Entertainment http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/5995/0 en-US 10 Beloved Books of Successful Millionaires http://www.wisebread.com/10-beloved-books-of-successful-millionaires <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-beloved-books-of-successful-millionaires" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock-629579800.jpg" alt="the favorite books of successful millionaires" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="142" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you are what you read, then the books that the super-rich have on their bookshelves should be of interest to all of us. From entrepreneurs and media tycoons, to international superstars and the President himself, here are 10 books that should be required reading for anyone looking to improve their lives.</p> <h2>1. Mark Cuban &mdash; <em>The Fountainhead</em> by Ayn Rand</h2> <p>A billionaire entrepreneur and a star of the hit series <em>Shark Tank</em>, Mark Cuban loves this book so much, he named his yacht after it. The author, Ayn Rand, is a polarizing figure in politics, and her books and life views are often adopted by both right-wing and libertarian politicians. Her basic philosophy revolves around the power of the individual, with the pursuit of happiness being the moral purpose of life.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2opib5I" target="_blank">The Fountainhead</a>, first published in 1943, offered the world Rand's philosophy of Objectivism. The story, which centers on a young architect who battles against conventional standards, has become a classic of modern literature. Speaking of the book to C-Span, Cuban said, &quot;You know it's funny because I'll pick it up when I need motivation, but then if I read too far, I get too much motivation and I get too jittery so I have to put it down.&quot;</p> <p>If a book can continue to give a multibillionaire goose bumps, it has to be worth a read.</p> <h2>2. Jeff Bezos &mdash; <em>The Remains of the Day</em> by Kazuo Ishiguro</h2> <p>Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos has a net worth of over $73 billion. So, it's perhaps a little surprising that his favorite book, Kazuo Ishiguro's <a href="http://amzn.to/2owrbGH" target="_blank">The Remains of the Day</a>, revolves around the life of a servant. In this case, that servant is an English butler called Stevens, who narrates the novel.</p> <p>Set in postwar England, the elderly butler must come to terms with some pivotal issues from his past, whilst maintaining his stoic and &quot;correct&quot; behavior. In 1993, the book was turned into a beautiful film featuring Sir Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson.</p> <p>Speaking about the book, Bezos said, &quot;You can't help but come away and think, I just spent 10 hours living an alternate life and I learned something about life and about regret.&quot; Awarded the Man Booker Prize for Fiction in 1989, <em>The Remains of the Day</em> was included in The Guardian's &quot;Books You Can't Live Without&quot; list.</p> <h2>3. Mark Zuckerberg &mdash; <em>The Aeneid</em> by Virgil</h2> <p>Written between 28 and 19 BC, <a href="http://amzn.to/2p2EJKL" target="_blank">The Aeneid</a> recounts the legendary story of Aeneas, a Trojan who traveled to Italy and became an ancestor of the Romans. From his journey from Troy, to the Trojan War, the funeral games, and a vision of the underworld, <em>The Aeneid</em> is widely regarded as a classic of Italian literature. What's more, the entire book is actually a poem, consisting of 9,896 lines in dactylic hexameter.</p> <p>So how did Mark Zuckerberg, a young tech-savvy entrepreneur who created the social media climate we now live in, come to read the book? He was introduced to it while studying Latin in high school, and says the book &quot;knows no boundaries in time and greatness.&quot; He is also known to quote lines from <em>The Aeneid</em> in Facebook meetings.</p> <h2>4. Oprah Winfrey &mdash; <em>To Kill a Mockingbird</em> by Harper Lee</h2> <p>If you ever needed an excuse to read this masterpiece of American literature, knowing it's Oprah Winfrey's favorite book is a doozy. Set in Alabama during the Depression, &quot;<a href="http://amzn.to/2opm2Q2" target="_blank">To Kill a Mockingbird</a>&quot; covers three years in the life of Scout Finch, an eight-year-old girl, her brother Jem, and their father Atticus, a defense lawyer. Atticus is called upon to defend Tom Robinson, a young black man accused of raping a white woman.</p> <p>Told through Scout's eyes, it's a compassionate and moving story of kindness, cruelty, and the roots of human behavior. &quot;I remember reading this book and then going to class and not being able to shut up about it,&quot; Oprah told The Baltimore Sun. &quot;I read it in eighth or ninth grade, and I was trying to push the book off on other kids. So it makes sense to me that now I have a book club, because I have been doing that since probably this book.&quot;</p> <h2>5. Elon Musk &mdash; <em>The Foundation Trilogy</em> by Isaac Asimov</h2> <p>The founder and CEO of Space Exploration Technologies Corp is bringing the ideas of the future into the present day, with award-winning electric cars and whole-home solar power. To discover that his favorite book series comes from noted science fiction author Isaac Asimov hardly raises an eyebrow.</p> <p>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2oVr2gR" target="_blank">The Foundation Trilogy</a> series revolves around mathematician Hari Seldon, who has spent his whole life developing a branch of mathematics known as psychohistory. Using the laws of mass action, the science is able to predict the future on a grand scale. Unfortunately, it predicts the fall of the Galactic Empire, and a dark age lasting 30,000 years before the second great empire arises.</p> <p>Musk says, &quot;The lessons of history would suggest that civilizations move in cycles &hellip; there could be some series of events that cause technology levels to decline.&quot; The book series has had a profound effect on the way Musk thinks about the world.</p> <h2>6. Bill Gates &mdash; <em>The Catcher in the Rye</em> by J.D. Salinger</h2> <p>Set in the 1950s, <a href="http://amzn.to/2nBPJPf" target="_blank">The Catcher in the Rye</a> is narrated by a 16-year-old boy named Holden Caulfield, who is undergoing treatment in a mental institution. He recounts the tale of two days in his life when all this &quot;madman stuff&quot; happened to him. But there is a deeper meaning here, as we see him battle with issues around growing up, and avoiding the pressures of adulthood.</p> <p>&quot;It's my favorite book,&quot; said Gates. &quot;It acknowledges that young people are a little confused, but can be smart, and see things that adults don't.&quot;</p> <h2>7. Michael Bloomberg &mdash; <em>The Honourable Schoolboy</em> by John Le Carré</h2> <p>John Le Carré is a highly-regarded author of espionage novels, and has written such classics as <em>The Spy Who Came in From the Cold</em>, <em>Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy</em>, and <em>The Constant Gardener</em>. However, it his one of his lesser known works that captured the imagination of Bloomberg.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2ownm4c" target="_blank">The Honourable Schoolboy</a> tells the story of George Smiley, who must reconstruct an intelligence service and run a successful offensive espionage operation. It is the second novel in an omnibus featuring Smiley, and in 1983 it was adapted for a BBC Radio production featuring Martin Jarvis.</p> <p>&quot;It's 600 pages, it's mostly description, there is almost nothing that happens. But it's fascinating,&quot; said Bloomberg. Reading 600 pages of fascinating nothingness? Sounds like fun.</p> <h2>8. Richard Branson &mdash; <em>Stalingrad: The Fateful Siege 1942&ndash;1943</em> by Antony Beevor<strong> </strong></h2> <p>Founder of the highly successful Virgin brand, Richard Branson includes <em>Peter Pan</em>, <em>Wild Swans</em>, and <em>Swallows and Amazons</em> in his list of favorite books. As such, a book about World War II's most harrowing battle seems a little out of place in that company.</p> <p>The year is August 1942, and Hitler's huge Sixth Army reached the city that bore Stalin's name. Over the five months that followed, the battle for the ruins of the city cost more than a million lives. More than just a pure account of the battle, <a href="http://amzn.to/2owN60f" target="_blank">Stalingrad: The Fateful Siege 1942&ndash;1943</a> recounts the personal experiences of soldiers on both sides, and includes tales of interrogation, desertion, and execution.</p> <h2>9. Beyoncé &mdash; <em>What Will It Take to Make a Woman President?</em> by Marianne Schnall</h2> <p>There aren't many people in America, or the world, who don't know of Beyoncé. The multi-Grammy winning singer and actress has amassed millions from her albums, concerts, perfume lines, clothing, and films.</p> <p>Schnall penned <a href="http://amzn.to/2on4DWG" target="_blank">What Will It Take to Make a Woman President?</a> after a question was brought up by her 8-year-old daughter: &quot;Why haven't we ever had a woman president?&quot; It was a question she did not know how to answer, and so she set about asking the likes of Sheryl Sandberg, Maya Angelou, Gloria Steinem, Nancy Pelosi, Nicholas Kristof, and Melissa Etheridge.</p> <p>&quot;It's a collection of interviews and essays by great women,&quot; says Beyoncé. &quot;They will inspire you to become a better leader.&quot;</p> <h2>10. President Trump &mdash; <em>The Power of Positive Thinking</em> by Norman Vincent Peale</h2> <p>Love him or hate him, he's the 45th President of the Unites States, and a very wealthy man. Some say that he's not much of a reader these days, but he has stated that this book had a profound effect on him and his business empire.</p> <p>The international best seller by Norman Vincent Peale speaks of faith, spirituality, and the power of the mind to drive you forward. Via simple, prayerful exercises that you do daily, you can eliminate all the negative thoughts that prevent you from achieving the happiness and success you deserve.</p> <p>President Trump read <a href="http://amzn.to/2oniNY2" target="_blank">The Power of Positive Thinking</a> when he was billions of dollars in debt, and it turned his life around. &quot;My father was friends with Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, and I had read his famous book, <em>The Power of Positive Thinking</em>,&quot; said Trump. &quot;I refused to be sucked into negative thinking on any level, even when the indications weren't great. That was a good lesson because I emerged on a very victorious level.&quot; Victorious indeed, considering he is now the most powerful man in the world.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-beloved-books-of-successful-millionaires">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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We've compiled a list of convenient ways you can save money through subscriptions that will work whether you're at home or traveling.</p> <h2>Netflix</h2> <p>Since it came out in 1997, Netflix has grown to be an international entertainment giant. And with good reason. While it can be great to watch movies or TV shows from the comfort of your home, Netflix can also travel with you to 190 different countries where you can stream content around the world.</p> <p>I have personally used Netflix in both France and Mexico. The selection of films and TV shows varies from country to country, but I love having the option to watch Netflix while I'm traveling. First, it gives me the ability to easily watch my favorite shows while I'm abroad, which can be a big comfort when I'm surrounded by a foreign language and culture. But secondly, I also like Netflix in that it is adapted to the local context and offers a good selection of some of the classic and contemporary films from the country I'm visiting.</p> <p>For instance, in Mexico, there's a very popular Netflix original show called Club de Cuervos, which is about a fictitious soccer team. Having a Netflix subscription made it easy for me to check out local pop culture. Watching local shows is also a great way to practice a foreign language, and you can always turn on the subtitles if you're struggling to understand.</p> <p>At $7.99 a month for online streaming to one screen in standard definition, a Netflix subscription costs less than one movie ticket and about one-seventh the price of the average cable bill. For that you get a wide selection of movies and TV shows in your home or hotel.</p> <h2>Spotify</h2> <p>One of my favorite subscriptions is Spotify. For a music lover like me, the premium subscription is well worth the price tag. The sign-up offer gives you a month for free, and then it costs $9.99 a month after that. You can save even more money with a student or family subscription.</p> <p>With the premium subscription, you're freed from advertisements popping up every few songs when you stream, and you get the option to download tracks to your device, which is great for travel. Having the tunes on your phone or tablet saves you the cost of data that you'd need to use to stream songs.</p> <p>Plus, with either the free or paid versions of the service, you have access to a huge library of music that's more affordable than buying lots of CDs or album downloads.</p> <h2>Amazon Subscribe &amp; Save</h2> <p>If you're spending lots of time away from home, it can be hard to keep up with tasks like keeping the house stocked for when you get back. When you get home from a trip, you'll want to spend time with friends and family, not out buying toilet paper.</p> <p>Amazon's <a href="http://amzn.to/2meUESq" target="_blank">Subscribe &amp; Save</a> can help by automatically delivering household staples, including groceries, office supplies, and beauty products. You choose the products you want to receive and set up an automated delivery. Deliveries of at least five products on a monthly basis are eligible for discounts of up to 15 percent.