deal http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/5099/all en-US Best Money Tips: Tips for Negotiating a Better Deal http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-tips-for-negotiating-a-better-deal <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-tips-for-negotiating-a-better-deal" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/negotiating-deal-457896041-small.jpg" alt="negotiating deal" title="negotiating deal" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some great articles on tips for negotiating a better deal, nixing your bad money habits, and frugally saving summer before it's gone.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://canadianfinanceblog.com/tips-for-negotiating-a-better-deal/">Tips for Negotiating a Better Deal</a> &mdash; Knowing your stuff and using silence can help you negotiate a better deal. [Canadian Finance Blog]</p> <p><a href="http://www.moneydiva.com/1-secret-to-joining-the-wealthy-nix-your-bad-money-habits/">#1 Secret to Joining the Wealthy: Nix Your Bad Money Habits</a> &mdash; If you want to be wealthy, make financial housekeeping a healthy habit! [The Money Diva]</p> <p><a href="http://frugalbeautiful.com/blog/20-ways-frugally-savor-summer/">20 Ways to Frugally Savor Summer Before It's Gone</a> &mdash; Before summer ends, enjoy free movies in the park and have a big BBQ. [Frugal Beautiful]</p> <p><a href="http://retireby40.org/passive-income-easier/">Passive Income Made Easier</a> &mdash; To facilitate an early retirement, live below your means and start investing early. [Retire By 40]</p> <p><a href="http://www.goodfinancialcents.com/business-lessons-from-warren-buffet/">15 Business Lessons From Warren Buffet</a> &mdash; Warren Buffet can teach us to buy value and avoid fads. [Good Financial Cents]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://frugalportland.com/what-to-include-in-a-minimalist-wedding-registry/">What to Include in a Minimalist Wedding Registry</a> &mdash; When putting together a minimalist wedding registry, consider including nicer versions of things you already own on it. [Frugal Portland]</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Last-Days-Summer-Checklist-35307982">9 Ways to Shake Up Your Summer (Before It's Too Late)</a> &mdash; If you want to shake up your summer before it's too late, check out a live concert or make ice cream. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.carefulcents.com/accidental-entrepreneur/">How I Quit My Job and Became an Accidental Entrepreneur</a> &mdash; Starting a blog can change your life and help you become an entrepreneur. [Careful Cents]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/the-5-best-infant-strollers">The 5 Best Infant Strollers</a> &mdash; Are you in the market for a new infant stroller? Be sure to check out these options! [Parenting Squad]</p> <p><a href="http://themilitarywallet.com/army-tuition-assistance-benefits/">Army Tuition Assistance Benefits - Updates FY 2015</a> &mdash; Starting in 2015, the army will pay for 100% of tuition up to 16 hours of credit for eligible soldiers. [The Military Wallet]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-tips-for-negotiating-a-better-deal">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/seller-concessions-and-buyer-bargains-what-to-ask-for-in-the-current-real-estate-market">Seller concessions and buyer bargains - What to ask for in the current real estate market.</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/best-of-personal-finance-41-financial-calculators-for-major-life-decisions">Best Money Tip: 41 Financial Calculators for Major Life Decisions</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-1-homes-worth-buying">Are $1 homes worth buying?</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-personal-finance-lessons-women-learn-in-their-20s">8 Personal Finance Lessons Women Learn in Their 20s</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-ways-life-is-amazing-with-an-800-credit-score">5 Ways Life Is Amazing With an 800 Credit Score</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Personal Finance best money tips deal negotiating Fri, 22 Aug 2014 19:00:04 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 1191316 at http://www.wisebread.com Get a Deal Every Time You Shop with These Tools http://www.wisebread.com/get-a-deal-every-time-you-shop-with-these-tools <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/get-a-deal-every-time-you-shop-with-these-tools" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/2313757755_7541199205_z_0.jpg" alt="only bargains sign" title="only bargains sign" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I have a few handy skills. Certainly not a plethora, but a handful that serve me well. And one of them is the ability to track down a bargain. Over the years I have become something of a go-to person amongst my friends and relatives. When they&rsquo;re looking to buy a product or service, they often call me first to see if I know of any deals or special offers. If they can&rsquo;t find an item, they ask me if I can. Even if something is sold out in 99% of the stores, I can usually track down that 1% that have it.</p> <p>Do I have secrets? Am I super-lucky? Not really. I have just amassed a set of tools, almost all of them online, that help me find the deals quickly and easily. And now, I&rsquo;m sharing them with you. They can be a real help when you&rsquo;re shopping for a last minute item, have a very tight budget, or just hate paying sticker price for anything. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/deep-discounts-on-schedule-the-best-days-to-shop" title=" Deep Discounts on Schedule: The Best Days to Shop">Deep Discounts on Schedule: The Best Days to Shop</a>)</p> <h3>1. Search every Craigslist at the same time</h3> <p>Craigslist revolutionized the way we all shop classified ads (as the newspaper industry quickly found out to its detriment). You post ads for free, <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-25-best-things-to-buy-on-craigslist" title="The 25 Best Things to Buy on Craigslist">search ads for free</a>, contact the seller or buyer directly and do the deal without any hassle. But most people search their local Craigslist, which limits the bargains you can find and the net you can cast when trying to track something very particular down.</p> <p>A site called <a href="http://www.allofcraigs.com/">allofcraigs.com</a> does away with the local search and puts your query out there across every Craigslist site. I recently purchased something from someone in Los Angeles. No one in my state had what I was looking for. He shipped it quickly to me and was happy to do business out of state. Not everyone is, but most just want to make the sale. Check it out, bookmark it, and use it often.</p> <p><a href="http://www.allofcraigs.com/"><img width="400" height="133" src="http://imgur.com/RPwP4.png" alt="" /></a></p> <h3>2. Search every eBay site at the same time</h3> <p>Although <a href="http://www.ebay.com/">eBay</a> has a much broader reach than your local Craigslist site, it still confines searches to the eBay in your country. But why? I have bought many, many items from the UK eBay, especially music and movies, and who knows what else is lurking out there on other eBay sites. So, why not search them all? You may find a better deal, better prices or faster shipping options.</p> <p>To search every eBay, you first need to have an eBay account. When you are logged in, go to the <strong>Advanced Search</strong> page. Enter the usual search keywords and other requirements as you normally would in a regular eBay search. But, when you scroll down to the Location field, select &quot;Items available to&quot;, then choose &quot;All Countries/Regions&quot; from the drop-down list. When you do your search, you can see items matching your search from every eBay site out there. Nice.</p> <h3>3. Find products locally that are in stock</h3> <p>During peak shopping seasons, like Christmas or Halloween, stores will quickly sell out of the items you want to buy. This happens every year with the &ldquo;must have toys&rdquo; and gadgets that people have on their wish lists. I spent months tracking down a Wii for my wife a few years ago, and this tool would have come in handy. It&rsquo;s a site called <a href="http://milo.com/">Milo.com</a>. You may have heard of it in the news recently because eBay just purchased it for a cool $75 million. Hopefully, the service remains just as good under the new management. All you do is type in the name of the item you&rsquo;re looking for and you&rsquo;ll get a list of results showing stores in your area that have it in stock! Saves a lot of calling around and emailing.</p> <p><a href="http://milo.com/"><img width="400" height="242" src="http://imgur.com/HrMmF.png" alt="" /></a></p> <h3>4. Use an auction sniper service</h3> <p>There are quite a few of these around, including <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/snipe-an-ebay-auction-save-a-fortune">Bidnip.com</a>, <a href="http://www.auctionsniper.com/">Auctionsniper.com</a>, <a href="https://www.ezsniper.com/">EZsniper.com</a> and <a href="https://www.bidnapper.com/">Bidnapper.com</a>. They all work in basically the same way, and it can save you a ton of time and money. Simply input the item number of the auction you&rsquo;d like to win, the maximum amount you&rsquo;d like to pay and, the cool part, when you&rsquo;d like your bid to post. I usually go for 3 seconds. Instead of seeing a bidding war ensue, you can sit back and get on with your life, while the service puts in a last-minute bid for you.