thanks http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/3575/all en-US The One Word You Need to Start Using Today to Have a Better Life http://www.wisebread.com/the-one-word-you-need-to-start-using-today-to-have-a-better-life <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-one-word-you-need-to-start-using-today-to-have-a-better-life" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/friends-handshake-146821525-small.jpg" alt="friends handshake" title="friends handshake" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Do you want to make today better in an instant? How about making the rest of your life better?</p> <p>Just start saying &quot;Thanks.&quot; In fact, say it right now. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/science-shows-that-saying-thanks-can-improve-your-health-and-happiness?ref=seealso">Science Shows That Saying Thanks Can Improve Your Health and Happiness</a></p> <p>Look around you, find something you're grateful for, and express that in one word. You don't have to thank a deity. Just saying the word &quot;Thanks&quot; can help you focus on the things that are good in your life &mdash; the ones for which you are thankful &mdash; which can improve your overall outlook.</p> <h2>Words Have Power</h2> <p>I've <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-one-word-you-need-to-get-rid-of-for-a-better-life">talked before</a> about how words have power. The words we use can affect how we think about things like our feelings as well as how we process abstract concepts, like time and direction. They change how we remember and what we deem important enough to store in our memory.</p> <p>Given that words have the power to shape our experiences and how we think of them afterwards, it makes sense that we could use them to make our lives better. It also makes sense that some of them would be more suited to this purpose than others.</p> <p>As it turns out, &quot;Thanks&quot; is one of the very best ones out there.</p> <h2>Why &quot;Thanks?&quot;</h2> <p>There are several reasons why &quot;Thanks&quot; is just the word to make life better.</p> <h3>Gratitude Is Positive</h3> <p>If you're not feeling great about your life, chances are that you do not have a positive outlook. You may not be intentionally focusing on the difficult parts of your life, spending a lot of time and attention looking at what's wrong.</p> <p>When you say &quot;Thanks!&quot; you are choosing to look at something that's right. Even if you only say it to your barista in passing, you are noticing a good thing and marking it verbally. Over time, <a href="http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/two-takes-depression/201211/how-gratitude-combats-depression">saying &quot;Thanks!&quot; can help you replace negative thinking with positive.</a></p> <h3>Gratitude Makes Us Mindful</h3> <p>In order to say &quot;Thanks!&quot; we have to have our minds focused on the present. That is, we have to be mindful of the present. We have to focus on what is going on here and now, on what other people are bringing into our lives, or on what we already have. Thus, <a href="http://www.elephantjournal.com/2013/11/3-good-things-how-gratitude-heals-dr-paula-watkins/">saying &quot;thanks&quot; is one way to develop mindfulness</a>.</p> <p>Some people achieve mindfulness via meditation, but sticking with a meditation practice requires time and energy, which you may not have if life is stressful or otherwise difficult. Because saying &quot;Thanks&quot; is something that you can incorporate throughout your day, it is a road to mindfulness that you can follow anytime, anywhere.</p> <p>Mindfulness increases the density of grey matter in the brain, improves the ways we process pain and difficult or strong emotions, helps us know ourselves more realistically, helps us feel better about our close relationships, improves our ability to focus, <a href="http://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/better_eating_through_mindfulness">helps us lose weight</a>, and more. If mindfulness offers all of that and saying &quot;Thanks&quot; is a way to bring us to that state, it's certainly a habit worth cultivating!</p> <h3>Gratitude Helps You Help Others</h3> <p>Saying &quot;Thanks,&quot; cultivating gratitude, whatever you call it, <a href="http://www.socialemotions.org/page5/files/Bartlett.DeSteno.2006.pdf">makes you more likely to help other people</a>, even when helping them offers little to no benefit to you, or even causes some detrimental effect to you. When you are thankful for what you have, it seems that you are more willing to give other people things to be thankful for, too.</p> <p>Helping others, incidentally, is linked to greater health and longevity, less depression, and a greater sense of self-worth. And it can all start with the simple act of saying &quot;Thanks!&quot;</p> <h2>How to Add &quot;Thanks&quot; to Your Daily Life</h2> <p>If you're convinced that saying &quot;Thanks&quot; can improve your life, here are some strategies for adding it to your vocabulary.</p> <h3>1. Decide in Advance</h3> <p>When you're first working to say &quot;Thanks&quot; more often, it will help you to decide to do it ahead of time. For instance, if you know you'll be stopping for coffee, take a second to think consciously about thanking the barista who takes your order. Even go as far as to envision it happening. Then, be sure to actually say it at the coffee shop. This can help you get into the habit of saying a word that you're not used to using, or to imbuing it with a deeper meaning.</p> <h3>2. Make a List</h3> <p>The idea of making a list of things you're thankful for is at least a little cliche, but it's popular because it works. If you're not the type to remember to stop and write down things you're thankful for on a daily basis (I'm not!), set aside some time each week to list a few things. Or, you can put a small section into each day of your calendar, label it &quot;Thanks,&quot; and list things as you go through your day. Take the time to say &quot;Thank you&quot; for each thing, even if it's only silently, and you don't know who you're talking to.