Home http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/3754/all en-US 8 Creative Ways to Upcycle Used Baby Furniture http://www.wisebread.com/8-creative-ways-to-upcycle-used-baby-furniture <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/8-creative-ways-to-upcycle-used-baby-furniture" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/baby_white_crib_97471605.jpg" alt="Learning creative ways to upcycle used baby furniture" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Every parent knows just how costly it can be to set up a nursery. From cribs and changing tables, to dressers and chairs, you can spend many thousands creating the perfect room. And then, after a few years, it's time to get rid of most of it. With safety regulations constantly changing, it may not be possible to <em>sell </em>used baby furniture on the secondhand market. But with a little creative thinking, you can <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-cute-ways-to-upcycle-shoeboxes" target="_blank">repurpose these items</a>. Here are eight ideas to get you started.</p> <h2>1. Turn a Crib Into a Kids' Workstation</h2> <p>Cribs can be an expensive purchase, and yet they don't serve much of a purpose beyond a few years. However, with a little creativity and ingenuity, you can turn that crib into a wonderful desk/workstation that is the perfect height for you children. This <a href="http://alittlelearningfortwo.blogspot.com/2011/08/repurposed-cot.html">instruction guide</a> gives you all the tips you need to create a workstation that's both attractive and functional, and reuses almost all of the crib. All you really need to purchase for the conversion is a piece of MDF or particleboard, and some blackboard paint.</p> <h2>2. Use the Crib Spring as a Drying Rack/Pot Rack</h2> <p>If you dismantle the crib and are wondering what to do with the crib spring, don't throw it out. With some chain, a few hooks, and a little paint, you can turn that boring crib spring into a drying rack for the laundry room, or a <a href="http://adiamondinthestuff.com/2013/10/crib-spring-drying-rack-wash-room-decor.html">pot rack for the kitchen</a>. Just make sure the ceiling hooks you use go into something substantial, you don't want the whole thing coming down on you.</p> <h2>3. That Old Changing Table Makes a Great Potting Station</h2> <p>The basic changing table &mdash; three shelves, the top one being used to hold a changing pad &mdash; is a functional piece of furniture for any baby room. Of course, once the toddler is out of wearing diapers, there's not much call for it. Well, the way it is set up makes it an ideal potting table. You really don't need to do much to it, other than painting it a color that matches your new set up. If you have a little more time and materials, you can add a handy hutch to the top, making the changing table into a <a href="http://www.shelstring.com/2011/06/baby-to-potter.html">fully functional potting station</a>.</p> <h2>4. An Old Dresser Can Become a Kitchen Island</h2> <p>This doesn't just apply to the baby dresser, but any old dresser you have that has outlived its usefulness in the bedroom. <a href="http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/painted-dresser-as-kitchen-isl-97355">Take an old dresser</a>, apply a new coat of paint, and add some hooks, a paper towel holder, a stone top, and some new hardware. The result is a kitchen island that completely transforms the look and feel of the room. If you don't like stone, you could make the top of the island a butcher block. Add wheels, and it could move from kitchen to dining room, making a handy serving station.</p> <h2>5. Crib Sides Make Great Magazine Racks</h2> <p>Turn a crib on its side 90 degrees, and you suddenly have a whole lot of real estate that will hold dozens of magazines comfortably. The best part is, this is as simple as remove the side and propping it at a slight angle against the wall. Voilà, <a href="http://nodimedesign.blogspot.com/2012/04/reduce-recycle-reuse-and-renew.html">instant magazine rack</a>. If you want something a bit more permanent, you can mount it to the wall, either at an angle, or flush (leaving enough room to let the magazines easily slide over the rails). A touch of paint can really make this one stand out as a feature on a wall.</p> <h2>6. Turn That Crib Mattress Into Outdoor Seating</h2> <p>While you're busy turning the crib into something cool, don't ignore the mattress. With a little ingenuity, you can quickly turn it into a fun and <a href="https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/originals/8c/34/85/8c3485907e9c997e1704c0ac41983288.jpg">functional outdoor seating station</a>. It can be as simple as a crib mattress cover, some old palettes, and some throw pillows. Many crib mattresses are designed to be waterproof, for obvious reasons, so they hold up well outdoors. You can also <a href="http://fabrehabcreations.blogspot.com/2012/01/repurposing-crib-mattress-into-kids.html">turn it into a daybed</a> for use indoors.</p> <h2>7. A Changing Table Can Be Transformed Into a Bar Cart</h2> <p>Or a dessert trolley, if you feel the need to wheel out your impressive confections on a regular basis. However, <a href="http://www.rusticrediscovered.com/2013/08/my-new-bar-cart.html">the bar cart</a> is a fantastic use for that old changing table, and with some wheels and a new paint job, few people will recognize it as a piece of old baby furniture. Adding a cheap accordion-style wine rack is a great finishing touch, especially if you paint it the same color as the cart.</p> <h2>8. Use Crib Ends to Create a Cool Chalkboard Easel</h2> <p>If you happen to have a crib with a solid headboard and footboard, you can quickly and easily turn them into a <a href="http://www.the-red-kitchen.com/2010/02/crib-to-easel.html">very cool easel for signage</a>. Use chalkboard paint (or whiteboard material), and you can make it customizable on a daily basis, which is great for small businesses. But it's also a very handy thing to have to announce birthday parties, anniversaries, play dates, and so on.</p> <p><em>What have you done with furniture the kids have outgrown?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-creative-ways-to-upcycle-used-baby-furniture">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/12-cool-ways-to-make-treasure-out-of-trash">12 Cool Ways to Make Treasure Out of Trash</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-cool-diy-home-improvements-for-20-or-less">10 Cool DIY Home Improvements for $20 or Less</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/18-clever-ways-to-reuse-your-plastic-shopping-bags">18 Clever Ways to Reuse Your Plastic Shopping Bags</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/18-smart-ways-to-reuse-your-empty-glass-bottles">18 Smart Ways to Reuse Your Empty Glass Bottles</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/18-awesome-practically-free-upcycled-craft-projects">18 Awesome, Practically Free Upcycled Craft Projects</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living DIY Home baby furniture changing tables crafts cribs decorating repurposing upcycling Wed, 27 Jul 2016 10:00:16 +0000 Paul Michael 1757120 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Dumb Ways to Scare Off Potential Homebuyers http://www.wisebread.com/10-dumb-ways-to-scare-off-potential-homebuyers <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-dumb-ways-to-scare-off-potential-homebuyers" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_pink_wallpaper_65405345.jpg" alt="Woman finding dumb ways to scare off homebuyers" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>When the time comes to put your home on the market, you will go from being a homeowner to a home seller. Make no mistake, the two are very different, and if you don't want to scare away the buyers, you will need to make a few sacrifices. However, if you avoid the following dumb mistakes, and keep your eyes on the prize, your home will be sold before long. (See also:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-hidden-housing-costs-new-homeowners-dont-expect" target="_blank">10 Hidden Housing Costs New Homeowners Don't Expect</a>)</p> <h2>1. Family Photos and Kids' Drawings Everywhere</h2> <p>It may seem odd to think this is a way to scare people off, but look at it this way: When anyone comes to look around the home you're selling, they are trying to picture themselves, and their family, living there. It's very difficult to do that when the home is clearly one that belongs to another family, with personal evidence of that in every room. If you have framed photos covering every wall, drawings over the fridge and up the staircase, and other shrines to your beloved family and friends, you need to take most of them down. Don't worry; it's not forever. In fact, if you do it, it will take you less time to sell your house, and put them up in your new home.</p> <h2>2. Unusual Smells and Stains</h2> <p>No home can stay new-looking forever. Homebuyers expect the house to be lived in, but what they don't want are odd smells and ugly stains. You may not notice them as you have lived with them for years, but you need to look at your home through fresh eyes. Do a walk-through, and examine every wall, ceiling, and floor in every room. Stains can easily be covered with paint, or shampooed out of carpets. If it's very stubborn, you may have to replace the carpet or rug. Smells, well, the cause needs to be tracked down. If it's mold in the corner of the basement, get it treated. If it's something rotten in the garage, dump it. Your home should look clean and smell fresh. Don't try and mask smells with air fresheners, as they will only make it worse (the sweet smell of vanilla and mold is not a nice combination).</p> <h2>3. Your House Is Stuck in the Past</h2> <p>It's one thing to keep your home in great condition. It's quite another to keep it in the exact same condition that it was in when you first acquired it. If you bought the home 20 years ago, it should not look that way, inside or out. Ideally, you will have performed upgrades over the years to modernize the look and feel of the place. New paint, new carpet or flooring, new appliances, updated cabinets, perhaps even a few additions or a finished basement, can all help with the appeal. Very few people want to move into a home that looks and feels dated. It is a sign that they will have a lot of work to do, and money to spend, to bring the home roaring into the present.</p> <h2>4. It's Dirty and Messy</h2> <p>One of the simplest ways to make a used car sell for more money is to detail it, inside and out. It can literally add thousands to the value. The same is true of your home. If the kitchen is dirty, and the sink is full of dishes, you are sending the wrong message. You are also putting a barrier in front of that potential buyer, and it's your job to remove them. You don't want them to have to imagine how it would look when it's clean and tidy. Show them. Every room should be clean, organized, and free of clutter.</p> <h2>5. You Have&hellip; Wallpaper!</h2> <p>What's wrong with wallpaper? Well, the chances are, it took you a long time to find the wallpaper you really liked. You scoured the pattern books, you mulled it over for days, and when you finally took the plunge, it was no easy task to put up. In fact, most people opt for a professional to do it. So, what are the odds that your perfect wallpaper is also the perfect match for someone who wants to buy your house? Exactly. When they see wallpaper, they see a chore. They see hours of steaming, scouring, scraping, and sweating. Removing wallpaper is about as pleasant as scrubbing the bathroom floor, only it takes 10 times as long. So, get rid of it. Scrape it off now, and put neutral paint in its place. It will vastly improve your chances of getting a buyer.</p> <h2>6. You Follow the Buyer Around</h2> <p>The easiest way to make the buyer feel really awkward, uncomfortable, and pressured, is to be the tour guide for your home. You know the feeling yourself, especially if you've tried to look at a car on the lot and the salesperson is breathing down your neck. This is a huge purchase, and buyers want time and space to look at everything without a chaperon. So, if you can, make sure you're not at home when the buyers come. If you have to be there, confine yourself to just one room, and leave that room when the buyers enter. Go out into the garden or yard, or even the garage.</p> <h2>7. Anything Broken</h2> <p>A door that won't close properly. An appliance that doesn't work well. A piece of tile that has come away from the wall. A cracked window. The list is endless, but whatever it is that's broken in your home, fix it before you put it on the market. Big things, like the roof or siding, that's a no-brainer. But it's the little things that you may have simply gotten used to that can be really off-putting to potential buyers. If they have to jiggle the handle in just the right way to get into the garage, that's not good. If they have to step over the broken piece of concrete in the backyard, they're going to remember that in a negative way. Do a thorough check of the home, and get everything fixed. You do not want to send a signal that you did not do a good job of maintaining your house.</p> <h2>8. Setting the Asking Price Way Too High</h2> <p>It may be a seller's market, but don't take that beyond the limits. If you start at the maximum price you could hope to get, you're excluding a vast number of buyers from ever taking a tour. They may have a maximum amount they want to spend, and your high starting price means they cannot afford to get into a bidding war. Remember, the Internet has given buyers a wealth of information about homes for sale, or recently sold, in your neighborhood. They can do their own comps, and quickly come to the conclusion that you are asking way too much. Now of course, you also don't want to ask too little for the home, because it's possible only one buyer will bite, and you may be stuck with that asking price. So do your homework. See what homes of the same size, age, and condition have sold for in your area, and price accordingly.</p> <h2>9. Poor Landscaping</h2> <p>There is something called curb appeal, and it's literally judging a book by its cover. Your home may be something out of <em>Architectural Digest</em> on the inside, but if it looks like the Addams Family did the yard work, you are not going to inspire people to come and look around. This is the first impression, and it has to count. This also applies to the backyard, too. If it's a bunch of weeds, rocks, rusted cars, and an eyesore called an &quot;above ground pool,&quot; you have your work cut out. People want to see a well loved landscape, front and back, that has green grass, healthy trees, flowering plants, and clean rocks. If it's anything less than that, you may never get the buyer through the front door.</p> <h2>10. Bizarre or Eccentric Features</h2> <p>You may have thought that decorating an entire wall of the den with hubcaps was cool, but potential homebuyers probably won't like it. Anything that is exclusive to the point of being weird or strange is not going to help you sell the home. Maybe the kids wanted a room that was like a forest, complete with lots of fake trees and a dark green carpet. Or perhaps the gray Batcave was something that you just had to have. All well and good when it's your own place, but you cannot expect buyers to share your passions. If you have something that is truly original, it may be time to take it out and go neutral. And in the case of this guy, who <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NoInb9JGamA">built a roller coaster</a> through his house to try and sell it, well&hellip;that's not recommended!</p> <p><em>What's the scariest thing you've ever seen at an open house?