Food and Drink http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/209/all en-US Bookmark This: How Much to Tip in Almost Every Situation http://www.wisebread.com/bookmark-this-how-much-to-tip-in-almost-every-situation <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/bookmark-this-how-much-to-tip-in-almost-every-situation" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/tip_jar_in_coffee_shop_or_restaurant.jpg" alt="Tip jar in coffee shop or restaurant" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>In some countries, tipping is not required or expected (in most situations) &mdash; China, Korea, Switzerland, Australia, Belgium, and Brazil are just a few examples. And if you tip in Japan, you may actually be insulting the person you give money to. (It's like saying &quot;Here, use this to get some training, the service wasn't very good.&quot;) (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-countries-where-you-dont-have-to-tip-at-restaurants?ref=seealso" target="_blank">7 Countries Where You Don't Have to Tip at Restaurants</a>)</p> <p>However, the U.S. is a tipping nation, and you are expected to leave some kind of a tip in dozens of service scenarios. So, here's a handy guide to follow.</p> <h2>1. Hotels</h2> <p>You'll be expected to provide tips to several different employees in your hotel. The bellhops should get at least $1 per bag, as should anyone else who takes your luggage. The housekeeper should not be left a handful of loose change, but instead, figure on around $3 to $5 per night, depending on the location. You can choose to leave the tip daily, or at the end of your stay. If you rent a car on your trip, it's customary to tip a few bucks to anyone who helps put the bags in your car. You don't have to give doormen money every single time they open the door, but if they hail a cab, or help you in some other way, it's appropriate to provide a buck or two.</p> <p>&quot;I don't expect a dollar every time I open a door,&quot; says Steve S., a doorman at a large Denver hotel. &quot;But if I go out of my way to get you a cab in the pouring rain, then carry your luggage to the trunk, I think a few bucks is worth the effort.&quot;</p> <p>You can tip the room service attendant $1 to $2 when they bring you your food, but they don't expect it every time. The concierge, however, should also receive a generous tip &mdash; anywhere from $3 to $10 &mdash; if they go above and beyond. For instance, if they arrange show tickets, reserve tables at restaurants, or make special arrangements for your room.</p> <p>&quot;One time, I was asked to sprinkle rose petals all over the king suite, and have a bottle of Champagne on ice with two flutes on a silver tray,&quot; says Abigail L., who works in downtown Chicago. &quot;It was a Valentine's Day marriage proposal. I got a $50 tip, I was blown away! And&hellip; she said yes.&quot;</p> <h2>2. Restaurants</h2> <p>Sometimes a waiter will strike gold and get a $100 tip on a $20 check. But all too often servers will get barely 5 percent of the total bill as a tip. On occasion, the tip is a big fat zero, made as a statement against the tipping policy in general. That's just wrong.</p> <p>Waiters usually make way below minimum wage, with the average hourly wage coming in at just over $5. That means some people are earning just over $2 per hour before your tip. So please, tip your server at least 15 to 20 percent of the bill. And to avoid some ruthless restaurant owners pocketing the tip from a credit card slip, tip the waiter in cash.</p> <p>Oh, and when it comes to buffets, or restaurants that have minimal waiter assistance, leave at least 10 percent as a tip, as they still have to clean up after you. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-be-the-perfect-customer?ref=seealso" target="_blank">10 Ways to Be the Perfect Customer</a>)</p> <h2>3. Bars, pubs, and clubs</h2> <p>Let's start with your bartender. It's customary to tip $1 per round, and this can be done with every round, or totaled up and added onto the bill at the end. Or you can calculate the tip as a percentage of the check. Twenty percent is the going rate, but if your bartender rocked it, give him or her more. If they were rude, give less. However, if you want to be the recipient of the &quot;healthy pour,&quot; tip generously early on in cash.</p> <p>&quot;If I get a $10 or $20 at the start of the evening for one drink, I treat that customer well for the rest of the night,&quot; says Nick C., a bartender in Santa Monica. &quot;I'll make sure that guy or girl gets service as soon as they approach the bar, and yeah, they'll get the heavy pour now and then.&quot;</p> <h2>4. Taxis (including Uber and Lyft) and valet parking</h2> <p>As a general rule, you should be putting down a minimum of 10 percent of the total fare as a tip, after the gratuity that has already been included automatically. If the driver goes out of his or her way to get you there faster &mdash; legally, of course &mdash; then tip more. When it comes to Uber and Lyft, find a way to tip. Lyft offers the option to tip as part of the transaction on your app.</p> <p>If you're paying by card and there is no line for a tip, do it in cash. If you have no cash, you can actually use PayPal to send money, and it's free if you do it from a bank account. For valet parking service, $2 to $5 is customary once your car is returned.</p> <h2>5. Take out or food delivery</h2> <p>If you ever pick up food from a restaurant, you'll see a space for a tip on your receipt. Most people draw a line through it, because they don't believe anyone did any work for them. Well, that's not true. The people manning the front of house, taking orders, washing dishes, cooking, they all get pretty mediocre wages. So put a 10 percent tip on there. When it comes to food delivery, do the same, but tip your driver a few extra dollars in cash. If it's pizza delivery, $2 to $3 minimum is the rule of thumb, adding an additional $1 for every pizza over three.</p> <p>However, if the pizza is late, find out why. It may be nothing to do with the driver, and he or she should not be penalized for it.</p> <h2>6. Beauty services</h2> <p>Whether it's a hairstylist, spa treatment, manicure, pedicure, or anything else in that industry, the expected tip is between 15 to 20 percent. However, it seems to fluctuate greatly depending on the service received, the interaction between the customer and the service provider, and the end result.</p> <p>&quot;I've had people tip me $50 for a $25 shampoo and style,&quot; says Sheena B., a stylist at Great Clips. &quot;But I have a friend who works in a high-end salon, and often gets $10 tips on a $100 style. You just never know!&quot;</p> <h2>7. Moving, landscaping, contractors, cleaners, and manual labor</h2> <p>When it comes to moving, judge the situation by the complexity and load. The average is $10 per mover for half a day, and $20 for a whole day. But if you have a ton of heavy, awkward furniture, and the movers have to remove doors and windows to get things in and out, then go beyond the usual rate. And make sure you hand out tips to each mover, not just the foreman. As moving.com points out, it's a <a href="http://www.moving.com/tips/tipping-movers/" target="_blank">bad idea to give the movers beer</a> for their hard day's work. It raises way too many liability issues.</p> <p>For landscaping, cleaning, contracting, plumbing, electrical work, painting, and other services in this bucket, it all depends on the cost of the service, the amount of work put into it, and how the job was completed. Many plumbers and electricians don't expect any kind of tip, as their hourly rate is quite high. But for people working in your garden, or fixing doors and light bulbs, you can tip a percentage &mdash; usually between 10 to 15 percent of the total cost of service.</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/bookmark-this-how-much-to-tip-in-almost-every-situation">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-5-credit-cards-for-groceries">The Best Credit Cards for Groceries</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-ice-cream-scoops">The 5 Best Ice Cream Scoops</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/shop-the-salad-bar-and-other-ways-to-save-big-on-groceries">Shop the Salad Bar and Other Ways to Save Big on 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/40-restaurants-that-offer-senior-discounts">40 Restaurants That Offer Senior Discounts</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/breaking-the-bread-code-how-to-get-the-freshest-loaf">Breaking the Bread Code: How to Get the Freshest Loaf</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Shopping haircut how much to tip restaurant service industry tipping tipping etiquette Fri, 21 Jul 2017 09:00:12 +0000 Paul Michael 1987558 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Ice Cream Scoops http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-ice-cream-scoops <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-ice-cream-scoops" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/ice_cream_scoop_155439392.jpg" alt="using best ice cream scoop to eat ice cream" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you don&rsquo;t have an ice cream scoop yet, then it&rsquo;s time you invest in one. An ice cream scoop can make it easy to scoop ice cream, sorbet, gelato, and other frozen desserts with ease. It can also be used to artfully serve items like rice, macaroni salad, or mashed potatoes.</p> <h2>What is an ice cream scoop?</h2> <p>An ice cream scoop is a must-have kitchen utensil designed to form ice cream into round scoops. It can also be used to scoop things like cookie dough, melon, meatballs, and cake or muffin batter.</p> <h2>Top 5 Ice Cream Scoops</h2> <h3>Zeroll Original Ice Cream Scoop</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2vl9R8G" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/zeroll.jpg" width="245" height="144" align="right" alt="" /></a>Amazon&rsquo;s #1 best-seller in ice cream scoops, the <a href="http://amzn.to/2vl9R8G" target="_blank">Zeroll Original Ice Cream Scoop</a> is also a long-standing ice cream shop favorite. The sturdy, one-piece aluminum design works for either the right or left hand. The handle has heat-conducting fluid to help slightly melt the ice cream for easier scooping and instant releasing.</p> <p>This is recommended by Cook&rsquo;s Illustrated, America's Test Kitchen, Food &amp; Wine, The Sweethome, The Kitchn, and Foodal. It also has hundreds of five-star reviews on Amazon.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2vl9R8G" target="_blank"><em>Currently $16.00 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>OXO Good Grips Solid Stainless Steel Ice Cream Scoop</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2uEfPDB" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/oxo_5.jpg" width="80" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2uEfPDB" target="_blank">OXO Good Grips Solid Stainless Steel Ice Cream Scoop</a> is popular for a reason. The pointed tip scoops through hard ice cream with ease to create perfect scoops. The flat edges reach into the corners of ice cream containers so you get every last bite. The sturdy solid stainless steel scooper won't chip, discolor, or fade. It has a cushioned, non-slip grip handle and is dishwasher safe for easy cleanup.</p> <p>This is recommended by Cook&rsquo;s Illustrated, America&rsquo;s Test Kitchen, Food &amp; Wine, The Chicago Tribune, The Sweethome, The Kitchn, and Foodal. It is an Amazon best-seller and one of Amazon&rsquo;s top gift ideas. It is also backed by more than 1,000 five-star reviews on Amazon and a lifetime guarantee.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2uEfPDB" target="_blank"><em>Currently $14.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Spring Chef Ice Cream Scoop</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2gLHCN2" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/spring%20chef.jpg" width="237" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2gLHCN2" target="_blank">Spring Chef Ice Cream Scoop</a> is a unique hybrid of an ice cream scoop and spade, which allows it to roll ice cream and release curls with ease. The heavy duty scoop has a comfortable, easy-grip handle and simple, ergonomic design. The thin edges smoothly cut through frozen, rock-hard ice cream and reach into the corners of ice cream containers so you get every last bite.</p> <p>This is dishwasher safe for easy cleanup. It has hundreds of five-star reviews on Amazon. It is also backed by a lifetime warranty.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2gLHCN2" target="_blank"><em>Currently $11.97 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Zyliss Ice Cream Scoop</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2tgx8qH" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/zyliss_0.jpg" width="245" height="141" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2tgx8qH" target="_blank">Zyliss Ice Cream Scoop</a> offers comfortable usage for either the right or left hand. The non-slip, ergonomic plastic handle has a thumb rest for a secure grip and insulation from the cold. The handle is treated with a UV coating so that it won&rsquo;t yellow with age. The sturdy weighted metal scooper has sharp, sculpted edges that effortlessly cut perfectly round balls from even the hardest ice cream with no strain. It contains no chemical anti-freeze agents and is dishwasher safe for easy cleanup.</p> <p>The award-winning scoop is recommended by Cook&rsquo;s Illustrated and Food &amp; Wine. It is also backed by a five-year limited warranty.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2tgx8qH" target="_blank"><em>Currently $11.02 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>KitchenAid Ice Cream Scoop</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2tI5bHS" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/kitchenaid.jpg" width="243" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2tI5bHS" target="_blank">KitchenAid Ice Cream Scoop</a> is the ideal basic scoop. It features an easy-grip ergonomic handle and a specially shaped head to help you achieve the perfect scoops. It is dishwasher safe for easy cleanup and has a hole in the handle for hanging.