fun http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/1841/all en-US Beat Stress With These 28 Inexpensive Pastimes http://www.wisebread.com/beat-stress-with-these-28-inexpensive-pastimes <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/beat-stress-with-these-28-inexpensive-pastimes" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/father_son_fishing_70352103.jpg" alt="Father and son beating stress with inexpensive pastimes" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Expensive activities are stressful for me because paying for them weighs on my mind. I enjoy cheap or free pastimes, and even some pastimes that make money. Here are some inexpensive pastimes that you can enjoy to stay blissfully preoccupied without spending much money.</p> <h2>Exercise</h2> <p>The payoffs for regular exercise are immense, not least is the relaxation.</p> <h3>1. Bicycling</h3> <p>Bicycling can be a very inexpensive hobby. I picked up a cheap used bike for $28, rode it for five years, and then sold it for $35! In addition to a bike, there are a few other things you&rsquo;ll need to get started: a bike helmet and a bike lock to keep yourself and your bike safe. If you buy an older bike, you may need to change the tires and inner tubes, but you can do this yourself for only a few dollars. A cheap bike provides transportation, exercise, and entertainment.</p> <h3>2. Walking</h3> <p>Even if you don&rsquo;t have any money at all, you can still enjoy walking. Walking is a convenient way to spend time outside and enjoy the seasons with no special equipment or planning required. When the weather is bad, I enjoy walking indoors in shopping malls.</p> <h3>3. Hiking</h3> <p>Sometimes I like to go to go hiking in a park or trail away from roads and sidewalks. Hiking takes a bit more effort than simply going for a walk near your home or workplace, but provides more opportunities to get close to nature. Most hiking trips are free, but I recently paid $10 to go for a five-hour hike among the redwoods in Muir Woods National Monument while visiting San Francisco. This was the most entertainment I have ever gotten for $10!</p> <h2>Cerebral Activities</h2> <p>After you've worked your muscles, challenge your noodle.</p> <h3>4. Reading</h3> <p>Reading can be free if you get books at a public library or find free classics to read on your electronic devices via sites such as <a href="https://www.gutenberg.org/">Project Gutenberg</a>. It seems like there is a nearly endless supply of new books coming along, plus the old classics to catch up on.</p> <h3>5. Writing</h3> <p>Writing has been a great pastime for me. It is exciting to see my work published, and I have even been able to make some money along the way from writing books, articles, and through advertising on my blog. If you are not ready to publish your work for the world to see, writing a journal for yourself or stories to share with your friends and family is a great way to get started writing.</p> <h3>6. Crossword Puzzles</h3> <p>Crossword puzzles help keep your mind sharp and some people seem to really enjoy doing them. I have tried doing crossword puzzles a few times, but it is too much like doing a homework assignment for me to enjoy. Maybe I need to find some easier crossword puzzles to build up my skills.</p> <h3>7. Brain Games</h3> <p>I have tried brain games on my computer, such as the free trial version of <a href="http://www.lumosity.com/">Lumosity</a>, and I sometimes play Math Blaster on my Android device. There are all kinds of free brain games that exercise your skills and help you stay sharp as you try to beat your high score. Some games even allow you to compare your scores with others.</p> <h3>8. Educational Videos</h3> <p>You no longer need to wait until Sunday evening for NOVA to come on PBS. You can get a wide selection of educational programs any time on Netflix ($8 per month) or YouTube (free). I like to find TED Talks on YouTube to find interesting perspectives on everything from physics to social sciences.</p> <h3>9. Online Courses</h3> <p>There are all kinds of online courses you can take for free, including subjects such as computer programming, statistics, and science. Here are some places to check for online courses that interest you:</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://ocw.mit.edu/index.htm">MIT OpenCourseWare</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.coursera.org/">Coursera</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.openculture.com/freeonlinecourses">Open Culture</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.khanacademy.org/">Khan Academy</a></li> </ul> <h3>10. Jigsaw Puzzles</h3> <p>Some people get excited about doing jigsaw puzzles and like to receive them as gifts. Jigsaw puzzles can provide many hours of entertainment for not much money, and you do get a sense of satisfaction &mdash; or relief &mdash; when the puzzle is complete. You can pick up used jigsaw puzzles at garage sales for a dollar or two that provide hours of entertainment, but you might find out that there are missing pieces.</p> <h3>11. Ancestry Research/Genealogy</h3> <p>You can make a serious hobby out of researching your ancestry. It is easier than ever to research family history and find links to your family&rsquo;s past. You can get a long way without spending much money and produce research on your family history that will be invaluable to future generations.</p> <h3>12. Learn a Foreign Language</h3> <p>When you learn a foreign language, you learn more than just a bunch of foreign words. You learn about another culture and open up opportunities to meet and learn about new people.</p> <h2>Nature/Outdoor Enjoyment</h2> <p>When you tire of puzzles and brain games, re-connect with nature.</p> <h3>13. Camping</h3> <p>Camping can be a great way to get away and see things from a fresh perspective. You can find places to camp for free, but even if you pay to stay in a campground, you can find places to pitch a tent for around $20 per night.</p> <h3>14. Fishing</h3> <p>Basic fishing equipment doesn&rsquo;t cost a lot of money. You can get an inexpensive rod and reel good enough to catch your dinner for around $25. I still have a lot of the same fishing tackle I used when I was growing up. The price of a seasonal fishing license varies by location. I paid about $20 and was able to go fishing whenever I wanted all summer.</p> <h3>15. Bird-watching</h3> <p>It is hard not to watch the birds at my house. I have seen orioles, blue jays, cardinals, robins, hummingbirds, geese, and even bald eagles. I put out bird feeders to attract birds near my house for easy observation. Even if you don&rsquo;t put out bird feeders, you can probably find interesting birds to watch and enjoy. Binoculars are useful to be able to observe birds high in trees or too far away to see easily.</p> <h2>Food-Related</h2> <p>While you don't want to use food as a coping tool, lots of the activities around food prep are satisfying and relaxing.</p> <h3>16. Gardening</h3> <p>You get to enjoy planning your garden, watching it grow, and then harvest lots of free vegetables. Gardening can be very inexpensive if you start your own seeds and make your own compost to use for fertilizer. Even if you don&rsquo;t have a yard, you can grow vegetables in pots on a patio or deck. If you don&rsquo;t want to rototill a traditional garden, you can grow vegetables in straw bales or build raised beds for easy access.</p> <h3>17. Cooking</h3> <p>Cooking is a great pastime since it reduces the probability that you will spend money on expensive restaurant food. Watch some cooking shows or videos to learn cooking techniques and get ideas for recipes you want to try out. You can get started cooking with only a few pans and utensils.</p> <h3>18. Canning Food</h3> <p>If you have a successful garden, you&rsquo;ll need to do something with all of those vegetables. The first thing I remember canning was salsa we made with tomatoes, onions, peppers, and cilantro we grew in the garden. It was messy and a lot of work, but it was fun to make those cans of salsa to save for winter and to give to friends. If you have a freezer, you can use an inexpensive <a href="http://amzn.to/1Y6gll8">vacuum sealer</a> to pull the air out of plastic bags and seal up your produce to freeze without getting freezer burned.</p> <h3>19. Grilling</h3> <p>You can start grilling with a $20 charcoal grill. If $20 is too much for you, you can even make a grill for free! My kids build a kebab pit for free using concrete blocks they found and it works great. I also have a gas grill which is more expensive, but very convenient. Grilling outside is one of my favorite activities, followed closely by eating the food that I grill.</p> <h2>Creative Activities</h2> <p>Nothing is as satisfying as zoning out while making something. The doing is its own reward &mdash; but you'll also be rewarded with some of your own handiwork.</p> <h3>20. Wood shop</h3> <p>One of my favorite pastimes is working in my wood shop. I like to repair things, build small projects, and just spend time in my shop organizing my tools and thinking. A wood shop does not need to be expensive. I built one of my workbenches from a kit and others using recycled kitchen cabinets and countertops. Many of my tools were used tools that people gave me.</p> <h3>21. Photography</h3> <p>You can take surprisingly good photos with a cellphone or cheap digital camera, especially in outdoor lighting. A quality digital SLR camera with a zoom lens runs around $300 and will allow you to take your photography to the next level, providing more control over the camera settings.</p> <h3>22. Musical Instruments</h3> <p>You can pick up cheap used musical instruments on Craigslist or at consignment or pawnshops. Of course, buying the instrument is the easy part &mdash; learning to play it well takes work and practice.</p> <h3>23. Sewing</h3> <p>With a sewing machine, fabric, and a pattern, you can make your own clothes. Collecting bargain fabrics is part of the fun of sewing.</p> <h2>Social Activities</h2> <p>It's a fact of life that other people can be the cause of so much stress. It's also a fact of life that other people are often the cure.</p> <h3>24. Volunteer Work</h3> <p>There are lots of opportunities available to volunteer some of your time working for a good cause. Volunteering can be a good way to do something you enjoy and meet other people with similar interests. Some ideas for volunteering: animal shelter, food pantry, political campaign, church organizations.</p> <h3>25. Visiting</h3> <p>If you get bored hanging around your own house, try going to someone else's house! Visiting friends or family is a cheap way to get out of the house and do something different for a change of pace. Having people come over to visit at your place can inspire you to get cleaning and projects done.</p> <h3>26. Playing Cards</h3> <p>Playing cards is a classic cheap pastime, as long as you aren&rsquo;t placing bets. Poker, bridge, and euchre are some popular card games that allow you to play competitively with others.</p> <h2>Cheap Entertainment</h2> <p>Finally, it's okay to be a couch potato from time to time.</p> <h3>27. Sports Fan</h3> <p>Some people spend a lot as sports fans, paying big money for tickets to games and buying team jerseys and other paraphernalia. But being a sports fan doesn&rsquo;t have to be expensive. I don&rsquo;t subscribe to any TV service, but I can find many of my Iowa Hawkeye football games for free, either on over-the-air TV or on radio broadcasts. Sometimes I can find a free video stream of the game on the Internet.</p> <h3>28. News Junkie</h3> <p>I listen to National Public Radio (NPR) for about an hour every day to keep up on news and world events. When I miss my chance to listen to the news for some reason, I feel out of touch and usually end up going on the Internet to check news stories I am following. Keeping up with the news is a cheap pastime and makes it easy to have an intelligent conversation with anyone you meet.</p> <p><em>What are your favorite cheap pastimes?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/dr-penny-pincher">Dr Penny Pincher</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/beat-stress-with-these-28-inexpensive-pastimes">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-35-best-ways-to-spend-your-free-time-frugally">The 35 Best Ways to Spend Your Free Time (Frugally)</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/25-fun-frugal-things-to-do-tonight-besides-watch-tv">25 Fun, Frugal Things to Do Tonight Besides Watch TV</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-awesome-money-making-hobbies">10 Awesome Money-Making Hobbies</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-54-frugal-hobbies-you-should-try-immediately">Flashback Friday: 54 Frugal Hobbies You Should Try Immediately</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-amazing-board-games-you-can-diy">8 Amazing Board Games You Can DIY</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Entertainment crafts exercise fun games hobbies learning leisure pastimes projects things to do Thu, 16 Jun 2016 10:30:09 +0000 Dr Penny Pincher 1728607 at http://www.wisebread.com 8 Amazing Board Games You Can DIY http://www.wisebread.com/8-amazing-board-games-you-can-diy <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/8-amazing-board-games-you-can-diy" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/000019777216.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Getting tired of the same old board games? Why not make your own? Several clever DIY games can be made with stuff you have in junk drawers or otherwise hanging around the house. Others come together as quickly as you can print a template. Liven up your game night with these awesome DIY options. (Related: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-awesomely-fun-toys-you-can-diy">15 Fun Toys You Can DIY</a>)</p> <h2>1. Guess Who</h2> <p>This <a href="http://www.almostmakesperfect.com/2015/01/07/diy-guess-who/">DIY Guess Who</a> will have your whole family laughing. Get photos of 25 of your nearest and dearest friends and family and print three copies (one for each board and one for the bag). Then cut them into squares and attach to plywood squares using <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Podge-CS11302-Original-16-Ounce-Finish/dp/B001IKES5O">Mod Podge</a>. Drill pilot holes into your base for the hinges that will attach each individual person's block to the board.</p> <h2>2. Monopoly</h2> <p>If you're bored with your Monopoly game, try creating your own using these <a href="http://instillingvalues.com/monopoly-download/">free templates</a>. The maker of the templates also offers a <a href="http://instillingvalues.com/easy-editable-monopoly/">totally customizable</a> one for just $2. You can print these out at home and then glue or tape onto an old board. Park Place can be whatever you want. I suggest getting them printed onto a single sheet of high-quality paper at a local office supply store.