sports http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/4864/all en-US How One Man Used Credit Card Rewards to Go to the Last 11 Super Bowls http://www.wisebread.com/how-one-man-used-credit-card-rewards-to-go-to-the-last-11-super-bowls <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-one-man-used-credit-card-rewards-to-go-to-the-last-11-super-bowls" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/football_player_498545428.jpg" alt="Man using credit card rewards to go to the Super Bowl" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Millions of Americans use their rewards credit cards to earn frequent flyer miles, hotel rewards, or just a little extra cash back. But Artie Lange, business owner and New York Giants fan, goes for a more unusual reward. His credit card is his ticket to the Super Bowl. When this 50-year-old father of four arrives at Houston's NRG Stadium, it will be the 12th consecutive Super Bowl he's attended using just credit card rewards.</p> <h2>Rewards Get Him to the Game</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/Artie%20and%20his%20son%20on%20the%20Field.jpg" width="454" height="605" alt="" /></p> <p>Lange's Super Bowl attendance began 22 years ago when he started cajoling some of the well-connected clients of his business, which builds and renovates custom homes, to give him tickets each year. &quot;When you're 29, it's easy to ask people for tickets,&quot; he remembers. But after a while, he could tell that his annual pleas were starting to wear thin.</p> <p>Then, Lange discovered the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/nfl-extra-points-credit-card-review?ref=internal" target="_blank">NFL Extra Points credit card</a>, which allowed him to earn rewards for his spending that could be redeemed for cash back, or for a variety of exclusive NFL purchases, including Super Bowl tickets.</p> <p>With the NFL Extra Points card, you earn two points per dollar spent on all NFL and team purchases, and one point per dollar spent on everything else. You also get a 20% discount on all purchases from NFLShop.com, and special financing on all eligible NFL ticket purchases. New cardholders earn 10,000 bonus points after spending $500 on their card within 90 days of account opening. There is no annual fee for this card.</p> <p>Lange uses his NFL Extra Points card for all of his personal purchases and many of his business expenses as well. By November every year, he's ready to go. When tickets were released in 2016, they sold out within hours. Once again, Artie Lange was able to redeem his points and book his trip to the big game in February.</p> <h2>How Many Points Do You Need?</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/Our%20Seats.jpg" width="605" height="454" alt="" /></p> <p>For Super Bowl LI, Barclaycard offered three different ticket packages, each with the option to add hotel accommodations. That's a valuable option, as getting a hotel reservation in the host city for Super Bowl weekend is not only expensive, it can be almost as hard as getting the game tickets themselves.</p> <p>The options for this year were:</p> <ul> <li>175,000 points for two upper-level tickets, or 325,000 points including three hotel nights.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>225,000 points for two mid-level tickets, or 375,000 points including three hotel nights.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>275,000 points for two premium-level tickets, or 425,000 points including three hotel nights.</li> </ul> <p>Furthermore, Barclaycard invites all cardholders to a welcome brunch featuring an NFL player. This year it will be former quarterback and nine-time Pro-Bowler Warren Moon.</p> <h2>Other Ways to Use NFL Extra Points Card Rewards</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/Arties%20Son%20On%20The%20Field.JPG" width="453" height="605" alt="" /></p> <p>The NFL Extra Points program offers unique awards beyond just Super Bowl tickets. You can redeem points for tickets to regular season games, starting at 25,000 points for two tickets and even playoff games. There is also a variety of exclusive opportunities available to cardholders that vary by team, including sideline passes, tickets to the coach's press conference, and the chance to be in the tunnel as the teams exit the locker room.</p> <p>And during the Super Bowl, cardholders can redeem points to attend events such as opening night with the media, a VIP player meet and greet, and a private kicking clinic with legendary kicker and four-time Super Bowl champ Adam Vinatieri.</p> <h2>Super Bowl Memories Worth Every Point Spent</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/Super%20Bowl%20L.jpg" width="454" height="605" alt="" /></p> <p>As a New York Giants fan, Lange's favorite game was Super Bowl XLII in 2008, when his underdog team emerged victorious in a spectacular finish against the previously unbeaten New England Patriots. He also has great memories of going with his wife, who's been to 12 Super Bowls, and his son, who will be attending his 10th this year.</p> <p>Then there was halftime at Super Bowl XXXVI on February 3, 2002. &quot;As a New Yorker, there was nothing more memorable than U2 singing while all the names of the victims of 9/11 scrolled in the background.&quot; Lange says. &quot;I had three friends that died in the towers, so that brought me to tears and is burned into my brain.&quot;</p> <p>On a happier note, he and his three daughters got to go on the field during halftime of Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans in 2013, and watch Beyonce up close. As he recalls, &quot;The kids went crazy for that experience.&quot;</p> <p>Not everyone will be able to spend the amount needed on an NFL Extra Points card each year to join Artie Lange at the Super Bowl, but it's within reach for many small business owners. Others might save up their points over a few years for this once-in-a-lifetime experience, or just redeem fewer rewards points for a regular season game or other NFL experiences. But Lange's story proves that it's possible to use credit card rewards to attend the Super Bowl every year, and to bring home some incredible memories with it.</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%2Fhow-one-man-used-credit-card-rewards-to-go-to-the-last-11-super-bowls&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FHow%20One%20Man%20Used%20Credit%20Card%20Rewards%20to%20Go%20to%20the%20Last%2011%20Super%20Bowls.jpg&amp;description=How%20One%20Man%20Used%20Credit%20Card%20Rewards%20to%20Go%20to%20the%20Last%2011%20Super%20Bowls" 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/How%20One%20Man%20Used%20Credit%20Card%20Rewards%20to%20Go%20to%20the%20Last%2011%20Super%20Bowls.jpg" alt="How One Man Used Credit Card Rewards to Go to the Last 11 Super Bowls" 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/jason-steele">Jason Steele</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-one-man-used-credit-card-rewards-to-go-to-the-last-11-super-bowls">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-10"> <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/6-ways-my-family-scores-free-travel-with-credit-cards">6 Ways My Family Scores Free Travel With Credit Cards</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-sell-or-donate-your-airline-miles">6 Ways to Sell or Donate Your Airline Miles</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-best-sign-up-bonuses-for-airline-miles-credit-cards">5 Best Sign-up Bonuses for Airline Miles Credit Cards</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-best-credit-cards-that-transfer-points-to-airline-miles">5 Best Credit Cards that Transfer Points to Airline Miles</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/8-creative-ways-to-make-money-on-super-bowl-sunday">8 Creative Ways to Make Money on Super Bowl Sunday</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Credit Cards Travel airline miles churning football free travel rewards sports Super Bowl Mon, 30 Jan 2017 11:00:09 +0000 Jason Steele 1882260 at http://www.wisebread.com 8 Creative Ways to Make Money on Super Bowl Sunday http://www.wisebread.com/8-creative-ways-to-make-money-on-super-bowl-sunday <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/8-creative-ways-to-make-money-on-super-bowl-sunday" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock-528278676.jpg" alt="make money this superbowl sunday" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="143" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I don't watch football, I don't like football &mdash; heck, I don't even know how to play football. And I won't apologize for it. So what will I do when the Big Game takes over the first Sunday of February? The best thing I know how &mdash; make money!</p> <p>Join me in exploring these options for lining my pockets with cash this Super Bowl Sunday. You can be all counterculture, too.</p> <h2>1. Provide a Party Setup Service<strong> </strong></h2> <p>While most people plan their own Super Bowl parties, there are some folks out there who'd rather hand over the reins to someone else. I know when I host parties, I'm beat by the time the festivities begin after cleaning and cooking all day. If you've got the skills to set up a memorable get together, advertise those skills locally on social media, the Nextdoor app, or Craigslist. Keep your rates affordable ($20 an hour or less; it's not like you're discovering a cancer vaccine) and factor in the cost of goods if the host doesn't already have things to decorate and set up.</p> <h2>2. Drive for Lyft or Uber<strong> </strong></h2> <p>I've been driving for Uber and Lyft sporadically for about six months, but I always make sure to get on the road during holidays and big events. You might not realize it, but days like Black Friday and Super Bowl Sunday are great opportunities to make more cash than usual because more people are out and about. And since Super Bowl Sunday goes hand-in-hand with drinking too much beer, you can expect that many revelers will need rides to and from their destinations that evening.</p> <h2>3. Tap Into Influencer Marketing Programs<strong> </strong></h2> <p>In addition to blogging about personal finance, I also run a media company wherein I provide PR services to some of my clients. Recently, this has included hiring social media influencers, mainly on Instagram, to wear my clients' products and post about them. The influencers get paid for their posts, and the brand reaches targeted demographics who may have never heard of their products before. For the Super Bowl, these kinds of opportunities exist as well (but not through me; please don't contact me). Kamiu Lee, vice president of business development and strategy at Bloglovin', a leading lifestyle and social discovery platform, explains.</p> <p>&quot;If you have a successful blog or a strong social media following, the Super Bowl is a perfect time to get involved with influencer marketing,&quot; she says. &quot;Brands that don't have that multimillion dollar ad budget still want to be a part of the biggest advertising event of the year, and in order to do so, they're looking to work with influencers who will help them reach their niche target audiences.&quot;</p> <p>Of course, you should have a decent-sized following of at least several thousand to be considered for these kinds of marketing programs.</p> <h2>4. Become a Freelance Delivery Person for a Day<strong> </strong></h2> <p>It should come as no surprise that Super Bowl Sunday is one of the biggest pizza delivery days of the year, along with Halloween, the day before Thanksgiving, New Year's Eve, and New Year's Day. While you won't get any work delivering pies for the likes of the big guys, there are still opportunities available &mdash; especially if you live in cities where third-party delivery services, like&nbsp;<a href="https://www.doordash.com/" target="_blank">DoorDash</a>, are popular.</p> <p>According to a DoorDash representative, Super Bowl Sunday is one of the busier days for delivery on the app.</p> <p>&quot;With orders for buffalo wings increasing by 500% and pizza deliveries by 300%, likely due to all the parties happening at people's homes, anyone can make several deliveries via DoorDash and still be home in time to catch the game,&quot; the company says.</p> <h2>5. Offer Child and Pet Sitting Services<strong> </strong></h2> <p>There are several ways to get in on the lucrative baby and pet sitting game.</p> <p>If you prefer child care, sites like <a href="https://www.urbansitter.com/" target="_blank">UrbanSitter</a>, <a href="https://www.care.com/child-care" target="_blank">Care.com</a>, and <a href="https://www.sittercity.com/" target="_blank">Sittercity</a> can help connect you with parents who'd like to be child-free while they whoop it up for their favorite team. Services like DogVacay and Rover.com, on the other hand, will match you with pet owners who need a helping hand during the game. Personally, I enjoy participating in the latter &mdash; I watch dogs from DogVacay frequently &mdash; and there's really nothing better than getting paid to play with puppies. Completely relaxing and satisfying.</p> <h2>6. Sell Your Winning Team Memorabilia After the Game<strong> </strong></h2> <p>Have special or signed memorabilia from members of the winning team lying around the house? Maximize your earnings by timing the sale of these items for the team's big win. List the memorabilia on eBay and see what you get. If it's a particularly amazing game, you might make out better than you anticipated.</p> <h2>7. Advertise Small-Scale Catering<strong> </strong></h2> <p>Like party planning, many party hosts don't want to deal with cooking all the gameday junk food if they don't have to. One alternative is to order everything in, which can get pricey &mdash; and the quality isn't always top-notch considering that takeout joints are pushing food out the door at warp speed that day.</p> <p>Another alternative, however, is to order food from a small-scale caterer &mdash; and that's where you come in. If you've got skills in the kitchen, offer to prepare a spread for a friend, coworker, or family member's party. Create a menu, prepare the food, deliver and set it up, and take care of cleanup afterward. This scenario lets you enjoy the game (at least a little bit) while making money doing something you love. Again, keep your rates reasonable and research the cost of all ingredients and materials (aluminum trays, etc.) before providing a quote; the idea is to make money, not spend money you don't even have.</p> <h2>8. Clean Homes Before or After the Festivities<strong> </strong></h2> <p>Since Super Bowl Sunday is not a national holiday &mdash; despite what many people might think &mdash; somebody's got to do that evening's or the next day's dirty work. If your schedule accommodates cleaning up after a Super Bowl party, post an ad on Craigslist or Nextdoor offering your services. If you live in a particularly festive area, you're likely to get a bite or two if you keep your prices affordable &mdash; say, no more than $20 an hour.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-creative-ways-to-make-money-on-super-bowl-sunday">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-easy-ways-retirees-can-earn-extra-income">9 Easy Ways Retirees Can Earn Extra Income</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/a-simple-plan-for-saving-up-a-2000-fun-fund">A Simple Plan for Saving Up a $2000 Fun Fund</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-make-more-money-as-an-uber-driver">How to Get a High Rating and Make More Money as an Uber Driver</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-earn-extra-money-driving-for-uber-or-lyft">How to Earn Extra Money Driving for Uber or Lyft</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-to-earn-extra-money-with-your-car">7 Ways to Earn Extra Money With Your Car</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Extra Income advertising baby-sitting catering cleaning football lyft making money parties pet sitting sports Super Bowl Uber Wed, 25 Jan 2017 16:01:11 +0000 Mikey Rox 1877972 at http://www.wisebread.com 35 Bizarre Things You Can Be Taxed On http://www.wisebread.com/35-bizarre-things-you-can-be-taxed-on <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/35-bizarre-things-you-can-be-taxed-on" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock-516281044.jpg" alt="you can be taxed on these bizarre things" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Once the Yuletide log burns out and the New Year's ball drops, it's soon time for a less-joyful annual tradition: Calculating how much money you owe the Internal Revenue Service.</p> <p>We all know that Uncle Sam takes a share of our earnings, but have you considered other events in the past year that you may owe taxes on? You might be surprised at all the ways Uncle Sam can lighten your wallet.</p> <p><em>Note: I'm not an accountant. Consult a tax professional for advice on your personal situation.</em></p> <h2>1. You Caught a Baseball</h2> <p>You are the lucky fan who catches a historic home run ball from the outfield bleachers. The not-so-lucky part? The IRS could hold you responsible for the <a href="http://www.wsj.com/articles/SB118532191532076935" target="_blank">resale value of the ball</a> as soon as it hits your glove &mdash; even if you weren't planning to sell it.</p> <h2>2. You Found a Pot of Gold</h2> <p>You finally found the cache at the end of the rainbow. Or maybe you found a stash of rare baseball cards hidden in the wall of your home during a remodel, or a treasure chest while scuba diving in a shipwreck. Under the same regulation that applies to the baseball, the <a href="https://www.irs.gov/publications/p17/ch12.html" target="_blank">treasure trove rule</a>, that windfall is taxable to you the first year that you find it. Sadly, this means that you may be forced to sell all or part of your find even if you wanted to keep it.</p> <h2>3. You Held Up a Liquor Store</h2> <p>It doesn't matter if you got it illegally: Stolen money or property should be reported, lest a tax evasion charge be added to your legal woes when you get caught. Says the IRS, &quot;If you steal property, you must report its fair market value in your income in the year you steal it unless in the same year, you return it to its rightful owner.&quot;</p> <h2>4. You Accepted Hush Money</h2> <p>The IRS is blunt on this one: &quot;If you receive a bribe, include it in your income.&quot;</p> <h2>5. You Dealt in Illegal Goods</h2> <p>If you made money dealing drugs or by any other illegal form of self employment, the IRS requires you to <a href="https://www.irs.gov/publications/p17/ch12.html" target="_blank">report it on Schedule C</a>.</p> <h2>6. You Hit the Jackpot</h2> <p>Yes, you have to pay taxes on your lottery prize. Yes, if you have been buying lottery tickets all year, you can also deduct the expenses. But you have to keep a <a href="https://www.irs.gov/publications/p17/ch28.html#en_US_2015_publink1000174141" target="_blank">diary of wins and losses</a>, and the IRS has specific instructions on how to do that.</p> <h2>7. You Stuck the Landing and Won Gold</h2> <p>It's estimated that Michael Phelps <a href="http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/personalfinance/2016/08/15/olympics-victory-tax-gold-medal/88587636/" target="_blank">will owe $55,000</a> to the IRS on his Rio winnings &mdash; the medals and the cash prizes that come with each are taxable. Many other Rio champions will get off scot free, however. That's because Congress recently passed a law to exempt Olympians from &quot;victory taxes&quot; &mdash; but only for athletes who earn a million dollars a year or less. Phelps earned an estimated $12 million in endorsements alone in 2016, so he doesn't get that break.</p> <h2>8. You Got a McArthur Genius Grant</h2> <p>It would feel great to win this $625,000 no-strings stipend, or the approximately $1 million that comes with the Nobel Prize. That good feeling won't protect you from the tax bite, though. You're required to pay taxes on all such awards &mdash; unless you have them <a href="https://www.irs.gov/publications/p17/ch12.html" target="_blank">directly transferred to a recognized charity</a>. That's what President Obama did with his 2009 Nobel Peace Prize winnings.