technology http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/1154/all en-US Turn Old Clothes Into Money With These 4 Tools and Apps http://www.wisebread.com/turn-old-clothes-into-money-with-these-4-tools-and-apps <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/turn-old-clothes-into-money-with-these-4-tools-and-apps" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_43524688_MEDIUM.jpg" alt="use these apps to get money for old clothes" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>A great way to make extra side cash is to clean out your closet and sell clothes you no longer wear. Not only will you make a few bucks, but you will also benefit from decluttering.</p> <p>Getting top dollar for your used clothing can be tricky, especially if you try to sell your clothes at a yard sale or through a Facebook selling group. Instead, try these top sites and apps to make more on your old threads.</p> <h2>1. eBay</h2> <p>Let's start with the most obvious: eBay. It can be a hit or miss for selling clothing. I have listed several higher-end brand name items, such as a rare pair of True Religion jeans, but felt like they did not sell as well as they could have. However, other brands have sold better than I expected. I listed an Old Navy peacoat last winter with the assumption that anything is better than selling it for $2 at a garage sale. The coat sold for almost $40, which was more than I originally paid.</p> <p>So check the recent selling prices for clothing like yours. You can do this by dropping your item into the search box, clicking &quot;advanced,&quot; and then check sold listing and hit &quot;search&quot; again. This will allow you to see every similar item that sold in the past 30 days and give you a better idea of how much you can make on your item.</p> <h2>2. Poshmark</h2> <p>Business Insider shared a story of one <a href="http://www.businessinsider.com/how-a-mom-earned-500000-on-poshmark-2015-11">mom who made $50,000</a> from selling clothes on <a href="https://poshmark.com/what_is_poshmark">Poshmark</a> last year. With PoshMark, you get to set your prices, and listing is as easy as listing on eBay. However, unlike eBay, shoppers prefer better quality photo listings. However, don't let your photo skills keep you from trying the app out.</p> <h2>3. Tradesy</h2> <p><a href="https://www.tradesy.com/">Tradesy</a> is another easy-to-use site that allows you to set your price points for clothes. The site also makes shipping items simple, since the company sends you free shipping boxes and prepaid labels.</p> <p>Tradesy charges a 9% commission and a 2.9% fee if you transfer your earnings to PayPal. And if a buyer decides to return an item, Tradesy will accept the return and allow you to keep your earnings.</p> <p>See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-money-and-declutter-by-selling-these-5-unlikely-treasures?ref=seealso">Make Money and Declutter by Selling These 5 Unlikely Treasures</a></p> <h2>4. ThredUp</h2> <p>Don't feel like listing each of your clothing items for sale? No problem. <a href="https://www.thredup.com/">ThredUp</a> allows you to cash in on your clothing with as little effort as possible. All you have to do is sign up for an account and request a free bag from the site. Once your bag arrives, fill it with acceptable items and then seal it. Attached to the bag is a prepaid shipping label, so you can drop it off at the post office or request an at-home pick up.</p> <p>ThredUp is extremely convenient and fast to use, but with that convenience comes a couple minor drawbacks. For example, your items will probably not get you as much as you hoped for. You can request your unaccepted items back, but this will cost $9.99 and it must be selected before you order your bag. It also takes a few weeks for the ThredUp team to process the bags they've received, so you won't get a payout immediately. Still, it's better than having the clothes collect dust in your closet, right?</p> <p><em>Where do you sell your used clothes when you are done with them? Share with us</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-eneriz">Ashley Eneriz</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/turn-old-clothes-into-money-with-these-4-tools-and-apps">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-easiest-items-to-flip-for-cash">10 Easiest Items to &quot;Flip&quot; for Cash</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-ways-to-save-on-smartphone-costs-while-traveling">8 Ways to Save on Smartphone Costs While Traveling</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-apps-for-the-tech-challenged-traveler">7 Apps for the Tech-Challenged Traveler</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/prizes-and-freebies-from-coupsmart-for-the-iphone">Prizes and Freebies from CoupSmart for the iPhone</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-7-best-free-tools-to-improve-your-work-performance">The 7 Best Free Tools to Improve Your Work Performance</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Extra Income Technology apps clean out closet closet clutter clothes declutter sell your clothes sell your stuff technology tools Mon, 22 Aug 2016 10:30:14 +0000 Ashley Eneriz 1775889 at http://www.wisebread.com 7 Apps for the Tech-Challenged Traveler http://www.wisebread.com/7-apps-for-the-tech-challenged-traveler <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-apps-for-the-tech-challenged-traveler" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000059692012_Large.jpg" alt="using a travel app even though she isn&#039;t tech savvy" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>There is an app for everything these days, from apps that allow you to see constellations in the sky, to others that can control the temperature of your house. When it comes to traveling, there are more apps than you could count, but some of them are a bit confusing to operate. Here are seven of my favorite apps that can make travel easier for you, and you don't have to be a tech expert to use them. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-money-saving-travel-gadgets?ref=seealso">5 Money Saving Travel Gadgets</a>)</p> <h2>1. Trail Wallet</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5170/trail_wallet.jpg" width="605" height="521" alt="" /></p> <p>This friendly budget helper is the best app on the market for keeping track of your expenses while on the road. There are a few categories already included in the app, like accommodation, food, and transport, but you can also include your own.</p> <p>Every time you make a purchase, you can simply input the amount into the app in the local currency. It will automatically convert it into your home currency and create handy pie charts and graphs so that you can see how your budget is divided.</p> <p>The app is only available for <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/trail-wallet-travel-budget/id547171665?mt=8&amp;uo=8&amp;at=11l9Wj">iOS</a>. The first few purchase inputs are free, but to get full use of the app, you'll have to pay $1.99.</p> <h2>2. Packing Pro</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5170/packing_pro.jpg" width="605" height="523" alt="" /></p> <p>We've all experienced that awful moment when we leave the house and then realize that we forgot our most important travel item. The Packing Pro app helps put an end to this by allowing users to create handy checklists of everything that they want to bring on a trip.</p> <p>Simply create a packing list, then hit the check button as you put each item into your luggage.</p> <p>The $3 app is only available on <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/packing-pro/id312266675?mt=8">iOS</a>.</p> <h2>3. XE Currency</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5170/xe_currency.jpg" width="605" height="521" alt="" /></p> <p>I never leave home without making sure that my XE app is up to date. This simple, yet incredibly useful tool keeps track of multiple currencies for you and converts them into your home currency.</p> <p>If you're planning a 10-country trip, add all of the currencies from your planned destinations into the app and it will allow you to easily convert any purchases on-the-go. Spending 300 <em>baht </em>in Thailand? Type it into the app and instantly see the equivalent in USD.</p> <p>The app is free for <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.xe.currency&amp;hl=en">Android</a> and <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/hr/app/xe-currency/id315241195?mt=8">iOS</a>.</p> <h2>4. TripAdvisor</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5170/trip_advisor.jpg" width="596" height="300" alt="" /></p> <p>If you're a TripAdvisor traveler like myself, and you like to know how a restaurant stacks up before eating there, download the TripAdvisor app onto your smartphone before you leave home.</p> <p>The app doesn't have full functionality when offline, but you can still use its navigation feature and check reviews of different restaurants, hotels, and activities on-the-go. You can download city maps and reviews as well if you plan to use it without an Internet connection.</p> <p>When using data, the &quot;Near Me Now&quot; function can be very useful for finding top-rated restaurants within a one-kilometer radius.</p> <p>The app is free for <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tripadvisor.tripadvisor&amp;hl=en&amp;referrer=utm_download_tracking=Brand_AppPage_0_10568#_=_">Android</a> and <a href="http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUrl-a_partnerKey.1-a_url.http%3A__2F____2F__itunes__2E__apple__2E__com__2F__us__2F__app__2F__tripadvisor__2F__id284876795__3F__mt%3D8__26__pt%3D14124__26__ct%3DBrand__5F__AppPage__5F__0__5F__10568-a_urlKey.1997bccf622c70c69.html">iOS</a>.</p> <h2>5. Navmii</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5170/navmii.jpg" width="570" height="421" alt="" /></p> <p>My personal favorite navigation app, this one works without using any data at all. Some maps are available free of charge, while some add-ons and extra maps are available for a small fee.</p> <p>If you've been using Google Maps for your navigation, Navmii will feel like a dream. It's much more intuitive and easy to follow than Google's BETA navigation feature and the best part is that it doesn't need to use data to give you directions. As each map is downloaded locally to your device, the app is very quick to load and easy to use.</p> <p>The app is free for <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.navfree.android.OSM.ALL">Android</a> and <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/artist/geolife-ltd./id345881276">iOS</a>.</p> <h2>6. Google Hangouts App</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5170/google_hangouts.jpg" width="605" height="521" alt="" /></p> <p>Even if you have the Skype app on your phone, you should consider getting Google Hangouts, too. Why? It generally has better connection than Skype, but the main reason it's better is because you can call almost any number in the U.S. or Canada for free.</p> <p>So if you're an American traveling overseas, you can call your friends and family without paying a cent! This app can be a huge money saver for frequent travelers.</p> <p>The app is free on <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.talk&amp;hl=en">Android</a> and <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/hangouts/id643496868?mt=8">iOS</a>.</p> <h2>7. Vivino</h2> <p>This final app is really just for <em>winos</em>, but it's a very good one to have in your pocket. If you're like me, you like to try lots of local wines while you're traveling, but often the labels aren't in English and you really have no idea what the tasting notes are, or how many awards the winery has won.</p> <p>With the Vivino app, you can simply take a photo of the wine bottle's label and the app will find the bottle from its archive of over 3 million wines. It will then display reviews from other users (of which there are 14 million), tasting notes, awards and even offer you other wines you may like based on your selection.</p> <p>It will also tell you where the closest store is to buy the bottle and where you can get it cheaper! This is the world's most popular and most practical wine app.</p> <p>The app is free on <a href="https://www.vivino.com/redirect/play">Android</a> and <a href="https://www.vivino.com/redirect/appstore">iOS</a>.</p> <p><em>What are your favorite travel apps? Share with us in the comments!</em></p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="//www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F7-apps-for-the-tech-challenged-traveler&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F7%20Apps%20for%20the%20Tech-Challenged%20Traveler.jpg&amp;description=7%20Apps%20for%20the%20Tech-Challenged%20Traveler" data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-config="above" data-pin-color="red" data-pin-height="28"><img src="//assets.pinterest.com/images/pidgets/pinit_fg_en_rect_red_28.png" alt="" /></a> </p> <!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><script type="text/javascript" async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/7%20Apps%20for%20the%20Tech-Challenged%20Traveler.jpg" width="250" height="374" align="middle" alt="" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/nick-wharton">Nick Wharton</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-apps-for-the-tech-challenged-traveler">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-ways-to-save-on-smartphone-costs-while-traveling">8 Ways to Save on Smartphone Costs While Traveling</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/turn-old-clothes-into-money-with-these-4-tools-and-apps">Turn Old Clothes Into Money With These 4 Tools and Apps</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-apps-that-make-budgeting-fun-no-really">7 Apps That Make Budgeting Fun — No Really!