spring http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/3457/all en-US 11 Ways to Make Your Money Grow This Spring http://www.wisebread.com/11-ways-to-make-your-money-grow-this-spring <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/11-ways-to-make-your-money-grow-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-511664807.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I'm no fan of winter, but there's an upside to being holed up in my house three to four months out of the year: I spend way less money (outside of Christmas, of course).</p> <p>Springtime, though &mdash; all bets are off. I'm outside most of the time, hitting the beach, grabbing lunches and dinners on the go, planning mini-vacays, buying fresh threads for all those weekend parties, consuming cocktails &mdash; you get the picture; it's expensive.</p> <p>You could avoid spending money altogether when spring rolls around, but what fun is that? If you like to have a great time when the weather is cooperative, read through this list of ways to earn extra income so you can do all the things you like to do in the sunshine without going into debt.</p> <h2>1. Pick up seasonal employment</h2> <p>Depending on where you live, there could be a bounty of seasonal spring and summer employment. I live by the beach, for instance, and everybody's hiring this time of year &mdash; boardwalk shops, beach clubs, restaurants, landscapers, hotels, water-sports instructors, and more. But even if you didn't plant roots near a shore, there are still opportunities in your neck of the woods. Consider local amusement and water parks, baseball stadiums (one of the most fun jobs I've ever had!), spring-cleaning side work, camp counselor, and other <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-great-side-jobs-for-outdoorsy-types?ref=internal" target="_blank">outdoorsy-type gigs</a>.</p> <p>Andrew Fiebert, co-founder of Listen Money Matters, a personal finance podcast and blog, suggests, &quot;Jobs where you can earn tips can easily boost the amount you make. Tutoring or private lessons are other great part-time jobs and you have more control over your schedule.&quot;</p> <h2>2. Sell your spring-cleaning surplus</h2> <p>I do a deep clean of my house twice a year &mdash; at the start of spring and fall &mdash; and I'm continually amazed at how much I get rid of each cycle. Instead of sending everything to charity or a landfill, I try to monetize my junk. I sell my unwanted clothes on Swap.com (which has gone fairly well in the past) and I list other household items, electronics, sports equipment, etc., on the <a href="https://us.letgo.com/en" target="_blank">Letgo</a> app. Both are super easy to use. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-easiest-items-to-flip-for-cash?ref=seealso" target="_blank">10 Easiest Items to &quot;Flip&quot; for Cash</a>)</p> <p>&quot;There are plenty of websites that can help you [unload your toss-outs], eBay being one of the most notorious, but you pay less in fees with Bonanza and eBid.&quot; says Natasha Rachel Smith, personal finance expert at TopCashback.com. &quot;If your goods are designer, it's worth checking out Tradesy or Poshmark. BuyBackWorld is great for electronics, and Raise.com will, in many cases, actually pay you $1.50 per gift card you list for sale through TopCashback.&quot;</p> <h2>3. Switch to a cash back credit card</h2> <p>If you're not currently using a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-best-cash-back-credit-cards?ref=internal" target="_blank">cash back credit card</a>, it's time to switch &mdash; pronto. Credit cards these days offer scores of money-saving benefits, like <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-a-price-match-through-your-credit-card?ref=internal" target="_blank">price matching</a> and return protection. And if you're going to spend money, you might as well get paid for it. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-save-an-extra-109486-a-year?ref=seealso" target="_blank">How to Save an Extra $1,094.86 a Year</a>)</p> <h2>4. Take advantage of free outdoor activities</h2> <p>I'm the planner in my relationship and among my friends, and I like to get out and have fun when the weather is nice. But having a robust schedule can be expensive if you let it get away from you. I spend cash here and there (movie tickets, boat trips, parasailing), but I'm primarily focused on all the fun, free activities my area has to offer, like bonfires, movie screenings, hikes, swimming in local hotel pools, game nights on the patio, and dozens of other ideas that won't cost you a dime. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/47-cheap-fun-things-to-do-this-weekend?ref=seealso" target="_blank">47 Cheap and Fun Things to Do This Weekend</a>)</p> <h2>5. Put your gym membership on hold and exercise outside</h2> <p>My gym membership is about $60 a month, but if I put it on hold in the spring and summer to exercise outside, it'll only cost me $15 a month. Now, I don't personally do this because I like my classes and instructors &mdash; they keep me motivated. But if you're a self-motivator or just focused on cardio, this could be a great place to cut back and put more money in your spring budget. