summer http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/5321/all en-US 10 Easy Ways to Get Your Finances Fit For Summer http://www.wisebread.com/10-easy-ways-to-get-your-finances-fit-for-summer <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-easy-ways-to-get-your-finances-fit-for-summer" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/mother_son_hammock_000084288399.jpg" alt="Woman getting her finances fit for summer" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Summer is just around the corner, and the warm weather and extra free time can put a big ding in your finances. Stay proactive about potential summertime overspending by implementing these smart strategies that'll have you headed into the season financially fit.</p> <h2>1. Review Your Current Budget</h2> <p>It's always a good idea to take stock of your current expenses to determine where you can save. This means reviewing your recurring expenses by taking a hard look at your debit and credit card activity. If you have memberships or subscriptions that you barely use and can live without it, ditch 'em. The more dead weight you can unload, the more extra &quot;free&quot; money you'll have to start your summer fund.</p> <h2>2. Establish a Summer-Activity Budget</h2> <p>I'm very much a planner, and as a result I generally know what my summer plans are well ahead of time. The great thing about planning ahead is that you can get a good picture of your upcoming expenses and start saving accordingly. It's easy to establish a summer activity budget that maps out all the fun things you plan to do along with their associated costs. And if your plans change, you can tweak it accordingly.</p> <h2>3. Compare Transportation and Lodging for Travel</h2> <p>One of the biggest mistakes I notice from self-proclaimed savvy spenders and savers is that they sometimes hop on a deal too quickly. Sure, they're using discount sites to score savings on lodging and transportation, but is it really the best deal available? I always recommend comparing prices between multiple sites, and don't just limit yourself to your go-to savings depots. In fact, I've gotten better deals going directly to the hotels or airlines' websites at times.</p> <p>And here's another tip: Pick up the phone! Very few of us dial our vacation service providers to see what promotions they may be offering, and it could pay off big. It's worth spending the 10 to 20 minutes scouting the best buys. A few extra dollars saved are a few extra dollars that you can use for a nicer meal or fun activity while you're on vacay.</p> <h2>4. Explore Low-Cost Kids' Activities</h2> <p>Child care &mdash; especially of the all-day variety during the summer months &mdash; can zap your budget quickly. But there are several ways you can minimize those costs. Patty Cathey, an investment advisor in Denver, Colo., offers a few ideas on child care alternatives.</p> <p>&quot;Look into summer camps through your city recreation department, community center, or YMCA. Many churches or religious groups also offer affordable camps. As far as amusement parks, the zoo, or museums go, hold out for promotional offers, which are frequent in the summer. LivingSocial and Groupon often is a good resource for lower admission. And many communities offer free or cheap things for kids and families to do in the summer. The local library has educational activities, and there are free or cheap outdoor summer concerts, parades, and town festivals to take advantage of as well.&quot;</p> <p>And let's not forget one of my favorite summertime promotions &mdash; <a href="http://www.kidsbowlfree.com/">free bowling for kids</a>. Registered kids receive two free games of bowling <em>per day </em>at participating locations.</p> <h2>5. Cut Your Energy Expenses</h2> <p>I'll be the first one to admit the my air conditioner goes on if it's above 60 degrees outside at bedtime. But, I do try to cut energy costs wherever I can. For one, I grill outside more often in the summer, which reduces the amount of dishes I'm using on a daily basis, thus extending the time between my dishwasher cycles. Lights are turned off in favor of natural sunlight, and curtains and blinds are closed to keep too much sun from coming in if it's particularly hot outside. I water plants from a watering can instead of letting the hose run nonstop, and drying clothes outside is a pocket-wise way to avoid using the dryer during the summer.</p> <p>Cathey has a few more tips.</p> <p>&quot;You could save close to $200 over the course of the year by installing a <a href="http://amzn.to/1UmaQOl">programmable thermostat</a> and setting the temperature back 10 to 15 degrees for the hours you're at work,&quot; she says.</p> <h2>6. Take Advantage of Seasonal Sales</h2> <p>There are lots of sales during the summer season that can help you score big savings if you strike while the iron is hot. Groceries can be especially taxing during the summer &mdash; all those BBQ meats and fresh fruits and veggies aren't cheap &mdash; but you'll get the most for your money by comparing circulars, locating the best deals in your area, and stacking your coupons and apps, like Cartwheel, Ibotta, and Checkout 51.</p> <p>Savings expert Jill Cataldo recommends <a href="https://flipp.com/">Flipp</a>, a free app that gathers all the store circulars in your area in one easy-to-use platform.</p> <p>&quot;Use Flipp to plan your weekly grocery trips, and you'll enjoy its coupon-matching feature, which automatically points out additional discounts available on what you're buying at the supermarket,&quot; she says. &quot;When you can seamlessly save 20% to 70% on items you're shopping for every week, that adds up to big savings throughout the year.&quot;</p> <h2>7. Harness the Power of Old and Discounted Gift Cards</h2> <p>I love going through my wallet at the beginning of the summer to see what gift cards I have leftover, so that I can use them to save on dining or shopping while on vacation. Another great way to use gift cards is to buy them at discount &mdash; the idea of which is to spend less for the actual amount on the card even though it retains its full value. <a href="https://www.raise.com/buy-gift-cards">Raise's</a> marketplace allows people to save money and afford all the things to do during summer in two ways:</p> <ul> <li>People that have old or unwanted gift cards can sell them and get cash back, which is a great way get extra money towards summer fun.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Outlet lovers can buy gift cards at a discount and use the money they would have spent on other things such as going on vacation, having BBQs, and more.</li> </ul> <p>With 4,000 different retailers' gift cards for sale, it's easy to trade on this great source of value.</p> <h2>8. Add a Side Hustle to Your Schedule</h2> <p>If you have summer plans that exceed your budget, all may not be lost. Perhaps it's time to start thinking about picking up a side hustle, like renting out a room in your home on Airbnb, dog sitting for locals through DogVacay, or driving for a ride-sharing service like Uber or Lyft. The social and sharing economy is thriving, and there's a place for you in it &mdash; guaranteed. I always advocate for the side hustle when you're strapped for cash, because in most cases it's relatively easy work. In other words, if you're complaining that you don't have enough money, there are options ready and waiting for you. (See also:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-unexpected-side-benefits-of-your-side-hustle?ref=seealso" target="_blank">5 Unexpected Side Benefits of Your Side Hustle</a>)</p> <h2>9. Rely on Cold, Hard Cash More Often</h2> <p>It's convenient to swipe your plastic wherever you go, but studies show that using cash as your currency of choice limits the amount you'll spend. In fact, a study conducted by Dun &amp; Bradstreet revealed that we spend 12% to 18% more when using debit or credit card opposed to dolla-dolla bills.</p> <p>Hard-money lending expert Elizabeth Jenkins details an idea on how to use cash to spend less.</p> <p>&quot;Allocate your cash budgets into weekly envelopes,&quot; she says. &quot;Have an envelope for weekly food, fun, gas, rent, etc., and make sure to close them. You'll find a feeling of guilt as you take money from an envelope to pay for something unrelated to that budget.&quot; (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/a-comprehensive-guide-to-the-envelope-system?ref=seealso">A Comprehensive Guide to the Envelope System</a>)</p> <h2>10. Change the Way You View Spending</h2> <p>Retail therapy feels good &mdash; until it doesn't. To curb spending, it's important to start viewing it as a necessity opposed to a recreational activity. Instead, focus on more important activities that increase your well being, instead of adding more clutter to it with material things.</p> <p>&quot;Spending can be addictive,&quot; Jenkins warns. &quot;Work on spending 'time' on things rather than money. Pick up an exercise routine, start a hobby, work on your house, or any other number of time consuming projects. Transfer your energy into projects that may cost some amount money, but will help your job, home, or family in the long run.&quot;</p> <p><em>What are some ways you're getting your finances fit for summer? I'd love to hear your tips and suggestions in the comments below.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-easy-ways-to-get-your-finances-fit-for-summer">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-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-surprising-way-birth-order-decides-your-money-habits">The Surprising Way Birth Order Decides Your Money Habits</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-morning-mantras-that-ll-help-keep-your-finances-on-track">8 Morning Mantras That’ll Help Keep Your Finances on Track</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/15-personal-finance-rules-you-should-be-breaking">15 Personal Finance Rules You Should Be Breaking</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/save-more-gas-by-safely-following-trucks">Save More Gas by Safely Following Trucks</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-things-you-must-do-before-you-quit-your-job">5 Things You Must Do Before You Quit Your Job</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Personal Finance budgeting cutting costs energy summer transportation travel warm weather Tue, 03 May 2016 10:00:11 +0000 Mikey Rox 1702381 at http://www.wisebread.com How to Get the Greenest Lawn on the Block — Naturally http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-the-greenest-lawn-on-the-block-naturally <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-get-the-greenest-lawn-on-the-block-naturally" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/kids_yard_swings_000079618051.jpg" alt="Learning how to get the best yard in town naturally" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Want a gorgeous, lush lawn without all the chemicals and other icky stuff? It's not as hard as you might think. With a little creativity and some elbow grease, you can whip your grass into shape without calling a service or spending much at all. (See also:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/secret-lawn-tonic-recipe-from-golf-course-groundskeeper?ref=seealso">Secret Lawn Tonic Golf Course Groundskeepers Love</a>)</p> <h2>Amazing Aeration</h2> <p>Before the season even starts, you should&nbsp;<a href="http://www.planetnatural.com/aerate-the-lawn/">aerate your lawn</a> so it can have its best year yet. By letting it breathe, you get rid of nasty compaction issues that can cause bigger problems down the line. To aerate, you'll want the grass to be pretty dry. Insert a&nbsp;<a href="http://amzn.to/1qjqnlK">garden fork</a> or&nbsp;<a href="http://amzn.to/1TMK4yd">sod coring tool</a> every few inches to get the oxygen in. If you have a big lawn, you might consider going in with a neighbor and renting a power lawn aerator for a day or two. After you've finished this process, collect soil plugs with a bagged mower and add them to your compost heap.</p> <h2>Beer Fertilizer</h2> <p>My grandfather is known as a lawn king of sorts in my hometown. He swears by&nbsp;<a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/Easily-getting-rid-of-dead-spots-on-your-lawn-effo">feeding his lawn with beer</a>. The fermented sugars and other nutrients improve the soil and help to get rid of dead spots. All you have to do is pour about eight ounces of regular beer per 10-inch spot that needs love. Beer can be fresh or flat, hot or cold. Wait about a week and if the area is still droopy, repeat the process.</p> <h2>Soothing Salts, Part I</h2> <p>Not into brews? That's okay. You can actually use your favorite bath time soak to nurture your lawn.&nbsp;<a href="http://amzn.to/1UW0MMF">Epsom salts</a> help keep your grass green and healthy all year round &mdash; they may even soften grass. You'll want to use about&nbsp;<a href="http://www.sfsalt.com/epsom-salt-for-lawns">three pounds of salts</a> per 1,250 square feet of lawn. To apply, use a lawn spreader. If you'd rather add water and spray, use a tank sprayer or a hose with a spray attachment.</p> <h2>Soothing Salts, Part II</h2> <p>The National Gardening Association explains that epsom salts also work wonders in your vegetable and flower gardens by&nbsp;<a href="http://www.garden.org/articles/articles.php?q=show&amp;id=68">enriching the soil with magnesium</a>. The group conducted a study where gardeners from across the United States sprayed their peppers and roses with the stuff. The results? Four out of six gardeners reported that their pepper plants were more robust. All the rose plants were bushier with greener foliage and more roses. To try this at home, add one tablespoon of epsom salts to a gallon of water, spray plants, and repeat the process every 10 days (peppers) or six weeks (roses).</p> <h2>Kind Killer</h2> <p>This weed killer is kind to the environment and won't cost you much. In fact, you might already be using it for many tasks in your home. Simply spray all those pesky weeds with plain white vinegar. You'll want to do this on a day with no rain in the forecast (can dilute the effects). My mother-in-law says that heartier, more persistent weeds respond better to something stronger like pickling vinegar. Just pour vinegar into a spray bottle and use as liberally as necessary.</p> <h2>Wondrous Water</h2> <p>Whether or not you live someplace where you have a cap on water usage, it's a good idea to conserve this precious resource. Try building&nbsp;<a href="https://1craftylane.wordpress.com/2012/03/12/diy-rain-barrel/">your own rain barrel</a> to collect what falls from the sky. You just need a 32-gallon plastic trash can, brass faucet, flexible downspout, and utility knife. Cut a hole in your can's cover, attach the downspout to your gutter, and then connect the two components. Wait for the rain and then use your faucet to tap into the magic.