spring http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/3457/all en-US How to Get the Greenest Lawn on the Block — Naturally http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-the-greenest-lawn-on-the-block-naturally <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-get-the-greenest-lawn-on-the-block-naturally" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/kids_yard_swings_000079618051.jpg" alt="Learning how to get the best yard in town naturally" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Want a gorgeous, lush lawn without all the chemicals and other icky stuff? It's not as hard as you might think. With a little creativity and some elbow grease, you can whip your grass into shape without calling a service or spending much at all. (See also:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/secret-lawn-tonic-recipe-from-golf-course-groundskeeper?ref=seealso">Secret Lawn Tonic Golf Course Groundskeepers Love</a>)</p> <h2>Amazing Aeration</h2> <p>Before the season even starts, you should&nbsp;<a href="http://www.planetnatural.com/aerate-the-lawn/">aerate your lawn</a> so it can have its best year yet. By letting it breathe, you get rid of nasty compaction issues that can cause bigger problems down the line. To aerate, you'll want the grass to be pretty dry. Insert a&nbsp;<a href="http://amzn.to/1qjqnlK">garden fork</a> or&nbsp;<a href="http://amzn.to/1TMK4yd">sod coring tool</a> every few inches to get the oxygen in. If you have a big lawn, you might consider going in with a neighbor and renting a power lawn aerator for a day or two. After you've finished this process, collect soil plugs with a bagged mower and add them to your compost heap.</p> <h2>Beer Fertilizer</h2> <p>My grandfather is known as a lawn king of sorts in my hometown. He swears by&nbsp;<a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/Easily-getting-rid-of-dead-spots-on-your-lawn-effo">feeding his lawn with beer</a>. The fermented sugars and other nutrients improve the soil and help to get rid of dead spots. All you have to do is pour about eight ounces of regular beer per 10-inch spot that needs love. Beer can be fresh or flat, hot or cold. Wait about a week and if the area is still droopy, repeat the process.</p> <h2>Soothing Salts, Part I</h2> <p>Not into brews? That's okay. You can actually use your favorite bath time soak to nurture your lawn.&nbsp;<a href="http://amzn.to/1UW0MMF">Epsom salts</a> help keep your grass green and healthy all year round &mdash; they may even soften grass. You'll want to use about&nbsp;<a href="http://www.sfsalt.com/epsom-salt-for-lawns">three pounds of salts</a> per 1,250 square feet of lawn. To apply, use a lawn spreader. If you'd rather add water and spray, use a tank sprayer or a hose with a spray attachment.</p> <h2>Soothing Salts, Part II</h2> <p>The National Gardening Association explains that epsom salts also work wonders in your vegetable and flower gardens by&nbsp;<a href="http://www.garden.org/articles/articles.php?q=show&amp;id=68">enriching the soil with magnesium</a>. The group conducted a study where gardeners from across the United States sprayed their peppers and roses with the stuff. The results? Four out of six gardeners reported that their pepper plants were more robust. All the rose plants were bushier with greener foliage and more roses. To try this at home, add one tablespoon of epsom salts to a gallon of water, spray plants, and repeat the process every 10 days (peppers) or six weeks (roses).</p> <h2>Kind Killer</h2> <p>This weed killer is kind to the environment and won't cost you much. In fact, you might already be using it for many tasks in your home. Simply spray all those pesky weeds with plain white vinegar. You'll want to do this on a day with no rain in the forecast (can dilute the effects). My mother-in-law says that heartier, more persistent weeds respond better to something stronger like pickling vinegar. Just pour vinegar into a spray bottle and use as liberally as necessary.</p> <h2>Wondrous Water</h2> <p>Whether or not you live someplace where you have a cap on water usage, it's a good idea to conserve this precious resource. Try building&nbsp;<a href="https://1craftylane.wordpress.com/2012/03/12/diy-rain-barrel/">your own rain barrel</a> to collect what falls from the sky. You just need a 32-gallon plastic trash can, brass faucet, flexible downspout, and utility knife. Cut a hole in your can's cover, attach the downspout to your gutter, and then connect the two components. Wait for the rain and then use your faucet to tap into the magic.</p> <h2>Modified Mowing</h2> <p>How often and how short you cut your grass has an impact on its overall health as well. There's no one-size-fits-all approach, unfortunately. Regardless, grass cut too short can be more prone to problems like&nbsp;<a href="http://www.diynetwork.com/how-to/outdoors/gardening/what-is-the-ideal-height-to-cut-the-grass">weeds, drought, and heat damage</a>. So, if you're experiencing little precipitation, it's a good idea to let grasses grow taller as a defense. For guidelines on how tall or short you should keep your grass in general, call your local extension office, garden center, or seed supplier.</p> <h2>Clover Comeback</h2> <p>So many of our neighbors seem to battle to keep white clover out all season long. We've embraced clover because it's actually a natural way to&nbsp;<a href="http://www.almanac.com/content/clover-comeback">crowd out weeds</a>. Clover also spreads quickly and covers the ground with greenery to blend with your other grasses. It grows well in shadier areas of your lawn and those with poor drainage. Best yet, it's a legume and can convert nitrogen into its own free fertilizer. Learn to love this misunderstood ground cover!</p> <p><em>What are some natural ways you care for&nbsp;</em><em>your lawn?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-the-greenest-lawn-on-the-block-naturally">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/secret-lawn-tonic-recipe-from-golf-course-groundskeeper">Secret Lawn Tonic Recipe From Golf Course Groundskeeper</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/13-simple-gardening-skills-anybody-can-master">13 Simple Gardening Skills Anybody Can Master</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-high-tech-tools-to-help-your-garden-grow">6 High-Tech Tools to Help Your Garden Grow</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/17-cheap-ways-to-dress-up-your-garden">17 Cheap Ways to Dress Up Your Garden</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-you-should-not-do-to-your-yard-this-fall">10 Things You Should NOT Do to Your Yard This Fall</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> DIY Green Living Home eco friendly gardening greener grass landscaping lawn spring summer weeds Mon, 25 Apr 2016 09:30:24 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1693274 at http://www.wisebread.com Here's How Much Getting the Greenest Lawn Will Cost You http://www.wisebread.com/heres-how-much-getting-the-greenest-lawn-will-cost-you <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/heres-how-much-getting-the-greenest-lawn-will-cost-you" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/family_playing_yard_000083140847.jpg" alt="Family learning how green their lawn is" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>In the American view of what a front yard should look like, a green lawn is up there with a white picket fence and an American flag.</p> <p>The ideal home has its costs, with a green lawn being more expensive than some rocks and a few plants. And that's before you factor in maintenance and other costs to keep a grass lush and alive.