Shopping http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/1/all en-US The One Question You Should Ask Before Every Major Purchase http://www.wisebread.com/the-one-question-you-should-ask-before-every-major-purchase <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-one-question-you-should-ask-before-every-major-purchase" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/young_woman_looking_at_car.jpg" alt="Young woman looking at car" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Recently, my husband had to buy a new bathrobe. The old one, which had completely worn out after a decade of wear, was the exact same ridiculous pastel coffee mug robe that Brad Pitt sported ironically in the movie <em>Fight Club</em>. The coffee mug robe cost $188, and had been a gift from me because my husband simply could not bring himself to spend nearly $200 on something he was going to wear around the house on lazy mornings.</p> <p>He loved that intentionally ridiculous robe, but despite my urging him to replace it with the same one from the same boutique, he again balked at spending that kind of money on a bathrobe. No matter how often I pointed out that he'd be spending a little less than $19 a year on daily joy (assuming the replacement robe also lasted 10 years), I could not change his mind.This situation got me wondering, though. How do you decide whether it's worth it to spend $200 on a ridiculous bathrobe, $500 for a phone upgrade, or an additional $5,000 to get the trim package you really want on your new car?</p> <p>Here's the thought process you should go through to figure out if a major purchase is worth it.</p> <h2>The big question: Is this an investment or an indulgence?</h2> <p>The basic definition of an investment is something that will appreciate in value over time. Buying a house is a common example of an investment purchase. In addition, upgrading your flight to business class so that you can more easily get work done on the plane may be an investment (if you can truly commit to working in flight) since the cost of the upgrade will be more than covered by the money you make while working.</p> <p>But what about investments that appreciate in something other than monetary value? For instance, you might spend money on biweekly massages, which do not appreciate in financial value, but they do keep you pain- and stress-free, which might be worth far more to you than the cost of the massages. That is an investment in your physical and mental well-being, even if you never see a specific financial return.</p> <p>On the other hand, an indulgence is something that simply makes you feel good in the moment. You don't expect an indulgence &mdash; like buying your favorite gourmet coffee, driving a sporty car, or purchasing the latest trendy clothes &mdash; to appreciate in financial value. There is nothing wrong with spending money on indulgences, and in fact, they can be an important part of your budget. The problem is when you justify your indulgences by claiming they are investments. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-one-nice-thing-can-ruin-your-whole-budget?ref=seealso" target="_blank">How One Nice Thing Can Ruin Your Whole Budget</a>)</p> <h2>How to tell the difference</h2> <p>The fundamental disagreement that my husband and I have over the bathrobe comes down whether or not spending nearly $200 on it would be an investment or an indulgence. I believe that it's an investment in his daily happiness. He believes it's an indulgence, and therefore not worth the money.</p> <p>There are a couple of things to consider to help you figure out if your major purchase falls into one category or the other:</p> <h3>Length of use</h3> <p>In general, the longer you can get good use out of a product or service, the more likely it is that you are looking at an investment. That means that clothing fads are more likely to be indulgences, whereas well-made classic pieces like a suit or little black dress are more likely to be investments.</p> <h3>Is there a possible substitute?</h3> <p>If there is no other way you'd get the same feeling from another purchase, then it's likely that you're looking at an investment. For instance, you may feel more professional, put-together, and relaxed when you get a weekly manicure. Painting your own nails does not feel the same, and in fact, you feel less professional with your DIY manicure. That means your weekly manicure date is likely an investment in your positive outlook, rather than an indulgence.</p> <h2>Just because it's an investment doesn't mean you should buy it</h2> <p>Even though the big ticket item you want to buy will be an investment in your well-being, that doesn't necessarily mean you should buy it. Major expenditures can derail your finances, even if your purchase will appreciate in value in some way. Before you make your investment purchase, ask yourself if you can afford to make the purchase. If you can't, commit to saving up for it. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-mental-biases-that-are-keeping-you-poor?ref=seealso" target="_blank">5 Mental Biases That Are Keeping You Poor</a>)</p> <h2>Know what you value</h2> <p>Ultimately, determining whether or not you should make a major purchase is all about knowing the things you value most. Spending money on things that will appreciate in value &mdash; whether financial or emotional &mdash; can be a good investment. Spending money on things that will offer more fleeting value is generally an indulgence.</p> <p>Knowing which is which can help you decide when to spend, when to save, and when to just go ahead and buy the silly robe.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/emily-guy-birken">Emily Guy Birken</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-one-question-you-should-ask-before-every-major-purchase">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-things-its-better-to-buy-at-the-last-minute">6 Things It&#039;s Better to Buy at the Last Minute</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-one-nice-thing-can-ruin-your-whole-budget">How One Nice Thing Can Ruin Your Whole 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/flashback-friday-23-mental-tricks-thatll-help-you-save-money">Flashback Friday: 23 Mental Tricks That&#039;ll Help You Save Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-unusual-stores-where-you-can-find-great-bargains">9 Unusual Stores Where You Can Find Great Bargains</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-things-that-should-never-cost-more-than-99">11 Things That Should Never Cost More Than $99</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping major purchase mental bias mental tricks question saving money shopping tips Shopping Tricks Spending Money Fri, 26 May 2017 08:00:11 +0000 Emily Guy Birken 1953939 at http://www.wisebread.com 11 Things That Should Never Cost More Than $99 http://www.wisebread.com/11-things-that-should-never-cost-more-than-99 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/11-things-that-should-never-cost-more-than-99" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/girl_trying_on_shoes.jpg" alt="Girl trying on shoes" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Life is expensive, y'all. Food, rent, home energy, gas &mdash; the basic necessities for modern living &mdash; cost a fortune these days. This is precisely why we need to avoid overpaying elsewhere in our budget. Save yourself some dough by rethinking some of these could-be pricey purchases that should never come in at more than $99.</p> <h2>1. Men's haircut</h2> <p>I don't have the beautiful ginger locks I once had &mdash; it's gettin' pretty sparse up there, friends &mdash; but even when I did have a generous coif to maintain, I never spent more than $20 on a haircut. I spend even less now &mdash; from $8 to $15 at Great Clips (they often have $9.99 specials in my area, and I receive $2 off regularly priced haircuts when I show my local gym membership). Unless you're getting a serious 'do done, you shouldn't pay more than $35. That's the highest I've ever forked over &mdash; in Manhattan &mdash; which included shampoo, cut, rinse, and hot towel service. Even then, I could have done without three of those things.</p> <h2>2. Jeans</h2> <p>If you read my posts frequently, you know I like to shop. Clothing is one of my few budget vices, and I'm generally not apologetic about the amount of money I spend to look good. I do draw the line at expensive jeans, however.</p> <p>In the past, I've spent more than $100 on a single pair of jeans &mdash; with purposefully designed holes in them, no less. But you know what happens to them? Eventually I get tired of them or they fade or I lose/gain too much weight to wear them, and they get sent to charity. And when I started putting that sitch in perspective, I decided I'd much rather send $20 jeans to charity than $150 jeans. Now I almost strictly buy denim at the J.Crew Factory Store (they retail for around $65) that I can score between 40 percent and 60 percent off, and many times I have an additional discount on top of that. I've also started selling my unwanted jeans on Swap.com to recoup some of that cost. I recommend the latter strategy if you have stylish, in-good-shape denim lying around. You may be surprised at how much you'll get for your old clothes. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-i-make-800-on-month-on-ebay-selling-used-clothes?ref=seealso" target="_blank">How I Make $800 on Month on eBay Selling Used Clothes</a>)</p> <h2>3. Halloween costume</h2> <p>Some of my friends are super into Halloween, spending hundreds of dollars on their elaborate costumes each year. I don't get it. A couple Benjis on a goofy get-up that you'll wear one time for, like, four hours? Get outta here. Raid your closet and the local thrift and craft stores to DIY your costume if you enjoy the holiday, but there's no reason to spend more than $99 to be an internet meme or a superhero.</p> <h2>4. A dress you'll only wear once</h2> <p>If you plan to be buried in that dress, spring for it. But if you know you'll only wear it once, what's the point of dipping into your savings to buy it? Instead, ask your friends if they have a dress you can borrow for whatever the occasion may be. It'll be new to you, and no one else has to know you borrowed it. Otherwise, try secondhand stores, online consignment shops, and re-accessorizing what you already have to find a dress you won't feel guilty about wearing when you're already short on rent. Or, if you are looking to splurge on a dress, make sure it's versatile enough to wear multiple times. You can never go wrong with an LBD, after all.</p> <h2>5. Multiple trips to Starbucks in one month</h2> <p>Listen, if you have a $99-plus monthly coffee habit, you have a <em>problem</em>. Coffee is so much cheaper when you make it at home. Brew a pot before work and take it to go. Then take that extra cash you save by making coffee at home and put it toward a vacation fund or retirement. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/heres-how-rich-youd-be-if-you-stopped-drinking-expensive-coffee?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Here's How Rich You'd Be if You Stopped Drinking Expensive Coffee</a>)</p> <h2>6. Gym membership</h2> <p>Even when I lived in Manhattan, I didn't pay more than $99 a month for a gym membership, and mine gave me access to all the locations on the island, including the steam rooms, saunas, showers, and towel service. It wasn't a luxury gym, <em>per se</em>, but it did have some luxuries. Plus, there are so many ways to get fit for free that a triple-digit monthly charge hardly seems worth it.</p> <p>If I ever pay more than $99, I want somebody to work out for me while I watch. Weight loss through osmosis. I like that idea.</p> <h2>7. Textbook</h2> <p>College courses like to stick it to you by constantly updating the editions of the required textbooks so you have to buy the latest, most expensive version. Sometimes you can't avoid it, but most of the time you can find used versions of the books you need in the campus bookstore or online. Bonus if they have notes from the previous owner in them. Added value!</p> <h2>8. Massage</h2> <p>There are very few professions out there that command nearly $100 per hour for services. Massage therapy is one of them, but usually you're not getting what you deserve for the money, i.e. the therapist has hands like a Tonka truck. Skip the high-end spas and try out your more affordable, local options instead. You can also score really great spa deals on daily deal sites that often cut the prices in half.</p> <h2>9. Sneakers</h2> <p>In New York City, I regularly see people standing in line for expensive limited-edition kicks, and I'm sure you've heard the story about NBA newbie Lonzo Ball, who recently <a href="http://www.latimes.com/sports/sportsnow/la-sp-lonzo-ball-shoes-20170511-story.html" target="_blank">released his own $495 shoes</a>. I get it. Guys love their sneaks and they'll pay out the wazoo for them. But until they make shoes that render me able to fly, I'm perfectly happy staying in the $75 to $95 range for shoes that I plan to get dirty and sweat all over.