</p> <h2>9. You Are Gifted</h2> <p>Usually, the presents you unwrap over the holidays come to you tax-free, but there are some exceptions. Cash or a gift card from your boss is taxable as a fringe benefit. A hostess gift you receive as a thank-you for having a sales party in your home is <a href="https://turbotax.intuit.com/tax-tools/tax-tips/General-Tax-Tips/Taxable-Income-vs--Nontaxable-Income--What-You-Should-Know/INF26326.html" target="_blank">taxed as miscellaneous income</a>. <a href="http://blog.taxact.com/gift-tax-do-i-have-to-pay-gift-tax-when-someone-gives-me-money/" target="_blank">Personal gifts</a>, though, are generally safe from the tax man.</p> <h2>10. You Airbnb'd Your Pad</h2> <p>Just like regular rent payments, money you earn by hosting Airbnb guests is counted as <a href="http://assets.airbnb.com/eyguidance/us.pdf" target="_blank">part of your gross income</a>. The exception: You don't have to pay if you live in the home and rent it out for <a href="https://turbotax.intuit.com/tax-tools/tax-tips/Self-Employment-Taxes/10-Tax-Tips-for-Airbnb--HomeAway---VRBO-Vacation-Rentals/INF29184.html" target="_blank">two weeks or less per year</a>.</p> <h2>11. You Got Your Social Security Check</h2> <p>It may seem nonsensical that the government pays people and then <a href="https://www.irs.gov/help-resources/tools-faqs/faqs-for-individuals/frequently-asked-tax-questions-answers/social-security-income/regular-disability-benefits/regular-disability-benefits" target="_blank">collects tax money</a> on those payments, but that's how it goes. However, SSI, or disability benefits, are not taxable.</p> <h2>12. You Divorced Well</h2> <p>Alimony you receive from your ex is <a href="https://www.irs.gov/publications/p17/ch18.html" target="_blank">taxable income</a>, but child support payments are not. For this reason, it's important to know how payments are categorized in your divorce settlement.</p> <h2>13. You Won a Scholarship</h2> <p>If you win a grant that covers your tuition and books, that's tax-free. But if it pays for <a href="https://www.irs.gov/publications/p970/ch01.html#en_US_2015_publink1000178003" target="_blank">room and board or travel</a>, pay up.</p> <h2>14. Your Fantasy Football Team Won the Super Bowl</h2> <p>If you win at least $600 worth of cash and prizes from a business operating a <a href="http://newsroom.hrblock.com/tax-tip-it-may-be-fantasy-football-but-tax-implications-are-real" target="_blank">fantasy sports league</a>, they'll file a 1099-MISC with the IRS. But even if you win less or your league is informal, you are still supposed to pay on your winnings.</p> <h2>15. Triple 7s Came Up</h2> <p>Just like with the lottery, the IRS gets a cut of your casino winnings once they surpass the amount you document losing. Usually it's a <a href="http://www.efile.com/taxable-gambling-winnings-income-taxes/" target="_blank">flat 25%</a>.</p> <h2>16. You Spun the Wheel of Fortune</h2> <p>It's simple enough to pay the tax if you win a cash prize, but if you win a car or vacation, you still owe tax on its value &mdash; which can be tough to pay if you didn't <em>also</em> win cash. Because of this, it's often wise to take the cash equivalent of a prize if offered.</p> <h2>17. Your Debt Was Forgiven</h2> <p>The IRS is very specific about this: If a debt is cancelled as a gift to you &mdash; for example, if Grandpa says, &quot;Merry Christmas, you no longer owe me for that time I bailed you out!&quot; &mdash; you <a href="https://www.irs.gov/publications/p17/ch12.html" target="_blank">don't have to pay taxes</a>. Otherwise, you <em>do</em>.</p> <h2>18. You Traded a Haircut for Cigarettes</h2> <p>This may surprise you, but if you receive goods or services in exchange for services you render, the IRS expects you to <a href="https://www.irs.gov/taxtopics/tc420.html" target="_blank">include the value of those</a> in your gross taxable income.</p> <h2>19. The Boss Lets You Take the Ice Cream Truck Camping</h2> <p>If you drive your company car to work and home, or use it on weekends, this is a <a href="http://smallbusiness.chron.com/irs-taxable-fringe-benefits-company-car-15565.html" target="_blank">taxable fringe benefit</a> and you should be tracking and reporting your personal miles.</p> <h2>20. Your Bitcoins Doubled in Value</h2> <p>Bitcoin is a virtual currency that is represented by computer code, but it can be used to buy real goods and services. So of course, the IRS considers gains in this or <a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/laurashin/2015/12/16/bitcoin-at-tax-time-what-you-need-to-know-about-trading-tipping-mining-and-more/#20c59ae46692" target="_blank">any other virtual currency taxable</a>. It's considered a capital asset like stocks and bonds, so if you buy Bitcoins low and sell them high, the difference is your profit. But it can be even more complicated than that: If you create new Bitcoins by mining, you have to count those as income, too.</p> <h2>21. You Got a Blogger Freebie</h2> <p>If a widget maker sends you their SuperWidget 2000 to review and you get to keep it, you just received a taxable payment. However, you don't owe taxes on the market value of the product &mdash; just what the company agrees it's worth. Make sure to put an agreed-upon value in your contract.</p> <h2>22. You Sold Stuff on eBay</h2> <p>If you occasionally sell your kids' outgrown clothes on eBay, you won't owe taxes because you most likely took a loss on the items. But if you create a resale business on eBay, you better believe you have to <a href="http://smallbusiness.chron.com/claim-ebay-sales-taxes-59661.html" target="_blank">report your profits</a>.</p> <h2>23. You Had a Yard Sale</h2> <p>Like eBay, most yard sale transactions are <a href="http://dontmesswithtaxes.typepad.com/dont_mess_with_taxes/2009/05/are-garage-sale-proceeds-taxable.html" target="_blank">not income producers</a>, but if you're one of those people who holds a sale every weekend and resells stuff at a profit, do the right thing.</p> <h2>24. You're a Child Entrepreneur</h2> <p>Starting a small business, whether it's dog walking or selling handmade items, can be a great activity for a tween or teen. But don't expect them to be IRS-exempt just because they're kids. If the <a href="http://www.marketwatch.com/story/does-uncle-sam-tax-lemonade-stands-2013-07-08" target="_blank">business earns more than $400</a>, file a tax return.</p> <h2>25. You Set Up a GoFundMe Campaign</h2> <p>This is one of those tricky gray areas. If you start a crowdfunding benefit for someone in need, the donations should be considered personal gifts. But if the gifts run into the large numbers, the crowdfunding site may file a 1099, reporting the transaction to the IRS. A word to the wise: If you are setting up a crowdfunding campaign for a needy friend, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/steve-rhode/crowdfunding-to-help-a-sick-friend-can-lead-to-a-big-tax-bill-for-you_b_6615616.html" target="_blank">make sure it's in their name</a> so you don't end up wondering if you need to pay taxes on money you handed over to them. And consult an accountant before going down this route.</p> <h2>26. You Asked for Spare Change</h2> <p>There are differing opinions out there over whether quarters dropped in a panhandler's cup are considered earned income or a gift. Since panhandlers tend to live below the poverty line, they probably wouldn't owe any income taxes, either way. A more pressing issue for many would be whether the panhandling counts as earned income, qualifying recipients for the earned income tax credit, which could lead to a cash payment from the IRS even if the panhandler pays no taxes.</p> <h2>27. You Received Punitive Damages</h2> <p>Court settlements vary in their tax treatment. If you get a settlement in court to compensate you for a physical injury or emotional distress stemming from an injury, the money isn't taxable. But if you get paid for emotional distress not tied to an injury, or you receive punitive damages, <a href="https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p4345.pdf" target="_blank">you have to pay</a>.</p> <h2>28. You Cashed in Your Life Insurance Policy</h2> <p>If you die, your beneficiaries probably won't be taxed on your life insurance payout. But if you cash it in while you're alive? Any <a href="https://www.ameriprise.com/research-market-insights/tax-center/tax-planning/taxation-of-life-insurance/" target="_blank">profit you made on the policy</a> &mdash; that is, the value in excess of premiums paid &mdash; is taxable.</p> <h2>29. Your Champion Pug Had a Litter</h2> <p>Whether you breed your dog as a business or a hobby, money made <a href="http://www.akc.org/content/dog-breeding/articles/tax-tips-for-dog-breeders/" target="_blank">selling puppies is taxable income</a>. However, it's also not cheap to breed and raise puppies, so once you deduct stud fees and all those vet bills, you may not actually show a taxable profit for your prize pups.</p> <h2>30. You Put on the Red Light</h2> <p>Just like dealing drugs, if you sell your body in a jurisdiction where that's illegal, you still have to <a href="http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/explainer/2009/09/how_do_prostitutes_pay_their_taxes.html" target="_blank">report the income on Schedule C</a>. In fact, smart high-earning prostitutes declare their income to put themselves into the position to buy a house or get credit.</p> <h2>31. You Couldn't Get Out of Jury Duty</h2> <p>If you got $15 for sitting on a jury, that's taxable income, even if you turn it over to your employer. However, if you did turn it over to your employer, you also put in a <a href="https://apps.irs.gov/app/vita/content/17/17_08_005.jsp" target="_blank">deduction for the same amount</a> on your tax form so your gross income will remain the same.</p> <h2>32. You Got a Tax Refund</h2> <p>Last year's state and federal refunds are <a href="https://www.taxslayer.com/support/knowledgebasearticle324.aspx" target="_blank">taxable in some situations</a>.</p> <h2>33. You Exercised Stock Options</h2> <p>This is one that has gotten a lot of tech workers into financial hot water. If your company gives you stock options, that's not a taxable event. But when you exercise the option by purchasing stock in your employer at a discount, <a href="http://www.investopedia.com/articles/optioninvestor/07/esoabout.asp" target="_blank">that is a taxable event</a> even if you don't sell the stock right away. This can go bad if the stock declines in value after you exercise the option, because now you may owe the IRS more money than you can raise by selling the stock.</p> <h2>34. Your Landlord Is Paying You to Get Out</h2> <p>In rent-controlled areas with high demand, such as San Francisco, it's common for landlords to buy tenants out. This is often referred to as a relocation assistance. This is taxable, but whether to treat it as regular income or a capital gain is dicey, so you may need professional help with that one.</p> <h2>35. You Are an Undocumented Worker</h2> <p>Despite a common belief that undocumented immigrants don't contribute to society with tax dollars, anyone working in the U.S. is legally required to pay taxes, papers or not. And they do pay. Studies show about half of people working illegally are paying income tax, resulting in about <a href="http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2016-03-01/study-undocumented-immigrants-pay-billions-in-taxes" target="_blank">$12 billion per year</a> in state and local revenue.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/carrie-kirby">Carrie Kirby</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/35-bizarre-things-you-can-be-taxed-on">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-9"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-amazing-outrageous-and-just-plain-weird-tax-deductions">20 amazing, outrageous and just plain weird tax deductions</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/what-freelancers-and-side-giggers-need-to-know-about-income-taxes">What Freelancers and Side Giggers Need to Know About Income Taxes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-signs-you-probably-need-an-accountant">5 Signs You Probably Need an Accountant</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-7-most-common-tax-questions-for-beginners-answered">The 7 Most Common Tax Questions for Beginners, Answered</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/6-ways-greed-is-keeping-you-poor">6 Ways Greed Is Keeping You Poor</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Taxes bizarre taxes eBay entrepreneurs gambling illegal income taxes IRS prizes real estate selling sports winnings Mon, 19 Dec 2016 10:00:08 +0000 Carrie Kirby 1855930 at http://www.wisebread.com 9 Things Football Teaches Us About Money http://www.wisebread.com/9-things-football-teaches-us-about-money <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/9-things-football-teaches-us-about-money" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/football_player_92992279.jpg" alt="Learning things that football teaches us about money" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It's the time of year when Saturday and Sunday afternoons are spent rooting for your favorites on the gridiron. American football is King in the fall, and it's common for us to channel the game into life lessons about grit, determination, and teamwork. But football can also teach us a thing or two about handling our money.</p> <p>What can football teach us about personal finance? Here are some key takeaways.</p> <h2>1. Have a Game Plan</h2> <p>A football coach doesn't just show up on Sunday and wing it. He's spent the season devising a system that will give his team the best chance of success. He's scouted his opponent, studied his own players' strengths and weaknesses, and mapped out an approach to victory. This can be applied to any sort of money matter, from tackling a massive pile of debt, to saving for a new home, to investing for retirement. Develop a plan first, then you'll give yourself a greater chance of success.</p> <h2>2. Mix Things Up</h2> <p>A successful football team isn't going to run the ball on every play. It can't pass the ball every time, either. The best teams have a diversified plan of attack, and don't rely too heavily on any one weapon. Your investment philosophy should be similar in nature. Don't rely too heavily on one stock or industry. Because when you rely on one thing, even if it's shown to be successful in the past, you'll eventually get burned. Diversify your portfolio, just like a coach diversifies his playbook.</p> <h2>3. Be Smartly Aggressive</h2> <p>In football, you need to do what it takes to get into the end zone. This means throwing the long pass downfield once in awhile, or even going for it on fourth down. You don't want to be reckless, but it's hard to win a football game if you don't take some risks. Your investment philosophy should reflect this approach. A young person looking to accumulate wealth for retirement should invest largely in stocks, not conservative bonds or cash. Yes, there's some risk involved, but also a lot of evidence to show that you'll come out ahead in the end. Because playing it safe will only get you so far.</p> <h2>4. Be More Conservative Near the Finish</h2> <p>A football team with a big lead can afford to be more cautious as the end of the game approaches. You'll see teams draw up more running plays to eat up the clock and decrease the chances of mistakes. With the clock winding down, it's all about protecting the lead you have rather than taking risks that might blow the game. When investing, think of retirement as the fourth quarter. Once you have a big nest egg saved, shift your investments to more conservative things like bonds or cash. This way, you'll be less likely to lose the wealth you've created for yourself.</p> <h2>5. Field Goals Are Okay</h2> <p>Football games aren't always won with a flurry of touchdowns. Often, it's the field goal kicker that wins the game. We all would like our teams to get seven points on every possession. But that's not realistic. Settling for three points is better than nothing, and can still put you in a position to win. In investing, it's wise to think of your stock portfolio as a field goal kicker, steadily putting points up on the board. Sure, you're going to want some touchdowns mixed in, but it's often the smaller, but more frequent scores that move you to where you want to be.</p> <h2>6. Limit Your Mistakes</h2> <p>It's impossible for a football team to play a perfect game, and it's common to overcome a fumble or interception and still win. But too many blunders will cost you the game. This is true when it comes to finances as well. Did you buy a bad stock that cost you some money? That's okay, just don't make the same mistake again. Did you accumulate some debt? Don't worry, you can get out of the hole if you make the right choices from here on out. Keep your bad decisions to a minimum, and you'll be alright.</p> <h2>7. Sometimes You Will Take a Beating</h2> <p>Finances, just like football, can be brutal. There will be days when your team gets trounced, and your stock portfolio may get pounded in similar fashion. It happens. The key is to get up and keep trying. Resilience and patience are big drivers of success in football, and this can easily be applied to investing, saving, and debt reduction.</p> <h2>8. You Can't Win in One Day</h2> <p>As much as pundits like to refer to certain football games as &quot;must-wins,&quot; the reality is that the NFL plays a 16-game season. Sure there are some games that are more important than others, but it normally doesn't make much sense to dwell on the results of any single game during the season. Likewise, it's silly to panic over one bad day in the stock market, or one bad piece of personal finance news. The only thing that matters is how you finish. If you take the long view and are generally making positive progress, then you'll end up okay, just like in football.</p> <h2>9. Nothing Is for Certain</h2> <p>Pro football is one of the few sports where player salaries are not guaranteed. Any player can be cut and out of a job at any time. A perennial Pro Bowler can lose his starting job to a rookie. This lack of certainty often rears its ugly head in matters of money, also. You may think you have enough money to cover an emergency, but you don't. You assume you'll get a 9% return on a stock, but you lose money instead. This is why it's crucial to live conservatively, plan well, and invest with a long time horizon in mind. Because just when you think you have things all figured out, life happens.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/tim-lemke">Tim Lemke</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-things-football-teaches-us-about-money">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/how-many-of-these-frugal-virtues-have-you-mastered">How Many of These &quot;Frugal Virtues&quot; Have You Mastered?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-money-moves-to-make-the-moment-you-get-a-promotion">8 Money Moves to Make the Moment You Get a Promotion</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/7-reasons-you-really-need-to-pay-yourself-first-seriously">7 Reasons You Really Need to Pay Yourself First (Seriously)</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/21-things-that-young-adults-absolutely-need-to-know-about-money">21 Things That Young Adults Absolutely Need to Know About Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-10-biggest-lies-we-tell-ourselves-about-money">The 10 Biggest Lies We Tell Ourselves About Money</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Personal Finance Frugal Living football investing lessons pigskin planning saving sports strategies Thu, 17 Nov 2016 09:00:09 +0000 Tim Lemke 1834560 at http://www.wisebread.com So You Caught a World Series Home Run — What's It Worth? http://www.wisebread.com/so-you-caught-a-world-series-home-run-whats-it-worth <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/so-you-caught-a-world-series-home-run-whats-it-worth" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_3934024_MEDIUM.jpg" alt="what&#039;s a home run ball worth?" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>With two teams who haven't seen this apex of baseball for many decades, the World Series of 2016 will be a historic one no matter if the Chicago Cubs or the Cleveland Indians triumph. Every home run sent sailing into the Progressive Field stands or onto Waveland Avenue outside Wrigley Field will be a valuable piece of sports history, especially the first home run hit by a Cub, says sports memorabilia expert Robbie Davis Jr.</p> <p>If you were lucky enough to be there, what would happen if you caught the home run ball? Would you get to keep it? Should you?