Super Bowl http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/11791/all en-US Best Money Tips: How to Host a Stress-Free Super Bowl Party http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-how-to-host-a-stress-free-super-bowl-party <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-how-to-host-a-stress-free-super-bowl-party" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/men_football_party_519361517.jpg" alt="Men learning how to host a stress-free Super Bowl party" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found articles on ways to host a stress-free Super Bowl party, productive solutions to everyday work problems, and a new tool that tells you how your state and local taxes are spent.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/7-ways-to-host-a-super-bowl-party-with-minimal-stress">7 Ways to Host a Super Bowl Party With Minimal Stress</a> &mdash; Save yourself from a bit of cleaning by covering food areas with inexpensive tablecloths that you can just bundle up and toss after the party. [Parenting Squad]</p> <p><a href="http://productivitytheory.com/productive-solutions-to-everyday-work-problems/">9 Productive Solutions to Everyday Work Problems</a> &mdash; As you plan out your day, leave time for inevitable disruptions. [Productivity Theory]</p> <p><a href="http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/Tax-VOX/2017/0127/A-new-tool-sheds-light-on-how-your-state-and-local-tax-dollars-are-spent">A new tool sheds light on how your state and local tax dollars are spent</a> &mdash; A new interactive, online tool breaks down spending per capita in each state so users can see how many people get a specific service and how much state and local governments spend per recipient. [The Monitor]</p> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/How-Clean-Car-Seats-34765293">Refresh and Clean Your Car Seats With Ease</a> &mdash; This quick-cleaning method will leave your car seats stain-free and smelling fresh. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.shebudgets.com/personal-finance/five-mental-things-to-do-during-a-financial-setback/72054">Five Mental Things to do During a Financial Setback</a> &mdash; Give yourself permission to make mistakes on the journey to financial security. [SheBudgets]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.savethebills.com/7-ways-save-money-shopping-nordstrom/">7 Ways To Save Your Money Shopping At Nordstrom</a> &mdash; Keep an eye out for Nordstrom's half-yearly and anniversary sales to snag discounted goods. [Save The Bills]</p> <p><a href="http://www.dumblittleman.com/staying-healthy-on-vacation/">5 Tips On Staying Healthy On Your Next Vacation</a> &mdash; Remember to stay active during your vacation. Keep moving and using your body as you explore your destination. [Dumb Little Man]</p> <p><a href="http://www.theorderexpert.com/avoid-time-management-burnout/">4 Ways to Avoid Time Management Burnout</a> &mdash; Embrace spontaneity once in a while! [The Order Expert]</p> <p><a href="https://untemplater.com/business/career-business/best-jobs-for-introverts-and-people-who-prefer-to-work-alone/">Best jobs for introverts and people who prefer to work alone</a> &mdash; If you love working with numbers, a career as an actuary can be quite rewarding &mdash; and quiet. [Untemplater]</p> <p><a href="http://www.morewithlesstoday.com/10-item-checklist-to-prepare-your-home-for-overnight-guests/">10 Item Checklist to Prepare Your Home for Overnight Guests</a> &mdash; Map out a few dollar stretcher meals to save money and frustration.&nbsp; [More With Less Today]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-how-to-host-a-stress-free-super-bowl-party">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/45-other-things-to-do-on-super-bowl-sunday">45 Other Things to Do on Super Bowl Sunday</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/flashback-friday-122-scrumptious-super-bowl-party-snack-ideas">Flashback Friday: 122 Scrumptious Super Bowl Party Snack Ideas</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/frugal-super-bowl-party-ideas">Frugal Super Bowl Party Ideas</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-podcasts-for-foodies">7 Podcasts for Foodies</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-celebrities-with-shockingly-low-net-worths">6 Celebrities With Shockingly Low Net Worths</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment best money tips Super Bowl Fri, 03 Feb 2017 10:00:16 +0000 Amy Lu 1885692 at http://www.wisebread.com How One Man Used Credit Card Rewards to Go to the Last 11 Super Bowls http://www.wisebread.com/how-one-man-used-credit-card-rewards-to-go-to-the-last-11-super-bowls <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-one-man-used-credit-card-rewards-to-go-to-the-last-11-super-bowls" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/football_player_498545428.jpg" alt="Man using credit card rewards to go to the Super Bowl" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Millions of Americans use their rewards credit cards to earn frequent flyer miles, hotel rewards, or just a little extra cash back. But Artie Lange, business owner and New York Giants fan, goes for a more unusual reward. His credit card is his ticket to the Super Bowl. When this 50-year-old father of four arrives at Houston's NRG Stadium, it will be the 12th consecutive Super Bowl he's attended using just credit card rewards.</p> <h2>Rewards Get Him to the Game</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/Artie%20and%20his%20son%20on%20the%20Field.jpg" width="454" height="605" alt="" /></p> <p>Lange's Super Bowl attendance began 22 years ago when he started cajoling some of the well-connected clients of his business, which builds and renovates custom homes, to give him tickets each year. &quot;When you're 29, it's easy to ask people for tickets,&quot; he remembers. But after a while, he could tell that his annual pleas were starting to wear thin.</p> <p>Then, Lange discovered the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/nfl-extra-points-credit-card-review?ref=internal" target="_blank">NFL Extra Points credit card</a>, which allowed him to earn rewards for his spending that could be redeemed for cash back, or for a variety of exclusive NFL purchases, including Super Bowl tickets.</p> <p>With the NFL Extra Points card, you earn two points per dollar spent on all NFL and team purchases, and one point per dollar spent on everything else. You also get a 20% discount on all purchases from NFLShop.com, and special financing on all eligible NFL ticket purchases. New cardholders earn 10,000 bonus points after spending $500 on their card within 90 days of account opening. There is no annual fee for this card.</p> <p>Lange uses his NFL Extra Points card for all of his personal purchases and many of his business expenses as well. By November every year, he's ready to go. When tickets were released in 2016, they sold out within hours. Once again, Artie Lange was able to redeem his points and book his trip to the big game in February.</p> <h2>How Many Points Do You Need?