</p> <h2>10. Warehouse club memberships</h2> <p>We've written about the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/are-you-wasting-or-saving-money-with-a-warehouse-club-membership" target="_blank">pros and cons of warehouse memberships</a>, and they make sense if you're feeding a large family, but if you're only feeding one or two mouths, you're probably paying more for the membership than you'll save over its annual lifetime. Combine that with the amount of food you'll waste when you buy in bulk without the need to buy in bulk, and you're really doing your wallet a disservice. Clip your coupons and shop small at your local supermarket where there's no fee to enter.</p> <h2>11. Fresh flowers</h2> <p>If you think about it, flowers are the only living, non-consumable item that we buy at extraordinary prices just to watch die and throw in the trash five days later. Would you buy a fish for $100 if the pet store told you you're gonna have to lay it to rest by the end of the week? Absolutely not. Set a reasonable maximum amount for your fresh bouquets, never exceeding $99. Or skip the buds altogether and spring for alternative gifts that bring joy, like ice cream. Wouldn't you be happier with a pint of Ben &amp; Jerry's than a bouquet of wilted roses? So would everyone else.</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/11-things-that-should-never-cost-more-than-99">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/5-budget-overhaul-tricks-for-the-recently-unemployed">5 Budget Overhaul Tricks for the Recently Unemployed</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/39-mindless-ways-youre-wasting-money-in-every-part-of-your-life">39 Mindless Ways You&#039;re Wasting Money in Every Part of Your Life</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/this-is-how-americans-spent-their-money-in-the-1950s">This Is How Americans Spent Their Money in the 1950s</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-things-its-better-to-buy-at-the-last-minute">6 Things It&#039;s Better to Buy at the Last Minute</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-one-nice-thing-can-ruin-your-whole-budget">How One Nice Thing Can Ruin Your Whole Budget</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Budgeting Shopping $99 budget tips expensive buys frugal tips shopping tips Spending Money Thu, 25 May 2017 08:30:13 +0000 Mikey Rox 1953937 at http://www.wisebread.com How to Save Big at a Going Out of Business Sale http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-save-big-at-a-going-out-of-business-sale <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-save-big-at-a-going-out-of-business-sale" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/man_with_shopping_baggs.jpg" alt="Man saving big at a going out of business sale" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>There are few shopping events that beat a Going Out of Business sale. Even Black Friday and Cyber Monday often pale in comparison to the deals bargain hunters can score from a failed retailer.</p> <p>However, to maximize savings during a Going Out of Business sale, you have to be vigilant. Shoppers can get out of hand trying to grab all the good deals and end up buying items they wouldn't normally purchase. If you stumble onto a closing sale, keep these five factors in mind.</p> <h2>Double check prices first</h2> <p>Ask an employee about any confusing or potentially outdated sales. Also, pay careful attention to the prices that pop up on the cash register as you make the purchase. There is a small chance that new sale prices haven't been updated yet or the item you picked up was in the wrong sale section. Either way, you don't want to end up paying more than expected.</p> <p>If you do notice a potential price discrepancy, address the matter with a staffer. In store closure sales, all sales are often final. So if you check your receipt later and are unhappy with how much you paid, you might not be able to return anything for a refund.</p> <h2>Don't assume it's the best deal</h2> <p>A common misconception is that the store is looking to get the items off the shelf as rapidly as possible to save money on overhead costs. In many cases, these sales aren't actually run by the failed company. Instead, liquidation organizations run the sales. In order to maximize <em>their </em>profits, they often plan for the liquidation sale to last months.</p> <p>This sales strategy means that the initial days and weeks of a store closure sale may only offer around 10 percent off. The store also tends to eliminate any sales that had been set in place to ensure competitive pricing. Check your smartphone or other stores to see if the prices are actually competitive before you start grabbing things off the shelves. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/save-money-in-5-seconds-or-less-with-these-27-easy-tricks?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Save Money in 5 Seconds or Less With These 29 Easy Tricks</a>)</p> <h2>Beware of misleading add-on discounts</h2> <p>Closing sales often try to entice customers to purchase specific items by offering an additional 10 percent off the sale price. With a base sale of 20 percent off and an additional 10 percent off, you might think this adds up to 30 percent off your bill. In reality, the extra 10 percent is deducted <em>after </em>the base sale of 20 percent is calculated.</p> <p>So if an item is $20, 30 percent off would make it $14. But with this tricky additional 10 percent off after the base sale, the item would be 10 percent off $16, which is $14.40. The difference seems small, but it can make a significant impact on bulk purchases or more expensive items.</p> <h2>Don't waste your time arguing over prices</h2> <p>When it comes to Going Out of Business sales, the customer is not always right. The company isn't concerned with retaining customers at this point. The owner or liquidator's only goal is to maximize profits.</p> <p>This means that tactics like <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-effectively-complain-to-get-what-you-want" target="_blank">complaining to employees</a> or haggling won't lead to lower prices or special privileges. Giving exceptions to price policies is out of the manager's hands at this point. If you go down that road, you'll be wasting your own time and the time of everyone behind you in line.</p> <p>Just view these sales as take-it-or-leave-it propositions on as-is merchandise. If you don't like it, move on.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/samantha-stauf">Samantha Stauf</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-save-big-at-a-going-out-of-business-sale">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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Winners will also be contacted via email.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered, or associated with Facebook or Twitter.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>You must be 18 and U.S. resident to enter. Void where prohibited.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Good Luck!</strong></p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tell us about what you look for a thrift stores and we&#039;ll enter you in a drawing to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card! </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-what-do-you-look-for-at-thrift-stores">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/ask-the-readers-200-giveaway-what-does-corporate-social-responsibility-mean-to-you">Ask the Readers $200 Giveaway: What Does Corporate Social Responsibility Mean to You?</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/ask-the-readers-trash-or-cash-chance-to-win-20">Ask the Readers: Trash or Cash? (Chance to Win $20!)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-to-look-for-every-time-you-visit-a-thrift-store">10 Things to Look for Every Time You Visit a Thrift Store</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/tj-maxx-giving-away-500-in-gift-cards-to-wise-bread-readers">TJ Maxx Giving Away $500 in Gift Cards to Wise Bread Readers</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-deals-in-every-thrift-store">The 5 Best Deals in Every Thrift Store</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Giveaways Shopping Ask the Readers thrift stores Tue, 23 May 2017 08:30:08 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 1950277 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Gift Card Tricks Every Shopper Should Know http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-gift-card-tricks-every-shopper-should-know <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-gift-card-tricks-every-shopper-should-know" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_shopping_gift_card_160188429.jpg" alt="Shopper learning gift card tricks" 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 gift card hacks that every shopper should know, travel websites to help you find the cheapest flight, and the best time to buy big-ticket items.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="https://www.moneytalksnews.com/7-gift-card-hacks-every-shopper-must-know/">7 Gift Card Hacks Every Shopper Should Know</a> &mdash; Some states allow you to exchange gift cards for cash if you have less than a certain amount left on the balance. [Money Talks News]</p> <p><a href="https://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Sites-Cheap-Flights-43453758">10 Awesome Travel Websites to Find the Cheapest Flight</a> &mdash; These websites will help you find the biggest travel bang for your buck. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.kiplinger.com/article/spending/T050-C011-S002-best-time-to-buy-big-ticket-items.html%5d">Best Time to Buy Big-Ticket Items</a> &mdash; Wait until September or October to buy major appliances. You'll find discounts of 20 percent or more on older models as retailers make room for new arrivals. [Kiplinger]</p> <p><a href="http://www.csmonitor.com/Environment/2017/0516/Scientists-discover-unexpectedly-dense-layer-of-trash-on-an-uninhabited-island">Scientists discover unexpectedly dense layer of trash on an uninhabited island</a> &mdash; The density of trash that researchers found on the remote Henderson Island was the highest recorded anywhere in the world. [The Christian Science Monitor]</p> <p><a href="http://www.moneyspruce.com/smart-ways-save-summer-cooling-bill-start-now/">Smart Ways to Save on the Summer Cooling Bill to Start Now</a> &mdash; Move your cooking from the indoor stove to the outdoor grill to avoid heating up the house. [Money Spruce]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="https://www.thepennyhoarder.com/life/low-cost-and-free-mental-health-services">9 Ways to Get Free or Cheap Therapy When You Don&rsquo;t Have Health Insurance</a> &mdash; Like in other areas of health and medicine, there are training clinics for mental health practitioners. These typically charge on a sliding scale. [The Penny Hoarder]</p> <p><a href="http://www.moneysoldiers.com/simple-tricks-maintaining-accurate-small-business-accounts/">Simple Tricks for Maintaining Accurate Small Business Accounts</a> &mdash; As your business grows, consider hiring an accounts assistant to do the day-to-day bookkeeping. [Money Soldiers]</p> <p><a href="http://everythingfinanceblog.com/20365/look-good-for-summer.html">How to Avoid Spending Extra Money to Look Good for Summer</a> &mdash; Choose your splurges wisely! You may not even finish seasonal beauty products before they expire. You'll get the most value for essentials that you use every day, year-round. [Everything Finance]</p> <p><a href="https://www.dumblittleman.com/dating-mistakes/">4 Dating Mistakes You Could Be Making (And What To Do With Them)</a> &mdash; Don't equate chemistry with love or compatibility. Ask questions and take the time to get to know the other person, and learn if they care about the things that you care about. [Dumb Little Man]</p> <p><a href="https://www.pickthebrain.com/blog/what-to-do-when-you-cant-meditate/">What To Do When You Can&rsquo;t Meditate?</a> &mdash; If meditating is difficult for your, try doodling. Doodling can release tension in your mind, helping you to find the solution to your problems. [Pick The Brain]</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-gift-card-tricks-every-shopper-should-know">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-5-credit-cards-for-groceries">The Best Credit Cards for Groceries</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-save-big-at-a-going-out-of-business-sale">How to Save Big at a Going Out of Business Sale</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/top-seven-reasons-why-i-use-my-credit-card-for-everything">Top 7 Reasons Why I Use My Credit Card for Everything</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-save-a-ton-by-eating-soup-every-day-and-never-get-bored">How to Save a Ton by Eating Soup Every Day (and Never Get Bored!)</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-i-make-800-on-month-on-ebay-selling-used-clothes">How I Make $800 on Month on eBay Selling Used Clothes</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping best money tips gift card hacks Mon, 22 May 2017 08:30:11 +0000 Amy Lu 1950844 at http://www.wisebread.com Here's How One Social Media Micro Star Gets Lots of Free Stuff http://www.wisebread.com/heres-how-one-social-media-micro-star-gets-lots-of-free-stuff <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/heres-how-one-social-media-micro-star-gets-lots-of-free-stuff" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock-529666142.jpg" alt="Social media star getting lots of free stuff" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>We've all heard of social media stars, aka &quot;influencers,&quot; who can quit their day jobs and live off the free resort stays, paid Instagram posts, and endless swag provided by brands eager to advertise to a large digital audience. But what if you don't have a million followers on social media? Can you still reap material benefits?