Food and Drink http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/209/all en-US 10 Tricks to Get You Drinking More Water http://www.wisebread.com/10-tricks-to-get-you-drinking-more-water <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-tricks-to-get-you-drinking-more-water" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_drinking_water_000038304448.jpg" alt="Woman using tricks to drink more water" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>As we head into the summer months, hydration becomes a huge issue. In fact, up to 75% of Americans are <a href="http://miami.cbslocal.com/2013/07/02/chronic-dehydration-more-common-than-you-think/">chronically dehydrated</a>, getting fewer than the recommended 8 to 10 cups per day. Are you one of them? If so, here are some simple ways to ensure you <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/bottled-or-tap-the-right-choice-for-water-may-surprise-you">drink more H2O</a> on the regular.</p> <h2>1. Drink First Thing</h2> <p>One of the easiest ways to add more water into your day is to grab a glass when you wake up. Establish this habit as part of your everyday routine, and you'll find yourself guzzling more often. I like to start my day with plain water &mdash; no ice &mdash; and a generous squeeze of lemon. Warm water <a href="http://news.health.com/2015/02/24/why-you-should-start-your-day-with-lemon-water/">absorbs into your system</a> more readily and the lemon gives you a boost of antioxidants.</p> <h2>2. Carry a Bottle</h2> <p>Keeping your water close by is another sure way to get you drinking. Bottles come in all materials from <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001NCDE52/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B001NCDE52&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=K3FIPKIOH7MFUTWP">BPA-free plastic</a> to <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00W8DSLP8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00W8DSLP8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=6MT2GCBNZNZSINB4">glass</a> to <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00X6ZC5VS/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00X6ZC5VS&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=IQ5TCC2ECSDI4K6A">stainless steel</a> and beyond.</p> <h2>3. Use an App</h2> <p>Keeping a mental tally of how many glasses you down in a day can be hard. Use technology to help keep track! You can download <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/waterlogged-drink-more-water/id352199775?mt=8">Waterlogged</a> for free like over a million people across the globe have done. You'll see charts and have the option to upgrade for reminders. Either way, tracking takes less than a minute out of your day.</p> <h2>4. Sip Before Meals</h2> <p>Try drinking a couple glasses of water before you eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner. You won't just stay hydrated, you might also shed some extra pounds. In a 2010 study published by <em>Obesity</em>, individuals who drank two glasses of water before their meals ate less throughout the day. They <a href="http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1038/oby.2009.235/full">lost more weight</a> over a 12-week period than the control group.</p> <h2>5. Eat It</h2> <p>If you really hate sipping on a glass of water, try eating foods that are drowning in the stuff. Many fruits and veggies boast over <a href="http://www.active.com/health/articles/stay-hydrated-with-high-water-content-foods">90% water content</a>. Snack on watermelon, tomatoes, broccoli, grapefruit, cucumber, and more. You'll be getting more whole foods in your diet to boot.</p> <h2>6. Try Flavoring</h2> <p>There are so many ways you can flavor water &mdash; from store-bought pouches to recipes you'll find online. One of my favorites? This <a href="http://www.sarahtitus.com/2014/09/24/sweet-watermelon-water/">sweet watermelon water</a>. Combine seedless watermelon with water in your blender. Sweeten with Stevia or your favorite substitute. Absolutely delicious.</p> <h2>7. Infuse It</h2> <p>You can also purchase an inexpensive <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0023UL86A/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0023UL86A&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=TAJCY2Y5WRQUXQIG">water infusion pitcher</a> to keep in your fridge. Pop in different fruits and let the flavors mingle. I love using sliced cucumbers to replicate my favorite spa water at home. But anything from citrus to berries to stone fruits will do. You can even refill it a few times without having to replace the fruit (just make sure it's within a couple days).</p> <h2>8. Use Ice Cubes</h2> <p>Put lots of ice into your beverages throughout the day. After all, ice is just frozen water. Right? By cooling down your juice or soda, you'll also sneak several ounces down the hatch without even thinking about it. Who knows, eventually you might skip the other drinks and go straight for the pure stuff.</p> <h2>9. Get a Filter</h2> <p>Sometimes your tap water's taste can be less than appealing. And despite what you might think, <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/bottled-or-tap-the-right-choice-for-water-may-surprise-you">bottled water</a> isn't always the answer. Try using water filters at your tap or filter pitchers in your refrigerator. They can take out many impurities and improve the taste of your tap water. Bottled water can cost up to a whopping <a href="https://www.banthebottle.net/articles/7-bottled-water-myths-busted/">10,000 times more per gallon</a> anyway, so save your pennies.</p> <h2>10. Banish Sugary Beverages</h2> <p>I have a policy at home where I only drink water (or wine). I've decided that I'll save all other drinks for dining out or special occasions. This is a wonderful method to try if you're hooked on soda or other high caloric beverages. You'll drink more healthy water and also trim your waistline with all those calories you'll save.</p> <p><em>How do you get more water in your day?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-tricks-to-get-you-drinking-more-water">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/hungry-have-a-drink">Hungry? Have a drink.</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-foods-that-help-you-fight-fat">5 Foods That Help You Fight Fat</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/eight-natural-ways-to-make-water-more-flavorful">Eight Natural Ways to Make Water More Flavorful</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/is-green-tea-all-its-cracked-up-to-be-its-close">Is Green Tea All It&#039;s Cracked Up to Be? It&#039;s close.</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-foods-that-will-keep-you-satisfied-for-longer">9 Foods That Will Keep You Satisfied for Longer</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Health and Beauty h2o healthy water weight loss Fri, 22 May 2015 17:00:09 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1429780 at http://www.wisebread.com Supermarket Savings Guide http://www.wisebread.com/supermarket-savings <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/supermarket-savings" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/supermarket-iStock_000034407860_Small.jpg" alt="groceries" title="groceries" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Food: We all need it. There are various quick and easy ways to get a meal these days: eating out, taking out, ordering in &mdash; but the financial, environmental, and health costs add up over time. Most people still prefer to cook their own meals, but even then, the cost of groceries can run high, especially for those who have to feed a family. This is where the writers of Wise Bread can help. Check out these articles for tips on supermarket savings.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-to-cut-your-grocery-bill"><strong>5 Ways to Cut Your Grocery Bill</strong></a><br /> If you're going to spend the time (and gas) to go to a grocery store, make it worth it &mdash; the frugal way. Here's how to make the most of your trip without going over budget.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-ive-learned-from-grocery-shopping-on-a-budget"><strong>10 Things I've Learned From Grocery Shopping on a Budget</strong></a><br /> Though everyone's grocery savings strategies vary, it helps to get suggestions (and support!) from fellow frugal shoppers. Here are tips and insights on grocery shopping on a budget.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-foods-i-grew-tired-of-buying-and-how-i-quit"><strong>5 Foods I Grew Tired of Buying, and How I Quit</strong></a><br /> The cost of household essentials add up over time, if only because you always have to restock &mdash; but don't think that you have to restock from the grocery store. Here are five common food items that can be produced right at home.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-ways-to-shop-for-food-cheaply-without-a-tedious-grocery-list"><strong>Grocery Shopping for the Cheap and Lazy</strong></a><br /> If you don't have to cook for anyone else, it doesn't make sense to shop (or cook) like you do. Here are eleven grocery shopping tips for the busy, lazy, and single.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-tips-for-streamlining-your-shopping-list"><strong>7 Tips for Streamlining Your Shopping List</strong></a><br /> Shopping from a list is a great way to make sure that you know what you need (and know what you <em>don't </em>need). Here are 7 tips to making the perfect money-saving shopping list for maximum grocery savings.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/behold-the-secrets-of-the-grocery-store"><strong>Behold: The Secrets of the Grocery Store</strong></a><br /> Know your enemy. Find out what tactics your grocer uses to make you thwart your own goal of grocery savings.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/supermarket-shopping-for-savers-6-ways-to-avoid-their-tricky-traps"><strong>6 Ways to Avoid the Tricky Traps of Supermarkets</strong></a><br /> It takes discipline and strategy, but it can be done! Learn how to avoid the traps that supermarkets set to make you spend more.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-cs-to-keep-you-frugal-while-shopping"><strong>6 C's to Keep You Frugal While Shopping</strong></a><br /> To ward against the lure of an impulse buy, be sure to arm yourself with these 6 C's: cash, concise shopping list, coupons, calculator, candy, and...?</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-sleek-marketing-ploys-aimed-at-getting-more-of-your-grocery-money"><strong>5 Sleek Marketing Ploys Aimed at Getting More of Your Grocery Money</strong></a><br /> To learn how to save money on groceries, you need to know how food marketers get you to spend. Five food myths unveiled here!</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/bulk-buying-basics-what-to-buy-how-to-store-and-money-saving-tips"><strong>Bulk Buying Basics</strong></a><br /> A good way to save money on groceries without running out of food is to buy in bulk...but where to store it? And what to buy? And how does bulk-buying contribute to grocery savings, anyway, if you're spending more on a single purchase? Get the answers here!</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-grocery-budgeting-a-game-the-price-is-right-style"><strong>Make Grocery Budgeting A Game, The Price Is Right Style</strong></a><br /> Make grocery shopping fun! Here's a game you can play with your family to budget while you shop.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ethnic-markets-feel-worldly-for-cheap"><strong> Ethnic Markets: Feel Wordly for Cheap</strong></a><br /> You probably already know that they're great for hard-to-find ingredients, but did you know that ethnic markets also stock foods that you would see in national supermarket chains, and at much lower prices? Here's a brief guide to what you can expect to find at different ethnic markets.