easy http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/3961/all en-US 8 Quick Dinners for Lazy Cooks http://www.wisebread.com/8-quick-dinners-for-lazy-cooks <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/8-quick-dinners-for-lazy-cooks" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/pasta_dinner_000041265532.jpg" alt="Pasta dinner which is quick for lazy cooks" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I am the laziest cook in existence. Although I don't mind cooking and I'm not bad at it, I just usually think of 100 other ways I could spend my time and end up <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-sandwiches-hearty-enough-for-dinner">eating a sandwich</a> or cooking a frozen meal. But through the years, I've discovered some recipes I love that are either easy or quick, and they have plenty of portions for later.</p> <h2>1. Skillet Chicken Enchiladas</h2> <p>These <a href="http://recipes.bushbeans.com/recipe/216436/skillet-chicken-enchiladas.aspx">chicken enchiladas</a> require minimal effort besides chopping a few veggies. I used to buy fresh garlic and chop it, but in the past year, I've bought the pre-chopped jar from the grocery store. It's easier to use and it doesn't spoil as quickly. Another option is to replace fresh vegetables with Rotel (if you're in a hurry).</p> <h2>2. 15-Minute Chicken Chili</h2> <p>My roommate makes chili at least once a week and puts it into separate containers for work lunches. Even more impressive? Her chili only takes about 30 minutes to cook and is pretty simple. While this <a href="http://www.kraftrecipes.com/recipes/15-minute-chicken-chili-121400.aspx">chicken chili recipe</a> isn't hers, it's close enough and only takes 15 minutes (as long as you've pre-cooked your chicken)! Add fresh vegetables and switch out the chicken with beans or tofu, and you have an even healthier option!</p> <h2>3. Swiss Chard Egg Bake</h2> <p>Swiss chard is in season and is a wonderfully healthy alternative to grains. I stumbled upon this Whole Foods' recipe for an <a href="http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/recipe/parmigiano-reggiano-baked-eggs-swiss-chard">egg bake with Swiss chard</a> when I Googled the ingredients in my fridge last year. I made a couple changes &mdash; adding bacon to the mix and less cheese (again, based on what I had in my fridge). Serve with whole grain toast and you have a fun take on breakfast for dinner.</p> <h2>4. Chicken Tacos</h2> <p>I recently hosted a party at my house and slow cooked meats all day. Everyone's favorite was this <a href="http://www.food.com/recipe/crock-pot-chicken-taco-meat-4957">shredded chicken taco meat recipe</a>, which was the easiest thing I've ever made. There's a <a href="http://www.twohealthykitchens.com/2014/01/08/3-ingredient-crock-pot-chicken-tacos/">different variation</a> from Two Healthy Kitchens that uses salsa instead of chicken broth, but it's really up to you! While the title of this article suggests &quot;quick,&quot; don't forget the Crock-Pot was invented for lazy people. You just throw everything together, leave, and come home to a meal. Add sour cream, fresh salsa, guacamole, fresh veggies, and cheese, and you've got delicious tacos for dinner!</p> <h2>5. Goat Cheese and Zucchini Frittata</h2> <p>A cast iron skillet should be as much a part of your kitchen as a slow cooker, especially if you're lazy. Frittatas are the easiest dish to make, and super quick! Cook the eggs with zucchini, goat cheese and roasted red pepper (from a jar) and you've got a <a href="http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/recipe/goat-cheese-and-zucchini-frittata">flavorful meal</a>. Pair with a fresh salad.</p> <h2>6. Gingery Shrimp and Couscous</h2> <p>Couscous is a great staple to any diet. Shrimp is always quick to cook (in fact, if you cook it too long, you ruin it). Pair the two together and cook with <a href="http://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/recipe-collections-favorites/simple-couscous-recipes/gingery-shrimp-recipe">ginger, onions, and snow peas</a> and you have something delectable.</p> <h2>7. Salmon With Bok Choy and Rice</h2> <p>Salmon is super easy and quick to make, and is full of antioxidants and omega-3s. <a href="http://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/browse-all-recipes/spicy-salmon-bok-choy-rice">Bake the salmon</a> for 8&ndash;10 minutes and steam bok choy simultaneously with minute rice and your meal is complete.</p> <h2>8. Pasta With Heirloom Tomatoes, Goat Cheese, and Basil</h2> <p>This atypical pasta doesn't have marinara, but instead a combination of <a href="http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/pasta-heirloom-tomatoes-goat-cheese-basil">country ham, arugula, tomatoes</a>, and more. Buzzfeed compiled an additional <a href="http://www.buzzfeed.com/melissaharrison/easy-pasta-recipes#.koq2MNN6k">27 pasta dishes</a> that are all under 30 minutes. They all sound delicious!</p> <p><em>What are some quick dinners you like to cook?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/jennifer-holder">Jennifer Holder</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-quick-dinners-for-lazy-cooks">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/16-classic-foods-we-miss">16 Classic Foods We Miss</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/beer-donuts-and-11-other-recipes-you-can-make-with-beer">Beer Donuts and 11 Other Recipes You Can Make With Beer</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/20-ways-to-get-dinner-on-the-table-faster">20 Ways to Get Dinner on the Table Faster</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/hambone-soup-and-13-other-hambone-recipes">Hambone Soup and 13 Other Hambone Recipes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-delicious-and-frugal-power-bowls-you-want-right-now">10 Delicious and Frugal Power Bowls You Want Right Now</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink dinners easy meals quick recipes Tue, 07 Jul 2015 17:00:13 +0000 Jennifer Holder 1477254 at http://www.wisebread.com 14 Convenience Foods I Refuse to Do Without http://www.wisebread.com/14-convenience-foods-i-refuse-to-do-without <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/14-convenience-foods-i-refuse-to-do-without" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/mother_daughter_making_dinner_000022705215.jpg" alt="Mother and daughter making convenience foods together" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Convenience foods really can save money. For instance, if faced with the choice of either grabbing fast food or purchasing some <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-reasons-to-stop-buying-gas-station-food">convenience foods</a> at the grocery store, you are better off buying bagged salad or jarred sauce. And if you work, have a relationship, kids, pets, and outside interests, you have to make choices about how you spend your time and money.