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/these-at-home-exercises-will-give-you-a-gym-quality-workout-for-free?ref=seealso" target="_blank">These At-Home Exercises Will Give You a Gym-Quality Workout for Free</a>)</p> <h2>6. Fight the temptation to spend your tax refund</h2> <p>Everybody gets those twinkly dollar signs in their eyes when their refund checks arrive, but practice self control and try not to spend it on frivolous things. That money is better suited paying off bills, going to your savings account, or paying for/putting a down payment on a vacation (but only if you've got a handle on your credit card payments and other bills). (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/50-smart-things-to-do-with-your-tax-refund?ref=seealso" target="_blank">50 Smart Things to Do With Your Tax Refund</a>)</p> <h2>7. Plant a garden to cut down on food costs</h2> <p>When the temperature starts to heat up, I crave fresh fruits and veggies; there's just something about a cool cucumber when it's 90 degrees outside (especially in a mojito). You can go to the grocery store to stock up, but if you're resourceful and dedicated, why not plant your own garden to eat from all season long? According to the USDA, a family of four spends an average $1,000 a month on groceries, but growing your own produce will cut that bill. Maybe not significantly, but extra money is extra money. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-most-valuable-things-to-plant-in-your-garden-this-spring?ref=seealso" target="_blank">10 Most Valuable Things to Plant in Your Garden This Spring</a>)</p> <h2>8. Host guests via a micro-subletting site</h2> <p>I've been a host on Airbnb since its inception and it has completely enriched my life. Not only do I love meeting and hosting strangers from all over the world, but it's also made a major impact on my financial health. The revenue I bring in from my beach house during the summer fully covers the mortgage (with plenty to spare) all year long, which is why I recommend this lifestyle to everyone with the capacity to host guests. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-things-i-learned-from-renting-out-my-home-on-airbnb?ref=seealso" target="_blank">13 Things I Learned From Renting Out My Home on Airbnb</a>).</p> <h2>9. Nip excessive energy use in the bud</h2> <p>Open your doors and windows and pull up the shades to take advantage of natural light. Hang-dry your clothes instead of running the dryer. Cook on the outdoor grill more than in your oven. Turn on ceiling fans in lieu of the air conditioner for as long as you can hold out. Sleep with lighter blankets or just straight-up naked. Use less water with quicker showers, and by watering plants in the morning or late evening so the water doesn't evaporate as quickly. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/34-smart-ways-to-cut-your-electric-bill?ref=seealso" target="_blank">34 Smart Ways to Cut Your Electric Bill</a>)</p> <h2>10. Review your subscription services</h2> <p>Take a look at your subscriptions to see what can go. Maybe you want to keep your magazines because you like reading them on vacation. On the flip side, if you don't consume much content in the spring and summer because you're out and about a lot, you might consider putting on hold or canceling streaming services. Also, take a good look at your online bank accounts to see if you've missed anything; there might be monthly fees coming out that you forgot about. Cancel anything you're not using enough to justify its cost. Saying &quot;so long&quot; to standard cable, for instance, can add hundreds (maybe even $1,000 or more) to your budget. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/3-tv-must-haves-once-you-cut-the-cable-cord?ref=seealso" target="_blank">3 TV Must-Haves Once You Cut the Cable Cord</a>)</p> <h2>11. Just say &quot;NO&quot;</h2> <p>While I enjoy an active social calendar in the spring, I can't attend everything. And you don't have to, either. If an event (like a dinner group or destination wedding or weekend away with your pals) isn't affordable, opt out. You're not obligated to go to any of these things, and you shouldn't put yourself in a financial pickle as a result.</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/11-ways-to-make-your-money-grow-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-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/6-fast-ways-to-restock-an-emergency-fund-after-an-emergency">6 Fast Ways to Restock an Emergency Fund After an Emergency</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/a-simple-plan-for-saving-up-a-2000-fun-fund">A Simple Plan for Saving Up a $2000 Fun Fund</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/dont-get-audited-how-your-side-gig-needs-to-handle-taxes">Don&#039;t Get Audited! How Your Side Gig Needs to Handle Taxes</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-surprising-ways-to-earn-money-online">7 Surprising Ways to Earn Money Online</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-great-side-jobs-you-can-do-on-your-bicycle">6 Great Side Jobs You Can Do on Your Bicycle</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Extra Income AirBnb energy costs fun gym memberships making money saving money side jobs spring subscriptions summer tax refund Fri, 14 Apr 2017 08:00:10 +0000 Mikey Rox 1925858 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Ways to Make the Most of Daylight Savings http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-make-the-most-of-daylight-savings <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-ways-to-make-the-most-of-daylight-savings" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock-504373018.