save money http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/519/all en-US Best Money Tips: Organize These Areas to Save Money http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-organize-these-areas-to-save-money <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-organize-these-areas-to-save-money" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_shoe_closet_25804875.jpg" alt="Woman organizing areas to save money" title="" 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 articles on areas to organize if you want to save money, how to speed up a sluggish day, and state fairs with free attractions that the whole family can enjoy.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.cultofmoney.com/2016/07/13/4-areas-must-organize-want-save-money/">4 Areas You Must Organize if You Want to Save Money</a> &mdash; The first place to organize is your food storage. You're more likely to eat what you have &mdash; before it goes bad &mdash; if you know where everything is. [Cult of Money]</p> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/How-Make-Workday-Go-Faster-38066287">Here's How to Make Your Sluggish Workday Go (a Lot) Faster</a> &mdash; Whip out your headphones and listen to music between tasks. Focus on how the song makes you feel while you're taking this mental break. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.cheapism.com/blog/state-fairs-2016-14099/">18 Standout State Fairs With Free Attractions</a> &mdash; The price of admission to these state fairs also include fun freebies and special entertainment options. [Cheapism]</p> <p><a href="http://fitzvillafuerte.com/deal-rich-friends-big-spenders.html">4 Ways to Make the Most of Your Retirement Savings</a> &mdash; You can't count on extra money left over after your monthly expenses. Make sure you contribute regularly and add retirement savings to your budget. [Yes, I Am Cheap]</p> <p><a href="http://www.shebudgets.com/personal-finance/how-to-save-money/frugal-people-never-make-these-mistakes/69766">Frugal People Never Make These Mistakes</a> &mdash; Frugal people eat leftovers all the time. They never waste anything that can be reused or repurposed. [SheBudgets]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="https://due.com/blog/3-tips-strong-linkedin-profile/">3 Tips to Having a Strong LinkedIn Profile</a> &mdash; When you list your work accomplishments and experience, provide facts and metrics to show what exactly you can do and by how much. [Due]</p> <p><a href="http://fitzvillafuerte.com/deal-rich-friends-big-spenders.html">How To Deal with Rich Friends Who are Big Spenders</a> &mdash; Communication is key! Be honest about your financial limitations. If they're real friends, they won't try to pressure you into spending money when you're out with them. [Ready To Be Rich]</p> <p><a href="https://blog.allstate.com/basement-maintenance-101/">Basement Maintenance 101: 5 Tips for Maintaining Your Basement</a> &mdash; Perform these checks regularly to catch potential issues in your basement. [The Allstate Blog]</p> <p><a href="http://savvyscot.com/how-to-find-a-good-income-property/">How to Find a Good Income Property</a> &mdash; Unless it's a new construction, odds are you'll be visiting the property fairly frequently to address any issues. Make sure it's a drive that you can handle. [The Savyy Scot]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/how-this-dad-learned-to-love-minecraft">How This Dad Learned to Love Minecraft</a> &mdash; Unlike many video games, Minecraft offers kids the opportunity to develop important skills. [Parenting Squad]</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-organize-these-areas-to-save-money">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-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/these-checklists-will-make-your-life-better">These Checklists Will Make Your Life Better</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-ways-to-count-and-cash-in-your-change">Best Ways to Count (and Cash in) Your Change</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/9-dumb-ways-youre-going-to-waste-money-this-summer">9 Dumb Ways You&#039;re Going to Waste Money This Summer</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-online-tools-to-manage-your-money-in-under-10-minutes-a-week">5 Online Tools to Manage Your Money in Under 10 Minutes a Week</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/these-5-apps-will-help-you-finally-organize-your-money">These 5 Apps Will Help You Finally Organize Your Money</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Organization best money tips save money Fri, 15 Jul 2016 09:30:32 +0000 Amy Lu 1752223 at http://www.wisebread.com 9 Dumb Ways You're Going to Waste Money This Summer http://www.wisebread.com/9-dumb-ways-youre-going-to-waste-money-this-summer <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/9-dumb-ways-youre-going-to-waste-money-this-summer" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_surfing_beach_91715903.jpg" alt="Woman wasting her money this summer in dumb ways" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>There are a lot of great things about summer: long days, warm weather, and vacation season for families to do things together. But summer presents some unique opportunities to waste money. How many of these summer money hazards will leave you wondering where all your cash went? (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-surprising-ways-summer-will-cost-you?ref=seealso">7 Surprising Ways Summer Will Cost You</a>)</p> <h2>1. Junk Food</h2> <p>It seems like summer is junk food season. Soda, chips, hot dogs, and ice cream are everywhere! If you go out for ice cream a few nights a week, this can quickly add up &mdash; as well as adding extra pounds. I remember when I was younger, I would get a 32 oz soda refill or other sugary drink at least once every day during the summer. Now I try to limit junk food for special treats instead of making it my regular summer diet plan. You'll be healthier and keep more of your money in your pocket by limiting your spending on junk this summer.</p> <h2>2. Air Conditioning</h2> <p>Sometimes on a pleasant evening or cool morning, I can hear the air conditioners running at many houses on my street. Once you get your windows closed and your A/C turned on, it is easy to leave it that way all summer. I try to leave the A/C off and windows open as much as I can. Using fans to move the fresh air around, I can often stay comfortable without running the air conditioning. It is expensive to keep your house like an icebox all summer, and keeping your windows closed isolates you from fresh air and the pleasant sound of birds chirping in the morning.</p> <h2>3. Driving Around</h2> <p>For some reason, people seem to spend a lot of time in their cars during summer. An air-conditioned car can be a comfortable place to be, but it costs a lot of money to drive around or even to run the A/C while parked. Sometimes going for a drive for something to do or to cool off ends up leading to a junk food purchase, adding to the expense of going for a drive. Instead of going for a drive to cool off, I like to relax in a lawn chair in a shady spot or sit outside after the sun goes down and the air cools down.</p> <h2>4. Movie Theaters</h2> <p>Another escape from summer heat and boredom is going to a cold movie theater for a few hours. This is even more expensive than going for a drive. The movie ticket price is often just the beginning of the cost of going to the movie theater. Many people buy popcorn and snacks, and it is easy to end up eating at a restaurant while you are out for a long activity like going to a movie.</p> <p>Movie theaters are often attached to shopping malls, making it easy to walk around the air-conditioned mall before or after the movie and spend even more money. I don't mind going to see a summer blockbuster if there is a good one, but going to a movie once or twice a week is going to make your money evaporate.</p> <h2>5. Vacation</h2> <p>It seems like so much time and money are spent to travel far away from home for a vacation. Is what you are looking to find on vacation really that far away from home? Sure, it's nice to see different places and experience new things, but the most important part of a vacation is to spend time with people you care about. Is hustling around airports and moving from one tourist trap to another at an expensive vacation spot the best way to spend quality time together? Instead of spending big bucks to travel somewhere, I would rather spend time with my family at home doing projects and working on things together.</p> <h2>6. Summer Living Gear</h2> <p>Stores are happy to offer you ways that you can buy a great summer experience. How about some new patio furniture, lawn chairs, a sun shade, or even a new grill or lawn mower? Don't forget some brightly colored new summer clothes to wear while you are using your new summer stuff. You don't want to miss out on summer fun, so you'd better buy the required summer gear to make sure you have a great summer...</p> <p>Think back to a great summer event or summer memory that you have. Now, can you even remember what kind of chair you sat in or what clothes you were wearing? Chances are that it doesn't matter. You can't buy a great summer experience by spending a lot of money at the store.</p> <h2>7. Pampered Lawn</h2> <p>I get a lot of flyers in the mail offering to make my lawn look great. With a little fertilizer and weed control, I'm sure my lawn could look more like green carpet. Not only do I get lawn improvement offers in the mail, but I even got one in person. My neighbor offered to let me use his giant lawn tractor and sprayer if I would buy chemicals to apply. It would be easy to spend hundreds &mdash; or even thousands &mdash; of dollars in pursuit of a more perfect lawn.</p> <p>I think my lawn looks fine as long as I keep it mowed neatly. I don't like the idea of spraying chemicals on it, and I don't really mind if my lawn is a bit more natural than the lawns you see on TV. My dogs do a great job of fertilizing my lawn for free. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-the-greenest-lawn-on-the-block-naturally?ref=seealso">How to Get the Greenest Lawn on the Block &mdash; Naturally</a>)</p> <h2>8. Big Summer Toys</h2> <p>It is easy to get swept up by the appeal of a fun summer toy that the entire family could enjoy. Wouldn't it be great to have an RV, camper, boat, jet ski, swimming pool, or new bikes? You could get the toys right now to enjoy this summer and make the payments later. Some of these toys might fit on a credit card you already have, but if not you can sign up for a new loan and make easy payments. Don't forget to pick up a truck with towing gear for some of these big toys.</p> <p>One problem with big summer toys is that you can only use them during the summer, but you will be paying for them all year long for many years. Plus, you may need to find somewhere to store your big toys when the summer season is over. What seemed like a great idea on a nice July day might seem like a dumb move only a few months later.