Entertainment http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/5995/all en-US Best Money Tips: Netflix Hacks You Should Know http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-netflix-hacks-you-should-know <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-netflix-hacks-you-should-know" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/Netflix%20iPhone.jpg" alt="netflix" title="netflix" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some great articles on Netflix hacks to make the most of your account, balancing your side gig with your day job, and how to deal when you're overwhelmed.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://smartycents.com/articles/5-netflix-hacks-to-make-the-most-of-your-account/">5 Netflix Hacks to Make the Most of Your Account (Video)</a> &mdash; Learn how to set up your account so that you'll see the IMDB and Rotten Tomatoes scores for the shows or movies you're browsing on Netflix. [Smarty Cents]</p> <p><a href="http://www.moneyunder30.com/balance-a-side-hustle-with-your-day-job">3 Tips to Better Balance a Side Hustle With Your Day Job</a> &mdash; Many people are able to turn their side gigs into a full-time job, but obsessing over leaving your day job can make your time there miserable. Instead, think of it as an investment in yourself and your side hustle. [Money Under 30]</p> <p><a href="http://www.getorganizedwizard.com/blog/2014/11/8-simple-tips-help-overwhelmed/">8 Simple Tips to Help You When You're Overwhelmed</a> &mdash; Give yourself a break if you can't deal with something right now. Turn it off, stop thinking about it, and tackle it another day. [Get Organized Wizard]</p> <p><a href="http://www.pickthebrain.com/blog/4-unexpected-science-backed-ways-develop-empathy">4 Unexpected (and Science-Backed) Ways to Develop Empathy</a> &mdash; Reading literary fiction makes you put yourself in another person's position, which leads to more empathy and a better understanding of other lives. [Pick The Brain]</p> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Good-Questions-Ask-During-Interview-33652741">7 Questions That Will Knock the Socks Off Your Interviewer</a> &mdash; Asking why the position is available will help you figure out your expectations for the job &mdash; was the previous employee promoted? Did they leave because there was no opportunity for growth? Or is it a new position that you'll have to navigate on your own? [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.savingadvice.com/articles/2014/11/19/1030437_home-eco-friendly-remodeling-ideas.html">15 Eco-Friendly Remodeling Ideas Every Homeowner Should Consider</a> &mdash; Outdoor motion detectors will allow you to have lights when you need them without the cost of keeping them on all night while you're out. [Saving Advice]</p> <p><a href="http://www.moneytalksnews.com/10-erroneous-things-people-actually-believe-about-insurance/">10 Erroneous Things People Actually Believe About Insurance</a> &mdash; Many people believe red cars cost more to insure because they are pulled over for speeding more often. This isn't true; color doesn't factor into the rate calculation. [Money Talks News]</p> <p><a href="http://simplifiedsaving.com/2014/11/six-simple-steps-to-perfect-turkey-stock">Six Simple Steps to Perfect Turkey Stock</a> &mdash; Start by removing the good meat and placing the skin, fat, loose bones, and turkey frame into a large soup pot. [Simplified Saving]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/how-to-make-cranberry-sauce-with-only-3-ingredients">How to Make Cranberry Sauce in 3 Simple Steps</a> &mdash; All you need is cranberries, sugar, and water &mdash; though you can use orange or apple juice instead of water for more flavor. [Parenting Squad]</p> <p><a href="http://gradmoneymatters.com/money-making-ideas/4-reasons-you-should-look-into-self-employment.html">4 Reasons You Should Look Into Self-Employment</a> &mdash; One great thing about working for yourself is that you can create your own schedule. [Grad Money Matters]</p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-netflix-hacks-you-should-know" class="sharethis-link" title="Best Money Tips: Netflix Hacks You Should Know" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><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-netflix-hacks-you-should-know">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-netflix-and-hulu-to-play-on-your-tv">How to Get Netflix and Hulu to Play on Your 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/cutting-the-cable-cord-has-more-than-financial-benefits">Cutting the Cable Cord Has More Than Financial Benefits</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/you-own-your-finances-how-much-people-spend-to-watch-movies">You Own Your Finances: How Much People Spend to Watch Movies</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/netflix-pricing-changes-what-now">Netflix Pricing Changes: What Now?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/47-cheap-fun-things-to-do-this-weekend">47 Cheap, Fun Things to Do This Weekend</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> Entertainment best money tips netflix Mon, 24 Nov 2014 21:00:13 +0000 Amy Lu 1258336 at http://www.wisebread.com 6 Alternative Ways to Do Thanksgiving http://www.wisebread.com/6-alternative-ways-to-do-thanksgiving <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/6-alternative-ways-to-do-thanksgiving" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/friends-dinner-party-459874981-small.jpg" alt="friends party" title="friends party" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Growing up, there was never any doubt about how Thanksgiving would be celebrated. Grams cooked the turkey and ham; the rest of us provided the traditional sides and desserts. Women and children ate at the &quot;big&quot; table, while most of the men migrated off to the den to yell at the Cowboys. Dinner was at one; home by six.</p> <p>And it was like that year after year, without fail.</p> <p>Today, we've created our own definition of Thanksgiving. Some of those traditions survived &mdash; you can still hear quite a bit of &quot;couch-coaching&quot; for example, when the Dallas game is on, and I always &mdash; always &mdash; make the customary pumpkin and pecan pies.</p> <p>But we've adopted quite a few new traditions, too. That's the thing about holidays &mdash; you can make them anything you want them to be.</p> <p>So, if the usual turkey and dressing just aren't doing it for you this year (or if getting together with family isn't an option) , don't sweat it; there are plenty of alternative ways you can still have a happy Thanksgiving.</p> <h2>1. Pick a Theme</h2> <p>One of the first things we did when we started hosting the holidays at our house was to agree that &quot;dinner&quot; wasn't limited to the traditional fare. As a result, we've done everything from brisket and barbecue to fajitas, complete with rice, beans, and yes, homemade <em>sopapillas</em> for dessert.</p> <p>You could take this open-menu concept a step further and choose a different theme each year, exploring authentic cuisines from all over the world while expanding your cooking skills at the same time.</p> <h2>2. Pick a Cause</h2> <p>One of my aunts used to spend Thanksgiving volunteering at the local food kitchen&hellip; it was her way of giving back, she said, and reminding herself of the many blessings she had.</p> <p>If this sounds like something you'd like to do, try contacting the Salvation Army or visit <a href="http://www.volunteermatch.org/search/index.jsp?l=united+states&amp;k=thanksgiving">VolunteerMatch.org</a> to find volunteer opportunities in your area.</p> <p>Of course, you don't have to forego your traditional celebration completely in order to give back. We don't have a local food kitchen for example, but we do have a women's shelter that takes donations, so every year, we invite our friends and relatives to &quot;bring a bag&quot; when they come for Thanksgiving dinner.</p> <p>The shelter gets a much bigger donation as a result and we all feel a little more &quot;connected&quot; to the spirit of the holiday.</p> <h2>3. Run Forest, Run</h2> <p>If you're looking for a healthy way to spend your holiday, consider a run. Turkey Trots have become something of a tradition in their own right, and there's probably one being held somewhere close to you.</p> <p>Most races are in the 5k range, but there's several shorter and longer races available too. Visit <a href="http://www.runningintheusa.com/Race/Thanksgiving.aspx">Running in the USA</a> and <a href="https://runsignup.com/Races?name=&amp;distance=&amp;max_distance=&amp;units=K&amp;start_date=11%2F27%2F2014&amp;end_date=&amp;country=US&amp;state=">Run Signup</a> to find nearby events.</p> <h2>4. Remember You're Not Alone</h2> <p>Having &quot;nowhere to go&quot; on Thanksgiving might initially make you feel a bit isolated but remember, you're not the only one in that boat and a good gathering doesn't have to be just family. Reach out to friends, neighbors, and co-workers &mdash; you might find others looking for a place to go. Coordinate a potluck and <em>voila</em>! Instant holiday gathering.</p> <p>Can't find any takers? Try checking your local newspapers and/or community websites. A number of churches host an annual event for example, as do most cafeteria-style restaurants, such as Luby's. And don't forget to check your favorite eating places &mdash; many Cracker Barrel locations will serve Thanksgiving this year; <a href="http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/blogs/youngandhungry/2013/11/22/nowhere-to-go-for-thanksgiving-dc-reynolds-will-offer-a-free-feast/">DC Reynolds</a> is hosting dinner for free.</p> <h2>5. Shop</h2> <p>Grab some friends or family members, make a reservation at a ritzy restaurant, and then spend your afternoon indulging in some early Christmas shopping.</p> <p>More and more stores are starting their holiday specials on or before Thanksgiving Day. That means you can cash in on big savings, knock out your Christmas list, <em> and</em> enjoy good food and good company on Thanksgiving.</p> <h2>6. Get Away</h2> <p>If none of these ideas are making you jump up and down, how about a change of venue? Many hotels and resorts offer fantastic holiday packages, some with their own creative Thanksgiving twist.</p> <p>The <a href="http://www.xvbeacon.com/">XV Beacon Hotel</a> in Boston for instance, donates 15% of the room rate to the Greater Boston Food Bank, so your trip helps those who are less fortunate. You can also visit the <a href="http://www.plimoth.org/">Plimoth Plantation</a> which, according to the history books, is the locale of our very first Thanksgiving&hellip; as in, ever.</p> <p><a href="http://www.squawcreek.com/lake-tahoe-events.php">The Resort at Squaw Creek</a> in California offers an all-day Thanksgiving buffet, breakfast with Santa and enjoy the Grand Tree lighting ceremony while you stroll through a life-size gingerbread village.</p> <p>If that sounds a little more upscale than you wanted to do, then consider the Riverwalk in San Antonio, a B&amp;B in beautiful Hill Country, or just pick a spot you'd like to visit and find yourself a nice hotel room with a view. Remember, home is where the heart is.</p> <p><em>How will you spend Thanksgiving this year? Please share in comments!</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-alternative-ways-to-do-thanksgiving" class="sharethis-link" title="6 Alternative Ways to Do Thanksgiving" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kate-luther">Kate Luther</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-alternative-ways-to-do-thanksgiving">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/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-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-ways-to-have-a-no-spend-holiday-season">12 Ways to Have a No-Spend Holiday Season</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-thanksgiving-traditions-you-should-skip">5 Thanksgiving Traditions You Should Skip</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-fun-ways-to-celebrate-valentines-day-with-kids">10 Fun Ways to Celebrate Valentine&#039;s Day With Kids</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/watch-the-10-craziest-annual-4th-of-july-fireworks-displays">WATCH: The 10 Craziest Annual 4th of July Fireworks Displays</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> Entertainment celebrations feasts Holidays Tags: thanksgiving Sat, 22 Nov 2014 11:00:10 +0000 Kate Luther 1258826 at http://www.wisebread.com How to Host Thanksgiving in a Tiny Apartment http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-host-thanksgiving-in-a-tiny-apartment <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-host-thanksgiving-in-a-tiny-apartment" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/apartment-dinner-party-187088713-small.jpg" alt="apartment dinner party" title="apartment dinner party" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>You've decided to accept the challenge of being the host with the most this Thanksgiving, but there's just one tiny problem &mdash; your smaller-than-small apartment. Time to panic? Nah. Before you cancel the fete, feast on these ways to work with what you've got &mdash; and still deliver an incredible dinner. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/simple-recipes-for-a-frugal-vegetarian-thanksgiving?ref=seealso" style="text-decoration:none;">Simple Recipes for a Frugal Vegetarian Thanksgiving</a>)</p> <h2>Clear the Clutter as Soon as You Decide to Host</h2> <p>All right, hoarders, it's time to get busy; you've let that junk pile up long enough. Take this opportunity to clear out all your clutter so you can have a beautiful, <em>clean</em> apartment with plenty of space for your guests to sit back and relax on the holiday. Do this far enough in advance &mdash; and use your money-saving savvy to make a few bucks on items you don't want anymore &mdash; and you could possibly pay for the entire dinner with the cash you earned and have a few dollars to spare.