Home http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/3754/all en-US 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-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/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/5-negotiation-tricks-that-ll-win-a-home-bidding-war">5 Negotiation Tricks That’ll Win a Home Bidding War</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/5-reasons-fall-is-a-great-time-to-house-hunt">5 Reasons Fall Is a Great Time to House Hunt</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-clean-your-dishwasher">How to Clean Your Dishwasher</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-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-glass-cleaners">The 5 Best Glass Cleaners</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-pet-flea-shampoos">The 5 Best Pet Flea Shampoos</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-cast-iron-skillets">The 5 Best Cast Iron Skillets</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-dishwashing-gloves">The 5 Best Dishwashing Gloves</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-robotic-mops">The 5 Best Robotic Mops</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-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/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-2 views-row-even"> <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-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/18-clever-ways-to-reuse-your-plastic-shopping-bags">18 Clever Ways to Reuse Your Plastic Shopping Bags</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-creative-ways-to-upcycle-used-baby-furniture">8 Creative Ways to Upcycle Used Baby Furniture</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-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-stain-removers">The 5 Best Pet Stain Removers</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. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-5"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-ceiling-fans">The 5 Best Ceiling Fans</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-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-dishwashing-gloves">The 5 Best Dishwashing Gloves</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-robotic-mops">The 5 Best Robotic Mops</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Home Shopping 5 best cleaning products home product reviews shopping window cleaners Thu, 22 Sep 2016 09:30:27 +0000 Andrea Cannon 1797292 at http://www.wisebread.com 9 Old Kitchen Tools You Can Flip for Cash http://www.wisebread.com/9-old-kitchen-tools-you-can-flip-for-cash <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/9-old-kitchen-tools-you-can-flip-for-cash" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_53893396_MEDIUM.jpg" alt="flip these kitchen tools for easy cash" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Looking for some quick cash? Check your kitchen. There may be lots of treasure in there.</p> <p>If you love to cook, you are likely in possession of a lot of equipment &mdash; perhaps too much. Maybe it's time to declutter. What items are sought-after by collectors? Here are nine items that could fetch you some quick cash. Time to clean out the cupboards!</p> <h2>1. Fondue Sets</h2> <p>My mother had two fondue sets, one in gold and the other in a rusty red. Fondue was a 1970s party phenomenon, and my mom led the pack. She would put on meat fondue parties, cheese fondue parties, and top it off with chocolate fondue for dessert. I learned to light a Sterno can at an early age. Fondue parties are still fun, so if you want to dig your mom's set out and convince her to sell, you can probably get $20 to $30 for it.</p> <h2>2. Cookie Cutters</h2> <p>If you have only ever used plastic cookie cutters, you are missing out. Metal cutters are far superior, as they give cookies a more identifiable shape. Some are merely cookie outlines, and some &mdash; like my grandmother's &mdash; have a nifty handle on top. The older they are (the tin will be dark), the more valuable they become as collectibles. Not only are they practical, but they also look great just as decoration in a kitchen. Depending on age and condition of the cutter, you can resell for $3 a piece, and up.</p> <h2>3. Pyrex</h2> <p>I'm a total sucker for Pyrex casserole dishes and bowls, and am willing to fight to the death at a garage sale if I see them. They're so durable, work beautifully, and come in terrific patterns. If you have some, sell them and earn cash, or watch garage sales for popular patterns to resell. Keep an eye out for patterns known as Blue Dot, Gooseberry, Butterprint or Snowflake Blue, as these tend to be more popular.</p> <h2>4. Butcher Blocks</h2> <p>Even if they aren't in the best condition, you may be able to sell a butcher block for big bucks. &quot;Distressed&quot; is a trendy style, and they look great in both farm-style or modern stainless-steel kitchens. You may be able to fetch a fast $50 for a 10x20. Find one in rough shape? You may be able to <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-DHMGQOEnqM">recondition</a> it before you sell it.</p> <h2>5. Crocks</h2> <p>With the resurgence of people making their own fermented food, like kimchi or sauerkraut, Crocks are all the rage. The most valuable are ones with salt-glaze finish (bumpy to the touch), or Crocks with decorations like flowers beneath the glaze, or ones with numbers stencilled on them. These can easily sell for over $100.</p> <h2>6. Cast Iron Skillets</h2> <p>There are actually conventions and meet-ups where people seek quality <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-cast-iron-skillets">cast iron skillets</a> like the Griswold line. Buyer beware, though &mdash; there are reproductions out there. Those are usually rustier, have fainter markings on the bottom, and are heavier than the real deal. These are a good thing to look for at garage sales to later resell. A 3&quot; skillet with a lid can bring in about $150.</p> <h2>7. Tin Products</h2> <p>Look for tin cups, scoops, graters, and containers to sell. While some may have a low resale value ($5), an old coffee tin may earn you about $20. You can put together several tin items and resell in a lot.</p> <h2>8. Dish Sets</h2> <p>Inherit a set of dishes you don't really love? You're not alone. My grandmother's Franciscan &quot;Apple&quot; pattern languishes in our attic. And if you don't want to pass them down to your kids, consider selling the set. Lennox's &quot;Eternal&quot; china will net you about $195, and Spode's old favorite &quot;Christmas Tree&quot; pattern can be found for $150 for a 20-piece set.</p> <h2>9. Mixers</h2> <p>Sunbeam mixers were built to last. And last. In good working condition, you can still sell them for between $30 and $90. I know in 1977 my mother decided hers was just too old-looking, and now it's considered &quot;retro.&quot;</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/9-old-kitchen-tools-you-can-flip-for-cash">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-cast-iron-skillets">The 5 Best Cast Iron Skillets</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-measuring-cups">The 5 Best Measuring Cups</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-measuring-spoons">The 5 Best Measuring Spoons</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-old-knick-knacks-you-can-flip-for-easy-cash">10 Old Knick-Knacks You Can Flip for Easy Cash</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-kitchen-dish-towels">The 5 Best Kitchen Dish Towels</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Extra Income Home Shopping cast iron skillets clutter flip for cash fondue sets home goods kitchen tools pans pots Mon, 19 Sep 2016 09:30:26 +0000 Marla Walters 1794517 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Dishwashing Gloves http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-dishwashing-gloves <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-dishwashing-gloves" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_washing_dishes_53626746.jpg" alt="Woman using the best dishwashing gloves" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The perfect pair of dishwashing gloves can be submerged in hot water, prevent drip back, and protect your hands from the dirty job of dishwashing duties. They will allow you to get the job done faster, with less mess.</p> <h2>What Are Dishwashing Gloves?</h2> <p>Dishwashing gloves are a must-have if you want to protect your hands from hot water, chemicals, and anything else you may come in contact with when cleaning. They&rsquo;re also great for painting, gardening, and other dirty jobs. For best results, you&rsquo;ll want to find gloves that fit well, feel comfortable, and can last for months.</p> <h2>Top 5 Dishwashing Gloves</h2> <h3>Playtex Prod Living Small Household Rubber Gloves</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2csZWcz"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/playtex.jpg" width="128" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2csZWcz">Playtex Prod Living Small Household Rubber Gloves</a> are made of latex, neoprene, and nitrile for strength and durability. The high-quality gloves have a tapered design and don&rsquo;t have a strong smell. They have a soft cotton flocked lining for added comfort and a better fit. They feature a protective drip-catch cuff that folds down to keep your hands and arms dry. The three-layered design offers antimicrobial protection so the gloves stay fresh, resist mold and mildew, and can protect your hands from chemicals and hot water. They have an anti-slip pattern, reinforced fingertips and palms, and double dip construction for a more secure grip and dexterity.</p> <p>This three-pack of gloves is recommended by Good Housekeeping and About.com. The <a href="http://amzn.to/2ciCgo8">Playtex HandSaver Gloves</a> are another highly recommended, reliable set of gloves.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2csZWcz"><em>Currently $9.49 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Mr. Clean Bliss Premium Latex-Free Gloves</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2d2J4Fh"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/mr%20clean.jpg" width="134" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2d2J4Fh">Mr. Clean Bliss Premium Latex-Free Gloves</a> are strong, thick, flexible, and durable. The plush cotton lining makes them soft, comfortable, and easy to slide on and off. They are safe to use in hot water and won&rsquo;t make your hands sweat. They have an embossed palm and textured pattern, which provides a better grip. They have a 12-inch long cuff, so your arms stay dry and protected while cleaning.</p> <p>These are recommended by Real Simple. They are safe for those allergic to latex. The <a href="http://amzn.to/2csZoTJ">Mr. Clean Duet Reusable Latex Gloves</a> are Amazon&rsquo;s #1 best-seller in latex gloves and another highly recommended option.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2d2J4Fh"><em>Currently $4.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Casabella Premium Water Stop Gloves</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2cZBlvI"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/casabella.jpg" width="134" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>The thick latex <a href="http://amzn.to/2cZBlvI">Casabella Premium Water Stop Gloves</a> are very durable, sturdy, and flexible. They are tapered for a perfect fit and feature soft cotton flocked lining, allowing you to easily slip the gloves on and off. The premium gloves are non-toxic, non-irritating, 100% natural, and breathable, so they can work even on sensitive skin. The non-slip textured surface provides a safe grip for easy cleaning. The patented extra-long cuffs turn up to catch liquids, so your hands, arms, and sleeves stay dry.