holiday http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/34/all en-US 14 Things You Forget to Do Before Leaving for Vacation http://www.wisebread.com/14-things-you-forget-to-do-before-leaving-for-vacation <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/14-things-you-forget-to-do-before-leaving-for-vacation" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman-office-vacation-luggage-Dollarphotoclub_72220936.jpg" alt="woman office vacation" title="woman office vacation" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>You have a million things to do before you leave for a trip, so it's very easy to let some important to-dos slip through the cracks. Read through our list of things people often forget to do before bidding adieu to their homes to make sure you're ready for your next travel adventure!</p> <p>RELATED: <a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Reasons-Why-You-Need-Vacation-36166220">You Might Be Suffering From Vacation Deprivation</a></p> <p>1. <strong>Pay off your bills before you leave or schedule automatic payments for your bills</strong>. You definitely don't want to be responsible for any late fees.</p> <p>2. <strong>Sort through your wallet and remove items you don't need for your trip</strong>. Think foreign currency from your last trip, extra credit cards, or reward cards that only apply in your country of residence.</p> <p>3. <strong>Make copies of important items</strong>. Be sure to have copies of your passport and credit cards with you in case you lose them on your trip. You can always have paper copies or scanned copies in your email &mdash; whatever you feel comfortable with.</p> <p>4. <strong>Update your calendar</strong>. Be sure to check your work calendar to see what commitments you have made while you are gone. Reschedule them before you leave. Check what other non-work appointments you have in store for you, and cancel or postpone them.</p> <p>5. <strong>Put mail on hold</strong>. You don't want strangers knowing that you're away with the pile of newspapers at your door, so be sure to go to the USPS website to request to hold your mail. You also don't want a mailbox that overstuffed when you're back from your vacation.</p> <p>6. <strong>Call your bank</strong>. Let your bank or credit card provider know that you're going to be out of town so they should expect to see some international charges.</p> <p>7. <strong>Unplug and switch off</strong>. Remember to turn everything off, or better yet, unplug them, to conserve energy and money.</p> <p>8. <strong>Create an automated email response</strong>. Remember to create an automated email response or even a personalized voicemail to let people who are trying to get in touch with you know that you're out of town.</p> <p>9. <strong>Make a checklist of things to bring and double check it</strong>. Include things like money, prescriptions, itinerary, confirmation numbers, emergency contact numbers, chargers, passport, tickets, and more.</p> <p>10. <strong>Pick up reading material and snacks</strong>. Don't blow your budget at the airport by forgetting to buy these items beforehand.</p> <p>11. <strong>Clean out your fridge and trash</strong>. Clean out perishables from the fridge so you're not in for a nasty surprise when you get back. Take out your trash as well so your apartment will smell fresh and clean.</p> <p>12. <strong>Wash your sheets and laundry</strong>. We often don't think about washing our sheets before we leave, but there's nothing more inviting than a fresh bed after we get back from our weary travels.</p> <p>13. <strong>Pack your chargers, and fully charge your electronics</strong>. We often forget our chargers when we're on a trip, which causes us to buy some from the area we're visiting. Remember to pack your chargers before you leave and to also fully charge your electronics, so you won't run out of batteries before you arrive at your hotel.</p> <p>14. <strong>Put liquid items in plastic baggies</strong>. Be sure to put your liquid items, such as cosmetics, into plastic baggies so they won't get confiscated by customs.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Honey? 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Today we found some stellar articles on saving money on Valentine&#39;s Day, wedding favors people will actually use, and tips for making money this tax season.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.lazymanandmoney.com/save-money-on-valentines-day/">Save Money on Valentine&#39;s Day</a> &mdash; Cooking a special dinner or going for a picnic can help you save money on Valentine&#39;s Day. [Lazy Man and Money]</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Wedding-Favors-People-Use-27320976">45 Wedding Favors People Will Actually Use, Forever After</a> &mdash; If you are in need of ideas for wedding party favors, consider tissue boxes or spices. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.dumblittleman.com/2014/02/5-tips-for-actually-making-money-this.html">5 Tips for Actually Making Money this Upcoming Tax Season</a> &mdash; Filing before the rush and asking questions can actually make you money this tax season. [Dumb Little Man]</p> <p><a href="http://timemanagementninja.com/2014/02/7-tips-to-make-sure-you-do-your-top-todo-today/">7 Tips to Make Sure You Do Your Top Todo Today</a> &mdash; To make sure you do your top to-do today, avoid the interruptions and get help. [Time Management Ninja]</p> <p><a href="http://www.forbes.com/pictures/ffgh45kggf/how-to-give-away-money-when-it-feels-like-you-dont-have-any-3/?ss=personalfinance">The 7 Steps Of Charitable Giving In Your 20s</a> &mdash; When you are in your 20s, it&#39;s important to find what causes you believe in and support. [Forbes]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://lifehacker.com/what-healthy-snacks-can-i-bring-to-the-office-1515717550">What Healthy Snacks Can I Bring to the Office?</a> &mdash; Popcorn and nuts are just a couple healthy snack options you can take to work. [Lifehacker]</p> <p><a href="http://www.thesimpledollar.com/5-tactics-for-getting-a-better-cell-phone-deal/?utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+thesimpledollar+%28The+Simple+Dollar%29">5 Tactics for Getting a Better Cell Phone Deal</a> &mdash; Get a better cell phone deal by negotiating and checking for a professional discount. [The Simple Dollar]</p> <p><a href="http://www.lifehack.org/articles/productivity/7-steps-maintain-high-energy-level.html">7 Steps To Maintain A High Energy</a> &mdash; Being kind to yourself and practicing unwavering optimism can help you maintain a high energy. [Stepcase Lifehack]</p> <p><a href="http://www.marcandangel.com/2014/02/02/9-signs-youre-going-to-die-happy/">9 Signs You&#39;re Going to Die Happy</a> &mdash; Chances are if you always do your very best, you will die happy. [Marc and Angel Hack Life]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/what-every-parent-needs-to-know-about-shopping-cart-injuries">What Every Parent Needs to Know About Shopping Cart Injuries</a> &mdash; To keep your child safe in a shopping cart, opt for a cart that is closer to the ground. [Parenting Squad]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-save-money-on-valentines-day">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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Today we found some awesome articles on paying down holiday debt quickly, getting your retirement plan back on track, and honey do&#39;s to start your New Year off right.