</p> <p>This is available in a wide range of colors. It is recommended by The Los Angeles Times, is an Amazon best-seller, and is one of Amazon&rsquo;s top gift ideas.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2tI5bHS" target="_blank"><em>Currently $8.71 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best ice cream scoops. As always, be sure to check <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar" target="_blank">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-ice-cream-scoops">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/the-best-5-credit-cards-for-groceries">The Best Credit Cards for Groceries</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/shop-the-salad-bar-and-other-ways-to-save-big-on-groceries">Shop the Salad Bar and Other Ways to Save Big on Groceries</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-make-your-own-soda-tidy-a-room-in-three-minutes-cure-a-hangover-and-become-a-movie-extra-phew">How To Make Your Own Soda, Tidy A Room In Three Minutes, Cure A Hangover And Become A Movie Extra. Phew!</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-electric-woks">The 5 Best Electric Woks</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-smart-water-bottles">The 5 Best Smart Water Bottles</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Shopping Thu, 20 Jul 2017 08:00:10 +0000 Andrea Cannon 1987694 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Fast Food Hacks That'll Save You Money http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-fast-food-hacks-thatll-save-you-money <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-fast-food-hacks-thatll-save-you-money" 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_burger_685963866.jpg" alt="Woman saving money with fast food hacks" 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 articles on fast food hacks that&rsquo;ll save you money, things to do every day that will make you smarter, and what to do instead of having a garage sale.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://moneypantry.com/27-fast-food-hacks-thatll-save-you-money-mcdonalds-3-hack-is-awesome/">27 Fast Food Hacks That&rsquo;ll Save You Money (McDonald&rsquo;s #3 Hack is Awesome)</a> &mdash; If all you want is caffeine when you order a Tall Latte from Starbucks, get a Short Latte instead. Both sizes contain the same amount of caffeine, but the smaller size costs less. [Money Pantry]</p> <p><a href="http://www.alloy.com/well-being/make-you-smarter-things-every-day/">16 Things To Do Every Day That Will Actually Make You Smarter</a> &mdash; When you learn something new, share it with others. You don't fully understand something unless you can explain it to someone else. [Alloy]</p> <p><a href="http://www.thesimpledollar.com/why-i-quit-having-garage-sales-and-what-we-do-instead/">Why I Quit Having Garage Sales (and What We Do Instead)</a> &mdash; Preparing for a garage sale can be a lot of work, and you may not earn as much as you expect to. You have other, less labor-intensive options if you want to make money and get rid of stuff. [The Simple Dollar]</p> <p><a href="http://www.marcandangel.com/2017/07/16/3-toxic-behaviors-that-drain-your-mental-energy/">3 Toxic Behaviors that Drain Your Mental Energy</a> &mdash; You're more prone to making bad decisions when your mental energy is drained, so don't waste your brain cells on these toxic behaviors. [Marc &amp; Angel Hack Life]</p> <p><a href="http://profinanceblog.com/6-easy-ways-to-save-money-when-moving-abroad.html">6 Easy Ways to Save Money When Moving Abroad</a> &mdash; Instead of booking a direct flight, it can be cheaper to make one or two stops along your route. Use this opportunity to explore a new city while you wait for your next flight. [Pro Finance Blog]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="https://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Free-Summer-Escapes-43619481">5 Relaxing Places to Hang Out This Summer For a Mini Escape</a> &mdash; No matter where you live or where you're traveling, there's sure to be a shady park trail nearby to help you unwind. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.experian.com/blogs/news/about/crucial-money-tips-entrepreneurs/">Crucial Money Tips for Entrepreneurs</a> &mdash; Join Experian's #CreditChat tomorrow at 3 p.m. ET for a discussion on important money tips for entrepreneurs, like mistakes to avoid, budgeting for your business launch, and how your taxes will change. [Experian]</p> <p><a href="http://pinching-pennies.com/2017/07/5-mistakes-to-avoid-when-you-invest-in-the-property-market/">5 Mistakes To Avoid When You Invest In The Property Market</a> &mdash; Diving into a property investment at first sight is a bad idea, but you shouldn't do so much research that you end up dithering forever.&nbsp; [Pinching Pennies]</p> <p><a href="https://wallethacks.com/cash-personal-check-without-bank-account/">How to Cash a Personal Check Without a Bank Account</a> &mdash; It's easy to cash a check when you have a bank account, but even if you don't, you still have some inexpensive options to get that cash. [Wallet Hacks]</p> <p><a href="https://www.csmonitor.com/Business/2017/0622/As-Millennials-take-leadership-roles-it-spells-change-in-corporate-culture">As Millennials take leadership roles, it spells change in corporate culture</a> &mdash; Companies are making big changes to attract and develop Millennial talent, from moving their headquarters downtown to shifting the values of the business. [The Christian Science Monitor]</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-fast-food-hacks-thatll-save-you-money">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-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/cooking-great-meals-with-your-car-engine-the-heat-is-on">Cooking great meals with your car engine. The heat is on.</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/save-money-and-eat-better-with-these-6-online-meal-planners">Save Money and Eat Better With These 6 Online Meal Planners</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-score-free-food-at-chick-fil-a">6 Ways to Score Free Food at Chick-fil-A</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-reasons-to-stop-buying-gas-station-food">10 Reasons to Stop Buying Gas Station Food</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/avoid-these-fast-food-items-say-fast-food-employees">“Avoid These Fast Food Items,” Say Fast Food Employees</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink best money tips Fast Food Tue, 18 Jul 2017 08:00:10 +0000 Amy Lu 1985926 at http://www.wisebread.com Shop the Salad Bar and Other Ways to Save Big on Groceries http://www.wisebread.com/shop-the-salad-bar-and-other-ways-to-save-big-on-groceries <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/shop-the-salad-bar-and-other-ways-to-save-big-on-groceries" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/portrait_of_beautiful_young_woman_choosing_green_leafy_vegetables.jpg" alt="Portrait of beautiful young woman choosing green leafy vegetables" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Feeling the pinch at the grocery checkout line? You're not alone. Food prices have risen <a href="https://www.thebalance.com/why-are-food-prices-rising-causes-of-food-price-inflation-3306099" target="_blank">an average of 2.6 percent a year</a> over the past 20 years, according to The Balance. And though inflation has slowed recently, you can bet food prices will be back on the uptick when contributing factors change, like fluctuating oil prices, weather conditions, and good ol' supply and demand. In the meantime, give your budget a well-deserved break by adopting these supermarket-savvy practices to reduce your grocery overhead.</p> <h2>1. Shop the salad bar for almonds, bacon bits, and more</h2> <p>You might avoid the salad bar at your local supermarket because of its outrageous prices &mdash; my local Wegmans cold salad and fruit bar is a whopping $9.49 a pound &mdash; but there are deals hidden among all that overpriced produce.</p> <p>Six ounces of name brand Diamond of California slivered almonds retails for $4.99 at the store, or roughly $13.30 per pound, compared to the flat rate of under $10 at the salad bar. Bacon bits are another big win for your wallet. A three-ounce bottle of Hormel Real Bacon Bits come in at $2.49, making a pound's worth more than $13, but who needs that when you can cop a full pound of the really &quot;real&quot; stuff at around 59 cents per ounce?</p> <p>To do your own investigative work into how you can save at the salad bar, visit your local grocer's website and compare packaged products and fresh produce to what you might find in the salad bar. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-grocery-store-habits-that-are-making-you-broke?ref=seealso" target="_blank">7 Grocery Store Habits That Are Making You Broke</a>)</p> <h2>2. Break off just the right amount of bananas from the bunch</h2> <p>Did you know that you don't have to buy the whole bunch of bananas? Most stores price the fruit by the pound, but don't require that all the bananas in a bunch stay together. If the bunch is too big for what you think you'll eat, just break off the amount that suits you and be on your way.</p> <h2>3. Compare bone-in and boneless chicken pound-per-pound</h2> <p>Boneless chicken is most people's go-to protein these days, but we're paying quite a markup for the convenience of skin-and-bone removal.</p> <p>My store doesn't even carry nonorganic bone-in chicken breasts anymore, but nonorganic bone-in chicken thighs (store brand) are 99 cents per pound compared to their boneless counterparts at $1.99 per pound. More than double is quite a leap just to be bone-free.</p> <p>You also may be able to shave a few bucks off your bill by buying your fresh boneless chicken breasts with rib meat instead of the hand-trimmed cutlets. Those prices are $1.88 per pound and $2.79 per pound, respectively, at my store, which is enough of a difference for me to learn to love to the rib meat. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/great-summertime-grilling-for-any-budget?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Great Summertime Grilling for Any Budget</a>)</p> <h2>4. Ask for a rain check on out-of-stock sale items</h2> <p>If the shelf is empty on a sale product, you may be able to still get the deal with a rain check. You can usually obtain these at customer service, but be sure to have the sales circular or your mobile device showing the deal to expedite the process, just in case the cashier is unfamiliar with the promotion. (They shouldn't be, but it happens often when I'm shopping.) Your rain check will allow you to buy the product for the sale price even after the sale is over once the item is back in stock.</p> <h2>5. Stick with frozen seafood</h2> <p>&quot;A lot of time the seafood you find frozen in the store is the same as the thawed stuff on display, which can be marked up by as much as 40 percent,&quot; says nutritionist and health coach Jamie Logie, author of the blog and podcast Regained Wellness.</p> <p>Turns out, she's right. Farm-raised EZ-Peel Raw Shrimp at my Wegmans is $10.99 per pound, but the same exact shrimp frozen and bagged is only $8.49 per pound. Plus, with the frozen stuff there's no rush to eat it before it spoils; it's there whenever I want it.</p> <h2>6. Segment your shopping between grocery and drugstores</h2> <p>By and large, drugstores like CVS, Rite-Aid, and Walgreens have higher-priced items compared to the same products at the supermarket, but you can save in these stores on certain things. My local Rite-Aid offers coupons, sometimes up to 25 percent off, and it often has Buy-One-Get-One (BOGO) deals on the snacks we all love, like chips and ice cream. When I wrote this, Rite-Aid had Cheez-It crackers BOGO for $3.29, whereas two boxes of the same would cost $3.96 at Walmart.</p> <p>At CVS, I've personally saved $139.33 using coupons, which are plentiful if you're a member of the <a href="https://www.cvs.com/extracare/home" target="_blank">ExtraCare Rewards program</a>. I also took advantage of a one-time offer to try out its new curbside service to save $10 off a $15 purchase. These promos really add up if you use them the right way.</p> <h2>7. Make spices with your unused vegetables</h2> <p>Think twice about throwing away that half an onion you don't think you'll use before it rots. Yvonne Sanders, from healthy-eating and weight-loss program Slimming World, explains how to turn them into spices.</p> <p>&quot;Simply dehydrate onion or garlic, then crush it up to make garlic or onion powder seasoning,&quot; she says. Same goes for your herbs and hot peppers. Dehydrate them before they start to decay for more fresh and flavorful cooking.</p> <h2>8. Turn nearly expired milk into ice cubes for your morning coffee</h2> <p>If you know you're not going to drink all the milk before it expires or spoils, make milk ice cubes for your morning joe.</p> <p>&quot;If you're wont to drink coffee with some milk, this is a great way to preserve cartons of milk in your fridge,&quot; Sanders says. &quot;Just use an ice tray to freeze and drop into your next coffee or even smoothie.&quot;</p> <h2>9. Ditch the cart and pick up a basket</h2> <p>It's scientifically proven that shopping with a large cart compels you to buy more than you actually need. Marketing consultant Martin Lindstrom told USA Today, &quot;We did an experiment with that, and we actually doubled the size of the shopping cart,&quot; he said. &quot;And you buy 40 percent more.&quot;</p> <p>Don't let the psychology of shopping cost you. Opt for the smaller cart, or pick up a basket and head to the register once it's full.