</p> <p>The durable WaterBlock premium gloves are designed to last for months. They are frequently recommended online and have outstanding reviews.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2cZBlvI"><em>Currently $12.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>DefenderX Premium Household Laundry Dishwashing Rubber Gloves</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2cDkPw6"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/defenderx.jpg" width="202" height="220" align="right" alt="" /></a>The high-quality <a href="http://amzn.to/2cDkPw6">DefenderX Premium Home Wide Mouth And Long Flower Velveteen Antiskid Household Laundry Dishwashing Rubber Gloves</a> are soft, durable, comfortable, and waterproof. The latex gloves have cotton flocked lining, so they can be easily slipped on and off. They are stylish and feature a two-color design. They are eco-friendly and can safely come in contact with fruit, medicine, and clothing. They have anti-skid particles and a grip-contour shape for better grip.</p> <p>The long sleeves feature extra-long cuffs, which will keep you warm and can turn up to catch drips and keep the inside of the gloves dry. They make normal household chores a cinch because they can keep your arms protected up to the elbow. They can safely come in contact with detergents and cleaning products. They don&rsquo;t have a strong smell and are safe even for sensitive skin.</p> <p>These are designed to last up to 10 times longer than ordinary gloves. They have outstanding reviews and are backed by a 100% satisfaction guarantee.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2cDkPw6"><em>Currently $9.94 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Best Clean Premium Nitrile Latex-Free Dishwashing Gloves</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2d2K2Bq"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/best%20clean.jpg" width="173" height="220" align="right" alt="" /></a>The reusable <a href="http://amzn.to/2d2K2Bq">Best Clean Premium Nitrile Latex Free Dishwashing Gloves</a> feature chemical and cut-resistant nitrile rubber, which is 15 mils thick for dexterity. The sturdy, durable latex-free, vinyl-free gloves have odor-resistant flock lining. The slip-resistant texturing ensures a better grip for easier cleaning. These have great reviews and are backed by a 90-day guarantee.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2d2K2Bq"><em>Currently $10.37 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best dishwashing gloves. 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-dishwashing-gloves">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-cast-iron-skillets">The 5 Best Cast Iron Skillets</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-glass-cleaners">The 5 Best Glass Cleaners</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-pet-flea-shampoos">The 5 Best Pet Flea Shampoos</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-robotic-mops">The 5 Best Robotic Mops</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-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 cleaning gloves dishwashing gloves product reviews rubber gloves shopping Fri, 16 Sep 2016 09:30:32 +0000 Andrea Cannon 1794237 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Cast Iron Skillets http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-cast-iron-skillets <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-cast-iron-skillets" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/cast_iron_skillet_89487579.jpg" alt="The five best cast iron skillets" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Cast iron heats evenly and retains heat well. It requires very little oil or fat to cook, making it ideal for low-fat cooking. By using cast iron skillets instead of nonstick skillets, you can avoid the harmful chemicals that are found in nonstick pans, which have been linked to a range of health issues.</p> <p>Cast iron is extremely durable, efficient, versatile, inexpensive, and designed to last for decades. They get better with time, so the more you use them, the better value you&rsquo;ll get from the purchase.</p> <h2>What Is a Cast Iron Skillet?</h2> <p>A cast iron skillet is a heavyweight cast iron frying pan. They have been kitchen staples for centuries because they can be used for browning, searing, stovetop frying, slow cooking, high-temperature searing, and oven baking. They can be used on the stovetop or in the oven. They are ideal for one-pot meals, and can be used for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert items.</p> <p>Skillets are available with cast iron, pre-seasoned, or enamel coating. Regardless of which skillet you choose, it should be oven-safe, but likely won&rsquo;t be dishwasher-safe. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-easy-and-delicious-cast-iron-skillet-recipes?ref=seealso">15 Easy and Delicious Cast Iron Skillet Recipes</a>)</p> <h2>Top 5 Cast Iron Skillets</h2> <h3>Lodge Cast Iron Skillet</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2cYnhS5"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/lodge.jpg" width="245" height="138" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2cYnhS5">Lodge Cast Iron Skillet</a> is an Amazon&rsquo;s Choice item for a reason. The 12-inch skillet features two handles for heavy lifting, two subtle side lips for pouring, and a silicone hot handle holder, which can be used on other pan and skillet handles as well. The high-grade pre-seasoned cast iron skillet can cook, sear, sauté, bake, broil, braise, fry, or grill a wide variety of foods with ease. It works in the oven, on the stove, on the grill, on induction cooktops, and over an open flame. The versatile skillet offers outstanding heat retention, even heating, and an easy-release finish.</p> <p>This purchase is an anomaly. Along with getting Consumer Reports&rsquo; top cast iron skillet pick, you&rsquo;ll also get a free <a href="http://amzn.to/2cF7F6q">insulated skillet handle cover</a> (which is usually $9.99 on its own), for $4 less than you would spend on the skillet alone. The skillet is recommended by Consumer Reports, Consumer Search, Cook&rsquo;s Illustrated, Serious Eats, About.com, Food &amp; Wine Magazine, Good Housekeeping, Real Simple, Apartment Therapy, and The New York Times. It has outstanding reviews from some of the country's leading chefs and publications, as well as more than 1,800 five-star reviews on Amazon.</p> <p>The durable skillet is designed to last reliably for decades of use. It is heavy and large enough for a family of four, but if you need something smaller, Lodge offers cast iron skillets in all shapes and sizes to fit your needs, including the Amazon best-seller, <a href="http://amzn.to/2cvngk4">Lodge Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron Skillet</a>. If you&rsquo;re looking for a whole set, Consumer Reports recommends the <a href="http://amzn.to/2ckYEQF">Lodge 5-Piece Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron Cookware Set</a>.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2cYnhS5"><em>Currently $37.21 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron Skillet by Utopia Kitchen</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2cUpVt3"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/utopia.jpg" width="245" height="162" align="right" alt="" /></a>An Amazon best-seller, the <a href="http://amzn.to/2cUpVt3">Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron Skillet by Utopia Kitchen</a> can be used on the stovetop or in the oven. The professional grade 12.5-inch skillet is pre-seasoned and heats and cooks food evenly. It works as well as much more expensive cast iron skillets and can be expected to last for years.</p> <p>The durable skillet has great online reviews, including more than 500 five-star reviews on Amazon. It is also backed by a 30-day money-back guarantee.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2cUpVt3"><em>Currently $19.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Lodge Color Enameled Cast Iron Skillet</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2cUpH5a"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/lodge%20color.jpg" width="245" height="141" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2cUpH5a">Lodge Color Enameled Cast Iron Skillet</a> is cast from molten iron in individual sand molds. The porcelain surface offers superior heat distribution and retention, and eliminates the need to season. The two layers of hygienic, glossy porcelain enamel are chip-resistant, non-reactive with food, and easy to clean. The 11-inch enameled cast iron skillet can be safely used on gas, electric, ceramic, and induction cooktops, as well as in the oven. The black cooking surface is matte porcelain, not exposed cast iron.</p> <p>This is available in two different colors. Consumer Search compared this to the much more expensive Le Creuset cast iron skillets and found that they offer similar reviews, performance, and durability. However, after a while, some reviewers found that the colored enamel can chip off, whereas that is not a concern with the Le Creuset cast iron pan.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2cUpH5a"><em>Currently $50.96 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Calphalon Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron Skillet</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2cvoaNm"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/calphalon.jpg" width="245" height="164" align="right" alt="" /></a>The dependable <a href="http://amzn.to/2cvoaNm">Calphalon Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron Skillet</a> has oversized handles for easy lifting and is easy to clean. The versatile 12-inch skillet can be used on gas, electric, and induction stovetops, as well as in the oven and broiler. The pre-seasoned cooking surface resists sticking. It is designed to heat evenly and steadily, and hold heat so that your food stays warm, even while serving.</p> <p>This has great online reviews and comes from the trusted Calphalon brand. It is also backed by a full lifetime warranty.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2cvoaNm"><em>Currently $26.24 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Le Creuset Signature Iron Handle Skillet</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2cWt6MR"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/le%20creuset_0.jpg" width="245" height="123" align="right" alt="" /></a>If you want the very best and are willing to spend more for it, then consider the <a href="http://amzn.to/2cWt6MR">Le Creuset Signature Iron Handle Skillet</a>. The heavyweight 10-1/4-inch skillet offers steady, even heat distribution and superior heat retention. The ergonomic pan features dual pour spouts and is easy to handle thanks to an easy-grip helper handle. The durable chip- and crack-resistant enamel interior requires no seasoning, won't react to foods, and resists staining, dulling, and excessive wear. It is available in various vibrant colors to match your decor.</p> <p>This is a splurge item, but most people agree it is well worth the cost. In fact, it is commonly referred to as &ldquo;the gold standard for enameled cast iron cookware.&rdquo; It has outstanding reviews from both experts and home cooks, and is designed to last for many years. It is also recommended by Consumer Search, Apartment Therapy, and the New York Times.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2cWt6MR"><em>Currently $159.95 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best cast iron skillets. 