</p> <p>Which brings me to this list. I went through my freezer, refrigerator, and pantry looking for my favorite shortcuts. I love these time-savers and won't give them up.</p> <h2>1. Grated Cheese</h2> <p>Sometimes I just want a couple of tablespoons for a baked potato, or to top some scrambled eggs. If I grate it myself, then I have to unwrap the cheese, get out the grater, grate the cheese, wash the grater, and put away the cheese. The alternative: buy a bag of pre-grated cheese, unzip, sprinkle cheese, re-close bag, and refrigerate. I never used to buy grated cheese until my husband pointed out that sometimes, on sale, the price per ounce for grated is actually less than the large block. Pay less for convenience? Count me in.</p> <h2>2. Chopped Nuts</h2> <p>I find that I fool myself with those big bags of nuts from Costco. When they come out in October, I think oh, yes, this is the year I'll bake cookies for everyone; I need this giant bag of nuts. Well, we all know about those good intentions. Nuts do have a shelf life. Sure, you can freeze them, but the odds of your remembering that you have those frozen nuts are not great unless you're a prepper. So, yes, I occasionally buy those little half-cup packages of pre-measured, pre-chopped nuts.</p> <h2>3. Olive or Canola Oil Spray</h2> <p>I resisted these oils-in-a-can for a long time before finally giving in, thinking they were an unnecessary expense. Oh, the ease of simply spraying a pan, or barbeque rack, instead of getting out a paper towel or a pastry brush! Now I own specialized sprays, too &mdash; canola, olive oil, and &quot;grilling&quot; spray. I do not use them on my frying pans, at the manufacturer's recommendation, but I love them for baking cakes and cookies or roasting vegetables.</p> <h2>4. Teabags</h2> <p>No argument here &mdash; loose tea makes a better-tasting cup, but I don't always have time to clean up the mess it makes. Especially at work, a teabag is easier and more practical (no one wants to deal with my loose tea in the sink, I am sure). Plus, by the time I heat water, then pack a tea ball, use it, empty it, and wash it, there went my break. Bags are just faster and less messy.</p> <h2>5. Dijon Mustard in a Squirt Bottle</h2> <p>I bought the mustard in the plastic squirt bottle (instead of the usual jar) because it was on sale, not anticipating how much easier it would be. Also, the lid doesn't get gunky; I like that for cleanup. You can shake it, rather than getting a spoon to stir it up. Because it was so convenient, I found myself making more sauces (add to a little butter and stir into vegetables, or spoon over grilled chicken). I also starting using it more often on sandwiches, since it is easy, has lots of flavor, and fewer calories.</p> <h2>6. Bagged Salad</h2> <p>In a hurry? You could stop and buy fast food. Or, you could buy a bag of salad, slice a grilled chicken breast on top, and add dressing. Not only would that be a healthier alternative, but you'd have enough for several servings. There are also so many varieties, from Asian to cranberry-pecan, Caesar, European, American, and the like. These can be turned into a meal very easily with the addition of a little meat, fish, poultry, or beans.</p> <h2>7. Bacon Bits</h2> <p>Per ounce, yes, it is much more expensive to buy a little packet, or jar, of bacon bits. The cheaper alternative would be buying bacon on sale, cooking it, chopping it, and freezing it. But sometimes I just want a tablespoon in an omelet, or to sprinkle on a salad. Those little bags (or jars) are just enough to get the bacon flavor without a lot of mess and fuss. To be honest, when I fry bacon, I tend to nibble at the cooked pieces (as does my husband, and then the dogs always want a bite). So, for me, there probably <em>is</em> a cost savings by buying the tiny bag. Not to mention the mess that cooking bacon involves, no matter how you do it.</p> <h2>8. Breadcrumbs</h2> <p>Making <a href="http://whatscookingamerica.net/Bread/BreadCrumbs.htm">breadcrumbs</a> is a great use of stale bread. I save pieces and ends in the freezer and those all become croutons or bread pudding, at some point. But as for making crumbs, naah. They aren't hard to make, but I have really grown to prefer these two options: Panko (Japanese breadcrumbs) or smashed Ritz crackers. Panko makes for superior fried chicken as well as fried vegetables, such as zucchini or eggplant. Shake chicken in a mixture of white flour (and a little rice flour, for super crispiness) and seasonings. Dip into egg wash, then roll in panko; bake or fry. Ritz crackers, or their knock-offs, are at their best when smashed to oblivion and used for breading (try dipping that chicken in egg wash, then rolling in a combination of grated cheddar cheese, smashed crackers, and seasonings; bake).</p> <h2>9. Ready-Made Pie Crusts</h2> <p>Ever since <em>Bon Appetit</em> grudgingly gave its green light to using Pillsbury pie crusts, I never looked back. I've always been crummy at making crusts from scratch, and they gave me license to make pies, both savory and sweet, with decent success. They come two to a package, which ends up being very handy &mdash; and they freeze well. If you bring somebody a pie, they are going to love you regardless of whether you made your crust from scratch.</p> <h2>10. Spaghetti Sauce in a Jar</h2> <p>I truly prefer my own homemade, simmer-all-day marinara, but in a pinch, a purchased jar of pasta sauce works. It is good over noodles, in an impromptu calzone, or on a pizza. The less expensive brands tend to contain corn syrup and, to me, are quite sweet. I watch for better brands to go on sale. There are several &quot;celebrity chef&quot; sauces out, now; some are worth a try.