Home http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/3754/all en-US 20 Cheap and Easy DIY Kitchen Improvements http://www.wisebread.com/20-cheap-and-easy-diy-kitchen-improvements <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/20-cheap-and-easy-diy-kitchen-improvements" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_cooking_pot_534722067.jpg" alt="Woman making easy DIY kitchen improvements" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Cook, clean, repeat. Making meals day in and day out is a lot of work! No wonder Americans <a href="https://www.zagat.com/b/the-state-of-american-dining-in-2016">dine out between four and five times</a> per week. Are you ready to lighten your load a little, or cheer up your kitchen space? If so, here are 20 fun and easy DIY improvements.</p> <h2>1. Fancy Furniture to Kitchen Island</h2> <p>Google some of the images for &quot;dresser into kitchen island&quot; and you'll be as stoked as I was (and you'll be looking at dressers along with me, at yard sales!). Not only are these practical, but some of them are <a href="http://www.remodelaholic.com/from-dresser-to-kitchen-island/">really great-looking</a>.</p> <h2>2. Cutting Board Holder</h2> <p>Do you use separate cutting boards for raw meats and another for ready-to-eat foods? Safer, for sure, but storing multiple cutting boards can be a pain. Sleek sets of cutting boards aren't cheap ($30 and up), so instead try one of these <a href="http://amzn.to/2fpmq9E">wire step file organizers</a> at a bargain for $11.75 (even less if used). It'll also hold some cookbooks and small baking sheets.</p> <h2>3. Ditch the Drawers</h2> <p>Ugh, my poor, aching, back. I have come to despise my deep cupboards (where is that darn yellow casserole dish?). Maybe I'll install these awesome <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZH0gHFRI_rU">DIY pullout drawers.</a></p> <h2>4. Make a Cheerful Rug</h2> <p>Love my hardwood floors, but rugs do &quot;warm up&quot; the room, and they are nice to stand on while doing dishes. Why not <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YADYD28wIWU">make your own</a>?</p> <h2>5. Sharp Storage</h2> <p>I love my big knife block, but if your knives weren't all purchased together, consider this handy <a href="http://amzn.to/2fRSmHJ">magnetic knife bar</a>. At less than $25, it'll keep your knives easy to find. It's also easy to install.</p> <h2>6. Hang 'Em High</h2> <p>Pots and pans everywhere? I know, I had that problem, too, until my husband built me a <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PnVRZPzNBvk">hanging pot rack</a>. This project takes only about 45 minutes and what a terrific space-saver it is.</p> <h2>7. Fun Retro Look</h2> <p>Putting ingredients into Mason jars not only looks neat in your pantry, but the clear glass is practical. Take it a step further with a <a href="http://amzn.to/2gBGryR">label maker</a> and go nuts organizing.</p> <h2>8. Shelf Space</h2> <p>Wall space with no cupboards attached? Lucky you &mdash; try your hand at building some <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cxnduhQDuMo">floating shelves</a> and store/display your stuff.</p> <h2>9. Peg It</h2> <p>Remember pegboard? Guess what: It's cool again. Pegboard is inexpensive stuff, and it's not just for the garage, anymore. Paint it, or leave it in its natural state, add hooks, and ta-daah! Instant storage. A 2' x 4' piece is only about $6.</p> <h2>10. Cover It</h2> <p>I have, like&hellip; zero... craft ability, but even I can run a hot glue gun. You can use twine, rope, or even raffia to <a href="http://www.frugelegance.com/rope-wrapped-cans/">cover an old coffee can</a>; fill with spatulas, ladles, wooden spoons. Then, utensils are not only easy to find, but look great.</p> <h2>11. Hook It</h2> <p>Don't forget about <a href="http://amzn.to/2ggkr8n">cup hooks</a>! For about $6, you can buy a package of 30 sturdy hooks. Just screw them in &quot;wasted space&quot; spots in your kitchen and voilà! Hang up potholders, aprons, and, well, cups.</p> <h2>12. Outdoors In</h2> <p>I love fresh fruit in a bowl, but it does take up valuable counter space. Solution? Snag an inexpensive plant holder on clearance in a big-box garden shop and hang it inside for a &quot;hanging&quot; fruit basket.</p> <h2>13. DIY Countertop</h2> <p>Building your own <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U7GuE2O2DAo">concrete countertop</a> is not a project for a beginner or a weekend, but if you have the skills, it's pretty cool!</p> <h2>14. Spicy Solution</h2> <p>No built-in spice rack? Don't despair. Here is a <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bwiSU26xPRI">spice-rack project</a> that can easily be done in an afternoon.</p> <h2>15. What's for Dinner?</h2> <p>Like those big menu boards you see in restaurants? How about a place to easily write shopping lists, post family notes, or schedules? Try making your own <a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/Magnetic-Dry-Erase-Wall/">dry-erase board</a> &mdash; a project that is really fun <em>and </em>practical!</p> <h2>16. Plant It!</h2> <p>Fresh herbs make your cooking efforts so much better. Why not plant an <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cu6Cda37Us4">indoor herb garden</a>? It's a snap. I love having chives, rosemary, basil and cilantro around.</p> <h2>17. Rakishly Handsome</h2> <p>Watch for old rakes at yard sales. Cut the handles down, clean, and hang on a wall. A rake is, as it turns out, perfect for hanging wineglasses, potholders, or kitchen towels, and they have a lot of fun character.</p> <h2>18. Re-Purpose the Wipes Container</h2> <p>Love those handy pop-up wipes containers? Re-use by covering with pretty wrapping or contact paper, and fill with plastic bags.</p> <h2>19. Snack Extravaganza</h2> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2g4ea0j">Hanging shoe pockets</a> aren't just for shoes. Hang one in your pantry and add snacks, tea and cocoa packets, gravy or sauce mix packets, etc.</p> <h2>20. Cookbook Character</h2> <p>Need additional cookbook storage? Why not try making a <a href="http://www.wherethesmileshavebeen.com/how-to-make-and-install-pallet-bookshelves/">bookshelf out of a pallet</a>? The instructions include super-helpful information about how to select safe pallet wood.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/marla-walters">Marla Walters</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-cheap-and-easy-diy-kitchen-improvements">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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Ask your grandparents on Thanksgiving if they spent the day the same way you do now, and you may hear some surprising stories. They might have taken to the streets wearing masks, believe it or not. And if your elders immigrated from Europe, they might tell you about the Christmas Spider, who spread holiday cheer all over the world. Yeah.</p> <p>And that's not all. Here are some of the craziest old holiday traditions we could find.</p> <h2>Thanksgiving</h2> <p>Think shopping is the weirdest thing anyone has ever done on Turkey Day? Even the newest holiday on the calendar has plenty of oddities in its past.</p> <h3>1. Pray All Day</h3> <p>You might spend the fourth Thursday in November watching football and eating, but the holiday's concept springs from Calvinist Thanksgivings, which were days set aside for <a href="http://www.plimoth.org/learn/multimedia-reference-library/read-articles-and-writings/thanksgiving-history">nonstop prayer</a>. These weren't annual events. They were not to be held on Sunday &mdash; which could be why we celebrate Thanksgiving on a weekday.</p> <p>When the first national Thanksgiving was announced in 1777, the <a href="http://www.pilgrimhallmuseum.org/pdf/TG_First_National_Thanksgiving_Proclamation_1777.pdf">Continental Congress</a> specified that no &quot;recreation&quot; was allowed; instead folks should devote the time off to &quot;Confession of their manifold Sins.&quot;</p> <h3>2. Fast, Not Feast</h3> <p>Sometimes a Thanksgiving was set aside as a feast day, but other times for eating nothing at all. After the Union victory at Gettysburg, President Lincoln <a href="http://rogerjnorton.com/Lincoln99.html">set aside the last Thursday of September</a> of 1863 as &quot;a day of humiliation, prayer, and fasting for all the people of the nation.&quot; Later that year, Lincoln declared another Thanksgiving, during which grateful northerners fed turkey dinners to troops.</p> <h3>3. Masquerade</h3> <p>Going out to the mall on Thanksgiving Day is seen as breaking the tradition of spending it at home with family, but surprisingly, it was once popular to take to the streets on T-Day. Not to shop, but to <a href="http://www.npr.org/sections/theprotojournalist/2014/11/19/365195079/when-thanksgiving-was-weird">show off your festive mask</a>.</p> <p>&quot;The chief feature of the day was the street charivari,&quot; reads an 1899 New York Times article. Charivari? Pronounced &quot;shivery,&quot; a charivari is a rowdy masked parade. Masks depicted everything from fictional characters to caricatures of ethnicities: &quot;Fausts, Filipinos, Mephistos, Boers, Uncle Sams &hellip;&quot; There were also boys in drag.</p> <h3>4. Dressing Up as Native Americans</h3> <p>When I was a child, my kindergarten teacher set up a teepee in our classroom, and we donned headdresses and banged drums. Luckily, most schools have at least toned down this inaccurate and offensive cultural appropriation, and many <a href="http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2003-11-22/news/0311220160_1_native-americans-costumes-stereotypes">schools have eliminated</a> any trace of pilgrim and Native American costumes or craft projects.</p> <h2>Christmas</h2> <p>Leaving veggies out for Santa's reindeer might seem like a strange modern tradition, but oh boy, old school traditions were so much weirder.</p> <h3>5. Santa's Sidekicks</h3> <p>In modern America, usually only benevolent Santa Claus surveilles child behavior. But in Europe, a tradition dating back hundreds of years gives St. Nick a darker counterpart, half-goat, half-man <a href="http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2013/12/131217-krampus-christmas-santa-devil/">Krampus</a>, who punishes children that don't make Santa's &quot;nice&quot; list. In the Netherlands even today, Santa arrives with a helper called <a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/netherlands/11996588/Dutch-Black-Pete-makes-annual-arrival-to-howls-of-protest.html">Black Piet</a>, who, despite growing protests and an obvious level of offensiveness, is a white person in blackface. Other European countries also have bizarre St. Nick helpers, including &quot;The Whipping Father&quot; in France.</p> <h3>6. Candles on the Tree</h3> <p>As if bringing a dead tree into your living room isn't enough of a <a href="http://wrfmc.com/Fire_Museum/Fire_Safety_files/Holiday%20Fire%20Safety%20Tips.pdf">fire hazard</a> &mdash; the original twinkling holiday lights were flaming candles, and were all the rage in <a href="http://mentalfloss.com/article/26585/brief-history-christmas-tree-lights">Germany in the 1600s</a>.</p> <p>Wasn't that dangerous? Oh yes. A Chicago hospital burned to the ground because of tree candles, and in 1908 insurance companies tried to ban them.</p> <h3>7. O Holy Fright</h3> <p>Folks in Eastern Europe have seen hard times &mdash; sometimes so hard that families could not afford to decorate the holiday tree. Not to worry! The <a href="http://www.whychristmas.com/customs/trees.shtml">Christmas spider</a> will cover it with cobwebs, which ideally the magic of Christmas transforms into silver and gold tinsel by morning. It's not recorded whether children would leave a plate of dead bugs for the Christmas spider to snack on.</p> <h3>8. J-E-L-L- Oh Heck No</h3> <p>In the '50s and '60s, gelatin molds were all the rage, leading disturbing &quot;festive&quot; meal items such as the <a href="https://www.buzzfeed.com/rachelwmiller/truly-horrifying-vintage-holiday-recipes?utm_term=.jkVz4Mbmj#.vqnJdeZRP">Vegetable and Tuna Jell-O Wreath</a>. Then there's this <a href="http://www.foodtimeline.org/christmasmenu.html#50christmas">1956 &quot;red&quot; themed dinner menu</a> that includes &quot;salmon pudding.&quot; Yikes.</p> <p>We like to think of the holidays as a time when we return to time-honored traditions, but the truth is that traditions change over the years. Ask your grandparents on Thanksgiving if they spent the day the same way you do now, and you may hear some surprising stories. They might have taken to the streets wearing masks, believe it or not. And if your elders immigrated from Europe, they might tell you about the Christmas Spider, who spread holiday cheer all over the world. Yeah.</p> <p>And that's not all. Here are some of the craziest old holiday traditions we could find.</p> <h2>Thanksgiving</h2> <p>Think shopping is the weirdest thing anyone has ever done on Turkey Day? Even the newest holiday on the calendar has plenty of oddities in its past.</p> <h3>1. Pray All Day</h3> <p>You might spend the fourth Thursday in November watching football and eating, but the holiday's concept springs from Calvinist Thanksgivings, which were days set aside for <a href="http://www.plimoth.org/learn/multimedia-reference-library/read-articles-and-writings/thanksgiving-history">nonstop prayer</a>. These weren't annual events. They were not to be held on Sunday &mdash; which could be why we celebrate Thanksgiving on a weekday.</p> <p>When the first national Thanksgiving was announced in 1777, the <a href="http://www.pilgrimhallmuseum.org/pdf/TG_First_National_Thanksgiving_Proclamation_1777.pdf">Continental Congress</a> specified that no &quot;recreation&quot; was allowed; instead folks should devote the time off to &quot;Confession of their manifold Sins.&quot;</p> <h3>2. Fast, Not Feast</h3> <p>Sometimes a Thanksgiving was set aside as a feast day, but other times for eating nothing at all. After the Union victory at Gettysburg, President Lincoln <a href="http://rogerjnorton.com/Lincoln99.html">set aside the last Thursday of September</a> of 1863 as &quot;a day of humiliation, prayer, and fasting for all the people of the nation.&quot; Later that year, Lincoln declared another Thanksgiving, during which grateful northerners fed turkey dinners to troops.</p> <h3>3. Masquerade</h3> <p>Going out to the mall on Thanksgiving Day is seen as breaking the tradition of spending it at home with family, but surprisingly, it was once popular to take to the streets on T-Day. Not to shop, but to <a href="http://www.npr.org/sections/theprotojournalist/2014/11/19/365195079/when-thanksgiving-was-weird">show off your festive mask</a>.</p> <p>&quot;The chief feature of the day was the street charivari,&quot; reads an 1899 New York Times article. Charivari? Pronounced &quot;shivery,&quot; a charivari is a rowdy masked parade. Masks depicted everything from fictional characters to caricatures of ethnicities: &quot;Fausts, Filipinos, Mephistos, Boers, Uncle Sams &hellip;&quot; There were also boys in drag.</p> <h3>4. Dressing Up as Native Americans</h3> <p>When I was a child, my kindergarten teacher set up a teepee in our classroom, and we donned headdresses and banged drums. Luckily, most schools have at least toned down this inaccurate and offensive cultural appropriation, and many <a href="http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2003-11-22/news/0311220160_1_native-americans-costumes-stereotypes">schools have eliminated</a> any trace of pilgrim and Native American costumes or craft projects.</p> <h2>Christmas</h2> <p>Leaving veggies out for Santa's reindeer might seem like a strange modern tradition, but oh boy, old school traditions were so much weirder.</p> <h3>5. Santa's Sidekicks</h3> <p>In modern America, usually only benevolent Santa Claus surveilles child behavior. But in Europe, a tradition dating back hundreds of years gives St. Nick a darker counterpart, half-goat, half-man <a href="http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2013/12/131217-krampus-christmas-santa-devil/">Krampus</a>, who punishes children that don't make Santa's &quot;nice&quot; list. In the Netherlands even today, Santa arrives with a helper called <a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/netherlands/11996588/Dutch-Black-Pete-makes-annual-arrival-to-howls-of-protest.html">Black Piet</a>, who, despite growing protests and an obvious level of offensiveness, is a white person in blackface. Other European countries also have bizarre St. Nick helpers, including &quot;The Whipping Father&quot; in France.