gadget http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/4556/all en-US Ask the Readers: What Is Your Favorite Gadget? http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-what-is-your-favorite-gadget <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-is-your-favorite-gadget" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/music-4631064-small.jpg" alt="gadget" title="gadget" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="172" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Editor's Note: Congratulations to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-what-is-your-favorite-gadget#comment-664238">Francesco</a>, Lynda, and Diana for winning this week's contest!</em></p> <p>We're surrounded by gadgets, both high-tech and low, that usually aim to make our lives easier or better in some way. We all have our favorites &mdash; some are undeniably useful, while others are just plain cool.</p> <p><b>What is your favorite gadget?</b> Do you use it for work, pleasure, or everyday living? Has it improved your life in any surprising ways?</p> <p>Tell us about your favorite gadget 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:</h3> <ul> <li>Post your answer in the comments below. One commenter will win a $20 Amazon Gift Card!</li> </ul> <h3>For extra entries:</h3> <ul> <li>You can tweet about our giveaway for an extra entry. Also, our Facebook fans can get an extra entry too! Use our Rafflecopter widget for your chance to win one of the other two Amazon Gift Cards:</li> <a id="rc-79857d40" class="rafl" href="http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/79857d40/" rel="nofollow">a Rafflecopter giveaway</a><script src="//d12vno17mo87cx.cloudfront.net/embed/rafl/cptr.js"></script> <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, July 15th at 11:59 pm Pacific. Winners will be announced after July 15th 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> </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 about your favorite gadget 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-is-your-favorite-gadget">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-do-gift-cards-make-a-good-gift">Ask the Readers: Do Gift Cards Make a Good Gift?</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-what-is-your-new-years-resolution">Ask the Readers: What Is Your New Year&#039;s Resolution?</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-who-are-your-favorite-personal-finance-gurus">Ask The Readers: Who Are Your Favorite Personal Finance Gurus?</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-whats-in-your-wallet">Ask the Readers: What&#039;s In Your Wallet?</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-how-did-you-spend-your-first-paycheck">Ask the Readers: How Did You Spend Your First Paycheck?</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Giveaways Ask the Readers gadget Tue, 09 Jul 2013 10:36:39 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 980431 at http://www.wisebread.com The $25 gadget that keeps my home and family safe. http://www.wisebread.com/the-25-gadget-that-keeps-my-home-and-family-safe <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-25-gadget-that-keeps-my-home-and-family-safe" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/White background LOCK JAW PRODUCT copy.jpg" alt="Lock Jaw" title="Lock Jaw" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="463" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>How much would you pay to sleep soundly at night, knowing your home is secure and your family is much safer? Well, I'd pay anything to be honest. But after my <a href="/lock-bumping-your-home-isnt-safe">lockbumping </a>post back in March, I was contacted by a company that has created a unique, inexpensive and wonderful product called the Lock Jaw. It's literally made us all feel safer in so many ways. Plus, Wisebread readers can get it at a discount.</p> <p class="MsoPlainText">So, what is the <a href="http://lockjawsecurity.com/">Lock Jaw?</a> Well, it&rsquo;s a device that attaches to your door and drops down over the thumb latch, making the latch impossible to turn. I think the words &ldquo;deceptively simple&rdquo; sprang to mind when I installed it. Two screws, 3 minutes and boom, my front door was impenetrable to lock bumping. It was that easy. And believe me when I say I&rsquo;m rarely impressed. The pictures below should give you the idea of how it works and just how effective it is.