</p> <h2>Modified Mowing</h2> <p>How often and how short you cut your grass has an impact on its overall health as well. There's no one-size-fits-all approach, unfortunately. Regardless, grass cut too short can be more prone to problems like&nbsp;<a href="http://www.diynetwork.com/how-to/outdoors/gardening/what-is-the-ideal-height-to-cut-the-grass">weeds, drought, and heat damage</a>. So, if you're experiencing little precipitation, it's a good idea to let grasses grow taller as a defense. For guidelines on how tall or short you should keep your grass in general, call your local extension office, garden center, or seed supplier.</p> <h2>Clover Comeback</h2> <p>So many of our neighbors seem to battle to keep white clover out all season long. We've embraced clover because it's actually a natural way to&nbsp;<a href="http://www.almanac.com/content/clover-comeback">crowd out weeds</a>. Clover also spreads quickly and covers the ground with greenery to blend with your other grasses. It grows well in shadier areas of your lawn and those with poor drainage. Best yet, it's a legume and can convert nitrogen into its own free fertilizer. Learn to love this misunderstood ground cover!</p> <p><em>What are some natural ways you care for&nbsp;</em><em>your lawn?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-the-greenest-lawn-on-the-block-naturally">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/secret-lawn-tonic-recipe-from-golf-course-groundskeeper">Secret Lawn Tonic Recipe From Golf Course Groundskeeper</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-diy-backyard-home-improvements-that-save-you-big">8 DIY Backyard Home Improvements That Save You Big</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-high-tech-tools-to-help-your-garden-grow">6 High-Tech Tools to Help Your Garden Grow</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/10-things-you-should-not-do-to-your-yard-this-fall">10 Things You Should NOT Do to Your Yard This Fall</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-cheap-and-easy-homemade-mosquito-repellents">4 Cheap and Easy Homemade Mosquito Repellents</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> DIY Green Living Home eco friendly gardening greener grass landscaping lawn spring summer weeds Mon, 25 Apr 2016 09:30:24 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1693274 at http://www.wisebread.com Here's How Much Getting the Greenest Lawn Will Cost You http://www.wisebread.com/heres-how-much-getting-the-greenest-lawn-will-cost-you <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/heres-how-much-getting-the-greenest-lawn-will-cost-you" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/family_playing_yard_000083140847.jpg" alt="Family learning how green their lawn is" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>In the American view of what a front yard should look like, a green lawn is up there with a white picket fence and an American flag.</p> <p>The ideal home has its costs, with a green lawn being more expensive than some rocks and a few plants. And that's before you factor in maintenance and other costs to keep a grass lush and alive.</p> <p>Whether you start with grass seed, put down sod, or install a synthetic lawn, a green lawn can be an expensive way to increase curb appeal. Based on a yard size of 2,000 square feet, here's a breakdown of those three methods, starting with the cheapest.</p> <h2>Seed</h2> <p>There are a few ways to start a lawn by planting grass seed. Without going into all of the details on how to prepare a lawn for seeding, this can still be a labor-intensive job and may be something you want to hire a professional for. Prep work can include removing dead materials and weeds, adding at least four inches of fresh topsoil or tilling the existing ground, and making the ground level.</p> <p>If you're going to do it yourself, you can buy a 50-pound bag of Kentucky bluegrass seed for about $100, or a three-pound bag for about $15. Depending on where you live, two three-pound bags may be enough to start a new lawn on 2,000 square feet.</p> <p><strong>Total Cost:</strong> $30</p> <p>Another method of seeding is broadcast seeding, where dry grass seed is spread on prepared ground, watered thoroughly, and covered with straw. With $30 in seeds and about $45 for three bales of hay, you're in business.</p> <p><strong>Total Cost:</strong> $75</p> <p>A more costly method is hydroseeding, also called hydraulic mulch seeding. A slightly thickened mixture of seeds, mulch, and other material is pumped from a tank onto the ground. Little prep work is required.</p> <p>Hydroseeding costs six cents to 20 cents per square foot, or $120 to $400 for 2,000 square feet. This is just for the seeding and doesn't include labor or other costs that go with it, such as water from your home. The slurry mixture of hydroseeding includes fertilizer, green dye, and a tackifying agent to help keep everything where it needs to be.</p> <p>Expect the equipment and professional labor of hydroseeding to cost two to four times the cost of the seed. Since you're unlikely to own the equipment for this process, plan on hiring a professional for $240 to $1,600.</p> <p><strong>Total Cost:</strong> Up to $2,000</p> <h2>Sod</h2> <p>Laying sod yourself can save half the cost of a professional, though your back may not thank you for the savings. The prep work can be difficult by itself, but add in the tasks of unloading rolls of sod from a truck and laying them down in neat patterns and you'll be busy for an entire day.</p> <p>Sod costs eight cents to 30 cents per square foot, putting our 2,000-square-foot lawn at $160 to $600.</p> <p>Delivery can range from free to half the total cost of the sod. You may also need to buy or rent tools such as a rake, rototiller, and lawn roller, and seeds for spot seeding after the sod is installed. Assuming you own all of the supplies or can borrow them from someone for free, your total cost is as much as $600 if you do all of the work. If you hire a professional, the sod will cost 14 cents to 60 cents per square foot, or $280 to $1,200.</p> <p>The shape of your yard will affect the labor costs. A flat, square area is easier and cheaper to lay sod than a curved area with slopes. Expect labor to cost at least twice as much as doing it yourself, pushing a $600 job into a $1,200 one.</p> <p><strong>Total Cost:</strong> $1,200 or more</p> <h2>Synthetic</h2> <p>Synthetic, artificial grass can look like the real thing, and can save you a lot of money in the long run because it doesn't need water. A 12x6' patch of fake grass costs about $100, meaning that about 2,000 square feet would cost about $2,800. And that's a deal.</p> <p>Home Depot sells a top-of-the-line synthetic grass for about $4 per square foot, or $8,000 for our 2,000 square feet. The turf usually comes in 15-foot widths and installation requires a lot of steps, such as adding a seam between sections. Expect professional installation to cost double what the synthetic grass costs alone.</p> <p><strong>Total Cost:</strong> $16,000</p> <h2>Ready to Work?</h2> <p>If you're willing to do the work yourself, seeding can be the least expensive route to a new, green lawn. For a few bags of seed and a lot of prep work, the seed might catch and you'll have a new lawn. If you want to avoid all of the work and costs of installation and ongoing upkeep of a green lawn, save your pennies and have synthetic grass installed. It may even look better than real grass, though your bank account won't.</p> <p><em>How do you keep your landscape the envy of the neighborhood?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/aaron-crowe">Aaron Crowe</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/heres-how-much-getting-the-greenest-lawn-will-cost-you">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-the-greenest-lawn-on-the-block-naturally">How to Get the Greenest Lawn on the Block — Naturally</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-improve-your-curb-appeal-for-next-to-nothing">6 Ways to Improve Your Curb Appeal for Next to Nothing</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/4-cheap-and-easy-homemade-mosquito-repellents">4 Cheap and Easy Homemade Mosquito Repellents</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/14-ways-to-make-your-yard-look-awesome-for-under-100">14 Ways to Make Your Yard Look Awesome for Under $100</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-rid-of-a-skunk-without-losing-your-dignity">How to Get Rid of a Skunk Without Losing Your Dignity</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Home curb appeal grass lawn care seeding spring summer yard Thu, 07 Apr 2016 09:00:14 +0000 Aaron Crowe 1682554 at http://www.wisebread.com 15 Fun and Frugal Labor Day Activities http://www.wisebread.com/15-fun-and-frugal-labor-day-activities <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/15-fun-and-frugal-labor-day-activities" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/family_beach_day_000049233930.jpg" alt="Family finding leisurely ways to enjoy Labor Day" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>So far you probably have two goals for Labor Day: 1.) Not get stuck hosting a barbeque yourself, and 2.) Somehow convince the kids that Disneyland is a bad idea. So what else can be done on the last big weekend of summer? Try these 15 leisurely ways to enjoy Labor Day.</p> <h2>1. A Union Parade</h2> <p>Since 1894, there have been parades in nearly every major city to celebrate the labor of the American worker. Why not enjoy the pageantry and patriotism? Set up chairs to view the parade and support local workers!</p> <h2>2. See an Outdoor Movie</h2> <p>Grab your coolers, folding chairs, blankets, and set up camp on a lawn to see an old favorite movie. If there's a classic <a href="http://www.nerve.com/entertainment/drivein-theater-open-find-location">drive-in theater near you</a> (which would be lucky, as there are only a few left in existence), why not roll up to see a new movie?</p> <h2>3. The County Fair</h2> <p>Without fail, there is always a county fair within a couple hours' drive from anywhere. This is an easy and fun way to spend a day watching shows, eating crazy street food, and enjoying rides with the family. The county fair is a can't-fail plan.</p> <h2>4. Shakespeare in the Park</h2> <p>Class it up with a relaxing Shakespeare play or two in the park. Local community theatres put on shows like these all the time throughout the summer. Catch one before the season ends.</p> <h2>5. Visit a Museum for Free</h2> <p>Did you know Bank of America customers can <a href="http://museums.bankofamerica.com/arts/MOU">visit select museums for free</a>? It's a cool perk worth using at least once per year! This is a great time, since this is usually the time for big and popular exhibits.</p> <h2>6. A Classic Car Show</h2> <p>In places like Southern California, local parks are a beacon for classic cars on the weekend. Look up classic car meetups near you to enjoy watching beautiful vehicles nearly a century old riding by &mdash; some with hydraulics!</p> <h2>7. Enjoy the Beach</h2> <p>Always easy, why not take an impromptu trip to the ocean, lake, or river for some leisurely fun? Pack up a delicious picnic to enjoy there, then finish it off with some boardwalk ice cream.</p> <h2>8. Visit the Science Center</h2> <p>Take the kids to the local science center for a quick brush-up course before school officially starts. Summer exhibits (like Los Angeles' current <a href="http://californiasciencecenter.org/exhibits/dead-sea-scrolls-the-exhibition">Dead Sea Scrolls</a>) tend to come with really cool 3D movies and lots of air conditioning!</p> <h2>9. Local Summer Concerts</h2> <p>Summer concert series tend to end around Labor Day, so this will likely be a big show. Check your local city hall website for symphonies, live bands, or music festivals happening in town.</p> <h2>10. Lay Under the Stars</h2> <p>Bored with the offerings within city limits? Take a quick drive to the nearest mountains or desert, find a place to camp for a night, and lay under the stars. It might just be a carefree balmy night to remember when you're back at work.</p> <h2>11. Take the Train</h2> <p>Sometimes it doesn't matter where you go, but how you do it. There are tons of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-fun-affordable-train-trips">easy and fun train trips</a> to take anywhere in the U.S. that are actually very reasonably priced.</p> <h2>12. Chill at a Skating Rink</h2> <p>Skating rinks are so passe they are cool again! If you want to enjoy some kitschy fun, hit up the nearest roller rink for a cheap date. Brazing hot and need a cooler activity? Try brushing up on your hockey skills in an indoor ice rink.</p> <h2>13. The Farmers Market</h2> <p>Not interested in planning a trip, but want to celebrate the time of year in a culinary fashion? This is a great time for <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buy-this-not-that-at-the-farmers-market">the farmers market</a>: so much good stuff is in season. Pick up the freshest fruit and vegetables, soak in some live music, and taste some free cheese samples.</p> <h2>14. Hang at a Brew Festival</h2> <p>Sometimes you just need an excuse to drink. Luckily, brew festivals are gaining popularity everywhere in the nation. Sure, they tend to cost somewhere between $30&ndash;$70, but look at it this way: tickets usually include unlimited beer and lots of bite size snacks to gorge on. Look up a nearby festival and go with some friends.</p> <h2>15. Stay Inside and Read</h2> <p>Never overrated, it's hard to say no to staying indoors. You didn't get invited to a wedding or goaded into another boring barbeque, so congratulations! Why not let the world rave on while you enjoy your couch, air conditioning, and a good book. Have you read <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/006226835X/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=006226835X&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=CBX3Q776PLF45FHD">Yes, Please</a> yet?</p> <p><em>What are your plans for the Labor Day weekend?