</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/Our%20Seats.jpg" width="605" height="454" alt="" /></p> <p>For Super Bowl LI, Barclaycard offered three different ticket packages, each with the option to add hotel accommodations. That's a valuable option, as getting a hotel reservation in the host city for Super Bowl weekend is not only expensive, it can be almost as hard as getting the game tickets themselves.</p> <p>The options for this year were:</p> <ul> <li>175,000 points for two upper-level tickets, or 325,000 points including three hotel nights.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>225,000 points for two mid-level tickets, or 375,000 points including three hotel nights.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>275,000 points for two premium-level tickets, or 425,000 points including three hotel nights.</li> </ul> <p>Furthermore, Barclaycard invites all cardholders to a welcome brunch featuring an NFL player. This year it will be former quarterback and nine-time Pro-Bowler Warren Moon.</p> <h2>Other Ways to Use NFL Extra Points Card Rewards</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/Arties%20Son%20On%20The%20Field.JPG" width="453" height="605" alt="" /></p> <p>The NFL Extra Points program offers unique awards beyond just Super Bowl tickets. You can redeem points for tickets to regular season games, starting at 25,000 points for two tickets and even playoff games. There is also a variety of exclusive opportunities available to cardholders that vary by team, including sideline passes, tickets to the coach's press conference, and the chance to be in the tunnel as the teams exit the locker room.</p> <p>And during the Super Bowl, cardholders can redeem points to attend events such as opening night with the media, a VIP player meet and greet, and a private kicking clinic with legendary kicker and four-time Super Bowl champ Adam Vinatieri.</p> <h2>Super Bowl Memories Worth Every Point Spent</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/Super%20Bowl%20L.jpg" width="454" height="605" alt="" /></p> <p>As a New York Giants fan, Lange's favorite game was Super Bowl XLII in 2008, when his underdog team emerged victorious in a spectacular finish against the previously unbeaten New England Patriots. He also has great memories of going with his wife, who's been to 12 Super Bowls, and his son, who will be attending his 10th this year.</p> <p>Then there was halftime at Super Bowl XXXVI on February 3, 2002. &quot;As a New Yorker, there was nothing more memorable than U2 singing while all the names of the victims of 9/11 scrolled in the background.&quot; Lange says. &quot;I had three friends that died in the towers, so that brought me to tears and is burned into my brain.&quot;</p> <p>On a happier note, he and his three daughters got to go on the field during halftime of Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans in 2013, and watch Beyonce up close. As he recalls, &quot;The kids went crazy for that experience.&quot;</p> <p>Not everyone will be able to spend the amount needed on an NFL Extra Points card each year to join Artie Lange at the Super Bowl, but it's within reach for many small business owners. Others might save up their points over a few years for this once-in-a-lifetime experience, or just redeem fewer rewards points for a regular season game or other NFL experiences. But Lange's story proves that it's possible to use credit card rewards to attend the Super Bowl every year, and to bring home some incredible memories with it.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="//www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Fhow-one-man-used-credit-card-rewards-to-go-to-the-last-11-super-bowls&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FHow%20One%20Man%20Used%20Credit%20Card%20Rewards%20to%20Go%20to%20the%20Last%2011%20Super%20Bowls.jpg&amp;description=How%20One%20Man%20Used%20Credit%20Card%20Rewards%20to%20Go%20to%20the%20Last%2011%20Super%20Bowls" data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-config="above" data-pin-color="red" data-pin-height="28"><img src="//assets.pinterest.com/images/pidgets/pinit_fg_en_rect_red_28.png" alt="" /></a> </p> <!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><script type="text/javascript" async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/How%20One%20Man%20Used%20Credit%20Card%20Rewards%20to%20Go%20to%20the%20Last%2011%20Super%20Bowls.jpg" alt="How One Man Used Credit Card Rewards to Go to the Last 11 Super Bowls" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/jason-steele">Jason Steele</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-one-man-used-credit-card-rewards-to-go-to-the-last-11-super-bowls">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-my-family-scores-free-travel-with-credit-cards">6 Ways My Family Scores Free Travel With Credit Cards</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-sell-or-donate-your-airline-miles">6 Ways to Sell or Donate Your Airline Miles</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/5-best-sign-up-bonuses-for-airline-miles-credit-cards">The Best Sign-up Bonuses for Airline Miles Credit Cards</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-buy-and-sell-airline-miles">How to Buy and Sell Airline Miles</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-best-credit-cards-that-transfer-points-to-airline-miles">The Best Credit Cards that Transfer Points to Airline Miles</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Credit Cards Travel airline miles churning football free travel rewards sports Super Bowl Mon, 30 Jan 2017 11:00:09 +0000 Jason Steele 1882260 at http://www.wisebread.com 8 Creative Ways to Make Money on Super Bowl Sunday http://www.wisebread.com/8-creative-ways-to-make-money-on-super-bowl-sunday <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/8-creative-ways-to-make-money-on-super-bowl-sunday" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock-528278676.jpg" alt="make money this superbowl sunday" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="143" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I don't watch football, I don't like football &mdash; heck, I don't even know how to play football. And I won't apologize for it. So what will I do when the Big Game takes over the first Sunday of February? The best thing I know how &mdash; make money!</p> <p>Join me in exploring these options for lining my pockets with cash this Super Bowl Sunday. You can be all counterculture, too.</p> <h2>1. Provide a Party Setup Service<strong> </strong></h2> <p>While most people plan their own Super Bowl parties, there are some folks out there who'd rather hand over the reins to someone else. I know when I host parties, I'm beat by the time the festivities begin after cleaning and cooking all day. If you've got the skills to set up a memorable get together, advertise those skills locally on social media, the Nextdoor app, or Craigslist. Keep your rates affordable ($20 an hour or less; it's not like you're discovering a cancer vaccine) and factor in the cost of goods if the host doesn't already have things to decorate and set up.