holiday http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/34/all en-US Start Now: You Can Make These 23 Delicious Holiday Gifts http://www.wisebread.com/start-now-you-can-make-these-23-delicious-holiday-gifts <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/start-now-you-can-make-these-23-delicious-holiday-gifts" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/christmas_baked_goods_77270193.jpg" alt="Making delicious holiday gifts now" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I have had no time to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-easy-to-make-deluxe-gifts-for-under-15">get my craft on</a> and no money to spend on thrift store gifts, because I am hellbent on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/my-2016-budget-challenge-why-i-need-to-find-31k-this-year">making an extra $31,000</a> by the end of the year.</p> <p>However, my insane work schedule and budget have not stopped me from completing my holiday DIY gift list early. It's not even October, I have made 100% of my gifts from scratch, and I barely had to leave my house.</p> <p>What's my holiday gift hack? Make ahead edible gifts.</p> <h2>1. Surplus Fruit Jam</h2> <p>I have a gigantic mission fig tree in my backyard. Even after I invited all of my fig-crazed neighbors over to pick as many figs as they could eat, I was still left with 50 pounds of fresh figs that I turned into 130 eight-ounce jars of fig jam. Total cost: $100 for jars and a 10-pound sack of cane sugar. (I traded figs for lemons and oranges with neighbors in order to keep my ingredient cost to a minimum).</p> <p>Figs might seem like an exotic and rare fruit, but in southern California, there are feral fig trees that pop up in vacant lots. They are everywhere. Also, figs are like zucchinis, you only need one plant to supply an entire neighborhood.</p> <h2>2. Marmalade</h2> <p>I never liked marmalade until I figured out <a href="http://www.myromanapartment.com/jam-session-master-lemon-marmalade-recipe/">my own recipe</a> for lemon marmalade. The basic recipe is made with just three ingredients: lemons, cane sugar, and water.</p> <h2>3. Preserved Lemons</h2> <p><a href="http://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/1016212-preserved-lemons">Salt preserved lemons</a> are one of my secret weapons in the kitchen. I use preserved lemons to perk up everything from traditional North African <a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/105044/lamb-tagine/">tagines</a> to store-bought salad dressing. They are delicious as a garnish for fish or poultry. My favorite way to eat them is as a flavoring for thick, Greek-style yogurt that I then use as a savory topping for flat bread.</p> <h2>4. Limoncello</h2> <p>Limoncello, or Limoncino as it's know in Florence, is the classic Italian after-dinner drink made from grain alcohol, sugar, and lemon peel. Although most American recipes call for vodka, every Italian mixologist I know uses a high-proof spirit like Everclear as the base. For people who love kitchen science, I prefer to use the <a href="http://gizmodo.com/how-to-make-the-best-limoncello-youve-ever-had-1533528095">vapor method</a> of infusion because I think it results in a smoother tasting drink.</p> <h2>5. Citrus Salts</h2> <p><a href="http://www.101cookbooks.com/archives/citrus-salt-recipe.html">Citrus salts</a> are elegant food gifts that are super simple to make. All you need is citrus zest and flaky sea salt. Packed into small glass jars, citrus salts are great stocking stuffers, but they would also make beautiful wedding favors.</p> <h2>6. Canned Peaches</h2> <p>Eating a summer peach that was picked and canned at peak ripeness in the dead of winter is such a pleasure. Anyone who puts up food knows that preserving surplus food is a great way to save money and enjoy out-of-season flavors. Now is your last chance until next year to capture summer in a jar.</p> <h2>7. Blackberry Syrup</h2> <p>I grew up in Oregon, so I know that it is totally possible to eat too many blackberries. Since Marionberries grow everywhere, wild, my family never spent a dime to enjoy this summer fruit. As an adult, I now spend $8 per pound for a substandard blackberry experience.</p> <p>For the love of all that is good and beautiful, if you have access to free, feral berry bushes, don't take that for granted. Stretch the last harvest of the season by making <a href="http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/blackberry-syrup-108407">blackberry syrup</a> instead of blackberry jam. It's amazing on everything from pancakes to ice cream.</p> <h2>8. Pickled Okra</h2> <p>Okra gets a bad rap. It's slimy. It's like eating a tiny luffa. But even haters will enjoy spicy, garlicky <a href="http://nchfp.uga.edu/how/can_06/pickled_dill_okra.html">pickled okra</a>, especially if it's served in a bloody mary as an edible stir stick.</p> <h2>9. Ketchup</h2> <p>Ever wonder why there are so many varieties of mustard and so few varieties of ketchup? Answer: Ketchup is a pain in the butt to make. Five years ago, I lost eight hours of my life making homemade ketchup from the sad, leftover tomatoes in my garden. It took that long for the tomato puree to cook down. <a href="http://www.saveur.com/article/Recipes/Ketchup">This recipe</a> makes ketchup that is so delicious, that my friends are still begging me to make it again to this day. To avoid my lengthy ketchup odyssey, use paste tomatoes that have more meat and less juice. (If you don't grow your own San Marzano tomatoes, buy the canned version when they go on sale.)