iPhone http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/1733/all en-US 7 Tools and Gadgets Your Smartphone Can Replace http://www.wisebread.com/7-tools-and-gadgets-your-smartphone-can-replace <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-tools-and-gadgets-your-smartphone-can-replace" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock-519709446.jpg" alt="Woman using smartphone to replace tools and gadgets" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="142" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Cameras, phones, GPS devices &mdash; we all know about those. But did you know that your smartphone can replace a wide range of esoteric tools and devices? From the scientific calculator to the credit card reader to the remote control, here is a list of tools and gadgets you can replace with your smartphone.</p> <h2>1. Math Software</h2> <p>Yes, your smartphone already comes with a calculator and a scientific calculator. However, those calculators will give you little help when facing the challenges of a quadratic equation, system of linear equations, or inequality with absolute value. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-useful-genius-math-tricks-that-are-actually-easy?ref=seealso" target="_blank">11 Useful, Genius Math Tricks That Are Actually Easy</a>)</p> <p>This is where <a href="http://photomath.net" target="_blank">Photomath</a> comes in, allowing you to snap a pic of virtually any type of math problem. The app then solves that problem for you, and showing you step-by-step instructions. Think of this app as one of those bulky Texas Instruments calculators on steroids! And the best part is that downloading the app is free.</p> <h2>2. Check Deposit Machine</h2> <p>It's Saturday, you just got that $600 check that you've been waiting for, and there's no way you can get to the bank before closing time. You also have no clue how close the next ATM that accepts check deposits is. Instead, you could endorse your check, add a note &quot;for mobile deposit only,&quot; snap a pic of it, and receive up to $200 the next business day.</p> <p>As early as 2009, many banks around the country have issued a smartphone app that allows account holders to do mobile check deposits. Most financial institutions make the <a href="http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/magazine/2014/10/pros-and-cons-of-mobile-check-deposit/index.htm" target="_blank">first $200</a> of a mobile check deposit available for withdrawal the next business day, and the rest of the funds available on the second or third day for withdrawal. Contact your financial institution for more details and applicable rules.</p> <h2>3. Thermal Imaging Camera</h2> <p>Drafty windows are one of the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-sneaky-home-money-pits-that-sap-your-savings?ref=internal" target="_blank">sneaky home money pits</a> that sap your savings. Hiring a contractor to check this out for you can cost you hundreds before even starting to fix the problem. The <a href="http://amzn.to/2kVxsKK" target="_blank">Flir One Thermal Imager</a> is a device that turns your smartphone into a thermal imaging camera, allowing you to find drafty windows and other poorly insulated spots.</p> <p>While you'll have to invest about $250 in a Flir One Thermal Imager, you can quickly make back that money by lowering your energy bill by <a href="https://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=home_sealing.hm_improvement_methodology" target="_blank">up to 10%</a> per year and taking advantage of rebates and special offers from Energy Star products used in your insulation projects.</p> <h2>4. Credit Card Reader</h2> <p>Since about <a href="http://www.bankrate.com/finance/consumer-index/financial-security-charts-0514.aspx" target="_blank">40% of Americans</a> carry less under $20 in cash on them and 9% of them carry no cash at all, you shouldn't be surprised that it is even harder nowadays to get your friends and relatives to pay you back that $15 they owe you.</p> <p>But you do know that your debtors have a debit or credit card laying around! So, leverage a credit card reader from <a href="https://www.paypal.com/us/webapps/mpp/credit-card-reader" target="_blank">PayPal</a> or <a href="https://squareup.com/reader" target="_blank">Square</a> and start accepting card payments on your smartphone. While the two companies mail you the first credit card reader for free, PayPal and Square charge 2.7% and 2.75% per U.S. debit or credit card swipe, respectively. Paying up to $0.41 for having your $15 today instead of in two months isn't a bad deal at all.</p> <p>Got no Internet connection? No problem, Square's app allows you to collect payment as long as you reconnect to the web within <a href="http://squareup.com/help/us/en/article/5095-process-payments-with-offline-mode" target="_blank">72 hours</a> from the time of the card swipe.</p> <p>And if you want to forgo the phone attachment, you can also choose from several apps that allow users to transfer money to each other directly. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-mobile-payment-tools-you-should-start-using-today?ref=seealso" target="_blank">6 Mobile Payment Tools You Should Start Using Today</a>)</p> <h2>5. Car Diagnostic Tool</h2> <p>As cars are becoming smarter, they all provide much more information than you think. With the <a href="http://amzn.to/2kOSE2k" target="_blank">Automatic Pro</a>, you can connect to just about any car's standard diagnostics (OBD-II) port and unlock the data in your car's onboard computer. Most cars manufactured since 1996 have this port and are compatible with the Automatic Pro (here's the <a href="https://www.automatic.com/cars/" target="_blank">full list</a>).</p> <p>By investing about $130, you'll become a &quot;car whisperer&quot; and pay zero fees for unlimited monitoring. As a bonus, the Automatic Pro connects to many apps, such as Expensify and Freshbooks for invoicing mileage driven.</p> <h2>6. Level</h2> <p>How many times have you needed a level to hang a frame, mount a TV, or adjust the height of a table? A bubble level can cost you anywhere from $5 to $50 at your local or big box hardware store. Not to mention that you have to drive there, stand in line, and drive back, delaying your start time by up to a couple of hours to start that home project.</p> <p>Instead, you could download a free level smartphone app, such as <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.androgames.level&amp;hl=en" target="_blank">Bubble Level</a> for Android devices or <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/app/id293621500" target="_blank">iHandy Carpenter</a> for Apple devices, and get to work right away.</p> <h2>7. Universal Remote</h2> <p>At my home, we used to have a separate remote for the DVD player, the TV, the cable box, and the air conditioner. That was until we discovered that a smartphone can connect to many electronics and home appliances through its built-in infrared (IR) blaster.</p> <p>While there are many universal remote controller apps out there, <a href="http://peel.com" target="_blank">Peel</a> gets top marks because it connects your smartphone to TVs, set-top boxes, DVD players, entertainment portals such as Roku and Apple TV, audio systems, and home appliances such as air conditioners and heaters. You can download Peel for free, but you may need to purchase the <a href="http://amzn.to/2kVySoq" target="_blank">Pronto 360-degree IR blaster</a>, depending on the connectivity options of devices that you want to control.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/damian-davila">Damian Davila</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-tools-and-gadgets-your-smartphone-can-replace">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/earn-extra-income-with-your-smartphone-camera">Earn Extra Income With Your Smartphone Camera</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/34-smart-ways-to-cut-your-electric-bill">34 Smart Ways to Cut Your Electric Bill</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-things-you-must-immediately-do-after-losing-your-smartphone">8 Things You Must Immediately Do After Losing Your Smartphone</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/organize-8-key-areas-of-your-life-with-these-17-smart-apps">Organize 8 Key Areas of Your Life With These 17 Smart Apps</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-ways-your-smartphone-saves-you-money">8 Ways Your Smartphone Saves You Money</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Home Technology Android apps you need iPhone modern technology smartphone smartphone apps tech gadgets tools Thu, 16 Feb 2017 10:30:27 +0000 Damian Davila 1892849 at http://www.wisebread.com 6 Apps That Pay You to Workout http://www.wisebread.com/6-apps-that-pay-you-to-workout <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/6-apps-that-pay-you-to-workout" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_workout_phone_536139771.jpg" alt="Woman using apps that pay her to workout" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>One of the most popular New Year's resolutions every year is to get fit and lose weight. Unfortunately, it's also one of the most broken resolutions as well. Perhaps if there was more of a financial reward tied to getting in shape, it would be easier, or maybe if there was a way to stay more accountable. Fortunately, there exist some highly clever smartphone apps that will help you with both. Here are six of the most popular apps that will actually pay you to workout and help keep you accountable in the process.</p> <h2>1. PACT</h2> <p>The free <a href="http://www.pactapp.com/" target="_blank">PACT app</a> is a clever healthy living smartphone app that keeps you accountable, both in terms of diet and exercise. The app works by allowing you to make weekly &quot;pacts&quot; with yourself to either eat healthier or exercise more.</p> <p>Once your pacts are set, you choose how much money you'll pay other PACT members if you don't reach them. On the flipside, if you do reach your pacts, you get paid by other members. So essentially you make money by staying healthy and you get paid by the members who don't. You might only make a few dollars a week, but the app keeps you accountable and makes for easy goal setting. Plus, it lets you connect to other popular health apps like RunKeeper, Fitbit, MapMyRun, and MyFitnessPal.</p> <h2>2. DietBet</h2> <p>The <a href="https://www.dietbet.com/" target="_blank">DietBet app</a> is a fun way to track your weight loss goals, stay accountable, and tap into your competitive side. Essentially the app let's you join &quot;Games,&quot; pay a small entry fee, and compete against other motivated folks to try and lose a certain percentage of weight in a specific amount of time. Win the game and you'll split the pot with all the other winners.</p> <h2>3. Healthy Wage</h2> <p>The <a href="https://www.healthywage.com/" target="_blank">Healthy Wage app</a> is similar to DietBet, with a couple important differences. While you get paid by winning weight loss challenges, the app focuses more on the user creating challenges with friends and family as well as corporate challenges. The challenges make for a fun way to track your progress and interact with others who are also trying to develop a healthier lifestyle.</p> <p>You can join up to 10 challenges at one time, as well as simply create personal challenges that'll keep you accountable. You pony up some money, join the challenges that interest you, and try to win some substantial bucks. Refer friends to the challenge and your winnings grow substantially.</p> <h2>4. Charity Miles</h2> <p>If you're looking to get into shape and are the type who regularly gives money to your favorite charities, then the <a href="http://www.charitymiles.org/" target="_blank">Charity Miles app</a> is worth a look. The app essentially donates money to <a href="https://charitymileshelp.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/214937668-Who-are-your-Charity-Partners-" target="_blank">the charity of your choice</a> any time you &quot;walk, run, bike, skip, dance or any human-centered activity.&quot; By using your smartphone's GPS, Charity Miles can easily track your movement and track your activity. The more you move, the more money your charity receives.</p> <p>Sound too good to be true? Charity Miles is completely legit and pays out via corporate sponsors like Humana, Johnson &amp; Johnson, and Chobani.</p> <h2>5. WellCoin</h2> <p>The folks at <a href="https://www.wellcoin.com/" target="_blank">WellCoin</a> have developed a mobile app that gives you rewards points for doing healthy things. From sleeping seven hours a night, to drinking plenty of water, to going for a jog, you'll earn WellCoins for doing all of the above. Earn enough coins and you can redeem them for workout gear, healthy food, and even exercise classes in your area. The app is a great tool to help keep you accountable throughout the day.