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://moneysmartlife.com/how-to-pay-down-holiday-debt-as-quickly-as-possible/">How to Pay Down Holiday Debt as Quickly as Possible</a> &mdash; To pay down holiday debt quickly, stop using your credit cards! [Money Smart Life]</p> <p><a href="http://livingonthecheap.com/get-retirement-plan-back-track/">10 ways to get your retirement plan back on track</a> &mdash; If you want to get your retirement plan back on track, stop giving money to your adult children. [Living on the Cheap]</p> <p><a href="http://www.frugalconfessions.com/financial-health/complete-these-5-financial-honey-dos-to-start-your-year-off-right.php">Complete these 5 Financial Honey Do&#39;s to Start Your New Year Off Right</a> &mdash; Start your New Year off right by finding health insurance to avoid the penalty. [Frugal Confessions]</p> <p><a href="http://www.stretcher.com/stories/09/09jan05d.cfm?slider">The Gift Budget</a> &mdash; Planning ahead in regards to gifts can help you avoid last minute expensive purchases. [TheDollarStretcher.com]</p> <p><a href="http://andthenwesaved.com/how-to-not-give-up-on-your-goals/">How To Not Give Up On Your Goals Before They Get Enough Steam</a> &mdash; Setting reasonable goals can help you avoid giving up on them. [And Then We Saved]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.freemoneyfinance.com/2013/12/seven-steps-to-get-out-of-debt.html" style="color: rgb(7, 130, 193); ">Seven Steps to Get Out of Debt</a> &mdash; Looking for ways to improve your cash flow and getting a basic emergency fund can help you get out of debt. [Free Money Finance]</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Cheap-Last-Minute-New-Year-Eve-Party-Tips-26477274">Throw a Last-Minute New Year&#39;s Eve Party on the Cheap</a> &mdash; When throwing a New Year&#39;s Eve party, consider making a photo booth! [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://wealthyturtle.com/do-you-lie-to-yourself-about-your-finances/">Do You Lie to Yourself About Your Finances?</a> &mdash; To improve your financial situation, slash your expenses and sell the extra stuff in your house. [Wealthy Turtle]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/how-to-have-a-kid-free-new-years-eve">How to Have a Kid-Free New Year&#39;s Eve</a> &mdash; If you want to have a kid-free New Year&#39;s Eve, find a New Year&#39;s Eve event just for your kids. [Parenting Squad]</p> <p><a href="http://cashmoneylife.com/medical-tourism-pros-cons/">Is Medical Tourism a Viable Option? A Look at the Pros and Cons</a> &mdash; Medical tourism is cheaper but you have no legal recourse should something go wrong. [Cash Money Life]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-pay-down-holiday-debt-quickly">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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Today we found some great articles on where to find the cheapest holiday gifts, how to not freak out over a canceled flight, and gift ideas for people who have everything.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://money.usnews.com/money/personal-finance/articles/2013/11/25/where-to-find-the-cheapest-holiday-gifts">Where to Find the Cheapest Holiday Gifts</a> &mdash; You can find cheap gifts at dollar stores and thrift shops. [US News and World Report]</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/What-Do-When-Your-Flight-Canceled-32534057">Canceled Flight? How Not to Freak Out</a> &mdash; To avoid freaking out if your flight is canceled, ask for a voucher. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://lenpenzo.com/blog/id749-9-great-gift-ideas-for-people-who-have-everything.html">9 Great Gift Ideas for People Who Have Everything</a> &mdash; Having trouble picking the perfect gift for someone who already has everything? Get him or her art, cooking, or dance lessons! [Len Penzo dot Com]</p> <p><a href="http://lifehacker.com/use-these-packing-hacks-on-your-next-business-trip-1342912457">Use These Packing Hacks on Your Next Business Trip</a> &mdash; When packing for a business trip, wrap your shoes in a shower cap. [Lifehacker]</p> <p><a href="http://www.moneyunder30.com/dirty-black-friday-shopping-tricks-10691">Funny Money: Dirty Tricks to Help you win on Black Friday</a> &mdash; If you want to get really cut throat this Black Friday (probably not recommended), case the stores ahead of time. [Money Under 30]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.dumblittleman.com/2013/11/7-little-known-ways-to-conquer-your.html">7 Little-Known Ways to Conquer Your Fear of Public Speaking</a> &mdash; Conquer your fear of public speaking by giving your audience a handout. [Dumb Little Man]</p> <p><a href="http://www.marcandangel.com/2013/11/24/7-reasons-to-stop-proving-yourself-to-everyone-else/">7 Reasons to Stop Proving Yourself to Everyone Else</a> &mdash; You should stop trying to prove yourself to everyone else because you are the only person who can change your life. [Marc and Angel Hack Life]</p> <p><a href="http://timemanagementninja.com/2013/11/8-tips-to-get-more-reading-done/">8 Tips to Help You Get More Reading Done</a> &mdash; If you want to get more reading done, always have reading material with you. [Time Management Ninja]</p> <p><a href="http://andthenwesaved.com/secret-shopper/">Secrets of a Secret Shopper</a> &mdash; Did you know secret shoppers can make anywhere from $2 to $600? [And Then We Saved]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/7-sanity-saving-tips-for-grocery-shopping-with-your-kids">7 Sanity-Saving Tips for Grocery Shopping With Your Kids</a> &mdash; When grocery shopping with your kids, keep your sanity by channeling your inner Mary Poppins. [Parenting Squad]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-where-to-find-the-cheapest-holiday-gifts">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/5-cool-diy-christmas-gifts-for-the-under-6-crowd">5 Cool DIY Christmas Gifts for the “Under 6” Crowd</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/holiday-shipping-deadlines-coming-up">Holiday shipping deadlines coming up</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/additional-smart-frugal-people">Additional smart, frugal people</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cheap-ways-to-get-these-8-expensive-indulgences">Cheap Ways to Get These 8 Expensive Indulgences</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/ultimate-gift-guide-thoughtful-ideas-for-every-list-and-every-budget">Ultimate Gift Guide: Thoughtful Ideas for Every List and Every Budget</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping best money tips cheap gifts holiday Thu, 28 Nov 2013 11:00:05 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 1098780 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Frugal Holiday Gifts Under $10 http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-frugal-holiday-gifts-under-10 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-frugal-holiday-gifts-under-10" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/gift-4500363-small.jpg" alt="gift" title="gift" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread&#39;s <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some stellar articles on frugal holiday gifts, retailer&#39;s dirty tricks exposed, and an easy way to crush your debt.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://staplerconfessions.com/index.php/ways-to-save-money-on-gifts-this-holiday-season/">Frugal Holiday Gifts Under $10</a> &mdash; This holiday season, use gift cards and rewards programs to save money. [Stapler Confessions]</p> <p><a href="http://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/my-money/2013/10/15/retailers-dirty-tricks—exposed">Retailer&#39;s Dirty Tricks - Exposed</a> &mdash; Did you know retailers are deliberate when setting up a store layout in order to get you to buy? [US News &amp; World Report]</p> <p><a href="http://www.yourfinancessimplified.com/smackdown-easy-way-crush-debt/#more-7506">Smackdown! An Easy Way to Crush Your Debt</a> &mdash; The most important thing you can do in your battle with debt is to stop piling on more debt. [Your Finances Simplified]</p> <p><a href="http://www.mrmoneymustache.com/2013/10/15/when-energy-saving-becomes-an-emergency/">When Energy Saving Becomes an Emergency</a> &mdash; Doing things such as line-drying clothes and using LED bulbs can help you save over $1000 per year. [Mr. Money Mustache]</p> <p><a href="http://livingonthecheap.com/cheap-and-easy-pet-halloween-costumes/">10 cheap and easy Halloween costumes for pets</a> &mdash; Need a costume for Fido or Fluffy? Create a superhero costume for your furry friend! [Living on the Cheap]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://yesiamcheap.com/2013/10/five-things-you-need-to-know-about-obamacare/">Five Things You Need To Know About Obamacare</a> &mdash; It is important for you to know that Obamacare makes it so pre-existing conditions will be covered. [Yes, I Am Cheap]</p> <p><a href="http://www.1099mom.com/2013/10/how-to-handle-mommy-guilt-when-you-work.html">How to Handle Mommy Guilt When You Work From Home</a> &mdash; Planning a fun event where you will be fully present for your kids is one way to handle mommy guilt when you work from home. [1099 Mom]</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Tips-Celebrating-Halloween-Work-25508538">5 Tips to Keep the Halloween Spirit Alive in a Costume-Free Office</a> &mdash; To keep the Halloween spirit alive in your office, plan a potluck! [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://frugalzeitgeist.com/tips-effectively-communicate-employees/">Tips on How to Effectively Communicate With Employees</a> &mdash; Communicate effectively with your employees by using the &quot;dolphin technique.