party http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/208/all en-US 6 Summer Party Ideas That Won't Break the Bank http://www.wisebread.com/6-summer-party-ideas-that-wont-break-the-bank <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/6-summer-party-ideas-that-wont-break-the-bank" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/friends_summer_party_000045595674.jpg" alt="Friends at a summer party that won&#039;t break the bank" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Summer is the ideal time for get-togethers. On top of holidays like Memorial Day, 4th of July, or Labor Day, we also enjoy regular weekend grill-outs, birthdays, and pool parties. It's a whole lot of fun, and throwing your own shindig can be very rewarding. The only problem is the cost &mdash; feeding, watering, and entertaining a group of people can be expensive. If you're thinking about having a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-things-you-must-do-to-throw-a-frugal-fun-backyard-party">summer party</a> (or three), check out our ideas for wallet-friendly summer festivities. They're fun for the whole family, and you can enjoy yourself without worrying about the budget.</p> <h2>1. Hot Dog Buffet</h2> <p>It's hard to beat a grill-out in the summertime, but grilling lots of meat can get pricey. Thankfully, one of the cheapest options is hot dogs, a food young and old alike love. If you don't own the necessary equipment, head to a public park with free-to-use grills and bring along cleaning tools, charcoal, and a bag to throw out your waste. Grill up a pile of hot dogs (including some veggie dogs if you have vegetarian guests) and set-up a fun buffet of toppings. Provide the usual ketchup, mustard, and relish, and set out other options like sauerkraut, crushed potato chips, chili, cheese, guacamole, onions, and salsa. Have everyone bring a side, drink, or topping to share, and you'll be able to provide an impressive and fun spread without breaking the bank.</p> <h2>2. Ice Cream Social</h2> <p>Nothing tastes better than an ice cream cone on a summer afternoon. Gather your friends and family for an ice cream social, and you're sure to have a sweet time. If any of your friends own an ice cream maker, encourage them to make their own flavor and bring a pint. Everyone can sample all of the ice creams, and no one is stuck with too much of one flavor. For those of us that don't own a maker, host a potluck-style sundae party. Ask everyone to bring a tub of ice cream and you can provide all of the toppings, or reverse it &mdash; provide all of the ice cream, while the guests bring toppings. Include fun details like sugar cones, chocolate syrup, sprinkles, whipped cream, and caramel. Kids will love making their own sundaes with all the fixings.</p> <h2>3. Afternoon of Games</h2> <p>Enjoy the warm summer weather by inviting your friends over for an afternoon of games. Having an afternoon party alleviates the need to provide a whole meal, saving a lot of cash. Set-up gaming areas in your backyard, or invite everyone to a public park. Bring blankets and folding chairs for hanging out, and have your guests supply their favorite outdoor games. Many games require little more than a ball or frisbee, but are loads of fun with big or small groups. Provide light snacks and lemonade, and enjoy playing horseshoes, bocce, foursquare, and more.</p> <h2>4. Movie Night</h2> <p>Summer blockbusters can be really fun, but going to the movie with a group adds up. Instead of making a trip to the theater, invite friends over to watch a movie for a fun nighttime party. If you or a friend owns a projector, hang a white sheet outside and have a special outdoor screening. Guests can bring their own blanket and get comfortable on the lawn. If you're showing your movie inside, make it special with lots of pillows to sit on and snuggle with, dim lighting, and popcorn and drinks. Play some movie trivia to keep the party social, or have themed nights based on the movie you're playing.</p> <h2>5. Pool Party</h2> <p>If you own a pool, then let's just stop right here. Just invite everyone over to your pool and poof! You have a party. If you live in an apartment complex with a pool, invite a small group to join you one afternoon for lounging and splashing around. Provide plastic cups and a cold drink, and maybe a pool game or two. Just be sure to abide by any pool rules for your apartment building. If you don't have access to a pool at all, then find a great public pool nearby and set a time to meet there. Have fun hanging out in the water and poolside, and go for ice cream or happy hour afterwards. Some fancy hotels offer <a href="http://laist.com/2013/09/06/where_to_get_wet_pools_water_parks.php">access to their pools</a> for free or with a purchase, and can be a fun treat for a hot day.</p> <h2>6. BYOM Cookout</h2> <p>If you'd still like to go the cookout route but want to serve more than hot dogs, have a BYOM party. Ask your guests to bring their own meat to throw on the grill, and you'll shrink your cost while making sure everyone gets the main dish they really want. Have sides and fixings ready, like coleslaw, potato salad, chips, fruit, condiments, and cold drinks. People can share their offerings and mix and match to their heart's desire, and there's sure to be some extra meat left for the host.</p> <p><em>What's your favorite frugal summer party idea?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/laurel-randolph">Laurel Randolph</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-summer-party-ideas-that-wont-break-the-bank">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/7-deliciously-affordable-meats-youll-love-grilling">7 Deliciously Affordable Meats You&#039;ll Love Grilling</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-freebies-for-college-students">20+ Freebies for College Students</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/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-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/being-frugal-without-giving-up-your-social-life">Being Frugal Without Giving Up Your Social Life</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-things-you-do-to-save-money-that-end-up-costing-you-more">10 Things You Do to Save Money That End Up Costing You More</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living barbecue budget cheap friends party summer Fri, 03 Jul 2015 13:00:17 +0000 Laurel Randolph 1470989 at http://www.wisebread.com Ask the Readers: How Do You Host a Summer Party on a Budget? http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-how-do-you-host-a-summer-party-on-a-budget <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/ask-the-readers-how-do-you-host-a-summer-party-on-a-budget" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/summer_beach_party_000012317579.jpg" alt="Friends hosting summer party on a budget" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Editor's Note: Congratulations to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-how-do-you-host-a-summer-party-on-a-budget#comment-778019">Emily</a>, Amanda, and Steve for winning this week's contest!</em></p> <p>The summer season is great for fun in the sun &mdash; and parties! Hosting a fancy shindig can get expensive, though, so many of us will look for ways to cut back on costs without sacrificing a good time.</p> <p><strong>How do you host a summer party on a budget?</strong> What are your go-to dishes for feeding a lot of people? Would you ask your guests to provide some of the food or supplies?</p> <p>Tell us how you host a summer part on a budget and we'll enter you in a drawing to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card!</p> <h2>Win 1 of 3 $20 Amazon Gift Cards</h2> <p>We're doing three giveaways &mdash; here's how you can win!</p> <h3>Mandatory Entry:</h3> <ul> <li>Post your answer in the comments below. One commenter will be randomly selected to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card!</li> </ul> <h3>For Extra Entries:</h3> <ul> <li>You can tweet about our giveaway for an extra entry. Also, our Facebook fans can get an extra entry too! 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Winners will also be contacted via email.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>You can enter all three drawings &mdash; once by leaving a comment, once by liking our Facebook update, and once by tweeting.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered, or associated with Facebook.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>You must be 18 and US resident to enter. Void where prohibited.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Good Luck!</strong>&nbsp;</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tell us how you host a summer part on a budget and we&#039;ll enter you in a drawing to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card! </div> </div> </div> <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/ask-the-readers-how-do-you-host-a-summer-party-on-a-budget">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-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/ask-the-readers-what-are-your-best-entertainment-tips-a-chance-to-win-tickets-to-a-broadway-show">Ask the Readers: What are Your Best Entertainment Tips? (A Chance to Win Tickets to a Broadway Show!)</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/ask-the-readers-what-is-your-dream-job-0">Ask the Readers: What is Your Dream Job?</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/ask-the-readers-200-giveaway-what-does-corporate-social-responsibility-mean-to-you">Ask the Readers $200 Giveaway: What Does Corporate Social Responsibility Mean to You?</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/throwing-awesome-parties-on-a-budget">Throwing Awesome Parties on a Budget</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/ask-the-readers-how-did-you-spend-your-first-paycheck">Ask the Readers: How Did You Spend Your First Paycheck?</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment Giveaways Ask the Readers hosting party Tue, 30 Jun 2015 15:00:35 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 1472067 at http://www.wisebread.com You Can Throw a Fun and Affordable Holiday Party — Here's How http://www.wisebread.com/you-can-throw-a-fun-and-affordable-holiday-party-heres-how <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/you-can-throw-a-fun-and-affordable-holiday-party-heres-how" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/friends-christmas-party-450076653-small.jpg" alt="friends christmas party" title="friends christmas party" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Holiday parties are a fun part of the season, and hosting one can be a blast. The trick is to throw a fun party without spending your gift shopping budget to make it happen. Luckily, there are some easy ways to make your party fun without breaking the bank. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-budget-gifts-you-can-bring-to-a-holiday-party?ref=seealso">7 Budget Gifts You Can Bring to a Holiday Party</a>)</p> <h2>Pare Down the Guest List</h2> <p>The more the merrier, right? It's not quite that simple if you're the host (AKA the treasurer). Consider whittling down your guest list for the party and you'll save a good chunk of change while providing a more intimate gathering. If you still want to invite that old co-worker, fitness instructor, and the mailman, then go for a potluck or BYOB (more on that in a moment).</p> <h2>Get the Timing Right</h2> <p>If you don't want to serve a full meal and deal with all of the requirements it brings, try having your party at a non-eating time. Eight at night or later is acceptable for not providing dinner unless you state otherwise. Plus, many people will go out to eat just before, and therefore won't need a snack until later. If you'd like to have a less boozy gathering that won't last until the wee hours, a Sunday evening party is perfect. For a (nearly) booze-less gathering, host a cookie or tree-trimming party in the afternoon, and you can squeeze by with warm cider and cookies.</p> <h2>Decorate Resourcefully</h2> <p>There's no need to blow your budget on party decorations. For lighting, simply gather all of the candles you own and cluster them on a main table before lighting them. Or buy a couple of strings of cheap holiday lights and <a href="http://www.realsimple.com/home-organizing/home-organizing-new-uses-for-old-things/new-uses-mason-jars/night-light">stick them in jars</a>. Instead of buying expensive flowers, take trimmings from an evergreen tree, branches with berries, and pine cones and make a seasonal arrangement.</p> <p>One of the easiest ways to decorate for a party is to use food. Put those pretty cookies you made (or your nice friend brought over) on a platter. Put pretty citrus on plates and in bowls for decoration, and then use them for cocktails or snacking. Fill bowls with candy that guests can snack on and take home.</p> <p>You can even make decorating the central theme. Have a tree-trimming party and either have everyone <a href="http://www.redtedart.com/2012/09/15/homemade-christmas-tree-ornaments/">make decorations</a> as an activity when they arrive or bring an ornament with them as their contribution to the party.</p> <h2>BYO All Sorts of Things</h2> <p>Don't be afraid to ask guests to bring key items with them to your party. The most common example is to have people bring their own drinks, such as wine. This tried-and-true method can majorly cut down on a big party budget eater: alcohol. You can get more creative with BYOB and have people bring a mixer and you supply the liquor for a nice cocktail bar (or reverse it and have your guests bring the booze). Or have a holiday wine tasting, and have everyone bring a bottle to share.</p> <p>Throw a cookie party this year &mdash; ask guests to bring cookies to share and create a sweet display. Supply a salty snack or two and something to drink and you're done! If you're having a smaller gathering, have guests specifically bring cookies for decorating and <a href="http://kitchenmeetsgirl.com/best-sugar-cookie-icing-ever/">provide the icing</a> and sprinkles for a fun afternoon.</p> <h2>Feed Your Guests (Without Going Broke)</h2> <p>Food can be a major expense for holiday parties, but you don't have to spend big to have a great time. A potluck is a classic way to nearly eliminate this expense, and it's a fun way to socialize and sample new dishes. Try basing your potluck party around a theme, even if that's just &quot;holiday meal,&quot; and let everyone know what you're making as the main course so they can plan accordingly.</p> <p>It's no secret that when it comes to food, it's almost always cheaper to do it yourself. So forget catering, and get thee to the kitchen! Even if you're not a cook, you can whip up some easy but satisfying snacks. Try swapping a pricey cheese platter for a <a href="http://pocketchangegourmet.com/homemade-cheese-ball-gifts-from-the-kitchen/">homemade cheese ball</a> with crackers and crudites (slice the veggies yourself &mdash; it's much cheaper than buying them cut up at the grocery). Bread fills people up, so put out a variety of <a style="text-decoration:none;" href="http://www.bonappetit.com/recipes/slideshow/toast-crostini-recipes/?slide=1">crostini</a> to nibble on. And a bowl of homemade popcorn is super cheap and always a hit.</p> <p>If you can stand the clean up, use your own &quot;real&quot; dishes, utensils and glasses. If your crowd is too big or the lack of a dishwasher makes it all feel impossible, head to your local dollar store for disposables.</p> <h2>Festive Drinking The Cheap Way</h2> <p>If you're offering up drinks as part of your party deal, a great way to please a crowd is with punch. It frees you up to use cheaper booze without anyone being the wiser, and you can stretch the alcohol with mixers. An <a style="text-decoration:none;" href="http://www.browneyedbaker.com/hot-apple-cider-rum-punch-recipe/">apple cider punch</a> or mulled wine are great for a winter party and can go a long way.</p> <p>If you want to serve a proper cocktail, consider using prosecco. It tastes and looks festive, but for the taste and the bubbles, it costs much less than it's counterparts.</p> <h2>Free Entertainment</h2> <p>No party is complete without a soundtrack. Find <a style="text-decoration:none;" href="http://www.pbs.org/specials/2013-holiday-playlists/">holiday playlists</a> on an online streaming or radio service and just press play. Put Christmas movies that you own or are streaming for free on your TV in the background (or perhaps a <a style="text-decoration:none;" href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rH79BmeeM0o">crackling fireplace</a>). Mix things up by playing games like Celebrity, Who Am I? and <a style="text-decoration:none;" href="http://www.wikihow.com/Play-Mafia">Mafia</a>, all of which are totally free and great fun with a group.</p> <h2>Affordable Gifting</h2> <p>If you'd like to include a gifting element, an always fun and budget-friendly game of Secret Santa is an easy solution. Set a spending limit as low as you like and let people get creative. That way, everyone (including you) only has to buy one gift instead of 15, and it's a fun party game. You can also send your guests home with gifts, but make them dual purpose: gift your party decorations (such as ornaments), or pack everyone little gift bags with an assortment of the cookies they brought.</p> <p><em>What are your tips for an affordable holiday bash?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/laurel-randolph">Laurel Randolph</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/you-can-throw-a-fun-and-affordable-holiday-party-heres-how">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/throwing-awesome-parties-on-a-budget">Throwing Awesome Parties on a Budget</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-frugal-birthday-party-games">5 Frugal Birthday Party Games</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/7-budget-gifts-you-can-bring-to-a-holiday-party">7 Budget Gifts You Can Bring to a Holiday Party</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/fabulous-party-ideas-for-the-frugal-minded">Fabulous Party Ideas For The Frugal-Minded</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/14-things-good-hosts-never-do">14 Things Good Hosts Never Do</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment cheap parties holiday party party party drinks party food Mon, 08 Dec 2014 22:00:07 +0000 Laurel Randolph 1264764 at http://www.wisebread.com 14 Things Good Hosts Never Do http://www.wisebread.com/14-things-good-hosts-never-do <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/14-things-good-hosts-never-do" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/party-host-153544612-small.jpg" alt="party host" title="party host" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="144" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I throw a couple parties a year and host overnight guests regularly as an <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/this-is-how-you-rent-your-place-on-airbnb-and-succeed?ref=seealso">Airbnb host</a>, but I'm far from the host with the most. Still, I strive to be better. That's why I polled a few friends and experts to see what's on their list of party fouls that a good host would never commit. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/dont-ruin-the-party-11-things-guests-with-good-social-skills-never-do?ref=seealso">Don't Ruin the Party: 11 Things Good Guests Never Do</a>)</p> <h2>1. Expect Gifts</h2> <p>I don't expect anyone to bring me a gift when I'm hosting &mdash; and, honestly, I'd rather they didn't bring a gift unless it's something consumable (who needs more <em>stuff</em>?), and I'm not alone. Relationship and etiquette expert April Masini, author of the critically acclaimed online advice column <a href="http://www.askapril.com">Ask April</a>, agrees. &quot;Good hosts will never insist on gifts. It's great to celebrate your birthday, anniversary or impending nuptials, but insisting or expecting gifts is greedy and bad form. That's not to say you shouldn't be gracious when you do receive presents, but if you're throwing an event to celebrate yourself, make sure the focus is on the celebration &mdash; not the bounty.&quot;</p> <h2>2. Let the Guests Fend for Themselves for Household Necessities</h2> <p>Susan Callender, founder of <a href="http://ohmygaucheinc.com/">Oh! My Gauche</a>, a service dedicated to social savvy and professional skills, says that good hosts will always have information on guest amenities &mdash; like password-protected Wi-Fi, washer/dryer, iron and ironing board, etc. &mdash; available where the guest can easily find them, like in a binder or folder in the guest bedroom. You also can add take-out menus, your home address and phone number (I doubt they have it memorized), and tourism information about your area if you'd like. It'll make the guest's stay hassle-free and more enjoyable.