</p> <h2>6. FitCoin</h2> <p>The <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/the-fitcoin/id1008898705" target="_blank">FitCoin app</a> is another fun way to earn rewards with your Fitbit or any fitness tracker supported by the Apple Health app on your iPhone. Once the app is synced to your fitness tracker, you simply start burning calories by walking, jogging, or hitting the gym, and start earning &quot;FitCoins&quot; for your efforts. Your burned calories turn into FitCoins which can be redeemed in the FitCoin boutique for cool stuff like Amazon gift cards.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kyle-james">Kyle James</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-apps-that-pay-you-to-workout">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/5-fitness-gadgets-actually-worth-the-money">5 Fitness Gadgets Actually Worth the Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-ultimate-green-workout">The Ultimate &quot;Green&quot; Workout</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/10-cheap-exercise-tools-for-a-killer-workout">10 Cheap Exercise Tools for a Killer Workout</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/these-7-exercises-are-scientifically-proven-to-increase-happiness">These 7 Exercises Are Scientifically Proven to Increase Happiness</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/walk-walk-walk-walk-walk">Walk, walk, walk, walk, walk</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty Technology apps exercise fitness get fit get in shape get paid to workout Health iPhone workout Tue, 07 Feb 2017 10:30:37 +0000 Kyle James 1887741 at http://www.wisebread.com Earn Extra Income With Your Smartphone Camera http://www.wisebread.com/earn-extra-income-with-your-smartphone-camera <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/earn-extra-income-with-your-smartphone-camera" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock-491752390.jpg" alt="use your smartphone to make extra money" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>You no longer need to carry around a digital camera to capture in-the-moment photos. Today's smartphones feature fantastic cameras with surprising quality and clarity. For example, the latest iPhone 7 boasts a groundbreaking new camera, including the ability to take RAW photos and capture images in low light.</p> <p>The new camera quality in smartphones means they can be a tool to create a small photography side business. If you love taking photos and have a great eye, you can turn your artistic vision into cash, right from your phone.</p> <p>These three sites will pay cash for your smartphone photos. Here's how to get started.</p> <h2>EyeEm</h2> <p><a href="https://www.eyeem.com/" target="_blank">EyeEm</a> is one of the largest smartphone-picture platforms, with over 18 million creators. Available to both iPhone and Android users, you can sell photos for anywhere from $20 to $250, depending on the license.</p> <p>EyeEm also allows you to upload photos from your computer, so you can edit photos from your smartphone before posting them for sale.</p> <h2>Foap</h2> <p><a href="https://www.foap.com/" target="_blank">Foap</a> is a free app for iPhones that allows you to sell your photos. Once you sign up for an account, you upload your photos. To use any of your photos, a customer must purchase a photo license for $10; Foap keeps $5, and you get $5 as the artist.</p> <p>The great thing about Foap is that you are not limited in how many times you sell a photo. If that one adorable picture of your dog appeals to customers, you can sell it 100 times or more.</p> <h2>Fotolia Instant</h2> <p>With the <a href="https://blog.fotolia.com/us/category/instant/" target="_blank">Fotolia Instant app</a>, you can upload images from your Android or iPhone directly to Fotolia Instant Collection, which is a subset of the site dedicated solely to smartphone images for brands looking for stock images.</p> <p>Fotolia Instant allows you to include a model release, add keyword information, and manage every aspect of the sales process. You get a 33% commission for every photo you sell. Once you reach $50 in sales, you can request your payout via PayPal or Skrill.</p> <h2>Tips for Selling Your Photos</h2> <p>While you can turn your smartphone into a money-earner, the stock photo market can be crowded with other sellers. To increase your chances of customers buying your pictures, try to think from their point of view and what they need. Most shoppers are small business owners and bloggers looking for stock photos.</p> <p>They likely will need your photos for various purposes, so:</p> <ul> <li>Make sure your photos are large enough that they can be resized without getting blurry or grainy. <br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Take advantage of your location. If your city has well-known landmarks or shopping districts, those areas can translate to very popular photos. <br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>You can also get inspiration by checking out blogs and looking at the stock photos they use for ideas for what shots sell.</li> </ul> <h2>Turning Your Phone Into Cash</h2> <p>Instead of just snapping selfies and paying for an expensive data plan, turn your smartphone camera into a cash-earning machine. If you love taking photos and have a unique point of view, you can turn your camera into a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-unexpected-side-benefits-of-your-side-hustle" target="_blank">decent side hustle</a>. Post photos on various sites to maximize your chances of earning extra money, and keep adding fresh content to keep customers coming back.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kat-tretina">Kat Tretina</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/earn-extra-income-with-your-smartphone-camera">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-7"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-tools-and-gadgets-your-smartphone-can-replace">7 Tools and Gadgets Your Smartphone Can Replace</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/prizes-and-freebies-from-coupsmart-for-the-iphone">Prizes and Freebies from CoupSmart for the iPhone</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/these-6-instragrammers-are-getting-rich-by-traveling-the-world">These 6 Instragrammers Are Getting Rich by Traveling the World</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-things-you-must-immediately-do-after-losing-your-smartphone">8 Things You Must Immediately Do After Losing Your Smartphone</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-social-media-stars-who-earn-way-more-than-you">5 Social Media Stars Who Earn Way More Than You</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Extra Income Technology Android camera cash instagram iPhone photography photos side gig smartphone Tue, 17 Jan 2017 10:30:31 +0000 Kat Tretina 1873579 at http://www.wisebread.com 5 Sites That Will Pay for Your Old iPhone http://www.wisebread.com/5-sites-that-will-pay-for-your-old-iphone <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-sites-that-will-pay-for-your-old-iphone" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_holding_iphone_73998331.jpg" alt="Woman finding sites that will pay for her old iPhone" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The new iPhone 7 is out, and demand for the latest device from Apple is huge. Along with the hype is a sky-high price tag &mdash; the 256GB version with 5.5-inch display costs just under $1<a href="http://www.apple.com/shop/buy-iphone/iphone-7/5.5-inch-display-256gb-rose-gold-tmobile#01,12,34,42,60">,000</a>. To offset the steep cost of the new phone, selling your old one is a smart idea.</p> <h2>Perks of Selling Your Phone Yourself</h2> <p>When it comes to getting the best price for your phone, you have to sell it yourself. If you opt to trade it in with your carrier or an electronics store, you may get as little as $75 for <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-iphone-6-covers">your older iPhone</a>. Considering that you likely spent $500 or more to buy it just a couple of years ago, that's a depressing rate of depreciation. You will get a lot more if you sell it on your own.</p> <p>These are five places to sell your phone and get the best prices. We used an iPhone SE with 16GB in excellent condition to compare offers.</p> <h3>1. Best Buy</h3> <p>Best Buy's trade-in<a href="http://www.bestbuy.com/site/misc/best-buy-trade-in/pcmcat133600050011.c?id=pcmcat133600050011"> program</a> offers a surprisingly good value, paying $200 for the phone. The one downside is that you need to trade the phone in person to get cash. Otherwise, if you decide to mail it in, you will get emailed an electronic gift card.</p> <h3>2. Gazelle</h3> <p>With Gazelle, you get an offer for your phone right away. Just select your phone model, storage capacity, and condition, and they will give you a quote. Gazelle offered $170 for the iPhone SE, plus a $20 credit toward the purchase of a new device. Gazelle offers free shipping and pays quickly via check, Amazon gift card, or PayPal.</p> <h3>3. NextWorth</h3> <p><a href="https://www.nextworth.com/">NextWorth</a> offered $142 for the phone, one of the lowest quotes yet. However, they offer more competitive prices on other devices. For example, they offered $150 for the Samsung Galaxy Note, which was more than other sites offered.</p> <h3>4. Gadget Salvation</h3> <p><a href="https://www.gadgetsalvation.com/how_it_works">Gadget Salvation</a> is willing to pay $158 for an iPhone SE in excellent condition. You can ship your phone to them for free and get paid via check or PayPal.</p> <h3>5. eBay</h3> <p>To get the highest price, eBay is often your best option. It requires more work on your part &mdash; and you need to be wary of scams &mdash; but selling on the popular auction<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-you-should-always-buy-and-sell-on-ebay"> site</a> is more lucrative than going through an intermediary. Several auctions for the iPhone SE 16GB phones have ended with buyers paying as much as $305 for a used phone. Even after paying for shipping yourself, that's a lot more money than you would make with the other sites.</p> <h2>Choosing Where to Sell</h2> <p>While it can be time-consuming, it's a good idea to check each of the sites to see how much you can get for your phone. Depending on supply and demand, some of the sites may offer higher prices at certain times than others. Check each site for a quote before choosing where to sell your phone to get the most money.</p> <p>Do your homework before trading in your phone, and you can get top dollar for your old device. That extra money can be a huge help in purchasing a new phone and cut down on your out-of-pocket costs.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kat-tretina">Kat Tretina</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-sites-that-will-pay-for-your-old-iphone">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-waterproof-laptop-cases">The 5 Best Waterproof Laptop Cases</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-things-you-must-immediately-do-after-losing-your-smartphone">8 Things You Must Immediately Do After Losing Your Smartphone</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-selfie-sticks">The 5 Best Selfie Sticks</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-electronics-wipes">The 5 Best Electronics Wipes</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-power-surge-protectors">The 5 Best Power Surge Protectors</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping Technology gazelle iPhone iphone 6 iphone 7 sell your iphone smartphone technology Mon, 03 Oct 2016 10:00:09 +0000 Kat Tretina 1803459 at http://www.wisebread.com Learn Something New With These 9 Cheap Apps http://www.wisebread.com/learn-something-new-with-these-9-cheap-apps <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/learn-something-new-with-these-9-cheap-apps" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000062778500_Large.jpg" alt="learning something new with a cheap educational app" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>With so many new things in the world to learn and so little time in your hectic schedule to spare, the learning part should be easy and accessible. For those who don't have the patience to sit down with a book, and who also are extremely attached to their smartphones, apps are a great way to turn a potential distraction into a powerful and portable medium for learning.</p> <p>Here are nine cheap or free apps to help you learn something new.</p> <h2>1. Couch to 5K</h2> <p>Right now, many Americans are trying to keep their New Year's Resolutions. Among the top resolutions is to &quot;get fit&quot; and one of the most common ways to achieve that is to get off the couch and train for a 5K race.</p> <p>Recommended by Shape Magazine as the best app for new runners, Couch to 5K provides you a training schedule of three 30-minute sessions a week for nine weeks to achieve your goal of running your first 5K race. It costs $2.99 to download and it's available on <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/couch-to-5k-running-app-training/id448474423?mt=8">iTunes</a> and <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.active.aps.c25k">Google Play</a>.