Shopping http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/1/all en-US 10 Expensive Things That Look Cheap http://www.wisebread.com/10-expensive-things-that-look-cheap <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-expensive-things-that-look-cheap" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/gold-retro-telelphone-Dollarphotoclub_18691706.jpg" alt="gold retro telephone" title="gold retro telephone" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The intrepid Wise Bread reader can find a wealth of articles about how to find cheap things that look expensive. But what about the opposite? Want to know what to avoid, or just have a good laugh at how some people throw away their hard-earned money? Then read on for this list of 10 expensive things that look cheap.</p> <h2>1. Kanye West's $120 Plain White T-Shirt</h2> <p>That's not a pack of 10 t-shirts for $120. It's not a t-shirt personally worn and autographed by the singer who places himself on the highest of pedestals. It's just <a href="http://www.okayplayer.com/news/style-kanye-west-apc-120-plain-white-hiphop-t-shirt-sells-out.html">a plain white t-shirt</a> that he launched in collaboration with the high-end brand A.P.C. From a distance, it looks like a cheap white t-shirt. Up close, it looks exactly the same. You will have to go to great lengths to tell people just how much you paid for it, if you can find one. Yes, they sold out almost immediately, proving some people do have way more money than sense.</p> <h2>2. Prada Camouflage Saffiano Tote &mdash; Just $2495!</h2> <p><a href="http://www.purseblog.com/totes/prada-debuts-camouflage-for-fall/">One look at this monstrosity from Prada</a> and you have to wonder what they were thinking. It's made of real leather, but looks like it's made of plastic. If it weren't for the Prada label, you'd have absolutely no idea it was made by a high-end purse maker, and the design is nothing special. What's worse is the camouflage pattern, which brings any sense of formality crashing to the ground. Once again, people with money to burn ensured this thing sold out. They are currently changing <a href="http://www.ebay.com/itm/like/301107596353?lpid=82&amp;chn=ps">hands on eBay for $2,600.</a> You'd be better off going to Walmart and getting something for under $20; it might even look a lot better.</p> <h2>3. The $50,000 Diamond-Encrusted Bluetooth Headset</h2> <p>Say what you want about Bluetooth headsets (personally, I think they do a great job of making you look tacky), they are usually fairly inexpensive, and for the most part look discreet. Not so with the <a href="http://www.bornrich.com/diamond-encrusted-bluetooth-headset-from-plantronics-worth-50000.html">Plantronics Discovery 925 Diamond-Encrusted Headset</a>, coming in at $50,000. It looks like one of those berets you get from a dollar store, and yet if you bought one you'd be constantly cradling it to make sure your investment hadn't fallen out of your ear. It's a complete waste of money for even someone obsessed with gold, like Donald Trump (and it looks as tacky as one of his gold toilets).</p> <h2>4. The Breitling Bentley Flying B Watch &mdash; $189,900</h2> <p>The problem with anything diamond-encrusted is that you can get the same effect using cheap glass and crystal, and plenty of people have done just that, spending only a few bucks on watches covered in sparkle. So when Breitling released a watch that looked like a $25 special from Kohl's, but asked for the same amount of money that newlyweds spend on their first home, you'd think it would have tanked. Well, they sold out, too. <a href="http://www.essential-watches.com//watch/Breitling-J2836263-E512-Bentley-Flying-B-Chronograph-White-Gold-Diamond-Bezel-on-White-Gold-Bracelet-with-Silver-Diamond-Dial/52511?gclid=Cj0KEQiAlISlBRDHpIekkMGiiskBEiQAh-0KQI1LtjLLoLvy1h-kBO_XYEUzBooIXG4SpaxMXTSHC_caAj3k8P8HAQ">You can now find used ones for a steal, at just $66,450</a>, but it will look like you spent a whole lot less. Keep the receipt if you want to convince people how much of a connoisseur you really are!</p> <h2>5. The $32,000 Moynat Bicycle and Trunk</h2> <p>Forgive me for being ignorant, but I know several brands of bicycle and I have never heard of Moynat. But perhaps it's only for those in the know, <a href="http://howtospendit.ft.com/gift-guide/7736-moynat-bicycle-and-trunk">because this bike (single gear by the way)</a> will set you back over $32,000. It does come with a nice little trunk, filled with picnic items, but at that price you won't have a lot left over for food. And better still, the whole thing looks like a low-end bike you'd get at Target or Walmart.</p> <h2>6. The Swarovski $1500 Crystal Catflap</h2> <p>Perhaps you think this looks like a great way to spend $1,500, but <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1158909/The-1-000-Swarovski-crystal-encrusted-cat-flap-creates-purrrfect-pet-entrance.html">this catflap</a> looks like a Bedazzler project done by a fifth grader. It's studded with over 1,000 of the finest Swarovski crystals, but thankfully it doesn't ooze the kind of style that you're paying for. The fact that it's close to the floor, letting your cat (who couldn't care less) go in and out on the muddiest of days, is neither here nor there. If you want to show off (your bad spending habits), this is a great place to start.</p> <h2>7. Moonbeam, the $1,499 Rocking Horse</h2> <p>Imagine the look on your kid's face when you tell them you blew the entire Christmas and birthday budget for them for the next five years <a href="http://www.mommycouturedesigns.com/item_2168/Moonbeam-the-Horse&mdash;Childrens-Heirloom-Riding-Rocker.htm">on a rocking horse</a>. And not just any rocking horse, but one that looks like it was painted in a hurry by a kid younger than them. The blurb on the website waxes lyrical about handcrafted quality, and the &quot;non-traditional&quot; painted finish. I'm not one for being super traditional myself, but I do like the tradition of a rocking horse that doesn't cost an arm and a leg.</p> <h2>8. Anthropologie's $98 Toilet Brush</h2> <p>If I was going to spend almost three figures on a toilet brush, I'd want it to be some kind of light saber, with sound effects and the power to melt away the nastiest of bathroom issues. The <a href="http://www.anthropologie.com/anthro/product/home-office/34077701.jsp#/">toilet brush from Anthropologie</a> looks like something you find at the dollar store. It's handmade in Sweden, but if you want to impress your friends when they come over, leave the price tag on it. They may not realize you have a Swedish work of art to clean the bowl.</p> <h2>9. A Gold-Plated iPhone 6 for $7,300</h2> <p>You can buy imitation gold cases for around $20 on eBay. Not many people do though, because they look tacky and gaudy. Thankfully, if you want to prove to the world that you know real style, you can drop <a href="http://www.luxuryelectronics.com/inventory/iphone-6-24kt-diamonds/">$7,300 on a case that is made of 24k gold</a>. The big question here is&hellip; do you then need a case to protect your case? This doesn't seem to be an idea that's been thought through.</p> <h2>10. The $70,000 Pop Art Teddy Bear Piggy Bank</h2> <p>Clearly inspired by the work of Jeff Koons, this <a href="http://modaoperandi.com/asprey-gg14/pop-art-teddy-bear-bank?utm_medium=Linkshare&amp;utm_source=Linkshare&amp;utm_content=QFGLnEolOWg&amp;siteID=QFGLnEolOWg-aYxnpq5rXqx6Zf1q50i1tg">Asprey piggy bank</a> will leave your actual bank account empty. At 16 inches high, and made from sterling silver, it's not small&hellip; but neither is the price tag. However, you may need to have your head examined after purchasing something that looks like it cost $10 from a thrift store.</p> <p><em>Do you know of expensive gifts or products that look really cheap and tacky? Leave your best examples in the comments.</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-expensive-things-that-look-cheap" class="sharethis-link" title="10 Expensive Things That Look Cheap" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-expensive-things-that-look-cheap">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/where-to-buy-discounted-designer-clothing-online">Where to Buy Discounted Designer Clothing Online</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-essential-pieces-for-your-capsule-wardrobe">8 Essential Pieces for Your Capsule Wardrobe</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-places-to-find-inexpensive-accessories">10 Places to Find Inexpensive Accessories</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-case-for-expensive-shoes">The Case for Expensive Shoes</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-kitchen-luxuries-that-are-worth-it-and-5-that-arent">5 Kitchen Luxuries That Are Worth It (and 5 That Aren&#039;t)</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> Shopping Style luxury ripoffs vanity waste Wed, 21 Jan 2015 12:00:42 +0000 Paul Michael 1282523 at http://www.wisebread.com 12 Foods Nutritionists Say You Should Splurge On http://www.wisebread.com/12-foods-nutritionists-say-you-should-splurge-on <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/12-foods-nutritionists-say-you-should-splurge-on" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman-grocery-shopping-Dollarphotoclub_7434297.jpg" alt="woman grocery shopping" title="woman grocery shopping" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>We're all pinching pennies at the grocery store these days, but sometimes the cheapest items available might not be the healthiest. So where should we loosen the purse strings? (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/turbo-charge-your-diet-with-superfoods?ref=seealso">Turbo-Charge Your Diet With These Superfoods</a>)</p> <p>I've asked nutritionists to weigh in on some higher-priced healthy foods which are worth the splurge. These are their suggestions.</p> <h2>1. Berries</h2> <p>If you have a love/hate relationship with fruit, you're not alone. It seems like every day one health guru is telling you to add more fruit to your diet while another is telling you to cut back on all that natural sugar. Berries, however, seem to be the exception to that rule, as they're lower in calories and sugar than many other fruits, and are packed full of vitamins and nutrients that <a href="http://www.shape.com/blogs/weight-loss-coach/summers-secret-weight-loss-weapon">promote heart health, weight loss, and healthier-looking skin</a>.</p> <p>Dr. Yanyan Li, assistant professor of nutrition in the College of Science and Humanities at Husson University, focuses her research on phytochemicals (natural plant components with health benefits), and she believes that berries, such as blueberries, raspberries and blackberries, are worth the extra money.</p> <p>&quot;Although rather expensive, they are full of strong antioxidants,&quot; Dr. Li says. &quot;Antioxidants help remove free radicals that are associated with a variety of chronic diseases and the aging process.&quot;</p> <p>Personally I've been loading up on blackberries lately, since they're a <a href="http://www.npr.org/2012/07/24/157276973/you-can-never-have-too-many-blackberries">tasty, low-cal way to consume omega-3s, fiber and antioxidants</a>. One cup only contains 62 calories, which means that I get the pleasure of a sweet snack without all the guilt.</p> <h2>2. Cruciferous Vegetables</h2> <p>While I've never had a problem consuming fruits, vegetables have been harder to integrate into my diet. In fact, until fairly recently the only bean I liked was of the jelly variety. Slowly but surely, I'm making strides toward putting more greens on my plate &mdash; even though they make my grocery bill inflate.</p> <p>There's a silver lining, however. According to Dr. Li, &quot;Cruciferous vegetables &mdash; such as broccoli sprouts, broccoli, kale, Brussels sprouts, arugula, and radish &mdash; are high in multiple cancer-preventive components, including carotenoids and isothiocyanates.&quot;</p> <h2>3. Chia Seeds</h2> <p>Hard to believe that your Scooby-Doo Chia Pet is a super-food source. Yep, that's right &mdash; the same seeds used to grow chia &quot;hair&quot; from terracotta pop-culture icons are a concentrated <a href="http://authoritynutrition.com/11-proven-health-benefits-of-chia-seeds/">source of healthy omega-3 fatty acids</a>, carbohydrates, protein, fiber, antioxidants, and calcium. While they're not cheap, they're easily consumed by sprinkling and mixing them into your ordinary diet.</p> <h2>4. Organic Butter</h2> <p>Butter is okay in moderation, even healthy, but non-organic butter can contain toxin residues that tend to be fat-soluble &mdash; and that's not a good thing. Alexander J. Rhinehart, <a href="http://www.aznutritioncenter.com/">certified clinical nutritionist and owner of the Arizona Nutrition Center</a>, explains:</p> <blockquote><p style="margin-left: 40px;">The body often stores toxins away in fat tissue, and consumption/exposure to these same toxins have been linked to insulin resistance and weight gain. As butter is a pure fat, toxin residues can be concentrated in butter &mdash; not to mention any synthetic hormones that had been given to the cows. The residues from feed fed to the cows can find their way into your butter. I recommend opting for the organic butter &mdash; you get an A+ if it is made from grass-fed cows like Kerry Gold Irish Butter &mdash; which has a richer gold color due to higher levels of conjugated linoleic acid.</p> </blockquote> <h2>5. Coconut-Based Products</h2> <p>You're not getting out of the grocery store with a basket full of healthy coconut-based product on the cheap, but at least you can feel better about all the good stuff you're putting into your body.</p> <p>Birgitta Lauren &mdash; president of <a href="http://www.expectingfitness.com/">Expecting Fitness</a>, which is dedicated to exercise and fitness advice for pregnant and new moms &mdash; recommends adding the full spectrum of coconut-based items to your diet, including coconut oil, milk, cream, flour, and sugar. &quot;For all systems &mdash; brain, nervous, metabolic, etc., it has anti-bacterial, anti-viral benefits,&quot; she says.</p> <p>Dr. Rhineart agrees, adding, &quot;Coconut oil is one of the most versatile substances in the grocery store. It is great for cooking as it tolerates high heat. It is also great for use on the skin and hair, as well as infections. It can also help support the immune system. When you consume coconut oil, some of the lauric acid (the main fat of coconut oil, comprising 50% of it's composition), actually is converted to monolaurin, which is known to have wide spectrum anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal/yeast properties. The other primary fats, capric acid and caprylic acid, also share similar properties. Capric and caprylic acid are what typically comprise 'MCT oil', whereas lauric acid must be consumed via coconut oil, or one can supplement with monolaurin directly.&quot;</p> <h2>6. Organic Milk</h2> <p>They say that milk does a body good &mdash; <a href="http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/Study-Suggests-Milk-May-Not-Be-Good-For-You-After-All-281388981.html">although even that long-standing claim has been contested recently</a> &mdash; but organic milk will do your body better.</p> <p>Chef Jessica Swift, <a href="http://www.chef-jess.com">a registered dietician with an MSc in nutritional sciences</a>, says, &quot;Conventional milk can be filled with rBS and rBGH, which have been proven to be, how do you say, 'no bueno?' When it comes to skipping these hormones, I would say 'Yes, please' and grab a good ol' jug of the organic stuff.&quot;</p> <h2>7. Chocolate</h2> <p>I don't trust anyone who doesn't like chocolate &mdash; because, seriously, what's wrong with you? But even chocoholics like me would be wise to be a bit more conservative when choosing how to get that sweet cocoa fix.</p> <p>&quot;There are many different chocolates, but only a few that provide optimal healthy benefits,&quot; Chef Jess says. &quot;Skip the Butterfinger and go for a bar that contains at least 70% cocoa; this bar contains antioxidants to aid in optimal heart health.&quot;</p> <h2>8. Antibiotic-Free Chicken</h2> <p>According to the Huffington Post, the excess amount of antibiotics with which we're pumping our chickens is undermining the effectiveness the antibiotics have in fighting new diseases in our own bodies.</p> <p>&quot;Overuse by agricultural companies to make animals grow faster or to cover up poor living conditions for the animals is certainly not worth jeopardizing our ability to take care of our kids, parents, neighbors and the world community,&quot; the article says. The editorial board of <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/meat-and-superbugs/2012/07/01/gJQAV4egGW_story.html">The Washington Post</a> warned that more must be done to reverse the overuse of antibiotics in livestock before a new generation of superbugs is created. The effectiveness of these incredibly powerful drugs is being undermined every day we give them to animals.