Entertainment http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/5995/all en-US 14 Things Good Hosts Never Do http://www.wisebread.com/14-things-good-hosts-never-do <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/14-things-good-hosts-never-do" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/party-host-153544612-small.jpg" alt="party host" title="party host" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="144" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I throw a couple parties a year and host overnight guests regularly as an <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/this-is-how-you-rent-your-place-on-airbnb-and-succeed?ref=seealso">Airbnb host</a>, but I'm far from the host with the most. Still, I strive to be better. That's why I polled a few friends and experts to see what's on their list of party fouls that a good host would never commit. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/dont-ruin-the-party-11-things-guests-with-good-social-skills-never-do?ref=seealso">Don't Ruin the Party: 11 Things Good Guests Never Do</a>)</p> <h2>1. Expect Gifts</h2> <p>I don't expect anyone to bring me a gift when I'm hosting &mdash; and, honestly, I'd rather they didn't bring a gift unless it's something consumable (who needs more <em>stuff</em>?), and I'm not alone. Relationship and etiquette expert April Masini, author of the critically acclaimed online advice column <a href="http://www.askapril.com">Ask April</a>, agrees. &quot;Good hosts will never insist on gifts. It's great to celebrate your birthday, anniversary or impending nuptials, but insisting or expecting gifts is greedy and bad form. That's not to say you shouldn't be gracious when you do receive presents, but if you're throwing an event to celebrate yourself, make sure the focus is on the celebration &mdash; not the bounty.&quot;</p> <h2>2. Let the Guests Fend for Themselves for Household Necessities</h2> <p>Susan Callender, founder of <a href="http://ohmygaucheinc.com/">Oh! My Gauche</a>, a service dedicated to social savvy and professional skills, says that good hosts will always have information on guest amenities &mdash; like password-protected Wi-Fi, washer/dryer, iron and ironing board, etc. &mdash; available where the guest can easily find them, like in a binder or folder in the guest bedroom. You also can add take-out menus, your home address and phone number (I doubt they have it memorized), and tourism information about your area if you'd like. It'll make the guest's stay hassle-free and more enjoyable.</p> <h2>3. Request That Guests Bring Something (Unless They Insist)</h2> <p>Whitney L. Smith, owner of the lifestyle blog <a href="http://pumpsandcircumstance.com/">Pumps &amp; Circumstance</a>, thinks it's rude for hosts to ask guests to bring an item to any event other than a potluck. &quot;I love entertaining, and one of the things I don't think is proper for a host to do is to request that guests bring something,&quot; she says. There is an exception, however: &quot;If guests <em>offer</em> to bring something it's OK to request ice or beverages, but to ask them to bring food is a no-no.&quot;</p> <h2>4. Let Guests Clean Up</h2> <p>The trash needs to go outside, your guest is on her way outside. Makes sense, right? Wrong. If they offer, great, but otherwise, hosting is not about efficiency; it's ultimately about providing a service to others.</p> <h2>5. Require Guests to Pay Unexpectedly</h2> <p>Maybe you're young, maybe you don't read Wise Bread enough and don't have the savings to throw a party where everything's covered. That's okay. But it needs to be made clear to your guests beforehand.</p> <h2>6. Make a Scene If Someone Brings an Unapproved +1</h2> <p>Gwendolyn Mulholland, owner of the family blog <a href="http://findingsanityinourcrazylife.com">Finding Sanity in Our Crazy Life</a>, suggests that hosts suck it up and keep their mouths shut about a guest who brought a date when plus-ones weren't expected. I agree with her &mdash; there's nothing you can do about it now, short of kicking them out, and you don't want to hurt anybody's feelings, do you?</p> <p>However, to the guest who does this &mdash; you should consider yourself lucky when your host doesn't make a scene. Consider that the extra person could throw off the dynamic of the room, especially if guests were invited based on compatibility. Also, the host prepared food for the invited guests, not the surprise guest. What if he or she doesn't like what's being served? What if the host doesn't have enough food? There are a few invariables here that you really don't want to tilt too far. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/quick-pantry-snacks-for-unexpected-guests?ref=seealso">Quick Pantry Snacks for Uninvited Guests</a>)</p> <h2>7. Allow Anyone Underage to Drink</h2> <p>Advice columnist April Masini chimes in again with another really excellent tip: &quot;Good hosts never encourage underage guests to drink,&quot; she reminds us. &quot;Forget being the cool parent or the cool family friend. If there are underage teens and young adults at your home, you are responsible for what you serve them, and even if their parents say it's okay, it's your house, your rules. You'll save yourself a bundle of hassle if there's a potential accident that you are responsible for by serving underage guests, and if there isn't, you've set the standard at your house and everyone will know for next time. Better safe than sorry.