</p> <h2>3. Request That Guests Bring Something (Unless They Insist)</h2> <p>Whitney L. Smith, owner of the lifestyle blog <a href="http://pumpsandcircumstance.com/">Pumps &amp; Circumstance</a>, thinks it's rude for hosts to ask guests to bring an item to any event other than a potluck. &quot;I love entertaining, and one of the things I don't think is proper for a host to do is to request that guests bring something,&quot; she says. There is an exception, however: &quot;If guests <em>offer</em> to bring something it's OK to request ice or beverages, but to ask them to bring food is a no-no.&quot;</p> <h2>4. Let Guests Clean Up</h2> <p>The trash needs to go outside, your guest is on her way outside. Makes sense, right? Wrong. If they offer, great, but otherwise, hosting is not about efficiency; it's ultimately about providing a service to others.</p> <h2>5. Require Guests to Pay Unexpectedly</h2> <p>Maybe you're young, maybe you don't read Wise Bread enough and don't have the savings to throw a party where everything's covered. That's okay. But it needs to be made clear to your guests beforehand.</p> <h2>6. Make a Scene If Someone Brings an Unapproved +1</h2> <p>Gwendolyn Mulholland, owner of the family blog <a href="http://findingsanityinourcrazylife.com">Finding Sanity in Our Crazy Life</a>, suggests that hosts suck it up and keep their mouths shut about a guest who brought a date when plus-ones weren't expected. I agree with her &mdash; there's nothing you can do about it now, short of kicking them out, and you don't want to hurt anybody's feelings, do you?</p> <p>However, to the guest who does this &mdash; you should consider yourself lucky when your host doesn't make a scene. Consider that the extra person could throw off the dynamic of the room, especially if guests were invited based on compatibility. Also, the host prepared food for the invited guests, not the surprise guest. What if he or she doesn't like what's being served? What if the host doesn't have enough food? There are a few invariables here that you really don't want to tilt too far. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/quick-pantry-snacks-for-unexpected-guests?ref=seealso">Quick Pantry Snacks for Uninvited Guests</a>)</p> <h2>7. Allow Anyone Underage to Drink</h2> <p>Advice columnist April Masini chimes in again with another really excellent tip: &quot;Good hosts never encourage underage guests to drink,&quot; she reminds us. &quot;Forget being the cool parent or the cool family friend. If there are underage teens and young adults at your home, you are responsible for what you serve them, and even if their parents say it's okay, it's your house, your rules. You'll save yourself a bundle of hassle if there's a potential accident that you are responsible for by serving underage guests, and if there isn't, you've set the standard at your house and everyone will know for next time. Better safe than sorry.&quot;</p> <h2>8. Run Out of Food and Drinks</h2> <p>When I host parties, I abide by the rule of seconds &mdash; I buy enough food for every guest to have them. Of course, some guests won't have seconds, so there may be a generous amount of food left (par for the course; it's always better to have more than enough than not enough), in which case you can do a few things:</p> <ul> <li>Send guests home with a plate for later.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Pack the leftovers for lunch.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Donate the food to a local organization whose volunteers might enjoy the home-cooked or catered food.</li> </ul> <h2>9. Neglect to Clean and Properly Stock the Bathroom Prior</h2> <p>Now we're getting into serious territory. If you've failed to stock your bathroom with the necessary essentials, you may very well embarrass the person who needs to call someone to bring the TP. Can you imagine? I'd die of humiliation and then come back to life as the ghost that haunts that terrible host forever. Also, there's this related tip from a friend: &quot;A good host would never invite someone over when their toilet is clogged. Been to a house party like that. Awful, awful experience.&quot; Let's leave it at that.</p> <h2>10. Stash Away the Good Bottle of Wine That the Guest Brought</h2> <p>&quot;A good host should always open a nice bottle of wine that a guests brings to a dinner or party,&quot; says Kelsey Graves founder of the party-inspiration site We Heart Parties. &quot;It is not polite to keep the nice bottle for yourself. Be sure to open it and share it with your guests.&quot; Another way to put it is: Stop being stingy, you lush!</p> <h2>11. Serve Themselves First</h2> <p>Let your guests have first dibs on the food that you've prepared &mdash; just like your grandmother did; she didn't eat until everybody else was fed, remember?</p> <h2>12. Allow Pets to Annoy Guests</h2> <p>I love dogs &mdash; I have a dog myself &mdash; but my husband and I take measures to ensure that he won't annoy guests when we host an event. For shorter gatherings, like a brunch at our house, he's fine in our bedroom for a couple hours. But for longer parties &mdash; like around the holidays &mdash; it's best for us to send him to daycare for the night where he can play with his furry friends while our guests can enjoy themselves without an animal begging for food or attention.</p> <h2>13. Fail to Introduce Guests Who Don't Know Each Other</h2> <p>If the party is heavy on mixed company, it's the host's job to acquaint everyone at the beginning. Make a habit of making introductions as soon as a guest arrives, so you don't get preoccupied, forget about the person, and let him fend for himself. Some people just aren't comfortable going up to strangers and making small talk. Not that I'm at all bitter or speaking from personal experience, of course.</p> <h2>14. Invite the Wrong Mix of People</h2> <p>If you're inviting a mixed bag of people who don't necessarily know each other, it's wise to consider the potential compatibility of guests as well, especially for a sit-down event or an overnight excursion.</p> <p>I tend to invite singles that I think might compliment each other and couples with similar interests. For an intimate dinner, for example, I'm definitely not inviting my very religious friends to dine with my LGBT-activist friends. While I'm all for rousing dinner conversation, there are some things better left unsaid. It also wouldn't be very fun for a single friend to attend an event filled with only couples. While not every person will become besties, you at least want the group to enjoy each other's company for a couple hours.</p> <p><em>What are some things that you think good hosts should never do? 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/14-things-good-hosts-never-do">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/20-ways-to-entertain-your-kids-for-free">20 Ways to Entertain Your Kids for Free</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-throw-a-fabulous-and-frugal-dinner-party">How to Throw a Fabulous (and Frugal!) Dinner Party</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/making-a-good-and-memorable-first-impression">Making a good and memorable first impression.</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-things-you-can-do-in-denver-that-you-cant-do-anywhere-else">8 Things You Can Do in Denver That You Can&#039;t Do Anywhere Else</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-fun-and-cheap-things-to-do-during-the-weekday">8 Fun and Cheap Things to Do During the Weekday</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment Lifestyle dinner entertaining guests host party pot luck Thu, 17 Jul 2014 11:00:04 +0000 Mikey Rox 1160904 at http://www.wisebread.com Don't Ruin the Party: 11 Things Guests With Good Social Skills Never Do http://www.wisebread.com/dont-ruin-the-party-11-things-guests-with-good-social-skills-never-do <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/dont-ruin-the-party-11-things-guests-with-good-social-skills-never-do" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/dinner-party-459880317-small.jpg" alt="dinner party" title="dinner party" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="149" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Most parties don't require you to sign a contract at the front door.</p> <p>But all the same: by showing up, you've committed to a contract, albeit a non-verbal one. Your hosts agree to do everything reasonable to ensure your good time, and, basically, you agree to do everything reasonable to not make it blow up in their faces. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/18-things-people-with-good-social-skills-never-do?ref=seealso">18 Things People With Good Social Skills Never Do</a>)</p> <p>So take a look at this list and make sure you're not unintentionally committing any party fouls. Your hosts (and your social calendar) will thank you for it.</p> <h2>1. Never Be Unnecessarily Non-Committal About an RSVP</h2> <p>Sad but true: You can screw things up before the party even begins! Specifically, by telling your host &quot;no thanks&quot; and then showing up, telling your host &quot;yes please!&quot; and then skipping, telling your host &quot;maybe&quot; for no good reason, and/or holding off on saying anything at all (whether to see who else RSVPs or some other reason). Simply put: Your host is sending you an invite because they want you there, but also because they <em>need</em> to know how many people are coming. If you have a potential conflict and really aren't sure, or something comes up last minute, fine. Otherwise, treat your RSVP like you would a professional interaction: be prompt and accurate.</p> <h2>2. Never Demand Special Food, Drink, or Treatment</h2> <p>Some hosts will ask if you have special dietary needs or desires. And that is wonderful. But if they don't, the burden is on you to eat what you can on the night of the party, not on them to provide you with your favorite finger-food. Asking before the party can cause stress, and asking during the party isn't going to accomplish anything. Remember, your job as a guest is to be low maintenance!</p> <h2>3. Never Show Up Empty-Handed</h2> <p>You aren't in college anymore. (&hellip;and if you are, try bringing a gift to the party for once &mdash; everyone will be amazed and impressed!). Bring a gift, and make sure it's not one that you intend consume wholly by yourself. (In other words, <em>don't</em> bring your favorite bottle of wine, then hoard it in the corner).</p> <h2>4. Never Fail to Greet and Thank the Host</h2> <p>They're not always going to be able to greet you out the door, so seek them out! Interrupting them briefly to say &quot;hi&quot; is fine &mdash; they'll appreciate you letting them know you're there.