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="139" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>We spring ahead on Sunday, March 12. You're probably looking forward to a little more light in your day. DST started back in World War I as a way to decrease energy usage. The idea was that people would burn fewer candles at night and not sleep through dawn.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>More daylight hours can do some good for all of us. For example, car crashes tend to decrease in the months we're in DST. The extra sunlight helps in that area. In fact, if we switched to living this way all year, there could possibly be 366 fewer auto crash deaths per year, according to a 2004 study published in <em>Accident Analysis &amp; Prevention</em>.</p> <p>Regardless of the stats and science, I think many of us look forward to more light in the evening hours. Here are some ways you can prepare for and even thrive with the time change.</p> <h2>1. Head to Bed Early Now</h2> <p>Most of the downsides to DST have to do with lack of sleep and its impact on the body. Fortunately, your body's internal clock will adjust after only a few days. Why not plan ahead &mdash; especially you night owls! Start a few days in advance and set your bedtime back 15 to 20 minutes each night. That way, by the time you make the switch, you're already adjusted to it.</p> <h2>2. Spend Time Outdoors</h2> <p>Shifting the clock forward is a lot like experiencing jet lag. You can have symptoms ranging from insomnia to irritability to poor concentration. Sunlight has the power to help reset your system. So you may want to go outside in the morning on Sunday to help reset your body's circadian rhythm.</p> <h2>3. Exercise and Keep at It</h2> <p>Want to protect your heart? Use the added light after work to start a new exercise program. Current recommendations for adults say to get 150 minutes of moderate activity or 75 minutes of vigorous activity in per week. You can split this up to 30 minutes or 15 minutes per day, just five days of the week. Try taking the dog for a walk around your neighborhood after dinner or heading out on a run with a friend.</p> <h2>4. Take a Hike</h2> <p>Exercise can be about more than just burning calories and getting fit. If stress has been taking you hostage this winter, being out in nature has tremendous power to change your mood. According to a 2015 study published in <em>PNAS</em>, hiking may reduce what is called &quot;ruminative thought&quot; or the kind of thinking where you rehash negative things you've recently experienced, improving your mental health. With more hours of sunlight in your schedule, those trails aren't off-limits as much as they are during the darker months.</p> <h2>5. Save Energy</h2> <p>Why not try to save some energy now that there's more daylight? After all, that was the original plan! Make a habit of switching your lights off in the afternoon hours and keeping them off as long as possible. Tear open your curtains, open your windows, or even head outdoors to read that novel you just started.</p> <h2>6. Boost Your Vitamin D</h2> <p>Soaking in more sun isn't just good for the soul, it can boost your vitamin D levels. Many of us are chronically low in vitamin D. My own levels were almost zero at my latest physical. Vitamin D is responsible for the body's ability to fight off disease, resist depression, shed pounds, and more. Taking supplements can help, but getting more sun in your day is best &mdash; and it's free.</p> <h2>7. Check Off Chores</h2> <p>You may have been waiting to do some maintenance on your outdoor spaces. In the light of day, you can revisit those lists and make some plans for getting stuff done. Spring is a great time to secure roof shingles, scrub moldy house siding, clean clogged gutters, and lots more. (See also:<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-easy-home-maintenance-to-dos-for-spring?ref=seealso" target="_blank"> 8 Easy House Maintenance To-Dos for Spring</a>)</p> <h2>8. Get Your Garden Growing</h2> <p>It isn't too early to plan for your harvest this year. Planting season is coming, and you can use the early weeks to step outside and prep your plot. Or you can head into the garage and take stock of your tools, and get a compost operation started. There are even some plants that will grow in colder weather. Try veggies like beets, broccoli, corn, kale, onions, radishes, or turnips.