</p> <p>This long-term preservation of our collective health is certainly worth a few more bucks at the cash register, and your fellow Americans agree: &quot;Consumer Reports found 60% of poll respondents said they would pay more for antibiotic-free meats; <a href="http://notinmyfood.org/document/antibiotics-in-animal-feed">37% would pay up to one dollar more per pound</a>.&quot;</p> <p>Stacy Goldberg, registered nurse and founder of Savorfull, adds, &quot;The shelf life [of antibiotic-free chicken] is shorter, but you will be putting cleaner ingredients in your body.&quot;</p> <h2>9. Organic Eggs</h2> <p>Organic eggs can differ in price drastically from their non-organic counterparts, but there's also a drastic difference in the benefits they offer, too.</p> <p>&quot;Eggs are one of the best foods to eat for health,&quot; says Dr. Lisa Metzger, co-owner of <a href="http://biofunctionalhealth.com/">BioFunctional Health</a>. &quot;Organic free-range eggs are more nutrient dense than commercially raised eggs, having more vitamin A, twice as much omega-3 fatty acids, and more vitamin E due to the diet the free range chicken are fed as opposed to the commercial grain feed.&quot;</p> <h2>10. Grass-Fed Beef</h2> <p>Beef is already pricey, no matter how you slice it. But cattle that are able to graze in open spaces tend to lead healthier lives (with less need for antibiotics), so it's a smart choice to start switching up how you buy your steak.</p> <p>&quot;When cows are able to eat a diet that is natural for them, the nutritional composition of their meat is much more ideal for you, providing an increased level of omega-3s (a type of fat that many folks are lacking in) and other nutrients,&quot; explains Amanda Austin, <a href="http://getwellified.com/">a registered dietician and certified food sensitivity expert</a>. &quot;At the store, make sure that the beef that you're purchasing is actually 100% grass-fed beef &mdash; all cows are grass-fed for the first six to 12 months of life, but most are then 'finished' with grains, which are typically given to cows before slaughter to fatten them up at a quicker rate. You want beef that has been grass-fed for the entirety of the cow's life.&quot;</p> <h2>11. Wild Fish</h2> <p>Farm-raised fish are cheaper &mdash; larger supply is yielded with fewer resources used &mdash; but what once seemed to be an environmentally conscious solution to seafood demand has presented new problems of its own, especially where tuna, halibut, cod, and salmon are concerned.</p> <p>&quot;These predators are usually raised in the open ocean, in net pens,&quot; writes Margo True in an article for Sunset magazine. &quot;What seemed like a great idea initially has now revealed itself to be one in serious need of fixing: The <a href="http://www.sunset.com/food-wine/flavors-of-the-west/seafood-farmed-or-wild">farmed fish pollute the water</a> with their concentrated wastes, spread disease (the crowded conditions make them prone to it, which requires dosing with antibiotics), and escaped fish compete for food with the wild fish.&quot;</p> <h2>12. Walnuts</h2> <p>Personally, I enjoy cashews more than other nuts, and almonds tend to get much of the praise from health professionals, but walnuts also are a great source of healthy protein and other nutrients. &quot;These nuts are packed with omega-3s and heart healthy fats. They may be a little pricey, but I recommend eating a handful of nuts &mdash; including walnuts &mdash; every day,&quot; says Sharon Palmer, <a href="http://www.sharonpalmer.com/">nutrition expert and author of Plant-Powered for Life.</a></p> <p><em>Do you have other suggestions on pricey foods on which we should be splurging? What's your favorite? Let us know in comments!</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-foods-nutritionists-say-you-should-splurge-on" class="sharethis-link" title="12 Foods Nutritionists Say You Should Splurge On" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><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/12-foods-nutritionists-say-you-should-splurge-on">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-new-face-of-poverty-is-fat">The new face of poverty is fat</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/healthy-frugal-eating">Healthy, frugal eating</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-ultimate-green-workout">The Ultimate &quot;Green&quot; Workout</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/healthy-recipes-with-cost-data">Healthy recipes--with cost data</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/frugal-gluten-free-living-homemade-gluten-free-noodles">Frugal Gluten-Free Living: Homemade Gluten-Free Noodles</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> Food and Drink Health and Beauty Shopping fitness Health healthy foods superfoods Tue, 20 Jan 2015 18:00:27 +0000 Mikey Rox 1277448 at http://www.wisebread.com 8 Buys That Will Be Cheaper in 2015 http://www.wisebread.com/8-buys-that-will-be-cheaper-in-2015 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/8-buys-that-will-be-cheaper-in-2015" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/man-pumping-gas-thumbs-up-Dollarphotoclub_59630807.jpg" alt="man pumping gas" title="man pumping gas" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>2015 is shaping up to be a great year.</p> <p>While economists agree that the <a href="http://www.investopedia.com/terms/g/great-recession.asp">Great Recession was officially over back in 2009</a>, you may not have felt the benefits until recently. But thanks to a stronger dollar and lower commodity prices, several industries now have a cost advantage and are ready to pass on those savings to us consumers.</p> <p>Here are the eight things that will be cheaper in 2015.</p> <h2>1. Gasoline</h2> <p>As a resident of the notoriously expensive state of Hawaii, I couldn't be more ecstatic about this news! U.S. gasoline prices ended 2014 at their <a href="http://www.eia.gov/todayinenergy/detail.cfm?id=19471">lowest levels since May 2009</a>. And they might be about to drop even lower. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, in 2015 the average price per gallon will be about $2.60 (the average in 2014 was about $2.71). Some states are expected to enjoy per gallon prices below the $2 mark. As of December 2014, some gas stations in Texas were selling <a href="http://money.cnn.com/2014/12/05/news/texas-gas-prices/">gas at $1.89 and $1.99 per gallon</a>.</p> <h2>2. Air Travel</h2> <p>The benefits of falling fuel prices are trickling down to other industries, among them the airline industry. Carrier companies are likely to <a href="http://www.dailyfinance.com/2015/01/12/will-airfares-drop-cheaper-oil/">cut the average flight's ticket price by 5% in 2015</a>. However, don't expect this price drop to happen right away. Airlines are experiencing healthy demand from consumers and are still tied up with fuel contracts at old prices. Due to this, economists suggest that it will take about six months for airfares to drop. Some analysts predict that flights leaving from <a href="http://www.businessinsider.com/expedia-predict-cheaper-plane-tickets-in-2015-2014-12">Dallas, Washington, and Tampa</a> could experience the biggest drops from last year's prices (-11.2%, -6.7%, and -5.9% respectively).</p> <h2>3. Bacon</h2> <p>Bringing home the bacon just got easier: Experts expect <a href="http://restfinance.com/Restaurant-Finance-Across-America/September-2014/Food-Prices-Should-Get-Better-Except-For-Beef/">prices to fall 15% to 17% in 2015</a>. I know what you're thinking, &quot;How do I go about becoming a bacon expert?&quot; But let's keep on topic. Due to moderate corn prices, the pork and poultry markets will be able to lower the prices of several products, including cheese, chicken breasts &mdash; and yes, bacon.</p> <h2>4. Milk</h2> <p>There are two reasons why you can expect lower milk prices this 2015. First, <a href="http://www.agweb.com/article/how-russia-us-milk-ban-affects-markets-nate-birt/">Russia's ban on U.S. milk imports</a> is forcing producers to find other buyers. Keep in mind that milk is a perishable item, so this puts pressure on them to accept lower prices. Second, the lower price of corn, used in the feeding of cows, is boosting per-cow milk output to record levels. U.S. dairies are expected to reach production levels of <a href="http://www.agweb.com/article/wasde-more-milk-fewer-exports-lower-prices-in-2015-catherine-merlo/">212.8 billion pounds of milk</a> in 2015, a 6.7 billion pound increase from 2014 levels. This excess supply means lower milk prices for you.</p> <h2>5. Smart watches</h2> <ul> <li>2013 gave us the Samsung Galaxy Gear.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>2014 revealed to us the Apple Watch.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>2015 will give us a bigger and cheaper selection of smart watches.</li> </ul> <p>While the Apple Watch looks very cool, its expected $349 price tag may turn off price-sensitive customers. That's why Chinese equipment manufacturers are racing to capture the wearables market by producing <a href="http://www.gartner.com/newsroom/id/2848817">Android-based smart watches with retail prices as low as $30</a>. This aggressive pricing strategy is bound to drive down the price of existing <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2015/1/5/7490483/alcatel-onetouch-watch-hands-on-ces-2015">Android-based smart watches below $150</a>.</p> <h2>6. Cloud Storage</h2> <p>If you're currently paying for your cloud storage, you probably loved seeing <a href="http://www.computerworld.com/article/2486931/cloud-computing/amazon-and-microsoft-drop-cloud-storage-prices-by-up-to-50-.html">Microsoft and Amazon dropping their cloud storage prices by up to 50%</a>. In August 2014, Dropbox reduced the price of <a href="https://blog.dropbox.com/2014/08/introducing-more-powerful-dropbox-pro/">1TB storage to $9.99 per month</a>. Then later in October, <a href="https://blog.onedrive.com/office-365-onedrive-unlimited-storage/">Microsoft rolled out unlimited cloud storage to its Office 365 subscribers</a>.</p> <p>Cloud storage's race to zero, as in $0, is on. Take advantage of these falling prices, but make sure to keep your data safe. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-critical-steps-to-protect-your-data-in-the-cloud?ref=seealso">10 Critical Steps to Protect Your Data in the Cloud</a>)</p> <h2>7. New Homes</h2> <p>Most analysts agree that <a href="http://www.calculatedriskblog.com/2014/11/update-more-2015-housing-forecasts.html">new home sales will be above the 500,000 mark in 2015</a>. That means that builders need to come up with about 50,000 new homes from existing inventory from the Great Recession era. One opinion is that builders are going to <a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/erincarlyle/2014/12/18/housing-outlook-2015-11-predictions-from-the-experts/2/">sell fewer expensive new homes</a> to be able to come up with that inventory. These new homes are often packaged with eased credit conditions for buyers with moderate credit scores. As the <a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/erincarlyle/2014/11/25/housing-price-gains-slow-for-9th-straight-month-says-spcase-shiller/">prices of homes are plateauing around the country</a> and new inventory becomes available, 2015 may be a good year to acquire a home.</p> <h2>8. Gold</h2> <p>What goes up, must come down. And gold is not an exception.</p> <p>Gold is often used as a commodity to hedge against rising prices. Given that there are so many industries set to enjoy cost breaks throughout 2015, there are fewer concerns about inflation, thus reducing demand for gold. <a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-12-23/cheaper-oil-putting-gold-out-of-job-as-an-inflation-hedge.html">Goldman Sachs forecasts gold prices to drop $1,050 by December 2015</a>, while SocGen expects a price of $950 in 2015's Q4.</p> <p>To put things in perspective, the price of gold peaked at $1,923.70 an ounce in 2011. If there was ever a good time to pick up gold, it would be 2015.</p> <p>So, the next time somebody tells you about the &quot;good ol' days,&quot; you have eight reasons to let them know that the good ol' days for consumers are here now.</p> <p><em>Which price drops are you looking forward to the most this year?</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-buys-that-will-be-cheaper-in-2015" class="sharethis-link" title="8 Buys That Will Be Cheaper in 2015" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><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/8-buys-that-will-be-cheaper-in-2015">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/do-these-8-things-to-profit-from-the-improving-economy">Do These 8 Things to Profit From the Improving Economy</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/47-simple-ways-to-waste-money">47 Simple Ways To Waste Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/why-buy-one-get-one-free-is-usually-a-bad-deal">Why &quot;Buy One Get One Free&quot; Is Usually A Bad Deal</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-new-normal-economy">The new normal economy</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/in-times-like-these-separate-the-want-from-the-need">In times like these, separate the want from the need.</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> Shopping Economy income prices spending Fri, 16 Jan 2015 12:00:03 +0000 Damian Davila 1280355 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Outdoor Grills http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-outdoor-grills <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-outdoor-grills" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/outdoor-grill-barbeque-skewers-Dollarphotoclub_66301679.jpg" alt="outdoor grill" title="outdoor grill" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>When summer is in full swing, there's nothing better than having a get together with friends and family to celebrate the incredible weather. And what goes better with incredible weather than freshly cooked food straight off the grill? Meats and vegetables take on completely new tastes when cooked over the perfect grill outside, bringing out the best way to enjoy summer weather. To make sure you're enjoying the best quality cook available, it's important that you pick the perfect outdoor grill for you.</p> <h2>What Is an Outdoor Grill?</h2> <p>An outdoor grill is a cooking apparatus used to cook things like meat and veggies on a metal frame over an open fire. There are different varieties of grill like electric, charcoal, and gas, depending on whatever style you prefer to prepare you food and your price range. Some grills can be exceptionally hefty and others can be a more convenient size, so make sure you know how much space you want your grill to occupy before deciding exactly which one you think is best. Be sure to read all safety instructions that come along with your grill so you know how to keep it in optimal condition to continue churning out amazing food with minimal hassle for years to come.</p> <h2>Best 5 Outdoor Grills</h2> <h3>Weber Spirit E-210 Liquid Propane Gas Grill</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0098HR0PY/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0098HR0PY&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=DVM3VBHYGSVPGPL4"><img width="240" height="207" align="right" alt="" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/weberspirite210.jpg" /></a>One of the highest rated models on Consumer Reports as well as a Consumer Search favorite, the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0098HR0PY/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0098HR0PY&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=DVM3VBHYGSVPGPL4">Weber Spirit E-210 Liquid Propane Gas Grill</a> is a great option for anyone looking for a high-performance gas grill that won't take up too much room outside. It comes with two power-packed burners that keep the grill at even temperatures across, making cooking a much more pleasant experience. This particular model has received high praise for its even distribution of temperature in the grill making indirect cooking (cooking something while it's not directly over a flame) a breeze.</p> <p>The E-210 comes with some fold-down tables on the sides for some extra preparation space, but other than that, this grill is less about looking fancy and more about quality of performance. The only scattered complaint about this model is that because it is not as powerful as others it takes some extra time to preheat the surface. Other than that, the Weber Spirit E 210 has been consistently praised as a great product for anyone who loves to grill outside but is looking to save on space and get bang for their buck.