buying guide http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/11655/all en-US How to Buy the Best Mattress for the Least Money http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-buy-the-best-mattress-for-the-least-money <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-buy-the-best-mattress-for-the-least-money" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman-laying-on-mattress-Dollarphotoclub_21789058.jpg" alt="woman laying on bed" title="woman laying on bed" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If a house and a car are the two most important purchases in your life, a mattress makes a solid case as the third. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/guide-to-buying-a-used-car-without-going-crazy?ref=seealso">How to Buy a Car Without Going Crazy</a>)</p> <p>Without the right knowledge, a mattress purchase can also become like the other two &mdash; very expensive. So rest easy by checking out this buyer's guide.</p> <h2>Increase Your Knowledge</h2> <p>Before any major purchase, it is important to research your options. The first step in this process is to take a visit to mattress store or manufacturer and lie down on a few different options that are available to you. Take notes on what you like and might be interested in. Visit both regional businesses as well as larger, national stores to get an idea on how prices range.</p> <p>Greg Beuerle, of <a href="http://www.purecraftedbeds.com">Pure Crafted Beds</a> recommends small, regional mattress manufacturers for the best value. Local companies &quot;can't compete on volume with the 'big boys,' so they tend to produce higher quality beds at lower price points. That $3,500 [name brand] bed might cost $1,800 from a small manufacturer and have the exact same or even higher quality components.&quot; To know this information, the research you do is going to be essential.</p> <p><a href="http://www.themattressunderground.com/">The Mattress Underground</a> is a great place to do your research, gather credible information from knowledgeable experts and ask questions before you make your purchase. Beuerle suggests any Amazon review you look for be only from &quot;verified buyers&quot; as any others can be inflated or from someone who has never slept on the mattress.</p> <h2>Know What You Are Buying</h2> <p>Before you buy a mattress, you need to know what's inside of it. Beuerle, whose family has been in the mattress business since 1946, advises:</p> <p>&quot;You need to know the density of any foam, and the gauge and quality (tempered or non-tempered) of any innerspring. The most common foams in the mattress industry is 1.0 to 1.5 pound density. Look for foam density of at least 1.8 pound, and preferably higher (density goes up to 2.4 pound for conventional foam). Density numbers for latex and memory foam are much higher (3 to 5+ pound). This is an area of great confusion because while a density of 2.4 pound for conventional foam is great, it's not-so-great for a latex or memory foam.&quot;</p> <h2>Test Out Multiple Models</h2> <p>Start with the least expensive and then work your way to the more costly models. This way you don't become attached with an expensive mattress when a cheaper one would have made you just as happy.</p> <p>Also remember, &quot;every bed feels great when they're brand new,&quot; says Beuerle. This might be especially true if you've been on your feet all day or are especially exhausted because your current mattress just isn't cutting it anymore. Therefore, look for a 30 to 90 day window for full returns, which will allow you to try out the mattress. (As a side note, you may want to buy a mattress protector if you are going to take advantage of this return policy as stains, rips, and tears are going to make your return impossible.)</p> <h2>Look for Places to Save Money</h2> <p>If you have settled on a mattress and are looking for a time or place to buy it, then now is the time to look for all the ways you can save money. Typically, mattresses go on sale during federal holidays like Memorial Day, Presidents Day, and Labor Day.</p> <p>At larger stores, the price on the mattress is not the price you should pay. Negotiate that price down as much as you can. The smaller, regional stores will more than likely not be able to negotiate the price or only by a small amount. You may also be able to negotiate a box spring, free delivery, or a mattress pad into the deal that will save you even more money.</p> <p>Buying a mattress should never be an impulse purchase. If you buy at the spur of the moment or when your back is feeling its worst, you'll find yourself spending far more money than necessary. The best way to spend the least amount of money is by doing your due diligence with research. Learn everything you can about the mattresses you are interested in, test out your favorites a couple of times, and stick to your budget.</p> <p><em>What steps did you follow to buy your mattress? Tell us about it in comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/linsey-knerl">Linsey Knerl</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-buy-the-best-mattress-for-the-least-money">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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You think you have your holiday spending under control, only to get tripped up by the stocking stuffers. This year, stay on track with some budget-friendly stocking stuffer ideas, which include everything from sensible finds to unusual goodies, all of which you can score for $10 or less.</p> <h2>1. Unique Kitchen Gadgets</h2> <p>Clever and economical small kitchen tools, such as the <a href="http://www.williams-sonoma.com/products/chef-n-strawberry-huller/?pkey=e%7Cstrawberry%2Bhuller%7C1%7Cbest%7C4294967249%7C1%7C24%7C%7C1&amp;cm_src=PRODUCTSEARCH%7C%7CCategory-_-Cooks%27%20Tools-_-NoMerchRules">strawberry huller</a>, <a href="http://www.crateandbarrel.com/gift-ideas/10-and-under/motorino-pizza-cutter/s135173">scooter pizza cutter</a>, and the <a href="http://www.surlatable.com/product/PRO-1775493/Fred+Egg+A+Matic+Chick+Boiled+Egg+Mold">Egg-A-Matic</a> boiled egg mold, make cool kitchen gifts and a nice change from the usual tools.</p> <h2>2. Team Merchandise</h2> <p>The superfan on you list will appreciate anything with a favorite team logo on it. <a href="http://fansedge.com">FansEdge</a> has a great $10 and under search tool, which includes holiday ornaments, tailgating items, accessories, and more.</p> <h2>3. Wine Out</h2> <p>Anyone who appreciates wine will also be thankful for the practical gift of wine stain remover. <a href="http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/store/product/wine-out-1-ounce-stain-remover/1012008112">Wine Out</a> now makes a small, one-ounce mister for under $5, which can be kept on hand to quickly get rid of stubborn stains.</p> <h2>4. Device Screen Cleaning Cloth</h2> <p>An essential for those with a smartphone, tablet, or other device, a microfiber screen wipe makes a very useful gift. You can even find more <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00FOM5VTE/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00FOM5VTE&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=VN4XLKQ265VEECUE">decorative cloths</a> to make the mundane task of wiping a screen slightly more enjoyable.</p> <h2>5. Mug Warmer</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/mug-warmer-Dollarphotoclub_72130315.jpg" /></p> <p>Never have a lukewarm cup of tea or coffee again when you give someone an <a href="http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/store/product/mr-coffee-mug-warmer/1017912933?mcid=PS_googlepla_nonbrand_dining_&amp;adpos=1o1&amp;creative=39230275429&amp;device=c&amp;matchtype=&amp;network=g&amp;gclid=CMrx5Iu8-8ECFcpj7AodUT4AOA">electric mug warmer</a>. It works great for the office or even for heating up a mug of soup.</p> <h2>6. Electric Screwdriver</h2> <p>A handy <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002XZLTQO/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B002XZLTQO&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=IEAZGDBF5Q6XANCT">handheld electric screwdriver</a> makes a great stocking stuffer for just about anyone. And with cordless models under $10, they won't break your wallet either.</p> <h2>7. Herb Stripper</h2> <p>For the cook that likes to buy fresh herbs, or the gardener that grows his or her own, an inexpensive <a href="http://www.gardeners.com/buy/herb-stripper-by-chef-n/8589177.html?start=5&amp;cgid=Giftsunder20_Cat&amp;srule=price-low-to-high">herb stripper</a> takes the fuss out of stripping fresh herbs to use in that next dish.</p> <h2>8. Bar Tools</h2> <p>A host of bar items under $10 can please the drink lover in the crowd. Try some fun <a href="http://www.surlatable.com/product/PRO-1378728/Zeal+Mini+Tongs">mini tongs</a> for ice cubes, a <a href="http://www.crateandbarrel.com/orb-cocktail-whisk/s180076">cocktail whisk</a>, decorative wine stoppers, or a <a href="http://www.potterybarn.com/products/mojito-bar-tools/?pkey=cdrink-accessories&amp;">mojito muddler</a>.</p> <h2>9. Sephora $10 and Under</h2> <p><a href="http://www.sephora.com/gifts-under-10">Sephora $10 and under</a> gifts, which include everything from makeup to skin care products, make great stuffers. You can also use some of the free samples you receive as additional stocking stuffers.</p> <h2>10. Coffee Clip</h2> <p>Never let your bag of coffee go stale or pour the wrong amount into your machine again with a cool <a href="http://www.cb2.com/cafe-clip/s303522">coffee clip</a> tool. Check out <a href="http://www.organizeit.com/wood-coffee-scoop-owl">wood coffee clip</a> options under $10 as well.</p> <h2>11. Foot Massager</h2> <p>For athletes or those on their feet all day, <a href="http://www.rei.com/product/872985/pro-tec-athletics-spiky-ball">a massage ball</a> can help do the trick to ease away aches and pains. Check out local sporting goods stores for a variety of cheap options.</p> <h2>12. Detangler Brush</h2> <p>Great for kids and adults, try out the <a href="http://www.thewetbrush.com">Wet Brush</a> and similar models under $10 to take the tears and pain away when combing out tangles and long hair.</p> <h2>13. Back Scratcher</h2> <p>Try a back scratcher for a fun and soothing gift. For under $5 you can find old-fashioned <a href="http://www.pier1.com/Bamboo-Backscratcher/101841,default,pd.html">bamboo scratchers</a> or even telescoping <a href="http://www.barnesandnoble.com/p/home-gift-extendable-back-scratcher-in-beechwood/28281046?ean=612615068827">extended reach models</a>.</p> <h2>14. Reusable Tote</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/grocery-tote-bag-Dollarphotoclub_46436751.jpg" /></p> <p>For the environmentally-conscious shopper, a reusable tote makes a great gift and easily rolls up to fit in a stocking. Look for options near checkout aisles at any major store, like <a href="http://www.pier1.com/on/demandware.store/Sites-pier1_us-Site/default/Search-Show?q=reusable-tote">Pier One's decorative totes</a>, or even at the supermarket, which usually run only a dollar or two.</p> <h2>15. Decorative Toothbrush</h2> <p>Kids or reluctant toothbrushers will love a decorative toothbrush in their stocking. Most pharmacies sell character brushes, light-up brushes, and even brushes you can decorate with stickers to motivate even the most stubborn folks on your list.</p> <h2>16. $5 to $10 Treats</h2> <p><a href="http://www.apple.com/itunes/gifts/?cid=wwa-us-kwg-music-itu">iTunes</a> has $10 gift cards, while $10 cards at <a href="https://www.starbucks.com/card">Starbucks</a> or <a href="https://www.dunkindonuts.com/content/dunkindonuts/en/ddcard.html">Dunkin Donuts</a> can buy a few fun coffee drinks. Or give $5 or $10 in cash with a little note saying to buy to an ice-cream at the local shop or a nice drink at a favorite watering hole.</p> <h2>17. Spoon Rest</h2> <p>Great for any cook, find unique spoon rests at places, like <a href="http://www.crateandbarrel.com/search?query=spoon%20rest">Crate&amp;Barrel</a>, <a href="http://www.target.com/s?searchTerm=spoon+rest&amp;category=0%7CAll%7Cmatchallpartial%7Call+categories&amp;lnk=snav_sbox_spoon+rest">Target</a> and <a href="http://www.wayfair.com/filters/Spoon-Rests-l1294-c530865-P10385~0~10-P10385~0~10.html">Wayfair</a>, for under $10. Or, check out a cute <a href="http://www.worldmarket.com/product/aqua+owl+spoon+rest.do">owl spoon rest</a> for a pop of color in the kitchen.</p> <h2>18. Sporting Goods</h2> <p>For those on your list who like to exercise or play sports, think of small items, like economical pedometers, water bottles, tennis balls, sweat bands, and golf tees. Sporting goods stores like <a href="http://www.dickssportinggoods.com/">Dick's</a> and <a href="http://www.sportsauthority.com">Sports Authority</a> have many options as do most big box retailers.</p> <h2>19. Decorative Hooks</h2> <p>For a different type of stocking stuffer, search out a decorative hook that fits your recipient's style. From a <a href="http://www.worldmarket.com/product/monogram+letter+hooks.do?&amp;from=fn">monogram letter hook</a> to a beautiful carved <a href="http://www.anthropologie.com/anthro/product/home-hardware-hooks/670470.jsp#/">floral hook</a>, there are many options available under $10.</p> <h2>20. Coin Purse</h2> <p>There are many fashionable and economical <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00HGB1AQO/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00HGB1AQO&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=V2UQT32JCTMGL5O5">coin purses</a>, which can be used to house coins, keepsakes, keys, and other items someone would want to have on hand.</p> <h2>21. Wine and Spirits</h2> <p>Champagne splits, mini wine bottles, and even airplane-sized liquor bottles make great little stocking stuffers for those who enjoy a nice cocktail.</p> <h2>22. Slang Flashcards</h2> <p>For those recipients who like a good laugh and need a boost in the hipster department, try a pack of <a href="http://www.uncommongoods.com/product/slang-flashcards?utm_medium=shopping+sites&amp;utm_source=gifts&amp;utm_campaign=18952">slang flashcards</a> to help someone become instantly cool and entertained at the same time.</p> <h2>23. Room Spray</h2> <p>A useful gift for eliminating odors or just enjoying a great scent, <a href="http://www.containerstore.com/shop/travel?productId=10023043&amp;N=130+1000040&amp;Nao=60">room sprays</a> come in all different scents for under $10. Try places like <a href="http://www.bathandbodyworks.com/family/index.jsp?categoryId=4147329&amp;sr=1&amp;origkw=room%20spray">Bath &amp; Body Works</a> for a wide selection.</p> <h2>24. Cold Weather Accessories</h2> <p>An extra pair of mittens, a hat, warm scarf, or even <a href="http://www.rue21.com/store/jump/product/0325-000203-0001000?color=0036&amp;mkwid=shkWoVf0Q_dc&amp;pcrid=41545041134&amp;gclid=CPHt6bv0icICFQET7AodpHAA_A">texting gloves</a> will fill any stocking cheaply and stylishly. Try places like <a href="http://www.oldnavy.com">Old Navy</a> for great deals under $10.</p> <h2>25. Jewelry</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/jewelry-Dollarphotoclub_51432648.jpg" /></p> <p>Try <a href="http://www.worldmarket.com/category/code/107343.do">World Market's earrings</a> for $4.99 or look for great costume jewelry at popular stores, like <a href="http://www.forever21.com">Forever 21</a>, <a href="http://www.hm.com/us/">H&amp;M</a>, and <a href="http://www.claires.com/">Claire's</a>. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-awesome-sites-to-shop-for-affordable-cool-jewelry?ref=seealso">Ten Awesome Sites to Shop for Cool, Affordable Jewelry</a>)</p> <h2>26. Smartphone Case</h2> <p>A snazzy, economical smartphone case can be put to good use. Check out some great options, like <a href="http://www.hm.com/us/product/61609?article=61609-A&amp;fromSearch=smartphone&amp;cm_vc=SEARCH">H&amp;M's chevron case</a>, <a href="http://www.bestbuy.com/site/samsung-flip-cover-for-samsung-galaxy-note-ii-cell-phones-blue/7278109.p?id=1218838639176&amp;skuId=7278109&amp;ref=06&amp;loc=01&amp;ci_src=14110944&amp;ci_sku=7278109&amp;extensionType=pla:g&amp;s_kwcid=PTC!pla!!!75144160095!g!!55971784335&amp;kpid=7278109&amp;k_clickid=755b7226-4cda-0b48-cb77-0000251be2c5&amp;kpid=7278109&amp;lsft=ref:212,loc:1&amp;ksid=755b7226-4cda-0b48-cb77-0000251be2c5&amp;ksprof_id=10&amp;ksaffcode=7709&amp;ksdevice=c">Best Buy's flip cover</a>, and the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0092TQHP2/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0092TQHP2&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=HTVNBAV5II3FPWZQ">Photive Hybrid Bumper</a>.</p> <h2>27. Pancake Mix</h2> <p>For those who enjoy a good breakfast, include a bag of fancy pancake mix, which you can find in any grocery or food specialty store for under $10. Look for organic and gluten-free mixes as well.</p> <h2>28. Address Labels</h2> <p>For an extremely thoughtful stocking stuffer, try some customized address labels for your recipient. Online sites, like <a href="http://www.vistaprint.com">Vistaprint</a>, have cheap options that you can design yourself.</p> <h2>29. Fancy Condiments and Seasonings</h2> <p>Most local grocery stores have an aisle with some fancier condiments, seasonings, and sauces. Look for yummy barbecue rubs, jams, dips, or try some <a href="http://www.surlatable.com/search/search.jsp?N=4294967064&amp;Ntt=seasoned+salt">fancy salts</a> for under $10.</p> <h2>30. Headphones</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/headphones-Dollarphotoclub_67129615.jpg" /></p> <p>Whether it's a spare pair of economical earbuds or cool, colorful headphones, you can easily find cheap pairs at discount stores, dollar stores, and some big box retailers.</p> <h2>31. Pumice Stone or Loofah</h2> <p>Hit up any pharmacy or look online at places like <a href="http://www.drugstore.com">Drugstore.com</a> and <a href="http://www.soap.com">Soap.com</a> for a selection of bath loofahs, sponges, or pumice stones that anyone can use to make bathing more luxurious.