&quot; [Frugal Zeitgeist]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/simple-halloween-treats">Simple Halloween Treats</a> &mdash; This Halloween, consider making witch hat cookies or peanut butter pumpkins. [Parenting Squad]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-frugal-holiday-gifts-under-10">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-5"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/holiday-shipping-deadlines-coming-up">Holiday shipping deadlines coming up</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-cool-diy-christmas-gifts-for-the-under-6-crowd">5 Cool DIY Christmas Gifts for the “Under 6” Crowd</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-wrap-gifts-with-leftovers">How to wrap gifts with leftovers.</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/additional-smart-frugal-people">Additional smart, frugal people</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/ultimate-gift-guide-thoughtful-ideas-for-every-list-and-every-budget">Ultimate Gift Guide: Thoughtful Ideas for Every List and Every Budget</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping best money tips frugal gifts holiday Thu, 17 Oct 2013 10:00:06 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 1027736 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Tips to Save on Thanksgiving Airfare http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-tips-to-save-on-thanksgiving-airfare <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-tips-to-save-on-thanksgiving-airfare" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/airport-kid-4550369-small.jpg" alt="boy at airport" title="boy at airport" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some stellar articles on saving on Thanksgiving airfare, what to do if you win the lottery, and apps to help guide your retirement savings.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/How-Save-Thanksgiving-Flights-25419068">8 Expert Tips to Save on Thanksgiving Airfare</a> &mdash; If you can fly on Thanksgiving Day, doing so could save you money. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.moneylifeandmore.com/the-winning-ticket-8-things-to-do-if-you-win-the-lottery-5164/">The Winning Ticket: 8 Things to Do If You Win the Lottery</a> &mdash; If you won the lottery, it would be a good idea to use your winnings to pay off your debts first. [Money Life and More]</p> <p><a href="http://www.lazymanandmoney.com/five-apps-to-help-guide-your-retirement-savings/">Five Apps to Help Guide Your Retirement Savings</a> &mdash; Stan and Retire Logix are just a couple apps that can help you guide your retirement savings. [Lazy Man and Money]</p> <p><a href="http://manvsdebt.com/3-ways-to-lose-war-on-debt/">3 Surefire Ways to Lose Your War Against Debt</a> &mdash; You will undoubtedly lose your battle against debt if you underestimate the power of your enemy, or yourself. [Man vs. Debt]</p> <p><a href="http://www.dinksfinance.com/2013/10/learning-about-money-later-in-life/">Learning about money later in life</a> &mdash; When it comes to money and finances, remember to try to put your emotions aside. [DINKS Finance]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/post-vacation-blues/">A Post about Post Vacation Blues - How to Quickly Get Back into Work Mode</a> &mdash; Leaving yourself something exciting to do (but make sure it's not too daunting) once you get back from your vacation to beat your post vacation blues. [Smart Passive Income]</p> <p><a href="http://squirrelers.com/2013/10/03/3-ways-to-go-green-and-save-on-transportation/">3 Ways to Go Green and Save on Transportation</a> &mdash; Carpooling is a great way to go green while saving money on transportation. [Squirrelers]</p> <p><a href="http://www.youngcheapliving.com/2013/09/26/its-all-in-the-habits-how-i-live-cheap-and-create-my-own-freedom/">It's All In the Habits: How I Live Cheap and Create My Own Freedom</a> &mdash; You can live cheaply and create your own freedom by making your own meals and being resourceful. [Young Cheap Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.sooverthis.com/3-tips-for-saving-money-on-your-internet/">3 Tips for Saving Money on Your Internet</a> &mdash; To save money on your internet, buy your own modem and router. [So Over This]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/12-tips-for-successful-parent-teacher-conferences">12 Tips for Successful Parent-Teacher Conferences</a> &mdash; Arriving early and being prepared can help you have a successful parent-teacher conference. [Parenting Squad]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-tips-to-save-on-thanksgiving-airfare">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/10-ways-to-get-free-or-almost-free-airline-tickets">10 Ways to Get Free (or Almost Free) Airline Tickets</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-secrets-of-last-minute-travel">20 Secrets of Last-Minute Travel</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-things-you-forget-to-do-before-leaving-for-vacation">14 Things You Forget to Do Before Leaving for Vacation</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/make-your-escape-with-these-14-affordable-weekend-getaways">Make Your Escape With These 14 Affordable Weekend Getaways</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/23-tips-for-traveling-with-pets">23 Tips for Traveling With Pets</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel Airfare best money tips holiday Thanksgiving travel Fri, 04 Oct 2013 10:00:03 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 994587 at http://www.wisebread.com Ask the Readers: How Do You Save on Holiday Travel? http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-how-do-you-save-on-holiday-travel <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/ask-the-readers-how-do-you-save-on-holiday-travel" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/2212725736_666a04e19d_z.jpg" alt="How Do You Save On Holiday Travel?" title="How Do You Save On Holiday Travel?" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Editor's Note: Congratulations to </em><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-how-do-you-save-on-holiday-travel#comment-576124"><em>Monica</em></a><em>, Elena, and Lynda for winning this week's contest!</em></p> <p>We are officially in the midst of the holiday season and many of us have travel plans! Whether you are headed to family or friend's homes for the holidays, if you are traveling chances are you are trying to figure out how to save on your holiday travel plans. From accomodations to transportation to food and more, there are many ways for you to save on holiday travel!</p> <p><b>How do you save on holiday travel? </b>Do you buy plane tickets in advance? Stay with family or friends to save on accomodations? Opt to drive instead of fly? Take advantage of deals on daily deals sites to save on food expenses?</p> <p>Tell us how you save on holiday travel and we'll enter you in a drawing to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card!</p> <h2>Win 1 of 3 $20 Amazon Gift Cards</h2> <p>We're doing three giveaways &mdash; here's how you can win!</p> <h3>Mandatory Entry:&nbsp;</h3> <ul> <li>Post your answer in the comments below. One commenter will win a $20 Amazon Gift Card!</li> </ul> <h3>For extra entries:</h3> <ul> <li>You can tweet about our giveaway for an extra entry. Also, our Facebook fans can get an extra entry too! Use our Rafflecopter widget for your chance to win one of the other two Amazon Gift Cards:</li> <a id="rc-79857d10" class="rafl" rel="nofollow" href="http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/79857d10/">a Rafflecopter giveaway</a> <script src="//d12vno17mo87cx.cloudfront.net/embed/rafl/cptr.js"></script> <p><strong>If you're inspired to write a whole blog post OR you have a photo on flickr to share, please link to it in the comments or tweet it.