</p> <p>Ready for the next level? There are also <a href="http://www.activenetwork.com/mobile-apps/5k-to-10k-app">5K to 10K</a> and half-marathon (<a href="http://www.activenetwork.com/mobile-apps/13-1-half-marathon-app">13.One</a>) training apps. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-apps-that-pay-you-to-exercise?ref=seealso">5 Apps That Pay You to Exercise</a>)</p> <h2>2. Dictionary</h2> <p>Want to become a &quot;logophile&quot; or discover what that word even means? Then download the Dictionary.com mobile apps for free (available for <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/dictionary.com-dictionary/id308750436?mt=8&amp;at=1l3vsk3&amp;ct=mobileappspage_iphonefree">iPhone</a>, <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/dictionary.com-dictionary/id364740856?mt=8">iPad</a>, Apple Watch, <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.dictionary&amp;hl=en">Android</a>, Android Wear, and <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Dictionary-com-Dictionary-and-Thesaurus-Android/dp/B004GMT14Y">Amazon</a> devices). With over 100 million app downloads and 5.5 billion word searches per year, Dictionary.com is the world's leading digital English dictionary.</p> <p>Through its Word of the Day feature, you'll learn a new word every day, including its definition, pronunciation, origin, and example of use. This dictionary app also allows you to keep track of your favorite words so that you can bring them up when the time is right &mdash; and impress the pants off everyone you know with your massive vocabulary.</p> <h2>3. Duolingo</h2> <p>Speaking more than one language may enable you for higher pay in certain jobs and help you <a href="http://www.psychologicalscience.org/index.php/publications/journals/pspi/bilingual-minds.html">fight against Alzheimer's disease</a>. By gamifying the language learning process, Duolingo (available on <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/app/duolingo-learn-spanish-french/id570060128?mt=8">iTunes</a>, <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.duolingo">Google Play</a>, and <a href="https://www.microsoft.com/store/apps/duolingo-learn-languages-for-free/9wzdncrcv5xn">Windows Store</a>) makes your lessons fun and provides immediate gratification. Duolingo grants you points for completing tasks so you can see how you stack up against your friends.</p> <p>Chosen as 2013's App of the Year by Apple and available for free download, Duolingo is a top choice for learning Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Italian, Dutch, Irish, Danish, and English.</p> <h2>4. Fooducate</h2> <p>With an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5 from a total of 11,200 ratings, Fooducate is another useful app to keep your resolution for a healthier and fitter 2016. This app, available on <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/fooducate/id398436747?mt=8">iTunes</a> and <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.fooducate.nutritionapp&amp;referrer=utm_source%3Dfdct-redirect%26utm_campaign%3DFdct-Web-footer-button%26utm_medium%3Dna">Google Play</a>, grades food items from A down to D based on the item's nutrition facts panel and ingredient list.</p> <p>By scanning the UPC of many food items, you'll be able to spot information that may be hard to identify, including tricky trans fats, added sugars, and controversial food colorings. The rating isn't arbitrary. In 2012, the <a href="http://www.surgeongeneral.gov/news/2012/02/sg_healthy_app_challenge-winners.html">U.S. Surgeon General's Healthy App Challenge</a> awarded Fooducate first place in the category of nutrition and healthy eating.</p> <h2>5. Khan Academy</h2> <p>Use it or lose it. Spreadsheet software and modern calculators hinder many math skills, including performing long division, factoring a quadratic equation, finding the least common multiple, or solving a system of linear equations. While you may have thought that you would never have to perform these math operations ever again, you would run into them if you were to take a standardized test, such as the GMAT, GRE, or ASVAB.</p> <p>Without ads and subscription fees, the Khan Academy app, available on <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/khan-academy/id469863705?mt=8&amp;uo=4">iTunes</a> and <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.khanacademy.android&amp;hl=en">Google Play</a>, allows you to review those key math skills. You can also find plenty of free online classes on science, computer programming, history, art, economics, and other topics.</p> <h2>6. Mint</h2> <p>Available on <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/mint-personal-finance/id300238550?mt=8">iTunes</a>, <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mint&amp;hl=en">Google Play</a>, and <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Intuit-Mint-com-Personal-Finance/dp/B004T2P7MQ">Amazon</a>, the free Mint app helps you track all your financial accounts, cards, and investments in one place so you can improve your financial wellbeing. While you could try to keep track of all of your finances from statements, you could benefit greatly from Mint's visual dashboard. And since 65% of individuals are <a href="http://www.uab.edu/uasomume/fd2/visuals/page1.htm">visual learners</a>, the app's bar charts, pie charts, and colorful alerts allow you to spend smarter and save more.</p> <p>One of the best features of the app is the ability to create a detailed budget so you can keep track of how much money you have left for the month in specific categories, such as dining, clothing, and transportation.</p> <h2>7. Poems By Heart</h2> <p>Another way to keep your mind sharp is to improve your memory. The Poems By Heart app helps you memorize and recite poems from several genres, including the &quot;Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer's Day&quot; sonnet by Shakespeare and &quot;Eldorado&quot; by Edgar Allan Poe.</p> <p>The app is only available for <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/poems-by-heart-from-penguin/id577789325?mt=8">iPhone and iPad</a> and comes with four free poems. You can buy additional poem packages that feature the works of iconic poets like Walt Whitman, W.B. Yeats, and James Weldon Johnson. Apple featured Poems by Heart as one of &quot;Apple's App Store Best of 2013&quot; because it's highly engaging (and addictive!) user design.</p> <h2>8. Photomath</h2> <p>One of the hardest things about solving mathematical problems is to understand all of the steps involved in the process. Even worse, it's hard enough trying to write down a complicated arithmetic operation or lengthy linear equation.</p> <p>The Photomath app allows you to snap a photo of a wide variety of mathematical expressions, including basic arithmetic, fractions, decimal numbers, linear equations and several functions, with the camera of your <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/photomath/id919087726">iPhone</a> or <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.microblink.photomath">Android device</a> and show you a step-by-step answer. This is a very useful app for math students of all levels and parents of those young students willing to help out.</p> <h2>9. Quizlet</h2> <p>Flashcards are an excellent study tool because they allow for a self-directed personalized study experience that help us gauge our progress. Available on <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/quizlet-flashcards-study-tools/id546473125?mt=8">iTunes</a> and <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.quizlet.quizletandroid&amp;hl=en&amp;referrer=utm_source%3Dmobilepage">Google Play</a>, the Quizlet app allows you to build your own set of digital flashcards on any subject that you're trying to master. From learning new words in Spanish to memorizing kitchen recipes to preparing for a driving permit practice test, use Quizlet to unlock the learning power of flashcards in six study modes.</p> <p><em>What are other cheap or free apps to help you learn something? 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/damian-davila">Damian Davila</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/learn-something-new-with-these-9-cheap-apps">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-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/10-things-you-didn-t-learn-in-college-but-you-should-have">10 Things You Didn’t Learn in College (but You Should Have)</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/its-the-21st-century-why-is-your-money-stuck-in-the-20th">It&#039;s the 21st Century — Why Is Your Money Stuck in the 20th?</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/not-rich-enough-and-not-poor-enough">Not Rich Enough and Not Poor Enough</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/college/college-resources">40+ College Resources for Parents and Students</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/23-frugal-living-resolutions-anyone-can-master">23 Frugal Living Resolutions Anyone Can Master</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Education & Training Lifestyle cheap apps education free apps iPhone learning new skills resolutions Wed, 03 Feb 2016 18:19:00 +0000 Damian Davila 1647754 at http://www.wisebread.com 8 Things You Must Immediately Do After Losing Your Smartphone http://www.wisebread.com/8-things-you-must-immediately-do-after-losing-your-smartphone <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/8-things-you-must-immediately-do-after-losing-your-smartphone" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/millennials_on_phones_000053123676.jpg" alt="Learning what to do immediately after losing your smartphone" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I've only truly lost my phone one time. I was riding the subway in Manhattan and it slipped out of a shallow jacket pocket. As soon as I was off the train &mdash; and the doors had closed &mdash; I realized my blunder. I called the MTA immediately to report the phone, but I didn't have much hope that it would survive a lonely trip on the train with thousands of people coming and going before an MTA official had a chance to scour the cars. Luckily, a good Samaritan snatched it up before any would-be-thieves could get their paws on it, and it made it back to me in one piece. That's not always the case, however, so here's what you should do immediately after losing your smartphone.</p> <h2>1. Call or Text Your Phone</h2> <p>The first thing you should do in the event that you've lost your phone is to call it from another phone. Perhaps you've merely misplaced it.</p> <p>If you've indeed lost your phone, perhaps someone has picked it up and they're trying to find the best way to get it back to you. Whenever I've discovered a lost phone, the first thing I do is call &quot;mom&quot; or &quot;dad&quot; listed in the contacts. But if the phone is locked and there's no access to the contacts, the finder may be standing by waiting for you to give it a ring. And once the battery is dead, you'll have a harder time getting a hold of anyone, so do this first.</p> <h2>2. Lock It Down</h2> <p>We all have important and sensitive information on our phones. Hopefully, your device isn't in the wrong hands, but to be sure nobody can access your private info, lock it down remotely. You can do this by logging into your Android Device Manager and Find My iPhone account on another device and manually lock the phone.</p> <h2>3. Locate Your Phone Via GPS</h2> <p>If you've called your phone and weren't able to get someone on the other line, try locating it via your phone GPS locating service. It's important to note that this needs to be activated on your devices so you can access them from another machine &mdash; otherwise this step is moot. Android Device Manager and Find My iPhone will help you do this as well</p> <h2>4. Set Up a Lock-Screen Message</h2> <p>Once your phone is locked down, the only way back into it is with your password &mdash; and chances are, whoever has your phone doesn't have that information. Set up a lock-screen message to let whoever has the phone know that you're looking for it, along with a phone number or other contact information to get in touch with you.</p> <h2>5. Report Your Phone Lost or Stolen</h2> <p>If you think your phone has been stolen rather than lost, you should probably file a police report. It sounds like a lost cause, yes, but I know people who have done just that and their phones have miraculously made it back to them.</p> <h2>6. Protect Your Accounts</h2> <p>Your phone is locked by now, but it's still not a bad idea to protect your accounts, just in case. According to Gizmodo, you should <a href="http://fieldguide.gizmodo.com/mobile-emergency-what-to-do-if-you-just-lost-your-phon-1733747690?newstream=on&amp;utm_expid=66866090-71.ZDl_b8uGQgG7HBI5sxDRgQ.2&amp;utm_referrer=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com">log out of your social media</a> and email accounts, until you get the situation under control. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-surprising-ways-your-smartphone-can-keep-you-and-your-family-safe">6 Surprising Ways Your Smartphone Can Keep You and Your Family Safe</a>)</p> <h2>7. Suspend Your Service</h2> <p>If you suspect suspicious activity on your lost or stolen phone, it's best to err on the side of caution and suspend your service.