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0098HR0PY/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0098HR0PY&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=DVM3VBHYGSVPGPL4"><em>Currently $399.00 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Char-Broil TRU-Infrared Gas Grill</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001H1NG1Q/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B001H1NG1Q&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=O5CYYSMZ2GTZ4IRM"><img width="240" height="240" align="right" alt="" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/charbroiledTRUinfrared.jpg" /></a>With a little more space than the first grill on this list, the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001H1NG1Q/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B001H1NG1Q&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=O5CYYSMZ2GTZ4IRM">Char-Boil TRU-Infrared Gas Grill</a> is a true contender for purchase with its competitive price and infrared technology. Unlike direct gas grills, infrared grills have a layer between the flame and the grill itself to use radiant heat rather than hot air to cook the food, sometimes making it more juicy than a standard gas grill. With excellent ratings in performance on both high and low temperatures as well as indirect cooking, this grill's three burners and small footprint make it perfect for cooking for a crowd.</p> <p>The high quality performance this grill delivers might take some getting used to from grillers who might not be used to such high temperatures, but it is well worth the effort for the consistent deliciousness the Char-Broil Tru-Infrared Gourmet provides. The only complaints about this grill seem to be it can rust sometimes and that it feels slightly less durable than other models. Still, for the excellent price and amazing results, the Char-Broil TRU-Infrared Gourmet might be the perfect grill to keep your summers ablaze with great food.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001H1NG1Q/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B001H1NG1Q&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=O5CYYSMZ2GTZ4IRM"><em>Currently $446.75 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Weber One-Touch Charcoal Grill</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00004RALU/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00004RALU&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=77JGBIW4TVL4RGPJ"><img width="240" height="240" align="right" alt="" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/weber-one%20touch-charcoal.jpg" /></a>If you aren't committed to buying a gas grill and are looking for something a little more cost-efficient but still exceptional, the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00004RALU/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00004RALU&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=77JGBIW4TVL4RGPJ">Weber One-Touch Charcoal Grill</a> is worth a look. It is kettle shaped and much smaller than the last two grills on the list, making it a great option if you are tight on space. Rated one of the best charcoal grills on Consumer Search, it provides ease of installation as well as great flavor to everything it cooks. Many customers have praised this particular grill for its durability multiple years after purchase with no complaints of breakage or rust.</p> <p>The &quot;One-Touch&quot; part of the name comes from the ash catcher at the bottom of the grill where sweeping away the coals into the ash pan, but this process can cause ashes to fly up, so tread with caution. Consumers also say the single handle can get really hot when cooking so make sure to take care when trying to move the grill after using it. However, these safety bugs are only mentioned in a few accounts, giving the Weber One-Touch Charcoal Grill overwhelmingly positive feedback as a great grill for a great price.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00004RALU/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00004RALU&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=77JGBIW4TVL4RGPJ"><em>Currently $99.00 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Coleman RoadTrip LXE Propane Grill</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0009V1BDA/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0009V1BDA&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=3QAXJGRRCPGAJ4DX"><img width="240" height="275" align="right" alt="" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/ColemanRoadtripLXE.jpg" /></a>If your goal is to have a grill that you can use anywhere, especially on the go, then the propane-using <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0009V1BDA/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0009V1BDA&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=3QAXJGRRCPGAJ4DX">Coleman Roadtrip LXE Grill</a> has you covered. If you're looking for a grill to fit your patio or take with you on a picnic (or both!) the Coleman RoadTrip LXE is perfectly designed to be simply set up and taken down to fit all your travel-based grilling needs complete with wheels and a handle to help you maneuver it around. It comes with space shelves and tool hooks to keep your extra space needs accounted for and provides exceptional heat for something designed to be a primary or portable grill.</p> <p>When it comes to cooking, the Coleman RoadTrip LXE receives mostly high praise, but there are the occasional complains of hotspots that can result in uneven temperatures and uneven cooking. It is essential to clean this grill after each use because the build-up can be extremely hard to clean if left unattended for too long. But even with its minimal flaws, the Coleman RoadTrip LXE makes a great addition to the porch or camping gear when you want to save some money but get amazing deals on portability and power.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0009V1BDA/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0009V1BDA&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=3QAXJGRRCPGAJ4DX"><em>Currently $135.42 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Weber Performance Platinum Charcoal Grill</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0098HR1I0/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0098HR1I0&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=DORIUBB5KD57OZCR"><img width="240" height="251" align="right" alt="" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/WeberPerformerPlatinumGrillGreen.jpg" /></a>Many people look to gas grills when trying to find high-performance cooking, but the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0098HR1I0/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0098HR1I0&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=DORIUBB5KD57OZCR">Weber Performance Platinum</a> proves that charcoal grills can produce great results, too. Called the top performer in this class of grills, the Weber Performance Platinum is praised for its gas-powered ignition system, making lighter fluid a thing of the past. With this convenient system, lighting the coal briquettes is now a simple action of turning the gas on and then off, meaning you can get to cooking much faster than with a regular charcoal grill.</p> <p>This model also comes with a charcoal bin for storage and plenty of workspace to keep everything you need at hand while grilling. It comes with a digital timer as well, though some customers don't find it necessary. Cleaning is easy and the charcoal will extinguish completely after use before turning into ash thanks to a very sturdy lid that seals exceptionally well. While this model may be a little higher in price, it is absolutely worth the extra money to get such a dependable, high-performing charcoal grill.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0098HR1I0/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0098HR1I0&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=DORIUBB5KD57OZCR"><em>Currently $349.00 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best outdoor grills. As always, be sure to check <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar">Wise Bread's Buying Calendar</a> to learn when and how to buy just about anything!</p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-outdoor-grills" class="sharethis-link" title="The 5 Best Outdoor Grills" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/janae-spinato">Janae Spinato</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-outdoor-grills">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-aaa-batteries">The 5 Best AAA Batteries</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-hair-clippers">The 5 Best Hair Clippers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-electric-blankets">The 5 Best Electric Blankets</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-electric-can-openers">The 5 Best Electric Can Openers</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-swiss-army-knives">The 5 Best Swiss Army Knives</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> Shopping Buying Guides outdoor grills product reviews Wed, 14 Jan 2015 10:00:10 +0000 Janae Spinato 1270663 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Ways to Save More at Target http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-ways-to-save-more-at-target <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-ways-to-save-more-at-target" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/man-shopping-supermarket-Dollarphotoclub_54260979.jpg" alt="man shopping supermarket" title="man shopping supermarket" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some great articles on ways to save more at Target, burn calories without going to the gym, and live a more natural lifestyle.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Ways-Save-Target-36488054">25 Amazing Ways to Save More at Target</a> &mdash; Know when different departments have discounts throughout the week. For example, you'll see markdowns on electronics and kids' clothing on Monday, and&nbsp;housewares and shoes go on sale on Thursday. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.moneytalksnews.com/15-simple-ways-burn-calories-without-the-gym/">15 Simple Ways to Burn Calories Without the Gym</a> &mdash; Park in the farthest spots on the lot and enjoy the walk from your car to your destination. [Money Talks News]</p> <p><a href="http://www.cultofmoney.com/2014/12/31/6-ways-to-live-a-more-natural-lifestyle/">6 Ways to Live a More Natural Lifestyle</a> &mdash; Make your own cleaners. They're cheaper than store-bought and better for the environment! [Cult of Money]</p> <p><a href="http://www.thecentsiblelife.com/2015/01/5-easy-steps-make-year-long-menu-plan/">5 Easy Steps to Make a Year Long Menu Plan</a> &mdash; Make a list of your family's favorite meals that you can go back to every week. Change it up simply by using different sides or ingredients. [The Centsible Life]</p> <p><a href="http://www.kiplinger.com/slideshow/spending/T007-S001-things-that-cost-women-more/index.html">7 Things That Cost Women More</a> &mdash; On average, women spend 26% more on health care than men do. [Kiplinger]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://gradmoneymatters.com/money-making-ideas/5-things-you-should-not-say-to-your-boss.html">5 Things You Should Not Say to Your Boss</a> &mdash; Don't tell your boss you're tired or bored &mdash; he'll think you aren't putting in your best work. [Grad Money Matters]</p> <p><a href="http://www.creditsesame.com/blog/protect-your-identity-change-security-habits/">7 Security Habits You Need to Change to Protect Your Identity in 2015</a> &mdash; Start loading up on all the free security tools out there. If they work and they're free, why not? [Credit Sesame]</p> <p><a href="http://moneyning.com/shopping-smart/how-to-calculate-the-real-cost-of-upgrading-your-mobile-phone/">How to Calculate the Real Cost of Upgrading Your Mobile Phone</a> &mdash; A no-contract service may not be significantly cheaper than a traditional 2-year contract. [MoneyNing]</p> <p><a href="http://www.moneyunder30.com/setting-freelance-rates">How Much Should You Charge? 3 Keys to Setting Freelance Rates</a> &mdash; Start by working backwards &mdash; figure out how much you need to earn to cover your expenses and make a profit. [Money Under 30]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/5-tips-to-get-your-household-cleaning-done-with-little-kids-around">5 Tips to Get Your Household Cleaning Done With Little Kids Around</a> &mdash; Prioritize your chores so the most important ones get done no matter what surprises may pop up. [Parenting Squad]</p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-ways-to-save-more-at-target" class="sharethis-link" title="Best Money Tips: Ways to Save More at Target" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><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-ways-to-save-more-at-target">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/is-target-really-just-as-bad-as-wal-mart">Is Target Really Just as Bad As Wal-Mart?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/tips-for-perimeter-perusing-at-target">Tips for Perimeter Perusing at Target</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/pursenalized">Pursenalized</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/90-off-is-not-a-deal-if-you-don-t-need-it">90% off is not a deal if you don’t need it.</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/special-holiday-return-policies-of-popular-stores">Special holiday return policies of popular stores</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> Shopping best money tips target Mon, 12 Jan 2015 20:00:11 +0000 Amy Lu 1279157 at http://www.wisebread.com Love Accessories? Surprise Yourself With a Wantable Box http://www.wisebread.com/love-accessories-surprise-yourself-with-a-wantable-box <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/love-accessories-surprise-yourself-with-a-wantable-box" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/golden-jewelry-gifts-Dollarphotoclub_47182875.jpg" alt="golden jewelry gifts" title="golden jewelry gifts" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>There are subscription boxes for nearly every kind of product: healthy snacks, dog goodies, coffee and tea, and even craft supplies! For those of you who are into fashion and makeup, it may be worth your while to check out <a href="http://partners.wantable.co/c/27771/44522/1319">Wantable</a>.</p> <h2>About Wantable</h2> <p>Wantable knows that each person has unique tastes and preferences, so they use a style quiz to make sure they send products their customers will love. You start by choosing a product category: makeup, accessories, intimates, or fitness. Then, answer about 30 questions about the kinds of products that you like or dislike &mdash; and it really is just indicating whether you love, like, or dislike the options they present to you. And for $36 a month or $40 for a one-time box (pricing for fitness boxes works a little differently), Wantable will send you a box of goodies handpicked by their stylists.</p> <h2>The Goodies</h2> <p>I have tried a few makeup boxes, but I found that I don&rsquo;t use makeup often enough to really enjoy the value. Accessories, though? Bring them on! Here&rsquo;s what I reported as my loves, likes, and dislikes when I took the style quiz for the accessories box:</p> <ul> <li><strong>Love:</strong> Mx &lsquo;n Match, Classic, Hair Accessories, Necklaces, Earrings</li> <li><strong>Like:</strong> Boho, Rock &lsquo;n Roll, Scarves, Bracelets, Multi Tone, Gold Tone, Silver Tone</li> <li><strong>Dislike:</strong> Glam, Sunglasses, Watches, Rings</li> </ul> <p>Here&rsquo;s what I found in my box.</p> <h3>Olivia Necklace</h3> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u784/wantable-nov-olivia.JPG" alt="" /></p> <p>There are a few Wantable pieces that I love on sight, and the Olivia Necklace is one of them. I love mixed materials in my jewelry &mdash; adds interest, you know? And the ombre effect of maroon, red, and pink is gorgeous. I&rsquo;ve worn this necklace a handful of times already, for both casual and dressy occasions, and it made every outfit <i>pop!</i></p> <p><em>Retail value: $32</em></p> <h3>Shannon Hair Tie in Gold</h3> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u784/wantable-nov-shannon.JPG" alt="" /></p> <p>I like the idea of the Shannon Hair Tie (I was <i>thiiis</i> close to buying a similar chain hair tie at a craft fair booth once) but unfortunately, it isn&rsquo;t as practical as I&rsquo;d hoped. The elastic slips through the links if I try to loop it around my hair three times; if I keep it at two, the hair tie falls out of my stubby ponytail in seconds. It will probably work fine for someone with hair that&rsquo;s of a different texture or volume from mine. <i>My</i> hair, not so much.