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-dumb-ways-to-scare-off-potential-homebuyers">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-tourist-towns-that-are-actually-great-to-live-in">6 &quot;Tourist Towns&quot; That Are Actually Great to Live In</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/6-ways-to-improve-your-curb-appeal-for-next-to-nothing">6 Ways to Improve Your Curb Appeal for Next to Nothing</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/big-lessons-from-the-tiny-house-movement">Big Lessons From the Tiny House Movement</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-i-sold-my-house-in-48-hours">How I Sold My House in 48 Hours</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-really-easy-ways-to-unclog-drains">10 Really Easy Ways to Unclog Drains</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Home Real Estate and Housing cleaning decorations dumb mistakes housing market landscaping moving pricing selling home Tue, 26 Jul 2016 10:00:11 +0000 Paul Michael 1757121 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: How to Make Your Home Look Cleaner Than It Is http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-how-to-make-your-home-look-cleaner-than-it-is <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-how-to-make-your-home-look-cleaner-than-it-is" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_cleaning_house_90123047.jpg" alt="Woman making her home look cleaner than it is" title="" 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 articles on hacks that make your home look cleaner than it actually is, quick ways to save on groceries, and cheap and fun ways to cool off this summer.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.adebtfreestressfreelife.com/hacks-to-make-your-home-look-cleaner-than-it-is/">11 Brilliant Hacks To Make Your Home Look Cleaner Than It Is</a> &mdash; If you don't have time for anything else, make sure the Three T's &mdash; televisions, tabletops, and toilets &mdash; are dust- and grime-free. [A Debt Free Mess Free Life]</p> <p><a href="http://www.everybodylovesyourmoney.com/2016/07/25/5-quick-ways-to-save-money-on-groceries-this-week.html">5 Quick Ways to Save Money On Groceries This Week</a> &mdash; Pay with cash when you go to the grocery store. You can designate an amount to spend on groceries each month, put the cash in an envelope, and take it with you to the store. This forces you to keep a strict grocery budget and helps curb spending. [Everybody Loves Your Money]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/5-cheap-and-fun-ways-to-cool-off-this-summer">5 Cheap (and Fun) Ways to Cool Off This Summer</a> &mdash; Make your own frozen treats by freezing your favorite drink in a cup or popsicle mold. [Parenting Squad]</p> <p><a href="http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/Saving-Money/2016/0724/Five-sites-for-finding-the-perfect-babysitter">Five sites for finding the perfect baby sitter</a> &mdash; Care.com and SitterCity are the market leaders. They work the same way and offer similar features, so the deciding factor may be the popularity of the sites in your area. [The Monitor]</p> <p><a href="http://www.experian.com/blogs/news/about/laws-of-wealth/">The Laws of Wealth: Secrets to Investing Success</a> &mdash; Investing can seem confusing and risky when you don't know where to start. Join Experian's #CreditChat tomorrow at 3 p.m. ET to learn how to invest successfully. [Experian]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/What-Interviewers-Mean-When-Ask-Questions-35457160">10 Things Interviewers Really Want to Know When They Ask These Questions</a> &mdash; When an interviewer gives you an incredibly hard problem, they really just want to see how you handle stress and whether you can work out the steps to find a solution. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://savingdollarsandsense.com/how-to-begin-homesteading/">How to Begin Homesteading Without a Farm</a> &mdash; Start small! The homesteading lifestyle is all about self-reliance, so start growing your own veggie garden, cooking from scratch, and making your own soap. [Saving Dollars &amp; Sense]</p> <p><a href="http://thefrugalgirls.com/2016/07/purse-organizing-ideas.html">9 Purse Organizing Ideas + Tips to Lighten your Load!</a> &mdash; Only carry the keys you use on a regular basis. Leave the rest at home! [The Frugal Girls]</p> <p><a href="http://www.livingwellspendingless.com/2016/07/25/how-to-take-back-your-time-in-just-5-simple-steps/">How to Take Back Your Time in Just 5 Simple Steps</a> &mdash; Think about what your ideal life would look like five years from now. Then, set specific goals that will help you make this vision a reality. [Living Well Spending Less]</p> <p><a href="http://www.cleverdude.com/content/movie-night-how-to-have-more-fun-and-save-money/">Movie Night: How To Have More Fun AND Save Money!</a> &mdash; You can spend a small fortune on drinks and snacks if you buy them at a theater. Instead, stop by a restaurant or bar for happy hour before the show. [Clever Dude]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-how-to-make-your-home-look-cleaner-than-it-is">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-really-easy-ways-to-unclog-drains">10 Really Easy Ways to Unclog Drains</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/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-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-mops">The 5 Best Mops</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-things-to-throw-out-today">25 Things to Throw Out Today</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-things-in-your-kitchen-that-get-rid-of-bad-smells-naturally">6 Things in Your Kitchen That Get Rid of Bad Smells Naturally</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Home best money tips cleaning Tue, 26 Jul 2016 09:30:32 +0000 Amy Lu 1759218 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Pet Flea Medications http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-pet-flea-medications <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-pet-flea-medications" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/dog_head_tilt_60704362.jpg" alt="Dog given the best pet flea medications to prevent fleas" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Flea and tick bites can cause your pet discomfort and unhappiness. If left untreated, your pet can contract a number of illnesses, such as flea allergy dermatitis, skin infections and irritation, anemia, and even tapeworms. That&rsquo;s why it&rsquo;s important to treat infested areas as soon as you notice a problem to stop the flea life cycle.</p> <h2>What Is Pet Flea Medication?</h2> <p>Pet flea medication can be applied to your pet on a monthly basis to kill fleas, ticks, and other pesky critters that may be harming your pet. You&rsquo;ll want a flea medication that works quickly and effectively, is easy to use, and will last about a month per dose. Keep in mind that your pet may still temporarily scratch as a result of the fleas dying.</p> <p>Remember, it&rsquo;s important to always use dog products on dogs and cat products on cats. They cannot be used interchangeably, even if you choose a natural product. However, if the medication specifically states that it is safe for both cats and dogs, then you can use them on all of your furry pals. Even if a medication claims to be completely safe for your animal, each pet is different and yours may not react well. If you notice any problems or signs of lethargy or discomfort after using a flea medication, contact your vet.</p> <p>If you need further protection from fleas and ticks, consider something like the bestselling <a href="http://amzn.to/29ZVwqE">Vet's Best Flea &amp; Tick Home Spray</a> or the bestselling <a href="http://amzn.to/29MEU6b">Vet's Best Flea &amp; Tick Yard &amp; Kennel Spray</a>.</p> <h2>Top 5 Pet Flea Meds</h2> <h3>Bayer Advantage II Flea Control Treatment for Cats</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2a9LgdS"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/bayer.jpg" width="131" height="200" align="right" alt="" /></a>As Amazon&rsquo;s #1 best-seller in cat flea drops, you can count on <a href="http://amzn.to/2a9LgdS">Bayer Advantage II Flea Control Treatment for Cats</a> to effectively kill adult fleas, eggs, and larvae. The fast-working treatment starts safely killing fleas within five minutes. It also kills over 99% of flea larvae within 20 minutes, at least 98% of fleas within 12 hours, and 100% of chewing lice within one week, so your pet won&rsquo;t have to suffer for long. It can also inhibit flea growth and development, so you won&rsquo;t see another infestation for at least a month (if at all).</p> <p>This is safe for cats eight weeks of age and older. It comes with six doses and each dosage prevents further flea infestation for at least 30 days. The waterproof treatment also remains effective even after swimming or bathing. This is one of the top recommendations by Consumer Search. It has outstanding online reviews, including more than 3,400 five-star reviews on Amazon and nearly 2,000 five-star reviews on 1-800-PetMeds. It is also commonly compared to the best-selling Frontline brand. If you are looking for treatment for your dogs, consider the <a href="http://amzn.to/2a9LgKL">Bayer Topical Flea Treatment for Dogs</a>.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2a9LgdS"><em>Currently $52.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Merial Frontline Plus Flea and Tick Control</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/29MFLUc"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/frontline.jpg" width="200" height="150" align="right" alt="" /></a>As Amazon&rsquo;s #1 best-seller in dog flea drops, you can count on <a href="http://amzn.to/29MFLUc">Merial Frontline Plus Flea and Tick Control</a> to provide effective treatment for your dog or puppy. The medicated ointment kills 98%-100% of ticks, lice, fleas, larvae, and flea eggs. It inhibits flea growth and development to completely break the flea life cycle and control tick infestations. The waterproof ointment remains effective even after swimming or bathing.</p> <p>There are various options available to suit the size of your dog. It usually comes with multiple doses and each dosage offers continuous protection from fleas and ticks for at least 30 days. If your dog isn&rsquo;t completely infested, the treatment can work for up to three months. This is one of the top recommendations by Consumer Search and has the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval. It is an Amazon best-seller, one of the &ldquo;most wished for&rdquo; items on Amazon, and has outstanding reviews, including nearly 700 five-star reviews on Amazon. It is also commonly compared to the best-selling Advantage and Advantix brands. If you are looking for treatment for your cats, consider the <a href="http://amzn.to/29VF729">Merial Frontline Plus Flea and Tick Control for Cats and Kittens</a>.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/29MFLUc"><em>Currently $34.95 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Novartis Capstar Flea Tablets for Dogs and Cats</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/29WrqmN"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/capstar.jpg" width="245" height="142" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/29WrqmN">Novartis Capstar Flea Tablets for Dogs and Cats</a> is an over-the-counter tablet that's very safe for both dogs and cats four weeks of age and older. The oral treatment begins working within 30 minutes and will kill more than 90% of adult fleas within four hours on dogs and six hours on cats. Your pet may need repeat treatments over time, as this doesn&rsquo;t last for very long.</p> <p>There are different medications for different pet weights, so your pet gets just the right amount of treatment. The flea control tablets are one of the top recommendations by Consumer Search. They are also one of the best-selling items on Amazon and have outstanding reviews, including more than 2,200 five-star reviews on Amazon and more than 400 five-star reviews on 1-800-PetMeds. They are also commonly compared to the best-selling Comfortis flea treatment.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/29WrqmN"><em>Currently $26.85 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Bayer K9 Advantix II Flea and Tick Control Treatment for Dogs</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/29OcViy"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/advantix.jpg" width="148" height="230" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/29OcViy">Bayer K9 Advantix II Flea and Tick Control Treatment for Dogs</a> kills adult ticks and fleas, eggs, and larvae. The topical flea treatment stops fleas from biting in less than five minutes, kills 98%-100% of fleas within 12 hours, and keeps working for a full month. It remains effective even after swimming or bathing. If you apply this year-round, or before the start of flea season, it will ensure that fleas are never an issue for your dog.</p> <p>This is safe for dogs seven weeks of age and older. This package includes six pre-measured easy-to-use applicator tubes, which each treatment preventing further flea infestation for at least 30 days. There are also different solutions for each dog size, so you can find the perfect one for your pooch. This is one of the top recommendations by Consumer Search. It is also one of the best-selling items on Amazon and has outstanding online reviews, including nearly 2,300 five-star reviews on Amazon and nearly 1,900 five-star reviews on 1-800-PetMeds. It is also commonly compared to the best-selling Frontline brand.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/29OcViy"><em>Currently $55.33 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Bayer Seresto Flea and Tick Collar</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/29MGncz"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/bayer%20seresto.jpg" width="200" height="150" align="right" alt="" /></a>As Amazon&rsquo;s #1 best-seller in dog flea and tick control, the <a href="http://amzn.to/29MGncz">Bayer Seresto Flea and Tick Collar</a> really does hold up to its lofty claims. It is one of the most highly recommended flea and tick prevention medications made by veterinarians because it is long lasting and really works to repel and kill fleas and ticks. It features sustained release technology, so the active ingredients are slowly and continuously released over eight months to provide continuous flea and tick protection. It has a safety release mechanism, which allows for a pet&rsquo;s release, if it should ever become trapped. The non-greasy, odorless collar is also waterproof and remains effective even after swimming or bathing.</p> <p>Flea collars are a convenient treatment option. All you need to do is put the collar on your pet and they will enjoy continued treatment for several months. However, they are not exactly the same as regular collars, so you won&rsquo;t want to attach leashes to them.</p> <p>This can be used on dogs and puppies seven weeks of age and older. There are various collar sizes available, so you can choose just the right one for your pooch. It is one of the top recommendations by Consumer Search. It is also one of the &ldquo;most wished for&rdquo; items on Amazon and has outstanding reviews, including more than 3,000 five-star reviews on Amazon. If you are looking for treatment for your cats, consider the best-seller in cat flea collars, <a href="http://amzn.to/2a9NhXw">Bayer Seresto Flea and Tick Collar for Cats</a>.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/29MGncz"><em>Currently $40.35 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best pet flea meds. As always, be sure to check <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar">Wise Bread's Buying Calendar</a> to learn when and how to buy just about anything!