</p> <p>Unlike store-bought ketchup that has a shelf life of &hellip; forever, homemade ketchup needs to be refrigerated and has a life span of just a few weeks. If you want to make ketchup in advance, be sure to follow <a href="http://nchfp.uga.edu/how/can_03/tomato_ketchup.html">these instructions</a> on how to can it properly.</p> <h2>10. Mustard</h2> <p>Mustard is a handmade food that requires advance preparation. Mustard needs time to marinate and mellow out, as freshly made mustard is very bitter. I use <a href="http://honest-food.net/2015/05/08/how-to-make-mustard-2/">this versatile recipe</a> as a jumping-off point because I can make it with a mortar and pestle and live out my wizard fantasies, and because it has a shelf life of 12 months in the refrigerator.</p> <h2>11. Fermented Tabasco-Style Hot Sauce</h2> <p>The secret ingredient of Tabasco sauce is time. It's aged in oak barrels for over three years! My food snob friends are suitably impressed by the <a href="http://honest-food.net/2014/08/21/fermented-hot-sauce-recipe/">artisanal version</a>, even though I can never wait longer than 100 days for my hot sauce to ferment.</p> <h2>12. Cranberry Sauce</h2> <p>True story: I learned how to can because I wanted to be able to eat my homemade cranberry sauce year-round. As it turns out, I am not the only person who craves that sweet/tart flavor in the offseason. <a href="http://www.motherearthnews.com/real-food/canning/homemade-cranberry-sauce-zbcz1511.aspx">Cranberry sauce</a> and peanut butter sandwiches are so yummy.</p> <h2>13. Cured Olives</h2> <p>When I was a starving student, I made <a href="http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/recipe/marinated-olives-rosemary-and-orange-peel">marinated olives</a> as the fancy holiday gift I gave everyone. Because olives are expensive and I was poor, I brined my own olives that I had foraged for free from my local park. Because I live in Los Angeles &mdash; where it's ridiculously hot until the end of November &mdash; I have subsequently switched to <a href="http://www.motherearthnews.com/real-food/curing/how-to-cure-olives-zmaz76zhar.aspx?pageid=1#PageContent1">salt curing olives</a> because I'm lazy.</p> <h2>14. Dried Persimmons</h2> <p>I was never a fan of persimmons until I tasted the dried persimmons sold by Korean and Japanese fruit vendors at my local farmers market. Luckily, I didn't have to look far to find a recipe to make my own. My superstar, homesteading neighbors not only own an over-productive persimmon tree, they also wrote this <a href="http://www.rootsimple.com/2012/11/how-to-make-hoshigaki-dried-persimmons/">bang-up tutorial</a> on how to make Hoshigaki (dried persimmons). These fruits are gorgeous when dried, and look great on a holiday cheese plate.</p> <h2>15. Prickly Pear Jelly</h2> <p>Nopal, aka prickly pear cactus, grows like a weed all over my neighborhood, so it's a free produce for the taking. Prickly pear cactus fruit season runs from September through January, but the cactus pads can be harvested and eaten year around. Fair warning: unless you love getting repeatedly stabbed with cactus needles, I highly recommend that Nopal newbs take the time to <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H-yR3pYw9fM">learn how to prepare</a> the spiny fruits and pads before harvesting any part of the plant.</p> <p>I find most prickly pear jams to be revoltingly sweet, but my neighbors developed a <a href="http://www.rootsimple.com/2010/08/low-sugar-prickly-pear-jelly-recipe/">low-sugar prickly pear jelly</a> that highlights the subtle taste of the fruit.</p> <h2>16. Pickle Prickle</h2> <p>My favorite way to eat prickly pear cactus is to <a href="http://foodpreservation.about.com/od/Pickles/r/Pickled-Nopales.htm">pickle the cactus</a> pads. My Mexican neighbor makes a spicy nopalitos salad that is my all-time favorite taco topping, but if you can't handle the heat of Mexican recipes, you can substitute cactus pads for okra in pickled okra recipes.</p> <h2>17. Pine Cone Syrup</h2> <p>Yes, I have a foraging instructor. (Insert pretentious hipster joke here.) Pascal Baudar regularly publishes free recipes for the budget-minded on Facebook, which is where I found this recipe for <a href="https://www.facebook.com/pascal.baudar/posts/10154236824069759">Pinyon pine cone syrup</a>. Made from a 50/50 mix of brown sugar and unripe pine cones, Pascal's sun-cooked syrup is based on an old French recipe. Pretty much every European country has their own version of pine syrup, so if Pinyon pine cones are not available in your area, <a href="http://sparxmind.com/maple-syrup-vs-pine-syrup/">check out the comments section</a> of this food blog for instructions on how to make Italian Mugolio, Romanian Sirop Muguri de pin, and Polish Syrop z Sosny.</p> <h2>18. Homemade Vanilla Extracts</h2> <p>Most flavored liqueurs are just infused spirits. If you can make flavored vinegar, you can make your own specialty cocktail supplies. One liter of bargain vodka can be turned into 20 fancy gifts.