</p> <h2>2. Drive for Lyft or Uber<strong> </strong></h2> <p>I've been driving for Uber and Lyft sporadically for about six months, but I always make sure to get on the road during holidays and big events. You might not realize it, but days like Black Friday and Super Bowl Sunday are great opportunities to make more cash than usual because more people are out and about. And since Super Bowl Sunday goes hand-in-hand with drinking too much beer, you can expect that many revelers will need rides to and from their destinations that evening.</p> <h2>3. Tap Into Influencer Marketing Programs<strong> </strong></h2> <p>In addition to blogging about personal finance, I also run a media company wherein I provide PR services to some of my clients. Recently, this has included hiring social media influencers, mainly on Instagram, to wear my clients' products and post about them. The influencers get paid for their posts, and the brand reaches targeted demographics who may have never heard of their products before. For the Super Bowl, these kinds of opportunities exist as well (but not through me; please don't contact me). Kamiu Lee, vice president of business development and strategy at Bloglovin', a leading lifestyle and social discovery platform, explains.</p> <p>&quot;If you have a successful blog or a strong social media following, the Super Bowl is a perfect time to get involved with influencer marketing,&quot; she says. &quot;Brands that don't have that multimillion dollar ad budget still want to be a part of the biggest advertising event of the year, and in order to do so, they're looking to work with influencers who will help them reach their niche target audiences.&quot;</p> <p>Of course, you should have a decent-sized following of at least several thousand to be considered for these kinds of marketing programs.</p> <h2>4. Become a Freelance Delivery Person for a Day<strong> </strong></h2> <p>It should come as no surprise that Super Bowl Sunday is one of the biggest pizza delivery days of the year, along with Halloween, the day before Thanksgiving, New Year's Eve, and New Year's Day. While you won't get any work delivering pies for the likes of the big guys, there are still opportunities available &mdash; especially if you live in cities where third-party delivery services, like&nbsp;<a href="https://www.doordash.com/" target="_blank">DoorDash</a>, are popular.</p> <p>According to a DoorDash representative, Super Bowl Sunday is one of the busier days for delivery on the app.</p> <p>&quot;With orders for buffalo wings increasing by 500% and pizza deliveries by 300%, likely due to all the parties happening at people's homes, anyone can make several deliveries via DoorDash and still be home in time to catch the game,&quot; the company says.</p> <h2>5. Offer Child and Pet Sitting Services<strong> </strong></h2> <p>There are several ways to get in on the lucrative baby and pet sitting game.</p> <p>If you prefer child care, sites like <a href="https://www.urbansitter.com/" target="_blank">UrbanSitter</a>, <a href="https://www.care.com/child-care" target="_blank">Care.com</a>, and <a href="https://www.sittercity.com/" target="_blank">Sittercity</a> can help connect you with parents who'd like to be child-free while they whoop it up for their favorite team. Services like DogVacay and Rover.com, on the other hand, will match you with pet owners who need a helping hand during the game. Personally, I enjoy participating in the latter &mdash; I watch dogs from DogVacay frequently &mdash; and there's really nothing better than getting paid to play with puppies. Completely relaxing and satisfying.</p> <h2>6. Sell Your Winning Team Memorabilia After the Game<strong> </strong></h2> <p>Have special or signed memorabilia from members of the winning team lying around the house? Maximize your earnings by timing the sale of these items for the team's big win. List the memorabilia on eBay and see what you get. If it's a particularly amazing game, you might make out better than you anticipated.</p> <h2>7. Advertise Small-Scale Catering<strong> </strong></h2> <p>Like party planning, many party hosts don't want to deal with cooking all the gameday junk food if they don't have to. One alternative is to order everything in, which can get pricey &mdash; and the quality isn't always top-notch considering that takeout joints are pushing food out the door at warp speed that day.</p> <p>Another alternative, however, is to order food from a small-scale caterer &mdash; and that's where you come in. If you've got skills in the kitchen, offer to prepare a spread for a friend, coworker, or family member's party. Create a menu, prepare the food, deliver and set it up, and take care of cleanup afterward. This scenario lets you enjoy the game (at least a little bit) while making money doing something you love. Again, keep your rates reasonable and research the cost of all ingredients and materials (aluminum trays, etc.) before providing a quote; the idea is to make money, not spend money you don't even have.</p> <h2>8. Clean Homes Before or After the Festivities<strong> </strong></h2> <p>Since Super Bowl Sunday is not a national holiday &mdash; despite what many people might think &mdash; somebody's got to do that evening's or the next day's dirty work. If your schedule accommodates cleaning up after a Super Bowl party, post an ad on Craigslist or Nextdoor offering your services. If you live in a particularly festive area, you're likely to get a bite or two if you keep your prices affordable &mdash; say, no more than $20 an hour.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-creative-ways-to-make-money-on-super-bowl-sunday">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-make-more-money-as-an-uber-driver">How to Get a High Rating and Make More Money as an Uber Driver</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/7-ways-to-earn-extra-money-with-your-car">7 Ways to Earn Extra Money With Your Car</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-earn-extra-money-driving-for-uber-or-lyft">How to Earn Extra Money Driving for Uber or Lyft</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/4-ways-to-make-money-doing-household-chores">4 Ways to Make Money Doing Household Chores</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-easy-ways-retirees-can-earn-extra-income">9 Easy Ways Retirees Can Earn Extra Income</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Extra Income advertising baby-sitting catering cleaning football lyft making money parties pet sitting sports Super Bowl Uber Wed, 25 Jan 2017 16:01:11 +0000 Mikey Rox 1877972 at http://www.wisebread.com Flashback Friday: 122 Scrumptious Super Bowl Party Snack Ideas http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-122-scrumptious-super-bowl-party-snack-ideas <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/flashback-friday-122-scrumptious-super-bowl-party-snack-ideas" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/super_bowl_food_000073928407.jpg" alt="Making scrumptious super bowl party food ideas" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Are you ready for some football? The majority of Americans certainly are, as the Super Bowl is probably the most celebrated non-national holiday of the year. Come Monday, you'll hear countless coworkers complaining about not getting the day off to recover from the gluttonous consumption of adult beverages and salty, cheese-covered snacks. Because like Thanksgiving, the Super Bowl is all about the food, and a little bit about football, of course.