</p> <h3>6. Candles on the Tree</h3> <p>As if bringing a dead tree into your living room isn't enough of a <a href="http://wrfmc.com/Fire_Museum/Fire_Safety_files/Holiday%20Fire%20Safety%20Tips.pdf">fire hazard</a> &mdash; the original twinkling holiday lights were flaming candles, and were all the rage in <a href="http://mentalfloss.com/article/26585/brief-history-christmas-tree-lights">Germany in the 1600s</a>.</p> <p>Wasn't that dangerous? Oh yes. A Chicago hospital burned to the ground because of tree candles, and in 1908 insurance companies tried to ban them.</p> <h3>7. O Holy Fright</h3> <p>Folks in Eastern Europe have seen hard times &mdash; sometimes so hard that families could not afford to decorate the holiday tree. Not to worry! The <a href="http://www.whychristmas.com/customs/trees.shtml">Christmas spider</a> will cover it with cobwebs, which ideally the magic of Christmas transforms into silver and gold tinsel by morning. It's not recorded whether children would leave a plate of dead bugs for the Christmas spider to snack on.</p> <h3>8. J-E-L-L- Oh Heck No</h3> <p>In the '50s and '60s, gelatin molds were all the rage, leading disturbing &quot;festive&quot; meal items such as the <a href="https://www.buzzfeed.com/rachelwmiller/truly-horrifying-vintage-holiday-recipes?utm_term=.jkVz4Mbmj#.vqnJdeZRP">Vegetable and Tuna Jell-O Wreath</a>. Then there's this <a href="http://www.foodtimeline.org/christmasmenu.html#50christmas">1956 &quot;red&quot; themed dinner menu</a> that includes &quot;salmon pudding.&quot; Yikes.</p> <p>We like to think of the holidays as a time when we return to time-honored traditions, but the truth is that traditions change over the years. Ask your grandparents on Thanksgiving if they spent the day the same way you do now, and you may hear some surprising stories. They might have taken to the streets wearing masks, believe it or not. And if your elders immigrated from Europe, they might tell you about the Christmas Spider, who spread holiday cheer all over the world. Yeah.</p> <p>And that's not all. Here are some of the craziest old holiday traditions we could find.</p> <h2>Thanksgiving</h2> <p>Think shopping is the weirdest thing anyone has ever done on Turkey Day? Even the newest holiday on the calendar has plenty of oddities in its past.</p> <h3>1. Pray All Day</h3> <p>You might spend the fourth Thursday in November watching football and eating, but the holiday's concept springs from Calvinist Thanksgivings, which were days set aside for <a href="http://www.plimoth.org/learn/multimedia-reference-library/read-articles-and-writings/thanksgiving-history">nonstop prayer</a>. These weren't annual events. They were not to be held on Sunday &mdash; which could be why we celebrate Thanksgiving on a weekday.</p> <p>When the first national Thanksgiving was announced in 1777, the <a href="http://www.pilgrimhallmuseum.org/pdf/TG_First_National_Thanksgiving_Proclamation_1777.pdf">Continental Congress</a> specified that no &quot;recreation&quot; was allowed; instead folks should devote the time off to &quot;Confession of their manifold Sins.&quot;</p> <h3>2. Fast, Not Feast</h3> <p>Sometimes a Thanksgiving was set aside as a feast day, but other times for eating nothing at all. After the Union victory at Gettysburg, President Lincoln <a href="http://rogerjnorton.com/Lincoln99.html">set aside the last Thursday of September</a> of 1863 as &quot;a day of humiliation, prayer, and fasting for all the people of the nation.&quot; Later that year, Lincoln declared another Thanksgiving, during which grateful northerners fed turkey dinners to troops.</p> <h3>3. Masquerade</h3> <p>Going out to the mall on Thanksgiving Day is seen as breaking the tradition of spending it at home with family, but surprisingly, it was once popular to take to the streets on T-Day. Not to shop, but to <a href="http://www.npr.org/sections/theprotojournalist/2014/11/19/365195079/when-thanksgiving-was-weird">show off your festive mask</a>.</p> <p>&quot;The chief feature of the day was the street charivari,&quot; reads an 1899 New York Times article. Charivari? Pronounced &quot;shivery,&quot; a charivari is a rowdy masked parade. Masks depicted everything from fictional characters to caricatures of ethnicities: &quot;Fausts, Filipinos, Mephistos, Boers, Uncle Sams &hellip;&quot; There were also boys in drag.</p> <h3>4. Dressing Up as Native Americans</h3> <p>When I was a child, my kindergarten teacher set up a teepee in our classroom, and we donned headdresses and banged drums. Luckily, most schools have at least toned down this inaccurate and offensive cultural appropriation, and many <a href="http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2003-11-22/news/0311220160_1_native-americans-costumes-stereotypes">schools have eliminated</a> any trace of pilgrim and Native American costumes or craft projects.</p> <h2>Christmas</h2> <p>Leaving veggies out for Santa's reindeer might seem like a strange modern tradition, but oh boy, old school traditions were so much weirder.</p> <h3>5. Santa's Sidekicks</h3> <p>In modern America, usually only benevolent Santa Claus surveilles child behavior. But in Europe, a tradition dating back hundreds of years gives St. Nick a darker counterpart, half-goat, half-man <a href="http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2013/12/131217-krampus-christmas-santa-devil/">Krampus</a>, who punishes children that don't make Santa's &quot;nice&quot; list. In the Netherlands even today, Santa arrives with a helper called <a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/netherlands/11996588/Dutch-Black-Pete-makes-annual-arrival-to-howls-of-protest.html">Black Piet</a>, who, despite growing protests and an obvious level of offensiveness, is a white person in blackface. Other European countries also have bizarre St. Nick helpers, including &quot;The Whipping Father&quot; in France.</p> <h3>6. Candles on the Tree</h3> <p>As if bringing a dead tree into your living room isn't enough of a <a href="http://wrfmc.com/Fire_Museum/Fire_Safety_files/Holiday%20Fire%20Safety%20Tips.pdf">fire hazard</a> &mdash; the original twinkling holiday lights were flaming candles, and were all the rage in <a href="http://mentalfloss.com/article/26585/brief-history-christmas-tree-lights">Germany in the 1600s</a>.</p> <p>Wasn't that dangerous? Oh yes. A Chicago hospital burned to the ground because of tree candles, and in 1908 insurance companies tried to ban them.</p> <h3>7. O Holy Fright</h3> <p>Folks in Eastern Europe have seen hard times &mdash; sometimes so hard that families could not afford to decorate the holiday tree. Not to worry! The <a href="http://www.whychristmas.com/customs/trees.shtml">Christmas spider</a> will cover it with cobwebs, which ideally the magic of Christmas transforms into silver and gold tinsel by morning. It's not recorded whether children would leave a plate of dead bugs for the Christmas spider to snack on.</p> <h3>8. J-E-L-L- Oh Heck No</h3> <p>In the '50s and '60s, gelatin molds were all the rage, leading disturbing &quot;festive&quot; meal items such as the <a href="https://www.buzzfeed.com/rachelwmiller/truly-horrifying-vintage-holiday-recipes?utm_term=.jkVz4Mbmj#.vqnJdeZRP">Vegetable and Tuna Jell-O Wreath</a>. Then there's this <a href="http://www.foodtimeline.org/christmasmenu.html#50christmas">1956 &quot;red&quot; themed dinner menu</a> that includes &quot;salmon pudding.&quot; Yikes.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/carrie-kirby">Carrie Kirby</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-old-holiday-traditions-we-cant-believe-ever-existed">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/11-holiday-pet-dangers-to-avoid">11 Holiday Pet Dangers to Avoid</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/people-who-love-christmas-do-these-9-things-do-you">People Who Love Christmas Do These 9 Things — Do You?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-frugal-christmas-decorating-hacks">14 Frugal Christmas Decorating Hacks</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-cheap-and-delicious-punch-recipes-for-holiday-parties">15 Cheap and Delicious Punch Recipes for Holiday Parties</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-things-the-craziest-christmas-fanatics-do">7 Things the Craziest Christmas Fanatics Do</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Family Home Christmas feast frugal living holiday traditions Holidays religion Thanksgiving traditions Tue, 22 Nov 2016 10:00:08 +0000 Carrie Kirby 1837833 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Food Steamers http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-food-steamers <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-food-steamers" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/broccoli_food_steamer_104830135.jpg" alt="Steaming broccoli with best food steamers" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Steamers can be used to cook a variety of different foods, including meat, chicken, seafood, vegetables, dumplings, and any item that requires moisture retention. They can often also help you cook rice and keep your food warm.</p> <p>Steamers can help you cook balanced meals in a quicker, simpler, healthier, and more efficient manner. They use an effective moist-heat cooking method that cooks food on stackable trays by surrounding it with hot steam in an enclosed environment.</p> <h2>What Is a Food Steamer?</h2> <p>A food steamer is a small kitchen appliance that can cook a variety of foods using steam. It works by steaming food in a sealed pot that limits the escape of air. By steaming foods, you can retain much of the food&rsquo;s nutritional content. You can also cook without fat, oil, or butter, so it provides a healthier way to make delicious, nutritious home-cooked meals.</p> <h2>Top 5 Food Steamers</h2> <h3>Aroma Housewares Digital Cool-Touch Food Steamer</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2fVdCJk"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/aroma_0.jpg" width="200" height="200" align="right" alt="" /></a>Amazon&rsquo;s #1 best-seller in rice cookers, the <a href="http://amzn.to/2fVdCJk">Aroma Housewares Digital Cool-Touch Rice Cooker and Food Steamer</a> is also a top-notch steamer and slow cooker. It can simultaneously cook rice and steam meats, vegetables, and more. You can even use it to quickly and easily create one-pot dinners to save you time. The Unique Sensor Logic technology uses an onboard microcomputer to automatically optimize cooking temperature to enhance flavor and texture. Once the food is ready, it will automatically switch to the &ldquo;keep warm&rdquo; setting to keep your food warm until you&rsquo;re ready. You can also set the delay timer for up to 15 hours, so it&rsquo;s ready when you are.</p> <p>The programmable digital controls have Steam, White Rice, Brown Rice, and Delay Timer settings. There is also a &ldquo;Quick Rice&rdquo; function, which cuts cooking time by up to 50%. The nonstick inner cooking pot and all accessories are dishwasher-safe and can be removed for quick, easy cleanup. The multifunction stainless steel steamer includes a BPA-free steam tray, rice measuring cup, serving spatula, recipe booklet, and coupons.</p> <p>This is available in silver or white. It has outstanding reviews, including more than 4,500 five-star reviews on Amazon. If you need a larger option, consider the highly reviewed <a href="http://amzn.to/2f3E8T5">Aroma Housewares Cooked Digital Rice Cooker</a>.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2fVdCJk"><em>Currently $29.00 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Hamilton Beach Digital Steamer</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2ffOzRq"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/hamilton.jpg" width="200" height="193" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2ffOzRq">Hamilton Beach Digital Steamer</a> is a versatile, stackable two-tier steamer that can steam seafood, chicken, and vegetables, and can even be used to boil eggs. You can use the two tiers separately or remove the center divider to fit large items. It will alert you when the cooking time is up and when the water level is too low. It automatically switches to a &ldquo;keep warm&rdquo; function when the food is ready to keep your food warm for one hour, until the steamer shuts itself off. It has a digital touch pad and a &ldquo;Delay Start&rdquo; timer, so it can begin steaming up to 24 hours later. It has an easy-fill water reservoir and a viewing window, so you can monitor the water level. It is durable, reliable, and built to last. It includes a dishwasher-safe rice bowl and drip tray, steaming chart, and a nested storage design for compact storage.</p> <p>This is on Amazon&rsquo;s Home Gift Guide. It is an Amazon best-seller and one of the &ldquo;most wished for&rdquo; items on Amazon. It also has outstanding reviews, including more than 1,200 five-star reviews on Amazon.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2ffOzRq"><em>Currently $39.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Oster Food Steamer</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2f3HF3J"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/oster_0.jpg" width="153" height="200" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2f3HF3J">Oster Food Steamer</a> steams veggies, meats, chicken, fish, and more. The durable double-tiered five-quart capacity steamer features a power indicator light and an automatic 60-minute timer, so it can shut the steamer off when the food is ready or when the water is gone. With two transparent steaming bowls, you can cook separate foods simultaneously and view the progress of your food. It is quick and easy to use and store with nesting bowls. The versatile steamer is dishwasher safe and designed to last.</p> <p>This is an Amazon best-seller and one of the &ldquo;most wished for&rdquo; items on Amazon. It is also backed by great online reviews.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2f3HF3J"><em>Currently $18.51 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>BLACK+DECKER Food Steamer</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2ffTEJl"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/black%20%2B%20decker.jpg" width="200" height="143" align="right" alt="" /></a>Amazon&rsquo;s #1 best-seller in food steamers, the <a href="http://amzn.to/2ffTEJl">BLACK+DECKER Rice Cooker and Food Steamer</a> perfectly cooks grains, rice, soups, stews, oatmeal, fish, and vegetables. It is designed to cook at a consistent rolling boil, so you can perform any kitchen task from the steamer. The unit automatically switches to a &ldquo;keep warm&quot; function after the 20-30 minute cooking time is complete. The high-quality steamer features different colored indicator lights to show when the unit is cooking rice or keeping it warm. The durable tempered glass lid allows you to view the food while it&rsquo;s cooking. It also features a cool-touch plastic handle for easy removal, a built-in holder so you can prop the lid conveniently on either of the side handles, and a steam vent in the lid. It includes a removable nonstick bowl, steaming basket, measuring cup, and spoon. The nonstick bowl and tempered glass lid are dishwasher-safe for easy cleanup.</p> <p>This is available in various different sizes. It is one of the &ldquo;most wished for&rdquo; items on Amazon and has outstanding online reviews. It is also backed by a limited two-year warranty for your added peace of mind.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2ffTEJl"><em>Currently $14.59 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Kitchen Deluxe Stainless Steel Vegetable Steamer</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2ggjcuJ"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/premium.jpg" width="220" height="145" align="right" alt="" /></a>An Amazon best-seller, the <a href="http://amzn.to/2ggjcuJ">Kitchen Deluxe Stainless Steel Vegetable Steamer Basket</a> is ideal for anyone who simply needs a steamer basket for their favorite pots or instant pot. The bundle includes an ultrasharp julienne peeler slicer, hook utensil for the center ring, and downloadable cookbook. The steamer basket can also be used as a strainer or fruit bowl.</p> <p>The premium quality steaming basket is made of high-grade quality rustproof stainless steel. It is easy to use and dishwasher safe. The legs of the universal foldable steam tray insert keep the ingredients out of the water. The unique compact design opens like a water lily and is collapsible to save storage space. It can also adjust to fit various pots and pan sizes, so you can turn your favorite pan into a steamer. It can quickly steam fruits, vegetables, seafood, eggs, rice, and more. To use the steamer, simply add water to any pot, place the steamer inside with your ingredients, cover, and steam. Then, remove easily using the center ring.