</p> <h2>3. Checkers</h2> <p>Is there anything more classic than a game of Checkers? <a href="http://niccolaontuesday.blogspot.com.au/2013/01/play-on-tuesday.html">Make your own</a> board and pieces using milk jug lids, fabric, and paint. You'll pencil in a grid and then color in alternating boxes. Then decorate your milk jug lids with permanent markers.</p> <h2>4. Tic Tac Toe</h2> <p>Here's a super way to keep your little ones occupied: <a href="http://sweetpenniesfromheaven.com/despicable-diy-tic-tac-toe/">DIY Tic Tac Toe</a>. Find eight smooth rocks and pick up an inexpensive chalkboard at a craft store. This particular game has a Minions theme &mdash; but you could paint the rocks however you'd like.</p> <h2>5. Memory Game</h2> <p>This paper <a href="http://www.eatdrinkchic.com/post.cfm/diy-paper-popsicle-memory-game">Popsicle Memory Game</a> is a great exercise for the mind. Print out the free template, cut out the pieces, and attach them to sticks using double-sided tape. Then mix them up, face down, and let your kids try to find the matching treats.</p> <h2>6. Rainbow Game</h2> <p>The <a href="http://mrprintables.com/rainbow-board-game.html">Rain and Rainbow Game</a> will give some color to your rainy day. It's a fun variation of Snakes and Ladders. After you print and assemble the game, the rules are easy. When you reach the bottom of a rainbow, climb up. When you land on a black cloud, slide back down.</p> <h2>7. Cereal Box Game</h2> <p>You probably already have all the materials you need to create this <a href="http://www.thecrafttrain.com/1/post/2014/01/diy-cereal-box-board-game.html">Cereal Box Game</a> on hand. Simply cut up your box, draw a path, and color it in. The rules are up to you. This is a wonderful project for younger kids who might just be learning how to play.</p> <h2>8. Family Memories Game</h2> <p>If you're looking for an inexpensive, personalized gift to give family this holiday season, try crafting this <a href="http://www.potholesandpantyhose.com/2011/12/diy-family-board-game/">Family Memories Game</a>. Take an old board game, cover it with white cardstock, draw your path on top, and decorate it with family photos. Use more cardstock to make your deck of questions. Ask about anything about birthdays, anniversaries, and even personal jokes.</p> <p><em>What's your favorite DIY board game for when you're bored?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-amazing-board-games-you-can-diy">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-reasons-frugal-families-love-boardgame-night">8 Reasons Frugal Families Love Boardgame Night</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/12-ideas-for-cheap-festive-fall-decor">12 Ideas for Cheap, Festive, Fall Decor</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/15-awesomely-fun-toys-you-can-diy">15 Awesomely Fun Toys You Can DIY</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-fun-and-frugal-things-to-do-with-origami">8 Fun and Frugal Things to Do with Origami</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/beat-stress-with-these-28-inexpensive-pastimes">Beat Stress With These 28 Inexpensive Pastimes</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> DIY Entertainment Family board games crafts DIY family time fun game night Mon, 02 Nov 2015 15:15:22 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1603198 at http://www.wisebread.com The 13 Craziest Cruises Ever to Sail the High Seas http://www.wisebread.com/the-13-craziest-cruises-ever-to-sail-the-high-seas <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-13-craziest-cruises-ever-to-sail-the-high-seas" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/friends_outdoor_party_000072598253.jpg" alt="Friends going on the craziest cruises in the world" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>What better way to eat, dance, <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-18-coolest-frugal-fall-adventures">enjoy the great blue sea</a>, and spend time with those you love than a cruise? Don't answer that! At least not until you've checked out our list of some of the craziest cruises ever, all of which offer far more than shuffleboard on the main deck.</p> <h2>1. The Groove Cruise</h2> <p>Known as &quot;The world's largest floating music festival,&quot; <a href="http://www.thegroovecruise.com/">The Groove Cruise</a> is 72&ndash;96 hours of non-stop music, beach and pool parties, dancing, and themed extravaganzas. The various cruise options set sail from Miami to Jamaica or from L.A. to Catalina Island and Mexico.</p> <h2>2. A Water Slide Cruise</h2> <p>MSC Cruises offers one of the best water slides of any cruise. The 390-foot-long <a href="http://www.msccruisesusa.com/us_en/Ships/MSC-Preziosa/vertigo.aspx">Vertigo slide</a> picks up speeds at 13 miles per hour and takes riders over the edge of the ship for an up-close glimpse of the sea. Best of all, the slide is equipped with bands that change color in the sun and create a strobe effect for riders. MSC Cruises also offers free passage to children 11 years and under, and reduced rates for 12&ndash;17-year-old passengers. But not to worry: they also focus on adults with amenities like the adult-only <a href="http://www.msccruisesusa.com/us_en/Ships/MSC-Divina.aspx">MSC Divina</a> area with an infinity-style Garden Pool.</p> <h2>3. North Pole Voyages</h2> <p>The 13-night <a href="http://www.northpolevoyages.com/">Arctic adventure</a> goes round trip from Helsinki, Finland. Along with navigating through ice fields, you will also enjoy Arctic-themed lectures, helicopter rides, and activities designed to help you spot polar bears, Arctic birds, walruses, and other North Pole inhabitants. Rest assured there is also an indoor pool, sauna, and gym to keep you warm onboard.</p> <h2>4. Star Trek: The Cruise</h2> <p>Setting sail again in January 2017, this six day/six night event is the first official <a href="http://startrekthecruise.com/">Star Trek Cruise</a> from CBS. It sets sail from Miami to Mexico and the Bahamas. You'll get to speak with Star Trek actors, leading scientists, and other influencers on your once-in-a-lifetime experience. Onboard, you can enjoy performances, concerts, comedy shows, themed parties, interactive games, and so much more.</p> <h2>5. Quilting Cruise</h2> <p><a href="http://www.quiltcruises.com/">Quilting seminars at sea</a> will help you hone in on your craft while visiting some of the most memorable destinations around the world. You'll master your craft, meet with other quilters, and have an unforgettable trip.</p> <h2>6. Music Themed Cruises</h2> <p>If you love hard rock, visit <a href="http://www.shiprocked.com/">ShipRocked</a>, which is the ultimate rock music cruise vacation. If you love heavy metal, visit <a href="http://70000tons.com/">70,000 Tons of Metal</a>, which is the world's biggest heavy metal cruise, featuring 40 heavy metal bands. On music themed cruises, you can enjoy your favorite music non-stop and meet other people who like the same kind of music as you. You'll enjoy performances, parties, and may even be able to meet some of your favorite artists.</p> <h2>7. Movie Themed Cruises</h2> <p>Movie buffs can take to the seas in celebration of their favorite films or TV shows. In 2012, for example, the Carnival Glory invited <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2012/08/03/travel/themed-cruises/">SAW enthusiasts</a> to travel from New York to the most beautiful points in Canada, all while incorporating SAW stars, tattoo contests, and more. You could even catch sight of the infamous SAW puppet onboard. Royal Caribbean has an upcoming <a href="http://themecruisefinder.com/CruiseAds/item/6424">Back to the Future Cruise</a> in honor of the film's 30th anniversary, complete with behind the scenes presentations and a recreation of the Hill Valley High School Prom. You can even attend the <a href="http://themecruisefinder.com/CruiseAds/item/6701">Cannes Film Festival</a> in style via Celebrity Cruises, where you can mingle with other movie fanatics and enjoy a true VIP experience.</p> <h2>8. Whodunit Cruise</h2> <p>If you love <a href="http://whodunitcruises.com/">murder mysteries</a>, this high seas cruise is for you. Sailing out of Galveston to the Western Caribbean, you will enjoy a great vacation, along with an unforgettable experience onboard. You can let your imagination take hold while you enjoy an all-inclusive experience at sea.</p> <h2>9. Titanic Lovers' Cruise</h2> <p>If you've always dreamed of voyaging on the Titanic (minus the whole iceberg thing, obviously), you just may be able to at some point in the near future. Australian billionaire Clive Palmer has reportedly been hard at work on the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2013/02/27/titanic-ii-cruise-ship-lifeboats-blue-star-line_n_2771356.html">Titanic II</a>, which plans to replicate the original ship's iconic style, 1920s flair, and overseas voyage from Southampton to New York City. They aren't looking to replicate the same disastrous fate, however, and Palmer has assured &quot;It will be the most safe cruise ship in the world when it launches.&quot;</p> <h2>10. Vampire Lovers' Cruise</h2> <p>Explore the land of all things vampire with Viking River Cruise's extended <a href="http://www.vikingrivercruises.com/cruise-destinations/europe/passage-eastern-europe/2015-bucharest-budapest/explore-transylvania.html">Passage to Eastern Europe</a>. Include a voyage to Romania's mysterious Transylvania region, where you'll see stunning cathedrals and castles &mdash; including that which belonged to Drac himself.</p> <h2>11. Dancing With the Stars: At Sea</h2> <p>This cruise features your favorite television personalities, like Carson Kressley and Florence Henderson, as well as professional dancers and previous winners of the show. The seven-day voyages set sail for the Caribbean, while you watch professional dancers perform routines from the ABC hit television show. You can also take advantage of dance lessons, a special fashion show, a dance competition, photo ops with the stars, and more.</p> <h2>12. Elvis Lovers' Cruise</h2> <p>There are so many cruises set up to honor the king that it may be hard to choose just one. You can choose from the <a href="http://www.tcb-cruise.com/">TCB-Cruise</a> with special guests like Priscilla Presley, <a href="http://www.royalcaribbeanblog.com/2015/01/21/elvis-fan-cruises-planned-aboard-royal-caribbean">Royal Caribbean cruises</a> with a &quot;full king experience,&quot; <a href="http://www.americanqueensteamboatcompany.com/theme/elvis">American Queen Steamboat Company cruises</a>, and many more.</p> <h2>13. Cat Lovers' Cruise</h2> <p>This annual Carnival Paradise cruise can help you meet other cat-minded people. Departing from Tampa, FL, the destination is the Caribbean, visiting Cozumel. You can enjoy activities like a scavenger hunt, karaoke, gambling, and more onboard. T-shirts and gift bags are also available onboard to help you commemorate the experience. The only downside to the <a href="http://www.meowmeowcruise.com/">Meow Meow Cruise</a> is that cats aren't actually allowed on the ship.</p> <h2>Saving Money on Your Cruise</h2> <p>Each activity onboard will cost you money, so choosing a unique, crazy cruise will ensure you can enjoy every part of the experience, without a large investment.</p> <h3>1. Book During Wave Season</h3> <p>If you can book your trip between January and March, you will enjoy lower fares and better upgrades.</p> <h3>2. Find a Trusted Cruise-Specialized Travel Agent</h3> <p>The right agent can save you money on your cruise and make great recommendations for getting more out of your trip.</p> <h3>3. Sign Up for Beverage Packages</h3> <p>Packages usually range from $5&ndash;$55 per day and will allow you to enjoy unlimited beverages. If you are planning on drinking a lot on the cruise, you can save big money with these packages.</p> <h3>4. Take Your Own Photos</h3> <p>Don't spend $20&ndash;$30 for official cruise line photos. Instead, take your own photos or appoint someone in your party to be the photographer.</p> <h3>5. Make Your Own Itinerary</h3> <p>It may be convenient to follow the cruise's recommended itinerary, but you can save a lot of money by checking up on shore excursions yourself. Research the ports of call to figure out which attractions are worth the money.</p> <p><em>Do you know of any other crazy cruises? What are your favorite ways to save money on a cruise? Let us know in the comments!</em></p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this post? Pin it!</h2> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="//www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Fthe-13-craziest-cruises-ever-to-sail-the-high-seas&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FThe%2013%20Craziest%20Cruises%20Ever%20to%20Sail%20the%20High%20Seas.jpg&amp;description=The%2013%20Craziest%20Cruises%20Ever%20to%20Sail%20the%20High%20Seas" data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-config="above" data-pin-color="red" data-pin-height="28"><img src="//assets.pinterest.com/images/pidgets/pinit_fg_en_rect_red_28.png" alt="" /></a> </p> <!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><script type="text/javascript" async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/The%2013%20Craziest%20Cruises%20Ever%20to%20Sail%20the%20High%20Seas.jpg" width="250" height="374" alt="" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-cannon">Andrea Cannon</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-13-craziest-cruises-ever-to-sail-the-high-seas">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-things-you-need-to-know-before-you-book-an-all-inclusive-vacation">6 Things You Need to Know Before You Book an All-Inclusive Vacation</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-european-destinations-finally-cheap-enough-to-visit">6 European Destinations Finally Cheap Enough to Visit</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/best-credit-cards-for-cruises">Best Credit Cards for Cruises</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-tips-for-sightseeing-on-the-cheap">5 Tips for Sightseeing on the Cheap</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/top-5-travel-reward-credit-cards">5 Best Travel Reward Credit Cards</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel cruises exploring fun movie cruises sightseeing themed cruises Tue, 13 Oct 2015 21:00:42 +0000 Andrea Cannon 1583930 at http://www.wisebread.com The 18 Coolest Frugal Fall Adventures http://www.wisebread.com/the-18-coolest-frugal-fall-adventures <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-18-coolest-frugal-fall-adventures" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/family_canoe_trip_000054763802.jpg" alt="Couple adding items to their fall bucket list" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Fall is certainly in the air. But there's not a whole lot of time left to enjoy this magical and fleeting season, so here are some ideas to help create your ultimate autumn bucket list. (And we'd love to hear what's on your list in the comments!)