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/supermarket-savings">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/shopping-at-whole-foods-12-smart-ways-to-save">Shopping at Whole Foods: 12 Smart Ways to Save</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-and-worst-times-to-go-grocery-shopping">The Best and Worst Times to Go Grocery Shopping</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/sure-savings-at-the-supermarket-how-to-save-25-on-9-staple-items">Sure Savings at the Supermarket</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-grocery-shop-for-five-on-100-a-week">How to Grocery Shop for Five on $100 a Week</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-ways-you-can-cut-grocery-expenses-today">13 Ways You Can Cut Grocery Expenses Today</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Shopping groceries grocery shopping supermarket Thu, 21 May 2015 23:49:59 +0000 Amy Lu 1432747 at http://www.wisebread.com The 12 Best Frozen Food Values http://www.wisebread.com/the-12-best-frozen-food-values <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-12-best-frozen-food-values" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/frozen_fruit_raspberries_000038545662.jpg" alt="Frozen raspberries that are one of many frozen food values" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Many people only stop in the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/18-frugal-foods-you-should-always-have-in-your-freezer">frozen aisle</a> for ice cream and a selection of TV dinners, but there's more to this section of the grocery for value seekers. Frozen food offers real convenience, variety, and savings. Items are typically ready-to-cook, they have a much longer shelf life than their fresh counterparts, and are available year-round. Produce is typically frozen at its peak, sealing in nutrients and flavor.</p> <p>Many items are simply cheaper frozen, and many others offer real value because of their ease and longevity. This includes the 12 items below &mdash; stock your freezer with these smart buys and save some cold, hard cash.</p> <h2>1. Berries</h2> <p>Frozen fruit is typically a good deal across the board, and this is definitely true with berries. While price checking at my local grocery, the savings were most noticeable with blueberries. Fresh ones were 66 cents an ounce, while frozen were a mere 25 cents. Strawberries, cranberries, and raspberries are also great values. They are washed and frozen at their peak, and the quality is consistent all year. Fresh berries also tend to go bad quickly, and freezing eliminates that problem while locking-in nutrients.</p> <p>Frozen berries are especially handy for <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-easy-superfood-smoothies-for-a-better-morning">making smoothies</a> (they actually work better than fresh), pancakes, muffins, and other baked goods.</p> <h2>2. Fish</h2> <p>Many shoppers gravitate toward the fresh fish counter when shopping for seafood, but few know that in the U.S., most fish must be frozen before being sold, in order to kill germs. Since this means the &quot;fresh&quot; fish has already been frozen and defrosted, why not buy it still frozen? Fish is often frozen when it has just been caught, keeping it as fresh as possible. The price difference is also huge. At our grocery, wild-caught salmon was 75 cents an ounce at the fresh counter, and only 30 cents an ounce for frozen, individual filets. Similar savings can be found for cod and other fish.</p> <h2>3. Shrimp</h2> <p>The same deal goes for <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/70-scrumptious-shrimp-recipes">buying shrimp</a>. You could pay big prices for shrimp that's already been frozen anyway, or you can just buy it frozen and save big. We found frozen shrimp for almost 60% cheaper than the &quot;fresh&quot; version, and there were lots of options, as well. Find various sizes, shelled and unshelled, de-veined, and cooked varieties in your frozen food aisle.</p> <h2>4. Pizza</h2> <p>The frozen pizza section seems to get bigger and bigger, and varieties have greatly expanded beyond Bagel Bites and Digiorno (don't worry, those are still on offer). When comparing prices to the &quot;fresh,&quot; pre-made (uncooked) pizzas that they sell in the deli section of the grocery, frozen is a much better buy. During our trip, the deli pizzas were $7, while comparable frozen pizzas were as little as $4. They also offered more options on toppings, types of crust, and some healthier choices. Frozen pizza is also worth considering over delivery, since many chains have started using frozen pizzas anyway. There's no wait, no tip, and they are typically cheaper.</p> <h2>5. Mango</h2> <p>If you find mangos to be especially hard to pick at the store and a little difficult to cut up, we can relate. Frozen mango eliminates these problems, since they are perfectly ripe and cut before being flash frozen. Mango is an excellent smoothie fruit, so buying the frozen version is a no-brainer. Ounce for ounce, mango also tends to be cheaper when bought this way, and unless you live someplace tropical, the quality is higher.</p> <h2>6. Spinach</h2> <p>This nutrient-dense green vegetable is one of the better deals in the frozen food aisle. <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/35-tasty-ways-to-use-frozen-spinach">Frozen spinach</a> is offered chopped and whole, in bags and in boxes. It's a perfect solution if you're planning to wilt your spinach anyway in dishes like soup, stew, quiche, or other hot items. It's also a great way to keep greens handy without them quickly going bad in your crisper, and will save you money, too.</p> <h2>7. Corn</h2> <p>Frozen corn is a freezer essential. It's amazingly cheap &mdash; just 9 cents an ounce at our store &mdash; and comes in handy at dinnertime. As opposed to opening up a can of corn, you can use a little or a lot and throw the rest of the bag back in the freezer without wasting any food. Corn is perfect for adding to soups, salsa, and more, and because the kernels are so small, it doesn't need lots of defrost time.</p> <h2>8. Burritos</h2> <p>While doing price comparisons at the grocery store, we found frozen burritos for just 33 cents a piece. Prices like that practically harken back to the 1950s, and are hard to beat today. Plus, they only require a quick ride in the microwave before eating. Our store offered dozens of flavors and brands, and a number of healthier options ranging from $1&ndash;$4. They're a great item to keep in the freezer as a last minute quick meal or snack. Unless you have time to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cheaper-and-healthier-than-store-bought-10-great-freeze-ahead-burrito-recipes">freeze your own burritos</a>, of course.</p> <h2>9. Broccoli</h2> <p>When shopping in the frozen food aisle, you can find broccoli for as little as $1 a pound. It's a great deal regardless, but when you consider that <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-delicious-ways-to-prepare-frozen-broccoli">frozen broccoli</a> is already cut up and only includes florets, it becomes an even better deal when compared pound for pound with fresh. It's great for steaming or adding to curries and stir frys. It's also super convenient, since it's already washed, cut, and good to go.</p> <h2>10. Juice Concentrates</h2> <p>More often than not, when you look at your carton of orange juice or container of lemonade, it says &quot;from concentrate.&quot; You can buy that concentrate in the frozen food aisle for a fraction of the cost, mix it with water, and you have the same thing for cheaper! These concentrates are especially good for making big batches of lemonade, punches, or fruit tea for gatherings. They'll also last in your freezer, so you will have everything you need to serve up a cold, fruity drink at a moment's notice.</p> <h2>11. Waffles</h2> <p>There's a reason that many of us grew up eating frozen waffles &mdash; they are cheap, easy, and quick. When feeding a family that's rushing out the door for school and work, it just makes sense. Now there are more options than ever, with whole grain and gluten-free varieties offered. They cost less than 50 cents per waffle, and even though mixing up and making waffles yourself would be cheaper in the long run, it's not by much, and the time saved is valuable. Add some fruit and yogurt for a complete breakfast for about $1 a serving.</p> <h2>12. Puff Pastry</h2> <p>To make a gourmet dessert with a low budget and almost no effort, turn to the freezer aisle. Puff pastry takes skill and hours to make, but the frozen variety bakes beautifully and is sure to impress. Use it to make flaky tarts, napoleons, or turnovers. <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/30-easy-and-impressive-frozen-puff-pastry-recipes">Puff pastry</a> is also great for savory dishes like chicken pot pie. Even the most skilled home cooks use it, since making your own is unreasonable for most people, and the frozen version is almost as good.</p> <p><em>What frozen foods are staples in your kitchen? </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/the-12-best-frozen-food-values">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/5-easy-ways-to-save-on-groceries-in-a-pinch">5 Easy Ways to Save on Groceries in a Pinch</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-easy-ways-to-stretch-your-grocery-dollars">20 Easy Ways to Stretch Your Grocery Dollars</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/supermarket-savings">Supermarket Savings Guide</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-5-credit-cards-for-groceries">The 5 Best Credit Cards for Groceries</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/shopping-at-whole-foods-12-smart-ways-to-save">Shopping at Whole Foods: 12 Smart Ways to Save</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Shopping Cooking frozen foods groceries saving money Thu, 21 May 2015 17:00:19 +0000 Laurel Randolph 1424543 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Tempting No-Bake Desserts http://www.wisebread.com/10-tempting-no-bake-desserts <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-tempting-no-bake-desserts" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_eating_ice_cream_000044448920.jpg" alt="Woman eating tempting no-bake dessert" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Between late night baseball games, potlucks, BBQs, and all the other stuff we have going on in the warmer months, there's just not as much time for baking. Thankfully, there are a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-incredible-microwave-baked-desserts">number of desserts</a> that come together without the use of an oven. The best part? They taste great and can even be quite healthy (at least in some cases).</p> <p>So check out some of our top picks for no-bake treats, and we'd love to hear your suggestions in the comments below!</p> <h2>1. Icebox Cake</h2> <p>This <a href="http://www.thekitchn.com/summer-recipe-nobake-strawberry-icebox-cake-117900">strawberry icebox cake</a> takes just minutes to put together. The &quot;cake&quot; is actually made up of graham crackers. After layering them with strawberries and whipping cream, they soften considerably. Save your best pieces of fruit for garnishing this gorgeous cake, and don't skimp on the chocolate drizzle.</p> <h2>2. Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie</h2> <p>You'll crush 16 Oreo cookies for the base of this <a href="http://www.foodista.com/blog/2013/11/09/oreo-peanut-butter-no-bake-dessert">chocolate peanut butter pie</a>. It sets to perfection in your fridge after just three hours. To cut down on fat in the peanut butter filling, try substituting Neufchatel cheese in for the cream cheese.</p> <h2>3. Nutella Cookies</h2> <p>These <a href="http://www.shugarysweets.com/2011/08/nutella-no-bake-cookies">Nutella cookies</a> combine two of my favorite things: no-bake cookies and, well, Nutella. Of course, you can feel free to experiment with other nut butters and spreads to change the flavor as you wish. And you'll need to use quick cooking oats instead of rolled or steel-cut for the best success.</p> <h2>4. Watermelon Cake</h2> <p>If you're looking for a healthier dessert alternative, try this <a href="http://www.thesisterscafe.com/2013/05/fresh-watermelon-cake-literally">watermelon cake</a>. To make, just cut out the inside of a watermelon, then top with whipping cream beat with powdered sugar and vanilla. Garnish with a colorful assortment of fresh fruits.</p> <h2>5. S'mores Bars</h2> <p>Bring the cookout indoors with these <a href="http://www.momalwaysfindsout.com/2014/08/smores-bars-recipe/">s'mores bars</a>. The mix includes graham cracker cereal, chocolate chips, mini marshmallows, syrup, butter, and vanilla extract. Melt all ingredients besides the cereal, then stir together and add more mini marshmallows before pressing into a dish to set.</p> <h2>6. Cheesecake Bars</h2> <p>These <a href="http://www.thirtyhandmadedays.com/2014/07/bake-cheesecake-bars-fresh-blueberry-sauce/">cheesecake bars</a> are so simple to make! Combine cream cheese with powdered sugar before adding in whipping cream for richness. While they set in your refrigerator, you'll make the blueberry sauce. Consider trying other fruits &mdash; like strawberries, blackberries, or raspberries &mdash; depending on what's in season.