</p> <h2>9. Spend Time With Others</h2> <p>The darkness of winter made the days feel impossibly short. You may have felt like a hermit. Now that the days feel longer, resist the urge to isolate yourself. People of all ages gain huge benefits from socializing. Anything from having a renewed sense of purpose and belonging, to improved self-confidence and self-esteem. Join a club, check out the local calendar, volunteer, or do whatever else will bring you around people.</p> <h2>10. Say &quot;No&quot; to Screen Time</h2> <p>We also don't have to light our world with artificial lights and screens as much now that spring has sprung. Embrace this excuse to put down the technology and reconnect with your roots. Put your phone down, close your laptop, and just go outside with your friends and family. There's a lot to do in this world of ours, and with some extra sun, we can enjoy it all the better.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-make-the-most-of-daylight-savings">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-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/5-ways-to-restart-your-resolutions-this-spring">5 Ways to Restart Your Resolutions This Spring</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/25-new-things-to-do-today">25 New Things to Do Today</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-your-body-sabotages-your-money">3 Ways Your Body Sabotages Your Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-trekking-poles">The 5 Best Trekking Poles</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Lifestyle daylight savings daylight savings time spring spring ahead spring time time change turn the clocks ahead Thu, 09 Mar 2017 10:00:17 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1905175 at http://www.wisebread.com How to Spring Clean Your Whole Life — One Step at a Time http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-spring-clean-your-whole-life-one-step-at-a-time <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-spring-clean-your-whole-life-one-step-at-a-time" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock-524177336.jpg" alt="Woman learning how to spring clean her whole life" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>'Tis the season for cleaning and organization. We've spent the winter hibernating and surrounded by all of our material things that have provided us comfort. But once spring has sprung, we'll want our spaces to be more open, a lot cleaner, and we'll want to pack away all the cold weather garb we've been clinging to the last few months.</p> <p>The concept of spring cleaning doesn't need to be limited to the literal cleaning of our homes, though. We could all use a bit more organization and decluttering in <em>every </em>aspect of our lives. The coming of spring signifies a fresh start, so why not take some time now to cut out all the things you don't need and simplify your life?</p> <p>Here are some ideas to help get you started.</p> <h2>1. Cut Down on Your Time Commitments</h2> <p>If you are finding yourself completely booked all the time, you may want to learn the art of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-to-say-no-to-friends-and-family?ref=internal" target="_blank">saying &quot;no.&quot;</a>&nbsp;In my own life, I have worked hard at fighting my people-pleasing ways. Saying no the first time is hard, but it gets easier the more you do it. You can always say yes to something that really motivates or inspires you. Otherwise, try to focus on the most important things in your life and let go of the stress over over-commitment.</p> <h2>2. Minimize Your Routine</h2> <p>If getting ready in the morning takes up a chunk of your time, you may want to consider ways to simplify. If deciding what to wear is using up precious time, try following a more minimalistic clothing approach. I like&nbsp;<a href="http://bemorewithless.com/project-333/" target="_blank">Project 333</a>, where you choose 33 or fewer clothing items and wear only those items for three months. If it's your hair or makeup routine that's eating into your morning, consider getting a more manageable cut that's wash-and-go versus needing a full blowout. Toss old makeup and keep only the basics (and try going sans makeup from time to time). (See also:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-build-a-downsized-wardrobe-you-love?ref=seealso" target="_blank">How to Build a Downsized Wardrobe You Love</a>)</p> <h2>3. Drill Down Your Career Goals</h2> <p>Determining career goals can be tricky &mdash; especially if you are highly motivated. But the key is to be specific. Don't try to take on too much at one time. For example, you may want to find a new job, get a raise, and network more. Too many goals may lead you to over-scheduling and generally feeling overwhelmed, thus spinning your wheels.