&quot;</p> <h2>8. Run Out of Food and Drinks</h2> <p>When I host parties, I abide by the rule of seconds &mdash; I buy enough food for every guest to have them. Of course, some guests won't have seconds, so there may be a generous amount of food left (par for the course; it's always better to have more than enough than not enough), in which case you can do a few things:</p> <ul> <li>Send guests home with a plate for later.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Pack the leftovers for lunch.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Donate the food to a local organization whose volunteers might enjoy the home-cooked or catered food.</li> </ul> <h2>9. Neglect to Clean and Properly Stock the Bathroom Prior</h2> <p>Now we're getting into serious territory. If you've failed to stock your bathroom with the necessary essentials, you may very well embarrass the person who needs to call someone to bring the TP. Can you imagine? I'd die of humiliation and then come back to life as the ghost that haunts that terrible host forever. Also, there's this related tip from a friend: &quot;A good host would never invite someone over when their toilet is clogged. Been to a house party like that. Awful, awful experience.&quot; Let's leave it at that.</p> <h2>10. Stash Away the Good Bottle of Wine That the Guest Brought</h2> <p>&quot;A good host should always open a nice bottle of wine that a guests brings to a dinner or party,&quot; says Kelsey Graves founder of the party-inspiration site We Heart Parties. &quot;It is not polite to keep the nice bottle for yourself. Be sure to open it and share it with your guests.&quot; Another way to put it is: Stop being stingy, you lush!</p> <h2>11. Serve Themselves First</h2> <p>Let your guests have first dibs on the food that you've prepared &mdash; just like your grandmother did; she didn't eat until everybody else was fed, remember?</p> <h2>12. Allow Pets to Annoy Guests</h2> <p>I love dogs &mdash; I have a dog myself &mdash; but my husband and I take measures to ensure that he won't annoy guests when we host an event. For shorter gatherings, like a brunch at our house, he's fine in our bedroom for a couple hours. But for longer parties &mdash; like around the holidays &mdash; it's best for us to send him to daycare for the night where he can play with his furry friends while our guests can enjoy themselves without an animal begging for food or attention.</p> <h2>13. Fail to Introduce Guests Who Don't Know Each Other</h2> <p>If the party is heavy on mixed company, it's the host's job to acquaint everyone at the beginning. Make a habit of making introductions as soon as a guest arrives, so you don't get preoccupied, forget about the person, and let him fend for himself. Some people just aren't comfortable going up to strangers and making small talk. Not that I'm at all bitter or speaking from personal experience, of course.</p> <h2>14. Invite the Wrong Mix of People</h2> <p>If you're inviting a mixed bag of people who don't necessarily know each other, it's wise to consider the potential compatibility of guests as well, especially for a sit-down event or an overnight excursion.</p> <p>I tend to invite singles that I think might compliment each other and couples with similar interests. For an intimate dinner, for example, I'm definitely not inviting my very religious friends to dine with my LGBT-activist friends. While I'm all for rousing dinner conversation, there are some things better left unsaid. It also wouldn't be very fun for a single friend to attend an event filled with only couples. While not every person will become besties, you at least want the group to enjoy each other's company for a couple hours.</p> <p><em>What are some things that you think good hosts should never do? Let me know in the comments below.</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-things-good-hosts-never-do" class="sharethis-link" title="14 Things Good Hosts Never Do" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Entertainment Lifestyle dinner entertaining guests host party pot luck Thu, 17 Jul 2014 11:00:04 +0000 Mikey Rox 1160904 at http://www.wisebread.com How to Attend a Wedding for Cheap (Without Actually Looking Cheap) http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-attend-a-wedding-for-cheap-without-actually-looking-cheap <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-attend-a-wedding-for-cheap-without-actually-looking-cheap" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/wedding-party-120702826-small.jpg" alt="wedding party" title="wedding party" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Summer is wedding season, and if, like me, you're at that age when all your friends are tying the knot, it can be a nightmare for your pocketbook. Modern weddings seem to be more elaborate than ever, piling on the costly obligations for guests who just want to show the happy couple some love. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-shave-5000-off-your-wedding-expenses?ref=seealso">How to Shave $5,000 Off Your Wedding Expenses</a>)</p> <p>If you're tired of whipping out the credit card every time an invitation lands in your mailbox, this list of money-saving tips is for you.