</p> <p>Whether you start with grass seed, put down sod, or install a synthetic lawn, a green lawn can be an expensive way to increase curb appeal. Based on a yard size of 2,000 square feet, here's a breakdown of those three methods, starting with the cheapest.</p> <h2>Seed</h2> <p>There are a few ways to start a lawn by planting grass seed. Without going into all of the details on how to prepare a lawn for seeding, this can still be a labor-intensive job and may be something you want to hire a professional for. Prep work can include removing dead materials and weeds, adding at least four inches of fresh topsoil or tilling the existing ground, and making the ground level.</p> <p>If you're going to do it yourself, you can buy a 50-pound bag of Kentucky bluegrass seed for about $100, or a three-pound bag for about $15. Depending on where you live, two three-pound bags may be enough to start a new lawn on 2,000 square feet.</p> <p><strong>Total Cost:</strong> $30</p> <p>Another method of seeding is broadcast seeding, where dry grass seed is spread on prepared ground, watered thoroughly, and covered with straw. With $30 in seeds and about $45 for three bales of hay, you're in business.</p> <p><strong>Total Cost:</strong> $75</p> <p>A more costly method is hydroseeding, also called hydraulic mulch seeding. A slightly thickened mixture of seeds, mulch, and other material is pumped from a tank onto the ground. Little prep work is required.</p> <p>Hydroseeding costs six cents to 20 cents per square foot, or $120 to $400 for 2,000 square feet. This is just for the seeding and doesn't include labor or other costs that go with it, such as water from your home. The slurry mixture of hydroseeding includes fertilizer, green dye, and a tackifying agent to help keep everything where it needs to be.</p> <p>Expect the equipment and professional labor of hydroseeding to cost two to four times the cost of the seed. Since you're unlikely to own the equipment for this process, plan on hiring a professional for $240 to $1,600.</p> <p><strong>Total Cost:</strong> Up to $2,000</p> <h2>Sod</h2> <p>Laying sod yourself can save half the cost of a professional, though your back may not thank you for the savings. The prep work can be difficult by itself, but add in the tasks of unloading rolls of sod from a truck and laying them down in neat patterns and you'll be busy for an entire day.</p> <p>Sod costs eight cents to 30 cents per square foot, putting our 2,000-square-foot lawn at $160 to $600.</p> <p>Delivery can range from free to half the total cost of the sod. You may also need to buy or rent tools such as a rake, rototiller, and lawn roller, and seeds for spot seeding after the sod is installed. Assuming you own all of the supplies or can borrow them from someone for free, your total cost is as much as $600 if you do all of the work. If you hire a professional, the sod will cost 14 cents to 60 cents per square foot, or $280 to $1,200.</p> <p>The shape of your yard will affect the labor costs. A flat, square area is easier and cheaper to lay sod than a curved area with slopes. Expect labor to cost at least twice as much as doing it yourself, pushing a $600 job into a $1,200 one.</p> <p><strong>Total Cost:</strong> $1,200 or more</p> <h2>Synthetic</h2> <p>Synthetic, artificial grass can look like the real thing, and can save you a lot of money in the long run because it doesn't need water. A 12x6' patch of fake grass costs about $100, meaning that about 2,000 square feet would cost about $2,800. And that's a deal.</p> <p>Home Depot sells a top-of-the-line synthetic grass for about $4 per square foot, or $8,000 for our 2,000 square feet. The turf usually comes in 15-foot widths and installation requires a lot of steps, such as adding a seam between sections. Expect professional installation to cost double what the synthetic grass costs alone.</p> <p><strong>Total Cost:</strong> $16,000</p> <h2>Ready to Work?</h2> <p>If you're willing to do the work yourself, seeding can be the least expensive route to a new, green lawn. For a few bags of seed and a lot of prep work, the seed might catch and you'll have a new lawn. If you want to avoid all of the work and costs of installation and ongoing upkeep of a green lawn, save your pennies and have synthetic grass installed. It may even look better than real grass, though your bank account won't.</p> <p><em>How do you keep your landscape the envy of the neighborhood?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/aaron-crowe">Aaron Crowe</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/heres-how-much-getting-the-greenest-lawn-will-cost-you">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-the-greenest-lawn-on-the-block-naturally">How to Get the Greenest Lawn on the Block — Naturally</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/4-cheap-and-easy-homemade-mosquito-repellents">4 Cheap and Easy Homemade Mosquito Repellents</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-rid-of-a-skunk-without-losing-your-dignity">How to Get Rid of a Skunk Without Losing Your Dignity</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/3-ways-to-prevent-brown-lawn-spots-from-dog-urine">3 Ways to Prevent Brown Lawn Spots From Dog Urine</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-prevent-plant-theft">How to Prevent Plant Theft</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Home curb appeal grass lawn care seeding spring summer yard Thu, 07 Apr 2016 09:00:14 +0000 Aaron Crowe 1682554 at http://www.wisebread.com 5 Ways to Restart Your Resolutions This Spring http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-to-restart-your-resolutions-this-spring <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-ways-to-restart-your-resolutions-this-spring" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000076065413_Large.jpg" alt="restarting her resolution in spring" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Sure, I resolved to &quot;be better about flossing&quot; and &quot;do more crunches&quot; in my list of resolutions for 2016. I even spoke my resolutions aloud in my work wellness group to reinforce ethem. And then, upon re-reading them, I wondered how long those goals would last. A little research told me that only 8% of people who make resolutions actually achieve them.</p> <p>As it turns out, maybe New Year's just isn't the best time to make resolutions. Maybe we should all be waiting until the snow melts and the flowers start to bloom. Isn't that a better setting to tap into your motivated self anyway? Here are five ways to restart your resolutions this spring, so you actually achieve them.</p> <h2>1. Remember That Goals Can Be Made Anytime</h2> <p>We like to make resolutions in January, because it's the traditional time to do so, and that &quot;new year, fresh start&quot; feeling is palpable and contagious. By breaking free of that January tradition, you might be able to actually achieve success. According to StatisticBrain, the top <a href="http://www.statisticbrain.com/new-years-resolution-statistics/">New Year's Resolutions in 2015</a> were:</p> <ul> <li>Lose weight</li> <li>Spend less, save more</li> <li>Enjoy life to the fullest</li> <li>Stay fit and healthy</li> <li>Learn something exciting</li> <li>Quit smoking</li> <li>Help others</li> <li>Fall in love</li> <li>Spend more time with family</li> </ul> <p>Sure, it's easy to hop on the scale January 1 and resolve to move more and consume less, but when the days are short and your energy is at an all-time low, it can be tough to get motivated. Why not start that new fitness chapter of your life once the snow melts and when being outdoors is actually bearable?</p> <p>And for &quot;spend less, save more,&quot; wouldn't reviewing your financial goals <em>after </em>your taxes are done make more sense? That's a very natural time to review what you've done, and see where you need to work harder. April, then, could be a month to <em>begin</em> setting financial goals.