</p> <h2>Keep the Guest List Manageable Given Your Space Constraints</h2> <p>You know how many people your home can handle, so don't overdo it. Only invite enough people for whom you have proper seats at a table or wherever you decide to eat. I live in a condo that has a breakfast bar that seats four, and I have a sturdy coffee table that guests can use to eat while sitting on the couch. That setup works for my friends and me, but it may not make everyone in your life comfortable. Let your guests know in advance how the dining situation will be arranged so they can make their own decision on whether or not they want to attend.</p> <h2>Ensure That You Have Enough Diningware to Accommodate Everybody</h2> <p>If you live in a small apartment, you probably have limited cabinet space &mdash; which means that you probably have limited diningware. Do a count once the guest list is set to ensure that you have all the plates, utensils, glasses, napkins, serving dishes, and so on that you'll need to host this dinner without a hitch. If you've come up short, you can either choose to buy more legit diningware, or you can opt to go plastic (the high-end stuff for this special occasion, of course), one of the only times I will recommend these otherwise money traps.</p> <h2>Plan a Menu That's Appetizing But Not Overly Complicated</h2> <p>If you like to cook like I do, you'll want to show off your kitchen skills by making fancy dishes to impress your guests at Thanksgiving. <em>Bad</em>. <em>Idea</em>.</p> <p>I've gone this route before and I've spent hours upon hours standing in the kitchen preparing a meal that has a million-and-one ingredients that turns out amazing but that I'm usually too exhausted to enjoy by the time it's ready to serve. And chances are, your guests would have been just as happy with Stovetop as they are with your from-scratch apple-sausage-sage cornbread stuffing. Trust me.</p> <p>What this also means in a small apartment is piles and piles of dishes claiming valuable dining real estate. Are you gonna wash all of them before serving dinner? I didn't think so. Thus, today is a day to enjoy your friends and celebrate the things for which you're thankful; embark on a mission of culinary excess and you'll curse the day you ever heard of Bobby Flay.</p> <h2>Prepare What You Can Ahead of Time &mdash; Like Earlier in the Week</h2> <p>Some dishes can be prepared ahead of time &mdash; like stuffings and mashed potatoes, for instance, and especially desserts &mdash; take advantage of the extra time to keep the dirty dishes to a minimum and enjoy more of your company when the big day arrives instead of slaving over a hot stove.</p> <h2>Assign Certain Aspects of the Meal to Your Guests</h2> <p>Another good way to save time, money, and space this Thanksgiving is to host a potluck Thanksgiving. If you plan to make the turkey, you can farm out the sides to a couple guests and ask others to bring bread, dessert, or a bottle of wine. A collaborative effort can definitely be fun, mind you, but it should be planned as the purpose of your Thanksgiving. What I mean by that is when you extend the initial invitation inform your guests that this will be a potluck meal. It's terrible form to spring this on somebody after the fact.</p> <h2>Rearrange Furniture for Optimal and Maximum Seating Potential</h2> <p>You should, without a doubt, have enough seating for your guests at dinner, but they'll also want to sit down in other areas around your apartment before and perhaps after the meal. In my apartment I arrange the four breakfast bar seats to face outward into the living room, I roll in my two office chairs, and put our metal coffee table against a wall, which creates a circle of seating that allows everyone to converse conveniently while also having a good view of the TV. This particular situation probably won't work for you, but with a little creativity you can create your own game plan to optimize your own relaxation station.</p> <h2>Consider a Buffet Table to Free Up the Dining Table</h2> <p>When I serve dinner for more than four in my apartment, I set up a buffet-style table in the foyer. This keeps the actual dining space clear of serving dishes so everyone can spread out and enjoy their meal with a little breathing room. This table has turned out to be a great investment as I've used it as a buffet table for multiple gatherings, but also to display items at a yard sale, an extra dining table in some cases, and a game-night table with the boys.</p> <h2>Designate an Out-of-the-Way Space for Outerwear</h2> <p>Where, oh where, will all those coats go? You don't want to put them on the furniture because that's taking up much-needed seating, and you really shouldn't put them on your bed for sanitary reasons (you can judge me for this, but I don't want people's clothes on the bedding I sleep on; it's just&hellip; eww).</p> <p>If you have a coat rack or hooks around your apartment, utilize those as well as extra closet space if you have it. Another practical solution is to put the outerwear on hangers and place them on your shower curtain if it's a very sturdy one. Your guests will use the restroom while they're there, but nobody should be showering unless y'all are really tight like that. Save time by pulling the hangers in advance of your guests' arrival so you can take their coats and hang them efficiently. It goes without saying that you should clean your bathroom beforehand so your guests will be comfortable with their coats in there &mdash; and so they don't call the health department on you after they leave.</p> <h2>Make Do and Have Fun</h2> <p>Don't sweat the small stuff. Literally. Just don't do it. Make the best of what you have using these tips and other suggestions in the comments section and around the Internet and you're good to go. Thanksgiving is special, and it only comes once a year. Enjoy it, my friends. Enjoy it hard because the evil that is January is on its way.</p> <p><em>Do you have other tips on how to host Thanksgiving in a tiny apartment? Let me know in the comments below.</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-host-thanksgiving-in-a-tiny-apartment" class="sharethis-link" title="How to Host Thanksgiving in a Tiny Apartment" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><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/how-to-host-thanksgiving-in-a-tiny-apartment">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/how-to-throw-a-fabulous-and-frugal-dinner-party">How to Throw a Fabulous (and Frugal!) Dinner Party</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/simple-recipes-for-a-frugal-vegetarian-thanksgiving">Simple Recipes for a Frugal Vegetarian 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/people-who-love-thanksgiving-do-these-8-things-do-you">People Who Love Thanksgiving Do These 8 Things, Do You?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/a-dinner-party-for-6-feed-em-for-under-20">A Dinner Party for 6: Feed &#039;Em for Under $20</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> Entertainment dinner parties entertaining parties Thanksgiving Fri, 21 Nov 2014 17:00:11 +0000 Mikey Rox 1257548 at http://www.wisebread.com People Who Love Thanksgiving Do These 8 Things, Do You? http://www.wisebread.com/people-who-love-thanksgiving-do-these-8-things-do-you <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/people-who-love-thanksgiving-do-these-8-things-do-you" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/family-thanksgiving-dinner-80403972-small.jpg" alt="family thanksgiving" title="family thanksgiving" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I'm not someone who tends to love Thanksgiving. The truth is, I find it so stressful that it's hard to figure out how to enjoy it in and around the food I have to cook, the decorations I have to put up and take down, and the seemingly constant stream of people. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/year-end-holiday-celebrations-for-less?ref=seealso">Year-End Holiday Celebrations for Less</a>)</p> <p>Still, I know there's more to this holiday than all of those things, so I've begun to look at my friends who love Thanksgiving to figure out how I can start loving this season, too. Here are a few of the things I've tried over the last several years, or will be trying this year.</p> <h2>1. Practice Gratitude All Month Long</h2> <p>It turns out that the point of Thanksgiving is gratitude, not football or shopping. The holiday started because people were grateful, and that's what we remember when we take the day off and eat all that food.</p> <p>One of the best ways to remember the gratitude part of Thanksgiving is to start practicing it early. People who really love Thanksgiving often make gratitude a practice throughout the month of November. You can write down several things you're thankful for each day, or you can even post them somewhere like Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram to make your gratitude public.</p> <h2>2. Decorate for the Holiday</h2> <p>Because it comes so close to Christmas, a lot of people don't bother decorating for Thanksgiving. And it does seem like it would be kind of a pain to put up decorations for one holiday, only to take them down for another one.</p> <p>However, people who love Thanksgiving often put decorations up anyway, to help them focus on the day and remember that it, too, is a celebration. You have a couple of choices, to make the whole process easier. You could just put out a few things, ones that catch your eye but aren't hard to put away when the day is over. Or, you could decorate for Thanksgiving at the beginning of November, so you get to enjoy the decor all month long.</p> <h2>3. Plan the Meal Carefully</h2> <p>Most people spend some time planning their Thanksgiving Dinner, but people who love the holiday tend to plan not only in order to make sure that all the pieces are there, but in order to minimize the work involved or spread it out over several people, families, and kitchens.</p> <p>I know that part of the reason I haven't liked Thanksgiving in the past is that I end up spending <em>so much time</em> preparing food, and then cleaning up afterwards. I don't get to give thanks or watch football or anything, because I'm focused on the food. It makes sense, then, that planning a simpler meal or inviting more hands to become involved would lower that stress, making the holiday more enjoyable.</p> <h2>4. Watch the Macy's Parade</h2> <p>Okay, so I vaguely remember the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade from when I was a kid, but it has never been a major part of my holiday. However, a good friend of mine watches it every year, and she says it's part of why she loves Thanksgiving. So I tried it last year.</p> <p>Now, I didn't watch the whole thing from start to finish, but I watched enough, and it did raise my spirits. There's something about the whimsy of the balloons, the upbeat music of the bands, and the creativity of the floats that starts the day off right.</p> <h2>5. Don't Shop (So Others Can Enjoy the Day, Too!)</h2> <p>I've read about people having to work on Thanksgiving every year for the last several. And, I'll be honest with you, it's nice to know that there will be a grocery store open, in case I've forgotten anything for the meal. But people who love Thanksgiving often avoid shopping on the holiday, because they enjoy the day so much that they want everyone to be able to spend it with family and friends, too.</p> <h2>6. Know What to Do With Leftover Turkey</h2> <p>It may sound silly, but one of the things that can make Thanksgiving stressful is knowing you will have leftovers and not knowing what to do with them. You can alleviate this by finding some recipes for your leftovers ahead of time, maybe even starting a family tradition to answer the &quot;What do I do with all this turkey?&quot; question.</p> <p>People who love Thanksgiving don't stress about leftovers. They know you can make everything from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-creative-simple-frugal-recipes-for-leftover-turkey">Bar-B-Q sandwiches</a> to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-tasty-ideas-for-leftover-turkey">fajitas</a> to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-meals-you-can-make-with-thanksgiving-leftovers">yummy casseroles</a>.</p> <h2>7. Help Others Have a Great Thanksgiving</h2> <p>Many people who love Thanksgiving love it because they make it a point to help others, not just to relax and eat. This can mean serving Thanksgiving dinner to homeless people, or simply donating money to a local charity that takes Thanksgiving dinner to people who might not get one otherwise.</p> <p>There's something about <a href="http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2013/12/22/how-giving-makes-us-happy/">giving that makes us happy</a>, especially when we connect it with a holiday. When we help others, we're also reminded of how much we have, which will make us more grateful, if we let it. And isn't that the whole point of the day?</p> <h2>8. Don't Brave Black Friday</h2> <p>Yes, there are amazing deals on Black Friday, even if you resist going to the stores on Thursday afternoon or evening. But when you are so focused on getting started on Christmas, it's easy to almost forget Thanksgiving entirely, to let it become an afterthought rather than an important holiday in and of itself.</p> <p>People who love Thanksgiving often want to revel in it, and so they choose not to focus on shopping because it will distract them from a day that's important to them. If you're lucky enough to have Friday off, you can take it as an opportunity to let Thanksgiving sink in, rather than a chance to get a leg up on Christmas.</p> <p><em>Do you love Thanksgiving? How do you show it? Please share in comments!</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/people-who-love-thanksgiving-do-these-8-things-do-you" class="sharethis-link" title="People Who Love Thanksgiving Do These 8 Things, Do You?" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><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/people-who-love-thanksgiving-do-these-8-things-do-you">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-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/5-thanksgiving-traditions-you-should-skip">5 Thanksgiving Traditions You Should Skip</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-host-thanksgiving-in-a-tiny-apartment">How to Host Thanksgiving in a Tiny Apartment</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/simple-recipes-for-a-frugal-vegetarian-thanksgiving">Simple Recipes for a Frugal Vegetarian 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/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-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <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> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> Entertainment people who love Thanksgiving traditions Wed, 19 Nov 2014 22:00:11 +0000 Sarah Winfrey 1257136 at http://www.wisebread.com 12 Ways to Have a No-Spend Holiday Season http://www.wisebread.com/12-ways-to-have-a-no-spend-holiday-season <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/12-ways-to-have-a-no-spend-holiday-season" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/mother-daughter-gingerbread-house-173299436-small.jpg" alt="mother daughter gingerbread house" title="mother daughter gingerbread house" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Do you ever feel like the holidays are getting out of control? Like that portly fellow in the red suit and beard is actually budget-busting bully? Maybe it's time for a midwinter revolution: the No-Spend Holiday. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-festive-frugal-ways-to-spruce-up-your-home-for-the-holidays?ref=seealso">6 Festive, Frugal Ways to Spruce Up Your Place for the Holidays</a>)</p> <p>Here are 12 ideas to make your holiday less about spending money on things and more about spending time with people.</p> <h2>1. Get Crafty</h2> <p>Holidays are the perfect excuse for even the most macho among us to string popcorn, geek out making custom Christmas cards, or delight in the finer points of gingerbread house construction. Instead of worrying about the &quot;stuff&quot; of the holidays, lose yourself in the joy of making things to exchange as gifts or keep as mementos. Involve the wee ones too with easy <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/30-easy-holiday-crafts-for-kids">holiday craft ideas for kids</a>.</p> <h2>2. Make a &quot;Me Menu&quot;</h2> <p>Instead of a long holiday wish list, encourage each family member to create a favorite dinner menu. From appetizers to drinks and dessert, each person chooses their favorite meal and the rest of the family pitches in to pull it off exactly as planned. Rotate turns and tasks until everyone has enjoyed their gastronomic gift.</p> <h2>3. Play Outside</h2> <p>Baby, it's cold outside &mdash; but all that snow creates a veritable playground for the young at heart. Bundle up and have a good-natured snowball fight, window shop, or just flop down and make a snow angel. And what's even better than spending an hour outside? Coming inside and warming up with a hot toddy or a cup of hot chocolate.</p> <h2>4. &hellip;Or Inside</h2> <p>Not in the mood for outdoor adventure? Stay inside and play old-fashioned board games, charades, or Bingo. With the right amount of planning and PR, even simple activities can feel like major events.</p> <h2>5. Sculpt in Snow</h2> <p>Sure, the snowman is a classic, but get inventive this year. Build a snow dinosaur, a snow monster, a snow mermaid, or a snow castle. Get the whole family involved and see how you can make it bigger, more realistic, and more attention-grabbing for passersby.</p> <h2>6. Pick Classic Flicks</h2> <p>The list of classic holiday movies gets longer every year: <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00004TS0E/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00004TS0E&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=DUHLYTPQETU5NROF">Miracle on 34th Street</a>, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000VBIGCW/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000VBIGCW&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=HBP25IYBMKE4LY7M">A Christmas Story</a>, and <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/6305949980/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=6305949980&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=NXGDA5YQDRQDKKLZ">The Nightmare Before Christmas</a> are just three off the top of my head. Stream them or borrow a few from your local library and devote an evening to silencing the smartphones, popping popcorn, and enjoying downtime together.</p> <h2>7. Unplug</h2> <p>And while we're on the topic of smartphones, maybe it's time to create a new tradition &mdash; The Unplugged Christmas. If every event is interrupted with buzzing and flashing and your holiday dinner table resembles a futuristic game of <em>Simon Says</em>, carve out a few electronics-free moments for adults and kids (over dinner, while opening gifts, for the first and last hour of each day, etc). It'll help everyone live in the moment and be less distracted by media and messages.</p> <h2>8. Volunteer</h2> <p>It really is better to give than to receive. Contribute your time and talents to a local charity this year and in return, enjoy <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-unexpected-benefits-of-volunteering">a few unexpected benefits</a>, including a deeper awareness of all you have to be thankful for.</p> <h2>9. Get Thrifty</h2> <p>If a no-spend holiday just isn't realistic, how about a low-spend holiday? Instead of buying new, explore local second-hand shops and give <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-great-holiday-gifts-from-the-thrift-store">great thrifty gifts</a>!</p> <h2>10. Donate Your Time</h2> <p>Gifts don't have to be material. This year, offer to help someone with a task, a chore, or a goal. Maybe your mother-in-law would love to visit her childhood home but can't make the drive solo. Offer your chauffeur get specific about the when and the how. Shovel the sidewalk for an elderly neighbor, or surprise a young niece or nephew with an impromptu sledding adventure.</p> <h2>11. Revel in Your Achievements and Dreams</h2> <p>There's something entirely appropriate about taking time during the holidays to review our achievements and goals. Take turns with friends or family and remind each other of all your individual and collective triumphs. Promotions, good grades, saving, volunteering, learning a new skill, and decluttering all count. What do you want to do next year? What are the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-steps-to-achieving-all-your-goals">steps to achieving your goals</a> and how can everyone help?</p> <h2>12. Make Something Together</h2> <p>Holidays take a lot of preparation, so why not make them a family affair? Explore <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/keeping-santa-sane-budget-holiday-decorating">budget holiday decorating ideas</a>, prepare for guests by sprucing that spare bedroom, or break out the saw and sander and <a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/Giant-Jenga-Diy/">build a giant Jenga game</a>. Working together is a great way to teach new skills, build a sense of pride, and replace getting stuff with doing stuff.</p> <p>Remember, the goal isn't to cut all the money out of our holidays, but to shift our focus. It's easy to get caught up the consumerism and materialism, but challenging to change course and reconnect with simpler ideas about giving, receiving, and sharing. This holiday, push back on the tide of baubles and bangles and see if there isn't just a little more joy, a lot more time, and a lot less stress.</p> <p><em>Are you planning a no-spend or low-spend holiday this year? What ideas do you have to make it a success?</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-ways-to-have-a-no-spend-holiday-season" class="sharethis-link" title="12 Ways to Have a No-Spend Holiday Season" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kentin-waits">Kentin Waits</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-ways-to-have-a-no-spend-holiday-season">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/8-holiday-mistakes-that-can-ruin-your-cheer">8 Holiday Mistakes That Can Ruin Your Cheer</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/many-happy-returns-5-tips-for-getting-what-you-really-want-this-holiday">Many Happy Returns: 5 Tips for Getting What You Really Want This Holiday</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/to-life-to-life-la-kayim-the-joy-of-home-enhanced-booze">To life, to life, la kayim! The joy of home-enhanced booze.</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-alternative-ways-to-do-thanksgiving">6 Alternative Ways to Do 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/25-great-gifts-for-5-or-less">25 Great Gifts for $5 or Less</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> Budgeting Entertainment Christmas gifts holiday costs holiday spending Holidays Mon, 17 Nov 2014 16:00:14 +0000 Kentin Waits 1254627 at http://www.wisebread.com Simple Recipes for a Frugal Vegetarian Thanksgiving http://www.wisebread.com/simple-recipes-for-a-frugal-vegetarian-thanksgiving <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/simple-recipes-for-a-frugal-vegetarian-thanksgiving" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman-pumpkin-pie-80403716-small.jpg" alt="woman pumpkin pie" title="woman pumpkin pie" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>No turkey? No problem. I've been hosting meat-free Thanksgiving celebrations for the last decade. By the end of the evening, my friends and family are stuffed with amazingly nutritious and delicious foods from soup to nuts. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/five-simple-ways-to-save-on-thanksgiving?ref=seealso">5 Simple Ways to Save on Thanksgiving</a>)</p> <p>This year we're hoping to do it all on a tighter budget. So, here are some recipes that will help you rock a vegetarian/vegan Turkey Day without breaking the bank.</p> <h2>Appetizers</h2> <p>Don't skimp on appetizers. You'll want to offer up something tasty and hearty to your guests while you finish all the last-minute dinner preparations. I keep our appetizers simple. Some dips, veggies, and carbs.</p> <h3>Fondue</h3> <p>Fondue is a big favorite in my household, no matter the time of year. This <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchens/cheddar-and-hard-cider-fondue-recipe.html">Hard Cider and Cheddar Fondue</a> adds a nice twist for the holiday. Though the recipe calls for chicken broth, you can easily substitute in vegetable broth to suit your dietary needs. No hard cider in the house? Just use beer. And to add to the frugality, serve with your bakery's discount day-old bread &mdash; it soaks up the fondue better than fresh and costs less.</p> <h3>Hummus</h3> <p>Most dips you'll find on the table are vegetarian, but this smoky <a href="http://www.connoisseurusveg.com/2014/09/sweet-savory-smokey-butternut-hummus.html">Butternut Squash Hummus</a> is particularly festive. If you don't have butternut squash on hand, you can use acorn, delicata, or even canned pumpkin. Save some pennies (and salt content) by cooking your own chickpeas &mdash; you'll just need to soak them the night before.</p> <h3>Veggie Tray</h3> <p>For some visual pizazz, gather a medley of fresh produce, olives, and other foods to make this <a href="http://www.livinglocurto.com/2012/10/turkey-vegetable-tray">Turkey Vegetable Tray</a>. It's much less expensive to buy, cut, and arrange the veggies yourself than it is to buy a pre-made tray at the store. Plus, you're giving vegetarians the symbolic turkey on Thanksgiving!</p> <h2>Side Dishes</h2> <p>My favorite part of dinner is making a variety of side dishes that span the spectrum of flavors. You can't go wrong with using fresh ingredients that you buy at your local farmers market. Usually these seasonal ingredients are cheaper than what you'd buy at the store since they don't travel as far from the farm to your table.</p> <h3>Dinner Rolls</h3> <p>We had a Thanksgiving brunch last year in place of dinner. I made these incredible <a href="http://www.neverhomemaker.com/2013/11/brie-stuffed-pumpkin-garlic-rolls.html">Pumpkin Garlic Rolls</a> stuffed with brie and served with jam. I buy brie at Aldi, where it's incredibly inexpensive, and it does the trick in a dish like this one. If anything, do a more refined jam &mdash; I like red pepper for a sweet and savory mix.</p> <h3>Roasted Veggies</h3> <p>Next, serve a simple side of roasted veggies. Any kind will do. We've had great success roasting asparagus, squash, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, and all other vegetables with nothing more than olive oil, salt, and pepper. For a fun twist, try making these <a href="http://www.purevege.com/2012/02/poor-mans-feast.html">Brussels Sprout Kebabs</a>. Just roast the veggie, season, and then arrange on skewers.</p> <h3>Stuffing</h3> <p>Mushrooms are the key to any amazing vegetarian stuffing recipe. They give the dish an earthy flavor and marry well with sage, thyme, and other herbs. This <a href="http://bakeaholicmama.ziplist.com/recipes/vegan-stuffing/4cad6480-14b3-0130-9b0a-12313812a22c">Portabella Vegan Stuffing</a> is simple yet flavorful. If you'd rather not buy stuffing cubes, just cut cubes of any loaf, bake until dry &mdash; but not brown &mdash; and then use in your recipe.</p> <h3>Gravy</h3> <p>You can easily make most mashed potato recipes vegetarian or vegan by replacing chicken broth with vegetable and milk or cream with non-dairy substitutes. The gravy, however, can be more problematic. This <a href="http://ohmyveggies.com/recipe-wild-mushroom-gravy/">Wild Mushroom Gravy</a> recipe takes on the same sort of flavors as your stuffing recipe, just in a new way. To make it vegan, use Earth Balance instead of butter.</p> <h2>Main Course</h2> <p>Admittedly, we tend to graze on all sorts of dishes without a hugely defined main course. But for more traditional vegetarians, I have some suggestions that are packed with protein and definitely worthy to place in the center of your table.</p> <h3>&quot;Meat&quot; Loaf</h3> <p>This vegetarian <a href="http://www.thekitchn.com/winter-recipe-classic-vegetarian-nut-loaf-102222">Nut Loaf</a> has become a favorite comfort food in our house. Its components are humble and &mdash; for the most part &mdash; inexpensive. If the ingredients list is a bit too long for you, there's a simplified <a href="http://theveganstoner.blogspot.com/2011/11/blog-post.html">Lentil Loaf</a> that we make on weeknights that makes something amazing from frozen vegetables, cooked lentils, crackers, walnuts, and a few other things. It's also cheaper and faster to put together.