</p> <p>If you normally spend $300 a month on these types of items, that means you're setting yourself up for a monthly savings of $45 and the cost of gas, not to mention the time it takes you to do these errands yourself.</p> <p>Depending on how often you're on the road, you may need to check in just to make sure you don't end up with a large supply of paper napkins that you don't have space for.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? 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They can help you accomplish everything from drawing precise lines to coloring large spaces, allowing you to add your signature style to any drawing, sketch, or art project.</p> <h2>What Are Coloring Pens?</h2> <p>Coloring pens are art tools with colored pigment that can be used to write or draw with ink. The pen tip is fitted into a metal or plastic holder, which makes up the pen. Whether you&rsquo;re into adult coloring books right now or need to find the perfect gel pens for your child&rsquo;s school supplies, the options below can meet your needs. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-pens?ref=seealso" target="_blank">The 5 Best Pens</a>)</p> <h2>Top 5 Coloring Pens</h2> <h3>Staedtler Color Pen Set</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2o2yBCn" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/staedtler.jpg" width="205" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2o2yBCn" target="_blank">Staedtler Color Pen Set (Triplus Fineliner Pens)</a> includes 36 assorted colors (no duplicates) and offers a great value. The 0.3mm fine point allows you to draw precisely, making them ideal for coloring, drawing, and art projects. The superfine, metal-clad tip and ergonomic triangular shape offer smooth usage. The water-based, acid-free ink has minimal bleed-thru and they can be left uncapped for days without drying up.</p> <p>These are favorites among both artists and students. They are recommended by The Pen Addict, The Well-Appointed Desk, and JetPens. The set also has outstanding online reviews, including more than 1,000 five-star reviews on Amazon.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2o2yBCn" target="_blank"><em>Currently $20.00 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Sakura Gelly Roll Stardust Meteor Pen Set</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2o2xB1l" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/sakura.jpg" width="155" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2o2xB1l" target="_blank">Sakura Stardust Meteor Pen Set</a> offer a consistent bold line. The pigment-based sparkle gel ink is chemically stable, waterproof, and fade-resistant, so it won&rsquo;t smear, feather, or bleed through most papers. The six vibrant colors work best on light-colored papers. The roller ball pens are ideal for writing, drawing, and doodling.</p> <p>There are endless color combinations available, so you can find the perfect colors and size for your needs. They are recommended by JetPens and have outstanding online reviews, including hundreds of five-star reviews on Amazon. The <a href="http://amzn.to/2pzzann" target="_blank">Sakura 12-Piece Koi Assorted Coloring Brush Pen Set</a> is another highly reviewed set.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2o2xB1l" target="_blank"><em>Currently $5.37 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Stabilo Pen Set</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2oKyg5W" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/stabilo.jpg" width="182" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2oKyg5W" target="_blank">Stabilo Pens</a> resemble a pen-marker hybrid. The ventilated caps and long-wearing, metal-encased tips offer long-lasting usage and can be easily used with rulers and stencils. The water-based ink won&rsquo;t dry out easily, so it can sustain a long cap-off time. The 0.4mm fine point is ideal for coloring, drawing, writing, and craft projects. They write smoothly and won&rsquo;t wear down over time or with repeated use.</p> <p>This set includes 30 unique vibrant colors. They are recommended by JetPens and have outstanding online reviews, including hundreds of five-star reviews on Amazon.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2oKyg5W" target="_blank"><em>Currently $15.49 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Paper Mate InkJoy Gel Pens</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2om5hD2" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/paper%20mate.jpg" width="185" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>The retractable <a href="http://amzn.to/2om5hD2" target="_blank">Paper Mate InkJoy Gel Pens</a> offer smooth usage and feature a unique quick-dry gel ink that dries up to three times faster for reduced smearing. They feature a textured ergonomic rubberized grip for added comfort. The translucent, color-tinted body shows the ink, so you can choose the right color for the job.</p> <p>These come in fine point or medium point and in endless color combinations, so you can find the perfect colors and size for your needs. They offer a great deal, are recommended by The Pen Addict, and have outstanding online reviews, including thousands of five-star reviews on Amazon.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2om5hD2" target="_blank"><em>Currently $6.46 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Gelmushta Gel Pens</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2o2sWw8" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/gelmushta.jpg" width="220" height="220" align="right" alt="" /></a>Amazon&rsquo;s #1 best-seller in multifunction writing instruments, the <a href="http://amzn.to/2o2sWw8" target="_blank">Gelmushta Gel Pen Set</a> come with a convenient fold-up case. The fine, durable 0.8-1.0mm tips offer a steady flow of ink for smooth coloring. They have longer pen ink cartridges for longer using time and dry faster for less smearing. They feature nontoxic, acid-free ink, so they are safe for kids. The gel pens are ideal for everything from detailed designs to large coloring spaces, so you can use them for drawing, sketching, doodling, coloring, and art projects.</p> <p>The set includes 120 unique vibrant colors (no duplicates) of nine variety styles, including neon, metallic, glitter, and pastel options. These have outstanding online reviews, and are backed by a satisfaction guarantee.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2o2sWw8" target="_blank"><em>Currently $21.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best coloring pens. As always, be sure to check <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar">Wise Bread's Buying Calendar</a> to learn when and how to buy just about anything!</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-cannon">Andrea Cannon</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-coloring-pens">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/the-5-best-coloring-pencils">The 5 Best Coloring Pencils</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-gaming-mice">The 5 Best Gaming Mice</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-forehead-thermometers">The 5 Best Forehead Thermometers</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-5-best-cast-iron-skillets">The 5 Best Cast Iron Skillets</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-anti-itch-creams">The 5 Best Anti-Itch Creams</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment Shopping 5 best art supplies art utensils coloring coloring pens product reviews shopping Wed, 19 Apr 2017 08:17:08 +0000 Andrea Cannon 1930604 at http://www.wisebread.com How to Throw a Kid's Birthday Bash on the Cheap http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-throw-a-kids-birthday-bash-on-the-cheap <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-throw-a-kids-birthday-bash-on-the-cheap" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock-511382332.jpg" alt="Learning how to throw a kid&#039;s birthday bash on the cheap" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>We all want to throw an unforgettable party for our kids, but we don&rsquo;t have to break the bank to do so. Fortunately, you can throw a big party on a small budget with the right plan. You won't have to sacrifice much, either. Here's how to save money on your child's special day.</p> <h2>Get the kids involved</h2> <p>Get your child involved in planning the party so they take part in the fun leading up to the special day. Invite one or two of their friends over before the party to help decorate. They can make their own decorations, blow up balloons, and cut out signs. Instead of expensive printed or themed tablecloths, cover tables with butcher paper and leave out crayons so the kids can write messages and draw while they eat.</p> <h2>Comparison shop</h2> <p>Don&rsquo;t just visit your local party supply store. If you have time (and energy), you can find some great deals at dollar stores and online suppliers like <a href="http://www.orientaltrading.com/party-supplies-a1-551135.fltr" target="_blank">Oriental Trading</a> and <a href="https://www.alibaba.com//Festive-Party-Supplies_pid100002992" target="_blank">Alibaba</a>. Shipping can take a few weeks, but you will likely find everything you need, from plates and cups to streamers and balloons, and even fun toys like bubbles, glow sticks, and water balloons for the party.</p> <h2>Get the timing right</h2> <p>According to Danielle Walker, author of <a href="http://amzn.to/2opfwJp" target="_blank"><em>Against All Grain: Celebrations</em></a>, the best time to throw a party is between 2 p.m. &ndash; 5 p.m., when guests are between meals and won't be expecting a full meal. You can just provide kid-friendly finger foods for them to munch on.</p> <h2>Combine parties</h2> <p>If your child's birthday falls close to one of their classmates' birthdays, you may consider joining forces with the other child's parents to throw a larger dual party.</p> <h2>Stick to the basics</h2> <p>It's great to have a party theme and budget in mind. This can keep you on track and provide inspiration during the party planning stages. However, it can be pricey if you try purchasing only themed items.</p> <p>For instance, purchasing <em>Frozen</em>-themed decorations is an expensive way to achieve the <em>Frozen</em> birthday party theme. You can just as easily achieve the theme &mdash; at a much lower cost &mdash; by purchasing affordable light blue items (like streamers, plates, balloons, and tablecloths) and adding several <em>Frozen</em> balloons, cupcake toppers, or centerpieces.</p> <h2>Call in favors</h2> <p>If you have a brother who dabbles in magic or a friend who can make great balloon animals, ask them to perform at the party as their gift to your child.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-cannon">Andrea Cannon</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-throw-a-kids-birthday-bash-on-the-cheap">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-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/8-frugal-living-skills-i-wish-my-parents-would-have-taught-me">8 Frugal Living Skills I Wish My Parents Would Have Taught Me</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-fun-books-that-will-get-your-kids-excited-about-money">10 Fun Books That Will Get Your Kids Excited About Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/3-smart-ways-to-save-on-fathers-day">3 Smart Ways to Save on Father&#039;s Day</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/easy-ways-to-save-on-7-everyday-buys">Easy Ways to Save on 7 Everyday Buys</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-smart-ways-to-save-on-audio-books">8 Smart Ways to Save on Audio Books</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment Family birthday birthday party budget frugal party how to throw a party kid's birthday saving money shopping Thu, 13 Apr 2017 08:30:07 +0000 Andrea Cannon 1926609 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Coloring Pencils http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-coloring-pencils <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-coloring-pencils" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/colored_pencils_paper_495035414.jpg" alt="Using the best coloring pencils to color" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Colored pencils can allow you to explore the world in color. They can help you accomplish everything from drawing precise lines to blending shades together for unique effects.</p> <h2>What Are Coloring Pencils?</h2> <p>Coloring pencils are art tools with wax- or oil-based cores of colored pigment and protective outer casings made of wood. Whether you're looking for something for your new adult coloring book, for your child's school supplies, or for professional purposes, the selections below can meet your needs.</p> <h2>Top 5 Coloring Pencils</h2> <h3>Crayola Colored Pencils</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2nd4MyM" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/crayola.jpg" width="217" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>The best-selling <a href="http://amzn.to/2nd4MyM" target="_blank">Crayola Colored Pencils</a> are ideal for use at home or school. The smooth colors offer great color mixing and blending, so they are ideal for school supplies, art projects, and adult coloring. The box contains 50 bright, intense colors in a wide spectrum of shades, including metallic shades of silver and gold. The pre-sharpened points are strong, durable, and stay sharp longer. The thick, soft graphite points won't break easily under pressure. They offer better control and smooth use with no scratching. The long pencils are made from reforested wood and are long-lasting.</p> <p>Influenster voted these #1 in colored pencils, thanks to thousands of&nbsp;five-star reviews on their website. They also have&nbsp;thousands of five-star reviews on Amazon and are most teachers' preferred choice. They are also backed by a satisfaction guarantee.