</p> <p>The ownership of home run balls &mdash; and other significant balls like <a href="http://staugustine.com/stories/012305/spo_2843201.shtml#.WA_HPuArI2w">World Series final out balls</a> &mdash; is legally murky, but according to tradition, fans who catch a ball are allowed to take them home. Actually getting a World Series ball home may take perseverance, and deciding what to do with it will be a serious matter.</p> <h2>You'll Be Approached by Team Representatives</h2> <p>It's common for staff to ask fans to return balls that are considered historically important or would be meaningful to the player. &quot;That will certainly happen with any home run ball hit in this series,&quot; says Davis, one of the owners of Robbie's First Base, the Maryland memorabilia shop featured in the reality show <a href="http://www.robbiesfirstbase.com/">Ball Boys</a>. Usually, the fans are offered something in exchange.</p> <p>For example, a pair of Cubs fans caught Willson Contreras' home run ball in the deciding game of the National League Championship this year, and were immediately offered a pair of World Series tickets and a meeting with the Cubs catcher in exchange for it. <a href="http://www.12up.com/posts/4000375-cubs-fans-trade-hr-ball-for-world-series-tickets?a_aid=40734">They happily accepted</a>.</p> <p>Other fans haven't been as thrilled with their offers. The memorabilia collector who caught Alex Rodriguez's 660th home run ball scoffed at the team's offer of a <a href="http://www.newsday.com/sports/baseball/yankees/fan-who-caught-a-rod-s-660th-hr-ball-will-keep-it-for-now-1.10369383">signed bat</a>. And the Philadelphia Phillies caught major flack &mdash; and a lawsuit &mdash; when they talked a 12-year-old girl into trading <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=113586589">Ryan Howard's 200th career home</a> run for an ordinary signed ball. Once the lawsuit hit the press, the team gave the ball back to the girl.</p> <h2>Don't Make a Split Second Decision</h2> <p>Ballplayers on the field need to follow their instincts when deciding what to do with a ball they catch &mdash; throw to first base or home? But you have the liberty of thinking it over. For example, when a fan caught A-Rod's 3,000th hit, he turned down the Yankees' offered merchandise trade. Later, he negotiated for the <a href="http://www.law360.com/articles/691103/there-s-a-catch-the-tax-on-catching-a-rod-s-home-run-ball">team to donate $150,000</a> to a charity of his choice, and he also received some signed memorabilia &mdash; clearly a much better deal than officials had initially offered.</p> <p>&quot;I would leave with it that night and then start fielding offers,&quot; Davis says. The team and Major League Baseball will certainly try hard to stop a home run ball from leaving the stadium, but teams usually only offer merchandise or the chance to meet players, while collectors offer cash. With a ball this potentially valuable, he says, &quot;I would want to get paid.&quot;</p> <p>Even for a home run during an ordinary game, the staff's first offer may not be their last.</p> <p>&quot;At Progressive Field, the Indians first offer tickets to an upcoming game and an autographed ball. In rare cases, the club has granted an opportunity to meet the player or watch batting practice on the field,&quot; an <a href="http://mlb.mlb.com/news/print.jsp?ymd=20120627&amp;content_id=34014004&amp;vkey=news_mlb&amp;c_id=mlb">MLB.com article explained</a>.</p> <p>Don't feel bad about holding out for a better offer &mdash; after all, even <a href="http://www.wbur.org/onlyagame/2015/06/11/home-run-balls-brandon-moss-indians-bullpen">Cleveland Indian Brandon Moss'</a> <em>teammates </em>asked for iPhones and Macbooks in exchange for his 100th home run ball, which landed in the bullpen.</p> <h2>Get the Ball Authenticated</h2> <p>The modern sports market depends on authentication. <a href="http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/authentication/faq.jsp">MLB authenticators</a> are at every World Series game, attaching unique hologram stickers to just about everything used, from bases to buckets of dirt to balls. While the MLB website asserts that they don't authenticate balls for fans, Davis says that in practice, the on-site authenticators will hologram the ball for you even if you don't relinquish it. Without a hologram, it would be difficult to sell the ball for anything near its potential value.</p> <h2>Let Security Escort You Out of Your Seat</h2> <p>One thing you may not have considered when you stuck your glove out to snag that ball is that catching the ball will probably be the end of the game for you.</p> <p>&quot;You're going to have to leave the stadium,&quot; Davis says. &quot;Because everybody knows now these balls are worth something. You need the police to protect you and that ball.&quot;</p> <h2>Consider Your Options &mdash; and the Financial Implications</h2> <p>If you take the ball home, your options are: returning the ball to the team, keeping it as a souvenir, or trying to sell it. Keep in mind that, according to the IRS, if you keep the ball, <a href="http://www.law360.com/articles/691103/there-s-a-catch-the-tax-on-catching-a-rod-s-home-run-ball">you will have to pay taxes</a> on it's market value, <em>even if you don't sell it</em>.</p> <p>What kind of market value are we talking about? Mark McGuire's 70th home run ball still holds the price record after being sold for $3 million in 1999. But non-milestone home run balls that happen to be hit during the World Series are not in that league. Even a certified ball with Joe Dimaggio's autograph from the 1941 World Series is listed for only around <a href="http://www.ebay.com/itm/Brooklyn-Dodgers-Joe-Dimaggio-Signed-1941-World-Series-Game-Used-Baseball-PSA-/111839826979?hash=item1a0a2c5423">$3,000 on eBay</a>, and a less famous signed World Series ball, from 1999, is <a href="http://www.ebay.com/itm/Jim-Leyritz-Signed-Autographed-1999-World-Series-Baseball-Last-Home-Run-PSA-DNA-/121919881554?hash=item1c62fdc152:g:LY8AAOSwv9hW4Zvu">priced at $79.99</a>.</p> <p>However, Davis figures a home run hit in this historic fall classic is more in the McGuire league than the typical World Series ball &mdash; especially the first home run hit by a Chicago Cub in the series.</p> <p>&quot;To put a definitive number on it is going to be hard. But if the first home run a Cub hits in the World Series is at Wrigley, it could be through the roof,&quot; Davis says. His best guess is that the first Cub World Series home run in more than 70 years will sell for a million dollars, or end up on display in the Hall of Fame &mdash; or both.</p> <p>Davis has one piece of advice for those who want to sell: &quot;Strike while the iron is hot.&quot; While waiting a day or a week won't diminish a historic ball's value, letting years go by could. He saw one customer pass up an offer of $250,000 for a historic home run ball he'd caught &mdash; only to end up settling for $45,000 later.</p> <h2>Consider the Value to the Team or Player</h2> <p>When a home run ball is caught by a true fan, often the thought of being able to give something back to the player who has brought them so much joy trumps any possible compensation. When Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta hit a three-run homer in San Francisco during this year's National League Division Series, the <a href="http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2016/10/11/arrietas-hr-flies-into-hands-of-evanston-native-in-san-francisco/">fan who caught it</a> happily traded in the ball, saying, &quot;The experience was catching the ball. Of course the ball should be back with Jake.&quot;</p> <p>Davis says that when teams say they will give the ball back to the player, they're as good as their word. Even if the player agrees to display their historic ball in Cooperstown, it will still belong to him. But why take the team's word for it? If you're going to be nice enough to give a historic home run back to one of your heroes, why not insist on placing it in his hands yourself? Meeting a player you idolize one on one, and hearing him express his appreciation, is an experience that no amount of money could buy.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/carrie-kirby">Carrie Kirby</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/so-you-caught-a-world-series-home-run-whats-it-worth">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-8"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/a-complete-guide-to-saving-at-americas-baseball-stadiums">A Complete Guide to Saving at America&#039;s Baseball Stadiums</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/how-to-watch-sports-without-cable-tv">How to Watch Sports Without Cable TV</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-high-cost-of-modern-love">The High Cost of Modern Love</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/7-surprising-ways-summer-will-cost-you">7 Surprising Ways Summer Will Cost You</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/4-brilliant-tips-from-smart-mom-rich-mom">4 Brilliant Tips From &quot;Smart Mom, Rich Mom&quot;</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Entertainment baseball fandom history home run memorabilia sports Thu, 27 Oct 2016 09:00:05 +0000 Carrie Kirby 1821539 at http://www.wisebread.com 8 Money Lessons We Can Learn From Baseball http://www.wisebread.com/8-money-lessons-we-can-learn-from-baseball <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/8-money-lessons-we-can-learn-from-baseball" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/baseball_player_63715703.jpg" alt="Learning money lessons from baseball" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>We're deep into baseball's postseason, and we'll soon be left to fend for ourselves in the long, cold winter. But even in the offseason, the National Pastime can teach us many good lessons, like, the value of working as a team, and how even the best people can fail more often than not.</p> <p>Baseball can teach us about money, too. When you examine the game, you can come away with some lessons that will help you manage your spending and your investments.</p> <p>Consider these truths about the game we love.</p> <h2>1. It's a Long Season</h2> <p>Do you get upset when your baseball team loses a game or two? Do you have trouble with the ups and downs of the season? When you're a fan of team, it's easy to forget that there are a <em>lot </em>of games to be played, and the only thing that matters is where you finish.</p> <p>Your investing approach should reflect a similar reality. Don't get emotional about a stock price being down on any individual day. Like a baseball team, the stock market can slump, but often rebounds. Keep your eyes on your long-term financial goals, and eventually you'll be popping Champagne just like a team that won the title.</p> <h2>2. Homers Are Great, But So Are Singles and Doubles</h2> <p>In baseball, you'd love to have a team that hits a lot of home runs. But you might be just as successful if you have a team that just gets on base and knocks in runs one by one. This is true when it comes to investing. While we'd all like to see that single stock that explodes and makes us rich, the reality is that most of your success will come from small, incremental gains that compound over time.</p> <h2>3. Protect Your Lead</h2> <p>Every good baseball team has a &quot;closer,&quot; or a pitcher who comes in late in the game to get the final outs. When investing, it's also smart to have a plan for protecting your investments when you approach retirement age. As you get older, it's wise to move away from growth stocks and other more volatile investments, and move toward bonds, stable dividend stocks, and cash. This way, your retirement fund will be protected even if there is a big downturn in the stock market.</p> <h2>4. It's Okay to Take a Risk</h2> <p>Sometimes in baseball, you need to try and run for home even though you might be tagged out. If you play too conservatively, you may not win. This is also true for investing. A young person who is investing for the long term will never get rich if they have a conservative portfolio. Most financial advisers recommend investing in mostly stocks when you're young, because the risk is usually outweighed by the potential for higher returns. Sure, you'll get burned sometimes. But more often than not, you'll come out ahead.</p> <h2>5. It's Simpler Than You Think</h2> <p>Baseball has a thick rule book, and it's not easy to master. But at it's core, it's pretty easy to understand. Throw the ball. Hit the ball. Catch the ball. And try to score more than your opponent. Money management and investing are simple things, too, even though they can seem intimidating. Spend less than you earn. Invest as much as you can, in things that mirror the overall performance of the stock market. Get the basics right, and you'll do fine.</p> <h2>6. Think Globally</h2> <p>Baseball may be an American sport, but it's an international game. It's played around the world, from the tropical ball fields of the Caribbean to busy cities like Tokyo. And Major League Baseball teams know that they need to look globally to find the very best talent. Your approach to money and investing should also take on an international approach. Consider investing in emerging markets that offer strong potential for growth. Take a look at currency trading, or even international commodities. There is money to be made if you look outside the United States to build your investment portfolio.</p> <h2>7. Limit Your Mistakes</h2> <p>No one's perfect, either in baseball or with their money. But frequent errors can mean the difference between winning and losing. In baseball, fielders want to catch the ball and throw it accurately. Batters want to avoid swinging at bad pitches. Pitchers want to avoid walking in the winning run.</p> <p>Your finances are just as vulnerable to being hurt by mistakes. Don't buy things you can't afford. Don't invest in things you don't understand. Don't raid retirement funds without understanding the consequences. There are many things you can do wrong to send your financial planning off the rails. With baseball and with your money, it's important to play smart.</p> <h2>8. Look for Value</h2> <p>The best-selling book <a href="http://amzn.to/2dxAyjC">Moneyball</a> by Michael Lewis outlined how the Oakland Athletics were able to field competitive teams despite having a lower payroll than most competitors. The book's core message was that the A's had developed ways to find players that were undervalued by the rest of the league. This desire to find &quot;value&quot; is a key part of money management. When looking to buy something, remember that expensive items aren't always the best. Look for a good combination of quality and price. When looking to purchase stocks, seek out companies that may be undervalued by the marketplace.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/tim-lemke">Tim Lemke</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-money-lessons-we-can-learn-from-baseball">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-8"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-times-you-shouldnt-invest-in-stocks">10 Times You Shouldn&#039;t Invest in Stocks</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-ways-to-prepare-for-a-stock-market-dive">8 Ways to Prepare for a Stock Market Dive</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/7-reasons-you-shouldnt-invest-like-warren-buffett">7 Reasons You Shouldn&#039;t Invest Like Warren Buffett</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/best-online-sites-for-building-wealth">Best Online Sites for Building Wealth</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/5-essentials-for-building-a-profitable-portfolio">5 Essentials for Building a Profitable Portfolio</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Investment analogies baseball money lessons retirement risk saving sports stocks teamwork Fri, 21 Oct 2016 09:01:03 +0000 Tim Lemke 1816943 at http://www.wisebread.com Ask the Readers: Do You Play Sports? http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-do-you-play-sports <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/ask-the-readers-do-you-play-sports" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_sports_tennis_45068122.jpg" alt="Woman who loves to play sports playing tennis" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Editor's Note: Congratulations to <a href="hhttp://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-do-you-play-sports#comment-795804">sindst</a>, Susan, and Julie for winning this week's contest!</em></p> <p>Kids are encouraged to play sports to be active, meet friends, and learn skills like teamwork and coordination. These benefits to playing a sport don't change when you're an adult!</p> <p><strong>Do you play sports?</strong> Which ones? Are you part of an organized league, or do you play casually with friends? What lessons have you learned from playing sports?</p> <p>Tell us whether you play sports 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 be randomly selected to 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> </ul> <p><a id="rcwidget_f74yq1io" data-template="" data-theme="classic" data-raflid="79857dfa260" rel="nofollow" href="http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/79857dfa260/" class="rcptr">a Rafflecopter giveaway</a> </p> <script src="https://widget-prime.rafflecopter.com/launch.js"></script></p> <p>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.</p> <h4>Giveaway Rules:</h4> <ul> <li>Contest ends Monday, September 5th at 11:59 p.m. Pacific. Winners will be announced after September 5th on the original post. Winners will also be contacted via email.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>You can enter all three drawings &mdash; once by leaving a comment, once by liking our Facebook update, and once by tweeting.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered, or associated with Facebook.<br /> &nbsp;</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 whether you play sports 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-do-you-play-sports">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/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-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-is-valentines-day-too-commercial-chance-to-win-20">Ask the Readers: Is Valentine&#039;s Day Too Commercial? (Chance to win $20!)</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-do-you-return-gifts-chance-to-win-10">Ask the Readers: Do you Return Gifts? (Chance to Win $10!)</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-200-giveaway-would-you-ding-your-credit-to-get-out-of-debt">Ask the Readers $200 Giveaway: Would You Ding Your Credit to Get Out of Debt?</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-have-you-ever-re-gifted">Ask the Readers: Have You Ever Re-Gifted?</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Giveaways Ask the Readers sports Tue, 30 Aug 2016 10:00:09 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 1779928 at http://www.wisebread.com How to Save Money on Kids' Activities http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-save-money-on-kids-activities <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-save-money-on-kids-activities" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000074577577_Large.jpg" alt="saving money on kids&#039; activities" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>One thing many parents have in common is that they are rushing around from one activity to another for their children. It takes a full-sized calendar to keep track of who has soccer on which day, and which kid has an upcoming dance recital. If your family juggles a lot of activities during the school year and then in the summer, you know how expensive it can get. Here are few ways to save money.</p> <h2>Buy Secondhand</h2> <p>Gently used sports equipment is surprisingly easy to find secondhand. Before you spring for new sports gear or a musical instrument, check Craigslist, eBay, thrift stores, and even your parent friends. Children often outgrow gear quickly, or they lose interest in an activity. This means you might find equipment such as cleats, shin guards, dance shoes, or a French horn in mint condition for a fraction of the cost.