</p> <h2>11. Rotisserie Chicken</h2> <p>Ah, the Costco $5 rotisserie chicken. Need I say more? When you can't even buy a dang chicken and cook it for yourself for that price, well, load up. I use the carcasses to make chicken broth, but if I am pushed for time...</p> <h2>12. Canned Chicken Broth</h2> <p>It's very handy, isn't it? Some brands are dollar-store cheap, but if you are watching for MSG, be careful. There are brands that do not contain MSG; they naturally cost a little more. Even if you are a purist who wants to only make your own, if you are sick, I promise you there is nothing better than that bowl of chicken broth with your Jell-O. It is worth keeping around just for that emergency.</p> <h2>13. Frozen Vegetables</h2> <p>Watch for sales and load up! My favorites are mixed veggies, which are great in soups and pot pies; spinach, for stuffing mushrooms and quiche; and peas, for salads and fried rice.</p> <h2>14. Canned Beans</h2> <p>If you are watching your sodium, look for the brands without added salt. I prefer to rinse mine, too. The things you can do with a can of beans! Kidney beans make a quick chili (vegetarian or with added burger). Garbanzos quickly become hummus. Cannellini beans can go into soups or pasta dishes. Pintos with rice are a family favorite. Black beans make a salad a meal. The alternative, and the way I learned to cook beans, is to soak dried ones. This is definitely a cheaper method, to be sure, but you had better be a good meal planner. If you have a pressure cooker, that's another good way to go &mdash; but for pure convenience, open a can.</p> <p><em>What are your favorite convenience foods?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/marla-walters">Marla Walters</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-convenience-foods-i-refuse-to-do-without">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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Today we found some stellar articles on cheap and easy costumes for pets, conquering lifestyle creep, and going green to save money.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://livingonthecheap.com/cheap-and-easy-pet-halloween-costumes/">10 Ceap and Easy Halloween Costumes for Pets</a> &mdash; Do you dress your pet up for Halloween? [Living on the Cheap]</p> <p><a href="http://www.listenmoneymatters.com/lifestyle-creep/">Learning How to Conquer Lifestyle Creep</a> &mdash; If you want to conquer lifestyle creep, redefine what quality of life means to you. [Listen Money Matters]</p> <p><a href="http://blog.readyforzero.com/go-green-to-save-green-5-easy-ways-to-get-started/">Go Green to Save Green: 5 Easy Ways to Get Started</a> &mdash; Buying used clothes and going shampoo free can help you go green and save money. [ReadyForZero]</p> <p><a href="http://couponpal.com/blog/5-ways-to-pretend-youre-on-vacation">5 Ways to Pretend You're on Vacation</a> &mdash; To pretend you are on vacation, unplug and do something touristy. [CouponPal]</p> <p><a href="http://moneyning.com/frugality/the-6-quick-phone-calls-that-saved-me-500/">The 6 Quick Phone Calls That Saved Me $500</a> &mdash; Calling your cable provider or cell phone provider could save you tons of money! [MoneyNing]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://cashmoneylife.com/help-your-child-invest/">3 Reasons to Help Your Child Invest</a> &mdash; Helping your child invest can help them develop good habits at a young age. [Cash Money Life]</p> <p><a href="http://ptmoney.com/should-you-tell-your-boss-about-your-part-time-business/">Should You Tell Your Boss About Your Part-Time Business?</a> &mdash; Only tell your boss about your part-time business if you have a trusting relationship with your boss. [PT Money]</p> <p><a href="http://www.stretcher.com/stories/09/09sep28c.cfm?slider">Laundry &amp; Clothing Savings</a> &mdash; To save on laundry and clothing, use less detergent than recommended and have different sets of clothes. [TheDollarStretcher.com]</p> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Precation-Workplace-Policy-35858198">You'll Never Guess What This Company Is Offering to Boost Employee Productivity</a> &mdash; Would you take a job with a company that requires you to take half a month of vacation before starting work with them? [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/fall-family-treasure-hunt-checklist">Fall Family Treasure Hunt Checklist</a> &mdash; This fall, try to find a maple seed and an acorn with your kids. [Parenting Squad]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-cheap-and-easy-halloween-costumes-for-pets">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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Today we found some stellar articles on cheap and easy Halloween costumes, cutting Christmas costs, and lessons learned from investing.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://blog.couponsherpa.com/50-cheap-and-easy-costumes-for-adults-and-children/">55 Cheap and Easy Halloween Costumes for Adults and Children</a> &mdash; This Halloween, consider dressing as Little Red Riding Hood or a tourist. [Coupon Sherpa]</p> <p><a href="http://canadianfinanceblog.com/how-to-cut-christmas-costs/">How to Cut Your Christmas Costs This Year</a> &mdash; To cut your Christmas costs this year, purchase gifts in advance. [Canadian Finance Blog]</p> <p><a href="http://investorjunkie.com/31460/financial-lessons-learned-investing/">7 Financial Lessons I&#39;ve Learned From Investing</a> &mdash; Investing can teach you to not get greedy and to take diversification seriously. [Investor Junkie]</p> <p><a href="http://www.takeasmartstep.com/spouse-agree-on-money/">Ways to Help You and Your Spouse Agree on Money</a> &mdash; Budgeting and planning together can help you and your spouse agree on money. [Take a Smart Step]</p> <p><a href="http://moneysmartguides.com/5-ways-ensure-car-ready-winter">5 Ways to Ensure Your Car is Ready For The Winter</a> &mdash; Prepare your car for winter by checking to make sure all the lights are working properly. [MoneySmartGuides.com]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://affordanything.com/2013/10/08/sustainable-wealth-avoid-death-cubicle/">Sustainable Wealth: Avoid Death-by-Cubicle</a> &mdash; Try to create a sustainable life for yourself by creating multiple self-renewing sources of income. [Afford Anything]</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Best-Time-Day-Send-Job-Application-3575883">What&#39;s the Best Time to Submit a Job Application?