Mother&#039;s day http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/5301/all en-US Ask the Readers: How Will You Celebrate Mother's Day This Year? http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-how-will-you-celebrate-mothers-day-this-year <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/ask-the-readers-how-will-you-celebrate-mothers-day-this-year" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/mothers_day_gift_000016135837.jpg" alt="Mom and daughter celebrating mother&#039;s day" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="143" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Editor's Note: Congratulations to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-how-will-you-celebrate-mothers-day-this-year#comment-771616">Bekki</a>, Karen, and Susan for winning this week's contest!</em></p> <p>Mother's Day is coming up! Here's another holiday where we are encouraged to go all out for our loved ones when, usually, some thought and care is all we need. (But, you know, a fancy dinner is OK too if your mom is into that.)</p> <p><strong>How will you celebrate Mother's Day this year?</strong> Will you try to keep it budget-friendly, or do you plan to splurge a little? Moms, what is your idea of the perfect Mother's Day?</p> <p>Tell us how you will celebrate Mother's Day this year and we'll enter you in a drawing to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card!</p> <h2>Win 1 of 3 $20 Amazon Gift Cards</h2> <p>We're doing three giveaways &mdash; here's how you can win!</p> <h3>Mandatory Entry:</h3> <ul> <li>Post your answer in the comments below. One commenter will be randomly selected to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card!</li> </ul> <h3>For Extra Entries:</h3> <ul> <li>You can tweet about our giveaway for an extra entry. Also, our Facebook fans can get an extra entry too! 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Void where prohibited.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Good Luck!</strong>&nbsp;</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tell us how you will celebrate Mother&#039;s Day this year and we&#039;ll enter you in a drawing to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card! </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-how-will-you-celebrate-mothers-day-this-year">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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Today we found some stellar articles on frugal ideas to celebrate Mother's Day, things beginners must know about saving for retirement, and how to fill the hours after a layoff.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://freefrombroke.com/frugal-save-mothers-day/">Don't Go Broke Celebrating Mother's Day - 7 Frugal Ideas</a> &mdash; Opt to make dinner yourself and give mom a no work day for Mother's Day. [Free From Broke]</p> <p><a href="http://www.moneyunder30.com/23-things-beginners-absolutely-must-know-about-saving-for-retirement">23 Things Beginners Absolutely Must Know About Saving for Retirement</a> &mdash; If you are new to the world of saving for retirement, know that Social Security won't be enough and that 401(k) contributions can reduce your taxes. [Money Under 30]</p> <p><a href="http://moneysmartlife.com/hours-layoff-constructively/">How to Fill the Hours After a Layoff - Constructively</a> &mdash; To be constructive after a layoff, network with positive people. [Money Smart Life]</p> <p><a href="http://cashmoneylife.com/why-you-should-work-in-college/">Why You Should Work in College - And It's Not All About the Money</a> &mdash; Working in college teaches you how to deal with people. [Cash Money Life]</p> <p><a href="http://www.freemoneyfinance.com/2014/05/what-weve-learned-from-millionaires.html">What We've Learned from Millionaires</a> &mdash; Did you know millionaires don't tend to have exciting portfolios? [Free Money Finance]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://kylieofiu.com/2014/05/why-buy-when-you-can-rent-renting-by-choice/">Why buy when you can rent? Renting by choice</a> &mdash; Renting gives you flexibility and freedom that owning a home doesn't give you. [Kylie Ofiu]</p> <p><a href="http://www.biblemoneymatters.com/3-advantages-of-having-a-side-business/">3 Advantages of Having a Side Business</a> &mdash; Having a side business gives you unlimited earning potential. [Bible Money Matters]</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Home-Essentials-Small-Spaces-30010548#photo-30050174">Cute, Mini Essentials for Small Living Spaces</a> &mdash; A counter dish rack and small steamer are a couple essentials when living in a small space. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://livingonthecheap.com/great-deals-last-minute-mothers-day-gifts/">Great last minute deals on Mother's Day gifts</a> &mdash; If you are still in need of a Mother's Day gift, consider getting her a portable cell phone charger. [Living on the Cheap]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/how-to-teach-your-children-to-love-animals">How to Teach Your Children to Love Animals</a> &mdash; To teach your children to love animals, adopt a pet or volunteer at an animal shelter. [Parenting Squad]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-7-frugal-ideas-to-celebrate-mothers-day">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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A lot of times people just give the typical flowers or chocolates, the same old requisite gifts. But, if you think beyond the generic, mainstream ideas, you can do something even more meaningful and budget-friendly at the same time.</p> <p>Check out this list of free or very affordable ideas that truly celebrate Mom and will make her day. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-thoughtful-and-frugal-personalized-gift-ideas?ref=seealso">25 Frugal Personalized Gift Ideas</a>)</p> <h2>1. Give Her the Gift of Sleep</h2> <p>This is especially a good one for moms of younger kids. Let Mom sleep in for once, and make sure she knows she has the morning to do so. Or, set a nap hour or two just for her on Mother's Day, complete with making her bed comfy and ready for a great nap, while you keep the kids entertained (or even better, out of the house for some peace and quiet).</p> <h2>2. Unique Subscriptions</h2> <p>A very considerate gift for Mom is a subscription to something she wouldn't necessarily splurge on herself. This could be a gift subscription to a cool online service, like <a href="http://www.anrdoezrs.net/click-2822544-10456885">Ancestry</a>.com for those interested in genealogy and family trees, <a href="http://partners.wantable.co/c/27771/54545/1319">Wantable</a> for the makeup and accessories lover,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.gotravelbox.com">Travelbox</a> for the frequent traveler, or <a href="http://www.siriusxm.com">Sirius Radio</a> for moms who spend a lot of time in the car. Or, maybe it's as simple as a <a href="http://www.amazon.com/magazines/b/?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;node=599858&amp;tag=wisbre03-20">magazine subscription</a> she would enjoy.</p> <h2>3. Bake Her Something (Even If It's Frozen Cookie Dough)</h2> <p><img width="605" height="303" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/momday-485652301-ggnoads.jpg" /></p> <p>Making your mom an awesome treat is always welcome, especially from those whom she would least expect (folks who can barely boil water, this means you!). Make it as simple as buying some premade cookie dough at the supermarket. If you can turn on your oven, you can make cookies. For those who enjoy baking, make her favorite pie, cake, or cupcakes from scratch, which is not only economical, but means a lot since it comes from you. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-unique-holiday-gifts-you-can-bake?ref=seealso">Delicious Gifts You Can Bake</a>)</p> <h2>4. Alma Mater School Gear</h2> <p>If your mom has fond college memories, try giving her some gear with her school name on it. This is far from a generic gift, and with so many choices from t-shirts to license plate holders, you can get creative. You can search online for shops affiliated with her school, or try shops like <a href="http://www.fansedge.com">FansEdge</a>, which carries items from most NCAA schools.</p> <h2>5. Do Some Yard Work for Her</h2> <p>A nice way to show you care is to spend some time doing something in the yard that your mom would either have to pay for or do herself. Whether you do some garden chores, mow, clean out the gutters, or wash the windows, there is always something that can be done that will save her time and money.</p> <h2>6. Write Her a Letter</h2> <p>Write a heartfelt letter to your mom telling her what a good job she has done and how much you love and appreciate her. Decorate the envelope or get some nice stationery paper if you want to make it fancy, but it's the words she will love most of all. And dads, don't forget this is also a very welcome gesture from you to the mother of your children.</p> <h2>7. Set Up an Awesome Spa-Like Bath</h2> <p>Surprise Mom by making a lovely spa experience for her in the comfort of her own home. Fill up the tub and add some bubble bath, light candles, play her favorite music, and put a glass of wine or other fun drink tub-side. Don't forget to leave her a robe and fluffy towel, too. If you really want to make a statement, throw in some rose petals. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-spa-treatments-you-can-do-at-home?ref=seealso">Spa Treatments at Home</a>)</p> <h2>8. Custom Drawings and Paintings</h2> <p>For a unique gift, have a custom drawing or painting done. There are many artists on <a href="http://www.etsy.com">Etsy</a> who can draw or paint from a photo you send to make beautiful creations of things near and dear to Mom's heart, like pictures of her family, pets, and places she loves. Or, try sites like <a href="http://www.mydavinci.com">myDaVinci</a>, which also has some reasonable price points depending on style.</p> <h2>9. Throw a Different Kind of Brunch</h2> <p>While making a special brunch at home is always nice, go for something even more fun and unexpected. Put out a spread of afternoon tapas and some fresh-fruit sangria. You could also do a tea party with little sandwiches and sweets. Or, do a wine and cheese tasting for moms who appreciate wine. Finally, for a different spin, host an ice-cream sundae bar with tons of candy and fun toppings.</p> <h2>10. Surprise Her With Her Favorite Takeout</h2> <p>If you can't be there in person to take her out to a meal, you can order her favorite takeout and have it delivered to her on the big day. Set it up as a surprise and make sure she is home for the delivery. Have the restaurant provide a note saying it's from you, and be sure to order her favorite dish.</p> <h2>11. Paint Mini Flower Pots</h2> <p><img width="605" height="303" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/momday-470672069-ggnoads.jpg" /></p> <p>Hit up a dollar store, craft store, or home store to find extremely cheap <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007NKE8J4/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B007NKE8J4&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20">mini terra-cotta flowerpots</a>. You can easily use most types of paint to decorate these little beauties in a matter of minutes. My four-year-old loves to do this, and we have given them as gifts to her grandmothers along with packs of seeds.</p> <h2>12. Go on a Movie Date Together</h2> <p>Plan a Mother's Day movie date and treat yourselves to a movie your mom would enjoy. Load up on popcorn and candy and have fun for the day together.</p> <h2>13. Make a Donation</h2> <p>Make a donation in your mom's name to a charity or cause she loves, like an animal rescue or research for a cure. You can send her a card letting her know the donation was made, or sometimes the organization will send a thank you directly. This is also a beautiful way to remember and honor your mom.</p> <h2>14. Give Practical Gift Certificates</h2> <p>Think of places that Mom always frequents, and where contributing a few extra dollars may make her life easier. Practical gift cards to places like the local grocery store, coffee shop, garden store, car wash, or hair salon are funds you know your mom will use. You can certainly give gift cards towards other things, like clothing retailers, but practical cards can also be extremely considerate.