</p> <p>Of course, this is not a guaranteed win. Sometimes, there can be communication issues and the service cannot place the bid in time. Sometimes someone else is using an auction sniper as well. And it you absolutely have to have the item, no questions asked, then relying on an auction sniper is not your best bet. But if you want to grab an item without seeing the price skyrocket over the days (or weeks) then this is for you. It also helps to avoid fake bidding, when people will actually try and inflate the price of the product they&rsquo;re selling by bidding against you as someone else.</p> <h3>5. Always do an online price comparison</h3> <p>These were all the rage a few years ago, but with the popularity of the Google Shopping tab, and some of the sites mentioned above, people don&rsquo;t often use the price comparison shoppers any more. That&rsquo;s a big mistake in my book. Sites like <a href="http://www.bizrate.com/">bizrate.com</a>, <a href="http://www.mysimon.com/">mysimon.com</a>, <a href="http://www.nextag.com/">nextag.com</a>, and <a href="http://www.pricegrabber.com/">pricegrabber.com</a> have taken a lot of the hard work out of finding great deals. Just put the item in that you want and you&rsquo;ll see who&rsquo;s selling it for less. Remember though, always do a total price comparison, quite often shipping and handling can turn a good deal into a bad one, or an average deal into a great one.</p> <h3>6. If you have the technology, compare prices in store</h3> <p>How so? Well, if you have a smart phone you can use it to your advantage. Apps like <a href="http://redlaser.com/">Redlaser</a> and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-cell-phone-app-thats-saving-me-a-smal-fortune">Shop Savvy</a> allow you to scan the barcodes of products using the built-in camera. They then search the web for that product and return the results, so that you can find the best deal. If that&rsquo;s not for you, you can always use the internet on your cell phone to do a quick product search on the sites mentioned in part 5. Several stores have computers inside the store that will enable you to search the web and compare prices. And if all else fails and you&rsquo;re still not sure, call someone who does have access to the web and won&rsquo;t mind helping you out. Remember, if in doubt, walk out.</p> <p><img width="400" height="382" src="http://imgur.com/PEmwG.png" alt="" /></p> <h3>7. If there&rsquo;s a coupon code box, there&rsquo;s usually a code out there</h3> <p>The coupon box is a double-edged sword to be honest. On the one hand, its presence means that the site accepts coupons. But that also means you an burn a lot of hours trying to find them, when there may not be any valid coupons available at the time. I usually try <a href="http://www.retailmenot.com">retailmenot.com</a> whenever I see a coupon box. There is usually a discount code on there for the site I&rsquo;m buying from. If not, I&rsquo;ll do a quick hunt online. But if I haven&rsquo;t found one after five minutes, I drop it and buy without using a coupon. I have learned the hard way, after obsessively searching for hours to find a coupon that gets me a 2% discount, that it&rsquo;s just not worth the effort if you don&rsquo;t find a coupon quite quickly. Also, remember to look for printable coupons to use when you shop in store.</p> <h3>8. Always check the daily deals sites</h3> <p>There are way too many to list here, but some of my personal favorites are <a href="http://slickdeals.net/">slickdeals</a>, <a href="http://www.buxr.com/">buxr</a>, <a href="http://www.dealhack.com/">dealhack</a>, <a href="http://dealnews.com/">dealnews</a>, <a href="http://www.freestufftimes.com/">freestufftimes</a>, and our very own <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/bestdeals/today">Wise Bread deals</a> section. Some of the deals are awesome, but stay focused. Sometimes the deals are so tempting that you buy stuff you really weren&rsquo;t looking for, and that can get expensive. Keep your eyes on the prize.</p> <p>Those are my favorites, and they work wonders for me. Do you have any tips to add to the list? Let us know.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/get-a-deal-every-time-you-shop-with-these-tools">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/beware-the-nasty-secret-of-the-craigslist-free-section">Beware, The Nasty Secret Of The Craigslist Free Section</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-best-places-to-get-coupons-online">The Best Places to Get Coupons Online</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-one-site-you-must-visit-before-buying-anything-online-period">The one site you must visit before buying anything online. Period.</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/chuck-taylor-converse-shoes-under-10">Chuck Taylor Converse shoes under $10</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-1-cent-cell-phone-protector-and-other-hacks">The 1-Cent Cell Phone Protector, and Other Hacks.</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping Technology bargain cheap coupons deal hunter online save money technology Thu, 16 Dec 2010 18:30:58 +0000 Paul Michael 395458 at http://www.wisebread.com New Mac minis: Beware small gains at a big price! http://www.wisebread.com/new-mac-minis-beware-small-gains-at-a-big-price <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/new-mac-minis-beware-small-gains-at-a-big-price" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/mac-mini.jpg" alt="Mac mini" title="Mac mini" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="230" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Apple recently revamped their desktop line. It wasn't an asteroid impact, but has so far been generally acknowledged as a welcome update. Amidst the revisions are the <a href="http://www.apple.com/macmini/?sr=hotnews">Mac minis</a>, always a hot point of contention &mdash; some journos have a compulsive habit to exclaim &quot;They're dying!&quot; every few months. Such irrationality is useless.</p> <p>But what <em>is</em> useful is knowing where the sweet price points are. I'm a Mac enthusiast, and I also use Windows regularly. Like a daywalker vampire, I have the perspectives of both platforms. Every time talk of &quot;The Apple tax&quot; or &quot;Apple stuff being overpriced&quot; comes up, the same arguments are redundantly trotted out, often centered around <strong>cost vs. convenience</strong>. (It'd be nice if there was one master FAQ so people didn't repeat themselves since certain <em>facts</em> are well-established, but that's not going to happen.)</p> <p><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/torley/3333604418/sizes/o/"><img height="248" width="500" src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3304/3333604418_3a9209e93f_o.png" alt="" /></a></p> <p>My warning, not to frighten, but to enlighten: <strong>you probably should NOT order from the Apple Store unless you want a BTO (Build To Order) custom configuration sooner</strong>. The generic base configs are available at resellers for less; they'll be populated over the next stretch of weeks and you may not have to pay sales tax, which could save you $50-75 or more. (There are also edu and gov discounts, but I'm focusing on the broad consumer market.)</p> <p>Hopefully, if you've been dreaming of a new Mac mini, I can help you make sense of what to avoid. Namely&hellip;</p> <h2>The &quot;2.0GHz : 320GB&quot; model doesn't make sense</h2> <p>You get an additional 1GB of RAM (for 2GB total) and roughly 200GB more hard drive space (for 320GB total, actual formatted capacity is less), but at what price? An extra US$200 over the $599 base model! (Much more in some other countries.) Why is this a <em>bad idea?</em></p> <h2>There's no processor speed boost</h2> <p>Yes, you can BTO a 2.26GHz (for $150 more) and I'm awaiting benchmarks on that. But with this price premium, you'd expect something special.</p> <h2>RAM is a rip-off</h2> <p>Yes, it's harder to install RAM in a Mac mini. 1GB is unpleasantly cramped in this day and age so I'd recommend at <em>least</em> 2GB, which the Apple Store charges you $50 extra for. 4GB total is even better but that's $150, nearing 3 times the price of Other World Computing's 4GB kit @ $65 (which will require removing the 1GB base DIMM). RAM prices are volatile, but even with convenience weighed here, this is a bad bet. Not as bad as <a href="http://www.crunchgear.com/2009/03/03/apples-1000-ram-upgrade-for-imacs-better-come-with-free-diamonds/">this red flag</a>, but still absurd.</p> <p>I'd suggest <a href="http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=mac%20mini%20ram&amp;search=Search"><strong>watching YouTube for forthcoming videos</strong></a> on how to install RAM in the new Mac mini and decide whether you can stomach the cost.</p> <h2>That hard drive upgrade is horrifically overpriced</h2> <p><em>OUCHBLEGHH!</em> That's the sound of your pocketbook and/or PayPal account hemorrhaging. In Apple's BTO, it's listed as a 120GB -&gt; 320GB upgrade for an extra $175! OUCH. Considering 1TB &mdash; roughly 5x the upgrade size &mdash; external hard drives routinely sell for a touch under $100 and continue to drop, you're not getting your money's worth here. Compact (2.5&quot; form factor) hard drives are common at 500GB for the same price, like <a href="http://www.amazon.com/dp/B001FWCDQG/?tag=torllive-20">this Seagate FreeAgent Go</a> (I own a smaller 320GB one and it's very nice). As <a href="http://i.gizmodo.com/5164718/mac-mini-2009-review">Gizmodo</a> and many others have pointed out, <strong>get an external drive instead</strong>.