</a> &mdash; If you are applying for a job, send in your application between 6am and 9am. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.teacherfinance.org/2013/10/five-tips-for-becoming-a-freelancer-from-someone-who-never-intended-to-become-a-freelancer.html">Five Tips For Becoming A Freelancer From Someone Who Never Intended To Become A Freelancer</a> &mdash; When pursuing freelancing opportunities, don&#39;t be a flake and be prepared to hear &quot;no.&quot; [TeacHer Finance]</p> <p><a href="http://youngadultfinances.com/4-vacation-spots-youve-never-heard-of-but-should-visit/">4 Vacation Spots You&#39;ve Never Heard of But Should Visit</a> &mdash; Consider visiting The Corn Islands in Nicaragua if you are looking for an uncommon vacation spot. [Young Adult Finances]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/20-frightfully-simple-halloween-decorations">20 Frightfully Simple Halloween Decorations</a> &mdash; Use creepy wreaths to make your home more festive this Halloween. [Parenting Squad]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-cheap-and-easy-halloween-costumes">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/60-halloween-costume-ideas-that-can-save-you-money-and-time">60+ Halloween Costume Ideas That Can Save You Money and Time</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-you-do-to-save-money-that-end-up-costing-you-more">10 Things You Do to Save Money That End Up Costing You More</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/wisdom-from-my-favorite-frugal-tv-character-julius-rock">Wisdom from My Favorite Frugal TV Character - Julius Rock</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-to-do-for-under-5-in-the-omaha-metro-area">10 Things to Do for Under $5 in the Omaha Metro Area</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/one-pot-roast-a-week-of-cheap-and-delicious-lunches">One Pot Roast, A Week of Cheap and Delicious Lunches</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living best money tips cheap easy Halloween costumes Thu, 10 Oct 2013 10:00:04 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 1004999 at http://www.wisebread.com 25 Gifts You Can Make Today http://www.wisebread.com/25-gifts-you-can-make-today <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/25-gifts-you-can-make-today" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/holmakegift-186070383.jpg" alt="making jewelry" title="making jewelry" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Homemade gifts are often more meaningful than store-bought gifts, and fortunately they&rsquo;re usually easy on the wallet too. For those who would like to save a buck or two on the next birthday, anniversary, or shower gift, or just like the idea of making something unique for a friend, here are 25 ideas for gifts that you can make with materials that are easily found at your local craft or hardware store. Many require little to no crafting skills, while others are a little more challenging, but definitely still doable for us amateurs! (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-unique-holiday-gifts-you-can-bake?ref=seealso">15 Delicious Gifts You Can Bake</a>)</p> <h2>1. Friendship Bracelets</h2> <p>Friendship bracelets were all the rage when I was younger, and they remain an easy and pretty gift to make. If you know how to tie a knot, you can make one of these colorful <a href="http://www.purlbee.com/the-purl-bee/2011/7/10/mollys-sketchbook-friendship-bracelets.html">macram&eacute; bracelets</a> from The Purl Bee, which can be made in several patterns.</p> <h2>2. Lace Earring Holder</h2> <p>This <a href="http://www.u-createcrafts.com/2010/04/creative-guest-trey-and-lucy-lace.html">lace earring holder</a> from U-Create is the perfect gift for your favorite style maven. Spray-paint a thrifted picture frame in the color of your choice, and tack a pretty piece of lace onto the back for a quick and beautiful earring holder.</p> <h2>3. Sisal Rope Bowl</h2> <p>This <a href="http://www.centsationalgirl.com/2011/07/sisal-rope-bowl/">sisal bowl</a> by Centsational Girl looks so beautiful (not to mention expensive) and is the perfect easy gift to make as a housewarming or wedding gift. You need a cheap metal bowl, a coil of sisal rope, and some hot glue, and you&rsquo;re set. Try covering other items with sisal rope (like a jar or an old vase) for a fun variation.</p> <h2>4. Homemade Cake Stand</h2> <p><img alt="" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/u784/holmakegift-168769160-ggnoads.jpg" style="width: 605px; height: 303px;" /></p> <p>Use glass glue to attach a goblet or candlestick to the bottom of a pretty plate, and you can easily create a <a href="http://strawberry-chic.blogspot.com/2011/06/diy-tuesday-glass-cake-stand.html">lovely cake stand</a> like this one from Strawberry Chic! Use glass for a more traditional look, or spray paint the base for a more colorful finish. This cake stand is perfect for displaying a friend&rsquo;s birthday cake, and he gets to keep the stand at the end.</p> <h2>5. Framed Silhouettes</h2> <p>Classic framed silhouettes look great in anyone&rsquo;s home and make a thoughtful gift. All you need is a photograph with the person you want to silhouette in profile. Blow the photograph up to the size you want and print it out (black and white is fine) on your home printer. Cut out the head, neck, and tops of the shoulders. Trace around the shape you&rsquo;ve cut out onto black or colored paper (or better yet, a pretty patterned paper), and cut out the new shape. Glue it onto a contrasting background, and put it in a pretty frame. You don&rsquo;t have to do a profile; a whole-body silhouette of one person or several people works just as well.</p> <h2>6. Vintage Postage Stamp Coasters</h2> <p>Print these colorful <a href="http://www.designsponge.com/2010/12/diy-project-jessicas-postage-stamp-coasters.html">vintage postage stamps</a> from Design*Sponge (which have already been resized for you) onto iron-on transfers to make these easy and unique coasters.