</p> <p>It makes a very cute bracelet, though.</p> <p><em>Retail value: $8</em></p> <h3>Amy Earrings in Silver</h3> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u784/wantable-nov-amy.JPG" alt="" /></p> <p>The Amy Earrings are long, silver spikes. Simple, yes! But don&rsquo;t underestimate the punch of these studs. There&rsquo;s an edgy, dramatic feel to these earrings, which I like. They&rsquo;re also supremely versatile, which I like even more. As a neutral metal, in a very basic shape, this set of earrings will look great with anything in my closet.</p> <p><em>Retail value: $15</em></p> <h3>Ashley Scarf</h3> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u784/wantable-nov-ashley.JPG" alt="" /></p> <p>I have worn the Ashley scarf nearly every day since I got it. There is pretty much every color in the feather print &mdash; which means clashing colors is not an issue. It is soft, it is warm (but not too warm!), and since it&rsquo;s an infinity scarf, there aren&rsquo;t any ends to get in my way when I need to roll up my sleeves and get things done.</p> <p><em>Retail value: $18</em></p> <h2>Is It Worth It?</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u784/wantable-nov_0.JPG" alt="" /></p> <p>The retail value of the accessories in this box totaled $73, which means a savings of $33&hellip;so a 47% discount on everything in the box. Although the chain hair tie didn&rsquo;t work out for me, I know that I&rsquo;ll get a ton of use out of the other pieces. So, yes, this box is definitely worth it! <a href="http://partners.wantable.co/c/27771/44522/1319">Sign up for Wantable today</a>!</p> <p><em>Disclaimer: I received a free box for an honest review.</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/love-accessories-surprise-yourself-with-a-wantable-box" class="sharethis-link" title="Love Accessories? Surprise Yourself With a Wantable Box" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><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/love-accessories-surprise-yourself-with-a-wantable-box">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-6"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/love-makeup-or-jewelry-surprise-yourself-with-a-wantable-box">Love Makeup or Jewelry? Surprise Yourself With a Wantable Box.</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/wantable-accessories-funky-elegance-at-a-discount">Wantable Accessories: Funky Elegance at a Discount</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/wantable-designer-accessories-at-discount-prices">Wantable: Designer Accessories at Discount Prices</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/try-a-wantable-box-if-you-like-pretty-high-quality-surprises">Try a Wantable Box If You Like Pretty, High-Quality Surprises</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/do-wantables-statement-accessories-say-yay-or-nay">Do Wantable&#039;s Statement Accessories Say Yay or Nay?</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> Shopping accessories subscriptions Wantable Fri, 09 Jan 2015 10:00:11 +0000 Amy Lu 1277866 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Best and Worst Deals at Trader Joe's http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-best-and-worst-deals-at-trader-joes <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-best-and-worst-deals-at-trader-joes" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/man-grocery-shopping-Dollarphotoclub_53546152.jpg" alt="woman grocery shopping" title="woman grocery shopping" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some terrific articles on the best and worst buys at Trader Joe&rsquo;s, 10 things you&rsquo;ll pay more for this year, and the keys to a better life.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/What-Buy-Trader-Joe-35068897">The Best and Worst Deals at Trader Joe's</a> &mdash; Trader Joe's is great for nuts and specialty cheeses, but check elsewhere for organic chicken and frozen produce. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://money.cnn.com/gallery/pf/2015/01/02/pay-more-2015/index.html">10 Things You'll Pay More for in 2015</a> &mdash; Due to new laws on chicken housing in California, the cost of eggs is expected to increase by 40% in 2015. [CNN Money]</p> <p><a href="http://moneysmartlife.com/better-life/">4 Keys to a Better Life This Year</a> &mdash; Take your health seriously. Aim to get more sleep and exercise, and eat healthier. [Money Smart Life]</p> <p><a href="http://www.getrichslowly.org/blog/2015/01/06/get-a-good-workout-without-a-gym-membership/">Get a Good Workout Without a Gym Membership</a> &mdash; Do your own housecleaning, yard work, and home repairs to burn some serious calories. [Get Rich Slowly]</p> <p><a href="http://www.ncnblog.com/2015/01/04/a-super-simple-system-to-organize-bills-and-paperwork/">A Super Simple System to Organize Bills and Paperwork</a> &mdash; All you need is a letter tray and an expanding file folder. [No Credit Needed]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://cashmoneylife.com/cancel-your-cell-phone-contract-without-paying-fees/">Cancel Your Cell Phone Contract Without Paying Fees</a> &mdash; Some cell phone carriers will pay your early termination fees if you transfer to their service. [Cash Money Life]</p> <p><a href="http://gradmoneymatters.com/money-making-ideas/how-to-get-the-best-use-out-of-your-limited-vacation-days-at-work.html">How to Get the Best Use Out of Your Limited Vacation Days at Work</a> &mdash; Use your vacation days to travel for short weekend trips. [Grad Money Matters]</p> <p><a href="http://blog.credit.com/2015/01/how-thinking-like-a-poker-player-can-help-you-get-a-raise-104940/">How Thinking Like a Poker Player Can Help You Get a Raise</a> &mdash; As in poker, you need to learn to make quick decisions when you're heading into salary negotiations. This requires a lot of prep work to ensure that you know what to do in any situation. [Credit.com]</p> <p><a href="http://www.genywealth.com/blogging-bucks">Blogging for Bucks: How to Do It the Right Way</a> &mdash; Before you buy a domain, make sure you know why you want to have a website in the first place. Do you just want to show off your work, or are you trying to sell products, too? [Gen Y Wealth]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/15-in-15-fun-family-activities">15 in '15: Fun Family Activities</a> &mdash; A family yearbook is a fun project that the whole family can work on all year long. [Parenting Squad]</p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-best-and-worst-deals-at-trader-joes" class="sharethis-link" title="Best Money Tips: Best and Worst Deals at Trader Joe&#039;s" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><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-best-and-worst-deals-at-trader-joes">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-7"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-things-you-should-buy-at-costco">15 Things You Should Buy at Costco</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/12-foods-nutritionists-say-you-should-splurge-on">12 Foods Nutritionists Say You Should Splurge On</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-expensive-things-that-look-cheap">10 Expensive Things That Look Cheap</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-things-non-members-can-get-at-costco-including-cheap-eye-exams">7 Things Non-Members Can Get at Costco (Including Cheap Eye Exams!)</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-use-up-remaining-balances-on-prepaid-gift-cards">How to Use Up Remaining Balances on Prepaid Gift Cards</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> Shopping best money tips Trader Joe's Wed, 07 Jan 2015 20:00:13 +0000 Amy Lu 1277862 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Weed Trimmers http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-weed-trimmers <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-weed-trimmers" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/weed-trimmer-Dollarphotoclub_35902640.jpg" alt="weed trimmer" title="weed trimmer" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The joy of having a yard is not easily hindered. Freedom to have lawn parties or a safe place for the kids to play is a privilege worth using without a doubt. Still, once your slice of paradise starts to be overrun by weeds, stray patches of grass, or anything else that a lawnmower just can't cover, it might feel more like a burden than a privilege.</p> <p>Thankfully, we here at Wise Bread did some digging and found five blessings to help lighten your burden. With indisputable results and ease of use, you'll be enjoying your space again in no time.</p> <h2>What Is a Weed Trimmer?</h2> <p>A weed trimmer exists to tame grass and weeds in places that the lawn mower can't reach like the edges of a driveway or around a tree. It provides the finishing touches to make sure your lawn is perfectly presentable after every mow. Also known as string trimmers, weed trimmers often use a string instead of a blade, spinning incredibly fast to cut the grass.</p> <p>They can be electric, battery, or gas-powered. They range from super light to heavy and can be use for little jobs or intense gardening depending on the model you purchase. Overall the gas trimmers seem to pack the biggest power, but the electric and battery trimmers have their own niches in which to shine, such as their low noise and environmental pollution.</p> <h2>Best 5 Weed Trimmers</h2> <h3>Black and Decker LST136</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00602J3V4/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00602J3V4&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=NZJTSKWB2Z4QPB5X"><img width="200" align="right" height="200" alt="" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Black%20%26%20Decker%20LST136.jpg" /></a>Named the &quot;Best Cordless Grass Trimmer&quot; by Consumer Search, the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00602J3V4/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00602J3V4&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=NZJTSKWB2Z4QPB5X">Black and Decker LST136</a> is a 7.8 pound superhero in the world of lawn trimming. Though the punch it packs can't always take down big weeds or tall grass in one fell swoop, the battery is lithium ion and rechargeable to make sure no cord or gas is needed during the actual trimming.</p> <p>To help control battery power and life, the Black &amp; Decker LST136 also comes with a PowerCommand dial to help you designate the energy towards tackling tougher weeds or extending the runtime. The 13-inch head can be moved 180 degrees to switch from edging to cutting a breeze. This model also comes with automatically feeding line so bumping is not necessary.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00602J3V4/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00602J3V4&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=NZJTSKWB2Z4QPB5X"><em>Currently $125.00 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Husqvarna 223L</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Husqvarna-223L-18-Inch-2-Stroke-Straight/dp/B00280MV2K/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1406930844&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=husqvarna+223l"><img width="200" align="right" height="108" alt="" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/husqvarna%20223l.jpg" /></a>The 10.5 pound gas-powered <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Husqvarna-223L-18-Inch-2-Stroke-Straight/dp/B00280MV2K/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1406930844&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=husqvarna+223l">Husqvarna 223L</a> has been highly praised for its easy start-up and good protection from flying debris during trimming. A straight shaft trimmer, its durability and smooth usage with even the toughest patches of grass have made the 223L a favorite pick among many customers.</p> <p>Many people love the ease of handling the machine thanks to its low weight and adjustable handle. The only cons are that some people have desired hearing protection when using 223L and the warranty is only two years. Still, it is one of the best consistently performing products on the market.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Husqvarna-223L-18-Inch-2-Stroke-Straight/dp/B00280MV2K/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1406930844&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=husqvarna+223l"><em>Currently $249.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Green Works 21142</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008BY6ZEC/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B008BY6ZEC&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=FBMUG6YGALK5FCUE"><img width="200" align="right" height="200" alt="" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Green%20Works%2021142.jpg" />This electric trimmer</a> is a little on the heavier side at around 10 pounds, but delivers in its ability to cut like a light-duty gas model while being the least costly item on this list. It breezes through tall grass and tough weeds with a 10 amp motor all while being relatively quiet for an electric trimmer. The Green Works 21142 is also very useful in that with the right attachments it can be a variety of things from a blower to a pole slaw (keep in mind these attachments are sold separately).</p> <p>This trimmer also supports attachments from companies other than Green Works, making it the most versatile option on this list, though not the most durable. It comes with a four year warranty, and despite some extra money you might have to use to get an extension cord, it is a good model that gets a lot of work done without the hassle of a gas option.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008BY6ZEC/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B008BY6ZEC&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=FBMUG6YGALK5FCUE"><em>Currently $75.00 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Stihl FSE 60</h3> <p><a href="http://www.qcsupply.com/stihl-fse60-electric-trimmer.html"><img width="200" align="right" height="140" alt="" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/stihl%20fse%2060.jpeg" /></a>A second corded option, the <a href="http://www.qcsupply.com/stihl-fse60-electric-trimmer.html">Stihl FSE 60</a> is described as one of the sturdiest corded electric trimmers around. The curved shaft and good handles make it one of the easiest weed trimmers to maneuver at 8.7 pounds. The warranty is only two years, but this model is known not only for its easy usage but for its durability. After a few years, the Stihl FSE 60 still takes down rowdy weeds and tall grass. Though it is a little heavier than most electric trimmers, it still does a heavy-duty job.</p> <p>The only discernible low of this model seems to be that reloading the trim might be a bit of a hassle, though not all customers have had this problem, and the Stihl FSE 60 comes with instructions on what needs to be done. Though there is no link to a direct-buy page, typing in your zip code into the Stihl USA website under this product will show all nearby distributors of this product.</p> <p><a href="http://www.qcsupply.com/stihl-fse60-electric-trimmer.html"><em>Currently $119.99 on QC&nbsp;Supply</em></a></p> <h3>Hitachi CG22EABSLP</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003D7L7LI/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B003D7L7LI&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=HAQG5QB7B3XHYRXZ"><img width="200" align="right" height="200" alt="" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Hitachi%20CG22EABSLP.jpg" /></a>The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003D7L7LI/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B003D7L7LI&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=HAQG5QB7B3XHYRXZ">Hitachi CG22EABSLP</a> is comfortably light at 9.7 ponds and is a great option for a gas powered model. With its curved shaft and powerful engine, this trimmer is made to last. It comes with a seven year warranty. The engine does not give off many fumes meaning little environmental damage from product usage. Hitachi's S-Start system makes it so having a powerful engine doesn't mean exceptional effort to get it started. The system actually reduces the energy needed to get up and running to keep customers from stressful beginnings.</p> <p>To top off the list of comfort from this model, it comes with anti-vibration system to reduce further discomfort during usage. Though it seems to have trouble on tall grass, the Hitachi CG22EABSLP is a great product for those seeking a more enjoyable trimming experience.