</p> <h3>Quiche</h3> <p>Eggs make a solid protein for the Thanksgiving table. The key is transforming them from your breakfast favorite to something more refined. A few years ago, we made this <a href="http://www.neverhomemaker.com/2009/11/mushroom-asparagus-quiche.html">Asparagus Quiche</a>. If you'd rather go crustless, try this <a href="http://www.neverhomemaker.com/2014/11/mushroom-baby-kale-frittata.html">Mushroom and Kale Frittata</a> recipe that takes just 30 minutes from start to finish. With either of these recipes, you can double so your finished dish will serve more than 2-4 people.</p> <h3>Pasta</h3> <p>I love stuffed shells for special occasions. You can get particularly creative with them, too. For example, this <a href="http://lecremedelacrumb.com/2014/10/broccoli-alfredo-stuffed-shells.html">Broccoli Alfredo Stuffed Shells</a> recipe goes beyond the usual red sauce and takes just 30 minutes to make. Don't forget to cook your pasta al dente before baking, so it isn't mushy when served. You can add tofu ricotta to this recipe (about 1 heaping tablespoon per shell) for extra protein by pressing a tofu cube until it drains, crumbling with your hands, and seasoning with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and lemon juice.</p> <h2>Dessert</h2> <p>Most desserts are inherently vegetarian, so this category isn't so specific. It also happens to be my favorite, so I couldn't resist sharing a few Thanksgiving sweet dishes with you &mdash; and they're all vegan!</p> <h3>Pumpkin Pie(s)</h3> <p>I make these individual <a href="http://www.neverhomemaker.com/2010/11/chocolate-pumpkin-pie.html">Chocolate Pumpkin Pies</a> every year for the holiday. Peanut butter and chocolate take the dessert to another level &mdash; and if you have a peanut allergy, almond butter works just as well. Don't trust yourself to microwave the chocolate? Melt it using a double-boiler on the stove.</p> <h3>Butternut Crisp</h3> <p>This <a href="http://www.edibleperspective.com/home/2014/9/22/butternut-squash-apple-pear-crisp.html">twist on apple crisp</a> will get your guests talking. Prepare butternut squash, apple, and pears for baking by tossing them in a mixture of brown sugar, lemon juice, oat flour, and spices. Then top with an oatmeal crumble. If you don't have oat flour, it's easy to make at home by pulsing uncooked rolled oats in a food processor. Bonus savings if you have squash leftover from any of the other recipes you've made for your meal.</p> <h3>Pecan Pie</h3> <p>Talk about wonderful flavors here, this <a href="http://dessertswithbenefits.com/vegan-maple-pecan-pie/">Maple Pecan Pie</a> recipe will please your vegan and carnivore guests all at the same time &mdash; and it contains silken tofu (they'll never know, I promise!). If you're looking to cut costs, use all-purpose flour versus brown rice and vanilla extract versus vanilla paste, but don't skimp on the real maple syrup.</p> <p><em>What are you making for Thanksgiving this year? Please share a bite in comments!</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/simple-recipes-for-a-frugal-vegetarian-thanksgiving" class="sharethis-link" title="Simple Recipes for a Frugal Vegetarian Thanksgiving" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><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/simple-recipes-for-a-frugal-vegetarian-thanksgiving">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-6"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-host-thanksgiving-in-a-tiny-apartment">How to Host Thanksgiving in a Tiny Apartment</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/35-mouth-watering-lentil-recipes">35 Mouth Watering Lentil Recipes</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-frugal-items-for-your-organic-vegan-grocery-list">25 Frugal Items for Your Organic Vegan Grocery List</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kick-ass-alternatives-to-canned-cranberry-sauce">Kick-Ass Alternatives to Canned Cranberry Sauce</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> Entertainment cheap eats frugal food recipes Thanksgiving vegan vegetarian Mon, 17 Nov 2014 10:00:16 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1255030 at http://www.wisebread.com Wise Bread Reloaded: Right Now Is the Time to Get Ready for Thanksgiving http://www.wisebread.com/wise-bread-reloaded-right-now-is-the-time-to-get-ready-for-thanksgiving <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/wise-bread-reloaded-right-now-is-the-time-to-get-ready-for-thanksgiving" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/family-thanksgiving-86503672-small.jpg" alt="family thanksgiving" title="family thanksgiving" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>As of right now, Thanksgiving is just under two weeks away, and that seems like kind of a long way off. Two whole weekends and a some weekdays. Plenty of time, right?</p> <p>Next week you'll be busy with work and the kids and school and walking the dog and everything else and suddenly it'll be the weekend before Thanksgiving and you absolutely have to get your preparation done then, no excuses &mdash; at least the shopping &mdash; and guess what? Everyone else in your neighborhood is up against the same time crunch. The mart is a zoo and the parking is worse.</p> <p>Skip all that this year. After you finish reading this, close up your browser, get out your to-do list, and start getting ready for Thanksgiving. Do your shopping at the earliest opportunity, and then settle back and relax for a few days before you start on the make-aheads. Trust us. It'll be the easiest Thanksgiving ever.</p> <p>Before you go, here are some ideas from Wise Bread's archives to inspire you.</p> <h2>Right, Make Some Make-Aheads</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/thanksgiving_cooking.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>When it is time to make your make-aheads, what should you make? Try the classic <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-ahead-thanksgiving-dishes?ref=classicwb">Make-Ahead Thanksgiving Dishes</a> Elizabeth Lang shares with you. She also tells us what <em>not</em> to make ahead &mdash; like the turkey. Who wants leftover turkey on the Thanksgiving Day table?</p> <h2>Oops. Now What?</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/4139402140_57ee8e15d5_z.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>Something's bound to go wrong during the flurry of pre-feast kitchen mayhem. Don't toss those mistakes! Rely on Meg Favreau's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/five-last-minute-thanksgiving-fixes?ref=classicwb">5 Last-Minute Thanksgiving Fixes</a> to steer you out of a jam.</p> <h2>When Three's a Crowd</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/couple_picnic.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>Not everyone can (or wants) to celebrate with a big crowd of family and friends. Blogger Little House shares the secret joys of a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/turkey-dinner-for-two?ref=classicwb">Thanksgiving Turkey Dinner For Two</a>.</p> <h2>What to Do With the Leftovers</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/5367365131_45bb29b8d4_z.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>Unfortunately, you won't be able to send everything home with your guests. And maybe you won't want to send anything home after you read the recipes Thursday Bram shares in her <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-meals-you-can-make-with-thanksgiving-leftovers?ref=classicwb">4 Meals You Can Make From Thanksgiving Leftovers</a>.</p> <p>If that's not enough, consider Sarah Winfrey's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-tasty-ideas-for-leftover-turkey?ref=classicwb">10 Tasty Ideas for Leftover Turkey</a>. Hmmm, chili.</p> <h2>Finish Christmas Prep Now, Too?</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/605x340xholiday_mall_crowd.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>You do if you're anything like Kentin Waits, who gets his <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/early-holiday-shopping-why-i-finish-by-thanksgiving?ref=classicwb">gift shopping done by Thanksgiving</a>. Now that's a relaxing holiday schedule.</p> <p><em>When will you be ready for Thanksgiving? What are your plans? Please share in comments!</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/wise-bread-reloaded-right-now-is-the-time-to-get-ready-for-thanksgiving" class="sharethis-link" title="Wise Bread Reloaded: Right Now Is the Time to Get Ready for Thanksgiving" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/lars-peterson">Lars Peterson</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/wise-bread-reloaded-right-now-is-the-time-to-get-ready-for-thanksgiving">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/6-alternative-ways-to-do-thanksgiving">6 Alternative Ways to Do Thanksgiving</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/how-to-host-thanksgiving-in-a-tiny-apartment">How to Host Thanksgiving in a Tiny Apartment</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> Entertainment celebrations holiday meals Holidays Thanksgiving Sat, 15 Nov 2014 12:00:14 +0000 Lars Peterson 1255632 at http://www.wisebread.com 5 Thanksgiving Traditions You Should Skip http://www.wisebread.com/5-thanksgiving-traditions-you-should-skip <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-thanksgiving-traditions-you-should-skip" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/tired-girl-shopping-507329251-small.jpg" alt="tired girl shopping" title="tired girl shopping" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Thanksgiving can be a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-ways-to-make-thanksgiving-fun">really fun holiday</a> &mdash; If nothing gets burned in the oven, or your uncle doesn't get too drunk, or your mom doesn't put you on her charades team... Why add more stress to an already jam-packed day? (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kick-ass-alternatives-to-canned-cranberry-sauce?ref=seealso">Kick-Ass Alternatives to Canned Cranberry</a>)</p> <p>Here are five Thanksgiving traditions you can skip.</p> <h2>1. Cancel the Black Friday Campout</h2> <p>Black Friday is a huge deal. Everyone wants to get the best price for their holiday gifts, but why at the expense of having a nice Thanksgiving? The deals are amazing, but the crowds are terrifying. Don't put yourself in danger to save a few bucks.</p> <p>This year, <a href="http://dealnews.com/features/How-Deals-Will-Differ-on-Thanksgiving-vs.-Black-Friday-vs.-Cyber-Monday/879878.html">Cyber Monday may actually be better</a> for cameras, toys, travel, shoes, clothing, and beauty products. So wait it out. On Cyber Monday, you don't have to leave the house and risk getting trampled by throngs of door buster zombies.</p> <h2>2. Forget the Turkey</h2> <p>Let's walk through this: You have to go from store to store just to find the right turkey. Then, you have to make room in your fridge to store the turkey. Later you have defrost the turkey. Then, you must brine the turkey and later season and dress the turkey. Then roast it for hours and hours. Plus, it's impossible to get the right temperature in all parts of the bird at the same time. To get the legs fully cooked, you must overbake and dry out the breast. The constant basting is a hassle.</p> <p>Is it worth your time every single year? There are <a href="http://www.foodandwine.com/ultimate-thanksgiving/thanksgiving-alternatives-to-turkey">so many substitutes</a>. Try a beef roast, a fish tagine, or several small chickens instead of one big turkey. Every couple years or so, my family makes a brisket just to change things up and it is always fantastic.</p> <h2>3. Skip the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade</h2> <p>Unless you are a diehard Al Roker fan, there's not much to the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Every year it is the same: the balloons, the marching bands, the lame celebrity spots, the weirdly choreographed music segments. If you're busy cooking it makes for adequate background noise and something for the kids to watch, but you're better off focusing on the oven.</p> <h2>4. Ban the Kids' Table</h2> <p>Let's face it: Conversations with adults can be extremely boring, taxing, or tense. Add family to the mix and it is all of the above. The kids get a great deal being placed at a separate table, because they actually have fun.</p> <p>Bring some light, jovial energy to your thanksgiving and make the <a href="http://www.bonappetit.com/columns/the-foodist/article/why-a-kids-table-is-a-bad-idea?mbid=entstyl_20131123_14868764">kids and adults sit together</a>. Swap the kids and parents around so everyone sits near a niece or nephew. When your six year old nephew who wants to be an astronaut tells you all about the constellations he's learned, you'll realize what you've been missing.</p> <h2>5. Don't Flock to the Movie Theater</h2> <p>Every year, families rush out to the multiplex to see the latest family blockbuster. It's an ordeal to get everyone piled in the car, to park, to get the tickets, and an even bigger ordeal to agree on a film! Plus, the Thanksgiving movie tradition has gotten crazy expensive: the average ticket in major cities is $14. Multiply that by four or more family members, and you have an expensive end to an already pricey family meal.</p> <p>Why not relax at home for a lower-stress evening? Streaming services such as Netflix, Amazon Instant, and Hulu Plus all offer lots of content for a low monthly fee you're already paying, and your cable provider's video on demand service features new releases for a few bucks. Or, try relaxing at home with a <a href="http://movies.amctv.com/movie-guide/top-ten-thanksgiving-movies/">classic holiday movie</a>. Of course, if your kids threaten to stage a mutiny if they don't see <em>The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Pt.1</em>, then you're out of luck.</p> <p><em>Do you have any non-traditional Thanksgiving traditions? Tell us about them in comments!