</p> <h2>7. Homemade Lip Balm</h2> <p><img alt="" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/u784/holmakegift-stk66470cor-ggnoads.jpg" style="width: 605px; height: 303px;" /></p> <p>I made homemade lip balm recently, and I was surprised at how easy it was to make and how cute the resulting jars of lip balm turned out! Here&rsquo;s an easy tutorial for <a href="http://www.designsponge.com/2010/12/small-measures-with-ashley-homemade-lip-balm.html">homemade lip balm</a> at Design*Sponge.</p> <h2>8. Customized Onesies</h2> <p>A wonderful gift for a baby shower, High Street Market has an easy tutorial for making <a href="http://highstreetmarket.blogspot.com/2011/06/custom-onesie-clothesline.html">customized onesies</a> for an expected baby. Just buy a few plain white onesies, print out designs onto iron-on transfers, and iron the designs onto the onesies. How cute!</p> <h2>9. Beaded Necklace With Ribbon</h2> <p>Martha Stewart&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.marthastewart.com/268720/jade-beaded-necklace-with-ribbon?backto=true&amp;backtourl=/photogallery/handmade-necklaces#slide_4">beaded necklaces</a> with ribbon are elegant and trendy. You don&rsquo;t have to use the same brand of beads &mdash; use whatever is available at your craft store.</p> <h2>10. Spray-Painted Bottle Bud Vases</h2> <p>Grab a four-pack of empty soda bottles (or a six-pack of beer bottles), remove the labels, and spray paint them to make these <a href="http://thecolorfullivingproject.blogspot.com/2011/05/spray-bottles-diy-project-part-one.html">sweet bud vases</a> from The Colorful Living Project. Spray-paint the cardboard bottle caddy too, and then put the dried bottles back into the caddy, fill with flowers, and you&#39;ve got a lovely set of matching bud vases for a charming gift.</p> <h2>11. Fruity Button Embroidered Napkins</h2> <p><img alt="" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/u784/holmakegift-161823801-ggnoads.jpg" style="width: 605px; height: 303px;" /></p> <p>Embellish store-bought fabric napkins with this cute <a href="http://www.marthastewart.com/271473/fruity-button-embroidery-napkins">fruity button tutorial</a> from Martha Stewart. Small colorful buttons and some green embroidery thread form apples, oranges, and cherries in this easy project.</p> <h2>12. Tiny Polaroid Magnets</h2> <p><a href="http://www.ambrosiagirl.com/blog/tiny-polaroid-magnets/">Ambrosia Girl&#39;s adorable magnets</a> are personalized with tiny photographs in mini faux-Polaroid frames. Use pictures of yourself to ensure the receiver will think of you every time she sees them!</p> <h2>13. Cork Mouse Mat</h2> <p>This easy <a href="http://chillybear.wordpress.com/2010/11/30/cute-crafts-projects-to-make-as-christmas-gifts-6/">cork mouse mat</a> is made from a cork tile from your local hardware store. Stencil a design onto the cork using a homemade or store-bought stencil, a foam brush, and acrylic paint. Cut out the mat and spray it with a quick-drying clear protective sealer.</p> <h2>14. Recipe Cards</h2> <p>Print out this pretty <a href="http://howaboutorange.blogspot.com/2011/07/printable-recipe-cards.html">recipe card template</a> from How About Orange, and handwrite your favorite recipes onto them. Wrap the recipes with a ribbon, or place them in a box, and give them to your favorite budding chef.</p> <h2>15. Front Door Wreaths</h2> <p><img alt="" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/u784/holmakegift-91716922-ggnoads.jpg" style="width: 605px; height: 303px;" /></p> <p>A perfect housewarming gift, a pretty floral front door wreath with house numbers on it is both attractive and practical. Simply hot glue some silk flowers and other decorations onto a grapevine wreath, available at your local craft store. See some great examples of <a href="http://missloviecreations.blogspot.com/2011/04/hydrangea-wreath.html">homemade wreaths</a> from Miss Lovie.</p> <h2>16. Wine Cork Trivet</h2> <p>Hot-glue together 31 wine corks to make this easy but rustically elegant <a href="http://www.craftynest.com/2009/07/wine-cork-trivet/">trivet</a> from Crafty Nest, perfect for the wine-lover in your life.</p> <h2>17. Fruit Bouquet</h2> <p>Here&rsquo;s a yummy alternative to bringing a bouquet of flowers. Stick assorted fruit onto skewers and arrange them artistically in a vase. There are a few ideas for different kinds of <a href="http://www.diylife.com/2011/05/03/edible-arrangements-make-a-fruit-veggie-or-cupcake-bouquet/">fruit bouquets</a> at DIY Life.</p> <h2>18. Fabric Yo-yo Flowers</h2> <p>A fabric yo-yo is basically a circle of fabric gathered together in the middle to form a flower-like shape. Use them to decorate pins, headbands, T-shirts, magnets, hair clips, and more. Heather Bailey has a clearly illustrated <a href="http://heatherbailey.typepad.com/photos/how_to_make_a_yoyo/hbyoyotutorial1.html">guide to making a fabric yo-yo</a>.</p> <h2>19. Canvas Doily Stencil Bag</h2> <p>This stylish bag is a cinch to make with some fabric paint, a paper doily for a stencil, and a paintbrush. Just pick up a plain canvas tote bag at the craft store and follow this easy tutorial for a <a href="http://ashleyannphotography.com/blog/2009/11/21/diy-doily-canvas-bag/">doily stencil bag</a> from Ashley Ann Photography.</p> <h2>20. Lavender Sachets</h2> <p>You&rsquo;ll need a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/its-sew-easy-to-save">sewing machine</a> and rudimentary sewing skills to sew these fragrant lavender sachets that can be tucked among linens. Find the step-by-step <a href="http://sew4home.com/projects/pillows-cushions/466-last-minute-gift-pillows-fragrant-lavender-sachets">sachet tutorial</a> at Sew4Home.</p> <h2>21. Teacup Candles</h2> <p>Martha Stewart has a <a href="http://www.marthastewart.com/273016/teacup-lights?backto=true&amp;backtourl=/photogallery/mothers-day-gifts#slide_58">tutorial for sweet candles</a> contained in antique teacups (easily found at thrift stores or flea markets). Old, partially burned candles are melted down and get new life in this beautiful gift.</p> <h2>22. Mason Jar Soap Dispenser</h2> <p>These rustic-looking mason jars are super-easy, and they make wonderful housewarming gifts. Drill a hole in the top of a vintage, thrifted mason jar and insert a soap pump from an old bottle of soap. Hot glue the pump into place and you&#39;re ready to go! Read the <a href="http://theblissfullycontentlife.blogspot.com/2010/08/homemade-christmas-canning-jar-soap.html">soap dispenser tutorial</a> at Blissfully Content.