</p> <h2>5. Never Monopolize the Host's Time</h2> <p>Yes, interrupting to say hi is fine, but interrupting repeatedly to update your host on your life, your kid's life, your cat's life&hellip; not so much. Respect that your host is &quot;on duty&quot; and has to spread their attention around. If you don't think you're getting enough one-on-one time, well&hellip; Schedule some one-on-one time! This is party time.</p> <h2>6. Never Wander Off-Limits</h2> <p>However fascinating it may be to explore roped-off rooms, wings, and secret lairs, these places are off-limits for a reason. And no, you don't need to know that reason, beyond &quot;because that's what your hosts have asked of you.&quot; As for <em>what's</em> in-bounds, here's a rule of thumb: If you find yourself alone and you're looking at things other than your own phone (i.e. photos on the wall), you're probably not where you should be.</p> <h2>7. Never Fight With Another Guest</h2> <p>Unless you're a Real Housewife, part of your social contract involves keeping the peace. All but the most dire offenses should be ignored, and all but the most awful people should be given the benefit of the doubt. Arguing at the party isn't standing up for yourself, it's insulting the host by disrespecting the work they've put into ensuring a good time.</p> <h2>8. Never Complain About the Food</h2> <p>Unless you brought it, you're going to offend the host or whoever was on snack duty. Even if you're good friends with the host, there's no reason to make them ill at ease about their catering &mdash; if you don't like it, don't eat it!</p> <h2>9. In Fact, Never Complain About Anything</h2> <p>While you're busy not-complaining about the food, try to use the same approach to anything and everything related to the party. Unless there's something that's clearly affecting everybody, and is an easy fix (e.g., turning the air conditioning down), then complaints accomplish nothing but making your host feel bad.</p> <h2>10. Never Forget to Have Fun!</h2> <p>Ultimately, this is why you're here. Supporting your host's efforts is important, but ultimately those efforts are geared toward facilitating <em>your</em> fun, so take advantage!</p> <h2>11. &hellip;And Failing That, Never <em>Look</em> Like You're Not Having Fun</h2> <p>No one can force you to have a good time. But if you agreed to show up, it's on you to force yourself to at least put on a happy face. Pouts and sighs and eye rolls don't go unnoticed by hosts. Even if they don't have the time to ask you &quot;what's wrong,&quot; these signs will certainly concern them, and that's the last thing you want.</p> <p>Of course, you could always just refer back to #10 and enjoy yourself.</p> <p><em>Any other tips for good party-going etiquette? Let us know.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/joe-epstein">Joe Epstein</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/dont-ruin-the-party-11-things-guests-with-good-social-skills-never-do">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-old-school-manners-we-want-back">8 Old School Manners We Want Back</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-basic-manners-you-must-teach-your-kids">10 Basic Manners You Must Teach Your Kids</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-things-people-with-good-communication-skills-never-do">12 Things People With Good Communication Skills Never Do</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/9-office-politics-goofs-that-can-set-your-career-back-years">9 Office Politics Goofs That Can Set Your Career Back Years</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/quick-pantry-snacks-for-unexpected-guests">Quick Pantry Snacks for Unexpected Guests</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Personal Development etiquette guests party Thu, 26 Jun 2014 17:00:05 +0000 Joe Epstein 1149624 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Plan a July 4th Blowout on a Budget http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-plan-a-july-4th-blowout-on-a-budget <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-plan-a-july-4th-blowout-on-a-budget" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/july-fourth-party-95517187-small.jpg" alt="july 4th party" title="july 4th party" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="154" /></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 wonderful articles on ways to plan a July 4th blowout on a budget, how bridesmaids can avoid going broke, and small business ideas for kids.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.smartasset.com/blog/money-saving-tip/6-ways-to-plan-a-july-4th-blowout-on-a-budget/">6 Ways to Plan a July 4th Blowout on a Budget</a> &mdash; Having a potluck and opting for BYOB can make your July 4th celebration a frugal one. [SmartAsset Blog]</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/How-Bridesmaids-Can-Save-Money-28761369">8 Ways Bridesmaids Can Avoid Going Broke</a> &mdash; To avoid going broke as a bridesmaid, be smart about gift giving and do your own makeup and hair. [POPSUGAR Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.biblemoneymatters.com/10-small-business-ideas-for-kids/">10 Small Business Ideas for Kids</a> &mdash; If your child wants to start a business, consider having them try walking dogs or mowing lawns. [Bible Money Matters]</p> <p><a href="http://christianpf.com/ways-to-give-cash/?hvid=43mAc">26 Ways to Give Cash You've Never Thought Of</a> &mdash; Do you like to give people cash as a gift? Make it a little more special by giving it in a money bouquet. [Christian PF]</p> <p><a href="http://www.moneyunder30.com/things-soccer-can-teach-you-about-money">Funny Money: 5 Things Soccer Can Teach You About Money</a> &mdash; When it comes to money, soccer can teach you that your head is your best weapon. [Money Under 30]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://moneyning.com/budgeting/while-youre-planning-for-tomorrow-dont-forget-to-live-for-today/">While You're Planning for Tomorrow, Don't Forget to Live for Today</a> &mdash; Sometimes it's ok to splurge if your splurge is intentional. [MoneyNing]</p> <p><a href="http://livingonthecheap.com/avoid-vacation-rental-scams/">How to Avoid Vacation Rental Scams</a> &mdash; When it comes to vacation rentals, keep in mind that if it sounds too good to be true it probably is. [Living on the Cheap]</p> <p><a href="http://cashmoneylife.com/imrpove-small-business-results/">Improve Your Small Business Results with Mindfulness</a> &mdash; Taking breaks and delegating can improve your small business results. [Cash Money Life]</p> <p><a href="http://couponpal.com/blog/5-reasons-you-should-be-composting">5 Reasons You Should Be Composting</a> &mdash; Did you know composting makes your fruits and veggies taste better? [CouponPal Blog]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/5-not-so-sweet-summer-treats-for-kids">5 Not-So-Sweet Summer Treats for Kids</a> &mdash; If you need a refreshing treat for your kids this summer, give them frozen banana pops. [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-plan-a-july-4th-blowout-on-a-budget">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-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/6-summer-party-ideas-that-wont-break-the-bank">6 Summer Party Ideas That Won&#039;t Break the Bank</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/you-can-throw-a-fun-and-affordable-holiday-party-heres-how">You Can Throw a Fun and Affordable Holiday Party — Here&#039;s How</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/14-things-good-hosts-never-do">14 Things Good Hosts Never Do</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/47-cheap-fun-things-to-do-this-weekend">47 Cheap, Fun Things to Do This Weekend</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/never-pay-for-a-redbox-dvd-rental-again">Never Pay for a RedBox DVD Rental Again</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment best money tips blowout budget July 4th party Tue, 24 Jun 2014 19:00:05 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 1147198 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Save Money on a Super Bowl Party http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-save-money-on-a-super-bowl-party <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-save-money-on-a-super-bowl-party" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/sports-119971754.jpg" alt="football fans" title="football fans" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread&#39;s <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some awesome articles on saving money on your Super Bowl party, times it&#39;s easy to ask for a discount, and car repairs you can do yourself.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://livingonthecheap.com/5-ways-save-money-super-bowl-party/">5 ways to save money on a Super Bowl party</a> &mdash; To save money on your Super Bowl party, visit the dollar store and order pizza. [Living on the Cheap]</p> <p><a href="http://www.freemoneyfinance.com/2014/01/six-times-its-easy-to-ask-for-a-discount.html">Six Times It&#39;s Easy to Ask for a Discount</a> &mdash; You can ask for discounts when you are buying in bulk or at the end of a shopping season. [Free Money Finance]</p> <p><a href="http://www.moneyunder30.com/which-car-repairs-can-you-do-yourself-11190">Funny Money: You Don&#39;t Need a Mechanic: Car Repairs Even You (Yes, You) Can do Yourself</a> &mdash; You probably don&#39;t need to take your car to the mechanic if the windshield wipers need to be changed. [Money Under 30]</p> <p><a href="http://moneysmartlife.com/paying-attention-to-finances/">Are You Paying Enough Attention to Your Finances?</a> &mdash; If you are overdrawing your accounts, you may not be paying enough attention to your finances. [Money Smart Life]</p> <p><a href="http://www.thousandaire.com/4-tips-for-renting-out-spare-bedrooms/">4 Tips for Renting Out Spare Bedrooms</a> &mdash; When renting out your spare bedroom, research zoning laws. [Thousandaire]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.biblemoneymatters.com/want-a-better-retirement-4-things-to-do-now/">Want A Better Retirement? 