</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-apps-for-busy-working-parents">The 5 Best Apps for Busy Working Parents</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-millennial-money-apps-everyone-should-use">The 5 Millennial Money Apps Everyone Should Use</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Technology Travel apps smartphone tech challenged tech savvy technology traveling Thu, 28 Apr 2016 09:30:25 +0000 Nick Wharton 1699082 at http://www.wisebread.com 8 Ways to Save on Smartphone Costs While Traveling http://www.wisebread.com/8-ways-to-save-on-smartphone-costs-while-traveling <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/8-ways-to-save-on-smartphone-costs-while-traveling" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000075854865_Large.jpg" alt="saving money with her smartphone while traveling" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>There are two basic necessities that everyone needs when traveling in the 21st century: Their passport and their smartphone. But using data, roaming, and making long distance calls while traveling can cost a fortune. Here are a few basic ways that you can save money by using your smartphone while on the road. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-ways-to-save-and-make-money-while-traveling?ref=seealso">12 Ways to Save and Make Money While Traveling</a>)</p> <h2>1. Unlock Your Phone and Buy Local SIMs</h2> <p>Before you leave home, you should always make sure that your smartphone is unlocked so that you can buy local SIM cards in the countries you're traveling to. Roaming data and local calling charges, as well as long distance calls, will quickly ramp up your bill, so unlocking your phone and buying a local SIM card will effectively pay for itself.</p> <p>To unlock your phone, you can do a quick Google search: &quot;Unlock Smartphone + Your City&quot; to find a local tech guy who can do it for you, or you can <a href="http://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/phone-unlocking-guide-for-all-carriers/">do it yourself</a>. Unlocking your phone is completely legal as long as you've completed your initial contract with your carrier.</p> <p>Once your phone is unlocked, you'll be able to use it with any carrier around the world. Pay-as-you-Go SIM cards are extremely cheap in most countries. For example, in Italy you can get 1GB Data, 50 minutes of calling, and 1000 SMS for just &euro;20 (about $22 U.S.) per month, including the cost of the SIM card.</p> <p>If you've ever traveled with your U.S. mobile plan and used it while on the road, your bill was likely much higher than this when you returned home. You can pick up local SIM cards at most airports upon arrival into a new country, and there are numerous stores in every town where you can buy them as well. Just make sure you have your passport with you for the initial sign-up process.</p> <h2>2. Download Maps</h2> <p>If you're a frequent user of the Google Maps app, then you'll want to download the apps for the cities you'll be visiting while you're on Wi-Fi. If you don't do this, then every time you zoom in and out of the map and search for locations, you'll be using your data.</p> <p>To download a map, simply connect to Wi-Fi, open the app, zoom over the city or area that you want to download and type &quot;ok maps&quot; into the search field. A bar will then appear that says: &quot;Download.&quot;</p> <p>Then the map will be downloaded to your smartphone for use offline. The phone will even continue to track your location on the map when you're not connected the Internet, making offline navigation a breeze.</p> <p>This function can save a lot of money on data, but it also makes the app quicker to load and easier to use.</p> <h2>3. Download TripAdvisor Content</h2> <p>This can be another big data saver. If, like me, you like to search reviews before checking out a site, eating in a restaurant, or taking a tour, then you're constantly using the TripAdvisor app and your data adds up quickly. The app (available on <a href="https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUrl-a_partnerKey.1-a_url.http%3A__2F____2F__itunes__2E__apple__2E__com__2F__us__2F__app__2F__tripadvisor__2F__id284876795__3F__mt%3D8__26__pt%3D14124__26__ct%3DBrand__5F__AppPage__5F__0__5F__10568-a_urlKey.1997bccf622c70c69.html">iOS</a> and <a href="https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUrl-a_partnerKey.1-a_url.https%3A__2F____2F__play__2E__google__2E__com__2F__store__2F__apps__2F__details__3F__id%3Dcom__2E__tripadvisor__2E__tripadvisor__26__hl%3Den__26__referrer%3Dutm__5F__download__5F__tracking%253DBrand__5F__AppPage__5F__0__5F__10568-a_urlKey.e5a13a25ef3b7f599.html">Android</a>) now has excellent offline functionality.</p> <p>Adam Medros, senior vice president of global product for TripAdvisor says, &quot;More and more travelers are making spur-of-the-moment decisions about where to go and what to do and need a useful travel resource. Travelers can now access user reviews, photos, and maps throughout their trip to help them pick last-minute hotels, restaurants, and attractions to visit &mdash; all while avoiding costly roaming charges.&quot;</p> <p>To download the content from the app, simply search the city where you'll be traveling and tap the &quot;download city content&quot; button. Once downloaded, the app will give you 10 reviews per point of interest when no data connection is available, and the full live version of the app when it connected to data or Wi-Fi.</p> <h2>4. Connect to a Hotspot Database</h2> <p>We all enjoy free Internet connections while on the road. Whether there's free Wi-Fi in a public park, at a cafe, or in a hotel, it's great to know which signals are strongest and which ones are free to connect to.</p> <p>If you want to save money on data and connect to free Wi-Fi whenever possible, download the WeFi app. The app includes a list of over 100 million Wi-Fi hotspots around the world, and you can view them easily on the in-app map.</p> <p>You can download WeFi free on <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/wefi-pro/id594461043?mt=8">iPhone</a> and <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.wefi.wefi">Android</a>, but it runs in the background and can be a huge battery drainer, so I recommend only turning it on when you need to find a hotspot.</p> <h2>5. Tether Up</h2> <p>This is only a real money saver if you're at an airport or a cafe that has &quot;limited free Internet access.&quot; You know when you're at the airport checking emails and after 15 measly minutes a pop-up appears and asks you to pay a ridiculous fee for more time?</p> <p>This is when using data is probably cheaper than paying for the hotspot. To tether your phone, simply open the wireless settings on your phone and turn on &quot;Personal Hotspot.&quot; If you don't know how to do it, PCWorld will show you how it's done on <a href="http://www.pcworld.com/article/199280/How_To_Tether_Your_Android_Phone_For_Free.html">Android</a> and on <a href="http://www.pcworld.com/article/240794/how_to_tether_your_iphone.html">iPhones</a>.</p> <p>If the Personal Hotspot button isn't in your settings, navigate into Cellular Data settings. Copy the VPN next to Cellular Data and paste it into the box next to APN in the Personal Hotspot section. If this still doesn't work, you may have to download a <a href="http://mashable.com/2012/08/16/free-tethering-apps/#w_Ta3SWeSmqo">tether app</a>.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5170/tethering_smartphone.jpg" width="341" height="605" alt="" /></p> <h2>6. Find Free Wi-Fi Coupon Codes</h2> <p>If you can't tether your phone and you still don't want to pay for the expensive hotspot, you can search online for free coupon codes. Sometimes cafes in airports or malls will give you a free code when you purchase a coffee.</p> <p>If you don't want to spend a cent for Internet, do a quick Google search with something like: &quot;hotspot name + coupon code.&quot; Sometimes you can find a free coupon for 15 minutes on a coupon site.</p> <h2>7. Join a Password Sharing Community</h2> <p>Sharing is caring, right? There are some excellent apps available where users can share the Wi-Fi passwords of different hotspots around the world. The Instabridge app (free on <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.instabridge.android&amp;hl=en">Android</a> and <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/instabridge-3-million-wifi/id971679641?mt=8">iOS</a>) is the best password sharing app because it has a database of three million hotspots worldwide, and you can even find passwords while offline.</p> <h2>8. Use Google Hangouts for Calling</h2> <p>Long distance calls can cost a fortune, and while calling home from Skype is generally a lot cheaper, it's not free. This is where the Google Hangouts app can come in really handy. This app allows you to call almost any number in the U.S. and Canada free of charge. Simply hook up to Wi-Fi and call your loved ones from this app and you won't pay a cent.</p> <h2>Be Smart With Your Smartphone</h2> <p>There are lots of money-saving apps that you can use while traveling, and by downloading your maps and buying local SIMs, you can save even more money.</p> <p><em>Do you travel with your smartphone? How do you avoid costly roaming charges? Please share in the comments below.</em></p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this post? Pin it!</h2> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="//www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F8-ways-to-save-on-smartphone-costs-while-traveling&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F8%20Ways%20to%20Save%20on%20Smartphone%20Costs%20While%20Traveling.jpg&amp;description=8%20Ways%20to%20Save%20on%20Smartphone%20Costs%20While%20Traveling" data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-config="above" data-pin-color="red" data-pin-height="28"><img src="//assets.pinterest.com/images/pidgets/pinit_fg_en_rect_red_28.png" alt="" /></a> </p> <!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><script type="text/javascript" async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/8%20Ways%20to%20Save%20on%20Smartphone%20Costs%20While%20Traveling.jpg" width="250" height="374" alt="" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/nick-wharton">Nick Wharton</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-ways-to-save-on-smartphone-costs-while-traveling">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-apps-for-the-tech-challenged-traveler">7 Apps for the Tech-Challenged Traveler</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/turn-old-clothes-into-money-with-these-4-tools-and-apps">Turn Old Clothes Into Money With These 4 Tools and Apps</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-apps-that-make-budgeting-fun-no-really">7 Apps That Make Budgeting Fun — No Really!</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-apps-for-busy-working-parents">The 5 Best Apps for Busy Working Parents</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-millennial-money-apps-everyone-should-use">The 5 Millennial Money Apps Everyone Should Use</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Technology Travel apps money-saving apps smartphone technology travel hacks travel tips Tue, 26 Apr 2016 09:00:05 +0000 Nick Wharton 1697716 at http://www.wisebread.com All the Modern Ways You Can Order Pizza http://www.wisebread.com/all-the-modern-ways-you-can-order-pizza <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/all-the-modern-ways-you-can-order-pizza" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000025626011_Large.jpg" alt="ordering a pizza the modern way" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Feel like pizza tonight? How will you order your favorite pie? Take a look at all the ways you can get your hot-and-fresh fix, pretty much like a space person &mdash; because this is 2016, and anything is possible. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-surprising-things-you-can-have-delivered?ref=seealso">12 Surprising Things You Can Have Delivered</a>)</p> <h2>1. Old-Fashioned Phone Call</h2> <p>Yeah, you can still pick up the phone and dial your local pizza joint &mdash; one of my friends admittedly orders his from his rotary phone, and for that he's not allowed in public with me &mdash; but why would you when there are so many other fun ways to order?</p> <h2>2. The Internet</h2> <p>Quick, simple, and perhaps the most popular way of ordering pizza these days &mdash; online ordering was a big deal when it was first introduced. It's easy to see why most people prefer it, too, as the interactive process of building the order is fun, and there's a lower risk of error to your order when there's a computerized paper trail.</p> <h2>3. Smartphone or Tablet App</h2> <p>With the rise of smartphones and tablets in the late aughts, it only made sense that ordering pizza would progress from your desktop to your handheld device. The big chains &mdash;&nbsp;Papa John's, Pizza Hut, and Domino's &mdash;&nbsp;were the first to launch their own apps, but even smaller, local joints are now able to get in on the action by developing apps at reasonable prices. An even further development of ordering by smartphone is being able to speak your order into the device instead of tapping and choosing items with your fingers; the Domino's app currently features this technology.</p> <h2>4. Text</h2> <p>Domino's &mdash; which was losing battle after battle in the Pizza War just a few years ago &mdash; is back and arguably better than ever. Aside from its revamped menu featuring fresher ingredients and more choices, the chain founded in 1960 is a pioneer in modern pizza ordering. For instance, you can now send a pizza emoji &mdash; yep, that little pizza-slice icon &mdash; via text to DPIZZA (374992) if you have &quot;Easy Order&quot; set up in your Domino's app account. In 30 minutes or so, your go-to pie will arrive at your door.</p> <h2>5. Smart Watch</h2> <p>If you own an Android Wear, Pebble Smartwatch, or Apple Watch, you can &quot;<a href="http://9to5mac.com/2016/02/17/dominos-pizza-apple-watch-ordering/">Easy Order</a>&quot; your pizza from Domino's. Just open the app on your watch and hit submit. You can also plan ahead with an option that allows you to schedule a future <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-actually-enjoy-leftover-pizza">pizza delivery</a> for your Netflix and chill.</p> <h2>6. Smart Car</h2> <p>If you're a Ford vehicle owner, you can order pizza on your way home by opening the Domino's app using Ford SYNC AppLink &mdash; if your vehicle is equipped with the technology &mdash; and saying, &quot;Place My Easy Order.&quot; It's totally safe and hands-free.