Entertainment http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/5995/all en-US 25 Hobbies You Can Start for Under $10 http://www.wisebread.com/25-hobbies-you-can-start-for-under-10 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/25-hobbies-you-can-start-for-under-10" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock-489243814.jpg" alt="Woman finding hobby she can start for under $10" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Exploring new hobbies and pastimes is a great way to feel better about yourself, develop new skills, and meet new people. Don't want to break the bank? You don't have to! Here's a long list of engaging, satisfying activities you can begin this year without spending much money. Most will set you back a mere $5 to $10. Better yet, a good majority of these activities are absolutely free.</p> <h2>1. Exercise</h2> <p>Getting fit is a common resolution each year. Make it your new go-to hobby to keep yourself more accountable. You can walk or run today for free. All you really need is to dust off that pair of athletic shoes in the back of your closet.</p> <p>Not the running type? Head over to&nbsp;<a href="https://www.fitnessblender.com/" target="_blank">Fitness Blender</a> for a wealth of free online workouts you can do in the comfort of your own living room.</p> <h2>2. Join a Sports Team</h2> <p>Working out solo might not be your style. Check around to find out what local sports leagues or teams meet in your area. My neighbor spends her summers running the fields with an adult soccer team that costs very little to join. I used to attempt to spike in the sand in a free beach volleyball group a few years ago.</p> <p>You can browse sites like <a href="http://sportsvite.com/cities" target="_blank">Sportsvite</a> to find teams in your area.</p> <h2>3. Write</h2> <p>Do you have a story you're just waiting to tell the world? Try writing it down instead of running it over in your head. You can get into a writing habit by taking as little as 10 minutes each day to peck out a few sentences on your keyboard or in a notebook.</p> <p>Need more motivation? Check your local calendar to see if there are any nearby writing groups that meet on a regular basis. Or create your own!</p> <h2>4. Blog</h2> <p>I've been blogging for over 10 years now. It's my main hobby, and it even turned into a part-time career. All you need is access to a computer and a free account at a site like <a href="http://www.blogger.com" target="_blank">Blogger</a>. If you're having trouble getting started, try first brainstorming a few topics you'd like to cover. Do you want to share recipes? Your thoughts on current events? Experiment to see what gets your creative juices flowing, then push &quot;Publish,&quot; even if it's only for your friends to read.</p> <h2>5. Try Vlogging</h2> <p>Similar to blogging, vlogging lets you share with the world in a very personal way. You can sign up on YouTube for a free account before you film yourself. You don't need fancy recording equipment, either. Many phones have built-in video &nbsp;these days. YouTube features very basic editing tools as well.</p> <h2>6. Practice Photography</h2> <p>Speaking of phones &mdash; many of them also have built-in cameras that would put old point-and-shoots to shame. In other words: You don't need a DSLR to learn how to take gorgeous photos. The <a href="http://iphonephotographyschool.com/" target="_blank">iPhone Photography School</a> has tons of free videos with all sorts of tips and tricks.</p> <h2>7. Play a Musical Instrument or Sing</h2> <p>I resurrected my singing pipes a few years ago by joining the women's chorus in my neighborhood. A few years before that, I spent a few bucks getting my violin refurbished from my high school years to sit in the community orchestra.</p> <p>If you don't have an instrument at home already, consider asking a friend or relative if you can borrow theirs. My husband learned to play guitar last year by using my brother's spare guitar and watching tutorial videos he found online. You can also contact a local music shop to ask about rental prices.</p> <h2>8. Listen to Music</h2> <p>Don't have time to join a group? That's just fine and dandy. Why not listen to more music instead? I don't like to brag, but I can rap just like Daveed Diggs through <em>Hamilton</em>'s &quot;Guns and Ships.&quot; Switch on YouTube or Pandora or your radio to get free access to music right now.</p> <h2>9. Join Community Theater</h2> <p>Find out when your neighborhood's theater group is holding auditions for its next show. I just typed &quot;community theater in my area&quot; into Google and &mdash; within seconds &mdash; found the website for two local companies that cost nothing to join.</p> <p>Never acted in a play before? Don't fret. There are often lots of &quot;extras&quot; in shows, so you don't have to worry about the pressure of playing lead.</p> <h2>10. Take Up Gardening</h2> <p>It's never too early to plan for your garden. If you start now, it doesn't need to cost you a whole lot, either. Head to your local library or purchase your own copy of <a href="http://amzn.to/2lgYx7l" target="_blank">Square Foot Gardening</a>. Once you've drafted a loose plan, order seeds. <a href="http://dollarseed.com/" target="_blank">DollarSeed</a> boasts that you can order non-GMO and heirloom seeds for as little as $1 per pack.</p> <p>The bonus here is that you can hopefully enjoy the fruits of your labor with some cheap food once everything grows.</p> <h2>11. Practice Cooking and Baking</h2> <p>Even if you don't want to grow your own food, you can still cook and bake for a hobby (and for your everyday life). You don't need to spend more than you're already putting out for your groceries each week. Consult that cookbook that's been sitting on your bookshelf for several years or pick one up at the library.</p> <p>And if you don't want to buy specific ingredients, use what you have on hand! Sites like <a href="http://www.supercook.com/" target="_blank">SuperCook</a> give you tons of recipes you can search by the ingredients you already have in your pantry.</p> <h2>12. Become a Juggler</h2> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/kCt1bmSASCI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>Join the other 2.4 million people who have watched this video on how to juggle on <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kCt1bmSASCI" target="_blank">YouTube</a>. You can snag an inexpensive set of&nbsp;<a href="http://amzn.to/2lgWSiu" target="_blank">three juggling balls</a> for less than $6 on Amazon.</p> <h2>13. Enjoy Some Adult Coloring Books</h2> <p>De-stress and express yourself through coloring. By now, you may have seen all the awesome adult coloring books floating around everywhere. In fact, you can even get some cool ones on the cheap at the Dollar Store. Consider investing in some nice <a href="http://amzn.to/2kAHgHj" target="_blank">colored pencils</a> that give you a variety of shades from which to choose.</p> <h2>14. Try Drawing</h2> <p>Rather not color inside the lines? Drawing is another free activity you can try. Even kids can get in on the action. My five-year-old daughter loves following along with different projects on <a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/ArtforKidsHub" target="_blank">Art for Kids Hub</a>.</p> <h2>15. Try Knitting</h2> <p>If making a scarf sounds appealing to you, take a few bucks to your nearest craft store and pick up supplies to start knitting. A basic pair of knitting needles may cost you as little as $4. Yarn ranges in price depending on material, but acrylic is great to learn on and won't set you back more than a couple dollars. You can find many <a href="http://knitting.about.com/od/learntoknit/u/learntoknit.htm" target="_blank">tutorials and patterns</a> online for free.</p> <p>The same goes with many other crafts. Here's a tip: Before driving to the store to pick up supplies, check online to see if there are any coupons. Many chains, like Michael's and A.C. Moore offer regular coupons for 40% off.</p> <h2>16. Play Games</h2> <p>Like playing games? Grab your chess board or deck of cards from the closet and enjoy with a friend. It's that simple. If you cannot find someone to play with you, consider heading online to a site like <a href="http://www.addictinggames.com/" target="_blank">Addicting Games</a>, where you can engage in either solo or multiplayer games for free.</p> <h2>17. Go Hiking</h2> <p>The great outdoors is calling you. Slip on some sturdy shoes and go for a hike. This is another one of those hobbies that you can do with others in a club (just search your area calendar). The <a href="https://americanhiking.org/" target="_blank">American Hiking Society</a> has all sorts of information that can help you get started &mdash; including volunteer opportunities that may land you free vacations with like-minded naturalists.</p> <h2>18. Go Camping</h2> <p>Camping is a wonderful way to take a trip somewhere beautiful without going broke. Spend some time planning now for a great summer adventure. Staying a week is only $160 at <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/camping-for-a-week-is-only-160-at-these-national-parks" target="_blank"> various National Parks</a>&nbsp;throughout the United States.</p> <h2>19. Try Volunteering</h2> <p>You can also take up helping others for a new and rewarding hobby. Ask around to find good opportunities in your area. The church down the street from us has a soup kitchen every Friday, for example. Or check out sites like <a href="http://www.volunteermatch.org/" target="_blank">Volunteer Match</a> to find open spots online.</p> <h2>20. Get Couponing</h2> <p>Why not save money in the new year with a couponing habit? All it has to cost you is the price of a Sunday paper. Or maybe less! There are also several apps that show price-matching and price comparisons at multiple stores at once. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-10-best-couponing-apps?ref=seealso" target="_blank">The 10 Best Couponing Apps</a>)</p> <h2>21. Practice Yoga or Meditation</h2> <p>One of my goals for the new year is to center myself. I run on a very nervous energy level. Yoga and meditation can help with that. Both involve deep breathing. And both are easy and free to begin at home. <a href="http://yogawithadriene.com/" target="_blank">Yoga with Adriene</a> is my favorite spot to find a variety of calming moves for zero dollars. The UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center has a good number of <a href="http://marc.ucla.edu/mindful-meditations" target="_blank">free guided meditations</a> and visualization exercises.</p> <h2>22. Become a History Buff</h2> <p>I've become obsessed with Broadway's <em>Hamilton</em>. Not just the musical, either. I've spent hours researching George Washington and the other founding fathers. The best part? I can do all this sleuthing around for free. Think of a historical figure, a period of time, or issue that interests you. Then search the Internet or your local library to find out more.</p> <p>For a more passive immersion, consider browsing documentaries on Netflix or Hulu and making a gigantic queue of the ones that interest you. Or check out <em>Drunk History</em>, also on Hulu.</p> <h2>23. Read More Books</h2> <p>Reading is free activity &mdash; at least if you have a library card &mdash; but it takes motivation. Consider writing out a list of a book to read each month to keep yourself in motion. You may even try starting a theme-based book club with your friends. Set a time to meet, write up the reading list, and read. Then rotate who hosts the book discussion each month (and be sure to involve lots of tasty treats and good beverages).</p> <h2>24. Try Some Upcycling DIY Projects</h2> <p>Click over to Pinterest and find an unlimited number of do-it-yourself projects you can finish by upcycling your old stuff. We have a great list of 18 awesome, practically free <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/18-awesome-practically-free-upcycled-craft-projects" target="_blank">upcycled craft projects</a> to get you inspired.</p> <h2>25. Learn a New Language</h2> <p>A friend of mine spent last winter visiting her grandmother each week for Italian language lessons. She learned how to say hello, thank you, and a host of other practical phrases &mdash; and got some quality time with her beloved Nonna to boot.</p> <p>If you don't know anyone who speaks another language, you can also check out sites like <a href="https://www.duolingo.com/" target="_blank">Duolingo</a> to learn online for free.