Ask the Readers http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/10908/all en-US Ask the Readers: What Is Your Favorite Budgeting Tool? http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-what-is-your-favorite-budgeting-tool <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-budgeting-tool" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/cash-470163605.jpg" alt="wallet" title="wallet" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>We all want to have an easier time managing our finances. That's where budgeting tools come in! They can be as high-tech as a money-tracking-app-doodad, or as simple as a pen and paper. The best tool for the job is what works for you.</p> <p><strong>What is your favorite budgeting tool?</strong></p> <p>Tell us about your favorite budgeting tool 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/79857d92/" class="rafl" id="rc-79857d92">a Rafflecopter giveaway</a></p> <script src="//d12vno17mo87cx.cloudfront.net/embed/rafl/cptr.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, April 28th at 11:59 p.m. Pacific. Winners will be announced after April 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-what-is-your-favorite-budgeting-tool" class="sharethis-link" title="Ask the Readers: What Is Your Favorite Budgeting Tool?" 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 budgeting tool 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 budgeting tools Tue, 22 Apr 2014 09:48:35 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 1136434 at http://www.wisebread.com Ask the Readers: What Is Your Favorite Springtime Activity? http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-what-is-your-favorite-springtime-activity <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-springtime-activity" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman-4049619-small.jpg" alt="woman on grass" title="woman on grass" 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-what-is-your-favorite-springtime-activity#comment-746683">lostAnnfound</a>, Lynda, and Tabathia for winning this week's contest!</em></p> <p>The relatively nicer weather of Spring means many of us are out and about, doing all the things that we couldn't while Winter kept us indoors.</p> <p><strong>What is your favorite springtime activity?</strong></p> <p>Tell us about your favorite springtime activity 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/79857d88/" class="rafl" id="rc-79857d88">a Rafflecopter giveaway</a></p> <script src="//d12vno17mo87cx.cloudfront.net/embed/rafl/cptr.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, April 21st at 11:59 p.m. Pacific. Winners will be announced after April 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-what-is-your-favorite-springtime-activity" class="sharethis-link" title="Ask the Readers: What Is Your Favorite Springtime Activity?" 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 springtime activity 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 spring activities Tue, 15 Apr 2014 09:48:22 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 1135680 at http://www.wisebread.com Ask the Readers $200 Giveaway: What’s Your Top Tip to Stay in Touch with Colleagues Without Spending a Fortune? http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-200-giveaway-what-s-your-top-tip-to-stay-in-touch-with-colleagues-without-spending-a <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-s-your-top-tip-to-stay-in-touch-with-colleagues-without-spending-a" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/phone-1753233-small.jpg" alt="phone" title="phone" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="188" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Congratulations to our $100 Skype gift card winner, Linda, and our two $50 Visa gift card winners, Erica and Susan!</em></p> <p>We all know the importance of keeping in touch and communicating with your colleagues when it comes to professional success. However, sometimes keeping in contact with your colleagues can be expensive. Luckily, there are ways to offset the cost of maintaining communication with your professional contacts!</p> <p><strong>How do you stay in touch with colleagues without spending a fortune?</strong> Do you use any particular apps or tools? What money-saving strategies have you found to be useful useful when communicating with your colleagues?</p> <p>Tell us how you stay in touch with colleagues without spending and we'll enter you in a drawing to win a $100 Skype Gift Card or one of two $50 Visa Gift Cards!</p> <h2><span style="font-size:14.0pt;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman Bold&quot;"><b>Win a $100 Skype gift card or one of two $50 Visa Gift Cards</b></span></h2> <p>We're doing three giveaways via Rafflecopter &mdash; here's how you can win!</p> <h3><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman Bold&quot;"><b>Mandatory Entry:</b></span></h3> <ul> <li>Post your answer in the comment section below, then enter the name and email address you used to post your comment into the Rafflecopter widget to confirm your entry. (Your email is kept private, other entrants will not be able to see it! We just use this information to confirm your entry.)</li> </ul> <h3><b>For an extra entry:</b></h3> <ul> <li>You can tweet about our giveaway for an extra entry. After you tweet, use our Rafflecopter widget to confirm your entry:</li> </ul> <p><a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/79857d87/" class="rafl" id="rc-79857d87">a Rafflecopter giveaway</a> <script src="//d12vno17mo87cx.cloudfront.net/embed/rafl/cptr.js"></script> <script src="//d12vno17mo87cx.cloudfront.net/embed/rafl/cptr.js"></script></p> <p>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.