</p> <h2>7. Banana Ice Cream</h2> <p>Here's one of the best tricks I've learned in recent years: Bananas make incredible ice cream. This <a href="http://www.sumossweetstuff.com/2013/07/skinny-banana-pineapple-ice.html">banana pineapple ice cream</a> is no exception. Use ripe bananas since they have the most natural sweetness. If yours are green, you can stick them in a paper bag to speed up the process. Blend your ingredients, then pop everything in the freezer for 30 minutes before devouring.</p> <h2>8. Salted Toffee Popcorn</h2> <p>Whether you're watching a movie or just hanging out, this <a href="http://www.somethingswanky.com/salted-toffee-chocolate-popcorn/">salted toffee chocolate popcorn</a> will hit the spot. After you've popped your popcorn, you'll coat with microwaved chocolate, toffee candy, and salt. You'll want to use coarse sea salt instead of iodized table salt for the best flavor and texture.</p> <h2>9. Creamsicle Bites</h2> <p>Or take your dessert with a side of protein. The secret ingredient in these <a href="http://cookiesandcups.com/orange-creamsicle-yogurt-bites/">creamsicle bites</a> is vanilla Greek yogurt. Mix the yogurt with a package of orange Jell-O. Microwave, and stir until smooth (and all the sugar is dissolved). Chill just one hour and then you're done.</p> <h2>10. Cookie Butter Crispy Treats</h2> <p>Snap, crackle, and pop. These <a href="http://www.thebakerupstairs.com/2012/12/cookie-butter-rice-krispy-treats.html">cookie butter Rice Krispies treats</a> take your childhood favorite to a new dimension. The only real change to the classic recipe is with the addition of a half cup of cookie butter. You can also use other nut butters and spreads to suit your mood (and your cravings).</p> <p><em>Do YOU have a favorite no-bake dessert we haven't tried?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-tempting-no-bake-desserts">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/10-indulgent-desserts-that-are-actually-good-for-you">10 Indulgent Desserts That Are Actually Good for You</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/18-easy-and-delicious-recipes-for-your-dutch-oven">18 Easy and Delicious Recipes for Your Dutch Oven</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/sweet-and-salty-snacks-you-can-make-at-home">Sweet and Salty Snacks You Can Make at Home</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/15-delicious-ways-to-prepare-a-humble-head-of-cabbage">15 Delicious Ways to Prepare a Humble Head of Cabbage</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/12-great-ways-to-eat-bananas">12 Great Ways to Eat Bananas</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink desserts no-bake recipes sweets Thu, 21 May 2015 13:00:10 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1424549 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Cat Foods http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-cat-foods <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-cat-foods" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_feeding_cat_000049020870.jpg" alt="Woman feeding her cat with the best cat food available" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Your cats deserve the very best food and we can help you find just that. But, what exactly makes a cat food &ldquo;the best?&rdquo; Cat food that is high in protein, low in carbohydrates, and high in antioxidants can help improve your cat&rsquo;s overall health and can even help them drop excess weight. When shopping for cat food, some things to look for in the ingredients are more meat, less grain, and no corn, wheat, soy, meat byproducts, or artificial preservatives, colors, or additives.</p> <h2>What Is Cat Food?</h2> <p>Cat food offers the right combination of a tasty flavor that your cat will love, with the protein and nutrients they need to be healthy and active. With so many varieties of dry food, canned food, frozen food, and food pouches to choose from, you can find the perfect cat food for your picky feline. Options like organic, natural, and grain free cat food are preferable, but not necessarily something your pet needs. If you&rsquo;re still not sure what is right for your pet, your veterinarian can help guide you in the right direction.</p> <h2>Top 5 Cat Foods</h2> <h3>Taste of the Wild Dry Cat Food, Rocky Mountain Feline Formula</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0018CIPS8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B0018CIPS8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=VUAI3JO52ISATP5K"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/taste%20of%20the%20wild.jpg" width="157" height="250" align="right" alt="" /></a>With meat as the main ingredient in <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0018CIPS8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B0018CIPS8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=VUAI3JO52ISATP5K">Taste of the Wild Dry Cat Food</a>, your cat can enjoy a wholesome, protein-filled meal that tastes great. Awarded the best value dry cat food by ConsumerSearch, this high quality, veterinarian-recommended cat food has no corn, soy, or harmful byproducts. The top quality cat food also contains fruits, vegetables, natural antioxidants, and probiotics. The healthy recipe can lead to an improved immune system, better health, increased energy, and can even help an overweight cat reach their ideal size.</p> <p>While it&rsquo;s a bit more expensive than your standard supermarket cat food, most vets and pet owners agree that it is worth the cost to have a healthier, happier cat. Cats in all stages of life also love the roasted venison and smoked salmon flavor. In fact, even picky eaters and cats with sensitive stomachs love this dry cat food.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0018CIPS8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B0018CIPS8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=VUAI3JO52ISATP5K"><em>Currently $13.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Halo, Spot's Stew for Cats</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004HYH8PK/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B004HYH8PK&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=2PYZSRS55MIFQ4H6"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/halo.jpg" width="250" height="131" align="right" alt="" /></a>Many cats prefer wet food like <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004HYH8PK/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B004HYH8PK&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=2PYZSRS55MIFQ4H6">Halo, Spot's Stew for Cats</a>, and your vet may even recommend it if your cat is a picky eater or has a sensitive stomach. This wholesome chicken recipe was awarded the best canned cat food by ConsumerSearch, thanks in part to the flavor cats can&rsquo;t seem to get enough of. Complete with high quality ingredients, like veggies and chunks of butcher-quality meat, this looks more like a stew than cat food. The healthy, grain-free wet cat food has no artificial preservatives, no fillers, no byproducts, and is a lower calorie option than some other premium foods.</p> <p>It is recommended more often than most other canned cat foods and offers a complete and balanced nutrition for cats in all life stages.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004HYH8PK/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B004HYH8PK&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=2PYZSRS55MIFQ4H6"><em>Currently $19.49 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Fancy Feast Gravy Lovers</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005OB3E30/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B005OB3E30&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=PXNSLF7B2E36GVLX"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/fancy%20feast.jpg" width="250" height="221" align="right" alt="" />Fancy Feast Gravy Lovers</a> wet cat food is Amazon&rsquo;s #1 best seller in canned cat food. Your cat will love the array of flavors, and you&rsquo;ll love that they&rsquo;re getting a 100% complete and balanced meal, enriched with vitamins and minerals. Packed with little bits of meat and gravy, these 3-ounce cans of food can be more easily digested by your adult cat or kitten compared to dry food. An average size adult cat requires 1 can per 2-1/2 pounds of body weight daily. Feed up to twice this amount to kittens.</p> <p>This canned food can also be paired with a dry cat food. The overwhelmingly positive reviews state that these cans are a favorite, even for picky cats and cats with sensitive stomachs.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005OB3E30/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B005OB3E30&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=PXNSLF7B2E36GVLX"><em>Currently $12.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Meow Mix Original Choice Dry Cat Food</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000R4CJQ2/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B000R4CJQ2&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=LRTHMGIKPVZPS2UV"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/meow%20mix.jpg" width="168" height="250" align="right" alt="" />Meow Mix Original Choice Dry Cat Food</a> is an affordable option and is Amazon&rsquo;s #1 best seller in dry cat food. It offers 100% complete and balanced nutrition for kittens and adult cats, as well as for pregnant and nursing cats. Along with offering a flavor that most cats love, it also contains essential nutrients and antioxidants to support a long, healthy life. It also contains high quality protein for a lean body and more energy. With flavors of chicken, salmon, ocean fish, and turkey, even picky cats won&rsquo;t get bored with the flavor anytime soon.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000R4CJQ2/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B000R4CJQ2&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=LRTHMGIKPVZPS2UV"><em>Currently $10.79 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Hill's Science Diet Adult Oral Care</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003MWBFMK/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B003MWBFMK&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=76IDTB6HHIB7KLFD"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/hills.jpg" width="150" height="250" align="right" alt="" />Hill&rsquo;s Science Diet</a> is not only veterinarian-recommended, but also U.S. Veterinarians&rsquo; #1 choice to feed their own pets. Impress your vet by improving your pet&rsquo;s oral health with each meal. This dry cat food can help reduce plaque buildup, improve tooth health, freshen your cat&rsquo;s breath, and provide the nutrients they need. Along with helping build a healthy immune system, it can also lead to lean muscle and an ideal body weight. It is also easy to digest and offers complete nutrition, with no artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives.</p> <p>Overwhelmingly positive customer reviews agree that even picky cats love the flavor of this quality cat food. It&rsquo;s also backed by a 100% money-back guarantee for your added peace of mind. Hill&rsquo;s Science Diet also offers a range of dry cat food formulas, such as weight loss, sensitive stomach, hairball control, and mature adult formulas.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003MWBFMK/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B003MWBFMK&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=76IDTB6HHIB7KLFD"><em>Currently $22.39 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best cat foods. As always, be sure to check <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar">Wise Bread's Buying Calendar</a> to learn when and how to buy just about anything!</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-cannon">Andrea Cannon</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-cat-foods">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-5"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-milk-frothers">The 5 Best Milk Frothers</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/no-pulling-dogs-walk-easy-with-the-easy-walk-harness">No Pulling! Dogs Walk Easy With the Easy Walk Harness</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-most-useful-pet-food-websites">20 Most Useful Pet Food Websites</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/great-whisky-and-spirit-gifts-for-less-than-25">Great Whisky and Spirit Gifts for Less Than $25</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-electric-woks">The 5 Best Electric Woks</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Shopping cat food pet care pet food pet supplies product reviews Wed, 20 May 2015 09:00:11 +0000 Andrea Cannon 1399608 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Knife Sharpeners http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-knife-sharpeners <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-knife-sharpeners" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_kitchen_cutting_veggies_000013553523.jpg" alt="Woman using knife and knife sharpener to cut fresh veggies" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Cooking at home is a rewarding experience that can save you money and open you up to new food possibilities. In order to ensure that your most valuable kitchen tools (your knives) are ready for the job at hand, it is important to invest in a quality knife sharpener. This will help ensure that your knives can continue performing like they did the day you purchased them.