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amanda-meadows">Amanda Meadows</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-fun-and-frugal-labor-day-activities">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-ways-to-spend-less-money-on-valentines-day">14 Ways to Spend Less Money on Valentine&#039;s Day</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-18-coolest-frugal-fall-adventures">The 18 Coolest Frugal Fall Adventures</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/20-cheap-fun-things-to-do-with-kids-this-weekend">20 Cheap Fun Things to Do With Kids This Weekend</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/watch-the-10-craziest-annual-4th-of-july-fireworks-displays">WATCH: The 10 Craziest Annual 4th of July Fireworks Displays</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/12-ideas-for-cheap-festive-fall-decor">12 Ideas for Cheap, Festive, Fall Decor</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment free activities Holidays labor day outdoors summer Thu, 03 Sep 2015 11:00:25 +0000 Amanda Meadows 1540845 at http://www.wisebread.com Chill Your Sunscreen and 25 Other Beach Trip Hacks http://www.wisebread.com/chill-your-sunscreen-and-25-other-beach-trip-hacks <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/chill-your-sunscreen-and-25-other-beach-trip-hacks" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/family_beach_day_000045495908.jpg" alt="Family learning helpful beach trip hacks" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Hittin' the beach before summer ends? Not without perusing this list of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/18-beauty-tips-and-hacks-for-summer">fun-in-the-sun hacks</a> that'll make your seaside trip easier, breezier, and much more comfortable.</p> <h2>1. Wipe Away Sand With Baby Powder</h2> <p>Sprinkle it on your body to dry up the sand then brush it off.</p> <h2>2. Use a Corkscrew Anchor to Keep Umbrellas From Flying Away</h2> <p>Because I don't want to be the annoying jerk on the beach who can't properly secure his umbrella when even the slight gust of wind blows through, I picked up this nifty <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BCLNDNC/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00BCLNDNC&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=6ST7HYFD7W7ZZIWJ">corkscrew anchor</a> to keep my shade firmly in place. It has never failed me.</p> <h2>3. Use High SPF Lotion as Your Base and Spray for Touch-Ups</h2> <p>You'll get more all-over, longer-lasting protection out of the rub-on sunscreen than the spray. Cover your body with the lotion before you leave the house, then follow-up with sprays throughout the day.</p> <h2>4. Put Your Cell Phone in a Plastic Baggie to Protect It</h2> <p>I've found that those snack-size baggies are the perfect fit for iPhones, in particular.</p> <h2>5. Place a Tarp Under Your Beach Sheet or Blanket</h2> <p>You'll have an easier time shaking the sand off the tarp (it'll just slide right off, in fact) than trying to get it out of your blanket or sheet.</p> <h2>6. Place a Shower Curtain in a Large Hole in the Sand</h2> <p>When the water rushes in to fill it up, you'll have an instant pool for the kiddies to play in. This is an especially good idea for those who aren't very keen on swimming in the ocean &mdash; like me.</p> <h2>7. Stash a Few Grocery Bags in Your Gear for Your Trash</h2> <p>Use them throughout the day to keep your trash from blowing all around and so you don't have to keep walking to the trash cans every 30 minutes.</p> <h2>8. Put Meat Tenderizer on a Jellyfish Sting</h2> <p>Most meat tenderizers contain <a href="http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-69-papain.aspx?activeingredientid=69&amp;activeingredientname=papain">papain</a>, which helps break down venom proteins. Wash it off after 10 to 15 minutes so it doesn't start to irritate the skin itself. (Vinegar works, too.)</p> <h2>9. Create a Sand-Free Zone With a Fitted Sheet</h2> <p>Lay the fitted sheet facedown on the sand and use your beach gear to fill in the elastic corners. Instant sand barrier.</p> <h2>10. Use a Balloon to Clear Your Ears</h2> <p>Kids have water in their ears? Bring a balloon to the beach and let them blow it up to help unclog waterlogged ears. Works just as well for you, too.</p> <h2>11. Use a Child's Wagon to Load up Your Gear</h2> <p>A child's wagon &mdash; particularly the Playskool brand &mdash; has wide plastic wheels that roll through the sand easily. Load up your gear and make the trek to your sandy oasis a hands and hassle-free experience.</p> <h2>12. Use a Frozen Sponge as a No-Drip Ice Pack</h2> <p>Freeze a wet sponge and place it in a plastic bag before putting it in a cooler to keep your refreshments chilled. No heavy ice or water to dump or lug later.</p> <h2>13. Place Valuables in a Clean Diaper That's Wrapped Like It's Dirty</h2> <p>Only the most desperate of beach thieves will attempt this heist. A friend of mine also told me that she wraps her valuables in a clean pair of underwear and places that in a Ziploc baggie. &quot;Even left out in the open no one has ever stolen my panties, but they've stolen my friend's cash/cards that were just inside their totes,&quot; she said. Both tips are solid.</p> <h2>14. Use a Soft Paintbrush to Brush Off Sand</h2> <p>If you don't have baby powder around, pack a clean, soft paint brush to whisk the sand off your body.</p> <h2>15. Sturdy Your Umbrella With a Sand and Water Mix</h2> <p>This method of digging a hole for your umbrella then securing it by filling in the hole with a 50/50 sand/water mixture comes from an Eagle Scout &mdash; so you know it's legit.</p> <h2>16. Avoid Sunscreen Marketing Tricks</h2> <p>&quot;Sport&quot; and &quot;For Kids&quot; high-SPF sunscreens are the exact same product with different labeling. Compare the cost of the two and buy the cheapest.</p> <h2>17. Place Valuables in a Clean, Empty Sunscreen Bottle</h2> <p>If diapers or underwear aren't your preferred methods of theft deterrence, go with the more modest route by placing valuables inside a used sunscreen bottle.</p> <h2>18. Freeze Water Bottles as Ice Packs in Your Cooler</h2> <p>This trick works threefold: Your food stays cold; the ice melt stays contained; and you have cool, fresh water to drink later in the day, making your cooler much lighter to carry back.</p> <h2>19. Pack Fresh Fruits and Veggies Along With the Junk Food</h2> <p>Your idea might be to pig out on junk food on your day at the beach, but you might find yourself craving for cool, fresh fruits and veggies once you start playing in the water and baking in the sun. You can keep the chips, of course, but pack healthier alternatives &mdash; cucumbers, watermelon, oranges, and more &mdash; just in case.</p> <h2>20. Leave the Expensive Sunglasses at Home</h2> <p>Have you ever been to a beach where it looks like everyone is walking the runway? Totally not worth it &mdash; especially when you can look just as good for less and without ruining your stuff. This especially applies to sunglasses. Leave your pricey pair at home and take the cheapies with you. If you lose or scratch them, you won't mind as much.</p> <h2>21. Pack the Bug Spray, Too</h2> <p>Everybody remembers the sunscreen, but many of us often forget the bug spray. I've had several annoying days at the beach because of biting flies that a little bit of DEET would have controlled.</p> <h2>22. Make a Mini-Emergency Kit and Place It in a Plastic Container</h2> <p>Put a few Band-Aids, wipes, aloe gel, sanitary products, and other first aid-type items in a plastic container, like GladWare, so everything stays clean, contained, and organized.</p> <h2>23. Make Ice Cubes Out of Aloe Vera Gel</h2> <p>Soothe your sunburn even more by placing aloe vera gel in ice cube trays in the freezer and rubbing those frozen blocks on your skin. (Or, ya know, just don't get sunburned &mdash; which is highly recommended!)</p> <h2>24. Cool Down With Chilled Sunscreen</h2> <p>Place your sunscreen in the fridge or cooler before applying for a jolt of refreshment.</p> <h2>25. Use a Laundry Basket to Clean Beach Toys</h2> <p>Instead of washing beach toys individually, place them all in a plastic laundry basket and rinse them off in one fell swoop at a washing station while the water drains from the sides.</p> <h2>26. Add a Flotation Device to Your Keys</h2> <p>Attaching a floatable keychain or cork material to your keys is a great way to ensure that your keys don't sink to the bottom of the ocean if you accidentally drop them. To minimize any potential hazard further, only take your car key to the beach while locking your other valuable keys in the car.</p> <p><em>Do you have more beach hacks that you'd like to add? Please share in comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/chill-your-sunscreen-and-25-other-beach-trip-hacks">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/20-cheap-fun-things-to-do-this-summer">20 Cheap, Fun Things to Do This Summer</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/22-cheap-ways-to-keep-cool-during-the-hottest-month-of-the-year">22 Cheap Ways to Keep Cool During the Hottest Month of the Year</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/51-uses-for-coca-cola-the-ultimate-list">51 Uses for Coca-Cola – the Ultimate List</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/a-diy-air-conditioner-and-14-other-cool-camping-hacks">A DIY Air Conditioner and 14 Other Cool Camping Hacks</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/turn-1-into-100-in-about-2-minutes">Turn $1 into $100 in about 2 minutes.</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Life Hacks beach fun outdoors sand summer tips vacation Fri, 14 Aug 2015 11:00:26 +0000 Mikey Rox 1518356 at http://www.wisebread.com 7 Easy Ways to Preserve Your Early Harvest http://www.wisebread.com/7-easy-ways-to-preserve-your-early-harvest <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-easy-ways-to-preserve-your-early-harvest" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/frozen_blueberries_000063853591.jpg" alt="Learning how to preserve your early harvest" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The weather is warm, the days are long, and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/31-delicious-ways-to-enjoy-your-summer-veggies">fresh veggies</a> and fruits abound. Summertime is still in full swing and can feel blissfully endless. Unfortunately, cold weather will return before you know it, leaving you longing for these summer days. One way to prolong the season is to preserve its vibrant produce while at its peak. If you're not into canning &mdash; it can be involved and requires some special equipment &mdash; there are a surprising number of easy alternatives. Read on for seven methods for storing up tomatoes, berries, stone fruit, cucumbers, and the rest of summer's bounty.</p> <h2>1. Freezing</h2> <p>There's a good reason why freezing fresh foods is the tried and true method for preserving (beyond canning). When done right, you can really seal in the freshness, and have a taste of summer months after pool-worthy weather is gone. But in order to achieve ultimate flavor and texture, you need to follow a few freezing rules.</p> <p>Smaller veggies like corn and peas can be frozen whole, while bigger items should be chopped up into smaller pieces. Quick blanch them first, ending with an ice bath, and then freeze them. For mushy veggies like tomatoes, cook them first &mdash; a marinara sauce will do nicely &mdash; and then freeze. Fruits like berries don't need to be blanched, and can be frozen right away. No matter what you decide to preserve, be sure to freeze at the peak of freshness for the best results.</p> <p>Frozen fruits and veggies will last eight to 12 months in a 0℉ freezer.</p> <h2>2. Quick Pickles</h2> <p>You don't have to be a canning whiz or own a bunch of equipment to enjoy flavorful, homemade pickles. The <a href="http://toriavey.com/toris-kitchen/2013/08/quick-pickles/">quick pickling method</a> is as simple as combining spices and aromatics in a jar, shoving in some summer-fresh cucumbers, boiling a water and vinegar mixture, and pouring it on top. After the pickles come to room temperature, they are stashed in the fridge and ready to eat in 48 hours. They'll last for two months in there &mdash; if you don't eat them long before then. You can use a variation of this technique for a number of pickled treats, like jalapeños and red onions.</p> <h2>3. Drying</h2> <p>Did you know that you can make delicious, high quality dried fruit without a bulky dehydrator? Small fruits like cranberries, cherries, blueberries, and more can be dehydrated with your oven and no special equipment. In a few hours and no hard work, you'll have a tray full of chewy and <a href="http://www.thekitchn.com/how-to-dry-fruit-in-the-oven-92637">flavorful dried fruit</a>. With a longer drying time and a few more steps, you can <a href="http://www.ext.colostate.edu/pubs/foodnut/09309.html">dry just about anything</a>, from peaches to strawberries. It's a great way to enjoy the flavors of summer fruit for months after they're in season, and it makes a really tasty snack.</p> <h2>4. Fruit Shrubs</h2> <p>Shrubs &mdash; not the leafy green variety, but the vinegar and fruit variety &mdash; are making a real comeback. They've been used throughout history as a way of preserving fruit. Now they're back in fashion as a refreshing addition to a drink or cocktail. The fruit mingles with sugar to make a sweet and flavorful syrup, and vinegar is added to preserve as well as give a tangy kick. <a href="http://drinks.seriouseats.com/2011/06/cocktail-101-how-to-make-shrub-syrups.html">Shrub syrup</a> will keep in the fridge for some time, and is great mixed with tonic, seltzer, or used as a cocktail mixer. Use different fruits to make different flavors, and line your refrigerator shelves with jars of colorful liquids for a taste of summer fruit in the dead of winter.</p> <h2>5. Flavored Oils</h2> <p>Summertime not only brings a bounty of fruit and veggies, it's also the season for vibrant fresh herbs like basil. Delicate greens like cilantro, basil, and parsley can be hard to preserve without losing their color and flavor. One way to successfully capture their fresh flavor is to <a href="http://www.epicurious.com/archive/holidays/hanukkah/flavored-oils">infuse olive oil</a>. Not only is it easy and will add tasty, herby notes to your oil, it will last for months, and you can mix and match flavors to your heart's content. Imagine drizzling green basil oil over crostini or pasta in the middle of January. You'll be transported to a warm summer day in a snap.</p> <h2>6. Compound Butters</h2> <p>Another totally delicious way to preserve bountiful summer herbs is by making <a href="http://www.browneyedbaker.com/how-to-make-compound-butter/">compound butter</a>. It's as simple as chopping clean, fresh herbs, mixing them into softened butter, shaping the mixture into a log, and chilling. It's simply delicious on bread, melted over steak, or cooked with a vegetable saute. You can use whatever herbs you like, and add in other spices or flavorings. Best of all, the whole wrapped log can be dropped into a freezer bag and frozen for several months.