</p> <p>This is also available in silicone. It has outstanding reviews, including more than 500 five-star reviews on Amazon. It is also backed by a money-back guarantee for your added peace of mind. About.com also recommends the <a href="http://amzn.to/2eZyIoY">OXO Good Grips Stainless Steel Steamer with Extendible Handle</a>, which is another best-selling steamer basket.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2ggjcuJ"><em>Currently $10.95 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best food steamers. 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-food-steamers">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-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-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-thermoses">The 5 Best Thermoses</a></span> </div> </li> <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-digital-food-scales">The 5 Best Digital Food Scales</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-smart-water-bottles">The 5 Best Smart Water Bottles</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-pet-flea-shampoos">The 5 Best Pet Flea Shampoos</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Home Shopping 5 best food steamers product reviews shopping steamed veggies steamers Wed, 16 Nov 2016 10:32:06 +0000 Andrea Cannon 1834028 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Microfiber Cleaning Cloths http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-microfiber-cleaning-cloths <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-microfiber-cleaning-cloths" 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_cloth_99258717.jpg" alt="Woman using best microfiber cleaning cloths" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Microfiber cleaning cloths should be one of the most used cleaning tools in your home. The absorbent cloths can be used to clean, dust, and polish any hard surfaces. They are an environmentally friendly option because they can be used again and again.</p> <p>Microfiber cloths can clean bathrooms, dishes, mirrors, windows, furniture, and any other surfaces. They are thick, ultra-soft, non-abrasive, and can absorb a lot of water. They can also minimize the chances of scratching surfaces or leaving streaks and lint behind.</p> <h2>What Are Microfiber Cleaning Cloths?</h2> <p>Microfiber cleaning cloths are multi-purpose microfiber towels that are soft, washable, reusable, and can effectively clean any hard surfaces in your home or vehicle. They can be used wet or dry, with or without cleaning solution.</p> <p>By using only water and reusable microfiber cloths to clean, there won't be any residue left behind on your household surfaces, no pollutants going down the drain, and no additional waste clogging our landfills forever. Most importantly, you can save a lot of money by choosing reusable microfiber cloths, instead of throwing away paper towels every time you clean. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/get-your-home-cleaner-than-a-pro-can-and-save-big?ref=seealso">Get Your Home Cleaner Than a Pro Can &mdash; And Save Big</a>)</p> <h2>Top 5 Microfiber Cleaning Cloths</h2> <h3>AmazonBasics Microfiber Cleaning Cloths</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2fFJB48"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/amazon.jpg" width="245" height="176" align="right" alt="" /></a>Amazon&rsquo;s #1 best-seller in microfiber cloths, the <a href="http://amzn.to/2fFJB48">AmazonBasics Microfiber Cleaning Cloths</a> work great anywhere and can be washed and reused hundreds of times. They are super absorbent, ultra-soft, non-abrasive, and won&rsquo;t scratch paints, coats, or other surfaces. They absorb eight times their weight in liquid and effectively clean with or without chemical cleaners. They work on all home surfaces, as well as on your automobile. They can trap dirt, grime, and other particles without leaving any lint or streaks behind.</p> <p>This pack of cloths includes three different colors: blue, yellow, and white. This is also one of the &ldquo;most wished for&rdquo; items on Amazon and has more than 1,400 five-star reviews on Amazon.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2fFJB48"><em>Currently $11.19 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Zwipes Microfiber Cleaning Cloths</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2fj7Jp3"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/zwipes.jpg" width="200" height="178" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2fj7Jp3">Zwipes Microfiber Cleaning Cloths</a> can be used to clean, polish, and dust appliances, furniture, windows, mirrors, countertops, and even your vehicle. The plush, ultra-soft microfiber cloths are constructed with 110,000 fibers per square inch, so they&rsquo;re able to penetrate cracks, crevices, and the microscopic surface pores of most materials. The short terry weave and uncut loops in the fabric won't scratch surfaces, paints, stainless steel, or clear coats. They hold eight times their weight in liquid, can be washed and reused hundreds of times, and will dry in half the time of ordinary towels. They offer a streak-free, lint-free shine and can easily clean up spills, dirt, dust, grease, oil, grime, and more. Studies have shown that microfiber can pick up 99% of bacteria and can attract dirt into the fibers, so you can safely, effectively clean and dust, with or without chemicals.</p> <p>This 24-pack is frequently recommended online and has outstanding reviews, including more than 2,800 five-star reviews on Amazon.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2fj7Jp3"><em>Currently $9.72 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Best Microfiber Cleaning Cloths</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2fjbQ4k"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/best.jpg" width="200" height="200" align="right" alt="" /></a>Amazon&rsquo;s #1 best-seller in detailing tools, the <a href="http://amzn.to/2fjbQ4k">Best Microfiber Cleaning Cloths</a> can be machine washed and reused hundreds of times. They offer lint-free, streak-free cleaning, buffing, polishing, waxing, and leather conditioning. They can remove dirt and debris without the use of harmful chemicals. They are scratch-resistant, so they won&rsquo;t scratch paints, coats, glass, or any other surface. They are ultra-soft and gentle enough to be used as a washcloth for your hands and face. The quick-dry design absorbs up to eight times its weight in liquid.</p> <p>The bulk pack of 50 includes five different colors: white, orange, green, yellow, and blue. They have more than 800 five-star reviews on Amazon. They are also backed by a money-back satisfaction guarantee.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2fjbQ4k"><em>Currently $19.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>e-cloth Starter Pack</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2ef2cyU"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/e-cloth.jpg" width="245" height="132" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2ef2cyU">e-cloth Starter Pack</a> is guaranteed to last through at least 300 machine washes, saving you money over time. In fact, if washed weekly, these cloths can last through nearly six years of cleaning. The five-pack has four general-purpose cloths that remove grease, grime, and over 99% of bacteria, and one cloth that polishes all shiny surfaces for a smear-free finish. They work on nearly any hard surface and can clean more thoroughly in less time, using nothing but water. By using just water, you can reduce chemicals in your home, which is safer on the environment and safer for your family. The versatile cloths are made with the highest-grade microfiber, with 1.6 million fibers per square inch. They offer more effective healthy cleaning with less effort, and leave no chemical residues. They will leave a lint-free, streak-free, smudge-free, fingerprint-free finish on any surface, including glass and windows. The unique fiber technology can attract moisture and oil, lifting and trapping dirt, dust, grease, grime, mildew, and bacteria on contact. The fiber size, fiber processing, and microscopic texturing fiber composition ensure superior cleaning and drying. Due to the electrostatic properties, they can also serve as a magnet for dust, when used dry.</p> <p>Real Simple called these the best all-around microfiber cleaning cloths. They have outstanding online reviews, including more than 800 five-star reviews on Amazon.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2ef2cyU"><em>Currently $23.32 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>MagicFiber Microfiber Cleaning Cloths</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2f2kk0u"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/magicfiber.jpg" width="200" height="200" align="right" alt="" /></a>Amazon&rsquo;s #1 best-seller in camera and photo cleaning cloths, the <a href="http://amzn.to/2f2kk0u">MagicFiber Microfiber Cleaning Cloths</a> are ideal if you need something to clean your glasses, phones, electronic devices, camera lenses, LCD screens, crystal, and other delicate surfaces. They can also be used to effectively clean your home, either with or without cleaning solutions. The high-quality premium microfiber cleaning cloths are soft, durable, and gentle. The extremely fine microfibers quickly and effectively remove bacteria, germs, fingerprints, dirt, dust, oil, and smudges, and won&rsquo;t leave any scratches, streaks, marks, or lint behind. They are made of tightly woven microfiber material and have no threads, strings, or coarse edges and feature superior saw-pattern edges. The thick fabric is machine washable, reusable, and long lasting. They are small enough to hide anywhere, but large enough to fit comfortably in your hands.</p> <p>These best-selling cloths come individually wrapped, so they make great stocking stuffers. This six-pack includes five black cloths and one grey cloth, but they come in various sizes and colors. They have rave reviews, including more than 7,300 five-star reviews on Amazon. They are also backed by a three-month satisfaction guarantee. The <a href="http://amzn.to/2e3vq8u">Eco-Fused Microfiber Cleaning Cloths</a> are another best-selling option for your delicate surfaces.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2f2kk0u"><em>Currently $8.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best microfiber cleaning cloths. 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-microfiber-cleaning-cloths">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-food-steamers">The 5 Best Food Steamers</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-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-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-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-cast-iron-skillets">The 5 Best Cast Iron Skillets</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Home Shopping 5 best cleaning cloths microfiber cleaning cloths product reviews shopping Thu, 03 Nov 2016 09:30:30 +0000 Andrea Cannon 1825860 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Peelers http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-peelers <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-peelers" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/orange_peeler_82545529.jpg" alt="Using best peelers to peel orange" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Every professional and home kitchen needs a good peeler. It can make your life easier by peeling all your produce in a matter of seconds. You&rsquo;ll want to find a peeler that feels comfortable in your hand and can resist rust to last you reliably for years.</p> <h2>What Is a Peeler?</h2> <p>A peeler is a handheld kitchen tool consisting of a metal blade attached to a handle. It is designed to effortlessly remove the outer skin or peel from fruits and vegetables. It can also be used to grate hard and soft cheeses, shave chocolate, and create garnishings.</p> <h2>Top 5 Peelers</h2> <h3>OXO Good Grips Swivel Peeler</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2feAKWJ"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/oxo_2.jpg" width="58" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>Amazon&rsquo;s #1 best-seller in peelers, the <a href="http://amzn.to/2feAKWJ">OXO Good Grips Swivel Peeler</a> can help you quickly and safely peel your ingredients in no time. After testing hundreds of handle styles, OXO designed the most comfortable ergonomic handle possible. The soft, non-slip, oversize rubber handle has flexible fins, so it cushions your hand while you peel. The efficient peeler can be used with either hand. It features a handy built-in potato eye remover and a large hole in the handle for easy hanging. The precise, sharp stainless steel swiveling blade glides through even the toughest skins with ease. It can also help you tackle odd shapes and nearly any surface. It is dishwasher safe and will hold up to years of peeling.</p> <p>This is one of the &ldquo;most wished for&rdquo; items on Amazon. It is recommended by The Independent, Popular Mechanics, The Sweethome, The Kitchn, and Foodal. It also has outstanding online reviews, including more than 1,100 five-star reviews on Amazon. Many reviewers agree that it is the best peeler they&rsquo;ve ever tried. It is also backed by a satisfaction guarantee for your added peace of mind. If you prefer a Y peeler, consider the bestselling <a href="http://amzn.to/2dIInzH">OXO Good Grips Y Peeler</a>. The <a href="http://amzn.to/2eEfadx">OXO Good Grips 3-Piece Peeler Set</a> is another great choice that offers the right peeler for every need.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2feAKWJ"><em>Currently $8.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Kuhn Rikon Original Swiss Peeler</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2dIJmje"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/kuhn.jpg" width="200" height="159" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2dIJmje">Kuhn Rikon Original Swiss Peeler</a> effortlessly peels through any fruits and vegetables, including tough items like hard gourds. The powerful little plastic peeler has an ergonomic Y design and horizontal blade, allowing bi-directional use, so you can use it with either hand. The extra-sharp carbon steel blade cuts better and stays sharper than stainless steel blades. The wider non-slip handle feels comfortable in the hand. It also has a convenient potato eye remover on the base of the handle. The lightweight, durable, effective peeler should be hand-washed.</p> <p>The peeler from Switzerland is an Amazon best-seller and has been a best-seller for over 20 years. It is recommended by America&rsquo;s Test Kitchen, Serious Eats, The Sweethome, The Kitchn, and Foodal. It also has outstanding online reviews, including more than 1,100 five-star reviews on Amazon. Many reviewers agree that it&rsquo;s the best peeler they&rsquo;ve ever tried. It also has rave reviews from both professional chefs and home cooks. If you&rsquo;d like a couple of backup peelers, consider the affordable <a href="http://amzn.to/2cFJY8T">Kuhn Rikon 3-Set</a>, which comes out to only a few bucks for each peeler.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2dbLLcg"><em>Currently $4.49 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Titan Peeler TTPLR Slicer &amp; Peeler</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2dVlvAn"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/titan.jpg" width="153" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2dVlvAn">Titan Peeler TTPLR Slicer and Peeler</a> includes both a peeler and a julienne tool. They can help you slice, grate, shave, shred, and peel away the outer layers of fruits and vegetables with ease. You can peel in any direction with the versatile peeler, which can help cut prep time down. It is dishwasher safe and features a non-slip grip. The revolutionary peeler features dual-action, double-sided, ultra-sharp stainless steel serrated blades. The long-lasting blades can quickly peel and slice veggies very thin. The multi-bladed julienne tool also has a convenient built-in garnishing feature.</p> <p>This is recommended by Consumer Search and Popular Mechanics. It gets rave reviews from both professional chefs and home cooks. There is also a lifetime warranty on the blade for your added peace of mind.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2dVlvAn"><em>Currently $14.97 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Linden Sweden Jonas Peeler Original</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2eQZgdK"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/linden.jpg" width="43" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2eQZgdK">Linden Sweden Jonas Peeler</a> is one of the most popular peelers on the market. It works in either hand and has a soft grip handle for added comfort. The durable, effective stainless steel peeler is dishwasher safe. The precision ground swivel stainless steel blade stays sharp for years and can help you peel quickly and easily.