</p> <h2>9. Expensive Summer Activities</h2> <p>Taking on expensive summer projects is a weakness for me. I would rather do something productive than relax, but it usually costs a lot of money to do projects. Projects such as landscaping or building a storage shed or playhouse are expensive and do not usually provide a good return on investment. A good way to work on an interesting project for free is to help someone else do a project at their house.</p> <p>Some people like to relax during the summer, but this can still be expensive. Golf comes to mind as an expensive summer activity with all of the gear and membership fees that are required to play. Other expensive activities include some summer camps, sports camps, amusement parks, and horse riding lessons. If you check around, you might be able to find some affordable activities that are conveniently located close to home to keep your family entertained instead of spending a lot on more expensive activities.</p> <p><em>What are some dumb ways that you waste money in the summer? Share with us!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/dr-penny-pincher">Dr Penny Pincher</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-dumb-ways-youre-going-to-waste-money-this-summer">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/9-money-lessons-to-take-from-the-great-depression">9 Money Lessons to Take From the Great Depression</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/survivor-island-meal-plans-use-it-or-lose-it-in-5-easy-steps">Survivor Island Meal Plans: Use it or Lose It in 5 Easy Steps</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-72-brilliant-ways-to-stretch-20">Flashback Friday: 72 Brilliant Ways to Stretch $20</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-take-one-vacation-day-and-save-thousands">How to Take One Vacation Day and Save Thousands</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-save-money-at-the-post-office">How to Save Money at the Post Office</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Budgeting budgeting Food frugal living save money seasonal spending spending summer summer activities waste money Mon, 20 Jun 2016 10:00:09 +0000 Dr Penny Pincher 1733676 at http://www.wisebread.com 8 Ways to Save on Accommodations Online http://www.wisebread.com/8-ways-to-save-on-accommodations-online <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/8-ways-to-save-on-accommodations-online" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000049917430_Large_0.jpg" alt="saving on travel accommodations online" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The online accommodation landscape is changing quickly. New websites are popping up every day, each with a unique way to search for different types of lodging. But sometimes sites like Airbnb have hefty service charges, while booking engines like Expedia and Booking.com often take a 25% cut from the hotel, which is sometimes passed on to the guests. I've traveled for over six years and have stayed in over 400 different hotels, hostels, and apartments around the world, and I've found a few ways to get cheaper (or even free) accommodation online. Here they are.</p> <h2>1. Try House Sitting</h2> <p>The <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-tips-for-landing-the-perfect-house-sitting-gig">idea of house sitting</a>, while gaining traction, is still very foreign to most people. When I tell people that I've house sat in beachfront villas on the Caribbean Sea and in casitas in the jungles of Costa Rica, they often expect that I knew the owners or that I've somehow solicited myself door-to-door.</p> <p>The fact is, finding beautiful homes to house sit all around the world is easier today than it's ever been, thanks to websites like <a href="http://www.trustedhousesitters.com/">TrustedHouseSitters.com</a>. This site has the largest collection of available house sitting jobs on the web and it's really easy to get started.</p> <p>All you have to do is sign-up for their yearly service ($8.25 per month) and you'll have access to thousands of potential house sitting gigs around the world. I've seen everything from mountain top bungalows in Fiji, to vineyards in France, and even castles in the UK. It seems too good to be true, but it's really not.</p> <p>To better your chances of landing that perfect job, create a profile with your picture and a brief write-up about yourself, get some reviews from other people you've house sat for in the past, and complete a police check (usually done at your local police station for a fee).</p> <p>Once you've created your profile, you'll receive an email in your inbox every couple of days with potential house sitting jobs. Then all you have to do is wait until there's one that suits your needs, send the owner a message, and hope to get chosen!</p> <p>If you are chosen, you typically do a quick Skype call and then a few weeks later, you'll be flying off to your temporary dream home... where you'll stay for free.</p> <p>Usually the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-make-400-a-week-as-a-pet-sitter">listings include pet sitting</a>, so you'll have to take care of an animal during your stay, but sometimes there aren't any pets and you just get the house to yourself. The jobs typically don't pay, but we have had some experiences where the owners give us a small salary for staying.</p> <h2>2. Use Local Property Sites</h2> <p>When big companies like Expedia and Airbnb charge a fee to the hotel or apartment owners, that cost is usually passed on to you, the guest. To avoid this, you can sometimes find the name of the property owner on these sites, and then run a Google search to see if you can find the same property listed on a local website.</p> <p>Local websites generally have much lower fees, so you can potentially save 10%-15% off of the total cost of your accommodation. In Malta, for example, you can find many apartments online through large websites, but Malta also has a few locally run sites like <a href="http://shortletsmalta.com/">ShortLetsMalta.com</a>, where you can find the same properties much cheaper. In Guatemala, there's <a href="http://rentalsatitlan.com/">Atitlan Solutions</a>, and in pretty much every town or country, there's a local website that will have cheaper accommodations than the big search sites.</p> <h2>3. Contact the Owner Directly</h2> <p>This is a particularly good trick if you're looking for short let apartments around the world. The way to contact the owner directly is similar to finding local websites in the previous tip. You just have to go into Airbnb or Villas.com and find a place you like, then look at the owner profile and see if they list their name or the name of their property management company.</p> <p>Once you have that, you can run a Google search to see if you can find the owner directly online. Sometimes they have their own website for the property, and sometimes they don't. If they don't have a website, they probably won't show up in Google, but there's another tactic you can use.</p> <p>Head to Facebook and search their name and the destination where the property is located. For example: &quot;John Doe Puerto Vallarta.&quot;</p> <p>Facebook will show a list of people by the same name in or around that city. You can match the person's profile photo to their picture on the booking site, and then send them a direct Facebook message asking them about the property.</p> <h2>4. Check the Hotel Website</h2> <p>A lot of hotels don't like the fact that when they have 100 rooms occupied in their establishment, they're paying 25% of their total revenue to big booking sites.</p> <p>This is why many hotels offer financial incentives for booking directly on their websites. Once you find a hotel on a booking site, consider running a Google search with the hotel name and see if you can go directly to their site.</p> <p>Compare the prices between the booking engine and the direct website and you'll often find that you can save upwards of 15% by booking directly with the hotel.</p> <h2>5. Haggle, Haggle, Haggle</h2> <p>Once you contact the local rental agency, the apartment owner, or the hotel's website, you can bargain. With hotels, they may not have as much leeway to give you more of a discount, but you can send the owner an email and ask for a percentage off the room rate if you're staying more than a couple nights.</p> <p>Usually with rental agencies and apartment owners, there's a fair amount of negotiating space. You can save a lot of money, especially considering that you'll already be saving the fees from the big booking sites. I rented an apartment in Malta for two months and I ended up saving nearly 30% of the cost by contacting them directly and bargaining for the price. It really works!</p> <h2>6. Consider Couch Surfing</h2> <p>Saving money is great, but free lodging is even better. The term &quot;couch surfing&quot; is becoming more mainstream, but there's still a misunderstanding of what's involved.</p> <p>Many people hear it and think, <em>I don't want to sleep on someone's couch!</em></p> <p>But in reality, there are thousands of couch surfing opportunities where you have your own room, a queen-sized bed, and even your own bathroom. Couch surfing is now a universal term for <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-that-anyone-can-travel-for-free">staying in someone's home for free</a>, not just crashing in someone's living room.</p> <p>The great thing about couch surfing is that you get a real local experience when traveling to a new destination. What better way to immerse yourself in the culture than by staying in a local's home?</p> <p>To start couch surfing, head to <a href="https://www.couchsurfing.com/">CouchSurfing.com</a> and sign-up for free. You can then browse through 400,000+ hosts around the world, and in no time at all, you can arrange to stay with somebody overseas. It's a great service.</p> <h2>7. Try Home Exchange</h2> <p>Another great way to get free accommodation is to do a home exchange. Made famous by the 2006 movie: <em>The Holiday</em>, home exchanges are a really cool concept. Head to <a href="http://www.lovehomeswap.com/">LoveHomeSwap.com</a>, sign up for $20 per month, and start swappin'!</p> <p>Of course, some downsides of this option are that you have to own a home, and you have to be willing to let a stranger stay in your home in exchange for getting to stay in theirs. But if it means you can fly to London and stay in the historical city for free... why not?</p> <h2>8. Check Out Volunteer Exchange</h2> <p>Websites like <a href="http://workaway.info/">WorkAway.info</a> and <a href="https://www.helpx.net/">HelpX</a> also offer travelers a great way to earn free accommodations all around the world, while helping out the local communities along the way. Basically it's an exchange. You sign up for a fee and then you have access to all of the volunteer opportunities on the website, and there thousands in over 135 countries.