</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-thanksgiving-traditions-you-should-skip" class="sharethis-link" title="5 Thanksgiving Traditions You Should Skip" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amanda-meadows">Amanda Meadows</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-thanksgiving-traditions-you-should-skip">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-8"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-host-thanksgiving-in-a-tiny-apartment">How to Host Thanksgiving in a Tiny Apartment</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/people-who-love-thanksgiving-do-these-8-things-do-you">People Who Love Thanksgiving Do These 8 Things, Do You?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/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/6-alternative-ways-to-do-thanksgiving">6 Alternative Ways to Do 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/simple-recipes-for-a-frugal-vegetarian-thanksgiving">Simple Recipes for a Frugal Vegetarian Thanksgiving</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> Entertainment Holidays parties Thanksgiving traditions turkey Fri, 14 Nov 2014 18:00:05 +0000 Amanda Meadows 1254111 at http://www.wisebread.com 11 Hobbies That Aren’t Worth the Money http://www.wisebread.com/11-hobbies-that-aren-t-worth-the-money <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/11-hobbies-that-aren-t-worth-the-money" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/confident-golfer-517248733-small.jpg" alt="confident golfer" title="confident golfer" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>You work hard for your down time, but what if the activities that help you relax and have fun cost more than they're worth? If any of these are your favorite pastime, you may want to consider a hobby that's a little less financially draining (napping, for example, is big these days!). (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-awesome-money-making-hobbies?ref=seealso">10 Awesome Money-Making Hobbies</a>)</p> <h2>1. Boating and Sailing</h2> <p>Boats aren't cheap to buy, and there's a lot of other costs including insurance, taxes, docking fees, maintenance, and &mdash; if you don't get a sailboat &mdash; gasoline. It's been suggested that <a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/consumer-spending/2012-05-15/the-real-cost-of-owning-a-boat.html">you should set aside 10% of a boat's annual value</a> to upkeep. The next time you're near a marina, take a stroll along the dock and see how many boats are for sale. Chances are you'll see plenty. Now you know why.</p> <h2>2. Horseback Riding</h2> <p>You don't necessarily have to buy a horse to ride one regularly, but getting access to one from a stable can cost you hundreds of dollars. Lessons and equipment will cost hundreds of dollars more. If you actually want to purchase a horse, be prepared to pay at least $2,000 and possibly more than $10,000 for a horse with good health and attitude. Boarding a horse can run between $500 and $1,500 or more each month. If you want to care for the horse yourself, expect to pay between $2,000 and $3,200 monthly on food and other necessities. (Ahem, look up &quot;manure management.&quot;)</p> <h2>3. Collecting</h2> <p>Everyone dreams of getting rich off that rare Honus Wagner tobacco card, or that Inverted Jenny postage stamp. But these items cost a lot to acquire, and often don't rise in value the way buyers expect. (For proof, I have about 3,000 worthless baseball cards from the 1980s that I can show you.) Big collections require space to store, and valuable items may require insurance. And if you have a sizable collection, it can become burdensome to your family due to the possible inheritance taxes.</p> <h2>4. Skydiving</h2> <p>It may be a tremendous thrill, but it's over pretty quick. A tandem skydive might run you about $250, depending on the location, and a typical descent lasts no more than 90 seconds. That's a little less than $3 for every second of freefall time. That's not a lot of bang for your buck.</p> <h2>5. Cars</h2> <p>Let's face it, collecting cars is really a hobby for those with gobs of disposable income. Classic cars themselves cost tens of thousands of dollars, and you'll probably shell out thousands of dollars on restoration and maintenance each year. Of course, once you've amassed a half-decent car collection, you will need to invest in a decent place to store them. Consider that former presidential candidate Mitt Romney <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2012/05/mitt-romney-ordered-55000-phantom-park-car-elevator-designer-says/">shelled out a reported $55,000 </a>for a car lift at his San Diego mansion.</p> <p>If you like racing cars, you may not have to spend as much money on storage and elevators, but you'll have other costs associated with race entry, mechanical work, and repairs. Even autocross, a sport that let's you race any old car around a track, will set you back at least $50 each race. And that's for just a few loops around a course (not to mention, it's hard on your car.)</p> <h2>6. Golf</h2> <p>It pains me to say this, because I adore golf and would play it every day of my life if I could. But if I am being honest, it's not a sport that offers the best value for your dollar. A set of clubs will cost you a couple hundred bucks minimum, and greens fees on a decent course can run you at least $30, often well north of $50. (And don't even get me started on club membership costs.)</p> <p>If you want to improve your game, a package of lessons is another couple hundred. It's a lot of money, especially for a sport that's challenging enough to be frustrating.</p> <p>The good news is that there are ways to enjoy golf without getting too crazy, cost-wise. When I was in my early 20s, I taught myself the game using an old set of clubs on a $9 Par 3 course across from my first apartment. No one says you need top-of-the-line equipment, and no one says you have to play Pebble Beach every weekend.</p> <h2>7. Scuba Diving</h2> <p>Many a person has come back from a Caribbean vacation eager to repeat the fun of their first Scuba experience. But if you truly want to take it up as hobby, prepare to open your wallet. Certification will cost you a few hundred, and you'll need to spend hundreds more in proper equipment.</p> <h2>8. Gambling</h2> <p>It's not much of a secret that when you bet at a casino, the house has an edge in every game. Sure, you might have hit a small jackpot once during a trip to Atlantic City. But don't delude yourself into thinking you can consistently walk away a winner.</p> <p>In gambling's defense, there are some games, including blackjack, where the house edge is small enough to allow a skilled (or lucky) gambler to play for long stretches of time on relatively small amounts of money. And for many gamblers, the simple pleasure of just being in a casino is worth at least some cash outlay.</p> <h2>9. Model Railroading</h2> <p>An old college roommate of mine was a model train enthusiast, and I recall watching in amazement as he bid hundreds of dollars on eBay for a single Lionel train car. This can become a pricey hobby, especially when you factor in the cost of setting up broad, interactive displays.</p> <h2>10. Exotic Fish</h2> <p>I have a good friend who enjoys raising <a href="http://www.liveaquaria.com/product/aquarium-fish-supplies.cfm?c=830+834">discus fish</a>, which are well known as colorful fish from the Amazon River basin. He spends hundreds to maintain the health of these fish in multiple tanks. (It also seems like a lot of work to take care of these delicate fellas.) To his credit, my friend has not completely lost his mind by constructing unusually large, custom-made aquariums <a href="http://www.animalplanet.com/tv-shows/animal-planet-presents/videos/most-outrageous-largest-home-aquarium.htm">like this guy</a>.</p> <h2>11. Flying</h2> <p>It seems like it'd be cool to go up in the sky and pilot your own plane. But be prepared to pay up. You can rent a plane for under $100 per session, but that won't let you go too far. Lessons at a flight school will also cost you thousands of dollars. The actual purchase of a modest airplane could set you back more than $100,000. Actor John Travolta is a certified pilot and even reportedly lives in a house with two runways for his private plane. But he has <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001AQT0Z4/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B001AQT0Z4&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=FPUCURYOZPEVKMT2">Pulp Fiction</a> and <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000GBEWHA/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000GBEWHA&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=Q4OWCZSOYN7KYHPG">Grease</a> money at his disposal.</p> <p><em>Do you enjoy any of these pricey hobbies? How do you justify the expense?</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-hobbies-that-aren-t-worth-the-money" class="sharethis-link" title="11 Hobbies That Aren’t Worth the Money" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><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/11-hobbies-that-aren-t-worth-the-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-9"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-frugal-ways-to-battle-boredom">15 Frugal Ways to Battle Boredom</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/free-and-cheap-things-to-do-in-seattle">Free and Cheap Things to Do in Seattle</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/cutting-the-cable-cord-has-more-than-financial-benefits">Cutting the Cable Cord Has More Than Financial Benefits</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/a-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-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <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> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> Entertainment hobbies recreation saving sports Thu, 13 Nov 2014 18:00:09 +0000 Tim Lemke 1254109 at http://www.wisebread.com 7 Budget Gifts You Can Bring to a Holiday Party http://www.wisebread.com/7-budget-gifts-you-can-bring-to-a-holiday-party <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-budget-gifts-you-can-bring-to-a-holiday-party" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/family-holiday-party-dv785011-small.jpg" alt="family holiday party" title="family holiday party" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>For party hosts, the holidays are happiest when guests are thoughtful enough to bring a little show of gratitude for all the behind-the-scenes vacuuming, shopping, and turkey basting that goes into putting on a killer soiree. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-holiday-mistakes-that-can-ruin-your-cheer?ref=seealso">8 Holiday Mistakes That Can Ruin Your Cheer</a>)</p> <p>For guests, the key is finding a gift that shows tact without breaking the bank. So what can you bring that's both gracious and budget friendly? Read on for our roundup of the best pennywise hostess gifts that are sure to keep you on the guest list permanently.</p> <h2>1. A Great Bottle of Wine</h2> <p><a href="http://guides.wsj.com/wine/entertaining-and-celebrating-with-wine/how-to-pick-wine-for-a-party/">Simple, flavorful, and inexpensive</a> are the mainstay traits of every great party wine. &quot;This means that, while we may love riesling, for instance, we'd avoid it because many people don't love it, or at least don't know they'd love it if they gave it a chance,&quot; write wine experts Dorothy J. Gaiter and John Brecher of The Wall Street Journal's &quot;Tastings&quot; column. Instead, Gaiter and Brecher recommend muscadet from France, a widely available dry and juicy white that rarely offends (Domaine de la Quilla makes one that retails for about $11). They also suggest petite sirah from California, an earthy, blackberry-infused red that's delightful in cold weather (Bogle, Concannon, and Guenoc are some of the top producers, with bottles averaging between $10 and $15).</p> <p>Just be wary of wines being pushed on you by salespeople, the columnists warn. Often it's not so much because it's the perfect party wine, but rather that there's a glut in the market and the store wants to unload their inventory.</p> <h2>2. Festive Wine Glasses</h2> <p>One of the most imperative tasks of the holiday party host is making sure there's enough glassware. But it's easier said than done when there are those guests among us who have the unseamly habit of using a fresh glass for every drink. So why not help out by bringing one painted with pilgrims or snowflakes?</p> <p>Check out this <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Turkey-Wine-Glass-Thanksgiving/dp/B006294JSW/ref=sr_1_11?s=home-garden&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1414516548&amp;sr=1-11&amp;keywords=thanksgiving+wine+glass">turkey wine glass</a> by Marge ($18.95) or this <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Gibson-Lolita-Acrylic-Glasses-Holly/dp/B004ELQA0K/ref=sr_1_3?s=kitchen&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1414516372&amp;sr=1-3&amp;keywords=holly+wine+glass+set">wine glass painted with acrylic holly berries</a> by Lolita ($18.50). They're functional, fun, and will be beyond appreciated by that straggling party guest who wandered in late looking for a spot of eggnog, but can't find a clean cup.</p> <h2>3. Homemade Dessert</h2> <p><a href="http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/cashew-snowballs">Cashew snowballs</a>, <a href="http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/nutmeg-shortbread">nutmeg shortbread</a>, <a href="http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/linzer-cookies-with-spiced-jam">linzer cookies with spiced jam</a>, <a href="http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/gingerbread-cookies-with-royal-icing">gingerbread cookies with royal icing</a>, <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/eggnog-recipe2.html">eggnog</a>, and <a href="http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/creamy-caramel-sauce">jarred creamy caramel sauce</a> are all examples of crowd-pleasing holiday desserts that travel well and are simple to serve. They're also made with relatively few ingredients, which means they're budget-friendly (we calculate about $25 or less for a batch of any of the aforementioned delights) for those of us who don't mind doing a little holiday baking.