men http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/4309/all en-US Best Money Tips: 100 Affordable Christmas Gifts for Men http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-100-affordable-christmas-gifts-for-men <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-100-affordable-christmas-gifts-for-men" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/holiday-iStock_000011352320Small.jpg" alt="man with gift" title="man with gift" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread&#39;s <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some fantastic articles on affordable gifts for men, ways to protect yourself on vacation, and saving money on holiday meals.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Cheap-Christmas-Gifts-Men-32385188">100 Affordable Christmas Gifts for Men</a> &mdash; Consider getting the man in your life a beer tasting kit or a man candle for Christmas. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://budgetandthebeach.com/2013/11/06/ways-to-protect-yourself-on-your-vacation/">Ways to Protect Yourself on your Vacation</a> &mdash; To protect yourself on your vacation, pack an outfit with you on the plane. [Budget and the Beach]</p> <p><a href="http://savingslifestyle.com/2013/11/saving-money-holiday-meals/">Saving Money on Holiday Meals</a> &mdash; When trying to save money on holiday meals, take advantage of grocery bargains. [Savings Lifestyle]</p> <p><a href="http://moneyning.com/money-news/beware-a-new-scam-scares-you-into-thinking-you-owe-taxes/">Beware: A New Scam Scares You Into Thinking You Owe Taxes</a> &mdash; If someone calls you claiming to be from the IRS and tells you that you owe taxes, do not panic. The IRS will normally conatct you through snail mail, so chances are the person calling you is part of a new scam. [MoneyNing]</p> <p><a href="http://www.consumerismcommentary.com/money-systems-food-planning/">Money Systems That Lead to Success: Food Planning</a> &mdash; If you want to save money on food, start by purchasing your groceries on a schedule so you can implement a food planning system. [Consumerism Commentary]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.biblemoneymatters.com/have-a-no-spend-challenge-to-prepare-for-the-holidays-and-give-thanks/">Have A No Spend Challenge To Prepare For The Holidays And Give Thanks</a> &mdash; Participating in a no spend challenge can give you some extra savings to use if your budget slips into the red. [Bible Money Matters]</p> <p><a href="http://www.girlsjustwannahavefunds.com/severance-package-questions/">Severance Packages: Time to Goof Off Or Make It Pay Off?</a> &mdash; Before you take a severance package, figure out if the package prevents you from working for a competitor for a specified period of time. [Girls Just Wanna Have Funds]</p> <p><a href="http://www.stretcher.com/stories/06/06nov13d.cfm?slider">Wrap Up Your Holiday For Free!</a> &mdash; Save money on wrapping paper this year by wrapping gifts in newspapers or crepe paper. [TheDollarStretcher.com]</p> <p><a href="http://sweatingthebigstuff.com/shopping-cheap-accessories-online/">Shopping for Cheap Accessories Online</a> &mdash; When shopping for shoes online, be willing to pay a little extra so that they look good and feel comfortable. [Sweating the Big Stuff]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/5-great-holiday-fundraisers-for-your-school">5 Great Holiday Fundraisers for Your School</a> &mdash; If you are trying to put together a fundraiser for your school, consider doing a gift basket raffle! [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-100-affordable-christmas-gifts-for-men">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/save-on-christmas-shopping-with-this-clever-gift-card-strategy">Save on Christmas Shopping With This Clever Gift Card Strategy</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-simple-holiday-budget-anyone-can-follow">The Simple Holiday Budget Anyone Can Follow</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/avoid-these-5-common-holiday-budget-pitfalls">Avoid These 5 Common Holiday Budget Pitfalls</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/13-holiday-season-costs-everyone-always-forgets-about">13 Holiday-Season Costs Everyone Always Forgets About</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/deadweight-loss-of-christmas-economist-explains-why-gifts-are-inefficient">Deadweight loss of Christmas: Economist explains why gifts are inefficient</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping affordable best money tips Christmas gifts men Wed, 13 Nov 2013 10:00:03 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 1096005 at http://www.wisebread.com Ask the Readers: What Are the Best Gifts for Men? http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-what-are-the-best-gifts-for-men <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/ask-the-readers-what-are-the-best-gifts-for-men" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/4201601404_3f87ea789e_z-1.jpg" alt="What are the Best Gifts for Men?" title="What are the Best Gifts for Men?" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Congratulations to </em><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-what-are-the-best-gifts-for-men#comment-552622"><em>John S @ Frugal Rules</em></a><em>, </em><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-what-are-the-best-gifts-for-men#comment-553613"><em>Debra K</em></a><em>, and </em><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-what-are-the-best-gifts-for-men#comment-552671"><em>Lynda</em></a><em> for winning this week's contest!