</p> <p>Here are over 100 delicious Super Bowl party food ideas to fill the bellies of you and your famished football-loving friends.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/food-154197215.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-delicious-healthier-appetizers">20 Delicious, Healthier Appetizers</a> &mdash; If we all counted our calories on Super Bowl Sunday, the number would instantly sober us up. But football foods don't need to filled with fat and salt. Here are 20 ways to make delectable, classic apps a little less unhealthy.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/frugal-super-bowl-party-ideas">Frugal Super Bowl Party Ideas</a> &mdash; Hosting a Super Bowl party can get expensive. So here are a few ideas on how to throw a killer football bash on a budget &mdash; including a grilled cheese station!</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/chips-177377636.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/dorito-bread-and-24-other-amazing-recipes-you-must-try">Dorito Bread and 24 Other Amazing Recipes You Must Try</a> &mdash; If you haven't tasted homemade Dorito bread, you truly haven't lived. So here's how to make that and other amazing snacks that you'll want to eat everyday forever &mdash; including cookie dough dip.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/35-slow-cooker-recipes-for-busy-or-lazy-vegetarians">35 Slow Cooker Recipes for Busy (or Lazy) Vegetarians</a> &mdash; Meat is not a must on Super Bowl Sunday. In fact, these slow cooker recipes will please your vegetarian guests, without having to put in much time or effort. Score!</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-delicious-ways-to-enjoy-cheap-spring-roll-wrappers-at-every-meal">20 Delicious Ways to Enjoy Cheap Spring Roll Wrappers at Every Meal</a> &mdash; Egg roll wrappers are yummy, low-budget wonders. You can put everything from bbq chicken to cheesecake inside and bake for about 20 minutes. The options are endless and the results are delish.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/food-491329701.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-exciting-new-potato-recipes-you-must-try">25 Exciting New Potato Recipes You Must Try</a> &mdash; Is there such a thing as too many potato dishes? Nope. Potatoes are essential for Super Bowl recipes, and here are 25 new ways to make your favorite starch.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-15-junk-food-favorites-healthier-and-cheaper-at-home">Make 15 Junk Food Favorites Healthier and Cheaper at Home</a> &mdash; If only you could make your own Chicken McNuggets and Slurpees that taste as good as the fast food originals&hellip; *Sigh* Oh wait, you can! Use these cooking hacks to make your fave fast food delicacies healthier and cheaper, at home.</p> <p><em>What will you be snacking on during the Super Bowl? Share with us in the comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/chrissa-hardy">Chrissa Hardy</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-122-scrumptious-super-bowl-party-snack-ideas">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-119-amazing-meals-you-can-make-from-a-can">Flashback Friday: 119 Amazing Meals You Can Make From a Can</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/flashback-friday-104-sweet-ways-to-celebrate-valentines-day">Flashback Friday: 104 Sweet Ways to Celebrate Valentine&#039;s Day</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/flashback-friday-the-107-best-breakfast-hacks-to-start-your-day-off-right">Flashback Friday: The 107 Best Breakfast Hacks to Start Your Day Off Right</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/flashback-friday-41-coffee-hacks-that-will-instantly-improve-your-morning">Flashback Friday: 41 Coffee Hacks That Will Instantly Improve Your Morning</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/flashback-friday-106-delicious-lunches-that-will-make-you-excited-to-brown-bag-it">Flashback Friday: 106 Delicious Lunches That Will Make You Excited to Brown-Bag It</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Entertainment Food and Drink fbf flashback friday Food frugal foods party food Super Bowl Super Bowl Party Fri, 05 Feb 2016 18:00:03 +0000 Chrissa Hardy 1650902 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Save Money on a Super Bowl Party http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-save-money-on-a-super-bowl-party <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-save-money-on-a-super-bowl-party" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/sports-119971754.jpg" alt="football fans" title="football fans" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread&#39;s <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some awesome articles on saving money on your Super Bowl party, times it&#39;s easy to ask for a discount, and car repairs you can do yourself.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://livingonthecheap.com/5-ways-save-money-super-bowl-party/">5 ways to save money on a Super Bowl party</a> &mdash; To save money on your Super Bowl party, visit the dollar store and order pizza. [Living on the Cheap]</p> <p><a href="http://www.freemoneyfinance.com/2014/01/six-times-its-easy-to-ask-for-a-discount.html">Six Times It&#39;s Easy to Ask for a Discount</a> &mdash; You can ask for discounts when you are buying in bulk or at the end of a shopping season. [Free Money Finance]</p> <p><a href="http://www.moneyunder30.com/which-car-repairs-can-you-do-yourself-11190">Funny Money: You Don&#39;t Need a Mechanic: Car Repairs Even You (Yes, You) Can do Yourself</a> &mdash; You probably don&#39;t need to take your car to the mechanic if the windshield wipers need to be changed. [Money Under 30]</p> <p><a href="http://moneysmartlife.com/paying-attention-to-finances/">Are You Paying Enough Attention to Your Finances?</a> &mdash; If you are overdrawing your accounts, you may not be paying enough attention to your finances. [Money Smart Life]</p> <p><a href="http://www.thousandaire.com/4-tips-for-renting-out-spare-bedrooms/">4 Tips for Renting Out Spare Bedrooms</a> &mdash; When renting out your spare bedroom, research zoning laws. [Thousandaire]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.biblemoneymatters.com/want-a-better-retirement-4-things-to-do-now/">Want A Better Retirement? 