</p> <p>This is an Amazon best-seller and is frequently recommended online. It also has outstanding online reviews, including nearly 700 five-star reviews on Amazon. It is also guaranteed not to rust for 10 years.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2eQZgdK"><em>Currently $5.95 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Premium Vegetable Spiralizer Bundle</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2e9xQOS"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/premium%20slicer.jpg" width="200" height="200" align="right" alt="" /></a>If you want to do more with your vegetables than just peel them, or if you&rsquo;ve ever considered adding a spiralizer to your kitchen, then the <a href="http://amzn.to/2e9xQOS">Premium Vegetable Spiralizer Bundle</a> is perfect for you. The bundle includes a peeler, spiralizer, storage bag, cleaning brush, and recipe book. It can help you slice, peel, and spiral all your favorite fruits and vegetables in no time. With the spiralizer, you can effortlessly create salads, veggie noodles, and more. This can help you eat healthier and get creative in the kitchen.</p> <p>The BPA-free spiralizer features an easy grip and a built-in finger guard for added protection. The premium quality lightweight slicer features top-quality stainless steel Japanese blades. The award-winning peeler is easy to use and dishwasher safe.</p> <p>While this is a bundle of products, many reviewers rave that it includes the best peeler they&rsquo;ve ever used. It is Amazon&rsquo;s #1 best-seller in salad tools and spinners and is recommended by Foodal. It has outstanding online reviews, including more than 2,500 five-star reviews on Amazon. It is also backed by a money-back guarantee.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2e9xQOS"><em>Currently $9.97 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best peelers. 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-peelers">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-food-steamers">The 5 Best Food Steamers</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-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-cast-iron-skillets">The 5 Best Cast Iron Skillets</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-aluminum-and-stainless-steel-water-bottles">The 5 Best Aluminum and Stainless Steel Water Bottles</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Home Shopping 5 best food peeler kitchen accessories kitchen tools peeler product reviews shopping Wed, 26 Oct 2016 09:30:26 +0000 Andrea Cannon 1820977 at http://www.wisebread.com 11 Ways to Make Living With Roommates Tolerable http://www.wisebread.com/11-ways-to-make-living-with-roommates-tolerable <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/11-ways-to-make-living-with-roommates-tolerable" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_67817255_MEDIUM.jpg" alt="making living with roommates tolerable" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Living with roommates is a frugal choice, and, especially in an economy where living expenses are growing more rapidly than paychecks, it's often a necessity. But that doesn't mean it's always fun.</p> <p>We've all heard horror stories about sharing space with other people, and many of us have lived one or two of our own. Whether it's the roommate who starts growing pot illegally in his bedroom or the one who throws parties every weeknight, these are enough to make even the most frugal person think twice about choosing life with roommates. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/avoid-these-7-things-when-living-with-roommates?ref=seealso">Avoid These 7 Things When Living With Roommates</a>)</p> <p>Even the best of roomies sometimes run into rough patches. Here's how to keep a shared household running smoothly.</p> <h2>1. Choose Carefully</h2> <p>Get to know the folks you're moving in with as much as possible beforehand to make sure your living habits are compatible. Make sure you like the space and the way it is (or is not) kept up, because that's how it will be when you move in, too!</p> <h2>2. Ask All the Questions</h2> <p>Whether you're interviewing a roommate for your place or you're the one being interviewed, it's easy to feel like you want to impress. Instead, ask all of the questions you're wondering about. Answers to questions like: &quot;What time do you get up?&quot; &quot;What time do you go to sleep?&quot; and &quot;Do you always have to turn on the lights?&quot; can make the difference between a peaceful roommate relationship and one that is stressful for everyone.</p> <h2>3. Make It Clear</h2> <p>If you want or need something from your roommates, ask for it clearly. It's easy to be frustrated with someone who inadvertently wakes you up every morning, but if you never explained that you're now working the night shift, you can't really blame them.</p> <p>That's not to say that your roommates can (or should!) acquiesce to your every request, but you won't even be able to have a conversation about it if you aren't clear about your own needs in the first place.</p> <h2>4. Talk About Space</h2> <p>Many, many roommate conflicts have to do with differing ideas regarding space. Some people think it's okay to walk into any room where the door isn't locked, while others would appreciate a knock even if the door is open. Most assume they can leave their stuff in a shared space, while a few want that space kept sparse when not in use. Articulate your needs and wants regarding space and ask your roommates to do the same. If there's a conflict, decide together on how to proceed.</p> <h2>5. Make the Bills Easy</h2> <p>When everyone has to write a check or come up with the cash to split every individual bill, it's easy to get overwhelmed or forget to pay something. Instead, if you can swing it, designate one roommate the CFO for the house, and maybe give them a discount on rent, for the time they're putting in. Have them pay the bills for the month, then let everyone know how much they owe. When everyone is only paying once, it's easier to have everything covered.</p> <h2>6. Decide How to Clean</h2> <p>Whether you split up cleaning so everyone does something each week, or everyone takes a week, it's better to make a plan than to just assume everyone will do something. Because, you know what? They won't. Most people will walk right by a mess unless they know it's theirs to clean up. So plan your cleaning and avoid conflict.</p> <h2>7. Get to Know Your Roommates</h2> <p>Spend some time hanging with your roommates. When you know people as friends, and not just as that guy from the other room, it's often easier to live with them. Understanding how they are and why they are that way will help when a difference of opinion arises.</p> <h2>8. Expect Conflict</h2> <p>Whenever human beings are living and working together, there is going to be some sort of conflict. That's just the way it goes &mdash; whether you're in a roommate relationship, hanging out with friends, or in a marriage. When you think about it this way, it's easier to remain calm when conflict arises and to deal with it in a healthy, adult manner.</p> <h2>9. Be Proactive</h2> <p>If something comes up for you or changes in your life, let your roommates know, and ask them to do the same for you. Whether that means you might be moving or that you won't be able to clean the basement this week, letting your roommates know ahead of time will reduce feelings of betrayal or anger.</p> <h2>10. Figure Out Food</h2> <p>Food can be a huge source of conflict for roommates. There are a million ways to deal with it: everyone buys their own, everyone shares, some things are shared and some aren't, etc., but don't just assume it will be one particular way. Figure out what works best for everyone and then be consistent.</p> <h2>11. Be Flexible</h2> <p>Most of us know how we would want to do things if we had our own home all to ourselves. When you live with roommates, though, it almost always means that no single person has everything they want. If you know going in that you are going to need to compromise &mdash; and compromise a lot! &mdash; it will be easier to let some things slide, to speak up about what is important to you, and to figure out how to live life together.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sarah-winfrey">Sarah Winfrey</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-ways-to-make-living-with-roommates-tolerable">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/14-effective-grease-and-oil-stain-removal-tips">14 Effective Grease and Oil Stain Removal Tips</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-best-and-worst-places-to-stash-cash-in-your-home">The Best and Worst Places to Stash Cash in Your Home</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/52-uses-for-rubber-bands">52 Uses for Rubber Bands</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/build-a-bed-for-cheap-and-look-good-doing-it">Build a Bed for Cheap (and Look Good Doing It)</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> General Tips Home bad roommates good roommates living with roommates roommate etiquette roommates Wed, 12 Oct 2016 10:00:11 +0000 Sarah Winfrey 1811013 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Pet Wipes http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-pet-wipes <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-wipes" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/cute_dog_face_50291224.jpg" alt="Dog getting clean with pet wipes" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Pets can get dirty in no time, but getting your dog or cat ready for a bath can be a nightmare. Instead, opt for pet wipes, which are the perfect, convenient solution. They offer a refresh between baths and are an easy, quick way to keep your pet looking clean and smelling fresh.</p> <h2>What Are Pet Wipes?</h2> <p>Pet wipes are pre-moistened wipes that offer an easy alternative to a daily bath. They can clean, condition, and deodorize your pet&rsquo;s skin and coat with very little effort. You&rsquo;ll want to find wipes that can safely clean their coat after walks, playtime, or a romp in the park. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-pet-flea-shampoos?Ref=seealso">The 5 Best Pet Flea Shampoos</a>)</p> <h2>Top 5 Pet Wipes</h2> <h3>Earthbath All Natural Green Tea Leaf Grooming Wipes</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2dKDbl5"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/earthbath.jpg" width="245" height="117" align="right" alt="" /></a>Amazon&rsquo;s #1 best-seller in dog grooming wipes, the <a href="http://amzn.to/2dKDbl5">Earthbath All Natural Green Tea Leaf Grooming Wipes</a> can be used daily on all animals over six weeks old. They are completely natural, gentle, effective, hypoallergenic, and fragrance and allergen-free. The extra-thick, large, moist wipes contain only natural cleansers and conditioners, including Aloe Vera, Vitamin E, and Hawaiian awapuhi extract, to condition, cleanse, and moisturize and your pet&rsquo;s coat and skin, leaving it soft and shiny.</p> <p>The soft wipes contain no animal by-products, lanolin, or alcohol and will not affect any spot-on flea control products. They can remove dirt, dander, drool, discharge, and odors from your pet&rsquo;s dirty paws, undercoat, and bottoms. They promise to even leave your hands feeling softer after you wipe your pet. The packaging ensures the biodegradable, cruelty-free wipes don&rsquo;t dry out too quickly. You can choose from a range of scents to suit your preferences. These are one of the &ldquo;most wished for&rdquo; items on Amazon and have outstanding online reviews, including nearly 600 five-star reviews on Amazon.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2dKDbl5"><em>Currently $14.22 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Nature's Miracle Deodorizing Bath Wipes</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2dIfS8P"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/natures%20miracle.jpg" width="144" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>Amazon&rsquo;s #1 best-seller in small animal deodorizers, the <a href="http://amzn.to/2dIfS8P">Nature's Miracle Deodorizing Bath Wipes</a> work well on both dogs and cats. The advanced deep-cleansing, alcohol-free formula is mild enough for everyday use. The multipurpose pet wipes can keep your pet&rsquo;s paws clean and easily removes dirt and dander. The moisturizing conditioners will leave your pet's coat and skin clean and shiny. The proprietary odor-clean solution works to destroy tough odors on contact to keep your pets smelling fresh between washes with a soft scent, and can even help keep future odors at bay. The resealable pack will keep the wipes moist for longer. They are available in two different scents and are frequently recommended online.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2dIfS8P"><em>Currently $5.59 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Petkin PetWipes Valupak</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2dKF2WJ"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/petkin_0.jpg" width="151" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>The veterinarian-approved <a href="http://amzn.to/2dKF2WJ">Petkin PetWipes</a> work well for both dogs and cats. They provide a fast, convenient way to cleanse, deodorize, and condition your pet every day. The extra soft wipes are moistened with a natural formula that is gentle enough to be used around your pet&rsquo;s eyes, ears, face, and body. They won&rsquo;t remove spot flea treatments and are enriched with aloe, lanolin, protein, and vitamins A and E. The resealable bag will keep the wipes moist for longer. These are an Amazon best-seller and most reviewers tend to like the vanilla coconut scent. If you&rsquo;re more concerned about your pet&rsquo;s paws, consider the <a href="http://amzn.to/2dIgPhB">Petkin Paw Wipes</a>. If you&rsquo;re more concerned about your pet&rsquo;s bottom, consider the <a href="http://amzn.to/2eqoGl4">Petkin Tushie Wipes</a>.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2dKF2WJ"><em>Currently $3.77 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>8-in-1 Perfect Coat Bath Wipes Tub</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2dKCSqf"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/perfect%20coat.jpg" width="245" height="95" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2dKCSqf">8-in-1 Perfect Coat Bath Wipes</a> are enriched with aloe vera and lanolin. The mild alcohol-free formula with moisturizing conditioners will keep your pet&rsquo;s delicate skin and coat clean, shiny, and smelling fresh with a baby powder scent. They safely remove dirt, dander, and tough odors. The durable premium cloth wipes are intended for dogs, but some reviewers say they work safely on their cats as well, and are safe enough to use every day. They come in three distinct formulas to meet your pet&rsquo;s needs. The handy tub will keep the wipes moist for longer. This tub of wipes is an Amazon best-seller and one of the &ldquo;most wished for&rdquo; items on Amazon.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2dKCSqf"><em>Currently $6.39 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Pet MD Chlorhexidine Wipes with Ketoconazole and Aloe for Cats and Dogs</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2djv9fM"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/pet%20md.jpg" width="180" height="172" align="right" alt="" /></a>Amazon&rsquo;s #1 best-seller in dog deodorizers, the <a href="http://amzn.to/2djv9fM">Pet MD Chlorhexidine Wipes with Ketoconazole, Chlorhexidine, and Aloe</a> are ideal for cats and dogs with fungal or bacterial skin infections. The non-stinging antiseptic, antibacterial, and antifungal solution offers a topical management for skin problems like hot spots, ringworm, and acne. They can cleanse, degrease, and help kill bacteria and yeast found in skin infections, superficial cuts, abrasions, and insect bites for faster healing. The alcohol-based solution can safely be used every day for the antiseptic cleansing of face folds, finger folds, underarms, and groin areas. They also have astringent qualities to help dry the area quickly. The pre-moistened wipes also deodorize, so your pet is left feeling and smelling good. The advanced veterinary formula has outstanding reviews and is frequently recommended online.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2djv9fM"><em>Currently $12.