</em></p> <p><em>Editor's Note: For the next few weeks, we will be doing a gift giving series on Ask the Readers and will focus on the best gifts for certain demographics! <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-what-are-the-best-gifts-for-men">Ask the Readers: What are the Best Gifts for Men?</a>&nbsp;is part one of our series! </em></p> <p>Shopping for the men in your life can be tricky and coming up with new gift ideas is difficult. Every time my dad's birthday or Christmas come around, I always seem to end up getting him a gift certificate to the local golf course. When your dad or the man in your life has a hobby he loves it's easy to always get him something that relates to his hobby of choice. However, sometimes it's good to break the mold and get him something different or unexpected.</p> <p><b>What are the best gifts for men?</b><span style="font-weight:normal">&nbsp;Ladies, what are the best gifts you've ever given your dad, brother, husband, or boyfriend? The latest Apple gadget? A gift certificate to his favorite restaurant? A new golf club? Men, what is the best gift you've ever been given?</span></p> <p>Tell us what you think the best gifts for men are and we'll enter you in a drawing to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card!</p> <h2>Win 1 of 3 $20 Amazon Gift Cards</h2> <p>We're doing three giveaways &mdash; here's how you can win!</p> <h3>Mandatory Entry:&nbsp;</h3> <ul> <li>Post your answer in the comments below&nbsp;</li> </ul> <h3>For extra entry:</h3> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.twitter.com/">Tweet</a> your answer. You have to be a follower of our <a href="http://twitter.com/wisebread">@wisebread account</a>. Include both &quot;@wisebread&quot; and &quot;#WBAsk&quot; in your tweet so we'll see it and count it. Leave a link to your tweet (click the timestamp for the individual URL) in a separate comment.</li> </ul> <p><strong>If you're inspired to write a whole blog post OR you have a photo on flickr to share, please link to it in the comments or tweet it.</strong></p> <h4>Giveaway Rules:</h4> <ul> <li>Contest ends Monday, October 8th at 11:59 pm Pacific. Winners will be announced after October 8th on the original post. Winners will also be contacted via email.</li> <li>You can enter all three drawings &mdash; once by leaving a comment, once by liking our Facebook update, and once by tweeting.</li> <li>This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered, or associated with Facebook.</li> <li>You must be 18 and US resident to enter. Void where prohibited.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Good Luck!</strong></p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tell us what you think the best gifts for men are and we&#039;ll enter you in a drawing to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card! </div> </div> </div> <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/ask-the-readers-what-are-the-best-gifts-for-men">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/ask-the-readers-are-you-optimistic-about-2011">Ask the Readers: Are You Optimistic About 2011?</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/ask-the-readers-200-giveaway-what-is-your-top-question-about-personal-finance">Ask the Readers $200 Giveaway: What is Your Top Question About Personal Finance?</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/ask-the-readers-how-did-you-spend-your-first-paycheck">Ask the Readers: How Did You Spend Your First Paycheck?</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/ask-the-readers-are-checks-a-thing-of-the-past-chance-to-win-20">Ask the Readers: Are Checks a Thing of the Past? (Chance to win $20!)</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/ask-the-readers-who-are-your-favorite-personal-finance-gurus">Ask The Readers: Who Are Your Favorite Personal Finance Gurus?</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Giveaways Ask the Readers gifts men Tue, 02 Oct 2012 10:36:41 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 954796 at http://www.wisebread.com Want to Keep Your Disposable Razor Blades Sharp? Use Your Arm http://www.wisebread.com/want-to-keep-your-dispoable-razor-blades-sharp-use-your-arm <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/want-to-keep-your-dispoable-razor-blades-sharp-use-your-arm" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/3066409228_f6c5cd5ab0.jpg" alt="razor" title="razor" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="233" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I was skeptical about this tip when I first saw it several months ago. I felt stupid trying it. But I have to say, after getting excellent results from the same disposable blade for the last five months, it really does work.</p> <p>You read that right by the way; five months of weekly use from one disposable razor blade cartridge. In my case, it's the Schick Extreme 3 which was 75% off at King Soopers. I bought about 40 cartridges, enough to last me at least a year. But at this rate, I'll be using them when I retire! Anyway, they have a lot of flexibility and thus are perfect for hugging the contours of my head. Yep, I'm up there with Lex Luthor as fair as haircuts go.