</p> <h2>15. Go on a Nature Walk Together</h2> <p>Set up a time to get together with mom and take a nice walk together. It doesn't matter where you live, as there are always options to get outdoors and look at the scenery. Hit up the parks or jogging trails, or travel to the nearest small town and window-shop.</p> <h2>16. Give Her Some Unusual Photo Gifts</h2> <p>Skip the #1 Mom coffee mug and try a different kind of photo gift. Branch out to more unique finds, like photo blankets, playing cards, and puzzles at sites like <a href="http://www.shutterfly.com">Shutterfly</a>. Or, try custom photo stamps at <a href="http://www.zazzle.com/photo+stamps?rf=238146035183010546">Zazzle</a>, which are cute and very practical. I especially like the <a href="http://www.jdoqocy.com/click-2822544-11492501">custom Monopoly game</a> idea, complete with your own pictures and captions.</p> <h2>17. Make Her a Handmade Keepsake or Jewelry Box</h2> <p>Rather than spend a fortune on expensive retail jewelry boxes, you can easily make your own for a few bucks. All you need is a small woodworking box, which you can find in any craft store for under $5. Paint, stencil, or cover your box in glued-on stones or mosaics to make something beautiful. For a nice touch, glue a piece of felt to the inside bottom of the box.</p> <h2>18. Clean Something</h2> <p>Give Mom a break and clean her bathroom, kitchen, or the whole house. If you can't do it yourself, a less budget-friendly solution is to hire a professional cleaning service for a day or a month. If there are teenaged kids in the family, something as simple as getting them to clean their rooms for once may also do the trick.</p> <h2>19. Go Out for Coffee/Tea</h2> <p>Skip the costly and crowded restaurants on Mother's Day and take Mom out for a coffee or tea, which can be just as fun. Hit up a local coffee shop or find cute places in town that sell sweets along with coffee for a fun afternoon dessert together.</p> <h2>20. Get Her a Favorite Book</h2> <p>Your mom will appreciate the thought that goes into selecting a book that she would like. Perhaps it's a biography about someone she finds interesting, a band from her youth, a hobby, or a cool new idea she'd like. And, don't forget coffee table books with beautiful photos, which can be just as fun as novels. Be sure to inscribe a message to your mom in the front cover.</p> <h2>21. DIY a Birdhouse</h2> <p>A birdhouse makes a nice gift that your mom can always have in the yard or even keep inside as decor. You can simply buy a cool birdhouse, purchase an unfinished wood birdhouse and decorate it with paint or embellishments, or for the DIY crowd, <a href="http://www.bhg.com/gardening/design/birdhouses-baths/home-tweet-home/">build your own birdhouse</a> from scratch.</p> <h2>22. Go for a Game Outing</h2> <p><img width="605" height="303" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/momday-186382623-ggnoads.jpg" /></p> <p>Treat your mom to a fun outing of games or outdoor activities that the whole family can do together. Ideas like miniature golf, flying kites, bowling, and places like Dave &amp; Busters are all great activities where the whole family can join and make a fun day for your mom in the process.</p> <h2>23. Fix Something Around the House</h2> <p>Take the time to fix something your mom really wants to get done around the house to show you care. Get creative and find out what affordable items you can check off her list, from organizing a closet to regrouting tile to touching up walls with paint. This is a great time for dads to work on that honey-do list, or for kids, young and old, to pitch in.</p> <h2>24. Give Her a Locket</h2> <p>Jewelry is always a nice gift for most women, but lockets are extra special due to the meaningful pictures inside. They also don't need to cost a fortune. You can find extremely cheap options online, at discount stores, or at thrift shops. Put a picture of you and your mom or the grandkids to make a personalized gift any mom would treasure.</p> <h2>25. Make Some Fancy Bath and Body Gifts</h2> <p>While a lot of folks give soap and bath gifts for Mother's Day, a unique and much more economical twist is to make the products yourself. There are some great recipes that are fairly simple to make, like <a href="http://wellnessmama.com/5837/natural-tinted-lip-balm-recipe/">homemade lip gloss</a>, <a href="http://www.theidearoom.net/2009/05/peppermint-foot-scrub-recipe.html">peppermint foot scrub</a>, and <a href="http://www.marthastewart.com/280491/pantry-soaps?czone=holiday%2Fsantas-workshop%2Fsantas-handmade-gifts&amp;gallery=275209&amp;slide=280491&amp;center=307035">fancy pantry soaps</a>. Find cool containers and jars to hold your creations and decorate them with nice labels and twine for a finishing touch.</p> <h2>26. Wash Her Car</h2> <p>Help out Mom this Mother's Day and give her car a good wash. You can do it yourself, or take it to a professional car wash. Go the distance and make sure the interior is cleaned and the floors and mats are vacuumed as well.</p> <h2>27. Take Her on a Day Trip</h2> <p><img width="605" height="303" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/momday-178708880-ggnoads.jpg" /></p> <p>A day trip is an economical way to get away from home and celebrate Mother's Day together. Think of nearby places with an activity, like beaches, gardens, wine tasting, and cultural attractions. Make the journey just as special as the destination by taking special snacks, playing good music in the car, and having a nice chat.</p> <h2>28. Make Your Own Card</h2> <p>You don't need to be a kid to make a card. Warm any mother's heart with a thoughtful, handmade card that recognizes the good job she does. This is especially meaningful coming from an adult child. It doesn't matter what your card looks like, as any mom is sure to love the thought. However, if you need some help, <a href="http://printable-cards.gotfreecards.com/html5/index.html?cat=Mother%27s+Day&amp;pg=2">try free printable cards</a> where you can print out designs to color in yourself.</p> <h2>29. Go on a Picnic</h2> <p>Mother's Day is the perfect time of year to get outside. Pack a nice picnic lunch by picking up delicious deli items, fruits, and pastries, and head to a nearby park, open field, or anywhere relaxing to enjoy it together.</p> <h2>30. Spend Time Together</h2> <p>If you are lucky enough to be able to physically be with your mom on Mother's Day, just going over for a visit can be the most meaningful thing to any mother, especially if you don't do it often. Watch a movie on TV together, hang out and talk, or make a meal together. If you can't be face-to-face, try Skype or Facetime to have a nice conversation and see one another on a day that's all about her.</p> <p><em>What are some of your meaningful and budget-friendly Mother's Day ideas to add to the list?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kelly-medeiros">Kelly Medeiros</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/30-meaningful-mothers-day-gifts-for-every-budget">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/20-valentines-day-gifts-for-10-or-less">20 Valentine&#039;s Day Gifts for $10 or Less</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/80-stocking-stuffer-ideas-for-10-or-less">80 Stocking Stuffer Ideas for $10 or Less</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/what-to-buy-and-avoid-buying-in-december">What to Buy (and Avoid Buying) in December</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/21-perfect-holiday-gifts-for-book-lovers">21 Perfect Holiday Gifts for Book Lovers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-affordable-kids-gifts-that-wont-rot-their-brains">10 Affordable Kids&#039; Gifts That Won&#039;t Rot Their Brains</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Life Hacks cheap gifts gifts Mom Mother's day product reviews Fri, 02 May 2014 09:00:25 +0000 Kelly Medeiros 1137583 at http://www.wisebread.com Ask the Readers: How Do You Celebrate Mother's Day Frugally? http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-how-do-you-celebrate-mothers-day-frugally <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/ask-the-readers-how-do-you-celebrate-mothers-day-frugally" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/family-85926597.jpg" alt="mom and kids" title="mom and kids" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Editor's Note: Congratulations to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-how-do-you-celebrate-mothers-day-frugally#comment-747644">Mary Happymommy</a>, Thomas, and Diane for winning this week's contest!</em></p> <p>Mother's Day is coming up! Retail stores all say they know just what you should get for your mom, but their offerings aren't always the most budget-friendly...or what your mom wants at all! You don't need flowers and/or jewelry to make May 11 a special day for the mothers in your life.</p> <p><strong>How do you celebrate Mother's Day frugally?</strong> Will you be buying gifts, or will you opt for something homemade &mdash; or even an experience? If you're a mom, how do <em>you</em> want to spend Mother's Day?</p> <p>Tell us how you celebrate Mother's Day frugally and we'll enter you in a drawing to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card!</p> <h2>Win 1 of 3 $20 Amazon Gift Cards</h2> <p>We're doing three giveaways &mdash; here's how you can win!</p> <h3>Mandatory Entry:</h3> <ul> <li>Post your answer in the comments below. One commenter will win a $20 Amazon Gift Card!</li> </ul> <h3>For extra entries:</h3> <ul> <li>You can tweet about our giveaway for an extra entry. Also, our Facebook fans can get an extra entry too! Use our Rafflecopter widget for your chance to win one of the other two Amazon Gift Cards:</li> </ul> <p><a id="rc-79857d94" class="rafl" href="http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/79857d94/" rel="nofollow">a Rafflecopter giveaway</a></p> <script src="//widget.rafflecopter.com/load.js"></script></p> <p><strong>If you're inspired to write a whole blog post OR you have a photo on flickr to share, please link to it in the comments or tweet it.</strong></p> <h4>Giveaway Rules:</h4> <ul> <li>Contest ends Monday, May 5th at 11:59 p.m. Pacific. Winners will be announced after May 5th on the original post. Winners will also be contacted via email.</li> <li>You can enter all three drawings &mdash; once by leaving a comment, once by liking our Facebook update, and once by tweeting.</li> <li>This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered, or associated with Facebook.</li> <li>You must be 18 and US resident to enter. Void where prohibited.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Good Luck!</strong></p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tell us how you celebrate Mother&#039;s Day frugally and we&#039;ll enter you in a drawing to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card! </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-how-do-you-celebrate-mothers-day-frugally">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-should-kids-get-paid-for-doing-chores">Ask The Readers: Should Kids Get Paid For Doing Chores?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-200-giveaway-what-does-corporate-social-responsibility-mean-to-you">Ask the Readers $200 Giveaway: What Does Corporate Social Responsibility Mean to You?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-what-is-your-dream-job-0">Ask the Readers: What is Your Dream Job?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-cheap-ways-to-stay-cool-chance-to-win-20">Ask the Readers: Cheap Ways to Stay Cool? (Chance to Win $20!)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-how-did-you-spend-your-first-paycheck">Ask the Readers: How Did You Spend Your First Paycheck?</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Giveaways Ask the Readers Mother's day Tue, 29 Apr 2014 09:48:20 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 1137333 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Unique Mother's Day Gifts http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-unique-mothers-day-gifts <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-unique-mothers-day-gifts" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/family-4841101-small.jpg" alt="family" title="family" 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 awesome articles on unique Mother's Day gifts, side gigs to make more money today, and insurance policies everyone should have.