</p> <p>With so many options available for manual and electric knife sharpeners, it can be difficult to choose the perfect one. In order to find the right knife sharpener, you will need to find the right brand, type, and size to fit your needs. We&rsquo;ve put together a list of the top five knife sharpeners to help you choose the right one for your kitchen.</p> <h2>What Is a Knife Sharpener?</h2> <p>A knife sharpener is a small kitchen tool that can help keep your kitchen knives and shears sharp and ready to go. A sharper knife is a safer knife, so having a sharpener on hand at all times can help protect your knife and ensure that you can use it safely and confidently. You spent a lot on your kitchen knives, so it&rsquo;s important to keep them in their best condition to get the most from your investment. After just a few quick pulls through a knife sharpener, your knives can be sharp enough to look and perform like new again.</p> <h2>Top 5 Knife Sharpeners</h2> <h3>AccuSharp 001 Knife Sharpener</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00004VWKQ/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00004VWKQ&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=NDXJFPX4ABDYD72M"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/51ZOWqG-w%2BL.jpg" width="250" height="174" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00004VWKQ/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00004VWKQ&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=NDXJFPX4ABDYD72M">AccuSharp</a> is a small, easy to use handheld knife sharpener and has made a name for itself with home cooks and professional chefs alike. Having been awarded the best manual knife and tool sharpener by Consumer Search and receiving top marks by Cooking.com and various cooking magazines, this handheld sharpener is ideal for both right-handed and left-handed cooks. The simple manual sharpener will work with your straight and serrated knives, as well as your sporting knives and kitchen shears.</p> <p>To use this unconventional sharpener, you place your knife, blade up, on a counter and run the sharpener down the length of the blade. AccuSharp sharpening blades are made of diamond-honed tungsten carbide for the toughest, longest-lasting construction possible. AccuSharp&rsquo;s V-shaped groove will guide the knife&rsquo;s blade at the proper angle for fast, effective sharpening. It produces a sharp edge, nearly the same as you would get with a professional electric sharpener. Cleanup and storage is also a breeze.</p> <p><em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00004VWKQ/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00004VWKQ&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=NDXJFPX4ABDYD72M">Currently $8.85 on Amazon</a></em></p> <h3>Chef's Choice 120 Diamond Hone 3-Stage Professional Knife Sharpener</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00075M29A/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00075M29A&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=O6CNER7DYPW6O3HZ"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/717JuwdmfkS.jpg" width="250" height="151" align="right" alt="" /></a>Awarded the best electric knife sharpener by Consumer Search and various online review sites, the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00075M29A/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00075M29A&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=O6CNER7DYPW6O3HZ">Chef's Choice 120 Diamond Hone 3-stage sharpener</a> was also showcased in &ldquo;Cook&rsquo;s Illustrated&rdquo; magazine. The Washington Post also said that it gave them the sharpest blades possible, no matter what type of knife was being sharpened. The professional knife sharpener comes in red, black, or white to best suit your kitchen. It will sharpen almost any blade using a special three stage sharpening system, including conical 100% diamond coated disks in Stages 1 and 2 and a revolutionary stropping/polishing disk in Stage 3.</p> <p>The heavy-duty sharpener is equipped with one coarse sharpening slot, one fine sharpening slot, and one polishing slot, so your sporting, straight, and serrated knives will look like new again. The built-in guides also make sharpening your knives even easier. You can also take comfort in the three year limited warranty.</p> <p><em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00075M29A/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00075M29A&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=O6CNER7DYPW6O3HZ">Currently $149.95 on Amazon</a></em></p> <h3>Smith's PP1 Pocket Pal Multifunction Sharpener</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000O8OTNC/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B000O8OTNC&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=O23HYMH2CVLNPWFV"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/71pteuMgtHL.jpg" width="250" height="163" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000O8OTNC/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B000O8OTNC&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=O23HYMH2CVLNPWFV">Smith's PP1 Pocket Pal</a> is a multifunction sharpener and the #1 bestseller in sharpening stones on Amazon with overwhelmingly positive customer reviews. The affordable tool can sharpen both serrated and standard edges, as well as hunting knives and pocket knives. The compact, lightweight sharpener includes a lanyard hole for easy carrying, a tapered diamond rod, and preset carbides to sharpen your knives quickly. The sharpener is so small that it makes the perfect addition to your kitchen or camping gear.</p> <p>The multifunction tool includes a foldout tapered round diamond-coated rod, ideal for sharpening serrated blades or small knives. Once your knife has been sharpened, you can set the edge with the carbide blades and finish the edge with the ceramic stones, which can provide a polished edge on any dull or damaged knives.</p> <p><em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000O8OTNC/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B000O8OTNC&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=O23HYMH2CVLNPWFV">Currently $9.11 on Amazon</a></em></p> <h3>KitchenIQ 50009 Edge Grip 2 Stage Knife Sharpener</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001CQTLJM/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B001CQTLJM&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=MRJ2XASSRNF5MSR7"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/61MK%2Bjk5UwL.jpg" width="250" height="161" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001CQTLJM/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B001CQTLJM&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=MRJ2XASSRNF5MSR7">KitchenIQ 50009 Edge Grip</a> is an affordable stainless steel sharpener that offers a soft grip handle and a V-grip bottom, so that you can easily use it on an edge or counter. This ensures the proper sharpening angle for all of your straight edge knives. It is Amazon&rsquo;s #1 bestseller in specialty kitchen appliances and offers big results with a small price tag. This easy to use sharpener offers two stages of sharpening to bring life back into any dull straight edge knives. With such a low price tag, you can&rsquo;t afford not to have this in your kitchen.</p> <p><em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001CQTLJM/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B001CQTLJM&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=MRJ2XASSRNF5MSR7">Currently $5.99 on Amazon</a></em></p> <h3>Presto 08800 EverSharp Electric Knife Sharpener</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00006IUWM/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00006IUWM&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=RCHKVVTK2BRHNMGP"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/71XrN57flUL._SL1256_.jpg" width="250" height="153" align="right" alt="" /></a>As the #1 bestseller in Amazon&rsquo;s electric knife sharpeners, the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00006IUWM/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00006IUWM&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=RCHKVVTK2BRHNMGP">Presto 08800 EverSharp</a> offers a two-stage sharpening system to quickly, effortlessly sharpen any straight edge blades. You can create professional results at home using the Sapphirite sharpening wheels, which are the same materials used by professional shops. The sharpener&rsquo;s precision blades will help guide the knife at the ideal sharpening angle for the best results possible. It is also covered by a one-year limited warranty against defects.</p> <p><em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00006IUWM/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00006IUWM&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=RCHKVVTK2BRHNMGP">Currently $29.00 on Amazon</a></em></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best manual and electric knife sharpeners. As always, be sure to check <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar">Wise Bread's Buying Calendar</a> to learn when and how to buy just about anything!</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-cannon">Andrea Cannon</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-knife-sharpeners">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/the-5-best-electric-woks">The 5 Best Electric Woks</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-cat-foods">The 5 Best Cat Foods</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-mops">The 5 Best Mops</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/cooking-for-beginners-10-recipes-for-kitchen-newbies">Cooking for Beginners: 10 Recipes for Kitchen Newbies</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-milk-frothers">The 5 Best Milk Frothers</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Home f knife sharpeners knives product reviews Tue, 19 May 2015 09:00:06 +0000 Andrea Cannon 1394135 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Copycat White Castle Sliders http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-copycat-white-castle-sliders <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-copycat-white-castle-sliders" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/burger_sliders_000021108556.jpg" alt="How to make copycat white castle burger sliders" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some great articles on how to make copycat White Castle sliders, what to do if your time management skills are failing you, and success lessons we can learn from KFC&rsquo;s Colonel Sanders.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://momsneedtoknow.com/how-to-make-copycat-white-castle-sliders">How To Make Copycat White Castle Sliders</a> &mdash; Craving the distinct taste of a White Castle slider? No problem! It's easy to make them at home. [Moms Need to Know]</p> <p><a href="http://www.getorganizedwizard.com/blog/2015/05/time-management-skills-failing/">Are Your Time Management Skills Failing You?</a> &mdash; Small changes can make your busy day run more smoothly! For example, identify your distractions &mdash; and get rid of them. [Get Organized Wizard]</p> <p><a href="http://www.lifeoptimizer.org/2015/05/14/success-lessons-from-kfc-story/">4 Proven Success Lessons From the Story of KFC</a> &mdash; When he was 66, Colonel Sanders lost his restaurant, but he still had his fried chicken recipe. He made the most of what he had, and so should you! [Life Optimizer]</p> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/How-Impress-My-Boss-7115558">15 Qualities That Will Impress Your Boss</a> &mdash; Be resourceful! Use your past experiences, insight, and education every day. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.lifehack.org/articles/productivity/8-lists-keep-you-want-successful.html">8 Lists To Keep If You Want To Be Successful</a> &mdash; Keep a reading list of books that will satisfy your career and success interests. [Lifehack.org]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://frugalbeautiful.com/blog/packing-days-carryon/">Packing Nine Days Into Your Carryon</a> &mdash; How do you fit nine days' worth of clothing and supplies into one carryon? Be extra selective! Research weather conditions and what the culture you're traveling to considers respectable dress. [Frugal Beautiful]</p> <p><a href="http://www.marcandangel.com/2015/05/13/3-ways-youre-making-your-life-harder-than-it-has-to-be/">3 Ways You&rsquo;re Making Your Life Harder Than It Has To Be</a> &mdash; Stop procrastinating because you expect problems and difficulties to crop up. Let go of your expectations, have an open mind, and you'll learn from the experience no matter how it goes. [Marc and Angel Hack Life]</p> <p><a href="http://imperfectspirituality.com/2015/05/13/how-to-cut-cravings/">How to Cut Cravings</a> &mdash; A study shows that taking a brisk, 15-minute walk can end the urge for sweet and sugary snacks. [Imperfect Spirituality]</p> <p><a href="http://freefrombroke.com/why-you-absolutely-must-pay-attention-to-investing-fees/">Why You Absolutely Must Pay Attention to Investing Fees</a> &mdash; It's important that you find ways to reduce investing fees. Each time you pay a fee, that's money that could've been invested and earning a return. [Free From Broke]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/6-tips-to-get-kids-outside-and-into-the-garden">6 Tips to Get Kids Outside and Into the Garden</a> &mdash; Involve your kids in the planning stage and ask them what they would like to grow this year. [Parenting Squad]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-copycat-white-castle-sliders">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/make-15-junk-food-favorites-healthier-and-cheaper-at-home">Make 15 Junk Food Favorites Healthier and Cheaper at Home</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-tricks-to-get-you-drinking-more-water">10 Tricks to Get You Drinking More Water</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-12-best-frozen-food-values">The 12 Best Frozen Food Values</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/35-slow-cooker-recipes-for-busy-or-lazy-vegetarians">35 Slow Cooker Recipes for Busy (or Lazy) Vegetarians</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-healthy-recipes-for-lazy-people">25 Healthy Recipes for Lazy People</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink best money tips copycat recipes Fri, 15 May 2015 19:00:09 +0000 Amy Lu 1424469 at http://www.wisebread.com 40+ Cheap or Free Ways to Make the Most of the Weekend http://www.wisebread.com/40-cheap-or-free-ways-to-make-the-most-of-the-weekend <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/40-cheap-or-free-ways-to-make-the-most-of-the-weekend" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_relaxing_weekend_000006121440.jpg" alt="Woman finding free way to make the most of the weekend" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The weekend is the perfect time to catch up on things you're behind on, get started on tasks you've been putting off, and recharge your body and mind. To make the most of your two-day break, why not start planning for the upcoming week to take the edge off of those Monday morning blues? Here are some ideas for how to be productive over the weekend, and all of them are super cheap or even free!</p> <p>1. Go grocery shopping.</p> <p>2. Try out new recipes, and plan lunch for the week.</p> <p>3. Get all of your laundry done.</p> <p>4. Get rid of <a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/30-Day-Declutter-Challenge-34947493">clutter</a> that's been getting in your way.</p> <p>5. Watch an inspirational movie that will get you pumped for new challenges.</p> <p>6. Organize your kitchen so everything is easy to find when you're in a rush.</p> <p>7. Check out a new book from the library.</p> <p>8. Research quicker or cheaper routes for your commute.</p> <p>RELATED: <a href="http://www.popsugar.com/tech/Productivity-Apps-35922167">Apps That'll Make You Feel Like There Are 40 Hours in a Day</a></p> <p>9. Pick out what you plan to wear on Monday &mdash; or for the whole week.</p> <p>10.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/DIY-Projects-Weekend-34786814">DIY</a> a gift for an upcoming bridal shower or birthday so you don't have to go shopping after work.</p> <p>11. Wake up early.</p> <p>12. Get caught up on all of the major news.</p> <p>13. Sleep, so you'll be well-rested when Monday rolls around.</p> <p>14. Clean out your inbox to make room for more emails.</p> <p>15. Try <a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Cool-Upcycling-Projects-24338804">upcycling items</a> that may be useful on your commute or at work.</p> <p>16. Meditate or practice yoga.</p> <p>17. Avoid overdoing it if you go out at night.</p> <p>RELATED: <a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Stupid-Things-Make-Your-Life-Better-Reddit-37270312#photo-37270312">15 Stupid Things That Significantly Increase Your Quality of Life</a></p> <p>18. Catch up with friends you don't get to see during the week.</p> <p>19. Give your house a deep clean so you don't have to worry about it after work the next week.</p> <p>20. Start a <a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Books-Change-My-Life-21195577">motivational book</a> that inspires or challenges you.</p> <p>21. Get in some of the workouts you skipped over the past week.</p> <p>22. Practice new hair and makeup tricks so you don't waste time in the morning before work.</p> <p>23. Pay your bills.</p> <p>24. Make a to-do list for the upcoming week, month, or even year!</p> <p>25. Network and connect with other professionals in your area.</p> <p>26.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/How-Take-Mind-Off-Work-18502206">Detox</a> from everything going on with your job.</p> <p>RELATED: <a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Good-Bedtime-Habits-34564273">Life-Changing Daily Rituals For a Better Night's Sleep</a></p> <p>27. Spend quality time with your significant other.</p> <p>28. Sell some of your old things so that you have extra spending money for the week.</p> <p>29. Polish your jewelry with <a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/DIY-Jewelry-Cleaner-30499088">DIY cleaner</a>.</p> <p>30. Schedule or cancel any appointments.</p> <p>31. Call your friends or family that you've been meaning to catch up with.</p> <p>32. Update and refresh your <a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Things-Remove-From-Your-Resume-28918668">résumé</a>.</p> <p>33. Search and apply for jobs.</p> <p>34. Download useful organizational apps.</p> <p>35. Do something you feel passionate about, like gardening, painting, or volunteering.</p> <p>36. File your paid bills and legal documents.</p> <p>37. Recharge your body and mind.</p> <p>38. Update your finances.</p> <p>RELATED: <a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Tips-Saving-Money-Starbucks-3751741#photo-3751741">14 Starbucks Hacks That Will Save You Money</a></p> <p>39. Make a great <a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Songs-Get-You-Pumped-Work-35126829">playlist</a> for your work week.</p> <p>40. Take out the garbage and recycling.</p> <p>41. Paint your nails and toe nails.</p> <p>42. Shop for any home supplies you might need during the week, like toilet paper, dish soap, or shampoo.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-guestpost-blurb"> <div class="field-label">Guest Post Blurb:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p style="text-align:center;"><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com" style="border:none;"><img alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u921/POPSUGARrgb.jpg" style="height:95px; width:300px" /></a></p> <p><em>This is a guest contribution from our friends at </em><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/"><em>POPSUGAR Smart Living</em></a><em>. Check out more useful articles from this partner:</em></p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/tech/Productivity-Apps-35922167">Apps That'll Make You Feel Like There Are 40 Hours in a Day</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Stupid-Things-Make-Your-Life-Better-Reddit-37270312#photo-37270312">15 Stupid Things That Significantly Increase Your Quality of Life</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Good-Bedtime-Habits-34564273">Life-Changing Daily Rituals For a Better Night's Sleep</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Tips-Saving-Money-Starbucks-3751741#photo-3751741">14 Starbucks Hacks That Will Save You Money</a></li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/popsugar-smart-living">POPSUGAR Smart Living</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/40-cheap-or-free-ways-to-make-the-most-of-the-weekend">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/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-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-ways-to-have-a-frugal-friday">15 Ways to Have a Frugal Friday</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-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-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cheap-fun-and-libations-brewery-and-winery-tours">Cheap Fun and Libations: Brewery and Winery Tours</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-start-a-frugal-dinner-club">How to Start a Frugal Dinner Club</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Budgeting Entertainment Food and Drink productivity things to do weekend Fri, 15 May 2015 17:00:12 +0000 POPSUGAR Smart Living 1394046 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Reasons to Stop Buying Gas Station Food http://www.wisebread.com/10-reasons-to-stop-buying-gas-station-food <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-reasons-to-stop-buying-gas-station-food" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/gas_station_000002993597.jpg" alt="Family deciding if they should buy food at a gas station" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>You have a craving for a breakfast burrito and your local gas station sits just a half-block away. Should you turn your wheel and head over?</p> <p>No!</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-cheap-ways-to-save-money-on-gas">Gas station</a> food is often loaded with calories and fat. The prices aren't as cheap as you think. And that gas station convenience store might not be the cleanest place in town. Not convinced? Then check out these 10 reasons why buying food or drinks at your local gas station's convenience store is a big mistake.</p> <h2>1. You're Wasting Money That You're Saving at the Pump</h2> <p>Gas prices are falling. On May 4, a gallon of regular gas cost an average of $2.62 around the country, according to AAA's <a href="http://www.fuelgaugereport.com">Fuel Gauge Report</a>. That's down from an average of $3.67 a gallon during the first week of May last year. Don't waste the money you're not pumping into your car. Skip the snacks and drive away.</p> <h2>2. We're Already Spending Too Much Inside Gas Stations</h2> <p>According to Convenience Store News, &quot;C-stores&quot; recently enjoyed <a href="http://www.csnews.com/industry-news-and-trends/corporate-store-operations/2014-was-historic-sales-year-us-c-store-industry">record in-store sales</a> &mdash; sales of items other than gas, basically. In 2014, in-store sales hit $214.9 billion. Think of how much you spent last year inside your local gas station. Now think of what else you could have done with that money.</p> <h2>3. You'll Start Your Day Off on the Wrong Foot</h2> <p>Say you should only consume from 1,600 to 1,800 calories a day. If you start your day with a chicken and cheese biscuit at your local Speedway, you'll consume 500 calories &mdash; and 29 grams of fat &mdash; for breakfast. If you opt for the sausage, bacon, scrambled egg, and cheese croissant, you'll scarf down 590 calories and 39 grams of fat. And it's all downhill from there.</p> <h2>4. What You Think Is Healthy Might Not Be</h2> <p>You'd think a wrap would be a healthier alternative to a hamburger or hotdog, but this isn't always the case. The chicken pepper jack wrap offered by FiveStar gas stations, for example, contains 764 calories and 37 grams of fat.</p> <h2>5. Getting Creative Can Get You in Trouble</h2> <p>The Sheetz gas station chain offers what it calls a walking taco &mdash; basically a taco in a bag that's easy to eat when you're, well, walking around. You can build your own walking taco at Sheetz, and that's where you can get into trouble. If you're adventurous enough to build a walking taco that includes Doritos, grilled chicken strips, Mexican black beans and rice, and something called boom-boom sauce, you will have created a treat with 760 calories and 38 grams of fat.