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2nd4MyM" target="_blank"><em>Currently $7.13 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2p2Yw95" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/prismacolor.jpg" width="179" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>Amazon's #1 best-seller in wooden colored pencils, the artist-quality <a href="http://amzn.to/2p2Yw95" target="_blank">Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils</a> come in a durable tin case. The 48 vibrant colors are made with light-resistant, high-grade pigments for rich color saturation that lasts. The thick, durable leads resist cracking, chipping, and breaking. They are slow to wear, waterproof, and are strong enough to be sharpened to a precision point. The soft, thick, creamy cores offer smooth, even coverage and color laydown. They are the best choice for blending, shading, shadowing, and layering. They allow you to effortlessly switch between detailed work, precise lines, delicate blends, and smooth shadowing.</p> <p>These are recommended by About.com and have outstanding reviews from artists. They also have thousands of&nbsp;five-star reviews on Amazon and are backed by a satisfaction guarantee.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2p2Yw95" target="_blank"><em>Currently $24.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Sargent Art Premium Coloring Pencils</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2o5b16x" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/sargent.jpg" width="204" height="220" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2o5b16x" target="_blank">Sargent Art Premium Coloring Pencils</a> are made of premium wood for easy sharpening and long-lasting usage. The thick leads offer smooth color lay-down. The durable presharpened seven-inch long pencils come in a variety of shade and hue variations. The vibrant colors are made with high-quality pigments for consistent color coverage, making them ideal for illustrating, drawing, sketching, and special effect blending and blurring. The pack of 50 colored pencils have thousands of five-star reviews on Amazon and are a favorite among professional artists.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2o5b16x" target="_blank"><em>Currently $5.10 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Derwent Colored Pencils</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2p3nkxN" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/derwent.jpg" width="245" height="204" align="right" alt="" /></a>The 12-pack of <a href="http://amzn.to/2p3nkxN" target="_blank">Derwent Colored Inktense Ink Pencils</a> come in a durable metal tin. The bright, opaque ink-like colors are highly blendable. They offer an intense color combined with a translucent effect for great depth. You can use the water-soluble pencils dry or mix them with water for a more vibrant color. The color is permanent once dry. They offer more precise handling, so they are ideal for everything from precise drawing to watercolor art.</p> <p>These offer very different effects when they are wet and when they are dry, so they offer a great value. They are recommended by About.com and have over&nbsp;1,000 five-star reviews on Amazon. They are also very popular with artists around the world.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2p3nkxN" target="_blank"><em>Currently $14.98 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Faber-Castell Polychromos Colored Pencil Set</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2nd7dkD" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/faber%20castel_0.jpg" width="216" height="220" align="right" alt="" /></a>The 16-piece <a href="http://amzn.to/2nd7dkD" target="_blank">Faber-Castell Polychromos Colored Pencil Set</a> comes in a sturdy metal tin. These are expensive, but reviewers tend to agree that they are well worth the cost and offer a great value for the money. The intense colors are made with unsurpassed lightfast pigments. While the tips are soft enough for smooth usage and easy layering, you won't have to worry about them crumbling. That's because the thick leads are waterproof, non-smudge, and break-resistant.</p> <p>The artist-quality pencils are commonly referred to as the best colored pencils available. They are recommended by About.com and have great reviews from professional artists.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2nd7dkD" target="_blank"><em>Currently $25.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best coloring pencils. As always, be sure to check <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar">Wise Bread's Buying Calendar</a> to learn when and how to buy just about anything!</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-cannon">Andrea Cannon</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-coloring-pencils">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/the-5-best-coloring-pens">The 5 Best Coloring Pens</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-gaming-mice">The 5 Best Gaming Mice</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-forehead-thermometers">The 5 Best Forehead Thermometers</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-5-best-cast-iron-skillets">The 5 Best Cast Iron Skillets</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-anti-itch-creams">The 5 Best Anti-Itch Creams</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment Shopping 5 best art supplies colored pencils coloring coloring pencils product reviews shopping Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:12 +0000 Andrea Cannon 1922655 at http://www.wisebread.com 3 TV Must-Haves Once You Cut the Cable Cord http://www.wisebread.com/3-tv-must-haves-once-you-cut-the-cable-cord <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/3-tv-must-haves-once-you-cut-the-cable-cord" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock-618335432.jpg" alt="Woman getting TV must-haves after cutting cable cord" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Is it time for you to join in on the cord cutting movement? You know that you're only watching a few channels out of the hundreds that you're paying for. And cutting the cord on your cable bill will undoubtedly be good for your budget. But can you still watch the shows you love? Yes. You'll be surprised at the variety of options you have without paying for hundreds of channels you don't use.</p> <p>Here's a basic breakdown of the great options you have available when <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cutting-the-cable-cord-has-more-than-financial-benefits" target="_blank">cutting the cable cord</a>. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-everyone-can-cut-cable-and-still-watch-what-they-love-even-sportsfans?ref=seealso" target="_blank">How to Cut Cable and Still Watch What You Love</a>)</p> <h2>An HD antenna</h2> <p>The first option to consider when you're ready to cut the cord is an HD antenna that you can install in your home. Here are a few of your best options.</p> <h3>Mohu Leaf 50 Indoor Antenna</h3> <p>For about $50, you can pick up a <a href="http://amzn.to/2mK3syc" target="_blank">Mohu Leaf</a> and depending on where you live, score a bunch of HD channels for free. The Leaf has a 50-mile range and can be placed indoors on a window or bookcase shelf. To figure out how many free HD channels you can get at your home, visit <a href="https://nocable.org/hd-antenna-coverage-map" target="_blank">NoCable.org</a> and enter your address.</p> <h3>Antennas Direct 50 Clearstream Eclipse</h3> <p>If you're cutting the cord from DishNetwork or DIRECTV, the <a href="http://amzn.to/2nYk9XL" target="_blank">Antennas Direct 50</a> is a great alternative. This is due to the fact that you can install the antenna directly onto your abandoned satellite dish, or a wall or window indoors, making installation really easy. You can then connect the antenna to the existing infrastructure of your home and start watching free HD channels immediately.</p> <h3>Mohu Sky 60 Antenna</h3> <p>If you live in more of a rural area, especially with mountains and hills, the Leaf probably won't get you many free channels. So instead, check out the <a href="http://amzn.to/2mJUaCe" target="_blank">Mohu Sky 60</a>, which should be attic- or roof-mounted and will offer a much better solution. For example, I live 10 miles out of town with hills in every direction. The Leaf gives me only two HD channels, while the Sky 60 gives me six HD channels including FOX, CBS, and ABC.</p> <h2>A subscription to a streaming service</h2> <p>For the rest of the TV shows and movies you've come to depend on through your cable or satellite service, choose among these affordable streaming services.</p> <h3>Netflix</h3> <p>A Netflix streaming account starts at $7.99 per month, or $9.99 per month if you want HD quality. While you won't pick up cable channels with Netflix, you will pick up a ton of original programming as well as thousands of movies, TV shows, and documentaries. Besides viewing on your TV, you can also access all of Netflix's programming on your tablet, computer, or smartphone.</p> <h3>Prime Streaming</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2nbqHCb" target="_blank">Prime Streaming</a> is available free to all Amazon Prime members. Prime membership costs $99 per year and gets you access to thousands of titles, including popular TV shows and movies. You can also use Amazon's streaming service to rent or buy current TV shows and new movies to view immediately. You can also pay an additional fee to get access to HBO, Cinemax, Starz, and Showtime. Plus, get access to special programming like animé, foreign dramas, and more, as add-on services.</p> <h3>Hulu</h3> <p>If you're interested in streaming the current season of your favorite TV shows, get Hulu. For $7.99 per month, you can stream many of the current shows that won't be available on Netflix until next year. Movies are also available on Hulu.</p> <h3>DIRECTV NOW Streaming</h3> <p>Just recently DIRECTV introduced a streaming option to try and capture a new customer base and it actually looks promising. For $35 a month, you can stream live TV from over 120 channels plus over 10,000 on-demand titles. With the cheapest DIRECTV satellite package coming in at about $55, this is a solid alternative if you don't want to give up your satellite options.</p> <h3>HBO Now</h3> <p>For $14.99 per month, you can access HBO's original shows, documentaries, and their movie selection, without having a cable subscription. This is the main difference between Now and HBO Go &mdash; which you're only able to access with cable.</p> <h3>Livestream</h3> <p>There still aren't many streaming options for sports programming, but Livestream is one of the few available at the moment. This app allows you to stream live events through your Chromecast, Roku, or Apple TV. The app is free and you can also use it on your iPhone or Android device.</p> <h3>Sling TV</h3> <p>If you're one of the many who hasn't cut the cord because of a lack of streaming sports options, Sling TV just might be for you. Sling TV is the first true internet-only alternative to a traditional cable package. For only $20/mo, you can get the Sling TV Orange package which includes ESPN, TBS, and CNN plus about 25 other popular channels.</p> <h2>A streaming device</h2> <p>Using streaming services doesn't mean you can only watch on your computer. There are some nifty devices that allow you to stream these shows to your TV, so you can sit back and still enjoy shows and movies on your big screen TV. Most newer TVs have the required USB port that the streaming sticks and players directly connect to. On older TVs without a USB port, you might be able to use an HDMI-to-USB adapter cord, but it depends on your HDMI setup in the back of your TV.</p> <h3>Amazon Fire TV Stick</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2n2eKzv" target="_blank">The Amazon Fire TV Stick</a> plugs into the back of your TV and lets you immediately start streaming. Of course, you need a Wi-Fi connection in your home, too. The Fire TV Stick is compatible with all of the popular subscription services like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Video, as well as free streaming options like YouTube.</p> <h3>Roku Streaming Stick</h3> <p>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2n2Dl7u" target="_blank">Roku Stick</a> stands out from the Fire TV stick in the number of apps available, as well as a convenient search feature. The Roku Stick actually searches across all streaming services to find you the exact program you're looking for.</p> <h3>Chromecast</h3> <p>This is Google's streaming device, and it also uses your Wi-Fi connection to stream music and videos on your TV. The main difference with Chromecast compared to the options above is that there's no remote. You use your phone, iPad, or laptop computer to control your programming.</p> <h3>Apple TV</h3> <p>Much like the two options above, Apple TV comes equipped with all the video/streaming apps you could ever need. Apple TV has over 1,600 of them, and the video quality is outstanding. It also connects to your iTunes library so you can seamlessly access your favorite music on your TV.</p> <h3>Gaming consoles</h3> <p>If you're a gamer, you might not need a streaming device at all, because new gaming consoles come equipped with a streaming interface. Nintendo Wii, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3, and PS4 are all gaming consoles that are able to stream TV through their wireless connection, so you can download the streaming apps (Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, etc.) and watch your favorite shows and movies through your console.