</p> <p>Many of these resolutions can be implemented at any point during the year. There is nothing magical about starting them in January.</p> <h2>2. Learn to Exercise Because You Want to, Not Because You Have To</h2> <p>A soon-to-be-published Duke University study found that <a href="http://www.fuqua.duke.edu/news_events/news-releases/jordan-etkin-tracking/">measurement of exercise</a> &quot;Has these pernicious effects. Enjoyable activities can become almost like a job, by forcing out the outcomes of things that used to be fun,&quot; said Professor Etkin, of the results.</p> <p>I'm guilty of that. I like to write tasks down, and then cross them off. In doing those crunches, I'm not focusing on whether I'm doing them well, and using good form. I'm just counting them. I see a lot of this on Twitter, in tweets about how far a person has walked, or the amount of exercise performed. Instead, find something that's actually enjoyable, and it will feel less like a chore and more like a treat. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-things-yoga-can-teach-you-about-money?ref=seealso">5 Things Yoga Can Teach You About Money</a>)</p> <h2>3. Get Focused on Being Frugal</h2> <p>What do many of us do in January? We pay, or begin to pay, our credit card bills. Christmas was merry, but the Macy's bill isn't. And yet, what do we do? Join gyms. Buy exercise equipment. We pile debt upon debt in the name of self-improvement. And then tax season hits and we're back to suffering through another financial stress period.</p> <p>Once Tax Day passes, look at springtime as a fresh start for your finances. Banish the urge to buy a new spring wardrobe and focused on becoming more frugally-minded instead.</p> <h2>4. Use Winter as a Recovery Period</h2> <p>After the delightful fun vibe of the holiday season, we put away our decorations and gear up for the new year. Many of us have put off big work projects until the holidays are over, since it's frustrating trying to coordinate meetings or meet deadlines at the end of the year. So, work in the winter becomes one long day after another. If you have resolved to go to the gym before or after work, that's just one more thing you need to get done each day. If you are already stressed about bills, work, family pressures, or other areas of your life, this is the wrong time to try to &quot;better yourself.&quot;</p> <p>What's best is to get your life in a calmer place, first. Think of winter as a recovery time for every aspect of your life, and use the dewy beauty of spring for rejuvenation and goal achievement.</p> <h2>5. Go Slow and Steady Toward Your Goals</h2> <p>Would you like to make a lot of self-improvements? First, remember that Rome wasn't built in a day. Next, try making a list. Pick the <em>one </em>thing on that list that is the most important to you. Make sure it's realistic. When you feel you are ready to try to achieve this goal (meaning not stressed out about other parts of your life), give it a while. If, after a month or two, you are sticking with it, <em>then</em> add another. Be like the tortoise, and you'll get there way before the hare.</p> <p><em>Will you restart your resolutions this spring? Let us know in the comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/marla-walters">Marla Walters</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-to-restart-your-resolutions-this-spring">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/checking-in-with-old-goals-for-the-new-year">Checking in With Old Goals for the New Year</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-stay-focused-at-work-despite-your-chatty-coworkers">How to Stay Focused at Work Despite Your Chatty Coworkers</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/solve-problems-study-and-brainstorm-using-mind-maps">Solve Problems, Study, and Brainstorm using Mind Maps</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/spice-up-the-conversation-by-skipping-what-do-you-do">Spice Up the Conversation by Skipping &quot;What Do You Do?&quot;</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-to-appreciate-lifes-everyday-moments">7 Ways to Appreciate Life&#039;s Everyday Moments</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Life Hacks Lifestyle focus goals new year's resolutions resolutions spring Fri, 22 Jan 2016 12:00:04 +0000 Marla Walters 1642418 at http://www.wisebread.com 12 New Ways to Use Fresh Herbs in the Kitchen http://www.wisebread.com/12-new-ways-to-use-fresh-herbs-in-the-kitchen <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/12-new-ways-to-use-fresh-herbs-in-the-kitchen" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/cocktails_000021073021.jpg" alt="Cocktail including fresh herbs from the kitchen " title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I don't know about you, but each spring I get this itch to grow my own herb garden. I tend to the plants all spring and summer long. But I am often stuck on what to actually <em>do </em>with the fruits of my labor. Here are some simple ideas for what to do with herbs in your kitchen. Feel free to add your own ideas in the comments! (Related: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-12-herbs-and-spices-every-pantry-should-have?ref=seealso">12 Herbs and Spices Every Pantry Should Have</a>)</p> <h2>1. Pesto</h2> <p>Try whipping up a tasty pesto spread with your fresh herbs. This <a href="http://www.ateaspoonofhappiness.com/cilantro-pesto/">cilantro pesto</a> comes together in a flash. Simply pulse almonds in a food processor before adding the herbs, Parmesan cheese, garlic, olive oil, lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Blend until smooth. You could substitute basil for the cilantro in this recipe (and try pine nuts instead of almonds).</p> <h2>2. Salad Dressing</h2> <p>Jazz up standard salad dressing by adding herbs. Here's a recipe for <a href="http://www.bombshellbling.com/cilantro-lime-ranch-salad-dressing/">cilantro lime ranch dressing</a> &mdash; just add the herbs, lime juice, jalapeño pepper, tomatillo, and garlic to store bought ranch. Process until smooth and creamy.</p> <h2>3. Hummus</h2> <p>This <a href="http://www.food.com/recipe/lemon-dill-hummus-236091">lemon-dill hummus</a> recipe will take your chickpea spread to another level. The recipe calls for dried beans, but you can also substitute canned if you're in a hurry. It's best to let the flavors mingle overnight if you can. Feel free to experiment with your favorite herbs.</p> <h2>4. Salad</h2> <p>If you don't love lettuce in your salads, try this <a href="http://www.thetomatotart.com/recipe/fresh-plum-caprese-my-2-year-blogiversary/">plum Caprese with buffalo mozzarella</a>. You'll slice tomatoes and cheese before arranging on the plate. Tear fresh basil leaves over everything and drizzle with balsamic vinegar.</p> <h2>5. Pizza</h2> <p>Herbs make <a href="http://www.marthastewart.com/910502/grilled-pizza-cheesy-corn-fresh-tomatoes-and-basil?czone=food/best-grilling-recipes/grilling-recipes">homemade pizza</a> gourmet without much effort. The key is to wait until your pie is done baking (or &mdash; in this case &mdash; grilling) before adding basil or other herbs. Otherwise the leaves will wilt or dry up.</p> <h2>6. Cocktails</h2> <p>There are numerous adult beverages that rely on herbs for their zing. Take this delicious <a href="http://www.jamieoliver.com/drinks-tube/recipe/mojito/">mojito recipe</a>, for example. You'll bruise fresh mint leaves by placing them on your hand and clapping to release their flavor and aroma. Then toss in your glass before adding the liquor and other ingredients.