</p> <h2>23. S&#39;mores Gift Box</h2> <p><img alt="" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/u784/holmakegift-88296016-ggnoads.jpg" style="width: 605px; height: 303px;" /></p> <p>Do you have a friend who loves these marshmallow-chocolate treats? Make an easy s&#39;more gift box by putting graham crackers, marshmallows, and tablets of chocolate in a pretty transparent box or bag, and then tie it with a ribbon for a quick and easy gift.</p> <h2>24. Hand-Drawn Monogram Mugs</h2> <p><a href="http://www.designmom.com/2010/11/diy-monogram-mugs/">Design Mom</a> bought a few white mugs from the thrift store and hand-drew lovely monograms onto the cups using a porcelain pen (available at craft stores). After baking them in your oven, the cups will become pretty, personalized, and dishwasher-safe gifts.</p> <h2>25. Doily Table Runner</h2> <p>Pick up a few inexpensive crocheted doilies from an antique or thrift store, and sew them together to make this gorgeous vintage doily table runner. Ashley Ann Photography has the <a href="http://ashleyannphotography.com/blog/2009/12/16/diy-doily-table-runner/">tutorial</a> for this fresh take on a vintage look.</p> <p><em>Do you have any other ideas for handmade gifts?</em></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/25-gifts-you-can-make-today">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/make-a-crafty-airbrush-out-of-old-junk">Make a crafty airbrush out of old junk</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-reasons-to-use-your-outdoor-furniture-inside">5 Reasons to Use Your Outdoor Furniture -– Inside</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-awesome-practically-free-upcycled-craft-projects">18 Awesome, Practically Free Upcycled Craft Projects</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/18-amazing-diy-decorating-projects-that-are-easier-than-you-think">18 Amazing DIY Decorating Projects That Are Easier Than You Think</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-awesomely-fun-toys-you-can-diy">15 Awesomely Fun Toys You Can DIY</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> DIY Lifestyle cheap gifts crafts creative gifts easy Wed, 27 Jul 2011 10:36:06 +0000 Camilla Cheung 632644 at http://www.wisebread.com Quick travel ideas http://www.wisebread.com/quick-travel-ideas <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/quick-travel-ideas" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/3599652_74f9460273_m.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="240" height="180" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>So, I'm finishing up at my old job this week and things are crazy. Thus, I offer you some of the best travel tips that just might save you some money.</p> <p>As the dollar falls, Go Budget Travel offers us the <a href="http://gobudgettravel.com/budget-travel-destinations/11" title="Go Budget Travel">budget travel costs</a> of countries around the world. This Just In offers some European <a href="http://current.newsweek.com/budgettravel/2007/09/the_dollars_value_plummets.html" title="This Just In">travel desitnations</a> whose currency isn't tied to the Euro. Believe it or not, the dollar isn't necessarily falling against ALL the world's currencies.</p> <p>So, I'm finishing up at my old job this week and things are crazy. Thus, I offer you some of the best travel tips that just might save you some money.</p> <p>As the dollar falls, Go Budget Travel offers us the <a href="http://gobudgettravel.com/budget-travel-destinations/11" title="Go Budget Travel">budget travel costs</a> of countries around the world. This Just In offers some European <a href="http://current.newsweek.com/budgettravel/2007/09/the_dollars_value_plummets.html" title="This Just In">travel desitnations</a> whose currency isn't tied to the Euro. Believe it or not, the dollar isn't necessarily falling against ALL the world's currencies.</p> <p>Since <a href="http://current.newsweek.com/budgettravel/" title="This Just In">they</a> also offer an article on <a href="http://current.newsweek.com/budgettravel/2007/09/affordable_hotels_in_new_york.html" title="This Just In">affordable lodging in New York City</a> , of all places, the folks at This Just In are officially my favorite cool travelers this week!</p> <p>The Times Online's <a href="http://travel.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life_and_style/travel/where_to_stay/article2452365.ece" title="Budget Hotels">list of budget hotels</a> is quite comforting--maybe I'll still be able to go to France even if the dollar keeps falling.</p> <p><a href="http://www.ozbus.co.uk/index.html" title="Ozbus">Ozbus</a> , while it costs a lot of money, is a much better deal than you'll get doing a trip like this on your own (I started pricing one out once, but it was so depressing I stopped). Besides, it would be like living in your very own reality show for 2 months! I mean, imagine the catfights you could see when you're traveling with the same people for that long!</p> <p><a href="http://travel.yahoo.com/p-interests-20473703" title="Yahoo Hidden Places">These hidden destinations</a> sound like fun, especially the one in Nepal! Of course, now that Yahoo! published them, we should all hurry up and get there before they're not so hidden anymore.</p> <p>On the other hand, avoid <a href="http://swimatyourownrisk.com/2007/05/20/the-worlds-most-shark-infested-beaches/" title="Shark Infested Beaches">these destinations</a> --the pictures alone are enough to scare me! And if we have to be more choosy about where we spend our money, then hey, the sharks? Just not worth it.</p> <p>Thanks guys! I hope you all found something there to tickle your travel fancy today.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="//www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Fquick-travel-ideas&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FQuick%20travel%20ideas.jpg&amp;description=Eating%20Cheap%20While%20Abroad" data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-config="above" data-pin-color="red" data-pin-height="28"><img src="//assets.pinterest.com/images/pidgets/pinit_fg_en_rect_red_28.png" alt="" /></a> </p> <!