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" data-pin-save="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Fshop-the-salad-bar-and-other-ways-to-save-big-on-groceries&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FShop%2520the%2520Salad%2520Bar%2520and%2520Other%2520Ways%2520to%2520Save%2520Big%2520on%2520Groceries.jpg&amp;description=Shop%20the%20Salad%20Bar%20and%20Other%20Ways%20to%20Save%20Big%20on%20Groceries"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/Shop%20the%20Salad%20Bar%20and%20Other%20Ways%20to%20Save%20Big%20on%20Groceries.jpg" alt="Shop the Salad Bar and Other Ways to Save Big on Groceries" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/shop-the-salad-bar-and-other-ways-to-save-big-on-groceries">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/6-ways-having-your-groceries-delivered-can-save-you-money">6 Ways Having Your Groceries Delivered Can Save You Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-hot-new-food-trends-the-frugal-way">8 Hot New Food Trends — The Frugal Way</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-shop-for-food-once-a-month-and-save-big">How to Shop for Food Once a Month and Save Big</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-checkout-line-tricks-to-finish-shopping-faster">5 Checkout Line Tricks to Finish Shopping Faster</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-53-grocery-shopping-tricks-thatll-make-your-life-easier">Flashback Friday: 53 Grocery Shopping Tricks That&#039;ll Make Your Life Easier</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Shopping food shopping groceries grocery shopping grocery tips salad bar saving money Wed, 12 Jul 2017 08:00:13 +0000 Mikey Rox 1982442 at http://www.wisebread.com More Cash Back for Dining Out with the Capital One® Premier Dining Rewards Credit Card http://www.wisebread.com/more-cash-back-for-dining-out-with-the-capital-one-premier-dining-rewards-credit-card <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/more-cash-back-for-dining-out-with-the-capital-one-premier-dining-rewards-credit-card" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock-627873424.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The&nbsp;<a href="http://ct.wisebread.com/click.php?pg=290&amp;pid=175&amp;pp=0&amp;uv=sname" target="_blank">Capital One&reg; Premier Dining Rewards Credit Card</a> is a card that provides the &quot;no hassle&quot; rewards that Capital One is known for, especially if your spending falls into the restaurant and dining out categories. In fact, the newest addition to the Capital One line of rewards cards offers one of the highest cash back rates on these types of purchases. If you frequently spend in these categories, this is one rewards card you want to be sure is in your wallet. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-credit-cards-for-dining-out?utm_source=wisebread&amp;utm_medium=seealso&amp;utm_campaign=review" target="_blank">Best Credit Cards for Dining Out</a>)</p> <h2>Why We Like This Card</h2> <ul> <li>$100 one-time cash bonus offer</li> <li>Unlimited 3% cash back on dining</li> </ul> <h2>How This Card Works</h2> <p>This card awards unlimited 3% cash back on dining, 2% on groceries, and 1% on all other purchases. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-5-credit-cards-for-groceries?utm_source=wisebread&amp;utm_medium=seealso&amp;utm_campaign=review" target="_blank">Best Credit Cards for Groceries</a>)</p> <p><strong>Bonus</strong>. Earn a one-time cash bonus of $100 after you spend $500 on purchases within the first 3 months from account opening. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-best-credit-cards-that-offer-bonus-cash-for-sign-up?utm_source=wisebread&amp;utm_medium=seealso&amp;utm_campaign=review" target="_blank">Best Cards that Offer Bonus Cash for Sign-Up</a>)</p> <p>Your rewards do not expire, and you can redeem your cash back at any time, in any amount. You can request a statement credit or a check, or you can set up automatic redemption for a set time each calendar year or once you have reached a specific reward amount.</p> <h2>Other Benefits</h2> <p><strong>Complimentary concierge</strong>. This card includes complimentary concierge services for help with booking travel, making dining reservations, shopping, and more, 24 hours a day.</p> <p><strong>Identity theft services</strong>. If you are a victim of identity theft, this card also offers many identity theft resolution services.</p> <p><strong>Travel benefits</strong>. You get additional travel benefits such as complimentary room upgrades, access to a portfolio of Luxury Hotels &amp; Resorts, travel protection, and more.</p> <p><strong>Extended warranty</strong>. When you use this card for your purchases, you can qualify for additional warranty protection on those purchases at no charge.</p> <p><strong>Price protection</strong>. If an item you purchase with your card is found within 60 days of purchasing at a lower price, you can get reimbursed for the price difference.</p> <h2>Costs</h2> <ul> <li>$0 Annual Fee</li> <li>15.49% - 24.49% Variable APR</li> <li>$0 Foreign Transaction Fee</li> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://ct.wisebread.com/click.php?pg=290&amp;pid=175&amp;pp=0&amp;uv=sbutton2" rel="nofollow"><img width="154" height="50" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/apply-now.png" alt="" class="img-exempt" /></a></p> <h3>Considerations</h3> <p><strong>Primarily for dining out</strong>. You earn the most cash back when you dine out, which won&rsquo;t be much if this is an expense you have just a few times per year. If your spending is more likely to fall into other categories <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-best-gas-rewards-credit-cards" target="_blank">like gas</a> or airfare, you will earn more cash back with cards that focus on those categories or with flat rate rewards cards that award a higher rate for all purchases. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-credit-cards-that-offer-flat-rate-rewards-for-all-spending?utm_source=wisebread&amp;utm_medium=seealso&amp;utm_campaign=review" target="_blank">Best Credit Cards that Offer Flat Rate Rewards for All Spending</a>)</p> <h2>Who This Card Is Best For</h2> <p>This card is best for those whose spending is primarily dining out in restaurants and groceries. Unlike other cards that award these types of purchases, this card has no cap or limit on the amount of cash back you can earn. Also, because there is no foreign transaction fee, it&rsquo;s a great card to use if you frequently travel abroad or need to make foreign purchases. It also comes with a number of extra benefits and perks that make traveling and shopping more comfortable.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://ct.wisebread.com/click.php?pg=290&amp;pid=175&amp;pp=0&amp;uv=send" target="_blank"><strong>Click here to learn more and apply for the&nbsp;</strong><strong>Capital One&reg; Premier Dining Rewards Credit Card</strong><strong> today!</strong></a></p> </ul> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/christina-majaski">Christina Majaski</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/more-cash-back-for-dining-out-with-the-capital-one-premier-dining-rewards-credit-card">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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In addition to the cost of food, you also have to pay for fuel to run the grill. A gas grill is cheaper to run than a charcoal grill, at about $1 per grilling session versus about $3 for a charcoal grill. But buying a gas grill is more expensive up front than a charcoal grill, depending on which grill you choose. I switched to a gas grill years ago, and the higher cost of the gas grill has been offset by the lower cost of operation over the years. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-reasons-you-should-be-grilling-on-gas?ref=seealso" target="_blank">10 Reasons You Should Be Grilling on Gas</a>)</p> <p>I investigated prices for items to grill at my local grocery store and found several items you can grill for $1 or less per four-ounce serving, or $4 per pound. Chicken and vegetables are the big winners for the cheapest things to grill. Watch out for steaks and fish, as these pricier items can run over $5 per four-ounce serving. Using my account at my grocery store, Hy-Vee Aisles Online, I was able to gather these prices per serving. Prices in your area may vary somewhat, but these 24 items are sure to be among the cheapest things you can make on the grill.</p> <h2>1. Bananas</h2> <p>You can throw bananas right on the grill for a very cheap grilled dessert. Add flavors such as vanilla or cinnamon for a novel treat.</p> <p><strong>Cost</strong>: 15 cents per serving.</p> <h2>2. Chicken drumsticks</h2> <p>Add barbecue sauce or Sriracha sauce to chicken drumsticks before grilling for some flavorful grilled protein.</p> <p><strong>Cost</strong>: 24 cents per serving.</p> <h2>3. Chicken thighs</h2> <p>Not everyone likes chicken drumsticks, so grill some cheap chicken thighs, too.</p> <p><strong>Cost</strong>: 25 cents per serving.</p> <h2>4. Pineapple</h2> <p>Once McDonald's tried to sell a hamburger with a grilled slice of pineapple instead of meat. It didn&rsquo;t catch on at McDonald's, but grilled pineapple is a cheap side dish, or you can throw it on a bun with condiments for a great vegetarian option.</p> <p><strong>Cost</strong>: 26 cents per serving.</p> <h2>5. Hot dogs (store or cheap brand)</h2> <p>Hot dogs are one of the cheapest meats you can grill, especially if you go for the cheapest brand.</p> <p><strong>Cost</strong>: 35 cents per serving.</p> <h2>6. Onions</h2> <p>Throw some sliced onions on a sheet of aluminum foil with some butter, and you&rsquo;ll have a grilled treat to put on top of hamburgers or to serve as a side dish.</p> <p><strong>Cost</strong>: 44 cents per serving.</p> <h2>7. Zucchini</h2> <p>There is no reason not to grill some vegetables along with your meat. Wrap some sliced zucchini in foil with a pat of butter for some easy grilled veggies.</p> <p><strong>Cost</strong>: 50 cents per serving.</p> <p>See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-grilled-veggie-dishes-that-hold-their-own-with-meat?ref=seealso" target="_blank">15 Grilled Veggie Dishes That Hold Their Own With Meat</a></p> <h2>8. Eggplant</h2> <p>Slice up an eggplant, spray it with cooking oil, and grill it up for a side dish or even to put on a bun and eat as a veggie alternative to a hamburger.</p> <p><strong>Cost</strong>: 50 cents per serving.</p> <h2>9. Corn on the cob</h2> <p>With a little prep, you can grill a couple ears of sweet corn for well under $1 and avoid running the microwave on a hot day.</p> <p><strong>Cost</strong>: 67 cents per serving.</p> <h2>10. Chicken breasts (boneless/skinless)</h2> <p>Serve grilled chicken breasts on a bun, or on their own as a main course for well under $1 per serving.</p> <p><strong>Cost</strong>: 75 cents per serving.</p> <h2>11. Ground beef</h2> <p>You can sometimes find special offers on cheap ground beef, so stock up and put it in your freezer for cheap grilling all summer long.</p> <p><strong>Cost</strong>: 75 cents per serving.</p> <h2>12. Jalapeño peppers</h2> <p>Add some spice to your meals by grilling some fresh jalapeño peppers. Spray them with cooking oil and put them right on the grill or set them on a sheet of aluminum foil. Add some cheese in the middle of each pepper before grilling to make your own jalapeño poppers.</p> <p><strong>Cost</strong>: 75 cents per serving.</p> <h2>13. Pork loin</h2> <p>Grilled pork tastes great and is typically cheaper than most cuts of beef.</p> <p><strong>Cost</strong>: 83 cents per serving.</p> <h2>14. Pork loin butterfly chop</h2> <p>This is another cheap alternative to more expensive steaks.</p> <p><strong>Cost</strong>: 83 cents per serving.</p> <h2>15. Hamburger (fresh, 80% lean)</h2> <p>You can upgrade to fresh ground hamburger for a few cents more per serving, which can be worth it for the extra flavor.</p> <p><strong>Cost</strong>: 83 cents per serving.</p> <h2>16. Beef ribs</h2> <p>I picked up a cheap pack of boneless beef ribs and it was one of the best things I have grilled so far this year.</p> <p><strong>Cost</strong>: 87 cents per serving.</p> <h2>17. Frozen pizza</h2> <p>You can actually cook a pizza on your grill. This can be a great alternative to firing up your oven inside on a hot day. A grilled cheese pizza or veggie pizza is a nice option at your cookout for people who are not carnivores.</p> <p><strong>Cost</strong>: 93 cents per serving.</p> <h2>18. Ground chuck (steak burger)</h2> <p>Ground steak makes for delicious hamburgers, and even though it seems like it would be a pricey meat option, you can try ground chuck steak without going over $1 per serving.</p> <p><strong>Cost</strong>: $1.00 per serving.</p> <h2>19. Pork top loin chops</h2> <p>Pork typically costs less than beef, making it ideal for cheap grilling. A pork top loin chop is a boneless cut from the loin, which is lean and tender meat.</p> <p><strong>Cost</strong>: $1.00 per serving.</p> <h2>20. Pork loin rib-eye chop</h2> <p>Pork loin rib-eyes are a boneless pork chop cut from the rib area of the pork loin.</p> <p><strong>Cost</strong>: $1.00 per serving.</p> <h2>21. Pork loin porterhouse chop</h2> <p>A pork loin porterhouse chop usually has a &quot;T&quot; shaped bone in the cut and includes a section of loin on one side and tenderloin on the other.</p> <p><strong>Cost</strong>: $1.00 per serving.</p> <h2>22. Asparagus</h2> <p>Asparagus is an easy vegetable to grill and adds some class to any grilled meal.</p> <p><strong>Cost</strong>: $1.00 per serving.</p> <h2>23. Ground Turkey</h2> <p>The ground turkey was a bit higher than $1 per serving at my grocery store on the day I checked prices, but with a bit of digging I am sure ground turkey can be found for less than $4 per pound to bring it into the realm of cheap grilling.</p> <p><strong>Cost</strong>: $1.05 per serving.</p> <h2>24. Bratwurst</h2> <p>Bratwurst was also a bit higher than $1 per 4 oz serving at my local store, but this price was for some fresh bratwurst in a variety of flavors. With some power shopping, cheaper bratwurst can be had and enjoyed for less than $1 per serving.</p> <p><strong>Cost</strong>: $1.07 per serving.