</p> <p>Choosing just one goal to go after &mdash; even if your goals are seemingly related &mdash; may bring you the most success. When opportunities do arise, ask yourself first if they are activities that align with your primary career goal. (See also:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-say-no-at-work-and-still-get-ahead?ref=seealso" target="_blank">How to Say No at Work and Still Get Ahead</a>)</p> <h2>4. Find Fun in Fitness</h2> <p>Figure out a fitness schedule and stick with it. If you've been paying for a gym membership but you never go, ask yourself why. Do you need a buddy to go with you? Does it get too crowded during the time of day you like to go? Or on the flip side, do you lack motivation to workout at home with free options? Then you might need to bite the bullet and sign up for a studio class. Find the hurdle and remove it. Exercising more helps you manage stress and feel better. It's an essential part of staying healthy. Don't neglect this. (See also:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/these-at-home-exercises-will-give-you-a-gym-quality-workout-for-free?ref=seealso" target="_blank">These At-Home Exercises Will Give You a Gym-Quality Workout For Free</a>)</p> <h2>5. Be Conscious About Food</h2> <p>Sometimes eating lots of processed foods and takeout can make you feel clogged up both physically and mentally. You may want to eat a healthy diet but don't know where to start. Here's a&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/blog/whole-story/take-28-day-challenge" target="_blank">28-day challenge</a> that can get you off on the right foot.</p> <p>Focus on the pillars of healthy eating:</p> <ul> <li>Eat whole foods;</li> <li>Eat the colors of the rainbow;</li> <li>Enjoy foods packed with micronutrients;</li> <li>Get your fats from plant sources.</li> </ul> <p>Also, try shopping the perimeter of grocery stores versus the middle aisles where most processed foods are shelved.</p> <h2>6. Be Selective of Your Social Circle</h2> <p>Surround yourself with only the people who bring the best out of you. If someone is constantly bringing their negative energy into your life and there's no way to change that, cut them off.</p> <h2>7. Limit Your Social Media Time</h2> <p>Facebook can be a great place to build your network or reconnect with old friends. But if you're finding yourself at midnight, deeply angered at the political rantings of a classmate you had back in third grade, it may be time to step away for a while. I share this from personal experience.</p> <h2>8. Cut Back on Screen Time</h2> <p>Most Americans watch shows and movies around&nbsp;<a href="http://www.cnn.com/2016/06/30/health/americans-screen-time-nielsen/" target="_blank">four and a half hours per day</a>. That's a lot of time that you could spend working toward your goals. Whenever you think about all the things you wished you had more time for, think about what shows you can cut that will still allow you some down time or entertainment but also get you off the couch doing something productive.</p> <h2>9. Demolish Your Debt</h2> <p>Bills are the area of focus in my household right now. My husband and I have grown tired of all the loan payments for cars, college debt, and home improvements. We have sent checks for years without thinking much about the interest. We've decided we're going to try the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/a-comprehensive-guide-to-the-debt-snowball-method-0" target="_blank">snowball method</a> to pay off our debt ASAP. It's never a bad time to look at your finances and make your&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-day-debt-reduction-plan-stop-waiting-for-tomorrow?ref=internal" target="_blank">get-out-of-debt plan</a>.</p> <h2>10. Clear the Clutter</h2> <p>Speaking of freeing up the budget, you may want to have an internal conversation with yourself about your attachment to stuff. One way to spring clean your life is to actually do a little spring cleaning.</p> <p>I most enjoy the&nbsp;<a href="http://amzn.to/2lEdamU" target="_blank">KonMari method</a>, where you physically touch each item in your home and see if it brings you joy. If not, you can toss or donate or give to a friend. Skeptical? Many people who have gone through this process have found it to be transformative. Things can really weigh down your mind (and your wallet, for that matter). (See also:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/do-this-one-thing-a-day-to-defeat-clutter-forever?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Do This One Thing a Day to Defeat Clutter Forever</a>)</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" data-pin-save="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Fhow-to-spring-clean-your-whole-life-one-step-at-a-time&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FHow%2520to%2520Spring%2520Clean%2520Your%2520Whole%2520Life%2520%25E2%2580%2594%2520One%2520Step%2520at%2520a%2520Time.jpg&amp;description=How%20to%20Spring%20Clean%20Your%20Whole%20Life%20%E2%80%94%20One%20Step%20at%20a%20Time"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/How%20to%20Spring%20Clean%20Your%20Whole%20Life%20%E2%80%94%20One%20Step%20at%20a%20Time.jpg" alt="How to Spring Clean Your Whole Life &mdash; One Step at a Time" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-spring-clean-your-whole-life-one-step-at-a-time">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/10-smart-ways-to-keep-your-entire-life-clutter-free">10 Smart Ways to Keep Your Entire Life Clutter-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/12-garage-sale-items-that-sell-like-hotcakes">12 