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kyle-james">Kyle James</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/3-tv-must-haves-once-you-cut-the-cable-cord">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/3-subscription-services-every-traveler-needs">3 Subscription Services Every Traveler Needs</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/five-quick-remote-control-hacks-to-save-you-time-and-money">5 Quick Remote Control Hacks to Save You Time and Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/life-without-tv">Life Without Television</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/cutting-the-cable-cord-has-more-than-financial-benefits">Cutting the Cable Cord Has More Than Financial Benefits</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment Technology antenna cable cable bill getting rid of cable netflix satellite streaming services tv Tue, 28 Mar 2017 09:30:33 +0000 Kyle James 1917303 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Ways to Have More Fun for Less Money http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-ways-to-have-more-fun-for-less-money <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-ways-to-have-more-fun-for-less-money" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/gay_couple_date_530157381.jpg" alt="Couple finding ways have more fun for less money" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found articles on ways to have more fun for less money, weird and wonderful ways to make money in 2017, and tips to help you find good housemates.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.moneytalksnews.com/17-ways-have-more-fun-for-less-money/">17 Ways to Have More Fun for Less Money</a> &mdash; Thanks to HD streaming, you can watch plays, dance performances and opera at a fraction of the cost in your local theater. [Money Talks News]</p> <p><a href="http://moneyaware.co.uk/2017/03/ways-to-make-money-in-2017/">10 Weird and Wonderful Ways to Make Money in 2017</a> &mdash; As a human scarecrow, you'll get paid to sit in a field all day and scare off odd pests. [StepChange MoneyAware]</p> <p><a href="https://www.popsugar.com.au/smart-living/How-Find-Good-Housemates-43207765">How to Ensure You Get Good (Sane) Housemates</a> &mdash; Mention that you're looking for a roommate to friends you trust, first, before you post your search on Facebook. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/Saving-Money/2017/0301/Should-states-cut-taxes-on-retirement-income">Should states cut taxes on retirement income?</a> &mdash; Cutting taxes on retirement income sounds like a nice perk for retirees, but the biggest beneficiaries may not be who you would expect. [The Monitor]</p> <p><a href="https://www.experian.com/blogs/news/about/women-money-key-strategies-financial-success/">Women and Money: Key Strategies for Financial Success</a> &mdash; Tomorrow is International Women's Day! Join Experian's #CreditChat tomorrow at 3 p.m. ET for important financial advice for women at all stages of life. [Experian]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="https://www.fivecentnickel.com/financial-effects-unhealthy/">The Financial Effects of Being Unhealthy</a> &mdash; A poor diet can cause you to become overweight or obese, which may increase your life insurance rates. [Five Cent Nickel]</p> <p><a href="https://fitzvillafuerte.com/find-time-personal-projects-keeping-full-time-job.html">How To Find Time To Do Personal Projects While Keeping Your Full-Time Job</a> &mdash; Make a conscious effort to spend less time on things that don't matter, like mindless TV, gossip, and scrolling through Facebook or Twitter. [Ready To Be Rich]</p> <p><a href="http://www.goodfinancialcents.com/supporting-adult-children-can-ruin-retirement/">How Supporting Adult Children Can Ruin Your Retirement</a> &mdash; Helping your children too much now can actually cause you to be a burden later in life if you aren't able to save enough for essentials like housing and medical expenses. [Good Financial Cents]</p> <p><a href="https://zenhabits.net/eating/">How to Change Your Eating Patterns</a> &mdash; Have strategies to for restaurants and social eating so that they don't throw you off your healthy eating patterns. [Zen Habits]</p> <p><a href="http://www.lifeoptimizer.org/2017/03/02/why-build-personal-brand/">Why You Should Build Your Personal Brand</a> &mdash; A strong personal brand sets you apart from the crowd and keeps you in people's mind. [Life Optimizer]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-ways-to-have-more-fun-for-less-money">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-beloved-books-of-successful-millionaires">10 Beloved Books of Successful Millionaires</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-celebrities-with-shockingly-low-net-worths">6 Celebrities With Shockingly Low Net Worths</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/3-tv-must-haves-once-you-cut-the-cable-cord">3 TV Must-Haves Once You Cut the Cable Cord</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-amazing-board-games-you-can-diy">8 Amazing Board Games You Can DIY</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-coloring-pens">The 5 Best Coloring Pens</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment best money tips have fun Tue, 07 Mar 2017 10:01:18 +0000 Amy Lu 1902768 at http://www.wisebread.com 12 Smart Ways to Score Hamilton Tickets http://www.wisebread.com/12-smart-ways-to-score-hamilton-tickets <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/12-smart-ways-to-score-hamilton-tickets" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/25945250053_fcb6bb1683_k.jpg" alt="Finding smart ways to save money on Hamilton tickets" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Hamilton</em> fever has spread through my family like the measles.</p> <p>First, it infected my tween, and as she commanded our <a href="http://amzn.to/2lUWDgi" target="_blank">Amazon Echo</a> to play the original cast recording day after day. Then I caught a touch of it myself. I was a bit surprised when my 10-year-old came home with a severe case of <em>Hamilton</em> fever, which she apparently caught from her playmates. But I was most surprised when my 7-year-old son not only took to playing the soundtrack in his bedroom, but started peppering me with questions about the Revolution and the Continental Congress.</p> <p>The worst symptom of <em>Hamilton</em> fever is the uncontrollable longing to see the show live &mdash; a show that is completely sold out in my city, San Francisco. And in Chicago. And in New York City, practically. I felt helpless.</p> <p>So what's a mom to do, if she wants to encourage her kids in their love of both musical theater and American history, but she isn't able to snag face value tickets the day they go on sale? It turns out, there are a few strategies for snagging <em>Hamilton</em> tickets without spending four figures (each!).</p> <h2>Tickets at Face Value or Less</h2> <p>Believe it or not, you can score <em>Hamilton</em> tickets for face value or less.</p> <h3>1. Keep in Touch With Your Credit Card</h3> <p>Before <em>Hamilton</em> tickets went on sale to the public in San Francisco, American Express cardholders got access to a presale. Now, I waited in the online queue for this presale all day and my number never came up, but still. It was an opportunity, and I'm watching my email to see if Amex offers any more sale opportunities, should the local run be extended, or maybe for the touring show's next cities.</p> <h3>2. Enter a Lottery</h3> <p>My tween actually informed me of this option. For the Broadway show, you can enter a <a href="https://lottery.broadwaydirect.com/show/hamilton/" target="_blank">digital lottery</a> every morning at 8 a.m. to win the privilege of buying two tickets, at $10 each, for that night's performance. Usually about <a href="http://www.nbcnewyork.com/entertainment/the-scene/Hamilton-Ending-Live-In-Person-Ham4Ham-Lottery-391762351.html" target="_blank">10,000 people enter</a>, so your odds are definitely better than winning the Powerball. The <a href="https://lottery.broadwaydirect.com/show/hamilton-chicago/" target="_blank">Chicago online lotto</a> works the same way, but it opens at 9 a.m. The San Francisco run, which opens March 10, will also have a lottery, but they haven't announced the details.</p> <h3>3. Wait for It</h3> <p>A couple of hours before curtain, theaters generally open the box office and sell any tickets they have on hand, and possibly standing room tickets, for face value. Where do these last-minute tickets come from? Cancellations and &quot;house seats,&quot; which are tickets the theater management was saving in case a VIP dropped by. But don't get too excited: So many people wait in line for same-day <em>Hamilton</em> tickets in New York that the theater has had to <a href="http://www.playbill.com/article/hamilton-updates-cancellation-line-policy" target="_blank">ban tents, chairs, and placeholders</a>. So you can't use TaskRabbit to pay someone to wait for you, and you can't take a break.</p> <h3>4. Enter a Raffle</h3> <p>Lin-Manuel Miranda has raffled off chances to see different <em>Hamilton</em> productions, with the <a href="https://www.prizeo.com/prizes/lin-manuel-miranda/the-ultimate-hamilton-experience-as-a-guest-of" target="_blank">entry fee being donations to Planned Parenthood</a>. Check back to see if he starts a new raffle.</p> <h3>5. Try Same-Day Ticket Booths</h3> <p>I don't know if <em>Hamilton</em> tickets will ever be available at the same day, <a href="http://tixbayarea.org/" target="_blank">half-price tickets</a> booth in my city, but it's a shot, and you know I'm not throwing that away.</p> <h3>6. Check With the Box Office Nonstop</h3> <p>Tickets do pop up on the official box office website, even for sold-out shows. After failing to get tickets in the Amex presale, I joined the online queue when tickets went on sale to the public &mdash; and failed to get tickets then, too. But the next day, I returned to the site and noticed that one small group of tickets was suddenly available.</p> <h2>If You Can Pay More Than Face Value</h2> <p>If you've set aside some extra funds for tickets to <em>Hamilton</em>, here's how to snag those tickets.</p> <h3>7. Make a Donation</h3> <p><a href="https://broadwaycares.org/care-tix/" target="_blank">Broadway Cares</a> will sell you a face-value ticket, but you have to make a tax-deductible donation to get it. Reportedly, the required donation for <em>Hamilton</em> tickets is $601.</p> <h3>8. Ask a Hotel Concierge</h3> <p>&quot;We all have our go-to ticket brokers to arrange killer seats for shows (yes, even <em>Hamilton</em>),&quot; Waldo Hernandez, concierge at The Carlyle, <a href="https://www.jetsetter.com/magazine/570/concierge-confessions" target="_blank">told Jetsetter</a>. Some concierges might even have the connections to get a leftover house seat at face value. If that happens, consider yourself blessed and tip accordingly.</p> <h3>9. Buy From the Secondary Market</h3> <p>On <a href="https://www.vividseats.com/theatre/hamilton-tickets/hamilton-5-20-2206552.html" target="_blank">Vivid</a>, the official reseller for <em>Hamilton</em> tickets, people are selling tickets they bought (presumably at face value) for anywhere from about $500-$2,000 or more. To save money, look for last-minute price drops. <em>Hamilton</em> tickets are also listed on StubHub and, of course, Craigslist. But one benefit of Vivid is that they require sellers to upload their receipts and images of their driver's license, so you know they really have <em>Hamilton</em> tickets before you buy.</p> <h3>10. Buy a Package Deal</h3> <p>Luxury hotels have offered &quot;<a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/hotels-resorts/hotel-room-hamilton-tickets-package" target="_blank"><em>Hamilton</em> packages</a>,&quot; and last time I was in Wisconsin, a local travel agency was offering a bus trip to Chicago that included tickets. Look around, look around.</p> <h3>11. Bid in a Charity Auction</h3> <p>Kids' schools and private clubs are likely auctioning off <em>Hamilton</em> tickets for above face value at their spring galas this year. If you were going to donate anyway, maybe you can get something for yourself while you help the cause.</p> <h3>12. Fly to London</h3> <p>At press time, tickets are still available online for the <a href="http://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/hamilton" target="_blank">London production</a>. For Thursday matinees. In 2018.</p> <p>At least that should give you plenty of time to buy plane tickets and get a hotel.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/carrie-kirby">Carrie Kirby</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-smart-ways-to-score-hamilton-tickets">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/10-beloved-books-of-successful-millionaires">10 Beloved Books of Successful Millionaires</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-celebrities-with-shockingly-low-net-worths">6 Celebrities With Shockingly Low Net Worths</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/3-tv-must-haves-once-you-cut-the-cable-cord">3 TV Must-Haves Once You Cut the Cable Cord</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-amazing-board-games-you-can-diy">8 Amazing Board Games You Can DIY</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-coloring-pens">The 5 Best Coloring Pens</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment alexander hamilton broadway broadway shows hamilton hamilton tickets lin manuel miranda Wed, 01 Mar 2017 10:30:37 +0000 Carrie Kirby 1900127 at http://www.wisebread.com 14 Fun Ways to Spend a Snow Day Indoors http://www.wisebread.com/14-fun-ways-to-spend-a-snow-day-indoors <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/14-fun-ways-to-spend-a-snow-day-indoors" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock-492188694.jpg" alt="Woman finding ways to spend a snow day indoors" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="142" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I'm what you would describe as the &quot;indoorsy type.&quot; Not only is my skin capable of burning within five minutes on sunny days, but I am also a complete and utter wuss about any and all inclement weather, and my teeth tend to chatter when the temperature dips below 60 degrees F.