Super Bowl http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/11791/all en-US 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://www.wisebread.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> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-save-money-on-a-super-bowl-party" class="sharethis-link" title="Best Money Tips: Save Money on a Super Bowl Party" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> 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://www.wisebread.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>The 2012 football season got off to a rocky start after the NFL locked out the referees. But now that the real refs have returned to the field, fans are renewing their passion for the grid iron. And with the World Series seeing its lowest television ratings ever, football can truly claim to be America&rsquo;s favorite game.</p> <p>But there is a problem for football fans.</p> <p>Teams play only eight regular season games at home compared to 81 baseball home games. This makes tickets incredibly hard to obtain and increasingly expensive. According to the <a href="http://www.fancostexperience.com/pages/fcx/blog_pdfs/entry0000018_pdf000.pdf">Team Marketing Report</a>, the average cost of an NFL ticket in 2012 is $78.38, assuming you can find one. But wait &mdash; Barclay&rsquo;s Bank offers its NFL Extra Points credit card that can earn rewards in the form of tickets to any regular season games 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. New cardholders will earn 10,000 points after $500 in purchases in the first 90 days, redeemable for $100 cash back statement credit. After that, one point is earned per dollar spent on most transactions, with double points earned on NFL or team purchases, such as game tickets and merchandise purchased at games and at team Pro Shops.</p> <p><b>Redeeming Points</b></p> <p>When it comes time to spend your points, you have several options.</p> <p>3,550 points can be redeemed for a $25 gift card at the NFL shop. However, the same 3,550 points can be redeemed for one cent each as a credit on your statement (a &ldquo;statement credit&rdquo;), which is worth $35.50. Obviously, the statement credit makes more sense than the gift card. Here&rsquo;s where it gets interesting &mdash; two regular season game tickets cost 25,000 points, and two Super Bowl tickets cost 200,000 points.</p> <p>When I saw this, my first thought was that there must be some catch. Perhaps these are just prizes that cardholders are eligible to receive, but may not actually be available, just like so many frequent flyer mile awards? So instead of speculating, I reached out to my contact at Barclaycard to clarify:</p> <blockquote><p>Tickets to a game are available up to a week before the game. For regular season games, we disclose the specific sections of the stadium that are available for redemption for each team. For the Super Bowl, we do not guarantee specific locations &mdash; just that they will get a pair of tickets to the game.</p> </blockquote> <p><b>The Value Equation</b></p> <p>If an average ticket costs $78.38 and the NFL Extra Points card lets you redeem 25,000 points for two tickets, then you are only getting, on average, a substandard .63 cents in rewards per dollar spent on most purchases. But this calculation assumes that you could actually buy a ticket a week before the game at the regular price. And most of the time, you simply can&rsquo;t. In fact, tickets for sale on the secondary market often start at hundreds of dollars each.</p> <p>Bottom line? If you live in a football crazy town, and you want to see a game, earning rewards from this card might be the best way to go.</p> <p><b>What About the Super Bowl?</b></p> <p>With the Super Bowl, the equation is different.</p> <p>While cardholders are told of specific sections where their reward tickets will be during regular season games, they have no idea where their seats will be during the Super Bowl, so prepare for the nosebleeds.</p> <p>Next, those two tickets will cost 200,000 points, which is worth $2,000 as a statement credit. But it turns out that $1,000 per seat is a pretty good deal considering that the average price on the secondary market for a ticket to last season&rsquo;s Super Bowl in Indianapolis was $3,127, while the lowest price found was $2,098, according to the <a target="_blank" href="http://www.indystar.com/article/20120126/SPORTS0701/201260357/Demand-gives-Super-Bowl-2012-ticket-prices-boost">Indianapolis Star</a>. Of course this calculation assumes that you can rack up $200,000 in spending on the card, and that the rewards program doesn&rsquo;t change before you are able to do that. Cardholders who use their credit card for business expenses that are reimbursed by their company will have an easier time reaching that goal.</p> <h2>Other Benefits</h2> <p>NFL tickets aside, this card does offer a handful of other valuable features:</p> <ul> <li>All cardholders receive a 20% discount at <a target="_blank" href="http://www.nflshop.com/">NFLShop.com</a>.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>As a Visa Signature card, NFL Extra Points cardholders are eligible for travel accident insurance, purchase protection policies, and a concierge program.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Finally, there is no annual fee for this card.</li> </ul> <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> <p><b>Pros</b></p> <ul> <li><b>Access to NFL tickets. </b>If having this card can get you into sold out games, or even the Super Bowl, a real football fan understands the value.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><b>Cash back rewards. </b>If in the end, your mortgage comes before your team, you can always cash out your rewards.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><b>Perks. </b>Don&rsquo;t discount the free DirectTV packages and NFL store discounts, especially as this card has no annual fee.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><b>Sign up bonus. </b>10,000 points is worth at least $100 cash back. This is not an incredible sign up bonus, but it is respectable for a card without an annual fee.</li> </ul> <p><b>Cons</b></p> <ul> <li><b>Only one point per dollar on most purchases. </b>This nominal rate of rewards is like getting 1% cash back. Other cards offer bonus points for gas, groceries, or other common purchases.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><b>Stupid gift card option.</b> I still can&rsquo;t believe that a $25 NFL gift card is 3,550 points. Why not just redeem the same points for $35.50?<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><b>Unsure Super Bowl seats. </b>Before I go on a quest to earn 200,000 points for Super Bowl tickets, it would be nice to know approximately how good those seats will be.</li> </ul> <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 for 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. For example, $25,000 of spending on another card could earn $250 in cash back or a domestic round trip airline ticket instead of two NFL tickets. But if you would rather have two NFL tickets, then this is the card for you. Likewise, $200,000 of spending could earn enough frequent flier miles for two round trip business class tickets to Europe rather than two Super Bowl tickets. Again, the choice is yours.</p> <p align="center"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/redir/9556561" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img width="500" height="207" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/wisebread/banners/nflteams.jpg" alt="" /></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/redir/9556561" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Click here to apply now</strong></a></p> <p>If NFL regular season and Super Bowl tickets were widely available for purchase at regular price, this would be a terrible card. But 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">Back to the Credit Card Guide</a></strong></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/nfl-extra-points-credit-card-review" class="sharethis-link" title="NFL Extra Points Card: Fumble or Touchdown?" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/jason-steele">Jason Steele</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Credit Cards 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://www.wisebread.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> <h2>News &amp; Events</h2> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-100-most-popular-personal-finance-blogs/news/2012/01/money-crashers-tweetchat-mcchat-3">Money Crashers Tweetchat (#MCchat)</a> &mdash; Don't miss Money Crashers weekly tweetchat at 1pm PST! They will be giving away prizes!</p> <p>Be sure to check out our <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-100-most-popular-personal-finance-blogs/news">News &amp; Events Calendar</a> to see all the awesome upcoming events in the personal finance world!</p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-how-to-throw-a-fun-and-frugal-super-bowl-party" class="sharethis-link" title="Best Money Tips: How to Throw a Fun and Frugal Super Bowl Party" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> 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://www.wisebread.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 paninis 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> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/frugal-super-bowl-party-ideas" class="sharethis-link" title="Frugal Super Bowl Party Ideas" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/linsey-knerl">Linsey Knerl</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> 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://www.wisebread.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> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/45-other-things-to-do-on-super-bowl-sunday" class="sharethis-link" title="45 Other Things to Do on Super Bowl Sunday " rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/frugal-living/entertainment">Entertainment articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> 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