Garage Sale Items That Sell Like Hotcakes</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-decide-what-to-keep-when-downsizing">How to Decide What to Keep When Downsizing</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-the-82-best-spring-cleaning-hacks-we-ve-ever-shared">Flashback Friday: The 82 Best Spring Cleaning Hacks We’ve Ever Shared</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-things-to-throw-out-today">25 Things to Throw Out Today</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Home Organization cleaning house declutter organize your life spring spring clean spring cleaning Tue, 28 Feb 2017 11:00:13 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1900126 at http://www.wisebread.com 9 No-Fuss Plants That Will Brighten Your Home Until Spring http://www.wisebread.com/9-no-fuss-plants-that-will-brighten-your-home-until-spring <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/9-no-fuss-plants-that-will-brighten-your-home-until-spring" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_plants_succulents_537868672.jpg" alt="Woman getting no-fuss plants to brighten her home" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>This time of year, it's nice to bring something green home to help pass the gray days. Houseplants are a living reminder that spring is on the horizon. You don't need to be particularly good at keeping stuff thriving to enjoy them, either. Here's a list of some low-maintenance plants that are cheap or, in some cases, free! (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-hardest-to-kill-houseplants?ref=seealso" target="_blank">The 5 Hardest-to-Kill Houseplants</a>)</p> <h2>1. Pothos</h2> <p>You can pick up a gorgeously green, 10-ounce pothos plant for less than $4 at Lowe's. If you're worried about it being high maintenance, don't fret. Chances are, you'll have this plant for the long haul. Even people who have green thumbs explain that this plant will withstand a hearty dose of &quot;<a href="http://www.uaex.edu/yard-garden/resource-library/plant-week/golden-pothos.aspx" target="_blank">benign neglect</a>.&quot;</p> <p>And if your friend just happens to have this plant, you may be able to get one for yourself for free. Simply cut an existing plant into some individual segments above the leaf by about half an inch. Take 10 or so of these cuttings and place them in a pot (don't forget to water them) for about six weeks. Each cut should eventually make a vine that will turn into a full plant.</p> <h2>2. Spider Plant</h2> <p>The only plant I have ever had in my own home is the spider plant. And amazingly, it has withstood the test of time and countless messes along the way. Talk about indestructible. What about cheap? Yeah, it's that, too. This plant produces seemingly unlimited babies that you can either inherit or pass along to your friends with virtually no work involved on your part.</p> <p>Here's a tip: spider plants can sometimes get a &quot;burned&quot; look on their leaf tips. This is as a result of too much fluoride accumulation. If you want to avoid this tattered look, try using higher grade fertilizer and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.uaex.edu/yard-garden/resource-library/plant-week/spider-airplane-plant.aspx" target="_blank">skipping tap water</a> when watering. It's a great excuse to try your hand at making a rain collection barrel.</p> <h2>3. Aloe Plant</h2> <p>Want a plant that does more than just look pretty on your shelf? Grow aloe! You can use its gooey center to ease irritation from cuts and burns. A 10-inch aloe vera plant costs only $4. Care is easy. Water well and then let the soil dry&nbsp;<a href="http://www.almanac.com/plant/aloe-vera" target="_blank">one or two inches</a> before the next watering.</p> <p>Another option is&nbsp;<a href="http://www.uaex.edu/yard-garden/resource-library/plant-week/Aloe-variegata-tiger-02-26-2016.aspx" target="_blank">tiger alloe</a>. It is one of the smaller plants in the aloe family and only reaches about 10 inches tall. As a result, it fits well on coffee tables or other areas in compact apartments. Oh, and it gets some spikes with orange flowers in the middle of winter to help shake the cold-weather blues and add a burst of color into your life.</p> <h2>4. Jade Plant</h2> <p>Jade plants can last <a href="http://www.uaex.edu/yard-garden/resource-library/plant-week/jade-plant.aspx" target="_blank">100 years or more</a> with proper care. It is a slow-growing succulent, so it doesn't need to take up a lot of space and can survive even if you forget to water it regularly. You can grab a jade of your very own for around $4 or $5.</p> <p>If your jade picks up mealybugs &mdash; a white, cottony mass &mdash; you can treat it with some rubbing alcohol.</p> <h2>5. Cactus</h2> <p>My neighbor bought a tiny Christmas cactus plant for around $5 a few years ago. It now sits proudly in her bay window and blooms late each fall with some really pretty flowers. You'll want to place this plant in a well-lit area and place it in a well-drained pot. You only need to move it to a new pot every year or so. In the summer, you can move it to your patio &mdash; just make sure to give it some shade during the hottest time of day.