</p> <h2>4. A Mason Jar Filled With Everything You Need to Make Your Own Holiday Cookies</h2> <p>If you're clumsy in the kitchen &mdash; or short on time &mdash; simply <a href="http://www.shape.com/healthy-eating/cooking-ideas/12-healthy-homemade-gift-ideas">package all the dry ingredients you need make those gingerbread cookies in a mason jar</a>. And don't forget to include a tag with the recipe and a festive holiday bow. In addition to relieving you from baking duty, this gift comes with an added bonus for the party host, too: They can bake and enjoy this delicious cookie batch all for themselves long after the party guests have gone home.</p> <h2>5. Party Crackers</h2> <p>Party crackers &mdash; also called Christmas crackers &mdash; are a holiday party tradition dating back to Victorian England. And today they make for a fun and unexpected gift for party hosts and guests alike. These aren't the kind of crackers you eat, by the way. They're fun party favors filled with riddles, rhymes, toys, and, of course, <a href="http://www.oldenglishcrackers.com/party-crackers.htm">wearable tissue paper crowns</a> that tumble out of the packaging when you &quot;pop&quot; the cracker open. This <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001HW71PC/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B001HW71PC&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=2HB7KG7VIFWIYAFS">set of 12 party crackers</a> dressed in crimson bows and berries will only set you back $24.99.</p> <h2>6. A Poinsettia, Christmas Cactus, or Fresh Pine Garland Centerpiece</h2> <p>Holiday plants dress up the table while allowing the hostess to enjoy them for weeks after the party is over. But many of the most popular plants will cost you upwards of $40. The red or white amaryllis, for example, is one of the priciest flowers you can buy during the holiday season. Luckily you can get a beautiful potted poinsettia plant for about half that price. A Christmas cactus or fresh pine garland centerpiece are just as lovely and will only cost you about $10.</p> <h2>7. A Cinnamon, Peppermint, or Warm Apple Pie Scented Candle</h2> <p>The holiday season is full of delectable aromas &mdash; cranberry sauce, pine needles, gingerbread. And luckily these tantalizing scents have been bottled up in colorful wax jars so we can bask in their goodness even when there are no cinnamon apple pies baking in the oven. We recommend <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Thymes-Gingerbread-Aromatic-Votive-Candle/dp/B00N9B1KHY/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1414517425&amp;sr=8-6&amp;keywords=gingerbread+candle">this gingerbread votive</a> ($12.50) by Bath And Body Net or this <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Yankee-Candle-22oz-Large-Housewarmer/dp/B00FO8NKJG/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1414517574&amp;sr=8-1-fkmr0&amp;keywords=cranberry+stuffing+candle">turkey and stuffing scented housewarmer</a> ($19.99) from Yankee Candle.</p> <p><em>What clever, affordable, and adorable hostess gifts will you be bringing to holiday parties this year?</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-budget-gifts-you-can-bring-to-a-holiday-party" class="sharethis-link" title="7 Budget Gifts You Can Bring to a Holiday Party" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/brittany-lyte">Brittany Lyte</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-budget-gifts-you-can-bring-to-a-holiday-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-10"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ultimate-gift-guide-thoughtful-ideas-for-every-list-and-every-budget">Ultimate Gift Guide: Thoughtful Ideas for Every List and Every Budget</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/40-stocking-stuffer-ideas-for-5-or-less">40 Stocking Stuffer Ideas for $5 or Less</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-cheap-clever-and-attractive-ways-to-save-on-gift-wrapping-paper">15 Cheap, Clever, and Attractive Ways to Save on Gift Wrapping Paper</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-gifts-for-your-boss">10 Gifts for Your Boss</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/holiday-gifts-for-your-co-workers">20 Gift Ideas for Your Co-Workers</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> Entertainment gift guides gifts holiday gift guide holiday party hostess gift Wed, 12 Nov 2014 16:00:11 +0000 Brittany Lyte 1253612 at http://www.wisebread.com This One Wedding Trick Will Save You Thousands http://www.wisebread.com/this-one-wedding-trick-will-save-you-thousands <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/this-one-wedding-trick-will-save-you-thousands" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/winter-wedding-158775641-small_0.jpg" alt="winter wedding" title="winter wedding" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Your wedding day should be one of the greatest days of your life. It's a time to celebrate love with your friends and family, a time to create memories that will be shared for many years with you and your loved ones, and &mdash; for many &mdash; a time to rack up debt to pay on long after the honeymoon is over.</p> <p>The words &quot;frugal wedding&quot; may conjure up images of guests crammed into a dank basement beneath a church, sipping orange punch, and swaying to a radio. However, frugal doesn't have to mean that you give up on all the wonderful things that make weddings fun. A frugal wedding can be had with as much pomp as an expensive one. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/alternative-wedding-ideas-for-big-savings?ref=seealso">Alternative Wedding Ideas for Big Savings</a>)</p> <p>And while it's possible to have a wonderful, frugal wedding any time of year, it's easiest in the winter. So consider these options when planning your wedding; maybe a winter one is right for you!</p> <h2>The Venue</h2> <p>The economics of weddings are like that of any business; when there is more demand, the price goes up. In the winter months, when there are fewer weddings, many venues will reduce the cost to rent the space.</p> <p>Call around multiple places and get quotes comparing January and June dates, you may find a winter wedding is the perfect way to have the wedding in a location you could not otherwise afford. (Note: It's important that you don't confuse &quot;off season&quot; with &quot;high season,&quot; especially when it comes to tropical destinations. Spots like Hawaii are actually <em>more expensive</em> during the winter, because that's where everyone goes to flee their cold climates.)</p> <p>You can also do a search for destination weddings that offer discounts on their website. Many resorts offer their specials online for everyone to see; don't assume, however, that just because you don't see it, they don't offer one. Perks that can also be thrown in during the wintertime include free parking for guests, extra appetizers, or a free suite for the bride and groom. If you don't see the exact perk you want listed as a &quot;freebie&quot; for booking during the winter, ask the reservation manager if they can work you a deal.</p> <p>The colder the climate, the more likely you are to get a bigger deal. Don't believe me? This bride was able to <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/lanee-lee/interview-bride-reveals_b_3041129.html">rent out an entire town</a> for less than the cost of an average wedding.</p> <h2>The Decorations</h2> <p>Consider a non-traditional wedding venue like a lodge at a state park or a large bed and breakfast. These places may have a large window over-looking a beautiful location. Views of a countryside covered in white, a frozen lake sparkling at night, or a rolling hillside could save you money by reducing the amount of decorating you need to do to a location. The views are all the decoration you need, while inside something simple (and inexpensive) could compliment what mother nature has given us for free.</p> <p>The winter holidays offer further opportunities for you to save money on decorating for your wedding. Many churches (and some venues) decorate for the holidays with evergreens, poinsettias, trees, white lights, and much more. This is a great opportunity for you to have a gorgeous setting for your vows without spending a dime to make it that way. Some are aware of this perk and will go out of their way to decorate in white and neutral tones, to give you a chance to customize by adding your own &quot;accent colors&quot; on the big day.</p> <p>When you are looking for locations for your big day, ask the pastor, manager, or wedding planner for pictures of how they decorate during the holidays and when those decorations go up and come down. If the decor lines up with your wedding date, you can save hundreds or even thousands on the expense of this complimentary special lighting, garland, and &quot;extras&quot; that aren't available any other time of year.</p> <h2>The Flowers</h2> <p>While weddings usually conjure up images of elaborate floral bouquets, big centerpieces, and maybe even the bride and groom standing under a flower covered <em>chuppah</em>, flowers can be an expensive, budget-busting expenditure. Winter weddings could easily blow any modest budget as most flowers are not in abundance during the cold months. However, the well-planned couple can save hundreds if not thousands of dollars by adapting their image of perfect for their winter wedding.</p> <p>Rather than using expensive roses, consider items like evergreens, holly, mums poinsettias, and other foliage that is available during the colder months. If the bride is set on red roses in her bouquet just before Valentine's Day, when roses are at a premium, consider using a few but mixing the bouquet with ferns and other green plants.</p> <p>You can also choose to arrange your own and save even more money. By using elements from nature (pinecones, twigs, twine) combined with seasonal or living plants, you can be assured that your arrangements will last for up to a week, and you can skip the cost of fresh cut flowers set up by a professional. Compare a poinsettia from a local store for $9.99 with a dozen rose bouquet for $20-40, and you can see how the savings can really add up!</p> <h2>The Food</h2> <p>Everyone is less busy in the winter months. Our schedules just naturally slow down when outdoor activities decrease. Kids are on a break from sports, vacations are on hold until the temperature climbs again, and weekends outdoors are limited. This means that you may be able to call on loved ones to help with parts of the wedding that you may not have been able to do during the summer.</p> <p>When planning for your reception, consider asking your aunt with the great kale salad recipe to make a batch as a gift to you. Your uncle who owns a smoker might be willing to take care of the meat for your entree, and your friends might be willing to make 200 cupcakes for you to use instead of a cake. Many people will be willing to help out to help you save money. They may even feel honored that you asked for that one great recipe they make perfectly and you love so much, you want to have it at your wedding.</p> <p>If you must go with catering, consider a mid-afternoon &quot;light&quot; luncheon of hot soups and and breads. The cozy, warm-you-up offerings will be perfect on a chilly day, and these types of foods generally cost less and go further.</p> <h2>Travel</h2> <p>Don't forget that your guests have to get there, as well. Luckily, the past few years show a strong trend toward airfare being cheaper during the off-season &mdash; with the exception of the weeks of Thanksgiving and Christmas. Remember that inclement weather can really put a damper on guests trying to get to the wedding on time. Consider having everyone arrive a day early to give them a chance to get there safely, and rest assured that the lower airfare will help offset the investment.</p> <p><em>Did you have a winter wedding? Tell us about it in comments!</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/this-one-wedding-trick-will-save-you-thousands" class="sharethis-link" title="This One Wedding Trick Will Save You Thousands" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/linsey-knerl">Linsey Knerl</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/this-one-wedding-trick-will-save-you-thousands">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-11"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/wedding-dresses-for-under-200">Wedding Dresses for Under $200</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/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-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-alternative-ways-to-do-thanksgiving">6 Alternative Ways to Do 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/how-to-host-thanksgiving-in-a-tiny-apartment">How to Host Thanksgiving in a Tiny Apartment</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> Entertainment frugal wedding marriage off-season travel wedding winter wedding Thu, 06 Nov 2014 16:00:08 +0000 Linsey Knerl 1251530 at http://www.wisebread.com 8 Holiday Mistakes That Can Ruin Your Cheer http://www.wisebread.com/8-holiday-mistakes-that-can-ruin-your-cheer <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/8-holiday-mistakes-that-can-ruin-your-cheer" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/shocked-woman-christmas-164414294-small.jpg" alt="shocked woman christmas" title="shocked woman christmas" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Ahh, the holidays &mdash; those two-sided coins of celebration and resignation, relaxation and maddening stress. How did such a good idea (time off work spent with loved ones exchanging small tokens of our love) become an over-commercialized madhouse? I mean, when we need to take a holiday after our holidays, hasn't something gone terribly wrong? (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-ways-to-slow-down-and-actually-appreciate-the-holidays?ref=seealso">25 Ways to Slow Down and Actually Appreciate the Holidays</a>)</p> <p>If you're anticipating &quot;that most joyous time of year&quot; with a sense of deep foreboding (cue the Jaws theme music), maybe you're doing it wrong. Here are eight common mistakes people make during the holidays.