</p> <h3>3. Send a Letter</h3> <p>Take some <a href="http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2014/02/18/martin-seligman-gratitude-visit-three-blessings/">advice from a gratitude expert</a>. Think of someone in your past who you would like to thank. This can be for anything, from a small kindness to having a great influence on you. Then write them a letter, telling them exactly what you remember and why it meant so much to you, and maybe why you remember it today. Try to meet with the person (or call them, or at least find their mailing address), so you can give them the letter or share it with them in the most personal way possible.</p> <h3>4. Reward Yourself</h3> <p>Give yourself a little treat when you remember to say &quot;Thanks!&quot; This doesn't have to be (and probably shouldn't be) anything too big, but <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-surprisingly-easy-way-to-change-your-habits-and-your-life">rewarding yourself notes your achievement and takes it seriously</a>. Even if you just draw yourself a smiley face or get to cross off &quot;Say Thanks&quot; in your planner, the reward will encourage you to continue the habit.</p> <p><em>Any other transformational words &mdash; besides &quot;thanks&quot; &mdash; you've recently added or wanted to add to your vocabulary? Please share in comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sarah-winfrey">Sarah Winfrey</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-one-word-you-need-to-start-using-today-to-have-a-better-life">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/science-shows-that-saying-thanks-can-improve-your-health-and-happiness">Science Shows That Saying Thanks Can Improve Your Health and Happiness</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/can-saying-thanks-more-make-you-rich">Can Saying Thanks More Make You Rich?</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/gratitude-and-frugality">Gratitude and Frugality</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-little-ways-to-make-yourself-a-better-person-while-watching-tv-tonight">15 Little Ways to Make Yourself a Better Person While Watching TV Tonight</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/youre-doing-it-wrong-moron-5-tips-for-giving-better-compliments">You&#039;re Doing It Wrong, Moron: 5 Tips for Giving Better Compliments</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Personal Development appreciation gratitude thank you thanks Mon, 22 Sep 2014 09:00:03 +0000 Sarah Winfrey 1216064 at http://www.wisebread.com Science Shows That Saying Thanks Can Improve Your Health and Happiness http://www.wisebread.com/science-shows-that-saying-thanks-can-improve-your-health-and-happiness <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/science-shows-that-saying-thanks-can-improve-your-health-and-happiness" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/heart-5156558-small.jpg" alt="woman and heart" title="woman and heart" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>You might have recently heard something about practicing gratefulness &mdash; it's been making the rounds as some sort of panacea, a cure for whatever ails you. Personally, I was skeptical about some of these claims. But as I read more about the benefits of gratitude, I decided to give it a fair shot. After all, if it can truly cause half of the positive changes that people claim it can, it's worth a few minutes a day of feeling a little silly to reap the rewards. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/feeling-stuck-100-ways-to-change-your-life">100 Ways to Change Your Life</a>)</p> <p>Color me surprised to find that some of the claims about gratitude are backed up by good science. Below are the three most compelling reasons that I found to start a gratitude practice.</p> <h2>1. Practicing Gratitude Makes You Happier</h2> <p>We tend to assume that we will be happy when we reach some particular milestone. We think that making more money, buying a home, having a baby, or meeting a special someone will make us happy.</p> <p>When we think along these lines, we assume that the state of our external world is what does or does not make us happy. However, research shows that 90% of happiness is actually determined by the way the brain processes the world.</p> <p>Thus, changing the way we see the world can change our reality and even make us happier. Professor, author, and happiness researcher Shawn Achor works with people in many different contexts to determine what constitutes happiness and how to cultivate that. He's discovered that simply listing three new things to be grateful each day for 21 days can change the way the brain works.</p> <p>Creating a gratitude list begins to reprogram the human brain for positivity. This releases brain chemicals like dopamine, which allow the brain to perform better. This improvement happens across the board, causing people to be more creative, better at problem solving, etc.</p> <p>As it turns out, a positive, well-performing brain is a happy brain, and a happy brain makes for a happy life. Achor discusses his research in more depth in <a href="http://www.ted.com/talks/shawn_achor_the_happy_secret_to_better_work.html">his TED talk</a>, which is well worth a listen.</p> <h2>2. Gratitude Gives Us Purpose</h2> <p>Do you ever wonder where you're going in life, or why you were put on this earth, anyway? <a href="http://zenhabits.net/three-truths-to-help-you-create-a-life-of-gratitude/">Practicing gratitude can help you find answers to those questions</a>.</p> <p>It may seem a bit naive to say that simply giving thanks for the good things in your life will help you find your life's purpose. However, practicing gratitude highlights the good things in our lives. It makes us stop and take a look at them, and spend at least a little time dwelling on the things we already have that make us happy.</p> <p>There's not too much distance between happiness and purpose. Often, gratitude serves not so much to help us discover a new purpose, but rather to see the purpose our lives already contain. When we are thankful for our family members, we can develop a renewed sense of purpose in caring for them, helping them, and cultivating those relationships on a deeper level. When we are thankful for our work, we can remember why we chose that work in the first place, what drove us there, etc.