjustable Dog Collar</a> is made of the highest quality jacquard nylon webbing, with strong bar tack stitching. It features the highest quality, strongest side release plastic buckle on the market. The non-slip teeth molded into the nylon plastic tri-glide maintain the collar&rsquo;s size even when your dog pulls. The welded steel D-ring is rust-resistant and the collar can be machine-washed, so it can hold up well over time. This is fully adjustable and available in a range of sizes and colors. It is recommended by Heavy.com and is guaranteed to last your dog&rsquo;s lifetime.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2iFcwnm" target="_blank"><em>Currently $10.69 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Blueberry Pet Classic Solid Color Nylon Dog Collar</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2ic6D0c" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/blueberry.jpg" width="245" height="196" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2ic6D0c" target="_blank">Blueberry Pet Classic Solid Color Nylon Dog Collar</a> is made of durable nylon with high-density polyester webbing and a neoprene bottom layer for maximum comfort. It features eco-friendly, heavy-duty plastic buckles and a metal, chrome-coated D-ring. There is also a loop on the logo, which you can attach tags or charms to, instead of to the D-ring, like most other collars. This is available in various sizes and colors. It is recommended by Heavy.com and is made to last.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2ic6D0c" target="_blank"><em>Currently $8.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>GoDoggie-GLOW USB Rechargeable LED Dog Safety Collar</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2ic0Szz" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/godoggie.jpg" width="245" height="164" align="right" alt="" /></a>If you walk your pooch at night, then the <a href="http://amzn.to/2ic0Szz" target="_blank">GoDoggie-GLOW USB Rechargeable LED Dog Safety Collar</a> is an absolute necessity. It looks like a traditional collar, but with the switch of a button, you can turn on the super-bright LED collar lights, allowing you to find your dog quickly in the dark. The innovative premium-quality dog collar can provide greater safety for your pet and peace of mind for you. The lightweight, durable collar is made of top quality, super-strong nylon webbing with high-tensile stitching, an indestructible stainless steel D-ring, and a strong plastic quick-release buckle. It is easy to put on and features glow, rapid flash, and slow flash settings, making your pet visible over 1,000 feet in the dark. The weatherproof collar has rust-proof components, so it works in all weather conditions.</p> <p>This charges quickly via USB and can hold the charge for a long time. The power-saving LED lights last for 100,000 hours, providing a great value. The LED safety collar comes with a USB charging cable and rechargeable lithium-ION battery. It has an enclosed battery case and switch, as well as a protected USB charging port, so it&rsquo;s not exposed to dirt and mud. It is fully adjustable and comes in a range of sizes and colors. It has outstanding online reviews, including more than 1,000 five-star reviews on Amazon. It is also backed by a two-year money-back satisfaction guarantee for your added peace of mind.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2ic0Szz" target="_blank"><em>Currently $16.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>PetSafe Petite Martingale Collar With Quick Snap Buckle</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2hTSWFq" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/petsafe.jpg" width="31" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2hTSWFq" target="_blank">PetSafe Petite Martingale Collar With Quick Snap Buckle</a> offers a safer, more comfortable alternative to a choke collar. It tightens when pressure is applied, reducing the risk of a dog backing out of the collar and escaping. It is made of high-quality, durable nylon and features a quick snap buckle for easy on and off. This is available in a range of sizes and colors. It is recommended by the American Kennel Club and by countless vets and trainers as the best design for daily wear.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2hTSWFq" target="_blank"><em>Currently $9.09 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best pet collars. 