</p> <p>My daughter is in ballet/tap class, and I am surprised at how many pairs of tap shoes I come across at the thrift store for about $1.99 each. Avoid getting any headgear used, especially bicycle helmets, for safety reasons. Also, if your child or teen is involved in a sport that requires a lot of running, new shoes will be better for their alignment and performance. (See also:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-things-you-should-always-buy-used?ref=seealso">8 Things You Should Always Buy Used</a>)</p> <h2>Skip the Pricey, Special Events</h2> <p>Certain activities will come with seasonal recitals, concerts, fundraisers, and fancy dinners. When you sign up for an activity, know upfront which events are required of you. You are not always required to participate in everything. For example, my daughter's dance studio puts on five or so performances a year, each of which might cost $30&ndash;$40 for the costume and tickets to attend. Since she is only three, it is easy to opt out of these performances. The other dance moms are a little perplexed that I would do such a thing, but my main goal is to make sure my daughter has fun and to keep my life simple with two kids under four.</p> <p>As a child, my sister and I were in Taekwondo. There were always tournaments happening, and I remember wanting to go to as many as possible. Thankfully, my parents limited tournaments because, truthfully, as much as I loved doing them, they drained a lot of my time and energy (and my parents', too). When you sign up for a new activity, find out what is really required of you. If your child is still young, like mine, then feel free to forego the optional extras to save money and sanity.</p> <h2>Enroll in One Activity at a Time</h2> <p>I'm always amazed by the parents that juggle two or three or even five different activities with their children. Amazingly, I've never met a parent who actually enjoys being a human taxi to taekwondo lessons, piano lessons, and baseball games. These parents are usually the ones who are stressed out the most or are barking at their kids to hurry up and get ready for the next activity. Guess what? Your kids don't have to do it all. Pick one activity per season. If you have multiple kids have them all enrolled in one activity. If your youngest doesn't want to take soccer with the rest of your kids, then let them know that they will get to choose the activity next season.</p> <p>I think as parents, we are so worried about enriching our children's lives, that we forget they need some downtime and relaxation time with us. It's okay to take a season off of youth soccer. This doesn't mean your child is automatically disqualified from future scholarships or from becoming a pro-athlete (unless of course they are close to graduation).</p> <h2>Get the Sibling Discount</h2> <p>Not only will enrolling your children in the same activity save you some time and stress, but it will also save you money. Many places offer sibling discounts, and siblings can often share equipment. If you don't see a sibling discount offered, don't hesitate to ask.</p> <h2>Start a Hand-Me-Down Bucket</h2> <p>When I first signed up my daughter for dance classes, the teacher asked all the moms if someone had outgrown ballet shoes for us. The next week, another mom brought some for me. I offered her money, but she said, &quot;This is just what the moms do at this studio.&quot; What a resourceful way to help the whole studio.</p> <p>If possible, make an announcement to the parents that you are going to start a &quot;hand-me down bucket&quot; or &quot;share bucket.&quot; Pitch it as a way for them to help with the costs and to clean out their closets of outgrown gear. This works best in settings that kids use the same items each year, such as dance shoes, leotards, karate shirts, and sparring gear, etc.</p> <h2>Pay Ahead</h2> <p>Always ask about discounts for paying ahead or paying in cash. Some places might give you a discount for paying for the whole year upfront, which can save you $30&ndash;$50 that year. The dance studio my daughter is enrolled in offers a $15 discount once a year for those who pay for three months in advance.</p> <p><em>How do you save on your kid's extracurricular activities? Share with us in the comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-eneriz">Ashley Eneriz</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-save-money-on-kids-activities">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/10-fun-books-that-will-get-your-kids-excited-about-money">10 Fun Books That Will Get Your Kids Excited About 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/8-reasons-frugal-families-love-boardgame-night">8 Reasons Frugal Families Love Boardgame Night</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-help-your-kid-build-their-first-budget">How to Help Your Kid Build Their First Budget</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-amazing-board-games-you-can-diy">8 Amazing Board Games You Can DIY</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/8-frugal-living-skills-i-wish-my-parents-would-have-taught-me">8 Frugal Living Skills I Wish My Parents Would Have Taught Me</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Budgeting Entertainment Family activities child activities family time kids shopping sports weekend activities Thu, 02 Jun 2016 09:30:24 +0000 Ashley Eneriz 1722226 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Ways to Watch Sports on the Cheap http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-watch-sports-on-the-cheap <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-ways-to-watch-sports-on-the-cheap" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/sports_000022924280.jpg" alt="Woman attending sporting event and saving money" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>There are few things more enjoyable than catching a game in person. But heading out to the stadium can be a pricey proposition.</p> <p>If you're budget conscious, you may feel like seeing a game in person or catching a big Pay-Per-View fight are out-of-reach luxuries. But it doesn't have to be that way. Follow these tips and get off your couch to see the sports you love.</p> <h2>1. Check the Secondary Ticket Market</h2> <p>Many ticket holders will try to sell their tickets on StubHub or other resale sites if they can't attend a game themselves. If you know the game is not sold out, you can often get a seller to unload a ticket for a deep discount if he thinks he'll otherwise be stuck with it. You may even avoid service and handling fees if you use Craigslist or a similar website. I have a friend who's become quite skilled at landing ultra-cheap tickets to NBA games 20 minutes before tipoff with this approach &mdash; the longer you wait, the more willing the seller is to offer a discount.</p> <h2>2. Buy Tickets at the Door</h2> <p>If you're not concerned about a game selling out, consider buying tickets when you get to the arena. Buying tickets at the box office allows you to avoid any handling fees or service charges, which can add as much as $10 per ticket. One caveat: Some teams will charge more for tickets not purchased in advance, thus offsetting some potential savings.</p> <h2>3. Look for the Losing Fans</h2> <p>Let's say there are thousands of North Carolina fans in town for the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament. And let's say North Carolina gets upset in the first round. Well, now you have thousands of fans who may just want to go home. This is where you can score cheap tickets to the next round of games. This approach might also work at major tennis or golf tournaments if popular players are eliminated.</p> <h2>4. Go to a Bar</h2> <p>Why spend $80 for the Pay-Per-View of the latest UFC fight when you can go with some friends to a local tavern? Order a burger and a beer, and you'll still save a pretty penny.</p> <h2>5. Go on Weeknights</h2> <p>Many teams have dynamic pricing that allows them to increase pricing for marquee games, and even adjust it based on supply and demand. This means that a weeknight game against a non-marquee opponent might be a great value. (My hometown Baltimore Orioles have $10 tickets in the upper deck for every Tuesday home game, for example.) Also be sure to avoid games with popular giveaways, such as bobblehead night, that might lead to a spike in ticket demand.</p> <h2>6. Find Out if Your Company Has Tickets</h2> <p>Do you work for a company that sponsors or advertises with a local sports team? Then there's a good chance someone in your office is in control of a group of tickets or even a luxury suite. Generally, these tickets are meant to be used to conduct business, but there will be days when they go unclaimed. In these instances, it may be possible to claim the tickets for your own use. You just need to find out who to ask. (Usually, it's someone in the marketing or corporate relations department.)</p> <h2>7. Sit Up High</h2> <p>Sure, you may be far from the action, but for years, the NBA has required teams to offer several hundred seats for $10. Many Major League Baseball teams have upper deck seats for $5. (And you can often move down later in the game, anyway.) Most arenas and stadiums are modern enough now that even the most distant seats offer a reasonably comfortable viewing experience, even offering great views of the city skyline.</p> <h2>8. Go With a Group</h2> <p>If you can gather a bunch of folks from your office, or even a big crew of friends and family, you can save money. Many teams offer discounted tickets for groups as small as 15 people.</p> <h2>9. Bring the Kids</h2> <p>The Baltimore Orioles offer a club membership for kids that includes ten game tickets and other goodies for $30. Best of all, the adults can then buy game tickets at a discounted rate as well. Check with the teams in your area for similar family-friendly deals.</p> <h2>10. Check the Warehouse Clubs</h2> <p>Did you know that big stores like Costco sell tickets to sporting events, often at a discount? Check your local stores for discounts on packages. Even if stores don't sell tickets themselves, you may be able to get team gift cards for cheap.</p> <p><em>How do you save on sporting events?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/tim-lemke">Tim Lemke</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-watch-sports-on-the-cheap">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-ways-to-save-money-on-live-sporting-events">11 Ways to Save Money on Live Sporting Events</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-high-cost-of-modern-love">The High Cost of Modern Love</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-much-a-breakdown-of-concert-ticket-prices">How Much?! A Breakdown of Concert Ticket Prices</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/so-you-caught-a-world-series-home-run-whats-it-worth">So You Caught a World Series Home Run — What&#039;s It Worth?</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/cutting-the-cable-cord-has-more-than-financial-benefits">Cutting the Cable Cord Has More Than Financial Benefits</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment savings sporting events sports tickets Fri, 03 Apr 2015 17:00:07 +0000 Tim Lemke 1366188 at http://www.wisebread.com 11 Hobbies That Aren’t Worth the Money http://www.wisebread.com/11-hobbies-that-aren-t-worth-the-money <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/11-hobbies-that-aren-t-worth-the-money" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/confident-golfer-517248733-small.jpg" alt="confident golfer" title="confident golfer" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>You work hard for your down time, but what if the activities that help you relax and have fun cost more than they're worth? If any of these are your favorite pastime, you may want to consider a hobby that's a little less financially draining (napping, for example, is big these days!). (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-awesome-money-making-hobbies?ref=seealso">10 Awesome Money-Making Hobbies</a>)</p> <h2>1. Boating and Sailing</h2> <p>Boats aren't cheap to buy, and there's a lot of other costs including insurance, taxes, docking fees, maintenance, and &mdash; if you don't get a sailboat &mdash; gasoline. It's been suggested that <a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/consumer-spending/2012-05-15/the-real-cost-of-owning-a-boat.html">you should set aside 10% of a boat's annual value</a> to upkeep. The next time you're near a marina, take a stroll along the dock and see how many boats are for sale. Chances are you'll see plenty. Now you know why.</p> <h2>2. Horseback Riding</h2> <p>You don't necessarily have to buy a horse to ride one regularly, but getting access to one from a stable can cost you hundreds of dollars. Lessons and equipment will cost hundreds of dollars more. If you actually want to purchase a horse, be prepared to pay at least $2,000 and possibly more than $10,000 for a horse with good health and attitude. Boarding a horse can run between $500 and $1,500 or more each month. If you want to care for the horse yourself, expect to pay between $2,000 and $3,200 monthly on food and other necessities. (Ahem, look up &quot;manure management.&quot;)</p> <h2>3. Collecting</h2> <p>Everyone dreams of getting rich off that rare Honus Wagner tobacco card, or that Inverted Jenny postage stamp. But these items cost a lot to acquire, and often don't rise in value the way buyers expect. (For proof, I have about 3,000 worthless baseball cards from the 1980s that I can show you.) Big collections require space to store, and valuable items may require insurance. And if you have a sizable collection, it can become burdensome to your family due to the possible inheritance taxes.</p> <h2>4. Skydiving</h2> <p>It may be a tremendous thrill, but it's over pretty quick. A tandem skydive might run you about $250, depending on the location, and a typical descent lasts no more than 90 seconds. That's a little less than $3 for every second of freefall time. That's not a lot of bang for your buck.</p> <h2>5. Cars</h2> <p>Let's face it, collecting cars is really a hobby for those with gobs of disposable income. Classic cars themselves cost tens of thousands of dollars, and you'll probably shell out thousands of dollars on restoration and maintenance each year. Of course, once you've amassed a half-decent car collection, you will need to invest in a decent place to store them. Consider that former presidential candidate Mitt Romney <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2012/05/mitt-romney-ordered-55000-phantom-park-car-elevator-designer-says/">shelled out a reported $55,000 </a>for a car lift at his San Diego mansion.</p> <p>If you like racing cars, you may not have to spend as much money on storage and elevators, but you'll have other costs associated with race entry, mechanical work, and repairs. Even autocross, a sport that let's you race any old car around a track, will set you back at least $50 each race. And that's for just a few loops around a course (not to mention, it's hard on your car.)</p> <h2>6. Golf</h2> <p>It pains me to say this, because I adore golf and would play it every day of my life if I could. But if I am being honest, it's not a sport that offers the best value for your dollar. A set of clubs will cost you a couple hundred bucks minimum, and greens fees on a decent course can run you at least $30, often well north of $50. (And don't even get me started on club membership costs.)</p> <p>If you want to improve your game, a package of lessons is another couple hundred. It's a lot of money, especially for a sport that's challenging enough to be frustrating.</p> <p>The good news is that there are ways to enjoy golf without getting too crazy, cost-wise. When I was in my early 20s, I taught myself the game using an old set of clubs on a $9 Par 3 course across from my first apartment. No one says you need top-of-the-line equipment, and no one says you have to play Pebble Beach every weekend.</p> <h2>7. Scuba Diving</h2> <p>Many a person has come back from a Caribbean vacation eager to repeat the fun of their first Scuba experience. But if you truly want to take it up as hobby, prepare to open your wallet. Certification will cost you a few hundred, and you'll need to spend hundreds more in proper equipment.</p> <h2>8. Gambling</h2> <p>It's not much of a secret that when you bet at a casino, the house has an edge in every game. Sure, you might have hit a small jackpot once during a trip to Atlantic City. But don't delude yourself into thinking you can consistently walk away a winner.</p> <p>In gambling's defense, there are some games, including blackjack, where the house edge is small enough to allow a skilled (or lucky) gambler to play for long stretches of time on relatively small amounts of money. And for many gamblers, the simple pleasure of just being in a casino is worth at least some cash outlay.</p> <h2>9. Model Railroading</h2> <p>An old college roommate of mine was a model train enthusiast, and I recall watching in amazement as he bid hundreds of dollars on eBay for a single Lionel train car. This can become a pricey hobby, especially when you factor in the cost of setting up broad, interactive displays.</p> <h2>10. Exotic Fish</h2> <p>I have a good friend who enjoys raising <a href="http://www.liveaquaria.com/product/aquarium-fish-supplies.cfm?c=830+834">discus fish</a>, which are well known as colorful fish from the Amazon River basin. He spends hundreds to maintain the health of these fish in multiple tanks. (It also seems like a lot of work to take care of these delicate fellas.) To his credit, my friend has not completely lost his mind by constructing unusually large, custom-made aquariums <a href="http://www.animalplanet.com/tv-shows/animal-planet-presents/videos/most-outrageous-largest-home-aquarium.htm">like this guy</a>.</p> <h2>11. Flying</h2> <p>It seems like it'd be cool to go up in the sky and pilot your own plane. But be prepared to pay up. You can rent a plane for under $100 per session, but that won't let you go too far. Lessons at a flight school will also cost you thousands of dollars. The actual purchase of a modest airplane could set you back more than $100,000. Actor John Travolta is a certified pilot and even reportedly lives in a house with two runways for his private plane. But he has <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001AQT0Z4/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B001AQT0Z4&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=FPUCURYOZPEVKMT2">Pulp Fiction</a> and <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000GBEWHA/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000GBEWHA&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=Q4OWCZSOYN7KYHPG">Grease</a> money at his disposal.</p> <p><em>Do you enjoy any of these pricey hobbies? How do you justify the expense?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/tim-lemke">Tim Lemke</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-hobbies-that-aren-t-worth-the-money">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-hobbies-you-can-start-for-under-10">25 Hobbies You Can Start for Under $10</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/free-and-cheap-things-to-do-in-seattle">Free and Cheap Things to Do in Seattle</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/flashback-friday-143-fun-and-frugal-ways-to-spend-your-weekend">Flashback Friday: 143 Fun and Frugal Ways to Spend Your Weekend</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/so-you-caught-a-world-series-home-run-whats-it-worth">So You Caught a World Series Home Run — What&#039;s It Worth?</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/cutting-the-cable-cord-has-more-than-financial-benefits">Cutting the Cable Cord Has More Than Financial Benefits</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment hobbies recreation saving sports Thu, 13 Nov 2014 18:00:09 +0000 Tim Lemke 1254109 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Ways that Football Season Can Blitz Your Finances http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-that-football-season-can-blitz-your-finances <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-ways-that-football-season-can-blitz-your-finances" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/men-watching-football-74583673-small.jpg" alt="men watching football" title="men watching football" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Being a football fan is all fun and games &mdash; until it starts making you broke. Cut the financial damage off at the pass by recognizing 10 money traps that the gridiron holds. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-everyone-can-cut-cable-and-still-watch-what-they-love-even-sportsfans?ref=seealso">How Everyone Can Cut the Cable &mdash; Even Sports Fans</a>)</p> <h2>1. Fantasy Football Buy-Ins</h2> <p>If you're into playing fantasy football, you're probably familiar with the league buy-ins and fees that go towards a winner's prize at the end of the year. Although the cost is often low, it can fall anywhere between a few dollars to several hundred. Should you decide to join several leagues, that could really start to add up and cost you a big down payment. Not to mention, the odds of winning that money back are fairly poor. Try to limit yourself to just one league, or join a few leagues that don't require a buy-in.</p> <h2>2. Over-Priced Out-of-Market Games on TV</h2> <p>Satellite and cable companies will provide programs that allow you to <a href="http://www.nfl.com/nflsundayticket?ref=seealso">watch out-of-market football games</a> at an extra cost. Unfortunately, that cost is usually pretty high. In addition to your regular bill, you'll pay several hundred dollars for packages that allow you to watch out of market games. A good compromise is to settle for the games that are shown on prime time (Sunday and Monday nights), as well as the games that make it onto your local stations.</p> <h2>3. Junk Food</h2> <p>Hosting friends and family on a weekend where there's even the possibility that football will be on often carries with it the expectation of some kind of junk food or snacks available during the game. Avoiding this responsibility could save you a lot of money, so if you do host a watch party, try and cook ahead of time, perhaps by throwing together <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-great-cheap-and-easy-crock-pot-recipes">Crock-Pot</a> or <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-terrific-freeze-ahead-casserole-recipes">freeze-ahead meal</a>, which are cheaper than snacks and will satisfy people's hunger during the game.</p> <h2>4. Impulse Buy Fan Gear and Memorabilia</h2> <p>It's always tempting to christen the new football season with a shiny new jersey or fancy piece of memorabilia for the TV room. If you have the extra money, it's not necessarily a deal-breaker, but I'd be willing to bet that most people haven't &quot;budgeted&quot; for a new football jersey. The best alternative is to abstain and wait until after the season is over when apparel and memorabilia will be a lot cheaper.</p> <h2>5. A Shiny New TV</h2> <p>Most major retailers will have huge promotions on TVs right around the time football season is starting, which does create the optimal buying time but tends to lure those who don't need a TV as much as those that do. Only buy a TV if you need one and don't let football season be the deciding factor when you make that call.</p> <h2>6. Alcohol</h2> <p>Of all the things on this list, alcohol might have the most power to separate you from your money because of its price, regular consumption, and easy access. Most people will just run to a gas station to pick up a case or two of beer because it's convenient. But that'll cost you. Instead, plan ahead and buy a more economical case at Costco or another bulk retailer. If you buy in bulk, it'll last longer and you'll pay much less per beer than you would almost anywhere else.</p> <h2>7. Tickets and Game Attendance (Gas, Food and Drink Costs)</h2> <p>The tickets themselves expensive, but then add in the parking at the stadium and over-priced drinks and food and it all adds up quickly, even if you just go to a few games. Think of attending games as a rare treat, as in once a year or every other year. Otherwise, you're better off to enjoy the games in the comfort of your own home.</p> <h2>8. Distractions at Work</h2> <p>Although they aren't likely to cost someone working hourly (unless you get fired because of low productivity), being distracted by checking your fantasy team, scores, or highlights while you could or should be working can cost those who get paid by work output. While there's no easy solution aside from consistent self-discipline, you can set your own computer and smartphone policies by committing to stay off the &quot;football grid&quot; during work hours.</p> <h2>9. Miscellaneous Betting</h2> <p>There is a lot of money going around in the world of NFL betting, but most who bet are more likely to lose money than come away with a profit. In almost all cases, the more frugal decision is to avoid getting into this habit completely. A good alternative is to stick to smaller bets among friends, perhaps by betting items you already own or paying for a lunch out.</p> <h2>10. Living Room Remodeling and Accessorizing</h2> <p>Much in the same way that many football fans are tempted to buy a new TV at the beginning of the season, a number of them will also use it as an excuse to spend money on their living room, man cave or whatever part of the house they'll be watching the games in. If you want to spiff up a room for football season, look for some <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-cheap-home-decorating-projects-that-look-amazing">frugal home decor ideas</a> instead of going out and buying new things that you might not need.</p> <h2>Be a Responsible Football Fan</h2> <p>Football season is a lot of fun and we shouldn't feel guilty for enjoying it or even spending money on it. Just make certain that you're not sacrificing too much of what you earn for something that isn't really going to give anything back to you. In other words, football season expenses should always be limited and should always be in the &quot;entertainment&quot; category of our budgets.</p> <p><em>What do you find to be the most consuming and expensive aspect of football season? How do you cut down the costs? Let us know in comments below!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-that-football-season-can-blitz-your-finances">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-5"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-creative-ways-to-make-money-on-super-bowl-sunday">8 Creative Ways to Make Money on Super Bowl Sunday</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-common-weekend-money-traps-and-how-to-avoid-them">8 Common Weekend Money Traps (And How to Avoid Them)</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/so-you-caught-a-world-series-home-run-whats-it-worth">So You Caught a World Series Home Run — What&#039;s It Worth?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-one-man-used-credit-card-rewards-to-go-to-the-last-11-super-bowls">How One Man Used Credit Card Rewards to Go to the Last 11 Super Bowls</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/18-awesome-things-you-can-do-this-weekend-for-under-10">18 Awesome Things You Can Do This Weekend for Under $10</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment betting entertainment football sports Thu, 23 Oct 2014 17:00:06 +0000 Mikey Rox 1241338 at http://www.wisebread.com 11 Ways to Save Money on Live Sporting Events http://www.wisebread.com/11-ways-to-save-money-on-live-sporting-events <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/11-ways-to-save-money-on-live-sporting-events" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/sports-92814147.jpg" alt="stadium" title="stadium" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="172" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>So you probably missed out on getting tickets to the Super Bowl this year. That's OK. The thrifty crowd here at Wise Bread knows a good value, and we'll tell you that tickets to any major championship game rarely fit that mold. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-watch-sports-without-cable-tv?ref=seealso">How to Watch Sports Without Cable</a>)</p> <p>But being frugal doesn't mean you have to be stuck watching every sporting event on television. It's possible to show off your team loyalty in person without dipping too deep into the savings account.</p> <p>If you follow these tips below, you can have a great time at a live sporting event without spending a lot of money.</p> <h2>1. Know Where to Find Free Tickets</h2> <p>It's entirely possible to score tickets to games without paying a dime. Do you work for a company that sponsors a local team? Chances are, the sponsorship deal may come with a block of tickets that aren't always being used. Check with your company's marketing department frequently to see if they are available.</p> <p>Sponsors may also offer free tickets to customers through special promotions. In the part of Maryland where I live, there's a local gas station chain that offers free Baltimore Orioles tickets after a certain number of fill-ups at the pump. Promotions like these are plentiful if you keep your eyes open.</p> <h2>2. Look for Resellers</h2> <p>It may be natural to assume that tickets for sale on the &quot;secondary market&quot; come with a big mark-up. We all have visions of shady scalpers outside arenas, looking to take advantage of unsuspecting fans. But the truth is that many sellers are normal people who are simply looking to unload unwanted tickets at any price. And these days, re-selling is often done online through safe and legitimate websites.</p> <p>The key is to find games with low demand for tickets, then find someone with a ticket they aren't using. Many leagues and teams have their own &quot;official&quot; resale sites, or partner with sites such as <a href="http://www.stubhub.com/">Stubhub</a> or <a href="http://www.tickets.com/">Tickets.com</a>. You can search by seat location and by price, and often find some great deals. Be sure to read the fine print to avoid getting scammed, and also factor ticketing fees into your purchase price. Speaking of which&hellip;.</p> <h2>3. Avoid Fees</h2> <p>When you buy tickets online you are often charged a wide range of &quot;convenience&quot; fees that can, in some cases, double the total cost of your ticket. You can usually avoid these fees by purchasing tickets at the stadium box office. If you can't get to the stadium in advance, don't order tickets and have them mailed to you. Instead, you may avoid some fees by having tickets held at Will Call, or by selecting the option to print tickets from home. These days, it may also be possible to avoid some fees by entering the game using a ticket displayed on your mobile device. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-much-a-breakdown-of-concert-ticket-prices?ref=seealso">A Breakdown of Concert Ticket Prices</a>)</p> <h2>4. Skip the Big Games</h2> <p>If your goal is to see a game for cheap, don't bother going to games featuring the most popular teams. Many sports teams now have &quot;tiered&quot; pricing, meaning that tickets are more expensive for the most in-demand games, while tickets for less popular games are cheaper. Sure, you may miss out on seeing a superstar or two, but you'll save a ton of money and will still have fun.</p> <h2>5. Check High Schools, Colleges, or Minor Leagues</h2> <p>I am personally biased toward the pro teams, but my 4-year-old son doesn't know the difference. If you're going to take the family to a game, consider looking at high school or college games (which are often free) or to minor league events, which offer great family friendly environs, free parking, and low ticket prices. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/get-up-and-get-out-how-to-find-cheap-local-events?ref=seealso">How to Find Cheap Local Events</a>)</p> <h2>6. Go on an Off Night</h2> <p>Don't bother with weekend or Friday night games. Look for games on Mondays or Tuesdays. These games usually are not as well-attended as games on the weekend, so tickets are usually cheaper and more available.</p> <h2>7. Eat Beforehand and Pack Some Snacks</h2> <p>Stadium food is notoriously overpriced. If you eat a big meal beforehand, you won't feel the temptation to spend $10 on that plate of overcooked chicken fingers. Also check to see if your team's stadium allows fans to bring in outside food. Every facility is different, but there are some teams that welcome fans to bring in hot dogs, sandwiches, and drinks from outside vendors. Even if teams are strict in their policies, you should be able to bring in some bottled water and sneak some candy or granola bars in your purse or backpack. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-delicious-healthy-and-inexpensive-snack-options?ref=seealso">12 Cheap and Healthy Snacks</a>)</p> <h2>8. Don't Drink</h2> <p>A beer at the ballpark may be a heavenly thing, but it's also an expensive one. A cold one at an average Major League Baseball stadium might set you back $7 or $8, according to Team Marketing Report. A few beers at a game can really hit you hard in the wallet.</p> <h2>9. Don't Park Near the Stadium</h2> <p>Sometimes the price of parking at a game is higher than the price of your ticket. But if you do some research, you'll be able to get to the game without getting ripped off. Consider taking public transit, if it's convenient. If you have to drive, look for lots further away from the stadium. If you're willing to walk a half-mile or more, you can usually find parking for at least half the price of parking closer. Truly savvy fans may even be able to find free parking if they know where to look. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/a-complete-guide-to-saving-at-americas-baseball-stadiums">Guide to Saving at Baseball Stadiums</a>)</p> <h2>10. Avoid the Team Store</h2> <p>Most stadiums have stores featuring a wide range of merchandise with the logo of the home team. It's fun to browse, but if you're in the market for a team T-shirt, teddy bear, or refrigerator magnet, the stadium store is the worst place to go. Generally, you should be able to find the same merchandise online for less money. Search official team websites or top retailers such as <a href="http://www.tkqlhce.com/click-2822544-10357752">Fanatics.com</a>. Also check out eBay for bargains on team-specific items.</p> <h2>11. Go With a Group</h2> <p>If you'd like to attend a game, ask around to see who else might want to come with you. The larger the group, the more likely you are to get tickets at a discount. If you can round up a group of 15 or more, you could save a considerable amount and may get some extra benefits like discounted tickets to future games.</p> <p><em>Are you a pro sports fan? How do you save on the high cost of event tickets?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/tim-lemke">Tim Lemke</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-ways-to-save-money-on-live-sporting-events">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/10-ways-to-watch-sports-on-the-cheap">10 Ways to Watch Sports on the Cheap</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/so-you-caught-a-world-series-home-run-whats-it-worth">So You Caught a World Series Home Run — What&#039;s It Worth?</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/cutting-the-cable-cord-has-more-than-financial-benefits">Cutting the Cable Cord Has More Than Financial Benefits</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/a-complete-guide-to-saving-at-americas-baseball-stadiums">A Complete Guide to Saving at America&#039;s Baseball Stadiums</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-watch-sports-without-cable-tv">How to Watch Sports Without Cable TV</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment live sports sporting events sports Wed, 12 Feb 2014 11:24:47 +0000 Tim Lemke 1125161 at http://www.wisebread.com How to Watch Sports Without Cable TV http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-watch-sports-without-cable-tv <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-watch-sports-without-cable-tv" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/4455875918_9cb2e9fdcc_o.jpg" alt="watching sports" title="watching sports" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>One of the first things I discovered when cutting the cable TV cord &mdash; and something I planned for a little, but not enough &mdash; was how to watch live sports without having a cable bill to pay. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cutting-the-cable-cord-has-more-than-financial-benefits"> Cutting the Cable Cord Has More Than Financial Benefits</a>)</p> <p>Cutting the cable cord will save you money, but if you're a sports fan, you'll likely spend a month or two of savings on a season package for your favorite sport. For me, it was baseball, but without being able to follow the local teams.</p> <p>The MLB.TV season package that I bought for $100 before the baseball season started worked well on our Roku to stream games to the television, but games of our local teams were blacked out. They were available for streaming after the game, but I'm not excited about having to avoid the final score before watching a game that is long over. Luckily, I'm also a fan of a team that's far from where I live, so I watch those games live and get my baseball fix that way.</p> <p>Unless you're going to a friend's house or a bar to watch a game live, you'll likely run into the score; a friend may blab it on Facebook, or you'll see it on your smartphone, hear it on the radio, or see it somewhere. Facebook and Twitter are especially important to avoid if you don't want to know the score before you watch a delayed game. When Matt Cain pitched a perfect game for the San Francisco Giants this year, it was all over the Internet and knowing the outcome took away the excitement of watching the game on MLB.TV after it was over.</p> <p>I'm not about to spend a few hundred dollars on a big outdoor antenna to get free over-the-air broadcasts of games by the local baseball teams, so I'm out of luck if I want to watch games live as they happen. In my area, at least, an indoor antenna didn't work well; the site <a href="http://www.antennaweb.org/default.aspx">AntennaWeb</a> can help you find what signals are available near you. For now, I either listen to local games on the radio or follow them pitch by pitch online.</p> <p>While I only have personal experience with with Major League Baseball, several other sports offer non-cable packages, including:</p> <ul> <li><strong>NFL: </strong><a href="https://gamerewind.nfl.com/nflgr/secure/packages?ttv=3&amp;s_tnt=35293:9:0">NFL Game Rewind</a> is $40 for a season to replay NFL games, or <a href="http://www.directv.com/DTVAPP/content/sports/nfl">NFL Sunday Ticket</a> lets you watch live games for $200 all season on a variety of devices.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><strong>NBA:</strong> <a href="http://www.nba.com/leaguepass/3pp/index.html">NBA League Pass</a> lets you watch games online, on a mobile device, or on TV on a streaming device such as a Roku for <a href="http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/blog/ball_dont_lie/post/nba-league-pass-wont-dip-down-as-the-nba-gives-the-finger-to-its-fans?urn=nba,wp11747">$179</a> a year, with or without a lockout.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><strong>NHL:</strong> <a href="https://gamecenter.nhl.com/nhlgc/secure/gclsignup?intcmpid=nhl.com:gcl:vdsbnv&amp;nav-video-gcl">NHL GameCenter Live</a> is available for about $80 a year to watch hockey on everything from a TV to an iPad or phone.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><strong>NASCAR:</strong> If you'd like to watch old <a href="http://itunes.apple.com/us/tv-season/nascar-classic-races-vol.-1/id371458691">NASCAR</a> races, iTunes sells some of the classic races for $2 each.</li> </ul> <p>The 2012 NCAA March Madness men's basketball games cost only $4 for all 67 games of the <a href="http://www.ncaa.com/news/basketball-men/article/2012-02-13/march-madness-live-faq">tournament</a> on computers, iPads, and other mobile devices, according to the <a href="http://kickoutcable.com/how-to/stream-ncaa-march-madness-basketball-games-online-free/#axzz1zhEjdicu">Kick Out Cable</a> website. The games were free in previous years, though if it again costs only $4 for the entire tournament, it beats paying a monthly cable bill.</p> <p>With all of these options, one of the most important things to have without cable is a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ways-blazing-internet-speeds-can-save-you-money">fast Internet connection</a>. Without it, watching anything will be difficult.