</p> <h2>6. Coffee Will Kill You</h2> <p>Coffee drinks can be especially hard on your waistline at your local gas station. A medium mocha drink at Sheetz with 2% reduced-fat milk and chocolate mocha sauce clocks in at 660 calories and eight grams of fat. That's a lot of calories to drink.</p> <h2>7. Even Non-Coffee Drinks Can Hurt</h2> <p>A 22-ounce Coca-Cola Classic fountain drink at Speedway comes with 183 calories. That might not seem like a lot, but drink three of these &mdash; which isn't an unusually high number for many &mdash; and you've consumed 549 calories. That's about one third of the 1,800 calories that many people aim for, and those calories don't include a bite of real food.</p> <p>The Slurpee offered by 7-11 comes with about 99 calories for a 12-ounce serving. That might not seem like a lot, either, but Calorie King says that you'd have to walk for 27 minutes or jog for 11 to <a href="http://www.calorieking.com/foods/calories-in-beverages-fanta-slurpee-pina-colada-or-wild-cherry_f-ZmlkPTE5MDk5MQ.html">burn off those 99 calories</a>. And, again, you're not really eating any <em>food </em>for those calories.</p> <h2>8. Gas Station Food Isn't Always That Cheap</h2> <p>You might think you're spending pocket change at the gas station. But consider this example: You can buy a 20-ounce plastic bottle of Diet Pepsi at your local gas station convenience store for as high as $1.89 a bottle. Why not just buy a two-liter bottle of diet pop instead? You can find generic two-liter bottles for as low as 79 cents at some chain grocery stores. (And don't complain about the taste: Close your eyes and you can barely tell the difference between generic diet pop and the big two.)</p> <h2>9. You Don't Know How Long Food Has Been Sitting Out</h2> <p>Ever picked up a candy bar at your local gas station only to find dust on the package? Who knows how long that treat has been sitting on the shelf waiting for someone like you to pick it up? It's true, too, that you don't know how long your food has been sitting around before you order it at a typical fast-food or fast-casual restaurant. The same holds true at your local grocery store. But when there's dust on your Snickers bar? It's time to move on.</p> <h2>10. Gas Stations Aren't Always Clean</h2> <p>Many gas station owners keep their convenience stores clean. Many others, though, do not. Check out the bathroom; if you don't want to be in there, you probably don't want to buy anything to eat from the rest of the store, either. If the inside of the bathroom is gross, it's a safe bet that the inside of the Slurpee machine is gross, too.</p> <p><em>Do you splurge on gas station and convenience store snacks? What's your favorite?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/dan-rafter">Dan Rafter</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-reasons-to-stop-buying-gas-station-food">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/ugggh-hic-i-justss-gotta-eat-somehicthing-my-top-10-homemade-drunk-snacks">Ugggh, (hic) I justss gotta eat some(hic)thing; my top 10 homemade drunk snacks.</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-12-best-frozen-food-values">The 12 Best Frozen Food Values</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-cat-foods">The 5 Best Cat Foods</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-5-credit-cards-for-groceries">The 5 Best Credit Cards for Groceries</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/supermarket-savings">Supermarket Savings Guide</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Shopping convenience stores Fast Food gas stations snacks Fri, 15 May 2015 15:00:08 +0000 Dan Rafter 1417848 at http://www.wisebread.com Food Going Bad Quickly? Here's How to Fix It http://www.wisebread.com/food-going-bad-quickly-heres-how-to-fix-it <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/food-going-bad-quickly-heres-how-to-fix-it" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_fresh_fruit_000047218614.jpg" alt="Woman holding fresh food that spoils quickly" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Ever remember that you have delicious leftovers or fresh veggies in the fridge, only to discover rolling hills of mold covering their surface? It's the worst and it's time to learn how to prevent rapid <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/can-i-eat-this-a-quick-guide-to-expiration-dates-and-food-safety">food spoilage</a>. Keeping food fresh for longer saves money &mdash; and it's easy.</p> <h2>1. Store Fresh Produce Correctly</h2> <p>Do you place different types of produce in different areas of the kitchen, or do you shove everything in the crisper drawer? Here's how to store them best.</p> <h3>Greens</h3> <p>These go in your vegetable crisper. Be sure to keep them at the top, never stacking heavy veggies on top of lettuces and baby greens.</p> <h3>Vegetables</h3> <p>Remove rubber bands and twist ties. Be sure to trim leafy ends and wash the veggies. Place in a clean bag with air holes punctured for air flow. Give them a space in the crisper or the bottom shelf of your fridge.</p> <h3>Fruit</h3> <p>Do not store fruit and vegetables together &mdash; a gas called ethylene accumulates, attracting bacteria too quickly. Stone fruits, apples, pears, and melons should all be left to ripen on the countertop. Oranges and all citrus, bell peppers, and most berries should be refrigerated immediately. And because bananas ripen fastest, place them near any other fruit you'd like to ripen faster, such as apples or pears.</p> <h3>Roots</h3> <p>Basic roots like onions, potatoes, beets, and turnips should stay outside in their own basket. Once they have been cut, store them in a Tupperware in the fridge.</p> <h2>2. Store Leftovers Immediately</h2> <p>Do you normally let dinner cool on the stove after eating? That actually allows bacteria to accumulate faster, giving it a head start before entering the colder, less hospitable fridge environment. For best results, store food while it's still piping hot. Build time into dinner prep to immediately pour a portion of leftover food into storage containers and throw into the fridge.</p> <h2>3. Use Natural Preservatives</h2> <p>There's no need to go out and buy antimicrobials and antifungal chemical preservatives unless you are cooking for large groups. For home cooking, here are a few simple ways to keep food from spoiling without resorting to pickling everything:</p> <h3>Brining (or Salting)</h3> <p>Have a whole bird or large cut of meat and worried you might not get to it in time? Freezing is only good if you have the right containers to prevent freezer burn. Try brining your meat by coating it in salt. This pulls water from bacterial cells, killing the bacteria which cannot live without moisture.</p> <h3>Sugaring</h3> <p>Similar to brining, sugaring also pulls moisture from bacterial cells, making food safer to eat for a very long time. This is great for fruits, making delicious snacks out of fruit you may not have had enough time to eat fresh.</p> <h3>Citric Acid</h3> <p>Lemon and lime juice are a godsend for fruits and vegetables that have already been cut and are vulnerable to browning or spoiling. From guacamole to pre-made salads, use plenty of lemon or lime juice that not only adds vitamin C and brightness to your food, but also stalls the spoiling process for a day or two.</p> <h2>4. Sweep the Refrigerator</h2> <p>It's smart to take stock of the fridge once a week and clean it out. Here what to look for.</p> <h3>Other Rotten Food</h3> <p>If there is anything rotting in your fridge, get rid of it immediately. The gases coming from those bacteria flourishing in nearby rotting foods could be spoiling your fresh food by proxy.</p> <h3>Cleaning</h3> <p>For the same reasons as above, random condiment smears, beverage spills, and other grime attracts bacteria and fungus along the surfaces inside your refrigerator. Be sure to clean any food residue from the surfaces regularly.</p> <h3>Temperature</h3> <p>Be sure that your fridge is cold enough to prevent fast bacteria growth, but not so cold that it freezes fresh food (which can ruin most fresh produce by the time you want to eat it).</p> <h2>5. Sterilize the Tupperware Regularly</h2> <p>One of the easiest things you can do is also one of the easiest things to forget: keeping Tupperware clean. If things get really bad, sterilize containers by soaking them in boiling water for at least 10 minutes.</p> <p>Are you still bothering with flimsy plastic containers? It can be difficult to remove mold spores from plastic, so invest in some more durable and less porous glass containers. They are not only easier to clean, but are safer to store food for much longer than their plastic counterparts.</p> <p><em>How do you keep your food fresh for longer?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amanda-meadows">Amanda Meadows</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/food-going-bad-quickly-heres-how-to-fix-it">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/fresh-fruits-and-vegetables-by-the-month">Fresh Fruits and Vegetables, By the Month</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-use-portion-control-to-lose-weight">How to Use Portion Control to Lose Weight</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-delicious-ways-to-use-leftover-mashed-potatoes">10 Delicious Ways to Use Leftover Mashed Potatoes</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/thursday-night-soup-delicious-soup-from-leftovers">Thursday Night Soup: Delicious Soup From Leftovers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-to-make-use-of-sub-par-produce">7 Ways to Make Use of Sub-Par Produce</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Organization fridge fruits leftovers mold spoiling veggies Fri, 15 May 2015 11:00:16 +0000 Amanda Meadows 1420493 at http://www.wisebread.com 12 Great Ways to Eat Bananas http://www.wisebread.com/12-great-ways-to-eat-bananas <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/12-great-ways-to-eat-bananas" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/banana_yogurt_000050898278.jpg" alt="All the great ways to eat bananas" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Bananas are one of the least expensive produce items on my grocery list at less than a dollar a pound. They're also an excellent source of potassium, vitamin C, magnesium, and folate. But who cares about nutrition when they taste so great? You can <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-how-to-network-with-a-banana">use bananas</a> in a variety of recipes &mdash; from healthy to downright sinful &mdash; so check out this list for ideas from frozen to grilled.</p> <h2>1. Banana Ice Cream</h2> <p>I've seen a lot of banana ice cream recipes online, but this <a href="http://www.kleinworthco.com/2014/08/peanut-butter-jelly-ice-cream.html/2">peanut butter and jelly</a> mix is the most creative. Oh, and did I mention it contains only three ingredients? Frozen bananas, peanut butter, and jelly. Blend the peanut butter and bananas together first, then fold in your jelly. Enjoy immediately.</p> <h2>2. Banana Bread</h2> <p>Whenever you find yourself with a bunch of browning bananas, make <a href="http://www.williams-sonoma.com/recipe/banana-bread.html">banana bread</a>. When the fruit is very ripe, it's especially tender and sweet. This recipe calls for 1-⅔ cups all purpose flour, but consider subbing in some whole wheat (maybe around a half cup) for more nutrition.</p> <h2>3. Banana Cream Pie</h2> <p>I first came across this rich <a href="http://www.marthastewart.com/331723/banana-cream-pie">banana cream pie</a> recipe in Martha Stewart's <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0307236722/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=0307236722&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=AC4JJBOGQD6SUZXY">Baking Handbook</a>. Novice pie bakers might like to know that pate brisee, which is listed in the recipe, is a type of shortcrust pastry. You can skip this step and use a store-bought pie crust if you like.</p> <h2>4. Banana Brownies</h2> <p>These <a href="http://www.bakeaholic.ca/brownies/banana-brownies-with-chocolate-avocado-ganache/">banana brownies</a> will satisfy your sweet tooth in a major way. And they're gluten-free to boot. After you bake the moist brownie base with the best dark chocolate you can find, you'll whip up a chocolate ganache made with avocados.