</p> <p>Browse through the listings, find a rewarding placement, and enjoy free accommodations (and sometimes food) in return for your services. Whether you decide to work on organic farms in South America, teach children in Asia, or help out at orphanages in Africa, your lodging will be earned, but the experience will be priceless.</p> <p><em>Have you tried any of these accommodation hacks? Let us know in the comments!</em></p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/8%20Ways%20to%20Save%20on%20Accommodations%20Online.jpg" width="250" height="374" alt="" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/nick-wharton">Nick Wharton</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-ways-to-save-on-accommodations-online">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/14-useful-items-hotels-usually-provide-for-free">14 Useful Items Hotels Usually Provide for Free</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/25-hotel-hacks-from-professional-travelers">25 Hotel Hacks From Professional Travelers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-to-leave-behind-during-your-midsummer-trip">10 Things to Leave Behind During Your Midsummer Trip</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-easy-way-to-negotiate-a-cheaper-hotel-room">The Easy Way to Negotiate a Cheaper Hotel Room</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-ways-to-save-on-smartphone-costs-while-traveling">8 Ways to Save on Smartphone Costs While Traveling</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel accommodations hotel deals hotels save money travel hacks travel tips Mon, 23 May 2016 09:00:05 +0000 Nick Wharton 1714250 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: 29 Quick, Easy Ways to Save Money http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-29-quick-easy-ways-to-save-money <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-29-quick-easy-ways-to-save-money" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_smartphone_happy_000076399149.jpg" alt="Woman finding quick and easy ways to save money" title="" 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 helpful articles on super quick and easy ways to save money, weight-loss gimmicks to avoid, and how to get the biggest tax refund possible.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.helpmetosave.com/2016/03/20-extremely-quick-easy-ways-save-money/">20 Extremely Quick and Easy Ways to Save Money</a> &mdash; Do you visit the gym often enough to justify a yearly membership? If not, choose a pay-as-you-go option instead. [Help Me To Save]</p> <p><a href="http://www.cheapism.com/blog/4179/weight-loss-scams-to-avoid">Don't Fall for These 10 Weight-Loss Gimmicks</a> &mdash; Yes, a shake diet will help you lose weight, but it isn't the right kind of weight to lose. If a serving contains less than 10 grams of protein, you'll have a harder time building muscle mass. [Cheapism]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/how-to-get-the-biggest-tax-refund-possible">How to Get the Biggest Tax Refund Possible</a> &mdash; Don't forget, you can write off any mortgage interest or real estate taxes! And some energy-saving home improvements are also tax deductible. [Parenting Squad]</p> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/What-KonMari-Method-40473595">The Key to Tidying Up Your Whole Life Means Asking Yourself This 1 Simple Question</a> &mdash; The KonMari Method is all about simplifying your life and becoming happier by decluttering. When you go through your things, ask yourself, &quot;Does this item spark joy?&quot; [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.thrifthounds.com/7-essential-thrifty-moves-for-new-parents/">7 Essential Thrifty Moves for New Parents</a> &mdash; When it comes to baby clothes, choose function over style. The quicker you can remove an outfit, the better! [Thrift Hounds]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.kiplinger.com/article/spending/T050-C011-S001-how-to-save-money-at-starbucks.html">Starbucks Hacks to Save You Money</a> &mdash; Starbucks will give you a 10-cent discount when you bring your own re-usable cup. [Kiplinger]</p> <p><a href="http://www.lazymanandmoney.com/five-reasons-side-gigs-arent-just-freelancers/">Five Reasons Side Gigs Aren&rsquo;t Just for Freelancers</a> &mdash; Having a side job helps you build your professional network, especially if it's at a company or organization you like or want to work at in the future. [Lazy Man and Money]</p> <p><a href="http://www.cleverdude.com/content/save-money-by-detailing-your-own-vehicle/">Save Money By Detailing Your Own Vehicle</a> &mdash; With a little time and elbow grease, you can detail your car &mdash; exterior wash, vacuum, and interior wipe down &mdash; for about $12. [Clever Dude]</p> <p><a href="http://blog.quizzle.com/2016/03/pay-unexpected-expenses-may-surprise/">How We Pay For Unexpected Expenses May Surprise You</a> &mdash; According to a new survey, a surprisingly large number of Americans don't have the financial resources to handle an unexpected $1,000 expense. 60% of those surveyed said they would try to come up with the money within their budget, while 15% said they would use credit cards to pay for it. [Quizzle Wire]</p> <p><a href="https://blog.allstate.com/list-my-home-on-a-vacation-rental-website/">Should I List My Home on a Vacation Rental Website?</a> &mdash; First, find out if it's actually legal to rent out your home. Some communities or HOAs may not allow you to host paying guests, while others may require you to get a permit or license. [The Allstate Blog]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-29-quick-easy-ways-to-save-money">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-dumb-ways-youre-going-to-waste-money-this-summer">9 Dumb Ways You&#039;re Going to Waste Money This Summer</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/14-fridge-tricks-that-will-save-you-big">14 Fridge Tricks That Will Save You Big</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/lower-your-credit-card-interest-rate-and-reduce-your-phone-bill-immediately-and-easily">Lower Your Credit Card Interest Rate and Reduce Your Phone Bill, Immediately and Easily</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-wisebread-helped-me-get-45mpg-out-of-my-28mpg-car">How Wisebread helped me get 45mpg out of my 28mpg car.</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/recession-survivor-would-you-eat-bugs-and-roadkill-to-cut-the-grocery-bill">Recession Survivor: Would You Eat Bugs and Roadkill to Cut the Grocery Bill?</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living best money tips save money Thu, 10 Mar 2016 11:00:12 +0000 Amy Lu 1670327 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: How to Save Money in March http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-how-to-save-money-in-march <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-how-to-save-money-in-march" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_shopping_online_000063115929.jpg" alt="Woman learning how to save money in March" title="" 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 helpful articles on how to save money in March, good goals for a more organized life, and spring gardening tips to help you save on produce.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/how-to-save-money-in-march">How to Save Money in March</a> &mdash; Do a spring cleaning! As you go through your closets, sort out the items you no longer use and can sell for cash. [Parenting Squad]</p> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/How-Get-Organized-36367042">17 Goals For a More Organized Life</a> &mdash; Keep small items on a pegboard, which you can make it an hour, tops! [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://shopperstrategy.com/2016/03/03/spring-gardening-101-save-on-veggies/">Spring Gardening 101 (Save On Veggies!)</a> &mdash; Figure out what your plant hardiness zone number is. Knowing what and when to plant is key to your garden's success! [Shopper Strategy]</p> <p><a href="https://due.com/blog/6-tips-for-starting-a-side-gig-while-working-a-job/">5 Tips for Starting a Side Gig While Working a Job</a> &mdash; Know the rules at your work when it comes to side gigs. Does your contract say that you're not allowed to compete with your employer? Would they own your work under certain circumstances? [Due.com]</p> <p><a href="http://www.thesimpledollar.com/managing-expensive-hobbies-so-they-dont-destroy-you-financially">Managing Expensive Hobbies So They Don&rsquo;t Destroy You Financially</a> &mdash; Focus on experiences and items around your hobby that offer the most value for the dollar. [The Simple Dollar]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.lazymanandmoney.com/5-reasons-expensive-cars-cost-think/">5 Reasons Why Expensive Cars Cost More Than You Think</a> &mdash; With a luxury car, you'll spend more on maintenance and repair, parking, insurance, and other areas. [Lazy Man and Money]</p> <p><a href="http://www.cleverdude.com/content/a-purchase-waiting-period-can-save-you-money-and-regret/">A Purchase Waiting Period Can Save You Money and Regret</a> &mdash; We often regret impulse purchases. Give yourself some time and space to decide if the purchase is really worth it. [Clever Dude]</p> <p><a href="http://www.mydollarplan.com/7-emergencies-you-think-are-emergencies-but-arent/">7 Emergencies You Think Are Emergencies But Aren&rsquo;t</a> &mdash; Home remodeling is not an emergency unless there is something structurally wrong with your house. [My Dollar Plan]</p> <p><a href="http://yesiamcheap.com/tips-downsize-home/">Tips on How to Downsize Your Home</a> &mdash; Work through each room and sort your stuff into yes, no, and maybe categories. [Yes, I Am Cheap]</p> <p><a href="http://www.thepennyhoarder.com/convince-your-boss-work-from-home/">How to Convince Your Boss to Let You Work From Home</a> &mdash; Do some research so that you'll be able to explain what the benefits to the company will be if you were allowed to work from home. [The Penny Hoarder]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-how-to-save-money-in-march">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-dumb-ways-youre-going-to-waste-money-this-summer">9 Dumb Ways You&#039;re Going to Waste Money This Summer</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/14-fridge-tricks-that-will-save-you-big">14 Fridge Tricks That Will Save You Big</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/lower-your-credit-card-interest-rate-and-reduce-your-phone-bill-immediately-and-easily">Lower Your Credit Card Interest Rate and Reduce Your Phone Bill, Immediately and Easily</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-wisebread-helped-me-get-45mpg-out-of-my-28mpg-car">How Wisebread helped me get 45mpg out of my 28mpg car.</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/recession-survivor-would-you-eat-bugs-and-roadkill-to-cut-the-grocery-bill">Recession Survivor: Would You Eat Bugs and Roadkill to Cut the Grocery Bill?