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-pet-collars">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-pet-nail-clippers">The 5 Best Pet Nail Clippers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-pet-cameras">The 5 Best Pet Cameras</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-pet-flea-medications">The 5 Best Pet Flea Medications</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-bluetooth-trackers">The 5 Best Bluetooth Trackers</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-camping-sleeping-pads">The 5 Best Camping Sleeping Pads</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Family Shopping 5 best dog dog accessories dog collar family dog family pet product reviews shopping Thu, 05 Jan 2017 10:00:15 +0000 Andrea Cannon 1868726 at http://www.wisebread.com 7 Things You Need to Know About Prescription Drug Coupons http://www.wisebread.com/7-things-you-need-to-know-about-prescription-drug-coupons <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-things-you-need-to-know-about-prescription-drug-coupons" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/pills_money_medicine_520882000.jpg" alt="Learning what you need to know about prescription drug coupons" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you have health insurance to help cover the cost of prescription drugs, that's great. But the average insured American still spends nearly $200 a year on prescription copays.</p> <p>Prescription drug coupons can help defray that hefty expense. You present them at the register of your pharmacy just like any other coupon. They reduce your copay, but do not affect the price your insurer pays for the drug. Drugmakers offer these coupons as a form of marketing, and while they can help patients, before using them you should know a few things about how these programs work.</p> <h2>1. Sometimes Brand Name Is Cheaper Than Generic</h2> <p>If your copay for generic medication is $10, but a coupon brings your copay for a similar brand name drug down to $4, you'll save money by going with the brand name. This is the major attraction of drug coupons for patients.</p> <h2>2. Don't Get Steered Into Suboptimal Treatment</h2> <p>It's hard to see how saving money could be bad for your health. But health care decisions should be made between patient and doctor, without intrusion from marketing. Why? Consider this: Doctors often have the choice of multiple drugs to treat any given ailment. Maybe Drug A, a tried and true generic, is the best choice for you, but you ask your doctor for Drug B because you have a coupon that would cover most of your copay. The doctor accommodates you, so you save money &mdash; but your treatment has suffered. This is not a hypothetical situation; a Consumer Reports analysis found more than one generic that works as well as or <a href="http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/2012/03/don-t-get-hooked-on-prescription-drug-coupons/index.htm">better than a name brand</a>.</p> <h2>3. Coupons Could Cost You More in the Long Run</h2> <p>Like a cable TV teaser rate, the coupon program won't last forever. Once you've established treatment for a chronic condition with the brand name drug, and the coupon ends, you may spend years paying the higher post-coupon price.</p> <h2>4. You May Not Be Eligible to Use the Coupon</h2> <p>Some discount programs exclude members of Medicare, Medicaid, and uninsured people. Always read the fine print.</p> <h2>5. The Coupon Might Not Be Your Cheapest Option</h2> <p>Make sure to do the math before opting for a brand name with a coupon over a generic &mdash; the generic still might be cheaper.</p> <h2>6. Coupons May Spike Your Insurance Premiums</h2> <p>When you use a coupon, you pay less &mdash; but your insurance company may pay up to 85% more than it would have if you had chosen a less expensive drug. Who cares? Most of us don't have much sympathy for insurance companies. But when your insurer pays more for drugs, it may pass that to you in the form of higher premiums.</p> <p>&quot;An individual patient who receives a coupon might not realize that, although that particular prescription may cost less that month, overall what it does is to <a href="http://khn.org/news/drug-coupons/">raise costs for everyone</a>, including themselves,&quot; Susan Pisano told Kaiser Health News on behalf of trade group America's Health Insurance Plans.</p> <h2>7. Always Get Coupons From a Reputable Source</h2> <p>Don't just click any link online and start entering personal information about what medications you take. A good place to ask about discount programs is your doctor's office. Online, you can enter the drug name and other details at <a href="https://www.pparx.org">Partnership for Prescription Assistance</a>, and it will connect you to programs you qualify for.</p> <p>Another convenient and safe way to find discounts is by downloading an app such as <a href="https://www.goodrx.com/">GoodRX</a> or <a href="http://werx.org/">WeRx</a> onto your phone. These apps not only find printable coupons, they will also suss out good prices near you on both prescription and over-the-counter medicines, and let you know about pharmacy rewards programs and other opportunities to save.