</p> <p>The last thing you want to deal with after the fact are erroneous charges and data usage bills that will only compound this already stressful situation.</p> <h2>8. Wipe All Data From Your Phone</h2> <p>When worse comes to worst, it might be time to chalk up the experience to a loss and wipe the phone clean. I had a phone stolen once, did all the steps I listed above &mdash; I could even see where the phone was in Manhattan when I used the Find My iPhone feature (although I couldn't hone in on it given that everybody lives in a massive apartment building) &mdash; but after a few weeks, I gave up. I already had a new phone, and the stolen phone was either dead or turned off, so I could no longer locate it. At that point, I erased it and moved on.</p> <p><em>Have you lost a phone or had it stolen? How did you handle the situation? Let's discuss in the comments below.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-things-you-must-immediately-do-after-losing-your-smartphone">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/11-terrifying-things-that-can-happen-when-someone-steals-your-phone-and-how-you-can-protect-it">11 Terrifying Things That Can Happen When Someone Steals Your Phone (And How You Can Protect It)</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/earn-extra-income-with-your-smartphone-camera">Earn Extra Income With Your Smartphone Camera</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/when-is-it-okay-to-share-your-social-security-number">When Is It Okay to Share Your Social Security Number?</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-tools-and-gadgets-your-smartphone-can-replace">7 Tools and Gadgets Your Smartphone Can Replace</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-sites-that-will-pay-for-your-old-iphone">5 Sites That Will Pay for Your Old iPhone</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Life Hacks Technology fraud protection identity theft iPhone lost phone smartphone Wed, 23 Dec 2015 18:00:02 +0000 Mikey Rox 1625890 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best iPhone 6 Covers http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-iphone-6-covers <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-iphone-6-covers" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_iphone_000030435408.jpg" alt="Woman using best iphone cover on her iphone" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>You&rsquo;ve spent a lot of money on your smartphone, so why not protect it? With the right iPhone 6 cover, you can protect your phone from falls, scratches, and other damage, preserving it for the long run. By adequately protecting your phone, you can get more from your investment and enjoy years of reliable use from your iPhone.</p> <h2>What Is an iPhone 6 Cover?</h2> <p>No iPhone is complete without the right case or cover. An iPhone 6 cover will protect your phone, while helping you display your own personal style. To get the most of your new phone case, look for a durable solution that offers great shock absorption, drop protection, scratch resistance, and any other features you need to protect your device.</p> <h2>Top 5 iPhone 6 Covers</h2> <h3>OtterBox Defender Series iPhone 6 Case</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00N1AFY1Q/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00N1AFY1Q&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=VXVHGQCB2KV72CXR"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/otterbox.jpg" width="100" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>As Amazon&rsquo;s #1 best seller in cell phone holsters and clips, the award-winning <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00N1AFY1Q/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00N1AFY1Q&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=VXVHGQCB2KV72CXR">OtterBox Defender Series iPhone 6 Case</a> comes from the #1 most trusted supplier in smartphone case protection. It comes in all different colors and styles to match your personal preferences.</p> <p>The Defender Series case offers triple-layer protection and is built from a high-impact, scratch-resistant polycarbonate shell and durable silicone slip cover, providing heavy duty protection against drops, bumps, shock, dust, dirt, scrapes, and damage. The robust case also has a built-in screen protector to guard against scratches, while the port covers keep dust and debris out. There is also an included belt-clip holster that doubles as a kickstand for hand-free media viewing. OtterBox also offers superior customer service and a 1-year warranty.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00N1AFY1Q/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00N1AFY1Q&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=VXVHGQCB2KV72CXR"><em>Currently $34.19 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Trent Trentium 6S Rugged Protective Durable TPU iPhone 6 Rugged Case</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00MXDZFFM/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00MXDZFFM&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=YHBR3SXQ5CGWYDBS"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/trent%20trentium.jpg" width="245" height="202" align="right" alt="" /></a>If you&rsquo;re always changing your mind and frequently changing your case, then the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00MXDZFFM/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00MXDZFFM&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=YHBR3SXQ5CGWYDBS">Trent Trentium 6S Rugged Protective Durable TPU iPhone 6 rugged case</a> is the one for you. With Black/Silver/Gold Interchangeable Back Plates included, you can change your case between the three classic color choices whenever you like.</p> <p>The case includes a two-piece, flexible TPU shell and hard polycarbonate cover that offers full body rugged protection, yet surprisingly lightweight design. In fact, the slim case only adds an extra 5mm to your iPhone 6, so you won&rsquo;t have to worry about any added bulkiness. The precise design offers cutouts for full access to all speakers, microphone, camera, charging ports, audio ports, buttons, and features.</p> <p>It also features all around corners bumper for maximum impact resistance and durability. Many reviewers stated that the case feels very high end, despite its affordable price point. It is also backed by a 10-month warranty for your peace of mind.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00MXDZFFM/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00MXDZFFM&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=YHBR3SXQ5CGWYDBS"><em>Currently $18.95 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Cable &amp; Ultra Protection Case</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00SNVC41Q/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00SNVC41Q&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=DKNRGLGDEFNLTG6Y"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/labc%20case.jpg" width="205" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00SNVC41Q/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00SNVC41Q&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=DKNRGLGDEFNLTG6Y">iPhone 6 Cable &amp; Ultra Protection Case (or the Cable Case)</a>, will save you in all of your worst iPhone-related emergencies. It has a detachable silicon 8 pin Apple Certified MFi Lightning Cable and stand inside of the case, so you can plug in and charge your phone anywhere you need to. You&rsquo;ll never have to worry about forgetting your cable and running out of power again.</p> <p>The cable also doubles over as a kickstand, truly making it a multi-purpose gadget. The durable case can also withstand a fall. With advanced Shock Absorption Technology and a Hexagonal inner Pattern TPU protection case, it will keep your phone well protected. It is also a recipient of the Red Dot, IDEA, Product Design Awards in 2014 and is one of the top rated cases on Amazon. The case also includes a free screen protective film and is available in 7 different colors, so you can choose which one best suits your style.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00SNVC41Q/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00SNVC41Q&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=DKNRGLGDEFNLTG6Y"><em>Currently $24.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Spigen Tough Armor Case for iPhone 6</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00LL60JU8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00LL60JU8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=I447GRJT5GWLROP7"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/spigen.jpg" width="162" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>As an Amazon best seller in cell phone cases, holsters, and clips, the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00LL60JU8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00LL60JU8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=I447GRJT5GWLROP7">Spigen Tough Armor Case</a> offers superior protection, while remaining less bulky than other protective cases. The dual layered build of flexible, anti-stretch TPU and premium polycarbonate also feature Air Cushioned corners and an interior spider web pattern to offer better shock absorption and protection from drops and scratches.</p> <p>The 4-Point Rear Guard protects the polycarbonate back plate, while a 0.7mm lip protects the screen. The expanded port opening is made wide enough for any chargers and ports, and the case also offers easier access to the power and volume buttons. Spigen is a trusted manufacturer and offers a range of covers that are each award-winning best sellers on Amazon. This case is available in a range of colors to best suit your style.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00LL60JU8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00LL60JU8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=I447GRJT5GWLROP7"><em>Currently $17.76 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>SUPCASE Full-body Belt Clip Holster Case for Apple iPhone 6&nbsp;</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00MOOF4D8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00MOOF4D8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=X33DAG32QLIP6OZ4"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/supcase.jpg" width="186" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00MOOF4D8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00MOOF4D8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=X33DAG32QLIP6OZ4">SUPCASE Full-body Belt Clip Holster Case</a> has a built-in screen protector to provide your phone with ultimate protection. The advanced dual layer design combines high grade polycarbonate hard shell and flexible TPU to withstand accidental drops, bumps, and shock. Precise cutouts allow for full access to the touchscreen, camera, buttons, speaker, and ports.</p> <p>This holster case also includes a 360 degree swiveling Belt Clip Holster, making it perfect to take on the job or on your next outdoor excursion. The shock resistant case is available in 5 color options to best suit your style.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00MOOF4D8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00MOOF4D8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=X33DAG32QLIP6OZ4"><em>Currently $15.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best iPhone 6 covers. As always, be sure to check <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar">Wise Bread's Buying Calendar</a> to learn when and how to buy just about anything!</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-cannon">Andrea Cannon</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-iphone-6-covers">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-solar-power-banks">The 5 Best Solar Power Banks</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-9-volt-batteries">The 5 Best 9 Volt Batteries</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-waterproof-laptop-cases">The 5 Best Waterproof Laptop Cases</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-ups-backup-batteries">The 5 Best UPS Backup Batteries</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-selfie-sticks">The 5 Best Selfie Sticks</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping Technology iPhone iphone covers product reviews tech accessories Thu, 27 Aug 2015 09:00:13 +0000 Andrea Cannon 1469257 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Free (or Almost!) Tools and Resources for Creating a New 2015 Budget http://www.wisebread.com/10-free-or-almost-tools-and-resources-for-creating-a-new-2015-budget <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-free-or-almost-tools-and-resources-for-creating-a-new-2015-budget" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000064844883_Large.jpg" alt="woman working computer" title="woman working computer" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>So your spending went a little haywire during the holidays. Now is the time to get back on track with a new budget for 2015.