</p> <p>I spent the last four months building up a modest Instagram following in my spare time. It started as a hobby, but to my surprise, brands started offering me free stuff to review much sooner than I anticipated. I fall into the realm of the &quot;micro-influencer,&quot; which is a social media account with a few thousand followers, rather than a few hundred thousand. I currently get so many offers for free products that I can't possibly say yes to them all. You can get free stuff, too, with a few social media tips.</p> <h2>1. Find a niche</h2> <blockquote class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-version="7" style=" background:#FFF; border:0; border-radius:3px; box-shadow:0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width:658px; padding:0; width:99.375%; width:-webkit-calc(100% - 2px); width:calc(100% - 2px);"><div style="padding:8px;"> <div style=" background:#F8F8F8; line-height:0; margin-top:40px; padding:50.0% 0; text-align:center; width:100%;"> <div style=" background:url(data:image/png;base64,iVBORw0KGgoAAAANSUhEUgAAACwAAAAsCAMAAAApWqozAAAABGdBTUEAALGPC/xhBQAAAAFzUkdCAK7OHOkAAAAMUExURczMzPf399fX1+bm5mzY9AMAAADiSURBVDjLvZXbEsMgCES5/P8/t9FuRVCRmU73JWlzosgSIIZURCjo/ad+EQJJB4Hv8BFt+IDpQoCx1wjOSBFhh2XssxEIYn3ulI/6MNReE07UIWJEv8UEOWDS88LY97kqyTliJKKtuYBbruAyVh5wOHiXmpi5we58Ek028czwyuQdLKPG1Bkb4NnM+VeAnfHqn1k4+GPT6uGQcvu2h2OVuIf/gWUFyy8OWEpdyZSa3aVCqpVoVvzZZ2VTnn2wU8qzVjDDetO90GSy9mVLqtgYSy231MxrY6I2gGqjrTY0L8fxCxfCBbhWrsYYAAAAAElFTkSuQmCC); display:block; height:44px; margin:0 auto -44px; position:relative; top:-22px; width:44px;">&nbsp;</div> </div> <p style=" color:#c9c8cd; font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; line-height:17px; margin-bottom:0; margin-top:8px; overflow:hidden; padding:8px 0 7px; text-align:center; text-overflow:ellipsis; white-space:nowrap;"><a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BHnWxevh8p3/" style=" color:#c9c8cd; font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; font-style:normal; font-weight:normal; line-height:17px; text-decoration:none;" target="_blank">A post shared by Camilla (@gracefulfaceblog)</a> on <time style=" font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; line-height:17px;" datetime="2016-07-08T21:05:23+00:00">Jul 8, 2016 at 2:05pm PDT</time></p> </div> </blockquote> <script async defer src="//platform.instagram.com/en_US/embeds.js"></script><p>The easiest way to get active engagement from the social media community and attention from brands is by &quot;niching down&quot; in social-media parlance. Finding a small, but dedicated community focused on a niche hobby or product can help you grow the fastest. In my case, I started by focusing on Asian beauty products, which is a very focused, but growing part of the beauty industry. My followers are highly engaged and tight-knit, making any influence in this community incredibly valuable, especially for up-and-coming brands.</p> <p>If you'd like to get free swag from brands, it helps if the products you'd like to receive aren't overwhelmingly expensive. It's far more likely for a beauty, food, or clothing brand to send you some of their wares than expensive electronics brands, for instance. I see people with just 400 to 500 followers in my niche receiving free products.</p> <h2>2. Provide value</h2> <p>Providing reviews or tips to your followers can be one way to engage the community and keep them coming back for more. Even if your social media account is more aspirational and lifestyle-oriented, be sure to think about what you're offering that will keep people's attention, and what would make them likely to purchase the products you showcase.</p> <h2>3. Post regularly</h2> <blockquote class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-version="7" style=" background:#FFF; border:0; border-radius:3px; box-shadow:0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width:658px; padding:0; width:99.375%; width:-webkit-calc(100% - 2px); width:calc(100% - 2px);"><div style="padding:8px;"> <div style=" background:#F8F8F8; line-height:0; margin-top:40px; padding:50.0% 0; text-align:center; width:100%;"> <div style=" background:url(data:image/png;base64,iVBORw0KGgoAAAANSUhEUgAAACwAAAAsCAMAAAApWqozAAAABGdBTUEAALGPC/xhBQAAAAFzUkdCAK7OHOkAAAAMUExURczMzPf399fX1+bm5mzY9AMAAADiSURBVDjLvZXbEsMgCES5/P8/t9FuRVCRmU73JWlzosgSIIZURCjo/ad+EQJJB4Hv8BFt+IDpQoCx1wjOSBFhh2XssxEIYn3ulI/6MNReE07UIWJEv8UEOWDS88LY97kqyTliJKKtuYBbruAyVh5wOHiXmpi5we58Ek028czwyuQdLKPG1Bkb4NnM+VeAnfHqn1k4+GPT6uGQcvu2h2OVuIf/gWUFyy8OWEpdyZSa3aVCqpVoVvzZZ2VTnn2wU8qzVjDDetO90GSy9mVLqtgYSy231MxrY6I2gGqjrTY0L8fxCxfCBbhWrsYYAAAAAElFTkSuQmCC); display:block; height:44px; margin:0 auto -44px; position:relative; top:-22px; width:44px;">&nbsp;</div> </div> <p style=" color:#c9c8cd; font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; line-height:17px; margin-bottom:0; margin-top:8px; overflow:hidden; padding:8px 0 7px; text-align:center; text-overflow:ellipsis; white-space:nowrap;"><a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BIn_7CbB1bC/" style=" color:#c9c8cd; font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; font-style:normal; font-weight:normal; line-height:17px; text-decoration:none;" target="_blank">A post shared by Camilla (@gracefulfaceblog)</a> on <time style=" font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; line-height:17px;" datetime="2016-08-02T23:36:21+00:00">Aug 2, 2016 at 4:36pm PDT</time></p> </div> </blockquote> <script async defer src="//platform.instagram.com/en_US/embeds.js"></script><p>When your followers know you have new content coming regularly, they're more likely to seek it out and engage with your posts. Your followers will feel like they know you better. Brands will know that you post consistently, and are likely to follow through with reviewing or showcasing their products. This may differ based on the social media platform &mdash; you could post several times a day on Instagram without fatiguing your followers, for instance, whereas you may want to post less frequently on Facebook, YouTube, and other platforms.</p> <h2>4. Do your hashtag or keyword research</h2> <p>On Instagram and Twitter, make sure you're using targeted, effective hashtags. For other social media platforms such as YouTube and blogs, make sure you do your keyword research so your posts show up in Google search.</p> <h2>5. Create great visuals</h2> <blockquote class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-version="7" style=" background:#FFF; border:0; border-radius:3px; box-shadow:0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width:658px; padding:0; width:99.375%; width:-webkit-calc(100% - 2px); width:calc(100% - 2px);"><div style="padding:8px;"> <div style=" background:#F8F8F8; line-height:0; margin-top:40px; padding:50.0% 0; text-align:center; width:100%;"> <div style=" background:url(data:image/png;base64,iVBORw0KGgoAAAANSUhEUgAAACwAAAAsCAMAAAApWqozAAAABGdBTUEAALGPC/xhBQAAAAFzUkdCAK7OHOkAAAAMUExURczMzPf399fX1+bm5mzY9AMAAADiSURBVDjLvZXbEsMgCES5/P8/t9FuRVCRmU73JWlzosgSIIZURCjo/ad+EQJJB4Hv8BFt+IDpQoCx1wjOSBFhh2XssxEIYn3ulI/6MNReE07UIWJEv8UEOWDS88LY97kqyTliJKKtuYBbruAyVh5wOHiXmpi5we58Ek028czwyuQdLKPG1Bkb4NnM+VeAnfHqn1k4+GPT6uGQcvu2h2OVuIf/gWUFyy8OWEpdyZSa3aVCqpVoVvzZZ2VTnn2wU8qzVjDDetO90GSy9mVLqtgYSy231MxrY6I2gGqjrTY0L8fxCxfCBbhWrsYYAAAAAElFTkSuQmCC); display:block; height:44px; margin:0 auto -44px; position:relative; top:-22px; width:44px;">&nbsp;</div> </div> <p style=" color:#c9c8cd; font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; line-height:17px; margin-bottom:0; margin-top:8px; overflow:hidden; padding:8px 0 7px; text-align:center; text-overflow:ellipsis; white-space:nowrap;"><a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BRJxnPhgdF1/" style=" color:#c9c8cd; font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; font-style:normal; font-weight:normal; line-height:17px; text-decoration:none;" target="_blank">A post shared by Camilla (@gracefulfaceblog)</a> on <time style=" font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; line-height:17px;" datetime="2017-03-02T22:36:38+00:00">Mar 2, 2017 at 2:36pm PST</time></p> </div> </blockquote> <script async defer src="//platform.instagram.com/en_US/embeds.js"></script><p>If you want brands to be showcased on your account, you need to make their products look good. While you don't have to be a professional photographer, spend some time setting up your photos, and make sure they're clear, well-lit, and pleasing to the eye. Photo editing apps such as VSCO, Snapseed, and Facetune can help you create social media-ready photos without the need for professional photo-editing software. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/these-6-instragrammers-are-getting-rich-by-traveling-the-world" target="_blank">6 Instagrammers Getting Rich by Traveling the World</a>)</p> <h2>6. Focus on engagement</h2> <p>Social media isn't all a numbers game, contrary to popular opinion. You may only have a few hundred followers, but if you have a high proportion of your followers commenting and &quot;liking&quot; your posts, you show brands that your followers care about your opinions. To many brands, engagement counts as much as numbers, and in some cases, more. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-social-media-stars-who-earn-way-more-than-you?ref=seealso" target="_blank">5 Social Media Stars Who Earn Way More Than You</a>)</p> <h2>7. Be authentic</h2> <blockquote class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-version="7" style=" background:#FFF; border:0; border-radius:3px; box-shadow:0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width:658px; padding:0; width:99.375%; width:-webkit-calc(100% - 2px); width:calc(100% - 2px);"><div style="padding:8px;"> <div style=" background:#F8F8F8; line-height:0; margin-top:40px; padding:50.0% 0; text-align:center; width:100%;"> <div style=" background:url(data:image/png;base64,iVBORw0KGgoAAAANSUhEUgAAACwAAAAsCAMAAAApWqozAAAABGdBTUEAALGPC/xhBQAAAAFzUkdCAK7OHOkAAAAMUExURczMzPf399fX1+bm5mzY9AMAAADiSURBVDjLvZXbEsMgCES5/P8/t9FuRVCRmU73JWlzosgSIIZURCjo/ad+EQJJB4Hv8BFt+IDpQoCx1wjOSBFhh2XssxEIYn3ulI/6MNReE07UIWJEv8UEOWDS88LY97kqyTliJKKtuYBbruAyVh5wOHiXmpi5we58Ek028czwyuQdLKPG1Bkb4NnM+VeAnfHqn1k4+GPT6uGQcvu2h2OVuIf/gWUFyy8OWEpdyZSa3aVCqpVoVvzZZ2VTnn2wU8qzVjDDetO90GSy9mVLqtgYSy231MxrY6I2gGqjrTY0L8fxCxfCBbhWrsYYAAAAAElFTkSuQmCC); display:block; height:44px; margin:0 auto -44px; position:relative; top:-22px; width:44px;">&nbsp;</div> </div> <p style=" color:#c9c8cd; font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; line-height:17px; margin-bottom:0; margin-top:8px; overflow:hidden; padding:8px 0 7px; text-align:center; text-overflow:ellipsis; white-space:nowrap;"><a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BNyO9OSh1Ik/" style=" color:#c9c8cd; font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; font-style:normal; font-weight:normal; line-height:17px; text-decoration:none;" target="_blank">A post shared by Camilla (@gracefulfaceblog)</a> on <time style=" font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; line-height:17px;" datetime="2016-12-09T05:37:05+00:00">Dec 8, 2016 at 9:37pm PST</time></p> </div> </blockquote> <script async defer src="//platform.instagram.com/en_US/embeds.js"></script><p>Everyone on the social media scene harps on the importance of being authentic, but it isn't always easy when you're putting only your best photos and content out there on the internet. There's a fine line between appearing professional (and thus appealing to brands) and being approachable. Don't be afraid to share a little bit about yourself personally, but don&rsquo;t veer into the realm of too much information or negativity.</p> <p>It may seem a little odd to say this in an article about how to get free stuff, but don't be too focused on getting free stuff. Your followers can spot a mercenary attitude a mile away, and your account won't grow if it seems like it only exists to get freebies. I started my account to chronicle my hobby, not to get free products. The free swag was just a nice byproduct of being immersed in a great community.</p> <h2>8. Join influencer apps and networks</h2> <p>The Influenster app is probably the most well-known and popular influencer app, with broad categories such as food, haircare, home goods, beauty, and more. With this influencer network, you receive free samples to review on your social media accounts. The more followers you have, the more likely you are to receive samples regularly, though I started receiving products even when I only had a few hundred followers.</p> <p>I've also started using Brandbacker, an influencer network that allows you to apply to do brand campaigns in exchange for free products or sometimes paid opportunities.