</p> <p>This plant is often called a&nbsp;<a href="http://www.uaex.edu/yard-garden/resource-library/plant-week/holiday-cactus.aspx" target="_blank">crab cactus</a> in Europe. And in its native Brazil, the &quot;Christmas&quot; part of the name would be relatively meaningless, as its blooms in spring there (because it's in the Southern Hemisphere).</p> <h2>6. Mother-in-Law's Tongue</h2> <p>While a mother-in-law's tongue (otherwise known as a snake plant) may sound like something you'd want to stay away from, this plant is excellent for&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-cheap-plants-for-improving-indoor-air-quality?ref=internal" target="_blank">indoor air quality</a>. It filters anything from formaldehyde to trichloroethylene to benzene out of your home's atmosphere. It's relatively cheap to boot. You can pick one up for around $15 at your local big box center. Experts recommend you place this plant in your bedroom because &mdash; get this &mdash; it can convert exhaled CO2 into oxygen.</p> <p>The best part? This plant is&nbsp;<a href="http://www.uaex.edu/yard-garden/resource-library/plant-week/mother-in-law-tongue.aspx" target="_blank">super hard to kill</a>. They don't need much light either. Just some love, and little water, and an occasional dusting.</p> <h2>7. Cast Iron Plant</h2> <p>Don't have a lot of light in your home? The cast iron plant doesn't care. The&nbsp;<a href="http://www.uaex.edu/yard-garden/in-the-garden/reference-desk/perennials/cast-iron-plant.aspx" target="_blank">shadier, the better</a> for this happy plant. Actually, if it gets too much sun, its leathery leaves will start to burn. Otherwise, it's hearty and easy to maintain. A small cast iron will set you back around $12.</p> <p>If your plant's leaves do end up burning, you can simply cut them off, water well, and place it in a spot with better shade away from windows.</p> <h2>8. Rubber Plant</h2> <p>As one of the world's oldest house plants, the <a href="http://www.ourhouseplants.com/plants/rubber-plant" target="_blank">rubber plant</a> can grow quite tall and take up a bit of space in only a few years' time. But that's good if you want a houseplant as a feature of your home decor. It's also resistant to pests and diseases and can tolerate poor treatment. You can get a rubber plant for around $8 plus shipping costs. Not bad considering how big it will get.</p> <p>My mother-in-law keeps these plants, and she explains that if the leaves turn yellow, it's typically that they're receiving too much water. Back off for a while, and their usual color should return.</p> <h2>9. Peace Lily</h2> <p>Another easy-to-grow houseplant is the <a href="http://www.almanac.com/plant/peace-lily" target="_blank">peace lily</a>. It's quite common in houses across the U.S. and beyond, so you may be able to score one from a friend. Otherwise, you can buy this plant for around $8. Its pleasant white flowers prefer shade versus sun. Most peace lily plants grow to about 16 inches tall and bloom throughout the year. No blooms? Move your plant to a darker room.</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/9-no-fuss-plants-that-will-brighten-your-home-until-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-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/11-home-and-houseware-upgrades-that-prove-youre-finally-a-grownup">11 Home and Houseware Upgrades That Prove You&#039;re Finally a Grownup</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-find-the-best-stuff-at-homegoods">How to Find the Best Stuff at HomeGoods</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-robotic-mops">The 5 Best Robotic 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/the-5-best-kitchen-dish-towels">The 5 Best Kitchen Dish Towels</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-thermoses">The 5 Best Thermoses</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Home Shopping buying plants easy plants green living home decor plant care plants spring Mon, 20 Feb 2017 11:00:12 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1894769 at http://www.wisebread.com 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-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/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/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-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-diy-backyard-home-improvements-that-save-you-big">8 DIY Backyard Home Improvements That Save You Big</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-high-tech-tools-to-help-your-garden-grow">6 High-Tech Tools to Help Your Garden Grow</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-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/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/the-5-best-bladeless-fans">The 5 Best Bladeless Fans</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/14-ways-to-make-your-yard-look-awesome-for-under-100">14 Ways to Make Your Yard Look Awesome for Under $100</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/3-ways-to-prevent-brown-lawn-spots-from-dog-urine">3 