</p> <p>Suffice it to say, I prefer to spend the long winter months holed up inside, particularly now that I have moved to the wintry tundra that is Wisconsin. Thankfully, staying indoors over the winter doesn't have to be a drag. In fact, all the frugal and fun indoor activities can make winter the best season of all.</p> <p>Here are 14 fun indoor activities you can enjoy while the wind is howling and the snow is falling outside.</p> <h2>1. Enjoy a Movie Marathon</h2> <p>There's no better time to watch movies at home than on a cold winter day. While you could just pop in your favorite DVD or pick something to stream on Netflix, it's even more fun to create a themed movie marathon. Some movie themes to consider:</p> <ul> <ul> <li>Watch every film in a franchise. Maybe you've always wanted to see all of Freddie's <em>Nightmare on Elm Street</em> adventures or watch every single movie in the <em>The Fast and The Furious </em>franchise.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Watch several films by a specific director. Check out early, midcareer, and recent films by a director you love to see how their talents have grown and changed over the years.</li> </ul> </ul> <ul> <li>Watch a remake back-to-back with the original.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Watch films from a best-of list.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Watch several of the most popular films from the year you were born.</li> </ul> <h2>2. Have a Spa Day at Home</h2> <p>A luxurious bath is a staple of indoor winter relaxation, but you can do much more than just stretch out in a hot tub with a book. Why not treat yourself to a mani/pedi, deep condition your hair, exfoliate your skin, and give yourself a facial while you're at it? These are all <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-spa-treatments-you-can-do-at-home" target="_blank">spa treatments you can easily give yourself</a> at home without breaking the bank. You'll feel refreshed, and you'll be helping to protect your skin and hair from winter dryness.</p> <h2>3. Teach Yourself to Draw</h2> <p>You can probably remember spending hours at a time drawing when you were a child, but it's likely you haven't done so in a while. Pull out some pencils and paper, and you'll soon remember just how fun drawing is. Whether you simply find pictures online that you'd like to copy (which is how art students learn, after all), or you take the time to learn the <a href="https://design.tutsplus.com/articles/i-want-to-draw-simple-exercises-for-complete-beginners--vector-20583" target="_blank">fundamentals of drawing</a>, your reintroduction to being an artist can be a thrilling way to spend your indoor hours during winter. The key is to let go of any perfectionist tendencies and draw the things that feel the most fun to you, whether that's unicorns, chain saws, or chainsaw-wielding unicorns.</p> <p>See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-cheap-ways-to-beat-stress?ref=seealso" target="_blank">13 Cheap Ways to Beat Stress</a></p> <h2>4. Bake Some Treats</h2> <p>Nothing is more homey than the smell of fresh-baked cookies. Even if you have never made anything more complex than slice-and-bake cookies, following the recipe on the back of the bag of chocolate chips or oatmeal canister is an easy way to get started as a from-scratch baker.</p> <p>If you're willing to try other types of baking, the time you spend indoors on a long winter day is perfect for allowing bread dough or pizza dough to rise. There is something very satisfying about spending the day working on something you can eat and share with others.</p> <h2>5. Put Your Photos in Albums</h2> <p>Whether you have physical photos stored in old shoe boxes, or a computer full of photo files, a winter day spent indoors is the perfect time to organize your pictures into albums. It will be fun to walk down memory lane looking at your old photos, and you'll end the day with an enviable sense of accomplishment.</p> <h2>6. Have a Dance Party</h2> <p>You may be cooped up inside, but that doesn't mean you can't get some exercise in. Move your couch out of the way, turn on your favorite station on Spotify, and get down in your own private dance club. This is also the perfect time to learn how to do all of your favorite dance moves. Find some tutorials on YouTube and hone your moves at home.</p> <p>Finally, you probably still have that old Dance Dance Revolution video game and mat stashed somewhere. Dust them off and make your dance party an actual game challenge.</p> <h2>7. Break Out a Jigsaw Puzzle or Board Game</h2> <p>Whether you're rocking the snow day solo or with the whole family, you can have a lot of old-fashioned fun by dusting off a puzzle or board game.</p> <h2>8. Read by the Fire</h2> <p>One of my most cherished memories from my first house with my husband was the day I spent rereading <em>Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows</em> in the living room while snow fell just outside the windows beside me. There is something so cozy about curling up with a book on a cold day, especially if you are lucky enough to have a roaring fireplace next to you (not to mention a cup of hot chocolate).</p> <h2>9. Write a Letter</h2> <p>Receiving an actual letter in the mail is such a rare occurrence these days that we rarely think to sit down and write one ourselves. Taking the time to think of someone special you could write to and putting your thoughts into a handwritten note will make you (and them) feel great.</p> <h2>10. Take a Nap</h2> <p>Napping is one of life's pleasures, and adults don't often get to indulge. The only problem with napping is that it can sometimes leave you feeling groggier than you did beforehand. If you need to get anything done on your winter day inside (even if it's just making dinner later), then plan on following these <a href="https://www.wsj.com/articles/SB10001424127887323932604579050990895301888#project%3DSLEEP0902%26articleTabs%3Darticle" target="_blank">scientifically approved</a> tips:</p> <ul> <li>Aim for a nap during your natural energy slump in the afternoon. This is usually between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Thirty- to 60 minutes is the length of naps most likely to make you groggy after you wake up. Try to sleep either longer or shorter than 30-60 minutes.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>If you don't have more than an hour, plan on a quick 10-20-minute snooze, which will leave you feeling awake and alert afterward.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>If you've got plenty of time to nap, a 90-minute siesta lets you go through a full sleep cycle, which will allow you to wake up easily and feel refreshed.</li> </ul> <h2>11. Catch Up With Friends and Family</h2> <p>Extroverts who might otherwise be climbing the walls on days they are stuck indoors now have many different ways to stay in touch with their nearest and dearest, no matter how frightful the weather might be. Phone calls, Skype, and FaceTime all give you the opportunity to connect, as do Facebook and Twitter. A day of nowhere-to-be is a great time to reach out to those you may have been thinking about but haven't had the time to connect with.</p> <h2>12. Rearrange Your Furniture</h2> <p>Not only does swapping your couch with that chair and moving your TV into a different corner help your home feel new and improved, it also gives you a chance to clean some neglected spots. It's likely that you'll unearth some stale Cheetos and pet hair tumbleweeds from beneath the couch, which you can easily sweep up when the couch is pulled away.</p> <p>While cleaning is no one's idea of fun, rearranging furniture can bring new life to a tired room &mdash; and you can't help but clean while you go. It's immensely satisfying to throw yourself down on your newly moved chair and enjoy the new layout in your much cleaner living room.</p> <h2>13. Create Music Playlists for Your Every Mood</h2> <p>Putting together mix tapes is getting to be a lost art, but you can recreate the fun by creating playlists of tunes you love on your favorite digital music provider.</p> <h2>14. Channel Your Inner Bartender or Barista</h2> <p>Being stuck at home doesn't mean you have to miss out on happy hour or your favorite elaborate coffee drink. Use your indoor time to learn how to mix your favorite cocktails or brew your favorite coffee treats. You can find recipes and video tutorials online.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/emily-guy-birken">Emily Guy Birken</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-fun-ways-to-spend-a-snow-day-indoors">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/50-fun-things-to-do-when-youre-stuck-inside-during-winter">50 Fun Things to Do When You&#039;re Stuck Inside During Winter</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-hobbies-you-can-start-for-under-10">25 Hobbies You Can Start for Under $10</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-much-should-you-actually-be-spending-on-a-date">How Much Should You Actually Be Spending on a Date?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/learn-to-love-winter-with-some-simple-self-deception">Mental Tricks That Will Help You Hate Winter Less</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-things-you-can-do-in-denver-that-you-cant-do-anywhere-else">8 Things You Can Do in Denver That You Can&#039;t Do Anywhere Else</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment Lifestyle frugal fun fun activities rainy day rainy day activities SAD snow day stuck inside winter Mon, 27 Feb 2017 11:00:10 +0000 Emily Guy Birken 1898664 at http://www.wisebread.com 25 Hobbies You Can Start for Under $10 http://www.wisebread.com/25-hobbies-you-can-start-for-under-10 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/25-hobbies-you-can-start-for-under-10" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock-489243814.jpg" alt="Woman finding hobby she can start for under $10" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Exploring new hobbies and pastimes is a great way to feel better about yourself, develop new skills, and meet new people. Don't want to break the bank? You don't have to! Here's a long list of engaging, satisfying activities you can begin this year without spending much money. Most will set you back a mere $5 to $10. Better yet, a good majority of these activities are absolutely free.</p> <h2>1. Exercise</h2> <p>Getting fit is a common resolution each year. Make it your new go-to hobby to keep yourself more accountable. You can walk or run today for free. All you really need is to dust off that pair of athletic shoes in the back of your closet.</p> <p>Not the running type? Head over to&nbsp;<a href="https://www.fitnessblender.com/" target="_blank">Fitness Blender</a> for a wealth of free online workouts you can do in the comfort of your own living room.</p> <h2>2. Join a Sports Team</h2> <p>Working out solo might not be your style. Check around to find out what local sports leagues or teams meet in your area. My neighbor spends her summers running the fields with an adult soccer team that costs very little to join. I used to attempt to spike in the sand in a free beach volleyball group a few years ago.</p> <p>You can browse sites like <a href="http://sportsvite.com/cities" target="_blank">Sportsvite</a> to find teams in your area.</p> <h2>3. Write</h2> <p>Do you have a story you're just waiting to tell the world? Try writing it down instead of running it over in your head. You can get into a writing habit by taking as little as 10 minutes each day to peck out a few sentences on your keyboard or in a notebook.</p> <p>Need more motivation? Check your local calendar to see if there are any nearby writing groups that meet on a regular basis. Or create your own!</p> <h2>4. Blog</h2> <p>I've been blogging for over 10 years now. It's my main hobby, and it even turned into a part-time career. All you need is access to a computer and a free account at a site like <a href="http://www.blogger.com" target="_blank">Blogger</a>. If you're having trouble getting started, try first brainstorming a few topics you'd like to cover. Do you want to share recipes? Your thoughts on current events? Experiment to see what gets your creative juices flowing, then push &quot;Publish,&quot; even if it's only for your friends to read.</p> <h2>5. Try Vlogging</h2> <p>Similar to blogging, vlogging lets you share with the world in a very personal way. You can sign up on YouTube for a free account before you film yourself. You don't need fancy recording equipment, either. Many phones have built-in video &nbsp;these days. YouTube features very basic editing tools as well.</p> <h2>6. Practice Photography</h2> <p>Speaking of phones &mdash; many of them also have built-in cameras that would put old point-and-shoots to shame. In other words: You don't need a DSLR to learn how to take gorgeous photos. The <a href="http://iphonephotographyschool.com/" target="_blank">iPhone Photography School</a> has tons of free videos with all sorts of tips and tricks.</p> <h2>7. Play a Musical Instrument or Sing</h2> <p>I resurrected my singing pipes a few years ago by joining the women's chorus in my neighborhood. A few years before that, I spent a few bucks getting my violin refurbished from my high school years to sit in the community orchestra.</p> <p>If you don't have an instrument at home already, consider asking a friend or relative if you can borrow theirs. My husband learned to play guitar last year by using my brother's spare guitar and watching tutorial videos he found online. You can also contact a local music shop to ask about rental prices.</p> <h2>8. Listen to Music</h2> <p>Don't have time to join a group? That's just fine and dandy. Why not listen to more music instead? I don't like to brag, but I can rap just like Daveed Diggs through <em>Hamilton</em>'s &quot;Guns and Ships.&quot; Switch on YouTube or Pandora or your radio to get free access to music right now.</p> <h2>9. Join Community Theater</h2> <p>Find out when your neighborhood's theater group is holding auditions for its next show. I just typed &quot;community theater in my area&quot; into Google and &mdash; within seconds &mdash; found the website for two local companies that cost nothing to join.