</p> <p>After I unpacked the razors, I did a little web browsing and <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ADaRIqy0Dc&amp;feature=player_embedded">found a video</a> that made one heck of an outrageous claim. It was hosted by a soft-spoken guy who claimed that with his two simple tips, you can make your disposable razors last for years. Not months, years.</p> <p>The first tip is one I was already doing &mdash; dry the blades on your towel after you're done. This is a no brainer.</p> <p>The second tip seemed somewhat bizarre &mdash; when your razor blade appears to be getting a little dull, rub it backwards about 10 times on your arm. The skin acts like an old-fashioned leather strop and sharpens the blade!</p> <object width="480" height="385"> <param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/5ADaRIqy0Dc&amp;hl=en_US&amp;fs=1" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /> <param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><embed width="480" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/5ADaRIqy0Dc&amp;hl=en_US&amp;fs=1" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object><p>Now you know why I felt a bit dopey. At first, I thought it was an April Fool's gag (and what a good one it would have been if it were fake). But over the past few months, with my razor performing as well as the first time I took it out of the package, I have to admit that it works 100%.</p> <p>I'm no math whiz, but with cartridges costing around $10-$20 for a four-pack, those two little tips will save anyone who shaves quite a bit of cash. So give it a try, and come back and tell us how long your razors last. Maybe you'll break a record.</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/want-to-keep-your-dispoable-razor-blades-sharp-use-your-arm">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-shaving-creams">The 5 Best Shaving Creams</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/save-money-on-shaving-with-these-razor-tricks">Save Money on Shaving With These Razor Tricks</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-electric-razors">The 5 Best Electric Razors</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/save-money-with-a-classic-wet-shave">Save Money With a Classic Wet Shave</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/save-over-100-a-year-by-shaving-with-a-cutthroat-razor">Save Over $100 a Year by Shaving with a Cutthroat Razor</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Life Hacks Health and Beauty bathroom blade grooming men razors shaving Wed, 14 Jul 2010 13:53:03 +0000 Paul Michael 176430 at http://www.wisebread.com The Gettin'-Baptized-in-the-Watah Epiphany http://www.wisebread.com/the-gettin-baptized-in-the-watahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh-epiphany <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-gettin-baptized-in-the-watahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh-epiphany" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/In the Watahhh.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="130" height="130" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt">As of this writing, it is day&nbsp;eight of a 40-day fast where I will only drink water. But hold up now, I know what you&rsquo;re thinking, it&rsquo;s not me just drinking water and not eating. That would be stupid, unhealthy and I would end up suplexing someone who doesn&rsquo;t deserve to be suplexed. Yes suplex. That&rsquo;s index, figure to the belt-loop, lift and flip a person because not eating is not good.</div> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt">&nbsp;</div> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt">&nbsp;</div> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt">No, I have for this period &ndash; which happens to coincide with Lent but that&nbsp;is not the cause of the endeavor &ndash; decided that I will not eat <em>excessively</em> and&nbsp;I will forego all of the lovely liquid trappings of our modern world. Ah the bitter-sweet, absolutely nothing taste of &nbsp;fresh H2o! The sweet clear, cleansing and tasteless nectar that will intoxicate one who will not get intoxicated.</div> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt">&nbsp;</div> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt">&nbsp;</div> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt">Here it is until April 7, the conditions of this <i>haj:</i></div> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt">&nbsp;</div> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt">&nbsp;</div> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt"><b>Can&rsquo;t drink</b>: Milk, Goat Milk, Cow Milk, Kiefer,&nbsp;fried bong water, &ldquo;OG Suga Watah&rdquo;, Act-Rite JOOCE, coffee, tea, hot dog water, mineral water, soda, soft drinks, pop,&nbsp; smoothies, chocolate or strawberry shakes; soda-pop, protein drinks, POM Wonderful, lemonade, Snapple, Gatorade, Acai Berry Juice. Then there's&nbsp;whiskey (ouch), cognac (that smarts), Guinness (wow) and damn it this one hurts: no bacon-cheddar cheese-stick juice&nbsp;yummy, yummy&nbsp;(really gonna miss that one until April).</div> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt">&nbsp;</div> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt">&nbsp;</div> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt"><b>Can drink</b>: Water, Water and uhhhh, Water&nbsp;(From tap, bottled or with lemon and ice).