</p> <h2>1. Get Lost in a Corn Maze</h2> <p>Gather a group of friends and spend time together navigating a corn maze. You can find corn mazes near you on sites like <a href="https://www.cornmazesamerica.com">Corn Mazes America</a>. Most mazes vary in difficulty. Some even have different instructions to cater the experience for different ages and skill levels.</p> <h2>2. Make Applesauce</h2> <p>Go apple-picking and simmer together homemade applesauce. It's as easy and chopping apples into small chunks. (You can leave the peels on or take them off.) Place them in the pot of your slow cooker, sprinkle on a couple teaspoons of cinnamon and a couple tablespoons of sugar, and cook on high for three hours. When the apples have softened, mash them with a potato masher or blend with a food processor.</p> <h2>3. Paint Pretty Pumpkins</h2> <p>Pick up a few pumpkins from the farmers market and decorate. You can go with classic carving, but for a safer project &mdash; try paint. I've seen anything from faces to letters to doughnuts painted on pumpkins. Use glitter, glow-in-the-dark paint, and all sorts of other crafting supplies to make yours unique.</p> <h2>4. Drink Cider</h2> <p>Drink hot cider. Enough said. All it takes is a few minutes to warm on the stove or in the microwave. As the weather gets colder, you can transition to hot cocoa or even add some mulling spices to the mix.</p> <h2>5. Take a Hike</h2> <p>Even if you're not into the great outdoors, now's the time to get out there before the cold weather hits. Hike a local trail or simply bask in the glow of the turning leaves in your neighborhood. This year I gave my daughter a &quot;nature box,&quot; which is just a shoebox we fill with acorns, leaves, pine cones, and anything else that makes her think of fall.</p> <h2>6. Decorate Your Place</h2> <p>Bring some of the outdoors inside by decorating your place. Even a modest wreath can bring you joy and spiff up your entryway. Here are seven <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-frugal-fall-decoration-tips">frugal fall decorating tips</a> that will transform your space in no time. My favorite? Making a &quot;stained-glass&quot; window from fallen leaves and contact paper.</p> <h2>7. Light a Bonfire</h2> <p>We look forward to chilly nights and lighting backyard bonfires in our fire pit. Check with your city or town for different rules and regulations &mdash; not all areas permit open flames. Once you've been given the all clear, you can pick one up at your local hardware store or <a href="http://www.theshabbycreekcottage.com/2015/07/easy-diy-fire-pit.html">build a fire pit</a> for year-round enjoyment. You'll need pavers, lava rocks, a shovel, a level, and about an hour of time.</p> <h2>8. Brew Something New</h2> <p>Host an outdoor brewing party. Make it all about fall by brewing <a href="http://drinks.seriouseats.com/2011/10/homebrewing-pumpkin-ale-how-to-make-pumpkin-beer.html">pumpkin beer</a>. You'll want to start with a recipe that isn't terribly hoppy. From there, add canned pumpkin (about one pound per five gallons of beer) with no added preservatives and a variety of warm spices like nutmeg, allspice, and ginger. Let it all ferment like usual before enjoying.</p> <h2>9. Get Dressed</h2> <p>If you're in need of some new cold-weather clothing, head to the thrift shop or sale rack before buying new. A puffy vest or fleece jacket is a solid addition to your fall wardrobe and will get good use throughout winter as well. While you're at it, make the big transition from your summer wardrobe to your fall clothes.</p> <h2>10. Go Camping</h2> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-enjoy-fall-camping">Camping is a blast this time of year</a>. Yes, it's chilly. Yes, it requires a bit more preparation. But there's something amazing about waking up in the crisp air with the crunchy leaves beneath my feet. Don't have much time (or vacation days) to set aside an adventure? Try camping in your backyard, cooking out, and unplugging for a single night. The kids will love it.</p> <h2>11. Clean Up</h2> <p>Before the weather gets frightful, try sprucing up your place by cleaning out junk drawers, donating unused clothes and other items, and taking care of some basic home maintenance. Get your chimney cleaned before you start burning new fires. Reorganize your pantry to make mealtime a breeze. And flip your mattress. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/fall-cleaning-101-the-spic-and-span-basics-of-making-your-home-sparkle?ref=seealso">Fall Cleaning 101</a>)</p> <h2>12. Roast Everything</h2> <p>Fall is the season for squash and lots of other hearty produce items. If you don't know exactly what to do with them, try roasting. To <a href="http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/recipe/learn-cook-roasted-butternut-squash">roast butternut squash</a>, start by preheating your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Then cut the squash lengthwise, scoop out the seeds, peel, and cut into cubes. Place chunks on a rimmed baking sheet, toss in olive oil, salt, and pepper, and bake for 30 minutes.</p> <h2>13. Volunteer Somewhere</h2> <p>Give back to your community. Work in a soup kitchen. Donate to a food bank. Help someone learn to read. And get the whole family involved if you can. Use a site like <a href="http://volunteermatch.org">VolunteerMatch.org</a> to find opportunities in your area.</p> <h2>14. Enjoy a Hayride</h2> <p>While you're out at the farm picking apples or working your way through a maze, don't forget to take a hayride. You might even catch some spooky ones around Halloween. Some tips: If you're allergic to grass or hay, consider taking allergy medicine beforehand. And don't wear your fanciest clothing &mdash; you will likely get a bit dirty!</p> <h2>15. Eat a Doughnut</h2> <p>I'm addicted to apple cider doughnuts. I started making them at home to save a bit of cash. These <a href="http://www.thefauxmartha.com/2014/10/09/baked-apple-cider-donuts/">baked apple cider doughnuts</a> are even a bit healthier than the fried variety. Combine all the ingredients, including a hefty 1/3 cup of apple cider and spices. Bake in a <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004CYELOQ/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B004CYELOQ&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=W33IU4FNWG5ZYNYQ">doughnut pan</a>. Then eat them plain or top with cinnamon and sugar.</p> <h2>16. Attend a Festival</h2> <p>Browse your local paper or bulletin boards for fall festivals taking place in your hometown. My area boasts three apple festivals, a chili festival, a jazz music festival, and more fun things to do. The best part? A lot of the entertainment is free.</p> <h2>17. DIY a Blanket</h2> <p>Make yourself a <a href="https://snapguide.com/guides/make-a-no-sew-fleece-blanket-wout-bulky-knots/">no-sew fleece blanket</a> for some extra warmth. This project is so simple and would make a fun gift. You need four yards of fleece, scissors, and your hands (for knotting). To save a few dollars, shop around online for your fleece or check your store's clearance bins for discounted prints and colors.</p> <h2>18. Create a Thankful Tree</h2> <p>Thinking ahead to Thanksgiving, I adore this <a href="http://www.simplyvintagegirl.com/blog/index.php/2010/11/27/the-thankful-tree/">thankful tree</a>. Gather some twigs and assemble them in a vase. Then write things you and your family are thankful for on tags and tie them to the tree. You can display it in a prominent area of your home and keep the good vibes flowing all season long.</p> <p><em>What memories are you making this fall?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-18-coolest-frugal-fall-adventures">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-autumn-is-good-for-your-mind-and-body">6 Ways Autumn Is Good for Your Mind and Body</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-awesome-money-making-hobbies">10 Awesome Money-Making Hobbies</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/12-ideas-for-cheap-festive-fall-decor">12 Ideas for Cheap, Festive, Fall Decor</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-12-best-weekend-activities-for-introverts">The 12 Best Weekend Activities for Introverts</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/31-frugal-ways-to-celebrate-fall">31 Frugal Ways to Celebrate Fall</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment activities autumn fall fun making memories outdoors things to do Fri, 09 Oct 2015 15:00:46 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1580136 at http://www.wisebread.com The 12 Best Weekend Activities for Introverts http://www.wisebread.com/the-12-best-weekend-activities-for-introverts <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-12-best-weekend-activities-for-introverts" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_reading_hammock_000044042996.jpg" alt="Woman finding best weekend activities for introverts" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Introverts: we prefer book lights to spotlights, and we're much more likely to be found in a corner of a coffee shop than at the center of attention. We're a bit different, and we enjoy doing different things. Here are 12 of the best weekend activities for people that don't necessarily want to party. <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-reasons-introverts-make-the-best-employees">Wonderful wallflowers</a>, unite!</p> <h2>1. Reading a Good Book</h2> <p>What could be better than getting lost in the pages of a good book (you know&hellip; the sort that you hate to put down and can't wait to pick up again)? Books are a refuge for many introverts. It makes us curiously reflective, notoriously well-read, and (once you get to know us), wonderful conversationalists. Find a good story and immerse yourself in it.</p> <h2>2. Playing Board Games</h2> <p>Introvert or extrovert, a little harmless competition has universal appeal. Skip charades and arrange an evening of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/play-on-5-great-card-and-board-games">great card and board games</a> with a small group of friends.</p> <h2>3. Curating a Collection</h2> <p>Curating a personal collection of something you love can become a wonderful obsession. Over the years, I've collected mid-century Italian pottery, postage stamps, coins, vintage postcards, and (oddly) antique syrup dispensers. A weekend spent researching, hunting, buying, and displaying items in your collection is a great way to meet folks one-on-one who share your interests.</p> <h2>4. Talking Aimlessly Over Coffee</h2> <p>One of my favorite writers, the late Paul Monette, penned the following line in his autobiography: &quot;I felt as if I had been born to talk in restaurants.&quot; That quote has always stuck with me, especially when I'm in the company of a dear friend and we're thoroughly unplugged and lost in coffee-fueled conversation. Introvert or extrovert, it's one of life's simplest pleasures.</p> <h2>5. Exploring a New Hobby</h2> <p>I pass countless weekend hours immersed in wood carving, assemblage art, and antique restoration. Each is solitary, alternately challenging and relaxing, and wonderfully rewarding. Indulge a new interest, pursue a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-fun-hobbies-you-can-take-up-for-free">free and fun hobby</a>, and go!</p> <h2>6. Watching a Classic Movie</h2> <p>If you're like me, a crowded theater, 40-foot screen, $8.00 popcorn, and texting teenagers hold little appeal. Choose the more intimate (and frugal!) option. Stay in and watch a movie with friends.</p> <h2>7. Going for a Long Walk</h2> <p>There are many <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-reasons-why-you-should-take-a-walk">reasons to take a walk</a>; long, leisurely walks outdoors can be restorative and energizing &mdash; the perfect antidote for a trying week at work. Tune the world out by creating a personal playlist, then (safely) hit the streets.</p> <h2>8. Having a Drink With a Small Circle of Friends</h2> <p>Introverts often get accused of being antisocial, but nothing could be further from the truth. We're just choosy about the context and the company. Pick a local watering hole that's off the beaten path, become a familiar face there, and make it your go-to spot for drinks with friends.</p> <h2>9. Gardening</h2> <p>Gardening is a solitary activity with tremendous rewards. Communing with nature, growing <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-edible-garden-plants-anyone-can-grow">edible garden plants</a>, and enjoying the delicious fruits of your labor all make gardening the perfect solo pursuit.</p> <h2>10. Cooking With Friends</h2> <p>Everybody's gotta eat, right? Invite a couple of your closest friends over, hit the local market, and spend some quality kitchen time together. And if cooking isn't exactly your passion, explore <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-quick-dinners-for-lazy-cooks">quick dinner ideas</a> for lazy cooks. Just imagine: healthier meals with no parking hassles, no big dinner bills, and no obnoxious birthday songs at the next table.</p> <h2>11. Solving a Crossword Puzzle</h2> <p>Next to a good game of solitaire, crosswords are the cliché activity for introverts, and there's a reason for it. A challenging crossword puzzle can be wonderful, maddening, exhausting and &mdash; when you finally finish &mdash; exhilarating.</p> <h2>12. Attending a (Small) Yoga Class</h2> <p>Though yoga classes are a group activity, the vibe is decidedly different. People focus on their bodies, on their breathing, and on the <em>experience</em>. It's physical, mental, and entirely independent. Attend a beginner's class one weekend, gently push your physical limits, and practice at home.</p> <p>There's no need to grit our teeth through dinner parties full of strangers, loud bars, and crowded gyms. Let's celebrate who we are by doing exactly what we love and pursuing activities as individual as we are.</p> <p><em>Are you a self-described introvert? What are some of your favorite weekend activities?