</p> <h2>5. Banana Pudding</h2> <p>The author of this <a href="http://www.blessedbeyondadoubt.com/best-vanilla-wafer-banana-pudding-recipe">vanilla wafer banana pudding</a> recipe claims the dessert will make you famous. Combine one vanilla pudding packet with milk and sweetened condensed milk. Fold in Cool Whip and four bananas. Then top with lots of vanilla wafers.</p> <h2>6. Banana French Toast</h2> <p>When I was eating vegan many years ago, I used to make <a href="http://minimalistbaker.com/5-ingredient-vegan-banana-french-toast/">banana French toast</a> all the time. Even non-vegetarians can appreciate this healthed-up brunch recipe. The banana &quot;egg&quot; mixture is surprisingly convincing and contains banana, almond milk, flax meal, and cinnamon. Dip, soak, cook, and enjoy with lots of maple syrup.</p> <h2>7. Banana Cake</h2> <p>Give your guests a blast from the past with Ina Garten's <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/old-fashioned-banana-cake-recipe.html">old-fashioned banana cake</a>. There are a few ingredients in this recipe that take it over the top, including sour cream and orange zest. To finish, blend together a delicious cream cheese frosting. You can substitute Neufchatel cheese to cut down on fat.</p> <h2>8. Banana Boats</h2> <p>These <a href="http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2012/08/banana-boats.html">banana boats</a> are a unique dessert perfect for grilling and camping season. In the peel, slice your bananas lengthwise. Stuff with chocolate and peanut butter chips. Top with marshmallows. Cook on your grill until bananas have softened and peel has blackened, around 10-15 minutes.</p> <h2>9. Banana Oats</h2> <p>Here's a solid <a href="http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/brown-sugar---banana-oatmeal">banana oatmeal</a> recipe you'll want for breakfast each morning. Just cook oats on the stove before adding sliced bananas, honey (or maple syrup), brown sugar, and milk. Or feel free to leave out the brown sugar for a more balanced breakfast.</p> <h2>10. Banana Smoothie</h2> <p>Low on other types of fruit? Make this simple <a href="http://www.chiquitabananas.com/Banana-Recipes/Banana-Smoothie-recipe.aspx">banana smoothie</a> that's nothing more than bananas blended with ice and milk. You can also substitute yogurt for the milk. I'd use Greek yogurt for added protein power.</p> <h2>11. Banana Naan</h2> <p>This <a href="http://www.neverhomemaker.com/2011/07/banana-naan.html">banana naan</a> is perfect for dipping into hummus, soups, sauces, and more. You'll need just one half of a mashed banana. Mix it together with yeast, water, flour, and salt. After a half hour rise, cook on your stovetop to achieve a golden brown finish.</p> <h2>12. Banana Granola</h2> <p>Here's a snack that's low in calories and fat &mdash; <a href="http://fairpinelanefoods.com/2012/05/22/honey-banana-granola/">honey banana granola</a>. You'll blend the honey and banana together and then coat the oats in the mixture to bake. I recommend lining your baking pan with parchment for this recipe to avoid a sticky mess. The granola should stay fresh for around a month.</p> <p><em>What's your favorite way to enjoy a banana?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-great-ways-to-eat-bananas">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/when-good-food-goes-bad-part-vi-apples">When Good Food Goes Bad Part VI: Apples</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-easy-and-delicious-granola-recipes">20 Easy and Delicious Granola Recipes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-tricks-to-get-you-drinking-more-water">10 Tricks to Get You Drinking More Water</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-tempting-no-bake-desserts">10 Tempting No-Bake Desserts</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/15-delicious-ways-to-prepare-a-humble-head-of-cabbage">15 Delicious Ways to Prepare a Humble Head of Cabbage</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink bananas fruit healthy recipes Thu, 14 May 2015 11:00:18 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1416669 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Organic Groceries on a Budget http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-organic-groceries-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-organic-groceries-on-a-budget" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_organic_groceries_000063413487.jpg" alt="Woman buying organic groceries on a budget" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some great articles how to shop organic on a budget, 1-minute habits that will improve your day, and ways to make household items last longer.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.kiplinger.com/article/spending/T050-C011-S001-best-places-to-buy-organic-food-on-a-budget.html">How to Shop Organic (Even at Whole Foods) Without Going Broke</a> &mdash; Check out warehouse stores like BJ's, Sam's Club, or Costco if you need to buy organic in bulk. [Kiplinger]</p> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Tasks-Only-Take-1-Minute-37334761">20 1-Minute Habits That Will Make Your Day Better</a> &mdash; Get your heart pumping! Do 60 jumping jacks in a cardio minute. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://canadianfinanceblog.com/how-to-make-household-items-last-longer/">How to Make Household Items Last Longer</a> &mdash; Just like plugged-in electronics, battery-powered things will drain the battery even when you're not using it. So, take the batteries out if you know you won't need it for a while. [Canadian Finance Blog]</p> <p><a href="http://couponpal.com/blog/5-bad-online-habits-that-put-you-at-risk">5 Bad Online Habits That Put You At Risk</a> &mdash; Don't do your shopping or banking in public networks. Anyone can access the free WiFi at your local coffee shop and it's easy for a hacker to get your personal information through an unsecured connection.&nbsp;[CouponPal]</p> <p><a href="http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/Saving-Money/2015/0503/Do-it-yourself-house-painting-not-so-simple-but-rewarding">Do-it-yourself house-painting: not so simple, but rewarding</a> &mdash; Painting your house the right way requires a lot of prep; skipping one of these steps may lower the quality of the end product. [The Monitor]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.creditsesame.com/blog/internet-security-threats-new-types-of-malware/">Internet Security Threats: A Million New Types of Malware Released Every 24 Hours</a> &mdash; You can get malware on mobile devices, too. Symantec found that nearly one in every five Android apps were malware in disguise. [Credit Sesame]</p> <p><a href="http://www.bargaineering.com/articles/americans-spending-weddings-married-budget.html">Americans are spending how much on weddings?! Here&rsquo;s how we had a blast on a budget on our big day</a> &mdash; Instead of a traditional wedding cake, you can serve homemade desserts and family favorites. [Bargaineering]</p> <p><a href="http://www.thousandaire.com/looking-for-passive-income-here-are-some-things-to-consider/">Looking for passive income? Here are some things to consider.</a> &mdash; Certain passive income options (like rental properties) actually require a lot of work and may not be a good fit for everyone. [Thousandaire]</p> <p><a href="http://www.listenmoneymatters.com/personal-finance-by-the-decade/">Personal Finance By The Decade</a> &mdash; Try to have your student loans paid off by the time you're in your thirties. [Listen Money Matters]</p> <p><a href="http://www.aspiringmillionaire.com/2015/05/family-entertainment-on-budget.html">Family Entertainment on A Budget</a> &mdash; Schedule one night a week as family night, where everyone is home for board games, crafts, kid-friendly science experiences &mdash; whatever your family wants to do! [Aspiring Millionaire]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-organic-groceries-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-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/horizon-organic-milk-is-it-all-just-lies">Horizon Organic Milk: Is it All Just Lies?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-new-face-of-poverty-is-fat">The new face of poverty is fat</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-lowdown-on-spending-less-for-your-food-but-getting-more">The Lowdown on Spending Less for Your Food but Getting More</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/when-myspace-meets-your-local-producer-fresh-food-makes-a-tech-leap">When MySpace Meets your Local Producer: Fresh Food Makes a Tech Leap</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-foods-that-are-only-labeled-organic-but-really-arent">5 Foods That Are Only Labeled Organic — But Really Aren&#039;t</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink best money tips organic Tue, 12 May 2015 19:00:10 +0000 Amy Lu 1420383 at http://www.wisebread.com 4 Ways to Use Your Food That Don't Involve Eating http://www.wisebread.com/4-ways-to-use-your-food-that-dont-involve-eating <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/4-ways-to-use-your-food-that-dont-involve-eating" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/bowl_of_lemons_000019714803.jpg" alt="Creative uses for lemons that don&#039;t involve eating" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>We all have to eat to live, but did you know food can do way more than satisfy an empty stomach? It's true. Your kitchen holds some pretty powerful tools for everything from soothing dry feet to staging your house for a quick sale. Check out these awesomely smart uses for your edibles &mdash; no chewing required.</p> <h2>1. Beautify Yourself</h2> <p>This <a href="http://www.allure.com/beauty-trends/blogs/daily-beauty-reporter/2014/09/diy-avocado-hair-mask.html">avocado hair mask</a> gives your tresses some major TLC. Combine one avocado with a quarter cup of olive oil and a tablespoon of lemon juice. Leave the mixture on your hair for 20 minutes. Then, wash out and dry to uncover silky smooth strands.</p> <p>Those of you with dry feet should try this <a href="http://skincare.allwomenstalk.com/great-diy-masks-for-pampered-hands-and-feet/2/">oatmeal foot mask</a> straight away. First, bathe your feet in hot water and baking soda to soften. Then slather on the thick mix of rolled oats, flour, honey, and olive oil. It may sound crazy, but you'll look crazier walking around during flip-flop season with cracked heels.</p> <p>And if your face isn't cooperating, cheer it up with this <a href="http://dirtylooks.us/blog/how-to-make-an-egg-white-honey-face-mask">egg white and honey mask</a>. The recipe is simple! Whisk together one egg and a tablespoon of honey. Apply to your face and let dry before washing off. Your skin should feel tight and deeply cleansed.</p> <h2>2. Ward Off Pests</h2> <p>If ants are cramping your style, try my mom's red hot secret &mdash; cayenne pepper. Just sprinkle the pepper around where you've noticed ants entering your home. They hate the stuff. It should stop them from continuing their onward march. Then add a dash to your chili that's simmering on the stove.</p> <p>Some people swear by garlic &mdash; whether slivered, in supplement form, or rubbed directly on skin &mdash; to <a href="http://www.almanac.com/content/how-deter-mosquitoes-and-other-bugs">deter pesky mosquitos</a>. Apple cider vinegar might have a similar repelling effect. Just beware that you might smell a little funky.</p> <h2>3. Clean Your Place</h2> <p>Lemon juice is naturally antibacterial and antifungal, so it makes a <a href="http://www.diynetwork.com/how-to/maintenance-and-repair/cleaning/cleaning-with-lemon-juice">perfect cleaner</a> for some of your dirtiest areas. Many spots &mdash; like your cutting board and kitchen counters &mdash; can be cleaned by simply rubbing the lemon on top, letting the juice sit a few minutes, then wiping away with a damp cloth. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-alternative-uses-for-lemons?ref=seealso">25 Alternative Uses for Lemons</a>)</p> <p>Vinegar might be a great dressing for your salad, but there are countless ways you can use the tangy stuff for cleaning. My favorite way to use vinegar is in an all-purpose cleaner. Mix together vinegar with water in a 1:1 ratio, pour it into a spray bottle, and get scrubbing. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/254-uses-for-vinegar-and-counting?ref=seealso">254 Uses for Vinegar and Counting</a>)</p> <h2>4. Decorate Your Life</h2> <p>Citrus fruits are bold and bright. Before our first open house, our real estate agent told us to put some lemons and limes in a bowl as a cheap staging trick. Of course, you can keep the fun going all year round. I know some people who adorn their Christmas trees with <a href="http://www.abeautifulmess.com/2014/12/try-this-dried-citrus-ornaments.html">citrus ornaments</a>.