</p> <h2>7. Sauces</h2> <p>We hinted at this in the freezing section, but a great way to preserve some summer produce is by cooking it first and then freezing or jarring it. Tomatoes are an excellent example. Cook up a big batch of your favorite <a href="http://smittenkitchen.com/blog/2010/08/fresh-tomato-sauce/">marinara sauce</a> and freeze it in freezer bag servings. When you're ready to make pasta, just defrost a bag and heat through.</p> <p>If you've got more tomatoes than you know what to do with, cook them down into flavor-packed <a href="http://www.thekitchn.com/got-tomatoes-make-tomato-paste-92856">tomato paste</a> and freeze in small servings to flavor soups, sauces, and more. You can even slow-roast slices of tomato and pack them in olive oil to store in the fridge for a month or so. The sweet <a href="http://www.simplebites.net/slow-roasted-cherry-tomatoes-a-simple-summer-appetizer/">roasted tomatoes</a> make a great pizza topping or appetizer.</p> <p><em>How do you preserve your garden's production without canning?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/laurel-randolph">Laurel Randolph</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-easy-ways-to-preserve-your-early-harvest">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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Don't let it. There are plenty of exercises you can complete without breaking more of a sweat than necessary. Here are a few of our favorites that you can do in the comfort of your air-conditioned living room. (Related: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-simple-ways-to-get-more-exercise-without-working-out?ref=seealso">6 Simple Ways to Get More Exercise Without Working Out</a>)</p> <h2>1. Sprinter</h2> <p>Too muggy to run? Try working on your strength and stability instead. This <a href="http://darebee.com/running/sprinter-workout.html">sprinter workout</a> gets all the major areas, all while helping you increase your speed. You'll complete a series of jump squats, speed climbers, knee-tucks, jumps, skips, and bounds.</p> <h2>2. Jumper</h2> <p>An <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00LGXE5NS/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00LGXE5NS&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=YS4JS2ZYLEJQRKO5">inexpensive jump rope</a> can surely get your blood pumping, including double foot jumps, boxers, skiers, and more. You'll feel this workout in your legs, arms, core, chest, and behind!</p> <h2>3. Stair Climber</h2> <p>If you have a flight of stairs (preferably without carpeting), you can do this awesome <a href="http://www.healthybalancefitness.com.au/2013/04/home-workout-stair-cardio-leg-blitz/">stair workout challenge</a>. Run up the stairs, do some ladder repeats, and then sprint.</p> <h2>4. Hula-Hooper</h2> <p>The hula-hoop is yet another fun summer toy turned exercise device. Try this fun <a href="http://www.realsimple.com/health/fitness-exercise/workouts/hula-hoop-exercise/the-routine-1">hula-hoop routine</a> when you want to target your core. You'll move side to side, front to back, bump, and even orbit. Really like this workout? Consider getting a special <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00309XR44/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00309XR44&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=PJEGB7ZM7XRYWTZ3">weighted hoop</a> for more challenge.</p> <h2>5. Deep Cleaner</h2> <p>When all else fails, clean your house and turn it into a major exercise session. Lift heavy loads of laundry, bound up staircases, do lunges as you vacuum the living room. Blast some music, scrub all those hard-to-reach places, and finish with a nice, cool shower.</p> <h2>Safer Outdoor Workouts</h2> <p>If you don't want to break your normal routine, a few modifications can make your workouts safer and more comfortable. First and foremost, watch yourself for signs of dehydration. These can include headache, dizziness, thirst, and confusion. (Related: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-tricks-to-get-you-drinking-more-water?ref=seealso">10 Tricks to Get You Drinking More Water</a>)</p> <h3>Mind the Time</h3> <p>Try exercising in the early morning or late evening hours when the sun is lowest in the sky. You'll also minimize your exposure to harmful UVA/UVB rays this way.</p> <h3>Drink Water</h3> <p>You'll want to drink water before, during, and after your workouts to avoid dehydration. If you don't like carrying a water bottle with you, try finding parks or routes that pass by water fountains. You can even stop into public buildings, like libraries or hospitals, to grab a sip.</p> <h3>Go Short</h3> <p>When the weather is overwhelming, try doing a couple quick, short workouts versus a longer one. Studies show that <a href="http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1113/jphysiol.2011.224725/full">short bursts of intense activity</a> throughout the day can have some major physiological benefits.</p> <h3>Take a Dip</h3> <p>Mix up your routine by swimming, paddling, or otherwise exercising in the water. You'll still need to mind your hydration and sun exposure, but you'll keep your cool. Water also provides lots of great resistance without impact.</p> <p><em>What's your favorite way to exercise this summer without melting?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-to-work-out-when-its-hot-outside">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/12-cheap-home-workout-hacks-for-people-with-no-equipment-and-no-room">12 Cheap Home Workout Hacks for People With No Equipment and No Room</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/get-a-great-workout-for-free-with-11-simple-moves">Get a Great Workout for Free With 11 Simple Moves</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/13-easy-ways-to-save-on-your-gym-membership">13 Easy Ways to Save on Your Gym Membership</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/14-reasons-youre-bad-at-exercising">14 Reasons You&#039;re Bad at Exercising</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-tricks-to-avoid-workout-burnout">10 Tricks to Avoid Workout Burnout</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty exercise fitness heat summer working out Wed, 12 Aug 2015 17:00:15 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1518256 at http://www.wisebread.com 18 Beauty Tips and Hacks for Summer http://www.wisebread.com/18-beauty-tips-and-hacks-for-summer <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/18-beauty-tips-and-hacks-for-summer" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_at_beach_000032786684.jpg" alt="Woman using beauty tips and hacks for summer" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>As the weather heats up, your beauty routine might need a few tweaks to continue working for you. Hot temperatures and higher humidity, as well as fun summer activities, can affect your skin, hair, and body. Check out these beauty tips and hacks for the summer.</p> <h2>1. Double Cleanse</h2> <p>The sweat, salt, and sunscreen that accumulate on your skin in the summer can wreak havoc on your complexion. You may need to up your cleansing game in order to keep pores clean. If you haven't tried double cleansing yet, now's a great time to start. In the evening only, cleanse first with an oil-based cleanser (like <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000WN6N56/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000WN6N56&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=JYULARUFJMWX5SE7">Clinique's Take the Day Off Balm</a>), and then with a gentle gel or foam cleanser (try <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00I4BUV06/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00I4BUV06&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=LN4P4J2K6IALEVH7">Hada Labo Tokyo Hydrating Cleanser</a>). The oil cleanser will get the gunk out of your pores, and the second cleanser will remove any remaining oil or grime, making your face a fresh canvas for moisturizing.</p> <h2>2. Exfoliate and Moisturize Your Body</h2> <p>With swimsuit weather upon us, you want all that visible skin to be smooth and flawless, right? Once a week, try using a sugar body scrub or an exfoliating cloth (try <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000CSDDDG/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000CSDDDG&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=FG3M3VSR55ZEOZRF">Salux cloths</a> for a cheap but effective option), and be sure to moisturize afterwards.</p> <p>For super soft skin, try first slathering on an aloe gel (put it in the fridge first for a refreshing boost), and then a layer of body lotion or cream, like <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001V9SXXU/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B001V9SXXU&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=W4V4ERHMDPE7LXHX">Cerave Moisturizing Cream</a>. Farewell, alligator skin!</p> <h2>3. Protect Yourself From the Sun</h2> <p>You know you should be wearing sunscreen daily during the summer, especially since the sun's rays account for <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2467385/Suns-UV-rays-account-80-cent-skin-wrinkles-ageing.html">80% of wrinkles and visible aging</a>, but did you know that you should be reapplying every two hours? The active ingredients in sunscreens break down with sun exposure, or can get rubbed or sweated off, so be sure to slather it on frequently. Also, with the UV index being so much higher in the summer, wear a broad spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 30.</p> <p>It can be a pain to reapply sunscreen, especially if you're also wearing makeup. Consider wearing a tinted sunscreen instead, like <a href="http://www.target.com/p/bare-republic-mineral-tinted-face-sunscreen-lotion-spf-30-1-7-oz/-/A-16576944">Bare Republic Mineral Tinted Face Sunscreen SPF 30</a> or <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003O7IBUW/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B003O7IBUW&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=GCJEXUKHHEXZ26TO">Aveeno Positively Radiant CC Cream With Sunscreen</a>, to make reapplying easier.</p> <h2>4. Check Your Sunscreen's Expiration Date</h2> <p>My husband recently went surfing and used an old sunscreen that his friend had found in a closet somewhere. Who knows how old it was. Although he slathered it on and waited the appropriate time before going in the water, he still got bright red within less than two hours. The compounds in sunscreens break down over time, especially in heat and light, so be sure you're using a fresh bottle.</p> <h2>5. Cool Down With a Mist</h2> <p>One of my favorite ways to refresh and cool down during the summer is to spritz myself with a fine facial mist. It not only cools me down, it also delivers extra moisture to my dehydrated skin .</p> <p>To control oil in the middle of the day without disturbing your makeup, try spraying your face with a facial mist (like <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00097HRJG/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00097HRJG&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=DEANUYWR7CCAT6MJ">Caudalie Grape Water</a> or <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B011W2JAR8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B011W2JAR8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=G2IFEWC4G3MKXFPD">First Aid Beauty Vitamin Hydrating Mist</a>), and then blotting gently with oil blotting paper.</p> <h2>6. Protect Your Hair Before Swimming</h2> <p>Chlorine can do a number on your hair, leaving it dry, stripped, and lifeless. Protect your hair before going in the pool by massaging leave-in conditioner or a natural oil into your hair (coconut oil works well and is cheap). This will repel the water and prevent your hair from getting dried out. If you don't have time to prep your hair, wetting your locks in the shower and tying up your hair before going in the pool will help it to absorb fewer chemicals. Be sure to shampoo your hair after swimming to remove the chlorine.</p> <h2>7. Switch to a Gel Moisturizer</h2> <p>Warmer temperatures day and night mean that you might not need a heavy moisturizer during the summer. If your usual cream is making your skin feel greasy or weighed down, try switching to a lightweight gel moisturizer such as <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00NR1YQK4/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00NR1YQK4&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=KU5H5NI6JBGVRQNN">Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel</a>. Don't skip the moisturizer entirely, though &mdash; that's a surefire way to dehydrate your skin.</p> <h2>8. Drink Lots of Water</h2> <p>It goes without saying that you should be drinking lots of water during the hot weather, but an added side benefit of staying hydrated is that your skin will stay brighter and more glowy. Keep a bottle of water handy for on-the-go hydration &mdash; for the sake of both your skin and your health.</p> <h2>9. Switch to Cream Blush and Waterproof Eyeliner</h2> <p>Powder blushes wear off quickly when you're swimming and sweating, so in the summer, consider switching to a cream blush, which have better staying power. Plus, who wants to fuss with a compact and brush when you're having fun in the sun? Apply cream blush with your fingertips, blend, and go!</p> <p>Similarly, you may have to switch your eyeliner to a waterproof formula to prevent it from sliding off your lids. Be sure you have a good eye makeup remover to take it off without scrubbing.</p> <h2>10. Wear a Big Hat</h2> <p>Even the best of us forget to reapply sunscreen, so your next line of defense is a wide-brimmed hat (preferably a crushable one that you can throw into your beach tote). Not only does sun damage cause skin cancer and the majority of visible aging, but it can also cause discoloration and uneven skin tone (and I'm talking about big sun spots, not just cute little freckles). Wear a hat during the hottest part of the day, and your skin will thank you many years down the road.</p> <h2>11. Fake a Tan</h2> <p>With the sunscreen and big hats that you'll be wearing, how will you get that sun-kissed glow? Well, chances are you'll still tan slightly even while wearing sunscreen, but if you want an even, more bronzed look, self-tanner and bronzer are ways to deepen the color of your skin without damaging it or increasing your risk of skin cancer.</p> <h2>12. Invest in Makeup Removing Wipes</h2> <p>Late nights and fireside chats on the beach may end with you falling into bed without washing your face. Minimize the damage by using a makeup removing wipe before bed (keep them on your bedside table, so you'll have no excuse). Bonus if you also keep a moisturizer by your bed to use after you wipe.