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best pet wipes. 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-wipes">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-pet-stain-removers">The 5 Best Pet Stain Removers</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-pet-diapers">The 5 Best Pet Diapers</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-food-steamers">The 5 Best Food Steamers</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Home Shopping 5 best home products pet products pet wipes pets product reviews shopping Wed, 12 Oct 2016 09:30:25 +0000 Andrea Cannon 1811343 at http://www.wisebread.com 31 Essential Kitchen Tools All Frugal Cooks Need http://www.wisebread.com/31-essential-kitchen-tools-all-frugal-cooks-need <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/31-essential-kitchen-tools-all-frugal-cooks-need" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_83762305_MEDIUM.jpg" alt="every frugal home needs these kitchen tools" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I cook semi-professionally. My cooking clients, who usually own every top-rated, food-related tool and gadget, are always shocked when they see how I cook at home in my tiny kitchen. Contrary to what you see on cooking shows, you can cook pretty much anything with these basic tools.</p> <h2>1. Deep Sauté Pan</h2> <p>If I only had room for one pan in my kitchen, that pan would be the vintage Magnalite Professional, 10-inch sauté pan that my husband brought into our relationship. It gets used constantly so it lives on the back burner of our stove. It's made out of anodized aluminum. Most people think that it's cast iron because it's black from years of seasoning, which also makes it so non-stick that it's our go-to pan for cooking eggs.</p> <p>Magnalite Professional skillets sell for around $60, used, <a href="http://www.ebay.com/itm/25cm-10-Saute-Fry-Pan-Magnalite-GHC-Professional-Anodized-Aluminum-Skillet-LID-/172292994345?hash=item281d767529">on eBay</a>, but I've seen them for much less at thrift stores. If you are skeeved-out by aluminum, buy a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-cast-iron-skillets">cast iron skillet</a> instead.</p> <h2>2. Nonreactive Dutch Oven</h2> <p>My second favorite pan is an <a href="http://amzn.to/2dIY9ga">8-quart stainless steel Dutch oven</a>. Since I make a lot of high-acid, preserved foods, I need a nonreactive pan to cook down everything from my marmalades to my tomato sauce. Because of its large size I can use the Dutch oven as a stockpot to make 8-quarts of soup, or to boil water for pasta. It also works as a roasting pan in the oven. This is my favorite pan for frying, as the tall sides keep grease spatter to a minimum.</p> <h2>3. Nonreactive, 2-Quart Saucepan With Lid</h2> <p>I am a big believer in multi-purpose tools for smaller kitchens. Why own a tea kettle if a 2-quart saucepan with a lid heats water just as quickly? And, as much as I like the convenience of a rice cooker, I learned how to cook rice from my Auntie Wa, who made perfect rice, every day, for 85 years, in a pan. I also use this smaller pan to cook my morning oatmeal, melt butter for recipes, reheat leftovers, and make pasta sauce.</p> <h2>4. 8-Inch Chef's Knife</h2> <p>The workhorse knife in any professional kitchen is a chef's knife. While a longer blade will obviously give more cutting surface with less effort than a shorter one, people with crappy knife skills should opt for a shorter knife, as it's easier to control. So, instead of buying a 10-inch chef's knife, go with an 8-inch or even a 6-inch blade.</p> <p>While a great knife is a work of art, if you go into just about any restaurant kitchen anywhere in the country, you will find the kitchen staff making your food with a Dexter Russell knife. The <a href="http://amzn.to/2dHhGyR">Dexter Russell 10-inch chef's knife</a> is actually my husband's favorite knife. He's used this knife daily for 20 years, so they are durable as well as inexpensive.</p> <h2>5. Paring Knife</h2> <p>Chef's knives are versatile, but paring knives are better for small jobs like peeling potatoes, shaving garlic, or supreming grapefruit.</p> <p>The most expensive knife that I own is my <a href="http://amzn.to/2dTujW1">Wusthof Classic 12-cm paring knife</a> that I bought on sale for $40. At 4.5 inches, it is about an inch longer than a standard parer. The longer blade length turns this into a utility knife. Along with its paring abilities, I use this knife to filet fish and bone meat.</p> <p>There have been endless gear tests of paring knives that show that there's not a whole lot of difference between a $5 paring knife and a $60 paring knife, so use what you've got.</p> <h2>6. Bread Knife</h2> <p>The long, serrated edge of the bread knife makes quick work of large, fibrous fruits and vegetables like squash, watermelon, and pineapple, and easily slices tomatoes. I own a Tupperware Chef Series Pro bread knife that I got for free as a hostess gift.</p> <h3>A Note About Knife Safety</h3> <p>I have horrific knife skills. The only reason I still have all my fingers is that I use the right knife for the job and keep my knives sharp. Contrary to popular belief, dull knives are the cause of more kitchen accidents than sharp knives. A dull knife is more likely to skid off waxy-skinned produce like tomatoes, and you have to use a lot more force to cut with a dull blade. <a href="https://www.chefsteps.com/activities/do-you-need-an-expensive-knife">In this video</a>, a chef proves that a sharpened 99-cent thrift store knife can out-perform a $400 dull knife.</p> <h2>7. Kitchen Shears</h2> <p>If I had better knife skills, I wouldn't need shears. But I don't, so I use my kitchen shears to cut poultry. I save so much money by buying whole chickens and parting them out at home, that my <a href="http://amzn.to/2diDf8g">Tupperware Multipurpose Shears</a> paid for themselves in the first year of ownership. Although I have owned many pairs of shears, I find the Tupperware shears are the easiest to disassemble and clean.</p> <h2>8. Two Wooden Cutting Boards</h2> <p>Which cutting board is safer? Plastic or wood? My preference is for wood, not only because I believe <a href="http://faculty.vetmed.ucdavis.edu/faculty/docliver/Research/cuttingboard.htm">this food safety study</a>, but also because wood boards are more versatile. Even the most hacked up wooden cutting board can be used as a cheese board or a trivet and still pass for charming. Also, I've revived my jankiest wood cutting boards by sanding them down. Old plastic boards get gross looking over time, even if they are kept super clean.</p> <p>To avoid cross-contamination, I own two cutting boards. I use one cutting board exclusively for meat, and one board for cutting everything else.</p> <h2>9. Wooden Spoons</h2> <p>I can't actually remember the last time that I bought new wooden spoons, as some of mine are over 20 years old. In addition to their durability, I prefer wooden spoons to metal and plastic, because wood stays cool, doesn't melt, and won't scratch my pans. Also, they are cheap to purchase. In my neighborhood, they sell for about $1 each at the hardware store.</p> <h2>10. Silicone Spatula</h2> <p>I always appreciate my spatula when I am trying to get that bit of cake batter out of the bowl for that last cupcake. It's a money and food-saving tool. I prefer using a silicone spatula over the less expensive rubber models because silicone is heat-resistant up to 400&ordm;F. After seeing how mold can grow between the head and the handle of a spatula (gross), I prefer using <a href="http://amzn.to/2dHjlod">one-piece design spatulas</a>. I also like using dark-colored spatulas because they hide food stains that can't be washed out. Good quality spatulas cost less than $15 and will last years.</p> <h2>11. Turner</h2> <p>Most people call this tool by its generic name &quot;spatula,&quot; but the technical name for the thing you flip pancakes with is &quot;turner.&quot; I recommend getting the wood-handled, metal turner that is used by fry cooks everywhere. Look for a turner that is wide enough to flip fish and burgers without splitting them, but has a thin, sharp edge for lifting dainty cookies off a baking sheet.</p> <h2>12. Metal Tongs</h2> <p>Obviously metal tongs are great for grilling. In addition to gripping steaks, they are also great for pulling bones out of hot chicken stock, grabbing cooked spaghetti, and moving cake pans around in the oven when you realize you left your hot pads in the laundry hamper. I use 14-inch long tongs. Anything shorter puts my hand too close to the heat.</p> <h2>13. Hot Pads</h2> <p>I have small hands, so oven mitts never fit me properly. This makes me clumsy. This makes me dangerous. I prefer using the old-fashioned, quilted, square hot pads instead. They are easy to make and cheap to buy. Also, they double as a decent trivet in a pinch.</p> <h2>14. Metal Ladle</h2> <p>I don't know why everyone doesn't own a ladle. Using a coffee cup to scoop soup into bowls is not a great work around. I like metal ladles because I don't have to worry about them melting if they touch a stove burner by accident.</p> <h2>15. Fine Mesh Strainer</h2> <p>Strain soups and jams. Use it as a colander to wash small amounts of food. Sift together dry ingredients for baking.</p> <h2>16. Can Opener</h2> <p>Plus, it'll be a crucial tool you'll need during the zombie apocalypse.</p> <h2>17. Measuring Spoons</h2> <p>I like metal spoons because I'm old-school. I bought my set at a restaurant supply store for $5.</p> <h2>18. Measuring Cups</h2> <p>Yes, you really do need both dry and liquid measuring cups if you want accuracy. Cook's Illustrated found that people mismeasured by as much as 23% when they <a href="https://www.cooksillustrated.com/how_tos/5450-dry-versus-liquid-measuring-cups">used the wrong type of measuring cup</a>. I bought my latest set of dry measuring cups at a restaurant supply store. They cost $5 and look identical to the set that costs $40 from a fancy cooking catalog. I use a <a href="http://amzn.to/2e7gaEk">2-cup Pyrex measuring cup</a> that I bought at the grocery store. It's dishwasher, refrigerator, and microwave-safe, so it's great for pouring melted butter over popcorn and mixing salad dressing.</p> <h2>19. Citrus Reamer</h2> <p>Ever wonder where the saying, &quot;You got reamed,&quot; came from? Now you know. Because I have access to so much free citrus, I actually bought an electric reamer to help me keep up with my lemon tree, but I like <a href="http://amzn.to/2epddlO">this manual juicer</a> because it comes with two different reamer sizes.</p> <h2>20. Mixing Bowls</h2> <p>Just like with pans, it's better to go too big than too small when it comes to mixing bowls. Get the biggest bowl that will fit in your kitchen. I got a set of four nesting <a href="http://amzn.to/2dZoe9P">Pyrex mixing bowls</a> years ago as a gift. If I had my druthers, I would ditch all but the biggest bowl. Alas, my husband likes to prep his ingredients like he's cooking on a TV show, so he uses the smaller bowls all the time. Luckily, the bowls look nice enough to double as serving bowls for most meals.</p> <h2>21. Food Processor</h2> <p>I bought my 11-cup Cuisinart food processor at a garage sale 20 years ago for $30 and I think I've collected every blade that fits my model. (It hides my poor knife skills.) In addition to chopping, slicing, and pureeing, I use it to grate cheese, cut pastry dough, and whip <a href="http://www.thekitchn.com/tip-for-perfect-whipped-cream-138899">the best whipped cream</a></p> <p><strong>Pro Tip</strong>: To save money and storage space on appliances, share them with a neighbor. <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-i-saved-30000-and-helped-the-earth-at-the-same-time">I share my Cuisinart</a> and many of my specialty tools with my neighbor Alexandra, who also loves to cook.</p> <h2>22. Food Thermometer</h2> <p>You'll have to pry my <a href="http://amzn.to/2e4TWSf">Thermapen Mk4</a> thermometer from my cold, dead hand&hellip; and then use it to assess my time of death. It's super accurate. I cooked for a long time without a food thermometer, which means that I spent years worrying that I had overcooked the bread and undercooked the chicken. It makes canning so much easier, now that I can tell the instant that my marmalade has reached gelling point. I don't have to manually test to find out that my candy has reached the soft-ball stage. And I can check that my freezer and refrigerator are set to the right temperatures for food safety in less than five seconds.</p> <h2>23. Oven Thermometer</h2> <p>Over time, every oven loses calibration. The temperature knob may say 350&ordm;, but the internal over temperature could be as much as 100&ordm; off. For example, to bake cookies at 350&ordm; in my vintage Wedgewood oven, I have to set the temperature knob to 375&ordm;. To ensure that your food is cooked at the proper temperature, invest in an <a href="http://amzn.to/2diGhtm">oven thermometer</a>. Even if it saves you from burning just one dinner, it's worth the price.</p> <h2>24. Hand Mixer</h2> <p>I love my KitchenAid stand mixer, but if you only bake a few times a year, an <a href="http://amzn.to/2e7g2F9">electric hand mixer</a> will get the job done. You can buy hand mixers for around $15 new, and for even less at garage sales.</p> <h2>25. Rimmed Baking Sheets</h2> <p>Instead of a flat cookie sheet, I prefer to bake on jelly roll pans. The small edge of the jelly roll pan keeps my oven clean by preventing melted cheese, frosting, or glaze from dripping off the pan and fusing, concrete-like to the bottom of my oven. Because I bake around 80 dozen cookies during the holidays, I need four pans to keep the baking process speedy.</p> <h2>26. 9 x 13 Inch Baking Pan</h2> <p>Professional bakers use multiple baking pans, but I own just one <a href="http://amzn.to/2epeRni">9 x 13 Pyrex baking dish</a> to bake all my sheet cakes, bar cookies, pastries, lasagna, and casseroles.</p> <h2>27. 9 x 5 In Loaf Pan</h2> <p>I learned to <a href="http://amzn.to/2e3P30X">bake bread inside a coffee can</a>, which is still my preferred method. Not only can I fit more cans in my oven, the slices come out perfectly round. So cute! If can cooking is too hobo for you, I recommend owning two bread pans, because many recipes make two loaves. Since they stack inside one another, the second loaf pan takes up only a small amount of extra room.</p> <h2>28. Coffee Pot</h2> <p>I use a four-cup French press to make my coffee. It makes up to four cups of coffee at once, has a slim profile, generates no trash other than coffee grounds, and is easy to clean. Oh, and I can make a great cup of coffee in it!</p> <h2>29. Whetstone</h2> <p>If you are on a budget, you can save on the cost of paying a professional knife sharpener to sharpen your knives (and scissors, and shovels) by learning how to sharpen your edged tools using a whetstone.</p> <h2>30. Crock-Pot</h2> <p>The Crock-Pot is a brilliant tool for people on a tight budget and a tight schedule. They are also great for taking the stress out of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-thanksgiving-recipes-you-can-make-in-your-crock-pot">holiday entertaining</a>.</p> <h2>31. Fire Extinguisher</h2> <p>The best way to avoid a kitchen fire is to own a fire extinguisher. Safety first.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/max-wong">Max Wong</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/31-essential-kitchen-tools-all-frugal-cooks-need">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/how-to-properly-clean-these-14-kitchen-tools-and-appliances-naturally">How to Properly Clean These 14 Kitchen Tools and Appliances — Naturally</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-cast-iron-skillets">The 5 Best Cast Iron Skillets</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/turn-one-room-into-two-with-these-10-simple-tricks">Turn One Room Into Two With These 10 Simple Tricks</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-measuring-spoons">The 5 Best Measuring Spoons</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-measuring-cups">The 5 Best Measuring Cups</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Home apartment living kitchen kitchen appliances kitchen essentials kitchen tools tiny home Wed, 12 Oct 2016 09:30:21 +0000 Max Wong 1811012 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Lighten Your Load With These Smart Laundry Hacks http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-lighten-your-load-with-these-smart-laundry-hacks <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-lighten-your-load-with-these-smart-laundry-hacks" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/man_doing_laundry_87703295.jpg" alt="Man lightening laundry load with smart hacks" 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 smart laundry hacks, easy DIY costumes inspired by movies, and ten apps that will help you get and stay organized.