</p> <p>With the Olympics about to start, the summer looks like a bad time to stop paying for TV. NBC is allowing people to watch <a href="http://www.nbcolympics.com/">Olympic</a> events live online, including on a smartphone or tablet, for free &mdash; if they have a paid cable/satellite package that includes CNBC and MSNBC. It's simple enough to <a href="http://www.nbcolympics.com/liveextra/help/index.html">sign up</a> for: Choose your TV provider, sign in with your username and password, then watch every event live. It's quite an enticement for paying for cable TV through mid-August.</p> <p>It's no fun turning around after getting rid of cable TV and giving your money to someone else so you can watch sports, but you'll still save more money by watching exactly what you're paying for instead of paying for a potpourri of sports programming you rarely watch. I'm not an NFL&nbsp;fan, but I'll gladly pay for a season of baseball.</p> <p>And chances are that if you've cut the cable cord, you're going to cut other related costs to save money and can use some of that extra savings to pay for a sports package or two. A <a href="http://www.techbargains.com/infographics/cutting-the-cable">survey</a> by TechBargains.com found that people who have <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/living-without-a-landline">disconnected their home telephone service</a> are twice as likely to also cut the cable cord. One in three who discontinued cable or satellite services said they wouldn't return regardless of the price.</p> <p>So if you're looking for incentive to cut cable and buy a season of your favorite sport, it's reassuring to know that plenty of people have done the same thing and aren't returning to cable or satellite service.</p> <p>And if that doesn't work, go to your local sports bar whenever a big game is on. Just be prepared to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-ways-to-save-money-at-the-bars">spend some money on other forms of entertainment</a> while you're there.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/aaron-crowe">Aaron Crowe</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-watch-sports-without-cable-tv">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/so-you-caught-a-world-series-home-run-whats-it-worth">So You Caught a World Series Home Run — What&#039;s It Worth?</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/a-complete-guide-to-saving-at-americas-baseball-stadiums">A Complete Guide to Saving at America&#039;s Baseball Stadiums</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/8-alternatives-to-cable-tv-that-will-keep-you-entertained">8 Alternatives to Cable TV That Will Keep You Entertained</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/cutting-the-cable-cord-has-more-than-financial-benefits">Cutting the Cable Cord Has More Than Financial Benefits</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-ways-that-football-season-can-blitz-your-finances">10 Ways that Football Season Can Blitz Your Finances</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment baseball cable tv sports Mon, 09 Jul 2012 10:36:08 +0000 Aaron Crowe 938565 at http://www.wisebread.com A Complete Guide to Saving at America's Baseball Stadiums http://www.wisebread.com/a-complete-guide-to-saving-at-americas-baseball-stadiums <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/a-complete-guide-to-saving-at-americas-baseball-stadiums" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/3416520701_cea7bcf315_z.jpg" alt="baseball stadium" title="baseball stadium" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Many people don&rsquo;t know this about of me, but I love a good baseball game.</p> <p>The cheering crowd, the grilled hot dogs, the well-fitted uniforms &mdash; they&rsquo;re all reasons I head to the stadium any chance I can.</p> <p>But these days, enjoying a night out at the ballpark can cause serious pain to your pocket. Unless, of course, you know how to root, root, root for the home team like I do. I&rsquo;ve been to stadiums all across America, and before I go, I do my research on how and where I can cut costs. And now you can, too.</p> <p>In this first-of-its-kind article (I&rsquo;m totally sticking by that statement since I couldn&rsquo;t find anything like this online), I&rsquo;m giving you the 411 on how to save more money and better enjoy America&rsquo;s favorite pastime at every Major League Baseball stadium in the United States (and that lonely one in Canada). Batter up! (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-inexpensive-weekend-getaways-anyone-can-take">10 Inexpensive Weekend Getaways Anyone Can Take</a>)</p> <h3>1. Dodger Stadium (Los Angeles Dodgers)</h3> <p>Ticket savings at <a href="http://losangeles.dodgers.mlb.com">Dodger Stadium</a> include:&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li>A Coca-Cola Value Pack, which includes four tickets, four Dodger Dogs, and four Cokes, starting at $18 per seat</li> <li>Military discounts on tickets as low as $7 (day of game only; proper military ID is required)</li> <li>$7 and $10 tickets for kids ages four to 12 in the Top Deck and Left Field Pavilion sections</li> <li>$12 off Loge Level tickets to Auto Club members</li> <li>$25 off Field Level tickets when you use your MasterCard</li> <li>$10 Lower Reserve level tickets for students with IDs</li> </ul> <p>Fans may bring in factory-sealed water bottles and other soft drinks (plastic only) of one-liter in size or less.</p> <p>Fans are permitted to bring in outside food as long as it&rsquo;s not in bottles, cans, coolers, or thermoses.</p> <p>The Jr. Dodgers Fan Club for Kids is free for kids 14 and younger. Membership includes the opportunity to participate in Kids Take the Field, where kids are given first priority to run the bases after Sunday day games; the opportunity to be featured as Jr. Dodger of the Game and featured on Dodgervision; and the opportunity to say &ldquo;It&rsquo;s Time for Dodger Baseball&rdquo; over the speaker before a game.</p> <p>A fireworks show is hosted after every Friday home game, weather permitting.</p> <p>Promotional items are given away to the first 50,000 ticket holders at nearly every home game, excluding Friday nights. Check the <a href="http://losangeles.dodgers.mlb.com/schedule/promotions.jsp?c_id=la&amp;y=2012">giveaway schedule</a> here.</p> <h3>2. Coors Field (Colorado Rockies)</h3> <p>Ticket savings at <a href="http://colorado.rockies.mlb.com/index.jsp?c_id=col&amp;sv=1">Coors Field</a> include:</p> <ul> <li>A Coca-Cola Value Pack, which includes four tickets, four food and beverage vouchers, one parking ticket, and one Rockies magazine, for $59 in the upper level and $79 in the lower level</li> <li>PowerTickets, which are list-price tickets in the Midfield Box and Outfield Club sections that are loaded with an additional $10 to $15 in concession credits for select games, available only at ColoradoRockies.com</li> <li>Rockpile seats, available for each game for $4 to adults (four ticket limit per person per game) and $1 to children age 12 and younger and seniors age 55 and older (two ticket limit per person per game)</li> <li><a href="http://mlb.mlb.com/col/ticketing/guys_ladies.jsp">Guys Night Out and Ladies Fan Club</a> discounts</li> </ul> <p>Fans may bring in factory-sealed water bottles and other soft drinks (plastic only) that are less than 22 oz.</p> <p>Fans are permitted to bring in outside food as long as it fits in soft-sided bags or containers 16&rdquo; x 16&rdquo; x 8&rdquo; or smaller.</p> <p>The Silver Sluggers Senior Fan Club, for adults age 55 and older, includes two tickets to six games for $121.</p> <p>Promotional items are given away regularly. Check the <a href="http://colorado.rockies.mlb.com/schedule/promotions.jsp?c_id=col">giveaway schedule</a> here.</p> <p>A bike lot is provided to ticket holders keen to reduce their carbon footprints.</p> <h3>3. Yankee Stadium (New York Yankees)</h3> <p>Ticket savings at <a href="http://newyork.yankees.mlb.com">Yankee Stadium</a> include:</p> <ul> <li>$5 tickets to select games in selects areas of the Terrace Level, Grandstand Level, or Bleachers</li> <li>10% to 25% off select Tuesday night home games in select areas of the Grandstand Level</li> <li>25% off advanced ticket purchases in select areas of the Grandstand Level for families on designated Monday to Thursday games; half off advanced ticket purchases in select areas of the Terrace Level, Grandstand Level, or Bleachers for select games</li> <li>$5 tickets for senior citizens age 60 and older for select Monday to Thursday games (day of game only; valid ID is required)</li> <li>Half-price tickets to designated areas for students with a valid high school or college ID (day of game only)</li> <li>Half-price tickets to designated seating areas for kids age 14 and younger, when accompanied by an adult, for Saturday games (day of game only)</li> <li>For active military members with a valid ID, one FREE ticket to select Monday to Thursday games for select areas of the Grandstand Level or Bleachers or a half-price ticket to other non-premium seating locations (day of game only)</li> </ul> <p>Fans may bring in factory-sealed water bottles and other soft drinks (plastic or soft-sided only) of one-liter in size or less. Empty plastic sports bottles also are permitted.</p> <p>Fans are permitted to bring in soft-sided bags or containers 16&rdquo; x 16&rdquo; x 8&rdquo; or smaller.</p> <p>Fans are permitted to bring in outside food for individual consumption as long as items are brought in a clear plastic grocery-style bag.</p> <p>Promotional items are given away regularly. Check the <a href="http://newyork.yankees.mlb.com/schedule/promotions.jsp?c_id=nyy">giveaway schedule</a> here.</p> <p>The AAA Automobile Club of New York provides free emergency roadside assistance to guests after home games. Visit the Guest Relations and Ticket Sales Booth or the Yankee Stadium Lobby.</p> <h3>4. Turner Field (Atlanta Braves)</h3> <p>Ticket savings at <a href="http://atlanta.braves.mlb.com/atl/ballpark/index.jsp">Turner Field</a> include:</p> <ul> <li>Tickets as low as $60 for singles and $50 for groups to an all-you-can-eat section that features unlimited smoked chicken barbecue sandwiches, chicken wings, all-beef franks, baked beans, peanuts, popcorn, chocolate chip cookies, Coca-Cola products, and draft beer</li> <li>Braves Steal of the Week, weekly discounts to Wednesday games</li> <li>Buck Belue $8 Buck Night for $8 Lower Level tickets</li> <li>The Chevron Family Value Plan, which includes four tickets, four hot dogs, four Cokes, a Braves yearbook, parking pass, and a $10 Chevron gift card, starting at $69</li> <li>Coca-Cola 2 for $30 Tuesdays, which includes two seats in the Club Pavilion for $30</li> <li>2-for-1 Upper Box tickets to all fans who show valid military or student IDs or AAA cards</li> </ul> <p>Fans can register for a <a href="https://secure.mlb.com/atl/ticketing/birthday_form.jsp">free companion ticket on their birthday</a>, valid on Sunday to Thursday games. The purchase of one ticket is required to redeem birthday coupon.</p> <p>The <a href="http://atlanta.braves.mlb.com/atl/community/student_achievers.jsp">All-Star Student Achievers Program</a> rewards students in grades K-12 for academic excellence with free game tickets and a Chick-fil-A coupon.</p> <p>One-year membership to the Braves Kids Club ($25) includes two Upper Box tickets, a Braves souvenir, welcome letter from Brian McCann, VIP access to Kids Run the Bases, free admission to the Braves Hall of Fame, two tickets to a Gwinnett Braves game (minor league team), Chick-fil-A sandwich coupon, discounts at the Braves Clubhouse Store at CNN Center, and a Kids Club membership ID card.</p> <p>On specified game dates, fans are invited to bring their dogs to <a href="http://atlanta.braves.mlb.com/atl/ticketing/bark_in_park.jsp">Bark in the Park</a> ($25) when a portion of the Upper Deck is transformed into a doggy oasis, complete with pools to help keep pets cool and hydrated. Preregistration is required.</p> <p>Fans may bring in factory-sealed water bottles and other soft drinks (plastic or soft-sided only) of one-liter in size or less.</p> <p>Fans are permitted to bring in soft-sided bags or containers 16&rdquo; x 16&rdquo; x 8&rdquo; or smaller with the plastic liner removed.</p> <p>Fans are permitted to bring in outside food.&nbsp;</p> <p>Fans can receive a free Atlanta Braves fan pack by sending a postcard with their name and full address to:</p> <p>Attn: Fan Pack<br /> c/o Atlanta Braves<br /> 755 Hank Aaron<br /> Drive Atlanta, GA 30315</p> <p>A fireworks show is hosted after every Friday home game, weather permitting.</p> <p>Promotional items are given away regularly. Check the <a href="http://atlanta.braves.mlb.com/schedule/promotions.jsp?c_id=atl">giveaway schedule</a> here.</p> <h3>5. Rogers Centre (Toronto Blue Jays)</h3> <p>Ticket savings at <a href="http://toronto.bluejays.mlb.com">Rogers Centre</a> include:</p> <ul> <li>The Grand Slam Combo that includes a 200 Level Outfield ticket and all-you-can-eat Lesters Hot Dogs, nachos, popcorn, peanuts, apples, chips, and soft drinks for $39 on select Fridays</li> <li>Jr. Jays Saturdays, where kids age 14 and younger will receive special pricing on 500 and 200 Level Outfield tickets</li> </ul> <p>Promotional items are given away regularly. Check the <a href="http://toronto.bluejays.mlb.com/schedule/promotions.jsp?c_id=tor&amp;y=2012">giveaway schedule</a> here.</p> <h3>6. Chase Field (Arizona Diamondbacks)</h3> <p>Ticket savings at <a href="http://arizona.diamondbacks.mlb.com">Chase Field</a> include:</p> <ul> <li>The <a href="http://arizona.diamondbacks.mlb.com/ari/ticketing/pepsi_pack.jsp">Pepsi Max Value Pack</a>, which includes one bleacher ticket, a regular-size hot dog, one 24 oz. Pepsi, and a coupon for a free 20 oz. Pepsi Max</li> <li><a href="http://mlb.mlb.com/ari/ticketing/kidssundays.jsp">Kid&rsquo;s Sundays</a> featuring free admission for <a href="https://secure.mlb.com/ari/fan_forum/nochewcrew_form.jsp">No Chew Crew</a> members to Sunday home games</li> <li>$5 tickets to select games on <a href="http://mlb.mlb.com/ari/ticketing/collegenight.jsp">College Nights</a> (a college ID is not required)</li> <li><a href="http://mlb.mlb.com/ari/ticketing/kidssundays.jsp">$7 off select seating</a> for all afternoon weekday home games</li> <li>All-you-can-eat seats in the Insight Diamond Level from $29 to $40, featuring unlimited Oscar Mayer all-beef hot dogs, chips, popcorn, Pepsi products, and Aquafina water</li> </ul> <p>At every Friday night home game, the Miller Lite Diamond Club offers drink specials and music from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Admission into the Miller Lite Diamond Club is free with a ticket to that night's game.</p> <p>Fans are permitted to bring in soft-sided bags or containers 11&rdquo; x 11&rdquo; x 15&rdquo; or smaller.</p> <p>Fans are permitted to bring in outside food as long as items are brought in a clear plastic grocery-style bag.</p> <p>Fans may bring in factory-sealed water bottles and single-serve juice boxes (plastic or soft-sided only). Empty plastic sports bottles also are permitted.</p> <p><a href="http://arizona.diamondbacks.mlb.com/ari/fan_forum/kids_club_form.jsp">D-Backs Kid&rsquo;s Club</a> members, ages 3 to 15, can earn prizes for attending games.</p> <p>A fireworks show is hosted after every Friday home game, weather permitting.&nbsp;</p> <p>Promotional items are given away regularly. Check the <a href="http://arizona.diamondbacks.mlb.com/schedule/promotions.jsp?c_id=ari">giveaway schedule</a> here.</p> <h3>7. <a href="http://texas.rangers.mlb.com/index.jsp?c_id=tex&amp;sv=1">Rangers Ballpark in Arlington</a> (Texas Rangers)</h3> <p>Ticket savings at <a href="http://texas.rangers.mlb.com/index.jsp?c_id=tex&amp;sv=1">Rangers Ballpark</a> include:</p> <ul> <li>Coca-Cola Family Packs, which include four tickets, four jumbo hot dogs, four Coca-Cola soft drinks, two kids&rsquo; zone wristbands, and one souvenir program, for $60 in Upper Reserved and $100 in the Lower Reserved sections</li> <li>Half-priced tickets in the Upper Reserved, Upper Box, Lexus Club, Terrace, and Lower Reserved sections for most Wednesdays home games (online only)</li> <li>$10 upper-level tickets to Friday home games with code VERIZON at <a href="http://www.texasrangers.com">texasrangers.com</a></li> <li>$47 tickets to the All-You-Can-Eat Porch, which includes admission and unlimited hot dogs, nachos, soft drinks, peanuts, popcorn, and grilled chicken sandwiches</li> </ul> <p>Children age 13 and younger are eligible for reduced-priced tickets, and children under 36 inches may be admitted for free but must occupy a ticket holder&rsquo;s lap.</p> <p>The <a href="http://texas.rangers.mlb.com/tex/fan_forum/jrrangers.jsp">Dr. Pepper Jr. Range Club</a>, for children age 13 and younger, includes ticket vouchers to select home games, invitations to Jr. Rangers events, and VIP &ldquo;front of the line&rdquo; access to every Sunday afternoon Run the Bases.</p> <p>Fans are permitted to bring in soft-sided bags or containers 16&rdquo; x 16&rdquo; x 8&rdquo; or smaller with the plastic liner removed.</p> <p>A fireworks show is hosted after every Friday home game, weather permitting.</p> <p>Promotional items are given away regularly. Check the <a href="http://texas.rangers.mlb.com/schedule/promotions.jsp?c_id=tex&amp;y=2012">giveaway schedule</a> here.</p> <h3>8. Safeco Field (Seattle Mariners)</h3> <p>Ticket savings at <a href="http://seattle.mariners.mlb.com">Safeco Field</a> include:</p> <ul> <li>The Safeco Insurance Grand Slam Family Package, which includes a game ticket, hot dog, and Pepsi for $15 on the View Level, $30 on the Main Level, and $35 on the Wells Fargo Terrace Level when four or more tickets are purchased in advance ($2 added per ticket day of game)</li> <li>$10 tickets in the View Level section on BECU Family Nights when purchased in advance ($2 added per ticket day of game)</li> <li>$5 off on select View Level and $10 off select Main Level seats to Tuesday home games and on the 4<sup>th</sup> of July for military personnel with a valid military ID (plus 20% regular-price merchandise at all Mariners Team stores)</li> <li>$5 off on select View Level and $10 off select Main Level seats to select games for seniors age 60 and older (limit one per senior per game)</li> </ul> <p>Children age 2 and younger are admitted for free but must occupy a ticket holder&rsquo;s lap.</p> <p>The <a href="http://seattle.mariners.mlb.com/sea/fan_forum/kids_club_info.jsp">Seattle Mariners Kids Club</a>, for ages 14 and younger, includes a kids club bag, cap, and tee; up to a dozen $1 ticket coupons; lanyard and official credentials; birthday card; newsletter; kids club book, and access to members-only events, for $15 plus tax.</p> <p>Fans are permitted to bring in soft-sided bags or containers 16&rdquo; x 16&rdquo; x 8&rdquo; or smaller.</p> <p>Fans may bring in single-serve beverage containers (milk, juice, etc.; plastic or soft-sided only). Empty plastic sports bottles also are permitted, but other outside beverages, including soft drinks and water/ice are not.</p> <p>Promotional items are given away regularly. Check the <a href="http://seattle.mariners.mlb.com/schedule/promotions.jsp?c_id=sea">giveaway schedule</a> here.</p> <h3>9. Oriole Park at Camden Yards (Baltimore Orioles)</h3> <p>Ticket savings at <a href="http://baltimore.orioles.mlb.com">Oriole Park</a> include:</p> <ul> <li>A <a href="https://secure.mlb.com/bal/ticketing/birthday_form.jsp">free ticket</a> to one non-prime game on your birthday</li> <li>$45 advance tickets to the Left Field All-Inclusive Picnic Perch, which includes a Club Level ticket and unlimited hot dogs, peanuts, nachos, salad, and sodas</li> <li>$9 Upper Reserve tickets to all Tuesday home games</li> <li>$6 Left Field Upper Reserve tickets to students with a valid school ID to all Friday home games</li> <li>$3 off all tickets for military personnel, veterans, and Department of Defense employees and their families</li> </ul> <p>Active-duty military personnel can receive a military-themed Orioles cap and buy one, get one tickets to Sunday non-prime home games.</p> <p>The first 20 fans at each home game who check in at the stadium using MLB.com will receive a <a href="http://baltimore.orioles.mlb.com/bal/ballpark/checkin.jsp">free Orioles &quot;I&rsquo;m Checked In&rdquo; T-shirt</a>.</p> <p>The <a href="http://baltimore.orioles.mlb.com/bal/fan_forum/dugoutclub.jsp">Junior Orioles Dugout Club</a>, for ages 14 and younger, includes a membership card, lanyard and ticket holder, subscription to Orioles Kids magazine, Orioles hat, tickets to 10 pre-selected games, and a drawstring backpack for $20. Friends and family members of Dugout Club members can purchase tickets for as low as $6 on Dugout Club days.