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/carrie-kirby">Carrie Kirby</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-things-you-need-to-know-about-prescription-drug-coupons">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/7-ways-you-can-save-money-on-prescription-medications">7 Ways You Can Save Money On Prescription Medications</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-get-your-toiletries-for-cheap-or-even-free">6 Ways to Get your Toiletries for Cheap or Even Free!</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/why-is-gasoline-so-cheap-a-cost-comparison-of-40-common-household-liquids">Why is Gasoline So Cheap? A Cost Comparison of 40 Common Household Liquids</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/is-the-wii-fit-a-cheap-workout">Is the Wii Fit a cheap workout?</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/frugal-tip-do-not-spend-when-you-are-sad">Frugal Tip: Do Not Spend When You Are Sad</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Health and Beauty Shopping apps brand name drug coupons drugstores generic medicines pharmacies prescriptions Wed, 04 Jan 2017 11:00:06 +0000 Carrie Kirby 1865344 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Emergency Kits http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-emergency-kits <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-emergency-kits" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/emergency_kit_487398352.jpg" alt="Using the best emergency kits" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>You never know when a disaster can strike, and that&rsquo;s why you need to be prepared for anything. The CDC and American Red Cross both recommend having at least a three-day supply of food, water, and emergency supplies at your disposal, in case of an unexpected disaster.</p> <p>To protect yourself and your family, consider keeping a well-stocked emergency kit in your home, office, and car. Whether you&rsquo;re dealing with a flood, car accident, blizzard, storm, or evacuation, you&rsquo;ll be prepared for anything. Make sure to keep your kit organized and in a convenient place so that you can easily access what you need, right when you need it.</p> <h2>What Is an Emergency Kit?</h2> <p>An emergency supply kit contains everything necessary to sustain you during an emergency. Emergency kits come in all shapes, sizes, and price ranges. You can also make a kit yourself, but this may be more expensive than just purchasing a quality kit outright.</p> <p>Your emergency kit should include a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-first-aid-kits" target="_blank">first-aid kit</a>, food and water, a lighting source, and any other essential safety supplies necessary to help you survive for at least three days after a disaster. You&rsquo;ll also want to personalize your kit with any medical or personal supply items you think are necessary for your family. This will keep you safe and provide you with the peace of mind that you&rsquo;ll be ready for any unexpected emergency.</p> <h2>Top 5 Emergency Kits</h2> <h3>Ready America Deluxe Emergency Kit</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2hRlEXp"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/ready%20america.jpg" width="220" height="220" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2hRlEXp" target="_blank">Ready America Deluxe Emergency Kit 4-Person Backpack</a> has sufficient supplies to sustain four people for three days. It has three days worth of U.S. Coast Guard approved food and water for four people, with a five-year shelf life. It also has a 107-piece first aid kit, light sticks, gloves, four-function emergency power station (with a flashlight, radio, siren, and charger), multifunction tool, goggles, duct tape, and much more, all in a high-quality backpack. For a two-person family, consider the highly-rated <a href="http://amzn.to/2iOaqS4" target="_blank">Ready America Emergency Kit, 2-Person, 3-Day Backpack</a>.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2hRlEXp" target="_blank"><em>Currently $84.35 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Wise Foods 5-Day Survival Backpack</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2i918PW"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/wise%20food.jpg" width="220" height="220" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2i918PW" target="_blank">Wise Foods 5-Day Survival Backpack</a> has enough supplies to last one person five days. The survival pack includes food, water pouches, a portable stove, cup, flashlight, 42-piece first aid kit, waterproof matches, a deck of playing cards, and much more, all included in a high-quality backpack. This comes from the reputable Wise Foods brand, so the food is designed to taste good and sustain you. This has great reviews and is frequently recommended online.