</p> <p>If speed's your concern, opt for a FireWire enclosure which typically runs $25-50 more. If that's still not fast enough, there are pricier options, but you likely wouldn't be looking at a Mac mini anyway. I would only go for the 320GB upgrade if I was using the Mac mini as an <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Htpc">HTPC</a> and it was <em>absolutely necessary</em> to store all those movies &amp; music internally because I found an external drive aesthetically unappealing, or if I needed to move my mini around a lot.</p> <h2>What to do if you want a good deal on a new Mac mini</h2> <ul> <li><strong>Check </strong><a href="http://macsurfer.com/"><strong>MacSurfer</strong></a><strong> regularly.</strong> They compile daily reviews, user stories, and of course, pricing comparisons to help you make an informed decision.</li> <li>To that specific effect, <strong>refer to </strong><a href="http://www.pcprices.net/macmini.shtml"><strong>Mac Prices</strong></a>. I've called around to several places and it seemed there was an &quot;up to 10-day wait&quot; on getting BTO configs from them. If you want it sooner, you could go with the Apple Store, but remember the sales tax.</li> <li><strong>Don't rush unless</strong> getting the Mac mini sooner will give you an irreplaceable amount of joy (not to be confused with buyer's remorse) OR it'll help you generate more money &amp; resources in that lead time.</li> <li>If you're absolutely sure of your needs, then by all means override my guidance.</li> </ul> <h2>What about Hackintoshes?</h2> <p>I'm aware of the multiplying, even-cheaper &quot;run Mac OS X on non-Apple hardware&quot; possibilities out there of legal dubiosity. I'm not looking at those because there simply isn't another machine as beautiful, quiet, tiny, etc. as the new Mac mini. It's not just about looks but the <strong>overall experience and proverbial peace of mind</strong>.</p> <p>I'm aware Hackintoshes are maturing to be more stable, but still: system updates aren't as easy, numerous quirks exist, and they certainly aren't supported by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/can-cheap-applecare-on-ebay-be-trusted">AppleCare, which can be had for cheap</a>. Until those hurdles are substantially bypassed, Hackintoshes are fascinating experiments with many caveats I'd rather not deal with. In the ongoing balance between cost vs. convenience, I've slid towards the latter, but haven't slid so far as to be impaled on the spikes described above.</p> <h2>Am I getting a new Mac mini?</h2> <p>I plan to. And why not, say, an iMac? Because my HDTV is already a decent-sized screen. I want a handy little home media controller to occasionally bring from one room to another without the pain of lugging a tower (my Mac Pro). It'll also free up my <a href="http://torley.com/macbook-pro-with-ati-radeon-x1600-distorted-video-glitches">MacBook Pro</a>, currently serving as my media center, to do suitably portable things. As you can see, while our household thrives on some things like tech and kittens, <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/beware-of-pretty-things-4-reasons-i%E2%80%99m-keeping-my-ugly-old-stuff">other stuff falls happily into Linsey Knerl's camp</a>.</p> <p><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/torley/3332786509/" title="IMG_0738 by Torley, on Flickr"><img height="375" width="500" src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3398/3332786509_7846c4439f.jpg" alt="IMG_0738" /></a></p> <p>Furthermore, a Mac mini will be a nice way to run some apps with the elegance Apple offers. While I'm not counting on it being a stellar performer for the virtual world of <a href="http://cli.gs/whatis">Second Life</a>, it's better than the previous generation, and I'm thinking of using to rez additional avatars for <a href="http://wiki.secondlife.com/wiki/Machinima">machinima</a>. Maybe my Mac mini will help my wife understand why Apple is such as &quot;liquid experience&quot; compared to the Windows cruft I'm appalled by (but continue to endure).</p> <p>Now you know where I'm coming from, <strong>I'm looking at getting a 2.26GHz Mac mini with 2GB RAM and 120GB hard drive, then upgrading the RAM later</strong> if I need the expansion (I'm clumsy with tools, ask the stripped screw in my Mac Pro) and hooking up an external drive. The cheapest price I've found on this so far is <a href="http://www.macmall.com/macmall/families/macmini_intel/">$794 at MacMall</a> before shipping, but despite it saying &quot;In Stock&quot; on that front page, it's actually not. Boo for crummy advertising. My desires could change based on what I find out in the next week or two, so stay tuned.</p> <p><strong><em>Are</em> you <em>interested in a new Mac mini? Have tips on what to look out for? Caught something I missed? Chime in!</em></strong></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/torley-wong">Torley Wong</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/new-mac-minis-beware-small-gains-at-a-big-price">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/can-cheap-applecare-on-ebay-be-trusted">Can cheap AppleCare on eBay be trusted?</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/logitech-quickcam-vision-pro-webcam-why-doesnt-4-stars-tell-the-full-story">Logitech QuickCam Vision Pro webcam: why doesn&#039;t 4 stars tell the full story?</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/could-the-chromebook-crush-windows">Could the Chromebook Crush Windows?</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/what-was-your-best-purchase-in-the-past-year">What was your best purchase in the past year?</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/hack-a-mac">Hack a Mac!</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping apple cpu deal hackintosh Hard Drive hardware Mac Mini price processor RAM store sweet spot Fri, 06 Mar 2009 17:56:43 +0000 Torley Wong 2898 at http://www.wisebread.com Restaurant.com helps you save for Valentine's Day - 60% off gift certifcates and a free $15 FTD gift card! http://www.wisebread.com/restaurantcom-helps-you-save-for-valentines-day-60-off-gift-certifcates-and-a-15-ftd-gift-card <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/restaurantcom-helps-you-save-for-valentines-day-60-off-gift-certifcates-and-a-15-ftd-gift-card" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/restaurnt.gif" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="240" height="39" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><strong>Note:&nbsp; The following promotion has ended, but there is a new&nbsp; promotion starting from 2/21/09 to 2/28/09 at </strong><a href="http://www.dpbolvw.net/click-2893747-10445122"><strong>Restaurant.com</strong></a><strong>.&nbsp; The new coupon code is DINE and gives you 80% off $25 gift certificates and also Dinner of the Month memberships . Enjoy!&nbsp; </strong></p> <p>A few months ago I shared a coupon code for <a href="http://www.dpbolvw.net/click-2893747-10445122">Restaurant.com</a> that allowed 80% off on their already discounted gift certificates, and that post was quite popular. &nbsp; <br /> Today I found that Restaurant.com is offering a great deal valid from today until February 15th, 2009&nbsp; that gives 60% off their gift certificates and a $15 gift card for shopping at FTD.&nbsp; You could easily take care of both dinner and flowers for Valentine's Day with this deal.&nbsp;</p> <p>Here is the scoop.&nbsp; All you have to do is to log onto <a href="http://www.dpbolvw.net/click-2893747-10445122">Restaurant.com</a> and purchase a gift certificate, and type in the coupon code <strong>TREAT</strong>.&nbsp; You will get 60% off right away on your gift certificate so the $25 gift certifcate is only $4.&nbsp; You will also receive a $15 FTD gift card in the confirmation email.&nbsp; This gift card is actually not valid at FTD.com so do not try to use it there.&nbsp; You have to click on the FTD&reg; logo on the Restaurant.com confirmation page or in the confirmation email and make your purchase at the cobranded site.&nbsp; The discount is only good for regular priced merchandise and is not good for taxes or shipping.&nbsp; The FTD discount expires on 3/31/2009.</p> <p>Since the last promotion I have already used some of my Restaurant.com gift certificates with no hassle at all so I know their service is quite legitimate.&nbsp; If you plan correctly, it is possible you could get a lovely Valentine's Day with dinner and flowers for under $30.&nbsp;</p> <p>As usual, you should read the terms and conditions of each gift certificate before purchasing them, and also do not accept any offers from strange popups.&nbsp; This deal is strictly for the gift certificates, and the FTD $15 discount.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em>Disclosure:&nbsp; this post contains affiliate links to Restaurant.com</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/xin-lu">Xin Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/restaurantcom-helps-you-save-for-valentines-day-60-off-gift-certifcates-and-a-15-ftd-gift-card">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/free-copy-of-what-to-expect-the-first-year-book">FREE copy of &quot;What To Expect The First Year&quot; book.