</p> <h2>32. Cheese Markers</h2> <p>For the host or hostess that likes to do cheese tastings or buffets, food markers make a great gift. Check out <a href="http://www.crateandbarrel.com/set-of-6-cheese-markers/s135112">Crate&amp;Barrel's cheese markers</a>, or search on <a href="http://www.etsy.com">Etsy</a> for similar paper and mini chalkboard versions.</p> <h2>33. L'Occitane</h2> <p>For a little splurge on some high-end skin care products, shop smart at <a href="http://usa.loccitane.com/">L'Occitane</a> by dividing up their gift sets, which average below $10 per item. The <a href="http://usa.loccitane.com/petite-pleasures,82,1,64531,644969.htm">Petite Treats for under $40</a> section has some especially great finds.</p> <h2>34. Luggage Tags</h2> <p>Luggage tags make useful stocking stuffers and come in a variety of styles and designs. Try <a href="http://www.potterybarn.com/products/saddle-stitch-leather-luggage-tag/?pkey=e%7Cluggage%2Btag%7C4%7Cbest%7C0%7C1%7C48%7C%7C1&amp;cm_src=PRODUCTSEARCH%7C%7CNoFacet-_-NoFacet-_-NoMerchRules">leather options</a> for a classic look, some <a href="http://www.containerstore.com/shop/travel?productId=10037113&amp;N=130+1000040&amp;Nao=0">decorative tags</a> to make a bag easy to spot, or search <a href="http://www.etsy.com">Etsy</a> for whimsical options under $10.</p> <h2>35. Note Cards</h2> <p>You can search for beautiful box sets of note cards for under $10 at stationery stores like <a href="http://www.papyrusonline.com/stationery/boxed-note-cards-1.html?dir=asc&amp;order=price_asc">Papyrus</a>, or peruse pharmacies and discount stores for other great options.</p> <h2>36. Cookie Stamps</h2> <p>For a twist on the classic cookie cutter, cookie stamps make a great gift for bakers and kids' stockings. Try a <a href="http://www.worldmarket.com/product/cookie-stamps-set-of-2.do">cookie stamp duo</a> or check out craft stores for similar options.</p> <h2>37. Lottery Tickets</h2> <p>A lottery ticket can be a fun stocking gift for anyone to scratch off. And, it's even better if you happen to give a winning ticket.</p> <h2>38. Garden Markers</h2> <p>Whether for large outdoor beds or window herb gardens, <a href="http://www.gardeners.com/buy/copper-plant-markers/32-526.html?SC=XNET9280&amp;utm_campaign=PLA&amp;utm_medium=googleshopping&amp;utm_source=google&amp;gclid=CMG2z8yK_sECFU1k7Aod9FUAog&amp;kwid=productads-plaid%5E115064357798-sku%5E32@ADL4526-adType%5EPLA-device%5Ec-adid%5E51184140278">plant markers</a> will be a welcomed gift to mark which plants are growing where.</p> <h2>39. Nail Tools</h2> <p>Make a mini manicure set by buying cool emery boards, nail clippers, or buffers, which you can bundle together. Most pharmacies carry tools these days for just a few bucks.</p> <h2>40. Portable Dog Bowl</h2> <p>For the dog lover, the <a href="http://www.containerstore.com/shop/travel?productId=10031087&amp;N=130+1000040&amp;Nao=60">collapsible dog bowl</a> makes a great gift for travel or running out and about with your favorite companion. It also folds up easily to fit in a stocking.</p> <h2>41. Flip Flops</h2> <p>Sure, it may be winter in the Northern Hemisphere, but everyone loves a pair of flip flops. <a href="http://www.oldnavy.com">Old Navy</a> even has pairs for as low as $2.50, or browse your big box retailers and other specialty retailers who have slashed prices on off-season flip flops.</p> <h2>42. Sewing Kit</h2> <p>A mini sewing kit for travel or just to have handy in the house serves as a cheap buy and a useful stocking stuffer. Drug stores and dollar stores carry many versions of these helpful kits.</p> <h2>43. Ornaments</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/christmas-ornaments-Dollarphotoclub_74454537.jpg" /></p> <p>No better time of the year than to gift an ornament. Check out unique options under $10 at places like, <a href="http://www.westelm.com/search/results.html?sortBy=priceAsc&amp;words=ornament">West Elm</a>, <a href="http://www.urbanoutfitters.com/urban/catalog/search.jsp?q=ornaments#/">Urban Outfitters</a>, and <a href="http://www.bronners.com/category/christmas-ornaments.do?nType=1">Bronner's</a>.</p> <h2>44. Picture Frames</h2> <p>Small picture frames make great stocking stuffers, especially when they go beyond the norm. Check out <a href="http://www.papyrusonline.com/gifts/10-and-under/4x4-green-gem-silver-round-mini-frame.html">mini gem frames</a> or <a href="http://www.pier1.com/on/demandware.store/Sites-pier1_us-Site/default/Search-Show?q=picture-frames#q=picture-frames&amp;srule=price-low-to-high&amp;start=0&amp;sz=60">clever photo holders</a> and small frames, all of which run below $10.</p> <h2>45. Decorative Napkin Rings</h2> <p>You can find some gorgeous napkin rings for around $2 at discount home stores and department stores, like <a href="http://www.kohls.com/search.jsp?search=napkin+ring&amp;submit-search=web-regular">Kohl's</a>. A group of four or five makes a nice stocking gift for anybody wanting to add style to the dinner table.</p> <h2>46. Electric Stirrer</h2> <p>Let the coffee lover froth up their own creations at home with a handheld electric milk stirrer. You can purchase many models for well under $10 at places, like <a href="http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/10076320/">Ikea</a> and <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA5US1ZU3088&amp;cm_re=electric_milk_frother-_-9SIA5US1ZU3088-_-Product">Newegg</a>, or try <a href="http://www.worldmarket.com/product/multicolored-milk-frother-set-of-3.do?from=Search&amp;cx=0">World Market</a> for a set of three to give to multiple recipients.</p> <h2>47. Chargers and Adapters</h2> <p>Most folks can use an extra charger, adapter, or other small electronic component for their many devices. Head to discount and dollar stores to find practical options under $10, or try something more interesting like a <a href="http://www.barnesandnoble.com/p/home-gift-foldable-drinn-phone-holder-red/28227200?ean=8718182450903&amp;isbn=8718182450903">smartphone charging platform</a>.</p> <h2>48. Fun Hair Accessories</h2> <p>Hair accessories can be a great $10 and under find for any gal's stocking when you go for fun hair bands, hair accessories that <a href="http://www.goody.com/Products/Hair_Accessories/Double_Wear_2n1_Ponytailer_and_Bracelet?colId=0533e96d-5060-4422-bef9-15189e8fcae5&amp;c_id=">double as jewelry</a>, or <a href="http://www.sallybeauty.com/hair-slides/SBS-424210,default,pd.html#start=6">fancy barrettes</a> fit for dressy attire.</p> <h2>49. Unique Playing Cards</h2> <p>A cool deck of cards is a nice item to have on hand for rainy days or the serious poker player in the crowd. Check out <a href="http://www.artofplay.com/">Art of Play</a> for some designer options under $10, or try a deck of <a href="http://www.urbanoutfitters.com/urban/catalog/productdetail.jsp?id=33009242&amp;color=060&amp;cm_mmc=SEM-_-Google-_-PLA-_-82530721624product_type_l1a%26product_type_l2ent%26product_type_l3games&amp;adpos=1o4&amp;creative=51636900664&amp;device=c&amp;matchtype=&amp;network=g&amp;gclid=CNOFh7u7gMICFUEV7AodkXoAEw#/">3D playing cards</a>.</p> <h2>50. Dish Towels</h2> <p>Make a colorful dish towel into a nice stocking stuffer with the many options at <a href="http://www.ikea.com/us/en/search/?query=towel&amp;category=products&amp;range_subcategory=18850">Ikea</a> or other major home goods stores.</p> <h2>51. Wine Bottle Coaster</h2> <p>Check out a shiny <a href="http://www.cb2.com/stainless-steel-shiny-wine-coaster/s564250">wine coaster</a>, which makes an attractive gift that will help keep the dribbles away from that bottle of red on the dinner table.</p> <h2>52. Nice Soap</h2> <p>Special soaps serve as a stocking stuffer staple. Browse some of the great selections for under $10 at <a href="http://www.anthropologie.com/anthro/search/search.jsp?searchPhrase=soap#/">Anthropologie</a>, as well as the many options of pumps, bars, and hand sanitizers at <a href="http://www.bathandbodyworks.com">Bath &amp; Body Works</a>.</p> <h2>53. Practical Gift Cards</h2> <p>A $5 or $10 gift card to practical shopping places, like pharmacies, grocery stores, fast food chains, or gas stations, can make a great stocking stuffer and help shave off some of the usual costs.</p> <h2>54. Tea, Coffee, and Hot Cocoa</h2> <p>Give someone a delicious gift of their favorite hot beverage. For a unique take on the usual, try <a href="http://www.surlatable.com/product/PRO-1355783/Belgiums+Chocolate+Source+Hot+Cocoa+Sticks">hot chocolate sticks</a>, a small bag of <a href="http://store.starbucks.com/starbucks-christmas-blend-whole-bean/000160420,default,pd.html?start=1&amp;navid=stocking-stuffer-ideas">Starbucks Christmas blend</a>, or a box of <a href="http://www.peets.com/gifts-goods/by-price/gifts-goods-shop-by-price-gifts-under-25/holiday-tea-bag-sampler-gift.html">Peet's Holiday Tea Bag Sampler</a>.</p> <h2>55. Gardening Gloves</h2> <p>For anyone that enjoys gardening or has yardwork to do, a pair of economical gardening gloves will do the trick. Try a pair of <a href="http://www.burpee.com/gardening-supplies/garden-tools/gardening-gloves-bamboo-fit-green-prod002509.html?omn2pd=sh&amp;catId=">bamboo fiber gloves</a> or search your local garden, home, or dollar stores for decorative options of all kinds.</p> <h2>56. Drink Charms</h2> <p>Like jewelry for your wine glass, a set of economical, fun <a href="http://www.pier1.com/on/demandware.store/Sites-pier1_us-Site/default/Search-Show?q=wine-charms">wine charms</a> for the entertainer on your list will be most appreciated.</p> <h2>57. Shoe Polish</h2> <p>For the person who wants to keep dress shoes shiny at all times, a <a href="http://www.target.com/p/kiwi-polish-paste-tin-assorted-colors/-/A-13349178#prodSlot=medium_1_4&amp;term=shoe+polish">tin of shoe polish</a> makes a very useful and budget-friendly stocking stuffer.</p> <h2>58. Lip Care</h2> <p>Lip care under $10 abounds. Hit up your local pharmacy to find some favorites, like <a href="http://www.burtsbees.com/natural-products/lip-care-beeswax-lip-balm/beeswax-lip-balm.html">Burt's Bees beeswax lip balm</a> or the cool <a href="http://evolutionofsmooth.com">EOS </a>products. For kids, try flavored chapsticks and glittery lip glosses, which can be found at discount stores, pharmacies, and toy stores.</p> <h2>59. Specialty Sweets</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/fancy-chocolate-Dollarphotoclub_70414801.jpg" /></p> <p>A candy store or even your local supermarket is sure to have an abundance of high-end candies and sweet treats for under $10. Look for fancy chocolate bars with unique flavors, sea salt caramels, or your recipients favorite go-to indulgence.</p> <h2>60. Guest Towels</h2> <p>A pack of decorative paper guest towels makes a nice host or hostess present for the stocking. Check out the many <a href="http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/store/category/bed-bath/bath-accessories/guest-towels/12889/">guest towel options</a> for under $10 at major home and party stores.</p> <h2>61. Decorative Magnets</h2> <p>Cool <a href="http://www.cafepress.com/+decorative+magnets">magnets </a>can help someone dress up an old fridge or display things in fashion on a magnetic board in a home office or kitchen.</p> <h2>62. Candle Tins</h2> <p>Stuff a stocking with a small, personal candle tin for a luxurious gift. Some favorites include <a href="http://www.illumecandles.com/mediterranean-essential-mini-tin">Illume's Mediterranean</a>, <a href="http://www.casa.com/p/paddywax-library-collection-two-wick-travel-tin-mark-twain-1141377?qid=587334390891835100&amp;sr=1-17">Paddywax's Library Collection</a> tins, and <a href="http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/voluspa-japonica-eden-pear-petite-decorative-candle/3734937?origin=category-personalizedsort&amp;contextualcategoryid=0&amp;fashionColor=&amp;resultback=8151&amp;cm_sp=personalizedsort-_-browseresults-_-1_22_D">Voluspa mini tins</a>.</p> <h2>63. Night Light</h2> <p>Character-themed night lights, such as the <a href="http://www.toysrus.com/product/index.jsp?productId=34799236&amp;cp=2255957.2273443.2255986.2256246.2256296&amp;parentPage=family">Spiderman night light</a> or <a href="http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/store/product/disney-reg-frozen-wrap-shade-nightlight/1043034840?categoryId=12872">Disney's Frozen light</a>, make great stuffers for kids. But, don't forget the more mature, decorative home options, like <a href="http://www.lowes.com/pd_352319-1353-11390_0__?productId=3408628&amp;Ntt=led+night+light&amp;pl=1&amp;currentURL=%3FNtt%3Dled%2Bnight%2Blight&amp;facetInfo=">Alen + Roth's LED night light</a>, which adults can use to light up a dark hallway or bathroom.</p> <h2>64. Washi or Decorative Duct Tape</h2> <p>Throw in a roll or two of cool washi tape or decorative duct tape for crafters, kids, or those looking for stylish repairs. Try craft stores, like <a href="http://www.michaels.com/search?q=washi">Michaels</a>, for great washi tape options or office supply stores like <a href="http://www.staples.com/Fashion-Colored-Duct-Tape/cat_CL167765">Staples</a> or <a href="http://www.officedepot.com/a/products/894148/Scotch-Color-Duct-Tape-1-78/?Channel=Google&amp;mr:trackingCode=DB3F251B-88F0-E211-A755-BC305BF82162&amp;mr:referralID=NA&amp;mr:adType=pla&amp;mr:ad=22416888356&amp;mr:keyword=&amp;mr:match=&amp;mr:filter=20224360076&amp;cm_mmc=Mercent-_-Googlepla-_-Office_Supplies+Tape_Adhesives-_-894148">Office Depot</a>, which carry decorative duct tape.</p> <h2>65. Unique Books</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/books-stacks-Dollarphotoclub_62723568.jpg" /></p> <p>A fun little book for under $10 can provide some entertainment or much needed advice. Check out <a href="http://www.amazon.com">Amazon </a>or <a href="http://www.barnesandnoble.com">Barnes&amp;Noble</a> for anything from after-dinner jokes to feng shui. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/21-perfect-holiday-gifts-for-book-lovers?ref=seealso">21 Holiday Gifts for Book Lovers</a>)</p> <h2>66. Slipper Socks</h2> <p>Give the gift of some ultra-comfortable, furry <a href="http://oldnavy.gap.com/browse/search.do?searchText=cozy+socks">slipper socks</a> for under $10. Don't forget plenty of <a href="http://www.totes-isotoner.com/totes/product/totes+toasties+mens+slipper+socks.do">slipper socks for men</a> are out there, too.</p> <h2>67. Pez Dispenser</h2> <p>You don't need to be a kid to appreciate the fun of a Pez Dispenser. Check out the official <a href="http://www.pez.com/">Pez site</a> for ideas and where to buy.</p> <h2>68. Bud Vases</h2> <p>A colorful bud vase makes a beautiful and cheap stocking stuffer. <a href="http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/00208986/">Ikea </a>has many selections for just a few bucks, while dollar stores and craft stores have many nice options as well.</p> <h2>69. Travel Umbrella</h2> <p>A small-sized umbrella makes a great gift for travel or to have in the car for adults and kids. Check out discount stores and big box retailers for some stylish <a href="http://www.walmart.com/browse/clothing/umbrellas/5438_426265_1032919?cat_id=5438_426265_1032919&amp;facet=price:0%20-%20$10">umbrellas under $10</a>.</p> <h2>70. Cool Keychain</h2> <p>Go beyond the usual keychain and include some fun options under $10, such as a fancy <a href="http://www.zgallerie.com/p-16140-tassel-keychain.aspx">tassel keychain</a>, a <a href="http://www.crateandbarrel.com/keychain-multi-tool/s610288?b=1&amp;a=1552">multi-tool keychain</a>, or a <a href="https://www.vat19.com/item/cash-stash-keychain-capsule?adid=gbase&amp;gclid=CN62kNPqhMICFUsV7AodjHUAnQ">cash stash keychain</a>.</p> <h2>71. Gift Tags</h2> <p>For someone who enjoys crafts and giving gifts, some high-end, <a href="http://www.papersource.com/item/Rifle-Striped-Gift-Tags/3610.010/569817.html">colorful gift tags</a> make a great stocking stuffer.</p> <h2>72. Toys</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/toys-Dollarphotoclub_49941449.jpg" /></p> <p>For adults and kids alike, clever toy finds in the $10 and under range can make anyone smile. Ideas include, <a href="https://www.vat19.com/item/poppers-pig-moose-dino-toy">animal ball poppers</a>, <a href="http://www.perpetualkid.com/desktop-tennis-set.aspx">desktop table tennis</a>, and the all-time classic, <a href="http://www.toysrus.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2397414&amp;cp=&amp;parentPage=search">Slinky</a>.</p> <h2>73. Fun Office Supplies</h2> <p>For those office types, add some fun and offbeat desk supplies to the stocking. Some ideas include, <a href="http://www.containerstore.com/shop/office/clips?N=74532">fun paperclips</a>, <a href="http://www.wrapables.com/a63133/">unique sticky notes</a>, and <a href="http://www.staples.com/Cynthia-Rowley-Stapler-Dark-Blue-Floral/product_1195076">designer-inspired staplers</a>.</p> <h2>74. Cocktail Napkins</h2> <p>Give a pack of paper cocktail napkins to the entertainer in your life. Try places like <a href="http://www.orientaltrading.com/ui/browse/processRequest.do?sp=true&amp;categoryId=551216&amp;tabId=1&amp;requestURI=viewEndecaCategory&amp;No=0">Oriental Trading</a> or <a href="http://www.partycity.com">Party City</a> for great options under $10.</p> <h2>75. Stamps</h2> <p>$10 can still buy a book of stamps these days, which makes a useful gift for anyone.</p> <h2>76. Gourmet Food Snacks</h2> <p>Instead of specialty candy, look for some creative snack options to put in a stocking. Dried fruits and nuts make a nice choice, but so do small unique snacks, like jars of stuffed olives, <a href="http://www.deandeluca.com/bakery-shop/fig-olive-raincoast-crisps.aspx?ref_code=GoogleMerchant&amp;kpid=402354&amp;gclid=CNzey6LLicICFYtr7AodaQ8AcA">fancy cookies</a>, or even <a href="http://www.popcornpopper.com/gopoco3lbvap.html?productid=gopoco3lbvap&amp;channelid=FROOG&amp;utm_source=CSE&amp;utm_medium=GoogleShopping&amp;utm_campaign=SolidCactus">gourmet popcorn kernels</a>.</p> <h2>77. Jewelry Travel Case</h2> <p>An upgrade to the usual jewelry travel rolls, a <a href="http://www.containerstore.com/shop/stockingStuffers?productId=11000758">folding travel tray</a> is a great stocking stuffer for anyone that needs to keep jewelry or personal items organized and untangled when traveling.