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003D7L7LI/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B003D7L7LI&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=HAQG5QB7B3XHYRXZ"><em>Currently $165.76 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best weed trimmers. As always, be sure to check <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar">Wise Bread's Buying Calendar</a> to learn when and how to buy just about anything!</p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-weed-trimmers" class="sharethis-link" title="The 5 Best Weed Trimmers" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/janae-spinato">Janae Spinato</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-weed-trimmers">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-8"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ultimate-gift-guide-thoughtful-ideas-for-every-list-and-every-budget">Ultimate Gift Guide: Thoughtful Ideas for Every List and Every Budget</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-aaa-batteries">The 5 Best AAA Batteries</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-hair-clippers">The 5 Best Hair Clippers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-panini-presses">The 5 Best Panini Presses</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-electric-blankets">The 5 Best Electric Blankets</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> Shopping Buying Guides product review weed trimmers Wed, 07 Jan 2015 10:00:11 +0000 Janae Spinato 1267700 at http://www.wisebread.com 13 Must-Have Kitchen Purchases Under $10 http://www.wisebread.com/13-must-have-kitchen-purchases-under-10 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/13-must-have-kitchen-purchases-under-10" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/custard-dish-Dollarphotoclub_68770101.jpg" alt="custard cup" title="custard cup" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>My kitchen is well-stocked with the basics, but there are some items that I just absolutely love. Several of them get used every day. Most aren't fancy &mdash; they just work really well. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-make-your-kitchen-look-awesome-for-under-100?ref=seealso">9 Ways to Make Your Kitchen Look Great for Under $100</a>)</p> <p>The best part? They are under $10.</p> <h2>1. Knife</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" alt="" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/kai%20knife.jpg" /></p> <p>I absolutely hate the looks of these knives. The colors just repulse me. They look like something that belong in a preschool, and for goodness sakes, that would be <em>so wrong</em>. But&hellip; I found them on <a href="http://www.ebay.com/itm/KAI-Pure-Komachi-2-High-Carbon-Stainless-Steel-Kitchen-Knives-with-Sheaths-/171156552074">eBay</a> for under $10! I have beautiful knives in a lovely knife-block; they work very nicely. However, the hideous fuschia knife (pictured in the link) is my go-to for serious slicing. It's so ugly, I keep it in a drawer so I don't have to look at it. The Kai Knife and I clearly have a love-hate relationship.</p> <h2>2. Glass Measuring Cup</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" alt="" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/glass%20measuring%20cup.jpg" /></p> <p>I own two <a href="http://www1.macys.com/shop/product/pyrex-2-cup-measuring-cup?ID=333153&amp;pla_country=US&amp;CAGPSPN=pla&amp;CAWELAID=120156340000365617&amp;catargetid=120156340001346358&amp;cadevice=c&amp;cm_mmc=Google_PLA_Home_Cookware_PLA-_-Cookware_Bakeware+-+GS_Pyrex-_-57537350704_-_-_mkwid_nM2V2liF%7Cdc_57537350704%7C-%7CnM2V2liF">Pyrex measuring cups</a>, because one is always in use, or dirty. I'm not sure I could cook without them. They are, of course, microwavable. Talk about sturdy! Mine have been dropped on the floor; they survive. I have dropped them in the sink, and they live on. They are ridiculously easy to clean. I used them as sauce or gravy boats until recently, when a friend decided I needed to class up my act and bought me a real gravy boat. My mother used hers so long the red measuring lines had faded &mdash; but still kept it in use. After 20 years, she had a good idea of where ⅓ and &frac12; cup were on the cup.</p> <h2>3. Candy Thermometer</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" alt="" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/candy%20thermometer.jpg" /></p> <p>Granted, if you don't make <a href="http://www.cruelironing.com/blog">candy</a>, you can get by without one. But think of it this way: If you own a <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0000CFQN8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0000CFQN8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=3DMIBCDOK2DUF7E3">candy thermometer</a>, <em>you can make candy</em>. Let that sink in a little. You can also use it for deep-frying. Yup. At under $6, you now understand why I consider this to be an essential kitchen gadget.</p> <h2>4. A Mallet</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" alt="" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/meat-mallet-Dollarphotoclub_39362184.jpg" /></p> <p>You know when you've had a really crummy day at work, and you come home, feeling grumpy, and need to make dinner? Here is the perfect thing (and I really and truly do this). Get out your <a href="http://www.amazon.com/New-Star-Foodservice-36374-Tenderizer/dp/B009LN48T6/ref=sr_1_2?s=home-garden&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1418502639&amp;sr=1-2&amp;keywords=meat+mallets&amp;pebp=1418502648300">mallet</a> and some thick <a href="http://www.twopeasandtheirpod.com/mozzarella-pesto-stuffed-chicken-breasts/">chicken breasts</a>. Pound those things. Not only is use of a mallet cathartic, but it's a money-saver (and results are <a href="http://lidiasitaly.com/recipes/detail/258">delicious</a>). Sale on chuck steak? <a href="http://theboatgalley.com/tenderizing-beef/">Pound it</a>. I recommend you buy this stellar equipment in a store, where you can pick the mallets up and feel how much heft they have.</p> <h2>5. The Ove Glove</h2> <p>I have sung the praises of the <a href="http://www.ebay.com/itm/like/171573785967?lpid=82">Ove Glove</a> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-as-seen-on-tv-kitchen-gadgets-that-are-actually-worth-the-money">here</a> before, but it's worth mentioning again. I now consider it an essential for candy-making. When you have boiling-hot candy bubbling on a stove, your new BFF is the Ove Glove. It takes getting used to, because unless you are stupid, the natural inclination is not to grab a pan of cookies right out of the oven. Mine has been washed many times and still works perfectly. It contains Kevlar, making it a pretty serious piece of equipment.</p> <h2>6. Kitchen Shears</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" alt="" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/meat-shears-Dollarphotoclub_49612720.jpg" /></p> <p>Does a day go by when I don't use my <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0050U240O/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0050U240O&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=VAM3JCPW5VWKO75R">kitchen shears</a>? I don't think so. I chiffonade. I snip. My favorite use of the shears is for cutting a game hen in half. It takes about two minutes to divide, season, and toss into the oven. What else are they good for? I have used them to cut up (tough) stew meat and skinny sausages. I have scissored chickens, pasta dough, slices of bread for croutons, and leafy greens. They have been washed hundreds of times, and they're still sharp.</p> <h2>7. The Pot Watcher</h2> <p>Have you ever put a pot of water on the stove to boil, then forgotten about it? In extreme cases of forgetfulness, this could be a fire hazard. But at the very least, it's a terrible waste of energy. And as expensive as energy costs have gotten to be, I highly recommend <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0043FOZCM/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0043FOZCM&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=ZJJH7QBDURYNODR4">The Glass Boil Alert Pot Watcher</a>. (We just call ours the Pot Watcher.) I just will <em>not</em> stand at the stove, watching and waiting for the water to boil, to add pasta, or begin timing the hard-boiled eggs. With this gadget, I don't have to.</p> <h2>8. Quiche Dish</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" alt="" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/quiche-dish-Dollarphotoclub_61252117.jpg" /></p> <p>How often do I make a <a href="http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Quiche/Detail.aspx?evt19=1">quiche</a>? Oh, maybe three or four times a year. You wouldn't think that would justify needing to own a <a href="http://www.crateandbarrel.com/quiche-dish/s283684?b=1&amp;a=1552">quiche dish</a>, but that's where you'd be wrong. Check out this beautiful <a href="http://www.thecomfortofcooking.com/2014/02/parmesan-vegetable-tian.html">vegetable tian,</a> which works perfectly in a quiche dish. Heck, you can make a pie in it, roast chicken pieces, or serve a <a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/dutch-babies-ii/">Dutch Baby</a> for breakfast. If you are feeling 50's, it's a pretty container for a Jello salad. It is also a practical piece, due to its shallow stature &mdash; great for dredging fish or chicken in bread crumbs. But we're not done! Its shape also lends itself to <a href="http://www.pinterest.com/pin/39265827974904659/">dips</a>.</p> <h2>9. Custard Cups</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" alt="" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/custard-dish-Dollarphotoclub_68770101.jpg" /></p> <p>Funny thing, but I didn't own a single one of these great little <a href="http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/store/product/anchor-hocking-6-ounce-custard-cups-set-of-4/1011303331?mcid=PS_googlepla_nonbrand_dining_&amp;adpos=1o2&amp;creative=39230274949&amp;device=c&amp;matchtype=&amp;network=g&amp;gclid=Cj0KEQiAwaqkBRDHx6rzxMqAobgBEiQAxJazJy0gERJFixa-CCwAZrIvBGCsgh3PKgy3vKvWaOkS7EsaAngv8P8HAQ">cups</a> until a couple of years ago. How did I exist without them? We are now up to two sets, because they are so handy. Of course, they are great for their intended purpose (custard, pudding, flans). However, they also get used at breakfast to scramble or poach individual eggs (cups are microwavable). They hold a nice amount of cereal or oatmeal. At lunch, they are perfect for a little cup of soup or a small salad. Their best use, though? <em>Leftovers</em>.</p> <p>I just surveyed the refrigerator. There is one cup of leftover spaghetti, and another of beets. We just save those little bits and put them into a custard cup, with saran or waxed paper, and out they come again. Taco night is another great way to use them &mdash; one cup for tomatoes, one for shredded cheese, another for olives, etc. In the morning, I often throw the cups of leftovers into scrambled eggs. Because they are clear, it's easy to see what the leftover is, which reduces waste, and, of course, saves money.</p> <h2>10. Roasting Pan</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" alt="" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/roast-turkey-pan-Dollarphotoclub_59074927.jpg" /></p> <p>Do you like rotisserie chickens? How about pot roasts? I'll bet your grandmother has one of these sturdy roasters in her garage. Ask her if you can have it, or order your own <a href="http://www.boscovs.com/shop/prod/granite-ware-by-columbian-home-covered-13-roaster/15560.htm?utm_source=Google&amp;utm_medium=CSE&amp;utm_term=15560&amp;utm_content=Home+%3E+Kitchen+%3E+Cookware+%3E+Columbian+Cookware&amp;utm_campaign=CSE&amp;cid=CSE:Google">roasting pan</a>.</p> <p>These have been around forever, and I don't know why they fell out of favor, except that they are kind of big. I have mine on a pantry cart and I keep other stuff inside it, for storage. If you can possibly find room, buy one. Why? The best <a href="http://www.simplebites.net/back-to%E2%80%A6cooking-school-roast-chicken-101-recipe-lemon-oregano-roast-chicken/">roasted chicken</a>, ever, a <a href="http://www.bettycrocker.com/recipes/rosemary-pork-roast-with-carrots/f36c6605-8df5-485d-8935-320a6a26b5ae?nicam1=PAID_SEARCH&amp;nichn1=GOOGLE&amp;nipkw1=how%20to%20cook%20a%20pork%20roast&amp;niseg1=TDCORE_BC&amp;esrc=17089&amp;mkwid=s1GZnBBIx_dc&amp;pcrid=44200174016&amp;gclid=Cj0KEQiA5K-kBRDZ9r71gOvlxOMBEiQAwkK52PioMi_dBlPckiUO2YYbXrfIyJQjSoeGqkClf-dbLysaArBR8P8HAQ">pork roast</a>, or a big bunch of roasted vegetables. I have even used it to make this <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2006/11/08/dining/081mrex.html?_r=0">bread;</a> it worked great. This is a very basic, versatile piece of cooking equipment. Mine is too small for a turkey, but I can fit two chickens at a time. This is wonderful when chicken goes on sale. I buy two and cook them both. One we eat right away. The second I cut up and put into freezer bags. We then have chicken on hand to add to casseroles, soups, etc.</p> <h2>11. Timer</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" alt="" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/chicken-food-timer-Dollarphotoclub_15541761.jpg" /></p> <p>I love my &quot;chicken&quot; kitchen timer because it's cute, but for accuracy, this <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00DOJX3TE/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00DOJX3TE&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=O3LQVMXSDJS3IUA7">AcuRite digital timer</a> is great. It's loud enough to hear if I'm outside yakking with the neighbors, easy to operate, and I've had it for years. It has been dropped, and it still works. It's magnetic, and hangs on the refrigerator, so it's very handy. My favorite use for it, though, involves food safety. When I read this article about <a href="http://foodpoisoningbulletin.com/2013/waipahu-school-warned-of-food-safety-violations-in-september/">food poisoning</a> which occurred on a neighbor island, it was a good reminder to pay attention. We are very careful about cooling food (and reheating). We package up our leftovers, and then set the timer so that we don't forget to put <a href="http://www.foodsafety.gov/keep/basics/chill/index.html">food away</a>.</p> <h2>12. Salt Mill</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" alt="" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/salt-pepper-mill-Dollarphotoclub_72370077.jpg" /></p> <p>A <a href="http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/store/product/cole-mason-505-clear-acrylic-salt-mill/1018737698?mcid=PS_googlepla_nonbrand_dining_&amp;adpos=1o3&amp;creative=39230274829&amp;device=c&amp;matchtype=&amp;network=g&amp;gclid=Cj0KEQiA5K-kBRDZ9r71gOvlxOMBEiQAwkK52KLxRGuqTeZAqfMJhBjIN13R0Vhcrqi4ATzRgbwW12oaAiLy8P8HAQ">salt mill</a> is just a &quot;must&quot; if you live in a tropical climate, as I do. We tried everything before this &mdash; rice in the salt, some fancy Swedish container, something else that had a cap, you name it. The bottom of this one will still get clumped up with salt, but it can easily be wiped away.</p> <h2>13. Covered Storage Container</h2> <p>Again, I own two of these <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0000CFTP7/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0000CFTP7&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=RD52SOUQCDJD5YU5">Pyrex</a> covered dishes (what is it with me?). They are <em>awesome</em>. The lids haven't warped, with time. They clean up easily. They can go from refrigerator to microwave, although I do not put the lid into the microwave. They fit nicely into my insulated lunch bag, so leftovers can easily become office lunch. I like how they stack either in the refrigerator or the dish cupboard.</p> <p><em>What are your favorite inexpensive kitchen &quot;essentials&quot;? Please share in comments!