</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/sears-goes-a-little-crazy-sweaters-starting-at-99-cents">Sears goes a little crazy - sweaters starting at 99 cents!</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/europe-and-back-for-500-or-less">Europe and back for $500 or less!!</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/free-18-cultured-freshwater-pearl-necklace">FREE 18&quot; Cultured Freshwater Pearl Necklace</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/400gb-western-digital-external-hard-drive-under-90-delivered">400GB Western Digital external hard drive under $90 delivered.</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Deals coupon deal restaurant.com Wed, 11 Feb 2009 02:49:07 +0000 Xin Lu 2829 at http://www.wisebread.com Sears goes a little crazy - sweaters starting at 99 cents! http://www.wisebread.com/sears-goes-a-little-crazy-sweaters-starting-at-99-cents <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sears-goes-a-little-crazy-sweaters-starting-at-99-cents" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/360182_8531.jpg" alt="Sears going crazy" title="Sears going crazy" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="188" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Very quick and super deal for you folks, to follow my vent on mortgages. And considering what I was saying, we need to save every penny we can. Anyway, Sears is going a little gaga and selling off a whole bunch of decent clothes for 90% off, sometimes more! How much more? Well, when you <a href="http://www.sears.com/shc/s/v_10153_12605_Clothing?sbf=Clearance&amp;adCell=A3&amp;sid=IAx20071211x000001&amp;aff=Y">click on the link</a> you'll be greeted by items that have been reduced from $20-$30 to just 99 cents. I'm not even sure you could find a deal like that for a used sweater at a charity store.</p> <p><img width="373" height="258" title="sears sale sweater" alt="sears sale sweater" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u17/Picture_2.jpg" /></p> <p>As usual, these deals will go quickly and sizes will start to disappear fast. So, get over to <a href="http://www.sears.com/shc/s/v_10153_12605_Clothing?sbf=Clearance&amp;adCell=A3&amp;sid=IAx20071211x000001&amp;aff=Y">Sears</a> and get yourself some great deals (if you need them of course). If not for yourself, you could certainly fill up on gifts just in time for the holidays. I could find no indication of the sale expiration date, so take advantage of it while you can.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sears-goes-a-little-crazy-sweaters-starting-at-99-cents">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/chuck-taylor-converse-shoes-under-10">Chuck Taylor Converse shoes 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/400gb-western-digital-external-hard-drive-under-90-delivered">400GB Western Digital external hard drive under $90 delivered.</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/xm-satellite-radio-car-combo-for-under-6-and-free-shipping">XM satellite radio/car combo for under $6 and free shipping!</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/free-copy-of-what-to-expect-the-first-year-book">FREE copy of &quot;What To Expect The First Year&quot; book.</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/free-movie-rental-from-hollywood-video">Free movie rental from Hollywood Video</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Deals and Coupons Coupons Deals Freebies bargain cheap clothing deal Sale Thu, 16 Oct 2008 20:25:28 +0000 Paul Michael 2526 at http://www.wisebread.com Are $1 homes worth buying? http://www.wisebread.com/are-1-homes-worth-buying <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/are-1-homes-worth-buying" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/dollar.jpg" alt="dollar bill" title="Dollar Bill" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="189" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>This week a story from The Detroit News reported that homes are being listed in Detroit for $1. One particular $1 home sold for cash after being on the market for 19 days. The buyer seems to have gotten the deal of a lifetime, but did she?</p> <p>As detailed in <a href="http://www.detnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080813/METRO/808130360/&amp;imw=Y" target="_blank">the article</a> , the buyer will need to sink in a considerable amount of money to rehab the home to a livable state because everything of value including the kitchen sink have been stripped and stolen from the house. Even if she rehabs the home, as long as it stays vacant looters will steal whatever she puts in. Additionally, she will owe $3900 on the property taxes unless she challenges the assessment. Basically, that $1 purchase could very well turn into a very large money pit.</p> <p>One dollar homes are not exactly unique to Detroit. The Department of Housing and Urban Development or HUD for short regularly sells homes for $1 each to local governments through their <a href="http://www.hud.gov/offices/hsg/sfh/reo/goodn/dhmabout.cfm">Dollar Homes program</a> . The local government is responsible for rehabbing the homes and reselling them to moderate and low income families. So once again, a $1 home costs much more than $1 for the buyer.</p> <p>Another interesting place to buy $1 homes is Norfolk, MA. The town regularly <a href="http://www.virtualnorfolk.org/public_documents/norfolkma_historical/$1">sells historic homes </a> slated for demolition for $1. The catch is that if you buy the home you do not buy the land underneath it and you are required to move the home. It generally costs $10000 or more to move an entire home, but if you already have a plot of land it might not be such a bad deal. For those who do not have land, some homes might have antique finishings and raw materials that can be salvaged. </p> <p>Looking at all the options, it seems that even though these homes are 99.99% discounted they may not be such a good deal for most people. However, they might be a steal for those who have the time and resources to either salvage the raw materials or rehab them for future profit. One thing is clear, $1 homes never really cost just $1 and buyers should always be wary of anything that is extraordinarily cheap.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/xin-lu">Xin Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/are-1-homes-worth-buying">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/do-not-buy-something-just-because-you-can-afford-it">Do not buy something just because you can afford it</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/seller-concessions-and-buyer-bargains-what-to-ask-for-in-the-current-real-estate-market">Seller concessions and buyer bargains - What to ask for in the current real estate market.</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/chinese-money-habits-how-my-culture-influences-my-attitudes-toward-money">Chinese Money Habits - How My Culture Influences My Attitudes Toward 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/the-benefits-of-a-walkable-neighborhood">The Benefits of a Walkable Neighborhood</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/should-you-skip-a-mortgage-payment-to-get-a-banks-attention">Should you skip a mortgage payment to get a bank&#039;s attention?</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Personal Finance General Tips Real Estate and Housing $1 deal foreclosures homes real estate Fri, 15 Aug 2008 01:43:17 +0000 Xin Lu 2332 at http://www.wisebread.com FREE 2GB iPod Shuffle from Compass Bank http://www.wisebread.com/free-2gb-ipod-shuffle-from-compass-bank <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/free-2gb-ipod-shuffle-from-compass-bank" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/Picture 2.png" alt="Shuffle" title="Shuffle" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="240" height="165" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Key Bank clearly did very well from their iPod promotion, because Compass Bank is now running almost the exact same deal. With Compass though it's a very cool 2GB iPod Shuffle, and it's free to new customers.</p> <p>There are a few stipulations (aren't there always?) but they're reasonable. Here's the lowdown on the deal:</p> <p><strong>Update: MOST IMPORTANT (thanks Bloggrrl): </strong></p> <p class="bodyDisclosure">You must register <strong>BEFORE </strong>opening a <strong>Compass Build-to-Order Free Checking Account</strong> online. <strong>To ensure timely delivery of email to your inbox, please add <a href="mailto:getgift@compassbank.com">getgift@compassbank.com</a> to your trusted email senders list</strong>.)</p> <ul> <li>It's for NEW Compass Bank customers only</li> <li>You need to open the Compass Build-To-Order FREE Checking</li> <li>You must not have received any promo gifts from Compass in the last 12 months</li> <li>You have to be over 18 (19 in Alabama)</li> <li>You need to make a $25 deposit (which you can always get back later)</li> <li>You have to <a href="https://www.compassbank.com/special/200805/ipod_mypoints/claim/index.jsp">apply for your Shuffle</a> within 30 days of opening the account</li> <li>You pay for shipping ($9.95)</li> <li>Only for residents of Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Florida, New Mexico and Texas.</li> <li>Offer available <strong>online only through 06/30/2008. So, hurry!