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5197/table.jpg" width="602" height="605" alt="" /></p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" data-pin-save="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Fgreat-summertime-grilling-for-any-budget&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FGreat%2520Summertime%2520Grilling%2520for%2520Any%2520Budget.jpg&amp;description=Great%20Summertime%20Grilling%20for%20Any%20Budget"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/Great%20Summertime%20Grilling%20for%20Any%20Budget.jpg" alt="Great Summertime Grilling for Any Budget" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/dr-penny-pincher">Dr Penny Pincher</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/great-summertime-grilling-for-any-budget">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-surefire-ways-to-save-on-grilling">7 Surefire Ways to Save on Grilling</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/shop-the-salad-bar-and-other-ways-to-save-big-on-groceries">Shop the Salad Bar and Other Ways to Save Big on Groceries</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-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-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-fresh-corn-recipes-youll-swoon-over">15 Fresh Corn Recipes You&#039;ll Swoon Over</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-best-and-worst-times-to-go-grocery-shopping">The Best and Worst Times to Go Grocery Shopping</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Shopping BBQ budget meals Cooking frugal food Grilling grocery shopping summer bbq summer food Mon, 03 Jul 2017 09:00:10 +0000 Dr Penny Pincher 1975739 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Cheese Graters http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-cheese-graters <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-cheese-graters" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/cheese_grater_152978443.jpg" alt="Using best cheese graters" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Cheese graters are an essential item in any kitchen. They can make meal prep a cinch and help you put the perfect finishing touch on any meal. They are also a great last-minute gift for the foodie in your life.</p> <h2>What is a cheese grater?</h2> <p>A cheese grater is a kitchen tool that can be used to grate, shred, zest, or slice items like cheese, citrus, chocolate, nuts, garlic, vegetables, nutmeg, and ginger. Each type of grater features different sized grating slots to produce different results.</p> <h2>Top 5 cheese graters</h2> <h3>OXO Good Grips Box Grater</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2sgpXT1" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/oxo_4.jpg" width="100" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2sgpXT1" target="_blank">OXO Good Grips Box Grater</a> does the work of a slicer and three graters in one compact tool. The sharp stainless steel slicing and medium, fine, and coarse grating surfaces can grate everything from soft cheeses to hard vegetables. The soft, comfortable, nonslip handle cushions your grip and makes it easy to use and hold. The nonslip base keeps the sturdy slim box grater steady. The convenient attachable container with measurement markings, nonslip base, and lid can catch, measure, and store freshly grated foods. It can also be stored inside the grater when not in use.</p> <p>This is dishwasher safe for easy cleaning. It is recommended by Consumer Reports, Real Simple, Serious Eats, and Foodal. It is an Amazon best-seller and has outstanding online reviews.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2sgpXT1" target="_blank"><em>Currently $17.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Microplane Classic Zester/Grater</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2sfHM4N" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/microplane_0.jpg" width="67" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>The cult classic <a href="http://amzn.to/2sfHM4N" target="_blank">Microplane Classic Zester/Grater</a> is chosen by professional and home chefs alike. It flawlessly, effortlessly grates and zests citrus, cheeses, fruits, ginger, nutmeg, and small vegetables. It features an ergonomic, soft grip plastic handle and a flat grating surface that is easy to use. The razor-sharp stainless steel grating edges can quickly grate large volumes of cheese. It makes hundreds of fine cuts so zest doesn't stick to the grater. It is dishwasher safe with a hand washable protective cover for easy cleaning. It also has a hole in the handle for hanging. It is sturdy and designed to last through years of consistent usage.</p> <p>This is Good Housekeeping&rsquo;s top choice for zesting and fine grating. It is also recommended by Consumer Reports, Real Simple, and Foodal. It is an Amazon best-seller and has over 2,000 five-star reviews on Amazon.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2sfHM4N" target="_blank"><em>Currently $11.96 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Classic Rotary Cheese Grater</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2uh6HBc" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/zyliss.jpg" width="245" height="203" align="right" alt="" /></a>The lightweight <a href="http://amzn.to/2uh6HBc" target="_blank">ZYLISS Classic Rotary Cheese Grater</a> can be used to finely grate cheese or grind nuts. The sturdy grater works to quickly grate more food in less time. The fine stainless steel drum can grate hard cheese, chocolate, nuts, and more. It features an ergonomic grip and is easier and safer for use because you won&rsquo;t have to worry about accidentally catching your knuckles. It is dishwasher safe and has removable parts for fast cleanup, and can store compactly in a drawer.</p> <p>This is an Amazon best-seller and has hundreds of five-star reviews on Amazon. It is also backed by a five-year limited warranty.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2uh6HBc" target="_blank"><em>Currently $16.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Cuisipro Surface Glide Technology Four-Sided Boxed Grater</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2s0Ea2i" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/cuisipro_0.jpg" width="140" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2s0Ea2i" target="_blank">Cuisipro Surface Glide Technology Four-Sided Boxed Grater</a> can easily handle large quantities of citrus, cheeses, vegetables, ginger, and more. The exclusive Surface Glide Technology offers a repeated grooved pattern that is spread evenly across the face of the grating surface to reduce resistance and grate more with less effort. The ultrasharp stainless steel blades handle any kind of zesting, grating, or shredding job with ease. Food glides through the blades for uninterrupted grating performance. It has a nonslip handle and removable base for stability and an ergonomic handle for a steady grip, comfortable holding, and safe usage.</p> <p>This is recommended by Cook&rsquo;s Illustrated, The Sweethome, and Foodal. It is also backed by a 25-year warranty.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2s0Ea2i" target="_blank"><em>Currently $24.11 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Prepworks by Progressive Grater Set</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2sg922Q" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/progressive_0.jpg" width="245" height="151" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2sg922Q" target="_blank">Prepworks by Progressive Grater Five-Piece Set</a> includes four interchangeable blades and a measuring container with nonskid feet. It features easy-grab handles and sharp stainless steel blades that effortlessly grate, shred, and slice. It is dishwasher safe for easy cleaning. It is backed by outstanding online reviews and is frequently recommended by foodies.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2sg922Q" target="_blank"><em>Currently $11.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best cheese graters. 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> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" data-pin-save="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Fthe-5-best-cheese-graters&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FThe%25205%2520Best%2520Cheese%2520Graters_0.jpg&amp;description=The%205%20Best%20Cheese%20Graters"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/The%205%20Best%20Cheese%20Graters_0.jpg" alt="The 5 Best Cheese Graters" width="250" height="374" /></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-cheese-graters">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/the-5-best-thermoses">The 5 Best Thermoses</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-aluminum-and-stainless-steel-water-bottles">The 5 Best Aluminum and Stainless Steel Water Bottles</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-reusable-straws">The 5 Best Reusable Straws</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-digital-food-scales">The 5 Best Digital Food Scales</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-bottle-brushes">The 5 Best Bottle Brushes</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Home Shopping 5 best cheese cheese grater kitchen tools product reviews shopping Wed, 28 Jun 2017 08:24:14 +0000 Andrea Cannon 1974216 at http://www.wisebread.com 8 Essentials You Need in Your Emergency Home Food Bank http://www.wisebread.com/8-essentials-you-need-in-your-emergency-home-food-bank <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/8-essentials-you-need-in-your-emergency-home-food-bank" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/getting_ready_to_cook_up_a_storm.jpg" alt="Getting ready to cook up a storm" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I was never good about keeping a pantry, but that all changed when we relocated and the first hurricane came through. Even once it had passed, stores remained closed and power was out. That's when I understood the need to have a well-stocked home food bank.</p> <p>A food bank also enables you to avoid the panic that sets in when something scary does happen. If you've ever been through a natural disaster, you know well how quickly water and other basic food necessities disappear. For those with electric stoves, consider getting a <a href="http://amzn.to/2tXbEiz" target="_blank">camp stove</a> to keep around in case you're without power and need to boil water or heat up other food. Here are eight items you should stock in your emergency home food bank.</p> <h2>1. Rice</h2> <p>White rice keeps for four to five years, assuming you have it stored well. Brown rice has a shorter shelf life of three to six months, so if that is your preference, you need to make sure you use it in time. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-foods-you-need-in-your-emergency-pantry?ref=seealso" target="_blank">10 Foods You Need in Your &quot;Emergency&quot; Pantry</a>)</p> <h2>2. Ice</h2> <p>We learned quickly, and the hard way, that ice is the first thing to go in an emergency. You'll need to keep your perishables cold. If you have room in your freezer, keep extra trays of ice. We also invested in an outdoor freezer where we keep an extra bag.</p> <h2>3. Canned soups</h2> <p>Canned soup is versatile, filling, and can come packed with nutrient-rich beans and veggies. Watch for soups to go on sale or buy by the case at a warehouse for the best price. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-save-a-ton-by-eating-soup-every-day-and-never-get-bored?ref=seealso" target="_blank">How to Save a Ton by Eating Soup Every Day</a>)</p> <h2>4. Canned meat and tuna</h2> <p>Fresh meat and fish will go bad the fastest, but the canned versions are made to last, and can satisfy your body's need for protein in a pinch. Keep cans of tuna, chicken, corned beef, or Spam around, because they can easily be added to any meal.</p> <h2>5. Canned fruit and vegetables</h2> <p>Canned green beans, carrots, and canned potatoes can be used in an easy camping &quot;stew&quot; if you lose power. Canned fruits are delicious, and will certainly hold you over until the stores reopen and you can purchase healthier fresh fruit.</p> <h2>6. Bottled water</h2> <p>We keep five-gallon jugs at the ready. If there is a storm approaching, we fill those with water right away before the storm hits. Because if you lose your water source, you'll need clean water for absolutely everything: bathing, cooking, drinking, etc.</p> <h2>7. Instant coffee and tea</h2> <p>In a power outage, you can still get your daily caffeine fix from coffee or tea if you have a gas stove or camp stove.</p> <h2>8. Pasta</h2> <p>There are a lot of ways to get creative if you have some pasta around, or boxed macaroni and cheese. It's also a filling staple that can be combined with just about anything to create a complete meal. Stock up when prices are low and you won't regret it.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" data-pin-save="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F8-essentials-you-need-in-your-emergency-home-food-bank&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F8%2520Essentials%2520You%2520Need%2520in%2520Your%2520Emergency%2520Home%2520Food%2520Bank.jpg&amp;description=8%20Essentials%20You%20Need%20in%20Your%20Emergency%20Home%20Food%20Bank"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/8%20Essentials%20You%20Need%20in%20Your%20Emergency%20Home%20Food%20Bank.jpg" alt="8 Essentials You Need in Your Emergency Home Food Bank" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/marla-walters">Marla Walters</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-essentials-you-need-in-your-emergency-home-food-bank">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-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/8-hot-new-food-trends-the-frugal-way">8 Hot New Food Trends — The Frugal Way</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-foods-you-need-in-your-emergency-pantry">10 Foods You Need in Your &quot;Emergency&quot; Pantry</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/flashback-friday-wise-breads-88-best-food-hacks-ever">Flashback Friday: Wise Bread&#039;s 88 Best Food Hacks Ever</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/shop-the-salad-bar-and-other-ways-to-save-big-on-groceries">Shop the Salad Bar and Other Ways to Save Big on 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/the-best-and-worst-times-to-go-grocery-shopping">The Best and Worst Times to Go Grocery Shopping</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Shopping canned goods Food food bank food shopping food storage pantry Tue, 27 Jun 2017 08:30:15 +0000 Marla Walters 1972610 at http://www.wisebread.com How to Eat Street Food Safely While Traveling http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-eat-street-food-safely-while-traveling <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-eat-street-food-safely-while-traveling" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/italian_street_food_in_venice.jpg" alt="Italian street food in Venice" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Many people would never dream of buying street food from a stall when traveling, and with the number of horror stories out there, that's understandable. Reports of widespread contamination and severe food-borne illnesses are common. As a result, choosing the right stall can feel like a minefield if you don't know what to look for.