4 Things To Do Now</a> &mdash; Do you want a better retirement? Consider your asset allocation. [Bible Money Matters]</p> <p><a href="http://www.stretcher.com/stories/12/12jan23e.cfm">Reducing the Cost of Beverages</a> &mdash; Save money on beverages by never drinking bottled water at home. [TheDollarStretcher.com]</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Uses-Table-Salt-33478938">21 Smart Uses for Salt You&#39;ve Never Thought Of</a> &mdash; Have you ever used salt as an ant deterrent or wall hole fixer? [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/5-winter-themed-crafts-for-indoor-days">5 Winter-Themed Crafts for Indoor Days</a> &mdash; Making doughnut snowmen are a fun winter-themed craft idea for days when you and your kids are stuck indoors. [Parenting Squad]</p> <p><a href="http://asklizweston.com/what-same-sex-couples-and-their-advisors-need-to-know/">What Same Sex Couples - And Their Advisors - Need To Know</a> &mdash; Same&nbsp;sex couples need to know that if their state recognizes same sex marriages, social security spousal and survival benefits are available to that couple. [Ask Liz Weston]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-save-money-on-a-super-bowl-party">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-celebrities-with-shockingly-low-net-worths">6 Celebrities With Shockingly Low Net Worths</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-fun-books-that-will-get-your-kids-excited-about-money">10 Fun Books That Will Get Your Kids Excited About Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-audiobooks-about-money-you-need-to-hear">5 Audiobooks About Money You Need to Hear</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-social-media-stars-who-earn-way-more-than-you">5 Social Media Stars Who Earn Way More Than You</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/7-weird-money-laws-you-may-have-broken">7 Weird Money Laws You May Have Broken</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment best money tips money party saving Super Bowl Tue, 28 Jan 2014 11:00:12 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 1119367 at http://www.wisebread.com NFL Extra Points Card: Fumble or Touchdown? http://www.wisebread.com/nfl-extra-points-credit-card-review <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/nfl-extra-points-credit-card-review" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/couple-with-football-tickets-iStock_000004519967Small.jpg" alt="couple with football tickets" title="couple with football tickets" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="166" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Because teams play only eight regular season football games at home, tickets to America's favorite games can be incredibly hard to obtain and increasingly expensive. According to the <a href="https://www.statista.com/statistics/193425/average-ticket-price-in-the-nfl-since-2006/">Team Marketing Report</a>, the average cost of an NFL ticket is $92.98, assuming you could find one. But wait &mdash; Barclaycard offers its NFL Extra Points credit card that can earn rewards in the form of tickets to any regular season game and even the Super Bowl.</p> <h2>How the Card Works</h2> <p>NFL Extra Points cardholders earn rewards for spending in the form of points in the NFL rewards program. You earn 1 point per $1 spent on most transactions, with 2 points earned per $1 on NFL or team purchases, such as game tickets and merchandise purchased in-stadium and at team Pro Shops.</p> <h3>Redeeming Points</h3> <p>When it comes time to spend your points, you have several options.</p> <p>Points can be redeemed for game tickets, gift cards at the NFL shop, or as statement credit or cash.&nbsp;</p> <blockquote></blockquote> <h2>Other Benefits</h2> <p>NFL tickets aside, this card does offer a handful of other valuable features:</p> <p><strong>Special financing on football tickets</strong>. When cardholders use this card to purchase tickets to football games from any participating NFL&nbsp;ticket team office, they will be eligible for financing on tickets.</p> <p><strong>20%&nbsp;off at NFLShop.com</strong>. All cardholders receive a 20% discount at NFLShop.com.</p> <p><strong>Visa Signature benefits</strong>. As a Visa Signature card, NFL Extra Points cardholders are eligible for travel accident insurance, purchase protection policies, and a concierge program.</p> <p>As always, I strongly recommend against getting a rewards card if you do not plan on paying all of your balances in full. Those of us who have credit card debt should look for a product with the lowest interest rate and not be tempted to spend more to earn rewards.</p> <h2>Considerations</h2> <p><strong>Only one point per dollar on most purchases.&nbsp;</strong>This nominal rate of rewards is like getting 1% cash back. Other cards offer bonus points for gas, groceries, or other common purchases. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-credit-cards-for-everyday-purchases?ref=review">Best Credit Cards for Everyday Purchases</a>)</p> <p><strong>Unsure Super Bowl seats.&nbsp;</strong>Before I go on a quest to earn points for Super Bowl tickets, it would be nice to know approximately how good those seats will be.</p> <p><strong>Foreign transaction fee</strong>. You should reconsider if you plan on using your card for foreign transactions because the fee will cancel out any rewards you earn and end up costing you more. Instead choose a card with no foreign transaction fees to save yourself some money on foreign purchases. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/smarter-security-and-no-foreign-transaction-fees-the-best-credit-cards-to-use-while-on-vacation?ref=review">Best Cards with No Foreign Transaction Fees</a>)</p> <h2>Who This Card Is Best For</h2> <p>Since there is no annual fee for this card, it may be tempting to conclude that cardholders have nothing to lose by applying. Instead, you should consider what other rewards you could have earned if you spend the same amount of money on a different reward card. But if you would rather have NFL tickets, then this is the card for you. Since these are some of the most sought after and expensive tickets in the world of sports, this credit card can represent an excellent way for NFL fans to attend the game of their choice.