</p> <p>These days, it's easy to track spending and set up budgets, often without the need to log in to any complicated software program.</p> <p>For those looking to do a better job of tracking spending and keeping their financial goals within reach, these tools should help you as you head into the new year.</p> <h2>1. Mint</h2> <p><a href="https://www.mint.com/">Mint</a> offers an array of tools to help with budgeting. It's possible to link all of your financial accounts, including your investments, and view them on a single platform. You can also track and categorize all transactions, and export your financial data to your TurboTax account at tax time. Best of all, you can set up an unlimited number of budgets and even establish goals to track. Mint is available online and on apps for smartphones and tablets.</p> <h2>2. Personal Capital</h2> <p>If you like Mint, you'll also like <a href="http://track.flexlinks.com/a.ashx?foid=1029882.216060&amp;fot=9999&amp;foc=1&amp;foc2=582907">Personal Capital</a>. Its budgeting tools are not quite as robust, but I find it's a little snappier than Mint. Personal Capital also offers financial advice and management for a fee.</p> <h2>3. Buxfer</h2> <p><a href="https://www.buxfer.com/">Buxfer</a> allows you to sync all of your accounts just like Mint and Personal Capital, but has an added feature that allows you to send money to friends and family online. It also helps you dole out shared expenses, like portions of rent or groceries, so it's perfect for young people with roommates.</p> <h2>4. BudgetPulse</h2> <p>This web-based application is a good option for those who prefer to not link all of their accounts. <a href="https://www.budgetpulse.com/">BudgetPulse</a> requires a little bit more work, because you have to enter all of your financial information manually, but it has a nice interface and some easy-to-adjust budgeting tools.</p> <h2>5. Level Money</h2> <p><a href="https://levelmoney.com/">Level Money</a> allows you to enter your income, expenses, and &quot;spendable cash&quot; and then offers a real-time picture of what you're buying and how much cash you have left. It's best feature is its simplicity.</p> <h2>6. GnuCash</h2> <p>The <a href="http://www.gnucash.org/">GnuCash</a> personal and small business accounting program has many devotees because it's free and works on almost any computer platform, including Linux. Because it's based on the double-entry accounting system, it's very robust (and sometimes confusing for those unfamiliar with double entry). Still, with it you can track bank accounts, stocks, and other financial information, and get helpful charts. It's also possible to import from software programs such as Quicken.</p> <h2>7. Spendee</h2> <p>The first step to budgeting is learning where your money is going. And that's <a href="http://www.spendeeapp.com/">Spendee</a>'s strength. It's easy to enter transactions with just a few taps on the app (iPhone and Android), and the interface is about as clean as you can get. The budgeting tools aren't as robust as other apps, but you may find it's just perfect enough for tracking spending.</p> <h2>8. HomeBudget</h2> <p>A well-reviewed app for iOs, Android, and desktop platforms, <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/homebudget-with-sync/id306257910?mt=8">HomeBudget</a> is great for couples who want to manage budgets together. The app has a slick interface and offers a syncing capability that allows more than one user to track spending and income. The downside to this app is that it costs $4.99, but many find it worth it.</p> <h2>9. Paper Envelopes</h2> <p>Yes, just a handful of plain white envelopes will help you stay on the right financial path. Fill each envelope with a specific amount of cash for certain items. Once the envelope is empty, you can't spend any more on that item. It's a simple, but effective, way to reduce your dependency on credit cards and rein in your spending.</p> <h2>10. Microsoft Excel</h2> <p>This may seem a little outdated &mdash; and it's only free if you already have MS Office installed &mdash; but it can be effective. Microsoft's spreadsheet program offers a <a href="http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/templates/simple-monthly-budget-TC103428920.aspx">simple monthly budget template</a> that allows you to compare monthly income and expenses. Sometimes simple is best.</p> <p>If truly free is your thing, you might try a <a href="https://drive.google.com/previewtemplate?id=0AqSw5UvrxNaFdFRHNFlkbzEtR2xXNWJCS0JNRTZNdEE&amp;mode=public">similar template on Sheets</a>, Google's free alternative to Excel.</p> <p><em>How do you track your budget?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/tim-lemke">Tim Lemke</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-free-or-almost-tools-and-resources-for-creating-a-new-2015-budget">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-5"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-apps-for-busy-working-parents">The 5 Best Apps for Busy Working Parents</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-simple-holiday-budget-anyone-can-follow">The Simple Holiday Budget Anyone Can Follow</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/can-a-robot-called-digit-really-help-you-save-more">Can a Robot Called Digit Really Help You Save More?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-cell-phone-app-thats-saving-me-a-smal-fortune">The Cell Phone App That&#039;s Saving Me A Small Fortune</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/10-money-goals-all-30-somethings-should-have">10 Money Goals All 30-Somethings Should Have</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Budgeting Android apps budgeting iPhone saving Mon, 05 Jan 2015 14:00:06 +0000 Tim Lemke 1275173 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Ways to Save on the Latest Smartphones http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-ways-to-save-on-the-latest-smartphones <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-ways-to-save-on-the-latest-smartphones" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/smartphone-cafe-494181221-small.jpg" alt="smartphone cafe" title="smartphone cafe" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some fantastic articles on ways to save on the latest smartphone, ways to save at school, and cool car hacks you should try.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.moneytalksnews.com/2014/09/08/how-to-save-on-a-new-smartphone/">7 Ways to Save on the Latest Smartphones</a> &mdash; To save on the latest smartphones, trade in your old phone and wait a few months to buy the latest model released. [Money Talks News]</p> <p><a href="http://www.bargaineering.com/articles/smarrealistic-ways-save-money-wont-ruin-college-fun.html">Smart Ways to Save Money at School Without Ruining Your College Fun &mdash; or Going Hungry</a> &mdash; Not taking more than 4 years to graduate and taking advantage of student discounts can help you save money at college. [Bargaineering]</p> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Car-Hacks-35664947">19 Insanely Cool Car Hacks You Should Try Out</a> &mdash; Did you know hanging a shoe organizer on the back of your seat in your car can help you keep your car organized? [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.kiplinger.com/article/spending/T059-C011-S001-5-reasons-you-hate-flying-and-what-to-do-about-it.html">5 Reasons You Hate Flying and What to Do About It</a> &mdash; If you hate flying because of baggage fees, opt to fly with JetBlue or Southwest. [Kiplinger]</p> <p><a href="http://www.mainstreet.com/article/the-best-and-worst-states-to-retire">The Best and Worst States to Retire</a> &mdash; Orlando is one of the best cities to retire in, as is Scottsdale. [MainStreet]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.creditsesame.com/blog/when-a-relative-steals-your-identity/">When a Relative Steals Your Identity</a> &mdash; If a relative steals your identity, request copies of your credit report to find out how much damage has been done. [Credit Sesame]</p> <p><a href="http://angelashelton.com/8-steps-to-write-your-book/">8 Steps to Write and Publish Your Book</a> &mdash; Unsure how to start writing your book? Try creating an outline that lists questions your book will answer. [Angela Shelton]</p> <p><a href="http://www.freemoneyfinance.com/2014/09/the-new-retirement-rule.html">The New Retirement Rule?</a> &mdash; What do you think of the new retirement rule that states that you should save 15% of your pay for 30 years? [Free Money Finance]</p> <p><a href="http://onecentatatime.com/when-money-is-everything-how-to-financially-prepare-for-divorce/">When Money Is Everything: How to Financially Prepare for Divorce</a> &mdash; When you are going through a divorce, find a lawyer and be prepared to divide up assets. [One Cent at a Time]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/7-ways-to-be-a-leader-in-healthy-living">7 Ways to Be a Leader in Healthy Living</a> &mdash; To be a leader in healthy living, be organized and start early. [Parenting Squad]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-ways-to-save-on-the-latest-smartphones">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-6"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-sites-that-will-pay-for-your-old-iphone">5 Sites That Will Pay for Your Old iPhone</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-apps-that-actually-pay-you-to-shop">8 Apps That Actually Pay You to Shop</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-waterproof-laptop-cases">The 5 Best Waterproof Laptop Cases</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-things-you-must-immediately-do-after-losing-your-smartphone">8 Things You Must Immediately Do After Losing Your Smartphone</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-selfie-sticks">The 5 Best Selfie Sticks</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping best money tips iPhone save smartphone smartphones technology Mon, 15 Sep 2014 19:00:04 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 1207214 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Should I Upgrade to the iPhone 5c or the 5s? http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-should-i-upgrade-to-the-iphone-5c-or-the-5s <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-should-i-upgrade-to-the-iphone-5c-or-the-5s" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/phone-4190199-small.jpg" alt="phone" title="phone" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="187" /></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 if you should upgrade to the iPhone 5c or 5s, how social media can find you deals, and creating an emergency fund.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://lifehacker.com/should-i-upgrade-to-the-iphone-5c-or-the-5s-1287508303">Should I Upgrade to the iPhone 5c or the 5s?</a> &mdash; People on a budget or who like color should opt for the iPhone 5c while gamers and camera users should opt for the iPhone 5s. [Lifehacker]</p> <p><a href="http://www.dumblittleman.com/2013/09/financial-advice-how-social-media-can.html">Financial Advice: How Social Media Can Help You Find Deals and Save Money on Shopping</a> &mdash; Checking in to a certain business on Foursquare may score you coupons or discounts. [Dumb Little Man]</p> <p><a href="http://christianpf.com/create-quick-emergency-fund/">6 Quick Ways to Create an Emergency Fund</a> &mdash; Selling stuff or getting a side job can help you create an emergency fund quickly. [Christian PF]</p> <p><a href="http://timemanagementninja.com/2013/09/10-tasks-that-should-be-on-your-todo-list-today/">10 Tasks That Should Be On Your Todo List Today</a> &mdash; If you made a promise to someone, make sure fulfilling that promise is on your to do list today. [Time Management Ninja]</p> <p><a href="http://money.usnews.com/money/careers/articles/2013/09/11/4-signs-your-fall-internship-is-a-waste-of-time">4 Signs Your Fall Internship is a Waste of Time</a> &mdash; Are you only performing low-level tasks at your internship? Consider asking for more responsibilities. [US News and World Report]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.budgetsaresexy.com/2013/09/reasons-to-work-at-craigslist-benefits/">31 Reasons to Work at Craigslist</a> &mdash; Craigslist offers their employees a monthly transportation stipend and an employee assistance program among other awesome benefits. [Budgets Are Sexy]</p> <p><a href="http://onecentatatime.com/20-tips-commercial-real-estate-investment/">20 Tips for Commercial Real Estate Investment</a> &mdash; When investing in commercial real estate, only work with expert real estate agents. [One Cent At A Time]</p> <p><a href="http://www.marcandangel.com/2013/09/08/10-ways-to-gain-fame-for-being-a-good-person/">10 Ways to Gain Fame for Being a Good Person</a> &mdash; Letting your passions ignite your ability to thrive and inspire others is a great way to be recognized for being a good person. [Marc and Angel Hack Life]</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/How-Communicate-Effectively-31671112">How to Get Your Point Across Every Time</a> &mdash; If you want to get your point across every time, be clear and concise. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/how-to-raise-an-organized-child-when-you-re-a-slob-like-me">How to Raise an Organized Child When You're a Slob Like Me</a> &mdash; To raise an organized child, make lists and use toys. [Parenting Squad]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-should-i-upgrade-to-the-iphone-5c-or-the-5s">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-7"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-things-you-must-immediately-do-after-losing-your-smartphone">8 Things You Must Immediately Do After Losing Your Smartphone</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/help-end-hunger-get-kindled-and-3-more-positive-web-tips-you-should-know-about">Help End Hunger, Get Kindled, and 3 More Positive Web Tips You Should Know About</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/17-things-car-salesmen-dont-want-you-to-know">17 Things Car Salesmen Don&#039;t Want You to Know</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-baking-soda-took-my-bathroom-from-yuck-to-yes">How Baking Soda Took My Bathroom from “Yuck” to Yes!</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-launder-money">How to Launder Money</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Life Hacks best money tips iPhone iphone 5c iphone 5s Thu, 12 Sep 2013 10:00:04 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 981915 at http://www.wisebread.com The Best and Worst Things to Buy in September 2012 http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-and-worst-things-to-buy-in-september-2012 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-best-and-worst-things-to-buy-in-september-2012" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/4117539720_5927b4ec61_z.jpg" alt="drinking coffee" title="drinking coffee" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>September marks the end of summer, as well as our countdown to November, <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/all-about-black-friday">Black Friday</a>, and the holiday season. (Yes, we're already thinking about it.) But September has its own deal virtues &mdash; including <a href="http://dealnews.com/search.html?search=Labor+Day">Labor Day sales</a> &mdash; so we've mined the extensive dealnews archives of sales, coupons, and individual products from the past few summers to find out what are the best and worst things to buy in September. Here's what we found. (See also: Shopping Calendar: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar">The Best Time to Buy Anything</a>)</p> <h2>Cozy Up to Bedding Deals</h2> <p>For the past two years, <a href="http://dealnews.com/c196/Home-Garden?eref=wisebread">home good deals</a> have been rather strong in September, specifically for bedding, towels, and the like. We saw a large number of Editors' Choice options for bedding sets this time last year in particular. Keep an eye out for a variety of discounted home items from the likes of <a href="http://dealnews.com/s320/JCPenney?eref=wisebread">JCPenney</a>, <a href="http://dealnews.com/s288/macys?eref=wisebread">Macy's</a>, <a href="http://dealnews.com/s510/Sears?eref=wisebread">Sears</a>, <a href="http://dealnews.com/s38720/Designer-Living?eref=wisebread">Designer Living</a>, and <a href="http://dealnews.com/s1009/Kohls?eref=wisebread">Kohl's</a>. Notably, be on the look out for stacking coupons at Kohl's, and a mattress sale at Sears that beats its summer-month offerings. (Keep in mind however, that last year we saw excellent discounts on mattresses around Black Friday and Cyber Monday, too. So, in case you miss these sales, you'll have another opportunity to cash in on strong deals later in the year.)</p> <h2>Tangled Up in Blue Jeans</h2> <p>We've made it through the height of <a href="http://dealnews.com/back-to-school-sales?eref=wisebread">Back to School shopping</a> season, which means you can start taking advantage of clearance sales for the student staple of denim. However, while we'll see modest discounts this month at about 40% off, these sales will continue into October, and will likely grow stronger. Also in November, many jeans specialists like <a href="http://dealnews.com/s1491/Levi?eref=wisebread">Levi's</a> could offer their best coupons of the year around Black Friday. Now is a good time to start looking at discounted jeans styles for a wider selection, but if you're not particular, next month will see steeper cuts.</p> <h2>SSD Storage Deals Are Solid</h2> <p>We've mentioned before that <a href="http://dealnews.com/features/dealnews-Price-Trends-Is-Now-the-Right-Time-to-Invest-in-an-SSD-/495276.html?eref=wisebread">Solid State Drives (SSDs) are on a constant downward price trajectory</a>, but this trend really ramped up this summer. The number of Editors' Choice deals nearly doubled each month since the spring, and we continue to see new all-time low prices for both specific models and overall drive capacities. <a href="http://dealnews.com/s504/Newegg?eref=wisebread">newegg</a> is overwhelmingly the store to go to for such deals, but <a href="http://dealnews.com/s620/Micro-Center?eref=wisebread">Micro Center</a>, <a href="http://dealnews.com/s313/Amazon?eref=wisebread">Amazon</a>, <a href="http://dealnews.com/s597/Tiger-Direct?eref=wisebread">TigerDirect</a>, and <a href="http://dealnews.com/s233/Buy.com?eref=wisebread">Buy.com</a> have all also had strong offerings.</p> <h2>Get Your Caffeine Fix for Free</h2> <p>Are you a devout coffee drinker? Then make sure to mark September 29 in your calendar, as several food chains will offer a free cup o' Joe in honor of National Coffee Day. Last year, <a href="http://dealnews.com/s1205/Krispy-Kreme?eref=wisebread">Krispy Kreme</a>, Waffle House, <a href="http://dealnews.com/s2269/7-11?eref=wisebread">7-11</a>, and <a href="http://dealnews.com/s2207/Caribou-Coffee?eref=wisebread">Caribou Coffee</a> all offered a special promotion to celebrate, and it's possible that other chains and local cafes will do the same.</p> <h2>New Price Points for the iPhone</h2> <p>Supposedly, the <a href="http://dealnews.com/c491/Electronics/Phones-Cell-Phones/Apple-iPhones?eref=wisebread">newest Apple iPhone</a> will be announced on September 12, making it very likely that the company will slice prices on its older models. If the newest iPhone pricing mimics that of its siblings-made-obsolete, then <a href="http://dealnews.com/features/The-iPhone-4-S-Will-Drop-in-Price-at-the-iPhone-5-s-Debut-But-By-How-Much-/604401.html?eref=wisebread">the iPhone 4S could drop to $99</a>. And the iPhone 4 will possibly stick around as an even more affordable model &mdash; a need that the iPhone 3GS will likely leave open as it is expected to be discontinued.</p> <h2>A Slew of iPhone Accessories, New and Old</h2> <p>Supposedly <a href="http://dealnews.com/features/Want-the-Rumored-iPhone-5-Start-Saving-Your-Money-for-New-Accessories/588123.html?eref=wisebread">the iPhone 5 will feature a completely new dock connector</a>, which means all existing <a href="http://dealnews.com/c550/Electronics/Phones-Cell-Phones/Apple-iPhones/iPhone-Accessories?eref=wisebread">iPhone accessories</a> will become outdated overnight. Old accessories will then see aggressive deals as stores try to clear their shelves for brand new, full-price replacements. If you're upgrading to the iPhone 5, consider at least waiting a few months to add to your collection of dock accessories so that you can avoid paying retail price.</p> <h2>Rock-Bottom Airfare Rates</h2> <p>The cheapest <a href="http://dealnews.com/c207/Travel-Entertainment/Airfare?eref=wisebread">airfare deals</a> we saw throughout all of last year came in late September, when both Vision Airlines and <a href="http://dealnews.com/s1816/Spirit-Airlines?eref=wisebread">Spirit Airlines</a> offered 1-way fares for a whopping $1. Not a fan of those budget airlines? <a href="http://dealnews.com/s3738/Jet-Blue?eref=wisebread">JetBlue</a> also offered one of its best sales in September, dropping rates to just $29 each way. (However, we have seen JetBlue fares at this price at various other times in the year.) Of course, in order to take advantage of these rock-bottom prices, you have to be a lucky or flexible flyer to make use of the restricted routes and times.</p> <h2>Keep an Eye Out for Hot Sunglasses Sales</h2> <p>If you managed to make it through the summer without buying <a href="http://dealnews.com/features/Cheap-Sunglasses-Are-Great-Just-Make-Sure-They-Offer-the-Proper-Protection/558931.html?eref=wisebread">a new pair of sunglasses</a>, you're about to be rewarded; according to our deals last year, the best storewide sunglasses sales popped up in September, as well as in November and December. For September in particular, look to <a href="http://dealnews.com/s5778/Oakley-Vault?eref=wisebread">Oakley Vault</a>, <a href="http://dealnews.com/s3164/Sunglass-Hut?eref=wisebread">Sunglass Hut</a>, <a href="http://dealnews.com/s549/REI?eref=wisebread">REI</a>, <a href="http://dealnews.com/s1460/6-pm?eref=wisebread">6pm</a>, and <a href="http://dealnews.com/s1988/Endless?eref=wisebread">Endless.com</a> for discounted styles. Last September, Oakley Vault's <a href="http://dealnews.com/c454/Clothing-Accessories/Apparel-Accessories/Sunglasses?eref=wisebread">sunglasses sale</a> was the best the merchant offered all year.</p> <h2>Patio Furniture Deals Are Sitting Pretty</h2> <p>Finally, it's a great month to buy patio furniture! September will see an increase in the sheer number of <a href="http://dealnews.com/c198/Home-Garden/Garden?eref=wisebread">outdoor furniture sales</a> and deals that discount the seasonal outdoor items. October will see an uptick in the level of Editors' Choice caliber prices. But since several patio sets and gardening items from Sears, Amazon, and other merchants hit their lowest prices in October &mdash; and will be priced significantly lower than we had seen them over the summer &mdash;what's another few weeks of waiting?</p> <h2>Wait and See With Tablets</h2> <p>We're on a path toward seeing a very interesting, competitive <a href="http://dealnews.com/c622/Computers/iPad-Tablet?eref=wisebread">budget-friendly tablet</a> market in the coming weeks and months. It would benefit the consumer to hold off on purchases at the moment; increased competition could likely yield deals that either cut prices or bundle devices with useful media credits or gift cards. Amazon is rumored to be debuting the Kindle Fire 2 in a few days, resulting in a new lower price on the original Kindle, and come mid-month Apple may announce an &quot;iPad mini&quot;.</p> <h2>Big Screen 3D HDTVs Show Some Promise</h2> <p>Fall will soon be upon us and if you can refrain from any HDTV purchases over the next two months, you're bound to see the year's <a href="http://dealnews.com/features/best-tv-deals?eref=wisebread">best HDTV deals</a> come November. However, if you're in dire need of a new HDTV, you'll want to look at name-brand <a href="http://dealnews.com/c159/Electronics/TVs?eref=wisebread">55&quot; 3D LCD HDTVs</a>, as those are seeing the most action these days in terms of deals.</p> <p>Over the summer, 55&quot; 3D HDTVs dipped under the $1,000 mark, a price we had't seen since Black Friday 2011. Then, in early August, prices hit an all-time low, as we saw the 2012 LG 55LM7600 hit $949. While we still recommend waiting for the holidays, shoppers who can't wait until <a href="http://dealnews.com/c482/Store-Events/Black-Friday?eref=wisebread">Black Friday</a> should look at 55&quot; 3D LCD HDTVs under $1,000.</p> <h2>Ivy Bridge Laptops on the Move Again</h2> <p>Although <a href="http://dealnews.com/back-to-school-sales?eref=wisebread">back to school sales</a> have generally come to an end, Ivy Bridge-based laptops are in a price free-fall. Whereas 15&quot; Ivy Bridge systems debuted at $1,000 in April, they closed out August at $480 &mdash; a price drop of over 50%. We expect to see even more aggressive deals as Microsoft preps systems for its Windows 8 launch in late October; shoppers would be wise to wait a few more weeks to see the <a href="http://dealnews.com/features/best-laptop-deals?eref=wisebread">best laptop deals</a>.</p> <p>Again, if you can't wait, looks for 15&quot; Ivy Bridge systems between $480 and $550. Anything under $480 and you'll know you're buying a machine at an all-time low.</p> <p>Meanwhile, Mac fans who live near a <a href="http://dealnews.com/s669/Frys?eref=wisebread">Fry's Electronics</a> store are in luck as the electronics retailer has been offering Apple's <a href="http://dealnews.com/c514/Computers/Apple-Computers/Mac-Book-Air?eref=wisebread">13&quot; MacBook Air</a> (Ivy Bridge model) for $999 with in-store pickup. That's $200 under Apple's retail price and the lowest price we've seen this summer for the 13&quot; model. Don't live near a Fry's? <a href="http://dealnews.com/s560/Best-Buy?eref=wisebread">Best Buy</a>, Amazon, and <a href="http://dealnews.com/s973/B-H-Photo-Video?eref=wisebread">B&amp;H Photo Video</a> have each listed the 13&quot; Air at $1,099 (which is $100 under Apple's price).</p> <p><em>This is a guest post by </em><a href="http://dealnews.com"><em>Dealnews</em></a><em>.