</p> <p>Clever couples even use food to decorate their wedding receptions. For example, <a href="http://www.gardenphotoworld.com/lightbox/detail/3117-Holiday_still_life_of_fruits_a.html">apples and artichokes</a> make a festive centerpiece for fall gatherings. These <a href="http://www.projectwedding.com/photos/32270/72998">asparagus bunches</a>, on the other hand, nest together to create an organic vase for delicate flowers.</p> <p>Herbs taste divine in cooking. Why not decorate with them, too? This <a href="http://www.notjustahousewife.net/2011/08/mason-jar-wall-planter.html">DIY wall garden</a> is fabulous and functional all at the same time. (Plus, it cost less than $20 to make!) You'll assemble some glass jars, pipe clamps, and pieces of wood. Screw it all together, then add your dirt and plants. Herbs also dress up your outdoor areas with lush, edible greenery. Just remember to water them, and you're good to go.</p> <p><em>How do you put your edibles to inedible purposes?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-ways-to-use-your-food-that-dont-involve-eating">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/8-ways-to-get-your-morning-coffee-for-free">8 Ways to Get Your Morning Coffee 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/make-your-own-twinkies-and-other-secret-recipes-by-the-food-cloner-dude">“Make your own Twinkies” and other secret recipes by the Food Cloner Dude.</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/ugggh-hic-i-justss-gotta-eat-somehicthing-my-top-10-homemade-drunk-snacks">Ugggh, (hic) I justss gotta eat some(hic)thing; my top 10 homemade drunk snacks.</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/simple-ways-to-give-dirty-shoes-the-boot">Simple Ways to Give Dirty Shoes the Boot</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-many-uses-for-empty-plastic-bottles">The many uses for empty plastic bottles</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Life Hacks Food and Drink beauty masks bug repellent cleaning decorating Tue, 12 May 2015 11:00:11 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1414196 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Ways to Save on Meat http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-ways-to-save-on-meat <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-ways-to-save-on-meat" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_shopping_meat_000020784319.jpg" alt="Woman finding ways to save on meat" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some great articles on ways to save on meat, productive habits of the wealthy and successful, and budget-friendly ways to decorate your apartment.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.moneytalksnews.com/7-ways-save-meat/">7 Ways to Save on Meat</a> &mdash; Watch out for added liquids used to enhance flavor (and price). The label will have words like &ldquo;enhanced with,&rdquo; &ldquo;flavored with&rdquo; or &ldquo;flavor solution.&rdquo; [Money Talks News]</p> <p><a href="http://www.lifehack.org/articles/money/15-daily-habits-wealthy-people.html">15 Daily Habits of Wealth People</a> &mdash; It may surprise you to know that many wealthy people live minimally and show gratitude. [Life Hack]</p> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Apartment-Decorating-Budget-25572166">12 Inexpensive and Creative Ways to Decorate Your Apartment</a> &mdash; Frame calendar art to make your walls pop! [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/Saving-Money/2015/0502/Seven-steps-to-achieving-your-2015-financial-goals">Seven steps to achieving your 2015 financial goals</a> &mdash; Take another look at your financial goals for the year. Do you need to reassess your money habits? [The Monitor]</p> <p><a href="http://blog.readyforzero.com/coffee-addicts-money-saving-tips/">A Coffee Addict&rsquo;s Money Saving Tips</a> &mdash; Pour leftover coffee into an ice tray and pop it in the freezer. Use the coffee cubes for iced coffee, or drop them into a too-hot cup to cool it down. [ReadyForZero]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://moneypantry.com/under-5k-business-ideas/">50 Kick-Ass Businesses You Can Start for Under $5000</a> &mdash; If your cakes are delicious and you have a flair for decorating, you can make a business of creating personalized cakes for special occasions. [Money Pantry]</p> <p><a href="http://moneyning.com/credit-cards/what-type-of-payment-should-i-use-when-to-use-cash-credit-or-debit/">What Type of Payment Should I Use? When to Use Cash, Credit, or Debit</a> &mdash; Use cash at local mom and pop shops, yard sales, and when you're tipping. [MoneyNIng]</p> <p><a href="http://www.mydollarplan.com/creative-and-inexpensive-wedding-gift-ideas/">6 Creative and Inexpensive Wedding Gift Ideas</a> &mdash; Offer to gift something for their wedding. You can take care of invitations or centerpieces, and that'll be one item off the wedding couple's to-do list. [My Dollar Plan]</p> <p><a href="http://blog.quizzle.com/2015/05/3-laws-that-protect-you-and-your-credit-and-how-to-use-them">3 Laws That Protect You and Your Credit &ndash; And How to Use Them</a> &mdash; Read up on the Fair Credit Reporting Act &mdash; it's the cornerstone of all consumer credit protection.</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/a-complete-checklist-for-evaluating-an-educational-app">A Complete Checklist for Evaluating an Educational App</a> &mdash; Use this checklist to help you figure out of an app is educational enough for your child. [Parenting Squad]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-ways-to-save-on-meat">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/the-12-best-frozen-food-values">The 12 Best Frozen Food Values</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/supermarket-savings">Supermarket Savings Guide</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-5-credit-cards-for-groceries">The 5 Best Credit Cards for Groceries</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/fresh-fruits-and-vegetables-by-the-month">Fresh Fruits and Vegetables, By the Month</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-five-day-freeze-batch-cooking-for-the-rest-of-us">The Five-Day Freeze: Batch Cooking for the Rest of Us</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink best money tips groceries meat Mon, 11 May 2015 19:00:22 +0000 Amy Lu 1416524 at http://www.wisebread.com 8 Ways to Get Your Morning Coffee for Free http://www.wisebread.com/8-ways-to-get-your-morning-coffee-for-free <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/8-ways-to-get-your-morning-coffee-for-free" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/women_drinking_coffee_000027559401.jpg" alt="Woman finding ways to get their morning coffee for free" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>As a nation, we drink a lot of coffee. Over half of Americans over 18 years of age drink at least one cup every single day. That equates to over <a href="http://www.e-importz.com/coffee-statistics.php">150 million cups of coffee</a>, and doesn't account for those of us who drink two or more cups. With the average price of a standard coffee coming in at $2.38, that means we're spending $357 million every day on coffee.</p> <p>And yet, there are so many <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/heres-how-rich-youd-be-if-you-stopped-drinking-expensive-coffee">ways to get coffee</a> for free! Here is a list of ideas to get you inspired and spending less.</p> <h2>1. Get it From Your Employer</h2> <p>The first idea on the list is almost certainly the most obvious. Many of us are fortunate enough to work at a place that has a kitchen, a coffee maker, and all the coffee we could ever want to drink. It's actually a good move on the part of the business, as a caffeinated workforce is an alert workforce. However, so many people with this free resource decide to go through the drive-thru line at Starbucks before arriving at work, preferring to pay $5 for a coffee loaded with cream and flavorings. Do yourself a favor &mdash; drink the coffee at work. You can always bring in your own flavorings and creamers if you want a more sophisticated taste.</p> <h2>2. Become an Ikea Family Member</h2> <p>If you sign up for Ikea's Family Card, which is free, you are entitled to a <a href="http://info.ikea-usa.com/FAMILY/">free cup of Ikea coffee </a>every day. This is particularly useful on the weekends, when you're out and about running errands. Take advantage of the free coffee (you can also get free tea) and get some shopping in at the same time.</p> <h2>3. Be Extra Nice to Pret A Manger Staff</h2> <p>If you're lucky enough to have a Pret A Manger near you (in the U.S., they're currently located in New York, Chicago, and Washington D.C.), you have a very good chance of getting a free coffee just by turning on the charm. According to the CEO, Clive Schlee, the chain gives away <a href="http://www.dansvilleonline.com/article/20150426/BUSINESS/304269986">28% of its coffee free</a>, based entirely on whether the staff likes you or not. The staff has the right to give away free coffee, and does so to those people who deserve it. If you're nice and polite, you may get one. If you're very attractive as well, you'll almost certainly get one free. If you sneer and snarl, forget it.</p> <h2>4. Pop Into Cost Plus World Market</h2> <p>Every branch of Cost Plus World Market will brew at least one of its coffee varieties every day, and wants you to try them for free. If you have the time, stop by the one nearest you before you go to work, and sample their latest flavors. The cups aren't very big, but there's no reason you can't sample it twice before you leave. It also comes with creamers and sugar or sweeteners.</p> <h2>5. Take Advantage of National Coffee Day</h2> <p>Every September 29th, coffee stores around the U.S. and the world give away millions of cups of free coffee. On that day, check to see who in your area is serving free cups of coffee. They will most likely have a limit on the size of the cup, but you can pop into several on your way to work, or after dropping off the kids at school.</p> <h2>6. Cash in on Loyalty Programs</h2> <p>Starbucks, Caribou Coffee, and Dunkin' Donuts will all reward you with free coffee just by signing up for an online account. Before you go out, create your profile and you'll get a code or printable coupon that you can use to get your free cup of coffee. The unscrupulous among you may even be tempted to create multiple profiles with different e-mail accounts. That's your call.</p> <h2>7. Birthdays = Free Coffee</h2> <p>If it's your birthday, chances are the local coffee stores will happily give you a free cup of your favorite morning pick-me-up. First, check to see if they do give out coupons for birthdays (Dunkin' Donuts definitely does with its Dunkin' Perks program). If they don't, try your luck when you get to the front of the line, and show them your ID. Most of the time, you'll walk away with a free coffee.</p> <h2>8. Swing by a Hotel Lobby</h2> <p>Almost every hotel in the country serves free coffee in the morning, for guests and their visitors. While it may not be entirely ethical to drop into the hotel every day on your way to work for a free cup of joe, hotels put out gallons of coffee every morning, and throw away a lot of it. A few cups here and there won't put anyone's nose out of joint, especially if you are a regular guest of the hotel when you travel for business or pleasure.</p> <p><em>Where do you pick up a free cup of joe?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-ways-to-get-your-morning-coffee-for-free">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/the-12-best-frozen-food-values">The 12 Best Frozen Food Values</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/french-press-coffee">French Press Coffee: Step-by-Step Guide to Handcrafted Coffee</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/4-ways-to-use-your-food-that-dont-involve-eating">4 Ways to Use Your Food That Don&#039;t Involve Eating</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/teach-yourself-to-cook">Teach yourself to cook</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/make-your-own-twinkies-and-other-secret-recipes-by-the-food-cloner-dude">“Make your own Twinkies” and other secret recipes by the Food Cloner Dude.</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Life Hacks Food and Drink coffee freebies saving money Mon, 11 May 2015 17:00:57 +0000 Paul Michael 1414194 at http://www.wisebread.com