</p> <p>I've found this to be true in my own life. I spend most of most days taking care of my three small children and, while I love them dearly, they often get on my nerves, too. As I've begun practicing gratitude, though, I've discovered that giving thanks for my children and the various things that they do changes how I handle my annoyance. Instead of just being annoyed, I'm better able to see my responses to them in light of my overall purposes as a parent and, thus, I am able to respond to them in a gentler, more focused way. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-free-or-really-cheap-ways-to-relieve-stress">20 Free Ways to Relieve Stress</a>)</p> <h2>3. Gratitude Is Good for Our Bodies</h2> <p>If happiness and a renewed sense of purpose are not enough, cultivating <a href="http://greatergood.berkeley.edu/topic/gratitude/definition">gratitude is also good for our bodies</a>. It helps us sleep better, improves anxiety and depression, improves immune functioning, lessens symptoms of illness, lowers blood pressure, and more. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/44-ways-to-improve-your-health-and-happiness">44 Ways to Improve Health and Happiness</a>)</p> <p>Some people think it sounds crazy that something as simple as including gratitude practice in our daily lives can improve our health, but the research all shows that it can. It makes a bit more sense if you think about it in terms of happiness.</p> <p>We've already talked about how being grateful can make the brain function better and, thus, make you happier. A happy, well-functioning brain is going to do a better job of managing the rest of the body and working more efficiently and easily, which means that your whole physical being will be stronger.</p> <p>I know that, as I grow older, I'm more conscious of my health and of wanting to maintain that for as long as I can. If health is of particular concern to you, or you want to do what you can to avoid physical issues in the future, then this may be reason enough for you to start a gratitude practice today.</p> <h2>How to Practice Gratefulness Daily</h2> <p>There are so many ways to practice gratitude. Many people do what Achor suggests and list at least three new things that they're grateful for every day. Some have dedicated notebooks for the task. Others use a new piece of paper every day and simply stack them together. Some just list each item in a few words or a sentence, while others journal about them, writing a paragraph or even a page for each one.</p> <p>Still other people find that their gratitude practice looks different. Some photograph the things they're grateful for, while others draw them. Some say their lists out loud, because hearing their own voice helps cement the feeling of gratitude. Others try to legitimately compliment the people around them every day, so that they can share their gratefulness. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-ways-to-say-thanks">21 Ways to Say Thanks</a>)</p> <p>To ensure daily practice, set aside some time each day for giving thanks. Keep your notebook or other materials someplace where you'll see them, so you remember your practice. And stick with it &mdash; even if you feel silly or you have a particularly bad day, give gratefulness a chance.</p> <p><em>Do you practice gratefulness? How have you seen it change your life?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sarah-winfrey">Sarah Winfrey</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/science-shows-that-saying-thanks-can-improve-your-health-and-happiness">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-one-word-you-need-to-start-using-today-to-have-a-better-life">The One Word You Need to Start Using Today to Have a Better Life</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/gratitude-and-frugality">Gratitude and Frugality</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-little-ways-to-make-yourself-a-better-person-while-watching-tv-tonight">15 Little Ways to Make Yourself a Better Person While Watching TV Tonight</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/defining-success-if-you-dont-know-what-you-want-you-wont-know-when-youve-gotten-it">Defining Success: If You Don&#039;t Know What You Want, You Won&#039;t Know When You&#039;ve Gotten It</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-unexpected-benefits-of-volunteering">9 Unexpected Benefits of Volunteering</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Personal Development gratefulness gratitude thanks wellness Tue, 24 Sep 2013 10:00:04 +0000 Sarah Winfrey 989598 at http://www.wisebread.com 25 Thoughtful and Frugal Personalized Gift Ideas http://www.wisebread.com/25-thoughtful-and-frugal-personalized-gift-ideas <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/25-thoughtful-and-frugal-personalized-gift-ideas" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/baking-4424574-small.jpg" alt="baking" title="baking" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Personalized gifts are a great way to show others that you took the time and effort to find or make a thoughtful gift just for them. Such tokens of affection are even better when they can be done on a budget. Here are some customized gift ideas that will please both giver and receiver. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-gifts-you-can-make-today?ref=seealso" target="_blank">25 Gifts You Can Make Today</a>)</p> <h2>1. Home Movie DVD</h2> <p>This is a great gift for distant relatives or friends who you may not see regularly. Put together a DVD of home movies using any of the easy to use, <a href="http://www.techradar.com/us/news/software/applications/best-free-video-editing-software-9-top-programs-you-should-download-1136264" target="_blank">and often free</a>, DVD creation software packages available. You can also decorate the cover of the blank DVD with photos or art of your choice for a nice touch.