</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-must-have-kitchen-purchases-under-10" class="sharethis-link" title="13 Must-Have Kitchen Purchases Under $10" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/marla-walters">Marla Walters</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-must-have-kitchen-purchases-under-10">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-9"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-things-in-your-kitchen-you-should-throw-out-today">15 Things in Your Kitchen You Should Throw Out Today</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-kitchen-luxuries-that-are-worth-it-and-5-that-arent">5 Kitchen Luxuries That Are Worth It (and 5 That Aren&#039;t)</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-find-the-best-stuff-at-homegoods">How to Find the Best Stuff at HomeGoods</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-places-to-find-cheap-good-looking-new-furniture">10 Places to Find Cheap, Good-Looking New Furniture</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-as-seen-on-tv-kitchen-gadgets-that-are-actually-worth-the-money">6 &quot;As Seen on TV&quot; Kitchen Gadgets That Are Actually Worth the Money</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> Home Shopping cheap gear essentials gadgets kitchen utensils Mon, 05 Jan 2015 16:00:11 +0000 Marla Walters 1274906 at http://www.wisebread.com Here's What You Spent on This Holiday Season http://www.wisebread.com/heres-what-you-spent-on-this-holiday-season <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/heres-what-you-spent-on-this-holiday-season" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman-christmas-shopping-Dollarphotoclub_70911498.jpg" alt="woman christmas shopping" title="woman christmas shopping" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Perhaps just as interesting as how much you spent on holiday shopping is <em>how</em> you spent it. Far fewer people shopped in stores than ever before during the five-day holiday shopping bonanza that spans Thanksgiving to Cyber Monday. For the first time, online <a href="http://www-01.ibm.com/software/marketing-solutions/benchmark-reports/black-friday-report-2014.pdf">traffic from mobile devices outpaced traditional desktop</a> computers on Thanksgiving Day. (When it comes to mobile sales, tablets are king, driving 36% more sales than smartphones.)</p> <p>From bizarre gift categories to eBay's most popular zip code, read on for a surprising snapshot of what you bought and where you spent it, based on the latest Black Friday and Cyber Monday stats.</p> <h2>1. $243 on Home Goods</h2> <p>From accent pillows to cutlery, home goods were high on holiday shopping lists nationwide. Year-over-year online sales for home goods spiked 7% on Black Friday and 12% on Cyber Monday. All told, the average order total on these two days came in at $243.</p> <h2>2. $180,000 on Boxes of Poop (No, Really)</h2> <p>More than 30,000 people unwittingly purchased a box of poop on Black Friday. Or, more precisely, a box of pasteurized bull feces from a cattle ranch in Texas. Huh?</p> <p><a href="http://cardsagainsthumanity.com/">Cards Against Humanity</a>, the company that makes the eponymous fill-in-the-blank adult card game, added a new item to its website on Black Friday: &quot;Bullshit&quot; priced at $6. And hoards of people bought it, not realizing that its billing on the website was actually quite literal.</p> <p><a href="http://time.com/3634443/cards-against-humanity-poop-black-friday/">Cards Against Humanity made 20 cents on each $6 box of excrement</a>, according to Time magazine. But the company won't actually profit on this strange and stinky stunt. The $36,000 will be donated to <a href="http://www.heifer.org/">Heifer International</a>, a charity that gifts livestock to impoverished people with the goal of fending off hunger while also providing a source of financial stability.</p> <h2>3. $145 on Department Store Goods</h2> <p>Kohl's, the Wisconsin-based department store with nearly 1,200 locations in 49 states, cashed in on Black Friday big time, <a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/ianmorris/2014/12/01/apple-samsung-ea-and-microsoft-were-black-friday-and-cyber-monday-winners/">earning the most mentions</a> of any other retailer on Twitter and Facebook. That's the good news for traditional brick and mortar department stores. The bad news is that the runners up were Apple, Samsung, Amazon, and Microsoft, indicating a huge national preference for online shopping and the gadgets that make it all possible. Perhaps that's why the average online order value for department store goods on Black Friday and Cyber Monday came in at a cool $145. That's a year-over-year decrease of 3% on Black Friday and 10% on Cyber Monday.</p> <h2>4. $108 on Apparel</h2> <p>Nearly 80% of Americans planned on making clothing purchases in the weeks leading up to Christmas, according to <a href="http://www.gallup.com/poll/179756/cautious-christmas-shoppers-eye-clothing-toys.aspx">a recent Gallup poll</a>. Nonetheless, the year-over-year average order value for apparel dropped 7% on Black Friday and 2% on Cyber Monday, lowering the average order amount to $108.</p> <h2>5. 2.5 Million eBay Purchases</h2> <p>Sales at online retailer eBay climbed an astounding 19% on Cyber Monday. All told, there were <a href="http://blog.ebay.com/breaking-down-black-friday-cyber-monday-on-ebay/">more than 2.5 million transactions</a> on the online auction site on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, the company reports. Interestingly, Prairie Grove, Arkansas, with a population of just 2,540, bought more items on eBay on Cyber Monday than any other zip code in the U.S. Trailing behind Prairie Grove were Miami, Florida, Alpharetta, Georgia, and Santa Clara, California.</p> <h2>6. $65 on Health and Beauty</h2> <p>The average online order value for a health and beauty purchases on Black Friday and Cyber Monday peaked at $65, marking a 10% increase over last year's numbers for Black Friday and a 4% spike for Cyber Monday.</p> <p>If your credit card's still smoking from all those swipes, be consoled: <a href="http://www.cep.ucsb.edu/papers/DeltonKrasnowCosmidesTooby2011_withSI.pdf">Holiday gift-giving is remarkably rewarding</a>, often providing us with a warm and fuzzy feeling that not even a high credit card balance can ward off.</p> <p><em>How much did you spend this holiday season?</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/heres-what-you-spent-on-this-holiday-season" class="sharethis-link" title="Here&#039;s What You Spent on This Holiday Season" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/brittany-lyte">Brittany Lyte</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/heres-what-you-spent-on-this-holiday-season">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-10"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/why-people-go-crazy-on-black-friday">Why People Go Crazy on Black Friday</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/wise-bread-gift-guide-gifts-that-save-money">25 Gifts That Save Money</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-art-of-the-group-gift">The Art of the Group Gift</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/even-more-black-friday-savings-tips-from-shopping-experts">Even More Black Friday Savings Tips From Shopping Experts</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/early-holiday-shopping-why-i-finish-by-thanksgiving">Early Holiday Shopping: Why I Finish by Thanksgiving</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> Shopping black friday gifts holiday shopping Tue, 30 Dec 2014 18:00:12 +0000 Brittany Lyte 1274862 at http://www.wisebread.com 25 Bite-Sized Money Resolutions to Make 2015 Your Biggest Year Yet http://www.wisebread.com/25-bite-sized-money-resolutions-to-make-2015-your-biggest-year-yet <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/25-bite-sized-money-resolutions-to-make-2015-your-biggest-year-yet" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/dollar-bills-2015-Dollarphotoclub_67129525.jpg" alt="dollar bills 2015" title="dollar bills 2015" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It's <em>that</em> time of year &mdash; when everyone's telling you that your New Year's resolutions can help you lose 50 pounds by beach season, revolutionize your career, and save enough to buy a Mercedes with cash by December. But despite our best intentions, almost none of us is going to become a brand-new person the moment 2015 dawns.</p> <p>However, we will have a little fresh start momentum on our side, so why not pick a handful of bite-sized financial resolutions from this party mix? If you pull them off by the end of January, you can always come back for seconds.</p> <h2>1. Don't Pay Any Late Fees</h2> <p>If you are prone to paying bills late, set up auto payments on all accounts, for at least the minimum payment due.</p> <h2>2. Read Your Credit Card Bill Every Month</h2> <p>You may be surprised at how many things you find &mdash; recurring billing for services you no longer use, missed refunds, overcharges, or, if you're unlucky, outright credit card fraud. At the very least, it's an opportunity to think about your spending for the past month and adjust your plans for future spending.</p> <h2>3. Start an Emergency Fund</h2> <p>If you don't have an emergency fund, now is the time to start one. Set up a new savings account and auto transfer a regular amount from every paycheck. Even if it's only $10 a month, you'll be on your way to more peace of mind and a lower chance of running up credit card debt when emergencies happen.</p> <h2>4. Participate in Your Company's Retirement Plan</h2> <p>Especially if your company offers matching dollars, this is a one-time chore that will pay off for the rest of your life.</p> <h2>5. Negotiate With a Credit Card Company</h2> <p>When you see an annual fee hit your bill, or if you slip up and incur a late fee (or even if you just want a lower interest rate), pick up the phone and call your credit card customer service line. If you've held the card for a few years, and ask nicely, you may be surprised how easy it is to get your way.</p> <h2>6. Find a Credit Card With Better Perks</h2> <p>If you use credit responsibly, you might as well be getting something in exchange for all the fees you're earning for the company. Use a credit card comparison engine to find the best <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-best-cash-back-credit-cards?ref=inarticle">cash-back</a>, <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-best-sign-up-bonuses-for-airline-miles-credit-cards?ref=inarticle">miles</a>, or other benefit offers for you.</p> <h2>7. Cut Back on One Spending Category</h2> <p>When you read that credit card bill, take notice of any categories where your spending is large, and ask yourself if you could cut back on it. Restaurant lunches are low-hanging fruit for many people.</p> <h2>8. Start Using Coupons</h2> <p>You don't have to go all extreme couponing to benefit. You can start by browsing the coupon <a href="http://www.hotcouponworld.com/forums/coupon.php">database at Hot Coupon World</a> to find coupons for the items you regularly buy.</p> <h2>9. Sign Up for a Budgeting Website</h2> <p>My financial planner recommended <a href="https://www.mint.com/">Mint.com</a>, which pulls in info from your bank accounts and credit cards, so you only need look at the dashboard to see where your money went.</p> <h2>10. Find One Service Provider With Better Rates</h2> <p>Maybe you can switch cable or Internet providers, or try a different lawn care service, or start bringing your cat to a vet that doesn't have a fancy waiting room. Whatever it is, if it's a service you use more than once a year, the savings will add up once you switch.</p> <h2>11. Check Your Bank Account for Fees</h2> <p>You might notice a big one like an overdraft fee, but you might also miss smaller fees that banks sneak in. Some accounts start tacking on monthly fees if your balance falls below a certain threshold or if you have too many transactions per month. Take five minutes to review the last several months' statements online to make sure you're not getting nickel and dimed &mdash; and if you are, call your bank to see if there's a way to avoid future fees.</p> <h2>12. Stop Using Out-Of-Network ATMs</h2> <p>It may only be $2 or $3 here and there, but when you think about it, paying $2 to access $50 is forfeiting 4% of your money! Try to plan ahead for your cash needs, but if you find yourself without cash and far from your own bank, hit up a grocery store or drugstore and make a small purchase with your debit card, and then ask for cash back.</p> <h2>13. Stop Doing One Thing That's Not Worth the Time</h2> <p>Whether it's painting your own house or an extra evening job at a low pay rate, do a little cost/benefit analysis and figure out how much time you've been spending on that activity. Then ask yourself how much you enjoy or hate it. You may realize that you could be doing something else with that time that would save or earn more &mdash; or that it's better to set aside that time for a more rewarding non-financial activity.</p> <h2>14. Schedule Budget Meetings With Your Partner for the Rest of the Year</h2> <p>Pick up that stiff new 2015 calendar, and before it gets crowded with other appointments, ink in monthly, bimonthly, or semi-annual &quot;money dates,&quot; where you sit down without distractions to review your bank account balance, bills, financial goals, and spending habits. Having a time set aside to discuss money issues can prevent a lot of fights. If it sounds too boring, schedule a real date right after the money appointment so you have something to look forward to once you get your ducks in a row.</p> <h2>15. Audit Your Electricity Use</h2> <p>For less than $20, you can pick up an <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00009MDBU/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00009MDBU&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=RU3V2OHCL3ZQPJTG">electricity monitor</a> to find out which of your appliances or devices is a power hog. Based on that info, you can change your habits or replace outdated appliances for extra savings.</p> <h2>16. Try Buying One Thing Second-Hand</h2> <p>If you have never considered Craigslist, garage sales, eBay, or thrift stores, give it a whirl this year. Great first second-hand purchases include: a Halloween costume, a pair of ice skates, a bread machine, or a bicycle. Why? All of these tend to be used once or infrequently before their owners don't want them any more.</p> <h2>17. Try a Price Comparison Engine</h2> <p>Next time you need to make a substantial purchase, research prices first on <a href="http://www.pricegrabber.com/">PriceGrabber</a>, <a href="http://www.pricewatch.com/">Pricewatch</a> or another resource before buying.</p> <h2>18. Sign Up for a Rebate Site</h2> <p><a href="http://www.ebates.com/">Ebates</a> or <a href="http://www.mrrebates.com/">Mr. Rebates</a> will not only get you cash back on online purchases, but they often provide coupon codes as well.</p> <h2>19. Cooperate With Friends Instead of Paying for Something</h2> <p>Whether it's trading child or pet care instead of paying a sitter, exchanging airport drop-offs to save cab fare, or borrowing and lending items that only get used occasionally, you can save a lot with a little help from your friends. You may have to offer first to get the ball rolling, but make it clear when you babysit or drive that you wouldn't mind getting the same favor in return.</p> <h2>20. Always Check the Daily Deal Sites Before You Go Out</h2> <p>Going to a museum, restaurant, or to the roller derby? Just a quick search of <a href="http://www.anrdoezrs.net/click-2822544-10788528">Groupon</a> and <a href="http://www.jdoqocy.com/click-2822544-11429060">LivingSocial</a> might save you 50% of the cost.</p> <h2>21. Drive Less</h2> <p>Even with lower gas prices, you still have to pay for parking, tolls, and wear and tear on your vehicle every time you opt to drive somewhere. With ride-sharing services, public transit, and bike sharing programs, it pays to ask whether there is a cheaper way to get to your destination &mdash; and it will probably be friendlier to the planet as well.</p> <h2>22. Consider a Low-Cost Cell Phone Plan</h2> <p>If you want a high-end phone, a two-year contract at a high monthly rate is probably in the cards. But if you can live with a midrange smartphone &mdash; which by the way will use many of the same apps and texts and calls people just like an iPhone &mdash; consider paying cash up front and signing up for a low-cost provider such as Virgin Mobile, T-Mobile, or Boost.</p> <h2>23. Set Up Quarterly Tax Payments</h2> <p>If you owed last year, your future self will thank you if you set that up right now.</p> <h2>24. Give Mindfully</h2> <p>Don't just throw your charity money into the pot of whoever happens to be in front of the grocery store. Use <a href="http://www.guidestar.org/">GuideStar</a> or <a href="http://www.charitynavigator.org/">Charity Navigator</a> to evaluate potential charities.</p> <h2>25. Make an Appointment With a Financial Advisor</h2> <p>No matter how old you are, a check-up with an advisor can help you make decisions that could have a big impact on your entire life. Fee-only planners charge by the hour and do not receive commissions for any investments they recommend.</p> <p><em>Have you succeeded in implementing any small financial resolutions? Tell us about it in comments!</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-bite-sized-money-resolutions-to-make-2015-your-biggest-year-yet" class="sharethis-link" title="25 Bite-Sized Money Resolutions to Make 2015 Your Biggest Year Yet" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/carrie-kirby">Carrie Kirby</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-bite-sized-money-resolutions-to-make-2015-your-biggest-year-yet">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-11"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/debit-or-credit-which-one-should-you-choose-at-the-checkout">Debit Or Credit? Which One Should You Choose At The Checkout?