</p> <h2>7. Smart Table</h2> <p>Smart, touch-enabled tables have been creating buzz for many years now, but Pizza Hut is on the forefront of bringing the technology to real-life situations, like ordering pizza toppings in its restaurants. It started testing the tables, which allow you to <a href="http://www.cnet.com/news/pizza-hut-table-lets-you-touch-screen-your-toppings/">build your own pizza</a>, in concept stage in 2014, but there's no sign that a table has been instituted in one its stores thus far... though it can't be far off.</p> <h2>8. Smart TV</h2> <p>Samsung Smart TVs with the Domino's app (can we give Domino's a hand for <em>totally owning</em> most of the modern ways to order pizza?) lets you reorder one of your past orders, place your Easy Order, or track your delivery all without having to leave the show you're watching; a bar will pop up on the bottom of the screen so you can multitask.</p> <h2>9. Eye Motion</h2> <p>Like the smart-table-ordering concept from Pizza Hut, ordering pizza using only your eyes, which is a product of Pizza Hut, is not yet a reality, but it's actively being tested. Essentially, you'll use a tablet powered by Tobii, makers of an eye-tracking technology, that will follow your eyes to help you choose the toppings you'd like. Seems a little unnecessary as tapping the selection is just a fast, but if you're, like, a serious germaphobe, I suppose this solves at least one problem.</p> <h2>10. Twitter</h2> <p>Similar to texting your pizza emoji to Domino's, the restaurant also accepts orders via Twitter. Simply tweet #EasyOrder or the pizza emoji to @Dominos and prepare to dig in.</p> <h2>11. Amazon Prime Now</h2> <p>If you're a member of Amazon Prime Now &mdash; an extension of the subscription-based Amazon Prime &mdash; you can order pizza through the service from participating vendors. This is currently local shops in your area, and not just major chain brands in participating cities. You can find out if the service is available to you by <a href="http://www.amazon.com/b/ref=pn_surl_lp/?node=10481056011">entering your zip code</a> on the Amazon Prime Now homepage.</p> <h2>12. Amazon Echo</h2> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/2fxDQUe57-k" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>If you've seen the commercial featuring a hungover Alec Baldwin ordering new socks from bed, you've seen the Amazon Echo. Domino's &mdash; because who else? &mdash; has partnered with the new device to make voice ordering a breeze. With the Domino's Skill for the Echo, you can tell it reorder your most recent order, send your Easy Order, or track your order from across the room. Just speak and you shall receive.</p> <p><em>Have you tried any of these crazy new ways to order pizza? Which one is your favorite?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/all-the-modern-ways-you-can-order-pizza">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/turn-old-clothes-into-money-with-these-4-tools-and-apps">Turn Old Clothes Into Money With These 4 Tools and Apps</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-5-credit-cards-for-groceries">The 5 Best Credit Cards for Groceries</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-10-coolest-things-that-come-in-a-can">The 10 Coolest Things That Come in a Can</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-apps-that-actually-pay-you-to-shop">8 Apps That Actually Pay You to Shop</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/breaking-the-bread-code-how-to-get-the-freshest-loaf">Breaking the Bread Code: How to Get the Freshest Loaf</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Shopping apps delivery emojis modern technology order pizza pizza pizza delivery technology Fri, 18 Mar 2016 10:00:13 +0000 Mikey Rox 1675100 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Waterproof Laptop Cases http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-waterproof-laptop-cases <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-waterproof-laptop-cases" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/waterproof_laptop_000008856979.jpg" alt="Man using waterproof laptop case in water" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Once you have found and purchased the perfect laptop or tablet, it&rsquo;s important to keep it well protected at all times so that you can get the most from your investment. With the right case, you can protect your case in both wet and dry environments. When you are carrying something as valuable as your laptop, having the added waterproof protection can save you in unlikely storms or exposure to moisture.</p> <p>As is the case with a non-waterproof case, look for a quality item with sturdy fabric and hardware, a comfortable fit, adequate protection for your computer, and a tight seal to keep moisture away. You will want to find a case that fits your specific laptop size so that your computer can fit snugly in the case, without being too tight or flopping around.</p> <h2>What Is a Waterproof Laptop Case?</h2> <p>Whether you&rsquo;re planning a trip to the mountains, walk to work in the rain, or just want to give your laptop extra water-resistant protection, a waterproof laptop case is a great investment to make.</p> <p>A waterproof laptop case can protect your electronics from moisture, conveniently transport your computer, and store your laptop when you aren&rsquo;t using it. It&rsquo;s the perfect solution when you are traveling, dealing with rainy weather, or just want to store and protect your computer from bumps. If you don&rsquo;t want to have to buy another laptop again anytime soon, getting the right laptop case is the first step.</p> <h2>Top 5 Waterproof Laptop Cases</h2> <h3>Aqua-Quest Waterproof Laptop Macbook Pro Air PC Case with Padded Sleeve</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007I9BKD2/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B007I9BKD2&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=BEMJH56C7ZZGQKUH"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/aqua%20quest.jpg" width="250" height="212" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007I9BKD2/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B007I9BKD2&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=BEMJH56C7ZZGQKUH">Aqua-Quest Waterproof Laptop Case with Padded Sleeve</a> is one of the most highly rated waterproof laptop cases by customers on Amazon and independent review sites alike. Aqua-Quest is a trusted name in waterproof items and offers products that are designed to keep your items safe and dry. This case is 100% waterproof, extremely durable, and abrasion resistant, so you can take it on any adventures.</p> <p>There is also a padded sleeve insert for added impact protection. The exterior has a water repelling surface as the first line of defense. Take comfort in the watertight closure featuring a double zip-lock seal and additional velcro flap, which still allows you to easily get the bag open when you need to.</p> <p>For everyday use, you can easily close the bag and access your items with the full width velcro flap across the top. When you are around water or in extreme weather conditions, you can use the double zip lock seal, which will protect your computer even under quick temporary submersion. There are reflective tabs and logos for visibility and it comes in red or black and is available in 13&quot;, 15&quot; &amp; 17&quot; sizes. This quality case is perfect when you are traveling or around moisture. You can also use the multi-purpose dry bag for important documents, or other valuable items that you need to keep safe.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007I9BKD2/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B007I9BKD2&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=BEMJH56C7ZZGQKUH"><em>Currently $29.00 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Everki Titan Checkpoint Friendly Laptop Backpack</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005LMWP78/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B005LMWP78&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=RVORC2VWYSNAGUIJ"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/everki%20titan.jpg" width="202" height="250" align="right" alt="" /></a>As the top rated item in Amazon&rsquo;s laptop and netbook computer bags and cases, the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005LMWP78/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B005LMWP78&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=RVORC2VWYSNAGUIJ">Everki Titan Checkpoint Friendly Laptop Backpack</a> is the perfect bag for traveling. In fact, it is even checkpoint friendly and quickly opens up 180 degrees so you can get through airport security checkpoints without having to remove your device. It has all the features and accents you could ever want in a backpack, laptop case, and travel bag, all wrapped up into one. The bag is constructed of quality materials and a water-resistant weather cover to protect against dust, rain, or snow.</p> <p>The 5-point balance strap system and fully adjustable chest strap evenly distributes weight for safer, more comfortable carrying, even with a full load. There is also soft padding on the shoulder straps and deep airflow channels to improve circulation. With this bag, you can transport your laptop, electronics, and any other travel essentials you need. The spacious main storage area has large, zippered pockets, dividers, and a front compartment with plenty of storage slots. There is an ultra-soft padded laptop compartment for up to 18.4&quot; laptops, a soft fine-felt lined tablet pocket, a felt-lined top access pocket for small gadgets, and a surplus of pockets to help you organize your items.</p> <p>This also includes a separate accessories pouch for your wires, pens, and other essential accessories. This is also backed by a Limited Lifetime Warranty for your added peace of mind. This has overwhelmingly positive reviews online, as well as top mentions by independent review sites.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005LMWP78/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B005LMWP78&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=RVORC2VWYSNAGUIJ"><em>Currently $159.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Kamor&reg; Water-Resistant Neoprene Laptop Sleeve Case Bag</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00H4OWPF8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00H4OWPF8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=OLB5FSGR6SCHBBAC"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/kamor.jpg" width="250" height="155" align="right" alt="" /></a>As one of the top rated waterproof laptop cases on Amazon, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00H4OWPF8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00H4OWPF8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=OLB5FSGR6SCHBBAC">Kamor Water-Resistant Neoprene Laptop Sleeve</a> comes in 11.6&rdquo;, 13.3&rdquo;, and 15.6&rdquo; options. It is also available in a number of different colors to best suit your style. It offers a snug fit for laptops and tablets up to 15.6&rdquo;. The case is made of quality materials, sturdy hardware, strong stitching, and a thick plastic zipper. The water-resistant neoprene material offers a lightweight design and superior protection from dust, shocks, bumps, scrapes, scratches, and spills.</p> <p>The slim-line design allows the case to be carried comfortably, or it can be fit in your favorite bag. The affordable case is also backed by a 12 month warranty for your added peace of mind.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00H4OWPF8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00H4OWPF8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=OLB5FSGR6SCHBBAC"><em>Currently $14.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Case Logic RBP-117 17.3-Inch MacBook Pro/Laptop Backpack with iPad/Tablet Pocket</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0055YB5IC/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B0055YB5IC&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=3RHCIR3N5C5OBWKV"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/case%20logic.jpg" width="193" height="250" align="right" alt="" /></a>As one of the top rated waterproof laptop cases on Amazon, the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0055YB5IC/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B0055YB5IC&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=3RHCIR3N5C5OBWKV">Case Logic RBP-117 17.3-Inch Laptop Backpack with Tablet Pocket</a> was declared one of the top waterproof laptop cases by eBay. You&rsquo;ll enjoy full electronics capacity with integrated pockets for both a 17.3&rdquo; laptop and a tablet. The durable, water-resistant materials protect this backpack from daily wear and tear, as well as moisture and unexpected weather conditions.</p> <p>The backpack consists of sturdy nylon and high density twill, and is treated with an elastic-polyurethane. Thick foam padding covers the straps, to protect pressure points in the shoulder blades and lumbar area for ultimate comfort, and the multi-functional compression straps keep the backpack comfortable. The pockets are lined with soft, quiet polyester so you can easily get your items in and out of the bag without bothering the person next to you.</p> <p>Designed to load easily into overhead bins and small spaces, with a tapered streamlined body plus top and bottom grab handles, this is ideal for traveling. You&rsquo;ll find plenty of compartments, pockets, and storage options to perfectly separate your must-have items. And with so many compartments, you should have no problem storing everything you need for your trip. You can even store your sunglasses, phone, or plane ticket in the top-loading pocket for instant access.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0055YB5IC/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B0055YB5IC&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=3RHCIR3N5C5OBWKV"><em>Currently $68.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>CHLOROZ Neoprene Easy-Fit Smart Sleeve</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00R7UWO78/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00R7UWO78&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=K4SXUAQ6KDEHVHNJ"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/chloroz.jpg" width="154" height="250" align="right" alt="" /></a>As one of the top rated waterproof laptop cases on Amazon, the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00R7UWO78/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00R7UWO78&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=K4SXUAQ6KDEHVHNJ">CHLOROZ Neoprene Easy-Fit Smart Sleeve</a> is roomy enough to fit your essentials, but will snugly protect any laptop up to 15.6&rdquo; from bumps, debris, or damage with thick cushioning. There is also a top-loading zipper, so you can easily retrieve your laptop. The case is built to last, made of quality materials, thick stitching, and plastic zippers.