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kentin-waits">Kentin Waits</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-12-best-weekend-activities-for-introverts">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-18-coolest-frugal-fall-adventures">The 18 Coolest Frugal Fall Adventures</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-everyday-situations-that-introverts-ace">7 Everyday Situations That Introverts Ace</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-amazing-board-games-you-can-diy">8 Amazing Board Games You Can DIY</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-common-weekend-money-traps-and-how-to-avoid-them">8 Common Weekend Money Traps (And How to Avoid Them)</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-awesome-money-making-hobbies">10 Awesome Money-Making Hobbies</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment activities fun introverts shy weekends Fri, 28 Aug 2015 11:00:28 +0000 Kentin Waits 1534339 at http://www.wisebread.com Chill Your Sunscreen and 25 Other Beach Trip Hacks http://www.wisebread.com/chill-your-sunscreen-and-25-other-beach-trip-hacks <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/chill-your-sunscreen-and-25-other-beach-trip-hacks" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/family_beach_day_000045495908.jpg" alt="Family learning helpful beach trip hacks" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Hittin' the beach before summer ends? Not without perusing this list of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/18-beauty-tips-and-hacks-for-summer">fun-in-the-sun hacks</a> that'll make your seaside trip easier, breezier, and much more comfortable.</p> <h2>1. Wipe Away Sand With Baby Powder</h2> <p>Sprinkle it on your body to dry up the sand then brush it off.</p> <h2>2. Use a Corkscrew Anchor to Keep Umbrellas From Flying Away</h2> <p>Because I don't want to be the annoying jerk on the beach who can't properly secure his umbrella when even the slight gust of wind blows through, I picked up this nifty <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BCLNDNC/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00BCLNDNC&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=6ST7HYFD7W7ZZIWJ">corkscrew anchor</a> to keep my shade firmly in place. It has never failed me.</p> <h2>3. Use High SPF Lotion as Your Base and Spray for Touch-Ups</h2> <p>You'll get more all-over, longer-lasting protection out of the rub-on sunscreen than the spray. Cover your body with the lotion before you leave the house, then follow-up with sprays throughout the day.</p> <h2>4. Put Your Cell Phone in a Plastic Baggie to Protect It</h2> <p>I've found that those snack-size baggies are the perfect fit for iPhones, in particular.</p> <h2>5. Place a Tarp Under Your Beach Sheet or Blanket</h2> <p>You'll have an easier time shaking the sand off the tarp (it'll just slide right off, in fact) than trying to get it out of your blanket or sheet.</p> <h2>6. Place a Shower Curtain in a Large Hole in the Sand</h2> <p>When the water rushes in to fill it up, you'll have an instant pool for the kiddies to play in. This is an especially good idea for those who aren't very keen on swimming in the ocean &mdash; like me.</p> <h2>7. Stash a Few Grocery Bags in Your Gear for Your Trash</h2> <p>Use them throughout the day to keep your trash from blowing all around and so you don't have to keep walking to the trash cans every 30 minutes.</p> <h2>8. Put Meat Tenderizer on a Jellyfish Sting</h2> <p>Most meat tenderizers contain <a href="http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-69-papain.aspx?activeingredientid=69&amp;activeingredientname=papain">papain</a>, which helps break down venom proteins. Wash it off after 10 to 15 minutes so it doesn't start to irritate the skin itself. (Vinegar works, too.)</p> <h2>9. Create a Sand-Free Zone With a Fitted Sheet</h2> <p>Lay the fitted sheet facedown on the sand and use your beach gear to fill in the elastic corners. Instant sand barrier.</p> <h2>10. Use a Balloon to Clear Your Ears</h2> <p>Kids have water in their ears? Bring a balloon to the beach and let them blow it up to help unclog waterlogged ears. Works just as well for you, too.</p> <h2>11. Use a Child's Wagon to Load up Your Gear</h2> <p>A child's wagon &mdash; particularly the Playskool brand &mdash; has wide plastic wheels that roll through the sand easily. Load up your gear and make the trek to your sandy oasis a hands and hassle-free experience.</p> <h2>12. Use a Frozen Sponge as a No-Drip Ice Pack</h2> <p>Freeze a wet sponge and place it in a plastic bag before putting it in a cooler to keep your refreshments chilled. No heavy ice or water to dump or lug later.</p> <h2>13. Place Valuables in a Clean Diaper That's Wrapped Like It's Dirty</h2> <p>Only the most desperate of beach thieves will attempt this heist. A friend of mine also told me that she wraps her valuables in a clean pair of underwear and places that in a Ziploc baggie. &quot;Even left out in the open no one has ever stolen my panties, but they've stolen my friend's cash/cards that were just inside their totes,&quot; she said. Both tips are solid.</p> <h2>14. Use a Soft Paintbrush to Brush Off Sand</h2> <p>If you don't have baby powder around, pack a clean, soft paint brush to whisk the sand off your body.</p> <h2>15. Sturdy Your Umbrella With a Sand and Water Mix</h2> <p>This method of digging a hole for your umbrella then securing it by filling in the hole with a 50/50 sand/water mixture comes from an Eagle Scout &mdash; so you know it's legit.</p> <h2>16. Avoid Sunscreen Marketing Tricks</h2> <p>&quot;Sport&quot; and &quot;For Kids&quot; high-SPF sunscreens are the exact same product with different labeling. Compare the cost of the two and buy the cheapest.</p> <h2>17. Place Valuables in a Clean, Empty Sunscreen Bottle</h2> <p>If diapers or underwear aren't your preferred methods of theft deterrence, go with the more modest route by placing valuables inside a used sunscreen bottle.</p> <h2>18. Freeze Water Bottles as Ice Packs in Your Cooler</h2> <p>This trick works threefold: Your food stays cold; the ice melt stays contained; and you have cool, fresh water to drink later in the day, making your cooler much lighter to carry back.</p> <h2>19. Pack Fresh Fruits and Veggies Along With the Junk Food</h2> <p>Your idea might be to pig out on junk food on your day at the beach, but you might find yourself craving for cool, fresh fruits and veggies once you start playing in the water and baking in the sun. You can keep the chips, of course, but pack healthier alternatives &mdash; cucumbers, watermelon, oranges, and more &mdash; just in case.</p> <h2>20. Leave the Expensive Sunglasses at Home</h2> <p>Have you ever been to a beach where it looks like everyone is walking the runway? Totally not worth it &mdash; especially when you can look just as good for less and without ruining your stuff. This especially applies to sunglasses. Leave your pricey pair at home and take the cheapies with you. If you lose or scratch them, you won't mind as much.</p> <h2>21. Pack the Bug Spray, Too</h2> <p>Everybody remembers the sunscreen, but many of us often forget the bug spray. I've had several annoying days at the beach because of biting flies that a little bit of DEET would have controlled.</p> <h2>22. Make a Mini-Emergency Kit and Place It in a Plastic Container</h2> <p>Put a few Band-Aids, wipes, aloe gel, sanitary products, and other first aid-type items in a plastic container, like GladWare, so everything stays clean, contained, and organized.</p> <h2>23. Make Ice Cubes Out of Aloe Vera Gel</h2> <p>Soothe your sunburn even more by placing aloe vera gel in ice cube trays in the freezer and rubbing those frozen blocks on your skin. (Or, ya know, just don't get sunburned &mdash; which is highly recommended!)</p> <h2>24. Cool Down With Chilled Sunscreen</h2> <p>Place your sunscreen in the fridge or cooler before applying for a jolt of refreshment.</p> <h2>25. Use a Laundry Basket to Clean Beach Toys</h2> <p>Instead of washing beach toys individually, place them all in a plastic laundry basket and rinse them off in one fell swoop at a washing station while the water drains from the sides.</p> <h2>26. Add a Flotation Device to Your Keys</h2> <p>Attaching a floatable keychain or cork material to your keys is a great way to ensure that your keys don't sink to the bottom of the ocean if you accidentally drop them. To minimize any potential hazard further, only take your car key to the beach while locking your other valuable keys in the car.</p> <p><em>Do you have more beach hacks that you'd like to add? Please share in comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/chill-your-sunscreen-and-25-other-beach-trip-hacks">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/22-cheap-ways-to-keep-cool-during-the-hottest-month-of-the-year">22 Cheap Ways to Keep Cool During the Hottest Month of the Year</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/20-cheap-fun-things-to-do-this-summer">20 Cheap, Fun Things to Do This Summer</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/51-uses-for-coca-cola-the-ultimate-list">51 Uses for Coca-Cola – the Ultimate List</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/a-diy-air-conditioner-and-14-other-cool-camping-hacks">A DIY Air Conditioner and 14 Other Cool Camping Hacks</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-spectacular-uses-for-that-lone-can-of-fruit">8 Spectacular Uses for that Lone Can of Fruit</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Life Hacks beach fun outdoors sand summer tips vacation Fri, 14 Aug 2015 11:00:26 +0000 Mikey Rox 1518356 at http://www.wisebread.com 20 Cheap Fun Things to Do With Kids This Weekend http://www.wisebread.com/20-cheap-fun-things-to-do-with-kids-this-weekend <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/20-cheap-fun-things-to-do-with-kids-this-weekend" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/kids_summer_water_balloon_fight_000062702582.jpg" alt="Kids paticipating in cheap summer activities this weekend" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>School's out for summer for a few more weeks, which means <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-get-a-good-workout-even-with-kids-around">the kids</a> are about to tear your house apart in three&hellip; two&hellip; one. Unless, of course, you help them channel that boundless energy elsewhere with these cheap or free things to do with kids this weekend.</p> <h2>1. Investigate Summer Programs at Your Local Library</h2> <p>Believe it or not, your local library still exists &mdash; and it probably has a whole calendar of activities planned for the summer. Pop in on your ride home from work one day to pick up a schedule to see what programs your kid might like.</p> <h2>2. Take a Hike on Nearby Trails to Search for Wildlife</h2> <p>Even if you live in a big city like I do, you can find well-worn hiking trail that provides a bit of the great outdoors without going too far from civilization. On this hike, let the kids take a camera so they can capture the various wildlife and insects they might encounter along the way.</p> <h2>3. Set Off on a Playground Hopping Adventure</h2> <p>Take that bar-hopping concept you know so well, apply it to playgrounds, and you've got yourself a lively afternoon of exercise for the kids and a bit of bench relaxing for yourself.</p> <h2>4. Visit a Nearby Transportation Hub and Watch the Vehicles</h2> <p>When I was a kid, my grandparents would take me to all kinds of places to watch various kinds of transportation. We'd sit outside of airports to watch planes take off and land, hang out in Baltimore's Inner Harbor to watch the boats, or spend a couple hours at the B&amp;O Railroad Museum learning about old trains and even taking a quick ride on one. Even though those examples are specific to my childhood, you can likely find some version of these activities in your neck of the woods that'll create lifetime memories for your brood.</p> <h2>5. Splash Around in a Public Fountain on a Hot Day</h2> <p>This is equally as fun for the kids as it is for parents &mdash; if the fountain allows adults to participate. A few summers ago I spent a hot day in Boston and headed straight for the Copley Square Fountain. I had a blast, and it looked like all the ankle-biters did too. Do a quick search online to see what your area has to offer.</p> <h2>6. Head to Your Local Lanes for Free Bowling</h2> <p>For several years now,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.kidsbowlfree.com/">KidsBowlFree</a> has offered free bowling for kids at participating centers during the summer. It's actually a fairly generous program, which allows two hours of bowling per day per child. That's not to suggest that you should shuffle your kids off to the local alley every day to get them out of your hair, but, you know, when you've had enough it's not a bad way to let them wear themselves out.</p> <h2>7. Pop Into Your Town Cineplex for Low or No-Cost Movies</h2> <p>Legit &mdash; I kind of want to have a child (or at least borrow one part time in the summer) so I can take advantage of the low and no-cost movies available to kids and their parents. Lots of theaters &mdash; most national chains, actually &mdash; participate in this <a href="http://freebies.about.com/od/familyactivities/tp/free-summer-movies.htm">freebie program</a>, and the screenings are titles in which your kids will definitely be interested. Find these cheap or free screenings at theater near you.</p> <h2>8. Beat the Heat at an Indoor Play Area at a Nearby Mall</h2> <p>Too hot outside? Let your kids burn off a few dozen summer junk food calories at the play area at the local mall. These areas are mostly for toddlers, so if you've got big kids give 'em a few bucks for a matinee or the food court so they can do their own thing.</p> <h2>9. Catch a Major or Minor League Baseball Game</h2> <p>One of my all-time favorite summer activities as a kid &mdash; and even now as an adult &mdash; is spending a few hours at the ballpark. Most MLB teams have inexpensive kids' tickets (or free tickets for kids younger than a certain age), and the price is even more affordable to watch MiLB in action. Wise Bread has more tips for <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/a-complete-guide-to-saving-at-americas-baseball-stadiums">saving at America's baseball stadiums</a>.</p> <h2>10. Check the Air Show Schedule to Find One Near You</h2> <p>If you want more of a spectacle than watching airplanes take off and land at your nearby airport, find an air show in your area. These stunt flyers are sure to impress, and it's honest-to-goodness fun for the whole family. This&nbsp;<a href="http://www.airshows.aero/Page/ASCalendar">air-show calendar</a> will help you plan your trip.</p> <h2>11. Find a Fun Pool for Refreshing Playtime</h2> <p>Most neighborhoods have a public pool for the kids to cool off in during the summer months. If that's not an option, perhaps you have a friend or family member who's lucky enough to have a pool in their backyard and willing to let you use it.