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://christianpf.com/mothers-day-gifts-on-a-budget/">5 Unique Mother's Day Gifts on a Budget</a> &mdash; Giving mom the day off is a great and unique Mother's Day gift. [Christian PF]</p> <p><a href="http://andthenwesaved.com/15-side-gigs-to-make-more-money-today/">15 Side Gigs To Make More Money Today</a> &mdash; To make more money today, carpool for cash or refurbish furniture. [And Then We Saved]</p> <p><a href="http://www.beingfrugal.net/5-important-insurance-policies-everyone-should-have/">5 Important Insurance Policies Everyone Should Have</a> &mdash; Make sure you have renters or homeowners insurance and disability insurance. [BeingFrugal.net]</p> <p><a href="http://timemanagementninja.com/2013/05/10-ways-to-save-10-minutes-of-time-today/">10 Ways to Save 10 Minutes of Time Today</a> &mdash; Not reading the news and bringing your lunch to work can save you ten minutes of time today. [Time Management Ninja]</p> <p><a href="http://lifehacker.com/how-youre-embarrassing-yourself-online-without-knowing-495859415">How You're Unknowingly Embarrassing Yourself Online (and How to Stop)</a> &mdash; Stop embarrassing yourself online by learning how to use privacy settings on your social media accounts. [LifeHacker]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://amateurassetallocator.com/2013/05/07/5-fatal-investing-mistakes-you-must-avoid/">5 Fatal Investing Mistakes You Must Avoid</a> &mdash; Don't make the mistake of investing without a plan. [Amateur Asset Allocator]</p> <p><a href="http://www.carefulcents.com/issues-building-your-business/">4 Common Issues to Face When Building Your Business</a> &mdash; When building your business, consider financial management. [Careful Cents]</p> <p><a href="http://www.marcandangel.com/2013/05/05/8-ways-happy-people-start-their-mornings/">8 Ways Happy People Start Their Mornings</a> &mdash; Learn a lesson from happy people and start your mornings by following a relaxing morning routine. [Marc and Angel Hack Life]</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/How-Display-Travel-Souvenirs-30410433">18 Ideas to Organize and Display Your Travel Mementos With Style</a> &mdash; Make a memory jar to organize and display your travel mementos. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/11-ways-for-dads-to-be-team-players">11 Ways for Dad to Be Team Players</a> &mdash; Communication and flexibility are two important ways for dads to be team players. [Parenting Squad]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-unique-mothers-day-gifts">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/30-meaningful-mothers-day-gifts-for-every-budget">30 Meaningful Mother&#039;s Day Gifts for Every Budget</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/inventor-of-mothers-day-wants-you-to-stop-wasting-money">Inventor of Mother&#039;s Day Wants You To Stop Wasting Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/80-stocking-stuffer-ideas-for-10-or-less">80 Stocking Stuffer Ideas for $10 or Less</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/chinese-money-habits-how-my-culture-influences-my-attitudes-toward-money">Chinese Money Habits - How My Culture Influences My Attitudes Toward Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-cheap-clever-and-attractive-ways-to-save-on-gift-wrapping-paper">15 Cheap, Clever, and Attractive Ways to Save on Gift Wrapping Paper</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living best money tips cheap gifts Mother's day unique Thu, 09 May 2013 10:00:35 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 973975 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Thrifty Gifts Any Mom Would Love http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-thrifty-gifts-any-mom-would-love <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-thrifty-gifts-any-mom-would-love" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/mothers-day-5094665-small.jpg" alt="Mother&#039;s Day gift" title="Mother&#039;s Day gift" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="191" /></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 thrifty gifts any mom would love, reasons to spring clean, and improving your eshopping IQ.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Cheap-Mothers-Day-Gifts-16239066">22 Thrifty Gifts Any Mom Would Love</a> &mdash; This Mother's Day, consider making chocolate covered strawberries for your mom. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://andthenwesaved.com/11-reasons-to-spring-clean/">11 Reasons to Spring Clean</a> &mdash; Spring cleaning is a good idea because it can be a kickstart to inspiration. [And Then We Saved]</p> <p><a href="http://www.joetaxpayer.com/6-trends-that-will-improve-your-eshopping-iq/">5 Trends that Will Improve Your eShopping IQ</a> &mdash; Make better online shopping decisions by using specialized comparison sites. [Joe Taxpayer]</p> <p><a href="http://www.consumerismcommentary.com/what-to-do-if-youve-donated-to-a-fraudulent-charity/">What To Do If You've Donated To A Fraudulent Charity</a> &mdash; Have you ever donated to a fraudulent charity? Contact authorities immediately! [Consumerism Commentary]</p> <p><a href="http://ptmoney.com/how-to-retire-early/">How to Retire Early - Let's Run the Numbers</a> &mdash; If you want to retire early, you have to increase your income and decrease your spending. [PT Money]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.goodfinancialcents.com/what-to-do-with-your-tax-refund-save-invest-pay-down-debt/">Be Smart with Your Tax Refund: Save, Invest, Pay Down Debt</a> &mdash; Use your tax refund wisely by saving or investing your refund. [Good Financial Cents]</p> <p><a href="http://christianpf.com/save-money-on-a-funeral/">How to Save Money on a Funeral While Honoring Your Loved One</a> &mdash; To save money on a funeral, select a lower cost casket or container for ashes. [Christian PF]</p> <p><a href="http://www.20sfinances.com/2013/04/22/common-conservative-investments/">Common Conservative Investments</a> &mdash; Money market accounts are a conservative investment to have in your portfolio. [20's Finances]</p> <p><a href="http://www.freemoneyfinance.com/2013/04/social-security-qa.html">Social Security Q&amp;A</a> &mdash; Are you under the age of 45? Then you have reason to worry about receiving social security benefits. [Free Money Finance]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/out-the-door-4-tips-for-home-base-survival-with-a-parent-on-call">Out the Door: 4 Tips for Home Base Survival With a Parent On Call</a> &mdash; If you have an on call schedule, plan with lots of flexibility. [Parenting Squad]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-thrifty-gifts-any-mom-would-love">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/mama-mia-mothers-day-gifts-that-show-you-really-care">Mama Mia! Mother&#039;s Day Gifts that Show You Really Care</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/ultimate-gift-guide-thoughtful-ideas-for-every-list-and-every-budget">Ultimate Gift Guide: Thoughtful Ideas for Every List and Every Budget</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-gifts-for-your-boss">10 Gifts for Your Boss</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/30-meaningful-mothers-day-gifts-for-every-budget">30 Meaningful Mother&#039;s Day Gifts for Every Budget</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/chinese-money-habits-how-my-culture-influences-my-attitudes-toward-money">Chinese Money Habits - How My Culture Influences My Attitudes Toward Money</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping best money tips gifts Mother's day thrifty Wed, 24 Apr 2013 10:00:32 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 973662 at http://www.wisebread.com 9 Thrifty, Meaningful Gifts for Mom http://www.wisebread.com/9-thrifty-meaningful-gifts-for-mom <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/9-thrifty-meaningful-gifts-for-mom" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/4912553396_401d7bd578_z.jpg" alt="mother and daughter" title="mother and daughter" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="166" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Being a mom is the hardest job of all, and it's tough to find a gift that will reflect your appreciation. What it comes down to is how much thought you put into the gift. My mom still talks about the time in middle school when I attempted to make a six-course meal. She still raves about my poorly made pâté to other people, which to me just proves that moms really think the world of their children. So what are you gonna get your best cheerleader? Read on for some suggestions.</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Free-Mothers-Day-Activities-22981665">RELATED:&nbsp;6 Fun and Frugal Activities to Do With&nbsp;Mom on&nbsp;Mother's Day</a></p> <h2>Homemade Potpourri</h2> <p>Create a natural air freshener from your mom by making a bowl of potpourri with a carefully picked blend that caters to her preferences. Here are a few tips to make potpourri.</p> <p><strong>What to Dry</strong></p> <p>Dry flowers, roots, plants, fruit peels, and more. Pick something that you think will make the potpourri aesthetically pleasing. <a href="http://tipnut.com/homemade-potpourri-101/">Tipnut has a nice list </a>of potpourri ingredient suggestions.</p> <p><strong> How to Dry</strong></p> <p>Hang the plant upside down and tie it to a piece of string. For things like twigs and roots, place them on top of a screen. Place the items in a dark area. Alternatively, <a href="http://www.proflowers.com/flowerguide/howtodryflowers/">Proflowers explains</a> how to dry your plants in a microwave.</p> <p><strong>Essential Oils</strong></p> <p>If you're disappointed by the faint smell of your final product, buy an essential oil and sprinkle some of it over your potpourri.</p> <p><strong>Container</strong></p> <p>Put the potpourri in a cute jar or bowl that will complement your finished product.</p> <p>The potpourri will take some time to make unless you decide to dry it via microwave. Remember to carefully follow the instructions from Proflowers before proceeding.</p> <h2>DIY Bath Salt</h2> <p>This is such an easy yet practical (and beautiful) present to make. Not to mention, it's budget-friendly and you can get all the ingredients at the supermarket! Here's what you have to do:</p> <p><strong>Buy Salt</strong></p> <p>Go to a supermarket and choose the salt you want to use in your product. You can mix different types to make it look more appealing. Be sure to take note of the grain sizes.</p> <p><strong>Add Fragrances and Color</strong></p> <p>You can choose to mix in essential oils or food extracts to make the salt smell nice. Add in food coloring to make the bath salt look prettier. Test out your fragrances and coloring on small amounts of salt beforehand.</p> <p><strong>Store It</strong></p> <p>Pour your salt into a jar and use decorative labels or ribbons to make it look more professional. You can even reuse jars that have contained food you've eaten, such as jam or pickles &mdash; just remember to clean it and take off the original labels.</p> <h2>Make Chocolate-Covered Strawberries</h2> <p>If your mom has a sweet tooth, this is the perfect gift for her. Melt some chocolate and dip strawberries into the mixture. Place them on a baking tray and cool it in the fridge. If you need more guidance, <a href="http://www.yumsugar.com/How-Make-Chocolate-Dipped-Strawberries-7348392">YumSugar details the process</a> with pictures.</p> <h2>Buy Her Groceries</h2> <p>Moms definitely love and appreciate practical gifts. If you know your mom well, buy her groceries before she makes her regular trip to the supermarket. Or, ask her for her grocery list and tell her you'll be making the trip for her as a <a href="http://www.bellasugar.com/Mother%27s-Day" title="Latest photos and news for Mother's Day">mother's day</a> present. If you like, you can slip in a surprise such as a card.</p> <h2>Clean Up</h2> <p>Tell your mom to take the day off and clean her residence until it looks like it's spanking new! Mop, scrub, and polish until you can see your reflection on the surfaces.</p> <p>Organize her items if necessary, and if you're ambitious, you can attempt to color code her closet!</p> <h2>Draw a Bath</h2> <p>Draw a bath for mom and fill it with bubbles or throw in some bath salt. Pick a book or magazine for her and leave it beside the bath with a towel for her to wipe her hands on. I recommend checking out <a target="_blank" href="http://www.oprah.com/oprahsbookclub/Complete-List-of-Oprahs-Book-Club-Books">Oprah's book club </a>for suggestions! Or, set out an old favorite of hers if you know she likes to reread novels.