4 Things To Do Now</a> &mdash; Do you want a better retirement? Consider your asset allocation. [Bible Money Matters]</p> <p><a href="http://www.stretcher.com/stories/12/12jan23e.cfm">Reducing the Cost of Beverages</a> &mdash; Save money on beverages by never drinking bottled water at home. [TheDollarStretcher.com]</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Uses-Table-Salt-33478938">21 Smart Uses for Salt You&#39;ve Never Thought Of</a> &mdash; Have you ever used salt as an ant deterrent or wall hole fixer? [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/5-winter-themed-crafts-for-indoor-days">5 Winter-Themed Crafts for Indoor Days</a> &mdash; Making doughnut snowmen are a fun winter-themed craft idea for days when you and your kids are stuck indoors. [Parenting Squad]</p> <p><a href="http://asklizweston.com/what-same-sex-couples-and-their-advisors-need-to-know/">What Same Sex Couples - And Their Advisors - Need To Know</a> &mdash; Same&nbsp;sex couples need to know that if their state recognizes same sex marriages, social security spousal and survival benefits are available to that couple. [Ask Liz Weston]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-save-money-on-a-super-bowl-party">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-7"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-money-moves-cpas-say-you-must-make">8 Money Moves CPAs Say You Must Make</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-weird-money-laws-you-may-have-broken">7 Weird Money Laws You May Have Broken</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-reasons-january-is-the-right-time-to-start-planning-for-christmas">6 Reasons January Is the Right Time to Start Planning for Christmas</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-pay-less-money-for-a-college-degree">6 Ways to Pay Less Money For A College Degree</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/45-other-things-to-do-on-super-bowl-sunday">45 Other Things to Do on Super Bowl Sunday</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment best money tips money party saving Super Bowl Tue, 28 Jan 2014 11:00:12 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 1119367 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Things Not to Do at the Office Christmas Party http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-things-not-to-do-at-the-office-christmas-party <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-things-not-to-do-at-the-office-christmas-party" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/holiday-stk80264cor.jpg" alt="office party" title="office party" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread&#39;s <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some stellar articles on things not to do at the office Christmas party, dos and don&#39;ts of Christmas giving, and why frugality may be hard for you.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.dumblittleman.com/2013/12/12-things-not-to-do-at-office-christmas.html">12 Things Not to Do at the Office Christmas Party</a> &mdash; Don&#39;t get drunk or eat like a pig at the office Christmas party. [Dumb Little Man]</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Christmas-Gift-Giving-Rules-20767917">10 Dos and Don&#39;ts of Christmas Gift Giving</a> &mdash; When giving gifts this Christmas, do put thought into your gifts but don&#39;t leave the price tag on. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://moneyning.com/frugality/why-frugality-is-hard-for-you/">Why Frugality is Hard for You (and What to Do About It)</a> &mdash; Frugality may be hard for you because it may make you feel suffocated. [MoneyNing]</p> <p><a href="http://www.moneyunder30.com/how-to-save-your-coins-10775">Funny Money: How to Make a Change and Save Your Coins</a> &mdash; Want to save your coins? Consider leaving them in your couch cushions until you need them. [Money Under 30]</p> <p><a href="http://www.biblemoneymatters.com/how-facebook-can-help-you-in-your-pursuit-to-live-a-frugal-lifestyle/">How Facebook Can Help You In Your Pursuit To Live A Frugal Lifestyle</a> &mdash; Facebook may be able to help you live frugally by allowing you to find like-minded people to support you in your frugal endeavors. [Bible Money Matters]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://financialhighway.com/simple-ways-you-can-save-money-during-the-holidays/">Simple Ways You Can Save Money During the Holidays</a> &mdash; To save money during the holidays, buy discounted gift cards. [Financial Highway]</p> <p><a href="http://lifehacker.com/how-can-i-avoid-using-too-much-smartphone-data-1479097074">How Can I Avoid Using Too Much Smartphone Data?</a> &mdash; Avoid using too much smartphone data by setting up access limits on each phone. [Lifehacker]</p> <p><a href="http://www.marcandangel.com/2013/12/05/9-fears-you-will-regret-never-facing/">9 Fears You Will Never Regret Facing</a> &mdash; You will never regret facing your fear of failure or change. [Marc and Angel Hack Life]</p> <p><a href="http://timemanagementninja.com/2013/12/5-times-you-need-to-say-no-to-yourself/">5 Times You Need to Say No to Yourself</a> &mdash; Remember to say no to yourself when you are stressed. [Time Management Ninja]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/give-a-giftthat-isnt-a-toy-or-electronics">Give a Gift...That Isn&#39;t a Toy or Electronics</a> &mdash; This holiday season, give an adventure or a behind the scenes tour. [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-things-not-to-do-at-the-office-christmas-party">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-8"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mountain-dew-christmas-tree">Mountain Dew Christmas Tree</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-office-decorations-your-co-workers-hate">5 Office Decorations Your Co-Workers Hate</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/to-life-to-life-la-kayim-the-joy-of-home-enhanced-booze">To life, to life, la kayim! The joy of home-enhanced booze.</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/seven-ways-to-be-the-life-of-every-party">Seven Ways to be the Life of Every Party</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/take-amazing-party-pictures">Take amazing party pictures</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Life Hacks best money tips Christmas Office party Thu, 12 Dec 2013 09:02:21 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 1099972 at http://www.wisebread.com Ask the Readers: How Do You Save on Summer Parties? http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-how-do-you-save-on-summer-parties <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/ask-the-readers-how-do-you-save-on-summer-parties" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/friends-fun-4753021-small.jpg" alt="beach ball" title="beach ball" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Editor's Note: Congratulations to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-how-do-you-save-on-summer-parties#comment-654227">Mary</a>, C.j., and Kelli for winning this week's contest!</em></p> <p>Spring and summer are, arguably, the best seasons for outdoor parties! With so many occasions for summer parties &mdash; graduations, holidays, the usual birthdays, and just-because pool parties &mdash; it's not hard to find a reason to celebrate. Then again, so many occasions for summer parties makes for a <em>very</em> good reason to find ways to save on the festivities.</p> <p><b>How do you save on summer parties?</b> What preparations do you usually do if you're hosting a party? Do you have parties at home, at a park or beach, or another venue? As a guest, do you bring anything with you to combat the heat, like sunscreen, umbrellas, water guns/balloons, or extra bottles of water?</p> <p>Tell us about how you save on summer parties and we'll enter you in a drawing to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card!</p> <h2>Win 1 of 3 $20 Amazon Gift Cards</h2> <p>We're doing three giveaways &mdash; here's how you can win!</p> <h3>Mandatory Entry:</h3> <ul> <li>Post your answer in the comments below. One commenter will win a $20 Amazon Gift Card!</li> </ul> <h3>For extra entries:</h3> <ul> <li>You can tweet about our giveaway for an extra entry. Also, our Facebook fans can get an extra entry too! Use our Rafflecopter widget for your chance to win one of the other two Amazon Gift Cards:</li> <a id="rc-79857d37" class="rafl" href="http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/79857d37/" rel="nofollow">a Rafflecopter giveaway</a><script src="//d12vno17mo87cx.cloudfront.net/embed/rafl/cptr.js"></script> <p><strong>If you're inspired to write a whole blog post OR you have a photo on flickr to share, please link to it in the comments or tweet it.</strong></p> <h4>Giveaway Rules:</h4> <ul> <li>Contest ends Monday, June 24th at 11:59 pm Pacific. Winners will be announced after June 24th on the original post. Winners will also be contacted via email.</li> <li>You can enter all three drawings &mdash; once by leaving a comment, once by liking our Facebook update, and once by tweeting.</li> <li>This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered, or associated with Facebook.</li> <li>You must be 18 and US resident to enter. Void where prohibited.</li> </ul> </ul> <p><strong>Good Luck!</strong></p><div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tell us about how you save on summer parties and we&#039;ll enter you in a drawing to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card! </div> </div> </div> <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/ask-the-readers-how-do-you-save-on-summer-parties">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-9"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-what-is-your-dream-job-0">Ask the Readers: What is Your Dream Job?</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-summer-party-ideas-that-wont-break-the-bank">6 Summer Party Ideas That Won&#039;t Break the Bank</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/ask-the-readers-200-giveaway-what-does-corporate-social-responsibility-mean-to-you">Ask the Readers $200 Giveaway: What Does Corporate Social Responsibility Mean to You?</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/ask-the-readers-how-did-you-spend-your-first-paycheck">Ask the Readers: How Did You Spend Your First Paycheck?</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/ask-the-readers-who-are-your-favorite-personal-finance-gurus">Ask The Readers: Who Are Your Favorite Personal Finance Gurus?</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Giveaways Ask the Readers party summer Tue, 18 Jun 2013 10:36:31 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 978154 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Throw a New Years Bash for Less Cash http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-throw-a-new-years-bash-for-less-cash <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-throw-a-new-years-bash-for-less-cash" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/4220156218_0e07200bf1_z.jpg" alt="Throw a New Years Bash for Less Cash" title="Throw a New Years Bash for Less Cash" 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 stellar articles on throwing a new years bash for less cash, paying off your auto loan early, and ways to donate to the Sandy Hook victims.