Ask the Readers http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/10908/all en-US Ask the Readers: How Do You Unwind After Work? http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-how-do-you-unwind-after-work <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/ask-the-readers-how-do-you-unwind-after-work" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/businessman-relaxing-492054557-small.jpg" alt="businessman relaxing" title="businessman relaxing" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>For many people, the regular work day is filled with stress, deadlines, and constant movement &mdash; whether physical or mental. Even those of us who love our jobs, or those who work in a more relaxed environment, need to find ways to relax and recharge after a long day.</p> <p><strong>How do you unwind after work?</strong> Do you prefer to socialize after work or spend a quiet night at home? Are there certain activities that always do after an especially stressful day?</p> <p>Tell us how you unwind after work and we'll enter you in a drawing to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card!</p> <h2>Win 1 of 3 $20 Amazon Gift Cards</h2> <p>We're doing three giveaways &mdash; here's how you can win!</p> <h3>Mandatory Entry:</h3> <ul> <li>Post your answer in the comments below. One commenter will be randomly selected to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card!</li> </ul> <h3>For Extra Entries:</h3> <ul> <li>You can tweet about our giveaway for an extra entry. Also, our Facebook fans can get an extra entry too! Use our Rafflecopter widget for your chance to win one of the other two Amazon Gift Cards:</li> </ul> <p><a id="rc-79857dfa131" class="rafl" href="http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/79857dfa131/" rel="nofollow">a Rafflecopter giveaway</a> </p> <script src="//widget.rafflecopter.com/load.js"></script></p> <p><strong>If you're inspired to write a whole blog post OR you have a photo on flickr to share, please link to it in the comments or tweet it.</strong></p> <h4>Giveaway Rules:</h4> <ul> <li>Contest ends Monday, September 1st at 11:59 p.m. Pacific. Winners will be announced after September 1st on the original post. Winners will also be contacted via email.</li> <li>You can enter all three drawings &mdash; once by leaving a comment, once by liking our Facebook update, and once by tweeting.</li> <li>This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered, or associated with Facebook.</li> <li>You must be 18 and US resident to enter. Void where prohibited.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Good Luck!</strong></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-how-do-you-unwind-after-work" class="sharethis-link" title="Ask the Readers: How Do You Unwind After Work?" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tell us how you unwind after work and we&#039;ll enter you in a drawing to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card! </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Giveaways after work Ask the Readers Tue, 26 Aug 2014 15:00:06 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 1195555 at http://www.wisebread.com Ask the Readers: What Money Advice Would You Give a College Student? http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-what-money-advice-would-you-give-a-college-student <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/ask-the-readers-what-money-advice-would-you-give-a-college-student" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/college-student-professor-talking-78750487-small_1.jpg" alt="college" title="college" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Editor's Note: Congratulations to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-what-money-advice-would-you-give-a-college-student#comment-753921">Linda</a>, Diane, and Steve for winning this week's contest!</em></p> <p>College students hear a lot of life advice from pretty much everyone around them, but tips on financial matters may not be at the top of their minds. Still, it's important for young people to know how to manage their money now &mdash; and in the future.</p> <p><strong>What money advice would you give a college student?</strong> Did someone give you this advice when you were that age, or did you have to learn from experience? Have you shared your tip with any college students you know?</p> <p>Tell us what money advice you would give to a college student and we'll enter you in a drawing to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card!</p> <h2>Win 1 of 3 $20 Amazon Gift Cards</h2> <p>We're doing three giveaways &mdash; here's how you can win!</p> <h3>Mandatory Entry:</h3> <ul> <li>Post your answer in the comments below. One commenter will be randomly selected to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card!</li> </ul> <h3>For Extra Entries:</h3> <ul> <li>You can tweet about our giveaway for an extra entry. Also, our Facebook fans can get an extra entry too! Use our Rafflecopter widget for your chance to win one of the other two Amazon Gift Cards:</li> </ul> <p><a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/79857dfa129/" class="rafl" id="rc-79857dfa129">a Rafflecopter giveaway</a> </p> <script src="//widget.rafflecopter.com/load.js"></script></p> <p><strong>If you're inspired to write a whole blog post OR you have a photo on flickr to share, please link to it in the comments or tweet it.</strong></p> <h4>Giveaway Rules:</h4> <ul> <li>Contest ends Monday, August 25th at 11:59 p.m. Pacific. Winners will be announced after August 25th on the original post. Winners will also be contacted via email.</li> <li>You can enter all three drawings &mdash; once by leaving a comment, once by liking our Facebook update, and once by tweeting.</li> <li>This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered, or associated with Facebook.</li> <li>You must be 18 and US resident to enter. Void where prohibited.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Good Luck!</strong></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-what-money-advice-would-you-give-a-college-student" class="sharethis-link" title="Ask the Readers: What Money Advice Would You Give a College Student?" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tell us what money advice you would give to a college student and we&#039;ll enter you in a drawing to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card! </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Giveaways Ask the Readers money advice Tue, 19 Aug 2014 15:00:03 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 1188675 at http://www.wisebread.com Ask the Readers: What Was Your Most Expensive Purchase, Ever? http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-what-was-your-most-expensive-purchase-ever <p><em>Editor's Note: Congratulations to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-what-was-your-most-expensive-purchase-ever#comment-7534862">Steve</a>, Diane, and Anna for winning this week's contest!</em></p> <p>For most frugal-minded people, everyday life is filled with many small purchases with a few mid-range expenses sprinkled in. When a big-ticket purchase comes along, it takes much more consideration than what to buy at the grocery store.</p> <p><strong>What was your most expensive purchase, ever?</strong> How did you pay for it &mdash; did you save up until you had enough cash, put in on your credit card, or did you take out loans? In retrospect, was this big expense worth it?</p> <p>Tell us about your most expensive purchase and we'll enter you in a drawing to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card!</p> <h2>Win 1 of 3 $20 Amazon Gift Cards</h2> <p>We're doing three giveaways &mdash; here's how you can win!</p> <h3>Mandatory Entry:</h3> <ul> <li>Post your answer in the comments below. One commenter will be randomly selected to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card!</li> </ul> <h3>For Extra Entries:</h3> <ul> <li>You can tweet about our giveaway for an extra entry. Also, our Facebook fans can get an extra entry too! Use our Rafflecopter widget for your chance to win one of the other two Amazon Gift Cards:</li> </ul> <p><a id="rc-79857dfa127" class="rafl" href="http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/79857dfa127/" rel="nofollow">a Rafflecopter giveaway</a> </p> <script src="//widget.rafflecopter.com/load.js"></script></p> <p><strong>If you're inspired to write a whole blog post OR you have a photo on flickr to share, please link to it in the comments or tweet it.</strong></p> <h4>Giveaway Rules:</h4> <ul> <li>Contest ends Monday, August 18th at 11:59 p.m. Pacific. Winners will be announced after August 18th on the original post. Winners will also be contacted via email.</li> <li>You can enter all three drawings &mdash; once by leaving a comment, once by liking our Facebook update, and once by tweeting.</li> <li>This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered, or associated with Facebook.</li> <li>You must be 18 and US resident to enter. Void where prohibited.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Good Luck!</strong></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-what-was-your-most-expensive-purchase-ever" class="sharethis-link" title="Ask the Readers: What Was Your Most Expensive Purchase, Ever?" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Giveaways Ask the Readers big purchases Tue, 12 Aug 2014 15:43:47 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 1183110 at http://www.wisebread.com Ask the Readers: Will You Shop Back-to-School Sales? http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-will-you-shop-back-to-school-sales <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/ask-the-readers-will-you-shop-back-to-school-sales" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/school-supplies-list-467579581-small.jpg" alt="school supplies list" title="school supplies list" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Editor's Note: Congratulations to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-will-you-shop-back-to-school-sales#comment-753186">Liisa</a>, Anna, and Nicole for winning this week's contest!</em></p> <p>'Tis the season!&nbsp;<span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal;">According to the latest&nbsp;</span><a href="http://about.americanexpress.com/news/pr/2014/students-back-to-class-technology-in-tow.aspx" style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal;">American Express Spending &amp; Saving Tracker</a><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal;">, parents are expecting to spend an average of $1,151 for back-to-school gear, which is up 5% since last year.&nbsp;</span>Families are combing store ads to equip the kids with affordable back-to-school gear &mdash; and they're not the only ones! You don't need to be a student (or shopping for one) to take advantage of the great deals on school supplies, electronics, and dorm ware. According to the latest <a href="http://about.americanexpress.com/news/pr/2014/students-back-to-class-technology-in-tow.aspx">American Express Spending &amp; Saving Tracker</a>, parents are expecting to spend an average of $1,151 for back-to-school gear, which is up 5% since last year.</p> <p><strong>Will you shop back-to-school sales?</strong> What items are on your to-buy list? Are you shopping for yourself, and student, or both?</p> <p>Tell us whether you shop back-to-school sales and we'll enter you in a drawing to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card!</p> <h2>Win 1 of 3 $20 Amazon Gift Cards</h2> <p>We're doing three giveaways &mdash; here's how you can win!</p> <h3>Mandatory Entry:</h3> <ul> <li>Post your answer in the comments below. One commenter will be randomly selected to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card!</li> </ul> <h3>For extra entries:</h3> <ul> <li>You can tweet about our giveaway for an extra entry. Also, our Facebook fans can get an extra entry too! Use our Rafflecopter widget for your chance to win one of the other two Amazon Gift Cards:</li> </ul> <p><a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/79857dfa124/" class="rafl" id="rc-79857dfa124">a Rafflecopter giveaway</a> </p> <script src="//widget.rafflecopter.com/load.js"></script></p> <p><strong>If you're inspired to write a whole blog post OR you have a photo on flickr to share, please link to it in the comments or tweet it.</strong></p> <h4>Giveaway Rules:</h4> <ul> <li>Contest ends Monday, August 11th at 11:59 p.m. Pacific. Winners will be announced after August 11th on the original post. Winners will also be contacted via email.</li> <li>You can enter all three drawings &mdash; once by leaving a comment, once by liking our Facebook update, and once by tweeting.</li> <li>This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered, or associated with Facebook.</li> <li>You must be 18 and US resident to enter. Void where prohibited.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Good Luck!</strong></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-will-you-shop-back-to-school-sales" class="sharethis-link" title="Ask the Readers: Will You Shop Back-to-School Sales?" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tell us whether you shop back-to-school sales and we&#039;ll enter you in a drawing to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card! </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Giveaways Ask the Readers back-to-school shopping Tue, 05 Aug 2014 15:00:04 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 1176980 at http://www.wisebread.com Ask the Readers: What Is Your Favorite Way to Beat the Heat? http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-what-is-your-favorite-way-to-beat-the-heat <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/ask-the-readers-what-is-your-favorite-way-to-beat-the-heat" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/cooling-fan-iStock_000016536623Small.jpg" alt="cooling fan" title="cooling fan" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Editor's Note: Congratulations to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-what-is-your-favorite-way-to-beat-the-heat#comment-752796">Jennifer</a>, Olivia, and Pamela for winning this week's contest!</em></p> <p>The summer heat can feel unbearable, especially when temperatures rise higher, and higher, and higher. It takes a lot of work to stay cool &mdash; or does it?</p> <p><strong>What is your favorite way to beat the heat?</strong> Is it a frugal method, or do you think the relief is worth any extra costs? What would you do if even your favorite tactic is not enough to keep the heat at bay?</p> <p>Tell us about your favorite way to beat the heat and we'll enter you in a drawing to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card!</p> <h2>Win 1 of 3 $20 Amazon Gift Cards</h2> <p>We're doing three giveaways &mdash; here's how you can win!</p> <h3>Mandatory Entry:</h3> <ul> <li>Post your answer in the comments below. One commenter will be randomly selected to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card!</li> </ul> <h3>For extra entries:</h3> <ul> <li>You can tweet about our giveaway for an extra entry. Also, our Facebook fans can get an extra entry too! Use our Rafflecopter widget for your chance to win one of the other two Amazon Gift Cards:</li> </ul> <p><a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/79857dfa123/" class="rafl" id="rc-79857dfa123">a Rafflecopter giveaway</a> </p> <script src="//widget.rafflecopter.com/load.js"></script></p> <p><strong>If you're inspired to write a whole blog post OR you have a photo on flickr to share, please link to it in the comments or tweet it.</strong></p> <h4>Giveaway Rules:</h4> <ul> <li>Contest ends Monday, August 4th at 11:59 p.m. Pacific. Winners will be announced after August 4th on the original post. Winners will also be contacted via email.</li> <li>You can enter all three drawings &mdash; once by leaving a comment, once by liking our Facebook update, and once by tweeting.</li> <li>This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered, or associated with Facebook.</li> <li>You must be 18 and US resident to enter. Void where prohibited.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Good Luck!</strong></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-what-is-your-favorite-way-to-beat-the-heat" class="sharethis-link" title="Ask the Readers: What Is Your Favorite Way to Beat the Heat?" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tell us about your favorite way to beat the heat and we&#039;ll enter you in a drawing to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card! </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Giveaways Ask the Readers beat the heat Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:00:10 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 1169309 at http://www.wisebread.com Ask the Readers: How Do You Use Less Water? http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-how-do-you-use-less-water <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/ask-the-readers-how-do-you-use-less-water" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/conserving-water-499620833-small.jpg" alt="conserving water" title="conserving water" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Editor's Note: Congratulations to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-how-do-you-use-less-water#comment-752641">Lynda</a>, Bethany, and Elena for winning this week's contest!</em></p> <p>Water conservation is a big deal here in California these days. But even if your area isn't suffering from drought, saving money and reducing our impact on the environment are still good reasons to use less water.</p> <p><strong>How do you use less water?</strong> What is your main reason for conserving water &mdash; financial, environmental, practical? Is there any part of your life that might be considered wasting water, but you just can't give up?</p> <p>Tell us how you use less water and we'll enter you in a drawing to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card!</p> <h2>Win 1 of 3 $20 Amazon Gift Cards</h2> <p>We're doing three giveaways &mdash; here's how you can win!</p> <h3>Mandatory Entry:</h3> <ul> <li>Post your answer in the comments below. One commenter will be randomly selected to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card!</li> </ul> <h3>For extra entries:</h3> <ul> <li>You can tweet about our giveaway for an extra entry. Also, our Facebook fans can get an extra entry too! Use our Rafflecopter widget for your chance to win one of the other two Amazon Gift Cards:</li> </ul> <p><a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/79857dfa121/" class="rafl" id="rc-79857dfa121">a Rafflecopter giveaway</a> </p> <script src="//widget.rafflecopter.com/load.js"></script></p> <p><strong>If you're inspired to write a whole blog post OR you have a photo on flickr to share, please link to it in the comments or tweet it.</strong></p> <h4>Giveaway Rules:</h4> <ul> <li>Contest ends Monday, July 28th at 11:59 p.m. Pacific. Winners will be announced after July 28th on the original post. Winners will also be contacted via email.</li> <li>You can enter all three drawings &mdash; once by leaving a comment, once by liking our Facebook update, and once by tweeting.</li> <li>This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered, or associated with Facebook.</li> <li>You must be 18 and US resident to enter. Void where prohibited.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Good Luck!</strong></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-how-do-you-use-less-water" class="sharethis-link" title="Ask the Readers: How Do You Use Less Water?" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tell us how you use less water and we&#039;ll enter you in a drawing to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card! </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Giveaways Ask the Readers save water Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:00:08 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 1165666 at http://www.wisebread.com Ask the Readers: How Do You Save on Summer Travel? http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-how-do-you-save-on-summer-travel <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/ask-the-readers-how-do-you-save-on-summer-travel" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/travel-180530092-small.jpg" alt="travel" title="travel" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Editor's Note: Congratulations to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-how-do-you-save-on-summer-travel#comment-752017">Catseye</a>, Tabathia, and Susan for winning this week's contest!</em></p> <p>It's the height of summer! Many people take advantage of the school break (not to mention the Independence Day holiday) to do some traveling before the academic year begins again. It's also a great time to escape from (or to!) the heat. However, getting away at the peak of vacation season can be quite expensive if you just pack and go.</p> <p><strong>How do you save on summer travel?</strong> What apps or websites do you use to help keep travel costs low? What are your favorite budget summer destinations?</p> <p>Tell us how you save on summer travel and we'll enter you in a drawing to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card!</p> <h2>Win 1 of 3 $20 Amazon Gift Cards</h2> <p>We're doing three giveaways &mdash; here's how you can win!</p> <h3>Mandatory Entry:</h3> <ul> <li>Post your answer in the comments below. One commenter will be randomly selected to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card!</li> </ul> <h3>For extra entries:</h3> <ul> <li>You can tweet about our giveaway for an extra entry. Also, our Facebook fans can get an extra entry too! Use our Rafflecopter widget for your chance to win one of the other two Amazon Gift Cards:</li> </ul> <p><a id="rc-79857d115" class="rafl" href="http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/79857d115/" rel="nofollow">a Rafflecopter giveaway</a></p> <script src="//widget.rafflecopter.com/load.js"></script></p> <p><strong>If you're inspired to write a whole blog post OR you have a photo on flickr to share, please link to it in the comments or tweet it.</strong></p> <h4>Giveaway Rules:</h4> <ul> <li>Contest ends Monday, July 21st at 11:59 p.m. Pacific. Winners will be announced after July 21st on the original post. Winners will also be contacted via email.</li> <li>You can enter all three drawings &mdash; once by leaving a comment, once by liking our Facebook update, and once by tweeting.</li> <li>This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered, or associated with Facebook.</li> <li>You must be 18 and US resident to enter. Void where prohibited.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Good Luck!</strong></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-how-do-you-save-on-summer-travel" class="sharethis-link" title="Ask the Readers: How Do You Save on Summer Travel?" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tell us how you save on summer travel and we&#039;ll enter you in a drawing to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card! </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Giveaways Ask the Readers travel Tue, 15 Jul 2014 15:00:06 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 1160257 at http://www.wisebread.com Ask the Readers: How Do You Save on Your Phone Bill? http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-how-do-you-save-on-your-phone-bill-0 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/ask-the-readers-how-do-you-save-on-your-phone-bill-0" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/using-smartphone-452416463-small.jpg" alt="using smartphone" title="using smartphone" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Editor's Note: Congratulations to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-how-do-you-save-on-your-phone-bill-0#comment-751730">Monique</a>, Allison, and Linda for winning this week's contest!</em></p> <p>For many of us, mobile phones (be they smart or dumb) are essential tools in our daily lives. We can't live without them...but we sure can try to lower the cost of using them!</p> <p><strong>How do you save on your phone bill?</strong> Can you lower the cost even more by eliminating certain features or functions? If so, what can you cut?</p> <p>Tell us how you save on your phone bill and we'll enter you in a drawing to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card!</p> <h2>Win 1 of 3 $20 Amazon Gift Cards</h2> <p>We're doing three giveaways &mdash; here's how you can win!</p> <h3>Mandatory Entry:</h3> <ul> <li>Post your answer in the comments below. One commenter will be randomly selected to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card!</li> </ul> <h3>For extra entries:</h3> <ul> <li>You can tweet about our giveaway for an extra entry. Also, our Facebook fans can get an extra entry too! Use our Rafflecopter widget for your chance to win one of the other two Amazon Gift Cards:</li> </ul> <p><a id="rc-79857d114" class="rafl" href="http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/79857d114/" rel="nofollow">a Rafflecopter giveaway</a></p> <script src="//widget.rafflecopter.com/load.js"></script></p> <p><strong>If you're inspired to write a whole blog post OR you have a photo on flickr to share, please link to it in the comments or tweet it.</strong></p> <h4>Giveaway Rules:</h4> <ul> <li>Contest ends Monday, July 14th at 11:59 p.m. Pacific. Winners will be announced after July 14th on the original post. Winners will also be contacted via email.</li> <li>You can enter all three drawings &mdash; once by leaving a comment, once by liking our Facebook update, and once by tweeting.</li> <li>This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered, or associated with Facebook.</li> <li>You must be 18 and US resident to enter. Void where prohibited.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Good Luck!</strong></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-how-do-you-save-on-your-phone-bill-0" class="sharethis-link" title="Ask the Readers: How Do You Save on Your Phone Bill?" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tell us how you save on your phone bill and we&#039;ll enter you in a drawing to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card! </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Giveaways Ask the Readers phone bills Tue, 08 Jul 2014 15:00:13 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 1154567 at http://www.wisebread.com Ask the Readers: How Do You Host a Party on a Budget? http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-how-do-you-host-a-party-on-a-budget <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/ask-the-readers-how-do-you-host-a-party-on-a-budget" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/party-home-167202063-small.jpg" alt="home party" title="home party" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="152" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Editor's Note: Congratulations to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-how-do-you-host-a-party-on-a-budget#comment-751308">Jennifer</a>, Laura, and Thomas for winning this week's contest!</em></p> <p>You can have a party at any time of the year, but there's something to be said about a backyard barbecue in the summer sun &mdash; and it's something fun and yummy! Granted, hosting a party of any sort can be a lot of work, too, and it can cost even more if you don't watch your budget.</p> <p><strong>How do you host a party on a budget?</strong> What tricks do you use to cut costs on food, supplies, or decorations? What is the largest party you've ever organized?</p> <p>Tell us how you host a party on a budget and we'll enter you in a drawing to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card!</p> <h2>Win 1 of 3 $20 Amazon Gift Cards</h2> <p>We're doing three giveaways &mdash; here's how you can win!</p> <h3>Mandatory Entry:</h3> <ul> <li>Post your answer in the comments below. One commenter will be randomly selected to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card!</li> </ul> <h3>For extra entries:</h3> <ul> <li>You can tweet about our giveaway for an extra entry. Also, our Facebook fans can get an extra entry too! Use our Rafflecopter widget for your chance to win one of the other two Amazon Gift Cards:</li> </ul> <p><a id="rc-79857d111" class="rafl" href="http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/79857d111/" rel="nofollow">a Rafflecopter giveaway</a></p> <script src="//widget.rafflecopter.com/load.js"></script></p> <p><strong>If you're inspired to write a whole blog post OR you have a photo on flickr to share, please link to it in the comments or tweet it.</strong></p> <h4>Giveaway Rules:</h4> <ul> <li>Contest ends Monday, July 7th at 11:59 p.m. Pacific. Winners will be announced after July 7th on the original post. Winners will also be contacted via email.</li> <li>You can enter all three drawings &mdash; once by leaving a comment, once by liking our Facebook update, and once by tweeting.</li> <li>This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered, or associated with Facebook.</li> <li>You must be 18 and US resident to enter. Void where prohibited.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Good Luck!</strong></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-how-do-you-host-a-party-on-a-budget" class="sharethis-link" title="Ask the Readers: How Do You Host a Party on a Budget?" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tell us how you host a party on a budget and we&#039;ll enter you in a drawing to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card! </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Giveaways Ask the Readers party recipes summer party Tue, 01 Jul 2014 15:00:07 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 1149836 at http://www.wisebread.com Ask the Readers: What Are Your Fourth of July Safety Tips? http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-what-are-your-fourth-of-july-safety-tips <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/ask-the-readers-what-are-your-fourth-of-july-safety-tips" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/family-fireworks-177187108-small.jpg" alt="family fireworks" title="family fireworks" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="137" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Editor's Note: Congratulations to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-what-are-your-fourth-of-july-safety-tips#comment-750989">Matt</a>, Ernest, and Toni for winning this week's contest!</em></p> <p>For many families in the United States, Fourth of July (aka Independence Day) is a day of parades, barbecues, and fireworks. This holiday can be a lot of fun, but it can also turn dangerous if you don't follow some safety precautions.</p> <p><strong>What are your Fourth of July safety tips?</strong> Have you had any close calls during past celebrations? How do you plan on staying safe and responsible this year?</p> <p>Tell us your Fourth of July safety tips and we'll enter you in a drawing to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card!</p> <h2>Win 1 of 3 $20 Amazon Gift Cards</h2> <p>We're doing three giveaways &mdash; here's how you can win!</p> <h3>Mandatory Entry:</h3> <ul> <li>Post your answer in the comments below. One commenter will be randomly selected to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card!</li> </ul> <h3>For extra entries:</h3> <ul> <li>You can tweet about our giveaway for an extra entry. Also, our Facebook fans can get an extra entry too! Use our Rafflecopter widget for your chance to win one of the other two Amazon Gift Cards:</li> </ul> <p><a id="rc-79857d109" class="rafl" href="http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/79857d109/" rel="nofollow">a Rafflecopter giveaway</a><script src="//widget.rafflecopter.com/load.js"></script></p> <p><strong>If you're inspired to write a whole blog post OR you have a photo on flickr to share, please link to it in the comments or tweet it.</strong></p> <h4>Giveaway Rules:</h4> <ul> <li>Contest ends Monday, June 30th at 11:59 p.m. Pacific. Winners will be announced after June 30th on the original post. Winners will also be contacted via email.</li> <li>You can enter all three drawings &mdash; once by leaving a comment, once by liking our Facebook update, and once by tweeting.</li> <li>This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered, or associated with Facebook.</li> <li>You must be 18 and US resident to enter. Void where prohibited.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Good Luck!</strong></p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-what-are-your-fourth-of-july-safety-tips" class="sharethis-link" title="Ask the Readers: What Are Your Fourth of July Safety Tips?" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tell us your Fourth of July safety tips and we&#039;ll enter you in a drawing to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card! </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Giveaways Ask the Readers Fourth of July safety tips Tue, 24 Jun 2014 15:00:04 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 1147076 at http://www.wisebread.com Ask the Readers: Are You Part of a CSA? http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-are-you-part-of-a-csa <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/ask-the-readers-are-you-part-of-a-csa" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/farmers-market-450798999-small.jpg" alt="farmer&#039;s market" title="farmer&#039;s market" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Editor's Note: Congratulations to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-are-you-part-of-a-csa#comment-750692">Ashley</a>, Harrison, and Louly for winning this week's contest!</em></p> <p>Community-supported agriculture (CSA) is a great way to buy local, seasonal produce (and more!) straight from the farm. A CSA membership allows you get a regular supply of fresh fruit, veggies, eggs, or other groceries through the season. However, this kind of service isn't available everywhere, and the subscription cost may not be worth it for some.</p> <p><strong>Are you part of a CSA?</strong> What do you like and dislike about it? If you have not joined a CSA, would you like to?</p> <p>Tell us whether you're part of a CSA and we'll enter you in a drawing to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card!</p> <h2>Win 1 of 3 $20 Amazon Gift Cards</h2> <p>We're doing three giveaways &mdash; here's how you can win!</p> <h3>Mandatory Entry:</h3> <ul> <li>Post your answer in the comments below. One commenter will win a $20 Amazon Gift Card!</li> </ul> <h3>For extra entries:</h3> <ul> <li>You can tweet about our giveaway for an extra entry. Also, our Facebook fans can get an extra entry too! Use our Rafflecopter widget for your chance to win one of the other two Amazon Gift Cards:</li> </ul> <p><a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/79857d108/" class="rafl" id="rc-79857d108">a Rafflecopter giveaway</a></p> <script src="//widget.rafflecopter.com/load.js"></script></p> <p><strong>If you're inspired to write a whole blog post OR you have a photo on flickr to share, please link to it in the comments or tweet it.</strong></p> <h4>Giveaway Rules:</h4> <ul> <li>Contest ends Monday, June 23rd at 11:59 p.m. Pacific. Winners will be announced after June 23rd on the original post. Winners will also be contacted via email.</li> <li>You can enter all three drawings &mdash; once by leaving a comment, once by liking our Facebook update, and once by tweeting.</li> <li>This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered, or associated with Facebook.</li> <li>You must be 18 and US resident to enter. Void where prohibited.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Good Luck!</strong></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-are-you-part-of-a-csa" class="sharethis-link" title="Ask the Readers: Are You Part of a CSA?" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tell us whether you&#039;re part of a CSA and we&#039;ll enter you in a drawing to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card! </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Giveaways Ask the Readers CSA groceries Tue, 17 Jun 2014 15:00:03 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 1142933 at http://www.wisebread.com Ask the Readers: How Do You Celebrate Father's Day Frugally? http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-how-do-you-celebrate-fathers-day-frugally <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/ask-the-readers-how-do-you-celebrate-fathers-day-frugally" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/fathers-day-200347310-001-small.jpg" alt="father&#039;s day" title="father&#039;s day" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="154" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Editor's Note: Congratulations to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-how-do-you-celebrate-fathers-day-frugally#comment-749884">lostAnnfound</a>, Carmen, and Ernest for winning this week's contest!</em></p> <p>Father's Day is coming up! Retailers have been targeting dads and dad-appreciators for weeks now, but here's another holiday that you don't need to bust your budget to enjoy.</p> <p><strong>How do you celebrate Father's Day frugally?</strong> Are you buying or making gifts for the dads in your life? Dads, how do <em>you</em> want to spend June 15th?</p> <p>Tell us how you celebrate Father's Day frugally and we'll enter you in a drawing to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card!</p> <h2>Win 1 of 3 $20 Amazon Gift Cards</h2> <p>We're doing three giveaways &mdash; here's how you can win!</p> <h3>Mandatory Entry:</h3> <ul> <li>Post your answer in the comments below. One commenter will win a $20 Amazon Gift Card!</li> </ul> <h3>For extra entries:</h3> <ul> <li>You can tweet about our giveaway for an extra entry. Also, our Facebook fans can get an extra entry too! Use our Rafflecopter widget for your chance to win one of the other two Amazon Gift Cards:</li> </ul> <p><a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/79857d106/" class="rafl" id="rc-79857d106">a Rafflecopter giveaway</a></p> <script src="//widget.rafflecopter.com/load.js"></script></p> <p><strong>If you're inspired to write a whole blog post OR you have a photo on flickr to share, please link to it in the comments or tweet it.</strong></p> <h4>Giveaway Rules:</h4> <ul> <li>Contest ends Monday, June 16th at 11:59 p.m. Pacific. Winners will be announced after June 16th on the original post. Winners will also be contacted via email.</li> <li>You can enter all three drawings &mdash; once by leaving a comment, once by liking our Facebook update, and once by tweeting.</li> <li>This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered, or associated with Facebook.</li> <li>You must be 18 and US resident to enter. Void where prohibited.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Good Luck!</strong></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-how-do-you-celebrate-fathers-day-frugally" class="sharethis-link" title="Ask the Readers: How Do You Celebrate Father&#039;s Day Frugally?" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tell us how you celebrate Father&#039;s Day frugally and we&#039;ll enter you in a drawing to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card! </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Giveaways Ask the Readers Father's Day Tue, 10 Jun 2014 15:00:30 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 1142120 at http://www.wisebread.com Ask the Readers: Do You Still Shop at the Local Mall? http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-do-you-still-shop-at-the-local-mall <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/ask-the-readers-do-you-still-shop-at-the-local-mall" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/couple-shopping-mall-475612991-small.jpg" alt="shopping mall" title="shopping mall" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Editor's Note: Congratulations to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-do-you-still-shop-at-the-local-mall#comment-749447">Tina in NJ</a>, Donna, and Linda for winning this week's contest!</em></p> <p>Shopping malls used to be most everyone's one-drive retail stop; you can spend a whole afternoon shopping at a dozen stores, and you only need to park once. But with the popularity of online shopping and other changes in the way we shop &mdash; buying second-hand, cutting back on purchases, opting for homemade or DIY goods &mdash; your local mall may not be the bustling retail center it used to be.</p> <p><strong>Do you still shop at the local mall?</strong> If not, where do you do your shopping now? What do you usually buy when you <em>do</em> go to a shopping mall?</p> <p>Tell us whether you shop at the local mall and we'll enter you in a drawing to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card!</p> <h2>Win 1 of 3 $20 Amazon Gift Cards</h2> <p>We're doing three giveaways &mdash; here's how you can win!</p> <h3>Mandatory Entry:</h3> <ul> <li>Post your answer in the comments below. One commenter will win a $20 Amazon Gift Card!</li> </ul> <h3>For extra entries:</h3> <ul> <li>You can tweet about our giveaway for an extra entry. Also, our Facebook fans can get an extra entry too! Use our Rafflecopter widget for your chance to win one of the other two Amazon Gift Cards:</li> </ul> <p><a id="rc-79857d104" class="rafl" href="http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/79857d104/" rel="nofollow">a Rafflecopter giveaway</a></p> <script src="//widget.rafflecopter.com/load.js"></script></p> <p><strong>If you're inspired to write a whole blog post OR you have a photo on flickr to share, please link to it in the comments or tweet it.</strong></p> <h4>Giveaway Rules:</h4> <ul> <li>Contest ends Monday, June 9th at 11:59 p.m. Pacific. Winners will be announced after June 9th on the original post. Winners will also be contacted via email.</li> <li>You can enter all three drawings &mdash; once by leaving a comment, once by liking our Facebook update, and once by tweeting.</li> <li>This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered, or associated with Facebook.</li> <li>You must be 18 and US resident to enter. Void where prohibited.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Good Luck!</strong></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-do-you-still-shop-at-the-local-mall" class="sharethis-link" title="Ask the Readers: Do You Still Shop at the Local Mall?" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tell us whether you shop at the local mall and we&#039;ll enter you in a drawing to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card! </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Giveaways Ask the Readers shopping mall Tue, 03 Jun 2014 14:00:32 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 1141586 at http://www.wisebread.com Ask the Readers: What Is Your Dream Vacation? http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-what-is-your-dream-vacation <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/ask-the-readers-what-is-your-dream-vacation" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/travel-152996135.jpg" alt="beach" title="beach" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Editor's Note: Congratulations to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-what-is-your-dream-vacation#comment-749158">James</a>, Elena, and Lisa for winning this week's contest!</em></p> <p>Many of us take advantage of the summer season to spend some time on rest and recreation, but our vacations are often limited by practical things like scheduling and cost. But what if you could have the vacation you always wanted?</p> <p><strong>What is your dream vacation?</strong> Would you take someone with you, or would you rather enjoy some me-time? How close are you to making your dream vacation come true?</p> <p>Tell us about your dream vacation and we'll enter you in a drawing to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card!</p> <h2>Win 1 of 3 $20 Amazon Gift Cards</h2> <p>We're doing three giveaways &mdash; here's how you can win!</p> <h3>Mandatory Entry:</h3> <ul> <li>Post your answer in the comments below. One commenter will win a $20 Amazon Gift Card!</li> </ul> <h3>For extra entries:</h3> <ul> <li>You can tweet about our giveaway for an extra entry. Also, our Facebook fans can get an extra entry too! Use our Rafflecopter widget for your chance to win one of the other two Amazon Gift Cards:</li> </ul> <p><a id="rc-79857d102" class="rafl" href="http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/79857d102/" rel="nofollow">a Rafflecopter giveaway</a> </p> <script src="//widget.rafflecopter.com/load.js"></script></p> <p><strong>If you're inspired to write a whole blog post OR you have a photo on flickr to share, please link to it in the comments or tweet it.</strong></p> <h4>Giveaway Rules:</h4> <ul> <li>Contest ends Monday, June 2nd at 11:59 p.m. Pacific. Winners will be announced after June 2nd on the original post. Winners will also be contacted via email.</li> <li>You can enter all three drawings &mdash; once by leaving a comment, once by liking our Facebook update, and once by tweeting.</li> <li>This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered, or associated with Facebook.</li> <li>You must be 18 and US resident to enter. Void where prohibited.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Good Luck!</strong></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-what-is-your-dream-vacation" class="sharethis-link" title="Ask the Readers: What Is Your Dream Vacation?" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tell us about your dream vacation and we&#039;ll enter you in a drawing to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card! </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Giveaways Ask the Readers vacation Tue, 27 May 2014 09:12:21 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 1140477 at http://www.wisebread.com Ask the Readers $200 Giveaway: What Volunteer Experience Had the Deepest Impact on You? http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-200-giveaway-what-volunteer-experience-had-the-deepest-impact-on-you <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/ask-the-readers-200-giveaway-what-volunteer-experience-had-the-deepest-impact-on-you" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/hospital-465134143.jpg" alt="volunteer" title="volunteer" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Editor's Note: Congratulations to </em><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-200-giveaway-what-volunteer-experience-had-the-deepest-impact-on-you#comment-748768"><em>Diane</em></a><em>, Anna, and Susan for winning this week's contest!</em></p> <p>Volunteering is one of the most rewarding &mdash; and frugal &mdash; ways to make a difference in community. And with nearly 65 million Americans reporting having volunteered last year, chances are you&rsquo;ve made it a point to give of your time to support a worthy cause. From volunteering at a school or food bank to participating in a walk for charity, we want to hear what volunteer experience impacted you the most!</p> <p><b>What volunteer experience had the deepest impact on you?</b><span style="font-weight:normal"> What made it so impactful? Did you share the experience with someone else?</span></p> <p>This week, to celebrate its annual Schwab Volunteer Week in which thousands of employees volunteer in communities nationwide, Charles Schwab is sponsoring $200 in prizes for our Ask the Readers giveaway! Make sure to tell us about the volunteer experience that had the deepest impact on you and we'll enter you in a drawing to win a $150 or one of two $25 Amazon Gift Cards!</p> <p><span style="font-size:14.0pt;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman Bold&quot;"><b>Win a $150 Amazon Gift Card or 1 of 2 $25 Amazon Gift Cards</b></span></p> <p>We're doing three giveaways &mdash; here's how you can win!</p> <p><span style="font-size:14.0pt;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman Bold&quot;"><b>Mandatory Comment Entry for a Chance to win a $150 Amazon Gift Card:</b></span></p> <ul> <li>Post your answer in the comments below. One commenter will be randomly selected to win a $150 Amazon Gift Card!</li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:14.0pt;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman Bold&quot;"><b>To win one of two $25 Amazon gift cards:</b></span></p> <ul> <li>You can tweet about our giveaway for an extra entry. Use our Rafflecopter widget for your chance to win one of two $25 Amazon Gift Cards:</li> </ul> <p><a id="rc-79857d100" class="rafl" href="http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/79857d100/" rel="nofollow">a Rafflecopter giveaway</a> <script src="//widget.rafflecopter.com/load.js"></script></p> <p><b>If you're inspired to write a whole blog post OR you have a photo on flickr to share, please link to it in the comments or tweet it.</b></p> <p><span style="font-size:14.0pt;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman Bold&quot;"><b>Giveaway Rules:</b></span></p> <ul> <li>Contest ends Monday, May 26th at 11:59 pm Pacific. Winners will be announced after May 26th on the original post. Winners will also be contacted via email.</li> <li>You can enter all three drawings &mdash; once by leaving a comment, once by liking our Facebook update, and once by tweeting.</li> <li>This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered, or associated with Facebook.</li> <li>You must be 18 and US resident to enter. Void where prohibited.</li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:14.0pt;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman Bold&quot;"><b>This week, our Ask the Readers giveaway is sponsored by Charles Schwab to celebrate Schwab Volunteer Week!</b></span></p> <p>Here is a message from our sponsor:</p> <blockquote> <p>&ldquo;Serving our communities is an important part of Schwab&rsquo;s culture. Each year we provide paid time off for employees to volunteer, and we also organize a nationwide, week-long volunteer event called Schwab Volunteer Week (May 19-23, 2014), where thousands of employees volunteer with local nonprofits. This year&rsquo;s event has a record number of participants, with more than 3,700 Schwabbies donating approximately 15,000 service hours to 258 projects benefiting nearly 200 charities.</p> <p>We support a vibrant mix of national nonprofit groups such as Boys &amp; Girls Clubs, Habitat for Humanity, Goodwill and The Salvation Army, as well as local schools, parks, food banks, cultural centers, and organizations that provide health and human services to women, children, families and seniors.</p> <p>For the first time this year Schwab will pilot skills-based volunteering during <a href="http://www.aboutschwab.com/community">Schwab Volunteer Week</a>, The &ldquo;Skills Marathon,&rdquo; which will debut in both San Francisco and Denver, will consist of a half day of consulting in which teams of Schwab employees will help nonprofit organizations with business strategy, marketing, corporate communications, human resources and technology, giving them tangible advice and solutions for their real-world challenges.</p> <p>Employee volunteer stories and photos will be posted throughout the week on the Schwab Talk blog. To learn more about what drives our commitment to investing in our communities during Schwab Volunteer Week and throughout the year, <span class="msoIns"><ins datetime="2014-05-12T10:47" cite="mailto:Davis,%20Jennifer"><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3HiNuHY_cUg&amp;list=PLctx2TLOKMwbgx27FQZ4R-lrcEO801jlv">watch this video</a></ins></span>.&rdquo;</p> <p>&copy; 2014 Charles Schwab &amp; Co., Inc. (Member <a href="http://www.sipc.org/">SIPC</a>) All rights reserved</p> <p>#5014-3378</p> </blockquote><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-200-giveaway-what-volunteer-experience-had-the-deepest-impact-on-you" class="sharethis-link" title="Ask the Readers $200 Giveaway: What Volunteer Experience Had the Deepest Impact on You?" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Giveaways Ask the Readers Charles Schwab volunteer Tue, 20 May 2014 09:12:20 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 1139688 at http://www.wisebread.com