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/personal-finance/credit-cards?ref=review">Back to the Credit Card Guide</a></strong></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/jason-steele">Jason Steele</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/nfl-extra-points-credit-card-review">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/crowdsourcing-experiment-barclaycard-ring-mastercard">Crowdsourcing Experiment: Barclaycard Ring Mastercard</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/barclays-us-airways-premier-world-mastercard-review">US Airways Premier World MasterCard Review</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-secured-credit-cards">The Best Secured Credit Cards</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/barclaycard-credit-card-offers-applications-reviews">Barclaycard Credit Card Offers: Applications &amp; Reviews</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-credit-cards-for-people-with-fairaverage-credit">The 5 Best Credit Cards for People With Fair/Average Credit</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Credit Cards barclaycard barclays credit card review points program rewards points Super Bowl Fri, 09 Nov 2012 10:36:54 +0000 Jason Steele 955656 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: How to Throw a Fun and Frugal Super Bowl Party http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-how-to-throw-a-fun-and-frugal-super-bowl-party <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-how-to-throw-a-fun-and-frugal-super-bowl-party" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/4165343800_5eb2f02a15_z-1.jpg" alt="How to Throw a Fun and Frugal Super Bowl Party" title="How to Throw a Fun and Frugal Super Bowl Party" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some awesome articles on how to throw a fun and frugal Super Bowl Party, encouraging nutrition in your family, and naming a guardian for your kids.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.quizzle.com/blog/2012/02/how-to-throw-a-fun-frugal-super-bowl-party/?utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+QuizzleWire+%28Quizzle+Wire+&raquo;+Personal+Finance+Blog%29">How to Throw a Fun &amp; Frugal Super Bowl Party</a> &mdash; Make your Super Bowl party a success by hitting up the Dollar Store. [Quizzle Wire]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/12-things-you-can-do-to-encourage-better-nutrition-in-your-family">12 Things You Can Do to Encourage Better Nutrition in Your Family</a> &mdash; To encourage better nutrition in your family, keep healthy snacks within reach. [Parenting Squad]</p> <p><a href="http://www.freemoneyfinance.com/2012/02/naming-a-guardian-for-your-kids.html">Naming a Guardian for Your Kids</a> &mdash; When naming a guardian for your kids, realize that no one will be perfect and you have to make the best choice available. [Free Money Finance]</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Can-We-Live-One-Income-5759308">How-To: Determine If You Can Live On One Income</a> &mdash; Determine if you can live on one income by re-calculating your housing costs. [SavvySugar]</p> <p><a href="http://ptmoney.com/the-ten-best-part-time-jobs-with-benefits/">The 16 Best Part-Time Jobs With Benefits - Updated for 2012</a> &mdash; If you are looking for a great part-time job with benefits, check out Kaplan or JCPenney. [PT Money]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.fiscalfizzle.com/2012/02/2012-tax-tips/">5 New Tax Lessons for 2012</a> &mdash; This tax season, give yourself plenty of time to file your taxes. [Fiscal Fizzle]</p> <p><a href="http://financialhighway.com/6-things-you-might-not-know-about-your-home-equity-line-of-credit/">6 Things You Might Not Know About Your Home Equity Line of Credit</a> &mdash; Did you know that taking out a home equity line of credit can hurt your chances of getting a loan or mortgage with another institution? [Financial Highway]</p> <p><a href="http://blog.readyforzero.com/ensure-positive-changes-turn-into-lifelong-habits/">How to Ensure Positive Changes Turn into Lifelong Habits</a> &mdash; To make sure your positive changes turn into lifelong habits, be able to forgive yourself. [Ready For Zero]</p> <p><a href="http://www.lifeoptimizer.org/2012/01/26/life-goals/?utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+lifeoptimizer+%28Life+Optimizer%29">5 Pitfalls to Avoid to Achieve Your Life Goals</a> &mdash; Achieve your life goals by avoiding the pitfall of settling for less than you want. [Life Optimizer]</p> <p><a href="http://www.pickthebrain.com/blog/3-healthy-ways-to-satisfy-your-cravings/">3 Healthy Ways to Satisfy Your Cravings</a> &mdash; If you are craving something sweet, opt for dark chocolate. [Pick The Brain]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-how-to-throw-a-fun-and-frugal-super-bowl-party">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/flashback-friday-122-scrumptious-super-bowl-party-snack-ideas">Flashback Friday: 122 Scrumptious Super Bowl Party Snack Ideas</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/45-other-things-to-do-on-super-bowl-sunday">45 Other Things to Do on Super Bowl Sunday</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/frugal-super-bowl-party-ideas">Frugal Super Bowl Party Ideas</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-podcasts-for-foodies">7 Podcasts for Foodies</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-celebrities-with-shockingly-low-net-worths">6 Celebrities With Shockingly Low Net Worths</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment best money tips Super Bowl Super Bowl Party Fri, 03 Feb 2012 11:00:23 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 886208 at http://www.wisebread.com Frugal Super Bowl Party Ideas http://www.wisebread.com/frugal-super-bowl-party-ideas <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/frugal-super-bowl-party-ideas" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/super_bowl.jpg" alt="People at a Super Bowl party" title="People at a Super Bowl party" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="166" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>As with most years, the upcoming big game sends consumers frantically dashing to the store to stock up on paper supplies, good eats, and spirits to indulge in. Even with the annual sale pricing on common staples like corn chips, sodas, and little weenies, it can be a financial drain to go all out for the event. Since many of the most frugal ideas are also more creative &mdash; and fun! &mdash; I&rsquo;ve rounded up some expert tips to help you have the best blow-out without blowing up your budget. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/45-other-things-to-do-on-super-bowl-sunday">45 Other Things to Do on Super Bowl Sunday</a>)</p> <h2>Super Bowl Stew</h2> <p>Reminiscent of the fairy tale &ldquo;Stone Soup,&rdquo; this modern-day feast can easily accommodate as many guests as you can fit into your home and will likely get cheers from the crowd.&nbsp;Bjorn Karger, author of <em>The Underground Guide to Living Frugal</em> dishes on the details: &ldquo;It needs everyone's help to win; just ask everyone if they could bring something to add to the stew. Have a simple broth going &mdash; water and a powdered soup-packet will do, or slice up an onion and add a few herbs and oil. Even with a small party of four to six guests you'll be surprised at how much food will come in and how fun it will be.&rdquo; Ideas for ingredients guests can bring include potatoes, chicken, shrimp, okra, carrots, and even coconut and curry. Sounds like a fun and delicious way to bond!</p> <h2>Grilled Cheese Station</h2> <p>If the idea of a hotel waffle bar gives you tingles, you&rsquo;ll likely be the type to appreciate a grilled cheese station at your next Super Bowl party. The idea is simple &mdash; set up a table with an electric griddle, and lay out an array of unique ingredients to create one-of-a-kind grilled cheese sandwiches. Don&rsquo;t forget to include five or more varieties of cheese, and remember that the thicker the bread is, the more filling (and affordable) the sandwiches will be. Not a grilled cheese fan? Put a twist on it by offering the same set-up for <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-panini-presses">paninis</a> or even quesadillas.