</strong></p> <h4>Giveaway Rules:</h4> <ul> <li>Contest ends Monday, December 24th at 11:59 pm Pacific. Winners will be announced after December 24th on the original post. Winners will also be contacted via email.</li> <li>You can enter all three drawings &mdash; once by leaving a comment, once by liking our Facebook update, and once by tweeting.</li> <li>This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered, or associated with Facebook.</li> <li>You must be 18 and US resident to enter. Void where prohibited.</li> </ul> </ul> <p>Also, don't miss our <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/bestdeals/today">Best Deals</a> giveaway! Every Sunday for the next five weeks, we will be giving away a $50 Amazon gift card, two copies of our book <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/160239704X/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=160239704X&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=dealswb-20">10,001 Ways to Live Large on a Small Budget</a>, and a Wise Bread tote! We will also be giving away a $100 Amazon gift card to one lucky winner who fills out our Best Deals survey. For details, <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/win-over-350-in-prizes-in-our-best-deals-holiday-giveaway">click here</a>!</p> <p><strong>Good Luck!</strong></p><div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tell us how you save on holiday travel and we&#039;ll enter you in a drawing to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card! </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-how-do-you-save-on-holiday-travel">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/ask-the-readers-do-you-look-forward-to-tax-time-your-chance-to-win-20">Ask the Readers: Do You Look Forward to Tax Time? (Your Chance to win $20!)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-200-giveaway-what-does-corporate-social-responsibility-mean-to-you">Ask the Readers $200 Giveaway: What Does Corporate Social Responsibility Mean to You?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-what-is-your-new-years-resolution">Ask the Readers: What Is Your New Year&#039;s Resolution?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-do-you-have-the-tools-chance-to-win-ms-office">Ask the Readers: Do You Have the Tools? (Chance to win MS Office!)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-what-is-your-dream-job-0">Ask the Readers: What is Your Dream Job?</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Giveaways Ask the Readers holiday travel Tue, 18 Dec 2012 11:36:31 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 959889 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: 216 Affordable Gifts for Everyone on Your List http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-216-affordable-gifts-for-everyone-on-your-list <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-216-affordable-gifts-for-everyone-on-your-list" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/5550847944_fcf705da59_z.jpg" alt="216 Affordable Gifts For Everyone On Your List" title="216 Affordable Gifts For Everyone On Your List" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some awesome articles on 216 gifts for everyone on your list, frugal lunch ideas, and reasons to list or buy a home in December.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Affordable-Gift-Ideas-Christmas-2012-26263290">216 Affordable Gifts For Everyone On Your List</a> &mdash; Having trouble deciding on gifts to give this holiday season? Consider giving eBooks or a bookmark set. [SavvySugar]</p> <p><a href="http://www.stretcher.com/stories/10/10dec13a.cfm#.UMoeK4WlNl8">Frugal Lunch Ideas</a> &mdash; If you need a frugal lunch idea, try making a quiche or other solid casserole. [The Dollar Stretcher]</p> <p><a href="http://www.mint.com/blog/housing/4-reasons-to-list-or-buy-a-home-in-december-1212/?utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+MyMint+%28Mint+Personal+Finance+Blog%29">4 Reasons to List or Buy a Home in December</a> &mdash; December is a great month to list or buy a home because of the tax advantages. [MintLife Blog]</p> <p><a href="http://www.dumblittleman.com/2012/12/3-facts-about-life-every-grown-up.html">3 Facts Ahout Life Every Grown-Up Should Know And Live By</a> &mdash; All grown-ups should know that you cannot reason with the unreasonable. [Dumb Little Man]</p> <p><a href="http://www.lazymanandmoney.com/start-a-new-business-for-the-new-year-5-tips-inside/">Start a New Business for the New Year (5 Tips Inside)</a> &mdash; When starting a new business, remember to separate work and home life. [Lazy Man and Money]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://retireby40.org/2012/12/organic-foods-worth-premium/">Are Organic Foods Worth The Premium?</a> &mdash; When it comes to organic peanut butter, it's not worth the extra money. [Retire By 40]</p> <p><a href="http://www.freemoneyfinance.com/2012/12/income-to-wealth-to-income.html">Income to Wealth to Income</a> &mdash; The flow of money during a person's life can be described as income to wealth to income. [Free Money Finance]</p> <p><a href="http://www.getrichslowly.org/blog/2012/12/10/preventing-freezer-burnout/">Preventing Freezer Burnout</a> &mdash; To prevent freezer burnout, keep food out of the freezer in the first place by not making so much food. [Get Rich Slowly]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/special-needs-gift-guide-2012">Special Needs Gift Guide 2012</a> &mdash; If you need a gift for a special needs child, consider giving him or her a therapy swing. [Parenting Squad]</p> <p><a href="http://freelanceswitch.com/industry-tips/attend-conferences-for-free/?utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+FreelanceSwitch+%28Freelance+Switch%29">10 Strategies to Attend Conferences for Free</a> &mdash; Attend conferences for free by speaking at the conference or volunteering to help out at the conference. [Freelance Switch</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-216-affordable-gifts-for-everyone-on-your-list">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/5-cool-diy-christmas-gifts-for-the-under-6-crowd">5 Cool DIY Christmas Gifts for the “Under 6” Crowd</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/holiday-shipping-deadlines-coming-up">Holiday shipping deadlines coming up</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/couplehood-avoiding-the-valentine-cliches">Couplehood: Avoiding the Valentine Clichés</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/ultimate-gift-guide-thoughtful-ideas-for-every-list-and-every-budget">Ultimate Gift Guide: Thoughtful Ideas for Every List and Every 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/chinese-money-habits-how-my-culture-influences-my-attitudes-toward-money">Chinese Money Habits - How My Culture Influences My Attitudes Toward Money</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping affordable best money tips gifts giving holiday shopping Fri, 14 Dec 2012 11:00:29 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 959851 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Make the Most of Your Holiday Shopping http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-make-the-most-of-your-holiday-shopping <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-make-the-most-of-your-holiday-shopping" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/3107653724_baf3001e46_z-1_0.jpg" alt="Make the Most of Your Holiday Shopping" title="Make the Most of Your Holiday Shopping" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some fantastic articles on making the most of your holiday shopping, how to make your gift cards count for more, and using up your FSA!