</p> <h2>Far Away? Send a Gift Instead of Attending</h2> <p>If you're hundreds (or even thousands) of miles away from the wedding location, realize that it's okay to decline attendance. No invited guest is expected to attend, even if that's not explicitly stated by the couple. Especially if it's a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-tips-for-planning-a-last-minute-wedding">last-minute wedding</a>. Instead, splurge on the gift and send it with a nice handwritten note of congratulations.</p> <h2>Find Your Own Lodging</h2> <p>When a couple knows people will be traveling to attend their nuptials, they often try to help by blocking off rooms at a local hotel. While convenient, never assume that this is the most cost effective option. Explore local hotel rates for yourself as well as options on Airbnb. If you know others who will be attending, think about getting an entire house or apartment, and splitting the bill.</p> <h2>Look for a Gift That's Thoughtful Rather Than Expensive</h2> <p>This is true 100% of the time, but especially if you're an out of town guest. Contrary to popular belief, there is no &quot;minimum price&quot; for a wedding present. Give from the heart. It could be something that's funny, practical, or homemade. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-gifts-you-can-make-today?ref=seealso">25 Gifts You Can Make Today</a>)</p> <h2>Use the Registry to Your Advantage</h2> <p>If the couple announces that they've registered at one or more stores, it behooves you to investigate their requests as early as possible. Sign up for sale alerts and customer loyalty programs at those stores if they exist, then be ready to snag a wanted item when the cost is low or you've got a coupon.</p> <h2>Don't Take Gifts on the Plane</h2> <p>Once you've chosen your gift, ship it directly to the recipients rather than taking it on the plane (if traveling long distance). You'll save yourself the extra baggage fee and a huge logistical hassle. If you're traveling by car, obviously the converse is true. Save on shipping fees by bringing it yourself.</p> <h2>Extend Your Stay and Make it a Vacay</h2> <p>If you're going to three or more weddings in a year, there's a good chance your vacation time will go the way of the dodo. When a friend of ours recently got married at the beach over a long holiday weekend, we used the coincidence to our advantage: We arrived a day early and stayed a day late, turning it into a mini vacation.</p> <h2>Skip Pre-Wedding Events</h2> <p>It must be all the wedding shows on TV, but modern weddings have gone from &quot;a ceremony and a reception&quot; to three day long mini festivals. There are bachelor and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-throw-a-fabulously-frugal-bachelorette-party">bachelorette parties</a>, bridal showers, pre-wedding brunches and dinners, and spa dates &mdash; and that doesn't even include the main event! Unless you're immediate family or in the wedding, all of these are optional. Save big by skipping pre-wedding money pits.</p> <h2>Don't Be in the Wedding Party</h2> <p>If the bride or groom asks you to be in the wedding, it's a great honor, but not an obligation. Wedding party duties involve throwing showers, planning pre-wedding events, and buying expensive outfits that you'll probably never wear again. Be honest: Tell the couple that your budget doesn't allow you to participate in the wedding party, but you can't wait to attend the ceremony.</p> <h2>Be a Slow Gift Giver</h2> <p>Did you know that you're not required to bring the gift to the actual wedding? According to the Emily Post Institute, you have <a href="http://www.emilypost.com/weddings/wedding-registries-gifts-and-thank-yous/169-wedding-gift-tips">up to three months</a> from the date of the wedding to give a gift without violating any etiquette rules. So if money will be less tight in a few weeks, just wait.</p> <h2>Recycle Outfits</h2> <p>You don't have to wear something different to every wedding you attend. If some of the same people will be at more than one upcoming ceremony, invest in a classic outfit that can be made to look different by swapping accessories. You can also borrow something from a friend, or <a href="http://www.oprah.com/style/Rent-a-Dress">rent an expensive dress</a> and return it when done.</p> <p><em>How do you trim the cost of attending weddings? Please share in comments!</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-attend-a-wedding-for-cheap-without-actually-looking-cheap" class="sharethis-link" title="How to Attend a Wedding for Cheap (Without Actually Looking Cheap)" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/beth-buczynski">Beth Buczynski</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Entertainment Lifestyle cheap weddings gifts parties wedding guest weddings Mon, 14 Jul 2014 15:00:05 +0000 Beth Buczynski 1157258 at http://www.wisebread.com 8 Things You Can Do in Denver That You Can't Do Anywhere Else http://www.wisebread.com/8-things-you-can-do-in-denver-that-you-cant-do-anywhere-else <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/8-things-you-can-do-in-denver-that-you-cant-do-anywhere-else" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/8750862293_65a85e9a5c_z.jpg" alt="red rock ampitheater" title="red rock ampitheater" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I moved to Colorado to attend graduate school, and fully intended to return to my home in the Southeast upon graduation. That was eight years ago.