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://bargainbabe.com/7-laundry-hacks-lighten-load/">7 Smart Laundry Hacks That Will Lighten Your Load!</a> &mdash; Wool dryer balls will help speed up the drying process. Toss some in with a few droplets of essential oils for quick-drying, static-free clothes. [Bargain Babe]</p> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/DIY-Halloween-Costumes-From-Movies-42507469#photo-42507469">26 Movie-Inspired Halloween Costumes You Can Easily Create Yourself</a> &mdash; Need a quick and easy costume? Go to your favorite movies for inspiration! [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.morewithlesstoday.com/need-to-get-organized-try-these-10-apps/">Need to Get Organized? Try These 10 Apps</a> &mdash; 24Me is for those with super active schedules who may need more frequent reminders and more intense organizational tools. [More With Less Today]</p> <p><a href="http://moneypantry.com/free-degree/">20 Colleges Where You Can Earn a Degree for Free (Includes the #1 University in the World!)</a> &mdash; Yes, you can earn a college degree without drowning in student loan debt upon graduation. Many American students have taken advantage of Germany's tuition-free education. [Money Pantry]</p> <p><a href="http://savvyscot.com/is-living-in-the-country-the-right-financial-move-for-you/">Is Living in the Country the Right Financial Move for You?</a> &mdash; Buying a home in the country is less expensive than in the city, but you'll pay more in other areas &mdash; like driving and grounds maintenance. [The Savvy Scot]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.getrichslowly.org/blog/2016/10/03/investing-in-your-health/">Why Gym Memberships Can be a Smart Investment</a> &mdash; For some people, the monetary commitment of gym membership may be the motivation they need to exercise regularly. [Get Rich Slowly]</p> <p><a href="http://www.cashthechecks.com/5-financial-obstacles-facing-baby-boomer-retirees/">5 Financial Obstacles Facing Baby Boomer Retirees</a> &mdash; The cost of living is now higher than many Baby Boomers had expected it to be. [Cash The Checks]</p> <p><a href="http://everythingfinanceblog.com/18449/work-life-balance-for-working-parents.html">4 Tips to Create Work-Life Balance for Working Parents</a> &mdash; Outsource the tasks that you don't have time to do, such as grocery shopping, house cleaning, or gardening. [Everything Finance]</p> <p><a href="http://www.currentoncurrency.com/pick-right-health-insurance-plan/">How to Pick the Right Health Insurance Plan</a> &mdash; There are many factors to consider when choosing a health insurance plan. Make sure you have the right information on hand to make the right decision for you and your health. [Current on Currency]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/4-things-to-consider-before-buying-your-child-a-tablet">4 Things to Consider Before Buying Your Child a Tablet</a> &mdash; If your child has a hard time dealing with limits and will lose his mind when you tell him to turn off the TV or stop playing a game, he probably isn't ready to have his own tablet. [Parenting Squad]</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-lighten-your-load-with-these-smart-laundry-hacks">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-laundry-stain-removers">The 5 Best Laundry Stain Removers</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-laundry-detergents">The 5 Best Laundry Detergents</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-effective-grease-and-oil-stain-removal-tips">14 Effective Grease and Oil Stain Removal Tips</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/youre-washing-your-clothes-too-often-what-to-do-instead">You&#039;re Washing Your Clothes Too Often! (What to Do Instead)</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/line-drying-your-laundry-frugal-or-foolish">Line Drying Your Laundry: Frugal or Foolish?</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Home best money tips laundry Thu, 06 Oct 2016 10:00:10 +0000 Amy Lu 1806463 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Air Mattresses http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-air-mattresses <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-air-mattresses" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_air_mattress_39067104.jpg" alt="Woman laying on best air mattress" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Whether you are planning a camping trip or just need additional accommodations for unexpected visits from the in-laws, you&rsquo;ll want a quality air mattress on your side. Fortunately, airbeds are so comfortable nowadays that many people actually prefer them to their traditional mattress.</p> <h2>What Is an Air Mattress?</h2> <p>An air mattress (or airbed) is an inflatable mattress that uses air as a means of support. Airbeds are typically used indoors for last-minute guests, but some airbeds can also be used outdoors for camping trips. You&rsquo;ll want to find one that is comfortable, durable, and easy to inflate and deflate, so you get your money&rsquo;s worth.</p> <h2>Top 5 Air Mattresses</h2> <h3>Intex Pillow Rest Airbed</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2dqvqOl" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/intex%20pillow.jpg" width="245" height="119" align="right" alt="" />Intex Pillow Rest Airbed with Built-in Pillow and Electric Pump</a> is a comfortable air mattress with a padded waterproof flocked top, vinyl beams, and built-in pillows for added comfort. The dual air chamber support system ensures it stays firm all night. The built-in electric pump inflates and deflates the bed in less than four minutes. It has a sturdy double-layered wave beam interior construction with a 300-pound weight capacity.</p> <p>This comes from the trusted Intex brand, which is one of the top airbed manufacturers. It is an Amazon&rsquo;s Choice product and is recommended by ConsumerSearch. It also has outstanding reviews online, including nearly 2,800 five-star reviews on Amazon.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2dqvqOl"><em>Currently $32.80 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>SoundAsleep Dream Series Air Mattress</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2dqvP3u" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/soundasleep.jpg" width="245" height="185" align="right" alt="" />SoundAsleep Dream Series Air Mattress with ComfortCoil Technology and Internal High Capacity Pump</a> claims to have &ldquo;the comfort of a traditional mattress with the added convenience of an air mattress.&rdquo; The powerful built-in pump is 20% quieter than most air pumps and eliminates any sagging and loss of air pressure. It is easy to inflate and deflate the bed in less than four minutes. The airbed features a raised double-height construction and ComfortCoil Technology, where 40 internal air coils provide additional comfort, durability, and support. The multilayer, puncture-resistant material can stand up to normal wear and has a 500-pound capacity. It also features a thick waterproof flocked top for added comfort and durability and a sure grip bottom so it won&rsquo;t slip around. It includes a carry bag and built-in cord storage for easy transport.</p> <p>This is sturdy and designed to last. It is backed by a one-year warranty and exceptional customer service. It is recommended by ConsumerSearch and has outstanding reviews online, including more than 7,600 five-star reviews on Amazon. Many reviewers agree that this air mattress works just as well as much more expensive brands.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2dqvP3u"><em>Currently $119.95 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Serta Raised Air Mattress</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2dqY80D" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/serta.jpg" width="220" height="197" align="right" alt="" />Serta Raised Air Mattress with Never Flat Pump</a> is guaranteed to stay inflated all night. With the dual pump system, the primary pump automatically inflates and deflates your airbed in less than four minutes. Once the bed is fully inflated, the convenient auto shut-off feature will turn the pump off to prevent motor burnout. The patented neverFLAT silent pump then continuously monitors and silently maintains the air pressure so your bed never goes flat during the night. The vertical and horizontal reinforcements also help the bed maintain its shape.</p> <p>The vinyl airbed is comfortable, sturdy, and made from puncture and water-resistant materials. It features simple dial operation with plush, medium, and firm settings, so you can set it to your liking. It is raised 18 inches off the floor, which provides the comfort of a traditional mattress. It features 21 circular coils on the twin bed and 35 circular coils on the queen bed, which creates a supportive, level sleeping surface. It includes a comfortable flocked top to keep your sheets in place and a carry bag for convenient storage.</p> <p>This is built to last and comes with a two-year warranty. It is recommended by ConsumerSearch and has outstanding reviews online, including nearly 1,000 five-star reviews on Amazon.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2dqY80D"><em>Currently $114.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>AeroBed Mattress for Kids</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2dqXEaW"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/aerobed.jpg" width="245" height="181" align="right" alt="" /></a>If you&rsquo;re looking for a smaller bed for children, consider the <a href="http://amzn.to/2dqXEaW">AeroBed Mattress for Kids</a>. It is designed to last even through your little ones jumping on it. It has a 4-inch-high surround safety cushion to keep kids from rolling off. It is constructed of heavy-duty PVC with electronically welded seams. It includes a handheld electric AC pump, which inflates the bed in less than a minute and deflates it in less than 15 seconds. It also comes with a thick, washable, removable fleece cover, in case of spills and accidents.</p> <p>The comfortable airbed is designed for children four years of age and older. It is smaller than a twin bed, so an adult won&rsquo;t fit well. It has outstanding reviews online, including more than 1,000 five-star reviews on Amazon.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2dqXEaW"><em>Currently $69.08 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Intex Raised Downy Airbed</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2dpqxHY"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/intex%20raised.jpg" width="245" height="150" align="right" alt="" /></a>Amazon&rsquo;s #1 best-seller in air mattresses, the <a href="http://amzn.to/2dpqxHY">Intex Raised Downy Airbed with Built-in Electric Pump</a> can give you the feeling of a traditional mattress. The sturdy air mattress rises to 22 inches from the floor, so it&rsquo;s ideal if you&rsquo;re used to sleeping on raised beds. Thanks to the dual chamber construction, the lower chamber functions as a box spring, providing extra firmness and support, while the upper chamber functions as a mattress. The built-in electric pump inflates and deflates in less than five minutes with the touch of a button. The reliable airbed has a comfortable waterproof flocked mattress top with vinyl beams. It also has indented sides to better grip fitted sheets. It includes a convenient carry bag and has a 600-pound weight capacity.</p> <p>This comes from the trusted Intex brand, which is one of the top airbed manufacturers. It has outstanding reviews online, including more than 3,300 five-star reviews on Amazon.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2dpqxHY"><em>Currently $48.63 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best air mattresses. 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-air-mattresses">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-pet-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-cast-iron-skillets">The 5 Best Cast Iron Skillets</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-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-food-steamers">The 5 Best Food Steamers</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Home Shopping 5 best air mattress air mattresses camping supplies product reviews shopping Wed, 05 Oct 2016 09:30:25 +0000 Andrea Cannon 1805692 at http://www.wisebread.com How to Properly Clean These 14 Kitchen Tools and Appliances — Naturally http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-properly-clean-these-14-kitchen-tools-and-appliances-naturally <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-properly-clean-these-14-kitchen-tools-and-appliances-naturally" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_86493827_MEDIUM.jpg" alt="cleaning kitchen tools and appliances naturally" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>When was the last time your kitchen tools and appliances got a good scrub? If you can't remember, that chore is probably overdue. However, it's not necessary to break out the harsh chemicals. Go in like Grandma and arm yourself with baking soda, vinegar, lemons, and salt. You'll love the results and fresh, clean smell. Plus, the environment will appreciate it, too. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/16-simple-kitchen-skills-every-frugal-person-should-master?ref=seealso">16 Simple Kitchen Skills Every Frugal Person Should Master</a>)</p> <h2>1. Dishwasher</h2> <p>Seems odd, doesn't it, that a machine that spends its life washing dishes would get so grimy. Soap scum starts building up, and sometimes we aren't good about rinsing before we place dishes inside. Baking soda and vinegar to the rescue!</p> <p>First, take out the filter and soak it in some dish liquid. After it has soaked, get a soft toothbrush and give it a gentle scrub. Put it back, and get out the vinegar and baking soda. Pour a cup of vinegar into the bottom of the dishwasher, and run it through a cycle. That should eliminate the rest of the gunk. If you still have odors after that, sprinkle a little baking soda in the bottom of the dishwasher, let it sit, and then run a cycle again.</p> <h2>2. Toaster</h2> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/_MHCI8fhhZc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>This morning, I set off the smoke alarm while attempting to make my toast. That was a really good reminder to clean the toaster. Ever cleaned a toaster before? It's not hard, but there are some important steps. Watch the moves of this toaster-cleaning pro <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_MHCI8fhhZc">here</a>.</p> <h2>3. Butcher Block</h2> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/PgJlScAHXPA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>Butcher blocks can be a beautiful part of your kitchen. They're even collectible now, so take heed and keep yours clean. Butcher blocks need maintenance and frequent cleaning. Daily maintenance should include spraying with vinegar and wiping them down. For more stubborn stains, <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PgJlScAHXPA">clean your butcher block</a> using some natural cleaning tricks.</p> <h2>4. Rusty Knives</h2> <p>Ever get those rust spots on knives? Combine equal parts warm water and lemon juice in a cup. Put in your rusty knives, soak for 10 minutes, and rinse; dry with a kitchen towel. If you love your knives, please don't put them into the dishwasher &mdash; wash by hand, carefully.</p> <h2>5. Coffee Maker</h2> <p>It never hurts to wash the carafe and filter basket in warm, soapy water after use. You should also periodically wipe up spills on the heating element. But then, there is that water reservoir, which really needs your attention. It's a favorite hangout for yeast, mold, calcium deposits, and other gross stuff.</p> <p>Put a filter into the basket, and then fill the reservoir with equal parts of water and vinegar. Hit the &quot;on&quot; button, and let it run. Stop the machine, and let it sit for 30 minutes. Then, turn it back on, finish brewing, and pour it all out. Rinse by running water through another brewing cycle.</p> <h2>6. Blender</h2> <p>For a grimy blender, fill halfway with hot water. Add a drop of dish soap. Cover with lid, and hit the &quot;on&quot; button. Blend for 30 seconds and then pour out the soapy water. Add more hot water (halfway) and blend again two or three times to rinse.