</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.bargaineering.com/articles/holiday-shopping.html">Make the Most of Your Holiday Shopping</a> &mdash; Make the most of your holiday shopping by using your best rewards card. [Bargaineering]</p> <p><a href="http://www.creditsesame.com/blog/6-surprising-ways-to-make-your-gift-cards-count-for-more/">6 Surprising Ways to Make Your Gift Cards Count for More</a> &mdash; If you want your gift cards to count for more, regift them! [Credit Sesame]</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/How-Spend-FSA-Money-20735714">11 Ideas to Use Up Your FSA Before Year-End</a> &mdash; Consider using your FSA for laser eye surgery before the year is over. [SavvySugar]</p> <p><a href="http://money.msn.com/frugal-living/post.aspx?post=4ed0285f-16df-4531-a2eb-bc9c8aa65364&amp;ref=bfv">Save Money, Save the Earth</a> &mdash; Drying your clothes on a line will save you money while saving the Earth. [MSN Money]</p> <p><a href="http://freefrombroke.com/ways-be-frugal-now/">7 Ways to Be Frugal Right Now</a> &mdash; To be frugal right now, be aware of your spending triggers. [Free From Broke]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading<a href="http://parentingsquad.com/9-simple-tips-to-hosting-family-for-the-holidays"><br /> </a></h2> <p><a href="http://www.moneytalksnews.com/2012/11/30/how-to-stop-unwanted-phone-calls/">How to Stop Unwanted Phone Calls</a> &mdash; To stop unwanted phone calls, send a cease and desist letter. [Money Talks News]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/9-simple-tips-to-hosting-family-for-the-holidays">Parenting Squad Holiday Guide 2012: 9 Tips to Hosting Family for the Holidays</a> &mdash; When hosting family this holiday season, make a kids zone and cook ahead of time. [Parenting Squad]<a href="http://www.freemoneyfinance.com/2012/11/real-estate-101-the-lease.html"><br /> </a></p> <p><a href="http://www.freemoneyfinance.com/2012/11/real-estate-101-the-lease.html">Real Estate 101: The Lease</a> &mdash; When creating a lease, make sure it follows local statutes. [Free Money Finance]</p> <p><a href="http://www.kiplinger.com/columns/ask/archive/what-to-consider-during-open-enrollment.html">6 Things to Consider During Open Enrollment 2013</a> &mdash; During open enrollment for 2013, consider getting extra help protecting your income. [Kiplinger]</p> <p><a href="http://www.livestrong.com/article/70306-sweatproof-makeup/">How to Sweat-Proof Your Makeup</a> &mdash; A good primer is essential when wearing makeup to the gym. [Livestrong]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-make-the-most-of-your-holiday-shopping">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/14-pricey-things-you-shouldnt-buy-and-what-to-get-instead">14 Pricey Things You Shouldn&#039;t Buy (And What to Get Instead)</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-7-dumbest-big-purchases-people-make">The 7 Dumbest Big Purchases People Make</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/a-used-car-salesman-reveals-dirty-tricks-and-how-to-beat-them">A Used Car Salesman Reveals Dirty Tricks (and How to Beat Them)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-underwater-watches">The 5 Best Underwater Watches</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-buy-the-best-mattress-for-the-least-money">How to Buy the Best Mattress for the Least Money</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping best money tips holiday shopping Mon, 03 Dec 2012 10:48:34 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 959568 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Throw a Holiday Party for Less http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-throw-a-holiday-party-for-less <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-throw-a-holiday-party-for-less" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/5282801955_ba7935ec04_z.jpg" alt="Throw a Holiday Party For Less" title="Throw a Holiday Party For Less" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some awesome articles on throwing a holiday party for less, gifts for women in their 30s, and shopping secrets for Costco, BJ's, and Sam's Club.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://financialhighway.com/how-to-throw-a-holiday-party-for-less/?utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+financialhighway%2Fray+%28Financial+Highway%29">How to Throw a Holiday Party For Less</a> &mdash; Throw a holiday party for less by hosting it with a friend or making it a potluck. [Financial Highway]</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Gifts-Women-30s-25946384">26 Affordable Gifts For Women In Their 30s</a> &mdash; If you need a gift for a woman in her 30s, consider getting her sky planters. [SavvySugar]</p> <p><a href="http://bargainbabe.com/2012/02/07/shopping-secrets-for-costco-bjs-sams-club/">Shopping secrets for Costco, BJ's, and Sam's Club</a> &mdash; When shopping at Costco, BJ's, or Sam's Club, use warehouse coupons and remember that not everything is a bargain. [Bargain Babe]</p> <p><a href="http://www.freemoneyfinance.com/2012/11/best-ways-to-make-extra-money-smart-financial-moves.html">Best Ways to Make Extra Money: Smart Financial Moves</a> &mdash; To make extra money, use a high interest checking account. [Free Money Finance]</p> <p><a href="http://www.biblemoneymatters.com/take-care-of-your-health-now-to-grow-and-preserve-your-wealth/">Take Care Of Your Health Now To Grow And Preserve Your Wealth</a> &mdash; Poor health can negatively affect your finances because you will probably have higher medical expenses. [Bible Money Matters]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.mint.com/blog/how-to/12-diy-holiday-wrapping-paper-ideas-1112/?utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+MyMint+%28Mint+Personal+Finance+Blog%29">12 DIY Holiday Wrapping Paper Ideas</a> &mdash; Need to wrap gifts but don't have wrapping paper? Try using old maps. [MintLIfe Blog]</p> <p><a href="http://www.threethriftyguys.com/2012/11/how-to-properly-insure-your-home/">How to Properly Insure Your Home</a> &mdash; When insuring your home, take into consideration extended replacement coverage. [Three Thrifty Guys]</p> <p><a href="http://wealthyturtle.com/3-ways-to-help-your-child-pay-for-college-if-you-started-saving-late/">3 Ways to Help Your Child Pay for College If You Started Saving Late</a> &mdash; Help your child pay for college if you started saving late by letting your child take out student loans and pay them off when you are able. [Wealthy Turtle]</p> <p><a href="http://www.marcandangel.com/2012/11/26/9-good-decisions/">9 Good Decisions You've Waited Too Long to Make</a> &mdash; Have you started making conscious choices? If you haven't, now is the time to start doing so! [Marc and Angel Hack Life]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/epilepsy-awareness-what-to-do-if-a-child-has-a-seizure">Epilepsy Awareness: What to Do if a Child Has a Seizure</a> &mdash; If your child or another child has a seizure, try to remain calm. [Parenting Squad]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-throw-a-holiday-party-for-less">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-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/you-can-throw-a-fun-and-affordable-holiday-party-heres-how">You Can Throw a Fun and Affordable Holiday Party — Here&#039;s How</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-things-good-hosts-never-do">14 Things Good Hosts Never Do</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-budget-gifts-you-can-bring-to-a-holiday-party">7 Budget Gifts You Can Bring to a Holiday Party</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/47-cheap-fun-things-to-do-this-weekend">47 Cheap, Fun Things to Do This Weekend</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-watch-movies-in-the-theater-for-free">How to Watch Movies in the Theater for Free</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment best money tips holiday holiday party party Wed, 28 Nov 2012 10:48:45 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 958812 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Look Great for Holiday Parties Without Breaking the Bank http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-look-great-for-holiday-parties-without-breaking-the-bank <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-look-great-for-holiday-parties-without-breaking-the-bank" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/5255408257_e123a8fff3_z.jpg" alt="Look Great for Holiday Parties Without Breaking the Bank" title="Look Great for Holiday Parties Without Breaking the Bank" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some fantastic articles on looking great for holiday parties without breaking the bank, job hunting sins to avoid, and building an emergency fund quickly.