</p> <h2>7. Infused Water</h2> <p>Add zero calorie flavor to water and other beverages by <a href="http://themerrythought.com/recipes/herb-infused/">infusing them with herbs</a>. The process is about as basic as you can get. Fill a container with water. Then take whatever fresh herbs you'd like to use and crush them gently. Add to your container and let sit for several hours or overnight.</p> <h2>8. Cake</h2> <p>Lavender is wonderful inside and outside this <a href="http://www.williams-sonoma.com/recipe/lemon-lavender-cake.html">lemon-lavender cake</a>. Pulse fresh lavender in your food processor with sugar, butter, lemon zest, and salt. Transfer to a large bowl and add eggs, flour, and ground almonds. After baking and icing, garnish with more fresh lavender flowers.</p> <h2>9. Biscuits</h2> <p>We can thank Julia Child for this <a href="http://www.food.com/recipe/julia-childs-herb-biscuits-98849">herb biscuits</a> recipe. Take fresh parsley and chives and mince them. Mix the dry biscuit ingredients together, toss in the herbs, and then add the wet ingredients. Bake to golden brown perfection. Tip: I use a ball jar ring to cut my biscuit dough into perfect portions.</p> <h2>10. Butter</h2> <p>Create your own <a href="http://www.gorare.com/2014/02/ribeyes-with-classic-steak-butter/">steak butter</a> using fresh herbs. This recipe combines roasted garlic with rosemary, parsley, and sage. Add everything to the softened butter before rolling into a log and chilling. And the concept doesn't need to stop with meat. Mince up your favorite herbs and use the butter on biscuits, toast, or whatever else needs a kick.</p> <h2>11. Soup</h2> <p>You can also incorporate herbs into soup for added flavor. This <a href="http://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/6512-lemon-grass-ginger-soup-with-mushrooms">lemongrass and ginger soup</a> is light and relatively easy to make. You'll simmer chicken stock (use veggie stock if you're vegetarian) with the lemongrass and ginger to release all the aromatic goodness. Remove herbs and sprinkle in chopped mushrooms before serving.</p> <h2>12. Preserve</h2> <p>If keeping up with the garden is just too much, try preserving your herbs for later use. My favorite method? <a href="http://www.thekitchn.com/freeze-herbs-in-olive-oil-173648">Freezing herbs olive oil</a>. Clean and coarsely chop herbs. Place them in an ice cube tray and then cover with olive oil. Freeze overnight, then transfer to labeled bags. The flavors will infuse right in your freezer. (Related: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-store-herbs-to-make-them-last-longer-and-taste-better?ref=seealso">How to Store Herbs to Make Them Last Longer and Taste Better</a>)</p> <p><em>What fresh herbs do you grow? How do you use them?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-new-ways-to-use-fresh-herbs-in-the-kitchen">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-smart-uses-for-food-thats-about-to-go-bad">10 Smart Uses for Food That&#039;s About to Go Bad</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/31-delicious-ways-to-enjoy-your-summer-veggies">31 Delicious Ways to Enjoy Your Summer Veggies</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/11-thanksgiving-recipes-you-can-make-in-your-crock-pot">11 Thanksgiving Recipes You Can Make in Your Crock Pot</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/11-ways-to-eat-oats-when-you-hate-oatmeal">11 Ways to Eat Oats When You Hate Oatmeal</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/17-uses-for-stale-bread">17 Uses for Stale Bread</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink fresh herbs recipes spring Fri, 05 Jun 2015 17:00:59 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1442388 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Cleaning Tips That Can Save You Money http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-cleaning-tips-that-can-save-you-money <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-cleaning-tips-that-can-save-you-money" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/cleaning-3568221-small.jpg" alt="cleaning" title="cleaning" 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 great articles on cleaning tips that will save you money, awesome ways to give, and finding small appliances for cheap.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://livingonthecheap.com/five-money-saving-spring-cleaning-tips/">5 spring cleaning tips that can save you money</a> &mdash; Donating your old items can save you money when you spring clean. [Living on the Cheap]</p> <p><a href="http://christianpf.com/give-unsuspecting-people/">13 Awesome Ways to Give to Unsuspecting Random Poeple (Brave Enough for #11?)</a> &mdash; Paying for another patron or organizing a meal shower are a couple great ways to give to unsuspecting people. [Christian PF]</p> <p><a href="http://www.stretcher.com/stories/12/12apr02f.cfm">How to Find Small Appliances for Cheap</a> &mdash; You can find small appliances for cheap at garage sales or thrift stores. [TheDollarStretcher.com]</p> <p><a href="http://onecentatatime.com/10-lunch-menu-that-only-cost-less-than-5/">10 Lunch Menu that Only Cost Less Than $5 </a>&mdash; Fried rice and chicken lo mein are just a couple lunch items that cost less than $5. [One Cent at a Time]</p> <p><a href="http://frugalportland.com/mindful-investing-made-easy/">Mindful Investing Made Easy</a> &mdash; Maxing out your 401(k) is a great idea especially if your company matches your contributions. [Frugal Portland]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.biblemoneymatters.com/monthly-checklists-to-stay-on-top-of-home-maintenance-tasks/">Monthly Checklists To Stay On Top Of Home Maintenance Tasks</a> &mdash; Have you adjusted your thermostat or cleaned your furnace filter this month? [Bible Money Matters]</p> <p><a href="http://moneyning.com/insurance/do-you-really-need-wedding-insurance/">Do You Really Need Wedding Insurance?</a> &mdash; It may be a good idea to spend a little money on wedding insurance if you are spending a ton of money on your wedding. [MoneyNing]</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Great-Gatsby-Travel-Destinations-34486637">5 Travel Destinations For Fans of The Great Gatsby</a> &mdash; If you are a fan of The Great Gatsby, consider traveling to East Hampton, NY. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/how-to-survive-a-messy-toddler">How to Survive a Messy Toddler</a> &mdash; Clean as you go and set an example when dealing with a messy toddler. [Parenting Squad]</p> <p><a href="http://www.freemoneywisdom.com/four-mistakes-realized-years-blogging/">Four Mistakes I Realized After Years of Blogging</a> &mdash; Are you making the blogging mistake of not monetizing sooner? [Free Money Wisdom]</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-cleaning-tips-that-can-save-you-money">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-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/save-some-cash-with-these-6-clever-cleaning-hacks">Save Some Cash With These 6 Clever Cleaning Hacks</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-really-easy-ways-to-unclog-drains">10 Really Easy Ways to Unclog Drains</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-smart-ways-to-use-garage-space">6 Smart Ways to Use Garage Space</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-mops">The 5 Best Mops</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-things-in-your-kitchen-that-get-rid-of-bad-smells-naturally">6 Things in Your Kitchen That Get Rid of Bad Smells Naturally</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Home best money tips cleaning money spring tips Tue, 08 Apr 2014 09:00:28 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 1134583 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Best Things to Buy in the Spring http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-best-things-to-buy-in-the-spring <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-best-things-to-buy-in-the-spring" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/kid-mom-149353818.jpg" alt="spring" title="spring" 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 awesome articles on the best things to buy in the spring, amazing meals for $5 or less, and overcoming mistakes.