</p> <p>You can also set up your ipod and speakers (if you have them) in the bathroom and play relaxing music or an audio book for her bath.</p> <h2>Tulip Bulbs</h2> <p>Go out to Home Depot, Walmart, or any other superstore to buy tulip bulbs for your mom. Call before going to see if they have it in store. You can also choose to buy potted plants for her to brighten up her apartment if she doesn't live in a house. Plant the bulbs together with Mom, and watch them grow!</p> <h2>Mix Laundry Detergent for Her</h2> <p>If your mom is a cleaning fiend, she'll love this homemade laundry detergent. There are plenty of recipes online, but I favor <a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/DIY-Powder-Laundry-Detergent-22835913">this simple recipe</a>, which requires two cups of grated soap, a cup of borax, and a cup of washing soda. Here are a couple more detergent <a target="_blank" href="http://tipnut.com/10-homemade-laundry-soap-detergent-recipes/">recipes from Tipnut</a> if you want to experiment around. Put your finished product in a nice container or jar and you're set to go!</p> <p>If that seems like too much work, you can get <a target="_blank" href="http://www.etsy.com/listing/58253832/laundry-detergent-fabric-softener-all-in?ref=tre-4dc02ada3ac46d91d96daf48-3">homemade laundry detergent from Etsy</a> ($20) if you want to splurge a little.</p> <h2>Pretty Lockets</h2> <p>Buy some intricate lockets from Etsy such as this <a target="_blank" href="http://www.etsy.com/listing/77890588/the-journal-silver-finish-locket-with?ref=sr_gallery_24&amp;ga_search_query=lockets+rose&amp;ga_order=most_relevant&amp;ga_view_type=gallery&amp;ga_ship_to=ZZ&amp;ga_min=0&amp;ga_max=0&amp;ga_search_type=all">rose journal locket necklace </a>($8) and <a target="_blank" href="http://www.etsy.com/listing/68180899/10off-personalized-jewelry-gold-necklace?ref=sr_gallery_6&amp;ga_search_query=lockets&amp;ga_view_type=gallery&amp;ga_ship_to=ZZ&amp;ga_min=0&amp;ga_max=0&amp;ga_search_type=all">Bird and Patina</a> ($30). You can find even cheaper lockets in stores like <a title="Shop for Forever 21" auto_link_filter="" href="http://www.shopstyle.com/browse/Forever-21?utm_medium=referral&amp;utm_source=sugar-brand&amp;utm_campaign=22851492">Forever 21</a>.</p> <p>Once you have your locket, insert a picture in there. You can pick photos of your children or ones with you and your mom in them. She'll be wearing a memory on her neck!</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> You can&#039;t put a monetary value on how much you love your mom, so this Mother&#039;s Day, show her how much you care with these inexpensive-but-meaningful gifts. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-guestpost-blurb"> <div class="field-label">Guest Post Blurb:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p style="text-align:center;"><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com" style="border:none;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u4/savvysugar-300-small.jpg" alt="" /></a></p> <p><em>This is a guest contribution from our friends at </em><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/"><em>SavvySugar</em></a><em>. Check out more useful articles from this partner:</em></p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Best-Jobs-Moms-22948495">8&nbsp;Flexible Careers That Suit Moms Best</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Can-You-Afford-Parenthood-3122649">How to Determine If You&nbsp;Can&nbsp;Afford a Baby</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Creative-Cash-Gift-Ideas-12019165">8 Cute Ways to Dress Up Your Gift of Cash<br /> </a></li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/popsugar-smart-living">POPSUGAR Smart Living</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-thrifty-meaningful-gifts-for-mom">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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I just started a business</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> DIY Lifestyle Shopping affordable gifts gifts for women Mother's day Thu, 10 May 2012 10:36:08 +0000 POPSUGAR Smart Living 929132 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Frugal Activities to Do With Mom on Mother's Day http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-frugal-activities-to-do-with-mom-on-mothers-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-frugal-activities-to-do-with-mom-on-mothers-day" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/337058569_73620a18f5_z-1.jpg" alt="Frugal Activities To Do With Mom On Mother&#039;s Day" title="Frugal Activities To Do With Mom On Mother&#039;s Day" 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 fantastic articles on frugal Mother's Day activities, saving money on almost anything, and increasing your chances of getting a job.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Free-Mothers-Day-Activities-22981665">6 Fun And Frugal Activities To Do With Mom On Mother's Day</a> &mdash; This Mother's Day, have a movie marathon with your mom. [SavvySugar]</p> <p><a href="http://www.carefulcents.com/save-money-on-anything/">Top 10 Ways to Save Money on Practically Anything</a> &mdash; Save money on almost anything by repurposing and reusing. [Careful Cents]</p> <p><a href="http://www.thedigeratilife.com/blog/how-to-get-a-job/">How To Increase Your Chances Of Getting A Job</a> &mdash; To increase your odds of getting a job, focus on employers you'd really like to work for. [The Digerati Life]</p> <p><a href="http://moneyning.com/life-style/7-reasons-your-neighbors-have-more-money-than-you/">7 Reasons Your Neighbors Have More Money Than You</a> &mdash; Your neighbors may have more money than you because they might know how to find deals. [MoneyNing]</p> <p><a href="http://www.culturesouthwest.org.uk/furniture/10-ways-to-save-money-buying-furniture/">10 Ways to Save Money Buying Furniture</a> &mdash; When buying furniture, compare prices online or with an app. [Culture SouthWest]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p>50 ways to save money on your wedding &mdash; Don't break the bank on your wedding. To save money, schedule an off-season wedding. [Think Money]</p> <p><a href="http://www.moolanomy.com/6007/5-ways-to-spring-clean-your-finances/">5 Ways to Spring Clean Your Finances</a> &mdash; This spring, take some time to rebalance your retirement portfolio. [Moolanomy]</p> <p><a href="http://www.onesmartdollar.com/ways-to-save-money-on-a-graduation-party/">Ways to Save Money on a Graduation Party</a> &mdash; Save money on a graduation party by having it at a local park. [One Smart Dollar]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/how-to-prepare-your-pet-for-baby">How to Prepare Your Pet for Baby</a> &mdash; To get your pet ready for a new baby, pet proof baby areas. [Parenting Squad]</p> <p><a href="http://www.marcandangel.com/2012/05/03/20-bad-habits-holding-good-people-back/">20 Bad Habits Holding Good People Back</a> &mdash; Don't let the bad habit of holding on to things you need to let go of hold you back from doing good. [Marc and Angel Hack Life]</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-frugal-activities-to-do-with-mom-on-mothers-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-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/30-meaningful-mothers-day-gifts-for-every-budget">30 Meaningful Mother&#039;s Day Gifts for Every Budget</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/free-ways-to-celebrate-mothers-day">Free Ways to Celebrate Mother&#039;s Day</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-ways-to-keep-your-kids-prom-from-ruining-your-budget">10 Ways to Keep Your Kid&#039;s Prom From Ruining Your Budget</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/47-cheap-fun-things-to-do-this-weekend">47 Cheap, Fun Things to Do This Weekend</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/never-pay-for-a-redbox-dvd-rental-again">Never Pay for a RedBox DVD Rental Again</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment best money tips frugal Mom Mother's day Tue, 08 May 2012 09:48:25 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 927928 at http://www.wisebread.com The Best and Worst Things to Buy in May http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-and-worst-things-to-buy-in-may <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-best-and-worst-things-to-buy-in-may" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/3575759937_0557202bdf_z.jpg" alt="boy holding flag" title="boy holding flag" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It's easy to know that you're <a title="dealnews Editors' Choice" class="image_link" href="http://dealnews.com/editors-choice?eref=wisebread">getting the best deal</a> around when shopping through dealnews, but sometimes you want to plan for purchases in advance. So to help you out, we've mined our archives of product prices, sales, and coupons to see what consumer goods are best buys throughout the month of May. (See also: <a title="Shopping Calendar: The Best Time to Buy Anything" href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar">Shopping Calendar: The Best Time to Buy Anything</a>)</p> <p>While every month features its own unique deal fluctuations, we often see overlap across months, especially when they fall within the same season. As such, some of the advice for May might sound familiar if you've diligently followed the April guide. That said, May has some unique shopping characteristics to take note of, like stellar Memorial Day sales later this month. So dive in and brush up on the best and worst things to buy in May.</p> <h3>Memorial Day Sales and Coupons &mdash; Some of the Best of the Year</h3> <p>Oftentimes, stores want you to believe that every holiday weekend will feature some of the deepest discounts of the season, but that isn't always the case. However, as an almost-mid-year sale, we found that Memorial Day weekend tends to boast some of the most exceptional sales since January. You'll see the ubiquitous sale ads, but where these promotions truly become money-saving is in the plethora of stacking coupons we find on those already-discounted goods. Look to your favorite <a title="clothing deals" href="http://dealnews.com/c202/Clothing-Accessories?eref=wisebread">apparel</a> and <a title="home goods deals" href="http://dealnews.com/c196/Home-Garden?eref=wisebread">home goods stores</a> for special holiday promotions. And in particular, keep an eye on department stores, nationwide apparel retailers, and home stores like <a title="Pottery Barn deals" href="http://dealnews.com/b1611/Pottery-Barn?eref=wisebread">Pottery Barn</a> and West Elm.</p> <h3>Spring Clothing Deals Heat Up</h3> <p>Late April was an excellent time to start shopping for spring <a title="clothing deals" href="http://dealnews.com/c202/Clothing-Accessories?eref=wisebread">clothing deals</a>, but the discounts really heat up in May where you could find cuts of up to 75% off. And if you want a particularly strong discount, try holding out until Memorial Day weekend for those aforementioned stacking coupons.</p> <h3>Sleep Easy with Mattress Deals</h3> <p>May is generally a good time to find a deal on a new mattress, and indeed for the past two years the sales we saw on <a title="furniture deals" href="http://dealnews.com/c199/Home-Garden/Home-Furniture?eref=wisebread">mattresses</a> received deeper discounts in May over April. So far we've seen items at <a title="Sears deals" href="http://dealnews.com/s510/Sears?eref=wisebread">Sears</a>, for example, hit about 60% off after all discounts, which we anticipate improving in May and potentially spilling into June. Keep in mind, however, that last year we saw excellent discounts on mattresses around Black Friday and Cyber Monday, so you'll have another opportunity to cash in on strong deals later in the year, too.</p> <h3>Opt for the Less Traditional on Mother's Day</h3> <p>Last month, we suggested that shoppers buy their <a title="Mother's Day gifts" href="http://dealnews.com/mothers-day-gifts?eref=wisebread">Mother's Day gifts</a> early to get the best deals possible. But, if you still haven't bought Mom that <a title="Free Ways to Celebrate Mother's Day" href="http://www.wisebread.com/free-ways-to-celebrate-mothers-day">perfect gift</a>, consider avoiding the traditional. That's because, for the past two years, we've seen a lot of <a title="jewelry deals" href="http://dealnews.com/c227/Clothing-Accessories/Jewelry?eref=wisebread">jewelry</a> styles actually <i>increase</i> in price at the beginning of the month, so you may not be getting the best value possible if you go that route.