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://moneyning.com/frugality/look-great-for-holiday-parties-without-breaking-the-bank/">Look Great for Holiday Parties Without Breaking the Bank</a> &mdash; If you need clothes for a holiday party, consider borrowing something from a friend! [MoneyNing]</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/7-Job-Hunting-Sins-Avoid-5657179">7 Job Hunting Sins To Avoid</a> &mdash; Don't make the job hunting mistake of investing too little time in your job search. [SavvySugar]</p> <p><a href="http://moneysmartlife.com/how-to-quickly-build-an-emergency-fund/">How to Quickly Build an Emergency Fund</a> &mdash; Are you trying to build an emergency fund quickly? Try having a garage sale to make some money to put in your emergency fund. [Money Smart Life]</p> <p><a href="http://www.narrowbridge.net/reasons-keep-your-money-in-the-bank/">Your Mattress is Not FDIC Insured - Four Reasons Keep Your Money in the Bank</a> &mdash; It is a good idea to keep your money in the bank because it will earn interest. [Narrow Bridge]</p> <p><a href="http://fitzvillafuerte.com/triple-your-savings-in-two-months.html?utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+ReadyToBeRich+%28Ready+To+Be+Rich%29">Triple Your Savings in Two Months</a> &mdash; To triple your savings before the new year, sell stuff you don't use and minimize eating out. [Ready To Be Rich]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.mydollarplan.com/39-ways-to-enjoy-your-thanksgiving-leftovers/">39 Ways to Enjoy Your Thanksgiving Leftovers</a> &mdash; Use your leftover cranberry sauce to make cranberry pancakes. [My Dollar Plan]</p> <p><a href="http://genxfinance.com/three-classes-every-high-school-should-require/">Three Classes Every High School Should Require</a> &mdash; Do you think every high school should require student take a personal finance class? [Generation X Finance]</p> <p><a href="http://www.moolanomy.com/3857/understanding-short-term-disability-insurance-ttolar/">The Basics of Short Term Disability Insurance</a> &mdash; Short term disability insurance provides a level of protection against loss of income if you find yourself unable to work for a few weeks or months due to injury or illness. [Moolanomy]</p> <p><a href="http://lifehacker.com/5961786/how-can-i-make-a-long-plane-or-car-ride-suck-less">How Can I Make a Long Plane or Car Ride Suck Less?</a> &mdash; Make the most of long plane or car rides by learning a new language. [Lifehacker]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/how-to-host-and-survive-your-first-thanksgiving">How to Host and Survive Your First Thanksgiving</a> &mdash; When hosting your first Thanksgiving, make sure to enlist help! [Parenting Squad]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-look-great-for-holiday-parties-without-breaking-the-bank">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-11"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-ways-to-feel-more-attractive-without-actually-changing-how-you-look">12 Ways to Feel More Attractive Without Actually Changing How You Look</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/24-places-to-buy-inexpensive-natural-beauty-products">24 Places to Buy Inexpensive Natural Beauty Products</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-summery-ways-to-protect-your-skin">7 Summery Ways to Protect Your Skin</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-awesome-art-of-getting-great-deals-online">The Awesome Art of Getting Great Deals Online</a></span> </div> </li> <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/budgeting-beauty-an-expert-tells-all">Budgeting Beauty - An Expert Tells All</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty beauty best money tips clothes holiday party Tue, 20 Nov 2012 10:36:32 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 955929 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: 2012 Holiday Layaway Plans Explained http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-2012-holiday-layaway-plans-explained <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-2012-holiday-layaway-plans-explained" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/7246653054_9c2bfa7814_z-1.jpg" alt="2012 Holiday Layaway Plans Explained" title="2012 Holiday Layaway Plans Explained" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some great articles on 2012 holiday layaway plans explained, making traveling a priority on a limited budget, and when to haggle.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.thecentsiblelife.com/2012/10/2012-holiday-layaway-plans-explained/?utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+TheCentsibleLife+%28the+centsible+life%29">2012 Holiday Layaway Plans Explained</a> &mdash; Layaway will not get you sale prices on the items you put on layaway. [The Centsible Life]</p> <p><a href="http://www.carefulcents.com/travel-on-a-limited-budget/">How to Make Traveling a Priority on a Limited Budget</a> &mdash; If you want to travel but have a limited budget, make sure you never pay full price for travel expenses. [Careful Cents]</p> <p><a href="http://www.fivecentnickel.com/2012/10/17/when-to-haggle/">When to Haggle</a> &mdash; When buying a car or jewelry, take the time to haggle. [Five Cent Nickel]</p> <p><a href="http://genxfinance.com/no-student-loan-relief-in-sight-work-on-getting-a-free-college-education/">No Student Loan Relief in Sight: Work on Getting a Free College Education</a> &mdash; Reduce your tuition expenses in college by starting to earn credits early. [Generation X Finance]</p> <p><a href="http://canadianfinanceblog.com/how-healthy-living-leads-to-saving-money/">How Healthy Living Leads To Saving Money</a> &mdash; Having fewer drinks at the bar is a healthy choice that can save you money! [Canadian Finance Blog]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.getrichslowly.org/blog/2012/10/18/being-a-landlord-is-it-worth-it/">Being a landlord: Is it worth it?</a> &mdash; Being a landlord can be a good way to build wealth, but you have to be careful with the tenants you let live at your property. [Get Rich Slowly]</p> <p><a href="http://www.freemoneyfinance.com/2012/10/make-millions-more-the-difference-1-can-make.html">Make Millions More: The Difference 1% Can Make</a> &mdash; Going for an extra percentage on your pay raise can get you hundreds of thousands of dollars over the course of your career! [Free Money Finance]</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/How-Gain-Confidence-25493098">Secrets To Becoming Confident</a> &mdash; To become more confident, challenge yourself! [SavvySugar]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/tips-for-the-on-the-road-dad">9 Tips for the On-the-Road Dad</a> &mdash; If you are a dad who is on-the-road a lot, put your smartphone to use and call home often. [Parenting Squad]</p> <p><a href="http://christianpf.com/unique-ways-to-use-social-media-to-promote-your-business/">5 Unique Ways to Use Social Media to Promote Your Business</a> &mdash; Promote your business on social media by giving coupon codes. [Christian PF]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-2012-holiday-layaway-plans-explained">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-12"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-awesome-art-of-getting-great-deals-online">The Awesome Art of Getting Great Deals 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/holiday-shipping-deadlines-coming-up">Holiday shipping deadlines coming up</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-cool-diy-christmas-gifts-for-the-under-6-crowd">5 Cool DIY Christmas Gifts for the “Under 6” Crowd</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/hype-is-expensive">Hype is Expensive</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-lowdown-on-layaway">The Lowdown On Layaway</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping best money tips holiday layaway Fri, 19 Oct 2012 10:00:35 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 955223 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Spend Less This Holiday Season http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-spend-less-this-holiday-season <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-spend-less-this-holiday-season" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/4221708202_8c48a1ed57_z-1.jpg" alt="Spend Less This Holiday Season" title="Spend Less This Holiday Season" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some great articles on spending less this holiday season, how to save money fast, and tips for overseas travel.