</p> <h2>13. Lay Off the Acids and Retinoids</h2> <p>AHAs (alpha hydroxy acids) such as glycolic acid can make your skin more photosensitive, as can retinol, an ingredient commonly used in anti-aging products. They can exacerbate hyperpigmentation, melasma, and skin discoloration caused by the sun, and can cause you to burn more easily. Check your products for these ingredients and use them only at night, if at all. If you do use them (even only at night), be sure to wear a good facial sunscreen during the day, as AHAs and retinoids can be photosensitizing up to a week after you use them.</p> <h2>14. Shampoo Less Frequently</h2> <p>Shampooing frequently can strip your hair of its natural oils. When combined with UV damage, chlorine, and other environmental stressors, it's a recipe for straw-dry hair. You can go longer between shampoos if you use a dry shampoo to absorb the excess oil. You can also rinse your hair with warm water between shampoos to rinse away excess dirt and grease without fully stripping your hair.</p> <p>When you do shampoo, use a gentle sulfate-free shampoo that won't be as drying and stripping as harsher shampoos (I actually shampoo my hair with <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003YMJJSK/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B003YMJJSK&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=JZCOG57U5COF7YCI">Cerave Foaming Facial Cleanser</a>, a gentle, pH-balanced cleanser meant for the face, which sounds crazy, but my hair has never been healthier and most importantly, my scalp doesn't itch).</p> <h2>15. Avoid Silicone Hair Products</h2> <p>Many hair products, from conditioners to styling products, contain silicone, which coats the strands of hair giving them a temporary smoothing effect. The problem is, silicone also prevents hydrating products from penetrating your hair, leading to dryness. They also attract dirt and make your hair feel greasy, and require a strong shampoo to remove.</p> <p>Consider giving your hair a break by using a silicone-free conditioner. I like the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00FVSBOE2/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00FVSBOE2&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=Q2XUH6HQA2IN6EL4">Honest Co. Conditioner</a>, which contains natural oils and makes my hair super soft without weighing it down. <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0097OXE4O/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0097OXE4O&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=LXUH24B4I6SBH7UN">Shea Moisture</a> and <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002IJKV8C/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B002IJKV8C&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=W2WMT6S3UAGH7MAP">Living Proof</a> conditioners are also silicone free.</p> <h2>16. Use a Primer</h2> <p>Summer is prime time (har har) to use a primer that will keep your makeup from sliding off your face. It will also help to fill in pores and fine lines so you can get that flawless look without having to pile on the makeup. I'm personally partial to <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004AJYOT0/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B004AJYOT0&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=Y6TOJ466FQ5C7IGW">Smashbox Photo Finish Primer</a>.</p> <h2>17. Skip the Foundation</h2> <p>The last thing you want to worry about during summer R&amp;R is a thick layer of foundation dripping off your face. Lighten up your makeup by using a BB cream, (I like <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004WO9EDY/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B004WO9EDY&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=XACSMZQJRU6ZJM6X">Dr. Jart+ Premium</a>) which combines moisturizer, SPF, and a light foundation in one. If you want to go even lighter, CC creams are designed to even out your complexion without weighing down your skin (try <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00JLCSI8E/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00JLCSI8E&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=7G5ZUDA6Y57F5LDP">Peter Thomas Roth CC Cream</a> in your correct shade). You can also use a tinted moisturizer or sunscreen for a bit of coverage, or go bare-faced with just touches of concealer and blush.</p> <h2>18. Cool Down With DIY Beauty Treatments</h2> <p>Try a yogurt/honey face mask to soothe a sunburn: blend together half a cup each of whole milk yogurt and honey and slather all over your face. Put your tub of aloe gel in the fridge so it will be nice and cold when you need it. Slice a cool cucumber into rounds and place them on your skin (especially your eyes). Rinse your face with brewed and cooled camomile or green tea to refresh and calm your skin. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-homemade-beauty-treatments-that-actually-work?ref=seealso">7 Homemade Beauty Treatments That Actually Work</a>)</p> <p><em>How do you change your beauty routine for the summer?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/camilla-cheung">Camilla Cheung</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/18-beauty-tips-and-hacks-for-summer">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-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/5-ways-to-work-out-when-its-hot-outside">5 Ways to Work Out When It&#039;s Hot Outside</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/can-beauty-be-this-basic">Can Beauty Be THIS Basic?</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/quick-and-dirty-skin-care-for-men-how-grandpa-used-to-do-it">Quick and Dirty Skin Care for Men: How Grandpa Used to Do It</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/12-easy-ways-to-save-on-common-beauty-buys">12 Easy Ways to Save on Common Beauty Buys</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/22-cheap-ways-to-keep-cool-during-the-hottest-month-of-the-year">22 Cheap Ways to Keep Cool During the Hottest Month of the Year</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty cosmetics hair care heat outdoors skin care summer sun Mon, 10 Aug 2015 15:00:19 +0000 Camilla Cheung 1514274 at http://www.wisebread.com 15 Free Ways to Spend Your Summer http://www.wisebread.com/15-free-ways-to-spend-your-summer <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/15-free-ways-to-spend-your-summer" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/friends_beach_day_000039107184.jpg" alt="Friends finding free ways to spend the summer" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>As the temperatures rise, many people feel that their spending needs to as well. However, with so many great outdoor options available, there is no reason that you should have to spend any extra money during the season. That's why we've found some of the best ways to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/31-delicious-ways-to-enjoy-your-summer-veggies">enjoy your summer</a>, without spending a dime.</p> <h2>1. Explore Your Neighborhood</h2> <p>The weather and time of year is perfect to explore your neighborhood so you know exactly what it has to offer. There may even be free walking tours of your city, so check your city's event calendar. Whenever you're exploring the great outdoors, don't forget to slather on the sunscreen to protect your skin and face from sun damage.</p> <h2>2. Look for Free Events</h2> <p>Museums and art galleries tend to offer free tickets on certain days of the summer, so check your community calendar to see if they will be hosting any free events. You may even be able to find a free comedy show or open mic night near you for endless free entertainment.</p> <h2>3. Look for Free Factory Tours</h2> <p>Many restaurants, toy stores, breweries, candy factories, and other factories will offer <a href="http://factorytoursusa.com/">free tours</a>, so find out what's available in your area. This can be a fun, educational experience for the whole family.</p> <h2>4. Get Creative</h2> <p>Maybe you have an inner artist or writer in you? There's no better time than now to explore your creative side. Find paper, pens, colored pencils, and whatever else you may have around the house to draw, paint, sculpt, write, and let your creative juices flow. This may also be the perfect time to explore photography and discover what types of photos you can master. Give yourself a photography challenge every day to improve your skills in no time.</p> <h2>5. Take Advantage of Outdoor Activities</h2> <p>If you live near a park, check their upcoming events calendar to find out which free events will be available to you. There may be free food festivals, film festivals, concerts, plays, and other events at your local park or nearby. You can also visit any of the <a href="http://www.nps.gov/index.htm">400+ national parks</a>, many with free admission days.</p> <h2>6. Go to the Beach</h2> <p>Going to the beach is one of the best free activities. You can enjoy all the beach activities, the sun, and the endless people watching, all without spending anything.</p> <h2>7. Get Sporty</h2> <p>Outdoor activities like camping, hiking, volleyball, fishing, biking, boating, surfing, swimming, gardening, and other outdoor sports are all great ways to spend your summer days and won't cost anything. As an added benefit, you can also lose weight and tone your body, all while having fun outside.</p> <h2>8. Host a Party</h2> <p>If you've never hosted a party, summer is the perfect time to practice before the holidays roll around. Plan an outdoor barbeque, a pool party, or an indoor gathering to beat the heat.</p> <h2>9. Host a Clothing Swap</h2> <p>A clothing swap is a great way to clean out your closet, add items to your wardrobe, and bond with your favorite people. You can trade unwanted clothing with your friends and family, and can even throw in a potluck where everyone can bring one of their favorite recipes.</p> <h2>10. Relax With a Good Book</h2> <p>Just because you don't need to worry about studying and homework over the summer doesn't mean you can't enjoy a good book. Spend some time working on your tan while reading a new bestseller. This is the best way to relax and expand your mind at the same time. Visit your local library to rent books, ebooks, audiobooks, and DVDs. Your library may also offer free events that you can take part in, so make sure to check their upcoming calendar.</p> <h2>11. Improve Your Cooking Skills</h2> <p>If you've wanted to master the art of the perfect burger, then there's no better time to hone in on your cooking skills than now. Learn to make homemade ice cream and you'll have the most visited house on the block all summer.</p> <h2>12. Take up a New Hobby</h2> <p>Experiment with new hobbies or perfect your talents. Take up an instrument, learn a new language, or train your body to complete a marathon.</p> <h2>13. Work on Your Fitness</h2> <p>Now is also a great time to get into shape. If you aren't in beach body shape yet, it's never too late. By working up a sweat, you'll look better, feel better, and help release harmful toxins from the body.</p> <h2>14. Volunteer</h2> <p>Volunteering your time can be very rewarding, help others, and provide a fun experience. You can also meet new people and feel good knowing that you helped contribute to your community. You can even think outside of the box and do things like cleaning up trash at your local park. Not only will it help your community, but it can also provide a great example for your children.</p> <h2>15. Pamper Yourself</h2> <p>What better way to relax on a hot day than by giving yourself an at-home spa day? You can enjoy a mask, manicure, pedicure, and whatever else you find relaxing, without paying someone else to do it for you. You can even ask your spouse to give you a massage to complete your relaxing day. You can also just relax in a hot bath, jacuzzi, or pool. Whatever it takes to leave you feeling refreshed and relaxed, you deserve to be pampered. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-spa-treatments-you-can-do-at-home?ref=seealso">10 Spa Treatments You Can Do at Home</a>)</p> <p><em>How do you get the most out of your summer? Please share your thoughts in the comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-cannon">Andrea Cannon</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-free-ways-to-spend-your-summer">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-6"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/frugal-fourth-of-july-party-ideas">Frugal Fourth of July Party Ideas</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-old-school-things-that-make-summer-summer">10 Old-School Things That Make Summer SUMMER!</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/16-everyday-things-you-shouldnt-be-paying-for">16 Everyday Things You Shouldn&#039;t Be Paying For</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-much-should-you-actually-be-spending-on-a-date">How Much Should You Actually Be Spending on a Date?</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/50-ways-to-have-free-outdoor-fun">50+ Ways to Have Free Outdoor Fun</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment Lifestyle activities exploring freebies having fun summer Mon, 03 Aug 2015 15:00:15 +0000 Andrea Cannon 1507471 at http://www.wisebread.com 22 Cheap Ways to Keep Cool During the Hottest Month of the Year http://www.wisebread.com/22-cheap-ways-to-keep-cool-during-the-hottest-month-of-the-year <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/22-cheap-ways-to-keep-cool-during-the-hottest-month-of-the-year" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/friends_summer_drive_000061858874.jpg" alt="Friends finding cheap ways to keep cool during summer months" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>When the mercury rises, employ these <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-cheap-fun-things-to-do-this-summer">cheap cooling tactics</a> to effectively beat the heat.</p> <h2>1. Black Out Your Home Windows</h2> <p>First semester of my freshman year of college, I only had two days of classes. Yep, my full schedule was packed into Tuesdays and Thursdays, which left me with five days a week to get recreationally stupid. As a result of my nocturnal lifestyle, I had to black out my windows with sheets to keep out the sunlight so I could get a good day's sleep. In turn, the room always stayed cool enough for my liking despite not having an air conditioner in the room.</p> <h2>2. Plan River, Lake, or Beach Activities</h2> <p>One of my favorite summertime activities is river tubing. Pack a cooler full of drinks and snacks, charge the waterproof music player, and laze on an inner tube as you float down the river. In lieu of tubes, which, if you don't already have them or the ability to rent them on the cheap, can be pricey to purchase, just hang out in the river without mobile accessories. I did this once on the James River in Richmond and had a blast.