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-cast-iron-skillets">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-ceiling-fans">The 5 Best Ceiling Fans</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-glass-cleaners">The 5 Best Glass Cleaners</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/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-dishwashing-gloves">The 5 Best Dishwashing Gloves</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-robotic-mops">The 5 Best Robotic Mops</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Home Shopping 5 best cast iron skillets home goods kitchen pots and pans product reviews shopping Wed, 14 Sep 2016 09:30:31 +0000 Andrea Cannon 1792530 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Ceiling Fans http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-ceiling-fans <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-ceiling-fans" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/ceiling_fan_24943606.jpg" alt="The best ceiling fans" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>A ceiling fan can slash your energy bills by cooling your space without requiring much electricity. It can help maintain a constant temperature in the room to prevent your HVAC unit from working too hard and unnecessarily wasting energy.</p> <p>The fan rotates slowly, so the air in a room is slowly circulated and cooled or conditioned. You can also open windows to circulate fresh air in the room, further improving indoor conditions.</p> <h2>What Is a Ceiling Fan?</h2> <p>A ceiling fan is a mechanical fan suspended from the ceiling that circulates air using rotating paddles. Ceiling fans can be used indoors or outdoors and may include a light and remote control for improved usage.</p> <h2>Top 5 Ceiling Fans</h2> <h3>Hunter Builder Deluxe 5-Blade Single Light Ceiling Fan</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2cG6iku"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/hunter.jpg" width="245" height="138" align="right" alt="" /></a>Amazon&rsquo;s #1 best-seller in ceiling fans, the <a href="http://amzn.to/2cG6iku">Hunter 53091 Builder Deluxe 5-Blade Ceiling Fan with Piped Toffee Glass Light Bowl</a> features an optional light and a new bronze finish. The 52-inch ceiling fan is easy to install and very effective. A three-speed Whisper Wind quiet motor provides ultrapowerful air movement for a large room and can save up to 47% on cooling costs. It is created using the finest quality materials, including five reversible composite Brazilian cherry/stained oak blades. It includes a pull chain, three-inch down rod, and two incandescent bulbs.</p> <p>This is available in a variety of finish options to match your decor. It is one of Amazon&rsquo;s &ldquo;most wished for&rdquo; items and has more than 500 five-star reviews on Amazon. The brand is also recommended Apartment Therapy. It is designed to last reliably for years and is backed by a lifetime limited warranty on the fan motor, and a one-year limited warranty on parts excluding motor, glass globes, or light bulbs.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2cG6iku"><em>Currently $95.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Westinghouse Industrial 3-Blade Ceiling Fan</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2cH5ZJ3"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/westinghouse.jpg" width="245" height="139" align="right" alt="" /></a>The durable <a href="http://amzn.to/2cH5ZJ3">Westinghouse Industrial Ceiling Fan</a> has a clean, modern design. The powerful 56-inch fan features downed mounting and brushed nickel finish with three brushed nickel steel blades. The three-speed cold-rolled steel motor with single capacitor quietly turns the blades for efficient, excellent airflow to adequately cool large spaces. It includes a five-speed wall control unit, so you can easily adjust the settings. The durable industrial fan is easy to install with a Ball Hanger Installation System.</p> <p>This is an Amazon best-seller and has great online reviews. It is also backed by a limited 15-year warranty on the motor and a two-year warranty on all other parts.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2cH5ZJ3"><em>Currently $70.26 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Minka Aire One Light Distressed Koa Ceiling Fan</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2cG4Tub"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/minka.jpg" width="245" height="107" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2cG4Tub">Minka Aire F844-DK One Light Distressed Koa Ceiling Fan</a> is quiet, easy to install, and moves around a lot of air. The three-blade fan features a three-speed hand-held remote control, downtrend mounting, and a distressed koa finish. The integrated LED light fixture has full-range light dimming, so it&rsquo;s bright and can improve energy efficiency.</p> <p>This is sleek, modern, and available in three colors to match your decor. It has great online reviews and the brand is recommended by Apartment Therapy.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2cG4Tub"><em>Currently $279.95 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Hampton Bay Hugger White Ceiling Fan With Light</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2ct2DH7"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/hampton%20bay.jpg" width="245" height="107" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2ct2DH7">Hampton Bay Hugger 52-Inch White Ceiling Fan With Light</a> features five reversible blades with white finish on one side and bleached oak finish on the other. The three-speed reversible control allows for versatile airflow. It features an opal frosted dome light fixture, a high-performance motor for powerful, yet quiet operation, and a multi-capacitor for maximum air movement. The classic, low-profile fan is easy to install with flush-mount installation.</p> <p>This has great online reviews and comes from the trusted Hampton Bay brand. It is also an Amazon best-seller.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2ct2DH7"><em>Currently $56.08 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Casablanca Panama DC 5-Blade Ceiling Fan</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2cdCYm8"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/casablanca.jpg" width="245" height="114" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2cdCYm8">Casablanca 59510 Panama DC 54-Inch Ceiling Fan</a> offers customized comfort. The powerful, high-functioning five-blade ceiling fan features a powerful DC high-end motor and a 54-inch snow white blade span designed to provide outstanding air movement for large spaces. It is Energy Star qualified for greater energy efficiency. It is quiet and includes a remote control with six speeds, reversing and full-range light dimming. A three-inch down rod is also included for mounting.</p> <p>This is available in three colors to match your decor. The brand is recommended by Apartment Therapy. It is also backed by a 120-day in-home service guarantee, along with a limited lifetime warranty on the motor and a one-year parts and electronics warranty.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2cdCYm8"><em>Currently $325.00 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best ceiling fans. 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-ceiling-fans">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-cast-iron-skillets">The 5 Best Cast Iron Skillets</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-glass-cleaners">The 5 Best Glass Cleaners</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-fans">The 5 Best Fans</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/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-dishwashing-gloves">The 5 Best Dishwashing Gloves</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Home Shopping 5 best ceiling fans fans home home goods product reviews shopping Fri, 09 Sep 2016 09:30:35 +0000 Andrea Cannon 1788934 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best In-Home Dry Cleaning Kits http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-in-home-dry-cleaning-kits <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-in-home-dry-cleaning-kits" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_steaming_dress_91899769.jpg" alt="Woman using best in-home dry cleaning kits" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Dry cleaning can cost anywhere between $2-$20 per item, which can quickly add up to a dry cleaning bill of more than $100/month. Why spend all that money when you can get similar results at a fraction of the cost with affordable in-home dry cleaning kits? Even Chris Allsbrooks, a textile analyst at the Drycleaning &amp; Laundry Institute (DLI), likes these kits, saying that, &ldquo;your items emerge refreshed, with a clean scent.&rdquo;</p> <h2>What Is an In-Home Dry Cleaning Kit?</h2> <p>An in-home dry cleaning kit can clean, refresh, and deodorize your delicates and &quot;dry clean only&quot; items at home. They can also relax wrinkles, so your items are ready-to-wear or will only require a small amount of ironing. Typically, you can clean about four items per load with these convenient kits. They can be very effective and can save you a ton of money. However, oil-based and stubborn stains may still need to be addressed by a professional.</p> <h2>Top 5 In-Home Dry Cleaning Kits</h2> <h3>Dryel In-Dryer Cleaning Starter Kit</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2bUMKf2"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/dryel.jpg" width="186" height="220" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2bUMKf2">Dryel In-Dryer Cleaning Starter Kit</a> is a patented at-home dry cleaning kit that can clean your clothing, help protect color, and preserve the shape of your clothes. Dryel uses steam (and no harsh chemicals) to gently clean delicates, hand-washables, and dry clean only items, including wool, linen, and cotton. It contains advanced cleaning technologies that thoroughly clean, refresh, and renew clothes. The Breezy Clean Scent will leave your items smelling fresh and clean in no time by eliminating perspiration and odors caused by bacteria. It is convenient, safe, and easy to use, but is not able to remove heavy soil.</p> <p>The kit includes a reusable fabric protection bag, two cleaning cloths, and a cleansing spray to clean eight garments. Simply spot-treat stains with the cleaning spray, then place the clothes and a dryer cloth in the reusable, zippered bag and dry for 15-30 minutes on medium heat. Your clothes will look newer for longer, even after 50 cycles, helping to save you money over time.</p> <p>In a test of popular in-home drying kits conducted by NY Mag, Dryel emerged as the winner. It is also recommended by About.com and has outstanding reviews online. Once you purchase the kit, you can purchase <a href="http://amzn.to/2cCu6pi">affordable refills</a> going forward.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2bUMKf2"><em>Currently $15.90 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Woolite Dry Cleaner's Secret At-Home Dry Cleaning</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2cCBPDD"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/woolite.jpg" width="220" height="179" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2cCBPDD">Woolite Dry Cleaner's Secret At-Home Dry Cleaning Kit</a> can effectively clean and freshen your clothing and remove spots and oil-based stains. The non-toxic formula is gentle, convenient, and can be used safely on delicates and dry clean only items, including acetate, cashmere, cotton, linen, nylon, polyester, ramie, silk, and wool. However, it is not recommended for use on fur, leather, suede, or velvet. It can also reduce fading, stretching, and shrinking, remove odors, and refresh clothes with a light scent.</p> <p>The six-count box can clean up to 24 garments. To clean, simply pre-treat stains by dabbing with the towelette, then place the towelette and clothes in the dryer for 20 minutes on medium heat.