</p> <p>I've been seriously ill many times in my eight years of traveling, but in my experience, it's nearly as likely to come from a nice sit down restaurant as from a street food stall.</p> <p>Street stalls are an important part of the culture in many countries, and they are where you'll find some of the most delicious and authentic cuisine. They also happen to be a cheap way to eat well. It pays to be cautious, but there's no need to miss out on street food altogether if you follow a few basic rules. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/eat-these-6-foods-to-stay-healthy-while-traveling?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Eat These 6 Foods to Stay Healthy While Traveling</a>)</p> <h2>Only eat at local mealtimes</h2> <p>Wherever you are, spend a little time figuring out what time people tend to eat their meals. One way to do this is to observe the areas that serve street food and make a mental note of when they get busy. You can also ask a local resident for the inside scoop. Once you're armed with the local mealtimes, stick to them rigidly and make sure that the stall you choose is bustling before you start to order.</p> <p>If you arrive before or after peak times, you won't know how long the food ingredients have been sitting around. You want a stall with a high turnover, constantly refreshing their ingredients and swapping out utensils and containers. When it comes to street food, it's always best to follow the crowd.</p> <h2>Look closely at the queue</h2> <p>In almost every other aspect of life, queues are looked at as a tedious and unnecessary waste of time. But if there is not a line of people waiting to order at the stall and you've followed the point above, then you should be questioning why.</p> <p>Put simply, queues mean quality, because people don't stand in line unless they know they're going to get something that's worth waiting for. Consider queues your best friend. They don't just mean that the food will be tasty, but they virtually guarantee that it will be fresh and safe to eat.</p> <p>In areas where competition for street food vendors is high, this applies even more so. Quite often, street food stalls that sell exactly the same dishes will group together in one place. Though it seems counterintuitive, the economies of agglomeration mean that it's actually beneficial for vendors to do this, as a higher volume of similar stalls attracts a higher number of buyers. Don't go rogue and be the person that chooses to save time by heading to the place with no queue. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-secrets-to-eating-great-food-for-cheap-while-traveling?ref=seealso" target="_blank">4 Secrets to Eating Great Food for Cheap While Traveling</a>)</p> <h2>Watch the preparation of the food</h2> <p>One of the greatest things about street food is the element of theater that comes with it. Watching chefs elaborately toss ingredients in the air with their wok, or chop fresh produce at lightning speed can be as entertaining an experience as eating the food itself. But more important than the open air performance is the fact that watching the preparation means you can plainly see how hygienic their methods are.</p> <p>Take a look at the preparation surfaces that are in use: Are they clean as a whistle or covered in flies? Does the stall owner look like they have decent standards of personal hygiene? Where is the raw food being kept? Is it out in the sun or carefully packed away in a cooler or refrigerator? Watch closely for a few minutes before you make your choice, and if you're not happy with how the food is being prepared, move on. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-14-best-ways-to-cut-food-costs-while-traveling?ref=seealso" target="_blank">14 Best Ways to Cut Food Costs While Traveling</a>)</p> <h2>If it doesn't taste right, don't continue</h2> <p>When it comes to food, using the sniff and poke test to determine whether something is safe to eat is not a good idea. Just because it smells fine, that doesn't necessarily mean it's not going to be harmful. Food could appear on the surface to be perfectly fine and still be riddled with illness-causing bacteria. That said, if a dish smells or tastes terrible, then you should definitely err on the side of caution and take it as a sign that something is potentially off or rotten.</p> <p>A solid rule of thumb to follow is that if it doesn't seem right, then just don't continue eating it. There's no need to be rude, but you should let the cooks know that something doesn't seem quite right, so they don't pass on contaminated food to other customers. You may have paid for it already, but it's really not worth the risk. You should, quite literally, go with your gut in this instance.</p> <h2>Eat cooked food or peelable food</h2> <p>If it's not cooked, or not peelable, then don't let it pass your lips. In many countries, there are delicacies that are made from raw eggs, raw vegetables, and even raw meat. Though they may be lovely and perfectly safe for those who are used to eating them, don't play Russian roulette with your digestive system. If you are desperate to try one of these dishes, then it's far better to go to a restaurant that you have reference-checked thoroughly beforehand than to take a gamble on the street.</p> <p>Always be sure to check that food is piping hot throughout, as partial heating is a surefire way to encourage bacterial growth. You can always ask for something to be cooked longer if you're unsure. When it comes to fruit, stick to the stuff that's peelable. A removable skin is nature's promise of sterility within.</p> <h2>What to do if the worst does happen</h2> <p>If you do end up getting sick, the first and most important thing to do is remain hydrated by drinking lots of water, because it's essential to replace any fluids you lose when you're sick. Get lots of rest, as it will help your body recover quickly. Remember, most bouts of food poisoning won't last longer than three days. It's not usually necessary to take any medication for sickness or diarrhea and it will ordinarily just run its course naturally.</p> <p>If your symptoms are severe, or they haven't improved after three days, then you should get in touch with a medical professional to seek further help.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" data-pin-save="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Fhow-to-eat-street-food-safely-while-traveling&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FHow%2520to%2520Eat%2520Street%2520Food%2520Safely%2520While%2520Traveling.jpg&amp;description=How%20to%20Eat%20Street%20Food%20Safely%20While%20Traveling"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/How%20to%20Eat%20Street%20Food%20Safely%20While%20Traveling.jpg" alt="How to Eat Street Food Safely While Traveling" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/nick-wharton">Nick Wharton</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-eat-street-food-safely-while-traveling">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/how-to-save-an-extra-109486-a-year">How to Save an Extra $1,094.86 a Year</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-most-affordable-beach-towns-in-mexico">8 Most Affordable Beach Towns in Mexico</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-affordable-family-getaways-when-you-dont-have-a-vacation-fund">7 Affordable Family Getaways When You Don&#039;t Have a Vacation Fund</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/25-secrets-from-the-worlds-most-frugal-frequent-travelers">25 Secrets From the World&#039;s Most Frugal Frequent Travelers</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/what-to-do-if-you-get-bumped-from-a-flight">What to Do If You Get Bumped From a Flight</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Travel food poisoning food tips international travel safe travel safety tips street food travel tips Wed, 21 Jun 2017 08:31:05 +0000 Nick Wharton 1969596 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: How to Get Fresher Coffee With Stale Bread http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-how-to-get-fresher-coffee-with-stale-bread <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-how-to-get-fresher-coffee-with-stale-bread" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_coffee_mug_593315336.jpg" alt="Woman getting fresher coffee with stale bread" 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 articles on how to get fresher coffee with stale bread, foods that prevent hair loss, and easy ways to increase the value of your home.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="https://www.thepennyhoarder.com/food/recipes/uses-for-stale-bread/">From French Toast to Fresher Coffee, Here are 5 Great Uses for Stale Bread</a> &mdash; Learn how to clean your coffee grinder with stale bread! [The Penny Hoarder]</p> <p><a href="https://www.dumblittleman.com/foods-to-prevent-hair-loss/">Hair Treatment: 6 Foods To Prevent Hair Loss</a> &mdash; Green leafy vegetables are high in antioxidants and iron content, which are vital for strengthening and stimulating hair growth. [Dumb Little Man]</p> <p><a href="http://www.frugalvillage.com/2017/06/13/5-easy-ways-to-increase-the-value-of-your-home/">5 Easy Ways to Increase the Value of Your Home</a> &mdash; Unclutter your garage and clean up any oil spills or other messes. Impress potential buyers with a spotless garage. [Frugal Village]</p> <p><a href="https://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/How-Throw-Ultimate-Block-Party-Summer-43573420">Here's Everything You Need to Plan the Ultimate Block Party</a> &mdash; Make sure you have your grilling tools ready, like cutting boards, a grilling thermometer, a dry rub shaker, sauces, and BBQ &quot;clongs&quot; that have a flat tip to scrape the grill clean. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://naturemoms.com/blog/2017/06/14/eco-stuff-kids-summer/">Eco Stuff to Do With the Kids This Summer</a> &mdash; Plant some veggies! Beetroot and salad onions plant well in the warmer months and won't take long to grow. [Nature Moms Blog]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.thefrugaltoad.com/personalfinance/3-steps-to-a-more-balanced-life">3 Steps to a More Balanced Life</a> &mdash; Having the right kind and amount of challenges can help you stay motivated and driven. Consider taking an online course related to your career. [The Frugal Toad]</p> <p><a href="http://www.northerncheapskate.com/10-time-and-money-saving-tips-for-grocery-shopping/">10 Time and Money Saving Tips for Grocery Shopping</a> &mdash; Chop up leftover fresh herbs and store them in the freezer. You can keep frozen herbs for months! [Northern Cheapskate]</p> <p><a href="http://moneyqanda.com/what-to-do-when-you-get-arrested/">Top 5 Things to Know and What to Do When You Get Arrested</a> &mdash; Be observant and check to see which agency has arrested you. This information will help you determine which facility you're being taken to and will be useful when you reach out to friends or family. [Money Q&amp;A]</p> <p><a href="http://www.yoursmartmoneymoves.com/2017/06/15/five-biggest-mistakes-families-make-with-life-insurance/">Five Biggest Mistakes Families Make with Life Insurance</a> &mdash; As your life progresses and your family situation changes, it's important to review the beneficiaries on your policy and update if necessary. [Your Smart Money Moves]</p> <p><a href="http://moneyminiblog.com/productivity/boost-motivation/">5 Surprisingly Easy Things You Can Do to Boost Your Motivation</a> &mdash; Pay attention to the signals your mind and body are sending you. What is causing the headaches, fatigue, or other feelings of discomfort? [Money Mini Blog]</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-how-to-get-fresher-coffee-with-stale-bread">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/17-uses-for-stale-bread">17 Uses for Stale Bread</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/cheapest-ways-to-get-your-caffeine-fix">Cheapest Ways to Get Your Caffeine Fix</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/french-press-coffee">French Press Coffee: Step-by-Step Guide to Handcrafted Coffee</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-starbucks-drinks-you-can-easily-make-yourself">4 Starbucks Drinks You Can Easily Make Yourself</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/better-brewing-12-ways-to-make-coffee-at-home">Better Brewing: 12 Ways to Make Coffee at Home</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink best money tips coffee stale bread Fri, 16 Jun 2017 08:30:16 +0000 Amy Lu 1966873 at http://www.wisebread.com How to Prevent a Drunken Online Shopping Spree http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-prevent-a-drunken-online-shopping-spree <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-prevent-a-drunken-online-shopping-spree" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/guy_at_home.jpg" alt="Guy at home" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It used to be that drinking and shopping took some effort on your part, since you had to get yourself to a brick-and-mortar store in order to actually make purchases. It wasn't really a situation many of us would find ourselves in. But online shopping has made it possible to shop while buzzed.</p> <p>Browsing Amazon or eBay after a night of drinking may not seem like a terrible habit to indulge in. You're safe at home, after all, and you can crash in bed after your wine and shopping binge &mdash; and there's always that hilarious moment several days later when your purchase finally arrives and you get to open the mystery box. But drunken shopping sprees aren't cheap. According to a Finder.com survey, the <a href="https://www.finder.com/how-much-do-americans-spend-after-having-a-few-drinks" target="_blank">average amount of money that drunk shoppers spend</a> in a single evening of tipsy debauchery is $206.