</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-cannon">Andrea Cannon</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-pet-flea-medications">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-5-best-pet-flea-shampoos">The 5 Best Pet Flea Shampoos</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-robotic-mops">The 5 Best Robotic Mops</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-aluminum-and-stainless-steel-water-bottles">The 5 Best Aluminum and Stainless Steel Water Bottles</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-repair-shampoos">The 5 Best Repair Shampoos</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-popsicle-molds">The 5 Best Popsicle Molds</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Family Home Shopping 5 best flea medication flea preventative fleas pet care pets product reviews shopping Thu, 21 Jul 2016 09:30:32 +0000 Andrea Cannon 1756350 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Robotic Mops http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-robotic-mops <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-robotic-mops" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/man_robot_vacuum_62002554.jpg" alt="Man using best robotic mop to clean floor" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Neat freaks, rejoice! There&rsquo;s now an even easier, more efficient way to clean your floors with no effort or elbow grease involved. You can simply turn on a robotic mop and let it do all the dirty work for you. They can clean even those hard to reach places that you would normally leave behind. They can provide a better clean with less effort, saving you precious time every week. Some bots are even programmable so you can schedule a weekly cleaning.</p> <h2>What Is a Robotic Mop?</h2> <p>A robotic mop is a robotic floor cleaner that can strip away dust, dirt, smudges, and grime, so your floors look and feel cleaner. Each robot is different, but they typically use water or a mild cleaning solution to thoroughly mop your hard floor surfaces. It can easily glide through any room, no matter the size, for hassle-free cleaning whenever you please.</p> <h2>Top 5 Robotic Mops</h2> <h3>iRobot Braava Floor Mopping Robot</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/29FASHO"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/irobot.jpg" width="200" height="200" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/29FASHO">iRobot Braava 380t Floor Mopping Robot</a> is the higher-end model of the popular Mint-bots. If you&rsquo;ve tried the original <a href="http://amzn.to/29GUqxk">Mint Plus Automatic Floor Cleaner</a>, you&rsquo;ll love this new model even more. It uses two reusable microfiber cleaning cloths (one dry sweeping cloth and one damp mopping cloth) to effectively sweep and mop all hard floor types. The Pro-Clean System has a special Reservoir Cleaning Pad, which dispenses liquid throughout the cleaning process to keep the mop damp at all times.</p> <p>It utilizes NorthStar Navigation technology to map walls, avoid obstacles and drop-offs, and track where it has cleaned and where it still needs to go. It has a front rubber bumper to prevent it from running into furniture and walls. It is quiet, efficient, and effective enough for large spaces and multiple rooms. It will also return to the charging station on its own and quickly recharges in only two hours.</p> <p>The reusable microfiber cleaning cloths can be used hundreds of times, or you can choose to use dry or damp disposable cleaning cloths, such as the Swiffer cloths. It also offers both sweeping and mopping capabilities for one reasonable price, offering a great deal. It has outstanding online reviews and is recommended by publications like PC Mag.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/29FASHO"><em>Currently $239.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Moneual Pro RoboVacMop Hybrid Robot Vacuum Cleaner</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/29RZe56"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/moneual.jpg" width="193" height="200" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/29RZe56">Moneual RYDIS H68 Pro RoboVacMop Hybrid Robot Vacuum Cleaner Dry/Wet Mop</a> is a complete floor cleaning solution. The wet/dry bot combines a dry mop, wet mop, and vacuum to thoroughly clean your floors. It can even vacuum carpeted floors with ease. There are also three cleaning modes and three cleaning levels to ensure your floors are cleaned to your exact specifications. It has twin side brushes, a large suction brush, a powerful suction motor, and a reusable mop. The Smart Vision Mapping Technology can identify any dirty spots by mapping out the area and tracking its location. It also has a front bumper to protect your walls and furniture and to detect obstacles and collisions in the way.</p> <p>You can set this quiet bot for intensive or reservation cleaning modes, depending on your needs. It also has artificial intelligence voice guidance and can gently remind you when maintenance is required. The water tank holds over 6 oz of water, which can supply moisture for up to three hours. The microfiber mop can help reduce water usage, protect delicate surfaces, and quickly remove dirt.</p> <p>This offers a longer life span and higher power output for a better value. It also contains a remote control and scheduling capabilities for easier usage. This can provide a great deal as it is both a vacuum and mop in one, all at an affordable price. It is backed by outstanding online reviews and recommended by publications like PC Mag.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/29RZe56"><em>Currently $199.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>bObsweep PetHair Robotic Vacuum Cleaner and Mop</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/29GW9CP"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/bobsweep.jpg" width="200" height="144" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/29GW9CP">bObsweep PetHair Robotic Vacuum Cleaner and Mop</a> is every pet owner&rsquo;s dream come true. The powerful cordless bot can remove pet hair better than anything else. It is also quieter than the average vacuum cleaner, so it won&rsquo;t scare your pets while you&rsquo;re cleaning. The powerful motor specializes in picking up hair, dust, dirt, and pet fur, while absorbing submicron particles from the air. It can do all that a normal vacuum bot can do, such as vacuuming and sweeping on a schedule, but it can also mop and sterilize all hard floor surfaces.</p> <p>It features low-track contouring, which makes it efficient on any surface level. It contains a side brush, an extra-long rotating brush, edge sensors, infrared sensors, and high-sensitivity dirt sensors, which work together to clean hard-to-reach places, while avoiding drop-offs. It also has three different cleaning modes to provide the right level of clean, when you need it. More unique features include a sterilizing UV lamp, a large user-friendly LCD screen, a HEPA filter and three-layer filtration system, and an extra large bin, which means you won&rsquo;t have to remove waste as often. It also has On Board Diagnostics, so it can self-check all components to ensure they are working properly.</p> <p>It comes complete with a remote control and programmable schedule for even easier usage. It also has the ability to return to its charge station on its own. This provides a great value because it is one of the best vacuum and mop combos available, and comes at a reasonable price point. It is available in two colors to best match your home decor. It is backed by outstanding online reviews and a 30-day money back guarantee and a one-year warranty.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/29GW9CP"><em>Currently $279.00 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>iClebo Arte Smart Home/Office Vacuum Cleaner and Floor Mopping Robot</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2adwrFS"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/iclebo.jpg" width="200" height="200" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2adwrFS">iClebo YCR-M05-10 Arte Smart Home/Office Vacuum Cleaner and Floor Mopping Robot</a> claims to clean up to 94% more than other robots, and most reviewers tend to agree. The three-step cleaning process utilizes two side brushes, one powered roller brush, powerful vacuum suction, and an antibacterial filter to thoroughly vacuum and mop your home and office floors. It has five cleaning modes to ensure you get the right level of cleaning and can climb up to 2 cm to clean every corner.</p> <p>The smart engine algorithm with navigation sensors and camera vision mapping ensures that it never misses a spot. It is equipped with triple CPUs, a barrier sensor, and a bumper to prevent it from running into walls and obstacles. It is quiet, efficient, easy to use, easy to program, and will take the work out of keeping your floors clean. It has a short recharge time and long run time thanks to the impressive Lithium Ion batteries. It also contains a remote control and daily scheduling options for even easier usage.</p> <p>The lightweight, energy efficient bot won the first place award at the German Cleaning Robot Performance Test, received the highest score in the Global Standard Certification test, and is wildly popular in Europe and Asia. It is also recommended by Consumer Reports and a range of independent online review sites, and is backed by outstanding reviews and a one-year warranty.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2adwrFS"><em>Currently $434.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>iRobot Scooba Floor Scrubbing Robot</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/29FF4Hk"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/irobot%20scooba.jpg" width="200" height="185" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/29FF4Hk">iRobot Scooba 450 Floor Scrubbing Robot</a> is one of the most recent additions to the iRobot family. The powerful new hard floor scrubbing robot has a three-cycle cleaning process, which provides three times the power for the most efficient cleaning yet. In fact, it washes away up to 99.3% of common household bacteria from any hard floor surfaces. The unique pre-soak technology allows it to power through stuck-on messes. The compact cleaner can easily maneuver under furniture and hard-to-reach places to clean any sealed hardwood, tile, and linoleum surfaces with ease.</p> <p>The dual-compartment tank ensures that it always uses only clean water to scrub the floors. The scrubbing brush spins at over 600 rpm. It ends with a squeegee finish to dry the floor after sweeping and mopping. It also has iAdapt Responsive Navigation Technology, cliff-detecting technology, and a scuff guard bumper to protect your furniture and walls. It has wall-following technology to ensure it cleans all along the edges, as well as virtual wall technology, which uses an infrared beam to prevent it from entering off-limit areas.</p> <p>You can choose from a 20-minute or 40-minute cycle for the right level of cleaning. It also speaks audible cues, so you know exactly what is happening at all times. The bot includes a bottle of hard floor cleaner. It is backed by outstanding online reviews and is recommended by CNET, Mashable, PC Mag, Slate, and Digital Trends.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/29FF4Hk"><em>Currently $595.00 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best robotic mops. As always, be sure to check <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar">Wise Bread's Buying Calendar</a> to learn when and how to buy just about anything!</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-cannon">Andrea Cannon</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-robotic-mops">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-6"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-pet-flea-medications">The 5 Best Pet Flea Medications</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-pet-flea-shampoos">The 5 Best Pet Flea Shampoos</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-aluminum-and-stainless-steel-water-bottles">The 5 Best Aluminum and Stainless Steel Water Bottles</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-repair-shampoos">The 5 Best Repair Shampoos</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-popsicle-molds">The 5 Best Popsicle Molds</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Home Shopping 5 best product reviews robot mop robotic mop robotic vacuum roomba shopping Fri, 15 Jul 2016 09:30:36 +0000 Andrea Cannon 1752363 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Pet Flea Shampoos http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-pet-flea-shampoos <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-pet-flea-shampoos" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/dog_bath_shampoo_70071119.jpg" alt="Dog using the best pet flea shampoos to kill fleas" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Fleas can relentlessly bite your pets, leaving them itchy and irritated. Pet flea shampoo can kill these pesky critters to help improve your pet&rsquo;s quality of life, while also cleansing their coat.</p> <p>Many pet owners find that a natural homemade recipe made of liquid dish soap, vinegar, and warm water is enough to kill fleas, but it isn&rsquo;t always effective enough. When you need something stronger, a good flea shampoo can do just the trick.</p> <h2>What Is Pet Flea Shampoo?</h2> <p>Pet flea shampoo is a special medicated shampoo that can safely cleanse your pet&rsquo;s coat, while killing fleas and preventing them from returning. A quality flea shampoo can kill the adult fleas that are causing your dog's discomfort. However, you will need to continually shampoo your dog throughout the year to ensure it remains effective.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s important to treat infested areas as soon as you notice a problem to stop the flea life cycle. Flea shampoo can be used like regular pet shampoo, starting at the head and behind the ears and moving down toward the tail. Simply let the lather remain in the hair coat for five minutes to kill pesky insects. It can usually be used along with a topical spot treatment or flea collar for enhanced results.</p> <p>Remember, it&rsquo;s important to always use dog products on dogs and cat products on cats. They cannot be used interchangeably, even if you choose a natural product. However, if the bottle specifically states that it is safe for both cats and dogs, then you can use it on all of your furry pals. Even if a shampoo claims to be completely safe for your animal, each pet is different and yours may not react well. If you notice any problems after using a flea shampoo, contact your vet.</p> <p>For quick cleanups, consider the <a href="http://amzn.to/29rjn1s">Vet's Best 50 Count Flea + Tick Wipes</a>. If you need further protection from fleas and ticks, consider something like the best-selling <a href="http://amzn.to/29PtbAu">Vet's Best Flea &amp; Tick Home Spray</a> or the best-selling <a href="http://amzn.to/29jGMiX">Vet's Best Flea &amp; Tick Yard &amp; Kennel Spray</a>.</p> <h2>Top 5 Pet Flea Shampoos</h2> <h3>Adams Plus Flea &amp; Tick Shampoo With Precor for Dogs and Cats</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/29zo8VZ"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/adams.jpg" width="73" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/29zo8VZ">Adams Plus Flea &amp; Tick Shampoo with Precor for Dogs and Cats</a> is Amazon&rsquo;s #1 best-seller in dog flea control shampoos, as well as the best seller in cat shampoos. You can count on it to kill fleas, ticks, and lice on contact. It also provides 28 days of control from flea eggs and flea larvae. It is gentle on the coat and skin, and can actually help remove loose dandruff, dirt, and scales to improve the coat&rsquo;s condition, leaving it soft and shiny. It is enriched with oatmeal, coconut extract, lanolin, and soothing aloe, so it shouldn&rsquo;t irritate your pet&rsquo;s coat.</p> <p>The concentrated lathering shampoo can be used on both dogs and cats 12 weeks of age and older. Most reviewers tend to love how well this lathers. It is one of the &ldquo;most wished for&rdquo; items on Amazon and has outstanding online reviews.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/29zo8VZ"><em>Currently $8.67 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Hartz UltraGuard Rid Flea &amp; Tick Shampoo for Dogs With Oatmeal</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/29PtqeX"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/hartz.jpg" width="85" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/29PtqeX">Hartz UltraGuard Rid Flea &amp; Tick Shampoo for Dogs with Oatmeal</a> provides immediate relief from adult fleas and ticks, including deer ticks, which may carry Lyme disease. It contains Pyrethrins, which kills fleas and ticks that can carry diseases. It also contains oatmeal to cleanse, deodorize, and soothe your pet&rsquo;s dry, itchy, or irritated skin. It has a light, fresh fragrance that reviewers tend to love.