</p> <h2>9. Approach brands directly</h2> <blockquote class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-version="7" style=" background:#FFF; border:0; border-radius:3px; box-shadow:0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width:658px; padding:0; width:99.375%; width:-webkit-calc(100% - 2px); width:calc(100% - 2px);"><div style="padding:8px;"> <div style=" background:#F8F8F8; line-height:0; margin-top:40px; padding:50.0% 0; text-align:center; width:100%;"> <div style=" background:url(data:image/png;base64,iVBORw0KGgoAAAANSUhEUgAAACwAAAAsCAMAAAApWqozAAAABGdBTUEAALGPC/xhBQAAAAFzUkdCAK7OHOkAAAAMUExURczMzPf399fX1+bm5mzY9AMAAADiSURBVDjLvZXbEsMgCES5/P8/t9FuRVCRmU73JWlzosgSIIZURCjo/ad+EQJJB4Hv8BFt+IDpQoCx1wjOSBFhh2XssxEIYn3ulI/6MNReE07UIWJEv8UEOWDS88LY97kqyTliJKKtuYBbruAyVh5wOHiXmpi5we58Ek028czwyuQdLKPG1Bkb4NnM+VeAnfHqn1k4+GPT6uGQcvu2h2OVuIf/gWUFyy8OWEpdyZSa3aVCqpVoVvzZZ2VTnn2wU8qzVjDDetO90GSy9mVLqtgYSy231MxrY6I2gGqjrTY0L8fxCxfCBbhWrsYYAAAAAElFTkSuQmCC); display:block; height:44px; margin:0 auto -44px; position:relative; top:-22px; width:44px;">&nbsp;</div> </div> <p style=" color:#c9c8cd; font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; line-height:17px; margin-bottom:0; margin-top:8px; overflow:hidden; padding:8px 0 7px; text-align:center; text-overflow:ellipsis; white-space:nowrap;"><a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BSOpfAyAFlL/" style=" color:#c9c8cd; font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; font-style:normal; font-weight:normal; line-height:17px; text-decoration:none;" target="_blank">A post shared by Camilla (@gracefulfaceblog)</a> on <time style=" font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; line-height:17px;" datetime="2017-03-29T16:33:12+00:00">Mar 29, 2017 at 9:33am PDT</time></p> </div> </blockquote> <script async defer src="//platform.instagram.com/en_US/embeds.js"></script><p>Once you have a social media presence and have established your niche, it doesn't hurt to approach brands directly for free samples to showcase. You can approach brands via private message on social media, or look for their marketing or PR contacts via their websites. Send a concise, professional message, and tell them what value you bring to the table. Do you give really helpful, detailed reviews? Or beautiful photography? How can your content benefit the brand?</p> <p>Smaller brands are often willing to reach out to influencers with smaller followings, but you'd be surprised what response you might get (and the free goodies) if you reach out to larger brands who may have more of a marketing budget.</p> <h2>10. Be clear about expectations</h2> <p>It's exciting to get free products just for putting up a post on social media. Just be sure to set clear expectations, both for yourself and for brands you're working with, about just how much content you will create. Some brands expect you to create several posts across several different social media platforms in exchange for a free item. Others may be willing to send you the products with no strings attached and hope that you'll post something positive about them. It's best to be on the same page to begin with, and try to get it in writing, even if it's just a quick note via private message. And remember, you can always say no. Free products don't pay the bills, after all.</p> <p>Everyone wants a slice of the social media marketing pie these days, so if you're willing to create great content in exchange for free stuff, it's not too hard to do so. Many small influencers are able to support their hobby this way, without having to shell out too much of their own cash. And who knows, once you've mastered micro-influencer territory, you might even be able to turn your social media account into a paid side gig.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/camilla-cheung">Camilla Cheung</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/heres-how-one-social-media-micro-star-gets-lots-of-free-stuff">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-social-media-can-save-you-money">6 Ways Social Media Can Save You Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-34-smart-ways-to-improve-your-social-media-presence">Flashback Friday: 34 Smart Ways to Improve Your Social Media Presence</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-social-media-stars-who-earn-way-more-than-you">5 Social Media Stars Who Earn Way More Than You</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/social-media-an-easy-source-of-coupons">Social Media: An Easy Source of Coupons</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-surprising-ways-social-media-stars-make-money">5 Surprising Ways Social Media Stars Make Money</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping Technology Facebook free goodies free stuff instagram side hustle snapchat social media social media following social media star twitter Mon, 22 May 2017 08:00:12 +0000 Camilla Cheung 1950344 at http://www.wisebread.com How to Save a Ton by Eating Soup Every Day (and Never Get Bored!) http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-save-a-ton-by-eating-soup-every-day-and-never-get-bored <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-save-a-ton-by-eating-soup-every-day-and-never-get-bored" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock-537368113.jpg" alt="Woman learning how to save a ton by eating soup every day" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>In January I found a sale on Progresso Soup for 99 cents per can, down from it's normal $3.29 price at my local grocery store. It was a huge savings on something we usually buy as a last-minute lunch backup. And since I love soup, this sale was extra exciting to me. It's a veritable soup coup!</p> <p>So, naturally I had to call my husband, Mr. Spendypants, about my glorious, souper duper find.</p> <p>Yes, this is what passes as exciting in our marriage. Don't judge us.</p> <h2>Taking full advantage of our soup savings</h2> <p>We fell into this yummy life hack by accident. My husband and I are currently working opposite schedules, so it's hard to make a more complicated meal that is hot and on the table when both of us are home and hungry. January was so overbooked with work that we agreed to simplify suppertime. Instead of our typical, fancy multicourse dinner, we'd just split a can of soup and eat some homemade bread. To round out the meal, the person who got home first would make a vegetable side from whatever we already had in the fridge.</p> <p>At the end of the week, we were shocked to find that we'd only spent $20 on food for two people.</p> <p>We decided to make our bread and soup dinner a nightly habit for the rest of 2017 as a part of our <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/my-2016-budget-challenge-three-lessons-about-saving-one-husband-learned-in-a-year" target="_blank">ongoing budget challenge</a>. You don't have to go to that extreme to realize advantages from a scaled-back version of our plan. And you can improve the nutritional profile by sticking with low-salt, vegetable-laden, and no-cream varieties of canned soup, or making homemade soup. Beyond the price, there are a lot of benefits to our limited menu.</p> <h2>1. It's flexible</h2> <p>My husband and I are committed to bread and soup dinners for a year, but I know our meal plan sounds a little hard-core and weird to anyone who isn't a big soup aficionado already. However, canned soup has a long shelf life, so it's great to have on hand for those particularly busy weeks when every minute counts. Consider stocking your pantry with two weeks' worth of these timesaving dinners to get you through rough patches in your schedule.</p> <p>Also, if automating seven meals a week is going to cause whining at the dinner table, you could always start by automating just one meal a week, to give the family cook a break.</p> <h2>2. It's not boring</h2> <p>One of the reasons why this meal hack works so well for us is that it doesn't get boring. There are approximately a bazillion canned soup varieties to choose from, and even more recipes for homemade soup, so we don't get tired of eating the same thing.</p> <p>To keep dinner costs at a minimum, we have also been careful only to buy produce that is both on sale and in season. This shopping limit has had a secondary effect of keeping our side veggie plate interesting because we can't rely on eating the same fruits and vegetables year-round.</p> <h2>3. It's simple to make</h2> <p>Because we are using canned soup, this is such an easy meal that a 10-year-old could make this with very little supervision. It requires no special tools or cooking skills. Dinner can be ready and on the table within 10 minutes.</p> <p>Want to try homemade? Even if you are a novice cook, it's hard to ruin soup. Ease yourself into cooking from scratch by practicing with some <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-cheap-and-easy-soup-recipes" target="_blank">basic soup recipes</a>.</p> <h2>4. The numbers are easy to track</h2> <p>The automation aspect of this meal plan makes it easy to budget around. The soup costs about $7 a week. The bread ingredients cost less than 50 cents per loaf, or less than $2 per week. Since we have access to cheap or free produce in our area, we've managed to keep our side salad budget to around $5 per week. Our grocery spending is much more predictable now.</p> <p>Pro Tip: My mother eats a peanut butter and jelly sandwich with an apple every single day for lunch. She knows not only the cost of her lunch, but also the nutritional value and the calorie count. If you want to be super calibrated with your calorie counting and grocery budgeting, you can automate one meal each day to this basic level. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-easy-ways-to-automate-your-everyday-life?ref=seealso" target="_blank">4 Easy Ways to Automate Your Everyday Life</a>)</p> <h2>5. It works with almost any budget</h2> <p>We've managed to keep our dinner budget to about $2 per day for two people, but you can make the meal even less expensive if you are in a budget pinch by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-delicious-soups-you-can-make-from-leftovers">making your own soup</a>. I saved even more money on our grocery budget this week when a friend gave me a turkey carcass to turn into turkey broth. Also, this month we've been using the weeds out of our backyard as salad ingredients.</p> <h2>6. Homemade soup can be made in bulk in advance</h2> <p>We are currently dining on a lot of canned soup in part because our tiny freezer is packed with food. As we eat through our freezer stash, we are making room for homemade soups. Obviously it takes longer to make soup from scratch than it does to open a can, but it's still very easy to make a huge amount of soup in advance and then freeze it in individual portions. And, because we own a slow cooker, soup is one of those dishes that we can actually make while we sleep!</p> <h2>7. It's easy to scale</h2> <p>Do you have company coming over? Thaw more soup.&nbsp;Are you eating alone? Open a can and put half in the fridge for later.</p> <h2>8. It works with most diets</h2> <p>Because this meal is basically soup and salad, you can tailor it to your own dietary needs or available pantry supplies.&nbsp;If you don't like bread, substitute potatoes, rice, or another inexpensive grain dish for the bread.</p> <h2>9. It increases vegetable intake</h2> <p>Since my husband and I are borderline vegetarians, our new canned soup habit has actually increased our meat consumption. That said, the average American does not eat enough vegetables, and soup is an easy way to up your vegetable servings. Obviously, vegetarian soups like gazpacho or Turkish lentil soup will increase your vegetable intake the most, but even canned chicken noodle soups provide between 10 percent and 50 percent of the daily value for vitamin A.</p> <h2>10. It reduces stress</h2> <p>There's no decision fatigue with this meal. The only thing we have to think about is finding another sale on soup before we run out. Luckily, soup goes on sale pretty regularly, so we've already re-upped our supply twice.</p> <p>Also, because our menu planning is simple and clear, shopping requires no forethought. Our shopping list consists of: milk, coffee, soup, tea, bread-making ingredients, and the least expensive vegetables in the store that week.</p> <h2>11. It saves on food waste</h2> <p>One side effect of our extremely tight dinner budget is that we are not tempted to buy more food than we can eat in a week.</p> <p>Also, soup is the perfect vehicle to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/thursday-night-soup-delicious-soup-from-leftovers" target="_blank">transform leftovers</a> into a delicious second meal. Even unattractive food like wilted lettuce, broccoli stems, and stale bread can all be converted to soup or added to pre-made canned soup to stretch it further.