</p> <p>While it&rsquo;s very cushioned and soft, it&rsquo;s also lightweight, making it perfect for daily use. The sleek, simple black design will fit any style and because the case is so slim, it can be carried on its own, or stored in your bag. The sleeve is also backed by a lifetime guarantee for your added peace of mind.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00R7UWO78/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00R7UWO78&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=K4SXUAQ6KDEHVHNJ"><em>Currently $16.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best waterproof laptop cases. As always, be sure to check <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar">Wise Bread's Buying Calendar</a> to learn when and how to buy just about anything!</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-cannon">Andrea Cannon</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-waterproof-laptop-cases">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-laptop-cases">The 5 Best Laptop Cases</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-men-s-running-shoes">The 5 Best Men’s Running Shoes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-9-volt-batteries">The 5 Best 9 Volt Batteries</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-solar-power-banks">The 5 Best Solar Power Banks</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-gel-nail-polishes">The 5 Best Gel Nail Polishes</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping Style Technology laptop case laptops product reviews technology waterproof laptop case Wed, 03 Jun 2015 09:00:11 +0000 Andrea Cannon 1432256 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Smart Storage Solutions for Your TV Room http://www.wisebread.com/10-smart-storage-solutions-for-your-tv-room <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-smart-storage-solutions-for-your-tv-room" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000020530150_Large.jpg" alt="man woman tv couch" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Need a media room makeover? I certainly do. There's a lot of stuff that goes into entertainment, even for those of us who like to keep life more minimal. So check out these amazingly easy ways to get your space organized in a flash so you can enjoy more movies, tunes, and fun. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-rid-of-your-old-electronics?ref=seealso">How to Get Rid of Your Old Electronics</a>)</p> <h2>1. Fake Built-Ins</h2> <p>You don't need carpentry skills to enjoy the look and function of built-ins. This <a href="http://iheartorganizing.blogspot.com/2011/03/built-in-beauty.html">organization blogger</a> collected five <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00PIXVT9A/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00PIXVT9A&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=YK5YA3KVGEN6MHEZ">Ikea Billy bookcases</a> and assembled them together using wood and moulding for a finishing touch. She then painted them and accented the faces with patterned wallpaper. So much storage!</p> <h2>2. Stacked Shelving</h2> <p>If you have lots of media items, like CDs, DVDs, and games, consider stacking them high with a system of simple shelving. A floor-to-ceiling installation can be both practical and eye-catching. You can find basic shelving at your local hardware store along with all the brackets you need to fasten it to the wall. If you cannot find the studs, use screws with anchors for staying power.</p> <h2>3. Disc Jockey</h2> <p>I used to work in libraries, so I'm all about this streamlined approach to disc storage. Take all your CDs and DVDs out of their plastic boxes and slip them into <a href="http://www.hisugarplumsblog.com/2013/09/organized-mountain-of-dvds-cds.html">slim paper sleeves</a>. Arrange in a cute bin alphabetically by creating clearly marked dividers.</p> <h2>4. Cord Wrangler</h2> <p>I don't know about you, but we have a gazillion cords laying on the ground in our entertainment room. Get them in line by using <a href="http://www.amazon.com/s/?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;field-keywords=cable%20organizer&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;url=search-alias%3Daps&amp;linkId=L7XDK7D5S5KNNFYQ">cable organizers</a> installed on the back of your TV stand. Though <a href="http://www.ikeahackers.net/2012/12/ocd-friendly-expedit-tv-bench.html">this project</a> is specific to the Ikea Expedit and Signum organizers, the same concept applies to any other piece of furniture your television lives on. Attach to the back and get your cords in line.</p> <h2>5. Thing Organizer</h2> <p>There are lots of, well, things that go along with TVs, DVD players, game stations, streaming devices, sound systems, and more. Tame all the extras &mdash; cords, chargers, etc. &mdash; in file or media boxes. You'll <a href="http://iheartorganizing.blogspot.com/2012/03/you-asked-organizing-cords.html">cut out cardboard dividers</a> to create nooks to place all your stuff inside. Don't forget to wrap the cords using ties to keep them from getting tangled.</p> <h2>6. DIY Ottoman</h2> <p>For small rooms, a DIY ottoman is&nbsp;genius. I'd love to make one to store my child's toys or even my workout equipment (weights, bands, rollers, etc.) for all those exercise DVDs I do at home. All you need is a galvanized metal tub to start. Then you'll cut out a circular top out of wood and upholster with foam and fabric. You can choose to add swivel casters or not. The finished ottoman can double as a coffee table or seating in a pinch.</p> <h2>7. Hidden Storage</h2> <p>Not everything we store in our entertainment rooms is beautiful or display-worthy. Try hiding extra cords, remote controls, and other equipment with a couple <a href="http://www.bhg.com/rooms/living-room/room-arranging/multipurpose-living-room/#page=7">tension rods and short curtains</a>. Finding the exact size you need at the store might be difficult, so try making your own curtains out of fabric and iron-on hemming tape. Just cut to size, fold over edges, and leave room for the rod before heating.</p> <h2>8. Speaker Solution</h2> <p>Clunky speakers cramping your style? My husband and I are continually arguing about the best way to have surround sound without all the bulk and eyesores. A great idea is to slip them under a skirted table. That way, he gets his subwoofer and I get my tidy room.</p> <h2>9. Record Station</h2> <p>We have an impressive collection of vinyl that needs a place to live. This <a href="http://www.abeautifulmess.com/2011/09/diy-industrial-record-cabinet.html">DIY record cabinet</a> looks easy to assemble and has distinct industrial flair. Beyond that specific project, I like the general idea of using old crates &mdash; metal or wooden &mdash; as storage for records. If you can find several sturdy crates, you could stack them atop one another for a quick record shelf wherever you need one.</p> <h2>10. Television Cabinet</h2> <p>Pottery Barn has some amazing cabinets that hang over your television to hide it away in style. The problem is that they cost over $450 to purchase, depending on your TV size. Try making your own cabinet using <a href="http://www.soyouthinkyourecrafty.com/wall-mounted-tv-case-tutorial/">frames and a pallet</a>. You'll construct a box on the wall before mounting your TV and putting the frames on hinges to open and close.</p> <p><em>How do you keep your media room tidy?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-smart-storage-solutions-for-your-tv-room">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-reasons-why-you-should-get-a-3d-printer">8 Reasons Why You Should Get a 3D Printer</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-old-school-tools-to-help-you-stay-on-budget">6 Old School Tools to Help You Stay on Budget</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mr-cheap-stuff-who-do-you-think-you-are">Mr. Cheap Stuff: Who do you think you are?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/miracle-device-coin-rolls-all-your-credit-cards-into-one">Miracle Device Coin Rolls All Your Credit Cards Into One</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-clear-out-financial-clutter">How to Clear Out Financial Clutter</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Organization entertainment gadgets media technology Thu, 19 Feb 2015 12:00:07 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1299968 at http://www.wisebread.com 7 Great Jobs That Won't Be Lost to Technology http://www.wisebread.com/7-great-jobs-that-wont-be-lost-to-technology <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-great-jobs-that-wont-be-lost-to-technology" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/Dollarphotoclub_78455688.jpg" alt="woman teacher classroom" title="woman teacher classroom" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Technology has been changing the way we work since the start of time. And you know what? We're still here &mdash; and still working. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/robots-will-take-over-these-5-jobs-soon-is-one-of-them-yours?ref=seealso">Robots Will Take These 5 Jobs Soon &mdash; Is One of Them Yours?</a>)</p> <p>If you're worried that robot workers will replace humans entirely someday, relax. These seven jobs that are here to stay.</p> <h2>1. Educator</h2> <p>Sure, technology has played a huge role in transforming the field of education. Self-directed, online learning is now available to just about anyone anywhere who has the interest and an internet connection. What <em>hasn't</em> changed is that people are still needed to put together curriculums sensitive to changing student needs, provide individualized tutoring and support, and challenge students to think critically about the material.</p> <h2>2. Coaches and Athletic Trainers</h2> <p>A 2013 study by Benedikt Frey and Michael Osborne called The Future of Employment lists athletic trainers as one of the career paths least likely to be&nbsp;<a href="http://www.oxfordmartin.ox.ac.uk/downloads/academic/The_Future_of_Employment.pdf">impacted by technology</a>. Why? Because no matter how realistic your Wii, engaging in competitive sports or fitness requires a more human approach to help motivate and maximize your progress.</p> <h2>3. Editors</h2> <p>Sure, the Associated Press and other major publications may be experimenting with computer-written news &mdash; but while churning out simple, formulaic stories might become robot's work soon, editing lengthy features, opinion pieces, or books <em>won't</em>. That's because editing isn't just about replacing misplaced commas &mdash; it's also about making writing flow more smoothly and read more enjoyably. Can you imagine a robo-editor trying to improve Shakespeare or Voltaire?</p> <h2>4. Therapists and Clergy</h2> <p>Those who help us heal our minds and bodies and guide our spiritual lives play a special and irreplaceable part in society. Therapists and clergy members provide compassionate, caring, and thoughtful help which cannot be adequately replicated by machines. Like anything requiring real kindness, wisdom, and generosity, these jobs are unlikely to be replaced by technology; unsurprisingly, The Future of Employment study cites these professions as particularly safe from robo-replacements.</p> <h2>5. Chef</h2> <p>George Jetson may have popped a few highly nutritious pills and called it a meal, but we are far from that scenario. Though technology is improving agriculture, food preparation methods, and impacting the cost and quality of food everywhere, the human touch is still what makes a gourmet meal truly special. Culinary ingenuity and a creative palate can't be supplanted by technology. With that reality firmly in place, chefs will always be needed.</p> <h2>6. Health Care Professionals</h2> <p>People are living longer thanks to modern medicine. People are also developing increasingly complex diseases and disorders as a result of living longer. These two facts are driving the need for doctors, nurses, and medical technicians. And if you think this idea goes away with the Baby Boomers, think again. Millennials are set to <a href="http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2015/01/16/this-year-millennials-will-overtake-baby-boomers/">surpass the Baby Boomers</a> in number this year, and the <a href="http://www.nerdwallet.com/blog/investing/2013/73-retirement-norm-millennials/">average life expectancy of Millennials</a> is 84. With numbers and life expectancy on the rise, health care professionals will be highly sought after by everyone.</p> <h2>7. Actors and Artists</h2> <p>The Frey and Osborne study also showed a low likelihood that jobs for actors and other creative professionals would be outsourced to technology. After all, robots just aren't quite as convincing as Brad Pitt or Angelina Jolie at feigning emotion (and they don't look as good on screen, either). Individuals in the creative professions are largely shielded from technological outsourcing because creativity is, in essence, the very last frontier of technology. And we will probably always want humans &mdash; not machines &mdash; acting out our human dreams and fears.</p> <p>The bottom line is that human ingenuity never goes out of style and will never become obsolete. The human brain, and its creative capacity, isn't even fully understood &mdash; much less in danger of irrelevance. It is this very creative capacity that makes us human, and that creates the security that not everything can be better done by robots.</p> <p><em>Any other jobs safe from robots? What about yours?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/christa-avampato">Christa Avampato</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-great-jobs-that-wont-be-lost-to-technology">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/robots-will-take-over-these-5-jobs-soon-is-one-of-them-yours">Robots Will Take Over These 5 Jobs Soon — Is One of Them Yours?