</p> <h2>12. Pack a Picnic and Enjoy it on the Beach</h2> <p>Beaches &mdash; both along the ocean or surrounding a lake &mdash; offer hours and hours of fun. Bring along all the sand essentials &mdash; shovels, pails, boogie boards, sunscreen &mdash; and let the kids run wild. Pack a picnic with their favorite lunch foods to keep them satiated and out of your hair.</p> <h2>13. Set Up Water Games in the Backyard</h2> <p>When splashing around in a pool isn't an option, get creative with backyard water fun. Turn on the sprinklers, set up a slip-and-slide apparatus, or have a water balloon battle. There are lots of great ways to get wet and have fun without ever leaving home.</p> <h2>14. Invite Your Kids' Friends Over for Crafts and Snacks</h2> <p>There's hot and then there's too hot, so it's not a bad idea to have a plan B if the temps outside are too much for your little ones to handle. On days like this, invite over your kids' friends, set up a couple craft projects, and serve a few snacks so everyone can stay occupied, creative, and cool.</p> <h2>15. Break Out the Board Games on a Rainy Day</h2> <p>You can almost bet that when the weather is unbearably hot, there's a storm a-brewin' to break the heat. When the skies open up, hunker down and introduce your kids to a few of your favorite childhood games that don't require batteries, plugs, or controllers.</p> <h2>16. Look Into What's Happening in Your Neighborhood Park</h2> <p>All the open space should be put to good use, and most areas take great advantage of its green space. Visit your town's website or stop by your local library or town hall to browse a calendar of what's coming up that your kids might like.</p> <h2>17. Visit Some of the Free Attractions Your Town Has to Offer</h2> <p>Do you know what's fun and free in your town? You may think that there's nothing to do that doesn't cost anything, but I can assure you there is. Dig into the Internet to find these special spots that'll entertain the kids while saving you dough.</p> <h2>18. Go on a Mini-Excursion to a Nearby Town You've Never Been</h2> <p>I love to explore, and sometimes I hop in the car with a friend and we visit a not-too-far-away town we've never been to check out the shops, have lunch, and just hang out. Kids can enjoy these mini-getaways too with advanced planning to find things to do that complement their interests.</p> <h2>19. Visit Your Local Retailers' Websites for Cheap Activities and Workshops</h2> <p>A few major retailers (and probably some of your mom-and-pop shops, too) understand that it's a full-time job trying to keep your kids occupied and out of trouble while school's out for summer. That's why they offer classes and workshops for kids to keep their little heads thinking and hands moving.&nbsp;<a href="http://workshops.homedepot.com/workshops/kids-workshops">Home Depot</a> and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.michaels.com/classes-and-events/classesandevents">Michaels craft stores</a> are chief among the retailers that host these type of events, but you can find a bevy of <a href="http://freebies.about.com/od/freestuffforkids/tp/classes-for-kids.htm">more free classes</a>.</p> <h2>20. Put Together a Backyard Campout</h2> <p>Save yourself all that hassle of packing and lugging your camping gear around this summer by setting up a campout in the backyard. The kids will have a blast because they can invite over a few of their friends to join in the fun, and you can rest a little easier since you'll have all the modern convenience of home to pull it off without a hitch. Ghost stories and s'mores will be required.</p> <p><em>Have any other cheap fun things for kids to do this summer? Let us know 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/20-cheap-fun-things-to-do-with-kids-this-weekend">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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There are gadgets and dolls and blocks and other stuff for every age and every stage. So many options, in fact, that it can get quite overwhelming to choose something for your child. Plus, the prices on most of these toys are absolutely outrageous.</p> <p>So dig around the house for some raw materials and get back to the basics with this list of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-diy-crafts-that-will-save-you-money">DIY</a> toys will help you craft playthings your kids will enjoy for years to come.</p> <h2>1. Baby Gym</h2> <p>Cut a few boards and connect them with a dowel to make your own <a href="http://mthanded.blogspot.com.au/2014/09/wooden-baby-gym-tutorial.html">baby gym</a>. The tutorial is pretty lax because you can make it to suit your individual needs. Once the base is constructed, use links to tie up store-bought (or homemade) toys for playing. The best part? When your child grows out of it, you can sew a cute tent cover for more fun.</p> <h2>2. Kinetic Sand</h2> <p>If you haven't discovered the sand craze yet, save yourself some cash by making <a href="http://parentingchaos.com/diy-kinetic-sand/">kinetic sand</a> at home. This stuff holds shape but doesn't make a mess, so it's easy to pick up. You'll need some fine sand from a craft or pet store. After you've baked it dry, add glue and liquid starch until the mixture sticks together but not to your hands.</p> <h2>3. Rag Doll</h2> <p>So many dolls on store shelves look the same. Give your little one something unique with this <a href="http://www.makeit-loveit.com/2013/02/girl-boy-fabric-dolls-pattern-pieces-included.html">DIY rag doll</a>. You'll find patterns for both girl and boy dolls with a detailed sewing tutorial. The difficulty is up to you. The dolls might take some work, but when they're done, you'll be glad you put in the effort.</p> <h2>4. House Blocks</h2> <p>Skip the pricey block sets and make your own <a href="http://mermagblog.com/diy-stacking-house-blocks/">stacking house blocks</a> from scratch. You can cut blocks from 4x4 lumber, but I also recommend checking out your local craft store for cheap pre-cut blocks. Once they're all sanded, decorate with non-toxic acrylic paints and finish with beeswax polish.</p> <h2>5. Animal Spools</h2> <p>Or here's another stacking toy using <a href="http://www.handmadecharlotte.com/diy-mix-em-animal-spools/">wooden spools</a> instead of blocks. Download the free animal template, cut out the parts, and then tape together. Your child will play for hours making different combinations with the heads, bodies, and legs.</p> <h2>6. Play Garden</h2> <p>Grab an old box and get &quot;planting&quot; with this <a href="http://www.abeautifulmess.com/2014/03/diy-plantable-felt-garden-box.html">DIY play garden</a>. You'll use jersey fabric to make round tubes of pretend dirt filled with stuffing. The tutorial describes how to make a variety of colorful veggies from felt. When you've finished sewing, stuff everything together and let your child harvest.</p> <h2>7. Car Ramps</h2> <p>Your kid's cars will zoom faster than ever before with this super simple <a href="http://buggyandbuddy.com/make-wooden-toy-car-ramp/">car ramps</a> project. Cut a few wooden boards to around three feet long. Then paint each black like pavement. Add some yellow dashes for extra flair before placing your new roads on different level surfaces for downhill speed.</p> <h2>8. Toy Treehouse</h2> <p>My jaw dropped when I found this clever <a href="http://www.northstory.ca/dollhouse-no-way-build-your-kids-a-toy-treehouse/">toy treehouse</a> made from various found objects. The author of this project used a branch, cutting board, craft bird house, dowels, and some other thrift and Dollar Store trinkets. Better than spending nearly $200 for <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002RBWKOO/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B002RBWKOO&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=BPYYH7MJUXL7ZLXC">something similar</a>.</p> <h2>9. Play Kitchen</h2> <p>Start combing Craigslist now! You can use an old entertainment center as a starting point for this adorable <a href="http://www.greenyourdecor.com/7042/crazy-beautiful-toy-kitchen/">play kitchen</a>. Depending on how your old furniture is configured, you can make a shelf the cooktop, the cabinet a pretend refrigerator, and add hooks for play plates or towels. Give the whole thing a bright coat of paint for looks.</p> <h2>10. Slime</h2> <p>Everyone loves oozy slime, especially in <a href="http://frugalfun4boys.com/2014/09/29/make-sparkly-gold-slime/">metallic colors</a>. Mixing it together takes just a few minutes. You'll combine liquid starch, clear glue, gold powder, and glitter. Use different powder and glitter for different colors.</p> <h2>11. Cardboard Bed</h2> <p>Here's an awesome <a href="http://www.hellobee.com/2012/10/09/diy-cardboard-bed/">cardboard bed</a> you can make with recycled cardboard and a handy PDF. In other words: It's free. You'll cut out different shapes to make the headboard, footboard, side supports, and more. Then use the slots to nest everything together.</p> <h2>12. Story Stones</h2> <p>I had never heard of <a href="http://thinkcrafts.com/blog/2013/08/27/diy-story-stones/">story stones</a>, but they seem like a genius way to get your kid's imagination going. Look around your house, backyard, or at a park for a few smooth stones. Clean them well, then paint with different pictures &mdash; preferably around a theme. For best results, paint a white background where your image will go. It will help the colors pop.</p> <h2>13. Mini Foosball Table</h2> <p>I want one of these <a href="http://www.handimania.com/diy/mini-foosball-table-kids.html">mini foosball tables</a> for myself. The idea is that cool. You just need an adult-sized shoebox, some dowels, clothespins, and paint. Once you've assembled the playing field, toss in a ping pong ball and keep score.</p> <h2>14. Rainbow Rocker</h2> <p>This <a href="http://ramblingsfromtheburbs.com/2014/01/diy-rainbow-rocker/">rainbow rocker</a> is a multipurpose toy for toddlers that gets wonderfully physical. And the author's inspiration was a toy that retails for $188! To build, you'll need some birch plywood, pocket hole screws, food coloring (to stain wood), and isopropyl alcohol. With materials and printing of plans ($7 at an office supply store), you'll only spend around $50 on this project. Just cut your pieces, sand, stain, and assemble.</p> <h2>15. Play Grill</h2> <p>You can make this <a href="http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/diy-toy-grill-116515?image_id=1411234">pretend grill</a> for around $20. The most important part is a plastic mixing bowl, so if you have one you're willing to part with, it might be even cheaper. Drill holes in the bowl, make a tripod base for it to rest on with thick dowels. The grate is also made from dowels. After a coat of spray paint, you're done.</p> <p><em>What are your favorite DIY toys?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-awesomely-fun-toys-you-can-diy">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/14-free-or-cheap-toys-that-will-make-your-kid-smarter">14 Free or Cheap Toys That Will Make Your Kid Smarter</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/15-more-cheap-and-easy-diy-toys-kids-will-love">15 More Cheap and Easy DIY Toys Kids Will Love</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-amazing-board-games-you-can-diy">8 Amazing Board Games You Can DIY</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-fun-toys-and-games-you-can-make-at-home">10 Fun Toys and Games You Can Make at Home</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-cheap-fun-things-to-do-with-kids-this-weekend">20 Cheap Fun Things to Do With Kids This Weekend</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> DIY Family crafts fun kids playing toys Mon, 06 Jul 2015 13:00:11 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1475752 at http://www.wisebread.com 20 Cheap, Fun Things to Do This Summer http://www.wisebread.com/20-cheap-fun-things-to-do-this-summer <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/20-cheap-fun-things-to-do-this-summer" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/family_picnic_000049201704.jpg" alt="Family using a cheap and fun summer bucket list together" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>No money to spend on summer fun? No problem. There are plenty of frugal things you can do to have the best summer ever &mdash; some of which are right out your back door. Check out this bucket list for some ideas. And feel free to add your own in the comments. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-essential-life-hacks-for-summer?ref=seealso">20 Essential Life Hacks of Summer</a>)</p> <h2>1. Hike a Trail</h2> <p>Head to a county, state, or national park and hike a trail for the day. Most parks have inexpensive or free parking. You can find a path before you head out and choose the length and difficulty. Just remember to bring water, fuel, and wear layers for comfort.</p> <h2>2. Pack a Picnic</h2> <p>Have dinner outdoors tonight at a park down the street (or in your own backyard). You don't need any special ingredients to make a great meal to eat al fresco. Bring that bottle of wine you've been saving and some candles to set the mood. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/from-5-to-30-date-ideas-for-every-budget?ref=seealso">From $5 to $30+, Date Ideas for Every Budget</a>)</p> <h2>3. Visit a Local Festival</h2> <p>There are numerous festivals around our relatively small area throughout the summer. The best part? Most of them have a bunch of free or cheap stuff to do. Think of all the great food and fun you could enjoy at a Strawberry Fest, Greek Fest, or Italian Fest. Just find out when they're happening and go.</p> <h2>4. Go Camping</h2> <p>If renting a hotel room isn't in the budget, try camping when you reach your next destination. Most campgrounds, like <a href="http://koa.com">KOA</a>, offer a variety of lodging options from tent sites to cabins. Pack your own food for even more savings.</p> <h2>5. Take a Road Trip</h2> <p>When I hear &quot;road trip,&quot; I often think of driving all the way across the country. But if you don't have the time or cash, you can still enjoy the experience on a smaller scale. Choose a destination just a few hours away and stop at points along the route to stretch your legs, sample cuisine, and see the sights.</p> <h2>6. Try Geocaching</h2> <p>Sort of like hiking mixed with a treasure hunt, geocaching can take you to some pretty beautiful places. With <a href="https://www.geocaching.com/">two million spots worldwide</a>, there's likely one near you now. Just arm yourself with a GPS-enabled device (a smartphone will do), hike the coordinates, and find the cache. I just discovered one down the street!