</p> <p class="MsoPlainText"><img width="141" height="290" title="Lock JAw Disengaged" alt="Lock Jaw Disengaged" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u17/DISENGAGED_Lock_Jaw.jpg" /></p> <p class="MsoPlainText"><strong>The Lock Jaw Disengaged</strong></p> <p class="MsoPlainText"><img width="128" height="280" title="LJ engaged" alt="LJ engaged" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u17/lockjaw_engaged.jpg" /></p> <p class="MsoPlainText"><strong>The Lock Jaw Engaged</strong></p> <p class="MsoPlainText"><img width="227" height="211" title="Position diagram" alt="Position diagram" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u17/lockjaw-at-work.jpg" /></p> <p class="MsoPlainText"><strong>Multiple ways to engage the Lock Jaw </strong></p> <p class="MsoPlainText">The story goes deeper though. What my wife told me, a few days later, was that the Lock Jaw had also stopped our precocious three-year old from getting outside. She had figured out how to turn the latch some months ago. Which means that when our back is turned, even just for one second, she could be out on the street and in all kinds of trouble. However, she can&rsquo;t work the Lock Jaw. She&rsquo;s safe, we&rsquo;ve got peace of mind and we know that we can still get in and out of the door as easily as before. Some of the many benefits of the Lock Jaw are listed here:</p> <ul> <li>PREVENTS lock bumping and lock picking.</li> <li>It attaches ONLY to the door.</li> <li>Comes with temporary installation options for PORTABILITY.</li> <li>Helps PREVENT door threshold from being breached.</li> <li>Works with ALL thumb latch (single cylinder) deadbolts.</li> <li>PREVENTS deadbolt from retracting through the strike plate in door jam.</li> <li>Counters AGAINST door prying.</li> <li>Counters AGAINST spreading door away from door frame.</li> </ul> <p class="MsoPlainText">I had a chance to chat to the creator of the Lock Jaw, Brett Fulford, about the history of the invention.</p> <p class="MsoPlainText"><strong>PM: What made you think of the idea for the Lock Jaw (any particular incident in your own life?)</strong><br /> BF: A friend who worked in security at an apartment association was talking about how dangerous it was living in apartments, given all of the master keys. We thought that there had to be a way to allow access to the apartments when the tenants were not there (fix toilets, leaking faucets, etc.), but the tenants have a right to privacy and security when they are home. This grew into developing a device that would keep small children in, but allow for a quick escape. The whole idea was to stop the actual key from working&hellip;lock bumping came to us vs. us coming to lock bumping.</p> <p class="MsoPlainText"><strong>PM: And how long has the Lock Jaw been on the market?</strong><br /> BF: Since the 2006 National Hardware Show.</p> <p class="MsoPlainText"><strong>PM: I&rsquo;m sure our Wisebread readers would love to know if this has this been endorsed by any of the major emergency services?</strong><br /> BF: Law enforcement agencies, in order to remain politically, correct are slow to endorse products; however, Lt. Carl Smith (note our commercial on our website) was not afraid to say that he had&hellip;&rdquo;never seen anything to Lock Jaw&rdquo;. You can also visit <a href="http://www.mrgadget.com/flash/action.lasso?-database=mrgadget.fp5&amp;-layout=data%20entry&amp;-response=detail.lasso&amp;-recordID=33127&amp;-search">Mr.Gadget</a> who&rsquo;s featured it as a Top 10 product for 2007 Homes. Lock Jaw complies with all fire codes for emergency escape and has been tested by members of the American Association of Locksmiths.</p> <p class="MsoPlainText"><strong>PM: I know I will be asked about the one possible disadvantage of the Lock Jaw - that it can't be locked when you leave by that door (or, that you can't use your own key on that door if you have the Lock Jaw engaged). What would you say to Wisebread readers about that?</strong><br /> BF: We designed it to be engaged only from inside on purpose! We wanted to make it PORTABLE! Double stick tape works fine. Door chains, door jams, door guard bars, etc. are also only engaged from inside but they are not portable. I have never seen a door chain installed with double stick tape&hellip;have you? Lock Jaw only installs to the door, which is safer than most every other product that also attaches to the door trim. Door trim is not substantive. Plus some people may not want to damage their trim with the anchored part going into the trim. ANOTHER unique advantage is that door chains, etc. won&rsquo;t work on a French (bi) door because there is NO place to anchor. Lock Jaw doesn&rsquo;t need door trim&hellip;only the door, which is much stronger.</p> <p class="MsoPlainText"><em>The Lock Jaw site has a full page of <a href="http://lockjawsecurity.com/faqs.htm">FAQs </a> plus a demonstration video and other vital information</em></p> <p class="MsoPlainText"><strong>I&rsquo;d like to point out that this is in no way a paid endorsement. I&rsquo;m writing this because I believe in the product and believe it can save lives.</strong> I&rsquo;ve had the Lock Jaw in my home for around two months now. But it was last week when things really took an unexpected turn. A friend in our neighborhood called, frantic, saying that her son had managed to turn the thumb latch and get outside. He was almost mowed down by a car, narrowly escaping a horrible accident. That&rsquo;s when my wife mentioned the Lock Jaw to her, and I realized that people need to know about this product.</p> <p class="MsoPlainText"><strong>Exclusive: 10% off the Lock Jaw for Wisebread readers.