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/turn-old-clothes-into-money-with-these-4-tools-and-apps">Turn Old Clothes Into Money With These 4 Tools and Apps</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-money-moves-to-make-the-moment-you-get-a-promotion">8 Money Moves to Make the Moment You Get a Promotion</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-to-ease-into-a-day-job-after-freelancing">5 Ways to Ease Into a Day Job After Freelancing</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-times-you-should-never-feel-guilty-at-work">8 Times You Should Never Feel Guilty at Work</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career and Income automation job security progress robots technology Wed, 11 Feb 2015 10:31:13 +0000 Christa Avampato 1285782 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Silly Internet Mistakes You Need to Stop Making Today http://www.wisebread.com/10-silly-internet-mistakes-you-need-to-stop-making-today <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-silly-internet-mistakes-you-need-to-stop-making-today" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman-browsing-internet-tablet-Dollarphotoclub_72732966.jpg" alt="woman browsing tablet" title="woman browsing tablet" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The Internet is a wonderful thing:</p> <ul> <li>It allows you to videochat with grandma in real time.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>It gives you free access to the <a href="http://archive.org/details/library_of_congress">Library of Congress</a>.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>It empowers you to do financial transactions without visiting the bank.</li> </ul> <p>However, it can also make you spend three hours watching <a href="http://www.lolcats.com">LOLCats</a>. Make smart use of your web access and avoid these 10 little Internet mistakes.</p> <h2>1. Taking Notes on Your Computer</h2> <p>All computer makers are trying to convince us that their products are the &quot;next big thing.&quot; However, pen and paper still beat any digital device at <a href="http://www.psychologicalscience.org/index.php/news/releases/take-notes-by-hand-for-better-long-term-comprehension.html">taking notes for better long-term comprehension</a>.</p> <p>Studies show that when people take notes on laptops, they tend to <a href="http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2014/05/to-remember-a-lecture-better-take-notes-by-hand/361478/">transcribe what they're hearing without thinking about the actual content</a>. Note takers that write longhand are better at remembering the content because they have to process the content.</p> <p>This doesn't mean that you have to give up on all digital devices. You can get the best of both worlds by using a tablet that allows you to write longhand and keep a digital copy of your notes.</p> <h2>2. Reading Too Much Email</h2> <p>Email is a major time thief. It steals around <a href="http://www.mckinsey.com/insights/high_tech_telecoms_internet/the_social_economy">13 hours from your week</a> every week. If you were to gain back just five hours out of those 13 spent on checking email and allocate them to every workday, you would be able to accomplish more every workday.</p> <p>Try one or more of these tricks to reduce your time spent on email.</p> <ul> <li>Gmail users, install the <a href="http://inboxpause.com/">Inbox Pause plugin</a> to pause new emails arriving to your inbox and avoid distractions.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Reduce the number of times you check email a day and use <a href="http://fourhourworkweek.com/2007/03/22/how-to-check-e-mail-twice-a-day-or-once-every-10-days/">smart autoresponders to ask people to accept your policy</a>.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Avoid setting up meeting times over email. How many &quot;Re:re:re:re:fw:re:fw:re: Meeting time&quot; emails do you answer per day? Pick up the phone or walk over to your co-worker's cubicle, and get it done.</li> </ul> <h2>3. Not Keeping a List of Action Items</h2> <p>Don't be like <a href="http://youtu.be/yvbsJ8brtN4">Alice in Wonderland</a>: If you don't know where are you are going, it doesn't really matter which way you go. And that's how you end up stuck in Twitter, Instagram, or Words with Friends all day. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-time-saving-hacks-from-the-worlds-busiest-people?ref=seealso">11 Time Saving Hacks From the World's Busiest People)</a></p> <p>You need to be aware of what needs to get done <em>today</em>. The most productive people in the world, including Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and celebrity chef Bobby Flay, map out what they want to accomplish every day. This list forces you to focus and get stuff done.</p> <p>Keep your list in front of you throughout the day and you'll keep those Internet distractions in check.</p> <h2>4. Spending Too Much Time Online</h2> <p>Go out and play. Why?</p> <ul> <li>Turns out that <a href="http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/what-internet-habits-say-about-mental-health/">using the Internet in excess</a> is related to having depressive tendencies. <br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Quickly switching between websites <em>decreases</em> your ability to experience emotions as you get used to chasing instant gratification.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Too much online chatting and emailing decreases your ability to pick up on verbal and body cues in real life conversations.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Rely too much on Google and you'll develop <a href="http://www.edudemic.com/google-memory/">decreased memory capabilities</a>.</li> </ul> <p>Take the time to unplug. Your body, mind, and social life will thank you.</p> <h2>5. Following an Ex Online</h2> <p>Let. It. Go.</p> <p>There's a good reason why you broke up with that person, even if you may have forgotten it! Social media provide us an &quot;opportunity&quot; to keep tabs on our exes, but there's nothing good that will come out of it.</p> <p>A study reveals that <a href="http://online.liebertpub.com/doi/abs/10.1089/cyber.2012.0125">Facebook-stalking your ex</a> leads to a variety of negative feelings, sexual desire, longing for your ex, and lower personal growth. The more that you check on your old flame online, the harder it is for your to move on.</p> <h2>6. Replacing Your Doctor With WebMD</h2> <p>Medical sites, such as WebMD.com and MDAdvice.com, are great for gathering information. However, those sites shouldn't replace your doctor.</p> <p><a href="http://jscms.jrn.columbia.edu/cns/2007-03-13/tracy-medicalparanoia.html">Doctors across the country</a> report that their patients are arriving at false diagnoses based on those sites and often taking the wrong course of action. Remember that the Internet is a tool and, as such, it can't make up for years and years of study and professional experience.</p> <p>It is okay to use medical advice sites as research tools &mdash; it's not ok to use those sites to self-diagnose. False diagnoses create unnecessary anxiety and may cause physical harm to your loved ones or yourself. Seek the advice of a certified health professional.</p> <h2>7. Making Private Information Public</h2> <p>If anybody can find online&hellip;</p> <ul> <li>Your birth date;</li> <li>The name of your first pet;</li> <li>The name of the street of your first home;</li> <li>Your mother's maiden name; or</li> <li>The make and model of your first car&hellip;</li> </ul> <p>&hellip;then you're increasing the chances of somebody hacking your online accounts.</p> <p>Software giant Microsoft found that strangers have a 13% chance of <a href="http://research.microsoft.com/pubs/79594/oakland09.pdf">guessing the answers to security questions</a> within five attempts. The more information about yourself that you make available online, the greater the chance strangers (not just rocket-scientist hackers!) will get a hold of your online accounts.</p> <h2>8. Using the Same Password for Everything</h2> <p>Up to <a href="https://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2013/04/23/users-same-password-most-websites/">55% of Internet users the same password</a> for their most visited websites.</p> <p>The password to your Instagram account can't be the same as the one for your online banking. One leads to your pictures, the other one to your money. Your life savings deserve better protection than &quot;password123.&quot; It seems like common sense, but, unfortunately, the <a href="http://www.cbsnews.com/news/the-25-most-common-passwords-of-2013/">top three passwords of 2013</a> were &quot;123456,&quot; &quot;password,&quot; and &quot;12345678.&quot;</p> <p>Create strong passwords by using at least eight characters, including numbers, applying CamelCase, and avoiding full words. Also, update your passwords on a regular basis.</p> <h2>9. Posting Inappropriate Things on Social Media</h2> <ul> <li>A <a href="http://www.nbcnews.com/id/29796962/ns/technology_and_science-tech_and_gadgets/">job applicant lost a big job opportunity because of a dumb tweet</a>.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>A <a href="http://www.georgianewsday.com/news/61845-teacher-ashley-payne-fired-for-posting-picture-of-herself-holding-beer-on-facebook.html">high school teacher was fired</a> for posting pics showing alcohol consumption on Facebook.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>An university professor was fired due to some <a href="http://www.businessinsider.com/lara-logan-attacked-nir-rosen-twitter-2011-2">outlandish remarks on Twitter</a>.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>A nurse was fired from a hospital for posting an <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/Health/video/nurse-fired-instagram-post-24464137">ER photo on Instagram</a>.</li> </ul> <p>Think twice before you post anything on social media, it may cost you your job. Make sure to check your employer's policies on use of social media, even during non-work hours.</p> <h2>10. Not Updating Settings for In-App Purchases</h2> <p>Free is not always free. Some free apps may cost more than you think.</p> <ul> <li>A 15-year old boy spent <a href="http://www.ign.com/articles/2014/10/03/boy-spends-over-46000-in-free-to-play-game">over $46,000 in app-purchases in a game</a>.</li> <li>A 5-year old boy spent <a href="http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1550535">$2,550 in the game Zombies vs Ninja</a>.</li> <li>A free virtual game in the Amazon Appstore had <a href="http://www.pcworld.com/article/2452920/amazon-allowed-kids-to-spend-millions-on-inapp-purchases-ftc-says.html">one-time in-app purchases of up to $99.99</a>.</li> </ul> <p>There are so many in-app purchases out there that in 2014 Apple agreed to settle with the FTC charges for kid's in-app purchases without parental consent by paying a <a href="http://www.ftc.gov/news-events/press-releases/2014/01/apple-inc-will-provide-full-consumer-refunds-least-325-million">minimum of $32.5 million</a> to those affected.</p> <p>Prevent any unintentional charges from your children (or yourself!) to your credit card from in-app purchases by updating these settings on your smartphone:</p> <ul> <li>Require a password for all in-app purchases;</li> <li>Create a strong password (see #8 in this list);</li> <li>Lock the screen of your phone with a password (if you have small children);</li> <li>Create a separate profile on your down device for your children (if available); and</li> <li>Educate your children about when it's ok to make in-app purchase.</li> </ul> <p><em>What are the worst Internet mistakes you've made? Share them in the comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/damian-davila">Damian Davila</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-silly-internet-mistakes-you-need-to-stop-making-today">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-improve-your-finances-using-social-media">How to Improve Your Finances Using Social Media</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-twitter-updates-that-are-making-you-look-dumb">6 Twitter Updates That Are Making You Look Dumb</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-high-paying-jobs-that-didnt-exist-10-years-ago">9 High-Paying Jobs That Didn&#039;t Exist 10 Years Ago</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-social-media-can-save-you-money">6 Ways Social Media Can Save You Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-waterproof-laptop-cases">The 5 Best Waterproof Laptop Cases</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Personal Development Technology embarrassing Internet social media technology Wed, 10 Dec 2014 12:00:08 +0000 Damian Davila 1265969 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Ways to Save on the Latest Smartphones http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-ways-to-save-on-the-latest-smartphones <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-ways-to-save-on-the-latest-smartphones" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/smartphone-cafe-494181221-small.jpg" alt="smartphone cafe" title="smartphone cafe" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some fantastic articles on ways to save on the latest smartphone, ways to save at school, and cool car hacks you should try.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.moneytalksnews.com/2014/09/08/how-to-save-on-a-new-smartphone/">7 Ways to Save on the Latest Smartphones</a> &mdash; To save on the latest smartphones, trade in your old phone and wait a few months to buy the latest model released. [Money Talks News]</p> <p><a href="http://www.bargaineering.com/articles/smarrealistic-ways-save-money-wont-ruin-college-fun.html">Smart Ways to Save Money at School Without Ruining Your College Fun &mdash; or Going Hungry</a> &mdash; Not taking more than 4 years to graduate and taking advantage of student discounts can help you save money at college. [Bargaineering]</p> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Car-Hacks-35664947">19 Insanely Cool Car Hacks You Should Try Out</a> &mdash; Did you know hanging a shoe organizer on the back of your seat in your car can help you keep your car organized? [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.kiplinger.com/article/spending/T059-C011-S001-5-reasons-you-hate-flying-and-what-to-do-about-it.html">5 Reasons You Hate Flying and What to Do About It</a> &mdash; If you hate flying because of baggage fees, opt to fly with JetBlue or Southwest. [Kiplinger]</p> <p><a href="http://www.mainstreet.com/article/the-best-and-worst-states-to-retire">The Best and Worst States to Retire</a> &mdash; Orlando is one of the best cities to retire in, as is Scottsdale. [MainStreet]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.creditsesame.com/blog/when-a-relative-steals-your-identity/">When a Relative Steals Your Identity</a> &mdash; If a relative steals your identity, request copies of your credit report to find out how much damage has been done. [Credit Sesame]</p> <p><a href="http://angelashelton.com/8-steps-to-write-your-book/">8 Steps to Write and Publish Your Book</a> &mdash; Unsure how to start writing your book? Try creating an outline that lists questions your book will answer. [Angela Shelton]</p> <p><a href="http://www.freemoneyfinance.com/2014/09/the-new-retirement-rule.html">The New Retirement Rule?