</p> <p>The cleansing shampoo can be used on dogs six months of age and older. This is an Amazon best-seller, one of the &ldquo;most wished for&rdquo; items on Amazon, and has outstanding online reviews.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/29PtqeX"><em>Currently $10.78 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Vet&rsquo;s Best Flea Itch Relief Shampoo</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/29rkrCe"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/vet%27s%20best.jpg" width="77" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/29rkrCe">Vet&rsquo;s Best Flea Itch Relief Shampoo</a> is a veterinarian-formulated shampoo that provides fast itch relief from flea bites and infestations. Some reviewers found that it works nearly instantly to kills fleas and ticks. Instead of relying on harsh chemicals, it uses powerful natural ingredients like micronized oatmeal, aloe vera, camomile, solvent-free orange and lemon peel oil, and neem oil to soothe discomfort, irritation, dryness, and itching. It will not affect topical flea and tick control products that you may be using at the same time.</p> <p>This can be used on both dogs and puppies 12 weeks of age and older. Reviewers tend to like the mild natural scent. If you&rsquo;re looking for something you can use on both your cats and dogs, consider the <a href="http://amzn.to/29rlbHy">Vet&rsquo;s Best Natural Anti-Flea Easy Spray Shampoo</a>.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/29rkrCe"><em>Currently $7.72 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Natural Chemistry De Flea Pet Shampoo</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/29nPcaJ"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/de%20flea.jpg" width="70" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/29nPcaJ">Natural Chemistry De Flea Pet Shampoo</a> is pesticide free, chemical free, nontoxic, and safe for people and pets. It is guaranteed to instantly kill fleas, ticks, mites, and lice safely. It kills insects on contact without the use of Pyrethrins or Permethrins, and will not wash off any flea and tick spot treatments you may be using at the same time. The gentle yet powerful formula works on all stages of the insect's' life cycle.</p> <p>The deep cleaning shampoo can be used on both dogs and cats 12 weeks of age and older. If this one doesn&rsquo;t work for your pet, consider the best-selling <a href="http://amzn.to/29PuyPt">Natural Chemistry Natural Flea and Tick Shampoo with Oatmeal for Dogs</a>.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/29nPcaJ"><em>Currently $9.09 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Sentry Flea and Tick Shampoo With Oatmeal</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/29v89tg"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/sentry.jpg" width="100" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/29v89tg">Sentry Flea and Tick Shampoo With Oatmeal</a> quickly kills fleas, ticks, and flea eggs for up to 10 days, including the ticks that may carry Lyme disease. The effective flea and tick dog shampoo is PH balanced for your pet&rsquo;s coat and contains oatmeal for deodorizing and cleansing. It also has a Hawaiian ginger scent that reviewers tend to love. After use, your dog&rsquo;s coat should be shiny, soft, and smelling great.</p> <p>This is intended for dogs only. It is an Amazon best-seller and has outstanding online reviews.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/29v89tg"><em>Currently $6.97 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best pet flea shampoos. As always, be sure to check <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar">Wise Bread's Buying Calendar</a> to learn when and how to buy just about anything!</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-cannon">Andrea Cannon</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-pet-flea-shampoos">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-5-best-pet-flea-medications">The 5 Best Pet Flea Medications</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-repair-shampoos">The 5 Best Repair Shampoos</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-home-hair-dyes">The 5 Best Home Hair Dyes</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-shampoos-for-colored-hair">The 5 Best Shampoos for Colored Hair</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty Home Shopping 5 best dogs flea control flea prevention flea shampoos pet care pets product reviews shopping Thu, 07 Jul 2016 09:31:19 +0000 Andrea Cannon 1746640 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Portable Air Conditioners http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-portable-air-conditioners <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-portable-air-conditioners" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/air_conditioner_20203036.jpg" alt="Woman using best portable air conditioner to keep cool" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Portable air conditioners can be used in any room in your home or office. They are easy to use and setup, so you won&rsquo;t have to worry about precariously propping it on a window ledge or dealing with a complicated installation process. These energy efficient units will save you money on your cooling costs by only cooling the are you are in, when you need it, whereas central cooling can waste money by cooling the entire home.</p> <h2>What Is a Portable Air Conditioner?</h2> <p>A portable air conditioner can be used to cool a room or your entire home. It works by taking in air, cooling it, and directing it back out throughout the room. The warm air is passed through an exhaust house and out the window. The unit can also pull excess moisture from the room and some portable A/Cs even have dehumidifying options to further condition the air, as well as self-evaporative options so you won&rsquo;t have to manually empty the reservoir of water.</p> <p>Some units need to have the exhaust hose passed through the window so excess moisture can easily escape. You will receive an installation kit to ensure the unit is quickly and correctly set up in any room. Once installed, you can control the fan speed and temperature, just as you would with a window-installed unit.</p> <h2>Top 5 Portable Air Conditioners</h2> <h3>Honeywell 10,000 BTU Portable Air Conditioner</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00B2BTAV6/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00B2BTAV6&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=3JEJMZWE7ESQWRO7"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/honeywell_0.jpg" width="165" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00B2BTAV6/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00B2BTAV6&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=3JEJMZWE7ESQWRO7">Honeywell 10,000 BTU Portable Air Conditioner</a> is ideal for smaller rooms of up to 350 square feet and can dehumidify up to 70 pints/day. It includes a fan and dehumidifying mode, auto thermostat control, three cooling speeds, a 24-hour programmable timer, a remote control, and an auto-evaporation system. It is quiet, efficient, powerful, and easy to use. It features a sleek, modern design with digital LED display and comes in three color options to best suit your personal style. It also includes a washable dust filter and a convenient end-of-season storage cover that houses the unit and all accessories. It is quick and easy to install with a flexible exhaust hose, an included window venting installation kit, and caster wheels so it can easily roll from room to room. It is covered by a one-year warranty and a five-year parts warranty on the sealed cooling components.</p> <p>The Honeywell MN10CESWW 10,000 BTU Portable Air Conditioner is what all other portable air conditioners are compared to. It is recommended by Consumer Reports and Consumer Search, is an Amazon bestseller, tops the lists in expert testing, and is backed by outstanding online reviews, including nearly 500 5-star reviews on Amazon.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00B2BTAV6/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00B2BTAV6&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=3JEJMZWE7ESQWRO7"><em>Currently $349.00 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Koldfront Ultracool 14,000 BTU Portable Air Conditioner</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003ZAFSHW/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B003ZAFSHW&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=2DHD62OVLMHOOJF2"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/koldfront.jpg" width="165" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003ZAFSHW/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B003ZAFSHW&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=2DHD62OVLMHOOJF2">Koldfront PAC1401W Ultracool 14,000 BTU Portable Air Conditioner</a> is compact, but powerful enough to cool a larger room of 500 square feet or more, with a moisture removal capacity of 72 pints/day. It includes three cooling speeds, fan and dehumidifier options, a remote control, and an automatic self-evaporative system, so you won&rsquo;t have to ever empty the reservoir. The 24-hour programmable timer will allow you to set the A/C to start only when you need it, so you can save even more on your energy bills. It also includes an adjustable digital thermostat ranging from 62 - 88 degrees. It has a modern design and is equipped with caster wheels, so it can easily be moved from room to room. The powerful A/C is quiet, easy to use, and easy to install, with an included window kit and vent hose. It also includes a washable pre-filter and replaceable carbon filter to control odors and pollutants.</p> <p>This portable A/C is composed of quality materials and is built to last. It includes a one-year warranty and three years of parts only coverage for the compressor. It is recommended by Consumer Search and has outstanding reviews online.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003ZAFSHW/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B003ZAFSHW&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=2DHD62OVLMHOOJF2"><em>Currently $399.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Friedrich ZoneAire Series 11,500 BTU Portable Air Conditioner</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001TALD74/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B001TALD74&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=G6B2OHIJ44NKTM4C"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/zoneaire.jpg" width="166" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001TALD74/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B001TALD74&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=G6B2OHIJ44NKTM4C">Friedrich P12B ZoneAire Series 11,500 BTU Portable Air Conditioner</a> has a dual hose system that allows the unit to quietly cool the room up to 40% faster and is also more energy efficient. There are three cooling speeds, a fan mode, and a dehumidifier mode to further improve the air condition. It can cool rooms up to 550 square feet and has a dehumidifier capacity of 72 pints/day. You will never have to worry about overflow with a self-evaporative system that handles condensation, a water tank to hold excess water, and an auto shut off feature. It includes an LCD display, 24-hour programmable timer, washable air filter, and remote control. Equipped with built-in handles and caster wheels, you can easily wheel the conditioner from one room to another. It is easy to install with an included window kit and hoses that can be trimmed to fit any window openings.</p> <p>This is the most expensive option on our list, but reviewers tend to agree that the quality and effectiveness are worth it. It is backed by a one-year warranty on parts and labor and a five-year warranty on compressor and sealed refrigeration system. It is recommended by Consumer Reports and Consumer Search, and backed by outstanding online reviews.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001TALD74/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B001TALD74&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=G6B2OHIJ44NKTM4C"><em>Currently $549.00 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Haier 12,000-BTU Portable Air Conditioner</h3> <p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00OC1QN9U/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00OC1QN9U&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=68c37e9190667dfaeedcd9852e995faa" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/71OkuiNd0qL.jpg" width="119" height="200" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00OC1QN9U/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00OC1QN9U&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=68c37e9190667dfaeedcd9852e995faa" target="_blank">Haier 12,000-BTU Portable Air Conditioner, 10,000 BTU Portable Heater Combo Unit</a> is comparable to the award-winning Haier HPN12XCM Portable Air Conditioner, 12000-BTU, with the addition of a portable heater. It is easy to use and works quickly and efficiently to cool up to 550 square feet. It offers a number of features, like a time/temperature display, digital temperature adjustments, three cooling speeds, and heating capabilities. It features a sleek, modern design and includes a washable filter and remote control. This combo unit can save you money year-round by providing the efficient heating and cooling services you need, only in the areas you need it.</p> <p>It is recommended by Consumer Search and backed by outstanding online reviews. Consumer Reports also recommends a number of Haier portable air conditioners, in case you don&rsquo;t need the additional heating capabilities.</p> <p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00OC1QN9U/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00OC1QN9U&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=68c37e9190667dfaeedcd9852e995faa" target="_blank"><em>Currently $413.00 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Whynter 14,000 BTU Dual Hose Portable Air Conditioner</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0028AYQDC/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B0028AYQDC&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=VOL4Y6IQBYZXXR4R"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/whynter.jpg" width="157" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0028AYQDC/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B0028AYQDC&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=VOL4Y6IQBYZXXR4R">Whynter 14,000 BTU Dual Hose Portable Air Conditioner (ARC-14S)</a> has a dual hose system, so it is very effective and can quickly cool the room. It can cool up to 500 square feet and dehumidify up to 101 pints/day. It is quiet, efficient, easy to use, and features a modern, classy design. The powerful system has an auto drain function to control condensation, so you won&rsquo;t have to worry about emptying the reservoir. It can be easily moved from room to room with caster wheels. It has three fan speeds, fan and dehumidifier-only options, full thermostat control with digital readout, a 24-hour programmable timer, and a remote control. The eco-friendly option is gentle on the environment and also includes a washable pre-filter and odor-neutralizing carbon filter to further improve the air quality. It is easy to install with an extendable exhaust hose and included window venting kit.</p> <p>It includes a one-year limited warranty and three-year warranty on the compressor. It is also an Amazon bestseller and backed by outstanding online reviews. Consumer Reports also recommends the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002W87P9C/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B002W87P9C&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=VXTBSVL77LNB6ZPT">Whynter 14,000 BTU Dual Hose Portable Air Conditioner with Heater (ARC-14SH)</a>.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0028AYQDC/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B0028AYQDC&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=VOL4Y6IQBYZXXR4R"><em>Currently $485.00 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best portable air conditioners. As always, be sure to check <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar">Wise Bread's Buying Calendar</a> to learn when and how to buy just about anything!