</p> <p>One of the easiest make-ahead gifts from the kitchen is <a href="http://www.myromanapartment.com/homemade-vanilla-extract-cheap-vodka/">vanilla extract</a>. We use vodka in our personal recipe for a pure vanilla taste, but you can use rum if you want a richer flavor. For home use, we decant our homemade extract into a huge bottle. For gift giving, we decant the extract into tiny bottles that we <a href="http://kirbiecravings.com/2015/12/homemade-diy-extracts.html">seal with wax</a> for extra glamour.</p> <h2>19. Bathtub(less) Gin</h2> <p>Celebrity mixologist and food blogger Jeffrey Morgenthaler created a step-by-step tutorial on how to <a href="http://www.jeffreymorgenthaler.com/2007/how-to-make-your-own-gin-without-a-still/">make your own gin without a still</a>. All the street cred without the risk of blindness!</p> <h2>20. Dried Blenheim Apricot Liqueur</h2> <p>This recipe is a twofer. Make an <a href="http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/blenheim-apricot-liqueur">apricot flavored liqueur</a> by infusing brandy with dried fruit. The soused apricots can then be dipped in chocolate and turned into <a href="http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/chocolate-dipped-apricots">boozy candy</a>.</p> <h2>21. Vermouth-Soaked Cocktail Olives</h2> <p>Fact: An excellent martini cannot be made with a mediocre olive. For those hard core gin drinkers who think a proper martini involves waving their bottle of gin in the general direction of France, <a href="http://imbibemagazine.com/homemade-cocktail-olives/">these olives</a> will provide all the vermouth required for the driest martini.</p> <h2>22. Offseason Maraschino Cherries</h2> <p>It's early autumn, and I want homemade maraschino cherries in time for Christmas in December, so I can be that girl who serves the totally from scratch Shirley Temple punch at her Chinese takeout Christmas dinner party. Shirley Temples are the perfect drink accompaniment for salty stir-fry! Source: I grew up in my grandparent's Chinese restaurant. So, to ensure I have maraschino cherries on my schedule, I am <a href="http://www.thisgirlwalksintoabar.com/2014/04/how-to-make-homemade-maraschino-cherries-from-frozen-cherries/">making my own cocktail accessories</a> out of frozen cherries.</p> <h2>23. Metheglin</h2> <p>Metheglin sounds like the name of Bilbo Baggins' lady friend, but it's actually flavored mead. Although there are 3,000 years of metheglin recipes available, I've been meaning to try <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/wordofmouth/2012/feb/15/how-to-make-metheglin">this recipe</a> because it is flavored with lemons and herbs that are already growing in my backyard (and I am lazy and cheap).</p> <h3>On Wrapping and Packing</h3> <p>Good labels and presentation can make the humblest recipe look incredibly elegant and costly. Pinterest and Etsy are full of gorgeous labels and gift tags to buy or recreate. When is a gift not a gift? When the box arrives and it's full of broken glass and spoiled food. Pack food gifts carefully or hire a professional shipper to help you.</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/start-now-you-can-make-these-23-delicious-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-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/flashback-friday-128-creative-ways-to-upcycle-your-trash">Flashback Friday: 128 Creative Ways to Upcycle Your Trash</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/eight-natural-ways-to-make-water-more-flavorful">Eight Natural Ways to Make Water More Flavorful</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/getting-by-without-a-job-part-4-get-free-stuff">Getting by without a job, part 4--get free stuff</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/7-delicious-uses-for-leftover-hot-dogs">7 Delicious Uses for Leftover Hot Dogs</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-surprising-uses-for-empty-beer-and-soda-cans">9 Surprising Uses for Empty Beer and Soda Cans</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> DIY Food and Drink Christmas Christmas gifts DIY DIY christmas gifts frugal living holiday saving money Thu, 29 Sep 2016 10:30:07 +0000 Max Wong 1802000 at http://www.wisebread.com 6 Little-Known Ways to Save When Booking Spring Travel http://www.wisebread.com/6-little-known-ways-to-save-when-booking-spring-travel <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/6-little-known-ways-to-save-when-booking-spring-travel" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/couple_on_vacation_000062041066.jpg" alt="Couple finding ways to save when booking spring travel" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>As the warmer weather finally starts to creep in, it's hard to not get excited about traveling this spring or summer. With the cheaper gas prices and lower overall airfare, it just might be a good year to finally book that family vacation you've been considering. Here are a few insider tips that'll help you stretch your travel dollar as far as possible. (See also:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-that-anyone-can-travel-for-free">7 Ways That Anyone Can Travel for Free</a>)</p> <h2>1. Book Airfare on a Tuesday</h2> <p>According to FareCompare.com, which helps travelers compare airfares to find the best deals, Tuesday around 3 p.m. EST is the best time to book a flight. They found that this is when many airlines release the majority of their sales, which then encourages other airlines to lower their fares to stay competitive. In contrast, try not to book airfare on a Friday morning as you'll end up paying&nbsp;<a href="http://www.hopper.com/articles/2450/does-time-of-day-matter-when-booking-flights">3% more for fares</a> on average.