</p> <h3>For Grills, Wait Just a Little Bit Longer</h3> <p>We mentioned it last month, but it's even more pertinent as the weather truly starts becoming dreamy &mdash; hold off on buying a grill, regardless of whether its <a title="charcoal vs. gas grill" href="http://dealnews.com/features/The-Great-Grill-Debate-Charcoal-vs.-Gas/565014.html?eref=wisebread">charcoal or gas</a>. We see an increase in Editors' Choice offerings in June, so you'd be better served shelving your buying plans for another month. You can also wait until after the 4th of July when we'll see a wealth of <a title="grill deals" href="http://dealnews.com/c529/Home-Garden/Garden/Grills-BBQs?eref=wisebread">grill models</a> featured in summer home sales.</p> <h3>Growing Discounts on Home Office Furniture</h3> <p>We begin to see an influx of deals on <a title="office furniture deals" href="http://dealnews.com/c184/Office-Supplies/Office-Furniture?eref=wisebread">home office furniture</a> &mdash; desks, shelving units, and padded chairs &mdash; in May. If you can hold out until June though, a majority of these items will likely see their all-time lowest price points of the year. If you want to update your home office, then look to <a title="OfficeMax deals" href="http://dealnews.com/s345/Office-Max?eref=wisebread">OfficeMax</a>, <a title="Staples deals" href="http://dealnews.com/s274/Staples?eref=wisebread">Staples</a>, <a title="Office Depot deals" href="http://dealnews.com/s424/Office-Depot?eref=wisebread">Office Depot</a>, and <a title="Walmart deals" href="http://dealnews.com/s321/Walmart?eref=wisebread">Walmart</a> for the best offers.</p> <h3>Jump on Outdoor Gear Deals</h3> <p>Breathe in the fresh spring air and get active outside with a plethora of deals on <a title="camping deals" href="http://dealnews.com/c298/Sports-Fitness/Camping-Outdoors?eref=wisebread">camping and outdoor gear</a> from stores like <a title="REI deals" href="http://dealnews.com/s549/REI?eref=wisebread">REI</a>, <a title="Gandor Mountain deals" href="http://dealnews.com/b4628/Gander-Mountain?eref=wisebread">Gander Mountain</a>, and <a title="Altrec deals" href="http://dealnews.com/s624/Altrec?eref=wisebread">Altrec</a>. Look for hiking, fishing, and camping accessories to hit appealing prices.</p> <h3>Learn to Haggle for Gym Memberships</h3> <p>When the weather is warm enough to run or exercise outside, you have more ammunition to haggle a good deal from a gym that's looking for ways to encourage people to work out indoors. You can seek out promotions that cut initial costs like initiation fees or the first few months of enrollment, or you can put your game face on and demand the discounts while negotiating the terms of your contract.</p> <h3>Ivy Bridge to Usher in New Deals on Sandy Bridge Systems?</h3> <p>May will be an interesting month for <a title="laptop deals" href="http://dealnews.com/c49/Computers/Laptops?eref=wisebread">laptop deals</a>. On the one hand, we have Intel's new <a title="Ivy Bridge CPUs" href="http://dealnews.com/features/Intel-Ivy-Bridge-CPUs-Are-Here-But-Will-Sandy-Bridge-Deals-Offer-Better-Value-/569959.html?eref=wisebread">Ivy Bridge-based systems</a> poised to enter the market with better battery life and more powerful graphics than today's laptops. Naturally, these new laptops will be competing with the very capable line of Sandy Bridge laptops already on the market. However, initial reviews indicate consumers won't notice that much of a performance increase with Ivy Bridge laptops. Nevertheless, the new systems are bound to lower prices on current Sandy Bridge-based laptops.</p> <p>Secondly, deals on fully equipped quad-core desktop replacements continue to sell at all-time low prices. In fact, last month we saw an <a title="HP Pavilion laptop" href="http://dealnews.com/HP-dv7-tqe-Core-i7-Quad-2.2-GHz-17-Blu-ray-Laptop-for-700-free-shipping/568197.html?eref=wisebread">HP Pavilion dv7t Quad Edition Intel Core i7 Notebook</a> come in at $700; that's the second lowest price we've ever seen for any 17&quot; quad-core Core i7-based desktop replacement with a full 8GB of RAM, dedicated graphics card, and 750GB hard drive. Savvy shoppers should look for deals under $800 and snag anything under $700.</p> <h3>LED LCDs Remain Flat, OLED Makes Its Official Debut</h3> <p>As expected, April wasn't a stellar month for <a title="TV deals" href="http://dealnews.com/c159/Electronics/TVs?eref=wisebread">HDTV deals</a>; deals generally remained flat for name-brand 42&quot; and 47&quot; models, and rose by roughly $50 for name-brand 55&quot; sets. We expect May to offer more of the same. However, we started seeing deals on 2012's new line of HDTVs. The <a title="LG HDTV" href="http://dealnews.com/LG-47-120-Hz-1080-p-3-D-Wi-Fi-LED-LCD-HDTV-glasses-for-1-000-free-shipping/570298.html?eref=wisebread">LG 47&quot; 120Hz 1080p 3D WiFi LED-Backlit Widescreen LCD HD Television</a> (47LM6700) in particular has dropped from its debut price of $1,379 in late March to $999.99 in late April. That's a $379 drop in just four weeks. Not bad for a new TV that packs every feature imaginable. We expect to see more deals on this TV in May. (For comparison, brand-name 2011 47&quot; LCD HDTVs have averaged $547 so far this year.)</p> <p>Another 2012 TV, the <a title="Panasonic HDTV" href="http://dealnews.com/Panasonic-VIERA-50-600-Hz-1080-p-Plasma-HDTV-for-750-31-s-h-more/569275.html?eref=wisebread">Panasonic VIERA 50&quot; 600Hz 1080p Widescreen Plasma HD Television</a> (TCP50U50), also made its first debut on dealnews for $781. It's one of Panasonic's budget models and will likely see further discounts in the coming weeks.</p> <p>And for you well-heeled shoppers out there, mark your calendars. On May 16, at the Cannes Film Festival, LG is expected to debut its <a title="OLED HDTV" href="http://dealnews.com/features/Will-OLED-TVs-Usher-in-Better-Deals-on-LED-Backlit-LCDs-/542134.html?eref=wisebread">55&quot; OLED HDTV</a>, reports <a title="PC World OLED debut" href="http://www.pcworld.com/article/253055/report_lg_oled_tv_to_debut_in_may_for_8k.html">PC World</a>. The price? A cool $8,000. Painful as that may sound, keep in mind that this could trigger further discounts on LED-based LCD HDTVs.</p> <p>Ready to put this information to use? Set up an <a title="dealnews email alert" href="https://dealnews.com/mydealnews/alerts.html?eref=wisebread">email alert</a> to know immediately when we list the items of your choice.</p> <p><em>This is a guest post by <a href="http://dealnews.com/features/The-Best-and-Worst-Things-to-Buy-in-May/571921.html">Dealnews</a>.</em></p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> May has some unique deals, like stellar Memorial Day sales later this month. So dive in and brush up on the best and worst things to buy in May. </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/dealnews">Dealnews</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-and-worst-things-to-buy-in-may">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/7-best-discount-shopping-days-of-the-year">7 Best Discount Shopping Days of the Year</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-things-to-wait-until-after-christmas-to-buy">8 Things to Wait Until After Christmas to Buy</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-to-trick-salespeople">6 Ways to Trick Salespeople</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/are-we-over-the-deals-at-overstock-com">Are we over the deals at Overstock.com?</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/revel-in-a-corporations-misfortune-all-discovery-channel-stores-to-close">Revel in a corporation&#039;s misfortune - all Discovery Channel stores to close</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping deals memorial day Mother's day sales Wed, 02 May 2012 10:24:06 +0000 Dealnews 926822 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Thrifty Gifts for Mom http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-thrifty-gifts-for-mom <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-thrifty-gifts-for-mom" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/3612747145_241a44e78e_z-1.jpg" alt="Thrifty Gifts for Mom" title="Thrifty Gifts for Mom" 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 fantastic articles on thrifty gifts for mom, building your financial dream team, and ways to slash prescription costs.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Cheap-Mothers-Day-Gifts-16239066">9 Thrifty, Meaningful Gifts For Mom</a> &mdash; This Mother's Day, consider giving your mom homemade potpurri. [SavvySugar]</p> <p><a href="http://kiplinger.com/magazine/archives/build-your-financial-dream-team.html">Build Your Financial Dream Team</a> &mdash; When building your financial dream team, make sure you include an investment adviser. [Kiplinger]</p> <p><a href="http://money.msn.com/frugal-living/post.aspx?_p=109972ca-244d-4f15-af8e-1af9860b8316&amp;ref=bfv&amp;post=f505ebb6-f259-4ef0-9929-41c64ade8efa">11 Ways to Slash Prescription Costs</a> &mdash; Ordering your prescriptions online may help you reduce the amount you pay. [MSN Money]</p> <p><a href="http://www.moneytalksnews.com/2012/04/25/5-ways-to-avoid-spoofing-telemarketers/">5 Ways to Avoid Telemarketers</a> &mdash; To avoid telemarketers, get in contact with Uncle Sam. [Money Talks News]</p> <p><a href="http://www.creditsesame.com/blog/10-killer-apps-you-need-for-your-finances/">10 Killer Apps You Need for Your Finances</a> &mdash; Make sure you download RedLaser and Tip Calculator on your phone. [Credit Sesame]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.bargaineering.com/articles/ten-train-travel-tips-save-money-family-vacation.html">Ten Train Travel Tips to Save You Money on Your Family Vacation</a> &mdash; Save money next time you use the train for a vacation by leaving out of a smaller station. [Bargainnering]</p> <p><a href="http://www.moolanomy.com/5963/4-reasons-to-consider-a-prenuptial-agreement-kmulligan/">4 Reasons to Consider a Prenuptial Agreement</a> &mdash; A prenup may be a good idea if you or your spouse have significantly higher debt. [Moolanomy]</p> <p><a href="http://www.carefulcents.com/save-money-on-books/">10 Creative Ways to Save Money on Books</a> &mdash; Save money on books by buying the paperback or ebook versions instead of hardcovers. [Careful Cents]</p> <p><a href="http://www.freemoneyfinance.com/2012/04/value-the-third-factor-of-investing.html">Value: The Third Factor of Investing</a> &mdash; When it comes to investing, on average, value beats growth. [Free Money Finance]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/organic-and-fair-trade-do-not-always-mean-healthy">Organic and Fair Trade Do Not Always Mean Healthy</a> &mdash; Set a good example for your kids in regards to food by eating healthy yourself! [Parenting Squad]</p> <h2>News &amp; Events</h2> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-100-most-popular-personal-finance-blogs/news/2012/04/carnival-of-personal-finance-359-hosted-by-my-personal-finance-journey">Carnival of Personal Finance #359: Hosted by My Personal Finance Journey</a> &mdash; Don't miss the Carnival of Personal Finance, featuring some of the week&rsquo;s most interesting and informative blogger-written articles.</p> <p>Be sure to check out our <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-100-most-popular-personal-finance-blogs/news">News &amp; Events Calendar</a> to see all the awesome upcoming events in the personal finance world!