</a> &mdash; What do you think of the new retirement rule that states that you should save 15% of your pay for 30 years? [Free Money Finance]</p> <p><a href="http://onecentatatime.com/when-money-is-everything-how-to-financially-prepare-for-divorce/">When Money Is Everything: How to Financially Prepare for Divorce</a> &mdash; When you are going through a divorce, find a lawyer and be prepared to divide up assets. [One Cent at a Time]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/7-ways-to-be-a-leader-in-healthy-living">7 Ways to Be a Leader in Healthy Living</a> &mdash; To be a leader in healthy living, be organized and start early. [Parenting Squad]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-ways-to-save-on-the-latest-smartphones">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-apps-that-actually-pay-you-to-shop">8 Apps That Actually Pay You to Shop</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-10-best-couponing-apps">The 10 Best Couponing Apps</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-ways-to-save-on-smartphone-costs-while-traveling">8 Ways to Save on Smartphone Costs While Traveling</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-waterproof-laptop-cases">The 5 Best Waterproof Laptop Cases</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-iphone-6-covers">The 5 Best iPhone 6 Covers</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping best money tips iPhone save smartphone smartphones technology Mon, 15 Sep 2014 19:00:04 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 1207214 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: The Technology Edition http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-the-technology-edition <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-the-technology-edition" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/office-technology-144110290-small.jpg" alt="office technology" title="office technology" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we are featuring some of the best articles from around the web about technology, ranging from apps to smartphones to green tech and more!</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.moneytalksnews.com/2014/05/05/save-thousands-by-cutting-dying-tech-from-your-life/">Save Thousands by Cutting Dying Tech from Your Life</a> &mdash; Cutting your landline and ditching cable can help you save thousands. [Money Talks News]</p> <p><a href="http://www.learnvest.com/2010/10/from-mobile-apps-to-online-storage-10-techy-ways-to-save-money/">From Mobile Apps To Online Storage: 10 Techy Ways to Save Money</a> &mdash; Using TextFree can save you money on text messages while Skype can save you money on VoIP. [Learnvest]</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Online-Organization-Tools-11281762">12 Online Tools to Organize Your Life This Month</a> &mdash; Remember the Milk and Hootsuite can help you keep your life organized. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.yourenergyblog.com/3-devices-to-make-your-home-more-energy-efficient/">3 Devices to Make Your Home More Energy Efficient</a> &mdash; If you want to make your home more energy efficient, consider adding or upgrading to a tankless water heater. [Your Energy Blog]</p> <p><a href="http://livingonthecheap.com/5-surprising-ways-smart-phone-can-save-money/">5 Surprising Ways Your Smartphone Can Save You Money</a> &mdash; Have you ever used your smartphone to help you pay your bills on time? [Living on the Cheap]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.kiplinger.com/slideshow/business/T059-S001-5-ways-technology-will-change-the-way-you-travel/">5 Ways Technology Will Change the Way You Travel</a> &mdash; Cars with wi-fi are now an option in certain brands of certain GMC, Cadillac, and Buick models. [Kiplinger]</p> <p><a href="http://www.creditsesame.com/blog/15-helpful-apps-single-lady-without/">15 Helpful Apps No Single Lady Should Be Without</a> &mdash; AroundMe and Lumosity are a couple great apps every single lady should have. [Credit Sesame]</p> <p><a href="http://www.fatwallet.com/blog/10-technologies-invented-less-than-10-years-ago-we-cant-imagine-going-without/">10 Technologies Invented Less Than 10 Years Ago We Can't Imagine Going Without</a> &mdash; Can you imagine living without podcasts or Kindles? [FatWallet.com]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/top-10-tech-safety-tips-for-parents-of-tweens-and-teens">Top 10 Tech Safety Tips for Parents of Tweens and Teens</a> &mdash; To keep your kids safe around technology, be aware of ALL the technology they are using. [Parenting Squad]</p> <p><a href="http://www.bargaineering.com/articles/done5-tips-mobile-coupons.html">5 Tips for Using Mobile Coupons</a> &mdash; When using mobile coupons, use an app that can apply multiple coupons at once. [Bargaineering]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-the-technology-edition">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-waterproof-laptop-cases">The 5 Best Waterproof Laptop Cases</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-ways-to-save-on-smartphone-costs-while-traveling">8 Ways to Save on Smartphone Costs While Traveling</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-apps-for-the-tech-challenged-traveler">7 Apps for the Tech-Challenged Traveler</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-your-computer-last-almost-forever-with-some-simple-tricks">Make Your Computer Last (Almost) Forever With Some Simple Tricks</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-buy-a-laptop-computer">How to Buy a Laptop Computer</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Technology apps best money tips cell phones computers laptops technology Mon, 21 Jul 2014 19:00:07 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 1147199 at http://www.wisebread.com Miracle Device Coin Rolls All Your Credit Cards Into One http://www.wisebread.com/miracle-device-coin-rolls-all-your-credit-cards-into-one <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/miracle-device-coin-rolls-all-your-credit-cards-into-one" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/credit-card-177134984.jpg" alt="credit cards" title="credit cards" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Having your credit cards all suddenly disappear is something people usually fear. But now it's something you can eagerly look forward to, thanks to <a href="https://onlycoin.com/">Coin</a>, a new credit-card sized wonder-device that will effectively store all of your plastic in one place.</p> <p>The device has had early adopters salivating for about a year now, but it just <a href="http://techcrunch.com/2014/01/02/coin-video-demo/">debuted at tech festival Techcrunch Disrupt</a>, making its planned late summer ship date all the more real.</p> <p>So what <em>is</em> Coin, exactly? It's the size of a credit card, it looks like a credit card, and most importantly, it swipes like a credit card. But really, it's multiple credit cards stored on an electronic gadget that lets you toggle between each, eliminating the need to carry around a bulky wallet. Much of the beauty of the gadget is in its simplicity. Uploading cards, for example, is done with by simply swiping them through an iPhone attachment and then snapping a photo of each. Once uploaded, Coin lets you toggle among cards with the push of a button, allowing you, for instance, to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-best-gas-rewards-credit-cards">pay for gas with the company card</a>, then buy groceries with your <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-best-cash-back-credit-cards">cash back card</a>, then pay for dinner with your <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-5-travel-reward-credit-cards">travel rewards card</a>.</p> <p>As with any great concentration of power (in this case, purchasing power), there's potential danger. What if you leave Coin behind, losing not only one card, but, effectively, <i>all</i> your cards? Never fear: the device uses a Bluetooth signal that syncs with your phone, meaning if the two get separated (e.g., You leave the card with the check), you'll be immediately notified.</p> <p>While first shipments are still a couple months away, Coin is accepting pre-orders now. Order now, and it may be one of the last time you actually need to dig out of one of your credit cards.</p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/w9Sx34swEG0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/joe-epstein">Joe Epstein</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/miracle-device-coin-rolls-all-your-credit-cards-into-one">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-pieces-of-credit-card-tech-that-will-blow-your-mind">6 Pieces of Credit Card Tech That Will Blow Your Mind</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/turn-old-clothes-into-money-with-these-4-tools-and-apps">Turn Old Clothes Into Money With These 4 Tools and Apps</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-use-credit-cards-to-improve-your-credit-score">How to Use Credit Cards to Improve Your Credit Score</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-waterproof-laptop-cases">The 5 Best Waterproof Laptop Cases</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/3-great-home-gadgets-that-can-save-you-real-money">3 Great Home Gadgets That Can Save You Real Money</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Credit Cards Financial News Technology credit card gadgets technology Thu, 15 May 2014 09:00:25 +0000 Joe Epstein 1138804 at http://www.wisebread.com 8 Reasons Why You Should Get a 3D Printer http://www.wisebread.com/8-reasons-why-you-should-get-a-3d-printer <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/8-reasons-why-you-should-get-a-3d-printer" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/4472045950_7b60a6bbc0_z.jpg" alt="man looking at 3d printer" title="man looking at 3d printer" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>3D printers &mdash; machines that use an additive manufacturing process to create objects using 3D designs &mdash; have been seeping out of the &quot;maker&quot; niche into the mainstream consciousness this year. They are becoming more affordable and easier to use. You can now buy a <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BFZOVGI/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00BFZOVGI&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20" target="_blank">MakerBot model for under $3,000</a> or a <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00DMRR4BG/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00DMRR4BG&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20" target="_blank">DIY RepRap kit</a> for under $1,000. Yet, home 3D printers are still mainly seen as toys for geeks young and old. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/love-your-geek-10-romantic-gifts-for-under-25">10 Frugal, Romantic Gifts for Geeks</a>)</p> <p>This is a mistake. A 3D printer can be fun, yes. But it can also save you money or help you launch a home-based business. Here are eight ways a 3D printer could pay for itself, save or make you money, and help you acquire things you might not otherwise have.</p> <h2>1. Make Instead of Buy</h2> <p>A recent study estimated that the <a href="http://www.academia.edu/4067796/Life-Cycle_Economic_Analysis_of_Distributed_Manufacturing_with_Open-Source_3-D_Printers">average household could save $300 to $2,000 every year</a> using an inexpensive 3D printer such as a RepRap to make 20 common products instead of buying them. The products listed in the study, all available as open source designs that people have created and shared with the 3D printing community, include a paper towel holder, a garlic press, a shower head, and an iPhone case.</p> <p>&quot;The results show that the RepRap is already an economically attractive investment for the average U.S. household,&quot; the Michigan Technological University study concluded.</p> <p>Even in cases where making something on your printer costs as much as buying it, how much more convenient is it &mdash; and cooler &mdash; to get the thing without leaving the house or waiting for an online delivery?</p> <h2>2. Replace Broken Parts</h2> <p>Replacement parts can be so difficult or expensive to obtain that many only slightly-broken appliances and other items get trashed instead of fixed. Not only do companies often charge a lot to send you a replacement part, sometimes the part you need is no longer available.</p> <p>Enter <a href="http://www.thingiverse.com/">Thingiverse</a>, a 3D printing site where <a href="http://lifehacker.com/5894289/replicate-broken-appliance-parts-with-a-3d-printer">users have shared nearly 3,000 plans for replacement parts</a> for everything from blenders to bike fenders to, of course, 3D printers.</p> <p>People who know how to do a little 3D modeling even create their own designs for replacement parts, or use a <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5qgiLt__Wmc">3D scanner</a> to bring the &quot;Star Trek&quot; concept of &quot;replicating&quot; to life.</p> <p><a href="http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=dd1_1370100814">Jay Leno even uses a 3D scanner and printer</a> to replicate parts for his classic cars. Of course, Jay Leno is super rich, and he uses a $3,000 scanner and a $15,000 printer to do this. Still, it's a lot cheaper and better for him to do it this way than to hire a machinist to recreate a vintage part.