</p> <p>This kit is recommended by NY Mag and Business Insider, and has outstanding reviews online. It is also backed by a guarantee, so you&rsquo;re bound to be happy. The <a href="http://amzn.to/2ciDTV0">Woolite DCS14N Dry Cleaner's Secret</a> is another widely recommended dry cleaning solution.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2cCBPDD"><em>Currently $12.97 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Bounce 15-Minute Dry Cleaner</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2cCDgSz"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/15%20minute.jpg" width="186" height="220" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2cCDgSz">Bounce 15-Minute Dry Cleaner</a> can clean your clothes, linen, and comforters in the dryer. The environmentally safe, ultra concentrated cleaner will eliminate odors and leave your clothing smelling and feeling fresh. It works on most items, but is not recommended for leather, fur, velvet, or suede, and may not remove some stains, like deodorant residue.</p> <p>You can pretreat stains by blotting them with the cloth, then toss the cloth in with your clothing for 15 minutes on medium heat. Each kit includes eight cleaning cloths, which can clean up to 32 garments, providing a great value. It is recommended by NY Mag and Business Insider, and has outstanding reviews online.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2cCDgSz"><em>Currently $17.09 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Timberland Dry Cleaning Kit</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2bZjuFf"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/timberland.jpg" width="127" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>The highly regarded <a href="http://amzn.to/2bZjuFf">Timberland Dry Cleaning Kit</a> is intended for nubuck leather, suede, and canvas items. You can even use it to clean your shoes (and Timberlands). The kit includes a nylon brush and cleaner bar to safely remove any loose or dried dirt and stains. You simply rub the cleaner bar lightly back and forth and then use the nylon brush to remove any residue. This kit is frequently recommended by professional shoe retailers and has outstanding reviews online.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2bZjuFf"><em>Currently $14.95 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>HOST Dry Carpet Cleaning Kit</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2bZjSU6"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/host.jpg" width="193" height="220" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2bZjSU6">HOST Dry Carpet Cleaning Kit</a> is an easy way to clean any rugs and carpets in your home, office, or vehicle, including wool, sisal, and Orientals. It can deep clean spots and spills, and works well in high traffic areas. It can even work on set-in pet stains. The spots won&rsquo;t reappear, so you can enjoy a lasting clean. This kit has outstanding reviews online and offers noticeable results in no time.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2bZjSU6"><em>Currently $22.59 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best in-home dry cleaning kits. 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-in-home-dry-cleaning-kits">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-cast-iron-skillets">The 5 Best Cast Iron Skillets</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-glass-cleaners">The 5 Best Glass Cleaners</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/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-dishwashing-gloves">The 5 Best Dishwashing Gloves</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-robotic-mops">The 5 Best Robotic Mops</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Home Shopping Style 5 best clothes clothing dry cleaning dry cleaning kits product reviews shopping Thu, 08 Sep 2016 09:30:38 +0000 Andrea Cannon 1788323 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Pet Diapers http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-pet-diapers <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-diapers" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/dog_bed_diaper_101031399.jpg" alt="Dog using the best pet diaper" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Pet diapers can improve the quality of life for both you and your pet. They work for senior dogs with bladder and bowel problems, as well as for those who are house training, are in heat, have excitable urination, or have occasional accidents or marking. They are also ideal for travel and road trips, so you won&rsquo;t have to worry about accidents in the back seat.</p> <p>Pet diapers can help cut back on accidents, protect furniture, and eliminate odors. These top picks will keep your pets (and your floors) dry.</p> <h2>What Are Pet Diapers?</h2> <p>Pet diapers provide protection against incontinence, leaks, and accidents. You&rsquo;ll want to find a leakproof solution that absorbs wetness and fits your dog comfortably. You can choose from either disposable or washable and reusable pet diapers.</p> <h2>Top 5 Pet Diapers</h2> <h3>Vet's Best Comfort Fit Disposable Male Wraps</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2cew9TZ"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/vets%20best.jpg" width="160" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>Amazon&rsquo;s #1 best-seller in dog diapers, the <a href="http://amzn.to/2cew9TZ">Vet's Best Comfort Fit Disposable Male Wraps</a> are specially designed for male dogs that suffer from marking, urinary incontinence, and travel and excitable urination. They feature a leak barrier, adjustable legs, and repositionable, fur-safe fasteners, which can be easily loosened or tightened at the waist to provide the best fit for your dog. Best of all, they change color when wet, so you know when it&rsquo;s time to change it.</p> <p>The effective disposable wraps offer a comfortable fit that still allows motion and movement for your dog. Most reviewers agree that they fit very well, thanks to the improved adjustable tab. They have outstanding reviews and are often recommended by vets.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2cew9TZ"><em>Currently $10.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Simple Solution Disposable Dog Diapers</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2bWvF2K" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/simple%20solution.jpg" width="190" height="190" align="right" alt="" />Simple Solution Disposable Dog Diapers</a> work well for male and female puppies, adult, and senior dogs. They have a breathable outer layer and leakproof protection. They eliminate messes, absorb wetness, and provide your pooch with added comfort. The adjustable Velcro tabs ensure a secure fit and won&rsquo;t stick to your pet&rsquo;s hair or fur. The secure fit ensures messes don't escape. These are an Amazon best-seller and have outstanding online reviews.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2bWvF2K"><em>Currently $19.73 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>OUT! Disposable Dog Diapers</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2bS0NC3" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/out%21.jpg" width="135" height="245" align="right" alt="" />OUT! Disposable Dog Diapers</a> offer long-lasting protection for male and female puppies, adult, and senior dogs. They have a leak barrier, repositionable fur-safe closure tabs, extra-long wings, stretch waistband, extra absorbent core, soft leakproof barriers, and a tail hole for a secure, comfortable, and adjustable fit. They can absorb wetness and eliminate messes, with a leakproof guarantee. They are an Amazon best-seller and have outstanding online reviews. They are also backed by a money-back guarantee.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2bS0NC3"><em>Currently $8.52 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Wiki Wags Brand Male Dog Disposable Wraps</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2cz7rwW" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/wiki.jpg" width="200" height="191" align="right" alt="" />Wiki Wags Brand Male Dog Disposable Wraps</a> are leakproof, have soft gussets, and have a snug yet comfortable fit. The disposable belly bands are particularly ideal for male dogs that lift their legs and mark. They wick away urine from your dog's body, so they can stay drier for longer. The magic tabs allow for additional adjustment, comfort, and security. They are an Amazon best-seller and have outstanding online reviews.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2cz7rwW"><em>Currently $12.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Wegreeco Washable Male Dog Diapers</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2bWv2Gj"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/wegreeco.jpg" width="245" height="150" align="right" alt="" /></a>If you&rsquo;re looking for reusable dog diapers, consider Amazon&rsquo;s #1 best-seller in dog dresses, the <a href="http://amzn.to/2bWv2Gj">Wegreeco Washable Male Dog Diapers</a>. The durable, washable male dog belly wraps fit well and are leakproof. They are made of quality material, designed to be soft and comfortable on dogs. They have an eco-friendly, waterproof exterior and a soft mesh fabric interior. They also have microfiber in the middle layers for additional absorbency and long-lasting protection. The wide Velcro is strong and provides a comfortable, secure fit.</p> <p>The pack of three diapers comes with brightly colored options that can be washed again and again. They have great reviews and are ideal for male dogs in all stages of their lives.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2bWv2Gj"><em>Currently $21.89 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best pet diapers. 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-diapers">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/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-flea-medications">The 5 Best Pet Flea Medications</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-cast-iron-skillets">The 5 Best Cast Iron Skillets</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-glass-cleaners">The 5 Best Glass Cleaners</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-dishwashing-gloves">The 5 Best Dishwashing Gloves</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Home Shopping 5 best diapers pet diapers pets potty training product reviews shopping Wed, 07 Sep 2016 09:30:35 +0000 Andrea Cannon 1787552 at http://www.wisebread.com 25 Beautiful Things You Can Make With Paint Sample Cards http://www.wisebread.com/25-beautiful-things-you-can-make-with-paint-sample-cards <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/25-beautiful-things-you-can-make-with-paint-sample-cards" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/paint_sample_cards_7253325.jpg" alt="Beautiful things you can make with paint sample cards" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I have a love-hate relationship with interior decorating magazines. They are full of good ideas &mdash; for people with money.</p> <p>Consider this advice: The cheapest way to remake a space is with paint. Yes, repainting the walls or your furniture is one of the more affordable ways to redecorate. However, I still cringe when I repeat this mantra to other budget decorators because I remember a time in my life when I was too poor to afford $60 in paint. Also, even if I had the money to repaint the places I lived in when I was a starving student (dorm rooms, my office), they didn't allow me to paint over the high gloss, Navajo White paint that covered the walls, ceilings, and moldings like a membrane of sadness.</p> <p>Fortunately, there's a fantastic, free design tool available at every paint store that you can use to spiff up your lodging: paint card (or chip) samples.</p> <p>In researching this story I realized that many of these projects are scalable. You can scale greeting card instructions up to make wall murals, table tops, and headboards, and scale quilt patterns down to make tiny art pieces. Use this list as a jumping off point!