</p> <h2>78. Fashion Tape</h2> <p>For a practical gift, <a href="https://hollywoodfashionsecrets.com/">Hollywood fashion tape</a> can be used to keep shirt openings and necklines in place, not to mention hold up pant hems and prevent everyday fashion emergencies.</p> <h2>79. Hand Warmers</h2> <p>Include some packs of instant <a href="http://www.mountainsports.com/MSmain.asp?Option=Detail&amp;Detail=188416">hand warmers</a> for those who like to play or attend cold weather sports or just to have on hand in the car in case of emergency.</p> <h2>80. Magazine</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/magazine-stack-Dollarphotoclub_64449348.jpg" /></p> <p>Try a cool magazine rolled up in a stocking for your recipient to enjoy. Think of magazines by hobby, visual design, or anything that might be a great one-time treat.</p> <p><em>What are some of your favorite stocking stuffers for under $10? Please share in comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kelly-medeiros">Kelly Medeiros</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/80-stocking-stuffer-ideas-for-10-or-less">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/21-perfect-holiday-gifts-for-book-lovers">21 Perfect Holiday Gifts for Book Lovers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-to-buy-and-avoid-buying-in-december">What to Buy (and Avoid Buying) in December</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/holiday-gifts-for-your-co-workers">20 Gift Ideas for Your Co-Workers</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/15-great-diy-gifts-for-geeks">15 Great DIY Gifts for Geeks</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/9-holiday-gifts-to-give-the-neighbor-you-like">9 Gifts to Give the Neighbor You Like</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living buying guide frugal gifts gifts holiday buying guide product reviews stocking stuffers Mon, 15 Dec 2014 18:00:10 +0000 Kelly Medeiros 1098643 at http://www.wisebread.com 21 Perfect Holiday Gifts for Book Lovers http://www.wisebread.com/21-perfect-holiday-gifts-for-book-lovers <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/21-perfect-holiday-gifts-for-book-lovers" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman-reading-happy-160407385-small.jpg" alt="woman reading happy" title="woman reading happy" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It's that time of year again. Yup, time to find a gift that isn't a book for your friendly, neighborhood book lover. Because everyone else will give him books this year, and you want to stand out.</p> <p>Stumped? It's not hard. Here are some great gift ideas for that literary person you love.</p> <h2>1. Privacy Mug</h2> <p>Most book lovers, at one point or another, just want everyone to go away and let them read. This makes the <a href="http://www.theliterarygiftcompany.com/go-away-im-reading-bone-china-mug-1185-p.asp">&quot;Go Away, I'm Reading&quot; mug</a> certain to be a hit with anyone who truly loves to read. Your book lover will thank you! (And then, probably, ask you to go away.)</p> <h2>2. Chocolate Books</h2> <p>Love books? Love chocolate? Then these <a href="http://bridgebrandschocolate.com/bookloversgiftset.aspx">chocolates decorated to look like vintage books</a> might be perfect. Be careful if you want your book lover to share, though &mdash; these can hide in plain sight on the nearest bookshelf!</p> <h2>3. Board Games</h2> <p>You might never have guessed it, but there's <a href="http://flavorwire.com/363897/10-literary-board-games-for-book-nerds/view-all">a board game for every book</a> (well, for <em>many</em> books). If you know someone who likes both, or if you love games, and you've been trying to get a bookish friend to play, choose the game that most closely corresponds with their reading interests and then offer to help them learn to play!</p> <h2>4. Banned Books Art Print</h2> <p>For a book lover banning books is akin to banning something essential for life, like breathing or chocolate. This print lists many of the most <a href="https://www.etsy.com/listing/177177502/read-banned-books-art-print-list-of">well-known banned books</a>, so your book lover can celebrate freedom and check them off as he goes.</p> <h2>5. Book Staircase Stickers</h2> <p>Would your book loving friend would like to think about books all the time? Then decals for their stair risers will be a huge hit. You can choose <a href="https://www.etsy.com/listing/123783642/book-decals-for-stair-risers?utm_source=google&amp;utm_medium=product_listing_promoted&amp;utm_campaign=everything_else-custom-decal-low&amp;ione_adtype=pla&amp;ione_creative=54907320155&amp;ione_product_id=123783642&amp;ione_product_partition_id=89337449795&amp;ione_store_code=&amp;ione_device=c&amp;ione_product_channel=online&amp;ione_merchant_id=101431921&amp;ione_product_country=US&amp;ione_product_language=en&amp;gclid=CjwKEAiAnLGjBRCk_I-y_4iAmB0SJADGjWWzipAMxZ5DPkVwGnjG4lolROArQPMSGYh185RI7ml8cBoCTZzw_wcB">these</a>, where each stair is a separate book, or <a href="http://tradingphrases.com/book-stairs.html?gclid=CjwKEAiAnLGjBRCk_I-y_4iAmB0SJADGjWWzsJu-SKPA_VbtLbAuQo7qkNsaH3gpn9PFF405kmhPjhoC52Xw_wcB">these</a>, where each stair looks like an art-deco bookshelf.</p> <h2>6. Beautiful, Classic Books</h2> <p>Penguin has <a href="http://www.penguin.com/static/pages/classics/penguindropcaps.php">reissued 26 classic books</a> &mdash; one for each letter of the alphabet &mdash; with gorgeous and unique covers. Buy your book lover the book that corresponds with a special letter (like the first letter of their last name), or start with A and buy all the way through to Z. Then you'll have gifts for the next several holiday seasons, at least.</p> <h2>7. New Book Smell In a Can</h2> <p>New books just have that smell. If you're a reader, you know exactly what I mean. It's only the world's most perfect scent &mdash; and now it's <a href="http://smellofbooks.com/aromas/new-book-smell/">available in a can</a>. Let your book lover smell his or her very favorite scent in all the world whenever he or she wants. It's a gift that keeps on giving.</p> <h2>8. The Reader's Nightstand</h2> <p>Does your book lover have stacks upon stacks of books piled next to bed? Do you wonder, sometimes, if you'll find them smashed under those stacks of books someday? Never fear, the <a href="http://www.brookstone.com/readers-end-table?bkiid=Cross_Sell_Zone%7CProductDetails%7CConsiderationProducts%7C892335p">Reader's End Table</a> and Nightstand are here. These are designed to hold stacks of books in a way that will not only allow your reader easy access to titles, but just might save their life.</p> <h2>9. A Literary Calendar</h2> <p>Most readers love having quotations from their favorite books right at hand. Combine those with some gorgeous illustrations, and <a href="https://www.etsy.com/listing/209307560/2015-calendar-literary-calendar-wall?ref=shop_home_active_1">this literary calendar</a> will keep your book lover happy all year long. If a calendar isn't your thing, the same shop sells all sorts of paper goods and even posters with the same quotations and designs.</p> <h2>10. Vintage Book of the Month Club</h2> <p>Does your book lover like old books? Find a <a href="https://www.etsy.com/listing/170607653/vintage-book-of-the-month-club-12?ref=sr_gallery_3&amp;ga_search_query=book+of+the+month+club&amp;ga_vintage_rewrite=vintage+book+of+the+month+club&amp;ga_original_query=2&amp;ga_search_type=vintage&amp;ga_view_type=gallery">vintage book of the month club</a> on Etsy and sign them up. Some of the clubs will specify books from a certain era, so you can dial in even more specifically on a gift that will make your book worm happy.</p> <h2>11. A Lililite</h2> <p>When it comes to reading in bed, <a href="http://www.lililite.com/">this is the coolest thing <em>ever</em></a>. You can stack your books on it. You can turn on the light and it shines right where you need it to. Then, when you're done with your book, you simply place your still open book on top of the light. It keeps your place, and the light turns off. Trust me, no bookworm loves getting out of bed to turn off the light, or constantly adjusting it to keep it in the right place. This is an amazing gift.</p> <h2>12. A Map of Bookish Locations</h2> <p>The streets, parks, buildings &mdash; everything &mdash; on <a href="http://www.wearedorothy.com/shop/book-map-original-open-edition">this book map</a> come from classic literature. Over 600 books are referenced on this display-worthy map, so in addition to being a piece of artwork that your book lover will adore, it can also be an ongoing game of trivia between book-loving friends.</p> <h2>13. A Shirt That Tells the Truth</h2> <p>Most book lovers spend quite a bit to feed their book habit, and they're fairly unapologetic about it. Even bookworms who utilize the library end up buying most of the books they really love. So help them fly their bookish flag high with <a href="http://www.missionalwear.com/proddetail.php?prod=ERAS01gl">a shirt that declares their priorities</a> loud and clear.</p> <h2>14. A Library Embosser</h2> <p>When a book lover lends out a book, he wants it back. One way to make that more likely is for him to put his name in his books, but that can be messy and mar the look of the book. Enter <a href="http://www.horchow.com/Library-Embosser/cprod56630002/p.prod">the embosser</a>. Simply have a plate made with his name on it, and he can press his name into the pages of his books, rather than writing it.</p> <h2>15. What I'm Reading Mug</h2> <p>Yes, yes, it's another mug. But many book lovers like to have coffee, tea, hot chocolate, or some other warm beverage while they're reading, so mugs really are a perfect gift. And <a href="http://upstartpromotions.com/upstart/search/chalkboard%20mug/Today-Irsquom-Reading-Chalkboard-Surface-Mug-c_147310/">this mug, with it's chalkboard surface</a>, allows your favorite reader to declare to the world what they're reading (so you don't have to interrupt them to ask!).</p> <h2>16. A Postertext Print</h2> <p>The people at Postertext clearly love books. They've taken text from classics and made <a href="http://postertext.com/collections/all">exquisite posters</a> out of them, using the words to fill in a scene from a book. These are both lovely and fun, and would make the perfect gift for a reader who wants to display their love of books in a classy new way. Choose from quotes from many books and frame it for an even nicer gift.</p> <h2>17. A Pack of Library Checkout Cards</h2> <p>Many readers feel nostalgic for the days when card catalogs weren't online and books were checked out with library cards. Tap into this and get your bookwork <a href="http://pinkolive.com/assorted-library-card-set.html">their own set of library library cards</a>. They can use them to check out their own books, decorate with them, use them as bookmarks, and more!</p> <h2>18. A T-Shirt That Makes Readers Into Superheros</h2> <p>Anyone who loves books will tell you that reading is very, very good, that it helps them grow and makes them stronger, better people in this sometimes evil world of ours. Acknowledge that <a href="http://www.cafepress.ca/mf/20463030/fightevilblackpng_tshirt">reading is, in fact, a superpower</a>, with this t-shirt. &quot;Fight evil, read books.&quot;</p> <h2>19. The Storybook Rug</h2> <p>Is your bookworm in need of a place to curl up and read? <a href="http://www.mymodernmet.com/profiles/blogs/the-storybook-rug">This rug</a> just might be the perfect addition to her home, then. It looks like a book and says &quot;Once upon a time&quot; on one page and &quot;Happily ever after&quot; on the other. And it also looks so soft and comfy!</p> <h2>20 A Kindle Paperwhite</h2> <p>There's a lot of disagreement about what makes the perfect ereader, but I think <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Kindle-Paperwhite-Touch-light/dp/B007OZNZG0/ref=sr_tr_sr_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1352830149&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=kindle">the Kindle Paperwhite</a> comes close. I love the fact that it is glare-free, and that it does its one thing really, really well. It's not a smartphone and it's not a tablet, but it's a killer ereader. Combine it with <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BBER4H6/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00BBER4H6&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=JDYIIURVFM6226B6">a solar charger</a>, and your bookworm can read anywhere!</p> <h2>21. Time to Read</h2> <p>No link here &mdash; sorry folks. But one of the best gifts you can give a reader is, quite simply, time to read. Maybe you can give your bookish friend a night or even a weekend away, where he or she can take books and read to their heart's delight. If you can't do that, you can fund an afternoon at a local coffee shop, where they can while away the hours with their favorite works of literature.</p> <p><em>What do you buy for your book loving friends? And what's the best bookish gift you've received?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sarah-winfrey">Sarah Winfrey</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/21-perfect-holiday-gifts-for-book-lovers">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/80-stocking-stuffer-ideas-for-10-or-less">80 Stocking Stuffer Ideas for $10 or Less</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-to-buy-and-avoid-buying-in-december">What to Buy (and Avoid Buying) in December</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/holiday-gifts-for-your-co-workers">20 Gift Ideas for Your Co-Workers</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/15-great-diy-gifts-for-geeks">15 Great DIY Gifts for Geeks</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/30-meaningful-mothers-day-gifts-for-every-budget">30 Meaningful Mother&#039;s Day Gifts for Every Budget</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living books buying guide gifts holiday shopping guide product reviews Thu, 04 Dec 2014 23:00:17 +0000 Sarah Winfrey 1096692 at http://www.wisebread.com What to Buy (and Avoid Buying) in December http://www.wisebread.com/what-to-buy-and-avoid-buying-in-december <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/what-to-buy-and-avoid-buying-in-december" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/child-toy-store-101470124-small.jpg" alt="child toy store" title="child toy store" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I write this as another day of truly vulgar behavior is behind us. Yes, deals are great. I love them. But I did not go anywhere <a href="http://www.businessinsider.com/black-friday-crowds-2014-11">near the craziness today</a>, and with so many tools now available to us, we don't need to venture into the insane crowds to get bargains. Remember, Black Friday deals are not always what they appear to be, and you can often find better deals on Cyber Monday (without having to set foot in a store). So, with that said, let's look forward to the last shopping month of 2014.</p> <h2>First, What to Buy&hellip;</h2> <p>So, it's that time; the Christmas and holiday shopping lists are being made, and it's time to start digging out the best deals to keep everyone happy and your wallet in check. Here are the deals you should pounce on this month.</p> <h3>Gift Cards</h3> <p>If you're smart, you can grab yourself some free money by buying select gift cards that come with incentives. You can get $25 to $50 in free gift cards by spending $150 to $200 on them. If you were planning to shop at those stores anyway, you've just bagged free money. Even places like Chipotle will give you a free burrito for buying a certain amount in gift cards. If you eat their food often, you're golden.</p> <h3>Thanksgiving Merchandise</h3> <p>When Thanksgiving ends, the stores are desperate to dump their stock to fill the shelves with Christmas goodies. Make a space in your basement or attic for the killer deals you'll find on decorations, cards, cookware and much more. There are also going to be huge discounts on Thanksgiving themed food and drink. It's still fresh; it's just got a dated theme. Who cares?!</p> <h3>Thrift Store Goodies</h3> <p>If you aren't shopping in thrift stores, you're missing out on some unbelievable bargains. Most people are too busy with the upcoming holidays to bother listing unwanted items on eBay or Craigslist, so they drop them off at the local ARC or Goodwill. Not only will you find some items in like new condition, you'll also get incredible bargains on items you can resell on eBay for a massive profit. One great find could pay for your whole shopping list, if you know what you're looking for.</p> <h3>Christmas Decorations and Goods</h3> <p>Wait a second. Don't go rushing out for these now. You need to wait until after December 25th. But after that, go hog wild! The stores do not want all that merchandise clogging up their shelves. Expect to see 50% to 90% savings on everything from trees and lights to yard decorations, cards, and gift-wrap. Remember, Christmas will be here again next year, so buy now to save later.</p> <h3>Champagne</h3> <p>It's odd, putting champagne on the discount list when this is the peak month to buy it. But, liquor stores are smart. They know that by making champagne a loss leader, they'll make it back on the other booze you'll buy. However, you don't have to buy anything else &mdash; just grab the cheap champagne and celebrate in style.</p> <h3>Cars</h3> <p>As the year comes to a close, and the bad weather comes rushing in, car dealerships are clearing out inventory. They'll drop their prices to do it, and offer huge incentives. If you don't mind braving the weather on those cold, open lots, you could drive into 2014 with a great bargain. However, it's always better to buy used, even if it's just a year old. New cars depreciate quickly.