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2i918PW" target="_blank"><em>Currently $67.94 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Deluxe 2-Person Perfect Survival Kit</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2i9amLP"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/deluxe.jpg" width="220" height="220" align="right" alt="" /></a>The best-selling <a href="http://amzn.to/2i9amLP" target="_blank">Deluxe 2-Person Perfect Survival Kit</a> has sufficient supplies to sustain two people for three days following a disaster. It has emergency food and water with a five-year shelf life, radio, flashlight, emergency stove, light sticks, sleeping bag, tent, gloves, hygiene kit, 42-piece first aid kit, deck of playing cards, and much more. This all comes in a high-quality multi-pocket hiker&rsquo;s backpack that still has room for additional items. This has twice the amount of water of most kits and is ideal for an earthquake, hurricane, fire, auto accident, evacuation, or other emergency situation.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2i9amLP" target="_blank"><em>Currently $95.95 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Personal Survival Kit and Emergency Pack</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2j3kEx4"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/personal%20survival.jpg" width="245" height="174" align="right" alt="" /></a>The comprehensive <a href="http://amzn.to/2j3kEx4" target="_blank">Personal Survival Kit and Emergency Pack</a> is organized with the items that are most likely needed first on top to assist you in an emergency situation. It has food and water with a five-year shelf life, a 46-piece first aid kit, hand warmers, duct tape, waterproof matches, headlamp, glow sticks, a multipurpose tool, gloves, and much more. The kit comes in a heavy-duty clear waterproof plastic dry bag, which can be hung from your car headrest or placed in your car trunk or home. The clear bag allows you to see everything inside at a glance, so you can quickly grab what you need.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2j3kEx4" target="_blank"><em>Currently $79.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Mayday Deluxe 2-Person Backpack Kit</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2hRllvP"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/mayday.jpg" width="245" height="152" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2hRllvP" target="_blank">Mayday Deluxe 2-Person Backpack Kit</a> has everything you could need for any emergency. It has a camper stove, a tent, flashlight, light stick, radio, gloves, water purification tablets, waterproof matches, utility knife, U.S. Coast Guard approved food and water with a five-year shelf life, and a 54-piece first aid kit. The high-quality, heavy-duty backpack is sturdy and has some room left in it, so you can add more items, if necessary. It is compact enough to keep anywhere, making it ideal for your home or car.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2hRllvP" target="_blank"><em>Currently $67.00 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best emergency kits. As always, be sure to check <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar">Wise Bread's Buying Calendar</a> to learn when and how to buy just about anything!</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-cannon">Andrea Cannon</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-emergency-kits">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-6"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-first-aid-kits">The 5 Best First Aid Kits</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-travel-toiletry-bags">The 5 Best Travel Toiletry Bags</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-pet-nail-clippers">The 5 Best Pet Nail Clippers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-camping-sleeping-pads">The 5 Best Camping Sleeping Pads</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-toilet-papers">The 5 Best Toilet Papers</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty Shopping Travel 5 best emergency kits first aid first aid kit kit product reviews shopping Wed, 04 Jan 2017 10:00:14 +0000 Andrea Cannon 1868208 at http://www.wisebread.com Here's How Much More You're Paying for These 6 Convenience Buys http://www.wisebread.com/heres-how-much-more-youre-paying-for-these-6-convenience-buys <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/heres-how-much-more-youre-paying-for-these-6-convenience-buys" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_drinking_coffee_484171745.jpg" alt="Woman paying more for convenience buys" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Sometimes it makes sense to trade money in exchange for saving time. I could buy wheat, mill it into flour myself, and make my own bread for less than the price of a loaf of bread at the store. This would save me a little money, but it would could cost me a lot of time. Convenience is sometimes worth paying the extra money.