</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-cannon">Andrea Cannon</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-portable-air-conditioners">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-window-air-conditioners">The 5 Best Window Air Conditioners</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-air-fresheners">The 5 Best Air Fresheners</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-pet-flea-medications">The 5 Best Pet Flea Medications</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-laundry-detergents">The 5 Best Laundry Detergents</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-laundry-stain-removers">The 5 Best Laundry Stain Removers</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Home Shopping ac air conditioner air conditioners cold air hot days product reviews summer heat Wed, 06 Jul 2016 09:30:29 +0000 Andrea Cannon 1660325 at http://www.wisebread.com 6 Decorative Plants You Can Eat, Too http://www.wisebread.com/6-decorative-plants-you-can-eat-too <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/6-decorative-plants-you-can-eat-too" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_holding_artichoke_16187019.jpg" alt="Woman finding pretty landscaping plants she can eat" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>When it comes to home landscaping, why not kill two birds with one stone? Up your home's curb appeal this summer with plants and vegetation that can also stock your pantry. Use strawberry plants as ground cover. Edge a garden with colorful rosettes of lettuce. Or infuse your backyard flora with some of the other beautiful and utilitarian plants on this list.</p> <h2>1. Sunchokes</h2> <p>A member of the sunflower family, sunchokes produce chirpy yellow flowers that can add a pop of color to any landscaping design. This staple food can also keep you well-fed through the winter. Alternatively known as Jerusalem artichokes, sunchokes are tubers that resemble a ginger root but taste more like a savory potato. Widely harvested in temperate regions, sunchokes are ready for picking after the first or second frost of the season. They make for a great base ingredient in purees, soups, hashes, and mashes. That&rsquo;s not all: When sauteed, sunchokes can contribute a&nbsp;<a href="http://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/1014360-fettuccine-with-sunchokes-and-herbs">slightly nutty flavor</a> to any sauceless pasta dish.</p> <h2>2. Serviceberry</h2> <p>Native to every state but Hawaii, the serviceberry plant produces lacy spring flowers in white, pink, yellow, or red, as well as purplish-red berries infused with a <a href="http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2008-05-28/entertainment/0805230407_1_crust-pie-pan-serviceberry">tart flavor reminiscent of blueberries</a>. In addition to eating them raw, the berries, which fruit for about two weeks per year, can be tossed in salads, baked into pies, or smashed into jams. Also known as amelanchier or Juneberry, this member of the rose family comes in about 20 varieties of small trees and large, deciduous shrubs. To grow well, the plant requires moist soil with good drainage. Other than that, it&rsquo;s not particularly fussy, making it a great selection for the novice gardener.</p> <h2>3. Sage</h2> <p>With its silvery-green, low-to-the-ground leaves, sage makes for a wonderful front-row ornamental. Tricolor sage, which also has brush strokes of purple and white, is a particularly terrific variety for edging the garden. Not only is sage a delicious herb that can spruce up any meat, stir fry, or pasta, it&rsquo;s also deliciously fragrant &mdash; a welcome addition to any yard. Easy to grow, a backyard mound of sage is a chef&rsquo;s dream.</p> <h2>4. Small-Fruited Tomatoes</h2> <p>Small-fruited tomato varieties, such as the Cuban yellow grape, elfin, or sugar lump, produce plentiful yields of sweet tasting, gumball-sized fruit that can be eaten right from the garden &mdash; or added into salads, pastas, or veggie platters for dipping with vinaigrettes or hummus. Outside the kitchen, small-fruited tomatoes also make for a colorful, perky addition to the yard. Since keeping them on the ground will increase the risk of rotting, these attractive edibles can best be grown with stakes, in raised beds, or on trellises. Sunny spots are optimal.</p> <h2>5. Globe Artichokes</h2> <p>Easy to grow and <a href="http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/videos/techniques/how-prepare-globe-artichokes">easy to cook</a>, the globe artichoke is a perennial species of thistle that produces large flower buds with thick, tender, geometric scales that are both ornamental and edible. In flavor, the antioxidant-rich globe artichoke is nutty and tangy. You can prepare them raw, grilled, boiled, sauteed, or stuffed. Our recommendation: Chop the heart into pieces, then marinate and <a href="http://www.abc.net.au/local/recipes/2007/08/26/1993966.htm">toss them into a risotto</a> or salad &mdash; or simply eat them as they are.</p> <h2>6. Paprika Peppers</h2> <p>This mild variety of the pepper has a striking, shiny red color that can add a bit of flash to any home garden. In the kitchen, they can be dried, ground, and used as a spice in mayo-based salads, goulash, or chorizo, or as a deviled egg garnish. These vitamin C-rich peppers can also be eaten raw straight from the garden. Paprika peppers thrive in fertile, well-draining soil with plentiful access to sunlight. Harvest time extends from summer to fall.</p> <p><em>Do you have any edibles in your pretty garden?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/brittany-lyte">Brittany Lyte</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-decorative-plants-you-can-eat-too">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/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-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cooking-for-beginners-10-recipes-for-kitchen-newbies">Cooking for Beginners: 10 Recipes for Kitchen Newbies</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/garden-ideas-for-small-spaces">Garden Ideas for Small Spaces</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-improve-your-curb-appeal-for-next-to-nothing">6 Ways to Improve Your Curb Appeal for Next to Nothing</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/13-simple-gardening-skills-anybody-can-master">13 Simple Gardening Skills Anybody Can Master</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Home Cooking curb appeal edible gardening herbs landscaping plants vegetables Thu, 30 Jun 2016 10:00:06 +0000 Brittany Lyte 1740460 at http://www.wisebread.com 3 Great Home Gadgets That Can Save You Real Money http://www.wisebread.com/3-great-home-gadgets-that-can-save-you-real-money <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/3-great-home-gadgets-that-can-save-you-real-money" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_tablet_92297561.jpg" alt="Woman using great home gadgets that can save her real money" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Home automation is very popular right now. Some gadgets are very pricey and more cool than useful, while other home technologies can actually save you a lot of money. Many of these gadgets can control utility usage, be controlled wirelessly, and even interconnect with each other. Check out these technologies if you want to make your home smarter and also reduce your monthly bills.</p> <h2>Nest</h2> <p>One of my favorite devices to use is <a href="http://amzn.to/28PQY4p">Nest</a>, which is a smart thermostat. We first purchased Nest three years ago. It was easy to install, and we saw savings immediately. We saw enough savings that first summer to justify the cost of the device.</p> <p>Nest cooled and heated our home smarter, turning itself off if it didn't detect motion or if it was set to Away. The second year, our electric company offered incentives if customers had a Nest. We earned about $150 that summer just for allowing the electric company to have control over our Nest. They would simply have blackout hours which disabled Nest during high volume times. Usually, it was disabled for a few hours two to three times a month during the summer.</p> <p>When we lived in our one-story 1,800 square foot home, our electric bill was rarely over $100. It was usually about $150 in the summer months. This was mostly due to smart usage, a well-insulated home, and of course, Nest.</p> <p>Nest currently costs $249 through Amazon and is much more stylish and easier to use than a conventional thermostat. Depending on how excessively you use your air conditioning and heating, Nest could pay for itself in savings within a few months. Be sure to sign up for energy saving programs and rebates through your local electric company, too.</p> <h2>Rachio Sprinkler System</h2> <p>Rachio is a smart irrigation system that can be controlled through your phone. This irrigation system also connects with weather readings, so your sprinklers won't turn on when it's raining outside or when the rain is expected.</p> <p>Before investing in a smart irrigation system, our water bill was routinely about $110 per month, and we rarely watered our lawn. Since we pay our water every other month, it was always a nasty shock to see our bill over $200, since we thought we were being conservative with water (and our lawn didn't look great).</p> <p>The first smart irrigation system we bought helped reduce our water bill by $30&ndash;$40 right away. We then switched to the Rachio Smart Sprinkler Controller when we moved two months ago and now have more lawn to water. Our water bills are still predicted to be $70&ndash;$75 per month, or $150 per billing cycle in the spring/summer months. They might be lower, but California has a few conservation surcharges added to each bill. The biggest difference is that with the use of the smart irrigation systems, our grass stays green, despite not using more water.</p> <p>The&nbsp;<a href="http://amzn.to/28PPXLn">8-Zone Rachio Smart Sprinkler</a> costs $199.99 and many water companies will give you a rebate. Be sure to check for <a href="http://rachio.com/#gallons-saved">local rebates</a> for the Rachio system. Even without a rebate, if the Rachio system saves you $30 each month, then you will have saved $360 for the entire year. Subtract the base cost of the Rachio from those savings, and you still pocket an extra $160 the first year of using Rachio.</p> <h2>Canary</h2> <p>While I think that home security systems are a great idea, they can be expensive. US News says, &quot;Most companies will offer installation specials as low as $99, but startup costs for all the equipment could <a href="http://money.usnews.com/money/personal-finance/articles/2013/09/09/the-cost-of-keeping-your-home-safe">run between $600 to $1,200</a>.&quot; After these initial costs, the monthly monitoring costs average $30 a month. Even if you get free installation and pay a very low $30 a month for home security, you will still end up paying $360 a year.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/28PQjl4">Canary</a> is a good solution for tech-savvy individuals. The devices start at $166.94, and users can stream real time video in their home. Canary alerts your phone when it detects movement (there is an option to disable that feature when you come home). Once you get that mobile alert, you can instantly look through the camera and even sound a siren and alert the authorities. You can view the recordings for up to 24 hours, but if you need the video past that time, you will just have to pay a small fee.</p> <p>Best of all, you don't have to deal with a pushy salesperson or need to get it installed. I love that you don't have to rush to a keypad to disable the alarm, either. You just plug it in and connect it to your secure Wi-Fi.</p> <p>With the use of these three devices, I estimate that we save at least $1,000 a year. Not only do we save a good amount of money, but these three devices have made life much more convenient. If I want to check on my baby sitter and kids, I quickly check Canary. If I want to start cooling the house a few minutes before I get home, I just push a few buttons on my phone to activate Nest. If I want to change my watering schedule via Rachio, again, all I have to do is push a few buttons on the phone.</p> <p><em>What smart home technology do you use in your home?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-eneriz">Ashley Eneriz</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/3-great-home-gadgets-that-can-save-you-real-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-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/find-lost-keys-fast-with-a-teeny-tiny-tile">Find Lost Keys Fast With a Teeny Tiny Tile</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-skills-that-will-be-obsolete-soon">9 Skills That Will Be Obsolete Soon</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/8-apps-that-actually-pay-you-to-shop">8 Apps That Actually Pay You to Shop</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-11-best-parking-apps-for-your-city">The 11 Best Parking Apps for Your City</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-10-best-couponing-apps">The 10 Best Couponing Apps</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Home Technology apps electric bills gadgets nest rebates security sprinklers thermostat water bill Thu, 30 Jun 2016 09:30:20 +0000 Ashley Eneriz 1740458 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Window Air Conditioners http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-window-air-conditioners <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-window-air-conditioners" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/21447328.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Air conditioning is something that most people need in their home and office, especially during the hottest times of the year. If you want to stay cool during the summer, you need a quality air conditioner that you can rely on. Unfortunately, air conditioners can be rather expensive, which is why we&rsquo;ve found some of the best air conditioners for any size room, so you can stay cool during the summer and ensure you get your money&rsquo;s worth.</p> <h2>What Is an Air Conditioner?</h2> <p>An air conditioner is a machine designed to cool a room by moving heat out of the area. They are usually difficult to install, so you may want to hire a professional to correctly install it, especially with an in-window unit. Once you have found a reliable air conditioner to cool your home, office, or a particular room, you&rsquo;ll want to keep it well-maintained so that you get the best value for your investment. Make sure to keep it regularly dusted and clean or replace the filters as often as needed.</p> <h2>Top 5 Air Conditioners</h2> <h3>Frigidaire 5,000 BTU 115V Window-Mounted Mini-Compact Air Conditioner</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00W2KG92Y/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00W2KG92Y&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=ECLKRULVDRMPX2S7"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/frigidaire.jpg" width="210" height="210" align="right" alt="" /></a>As Amazon&rsquo;s #1 best seller in window air conditioners and one of the &ldquo;most wished for&rdquo; items on Amazon, the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00W2KG92Y/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00W2KG92Y&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=ECLKRULVDRMPX2S7">Frigidaire 5,000 BTU 115V Window-Mounted Mini-Compact Air Conditioner</a> can quickly cool a room of up to 150 square feet. It features mechanical rotary controls, two-way air direction control, and two fan and two cooling speeds. The mini-compact A/C is small, quiet, and easy-to-clean with a washable mesh filter. By easily sliding out the antibacterial mesh filter, you can quickly clean it to reduce bacteria, room odors, and other airborne allergens. The dehumidifying function can remove up to 1.1 pints of moisture from the air per hour, to help improve your indoor air quality. It offers easy installation with an included pleated quick window mounting kit and extendible side panels.