</p> <h3>Homes</h3> <p>Just like car dealerships, sellers of homes have it tough at this time of year. Most just take their homes off the market to ride out the winter months. So if houses are on the market, the sellers are very motivated. Now is the time to do some home hunting, and dare to undercut asking prices by a chunk.</p> <h3>Kitchen Supplies</h3> <p>Manufacturers know this is the season for cooking impulse buys, and they'll do what they can to lure you in. A nicely timed discount will tip people from &quot;maybe next month&quot; to &quot;I'll take it.&quot; So with all the different holidays and events coming, you can stock up on new kitchen gadgets and save more than a few bucks. Also, consider wedding gifts, which may be coming up in the spring.</p> <h3>Toys Go Cheap</h3> <p>Deals on lots of toys pop up in December every year, even though they're in high demand. There is insane competition between all the different toys, and so manufacturers are cutting prices to grab your attention. It's good news for you and the kids, but there is a catch &mdash; you'll have to wait until Mid-December.</p> <h3>Tool Prices Are Cut</h3> <p>It's not a great time to be doing DIY, but it's a great time to stock up on the essentials everyone needs to get the jobs done. You'll see prices cut on all sorts of tools and equipment, from power drills (go for Lithium batteries) and bench saws to screwdrivers, wrench sets, and sanders.</p> <h2>And, What to Avoid&hellip;</h2> <p>With the exception of Cyber Monday, there are some deals that are too good to be true in December. With 2015 quickly approaching, you may see some good offers on older equipment, gadgets, and appliances. Make sure you're okay with dated products before you dive in. Here are other things to avoid this month.</p> <h3>Gym Memberships</h3> <p>I said it last year, and I'll say it again. Gym memberships and subscriptions hit a peak in the New Year, and they are starting to see those increase in December. A lot of people like to have the membership in place, so that they can get straight down to the hard work in the first week of January. It's going to be this way for a while, so just find another way to stay fit. Craigslist will have some killer deals thanks to new equipment for Christmas.</p> <h3>Electronics</h3> <p>Aside from Cyber Monday, the best deals for your electronic gadgets have come and gone. What's more, any deals you may find will be on the 2014 stock that retailers are trying to clear out before the 2015 goodies arrive in the New Year. Do yourself a favor, and wait it out.</p> <h3>Jewelry</h3> <p>People love giving jewelry at this time of year. And when people love doing something, retailers love charging them top dollar for it. So unless you really have to drop some of your cash on rings, necklaces, and other sparkling items, wait until next year for that pricey item.</p> <h3>Calendars</h3> <p>Unless you absolutely have to put a brand new calendar up on the stroke of midnight on New Year's Eve, you should steer clear of calendars. They are expensive right now. Full price, everywhere you look. But come a few weeks into 2015, the prices will start to fall like the rain in Seattle. You can expect to save at least 50%, and when February comes around, stores everywhere will be almost giving them away. Really, with the smartphones and tablets, does anyone really need them as reminders anymore?</p> <h3>Winter Gear and Clothing</h3> <p>It's cold out there. Snow shovels, big coats, hats, gloves, boots, and all the other winter gear is marked at full price for the next few months. If you really need them now, consider Craigslist or thrift stores to save some cash.</p> <p>From everyone here at Wise Bread, have a wonderful holiday, and a prosperous 2015!</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/what-to-buy-and-avoid-buying-in-december">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/what-to-buy-and-avoid-buying-in-april">What to Buy (and Avoid Buying) in April</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/holiday-gifts-for-your-co-workers">20 Gift Ideas for Your Co-Workers</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/80-stocking-stuffer-ideas-for-10-or-less">80 Stocking Stuffer Ideas for $10 or Less</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/21-perfect-holiday-gifts-for-book-lovers">21 Perfect Holiday Gifts for Book Lovers</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/what-to-buy-and-avoid-buying-in-october">What to Buy (and Avoid Buying) in October</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Buying Guides buying guide discounts gifts product reviews shopping what to buy Mon, 01 Dec 2014 22:44:21 +0000 Paul Michael 1098941 at http://www.wisebread.com Ultimate Gift Guide: Thoughtful Ideas for Every List and Every Budget http://www.wisebread.com/ultimate-gift-guide-thoughtful-ideas-for-every-list-and-every-budget <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/ultimate-gift-guide-thoughtful-ideas-for-every-list-and-every-budget" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/gift_guide_image_text.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Do you have your shopping list ready? Are you checking it twice? And are you at a loss for what to get your friends and family? Instead of wandering the busy mall hoping for inspiration, we&rsquo;ve got hundreds of gift ideas for everyone on your list, no matter what your budget. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-steps-to-stress-free-holiday-gift-giving?ref=seealso">5 Steps to Stress-Free Holiday Giving</a>)</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/wise-bread-gift-guide-gifts-that-save-money">25 Gifts That Save Money</a></strong></p> <p>Want to go a step beyond gifts that are useful? Every single one of the items on this list can help save money. Now THAT is a gift that keeps on giving.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/31-great-gifts-that-keep-on-giving">31 Great Gifts that Keep on Giving</a></strong></p> <p>Don't give something that'll end up in the junk drawer. Instead, try one of these creative gifts that will be appreciated for months (or even years!) to come.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-awesome-useful-gifts">25 Awesome, Useful Gifts</a></strong></p> <p>Eliminate the phrase &quot;it's the thought that counts&quot; by giving one of these awesome, useful gifts.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-thoughtful-and-frugal-personalized-gift-ideas">25 Thoughtful and Frugal Personalized Gift Ideas</a></strong></p> <p>You don&rsquo;t need to spend a fortune to show someone you care. Find something cool to give in this collection of affordable personalized gift ideas.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/unusual-gift-ideas-for-a-memorable-holiday-season">Unusual Gift Ideas for a Memorable Holiday Season</a></strong></p> <p>Every year I struggle to find meaningful gifts for relatives that they will appreciate instead of adding to the clutter of &quot;stuff&quot; they own. Here are a few of my favorite ideas.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/fine-art-makes-fine-gifts">How to Buy Art as Gifts</a></strong></p> <p>Beautiful original art doesn&rsquo;t have to be expensive. Often, it costs no more than you&rsquo;d spend on a sweater at the mall or a gift certificate for a nice restaurant. In other words, entirely within many holiday gift budgets.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-awesome-kitchen-gifts">9 Useful Kitchen Gifts</a></strong></p> <p>There some kitchen items that have become part of my life in the past year that I now can't live without, that would make great gifts.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-great-holiday-gifts-from-the-thrift-store">10 Great Gifts From the Thrift Store</a></strong></p> <p>This year, lessen your carbon footprint, support your local economy, save money, and give to charity all at the same time &mdash; buy gifts at the thrift store. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-to-look-for-every-time-you-visit-a-thrift-store?ref=seealso">10 Things to Look for at a Thrift Store</a>)</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-last-minute-gift-ideas-for-under-15">10 Last-Minute Gift Ideas for Under $15</a></strong></p> <p>Find the perfect gift in the nick of time, with 10 last-minute gift ideas that cost less than $15.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-great-gifts-for-5-or-less">25 Great Gifts for $5 or Less</a></strong></p> <p>Need some non-crafty, hardly homemade gift ideas, all for less than $5? Here are 25 with something suitable for nearly everyone on your gift list.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-your-own-coupons-20-great-free-gift-ideas">20 Great, Free Gift Ideas</a></strong></p> <p>You don't need money to give great gifts &mdash; instead, give the gift of your time with one of these thoughtful ideas.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/holiday-gift-giving-for-the-truly-broke">14 Gift Ideas for the Truly Broke</a></strong></p> <p>The holidays are already upon us, and some of us are completely and utterly broke. Here are a few ideas for time and skill-related gifts that you can give to friends and family, and maybe even acquaintances.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-spend-almost-nothing-on-gifts-this-year">10 Gift Ideas That Cost Almost Nothing</a></strong></p> <p>We all love to give gifts, but sometimes tight budgets make it difficult. Use these ideas to give thoughtful gifts without spending much &mdash; or any &mdash; money. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cheap-and-easy-holiday-shopping-at-the-dollar-store?ref=seealso">Holiday Shopping at the Dollar Store</a>)</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-gifts-you-can-make-today">25 Gifts You Can Make Today</a></strong></p> <p>There's still time to craft an affordable, meaningful homemade gift with one of these 25 awesome ideas.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-homemade-liqueurs-to-bottle-now-for-tasty-holiday-gifts">10 Homemade Liqueurs to Bottle for Tasty Gifts</a></strong></p> <p>Infused alcohols, or liqueurs, are easy to make at home and are always welcome gifts.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-unique-holiday-gifts-you-can-bake">15 Delicious Gifts You Can Bake</a></strong></p> <p>Holiday baking is a sweet tradition, and you'll find plenty of traditional holiday baking ideas here, plus a few new ones for some sweet holiday surprises.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-savory-holiday-food-gifts">7 Savory Food Gifts</a></strong></p> <p>I love sweets, but by the time December gift-giving comes around, I can feel my cavities forming. Here are some savory alternatives to traditional sugary gifts.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/gifts-for-the-person-who-has-everything">Gifts for the Person Who Has Everything</a></strong></p> <p>It&rsquo;s always hard to have a person on your list who has everything. Here are some gift ideas for just for them.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-gifts-for-the-guy-who-has-everything">20 Gifts for the Guy Who Has Everything</a></strong></p> <p>What do you get for the guy who seems to have everything (or, at least, wants almost nothing)? Check out this list of practical and experience-based gifts.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/gift-ideas-for-practical-people">Gift Ideas for Practical People</a></strong></p> <p>What do you buy for people who hate to spend? These gift ideas will thrill the cheapskate on your list by saving them money.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/holiday-gifts-for-your-co-workers">20 Gift Ideas for Your Co-Workers</a></strong></p> <p>Bonus or no bonus, the gifts in this guide to giving to co-workers won't break your holiday budget. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-frugal-office-party-foods?ref=seealso">Frugal Office Party Foods</a>)</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-unique-holiday-gifts-for-booklovers">21 Perfect Holiday Gifts for Book Lovers</a></strong></p> <p>It's hard to buy a book lover the right book. These bookish gifts, some for reading, some to make reading easier, are bound to please your bibliophiles.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-gifts-for-your-boss">10 Gifts for Your Boss</a></strong></p> <p>Buying a gift for a boss will make them feel appreciated, which they're sure to reciprocate.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-great-holiday-gifts-for-home-cooks">20 Great Gifts for Home Cooks</a></strong></p> <p>The best thing about giving cool, thoughtful kitchen gifts to the avid home cook? The delicious home cooked gifts you'll enjoy for years to come.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/christmas-gifts-for-teachers-10-great-possibilities">10 Great Gifts for Teachers</a></strong></p> <p>No more apples, mugs, or other unwanted gifts. This year, consider one of these 10 winners, all suggested by teachers.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-great-diy-gifts-for-geeks">15 Great DIY Gifts for Geeks</a></strong></p> <p>Whether your geek is into comics, Star Wars, Lego, or steampunk, you can make a cool, thoughtful gift they'll love once for being DIY and twice for being nerdcore.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-gifts-the-man-in-your-life-really-wants">8 Gifts the Man in Your Life Really Wants</a></strong></p> <p>Truthfully, no man wants a cardigan for Christmas. Here are some surefire gifts to make the men in your life smile.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-holiday-stocking-stuffers-for-techies">10 Holiday Stocking Stuffers for Techies</a></strong></p> <p>Stuff your favorite techie's stockings with some of these great gadgety gifts.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-holiday-gifts-to-give-the-neighbor-you-like">9 Gifts to Give the Neighbor You Like</a></strong></p> <p>If strong fences make good neighbors, what do great gifts make? Give a couple of these this holiday season and find out!</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-fitness-gifts-for-15-or-less">20 Fitness Gifts for $15 or Less</a></strong></p> <p>From cyclists to swimmers, find great (and inexpensive!) gifts for the fitness-lovers in your life.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/lynn-truong">Lynn Truong</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ultimate-gift-guide-thoughtful-ideas-for-every-list-and-every-budget">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-5"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/holiday-gifts-for-your-co-workers">20 Gift Ideas for Your Co-Workers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-great-gift-ideas-for-geeky-fanboys-and-fangirls">10 Great Gift Ideas for Geeky Fanboys and Fangirls</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-holiday-gifts-to-give-the-neighbor-you-like">9 Gifts to Give the Neighbor You Like</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-holiday-stocking-stuffers-for-techies">10 Holiday Stocking Stuffers for Techies</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/12-gift-ideas-for-crafters">12 Gift Ideas for Crafters</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping Buying Guides buying guide gift guide gifts holiday gift guide Thu, 27 Nov 2014 10:00:08 +0000 Lynn Truong 1098827 at http://www.wisebread.com What to Buy (and Avoid Buying) in November http://www.wisebread.com/what-to-buy-and-avoid-buying-in-november <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/what-to-buy-and-avoid-buying-in-november" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/halloween-candy-iStock_000046298990Small.jpg" alt="halloween candy" title="halloween candy" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Halloween, Thanksgiving, and the holidays are way too close together, aren't they? You barely have time to recover from one before the next festive occasion is on top of you. And that means it's more important than ever to maximize your budget, and your savings, when you go shopping. Once again, we've been looking around to let you in on the deals of the month, and the pitfalls.</p> <h2>First, What to Buy&hellip;</h2> <p>The big, big shopping day of November is Black Friday. So called because it was traditionally a day when stores went from being in the red (or in debt) to being in the black (or profitable), it's now synonymous with large crowds, crazy shopping sprees, early morning doorbusters, and those inevitable fights after standing inline for four hours. But you don't have to wait until Black Friday for great deals. Look out for these starting November 1st.</p> <h3>Halloween Everything</h3> <p>The day after Halloween (and sometimes the evening of Halloween) the stores will start clearing out their stock of spooky merchandise. That's great news for anyone who is celebrating Halloween on Saturday or Sunday night this year, as you can bag a last-minute costume for at least 50% off. Stores like Target and Walmart will start slashing prices after a few weeks, with $50 and $60 costumes going on sale for less than $10. If you have plans for a costume for 2015, see if you can grab a bargain now. You can always store the really cheap ones, and sell them for a profit before next Halloween.</p> <h3>Candy</h3> <p>Hot on the heels of the costumes and accessories, Halloween candy gets slashed early this month. Remember, this is all perfectly safe to eat, with expiration dates months (or even years) off. Of course, the pumpkins and ghouls make it seasonal, and it has to go. So, if you don't mind some out-of-date wrappers (and who does?) grab yourself some sweet treats.</p> <h3>Laptops and Notebooks</h3> <p>The smaller the better, as far as pricing goes. This month, you will see stellar savings on laptops and notebooks. If the sales are anything like last year, you can expect to pick up a decent 13&quot; laptop for around $200 including taxes. Just a few years ago, these laptops would have been double that price. Apple typically sells their stock a little cheaper this month, but don't expect amazing deals. Even with the company floundering compared to its Steve Jobs days, it still doesn't like putting bargain prices out there.