</p> <h2>3. Make Adaptors</h2> <p>According to the New York Times, there are <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/20/technology/personaltech/home-3-d-printers-to-make-things-you-need-or-just-like.html?pagewanted=all&amp;_r=0">plenty of plans to help you adapt Legos to other brands of blocks</a> and even to attach one brand of lens to a different camera.</p> <h2>4. Personalize</h2> <p>How about an <a href="https://www.shapeways.com/creator/thevibe">iPhone case with a visualization of your favorite sound on it</a>? A pair of shoes <a href="http://3dprintingindustry.com/2013/06/05/xyz-shoes-custom-footwear-by-earl-stewart/">made for your feet only</a>? A <a href="http://weburbanist.com/2013/07/18/handicapable-3d-printed-flexible-casts-artificial-limbs/">prosthetic limb that fits you perfectly</a>? These things are all available from commercial applications of 3D printing. You could order or commission these things now &mdash; or you could buy a 3D printer and start fooling around with personalizing stuff at home.</p> <p>&quot;Put yourself or your grandchild onto a Barbie doll.... You can buy a Barbie doll, pop the head off, and pop on a new one,&quot; said Terry Wohlers, an industry analyst. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-thoughtful-and-frugal-personalized-gift-ideas">25 Frugal, Personalized Gift Ideas</a>)</p> <h2>5. Design Things to Sell</h2> <p>Do you have a lot of ideas but not so much craftsmanship skill? 3D printing could be your doorway to a new business. For this <a href="http://www.sfgate.com/business/article/3-D-printing-a-boon-to-entrepreneurs-4065697.php">San Francisco Chronicle article</a>, I interviewed a woman who designed and sold custom 3D printed jewelry, and a man who created impossibly difficult twisty puzzles and sold them. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-awesome-money-making-hobbies">10 Money-Making Hobbies</a>)</p> <p>Actually, you don't even have to buy a 3D printer to do this &mdash; both these entrepreneurs sold their creations through <a href="http://www.shapeways.com/">Shapeways</a>, an online combination of the Etsy and CafePress concepts. Shapeways will both print your designs and help you sell them.</p> <h2>6. Invent Something</h2> <p>3D printing has also been a boon to investors. If you have ever tried to submit an idea to manufacturers or bring it to market yourself, you know that getting a prototype made using traditional techniques can cost thousands of dollars.</p> <p>&quot;A good portion of our clients are industrial designers or product design companies,&quot; said John Vegher, founder of <a href="http://www.moddler.com/">Moddler</a>, 3D printing service in San Francisco. Moddler uses a $200,000 printer to make these prototypes, but a home printer could create a good enough model to showcase many ideas or to help inventors improve their concepts before making a more expensive prototype.</p> <h2>7. Educate the Kids</h2> <p>Whether you're a teacher, a homeschooling parent or just someone with science-curious kids, a 3D printer can be a great tool for learning and exploration. A teacher in New Jersey used a 3D printer to help <a href="http://www.smartplanet.com/blog/bulletin/3d-printed-robots-teach-kids-science/23818">kids as young as 11 design and create their own robots</a>. Lots of parents have delighted their kids by <a href="http://www.wired.com/design/2013/01/crayoncreatures/">turning their artwork into toys</a>. Sadly, though, this <a href="http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/f487/">Play-Doh 3D printer</a> is just an April Fool's joke. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/frugal-ways-to-help-your-child-get-the-best-education">Frugal Ways to Educate Your Kids</a>)</p> <h2>8. Get Exactly What You Want</h2> <p>Perhaps the most exciting thing about 3D printing is that it can free you from the limitations of what has already been manufactured. With a 3D printer, you can create anything you want, within the capabilities of your printer model or the service you're using. Want to dress up as your boss for Halloween? You can <a href="http://www.caddedge.com/3d-printing-and-rapid-prototyping-news/bid/162198/3D-printing-can-create-realistic-face-masks">print a mask of her face</a>. Wish that your favorite product was just a little different? <a href="http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2012/01/why-apple-should-start-making-a-3d-printer-right-now/252184/">Change it.</a></p> <h2>Caveats</h2> <p>I know, I know. 3D printing is new. Lower-cost 3D printers have their limits. Using them requires some expertise. You're not going to reproduce your Bluetooth headset at home just yet. But when you start browsing online and see the objects people have created at home with low-end printers, and the even-more-amazing stuff people have commissioned from online services, you, too, will get excited about 3D printing.</p> <p><em>Are you ready to make the jump into 3D makerspace? What's holding you back?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/carrie-kirby">Carrie Kirby</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-reasons-why-you-should-get-a-3d-printer">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mr-cheap-stuff-who-do-you-think-you-are">Mr. Cheap Stuff: Who do you think you are?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-waterproof-laptop-cases">The 5 Best Waterproof Laptop Cases</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-places-besides-etsy-to-sell-your-handmade-goods">20 Places Besides Etsy to Sell Your Handmade Goods</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-must-have-kitchen-purchases-under-10">13 Must-Have Kitchen Purchases Under $10</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-as-seen-on-tv-kitchen-gadgets-that-are-actually-worth-the-money">6 &quot;As Seen on TV&quot; Kitchen Gadgets That Are Actually Worth the Money</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping 3d printer crafts gadgets maker technology Thu, 26 Sep 2013 10:24:04 +0000 Carrie Kirby 988398 at http://www.wisebread.com 3 Keys to Making Smart Technology Purchases http://www.wisebread.com/small-business/3-keys-to-making-smart-technology-purchases <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-label">Link:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.openforum.com/idea-hub/topics/technology/article/3-keys-to-making-smart-technology-purchases-thursday-bram" target="_blank">http://www.openforum.com/idea-hub/topics/technology/article/3-keys-to-making-sma...</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/small-business/3-keys-to-making-smart-technology-purchases" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000004469030Small.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="189" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Business runs on technology. Even if your office only needs the minimum &mdash; perhaps a computer and a printer &mdash; you still have to decide what to buy and when to replace it. Most offices have a lot more than just one computer and an accompanying printer these days, though. There are scanners, copiers, laptops, mobile phones, and a slew of industry specific gadgets that can make your business more efficient.</p> <p>As a small business owner, it's up to you to sort through the options and make sure the equipment you want and need doesn't break the budget. It can be a delicate balancing act, but, done properly, it can ensure that your business has the tools it needs to grow.</p> <p><b>What Features Are Important to You?</b></p> <p>Even if you're a one-person operation, you probably have critical technology needs. Take printers, for example. There are hundreds of different models available and they certainly are not all the same. That means taking the time to read up on what you're buying and make an informed decision. That's what Jennifer Chiongbian, of <a target="_blank" href="http://www.buyandsellmanhattan.com/">Buy and Sell Manhattan</a> did: &ldquo;I recently purchased a high end printer. It was not the cheapest, but I took into consideration the lifespan of the cartridge and cost per page. My average output for black and white and what I normally did for color. I did my number crunching as far as my usage. It would eventually be cheaper for me in the long run; especially since I had just switched companies that used to print my stuff for free.&quot;</p> <p>Exactly what factors you need to consider depends on your business and your goals. Purchase price is usually a key factor, but efficiency and quality count, too. Other factors such as the gadget's environmental footprint may be important to you, as well. Whatever those important factors are, focus on them first and foremost. Chiongbian continues, &quot;I always consider my typical usage, output and history with a product before switching brands or purchasing some office equipment that is vital to my business. I also ask myself the question, 'Do I really need it, or do I just want it to look cool?'&rdquo;</p> <p><b>Get the Information You Need</b></p> <p>Many websites, notably Amazon, feature in-depth product reviews from real customers that can help you get a better idea of the usefulness of a particular item.&nbsp;It's also easy to simply start with Google, as Lisa Kanarek of&nbsp;<a target="_blank href=" com=" _fcksavedurl=" href="http://www.workingnaked.com/">WorkingNaked.com</a>&nbsp;does. She says, &ldquo;When I'm evaluating technology purchases, I start with Google and type in the type of product I want (printer, Web cam, etc.) and then I start reading reviews from techie Web sites. I also go to the Web sites of online retailers and read the customer reviews. If something has low ratings, I move on to the next product.&rdquo;</p> <p>For larger items, it may be useful to see them in action before you make a final decision. If you know someone who uses a piece of equipment you're interested in, arrange a visit and see it in action. You'll also be able to ask about typical maintenance items and refillables and so on. If you can find a registered dealer or a local sales representative, you can often also arrange to see a demonstration.</p> <p><b>Don't Be Afraid to Spend Money for the Right Tools</b></p> <p>Last year, Brian Searl's team at&nbsp;<a target="_blank href=" com=" _fcksavedurl=" href="http://www.insiderperks.com/">Insider Perks</a>&nbsp;all got iPads. &quot;We use them to edit our website, upload files, troubleshoot, collaborate, edit video and photos and about a dozen other things. For an average price of $700 dollars each, they basically replace a desktop computer and allow our employees much more freedom.&rdquo;</p> <p>Such a purchase may seem extravagant, but Searl's philosophy is simple. &quot;How much can we get accomplished using the tech and does that make it worth the price either now or in the future. I've seen quite a few businesses shrug off more expensive purchases in favor of saving money now. Two years later they are making another purchase while we're still satisfied and have no need.&quot;</p> <p>Ultimately the decision boils down to your budget and your needs. Maybe the advanced model with extra features really is right for your business but maybe you really don't need the latest and greatest. Budgets have to be balanced with the potential improvement of your bottom line. It's never wise to spend frivously, but don't be afraid to budget big when it matters.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/thursday-bram">Thursday Bram</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/small-business/3-keys-to-making-smart-technology-purchases">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-helpful-tools-to-manage-your-small-business">6 Helpful Tools to Manage Your Small Business</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/250-tips-for-small-business-owners">250+ Tips for Small Business Owners</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-credit-cards-for-small-businesses">The 5 Best Credit Cards for Small Businesses</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-waterproof-laptop-cases">The 5 Best Waterproof Laptop Cases</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-reasons-why-you-should-get-a-3d-printer">8 Reasons Why You Should Get a 3D Printer</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Small Business Resource Center business tools office equipment purchasing equipment small business technology Fri, 25 Mar 2011 20:18:32 +0000 Thursday Bram 503058 at http://www.wisebread.com Get a Deal Every Time You Shop with These Tools http://www.wisebread.com/get-a-deal-every-time-you-shop-with-these-tools <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/get-a-deal-every-time-you-shop-with-these-tools" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/2313757755_7541199205_z_0.jpg" alt="only bargains sign" title="only bargains sign" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I have a few handy skills. Certainly not a plethora, but a handful that serve me well. And one of them is the ability to track down a bargain. Over the years I have become something of a go-to person amongst my friends and relatives. When they&rsquo;re looking to buy a product or service, they often call me first to see if I know of any deals or special offers. If they can&rsquo;t find an item, they ask me if I can. Even if something is sold out in 99% of the stores, I can usually track down that 1% that have it.</p> <p>Do I have secrets? Am I super-lucky? Not really. I have just amassed a set of tools, almost all of them online, that help me find the deals quickly and easily. And now, I&rsquo;m sharing them with you. They can be a real help when you&rsquo;re shopping for a last minute item, have a very tight budget, or just hate paying sticker price for anything. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/deep-discounts-on-schedule-the-best-days-to-shop" title=" Deep Discounts on Schedule: The Best Days to Shop">Deep Discounts on Schedule: The Best Days to Shop</a>)</p> <h3>1. Search every Craigslist at the same time</h3> <p>Craigslist revolutionized the way we all shop classified ads (as the newspaper industry quickly found out to its detriment). You post ads for free, <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-25-best-things-to-buy-on-craigslist" title="The 25 Best Things to Buy on Craigslist">search ads for free</a>, contact the seller or buyer directly and do the deal without any hassle. But most people search their local Craigslist, which limits the bargains you can find and the net you can cast when trying to track something very particular down.