</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 starts Tuesday April 8<sup>th</sup>, 2014 and ends Monday, April 14<sup>th</sup>, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific. Winners will be announced after April 14<sup>th</sup>, 2014 on the original post. Winners will also be contacted via email.</li> <li>You can enter all the drawings &mdash; once by leaving a comment and once by tweeting then confirming your entry through Rafflecopter.</li> <li>NO PURCHASE NECESSARY VOID WHERE PROHIBITED.</li> <li>Open only to permanent legal U.S. residents 18 years or older physically residing in the fifty (50) United States of America and the District of Columbia, excluding the state of Rhode Island.</li> <li>Prizes are delivered by Wise Bread. Wise Bread is the host and administrator of this contest.</li> <li>Additional terms and conditions apply. Click <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/wisebread-official-contest-rules">here</a> for more details.</li> </ul> <h3><span style="font-size:14.0pt;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman Bold&quot;"><b>Here is a message from our sponsor:</b></span><span style="color:#1f497d;background:yellow"><br /> </span></h3> <blockquote> <p><a href="http://www.skype.com/go/rates/?cm_mmc=SMAD_2214_wisebread_reader_giveaways">Sponsored by Skype</a> - Use Skype Credit to call mobiles and landlines home and abroad at low rates.</p> <p><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/image001.png" alt="" /></p> </blockquote> <p class="MsoNormal">Good Luck!</p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-200-giveaway-what-s-your-top-tip-to-stay-in-touch-with-colleagues-without-spending-a" class="sharethis-link" title="Ask the Readers $200 Giveaway: What’s Your Top Tip to Stay in Touch with Colleagues Without Spending a Fortune?" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> What’s your top tip to stay in touch with colleagues without spending a fortune? Enter for a chance to win $200 in prizes! </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> Frugal Living Ask the Readers colleauges Skype Credit Tue, 08 Apr 2014 09:36:20 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 1131423 at http://www.wisebread.com Ask the Readers $200 Giveaway: What is Your Favorite Way to Save Money? http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-200-giveaway-what-is-your-favorite-way-to-save-money <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-is-your-favorite-way-to-save-money" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/piggy-bank-164520839.jpg" alt="piggy bank" title="piggy bank" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Congratulations to Karen L for winning a $100 Skype gift card and to Susan S and Karen G for winning $50 Visa gift cards!</em></p> <p>Chances are if you are a Wise Bread reader, you are interested in saving money and have learned many ways to cut your costs. There are many blogs out there that can help you keep your expenses low using money-saving tactics. From couponing to apps to thrift shops and more, everyone has their favorite ways to save money!</p> <p><strong>What is your favorite way to save money?</strong> Do you love couponing? Using money-saving apps? Doing DIY projects?</p> <p>Tell us about your favorite way to save money and we'll enter you in a drawing to win a $100 Skype Gift Card or one of two $50 Visa Gift Cards!</p> <h2><span style="font-size:14.0pt;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman Bold&quot;"><b>Win a $100 Skype gift card or one of two $50 Visa Gift Cards</b></span></h2> <p>We're doing three giveaways via Rafflecopter &mdash; here's how you can win!</p> <h3><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman Bold&quot;"><b>Mandatory Entry:</b></span></h3> <ul> <li>Post your answer in the comment section below, then enter the name and email address you used to post your comment into the Rafflecopter widget to confirm your entry. (Your email is kept private, other entrants will not be able to see it! We just use this information to confirm your entry.)</li> </ul> <h3><b>For an extra entry:</b></h3> <ul> <li>You can tweet about our giveaway for an extra entry. After you tweet, use our Rafflecopter widget to confirm your entry:</li> </ul> <p><a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/79857d86/" class="rafl" id="rc-79857d86">a Rafflecopter giveaway</a> <script src="//d12vno17mo87cx.cloudfront.net/embed/rafl/cptr.js"></script></p> <p>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.</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 starts Tuesday April 1<sup>st</sup>, 2014 and ends Monday, April 7<sup>th</sup>, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific. Winners will be announced after April 7<sup>th</sup>, 2014 on the original post. Winners will also be contacted via email.</li> <li>You can enter all the drawings &mdash; once by leaving a comment and once by tweeting then confirming your entry through Rafflecopter.</li> <li>NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED.</li> <li>Open only to permanent legal U.S. residents 18 years or older physically residing in the fifty (50) United States of America and the District of Columbia, excluding the state of Rhode Island.</li> <li>Prizes are delivered by Wise Bread. Wise Bread is the host and administrator of this contest.