</p> <h2>A Presentable Potluck</h2> <p>Is asking your guests to bring a side dish or even alcohol acceptable in today&rsquo;s culture? Most definitely! Will it yield positive results? Not always. As many experts have pointed out, many people interpret the word &ldquo;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-potluck-parties-that-help-you-share-the-wealth">potluck</a>&rdquo; as &ldquo;stop by the dollar store and pick up a few jumbo-sized bags of chips.&rdquo;&nbsp;If you&rsquo;re concerned that guests won&rsquo;t put effort or creativity into their offerings, assign categories of food to people based on their last name (first letters of A-E bring one item, F-K another type, etc.) In any case, don&rsquo;t depend on guests to provide the bulk of the food and drink; always have a main course and a substantial amount of non-alcoholic offerings to go around.</p> <h2>Budget Beverages and Tableware</h2> <p>While most people assume that food will be the most expensive part of the party, drinks and tableware can be even more costly. Wona Miniati, co-author of the popular <em>Cooking With Trader Joe's</em> cookbook series, suggests starting simple where tableware is concerned: &ldquo;Thrift stores are a great place to pick up one-off pieces. A collection of non-matchy-matchy plates and glasses can be cute and eclectic.&rdquo;&nbsp;She also likes the idea of serving plain water with a selection of fancier garnishes like fresh citrus fruits, cucumber, or pomegranate seeds. For an affordable <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/argentine-wine-hack-make-bad-wine-better">spritzer</a>, combine one part juice with one part sparkling water.</p> <p><em>With less than a week until the Super Bowl, it may be too late to use some of the more extreme tactics of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/coupons">coupon-clipping</a> and ad matching. What tips do you have for making the big game gathering even bigger?</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/frugal-super-bowl-party-ideas">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/frugal-fourth-of-july-party-ideas">Frugal Fourth of July Party Ideas</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/frugal-oscar-party-ideas">Frugal Oscar Party Ideas</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/flashback-friday-122-scrumptious-super-bowl-party-snack-ideas">Flashback Friday: 122 Scrumptious Super Bowl Party Snack Ideas</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-podcasts-for-foodies">7 Podcasts for Foodies</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/20-office-potluck-dishes-everyone-loves">20 Office Potluck Dishes Everyone Loves</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment Food and Drink frugal party ideas potluck Super Bowl Tue, 31 Jan 2012 11:24:21 +0000 Linsey Knerl 881082 at http://www.wisebread.com 45 Other Things to Do on Super Bowl Sunday http://www.wisebread.com/45-other-things-to-do-on-super-bowl-sunday <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/45-other-things-to-do-on-super-bowl-sunday" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/knitting_1.jpg" alt="Knitting" title="Knitting" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I'm not a football fan in general &mdash; clutch your pearls! &mdash; and I&rsquo;ve been particularly disinterested in the Super Bowl since 2005, the year the half-time acts got all family friendly because Janet Jackson showed a little booby 12 months prior.</p> <p>Am I bitter? For sure. But I won't be bored, and neither will you with these alternative game-day activities.</p> <h3>1. Bake a Milky Way Bundt</h3> <p>Gotta love a good Bundt. But this&nbsp;<a href="http://www.cooks.com/rec/doc/0,173,147165-224204,00.html">Milky Way Bundt</a> recipe, courtesy of Cooks.com, takes the cake. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/dump-cake-and-other-sweet-easy-treats">Dump Cake and Other Sweet, Easy Treats</a>)</p> <h3>2. Challenge a Facebook Friend to a Game of Scrabble</h3> <p>Just make sure you find someone who&rsquo;s committed to finishing a game in one sitting. It&rsquo;s annoying when it spans several seasons. I&rsquo;m talking to you, Jake A.</p> <h3>3. Rearrange Your Bedroom</h3> <p>Position the bed in front of the mirror.</p> <h3>4. Update Your Contacts</h3> <p>I&rsquo;m notorious for getting drunk, making new friends and naming them in my phone after the establishment in which we met. For example, Frank Hooters or Mandi IHOP. The next day I have no idea who they are, and I never speak to them again. Time to downsize.</p> <h3>5. Write a Letter to Your Congressperson</h3> <p>Surely there&rsquo;s something you need to get off your chest. I still can&rsquo;t legally marry in most states. That&rsquo;s a start.</p> <h3>6. Catch Up on Your DVR</h3> <p>My DVR is loaded with episodes of &ldquo;The Graham Norton Show,&rdquo; &ldquo;Skins,&rdquo; &ldquo;Being Human,&rdquo; and &ldquo;Smurfs&rsquo; Adventures.&rdquo; What do you have waiting for you?</p> <h3>7. E-file Your Taxes</h3> <p>Get ahead of the game &mdash; and get your refund faster &mdash; by filing your taxes online. Easy-breezy.</p> <h3>8. Dust</h3> <p>It&rsquo;s a dirty job, but somebody&rsquo;s got to do it. Yep, even you.</p> <h3>9. Go Sledding</h3> <p>What good is all this snow if you don&rsquo;t make proper use of it? There has to be a hill close by that&rsquo;s calling your name.</p> <h3>10. Clean Out Your Closet</h3> <p>Make a charitable contribution &mdash; to your local thrift shop or your best friend &mdash; while making room for new spring additions.</p> <h3>11. Make a Handmade Valentine for Your Sweetie<o:p></o:p></h3> <p>Mine will be an interpretation of one of <a href="http://www.jackthreads.com/sales/2058">these prints by Gaping Void</a>. He&rsquo;ll return the gift in kisses.</p> <h3>12. Sanitize the Refrigerator</h3> <p>And while you&rsquo;re at it, throw out anything more than one month past its expiration date. You don&rsquo;t want to start the next global pandemic, do you?</p> <h3>13. Film Your Own Commercial</h3> <p>The sky is the limit, but <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IcfViklWRsU">this amateur submission is pretty darn funny</a>.</p> <h3>14. Learn How to Play Texas Hold &rsquo;Em</h3> <p>A good way to earn some extra cash &mdash; if you know how to play better than your unsuspecting friends.</p> <h3>15. Memorize the Budweiser Pledge</h3> <p>One of my fraternity brothers could <a href="http://www.helium.com/items/1080802-budweiser-beer">recite this verbatim</a>. I always thought it was kinda neat. One of those idiot savant qualities that you can&rsquo;t help but envy.</p> <h3>16. Scrub the Tub</h3> <p>It&rsquo;s not supposed to have a ring around it. Neither should the toilet, for that matter.