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00W2KG92Y/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00W2KG92Y&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=ECLKRULVDRMPX2S7"><em>Currently $128.14 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>LG 8,000 BTU 115V Window-Mounted Air Conditioner</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00V3IYN06/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00V3IYN06&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=BFEE24DL2O3XHEJG"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/lg.jpg" width="210" height="210" align="right" alt="" /></a>Consumer Search chose the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00V3IYN06/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00V3IYN06&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=BFEE24DL2O3XHEJG">LG 8,000 BTU 115V Window-Mounted Air Conditioner</a> as the best window air conditioner for medium rooms. It is quiet and stylish, but still very powerful. It can quickly cool a room of up to 340 square feet, has versatile air flow control, and has impressive features, like a 24 programmable timer and an Energy Saver mode to help save you money. There are three cooling and three fan speeds, which will allow you to achieve the ideal temperature. There is also a dedicated dehumidifier only mode that can remove up to 2.2 pints of moisture from the air per hour, to help improve your indoor air quality. The four-way air deflection will allow you to direct the flow of cool air exactly where you need it.</p> <p>The fully functional remote control can come in handy, but the remote does not have a thermostat. It also comes with a tilt-out mesh filter that is easy to clean. It is also protected by a Gold Fin anti-corrosion coating, so it will last longer. It comes with an easy-to-use installation kit, but some reviewers found that this window-mounted unit is harder to install than other air-conditioners, so you may want to hire a pro for the job. If you are willing to spend another $100.00 and need heat in your home as well, then consider the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00V7TVDM2/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00V7TVDM2&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=XFUQUMNQLCQ624RU">LG Electronics 7500 BTU 115-volt Slide In-Out Chassis Air Conditioner</a>, which has a 3850 BTU Supplemental Heat Function.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00V3IYN06/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00V3IYN06&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=BFEE24DL2O3XHEJG"><em>Currently $261.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Frigidaire 10,000 BTU 115V Window-Mounted Compact Air Conditioner</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00J7XVX3O/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00J7XVX3O&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=V6G2KZXEIHJIWZOM"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/frigid10.jpg" width="210" height="210" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00J7XVX3O/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00J7XVX3O&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=V6G2KZXEIHJIWZOM">Frigidaire 10,000 BTU 115V Window-Mounted Compact Air Conditioner</a> is an impressive feature packed air conditioner. It can quickly cool a room of up to 450 square feet and has a built-in clean air ionizer to help reduce allergens in the air. The dehumidifier can remove up to three pints of moisture from the air per hour, to help improve your indoor air quality. It is very quiet and features a temperature-readout to display the temperature. With three speeds and an eight-way comfort control design, you can get the exact temperature you need, directed exactly where you need it.</p> <p>The fully functional remote control has a built in temperature-sensing thermostat, so you can maintain the ideal room temperature from anywhere. The unit also has Auto Cool, Sleep, and Energy Saver modes and many other features. It is Energy Star Qualified and is backed by an impressive warranty. It has vinyl sides that can slide into the unit&rsquo;s housing and lock into the window frame. Although it comes with a pleated quick-mount window mounting kit, some reviewers found that this unit is more difficult to install than others, so you may need to hire a professional for the job. Consumer Reports, ConsumerSearch, and Popular Mechanics chose this as one of the best window-mounted air conditioners for large rooms. It is also one of Amazon&rsquo;s best-selling window air conditioners.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00J7XVX3O/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00J7XVX3O&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=V6G2KZXEIHJIWZOM"><em>Currently $299.00 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>GE 6,050 BTU Window Air Conditioner</h3> <p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01GGGDFP8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B01GGGDFP8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=4f9f39b1d5b7cf3059b3984eafe2317a"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/ge.jpg" width="210" height="210" align="right" alt="" /></a>Consumer Reports and ConsumerSearch selected the <a href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01GGGDFP8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B01GGGDFP8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=4f9f39b1d5b7cf3059b3984eafe2317a" target="_blank">GE 6,050 BTU Window Air Conditioner</a> as the best window air conditioner for small rooms. The two-way adjustable air direction will spread the air to evenly cool a room of up to 250 square feet. The digital display and two cooling and two fan speeds will allow you to set a precise temperature. It is energy efficient, very quiet, and has impressive features, like a 24-hour programmable timer, Energy Saver mode, easy-to-read digital controls, and a fully functional remote control with selectable thermostat. The dehumidifier can remove up to 1.5 pints of moisture from the air per hour, to help improve your indoor air quality. There is also a removable air filter that you can clean, which will allow you to save money on replacements. There is also a self-evaporation system, so you never have to empty a bucket of water. It features a slim design, is Energy Star Qualified, easy to install, and comes with a one-year limited warranty.</p> <p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01GGGDFP8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B01GGGDFP8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=4f9f39b1d5b7cf3059b3984eafe2317a" target="_blank"><em>Currently $236.00 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Quirky + GE Aros Smart Window Air Conditioner</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00IDXGIAC/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00IDXGIAC&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=KLZMR5Z5D4LOSZL2"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/quirky.jpg" width="210" height="188" align="right" alt="" />Quirky + GE Aros Smart Window Air Conditioner 8,000 BTU</a> is one of the &ldquo;most wished for&rdquo; items on Amazon for a reason. It is an intuitive air conditioner that will learn your schedule, budget, habits, and preferences to keep your home or office at the temperature you like it. It can also connect with the local weather reports to maintain the right temperature, as well as with GPS settings to determine your temperature and shut off when you&rsquo;re not home, saving you money. It has helpful smart features and can even track your usage to help you adjust settings to save even more money on energy bills. There are three cooling and three fan speeds to help you reach the perfect temperature. The air conditioner cools from top to bottom, which can quickly cool the room, but you will not be able to direct the airflow, as there are no adjustable vents.</p> <p>You can use the Wink app to control the air conditioner from any mobile device. It has a stylish design that will fit in with any decor. The retractable fabric wings make it easier to install than a normal air conditioner. It also includes a washable filter that can be reused to save you money. CNET and Popular Mechanics selected this as one of the best window-mounted air conditioners.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00IDXGIAC/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00IDXGIAC&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=KLZMR5Z5D4LOSZL2"><em>Currently $234.50 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best air conditioners. As always, be sure to check <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar">Wise Bread's Buying Calendar</a> to learn when and how to buy just about anything!</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-cannon">Andrea Cannon</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-window-air-conditioners">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-5"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-portable-air-conditioners">The 5 Best Portable Air Conditioners</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-air-fresheners">The 5 Best Air Fresheners</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-pet-flea-medications">The 5 Best Pet Flea Medications</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-laundry-detergents">The 5 Best Laundry Detergents</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-laundry-stain-removers">The 5 Best Laundry Stain Removers</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Home Shopping air conditioner air conditioners central air fans heat wave product reviews stay cool Wed, 29 Jun 2016 09:00:10 +0000 Andrea Cannon 1664148 at http://www.wisebread.com How to Create Your Dream Backyard on a Budget http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-create-your-dream-backyard-on-a-budget <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-create-your-dream-backyard-on-a-budget" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/backyard_party_78624345.jpg" alt="Family creating a dream backyard on a budget" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Summer has arrived, and your number one priority might be giving your backyard or other outdoor space a party-perfect makeover.&nbsp;We chatted with DIY and design experts Ben and Erin Napier, who are currently working with <a href="http://promo.bankofamerica.com/ccsearchlp6/">Bank of America</a> to provide brilliant tips on how to make a dreamy outdoor space on the cheap. Ben and Erin approach their projects with a realistic and relatable point of view, because they want you to succeed without having to sacrifice. All of their projects are attainable &mdash; even by the newbiest of newbies. And what's better than that?</p> <p>Here are some of their best pearls of outdoor DIY wisdom.</p> <h2>Start With Seating and Lighting</h2> <p>If you're planning on hosting a summer soiree, you need the right seating and the right ambience to make it memorable. Erin Napier told us that she and Ben prefer to entertain at night, since it gets so hot during the day where they live. She also suggested stringing party lights around the yard to create a magical setting. For additional seating and decor, &quot;pull things from inside the house into the backyard. Bring rugs and lamps and the dinner table outside, and it makes great décor. Just make sure to bring them back inside before it rains!&quot; Erin said.</p> <p>Unfortunately, since mosquitoes and summer typically go hand in hand, do what you can to keep those pests away. Erin suggests going with citronella plants over the typical candles and sprays.&quot; If you can find citronella plants, buy all they have! Put them in pots and they keep away mosquitoes and bugs. Plants do an awesome job keeping bugs away naturally, and they are just as good as candles. You just need to have them strategically placed around your yard,&quot; she said. You can find these at Home Depot, or any major garden center.</p> <p>Just be careful if you're a dog owner, as they can be <a href="https://bonnieplants.com/growing/growing-mosquito-plants/">toxic to dogs</a>.</p> <h2>3 Yard Decor Choices Even the Pros Worry About</h2> <p>When it comes to DIYing, mistakes are part of the journey. But to avoid any missteps that can easily destroy your budget, Ben and Erin recommend being cautious in three areas: Lawn furniture, paint for your porch, and flowers.</p> <p>When asked what people typically overspend on, Ben told us, &quot;Lawn furniture that&rsquo;s not going to hold up and be durable. Be sure to look for metal that can be used year after year with a metal-bonding paint.&quot;&nbsp;</p> <p>Speaking of paint, don't waste your money on latex paint for your porch. Erin said, &quot;Painting a porch with latex paint is a bad idea. You'll need to redo it because it doesn't hide scratches. Only use old-ace enamel paint because will hold up for a few years.&quot;</p> <p>As for flowers, Erin is all about perennials. &quot;They bloom all year long, even in colder months, whereas annuals need to be replanted.&quot;</p> <p>When it comes to lawn care, Ben reminds us that timing is everything. &quot;It gets so hot in Mississippi, people water and mow their yards in brutal heat during the afternoon, which does more harm than good. Do the mowing and watering in the early morning, and cut your yard a little taller in order to create shade for the roots and allow for more water to be absorbed.&quot;</p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/WaYqp0rHhBA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>So in terms of staying on budget, Ben says you need to set a budget, choose priorities, and make a plan. Once you're ready to shop, you can earn cash back with the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/bankamericard-cash-rewards?utm_source=wisebread&amp;utm_campaign=napier" target="_blank">BankAmericard Cash Rewards credit card</a>. Or really, anytime you shop, this card should be in your wallet. Earn 1% cash back on every purchase, 2% at grocery stores and now at wholesale clubs, and 3% on gas up to the first $2,500 in combined grocery/wholesale club/gas purchases each quarter. Knowing what to buy for the backyard, you can get cash back on your DIY buys, which can help extend your budget.</p> <h2>Must-Have Tools</h2> <p>Not all tools are created equal, so make sure you have the right ones in your toolbox before you start redecorating. Ben's three must-haves are a drill, a hammer, and a pair of pliers. Erin added, &quot;And a caulk gun. That's worth spending money on. Tape measures are a must, too. We seem to have thousands of them.&quot;&nbsp;</p> <p>And in terms of splurging on the right tools, if you have a little wiggle room in your budget, and plan to do more DIY projects in the future, Ben recommends getting a skill saw, a miter saw, and a table saw.</p> <p>For more of Ben and Erin's home improvement tips, and some brilliant how-to videos, head over to <a href="http://promo.bankofamerica.com/ccsearchlp6/" target="_blank">Bank of America</a>. Also, be sure to check out their blog at <a href="https://erinandben.co/">https://erinandben.co/</a>. They update it every day with more fun and creative ideas.