</p> <h2>2. Locket</h2> <p>For less than $10, you can make someone a necklace with a locket, including a picture that gives this gift extra special meaning. Search for cheap chains and small lockets at craft stores, jewelry supply stores, or dollar stores. Or, repurpose an old chain you have in your jewelry box. You can score <a href="http://www.etsy.com/search?q=lockets&amp;view_type=gallery&amp;ship_to=ZZ" target="_blank">cheap lockets by searching online at Etsy</a> and discount sites, in addition to browsing flea markets, vintage stores, and thrift shops.</p> <h2>3. Hand-Designed Napkins</h2> <p>With just a small container of fabric paint, a fabric stamp or stencil, and some basic cloth napkins found on sale at any home store or discount store, you can create an affordable, personalized gift. Use your stamp or stencil to monogram each napkin, or find a stamp design that has meaning to your recipient, like tennis racquets for the tennis lover or nautical designs for the sailor in your life. This gift can easily be tackled for under $15 with smart shopping.</p> <h2>4. DIY Massage Coupons</h2> <p>This is good for those who don&#39;t want to spend anything but time on a gift. Make massage coupons by writing or printing your own handmade massage certificates redeemable by your loved one. Try doing a few certificates that are good for one 20-minute back rub each.</p> <h2>5. Inscribed Golf Balls</h2> <p>Golfballs.com has all kinds of options for monograms and personalized messages that can be <a href="http://www.golfballs.com/Personalized-Golf/Golf-Balls/Personalized.html" target="_blank">inscribed on a pack of golf balls</a>. They carry all the popular brands, including affordable options under $15 for a pack of one dozen.</p> <h2>6. Recipe Book</h2> <p>Purchase a cheap three-ring binder, and collect your recipient&#39;s favorite recipes. Print out recipe ideas from any website or insert recipes from magazines or elsewhere into plastic covers. Think of any themes or details that would be useful to your recipient, like 10-minute dinners for busy moms and dads, unique desserts for the baker, low-carb recipes for diabetics, or <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/class-without-tons-of-cash-frugal-cocktail-party-ideas" target="_blank">fun party drinks</a> for the bachelor, for example. Make a personalized front page with a special message, and you&#39;ve got a great and affordable gift.</p> <h2>7. Flowers in an Upcycled Vase</h2> <p>Repurpose a cool-looking empty wine bottle or large jar, like those for tomato sauce or pickles. <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-easy-to-make-deluxe-gifts-for-under-15" target="_blank">Upcycle</a> your bottle or jar into a nice vase by cleaning it and removing the label. Add a little ribbon (raffia looks great and is easy to work with) to hide expiration dates or scratches, and fill with some economical grocery store flowers. If you have your own garden, use your own stems. Tie a nice tag to your ribbon with your recipient&#39;s name and the name of the flower for a very thoughtful and pretty gift.</p> <h2>8. Monogrammed Journal</h2> <p>This is an easy one to tackle, as pretty journals can be found anywhere from pharmacies to discount home stores to stationery stores. Invest in an affordable journal and some alphabet stickers, a letter stamp, or a monogram stencil, and you can easily imprint the journal&#39;s cover with the recipient&#39;s initials. Or if you just want to click and buy, check out CafePress, which offers <a href="http://www.cafepress.com/+custom-gaat+journals" target="_blank">a variety of monogrammed journals for under $15</a>.</p> <h2>9. Photo Puzzle</h2> <p>The <a href="http://www.shutterfly.com/photo-gifts/puzzles/puzzles?categoryCode=1084064" target="_blank">photo puzzles from sites like Shutterfly</a> are nice gifts to give to families, kids, or grandparents who like doing jigsaw puzzles and would appreciate piecing together a sentimental photo of your choice. Puzzles can be purchased for under $25, but you can get bigger savings during sales and free shipping promotions, which happen often.</p> <h2>10. Customized T-Shirt</h2> <p>Don&#39;t worry if you can&#39;t sew. If you have an iron, this gift is an easy one to make. Purchase a cheap solid color T-shirt with your recipient in mind. Then visit a craft store for great iron-on labels of your choice. I made a pink Hello Kitty tee for my daughter and put her name on it, which cost about $7 in total and was all the rage with the preschool crowd.</p> <h2>11. Wedding Party Gifts Beyond the Wedding</h2> <p>A great place to find affordable personalized gifts is on wedding sites. Whether you are using your gift for a wedding or not, many of the personalized items are great gifts for any occasion. Check out the bridesmaid and groomsmen gifts on a budget, as there are always good options. I found <a href="http://www.davidsbridal.com/Product_Personalized-Quilted-Make-Up-Bag-15012_Gifts-Wedding-Party-Gifts-Gifts-$25-and-Under" target="_blank">a cute makeup bag on sale at David&#39;s Bridal for $5</a>, with free monogramming, which would make a wonderful gift for many occasions.</p> <h2>12. DIY Planters</h2> <p>I am a big fan of decorating my own planters; all you need is a small sized terra cotta planter, some outdoor acrylic paint, and your imagination. Terra cotta pots cost anywhere from $1 to $5 for sizes eight inches and below, and a small tube of acrylic paint can be purchased for a couple of dollars. Paint your pot in any fashion you see fit, whether freehand, with stencils, or embellishments&nbsp;&mdash; you name it. Add a personal touch like a monogram or symbolic design for your recipient to make it special.</p> <h2>13. Framed Black and White Photo</h2> <p>A framed photo is a no-brainer in terms of personal gifts, but try sprucing up this simple idea into a very chic and economical gift option. Find a special scenery shot of a place your recipient loves, like a special beach from a trip, a landscape from where they grew up, or any significant scene. For a few dollars on any online photo site, you can enlarge this image and turn it into a black and white photo. Find a cheap frame at a dollar or discount store, and you have just made some personalized, classy wall decor or a nice tabletop accent.