</li> <li>Additional terms and conditions apply. Click <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/wisebread-official-contest-rules">here</a> for more details.</li> </ul> <h3><span style="font-size:14.0pt;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman Bold&quot;"><b>Here is a message from our sponsor:</b></span><span style="color:#1f497d;background:yellow"><br /> </span></h3> <blockquote> <p><a href="http://www.skype.com/go/rates/?cm_mmc=SMAD_2214_wisebread_reader_giveaways">Sponsored by Skype</a> - Use Skype Credit to call mobiles and landlines home and abroad at low rates.</p> <p><img alt="" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/image001.png" /></p> </blockquote> <p class="MsoNormal">Good Luck!</p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-200-giveaway-what-is-your-favorite-way-to-save-money" class="sharethis-link" title="Ask the Readers $200 Giveaway: What is Your Favorite Way to Save Money?" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> What is Your Favorite Way to Save Money? Enter for a chance to win $200 in prizes! </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> Frugal Living Ask the Readers saving saving money Skype Credit Tue, 01 Apr 2014 09:36:23 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 1131422 at http://www.wisebread.com Ask the Readers $200 Giveaway: Do You Have a Favorite Lifehack? http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-200-giveaway-do-you-have-a-favorite-lifehack <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-do-you-have-a-favorite-lifehack" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman-469579039.jpg" alt="woman carrying apples" title="woman carrying apples" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Editor's Note: Congratulations to our $100 Skype Gift Card winner, Louly, and our two $50 Visa Gift Card winners, Raina and Kala! </em></p> <p>Life can be hectic and complicated, so finding ways to simplify things is vital. There are many tips and tricks out there to help you make your life easier and more convenient. With so many different options for simplifying your life, it's inevitable that you will find certain lifehacks that will become essential in your day to day life.</p> <p><strong>What is your favorite lifehack?</strong> Why is it your favorite? What area of your life does it make easier? Are there any lifehacks you've heard of that you didn't like?</p> <p>Tell us if you have a favorite lifehack and we'll enter you in a drawing to win a $100 Skype Gift Card or one of two $50 Visa Gift Cards!</p> <h2><span style="font-size:14.0pt;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman Bold&quot;"><b>Win a $100 Skype gift card or one of two $50 Visa Gift Cards</b></span></h2> <p>We're doing three giveaways via Rafflecopter &mdash; here's how you can win!</p> <h3><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman Bold&quot;"><b>Mandatory Entry:</b></span></h3> <ul> <li>Post your answer in the comment section below, then enter the name and email address you used to post your comment into the Rafflecopter widget to confirm your entry. (Your email is kept private, other entrants will not be able to see it! We just use this information to confirm your entry.)</li> </ul> <h3><b>For an extra entry:</b></h3> <ul> <li>You can tweet about our giveaway for an extra entry. After you tweet, use our Rafflecopter widget to confirm your entry:</li> </ul> <p><a id="rc-79857d85" class="rafl" href="http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/79857d85/" rel="nofollow">a Rafflecopter giveaway</a> <script src="//d12vno17mo87cx.cloudfront.net/embed/rafl/cptr.js"></script> <script src="//d12vno17mo87cx.cloudfront.net/embed/rafl/cptr.js"></script> <script src="//d12vno17mo87cx.cloudfront.net/embed/rafl/cptr.js"></script></p> <p>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.</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 starts Tuesday March 25<sup>th</sup>, 2014 and ends Monday, March 31<sup>st</sup>, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific. Winners will be announced after March 31<sup>st</sup>, 2014 on the original post. Winners will also be contacted via email.</li> <li>You can enter all the drawings &mdash; once by leaving a comment and once by tweeting then confirming your entry through Rafflecopter.</li> <li>NO PURCHASE NECESSARY VOID WHERE PROHIBITED.</li> <li>Open only to permanent legal U.S. residents 18 years or older physically residing in the fifty (50) United States of America and the District of Columbia, excluding the state of Rhode Island.</li> <li>Prizes are delivered by Wise Bread. Wise Bread is the host and administrator of this contest.</li> <li>Additional terms and conditions apply. Click <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/wisebread-official-contest-rules">here</a> for more details.</li> </ul> <h3><span style="font-size:14.0pt;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman Bold&quot;"><b>Here is a message from our sponsor:</b></span><span style="color:#1f497d;background:yellow"><br /> </span></h3> <blockquote> <p><a href="http://www.skype.com/go/rates/?cm_mmc=SMAD_2214_wisebread_reader_giveaways">Sponsored by Skype</a> - Use Skype Credit to call mobile and landlines home and abroad at low rates.</p> <p><img alt="" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/image001.png" /></p> </blockquote> <p class="MsoNormal">Good Luck!