</p> <h2>3. Put Washcloths in the Cooler</h2> <p>A friend of mine who used to play softball in the summer said that her team would put washcloths in the cooler with the ice and drinks, and pull them out between innings to place on their necks, faces, and wrists.</p> <h2>4. Carry a Personal Mister</h2> <p>You can fill a simple spray bottle with water to squirt on yourself from time to time, but since this is the future I prefer the battery or solar-operated fan misters that do all that exhausting work for me.</p> <h2>5. Eat a Frozen Treat</h2> <p>Take your pick from popsicles, snow cones, shave ice, and other flavored frozen-water treats to cool down. If you're from Baltimore (like I am), you already know that a snowball (preferably with marshmallow on top) will do the trick, and the rest of you should be so lucky.</p> <h2>6. See a Discount Movie</h2> <p>If it's a scorcher outside, see what's playing at your local discount theater. Or, if you go early enough in the day, you can catch a cheap matinee at a first-run theater. In fact, some theaters are so cold that I have to bring a blanket to find my comfort zone. Smuggle in some snacks and enjoy a couple hours of inexpensive entertainment.</p> <h2>7. Sleep With Ice Packs in Your Bed</h2> <p>I had never heard of this tactic before one of my friends said her husband takes ice packs to bed with him when it's too warm at night. After additional research, I found that it's actually not that uncommon. Place the packs in your pillowcase and under the sheets to avoid frostbite from prolonged contact with bare skin.</p> <h2>8. Spend Time at the Gym</h2> <p>You don't have to kill yourself at the gym on sweltering sunny day. Instead, put that membership to good use while enjoying a light workout and the air conditioning.</p> <h2>9. Go Ice Skating</h2> <p>Ice skating isn't just a winter activity. Rinks are quite popular during the summer, especially for those with kids. You'll need to rent skates unless you already have them, but you can generally enjoy this activity for under $15.</p> <h2>10. Put Your Underwear in the Freezer</h2> <p>Channel your inner Marilyn Monroe a la <em>The Seven Year Itch</em> and put your skivvies in the deep freeze before slipping them on.</p> <h2>11. Drape a Wet Towel Over a Fan</h2> <p>Otherwise known as a &quot;swamp cooler&quot; as one of my friends calls it, this method helps blow cool air around the room via evaporated water. An oldie but a goodie.</p> <h2>12. Take a Dip in a Pool</h2> <p>Obviously a no-brainer. If you don't have access to a pool via friends or family, pick up a kiddie version at a nearby discount store or use your area's public or hotel pools. I prefer the latter for an afternoon of maxin' <em>and</em> relaxin'.</p> <h2>13. Read Books and Magazines at the Library</h2> <p>So many of us get most of our information online that we've all but forgotten our public libraries. But on a hot day, it's helpful to remember that it contains hours of entertainment &mdash; as well as free air conditioning.</p> <h2>14. Douse Yourself With Cold Water</h2> <p>A cold shower, a spray with the hose, or a bucket of ice water over your head &mdash; however you want to get frigid in a flash is up to you.</p> <h2>15. Keep Beauty Products in the Fridge</h2> <p>A couple friends mentioned this tip when I asked for ways they cool down on hot days. Beauty items to consider putting in the fridge include cold cream, toner, eye drops, aftershave, and perfume and cologne.</p> <h2>16. Add Peppermint Oil to Your Shampoo</h2> <p>I totally love shampoos that contain some kind of mint oil. It makes my head feel cool and refreshed, which is particular invigorating on a sweaty day.</p> <h2>17. Play Backyard Water Games</h2> <p>Act like a kid again with a slip-and-slide, sprinkler set up, water gun battle, or water balloon fight.</p> <h2>18. Hang Out at Home Naked</h2> <p>So long as you're not offending anyone else, it's your undeniable American right to chill out in the buff if that's how you like it.</p> <h2>19. Create a Cross-Breeze at Home</h2> <p>Open windows on both ends of the house to ensure a nice cross-breeze is flowing to speed up the cooling process.</p> <h2>20. Take Advantage of Natural Light</h2> <p>It may not seem like much, but your lights are contributing to the heat in your home in the summer. Flip the switch and use the natural light from outdoors until the sun goes down.</p> <h2>21. Sprinkle Talcum or Baby Powder on Your Sheets</h2> <p>Not only will these powders help cool the body and absorb the sweat, but they'll make your sheets smell nice too.</p> <h2>22. Stock the Fridge With Fresh Produce</h2> <p>We tend to eat more fresh, raw produce in the summer because it gives us a feeling of cooling down when consumed. Personally I love watermelon, in particular, but oranges and sugar snap peas also are high on my list. Stock your fridge with what you like to beat the heat and stay healthy.</p> <p><em>What cheap ways do you cool down in the summer? Tell me some of your tips in the comments below.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/22-cheap-ways-to-keep-cool-during-the-hottest-month-of-the-year">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-7"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/18-beauty-tips-and-hacks-for-summer">18 Beauty Tips and Hacks for Summer</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/chill-your-sunscreen-and-25-other-beach-trip-hacks">Chill Your Sunscreen and 25 Other Beach Trip Hacks</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/a-diy-air-conditioner-and-14-other-cool-camping-hacks">A DIY Air Conditioner and 14 Other Cool Camping Hacks</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-ways-to-work-out-when-its-hot-outside">5 Ways to Work Out When It&#039;s Hot Outside</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/20-hiking-hacks-to-take-to-the-trail-this-summer">20 Hiking Hacks to Take to the Trail This Summer</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Life Hacks august heat july keeping cool outdoors summer Mon, 27 Jul 2015 17:00:15 +0000 Mikey Rox 1500719 at http://www.wisebread.com 20 Cheap Fun Things to Do With Kids This Weekend http://www.wisebread.com/20-cheap-fun-things-to-do-with-kids-this-weekend <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/20-cheap-fun-things-to-do-with-kids-this-weekend" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/kids_summer_water_balloon_fight_000062702582.jpg" alt="Kids paticipating in cheap summer activities this weekend" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>School's out for summer for a few more weeks, which means <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-get-a-good-workout-even-with-kids-around">the kids</a> are about to tear your house apart in three&hellip; two&hellip; one. Unless, of course, you help them channel that boundless energy elsewhere with these cheap or free things to do with kids this weekend.</p> <h2>1. Investigate Summer Programs at Your Local Library</h2> <p>Believe it or not, your local library still exists &mdash; and it probably has a whole calendar of activities planned for the summer. Pop in on your ride home from work one day to pick up a schedule to see what programs your kid might like.</p> <h2>2. Take a Hike on Nearby Trails to Search for Wildlife</h2> <p>Even if you live in a big city like I do, you can find well-worn hiking trail that provides a bit of the great outdoors without going too far from civilization. On this hike, let the kids take a camera so they can capture the various wildlife and insects they might encounter along the way.</p> <h2>3. Set Off on a Playground Hopping Adventure</h2> <p>Take that bar-hopping concept you know so well, apply it to playgrounds, and you've got yourself a lively afternoon of exercise for the kids and a bit of bench relaxing for yourself.</p> <h2>4. Visit a Nearby Transportation Hub and Watch the Vehicles</h2> <p>When I was a kid, my grandparents would take me to all kinds of places to watch various kinds of transportation. We'd sit outside of airports to watch planes take off and land, hang out in Baltimore's Inner Harbor to watch the boats, or spend a couple hours at the B&amp;O Railroad Museum learning about old trains and even taking a quick ride on one. Even though those examples are specific to my childhood, you can likely find some version of these activities in your neck of the woods that'll create lifetime memories for your brood.</p> <h2>5. Splash Around in a Public Fountain on a Hot Day</h2> <p>This is equally as fun for the kids as it is for parents &mdash; if the fountain allows adults to participate. A few summers ago I spent a hot day in Boston and headed straight for the Copley Square Fountain. I had a blast, and it looked like all the ankle-biters did too. Do a quick search online to see what your area has to offer.</p> <h2>6. Head to Your Local Lanes for Free Bowling</h2> <p>For several years now,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.kidsbowlfree.com/">KidsBowlFree</a> has offered free bowling for kids at participating centers during the summer. It's actually a fairly generous program, which allows two hours of bowling per day per child. That's not to suggest that you should shuffle your kids off to the local alley every day to get them out of your hair, but, you know, when you've had enough it's not a bad way to let them wear themselves out.</p> <h2>7. Pop Into Your Town Cineplex for Low or No-Cost Movies</h2> <p>Legit &mdash; I kind of want to have a child (or at least borrow one part time in the summer) so I can take advantage of the low and no-cost movies available to kids and their parents. Lots of theaters &mdash; most national chains, actually &mdash; participate in this <a href="http://freebies.about.com/od/familyactivities/tp/free-summer-movies.htm">freebie program</a>, and the screenings are titles in which your kids will definitely be interested. Find these cheap or free screenings at theater near you.</p> <h2>8. Beat the Heat at an Indoor Play Area at a Nearby Mall</h2> <p>Too hot outside? Let your kids burn off a few dozen summer junk food calories at the play area at the local mall. These areas are mostly for toddlers, so if you've got big kids give 'em a few bucks for a matinee or the food court so they can do their own thing.</p> <h2>9. Catch a Major or Minor League Baseball Game</h2> <p>One of my all-time favorite summer activities as a kid &mdash; and even now as an adult &mdash; is spending a few hours at the ballpark. Most MLB teams have inexpensive kids' tickets (or free tickets for kids younger than a certain age), and the price is even more affordable to watch MiLB in action. Wise Bread has more tips for <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/a-complete-guide-to-saving-at-americas-baseball-stadiums">saving at America's baseball stadiums</a>.</p> <h2>10. Check the Air Show Schedule to Find One Near You</h2> <p>If you want more of a spectacle than watching airplanes take off and land at your nearby airport, find an air show in your area. These stunt flyers are sure to impress, and it's honest-to-goodness fun for the whole family. This&nbsp;<a href="http://www.airshows.aero/Page/ASCalendar">air-show calendar</a> will help you plan your trip.</p> <h2>11. Find a Fun Pool for Refreshing Playtime</h2> <p>Most neighborhoods have a public pool for the kids to cool off in during the summer months. If that's not an option, perhaps you have a friend or family member who's lucky enough to have a pool in their backyard and willing to let you use it.</p> <h2>12. Pack a Picnic and Enjoy it on the Beach</h2> <p>Beaches &mdash; both along the ocean or surrounding a lake &mdash; offer hours and hours of fun. Bring along all the sand essentials &mdash; shovels, pails, boogie boards, sunscreen &mdash; and let the kids run wild. Pack a picnic with their favorite lunch foods to keep them satiated and out of your hair.</p> <h2>13. Set Up Water Games in the Backyard</h2> <p>When splashing around in a pool isn't an option, get creative with backyard water fun. Turn on the sprinklers, set up a slip-and-slide apparatus, or have a water balloon battle. There are lots of great ways to get wet and have fun without ever leaving home.</p> <h2>14. Invite Your Kids' Friends Over for Crafts and Snacks</h2> <p>There's hot and then there's too hot, so it's not a bad idea to have a plan B if the temps outside are too much for your little ones to handle. On days like this, invite over your kids' friends, set up a couple craft projects, and serve a few snacks so everyone can stay occupied, creative, and cool.</p> <h2>15. Break Out the Board Games on a Rainy Day</h2> <p>You can almost bet that when the weather is unbearably hot, there's a storm a-brewin' to break the heat. When the skies open up, hunker down and introduce your kids to a few of your favorite childhood games that don't require batteries, plugs, or controllers.</p> <h2>16. Look Into What's Happening in Your Neighborhood Park</h2> <p>All the open space should be put to good use, and most areas take great advantage of its green space. Visit your town's website or stop by your local library or town hall to browse a calendar of what's coming up that your kids might like.</p> <h2>17. Visit Some of the Free Attractions Your Town Has to Offer</h2> <p>Do you know what's fun and free in your town? You may think that there's nothing to do that doesn't cost anything, but I can assure you there is. Dig into the Internet to find these special spots that'll entertain the kids while saving you dough.</p> <h2>18. Go on a Mini-Excursion to a Nearby Town You've Never Been</h2> <p>I love to explore, and sometimes I hop in the car with a friend and we visit a not-too-far-away town we've never been to check out the shops, have lunch, and just hang out. Kids can enjoy these mini-getaways too with advanced planning to find things to do that complement their interests.</p> <h2>19. Visit Your Local Retailers' Websites for Cheap Activities and Workshops</h2> <p>A few major retailers (and probably some of your mom-and-pop shops, too) understand that it's a full-time job trying to keep your kids occupied and out of trouble while school's out for summer. That's why they offer classes and workshops for kids to keep their little heads thinking and hands moving.&nbsp;<a href="http://workshops.homedepot.com/workshops/kids-workshops">Home Depot</a> and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.michaels.com/classes-and-events/classesandevents">Michaels craft stores</a> are chief among the retailers that host these type of events, but you can find a bevy of <a href="http://freebies.about.com/od/freestuffforkids/tp/classes-for-kids.htm">more free classes</a>.