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><script type="text/javascript" async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/Quick%20travel%20ideas.jpg" alt="Quick travel ideas" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sarah-winfrey">Sarah Winfrey</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/quick-travel-ideas">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/headaches-begone-5-tips-for-making-airline-travel-easier">Headaches, Begone!: 5 Tips for Making Airline Travel Easier</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/become-a-frequent-flyer-master-and-earn-a-free-flight-every-year">Become a Frequent Flyer Master and Earn a Free Flight Every Year</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/free-and-cheap-things-to-do-in-champaign-urbana">Free and cheap things to do in Champaign-Urbana</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-free-and-4-cheap-things-to-do-in-auckland-with-a-toddler">8 Free (and 4 cheap) Things to Do in Auckland with a Toddler</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/housesit-on-your-next-vacation">Housesit on Your Next Vacation</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel Art and Leisure easy Fri, 21 Sep 2007 19:31:40 +0000 Sarah Winfrey 1189 at http://www.wisebread.com My favorite electronic gadget hacks. http://www.wisebread.com/my-favorite-electronic-gadget-hacks <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my-favorite-electronic-gadget-hacks" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/259143656_2bf5f2962c.jpg" alt="Dr. Frankenstein" title="Dr. Frankenstein" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="166" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>As many of you may have guessed, I&#39;m a Metacafe junkie. I love that place. It&#39;s a great resource for those &quot;how to&quot; videos that make life easier, cheaper and quite often, more fun. I thought I&#39;d share some of my favorite gadget hacks from the past few months. I&#39;ve used them all, they all work 100% and they&#39;re quick and easy. No real skills required.</p> <p><strong>1: Make your own professional Noise Cancelling headphones for $20.</strong><br />I work in a cubicle farm. Not that I mind, most of the time it&#39;s got a good vibe. But when I want to get down to some serious writing, I need to do it with no distractions. My boss got me a pair of $200 noise cancelling headphones. They&#39;re ok, but not great. So I searched the web for a recipe to find a DIY pair, and Metacafe had the solution - all for less than $20. Best of all, they work much better than the expensive pair.<embed flashVars="altServerURL=http://www.metacafe.com&amp;playerVars=videoTitle=Headphone Hack! Make You Own Noise Eliminating Headset!|showStats=no|autoPlay=no|blogName=wisebread|blogURL=http://www.wisebread.com" src="http://www.metacafe.com/fplayer/548578/headphone_hack_make_you_own_noise_eliminating_headset.swf" width="425" height="350" wmode="transparent" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" type="application/x-shockwave-flash"></embed></p> <p> <p><strong>2: The homemade USB cell phone charger.</strong><br />Once again, my office was the reason for my internet search. I was tired of bringing the charger to and from work, often I would leave it at my desk and be left without it at the weekend. I had a spare charger but it was on the fritz. Then I wondered if I could use it to make a USB charger. I was right and it was Kipkay (the man who made all of these videos) who came to the rescue. This is a very cool way to charge a phone and I get comments on it all the time<embed flashVars="altServerURL=http://www.metacafe.com&amp;playerVars=videoTitle=USB Cell Phone Hack! Charge It With... |showStats=no|autoPlay=no|blogName=wisebread|blogURL=http://www.wisebread.com" src="http://www.metacafe.com/fplayer/621701/usb_cell_phone_hack_charge_it_with.swf" width="425" height="350" wmode="transparent" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" type="application/x-shockwave-flash"></embed> </p> <p> <p><strong>3: Boost your car remote key by 50 feet.</strong><br />They say necessity is the mother of invention. Well, my mind is sometimes a little forgetful and I work far enough from the car park to see my car but not lock/unlock it without walking out of the building. And this became a pain if I hadn&#39;t remembered to lock the car. Metacafe gave me a simple way to boost my car remote range by around 50 feet. Now I can lock it from my desk. Sweet.<embed flashVars="altServerURL=http://www.metacafe.com&amp;playerVars=videoTitle=Boost Your Car Remote Range!|showStats=no|autoPlay=no|blogName=wisebread|blogURL=http://www.wisebread.com" src="http://www.metacafe.com/fplayer/358044/boost_your_car_remote_range.swf" width="425" height="350" wmode="transparent" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" type="application/x-shockwave-flash"></embed></p> <p> <p><strong>4: An underwater video camera housing for $10.</strong><br />Just like Kipkay, the producer of this gem, I needed to do some underwater filming but didn&#39;t want to fork out the big cash for the equipment. My setup cost a little more than $10, coming in closer to $15, but it&#39;s still a steal for great underwater shots. A sweet idea. <embed flashVars="altServerURL=http://www.metacafe.com&amp;playerVars=videoTitle=Underwater Camcorder Mod! $10!|showStats=no|autoPlay=no|blogName=wisebread|blogURL=http://www.wisebread.com" src="http://www.metacafe.com/fplayer/648138/underwater_camcorder_mod_10.swf" width="425" height="350" wmode="transparent" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" type="application/x-shockwave-flash"></embed></p> <p> <p><strong>5:Get your PC to boot up much faster.</strong><br />I really hate sitting in the chair watching my home computer take it&#39;s time to load everything before I can access my mail. I wanted a fast, easy way to make my PC start up at super speed, just like the day we first bought it. Here, Kipkay takes you through a simple step that stops a bunch of programs from slowing you down. An effective tip.<embed flashVars="altServerURL=http://www.metacafe.com&amp;playerVars=videoTitle=Quick PC Startup!