</p> <h2>1. Waiting Until the Last Minute to Begin Shopping</h2> <p>No, no, no! Waiting until the last minute to begin your holiday shopping is like tossing your sanity straight into a woodchipper. Long lines, competition for merchandize, and traffic snarls are just a few of things you'll have to deal with. Instead, <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/early-holiday-shopping-why-i-finish-by-thanksgiving">start shopping early</a> (like in April), employ new ways to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/3-ways-to-beat-holiday-shopping-stress">beat holiday shopping stress</a>, and err on the side of simple and thoughtful gifts that won't break the bank.</p> <h2>2. Getting Caught Up in the Moment</h2> <p>The decorations, the music, the mistletoe&hellip; and the smell of smoking credit cards? Getting lost in the holiday vibe can bust your budget and leave you feeling Grinch-like for the rest of the year. Though it's easy to get caught up in the moment and overspend, set a budget for gifts and other incidentals during the holidays and stick to it. It'll help you be a little merrier all year round. And if you're still recovering from last year's Christmas splurge or have already maxed out this year, explore smart ways to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/dealing-with-post-holiday-credit-card-debt">manage post-holiday credit card debt</a>.</p> <h2>3. Overscheduling</h2> <p>Who doesn't feel pressure to over schedule during the holidays? It seems like everyone is throwing a party, flying in for a weekend, or hosting a dinner. Choose your events wisely and remember that it's okay to politely decline an invitation and opt for an evening that's more Silent Night and less Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree.</p> <h2>4. Missing Out on Quality Time</h2> <p>Choose quality over quantity and avoid the inevitable result of over scheduling &mdash; dashing from event to event with very little time to relax and truly enjoy the company of those around you. Instead of viewing the holidays as a blank dance card that you have to fill up, slow down your holidays and look for opportunities to share some quality time with those you hold most dear. Though it might not be the most exciting option, it's quite possibly the most fulfilling.</p> <h2>5. Stiffing the Host or Hostess</h2> <p>No matter what your friends tell you, it's always proper etiquette to bring a small token of appreciation to the host or hostess of a gathering. A small box of chocolates, bottle of wine, pound of premium coffee, or small bouquet of flowers is the perfect way to acknowledge hospitality. Getting it right will get you noticed &mdash; especially when first impressions matter or when the event is work-related.</p> <h2>6. Overindulging</h2> <p>Who doesn't loosen their nutritional standards a little bit over the holidays? After all, how many times a year do we have the perfect excuse to act like kids in Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory? But over indulging can really detract from all the other joys of the season and leave you feeling tired, irritable, and downright guilty. Try allowing yourself a single small treat each day during the holidays or build a calorie credit by having smaller meals or working out more.</p> <h2>7. Giving Plastic to Kids</h2> <p>Though giving gift cards is convenient and easy, aren't they really just credit card starter kits for kids? Instead of giving plastic, <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-reasons-why-you-should-give-kids-cash-for-the-holidays">give kids cash</a> for the holidays or let them choose a gift for themselves online or in the store (within very clear budget parameters, of course).</p> <h2>8. Missing the Meaning</h2> <p>It's easy to approach everything like a task-master &mdash; even our holidays. Instead of slowing down and reconnecting with the more fundamental aspects of life, we shop, wrap, cook, clean, decorate&hellip; and maybe have a few minutes left over to down a glass of eggnog and drop into bed. This year, try something new: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/creating-a-memorable-christmas">create a more memorable Christmas</a> by simplifying your approach. Choose family over frenzy, time over stuff, and reflection over perfection. You'll not only enjoy the holidays more, you just might start a new tradition.</p> <p>Besides gifts, we wrap up a lot of emotions and expectations during the holiday season. But maybe it's time to embrace a much more reasonable and joyous philosophy. After all, combating over-commercialization, over-spending, over-scheduling, and over-the-top stress starts with each of us.</p> <p><em>What holiday mistakes have you made? How do you avoid stress and keep your holidays happy?</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-holiday-mistakes-that-can-ruin-your-cheer" class="sharethis-link" title="8 Holiday Mistakes That Can Ruin Your Cheer" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kentin-waits">Kentin Waits</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-holiday-mistakes-that-can-ruin-your-cheer">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-12"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-great-gifts-for-5-or-less">25 Great Gifts for $5 or Less</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-wrap-gifts-with-leftovers">How to wrap gifts with leftovers.</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/12-ways-to-have-a-no-spend-holiday-season">12 Ways to Have a No-Spend Holiday Season</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-art-of-the-group-gift">The Art of the Group Gift</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/this-season-give-your-child-the-gift-of-fiscal-responsibility">This Season, Give Your Child the Gift of Fiscal Responsibility</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> Entertainment Shopping entertainment family gifts holiday parties Holidays the season Wed, 05 Nov 2014 16:00:06 +0000 Kentin Waits 1250738 at http://www.wisebread.com 8 Ways to Save on a First Date Without Looking Cheap http://www.wisebread.com/8-ways-to-save-on-a-first-date-without-looking-cheap <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/8-ways-to-save-on-a-first-date-without-looking-cheap" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/couple-first-date-80471436-small.jpg" alt="couple first date" title="couple first date" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>A first date is your chance to get to know someone better &mdash; and if you're lucky, make a love connection. However, if you come off as a cheapskate, you may never get the chance. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/if-youre-doing-this-on-your-first-date-youre-not-getting-a-second?ref=seealso" style="text-decoration:none;">If You're Doing This on a First Date, You're Not Getting a Second</a>)</p> <p>Like so many others dealing with the aftermath of a recession, you may not have the resources to wine and dine your date. But this doesn't mean you can't show her (or him) a good time. Luckily, you don't have to break the bank to guarantee a second or third date. Here are eight ways to save on the first date without looking cheap.</p> <h2>1. Know Your Date's Interests</h2> <p>There's no law that says you have to spend a lot on a first date to make a good impression. If you're trying to keep the date within a specific budget &mdash; but you don't want to appear cheap &mdash; you need to find low-cost activities that match your date's interest. Maybe your date enjoys outdoor activities like hiking, or maybe she's an animal lover. After you know what makes her tick, research inexpensive options in your area. With this trick, even if you choose a super cheap activity, your date won't think you're being cheap. Instead, you'll score big points for being intuitive or observant, which practically guarantees a second date.</p> <h2>2. Pick Seasonal Activities</h2> <p>Choose seasonal activities that don't cost a lot and you'll save money without looking like a miser. Since these activities are once-a-year events, your date may enjoy the experience regardless of how little or how much it costs. Seasonal activities might include a hayride, a parade of holiday lights, strawberry picking, or fireworks in the park.</p> <h2>3. Wine and Dine at Your Place</h2> <p>Going to a nice restaurant and catching a movie isn't exactly cheap. You can easily spend $40 or $50 on dinner and another $30 at the movies. If you cannot afford a $100 night, offer to wine and dine your date at your house &mdash; or hers. Choose a budget-conscious meal and create a romantic ambience. Perhaps a bottle of inexpensive wine, candlelights, fresh flowers, and an after-dinner movie on Netflix. Your date will be so impressed by your effort, that he or she won't give thought to how much you actually spent to make the evening possible.</p> <h2>4. Plan an Early Date</h2> <p>If you want to take someone on a date but you can't afford the experience, get creative with the times. Instead of an evening or night date, how about a lunch date? Go to brunch or lunch and you'll save money by ordering smaller lunch portions. After you finish the meal, catch a matinee and pay $3 or $4 less for a movie.</p> <h2>5. Miniature Golf</h2> <p>Going to dinner is a cliche first date night. If you're looking for something a bit more casual and fun, take your date miniature golfing. Get outdoors and enjoy some activity as you laugh at each other's struggle to make a hole-in-one. Laughing can ease nervousness, and when you're finished playing enjoy a cup of coffee or ice cream.</p> <h2>6. Pay in Advance</h2> <p>If you want to checkout a concert, a play, or another cultural event but can't afford two full-priced tickets, use websites like Groupon to score discounts. Using a coupon on a date is a controversial subject (I think it's perfectly fine, frankly), but your preference may be to avoid showing up with one. You can get around that by picking up the tickets from the box office in advance. Your date won't be any the wiser.</p> <h2>7. Spend the Day at a Lake</h2> <p>If your date is the outdoorsy type, he or she might enjoy spending an afternoon in the park. But you don't just walk around holding hands and chatting &mdash; create a memorable, romantic experience. There are plenty of low-cost park activities suitable for a first date. You can rent paddle boats or go kayaking, or locate a shady spot underneath a tree for a picnic lunch or dinner prepared by your hands.</p> <h2>8. Skip the Expensive Flowers</h2> <p>Some people bring flowers on a first date, but this practice isn't really necessary. A bouquet of roses can set you back as much as $50, which is too much to spend when you don't know what the outcome of your date will be. Besides, if you're meeting your date at a public place, she probably doesn't want to carry a bouquet of flowers in her hands the entire evening. And even if she's able to leave the flowers in her car or at home, a big bouquet might be too much too soon. However, if you can't let go of tradition and you insist on bringing something, a single rose or flower will do &mdash; and it's much easier on your wallet.</p> <p><em>Do you have other ways to save on a date without looking cheap? Please share in comments!</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-ways-to-save-on-a-first-date-without-looking-cheap" class="sharethis-link" title="8 Ways to Save on a First Date Without Looking Cheap" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><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/8-ways-to-save-on-a-first-date-without-looking-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-13"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-cheapest-dates-that-dont-seem-so-cheap">9 Cheapest Dates That Don&#039;t Seem So Cheap</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-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-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/18-frugal-and-romantic-dates-at-home">18 Frugal and Romantic Dates at Home</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/from-5-to-30-date-ideas-for-every-budget">From $5 to $30+, Date Ideas for Every Budget</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/53-fun-nights-out-for-10-or-less">53 Fun Nights Out for $10 or Less</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> Entertainment cheap dates dates first date romance Thu, 30 Oct 2014 15:00:06 +0000 Mikey Rox 1246352 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Ways that Football Season Can Blitz Your Finances http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-that-football-season-can-blitz-your-finances <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-ways-that-football-season-can-blitz-your-finances" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/men-watching-football-74583673-small.jpg" alt="men watching football" title="men watching football" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Being a football fan is all fun and games &mdash; until it starts making you broke. Cut the financial damage off at the pass by recognizing 10 money traps that the gridiron holds. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-everyone-can-cut-cable-and-still-watch-what-they-love-even-sportsfans?ref=seealso">How Everyone Can Cut the Cable &mdash; Even Sports Fans</a>)</p> <h2>1. Fantasy Football Buy-Ins</h2> <p>If you're into playing fantasy football, you're probably familiar with the league buy-ins and fees that go towards a winner's prize at the end of the year. Although the cost is often low, it can fall anywhere between a few dollars to several hundred. Should you decide to join several leagues, that could really start to add up and cost you a big down payment. Not to mention, the odds of winning that money back are fairly poor. Try to limit yourself to just one league, or join a few leagues that don't require a buy-in.</p> <h2>2. Over-Priced Out-of-Market Games on TV</h2> <p>Satellite and cable companies will provide programs that allow you to <a href="http://www.nfl.com/nflsundayticket?ref=seealso">watch out-of-market football games</a> at an extra cost. Unfortunately, that cost is usually pretty high. In addition to your regular bill, you'll pay several hundred dollars for packages that allow you to watch out of market games. A good compromise is to settle for the games that are shown on prime time (Sunday and Monday nights), as well as the games that make it onto your local stations.