</p> <h2>2. Fly Out on a Tuesday or Wednesday</h2> <p>If you can be flexible in terms of the day you fly out, you can definitely save some money. According to Airfarewatchdog.com, if you can fly out on a Tuesday or Wednesday you'll find lower overall airfares. While not a perfect science, these two days <em>usually </em>yield lower airfares. For example, CheapAir.com found the difference between a Sunday round-trip flight and a Tuesday round-trip flight to be $58 on average. Also, when booking air travel for a week-long vacation, book Tuesday-Tuesday or Wednesday-Wednesday, as it is by far the cheapest way to fly.</p> <h2>3. Book Hotels Directly This Year</h2> <p>Online travel sites like Expedia and Hotels.com charge hotel chains a hefty 15% fee for an online booking. As a result, many hotels are trying to avoid this booking fee and are willing to negotiate a deal with potential travelers who call them directly. For example, if the Expedia rate is $100 a night, call the hotel and ask politely if they can beat that rate. Since the hotel has to pay around $15 to Expedia, they'll often give you the room for $90/night. It's an extra $5 in their pocket and they've made you a happy camper in the process.</p> <h2>4. Vacation Where the Best Deals Are</h2> <p>Clark Howard is one of my favorite frugal gurus. Every year he takes his staff on a big trip, and how he selects the destination is pure genius. He goes online and figures out what destination currently has the best travel deals, and that's where he takes everyone. By booking travel this way, he has visited every continent except Antarctica and every state except North Dakota. I love his perspective on this travel tip: &quot;I don't pick a destination that I have to go to. I wait for a deal somewhere, buy the deal, and then figure out why I want to go there.&quot; To make it happen, Howard suggest using&nbsp;<a href="http://www.kayak.com/explore/">Kayak Explore</a> as it lets you find the best airfare deals for your specific budget.</p> <h2>5. VRBO and Airbnb &quot;Last-Minute&quot; Hack</h2> <p>It's pretty obvious that vacation homeowners using VRBO and Airbnb to rent their place don't make a cent if their place lies empty for the weekend. Because of this, many owners are willing to lower their rate a little bit for last-minute travelers. By last-minute, I'm talking about those trying to book a place within a week of arrival. So the next time you attempt to plan a last-minute getaway, consider politely asking for a 15%&ndash;20% discount when using either website. You stand a great chance of negotiating a deal.</p> <h2>6. Hotel Check-In Trick</h2> <p>Have you ever wondered if it's still possible to get a room upgrade when checking into a hotel? According to many hotel employees, you can absolutely still do it, and slipping the front desk attendant a $20 bill is still highly acceptable. There's almost always a better room available, or cool upgrades like free movies, free room service, or late checkout &mdash; and sending an Andrew Jackson across the counter is a great way to make it happen.</p> <p>Also, the same hotel employees share that online booking sites like Expedia, Hotwire, and Orbitz are often going to get you the worst rooms available. The reason is because hotels see these guest as &quot;non-loyal&quot; travelers simply looking for a really low rate. They're not going to give you the rooms with the best views and overall features.</p> <p><em>How do you ensure a great deal when booking your travel plans?</em></p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this post? 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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/8-costly-flight-booking-mistakes-you-make-all-the-time">8 Costly Flight Booking Mistakes You Make All the Time</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/11-spring-break-budget-busters-to-avoid">11 Spring Break Budget Busters to Avoid</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/beware-these-sneaky-fees-on-discount-airfare">Beware These Sneaky Fees on Discount Airfare</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/caribbean-island-vacations-anyone-can-afford">Caribbean Island Vacations Anyone Can Afford</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-students-can-travel-abroad-for-less">7 Ways Students Can Travel Abroad for Less</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel Airfare flying holiday hotel hacks spring break summer vacation trips Thu, 10 Mar 2016 11:00:06 +0000 Kyle James 1670417 at http://www.wisebread.com 7 Fun, Frugal Vacations for People Over 30 http://www.wisebread.com/7-fun-frugal-vacations-for-people-over-30 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-fun-frugal-vacations-for-people-over-30" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_traveling_alone_000046959144.jpg" alt="Woman over 30 finding fun and frugal vacation spots" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Ibiza, Cancun, Las Vegas&hellip; you're over it. Want a more interesting and sophisticated vacation destination where you can relax or go on more meaningful adventures? Here are seven cheap vacation destinations for the over-30 crowd.