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/max-wong">Max Wong</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-save-a-ton-by-eating-soup-every-day-and-never-get-bored">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/this-simple-shopping-list-strategy-from-5-meal-plan-will-save-you-big">This Simple Shopping List Strategy From $5 Meal Plan Will Save You Big</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-hot-new-food-trends-the-frugal-way">8 Hot New Food Trends — The Frugal Way</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-easy-ways-to-save-on-groceries-in-a-pinch">5 Easy Ways to Save on Groceries in a Pinch</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-122-no-fuss-dinner-ideas-thatll-save-you-money">Flashback Friday: 122 No-Fuss Dinner Ideas That&#039;ll Save You Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/save-100s-next-month-with-these-10-grocery-shopping-tips">Save $100s Next Month With These 10 Grocery Shopping Tips</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Shopping budgeting dinner ideas Food groceries grocery shopping tricks meal planning saving money soup Fri, 19 May 2017 08:00:08 +0000 Max Wong 1950125 at http://www.wisebread.com 7 Super Splurges of the Rich and Famous http://www.wisebread.com/7-super-splurges-of-the-rich-and-famous <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-super-splurges-of-the-rich-and-famous" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock-518185244.jpg" alt="Discovering the super splurges of the rich and famous" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Celebrities have money to spend, and boy do some of them spend it. There are a select few, including Winona Ryder, Tobey Maguire, and Kristen Bell, who are well known for their frugal habits. Others, not so much.</p> <p>But when you're bringing in six-figure paychecks, you're entitled to treat yourself a bit more often. Here are some of the most extravagant indulgences from the rich and famous. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/zooey-deschanel-never-pays-late-fees-and-5-other-smart-money-lessons-from-celebrities" target="_blank">5 Smart Money Lessons From Celebrities</a>)</p> <h2>1. Blue Ivy's custom Barbie</h2> <p>Since she was first introduced back in 1959, Barbie has been among the most popular toys for kids around the world. With an endless collection of accessories, dresses, vehicles, and homes, parents could spend a fortune on building a Barbie collection. However, very few could outdo Beyoncé with her custom-designed, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/14/blue-ivys-birthday-present_n_2472817.html" target="_blank">diamond-encrusted Barbie worth $80,000</a> that she gave her daughter Blue Ivy on her first birthday.</p> <h2>2. Ashton Kutcher's art book</h2> <p>The former star of <em>That '70s Show </em>and<em> Two and a Half Men</em> is known for his interest in venture capitalism, entrepreneurship, and investing. Having so many streams of income allows Kutcher to splurge on gifts. Back when he was married to actress Demi Moore, he spent $1,900 on a limited edition book of Africa photos by photographer and artist Peter Beard. Worth roughly $3.80 per page, that's one book you definitely wouldn't don't want to lose.</p> <h2>3. Lady GaGa's EMF detectors</h2> <p>After playing a menacing vampire for FX's <em>American Horror Story: Hotel</em>, wearing dresses and bikinis made out of raw meat, and jumping several feet into a football stadium for the Super Bowl Halftime Show, Lady Gaga seems pretty fearless. However, it turns out that the singer of &quot;Bad Romance&quot; believes in paranormal activity, has confessed to <a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/music/artists/who-was-joanne-the-tragic-figure-who-inspired-lady-gagas-new-alb/" target="_blank">having spiritual visions</a>, and wants to always be safe from spirits wherever she goes. That's why several sources report that she spent an estimated $40,000 in state-of-the-art Electromagnetic Field (EMF) detectors, which her team allegedly uses to <a href="http://www.glamourmagazine.co.uk/article/lady-gaga-spends-thousands-on-ghost-hunters" target="_blank">check for paranormal activity</a> backstage at concert venues.</p> <h2>4. Bono's favorite hat</h2> <p>Several studies have reported that at least half of online shoppers abandon their carts after discovering what the applicable shipping charges will be. U2 frontman Bono probably wouldn't even flinch because he paid more than $1,000 to have his signature <a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/comment/personal-view/3634411/Profile-Bono.html" target="_blank">black trilby flown from London to Italy</a>. To be fair, he probably cashed in several times that amount with his performance with opera tenor Pavarotti in Modena. Then again, the hat flew in a first-class seat in the cockpit next to the captain.</p> <h2>5. Madonna's Kabbalah water</h2> <p>Not to be outdone by Lady Gaga and Beyoncé's daughter, <a href="http://www.intouchweekly.com/posts/madonna-spends-10-000-a-month-on-water-23962" target="_blank">Madonna spent $10,000 per month</a> on specially blessed Kabbalah water back in 2008, according to <em>InTouch Weekly</em>. Madonna's water really puts to shame the bottled water we simple peasants can get at a Costco vending machine for only a quarter. The Material Girl is such a fan of the specially blessed H2O that she once wanted a <a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/celebritynews/3272832/Guy-Ritchie-cancels-Madonnas-order-to-fill-swimming-pool-with-Kabbalah-water.html" target="_blank">swimming pool filled with it</a>.</p> <h2>6. Daniel Radcliffe's special mattress</h2> <p>British actor Daniel Radcliffe made over $300,000 at age 11 as Harry Potter in the first two films in the series. That's way more most of us will make in a year as adults. So, how does a young man splurge with that type of cash? Apparently, the boy who lived dropped some serious cash on a <a href="http://people.com/premium/young-rich/" target="_blank">$17,000 custom-made Savoir mattress</a>. Money, <em>evanesco</em>!</p> <h2>7. Nicolas Cage's dinosaur skull</h2> <p>Without a doubt, the king of this list is actor Nicolas Cage. From albino king cobras, to exotic cars, to islands, there seems to be no object out of reach for the prolific film star. Still, no purchase is as eccentric as the <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/us-people-nicolascage-dinosaur-idUSKBN0U42MS20151222" target="_blank">$276,000 that Cage spent</a> on a <em>Tyrannosaurus bataar</em> skull in March 2007.</p> <p>Did this purchase work out for him? On the one hand, he outbid fellow Hollywood movie star Leonardo DiCaprio for the skull. On the other, the bragging rights only lasted eight years, as he had to return the dinosaur skull to the Mongolian government after authorities determined the seller had stolen the fossil. While Cage wasn't found guilty of any wrongdoing, he's still $276,000 short.</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/7-super-splurges-of-the-rich-and-famous">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/flashback-friday-38-money-lessons-we-can-learn-from-celebrities">Flashback Friday: 38 Money Lessons We Can Learn From Celebrities</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-beloved-books-of-successful-millionaires">10 Beloved Books of Successful Millionaires</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-inspiring-quotes-about-money-from-successful-women">6 Inspiring Quotes About Money From Successful Women</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-reasons-to-choose-traditional-books-over-e-books">5 Reasons to Choose Traditional Books Over E-Books</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-money-lessons-we-could-all-learn-from-dwayne-the-rock-johnson">6 Money Lessons We Could All Learn From Dwayne &quot;The Rock&quot; Johnson</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment Shopping Beyoncé bono celebrities lady gaga luxury buys madonna nic cage rich and famous splurges Thu, 18 May 2017 09:00:09 +0000 Damian Davila 1949202 at http://www.wisebread.com 4 Questions to Ask Before Buying Refurbished Appliances http://www.wisebread.com/4-questions-to-ask-before-buying-refurbished-appliances <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/4-questions-to-ask-before-buying-refurbished-appliances" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock-185311029.jpg" alt="Woman asking questions before buying a refurbished appliance" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Some form of risk comes with any purchase, whether it's a new or refurbished item. Fortunately, refurbished appliances and electronics can be a great deal, if you do your research first. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/this-is-the-secret-to-buying-electronics-for-cheap?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Why Refurbished Electronics Are Such a Great Deal</a>)</p> <p>Refurbished products are items that have been used, opened, or slightly damaged in some way. They have been repaired to return them to a &quot;like-new&quot; status. If you're thinking about buying a refurbished item to save some cash, ask yourself the following questions first.</p> <h2>Is it a good deal?</h2> <p>Large appliances are designed to last a long time with little maintenance, so you can feel confident about buying a one- or two-year-old refurbished appliance. As a general rule, if a refurbished item includes a full warranty, working parts, and significant savings, it's a good deal.</p> <p>Another way to quickly determine whether a particular purchase is worth it is to subtract the amount of depreciation from the original cost of the appliance. For instance, if a new appliance is $500 and is expected to last 10 years it would have $50 depreciation per year. If you are purchasing the item after two years, you'd ideally want to find something that is under $400 ($500 - two years of $50 depreciation = $400). (For help with this number, check out: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/this-is-how-long-these-6-appliances-should-last" target="_blank">Life Expectancy of 6 Major Appliances</a>)</p> <h2>Can you find a better price elsewhere?</h2> <p>Use a price comparison site like PriceGrabber to first determine where you can get the best deal. Then, compare the total costs of refurbished versus new appliances. New appliances frequently come with free or discounted delivery, which can save you quite a bit off the total cost. Inquire about shipping costs before deciding on a used appliance. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-stupid-shopping-mistakes-even-smart-people-make?ref=seealso" target="_blank">10 Stupid Shopping Mistakes Even Smart People Make</a>)</p> <h2>How can you find a reputable seller?</h2> <p>It's important to choose a reputable retailer. While you might be able to save more money with a private seller or local repair shop, there&rsquo;s a chance you won't be able to do anything if the item turns out to be a lemon.</p> <p>You can find great deals on refurbished items both in-store and online. Consumer Reports suggests <a href="http://www.consumerreports.org/electronics-computers/should-you-buy-refurbished-electronics/" target="_blank">purchasing refurbished electronics at Amazon</a>, but warns that they don't always include warranties. You can also see customer reviews on Amazon, which can help you make your purchasing decision.</p> <h2>What about warranty coverage?</h2> <p>Refurbished appliances are often covered by a warranty from the manufacturer or store. If the appliance has no warranty, or a very short one, it might be a warning sign that you're getting a dud.</p> <p>Even if the seller doesn't offer a new warranty, you might still receive what's left of the original warranty. These warranties tend to last between 30 days and one year, so they aren't usually as long as you would get with a new item. And while you can add an extended warranty to brand-new appliances, you can't do the same with refurbished items. Some warranties only cover new parts, so you'll want to inquire about exactly what the warranty covers.</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/4-questions-to-ask-before-buying-refurbished-appliances">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/10-classic-impulse-buys-we-need-to-stop-falling-for">10 Classic Impulse Buys We Need to Stop Falling For</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/cheat-sheet-retail-markup-on-common-items">Cheat Sheet: Retail Markup on Common Items</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-bath-mats">The 5 Best Bath Mats</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/da-buy-world-considering-blue-saturday">Da&#039; Buy World: Considering &quot;Blue Saturday&quot;</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Consumer Affairs Shopping appliances buying used home goods refurb refurbished appliances refurbished items shopping shopping tips tech gadgets Wed, 17 May 2017 08:30:12 +0000 Andrea Cannon 1948476 at http://www.wisebread.com 9 Bizarre Money Superstitions People Actually Believe http://www.wisebread.com/9-bizarre-money-superstitions-people-actually-believe <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/9-bizarre-money-superstitions-people-actually-believe" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_fingers_crossed_666119884.jpg" alt="Woman actually believes bizarre money superstitions" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>When I was about eight years old, my grandmother gave me a purse. Inside the purse was a dollar bill, which I tried to give back to her. I thought she had left it in there by mistake.</p> <p>&quot;No, no. That must stay in there,&quot; she told me. &quot;You can't give a purse with no money in it, or else it will never have money in it. Money attracts money!