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.smartasset.com/blog/personal-finance/best-things-to-buy-in-the-spring/">Best Things to Buy in the Spring</a> &mdash; Luggage and digital cameras are two of the best things to buy in the spring. [SmartAsset Blog]</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/5-Meals-34402716">Make These 81 Amazing Meals for $5 or Less</a> &mdash; Tangy Asian Meatballs and Skinny Orange Chicken are just a couple meals you can make for $5 or less. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.johnnymoneyseed.com/lifestyle/overcoming-mistakes/">Overcoming Mistakes</a> &mdash; Realize that mistakes are inevitable and look to the past only for lessons learned. [Johnny Moneyseed]</p> <p><a href="http://www.fivecentnickel.com/2014/03/24/expensive-tax-mistakes-to-avoid/">Expensive tax mistakes to avoid</a> &mdash; Avoid the tax mistake of overestimating the value of your donations. [Five Cent Nickel]</p> <p><a href="http://lenpenzo.com/blog/id5869-9-indispensable-financial-tips-for-teens-twentysomethings.html">9 Indispensable Financial Tips for Teens &amp; Twentysomethings</a> &mdash; Teens and twentysomethings should learn how to use a spreadsheet and remember not to rush into marriage. [Len Penzo dot Com]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://kylieofiu.com/2014/03/what-to-do-if-you-become-or-are-close-to-becoming-homeless/">What to do if you become or are close to becoming homeless</a> &mdash; If you become or are close to becoming homeless, apply for housing ASAP and look to charities for help. [Kylie Ofiu]</p> <p><a href="http://www.themoneyprinciple.co.uk/seven-principles-for-business-financial-management/">Seven Principles for Business Financial Management</a> &mdash; Maintain honesty and pay yourself, not for yourself when managing your business finances. [The Money Principle]</p> <p><a href="http://www.threethriftyguys.com/2014/03/five-things-every-kid-should-know-before-leaving-home/">Five Things Every Kid Should Know Before Leaving Home</a> &mdash; Before leaving home, all kids should know to save for a rainy day. [Three Thrifty Guys]</p> <p><a href="http://www.getrichslowly.org/blog/2014/03/27/how-you-too-can-drip-with-cash/">How you, too, can DRIP with cash</a> &mdash; Don't let ignorance or lack of time keep you from being part of a dividend reinvestment program. [Get Rich Slowly]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/10-great-games-to-play-on-family-game-night">10 Great Games to Play on Family Game Night</a> &mdash; Battleship and charades are just a couple great games to play on family game night. [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-best-things-to-buy-in-the-spring">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-pet-cameras">The 5 Best Pet Cameras</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-charcoal-scrubs">The 5 Best Charcoal Scrubs</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/9-frugal-skills-you-must-have-to-survive-autumn">9 Frugal Skills You Must Have to Survive Autumn</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/flashback-friday-30-brilliant-ways-to-survive-black-friday-madness">Flashback Friday: 30 Brilliant Ways to Survive Black Friday Madness</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-smart-water-bottles">The 5 Best Smart Water Bottles</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping best money tips buy shopping spring Fri, 28 Mar 2014 10:00:17 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 1133370 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Save Money Spring Cleaning http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-save-money-spring-cleaning <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-save-money-spring-cleaning" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/spring-cleaning-4234838-small.jpg" alt="spring cleaning" title="spring cleaning" 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 awesome articles on saving money spring cleaning, making your wedding venue more affordable, and tax mistakes to avoid.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://bargainbabe.com/2013/04/02/save-money-spring-cleaning/">Save Money Spring Cleaning</a> &mdash; When cleaning this spring, remember to vacuum your fridge coils to make your fridge more efficient and save money! [Bargain Babe]</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/How-Save-Your-Wedding-Venue-24257605">6 Ideas to Make Your Wedding Venue More Affordable</a> &mdash; If you want to make your wedding venue more affordable, consider getting married in a rural area. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.joetaxpayer.com/the-dumbest-tax-mistakes-to-avoid-this-april/">The Dumbest Tax Mistakes to Avoid This April</a> &mdash; Don't make the tax mistake of under-reporting your income this tax season. [Joe Taxpayer]</p> <p><a href="http://genxfinance.com/cheap-healthy-foods/">Cheap Healthy Food</a> &mdash; Eggs and sweet potato are budget friendly, healthy foods. [Generation X Finance]</p> <p><a href="http://www.freemoneyfinance.com/2013/04/are-you-confident-you-can-retire.html">Are You Confident You Can Retire?</a> &mdash; Did you know 49% of Americans do not feel confident they will be able to retire? [Free Money Finance]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://sweatingthebigstuff.com/how-beat-big-banks/">How To Beat The Big Banks</a> &mdash; To avoid letting banks profit from you, use in-network ATMs. [Sweating The Big Stuff]</p> <p><a href="http://www.consumerismcommentary.com/psychological-barriers-admitting-theres-a-problem/">Psychological Barriers: Admitting There's a Problem</a> &mdash; Denial can be a huge issue when addressing money problems. [Consumerism Commentary]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/7-reasons-to-eat-meals-at-home-and-7-ways-to-get-it-done">7 Reasons to Eat Meals at Home and 7 Ways to Get it Done</a> &mdash; Eating meals at home helps you save money and slow down. [Parenting Squad]</p> <p><a href="http://www.thesimpledollar.com/2013/04/09/how-your-commute-affects-your-bottom-line/">How Your Commute Affects Your Bottom Line</a> &mdash; When looking for a job, it is vital to take a look at your commute costs before accepting a position. [The Simple Dollar]</p> <p><a href="http://yesiamcheap.com/2013/04/popular-landlord-tenant-rental-scams/">Popular Landlord and Tenant Rental Scams</a> &mdash; If the price on a rental property you are looking at seems too good to be true, it's probably a scam. [Yes, I Am Cheap]</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-spring-cleaning">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-smart-ways-to-use-garage-space">6 Smart Ways to Use Garage Space</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-really-easy-ways-to-unclog-drains">10 Really Easy Ways to Unclog Drains</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-mops">The 5 Best Mops</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-things-to-throw-out-today">25 Things to Throw Out Today</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-things-in-your-kitchen-that-get-rid-of-bad-smells-naturally">6 Things in Your Kitchen That Get Rid of Bad Smells Naturally</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Home best money tips cleaning spring Wed, 10 Apr 2013 10:00:32 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 973372 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Free (and Almost Free) Spring Family Fun http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-free-and-almost-free-spring-family-fun <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-free-and-almost-free-spring-family-fun" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/5994400291_de5160a10e_z.jpg" alt="kites" title="kites" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="171" /></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 spring family fun, ways to spring-clean your budget, and reducing your income taxes.