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/oprah-asks-a-great-question-what-can-you-live-without">Oprah Asks A Great Question; What Can You Live Without?</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/successful-new-years-resolutions-have-this-one-thing-in-common-does-yours">Successful New Year&#039;s Resolutions Have This One Thing in Common — Does Yours?</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/never-use-cash-for-these-11-things">Never Use Cash for These 11 Things</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/do-you-spend-more-with-cash-or-credit">Do You Spend More with Cash or Credit?</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> Budgeting Credit Cards Personal Development Shopping money habits new years resolutions small changes Tue, 30 Dec 2014 12:00:11 +0000 Carrie Kirby 1274765 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Christmas Gifts You're Better Off Returning http://www.wisebread.com/10-christmas-gifts-youre-better-off-returning <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-christmas-gifts-youre-better-off-returning" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/perfume.jpg" alt="perfume" title="perfume" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>We can't all have the gift giving foresight of Kris Kringle. Luckily, most retailers have a return policy to keep us from actually having to wear that itchy wool sweater from Aunt Sue. Last year, <a href="https://nrf.com/news/top-tips-happy-holiday-returns">the average person returned four holiday gifts</a>, according to The National Retail Federation's Holiday Returns Survey. And while it's common sense to return the gifts we hate, there are several less-obvious reasons why we might consider bringing a present back to the store.</p> <p>Read on for our list of the top gifts you should return this holiday season, and why.</p> <h2>1. Smartphones</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" alt="" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/smartphones.jpg" /></p> <p>They're sleek and they're handy &mdash; and they're <a href="http://www.cnet.com/news/why-a-smartphone-might-not-be-the-smartest-holiday-gift-choice/">the gift that keeps on costing</a>. In the lead-up to Christmas, wireless carriers often slash the prices on the hottest mobile phone models, making them great bang-for-your-buck gifts for Christmas present shoppers. Target, for example, was <a href="http://www.wwmt.com/news/features/top-stories/stories/Taking-a-deeper-look-at-Black-Friday-deals-around-Kalamazoo-60177.shtml">hawking the Samsung Galaxy 5s on Thanksgiving weekend for a penny</a>. That's all well and good for the gift-giver, but it does nothing to help out the recipient, who will be stuck paying the service bill for that shiny new device. The phone itself may have cost a penny, but the service bill won't. In fact, <a href="http://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/my-money/2014/07/03/5-low-cost-alternatives-to-your-pricey-cellphone-plan">monthly service charges can add up to more than $3,000 over two years</a>, which is the typical amount of time that the smartphone recipient would be locked in to a new wireless service contract.</p> <h2>2. Clothes That Don't Fit Your Taste or Shape</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" alt="" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/shirt%20rack.jpg" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.ibtimes.com/worst-christmas-gift-ideas-what-presents-are-returned-after-holidays-387000">Apparel is the number one most returned Christmas gift</a>, and here's why: When we don't like what we wear, it tends to hog our focus, stealing away our energy from other things in our lives, such as career, family, and relationships, that are more important. And with so many variations in style, color, and size, it's nearly impossible to buy clothing for another person. Be it a sweater or a pair of socks, follow this rule of thumb: If you don't like it, bring it back.</p> <h2>3. The Snuggie</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" alt="" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/snuggie.jpg" /></p> <p>Once people started to realize that the Snuggie is merely an unattractive throw with sleeves, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004C05H98/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B004C05H98&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=CB563MILQLS6I7UZ">the wearable blanket trend went out the window</a> &mdash; and that was years ago. If you get a Snuggie this Christmas, do us all a favor and return it. There are plenty of ways to keep warm without invoking a hospital gown.</p> <h2>4. Home Goods That Aren't Quite Right</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/lamp.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>The thing about gifting someone a blender or a lampshade or an area rug is that most people have a very specific idea about what kind of kitchen tools and lighting accessories and carpeting they want to outfit their home with. So if you gift them the Vitamix 300 instead of the 500 model they actually wanted, chances are they'll return it. In fact, <a href="http://www.ibtimes.com/worst-christmas-gift-ideas-what-presents-are-returned-after-holidays-387000">11% of gift recipients plan on returning a home goods item this Christmas</a>. That's why you shouldn't hesitate to step right up to the returns counter if a home good you received isn't quite right.</p> <h2>5. Perfume and Cologne</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" alt="" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/perfume.jpg" /></p> <p>There's about $1.50 worth of ingredients in the average bottle of perfume, yet the typical price tag is $150 &mdash; <a href="http://articles.latimes.com/1988-11-13/magazine/tm-10_1_perfume-cost">less than 1% of the retail cost</a>. Think about that the next time you receive a bottle you're less than thrilled about.</p> <h2>6. Skis, Skates, and Snowshoes</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" alt="" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/snow%20skis.jpg" /></p> <p>If you're a newbie to a winter sport, getting the gear to match is probably a poor investment. There's no reason to own a set of skis, for example, until you've figured out whether it's an activity you actually enjoy. And it doesn't do anybody good to have barely used winter sporting equipment laying around in the attic for years to come. So unless you know you're going to make use of those speed skates, take them back to the store and stick to rentals.</p> <h2>7. Self-Help Books</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" alt="" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/self%20help%20book.jpg" /></p> <p>Self-help books tend to state the obvious, oversimplify, and contain more fluff than helpful, meaty nuggets. &quot;Their recommendations are <a href="http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/how-do-life/201406/stop-the-self-help-books-already">often out of touch with what works in the real world</a>,&quot; says Marty Nemko, a career and personal coach who claims to have scanned, skimmed, or read thousands of them. So if you're looking to make gains in your personal or career life, it's probably best to ditch the manuals and ask real-life experts or experienced professionals for guidance instead.</p> <h2>8. Makeup</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" alt="" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/lipstick.jpg" /></p> <p>It's difficult to know what makeup will compliment your style and skin tone until you try it. So it stands to reason that it's doubly hard to buy lipstick or blush for somebody else. Luckily, most cosmetics counters accept timely returns. &quot;You shouldn't ever feel guilty about a return,&quot; New York City makeup artist Raychel Wade, who got her start working behind makeup counters, tells Woman's Day. &quot;<a href="http://www.womansday.com/style-beauty/beauty-tips-products/makeup-counter-clerks-wont-tell-you">It's hard to know how your skin will react</a> or if you'll still like a color when you get home.&quot;</p> <h2>9. Candles, Soaps, and Lotions</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" alt="" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/custom%20candles.jpg" /></p> <p>It's true that just about everyone likes, or at least uses, candles, soaps, and lotions. It's also likely true that you already have enough of them. So long as they're unopened, you should be able to return them &mdash; and that's a much better option than giving them space in your bathroom junk drawer.</p> <h2>10. Exercise Equipment</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/elliptical.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>In January and February, when everyone's trying to keep their fitness resolutions, retailers tend to mark down treadmills, ellipticals, stationary bikes, and the like. In the weeks leading up to Christmas, however, these items are typically priced at their highest. You can <a href="http://www.webpronews.com/exercise-equipment-why-january-is-the-best-time-to-buy-2014-01">cash in on this pricing trend</a> by returning exercise equipment purchased in December and repurchasing it again a few weeks later when the prices come down. You'll still get that brand new elliptical &mdash; plus a little extra cash in your pocket.</p> <p><em>What gifts have you returned?</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-christmas-gifts-youre-better-off-returning" class="sharethis-link" title="10 Christmas Gifts You&#039;re Better Off Returning" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/brittany-lyte">Brittany Lyte</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-christmas-gifts-youre-better-off-returning">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-12"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/holiday-gift-giving-for-the-truly-broke">14 Gift Ideas for the Truly Broke</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/9-holiday-gifts-to-give-the-neighbor-you-like">9 Gifts to Give the Neighbor You Like</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/ultimate-gift-guide-thoughtful-ideas-for-every-list-and-every-budget">Ultimate Gift Guide: Thoughtful Ideas for Every List and Every 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/how-to-turn-unwanted-gift-cards-into-cash">How to Turn Unwanted Gift Cards Into Cash</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/25-great-gifts-for-5-or-less">25 Great Gifts for $5 or Less</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> Shopping extra cash gift return gifts holiday gifts Mon, 29 Dec 2014 18:00:12 +0000 Brittany Lyte 1272763 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Things You Shouldn't Buy Until After Christmas http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-things-you-shouldnt-buy-until-after-christmas <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-things-you-shouldnt-buy-until-after-christmas" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman-tv-shopping-Dollarphotoclub_70193108.jpg" alt="woman tv shopping" title="woman tv shopping" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some great articles on things you shouldn't buy until after Christmas, ways to avoid overeating during the holidays, and things you need to stop doing when you work.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.smartasset.com/blog/money-saving-tip/10-things-you-shouldnt-buy-until-after-christmas/">10 Things You Shouldn't Buy Until After Christmas</a> &mdash; Wait until January to buy high-end TVs; you'll see discounts ranging from 5-10 percent more than the best offers in November and December. [SmartAsset]</p> <p><a href="http://www.gretchenrubin.com/happiness_project/2014/12/fighting-holiday-food-temptation-try-these-13-tips/">Fighting Holiday Food Temptation? Try These 13 Tips</a> &mdash; One way to avoid overeating is to get everything you want to eat onto your plate. Once it's gone, that's it &mdash; no seconds. [Gretchin Rubin]</p> <p><a href="http://www.positivityblog.com/index.php/2014/12/17/stop-doing-when-you-work/">3 Things You Need to Stop Doing to Yourself When You Work</a> &mdash; If unfinished work is dragging you down, make a deal with yourself to work on it for 2 minutes. At the end of the two minutes, you may find that you actually want to continue &mdash; and that will get you to the finish line. [The Positivity Blog]</p> <p><a href="http://www.marcandangel.com/2014/12/14/7-rituals-you-should-steal-from-extremely-creative-people/">7 Rituals You Should Steal From Extremely Creative People</a> &mdash; Use your downtime for daydreaming to help incubate ideas and solutions to complex problems. [Marc and Angel Hack Life]</p> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Old-Sock-Craft-Ideas-36086128">Put a Sock in It! 23 Smart Ways to Upcycle Your Spare Socks</a> &mdash; Turn your old socks into reusable Swiffer pads! [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.dumblittleman.com/2014/12/habit-need-accomplish-goals-2015.html">The Only Habit You Need to Accomplish All Your Goals for 2015</a> &mdash; If you turn your goals into habits, you won't need to rely on discipline to carry you through &mdash; it'll be automatic. [Dumb Little Man]</p> <p><a href="http://www.everybodylovesyourmoney.com/2014/12/17/5-unusual-ways-save-money-2.html">5 Unusual Ways to Save Money</a> &mdash; Stop using paper towels. Use hand towels instead &mdash; or even better, cut up old T-shirts. [Everybody Loves Your Money]</p> <p><a href="http://www.goodfinancialcents.com/lessons-learned-starting-business/">5 Crucial Lessons I Learned by Starting My Own Business</a> &mdash; Make sure you have an established client base before you dive in. You can test the waters by treating your business like a side hustle at first. [Good Financial Cents]</p> <p><a href="http://www.pickthebrain.com/blog/4-steps-meaningful-career-raising-family/">4 Steps to a Meaningful Career While Raising a Family</a> &mdash; The first step is to know what is most important to you, and then commit to it. [Pick The Brain]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/how-to-host-a-gingerbread-house-throw-down">How to Host a Gingerbread House Throw Down</a> &mdash; Have your materials ready to go: a can of white icing for each team, butter knives for spreading, and any other decorating materials you need to challenge your guests. [Parenting Squad]</p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-things-you-shouldnt-buy-until-after-christmas" class="sharethis-link" title="Best Money Tips: Things You Shouldn&#039;t Buy Until After Christmas" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><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-things-you-shouldnt-buy-until-after-christmas">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-13"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/i-went-christmas-shopping-with-fake-money">I Went Christmas Shopping With Fake 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/christmas-shopping-with-fake-money-time-to-get-started">Christmas Shopping With Fake Money: Time to Get Started</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/holiday-gift-giving-for-the-truly-broke">14 Gift Ideas for the Truly Broke</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-money-on-christmas-this-year">How to Save Money on Christmas This Year</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-resist-buying-just-one-more-present">How to Resist Buying Just One More Present</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> Shopping best money tips christmas shopping Fri, 19 Dec 2014 20:00:06 +0000 Amy Lu 1270495 at http://www.wisebread.com How to Buy the Best Mattress for the Least Money http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-buy-the-best-mattress-for-the-least-money <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-buy-the-best-mattress-for-the-least-money" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman-laying-on-mattress-Dollarphotoclub_21789058.jpg" alt="woman laying on bed" title="woman laying on bed" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If a house and a car are the two most important purchases in your life, a mattress makes a solid case as the third. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/guide-to-buying-a-used-car-without-going-crazy?ref=seealso">How to Buy a Car Without Going Crazy</a>)</p> <p>Without the right knowledge, a mattress purchase can also become like the other two &mdash; very expensive. So rest easy by checking out this buyer's guide.