</p> <h2>7. Host a Yard Sale</h2> <p>Try making some money for your summer activities. You might be surprised how much your old junk can earn you. Don't know where to start? Follow these nine easy steps for the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/have-your-best-garage-sale-ever-by-following-these-9-retail-secrets">best garage sale ever</a>. Remember: Presentation is everything. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-old-things-in-your-house-that-have-serious-re-sale-value?ref=seealso">6 Old Things in Your House That Have Serious Re-Sale Value</a>)</p> <h2>8. Park at a Drive-In</h2> <p>Search for <a href="http://drive-ins.com/">drive-in theaters</a> in your area. Don't see anything near your home? Consider renting or borrowing a projector and showing a movie in your backyard. You can shoot it onto a white sheet or tarp and use computer speakers for audio.</p> <h2>9. Ride a Bike</h2> <p>Dust off your bike and take a ride around the neighborhood. Who knows, you might even find a new exercise you like for those particularly hot days. If you haven't hopped on your bike in a few years, be sure to check the tires, chains, and brakes. A tune-up is cheap and definitely the safe way to go.</p> <h2>10. Enjoy a Stay-Cation</h2> <p>Can't afford a fancy vacation this summer? No worries. Cash in some of your well-earned days off and stay home. You can give yourself a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-amazing-easy-diy-bath-and-body-products">DIY spa treatment</a>, take in a matinee, or just lounge on your back patio. Time away from work is refreshing no matter how you spend it.</p> <h2>11. Seek Out Fireworks</h2> <p>July 4th isn't the only time you'll see a brilliant lights show during the summer. Check your local calendar to discover other fireworks displays at festivals, baseball games, or other events. Then pack your blanket, lay back, and enjoy.</p> <h2>12. Organize a Potluck BBQ</h2> <p>If you'd like to have friends over but are worried about the cost, try organizing a potluck barbecue where everyone brings a dish to pass. Planning a theme can help guests narrow their menu choices. Otherwise, just make sure you supply the plates, cups, napkins, and cutlery. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/throw-an-awesome-potluck-dinner-with-these-6-easy-tricks?ref=seealso">Throw an Awesome Potluck With These 6 Easy Tricks</a>)</p> <h2>13. Swim the Neighborhood</h2> <p>Many cities and towns across the country have community pools with low entry prices. Our neighborhood pool is even free for children under the age of five. Be sure to call ahead to check for season rates/passes if you'd like to go often.</p> <h2>14. Make Ice Cream</h2> <p>One of my favorite summer activities is getting ice cream at the shop down the street. It can get expensive night after night, so we've started making our own. You don't always need a fancy ice cream maker either. (Related: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-sweet-16-delicious-and-healthy-frozen-yogurt-and-ice-cream-recipes?ref=seealso">The Sweet 16: Delicious and Healthy Frozen Yogurt and Ice Cream Recipes</a>)</p> <h2>15. Have a Water Fight</h2> <p>Whether you're with family or friends, a hot day calls for water guns, balloons, sprinklers, and more. Slip into your bathing suit and get outdoors to splash around. You can even pick up one of those kid pools for your children for less than $10.</p> <h2>16. Enjoy a Game Night</h2> <p>Expand on this idea and make a backyard obstacle course or try some crazy outdoor games. Messy Twister is particularly popular, where you fill in the dots on a Twister mat with colored shaving cream. Corn hole, ladder golf, and KanJam are also popular ideas.</p> <h2>17. Visit a Farmers Market</h2> <p>Click over to the <a href="http://search.ams.usda.gov/farmersmarkets/">USDA Farmers Market Directory</a> to find a growers market near you. Local, in-season produce isn't only better for you, it's also cheaper. You can get some ingredients to make a meal, meet new people in your area, and enjoy some free entertainment.</p> <h2>18. Or a U-Pick Farm</h2> <p>I love finding nearby <a href="http://www.pickyourown.org/">U-pick farms</a> and getting barrels of strawberries, blueberries, and other delicious fruits and veggies. Just like with the farmers markets, this produce is usually cheaper than you'd find at the store. You can even pick in bulk and freeze, can, or otherwise <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/preserving-in-season-foods-for-off-season-feasts">preserve for off-season enjoyment</a>.</p> <h2>19. Watch a Sunrise or Sunset</h2> <p>When the weather is nice, try getting up early to watch the sun rise above your hometown. It's not the kind of experience you might seek in the cold winter months, but it's definitely worth the loss of sleep. If you just need your shut-eye, soak in a gorgeous sunset instead. (For timing, type &quot;When is sunrise/sunset?&quot; into Google.)</p> <h2>20. Create an Album</h2> <p>Snap photos of all your summer adventures and make an album &mdash; whether digital or physical &mdash; to remember them. I'm trying to take one photo per day this year. You can make a book for less than $10 if you choose the right options. Or join a site like Flickr for free to create a digital archive of all the stuff you did.</p> <p><em>What's on your summer bucket list?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-cheap-fun-things-to-do-this-summer">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-18-coolest-frugal-fall-adventures">The 18 Coolest Frugal Fall Adventures</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/chill-your-sunscreen-and-25-other-beach-trip-hacks">Chill Your Sunscreen and 25 Other Beach Trip Hacks</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-common-weekend-money-traps-and-how-to-avoid-them">8 Common Weekend Money Traps (And How to Avoid Them)</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-12-best-weekend-activities-for-introverts">The 12 Best Weekend Activities for Introverts</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-143-fun-and-frugal-ways-to-spend-your-weekend">Flashback Friday: 143 Fun and Frugal Ways to Spend Your Weekend</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living activities fun outdoors summer Tue, 09 Jun 2015 21:00:09 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1450104 at http://www.wisebread.com 25 Fun, Frugal Things to Do Tonight Besides Watch TV http://www.wisebread.com/25-fun-frugal-things-to-do-tonight-besides-watch-tv <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/25-fun-frugal-things-to-do-tonight-besides-watch-tv" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/watching-tv-78432183-small.jpg" alt="watching tv" title="watching tv" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Unless you're watching the home shopping network with a rapid eye for deals, spending night after night in front of the TV ain't saving you any money in a proactive way. So maybe it's time for a little idea inspiration.</p> <p>Here are 25 frugal things you can do instead of watching TV tonight.</p> <h2>1. Go Thrift Shopping</h2> <p>Who needs more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/31-reasons-why-im-in-love-with-thrift-shopping-and-you-should-be-too">reasons to love thrift shopping</a>? Thrifting can be a real money saver and wildly entertaining. Some shops stay open till 9:00 p.m., so make thrifting part of your prime time lineup.</p> <h2>2. Update Your Resume and LinkedIn Profile</h2> <p>Even if you're secure in your job, be prepared for opportunities that come your way by having an updated resume at-the-ready. LinkedIn is how you present your professional image publically, so take a few minutes to make sure it's top-notch.</p> <h2>3. Set Some Savings Goals</h2> <p>Solo or with your significant other, sit down and decide exactly what you're saving for. What specific financial goals would you like to achieve in the next year? In the next five? By <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/saving-money-is-easy-if-you-set-the-right-goals">setting the right goals</a>, saving isn't just easier &mdash; it's a lot more fun.</p> <h2>4. Mend Some Clothing</h2> <p>Channel your inner Olivia Walton and tighten up loose shirt buttons, repair split seams, or darn a pair of socks. It takes only moments and saves buying new.</p> <h2>5. Review Your 401(k) or IRA Fund Performances</h2> <p>Take some time to review those prospectuses and quarterly statements from your 401(k) or IRA fund administrator. Are you satisfied with the results, or is it time to see if you can achieve better results? If you're nearing retirement, is the moment right to shift to more conservative funds?</p> <h2>6. Plan Your Holiday Shopping List</h2> <p>Avoid maddening crowds and purchase-panic by getting a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/early-holiday-shopping-why-i-finish-by-thanksgiving">head start on holiday shopping</a>. Determine what you'll need and leisurely start looking for deals on gifts, supplies, and essentials now.</p> <h2>7. Make Tomorrow's Lunch</h2> <p>Save money, eat healthier, and keep your mornings sane by pre-making tomorrow's lunches for work and school.</p> <h2>8. Clean Your Coffeemaker</h2> <p>I treat my automatic coffeemaker with the respect it deserves, because if it goes on the fritz, I go on the fritz. Extend the life of your true blue brewer by <a href="http://www.marthastewart.com/269335/kitchen-tip-cleaning-a-coffeemaker">cleaning it regularly</a> with distilled white vinegar and water.</p> <h2>9. Organize Your Finances</h2> <p>Drowning in a sea of receipts, bank statements, and miscellaneous documents? Resolve to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/organizing-your-financial-paperwork">organize your financial paperwork</a> by creating a simple system that you can easily follow.</p> <h2>10. Flip Your Mattress</h2> <p>Save money on a new mattress by extending the life of the one you have. Rotate and then flip your mattress every three or four months; rotate the box spring or foundation every six.</p> <h2>11. Perform Quick and Easy Auto Maintenance</h2> <p>Checking tire pressure and fluid levels regularly is a relatively painless way to keep your car running smooth. To keep it gleaming, skip the TV and give your ride a quick wash and wax.</p> <h2>12. Do a Digital Deep Clean</h2> <p>Defragment Windows, update your computer's anti-virus software, and delete old files that take up large amounts of space. While you're at it, clean the keyboard, screen, and exterior with the appropriate products to keep things working well and looking good.</p> <h2>13. Play a Board Game</h2> <p>Go retro by grabbing a game that doesn't have an LCD display. Monopoly, Scrabble, Trivial Pursuit, and Cranium all have their own lessons to teach and are refreshingly low tech. Or, skip buying a game by playing charades.</p> <h2>14. Make a DIY Scarf Organizer</h2> <p>Ladies, does your scarf collection look like a psychedelic nest of confusion? Take some time one night this week and make a <a href="http://www.pinterest.com/pin/39476934205340847/">DIY scarf organizer</a> using a plastic clothes hanger, plastic shower curtain rings, and decorative ribbon. It's simple and it works!</p> <h2>15. Send a Handwritten Note</h2> <p>Resurrect the art of the hand-written note and make someone's day. Nothing says &quot;I'm thinking of you&quot; like putting pen to paper &quot;just because.&quot;</p> <h2>16. Plant a Window Sill Herb Garden</h2> <p>If you don't have the yard space for a full-fledged vegetable garden, plant a mini herb garden on your window sill. Fresh and free herbs taste better.</p> <h2>17. Replace the AC Filter</h2> <p><a href="http://www.energy.gov/energysaver/articles/maintaining-your-air-conditioner">Air conditioner maintenance</a> helps your central air system or window unit work better and use less energy. Clean or replace filters periodically and keep condenser coils dust-free.</p> <h2>18. Clean One Drawer or Closet</h2> <p>Cutting clutter is a marathon, not a sprint. Start slowly and accomplish one modest goal per evening or per week. Clean a drawer, closet, tote, or kitchen cabinet.</p> <h2>19. Take a Nap</h2> <p>That's right, get some shut-eye. There are few less expensive and more restorative things you can do to take care of yourself.</p> <h2>20. Go for a Walk</h2> <p>Walking outside is relaxing, social, healthy&hellip; and exactly what your loyal dog is waiting for. Flip off the TV, grab the whole family, and hit the bricks.</p> <h2>21. Pre-Cut Some Veggies</h2> <p>Convenience wins. Encourage wild and unregulated veggie consumption by pre-cutting them and storing in air-tight containers. Chop lettuce for salads, slice cucumbers, and peel carrots to promote free-range grazing in your household.</p> <h2>22. Clean and Organize Your Wallet or Purse</h2> <p>Does your purse feel like a lead weight? Is your wallet more of an in-pocket filing cabinet? Clean both and save money by actually <em>finding</em> some among the chaos.</p> <h2>23. Prepare a Back-to-School List</h2> <p>Keep your ear to the ground. The collective groan of millions of kids will be echoing across the land in just a few shorts weeks. Set down with your little learners, figure out what they'll need, and scout for <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-back-to-school-items-you-should-always-shop-for-at-the-thrift-store">back-to-school bargains</a> now.</p> <h2>24. Recondition your Shoes</h2> <p>A little mink oil, polish, and buffing goes a long way in extending the life your favorite kicks. It just takes a few minutes per pair and you'll feel much more dapper.</p> <h2>25. Clutter-Bust with the Kids</h2> <p>Get the kids involved in de-cluttering. Have them choose a certain number of toys or clothes they no longer use or want. Teach them the lesson of giving to the less fortunate and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-strategies-for-controlling-toy-clutter">control toy clutter</a> at the same time!</p> <p>There are countless others things to do instead of staring at the TV (&hellip;assuming you haven't eroded your ability to count by too many hours spent staring at the TV!). Brainstorm your own list tonight by imagining the frugal and productive fun you could have if your TV suddenly bit the dust. Then, hit it with a hammer (just kidding) and start doing!