</p> <h3>Sneakers and Summer Footwear</h3> <p>If you're a sneaker and sandals fan, November is your month. The winter shoes are coming out, and the summer stock is being cleared fast. But, people are still going on vacations to sunnier places, and it won't be long before the warmer weather is back here again. Do a little online shopping and expect to see the price of great sneakers drop by at least 50%.</p> <h3>Wedding Dresses and Paraphernalia</h3> <p>When it's cold and grey outside, those wedding day photos can look pretty grim. Very few people like getting married in the winter months, and so they're not going shopping for the wedding dress and other accessories. Even if your wedding is in July or August, pick up a dress now. The bridal stores get large stocks of wedding dresses in at this time of year, ready for the rush after the Christmas and New Year engagements. Take advantage of that, and browse the empty stores with a bargain in mind.</p> <h3>Turkeys</h3> <p>Thanksgiving month is turkey month. So you'd think, with turkeys being in high demand, that the prices are high, too. Well, far from it. The turkey breeders have been preparing all year for this month, and it's when a glut of turkeys hits the market. It's cheaper to buy turkey at this time of year than any other, and if you plan wisely, you can even pick up a decent one for free. Yes, some stores will be <a href="http://www.shoprite.com/free-turkey-promotion/">offering free turkeys</a> to people spending a certain amount of money. It varies by store, so check your local papers and online ads.</p> <h3>Toys Are a Strong Bet</h3> <p>As we noted last year, you no longer have to wait for until Black Friday, or early December, for the toy bargains. As Black Friday is now more focused on electronics, computers, appliances, and loss leaders like DVDs and Blu-rays, toys are getting overlooked. So the retailers are dropping the prices earlier. Also, Saturday, November 8th is Neighborhood Toy Store Day. You'll see a lot of promotions around that.</p> <h3>Kitchen Gear</h3> <p>As the season of cooking and eating comes into full effect, you'll notice bargains in the kitchen and appliance aisles of your local retailers. Last year saw a record number of deals in these departments, particularly pots and pans and baking dishes, so now is the perfect time to stock up on essentials, before the holiday rush.</p> <h3>HDTVs</h3> <p>At this point, there won't be a month that goes by without HDTVs being hot items. Yet again, prices are dropping, this time fueled by the Black Friday madness. And it's not madness to tell you that on Black Friday itself, you will be able to pick up 60-inch 1080p sets for just over $400. Actually, I take it back&hellip; that's just nuts. You'll also be able to pick up a 42-inch 1080p set for under $200, which is just as crazy. Remember though, these deals come with long lines, and the inevitable pushing and shoving. Don't get caught up in the insanity.</p> <h2>And, What to Avoid</h2> <p>November is actually one of the best months for shopping. There are not a lot of landmines, or shopping traps, to avoid. But based on the last few years, there are a few so-called &quot;deals&quot; that you should stay away from. Here's what to avoid.</p> <h3>Travel Deals</h3> <p>The travel season is just starting to heat up, and so the deals are not yet worth looking at. You'll see modest price reductions on a select number of vacation packages, but as demand for booking vacations is so high, the prices stay high as well. Wait a while. However, you should see some nice deals on hotel rooms around this time, especially if you fancy booking a fancy suite in Vegas on Thanksgiving Day or Christmas Day. Hey, some people do it, and they save a bundle.</p> <h3>Winter Clothing and Gear</h3> <p>It's a no-brainer. Avoid the brand new selections of outerwear, including coats and jackets, skiing equipment, boots, winter shoes, gloves, scarves, and the usual rosy-cheeked accessories. This is not the time to go shopping for the upcoming winter season. Wait until January, and the prices will plummet.</p> <h3>The iPad Mini 3</h3> <p>It's slightly new and improved. But not really. For the extra money you'll pay for it, you won't see much of a difference. Save your money, you can bag some huge bargains on Black Friday, and the iPad Mini 2 is just as good. Is Apple going to do anything innovative anytime soon? It doesn't look like it.</p> <p><em>Do you have any purchasing plans this month?</em></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/what-to-buy-and-avoid-buying-in-november">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-6"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-to-buy-and-avoid-buying-in-april">What to Buy (and Avoid Buying) in April</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-to-buy-and-avoid-buying-in-october">What to Buy (and Avoid Buying) in October</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-to-buy-and-avoid-buying-in-january">What to Buy, and Avoid Buying, in January</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/what-to-buy-and-avoid-buying-in-july">What to Buy (and Avoid Buying) in July</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/what-to-buy-and-avoid-buying-in-december">What to Buy (and Avoid Buying) in December</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping buying guide november product reviews shopping what to buy Fri, 31 Oct 2014 21:00:05 +0000 Paul Michael 1067940 at http://www.wisebread.com What to Buy (and Avoid Buying) in October http://www.wisebread.com/what-to-buy-and-avoid-buying-in-october <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/what-to-buy-and-avoid-buying-in-october" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/halloween-costume-510999729-small.jpg" alt="halloween costume" title="halloween costume" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Boo! Yes, it's that time of year again (as I get older, and my kiddos do too, I feel it creeping up on me more quickly every year). Halloween is here. That means Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year, Hanukkah, Kwanza, and Diwali, are all approaching. With them come things to buy. However, these tips should help you save your hard-earned cash and stretch it a little further in the last stretch of 2014 and on into 2015.</p> <h2>First, What to Buy</h2> <p>October 16th is Boss's Day; if you have a boss, and want to stay in their good graces before holiday bonuses get handed out, you may want to consider getting him or her a little treat. Of course, the biggest time for treats, and tricks, is October 31st. Are you ready for it? Well, here are some deals to help you keep more of your money in your pockets before the big day.</p> <h3>Lawn Care &amp; Equipment</h3> <p>Many of us are looking around for deals on winterization. That means it's time to shut down the gardening regime for the winter, and retail stores know it. Target, Walmart, Walgreens, Sears and other major chains will be doing their best to clear out what's left of the summer lawn care stock. If you can find them, you'll also find killer deals on everything from hoses and rakes to fertilizer and <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004H89KFC/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B004H89KFC&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=whattobuy03-20&amp;linkId=OKGCJNVCSRU32MLI">insect repellent</a>.</p> <h3>Cruises and Vacations</h3> <p>If you're looking to save some money on a getaway, you can't beat cruise prices right now. I've seen deals for four nights in the Bahamas for two, with kids, for under $300. You can even get them under $200 if you're going as a couple. Check them out but make sure you include the price of airfare to and from the departure city. That often trips people up. It's also off-season for traditional vacations, and that means great deals on packages including hotel and flight.</p> <h3>Halloween Deals (Be Careful)</h3> <p>Yes, there are Halloween deals coming. November 1st is when the first big sales will hit, and by November 15th the stores are almost giving them away. But that's no use to you if you want a deal for this year's Halloween. So, consider buying just a week or two before the big night. Look for deals at online stores, eBay, and consider costumes that may not be as popular next year (for instance, is anyone going to be talking about Frozen with the same vigor? Well, maybe not).</p> <h3>Cars</h3> <p>Now, it has to be said that buying a new car is not good financial sense. The second you drive it off the lot it loses a significant amount of value. A car that's just a year or two old is a much better deal, and will have low mileage and a lot of the warranty left on it. However, if you must have a new car, this is the month to go shopping. September is when new models are released, so the dealerships don't want old stock littering the tarmac. Find the True Car Value, haggle like crazy, and never be afraid to walk away. You'll get a major deal.</p> <h3>Denim and Jeans</h3> <p>It was the same story last year; for some bizarre reason, there's a glut of <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Sale-Clothing/b/?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;node=13851881&amp;tag=whattobuy03-20&amp;linkId=U7TA4GPPPU6PRUER">denim and jeans</a> on the store shelves right now. Yes, you can blame some of the bargains on back-to-school, but whatever the reason, take advantage of it. Children and adults alike can snag great deals on brand name denim clothing, and even bigger deals on store brand from Target and Walmart.</p> <h3>Grills</h3> <p>Just like lawn care, the grilling season is behind us. That means great deals for outdoor chefs, and the weather is still mild enough to get a few more weeks (or months) of use out of a brand <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Grills-Fryers-Outdoor-Cooking-Living/b/?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;node=553760&amp;pf_rd_i=2972638011&amp;pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&amp;pf_rd_p=1568795042&amp;pf_rd_r=19E5K0T53YNTEJ8339CW&amp;pf_rd_s=merchandised-search-leftnav&amp;pf_rd_t=101&amp;tag=whattobuy03-20&amp;linkId=D4YG254BJHTUCV5W">new grill</a>. Of course, if you're a brave chef you'll be out there in the snow and ice cooking up steaks and corn like a pro.</p> <h3>Patio Furniture and Camping Gear</h3> <p>Another no-brainer, but it has to be said. Patio furniture and camping gear is not on anyone's shopping list right now. Do you want to sit outside in the rain and snow? So, stores are trying to shift it quickly. Sure, you may have to wait several months to take full advantage of new <a href="http://www.amazon.com/s/?_encoding=UTF8&amp;bbn=3274550011&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;qid=1380570938&amp;rh=n%3A2972638011%2Cn%3A!3274549011%2Cn%3A3274550011%2Cn%3A553824&amp;rnid=3238155011&amp;tag=whattobuy03-20&amp;linkId=2CC67NXHFELP7IB3">patio furniture</a> and tents, but who cares when the prices are this low?</p> <h3>Air Conditioning</h3> <p>When it's cold outside, it's not necessary to make it cold inside. Most people are not concerned with getting a <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003F4TH6G/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B003F4TH6G&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=whattobuy03-20&amp;linkId=4IU2OS4T45V7QSXS">new air conditioner</a>, or upgrading, which is why the month is a great time to start looking. Places like Sears will give you some great deals, and many private A/C firms will do deals on installation. Many will even throw in a free furnace, and that 's smart thinking with winter coming.</p> <h3>iPads</h3> <p>Just before Halloween, Apple will launch yet another new version of its iPad. If you want to get a deal on an iPad, expect the price of the current model to drop when this happens. You won't see any significant drop from Apple around Black Friday anyway, so grab a deal when you can.</p> <h2>And, What to Avoid</h2> <p>There's more to watch out for in Halloween than ghosts and goblins. Here are a few items you should strike from your list unless you absolutely have to have them.</p> <h3>Winter Clothing and Shoes</h3> <p>It makes sense, but so many people seem to rush out and grab the first items they see. The stores are not going to run out, but they are not going to discount anything significantly right now. Most of us are thinking about buying long sleeved shirts, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/b/?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;node=1044646&amp;pf_rd_i=1036592&amp;pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&amp;pf_rd_p=1626943442&amp;pf_rd_r=1P5NACC29Q49XQM3Y2W4&amp;pf_rd_s=merchandised-search-2&amp;pf_rd_t=101&amp;tag=whattobuy03-20&amp;linkId=EPC5GTLINJ3SYXKJ">jackets</a>, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/b/?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;node=5609963011&amp;pf_rd_i=672123011&amp;pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&amp;pf_rd_p=1624163582&amp;pf_rd_r=11JQW4ZGM0CD62NV5K0S&amp;pf_rd_s=merchandised-search-6&amp;pf_rd_t=101&amp;tag=whattobuy03-20&amp;linkId=MLSLN5J2ZDQX6KZK">boots</a>, and even umbrellas. That means demand is high. So, unless you spy a genuine bargain, avoid shopping for these items and try the second hand market instead.</p> <h3>Appliances</h3> <p>Following Halloween comes the biggest shopping day of the year &mdash; Black Friday. Appliances will be discounted BIG TIME this year, so wait a month or so. If you need something like a washer or dryer, consider using a Laundromat or asking a friend or relative to help. Of course, if your fridge or freezer is out, waiting will be tough. Just know, the biggest discounts are coming.</p> <h3>HDTVs</h3> <p>Again, Black Friday will serve up the biggest deals of the year for large screen TVs. No one really needs one of these, so bide your time and wait. Expect to see 55&quot; TVs for as low as $350 (it pains me to write this&hellip; I bought a 48&quot; TV for $399 and thought that was a great deal). You will always pay more for the big brand names though, so don't expect to get a high-end TV for that rock-bottom price.</p> <h3>Tools</h3> <p>Black Friday is a good time for <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Deals-Tools-Hardware/b/?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;node=760330&amp;pf_rd_i=328182011&amp;pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&amp;pf_rd_p=1604362562&amp;pf_rd_r=13YSY19PP8VVVH22VSJG&amp;pf_rd_s=merchandised-search-leftnav&amp;pf_rd_t=101&amp;tag=whattobuy03-20&amp;linkId=BKNFGHM2T3R2PBPX">tools</a>. If you can wait until then you'll save yourself a pretty penny. Of course, if you need something now, avoid the major retailers and try discount stores like Harbor Freight Tools. They have great deals all year round.</p> <h3>Gift Wrap</h3> <p>Just hit up a dollar store for this. The major holidays are coming, and retail stores will push expensive <a href="http://www.amazon.com/s/?_encoding=UTF8&amp;bbn=723463011&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;qid=1380572495&amp;rh=n%3A1064954%2Cn%3A!1084128%2Cn%3A1069242%2Cn%3A1069664%2Cn%3A1069666%2Cn%3A723463011%2Cp_n_feature_four_browse-bin%3A6052768011&amp;rnid=6052761011&amp;tag=whattobuy03-20&amp;linkId=NHNRCCPT2ZMC35GC">cards</a>, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/s/?_encoding=UTF8&amp;bbn=723452011&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;qid=1380572771&amp;rh=n%3A3760901%2Cn%3A!3760931%2Cn%3A723418011%2Cn%3A723452011&amp;tag=whattobuy03-20&amp;linkId=OOHS3B2ON7BWU3JN">gift wrap, tissue paper, and boxes</a>. The best bet for saving money is to avoid retail stores and visit the dollar stores instead. They do paper and boxes that are every bit as good and will not break the bank. After all, it all goes in the trash.</p> <p><em>What are you planning to save on this month? Please share in comments!</em></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/what-to-buy-and-avoid-buying-in-october">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/what-to-buy-and-avoid-buying-in-may">What To Buy (and Avoid Buying) in May</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-to-buy-and-avoid-buying-in-april">What to Buy (and Avoid Buying) in April</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-to-buy-and-avoid-buying-in-march">What to Buy (and Avoid Buying) in March</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/what-to-buy-and-avoid-buying-in-july">What to Buy (and Avoid Buying) in July</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/what-to-buy-and-avoid-buying-in-december">What to Buy (and Avoid Buying) in December</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping bargains buying guide discounts product reviews what to buy Wed, 01 Oct 2014 22:25:19 +0000 Paul Michael 993571 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Electric Drills http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-electric-drills <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-electric-drills" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/drill-construction-56970887-small.jpg" alt="drill" title="drill" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="144" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Whether you're constructing a house or working on a DIY project at home, an electric drill is easily one of the most versatile and valuable tools to have in your toolbox. Although we may tend to most commonly think of them as merely more sophisticated screwdrivers or hole makers, a good electric drill with the right accessories can also be used to sand, polish, and grind materials and can ensure that your project gets done right and done fast overall.</p> <p>Wise Bread is here to help you find the perfect electric drill for your needs with our top five list.</p> <h2>What Is an Electric Drill?