</p> <p>In my opinion Denver's a dark horse among American metropolises. It's clean, easy to get around, chock full of fun things to do, and just a short drive away from the most beautiful mountains in the country. Looking for quick, affordable getaway? Keep reading for activities you can only do in the Mile High City. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-great-cities-for-job-seekers?ref=seealso">9 Great Cities for Job Seekers</a>)</p> <h2>1. Smoke Legal Weed</h2> <p>If you haven't heard by now, Colorado is the first state to legalize marijuana for all adults over age 21. There are now approximately 100 legal <a href="https://weedmaps.com/colorado-recreational-marijuana">weed stores</a> in the Denver metro area hawking marijuana buds as well as THC-infused edibles of every shape and flavor. Been a while since you inhaled? Let one of the many <a href="http://www.coloradopotguide.com/marijuana-activities-in-colorado/">cannabis tour guides</a> do the driving for you.</p> <h2>2. Eat at a Restaurant Started by a Pal of Buffalo Bill</h2> <p>Henry H. &quot;Shorty Scout&quot; Zietz was a member of Buffalo Bill's infamous band of straight-shooting band of scouts. In 1893, Zietz opened the <a href="http://www.buckhorn.com/">Buckhorn Exchange</a>, a bar and restaurant that catered to cowboys, Native American chiefs, miners, railroad builders, silver barons, and anyone else brave enough to live in the Wild West. The Buckhorn Exchange is now in its second century of existence, and still holds the first liquor license ever issued by the State of Colorado.</p> <h2>3. Rock Out at Red Rocks</h2> <p>I've seen concerts in stadiums, iconic music halls, and even on a cruise ship. None hold a candle to the experience of attending a performance at Red Rocks amphitheater. This outdoor venue is both a geological wonder and a musical masterpiece. Known around the world for walls made of massive red boulders and superb acoustics, even a band you hate would sound good here. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-incredible-places-you-must-visit-before-you-die?ref=seealso">25 Incredible Places You Must Visit Before You Die</a>)</p> <h2>4. See the Cliff Divers at the Real Casa Bonita</h2> <p>Before I moved to Colorado, I thought most of the places mentioned on South Park were fictional. I was wrong. Not only is <a href="http://www.casabonitadenver.com/">Casa Bonita</a> a real Denver restaurant, everything Cartman loved about it is real too: the treasure cave, the cliff divers, and yes, even the delicious sopapilla.</p> <h2>5. Stand Exactly One Mile High</h2> <p>The official elevation of the City of Denver is 5,280 feet &mdash; exactly one mile. Of course, the elevation varies in different parts around town. If you want to be a mile high (and you're not interested in the legal weed mentioned earlier) just head to the <a href="http://www.denverrelocationguide.net/2013/Denver-State-Capitol-is-One-Mile-High/">State Capitol building</a>. The 18th step leading into the building is exactly 5,280 feet above sea level.</p> <h2>6. Visit 22 Craft Breweries in the Same Day</h2> <p>If you love to drink good beer from craft breweries, Denver should be the number one destination on your travel list. There <a href="http://www.5280.com/magazine/2013/02/ultimate-guide-craft-brewing-denver?page=full">over 20 top notch breweries</a> in the downtown Denver area, from national brands like Blue Moon, to Colorado-only favorites like Breckenridge Brewery. Many of these breweries also offer tours in addition to tap room tastings. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-great-reasons-to-drink-beer?ref=seealso">10 Great Reasons to Drink Beer</a>)</p> <h2>7. Take a Train Up the Rockies</h2> <p>No trip to Colorado is complete without at least peeking at the majestic Rocky Mountains. You could spend all day hiking to the top of a nearby peak, or you could cheat by letting a train do the work. There are <a href="http://www.denverpost.com/lifestyles/ci_15430925">eight scenic railroads</a> in the Denver area, and all of them will show you a side of the mountains people rarely get to see.</p> <h2>8. See a Cattle Drive</h2> <p>Although it's grown up and modern now, Denver is a cow town at heart. Once a year, the city embraces its ranch hand roots by welcoming the <a href="http://www.nationalwestern.com/">National Western Stock Show</a>. This 14-day event features a full-sized rodeo, livestock auction, a cow parade, and plenty of 10-gallon hats.</p> <p><em>Know any other special to Denver activities? Please share in comments!</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-things-you-can-do-in-denver-that-you-cant-do-anywhere-else" class="sharethis-link" title="8 Things You Can Do in Denver That You Can&#039;t Do Anywhere Else" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/beth-buczynski">Beth Buczynski</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Entertainment Lifestyle Travel cheap fun cheap outings Denver travel Mon, 07 Jul 2014 11:00:05 +0000 Beth Buczynski 1153954 at http://www.wisebread.com 8 Affordable Amusement Parks That Are Just as Fun As Disney http://www.wisebread.com/8-affordable-amusement-parks-that-are-just-as-fun-as-disney <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/8-affordable-amusement-parks-that-are-just-as-fun-as-disney" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/kids-amusement-park-80620861-small.jpg" alt="amusement park" title="amusement park" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="142" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>School's out and it's time for summer vacation. You may be tempted to head down to Orlando and spend hundreds of dollars for a multi-day pass to Disney World.