</p> <p><em>What do you like to do instead of watching TV? Share your ideas with our readers in comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kentin-waits">Kentin Waits</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-fun-frugal-things-to-do-tonight-besides-watch-tv">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/beat-stress-with-these-28-inexpensive-pastimes">Beat Stress With These 28 Inexpensive Pastimes</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/how-to-get-netflix-and-hulu-to-play-on-your-tv">How to Get Netflix and Hulu to Play on Your TV</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-awesome-money-making-hobbies">10 Awesome Money-Making Hobbies</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-12-best-weekend-activities-for-introverts">The 12 Best Weekend Activities for Introverts</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/five-quick-remote-control-hacks-to-save-you-time-and-money">5 Quick Remote Control Hacks to Save You Time and Money</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment fun games pastimes tv Wed, 13 Aug 2014 15:00:20 +0000 Kentin Waits 1183441 at http://www.wisebread.com 18 Awesome Things You Can Do This Weekend for Under $10 http://www.wisebread.com/18-awesome-things-you-can-do-this-weekend-for-under-10 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/18-awesome-things-you-can-do-this-weekend-for-under-10" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/friends-picnic-478033141-small.jpg" alt="friends picnic" title="friends picnic" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="152" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Is your wallet a little deflated this weekend? Turn that frown upside down with this list of 18 awesome things you can do for under $10 &mdash; many of which are completely free.</p> <h2>1. Float Down a River</h2> <p>Round up a few of your buddies and head to the nearest river for an afternoon of pure relaxation as you float your cares away. Grab a tube (you can pick up a decent one for <a href="http://www.walmart.com/ip/Intex-Recreation-68209E-River-Rat-Air-Tube/20703058">less than $10 at your local discount store</a>), pack snacks and drinks for the trip, and set sail. Keep in mind, however, that you'll end up far away from where you started, so it's important that you park one vehicle on each end of your route. Unless, of course, you want to make the several-mile trek back on foot. Also make sure to scout the river first&hellip; rapids and waterfalls mean hospital bills over $10.</p> <h2>2. Learn How to Juggle</h2> <p><iframe width="605" height="340" frameborder="0" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/H8QfqkSPxmo" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>If you've ever envied a circus performer &mdash; and let's face it, who hasn't? &mdash; now's your chance to make it to the Big Top. There are plenty of tutorials online that will teach you how to juggle, but <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H8QfqkSPxmo"> this particular video will have you mastering the skill in 5 minutes</a>.</p> <h2>3. See a Morning Movie</h2> <p>Movie theaters are charging higher prices than ever to see your favorite Hollywood flicks &mdash; notwithstanding 3D and IMAX prices even &mdash; but you can still see a first-run film at many theaters, like my personal favorite AMC, for less than $10 per ticket if you attend a screening before noon. Check your local theater for policies and prices.</p> <h2>4. Build a Birdhouse</h2> <p>Give your feathered friends a new home by building a birdhouse that you can hang in your yard. <a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/Building-the-2-Birdhouse/">According to Instructables, you can erect this tiny retreat for just $2</a>, leaving you with plenty of cash to spring for the birdie hot tub.</p> <h2>5. Take a Dip in the Community Pool</h2> <p>If it's a sweltering summer day, cool off in your community pool, generally for just a few dollars' admission. Some are even free, particularly in major cities. You'll have to deal with a bunch of screaming kids, but that's par for the course &mdash; and beggars can't be choosy.</p> <h2>6. Relive Your Childhood Saturday Morning</h2> <p>Recently I've started TiVoing some old-school Saturday morning TV shows &mdash; like Smurfs, Looney Tunes, and The Jetsons &mdash; so I can relive the weekends of yesterday just like I did back then: in my undies, eating Cookie Crisp from a bowl of cold milk, and laughing at the loveable characters that made my childhood memorable.</p> <h2>7. Throw a 'What-You-Have-On-Hand' Potluck</h2> <p>Don't have enough dough to go out to dinner tonight? Throw a potluck where you and your friends only make what you already have in your fridges, freezers, and pantries.</p> <h2>8. Embark on a Photo Safari</h2> <p>Arm yourself with your camera (or camera phone) and head to an area in your town known for its picturesque views and wildlife. Afterward, upload your pics to social media so you can share your finds with your friends.</p> <h2>9. Set Up a Yard Sale</h2> <p>A yard sale is worth the $10 investment to make a few signs and flyers to place strategically around your neighborhood to draw shoppers. I also recommend promoting the sale in the local paper (if it's free) to bring in a broader range of customers. If you have any money leftover, pick up donuts and juice for shoppers to help sweeten their deals. I just had one a few weeks ago and walked away with $150 and much less junk. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/have-your-best-garage-sale-ever-by-following-these-9-retail-secrets?ref=seealso">Have Your Best Garage Sale Ever</a>)</p> <h2>10. Contribute to an Internet Meme</h2> <p>We all love the viral videos of the Internet &mdash; and there's no reason you can't be part of one. Research a popular and current meme and record yourself as you participate in it. Upload it to your favorite social network and see what happens.</p> <h2>11. Host an At-Home Film Festival</h2> <p>A different spin on the movie marathon, an at-home film festival consists of indie and under-the-radar films that are screened in your living room. Ask each attendee to bring their favorite DVD from this genre, along with snacks and drinks, and settle in for a day of culture.</p> <h2>12. Hold a Paper Airplane Contest</h2> <p>See who can construct the best paper airplane by taking your aircraft to the nearest park or other open area and holding a contest. Categories can include best design, length of flight time, distance, and other creative criteria.</p> <h2>13. Build a Bedroom Fort</h2> <p>Gather up all your blankets, bridge them from your bed to your bureaus (and whatever else you'd like), and pretend like you're 10 years old again. This activity is best when it follows your Saturday morning cartoon binge-a-thon.</p> <h2>14. Set Up a Makeshift Slip-and-Slide</h2> <p>You can pick up the brand name Slip 'N Slide, but you can save yourself $10 by lubricating a tarp or other long, thin plastic sheet with water and oil or soap for hours of wet and wild fun.</p> <h2>15. Practice a Few Card Tricks</h2> <p><iframe width="605" height="340" frameborder="0" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/13zBGYcxnC0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>Right after you learn how to juggle, tap into your inner magician by learning a few card tricks to impress your friends. <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=13zBGYcxnC0">Here's a video tutorial to get you started</a>.</p> <h2>16. Engage in a Bubble Battle</h2> <p>The Bubble Battle is actually <a href="http://www.newmindspace.com/bubble-battle-nyc-2014">a popular event held by Newmindspace in New York City</a> in the summertime wherein thousands of people gather in Times Square to blow bubbles. I've been and it's really cool and makes for great photos. To recreate this event with your friends, pick up several bottles of bubbles &mdash; and maybe even a bubble gun &mdash; so you can battle it out at the location of your choice. I would recommend someplace public, so you can bring joy to others through your bubbles.</p> <h2>17. Ask Your Friend to Take Their Dog to the Park</h2> <p>If you don't have a dog of your own, ask a friend if you can take theirs to the local off-leash dog park. Not only will you have a couple hours of fun playing with the pooch and his pals, but your human friend will appreciate that his or her best buddy is getting additional exercise.</p> <h2>18. Go Faux Shopping</h2> <p>When I was in college and broke, I would occasionally go to the local Walmart, fill up a cart with things that I wanted, and then abandon it. Granted, it's probably not the politest thing to do, which is why I'm not recommending that to you. (Although, riding bikes and playing with the toys in Walmart is still pretty fun.)</p> <p>Rather, you can upgrade this experience so no one is inconvenienced by trying on clothes at your favorite stores, testing out electronic gadgets, and otherwise engaging with display items (that's why they're on display, after all) at your local mall or shopping center. Sometimes, it's good to get back to the simple things in life.</p> <p><em>Do you have more awesome activities that we can do this weekend for less than $10? Let me know 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/18-awesome-things-you-can-do-this-weekend-for-under-10">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/8-amazing-board-games-you-can-diy">8 Amazing Board Games You Can DIY</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/16-ways-to-host-an-oktoberfest-party-on-the-cheap">16 Ways to Host an Oktoberfest Party on the Cheap</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-fun-hobbies-you-can-take-up-for-free">10 Fun Hobbies You Can Take Up for Free</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/14-ways-to-spend-less-money-on-valentines-day">14 Ways to Spend Less Money on Valentine&#039;s Day</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/11-great-apps-for-book-lovers">11 Great Apps for Book Lovers</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment $10 bucks cheap fun cheap thrills entertainment fun Thu, 26 Jun 2014 15:00:04 +0000 Mikey Rox 1149170 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Free Things You Can Do This Summer http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-free-things-you-can-do-this-summer <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-free-things-you-can-do-this-summer" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/hiker-478884045-small copy.jpg" alt="hiker" title="hiker" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="136" /></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 free things you can do this summer, saving money at home, and managing your fear of money.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.threethriftyguys.com/2014/05/fun-and-free-things-you-can-do-this-summer-2014/">31 Fun and Free Things You Can Do This Summer</a> &mdash; This summer, go on a long hike or borrow a friend's paddleboard and try it out! [Three Thrifty Guys]</p> <p><a href="http://money.usnews.com/money/personal-finance/slideshows/12-ways-to-save-money-at-home?int=a64b09">12 Ways to Save Money at Home</a> &mdash; Using what you already have and cleaning with baking soda can help you save money at home. [US News &amp; World Report]</p> <p><a href="http://www.getrichslowly.org/blog/2014/05/28/a-guide-to-managing-your-fear-of-money/">A Guide to Managing Your Fear of Money</a> &mdash; When it comes to managing your fear of money, identify your patterns and face your fear. [Get Rich Slowly]</p> <p><a href="http://christianpf.com/ideas-summer-bbq/">20 DIY Summer BBQ Ideas</a> &mdash; Having a refreshment station and condiment central are just a couple fun DIY ideas for your next BBQ. [Christian PF]</p> <p><a href="https://www.mint.com/blog/consumer-iq/savvy-ways-to-slash-the-price-of-your-wedding-venue-0514/">Savvy Ways to Slash the Cost of Your Wedding Venue</a> &mdash; To slash the cost of your wedding venue, consider getting married in rural areas. [MintLife Blog]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.fivecentnickel.com/2014/05/23/the-post-college-outlook-a-new-money-worry-for-20-somethings/">The Post-College Outlook: A New Money Worry for 20-Somethings?</a> &mdash; Young people may now have to worry about not making as much money as they previously expected after graduation. [Five Cent Nickel]</p> <p><a href="http://www.freemoneyfinance.com/2014/05/do-i-need-life-insurance-once-my-kids-are-grown.html">Do I Need Life Insurance Once My Kids Are Grown?</a> &mdash; If your kids are grown, consider whether or not estate taxes are an issue when deciding if you still need life insurance. [Free Money Finance]</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Things-Happy-People-Do-34870691">15 Things Incredibly Happy People Do</a> &mdash; Incredible people go offline and plan getaways. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://howsmarriedlife.net/5-wedding-traditions-came/">5 Wedding Traditions and How They Came to Be</a> &mdash; Have you ever heard of the wedding tradition of the freezer cake? [How's Married Life?]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/the-importance-of-sleep-and-how-to-get-more">The Importance of Sleep and How to Get More</a> &mdash; To get your child to sleep, establish a routine and start when they are young. [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-free-things-you-can-do-this-summer">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/9-places-to-go-to-beat-the-summer-heat">9 Places to Go to Beat the Summer Heat</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-surprising-ways-summer-will-cost-you">7 Surprising Ways Summer Will Cost You</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/15-fun-things-to-buy-for-under-5">15 Fun Things to Buy for Under $5</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-clever-ways-to-keep-cool-when-its-stupid-hot-out">10 Clever Ways to Keep Cool When It&#039;s Stupid Hot Out</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/watch-all-the-documentary-movies-you-can-handle-free-online-and-yes-its-legal">Watch All The Documentary Movies You Can Handle, Free Online - And Yes, It&#039;s Legal.</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Lifestyle best money tips free fun summer Fri, 30 May 2014 09:00:23 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 1141162 at http://www.wisebread.com 26 Quick Ways to Have Fun (No Matter Where You Are) http://www.wisebread.com/26-quick-ways-to-have-fun-no-matter-where-you-are <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/26-quick-ways-to-have-fun-no-matter-where-you-are" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/candy-4033433-small.jpg" alt="woman eating candy" title="woman eating candy" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Whether you are stressed or tired, bored, or blah, or just looking to make your life better than it already is, having fun makes you happy. However, sometimes you have to be intentional about cultivating fun in your life. While there are millions of ways to have fun, it can be hard to think of these things when you're not at your best. Here is a short list to get you started! (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/50-ways-to-have-free-outdoor-fun">Free Outdoor Fun</a>)</p> <h2>1. Tell a Cheesy Joke</h2> <p>Even if only to yourself. Better yet, get a small group of friends or coworkers together, have each <a href="http://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/1sey09/what_is_a_cheesy_joke_that_actually_makes_you/">person learn a different joke</a>, and then share them with each other.