|showStats=no|autoPlay=no|blogName=wisebread|blogURL=http://www.wisebread.com" src="http://www.metacafe.com/fplayer/312936/quick_pc_startup.swf" width="425" height="350" wmode="transparent" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" type="application/x-shockwave-flash"></embed></p> <p> <p>There you have it. On a personal note I&#39;d like to thank Kipkay, wherever you are, for your cool videos. They have really helped me out, they&#39;re concise and well made, and they&#39;re the reason you&#39;re one of the top earners on Metacafe. Nice one. </p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/my-favorite-electronic-gadget-hacks">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-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/get-your-pc-to-give-you-coffee-bacon-or-even-an-orgasm">Get your PC to give you coffee, bacon or even an orgasm.</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-magic-marker-money-safe">The Magic Marker Money Safe</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/tattoo-removal-on-the-cheap-just-use-a-black-decker-sander">Tattoo removal on the cheap...just use a Black &amp; Decker Sander.</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/boost-your-computers-ram-in-seconds-very-easy">Boost your computer&#039;s RAM in seconds. Very easy.</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/mountain-dew-christmas-tree">Mountain Dew Christmas Tree</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Life Hacks cheap DIY easy gadgets Kipkay Metacafe modification quick Wed, 08 Aug 2007 03:55:28 +0000 Paul Michael 966 at http://www.wisebread.com Tattoo removal on the cheap...just use a Black & Decker Sander. http://www.wisebread.com/tattoo-removal-on-the-cheap-just-use-a-black-decker-sander <p><font size="1"><a href="http://www.break.com/"></a></font><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/772718_tattoo.jpg" alt="tatt" title="tatt" width="262" height="300" /> <p>This one takes the cake. I&#39;ve heard of cheap, home solutions to possible expensive cosmetic procedures, but isn&#39;t this going a little too far? It&#39;s certainly not for the squeamish or people of a sensitive disposition.</p> <object width="425" height="350"><param name="movie" value="http://embed.break.com/MjkyNjUy" /><embed src="http://embed.break.com/MjkyNjUy" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="425" height="350"></embed></object><p><font size=1><a href="http://www.break.com/index/low-budget-tattoo-removal.html">Low Budget Tattoo Removal</a> - Watch more <a href="http://www.break.com/">free videos</a></font> <p><strong>Please note.</strong> I&#39;m not endorsing this, just as I wouldn&#39;t endorse using acid to remove a tattoo, or swallowing a tapeworm to achieve cheap and easy weight loss. As a frugal reporter on the front line of the money-saving war, some things just have to be reported.</p> <p>Nuff Said.</p> <p>Photo by <a href="http://www.sxc.hu/photo/772718">The Stock Exchange</a> . Video by some seriously screwed-up folks. </p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/tattoo-removal-on-the-cheap-just-use-a-black-decker-sander">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/my-favorite-electronic-gadget-hacks">My favorite electronic gadget hacks.</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-magic-marker-money-safe">The Magic Marker Money Safe</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/eight-natural-ways-to-make-water-more-flavorful">Eight Natural Ways to Make Water More Flavorful</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-1-cent-cell-phone-protector-and-other-hacks">The 1-Cent Cell Phone Protector, and Other Hacks.</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/12-easy-ways-to-save-on-common-beauty-buys">12 Easy Ways to Save on Common Beauty Buys</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty cheap DIY easy home remedy painful save money save time tattoo tattoo removal Sun, 13 May 2007 05:06:09 +0000 Paul Michael 639 at http://www.wisebread.com The Magic Marker Money Safe http://www.wisebread.com/the-magic-marker-money-safe <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/pensafe.jpg" alt="pensafe" title="pensafe" width="360" height="280" /></p> <p>I&#39;ve never tried a money-belt. I&#39;ve nevr had enough cash to put in one to be honest. But when I lived in London I was mugged three times, and this little beauty would have saved me a stack of cash. </p> <p>It&#39;s a great idea. The video shows you everything you need to do, and trust me, it&#39;s not a lot. All you need is...</p> <ul> <li>1 magic marker or dry erase pen </li> <li>1 flat-tipped screwdriver</li> <li>1 pair of needlenose pliers</li> <li>1 stack of cash</li> <li>About 90 seconds of your time</li> </ul> <p>That&#39;s it! When you&#39;re done, you&#39;ll have a great place to hide your dough and I doubt anyone would be petty enough to steal your marker pen. It still works like a marker pen too. This tip was brought to you by Paul Michael Security Corp. (alas, I don&#39;t know the author of the original clip, he has chosen to remain anonymous...like all true fighters of crime).</p> <object width="425" height="350"><param name="movie" value="http://embed.break.com/MjczNTQ3" /><embed src="http://embed.break.com/MjczNTQ3" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="425" height="350"></embed></object><p><font size=1><a href="http://break.com/watch/273547/Hide_your_money__Keep_it_Safe/">Hide your money - Keep it Safe!</a> - <a href="http://www.break.com/">Click Here for more great videos and pictures!</a></font></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-magic-marker-money-safe">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/18-cheap-and-attractive-ideas-for-bookshelves">18 Cheap and Attractive Ideas for Bookshelves</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/7-homemade-pet-products-that-are-cheaper-and-better-than-store-bought">7 Homemade Pet Products That Are Cheaper and Better Than Store Bought</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/60-halloween-costume-ideas-that-can-save-you-money-and-time">60+ Halloween Costume Ideas That Can Save You Money and Time</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/tattoo-removal-on-the-cheap-just-use-a-black-decker-sander">Tattoo removal on the cheap...just use a Black &amp; Decker Sander.</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/15-common-kitchen-cast-offs-you-can-repurpose-into-cool-new-things">15 Common Kitchen Cast-Offs You Can Repurpose Into Cool New Things</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> DIY bank cash cheap DIY easy Homemade money safe security storage Sun, 15 Apr 2007 01:34:10 +0000 Paul Michael 504 at http://www.wisebread.com