</p> <p>I love Mickey Mouse as much as the next guy, but it's worth learning about the plethora of other theme and amusement parks around the country that offer fantastic experiences for a fraction of the cost. (And may not be as crowded.) (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/disneyland-on-the-sort-of-cheap?ref=seealso">Disneyland on the Cheap</a>)</p> <p>From the coast of Lake Erie to the outskirts of Hollywood, there are plenty of options for summer fun, usually with additional family-friendly attractions nearby.</p> <p>Check out these suggestions and start planning that family trip now!</p> <h2>Holiday World</h2> <p><strong>Location</strong>: Santa Claus, Indiana</p> <p><strong>Cost</strong>: $34.95 for kids under 54 inches, $39.95 for adults if you buy online. Kids under 2 are free.</p> <h3>What's Great</h3> <p>The park is separated into sections based on popular holidays and is routinely rated one of the <a href="http://www.goldenticketawards.com/2013-park-ride-winners/">most family-friendly in the country</a>, as well as one of the cleanest. It has plenty of great rides for adults and kids, plus the Splashin' Safari Water Park. The Voyager roller coaster is considered one of the best wooden coasters in the world. There are some interesting perks, like free parking, sunblock, and soda.</p> <h3>What's Nearby</h3> <p>You're less than three hours from Indianapolis, home of the world's largest children's museum, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and other attractions. Louisville and Lexington, KY are also just a couple hours away and have a lot to offer for adults and kids. Also, basketball fans can check out French Lick, the hometown of NBA Hall of Famer Larry Bird.</p> <h2>Hershey Park</h2> <p><strong>Location</strong>: Hershey, PA</p> <p><strong>Cost</strong>: $59.95 for adults, $37.95 for kids. Children under 2 are free.</p> <h3>What's Great</h3> <p>A dozen great roller coasters for adults and kids, plus an array of water rides. And it's adjacent to Hershey's Chocolate World, where you get to see how chocolate bars are made and get free samples.</p> <h3>What's Nearby</h3> <p>Hershey itself has some other great attractions, including a zoo and trolley museum. You're also not far from Pennsylvania Dutch Country, so watch out for the Amish and their horse and buggies!</p> <p>If you're a foodie, you don't have to settle for just chocolate. There are numerous factories in the area that offer public tours, including the Julius Sturgis Pretzel Bakery in Lititz; Herr's potato chips in Nottingham; Utz Snacks and Snyder's pretzels in Hanover; and the Turkey Hill Experience in Columbia.</p> <h2>Knoebels Amusement Resort</h2> <p><strong>Location</strong>: Elysburg, PA</p> <p><strong>Cost</strong>: Free! (Ok, not exactly. Admission is free, but the rides are pay-per-ride and range between $1 and $3.)</p> <h3>What's Great</h3> <p>The largest pay-per-ride park in the nation, which makes it a great deal if you have young kids or seniors who can't ride. Knoebels <a href="http://www.goldenticketawards.com/2013-park-ride-winners/">has been named among the friendliest parks</a> by Amusement Today magazine. It is not far from Hershey Park (see above) and the well-regarded Dorney Park in Allentown, PA.</p> <h2>Dollywood and Dollywood Splash Country</h2> <p><strong>Location</strong>: Pigeon Forge, TN</p> <p><strong>Cost</strong>: $92 for adults for for a multi-park ticket, $75 for kids under 12. Tickets to Dollywood alone are $58 for adults and $46 for kids. For Splash Country by itself, tickets are $47 for adults and $42 for kids.</p> <h3>What's Great</h3> <p>Rated one of the <a href="http://www.goldenticketawards.com/2013-park-ride-winners/">best overall parks by Amusement Today</a>, as well as one of the friendliest and cleanest. Country music legend Dolly Parton is the owner, and has her fingerprints all over the 150-acre park. There is plenty of entertainment, plus dozens of rides for adults and kids, including the new Fire Chaser Express, advertised as the first-ever family two-way launch coaster.</p> <h3>What's Nearby</h3> <p>Dollywood is nestled in the Great Smoky Mountains, offering a beautiful experience for those looking for camping, hiking, and other outdoor activities. Pigeon Forge is also home to a large attraction dedicated to the Titanic, and the Great Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster.</p> <h2>Cedar Point</h2> <p><strong>Location</strong>: Sandusky, OH</p> <p><strong>Cost</strong>: $49.99 for adults, $34.99 for kids. Discounted tickets on weekdays and if you purchase in advance.</p> <h3>What's Great</h3> <p>Widely regarded as the Roller Coaster Capital of the World, this park features 16 coasters, including the legendary Millenium Force, plus several other record breakers. You may need two days to ride everything you want.</p> <h3>What's Nearby</h3> <p>Cedar Point itself is on the water, and offers parasailing, watercraft rides, boat rentals, and even fishing expeditions. The nearby Kalahari Resort offers one of the largest indoor water parks in the country. If you're up for a longer trip, Cleveland, Toledo, and Detroit are short drives away.