</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/25-hobbies-you-can-start-for-under-10">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-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/flashback-friday-143-fun-and-frugal-ways-to-spend-your-weekend">Flashback Friday: 143 Fun and Frugal Ways to Spend Your Weekend</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/beat-stress-with-these-28-inexpensive-pastimes">Beat Stress With These 28 Inexpensive Pastimes</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-frugal-ways-to-battle-boredom">15 Frugal Ways to Battle Boredom</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/50-ways-to-have-free-outdoor-fun">50+ Ways to Have Free Outdoor Fun</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/massive-list-of-things-to-do-while-watching-tv">Massive List of Things to Do While Watching TV</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment Lifestyle $10 or less frugal fun fun fun things to do hobbies pastimes things to do weekend activities Wed, 15 Feb 2017 10:00:09 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1889318 at http://www.wisebread.com The High Cost of Modern Love http://www.wisebread.com/the-high-cost-of-modern-love <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-high-cost-of-modern-love" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock-525805229.jpg" alt="Couple learning the high cost of modern love" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Being in love is now more expensive than ever. In fact, Americans spend an <a href="http://www.cnbc.com/2016/08/31/dont-let-love-break-your-budget.html" target="_blank">average of $20,000</a> in their lifetime on dates. With dinner and a movie costing about $90, you could easily go broke if you date frequently.</p> <p>We've covered some of the costs below so you can get a better idea of what modern love can cost. However, these are only national averages. The amount you pay for entertainment and impressing your date will vary largely depending on where you live.</p> <h2>Movie Ticket</h2> <p><strong>Average Price</strong>: <a href="http://variety.com/2016/film/news/average-movie-ticket-price-falls-in-third-quarter-1201892925/" target="_blank">$8.51 per ticket</a></p> <p>The worst part is that after spending money on movie tickets, you have to worry about buying popcorn, soda, candy, and other overpriced treats. For instance, if you decided to order one large popcorn, one large candy, and two small soft drinks, you could expect to <a href="http://pricesandfees.com/regal-cinemas-ticket-and-concession-prices/" target="_blank">spend around $22.25</a>, in addition to the price of the movie tickets. Instead of doing dinner and a movie out, consider cooking at home and taking advantage of Netflix.</p> <h2>Dining Out<strong> </strong></h2> <p><strong>Average Price</strong>: <a href="http://www.businessinsider.com/how-much-it-costs-to-eat-at-resaurants-2015-3" target="_blank">$12.17&ndash;$88.00 per person</a></p> <p>A 2015 study found that the cost of eating at a chain restaurant ranges from $12.17 to $88.00 per person, but it depends on where (and what) you eat. It also depends on where you live. For instance, Zagat found that diners in NYC spend an average of <a href="https://www.zagat.com/b/the-state-of-american-dining-in-2016" target="_blank">$48.44 per person</a> when eating out, which is higher than the national average.</p> <p>As an alternative, consider happy hour deals, taking advantage of restaurant week or local food festivals, or impressing your date with a home-cooked meal. You can either show off your cooking skills or cook together as a bonding experience.</p> <h2>Concert Tickets</h2> <p><strong>Average Price</strong>: <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/Business/story?id=87981" target="_blank">$46.69 per person</a></p> <p>Concert tickets all depend on who you are going to see and which tickets you get (unobstructed or obstructed view). For instance, impressing your date with tickets to a Taylor Swift concert will set you back <a href="http://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2016/01/12/the-20-most-expensive-concert-tickets-of-2015/" target="_blank">$110.15 a ticket</a>.</p> <h2>Broadway Show</h2> <p><strong>Average Price</strong>: <a href="https://www.statista.com/statistics/198306/average-paid-admission-at-broadway-shows-since-2006/" target="_blank">$105.68 a ticket</a></p> <p>Now, this is only appropriate if you are<em> really</em> trying to impress your date. With an average ticket price of $105.68, Broadway shows should be saved for <em>very</em> special occasions. The price will depend on what you go to see. For instance, a ticket to Hamilton could cost $300, while a ticket to Jitney could be <a href="http://www.broadwayworld.com/grosses.cfm?sortby=topticket&amp;orderby=desc" target="_blank">around $55</a>.</p> <h2>Baby Sitter</h2> <p><strong>Average Price</strong>: <a href="http://www.care.com/child-care-babysitting-cost-p1145-q22781.html" target="_blank">$10 an hour</a></p> <p>If you have a child at home, you can expect to spend a hefty amount on a baby sitter. The average cost of a baby sitter, per hour, in New York City is $15+, so the price will vary depending on where you live, who you hire, and the agreement you set with the sitter. As an alternative, consider asking another parent to baby-sit your child for a night at no charge, and tell them you will return the favor later by baby-sitting their child for free.</p> <h2>Gifts</h2> <p><strong>Average Price</strong>: <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/12/19/holiday-spending-significant-other_n_6263910.html" target="_blank">$92.50 per occasion</a></p> <p>Once you find that special someone, you'll need to start worrying about the costs of gifts on special occasions. The average American spends only <a href="http://www.match.com/magazine/article/12273/The-Hidden-Costs-Of-Dating/" target="_blank">$25 per year on flowers</a>, but can expect to spend an average of <a href="http://time.com/money/4213074/valentines-day-spending/" target="_blank">$146.84 on Valentine's Day gifts</a>. Gifts for holidays, birthdays, anniversaries, and other special occasions can take a hefty chunk out of your budget.</p> <p>According to Huffington Post, Americans spend an average of $92.50 per special occasion on their new love. They also found that people spend an additional $21 on gifts for each additional year of their relationship.</p> <h2>Dating Sites</h2> <p><strong>Average Price</strong>: $0&ndash;$60 per month</p> <p>Match.com is $41.99 per month, eHarmony.com is $60 per month, True.com is $50 per month, Tinder is free (unless you sign up for premium services, which range from $2.99&ndash;$34.99), and Bumble is free (again, unless you sign up for premium services, which range from $2.99&ndash;$35.99). You can save a lot of money by signing up for longer periods of time, like six or 12 months. Many dating sites, like Match.com, also offer free options with limited capabilities.</p> <p>When it comes to dating sites and apps, there are distinct differences in the quality of the service and potential suitors, so cost shouldn't be your only factor. For instance, PlentyOfFish and OKCupid are free, but they don't offer the same matching abilities or photo quality as a service like Match or eHarmony. The people on PlentyOfFish also aren't usually as devoted to finding that special someone for life, as compared to someone on Match or eHarmony.</p> <p>As an alternative, try meeting someone in real life. After all, only 5% of Americans in a marriage or committed relationship actually <a href="http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2016/02/29/5-facts-about-online-dating/" target="_blank">met their significant other online</a>. Studies continue to show that couples <a href="https://mic.com/articles/112062/the-way-most-people-meet-their-significant-others-is-not-what-you-think#.0PkKUQZ83" target="_blank">most often meet each other</a> through work, friends in common, or in social settings, so just put yourself out there more.</p> <h2>The Cost of &quot;Ghosting&quot;</h2> <p><strong>Average Price</strong>: Your love life?</p> <p>If you decide that the cost of dating sites is just too much, consider the cost to your love life if you disappear from the app completely. If you start &quot;ghosting,&quot; it can end very badly. In fact, it often leads to even more confrontation than if you were just honest from the start. Take advantage of the sites and apps you subscribe to, while you still can.</p> <p>On the other end of the spectrum, if you take your special someone on a horrible date, you risk getting &quot;ghosted&quot; yourself. Getting ignored can really take a toll on one's confidence and lead to hurt feelings, so observe the golden rule and avoid ghosting. Just remember, a good date doesn't have to be an expensive one. Take them somewhere meaningful, dress and act the part, and find ways to impress your date without going broke.</p> <h2>Alternative Date Ideas</h2> <p>Ask your date what they would like to do. Going to the movies and dinner can be fun, but most people have other ideas for a better date night. Here are some ideas to get you thinking.</p> <ul> <li>Go for a hike or walk through your area. Show your date some of your favorite areas.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Get active with canoeing, miniature golfing, ice skating, rock climbing, paddle boating, paddle boarding, biking&hellip;the list goes on and on. Find out what your date is interested in and take advantage. It's cheaper, more meaningful, and can help you burn some calories.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Visit a museum during the day and time when it is cheapest. Most museums offer free admission on a particular day of the week. You can observe some local culture and will have plenty to talk about with your date.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Instead of going out for dinner, consider going out for coffee instead. After all, why spend something like $90 on a first date, when you're not even sure that they're worth dating long-term? With a coffee date, you can get to know each other in a more comfortable setting. A picnic is also ultraromantic, affordable, and memorable.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Go dancing at a bar or take dance classes, which start as low as $12 per person.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Go for a free wine or liquor tasting in your area.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Take advantage of outdoor movie events (like free movies in the park).<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Take advantage of free local tours or free tour apps.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Find a Groupon date that you both want to take advantage of. Give your date some options so they'll be able to pick what interests them most.</li> </ul> <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/the-high-cost-of-modern-love">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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A Breakdown of Concert Ticket Prices</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-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-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-fun-books-that-will-get-your-kids-excited-about-money">10 Fun Books That Will Get Your Kids Excited About Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-dirty-is-your-money-really">How Dirty Is Your Money, Really?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/never-pay-for-a-redbox-dvd-rental-again">Never Pay for a RedBox DVD Rental Again</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Entertainment concerts dates Dating dinners gifts going out movies significant others Spending Money tickets Mon, 13 Feb 2017 10:00:16 +0000 Andrea Cannon 1889311 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: How to Host a Stress-Free Super Bowl Party http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-how-to-host-a-stress-free-super-bowl-party <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-how-to-host-a-stress-free-super-bowl-party" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/men_football_party_519361517.jpg" alt="Men learning how to host a stress-free Super Bowl party" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found articles on ways to host a stress-free Super Bowl party, productive solutions to everyday work problems, and a new tool that tells you how your state and local taxes are spent.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/7-ways-to-host-a-super-bowl-party-with-minimal-stress">7 Ways to Host a Super Bowl Party With Minimal Stress</a> &mdash; Save yourself from a bit of cleaning by covering food areas with inexpensive tablecloths that you can just bundle up and toss after the party. [Parenting Squad]</p> <p><a href="http://productivitytheory.com/productive-solutions-to-everyday-work-problems/">9 Productive Solutions to Everyday Work Problems</a> &mdash; As you plan out your day, leave time for inevitable disruptions. [Productivity Theory]</p> <p><a href="http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/Tax-VOX/2017/0127/A-new-tool-sheds-light-on-how-your-state-and-local-tax-dollars-are-spent">A new tool sheds light on how your state and local tax dollars are spent</a> &mdash; A new interactive, online tool breaks down spending per capita in each state so users can see how many people get a specific service and how much state and local governments spend per recipient. [The Monitor]</p> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/How-Clean-Car-Seats-34765293">Refresh and Clean Your Car Seats With Ease</a> &mdash; This quick-cleaning method will leave your car seats stain-free and smelling fresh. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.shebudgets.com/personal-finance/five-mental-things-to-do-during-a-financial-setback/72054">Five Mental Things to do During a Financial Setback</a> &mdash; Give yourself permission to make mistakes on the journey to financial security. [SheBudgets]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.savethebills.com/7-ways-save-money-shopping-nordstrom/">7 Ways To Save Your Money Shopping At Nordstrom</a> &mdash; Keep an eye out for Nordstrom's half-yearly and anniversary sales to snag discounted goods. [Save The Bills]</p> <p><a href="http://www.dumblittleman.com/staying-healthy-on-vacation/">5 Tips On Staying Healthy On Your Next Vacation</a> &mdash; Remember to stay active during your vacation. Keep moving and using your body as you explore your destination. [Dumb Little Man]</p> <p><a href="http://www.theorderexpert.com/avoid-time-management-burnout/">4 Ways to Avoid Time Management Burnout</a> &mdash; Embrace spontaneity once in a while! [The Order Expert]</p> <p><a href="https://untemplater.com/business/career-business/best-jobs-for-introverts-and-people-who-prefer-to-work-alone/">Best jobs for introverts and people who prefer to work alone</a> &mdash; If you love working with numbers, a career as an actuary can be quite rewarding &mdash; and quiet. [Untemplater]</p> <p><a href="http://www.morewithlesstoday.com/10-item-checklist-to-prepare-your-home-for-overnight-guests/">10 Item Checklist to Prepare Your Home for Overnight Guests</a> &mdash; Map out a few dollar stretcher meals to save money and frustration.&nbsp; [More With Less Today]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-how-to-host-a-stress-free-super-bowl-party">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/flashback-friday-122-scrumptious-super-bowl-party-snack-ideas">Flashback Friday: 122 Scrumptious Super Bowl Party Snack 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/45-other-things-to-do-on-super-bowl-sunday">45 Other Things to Do on Super Bowl Sunday</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/frugal-super-bowl-party-ideas">Frugal Super Bowl Party Ideas</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/6-celebrities-with-shockingly-low-net-worths">6 Celebrities With Shockingly Low Net Worths</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-fun-books-that-will-get-your-kids-excited-about-money">10 Fun Books That Will Get Your Kids Excited About Money</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment best money tips Super Bowl Fri, 03 Feb 2017 10:00:16 +0000 Amy Lu 1885692 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Super Easy Ways to Save Money at the Movies http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-super-easy-ways-to-save-money-at-the-movies <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-super-easy-ways-to-save-money-at-the-movies" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/couple_movie_theater_507749133.jpg" alt="Couple finding easy ways to save money at the movies" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found articles on easy ways to save money at the movies, alternatives to Mint.com, and wedding favors that cost less than $1 each.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.moneytalksnews.com/15-super-easy-ways-save-big-bucks-the-movies/">15 Super-Easy Ways to Save Big Bucks at the Movies</a> &mdash; Some theater chains host second-run children&rsquo;s film screenings every summer and admission is either free or nearly free. [Money Talks News]</p> <p><a href="https://wallethacks.com/mint-com-alternatives-money-apps-fresher-mint-dot-com/">8 Mint.com Alternatives &ndash; Money Apps Fresher than Mint dot com</a> &mdash; Mint.com is a great money management tool, but it isn't the only one. Check out the competition to find the one that works best for you. [Wallet Hacks]</p> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Cheap-Wedding-Favors-34534131#photo-34534131">30 Wedding Favors You Won't Believe Cost Under $1</a> &mdash; Weddings are expensive, but it&rsquo;s easy area to cut back on party favors when you keep it simple. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/Saving-Money/2017/0125/Google-Home-vs.-Amazon-s-Alexa-A-side-by-side-comparison">Google Home vs. Amazon's Alexa: A side by side comparison</a> &mdash; Check out how the two most popular home assistants rate on price, responsiveness, and overall skills. [The Monitor]</p> <p><a href="http://www.experian.com/blogs/news/about/ways-improve-relationship-money/">Ways to Improve Your Relationship With Money</a> &mdash; Join Experian's #CreditChat today at 3 p.m. ET to learn how to improve your experience with money. [Experian]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://shopperstrategy.com/2017/01/30/how-to-plan-a-memorable-family-vacation-without-going-into-debt/">How to Plan a Memorable Family Vacation Without Going into Debt</a> &mdash; Research your destination ahead of time for things you can do for free. [Shopper Strategy]</p> <p><a href="http://www.shebudgets.com/lifestyle/shopping/10-quality-kirkland-products-that-save-you-money-at-costco/72025">10 Quality Kirkland Products that Save You Money at Costco</a> &mdash; Many Kirkland Signature foods are beloved by critics and customers, including their bacon, salmon, ice cream, and beer and wine. [SheBudgets]</p> <p><a href="http://www.kiplinger.com/slideshow/retirement/T037-S001-smart-retirement-strategies-for-women/index.html">9 Smart Retirement Strategies for Women</a> &mdash; Make sure you're maximizing your Social Security benefits individually and as a couple. [Kiplinger]</p> <p><a href="http://www.adebtfreestressfreelife.com/successful-no-spend-challenge-experience/">5 Tips For A Successful No Spend Challenge</a> &mdash; A no spend challenge can be a great way to jump-start your savings or replenish or funds. For a successful challenge, be sure to have a clear goal in mind. What do you want to get out of this challenge? [A Debt Free Mess Free Life]</p> <p><a href="https://fitzvillafuerte.com/9-money-smart-easy-skin-care-tips.html">9 Money-Smart and Easy-To-Do Skin Care Tips</a> &mdash; If you're trying out a new product, get a sample or buy the smallest size first to see if it's compatible and effective on your skin. [Ready To Be Rich]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-super-easy-ways-to-save-money-at-the-movies">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/never-pay-for-a-redbox-dvd-rental-again">Never Pay for a RedBox DVD Rental Again</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-high-cost-of-modern-love">The High Cost of Modern Love</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-great-movies-about-money">25 Great Movies About Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-watch-movies-in-the-theater-for-free">How to Watch Movies in the Theater for Free</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-famous-houses-from-film-and-tv-you-can-buy">7 Famous Houses From Film and TV You Can Buy</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment best money tips movies Wed, 01 Feb 2017 10:30:25 +0000 Amy Lu 1883819 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Fun Books That Will Get Your Kids Excited About Money http://www.wisebread.com/10-fun-books-that-will-get-your-kids-excited-about-money <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-fun-books-that-will-get-your-kids-excited-about-money" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock-597659170.jpg" alt="your kids will love these books about money" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Chances are, you want your child to be financially wise, but every time you start to talk about money management or smart spending, your kid conveniently tunes out. Fun books are the perfect way to get your children thinking about money.</p> <p>You don't necessarily need to force your kids to read heavy economic books. Instead, allow them to enjoy and be inspired by these books about saving, giving, and starting businesses.</p> <h2>1. <em>The Berenstain Bears' Dollars and Sense</em> by Stan and Jan Berenstain</h2> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2i7aviQ" target="_blank">The Berenstain Bears' Dollars and Sense</a> helps teach kids about allowance management. The book has tear-out checks so that kids can practice writing their own. While most of the population uses <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards-vs-debit-cards-a-comprehensive-comparison" target="_blank">debit cards and credit cards</a>, writing checks is still something that should be learned.</p> <h2>2.<em> The Berenstain Bears' Money Trouble</em> by Stan and Jan Berenstain</h2> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2j1dwBl" target="_blank">The Berenstain Bears' Money Trouble</a> features the same lovable bears as they start several businesses to earn money. Starting a business isn't easy, even when it's just a lemonade stand. This book goes through those initial obstacles in a fun way.</p> <h2>3. <em>The Berenstain Bears' Piggy Bank Blessings</em> by Stan and Jan Berenstain</h2> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2j1fFwW" target="_blank">The Berenstain Bears' Piggy Bank Blessings</a> has an overall religious tone, quoting verses, but the story follows the bears as they save money for a surprise birthday present for their mom. My four-year-old enjoys this one, and I enjoy that the book shows the main characters thinking of others.</p> <p>See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-best-sites-to-help-your-kids-learn-about-money?ref=seealso" target="_blank">8 Best Sites to Help Your Kids Learn About Money</a></p> <h2>4. <em>If You Made a Million</em> by David M. Schwartz</h2> <p>Kids throw around &quot;million&quot; without really knowing what it represents. <a href="http://amzn.to/2iw7QSV" target="_blank">If You Made a Million</a> helps children ages seven and older understand the complexity of big numbers in a fun way. While the book was published over two decades ago, it remains a classic, having won the ALA Notable Book and a Reading Rainbow Feature Selection.</p> <h2>5. <em>Prices! Prices! Prices!: Why They Go Up and Down</em> by David Adler</h2> <p>The well-loved author of the Cam Jansen series, David Adler, also happens to be a former math teacher. His book,<a href="http://amzn.to/2iAlvqd" target="_blank"> Prices! Prices! Prices!: Why They Go Up and Down</a> has such fun illustrations and tackles the concepts of supply and demand.</p> <h2>6. <em>Amelia Bedelia Means Business</em> by Herman Parish</h2> <p>Amelia Bedelia is a lovable and quirky character who takes everything literally. There have been many times I have laughed out loud while reading the original Amelia Bedelia series to my daughter, especially when she is told to &quot;dress the turkey&quot; and makes a little suit for the turkey dinner.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2iAnk6j" target="_blank">Amelia Bedelia Means Business</a> is not written by the original author, but the story still follows the same theme. This one follows a young Amelia Bedelia as she tries to make money, even getting in trouble with the local police.</p> <h2>7. <em>American Girl Library: A Smart Girl's Guide: Money</em> by Nancy Holyoke and Sarah Hunt</h2> <p>American Girl non-fiction titles are both engaging and useful for young girls. <a href="http://amzn.to/2hMVXnq" target="_blank">A Smart Girl's Guide: Money</a> is written in an engaging, magazine-type format. Topics covered are smart shopping tips, making money, and investing. The book includes fun graphics and easy-to-use quizzes.</p> <h2>8. <em>The</em> <em>Babysitter's Club Series</em> by Ann Martin</h2> <p>There might not be any set money lessons in the <a href="http://amzn.to/2iAhDW9" target="_blank">Babysitter's Club Series</a>, but I remember clearly that it helped spark an entrepreneurial spirit in me during my tween years. The idea that a group of teen girls start their own babysitting club had me planning and thinking about doing that myself. While I never started a babysitting club, I still have that entrepreneurial spirit that has allowed me to creatively earn money without a 9-to-5 position. The book series has been redone as a graphic novel, so it will appeal to today's generations.</p> <p>See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-frugal-living-skills-you-should-be-teaching-your-children?ref=seealso" target="_blank">7 Frugal Living Skills You Should Be Teaching Your Children</a></p> <h2>9. <em>Rock, Brock, and the Savings Shock</em> by Sheila Bair</h2> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2j1rmUr" target="_blank">Rock, Brock, and the Savings Shock</a> follows twins whose grandpa offers them a 10-week savings plan. Every dollar they save will be matched. One twin saves his money and has over $500 after 10 weeks, while the other twin spends the money foolishly. Tons of great money lessons in here.</p> <h2>10. <em>Isabel's Car Wash</em> by Sheila Bair</h2> <p>From the same author as the title above,<a href="http://amzn.to/2j1rvqX" target="_blank"> Isabel's Car Wash</a> is about a girl who wanted a doll that cost $10. She decides to start a car washing business, but first needs money for supplies. The book follows her adventure of starting a small business so that she can buy her doll.