</p> <h2>7. Microwave</h2> <p>All of those splutters and spills add up in the microwave &mdash; an oft-forgotten appliance to clean (and they are usually the worst in offices). Pour a cup of vinegar into a two-cup glass measuring cup. Add a cup of water and microwave for 10 minutes. Let it steam up the microwave for another 20 minutes, then wipe it all out with paper towels.</p> <h2>8. Reusable Tote Bags</h2> <p>Think about where those bags have been, and you'll realize... Yuck. Hopefully, you have the kind that you can toss into the washer, because odds are, they're harboring bacteria and possibly E coli.</p> <h2>9. Sink</h2> <p>Baking soda works about as well as chemical cleaners, and it's so much safer for the environment. Use as you would a powdered cleaner. For really stubborn stains, add salt to the baking soda, and try a natural-bristle brush to scrub.</p> <h2>10. Oven</h2> <p>If you own a self-cleaning one, you're good to go. Although you may want to read up on some of the issues associated with actually using that feature, due to the high temperatures. What about the rest of us (me, included) who have gas ovens, or non-self-cleaning electric ovens? There are natural ways to clean ovens using things like vinegar and baking soda. However, a caveat: Check your manufacturer's manual. If you cannot find your manual, look up the brand online, where most manufacturers have PDFs of manuals posted. Also, what may apply to electric may be downright dangerous with gas. If you have gas, you have to turn off your pilot light and the gas before cleaning.</p> <h2>11. Fridge</h2> <p>Don't use dishwashing detergent, which may leave an odor on your food. Instead, use baking soda and hot water. Remove racks, wash, and rinse. Wipe down all the walls of the refrigerator and dry before reinstalling racks. Don't forget to remove the drawers and wash those, too.</p> <h2>12. Clean the Cleaning Stuff</h2> <p>You've probably heard that your kitchen sponge is dirtier than your toilet seat, but in case you didn't, throw your sponge out. Get a new one. Once that has been accomplished, sanitize it regularly. Get it wet, and toss it into the microwave for a minute. If you have a dishwasher, you can run it through the longest and hottest cycle. Lastly, try soaking it in a solution of bleach and water (&frac12; teaspoon per quart of warm water) for a minute. If you use dishrags, use a fresh one each day.</p> <h2>13. Grocery &quot;Cold&quot; Bags</h2> <p>I use my insulated bag every week when I load up my groceries. Yesterday, however, I went to pop in the grocery bags, only to discover that meat juices had previously leaked. Yuck! I turned that bag inside out, washed with hot, sudsy water, and left it outside in the sun to dry thoroughly.</p> <h2>14. The Gunky Mixer</h2> <p>The best way to avoid having to attack gunk buildup on your mixer is to wipe it down after each use. I just use warm water and a damp dishcloth. For those tough areas, try an old toothbrush and a little plastic scraper (so as not to damage the finish). A little baking soda on a toothbrush does wonders. Be sure to rinse and dry.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/marla-walters">Marla Walters</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-properly-clean-these-14-kitchen-tools-and-appliances-naturally">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-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/31-essential-kitchen-tools-all-frugal-cooks-need">31 Essential Kitchen Tools All Frugal Cooks Need</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-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> <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/ease-into-minimalism-with-some-simple-steps">Ease Into Minimalism With Some Simple Steps</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/get-your-home-cleaner-than-a-pro-can-and-save-big">Get Your Home Cleaner Than a Pro Can — And Save Big</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/save-some-cash-with-these-6-clever-cleaning-hacks">Save Some Cash With These 6 Clever Cleaning Hacks</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Home cleaning kitchen appliances kitchen tools natural cleaner natural products toxic chemicals Tue, 04 Oct 2016 09:30:48 +0000 Marla Walters 1805037 at http://www.wisebread.com These Are the 7 Features Home Buyers Want Most http://www.wisebread.com/these-are-the-7-features-home-buyers-want-most <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/these-are-the-7-features-home-buyers-want-most" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/couple_new_house_62152676.jpg" alt="Couple learning features homebuyers want most" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Interested in buying a new home? It's a good idea to be aware of what new homebuyers are looking for. I interviewed Markus Brown, a Realtor in Orange County, California, about what he sees buyers looking for in potential new homes. The following features are currently generating a lot of demand, which may potentially translate to higher home values.</p> <h2>1. An Open Floor Plan</h2> <p>The days of compartmentalized rooms all separated by walls and doors are gone, and the era of <a href="https://www.newhomesource.com/resourcecenter/articles/top-10-features-home-buyers-want">connected living</a> continues to be one of top new home trends. Specifically, buyers &quot;want the kitchen to be open to the family room, which creates the &quot;great room&quot; as it's most typically defined,&quot; says Brown. Homebuyers are also looking for an open floor plan kitchen, as it allows people to flow to and from the heart of the home during gatherings.</p> <h2>2. Hardwood Floors</h2> <p>Forget the wall-to-wall carpet, today's homebuyers are looking for <a href="http://eyeonhousing.org/2016/03/housing-preferences-across-generations-part-i/">hardwood floors</a> on the main floor of the home, according to the National Association of Home Builders. Hardwood flooring looks especially beautiful when flowing throughout an open floor plan.</p> <h2>3. A Modern Kitchen</h2> <p>New homebuyers are looking not just for an updated kitchen, but a <a href="http://www.inman.com/2016/02/16/10-key-design-trends-buyers-want-sellers-need-2016/">modern kitchen design</a> that hits the latest trends. Granite continues to trend, but the pattern in the granite tends to be characterized by more &quot;movement and flow,&quot; according to Brown, as opposed to a busy, speckled look. Quartz aggregates are a popular alternative for countertops. Floor tile has been growing in size, with large rectangular tiles (and fewer grout lines) leading the trends. Keeping hardwood flooring flowing throughout the kitchen and living spaces is also very popular.</p> <p>The trendiest kitchens have a large island that doubles as an eating space, combining cooking and eating/entertaining in one feature. Open shelving has seen a resurgence in interest, but it can be a polarizing feature that some love and some don't.</p> <p>Brown points out that modern backsplash finishes are important, and he has seen a trend toward the &quot;subway tile patterns that were popular in the 20s and 30s.&quot;&nbsp;Pullout shelves and self-closing doors in the kitchen are also a plus.</p> <h2>4. Plenty of Storage</h2> <p>Along with an open floor plan comes a need for ample storage to keep those open spaces clutter free. New homebuyers are looking for pantries, linen closets, and storage areas such as a separate laundry room, mudroom, and cabinetry in the garage to help them stay organized and to keep the clutter out of sight. In fact, the most recent survey by the <a href="http://eyeonhousing.org/2016/03/housing-preferences-across-generations-part-i/">National Association of Home Builders</a> (NAHB) reports that 92% of buyers want a laundry room, making it the most desired feature of a new home.</p> <h2>5. Multi-Generational Living</h2> <p>Many new homebuyers appreciate the possibility to house an older parent or family member, if not full-time, at least part-time with comfortable guest quarters. A guest room on the ground floor with a full bathroom is one of the features that makes multigenerational living more comfortable for everyone.</p> <h2>6. Multi-Functional Space</h2> <p>Something many new homebuyers are looking for is a &quot;homework loft,&quot; &quot;gaming loft,&quot; or some kind of multifunctional space within the home. This could be a desk located on a second floor loft outside the bedrooms, or an area off the living room or kitchen which can be used for various needs. &quot;The loft and great room are mutually dependent in many ways,&quot; says Brown, because along with greater open space comes a need for a place for kids to hang out separately from adults.</p> <h2>7. Indoor-Outdoor Living</h2> <p>Today's homebuyers are looking for ways to incorporate the outdoors into their daily lives. Millennials and younger buyers, in particular, are <a href="http://eyeonhousing.org/2016/03/housing-preferences-across-generations-part-i/">increasingly demanding a patio</a> and multiple outdoor areas. Outdoor living space also increases the functional square footage of a home. Having an outdoor kitchen and entertaining space can be very attractive to new homebuyers. Sliding doors or French doors leading to a large patio that encourages flow between indoors and outdoors are often coveted features.</p> <p>The &quot;California room&quot; or &quot;outdoor living room&quot; is an increasingly popular concept, according to Brown. A California room is a space that seamlessly blends indoor and outdoor living, usually comprised of a covered patio or sunroom, comfortable furnishings, and easy access to both inside and outside.</p> <h2>8. Energy Efficiency and Eco-Conscious Living</h2> <p>Energy efficiency is a feature that is becoming increasingly important. Energy Star rated appliances, windows, and an Energy Star rated whole home were desired by <a href="http://eyeonhousing.org/2016/03/housing-preferences-across-generations-part-i/">over 80%</a> of new homebuyers. Features like a whole house fan, solar &quot;readiness&quot; (infrastructure in place for solar panels), solar water heater, heat pump heater/air conditioner, and &quot;smart&quot; thermostats can all appeal to the eco-conscious buyer. &quot;In certain areas of the country,&quot; notes Brown, &quot;drought-tolerant and low-maintenance landscaping are also important.&quot;</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/camilla-cheung">Camilla Cheung</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/these-are-the-7-features-home-buyers-want-most">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/9-sneaky-home-money-pits-that-sap-your-savings">9 Sneaky Home Money Pits That Sap Your Savings</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/10-most-expensive-zip-codes-in-the-country">10 Most Expensive Zip Codes in the Country</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/4-ways-to-buy-a-house-without-a-mortgage">4 Ways to Buy a House Without a Mortgage</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/everybodys-wrong-about-how-much-house-you-can-afford">Everybody&#039;s Wrong About How Much House You Can Afford</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Home Real Estate and Housing appliances features floor plans homebuyers homeowners housing market interior design modern new house Thu, 29 Sep 2016 09:00:07 +0000 Camilla Cheung 1800745 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best 4K Televisions http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-4k-televisions <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-4k-televisions" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/couple_4k_tv_94697427.jpg" alt="Couple buying best 4K TV" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>With an ultra HD 4K TV, you can experience your favorite programs like never before. No detail will be missed with the right ultra HD television, but they can come at a high cost. That&rsquo;s why we&rsquo;ve found some of the best 4K TVs available, so you can get the best value for your money.</p> <h2>What Is a 4K Television?</h2> <p>A 4K television has at least 8 million active pixels to provide four times the number of pixels and four times the detail, compared to other high definition TVs. It also has two times the vertical resolution and twice the horizontal resolution of current Hi-Def TVs. This provides superior color, clarity, and picture for unmatched television viewing.</p> <h2>Top 5 4K Televisions</h2> <h3>VIZIO 60-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2dpLO3V"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/vizio.jpg" width="245" height="162" align="right" alt="" /></a>The value-oriented <a href="http://amzn.to/2dpLO3V">VIZIO M60-C3 60-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV</a> features unrivaled picture quality with four times the resolution of full HD. With 8.3 million screen pixels in every image, you can enjoy unmatched contrast, clarity, and definition, as well as pure black levels. The active pixel tuning enables pixel-level brightness adjustments for better picture accuracy, color, and detail. It has full array LED backlight and local dimming, as well as 32 active LED zones for a heightened contrast ratio of 20 million-to-1. The spatial scaling engine transforms 720p and 1080p HD into near ultra HD so you can continue watching your favorite programs. The smart TV has a range of 4K apps so you can start streaming immediately with built-in ultrafast 802.11ac dual-band Wi-Fi. It includes a remote control and a user-friendly, intuitive user interface for easier usage.</p> <p>This is one of the least expensive 4K TVs available, but you won&rsquo;t feel like you&rsquo;re giving anything up. It is commonly compared to more expensive 4K televisions and always comes out on top. You can choose from screen sizes ranging from 43-80 inches. The well-reviewed television is recommended by CNET, PCMag, Tom&rsquo;s Guide, Gizmodo, and Reviewed.com. It also has outstanding online reviews, including more than 1,000 five-star reviews on Amazon. It was the highest rated TV of 2015 and reviewers tend to agree that it&rsquo;s the &ldquo;best bang for your buck.&rdquo;</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2dpLO3V"><em>Currently $989.98 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Samsung 40-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2dpNf2a"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/samsung.jpg" width="245" height="160" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2dpNf2a">Samsung UN40KU6300 40-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV</a> provides a picture that is four times sharper than full HD for unrivaled color saturation. It has a slim design, enhanced sound, PurColor, and UHD dimming for the best clarity, contrast, sharpness, and detail. The UHD upscaling picture engine upgrades lower resolution items to near ultra HD. The intuitive smart TV features various 4K apps, including the smart view app, and built-in Wi-Fi so you can begin watching your favorite programs right away. The included smart remote has a cutting-edge touch pad for easier usage.</p> <p>You can choose from screen sizes ranging from 40-70 inches. This is an Amazon College Checklist selection and has outstanding online reviews. The <a href="http://amzn.to/2cBdfWU">Samsung UN43KU7000 43-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV (2016 Model)</a> is another College Checklist selection.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2dpNf2a"><em>Currently $458.20 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>LG Electronics Flat 55-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart OLED TV</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2czXJGg"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/lg_0.jpg" width="245" height="153" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2czXJGg">LG Electronics OLED55B6P Flat 55-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart OLED TV</a> is expensive, but reviewers tend to agree it&rsquo;s worth the higher cost. It uses 8.3 million revolutionary self-lighting pixels, individually controlled to achieve perfect black, cinematic color, and an unrivaled picture and contrast. The slim design flat screen has a wide viewing angle for exceptional picture quality. It has an expanded color palette and can support standard HDR and Dolby Vision. The onboard Harman Kardon Sound system ensures perfect sound every time. The award-winning Smart TV platform is easy to use with Magic Mobile Connection, Magic Zoom, and a magic remote control.</p> <p>You can choose from screen sizes ranging from 55-65 inches. This well-reviewed television is recommended by Consumer Reports, CNET, and TechRadar, and has outstanding online reviews. It is commonly compared to more expensive 4K TVs and always comes out on top. The <a href="http://amzn.to/2dq4k7K">LG Electronics 65EF9500 65-Inch 4K Ultra HD Flat Smart OLED TV (2015 Model)</a> is also frequently recommended.