</p> <h2>Busch Gardens/Water Country USA, Williamsburg</h2> <p><strong>Location</strong>: Williamsburg, VA</p> <p><strong>Cost</strong>: Busch Gardens is $72 for adults, $62 for kids between 3 and 9. Water Country USA is $50 or $42 for kids. A two-park card offering unlimited visits for anyone over age 3 is $97.</p> <h3>What's Great</h3> <p>One of the most beautifully landscaped parks in the country, Busch Gardens is separated into separate &quot;countries&quot; with their own unique character. There are great roller coasters, including the legendary Loch Ness Monster, plus good rides for younger kids. Water Country USA has about a dozen water rides, including the new Colossal Curl. And the entertainment and food is better than what you find at most theme parks.</p> <h3>What's Nearby</h3> <p>History buffs will love visiting Colonial Williamsburg, along with the Yorktown battlefield and the Jamestown settlement.</p> <h2>Knott's Berry Farm</h2> <p><strong>Location</strong>: Buena Park, CA</p> <p><strong>Cost</strong>: $40 if you buy in advance.</p> <h3>What's Great</h3> <p>You could spend hundreds of dollars at nearby Disneyland, or spend $40 here for a day and have a blast. Check out Montezooma's Revenge, a steel coaster in its 36th year of operation.</p> <h3>What's Nearby</h3> <p>Right in Buena Park, you can head to Medieval Times or the Titanic: The Experience show. You're also right near Anaheim, home of the Angels baseball team and a number of other attractions. And of course, Los Angeles is just a short stint away.</p> <h2>Six Flags Magic Mountain</h2> <p><strong>Location</strong>: Valencia, CA</p> <p><strong>Cost</strong>: $44.99 with advance purchase.</p> <h3>What's Great</h3> <p>Just a couple hours north of Knott's Berry Farm, it may be worth it to check out the parks back-to-back. Six Flags Magic Mountain has a whopping 19 roller coasters, including the unique X2 ride, <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3-y-0IFiZqY" style="text-decoration:none;">featuring seats that rotate 360 degrees</a>.</p> <h3>What's Nearby</h3> <p>Valencia itself is a sleepy planned community. But Six Flags Magic Mountain is just a 30-mile drive north from Hollywood, and just an hour east of the Pacific Ocean.</p> <p><em>Whats your favorite non-Disney amusement park? Please share in comments!</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-affordable-amusement-parks-that-are-just-as-fun-as-disney" class="sharethis-link" title="8 Affordable Amusement Parks That Are Just as Fun As Disney" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/tim-lemke">Tim Lemke</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Entertainment Travel amusement parks travel vacations Wed, 02 Jul 2014 15:00:05 +0000 Tim Lemke 1152743 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Ways to Watch Movies for Free http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-ways-to-watch-movies-for-free <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-watch-movies-for-free" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/movie-theatre-188007698-small.jpg" alt="movie theatre" title="movie theatre" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="147" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some amazing articles on ways to watch movies for free, bridal shower gift ideas, and motivation and money.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/How-Watch-Movies-Free-31004765">11 Ways to Watch Movies for Free</a> &mdash; To watch movies for free, go to the library or use SwapADVD. [POPSUGAR Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.onesmartdollar.com/5-bridal-shower-gift-ideas-under-50/">5 Bridal Shower Gift Ideas Under $50</a> &mdash; A gift basket or spa certificate are just a couple bridal shower gift ideas that won't break the bank. [One Smart Dollar]</p> <p><a href="http://www.getrichslowly.org/blog/2014/06/23/motivation-and-money/">Motivation and Money</a> &mdash; When it comes to staying motivated with your money goals, make yourself accountable. [Get Rich Slowly]</p> <p><a href="http://www.freemoneyfinance.com/2014/06/eight-opening-lines-to-network-like-a-pro.html">Eight Opening Lines to Network Like a Pro</a> &mdash; What is your go to line when you are networking? These suggestions can help if you don't have one yet! [Free Money Finance]</p> <p><a href="http://www.fivecentnickel.com/2014/06/23/making-time-for-money/">Making Time for Money</a> &mdash; It is vital to make time to create a formal budgeting process and to shop your credit card business. [Five Cent Nickel]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.mainstreet.com/article/career/should-all-job-seekers-have-personal-website">Should All Job Seekers Have a Personal Website?