</p> <p>There are so many wonderful books out there that teach kids important money skills. Look for books that teach children the money basics in a fun way, and also look for books that features the main character acting as an entrepreneur.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-eneriz">Ashley Eneriz</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-fun-books-that-will-get-your-kids-excited-about-money">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-help-your-kid-build-their-first-budget">How to Help Your Kid Build Their First Budget</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-use-new-toys-to-teach-kids-about-money">How to Use New Toys to Teach Kids About Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-brilliant-tips-from-smart-mom-rich-mom">4 Brilliant Tips From &quot;Smart Mom, Rich Mom&quot;</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/24-tips-for-having-a-baby-without-going-broke">24 Tips for Having a Baby Without Going Broke</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/these-5-money-saving-hacks-are-a-huge-waste-of-time">These 5 Money-Saving Hacks Are a Huge Waste of Time</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Budgeting Entertainment Family budgeting family kids money parenting saving money Spending Money teenagers tweens Mon, 09 Jan 2017 11:00:09 +0000 Ashley Eneriz 1869549 at http://www.wisebread.com 7 Famous Houses From Film and TV You Can Buy http://www.wisebread.com/7-famous-houses-from-film-and-tv-you-can-buy <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-famous-houses-from-film-and-tv-you-can-buy" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/home_for_sale_502211716.jpg" alt="Finding famous houses you can buy" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It could be the ultimate in fandom: You've seen the movie, you've had the poster autographed by the star &mdash; now move into the set.</p> <p>When a real home is used for a film or television show, chances are that it will eventually go up for sale. That's when you, the fan, gets the chance to pore over photos in the real estate listing, tour the place, or even purchase it.</p> <p>Hope you've been saving up: With only one exception, the famous houses I found on the market are all asking over a million bucks. On the upside for shoppers, being a movie or TV star doesn't seem to confer a premium to these homes. Some have been on the market a long time and seem reasonably priced for their neighborhoods and features.</p> <h2>1. Twilight</h2> <p>Featured as the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.virani.ca/vlist/property_detail?t=q&amp;code=&amp;vlist=1010000654" target="_blank">Cullen family house</a> in the movie <em>Twilight: New Moon</em>, this 5,000-square-foot contemporary mansion is located in West Vancouver. As of 2010, the asking price was $2.7 million, and it sat on the market for years. Perhaps home shoppers feel a little unease at sleeping in bedrooms once occupied by fictional vampires?</p> <h2>2. Sixteen Candles</h2> <p>Who could forget Molly Ringwald pouting on the staircase while her family ignored her 16th birthday? Those John Hughes movie families always had some nice homes in the northern Chicago suburbs, and the one in which that scene played out is no exception: six bedrooms, five bathrooms, gorgeous (not 1980s original, thank goodness) kitchen. With an <a href="http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/3022-Payne-St-Evanston-IL-60201/3516226_zpid/" target="_blank">asking price of $1.4 million</a>, it likely stands out in its Evanston neighborhood, where the average property value is under $400,000.</p> <h2>3. Boy Meets World</h2> <p>Located not in Philadelphia, where this teen comedy show was set, but in Studio City, California. This 2,500-square-foot Cape Cod is <a href="http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/4196-Colfax-Ave-Studio-City-CA-91604/20027179_zpid/" target="_blank">on the block for $1.5 million</a> &mdash; after a $100,000 price cut.</p> <h2>4. Miracle on 34th Street</h2> <p>Another Hughes mansion, the yellow house featured in the remake of <em>Miracle on 34th Street</em> has been <a href="http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/771-Washington-Rd-Lake-Forest-IL-60045/4857301_zpid/" target="_blank">on and off the market</a> for more than a year. Its most recent asking price was $2.8 million, and Zillow says it's worth $500,000 more. Located in the Chicago suburb of Lake Forest, the five-bedroom, 6,000-square-foot palace has <em>seven and a half bathrooms</em>. If you buy this one, better ask about a full-time cleaning crew.</p> <h2>5. The Bodyguard and City of Angels</h2> <p>Lake Tahoe is known more as a getaway for San Francisco techies than a movie filming location, but this <a href="http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1131-Fallen-Leaf-Rd-South-Lake-Tahoe-CA-96150/18570499_zpid/" target="_blank">$6 million, five-bedroom &quot;cabin&quot;</a> has starred in two. Even some of the <a href="http://hookedonhouses.net/2016/08/09/cabin-bodyguard-city-of-angels-for-sale/" target="_blank">furniture seen in both movies</a> appears in the listing photos.</p> <h2>6. In the Heat of the Night</h2> <p>If you are old enough to remember Carroll O'Connor playing a police chief on this drama series, you might recognize this <a href="http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/2130-Monticello-St-SW-Covington-GA-30014/69875079_zpid/" target="_blank">1886 five-bedroom home</a>, which O'Connor's character purchased and lived in during the course of the show. Because of its location in a small Georgia town, the seller is asking only $437,000, a price reduction of more than $60,000.</p> <h2>7. The Godfather</h2> <p>Don Corleone thought this mansion was a good enough location for his daughter's wedding, so this <a href="https://www.6sqft.com/don-corleones-godfather-house-lists-for-3m-in-staten-islands-todt-hill/" target="_blank">Staten Island &quot;mini-mansion&quot;</a> should be good enough for you to lounge in its &quot;man cave&quot; or alongside the backyard pool. The five-bedroom, 6,000-square-foot home has gone through multiple price reductions and was last listed at $2.3 million before being <a href="http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/110-Longfellow-Ave-Staten-Island-NY-10301/32293579_zpid/" target="_blank">taken off the market</a>. Since no sale has been recorded, it's safe to assume the house could still be purchased if you make the right offer.<em> I think you know the kind of offer I'm talking about.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/carrie-kirby">Carrie Kirby</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-famous-houses-from-film-and-tv-you-can-buy">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-dramatic-vacation-spots-for-tv-and-film-fanatics">5 Dramatic Vacation Spots for TV and Film Fanatics</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-tricks-for-a-better-netflix-experience">6 Tricks for a Better Netflix Experience</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/never-pay-for-a-redbox-dvd-rental-again">Never Pay for a RedBox DVD Rental Again</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-high-cost-of-modern-love">The High Cost of Modern Love</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/25-great-movies-about-money">25 Great Movies About Money</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment Real Estate and Housing boy meets world celebrities famous houses housing market mansions movies sixteen candles the godfather TV shows twilight Fri, 30 Dec 2016 11:00:11 +0000 Carrie Kirby 1864427 at http://www.wisebread.com 8 Classic Toys That Won Christmas http://www.wisebread.com/8-classic-toys-that-won-christmas <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/8-classic-toys-that-won-christmas" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/barbie_pink_hat_514110576.jpg" alt="Finding classic toys that won Christmas" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>When you're trying to connect with your child, nephew or niece, little cousin, or your best friend's kid, you may have a hard time getting their eyes away from Pokemon Go or the Elena of Avalor TV show.</p> <p>Fortunately, as the holiday season is getting nearer, you have one great way to get their attention: must-have toys from yesteryear. From the Radio Flyer Wagon to the G.I. Joe action figure, let's walk down memory lane and review eight notorious holiday toys that still provide hours of entertainment.</p> <h2>1. Radio Flyer Wagon (1923)</h2> <p>I have learned many <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-lessons-about-money-i-learned-after-having-twins">lessons after having twins</a>. And one of them is that some classics just never go out of style. First known as the No. 4 Liberty Coaster and handcrafted in wood, the <a href="http://amzn.to/2g6puwH">Radio Flyer Wagon</a> was a must-have item in most lists of good boys and girls in the 1920s. Nowadays, these wagons are colored in their signature red, made out of stamped metal, and continue to encourage kids to go outside and play.</p> <p><strong>Fun fact:</strong> The inventor of this wagon, Antonio Pasin, named it after his two favorite inventions, the radio and the airplane.</p> <h2>2. Buck Rogers Rocket Pistol (1934)</h2> <p>First introduced in the Amazing Stories comic book series in 1928 and eventually landing his own TV series in the 1970s, the futuristic superhero Buck Rogers has been captivating audiences for nearly a century. Rogers' iconic rocket pistol was first sold in 1934 and made a signature &quot;Zap!&quot; sound. Getting your hands on an original one might be too expensive, but there are many manufacturers making plenty of much more affordable versions of the <a href="http://amzn.to/2h2IERk">classic toy ray gun</a>.</p> <p><strong>Fun fact:</strong> There are many versions of the Buck Rogers rocket pistol, including the XZ-31 Rocket Pistol, XZ-38 Disintegrator Pistol, and XZ-44 Liquid Helium Water Pistol.</p> <h2>3. Slinky (1945)</h2> <p>&quot;It's Slinky; it's Slinky. For fun it's a wonderful toy. It's fun for a girl and a boy!&quot; That <a href="https://youtu.be/EZL6RGkPjws">TV jingle </a>that has been hashed and rehashed for decades. Little changes has been made to the same <a href="http://amzn.to/2g6AidZ">Slinky</a> walking spring toy that was a hit during the 1945 Christmas shopping season. Still, all of us still marvel at Slinky's nonstop journey down any set of stairs.</p> <p><strong>Fun fact: </strong>In recent years, most kids first got exposed to the Slinky while watching the <a href="http://www.imdb.com/character/ch0002476/">Slinky Dog</a> (also known just as &quot;Slinky&quot;) character in the Toy Story movies from 1995, 1999, or 2010. Fans of the movie will be happy to hear that Slinky is coming back in a fourth installment in the series scheduled for 2019!</p> <h2>4. Lego (1958)</h2> <p>The name Lego is an abbreviation of the two Danish words &quot;leg gods,&quot; meaning &quot;play well.&quot; This is not only the company's name, but also its ideal. If you think that these little interlocking color blocks were invented in no time, think again. The Lego Group has been around since 1932 and it wasn't until 1949 that the group came up with the first design for the first set of blocks. It took nine years of tinkering to get the design of the Lego as we know it today. Besides the <a href="http://amzn.to/2h2MzgW">classic Lego set</a>, you can find brick sets in a wide range of models, purposes, and colors.</p> <p><strong>Fun fact: </strong>Some Lego sets can become great investments: An Imperial Star Destroyer worth <a href="http://time.com/money/4162059/lego-investment-compare-gold-return/">$249.99 in 2002</a> today is worth about $2,185 (a 774% return). (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-places-to-stash-your-money-besides-a-savings-account?ref=seealso">10 Places to Stash Your Money Besides a Savings Account</a>)</p> <h2>5. Chatty Cathy (1959)</h2> <p>1959 was a great year for dollmakers, and they came out with many iconic dolls that are still beloved by little girls everywhere. First created in 1959, Chatty Cathy was groundbreaking as it could say 11 phrases, including &quot;Let's play school&quot; or &quot;I love you,&quot; after pulling a string on her back. If you can get a hold on an original or <a href="http://amzn.to/2gZBQUd">reproduction version of Chatty Cathy</a>, you'll definitely have a conversation starter as they are very hard to find nowadays.</p> <p><strong>Fun fact: </strong>Besides the original blonde and blue-eyed Cathy, Mattel also release a brunette Cathy and an African-American Cathy.</p> <h2>6. Barbie (1959)</h2> <p>While Cathy generally appealed to a younger set of girls, Barbie attracted many groups. With her virtually endless collection of accessories, clothing pieces, vehicles, and homes, Barbie is the top selling doll of all time. To address the consumer demand for Barbies with more realistic body shapes and more sensible career choices, Mattel has released updated dolls, including the <a href="http://amzn.to/2h2Iida">Barbie Careers Game Developer Doll</a> and the <a href="http://amzn.to/2hdRESz">Barbie Fashionistas Doll &amp; Fashions Emoji Fun, Curvy</a>.