</p> <h2>2. Plan a Vacation</h2> <p>You don't have to actually <em>go</em> for this to add to the fun factor of your day.</p> <h2>3. Enjoy a Funny GIF or Two</h2> <p><a href="http://www.buzzfeed.com/summeranne/gifs-that-will-make-you-laugh-every-time">GIFs are great pick-me-ups</a> because they are short but silly.</p> <h2>4. Take a Silly Selfie</h2> <p>If you like the way it comes out, share it with your friends on Instagram or Facebook.</p> <h2>5. Play Pretend With Your Kid</h2> <p>Spend five minutes playing pretend with a child. Take on whatever role they ask you to, even if it means acting like a dinosaur or a bird. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-free-ways-to-entertain-kids-for-an-afternoon?ref=seealso">Free Ways to Entertain Kids</a>)</p> <h2>6. Point and Giggle</h2> <p>Laugh at the funny, awkward things <a href="http://literallyunbelievable.org/">other people post on Facebook</a>.</p> <h2>7. Turn a Cartwheel</h2> <p>If you don't know how, do a somersault instead.</p> <h2>8. Pick a Flower</h2> <p>If you can, pick a small bouquet and put them where you will be able to see them all day.</p> <h2>9. Sing Your Favorite Song</h2> <p>And do it as loud as you can. If you don't have the privacy to do this, close your eyes for a minute or two and pretend that you are singing.</p> <h2>10. Send a Postcard to a Stranger</h2> <p>Join <a href="http://www.postcrossing.com/">Postcrossing</a> to send and receive a random postcard from somewhere in the world. Sometimes, you can even cultivate a pen pal relationship with the person on the other end.</p> <h2>11. Take a Quiz</h2> <p>Determine whether you'd <a href="http://www.amctv.com/shows/the-walking-dead/how-long-would-you-survive">survive a zombie apocalypse</a>. Compare your results with those of your friends, and come up with a long-term survival plan.</p> <h2>12. Learn a New Trick</h2> <p>It's always fun to understand how magic tricks work. So <a href="http://www.goodtricks.net/">learn a trick</a> and perform it for someone. Children are especially enthusiastic about these sorts of things.</p> <h2>13. Get Your Awkward On</h2> <p>Pose (and take) an <a href="http://awkwardfamilyphotos.com/">awkward family photo</a>.</p> <h2>14. Learn About the Rest of the World</h2> <p>Play <a href="http://www.bbc.com/travel/feature/20131206-how-well-do-you-know-the-world-play-geoguessr-to-find-out">Geoguessr</a> and find out how well you know the world. Challenge a friend to a contest.</p> <h2>15. Enjoy a Hobby</h2> <p>Spend five minutes on your favorite hobby. It's not very long, but if you spend five minutes a day, over time you will see progress on a project that you love. See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-awesome-money-making-hobbies?ref=seealso">Awesome Money-Making Hobbies</a>)</p> <h2>16. Turn Up the Music and Have a Dance Party</h2> <p>If other people are around, challenge them to a dance off.</p> <h2>17. Pick a Meme, Any Meme</h2> <p>Find your favorite <a href="http://knowyourmeme.com/">Internet meme</a> and come up with as many captions as you can in five minutes. Get your friends to vote on which is the funniest.</p> <h2>18. Get Pranky</h2> <p>Play a prank on someone. Choose someone who will find it funny. Bonus fun if you start a prank war.</p> <h2>19. Skip to My Lou</h2> <p>Add in a skip every 10 steps. Raise your eyebrows at anyone who gives you a funny look.</p> <h2>20. Go All Out</h2> <p>Exercise intensely for as long as you can. This gets those endorphins flowing, which can help you feel like you're having fun all day. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/50-ways-to-make-exercise-more-fun?ref=seealso">Easy Ways to Make Exercise More Fun</a>)</p> <h2>21. Celebrate the Little Things</h2> <p>Give high-fives, send cards, or invite someone over for dinner to make the most of a small victory.</p> <h2>22. Play a Game From Childhood</h2> <p>Try Red Rover, Ring Around the Rosey, or Duck, Duck, Goose. If you're alone, try spinning in circles until you fall down.</p> <h2>23. Party Hardy</h2> <p>Throw an impromptu party, even if it's only for five minutes in your cubicle. You can even have a simple theme and ask people to bring candy, make masks, or whatever.</p> <h2>24. Get Your Hands Dirty</h2> <p>Try fingerpainting. Or Play-Doh. Or modeling clay. Spend a few minutes doing something that is both creative and hands-on.</p> <h2>25. Make Water Balloons</h2> <p>Toss them at a friend, see how long you can throw one until it breaks, or have an all-out water balloon war.</p> <h2>26. Go on an Adventure</h2> <p>This can be as simple as trying out a different grocery store, or as complicated as planning a vacation for your family.</p> <p><em>How do you add fun into your day? What do you do when you need a pick-me-up?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sarah-winfrey">Sarah Winfrey</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/26-quick-ways-to-have-fun-no-matter-where-you-are">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/25-ways-to-slow-down-and-actually-appreciate-the-holidays">25 Ways to Slow Down and Actually Appreciate the Holidays</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-awesome-money-making-hobbies">10 Awesome Money-Making Hobbies</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-amazing-board-games-you-can-diy">8 Amazing Board Games You Can DIY</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-ways-to-turn-your-stress-into-money">8 Ways to Turn Your Stress Into Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-fun-frugal-things-to-do-tonight-besides-watch-tv">25 Fun, Frugal Things to Do Tonight Besides Watch TV</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment General Tips fun stress stress relief Mon, 21 Apr 2014 09:24:19 +0000 Sarah Winfrey 1136129 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Have More Fun for Less Money http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-have-more-fun-for-less-money <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-have-more-fun-for-less-money" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/fun-124822633.jpg" alt="people on streetcar" title="people on streetcar" 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 having more fun for less money, ways to save $1 a day, and improving your career prospects.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.moneytalksnews.com/2014/02/27/14-ways-to-have-more-fun-for-less-money/">14 Ways to Have More Fun for Less Money</a> &mdash; Have more fun for less money by buying discounted movie tickets and using the public library. [Money Talks News]</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/How-Save-Dollar-Every-Day-21475198">18 Ways to Save (at Least) $1 a Day</a> &mdash; To save $1 a day, video chat to save minutes and use a thermostat. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.careersavvy.co.uk/5-proven-ways-to-improve-your-career-prospects/">5 Proven Ways to Improve Your Career Prospects</a> &mdash; Increasing your productivity and developing your soft skills can go a long way in improving your career prospects. [Career Savvy]</p> <p><a href="http://kiplinger.com/article/cars/T050-C011-S001-how-to-save-on-auto-repairs.html?si=1">How to Save on Auto Repairs</a> &mdash; Taking advantage of free services and shopping around can help you save on auto repairs. [Kiplinger]</p> <p><a href="http://www.creditsesame.com/blog/5-steps-you-can-take-right-now-to-save-on-summer-travel/">5 Steps You Can Take Right Now to Save on Summer Travel</a> &mdash; Setting up fare alerts can help you save on summer travel. [Credit Sesame]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://financialhighway.com/5-frugal-tips-perpetually-lazy-people/">5 Frugal Tips for Perpetually Lazy People</a> &mdash; Charity pick-up services are a great way for people to get tax deductions without having to go somewhere to donate their unwanted stuff. [Financial Highway]</p> <p><a href="http://www.thecentsiblelife.com/2014/02/kids-and-allowance-dont-let-your-kids-rob-you/">Kids and Allowance: Don't Let Your Kids Rob You</a> &mdash; When giving your kids an allowance, make sure to teach them how budgeting works. [The Centsible Life]</p> <p><a href="http://donnafreedman.com/2014/02/27/the-low-maintenance-preppers/">The low-maintenance preppers.</a> &mdash; If you want to be prepared when it comes to food, learn how to preserve food and hit bakery outlets. [Surviving and Thriving]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/cheap-ideas-for-a-fun-family-spring-break">Cheap Ideas for a Fun Family Spring Break</a> &mdash; This spring break, have your family volunteer or plan a &quot;playdate hop&quot; with other families. [Parenting Squad]</p> <p><a href="http://www.bargaineering.com/articles/address-friends-money-mistakes.html">Feel like it's time to intervene in a friend's finances? Read this first</a> &mdash; Before you intervene in a friend's finances, ask yourself if you have the full picture. [Bargaineering]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-have-more-fun-for-less-money">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/6-celebrities-with-shockingly-low-net-worths">6 Celebrities With Shockingly Low Net Worths</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-social-media-stars-who-earn-way-more-than-you">5 Social Media Stars Who Earn Way More Than You</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-awesome-money-making-hobbies">10 Awesome Money-Making Hobbies</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-amazing-board-games-you-can-diy">8 Amazing Board Games You Can DIY</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/25-fun-frugal-things-to-do-tonight-besides-watch-tv">25 Fun, Frugal Things to Do Tonight Besides Watch TV</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment best money tips fun money Mon, 03 Mar 2014 11:00:25 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 1128604 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Fun Breakfast Ideas for Busy Mornings http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-fun-breakfast-ideas-for-busy-mornings <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-fun-breakfast-ideas-for-busy-mornings" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/breakfast-5333003-small.jpg" alt="breakfast" title="breakfast" 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 amazing articles on breakfast ideas for busy mornings, money-saving beauty tips, and slashing your cell phone bill.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/17-fast-healthy-and-fun-breakfast-ideas-for-busy-mornings">17 Fast, Healthy, and Fun Breakfast Ideas for Busy Mornings</a> &mdash; If your mornings are busy, consider making French toast kabobs or healthy breakfast cookies for a fast, healthy, and fun breakfast! [Parenting Squad]</p> <p><a href="http://www.mydollarplan.com/money-saving-beauty-tips/">21 Money Saving Beauty Tips</a> &mdash; Drinking more water during the day and using vegetables can help you save on beauty expenses. [My Dollar Plan]</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/How-Reduce-My-Cell-Phone-Bill-24228468">8 Ways to Slash Your Expensive Cell Phone Bill</a> &mdash; To slash your cell phone bill, use texting apps and opt for cheaper phones. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.thecentsiblelife.com/2014/02/12-ways-to-prepare-for-a-zombie-apocalypse-or-any-emergency/">12 Ways to Prepare for a Zombie Apocalypse (or any emergency)</a> &mdash; Be prepared for any emergency by taking before photos for your insurance and paying your bills now. [The Centsible Life]</p> <p><a href="http://www.moneybluebook.com/essential-steps-escaping-debt.html/">5 essential steps to escaping your debt</a> &mdash; When trying to escape your debt, start by tracking your spending. [Money Blue Book]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.biblemoneymatters.com/how-to-live-below-your-means-and-live-well-tips-to-save-on-food/">How To Live Below Your Means And Live Well: Tips To Save On Food</a> &mdash; Growing or picking your own food can help you live well while living below your means. [Bible Money Matters]</p> <p><a href="http://moneysmartlife.com/choose-right-career-coach/">How to Choose the Right Career Coach</a> &mdash; When choosing your career coach, interview your potential coaches before you hire one. [Money Smart Life]</p> <p><a href="http://www.forbes.com/pictures/ehmk45mhme/1-nissan-gt-r-track-edition/?ss=personalfinance">10 Cars With The Highest Insurance Rates</a> &mdash; If you are thinking about buying a car, watch out for the high insurance rates of the BMW M6 Coupe or the Mercedes-Benz GL63 AMG. [Forbes]</p> <p><a href="http://gradmoneymatters.com/money-making-ideas/how-to-make-an-extra-500-a-month.html?utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+GradMoneyMatters+%28Grad+Money+Matters%29">How to Make an Extra $500 A Month</a> &mdash; Teaching another language can help you make extra money each month. [Grad Money Matters]</p> <p><a href="http://thirtysixmonths.com/tips-for-choosing-the-right-running-shoes/?utm_source=rss&amp;utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_campaign=tips-for-choosing-the-right-running-shoes">Tips for Choosing the Right Running Shoes</a> &mdash; It is important to not forget about ankle support and considering where you run when selecting running shoes. [Thirty Six Months]</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-fun-breakfast-ideas-for-busy-mornings">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/20-easy-and-delicious-granola-recipes">20 Easy and Delicious Granola Recipes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/turn-1-into-100-in-about-2-minutes">Turn $1 into $100 in about 2 minutes.</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-habits-science-says-will-make-you-smarter">5 Habits Science Says Will Make You Smarter</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-the-107-best-breakfast-hacks-to-start-your-day-off-right">Flashback Friday: The 107 Best Breakfast Hacks to Start Your Day Off Right</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/chill-your-sunscreen-and-25-other-beach-trip-hacks">Chill Your Sunscreen and 25 Other Beach Trip Hacks</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Life Hacks best money tips breakfast busy fun healthy mornings Wed, 26 Feb 2014 11:00:21 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 1127978 at http://www.wisebread.com