Ways to Prevent Brown Lawn Spots From Dog Urine</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-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/23-frugal-living-resolutions-anyone-can-master">23 Frugal Living Resolutions Anyone Can Master</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/flashback-friday-51-ways-to-organize-your-whole-life-in-2017">Flashback Friday: 51 Ways to Organize Your Whole Life in 2017</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/15-easy-to-keep-new-years-resolutions-that-really-pay-off">15 Easy to Keep New Year&#039;s Resolutions That Really Pay Off</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/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-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <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> </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-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/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/17-uses-for-stale-bread">17 Uses for Stale Bread</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-instant-pot-recipes-that-will-save-you-money">12 Instant Pot Recipes That Will Save You Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-office-potluck-dishes-everyone-loves">20 Office Potluck Dishes Everyone Loves</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-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/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/254-uses-for-vinegar-and-counting">254 Uses for Vinegar. And Counting.</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-really-easy-ways-to-unclog-drains">10 Really Easy Ways to Unclog Drains</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/secret-homemade-stain-removers-that-kick-butt">6 Secret Homemade Stain Removers That Kick Butt</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-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/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-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-swim-goggles-for-adults">The 5 Best Swim Goggles for Adults</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-robotic-mops">The 5 Best Robotic 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/the-5-best-shampoos-for-frizzy-hair">The 5 Best Shampoos for Frizzy Hair</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-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/254-uses-for-vinegar-and-counting">254 Uses for Vinegar. And Counting.</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/secret-homemade-stain-removers-that-kick-butt">6 Secret Homemade Stain Removers That Kick Butt</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-things-to-throw-out-today">25 Things to Throw Out Today</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-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-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/how-to-find-your-new-identity-after-retirement">How to Find Your New Identity After Retirement</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/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-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <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> </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-10"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-spring-clean-your-whole-life-one-step-at-a-time">How to Spring Clean Your Whole Life — One Step at a 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-ways-to-make-your-money-grow-this-spring">11 Ways to Make Your Money Grow This Spring</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-best-cash-back-credit-cards">The Best Cash Back Credit Cards</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-ways-your-house-can-earn-a-paycheck">17 Ways Your House Can Earn a Paycheck</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/clear-out-that-clutter-15-places-to-sell-your-stuff">Clear Out That Clutter: 15 Places to Sell Your Stuff</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-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/oprah-asks-a-great-question-what-can-you-live-without">Oprah Asks A Great Question; What Can You Live Without?</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/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-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/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> <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-i-conquer-my-vanity-for-the-sake-of-my-sanity">Can I Conquer My Vanity for the Sake of My Sanity?</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-12"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-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/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-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-gel-nail-polishes">The 5 Best Gel Nail Polishes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-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-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-waterproof-laptop-cases">The 5 Best Waterproof Laptop Cases</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