</div> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt">&nbsp;</div> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt">&nbsp;</div> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt">It&rsquo;s the return of the point man. After only a week, I see the real difference in my pocket book and I don&rsquo;t feel much of a difference, addiction wise.&nbsp;And don&rsquo;t miss anything -- except maybe for the BCCS juice,&nbsp;I know, &nbsp;right, delishhh&nbsp;&ndash; and I find that I&rsquo;m winning on two fronts and may look to incorporate this into my life permanently, save a few special occasions.</div> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt">&nbsp;</div> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt">&nbsp;</div> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt">A friend and one very special person pointed&nbsp;it out it to me because I hadn&rsquo;t thought about it until now. Yeah&nbsp;I'm on this water fast but I'm&nbsp;saving money too.&nbsp;Guess I was spending too much time tried and tested for not having Gatorade after my morning runs or coffee to put the edge on, or a John Daniels or Jack Walker (I know them by their given names) to take the edge off.</div> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt">&nbsp;</div> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt">Pondering this, I surmised that in an average day, in this fast-paced society, a person (namely myself or those of my ilk) may spend up to $20 per day on a combination of&nbsp;drinks. These are liquids&nbsp;that come with meals, morning coffee, herbal tea, Jamba Juice or my favorite over-priced store bought smoothie, Naked juice. This is to say nothing of the deceased potatoes, fermented wheat, tonics, spirits and dead grapes that some of us just must have in excess come Friday night through Sunday &ndash; especially when told about AIG&rsquo;s latest quarterly&nbsp;loss.</div> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt">&nbsp;</div> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt">&nbsp;</div> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt">But right now,&nbsp;when baptized with this watah, yes sirrr, I&rsquo;m on pace to spend next to&nbsp;zero instead of&nbsp; nearly $1,040 for the year on beverages alone and&nbsp;if I&nbsp;realize that if I can even save half of that, it&nbsp;makes a difference.</div> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt">&nbsp;</div> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt">&nbsp;</div> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt">Suffice it to say, I will not drink only water as my next investment plan, choosing instead of diversifying into bonds to get a Sparkletts bottle. Nothing of the sort.</div> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt">&nbsp;</div> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt">&nbsp;</div> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt">Actually I will likely be in the fetal position come April.&nbsp;</div> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt">&nbsp;</div> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt">&nbsp;</div> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt">At midnight of the 7<sup>th,</sup>&nbsp; I might just&nbsp;shun all food to imbibe everything on the &ldquo;can&rsquo;t drink list.&rdquo; But I&rsquo;ve seen the liiiiiight brothers and sisters, I&rsquo;ve learned a lesson.</div> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt">&nbsp;</div> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt">&nbsp;</div> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt">I feel better, my circulatory system flows more pure, stomach is leaner, pockets are fatter. How&rsquo;s that for Wisebread, which I can still eat by the way. So I can jail time it. That&rsquo;s getting&rsquo; swoll off bread and water. No? Okay well, this is proof positive that a sacrifice in lifestyle instead&nbsp;of a mere&nbsp;sacrifice in conspicuous&nbsp;consumption wins out --&nbsp;without you even thinking about it.&nbsp;</div> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt">&nbsp;</div> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt">And I can drink to that.</div> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt">&nbsp;</div> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt">&nbsp;</div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/jabulani-leffall">Jabulani Leffall</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-gettin-baptized-in-the-watahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh-epiphany">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/5-sleek-marketing-ploys-aimed-at-getting-more-of-your-grocery-money">5 Sleek Marketing Ploys Aimed at Getting More of Your Grocery Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/will-a-dental-discount-plan-save-you-money">Will A Dental Discount Plan Save You Money?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/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/in-times-like-these-separate-the-want-from-the-need">In times like these, separate the want from the need.</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/ugggh-hic-i-justss-gotta-eat-somehicthing-my-top-10-homemade-drunk-snacks">Ugggh, (hic) I justss gotta eat some(hic)thing; my top 10 homemade drunk snacks.