</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-thrifty-gifts-for-mom">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/30-meaningful-mothers-day-gifts-for-every-budget">30 Meaningful Mother&#039;s Day Gifts for Every Budget</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/inventor-of-mothers-day-wants-you-to-stop-wasting-money">Inventor of Mother&#039;s Day Wants You To Stop Wasting Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/80-stocking-stuffer-ideas-for-10-or-less">80 Stocking Stuffer Ideas for $10 or Less</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/chinese-money-habits-how-my-culture-influences-my-attitudes-toward-money">Chinese Money Habits - How My Culture Influences My Attitudes Toward Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-cheap-clever-and-attractive-ways-to-save-on-gift-wrapping-paper">15 Cheap, Clever, and Attractive Ways to Save on Gift Wrapping Paper</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living best money tips gifts Mom Mother's day Mon, 30 Apr 2012 10:00:08 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 926032 at http://www.wisebread.com The Best and Worst Things to Buy in April http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-and-worst-things-to-buy-in-april <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-best-and-worst-things-to-buy-in-april" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/2967810431_c22eb32df8_z.jpg" alt="women on escalator" title="women on escalator" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>April is here, and if you're stuck indoors waiting out showers that will bring May flowers, consider it a blessing: You'll have an excuse to devote more time to shopping around for deals! In an effort to guide you toward savvy purchases, we dug through the dealnews archives from years past to see what goods are, well, <a href="http://dealnews.com/editors-choice?eref=wisebread" title="dealnews Editors' Choice"><em>good</em> to buy in April</a>, and what you should hold off on. From early home improvement sales to aggressive tablet prices, here's what's in store this month for the smart shopper. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar" title="Shopping Calendar: The Best Time to Buy Anything">Shopping Calendar: The Best Time to Buy Anything</a>)</p> <h3>Sail the Seas With Excellent Cruise Deals</h3> <p>Typically, April is a good month to book cruises. But we discovered last month that <a href="http://dealnews.com/features/Rough-Seas-for-the-Cruise-Industry-Drop-Prices-by-11-/554653.html?eref=wisebread" title="cruise price drops">cruise prices in general have been dropping</a> when compared to last year, likely due to the industry's tumultuous string of recent public disasters. In fact, when compared to similar cruise deals from this time last year, 2012's offers are as much as 11% less. And we have continued to see an increase in the sheer number of cruise deals as well, making it a good time (price-wise) to look into a vacation on the seas.</p> <h3>Keep an Eye on Spring Clothing Sales</h3> <p>The general rule of thumb is to wait about two months after a new line of apparel hits stores before you can cash in on sizable discounts. Many retailers began debuting their <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/frugal-ways-to-update-your-wardrobe-for-spring" title="Frugal Ways to Update Your Wardrobe for Spring">spring merchandise</a> in late January and February, so that places April at about the two-month mark for some. Look closely at the discounts, though. A spring <a href="http://dealnews.com/c202/Clothing-Accessories?eref=wisebread" title="clothing deals">clothing sale</a> that takes 30% to 40% off is still a mid-season promotion; you'll want a sale that takes at least 50% off or more, and if you can hold steady for a stacking coupon code, all the better. If you truly want the lowest prices &mdash; which of course comes with reduced selection &mdash; you'll likely want to wait until May.</p> <h3>Look to Non-Apple Tablets for Aggressive Deals</h3> <p>As most of the world expected, Apple announced its new iPad last month. What many didn't expect, however, was for Apple to then continue to manufacture and sell the <a href="http://dealnews.com/c568/Computers/iPad-Tablet/iPad?eref=wisebread" title="iPad deals">iPad 2 at a lower price</a>. This new price point from Apple &mdash; although just $100 lower &mdash; puts pressure on Apple competitors, especially since we've already seen deals that discount it to as low as $349. As we predicted, <a href="http://dealnews.com/features/The-Newly-Reduced-iPad-2-How-Low-Can-It-and-Competing-Tablets-Go-/556269.html?eref=wisebread" title="iPad 2 reduced price">non-Apple slate manufacturers will feel compelled to respond aggressively</a>, and as such we've already seen a new all-time low on the <a href="http://dealnews.com/b38106/Kindle?eref=wisebread" title="Kindle deals">Amazon Kindle Fire</a>. Could this be a sign of things to come from other tablets as well?</p> <h3>Get a Jump on Jewelry Deals for Mother's Day</h3> <p>If you're thinking about buying some baubles for Mother's Day, then start looking now. We still find and list <a href="http://dealnews.com/c227/Clothing-Accessories/Jewelry?eref=wisebread" title="jewelry deals">deals, coupons, and sales for jewelry</a> in May, but oftentimes we see slightly higher final prices on styles right before the holiday. This is especially true of online jewelry retailers.</p> <h3>Spring Home Improvement Sales Go National</h3> <p>For the past three years, <a href="http://dealnews.com/s958/Home-Depot?eref=wisebread" title="Home Depot coupons">Home Depot</a> has offered its &quot;Black Friday is Back&quot; spring sale, but this year, because of the mild winter weather, the store has not only started it early but &mdash; according to CNBC &mdash; the promotion has been <a href="http://www.cnbc.com/id/46878758" title="Home Depot Black Friday is Back">rolled out nationwide</a>, instead of as a staggered region-by-region schedule. Their spring sale began on March 29, whereas last year we listed it almost a week and a half later. While we wouldn't go so far as to say that the promotion is on par with the shopping holiday that shares its name, the Black Friday sale is a good opportunity to stock up on <a href="http://dealnews.com/c196/Home-Garden?eref=wisebread" title="home and garden deals">home improvement items</a> you'll inevitably need. And for once, the sales are available to everyone at the same time, ahead of schedule.</p> <h3>Hold Off on Office Furniture</h3> <p>Some sources praise April as the best month for <a href="http://dealnews.com/c184/Office-Supplies/Office-Furniture?eref=wisebread" title="office furniture deals">top office furniture deals</a>, but according to our archives, we've consistently seen either more or better-quality deals in both May and June. The latter, in particular, racks up more Editors' Choice caliber offers, meaning that the styles are at the lowest price point we've seen. Look to <a href="http://dealnews.com/s345/Office-Max?eref=wisebread" title="OfficeMax coupons">OfficeMax</a>, <a href="http://dealnews.com/s424/Office-Depot?eref=wisebread" title="Office Depot coupons">Office Depot</a>, <a href="http://dealnews.com/s274/Staples?eref=wisebread" title="Staples coupons">Staples</a>, and <a href="http://dealnews.com/s321/Walmart?eref=wisebread" title="Walmart coupons">Walmart</a> for these offers down the line.</p> <h3>Wait for It to Really Heat Up Before Buying a Grill</h3> <p>It's easy to start dreaming about backyard barbecues once the weather gets warmer, and although the promise of an upcoming season of grilling is enticing, don't jump the gun by purchasing a <a href="http://dealnews.com/c529/Home-Garden/Garden/Grills-BBQs?eref=wisebread" title="grill deals">new grill</a> just yet. Our deal archives suggest that June will see better-quality deals, while other sources promote post-Independence day sales as an excellent opportunity to get discounts on grills and the like.</p> <h3>Big Screen HDTVs Hold Steady, While 3D Trends Cheaper</h3> <p>Although April isn't a big month for <a href="http://dealnews.com/c159/Electronics/TVs?eref=wisebread" title="TV deals">TV deals</a>, we don't expect it to be a bad month either. Deals on brand-name 55&quot; TVs haven't changed since the holidays, coming in at exactly $800. Off-brand models on the other hand have actually dropped in price since December, and so far this year they're averaging $590 (which is 14% lower than the best price we saw in 2011). We expect this trend to continue in April, so if you're shopping for a 55&quot; TV, look for deals under $590 (for off-brand sets) and under $800 (for brand-name models). Likewise, name-brand 46&quot; LCD HDTVs were cheaper in February and March of 2012 than they were on Black Friday, with prices averaging $550. (The best deal in November was $598.)</p> <p>As far as 3D TVs are concerned, February's all-time low of $699 didn't repeat itself in March. But we do expect it to make a return before the summer, so keep a look out for deals on off-brand 55&quot; 3D TVs.</p> <h3>With Laptop Deals, Aim for Big Systems and Skinny Form Factors</h3> <p>Although February's stellar deal on a fully-equipped desktop replacement didn't make a re-appearance in March, average prices in 2012 are still at Black Friday levels. So if you're in need of a laptop, look for deals on <a href="http://dealnews.com/c49/Computers/Laptops?eref=wisebread" title="laptop deals">fully-loaded desktop replacements</a> (17&quot; or larger, with a minimum of 8GB RAM, a Core i7 CPU, and a 500GB hard drive) at or below $800.</p> <p>Last month we noticed an influx of deals on <a href="http://dealnews.com/c49/Computers/Laptops?eref=wisebread" title="laptop deals">ultrabooks</a> and we expect the same for April. In particular, look for deals on the ASUS Zenbook or the Acer Aspire S3 as those are the most discounted ultrabooks we've seen. Price-wise, the former has hit an all-time low of $849 whereas the S3 has reached a low of $749.</p> <p>Ready to put this information to use? Set up an <a href="https://dealnews.com/mydealnews/alerts.html?eref=wisebread" title="dealnews email alerts">email alert</a> to know immediately when we list the items of your choice.</p> <p><em>This is a guest post by <a href="http://dealnews.com/features/The-Best-and-Worst-Things-to-Buy-in-April/562764.html">Dealnews</a>.</em></p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> From home-improvement supplies to vacations to aggressively priced tablets, discover the best and worst things to shop for this month. </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/dealnews">Dealnews</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-and-worst-things-to-buy-in-april">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-and-worst-things-to-buy-in-march">The Best and Worst Things to Buy in March</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-and-worst-things-to-buy-in-june">The Best and Worst Things to Buy in June</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-and-worst-things-to-buy-in-may">The Best and Worst Things to Buy in May</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-and-worst-things-to-buy-in-november">The Best and Worst Things to Buy in November</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-best-and-worst-things-to-buy-in-october">The Best and Worst Things to Buy in October</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping deals on spring clothes electronics finding deals Mother's day sales Tue, 03 Apr 2012 10:24:07 +0000 Dealnews 915106 at http://www.wisebread.com Free Ways to Celebrate Mother's Day http://www.wisebread.com/free-ways-to-celebrate-mothers-day <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/free-ways-to-celebrate-mothers-day" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/mom_with_baby2_0.jpg" alt="Mom with baby" title="Mom with baby" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="157" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It's not that Mom doesn't deserve an extravagantly expensive celebration of her day; it's just that over-the-top gifts and parties may not be feasible on a budget. And speaking as a mom, I can say that what matters most to me on Mother's Day isn't the amount of money spent (in fact, I get more of a kick out of saving money, usually). What makes Mother's Day special to me is two things: First, getting a free pass out of normal mom work like laundry, cleaning, cooking, and the like. Second, getting to spend time with my family. Peruse the list below for plenty of ideas that won't cost you but will still make your mom feel special. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mama-mia-mothers-day-gifts-that-show-you-really-care">Mother's Day Gifts That Show You Really&nbsp;Care</a>)</p> <h3>Give Mom the Day Off</h3> <p>This should be the absolute minimum you do to celebrate Mother's Day, anyway &mdash; give her a day off from all the mundane stuff she does, without complaining, day after day. Pitch in, get the whole family involved, and do the work for her.