</h2> <p>An electric drill is a handheld, motor-powered tool that uses an attached drill bit or driver bit on its chuck to bore holes into various materials or to drive screws to fasten materials together. Electric drills are available in both cordless and corded varieties. Cordless electric drills are powered by a rechargeable battery and give you the portability and freedom to use it wherever you want, which often makes them the more preferred option.</p> <p>Although corded electric drills are limited in how far away they can be from the nearest electrical outlet, you'll never have to worry about running out of power when using them, and they can sometimes be more powerful than the cordless drills. Because electric drills come in many different power levels and speeds, it's important to know what tasks you'll want to accomplish with the electric drill in order to find the one that will best fit your needs.</p> <h2>Best 5 Electric Drills</h2> <h3>DeWalt DCD780C2
</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0052MIHMO/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0052MIHMO&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=7YY5B5P36LDQVZQ5"><img width="190" height="190" align="right" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/DeWalt%20DCD780C2.jpg" alt="" /></a>As a Consumer Search top pick, the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0052MIHMO/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0052MIHMO&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=7YY5B5P36LDQVZQ5">Dewalt DCD780C2</a> is a top-notch cordless electric drill that has impressed both experts and consumers with the powerful, long-lasting performance that it packs within a comfortably compact design. With a &frac12;-inch chuck size, two speed ranges and 15 clutch settings, many users agreed that this 20-volt drill provides enough torque to tackle medium-sized jobs to the satisfaction of both casual homeowners and professional builders.</p> <p>Users were also very happy with the DCD780C2's rechargeable lithium-ion batteries, which take less than half an hour to charge and can last throughout a day's work. A surprisingly lightweight design and an easy-to-hold grip round out the superb package that this Dewalt drill can deliver.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0052MIHMO/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0052MIHMO&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=7YY5B5P36LDQVZQ5"><em>Currently $167.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Makita BHP454</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001EYUQM8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B001EYUQM8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=6ZMILHYQX3TTHDFA"><img width="190" height="217" align="right" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Makita%20BHP4542.jpg" alt="" /></a>For the bigger projects that require even more power and speed, the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001EYUQM8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B001EYUQM8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=6ZMILHYQX3TTHDFA">Makita BHP454</a> is the best cordless electric drill for getting those tougher jobs done. Along with a two-speed metal transmission and 16 different clutch settings, this Consumer Reports top pick features a mighty four-pole motor that can deliver up to 560 inch pounds of torque. And yet with all this power, this drill only weighs five pounds and is just under 10 inches in length.</p> <p>In addition, its compact lithium-ion battery pack is remarkably efficient, capable of delivering a day's worth of power with just a 30-minute charge. The BHP454 also comes with a Shift-Lock drive system, which allows it to switch into an effective hammer drill, giving you the nice value of having two tools in one. Two handy LED lights come standard with this drill as well to help illuminate your work area in the dark.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001EYUQM8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B001EYUQM8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=6ZMILHYQX3TTHDFA"><em>Currently $314.98 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Hitachi DS14DSFL
</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004D29IA4/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B004D29IA4&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=OHOQFXAZOQLZZJRZ"><img width="190" height="194" align="right" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Hitachi%20DS14DSFL.jpg" alt="" /></a>Named a Consumer Reports Best Buy, the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004D29IA4/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B004D29IA4&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=OHOQFXAZOQLZZJRZ">Hitachi DS14DSFL</a> is an exceptional choice for homeowners and consumers looking for a cordless electric drill that gets the job done without breaking the bank. Users absolutely love the DS14DSFL's sleek design which weighs significantly less than most heavy-duty drills, coming in at just 4.4 pounds. Despite its low weight, this Hitachi drill can still deliver a vigorous performance, one that's capable of outputting up to 300 inch pounds of torque with four different speed ranges and 22 drive settings.</p> <p>Combined with a slim soft grip handle, this light-duty drill is a delight to hold and use. The DS14DSFL&rsquo;s lightweight 14.4-volt lithium-ion batteries provide a long runtime that takes only 40 minutes to recharge. It also comes packaged with a handy flashlight for some extra value and utility.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004D29IA4/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B004D29IA4&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=OHOQFXAZOQLZZJRZ"><em>Currently $78.36 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Milwaukee 0240-20</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002WJH9WE/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B002WJH9WE&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=J4QIQDPENZNIQP2E"><img width="190" height="190" align="right" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Milwaukee%200240-20.jpg" alt="" /></a>If you want a powerful electric drill that doesn't burden you with having to recharge its batteries all the time, then the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002WJH9WE/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B002WJH9WE&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=J4QIQDPENZNIQP2E">Milwaukee 0240-20</a> corded electric drill is the best choice for you. While it lacks the bells and whistles found on other high-end models, this Milwaukee drill more than makes up for it with its mighty 8 amp motor, which provides an optimal blend of speed and torque with a wide speed range of 0-2,800 RPM that's perfect for drilling through most dense materials.</p> <p>An all-metal gear case provides more than adequate protection for the drill's gears during arduous use for the utmost durability. Thanks to a soft grip handle and a two-finger trigger, it also pleases owners with its great handling.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002WJH9WE/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B002WJH9WE&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=J4QIQDPENZNIQP2E"><em>Currently $79.00 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Black and Decker DR260B
</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004FRXWRW/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B004FRXWRW&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=JFLH5GAOX4WY5H4L"><img width="190" height="203" align="right" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Black%20%26%20Decker%20DR260B.jpg" alt="" /></a>As an Amazon Best Seller, the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004FRXWRW/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B004FRXWRW&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=JFLH5GAOX4WY5H4L">Black and Decker DR260B</a> is another excellent choice for a corded electric drill that's low on price and high on features and convenience. Built with the everyday homeowner in mind, the DR260B is one of the most compact electric drills you can buy, and its small size makes it incredibly ideal for working in those cramped, hard-to-reach areas of your home.</p> <p>The DR260B manages to pack a 5.2 amp motor with a variable speed range of 0-1,500 RPM inside its compact design, enabling it to provide enough power for all your home improvement needs. Last but not least, this ultra-convenient drill comes with a slew of handy features, including a built-in level, on-board bit storage, and a keyless chuck that allow for easy bit switching.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004FRXWRW/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B004FRXWRW&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=JFLH5GAOX4WY5H4L"><em>Currently $18.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best electric drills. As always, be sure to check out the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar">Wise Bread 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/william-tran">William Tran</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-electric-drills">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-8"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-aaa-batteries">The 5 Best AAA Batteries</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/holiday-gifts-for-your-co-workers">20 Gift Ideas for Your Co-Workers</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-fabric-softeners">The 5 Best Fabric Softeners</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-electric-blankets">The 5 Best Electric Blankets</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-counterop-burners">The 5 Best Counterop Burners</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping Buying Guides buying guide electric drills product reviews Wed, 17 Sep 2014 09:00:06 +0000 William Tran 1147195 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Bluetooth Keyboards http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-bluetooth-keyboards <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-bluetooth-keyboards" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/wireless-keyboard-466559189.jpg" alt="wireless keyboard" title="wireless keyboard" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="130" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Bluetooth keyboards offer a great solution to one of the biggest problems that many smartphone and tablet owners have; it can be quite difficult and uncomfortable to type on these devices when using their on-screen keyboards. Bluetooth keyboards are also great traveling companions for those who want to be productive on the go.</p> <p>There are a number of key factors to keep in mind when buying a Bluetooth keyboard. Wise Bread is here to help with our top five list of the best Bluetooth keyboards.</p> <h2>What Is a Bluetooth Keyboard?
</h2> <p>A Bluetooth keyboard is essentially a computer keyboard that wirelessly connects and communicates to computing devices using the Bluetooth radio frequency. They're most commonly used with portable devices such as smartphones and tablets that don't come with their own physical keyboard, but they can also be used with Bluetooth-enabled desktop computers and laptops if desired.</p> <p>Bluetooth keyboards are usually more compact and have smaller keys compared to regular computer keyboards, but they all use the same QWERTY key layout. They also come in a number of different form factors that cater to specific needs and comfort styles, and it's ultimately up to you to decide which one works best for you.</p> <h2>Best 5 Bluetooth Keyboards</h2> <h3>Logitech K810 Bluetooth Illuminated Keyboard</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0099SMFVQ/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0099SMFVQ&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=YSPACGV2IBJLKTRD"><img width="200" height="116" align="right" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Logitech%20K810%20Bluetooth%20Illuminated%20Keyboard.jpg" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0099SMFVQ/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0099SMFVQ&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=YSPACGV2IBJLKTRD">Logitech K810</a> is an outstanding Bluetooth keyboard that has been highly praised for its ability to be used seamlessly and interchangeably with multiple computing devices. Thanks to its Easy-Switch Bluetooth technology, not only can you can use the keyboard with up to three devices simultaneously, you can effortlessly switch between them with the simple press of a button.</p> <p>In addition, the K810 comes with a rechargeable battery pack along with built-in backlighting that can automatically adjust its brightness based on your current environment. Many users also love the keyboard's sleek brushed aluminum look as well as its unique keycap design that provides both a comfortable and noiseless typing experience.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0099SMFVQ/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0099SMFVQ&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=YSPACGV2IBJLKTRD"><em>Currently $69.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Microsoft Wedge Mobile Keyboard</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008OEHPKM/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B008OEHPKM&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=6ZZZ7BFRVJ4K3B7U"><img width="200" height="94" align="right" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Microsoft%20Wedge%20Mobile%20Keyboard.jpg" alt="" /></a>If you're looking for a keyboard that can handle the on-the-go lifestyle, then the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008OEHPKM/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B008OEHPKM&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=6ZZZ7BFRVJ4K3B7U">Microsoft Wedge</a> is the perfect choice for you. The Wedge's most exclusive feature is its multi-purpose cover that powers down the keyboard when it's attached and protects the keyboard from scratches and damage when in transit. Not only that, the cover can also transform into a convenient stand for your tablet, thus allowing you to set up an optimal workstation wherever you go.</p> <p>Despite its very compact and lightweight design, users say there's enough room provided for them to comfortably type on. While the keyboard is compatible with non-Windows devices, the Wedge does come with special Windows 8 hotkeys that work most effectively when paired with a Windows 8 tablet or smartphone.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008OEHPKM/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B008OEHPKM&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=6ZZZ7BFRVJ4K3B7U"><em>Currently $43.95 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Logitech DiNovo Edge Keyboard</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000J43HJ8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000J43HJ8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=P2HG4CP54VZT6AXV"><img width="200" height="138" align="right" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Logitech%20DiNovo%20Edge%20Keyboard.jpg" alt="" /></a>Although it is the most expensive option on our list, the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000J43HJ8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000J43HJ8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=P2HG4CP54VZT6AXV">Logitech DiNovo Edge</a> offers a phenomenal full-sized Bluetooth keyboard that's loaded with enough innovative features to satisfy any power user. Designed for use with desktop computers, its most notable features include the PerfectStroke key system that enables precise and fluid typing and the TouchDisc touchpad that lets you scroll, select, and control your cursor all in one place.</p> <p>The keyboard also comes with a touch-sensitive volume slider, hidden hotkeys that illuminate when you need them, and a handy charging base to recharge its batteries. These fantastic features are all packed onto an attractively super-thin brushed aluminum frame that's only 11 mm thick.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000J43HJ8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000J43HJ8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=P2HG4CP54VZT6AXV"><em>Currently $366.62 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Apple Wireless Keyboard
</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Apple-Wireless-Keyboard-MC184LL-B/dp/B005DLDO4U/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1397030143&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=apple+wireless+keyboard"><img width="200" height="102" align="right" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Apples%20Wireless%20Keyboard.jpg" /></a>Don't be fooled by its simplistic appearance; the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Apple-Wireless-Keyboard-MC184LL-B/dp/B005DLDO4U/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1397030143&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=apple+wireless+keyboard">Apple Wireless Keyboard</a> offers an excellent choice for consumers looking for a basic Bluetooth keyboard, and it's one that's both minimalistically stylish and incredibly easy to use. This iconic keyboard's ultra-thin, brushed aluminum body falls right in line with Apple's signature design aesthetic and is easily the lightest option on our list with a total of weight of just eight ounces.</p> <p>Many users say the keys are wonderfully responsive and that it's painless to use this keyboard in any setting given its lightweight design. The Apple Keyboard works with all Bluetooth-enabled computing devices, but it also comes with Mac-specific hotkeys that work best with devices running Apple's operating system.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Apple-Wireless-Keyboard-MC184LL-B/dp/B005DLDO4U/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1397030143&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=apple+wireless+keyboard"><em>Currently $64.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Anker T300 Ultra-Slim Mini Wireless Keyboard</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0096M8VR2/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0096M8VR2&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=QDJAFBOSYBNGI6YY"><img width="200" height="149" align="right" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Anker%20T300%20Ultra-Slim%20Mini%20Wireless%20Keyboard.jpg" alt="" /></a>With a 4&frac12;-star Amazon rating from over 2,800 customer reviews, many consumers have come to love the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0096M8VR2/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0096M8VR2&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=QDJAFBOSYBNGI6YY">Anker T300</a> for providing a superb Bluetooth keyboard at an astoundingly low price. Although this keyboard is light on features, many users have praised the Anker T300 for its wonderfully compact and lightweight design that's similar to the look of higher-end models along with its amazingly long battery life.</p> <p>Users also say that connecting this keyboard to your devices via Bluetooth couldn't be any easier. This keyboard is compatible with all Bluetooth-enabled computers, tablets, and smartphones, so you don't have to worry about whether this keyboard will work with your devices or not.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0096M8VR2/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0096M8VR2&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=QDJAFBOSYBNGI6YY"><em>Currently $19.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best Bluetooth keyboards. As always, be sure to check out the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar">Wise Bread 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/william-tran">William Tran</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-bluetooth-keyboards">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-9"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-aaa-batteries">The 5 Best AAA Batteries</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/holiday-gifts-for-your-co-workers">20 Gift Ideas for Your Co-Workers</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-fabric-softeners">The 5 Best Fabric Softeners</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-electric-blankets">The 5 Best Electric Blankets</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/what-to-buy-and-avoid-buying-in-january">What to Buy, and Avoid Buying, in January</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping Buying Guides bluetooth keyboards buying guide product reviews Thu, 11 Sep 2014 09:00:07 +0000 William Tran 1150926 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Sleeping Bags http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-sleeping-bags <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-sleeping-bags" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/sleeping-bags-86542668-small.jpg" alt="sleeping bags" title="sleeping bags" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="133" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Regardless of whether you're a first-time camper or a master of Mt. Everest, having the right sleeping bag will dramatically improve your outdoors experience. While buying a sleeping bag may seem like a straightforward process, there are a surprising number of factors to consider. When purchasing a new sleeping bag, it's important to note the filling of the bag, the shape as well as the warmth rating, in order to find the perfect bag for you.</p> <h2>What Is a Sleeping Bag?</h2> <p>A sleeping bag is essentially a protective blanket that can be zipped closed for use as a bed when a traditional bed is unavailable. As mentioned above, the three primary factors to look for are the type of filling, the shape and the warmth. When it comes to filling, you have the primary choice between synthetic and down, with down being significantly higher in quality and cost. Sleeping bags also come in two main shapes: mummy and rectangular. Mummy bags are lighter and warmer, thus making them better for backpacking, but less comfortable. Finally, sleeping bags come in three rough categories: summer sleeping bags, three-season bags, and winter sleeping bags.</p> <h2>Best 5 Sleeping Bags</h2> <h3>Sierra Designs DriDown Zissou Sleeping Bag</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00ABDHS9C/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00ABDHS9C&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=DPP3OECFHIGKZ4GA"><img width="180" height="180" align="right" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Sierra%20Designs%20DriDown%20Zissous.jpg" /></a>The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00ABDHS9C/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00ABDHS9C&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=DPP3OECFHIGKZ4GA">Sierra Designs DriDown Zissou</a> sleeping bag is known for combining the warm and easy-to-pack features of down lining with the water repellant features of synthetic by having the down treated with a polymer. Campers have noted that it performs exceptionally well at dealing with various forms of condensation such as dew and sweat. The mummy shape of the bag also does well at retaining body heat, but the bag is roomy enough at the torso to be comfortable while sleeping.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00ABDHS9C/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00ABDHS9C&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=DPP3OECFHIGKZ4GA"><em>Currently $279.90 for the regular size on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Coleman North Rim 0 Degree Sleeping Bag</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0009PUSO4/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0009PUSO4&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=LJ4YVE7FMROWBK2L"><img width="180" height="180" align="right" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Coleman%20North%20Rim%200%20Degree%20Sleeping%20Bag.jpg" alt="" /></a>Users love the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0009PUSO4/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0009PUSO4&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=LJ4YVE7FMROWBK2L">Coleman North Rim 0 Degree</a> sleeping bag because it provides a 0 degree bag at an extremely reasonable price. Its great warmth rating means that it's well-suited for winter camping and can keep you warm and comfortable even in frigid temperatures. However, it's important to note that many campers have claimed that this sleeping bag is a little too bulky for backpacking purposes; it's best kept at base camp.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0009PUSO4/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0009PUSO4&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=LJ4YVE7FMROWBK2L"><em>Currently $50.00 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Teton Sports Mammoth Queen Size Sleeping Bag</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000F38YI2/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000F38YI2&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=34PNORSHSNWLHO3U"><img width="180" height="156" align="right" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Teton%20Sports%20Mammoth%20Queen%20Size%20Sleeping%20Bag.jpg" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000F38YI2/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000F38YI2&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=34PNORSHSNWLHO3U">Teton Sports Mammoth</a> sleeping bag's large size is perfect for couples or families with a small child that want to stay together when sleeping. This Teton Sports sleeping bag is available in two temperature settings, with the lighter bag appropriate for summer camping, and the heavier one great for winter camping. The all-cotton interior flannel lining makes this sleeping bag extremely comfortable, a feature many users attest to. Unfortunately, its size makes it unwieldy when it comes to portability and re-packing.