</p> <p>While having a funny souvenir of a memorable night may be a justifiable use of your money the first time it happens, making a habit of drunk shopping can throw a major wrench in your financial plans. Here are six ways you can keep your wallet safe from your worst shopping impulses when you are tempted to drink and shop.</p> <h2>1. Carry cash</h2> <p>While most drunken shopping sprees are now happening online, in-person tipsy shopping is still a problem. This tends to be more of an issue when your drinking venue is close to a shopping destination &mdash; like when you are on vacation and can drift from the bar to the cute boutiques without having to set foot in a vehicle. There are also plenty of opportunities for you to spend your money in person after a few drinks have loosened your purse strings, including &quot;Sip and Shop&quot; events set up specifically to encourage that behavior.</p> <p>The easiest way to thwart yourself from making unnecessary purchases is by carrying cash for the evening. That helps you to reduce the potential damage you can do to your finances by limiting the amount of money you can spend in one evening. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/is-an-all-cash-diet-right-for-you?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Is an All-Cash Diet Right for You?</a>)</p> <h2>2. Post sticky notes everywhere</h2> <p>Believe it or not, sticky notes can be a form of time travel. Your past self can use the sticky note to remind your future drunk self why you don't want to waste your money on more iTunes purchases or cute shoes. If you know you're likely to shop under the influence, write out notes to yourself about why drunk shopping is a bad idea. Go ahead and list the reasons why you are going to regret your purchase in the morning.</p> <p>While a single sticky note can get this across, putting additional notes so that your computer screen is covered with them will really force your future self to remember that your past self is serious about this issue.</p> <h2>3. Turn off one-click ordering</h2> <p>One-click ordering means you can go from being unaware an item exists, to coveting it, to buying it, all within seconds. Add some beer to that equation, and it's even more likely that you'll be scratching your head over a delivery in a few days while lamenting your lighter wallet.</p> <p>Removing your credit card information from your favorite retail sites can help to curb your drunken shopping habits, since you will have to get up to get your wallet and enter in your credit card information in order to complete your sale. The work necessary to enter in your information will either sober you up enough to make you question your need for cardboard cutouts of the Golden Girls, or will be more typing than you can handle in your inebriated state.</p> <p>This is also a good reason to remove your account information on any shopping sites, so that you are forced to type in your mailing address every time you shop. That can be enough of a barrier to keep you from recklessly drinking and buying. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/39-mindless-ways-youre-wasting-money-in-every-part-of-your-life?ref=seealso" target="_blank">39 Mindless Ways You're Wasting Money in Every Part of Your Life</a>)</p> <h2>4. Block retail sites when you know you will be drinking</h2> <p>There are many apps and browser extensions out there to help force you to be productive when you are feeling the siren's song of your Twitter or Facebook feed. But these tools can also help you to manage your drunk purchasing behavior. Simply set your app or browser extension to block you out of shopping sites anytime you are likely to be drinking &mdash; such as on Friday evenings or after your weekly happy hour with friends.</p> <h2>5. Remove shopping apps from your phone</h2> <p>It's entirely possible to spend your rent money without leaving your house or even booting up your laptop, which means you will need to cut off this additional source of temptation: shopping apps on your phone. Not only do these apps make it far too easy to shop after you've had a few, they don't do you any favors while you are sober, either. These apps allow you to spend money without feeling any pain of payment, which makes them especially dangerous when you are drunk.</p> <p>Remove those apps from your phone, and consider replacing them with apps that will also be fun to surf without spurring you to spend money. For instance, the Pinterest app can give you the feeling of virtual window shopping.</p> <h2>6. Be prepared to make returns</h2> <p>While opening up the mystery box you receive after a night of drunk shopping can be exciting, it's a much better policy to simply return your purchases without opening them. Go ahead and send it back rather than clutter up your home with a purchase that only seemed like a good idea when you were at the bottom of a glass of wine.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/emily-guy-birken">Emily Guy Birken</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-prevent-a-drunken-online-shopping-spree">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-7"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-items-you-should-never-buy-online">8 Items You Should Never Buy Online</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-one-nice-thing-can-ruin-your-whole-budget">How One Nice Thing Can Ruin Your Whole Budget</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-shop-for-food-once-a-month-and-save-big">How to Shop for Food Once a Month and Save Big</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-resist-the-expensive-once-in-a-lifetime-mentality">How to Resist the Expensive &quot;Once in a Lifetime&quot; Mentality</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-problems-you-can-solve-with-20">8 Problems You Can Solve With $20</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Shopping drinking drinking habits drunk shopping online shopping shopping spree Shopping Tricks shopping while drunk Spending Money Mon, 12 Jun 2017 09:00:10 +0000 Emily Guy Birken 1963764 at http://www.wisebread.com 7 Grocery Store Habits That Are Making You Broke http://www.wisebread.com/7-grocery-store-habits-that-are-making-you-broke <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-grocery-store-habits-that-are-making-you-broke" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/i_feel_like_trying_something_new_today.jpg" alt="I feel like trying something new today" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It happens more often than I care to admit: I stumble to my car wondering how two bags of groceries set me back $40. After a particularly budget-busting grocery run last week, I got to thinking &mdash; maybe some of that sticker shock is less about rising food prices and more about my own bad habits. Let my humbling <em>aha!</em> moment save you some cash. Here are seven grocery store habits that are making you broke.</p> <h2>1. Assuming coupons are always money-savers</h2> <p>Though it may sound like a sacrilege to some, coupons can often end up costing consumers more in long run. How? Well, they get shoppers to buy products we normally wouldn't buy, often require the purchase of multiple items in order to score the deal, and tend to be skewed toward prepackaged and heavily-processed foods. Skip the coupon-clipping. In most cases, generic or store-brand options will offer a far better and more consistent value. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-reasons-why-i-don-t-clip-coupons?ref=seealso" target="_blank">5 Reasons Why I Don&rsquo;t Clip Coupons</a>)</p> <h2>2. Staying loyal to brands</h2> <p>While brand loyalty isn't always a bad thing, it's easy to take it to the extreme and cost yourself money. If you're shopping with blinders on, you're likely missing out on new and more competitive brands, significant product improvements, and great promotional deals. Shake things up every once in awhile. Explore what other brands and generics have to offer. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-we-brainwash-ourselves-into-brand-loyalty?ref=seealso" target="_blank">How We Brainwash Ourselves Into Brand Loyalty</a>)</p> <h2>3. Ignoring expiration dates</h2> <p>Since I'm not a morning person, that first cup of coffee each day is more than a small pleasure &mdash; it's my oxygen. That's what makes the following anecdote all the more painful. One morning a few months ago, I opened up a brand-new container of half-and-half. Instead of pouring smoothly as expected, the contents plopped out with the consistency of cottage cheese. Yeah, eww. If only I'd checked the expiration date before buying it, I would have saved my morning and $2.99. Let my tragedy be a cautionary tale. Shop smart and always check expiration dates.</p> <h2>4. Falling for clever packaging</h2> <p>Packaging food is a science unto itself. Clever packaging is designed to stimulate our senses, convey quality, and express the personality of a brand. While product presentation is difficult to ignore, don't let it override other important considerations such as ingredients, nutritional value, and unit price. After all, why pay more for cute packaging that just ends up in the recycling bin?</p> <h2>5. Shopping when you're hungry</h2> <p>Grocery shopping on an empty stomach is a recipe (pardon the pun) for making bad food decisions. Remember, <em>hungry</em> is just one short step away from <em>hangry</em>. Both conditions make it much easier to buy more, eat more, and choose items that aren't as healthy. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-and-worst-times-to-go-grocery-shopping?ref=seealso" target="_blank">The Best and Worst Times to Go Grocery Shopping</a>)</p> <h2>6. Buying pre-made foods</h2> <p>Ever notice that more and more grocery stores are transforming into mini food courts complete with full salad bars, panini stations, and even sushi counters? It's no accident. Stores know that convenience sells and busy people will pay a premium for pre-made food. If you're focused on your budget's bottom-line, don't let your grocery shopping routine turn into a pricey restaurant dining experience.</p> <h2>7. Jumping on trends</h2> <p>Sure, that pomegranate-infused kombucha smoothie looks magical, but it's $6.99! Trendy food and beverage products are developed for only one reason: to ride the wave of popularity and cash in on consumer curiosity. Save money by sticking to the basics and not falling for temporary food trends that suck the money right out of your wallet. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-hot-new-food-trends-the-frugal-way?ref=seealso" target="_blank">8 Hot New Food Trends &mdash; The Frugal Way</a>)</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kentin-waits">Kentin Waits</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-grocery-store-habits-that-are-making-you-broke">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/flashback-friday-53-grocery-shopping-tricks-thatll-make-your-life-easier">Flashback Friday: 53 Grocery Shopping Tricks That&#039;ll Make Your Life Easier</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/9-ways-you-are-sabotaging-your-weekly-grocery-budget">9 Ways You Are Sabotaging Your Weekly Grocery Budget</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/shop-the-salad-bar-and-other-ways-to-save-big-on-groceries">Shop the Salad Bar and Other Ways to Save Big on 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/great-summertime-grilling-for-any-budget">Great Summertime Grilling for Any Budget</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-grocery-shop-for-five-on-100-a-week">How to Grocery Shop for Five on $100 a Week</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Shopping food budget grocery hacks grocery shopping saving money at the grocery store shopping tips Thu, 08 Jun 2017 09:00:10 +0000 Kentin Waits 1961859 at http://www.wisebread.com How to Make Artisanal Bread on a Budget http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-make-artisanal-bread-on-a-budget <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-make-artisanal-bread-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/185084458.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>An important diet and budgeting component in our kitchen is homemade bread. While baking your own bread sounds like one of those time-consuming activities, no-knead bread is one of the simplest things to make.</p> <p>No-knead bread is a great starter recipe for kitchen newbies. The basic recipe is so easy that a motivated eight-year-old could learn how to bake bread. If you have the skills to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/23-recipes-for-slime-your-kids-can-make-and-even-sell" target="_blank">make your own slime</a>, you should be able to make no-knead bread. Plus, you can end up saving tons of cash along the way.</p> <h2>The ingredients</h2> <p>The classic <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2006/11/08/dining/08mini.html?action=click&amp;contentCollection=Food&amp;module=RelatedCoverage&amp;region=Marginalia&amp;pgtype=article" target="_blank">No-Knead Bread recipe</a> was developed by Jim Lahey of the Sullivan Street Bakery in New York City and contains just four ingredients: flour, yeast, salt, and water. The bread from this recipe costs less than 50 cents per loaf to make, but looks and tastes like the rustic artisan bread you'd pay $5 to $8 for at the store. Also, the recipe is very adaptable and hard to break. It's worth reading the hundreds of comments on this recipe, because they are full of helpful hacks for every type of kitchen and baker, and they include recipe variations such as whole wheat, olive oil, sourdough, cinnamon raisin, and lots more.</p> <h2>The tools</h2> <p>Professional bread ovens have a steam element. The extra moisture during the baking process is what gives bakery bread that flaky crust. Lahey figured out how to replicate the steaming at home by using a lidded Dutch oven to trap the moisture. I use a $40, cast iron pot to bake my no-knead bread, but you can use any lidded pan that can handle a 450-degree oven temperature. One of the great things about this bread-making technique is that it doesn't require specialty, single-use kitchen gadgets. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/smart-new-uses-for-these-14-kitchen-gadgets?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Smart New Uses for These 14 Kitchen Gadgets</a>)</p> <h2>The bread math</h2> <p>One 25-pound bag of La Romanella high gluten (bread) flour at Smart &amp; Final costs $7.99. One one-pound (454 grams) bag of Saf-Instant yeast costs $3.59 at Smart &amp; Final. One 26-ounce (737 gram) box of Morton's Sea Salt costs $2.09 at Target. Each loaf of bread uses 15 ounces of flour, nine grams of salt, and less than a gram of yeast, or 31 cents in ingredients.</p> <p>Even when I splurge and make rye bread from organic flour from Whole Foods or add expensive ingredients like olives or nuts, it's still hard to make a loaf of bread that costs more than $2. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-save-a-ton-by-eating-soup-every-day-and-never-get-bored?ref=seealso" target="_blank">How to Save a Ton by Eating Soup Every Day and Never Get Bored</a>)</p> <h2>Reduce the cost of baking by buying in bulk</h2> <p>I could reduce the cost of each loaf even further if I bought the ingredients in greater bulk, but that makes no sense for my household of two. After all, each one-pound bag of yeast makes over 454 loaves of bread! I am hoping that I can find a neighbor who wants to split a bulk purchase of baking supplies so we can both save on our grocery budgets, but so far my neighbors would prefer to pay for my finished bread, instead of making their own.</p> <h2>The bread schedule</h2> <p>The secret weapon of no-knead bread is slow-rise fermentation. Instead of manually breaking down the gluten protein by kneading the bread, you let the yeast slowly do all the work of lining up the gluten molecules. While the actual hands-on time involved in making no-knead bread is under an hour, the hardest part is waiting the full 24 hours for the yeast to do its magic. No-knead bread is the opposite of instant gratification.</p> <p>If you want to make bread for gifting like I do, you might have to add bread making to your calendar so you don't forget to make the dough in advance. Fair warning: you will have to train your friends and family to give you a 48-hour notice on bread orders.</p> <h2>Make the dough in advance to save time</h2> <p>To save time, I mix the bread dough in bulk once a week and bake on demand. I make enough dough for four loaves every Saturday &mdash; two for us to eat during the week, and two to use for gifts or barter currency. I should note that the loaves I make later in the week always taste better than the loaves I bake immediately. The extra sitting time allows the dough to ferment further and develop a more complex flavor (think sourdough).</p> <h2>Add beer to speed up the schedule</h2> <p>The test kitchen of Cook's Illustrated Magazine came up with an &quot;Almost No-Knead&quot; version of Lahey's recipe. By adding beer as a leavening agent and doing the most minimal knead, the recipe testers found that they could make a loaf with a finer crumb and reduce the rising time of the dough to as few as eight hours. For those who don't have a subscription to Cook's Illustrated, Breadtopia.com republished free copies of the Cook's Illustrated recipes for <a href="http://breadtopia.com/cooks-illustrated-almost-no-knead/" target="_blank">white and whole wheat bread</a>.</p> <p>Because I am not a big drinker, I use the random bottles of beer that get left behind at every BBQ to make bread dough, so I've never actually had to buy beer for baking. But even if I did buy beer as an ingredient, one 12-ounce bottle of mild-flavored beer (it can also be nonalcoholic) will make a little over four loaves of bread, so this pricier version of the recipe is still frugal.</p> <h2>Freeze surplus bread</h2> <p>Another way to save time is to bake multiple loaves in quick succession and freeze the surplus. I like to bake this way in the summertime to avoid heating up my unairconditioned house with the oven more than once a week.</p> <p>Bulk baking also saves money because you won't have to pay the extra money involved in repeatedly heating up your oven to temperature (and then cooling down your house).</p> <h2>The meal options are endless</h2> <p>I firmly believe that teachers need to be compensated for their knowledge. Since I have saved literally hundreds of dollars on bread by using Jim Lahey's original recipe that he gives out for free, I decide to buy his book <a href="http://amzn.to/2rO6NTM" target="_blank">My Bread</a> as a way to show my appreciation for his work. I was pleasantly surprised to discover that his no-knead technique can be used to make everything from pizza crust, to breadsticks, to cinnamon buns. Slow-rise fermentation is a versatile baking technique that allows me to create an ever-expanding collection of delicious bread recipes inexpensively and without fail.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/max-wong">Max Wong</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-make-artisanal-bread-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-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/breaking-the-bread-code-how-to-get-the-freshest-loaf">Breaking the Bread Code: How to Get the Freshest Loaf</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-make-your-own-soda-tidy-a-room-in-three-minutes-cure-a-hangover-and-become-a-movie-extra-phew">How To Make Your Own Soda, Tidy A Room In Three Minutes, Cure A Hangover And Become A Movie Extra. Phew!</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/buy-this-not-that-at-the-farmers-market">Buy This — Not That — at the Farmer&#039;s Market</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-bake-sourdough-bread-and-save-a-buck-on-every-loaf">How to bake sourdough bread (and save a buck on every loaf)</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-best-5-credit-cards-for-groceries">The Best Credit Cards for Groceries</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Shopping artisanal bread baking bread baking hacks baking tips bread bread maker breadmaking how to Wed, 07 Jun 2017 08:31:12 +0000 Max Wong 1961113 at http://www.wisebread.com 31 Foolproof Ways to Lower Your Grocery Bill http://www.wisebread.com/31-foolproof-ways-to-lower-your-grocery-bill <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/31-foolproof-ways-to-lower-your-grocery-bill" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/couple_shopping_in_supermarket.jpg" alt="Couple shopping in supermarket" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Americans are spending more on food now than they have over the past decade, according to the Food Institute. That doesn't mean buying groceries has to break your budget. Here are over 30 ways to cut costs at the supermarket.</p> <h2>1. Use the best credit card</h2> <p>One often overlooked but simple way to cut costs is by using the right credit card for your groceries. Imagine getting 6 percent of your purchases back as cash back, without a single coupon. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-5-credit-cards-for-groceries?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Use These Credit Cards at the Supermarket</a>)</p> <h2>2. Set a budget</h2> <p>Take a look at all of your grocery expenses over the past few months &mdash; or even the past year, if you have the records &mdash; and figure out how those expenses mesh with your other financial goals. Could you cut back and make more room for other items in your budget, including savings? Come up with a target grocery budget and then track (and adjust) your spending to make sure that you stick to that budget each week.</p> <h2>3. Shop at home first</h2> <p>Purchasing items that you already have at home can be a waste of both time and money. Be sure to quickly inventory your pantry and refrigerator before you hit the supermarket so you haven't forgotten about purchases you've already made.</p> <h2>4. Plan your meals</h2> <p>Once you've taken stock of the ingredients you have at home, come up with a few meals that make use of them with the addition of as few ingredients as possible. Then you can pick up only the items that you need, and reduce weekday stress of figuring out what's for dinner.</p> <h2>5. Shop the circular</h2> <p>Look through the weekly deal list put out by most supermarkets (you can typically find them online) to see what's on sale and plan your meals around those items. Typically the items on the front page of the circular are &quot;loss leaders,&quot; or merchandise that's offered at an extra discount in order to lure customers into the store.</p> <h2>6. Make a list</h2> <p>Once you've got a meal plan, it's easy to make a list of exactly what you need for the week. Shopping from a list also reduces impulse purchases and insures that you won't forget items, which could require another trip to the store and present another opportunity to overspend.</p> <h2>7. Play the coupon game</h2> <p>Whether you're clipping them from newspapers or downloading them online, coupons are an easy way to find savings on items that you're purchasing anyway. Keep an eye on expiration dates, and look for stores that will double coupons for extra savings. But don't get tempted to buy things you don't need, just because you've got a coupon. It's not a bargain if it's unnecessary.</p> <h2>8. Switch up stores</h2> <p>Different grocery stores offer better discounts on different categories of purchases. Over time you may have come to know where to get the best deals on different items. But make sure you keep an eye on changing prices and sales. Once you've planned your list, look through the various circulars to figure out which store is offering the most compelling deals for you this week and shop there. Next week, you may find it worth trying your luck somewhere else. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-affordable-alternatives-to-the-grocery-store?ref=seealso" target="_blank">10 Affordable Alternatives to the Grocery Store</a>)</p> <h2>9. But show some loyalty to all of them</h2> <p>Join the loyalty programs of the various supermarkets where you shop to get additional discounts and coupons at the register. Follow them on social media, too, for notice of special sales or discounts.</p> <h2>10. Stock up on deals</h2> <p>Pay close attention to the prices of nonperishable items you purchase often. Then, when you see a good deal, purchase as many as you have room for.</p> <h2>11. Ask for a rain check</h2> <p>If you see a great deal advertised in the circular or the store but the item is sold out, you can still get that sale price. Most stores will give you a &quot;rain check,&quot; or a voucher to purchase the item at the sale price at a later date.</p> <h2>12. Cut back on meat</h2> <p>Meat is one of the most expensive items that you put in your grocery cart each week. If going completely vegetarian won't work for your family, consider adopting Meatless Mondays or making meat the side dish instead of the main course for some meals.</p> <h2>13. Stay in season</h2> <p>Fresh produce costs less when it's in season, so try to time your purchases accordingly. You'll get the best prices on berries, for example, in the summer, while oranges are cheapest in the winter months. Planning your meals around what's in season ensures you'll get the best flavors, too.</p> <h2>14. Put your freezer to work</h2> <p>If you have a hankering for off season fruits or vegetables, see whether they're available in the frozen aisle. Frozen produce is typically picked at its ripest and immediately frozen, locking in many of its nutrients. You can use your freezer to reduce other grocery costs as well, freezing meat purchased at a discount or extra portions of meals you've cooked before they go to waste.</p> <h2>15. Call in the subs</h2> <p>Swap out high-cost ingredients in recipes for lower-cost substitutes that can reduce the overall cost of the meal without sacrificing taste. Try turmeric rather than saffron, for example, or cream cheese in place of goat cheese.</p> <h2>16. Hit up a warehouse store</h2> <p>Warehouse stores often have lower per-unit prices than grocery stores on items like paper goods, cleaning products, and toiletries. They may also have good deals on food items, but make sure that you're not buying so much food that it could go bad before your family eats it all. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-credit-cards-to-use-at-costco?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Best Credit Cards to Use at Costco</a>)</p> <h2>17. Bring your own bag</h2> <p>Some grocery stores offer a discount to shoppers who bring their own reusable shopping bags. Bonus: You'll be helping the environment while you shop.</p> <h2>18. DIY</h2> <p>Some of the most expensive items in grocery stores are prepared foods or those where some of the prep work has been done for you. If you can take the time to chop your own fruits and vegetables, grate your own cheese, marinate your own fish, or boil you own eggs, you can pay significantly less.</p> <h2>19. Don't go all in with organics</h2> <p>In general, produce that has a thicker skin (things like avocado, mangoes, and grapefruit) have lower levels of pesticides than those without (such as strawberries, spinach, nectarines, and apples). Consider spending extra only for those foods that have higher pesticide levels.</p> <h2>20. Drink (tap) water</h2> <p>In addition to being expensive, drinks like soda and juice are full of sugar, so eliminating them is better for both your budget and your body. Bottled water is healthier, but it's also an unnecessary expense when you can drink water from your faucets for free. If water quality is an issue, a low-cost filter can help. Cutting down on bottles reduces hassling with heavy items and reduces your environmental impact as well.</p> <h2>21. Don't wander</h2> <p>Rather than walking through every aisle in the grocery store, don't even turn down those without items on your list. That will save you time and prevent unnecessary impulse purchases.</p> <h2>22. Become a gardener</h2> <p>Vegetable seeds are relatively inexpensive, and just a few plants can yield dozens of fresh veggies that you won't have to purchase later at the supermarket. If you're not up for a full vegetable garden, consider starting with an herb garden. That will allow you to pick and use herbs as needed, rather than being forced to purchase more than you need for a particular recipe at the grocery store.