</p> <p>Fans are permitted to bring in soft-sided bags or containers 16&rdquo; x 16&rdquo; x 8&rdquo; or smaller. Purses, diaper bags, backpacks, and camera bags also are permitted.</p> <p>Fans are permitted to bring in outside food.</p> <p>Non-alcoholic beverages in plastic containers are permitted.&nbsp;Fans may bring in factory-sealed water bottles and single-serve juice boxes (plastic or soft-sided only). Empty plastic sports bottles also are permitted.</p> <p>A fireworks show is hosted after some Friday home games, weather permitting.&nbsp;</p> <p>Promotional items are given away regularly. Check the <a href="http://baltimore.orioles.mlb.com/schedule/promotions.jsp?c_id=bal">giveaway schedule</a> here.</p> <h3>10. Angel Stadium of Anaheim (Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim)</h3> <p>Ticket savings at <a href="http://losangeles.angels.mlb.com/index.jsp?c_id=ana&amp;sv=1">Angel&nbsp;Stadium</a> include:</p> <ul> <li>A Friends &amp; Family Fun Pack, which comes with four tickets, four hot dogs, and four small soft drinks for $56</li> <li>All-inclusive Bases Loaded seats that include hot dogs, nachos, peanuts, popcorn, dessert cups, and soft drinks for $30 to $35</li> <li>50% off select seating on designated days to AAA members</li> <li>50% Upper View, View All-Star, View MVP, and Right Field Pavilion seating to select games for seniors age 55 and older and uniformed military personnel</li> </ul> <p>Children age 2 and younger are admitted for free.</p> <p>The <a href="http://losangeles.angels.mlb.com/ana/fan_forum/kids_club.jsp">Junior Angels Kids Club</a> includes two ticket vouchers, Albert Pujols water bottle, exclusive Jr. Angels hat, Angels Kooky Pen, official membership passport, and the chance to be a honorary bat kid at an Angels home game, for $18.&nbsp;</p> <p>Fans are permitted to bring in soft-sided bags or containers 16&rdquo; x 16&rdquo; x 8&rdquo; or smaller. Purses, diaper bags, backpacks, and camera bags also are permitted.</p> <p>Fans may bring in factory-sealed water bottles (plastic only) of one-liter in size or less. Other outside beverages, including soda, sports drinks, and frozen water bottles, are not permitted.&nbsp;</p> <p>Promotional items are given away regularly. Check the <a href="http://losangeles.angels.mlb.com/schedule/promotions.jsp?c_id=ana">giveaway schedule</a> here.</p> <h3>11. Busch Stadium (St. Louis Cardinals)</h3> <p>Ticket savings at <a href="http://stlouis.cardinals.mlb.com">Busch Stadium</a> include:</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://stlouis.cardinals.mlb.com/stl/ticketing/dynamic.jsp">Dynamic Pricing</a>, where prices will fluctuate based on market value to as low as $5</li> <li>Hunter Family Sundays, where fans in the Right Field Terrace and RF/LF Pavilion will receive a free Hunter hot dog and Coca-Cola on most Sundays</li> <li>The Six Flags Double Play Combo featuring a Cardinals ticket and a Six Flags ticket for $55</li> <li>A $10 discount on most Monday to Thursday games for AAA members</li> <li>And KMOX 1120 <a href="http://stlouis.cardinals.mlb.com/stl/ticketing/first_pitch.jsp">First Pitch Tickets</a> that allow fans to purchase two tickets for $5.60 each at 9 a.m. on the day of each home game</li> </ul> <p>The <a href="http://stlouis.cardinals.mlb.com/stl/fan_forum/kidsclub.jsp?loc=benefits">Cardinals Crew Kids Club</a>, for ages 15 and younger, includes two tickets to a select game, a Matt Holliday #7 bookbag, braided necklace, Cardinals picture frame, lanyard and pin, various discounts, and a membership card, for $25.</p> <p>Non-alcoholic beverages, including water and soda in open cups or in clear plastic bottles no larger than two liters, are allowed.</p> <p>Fans are permitted to bring in outside food.</p> <p>Fans are permitted to bring bags or backpacks 16&rdquo; x 16&rdquo; x 8&rdquo; or smaller.</p> <p>Promotional items are given away regularly. Check the <a href="http://stlouis.cardinals.mlb.com/schedule/promotions.jsp?c_id=stl&amp;y=2012">giveaway schedule</a> here.</p> <h3>12. Citizens Bank Park (Philadelphia Phillies)</h3> <p>Ticket savings at <a href="http://philadelphia.phillies.mlb.com/phi/ballpark/index.jsp">Citizens Bank Park</a> include various <a href="http://mlb.mlb.com/phi/ticketing/theme_nights.jsp">theme nights</a> when tickets regularly priced $30 and less are $2 off, and groups of 25 or more receive a $2 discount per tickets on most Monday to Friday games.</p> <p>The <a href="http://philadelphia.phillies.mlb.com/phi/fan_forum/junior_phillies_club_signup.jsp">Junior Phillies Club</a>, for ages 14 and under, includes a Junior Phillies Club bag, full-color poster of Hunter Pence, exclusive Hunter Pence magnets, various discounts, and a membership card, for $13.</p> <p>Children age 2 and younger are admitted for free but must occupy a ticket holder&rsquo;s lap.</p> <p>Each guest is permitted to bring one bag 16&rdquo; x 16&rdquo; x 8&rdquo; or smaller.</p> <p>Fans may bring in single-serve beverage containers (milk, juice, etc.; plastic or soft-sided only).</p> <h3>13. Progressive Field (Cleveland Indians)</h3> <p>Ticket savings at <a href="http://cleveland.indians.mlb.com/cle/ballpark/index.jsp">Progressive Field</a> include perfect 10 Voucher Packs, which include 10 tickets to any of the Indians' 81 home games. Fans can use the vouchers to attend 10 games individually, five games with a friend, or 10 games with a group. Prices start at $99 for bleacher/upper deck seats.</p> <p>The <a href="http://cleveland.indians.mlb.com/cle/fan_forum/highachievers.jsp">High Achievers Kids Club</a>, for children in grades K to 8, rewards those who do well in school with Indians tickets, prizes, and experiences. Membership is free.</p> <p>Children age 2 and younger are admitted for free but must occupy a ticket holder&rsquo;s lap.&nbsp;</p> <p>A fireworks show is hosted after every Friday home game, weather permitting.</p> <p>Promotional items are given away regularly. Check the <a href="http://cleveland.indians.mlb.com/schedule/promotions.jsp?c_id=cle">giveaway schedule</a> here.</p> <h3>14. PETCO Park (San Diego Padres)</h3> <p>Ticket savings at <a href="http://sandiego.padres.mlb.com/sd/ballpark/index.jsp">PETCO&nbsp;Park</a> include:</p> <ul> <li>College Nights, which feature $9 advance and $10 day-of-game tickets to Thursday home games</li> <li>The Military Season Pass, which entitles junior enlisted military personnel (pay grades E1-E3) to one Upper Reserved seat for up to 80 home games for $99</li> </ul> <p>The <a href="http://sandiego.padres.mlb.com/sd/fan_forum/jr_padres.jsp">Jr. Padres</a>, for ages 14 and younger, is free.</p> <p>Fans are permitted to bring in soft-sided bags or containers 16&rdquo; x 16&rdquo; x 8&rdquo; or smaller.</p> <p>Fans may bring in factory-sealed water bottles 20 oz. or less and single-serve beverage containers (milk, juice, etc.; plastic or soft-sided only).</p> <p>Fans are permitted to bring in outside food for individual consumption. All food items should be wrapped, bagged, or put in a container. Fruits must be sliced or sectioned.</p> <p>A fireworks show is hosted after some Friday home games, weather permitting.&nbsp;</p> <p>Promotional items are given away regularly. Check the <a href="http://sandiego.padres.mlb.com/schedule/promotions.jsp?c_id=sd&amp;y=2012">giveaway schedule</a> here.</p> <h3>15. Great American Ball Park (Cincinnati Reds)</h3> <p>Ticket savings at the <a href="http://cincinnati.reds.mlb.com/cin/ballpark/index.jsp">Great American Ball Park</a> include an all-you-can-eat section, which features unlimited hot dogs, popcorn, peanuts, and soda, starting at $32, and Tickets Plus+, which includes a ticket concession value of $10 or $20 redeemable throughout the ballpark for food, beverages, and merchandise.</p> <p>The <a href="http://cincinnati.reds.mlb.com/cin/fan_forum/redsheads.jsp">Reds Heads Kids Club</a>, for ages 14 and younger, includes four ticket vouchers, Reds Heads logo cap and team replica road jersey, Reds-style baseball cap backpack, dog tag, Reds Heads lens logo sunglasses, newsletters, a ticket to the Reds Hall of Fame &amp; Museum, one-day admission to the Cincinnati Zoo, kids meal at Bob Evans Restaurant, a ticket to the &ldquo;A Day in Pompeii&rdquo; exhibit at the Cincinnati Museum Center, for $25.</p> <p>Fans are permitted to bring in soft-sided bags or containers 16&rdquo; x 16&rdquo; x 8&rdquo; or smaller.</p> <p>Fans may bring in factory-sealed water bottles and soft drinks.&nbsp;</p> <p>A fireworks show is hosted after every Friday home game, weather permitting.</p> <p>Promotional items are given away regularly. Check the <a href="http://cincinnati.reds.mlb.com/schedule/promotions.jsp?c_id=cin">giveaway schedule</a> here.</p> <h3>16. Citi Field (New York Mets)</h3> <p>Ticket specials for <a href="http://newyork.mets.mlb.com/nym/ballpark/index.jsp">Citi Field</a> include:</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://newyork.mets.mlb.com/nym/ticketing/senior_dates.jsp">50% off select seating areas for seniors</a> for all Monday to Thursday matinee games, available for purchase starting at 9 a.m. on game day</li> <li>The <a href="http://newyork.mets.mlb.com/nym/ticketing/mcfaddens.jsp">McFadden&rsquo;s VIP package</a> for select games, which includes one-hour open bar and appetizer buffet before the game, a ticket to the game, and one drink after the 7<sup>th</sup> inning, for $35 to $45</li> <li>Power Packs for families of four for $22 each, which include four game tickets in the Left Field Landing and four hot dogs, hamburgers, or veggie burgers, each with fries and a drink</li> <li>T-shirt Tuesdays, which feature a ticket in the Left Field Landing to select games and a limited-edition T-shirt for $19</li> <li>$10 tickets for students with a valid high school of college ID</li> <li>A complimentary ticket to active military personnel with active military ID, available for pickup in the Ticket Office Lobby in the Jackie Robinson Rotunda on game day&nbsp;</li> </ul> <p>The <a href="http://newyork.mets.mlb.com/nym/fan_forum/kidsclub.jsp">Mets Fan Club for Kids</a>, for young fans, includes a voucher for two tickets to a Mets home game, an ID card, lanyard, cap, commemorative Fathead poster, three issues of the Kids Club newsletter, a birthday card from the Mets, folder, membership certificate, and more, for $25.</p> <p>Children 32&rdquo; or shorter are admitted for free but must occupy a ticket holder&rsquo;s lap.</p> <p>Bike racks are provided to ticket holders keen to reduce their carbon footprints.</p> <p>A concert is hosted after some Friday home games, weather permitting.</p> <p>Promotional items are given away regularly. Check the <a href="http://mlb.mlb.com/schedule/promotions.jsp?c_id=nym&amp;y=2012">giveaway schedule</a> here.</p> <h3>17. AT&amp;T Park (San Francisco Giants)</h3> <p>Ticket savings at <a href="http://sanfrancisco.giants.mlb.com/sf/ballpark/index.jsp">AT&amp;T&nbsp;Park</a> include:</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://sanfrancisco.giants.mlb.com/sf/ticketing/dynamic_deal.jsp">Dynamic Deals</a>, where prices will fluctuate based on market value to as low as $8</li> <li>The Value 6Pack, which includes one ticket to six select games for $39</li> </ul> <p>Fans are permitted to bring paper and plastic grocery bags, purses, fanny packs, backpacks, lunch bags, diaper bags (backpack-style), soft-sided containers, handbags and briefcases into the ballpark as long as they do not exceed 16&quot; x 16&quot; x 8&quot; in size.</p> <p>Fans may bring in factory-sealed plastic bottles and soft-sided juice containers. Unsealed plastic bottles will be inspected.</p> <p>Children age 2 and younger are admitted for free but must occupy a ticket holder&rsquo;s lap.</p> <p>Free Wi-Fi is provided to fans.</p> <p>A fireworks show is hosted after some Friday home games, weather permitting.</p> <p>Promotional items are given away regularly. Check the <a href="http://sanfrancisco.giants.mlb.com/schedule/promotions.jsp?c_id=sf">giveaway schedule</a> here.</p> <h3>18. Miller Park (Milwaukee Brewers)</h3> <p>Ticket savings for <a href="http://milwaukee.brewers.mlb.com/mil/ballpark/index.jsp">Miller Park</a> include:</p> <ul> <li>50% off all seats (except Bernie&rsquo;s Terrace and $1 Uecker Seats) to weekday afternoon home games for kids age 14 and younger and seniors age 60 and older</li> <li>$20 for the Brew Crew &amp; The Zoo package, which includes one Terrace Reserved ticket to a select game, one ticket to the Milwaukee County Zoo, and a Brew Crew &amp; the Zoo T-shirt</li> <li>Brewers $13 Fair Fridays, which includes one Terrace Reserved ticket to any Friday game and one general admission ticket to the Wisconsin State Fair</li> <li>Corey&rsquo;s Corner tickets plus a limited-edition Corey Hart T-shirt for $35, to benefit the American Heart Association</li> <li>The Harley-Davidson Crew H-D Ticket Package, which includes a ticket to select games, one adult admission to the Harley-Davidson Museum, and an H-D Museum glass mug</li> <li>Miller High Life Mondays, featuring $8 Terrace Reserved seats</li> <li>50% off Terrace Reserved and Loge Bleacher seats for college and high school students with a valid ID to Friday home games, courtesy of Time Warner Cable</li> <li>$1 Uecker Seats, available on game day only.</li> </ul> <p>The <a href="https://secure.mlb.com/mil/fan_forum/kids_club.jsp?loc=form">Brewers Kids&rsquo; Club</a>, for age 14 and younger, includes an ID card with lanyard, cap, drawstring bag and coin pouch, poster and beads, six Terrace Reserved ticket vouchers, and other exclusive opportunities, for $25.</p> <p>Fans are permitted to bring in soft-sided bags or containers 16&rdquo; x 16&rdquo; x 8&rdquo; or smaller.&nbsp;</p> <p>Fans may bring in factory-sealed plastic bottles containing soda, water, or juice.</p> <p>Fans are permitted to bring in outside food in appropriate containers.</p> <p>Bike racks are provided to ticket holders keen to reduce their carbon footprints.</p> <p>Children age 2 and younger are admitted for free but must occupy a ticket holder&rsquo;s lap.</p> <p>Promotional items are given away regularly. Check the <a href="http://milwaukee.brewers.mlb.com/schedule/promotions.jsp?c_id=mil&amp;y=2012">giveaway schedule</a> here.</p> <h3>19. Nationals Park (Washington Nationals)</h3> <p>Ticket savings at <a href="http://washington.nationals.mlb.com/was/ballpark/index.jsp">Nationals Park</a> include:</p> <ul> <li>Harris Teeter Family Fun Packs, which include a game ticket, hot dog, Coca-Cola/Dasani beverage, and chips, starting at $14 each (two ticket minimum)</li> <li>Miller Lite Party Night (every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday), which includes a ticket to a select section and a free Coca-Cola product, Dasani water, or beer, starting at $20</li> <li>A <a href="http://washington.nationals.mlb.com/was/ticketing/birthday_form.jsp">free birthday</a> ticket</li> <li>The Beltway Burger Pack, which includes a ticket to a select section, burger, fries, and a drink, starting at $20 (two ticket minimum)</li> <li>50% off tickets $10 or more for college students with a valid college ID (limit one ticket per ID)</li> <li>$3 off tickets $10 or more for military personnel, seniors, and government employees</li> <li>$5 off tickets $24 or more to every Tuesday home game by presenting a Harris Teeter VIC card (four ticket max)</li> <li>$5 off tickets $24 or more on Washington Post Wednesdays by presenting the front page of that day&rsquo;s <i>Washington Post</i></li> </ul> <p>The <a href="http://washington.nationals.mlb.com/was/fan_forum/kidsclub_form.jsp">Jr. Nationals Kids Club</a>, for ages 12 and younger, includes a lunch tote, braided necklace, mini-Screech bobblehead, membership card with lanyard, a coupon book with buy-one-get-one-free ticket vouchers and free meal offers, and a Jr. Nationals passport for $15.</p> <p>Fans are permitted to bring in soft-sided bags or containers 16&rdquo; x 16&rdquo; x 8&rdquo; or smaller.</p> <p>Fans may bring in factory-sealed water bottles of one-liter in size or less, kids&rsquo; juice boxes, insulin containers, baby food, and empty Nalgene water bottles. Only one bottle per person is permitted.</p> <p>Fans are permitted to bring in outside food in single-serving bags within soft-sided containers or coolers.</p> <p>Children age 2 and younger are admitted for free but must occupy a ticket holder&rsquo;s lap.</p> <p>Kids, age 14 and younger, can ride the Fly Ball Ferris Wheel for free on Sundays.</p> <p>A free bike valet is located in Garage C at the corner of First and N streets, SE. Access to the valet is on N Street, just left of the entrance. The valet will accept bikes 2.5 hours before game time and will close one hour after the game ends.</p> <p>The day after the Nationals win <i>and</i> score at least five runs, fans can use promo code NATS50 for 50% OFF their entire order at PapaJohns.com.</p> <p>A fireworks show is hosted after some Friday home games, weather permitting.</p> <p>Promotional items are given away regularly. Check the <a href="http://washington.nationals.mlb.com/schedule/promotions.jsp?c_id=was">giveaway schedule</a> here.</p> <h3>20. Comerica Park (Detroit Tigers)<b>&nbsp;</b></h3> <p>Ticket savings are offered at <a href="http://detroit.tigers.mlb.com/det/ballpark/index.jsp">Comercia Park</a> on various event nights hosted sporadically throughout the season.</p> <p>Membership to the <a href="http://mlb.mlb.com/det/fan_forum/kidsclub.jsp">Tigers Kids Club</a> includes a Justin Verlander drawstring backpack, two issues of <i>PAWSprint</i>, a kids&rsquo; club passport with lanyard, <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/big-list-of-birthday-freebies">birthday card</a>, and other exclusive offers.&nbsp;</p> <p>Fans are permitted to bring in soft-sided bags or containers 16&rdquo; x 16&rdquo; x 8&rdquo; or smaller.&nbsp;</p> <p>Fans may bring in factory-sealed bottles of unflavored water and juice boxes.</p> <p>Fans are permitted to bring in outside food in single-serving bags.</p> <p>Children age 3 and younger are admitted for free but must occupy a ticket holder&rsquo;s lap.</p> <p>A fireworks show is hosted after most Friday and Saturday home games, weather permitting.</p> <p>Promotional items are given away regularly. Check the <a href="http://detroit.tigers.mlb.com/schedule/promotions.jsp?c_id=det&amp;y=2012">giveaway schedule</a> here.</p> <h3>21. Wrigley Field (Chicago Cubs)</h3> <p>Ticket savings at <a href="http://chicago.cubs.mlb.com/index.jsp?c_id=chc">Wrigley Field</a> include <a href="http://mlb.mlb.com/chc/ticketing/dynamicpricing.jsp">dynamic pricing</a>, where prices will fluctuate based on market value.</p> <p>The <a href="https://secure.mlb.com/chc/fan_forum/kidsclub.jsp#order_form">Cubs Kids Club</a> membership includes a lanyard, chest protector backpack, baseball cap, school supplies package, stickers, Wrigley Field Tour ticket, child ticket to Legoland Discovery Center Chicago, and front-of-the-line privileges for Kids-Run-the-Bases, for $29.</p> <p>Fans are permitted to bring in soft-sided bags or containers 16&rdquo; x 16&rdquo; x 8&rdquo; or smaller.&nbsp;</p> <p>Fans may bring in factory-sealed bottles of water.</p> <p>Fans are permitted to bring food and drink items in acceptable containers.</p> <p>Children age 2 and younger are admitted for free but must occupy a ticket holder&rsquo;s lap.</p> <p>A free bike valet is located on the southeast corner of Clark and Waveland.</p> <p>Promotional items are given away regularly. Check the <a href="http://chicago.cubs.mlb.com/schedule/promotions.jsp?c_id=chc&amp;y=2012">giveaway schedule</a> here.</p> <h3>22. Minute Maid Park (Houston Astros)</h3> <p>Ticket savings at <a href="http://houston.astros.mlb.com/hou/ballpark/index.jsp">Minute Maid Park</a> include:</p> <ul> <li>An all-you-can-eat option that includes unlimited hot dogs, nachos, popcorn, peanuts, soda, and water for $30</li> <li>Price Matters, which includes a View Deck II ticket, a hot dog, a bag of H-E-B chips, and one soda for $10</li> <li>The Coca-Cola Value Zone, which includes a Mezzanine ticket, Astros cap, a hot dog, and 20 oz. Coke product for $20, available every Friday to Sunday home game</li> <li>$30 for a Guys Night Out package, which includes a Field Box II ticket, sausage dog, one draft beer or small soda, and an Astros cap</li> <li>Dynamic pricing, where prices will fluctuate based on market value&nbsp;</li> </ul> <p>The Astro Buddies Kids Club (MVP membership), for age 14 and younger, includes four Astros tickets, discount ticket offers, and other perks, for $20. Rookie membership is free.