<br /> </strong></li> </ul> <p><img width="500" height="171" title="offer" alt="offer" src="http://healthcarehacks.com/files/fruganomics/u17/Picture_3_5.png" /></p> <p>You can read the full details of the deal <a href="https://www.compassbank.com/special/200805/ipod_mypoints/terms.html">here</a> , but trust me when I say I did it a few years ago with Key Bank and it was well worth it. I got the Nano for a $50 deposit and it's been terrific. Brand new, not a refurb, quickly shipped to me and the checking account is great. And as I have a Compass Bank free checking account, too, I can also tell you I'm very happy with that one.</p> <p>May the music be with you.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/free-2gb-ipod-shuffle-from-compass-bank">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/free-copy-of-what-to-expect-the-first-year-book">FREE copy of &quot;What To Expect The First Year&quot; book.</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-movie-rental-from-hollywood-video">Free movie rental from Hollywood Video</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/give-a-dog-six-bones-free">Give a dog SIX bones...FREE!</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/stapler-stapler-free-20-swingline-stapler">&quot;Stapler. Stapler.&quot; - FREE $20 Swingline Stapler</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/sears-goes-a-little-crazy-sweaters-starting-at-99-cents">Sears goes a little crazy - sweaters starting at 99 cents!</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Freebies bank checking compass bank deal free ipod shuffle Thu, 05 Jun 2008 22:02:10 +0000 Paul Michael 2151 at http://www.wisebread.com Free movie rental from Hollywood Video http://www.wisebread.com/free-movie-rental-from-hollywood-video <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/free-movie-rental-from-hollywood-video" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/Hollywood_logo_red.jpg" alt="HV" title="HV" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="124" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>This deal is about as simple as they get. So grab a bag or two of your favorite popcorn, browse through the aisles of your local Hollywood Video and pick up a video rental on the house.</p> <p>So, what's the catch? Well, there is one but it's a tiny one. All you have to do is sign up for the <a href="http://www.hollywoodvideo.com/Default.aspx?">Hollywood Video</a> newsletter, no big deal, and you get your coupon.</p> <p><img width="312" height="176" title="Coupon" alt="Coupon" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u17/Picture_2_1.png" /></p> <p>Any restrictions? None that I can see. This was on my coupon:</p> <p><em>This coupon is a one-time offer and is good for one free New Release DVD or Hollywood Film Library&reg; movie rental. </em></p> <p>The only slight niggle I had was installing the coupon printer, I'm no big fan of extra software. But it's a small gripe for a free movie. Enjoy.<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>This deal is about as simple as they get. So grab a bag or two of your favorite popcorn, browse through the aisles of your local Hollywood Video and pick up a video rental on the house.</p> <p>So, what's the catch? Well, there is one but it's a tiny one. All you have to do is sign up for the <a href="http://www.hollywoodvideo.com/Default.aspx?">Hollywood Video</a> newsletter, no big deal, and you get your coupon.</p> <p><img width="312" height="176" title="Coupon" alt="Coupon" src="http://healthcarehacks.com/files/fruganomics/u17/Picture_2_1.png" /></p> <p>Any restrictions? None that I can see. This was on my coupon:</p> <p><em>This coupon is a one-time offer and is good for one free New Release DVD or Hollywood Film Library&reg; movie rental. </em></p> <p>The only slight niggle I had was installing the coupon printer, I'm no big fan of extra software. But it's a small gripe for a free movie. Enjoy.<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/free-movie-rental-from-hollywood-video">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/free-copy-of-what-to-expect-the-first-year-book">FREE copy of &quot;What To Expect The First Year&quot; book.</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/sears-goes-a-little-crazy-sweaters-starting-at-99-cents">Sears goes a little crazy - sweaters starting at 99 cents!</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/stapler-stapler-free-20-swingline-stapler">&quot;Stapler. Stapler.&quot; - FREE $20 Swingline Stapler</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/free-18-cultured-freshwater-pearl-necklace">FREE 18&quot; Cultured Freshwater Pearl Necklace</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/free-2gb-ipod-shuffle-from-compass-bank">FREE 2GB iPod Shuffle from Compass Bank</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Freebies bargain deal dvd email free Hollywood Video offer rental video Thu, 24 Jan 2008 16:54:49 +0000 Paul Michael 1673 at http://www.wisebread.com Chuck Taylor Converse shoes under $10 http://www.wisebread.com/chuck-taylor-converse-shoes-under-10 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/chuck-taylor-converse-shoes-under-10" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/512518.jpg" alt="Chuck" title="Chuck" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="250" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I&#39;m not entirely sure why this stellar deal is on a music site, but I don&#39;t care. Right now you can get several different styles of the classic Chuck Taylor Converse shoes, including these great high-tops, for under $10.</p> <p>Just <a href="http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Converse-Chuck-Taylor-AllStar-World-Skulls-HiTops?sku=411229">click here </a> to visit Musician&#39;s Friend (a site I trust for great deals on music) and grab yourself or your lucky friends and relatives a pair or two of classic Americana starting at the silly price of just $8.99 per pair. That&#39;s down significantly from the retail price of $44.99, an amazing saving. I don&#39;t think I&#39;ve a seen a shoe deal to match this one in a long time, but they will sell out very quickly so get them fast. </p> <p>Shipping starts at around $5.95, there are over 20 styles to choose from and most sizes are available (at the time of this article). On an interesting side note, I never thought that learning to play the guitar would get me great deals on shoes. Ahh, the sweet circle of life. Enjoy.</p> <p>P.S. I wonder, have you ever discovered a sweet deal in an unexpected place? My most unusual find was a cheap graphic design book in store that sold organic fruit and vegetables. They had a little shelf at the back of the store full of new books for sale. Quite an odd combo, but it worked for me.  </p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/chuck-taylor-converse-shoes-under-10">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/sears-goes-a-little-crazy-sweaters-starting-at-99-cents">Sears goes a little crazy - sweaters starting at 99 cents!</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/xm-satellite-radio-car-combo-for-under-6-and-free-shipping">XM satellite radio/car combo for under $6 and free shipping!</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/400gb-western-digital-external-hard-drive-under-90-delivered">400GB Western Digital external hard drive under $90 delivered.</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/get-a-deal-every-time-you-shop-with-these-tools">Get a Deal Every Time You Shop with These Tools</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/moma-mia-art-is-on-sale">MoMA mia! Art is on sale.</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Deals and Coupons bargain cheap deal holiday gifts musician's friend Sale savings Sun, 02 Dec 2007 18:18:13 +0000 Paul Michael 1450 at http://www.wisebread.com Friday deal - Sweet dreams for a real bargain -DEAL OVER http://www.wisebread.com/friday-deal-sweet-dreams-for-a-real-bargain-deal-over <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/friday-deal-sweet-dreams-for-a-real-bargain-deal-over" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/51X3PPW8MNL._AA280_.jpg" alt="Memory Foam" title="Memory Foam Topper" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="250" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I couldn't resist this deal, and just had to share it. We've had our King Size bed for almost 7 years now, and although it's holding up well it's not as great as it used to be. But Amazon is almost giving away these expensive 2 INCH thick memory foam toppers, which means my sleep is about to get a whole lot better again.</p> <p>The actual product is called the Complete Comfort DreamCoil 2-inch memory foam topper. Phew. And the savings are major. Whatever size you choose, you get it for just <strong>$34.99 with FREE shipping</strong>. That means a saving of around $85 on the twin size, and a whopping $165 on the California King.</p> <p><em>NOTE: As a guest has very aptly pointed out, the reviews seem to point out an issue with size (possibly the reason for the stellar deal). I simply ordered one size larger, but please keep that in mind.</em></p> <p>Just click the link below to get yours. But get your skates on, I know this deal will end quickly.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000BUW98K?