</p> <p>A site called <a href="http://www.allofcraigs.com/">allofcraigs.com</a> does away with the local search and puts your query out there across every Craigslist site. I recently purchased something from someone in Los Angeles. No one in my state had what I was looking for. He shipped it quickly to me and was happy to do business out of state. Not everyone is, but most just want to make the sale. Check it out, bookmark it, and use it often.</p> <p><a href="http://www.allofcraigs.com/"><img width="400" height="133" src="http://imgur.com/RPwP4.png" alt="" /></a></p> <h3>2. Search every eBay site at the same time</h3> <p>Although <a href="http://www.ebay.com/">eBay</a> has a much broader reach than your local Craigslist site, it still confines searches to the eBay in your country. But why? I have bought many, many items from the UK eBay, especially music and movies, and who knows what else is lurking out there on other eBay sites. So, why not search them all? You may find a better deal, better prices or faster shipping options.</p> <p>To search every eBay, you first need to have an eBay account. When you are logged in, go to the <strong>Advanced Search</strong> page. Enter the usual search keywords and other requirements as you normally would in a regular eBay search. But, when you scroll down to the Location field, select &quot;Items available to&quot;, then choose &quot;All Countries/Regions&quot; from the drop-down list. When you do your search, you can see items matching your search from every eBay site out there. Nice.</p> <h3>3. Find products locally that are in stock</h3> <p>During peak shopping seasons, like Christmas or Halloween, stores will quickly sell out of the items you want to buy. This happens every year with the &ldquo;must have toys&rdquo; and gadgets that people have on their wish lists. I spent months tracking down a Wii for my wife a few years ago, and this tool would have come in handy. It&rsquo;s a site called <a href="http://milo.com/">Milo.com</a>. You may have heard of it in the news recently because eBay just purchased it for a cool $75 million. Hopefully, the service remains just as good under the new management. All you do is type in the name of the item you&rsquo;re looking for and you&rsquo;ll get a list of results showing stores in your area that have it in stock! Saves a lot of calling around and emailing.</p> <p><a href="http://milo.com/"><img width="400" height="242" src="http://imgur.com/HrMmF.png" alt="" /></a></p> <h3>4. Use an auction sniper service</h3> <p>There are quite a few of these around, including <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/snipe-an-ebay-auction-save-a-fortune">Bidnip.com</a>, <a href="http://www.auctionsniper.com/">Auctionsniper.com</a>, <a href="https://www.ezsniper.com/">EZsniper.com</a> and <a href="https://www.bidnapper.com/">Bidnapper.com</a>. They all work in basically the same way, and it can save you a ton of time and money. Simply input the item number of the auction you&rsquo;d like to win, the maximum amount you&rsquo;d like to pay and, the cool part, when you&rsquo;d like your bid to post. I usually go for 3 seconds. Instead of seeing a bidding war ensue, you can sit back and get on with your life, while the service puts in a last-minute bid for you.</p> <p>Of course, this is not a guaranteed win. Sometimes, there can be communication issues and the service cannot place the bid in time. Sometimes someone else is using an auction sniper as well. And it you absolutely have to have the item, no questions asked, then relying on an auction sniper is not your best bet. But if you want to grab an item without seeing the price skyrocket over the days (or weeks) then this is for you. It also helps to avoid fake bidding, when people will actually try and inflate the price of the product they&rsquo;re selling by bidding against you as someone else.</p> <h3>5. Always do an online price comparison</h3> <p>These were all the rage a few years ago, but with the popularity of the Google Shopping tab, and some of the sites mentioned above, people don&rsquo;t often use the price comparison shoppers any more. That&rsquo;s a big mistake in my book. Sites like <a href="http://www.bizrate.com/">bizrate.com</a>, <a href="http://www.mysimon.com/">mysimon.com</a>, <a href="http://www.nextag.com/">nextag.com</a>, and <a href="http://www.pricegrabber.com/">pricegrabber.com</a> have taken a lot of the hard work out of finding great deals. Just put the item in that you want and you&rsquo;ll see who&rsquo;s selling it for less. Remember though, always do a total price comparison, quite often shipping and handling can turn a good deal into a bad one, or an average deal into a great one.</p> <h3>6. If you have the technology, compare prices in store</h3> <p>How so? Well, if you have a smart phone you can use it to your advantage. Apps like <a href="http://redlaser.com/">Redlaser</a> and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-cell-phone-app-thats-saving-me-a-smal-fortune">Shop Savvy</a> allow you to scan the barcodes of products using the built-in camera. They then search the web for that product and return the results, so that you can find the best deal. If that&rsquo;s not for you, you can always use the internet on your cell phone to do a quick product search on the sites mentioned in part 5. Several stores have computers inside the store that will enable you to search the web and compare prices. And if all else fails and you&rsquo;re still not sure, call someone who does have access to the web and won&rsquo;t mind helping you out. Remember, if in doubt, walk out.</p> <p><img width="400" height="382" src="http://imgur.com/PEmwG.png" alt="" /></p> <h3>7. If there&rsquo;s a coupon code box, there&rsquo;s usually a code out there</h3> <p>The coupon box is a double-edged sword to be honest. On the one hand, its presence means that the site accepts coupons. But that also means you an burn a lot of hours trying to find them, when there may not be any valid coupons available at the time. I usually try <a href="http://www.retailmenot.com">retailmenot.com</a> whenever I see a coupon box. There is usually a discount code on there for the site I&rsquo;m buying from. If not, I&rsquo;ll do a quick hunt online. But if I haven&rsquo;t found one after five minutes, I drop it and buy without using a coupon. I have learned the hard way, after obsessively searching for hours to find a coupon that gets me a 2% discount, that it&rsquo;s just not worth the effort if you don&rsquo;t find a coupon quite quickly. Also, remember to look for printable coupons to use when you shop in store.</p> <h3>8. Always check the daily deals sites</h3> <p>There are way too many to list here, but some of my personal favorites are <a href="http://slickdeals.net/">slickdeals</a>, <a href="http://www.buxr.com/">buxr</a>, <a href="http://www.dealhack.com/">dealhack</a>, <a href="http://dealnews.com/">dealnews</a>, <a href="http://www.freestufftimes.com/">freestufftimes</a>, and our very own <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/bestdeals/today">Wise Bread deals</a> section. Some of the deals are awesome, but stay focused. Sometimes the deals are so tempting that you buy stuff you really weren&rsquo;t looking for, and that can get expensive. Keep your eyes on the prize.</p> <p>Those are my favorites, and they work wonders for me. Do you have any tips to add to the list? Let us know.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/get-a-deal-every-time-you-shop-with-these-tools">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-7"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-social-media-can-save-you-money">6 Ways Social Media Can Save You Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-10-best-couponing-apps">The 10 Best Couponing Apps</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-waterproof-laptop-cases">The 5 Best Waterproof Laptop Cases</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sears-goes-a-little-crazy-sweaters-starting-at-99-cents">Sears goes a little crazy - sweaters starting at 99 cents!</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-one-site-you-must-visit-before-buying-anything-online-period">The one site you must visit before buying anything online. Period.</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping Technology bargain cheap coupons deal hunter online save money technology Thu, 16 Dec 2010 18:30:58 +0000 Paul Michael 395458 at http://www.wisebread.com 4 High-Tech Weapons for the War Against Germs http://www.wisebread.com/4-high-tech-weapons-for-the-war-against-germs <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/4-high-tech-weapons-for-the-war-against-germs" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/Header-Image-Germ-Warfare400.png" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="175" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Eww! It&rsquo;s germ season, and as kids go back to school and adults head into work, all kinds of illnesses are being introduced into the air around us. &nbsp;Here is a quick rundown of what technology can offer in today&rsquo;s &ldquo;germ warfare&rdquo; in a preview of the <strong><a href="http://mylifescoop.com/featured-stories/2010/09/4-high-tech-weapons-for-the-war-against-germs.html">full list on My Life Scoop</a></strong>.</p> <p><b>UV-C Light</b></p> <p>This super-popular technology can kill more than 99% of many common types of germs, bacteria, mold and allergen, sans chemicals, of course.&nbsp;The &ldquo;UV-C&rdquo; represents the same UV light that gets filtered by our Earth&rsquo;s atmosphere, with the &ldquo;c&rdquo; portion referring to the particular germ-fighting frequency of that light.&nbsp;Where can you find this type of germ-stopping tool?&nbsp;One option is in your vacuum.&nbsp;Since so many creepy crawly things live where you walk and play, it&rsquo;s no wonder that companies like Oreck have decided to incorporate UV-C into their new <a href="http://www.oreck.com/Oreck-Halo-UV-C-Vacuums">Halo vacuums</a>.&nbsp;With sobering statistics on just how many germs can live in a square inch of carpet (4x as many as a typical toilet seat, for example*), it&rsquo;s no wonder many people are willing to upgrade their standard vacuum to include the same technology that&rsquo;s used to disinfect drinking water and sterilize operating rooms.</p> <p>But what about those places you go where stashing a vacuum isn&rsquo;t practical?&nbsp;The <a href="http://www.germguardian.com/LW9-UVC-Mini-Sanitizer-Wand-Details.html">Germ Guardian Mini Wand</a> is a sanitizer that you can stash into a backpack or a drawer in your office.&nbsp;It uses the same UV technology mentioned before, and <a href="http://mylifescoop.com/featured-stories/2010/03/6-simple-ways-to-clean-up-your-pc.html">cleans computer equipment</a>, cell phones, toys, countertops, sinks, showers and toilets just by passing the light over the surface.&nbsp;It can keep odors and allergens at bay, as well!</p> <p><b>Pros:</b>&nbsp;Clean, affordable, and versatile.&nbsp;It uses no chemicals and is safe for all surfaces.</p> <p><b>Cons:</b>&nbsp;Prolonged exposure to eyes can cause irritation.</p> <p><object width="480" height="385"> <param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/AnoZ0hOPvSM?fs=1&amp;hl=en_US&amp;rel=0" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /> <param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/AnoZ0hOPvSM?fs=1&amp;hl=en_US&amp;rel=0" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="480" height="385"></embed></object></p> <p><b><br /> </b><b><br /> </b><b>Microban</b></p> <p>One of the best ways to keep germs under control is to prevent them from sticking around in the first place.&nbsp;As you venture out into your local store, you may see shopping carts with the &ldquo;<a href="http://www.microban.com/americas/english">microban</a>&rdquo; sign.&nbsp;This new kind of plastic is made from antimicrobrial components that protect products from bacteria, mold and in some cases algae that can cause stains, odors and product deterioration. It is easier to <a href="http://mylifescoop.com/featured-stories/2010/03/how-to-green-your-spring-cleaning-with-tech.html">keep your products clean</a> if they contain Microban (and as such, can be easier to disinfect!)</p> <p><b>Pros:</b>&nbsp;Microban is a passive system.&nbsp;Once you buy something with Microban in it, there is nothing you need to do!</p> <p><b>Cons:</b>&nbsp;It is not designed to kill germs on contact.&nbsp;It simply inhibits the growth of microbes within and on the surface of the product.</p> <p><i>With all the new advances in germ-fighting, it&rsquo;s safe to say that we have a better chance than ever to overcome the difficulties of keeping things clean. What are your favorite methods of kicking common bugs to the curb? &nbsp;Let us know at the </i><strong><i><a href="http://mylifescoop.com/featured-stories/2010/09/4-high-tech-weapons-for-the-war-against-germs.html">full My Life Scoop article</a>!</i></strong></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/linsey-knerl">Linsey Knerl</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-high-tech-weapons-for-the-war-against-germs">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-travel-this-holiday-season-without-getting-sick">How to Travel This Holiday Season Without Getting Sick</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-one-website-everyone-needs-to-read-apart-from-wb-of-course">The one website everyone needs to read (apart from WB of course)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/waste-not-revisiting-the-5-second-rule-and-other-kitchen-classics">Waste Not! Revisiting the 5-Second Rule and other Kitchen Classics</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-smart-scales">The 5 Best Smart Scales</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-good-eating-habits-that-are-keeping-us-fat">6 &quot;Good&quot; Eating Habits That Are Keeping Us Fat</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty germs Health safety technology Wed, 29 Sep 2010 18:52:46 +0000 Linsey Knerl 244363 at http://www.wisebread.com