</em></p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> What end-of-summer deals will you snag this month? Read through for the best and worst things to buy in September. </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/dealnews">Dealnews</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-and-worst-things-to-buy-in-september-2012">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/stuff-we-love-the-macbook-pro-a-hassle-free-laptop">Stuff We Love: The MacBook Pro, a Hassle-Free Laptop</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/dont-make-these-5-laptop-buying-mistakes">Don&#039;t Make These 5 Laptop-Buying Mistakes</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-buy-a-laptop-computer">How to Buy a Laptop Computer</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-and-worst-things-to-buy-in-august">The Best and Worst Things to Buy in August</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/heres-how-much-more-youre-paying-for-these-6-convenience-buys">Here&#039;s How Much More You&#039;re Paying for These 6 Convenience Buys</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping Airfare clothing coffee computers ipad iPhone laptops tvs Tue, 04 Sep 2012 10:24:41 +0000 Dealnews 954270 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: How to Sell Your iPhone 4 http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-how-to-sell-your-iphone-4 <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-sell-your-iphone-4" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/4846312108_2d9ca4140b_z-1.jpg" alt="How to Sell Your iPhone 4" title="How to Sell Your iPhone 4" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></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 great articles on how to sell your old iPhone 4, traveling efficiently, and secrets of wealthy whiz kids.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.doughroller.net/personal-finance/how-to-sell-old-used-cell-phones/">How to (Quickly) Sell Your Old iPhone 4 for Cash</a> &mdash; Do you want to upgrade to the new iPhone 4S but need to get rid of your old iPhone 4 first? Try using BuyMyTronics. [Dough Roller]</p> <p><a href="http://personaldividends.com/lifestyle/briana/traveling-efficiently-saving-money-and-time">Traveling Efficiently: Saving Money and Time</a> &mdash; Save money and time when you travel by utilizing shortcuts. [Personal Dividends]</p> <p><a href="http://blogs.reuters.com/reuters-money/2011/10/04/secrets-of-wealthy-whiz-kids-how-to-make-a-million-by-21/">Secrets of wealthy whiz kids: How to make a million by 21</a> &mdash; If you want to make a million dollars, invest in a passion or hobby. [Reuters Money]</p> <p><a href="http://canadianfinanceblog.com/small-changes-add-up-to-big-savings/">Small Changes Add Up To Big Savings</a> &mdash; By taking the time to create a meal plan, you are less inclined to eat out and spend money. [Canadian Finance Blog]</p> <p><a href="http://couplemoney.com/spending/how-to-save-on-your-cell-phone/?utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+CoupleMoney+%28Couple+Money%29">How to Save on Your Cell Phone</a> &mdash; To save money on your cell phone, buy fewer apps. [Couple Money]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/fun-fall-activities-for-families">Family Fun: 53 Fantastic Ways to Celebrate Fall</a> &mdash; Celebrate fall by making a pumpkin pie or sending harvest cards. [Parenting Squad]</p> <p><a href="http://www.thesunsfinancialdiary.com/frugal-living/easy-ways-trim-household-costs-part-2/?utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+thesunsfinancialdiary%2FOpRy+%28The+Sun%27s+Financial+Diary%29">Easy Ways to Trim Household Costs (Part 2)</a> &mdash; Want to save money around the house? Try to buy only energy efficient appliances. [The Sun's Financial Diary]</p> <p><a href="http://getcurrency.com/life-style/how-to-freelance-with-a-full-time-job">How to Freelance with a Full-Time Job</a> &mdash; Be successful at freelancing with a full time job by scheduling your time. [Currency]</p> <p><a href="http://www.happiness-project.com/happiness_project/2011/10/every-wednesday-is-tip-day-this-wednesday-seven-tips-for-knowing-if-youre-boring-someone-in-a-movie-i-love-a-quir.html">7 Tips to Know If You're Boring Someone</a> &mdash; If someone is asking you simple questions, chances are you are boring them. [The Happiness Project]</p> <p><a href="http://frugaldad.com/2011/10/03/channel-your-inner-science-nerd-to-make-extra-money/">Channel Your Inner Science Nerd to Make Extra Money</a> &mdash; If you are into science, consider participating in clinical trials to make some extra money. [Frugal Dad]</p> <h2>News &amp; Events</h2> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-100-most-popular-personal-finance-blogs/news/2011/09/wise-bread-tweetchat-wbchat-1">Wise Bread Tweetchat (#WBChat)</a> &mdash; Don't miss our weekly #WBChat every Thursday from 12pm-1pm PST! This week we will be talking about getting out of debt!</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> <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-sell-your-iphone-4">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-9"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-of-personal-finance-41-financial-calculators-for-major-life-decisions">Best Money Tip: 41 Financial Calculators for Major Life Decisions</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/4-things-you-need-to-know-about-deferring-student-loans">4 Things You Need to Know About Deferring Student Loans</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/6-powerful-images-of-money-and-what-they-really-mean">6 Powerful Images of Money and What They Really Mean</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-celebrities-with-shockingly-low-net-worths">6 Celebrities With Shockingly Low Net Worths</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/its-never-too-late-to-fix-these-5-money-mistakes-from-your-past">It&#039;s Never Too Late to Fix These 5 Money Mistakes From Your Past</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Personal Finance best money tips iPhone Thu, 06 Oct 2011 10:00:28 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 734756 at http://www.wisebread.com 5 Multipurpose iPhone 4 Cases Fit for a Freelancer http://www.wisebread.com/5-multipurpose-iphone-4-cases-fit-for-a-freelancer <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-multipurpose-iphone-4-cases-fit-for-a-freelancer" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iphone_case.jpg" alt="Man with iPhone in case" title="Man with iPhone in case" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="144" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If there was a T-shirt that said &ldquo;I bought an iPhone 4 and all I got was this stupid bumper,&rdquo; I&rsquo;d wear it.</p> <p>Seriously, I hate the thing (the bumper, not the iPhone; I can't live without the latter). The former, however, serves absolutely no purpose &mdash; including the purpose that it was intended to serve, <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2010/07/16/apple-to-give-away-free-bumpers-to-iphone-4-users/">fewer dropped calls because of the iPhone 4's inferior wrap-around antenna</a>.</p> <p>I can have only half a conversation before my call gets cut off, and the bumper I chose is so poorly designed that I can&rsquo;t charge my phone with the bumper on it. Factor in that the bumper isn&rsquo;t a proper case either &mdash; in no way is it protecting my phone from damage &mdash; and you&rsquo;ve got what I like to call a massive W.O.M., Waste. Of. Money. That&rsquo;s saying something since it was Apple-issued and free.</p> <p>While I was at CES last month, I scoured aisles and aisles of iPhone accessories. Some of them were your standard, everyday, I-don&rsquo;t-do-anything-but-make-your-phone-look-cheap cases. But some of them, well, they&rsquo;re working hard for your money &mdash; and if you&rsquo;re a freelancer like me, you want your money&rsquo;s worth. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-cell-phone-app-thats-saving-me-a-smal-fortune">The Cell Phone App That's Saving Me a Small Fortune</a>)</p> <p>Thus, here are my five picks for iPhone 4 cases that pull double duty to stretch your dollar.</p> <h3>The Minimalist 4 by TRTL BOT</h3> <p><img height="300" width="230" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u931/TRTL%20BOT.png" /></p> <p>When I go out to meetings or networking events, I crosscheck my body to ensure I have everything I need (phone, wallet, pens and paper), but I often forget the most important part of making lasting professional connections &mdash; my business card. When nobody requests one, I have a dozen in my pocket; as soon as somebody asks, they&rsquo;re nowhere to be found &mdash; never fails. <a href="http://trtlbot.myshopify.com/collections/iphone-4-cases/products/the-minimalist-4">The Minimalist 4</a> is the perfect solution. Snap in your phone, stuff the other side with a few cards, and you&rsquo;re ready to roll. This case in particular is great for my husband, too, who doesn&rsquo;t like carrying a wallet. It&rsquo;s ideal for a night on the town when all you want to worry about is an ID, a credit card, and few crisp greenbacks.</p> <h3>Incipio OffGRID</h3> <p><img height="300" width="300" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u931/IncipioOFFGrid.jpg" /></p> <p>A few weeks ago I wrote this Wise Bread article on the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-items-city-dwelling-dudes-should-keep-in-their-bags">must-have items I keep in my bag at all times</a>. One of the things I just can&rsquo;t do everyday travel without is a phone charger &mdash; because a good self-employed service provider is at his clients&rsquo; beck and call whenever they need him, even if that does sound a bit shady. (My services are legit, I promise.) In any case, I freak out when my phone dies, which makes <a href="http://www.myincipio.com/iphone-4-battery-case/">this rechargeable battery pack case from Incipio</a> a lifesaver. It promises to double your battery life and weighs just two ounces. Think about it: With the extra juice built in, you won&rsquo;t have to sit on the floor of the local Barnes &amp; Noble and pretend to read a book while you steal electricity. Huzzah! You just gained an extra hour, workhorse.</p> <h3>KickBACK g4 by Scosche</h3> <p><img height="238" width="400" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u931/Scosche_kickBACK%20g4.jpg" /></p> <p class="MsoNormal">One the many perks of my job is that I sometimes get to watch movies and TV shows in order to write articles. This twice-as-nice <a href="http://www.scosche.com/consumer-tech/product/1976">kickstand case from Scosche</a> is just what the doctor ordered for consuming that media on the go. Literally. My physician probably would recommend this if it meant that I didn&rsquo;t have to hold the phone in front of my face for an hour and a half. Besides watching your favorites programs, think about the FaceTime possibilities. You can talk to associates from any place that has a Wi-Fi connection without making them nauseous from your Shaky Hand Syndrome.&nbsp;</p> <h3>NUU MiniKey</h3> <p><img height="200" width="300" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u931/NuuMiniKey.jpg" /></p> <p>BlackBerry converts rejoice; your prayers have been answered. If you don&rsquo;t like the iPhone 4&rsquo;s touch-screen keyboard, NUU offers an alternative way to type with its <a href="http://www.nuubrand.com/minikey.html">MiniKey slide-out keyboard</a>. Benefits include &mdash; according to the company, anyway &mdash; speedier typing (considering that you currently type like a tortoise and are used to punching away on a tangible keypad), a larger screen area (because the on-screen keyboard isn&rsquo;t taking up its normal space), easier navigation and editing (so you don&rsquo;t have to perfectly point your finger between your erroneous characters and punctuation to amend mistakes), and several other &ldquo;special features not found anywhere else.&rdquo; Full disclosure: <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2010/12/23/nuu-minikey-for-iphone-4-preview-yep-another-bulky-keyboard/ )">Engadget called it &ldquo;bulky,&rdquo;</a> but it doesn&rsquo;t seem so bad to me. In fact, I&rsquo;m rather impressed with how slim it is. I mean, there&rsquo;s a hidden keyboard in the back; how skinny can it get?</p> <h3>Be A HeadCase Bottle and Can Opener Case</h3> <p><img height="300" width="182" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u931/BeAHeadcase_BottleOpener.jpg" /></p> <p>I&rsquo;ll level with you, <a href="http://www.beaheadcase.com/index.php/shop/iphone-4-cases-bottle-opener-accessories/">this ingenious Be A HeadCase</a> won&rsquo;t do anything but get you drunk. And that&rsquo;s the best part, especially after a long day of doing whatever freelancers do. Until, that is, you download <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6-orpvzObZ8">the accompanying app</a> (it&rsquo;s free), which keeps track of how many <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/all-we-are-sayingis-give-pabst-a-chance">bottles and cans</a> you pop. The case features a stainless steel bottle opener; comes in a durable, rubberized black or pink coating; and is compatible with both AT&amp;T and Verizon iPhones. Uh huh, who&rsquo;s happy hour&rsquo;s head honcho now?