</p> <h2>14. DIY Bookends</h2> <p>A simple and lovely gift, bookends can be made easily for just a few dollars. You can find the supplies at any craft or hardware store. All you need is some wood glue and two rectangular wood pieces, which can be glued together in the shape of an &quot;L&quot; for each bookend. Paint your bookends and include custom details such as monograms.</p> <h2>15. Custom Cookie Plate</h2> <p>Everyone loves cookies, so why not bake your recipient&#39;s favorites or your own go-to favorite. You can hit a dollar store to buy a ceramic plate to put your homemade treats on. This works great especially <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/holiday-gift-giving-for-the-truly-broke" target="_blank">around the holidays</a>. Cover your treats in colorful cellophane wrap with a bow, and add a nice tag with a special message and the recipe.</p> <h2>16. Monogrammed Smartphone Case</h2> <p>There are plenty of custom smartphone cases that cost upwards of $50. With a little creativity you can make one of your own. Check out discount stores or electronic stores to score a cheap smartphone case. Invest in some decorative alphabet stickers at a stationery store or craft store, and apply to the case.</p> <h2>17. Personal Gift Basket</h2> <p>You don&#39;t need to buy an over the top gift basket to show someone you care. Find a basket and fill with the treats your recipient loves most. Some ideas include candies, assorted teas, or jams. Or, try one similar to what I made for my dad, which included his favorite snacks, such as chips, olives, nuts, and dips. If you concentrate on small food items, you can easily put together something nice from your local supermarket for $10 to $15 that will speak directly to your recipient.</p> <h2>18. Jewelry With Meaning</h2> <p>If you have a vintage piece of jewelry or something handed down from a relative, pass it on to someone in the family. I recently took apart two drop-earrings I had from my grandmother and transformed them into two necklaces for my sister and me to have. I simply removed the earring backing and used the charm as the pendant for my necklace. My mother-in-law also gave me a beautiful ring several years ago, which she had always worn as a young girl and had been saving for her first daughter-in-law. It meant a lot to both of us when she gave it to me.</p> <h2>19. A Tree</h2> <p>A tree sapling can be a very thoughtful gift in place of flowers. Baby trees can be planted to commemorate a child&#39;s birthday, moving into a new home, a graduation, or any big milestone. You can find tree saplings for under $5 at the <a href="http://www.arborday.org/shopping/trees/trees.cfm" target="_blank">Arbor Day Foundation</a>. Or, with a $10 donation to the organization, you can get a variety of 10 tree saplings. A tree gift is a big win for you, the recipient, and the environment. Attach a personal message to your sapling for your recipient, who, in the years to come, will always remember your gift as the tree grows.</p> <h2>20. DIY Pillow Cases</h2> <p>You can find cheap pillowcases of all sizes at discount home stores and online for under $10. Purchase an iron-on monogram for a quick-to-make option. If you don&#39;t mind sewing, consider the pillow kits that are often sold at craft stores. These kits often cost under $15 and contain two pillowcases and a full embroidery design that can be easily followed with the option to customize initials or names.</p> <h2>21. In-Home Fine Dining</h2> <p>A nice way to celebrate any special occasion, like an anniversary or milestone birthday, is to make your home into an elegant restaurant dining room. We do this each year for my parents&#39; anniversary, since my husband is a great cook, and my parents love his food. Transform your dining table with fancy napkins, silverware, candles, background music, and a special menu listing what&#39;s in the evening&#39;s meal. You then act as cook and wait staff to serve a delicious and special dinner. If you really want to save some cash, try less expensive themes, like a tapas sampling or just dessert, instead of a multiple course meal.</p> <h2>22. Gardener&#39;s Gift Set</h2> <p>Collect a few basic garden supplies, such as a small hand shovel, spade, garden gloves, or garden scissors. Most of these items can be found for just a few dollars in discount home stores, dollar stores, craft stores, or hardware stores. You can add other nice items you find, like handmade, <a href="http://www.etsy.com/search_results.php?search_type=all&amp;includes%5B0%5D=tags&amp;page=1&amp;q=vegetable+garden+markers&amp;ref=related" target="_blank">colorful garden markers and labels at Etsy</a> or seed packets from a garden center for just a few dollars as well. Use a pail, green beach bucket (also a dollar store find), or other economical container to hold your goods. Complete the gift with a name label on the outside of your container.</p> <h2>23. Personalized Water Bottle</h2> <p>While a personalized water bottle may not seem very exciting, a durable water bottle is always a useful gift. Check out <a href="http://www.orientaltrading.com/personalized-water-bottle-black-a2-90_354-11-1.fltr?xsaleSku=90/353" target="_blank">Oriental Trading&#39;s</a> version of this classic customizable gift. With up to two lines of engraving, and at a price of just over $10, it&#39;s one of the cheapest custom aluminum bottles available.</p> <h2>24. Keepsake Box</h2> <p>Here&#39;s another craft store project that can be easily made for under $5. Buy a small wooden box with a lid from a craft store. Decorate your box and personalize with the recipient&#39;s name or initials. Give it to a special guy as a place to keep his watch or cufflinks or for a gal to store her jewelry. Little kids also love such boxes to guard their trinkets and hard won coins.