&nbsp;</p> <p>A fireworks show is hosted after every Friday home game, weather permitting.</p> <p>Promotional items are given away regularly. Check the <a href="http://mlb.mlb.com/schedule/promotions.jsp?c_id=hou">giveaway schedule</a> here.</p> <h3>23. U.S. Cellular Field (Chicago White Sox)<b>&nbsp;</b></h3> <p>Ticket savings at <a href="http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/ballpark/index.jsp">U.S. Cellular Field</a> include:</p> <ul> <li>Dynamic pricing, where prices will fluctuate based on market value</li> <li>Kids Days, when tickets for kids age 13 and younger are $1 each when a full-price adult ticket is purchased for select games</li> <li>One free ticket to active members of the military, based on availability, at the U.S. Cellular Field Box Office on game day with a valid military ID</li> </ul> <p>The <a href="http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/fan_forum/kidsclub_index.jsp">White Sox Kids Club</a> (All-Star membership), for age 13 and younger, includes four White Sox tickets, a welcome postcard from a White Sox player, T-shirt, cap, White Sox mini-bobblehead, foam finger, and more, for $35. Slugger membership is free.&nbsp;</p> <p>Fans are permitted to bring in soft-sided bags or containers 16&rdquo; x 16&rdquo; x 8&rdquo; or smaller.&nbsp;</p> <p>Each fan may bring in one sealed bottle of water, one liter in size or less.</p> <p>Fans are permitted to bring in outside food in small, see-through plastic bags.</p> <p>Children 36&rdquo; and under are admitted for free but must occupy a ticket holder&rsquo;s lap.</p> <p>A fireworks show is hosted after every Friday home game, weather permitting.</p> <p>Promotional items are given away regularly. Check the <a href="http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/schedule/promotions.jsp?c_id=cws">giveaway schedule</a> here.</p> <h3>24. Target Field (Minnesota Twins)</h3> <p>Ticket savings at <a href="http://minnesota.twins.mlb.com/min/ballpark/index.jsp">Target Field</a> include demand-based pricing, where prices will fluctuate based on demand.</p> <p>Fans are permitted to bring in soft-sided bags or containers 16&rdquo; x 16&rdquo; x 8&rdquo; or smaller.&nbsp;</p> <p>Fans may bring in sealed bottled water 32 oz. or less and soft-sided juice or milk containers. Empty, <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-eco-friendly-water-bottles">plastic sport-type water bottles</a> are also permitted.</p> <p>Fans are permitted to bring in outside food in soft-sided containers that will fit under a seat.</p> <p>Children 30&rdquo; and under are admitted for free but must occupy a ticket holder&rsquo;s lap.</p> <p>A fireworks show is hosted after some Friday home games, weather permitting.&nbsp;</p> <p>Promotional items are given away regularly. Check the <a href="http://minnesota.twins.mlb.com/schedule/promotions.jsp?c_id=min">giveaway schedule</a> here.</p> <h3>25. PNC Park (Pittsburgh Pirates)</h3> <p>Ticket savings at <a href="http://pittsburgh.pirates.mlb.com">PNC Park</a> include:</p> <ul> <li>50% to 60% off Grandstand, Bleacher Reserved, and Upper Grandstand seats for kids age 14 and younger</li> <li>$38 for all-you-can-eat seats in the Outfield Reserved section, which include unlimited burgers, hot dogs, nachos, popcorn, peanuts, salads, ice cream, and soda for $38</li> <li>Pepsi Max Packs, which include a game ticket, hot dog, pretzel, and a Pepsi, for $24 on Friday nights and Sunday afternoons</li> <li>$10 off Sunday home game tickets with a Giant Eagle Advantage Card</li> <li>Up to $10 off each ticket when you purchase with a PNC Bank Check Card</li> <li>$25 for one human and one dog ticket on <a href="http://pittsburgh.pirates.mlb.com/pit/ticketing/pup_night_form.jsp">Pup Nights</a>&nbsp;</li> </ul> <p>The <a href="http://pittsburgh.pirates.mlb.com/pit/fan_forum/kidsclub.jsp">Bucaroos Kids Club</a> (Gold membership) includes four ticket vouchers, six buy one, get one free ticket vouchers, a lunch cooler, winter gloves, and exclusive experience opportunities, for $15. Sliver membership is free.&nbsp;</p> <p>All fans receive a free Pirates T-shirt at every Friday home game.</p> <p>Children 32&rdquo; and under are admitted for free but must occupy a ticket holder&rsquo;s lap.</p> <p>A fireworks show is hosted after some Saturday home games, weather permitting.</p> <p>Promotional items are given away regularly. Check the <a href="http://pittsburgh.pirates.mlb.com/schedule/promotions.jsp?c_id=pit&amp;y=2012">giveaway schedule</a> here.&nbsp;</p> <h3>26. Kauffman Stadium (Kansas City Royals)</h3> <p>Ticket savings at <a href="http://kansascity.royals.mlb.com/kc/ballpark/index.jsp">Kauffman Stadium</a> include:</p> <ul> <li>All-you-can-eat seats in the Loge Level, which include unlimited hot dogs, nachos, peanuts, pretzels, and Pepsi products for $40</li> <li>Family FunDay Sunday 4-Packs, which include four tickets in the Hy-Vee Infield, $10 in concession credit on each ticket, and an All Day Play Pass for unlimited activities in the Outfield Experience, available every Sunday home game for $80</li> <li>$10 Fountain Seats on Value Games</li> <li>Frenchy Quarter Thursdays, which feature an Outfield Box seat, a &ldquo;The Frenchy Quarter&rdquo; T-shirt, and blue Mardi Gras beads, available every Thursday home game for $21</li> <li>50% off to Jackson County residents to select home games</li> <li>Play Packs, which include two Field Plaza tickets with $5 in concession credit and two Play Passes for unlimited games in the Outfield Experience for $25</li> <li>$7 Hy-Vee Level tickets to all Monday home games</li> <li>Half-priced tickets in the Loge Box, Field Plaza, Outfield Box, Hy-Vee Box, Hy-Vee Infield and Hy-Vee Outfield, to all Sunday to Thursday home games for seniors age 65 and older</li> <li>$7 Outfield Box and Hy-Vee Infield tickets to all Wednesday home games for high school and college students with a valid ID</li> <li>Up to four half-priced tickets for active-duty and retired military with a valid military ID.</li> <li>$7 Hy-Vee Infield tickets to every Wednesday home game for age 14 and younger&nbsp;</li> </ul> <p>The <a href="http://kansascity.royals.mlb.com/kc/fan_forum/bluecrew_form.jsp">Sluggerrr&rsquo;s Blue Crew Youth Fan Club</a> membership, for age 14 and younger, includes a Royals replica batting practice jersey, jersey-style backpack with MP3 player pocket, special-edition reusable water bottle, VIP access to the Sprint Fun Run, two game ticket vouchers, vouchers to the Outfield Experience; child&rsquo;s admission for a ballpark tour, and other special offers, for $20.</p> <p>Fans are permitted to bring in soft-sided bags or containers 16&rdquo; x 16&rdquo; x 8&rdquo; or smaller.</p> <p>Each fan may bring in one sealed bottled water, 20 oz. or less.</p> <p>Fans are permitted to bring in outside food in soft-sided containers.</p> <p>Children 32&rdquo; and under are admitted for free but must occupy a ticket holder&rsquo;s lap.</p> <p>A fireworks show is hosted after every Friday home game, weather permitting.</p> <p>Promotional items are given away regularly. Check the <a href="http://kansascity.royals.mlb.com/schedule/promotions.jsp?c_id=kc&amp;y=2012">giveaway schedule</a> here.</p> <h3>27. Fenway Park (Boston Red Sox)</h3> <p>At <a href="http://boston.redsox.mlb.com/bos/ballpark/index.jsp">Fenway Park</a>, fans are permitted to bring in soft-sided bags or containers 16&rdquo; x 16&rdquo; x 8&rdquo; or smaller.&nbsp;</p> <p>Children age 2 and younger are admitted free.</p> <h3>28. Marlins Park (Miami Marlins)</h3> <p>Ticket savings at <a href="http://miami.marlins.mlb.com/mia/ballpark/index.jsp">Marlins Park</a> include:</p> <ul> <li>Special offer every Wednesday</li> <li>$10 Gameday Specials; <a href="http://miami.marlins.mlb.com/mia/ticketing/all_you_can_eat.jsp">Monday &ldquo;All You Can Eat&rdquo;</a> tickets to select games, which include unlimited hot dogs, sodas, water, nachos, peanuts, and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-make-your-own-popcorn">popcorn</a></li> <li>Tuesday &ldquo;Family Four Pack&rdquo; tickets, which include tickets, hot dogs, chips, and sodas for four, starting at $54</li> <li>50% off tickets to Wednesday home game with a fill-up of eight gallons or more of Chevron gasoline</li> <li>$5 one ticket with a voucher from participating Subway restaurants</li> <li>Free tickets to military employees, active duty, Reserve, National Guard, and their dependents, on Military Mondays, sponsored by Outback Steakhouse</li> </ul> <p>The <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sites/all/libraries/fckeditor/editor/marlins.com/billysbunch">Billy&rsquo;s Bunch Kids Club</a> (free for residents of Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, Collier, and Monroe counties, ages 12 and younger) includes a welcome letter from Billy the Marlin, an official Billy&rsquo;s Bunch membership card, Heath Bell player poster, Miami Marlins &ldquo;black eye,&rdquo; Billy&rsquo;s Bunch messenger bag, Billy&rsquo;s Bunch Family Sunday Passport, and a free Duffy&rsquo;s kid&rsquo;s meal coupon.</p> <p>Fans are permitted to bring in soft-sided bags or containers 16&rdquo; x 16&rdquo; x 8&rdquo; or smaller.</p> <p>Fans may bring in factory-sealed bottled water 20 oz. or less and soft-sided juice or milk containers.</p> <p>Each fan is permitted to bring in one single-serving food item in a clear plastic bag. Fruit must be sliced.</p> <p>Children age 3 and younger are admitted for free but must occupy a ticket holder&rsquo;s lap.</p> <p>Free concerts are hosted after some Friday home games, weather permitting.</p> <p>Promotional items are given away regularly. Check the <a href="http://miami.marlins.mlb.com/schedule/promotions.jsp?c_id=mia">giveaway schedule</a> here.</p> <h3>29. Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum (Oakland Athletics)</h3> <p>Ticket savings at the <a href="http://oakland.athletics.mlb.com/index.jsp?c_id=oak&amp;sv=1">Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum</a> include:</p> <ul> <li>$2 tickets in the Plaza Outfield and Plaza Reserved sections to every Wednesday home game</li> <li>50% off Plaza Level tickets to every Thursday home game</li> <li>XFINITY Friday Family Packs, which include Plaza Level tickets, hot dogs, medium drinks, and bags of peanuts for four, for $50</li> <li>Dynamic pricing, where prices will fluctuate based on market value&nbsp;</li> </ul> <p>The <a href="http://oakland.athletics.mlb.com/oak/fan_forum/kids_club_info.jsp">Oakland A&rsquo;s Kids Club</a> (All-Star membership), for age 14 and younger, includes an A&rsquo;s Kids Club sweatshirt-style drawstring bag; water bottle, lanyard, coupon booklet with free and discounted offers on A&rsquo;s tickets and merchandise, and more, for $20. Rookie membership is free.</p> <p>Fans are permitted to bring in soft-sided bags or containers 16&rdquo; x 16&rdquo; x 8&rdquo; or smaller.</p> <p>Children age 2 and younger are admitted for free but must occupy a ticket holder&rsquo;s lap.</p> <p>All fans park for free at most Tuesday games.</p> <p>Promotional items are given away regularly. Check the <a href="http://oakland.athletics.mlb.com/schedule/promotions.jsp?c_id=oak&amp;y=2012">giveaway schedule</a> here.</p> <h3>30. Tropicana Field (Tampa Bay Rays)</h3> <p>Ticket savings at <a href="http://tampabay.rays.mlb.com/index.jsp?c_id=tb&amp;sv=1">Tropicana Field</a> include <a href="http://mlb.mlb.com/tb/ticketing/family_fun_days.jsp">Tampa Bay Times Family Fun Days</a>, which feature special tickets offers that include a voucher for a hot dog, snack, and Pepsi product, available every Sunday home game.&nbsp;</p> <p>The <a href="http://tampabay.rays.mlb.com/tb/fan_forum/rays_rookies.jsp">Rays Rookies</a> membership, for age 14 and younger, includes official Rays Rookies jersey, drawstring backpack, membership card, coupons for merchandise and concession items, ticket vouchers to two Rays home games, and other discounts, for $25.</p> <p>Fans are permitted to bring in soft-sided bags or containers 16&rdquo; x 16&rdquo; x 8&rdquo; or smaller.</p> <p>Fans may bring in factory-sealed bottled water one liter or less and soft-sided juice or milk containers.</p> <p>Fans are permitted to bring in outside food for individual consumption.</p> <p>Children younger than age 2 are admitted for free.</p> <p>Free concerts are hosted after some Saturday home games, weather permitting.&nbsp;</p> <p>Promotional items are given away regularly. Check the <a href="http://tampabay.rays.mlb.com/schedule/promotions.jsp?c_id=tb&amp;y=2011">giveaway schedule</a> here.</p> <p><em>Are you privy to deals and discounts at your favorite MLB stadium that are not on this list? Let me know in the comments below.</em></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%2Fa-complete-guide-to-saving-at-americas-baseball-stadiums&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FA%20Complete%20Guide%20to%20Saving%20at%20Americas%20Baseball%20Stadiums.jpg&amp;description=A%20Complete%20Guide%20to%20Saving%20at%20Americas%20Baseball%20Stadiums" 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/A%20Complete%20Guide%20to%20Saving%20at%20Americas%20Baseball%20Stadiums.jpg" alt="A Complete Guide to Saving at America's Baseball Stadiums" 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/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/a-complete-guide-to-saving-at-americas-baseball-stadiums">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-6"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/so-you-caught-a-world-series-home-run-whats-it-worth">So You Caught a World Series Home Run — What&#039;s It Worth?</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/how-to-watch-sports-without-cable-tv">How to Watch Sports Without Cable TV</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/are-all-inclusive-vacations-and-cruises-worth-the-money">Are All-Inclusive Vacations and Cruises Worth the Money?</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/7-surprising-ways-summer-will-cost-you">7 Surprising Ways Summer Will Cost You</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/8-things-you-can-do-in-denver-that-you-cant-do-anywhere-else">8 Things You Can Do in Denver That You Can&#039;t Do Anywhere Else</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment Travel baseball nice things to do for my girlfriend sports summer fun Mon, 02 Jul 2012 10:36:08 +0000 Mikey Rox 937042 at http://www.wisebread.com Cutting the Cable Cord Has More Than Financial Benefits http://www.wisebread.com/cutting-the-cable-cord-has-more-than-financial-benefits <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/cutting-the-cable-cord-has-more-than-financial-benefits" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/5443077918_225b1a730e_z.jpg" alt="watching TV" title="watching TV" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="166" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Cutting the cable TV cord has benefits that go beyond the financial. Sure, you're saving $50 or so a month by going without cable. But there are other good things that happen when you go without cable, many which may not come to mind when you first start thinking about making the move because you're focused on saving money. (See also:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/massive-list-of-things-to-do-while-watching-tv">Massive List of Things to Do While Watching TV</a>)</p> <p>There's the obvious satisfaction of &quot;sticking it to The Man&quot; and not having to support a business that won't let you pay for only the stations you want to watch. Other benefits, however, may not be so obvious. But before I get into those, it's worth pointing out that the expected financial savings might not be as good as you might think.</p> <h3>The Somewhat Surprising Reality of Living Without Cable</h3> <p>My family cut cable at our house in early June, mainly as a test run during the slow summer TV season to see if we could live without it. We also wanted to save some money, which I'm quickly realizing is being eaten up by other <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cable-tv-is-here-to-stayfor-now">costs that Wise Bread has covered</a>. While our cable bill dropped by $50 a month, we still pay for <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-alternatives-to-cable-tv-that-will-keep-you-entertained">alternatives</a> that don't look like a lot by themselves, but add up.</p> <p>Here are some of them, some of which are one-time expenses and others monthly:</p> <ul> <li>Netflix streaming at $8 per month.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Hulu&nbsp;Plus at $8 per month. We don't have this yet, but I can see it coming in handy in the fall.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Occasional TV series purchase such as &quot;Curb Your Enthusiasm,&quot; about $20 a month.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Redbox movie rentals at $1.20 or more each, for maybe five movies a month at $6 total.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Roku box to watch shows, a one-time cost of $100.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Antenna for TV, a one-time cost of $25, though much more can be spent.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>HDMI cable and adapter to hook up computer to TV so online shows can be viewed. A one-time cost of $50.</li> </ul> <p>After spending about $42 a month on shows, I'm only spending $8 less each month than I did with cable. (It's worth noting that we had Netflix streaming when we had cable, and I'm not including our monthly Internet fee because it's an expense we'd have with or without a TV.) Add in the $175 for equipment, and the $8 monthly savings will take almost 22 months (two years!) to pay for it. Then I'll really start saving money.</p> <h3>Benefits of Cutting Cable</h3> <p>Since I'm not saving any money for two years, what do I gain by not having cable TV? A lot, in my view. Here are some benefits.</p> <p><strong>Less Channel Surfing</strong></p> <p>Since we no longer have hundreds of channels to scan, there's less mindless channel surfing and wasting time looking for something to watch. There's something hypnotic about scrolling through channels that's sort of relaxing, but it's also a waste of time that leaves you wondering why you're paying for cable TV if there's nothing on.</p> <p><strong>Paying for What You Want to Watch</strong></p> <p>There's plenty of extra stuff on Netflix and elsewhere in the non-cable world, but it's nice knowing that I'm not paying for a channel that I'll never watch and can instead buy a season of a show I really want to watch. I may not come across a great show by accident, but I'll take that chance.</p> <p><strong>Free Time</strong></p> <p>If we don't know ahead of time what we're going to watch, we're unlikely to turn the TV on. I don't want to make it sound like my family has turned Amish and we're not watching TV at all, or that we've discovered more family time and are <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/play-on-5-great-card-and-board-games">playing more board games</a> together and reading more books. But we are finding time to do other things, and my library card is being used more.</p> <p>These are things you can't put a price on, though I suspect that even these may not be enough to prevent us from calling the cable company back in six months when we get tired of missing pro sports.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/aaron-crowe">Aaron Crowe</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cutting-the-cable-cord-has-more-than-financial-benefits">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-7"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-netflix-and-hulu-to-play-on-your-tv">How to Get Netflix and Hulu to Play on Your TV</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/which-online-services-are-worth-paying-for">Which Online Services Are Worth Paying For?</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/cable-tv-is-here-to-stayfor-now">Cable TV Is Here to Stay...for Now</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-alternatives-to-cable-tv-that-will-keep-you-entertained">8 Alternatives to Cable TV That Will Keep You Entertained</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/5-reasons-to-choose-traditional-books-over-e-books">5 Reasons to Choose Traditional Books Over E-Books</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment Technology cutting cable hulu netflix sports Thu, 21 Jun 2012 10:36:11 +0000 Aaron Crowe 935252 at http://www.wisebread.com