</p> <h2>Domestic</h2> <p>Travel close to home and you're never too far away &mdash; just far enough to let it go.</p> <h3>1. Puerto Rico</h3> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/san_juan_000052887176.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>This U.S territory is not only nearby, but cheap to fly to: a plane ticket normally <a href="http://www.kayak.com/flight-routes/United-States-US0/Puerto-Rico-PR0">costs under $300</a>. There's also no need for currency exchange, either as the U.S. dollar is all you need. And since your mobile will likely work in Puerto Rico (check your provider's coverage map), you probably don't need a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-to-avoid-expensive-phone-charges-when-traveling">cell phone contingency plan</a>, either.</p> <p>Awesome places to see include: Old San Juan, Arecibo Observatory, Luquillo Beach, El Yunque Rainforest. There's even a <a href="http://www.kayakingpuertorico.com/pages/biobay.html">magical bioluminescent bay</a> you can kayak through! San Juan is full of sophisticated restaurants, bars, casinos, and museums to visit, perfect for a true grown-up.</p> <h3>2. Catalina Island, California</h3> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/catalina_island_000002776762.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Looking for a vacation near Southern California without having to fly to Hawaii or Mexico? <a href="https://ssl.catalinaexpress.com/">Take a ferry</a> (only $37.50 per person) to Catalina Island. There are cute bed-and-breakfasts, <a href="http://www.newportwhales.com/Whale_watching_Catalina_Island.html">whale-watching tours</a>, zip lines, snorkeling, and more &mdash; making for the perfect combination of relaxation and adventure. This sleepy but whimsical and picturesque island is perfect for an anniversary or a birthday trip &mdash; and the ferry is free on your birthday!</p> <h3>3. New Orleans, Louisiana</h3> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/new_orleans_000044918500.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>The Big Easy is back in a big way. Visit any time except during Mardi Gras, and not only do you get a lot for your money, but you also support a vibrant city full of unique gastronomical delights and lots (LOTS) of amazing cocktails. You can get away with cheap eats like po' boys on the daily, or you can be more adventurous and try local delicacies like Cajun-Chinese fusion.</p> <p>Stay in one of the many vintage hotels near Bourbon Street, like the <a href="http://www.frenchquarter.com/hotels/hotelstmarie.php">Hotel St. Marie</a>. In New Orleans, everyday is like a parade. In fact, you can even <a href="http://www.nola.gov/onestop/events/parades/parade-race-permit/">set up your own parade</a> very easily at city hall! This is a really fun, laid back, and flavorful trip for capital-A adults.</p> <h3>4. Palm Springs, California</h3> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/palm_springs_000019275611.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>California has a lot of great destinations, but none so refined and chill with 1960s modern glamor as Palm Springs. In comparison to destinations like Napa that cost a fortune, there are many great hotels to stay in Palm Springs like <a href="http://www.alcazarpalmsprings.com/">Alcazar</a>, or the <a href="http://www.orbitin.com/">Orbit Inn</a>. Try visiting during off-season months like August or February for good booking deals. Or, stay through Airbnb for maximum space and a pool all to yourself.</p> <p>There are plenty of cheap eats in town and in nearby cities like Twentynine Palms. You can people-watch similarly hip people over 30 walking down the main drag to visit art galleries and grab an icy daytime cocktail. Lounging in style is the name of the game here.</p> <h2>International</h2> <p>When you have the time to go further afield, these destinations are good ones to aim for.</p> <h3>5. Bangkok, Thailand</h3> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/bangkok_000007957580.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>If you yearn to see the Far East but don't quite have Hong Kong, Seoul, or Tokyo money, Bangkok is an adventurous and gorgeous option. For culture hounds, historic landmarks like the Grand Palace, the Golden Buddha, and the <a href="http://www.bangkok.com/attraction-temple/wat-prakaeo.htm">Wat Phra Kaew</a> hold much significance. Culinary enthusiasts will be excited to in try as much new (and cheap!) Thai food as possible from the many <a href="http://www.seriouseats.com/2014/08/for-the-best-food-in-bangkok-hit-the-streets.html">famous street carts</a>. For those who love to learn about indigenous nature, there are many parks, gardens, and zoos to choose from.</p> <p>For a <a href="http://www.priceoftravel.com/34/thailand/bangkok-prices">modest daily budget</a>, you can get a lot for your money and have a world-class vacation.</p> <h3>6. Barcelona, Spain</h3> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/barcelona_000063531001.