</p> <p><em>Do you have any additional outdoor DIY tips you'd like to share? Leave 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/chrissa-hardy">Chrissa Hardy</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-create-your-dream-backyard-on-a-budget">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-cool-diy-home-improvements-for-20-or-less">10 Cool DIY Home Improvements for $20 or Less</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/18-amazing-diy-decorating-projects-that-are-easier-than-you-think">18 Amazing DIY Decorating Projects That Are Easier Than You Think</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/12-ideas-for-cheap-festive-fall-decor">12 Ideas for Cheap, Festive, Fall Decor</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-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-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/18-cheap-and-attractive-ideas-for-bookshelves">18 Cheap and Attractive Ideas for Bookshelves</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Budgeting DIY Home credit cards decor design DIY diy projects gardening home improvement interview lifestyle outdoor decor party tips Thu, 23 Jun 2016 10:30:09 +0000 Chrissa Hardy 1737243 at http://www.wisebread.com 18 Clever Ways to Reuse Your Plastic Shopping Bags http://www.wisebread.com/18-clever-ways-to-reuse-your-plastic-shopping-bags <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/18-clever-ways-to-reuse-your-plastic-shopping-bags" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_5549801_LARGE.jpg" alt="reusing plastic shopping bags" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Plastic shopping bags, once a staple at every store you could think of, are under attack. In August 2014, California imposed a <a href="http://www.ncsl.org/research/environment-and-natural-resources/plastic-bag-legislation.aspx">statewide ban on plastic bags</a>. The same bags are also banned in Hawaii, and the Outer Banks region of North Carolina. And on May 5th, New York City Council approved a <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/06/nyregion/new-york-city-council-backs-5-cent-fee-on-plastic-bags.html?_r=0">$0.05 fee on plastic grocery bags</a>. Make no mistake, plastic bags are either going to disappear from your state, or start costing you. So, when you do get a bunch, what are you going to do with them? They can be <a href="http://ecowatch.com/2013/08/06/the-danger-of-plastic-bags-to-marine-life/">hazardous to marine life</a>, and the environment, so you don't want to throw them in the trash. Instead, you can get crafty. Here are 18 ways you can reuse those plastic shopping bags.</p> <h2>1. Use Them as Packing Material</h2> <p>Forget packing peanuts and bubble wrap. That stuff is expensive, and as you usually never see it again, you're throwing your money away. Instead, pack your fragile items in a thick and cushioned cocoon of old plastic bags. If you have bags that are free from holes, you can even blow air into them and create an air pillow. But even just using them scrunched up, you can keep items safe and sound without having to buy pricey packing supplies.</p> <h2>2. Cover Paint Trays</h2> <p>When you're painting a room in your home, you will find out quickly that paint trays are a pain to wash out. You can buy paint tray liners, but at over $1 a pop, that's a lot of money to throw away. Instead, grab a plastic shopping bag and put the paint tray inside it. Flatten it down, pour the paint as usual, and you have a paint tray liner that cost almost nothing. When you're done, let it dry, remove it, and turn it inside out. Then, use it again. You can also use plastic bags to wrap your paintbrushes in. Do this for the duration of the job, instead of washing each time.</p> <h2>3. Scoop the Poop</h2> <p>When you walk the dog, take plastic grocery bags with you. You can't count on the local park having a well-stocked supply of poop bags, and you don't want to be that dog owner that just walks away from the mess. The bags are perfect for scooping, tying, and disposing. A word of caution though; make sure the bags don't have those safety holes in the bottom. Scoop with one of those and you'll be scrubbing your hands with bleach for a while. Ugh.</p> <h2>4. Line Bathroom Trashcans</h2> <p>Plastic grocery bags are the perfect size for the little trash cans you have in the bathroom or office. Sometimes you'll need to stretch out the top a little to make it fit snug, but it works. You should also keep a few extra bags at the bottom of the can, so you can quickly take out the old one and replace it with a fresh one. Stock up once a month.</p> <h2>5. Dispose of Cat Litter</h2> <p>Keep a big supply of plastic bags next to the cat litter boxes. When it comes time to scoop and sift, the plastic grocery bags are perfect for holding the clumps. Then, tie a couple of knots and throw away as usual. If you have an old diaper genie, you can store them in there until it gets full, saving you a few trips to the garbage can. If your plastic bag is big enough, you can also use it as a liner to the cat tray.</p> <h2>6. Separate Wet Clothes From Dry</h2> <p>If you go swimming, take plastic bags with you in your gym bag. When you're done, put the wet clothes in the bag and tie it up, then pop it in the gym bag and you'll avoid getting your other clothes wet. You can use the same trick if you're traveling. Put your used clothes and underwear in plastic bags if you don't have access to laundry, and wash when you get home.</p> <h2>7. Make an Emergency Rain Hat</h2> <p>You. Will. Look. Ridiculous. But, do you care about looking silly, or keeping your head dry? You can easily turn a plastic bag into a makeshift rain hat and it will protect your hair and head from a downpour. Who knows, maybe it will become the next big fashion trend. You can also use the same hack as a shower cap.</p> <h2>8. Create Bags, Rope, and More!</h2> <p>If you're very crafty, patient, and have a <em>lot</em> of plastic bags at home, you can make some incredible things from them. For instance, <a href="http://allwomenstalk.com/8-clever-uses-for-plastic-bags/2">here is a crocheted bag</a> made entirely from old plastic shopping bags. It will last hundreds of trips to the store, and looks cool. You can also make a <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6KiZXRK5h44">very sturdy rope</a>, friendship bracelets, sandals, and whatever else you can imagine.</p> <h2>9. Use as Furniture Stuffing</h2> <p>Plastic bags are soft, and when you put a bunch of them together, you can fill out pillows and cushions without spending a dime on polyester padding. One quick idea&hellip; get an old pillowcase or cushion cover, stuff it with old plastic bags, and sew it shut. You now have a cheap pet pillow for a dog or cat that you won't mind throwing away once it's well used.</p> <h2>10. Store Food in the Fridge</h2> <p>Before reaching for the cling wrap or foil, see if a plastic grocery bag will do the job first. They are a handy size for storing watermelons that have been cut in half, and also cover whole plates of food. Just make sure the bag you're using is clean and dry, and has not been used to hold anything hazardous to anyone's health.</p> <h2>11. Sick Bag!</h2> <p>How many times have you been driving along when a young kid says, &quot;I'm gonna be sick!&quot; Well, you have a few options. After you panic, you can try and find a place to pull over. That isn't always possible though. The kid could roll down the window and try throwing up but really, that's a mess just waiting to happen &mdash; and other drivers will not be happy. Instead, just keep a few grocery bags (without safety holes) in the glove compartment. They make excellent sick bags that can be tied and thrown away at the next rest stop.</p> <h2>12. Protect Plants From Frost</h2> <p>If you live in a place where the climate cannot make up its mind (psst&hellip; looking at you, Colorado) then you may have plants out ready for summer that could be at risk of a frost attack. You can protect them by wrapping a plastic grocery bag around them overnight, and removing it in the morning.</p> <h2>13. Go Fly a Kite</h2> <p>The lightweight plastic is perfect for catching and holding the wind, and can easily be made into a simple kite to keep the kids entertained at the park. All you need is a plastic grocery bag (or more, depending on how big you want to go), some plastic or wooden sticks, tape, and kite string. Make a cross shape with the sticks, tape it together, wrap the bag(s) around it, secure with more tape, and finally, securely attach the kite string. You can also use a few bags for a tail. Get creative. It's a fun project with a fun outcome.</p> <h2>14. Emergency Gloves</h2> <p>Keep plastic grocery bags handy in the car and the garage. When you have to do something a little messy, especially where oil is concerned, you can pop a bag on each hand before you get to work. They're thin enough to allow you to feel what's going on, but durable enough to keep the oil and grease off your hands. This can also work for those nasty jobs like toilet cleaning, drain cleaning, and anything else that leaves your hands messy.</p> <h2>15. Drop Cloths</h2> <p>You can buy plastic drop cloths from hardware stores, but sometimes, you really don't need one that's 12-ft square. If you're doing some light touch-up work, maybe on a door, baseboard, or end table, cut open a grocery bag and place that down. Secure it with tape if need be.</p> <h2>16. Keep Feet Dry</h2> <p>When you're planning to head out into wintry weather, pop a plastic bag on each foot before you put your foot inside your boot or shoe. No matter what you encounter, your feet will be keep clean and bone dry while you get to work. The bags also add an extra layer of warmth.</p> <h2>17. Boil Water</h2> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/xV2gsWHhDhY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>Seriously. If you're out in the wilderness, camping, or hiking, and need access to clean drinking water, a plastic grocery bag can be a lifesaver. This YouTube video shows you just how to make <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xV2gsWHhDhY">fresh water with a plastic shopping bag</a>.</p> <h2>18. Make a Sling or Tourniquet</h2> <p>Another great survival tip; keep a few plastic bags handy when you go out into the wild, or off on another adventure. If the worst should happen, and you do get a wound, break, or other injury, a plastic bag can be used to tie off the circulation and/or make a handy sling.</p> <p><em>What are some other clever uses for plastic shopping bags? Share with us!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/18-clever-ways-to-reuse-your-plastic-shopping-bags">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/18-ways-to-make-old-things-seem-new">18 Ways to Make Old Things Seem New</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-unique-ways-to-use-school-supplies">12 Unique Ways to Use School Supplies</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/8-creative-ways-to-upcycle-used-baby-furniture">8 Creative Ways to Upcycle Used Baby Furniture</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/19-ways-to-reuse-old-towels">19 Ways to Reuse Old 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/10-great-uses-for-old-ties">10 Great Uses for Old Ties</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living DIY Home grocery bags plastic bags recycle reduce waste reuse shopping bags upcycle Wed, 15 Jun 2016 09:30:48 +0000 Paul Michael 1731144 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Home Repairs to Tackle This Spring http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-home-repairs-to-tackle-this-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-home-repairs-to-tackle-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/woman_trimming_hedge_000013946859.jpg" alt="Woman tackling home repairs this spring" title="" 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 articles on home repairs to tackle this spring, a guide to investing in your 20s, and ways to pay off your student loans.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.bargaineering.com/articles/10-home-repairs-tackle-spring.html">10 Home Repairs to Tackle This Spring</a> &mdash; Trim the trees near your home. It's easier to cut them back in the spring before the leaves grow in. [Bargaineering]</p> <p><a href="http://www.goodfinancialcents.com/investing-in-your-20s-starting">How to Invest in Your 20s</a> &mdash; Ready to invest? Are you sure? Make sure you've accomplished these high-priority financial goals, first. [Good Financial Cents]</p> <p><a href="http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/Saving-Money/2016/0531/Eight-ways-to-pay-off-your-student-loans">Eight ways to pay off your student loans</a> &mdash; Take advantage of the free tools available for people with student loans. They'll make the process less confusing and will help you choose the best repayment options for your situation. [The Monitor]</p> <p><a href="http://moneypantry.com/save-money-food-making-your-own/">Stop Buying These Money-Wasters: 7 Fast and Fool-Proof Foods You Can Make at Home</a> &mdash; Croutons are basically seasoned pieces of toast. Cut some bread into chunks, toss with a bit of oil, cook or bake until crispy, then season with whatever you want! [Money Pantry]</p> <p><a href="http://www.savethebills.com/money-lessons-you-need-know/">10 Money Lessons That You Need to Know</a> &mdash; Don't rush into buying a house. Do your research, crunch the numbers, and make sure you've saved 20% for the down payment. [Save The Bills]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/How-Clean-Microwave-Vinegar-29094077">The Easiest Way to Clean Your Microwave</a> &mdash; Steam-clean your microwave with a vinegar-water solution to loosen and remove any gunk that has built up. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.cleverdude.com/content/are-you-wasting-money-with-traditions/">Are You Wasting Money With Traditions?</a> &mdash; Don't spend time and money on things that don't give you enjoyment and value, even if it's a tradition. [Clever Dude]</p> <p><a href="http://yesiamcheap.com/5-ways-to-maximize-your-retirement-funds/">5 Ways to Maximize Your Retirement Funds</a> &mdash; Having a mix of tax-deferred and tax-free accounts can help reduce the taxes on your retirement accounts. [Yes, I Am Cheap]</p> <p><a href="http://www.beatingbroke.com/to-grow-wealthy-stay-where-you-are/">To Grow Wealthy, Stay Where You Are</a> &mdash; There are many incidentals that add up every time you move, especially if it's to a new area. It can take years to break even and get ahead after a move. [Beating Broke]</p> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/How-Clean-Microwave-Vinegar-29094077">17 Tips To Help You Get A Raise</a> &mdash; Review your company's policy on pay increases. Is there a performance review? Are salaries set to a fixed schedule? Ask your boss for a meeting only if you know you have a shot at getting a raise. [Life'd]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-home-repairs-to-tackle-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-6"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-really-easy-ways-to-unclog-drains">10 Really Easy Ways to Unclog Drains</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-dumb-ways-to-scare-off-potential-homebuyers">10 Dumb Ways to Scare Off Potential Homebuyers</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/8-creative-ways-to-upcycle-used-baby-furniture">8 Creative Ways to Upcycle Used Baby Furniture</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-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-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-bug-sprays-for-home-pest-control">The 5 Best Bug Sprays for Home Pest Control</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Home best money tips home repairs Thu, 02 Jun 2016 10:00:04 +0000 Amy Lu 1721687 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Aluminum and Stainless Steel Water Bottles http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-aluminum-and-stainless-steel-water-bottles <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-aluminum-and-stainless-steel-water-bottles" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_drinking_water_000016538606.jpg" alt="Woman drinking water out of stainless steel water bottle" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Aluminum and stainless steel reusable water bottles are long-lasting and can keep your water cold for hours. They are also an eco-friendly option. Studies have shown that less than 15% of plastic water bottles are actually recycled, so they are a huge contributor to the Earth&rsquo;s landfills. By choosing a reusable bottle, you can help reduce our carbon footprint and reduce the amount of toxic plastic found in landfills.</p> <h2>What Is a Reusable Water Bottle?</h2> <p>Aluminum or stainless steel water bottles are reusable beverage holders that can house your hot or cold drinks. They offer the perfect alternative to harmful disposable plastic bottles. Most people prefer stainless steel bottles to aluminum bottles, but we have included both in the list below so that you can find the right one for your personal preferences.