&quot;</p> <p>That was my first introduction to the odd world of money superstitions. Grandma's belief that purses and wallets should always have at least a little money in them, especially if they are given as gifts, had been passed down to her from her Russian grandmother &mdash; although it is a superstition that can be found in many countries around the world. I have since met many people who follow this custom, including a small retail business owner who would place a penny in every wallet and purse she sold.</p> <p>Money superstitions can run the gamut from the slightly lucrative to the silly to the downright bizarre, but they are always fun to hear. Here are nine common money superstitions that people take pretty seriously. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/why-superstition-makes-you-buy-insurance?ref=seealso">Why Superstition Makes You Buy Insurance</a>)</p> <h2>1. Itchy palms mean you are about to gain or lose money</h2> <p>According to the Palmistry and Hand Analysis website, an <a href="https://palmistryandhandanalysis.blogspot.com/2007/07/itching-palms-and-money.html">itchy right palm is a good thing</a>, because it means you are about to receive money. Don't scratch that itch, or it will stop the money from coming into your life.</p> <p>An itchy left palm, on the other hand (ha!), means you are about to lose money. To relieve the itch and protect your assets, you can rub your left palm on a piece of wood. This superstition is said to have originated from the Saxons &mdash; German tribes who settled in Great Britain during the Middle Ages. They believed you could cure diseased skin by rubbing silver on it.</p> <h2>2. Do not place your purse on the floor</h2> <p>This superstition is considered to be bad feng shui, because your purse is seen as a symbol for your wealth. Putting it on the floor is therefore a sign of great disrespect and disregard for your money.</p> <p>Whether you believe that or not, there's a practical side to this credo. Placing your purse on the floor makes it easier for someone to snatch it or steal something from it.</p> <h2>3. If you have hairy arms, you're going to be rich</h2> <p>I first read this superstition in <em>Adventures of Huckleberry Finn</em>, when Jim tells Huck that hairy arms and a hairy chest are indicators of future wealth. But real estate mogul Barbara Corcoran also writes about this superstition in her book <em>If You Don't Have Big Breasts, Put Ribbons On Your Pigtails</em>. Her grandmother comforted her with this superstition when Corcoran was a teenage girl. Years later, she was delighted when the supposed link between her hirsute arms and her future as a wealthy woman came true.</p> <h2>4. Bird droppings bring great wealth</h2> <p>My father was completely bald for most of my life, and for some reason his shiny head seemed to be a magnet for bird droppings. As unpleasant as it was for him to have to clean digested bird seed off his head, someone would always be sure to tell him that getting pooped on by a bird was good luck.</p> <p>In fact, getting graced by bird droppings is supposedly a sign that wealth is coming your way. In Dad's case, it certainly worked. He was a wealthy man when he passed away, which almost makes up for having birds play target practice with his head.</p> <h2>5. Place coins on a deceased loved one before laying them to rest</h2> <p>The more modern version of this superstition is to lay coins on the eyes of a deceased person before burial. There are two reasons for doing this. One has to do with the belief in many cultures that open eyes suggest that the deceased is fearful of the future because of misdeeds in life. The eyes are therefore forced shut quickly after death, and coins are placed on them before rigor mortis sets in.</p> <p>Another reason comes from Greek mythology. In that case, the coins were intended to provide the dead soul with the money necessary to pay Charon, the boatman on the river Styx, for passage into the underworld.</p> <p>Before placing coins on eyelids, however, many older societies would place a coin for Charon in a dead person's mouth.</p> <h2>6. A spider in your pocket will keep it full of cash</h2> <p>Spiders may be the leading cause of screaming and running away, but apparently some types of spiders can provide you with great wealth if you can force yourself to catch and pocket one. According to superstitions from Great Britain, Australia, Portugal, Trinidad and Tobago, when a money spider (one from the family of spiders called Linyphiidae) runs over clothes you're wearing, or if you catch such a spider and put it in your pocket, that pocket will never again be empty of money. Depending on how you feel about spiders, that may or may not seem like a good trade-off.</p> <h2>7. Say the word &quot;money&quot; when you see a shooting star</h2> <p>There are several different versions of this superstition, but they all say that you should utter the word &quot;money&quot; upon seeing a shooting star. Just as making a wish on a shooting star is said to grant that particular wish, saying the word &quot;money&quot; is said to bring you wealth. According to some versions, just saying the word once will be enough to bring more wealth into your life. Other versions claim you need to say &quot;money&quot; three times, or say &quot;money&quot; as many times as you can before the star fades away &mdash; because the more times you say it, the more money will flow into your life.</p> <h2>8. Only pick up pennies that are heads up</h2> <p>My friends and I grew up saying, &quot;See a penny, pick it up, and all day long you'll have good luck.&quot; We learned this adage from the movie <em>Grease</em>, but it is apparently an old saying from England.</p> <p>However, there are apparently more rules about picking up pennies than the one I grew up with. Pennies that are lying heads up are good luck, but pennies that are tails up will lead to bad luck and should be left undisturbed.</p> <h2>9. Don't whistle in your home</h2> <p>According to a Russian superstition, whistling while under a roof will cause you to whistle your money away. This is probably related to the Russian view that you should be pessimistic about future financial success, or else you will face bad luck for your hubris. Money is not a &quot;carefree&quot; issue to people who hold these superstitions, and whistling is one of the most happy-go-lucky activities you could engage in.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/emily-guy-birken">Emily Guy Birken</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-bizarre-money-superstitions-people-actually-believe">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-resistance-bands">The 5 Best Resistance Bands</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-exercise-mats">The 5 Best Exercise Mats</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/what-you-can-buy-with-5000">What You Can Buy With $5,000</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/47-simple-ways-to-waste-money">47 Simple Ways To Waste Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/chinese-money-habits-how-my-culture-influences-my-attitudes-toward-money">Chinese Money Habits - How My Culture Influences My Attitudes Toward Money</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Lifestyle Shopping bizarre money myths luck lucky charm money superstitions myths superstitions superstitious Tue, 16 May 2017 19:22:16 +0000 Emily Guy Birken 1947806 at http://www.wisebread.com 9 Unusual Stores Where You Can Find Great Bargains http://www.wisebread.com/9-unusual-stores-where-you-can-find-great-bargains <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/9-unusual-stores-where-you-can-find-great-bargains" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock-613338282.jpg" alt="Woman finding great bargains at unusual stores" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Sometimes it pays to go off the beaten path in search of bargains. Shopping in a specialized market with fewer buyers puts the law of supply and demand to work in your favor. When I talk about the nice mountain bike that I bought for $7.50, people want to know where I found a deal like that. Here's a hint &mdash; it wasn't at a bike shop where most people buy bikes!</p> <p>Here are some unusual stores where you may be able to find some of the greatest bargains.</p> <h2>1. Military surplus store</h2> <p>Military surplus stores sell new and used military items, often at much lower prices than sporting goods stores or home improvement stores. Check the smell of fabric items, as some items may be musty from storage.</p> <h3>What to buy</h3> <p>Rope, camouflage netting and material for outdoor projects, footlockers, unique storage containers, and affordable gear for camping/hiking/outdoor adventuring.</p> <h2>2. Amish market</h2> <p>An Amish market is a store or open air market run by members of the Amish religion who are known for their simple lifestyle and high quality workmanship. These markets feature high quality products at very reasonable prices. Bring cash, as some Amish markets do not take credit cards. You may need to check out the market in person since some do not have websites.</p> <h3>What to buy</h3> <p>Cheese, meat, produce, hand crafted items, soup mixes in Mason jars, honey, and homemade candy.</p> <h2>3. Pawnshop</h2> <p>A pawnshop takes valuable items as collateral for loans, and sometimes the shop ends up selling these items when loans are not paid back. Check out items carefully before buying since returns may not be accepted. A photo ID may be required to make purchases. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-7-best-objects-to-pawn?ref=seealso" target="_blank">The 7 Best Objects to Pawn</a>)</p> <h3>What to buy</h3> <p>Leather jackets, bicycles, tools, jewelry, musical instruments, and binoculars.</p> <h2>4. Auctions</h2> <p>Buyers bid on items for sale at an auction, and the highest bidder gets to buy the item. Auction houses are businesses that hold auctions on a regular basis &mdash; typically every week. Auctions are also held at estate sales and going-out-of-business sales to liquidate items quickly since everything gets sold during the auction. Use <a href="http://www.auctionzip.com/" target="_blank">AuctionZip.com</a> to find auctions in your area to attend.</p> <p>Set a maximum price in your head before the bidding starts &mdash; it is easy to get caught up in the excitement of bidding and spend more than you planned. I bought the $7.50 mountain bike I mentioned at an auction in January.</p> <h3>What to buy</h3> <p>Almost any used items: furniture, collectibles, antiques, tools, appliances, and vehicles.</p> <h2>5. Unclaimed Baggage Center</h2> <p>Airlines sell unclaimed baggage to the <a href="https://www.unclaimedbaggage.com" target="_blank">Unclaimed Baggage Center</a> where items are sold at a retail store in Scottsboro, Alabama. Don't miss a chance to check this out unique store if you are passing through the area.</p> <h3>What to buy</h3> <p>Luggage, books, clothing, jewelry, sporting goods, electronics, and cameras.</p> <h2>6. Sales for property seized by governments and the TSA</h2> <p>Surplus office equipment, weapons seized at airports, jewelry and vehicles confiscated by police departments, and many other treasures are up for auction in almost every state. You can find lists of auction sites on a handful of websites, including <a href="http://www.eyeflare.com/article/where-buy-goods-confiscated-tsa/" target="_blank">eyeflare.com</a> and <a href="https://www.govsales.gov/govsales/govsales/" target="_blank">govsales.gov</a>. While many sales let you to go and view the items in person, plenty hold online auctions, too, allowing you to bid for items without ever leaving home.</p> <h3>What to buy</h3> <p>Vehicles, office equipment and furniture, knives, electronics, and clothing</p> <h2>7. Consignment shop</h2> <p>Consignment shops sell items previously owned by customers, and share the sale price with the original owner. Learn the codes on price tags for markdown dates. Many <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-deals-to-look-for-at-pawn-shops-thrift-shops-and-other-weird-stores" target="_blank">consignment stores drop prices</a> significantly after an item has been on the shelf for a certain period, such as 30 days. Consignment stores are also great places to sell your unwanted items to pick up some cash.</p> <h3>What to buy</h3> <p>Almost any used item: housewares, clothing, furniture, sporting goods, books, and CDs.</p> <h2>8. Habitat Restore</h2> <p>People and businesses donate building materials and home improvement items to Habitat Restore, which are sold at very reasonable prices to fund Habitat for Humanity charitable projects. The selection varies, so multiple trips may be needed to find what you need.</p> <h3>What to buy</h3> <p>Doors, mirrors, lighting fixtures, paint, building materials, and plumbing supplies.</p> <h2>9. Landfill salvage and recycling areas</h2> <p>Some landfills and junkyards set aside items that people may want and give them away (or sell them for a nominal fee). Check websites of local landfills and junkyards to see if they have salvaged materials.</p> <h3>What to buy</h3> <p>Bikes, building materials, mulch, and compost.