</p> <h2>25. Talking Cards and Picture Collages</h2> <p>Another nice personal gift is <a href="http://www.bluemountain.com/ecards/talking">the talking card</a>. You can go a step further and make your own picture collage to include with your card. Find a small piece of poster board and start picking out pictures your recipient will love. For grandparents living far away, such gifts are a great way to see and hear their loved ones. When my daughter was just starting to speak, a recorded birthday card with some of her first words was very much appreciated by her great-grandmother, who adored this gift.</p> <p><em>What are your favorite, frugal, personal gifts?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kelly-medeiros">Kelly Medeiros</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-thoughtful-and-frugal-personalized-gift-ideas">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/47-simple-ways-to-waste-money">47 Simple Ways To Waste Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/chinese-money-habits-how-my-culture-influences-my-attitudes-toward-money">Chinese Money Habits - How My Culture Influences My Attitudes Toward Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-can-you-do-with-unwanted-gift-cards">What Can You Do With Unwanted Gift 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/get-ready-for-christmas-7-things-you-should-do-today">Get Ready for Christmas: 7 Things You Should Do Today</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-money-really-can-buy-happiness">6 Ways Money Really Can Buy Happiness</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> General Tips Lifestyle Shopping DIY gifts frugal gifts thanks Thu, 18 Jul 2013 10:24:31 +0000 Kelly Medeiros 980593 at http://www.wisebread.com How to Reward Friends Who Help You Move http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-reward-friends-who-help-you-move <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-reward-friends-who-help-you-move" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/3386953542_81e328532b.jpg" alt="moving furniture" title="moving furniture" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I miss college.</p> <p>I never thought I'd say that &mdash; I'm not a &quot;the best years of my life have gone by&quot; kind of gal. But here's what I miss: owning the right size car and the right amount of stuff so that, whenever it came time to move out of the dorm, I could do it myself. I could carry everything, I could fit everything in my car, and I could get out of town without having to ask anyone for assistance.</p> <p>These days, things are a bit different. I own furniture, AKA &quot;stuff I can't carry by myself.&quot; It's not enough to warrant hiring movers, but it's enough that I need to get a couple of friends to come help me out whenever I'm in transit. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-unexpected-moving-expenses">5 Unexpected Moving Expenses</a>)</p> <p>Now, every time people I know need help moving, they offer the exact same reward: pizza and beer. I'm not knocking pizza and beer &mdash; I love them dearly. They're both easy to serve and immensely satisfying after a day of hauling stuff around.</p> <p>But recently, I've been planning a move, and I've been thinking how it would be neat to offer something other than the same ol' post-move meal as a way of saying thanks. Thus, here are some ideas for how to treat your hard-working friends. Some of them take a little pre-planning (which can be difficult during a move, I know), but they can be worth it. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-ways-to-say-thanks">25 Ways to Say Thanks</a>)</p> <h3>Get Classy with Wine, Cheese, and Bread</h3> <p>Offer a more upscale version of beer and pizza: get a bottle or two of wine, a loaf of good bread, a couple of cheeses, and maybe a veggie plate to round out the mix. It's still classy even if you're drinking the wine out of red Solo cups. Really.</p> <h3>Cook Up Homemade Treats</h3> <p>When I move, I often I find myself with awkward amounts of leftover food: one serving's worth of noodles, a couple of cups of flour, or a cup of frozen pureed pumpkin. If it's not enough to give away or keep and you have a few extra minutes of time, consider making a last-minute batch of cookies or scones, or even something savory, like lasagna, to share.</p> <h3>Zone Out Together</h3> <p>Whenever I'm done moving, I just want to sit in front of the TV and turn my brain off. Keep track of where your TV set and DVD player end up in the move, and sit on the floor together eating snacks while watching sitcoms.</p> <h3>Go Out to Dinner</h3> <p>Being surrounded by your unpacked mess can feel stressful. Take a breather, and bring everyone out for dinner (even if it's just to get beer and pizza).</p> <h3>Buy Their Gas</h3> <p>If your friends are using their own cars to help you move, buy them a tank of gas, or give them a gift certificate for an oil change.</p> <h3>Get Them a Massage</h3> <p>If your friends really go overtime on the heavy lifting, get them a gift certificate for a massage. <a href="http://www.tkqlhce.com/click-2822544-10817658">Groupon</a> and similar sites are great places to search for massage deals, or look for a massage school in your area for discounted rub-downs.</p> <h3>Return the Favor</h3> <p>What do you get for friends who refuse everything you try to offer them? Help them out when they need it, whether it's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-abc-s-of-diy-moving">moving</a>, babysitting, or picking them up from the airport.</p> <p><em>Do you have any creative ways to thank friends for helping you move? Share them 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/meg-favreau">Meg Favreau</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-reward-friends-who-help-you-move">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-to-know-when-renting-a-moving-truck">What to Know When Renting a Moving Truck</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-unexpected-moving-expenses">5 Unexpected Moving Expenses</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/our-lovely-lady-links">Our Lovely Lady Links</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-really-easy-ways-to-unclog-drains">10 Really Easy Ways to Unclog Drains</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-old-kitchen-tools-you-can-flip-for-cash">9 Old Kitchen Tools You Can Flip for Cash</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Home DIY moving friends thanks Sat, 02 Apr 2011 10:00:05 +0000 Meg Favreau 511262 at http://www.wisebread.com Our Lovely Lady Links http://www.wisebread.com/our-lovely-lady-links <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/bigrustychain.jpg" alt=" " width="314" height="235" /></p> <p>It&#39;s time once again for our linky love-fest. </p> <p>Jessica&#39;s post about <a href="/possibly-the-safest-bank-in-the-world">security briefs</a> got a lot of <a href="http://bigricebowl.jonathanchan.org/2007/04/23/security-briefs/">people thinking</a> about where to stash their cash.