</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living best money tips march save money Fri, 04 Mar 2016 10:30:48 +0000 Amy Lu 1667190 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Painless Ways to Save $1,000 by Summer http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-painless-ways-to-save-1000-by-summer <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-painless-ways-to-save-1000-by-summer" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/summer_savings_money_000016340443.jpg" alt="Finding painless ways to save $1,000 by summer" title="" 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 painless ways to save $1,000 by summer, great deals for January, and ways to eat well on a budget.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.moneytalksnews.com/16-painless-ways-save-1000-summer/">16 Painless Ways to Save $1,000 by Summer</a> &mdash; Getting a cheaper cell plan can help you save $300 or more. [Money Talks News]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/family-shopping-guide-deals-and-steals-for-january">Family Shopping Guide: Deals and Steals for January</a> &mdash; New furniture styles will arrive in February, so now is your chance to get last year's showroom models at a hefty discount. [Parenting Squad]</p> <p><a href="http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/Saving-Money/2016/0106/Nine-ways-to-eat-well-on-a-budget">Nine ways to eat well on a budget</a> &mdash; Opt for cheaper protein sources, like a whole chicken that you can stretch over several meals rather than chicken breasts, which costs more per pound. [The Monitor]</p> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/5-Minute-Morning-Routine-34913409">The 5-Minute Morning Routine For Your Best Day Ever</a> &mdash; Start your day off right! Spend the first couple of minutes moving your body and meditating on your day. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.experian.com/blogs/news/about/creditscope/">Experian's Daily #CreditScope on Periscope</a> &mdash; Check out Experian's Credit Q&amp;A on Periscope, where they answer questions about money and credit topics. Join in on Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. ET! [Experian]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="https://www.listenmoneymatters.com/thrifting/">The Rules of Thrifting</a> &mdash; Try on everything! Sizes can vary between brands and even decades, so you never know how something will fit until you try it on. [Listen Money Matters]</p> <p><a href="http://www.cultofmoney.com/2016/01/06/17-ways-for-moms-to-save-money/">17 Ways for Moms to Save Money</a> &mdash; Take advantage of the many resources at your local public library, including free entertainment! [Cult of Money]</p> <p><a href="http://www.pickthebrain.com/blog/7-secrets-becoming-successful-risk-taker/">7 Secrets to Becoming a Successful Risk Taker</a> &mdash; A successful risk tasker is a short-term pessimist and a long-term optimist. [Pick The Brain]</p> <p><a href="http://vipforair.com/how-to-make-an-efficient-house-cleaning-schedule/">How To Make An Efficient House Cleaning Schedule</a> &mdash; A monthly cleaning schedule my work better than a weekly one because everyone knows what tasks they're responsible for well ahead of time. [VIP for Air]</p> <p><a href="http://www.stevenaitchison.co.uk/blog/10-natural-ways-to-boost-your-energy">10 Natural Ways to Boost Your Energy</a> &mdash; Get some cinnamon into your system! This spice will naturally boost your energy. [Change Your Thoughts]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-painless-ways-to-save-1000-by-summer">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-dumb-ways-youre-going-to-waste-money-this-summer">9 Dumb Ways You&#039;re Going to Waste Money This Summer</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/14-fridge-tricks-that-will-save-you-big">14 Fridge Tricks That Will Save You Big</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/lower-your-credit-card-interest-rate-and-reduce-your-phone-bill-immediately-and-easily">Lower Your Credit Card Interest Rate and Reduce Your Phone Bill, Immediately and Easily</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-wisebread-helped-me-get-45mpg-out-of-my-28mpg-car">How Wisebread helped me get 45mpg out of my 28mpg car.</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/recession-survivor-would-you-eat-bugs-and-roadkill-to-cut-the-grocery-bill">Recession Survivor: Would You Eat Bugs and Roadkill to Cut the Grocery Bill?</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living best money tips save money Mon, 11 Jan 2016 20:00:03 +0000 Amy Lu 1635236 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: How to Save $10,000 in a Year http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-how-to-save-10000-in-a-year <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-how-to-save-10000-in-a-year" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_using_calculator_000049499644.jpg" alt="Woman learning how to save $10,000 in a year" title="" 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 ways to save $10,000 in a year, holiday habits that train your wallet, and scientific ways to raise healthy and happy kids.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.livingwellspendingless.com/2015/12/18/save-10000-year">How to Save $10,000 This Year</a> &mdash; Commit to a month of no spending. You'll be able to save a ton if you're able to do four month-long spending freezes throughout the year. [Living Well Spending Less]</p> <p><a href="https://www.listenmoneymatters.com/6-holiday-habits-drain-wallet/">6 Holiday Habits That Drain Your Wallet</a> &mdash; You may be tempted to splurge on a new outfit to wear to that fancy holiday party, but before you do, make sure it's really worth it! It's cheaper to invest in a little black dress and accessories to go with it. [Listen Money Matters]</p> <p><a href="http://www.moneytalksnews.com/slideshows/6-ways-science-says-you-can-make-kids-healthy-and-happy/">6 Ways Science Says You Can Make Kids Healthy and Happy</a> &mdash; Kids who are exposed to pets and farm animals in their first year are less likely to develop childhood asthma. [Money Talks News]</p> <p><a href="http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/The-Bite/2015/1216/Ten-ways-to-celebrate-community-through-food">Ten ways to celebrate community through food</a> &mdash; Host a food tasting! You can feature foods that are in-season and locally grown. [The Monitor]</p> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/How-Save-Money-Winter-20612809">6 Tricks to Save on Winter Spending</a> &mdash; Cook from scratch whenever possible because prepared foods are generally marked up by 40%! [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.lifehack.org/348403/6-little-tips-for-a-happier-life">6 Little Tips For A Happier Life!</a> &mdash; Don't get dragged into other people's drama. Remind yourself: &quot;Not my circus, not my monkeys.&quot; [Lifehack]</p> <p><a href="http://lifehacksmag.com/qualities-for-success-that-you-neglected/">7 Qualities For Success That Are Often Neglected</a> &mdash; Innovation will help you stand out and stay ahead of your competitors. [Life Hacks Magazine]</p> <p><a href="http://www.dinksfinance.com/2015/12/3-excellent-tips-on-solving-money-problems/">3 Excellent Tips on Solving Money Problems</a> &mdash; Your spending may be out of control because it's easy to pay with credit and lose track of how much you're actually spending. So leave your credit cards at home and start carrying cash only. [Dinks Finance]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/what-to-do-with-your-kids-christmas-cash">What to Do With Your Kids' Christmas Cash</a> &mdash; Use this opportunity to teach them about money management. One good use of the cash is to put it towards a big-ticket item that they've been eyeing. [Parenting Squad]</p> <p><a href="https://due.com/blog/5-signs-your-accountant-is-shady/">5 Signs Your Accountant is Shady</a> &mdash; You better watch out if your accountant encourages you to fudge the numbers! [Due.com]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-how-to-save-10000-in-a-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-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/the-toyota-i-unit-would-you-drive-it">The Toyota I-Unit; would you drive 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/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/biggest-money-saving-tip-move-far-away-from-the-joneses">Biggest Money Saving Tip: Move Far Away from the Joneses</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-money-moves-to-make-the-moment-you-decide-to-get-married">5 Money Moves to Make the Moment You Decide to Get Married</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-celebrities-with-shockingly-low-net-worths">6 Celebrities With Shockingly Low Net Worths</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Personal Finance best money tips save money Mon, 21 Dec 2015 20:00:04 +0000 Amy Lu 1623372 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Fun, Easy Ways to Save Money in December http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-fun-easy-ways-to-save-money-in-december <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-fun-easy-ways-to-save-money-in-december" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_cash_christmas_000072777887.jpg" alt="Woman finding fun and easy ways to save money in December" title="" 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 fun and easy ways to save money in December, how to conserve energy and home, and tips to entertain on a tight budget.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/7-fun-and-easy-ways-to-save-money-in-december">7 Fun and Easy Ways to Save Money in December</a> &mdash; Save on heating by layering up! You can save about 3% on your bill for every degree you turn your thermostat down. [Parenting Squad]</p> <p><a href="http://www.savethebills.com/ways-to-conserve-energy-at-home-and-save-money/">7 Ways To Conserve Energy At Home And Save Money</a> &mdash; Heating is one of the most expensive uses of energy in the average home. So let your clothes hang on a line when the weather is nice and dry your dishes on racks and towels. [Save The Bills]</p> <p><a href="http://www.debtroundup.com/5-ways-to-entertain-with-tight-budget/">5 Ways to Entertain When the Budget is Tight</a> &mdash; If the weather permits, move the crowd outdoors for games in the yard. [Debt Roundup]</p> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/How-Make-50-23634851">7 Ways to Make $50 in a Day</a> &mdash; Use TaskRabbit to find people who would pay you to plan a vacation, clean their house, or deliver items. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.getrichslowly.org/blog/2015/11/30/9-different-ways-to-spend-fsa-dollars/">9 different ways to spend FSA dollars</a> &mdash; Take stock of your emergency and first aid kids. Use your FSA dollars to replace expired supplies. [Get Rich Slowly]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.forbes.com/pictures/fejm45gedg/the-next-phase/">25 Best Places To Retire In 2015</a> &mdash; Asheville, North Carolina has a strong economy, scenic terrain, and good weather. The cost of living in Asheville is 3% below the national norm. [Forbes]</p> <p><a href="http://www.dinksfinance.com/2015/11/12-cheap-date-options">12 Cheap Date Options</a> &mdash; There's no need to bust your budget to have a nice date! Look for local festivals, hiking trails, and fun bike routes. [Dinks Finance]</p> <p><a href="http://moneyminiblog.com/budgeting/get-your-finances-in-order/">How to Get Your Finances in Order in 1 Hour</a> &mdash; Follow these steps to have a complete overview of your financial situation in just one hour. [Money Mini Blog]</p> <p><a href="http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/In-Gear/2015/1201/Most-dealers-are-lousy-at-selling-electric-cars.-Here-s-why">Most dealers are lousy at selling electric cars. Here's why.</a> &mdash; Dealers might be worried that electric cars will negatively affect their bottom lines. [The Monitor]</p> <p><a href="http://ptmoney.com/year-end-tax-moves/">These Seven Strategies Save Us Thousands Each Year in Taxes</a> &mdash; See if you can defer your revenue until next year to lower your taxable income. For example, you can ask your boss to pay your end of year bonus in January. [PT Money]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-fun-easy-ways-to-save-money-in-december">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-dumb-ways-youre-going-to-waste-money-this-summer">9 Dumb Ways You&#039;re Going to Waste Money This Summer</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/14-fridge-tricks-that-will-save-you-big">14 Fridge Tricks That Will Save You Big</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/lower-your-credit-card-interest-rate-and-reduce-your-phone-bill-immediately-and-easily">Lower Your Credit Card Interest Rate and Reduce Your Phone Bill, Immediately and Easily</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-wisebread-helped-me-get-45mpg-out-of-my-28mpg-car">How Wisebread helped me get 45mpg out of my 28mpg car.</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/recession-survivor-would-you-eat-bugs-and-roadkill-to-cut-the-grocery-bill">Recession Survivor: Would You Eat Bugs and Roadkill to Cut the Grocery Bill?</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living best money tips December save money Wed, 02 Dec 2015 20:00:05 +0000 Amy Lu 1617492 at http://www.wisebread.com 14 Fridge Tricks That Will Save You Big http://www.wisebread.com/14-fridge-tricks-that-will-save-you-big <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/14-fridge-tricks-that-will-save-you-big" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/000038978966_1.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>One of the most painless ways to reduce your carbon footprint and save money is to stop wasting food. A study by the Natural Resources Defense Council found that <a href="https://www.nrdc.org/food/files/wasted-food-ip.pdf">40% of the food produced</a> in the United States goes uneaten. While there is significant waste in every link of the supply chain between the field and the dinner table, the average American family throws away more than $2,275 in food each year! And $2,275 is a lot to spend on wilted lettuce and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-actually-enjoy-leftover-pizza">leftover pizza</a>.</p> <p>In the kitchen, as with pretty much every other aspect of life, a little asset management goes a long way when it comes to saving money. Here's where to start.</p> <h2>Audit Your Stash</h2> <p>The first step in organizing your refrigerator and freezer is to go through and throw away any spoiled food. Be thorough. Open and examine all condiments. Check the sell-by dates on frozen food. Absolutely everything over a year old should be dumped outright, but use <a href="http://www.stilltasty.com/searchitems/index/27">Still Tasty</a> or <a href="http://www.eatbydate.com/">Eat By Date</a> to check the viability of everything else in your freezer and refrigerator. I know, this sounds like pure drudgery.</p> <p>See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/can-i-eat-this-a-quick-guide-to-expiration-dates-and-food-safety?ref=seealso">Can I Eat This? A Quick Guide to Expiration Dates and Food Safety</a></p> <p>However, once you do this step you'll know where you are wasting the most grocery dollars. Is your crisper drawer really the compost drawer? Are there 12 different jams at different levels of decomposition taking up room in the door? Is your freezer a morgue for on-sale hot dogs? What's your food-wasting Achilles' heel?</p> <p>If you take the time to do this step, you will also have a clearer knowledge of the storage life of your favorite foods. Many people throw away perfectly edible food because they don't know there is a difference between a sell-by date and a use-by date.</p> <p>Once you've purged your refrigerator and freezer of all the spoiled food, look at the food that is on brink of going bad. One of the easiest ways to save money is to shop your refrigerator first, before buying new food at the store. Now is the perfect opportunity to make <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/thursday-night-soup-delicious-soup-from-leftovers">Thursday Night Soup</a>. Use a <a href="http://www.myfridgefood.com/">recipe calculator</a> to find recipes that use up the food you already own. Your first step in stopping food waste should be to eat through your fridge and freezer. Menu plan for the next week around your existing food, and tailor shopping trips around purchasing ONLY food that will help you use up your nearly stale food.</p> <p>Speaking of old food, <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/eat-your-garbage-turn-your-trash-into-delicious-holiday-food">eat your garbage</a>. Stale bread is the key ingredient to croutons, French toast, and bread pudding. Make vegetable stock out of those wilted vegetables or puree them into a green smoothie.</p> <p>Now that you have a clearer view of what foods get wasted in your house (I recommend doing twice yearly <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-ways-to-cut-down-on-garbage-and-save-money-too">trash audits</a> to further refine your shopping list and schedule), it's time to go to the grocery store. But wait! Before you step foot out of your house you need to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/this-simple-shopping-list-strategy-from-5-meal-plan-will-save-you-big">menu plan</a> and make a shopping list. Every single article about how to save on food costs includes menu planning and list making, because Americans over-shop for everything, including food.</p> <h2>1. Consider a Smaller Refrigerator</h2> <p>Take a cue from college and consider buying a smaller refrigerator when it is time to replace your current appliance. With an average capacity of 17.5 cubic feet of storage, Americans have the <a href="http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2013/10/the-huge-chill-why-are-american-refrigerators-so-big/280275/">largest refrigerators</a> in the world. American refrigerators have gotten huge over time due to our uniquely American once-a-week food shopping schedule. But here's the truth: the average American family of four cannot eat through 17.5 cubic feed of perishable food every week. Just because there's real estate in the fridge, doesn't mean it should be filled.</p> <p>But it is. In fact more than <a href="http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/03/19/consumers-buy-more-efficient-refrigerators-but-keep-the-old-ones-humming/">a quarter</a> of American homes have a second refrigerator, and 15% of those refrigerators are over <a href="http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/03/19/consumers-buy-more-efficient-refrigerators-but-keep-the-old-ones-humming/">20 years old</a>. So, on top of food waste caused by over-buying, Americans are also wasting hundreds of dollars every year storing beer and ice cream in the garage. Ditch the second refrigerator.</p> <h2>2. Think Outside of the Ice Box</h2> <p>For extra refrigeration at parties, chill drinks in an ice-filled bathtub or utility sink. Our local liquor store has an <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0000U3CIW/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B0000U3CIW&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=E6V67ICUAR4XOUYH">instant beverage chiller</a> that cools room temperature bottles and cans 25 times faster than our refrigerator. This quick chilling is offered as a free service to customers. Or use a cooler to keep holiday food overflow cold until you can serve it. If you actually need more freezer space to preserve high-ticket items such as meat and homegrown produce, instead of keeping a second freezer, consider paying a neighbor to use their unused freezer space. My neighbors regularly store backyard fruit that I don't have time to immediately can in their freezers in exchange for jars of jam.</p> <p>I like to think of my tiny refrigerator as a closet for my food. Just like my clothes, I have a one-in, one-out policy for perishables. The small size of my fridge, combined with this minimalist attitude, keeps me from buying too much food.</p> <p>After over buying, poor storage practices account for most food waste in the refrigerator and freezer.</p> <h2>3. I Can See Clearly Now</h2> <p>While it may save money on plasticware, storing food in old cottage cheese or butter tubs is a great way to waste a lot of food. For most people, out of sight equals out of mind, even if the containers are properly labeled. Restaurant kitchens use clear storage containers because they let the cook see, at a glance, the condition and quantity of the food. Borrow this practice at home. <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/16-smart-uses-for-mason-jars">Mason jars</a> are an excellent way to store food in the fridge (and double as microwaveable lunch containers and drinking glasses). Use <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00R9DCV8K/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00R9DCV8K&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=IQODTFKPM2RKL7DC">clear plasticware</a> designed to go in the freezer to store frozen goods. For people who are not plastic-averse, look for square or rectangular food safe containers. Square containers use less storage space than round containers.</p> <h2>4. Store Eggs in an Airtight Container</h2> <p>I use a <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00D0RCHC4/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00D0RCHC4&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=EFX5S4SSK5YXUFPY">32-ounce Tupperware</a> lidded tumbler to store my eggs. In addition to taking up four square inches of shelf space instead of the 48 square inches of an egg carton, the tumbler, which holds a dozen eggs, is stackable. The firm top and sides of the tumbler also protect my eggs from breakage. But most importantly, the tumbler is airtight. Eggs are porous. Eggs stored in an airtight container will stay good for an entire month.