</p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-200-giveaway-do-you-have-a-favorite-lifehack" class="sharethis-link" title="Ask the Readers $200 Giveaway: Do You Have a Favorite Lifehack?" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do You Have a Favorite Lifehack? Enter for a chance to win $200 in prizes! </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> Frugal Living Ask the Readers lifehacks Skype Credit Tue, 25 Mar 2014 10:48:45 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 1131421 at http://www.wisebread.com Ask the Readers $200 Giveaway: How Do You Stay in Contact with Family and Friends Without Breaking the Bank? http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-200-giveaway-how-do-you-stay-in-contact-with-family-and-friends-without-breaking-the <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-how-do-you-stay-in-contact-with-family-and-friends-without-breaking-the" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/laptop-178898417.jpg" alt="video call" title="video call" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Editor's Note: Congratulations to Lisa for winning a $100 Skype gift card and to Bri and Karrie who each won a $50 Visa gift card in this week's contest!</em></p> <p>Staying connected to family and friends that live far away from you is important in maintaining your relationships with them. However, sometimes trying to keep in touch can be expensive! It is important to find frugal ways to stay connected so you don't have to spend an arm and a leg on communication costs.</p> <p><strong>How do you stay connected to family and friends without breaking the bank?</strong> Do you use any particular tools? What money-saving strategies have you found most useful when connecting with family and friends who live far away?</p> <p>Tell us how you stay connected to family and friends without breaking the bank and we'll enter you in a drawing to win a $100 Skype Gift Card or one of two $50 Visa Gift Cards!</p> <h2><span style="font-size:14.0pt;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman Bold&quot;"><b>Win a $100 Skype gift card or one of two $50 Visa Gift Cards</b></span></h2> <p>We're doing three giveaways via Rafflecopter &mdash; here's how you can win!</p> <h3><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman Bold&quot;"><b>Mandatory Entry:</b></span></h3> <ul> <li>Post your answer in the comment section below, then enter the name and email address you used to post your comment into the Rafflecopter widget to confirm your entry. (Your email is kept private, other entrants will not be able to see it! We just use this information to confirm your entry.)</li> </ul> <h3><b>For an extra entry:</b></h3> <ul> <li>You can tweet about our giveaway for an extra entry. After you tweet, use our Rafflecopter widget to confirm your entry:</li> </ul> <p><a id="rc-79857d83" class="rafl" href="http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/79857d83/" rel="nofollow">a Rafflecopter giveaway</a> <script src="//d12vno17mo87cx.cloudfront.net/embed/rafl/cptr.js"></script></p> <p>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.</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 starts Tuesday March 18<sup>th</sup>, 2014 and ends Monday, March 24<sup>th</sup>, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific. Winners will be announced after March 24<sup>th</sup>, 2014 on the original post. Winners will also be contacted via email.</li> <li>You can enter all the drawings &mdash; once by leaving a comment and once by tweeting then confirming your entry through Rafflecopter.</li> <li>NO PURCHASE NECESSARY VOID WHERE PROHIBITED.</li> <li>Open only to permanent legal U.S. residents 18 years or older physically residing in the fifty (50) United States of America and the District of Columbia, excluding the state of Rhode Island.</li> <li>Prizes are delivered by Wise Bread. Wise Bread is the host and administrator of this contest.</li> <li>Additional terms and conditions apply. Click <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/wisebread-official-contest-rules">here</a> for more details.</li> </ul> <h3><span style="font-size:14.0pt;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman Bold&quot;"><b>Here is a message from our sponsor:</b></span><span style="color:#1f497d;background:yellow"><br /> </span></h3> <blockquote> <p><a href="http://www.skype.com/go/rates/?cm_mmc=SMAD_2214_wisebread_reader_giveaways">Sponsored by Skype</a> - Use Skype Credit to call mobiles and landlines home and abroad at low rates.</p> <p><img alt="" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/image001.png" /></p> </blockquote> <p class="MsoNormal">Good Luck!</p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-200-giveaway-how-do-you-stay-in-contact-with-family-and-friends-without-breaking-the" class="sharethis-link" title="Ask the Readers $200 Giveaway: How Do You Stay in Contact with Family and Friends Without Breaking the Bank?" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> How do you stay in contact with family and friends without breaking the bank? Enter for a chance to win $200 in prizes! </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> Frugal Living Ask the Readers Skype Credit Wed, 19 Mar 2014 17:14:00 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 1131420 at http://www.wisebread.com Ask the Readers: Do You Make Money From Your Hobbies? http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-do-you-make-money-from-your-hobbies <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-make-money-from-your-hobbies" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/hobby-83493472.jpg" alt="knitting" title="knitting" 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-make-money-from-your-hobbies#comment-744120">Catseye</a>, Amanda, and Tabathia for winning this week's contest!