</p> <p>Never acted in a play before? Don't fret. There are often lots of &quot;extras&quot; in shows, so you don't have to worry about the pressure of playing lead.</p> <h2>10. Take Up Gardening</h2> <p>It's never too early to plan for your garden. If you start now, it doesn't need to cost you a whole lot, either. Head to your local library or purchase your own copy of <a href="http://amzn.to/2lgYx7l" target="_blank">Square Foot Gardening</a>. Once you've drafted a loose plan, order seeds. <a href="http://dollarseed.com/" target="_blank">DollarSeed</a> boasts that you can order non-GMO and heirloom seeds for as little as $1 per pack.</p> <p>The bonus here is that you can hopefully enjoy the fruits of your labor with some cheap food once everything grows.</p> <h2>11. Practice Cooking and Baking</h2> <p>Even if you don't want to grow your own food, you can still cook and bake for a hobby (and for your everyday life). You don't need to spend more than you're already putting out for your groceries each week. Consult that cookbook that's been sitting on your bookshelf for several years or pick one up at the library.</p> <p>And if you don't want to buy specific ingredients, use what you have on hand! Sites like <a href="http://www.supercook.com/" target="_blank">SuperCook</a> give you tons of recipes you can search by the ingredients you already have in your pantry.</p> <h2>12. Become a Juggler</h2> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/kCt1bmSASCI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>Join the other 2.4 million people who have watched this video on how to juggle on <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kCt1bmSASCI" target="_blank">YouTube</a>. You can snag an inexpensive set of&nbsp;<a href="http://amzn.to/2lgWSiu" target="_blank">three juggling balls</a> for less than $6 on Amazon.</p> <h2>13. Enjoy Some Adult Coloring Books</h2> <p>De-stress and express yourself through coloring. By now, you may have seen all the awesome adult coloring books floating around everywhere. In fact, you can even get some cool ones on the cheap at the Dollar Store. Consider investing in some nice <a href="http://amzn.to/2kAHgHj" target="_blank">colored pencils</a> that give you a variety of shades from which to choose.</p> <h2>14. Try Drawing</h2> <p>Rather not color inside the lines? Drawing is another free activity you can try. Even kids can get in on the action. My five-year-old daughter loves following along with different projects on <a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/ArtforKidsHub" target="_blank">Art for Kids Hub</a>.</p> <h2>15. Try Knitting</h2> <p>If making a scarf sounds appealing to you, take a few bucks to your nearest craft store and pick up supplies to start knitting. A basic pair of knitting needles may cost you as little as $4. Yarn ranges in price depending on material, but acrylic is great to learn on and won't set you back more than a couple dollars. You can find many <a href="http://knitting.about.com/od/learntoknit/u/learntoknit.htm" target="_blank">tutorials and patterns</a> online for free.</p> <p>The same goes with many other crafts. Here's a tip: Before driving to the store to pick up supplies, check online to see if there are any coupons. Many chains, like Michael's and A.C. Moore offer regular coupons for 40% off.</p> <h2>16. Play Games</h2> <p>Like playing games? Grab your chess board or deck of cards from the closet and enjoy with a friend. It's that simple. If you cannot find someone to play with you, consider heading online to a site like <a href="http://www.addictinggames.com/" target="_blank">Addicting Games</a>, where you can engage in either solo or multiplayer games for free.</p> <h2>17. Go Hiking</h2> <p>The great outdoors is calling you. Slip on some sturdy shoes and go for a hike. This is another one of those hobbies that you can do with others in a club (just search your area calendar). The <a href="https://americanhiking.org/" target="_blank">American Hiking Society</a> has all sorts of information that can help you get started &mdash; including volunteer opportunities that may land you free vacations with like-minded naturalists.</p> <h2>18. Go Camping</h2> <p>Camping is a wonderful way to take a trip somewhere beautiful without going broke. Spend some time planning now for a great summer adventure. Staying a week is only $160 at <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/camping-for-a-week-is-only-160-at-these-national-parks" target="_blank"> various National Parks</a>&nbsp;throughout the United States.</p> <h2>19. Try Volunteering</h2> <p>You can also take up helping others for a new and rewarding hobby. Ask around to find good opportunities in your area. The church down the street from us has a soup kitchen every Friday, for example. Or check out sites like <a href="http://www.volunteermatch.org/" target="_blank">Volunteer Match</a> to find open spots online.</p> <h2>20. Get Couponing</h2> <p>Why not save money in the new year with a couponing habit? All it has to cost you is the price of a Sunday paper. Or maybe less! There are also several apps that show price-matching and price comparisons at multiple stores at once. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-10-best-couponing-apps?ref=seealso" target="_blank">The 10 Best Couponing Apps</a>)</p> <h2>21. Practice Yoga or Meditation</h2> <p>One of my goals for the new year is to center myself. I run on a very nervous energy level. Yoga and meditation can help with that. Both involve deep breathing. And both are easy and free to begin at home. <a href="http://yogawithadriene.com/" target="_blank">Yoga with Adriene</a> is my favorite spot to find a variety of calming moves for zero dollars. The UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center has a good number of <a href="http://marc.ucla.edu/mindful-meditations" target="_blank">free guided meditations</a> and visualization exercises.</p> <h2>22. Become a History Buff</h2> <p>I've become obsessed with Broadway's <em>Hamilton</em>. Not just the musical, either. I've spent hours researching George Washington and the other founding fathers. The best part? I can do all this sleuthing around for free. Think of a historical figure, a period of time, or issue that interests you. Then search the Internet or your local library to find out more.</p> <p>For a more passive immersion, consider browsing documentaries on Netflix or Hulu and making a gigantic queue of the ones that interest you. Or check out <em>Drunk History</em>, also on Hulu.</p> <h2>23. Read More Books</h2> <p>Reading is free activity &mdash; at least if you have a library card &mdash; but it takes motivation. Consider writing out a list of a book to read each month to keep yourself in motion. You may even try starting a theme-based book club with your friends. Set a time to meet, write up the reading list, and read. Then rotate who hosts the book discussion each month (and be sure to involve lots of tasty treats and good beverages).</p> <h2>24. Try Some Upcycling DIY Projects</h2> <p>Click over to Pinterest and find an unlimited number of do-it-yourself projects you can finish by upcycling your old stuff. We have a great list of 18 awesome, practically free <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/18-awesome-practically-free-upcycled-craft-projects" target="_blank">upcycled craft projects</a> to get you inspired.</p> <h2>25. Learn a New Language</h2> <p>A friend of mine spent last winter visiting her grandmother each week for Italian language lessons. She learned how to say hello, thank you, and a host of other practical phrases &mdash; and got some quality time with her beloved Nonna to boot.</p> <p>If you don't know anyone who speaks another language, you can also check out sites like <a href="https://www.duolingo.com/" target="_blank">Duolingo</a> to learn online for free.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-hobbies-you-can-start-for-under-10">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/beat-stress-with-these-28-inexpensive-pastimes">Beat Stress With These 28 Inexpensive Pastimes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-143-fun-and-frugal-ways-to-spend-your-weekend">Flashback Friday: 143 Fun and Frugal Ways to Spend Your Weekend</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-frugal-ways-to-battle-boredom">15 Frugal Ways to Battle Boredom</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/50-ways-to-have-free-outdoor-fun">50+ Ways to Have Free Outdoor Fun</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-awesome-money-making-hobbies">10 Awesome Money-Making Hobbies</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment Lifestyle $10 or less frugal fun fun fun things to do hobbies pastimes things to do weekend activities Wed, 15 Feb 2017 10:00:09 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1889318 at http://www.wisebread.com The High Cost of Modern Love http://www.wisebread.com/the-high-cost-of-modern-love <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-high-cost-of-modern-love" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock-525805229.jpg" alt="Couple learning the high cost of modern love" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Being in love is now more expensive than ever. In fact, Americans spend an <a href="http://www.cnbc.com/2016/08/31/dont-let-love-break-your-budget.html" target="_blank">average of $20,000</a> in their lifetime on dates. With dinner and a movie costing about $90, you could easily go broke if you date frequently.</p> <p>We've covered some of the costs below so you can get a better idea of what modern love can cost. However, these are only national averages. The amount you pay for entertainment and impressing your date will vary largely depending on where you live.</p> <h2>Movie Ticket</h2> <p><strong>Average Price</strong>: <a href="http://variety.com/2016/film/news/average-movie-ticket-price-falls-in-third-quarter-1201892925/" target="_blank">$8.51 per ticket</a></p> <p>The worst part is that after spending money on movie tickets, you have to worry about buying popcorn, soda, candy, and other overpriced treats. For instance, if you decided to order one large popcorn, one large candy, and two small soft drinks, you could expect to <a href="http://pricesandfees.com/regal-cinemas-ticket-and-concession-prices/" target="_blank">spend around $22.25</a>, in addition to the price of the movie tickets. Instead of doing dinner and a movie out, consider cooking at home and taking advantage of Netflix.</p> <h2>Dining Out<strong> </strong></h2> <p><strong>Average Price</strong>: <a href="http://www.businessinsider.com/how-much-it-costs-to-eat-at-resaurants-2015-3" target="_blank">$12.17&ndash;$88.00 per person</a></p> <p>A 2015 study found that the cost of eating at a chain restaurant ranges from $12.17 to $88.00 per person, but it depends on where (and what) you eat. It also depends on where you live. For instance, Zagat found that diners in NYC spend an average of <a href="https://www.zagat.com/b/the-state-of-american-dining-in-2016" target="_blank">$48.44 per person</a> when eating out, which is higher than the national average.</p> <p>As an alternative, consider happy hour deals, taking advantage of restaurant week or local food festivals, or impressing your date with a home-cooked meal. You can either show off your cooking skills or cook together as a bonding experience.</p> <h2>Concert Tickets</h2> <p><strong>Average Price</strong>: <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/Business/story?id=87981" target="_blank">$46.69 per person</a></p> <p>Concert tickets all depend on who you are going to see and which tickets you get (unobstructed or obstructed view). For instance, impressing your date with tickets to a Taylor Swift concert will set you back <a href="http://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2016/01/12/the-20-most-expensive-concert-tickets-of-2015/" target="_blank">$110.15 a ticket</a>.</p> <h2>Broadway Show</h2> <p><strong>Average Price</strong>: <a href="https://www.statista.com/statistics/198306/average-paid-admission-at-broadway-shows-since-2006/" target="_blank">$105.68 a ticket</a></p> <p>Now, this is only appropriate if you are<em> really</em> trying to impress your date. With an average ticket price of $105.68, Broadway shows should be saved for <em>very</em> special occasions. The price will depend on what you go to see. For instance, a ticket to Hamilton could cost $300, while a ticket to Jitney could be <a href="http://www.broadwayworld.com/grosses.cfm?sortby=topticket&amp;orderby=desc" target="_blank">around $55</a>.</p> <h2>Baby Sitter</h2> <p><strong>Average Price</strong>: <a href="http://www.care.com/child-care-babysitting-cost-p1145-q22781.html" target="_blank">$10 an hour</a></p> <p>If you have a child at home, you can expect to spend a hefty amount on a baby sitter. The average cost of a baby sitter, per hour, in New York City is $15+, so the price will vary depending on where you live, who you hire, and the agreement you set with the sitter. As an alternative, consider asking another parent to baby-sit your child for a night at no charge, and tell them you will return the favor later by baby-sitting their child for free.</p> <h2>Gifts</h2> <p><strong>Average Price</strong>: <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/12/19/holiday-spending-significant-other_n_6263910.html" target="_blank">$92.50 per occasion</a></p> <p>Once you find that special someone, you'll need to start worrying about the costs of gifts on special occasions. The average American spends only <a href="http://www.match.com/magazine/article/12273/The-Hidden-Costs-Of-Dating/" target="_blank">$25 per year on flowers</a>, but can expect to spend an average of <a href="http://time.com/money/4213074/valentines-day-spending/" target="_blank">$146.84 on Valentine's Day gifts</a>. Gifts for holidays, birthdays, anniversaries, and other special occasions can take a hefty chunk out of your budget.