</p> <h2>5. Control Air Circulation</h2> <p>In addition to eggs, certain varieties of produce will last longer in an airtight container, including: asparagus, beets, mushrooms, carrots, celery, cucumbers, okra, radishes, summer squash, turnips, zucchini, berries, and all cut vegetables. However, most other vegetables like air circulation.</p> <h2>6. Don't Store Vegetables With Fruit</h2> <p>Many fruits produce ethylene gas, which is a ripening agent that can cause other produce to spoil prematurely. Fruits that produce ethylene include apricots, avocados, bananas, cantaloupes, kiwis, mangoes, nectarines, papayas, peaches, pears, plums, and tomatoes. Ethylene sensitive produce includes apples, asparagus, broccoli, carrots, cucumbers, eggplants, green beans, lettuce, potatoes, summer squash, and watermelons. Keep 'em separated.</p> <h2>7. Wash Produce Before Serving, Not Before Storing</h2> <p>This goes against every OCD fiber of my being, but I extend the life of my fruits and vegetables by storing them &quot;dirty.&quot; Adding moisture to produce speeds up spoilage by giving all the bacteria and microorganisms a nice big drink.</p> <h2>8. Separate the Greens From the Roots</h2> <p>Trim green tops from carrots, turnips, radishes, and beets before storing them in the refrigerator. The greens suck the moisture out of the edible roots, making them limp and chewy. By the way, carrot, turnip, radish, and beet greens are edible and super yummy! Don't throw them away!</p> <h2>9. Arrange the Food According to Your Needs</h2> <p>My Liebherr refrigerator came with unintentionally hilarious instructions about where to put my food&hellip; based entirely on the German palate. For example, Liebherr dedicates a large amount of shelf space to schmaltz storage. While I am sure that nine zillion dollars goes into the research and development of every refrigerator interior, it's just not scientifically possible to design a refrigerator that suits everyone's food culture and eating habits. So, if you are following the manufacturer's instructions and still wasting food because you are losing track of it inside of your refrigerator, you know it's time to rearrange.</p> <p>My refrigerator is very tall and skinny, which means that I cannot see what is on the very top shelf, unless I get out a step stool, which I do approximately never. If I were less lazy, I could post a top shelf inventory list on the front of the refrigerator. But why? I just let the top shelf be the snack domain of my much taller husband. And, very little annoys me more than constantly having to rearrange jars in the refrigerator because I can never remember what's behind the first visible row of food.</p> <p>So, instead of the daily search for jars in the back of the refrigerator, I store all the 32-ounce jars of pickles and mayo, all the tubs of yogurt and cottage cheese, the ketchup bottle, and my tumbler of eggs upright, in the pull-out crisper drawer. At a glance I can grab exactly what I need by reading the lids.</p> <p>Using the crisper drawer for jars and bottles leaves the shelves open to store my produce, (much of which is packed into airtight Tupperware containers and mason jars to maintain freshness).</p> <h2>10. Maintain the Correct Temperature</h2> <p>It's worth buying a cheap <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00875TVYQ/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00875TVYQ&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=F2FSBKW5ZYNHHNNE">appliance thermometer</a> to make sure that your refrigerator is maintaining a temperature at or below 40 degrees and your freezer is always below zero. What's obvious to most people is that higher temperatures allow for faster food spoilage. What is not obvious is that inside of every refrigerator there are hot and cool spots. Move the thermometer around the inside of the refrigerator to check for temperature variation. Don't store the lettuce in the coldest part of the refrigerator where it will wilt, and don't store dairy in the hot zone.</p> <h2>11. Don't Stand With the Door Open</h2> <p>Your mother was right about this. Opening the refrigerator door for 30 seconds can raise the interior temperature of the refrigerator by five degrees. Also, certain foods, like dairy, are light sensitive. Years ago I bought a glass-front fridge, thinking I would save on energy costs by being able to find items before opening the door. What I saved on energy costs, I lost on soured milk.</p> <h2>12. Sometimes Labels Are a Good Thing</h2> <p>Use a permanent marker to write the date on take out food containers and partially consumed packaged food. Don't play Russian roulette with that open carton of chicken broth. Everything that goes into the freezer should be labeled. You might remember that you put the spaghetti sauce in the red container and the plain tomato sauce in the blue container, but will you remember this code six months from now? Why force your brain to memorize even more trivia when you can just write &quot;plain tomato&quot; on a piece of masking tape and be done with it?</p> <h2>13. Dry Freeze Individual Servings</h2> <p>Food that has been thawed once should not be refrozen. When buying meat in bulk, freeze each serving in individual containers or bags. If you have the space in the freezer, consider freezing meat, fish, and berries on a cookie sheet first before transferring the food to storage containers. This prep work guards against food waste by allowing you to pull exactly the right amount of food out of your freezer. Aren't you tired of banging the block of frozen berries on the counter every morning to break off the right amount of fruit for your smoothie?</p> <h2>14. Rotate Your Stash</h2> <p>New purchases should always be on top or up front, so you know what needs to be used first. Put the newest purchases on the bottom of the freezer compartment and toward the back of the refrigerator. This is especially important for meat, as it's so expensive to purchase.</p> <p><em>Are you a wizard at refrigerator organization? Share your best tips with your fellow readers in the comments section!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/max-wong">Max Wong</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-fridge-tricks-that-will-save-you-big">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/9-dumb-ways-youre-going-to-waste-money-this-summer">9 Dumb Ways You&#039;re Going to Waste Money This Summer</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-ways-clutter-keeps-you-poor">8 Ways Clutter Keeps You Poor</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/why-is-gasoline-so-cheap-a-cost-comparison-of-40-common-household-liquids">Why is Gasoline So Cheap? A Cost Comparison of 40 Common Household Liquids</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-sleek-marketing-ploys-aimed-at-getting-more-of-your-grocery-money">5 Sleek Marketing Ploys Aimed at Getting More of Your Grocery Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/lower-your-credit-card-interest-rate-and-reduce-your-phone-bill-immediately-and-easily">Lower Your Credit Card Interest Rate and Reduce Your Phone Bill, Immediately and Easily</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living food money groceries grocery bills organization save money Wed, 14 Oct 2015 15:00:55 +0000 Max Wong 1586528 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Ways to Save $10 a Day http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-ways-to-save-10-a-day <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-ways-to-save-10-a-day" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_cooking_dinner_000018715256.jpg" alt="Woman cooking dinner and saving $10 a day" title="" 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 ways to save $10 a day, mindsets that will change your money habits, and the best herbs for your fall garden.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Everyday-Money-Saving-Tips-21275269#photo-21275269">10 Tricks to Save $10 a Day</a> &mdash; Whether you're dining out or cooking at home, save all leftovers in tupperware boxes and write the date on each container. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://creativemoney.biz/2015/08/25/5-mindsets-to-change-your-money-habits-once-and-for-all/">5 Mindsets to Change Your Money Habits Once and For All</a> &mdash; Be less critical of yourself. When things go wrong, be curious and look for ways to do better in the future. [Creative Money]</p> <p><a href="http://momsneedtoknow.com/best-herbs-fall-garden/">The Best Herbs For Your Fall Garden</a> &mdash; There are hundreds of varieties of sage, so it shouldn&rsquo;t be too hard to find one that grows well in your area. [Moms Need to Know]</p> <p><a href="http://www.mydollarplan.com/5-budget-friendly-us-destinations-off-the-beaten-path/">5 Budget Friendly U.S. Destinations off the Beaten Path</a> &mdash; Get your fill of Cajun and Creole culture in the Louisiana Bayou! [My Dollar Plan]</p> <p><a href="http://www.thefrugaltoad.com/personalfinance/5-ways-to-find-your-next-job">5 Ways to Find Your Next Job</a> &mdash; Reach out to the HR manager at the places where you want to work, and see if you can have an informal interview to discuss your career goals and their organization. [The Frugal Toad]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.getrichslowly.org/blog/2015/08/26/10-splurges-that-wont-break-the-bank/">10 splurges that won&rsquo;t break the bank</a> &mdash; Maid or landscaping services usually cost less than $100 and are worth the splurge if you don't enjoy or have time for the work. [Get Rich Slowly]</p> <p><a href="https://www.dailyworth.com/posts/3792-8-ways-to-prepare-your-finances-for-a-baby">Thinking About a Baby? 8 Ways to Get Your Finances Ready</a> &mdash; Start saving for big-ticket baby items, like a crib, car seat, and bottles. [DailyWorth]</p> <p><a href="http://fitzvillafuerte.com/10-vital-financial-concepts-that-every-adult-should-know.html">10 Vital Financial Concepts That Every Adult Should Know</a> &mdash; Do you know the difference between bear and bull markets, and what the indicators are? [Ready To Be Rich]</p> <p><a href="https://aboutlife.com/blog/Savings/Save-BIG-On-Early-Christmas-Shopping">How to Save BIG With Early Christmas Shopping</a> &mdash; The sooner you start Christmas shopping, the more time you'll have to compare prices and look for deals. [aboutLife]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/how-to-get-your-child-to-clean-her-room-in-15-minutes-or-less">How to Get Your Child to Clean Her Room in 15 Minutes or Less</a> &mdash; Make it easy for your child to keep her room tidy before it turns into a disaster zone by giving her storage options, like boxes that fit under her bed or bins in the closet. [Parenting Squad]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-ways-to-save-10-a-day">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-dumb-ways-youre-going-to-waste-money-this-summer">9 Dumb Ways You&#039;re Going to Waste Money This Summer</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/14-fridge-tricks-that-will-save-you-big">14 Fridge Tricks That Will Save You Big</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/lower-your-credit-card-interest-rate-and-reduce-your-phone-bill-immediately-and-easily">Lower Your Credit Card Interest Rate and Reduce Your Phone Bill, Immediately and Easily</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-wisebread-helped-me-get-45mpg-out-of-my-28mpg-car">How Wisebread helped me get 45mpg out of my 28mpg car.