</em></p> <p>A great way to earn some side income is to monetize your hobbies by selling the things you make, helping others with a task you enjoy doing, or even teaching a skill to someone and charging a fee for the lessons.</p> <p><strong>Do you make money from your hobbies?</strong> What challenges have you come across so far? Do you plan on eventually making it your primary source of income?</p> <p>Tell us about your money-making hobbies 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-79857d81" class="rafl" href="http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/79857d81/" rel="nofollow">a Rafflecopter giveaway</a></p> <script src="//d12vno17mo87cx.cloudfront.net/embed/rafl/cptr.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, March 17th at 11:59 p.m. Pacific. Winners will be announced after March 17th 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-make-money-from-your-hobbies" class="sharethis-link" title="Ask the Readers: Do You Make Money From Your Hobbies?" 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 money-making hobbies 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 hobbies Tue, 11 Mar 2014 11:36:40 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 1130385 at http://www.wisebread.com Ask the Readers: What Is Your Favorite Cleaning Tip? http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-what-is-your-favorite-cleaning-tip <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-cleaning-tip" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/chores-5294707-small.jpg" alt="cleaning" title="cleaning" 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-what-is-your-favorite-cleaning-tip#comment-743071">Elena</a>, Christie, and Betty for winning this week's contest!</em></p> <p>It might not feel like it in some areas of the country, but Spring is almost here! The change of season means that many of us are gearing up for a big household to-do: Spring cleaning. Why don't we help each other make this chore less of a chore?</p> <p><strong>What is your favorite cleaning tip?</strong> What tools do you use to make Spring cleaning go faster, cheaper, or more green? How do you make it more enjoyable?</p> <p>Tell us your favorite cleaning tip 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-79857d80" class="rafl" href="http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/79857d80/" rel="nofollow">a Rafflecopter giveaway</a></p> <script src="//d12vno17mo87cx.cloudfront.net/embed/rafl/cptr.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, March 10th at 11:59 p.m. Pacific. Winners will be announced after March 10th 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-cleaning-tip" class="sharethis-link" title="Ask the Readers: What Is Your Favorite Cleaning Tip?" 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 favorite cleaning tip 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 cleaning Tue, 04 Mar 2014 11:36:25 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 1129177 at http://www.wisebread.com Ask the Readers: Which Social Networking Site Do You Use Most? http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-which-social-networking-site-do-you-use-most <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/ask-the-readers-which-social-networking-site-do-you-use-most" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/social-media-159292723.jpg" alt="tweet" title="tweet" 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-which-social-networking-site-do-you-use-most#comment-742603">Jesquire3904</a>, Kristin, and Allison for winning this week's contest!</em></p> <p>Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, LinkedIn &mdash; these are just a few of the big social networking sites out there that help you keep in touch with Great-aunt Rita <em>and</em> connect you with your next employer. But of course, we all have our preferences.</p> <p><strong>Which social networking site do you most?</strong> What do you primarily use it for &mdash; work or play? Do you think you spend more time on it than you should?</p> <p>Tell which social networking site you use most 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-79857d79" class="rafl" href="http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/79857d79/" rel="nofollow">a Rafflecopter giveaway</a></p> <script src="//d12vno17mo87cx.cloudfront.net/embed/rafl/cptr.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, March 3rd at 11:59 p.m. Pacific. Winners will be announced after March 3rd 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-which-social-networking-site-do-you-use-most" class="sharethis-link" title="Ask the Readers: Which Social Networking Site Do You Use Most?" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tell which social networking site you use most 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 social media Tue, 25 Feb 2014 11:36:42 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 1127855 at http://www.wisebread.com Ask the Readers: Have You Ever Been Audited by the IRS? http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-have-you-ever-been-audited-by-the-irs <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/ask-the-readers-have-you-ever-been-audited-by-the-irs" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/stress-finances-small.jpg" alt="finances" title="finances" 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-have-you-ever-been-audited-by-the-irs#comment-741830">Jason</a>, Christie, and Allison for winning this week's contest!