</p> <p><strong>Fun fact:</strong> Barbie's full name is Barbara Millicent Roberts. She is from Willows, Wisconsin and celebrates her birthday every March 9th (she'll be 58 in 2017!).</p> <h2>7. Etch A Sketch (1960)</h2> <p>Originally <em>L'Ecran Magique</em>, this toy was a total flop when it was first introduced in 1959 at an European toy fair. Still, the Ohio Art. Co saw the toy's potential, bought the rights, renamed it to Etch A Sketch, and released the mechanical drawing toy a year later in the U.S. Today, you can find the <a href="http://amzn.to/2gZH4zl">classic Etch A Sketch</a> in a wide variety of sizes, including keychain-size and giant board.</p> <p><strong>Fun fact:</strong> The toy was so popular during its release that the Ohio Art Co.'s factory workers had to work <a href="http://www.toyhalloffame.org/toys/etch-sketch">until noon on Christmas Eve</a> to meet demand!</p> <h2>8. G.I. Joe (1964)</h2> <p>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2g6BkGQ">original G.I. Joe action figures</a> stood 12-inches tall and represented four of the branches of the U.S. armed forces (Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps). While the popularity of G.I. Joe drowned out over the next couple of years, the &quot;real American Hero&quot; was successfully relaunched in 1982 with a more kid-friendly size (3.75 inches, or 9.5 cms.), an animated TV miniseries, and an ongoing comic book. True to its fighting spirit, the Joes keep making a comeback to protect us against modern versions of their lethal archenemies, Cobra, as they did in the G.I. Joe movies in 2009 and 2013. <em>Go Joe!</em></p> <p><strong>Fun fact: </strong>G.I. Joe and Barbie went out on a date in 1996 in a <a href="https://youtu.be/uXdFKcETEPg">memorable Nissan TV commercial</a>.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/damian-davila">Damian Davila</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-classic-toys-that-won-christmas">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/this-year-s-hot-toy-is-next-year-s-trash">This Year’s Hot Toy is Next Year’s Trash</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-big-list-of-money-saving-coupon-codes-for-halloween-2016">The Big List of Money-Saving Coupon Codes for Halloween 2016</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/are-you-spending-too-much-on-halloween-this-year">Are You Spending Too Much on Halloween This Year?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-use-new-toys-to-teach-kids-about-money">How to Use New Toys to Teach Kids About Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-holiday-mistakes-that-can-ruin-your-cheer">8 Holiday Mistakes That Can Ruin Your Cheer</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment Shopping barbie chatty Cathy classics dolls etch a sketch g.i. Joe Holidays kids legos radio flyer toys vintage Wed, 07 Dec 2016 11:01:04 +0000 Damian Davila 1849010 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: How to Survive Holiday Budget Busters http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-how-to-survive-holiday-budget-busters <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-how-to-survive-holiday-budget-busters" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_shopping_holidays_184295809.jpg" alt="Woman learning how to survive holiday budget busters" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found articles on ways to survive holiday budget busters, tips to slash your spending on technology, and tricks to save on winter expenses.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://everythingfinanceblog.com/18829/holiday-budget-busters.html">5 Holiday Budget Busters &amp; How to Survive Them</a> &mdash; Don't say yes to invitations that you're not really excited about. There's no need to stress your budget by attending every holiday party on the block. [Everything Finance]</p> <p><a href="http://www.moneytalksnews.com/10-mistakes-that-can-double-your-tech-spending/">10 Ways to Slash Your Tech Spending Without Pain</a> &mdash; Rent-to-own electronics and equipment can cost up to three times more than you would've paid if you simply bought it. [Money Talks News]</p> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/How-Save-Money-Winter-20612809">6 Tricks to Save on Winter Spending</a> &mdash; If you only need to heat up one or two rooms, using a space heater instead of central heating can help you save money. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://shopperstrategy.com/2016/11/23/10-things-to-stock-up-on-during-the-holidays/">10 Things to Stock Up On During the Holidays</a> &mdash; Wrapping paper will stuff the clearance section after Christmas. Stock up on solid colors that you can use all year round! [Shopper Strategy]</p> <p><a href="http://www.frugalvillage.com/2016/11/10/how-to-save-money-by-preventing-theft/">How to Save Money by Preventing Theft</a> &mdash; Don't plant trees or heavy shrubbery in front of low windows. The extra cover makes it easier for burglars to break in unnoticed. [Frugal Village]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://moneypantry.com/saving-money-on-vet-bills/">10 Ways to Save Money on Vet Bills (Without Compromising Your Pet&rsquo;s Health)</a> &mdash; Many supplements can help boost your pet&rsquo;s immune system and improve their overall health, but some of them may be unnecessary for your pet. Ask your vet which supplements will actually help them stay healthy. [Money Pantry]</p> <p><a href="http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/Saving-Money/2016/1122/How-is-an-HSA-different-from-a-regular-savings-account">How is an HSA different from a regular savings account?</a> &mdash; HSAs offer several tax benefits that aren't available with a typical savings account, and they often earn high interest rates on balances. [The Monitor]</p> <p><a href="http://bargainbabe.com/live-frugally-paying-off-student-loans/">How to Live Frugally While Paying Off Your Student Loans</a> &mdash; Crunch some numbers and see if refinancing or consolidating your student loans will make your debt more manageable. [Bargain Babe]</p> <p><a href="https://christianpf.com/homemade-christmas-presents-ideas/">9 Homemade Christmas Gifts That Might Actually Get Used</a> &ndash; Most notebooks aren&rsquo;t flashy, but they&rsquo;re always useful. You can personalize a plain journal by adding creative touches, like a rubber-stamped monogram. [Seed Time]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/5-ways-to-explain-to-your-kids-what-theyre-hearing-on-the-playground">5 Ways to Explain to Your Kids What They're Hearing on the Playground</a> &mdash; Start building trust early so that, when your child needs help deciphering something they heard on the playground, they feel comfortable discussing it with you. [Parenting Squad]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-how-to-survive-holiday-budget-busters">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/6-celebrities-with-shockingly-low-net-worths">6 Celebrities With Shockingly Low Net Worths</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-fun-books-that-will-get-your-kids-excited-about-money">10 Fun Books That Will Get Your Kids Excited About Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/47-cheap-fun-things-to-do-this-weekend">47 Cheap, Fun Things to Do This Weekend</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-hobbies-you-can-start-for-under-10">25 Hobbies You Can Start for Under $10</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-high-cost-of-modern-love">The High Cost of Modern Love</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment best money tips holiday budget Mon, 28 Nov 2016 12:00:08 +0000 Amy Lu 1839213 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: How to Host a Thanksgiving Dinner on the Cheap http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-how-to-host-a-thanksgiving-dinner-on-the-cheap <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-how-to-host-a-thanksgiving-dinner-on-the-cheap" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/family_thanksgiving_dinner_74677925.jpg" alt="Family hosting Thanksgiving dinner on the cheap" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found articles on tactics for an inexpensive Thanksgiving meal, ways to make hundreds at your next yard sale, and online sources for the best Black Friday deals.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.thesimpledollar.com/12-tactics-for-an-inexpensive-thanksgiving-meal/">12 Tactics for an Inexpensive Thanksgiving Meal</a> &mdash; Put a reasonable cap on the number of side dishes you are preparing yourself, no matter how many dishes other guests are bringing. [The Simple Dollar]</p> <p><a href="http://www.thepennyhoarder.com/how-to-have-a-successful-yard-sale/">6 Strategies I Used to Make $700 From a Yard Sale&hellip; and One I Wish I&rsquo;d Tried</a> &mdash; Carry a fanny pack so shoppers can pay you on the fly. Having people stand in line gives them time to reconsider their purchase. [The Penny Hoarder]</p> <p><a href="http://www.cheapism.com/blog/black-friday-apps-sites-14894/">15 Online Sources for the Best Black Friday Deals</a> &mdash; If you don't have time to scour retailers for the best deals, take advantage of the many websites and apps that will do it for you! [Cheapism]</p> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/How-Save-Travel-24627929#photo-24627929">39 Tips That'll Save You Hundreds on Your Next Trip</a> &mdash; If you want to check out multiple locations, it's worth considering some cruise deals. An all-inclusive cruise deal can help you save on transportation, lodging, and meals. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://bargainbriana.com/dont-neglect-laundry-room-4-savvy-tips-organized-space/">Don&rsquo;t Neglect Your Laundry Room: 4 Savvy Tips for an Organized Space</a> &mdash; The dryer is one of the most expensive appliances to run, but the weather doesn&rsquo;t always permit hanging laundry out on a clothesline. Mount a cheap bath towel holder in your laundry room to dry wrinkle prone clothing without running the dryer. [Bargain Briana]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="https://due.com/blog/daily-habits-holding-back/">Are Your Daily Habits Holding You Back?</a> &mdash; Relatively small habits can have a big impact, especially if they seem to drain your energy and confidence.&nbsp; [Due]</p> <p><a href="http://www.moneyspruce.com/5-quick-ways-get-cash-today/">5 Quick Ways to Get Cash Today</a> &mdash; Emergencies happen, and they can destroy your finances if you don't have enough saved up to cover unexpected expenses. However, you do have a few options if you need money in a pinch. [Money Spruce]</p> <p><a href="http://creativemoney.biz/giving-wrong-reasons-save-money-gift-giving/">Are You Giving For the Wrong Reasons? Save Money on Gift Giving</a> &mdash; Every time you get a gift for someone, ask yourself &quot;why?&quot; If you have an ulterior motive when selecting a gift or adding someone to your list, it's probably just better to skip it. [Creative Money]</p> <p><a href="http://www.dumblittleman.com/2016/11/becoming-a-stronger-person.html">22 Winning Ways That Will Make You A Stronger Person</a> &mdash; Listen to motivational music that keeps you psyched, pumped, and feeling ready to tackle whatever you want to do. [Dumb Little Man]</p> <p><a href="http://liveyourlegend.net/rise-up-when-you-want-to-give-up/">How to Rise Up When You Want to Give Up: The 4-Step Process to Turn a Reaction into Positive Action</a> &mdash; Start by shifting your focus from &quot;what could have been&quot; to &quot;what is&quot; &mdash; and use that as a foundation for moving forward. [Live Your Legend]</p> <p><a href="http://www.productiveflourishing.com/overcome-procrastination/">Three Questions to Confront and Overcome Procrastination</a> &mdash; Identify the people who don't want you to follow your dreams or goals. Confront the voice that says you can't do it. [Productive Flourishing]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-how-to-host-a-thanksgiving-dinner-on-the-cheap">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-quick-and-delicious-ways-to-use-thanksgiving-leftovers">15 Quick and Delicious Ways to Use Thanksgiving Leftovers</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/5-thanksgiving-traditions-you-should-skip">5 Thanksgiving Traditions You Should Skip</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/wise-bread-reloaded-right-now-is-the-time-to-get-ready-for-thanksgiving">Wise Bread Reloaded: Right Now Is the Time to Get Ready for Thanksgiving</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/simple-recipes-for-a-frugal-vegetarian-thanksgiving">Simple Recipes for a Frugal Vegetarian Thanksgiving</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/people-who-love-thanksgiving-do-these-8-things-do-you">People Who Love Thanksgiving Do These 8 Things, Do You?