</p> <p>Most of the things we buy could be considered &quot;convenience items&quot; to some extent. Why buy jelly when you could buy fruit and make your own for less? Because buying jelly is a lot more convenient than the hard work and time it would take to make it yourself.</p> <p>But at some point, the value obtained from buying convenience items diminishes. One grocery store actually sold pre-peeled oranges at $5.99 per pound, which works out to about $3 per orange. Would you pay around $2.50 extra to buy an orange that is already peeled? You'll need to decide for yourself how much you are willing to pay for convenience.</p> <p>Here are some convenience buys that may not be worth the extra money.</p> <h2>1. Bottled Water</h2> <p>You can fill your own bottle with water at home for less than one cent, but buying a bottle of water costs over $1 &mdash; 100 times more! Most bottled water is sourced from city drinking water supplies, so it is often no better than your own tap water from home.</p> <p><strong>The cost of convenience</strong>: 10,000% extra</p> <h2>2. Vending Machine Items</h2> <p>You can get all kinds of convenient single serving items at a vending machine: candy bars, granola bars, cookies, packs of gum. Most of these items could be obtained for half the price at a grocery store or discount store. Instead of feeding your money to the vending machine, buy snack items in bulk on sale at the grocery or discount store and pocket the savings. Just be sure to pace yourself so you don't consume your snack supply too fast!</p> <p><strong>The cost of convenience</strong>: 100% extra</p> <h2>3. Prepared Fruits and Vegetables</h2> <p>Grocery stores offer convenient containers of prepared fruit and vegetables starting at about $5 per pound. These item are washed, peeled, sliced, and ready-to-eat. But how much is this convenience costing you?</p> <p>Let's take a container of pre-sliced carrots and celery as an example. This prepared item costs $5 per pound, while whole carrots and celery stalks cost about $1 per pound. Paying $4 extra for something I could do myself in a few minutes does not seem like a good value to me. I have started keeping a bowl of carrots and celery in the refrigerator that I prepare myself for healthy and economical snacks.</p> <p><strong>The cost of convenience</strong>: 400% extra</p> <h2>4. Convenient Coffee</h2> <p>Lots of people pick up their morning coffee at a coffee shop, fast food place, or convenience store. I used to do this too until I realized I could make better coffee at home for less than half the cost. Now, I grind whole coffee beans just before brewing, and use a thermal travel mug to take coffee on my commute. The total cost is about 60 cents for a 16 oz mug. I find that making my own coffee takes only a few minutes and is more convenient than driving somewhere and waiting in line to pick it up anyway.</p> <p>Some people use single-serve pods in convenient coffee brewing machines instead of handling coffee grounds or beans, but these pods cost at least twice as much to brew the same amount of coffee.</p> <p><strong>The cost of convenience</strong>: 230% extra</p> <h2>5. Single Serve Beverages</h2> <p>It is shocking how much more expensive it is to buy milk and soda in smaller bottles. At my grocery store, milk costs $3.49 per gallon. The same milk costs $1.39 for a 16 oz. bottle. The cost per gallon for the milk in the smaller bottle works out to $11.12 gallon!</p> <p>A two liter bottle of soda often sells for about $2, while a 20 oz. bottle of the exact same soda sells for $1.89. You would have to buy $6.29 of soda in 20 oz. bottles to get two liters of soda.</p> <p>The best way to avoid paying a lot more for the convenience of a smaller serving size is to buy the large size and use your own cups or containers to make individual servings.</p> <p><strong>The cost of convenience</strong>: 220% extra</p> <h2>6. Hot Sandwiches</h2> <p>When you are tired and hungry, it is almost impossible to resist immediate access to a hot sandwich. That is why ready-to-eat hot food items are so popular at convenience stores and fast food drive through windows. But as usual, convenience comes at a cost. At around $4, a ready-to-eat hot sandwich costs about twice as much as homemade.</p> <p>Try to bring some transportable snacks such as apples, bananas, or a granola bar with you to help you make it home without picking up a hot sandwich on the way.