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000F38YI2/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000F38YI2&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=34PNORSHSNWLHO3U"><em>Currently $143.58 for the winter variant on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Teton Sports Celsius XXL 0 Degree Flannel Lined Sleeping Bag</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001D6MF26/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B001D6MF26&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=C3M5B6HQSZNX7LJ6"><img width="180" height="180" align="right" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Teton%20Sports%20Celsius%20XXL%200%20Degree%20Flannel%20Lined%20Sleeping%20Bag.jpg" alt="" /></a>For those that are looking for a large sleeping that provides a comfortable sleep, look no further than the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001D6MF26/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B001D6MF26&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=C3M5B6HQSZNX7LJ6">Teton Sports Celsius XXL</a>. This sleeping bag can easily fit someone at least six feet tall, or can snugly fit two people. The inner flannel lining makes this sleeping bag exceptionally comfortable, and the bag is rated down to 0 degrees. Campers agree that this is a great sleeping bag to have for winter camping.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001D6MF26/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B001D6MF26&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=C3M5B6HQSZNX7LJ6"><em>Currently $79.37 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Coleman White Water Large Cool-Weather Sleeping Bag</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00363X1IG/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00363X1IG&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=56PGY2UBZTCPBMSN"><img width="180" height="180" align="right" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Coleman%20White%20Water%20Large%20Cool-Weather%20Sleeping%20Bag.jpg" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00363X1IG/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00363X1IG&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=56PGY2UBZTCPBMSN">Coleman White Water</a> sleeping bag is a great affordable, cool-weather sleeping bag for campers that aren't camping in sub-freezing conditions. This sleeping bag is rated for temperatures between 30 and 50 degrees and can fit campers up to 6 feet, 4 inches tall. Users have stated repeatedly that this bag is great for summer camping and doesn't keep you too warm at night. However, its size keeps it from being a particularly good backpacking sleeping bag.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00363X1IG/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00363X1IG&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=56PGY2UBZTCPBMSN"><em>Currently $42.07 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best sleeping bags. As always, be sure to check out the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar">Wise Bread 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/jeffrey-pu">Jeffrey Pu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-sleeping-bags">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-10"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-aaa-batteries">The 5 Best AAA Batteries</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/holiday-gifts-for-your-co-workers">20 Gift Ideas for Your Co-Workers</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-fabric-softeners">The 5 Best Fabric Softeners</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-electric-blankets">The 5 Best Electric Blankets</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/what-to-buy-and-avoid-buying-in-january">What to Buy, and Avoid Buying, in January</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping Buying Guides buying guide product reviews sleeping bags Wed, 03 Sep 2014 09:00:04 +0000 Jeffrey Pu 1152742 at http://www.wisebread.com What to Buy (and Avoid Buying) in September http://www.wisebread.com/what-to-buy-and-avoid-buying-in-september <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/what-to-buy-and-avoid-buying-in-september" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/coffee-shop-barista-494342237-small.jpg" alt="coffee shop barista" title="coffee shop barista" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Once again, we're heading into the home stretch; the big shopping days are going to be here in no time. Black Friday, Holidays, New Year, it's all just around the corner. But for many of us, there are still a few great months of sunshine. And whatever the weather, there are always great bargains to grab, if you know what you're looking for. Here's the list for September.</p> <h2>First, What to Buy&hellip;</h2> <p>Obviously September kicks off with Labor Day, and you'll find a lot of retails stores taking advantage of that long weekend. This is also the month we kick off Oktoberfest (yes, it starts on September 21st) and cheese pizza day (September 5th). But if those aren't appealing, check out the following deals.</p> <h3>Coffee Deals Are Brewing</h3> <p>September is home to National Coffee Day. On the 29th, you will see a wave of free coffee promotions, as well as heavily discounted products. Look beyond the usual places (Starbucks, Dunkin' Donuts, Caribou) and check out 7-Eleven, McDonald's, and supermarkets.</p> <h3>Patio Goes On Sale</h3> <p>Patio deals have been hot for weeks, but now the stores are really looking to shift the remaining stock quickly. If you can find the goods (many places have already cleared out their patio furniture and accessories), you can expect to see 70% or more off on tables, chairs, outdoor rugs, umbrellas, storage boxes, lighting, and more. You should still have some time this year to enjoy it all.</p> <h3>Lawn and Garden Madness</h3> <p>Along with patio, the other great outdoor pursuit is going on sale &mdash; gardening. A quick stroll through any major retailer will soon show you much they want to dump lawn and garden products. Prices are being slashed across the board, including tools, lawn mowers, hoses, plants, shrubs, and trees. The last few months before your first frost are also a good time to plant certain landscaping bushes and plants, so grab those deals now.</p> <h3>Summer Clothes</h3> <p>They're way out of fashion now. Meaning, most people are wearing them, but not really planning to buy any more. Why bother? Well, summer will be here again next year, and unless you absolutely have to have the latest high-street fashions, this is a good time to stock up. Get them now, seal them in vacuum bags, and they'll be ready for 2014. Also look for swimsuits, summer hats, shorts, flip flops, sandals, and even sunscreen deals.</p> <h3>Get a New &quot;Old&quot; Car</h3> <p>There are four months left in 2014, but the dealerships are already looking to push the 2015 models on you. These are great cars, they're just not the latest models, but the dealership knows it will have a hard time shifting old stock. A lot of people want the latest, greatest cars. Don't be one of them. If you want a new motor, now is the time to start shopping. Expect to see some great 0% financing deals, as well as 10%-20% off incentives, and extra cash back offers.</p> <h3>Small Appliances</h3> <p>Big appliances are to be avoided, but their smaller cousins are on sale this month. Take a look at stores like Target, Sears, WalMart, Kohls, and JCPenney for bargain microwaves, toasters, mixers, handheld vacuums, and countertop gadgets.</p> <h3>Laptops</h3> <p>If you still don't have a laptop, this is another good month to go shopping. The prices continue to drop on laptops, or they remain steady but include greater spec for the same money. Also, there are a few back-to-school laptop deals still hanging around, so shop around and get a laptop bargain.</p> <h3>Baby Stuff</h3> <p>Strollers. Cribs. High chairs. Walkers. Bouncers. You name it, you'll see discounts on them in September. And with Christmas quickly approaching, it could be a good time to grab some bargains as gifts for those people you know with a little one in the house.</p> <h3>Jewelry</h3> <p>The jewelers have good months (February, May, June, October &mdash; December) and they have bad months. This is one of those bad months. Nothing is going on. There is no reason to go out there and buy shiny trinkets for anyone, other than birthdays or anniversaries. You will see bargains everywhere. Get a few now, and avoid the price hikes coming in the next few months.</p> <h2>And, What to Avoid&hellip;</h2> <p>There are lots of deals this month, but there are a few things to avoid. You will probably guess that a certain huge holiday is just around the corner, and that kicks off our list.</p> <h3>Halloween Gear</h3> <p>Next month, almost two months from now to be honest, is one of the biggest holidays in the retail calendar. Right now, you will see shelves piled high with Halloween goodies, but the prices are scary too. You need to be very careful here. Shop around, wait for deals to come. The best time to buy is November 1st, for obvious reasons.</p> <h3>Large Appliances</h3> <p>The big fridges, dishwashers, ranges, washers and dryers are all going on sale this month. But they won't be bargains. Unless you really have to have it, wait until that wonderful day in November &mdash; Black Friday. That's when the biggest discounts of the year will happen.</p> <h3>Fall Clothing and Footwear</h3> <p>You know the aisles are full of fall clothing right now. It's what's hot. And when anything is hot, it is not a deal. Stay away from fall clothing until the Halloween gear goes on sale.</p> <h3>Office Supplies</h3> <p>The few remaining back-to-school sales are about to fizzle out. And once that happens, you start paying full retail price on your school and office supplies. If you see a back-to-school sale, take advantage of it now.</p> <h3>2015 Car Models</h3> <p>Everyone wants a big shiny new car. That's why the prices are so high. Leave them alone and go for last year's model. It's almost the same and comes with a ton of discounts.</p> <p><em>What are you planning to buy this month? Any deals you've been looking forward to?</em></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/what-to-buy-and-avoid-buying-in-september">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-11"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-to-buy-and-avoid-buying-in-april">What to Buy (and Avoid Buying) in April</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-to-buy-and-avoid-buying-in-october">What to Buy (and Avoid Buying) in October</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-to-buy-and-avoid-buying-in-january">What to Buy, and Avoid Buying, in January</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/what-to-buy-and-avoid-buying-in-july">What to Buy (and Avoid Buying) in July</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/what-to-buy-and-avoid-buying-in-august">What to Buy (and Avoid Buying) in August</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping buying guide product reviews shopping calendar what to buy Fri, 29 Aug 2014 21:00:04 +0000 Paul Michael 981621 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Universal Remotes http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-universal-remotes <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-universal-remotes" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/universal-remote-178524918-small.jpg" alt="universal remote" title="universal remote" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="147" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Anyone who has ever owned a home entertainment system is aware of the plethora of remotes required to control each component and the chaos that can ensue if you were to lose one of them. This is where a universal remote can come in handy, as it gives you the ability to control all your favorite electronic devices on just one convenient remote.</p> <p>There are a number of key factors to look for when searching for the ideal universal remote. We here at Wise Bread have done the homework for you, and we're happy to present our list of the five best universal remotes.</p> <h2>What Is a Universal Remote?</h2> <p>A universal remote is an advanced remote control device that can be programmed to control multiple electronic entertainment systems in your home, including televisions, cable boxes, video players, gaming consoles and sound systems. Setting up a universal remote to control your existing electronic devices generally requires entering in a product code on the remote that's unique to the device that you want to control. Certain universal remotes will even let you download the codes from a computer with Internet access right onto the remote.</p> <p>Most high-end universal remotes also allow you to perform commands that would usually require multiple keystrokes with just the press of a single button instead. It is important that you make sure that the universal remote will be compatible with your electronic devices before you buy it.</p> <h2>Best 5 Universal Remotes
</h2> <h3>Logitech Harmony One
</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Logitech-Advanced-Universal-Discontinued-Manufacturer/dp/B005FO43OU/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1396728842&amp;sr=8-2&amp;keywords=logitech+harmony+one%E2%80%A8"><img width="180" height="208" align="right" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Logitech%20Harmony%20One.jpg" /></a>Both experts and consumers alike have praised the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Logitech-Advanced-Universal-Discontinued-Manufacturer/dp/B005FO43OU/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1396728842&amp;sr=8-2&amp;keywords=logitech+harmony+one%E2%80%A8">Logitech Harmony One</a> for being a fantastic universal remote with easy-to-use features and a very ergonomic design. Great for owners of large entertainment systems, this Consumer Search top pick can control up to 15 different electronic devices and comes with a simple Internet-guided setup process.</p> <p>Users love the remote's lightweight, contoured body that's very comfortable to hold as well as the illuminated buttons that are great for nighttime use. Its touch-enabled LED screen lets you perform a wide variety of commands with just a simple touch, and its on-screen options can be customized to your personal preference. You can also easily recharge the remote's batteries with the included charging dock.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Logitech-Advanced-Universal-Discontinued-Manufacturer/dp/B005FO43OU/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1396728842&amp;sr=8-2&amp;keywords=logitech+harmony+one%E2%80%A8"><em>Currently $449.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Logitech Harmony Ultimate
</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BQ5RY1G/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00BQ5RY1G&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=XX45LDQ54A3O7EYW"><img width="180" height="195" align="right" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Logitech%20Harmony%20Ultimate.jpg" /></a>The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BQ5RY1G/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00BQ5RY1G&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=XX45LDQ54A3O7EYW">Logitech Harmony Ultimate</a> universal remote delivers an incredibly advanced and feature-packed controller for the entire home entertainment system that'll certainly satisfy power users. Not only does it include all the great features found on the superb Harmony One remote, it adds even more convenient features on top of that, including dual button mapping, haptic feedback, and a built-in accelerometer that can automatically turn on the touch screen when the remote is picked up.</p> <p>The Harmony Ultimate remote also comes with an exclusive Harmony Hub receiver that lets it access devices that are behind closed cabinet doors and walls. If you download the Harmony smartphone app, the Hub can also transform your smartphone into a remote with its own customizable interface.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BQ5RY1G/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00BQ5RY1G&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=XX45LDQ54A3O7EYW"><em>Currently $349.00 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Logitech Harmony 1100
</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Logitech-Harmony-Universal-Remote-Screen/dp/B001M5U5AC/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1396918596&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=harmony+1100"><img width="180" height="147" align="right" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Logitech%20Harmony%201100.jpg" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Logitech-Harmony-Universal-Remote-Screen/dp/B001M5U5AC/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1396918596&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=harmony+1100">Logitech Harmony 1100</a> offers a unique tablet-style universal remote that gives users an innovative and even simpler way of controlling their entertainment devices. This Consumer Search top pick packs a gorgeous 3.5-inch, full-color touch-screen display that gives you complete control of up to 15 devices and comes with a slew of customization options, including personalized commands and the ability to add icons for your favorite channels for instant access.</p> <p>Although it&rsquo;s certainly larger than your traditional universal remote, users say that the tablet remote is still easy and comfortable to hold. The Harmony 1100 also comes with a convenient charging stand and can be easily setup using web-based software.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Logitech-Harmony-Universal-Remote-Screen/dp/B001M5U5AC/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1396918596&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=harmony+1100"><em>Currently $424.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Logitech Harmony 650
</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004OVECU0/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B004OVECU0&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=Z7C3FY3BELQ2FOOH"><img width="180" height="185" align="right" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Logitech%20Harmony%20650.jpg" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004OVECU0/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B004OVECU0&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=Z7C3FY3BELQ2FOOH">Logitech Harmony 650</a> is the perfect choice for those looking for a high quality universal remote that doesn't require a small fortune to afford. Despite its sub-$100 price tag, this Amazon Best Seller comes with many of the features that you'll commonly find on more expensive universal remotes, including a color command screen that lets you jump to your favorite channels and commands, illuminated buttons for nighttime use, and an easy web-based setup process that lets you start using your remote without a fuss.</p> <p>This remote can control up to 8 different devices, and its wonderfully contoured design is lightweight and feels great in your hands. It also comes with one-touch activity buttons that can turn on the appropriate devices for the specified activity you desire with a single press.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004OVECU0/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B004OVECU0&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=Z7C3FY3BELQ2FOOH"><em>Currently $72.64 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>URC-WR7
</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001KC08A4/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B001KC08A4&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=CXGITL7HSNDFZAM4"><img width="180" height="180" align="right" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/URC-WR7.jpg" alt="" /></a>While it may be the most budget-friendly option on our list, the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001KC08A4/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B001KC08A4&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=CXGITL7HSNDFZAM4">URC-WR7</a> basic universal remote delivers more bang for your buck when compared to other options in its price range, and its also an excellent choice for users who aren't particularly tech-savvy. The URC-WR7 can control up to 7 different devices and comes with special macro buttons that can turn on multiple devices and execute multiple commands with one easy push.</p> <p>The remote also allows you to save up to five of your favorite channels on each of the four customizable &quot;My Favorites&quot; buttons. The Quick Setup feature on the URC-WR7 automatically finds the devices you want to control so that you can get your remote working right away, no computer needed. If a particular device can't be found, the remote also has a learning mode that lets you easily transfer commands from another remote onto this one.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001KC08A4/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B001KC08A4&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=CXGITL7HSNDFZAM4"><em>Currently $23.22 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best universal remotes. As always, be sure to check out the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar">Wise Bread 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/william-tran">William Tran</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-universal-remotes">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-12"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-aaa-batteries">The 5 Best AAA Batteries</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/holiday-gifts-for-your-co-workers">20 Gift Ideas for Your Co-Workers</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-fabric-softeners">The 5 Best Fabric Softeners</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-electric-blankets">The 5 Best Electric Blankets</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/what-to-buy-and-avoid-buying-in-january">What to Buy, and Avoid Buying, in January</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping Buying Guides buying guide product reviews universal remotes Wed, 27 Aug 2014 09:00:04 +0000 William Tran 1150362 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Teeth Whiteners http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-teeth-whiteners <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-teeth-whiteners" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/teeth-whitener-78377541-small.jpg" alt="teeth whitener" title="teeth whitener" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="151" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>You might think the only way to get your teeth sparkling again is by taking a very expensive, very time consuming trip to your dentist. Teeth whiteners provide the results of a cumbersome dental visit with more manageable prices and incredible convenience with minimal difficulty. However, there are many important factors to consider when deciding just which brand is right for you. We here at Wise Bread have compiled a list of the top five teeth whiteners to help you find just the one.</p> <h2>What Are Teeth Whiteners?</h2> <p>Teeth whiteners are essentially personal dental bleaching kits that, when applied on your teeth consistently, help dramatically lighten the color of your teeth as well as remove any blemishes and discoloration that they may have. While there's a wide array of options available, many experts say that the most effective teeth whiteners come in the form of dental strips and gels. There are also teeth whiteners for individuals with sensitive teeth.</p> <p>Most teeth whiteners cannot be expected to produce results after an overnight usage, but with consistent application they give you the gleam of a recent dental visit without the huge bill to show for it.</p> <h2>Best 5 Teeth Whiteners</h2> <h3>Ultradent Opalescence PF Teeth Whitening Gel</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00147Z7R4/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00147Z7R4&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=LJC5J2KUN2FN43FQ"><img width="200" height="188" align="right" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Opalescence%20PF.jpg" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00147Z7R4/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00147Z7R4&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=LJC5J2KUN2FN43FQ">Ultradent Opalescence PF Teeth Whitening Gel</a> is a high-quality, professional-grade teeth whitening solution that has not only proven itself to be incredibly effective but also very easy to use. This Consumer Search top pick utilizes a unique potassium nitrate-fluoride formula that delivers fast whitening results along with the added bonus of strengthening your teeth and reducing cavities. Just dispense the gel onto a custom-made mouth tray using the provided syringes</p> <p>The only issue is that you must obtain a tray yourself from a professional dentist. The gel is available in different potencies, and the specific potency you choose will determine how long you need to wear the gel during each use, which ranges from 30 minutes to overnight.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00147Z7R4/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00147Z7R4&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=LJC5J2KUN2FN43FQ"><em>Currently $28.42 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>GO SMiLE Smile Whitening Light System</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0042LKK58/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0042LKK58&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=KWZUD2W4NN65EIIB"><img width="200" height="200" align="right" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/gosmile.jpg" alt="" /></a>A Good Housekeeping top pick, the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0042LKK58/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0042LKK58&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=KWZUD2W4NN65EIIB">GO SMiLE Smile Whitening Light System</a> is another terrific choice for an at-home teeth whitening kit that employs a more innovative method for making your teeth shine that's still simple to perform. Users need only to apply the peroxide gel onto their teeth and then hold the provided LED light device in front of their mouth for three 10-minute sessions per use.</p> <p>The GO SMiLE system has proven itself to be capable of making your teeth at least one shade whiter on average, and many users love how the process caused little to no teeth irritation. It also comes with enough peroxide gel for three separate uses which adds some nice value.