</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/9-unusual-stores-where-you-can-find-great-bargains">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/6-things-its-better-to-buy-at-the-last-minute">6 Things It&#039;s Better to Buy at the Last Minute</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-shop-for-food-once-a-month-and-save-big">How to Shop for Food Once a Month and Save Big</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-one-nice-thing-can-ruin-your-whole-budget">How One Nice Thing Can Ruin Your Whole Budget</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-classic-impulse-buys-we-need-to-stop-falling-for">10 Classic Impulse Buys We Need to Stop Falling For</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-save-big-at-a-going-out-of-business-sale">How to Save Big at a Going Out of Business Sale</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping auction farmers market pawnshop saving money shopping tips Shopping Tricks surplus store thrift store unusual stores Tue, 16 May 2017 08:30:14 +0000 Dr Penny Pincher 1945351 at http://www.wisebread.com Ask the Readers: Which Brand Name Products Are Worth It? http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-which-brand-name-products-are-worth-it <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/ask-the-readers-which-brand-name-products-are-worth-it" 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_shopping_542580040.jpg" alt="Woman wondering if brand name products are worth it" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Editor's Note: Congratulations to Kimberly, GreenTopiaries, and Natalie for winning this week's contest!</em></p> <p>One popular frugal tip is to always buy generic, and for most daily purchase, this works. 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Winners will also be contacted via email.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered, or associated with Facebook or Twitter.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>You must be 18 and U.S. resident to enter. Void where prohibited.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Good Luck!</strong></p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tell us which brand name products are worth the extra cost and we&#039;ll enter you in a drawing to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card! </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-which-brand-name-products-are-worth-it">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/ask-the-readers-200-giveaway-what-does-corporate-social-responsibility-mean-to-you">Ask the Readers $200 Giveaway: What Does Corporate Social Responsibility Mean to You?</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/ask-the-readers-trash-or-cash-chance-to-win-20">Ask the Readers: Trash or Cash? (Chance to Win $20!)</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/tj-maxx-giving-away-500-in-gift-cards-to-wise-bread-readers">TJ Maxx Giving Away $500 in Gift Cards to Wise Bread Readers</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/ask-the-readers-what-is-your-new-years-resolution">Ask the Readers: What Is Your New Year&#039;s Resolution?</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/ask-the-readers-how-did-you-spend-your-first-paycheck">Ask the Readers: How Did You Spend Your First Paycheck?</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Giveaways Shopping Ask the Readers brand name Tue, 16 May 2017 08:30:10 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 1946083 at http://www.wisebread.com You Need to Get Rid of These 16 Household Items — Pronto! http://www.wisebread.com/you-need-to-get-rid-of-these-16-household-items-pronto <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/you-need-to-get-rid-of-these-16-household-items-pronto" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock-626373574.jpg" alt="Learning which household items should be thrown out" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It happened again this past weekend. The cleaning bug sunk its teeth into me. I found myself emptying drawers, cabinets, and closets, and hauling bags of stuff to Goodwill. The rest I dumped in the trash.</p> <p>Unfortunately, once I'd gotten rid of the usual suspects &mdash; clothes we don't wear anymore, books we haven't read in years, several metric tons of outdated magazines &mdash; I was left with the difficult-to-dispose-of items. These are the things that I want to get rid of, but I don't know how. Once I get to these items, I generally end up tossing them back into their drawers to deal with &quot;later.&quot;</p> <p>Of course, they tend to stay put for years because I never have figured out how to dispose of them responsibly. Until now. I've done extensive research and come up with the definitive list of things that belong in a recycling bin rather than in your home, and how you can get rid of them properly.</p> <h2>1. Old knives</h2> <p>My first set of kitchen knives were the cheapest knives Walmart had to offer, and they certainly were not great quality. However, I kept them for years, even after I'd invested in a decent set because I had no idea how I could safely dispose of them without potentially harming any of the people who handled my trash. I now know that you can <a href="https://unclutterer.com/2010/07/16/ask-unclutterer-getting-rid-of-knives/" target="_blank">wrap a knife's blade</a> in butcher paper, then bubble wrap, and then tape it up in an appropriately sized cardboard box. Once it is safely packed in this way, you can throw it away &mdash; or more easily give it away to the Salvation Army or a soup kitchen without hurting anyone who might be sorting your donation.</p> <h2>2. Small appliances</h2> <p>Not sure what to do with the mixer whose beaters are missing, or the waffle iron with a frayed cord? Small kitchen appliances that are not in good enough condition to be donated need to be recycled, but it can be tough to know how to find a recycling center that will accept them.</p> <p>If your appliances were manufactured by Hamilton Beach, the company will accept old and <a href="https://www.hamiltonbeach.com/recycling-policy" target="_blank">nonfunctioning products for recycling</a>, although you are on the hook for shipping costs. For all other brands, you will need to find a local recycling center. The website <a href="http://earth911.com/" target="_blank">earth911.com</a> allows you to search for local centers that accept the appliances (or other items) you need to dispose of.</p> <h2>3. Worn-out linens</h2> <p>Holey sheets and bleach-stained towels may not seem of value to anyone. But local animal shelters often have a need for bedding, and the dogs and cats certainly won't care that Darth Vader has faded to invisibility on your old pillowcases. Alternatively, you can often give them to Goodwill, the Salvation Army, or other local charities. They work with partners to recycle used textiles into rags, fiber for furniture or insulation, or clothing that gets repaired and resold in less developed countries.</p> <h2>4. Hangers</h2> <p>For some reason, hangers seem to multiply in closets when you're not looking. Plastic hangers tend to be harder to dispose of &mdash; they are often not accepted for plastic recycling, and most Goodwill stores will not accept them. However, other thrift or secondhand clothing stores are often happily to take your plastic hangers off your hands, or you can post them on Freecycle. Wire hangers can be returned to the dry cleaner.</p> <h2>5. Old bras</h2> <p>Even if you wear your bras until long after they have stopped supporting you, old lingerie has a tendency to take up space in your underwear drawer, since it can be tough to know how to get rid of it. The <a href="https://www.brarecycling.com/" target="_blank">Bra Recyclers</a> is a textile recycling company that will recycle your old brassieres and keep those over-the-shoulder boulder holders out of the landfill. Sign up with the site, and receive a label to mail in your expired bras.</p> <h2>6. Worn-out athletic shoes</h2> <p>I run between 200 and 400 miles per year, which means I need a new pair of running shoes about once a year. Unfortunately, that also means I have many pairs of running shoes still cluttering up my closet, because I don't want to just throw the old shoes away.</p> <p>Thankfully, Nike has a shoe recycling program called Reuse-a-Shoe, which will accept worn-out athletic shoes from any brand and recycle the components. You can drop off old athletic shoes at most Nike or Converse stores.</p> <h2>7. Expired medications</h2> <p>Knowing what to do with the last three unneeded pain pills from having your wisdom teeth removed, or the bottle of medication your mother-in-law accidentally left behind on her last visit can be nerve-wracking. You can't flush or trash these items, because you don't want to risk getting the medication into the local water system.</p> <p>In the past, you might have to wait for the annual <a href="https://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/" target="_blank">National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day</a> (generally in late April) to be able to safely get rid of expired medication. But there are now independent community pharmacies around the country that are authorized to take back medication year-round. You can find one near you at <a href="http://disposemymeds.org/" target="_blank">DisposeMyMeds.org</a>.</p> <h2>8. Expired beauty products</h2> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/heres-how-long-your-beauty-products-really-last" target="_blank">Eye makeup should be replaced</a> every few months to protect you from infection, and other facial cosmetics should not be used for more than 12 months. But simply throwing away old products can be potentially harmful to the environment, because they contain harsh chemicals.</p> <p>Some cosmetics manufacturers &mdash; most notably MAC &mdash; will accept their own <a href="https://www.maccosmetics.com/giving_back/back_to_mac.tmpl" target="_blank">empty cosmetics packaging</a> for recycling, and you can find a list of mail-in programs for recycling packaging from other brands of cosmetics at the site <a href="http://www.ecolife.com/recycling/household/how-to-recycle-cosmetics-makeup.html" target="_blank">ecolife.com</a>.</p> <p>To dispose of the product itself, ecolife recommends scooping it all out of the container, then putting it in a sealed jar or other packaging that you can then send to the landfill.</p> <h2>9. Small bathroom appliances</h2> <p>If you no longer use your hair dryer or curling iron because it's not in usable condition, check out earth911.com to find a small appliance recycling center near you.</p> <h2>10. Burned jar candles</h2> <p>The last dregs of wax seem impossible to get out of jar candles, which means you might think you're stuck either throwing the glass jar away or holding onto it and its last bit of wax forever. But apparently you can freeze the jar, making it easy to pull out the remaining wax, and then recycle the clean jar.</p> <h2>11. Crayon stubs</h2> <p>There are pieces of crayons all over my house. They show up in couch cushions, in bathroom drawers, in my purse, and even in the kids' beds, on occasion. Rather than throw out the random crayon stubs (as I'm tempted to do whenever I find one), I can now start sending them to <a href="http://www.crazycrayons.com/recycle_program.html" target="_blank">Crazy Crayons</a>, a national recycling program that accepts used crayons to keep them from going into the landfill.</p> <h2>12. Appliance manuals</h2> <p>You used to have to hold onto the owner's manuals for all of your appliances, gadgets, and gizmos, just in case you ever needed to troubleshoot a problem. But the internet now has all of the information you need, so go ahead and throw these in the paper recycling.</p> <h2>13. Burned-out light bulbs</h2> <p>Compact fluorescent light bulbs can be recycled at The Home Depot. The mercury-containing bulbs should not be thrown away. LED bulbs are safe to throw away, but you can find a local recycler at earth911.com or <a href="https://recyclenation.com/" target="_blank">recyclenation.com</a>.</p> <h2>14. Used-up batteries</h2> <p>Neither conventional batteries nor rechargeable ones can be thrown away because they contain heavy metals and toxic chemicals. Rather than keep them in a drawer because you don't know to do with them, take your used up rechargeables to Best Buy for recycling, and take your conventional batteries to Batteries Plus Bulbs. You can also find a recycling station for conventional batteries at <a href="http://www.call2recycle.org/" target="_blank">call2recycle.org</a>. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/where-to-take-your-batteries-cfl-bulbs-and-other-hard-to-recycle-stuff?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Where to Take Your Batteries, CFL Bulbs, and Other Hard-to-Recycle Stuff</a>)</p> <h2>15. Unused electrical cables and wire</h2> <p>Every home has a tangle of wires that does not seem to belong to any particular device. Drop those bad boys off at <a href="http://www.bestbuy.com/site/clp/recycling/pcmcat149900050025.c?id=pcmcat149900050025" target="_blank">Best Buy for recycling</a>.</p> <h2>16. Outdated cellphones</h2> <p>You might have saved your old Razr or Blackberry as a potential backup in case you lose your current phone, but that was three or four current phones ago. If your early-2000s era cellphone is now a very shiny brick, take it to Best Buy for recycling. If your cellphone is still functioning, however, you may want to donate it to <a href="https://www.cellphonesforsoldiers.com/" target="_blank">Cell Phones for Soldiers</a>, which gives service members the ability to call home.