</p> <h2>Increase Your Knowledge</h2> <p>Before any major purchase, it is important to research your options. The first step in this process is to take a visit to mattress store or manufacturer and lie down on a few different options that are available to you. Take notes on what you like and might be interested in. Visit both regional businesses as well as larger, national stores to get an idea on how prices range.</p> <p>Greg Beuerle, of <a href="http://www.purecraftedbeds.com">Pure Crafted Beds</a> recommends small, regional mattress manufacturers for the best value. Local companies &quot;can't compete on volume with the 'big boys,' so they tend to produce higher quality beds at lower price points. That $3,500 [name brand] bed might cost $1,800 from a small manufacturer and have the exact same or even higher quality components.&quot; To know this information, the research you do is going to be essential.</p> <p><a href="http://www.themattressunderground.com/">The Mattress Underground</a> is a great place to do your research, gather credible information from knowledgeable experts and ask questions before you make your purchase. Beuerle suggests any Amazon review you look for be only from &quot;verified buyers&quot; as any others can be inflated or from someone who has never slept on the mattress.</p> <h2>Know What You Are Buying</h2> <p>Before you buy a mattress, you need to know what's inside of it. Beuerle, whose family has been in the mattress business since 1946, advises:</p> <p>&quot;You need to know the density of any foam, and the gauge and quality (tempered or non-tempered) of any innerspring. The most common foams in the mattress industry is 1.0 to 1.5 pound density. Look for foam density of at least 1.8 pound, and preferably higher (density goes up to 2.4 pound for conventional foam). Density numbers for latex and memory foam are much higher (3 to 5+ pound). This is an area of great confusion because while a density of 2.4 pound for conventional foam is great, it's not-so-great for a latex or memory foam.&quot;</p> <h2>Test Out Multiple Models</h2> <p>Start with the least expensive and then work your way to the more costly models. This way you don't become attached with an expensive mattress when a cheaper one would have made you just as happy.</p> <p>Also remember, &quot;every bed feels great when they're brand new,&quot; says Beuerle. This might be especially true if you've been on your feet all day or are especially exhausted because your current mattress just isn't cutting it anymore. Therefore, look for a 30 to 90 day window for full returns, which will allow you to try out the mattress. (As a side note, you may want to buy a mattress protector if you are going to take advantage of this return policy as stains, rips, and tears are going to make your return impossible.)</p> <h2>Look for Places to Save Money</h2> <p>If you have settled on a mattress and are looking for a time or place to buy it, then now is the time to look for all the ways you can save money. Typically, mattresses go on sale during federal holidays like Memorial Day, Presidents Day, and Labor Day.</p> <p>At larger stores, the price on the mattress is not the price you should pay. Negotiate that price down as much as you can. The smaller, regional stores will more than likely not be able to negotiate the price or only by a small amount. You may also be able to negotiate a box spring, free delivery, or a mattress pad into the deal that will save you even more money.</p> <p>Buying a mattress should never be an impulse purchase. If you buy at the spur of the moment or when your back is feeling its worst, you'll find yourself spending far more money than necessary. The best way to spend the least amount of money is by doing your due diligence with research. Learn everything you can about the mattresses you are interested in, test out your favorites a couple of times, and stick to your budget.</p> <p><em>What steps did you follow to buy your mattress? Tell us about it in comments!</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-buy-the-best-mattress-for-the-least-money" class="sharethis-link" title="How to Buy the Best Mattress for the Least Money" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/linsey-knerl">Linsey Knerl</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-buy-the-best-mattress-for-the-least-money">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-14"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-to-buy-and-avoid-buying-in-november">What to Buy (and Avoid Buying) in November</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/what-to-buy-and-avoid-buying-in-april">What to Buy (and Avoid Buying) in April</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/stuff-we-love-49-different-looks-from-one-pair-of-mohop-sandals">Stuff We Love: 49 Different Looks From One Pair of Mohop Sandals</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/ultimate-gift-guide-thoughtful-ideas-for-every-list-and-every-budget">Ultimate Gift Guide: Thoughtful Ideas for Every List and Every Budget</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-aaa-batteries">The 5 Best AAA Batteries</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> Shopping back pain buying guide mattress shopping sleep Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:00:08 +0000 Linsey Knerl 1270231 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Things in Your Pantry That Don't Last as Long as You Think http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-in-your-pantry-that-dont-last-as-long-as-you-think <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-things-in-your-pantry-that-dont-last-as-long-as-you-think" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/pantry-food-Dollarphotoclub_34705108.jpg" alt="pantry food" title="pantry food" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>There's kind of a general assumption that &quot;non-perishable&quot; food means that it'll last forever. That's far from accurate, however, and if you're not careful, consuming out-of-date or spoiled pantry items means your meals won't be as nutritious or flavorful as they might be &mdash; and you could be risking your health. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/can-i-eat-this-a-quick-guide-to-expiration-dates-and-food-safety?ref=seealso">Can I Eat This? A Quick Guide to Expiration Dates</a>)</p> <p>How do you know which staples are susceptible? Here's a list of 10 common cupboard items to keep an eye on.</p> <h2>1. Tea</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/tazo%20tea.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>Tea has plenty of health benefits &mdash; like giving you <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/drink-your-tea-types-health-benefits-and-how-to-brew-a-perfect-cup">more energy to exercise and reducing the risk of heart attack</a> &mdash; but only if it's stored properly.</p> <p>&quot;<a href="http://www.prevention.com/food/healthy-eating-tips/food-safety-how-tell-when-food-spoiled">Antioxidants decrease an average of 32%</a> after 6 months on the shelf, according to a 2009 study in the Journal of Food Science,&quot; reports Prevention.com. &quot;These antioxidants, known as catechins, may decrease your risk of several types of cancer, but they are sensitive to both oxygen and light. Sadly, tea, unlike wine, does not improve with age.&quot;</p> <p>To maximize tea's efficacy, store in a sealed container in the fridge.</p> <h2>2. Spam</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/spam%20can.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>If you're stocking up on food to ride out the impending zombie-pocalypse, Spam is a great option to fortify your nutritional reserves. Yeah, nutrition and Spam is an oxymoron, but when there's very little food left on the planet, whatever you have is nutritious. You just better hope the crisis is over in less than 17 years &mdash; because that's when non-perishables of even maximum strength preservative power start to throw in the towel.</p> <p>&quot;I'm far from a food expert, but my wife and I bought a can of Spam in 1997 thinking that it would last forever,&quot; admits Dr. Dave Popple, president of a leadership development firm. &quot;This year it split one of the seams [because] it was so bloated. Now I can say our love has lasted longer than a can of Spam.&quot;</p> <p>Let's hope it lasts longer than the zombie-pocalypse too. Or just check the &quot;<a href="http://www.spam.com/spam-101/what-is-the-shelf-life-of-spam-products">Best by</a>&quot; date on the bottom of the can before opening the can.</p> <h2>3. Canned Ham and Seafood</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/canned%20tuna.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>I didn't call eww on Spam, but I am calling super yuck on canned ham and seafood. There's just something about meat in a four-year-old metal cylinder that's completely unappetizing. To each his own, I guess &mdash; but if you've been letting next year's holiday feast-in-a-tin sit in your pantry, prepare to spend Christmas getting your stomach pumped.</p> <p>Madison Kotack, digital marketing manager at <a href="http://www.mealkitsupply.com">Meal Kit Supply</a>, warns, &quot;Some canned hams and seafoods cannot be stored at room temperature, as many people might assume.&quot;</p> <h2>4. High-Acid Canned Goods</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/canned%20fruit%20vegetables.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>Kotack also weighs in on high-acid canned goods like tomatoes. &quot;Canned tomatoes only last 12 to 18 months, while many assume the full 2 to 5 years of standard canned foods,&quot; she says. &quot;High-acid foods contain natural chemicals that continually corrode the container, which can alter the taste, texture, and nutritional value of the food over a long period of time.&quot;</p> <p>To avoid ingesting a potentially dangerous product, always check the expiration date before opening.</p> <h2>5. Dried Herbs and Ground Spices</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/dried%20herbs.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>I know what you're thinking &mdash; how can dried herbs and spices possibly go bad? It's not so much that they actually go bad, per se, but they don't pack as much of a punch after a while. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-store-herbs-to-make-them-last-longer-and-taste-better?ref=seealso">How to Store Herbs to Make Them Last Longer and Taste Fresher</a>)</p> <p>&quot;Herbs and spices don't last as long as you think,&quot; says Lisa Wells, a blogger at Cook Eat Paleo. &quot;They lose their flavor and color over time and should be replaced. Dried herbs will last one to three years, but if they start to lose their scent that's a good indication that the flavor will be weak. Ground spices should be used within six to nine months for maximum flavor.&quot;</p> <h2>6. Whole Grain Flour, Nuts, and Seeds</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/nuts%20jar.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>If you're not a fan of pancakes that taste like turpentine, keep an eye on your whole grain flour along with any nuts and seeds you keep in the pantry.</p> <p>&quot;People think that whole grain flour and nuts and seeds last forever, but the natural oils in these go rancid quickly,&quot; explains Dr. Sharon Palmer, author of <a href="http://www.sharonpalmer.com/">Plant-Powered for Life</a>. &quot;This not only makes these products taste awful &mdash; that familiar paint thinner flavor and odor &mdash; and it's not a healthy habit to eat oxidized, rancid food.&quot;</p> <p>As an alternative to the pantry, Dr. Palmer recommends storing these items in the freezer.</p> <h2>7. Potatoes</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/potatoes.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>A lot of people think that potatoes are still consumable as long as they don't have &quot;eyes,&quot; and even then I bet a good portion of those people just pick them off and prepare the potatoes anyway. Unfortunately, that's not a very smart way to eat your starches.</p> <p>In the pantry, potatoes last only one to two weeks at room temperature, according to <a href="http://www.stilltasty.com/">StillTasty.com</a>, but anywhere from two to three months when stored in a cooler dark area (45 to 55 degrees). That doesn't mean you should refrigerate your potatoes, however. Refrigeration can give the spuds a sweet taste and cause them to darken when cooked. Prepare the potatoes and freeze them, and they're good to go for up to a year.</p> <p>The site also advises to store the potatoes in a loosely covered sack or basket to allow for air circulation. Keep them away from onions, too, as the chemical reaction between the two will speed up the spoilage process.</p> <h2>8. Brown Rice</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/brown%20rice.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>While brown rice lasts a good six to eight months in the pantry, that's not always a foolproof way to ensure that it's consumable, mainly because you don't know how long it sat on the shelf before you bought it. Thus:</p> <ul> <li>If it has a sour smell, like rancid oil, it's bad;</li> <li>If it's dusty or oily, it's bad;</li> <li>If it contains mold, bugs, insect eggs, or other &quot;things&quot; in it (which is a real possibility; I'm not making this up), it's reeeeally bad.</li> </ul> <p>And if that's not enough to make you want to run for sheriff of the Brown Rice Police Department, let holistic health coach Wendy Kuhn impart her wisdom upon you:</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;">&quot;Until this fall, I talked about how if you had healthy choices available in your pantry all of the time, it makes it easier to pull together healthy meals at the last minute,&quot; she says. &quot;I still believe that, but my timeline and quantities have changed significantly after a horrendous pantry moth invasion. The moths started in my brown rice and expanded to virtually all of my food products (except for canned goods). Not only did I have to throw out hundreds of dollars worth of food, but getting rid of them non-toxically was a huge and time-consuming challenge.&quot;</p> <p>Now, before you run to the pantry and throw out all your food, here are ways to prevent this nightmarish invasion from happening to you.</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;">&quot;First, store food (whether it comes in boxes, plastic bag or sealed packages) in sealed glass containers,&quot; Kuhn advises. &quot;This moves people away from storing in plastic, which, especially as a breast cancer survivor, is a practice that I think is a good thing. Secondly, I have become a proponent of buying what you need. I no longer buy huge quantities of grains, but only enough for a few meals. The upside of this is that shopping for these essentials more often also means buying fresh produce more frequently, which is always a good thing. My point is, even though you think grains, cereals, flour, mixes, and other foods last forever, the pantry moths love them just a little bit too much and, trust me, it is not worth it.&quot;</p> <p>Alas, nothing can get rid of that phantom itch you have all over your body right now. You're welcome.</p> <h2>9. Cereal</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/cereal.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>Your favorite breakfast cereal doesn't exactly spoil, but I'm sure you've noticed in the past that it's gotten stale. It's not immune to everyday elements, and it'll start <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/05/10/shelf-life-pantry-foods-_n_3248107.html">losing its texture and flavor</a> about three to four months after its been opened. (But let's be honest with ourselves here; those Fruity Pebbles don't last long in your house.) To extend cereal's shelf life, keep the box well covered so it stays crisper, longer.</p> <h2>10. Coffee</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/coffee%20bean%20cup.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>You don't have to worry about any nefarious living organisms infiltrating your coffee, but the pick-me-up does start to lose its flavor after a week or two in the pantry. Stash it in the fridge to preserve its full strength (and to keep the coffee thieves at bay).</p> <p><em>Do you know of other pantry staples to that don't last as long as we think they do? Let us know in the comments below.</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-in-your-pantry-that-dont-last-as-long-as-you-think" class="sharethis-link" title="10 Things in Your Pantry That Don&#039;t Last as Long as You Think" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><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/10-things-in-your-pantry-that-dont-last-as-long-as-you-think">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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