</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/recession-survivor-would-you-eat-bugs-and-roadkill-to-cut-the-grocery-bill">Recession Survivor: Would You Eat Bugs and Roadkill to Cut the Grocery Bill?</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living best money tips save money Fri, 28 Aug 2015 19:00:16 +0000 Amy Lu 1540520 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Organize Your Life and Save Money http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-organize-your-life-and-save-money <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-organize-your-life-and-save-money" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/stressed_woman_000056327992.jpg" alt="Woman learning to organize her life and save money" title="" 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 ways to organize your life and save money, how to ask for a promotion, and ways to make your batteries last longer.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://ptmoney.com/organize-your-life-save/">5 Ways to Organize Your Life and Save Money</a> &mdash; Keep a family calendar to track when you need to buy gifts and do home and car maintenance, and what meals you'll be making at home. [PT Money]</p> <p><a href="http://www.iwillteachyoutoberich.com/blog/how-to-ask-for-a-promotion/">How to ask for a promotion</a> &mdash; You won't get a promotion if you just walk in and ask for it. You'll need to do a lot of preparation to get what you want. [I Will Teach You To Be Rich]</p> <p><a href="http://www.thepennyhoarder.com/how-to-make-batteries-last-longer/">6 Ways to Make Your Batteries Last Longer, Including a Device Called the Batteriser</a> &mdash; Rotate out your used batteries. The remote-control car won't work, but there might be enough juice in the batteries for a clock or remote control. [The Penny Hoarder]</p> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/LinkedIn-Mistakes-37935382">19 Terrible LinkedIn Mistakes You're Making</a> &mdash; Make sure to personalize connection requests. It'll feel less spammy and the recipient will be more open to your request. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/The-Bite/2015/0721/Looking-up-restaurant-info-No-one-uses-an-app-for-that">Looking up restaurant info? No one uses an app for that.</a> &mdash; There seems to be an app for everything, but it turns out that few diners actually download apps for their favorite restaurants. [The Monitor]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.themoneyprinciple.co.uk/how-safe-are-your-savings-and-what-to-do-about-it/">How Safe are Your Savings? (And what to do about it?)</a> &mdash; Your savings may not be as safe as you think they are. It's important to keep up with the news and watch for warning signs of economic and financial trouble. [The Money Principle]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/10-ways-to-keep-your-kids-busy-this-summer">10 Ways to Keep Your Kids Busy This Summer</a> &mdash; Check your local zoos, children&rsquo;s museums, and art museums for summer passes or memberships at reduced rates. [Parenting Squad]</p> <p><a href="http://moneysmartlife.com/save-money-on-youth-sports-equipment-fees/">How to Save Money on Youth Sports Equipment &amp; Fees</a> &mdash; Stock up on easily lost items &mdash; like balls and water bottles &mdash; when they go on sale. [Money Smart Life]</p> <p><a href="http://couponpal.com/blog/the-11-best-food-tours-in-the-world">The 11 Best Food Tours in the World</a> &mdash; Scott's Pizza Tours in New York City takes you to the best pizzas in Little Italy and Greenwich Village! [CouponPal]</p> <p><a href="http://www.aspiringmillionaire.com/2015/07/4-ways-to-expand-your-business-sponsored.html">4 Ways to Expand Your Business</a> &mdash; See if you can get your customers to spend more by providing a new product or service that complements your current offerings. [Aspiring Millionaire]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-organize-your-life-and-save-money">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-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/these-checklists-will-make-your-life-better">These Checklists Will Make Your Life Better</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-ways-to-count-and-cash-in-your-change">Best Ways to Count (and Cash in) Your Change</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/9-things-in-your-house-youre-forgetting-to-clean">9 Things in Your House You&#039;re Forgetting to Clean</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/25-things-to-throw-out-today">25 Things to Throw Out Today</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/a-denim-expert-reveals-why-you-only-need-3-pairs-of-jeans">A Denim Expert Reveals Why You Only Need 3 Pairs of Jeans</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Organization best money tips save money Wed, 22 Jul 2015 19:00:24 +0000 Amy Lu 1499061 at http://www.wisebread.com Recession Survivor: Would You Eat Bugs and Roadkill to Cut the Grocery Bill? http://www.wisebread.com/recession-survivor-would-you-eat-bugs-and-roadkill-to-cut-the-grocery-bill <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/recession-survivor-would-you-eat-bugs-and-roadkill-to-cut-the-grocery-bill" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/2750185692_b813dc9956_b.jpg" alt="bug on nose" title="bug on nose" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="188" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I try to be flexible with my family menu in order to save on groceries, but recently I learned about a couple guys who are waaay more flexible than I am when it comes to ingredient choices. They eat bugs and roadkill. And they have recipes to share. (See also: <a title="25 Frugal Food Changes You Can Make Today" href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-frugal-food-changes-you-can-make-today">25 Frugal Food Changes You Can Make Today</a>)</p> <p>Jonathan McGowan, of Dorset in England, says he has been <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2048527/Owl-curry-adder-butter-stir-fried-craneflies-Meet-man-survived-diet-roadkill-30-YEARS.html" title="eating roadkill">eating roadkill and other dead animals he finds</a> for the past 30 years. At first blush that sounds disgusting and possibly even deranged, but Jonathan makes a very good point when he compares eating a recently-killed woodland animal to eating a chicken from one factory farm he visited. McGowan told the Daily Mail:</p> <blockquote><p>There was a broiler production unit close to where I was living where there was always three layers of chickens &mdash; a dead, rotting layer at the bottom, a squashed layer in the middle and a layer at the top where they could barely move.</p> </blockquote> <p>If you think you'll join McGowan in his culinary adventures, however, keep in mind that he feels that only someone with years of experience with wildlife can do this safely:</p> <blockquote><p>It's not something everyone can do. I have grown up around nature and know just by looking how an animal has died and how long it has been there.</p> </blockquote> <p>I grew up in Wisconsin and have heard of plenty of people legally taking home deer that they struck with their own cars. So it didn't freak me out too much to hear that McGowan enjoys venison. However, some of his other favorites raised even my eyebrows. He calls both fox and rat &quot;most delicious,&quot; and has even eaten wildcats and birds of prey.</p> <p>I wonder if McGowan knows that you are supposed to report it to authorities &mdash; even in England &mdash; if you <a href="http://www.dardni.gov.uk/index/animal-health/animal-diseases/avian-influenza/avian-influenza-questions-and-answers/finding-a-dead-bird.htm" title="finding a dead bird">find certain kinds of birds dead</a>, so they can be checked for bird flu. He also mentions eating birds of prey, the majority of which are <a href="http://pbms.ceh.ac.uk/sendSamples.htm" title="endangered birds">considered endangered over there</a>. He doesn't kill these animals, mind you &mdash; just finds them, butchers, and cooks 'em up.</p> <p>McGowan will even throw some bugs into his stir fry, which brings to mind another fellow I read about recently.</p> <p><a href="http://timeoutchicago.com/arts-culture/14953261/the-man-who-wants-you-to-eat-insects" title="Matthew Krisiloff">University of Chicago undergrad Matthew Krisiloff</a> is not just eating insects but wants to put bug burgers in your grocer's freezer case. After all, he told Time Out Chicago, insects can provide protein just like chickens or cows, but without putting so much strain on the environment or costing so much. One really interesting thing about Krisiloff's company, Entom Foods, is that he wants insect protein to succeed first in the West, in order to set a good example for the rest of the globe, where people tend to copy our diets as they get wealthier.</p> <p>As Krisiloff told Time Out Chicago:</p> <blockquote><p>In about 80 percent of the countries in the world, there are communities that do eat insects in some fashion. But as countries Westernize, they kind of shun those diets.&hellip; They look at Western examples and think, Oh, [they] eat hamburger, [they] eat chicken, that's what [we] should be doing as well.</p> </blockquote> <p>Well, carnivores, what do you think? Would you buy bug burgers or rake in some road kill in order to cut your grocery bill? After all, meat is often the biggest expense at the supermarket. Or are these ideas enough to turn the most dedicated <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-plant-based-diet-tricks-for-carnivores" title="6 Plant-Based Diet Tricks for Carnivores">meat-eater into a vegan</a>?</p> <h3>Tips for Eating Roadkill and Bugs</h3> <p>If you really want to try it, here is McGowan's recipe for roadkill Badger, from the Daily Mail:</p> <blockquote><p>Serves: 4</p> <p>1. Skin one badger and cut into pieces before browning in a frying pan with butter until pieces are golden and stiff.</p> <p>2. Flambee with glass of Armagnac and pour over one bottle of dry, sparkling wine, then simmer gently for two hours.