</p> <h2>1. Butterflies Are Free</h2> <p>Well, almost. For the cost of a <a href="http://amzn.to/2crmdHk">butterfly stamp punch</a> you can create a kaleidoscope of butterflies anywhere you want. (Vocabulary geeks please note that kaleidoscope is the <a href="https://www.reference.com/pets-animals/call-group-butterflies-fa80701d0ec8218">actual collective name</a> for a group of butterflies, I'm not just making a paint chip color pun)! Frame your paint chip butterfly collection <a href="http://vi.sualize.us/i_love_intricate_paper_from_family_business_almond_tree_designs_this_framed_erfly_artwork_is_189_but_there_are_many_more_beautiful_things_on_their_website_decor_erflies_color_art_picture_oPca.html">under glass</a> as a charming reference to the real thing, create <a href="http://www.itsnotbadatall.com/funny_pictures/html/Paper_Butterflies-2432.html">3-D sculptures</a>, or use them to <a href="https://www.blog.brightstarkids.com.au/decorating/butterfly-art-using-paint-swatches/">decorate your walls</a>, gifts, or cupcakes.</p> <h2>2. Bookmarks Galore</h2> <p>Turn a paint chip into a <a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/Bookmark-from-Paint-Samples/">gift tag</a> or <a href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/550002173227282761/">bookmark</a> for your favorite bibliophile or design maven.</p> <h2>3. Channel Your Inner Jonathan Adler</h2> <p>I will see your <a href="https://urbanrusticblog.com/tag/tea-towel-wall-hanging/">Jonathan Adler tea towel</a>, and raise you a <a href="http://vivafullhouse.blogspot.com/2010/11/happy-thanksgiving.html">Thanksgiving table runner</a>, a <a href="http://www.nestbuilding101.com/2012/04/cheap-trick-give-away.html">monogrammed door placard</a>, and <a href="http://rightathelm.tumblr.com/post/27175465334/diy-paint-chip-art">this giraffe family</a>.</p> <h2>4. Pantone Masterpieces</h2> <p>Own your own pixelated <a href="http://www.fastcodesign.com/3042011/famous-art-recreated-from-pantone-color-chips/1">Van Gogh</a>, Vermeer, Munch, Magritte, or da Vinci, with the help of Pantone color chips.</p> <h2>5. Magnets</h2> <p>Turn your leftover Pantone chips from your pixelated masterpiece project into <a href="http://howaboutorange.blogspot.com/2011/03/diy-pantone-chip-magnets.html">magnets</a>.</p> <h2>6. Give New Life to Old Needlework Patterns</h2> <p><a href="http://design-milk.com/ixxi/">Ixxi</a> is a Dutch company that allows you to create large-scale wall art from a single image. You can get the same effects by using old cross-stitch, needlepoint, or intarsia knitting patterns and paint chips.</p> <h2>7. Mid-Century Modern Mosaics</h2> <p>Replicate your favorite midcentury public art in paper tiles. This can be a simple as recreating the <a href="https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/474x/da/9b/75/da9b750084451101a6606f9bf0426894.jpg">rainbow pattern</a> from your public library's bathroom to the complexity of <a href="http://www.skibbereeneagle.ie/web/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/tcrTottenham-Court-Road-tube-011.jpg">Sir Eduardo Paolozzi's mosaic murals</a> in the Tottenham Court Road tube station.</p> <p>Broken full-length mirrors are one of my favorite things to trash pick because it's so easy to turn the frame into a <a href="http://p9.hostingprod.com/@moderncactus.com/mosaic_sun3.jpg">custom headboard</a> or panoramic art piece. Use the work of midcentury artists like <a href="http://www.ackermanmodern.com/mosaics.html">the Akermans</a> as inspiration for your own unique <a href="http://img0103.psstatic.com/158437996_vintage-mid-century-mosaic-tile-top-cafedining-table-.jpg">tabletops</a> or <a href="https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/originals/53/0b/09/530b09fc1d3693c2a297940e271044b5.jpg">wallpaper</a>.</p> <h2>8. All Your Base Are Belong to Us</h2> <p>And all your paint chips too! Replicate your favorite <a href="https://laughingsquid.com/8-bit-video-game-pixel-tile-art-installation-in-stockholm-subway-station/">8-bit video game art</a> using paint chips. What do you mean when you say that <a href="https://cnet3.cbsistatic.com/img/bMkwLf-XvpWaX0e6ep-xB9qMy_g=/570x0/2013/07/27/5edc7731-f4de-11e2-8c7c-d4ae52e62bcc/bl-106a-alt5.jpg">Space Invader</a> isn't chic? Unpossible.</p> <h2>9. Geodesic Paper Balls</h2> <p>Because of their similar weight, just about any craft involving <a href="http://www.marthastewart.com/272077/recycled-ornaments-how-to">upcycling old Christmas cards can</a> be used to upcycle paint chips. Because I am an architecture nerd, my favorite way to preserve favorite holiday cards is to turn them into these <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/leticial/5267411783">geodesic ornaments</a>. For a video tutorial on how to make these <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GhlGRUr1owk">go here</a>.</p> <h2>10. Wreath</h2> <p>Unleash the stylist within with this <a href="http://www.styleathome.com/how-to/diy-projects/article/diy-project-paint-chip-wreath">paper wreath</a>. This would make a lovely centerpiece or host gift for holiday parties.</p> <h2>11. Bunting</h2> <p>When did bunting become a thing? While I wasn't paying any attention, DIY garlands have overtaken the holiday crafting scene. And by holiday, I mean <em>any</em> holiday. Check out this $17.50 <a href="https://www.etsy.com/listing/202547149/13-foot-halloween-garland-pennant?ref=listing-shop-header-2">Halloween pennant garland</a> you could make for much less. Or this mod <a href="http://www.creatingreallyawesomefunthings.com/halloween-c-r-a-f-t-2-paint-chip-garland/">Martha Stewart bunting</a> you could use to decorate your aluminum Christmas tree. Or this <a href="https://craftedincarhartt.wordpress.com/2013/10/15/fall-diys-inspired-by-candy-corn/">candy corn bunting</a> you could make at Thanksgiving for that one person in your life who insists that <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-bonkers-candy-corn-recipes">candy corn is delicious</a> and not disgusting. Or this <a href="http://alanajonesmann.com/2013/02/diy-ombre-heart-garland/">ombre heart garland</a> for Valentine's Day. Or this <a href="http://modernparentsmessykids.com/diy-paint-chip-easter-garland/">Easter garland</a> inspired by plastic Easter eggs.</p> <h2>12. Gifting</h2> <p>For anyone who scrapbooks, paint chips are an obvious raw material just waiting to be turned into <a href="http://www.createcraftlove.com/paint-chip-gift-tags/">gift tags</a>, <a href="http://makezine.com/2011/12/21/paint_chip_gift_decoration/">ribbon</a>, and of course, <a href="http://www.ebay.com/itm/Memory-Box-WOODLAND-DEER-metal-die-Christmas-/111524379875?roken=cUgayN&amp;nma=true&amp;si=9dqRkzsmOo6zeDpqw1aB2ilIfpU%3D&amp;orig_cvip=true&amp;rt=nc&amp;_trksid=p2047675.l2557">cards</a> for every occasion.</p> <h2>13. Change of Address Cards</h2> <p>Did you just finish repainting your new pad? Stamp or print your new address onto paint chips to create these clever <a href="http://ohsobeautifulpaper.com/2011/05/anns-paint-chip-sample-moving-announcements/">moving announcements</a>. Cover the back of large chips with a white sticker, then stamp, and mail like a postcard.</p> <h2>14. Renovation Coasters</h2> <p>Leftover tiles? Paint chips? Marry two common renovation leftovers into these <a href="http://craftycpa.blogspot.com/2011/07/return-on-creativity-paint-sample.html">swell coasters</a>.</p> <h2>15. Decoupage</h2> <p>If you can make a coaster, you can <a href="http://frecklephoto.com/collaborative-collage-color-wheel/">decoupage a tabletop</a>.</p> <h2>16. Charmed, I'm Sure</h2> <p>Use photographs and paint chips to create this <a href="http://www.little-windows.com/blogs/project-center/8185963-pics-n-paint-chips">lightweight charm necklace</a>.</p> <h2>17. 3D Puzzle Animals</h2> <p>When I was in kindergarten, my aunt made me a set of <a href="http://www.handmadecharlotte.com/diy-paint-chip-animal-friends/">these animals</a> out of leftover colored plastic sheeting, but paint chips will work just as well. This site has free animal templates, but don't stop there! Show your kids the assembly technique and then let them draw their own zoo full of fantasy animals.</p> <h2>18. Color Matching Game</h2> <p>All you need to create <a href="http://www.craftinginmycloset.com/search?q=matching+game">this learning tool</a> for toddlers are paint chips, clothespins, a hot glue gun, and scissors.</p> <h2>19. Hooked on Phonics!</h2> <p>Turn your kid's <a href="http://schoolofmonkeys.blogspot.com/2011/10/paint-chip-phonics-learning-game.html">phonics lesson</a> into a portable game with paint chip flash cards.</p> <h2>20. Layered Paper Art</h2> <p>Use this <a href="http://www.brit.co/3d-paper-art/">basic technique</a> to create paper art inspired by <a href="http://kidworldcitizen.org/2012/01/01/create-a-mola-folk-art-from-panama/">Panamanian Molas</a>. Or create sophisticated paper sculptures and <a href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/550002173227282648/">textured wall coverings</a> a la <a href="http://designcrushblog.com/2014/09/03/maud-vantours/">Maud Vantours.</a></p> <h2>21. Decorative Arrows</h2> <p>I'm not sure how and where I would ever use <a href="https://ideas.evite.com/diy/diy-valentine-arrows/">these arrows</a>, but this project proves that you can make stylish party decorations out of the contents of your junk drawer. For extra thriftiness, I would substitute bamboo takeout chopsticks instead of paying for wood doweling.</p> <h2>22. Party Pinwheels</h2> <p>While I am not sure how I would use decorative paint chip arrows, I am totally sure that <a href="http://www.lisaleonardonline.com/blog/diy/how-to-make-pinwheel-straws">paint chip pinwheel straws</a> will be featured props at the next house warming party I attend.</p> <h2>23. Mobiles</h2> <p>Combine ornament and bunting projects to create shockingly chic mobiles for <a href="http://www.happinessishomemade.net/up-up-away/">babies</a> and <a href="https://www.etsy.com/listing/180687728/beth-collection-5-white-pom-poms-and?ref=shop_home_active_1">bohemians</a>. How cute are these <a href="http://www.lovethispic.com/image/83812/paper-balloon-crafts">hot air balloons</a>?</p> <h2>24. Lighting Design</h2> <p>Cover an ugly fixture with this glamorous <a href="http://www.heygorg.com/2011/09/diy-paint-swatch-chandelier.html">paper shade</a>.</p> <h2>25. Color Code for Organization</h2> <p>I thought I had invented a new upcycle when I used my old paint chips as labels for my file boxes. Even from across the room I know what is in every box just from the color of the paint chip! Yay organization! My feeling of genius was short lived when I found this design maven's blog. Her custom <a href="http://inmyownstyle.com/2010/06/in-artful-order.html">file tabs</a> made from old paint chips make me want to run out and buy the Rolodex that I don't need.</p> <p>What's better than a list? A <a href="http://diy.allwomenstalk.com/ideas-for-diy-journals-diaries-smash-books-and-all-the-extras/27/?utm_campaign=PostSharing&amp;utm_medium=Image&amp;utm_source=pinterest">color-coded list</a> that also acts as a bookmark for your Filofax.</p> <p>Why have a white board <a href="https://cheltenhamroad.wordpress.com/2012/07/11/paint-chip-calendar-tutorial/">calendar</a>, when you can match your dry-erase schedule to your décor?