</p> <h3>17. Make Decoupage Magnets</h3> <p>I picked up the necessary items to <a href="http://www.craftbits.com/project/craft-marble-magnets">make these magnets</a> at my local craft store for under $4. A lot of times Michael&rsquo;s has a 40% off one item coupon in the weekly circular, and you can save even more money by cutting pictures out of magazines (or old photos!) instead of buying scrapbooking paper like the post suggests. You don&rsquo;t need a circle cutter or a cutting mat, either. Regular scissors work just as well.</p> <h3>18. Read the Book &quot;Swamplandia!&quot;</h3> <p>I&rsquo;ve heard and read so many excellent reviews on this new release. I can&rsquo;t wait to dive in.</p> <h3>19. Sign up for RentAFriend.com</h3> <p>I did. You can <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/extra-income-online-5-websites-that-can-seriously-pad-your-pockets">read all about it right here</a>.</p> <h3>20. Embark on a Local Road Trip</h3> <p>You don&rsquo;t have to go far &mdash; or spend a bundle &mdash; to see new sights and enjoy exciting experiences. Hop in the car and take a drive.</p> <h3>21. Take Down the Christmas Decorations</h3> <p>Seriously. It&rsquo;s almost Valentine&rsquo;s Day.</p> <h3>22. Call Grandma</h3> <p>Full disclosure: Mine called me at the end of December, and I still haven&rsquo;t returned her call. I think it&rsquo;s time to take my own advice</p> <h3>23. Create a Five-Year Plan</h3> <p>If you make a formal plan, you&rsquo;re more likely to achieve your goals. But you don&rsquo;t have to believe me. Wise Bread writer Janey Osterlind <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/trade-in-new-years-resolutions-for-achieving-life-goals">details how in this article</a>.</p> <h3>24. Hold a Séance</h3> <p>You&rsquo;ll need a Ouija board, a few candles, and an open mind. Extra points for authenticity if you can convince your friends that the poltergeist living in your basement is showing you &ldquo;signs.&rdquo;</p> <h3>25. Build an Igloo</h3> <p><a href="http://www.airbnb.com/rooms/14255">A few geniuses in Slovenia charge people to stay in theirs</a>. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.</p> <h3>26. Learn Spanglish</h3> <p>This really depends on how ambitious you are. I would start with the bad words.</p> <h3>27. Alphabetize Anything That Has a Title</h3> <p>There&rsquo;s just something about books and movies filed from A to Z that soothes the soul. At least for someone with OCD, like me.</p> <h3>28. Roll Loose Change</h3> <p>Everybody has a change jar. It may not look very promising, but I bet there&rsquo;s at least $30 in yours. That&rsquo;s enough for groceries, a partial tank of gas, or a movie with concessions. Your call.</p> <h3>29. Take Up Knitting</h3> <p>The possibilities are endless. You can make scarves, sweaters, potholders and lots of other things that old people will like. <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3uw-nUvGrBY">Learn knitting basics</a> with this video.</p> <h3>30. Feed the Homeless</h3> <p>Not everybody cares about the Big Game. Some people are just tryin&rsquo; to stay alive.</p> <h3>31. Study the Science of Mixology</h3> <p>Anyone who can make a cucumber cocktail is OK with me.</p> <h3>32. Give Yourself a Mani-Pedi</h3> <p>You&rsquo;ll save cash &mdash; and your man will thank you for clipping those claws.</p> <h3>33. Discover Chatroulette</h3> <p>You&rsquo;ve heard the stories. Now experience the eye-bleaching action firsthand.</p> <h3>34. Put Your Gym Membership to Use</h3> <p>Trust me, there will definitely be an elliptical machine available this time. No excuses.</p> <h3>35. Make Reservations at a Fancy Hot Spot</h3> <p>Can&rsquo;t ever snag a table at that uppity new restaurant? Tonight&rsquo;s the night!</p> <h3>36. Host a Pre-Oscars Viewing Party</h3> <p>Rent two of the Best Picture contenders and pretend like you&rsquo;re part of the Academy. Before the show begins, critique each other&rsquo;s outfits.</p> <h3>37. Practice the Art of Cake Decorating</h3> <p>One of my aunts recently took a class and I was impressed. She&rsquo;s no Duff Goldman &mdash; yet &mdash; but for a novice she really knocked my socks off. You can do it the DIY way by picking up a decorating kit.</p> <h3>38. Go Mock Shopping</h3> <p>When I was bored and broke in college, I would head to the town Walmart and stuff my cart full of fancy items. Fancy for Walmart in 2001, at least. When I had everything I needed, I would abandon the cart at the end of a dark aisle for an unsuspecting employee to find and curse me for later. It was strangely satisfying.</p> <h3>39. Get a Tattoo</h3> <p>Just don&rsquo;t use <a href="http://nymag.com/daily/entertainment/2011/01/rapper_face_tattoos.html">Gucci Mane</a> for inspiration.</p> <h3>40. Volunteer to Be a Designated Driver</h3> <p>Chances are all your friends will be blacked out by the time the game is over. Be a hero. Save some lives.</p> <h3>41. Replace the Photos in Your Frames</h3> <p>People are doing this less and less as time goes on, because many of us put them online for the world to see instead of printing them out to enjoy at home. That's the downside to digital cameras, and it means that our hard-copy pics are out of date. Give your frames a facelift by ordering prints from Kodak Gallery, which offers <a href="http://www.kodakgallery.com/gallery/lp/new-member-offer-a/offer.jsp">50 free to new customers</a>. That&rsquo;s enough to share.</p> <h3>42. Clean Out Your Carryall</h3> <p>God only knows what you've got in there. <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-items-city-dwelling-dudes-should-keep-in-their-bags">All you really need are these nine items</a>.</p> <h3>43. Manscape</h3> <p>Although if you're opposed to watching the Super Bowl, common sense says that you're already groomed better than a prize-winning poodle.</p> <h3>44. Attend a Church Service</h3> <p>It's long overdue. Plus, free wine!</p> <h3>45. Learn to Like the Super Bowl</h3> <p>If you don't, nobody will hang out with you. Living proof.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/45-other-things-to-do-on-super-bowl-sunday">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/8-fun-and-cheap-things-to-do-during-the-weekday">8 Fun and Cheap Things to Do During the Weekday</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-things-you-can-do-in-denver-that-you-cant-do-anywhere-else">8 Things You Can Do in Denver That You Can&#039;t Do Anywhere Else</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/spice-up-the-conversation-by-skipping-what-do-you-do">Spice Up the Conversation by Skipping &quot;What Do You Do?&quot;</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/50-ways-to-have-free-outdoor-fun">50+ Ways to Have Free Outdoor Fun</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/massive-list-of-things-to-do-while-watching-tv">Massive List of Things to Do While Watching TV</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment Lifestyle arts and crafts cheap entertainment getting things done Super Bowl Thu, 03 Feb 2011 14:00:10 +0000 Mikey Rox 487650 at http://www.wisebread.com