</p> <h2>23. Take it back</h2> <p>Didn't notice the mold on those strawberries in the store? Rather than throwing the whole container away, return it to the store. Most grocery stores have relatively generous return policies and will be happy to exchange your item for a fresh one.</p> <h2>24. Divide and conquer snacks</h2> <p>Single-serve snack portions cost a lot more than those purchased in a single large box or bag. Instead, purchase the larger size, and divide it into smaller portions at home.</p> <h2>25. Crunch the numbers</h2> <p>Check the price tag to see if it includes unit pricing (price per ounce, for example). If not, use your cellphone calculator to figure out the unit price and then compare that to other sizes and other brands to make sure you're buying the one that offers the most value.</p> <h2>26. Use apps</h2> <p>Your calculator isn't the only feature on your smartphone that could save you money at the grocery story. Try <a href="https://ibotta.com/r/jcsgjbv">Ibotta</a>, which will give you cash back on featured products if you submit a photo of your receipt; and ShopKick, which sends you rewards and discounts when you walk into a store and buy certain items. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-apps-that-actually-pay-you-to-shop?ref=seealso">8 Apps That Actually Pay You to Shop</a>)</p> <h2>27. Try out the store brand</h2> <p>Many name-brand and generic products are literally the same thing with different packaging, and considerably different price tags. Compare ingredients lists to see if there are any noticeable differences. If not, go with the store brand.</p> <h2>28. Ignore checkout displays</h2> <p>Keep your eye on the register, your shopping partner, or your phone at checkout, rather than on the candy or other items on display. There's a reason the checkout line is filled with easy-to-grab items. A shopping list can help lower &quot;decision fatigue,&quot; but you'll still need to be on guard to get through that final gauntlet of temptations.</p> <h2>29. Eat (a healthy snack) before you shop</h2> <p>Shopping on an empty stomach can lower your resistance to impulse purchases and make you end up spending more. But it matters how you fill that empty stomach. Researchers at Cornell University have found that consuming a healthy snack before grocery shopping can increase the likelihood that you'll make healthy food choices while at the store.</p> <h2>30. Check sell-by dates</h2> <p>Look for items with the furthest-out sell-by date (often in the back of a display). That will give you more time to consume the product at home and reduce the chances that it will go to waste.</p> <h2>31. Consider subscription services</h2> <p>A local CSA may offer a monthly box of fruits and vegetables that cost less than it would at the supermarket. Other services like Amazon Fresh may offer discounted items that save you money, even after their monthly fee. Check out the options in your area and you may be surprised to find that these services can save you both time and money. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-having-your-groceries-delivered-can-save-you-money?ref=seealso" target="_blank">6 Ways Having Your Groceries Delivered Can Save You Money</a>)</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/beth-braverman">Beth Braverman</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/31-foolproof-ways-to-lower-your-grocery-bill">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/how-to-save-a-ton-by-eating-soup-every-day-and-never-get-bored">How to Save a Ton by Eating Soup Every Day (and Never Get Bored!)</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-6-shopping-mistakes-keeping-you-from-a-great-deal">The 6 Shopping Mistakes Keeping You From a Great Deal</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/this-simple-shopping-list-strategy-from-5-meal-plan-will-save-you-big">This Simple Shopping List Strategy From $5 Meal Plan Will Save You Big</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-12-best-frozen-food-values">The 12 Best Frozen Food Values</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/shop-the-salad-bar-and-other-ways-to-save-big-on-groceries">Shop the Salad Bar and Other Ways to Save Big on Groceries</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Shopping budgeting coupons deals frozen foods groceries grocery store meatless monday sales saving money supermarket Wed, 07 Jun 2017 08:31:05 +0000 Beth Braverman 1959963 at http://www.wisebread.com 5 Cheap Travel Destinations for Wine Lovers http://www.wisebread.com/5-cheap-travel-destinations-for-wine-lovers <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-cheap-travel-destinations-for-wine-lovers" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/couple_in_the_vineyard.jpg" alt="Couple in the vineyard" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>For those who like to swirl, sniff, and sip their way around the world, a tour of one of the world&rsquo;s great wine destinations can be a dream vacation. Staying at a winery is a fantastic experience and many vineyard restaurants around the world offer fresh, farm-to-table style dining, prepared by expert chefs in breathtaking locations. While some of these locations can be outrageously expensive, there are wonderful international wine destinations that you can experience on a budget. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-no-fuss-wine-destinations-anyone-can-visit-and-enjoy?ref=seealso" target="_blank">7 No-Fuss U.S. Wine Destinations</a>)</p> <h2>1. Salta, Argentina</h2> <p>While Argentina&rsquo;s Uco Valley and Luján de Cuyo, both near Mendoza, are world renowned, they can be pricey. Farther north, the wine region around Cafayate in Salta province offers great value for wine lovers.</p> <p>Among the 10,000 acres dedicated to vineyards, some wineries (<em>bodegas</em>) offer <a href="http://wander-argentina.com/winery-tours-in-cafayate/" target="_blank">free tours and tastings</a>. But you really don&rsquo;t need to spend a lot of money on a rental car or private driver to take you out to wineries, because there are plenty right in the town of Cafayate. This means that you can walk from tasting to tasting without having to get behind the wheel. Any trip should also include a visit to a fantastic wine bar in town called Bad Brothers Wine Experience, which has affordable tapas and wines.</p> <p>If you do choose to head out to some of the nearby vineyards, I recommend visiting Piattelli Vineyards, which is about a five-minute drive from Cafayate town. When I was there in 2017, tours started at 100 Argentine pesos, or about $6.50. Another favorite is Bodega El Esteco, where a tasting was 155 Argentine pesos, or $10 during my visit. This bodega also has a fabulous hotel called Patios de Cafayate, where you can stay in a historic building right on the vineyard &mdash; a truly memorable experience for those who love all things wine.</p> <h2>2. The Okanagan Valley, Canada</h2> <p>You may not have considered visiting your neighbor to the north for an excellent glass of wine, but British Columbia&rsquo;s Okanagan Valley is famous for producing tasty merlot, cabernet sauvignon, pinot noir, pinot gris, and chardonnay. Thanks to the strong U.S. dollar, travel within this region and other parts of Canada is cheaper than it has been in previous years.</p> <p>Vineyards in the region are set along the breathtaking, 84-mile long Okanagan Lake, and many of the restaurants at the wineries have beautiful views over the water.</p> <p>The best way to visit the wineries is to get a group of people together and share the cost of a private vehicle. You can rent a 10-passenger stretch limousine for $79 an hour and take it on a self-guided wine tour. You can usually visit three to four wineries in a five-hour half-day tour that would cost $395. If you split the cost among 10 people, your transport would cost less than $40 a person.</p> <p>But it&rsquo;s not always easy to get together 10 friends when you&rsquo;re traveling, so you can also book affordable wine tours starting at $90 per person. Another option is to rent a car in Kelowna, the main town in the region, for around $25 a day, and drive yourself out to the wineries. Just make sure you don&rsquo;t overdo it on the tastings!</p> <p>Whether you go in a limo or in a rental car, you can cut costs by visiting wineries that offer low-cost tours and tastings, usually running $2&ndash;$7. Often these fees are waived with the purchase of a bottle, and some tastings are free even if you don&rsquo;t buy wine.</p> <h2>3. Robertson, South Africa</h2> <p>South Africa is already an inexpensive destination thanks to the strong U.S. dollar, and this also translates to big savings on bottles of wine and wine tours in the country.</p> <p>When I visited a couple of years ago, two separate wine tour guides explained to me that the wine-famous university town of Stellenbosch had to start charging for wine tours because of overzealous students going to town at the vineyards. Meanwhile, a couple of hours away, Robertson still offers (mostly) free wine tours and tastings, but you do have to organize your own transport to and from each winery. A rental car is a great way to get around this area as the drives are quite scenic.</p> <p>On top of free wine experiences, bottles of excellent South African reds are extremely inexpensive when bought from the vineyard. I personally found that all of my favorite South African wines were as much as 40 percent cheaper than I would typically find them in wine shops in Canada or the U.S.</p> <p>While you can stay on some lovely wineries in Robertson, if you really want to save on your travel budget, I recommend checking out some of the &ldquo;backpackers,&rdquo; which are like local homestays in the region.</p> <p>You can find them on <a href="http://www.tkqlhce.com/click-2822544-12715010" target="_blank">Booking.com</a>, or on the <a href="http://www.coasttocoast.co.za/" target="_blank">Coast-To-Coast</a> website, or the free print guide you can pick up while in South Africa. This handy little book lists all of the backpackers lodges throughout the country, as well as some tours and experiences that you can have while traveling in South Africa.</p> <h2>4. Plovdiv, Bulgaria</h2> <p>The small, Eastern European country of Bulgaria may not have made your wine radar yet, but believe me, the fertile soils of this ancient wine production territory have long made some of the world's best wines.</p> <p>In my experience, Bulgaria is an incredibly inexpensive place to travel, with my wife and I getting by on $50 a day. On top of that, the beautiful town of Plovdiv has some of the country's best wineries right at its doorstep.</p> <p>My wife and I booked through Bulgaria Wine Tours and enjoyed a half-day wine tour with visits to three different wineries, a private guide, and a delicious lunch for just over $100 per person. This may sound a bit expensive at first, but when you factor in the cost of the wines, the tour fee at each winery, the food we ate, and what we would&rsquo;ve had to pay for a private driver, it was a steal. Plus, the bottles of wine at each vineyard were rarely more than $10 to buy.</p> <p>During the tour, we were able to taste some of the country's finest wines, right out of the oak barrels &mdash; a highly recommended experience. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-incredible-world-cities-you-can-afford?ref=seealso" target="_blank">5 Incredible World Cities You Can Afford</a>)</p> <h2>5. Santorini, Greece</h2> <p>Tiny, whitewashed Santorini bobs in the Mediterranean Sea and sits firmly on the list of many travelers&rsquo; wish lists. But few people know that there are beautiful wineries on the island.</p> <p>The wine itself may not blow your socks off, but the experience of renting a motorbike (around $25/day) and cruising around the island looking for signs that say &ldquo;wine tasting&rdquo; is a lot of fun. You can also get around the island by public transport. Just make sure you don&rsquo;t go overboard on the tastings if you&rsquo;re driving.</p> <p>There are about a dozen wineries on the island that accept visitors for tastings and tours. A few notable ones include Domaine Sigalas in Oia, Boutari in Megalochori, and Santo Wines in Pyrgos.</p> <h2>Getting to wine country</h2> <p>The most expensive part of a wine holiday abroad will likely be the flights to get there. By doing some advance planning and getting an <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-best-co-branded-airline-credit-cards?ref=internal" target="_blank">airline credit card</a> or a good <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-5-travel-reward-credit-cards?ref=internal" target="_blank">travel rewards credit card</a>, you may be able to earn a big stash of points to help defray your air travel costs. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-steps-to-getting-a-free-or-close-to-free-vacation-in-9-months-or-less-with-credit-cards?ref=seealso" target="_blank">How to Get a Free Vacation in 9 Months with Credit Card Rewards</a>)</p> <p>To save money on airfare to South Africa, check out Ethiopian Airlines (a return journey from New York&rsquo;s JFK starts at $850). For Bulgaria, your best bet is to fly to London, then take a budget flight with Ryanair to get to Sofia. From there it&rsquo;s a one-hour and 45-minute bus ride to Plovdiv. For Canada, check out WestJet for flights into Kelowna (often, but not always via Vancouver), and for Santorini, you can usually fly return from New York for around $1,300.</p> <p>To get to Salta, Argentina you have many options, but your cheapest will likely be to fly to Buenos Aires (from $720 for round-trip out of JFK), spend a couple of days in the Argentine capital, and then hop on a round-trip flight to Salta for around $400.</p> <p>However you choose to get to your next wine vacation destination, once you&rsquo;re there, the cost of travel and your favorite grape varietal will be very reasonable in these five destinations. Experience all that the vineyards have to offer and sip your favorite blends until your lips are purple and your camera is full of pictures of wine experiences.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? 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