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Holiday-Saving-Tips-6528700">5 Ways to Spend Less This Holiday Season</a> &mdash; To spend less money this holiday season, consider going in on joint gifts with other people. [SavvySugar]</p> <p><a href="http://www.debtfreeadventure.com/how-to-save-money-fast/">How To Save Money Fast</a> &mdash; Save money quickly by canceling your TV and internet service. [Debt Free Adventure]</p> <p><a href="http://www.pffirewall.com/guest-post/5-tips-overseas-travel/">5 Tips For Overseas Travel</a> &mdash; When traveling overseas, remember to call your bank and inform them of your plans. [PF Firewall]</p> <p><a href="http://money.usnews.com/money/personal-finance/articles/2014/11/06/what-to-consider-before-starting-a-layaway-plan">What to Consider Before Starting a Layaway Plans</a> &mdash; While layaway gives shoppers more buying options, it also saddles shoppers with strict payment terms. [U.S. News]</p> <p><a href="http://www.moneyhelpforchristians.com/10-easy-to-plan-and-fun-at-home-date-ideas/">10 Easy to Plan, Cheap, and Fun At Home Date Ideas</a> &mdash; Have a fun stay at home date by setting up a scavenger hunt. [Money Help For Christians]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/baby-budget-buster">Baby Budget Buster: Small Steps for Family Finances</a> &mdash; Give your family some financial breathing room by limiting your spending to necessities only. [Parenting Squad]</p> <p><a href="http://www.bargaineering.com/articles/5-tips-job-interview.html">5 Tips for Your First Job Interview</a> &mdash; When sending a thank you note after an email, be sure to make it personal and not generic. [Bargaineering]</p> <p><a href="http://www.nerdwallet.com/blog/2011/8-holiday-shopping-apps-saving-money-phone/">8 Best Holiday Shopping Apps: Saving Money with Your Phone</a> &mdash; Use your phone to save money this holiday season. Try downloading Google Shopper or FastMall. [NerdWallet]</p> <p><a href="http://www.mangomoney.com/blog/cheap-fun/10-inexpensive-and-fun-white-elephant-gifts">10 Inexpensive and Fun White Elephant Gifts</a> &mdash; Give a gag gift of an autographed photo of yourself at your next white elephant gift exchange. [Mango Blog]</p> <p><a href="http://www.timelessinformation.com/11-ways-to-keep-your-brain-active/?utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+TimelessInformation+%28Timeless+Information%29">11 Ways To Keep Your Brain Active</a> &mdash; Keep your brain active by learning five phrases in a new language. [Timeless Information]</p> <h2>News &amp; Events</h2> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-100-most-popular-personal-finance-blogs/news/2011/11/wise-bread-tweetchat-wbchat">Wise Bread Tweetchat (#WBChat)</a> &mdash; Don't miss our weekly #WBChat at 12pm PST! We will be talking about dining out on the cheap and we will be giving away prizes!</p> <p>Be sure to check out our <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-100-most-popular-personal-finance-blogs/news">News &amp; Events Calendar</a> to see all the awesome upcoming events in the personal finance world!</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-spend-less-this-holiday-season">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-13"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-awesome-art-of-getting-great-deals-online">The Awesome Art of Getting Great Deals 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/holiday-shipping-deadlines-coming-up">Holiday shipping deadlines coming up</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-cool-diy-christmas-gifts-for-the-under-6-crowd">5 Cool DIY Christmas Gifts for the “Under 6” Crowd</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/hype-is-expensive">Hype is Expensive</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-you-should-always-buy-and-sell-on-ebay">10 Things You Should Always Buy and Sell on eBay</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping best money tips holiday Thu, 01 Dec 2011 11:00:23 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 805849 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Holiday Savings Tips http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-holiday-savings-tips <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-holiday-savings-tips" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/3136860992_0f1e530725_z-1.jpg" alt="Holiday Savings Tips" title="Holiday Savings Tips" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some great articles on holiday savings tips, cash back credit card traps, and why it's still a good idea to get your bachelor's degree.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.coolchecks.net/blog/managing-money/eight-holiday-savings-tips.html">8 Holiday Savings Tips</a> &mdash; Save money this holiday season by reading product ratings before you make your purchases. [CoolChecks.net]</p> <p><a href="http://www.consumerismcommentary.com/10-cash-back-credit-card-traps/">10 Cash Back Credit Card Traps</a> &mdash; Don't fall victim to the cash back credit card trap of incorrectly categorized transactions. [Consumerism Commentary]</p> <p><a href="http://www.greenpandatreehouse.com/2011/11/4-reasons-why-its-still-a-good-idea-to-get-your-bachelors-degree/">4 Reasons Why It's Still a Good Idea To Get Your Bachelor's Degree</a> &mdash; Even though going to college is expensive, getting your bachelor's degree can help you build valuable connections. [Green Panda Treehouse]</p> <p><a href="http://timemanagementninja.com/2011/11/5-reasons-you-arent-reliable/">5 Reasons You Aren't Reliable</a> &mdash; Forgetting items on your to-do list can make you unreliable. [Time Management Ninja]</p> <p><a href="http://www.carefulcents.com/2011/11/the-best-under-100-gifts-for-the-frugal-shopper/">The Best Gifts For Any Frugal Shopper on a Budget</a> &mdash; Are you a frugal shopper who wants to save money not only for yourself but for the people you are giving to this holiday season? Consider buying any frugalista on your shopping list a crockpot. [Careful Cents]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.freemoneyfinance.com/2011/11/ten-insurance-policies-you-need-to-own.html">Ten Insurance Policies You Need to Own</a> &mdash; If you are a renter, be sure you own renter's insurance! [Free Money Finance]</p> <p><a href="http://www.worldoffinance.biz/7-credit-card-myths/?utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+wofbiz+%28World+of+Finance%29">7 Credit Card Myths</a> &mdash; It is a myth that closing credit accounts will raise your credit score. [World of Finance]</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/What-Do-When-Your-Flights-Been-Canceled-14861656">How to Stay Calm and Savvy When Your Flight's Been Canceled</a> &mdash; Stay calm when your flight gets canceled and call your airline to find out their policy on canceled flights. [SavvySugar]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/touch-of-grey">Touch of Grey: Tips for Growing Up (And Yes, Growing Older)</a> &mdash; As you get older, it's important to eat healthy and get enough sleep. [Parenting Squad]</p> <p><a href="http://www.theopenappcenter.com/improve-cash-flow/cash-flow-solutions-for-your-bottom-line/?intlink=us-apfuel-hpcontentarticlecashflowsol">Cash Flow Solutions for Your Bottom Line</a> &mdash; Improve your cash flow by cutting your expenses. [American Express OPEN Forum]</p> <h2>News &amp; Events</h2> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-100-most-popular-personal-finance-blogs/news/2011/10/the-consumerism-commentary-podcast-2" style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.7em;">The Consumerism Commentary Podcast</a><span style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.7em;"> &mdash; Be sure to check out The Consumerism Commentary Podcast, published every Sunday!</span></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-100-most-popular-personal-finance-blogs/news/2011/11/the-jenny-pincher-tweetchat-jpchat-0">The Jenny Pincher Tweetchat (#jpchat)</a> &mdash; Don't miss the #jpchat on Sunday! This week's topic: Holiday Survival Strategies.</p> <p>Be sure to check out our <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-100-most-popular-personal-finance-blogs/news">News &amp; Events Calendar</a> to see all the awesome upcoming events in the personal finance world!