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Spain is gorgeous: tons of old world architecture, great wine and food, and lovely people. This is a great time to visit &mdash; the country suffers from a somewhat ailing economy. Traveling to Spain this year is a great way to take advantage of cheaper lodging and entertainment while helping out the locals.</p> <p>There are so many excellent things to do. See all the old catholic churches like <a href="http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g187497-d190166-Reviews-Basilica_of_the_Sagrada_Familia-Barcelona_Catalonia.html">Basilica of the Sagrada Familia</a>, take in a <em>futbol</em> game, and go on one of many local food tasting tours of the city. There is also plenty of nightlife with hip clubs like Dry Martini &amp; Speakeasy. This is a cultured trip meant for folks who want to do more than simply get rowdy.</p> <h3>7. Prague, Czech Republic</h3> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/prague_000031205030.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>If you love history, this is for you! Over the years, Prague has graduated from &quot;college backpacker's paradise&quot; to full-fledged vacation destination.</p> <p>Prague has a wealth of architectural riches: 1,100 years of virtually unblemished churches, libraries, bridges, monasteries, towers, and more represent nearly every style from Baroque to Art Nouveau. The city is a walker's paradise, with tons of tours to see landmarks on every block. In comparison to other major European capitals, Prague is more budget-friendly: Diverse, delicious meals can be procured for reasonable prices, like this <a href="https://www.likealocalguide.com/prague/mr-banh-mi">banh mi for only &pound;3.50</a>. Hotels can be as low as &pound;60 per night &mdash; good luck getting even the grimiest hostel bed for that in Paris!</p> <p><em>What are your favorite grown-up vacation spots?</em></p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this post? 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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/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-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-to-do-about-a-terrible-airbnb-stay">What to Do About a Terrible Airbnb Stay</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-frugal-fall-getaways-you-can-start-packing-for-now">10 Frugal Fall Getaways You Can Start Packing For Now</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/7-best-websites-for-last-minute-airfare-deals">7 Best Websites for Last-Minute Airfare Deals</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-avoid-theft-while-traveling">How to Avoid Theft While Traveling</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel 30s cheap destinations holiday thirtysomethings vacation Mon, 21 Sep 2015 15:00:17 +0000 Amanda Meadows 1564326 at http://www.wisebread.com 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> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this post? 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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. 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/8-ways-valentines-day-picks-your-pocket">8 Ways Valentine&#039;s Day Picks Your Pocket</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/frugal-or-just-plain-wrong">Frugal... or just plain wrong?</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/in-times-like-these-separate-the-want-from-the-need">In times like these, separate the want from the need.</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/five-calls-you-can-make-now-to-save-hundreds-to-thousands-of-dollars">Five calls you can make now to save hundreds to thousands of dollars</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-good-writing-skills-saves-and-earns-money">How good writing skills save and earn money</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living best money tips holiday money saving Valentine's Day Thu, 06 Feb 2014 11:00:15 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 1124082 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Pay Down Holiday Debt Quickly http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-pay-down-holiday-debt-quickly <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-pay-down-holiday-debt-quickly" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/holiday-134936674.jpg" alt="holiday stress" title="holiday stress" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread&#39;s <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some awesome articles on 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. 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/how-to-erase-your-medical-debt">How to Erase Your Medical Debt</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-fastest-method-to-eliminate-credit-card-debt">The Fastest Method to Eliminate Credit Card Debt</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/self-sufficiency-self-reliance-and-freedom">Self-sufficiency, self-reliance, and freedom</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-inspiring-people-who-each-paid-off-over-100000-in-debt">5 Inspiring People Who Each Paid Off Over $100,000 in Debt</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/can-you-talk-to-your-friends-about-debt">Can you talk to your friends about debt?