</p> <p>Will caught the eye of <a href="http://popfiend.livejournal.com/1263745.html">It&#39;s Electric</a> with his post about your chances of <a href="/what-are-your-chances-of-getting-audited-by-the-irs-your-guess-is-probably-wrong">getting audited by the IRS</a>.</p> <p>Paul is generally making an international splash. He&#39;s got <a href="http://tzafrir.net/2007/04/21/web-history/">Hebrew language sites</a> linking his post about Hustling Drinks. <a href="http://superyiyo.blogspot.com/2007/04/como-eliminar-los-abollones-de-su-auto.html">Spanish language blogs</a> like his <a href="/remove-car-dents-quickly-and-cheaply">car dent</a> removal post, which we think is muy bueno as well. I&#39;m personally excited to know that &quot;dents&quot; in Espanol is <em>abolladuras</em>. Oh, and <a href="http://www.romulolopez.com/romax/2007/04/links_for_20070_22.html">Romulo Lopez</a> also linked to the dent removal post. Then the <a href="http://www.popxpop.com/archives/2007/04/post_234.html">Japanese</a> got in on it. Hell, he got <a href="http://gertjan.kole.info/pivot/entry.php?id=1586#comm">Kole&#39;s Queeste</a> paying attention in what we THINK is Dutch. English language <a href="http://www.entangledstates.org/2007/04/wise_bread_remo.html">blogs</a>, of course, got the story going to <a href="http://doggdot.us/">begin with</a>. So, thank you. Muchas gracias. Dank u wel. Arigato gozaimasu.</p> <p>The <a href="http://silflayhraka.com/archives/2007/04/carnival_of_the_vanities_239.html">Carnival of the Vanities</a>, hosted by <a href="http://silflayhraka.com/">Silflay Hraka</a> linked to Paul&#39;s post about free boob implants.</p> <p>The kosher food carnival, hosted by <a href="http://thebaleboosteh.blogspot.com/">Baleboosteh</a> linked my story about peanut sauce. <a href="http://blog.t1production.com/bottled-water-bottled-hype-part-1-wise-bread">Alternative News Sources</a>, as well as <a href="http://seehere.blogspot.com/2007/04/fast-food-ads-vs-reality.html">Look At This</a>, linked to my bottled water series. So did <a href="http://paulfallavollita.blogspot.com/2007/04/supplemental.html">Paul Fallavollita</a>. <a href="http://mvbarer.blogspot.com/2007/04/walla-walla-sweet-is-now-state.html">Mike Barer</a> of Maple Valley, WA, linked to <a href="/cant-cook-fake-it-easiest-french-recipe-ever">my easy French recipe</a>. Revka at The Porch Light was nice enough to link to the peanut sauce recipe, even though it didn&#39;t technically fall under the Italian theme of the <a href="http://ourfamilyporch.blogspot.com/2007/04/carnival-of-recipes-italian-theme.html">Carnival of Recipes</a>.</p> <p>Snowdryad <a href="http://snowdryad.livejournal.com/229014.html">called us sensible</a>! That&#39;s what we like to hear!</p> <p>Thanks to everyone who linked us - we couldn&#39;t possibly manage to thank every blog that linked because we got so much link love this week that we are overwhelmed! If, however, you feel like we&#39;ve missed your link to us, in some kind of egregious oversight, please do let us know.</p> <p><em>(Photo by </em><a href="http://www.flickr.com/people/50034763@N00/"><em>Lall</em></a><em>)</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-karim">Andrea Karim</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/our-lovely-lady-links">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/link-o-rama">Link-o-rama</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/you-link-us-you-really-really-link-us">You link us! You really, really link us!</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/its-linktastic">It&#039;s Linktastic!</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/whos-linking-to-wise-bread">Who&#039;s Linking to Wise Bread?</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/when-should-you-say-no-to-those-who-want-to-borrow-money-from-you">When Should You Say No to Those Who Want to Borrow Money from You?</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Personal Finance carnival friends link-love links thanks Tue, 24 Apr 2007 17:46:43 +0000 Andrea Karim 553 at http://www.wisebread.com You link us! You really, really link us! http://www.wisebread.com/you-link-us-you-really-really-link-us <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/rustedchain.jpg" alt=" " width="247" height="157" /></p> <p>It&#39;s time for our weekly round-up of link-love. Thanks to all who have linked to our site. We love you right back. And, if you&#39;ve linked us and don&#39;t feel like you are getting the love you deserve, please don&#39;t hesitate to let us know!</p> <p>First, faithful reader and thoughful commentor Yan at <a href="http://probargainhunter.com/">Pro Bargain Hunter</a> has linked us <a href="http://probargainhunter.com/index.php?s=wisebread">several times</a>, but his blog is, oddly enough, not recognized by Technorati (shame on you, Technorati!) so I managed not to notice. We love Yan&#39;s site, as well as his <em>in</em>sight. Do you see what I did there? </p> <p><a href="http://zenhabits.net/2007/04/the-top-50-productivity-blogs-most-of-which-you-havent-heard-about/">Zen Habits</a> linked to us as one of the top 50 productivity blogs. Coolness.