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=wisebread07-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B000BUW98K">Complete Comfort Dreamcoil 2-Inch Memory Foam Toppers</a><img width="1" height="1" src="http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wisebread07-20&amp;l=as2&amp;o=1&amp;a=B000BUW98K" alt="" /></p> <p><img width="400" height="400" title="Topper" alt="Topper" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u17/41RZXVHSXZL__SS400_.jpg" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/friday-deal-sweet-dreams-for-a-real-bargain-deal-over">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/ugliest-shoes-in-the-world-now-less-than-10">Ugliest shoes in the world - now less than $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/sears-goes-a-little-crazy-sweaters-starting-at-99-cents">Sears goes a little crazy - sweaters starting at 99 cents!</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/400gb-western-digital-external-hard-drive-under-90-delivered">400GB Western Digital external hard drive under $90 delivered.</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-25-meal-for-just-3-updated">A $25 meal for just $3. Updated.</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/xm-satellite-radio-car-combo-for-under-6-and-free-shipping">XM satellite radio/car combo for under $6 and free shipping!</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Deals Amazon bargain bed deal discount mattress mattress topper save Fri, 07 Sep 2007 15:18:24 +0000 Paul Michael 1119 at http://www.wisebread.com FREE copy of "What To Expect The First Year" book. http://www.wisebread.com/free-copy-of-what-to-expect-the-first-year-book <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/free-copy-of-what-to-expect-the-first-year-book" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/7265404.jpg" alt="What to expect" title="What To Expect" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="377" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>A quick 'deal of the day' for you, and it's a great one. When my wife and I were expecting out first child we read &quot;What To Expect When You're Expecting&quot; from cover to cover. When the baby arrived, we quickly turned to this book. It's wonderful, it's well written and you can get it absolutely FREE.</p> <p>The book is being given away in a promotion by <a href="http://www.whattoexpect.com/">WHATTOEXPECT.COM </a> and Balmex. The book has an R.R.P. of $15.95 (although you'll find it in most book stores for around $10). But this is a deal you just can't beat. <a href="http://www.whattoexpect.com/diaperrash/form.aspx">Click here </a> to get yours, or get it for a friend with a new baby.&nbsp;</p> <p>A quick 'deal of the day' for you, and it's a great one. When my wife and I were expecting out first child we read &quot;What To Expect When You're Expecting&quot; from cover to cover. When the baby arrived, we quickly turned to this book. It's wonderful, it's well written and you can get it absolutely FREE.</p> <p>The book is being given away in a promotion by <a href="http://www.whattoexpect.com/">WHATTOEXPECT.COM </a> and Balmex. The book has an R.R.P. of $15.95 (although you'll find it in most book stores for around $10). But this is a deal you just can't beat. <a href="http://www.whattoexpect.com/diaperrash/form.aspx">Click here </a> to get yours, or get it for a friend with a new baby.&nbsp;</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/free-copy-of-what-to-expect-the-first-year-book">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-11"> <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/free-movie-rental-from-hollywood-video">Free movie rental from Hollywood Video</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-18-cultured-freshwater-pearl-necklace">FREE 18&quot; Cultured Freshwater Pearl Necklace</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/stapler-stapler-free-20-swingline-stapler">&quot;Stapler. Stapler.&quot; - FREE $20 Swingline Stapler</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/sears-goes-a-little-crazy-sweaters-starting-at-99-cents">Sears goes a little crazy - sweaters starting at 99 cents!</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/free-2gb-ipod-shuffle-from-compass-bank">FREE 2GB iPod Shuffle from Compass Bank</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Freebies advice baby bargain coupon deal free new parents Mon, 27 Aug 2007 17:58:38 +0000 Paul Michael 1053 at http://www.wisebread.com FREE 18" Cultured Freshwater Pearl Necklace http://www.wisebread.com/free-18-cultured-freshwater-pearl-necklace <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/free-18-cultured-freshwater-pearl-necklace" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/L10699544.jpg" alt="Free Necklace" title="Free pearls" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="250" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>This is no joke. This is not a scam, I've checked it out. Right now Overstock.com is giving away 18&quot; pearl necklaces. Why I have no idea. Clearly it was the accountant's day off. All you pay is just $2.95 for shipping, but they have limited you to just 1 per customer. Makes sense.</p> <p><img width="400" height="228" title="FREE 18&quot; Cultured Freshwater Pearl Necklace" alt="free" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u17/overstock_0.jpg" /></p> <p>As you can see, it really is free. No coupon needed, they apply the $19.99 for you. Just pay the paltry shipping. To grab your deal just <a href="http://www.overstock.com/Jewelry-Watches/Cultured-Freshwater-Pearl-Necklace-4-5mm-18in/2482663/product.html">click here</a> . But at this price (what price?) I'd hurry, they aren't going to last long.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/free-18-cultured-freshwater-pearl-necklace">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-12"> <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/free-copy-of-what-to-expect-the-first-year-book">FREE copy of &quot;What To Expect The First Year&quot; book.</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-movie-rental-from-hollywood-video">Free movie rental from Hollywood Video</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/sears-goes-a-little-crazy-sweaters-starting-at-99-cents">Sears goes a little crazy - sweaters starting at 99 cents!</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/chuck-taylor-converse-shoes-under-10">Chuck Taylor Converse shoes under $10</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/stapler-stapler-free-20-swingline-stapler">&quot;Stapler. Stapler.&quot; - FREE $20 Swingline Stapler</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Freebies bargain coupon deal gifts Overstock.com pearls Sat, 25 Aug 2007 05:48:51 +0000 Paul Michael 1045 at http://www.wisebread.com What was your best purchase in the past year? http://www.wisebread.com/what-was-your-best-purchase-in-the-past-year <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/what-was-your-best-purchase-in-the-past-year" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/best purchase girl.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="188" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>This week, Wise Bread writers share our favorite purchases from the past year. And in the spirit of sharing, we&#39;d like to hear what you, our readers, are particularly fond of purchasing in the past year. If you add your great purchase story in the comments section, <strong>you&#39;ll be automatically enrolled in a random drawing for a $25 gift certificate from Amazon.com</strong>!</p> <p><strong>CONGRATULATIONS TO SYLRAYJ, OUR WINNER FOR THE $25 AMAZON GIFT CERTIFICATE DRAWING. THANK YOU TO EVERYONE FOR PARTICIPATING.</strong> </p> <p>Being frugal isn&#39;t just about saving money - it&#39;s about spending wisely. Shopping isn&#39;t a sin, and frugal shopping isn&#39;t an oxymoron. It&#39;s just a matter of assessing your needs, wants, and then doing a little research. And when you find something that really suits your needs, buying becomes a truly rewarding experience.</p> <p>Here&#39;s what we spent our hard-earned dollars on:</p> <h4>Julie Rains</h4> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/pictures/picture-95.jpg" alt="Julie Rains" width="64" height="85" /> <p>My new road bike is my best purchase. </p> <p>I have had others (bicycles) and my most recent one had carried me from my teens, cycling to high school rather than driving or taking the bus, and riding up and down mountains on a 2-week, 200+ mile ride on the <a href="http://www.blueridgeparkway.org/">Blue Ridge Parkway</a> from Peaks of Otter, Virginia to Mount Mitchell, North Carolina clear through to a young adult with occasional leisurely jaunts from Fleetwood to Todd, also in the Blue Ridge Mountains with great views of the New River. </p> <p>Though never a stand-out athlete, I used to enjoy competing in summer league swimming, AAU swimming, high school track, and community road races (10Ks). But being in the water doesn’t leave much time for socializing and road races seemed to be becoming more competitive than fun so I dropped out of racing altogether. Then, as the years passed, I piled up obligations: at home with my family, at work, and around town with volunteer activities, nearly dropping me out of the fitness arena altogether.</p> <p>A hike up <a href="http://www.gsmnp.com/pages/mtleconte.html">Mount LeConte</a> a couple of years ago convinced me that I needed to begin a regular exercise routine, and so, finally, I decided to join the Y, which had always seemed to be expensive to me. The Y workouts led to setting goals for strength training and cardio. And, at some point, I decided to get back into bike riding.