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0042LKK58/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0042LKK58&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=KWZUD2W4NN65EIIB"><em>Currently $88.36 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Crest 3D White Whitestrips Advanced Vivid</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00336EUTK/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00336EUTK&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=ZWXOWAXLLIO6I6QB"><img width="200" height="200" align="right" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/crest%203d%20white%20advanced%20vivid.jpg" alt="" /></a>Another Consumer Search top pick, the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00336EUTK/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00336EUTK&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=ZWXOWAXLLIO6I6QB">Crest 3D White Whitestrips Advanced Vivid</a> has some customers seeing results after just four days of usage and a very simple application system. The only teeth whitener with an &quot;A&quot; grade from Good Housekeeping, these strips just need to be applied directly to the teeth and they get to work.</p> <p>They can be seen as a little time consuming since they require 30 minute usage sessions for 20 days, but the results are impeccable. While some people did report sensitivity of the teeth and gums with the product, they were very few as the strips bond well to the teeth making spillage of the formula rare.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00336EUTK/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00336EUTK&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=ZWXOWAXLLIO6I6QB"><em>Currently $41.41 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Rembrandt Stain Dissolving Strips</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007RF1YZG/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B007RF1YZG&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=AUVDCZ6AKGPTPY7E"><img width="200" height="200" align="right" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/rembrandt.jpg" alt="" /></a>A well reviewed option in the teeth whitening market, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007RF1YZG/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B007RF1YZG&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=AUVDCZ6AKGPTPY7E">Rembrandt Stain Dissolving Strips</a> come with the super simple method of use that lets them just dissolve in your mouth. It has an intense minty taste and only requires 5-10 minutes a day for treatment.</p> <p>Rembrandt Stain Dissolving Strips only need to be applied two times a day for two weeks to show results, which are, on average, to get teeth an entire shade lighter than they were before. While comfort may vary depending on the user, generally most people enjoy the product since it gives them the freedom to apply the strip and forget about having to take it out.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007RF1YZG/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B007RF1YZG&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=AUVDCZ6AKGPTPY7E"><em>Currently $32.95 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Supersmile Professional Whitening System</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007IIHZ6O/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B007IIHZ6O&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=XDIYDQUIZGDLHLZF"><img width="200" height="214" align="right" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/supersmile.jpg" alt="" /></a>Along with being the lowest priced item on this list, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007IIHZ6O/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B007IIHZ6O&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=XDIYDQUIZGDLHLZF">Supersmile Professional Whitening System</a> is a toothpaste, so it still contains enamel-building, teeth-toughening, and cavity-fighting agents, giving it great value. One of the best reviewed teeth whitening products on Consumer Search, Supersmile Professional Whitening System is a great product for those who aren't looking for an intense whitening.</p> <p>This product has the best record with consumers in terms of sensitivity, as most reviewers have reported no discomfort or sensitivity of the teeth or gums after using this product. It focuses on being the gentle outlet for teeth whiteners while still producing good results. Using this product merely requires you to do what you normally do: brush your teeth twice a day. It doesn't take up any extra time and application is easier than strips or trays.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007IIHZ6O/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B007IIHZ6O&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=XDIYDQUIZGDLHLZF"><em>Currently $34.79 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best teeth whiteners. As always, be sure to check out the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar">Wise Bread 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/janae-spinato">Janae Spinato</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-teeth-whiteners">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-13"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-aaa-batteries">The 5 Best AAA Batteries</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/holiday-gifts-for-your-co-workers">20 Gift Ideas for Your Co-Workers</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-fabric-softeners">The 5 Best Fabric Softeners</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-electric-blankets">The 5 Best Electric Blankets</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/what-to-buy-and-avoid-buying-in-january">What to Buy, and Avoid Buying, in January</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping Buying Guides buying guide product reviews teeth whiteners Tue, 26 Aug 2014 09:00:04 +0000 Janae Spinato 1154409 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Bicycle Helmets http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-bicycle-helmets <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-bicycle-helmets" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/family-biking-178721180-small.jpg" alt="family biking" title="family biking" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="147" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Bicycling is a widely enjoyed activity that carries a multitude of health benefits along with being a very environmentally friendly means of transport. However, riding a bicycle also requires wearing the proper safety equipment to ensure that the rider is well protected when accidents happen. A bicycle helmet is an especially crucial accessory that all bicyclists should have on that'll decrease their risk of severe head injuries.</p> <p>While choosing a good bicycle helmet may seem easy enough, there are actually many important elements to consider. We here at Wise Bread have done the research for you, and we're happy to present our top five list of the best bicycle helmets you can buy.</p> <h2>What Is a Bicycle Helmet?</h2> <p>A bicycle helmet is a safety device worn on the head that's designed to protect the user from severe head injuries in cases when the user falls off of a bicycle as well as to eliminate interference in the user's peripheral vision when riding a bicycle. The most ideal bicycle helmets come with a lightweight design, good ventilation, and a comfortable fit.</p> <p>Bicycle helmets come in a wide variety of different designs, with some models specifically tailored to fit female riders and children. It is very important for bicyclists to wear a bicycle helmet while riding for their own personal safety. Certain U.S. states and international countries have established laws making it illegal to not wear a bicycle helmet while riding a bike.</p> <h2>Best 5 Bicycle Helmets</h2> <h3>Giro Aeon
</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005QY7Y86/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B005QY7Y86&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=4VMBUOVLPWVE2R6U"><img width="200" height="165" align="right" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Giro%20Aeon.jpg" alt="" /></a>An ideal option for devoted bicyclists, the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005QY7Y86/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B005QY7Y86&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=4VMBUOVLPWVE2R6U">Giro Aeon</a> is a Consumer Search top pick that provides an incredibly comfortable and lightweight bicycle helmet that looks just as good as it feels. One of the Aeon's most popular features is its innovative Roc Loc 5 fit system that comes with a micro-adjusting dial and a three-position bracket. Together, they let you easily adjust the helmet's tightness and vertical position with just one hand while you're riding for the most satisfying fit.</p> <p>Thanks to a one-piece exoskeleton design that merges an impact-absorbing EPS inner lining with a polycarbonate outer shell, the Aeon is capable of providing excellent protection without being a burden to wear. This helmet also incorporates a special WindTunnel ventilation system into its design that optimally channels cool air over the user's head and forces hot air out to prevent overheating.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005QY7Y86/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B005QY7Y86&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=4VMBUOVLPWVE2R6U"><em>Currently $186.98 for a medium size on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Specialized Echelon II
</h3> <p><a href="http://www.specialized.com/us/en/ftr/helmets/road-helmets/echelon-ii"><img width="200" height="124" align="right" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Specialized%20Echelon%20II.jpg" /></a>The <a href="http://www.specialized.com/us/en/ftr/helmets/road-helmets/echelon-ii">Specialized Echelon II</a> bicycle helmet delivers a worthy update to the original Echelon, which was a Consumer Reports top pick, that will surely please riders who want an advanced bicycle helmet with a more affordable price tag. Don't let the Echelon II's sleek, lightweight design fool you; this helmet is equipped with a composite matrix internal reinforcement structure that effectively protects your head during accidents along with providing larger air vents for more efficient cooling.</p> <p>The Echelon II also comes with a micro-adjustable dial and four different height options that you can easily adjust while riding. A Tri-Fix web splitter makes adjusting the helmet's side straps wonderfully simple, and reflective decals are incorporated into the helmet's design to ensure optimal visibility during nighttime rides.</p> <p><a href="http://www.specialized.com/us/en/ftr/helmets/road-helmets/echelon-ii"><em>Currently $65.00 on Specialized's official website</em></a></p> <h3>Giro Skyla
</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0062CSL8I/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0062CSL8I&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=MSA64742ECV2M3ME"><img width="200" height="155" align="right" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Giro%20Skyla.jpg" /></a>Another Consumer Search top pick, the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0062CSL8I/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0062CSL8I&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=MSA64742ECV2M3ME">Giro Skyla</a> is a bicycle helmet made just for female riders that offers outstanding protection and comfort along with a terrific female-oriented design. Like many of Giro's quality helmets, the Skyla is comprised of an in-molded construction that combines an inner foam liner with an outer polycarbonate shell complete with 20 air vents that allows the helmet to be very protective as well as lightweight and breathable.</p> <p>Not only does it come with an Acu Dial fit system that lets riders adjust the helmet's fit while riding with just a single hand, many female users appreciate how the Skyla's dial system is placed slightly lower on the helmet to provide room for the ponytails of longer-haired riders without obstructing access to the dial itself. Users also praise the Skyla for being especially adept at fitting smaller heads comfortably.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0062CSL8I/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0062CSL8I&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=MSA64742ECV2M3ME"><em>Currently $35.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Bontrager Solstice Youth</h3> <p><a href="http://www.bontrager.com/model/09057"><img width="200" height="148" align="right" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Bontrager%20Solstice%20Youth.jpg" /></a>As both a Consumer Reports and a Consumer Search top pick, the <a href="http://www.bontrager.com/model/09057">Bontrager Solstice Youth</a> bicycle helmet is an excellent choice for young bicyclists that delivers superb protection along with a number of kid-friendly features. The Solstice Youth has received top scores from both experts and consumers alike in the safety department, thanks to its sturdy in-molded shell design that ensures the child's head is very well protected from any impact.</p> <p>It also manages to be lightweight and well ventilated and can accommodate long haired children as well. With the built-in Micro-Manager fit system, this helmet can fit any head size snugly and comfortably with a simple turn of the dial. To further appeal to child riders, the Solstice Youth comes in a number of fun colors that'll certainly appeal to their tastes.</p> <p><a href="http://www.bontrager.com/model/09057"><em>Currently $44.99 on Bontrager's official website</em></a></p> <h3>Giro Indicator
</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008Z9H1VO/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B008Z9H1VO&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=KBZCS5WHZP3UW2XE"><img width="200" height="157" align="right" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Giro%20Indicator.jpg" /></a>For casual bicyclists who want a good quality bicycle helmet, the Consumer Search recommended <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008Z9H1VO/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B008Z9H1VO&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=KBZCS5WHZP3UW2XE">Giro Indicator</a> bicycle helmet is a standout choice that's both fairly low-cost and high in value. Although it comes in only one universal size, the Indicator is effectively constructed with a lightweight in-molded hardbody and a Acu Dial fit system to provide optimal protection while maintaining the most comfortable fit that you can easily adjust.</p> <p>While the helmet's 20 air vents allow for great ventilation for rides on hot days, some users like how the helmet can also accommodate additional headgear underneath it for added insulation on colder days. This durable and versatile helmet is available in a variety of sleek designs and colors that goes well with your sporty lifestyle.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008Z9H1VO/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B008Z9H1VO&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=KBZCS5WHZP3UW2XE"><em>Currently $39.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best bicycle helmets. As always, be sure to check out the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar">Wise Bread 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/william-tran">William Tran</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-bicycle-helmets">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-14"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-aaa-batteries">The 5 Best AAA Batteries</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/holiday-gifts-for-your-co-workers">20 Gift Ideas for Your Co-Workers</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-fabric-softeners">The 5 Best Fabric Softeners</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-electric-blankets">The 5 Best Electric Blankets</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/what-to-buy-and-avoid-buying-in-january">What to Buy, and Avoid Buying, in January</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping Buying Guides bicycle helmets buying guide product reviews Thu, 21 Aug 2014 09:00:05 +0000 William Tran 1150191 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Heart-Rate Monitors http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-heart-rate-monitors <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-heart-rate-monitors" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman-runner-493565555-small_0.jpg" alt="woman runner" title="woman runner" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="143" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Beyond exercise and a good diet, maintaining a healthy active lifestyle also means knowing as much as you can about your body, especially your heart. Having a good heart-rate monitor with you while you perform physical exercises can help you effectively train at the appropriate intensity level while also ensuring that your heart rate stays within a safe range.</p> <p>A wide variety of heart-rate monitor models are available, each with their own unique features that are ideally suited for certain needs. Wise Bread is here to help find the best one for you with our top five list.</p> <h2>What Is a Heart-Rate Monitor?</h2> <p>A heart-rate monitor is an electronic monitoring device that utilizes built-in pulse sensors to let you measure your heart rate in real time as well as to record the data for long-term analysis. A heart-rate monitor is comprised of two parts: a chest strap transmitter that measures your physical heart beat and a wrist receiver that displays the information to the user.</p> <p>Newer models of heart-rate monitors can also transmit their data over to smartphones via downloadable apps. Strapless heart-rate monitors are also available if you find that wearing a chest strap is too uncomfortable.</p> <h2>Best 5 Heart-Rate Monitors</h2> <h3>Timex Ironman Race Trainer</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005CP9HDE/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B005CP9HDE&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=HFF6L6Z7QDCI5N6O"><img width="180" height="180" align="right" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Timex%20Ironman%20Race%20Trainer.jpg" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005CP9HDE/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B005CP9HDE&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=HFF6L6Z7QDCI5N6O">Timex Ironman Race Trainer</a> provides a terrific choice for a heart-rate monitor that comes with a number of helpful functions that can benefit both casual and professional athletes alike. This Consumer Search top pick has been lauded for its accurate and reliable heart-rate tracking along with its five preset heart rate target zones and one customizable one that's effective in letting users know when to pick up or slow down their workout.</p> <p>Users also say that both the chest strap and the water-resistant wristwatch are very comfortable to wear. Other notable features include a 50-lap chronograph function that can average your heart rate per lap, five interval timers, and the ability to save data from the last 10 workouts.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005CP9HDE/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B005CP9HDE&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=HFF6L6Z7QDCI5N6O"><em>Currently $82.08 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Polar FT60
</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001F0PVNK/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B001F0PVNK&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=TKBHAWARY26I4XIH"><img width="180" height="167" align="right" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Polar%20FT60s.jpg" /></a>Another Consumer Search top pick, the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001F0PVNK/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B001F0PVNK&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=TKBHAWARY26I4XIH">Polar FT60</a> heart-rate monitor comes packed with a number of advanced features that make it the ideal choice for serious athletes. Doing more than just simple heart-rate monitoring, its most exclusive feature is its STAR Training program that lets the FT60 create customized workouts personalized to your fitness needs as well as weekly goals for training times and calorie intake.</p> <p>The FT60 comes with a built-in 5-minute fitness test that allows you to keep track of your weekly weight changes, and it can also store up to 100 files in its easily accessible training history. Not only is it comfortable and easy to use, the chest strap transmitter uses a specialized signal code to ensure interference-free communication with the wristwatch.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001F0PVNK/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B001F0PVNK&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=TKBHAWARY26I4XIH"><em>Currently $110.49 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Polar H7
</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007S088F4/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B007S088F4&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=76CVUWZSJHF4QW22"><img width="180" height="87" align="right" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Polar%20H7.jpg" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007S088F4/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B007S088F4&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=76CVUWZSJHF4QW22">Polar H7</a> heart-rate monitor is a Consumer Reports top pick that utilizes the newest technology to give you a hassle-free way of monitoring your heart rate. Unlike most heart-rate monitors, the H7 is only comprised of a Bluetooth-compatible chest strap. Rather than sending data over to a wristwatch device, the H7 pairs its chest strap transmitter with your smartphone via Bluetooth and then displays your heart rate and workout data through a compatible fitness app.</p> <p>It can even sync with gym equipment that comes with compatible Polar heart rate technology to give you a hands-free method of measurement. Overall, the H7 minimizes on the amount of equipment you have to manage and the time it takes to set everything up, so that you can just focus on having an effective workout.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007S088F4/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B007S088F4&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=76CVUWZSJHF4QW22"><em>Currently $53.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>MIO Alpha
</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BJ6HLDI/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00BJ6HLDI&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=4372L7VTXYDP4AK4"><img width="180" height="189" align="right" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/MIO%20Alpha2.jpg" /></a>If you're not a fan of chest straps, then the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BJ6HLDI/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00BJ6HLDI&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=4372L7VTXYDP4AK4">MIO Alpha</a> is definitely the most ideal heart-rate monitor for you. The Alpha sports watch contains two light beams and an electro-optical cell that are used to detect your pulse signal, which is then calculated through advanced algorithms to accurately determine your heart rate without the use of a chest strap. It can even continuously measure your heart rate while running at top speeds of 14 mph with great accuracy.</p> <p>In addition, the Alpha allows you to easily set your target heart rate zones and lets you review your exercise data right after your workout, including total workout time, average heart rate, and how long you were working at peak levels. You can also sync the data with a variety of popular fitness apps on your smartphone using a Bluetooth connection.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BJ6HLDI/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00BJ6HLDI&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=4372L7VTXYDP4AK4"><em>Currently $198.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Polar FT1</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003HT88JQ/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B003HT88JQ&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=O5YMIIMBMTVZ4ZBN"><img width="180" height="192" align="right" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Polars%20FT1.jpg" /></a>With a top recommendation from Consumer Search, the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003HT88JQ/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B003HT88JQ&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=O5YMIIMBMTVZ4ZBN">Polar FT1</a> manages to deliver a quality-filled heart-rate monitor that comes at a very affordable price. Many users say that the FT1 more than makes up for its lack of high-end features with its simple one-button operation and accurate heart-rate tracking. It also allows users to set custom heart rate zones and can alert you when you sway from those zones, which is an uncommon feature in low-end heart-rate monitors.</p> <p>Users also approve of the FT1's large wristwatch display that provides easy-to-read stats with great clarity. A common feature in the Polar line of heart-rate monitors that also comes with the FT1 is the specially coded chest strap transmitter which ensures an uninterrupted transmission of data to your specific wristwatch.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003HT88JQ/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B003HT88JQ&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=O5YMIIMBMTVZ4ZBN"><em>Currently $41.56 on Amazon
</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best heart-rate monitors. As always, be sure to check out the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar">Wise Bread 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/william-tran">William Tran</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-heart-rate-monitors">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-15"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-aaa-batteries">The 5 Best AAA Batteries</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/holiday-gifts-for-your-co-workers">20 Gift Ideas for Your Co-Workers</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-fabric-softeners">The 5 Best Fabric Softeners</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-electric-blankets">The 5 Best Electric Blankets</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/what-to-buy-and-avoid-buying-in-january">What to Buy, and Avoid Buying, in January</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping Buying Guides buying guide heart rate monitors product reviews Wed, 20 Aug 2014 09:00:03 +0000 William Tran 1149089 at http://www.wisebread.com