</p> <p>A lot of people were pleased with Will&#39;s <a href="/what-are-your-chances-of-getting-audited-by-the-irs-your-guess-is-probably-wrong">tax audit blog</a> (the good news? You probably won&#39;t get audited. The bad news? You&#39;re going to die). The whole damn world linked to that post, including <a href="http://www.softsaurus.com/?p=958">Soft Saurus</a>, <a href="http://blog.awswebshop.com/2007/04/15/should-you-be-scared-of-an-irs-audit/">Amazon Web Services Blog</a>, and <a href="http://www.statesboroblog.com/default.aspx">Statesboro Georgia Blog</a>. Oh, and <a href="http://funkatron.com/wp/archives/general/what-are-your-chances-of-getting-audited-by-the-irs/">Funkatron</a>.</p> <p><a href="http://dreamy1.wordpress.com/2007/04/15/a-great-idea/">Blogging My Way Out of Debt</a> was pleased with Paul&#39;s <a href="/the-magic-marker-money-safe">make-a-cheap-safe post</a>.</p> <p><a href="http://www.steve-olson.com/">Steve Olson</a> linked to my post about <a href="/20-tips-for-getting-your-security-deposit-back">security deposits and evil landlords</a>. Thanks, Steve!</p> <p><a href="http://giveawayproject.com/2007/04/14/free-dvds-giveaway/">Give Away Project</a> was happy with Paul&#39;s <a href="/free-dvd-pirates-2-or-cars">DVD-givin&#39;-generosity</a>.</p> <p>I&#39;m excited that a <a href="http://www.savassakar.com/?p=1006">Turkish website</a> has us on some kind of blog roll. Çok teşekkürler!</p> <p><a href="http://www.smallist.com/2007/04/13/feel-guilty-about-spending-money/">Smallist snarks</a> about how simple and neurotic my idea of punching kittens is. Smallist didn&#39;t <em>technically</em> link to us, since they forgot the <strong>www</strong>, but we&#39;re adding them anyway because their kitten picture is better than ours.</p> <p><a href="http://bibliophilebullpen.blogspot.com/2007/04/curly-top-michael-liebermans-book.html">Bibliophile Bullpen</a> linked to Troy&#39;s list of <a href="/writing-for-money-on-the-interwebs">writing contests</a>.</p> <p>Paul appeals to frugal Muslims from <a href="http://dailydinar.com/2007/04/13/threatening-to-disconnect/">Daily Dinar</a>, who linked to his post about threatening your cable company. Shukran Jazeelan, brah!</p> <p>(<em>Picture by </em><a href="http://www.morguefile.com/forum/profile.php?username=kahanaboy"><em>kahanaboy</em></a>)</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-karim">Andrea Karim</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/you-link-us-you-really-really-link-us">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/its-the-linkster-the-linkmeister">It&#039;s the linkster! The linkmeister!</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/our-lovely-lady-links">Our Lovely Lady Links</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/link-love-makes-the-world-go-round">Link-Love Makes the World Go &#039;Round</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/link-o-rama">Link-o-rama</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Personal Finance links love thanks Mon, 16 Apr 2007 19:06:26 +0000 Andrea Karim 517 at http://www.wisebread.com Link Me, Baby! Sending Out Thankful Vibes http://www.wisebread.com/link-me-baby-sending-out-thankful-vibes <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/rustychain.jpg" alt="http://www.morguefile.com/forum/profile.php?username=melodi2" title="Photo by Melodi1" width="287" height="187" /></p> <p>Wise Bread is always grateful for the links we get from friends and even rivals. We&#39;d like to take time to thank eveyrone who linked to us, and highlight some of the goodies.</p> <p>Scrapbookers the world over, but particularly <a href="http://www.scrapscene.com/2007/04/more-cheap-scrapbooking-ideas.html">Scrap Scene</a>, were happy with Paul&#39;s <a href="/make-5-cheap-greeting-cards-that-blow-hallmark-away">creative card-making ideas</a>.</p> <p><a href="http://www.loansinteractive.com/blog/2007/04/05/why-you-cant-trust-a-real-estate-agent/">Mortgage Loan Officer</a> posted Paul&#39;s blog on why <a href="/why-you-cant-trust-a-real-estate-agent">you can&#39;t trust a real esate agent</a>. Does this mean that the real estate and home loan industries have a hit out on him now? Paul, if you see someone in a colorful blazer headed your way, run.</p> <p><a href="http://moneykeg.com/DesktopDefault.aspx">Moneykeg</a> was one of many sites that linked to Paul&#39;s <a href="/europe-has-the-euro-are-you-ready-for-the-amero">Amero</a> post.</p> <p>Sarah&#39;s career blog posts are, as usual, admired far and wide. <a href="http://careerintensity.com/blog/2007/03/03/how-and-why-you-can-make-a-bad-job-work-for-you/">Career Intensity</a> picked up her ideas about how to <a href="/how-to-survive-and-thrive-in-a-job-you-hate">survive in a crappy job</a>.</p> <p>Hilariously, <a href="http://hawaii-transportation.hawkeyetrapper.com/4295/mr-cheap-stuff/">Hawaii Transportation</a> linked to my article about Mr. Cheap Stuff&#39;s Dean Takamine, because he talked about the roads in Hawaii. This was actually back in March, so we apologize for the slightly bemused and definitely belated thanks! </p> <p>Lil Duck Duck posted my Pet Peeves Part 3 post in the<a href="http://lilduckduck.com/carnival-of-family-life-49/1009"> Carnival of Family Life #49</a>, too. <a href="http://www.tching.com/index.php/2007/04/09/another-perspective-on-jacob-weisbergs-article-on-green-tea-in-saloncom/">Green Tea</a> was a topic all over the internets this month, and T Ching offered their <a href="http://www.tching.com/index.php/2007/04/09/green-tea-neat/">own perspective</a>.</p> <p>We get general <a href="http://creditpenance.blogspot.com/2007/04/what-is-all-of-this-about-part-i.html">all-around love</a> from Credit Penance.</p> <p>Thanks to everyone who linked to us!</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-karim">Andrea Karim</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/link-me-baby-sending-out-thankful-vibes">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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You really, really link us!</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/our-lovely-lady-links">Our Lovely Lady Links</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/link-love-makes-the-world-go-round">Link-Love Makes the World Go &#039;Round</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Personal Finance blog link mutual promotion thanks web site Wed, 11 Apr 2007 17:43:38 +0000 Andrea Karim 475 at http://www.wisebread.com