</p> <p>From the time I made those rides in the mountains to this past year, the world of cycling had changed dramatically. For starters, road bikes had become very technical and expensive. Besides my car and computer, my road bike is the single highest priced item I’ve ever bought just for me. I’ve come to love riding, socializing on group rides, getting an emotional/spiritual lift from being outside, and sleeping really well at night after a great workout, whether it’s a studio cycling session at the Y or a metric century charity ride. </p> <p>What I love about cycling is that you can compete against yourself; that is you can set goals and gain satisfaction from reaching them, whether it’s a faster mph or a yet a longer distance. And, notwithstanding doping allegations, generally those who excel in the sport get there not just because of birthright, geography, and/or an early start but because of training and tenacity.</p> <h4>Jessica Harp</h4> <p>Our Las Vegas Wedding. Hands down the best thing I purchased in the last year. </p> <p>When it came to wedding planning, my husband and I had completely different ideas of what our dream wedding was going to be. In fact, we had the stereotypical wedding planning roles totally reversed. He wanted an extravagant wedding with an equally extravagant reception for 500 of our closest friends, and I couldn’t justify spending $20,000+ for a one day affair. I would have been happy running over to the courthouse during my lunch hour to get married by a Justice of the Peace. </p> <p>So, in the spirit of compromise, we decided to get married in Vegas! We had a traditional ceremony in our hotel’s onsite wedding chapel at a fraction of the cost (and stess!) normally associated with modern weddings. I do not know if it was all the champagne they plied us with at the salon before the wedding, the fact that getting married in Vegas allowed us bypass the normal stress associated with a wedding, or the combination thereof; but we had a blast at our wedding. If you look at our wedding pictures, there is not one picture of us not smiling or having a great time. It was the best day of my life, and I would not trade it for anything. </p> <p>In retrospect, our Las Vegas wedding was the best thing we purchased in the past year because it allowed us to focus on our marriage and not our wedding. Instead of spending months stressing out about a one-day event, we spent the months leading up to our wedding channeling our energy, time, and resources into preparing for our future together.</p> <h4>Will Chen</h4> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/pictures/picture-4.jpg" alt="Will Chen" width="85" height="85" /> <p>My best purchase was Wise Bread.com. </p> <p>Greg and I registered this domain name for about $8. We had no idea what to do with it. Greg wanted to do a shopping blog. I wanted to turn it into a Digg for consumers. Lucky for us, Sarah was one of the first bloggers to join us. She wanted to write articles that will help young people fresh out of college. Sort of a &quot;new adult&#39;s guide&quot; to personal finance. We loved the idea.</p> <p>Thanks to Lynn&#39;s eye for talent, Wise Bread now has a wonderful community of writers. I love discovering cool tips, thoughtful essays, and fun discussions on this little website every single day.</p> <p>We launched Wise Bread just a few weeks before Christmas. It is a gift that keeps on giving.</p> <h4>Sarah Winfrey</h4> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/pictures/picture-9.jpg" alt="Sarah Winfrey" width="79" height="85" /> <p>We wanted to get out of the country, and we wanted to have both private time and activities, and we didn&#39;t want to spend a ton of money. Dave was all for an all-inclusive resort, but I was skeptical because I hate all things &quot;touristy.&quot; My mom&#39;s friend had been to Sayulita with her boyfriend and loved it.</p> <p>We ended up getting a very private large studio-sized &quot;room,&quot; with a complete kitchen, for less than half of what we would have paid for the best deal we could find at a resort. We had all the beach and related activities that we wanted, again for substantially less than we&#39;d have paid in the resort towns. In addition, we got the color and flare of a more traditional Mexican town. It was the best of both worlds--the town had enough tourists that we didn&#39;t have the stress of communication struggles and being stared at, but it was not so overrun with Americans that we wondered why we bothered to leave the country. We got to detox from the wedding planning and stress and focus on starting our lives together.</p> <h4>Jessica Okon</h4> <p>The best thing I bought all year was <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Egyptian-Magic-Healing-Cream-oz/dp/B000HLGSB2">Eygptian Magic Healing Cream</a>. </p> <p>I had read rave reviews about this odd-ball beauty product. The packaging is a bit kooky ala Dr.Bronner&#39;s complete with pyramid and allusions to mystical powers. Initially I thought it was a tad pricey for a mere salve, but it has been worth every penny. It works amazingly on burns, cuts &amp; scars. I use it as a lip balm, hand, foot and body lotion, and night eye cream. </p> <p>A friend of mine raves about it healing her eczema, and another has used it for post-baby stretch marks with good results. I&#39;ve even used a tiny amoung to moisturize the ends of my hair. For such an all-purpose product, I am very impressed. It is always sold out at my local health food store, so if you see a jar, grab it! </p> <h4>Paul Michael</h4> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/pictures/picture-17.jpg" alt="Paul Michael" width="85" height="85" /> <p>My best purchase is a little off the beaten track. I purchased my own company. Well, by that I mean I incorporated my small freelance business.</p> <p>I was a little afraid at first. I mean, it&#39;s a big step to become a business owner, or so I thought. A friend had recommended Legalzoom.com, another Incfile.com. I did Incfile because it was a lot cheaper and just as professional. It cost me about $130 to do the paperwork, but the tax advantages are so amazing that it has already paid for itself 20 times over. I can now write-off everything from new computer equipment to mileage and business lunches. </p> <p>Whereas before I was afraid of earning too much in one year because of the tax hammer coming down, now it doesn&#39;t worry me. And when I did my taxes in March, I was surprised to see just how much my incorporation had saved me. Roughly $3000. Not bad. It&#39;s all completely legal, I&#39;m not dodging taxes or anything like that, I am simply getting a better deal because the taxman treats businesses a lot better than individuals. If you have a small business, be it making hair bows, mowing lawns or selling art, I would suggest looking into incorporation. The tax advantages are enormous. </p> <p>By the way, I opted for LLC. There are others, like S-Corp and C-Corp, but they all have different pros and cons. Check them out with an accountant.</p> <h4>Lynn Truong</h4> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/pictures/picture-11.jpg" alt="Lynn Truong" width="85" height="85" /> <p>I know the skepticism of those who don&#39;t own one. Won&#39;t it make you watch more TV? Does skipping commercials really save you that much time? Isn&#39;t it just a glorified VCR, which you never used anyway?</p> <p>I admit, I follow a lot of TV shows. But if I log in my daily TV hours, it&#39;s between 1-2 hours. That&#39;s because I don&#39;t surf (if I feel like watching TV, I go directly to shows saved in my DVR instead of scanning mindlessly through the hundreds of channels, trying to find something of interest at that given moment), and skipping commercials saves a lot of time. If you consider that commercials take up 20 minutes each hour (I know this because unless I start watching at least 20 minutes after the show has started, I will inevitably catch up to it live, and will need to sit through at least one or two more sets of commercials), you can actually watch 3 hour-long shows in 2 hours.</p> <p>A DVR guarantees that whenever you want some TV time, you&#39;ve got something good to watch. If I&#39;ve already caught up on all my regular shows, or it&#39;s rerun season, I can browse through Good Eats, Globe Trekker, The Simpsons, Man vs. Wild--shows that I don&#39;t keep up with, but I enjoy and always keep an episode or two saved. You can program all sorts of neat things with the DVR. For these shows, I reserve one or two episodes each. The DVR will keep recording the latest show every time it sees it on. While the shows that I religiously follow, I set it to record every week, without set numbers of episodes. So if I don&#39;t watch Heroes for 4 weeks, I&#39;ll have all 4 episodes still saved. But for a show like Good Eats, there&#39;s always just two of the most recent episodes.</p> <p>I&#39;m home all day, so I have the flexibility to schedule my TV time, but it&#39;s not worth it. TV is the last thing I need to work around. But when I&#39;m ready for a break, I like to relax on my favorite chair and see what happened on Oprah a few hours ago, and if that&#39;s a repeat, let&#39;s see what&#39;s cooking on Good Eats.