</strong><br /> Brett has very generously offered to give our readers a 10% discount on the Lock Jaw. Just <a href="http://lockjawsecurity.com/order.htm">visit the site here</a> and enter the code WISE BREAD (with or without spaces) to get your discount. It's good for 10% off regardless of how many you order.</p> <p class="MsoPlainText">It&rsquo;s not often a product comes along that is truly ingenious, simple and so important. I believe Lock Jaw is one of them. And at less than the price of a new DVD, it&rsquo;s well worth it for the protection it can give your home and family. Sleep well.</p> <p class="MsoPlainText">&nbsp;</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-25-gadget-that-keeps-my-home-and-family-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-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/7-weird-ways-to-keep-you-and-your-stuff-safe">7 Weird Ways to Keep You and Your Stuff Safe</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-lifesaving-skills-everyone-should-know">10 Lifesaving Skills Everyone Should Know</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-steps-you-must-take-if-youve-been-in-a-car-accident">10 Steps You Must Take If You&#039;ve Been in a Car Accident</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-cheap-easy-ways-to-make-your-home-safer">15 Cheap, Easy Ways to Make Your Home Safer</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/disguise-your-stuff-to-prevent-car-break-ins">Disguise Your Stuff to Prevent Car Break-ins</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> General Tips bolt gadget Lock Jaw peace of mind safety security Wed, 22 Aug 2007 05:22:49 +0000 Paul Michael 1034 at http://www.wisebread.com Finally - the time-saving, money-saving, sanity-saving 4 in 1 price checker toolbar. Phew. http://www.wisebread.com/finally-the-time-saving-money-saving-sanity-saving-4-in-1-price-checker-toolbar-phew <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/714021_find_money.jpg" alt="find money" title="find money" width="300" height="224" /></p> <p>There&#39;s one problem I have with being a thrifty shopper. Well, one big problem anyway. And it&#39;s that I always feel like there could be a better bargain somewhere else. I get buyer&#39;s guilt that I&#39;ve overpaid, even when I&#39;ve saved 90%. Because maybe, just maybe, I could have saved 95%. Or, 99% (the magic number...I have yet to see it).</p> <p>Anyway, recently my life was made an awful lot easier by those clever techno wizards at <a href="http://howtobewebsmart.com">howtobewebsmart.com</a> . They&#39;ve come up with a cool Firefox Toolbar gadget that allows you to search for prices on 4 well-known sites at the same time. That&#39;s right. One search does it all. </p> <p><strong>&quot;What are the four sites?&quot; </strong>I hear you ask. Well, they&#39;re small. Tiny. <strong>Ebay, Amazon, Shopping.com and Shopzilla.com</strong>. I&#39;m sure you may have at least heard of them, they&#39;ve been around a while. </p> <p>All you need to do his click on this <a href="http://howtobewebsmart.com/UltimatePricechecker.html">golden link right here</a> and you&#39;ll be taken directly to the web page with all the simple, easy instructions and the rest, as they say, is a piece of cake. Just download the plugin and get shopping. </p> <p>Another great feature of this tool, which I now use daily, is that the results from each store are brought up in a new tab on Firefox. So, you can continue to compare and contrast each deal with ease. Sweet. Right now, howtobewebsmart.com is also asking for additional ideas for sites that could be put into the price checker search engine (personally, I&#39;d recommend Froogle but it&#39;s disappeared...it&#39;s now know as Google Products).</p> <p>The 4in1 price checker is top stuff. It&#39;s a time-saver. It&#39;s a no-brainer. And it&#39;s simple. (I wish I&#39;d thought of it.) Many thanks to Kesav Mohan from howtobewebsmart.com for bringing this to our attention. Kesav, keep those frugal tools coming. We love &#39;em. </p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/finally-the-time-saving-money-saving-sanity-saving-4-in-1-price-checker-toolbar-phew">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/55-ways-i-saved-or-considered-saving-time-and-money-planning-my-wedding">55 Ways I Saved (or Considered Saving) Time and Money Planning my Wedding</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/why-i-love-gift-cards-5-reasons-gift-cards-make-perfect-holiday-gifts">Why I Love Gift Cards: 5 Reasons Gift Cards Make Perfect Holiday Gifts</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/cheapismcom-where-cheap-is-chic">Cheapism.com: Where Cheap is Chic</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-one-site-you-must-visit-before-buying-anything-online-period">The one site you must visit before buying anything online. Period.</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/get-a-deal-every-time-you-shop-with-these-tools">Get a Deal Every Time You Shop with These Tools</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping Comparison shopping Firefox gadget howtobewebsmart.com mutli-tool save money save time Toolbar Thu, 26 Apr 2007 01:15:49 +0000 Paul Michael 563 at http://www.wisebread.com