</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-holiday-savings-tips">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-14"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-frugalfying-ways-to-get-to-1-million">10 Frugalfying Ways to get to $1 Million</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-great-things-to-do-with-your-spare-change">25 Great Things to Do With Your Spare Change</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/will-a-dental-discount-plan-save-you-money">Will A Dental Discount Plan Save You Money?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/getting-by-on-a-lot-less-money-3-ways-its-easier-than-you-think">Getting by on a lot less money: 3 ways it&#039;s easier than you think</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-sleek-marketing-ploys-aimed-at-getting-more-of-your-grocery-money">5 Sleek Marketing Ploys Aimed at Getting More of Your Grocery Money</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living best money tips holiday savings Fri, 25 Nov 2011 11:24:19 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 799561 at http://www.wisebread.com 5 Easy Ways to Save Some Green This Holiday Season http://www.wisebread.com/5-easy-ways-to-save-some-green-this-holiday-season <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-easy-ways-to-save-some-green-this-holiday-season" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/holiday-presents_0.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="166" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Given that Christmas has become a $400 billion annual spending spree here in the U.S., sometimes I think Scrooge had a point during his &quot;bah humbug&quot; period. Certainly a little spending moderation can't hurt this holiday season, and it might even put us back in touch with the true spirit and ideals of the season. Here's how to enjoy the holidays and avoid a financial hangover come New Years Day.</p> <h3>Agree on a sensible gift exchange plan with family and friends.</h3> <p>Don't be shy about broaching the subject of having a scaled-back gift exchange with family and friends. Many times, others will thank you for having the courage to bring it up. Consider setting a spending limit &mdash; and sticking to it &mdash; and adopting a &quot;secret Santa&quot; plan, whereby each person in the family draws a name and buys a gift only for that person rather than for everyone in the family.</p> <p>Or consider an alternative gift exchange plan, like only giving homemade items, re-gifted items, gifts of your time, or just exchanging cards instead of gifts. Remember, it's the thought that counts.</p> <h3>Make entertaining more about special people and activities than about expensive food and drink.</h3> <p>Celebrating with family and friends need not leave your bank account as empty as Santa's workshop after the holidays are over. Put the focus of holiday entertaining back where it belongs &mdash; on enjoying good times with good people.</p> <p>Make meal events a potluck or progressive dinner, so that everyone can share their favorite recipes (and some of the cost). Host a brunch rather than a dinner party; brunch-foods like egg dishes, breads, and salads tend to cost less than dinner fare. And deemphasize food and drink by planning fun group activities, like an old fashioned caroling party or playing games instead of having a traditional &mdash; and costly &mdash; cocktail party.</p> <h3>Decorate with creativity, not credit cards.</h3> <p>It's easy to overspend when it comes to decking the halls, but simple elegance usually trumps glitzy glamour when decorating for the holidays. Take an inventory of decorations you have on hand before you shop for more; it's easy to forget about items you have in storage or bought last year at after-Christmas sales. Incorporate inexpensive greenery and other natural materials as much as possible, including those you might collect from your own yard or swap with neighbors.</p> <p>If you buy a real Christmas tree, buy the largest one you can find for the price and cut off unneeded lower branches to use in wreaths and garland. Or consider buying a truly &quot;live&quot; tree &mdash; one with the root ball still intact &mdash; and plant it in your yard after the holidays; according to the U.S. Department of Energy, as few as three strategically planted trees in your yard can significantly reduce household heating and cooling expenses.</p> <h3>Take stock of what you already have before you hit the stores.</h3> <p>Every year billions of dollars worth of gift cards go unused, either expiring or losing value; start your holiday shopping by digging out any gift cards, rebates, and gift certificates you have tucked away in a drawer and use them before they expire to buy gifts for those on your shopping list. Also, &quot;re-gifting&quot; an item you already own is officially <em>in</em> this holiday season, provided that you truly believe the recipient will appreciate it and it's in good shape. Remember: <me>It's only re-gifting if you believe it's re-gifting (or, in the case of intimate apparel, if you've worn it more than one night).</me></p> <h3>Take time out for those in need.</h3> <p>Volunteering your time as a family to help those in need this holiday season is not only the right thing to do, but I'll bet you an eggnog that it will inspire you to spend less, too. Helping those who are truly needy gives most of us a new appreciation for the blessings we already have. Check out the following websites for volunteer opportunities in your area: <a href="http://www.volunteermatch.org/">VolunteerMatch</a>, <a href="http://www.idealist.org/">Idealist</a>, <a href="http://www.bethechange.org/">BeTheChange</a>, <a href="http://www.211.org/">211</a>, <a href="http://www.give.org/">Give</a> and <a href="http://www.createthegood.org/">CreateTheGood</a>.</p> <p>And here's a gift that just about <a href="http://www.redcrossgift.org/home.aspx">everyone can afford to give this holiday season</a>.</p> <p><em>This post from the </em><a href="http://www.thedailygreen.com/living-green/blogs/save-money/"><em>Green Cheapskate</em></a><em> by Jeff Yeager is republished with the permission of </em><a href="http://www.thedailygreen.com/"><em>The Daily Green</em></a><em>. &nbsp;Check out more great content from&nbsp;The Daily Green:</em></p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.thedailygreen.com/green-homes/latest/save-money-megaflip"><em>30+ Ways to Save Money By Going Green</em></a></li> <li><a href="http://www.thedailygreen.com/environmental-news/latest/save-gas-47031702"><em>10 Ways to Save Money On Gas Without Replacing Your Car</em></a></li> <li><a href="http://www.thedailygreen.com/green-homes/latest/vodka-uses-460424"><em>Top 10 Weird Uses of Vodka</em></a></li> <li><a href="http://www.thedailygreen.com/environmental-news/latest/safe-green-investments-47091801"><em>6 Safe Green Investments</em></a></li> <li><a href="http://www.thedailygreen.com/environmental-news/latest/save-money-gas-47050902"><em>How to Pay 50 Cents (or Less) for a Gallon of Gas</em></a></li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/jeff-yeager">Jeff Yeager</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-easy-ways-to-save-some-green-this-holiday-season">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-15"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/quick-notes-saving-on-the-holidays">Quick Notes: Saving on the Holidays</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/giving-gifts-that-will-save-money">Giving Gifts That Will Save Money</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/additional-smart-frugal-people">Additional smart, frugal people</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/chinese-money-habits-how-my-culture-influences-my-attitudes-toward-money">Chinese Money Habits - How My Culture Influences My Attitudes Toward Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/dissecting-gift-guilt-when-does-receiving-a-gift-make-you-feel-bad">Dissecting &quot;Gift Guilt&quot; - When Does Receiving a Gift Make You Feel Bad?</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Lifestyle Christmas gifts holiday Thu, 26 Nov 2009 15:00:03 +0000 Jeff Yeager 3897 at http://www.wisebread.com