</p> <h2>20. Put Together a Backyard Campout</h2> <p>Save yourself all that hassle of packing and lugging your camping gear around this summer by setting up a campout in the backyard. The kids will have a blast because they can invite over a few of their friends to join in the fun, and you can rest a little easier since you'll have all the modern convenience of home to pull it off without a hitch. Ghost stories and s'mores will be required.</p> <p><em>Have any other cheap fun things for kids to do this summer? Let us know in the comments below.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-cheap-fun-things-to-do-with-kids-this-weekend">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-8"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-awesomely-fun-toys-you-can-diy">15 Awesomely Fun Toys You Can DIY</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-amazing-board-games-you-can-diy">8 Amazing Board Games You Can DIY</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/14-free-or-cheap-toys-that-will-make-your-kid-smarter">14 Free or Cheap Toys That Will Make Your Kid Smarter</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/does-your-kid-need-an-ira">Does Your Kid Need an IRA?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-lessons-that-teach-your-kid-to-be-their-own-boss">5 Lessons That Teach Your Kid to Be Their Own Boss</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment Family cheap fun kids low-cost playing summer Fri, 17 Jul 2015 09:00:10 +0000 Mikey Rox 1486789 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Reasons You Should Be Grilling on Gas http://www.wisebread.com/10-reasons-you-should-be-grilling-on-gas <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-reasons-you-should-be-grilling-on-gas" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/grill_bbq_000003827380.jpg" alt="Why you should be grilling on gas" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>There are few things more enjoyable than firing up a few burgers and brats on the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-delicious-breakfast-dishes-for-your-grill">backyard grill</a>. This time of year, I'm out back grilling almost every night. And while the battle over gas or charcoal may never officially be settled, I'm here to lend my support to the power of propane.</p> <p>Here are ten of the reasons I choose gas over charcoal.</p> <h2>1. It's Better for the Earth</h2> <p>While it's true that gas is a fossil fuel and charcoal is a renewable resource, the burning of charcoal produces a much larger carbon footprint than gas. A 2003 study from the Oak Ridge National Laboratory said using a gas grill for an hour emits about <a href="http://web.ornl.gov/ornlhome/print/press_release_print.cfm?ReleaseNumber=mr20030703-00">5.6 pounds of carbon dioxide</a>, whereas a charcoal grill produces 11 pounds. In theory, you could reduce the charcoal footprint by using pure lump charcoal instead of common briquettes, but acquiring those coals may require shipping, thus offsetting any reduction in carbon footprint.</p> <h2>2. It's Easier to Get the Temperature Correct</h2> <p>If you want to cook your food at a specific temperature, you'll have an easier time using gas. Charcoal is less predictable, and it's hard to adjust the temperature to accommodate different kinds of food. (Steaks may like a super-hot grill, while veggies might cook best with a medium heat, for example.) Stick with gas, and you'll spend less time fiddling with your grill and more time enjoying your adult beverage.</p> <h2>3. It Gets Plenty Hot Enough</h2> <p>Briquette supporters will rightly point out that charcoal grills can get considerably hotter than gas grills. But how hot do you really need your grill to get? My gas grill easily gets above 500 degrees, which is hot enough for anything I cook. Remember: you're cooking steaks, not firing pottery.</p> <h2>4. It's Faster</h2> <p>It can take up to 20 minutes for a charcoal grill to get hot, while gas grills can usually get up to 400 degrees in no time. That's good for when it's weeknight, you just got off work, and the kids are clamoring for their dinner. Quicker food means a happier family.</p> <h2>5. It's More Versatile Than You Think</h2> <p>Charcoal supporters will argue that you can produce wider range of flavors using coals over gas. But really, this is nonsense; coals do not impart any flavor. You might get a better char on your meat from charcoal, but I've had great success creating good char on my food just by cranking the heat and experimenting with various direct and indirect cooking techniques. Smoker boxes placed on a gas grill allow you to infuse your food with flavor from wood or coal shavings. You'd be surprised with what you can accomplish.</p> <h2>6. It's Less Expensive</h2> <p>I can refill my propane tank at a local general store for less than $20, and it lasts me most of the summer. You can only get two bags of charcoal for that price, and you'll still need to buy lighter fluid. The lower cost of the fuel more than offsets the higher price of gas grills if you do a decent amount of grilling.</p> <h2>7. It's Cleaner</h2> <p>I've come home and fired up burgers on my gas grill while still wearing a shirt and tie. Try doing that with charcoal. Overall, gas grills don't require as much cleanup after cooking due to the lack of leftover ash, and there are no black coals to handle.</p> <h2>8. Big Parties Are Much Easier</h2> <p>As long as you have a full propane tank, you can cook for hours on a gas grill. It's perfect for when you have 50 people over for a Father's Day picnic. With charcoal, you'll have to change the coals out after a certain point as the heat dies down.</p> <h2>9. You Can Cook in Almost Any Weather</h2> <p>It's very hard &mdash; and perhaps unsafe &mdash; to cook on a charcoal grill when it's very windy. And charcoal grilling in the rain is a challenge. But I've used my gas grill in all kinds of weather (including snow!) The gas stream allows flames to remain consistent and are generally unbothered by outside elements.</p> <h2>10. It's Less Deadly</h2> <p>The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reported that between 2005 and 2009, charcoal grills led to an average of <a href="http://www.nfpa.org/research/reports-and-statistics/fire-causes/appliances-and-equipment/cooking-equipment">eight deaths annually</a> from carbon monoxide poisoning. Gas grills, meanwhile, caused fewer than one death per year.</p> <p><em>Are you a gas devotee or a diehard charcoal-er? Let us know in the comments.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/tim-lemke">Tim Lemke</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-reasons-you-should-be-grilling-on-gas">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-9"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-delicious-early-summer-recipes-to-try-on-your-grill">13 Delicious Early Summer Recipes to Try on Your Grill</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-alternative-ways-to-cook-outside">8 Alternative Ways to Cook Outside</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-deliciously-affordable-meats-youll-love-grilling">7 Deliciously Affordable Meats You&#039;ll Love Grilling</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/10-barbecue-hacks-to-master-this-summer">10 Barbecue Hacks to Master This Summer</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-grilled-veggie-dishes-that-hold-their-own-with-meat">15 Grilled Veggie Dishes That Hold Their Own With Meat</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink charcoal Cooking gas grills Grilling propane summer Wed, 08 Jul 2015 17:00:19 +0000 Tim Lemke 1477311 at http://www.wisebread.com 6 Summer Party Ideas That Won't Break the Bank http://www.wisebread.com/6-summer-party-ideas-that-wont-break-the-bank <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/6-summer-party-ideas-that-wont-break-the-bank" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/friends_summer_party_000045595674.jpg" alt="Friends at a summer party that won&#039;t break the bank" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Summer is the ideal time for get-togethers. On top of holidays like Memorial Day, 4th of July, or Labor Day, we also enjoy regular weekend grill-outs, birthdays, and pool parties. It's a whole lot of fun, and throwing your own shindig can be very rewarding. The only problem is the cost &mdash; feeding, watering, and entertaining a group of people can be expensive. If you're thinking about having a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-things-you-must-do-to-throw-a-frugal-fun-backyard-party">summer party</a> (or three), check out our ideas for wallet-friendly summer festivities. They're fun for the whole family, and you can enjoy yourself without worrying about the budget.</p> <h2>1. Hot Dog Buffet</h2> <p>It's hard to beat a grill-out in the summertime, but grilling lots of meat can get pricey. Thankfully, one of the cheapest options is hot dogs, a food young and old alike love. If you don't own the necessary equipment, head to a public park with free-to-use grills and bring along cleaning tools, charcoal, and a bag to throw out your waste. Grill up a pile of hot dogs (including some veggie dogs if you have vegetarian guests) and set-up a fun buffet of toppings. Provide the usual ketchup, mustard, and relish, and set out other options like sauerkraut, crushed potato chips, chili, cheese, guacamole, onions, and salsa. Have everyone bring a side, drink, or topping to share, and you'll be able to provide an impressive and fun spread without breaking the bank.</p> <h2>2. Ice Cream Social</h2> <p>Nothing tastes better than an ice cream cone on a summer afternoon. Gather your friends and family for an ice cream social, and you're sure to have a sweet time. If any of your friends own an ice cream maker, encourage them to make their own flavor and bring a pint. Everyone can sample all of the ice creams, and no one is stuck with too much of one flavor. For those of us that don't own a maker, host a potluck-style sundae party. Ask everyone to bring a tub of ice cream and you can provide all of the toppings, or reverse it &mdash; provide all of the ice cream, while the guests bring toppings. Include fun details like sugar cones, chocolate syrup, sprinkles, whipped cream, and caramel. Kids will love making their own sundaes with all the fixings.</p> <h2>3. Afternoon of Games</h2> <p>Enjoy the warm summer weather by inviting your friends over for an afternoon of games. Having an afternoon party alleviates the need to provide a whole meal, saving a lot of cash. Set-up gaming areas in your backyard, or invite everyone to a public park. Bring blankets and folding chairs for hanging out, and have your guests supply their favorite outdoor games. Many games require little more than a ball or frisbee, but are loads of fun with big or small groups. Provide light snacks and lemonade, and enjoy playing horseshoes, bocce, foursquare, and more.</p> <h2>4. Movie Night</h2> <p>Summer blockbusters can be really fun, but going to the movie with a group adds up. Instead of making a trip to the theater, invite friends over to watch a movie for a fun nighttime party. If you or a friend owns a projector, hang a white sheet outside and have a special outdoor screening. Guests can bring their own blanket and get comfortable on the lawn. If you're showing your movie inside, make it special with lots of pillows to sit on and snuggle with, dim lighting, and popcorn and drinks. Play some movie trivia to keep the party social, or have themed nights based on the movie you're playing.</p> <h2>5. Pool Party</h2> <p>If you own a pool, then let's just stop right here. Just invite everyone over to your pool and poof! You have a party. If you live in an apartment complex with a pool, invite a small group to join you one afternoon for lounging and splashing around. Provide plastic cups and a cold drink, and maybe a pool game or two. Just be sure to abide by any pool rules for your apartment building. If you don't have access to a pool at all, then find a great public pool nearby and set a time to meet there. Have fun hanging out in the water and poolside, and go for ice cream or happy hour afterwards. Some fancy hotels offer <a href="http://laist.com/2013/09/06/where_to_get_wet_pools_water_parks.php">access to their pools</a> for free or with a purchase, and can be a fun treat for a hot day.</p> <h2>6. BYOM Cookout</h2> <p>If you'd still like to go the cookout route but want to serve more than hot dogs, have a BYOM party. Ask your guests to bring their own meat to throw on the grill, and you'll shrink your cost while making sure everyone gets the main dish they really want. Have sides and fixings ready, like coleslaw, potato salad, chips, fruit, condiments, and cold drinks. People can share their offerings and mix and match to their heart's desire, and there's sure to be some extra meat left for the host.</p> <p><em>What's your favorite frugal summer party idea?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/laurel-randolph">Laurel Randolph</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-summer-party-ideas-that-wont-break-the-bank">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-8"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-the-95-best-ways-to-get-fit-for-free">Flashback Friday: The 95 Best Ways to Get Fit for Free</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-the-60-best-ways-to-use-food-other-than-eating-it">Flashback Friday: The 60 Best Ways to Use Food Other Than Eating It</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-the-76-best-life-lessons-you-should-learn-by-30">Flashback Friday: The 76 Best Life Lessons You Should Learn by 30</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/20-freebies-for-college-students">20+ Freebies for College Students</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-things-you-do-to-save-money-that-end-up-costing-you-more">10 Things You Do to Save Money That End Up Costing You More</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living barbecue budget cheap friends party summer Fri, 03 Jul 2015 13:00:17 +0000 Laurel Randolph 1470989 at http://www.wisebread.com 13 Delicious Early Summer Recipes to Try on Your Grill http://www.wisebread.com/13-delicious-early-summer-recipes-to-try-on-your-grill <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/13-delicious-early-summer-recipes-to-try-on-your-grill" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/pizza_000062288652.jpg" alt="Pizza and other recipes to try on your grill" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>We're deep into summer, so it's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-delicious-breakfast-dishes-for-your-grill">time to get grilling</a> to soak in as many of the season's flavors as humanly possible. Whether you're a veggie-loving vegan or a meat-obsessed carnivore, there are some amazing recipes out there that will dazzle your tastebuds. Here are a few to add straight to the top of your to-make list.