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/free-and-almost-free-spring-family-fun">Free (and Almost Free) Spring Family Fun</a> &mdash; Flying a kite or going on a picnic are a couple great ways to have some frugal family fun. [Parenting Squad]</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Refresh-Your-Budget-28969042">8 Ways to Spring-Clean Your Budget This April</a> &mdash; Check your credit report and fund your IRA this spring. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://bargainbabe.com/2013/03/28/7-ways-to-reduce-your-income-taxes/">7 Ways To Reduce Your Income Taxes</a> &mdash; To reduce your income taxes, consider itemizing your returns. [Bargain Babe]</p> <p><a href="http://livingonthecheap.com/music-on-the-cheap-listen-to-the-music-you-love-for-less/">5-plus places to find free and legal music</a> &mdash; Pandora and Freegal are just a couple places to find free and legal music. [Living on the Cheap]</p> <p><a href="http://www.freemoneywisdom.com/how-to-keep-your-employer-from-knowing-youre-looking-for-a-job/">How to Keep Your Employer from Knowing You're Looking for a Job</a> &mdash; Keep your employer from knowing you are looking for another job by keeping your applications to a minimum. [Free Money Wisdom]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.threethriftyguys.com/2013/03/9-ways-youre-wasting-your-tax-return/">9 Ways You're Wasting Your Tax Return</a> &mdash; If you are eating out unnecessarily, you are wasting your tax return. [Three Thrifty Guys]</p> <p><a href="http://www.girlsjustwannahavefunds.com/are-you-playing-the-wife-role-for-the-girlfriends-salary/">Are You Playing The Wife Role For The Girlfriend's Salary?</a> &mdash; If you aren't married to your man, don't share a bank account with him. [Girls Just Wanna Have Funds]</p> <p><a href="http://yesiamcheap.com/2013/03/why-you-should-not-have-employer-life-insurance/">Why You Shouldn't Depend On Your Employer's Life Insurance</a> &mdash; It's a good idea to not depend on your employer's life insurance because your employer's plan might lapse. [Yes, I Am Cheap]</p> <p><a href="http://moneyqanda.com/save-cost-disability-insurance/">How To Save On The Cost Of Disability Insurance</a> &mdash; Building up your emergency fund can help you save on disability insurance. [Money Q&amp;A]</p> <p><a href="http://www.freemoneyfinance.com/2013/03/over-indulgence.html">Over-Indulgence</a> &mdash; Over-indulgence can cause you to end up being poor. [Free Money Finance]</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-free-and-almost-free-spring-family-fun">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-6"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-things-in-life-are-more-or-less-free">The best things in life are (more or less) free</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-simple-rules-of-excellent-houseguest-etiquette">11 Simple Rules of Excellent Houseguest Etiquette</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/its-the-21st-century-why-is-your-money-stuck-in-the-20th">It&#039;s the 21st Century — Why Is Your Money Stuck in the 20th?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/24-tips-for-having-a-baby-without-going-broke">24 Tips for Having a Baby Without Going Broke</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-fun-things-to-buy-for-under-5">15 Fun Things to Buy for Under $5</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Lifestyle best money tips family free fun spring Wed, 03 Apr 2013 10:00:30 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 971639 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Spring-Clean Your Closet and Make Money http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-spring-clean-your-closet-and-make-money <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-spring-clean-your-closet-and-make-money" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/3880835556_0e855380a3_b.jpg" alt="closet" title="closet" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some awesome articles on spring cleaning your closet and making money, requesting a tax extension, and getting on the road to riches.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.getrichslowly.org/blog/2013/03/25/spring-clean-your-closet-and-make-money/">Spring-clean your closet and make money</a> &mdash; When spring cleaning your closet, sell your unwanted clothes to make extra money. [Get Rich Slowly]</p> <p><a href="http://www.fivecentnickel.com/2013/03/27/how-to-request-an-irs-income-tax-extension/">How to Request an IRS Income Tax Extension</a> &mdash; To request an IRS income tax extension, you will need IRS form 4868. [Five Cent Nickel]</p> <p><a href="http://steadfastfinances.com/blog/2013/03/04/six-more-tips-to-put-you-on-the-road-to-riches/?utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+SteadfastFinances+%28Steadfast+Finances%29">Six More Tips to Put You on the Road to Riches</a> &mdash; Learning to accept risk and diversifying your income will put you on the road to riches. [Steadfast Finances]</p> <p><a href="http://www.doughroller.net/budgeting/variable-income-3-options-for-budgeting/">Variable Income? 3 Options for Budgeting</a> &mdash; If you have a variable income, make sure you prioritize your monthly spending. [Dough Roller]</p> <p><a href="http://christianpf.com/get-more-done-in-a-day/">How To Get More Done In A Day: 10 Great Tips</a> &mdash; Get more done today by turning off distractions and starting with your most dreaded tasks. [Christian PF]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://couplemoney.com/cars-and-road-trips/cost-of-car-ownership/?utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+CoupleMoney+%28Couple+Money%29">Take Care of Your Car and Save a Ton of Money</a> &mdash; Do you think if you took care of your car really well it would last a million miles? [Couple Money]</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Tax-Tips-Freelancers-15534515">Tax Tips For Freelancers</a> &mdash; If you are a freelancer, be aware of the self-employment tax. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.freemoneyfinance.com/2013/03/retirement-expectations-versus-reality.html">Retirement Expectations Versus Reality</a> &mdash; Chances are, you can expect to continue working in retirement. [Free Money Finance]</p> <p><a href="http://www.dumblittleman.com/2013/03/5-ways-to-motivate-yourself-to-action.html">5 Ways to Motivate Yourself to Action</a> &mdash; Push yourself to take action by envisioning what it will be like when you accomplish your goal. [Dumb Little Man]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/easter-basket-ideas-that-are-short-on-sugar-but-big-on-fun">26 Easter Basket Ideas That Are Short on Sugar but Big on Fun</a> &mdash; This Easter, include a kite or books in your child's Easter basket. [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-spring-clean-your-closet-and-make-money">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-best-cash-back-credit-cards">5 Best Cash Back Credit Cards</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-ways-to-earn-extra-income-while-christmas-shopping">8 Ways to Earn Extra Income While Christmas Shopping</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/22-websites-that-will-pay-you-to-write-for-them">22 Websites That Will Pay You to Write for 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/how-to-launch-your-second-career">How to Launch Your Second Career</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-earn-extra-income-with-twitter">How to Earn Extra Income With Twitter</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Extra Income best money tips spring spring cleaning Fri, 29 Mar 2013 10:00:30 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 971589 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Frugal Ways to Enjoy Spring http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-frugal-ways-to-enjoy-spring <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-ways-to-enjoy-spring" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/4669888247_7d2bd13fa4_z.jpg" alt="bbq" title="bbq" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="188" /></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 frugal was to enjoy spring, how to make your side business a success, and managing financial risk.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Frugal-Ways-Enjoy-Spring-28601338">25 Frugal Ways to Enjoy Spring</a> &mdash; Enjoy spring by organizing a barbecue or going camping. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://moneysmartlife.com/how-to-make-your-side-business-a-success/">How to Make Your Side Business a Success</a> &mdash; If you want your side business to be a success, get help when you need it. [Money Smart Life]</p> <p><a href="http://lenpenzo.com/blog/id18460-9-important-tips-for-managing-financial-risk.html">9 Important Tips for Managing Financial Risk</a> &mdash; When managing financial risk, have an exit strategy for every investment you make. [Len Penzo dot Com]</p> <p><a href="http://www.narrowbridge.net/how-to-save-for-retirement-if-your-company-doesnt-offer-a-401k/">How to Save for Retirement if Your Company Doesn't Offer a 401(k)</a> &mdash; Picking smart investments can help you save for retirement if your company doesn't offer a 401(k). [Narrow Bridge Finance]</p> <p><a href="http://www.carefulcents.com/common-tax-questions-for-freelancers/">8 Common Tax Questions for Freelancers and Entrepreneurs</a> &mdash; Are you a sole proprietor who runs an LLC? If so, you don't need to issue a 1099 if you took money out of your business. [Careful Cents]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://onecentatatime.com/how-to-effectively-use-vouchers-and-coupons/">How to Effectively use Vouchers and Coupons</a> &mdash; When using vouchers and coupons, go for products you will use. [One Cent at a Time]</p> <p><a href="http://www.consumerismcommentary.com/6-questions-before-dropping-out-of-college-to-be-an-entrepreneur/">6 Questions Before Dropping Out of College to Be an Entrepreneur</a> &mdash; Before you drop out of college to become an entrepreneur, ask yourself whether or not you have a support system. [Consumerism Commentary]</p> <p><a href="http://www.americandebtproject.com/2013/03/how-people-really-get-rich-versus-how-we-think-they-do/">How People REALLY Get Rich (Versus How We Think They Do)</a> &mdash; Typically, people who have multiple sources of income get rich. [American Debt Project]</p> <p><a href="http://www.stretcher.com/stories/02/02mar18c.cfm#.UUdRv4Xi6UM">Complaint Letters That Get Results</a> &mdash; If you want to write a complaint letter that gets results, be accurate and keep it simple. [The Dollar Stretcher.com]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/4-tips-for-organizing-kid-clothes">4 Tips for Organizing Kid's Clothes</a> &mdash; To organize your child's clothing, create outfits. [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-ways-to-enjoy-spring">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/12-ways-to-tell-the-difference-between-being-frugal-and-being-cheap">12 Ways to Tell the Difference Between Being Frugal and Being Cheap</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/sleeping-in-airports-for-the-stranded-and-frugal-minded">Sleeping In Airports For The Stranded And Frugal Minded</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/wisdom-from-my-favorite-frugal-tv-character-julius-rock">Wisdom from My Favorite Frugal TV Character - Julius Rock</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/frugal-is-more-than-a-way-to-spend-money-part-1">Frugal is More than a Way to Spend Money, Part 1</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/cheap-and-romantic-ideas-for-valentines-day-and-any-other-day-of-the-year">Cheap and Romantic Ideas for Valentine&#039;s Day (And Any Other Day of the Year)</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Lifestyle best money tips frugal spring Tue, 19 Mar 2013 09:48:44 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 971345 at http://www.wisebread.com Frugal Ways to Update Your Wardrobe for Spring http://www.wisebread.com/frugal-ways-to-update-your-wardrobe-for-spring <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/frugal-ways-to-update-your-wardrobe-for-spring" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/floor_portrait.jpg" alt="Woman in a green dress" title="Woman in a green dress" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It&rsquo;s almost time to put away the hats, gloves, and scarves and pull out the shorts, sandals, and swimsuits. Can you believe it?</p> <p>For most of us, this was the winter that wasn&rsquo;t, and I&rsquo;m especially happy about that &mdash; I hate the cold weather.</p> <p>As you switch your wardrobe from heavy to light, I hope you&rsquo;re also thinking of inexpensive (and even free) ways to give your warm-weather looks an update. If not, here are some of my tips on how to add freshness to your spring closet without sacrificing your savings. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/wardrobe-makeover-for-moms">10 Steps to&nbsp;Update Your Look on a Budget</a>)</p> <h3>1. Take Inventory and Make Decisions</h3> <p>Every spring and fall, I switch most of the contents of my closet to accommodate the season. In the fall, I put away my spring stock and bring out the sweaters and vice versa. When I&rsquo;m changing for spring, however, I have more opportunity to make new clothes out of old clothes &mdash; a luxury that I don&rsquo;t have in the fall. For instance, I clear out all my pants and decide which ones I don&rsquo;t want to wear anymore &mdash; maybe I don&rsquo;t like them as pants or perhaps they&rsquo;ve shrunk too much in the wash &mdash; and turn them into cut-off shorts. If you don&rsquo;t like the look of cut-offs, you can still turn the pants into shorts and have them tailored for a cleaner look. Whatever you prefer, this tip will save you lots of money since you won&rsquo;t have to buy new shorts.</p> <h3>2. Sell Whatever You Can&rsquo;t Upcycle</h3> <p>If you have particularly good taste in clothes and keep them in good condition, it could pay off. Instead of donating totally unwanted items to charity, list them on an auction site first; making a bit of money back is always better than giving away clothes you&rsquo;ve spent your hard-earned cash on. With the cash you get back, you don&rsquo;t have to feel so bad if you want to pick up a few new items. If you don&rsquo;t have any luck online, try a consignment shop. You may not get as much in return, but at least it&rsquo;s something.