</em></p> <p>Tax season opened this year on January 31st, and like every year before it, we're all <em>very</em> careful about getting our tax returns right. Right?</p> <p><strong>Have you ever been audited by the IRS?</strong> What did you have to do to set things straight? If you've never received the dreaded audit notice, do you take any extra steps just in case you <em>are</em> audited?</p> <p>Tell us whether you have ever been audited by the IRS 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/79857d78/" class="rafl" id="rc-79857d78">a Rafflecopter giveaway</a></p> <script src="//d12vno17mo87cx.cloudfront.net/embed/rafl/cptr.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, February 24th at 11:59 p.m. Pacific. Winners will be announced after February 24th 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-have-you-ever-been-audited-by-the-irs" class="sharethis-link" title="Ask the Readers: Have You Ever Been Audited by the IRS?" 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 have ever been audited by the IRS 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 filing taxes tax audits Tue, 18 Feb 2014 11:37:00 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 1125942 at http://www.wisebread.com Ask the Readers: Do You Prefer Ebooks or Printed Books? http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-do-you-prefer-ebooks-or-printed-books <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-prefer-ebooks-or-printed-books" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/book-450799259.jpg" alt="book and tablet" title="book and tablet" 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-prefer-ebooks-or-printed-books#comment-741281">Ashleigh</a>, Elizabeth, and Lynda for winning this week's contest!</em></p> <p>There are many great things about ebooks, and there are many redeeming qualities of a printed tome. Ebooks are relatively cheap, paper-free, and easy to take where you go. Traditional books, as physical objects, are easier to share &mdash; and many people simply enjoy the tactile experience. It really depends on how you like to read.</p> <p><strong>Do you prefer ebooks or printed books?</strong> What are your reasons? Are there certain situations where you would grab a printed book, and others where you would download a digital version?</p> <p>Tell us how whether you prefer ebooks or printed books 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-79857d77" class="rafl" href="http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/79857d77/" rel="nofollow">a Rafflecopter giveaway</a></p> <script src="//d12vno17mo87cx.cloudfront.net/embed/rafl/cptr.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, February 17th at 11:59 p.m. Pacific. Winners will be announced after February 17th 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-prefer-ebooks-or-printed-books" class="sharethis-link" title="Ask the Readers: Do You Prefer Ebooks or Printed Books?" 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 whether you prefer ebooks or printed books 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 books eBooks Tue, 11 Feb 2014 11:36:32 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 1124505 at http://www.wisebread.com Ask the Readers: How Do You Celebrate Valentine's Day Frugally? http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-how-do-you-celebrate-valentines-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-valentines-day-frugally" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/vday-464877671.jpg" alt="hearts on piano" title="hearts on piano" 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-celebrate-valentines-day-frugally#comment-740672">Mary</a>, Diana, and Gina for winning this week's contest!</em></p> <p>Valentine's Day is almost here! It's another one of those highly commercialized holidays, but there's no rule saying you have to break the bank to partake in this day for love.</p> <p><strong>How do you celebrate Valentine's Day frugally?</strong> Do you stick with tradition &mdash; flowers, chocolate, dinner by moonlight &mdash; or do you plan something outside the heart-shaped box? How do you express your love to the people you care about?</p> <p>Tell us how you celebrate Valentine'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/79857d76/" class="rafl" id="rc-79857d76">a Rafflecopter giveaway</a></p> <script src="//d12vno17mo87cx.cloudfront.net/embed/rafl/cptr.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, February 10th at 11:59 p.m. Pacific. Winners will be announced after February 10th 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-valentines-day-frugally" class="sharethis-link" title="Ask the Readers: How Do You Celebrate Valentine&#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 Valentine&#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 Holidays Valentine's Day Tue, 04 Feb 2014 11:36:14 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 1122821 at http://www.wisebread.com Ask the Readers: What Was Your Best Customer Service Experience? http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-what-was-your-best-customer-service-experience <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-was-your-best-customer-service-experience" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/phone-2517032-small.jpg" alt="woman on phone" title="woman on phone" 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-what-was-your-best-customer-service-experience#comment-740109">Lisa</a>, Karen, and Alona for winning this week's contest!