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/emily-guy-birken">Emily Guy Birken</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/you-need-to-get-rid-of-these-16-household-items-pronto">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-air-fresheners">The 5 Best Air Fresheners</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-trash-bags">The 5 Best Trash 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/how-to-spring-clean-your-whole-life-one-step-at-a-time">How to Spring Clean Your Whole Life — One Step at a Time</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-touchless-trash-cans">The 5 Best Touchless Trash Cans</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-i-make-800-on-month-on-ebay-selling-used-clothes">How I Make $800 on Month on eBay Selling Used Clothes</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Home Shopping cleaning house declutter donations expired products household products throw away trash Mon, 15 May 2017 09:00:09 +0000 Emily Guy Birken 1945352 at http://www.wisebread.com 8 Stress Relief Items You Need in Your Life That Are Under $20 http://www.wisebread.com/8-stress-relief-items-you-need-in-your-life-that-are-under-20 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/8-stress-relief-items-you-need-in-your-life-that-are-under-20" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock-618976344.jpg" alt="Woman buying stress relief items that are under $20" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>We all have to find ways to deal with daily stress, because if we don't, it will suck the life right out of us. Fortunately, there are several affordable items available that can help take the edge off a long day. These items can help you find calm during a stressful day and help you enjoy a more restful night, all without costing you more than $20!</p> <h2>1. Lavender everything</h2> <p>The scent of lavender takes us to a calm place in an instant. And luckily, you can find just about anything scented in lavender &mdash; from candles and skin care items to hot teas to air fresheners. You can also place a couple drops of <a href="http://amzn.to/2pXuaJ2" target="_blank">lavender oil</a> on your pillow case (from a bottle that'll cost you no more than $15), in your DIY home spray, or in an aromatherapy oil diffuser and enjoy the benefits of this calming scent.</p> <h2>2. Himalayan salt lamps</h2> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2pV0LPj" target="_blank">Himalayan salt lamps</a> are said to emit negative ions that can fight anxiety-inducing positive ions, and only cost $15&ndash;$20, depending on the size you get. They are also very calming to look at and can help you reach a calmer mindset just by having them in the room.</p> <h2>3. Skin care items</h2> <p>Skin care items can help you enjoy a spalike experience from home, so you can still enjoy the relaxing benefits without having to break your budget at the spa. You can find anything in stress relieving varieties, including <a href="http://amzn.to/2qTFYt3" target="_blank">body wash</a>, body lotion, exfoliator, and <a href="http://amzn.to/2qTeNOY" target="_blank">bubble bath</a>. Look for lavender or eucalyptus scents, and you won't even spend more than $10-$15!</p> <h2>4. Stress balls</h2> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2pZxNfv" target="_blank">Squishy stress balls</a> or <a href="http://amzn.to/2pV3eJr" target="_blank">Chinese stress balls</a> can give you something calming to squeeze to help relieve stress and lower your blood pressure. Plus, they are a great, cheap find at about $10. You can even make your own DIY stress ball.</p> <h2>5. Self-massagers</h2> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2pXLKfQ" target="_blank">Foam rollers</a>, <a href="http://amzn.to/2pZswEB" target="_blank">acupressure mats</a>, <a href="http://amzn.to/2pXLU6W" target="_blank">head massagers</a>, and <a href="http://amzn.to/2qTfebV" target="_blank">back massagers</a> can help you relieve tension on specific body parts without you having to spend the money on regular appointment with a professional masseuse. They can stimulate pressure points to relieve pain and release endorphins &mdash; all while keeping your budget intact at $10&ndash;$20 per item.</p> <h2>6. Adult coloring books</h2> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2qTotJp" target="_blank">Adult coloring books</a> can relieve stress by helping you focus on a monotonous, rewarding task. You put your energy into adding color to the beautiful drawing in front of you, and this allows you to shut out the negative thoughts and to-dos rattling around in your brain. Most coloring books will run you about $5&ndash;$10.</p> <h2>7. Journal</h2> <p>Keep a <a href="http://amzn.to/2pdRJhn" target="_blank">journal</a> with you at all times for a relaxing, rewarding experience &mdash; for only $10-$15. Jot down your thoughts to get a deeper understanding of your emotions. Journaling can also help you simplify your to-do list and organize your calendar to keep stress at bay. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-a-mindfulness-journal-can-fix-your-life?ref=seealso" target="_blank">7 Ways a Mindfulness Journal Can Fix Your Life</a>)</p> <h2>8. Sleep mask</h2> <p>When you're overtired, you are more susceptible to stress. But <a href="http://amzn.to/2pZwyNe" target="_blank">sleep masks</a> can help you enjoy a more restful night so you can wake up feeling more relaxed and ready to face the day ahead. They block all sources of light from interrupting your sleep cycle so you can get as much quality shut-eye as possible. Also, a quality sleep mask shouldn't cost you more than $15.</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/8-stress-relief-items-you-need-in-your-life-that-are-under-20">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-5"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-manicure-kits">The 5 Best Manicure 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-false-eyelashes">The 5 Best False Eyelashes</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-tweezers">The 5 Best Tweezers</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-hairsprays">The 5 Best Hairsprays</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-pressed-powders">The 5 Best Pressed Powders</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty Shopping beauty products relaxation self-care products self–care spa products stress stress relief Wed, 10 May 2017 08:30:07 +0000 Andrea Cannon 1942752 at http://www.wisebread.com 7 Best Websites for Last-Minute Airfare Deals http://www.wisebread.com/7-best-websites-for-last-minute-airfare-deals <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-best-websites-for-last-minute-airfare-deals" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock-628109306.jpg" alt="Woman using best sites for last-minute airfare deals" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="142" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Pricey flights are the bane of every traveler's existence. But once you become a frequent traveler, you pick up a few <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-flight-booking-hacks-to-save-you-hundreds?ref=internal" target="_blank">flight booking tips</a> that'll save you tons of cash.</p> <p>But if you have the type of schedule that just won't allow you to plan ahead a few months, you might be in for sticker shock. In that case, it's smart to find the best sites for last-minute airfare. If you're flexible on where you travel, you can scoop up some amazing deals all over the globe. And even if you're not flexible, you may be able to whittle down the last-minute price tag tremendously.</p> <h2>1. Hopper</h2> <p><a href="https://www.hopper.com/" target="_blank">Hopper</a> is a mobile app that lets you search for flights, compare travel deals, and figure out the best time to fly. Search for your preferred flight dates using colored blocks. From there, you'll get predictions on the <em>exact dates</em> your flights might be cheapest.</p> <p>You'll receive a notification to wait for a better fare if the app believes prices will drop, along with ongoing notifications when your fare hits the bottom. Or you'll get a notification to &quot;buy&quot; because your airfare is the lowest it will go.</p> <p>While Hopper can work great for fares in the future, it can also help you decide when to pull the trigger on a last-minute trip. At the very least, it can show you the cheapest day to fly within your preferred range of dates.</p> <h2>2. Airfare Watchdog</h2> <p><a href="http://www.airfarewatchdog.com/" target="_blank">Airfarewatchdog</a> lets you save on last-minute travel in more ways than one. First, the website lists last-minute travel deals from your home airport or any airport of your choosing. If you're flexible on where you travel, this tool makes it easy to see the best deals from your airport within the upcoming month.</p> <p>Second, you can set up alerts to notify you when a last-minute airfare deal you've been looking for finally appears. Lastly, Airfare Watchdog offers tips on amazing airfare deals via social media daily. By following them on Facebook or Twitter, you can get the inside scoop on airfare deals all over the world.</p> <h2>3. Secret Flying</h2> <p><a href="http://www.secretflying.com/" target="_blank">Secret Flying</a> is a resource that's perfect for the last-minute traveler who has some flexibility in where they go. The site, which uses software to find unbelievable airfare deals across the globe, unleashes an array of last-minute flight deals nearly every day.</p> <p>On any given morning, you could wake up to find you can fly round-trip to Paris next week for less than $400, or to Bali for a flat $350 in coach. The catch? Secret Flying deals usually last no longer than a few days, and you typically need to travel within a few weeks of booking.</p> <h2>4. The Flight Deal</h2> <p><a href="http://www.theflightdeal.com/" target="_blank">The Flight Deal</a> is another site that rolls out unbelievable daily deals on airfare. On some mornings, you may find you can score a round-trip flight to New Zealand for $500. Another day, you might discover a crazy, cheap bucket-list trip to Maui or South Africa or Belize.</p> <p>Of course, most of these crazy fares come with a catch, in that you generally need to book within 24 hours and travel within weeks. But they can be a huge boon to those who are flexible with destinations and dates.</p> <p>The Flight Deal shares discounts on domestic trips, too. So if you're only looking for a last-minute trip to Florida or Colorado, you'll uncover deals on those destinations, too. You may just have to wait a while.</p> <h2>5. Expedia</h2> <p>Expedia offers a several ways to spend less on airfare, including a <a href="https://www.expedia.com/g/c/lastminute?mcicid=deals.topdeals.92048819&amp;" target="_blank">last-minute travel deals</a> page that shows cheap fares from your home airport. Destinations vary depending on the date and your departure hub, but they typically include cheap, last-minute flight deals to some domestic big city hubs along with top vacation spots like Hawaii and Cancun.</p> <p>Expedia also offers a selection of flight and hotel packages that let you save on both. For example, as I'm writing this, they're offering package deals to destinations like Playa del Carmen, Mexico, Las Vegas, Miami, and Los Angeles, starting at just $599 per person.</p> <h2>6. Last Minute Travel</h2> <p><a href="https://www.lastminutetravel.com/" target="_blank">Last Minute Travel</a> offers exactly what the name promises &mdash; timely airfare deals on trips departing within the next few weeks. The downside here is that you need to join the site and purchase a membership to get the best deals. The upside is that they promise last-minute airfare deals worth up to 60 percent off.</p> <p>Membership costs just $50 per year, and that gets you members-only rates on airfare, exclusive hotel deals, 24/7 assistance from travel experts, and a members-only rewards plan. If you don't save at least the cost of the membership ($50), Last-Minute Travel will refund the cost in the form of a travel voucher.</p> <p>If you don't want to join, the site still offers competitive pricing on all of your travel needs, but especially on last-minute airfare and hotel deals.</p> <h2>7. Orbitz</h2> <p>Orbitz is a travel aggregator that makes it easy to shop for last-minute flight deals and compare prices across airlines. Like Expedia, Orbitz also offers a page with daily and <a href="https://www.orbitz.com/g/un/deals" target="_blank">weekly travel deals</a>. These discounts can apply to airfare, hotel bookings, and travel packages.</p> <p>Occasionally, special deals with specific airlines are available. For example, you may find discounts on last-minute travel with American Airlines or Delta Air Lines one week and Air France the next. Generally speaking, any included deals on special airfare only apply to last-minute fares taking place within the next 30 days. But if you're flexible, you can find round-trip airfare for less than $200 to select destinations within the U.S.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? 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