</p> <p><em>Do you have a favorite upcycle project for paint chips? Please share your design savvy with your fellow readers in the comments below. </em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/max-wong">Max Wong</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-beautiful-things-you-can-make-with-paint-sample-cards">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-5"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-ideas-for-cheap-festive-fall-decor">12 Ideas for Cheap, Festive, Fall Decor</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/18-awesome-practically-free-upcycled-craft-projects">18 Awesome, Practically Free Upcycled Craft Projects</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/18-smart-ways-to-reuse-your-empty-glass-bottles">18 Smart Ways to Reuse Your Empty Glass Bottles</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-creative-ways-to-upcycle-used-baby-furniture">8 Creative Ways to Upcycle Used Baby Furniture</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-create-your-dream-backyard-on-a-budget">How to Create Your Dream Backyard on a Budget</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> DIY Home art crafts decor design paint cards paint chips projects recycling redecorating upcycling Tue, 06 Sep 2016 09:30:26 +0000 Max Wong 1785278 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Pet Stain Removers http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-pet-stain-removers <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-stain-removers" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/cute_puppy_carpet_1985232.jpg" alt="Using the best pet stain removers on stained carpet" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Accidents happen to the best of us, and our pets are no exception. Unfortunately, pet accidents can leave troubling stains and odors behind. A mix of vinegar, water, and baking soda can do wonders for pet stains, but when you need something heavy duty, you&rsquo;ll want a quality pet stain and odor remover on your side.</p> <h2>What Is a Pet Stain Remover?</h2> <p>A quality pet stain remover can clear away your pet&rsquo;s worst messes. By just spraying and wiping away the stain, these solutions should clear away the mess and the odor it leaves behind. It&rsquo;s also nice to have a reliable pet stain remover in your home because it&rsquo;s always better to be prepared in case of accidents.</p> <h2>Top 5 Pet Stain Removers</h2> <h3>Nature's Miracle Advanced Pet Trigger Sprayer</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2bHm6lD" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/nature%27s%20miracle_0.jpg" width="99" height="245" align="right" alt="" />Nature's Miracle Advanced Pet Trigger Sprayer</a> works on any stubborn pet mess, as well as on stains and odors caused by food, grass, mud, urine, feces, vomit, blood, and more. The advanced bio-enzymatic cleaning formula uses powerful, natural enzymes to permanently eliminate stains and odors. The advanced formula works on stain removal, odor elimination, and can even be used on dirty laundry before you run it through the wash. It is ideal for carpets, flooring, clothing, bedding, furniture, hard surfaces, and more. Unlike most pet stain removers, this one doesn&rsquo;t leave any scent behind. It is safe for use around children and pets.</p> <p>This is an Amazon best-seller and has outstanding online reviews, including more than 900 five-star reviews on Amazon. If you need something more affordable (and only have cats), consider the <a href="http://amzn.to/2bFoc8z">Just for Cat Advanced Stain and Odor Remover</a>. If you&rsquo;d like to try something else, consider one of the brand&rsquo;s best-sellers, like <a href="http://amzn.to/2bHmL6C">Nature's Miracle Original Stain &amp; Odor Remover</a>, <a href="http://amzn.to/2axh1e3">Nature's Miracle Urine Destroyer Stain and Residue Eliminator</a>, or <a href="http://amzn.to/2bFnLL6">Nature's Miracle Just for Cats Stain and Odor Remover</a>.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2bHm6lD"><em>Currently $11.19 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Rocco &amp; Roxie Professional Strength Stain &amp; Odor Eliminator</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2bNVSRB"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/rocco.jpg" width="104" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>Amazon&rsquo;s #1 best-seller in both cat and dog odor and stain removers, the <a href="http://amzn.to/2bNVSRB">Rocco &amp; Roxie Professional Strength Stain &amp; Odor Eliminator</a> is powered by natural enzymatic bacteria that are activated on contact with odors and stains. This means it can eliminate the odor at the source, which can discourage re-soiling. It is guaranteed to eliminate tough stains, odors, and residue caused by cat and dog urine, feces, and vomit. It can also be used as a pre-wash stain treatment. It is gentle and safe on carpets, flooring, furniture, clothing, bedding, upholstery, and more. It does have a scent that some reviewers like and others aren&rsquo;t crazy about. It is chlorine-free, color-safe, and has no hazardous propellants, so it&rsquo;s environmentally friendly and safe to use around pets and children.</p> <p>It has outstanding online reviews, including more than 2,800 five-star reviews on Amazon. Some reviewers even call this their &ldquo;miracle in a bottle.&rdquo;</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2bNVSRB"><em>Currently $19.97 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Bubba's Pet Stain and Odor Remover</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2brDtpB" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/bubbas.jpg" width="110" height="245" align="right" alt="" />Bubba's Pet Stain and Odor Remover</a> is highly effective on cat and dog urine, feces, and vomit stains. The vet-recommended super strength enzyme cleaner works on both new and old pet stains and odors, as well as on tough stains caused by food, wine, coffee, and more. It can also be used as a pre-wash stain treatment. The scientifically formulated, highly concentrated spray is powerful on stains and odors, down to the padding. It works on carpet, flooring, bedding, rugs, furniture, upholstery, and more. It can also help prevent remarking and even preserve the life of your carpet. The pet odor eliminator does have a scent that some reviewers like and others aren&rsquo;t crazy about. The natural formula is safe to use around children and pets.</p> <p>This is an Amazon best-seller and has outstanding online reviews, including more than 1,000 five-star reviews on Amazon. It is considered one of the best professional grade cleaning solutions. It is also backed by a money-back guarantee.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2brDtpB"><em>Currently $19.97 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>BISSELL Pet Power Shot Oxy for Carpet &amp; Area Rugs</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2bNWDdA" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/bissell.jpg" width="72" height="245" align="right" alt="" />BISSELL Pet Power Shot Oxy for Carpet &amp; Area Rugs</a> is specially formulated to remove both new and old pet stains and odors, as well as tough stains caused by red wine, coffee, tea, urine, blood, vomit, and feces. The oxygen-activated remover permanently removes tough spots and stains on carpet and area rugs all the way to the backing. The patented odor elimination technology discourages pets from re-soiling the same area. It has no hazardous propellants and is safe for use on all carpet types.</p> <p>This has outstanding online reviews. Good Housekeeping also recommends the <a href="http://amzn.to/2bHdsrR">BISSELL Professional Power Shot Oxy Carpet Spot and Stain Remover</a>.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2bNWDdA"><em>Currently $6.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>OUT! Pet Stain &amp; Odor Remover</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2bNW9UK" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/out.jpg" width="113" height="245" align="right" alt="" />OUT! Pet Stain &amp; Odor Remover</a> completely eliminates both new and old pet stains and odors permanently, including tough stains caused by urine, vomit, feces, blood, dirt, grass, red wine, juice, coffee, tea, baby formula, and more. The advanced multipurpose cleanser has a unique natural bacterial enzyme formulation that is safe to use on carpets, upholstery, bedding, clothing, tile, concrete, brick, and any other water-safe surface. It can also be used as a laundry pre-wash. The fast-acting natural formula also removes pheromones that cause pets to re-soil the same spots.</p> <p>This has outstanding online reviews and is commonly recommended for tough stains. All ingredients are nontoxic, so it is environmentally friendly and can be used around pets and children. It has a light scent that most reviewers don&rsquo;t tend to mind. It is also backed by a money-back satisfaction guarantee.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2bNW9UK"><em>Currently $3.79 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best pet stain removers. 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-stain-removers">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-6"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-pet-flea-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-diapers">The 5 Best Pet Diapers</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-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-glass-cleaners">The 5 Best Glass Cleaners</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Home 5 best carper cleaner pet products pet stain remover pets product reviews shopping Wed, 31 Aug 2016 09:30:40 +0000 Andrea Cannon 1780819 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Fans http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-fans <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-fans" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_cool_fan_000024366379.jpg" alt="Woman using best fan to stay cool" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you&rsquo;re in the market for a new fan, you&rsquo;ll want an efficient, effective option with the right combination of power, style, and quiet operation. With so many to choose from at all different price points, it can be difficult to decide. That&rsquo;s why we&rsquo;ve found some of the best fans on the market to help get you started.</p> <h2>What Is a Fan?</h2> <p>A fan is a device with rotating blades that can create a breeze and cool a space by circulating air. They can cool the air and help with ventilation to improve the air temperature and quality. There are various types of fans available, including tower, window, oscillating, blameless, floor, and table fans.</p> <p>You&rsquo;ll want a quiet, reliable fan that can cool the entire space with easy-to-use controls and an attractive design that can fit your personal style. Each fan has its own unique features, which may include a sleep timer, remote control, air ionizer, and much more.</p> <h2>Top 5 Fans</h2> <h3>Vornado 660 Whole Room Air Circulator</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2bELbSP"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/vornado.jpg" width="192" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>While the <a href="http://amzn.to/2bELbSP">Vornado 660 Whole Room Air Circulator</a> is the most expensive option on our list, you likely won&rsquo;t find a more impressive fan, especially in this compact size. Many reviewers find that this has better air circulation on the lowest setting than most other fans have on the highest setting.</p> <p>The energy saving fan features four quiet speed settings, intuitive push-button controls, and heavily contoured blades, which can move air up to 100 feet. The superior, stylish design allows the fan to effortlessly tilt between horizontal and vertical airflow positions along a chrome glide bar, so you can direct the flow of air wherever you choose. The signature Vortex Technology provides complete circulation of all the air throughout a room. The specially sized inlet directs air to the most efficient parts of the blades to increase airflow. The deep pitch blades are enclosed in a cylindrical duct, so the air is sculpted into a high-velocity column. The AirTensity grill creates a spiral effect that allows the air to efficiently travel throughout the area. It is easy to use and easy to clean thanks to a detachable grill, which provides easy access to the blades. The well-built fan features dramatic gloss, matte finishes, and sleek lines.