</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/5-multipurpose-iphone-4-cases-fit-for-a-freelancer">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-10"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-modern-life-skills-everyone-should-master">15 Modern Life Skills Everyone Should Master</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-back-to-school-iphone-apps">10 Back-to-School iPhone Apps</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-an-iphone-can-save-you-money">Six Ways an iPhone Can Save You Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-apps-that-actually-pay-you-to-shop">8 Apps That Actually Pay You to Shop</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-apps-that-pay-you-to-workout">6 Apps That Pay You to Workout</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Productivity Technology iPhone iphone accessories smartphones Thu, 17 Feb 2011 13:36:14 +0000 Mikey Rox 490930 at http://www.wisebread.com Apperang: Get Paid for Trying iPhone Apps http://www.wisebread.com/apperang-get-paid-for-trying-iphone-apps <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/apperang-get-paid-for-trying-iphone-apps" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iphone_2.jpg" alt="iPhone" title="iPhone" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="240" height="180" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.mb01.com/lnk.asp?o=3416&amp;c=44328&amp;a=68038">Apperang</a> is a service that pays iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch users to try out applications from the iTunes store.&nbsp;I first signed up for <a href="http://www.mb01.com/lnk.asp?o=3416&amp;c=44328&amp;a=68038">Apperang</a> a few months ago through an online ad, and it really sounded too good to be true.&nbsp; My first experience was quite disappointing because I logged in, there was nothing I could download, and therefore I couldn't get paid. So I logged out and forgot about it.</p> <p>About a month later I received an email from Apperang telling me that the game Angry Birds was available and downloaders would be paid $0.25. This prompted me to log back into Apperang because Angry Birds was the most popular game in the iTunes store. &nbsp;Apperang then had a dozen apps that I could try, and I downloaded all the free apps I was interested in. There are also paid apps you can try, but you have to buy the app first, and then Apperang reimburses you for the cost of the app plus $0.25. (Basically, you get $0.25 for every app you try.)</p> <p>This is how Apperang works:</p> <ol> <li>Log into <a href="http://www.mb01.com/lnk.asp?o=3416&amp;c=44328&amp;a=68038">Apperang </a>on the computer where you have your iTunes library.</li> <li>Choose the app you want to download and install it from iTunes.</li> <li>Sync your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to your computer.</li> <li>Click &quot;verify&quot; on Apperang.&nbsp;Once you verify the download, your account is credited.</li> <li>You can cash out to your PayPal account once you reach a balance of $1.00.&nbsp;</li> </ol> <p>You can make this process faster if you download all the apps you want and then sync them all at once. Clicking verify on Apperang will verify all the apps you have installed and credit you for the entire amount. You have 48 hours to verify that the apps are on your device.</p> <p>Why would these app developers pay you to use their apps? One big reason is that their apps rank higher in the iTunes store as more people download them. Higher visibility means that more people will organically download or buy their apps. Also, many free apps are supported by advertisements, so a bigger userbase means more income. Acquiring a long-term user for only 25 cents is a good proposition for them. Another reason is that some of these apps are meant to be trial apps and the developers hope that you will like their app enough to buy the full version. I have actually enjoyed many of the apps I tried and kept a good amount of them on the phone. I simply deleted the apps I did not like after I got paid, and there is no penalty for doing so.</p> <p>Obviously, you will not earn a lot of money from Apperang, but after a month I did earn enough to buy some songs and paid apps for my iPhone. If you are constantly trying apps, then Apperang is a good way to get paid a few bucks for doing something you do anyway.</p> <p><em> Disclosure: This post contains my referral links to Apperang.&nbsp; You can also refer your own friends and earn 5% of their earnings for the first two years.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/xin-lu">Xin Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/apperang-get-paid-for-trying-iphone-apps">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-11"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/earn-extra-income-with-your-smartphone-camera">Earn Extra Income With Your Smartphone Camera</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/prizes-and-freebies-from-coupsmart-for-the-iphone">Prizes and Freebies from CoupSmart for the iPhone</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-an-iphone-can-save-you-money">Six Ways an iPhone Can Save You Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-apps-that-pay-you-to-workout">6 Apps That Pay You to Workout</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-things-you-must-immediately-do-after-losing-your-smartphone">8 Things You Must Immediately Do After Losing Your Smartphone</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Extra Income Technology ipad iPhone iphone apps Mon, 15 Nov 2010 12:00:11 +0000 Xin Lu 302332 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Back-to-School iPhone Apps http://www.wisebread.com/10-back-to-school-iphone-apps <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-back-to-school-iphone-apps" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/2830319467_634c5c8316_z.jpg" alt="iphone" title="iphone" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The summer is coming to an end and it's back-to-school time. If you have ever been a student, you'll know that student life is not easy or cheap. With rising tuition costs, high unemployment, and busy schedules, finding ways to manage your time and budget seems impossible. No need to panic! Last week, we showcased <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/back-to-school-savings-and-diy-projects-for-craft-capable-cheapskates">back-to-school savings tips</a>. This week, we have 10 iPhone applications that can help you manage your student life. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/16-best-mobile-shopping-apps-for-your-phone" title="16 Best Mobile Shopping Apps For Your Phone">16 Best Mobile Shopping Apps For Your Phone</a>)</p> <h2>Rate My Professor</h2> <p>Ever had a lecture where the monotonous professor puts you to sleep? <a href="http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/rate-my-professors/id345381821?mt=8">Rate My Professor</a> was one of my favorite sites while at university. Now it's an iPhone application. The app allows you to view other students' comment and rating of professors and write your own review about them. The great thing with the app is that you can tweet it or post it on your Facebook &mdash; just be careful what you say!</p> <p><img alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u890/ratemyprofessor.png" /></p> <h2>Evernote</h2> <p>Taking notes in class is not always easy, but <a href="http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewSoftware?id=281796108&amp;mt=8">Evernote</a> can help. This app takes text and voice notes, which can be synchronized to an online account so that it's accessible everywhere. Although typing on your iPhone all day long may not be the most convenient way to take notes, the voice recording can be very versatile.</p> <p><img alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u890/Evernote.png" /></p> <h2>Pageonce Personal Finance</h2> <p>Classes, assignments, exams, papers to write... Students have enough to remember. Worrying about when bills are due and managing accounts does not have to be hard. With <a href="http://itunes.apple.com/app/pageonce-personal-finance/id285056092?mt=8">Pageonce Personal Finance</a>, you can manage all your online accounts anywhere, anytime.</p> <p><img alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u890/Pageonce.png" /></p> <h2>myHomework</h2> <p>Keeping track of assignments can get complicated; <a href="http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/myhomework/id303490844?mt=8">myHomework</a> can help you keep your head above water. You can keep track of assignments in different classes and when they are due. You can see all your homework laid out in a calendar view and send homework reminders to friends. It's a free application and with very practical uses for the busy student.</p> <p><img alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u890/myHomework.png" /></p> <h2>Blackboard Mobile Learn</h2> <p><a href="http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/blackboard-mobile-learn-for/id376413870?mt=8">Blackboard</a> seems to be a very poplar platform used by many schools to communicate with their students. Assignments and grades are often posted on Blackboard, and professors point students to Blackboard for lecture notes and assignments. If your school utilizes Blackboard, then you can have instant access to all the information posted by your school, professors, and classmates.</p> <p><img alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u890/Blackboard.png" /></p> <h2>iStudiez Pro</h2> <p><a href="http://itunes.apple.com/app/istudiez-pro/id310636441?mt=8">iStudiez Pro</a> is not a free application ($2.99), but it can be very useful. It helps you keep track of your classes and assignments. It can color-code each assignment with the corresponding class and notify you of their due dates. It may just be the best $2.99 you spend in college.</p> <p><img alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u890/iStudiez.png" /></p> <h2>New Oxford American Dictionary</h2> <p>By the time I graduated I probably went through four dictionaries. (They kept disappearing, somehow.) The <a href="http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/new-oxford-american-dictionary/id298896076?mt=8">New Oxford American Dictionary</a> has over 250,000 entries stored on your phone, which means no internet connection needed. It also includes over 60,000 audio pronunciations.</p> <p><img alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u890/New%20Oxford%20Dictionary.png" /></p> <h2>Chegg</h2> <p>Textbooks are expensive &mdash; really expensive. Finding used textbooks is not always easy and even then it may be an outdated edition. <a href="http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/chegg/id385758163?mt=8">Chegg</a> is a textbook rental company with millions of books you can choose from. No need to stand in line for hours at the campus bookstore: All you need is the free Chegg app, the book's title, author or ISBN, or you can simply scan the bar code. The app also has a reminder to return the book so you won't incur any late fees.</p> <p><img alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u890/Chegg.png" /></p> <h2>Formulus Free</h2> <p><a href="http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/formulus-free-formulas-for/id309681718?mt=8">Formulus Free</a> can come in handy whether you love or hate math. The free app helps you find formulas, so no more searching pages of your textbook to find the right one &mdash;: they're all at your fingertips.</p> <p><img alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u890/Formulus.png" /></p> <h2>Free Books</h2> <p><a href="http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/free-books-23-469-classics/id317776727?mt=8">Free Books</a> costs $1.99, but all the books are free. Although you may not find the newest books in the application, it contains over 23,000 books, including most classic books you'll probably study in school. You are probably thinking, &quot;Who can read the whole book on their iPhone?&quot; Well, fear not. This application lets you email the book to yourself. You can download and read it on your computer or notebook.</p> <p><img alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u890/Freebook.png" /></p> <p>Going back to school can be an exciting and stressful time; hopefully, some of these applications can help you get through another year of school. If you are looking for more great phone applications, check out this list of <a href="http://financialhighway.com/75-phone-apps-10-tips-that-will-save-you-money/">75 phone applications that will save you money</a></p> <p><em>Do you have any favorite applications you'd like to share?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ray-jamali">Ray Jamali</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-back-to-school-iphone-apps">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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