</p> <h3>3. Trade Clothes With Friends</h3> <p>If you have a friend who has a similar style and fits into the same size as you, why not have a clothes trade? You can both bring your unwanted items to the table and rummage through each other&rsquo;s belongings. This works even better if there are more than two people involved; your chances of getting great pieces is increased.</p> <h3>4. Shop Sales at the Outlets</h3> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/are-outlet-malls-worth-your-time">Outlet</a> prices are typically lower than their original counterparts, but if you wait until seasonal sales &mdash; like Memorial Day or Fourth of July &mdash; you can score deep discounts on already-reduced clothing. Don&rsquo;t forget to hit up the clearance rack first. I very rarely shop in the new arrivals sections, and I&rsquo;ve found some amazing pieces at way below retail.</p> <h3>5. Don&rsquo;t Forget to Score Additional Discounts</h3> <p>If you&rsquo;re shopping at retail stores, keep in mind that many of them are connected to social media these days. Check <a href="https://foursquare.com/">Foursquare</a> or <a href="http://shopkick.com/">Shopkick</a> for deals, and don&rsquo;t be afraid to ask the cashier if there&rsquo;s a student or military discount if you apply; these discounts will often save you an additional 10 to 20%.</p> <h3>6. Visit Thrift Shops and Flea Markets</h3> <p>Since I was in high school, I&rsquo;ve loved thrift shopping. There&rsquo;s no telling what you&rsquo;ll find there, and it&rsquo;s all super low-priced. In addition, many <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/to-buy-or-not-to-buy-criteria-for-thrift-store-clothes-shopping">thrift shops</a> (like Goodwill and Salvation Army) have days during the week when certain colored tags are discounted even further &mdash; as much as 75% sometimes. Flea markets are a great place to find cool pieces as well, especially since you can haggle with the seller. Don&rsquo;t be afraid to lower the initial asking price; that alone could save you a couple dollars.</p> <p><em>Do you have more frugal ways to update your wardrobe for spring? Let me know in the comments below.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/frugal-ways-to-update-your-wardrobe-for-spring">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-to-do-with-your-wedding-dress-after-the-big-day">What to Do With Your Wedding Dress After the Big 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/the-5-best-leather-cleaners">The 5 Best Leather Cleaners</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-things-to-look-for-every-time-you-visit-a-thrift-store">10 Things to Look for Every Time You Visit a Thrift Store</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/12-money-saving-tricks-to-know-before-buying-an-engagement-ring">12 Money-Saving Tricks to Know Before Buying an Engagement Ring</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-manicure-kits">The 5 Best Manicure Kits</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping Style outlet shopping spring thrift stores update wardrobe Wed, 29 Feb 2012 11:24:20 +0000 Mikey Rox 908846 at http://www.wisebread.com The best things in life are (more or less) free http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-things-in-life-are-more-or-less-free <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/pinkflowers2.jpg" alt="pink flowers" title="pink flowers" width="400" height="291" /></p> <p>Now, at the risk of sounding like a great big softy, I have to share a moment that I experienced recently that reminded me of the real value of money and the place I want it to have in my life.</p> <p>Over the weekend, I was driving around Queen Anne hill in Seattle, trying to find a place that I plan on volunteering at in the near future. Seattle is a nice city, but it is mostly made up of dead-end one-way streets and a couple major highways, patrolled largely by small women with small cell phones in large SUVs who seem unaware that anyone else could possibly occupy part of the road as well.</p> <p>As usual, I was lost. I wasn&#39;t aided by the fact that someone had found it hilarious to turn some of the street signs around so that I was driving in a windy circle, believing mistakenly that I was somehow repeatedly passing my location, which was, in fact, several blocks away.</p> <p>In desperation, I made a sudden right turn onto a street that looked promising. Dead end. I pulled back out onto the street, made a right, and another right. Dead end.</p> <p>I believe that my response was to scream some obscenities. I pulled over, trying to calm my nerves. I had exactly 10 minutes to get where I was going, and I was pretty sure that half of that would be occupied finding parking.</p> <p>When I looked up, I realized that I had pulled onto what had to be the loveliest street in all of Seattle.</p> <p>This is my favorite time of year. I&#39;ve fortunately outgrown my <a href="/8-top-ways-to-care-for-your-allergies-without-damaging-the-budget">allergies to pollen</a>, so spring doesn&#39;t affect me badly the way it used to. I&#39;m enjoying the warmer weather and blooming bulbs, the way the grass, dormant for so long, grows a couple of inches overnight and smells so green in the early morning. But my favorite things in the world are the blossoming flowers.</p> <p>Seattle has a lot of cherry trees. We have a longstanding relationship with Japan, so all over the city, you&#39;ll find trees that are gifts from various Japanese sister cities or governments. People grow them in their yards, too, of course.</p> <p>The street that I pulled over on was lined with cherry trees. Those little strips of grass and yard that are located in front of homes,but separate from the front yard, between the sidewalk and the street? I don&#39;t even know what they&#39;re called. These little strips were covered, from one end of the small street to the other, with flowering pink trees. The trees had been blooming for a week or so, so the blossoms were just beginning to fall. So the entire street was carpeted in tiny, delicate pink petals.</p> <p>I opened my window, turned off the car, and leaned back to breathe and relax. The air was sweet and honey-like, with a touch of spice from some nearby cottonwoods that were just beginning to sprout moist, chartreuse leaf buds. It was as though all my responsibilities simply fell away, all my obligations and worries and frustrations, which are many.</p> <p>Most of the best and happiest moments of my life have been with my family. This was the best of my solitary moments, the most Zen-like time I had allowed myself in a very long time. </p> <p>I started give myself one of those &quot;best things in life are free&quot; lectures, but I realized that money allowed me to be where I was (and not working), and money allowed me to have my small car that nearly gets creamed by SUVs. Money allows me to live in the city so that I don&#39;t have to drive very far to get frustrated and pull off onto a beautiful cul de sac where the air was fresh and sweet and the parking was plentiful. Money bought those trees. I don&#39;t mean to seem cynical or jaded, but I&#39;m certainly not naive enough to believe that money isn&#39;t a deep and integral part of so much of what we do and see and want and love.</p> <p>But money didn&#39;t make those trees bloom. I&#39;m not religious, so I didn&#39;t thank any higher power for my moment of Zen, but I feel grateful for it. For having experienced it then, and for being able to remember its power weeks later, stuck in traffic on I-5, occasionally dodging SUVs, driven by small women, talking on small cell phones.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-karim">Andrea Karim</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-things-in-life-are-more-or-less-free">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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