</p> <h2>3. Junk Food</h2> <p>Hosting friends and family on a weekend where there's even the possibility that football will be on often carries with it the expectation of some kind of junk food or snacks available during the game. Avoiding this responsibility could save you a lot of money, so if you do host a watch party, try and cook ahead of time, perhaps by throwing together <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-great-cheap-and-easy-crock-pot-recipes">Crock-Pot</a> or <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-terrific-freeze-ahead-casserole-recipes">freeze-ahead meal</a>, which are cheaper than snacks and will satisfy people's hunger during the game.</p> <h2>4. Impulse Buy Fan Gear and Memorabilia</h2> <p>It's always tempting to christen the new football season with a shiny new jersey or fancy piece of memorabilia for the TV room. If you have the extra money, it's not necessarily a deal-breaker, but I'd be willing to bet that most people haven't &quot;budgeted&quot; for a new football jersey. The best alternative is to abstain and wait until after the season is over when apparel and memorabilia will be a lot cheaper.</p> <h2>5. A Shiny New TV</h2> <p>Most major retailers will have huge promotions on TVs right around the time football season is starting, which does create the optimal buying time but tends to lure those who don't need a TV as much as those that do. Only buy a TV if you need one and don't let football season be the deciding factor when you make that call.</p> <h2>6. Alcohol</h2> <p>Of all the things on this list, alcohol might have the most power to separate you from your money because of its price, regular consumption, and easy access. Most people will just run to a gas station to pick up a case or two of beer because it's convenient. But that'll cost you. Instead, plan ahead and buy a more economical case at Costco or another bulk retailer. If you buy in bulk, it'll last longer and you'll pay much less per beer than you would almost anywhere else.</p> <h2>7. Tickets and Game Attendance (Gas, Food and Drink Costs)</h2> <p>The tickets themselves expensive, but then add in the parking at the stadium and over-priced drinks and food and it all adds up quickly, even if you just go to a few games. Think of attending games as a rare treat, as in once a year or every other year. Otherwise, you're better off to enjoy the games in the comfort of your own home.</p> <h2>8. Distractions at Work</h2> <p>Although they aren't likely to cost someone working hourly (unless you get fired because of low productivity), being distracted by checking your fantasy team, scores, or highlights while you could or should be working can cost those who get paid by work output. While there's no easy solution aside from consistent self-discipline, you can set your own computer and smartphone policies by committing to stay off the &quot;football grid&quot; during work hours.</p> <h2>9. Miscellaneous Betting</h2> <p>There is a lot of money going around in the world of NFL betting, but most who bet are more likely to lose money than come away with a profit. In almost all cases, the more frugal decision is to avoid getting into this habit completely. A good alternative is to stick to smaller bets among friends, perhaps by betting items you already own or paying for a lunch out.</p> <h2>10. Living Room Remodeling and Accessorizing</h2> <p>Much in the same way that many football fans are tempted to buy a new TV at the beginning of the season, a number of them will also use it as an excuse to spend money on their living room, man cave or whatever part of the house they'll be watching the games in. If you want to spiff up a room for football season, look for some <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-cheap-home-decorating-projects-that-look-amazing">frugal home decor ideas</a> instead of going out and buying new things that you might not need.</p> <h2>Be a Responsible Football Fan</h2> <p>Football season is a lot of fun and we shouldn't feel guilty for enjoying it or even spending money on it. Just make certain that you're not sacrificing too much of what you earn for something that isn't really going to give anything back to you. In other words, football season expenses should always be limited and should always be in the &quot;entertainment&quot; category of our budgets.</p> <p><em>What do you find to be the most consuming and expensive aspect of football season? How do you cut down the costs? Let us know in comments below!</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-that-football-season-can-blitz-your-finances" class="sharethis-link" title="10 Ways that Football Season Can Blitz Your Finances" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-that-football-season-can-blitz-your-finances">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-14"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cutting-the-cable-cord-has-more-than-financial-benefits">Cutting the Cable Cord Has More Than Financial Benefits</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/11-hobbies-that-aren-t-worth-the-money">11 Hobbies That Aren’t Worth the 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/18-awesome-things-you-can-do-this-weekend-for-under-10">18 Awesome Things You Can Do This Weekend for Under $10</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/11-ways-to-save-money-on-live-sporting-events">11 Ways to Save Money on Live Sporting Events</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> Entertainment betting entertainment football sports Thu, 23 Oct 2014 17:00:06 +0000 Mikey Rox 1241338 at http://www.wisebread.com 20 Cheap and Easy Halloween Costumes for Adults http://www.wisebread.com/20-cheap-and-easy-halloween-costumes-for-adults <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/20-cheap-and-easy-halloween-costumes-for-adults" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/mime-female-186518860-small.jpg" alt="mime " title="mime" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>As a 30-something adult, I've dressed up for many Halloween parties and celebrations throughout the years. Would you believe that I've only bought my costume a handful of times? Heading to those crowded, overpriced costume pop-up shops gives me anxiety &mdash; and it certainly empties a fair share of wallets. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-halloween-costumes-for-people-who-hate-dressing-up?ref=seealso">15 Halloween Costumes for People Who Hate Dressing Up</a>)</p> <p>To that end, check out these 20 classic and clever DIY costumes that are sure to impress any crowd.</p> <h2>1. Mime</h2> <p>French style is very in right now, so there's a good chance you have black pants and a striped shirt to make this simple <a href="http://www.seejaneblog.co/2012/10/24/partners-in-mime-costume/">mime costume</a>. If you don't have suspenders you could always use some black tape or ribbon for the evening. But that white and black face makeup is essential.</p> <h2>2. Bandit</h2> <p>You can wear similar clothing if you'd rather dress as <a href="http://www.realsimple.com/holidays-entertaining/holidays/halloween/couples-halloween-costumes/bandits">bandits</a>. Exchange the face makeup for a basic black eye mask, the suspenders for a sack to carry the cash you steal. Okay. Maybe skip the crime in real life and fill that bag with candy instead.</p> <h2>3. Pop Art Girl</h2> <p><iframe width="605" height="340" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/hBB_nwS39GY?rel=0"></iframe></p> <p>Find all your polka dot clothing and then follow this <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hBB_nwS39GY">stunning makeup tutorial</a> to create a pop art girl look right out of a Warhol or Lichtenstein painting or comic book page. All you do is accentuate your features with a strong black line and then use a brand new pencil eraser to apply those textbook dots.</p> <h2>4. Andy Warhol</h2> <p>Speaking of <a href="http://ohhappyday.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/andy-warhol-materials.jpg">Mr. Warhol</a>, looking like him isn't terribly difficult. Wear all black (turtleneck, if you have one), carry around a camera, and snag a cheap platinum or white wig. Campbell's soup cans are optional.</p> <h2>5. Bob Dylan</h2> <p>Curly haired men and women alike can dress like the <a href="http://theme-me.com/2013/05/24/day-331-bob-dylan/">legend Bob</a> in his famous Don't Look Back film. You just need dark pants, a dark vest, and a button-up shirt. A pair of Ray Bans finishes the deal, but any bold sunglasses will do.</p> <h2>6. Brawny Man</h2> <p>Slap on a red and black checkered flannel shirt, a pair of jeans, leather boots, and a confident smile to channel the <a href="http://inhabitat.com/7-last-minute-halloween-costumes-hiding-in-your-closet/diy-halloween-costume-brawny-man/">Brawny Man</a>. And be sure to carry around a package of the paper towels so everyone knows it's you.</p> <h2>7. Regina George</h2> <p>If you love the movie Mean Girls as much as I do, this <a href="http://instagram.com/p/qps8IUgsqu/">Regina George</a> costume is perfect. Take an old camisole and cut two holes in it, slip into a short black skirt, and let your queen bee attitude do the rest.</p> <h2>8. Hippie</h2> <p>All I'd need to do is borrow my sister-in-law's wardrobe to dress like a hippie this Halloween. Women and men can broadcast their inner flower-children by wearing tie-dye, loose jeans, patchwork skirts, beaded jewelry, etc. Drawing a peace signs somewhere helps, too.</p> <h2>9. Instagram Photo</h2> <p>As an iPhone addict, I love this cardboard <a href="http://www.thirtyhandmadedays.com/2014/09/teen-adult-halloween-costume-diy-instagram-board/">Instagram photo</a> costume. The author took a screenshot of her latest photo and got it printed in large format onto foam core for around $12 at OfficeMax. I'd recommend shopping around and considering simple black and white (and possibly mounting yourself onto cardboard) for a cheaper alternative.</p> <h2>10. Twitter Bird</h2> <p>To keep with the social media theme, try this <a href="http://ideas.coolest-homemade-costumes.com/2012/09/27/best-female-twitter-bird/">Twitter bird</a> getup. You'll need an oversized blue t-shirt and some matching leggings or tights. From there, you can get creative with feathers (found at most craft stores and even dollar stores) and add your personal touch with your handle. Hey, you might gain a few new followers!</p> <h2>11. Mr. Clean</h2> <p>Talk about easy. Guys &mdash; get a white t-shirt and some white makeup to spread on your eyebrows and dress like <a href="http://carolina-orange.blogspot.com/2012/10/halloween-costumes.html">Mr. Clean</a> (the third photo down). If you're bald or have a shaved head, you're already halfway there!</p> <h2>12. Rosie the Riveter</h2> <p>This <a href="http://www.fashionablybombed.com/2012/10/diy-halloween-costume-rosie-riveter.html">Rosie the Riveter</a> costume is incredibly classic and also dirt cheap. You likely have everything you need in your closet. And if not, head to the thrift store for supplies. Bright red lipstick is a must.</p> <h2>13. Scarecrow</h2> <p>Thankfully distressed jeans and flannel shirts are in fashion this season. Heck, you might be wearing the bulk of this <a href="http://hisandhersdiy.com/how-to-make-a-scarecrow-costume/">scarecrow costume</a> right now. If you'd like to skip sewing patches onto your jeans, just use some masking tape to attach a couple squares of fabric for extra color.</p> <h2>14. Morton Salt Girl</h2> <p>You'll need a yellow frock, umbrella, and Mary Janes to look the part of the <a href="http://ideas.coolest-homemade-costumes.com/2012/10/31/fantastic-mortons-salt-girl-costume-idea/">Morton Salt Girl</a>. If you don't have one already, I guarantee you can find the right shade dress at a local thrift shop for under $10.</p> <h2>15. Don Draper</h2> <p>Dress for success with a smart <a href="http://www.mahalo.com/how-to-make-a-don-draper-costume/">DIY Don Draper</a> costume. Guys likely have a suit hanging around their closets. The rest is in the details. A pocket square, thin tie, a clean haircut, and pack of Lucky Strikes goes a long way.</p> <h2>16. Skeleton</h2> <p>Download the free bone template and follow these <a href="http://www.marthastewart.com/254349/skeleton-costume-how#254349">video instructions</a> for how to make your own skeleton t-shirt. The artist recommends using a rotary cutter for the most precise look. And if you're looking for a cheap t-shirt, check out your local dollar store.</p> <h2>17. Tourist</h2> <p>Have a little fun and hit the town as a tacky tourist for your night out. If you don't have any dorky duds or vacation t-shirts, head to your local thrift shop to find something on the cheap. A map is a nice prop along with a brimmed hat, a camera, tall socks, and &mdash; the essential &mdash; a fanny pack or large shoulder bag.</p> <h2>18. Identity Theft</h2> <p>Here's a clever one for you &mdash; <a href="http://instagram.com/p/gJ9Cyevu_X/">identity theft</a>. Just wear black from head to toe and slap on a bunch of those &quot;Hello, My Name is&hellip;&quot; stickers displaying names that aren't your own. This outfit might be the creepiest of all!</p> <h2>19. Mummy</h2> <p>Though this costume is intended for the expectant crowd, the basics for the <a href="http://www.deliacreates.com/this-looked-much-better-in-my-head/">pregnant mummy</a> are the same whether you're with-child or not. Just cut strips of t-shirt or muslin and wrap them around your upper half. Use red craft paint for blood. If you want to really be frugal, try toilet paper!</p> <h2>20. Audrey Hepburn</h2> <p>Almost all women have a little black dress hiding somewhere in their closets. Put it on with a string of pearls (real or fake), a large pair of dark sunglasses, and a small tiara. Now you look like <a href="http://www.katiedidwhat.com/what-i-wore-wed-nes-day-halloween/">Holly Golightly</a> from Breakfast at Tiffany's.</p> <p><em>What are you dressing up as for Halloween this year? Please share in comments!</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-cheap-and-easy-halloween-costumes-for-adults" class="sharethis-link" title="20 Cheap and Easy Halloween Costumes for Adults" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><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/20-cheap-and-easy-halloween-costumes-for-adults">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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