</p> <p>And another big perk is when it&#39;s a great and exciting moment on 24 and the phone rings or there&#39;s a knock at the door or your roommate comes home blabbing on the cell phone, you can just pause or rewind and you didn&#39;t miss a thing.</p> <p>This is how I can follow Heroes, 24, Gilmore Girls, Scrubs, Grey&#39;s Anatomy, CSI, Lost, Battlestar Galactica, Oprah, The Daily Show, The Colbert Report, Nip/Tuck, America&#39;s Next Top Model, Desperate Housewives, How I Met Your Mother, and Smallville on 1-2 hours/day.</p> <h4>Andrea Dickson</h4> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/pictures/picture-14.jpg" alt="Andrea Dickson" width="80" height="80" /> <p>My house doesn&#39;t have a lot of storage space, and I have a lot of stuff. My master bath is the size of a closet, and my countertop was overflowing with my various hair and skin care products. Under the counter didn&#39;t offer a convenient solution to my storage problem, as I could find no good way to arrange everything that I needed on a daily basis.</p> <p>I finally decided that I needed a medicine cabinet. I had to fight for my right to get it. EVERYONE advised against it. My mom called them &#39;tacky&#39;. My boyfriend tried to shame me out of it by pointing out how the stainless steel cabinet that I chose at IKEA wouldn&#39;t match the Craftsman style of my home.</p> <p>But I would NOT be deterred, and I&#39;m so glad that I stuck to my guns on this one.</p> <p>For $60, I bought a HUGE cabinet that holds all of those little vials and bottles and brushes and capsules. It&#39;s mirrored inside and out, so if I&#39;ve got some strange pimple that needs examining or a errant eyebrow that needs plucking, I can find a good angle for viewing and destroying, using any of the reflective surfaces on my medicine cabinet. </p> <p>My countertop is finally clean and clear, which is a first for me. Ever. To sweeten the deal even more, my stuff actually looks GOOD inside of the cabinet - when I open the mirrored doors, it&#39;s like opening a vault onto a treasure trove of beauty potions.</p> <h4>You?</h4> <p>What was your best purchase in the past year? Share your brilliant buy with us in the comments, and you&#39;re automatically entered in a drawing for a $25 Amazon gift certificate! Be sure to enter your email address when commenting so we can contact you if you win (we don&#39;t use email addresses for anything other than contacting the winners, we promise).</p> <p><strong>THE DRAWING HAS ENDED. CONGRATULATIONS TO </strong><strong>SYLRAYJ</strong><strong>, OUR WINNER OF THE DRAWING! </strong></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-karim">Andrea Karim</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-was-your-best-purchase-in-the-past-year">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-13"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-state-sales-tax-holiday-is-coming">The State Sales Tax Holiday is coming...</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-case-for-amazon">The Case for Amazon</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/use-less-cash-for-your-jcpenney-purchase">Use Less Cash for Your JCPenney Purchase</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-discount-stores-that-are-more-expensive-than-you-think">5 Discount Stores That Are More Expensive Than You Think</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-amazon-url-hack-generator-save-big">The AMAZON URL hack generator. Save big $$$.</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping Amazon deal gift certificate purchase savings shopping smart buy Mon, 25 Jun 2007 21:46:07 +0000 Andrea Karim 771 at http://www.wisebread.com Ugliest shoes in the world - now less than $10. http://www.wisebread.com/ugliest-shoes-in-the-world-now-less-than-10 <p><img width="389" height="389" title="teva" alt="teva" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/teva.jpg" /></p> <p>When I first saw Crocs, I thought they were bad. But, they grew on me. I own a pair.</p> <p>Now, thanks to Amazon, a coupon code I'm about to give you, and the good folks at Teva, you can get a pair of what I now consider to be the ugliest shoes on this Earth for less than $10, a saving of $75. Aren't you lucky...and brave.</p> <p><strong>Teva Mimmick shoes come with the following description...</strong></p> <p><em>&quot;Using styling from our professional kayaking bootie, the P2, and applying street appeal, the Mimmik is perfect for travel, office or strolling around town. With the use of a Mush insole (trust us, it feels like it sounds), the Mimmik is the ultimate in comfort.&quot;</em></p> <p>Honestly, I have trouble figuring out what the 'street appeal' is, but maybe I'm getting old. And get this. They don't just come in the weird black color shown above. They also come in brown. Woot! Brown rubber, now that's surely stylish.</p> <p><img width="295" height="295" title="mud teva" alt="mud teva" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/mud_teva_0.jpg" /></p> <p>They also make a great gift for, ummm, Klingons. Although even in the distant reaches of outer space, I still suspect these things look just as goofy. Not that I'd ever call a Kilngon goofy...I value my skin, and would prefer not to have it peeled off. I digress.</p> <p>To get your pair of Teva, all you need to do is click this <a href="http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000MFA25Q/ref=nosim/?tag=dealnewscom580-20">link</a> . Once you've picked your style and size, apply the following code <strong>ASEV2794 </strong>to cut the price in half, making then just $9.90 plus around $6 shipping.</p> <p>If you buy a pair, can you send me a picture of yourself wearing them at the office. I've been sick recently and could use a good laugh.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ugliest-shoes-in-the-world-now-less-than-10">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-14"> <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/friday-deal-sweet-dreams-for-a-real-bargain-deal-over">Friday deal - Sweet dreams for a real bargain -DEAL OVER</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/sears-goes-a-little-crazy-sweaters-starting-at-99-cents">Sears goes a little crazy - sweaters starting at 99 cents!</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/400gb-western-digital-external-hard-drive-under-90-delivered">400GB Western Digital external hard drive under $90 delivered.</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-25-meal-for-just-3-updated">A $25 meal for just $3. Updated.</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/xm-satellite-radio-car-combo-for-under-6-and-free-shipping">XM satellite radio/car combo for under $6 and free shipping!</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Deals Amazon bargain code deal discount Mimmick rubber shoes Teva ugly Sat, 12 May 2007 16:24:45 +0000 Paul Michael 634 at http://www.wisebread.com Europe and back for $500 or less!! http://www.wisebread.com/europe-and-back-for-500-or-less <p><img width="360" height="258" title="paper plane" alt="air plane" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/air_travel.jpg" /></p> <p>Want to see Europe but short on cash? Not sure you can ever afford it?</p> <p>A small, not well-known German airline, LTU, is having a a huge sale on flights from the US to Germany. They fly from JFK, LAX, Las Vegas, Miami, and more.</p> <p>If you leave before May 31, the cost is between $318 and $748 roundtrip (depending on your starting destination). If you want to travel this summer, it will be a little more, but still not as much as some of the major airlines. $548-$1048 for departures through September 9, 2007. A hint on fare, for the west coasters: if you can get to Vegas, it's a lot cheaper!</p> <p>Click <a title="LTU" href="http://www.ltu.de/docs/us/bookings/flight/summer_sale_usa_germany/index.html">here</a> to book, and enjoy Europe this summer!</p> <p>Deal via <a title="This Just In" href="http://current.newsweek.com/budgettravel/2007/05/saltair_inna_waterfront_bed_an.html">This Just In&nbsp;</a></p> <p>Photo by <a title="Gadjoboy" href="http://flickr.com/photos/gadjoboy/">gadjoboy</a></p> <!--break--><!--break--></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sarah-winfrey">Sarah Winfrey</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/europe-and-back-for-500-or-less">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-15"> <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/sears-goes-a-little-crazy-sweaters-starting-at-99-cents">Sears goes a little crazy - sweaters starting at 99 cents!</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/400gb-western-digital-external-hard-drive-under-90-delivered">400GB Western Digital external hard drive under $90 delivered.</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/restaurantcom-helps-you-save-for-valentines-day-60-off-gift-certifcates-and-a-15-ftd-gift-card">Restaurant.com helps you save for Valentine&#039;s Day - 60% off gift certifcates and a free $15 FTD gift card!</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/ugliest-shoes-in-the-world-now-less-than-10">Ugliest shoes in the world - now less than $10.</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/xm-satellite-radio-car-combo-for-under-6-and-free-shipping">XM satellite radio/car combo for under $6 and free shipping!</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Deals Airfare deal Europe fly to Europe Germany good deal LTU Fri, 11 May 2007 17:16:06 +0000 Sarah Winfrey 630 at http://www.wisebread.com