</p> <p><strong>The cost of convenience</strong>: 100% extra</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/dr-penny-pincher">Dr Penny Pincher</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/heres-how-much-more-youre-paying-for-these-6-convenience-buys">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-7"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-things-americans-spend-too-much-on">5 Things Americans Spend Too Much On</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-starbucks-savings-hacks-that-actually-work">7 Starbucks Savings Hacks That Actually Work</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-coffee-grinders">The 5 Best Coffee Grinders</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-reasons-to-stop-buying-gas-station-food">10 Reasons to Stop Buying Gas Station Food</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-coffeemakers">The 5 Best Coffeemakers</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping bottled water coffee convenience buys Fast Food pre-cut vegetables vending machines Tue, 03 Jan 2017 11:00:10 +0000 Dr Penny Pincher 1865737 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Post-Holiday Sales You Didn't Know About http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-post-holiday-sales-you-didnt-know-about <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-post-holiday-sales-you-didnt-know-about" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_happy_shopping_613241502.jpg" alt="Woman finding post-holiday sales she didn&#039;t know about" 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 post-holiday sales you never knew about, New Year&rsquo;s resolutions that will pay off in 10 years, and secrets about shopping at the Apple Store.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/Saving-Money/2016/1229/January-s-Holiday-Hangover-is-the-best-day-for-sales-you-never-knew-about">January's 'Holiday Hangover' is the best day for sales you never knew about</a> &mdash; The first workday after the holidays (that's today!) tends to see plummeting prices and online sales on certain products. [The Monitor]</p> <p><a href="http://www.moneytalksnews.com/5-new-years-resolutions-you-wish-youd-made-10-years-ago/">5 New Year&rsquo;s Resolutions That Will Pay Off 10 Years From Now</a> &mdash; If you keep them up, these five changes will put you in a better place 10 years from now. [Money Talks News]</p> <p><a href="http://www.shebudgets.com/lifestyle/shopping/10-hidden-secrets-about-shopping-at-the-apple-store/71900">10 Hidden Secrets About Shopping At The Apple Store</a> &mdash; If you have an older Apple device that you want to get rid of and you don't want to go through the hassle of selling it yourself, you can take it into an Apple Store and get a gift card in exchange. [SheBudgets]</p> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/How-Clean-Keurig-Coffee-Machine-42387106">Extend Your Keurig's Lifetime by Cleaning It Properly With These Tips</a> &mdash; To get the best cup of joe from your Keurig brewer, descale it every three to six months. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.experian.com/blogs/news/about/spending-diet-broke/">Spending Diet: Stopping Those Money Habits That Keep Us Broke</a> &mdash; Certain habits can drain our budgets and keep us broke. Join Experian's #CreditChat tomorrow at 3 p.m. ET to learn more about these bad spending habits and was to curb them. [Experian]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://moneypantry.com/kids-business-ideas/">60 Small Business Ideas for Teenagers &amp; Kids</a> &mdash; A creative teen can open shop on Etsy and sell handmade items like jewelry, art, candles, and even jam. [Money Pantry]</p> <p><a href="http://www.stevenaitchison.co.uk/blog/3-simple-ways-declutter-life/">3 Simple Ways to Declutter Your Life</a> &mdash; Get rid of anything that doesn't give you energy, and organize the things that invigorate you. [Change Your Thoughts]</p> <p><a href="http://sweethometimes.com/5-factors-consider-move-out-leave-home/">5 Factors to Consider Before You Move Out</a> &mdash; Do you have the basic household items you'll need to set up your new place? Ask your parents or other friends and family if they have extra dishes, cleaning supplies, towels, etc. that you can take. [Sweet Home Times]</p> <p><a href="http://personalself.com/entitlement-mentality/">19 Signs You Have an Entitlement Mentality (9 Ways to Overcome it)</a> &mdash; Do you always see others as a threat or competition that you need to beat? [Personal Self]</p> <p><a href="https://www.lupgrade.com/7-surefire-methods-improve-creativity/">7 Surefire Methods To Improve Your Creativity</a> &mdash; Creativity doesn't require tons of space and freedom. In fact, setting boundaries can actually increase creative output. [Life Upgrade]</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-post-holiday-sales-you-didnt-know-about">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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