</em></p> <p>Most people dread the need to call customer service. We hear countless horror stories about telephone runarounds or, on the other side of things, customers with unreasonable demands. But of course, there are customer service stories that do end well. (Right?)</p> <p><strong>What was your best customer service experience?</strong> What do you think is key to getting what you want &mdash; or resolving an issue to the customer's satisfaction? Have you had any truly terrible experiences?</p> <p>Tell us about your best customer service experience and we&#39;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&#39;re doing three giveaways &mdash; here&#39;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-79857d75" class="rafl" href="http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/79857d75/" rel="nofollow">a Rafflecopter giveaway</a><script src="//d12vno17mo87cx.cloudfront.net/embed/rafl/cptr.js"></script></p> <p><strong>If you&#39;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, February 3rd at 11:59 pm Pacific. Winners will be announced after February 3rd 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-best-customer-service-experience" class="sharethis-link" title="Ask the Readers: What Was Your Best Customer Service Experience?" 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 best customer service experience 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 customer service Tue, 28 Jan 2014 11:36:26 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 1119562 at http://www.wisebread.com Ask the Readers: Do You Have a Gym Membership? http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-do-you-have-a-gym-membership <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-have-a-gym-membership" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/exercise-168816517.jpg" alt="gym" title="gym" 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-have-a-gym-membership#comment-739604">Chrissy</a>, Amanda, and Christina for winning this week's contest!</em></p> <p>Gym memberships are especially popular in the winter, what with exercise-related resolutions and cold weather that's less than great for outdoor activities. As such, you probably won't get the best deal at this time, but access to a gym's facilities and personal trainers is still worth the cost for many people.</p> <p><strong>Do you have a gym membership?</strong> Is it a worthwhile expense for you? Why or why not? If you don't have a gym membership, would you consider getting one if the price is right?</p> <p>Tell us whether you have a gym membership and we&#39;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&#39;re doing three giveaways &mdash; here&#39;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-79857d74" class="rafl" href="http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/79857d74/" rel="nofollow">a Rafflecopter giveaway</a></p> <script src="//d12vno17mo87cx.cloudfront.net/embed/rafl/cptr.js"></script></p> <p><strong>If you&#39;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, January 27th at 11:59 pm Pacific. Winners will be announced after January 27th 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-have-a-gym-membership" class="sharethis-link" title="Ask the Readers: Do You Have a Gym Membership?" 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 have a gym membership 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 exercise gym membership Tue, 21 Jan 2014 11:36:11 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 1112107 at http://www.wisebread.com Ask the Readers: What Is Your Favorite App? http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-what-is-your-favorite-app <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-app" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/phone-450947285.jpg" alt="smartphone" title="smartphone" 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-favorite-app#comment-739502">Happy Love</a>, Liz, and Thomas for winning this week's contest!</em></p> <p>If you use a smartphone, you'll know how useful/fun/addictive/frustrating apps can be. If there is something you want to do, there's probably an app for that.</p> <p><strong>What is your favorite app?</strong> Why do you like it so much &mdash; does it improve your life or finances in some way, or is it just plain fun? Is there anything you don't like about the app?</p> <p>Tell us about your favorite app and we&#39;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&#39;re doing three giveaways &mdash; here&#39;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-79857d72" class="rafl" href="http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/79857d72/" rel="nofollow">a Rafflecopter giveaway</a></p> <script src="//d12vno17mo87cx.cloudfront.net/embed/rafl/cptr.js"></script></p> <p><strong>If you&#39;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, January 20th at 11:59 pm Pacific. Winners will be announced after January 20th 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-app" class="sharethis-link" title="Ask the Readers: What Is Your Favorite App?" 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 app 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 app Ask the Readers Tue, 14 Jan 2014 11:36:15 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 1110598 at http://www.wisebread.com