</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Debt Management best money tips debt holiday Tue, 31 Dec 2013 11:01:00 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 1104834 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Where to Find the Cheapest Holiday Gifts http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-where-to-find-the-cheapest-holiday-gifts <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-where-to-find-the-cheapest-holiday-gifts" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/gifts-81747642.jpg" alt="gifts" title="gifts" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="166" /></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 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-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/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/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/25-great-gifts-for-5-or-less">25 Great Gifts for $5 or Less</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-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/how-to-wrap-gifts-with-leftovers">How to wrap gifts with leftovers.</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/additional-smart-frugal-people">Additional smart, frugal people</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/holiday-shipping-deadlines-coming-up">Holiday shipping deadlines coming up</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-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-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-excuses-we-need-to-stop-making-about-overspending">5 Excuses We Need to Stop Making About Overspending</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/6-little-known-ways-to-save-when-booking-spring-travel">6 Little-Known Ways to Save When Booking Spring Travel</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-simple-ways-to-take-stunning-travel-photos">8 Simple Ways to Take Stunning Travel Photos</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-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/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-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-how-do-you-save-chance-to-win-20">Ask the Readers: How Do You Save? (Chance to win $20!)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-how-did-you-spend-your-first-paycheck">Ask the Readers: How Did You Spend Your First Paycheck?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-should-kids-get-paid-for-doing-chores">Ask The Readers: Should Kids Get Paid For Doing Chores?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-what-is-your-new-years-resolution">Ask the Readers: What Is Your New Year&#039;s Resolution?</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Giveaways Ask the Readers 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-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/3-smart-ways-to-save-on-fathers-day">3 Smart Ways to Save on Father&#039;s Day</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-smart-reasons-to-last-minute-holiday-shop">9 Smart Reasons to Last-Minute Holiday Shop</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/couplehood-avoiding-the-valentine-cliches">Couplehood: Avoiding the Valentine Clichés</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/holiday-shipping-deadlines-coming-up">Holiday shipping deadlines coming up</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-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/the-5-best-shampoos-for-frizzy-hair">The 5 Best Shampoos for Frizzy Hair</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-anti-itch-creams">The 5 Best Anti-Itch Creams</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-smart-water-bottles">The 5 Best Smart Water Bottles</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-luxury-pens">The 5 Best Luxury Pens</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-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/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/how-to-get-out-of-social-obligations-that-break-your-budget">How to Get Out of Social Obligations That Break Your 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/14-things-good-hosts-never-do">14 Things Good Hosts Never Do</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/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-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-celebrities-with-shockingly-low-net-worths">6 Celebrities With Shockingly Low Net Worths</a></span> </div> </li> </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-5"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-manicure-kits">The 5 Best Manicure Kits</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-hairsprays">The 5 Best Hairsprays</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-tweezers">The 5 Best Tweezers</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-makeup-brush-cleaners">The 5 Best Makeup Brush Cleaners</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-pressed-powders">The 5 Best Pressed Powders</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-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/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/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/is-layaway-still-worth-it">Is Layaway Still Worth It?</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