</p> <p>This is recommended by Consumer Search, Real Simple, Gizmodo, and The Sweethome. It has outstanding reviews online, including more than 800 five-star reviews on Amazon. It is also backed by a five-year limited warranty.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2bELbSP"><em>Currently $98.96 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Bionaire Twin Reversible Airflow Window Fan</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2bmaiJu"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/bionaire.jpg" width="245" height="135" align="right" alt="" /></a>Amazon&rsquo;s #1 best-seller in household window fans, the <a href="http://amzn.to/2bmaiJu">Bionaire Twin Reversible Airflow Window Fan with Remote Control</a> has the ability to reverse or alternate air flow thanks to electronically reversible blades. You can easily change the direction of the independently controlled 8.5&rdquo; blades to intake cool air, exhaust hot air, or circulate air throughout the room. The double window fan features a digital programmable LED thermostat, three speed settings, quiet operation, water resistant motors, and a remote control. It easily fits most double-hung, vertical slider, and casement windows thanks to built-in adjustable extender panels.</p> <p>This is recommended by Consumer Search and The Sweethome. It has outstanding reviews online, including more than 1,400 five-star reviews on Amazon. It is also backed by a five-year limited warranty.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2bmaiJu"><em>Currently $54.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Seville Classics UltraSlimline Tower Fan</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2bkh4h3"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/seville.jpg" width="67" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2bkh4h3">Seville Classics UltraSlimline Tower Fan</a> features impressive airflow and a timer up to 7.5 hours. The powerful 40&rdquo; oscillating tower fan has four quiet settings, including an Eco-Power Energy Saver setting. The sleek, stylish, space saving design takes up less than one square feet of space. The well-built fan is made of hardened fire retardant black satin ABS plastic with a silver steel intake grill. The impressive, high-quality fan also comes with a user-friendly LCD remote control.</p> <p>This is recommended by Consumer Search, The Wirecutter, and The Sweethome, which they deem the best fan for most people. The durable fan has outstanding online reviews and is backed by a one-year warranty.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2bkh4h3"><em>Currently $59.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Honeywell HT-900 TurboForce Air Circulator Fan</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2bB4zy7" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/honeywell_1.jpg" width="191" height="220" align="right" alt="" /></a>Amazon&rsquo;s #1 best-seller in household fans, the <a href="http://amzn.to/2bB4zy7">Honeywell HT-900 TurboForce Air Circulator Fan</a> is the perfect compact fan for most homes. It is the most affordable option on our list and is 25% quieter than similar models. It has three quiet settings and a reach of more than 25 feet. The Aerodynamic TurboForce design powerfully circulates the air in a room. The head pivots 90 degrees and it can be used on a table or mounted to a wall for your convenience. It is best for intense personal cooling or energy-saving air circulation.</p> <p>This is a bargain and is available in two colors. It is recommended by Real Simple as the best bang for your buck. It is commonly compared to more expensive fans online and always comes out on top. It has outstanding reviews online, including more than 4,100 five-star reviews on Amazon. It is also backed by a one-year limited warranty.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2bB4zy7"><em>Currently $11.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Lasko 2551 Wind Curve Platinum Tower Fan</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2bmS6KI"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/lasko.jpg" width="74" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>Amazon&rsquo;s #1 best-seller in household tower fans, the <a href="http://amzn.to/2bmS6KI">42&rdquo; Lasko 2551 Wind Curve Platinum Tower Fan With Remote Control and Fresh Air Ionizer</a> is the optimal oscillating tower fan. It features three quiet speeds and an energy-saving timer that offers auto shut-off after up to 7.5 hours. The fresh air ionizer also purifies the air, as it cools your space. It has refined brushed metallic accents and a wind curve profile for maximum air delivery. It also has a multifunction remote control, remote control storage area, and easy carry handle for easier usage. It is easy to operate and comes fully assembled.</p> <p>This is available in two colors to meet your style preferences. It has outstanding reviews online, including more than 3,000 five-star reviews on Amazon.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2bmS6KI"><em>Currently $57.81 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best fans. 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-fans">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-7"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-ceiling-fans">The 5 Best Ceiling Fans</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-glass-cleaners">The 5 Best Glass Cleaners</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-dishwashing-gloves">The 5 Best Dishwashing Gloves</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Home Shopping 5 best desk fan fan fans house fan product reviews room fan shopping summer fan Fri, 26 Aug 2016 09:30:37 +0000 Andrea Cannon 1779933 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Digital Food Scales http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-digital-food-scales <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-digital-food-scales" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/digital_food_scale_21481586.jpg" alt="Best digital food scales for weighing food" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Dietitians and fitness gurus say that a digital scale is one of the most important tools in any weight-loss program. Even celebrity chef, Alton Brown, says it&rsquo;s one of the best things to have in your kitchen.</p> <p>According to Everyday Health, in a national survey of more than 6,000 adults, it was proven that people who accurately measure their food are <a href="http://www.everydayhealth.com/weight/food-scale-for-weight-loss.aspx">more successful at losing weight</a> (and keeping it off). That&rsquo;s because using a scale allows you to easily achieve controlled portions and makes calorie counting effortless.</p> <h2>What Is a Digital Food Scale?</h2> <p>A digital food scale is used to measure the weight or mass of an object. It ensures precise ingredient measurements so that you can achieve picture-perfect results every time you bake. It can also cut down on prep time by accurately measuring your ingredients. Along with baking and cooking, digital scales can also be used to weigh jewelry, small packages, and much more.</p> <h2>Top 5 Digital Scales</h2> <h3>OXO Good Grips Stainless Steel Food Scale</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2buKfi5"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/oxo_1.jpg" width="245" height="143" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2buKfi5">OXO Good Grips Stainless Steel Food Scale with Pull-Out Display</a> accurately measures in ounces and grams. It has a slim profile, auto shut-off feature, and is easy to store. The user-friendly scale has a tare function and a weight indicator, which displays how much capacity is left on the scale. The pull-out display and large numbers with optional backlight make the display easier to read. The stainless steel platform can also be removed for easy cleaning.</p> <p>This scale is an Amazon best-seller and has nearly 700 five-star reviews on Amazon. It is also recommended by Cook&rsquo;s Illustrated and The SweetHome. If this one doesn&rsquo;t work for you, consider the widely recommended <a href="http://amzn.to/2bDjsiT">Ozeri Pro Digital Kitchen Food Scale, 1g to 12 lbs. Capacity</a>.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2buKfi5"><em>Currently $49.95 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Ozeri Pronto Digital Multifunction Kitchen and Food Scale</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2bgSZo2"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/ozeri_0.jpg" width="189" height="200" align="right" alt="" /></a>As Amazon&rsquo;s #1 best-seller in digital kitchen scales, you can count on the <a href="http://amzn.to/2bgSZo2">Ozeri Pronto Digital Multifunction Kitchen and Food Scale</a> to offer accurate and immediate measurements. It has the latest generation in sensor technology and instantly converts between ounces, grams, pounds, milliliters, and kilograms. It is elegantly designed with a refined chrome finish and features a widescreen LCD screen and large weighing platform. It has an auto shut-off feature and the tare and unit buttons provide an audible click confirmation for ease of use. The easy-to-use digital kitchen scale is also easy to clean and store.</p> <p>This scale is available in four different colors to match your preferences. It is one of Amazon&rsquo;s &ldquo;most wished for&rdquo; items and has more than 6,200 five-star reviews on Amazon. It is also backed by a no-hassle one-year warranty.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2bgSZo2"><em>Currently $12.69 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>EatSmart Precision Pro Digital Kitchen Scale</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2byRD98"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/eatsmart%20scale.jpg" width="245" height="187" align="right" alt="" /></a>The highly accurate <a href="http://amzn.to/2byRD98">EatSmart Precision Pro Digital Kitchen Scale</a> measures in ounces, pounds, grams, and kilograms. The compact design features five non-slip rubber feet and a high-resolution screen. It is easy to use and has tare and auto shut-off functions.</p> <p>This highly regarded scale is recommended by The SweetHome. It has nearly 7,000 five-star reviews on Amazon and is backed by a satisfaction guarantee.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2byRD98"><em>Currently $19.95 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>American Weigh Digital Scale</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2bAIa5E"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/american%20weigh.jpg" width="200" height="190" align="right" alt="" /></a>The durable, compact <a href="http://amzn.to/2bAIa5E">American Weigh 100g x 0.01g Digital Scale</a> accurately measures in pounds or grams. The portable pocket scale has a flip-open cover to protect the weighing surface. It has a backlit LCD display, which makes the numbers easy to read. The stainless steel weighing surface is also easy to clean.</p> <p>This affordable scale is available in five different colors to match your preferences. It is an Amazon best-seller and has more than 2,500 five-star reviews on Amazon. It is also backed by a 10-year warranty. If this one doesn&rsquo;t work for you, there are a number of other highly rated and recommended American Weigh options, including the <a href="http://amzn.to/2bAIKjR">American Weigh Scales Black Blade Digital Pocket Scale</a>, <a href="http://amzn.to/2bDjVlb">American Weigh Digital Pocket Scale</a>, and <a href="http://amzn.to/2bUgeJr">American Weigh Scales Table Top Postal Scale</a>.