</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment best money tips Thanksgiving Thu, 17 Nov 2016 11:00:08 +0000 Amy Lu 1834562 at http://www.wisebread.com 6 Money Lessons We Can Learn From "Gilmore Girls" http://www.wisebread.com/6-money-lessons-we-can-learn-from-gilmore-girls <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/6-money-lessons-we-can-learn-from-gilmore-girls" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/women_friends_tv_69491221.jpg" alt="Learning money lessons from Gilmore Girls" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>In case you have had your head in the sand, been stranded on a desert island, or just been sitting on your couch with your fingers in your ears chanting, &quot;La, la, la,&quot; let me be the one to tell you: The Gilmore Girls are coming back!</p> <p>We've learned a lot from them over the years. Feisty Lorelai and sweet Rory have taught us about love, family, friendship, food, and more. And, on November 25th, I hope to continue my education.</p> <p>Not only do I hope to hear more witty banter and find out (finally???) whether Team Jess really and truly won Rory's heart, but I bet I'll also learn a bit about money. Here's what I've learned so far.</p> <h2>1. Money Isn't Everything</h2> <p>Look at Richard and Emily, or Paris Gellar, or even Logan. They all have quite a bit of money, but it hasn't brought them much in the way of happiness. Instead, it has brought them stress, a constant need to keep up with the other wealthy folks around them, a whole lot of pressure, and anxiety. In fact, if they are what it means to be wealthy, I don't want any part of it!</p> <p>On the flip side, Lorelei and Rory don't have that much money. Sure, by the time the show starts, they clearly are better off than they used to be, but they still aren't wealthy. Yet they are happy, have a solid relationship, and know what they want out of life. When it comes to happiness, being financially stable is important, but being wealthy is not.</p> <h2>2. Sometimes the Little Splurges Are Worth It</h2> <p>We've all heard about how much we could save if we didn't get that coffee every morning, didn't eat out so much, didn't buy so many drinks, etc. But, sometimes, those little splurges are worth it. Think about the number of times the girls bonded over coffee and a meal at Luke's, or even the relationship that developed between Luke and Lorelai.</p> <p>While there are other ways to facilitate relationships, getting a coffee together is socially acceptable and nonthreatening in our culture. So you may not want to drink as much coffee as the Gilmore Girls, but a cuppa here and there, especially when it comes with good conversation, can easily be worth the cost.</p> <h2>3. It's Okay to Ask for Help</h2> <p>Lorelai asks her parents for financial help several times (starting in the very first episode) and it's hard for her every time. She has worked hard to get to where she is, and she doesn't want to lose her financial independence and put herself in a place where she owes someone. Yet, in order to make it possible for Rory to attend Chilton, she humbles herself and asks Richard and Emily for help.</p> <p>And it turns out to be a good thing.</p> <p>While asking for financial help can be at least as tricky in the real world as it is for Lorelai and Rory, sometimes that is what you need to do. If there is something you need and can't afford, or something that would be really, really good for you or a family member, and asking for aid in a mature, intentional way could be one of the best things you ever do.</p> <h2>4. Dream and Plan for Financial Success</h2> <p>Owning their own inn is a dream for Lorelai and Sookie, and it's not one that could ever come true without intentional planning. First, they dream, then they save, then they look for the perfect place, find the right realtor, and so on. By combining their dream with a plan, they eventually achieve their goals.</p> <p>Most dreams cost money, which means that achieving them requires some sort of plan. Without this, the dream will never become feasible and will only ever be a dream. Planning and putting your money behind a dream means that your money is working for you, and gives you motivation to be frugal and make wise choices.</p> <h2>5. You Can Have Fun Without Spending a Lot</h2> <p>Sure, Rory and Lorelai spend quite a bit on coffee and takeout, but they aren't extravagant when it comes to entertainment. Other than a concert here or there, they spend most of their evenings at home, eating a ton of food and watching all sorts of movies. Through this ritual, they've gotten to know each other and have built a strong mother-daughter bond.</p> <h2>6. That Side Hustle Can Add Up</h2> <p>Lorelai works full time and goes to school, but she also takes jobs on the side. She and Sookie cater parties so posh that even Emily wants them to throw one of hers. Without this extra income, I'm pretty sure Lorelai would never have been able to buy the Dragonfly, even on a very generous manager's salary.</p> <p>If you're good at something, start developing your side hustle today. It can be small at first, but who knows what it will grow into. Maybe it will generate some income so you can follow your dreams, too.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sarah-winfrey">Sarah Winfrey</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-money-lessons-we-can-learn-from-gilmore-girls">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-money-lessons-we-could-all-learn-from-dwayne-the-rock-johnson">6 Money Lessons We Could All Learn From Dwayne &quot;The Rock&quot; Johnson</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/4-brilliant-tips-from-smart-mom-rich-mom">4 Brilliant Tips From &quot;Smart Mom, Rich Mom&quot;</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-of-the-coolest-sayings-about-saving">10 of the Coolest Sayings About Saving</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-personal-finance-skills-everyone-should-master">12 Personal Finance Skills Everyone Should Master</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-frugal-living-skills-i-wish-my-parents-would-have-taught-me">8 Frugal Living Skills I Wish My Parents Would Have Taught Me</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Personal Finance Entertainment advice dreams gilmore girls money lessons saving money side jobs success TV shows Wed, 09 Nov 2016 09:00:06 +0000 Sarah Winfrey 1829534 at http://www.wisebread.com The Frugal Colonizer's Guide to Getting to Mars http://www.wisebread.com/the-frugal-colonizers-guide-to-getting-to-mars <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-frugal-colonizers-guide-to-getting-to-mars" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/astronaut_mars_office_19963703.jpg" alt="Frugal colonizer trying to get to Mars" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Do you want to take a trip to Mars?</p> <p>For many people, such a journey would be the thrill of a lifetime. But there's no indication that an average person can currently shell out the billions of dollars it would take to get there.</p> <p>However, there are people working every day on the concept of commercial space flight, and it's possible that one day, such interplanetary trips will be financially achievable even for middle class folks. Famed entrepreneur and inventor Elon Musk recently said he'd like to see the price of a Mars trip drop to about $200,000.</p> <p>Of course, that's still a big chunk of change. But with sensible financial planning, it's a plausible figure even for someone who's not filthy rich.</p> <p>Let's take a look at how an Average Joe might be able to accumulate $200,000 for a trip to Mars.</p> <h2>Save and Wait</h2> <p>Elon Musk didn't give an indication of <em>when </em>the $200,000 price tag might be in place. So let's assume that it's far out in the future. This gives you time to begin saving now and accumulate wealth over time. $200,000 isn't an amount that can be saved overnight, but over the course of, say, 25 years, it's achievable. If you put away just $250 per month and invest in the general stock market, earning about 7% per year, you'll have about $200,000 a quarter century from now, assuming inflation remains low.</p> <h2>Save More and Wait Less</h2> <p>So you don't want to wait 25 years? Fine. That means you'll have to find ways to save more and accumulate $200,000 in a shorter span of time. Assuming the typical 7% market return on investments, it will take about $650 a month to reach your goal in 15 years. To do it in 10 years, you'll need to save about $1,200 per month. It's possible to invest more aggressively and earn money faster, but you also run a greater risk of losing money or falling short of your goal.</p> <h2>Go Full Monk</h2> <p>So let's say you have a middle class salary but don't want to wait at all. You make about $50,000 a year, but want to go in the next five years or so. Well, sounds like it's time to practice living on Mars by cutting out just about every luxury in your life. Move in with your parents to save on rent, or downsize into a tiny house. Ditch your car and get a bus pass. Never eat out. For entertainment, go on long hikes and read books from the library. If Mars is your goal, you need to act like you're practically already there by living on the bare necessities.</p> <h2>Sell Your Story</h2> <p>If you can't afford to take the trip on your own, maybe there's someone who will pay you to tell the story of how you got to Mars. Maybe there's a book deal to be had, or a reality television show. Maybe you could start a blog and sell some ads on it. Why spend your own money when someone else can handle the expense?</p> <h2>Fund It on Kickstarter</h2> <p>It's highly doubtful many people will raise money online for your trip to Mars. But if you turn your trip into an unselfish venture, it might generate some donations, perhaps through a platform like Kickstarter or GoFundMe. For example, you might promise to perform certain kinds of scientific research, or raise awareness for a cause.</p> <h2>Get Sponsorships</h2> <p>Many people climb Mount Everest and do other big expeditions with the support of companies who like the exposure. Your trip to Mars may be highly publicized, so you can trade your potential visibility for cash to help pay for the trip. This might mean you have to travel in a spacesuit with GoDaddy or Red Bull on the back, but it will be worth it for a trip to the red planet.</p> <h2>Sell Mars Artifacts</h2> <p>People will pay big bucks for items from Mars. Rocks. Dirt. Jars of red dust. It can all be for sale if you can find a way to bring it back to Earth. Surely, there may be restrictions on what you can take from Mars, but if the Apollo astronauts brought back moon rocks, you could probably get away with snatching a Mars rock or two. Under this scenario, you'd probably need someone to front you the money and agree to be paid back later when you earn cash from your Mars artifacts.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="//www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Fthe-frugal-colonizers-guide-to-getting-to-mars&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FThe%20Frugal%20Colonizers%20Guide%20to%20Getting%20to%20Mars.jpg&amp;description=The%20Frugal%20Colonizers%20Guide%20to%20Getting%20to%20Mars" data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-config="above" data-pin-color="red" data-pin-height="28"><img src="//assets.pinterest.com/images/pidgets/pinit_fg_en_rect_red_28.png" alt="" /></a> </p> <!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><script type="text/javascript" async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/The%20Frugal%20Colonizers%20Guide%20to%20Getting%20to%20Mars.jpg" alt="The Frugal Colonizer's Guide to Getting to Mars" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/tim-lemke">Tim Lemke</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-frugal-colonizers-guide-to-getting-to-mars">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/8-money-moves-to-make-the-moment-you-get-a-promotion">8 Money Moves to Make the Moment You Get a Promotion</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-things-football-teaches-us-about-money">9 Things Football Teaches Us About Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/21-things-that-young-adults-absolutely-need-to-know-about-money">21 Things That Young Adults Absolutely Need to Know About Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-10-biggest-lies-we-tell-ourselves-about-money">The 10 Biggest Lies We Tell Ourselves About Money</a></span> </div> </li> <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-easy-ways-to-wake-up-richer-tomorrow-than-you-are-today">12 Easy Ways to Wake Up Richer Tomorrow Than You Are Today</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Personal Finance Entertainment Travel commercial space flight investing Mars saving trips Mon, 31 Oct 2016 09:00:11 +0000 Tim Lemke 1822946 at http://www.wisebread.com So You Caught a World Series Home Run — What's It Worth? http://www.wisebread.com/so-you-caught-a-world-series-home-run-whats-it-worth <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/so-you-caught-a-world-series-home-run-whats-it-worth" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_3934024_MEDIUM.jpg" alt="what&#039;s a home run ball worth?" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>With two teams who haven't seen this apex of baseball for many decades, the World Series of 2016 will be a historic one no matter if the Chicago Cubs or the Cleveland Indians triumph. Every home run sent sailing into the Progressive Field stands or onto Waveland Avenue outside Wrigley Field will be a valuable piece of sports history, especially the first home run hit by a Cub, says sports memorabilia expert Robbie Davis Jr.</p> <p>If you were lucky enough to be there, what would happen if you caught the home run ball? Would you get to keep it? Should you?</p> <p>The ownership of home run balls &mdash; and other significant balls like <a href="http://staugustine.com/stories/012305/spo_2843201.shtml#.WA_HPuArI2w">World Series final out balls</a> &mdash; is legally murky, but according to tradition, fans who catch a ball are allowed to take them home. Actually getting a World Series ball home may take perseverance, and deciding what to do with it will be a serious matter.</p> <h2>You'll Be Approached by Team Representatives</h2> <p>It's common for staff to ask fans to return balls that are considered historically important or would be meaningful to the player. &quot;That will certainly happen with any home run ball hit in this series,&quot; says Davis, one of the owners of Robbie's First Base, the Maryland memorabilia shop featured in the reality show <a href="http://www.robbiesfirstbase.com/">Ball Boys</a>. Usually, the fans are offered something in exchange.</p> <p>For example, a pair of Cubs fans caught Willson Contreras' home run ball in the deciding game of the National League Championship this year, and were immediately offered a pair of World Series tickets and a meeting with the Cubs catcher in exchange for it. <a href="http://www.12up.com/posts/4000375-cubs-fans-trade-hr-ball-for-world-series-tickets?a_aid=40734">They happily accepted</a>.</p> <p>Other fans haven't been as thrilled with their offers. The memorabilia collector who caught Alex Rodriguez's 660th home run ball scoffed at the team's offer of a <a href="http://www.newsday.com/sports/baseball/yankees/fan-who-caught-a-rod-s-660th-hr-ball-will-keep-it-for-now-1.10369383">signed bat</a>. And the Philadelphia Phillies caught major flack &mdash; and a lawsuit &mdash; when they talked a 12-year-old girl into trading <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=113586589">Ryan Howard's 200th career home</a> run for an ordinary signed ball. Once the lawsuit hit the press, the team gave the ball back to the girl.</p> <h2>Don't Make a Split Second Decision</h2> <p>Ballplayers on the field need to follow their instincts when deciding what to do with a ball they catch &mdash; throw to first base or home? But you have the liberty of thinking it over. For example, when a fan caught A-Rod's 3,000th hit, he turned down the Yankees' offered merchandise trade. Later, he negotiated for the <a href="http://www.law360.com/articles/691103/there-s-a-catch-the-tax-on-catching-a-rod-s-home-run-ball">team to donate $150,000</a> to a charity of his choice, and he also received some signed memorabilia &mdash; clearly a much better deal than officials had initially offered.</p> <p>&quot;I would leave with it that night and then start fielding offers,&quot; Davis says. The team and Major League Baseball will certainly try hard to stop a home run ball from leaving the stadium, but teams usually only offer merchandise or the chance to meet players, while collectors offer cash. With a ball this potentially valuable, he says, &quot;I would want to get paid.&quot;</p> <p>Even for a home run during an ordinary game, the staff's first offer may not be their last.</p> <p>&quot;At Progressive Field, the Indians first offer tickets to an upcoming game and an autographed ball. In rare cases, the club has granted an opportunity to meet the player or watch batting practice on the field,&quot; an <a href="http://mlb.mlb.com/news/print.jsp?ymd=20120627&amp;content_id=34014004&amp;vkey=news_mlb&amp;c_id=mlb">MLB.com article explained</a>.</p> <p>Don't feel bad about holding out for a better offer &mdash; after all, even <a href="http://www.wbur.org/onlyagame/2015/06/11/home-run-balls-brandon-moss-indians-bullpen">Cleveland Indian Brandon Moss'</a> <em>teammates </em>asked for iPhones and Macbooks in exchange for his 100th home run ball, which landed in the bullpen.</p> <h2>Get the Ball Authenticated</h2> <p>The modern sports market depends on authentication. <a href="http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/authentication/faq.jsp">MLB authenticators</a> are at every World Series game, attaching unique hologram stickers to just about everything used, from bases to buckets of dirt to balls. While the MLB website asserts that they don't authenticate balls for fans, Davis says that in practice, the on-site authenticators will hologram the ball for you even if you don't relinquish it. Without a hologram, it would be difficult to sell the ball for anything near its potential value.</p> <h2>Let Security Escort You Out of Your Seat</h2> <p>One thing you may not have considered when you stuck your glove out to snag that ball is that catching the ball will probably be the end of the game for you.</p> <p>&quot;You're going to have to leave the stadium,&quot; Davis says. &quot;Because everybody knows now these balls are worth something. You need the police to protect you and that ball.&quot;</p> <h2>Consider Your Options &mdash; and the Financial Implications</h2> <p>If you take the ball home, your options are: returning the ball to the team, keeping it as a souvenir, or trying to sell it. Keep in mind that, according to the IRS, if you keep the ball, <a href="http://www.law360.com/articles/691103/there-s-a-catch-the-tax-on-catching-a-rod-s-home-run-ball">you will have to pay taxes</a> on it's market value, <em>even if you don't sell it</em>.</p> <p>What kind of market value are we talking about? Mark McGuire's 70th home run ball still holds the price record after being sold for $3 million in 1999. But non-milestone home run balls that happen to be hit during the World Series are not in that league. Even a certified ball with Joe Dimaggio's autograph from the 1941 World Series is listed for only around <a href="http://www.ebay.com/itm/Brooklyn-Dodgers-Joe-Dimaggio-Signed-1941-World-Series-Game-Used-Baseball-PSA-/111839826979?hash=item1a0a2c5423">$3,000 on eBay</a>, and a less famous signed World Series ball, from 1999, is <a href="http://www.ebay.com/itm/Jim-Leyritz-Signed-Autographed-1999-World-Series-Baseball-Last-Home-Run-PSA-DNA-/121919881554?hash=item1c62fdc152:g:LY8AAOSwv9hW4Zvu">priced at $79.99</a>.</p> <p>However, Davis figures a home run hit in this historic fall classic is more in the McGuire league than the typical World Series ball &mdash; especially the first home run hit by a Chicago Cub in the series.</p> <p>&quot;To put a definitive number on it is going to be hard. But if the first home run a Cub hits in the World Series is at Wrigley, it could be through the roof,&quot; Davis says. His best guess is that the first Cub World Series home run in more than 70 years will sell for a million dollars, or end up on display in the Hall of Fame &mdash; or both.</p> <p>Davis has one piece of advice for those who want to sell: &quot;Strike while the iron is hot.&quot; While waiting a day or a week won't diminish a historic ball's value, letting years go by could. He saw one customer pass up an offer of $250,000 for a historic home run ball he'd caught &mdash; only to end up settling for $45,000 later.</p> <h2>Consider the Value to the Team or Player</h2> <p>When a home run ball is caught by a true fan, often the thought of being able to give something back to the player who has brought them so much joy trumps any possible compensation. When Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta hit a three-run homer in San Francisco during this year's National League Division Series, the <a href="http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2016/10/11/arrietas-hr-flies-into-hands-of-evanston-native-in-san-francisco/">fan who caught it</a> happily traded in the ball, saying, &quot;The experience was catching the ball. Of course the ball should be back with Jake.&quot;</p> <p>Davis says that when teams say they will give the ball back to the player, they're as good as their word. Even if the player agrees to display their historic ball in Cooperstown, it will still belong to him. But why take the team's word for it? If you're going to be nice enough to give a historic home run back to one of your heroes, why not insist on placing it in his hands yourself? Meeting a player you idolize one on one, and hearing him express his appreciation, is an experience that no amount of money could buy.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/carrie-kirby">Carrie Kirby</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/so-you-caught-a-world-series-home-run-whats-it-worth">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-7"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-watch-sports-without-cable-tv">How to Watch Sports Without Cable TV</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/a-complete-guide-to-saving-at-americas-baseball-stadiums">A Complete Guide to Saving at America&#039;s Baseball Stadiums</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-high-cost-of-modern-love">The High Cost of Modern Love</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-ways-to-save-money-when-getting-your-drink-on">15 Ways to Save Money When Getting Your Drink On</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-brilliant-tips-from-smart-mom-rich-mom">4 Brilliant Tips From &quot;Smart Mom, Rich Mom&quot;</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Entertainment baseball fandom history home run memorabilia sports Thu, 27 Oct 2016 09:00:05 +0000 Carrie Kirby 1821539 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: How to Plan a Halloween Party Frugally http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-how-to-plan-a-halloween-party-frugally <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-how-to-plan-a-halloween-party-frugally" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/kids_halloween_party_78442975.jpg" alt="Planning a Halloween party frugally" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found articles on how to plan a frugal Halloween party, how to set up a home office, and things you can do right now to improve your marriage.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.frugalbuzz.com/articles/party-planning/how-to-plan-a-frugal-halloween-party/">How To Plan A Frugal Halloween Party</a> &mdash; Avoid buying flimsy decorations that will easily fall apart. You'll save on next year's Halloween if you can reuse the decorations. [Frugal Buzz]</p> <p><a href="http://gradmoneymatters.com/money-making-ideas/awesome-guide-to-setting-up-a-convenient-home-office.html">Awesome Guide to Setting Up a Convenient Home Office</a> &mdash; Get a quality headset with noise cancellation if you will be taking conference calls and phone meetings in your home office. [Grad Money Matters]</p> <p><a href="http://www.livingwellspendingless.com/2016/10/17/11-things-you-can-do-right-now-to-improve-your-marriage/">11 Things You Can Do Right Now to Improve Your Marriage</a> &mdash; Don't keep a tally when you fight with your spouse. Let go of the list of complaints and wrongs &mdash; either address them or let them go. [Living Well Spending Less]</p> <p><a href="http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/Saving-Money/2016/1017/When-your-favorite-Black-Friday-2016-ads-will-arrive">When your favorite Black Friday 2016 ads will arrive</a> &mdash; Any non-election news that comes out on November 8 will be buried, lost, and ignored. You're more likely to see Black Friday ads released on Monday or Wednesday of that week. [The Monitor]</p> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/How-Help-Someone-Anxiety-42078628">7 Things You Can Do to Help Someone With Anxiety</a> &mdash; Everyone deals with anxiety attacks differently. If you don't know how to help a friend who's having an attack, just ask. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="https://due.com/blog/8-ways-billing-habits-killing-business/">8 Ways Your Billing Habits are Killing Your Business</a> &mdash; If you want a bill to get paid faster, double check the invoice to make sure it's accurate before you send it out. [Due]</p> <p><a href="http://www.budgetsaresexy.com/2016/10/ways-to-be-better-today-than-yesterday/">19 Ways to Be Better Today Than Yesterday</a> &mdash; Work on your relationships and spend 15 extra minutes with a client or a friend. [Budgets Are Sexy]</p> <p><a href="http://www.thepennyhoarder.com/freezing-vegetables-and-fruits/">Here&rsquo;s How to Freeze All Your Favorite Fruits and Vegetables</a> &mdash; Freezing fruits and vegetables will degrade their texture and nutritional value. Give yourself some wiggle room by choosing the best specimens to freeze for later. [The Penny Hoarder]</p> <p><a href="http://www.stackthechips.com/5-mistakes-modern-real-estate-investors-make/">5 Mistakes Modern Real Estate Investors Make</a> &mdash; When it comes to real estate investing, you can't have a get-rich-quick attitude. [Stack The Chips]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/3-on-the-go-activities-for-your-science-lover">3 On-the-Go Activities for Your Science Lover</a> &mdash; These kits will keep your little scientist engaged for hours! [Parenting Squad]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-how-to-plan-a-halloween-party-frugally">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-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/6-celebrities-with-shockingly-low-net-worths">6 Celebrities With Shockingly Low Net Worths</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-fun-books-that-will-get-your-kids-excited-about-money">10 Fun Books That Will Get Your Kids Excited About Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/47-cheap-fun-things-to-do-this-weekend">47 Cheap, Fun Things to Do This Weekend</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-hobbies-you-can-start-for-under-10">25 Hobbies You Can Start for Under $10</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/never-pay-for-a-redbox-dvd-rental-again">Never Pay for a RedBox DVD Rental Again</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment best money tips Halloween party Wed, 19 Oct 2016 10:00:07 +0000 Amy Lu 1815777 at http://www.wisebread.com Are You Spending Too Much on Halloween This Year? http://www.wisebread.com/are-you-spending-too-much-on-halloween-this-year <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/are-you-spending-too-much-on-halloween-this-year" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/dog_halloween_costume_96975833.jpg" alt="Wondering if you&#039;re spending too much on Halloween this year" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>According to the National Retail Federation (NRF), more than 171 million Americans will celebrate Halloween this year at a <a href="https://nrf.com/media/press-releases/halloween-spending-reach-84-billion-highest-survey-history">total cost of about $8.4 billion</a> &mdash; an all-time high.</p> <p>Broken down, the price tag for each person is estimated to be an average of $82.93, up from last year's $74.34. But we all know that number goes right out the window if you're a fright-night fanatic. At least mine does &mdash; on candy and costume and festivities alone. Tack on decorations, greeting cards, and pet costumes to the list (the latter of which has become BIG business to the tune of $350 million a year), and you can easily spend $100 to $200 on Halloween &mdash; a hefty price tag for what's generally considered to be a &quot;kid&quot; holiday.</p> <p>Ward off such wickedness this October 31 by checking your receipts for hidden spending gremlins.</p> <h2>1. Decorations</h2> <p>The National Retail Federation found that 70% of Halloween shoppers plan to purchase decorations, spending $2.4 billion, while 49% &mdash; likely many of the same respondents &mdash; say they'll decorate their homes or yards. This certainly can become problematic if you're buying new, full-price decorations to add to your collection every year, but there are ways to lessen the cost.</p> <p>My method, for instance, is to buy new items postseason. I never purchase any holiday decorations, Halloween or otherwise, while the season is in full swing. Even if discounts are available (Target reels you in with discounts throughout the season on its Cartwheel app, for example), you'll pay a fraction of even those discounted prices if you wait until November 1 or a couple days after to snag what's left of the haul. Granted, you may not find high-end items like yard inflatables or animatronic monsters, but I'm usually able to add a few smaller decorations to my overall Halloween aesthetic. Outdoor holiday lights and party supplies also are in abundance on clearance the day after.</p> <h2>2. Greeting Cards</h2> <p>A whopping $390 million is spent on Halloween greeting cards every year, purchased by 35.4% of Halloween shoppers. This might not makes sense to some of you, but anybody who has children in their lives &mdash; specifically nieces, nephews, and grandchildren &mdash; will recognize how Hallmark and American Greetings continue to make a killing (mostly because of the guilt we feel for not actually being present to celebrate with them), especially when you consider that the average cost of greeting cards hovers around $5. In fact, I've known people who have spent upward of $18 on a single fancy greeting card; they've been drinking too much witches' brew, for sure.</p> <p>I cut costs on greeting cards for my own nephews by either buying them a year in advance like I do decorations &mdash; and I've walked away with cards at a whopping 90% off the day after Halloween &mdash; or forgoing the card altogether. Because based on my own personal experience, I can absolutely confirm that children don't care about the card whatsoever when there's also candy in the package. Skip it and it'll never be missed.</p> <h2>3. Candy</h2> <p>Okay, now we're getting into serious Halloween territory. Candy &mdash; the crux of the entire bloody celebration &mdash; rakes in an incredible $2.5 billion in September and October alone, with 94.3% of consumers surveyed by the NRF breaking out their wallets for the sugary-sweet treats.</p> <p>And it's not cheap. The average person will spend $24.43 on candy this year, which represents a big chunk of the total Halloween spend average of $82.93. It's easy to see how it gets there though. Premium chocolate brands, like Hershey's, Mars, M &amp; M's, and Reese's, are priced between $10 and $12 per large bag featuring kids/snack size servings. I've seen the per-pound cost of some of these bags between $5 and $7, which is rather expensive for run-of-the-mill chocolate.</p> <p>But therein lies your savings tip: Before I purchase any bag of candy, I compare the number of pieces in the bag/how much the bag weighs with the price-per-pound designation listed on the price tag on the store shelf. Most of them have these. While larger bags may seem like the best value, often the smaller bags are more economical, comparatively.</p> <p>Let's not forget, either, that you're paying for packaging and holiday marketing when you buy holiday food/candy &mdash; the brands factor in the cost of unsold post-holiday items into the cost of the bag you're buying &mdash; which means that you'll save even more if you purchase the everyday bags in the regular candy aisle opposed to those in the seasonal food section. Of course, you can reduce the price even further with app savings and coupons.</p> <h2>4. Human Costumes</h2> <p>Outside of candy, the other major Halloween expense is costumes, which takes up the biggest portion of the holiday-spending pie at $3.1 billion.</p> <p>When it comes to costumes, we're already fairly savvy: 35% of costume shoppers search for the perfect outfit online, where you can find great costumes at reasonable or even discounted prices, while 29% shop in store, likely at pop-up shops like <a href="http://www.spirithalloween.com/">Spirit Halloween Superstores</a>. (I receive discounts galore at Halloween by being on their email list.)</p> <p>What's even more heartening from a savings standpoint is that many of us rely on social media (34%), friend and family (19%), pop culture (16%), and print media (14%) for costume ideas, the pieces for which we look for in our own closets or thrift stores.</p> <p>Again, I've saved a bundle picking up full costumes, odds and ends, and accessories after the holiday; Spirit goes out of business for the year, end of day November 1, but you can snag tons of great stuff that day. I keep all those items in a box to piece meal a costume together the next year.</p> <p>Another smart idea is to swap costumes and accessories among friends. Somebody in your circle may have just what you're looking for &mdash; Facebook is an excellent way to find out &mdash; so you don't have to shell out for one-use-only items.</p> <h2>5. Pet Costumes</h2> <p>We love our pets. So much so that 20 million of us are willing to fork over a combined $350 million to dress up our furbabies as waggy-tailed ghouls and goblins.</p> <p>I admit that I've dressed up my own dog for a celebration at the dog park or for a neighborhood parade, but I'll let you in on a little secret: He doesn't like it one bit. And it stands to reason that yours probably doesn't either. Which is why I don't do it anymore.</p> <p>Even a discounted costume is a waste, in my opinion, because if the dog doesn't destroy it trying to get it off, it'll get filthy when your pet rolls around in the dirt and other dogs' poop in hopes of sending you a message to stop humiliating it in public. Thus, if you're looking to shave real money off your Halloween expenditures this year, cut out the pet costume altogether (or reuse the filthy one). No sleep will be lost, least of all by your slobbery companion.</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/are-you-spending-too-much-on-halloween-this-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-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/the-big-list-of-money-saving-coupon-codes-for-halloween-2016">The Big List of Money-Saving Coupon Codes for Halloween 2016</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-85-best-ways-to-save-on-halloween-this-year">Flashback Friday: 85 Best Ways to Save on Halloween This 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/easy-ways-to-save-on-7-everyday-buys">Easy Ways to Save on 7 Everyday Buys</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/3-smart-ways-to-save-on-fathers-day">3 Smart Ways to Save on Father&#039;s Day</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-fun-books-that-will-get-your-kids-excited-about-money">10 Fun Books That Will Get Your Kids Excited About Money</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment Shopping budgeting candy costumes decorations Halloween Holidays pets saving money spending Mon, 17 Oct 2016 10:00:09 +0000 Mikey Rox 1813149 at http://www.wisebread.com Flashback Friday: 38 Money Lessons We Can Learn From Celebrities http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-38-money-lessons-we-can-learn-from-celebrities <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/flashback-friday-38-money-lessons-we-can-learn-from-celebrities" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/john_oliver_91926655.jpg" alt="Learning money lessons from John Oliver" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Whether you become rich first, or famous first, the two eventually go hand in hand. In order to maintain that financial success, you need to be smart about how all that money is spent. Otherwise, you'll lose both. Here are 38 money lessons we can learn from famous people.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/dwayne_johnson_000018755909.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-money-lessons-we-could-all-learn-from-dwayne-the-rock-johnson?ref=fbf">6 Money Lessons We Could All Learn From Dwayne &quot;The Rock&quot; Johnson</a> &mdash; After his football career ended, The Rock had just $7 left to his name. He has since turned that into an impressive acting career, and millions of dollars. He never gave up on his dreams, and neither should you.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-money-lessons-we-can-learn-from-jk-rowling?ref=fbf">4 Money Lessons We Can Learn From J.K. Rowling</a> &mdash; She was a single mom and living on government assistance when she wrote the first book in the wildly popular <em>Harry Potter </em>series. Rowling is also the first female billionaire novelist creating a brand worth $15 billion. She knows a thing or two.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/beyonce_knowles_000016852365.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-money-lessons-we-can-learn-from-beyonc?ref=fbf">7 Money Lessons We Can Learn From Beyoncé</a> &mdash; Bow down to Queen Bey, because she knows how to manage her money like a baller. She might be one-half of the biggest power couple in the world, but she has also created a diversified career in entertainment, and could easily stand on her own.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/zooey-deschanel-never-pays-late-fees-and-5-other-smart-money-lessons-from-celebrities?ref=fbf">Zooey Deschanel Never Pays Late Fees and 5 Other Smart Money Lessons From Celebrities</a> &mdash; Did you know that Kristen Bell is a coupon clipper? Or that Mindy Kaling returns most of the clothes she buys? Celebrities are just like us! Even though they are raking in the dough.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/john_oliver_12450865504_98a7a40631_z.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-best-money-management-tips-from-john-oliver?ref=fbf">7 Best Money Management Tips From John Oliver</a> &mdash; John Oliver might be a famous funny man, but his weekly show on HBO often covers financial news stories that everyone should pay attention to. From zombie debt to creating a reliable retirement plan, John Oliver knows all.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-financial-lessons-from-adele?ref=fbf">8 Financial Lessons From Adele</a> &mdash; Adele might say &quot;Hello from the other side&quot; of extreme wealth, but she lives a surprisingly relatable lifestyle. 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