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.stretcher.com/stories/10/10dec27c.cfm#.UNif2IWlNl8">Throw a New Years Bash for Less Cash</a> &mdash; Invite your friends over and have a spa night to ring in the new year! [The Dollar Stretcher]</p> <p><a href="http://genxfinance.com/should-you-pay-off-your-auto-loan-early/">Should You Pay Off Your Auto Loan Early?</a> &mdash; Whether or not you should pay off your auto loan early depends on where you are on your loan timeline. [Generation X Finance]</p> <p><a href="http://www.biblemoneymatters.com/8-ways-to-donate-to-the-victims-of-the-sandy-hook-shooting/">8 Ways To Donate To The Victims Of The Sandy Hook Shooting</a> &mdash; You can help the victims of the Sandy Hook shooting by donating to the Red Cross or the Newtown Memorial Fund. [Bible Money Matters]</p> <p><a href="http://freefrombroke.com/tips-for-holiday-tipping/">Tips for Holiday Tipping</a> &mdash; This holiday season, give your housekeeper a tip equal to one week of pay. [Free From Broke]</p> <p><a href="http://cashmoneylife.com/improving-your-career-6-action-tips/">6 Action Tips for Improving Your Career in the New Year</a> &mdash; If you want to improve your career in the new year, develop new skills and knowledge. [Cash Money Life]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.narrowbridge.net/3-easy-ways-to-avoid-common-banking-fees/">3 Easy Ways to Avoid Common Banking Fees</a> &mdash; To avoid getting hit with minimum balance fees, address how much you can afford to keep in your bank accounts before you sign up for an account. [Narrow Bridge Finance]</p> <p><a href="http://youngadultfinances.com/why-a-real-job-is-good-for-you-if-you-want-to-be-an-entrepreneur/">Why a Real Job is Good For You if You Want to Be an Entrepreneur</a> &mdash; Having a real job is a good idea if you want to be an entrepreneur because you will learn how to master time management. [Young Finances]</p> <p><a href="http://www.carefulcents.com/give-clients-holiday-gifts/">What Should You Give Your Clients for the Holidays?</a> &mdash; Need a gift idea for your clients? Consider offering them a discount on future orders! [Careful Cents]</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Cute-2013-Planners-26321216">2013 Planners For Every Personality</a> &mdash; For the sophisticated person in your life, get them a leather monogrammed planner to start their new year off right. [SavvySugar]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/simple-and-sweet-last-minute-holiday-treats-0">6 Simple and Sweet Last-Minute Christmas Treats</a> &mdash; It's not too late to make some easy mint chocolate truffles for Christmas! [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-throw-a-new-years-bash-for-less-cash">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-10"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/seven-ways-to-be-the-life-of-every-party">Seven Ways to be the Life of Every Party</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/14-things-good-hosts-never-do">14 Things Good Hosts Never Do</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/making-a-good-and-memorable-first-impression">Making a good and memorable first impression.</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-summer-party-ideas-that-wont-break-the-bank">6 Summer Party Ideas That Won&#039;t Break the Bank</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-travel-full-time-for-17000-a-year-or-less">How to Travel Full-Time for $17,000 a Year (or Less!)</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Lifestyle 2013 best money tips New Year party Tue, 25 Dec 2012 10:48:39 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 961665 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Throw a Holiday Party for Less http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-throw-a-holiday-party-for-less <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-throw-a-holiday-party-for-less" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/5282801955_ba7935ec04_z.jpg" alt="Throw a Holiday Party For Less" title="Throw a Holiday Party For Less" 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 awesome articles on throwing a holiday party for less, gifts for women in their 30s, and shopping secrets for Costco, BJ's, and Sam's Club.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://financialhighway.com/how-to-throw-a-holiday-party-for-less/?utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+financialhighway%2Fray+%28Financial+Highway%29">How to Throw a Holiday Party For Less</a> &mdash; Throw a holiday party for less by hosting it with a friend or making it a potluck. [Financial Highway]</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Gifts-Women-30s-25946384">26 Affordable Gifts For Women In Their 30s</a> &mdash; If you need a gift for a woman in her 30s, consider getting her sky planters. [SavvySugar]</p> <p><a href="http://bargainbabe.com/2012/02/07/shopping-secrets-for-costco-bjs-sams-club/">Shopping secrets for Costco, BJ's, and Sam's Club</a> &mdash; When shopping at Costco, BJ's, or Sam's Club, use warehouse coupons and remember that not everything is a bargain. [Bargain Babe]</p> <p><a href="http://www.freemoneyfinance.com/2012/11/best-ways-to-make-extra-money-smart-financial-moves.html">Best Ways to Make Extra Money: Smart Financial Moves</a> &mdash; To make extra money, use a high interest checking account. [Free Money Finance]</p> <p><a href="http://www.biblemoneymatters.com/take-care-of-your-health-now-to-grow-and-preserve-your-wealth/">Take Care Of Your Health Now To Grow And Preserve Your Wealth</a> &mdash; Poor health can negatively affect your finances because you will probably have higher medical expenses. [Bible Money Matters]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.mint.com/blog/how-to/12-diy-holiday-wrapping-paper-ideas-1112/?utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+MyMint+%28Mint+Personal+Finance+Blog%29">12 DIY Holiday Wrapping Paper Ideas</a> &mdash; Need to wrap gifts but don't have wrapping paper? Try using old maps. [MintLIfe Blog]</p> <p><a href="http://www.threethriftyguys.com/2012/11/how-to-properly-insure-your-home/">How to Properly Insure Your Home</a> &mdash; When insuring your home, take into consideration extended replacement coverage. [Three Thrifty Guys]</p> <p><a href="http://wealthyturtle.com/3-ways-to-help-your-child-pay-for-college-if-you-started-saving-late/">3 Ways to Help Your Child Pay for College If You Started Saving Late</a> &mdash; Help your child pay for college if you started saving late by letting your child take out student loans and pay them off when you are able. [Wealthy Turtle]</p> <p><a href="http://www.marcandangel.com/2012/11/26/9-good-decisions/">9 Good Decisions You've Waited Too Long to Make</a> &mdash; Have you started making conscious choices? If you haven't, now is the time to start doing so! [Marc and Angel Hack Life]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/epilepsy-awareness-what-to-do-if-a-child-has-a-seizure">Epilepsy Awareness: What to Do if a Child Has a Seizure</a> &mdash; If your child or another child has a seizure, try to remain calm. [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-throw-a-holiday-party-for-less">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-11"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/you-can-throw-a-fun-and-affordable-holiday-party-heres-how">You Can Throw a Fun and Affordable Holiday Party — Here&#039;s How</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-budget-gifts-you-can-bring-to-a-holiday-party">7 Budget Gifts You Can Bring to a Holiday Party</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/14-things-good-hosts-never-do">14 Things Good Hosts Never Do</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/47-cheap-fun-things-to-do-this-weekend">47 Cheap, Fun Things to Do This Weekend</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-summer-party-ideas-that-wont-break-the-bank">6 Summer Party Ideas That Won&#039;t Break the Bank</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment best money tips holiday holiday party party Wed, 28 Nov 2012 10:48:45 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 958812 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Look Great for Holiday Parties Without Breaking the Bank http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-look-great-for-holiday-parties-without-breaking-the-bank <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-look-great-for-holiday-parties-without-breaking-the-bank" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/5255408257_e123a8fff3_z.jpg" alt="Look Great for Holiday Parties Without Breaking the Bank" title="Look Great for Holiday Parties Without Breaking the Bank" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some fantastic articles on looking great for holiday parties without breaking the bank, job hunting sins to avoid, and building an emergency fund quickly.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://moneyning.com/frugality/look-great-for-holiday-parties-without-breaking-the-bank/">Look Great for Holiday Parties Without Breaking the Bank</a> &mdash; If you need clothes for a holiday party, consider borrowing something from a friend! [MoneyNing]</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/7-Job-Hunting-Sins-Avoid-5657179">7 Job Hunting Sins To Avoid</a> &mdash; Don't make the job hunting mistake of investing too little time in your job search. [SavvySugar]</p> <p><a href="http://moneysmartlife.com/how-to-quickly-build-an-emergency-fund/">How to Quickly Build an Emergency Fund</a> &mdash; Are you trying to build an emergency fund quickly? Try having a garage sale to make some money to put in your emergency fund. [Money Smart Life]</p> <p><a href="http://www.narrowbridge.net/reasons-keep-your-money-in-the-bank/">Your Mattress is Not FDIC Insured - Four Reasons Keep Your Money in the Bank</a> &mdash; It is a good idea to keep your money in the bank because it will earn interest. [Narrow Bridge]</p> <p><a href="http://fitzvillafuerte.com/triple-your-savings-in-two-months.html?utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+ReadyToBeRich+%28Ready+To+Be+Rich%29">Triple Your Savings in Two Months</a> &mdash; To triple your savings before the new year, sell stuff you don't use and minimize eating out. [Ready To Be Rich]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.mydollarplan.com/39-ways-to-enjoy-your-thanksgiving-leftovers/">39 Ways to Enjoy Your Thanksgiving Leftovers</a> &mdash; Use your leftover cranberry sauce to make cranberry pancakes. [My Dollar Plan]</p> <p><a href="http://genxfinance.com/three-classes-every-high-school-should-require/">Three Classes Every High School Should Require</a> &mdash; Do you think every high school should require student take a personal finance class? [Generation X Finance]</p> <p><a href="http://www.moolanomy.com/3857/understanding-short-term-disability-insurance-ttolar/">The Basics of Short Term Disability Insurance</a> &mdash; Short term disability insurance provides a level of protection against loss of income if you find yourself unable to work for a few weeks or months due to injury or illness. [Moolanomy]</p> <p><a href="http://lifehacker.com/5961786/how-can-i-make-a-long-plane-or-car-ride-suck-less">How Can I Make a Long Plane or Car Ride Suck Less?