</p> <p>According to Huffington Post, Americans spend an average of $92.50 per special occasion on their new love. They also found that people spend an additional $21 on gifts for each additional year of their relationship.</p> <h2>Dating Sites</h2> <p><strong>Average Price</strong>: $0&ndash;$60 per month</p> <p>Match.com is $41.99 per month, eHarmony.com is $60 per month, True.com is $50 per month, Tinder is free (unless you sign up for premium services, which range from $2.99&ndash;$34.99), and Bumble is free (again, unless you sign up for premium services, which range from $2.99&ndash;$35.99). You can save a lot of money by signing up for longer periods of time, like six or 12 months. Many dating sites, like Match.com, also offer free options with limited capabilities.</p> <p>When it comes to dating sites and apps, there are distinct differences in the quality of the service and potential suitors, so cost shouldn't be your only factor. For instance, PlentyOfFish and OKCupid are free, but they don't offer the same matching abilities or photo quality as a service like Match or eHarmony. The people on PlentyOfFish also aren't usually as devoted to finding that special someone for life, as compared to someone on Match or eHarmony.</p> <p>As an alternative, try meeting someone in real life. After all, only 5% of Americans in a marriage or committed relationship actually <a href="http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2016/02/29/5-facts-about-online-dating/" target="_blank">met their significant other online</a>. Studies continue to show that couples <a href="https://mic.com/articles/112062/the-way-most-people-meet-their-significant-others-is-not-what-you-think#.0PkKUQZ83" target="_blank">most often meet each other</a> through work, friends in common, or in social settings, so just put yourself out there more.</p> <h2>The Cost of &quot;Ghosting&quot;</h2> <p><strong>Average Price</strong>: Your love life?</p> <p>If you decide that the cost of dating sites is just too much, consider the cost to your love life if you disappear from the app completely. If you start &quot;ghosting,&quot; it can end very badly. In fact, it often leads to even more confrontation than if you were just honest from the start. Take advantage of the sites and apps you subscribe to, while you still can.</p> <p>On the other end of the spectrum, if you take your special someone on a horrible date, you risk getting &quot;ghosted&quot; yourself. Getting ignored can really take a toll on one's confidence and lead to hurt feelings, so observe the golden rule and avoid ghosting. Just remember, a good date doesn't have to be an expensive one. Take them somewhere meaningful, dress and act the part, and find ways to impress your date without going broke.</p> <h2>Alternative Date Ideas</h2> <p>Ask your date what they would like to do. Going to the movies and dinner can be fun, but most people have other ideas for a better date night. Here are some ideas to get you thinking.</p> <ul> <li>Go for a hike or walk through your area. Show your date some of your favorite areas.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Get active with canoeing, miniature golfing, ice skating, rock climbing, paddle boating, paddle boarding, biking&hellip;the list goes on and on. Find out what your date is interested in and take advantage. It's cheaper, more meaningful, and can help you burn some calories.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Visit a museum during the day and time when it is cheapest. Most museums offer free admission on a particular day of the week. You can observe some local culture and will have plenty to talk about with your date.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Instead of going out for dinner, consider going out for coffee instead. After all, why spend something like $90 on a first date, when you're not even sure that they're worth dating long-term? With a coffee date, you can get to know each other in a more comfortable setting. A picnic is also ultraromantic, affordable, and memorable.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Go dancing at a bar or take dance classes, which start as low as $12 per person.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Go for a free wine or liquor tasting in your area.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Take advantage of outdoor movie events (like free movies in the park).<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Take advantage of free local tours or free tour apps.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Find a Groupon date that you both want to take advantage of. Give your date some options so they'll be able to pick what interests them most.</li> </ul> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-cannon">Andrea Cannon</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-high-cost-of-modern-love">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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-much-a-breakdown-of-concert-ticket-prices">How Much?! A Breakdown of Concert Ticket Prices</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-much-should-you-actually-be-spending-on-a-date">How Much Should You Actually Be Spending on a Date?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/3-subscription-services-every-traveler-needs">3 Subscription Services Every Traveler Needs</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/never-pay-for-a-redbox-dvd-rental-again">Never Pay for a RedBox DVD Rental Again</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-great-movies-about-money">25 Great Movies About Money</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Entertainment concerts dates Dating dinners gifts going out movies significant others Spending Money tickets Mon, 13 Feb 2017 10:00:16 +0000 Andrea Cannon 1889311 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: How to Host a Stress-Free Super Bowl Party http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-how-to-host-a-stress-free-super-bowl-party <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-how-to-host-a-stress-free-super-bowl-party" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/men_football_party_519361517.jpg" alt="Men learning how to host a stress-free Super Bowl party" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found articles on ways to host a stress-free Super Bowl party, productive solutions to everyday work problems, and a new tool that tells you how your state and local taxes are spent.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/7-ways-to-host-a-super-bowl-party-with-minimal-stress">7 Ways to Host a Super Bowl Party With Minimal Stress</a> &mdash; Save yourself from a bit of cleaning by covering food areas with inexpensive tablecloths that you can just bundle up and toss after the party. [Parenting Squad]</p> <p><a href="http://productivitytheory.com/productive-solutions-to-everyday-work-problems/">9 Productive Solutions to Everyday Work Problems</a> &mdash; As you plan out your day, leave time for inevitable disruptions. [Productivity Theory]</p> <p><a href="http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/Tax-VOX/2017/0127/A-new-tool-sheds-light-on-how-your-state-and-local-tax-dollars-are-spent">A new tool sheds light on how your state and local tax dollars are spent</a> &mdash; A new interactive, online tool breaks down spending per capita in each state so users can see how many people get a specific service and how much state and local governments spend per recipient. [The Monitor]</p> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/How-Clean-Car-Seats-34765293">Refresh and Clean Your Car Seats With Ease</a> &mdash; This quick-cleaning method will leave your car seats stain-free and smelling fresh. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.shebudgets.com/personal-finance/five-mental-things-to-do-during-a-financial-setback/72054">Five Mental Things to do During a Financial Setback</a> &mdash; Give yourself permission to make mistakes on the journey to financial security. [SheBudgets]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.savethebills.com/7-ways-save-money-shopping-nordstrom/">7 Ways To Save Your Money Shopping At Nordstrom</a> &mdash; Keep an eye out for Nordstrom's half-yearly and anniversary sales to snag discounted goods. [Save The Bills]</p> <p><a href="http://www.dumblittleman.com/staying-healthy-on-vacation/">5 Tips On Staying Healthy On Your Next Vacation</a> &mdash; Remember to stay active during your vacation. Keep moving and using your body as you explore your destination. [Dumb Little Man]</p> <p><a href="http://www.theorderexpert.com/avoid-time-management-burnout/">4 Ways to Avoid Time Management Burnout</a> &mdash; Embrace spontaneity once in a while! [The Order Expert]</p> <p><a href="https://untemplater.com/business/career-business/best-jobs-for-introverts-and-people-who-prefer-to-work-alone/">Best jobs for introverts and people who prefer to work alone</a> &mdash; If you love working with numbers, a career as an actuary can be quite rewarding &mdash; and quiet. [Untemplater]</p> <p><a href="http://www.morewithlesstoday.com/10-item-checklist-to-prepare-your-home-for-overnight-guests/">10 Item Checklist to Prepare Your Home for Overnight Guests</a> &mdash; Map out a few dollar stretcher meals to save money and frustration.&nbsp; [More With Less Today]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-how-to-host-a-stress-free-super-bowl-party">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-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/frugal-super-bowl-party-ideas">Frugal Super Bowl Party Ideas</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/45-other-things-to-do-on-super-bowl-sunday">45 Other Things to Do on Super Bowl Sunday</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-122-scrumptious-super-bowl-party-snack-ideas">Flashback Friday: 122 Scrumptious Super Bowl Party Snack Ideas</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-beloved-books-of-successful-millionaires">10 Beloved Books of Successful Millionaires</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-celebrities-with-shockingly-low-net-worths">6 Celebrities With Shockingly Low Net Worths</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment best money tips Super Bowl Fri, 03 Feb 2017 10:00:16 +0000 Amy Lu 1885692 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Super Easy Ways to Save Money at the Movies http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-super-easy-ways-to-save-money-at-the-movies <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-super-easy-ways-to-save-money-at-the-movies" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/couple_movie_theater_507749133.jpg" alt="Couple finding easy ways to save money at the movies" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found articles on easy ways to save money at the movies, alternatives to Mint.com, and wedding favors that cost less than $1 each.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.moneytalksnews.com/15-super-easy-ways-save-big-bucks-the-movies/">15 Super-Easy Ways to Save Big Bucks at the Movies</a> &mdash; Some theater chains host second-run children&rsquo;s film screenings every summer and admission is either free or nearly free. [Money Talks News]</p> <p><a href="https://wallethacks.com/mint-com-alternatives-money-apps-fresher-mint-dot-com/">8 Mint.com Alternatives &ndash; Money Apps Fresher than Mint dot com</a> &mdash; Mint.com is a great money management tool, but it isn't the only one. Check out the competition to find the one that works best for you. [Wallet Hacks]</p> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Cheap-Wedding-Favors-34534131#photo-34534131">30 Wedding Favors You Won't Believe Cost Under $1</a> &mdash; Weddings are expensive, but it&rsquo;s easy area to cut back on party favors when you keep it simple. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/Saving-Money/2017/0125/Google-Home-vs.-Amazon-s-Alexa-A-side-by-side-comparison">Google Home vs. Amazon's Alexa: A side by side comparison</a> &mdash; Check out how the two most popular home assistants rate on price, responsiveness, and overall skills. [The Monitor]</p> <p><a href="http://www.experian.com/blogs/news/about/ways-improve-relationship-money/">Ways to Improve Your Relationship With Money</a> &mdash; Join Experian's #CreditChat today at 3 p.m. ET to learn how to improve your experience with money. [Experian]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://shopperstrategy.com/2017/01/30/how-to-plan-a-memorable-family-vacation-without-going-into-debt/">How to Plan a Memorable Family Vacation Without Going into Debt</a> &mdash; Research your destination ahead of time for things you can do for free. [Shopper Strategy]</p> <p><a href="http://www.shebudgets.com/lifestyle/shopping/10-quality-kirkland-products-that-save-you-money-at-costco/72025">10 Quality Kirkland Products that Save You Money at Costco</a> &mdash; Many Kirkland Signature foods are beloved by critics and customers, including their bacon, salmon, ice cream, and beer and wine. [SheBudgets]</p> <p><a href="http://www.kiplinger.com/slideshow/retirement/T037-S001-smart-retirement-strategies-for-women/index.html">9 Smart Retirement Strategies for Women</a> &mdash; Make sure you're maximizing your Social Security benefits individually and as a couple. [Kiplinger]</p> <p><a href="http://www.adebtfreestressfreelife.com/successful-no-spend-challenge-experience/">5 Tips For A Successful No Spend Challenge</a> &mdash; A no spend challenge can be a great way to jump-start your savings or replenish or funds. For a successful challenge, be sure to have a clear goal in mind. What do you want to get out of this challenge? [A Debt Free Mess Free Life]</p> <p><a href="https://fitzvillafuerte.com/9-money-smart-easy-skin-care-tips.html">9 Money-Smart and Easy-To-Do Skin Care Tips</a> &mdash; If you're trying out a new product, get a sample or buy the smallest size first to see if it's compatible and effective on your skin. [Ready To Be Rich]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-super-easy-ways-to-save-money-at-the-movies">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-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/3-subscription-services-every-traveler-needs">3 Subscription Services Every Traveler Needs</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/never-pay-for-a-redbox-dvd-rental-again">Never Pay for a RedBox DVD Rental Again</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-great-movies-about-money">25 Great Movies About Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-watch-movies-in-the-theater-for-free">How to Watch Movies in the Theater for Free</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-famous-houses-from-film-and-tv-you-can-buy">7 Famous Houses From Film and TV You Can Buy</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment best money tips movies Wed, 01 Feb 2017 10:30:25 +0000 Amy Lu 1883819 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Fun Books That Will Get Your Kids Excited About Money http://www.wisebread.com/10-fun-books-that-will-get-your-kids-excited-about-money <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-fun-books-that-will-get-your-kids-excited-about-money" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock-597659170.jpg" alt="your kids will love these books about money" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Chances are, you want your child to be financially wise, but every time you start to talk about money management or smart spending, your kid conveniently tunes out. Fun books are the perfect way to get your children thinking about money.