</p> <h3>Take the Kids to the Park and Give Mom Some Quiet Time</h3> <p>Listen, I know a mom loves being her with kids but, especially for moms of young kids, having a little peace and quiet time is truly one of the ultimate gifts you can give. Pack up the kids, go to the park for an hour or two, and leave Mom at home to nap, watch a movie in peace, read a book, or do her nails... whatever she wants!</p> <h3>Make and Deliver Breakfast in Bed</h3> <p>Yes, it's as cliched as giving Dad a tie for Father's Day, but there's a good reason here. Moms are usually the ones who hop (or crawl) out of bed and get everybody going in the morning. She deserves a break. Make a nice breakfast, deliver it to her in bed, and let her enjoy a morning off.</p> <h3>Take the Family Out for a Picnic at the Park</h3> <p>Get in the kitchen and make some sandwiches, pasta salad, or some other portable meal. Gather up all the picnic supplies (try not to ask Mom what you should take). Then whisk everybody away to a local park for a picnic and some play time outdoors. Take a walk, sit around, talk to people, play volleyball, or go at night and watch the stars. Mom's choice.</p> <h3>Take a Hike</h3> <p>Picnic optional. Scout out some new scenery in the area, gather up the gear, and take the family on a leisurely (or energetic) hike. This is one of my favorite family activities; I love being outside, and I love especially being outside with my family.</p> <h3>Scout Your Area for Free Concerts or Events</h3> <p>Several parks in my area have free concerts over the spring and summer. There are also different festivals, farmer's markets, plays, walks, and more. Search for free local events and music in your area, and take the whole family.</p> <h3>Have a Surprise Party</h3> <p>Not every mom will want a surprise party on Mother's Day, so be sensitive to what the mom in your life will enjoy. I happen to love <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/fabulous-party-ideas-for-the-frugal-minded">parties</a> and especially love surprise parties, so the idea of having a surprise party on Mother's Day &mdash; one at which the dads and kids are responsible for all the planning, prepping, and clean-up &mdash; sounds insanely fun. You have to be serious about pulling this off right, though. No fair planning it and then making Mom handle the clean-up. Do it all!</p> <h3>Tackle a Project Together</h3> <p>My mother-in-law has a long-standing request for Mother's Day &mdash; she wants her &quot;boys&quot; to come over and help out with whatever current project is at hand. We usually plan a casual lunch together sometime on Mother's Day weekend, then my father-in-law and the three grown-up boys go finish up the project while us girls either sit inside and corral the kids or go outside and cheer the men on. It's a no-cost, fun, and productive celebration.</p> <h3>Have a Family Movie Night</h3> <p>Family time is important for most moms, and finding time to do things together gets more and more difficult as kids get older and have their own social circles, jobs, and events. So dedicate Mother's Day night to a special family movie night; Mom gets to pick the movies. Dad and kids provide meal and/or movie-appropriate snacks, and everyone gets to settle in for some chill time together.</p> <h3>Make a Memory Book</h3> <p>For the creatively minded, or for scrapbooking moms in general, having the whole family sit down for a couple of hours to put together a family memory book could be the perfect no-cost gift. Gather supplies you already have: an empty photo album, pretty papers, stickers, photos, and the like. Put an hour or two into it, and have (or help) each family member create a page individually and then put them in the book, or work on each page as a team.</p> <h3>Create a Treasure Hunt for Mom</h3> <p>Kids aren't the only ones who like treasure hunts. Put some time into thinking up fun clues, then hide little treats or coupons for stuff Mom will like (such as &quot;a night out&quot; or &quot;you get to pick the movie and no one complains&quot;) and let her discover them. Follow along with a camera...</p> <h3>Set Up a Girls' Night in for Mom</h3> <p>If Mom hasn't had a chance to get together with girlfriends lately, why not make Mother's Day evening a special time for that? Invite a few of her best friends over, then get out of the way.... out of the house, actually, would probably be best. Let them talk, relax, and enjoy some kid-free and spouse-free time together.</p> <h3>Take a Family Bike Ride</h3> <p>This is a great way to both kick off the summer season of great outdoor family adventures and to celebrate Mother's Day, so get the bikes out of the garage and into shape, find a nearby trail, and head out for a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/train-now-for-a-summertime-family-cycling-trip">family bike ride</a>. It's a good way to work off that fabulous lunch you made for Mom, anyway...</p> <h3>Visit a Free Local Attraction</h3> <p>We often forget to be like tourists in our own towns. Here in my city, there's an award-winning free zoo, a free art museum, and a free history museum, plus many parks, nature reserves, and historical sites. Take the day to visit some you haven't seen before.</p> <h3>Have a Family Pajama Party</h3> <p>Have everybody get comfy, throw on some fun music, and cook up breakfast for dinner while Mom gets to relax. Eat a leisurely meal, talk about family plans, and play a few games. Then tuck the kids into bed so Mom and Dad can continue the pajama party in their own room...</p> <h3>Create a New Tradition</h3> <p>Traditions help us create memories and give us touchstones as a family, common points of connection we can come back to even as we grow up, move away, pursue different dreams. Use Mother's Day to come up with a new family tradition, then make it something you repeat at significant times. It could be as simple as saying a family prayer or taking a family photo.</p> <h3>Volunteer Together</h3> <p>Does Mom have a special cause she's passionate about? Volunteer your time as a family, and find a way to give back together. Spending a few hours together while helping others will be a gift to Mom, and will benefit you as a family as you build closer relationships and learn to appreciate your blessings.</p> <h3>Plan a Group Outing<strong> </strong></h3> <p>If Mom is a social creature, then expand the family outing into a group outing. One of the things Mom is often responsible for is planning the social events; so take over that role and let her just enjoy the interaction. You can organize a picnic in the park, a group hike or bike ride, or meet up with friends for one of those free local events. Then cough up the money for some ice cream afterward...</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/annie-mueller">Annie Mueller</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/free-ways-to-celebrate-mothers-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-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/5-romantic-inexpensive-anniversary-celebrations">5 Romantic, Inexpensive Anniversary Celebrations</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/single-parent-try-these-10-tricks-for-entertaining-kids-on-a-budget">Single Parent? Try These 10 Tricks for Entertaining Kids on a Budget</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-amazing-board-games-you-can-diy">8 Amazing Board Games You Can DIY</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/50-ways-to-have-free-outdoor-fun">50+ Ways to Have Free Outdoor Fun</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-fun-and-cheap-things-to-do-during-the-weekday">8 Fun and Cheap Things to Do During the Weekday</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment Family Lifestyle free gifts frugal family celebrations Mother's day Tue, 03 May 2011 09:36:08 +0000 Annie Mueller 534137 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Ways to Take 10 Minutes for Mom http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-take-10-minutes-for-mom <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-ways-to-take-10-minutes-for-mom" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/4870471514_be1f5eeb6f.jpg" alt="Woman resting" title="Woman resting" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>There's no doubt about it &mdash; moms work hard. We pack school lunches, schedule appointments, kiss boo-boos, and treat fevers at 3 a.m. Our work is never finished, and it can be difficult (or downright impossible) to find the time to take care of ourselves.</p> <p>Fortunately, relaxing and rejuvenating doesn't always have to be time consuming. Consider the following simple ways to take time for yourself and recharge your batteries so you can continue taking care of everybody else.</p> <h3>1. Have an Afternoon Cup of Tea or Coffee</h3> <p>Keep your favorite tea or coffee in the pantry and brew yourself a cup any time you start to feel tense. There are many types of tea that are considered calming, or if you're like me, you'll love the caffeine jolt from an afternoon cup of coffee. The key here? Don't make your drink to go. Force yourself to <em>sit down</em> for at least 10 minutes and enjoy it!</p> <h3>2. Take a Hot Bath or Shower</h3> <p>Hot water is one of the fastest ways to relax tense muscles. If you're feeling overwhelmed, a hot bath or shower can be a great way to unwind, and even a short one will leave you feeling re-energized. If you have the time, consider splurging on your favorite bubbles. What was that old commercial? <em>Calgon take me away...</em></p> <h3>3. Meditate</h3> <p>Parenting can be an exercise in patience. Sometimes, when your toddler is in the middle of a tantrum or your teen is in the midst of a &quot;crisis,&quot; it can be difficult (or downright impossible) to remember to relax and breathe. That's where meditation comes in. If you take just 10 minutes a day to be still and quiet your mind, you'll reap many benefits. Don't know how to meditate? Check out these <a href="http://www.modernmom.com/article/beginner-meditation-techniques">beginner meditation techniques</a>.</p> <h3>4. Exercise</h3> <p>It can seem overwhelming to fit in the recommended 30 minutes of daily exercise, but if we break it up into 10-minute segments, it's a little easier. And exercise raises our endorphins, which makes us feel better and can make it easier to face the rest of our day with a smile. Plus, a mom in better shape is a mom who can better keep up with her energetic kids!</p> <h3>5. Get Outdoors</h3> <p>Even 10 minutes of fresh air and sunshine can work wonders for your mood and energy levels. Take a walk, work in your garden, or even take your kids to the playground.</p> <h3>6. Paint Your Nails</h3> <p>It takes less than 10 minutes to put a coat of polish on your fingers or toes. Sure, it may not be as relaxing as a spa pedicure, but bright red or sassy pink nails can boost your self-confidence and make you feel just a little bit better about yourself, which in turn just might help you conquer a hectic day.</p> <h3>7. Write a Thank You Note</h3> <p>Take the time to think about someone else in your life and tell them why you appreciate them. An unexpected note will brighten their day, and bringing joy to others is one of the simplest ways to bring joy to your own day.</p> <h3>8. Read a Magazine</h3> <p>Don't choose anything related to work or parenting. What are your hobbies? Take 10 minutes to read an article about home décor, or literature, or politics, whatever it is that really gets <em>you</em> fired up.</p> <h3>9. Dance to Your Favorite Song</h3> <p>Music can be soothing, and dancing can be uplifting. Plus, it's hard not to laugh at yourself when you're a grown woman dancing around your living room, and laughter definitely lightens your mood and brightens your day.</p> <h3>10. Phone a Friend</h3> <p>In these days of social media, it's easy to do all of our communication through emails, texting, or even Facebook. But there's nothing like the sound of a real human voice, particularly the voice of a true friend, to help us through a rough day.</p> <p><em>How do you relax and rejuvenate when you don't have time for a day at the spa? What 10-minute tips would you add to this list?</em></p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Mothers work hard. Here are some simple ways for moms to take a moment to relax and pamper themselves. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-guestpost-blurb"> <div class="field-label">Guest Post Blurb:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This is post by Alyssa Chirco from our sister blog, <a href="http://www.parentingsquad.com/" title="Parenting Squad">Parenting Squad</a>. Visit Parenting Squad for more parenting tips and news:</p> <ul> <li><a title="10 Easy Freezer Friendly Meals" href="http://parentingsquad.com/10-easy-freezer-friendly-meals">10 Easy Freezer Friendly Meals</a></li> <li><a title="30 Hard Boiled Egg Recipes" href="http://parentingsquad.com/30-hard-boiled-egg-recipes">30 Hard Boiled Egg Recipes</a></li> <li><a title="6 Spring Birthday Party Ideas For Children" href="http://parentingsquad.com/6-spring-birthday-party-ideas-for-children">6 Spring Birthday Party Ideas For Children</a></li> <li><a title="10 Baby Shower Games to Keep the Party Going" href="http://parentingsquad.com/10-baby-shower-games-to-keep-the-party-going">10 Baby Shower Games to Keep the Party Going</a></li> <li><a title="10 Simple Steps To A Successful Garage Sale" href="http://parentingsquad.com/10-simple-steps-to-a-successful-garage-sale">10 Simple Steps To A Successful Garage Sale</a></li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/parenting-squad">Parenting Squad</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-take-10-minutes-for-mom">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-buy-nothing-lifestyle-lessons-from-a-frugal-experiment">The Buy-Nothing Lifestyle: Lessons from a Frugal Experiment</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/free-ways-to-celebrate-mothers-day">Free Ways to Celebrate Mother&#039;s Day</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-secret-to-time-management-and-work-life-balance">The Secret to Time Management and Work-Life Balance</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/9-thrifty-meaningful-gifts-for-mom">9 Thrifty, Meaningful Gifts for Mom</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/23-relaxing-ways-to-enjoy-your-kids-first-day-at-school">23 Relaxing Ways to Enjoy Your Kid&#039;s First Day at School</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Lifestyle living well Mother's day mothers rest time management Mon, 02 May 2011 10:24:26 +0000 Parenting Squad 533893 at http://www.wisebread.com 19 Things to Take Off Mom’s To-Do List http://www.wisebread.com/19-things-to-take-off-mom-s-to-do-list <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/19-things-to-take-off-mom-s-to-do-list" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman on computer.jpg" alt="woman on laptop" title="woman on laptop" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="150" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It's Mother&rsquo;s Day. Forget breakfast in bed. Instead, take some things off of mom&rsquo;s ever-growing, never-ending to-do list.</p> <p>1. Plan an entire week&rsquo;s menu (including <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-healthy-snacks-that-wont-break-the-bank">snacks</a> for the constantly growing children). Do all the shopping at your <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/eating-locally-on-a-budget">local market</a>, <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/maximize-your-membership-16-tips-to-shopping-warehouse-stores">warehouse store</a>, or roadside stand. Put away all items, making sure to clean out the refrigerator beforehand or immediately afterward.</p> <p>2. Run non-urgent yet long undone errands: buy replacement batteries for flashlights, smoke alarms, and handheld gaming systems; replace the windshield wipers; take dry clean only clothes to the dry cleaner; <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/its-sew-easy-to-save">mend or hem clothes</a>.</p> <p>3. Get the recycling ready. Put away boxes that might be used for storage or&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/seven-ways-to-get-free-shipping-supplies">shipping products</a> sold on eBay and break down the remaining boxes according to recycling rules.</p> <p>4. Post books (the ones set aside to get rid of) on <a href="http://www.paperbackswap.com/index.php">Paperbackswap.com</a>, take them to the used book store for trade, or <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/easy-weekend-business-sell-used-books">sell them on online</a>.</p> <p>5. Solve technical glitches that require research, analysis, and action.</p> <p>6. Take bags of discarded items to Goodwill or other local store that takes and resells older items for charity.</p> <p>7. Clean and prepare nicer, stashed away items for the consignment store.</p> <p>8. Sort, label, and store digital pictures from last year&rsquo;s (and the year's before) vacation or stay-near-home <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/close-to-home-outdoor-adventure-basics">outings</a>.</p> <p>9. Find sources for handyperson projects that are out of your league; arrange for cost estimates on your time.</p> <p>10. File the insurance claims for the last visit to the dentist and orthodontist.</p> <p>11. Get rid of out-of-date over-the-counter medicines, sunscreen, canned goods, and cereals, and replace whatever is necessary.&nbsp; (Hint:&nbsp;most households can always use Benadryl or its generic equivalent.)</p> <p>12. Tackle the socks-with-no-matches pile. Don&rsquo;t just relocate them but find the missing ones (under beds, behind washing machines, etc.) and repurpose extra ones.</p> <p>13. Create email filters to direct messages&nbsp;from coaches, teachers, scout leaders, band directors, etc. to both parents so that&nbsp;important emails don&rsquo;t go just to the person who signed up for them at the beginning of the year or season.</p> <p>14. Sign the permission slips, dispense field trip monies, and get forms completed, etc. so that there are no early-morning rushes surrounding&nbsp;documents for&nbsp;eagerly awaited events.</p> <p>15. Put together a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/if-budgeting-isnt-fun-youre-doing-it-wrong">budget</a> and start making arrangements for your next big trip.</p> <p>16. Set up Google alerts to notify the family of children's product recalls, or add Parenting Squad to your <a href="http://parentingsquad.com/">parenting&nbsp;resources </a>(including CPSC alerts).</p> <p>17. Call the insurance company to&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/when-to-drop-collision-coverage-on-your-car?quicktabs_2=2">get rid of collision on auto insurance</a>, raise deductibles, or whatever needs to be done to protect your assets without overspending on insurance.</p> <p>18. Take all of the notes about appointments and schedules (including the most significant pinned to the bulletin board as well as those non-strategically situated on the kitchen table) and place them on the calendar. Make a mental note to check the calendar weekly.</p> <p>19. Create a shared Google document listing the addresses and significant dates associated with&nbsp;your parents, siblings, aunts, uncles, cousins, best friends, etc. (such as your sister's birthday and dates for family reunions like the one that is always held on the third&nbsp;Sunday in April even on Easter); note that the second Sunday in May is Mother's Day (USA).</p> <p>If you need&nbsp;ideas other than tackling the to-do list (and&nbsp;besides&nbsp;preparing&nbsp;breakfast,&nbsp;lunch, and dinner), consider <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/gifts-for-the-person-who-has-everything">gifts for the person who has everything</a>, making a donation to her favorite charity (perhaps one that supports moms and their children), or giving her&nbsp;whatever she has mentioned she'd like; then add <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flower-power-a-guide-to-frugal-valentines-flowers">flowers</a>.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/julie-rains">Julie Rains</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/19-things-to-take-off-mom-s-to-do-list">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/mama-mia-mothers-day-gifts-that-show-you-really-care">Mama Mia! Mother&#039;s Day Gifts that Show You Really Care</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/free-ways-to-celebrate-mothers-day">Free Ways to Celebrate Mother&#039;s Day</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/does-your-kid-need-an-ira">Does Your Kid Need an IRA?</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-unexpected-dog-costs-you-should-prepare-for-now">5 Unexpected Dog Costs You Should Prepare for Now</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-8-best-pets-for-frugal-animal-lovers">The 8 Best Pets for Frugal Animal Lovers</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Family Mother's day Mother's Day gifts Sun, 09 May 2010 03:07:00 +0000 Julie Rains 69382 at http://www.wisebread.com Frugal Mother’s Day Gift Ideas from Bargain Babe http://www.wisebread.com/frugal-mothers-day-gift-ideas-from-bargain-babe <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/frugal-mothers-day-gift-ideas-from-bargain-babe" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/small_bargainbabe.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="150" height="189" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p class="MsoNormal">Julia Scott, aka <a href="http://www.bargainbabe.com/">Bargain Babe</a>, is a classic example of someone who can balance the low-cost of frugal living with the time and effort needed to make life meaningful.<span style="">&nbsp; </span><a href="http://www.blogtalkradio.com/stations/Elevenmomsradio/WiseBread/2009/05/07/Wise-Advice-from-Bargain-Babe-">Tonight&rsquo;s interview</a> with her on Blog Talk Radio is full of practical ideas for showing Mom how much you care, (without looking like a total slacker, of course!)<o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Bargain Babe has been blogging bargains and giving frugal living advice for a long time.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>It&rsquo;s something she was born to do.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Even though she is not a Mom, she knows how to impress them, and so it was no surprise that she had a pocketful of ideas for crafting warm and expressive Mother&rsquo;s Day gifts from (almost) thin air!<span style="">&nbsp; </span>In addition to her clever guide to spending little to nothing this holiday, she shares her insight on some pretty timely topics, including vacations, staycations, and how to build those family memories.<o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Please join us live tonight at 8pm CST on <a href="http://www.blogtalkradio.com/stations/Elevenmomsradio/WiseBread/2009/05/07/Wise-Advice-from-Bargain-Babe-">Blog Talk Radio</a>.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>We&rsquo;ll be chatting with <a href="http://www.bargainbabe.com/">Julia</a> to find out what else she&rsquo;s working on, and if you&rsquo;re one of those last-minute shoppers with no clue what you&rsquo;ll be buying for Mother&rsquo;s Day, we can save you some dough!<i style=""><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></i></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><i style="">(Read more about Julia at her website <a href="http://www.bargainbabe.com/">www.bargainbabe.com</a> and see her recent article at <a href="http://www.mediabistro.com/articles/cache/a10519.asp?pntvs=1&amp;">MediaBistro</a>!)<o:p></o:p></i></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/linsey-knerl">Linsey Knerl</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/frugal-mothers-day-gift-ideas-from-bargain-babe">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/4-reasons-you-should-splurge-on-experiences-not-things">4 Reasons You Should Splurge on Experiences, Not Things</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/7-money-lessons-i-learned-from-thrift-shopping">7 Money Lessons I Learned From Thrift-Shopping</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/chinese-money-habits-how-my-culture-influences-my-attitudes-toward-money">Chinese Money Habits - How My Culture Influences My Attitudes Toward Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/30-meaningful-mothers-day-gifts-for-every-budget">30 Meaningful Mother&#039;s Day Gifts for Every Budget</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/can-you-spare-a-square-5-quick-tips-on-toilet-paper-usage">&quot;Can you spare a square?&quot; 5 quick tips on toilet paper usage.</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Shopping Announcements bargain babe blog talk radio Mother's day Wed, 06 May 2009 23:34:39 +0000 Linsey Knerl 3132 at http://www.wisebread.com