</a> &mdash; Make the most of long plane or car rides by learning a new language. [Lifehacker]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/how-to-host-and-survive-your-first-thanksgiving">How to Host and Survive Your First Thanksgiving</a> &mdash; When hosting your first Thanksgiving, make sure to enlist help! [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-look-great-for-holiday-parties-without-breaking-the-bank">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-12"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-summery-ways-to-protect-your-skin">7 Summery Ways to Protect Your Skin</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/14-beauty-products-youre-using-that-actually-do-nothing">14 Beauty Products You&#039;re Using That Actually Do Nothing</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-ways-to-feel-more-attractive-without-actually-changing-how-you-look">12 Ways to Feel More Attractive Without Actually Changing How You Look</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/24-places-to-buy-inexpensive-natural-beauty-products">24 Places to Buy Inexpensive Natural Beauty Products</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-awesome-art-of-getting-great-deals-online">The Awesome Art of Getting Great Deals Online</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty beauty best money tips clothes holiday party Tue, 20 Nov 2012 10:36:32 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 955929 at http://www.wisebread.com Quick Pantry Snacks for Unexpected Guests http://www.wisebread.com/quick-pantry-snacks-for-unexpected-guests <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/quick-pantry-snacks-for-unexpected-guests" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/party_spread2.jpg" alt="Guests and snacks" title="Guests and snacks" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="155" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>When you live in a city like New York, unexpected guests are uncommon. It&rsquo;s hard enough getting people to come to my uptown condo with an invitation (city-dwellers tend not to leave their own neighborhoods), so it&rsquo;s a rare occasion when I&rsquo;m surprised by someone popping by unannounced.</p> <p>The suburbs are a different story. For some reason, suburbanites think it&rsquo;s A-OK to hop in the SUV, roll up to someone&rsquo;s home, and knock on the door just because they were &ldquo;in the neighborhood.&rdquo; Call me crazy, but I think that&rsquo;s strange. In fact, if you pulled into my driveway without calling first, I would pretend that I wasn&rsquo;t home, mostly because you&rsquo;re being creepy.</p> <p>Either way, we&rsquo;re all bound to host impromptu guests at some point or another, whether it&rsquo;s the weirdo PTA president from your son&rsquo;s school wanting to discuss the bake sale or your husband&rsquo;s work colleague who needs to kill some time before an event nearby. So you can rise to every occasion, here are some quick snack ideas from your pantry (with a few fridge staples mixed in) to satisfy those last-minute (and, hopefully, wanted) callers. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/stretching-meals-for-unexpected-guests">Stretching Meals for Unexpected Guests</a>)</p> <h3>PB&amp;J Bites</h3> <p>There&rsquo;s something about a good peanut butter and jelly sandwich that makes long-buried memories flood right back. Especially if it&rsquo;s on white bread &mdash; which, apparently, nobody eats anymore. To take this old-school classic to the next level for company, use star-shaped cookie cutters to cut out bite-sized pieces of bread that you can slather with a nutty spread and grown-up jams like blackberry or raspberry. Just don&rsquo;t forget to make use of the scraps. Let the unused bread and crust go stale before putting it into a food processor to make homemade breadcrumbs or chopping the pieces into chunks for fresh salad croutons. If you&rsquo;re feeling lazy, at least feed it to the birds.</p> <h3>Doctored-Up Popcorn</h3> <p>Dressing up <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-make-your-own-popcorn">popcorn</a> couldn&rsquo;t be quicker or easier. After three minutes in the microwave, top it with melted butter and Old Bay for a spicy, crab-seasoned kick (a fave that harkens back to my Baltimore roots), or toss it with black pepper and grated Parmesan for a tangy, cheesy kick. Want a little sweetness to balance out the salt? Toss plain popcorn with Milk Duds &mdash; a trick I learned from a lady at a movie theater once. Surprisingly good.</p> <h3>Trail Mix</h3> <p>Get rid of bottom-of-the-jar nuts, raisins, dried fruits, M&amp;Ms, and granola for a hodgepodge of flavor that&rsquo;s surprisingly filling. FYI &mdash; whole cashews and Craisins together are quite the combination.</p> <h3>Sliced Apples and Nutella<o:p></o:p></h3> <p><o:p>Just slice the apples</o:p> (<o:p>and squirt them with lemon juice so they don&rsquo;t brown) and serve them alongside a ramekin of Nutella for a fresh-fruit-and-hazelnut appetizer. Other variations could include melted chocolate </o:p>&mdash;<o:p> semi-sweet chips melt down in minutes in a double boiler </o:p>&mdash;<o:p> or a homemade caramel sauce that can be made by boiling a can of condensed milk for three hours.</o:p></p> <h3>Ritz Cracker Mini-Pizzas</h3> <p>When I took Home Economics in middle school, this was one of the first items we made; latchkey kids need to eat, after all. Top the crackers with a dollop of pizza or pasta sauce, a small handful of cheese, and any other toppings you have on hand. Pop the mini-pizzas in a 400&deg;F oven for a few minutes. Few ingredients, lots of flavor.</p> <h3>Turkey and Cheddar Triscuits</h3> <p>It's as fast as it sounds. Line up the crackers and top with a squirt of Dijon or deli mustard and thin squares of sharp cheddar &mdash; or <em>your</em> favorite cheese &mdash; and a half-slice of turkey. A little tip &mdash; either put the finished product in the fridge until the guests arrive or make five minutes before their ETA. You don&rsquo;t want the fresh meat and cheese to dry out; it&rsquo;s unappetizing.</p> <h3>Jell-O Mold</h3> <p><o:p></o:p>When I would stay with my grandmother on the weekends, she always had fresh Jell-O on hand, which is why I&rsquo;m partial to it. I prefer it plain &mdash; maybe some Cool Whip on top &mdash; but company won&rsquo;t be impressed by that. They will, however, give you props if you spike lime gelatin with booze and toss in some pomegranate seeds or cranberries to create a sweet and sinful treat for the eyes and mouth. It takes two minutes to make and about four hours to set.</p> <h3>Pudding Pops</h3> <p>A great summertime treat. Prepare instant chocolate pudding (in about three minutes) and put the mixture, with sticks, in the freezer for a few hours to harden. Bill Cosby himself couldn&rsquo;t do it better.</p> <h3>Tortilla Chips and Salsa Velveeta</h3> <p>There&rsquo;s a block of Velveeta in my pantry, but I can&rsquo;t remember why I bought it. Unless I can recall, I plan to cut it into cubes, melt it down, and mix it with salsa served along chips. An oldie but still a goodie.</p> <h3>Spiced Honey Pretzels</h3> <p>When I raided my pantry to come up with these snacks, I found a bag of pretzels. In their regular, straight-from-the-bag state, pretzels are nothing special. Enter Google, which has a million and one recipes that take this figure-friendly chip alternative to the next level. I particularly like this recipe for <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/recipe?id=9654443">Spiced Honey Pretzels</a>. Onion and chili powders marry with the sticky-sweet bees' treat to create a crunchy, no-guilt carb fix.</p> <h3>Garlic Pita Chips With Marinara Sauce</h3> <p>If you have pita bread at home, cut the rounds into quarters, and toss with olive oil, a pinch of salt, dried Italian herbs, red pepper flakes, and garlic powder. Bake the triangles at 450&deg;F for five minutes or until golden and crispy. Serve with warmed pizza or pasta sauce.</p> <h3>Marinated Olives</h3> <p>This <a href="http://dinersjournal.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/03/19/recipe-of-the-day-marinated-olives/">olive recipe</a> combines lemon with garlic, olive oil, and rosemary. Assorted olives should rest in the mixture for at least an hour so the flavors can properly combine.</p> <h3>Spinach/Ranch Dip</h3> <p>Commercials are fantastic, albeit dangerous. Earlier this year &mdash; probably around <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/45-other-things-to-do-on-super-bowl-sunday">Super Bowl</a> time &mdash; Hidden Valley Ranch advertised its packet of ranch powder, found in the salad dressing aisle, as a spinach dip. All you&rsquo;ll need is a block of frozen spinach, a large container of sour cream and the ranch powder. It&rsquo;s a speedy recipe, but it does require some fridge time because frozen spinach usually needs to be boiled first, which is quite important to remember; you want to give your guests a light snack, not E. Coli.</p> <h3>Pasta Salad</h3> <p>At any given time there are nine boxes of pasta in my pantry. In the Sunday circulars, there are often coupons for Barilla and other brands, so I stock up. To make an off-the-cuff pasta salad, boil your favorite shape and toss with sun-dried tomatoes, fresh or dried basil, and Italian dressing or pesto sauce. Chill for two hours for a light and filling snack.