</p> <p>3. Mix cooked, chopped badger liver, a glass of pig's blood, two egg yolks and a pot of creme fraiche and serve immediately.</p> <p>Serve with mushrooms or chestnuts.</p> </blockquote> <p>A New York Times blog has <a href="http://dinersjournal.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/09/21/the-bugs-you-can-eat/">tips on cooking mealworms, moth larvae and crickets</a>.</p> <p>To learn more about harvesting and eating insects, check out the book <em><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Man_Eating_Bugs">Man Eating Bugs</a></em> by <a title="Peter Menzel" href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Menzel">Peter Menzel</a> and Faith D'Alusio.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/carrie-kirby">Carrie Kirby</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/recession-survivor-would-you-eat-bugs-and-roadkill-to-cut-the-grocery-bill">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/9-dumb-ways-youre-going-to-waste-money-this-summer">9 Dumb Ways You&#039;re Going to Waste Money This Summer</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/14-fridge-tricks-that-will-save-you-big">14 Fridge Tricks That Will Save You Big</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/lower-your-credit-card-interest-rate-and-reduce-your-phone-bill-immediately-and-easily">Lower Your Credit Card Interest Rate and Reduce Your Phone Bill, Immediately and Easily</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-wisebread-helped-me-get-45mpg-out-of-my-28mpg-car">How Wisebread helped me get 45mpg out of my 28mpg car.</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/biggest-money-saving-tip-move-far-away-from-the-joneses">Biggest Money Saving Tip: Move Far Away from the Joneses</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living eat bugs eat roadkill save money Fri, 04 Nov 2011 09:48:17 +0000 Carrie Kirby 755238 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Save Money While You Sleep http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-save-money-while-you-sleep <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-save-money-while-you-sleep" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/4334569240_f4a9b79e47_z-1.jpg" alt="Save Money While You Sleep" title="Save Money While You Sleep" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></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 saving money while you sleep, strategies to pay for college, and how to afford gourmet food every day.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.pfadvice.com/2011/06/28/save-money-while-you-sleep/">Save Money While You Sleep</a> &mdash; Save money while you sleep by turning off electronics and unplugging everything before you go to bed. [Personal Finance Advice]</p> <p><a href="http://cashmoneylife.com/strategies-to-pay-for-college/">Strategies to Pay for College</a> &mdash; Pay for college by taking advantage of financial aid. [Cash Money Life]</p> <p><a href="http://getcurrency.com/dining-travel/how-to-afford-gourmet-every-day">How to Afford Gourmet Every Day</a> &mdash; You can afford gourmet food if you know how to shop the right foods. [Currency]</p> <p><a href="http://gradmoneymatters.com/money-making-ideas/ways-to-make-extra-money.html?utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+GradMoneyMatters+%28Grad+Money+Matters%29">10 Little Known Ways to Make Extra Money Offline</a> &mdash; Make money offline by helping people catch up to new technology. [Grad Money Matters]</p> <p><a href="http://blog.mogomoney.com/how-to-save-money-by-using-your-smartphone/">How To Save Money By Using Your Smartphone</a> &mdash; Use your smartphone to save money by using apps to find cheap gas. [Mogo Savings Blog]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/dangers-of-alcohol-and-energy-drinks-impulsive-behavior-in-teens">Dangers Of Alcohol And Energy Drinks: Impulsive Behaviors In Teens</a> &mdash; Pre-made cocktails are major health hazards to teens. [Parenting Squad]</p> <p><a href="http://www.getrichslowly.org/blog/2011/06/29/what-to-do-with-fresh-produce/">What to Do with Fresh Produce</a> &mdash; When you have fresh produce, be sure to preserve your harvest. [Get Rich Slowly]</p> <p><a href="http://moneysmartlife.com/prenups-6-tips-money-and-divorce/">Prenups &amp; Beyond: 6 Tips for Money and Divorce</a> &mdash; If you are getting married, be sure your will and your fiancee's will are up to date. [Money Smart Life]</p> <p><a href="http://www.thefinancialblogger.com/how-to-write-an-ebook/">How To Write an eBook in 9 Must Have Steps</a> &mdash; Are you thinking about writing an eBook? Then make sure you define the mission of your eBook. [The Financial Blogger]</p> <p><a href="http://www.mattaboutmoney.com/2011/06/29/two-essential-steps-for-finding-a-new-job/?utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+MattAboutMoney+%28Matt+About+Money%29">Two Essential Steps For Finding a New Job</a> &mdash; When looking for a new job, try to find an insider to help you with your search. [Matt About Money]</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-save-money-while-you-sleep">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/9-dumb-ways-youre-going-to-waste-money-this-summer">9 Dumb Ways You&#039;re Going to Waste Money This Summer</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/14-fridge-tricks-that-will-save-you-big">14 Fridge Tricks That Will Save You Big</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-things-successful-savers-do">5 Things Successful Savers Do</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/lower-your-credit-card-interest-rate-and-reduce-your-phone-bill-immediately-and-easily">Lower Your Credit Card Interest Rate and Reduce Your Phone Bill, Immediately and Easily</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-not-to-freeze-for-nearly-free">How Not To Freeze For Nearly Free</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living best money tips save save money sleep sleeping Thu, 30 Jun 2011 10:00:07 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 602524 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-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/the-5-best-waterproof-laptop-cases">The 5 Best Waterproof Laptop Cases</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-10-best-couponing-apps">The 10 Best Couponing Apps</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/6-ways-social-media-can-save-you-money">6 Ways Social Media Can Save You 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-best-places-to-get-coupons-online">The Best Places to Get Coupons Online</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 8 Ways to Save Money on Entertainment http://www.wisebread.com/8-ways-to-save-money-on-entertainment <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/8-ways-to-save-money-on-entertainment" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/fun-4748342-small.jpg" alt="concert" title="concert" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="174" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Sure, times are tough, but that doesn't mean you can't have a little fun. Here are eight ideas that will allow you to enjoy some entertainment and save money, too. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/47-cheap-fun-things-to-do-this-weekend" title="47 Cheap, Fun Things to Do This Weekend">47 Cheap, Fun Things to Do This Weekend</a>)</p> <p>1. Discount days, or even <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-watch-movies-in-the-theater-for-free" title="How to Watch Movies in the Theater for Free">free admission</a> days, are a great way to save money on entertainment at zoos, galleries, museums, and even some theaters. Check your local venues for specials.</p> <p>2. Are you a theater, concert, or sports lover, but can't afford the steep ticket prices? Consider a part-time job or volunteer position at the event. You may find yourself doing some menial work, but you'll also probably have the opportunity to catch most of the event -- and get paid for it!</p> <p>3. Our neighborhood Ultrastar theater has &quot;Cheapskate Tuesday.&quot; Most theaters also offer discounts for seniors and kids, but everyone can save money on certain days and certain times, usually in the afternoon on a weekday. If you go with a group of friends or co-workers, you can usually get a group discount, too.</p> <p>4. Speaking of movies, do you know if you have a Netflix subscription you can watch thousands of movies and TV episodes free on your computer, Blu-Ray DVD player, Wii, PS3, XBox, or the new Apple TV? Yup, they have a huge collection of movies that they stream over the Internet. You can watch anytime you want for no additional charge while you wait for the next Netflix DVD to come in the mail.</p> <p>5. You'll find movies at your local library, too, as well as music CDs, video games, and, by the way, books &mdash; all for free. They also offer lectures, music, and other library-sponsored events that are all free, too. While yore there, the Friends of the Library <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-tips-to-get-the-most-out-of-a-library-sale" title="5 Tips to Get the Most Out of a Library Sale">bookstore</a> is a great place to buy books for pennies on a dollar.</p> <p>6. If you're going out, babysitting can cost as much or more than your tickets. See if friends, family, or neighbors will trade babysitting responsibilities &mdash; you watch theirs one night, then they watch yours another.</p> <p>7. And if you're out for an afternoon of fun, consider visiting that new restaurant you wanted to try. Lunch menus are priced lower than dinner menus. Look for coupons, too. Two-for-One deals are common.</p> <p>8. Finally, if you're a student, military service member, or a senior, be sure to ask for discounts. For that matter, don't forget to ask for AAA, AARP, or other membership discounts. Even some clothing retailers, for example, offer AAA discounts.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kate-lister">Kate Lister</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-ways-to-save-money-on-entertainment">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/best-kids-eat-free-restaurants">Best Kids Eat Free Restaurants</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/25-things-to-never-pay-full-price-for">25 Things to Never Pay Full Price For</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/lower-your-credit-card-interest-rate-and-reduce-your-phone-bill-immediately-and-easily">Lower Your Credit Card Interest Rate and Reduce Your Phone Bill, Immediately and Easily</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-cheap-ways-to-play-video-games">8 Cheap Ways to Play Video Games</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-free-ways-to-spend-your-summer">15 Free Ways to Spend Your Summer</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment discounts having fun save money Thu, 16 Sep 2010 13:00:17 +0000 Kate Lister 237862 at http://www.wisebread.com