</p> <h2>1. Corn on the Cob</h2> <p>Chances are that you've been <a href="http://tidymom.net/2012/how-to-grill-corn-on-the-cob/">grilling corn</a> all wrong. The right way is easier than you might think. Simply soak your corn for a couple hours to overnight in their husks (this will prevent them from burning on the grill). Then gently peel back the husk and remove all the silks. You can brush corn with butter, season with salt and pepper, and even add some fresh herbs before pulling the husks back up to cover. Then grill on medium for around half an hour. Let cool for 10 minutes before serving.</p> <h2>2. Citrus Salmon</h2> <p>Add some flavor to your grilled fish by cooking it on citrus fruits. That's right! You can cook your salmon <a href="http://www.marthastewart.com/902476/grilled-fish-citrus?czone=food/best-grilling-recipes/grilling-recipes&amp;center=276943&amp;gallery=275622&amp;slide=902476">atop a layer of lemons</a> to prevent burning and infuse with delicious flavor all at the same time. You'll want your grill set to medium-high before beginning. Season fish with salt and pepper before setting it on your fruit. You can also add herbs for some extra flair. Then cook until fish is opaque, no turning necessary.</p> <h2>3. Basic Steak</h2> <p>One trick for <a href="http://livedan330.com/2013/09/07/grill-steak-like-a-pro/">better grilled steak</a> is cutting your meat into thick, one-inch slabs. Let your steaks rise to room temperature and rub with sea salt before tossing them on the preheated grill. You'll want to rotate steaks around so each one gets a chance to hit the hottest part of your grill and create those great grill marks in the process. Then use the &quot;finger test&quot; to check the doneness of your meat. The firmer it feels, the more well done it is.</p> <h2>4. Chipotle Lime Cauliflower</h2> <p>Vegans can get in on the fun with these hearty <a href="http://www.thekitchn.com/recipe-chipotle-lime-grilled-cauliflower-steaks-recipes-from-the-kitchn-204490">chipotle lime cauliflower</a> steaks. Chop each cleaned cauliflower into three or four thick cross-sections. In a small bowl, whisk together lime juice, olive oil, grated garlic, and honey or agave. In another small bowl, mix together some lime zest, paprika, chipotle, and salt. Then heat your grill, brush cauliflower with oil mixture, and sprinkle with seasonings before cooking well on each side.</p> <h2>5. Beer BBQ Tofu</h2> <p>As a long-time vegetarian, I'm surprised I've never grilled tofu outdoors. I assumed it would stick and make a mess, but this <a href="http://www.edibleperspective.com/home/2011/7/6/beer-baked-beer-grilled-beer-me.html">beer BBQ tofu</a> showed me otherwise. Cut a block of tofu into eight equal slices before pressing between clean kitchen towels to drain excess moisture. Your marinade will consist of a bottle of beer, ⅔ cup barbecue sauce, ginger, and garlic. Let tofu sit in the marinade for a couple hours before cooking on medium-high in your grill. Six to nine minutes on each side should do it.</p> <h2>6. Best-Ever Chicken</h2> <p>The key to getting the <a href="http://www.happilyunprocessed.com/2013/07/24/best-grilled-chicken-recipe/">best grilled chicken</a> ever is in the marinade. This recipe combines the flavors of Dijon mustard, apple cider vinegar, garlic, lemon and lime, brown sugar, salt, and pepper. Let the chicken rest in the flavorful mixture for around two hours in your refrigerator while you assemble other parts of your meal. Then grill the chicken on medium-high until the juices run clear.</p> <h2>7. Foil Potatoes</h2> <p>While you focus on your main course, try cooking sides in aluminum foil pockets. These <a href="http://www.food.com/recipe/grilled-parmesan-potatoes-363122">grilled Parmesan potatoes</a> turn out beautifully tender and aromatic with lots of herbs and spices. Just cube potatoes, place in a large bowl with onions and olive oil, and sprinkle with your seasonings. Fold into foil pouches and cook for 20 to 30 minutes until tender &mdash; no boiling necessary. I'd love to try this same recipe using sweet potatoes.</p> <h2>8. Grilled Cheese</h2> <p>One of my favorite grilled dinners is outdoor grilled cheese. My husband and I make this sandwich at least once a week, and we play around with different add-ins for unique flavor and texture. Take two thick slices of bread and brush them with olive oil or melted butter. Place cheese and grilled veggies or meat inside before wrapping in foil. Then place on your grill and cook on each side for around five minutes. Sandwich is done cooking when its crust is slightly golden and cheese is melted.</p> <h2>9. Stuffed Burgers</h2> <p>Try something new this summer with these amazing <a href="http://grilling24x7.com/slider.shtml">cheddar-stuffed burgers</a>. You'll grab around three ounces of ground beef (80/20) and place it in the palm of your hand. Scoop out the center to form a bowl shape, then fill will bacon, cheese, and whatever else you'd like to stuff in there. Form the meat over your fillings to create a good seal. Dash with Worcestershire before cooking on medium-high heat for 10 to 15 minutes.</p> <h2>10. Romaine Hearts</h2> <p>Have you ever grilled salad? If not, prepare yourself to be amazed. These <a href="http://www.usaweekend.com/article/20110513/FOOD04/105150317/Healthy-sizzle-600-calorie-meal-straight-off-grill-from-Cooking-Channel-s-Ellie-Krieger">grilled romaine hearts</a> keep all their crispness yet still manage to both soften and char. You'll cut the hearts in half and spray with olive oil before grilling for six minutes. Serve with a homemade Parmesan vinaigrette on the side.</p> <h2>11. Pork Tenderloin</h2> <p>This <a href="http://www.katiescucina.com/2014/08/grilled-brown-sugar-chili-pork-tenderloin">chili pork tenderloin</a> grills up fast after only five minutes of prep for a finished meal in less than half an hour. Place rinsed pork on a plate and drizzle with grapeseed oil. Then rub with a mix of brown sugar, chili powder, paprika, and cinnamon. Cook for 20 minutes &mdash; flipping halfway through &mdash; until internal temperature of the meat reaches 160 degrees Fahrenheit.</p> <h2>12. Grilled Pizza</h2> <p>Another regular course to hit my picnic table is <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/this-is-how-you-grill-pizza-at-home">grilled pizza</a>. The process can feel rather involved, but keep it simple by thinking of its separate components: Dough, sauce, and prepared toppings. Once you have everything set out to assemble your pizza, preheat your grill to high. Turn grill heat down to medium and brush grates with olive oil before you begin cooking. Quickly grill one side of your dough before placing any toppings on it. After you flip, put down a layer of cheese, then spoon out sauce (prevents the bread from getting soggy), and finish with whatever else you'd like on there. Cook only a couple minutes until crust is golden and cheese melts.</p> <h2>13. Grilled Pineapple</h2> <p>Here's a healthy side or dessert option that is also easy to make: <a href="http://www.wineandglue.com/2014/06/grilled-pineapple-cinnamon-honey-drizzle.html">grilled pineapple</a>. Cut slices of pineapple and cook them over medium heat for five to 10 minutes. They'll get those classic grill marks that look so absolutely delicious. Send this sweet treat over the edge by whisking up a honey and cinnamon sauce for the side.</p> <p><em>What's your favorite way to grill?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-delicious-early-summer-recipes-to-try-on-your-grill">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-10"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-deliciously-affordable-meats-youll-love-grilling">7 Deliciously Affordable Meats You&#039;ll Love Grilling</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-reasons-you-should-be-grilling-on-gas">10 Reasons You Should Be Grilling on Gas</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/15-grilled-veggie-dishes-that-hold-their-own-with-meat">15 Grilled Veggie Dishes That Hold Their Own With Meat</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-way-to-your-honeys-heart-is-through-the-kitchen">The Way to Your Honey&#039;s Heart Is Through the Kitchen</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/16-simple-kitchen-skills-every-frugal-person-should-master">16 Simple Kitchen Skills Every Frugal Person Should Master</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Cooking dinner Grilling recipes summer Thu, 02 Jul 2015 13:00:12 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1470950 at http://www.wisebread.com 7 Deliciously Affordable Meats You'll Love Grilling http://www.wisebread.com/7-deliciously-affordable-meats-youll-love-grilling <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-deliciously-affordable-meats-youll-love-grilling" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/friends_eating_hotdogs_000046408406.jpg" alt="Friends eating deliciously affordable meats for grilling" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Everyone loves a good cook-out in the summertime, but hosting a gathering that's centered around the consumption of lots of grilled meat can get expensive, and fast. Before you buy packs of steaks and resign yourself to peanut butter and jellies the rest of the week, consider the following affordable meats that <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-grilled-veggie-dishes-that-hold-their-own-with-meat">taste so great grilled</a>, you won't miss those pricey steaks one bit.</p> <h2>1. Chicken Thighs and Drumsticks</h2> <p>It just so happens that one of the cheapest meats to grill is also one of the best. Chicken breasts tend to dry out before they're cooked through, and can be tough and flavorless. Considerably cheaper bone-in, skin-on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-chicken-leg-and-thigh-recipes-from-around-the-world">thighs and drumsticks</a> are better at retaining their moisture and cooking evenly on the grill. On sale, they can run for less than a dollar a pound at the supermarket, making them a real cost-saver. Chicken thighs can be flavored just about any way you can think of, and taste great with a <a href="http://www.primalpalate.com/paleo-recipe/aromatic-grilled-chicken-thighs/">simple spice rub</a>. Drumsticks are equally diverse, and a simple coating of <a href="http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/grilled-lemon-oregano-chicken-drumsticks-354311">fresh lemon and herbs</a> is all you need for a delicious main dish.</p> <h2>2. Ground Beef</h2> <p>If you're buying beef for your cook-out, then things don't get much cheaper than ground chuck. Luckily, that's the prime ingredient for burgers, and who (minus vegetarians) doesn't love burgers? Make your <a href="http://www.food.com/recipe/the-perfect-burger-92021">perfect patties</a> by adding egg for moisture and cohesion, and season them well for great flavor. Get <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-delicious-and-easy-new-ways-to-top-your-burgers">creative with your toppings</a>, and take your burgers from plain to gourmet with very little extra cost.</p> <h2>3. Pork Shoulder/Boston Butt Pork Roast</h2> <p>This cut of meat might not sound like much, but it's what is commonly turned into pulled pork. The cut can cost under $2 a pound, and will feed a very happy crowd. You can make succulent <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/smoked-pork-shoulder-recipe.html">pulled pork</a> at home if you don't mind a little prep and some lazy, all-day cooking. Start your shoulder the night before with a rub, and cook it low and slow with some hickory chips. Serve it with buns and coleslaw, and you'll have your friends and family swooning.</p> <h2>4. Chicken Wings</h2> <p>The price of chicken wings often hovers at around $2 a pound, easily beating out any beef prices. Wings are also amazingly delicious grilled, and can be flavored in countless ways. Try them <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/emeril-lagasse/emeril-lagasses-grilled-vietnamese-style-chicken-wings-recipe.html">Vietnamese-style</a> with ginger and fish sauce, or classic <a href="http://www.onceuponachef.com/2014/05/grilled-chicken-wings-with-seasoned-buffalo-sauce.html">buffalo wings</a>. No matter what flavor you choose, wings make a great summer appetizer or even main dish.</p> <h2>5. Whole Turkey</h2> <p>Turkey doesn't have to be relegated to Thanksgiving. Enjoy a juicy, smoky, and flavorful <a href="http://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/grill-roasted-turkey">grilled turkey</a> at your next cookout, and easily feed big a group. Turkey is often under $1.50 a pound, and tends to be cheaper outside of the holiday season. It's surprisingly easy to cook, just needing a turn every hour and a rest under aluminum foil after cooking. Make sure you monitor the internal temperature with a thermometer &mdash; that way you won't end up with a health risk or a dry, sad bird.</p> <h2>6. Beef Back Ribs</h2> <p>Pork ribs aren't the cheapest cut of meat out there, but <a href="http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/grilled-beef-ribs-with-sweet-and-sticky-barbecue-sauce-103627">beef back ribs</a> are typically one of the cheapest pieces of beef you can buy. You may not get quite as much meat per pound as some other items on this list, seeing as each rack has a number of bones in it, but it's still a great deal for beef. Plus, everyone loves sharing ribs and getting sticky barbecue sauce all over the place. For tender meat, cook your ribs on the stove with aromatics before grilling them. Give them a generous slather of homemade sauce, and enjoy.</p> <h2>7. Hot Dogs</h2> <p>You can't deny that sometimes a smoky, charred hot dog on a soft bun tastes great. They're especially good summertime grilling food, since they're easy to serve and a real crowd-pleaser. They're also one of the cheaper meat options out there, starting at little more than $1 a pound. Even if you're grilling some gourmet dogs, they're still a great deal per pound, and are all meat &mdash; no paying for bone you won't eat. Hot dogs are one of the easiest and quickest items to grill, and since they're so affordable, you can get creative with your toppings. Classic sauerkraut is always a hit, or try <a href="http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2013/07/hot-slaw-dogs-recipe.html">creamy coleslaw</a> and mustard.</p> <p><em>What's your favorite cheap meat for the grill?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/laurel-randolph">Laurel Randolph</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-deliciously-affordable-meats-youll-love-grilling">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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