</p> <p><em>Have go-to snacks that you make for unexpected guests? Let me know what they are 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/quick-pantry-snacks-for-unexpected-guests">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-13"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/making-a-good-and-memorable-first-impression">Making a good and memorable first impression.</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/breaking-the-bread-code-how-to-get-the-freshest-loaf">Breaking the Bread Code: How to Get the Freshest Loaf</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/25-frugal-items-for-your-organic-vegan-grocery-list">25 Frugal Items for Your Organic Vegan Grocery 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/20-office-potluck-dishes-everyone-loves">20 Office Potluck Dishes Everyone Loves</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/curing-warts-removing-splinters-and-19-other-bizarre-uses-for-banana-peels">Curing Warts, Removing Splinters, and 19 Other Bizarre Uses for Banana Peels</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink General Tips cheap snacks guests pantry party Thu, 21 Jul 2011 10:36:16 +0000 Mikey Rox 629104 at http://www.wisebread.com Ask The Readers: How Do You Celebrate Frugally? http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-how-do-you-celebrate-frugally <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/ask-the-readers-how-do-you-celebrate-frugally" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/3779349350_f699374b3f_z-1.jpg" alt="How Do You Celebrate Frugally?" title="How Do You Celebrate Frugally?" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Editor's Note: Congratulations to </em><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-how-do-you-celebrate-frugally#comment-498159"><em>Kim</em></a><em>, </em><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-how-do-you-celebrate-frugally#comment-498209"><em>Lynda</em></a><em>, and </em><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-how-do-you-celebrate-frugally#comment-498128"><em>Rachel</em></a><em> for winning this week's contest!</em></p> <p>The 4th of July is right around the corner and many people are gearing up to celebrate our Independence Day. When it comes to throwing a party, most people like to have an awesome celebration on the cheap. However, there are plenty of people who are just concerned about throwing an amazing party without worrying about the cost.</p> <p><strong>How do you celebrate frugally? &nbsp;</strong>Do you buy food and other party items in bulk? Do you only buy things that are on sale? Or do you not worry about money when it comes to throwing a memorable party?</p> <p>Tell us how you celebrate frugally and we'll enter you in a drawing to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card!</p> <h2>Win 1 of 3 $20 Amazon Gift Cards</h2> <p>We're doing three giveaways &mdash; one for random comments, one for random Facebook &quot;Likes&quot;, and another one for random tweets.</p> <h3>Mandatory Entry:&nbsp;</h3> <ul> <li>Post your answer in the comments below&nbsp;</li> </ul> <h3>For extra entries (1 per action):</h3> <ul> <li>Go to our <a href="http://www.facebook.com/pages/Wise-Bread/26830741467?ref=ts">Facebook page</a>, &quot;Like&quot; us, and leave a comment telling us you did, or</li> <li><a href="http://www.twitter.com/">Tweet</a> your answer. You have to be a follower of our <a href="http://twitter.com/wisebread">@wisebread account</a>. Include both &quot;@wisebread&quot; and &quot;#WBAsk&quot; in your tweet so we'll see it and count it. Leave a link to your tweet (click the timestamp for the individual URL) in a separate comment.</li> </ul> <p><strong>If you're inspired to write a whole blog post OR you have a photo on flickr to share, please link to it in the comments or tweet it.</strong></p> <h4>Giveaway Rules:</h4> <ul> <li>Contest ends Monday, July 4th at 11:59 pm Pacific. Winners will be announced after July 4th on the original post and via Twitter. Winners will also be contacted via email, Facebook, and Twitter Direct Message.</li> <li>You can enter all three drawings &mdash; once by leaving a comment, once by liking our Facebook update, and once by tweeting.</li> <li>This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered, or associated with Facebook.</li> <li>You must be 18 and US resident to enter. Void where prohibited.</li> </ul> <p>Note: Due to recent changes in Facebook's promotions guidelines, we have restructured the entry format of our giveaways.</p> <p><strong>Good Luck!</strong></p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tell us how you celebrate frugally and we&#039;ll enter you in a drawing to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card! </div> </div> </div> <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/ask-the-readers-how-do-you-celebrate-frugally">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-14"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-what-is-your-dream-job-0">Ask the Readers: What is Your Dream Job?</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/ask-the-readers-200-giveaway-what-does-corporate-social-responsibility-mean-to-you">Ask the Readers $200 Giveaway: What Does Corporate Social Responsibility Mean to 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/ask-the-readers-how-did-you-spend-your-first-paycheck">Ask the Readers: How Did You Spend Your First Paycheck?</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/ask-the-readers-200-giveaway-what-volunteer-experience-had-the-deepest-impact-on-you">Ask the Readers $200 Giveaway: What Volunteer Experience Had the Deepest Impact on You?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-what-is-your-new-years-resolution">Ask the Readers: What Is Your New Year&#039;s Resolution?</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Giveaways Ask the Readers celebrate frugal party Tue, 28 Jun 2011 10:36:19 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 595583 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Plan a Cheap Summer Birthday Party http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-plan-a-cheap-summer-birthday-party <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-plan-a-cheap-summer-birthday-party" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/2755217708_593e9edd40_z-1.jpg" alt="Plan a Cheap Summer Birthday Party" title="Plan a Cheap Summer Birthday Party" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some awesome articles on how to plan a cheap summer birthday party, how to break your bad financial habits, and things to consider before quitting your day job.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/how-to-plan-a-great-and-cheap-summer-birthday-party">How To Plan A Great (And Cheap) Summer Birthday Party</a> &mdash; Have a fun and cheap summer birthday party by picking the right date. [Parenting Squad]</p> <p><a href="http://www.theamateurfinancier.com/blog/break-bad-financial-habits/">How to Break Your Bad Financial Habits</a> &mdash; Break your bad financial habits by replacing your bad habits with good ones. [Amateur Financier]</p> <p><a href="http://christianpf.com/5-things-to-consider-before-quitting-your-day-job/?utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+ChristianPF+%28ChristianPF.com++%7C++Personal+Finance%29">5 Things To Consider Before Quitting Your Day Job</a> &mdash; Before you quit your day job, make sure your emergency fund is healthy. [Christian PF]</p> <p><a href="http://www.smartmoney.com/plan/insurance/how-to-insure-your-homee-1307039946821/?link=SM_plan_ls4e">How To Insure Your House</a> &mdash; Insure your home by finding out what is and isn't covered by different policies. [SmartMoney]</p> <p><a href="http://blog.mogomoney.com/3-great-fathers-day-presents-on-a-budget/">3 Great Father's Day Presents On A Budget</a> &mdash; This Father's Day, take your dad to do something he loves to do, for example see a movie. [Mogo Savings Blog]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://getcurrency.com/design-home/the-urban-dwellers-guide-to-gardening"> The Urban Dweller's Guide to Gardening</a> &mdash; If you live in an urban area and want to garden, consider starting with herbs because they are easy to grow. [Currency]</p> <p><a href="http://www.couponsherpa.com/ask-coupon-sherpa/55-all-natural-uses-for-baking-soda/">55 All-Natural Uses For Baking Soda</a> &mdash; Use baking soda to clean the floor mats in your car. [Coupon Sherpa]</p> <p><a href="http://www.re-nest.com/re-nest/5-tips-to-shrink-your-lawn-less-lawn-148322">5 Tips To Shrink Your Lawn</a> &mdash; Shrink your lawn by selecting a corner and converting it into a garden. [re-nest]</p> <p><a href="http://zenhabits.net/snacks/">Healthy Snacks: 10 Ideas for More Wholesome Eating</a> &mdash; Eat a more wholesome snack by opting for boiled eggs. [Zen Habits]</p> <p><a href="http://www.positivityblog.com/index.php/2011/06/08/21-habits-simpler-life/?utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+ThePositivityblog-PutSomePersonalDevelopmentAndPositivityIntoYourLife+%28The+PositivityBlog+-+Put+some+personal+development+and+positivity+into+your+life%29">21 Small Habits That Will Help You to Live a Simpler Life</a> &mdash; Live a simpler life by packing your bags before you go to bed. [Positivity Blog]</p> <p>We also wanted to share with you that the <a href="http://frugalfestival.wordpress.com/2011/06/02/frugal-festival-food-online/">Frugal Food Festival</a> will be happening online from June 13-24 and in LA on June 25. The online event will include 20 book giveaways as well as a recipe contest. The one day event in LA will help people learn how to save money on food. Get your tickets <a href="http://www.goldstar.com/events/los-angeles-ca/frugal-festival-food">here</a>!&nbsp;</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-plan-a-cheap-summer-birthday-party">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-15"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-summer-party-ideas-that-wont-break-the-bank">6 Summer Party Ideas That Won&#039;t Break the Bank</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/wear-frozen-clothes-and-9-other-ways-to-beat-the-heat">Wear Frozen Clothes and 9 Other Ways to Beat the Heat</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-cheap-and-easy-homemade-mosquito-repellents">4 Cheap and Easy Homemade Mosquito Repellents</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/13-delicious-early-summer-recipes-to-try-on-your-grill">13 Delicious Early Summer Recipes to Try on Your Grill</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living best money tips birthday party summer Thu, 09 Jun 2011 10:00:17 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 572374 at http://www.wisebread.com