</p> <h2>Top 5 Aluminum and Stainless Steel Water Bottles</h2> <h3>Sigg Traveller Water Bottle</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B006PHN3O2/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B006PHN3O2&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=JFY3BKEMAYELCEBS"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/sigg.jpg" width="79" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>The durable <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B006PHN3O2/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B006PHN3O2&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=JFY3BKEMAYELCEBS">Sigg Traveller Water Bottle</a> is constructed of BPA and Phthalate-free materials and will not leach toxins into your drink. It is also solvent-free and uses heavy metal-free paints on the outside. The 1-liter aluminum water bottle has a screw top, is virtually unbreakable, and has a taste-neutral plastic liner that is resistant to acids and odors. The functional bottle can keep your water cold and is the perfect travel companion.</p> <p>This popular bottle is available in a range of colors and designs to best suit your needs and preferences. It is the common choice among the outdoorsy types because it can really take a beating and is designed to last for years. It is also recommended by Good Housekeeping and Wired.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B006PHN3O2/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B006PHN3O2&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=JFY3BKEMAYELCEBS"><em>Currently $26.15 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Zojirushi Stainless Steel Mug</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005PO9T44/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B005PO9T44&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=UQNQEPT2IEV47UQJ"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/zoji.jpg" width="69" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>The bestselling <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005PO9T44/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B005PO9T44&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=UQNQEPT2IEV47UQJ">Zojirushi Stainless Steel Mug</a> features vacuum insulation technology to keep your beverages hot or cold for about six hours. The sleek, leak-proof design features an extra wide mouth that easily accommodates ice cubes. The 16-oz water bottle features a convenient tight fitting push-button lid, so you can easily open it with one hand, as well as a safety lock for your protection. The durable SlickSteel finish is corrosion resistant and repels stains. It also traps heat on the inside, so you won&rsquo;t have to worry about hot beverages burning your hands. The slim design easily fits in cup holders and the bottle can be completely taken apart for a thorough cleaning.</p> <p>This bottle is available in two sizes and various colors to match your style. It is recommended by Good Housekeeping, Consumer Search, Cook&rsquo;s Illustrated, LifeHacker, Tested, The Wirecutter, and The Sweethome. It also has exceptional reviews online, including more than 3,200 five-star reviews on Amazon. The thermal vacuum insulation is also backed by a five-year warranty for your added peace of mind.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005PO9T44/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B005PO9T44&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=UQNQEPT2IEV47UQJ"><em>Currently $26.82 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Klean Kanteen Classic Stainless Steel Bottle</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0093IRGZM/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B0093IRGZM&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=O2R5SQI4VQWYCNDK"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/klean%20kanteen.jpg" width="83" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>The durable <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0093IRGZM/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B0093IRGZM&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=O2R5SQI4VQWYCNDK">Klean Kanteen Classic 27-oz Stainless Steel Bottle</a> features a convenient loop cap, which allows you to easily clip the bottle onto your bag. The BPA-free water bottle has no phthalates, lead, or other toxins, and won&rsquo;t leach harmful chemicals into your beverage or retain or impart flavors. It is leak-proof and features a wide mouth opening that allows for ice cubes and bottle brushes. It also features rounded corners, so no dirt or bacteria can hide away in hard angles. The slim design fits in most cup holders and bike cages. It is also dishwasher-safe for easy cleaning.</p> <p>The bottle is available in a range of sizes and colors to best suit your personal needs and preferences. It is backed by outstanding online reviews and a lifetime warranty for your added peace of mind. It is also recommended by Wired and The Wirecutter. This is easily found in most outdoor sports stores for a reason. It can really take a beating and is designed to last reliably for years.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0093IRGZM/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B0093IRGZM&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=O2R5SQI4VQWYCNDK"><em>Currently $16.29 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Thermos Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel Hydration Bottle</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000FJ9DOK/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B000FJ9DOK&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=7N7BKTZZ4KWLLUJE"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/thermos.jpg" width="70" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000FJ9DOK/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B000FJ9DOK&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=7N7BKTZZ4KWLLUJE">Thermos Vacuum Insulated 18-oz Stainless Steel Hydration Bottle</a> features vacuum insulation technology, which keeps drinks cold for 12 hours and can also maintain hot temperatures for hours. The leak-proof bottle can also help preserve flavor and freshness. It is BPA-free and has a durable, unbreakable stainless steel interior and exterior. It has a slip resistant silicone grip and is condensation-free, so it won&rsquo;t leave any rings behind. The top can be screwed off so that you have plenty of space to include ice cubes. It features a convenient push-button lid, so you can easily open it with one hand. The free-flow spout has a hygienic cover and a locking ring for enhanced safety. It is well designed, leak-proof, has no metallic taste, and fits in most cup holders.</p> <p>Thermos has been the leading manufacturer of convenient insulated products for over 100 years, so you can count on it working well for you. It comes in four colors to match your style. It is recommended by Good Housekeeping and has exceptional reviews online, including more than 2,000 five-star reviews on Amazon. It is designed to last for years and is backed by a five-year limited warranty for your added peace of mind.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000FJ9DOK/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B000FJ9DOK&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=7N7BKTZZ4KWLLUJE"><em>Currently $17.67 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Coleman Aluminum Bottle</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00168ZJS8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00168ZJS8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=D7CY4XZX2ZF7NXXC"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/coleman.jpg" width="75" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>The rugged <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00168ZJS8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00168ZJS8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=D7CY4XZX2ZF7NXXC">Coleman 32-oz Aluminum Bottle</a> is sturdy enough to take on your next vacation or hiking trip. Coleman is a leader in outdoor and camping supplies, so it&rsquo;s no surprise that they also offer one of the best water bottles for all your outdoor (and indoor) needs. The lightweight bottle features a looped topper seal to protect against leaks and ensure you can easily hang it from your bag. The wide mouth opening can also fit most ice cubes. It is the perfect size for most cup holders in the car or on fitness equipment and is dishwasher safe for easy cleaning.</p> <p>Unfortunately, you cannot choose which color you&rsquo;ll receive. The colors vary, so you can expect either red, black, blue, or silver. It is featured on Shape.com and has outstanding reviews online.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00168ZJS8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00168ZJS8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=D7CY4XZX2ZF7NXXC"><em>Currently $7.68 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best aluminum and stainless steel water bottles. As always, be sure to check <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar">Wise Bread's Buying Calendar</a> to learn when and how to buy just about anything!</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-cannon">Andrea Cannon</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-aluminum-and-stainless-steel-water-bottles">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/the-5-best-popsicle-molds">The 5 Best Popsicle Molds</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-pet-flea-medications">The 5 Best Pet Flea Medications</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-pet-flea-shampoos">The 5 Best Pet Flea Shampoos</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-robotic-mops">The 5 Best Robotic 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/the-5-best-repair-shampoos">The 5 Best Repair Shampoos</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Home Shopping 5 best aluminum water bottles product reviews shopping stainless steel water bottles water bottles Thu, 02 Jun 2016 09:00:05 +0000 Andrea Cannon 1715521 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Ways You're Being a Terrible Neighbor http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-youre-being-a-terrible-neighbor <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-ways-youre-being-a-terrible-neighbor" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000073263553_Large.jpg" alt="you&#039;re being a bad neighbor" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>After family, friends, and coworkers, neighbors comprise one of our most basic social networks. Good neighbors keep a watchful eye on the community, help older folks live independently, pitch in when there's a local emergency, and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-reasons-why-its-good-to-know-your-neighbors">provide many other benefits</a>. That's why being a good neighbor is so important &mdash; and why being a terrible one is so damaging. Blissfully unaware of how you're viewed in the neighborhood? It's time for some critical self-review. Here are 10 ways you're being a terrible neighbor.</p> <h2>1. Moonlighting as a Mechanic</h2> <p>I'm all for saving a few bucks by repairing and maintaining your own car, but there's a limit. If your driveway features a permanent installation of automobiles on concrete blocks, you're probably annoying the neighbors. Remember, pneumatic drills and floodlights have a way of detracting from a neighborhood's charm.</p> <h2>2. Impolite Parking</h2> <p>According to data from U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey, only 2.5% of American households <a href="https://www.aei.org/publication/chart-of-the-day-rising-household-vehicle-ownership-over-time-belies-the-middle-class-stagnation-narrative/print/">owned three or more vehicles in 1960</a>. By 2013, that number had ballooned to 19.7%. Today, it's common for a family's fleet of vehicles to fill the garage, driveway, and a few curbside spaces.</p> <p>If you must park on the street, avoid parking directly across from a driveway (it makes backing out difficult for the homeowner). And if you tend to park in front of the same few houses everyday, rotate your cars so your neighbors can catch a glimpse of an empty space every once in awhile.</p> <h2>3. Having Your Own Zoo</h2> <p>It's the trifecta of inconsiderate pet ownership: Allowing pets to run loose, not picking up dog waste during walks, and letting dogs bark at all hours. If you're guilty of any of these offenses, assume that each and every one of your neighbors is hoping you get transferred.</p> <h2>4. Letting Your Lawn Turn Into a Jungle</h2> <p>Sure, we all get busy and sometimes it's difficult to keep up with the pace of nature during the spring and summer months. Still, if you're not mowing consistently or you're letting overgrown branches obstruct sidewalks or streets, you're shirking your duties as a good neighbor. Forget the manicured lawn &mdash; just keep things relatively tidy and safe.</p> <h2>5. Burning Yard Waste</h2> <p>Though many communities have an ordinance against open burning within city limits, it's one of the most commonly-ignored laws on the books. If you're burning yard waste, you're reducing general air quality, bathing the neighborhood in trace amounts of carcinogens, and probably aggravating a few neighbors' chronic respiratory conditions.</p> <h2>6. Spurning the Shovel</h2> <p>If it snows in your part of the country, shoveling sidewalks is fact of life and an essential part of being a good neighbor. If you're not shoveling, you're creating an icy slip-and-slide that's particularly treacherous for young kids and the elderly.</p> <h2>7. Encroaching</h2> <p>Using even a small part of someone else's property creates instant ill will. Make sure your parking habits don't cut into a neighbor's lawn, your festive cookouts don't spill over into an adjoining yard, and your kids' skateboard circuit doesn't include 10 feet of the deck next door.</p> <h2>8. Explosive Celebrating</h2> <p>Legal or illegal, setting off fireworks of any kind won't win you a Neighbor of the Year Award. Fireworks disturb the peace, send pets into anxiety overdrive, set off sensitive car alarms, and fill the air with clouds of sulfur.</p> <p>If you simply must vent your enthusiasm on the 4th of July, on New Year's Eve, or when your favorite sports franchise wins a game, try this: Shut yourself in a closet and blow a kazoo for a few minutes. Seriously. The sound is just about as pleasant and you get to keep all your fingers.</p> <h2>9. Not Securing Trash and Recyclables</h2> <p>Unsecured trash and recycling material gets blown around by the wind and carried off by raccoons. Avoid both by using quality garbage cans with tight-fitting lids and not setting out your trash too early on trash day. Also, promptly retrieve any loose items that the garbage collectors missed. Your neighbors will thank you.</p> <h2>10. Slamming Doors</h2> <p>This one's for all the apartment and condo-dwellers out there. Good neighbors don't let doors slam. Heavy modern doors that access stairwells, condo units, and common areas typically feature closure mechanisms for fire safety. Depending on how they're adjusted, these can cause doors to slam shut if you don't catch them first and soften the impact. No matter what time of day, slamming doors make every resident's life a little less peaceful.</p> <p>Terrible neighbors have one thing in common: They're inconsiderate. They've lost sight of the fact that they're part of a community of folks who may not share their schedule, aesthetic sensibility, tolerance for noise, or appreciation for the fertilizing effects of dog poop. Transitioning from a terrible neighbor to a terrific one just takes a bit of self-awareness, some social graces &mdash; and maybe a kazoo.</p> <p><em>Do you or your neighbors commit any of these unneighborly offenses? What's your biggest pet peeve about the people next door? Share with us!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kentin-waits">Kentin Waits</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-youre-being-a-terrible-neighbor">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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