</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Personal Finance Frugal Living Budgeting Consumer Affairs Food and Drink Art and Leisure dieting Food men personal finance savings Tue, 03 Mar 2009 01:01:10 +0000 Jabulani Leffall 2885 at http://www.wisebread.com Do you write like a girl? http://www.wisebread.com/do-you-write-like-a-girl <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/girlwriting.jpg" alt=" " width="226" height="231" /></p> <p>Based on some of the comments <a href="/bottled-water-bottled-hype-part-1#comment-15161">we get around here</a>, it&#39;s safe to say that some of you might suspect me of possessing my very own pair of cajones. Attached ones, that is. Not, like, in a jar or something. Sicko.</p> <p>Well, it turns out that there might be something to that. No, no, I&#39;m not a man. Not even part man. Sure, I can beat you in an arm-wrestling competition <strong>without even using my arms</strong>, but I&#39;m all woman, baby. Only apparently, I <em>write</em> like a man. </p> <p>Fellow Wise Bread blogger, web admin, and all around studmuffin <a href="/greg-go">Greg Go</a> just turned me on to what might possibly be the best and most interesting way to procrastinate online since Google Earth: <a href="http://bookblog.net/gender/genie.php">The Gender Genie</a>.</p> <p>The Gender Genie is a nifty little program that uses a linguistic <a href="http://www.cs.biu.ac.il/~koppel/papers/male-female-text-final.pdf">algorithm</a> to determine whether or not a chunk of text has been written by a man or a woman. And it doesn&#39;t search for key words or anything - for instance, if you read the text above, you might believe that I&#39;m a woman. But paste that text into the Gender Genie and submit it, and it comes back with a male score (albeit a close one).</p> <p class="blockquote">On the internet, there is a new website that claims to be able to tell you, with 80% accuracy, whether a piece of writing has been done by a man or by a woman. It uses a computer programme developed by a team of Israeli scientists after an exhaustive study of the differences between male and female use of language. </p> <p>One of their findings is that women are far more likely than men to use personal pronouns (&quot;I&quot;, &quot;you&quot;, &quot;she&quot;, etc), whereas men prefer words that identify or determine nouns (&quot;a&quot;, &quot;the&quot;, &quot;that&quot;) or that quantify them (&quot;one&quot;, &quot;two&quot;, &quot;more&quot;). According to Moshe Koppel, one of the authors of the project, this is because women are more comfortable thinking about people and relationships, whereas men prefer thinking about things. But the self-styled &quot;stylometricians&quot;, in creating their gender-identifying algorithm, have been at pains to avoid the obvious. </p> <p>The Gender Genie has been covered before, a <a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/Columnists/Column/0,5673,1079265,00.html">long time ago</a>, in all sorts of <a href="http://pam_oconnell.tripod.com/91103.txt">respectable publications</a>, and so this isn&#39;t going to be incredible news to some of you, but hey - anything I can do to help you put off that investor presentation, eh?</p> <p>Of course, now I&#39;m obsessively pasting my articles into the Gender Genie to see just how big my cajones really are (by the way, when you try it out, don&#39;t use quoted material, because that will taint the results - just use the author&#39;s original writing). And my writing actually varies significantly from article to article. Even Paul seems to get in touch with his feminine side during the first few paragraphs of his <a href="/turn-1-into-100-in-about-2-minutes">Turn $1 into $100 in about 2 minutes</a> post. Actually, even the Guardian found that most female columnists come across as male, according to the Gender Genie.</p> <p>The whole thing kind of reminds me of that episode of This American Life in which the staff and a few regular contributors <a href="http://www.thislife.org/Radio_Episode.aspx?episode=220">get their testosterone levels</a> checked (starts around 33:20). Yes, I brought up This American Life, again (call me, Ira). Would a <strong>man</strong> obsessively promote something like This American Life? I ask you.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-karim">Andrea Karim</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/do-you-write-like-a-girl">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-trouble-with-women">The Trouble With Women</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-easy-ways-to-avoid-common-spelling-and-grammatical-errors">5 Easy Ways to Avoid Common Spelling and Grammatical Errors</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/surprise-theres-a-gender-gap-in-mortgages-too">Surprise! There&#039;s a Gender Gap in Mortgages, Too</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/22-websites-that-will-pay-you-to-write-for-them">22 Websites That Will Pay You to Write for Them</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/jar-of-nothing-the-perfect-present-for-the-picky-prick-in-your-life">Jar of Nothing: the perfect present for the picky prick in your life</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Extra Commentary ambiguous blog gender genie grammar linguistics men pronouns sex women writing Fri, 20 Apr 2007 16:01:15 +0000 Andrea Karim 535 at http://www.wisebread.com