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2czXJGg"><em>Currently $2,497.00 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Sony 75-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart TV</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2dq6hks"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/sony.jpg" width="245" height="153" align="right" alt="" /></a>The super slim <a href="http://amzn.to/2dq6hks">Sony XBR75X940D 75-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart TV</a> offers four times as many pixels as you get with an HD TV. The ultra HD TV has full-array local dimming and backlight, an X1 engine, and triluminos wide color spectrum technology for more colors and depth, providing a superior picture, contrast, and clarity. The smart TV has a range of 4K apps and an unobtrusive content bar so you can begin watching immediately with the built-in Wi-Fi. The included remote control has unique features, such as voice search, which allows you to say what you want to see.</p> <p>This is recommended by Forbes and TechRadar and has outstanding online reviews. The <a href="http://amzn.to/2ddXJyk">Sony XBR43X830C 43-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV (2015 Model)</a> is also frequently recommended.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2dq6hks"><em>Currently $4,998.00 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Sharp 50-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2czZjaS"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/n7.jpg" width="245" height="159" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2czZjaS">Sharp LC-50N7000U 50-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV</a> has a 4K picture that&rsquo;s four times the pixel resolution of full HD. The HDR-enabled, feature-smart television features LED full array for unrivaled picture quality, color, clarity, and contrast. It features AquoMotion, AquoDimming, high dynamic range processing, and has a range of device connection options. Enjoy built-in award-winning dbx-TV sound technology and sound enhancing components for enhanced audio clarity. The ultra-slim smart TV has various built-in 4K apps so you can begin enjoying your favorite programs right away. With dual-band 802.11ac wireless Wi-Fi, you can also enjoy three times the speed of regular Wi-Fi.</p> <p>You can choose from screen sizes ranging from 43-65 inches. This has outstanding online reviews and offers a great value for the money. It has been Sharp&rsquo;s most affordable 4K TV since 2015, but shouldn&rsquo;t feel inferior to other 4K televisions.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2czZjaS"><em>Currently $547.00 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best 4K televisions. 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-4k-televisions">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-pet-cameras">The 5 Best Pet Cameras</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-food-steamers">The 5 Best Food Steamers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-robotic-mops">The 5 Best Robotic Mops</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-pet-flea-shampoos">The 5 Best Pet Flea 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-aluminum-and-stainless-steel-water-bottles">The 5 Best Aluminum and Stainless Steel Water Bottles</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Home Shopping Technology 4k TVs 5 best HD TVs product reviews shopping televisions tvs Wed, 28 Sep 2016 09:30:28 +0000 Andrea Cannon 1801618 at http://www.wisebread.com How to Be the Host With the Most and Spend the Least http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-be-the-host-with-the-most-and-spend-the-least <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-be-the-host-with-the-most-and-spend-the-least" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_84859147_MEDIUM.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Are you the designated party planner and all-the-time host in your group of family and friends? Perhaps you just have the gift of hospitality, or maybe everybody just enjoys being in your home. Whatever the reason you find yourself inviting folks over on a regular basis, you can be the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-cheap-and-delicious-punch-recipes-for-holiday-parties">host with the most</a> while staying on budget. Here are a few ways to cut back so you can kick back and have a great time.</p> <h2>1. Plan a Seasonal Menu Using What's on Sale</h2> <p>Every get-together must have food &mdash; because that's really what people are coming over for &mdash; and you'll do your wallet a favor by planning a seasonal menu based on what's on sale at the supermarket. Once you identify your cost-savings ingredients, enter them into a recipe-by-ingredient search engine to find easy-to-make dishes using what you have on hand.</p> <h2>2. Skip Traditional Invitations in Favor of Evites</h2> <p>I haven't sent out formal invitations in years. Even my wedding invitations were evites. And you'll save a bundle by inviting your guests via Evite or Facebook. The benefit of using these services is threefold: You'll save on materials and postage (a real budget killer), the RSVP process is just one click, and you can add descriptive details that paper invitations prohibit due to lack of space. The money you'll save is better spent elsewhere, like on desserts or adult drinks &mdash; the two things everybody enjoys the most at a party.</p> <h2>3. Host the Party Outside of Your Home for Easier Cleanup</h2> <p>The biggest downside to hosting a party is the cleanup. Dirty dishes all over the place, plus overflowing trash from all the throwaway plates and utensils can really put a damper on an otherwise special day. You'll save yourself a lot of after-party hassle by planning an event outside of your home &mdash; like in a park or public pavilion &mdash; so at the end of the event, you can just gather everything in the disposable tablecloth, throw it in the trash, and get on with your day.</p> <h2>4. Plan the Party for a Time of Day That Requires Less Food and Alcohol</h2> <p>It's basic logic &mdash; plan a party at nighttime and you'll have to buy much more food than you would at, say, lunchtime, or during a time where people are between meals. For instance, you can get away with crudite and fruit trays, a cheese plate, crackers, and a dessert at a party from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., but you'll need more substantial options, like meatballs, wings, and sandwiches (which are expensive, by the way!) for a party hosted anytime from 5 p.m. on. Plan wisely to catch people full from a regular meal to save.</p> <h2>5. Turn Your Event Into a Potluck</h2> <p>Reduce all those hours in the kitchen preparing food for your guests by turning your party into a potluck. Great guests always want to bring the host a gift anyway, so this helps alleviate that pressure. To pull this off without a whole lot of stress, create a list of dishes and allow your guests to claim which one they'll make. This allows people to choose their specialties, or if they have none, the choice to buy a decent store-bought version.</p> <h2>6. Get More Mileage Out of Your Alcohol With Club Soda</h2> <p>Unless all your friends are sober, they'll expect some sort of alcohol at your gathering. It's helps people relax, too, so the party will be livelier when you serve booze. To make your alcohol go the extra mile, prepare a signature cocktail in a pitcher beforehand so you can monitor how much alcohol is going in. You also can take&nbsp;<a href="http://www.mybargainbuddy.com">money-saving blogger</a> Karen Hoxmeier's advice by serving wine spritzer with one cup of wine, a half cup of club soda, Sprite, or 7-Up.</p> <h2>7. Make Your Event BYOB</h2> <p>Another way to cut back on the cost of the alcohol you're supplying is to make the shindig BYOB. So you don't come off as being a cheapskate, apply some logic to this decision.</p> <p>Drizly.com's chief cocktail officer Trisha Antonsen advises to share the menu in advance and ask people to bring a wine or beer pairing of their choice. &quot;Alcohol can be one of the most expensive aspects of the meal,&quot; she says. &quot;Asking people to find a pairing saves you money on the host end.&quot;</p> <p>L.A.-based event planner Jenn Infanto adds, &quot;When hosting a themed event, like Oktoberfest, I love to have my guests BYOBeer from local breweries to create a 'bottle share.'&quot;</p> <p>Additionally, this is a great way to get people involved in the party and create conversations once they've arrived. Plus, everyone will have something to drink that they like while sharing their favorites with others.</p> <h2>8. Stay on Top of Climate Control</h2> <p>It's important to make sure most guests are comfortable, temperature-wise, during your event. While you can't please everybody &mdash; somebody is always too hot or too cold no matter how temperate the room is &mdash; you can do a few things to ensure an even temperature throughout the party by opening windows, turning off heat-making appliances like the oven, or adjusting the thermostat as you go along. Or, if you're tech savvy, install a self-adjusting thermostat such as the <a href="http://amzn.to/2cpTpJm">Lyric WiFi Thermostat from Honeywell</a>. It uses geofencing technology to adjust your heating and cooling system to the ideal temperature when you're home, turning off when you're gone, and powering back up when it senses you're coming back.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-be-the-host-with-the-most-and-spend-the-least">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/8-ways-clutter-keeps-you-poor">8 Ways Clutter Keeps You Poor</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-stain-removers">The 5 Best Pet Stain Removers</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/19-frugal-and-easy-ways-to-update-an-old-home">19 Frugal (And Easy) Ways to Update an Old Home</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-simple-household-repairs-every-frugal-person-should-master">10 Simple Household Repairs Every Frugal Person Should Master</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/flashback-friday-our-61-best-home-improvement-hacks-ever">Flashback Friday: Our 61 Best Home Improvement Hacks Ever</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Home host hostess hosting parties party host party planning Mon, 26 Sep 2016 09:30:23 +0000 Mikey Rox 1799078 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Glass Cleaners http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-glass-cleaners <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-glass-cleaners" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/50095806.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Your windows and glass surfaces can sparkle and shine with the right cleaner. By keeping your windows and mirrors clean, they can perform optimally, allowing you to see clearly.</p> <h2>What Is Glass and Window Cleaner?</h2> <p>Glass cleaner is formulated to cut through dirt, grease, grime, and smudges on windows and glass surfaces. If you&rsquo;re looking for a streak-free shine, take a look at the top glass and window cleaners below.</p> <h2>Top 5 Glass Cleaners</h2> <h3>Windex Cleaner</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2dhHn6P"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/windex.jpg" width="182" height="220" align="right" alt="" /></a>Amazon&rsquo;s #1 best-seller in glass cleaner, <a href="http://amzn.to/2dhHn6P">Windex Cleaners</a> just can&rsquo;t be beat. There&rsquo;s a reason it&rsquo;s a household name. It can help you achieve a streak-free shine on all indoor and outdoor glass surfaces, including windows, shower doors, mirrors, stove tops, and more. It can cut through grime, soil, and smudges without a strong ammonia scent. This versatile two-pack features an angled tube design, allowing you to get more cleaner out of every bottle. Windex claims to be &ldquo;America's #1 glass cleaner&rdquo; and is recommended by AOL and About.com. If you prefer a foam application, consider the <a href="http://amzn.to/2cLapQO">Windex Foaming Glass and Surface Cleaner</a>. If you prefer wipes, consider the <a href="http://amzn.to/2d9vyPE">Windex Flat Pack Wipes</a>, which are also recommended by About.com. The <a href="http://amzn.to/2dhHeAj">Windex Outdoor Glass &amp; Patio Cleaner</a> is also commonly recommended for your outdoor needs.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2dhHn6P"><em>Currently $14.48 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Sprayway Ammonia Free Glass Cleaner</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2d4Rlfy" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/sprayaway.jpg" width="91" height="280" align="right" alt="" />Sprayway Ammonia Free Glass Cleaner</a> is a foaming cleaner that you can use on windows, mirrors, windshields, and other glass and plastic surfaces. The effective cleaner achieves heavy-duty cleaning action without ammonia. The foam clings and dries to leave a streak-free shine with no film. The four-pack of cleaner leaves behind a clean, fresh fragrance that most reviewers tend to like. It is recommended by NY Times and AOL, and has outstanding online reviews, including nearly 500 five-star reviews on Amazon.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2d4Rlfy"><em>Currently $17.24 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Method Natural Glass + Surface Cleaner</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2dhGbAs"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/method.jpg" width="175" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>If you&rsquo;re looking for a good natural, non-toxic cleaner, the <a href="http://amzn.to/2dhGbAs">Method Natural Glass + Surface Cleaner</a> is right for you. It can quickly, effortlessly remove dirt, dust, fingerprints, and smudges from windows, mirrors, and any glass surface. The green alternative uses ammonia-free plant-based powergreen technology for a streak-free shine. This two-pack of effective cleaners is less harmful and has a fresh minty scent that most reviewers tend to love. It is recommended by AOL, About.com, and GoodGuide, and has outstanding online reviews. Good Housekeeping found that it works well on glass, but can take longer to cut through grease.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2dhGbAs"><em>Currently $13.02 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Invisible Glass Premium Glass Cleaner</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2cphc11"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/invisible%20glass.jpg" width="123" height="275" align="right" alt="" /></a>The professional tint-safe <a href="http://amzn.to/2cphc11">Invisible Glass Premium Glass Cleaner</a> can be used on glass, windows, mirrors, chrome, and even on car windows and the inside of a car windshield. The ClearDry formula removes oils, dust, dirt, grease, smudges, fingerprints, grime, and more in no time. It leaves a streak-free, haze-free shine with no film or residue. The multi-component formula is more powerful than most glass cleaners and contains no soaps, foams, scents, or dyes. The light scent fades, so you won&rsquo;t be left with a strong odor. It is recommended by NY Times and has outstanding online reviews, including more than 500 five-star reviews on Amazon. It is also backed by a money-back guarantee. If you prefer an aerosol spray can, consider the <a href="http://amzn.to/2dhGDPh">Invisible Glass Premium Glass Cleaner</a>.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2cphc11"><em>Currently $3.44 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Glass Plus Glass Cleaner Trigger</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2dbz6pg" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/glass%20plus.jpg" width="123" height="275" align="right" alt="" />Glass Plus Glass Cleaner Trigger</a> works on indoor and outdoor surfaces, like glass, mirrors, stove tops, and stainless steel and granite surfaces. The multi-surface cleaner cuts through dirt, grease, and grime to leave a streak-free shine in no time. This affordable trigger spray cleaner is recommended by AOL and About.com, and has outstanding online reviews.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2dbz6pg"><em>Currently $6.49 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best glass and window cleaners. 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-glass-cleaners">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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