</p> <p>You don't necessarily need to force your kids to read heavy economic books. Instead, allow them to enjoy and be inspired by these books about saving, giving, and starting businesses.</p> <h2>1. <em>The Berenstain Bears' Dollars and Sense</em> by Stan and Jan Berenstain</h2> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2i7aviQ" target="_blank">The Berenstain Bears' Dollars and Sense</a> helps teach kids about allowance management. The book has tear-out checks so that kids can practice writing their own. While most of the population uses <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards-vs-debit-cards-a-comprehensive-comparison" target="_blank">debit cards and credit cards</a>, writing checks is still something that should be learned.</p> <h2>2.<em> The Berenstain Bears' Money Trouble</em> by Stan and Jan Berenstain</h2> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2j1dwBl" target="_blank">The Berenstain Bears' Money Trouble</a> features the same lovable bears as they start several businesses to earn money. Starting a business isn't easy, even when it's just a lemonade stand. This book goes through those initial obstacles in a fun way.</p> <h2>3. <em>The Berenstain Bears' Piggy Bank Blessings</em> by Stan and Jan Berenstain</h2> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2j1fFwW" target="_blank">The Berenstain Bears' Piggy Bank Blessings</a> has an overall religious tone, quoting verses, but the story follows the bears as they save money for a surprise birthday present for their mom. My four-year-old enjoys this one, and I enjoy that the book shows the main characters thinking of others.</p> <p>See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-best-sites-to-help-your-kids-learn-about-money?ref=seealso" target="_blank">8 Best Sites to Help Your Kids Learn About Money</a></p> <h2>4. <em>If You Made a Million</em> by David M. Schwartz</h2> <p>Kids throw around &quot;million&quot; without really knowing what it represents. <a href="http://amzn.to/2iw7QSV" target="_blank">If You Made a Million</a> helps children ages seven and older understand the complexity of big numbers in a fun way. While the book was published over two decades ago, it remains a classic, having won the ALA Notable Book and a Reading Rainbow Feature Selection.</p> <h2>5. <em>Prices! Prices! Prices!: Why They Go Up and Down</em> by David Adler</h2> <p>The well-loved author of the Cam Jansen series, David Adler, also happens to be a former math teacher. His book,<a href="http://amzn.to/2iAlvqd" target="_blank"> Prices! Prices! Prices!: Why They Go Up and Down</a> has such fun illustrations and tackles the concepts of supply and demand.</p> <h2>6. <em>Amelia Bedelia Means Business</em> by Herman Parish</h2> <p>Amelia Bedelia is a lovable and quirky character who takes everything literally. There have been many times I have laughed out loud while reading the original Amelia Bedelia series to my daughter, especially when she is told to &quot;dress the turkey&quot; and makes a little suit for the turkey dinner.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2iAnk6j" target="_blank">Amelia Bedelia Means Business</a> is not written by the original author, but the story still follows the same theme. This one follows a young Amelia Bedelia as she tries to make money, even getting in trouble with the local police.</p> <h2>7. <em>American Girl Library: A Smart Girl's Guide: Money</em> by Nancy Holyoke and Sarah Hunt</h2> <p>American Girl non-fiction titles are both engaging and useful for young girls. <a href="http://amzn.to/2hMVXnq" target="_blank">A Smart Girl's Guide: Money</a> is written in an engaging, magazine-type format. Topics covered are smart shopping tips, making money, and investing. The book includes fun graphics and easy-to-use quizzes.</p> <h2>8. <em>The</em> <em>Babysitter's Club Series</em> by Ann Martin</h2> <p>There might not be any set money lessons in the <a href="http://amzn.to/2iAhDW9" target="_blank">Babysitter's Club Series</a>, but I remember clearly that it helped spark an entrepreneurial spirit in me during my tween years. The idea that a group of teen girls start their own babysitting club had me planning and thinking about doing that myself. While I never started a babysitting club, I still have that entrepreneurial spirit that has allowed me to creatively earn money without a 9-to-5 position. The book series has been redone as a graphic novel, so it will appeal to today's generations.</p> <p>See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-frugal-living-skills-you-should-be-teaching-your-children?ref=seealso" target="_blank">7 Frugal Living Skills You Should Be Teaching Your Children</a></p> <h2>9. <em>Rock, Brock, and the Savings Shock</em> by Sheila Bair</h2> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2j1rmUr" target="_blank">Rock, Brock, and the Savings Shock</a> follows twins whose grandpa offers them a 10-week savings plan. Every dollar they save will be matched. One twin saves his money and has over $500 after 10 weeks, while the other twin spends the money foolishly. Tons of great money lessons in here.</p> <h2>10. <em>Isabel's Car Wash</em> by Sheila Bair</h2> <p>From the same author as the title above,<a href="http://amzn.to/2j1rvqX" target="_blank"> Isabel's Car Wash</a> is about a girl who wanted a doll that cost $10. She decides to start a car washing business, but first needs money for supplies. The book follows her adventure of starting a small business so that she can buy her doll.</p> <p>There are so many wonderful books out there that teach kids important money skills. Look for books that teach children the money basics in a fun way, and also look for books that features the main character acting as an entrepreneur.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-eneriz">Ashley Eneriz</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-fun-books-that-will-get-your-kids-excited-about-money">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-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/how-to-help-your-kid-build-their-first-budget">How to Help Your Kid Build Their First Budget</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-use-new-toys-to-teach-kids-about-money">How to Use New Toys to Teach Kids About Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/24-tips-for-having-a-baby-without-going-broke">24 Tips for Having a Baby Without Going Broke</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-apps-for-busy-working-parents">The 5 Best Apps for Busy Working Parents</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/these-5-money-saving-hacks-are-a-huge-waste-of-time">These 5 Money-Saving Hacks Are a Huge Waste of Time</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Budgeting Entertainment Family budgeting family kids money parenting saving money Spending Money teenagers tweens Mon, 09 Jan 2017 11:00:09 +0000 Ashley Eneriz 1869549 at http://www.wisebread.com 7 Famous Houses From Film and TV You Can Buy http://www.wisebread.com/7-famous-houses-from-film-and-tv-you-can-buy <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-famous-houses-from-film-and-tv-you-can-buy" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/home_for_sale_502211716.jpg" alt="Finding famous houses you can buy" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It could be the ultimate in fandom: You've seen the movie, you've had the poster autographed by the star &mdash; now move into the set.</p> <p>When a real home is used for a film or television show, chances are that it will eventually go up for sale. That's when you, the fan, gets the chance to pore over photos in the real estate listing, tour the place, or even purchase it.</p> <p>Hope you've been saving up: With only one exception, the famous houses I found on the market are all asking over a million bucks. On the upside for shoppers, being a movie or TV star doesn't seem to confer a premium to these homes. Some have been on the market a long time and seem reasonably priced for their neighborhoods and features.</p> <h2>1. Twilight</h2> <p>Featured as the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.virani.ca/vlist/property_detail?t=q&amp;code=&amp;vlist=1010000654" target="_blank">Cullen family house</a> in the movie <em>Twilight: New Moon</em>, this 5,000-square-foot contemporary mansion is located in West Vancouver. As of 2010, the asking price was $2.7 million, and it sat on the market for years. Perhaps home shoppers feel a little unease at sleeping in bedrooms once occupied by fictional vampires?</p> <h2>2. Sixteen Candles</h2> <p>Who could forget Molly Ringwald pouting on the staircase while her family ignored her 16th birthday? Those John Hughes movie families always had some nice homes in the northern Chicago suburbs, and the one in which that scene played out is no exception: six bedrooms, five bathrooms, gorgeous (not 1980s original, thank goodness) kitchen. With an <a href="http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/3022-Payne-St-Evanston-IL-60201/3516226_zpid/" target="_blank">asking price of $1.4 million</a>, it likely stands out in its Evanston neighborhood, where the average property value is under $400,000.</p> <h2>3. Boy Meets World</h2> <p>Located not in Philadelphia, where this teen comedy show was set, but in Studio City, California. This 2,500-square-foot Cape Cod is <a href="http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/4196-Colfax-Ave-Studio-City-CA-91604/20027179_zpid/" target="_blank">on the block for $1.5 million</a> &mdash; after a $100,000 price cut.</p> <h2>4. Miracle on 34th Street</h2> <p>Another Hughes mansion, the yellow house featured in the remake of <em>Miracle on 34th Street</em> has been <a href="http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/771-Washington-Rd-Lake-Forest-IL-60045/4857301_zpid/" target="_blank">on and off the market</a> for more than a year. Its most recent asking price was $2.8 million, and Zillow says it's worth $500,000 more. Located in the Chicago suburb of Lake Forest, the five-bedroom, 6,000-square-foot palace has <em>seven and a half bathrooms</em>. If you buy this one, better ask about a full-time cleaning crew.</p> <h2>5. The Bodyguard and City of Angels</h2> <p>Lake Tahoe is known more as a getaway for San Francisco techies than a movie filming location, but this <a href="http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1131-Fallen-Leaf-Rd-South-Lake-Tahoe-CA-96150/18570499_zpid/" target="_blank">$6 million, five-bedroom &quot;cabin&quot;</a> has starred in two. Even some of the <a href="http://hookedonhouses.net/2016/08/09/cabin-bodyguard-city-of-angels-for-sale/" target="_blank">furniture seen in both movies</a> appears in the listing photos.</p> <h2>6. In the Heat of the Night</h2> <p>If you are old enough to remember Carroll O'Connor playing a police chief on this drama series, you might recognize this <a href="http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/2130-Monticello-St-SW-Covington-GA-30014/69875079_zpid/" target="_blank">1886 five-bedroom home</a>, which O'Connor's character purchased and lived in during the course of the show. Because of its location in a small Georgia town, the seller is asking only $437,000, a price reduction of more than $60,000.</p> <h2>7. The Godfather</h2> <p>Don Corleone thought this mansion was a good enough location for his daughter's wedding, so this <a href="https://www.6sqft.com/don-corleones-godfather-house-lists-for-3m-in-staten-islands-todt-hill/" target="_blank">Staten Island &quot;mini-mansion&quot;</a> should be good enough for you to lounge in its &quot;man cave&quot; or alongside the backyard pool. The five-bedroom, 6,000-square-foot home has gone through multiple price reductions and was last listed at $2.3 million before being <a href="http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/110-Longfellow-Ave-Staten-Island-NY-10301/32293579_zpid/" target="_blank">taken off the market</a>. Since no sale has been recorded, it's safe to assume the house could still be purchased if you make the right offer.<em> I think you know the kind of offer I'm talking about.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/carrie-kirby">Carrie Kirby</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-famous-houses-from-film-and-tv-you-can-buy">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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