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2bAIa5E"><em>Currently $10.00 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Etekcity Digital Multifunction Stainless Steel Kitchen Food Scale</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2bM6dLh"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/etekcity.jpg" width="177" height="220" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2bM6dLh">Etekcity 11lb/5kg Digital Multifunction Stainless Steel Kitchen Food Scale</a> offers accurate measurements in ounces, milliliters, pounds, or grams thanks to four highly accurate sensors. The slim, sleek stainless steel scale has anti-fingerprint technology and is easy to clean, use, and store. The modern compact scale has a clear backlit digital display, quick unit conversion, low battery indication, safe overload indication, and auto tare, auto zero, and auto shut-off features.</p> <p>This food scale is an Amazon best-seller and has more than 800 five-star reviews on Amazon. It is also backed by a one-year warranty.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2bM6dLh"><em>Currently $13.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best digital scales. 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-digital-food-scales">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-9"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-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-cast-iron-skillets">The 5 Best Cast Iron Skillets</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-glass-cleaners">The 5 Best Glass Cleaners</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 digital food scale Food food scales kitchen appliances product reviews shopping Wed, 24 Aug 2016 09:30:37 +0000 Andrea Cannon 1778739 at http://www.wisebread.com 19 Frugal (And Easy) Ways to Update an Old Home http://www.wisebread.com/19-frugal-and-easy-ways-to-update-an-old-home <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/19-frugal-and-easy-ways-to-update-an-old-home" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_74322623_MEDIUM.jpg" alt="frugal ways to update an old home" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Even though I have a tight budget for home improvement, my wife and I have been able to make cheap changes that have the neighbors complimenting us on how nice the house looks, and in one case even asking if we replaced the siding and the roof! The truth is that we spent nowhere near the cost of big projects like new siding or a new roof. We spent only a few dollars to make some highly visible changes that made a big impact.</p> <p>So what are these cheap upgrades you can do yourself to make your house look so much better? Here are some of the cheap upgrades I did at my 1980s house over the past two years. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-create-your-dream-backyard-on-a-budget?ref=seealso">How to Create Your Dream Backyard on a Budget</a>)</p> <h2>1. Add an Architectural Mailbox</h2> <p>Our house is at the end of a street with the mailbox right out front. Unfortunately, our faded old mailbox made a terrible first impression with its wasp nests in the newspaper slot, battle scars from having trellis nailed to it, and being overgrown with vines over the years. My wife found a black steel &quot;architectural&quot; mailbox set on clearance and we decided to upgrade. Now we have the fanciest mailbox in the neighborhood for only a few dollars more than the standard plastic mailbox kit that everyone else seems to have.</p> <h2>2. Paint the Front Door</h2> <p>A new front door can cost a few hundred dollars or more. Painting the front door you already have costs about $30. You can add some color to your exterior, and painting your front door can protect it from the elements and make it last longer as well.</p> <h2>3. Paint Shutters</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5170/painted_shutters.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>My house has vinyl decorative shutters on each side of the windows, but they were looking faded. We were able to easily take them down, paint them, and replace them since they are attached with screws. We painted the shutters a bold color to add some interest and make the windows more prominent.</p> <h2>4. Hide Ugly Utilities</h2> <p>The central air conditioning unit, gas regulator, and other utilities are installed right at the front of our house, probably because it is at the end of a street. My wife built a low fence about eight feet wide out of cedar pickets in front of the utility stuff, and stained it a nice golden color. She hung some flower baskets on the fence posts and installed some nice black steel house numbers on the new fence that match the mailbox. Now instead of seeing ugly utility equipment, you see a nice feature that is coordinated with the house.</p> <h2>5. Replace Front Porch Light</h2> <p>I removed the faded and out-of-style early 1980s porch light next to the front door and replaced it with a modern unit for about $30.</p> <h2>6. Housewash</h2> <p>A neighbor generously offered to let us borrow their power washer for an afternoon, and my wife happily signed me up to take advantage of this offer! We washed the moss, mold, and mildew off of the vinyl siding &mdash; making it look almost new again.</p> <h2>7. Slash and Burn</h2> <p>While doing the other exterior projects, we gathered up several truckloads of clutter from the yard. We hauled the stuff that someone might want to the auction house and hauled the junk to the landfill. The yard had a number of overgrown bushes and flower beds filled with weeds. We pruned back the bushes, weeded the flower beds, and added fresh mulch. Finally, we had a huge bonfire to finish clearing the yard.</p> <h2>8. Install Bathroom Floor Tile</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5170/bathroom_tile.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>An inexpensive upgrade to the bathroom was to install a porcelain tile floor. We got some tiles on clearance at the local carpet warehouse and installed these on top of cement board that went down right over the old vinyl bathroom floor.</p> <h2>9. Install a One-Piece Toilet</h2> <p>We decided to replace the leaky old toilet with a new one since we had to take it out to install the tile floor anyway. Much like the architectural mailbox, a one-piece toilet is not the cheapest way to go, but it sure adds a lot of style for a few extra dollars.</p> <h2>10. Replace Light Switch Plates</h2> <p>We went around and replaced all of the old faded plastic light switch plates and outlet plates with nice brushed nickel ones. This cost about $5 per plate, but this is a cheap upgrade that adds style and consistency throughout the house.</p> <h2>11. Replace Bathroom Vanity</h2> <p>We found a deal on Craigslist for a bathroom vanity with solid surface top and a built-in sink. It even included the faucet with the sink. This is just what we needed to replace the old bathroom vanity set and provide a nearly instant upgrade. We also installed a new mirror and light above the sink.</p> <h2>12. Install LED Recessed Lights</h2> <p>The old recessed spotlights that are used as primary lighting in much of the house were hot and used a lot of electricity. I replaced all of them with LED recessed light fixtures that will last thousands of hours and use a fraction of the electricity.</p> <h2>13. Replace Light Fixture in Entryway</h2> <p>The old light fixture in the entryway was one of the first things to catch your eye when you walked in the front door. We replaced this with a nice new light fixture that has a glass shade that looks like tile for about $50.</p> <h2>14. Paint Old Light Fixture</h2> <p>In the dining room, we decided to keep the old light fixture, but painted it black with spray paint to make it look more modern. This project cost about $5 for a can of spray paint. This light fixture was installed on an adjustable track, so it could be easily unplugged and taken down for painting. If your fixture is wired-in, you will need to turn power off at the circuit breaker in order to disconnect the wire nuts and take it down safely for painting.</p> <h2>15. Install New Kitchen Sink, Faucet</h2> <p>We picked up a kit at the home improvement store that included a heavy-duty two bowl stainless steel kitchen sink and faucet for under $200. Replacing the stained porcelain sink and leaky faucet fixtures was a great upgrade.</p> <h2>16. Paint Subfloor With Porch Paint</h2> <p>The carpets were stained and worn out, so we removed them and found raw subfloor underneath. Ideally, we would have installed hardwood flooring, but this is quite expensive. Instead, we painted the subfloor with a $30 can of brown porch paint. This was a quick and easy project, and it is easy to touch up any scrapes or scratches that may occur with a bit of porch paint.</p> <h2>17. Paint Tub and Shower Surround</h2> <p>Replacing a bathtub and shower surround would be a big, expensive ordeal. We decided to apply some white epoxy tub paint to our old fiberglass bathtub and surround instead of replacing it. This project cost about $60. I must say that painting the tub and surround with the sticky epoxy paint was a lot of work, and the strong chemical odor of this paint was unpleasant. But hauling out the old bathtub and shower surround and replacing it would have been much more difficult and expensive.</p> <p>We found a replacement kit and installed a new shower faucet and bathtub spout. We also upgraded the shower head with one that provides a bit more pressure. The shiny new plumbing fixtures look sharp against the freshly painted bright white tub and shower surround.</p> <h2>18. Paint Interior Walls</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5170/painted_walls_0.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>My wife led the charge in painting the interior walls. The walls were a faded off-white color. now they are several colors including a modern light gray, dark blue, green, and orange. Putting some modern color on the walls is a cheap way to make an older house look more modern.</p> <h2>19. Install Closet Organizers</h2> <p>We installed closet organizer kits in all of the bedroom closets, adding more places to hang clothes and additional shelves to amplify storage. I changed the light bulbs in the closets to cool white LED bulbs to better show the color of clothes and avoid the possibility of something falling against a hot incandescent light bulb and catching on fire.</p> <p><em>What are the best frugal home upgrades that you have done? Share with us!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/dr-penny-pincher">Dr Penny Pincher</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/19-frugal-and-easy-ways-to-update-an-old-home">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-8"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-dumb-ways-youre-going-to-waste-money-this-summer">9 Dumb Ways You&#039;re Going to Waste Money This Summer</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-brilliant-tips-from-smart-mom-rich-mom">4 Brilliant Tips From &quot;Smart Mom, Rich Mom&quot;</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-create-your-dream-backyard-on-a-budget">How to Create Your Dream Backyard on a Budget</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-take-one-vacation-day-and-save-thousands">How to Take One Vacation Day and Save Thousands</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-money-lessons-to-take-from-the-great-depression">9 Money Lessons to Take From the Great Depression</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Home budgeting decor frugal living frugal repairs home improvement Home repair home updates Wed, 17 Aug 2016 10:30:18 +0000 Dr Penny Pincher 1773895 at http://www.wisebread.com