</a> &mdash; Having your own personal website can help you in your quest to get employed. [Mainstreet]</p> <p><a href="http://www.newlywedsonabudget.com/2014/06/savinghalf/">How We're Saving Half Our Income</a> &mdash; If you want to save half your income, start by paying off all your debt. [Newlyweds on a Budget]</p> <p><a href="http://money.cnn.com/gallery/pf/2014/06/25/most-stressed-out-cities/index.html?iid=Lead">10 Most Stressed Out Cities</a> &mdash; Did you know New York and Houston are two of the most stressed out cities in the US? [CNN Money]</p> <p><a href="http://money.usnews.com/money/personal-finance/articles/2014/06/25/6-secrets-of-successful-money-coaches?int=aa6a09&amp;int=a86509">6 Secrets of Successful Money Coaches</a> &mdash; Successful money coaches have spend-free days and take latte breaks. [US News &amp; World Report]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/most-patriotic-spots-to-take-a-family-vacation">Most Patriotic Spots to Take a Family Vacation</a> &mdash; Mount Rushmore is a great, patriotic spot to take a family vacation. [Parenting Squad]</p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-ways-to-watch-movies-for-free" class="sharethis-link" title="Best Money Tips: Ways to Watch Movies for Free" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Entertainment best money tips free movies Fri, 27 Jun 2014 19:00:04 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 1149838 at http://www.wisebread.com 18 Awesome Things You Can Do This Weekend for Under $10 http://www.wisebread.com/18-awesome-things-you-can-do-this-weekend-for-under-10 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/18-awesome-things-you-can-do-this-weekend-for-under-10" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/friends-picnic-478033141-small.jpg" alt="friends picnic" title="friends picnic" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="152" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Is your wallet a little deflated this weekend? Turn that frown upside down with this list of 18 awesome things you can do for under $10 &mdash; many of which are completely free.</p> <h2>1. Float Down a River</h2> <p>Round up a few of your buddies and head to the nearest river for an afternoon of pure relaxation as you float your cares away. Grab a tube (you can pick up a decent one for <a href="http://www.walmart.com/ip/Intex-Recreation-68209E-River-Rat-Air-Tube/20703058">less than $10 at your local discount store</a>), pack snacks and drinks for the trip, and set sail. Keep in mind, however, that you'll end up far away from where you started, so it's important that you park one vehicle on each end of your route. Unless, of course, you want to make the several-mile trek back on foot. Also make sure to scout the river first&hellip; rapids and waterfalls mean hospital bills over $10.</p> <h2>2. Learn How to Juggle</h2> <p><iframe width="605" height="340" frameborder="0" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/H8QfqkSPxmo" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>If you've ever envied a circus performer &mdash; and let's face it, who hasn't? &mdash; now's your chance to make it to the Big Top. There are plenty of tutorials online that will teach you how to juggle, but <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H8QfqkSPxmo"> this particular video will have you mastering the skill in 5 minutes</a>.</p> <h2>3. See a Morning Movie</h2> <p>Movie theaters are charging higher prices than ever to see your favorite Hollywood flicks &mdash; notwithstanding 3D and IMAX prices even &mdash; but you can still see a first-run film at many theaters, like my personal favorite AMC, for less than $10 per ticket if you attend a screening before noon. Check your local theater for policies and prices.</p> <h2>4. Build a Birdhouse</h2> <p>Give your feathered friends a new home by building a birdhouse that you can hang in your yard. <a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/Building-the-2-Birdhouse/">According to Instructables, you can erect this tiny retreat for just $2</a>, leaving you with plenty of cash to spring for the birdie hot tub.</p> <h2>5. Take a Dip in the Community Pool</h2> <p>If it's a sweltering summer day, cool off in your community pool, generally for just a few dollars' admission. Some are even free, particularly in major cities. You'll have to deal with a bunch of screaming kids, but that's par for the course &mdash; and beggars can't be choosy.</p> <h2>6. Relive Your Childhood Saturday Morning</h2> <p>Recently I've started TiVoing some old-school Saturday morning TV shows &mdash; like Smurfs, Looney Tunes, and The Jetsons &mdash; so I can relive the weekends of yesterday just like I did back then: in my undies, eating Cookie Crisp from a bowl of cold milk, and laughing at the loveable characters that made my childhood memorable.</p> <h2>7. Throw a 'What-You-Have-On-Hand' Potluck</h2> <p>Don't have enough dough to go out to dinner tonight? Throw a potluck where you and your friends only make what you already have in your fridges, freezers, and pantries.</p> <h2>8. Embark on a Photo Safari</h2> <p>Arm yourself with your camera (or camera phone) and head to an area in your town known for its picturesque views and wildlife. Afterward, upload your pics to social media so you can share your finds with your friends.</p> <h2>9. Set Up a Yard Sale</h2> <p>A yard sale is worth the $10 investment to make a few signs and flyers to place strategically around your neighborhood to draw shoppers. I also recommend promoting the sale in the local paper (if it's free) to bring in a broader range of customers. If you have any money leftover, pick up donuts and juice for shoppers to help sweeten their deals. I just had one a few weeks ago and walked away with $150 and much less junk. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/have-your-best-garage-sale-ever-by-following-these-9-retail-secrets?ref=seealso">Have Your Best Garage Sale Ever</a>)</p> <h2>10. Contribute to an Internet Meme</h2> <p>We all love the viral videos of the Internet &mdash; and there's no reason you can't be part of one. Research a popular and current meme and record yourself as you participate in it. Upload it to your favorite social network and see what happens.</p> <h2>11. Host an At-Home Film Festival</h2> <p>A different spin on the movie marathon, an at-home film festival consists of indie and under-the-radar films that are screened in your living room. Ask each attendee to bring their favorite DVD from this genre, along with snacks and drinks, and settle in for a day of culture.</p> <h2>12. Hold a Paper Airplane Contest</h2> <p>See who can construct the best paper airplane by taking your aircraft to the nearest park or other open area and holding a contest. Categories can include best design, length of flight time, distance, and other creative criteria.</p> <h2>13. Build a Bedroom Fort</h2> <p>Gather up all your blankets, bridge them from your bed to your bureaus (and whatever else you'd like), and pretend like you're 10 years old again. This activity is best when it follows your Saturday morning cartoon binge-a-thon.</p> <h2>14. Set Up a Makeshift Slip-and-Slide</h2> <p>You can pick up the brand name Slip 'N Slide, but you can save yourself $10 by lubricating a tarp or other long, thin plastic sheet with water and oil or soap for hours of wet and wild fun.</p> <h2>15. Practice a Few Card Tricks</h2> <p><iframe width="605" height="340" frameborder="0" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/13zBGYcxnC0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>Right after you learn how to juggle, tap into your inner magician by learning a few card tricks to impress your friends. <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=13zBGYcxnC0">Here's a video tutorial to get you started</a>.</p> <h2>16. Engage in a Bubble Battle</h2> <p>The Bubble Battle is actually <a href="http://www.newmindspace.com/bubble-battle-nyc-2014">a popular event held by Newmindspace in New York City</a> in the summertime wherein thousands of people gather in Times Square to blow bubbles. I've been and it's really cool and makes for great photos. To recreate this event with your friends, pick up several bottles of bubbles &mdash; and maybe even a bubble gun &mdash; so you can battle it out at the location of your choice. I would recommend someplace public, so you can bring joy to others through your bubbles.</p> <h2>17. Ask Your Friend to Take Their Dog to the Park</h2> <p>If you don't have a dog of your own, ask a friend if you can take theirs to the local off-leash dog park. Not only will you have a couple hours of fun playing with the pooch and his pals, but your human friend will appreciate that his or her best buddy is getting additional exercise.</p> <h2>18. Go Faux Shopping</h2> <p>When I was in college and broke, I would occasionally go to the local Walmart, fill up a cart with things that I wanted, and then abandon it. Granted, it's probably not the politest thing to do, which is why I'm not recommending that to you. (Although, riding bikes and playing with the toys in Walmart is still pretty fun.)</p> <p>Rather, you can upgrade this experience so no one is inconvenienced by trying on clothes at your favorite stores, testing out electronic gadgets, and otherwise engaging with display items (that's why they're on display, after all) at your local mall or shopping center. Sometimes, it's good to get back to the simple things in life.</p> <p><em>Do you have more awesome activities that we can do this weekend for less than $10? Let me know in the comments below.</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/18-awesome-things-you-can-do-this-weekend-for-under-10" class="sharethis-link" title="18 Awesome Things You Can Do This Weekend for Under $10" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Entertainment $10 bucks cheap fun cheap thrills entertainment fun Thu, 26 Jun 2014 15:00:04 +0000 Mikey Rox 1149170 at http://www.wisebread.com WATCH: The 10 Craziest Annual 4th of July Fireworks Displays http://www.wisebread.com/watch-the-10-craziest-annual-4th-of-july-fireworks-displays <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/watch-the-10-craziest-annual-4th-of-july-fireworks-displays" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/fireworks-179245916-small.jpg" alt="fireworks" title="fireworks" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The 4th of July is upon us once again, which means it's time for a time-honored tradition: fireworks. In my family, the 4th of July is bigger than Christmas. My father took to his fireworks show with obsession, even joining a firework club at one point. So, I thought I would detail some amazing fireworks displays that you can see this year in the United States. Let's get started!</p> <h2>1. New York City</h2> <p><iframe width="605" height="340" frameborder="0" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/RSY8un8VTwk" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>It's pretty obvious that <a href="http://www.nyc.com/visitor_guide/4th_of_july_in_new_york.1086979/editorial_review.aspx">New York City would have a large fireworks</a> display &mdash; it's a pretty patriotic city. Their display, sponsored by Macy's, has been running since the country's bicentennial in 1976. The entire display involves several barges in the East River, and fireworks launched from the Brooklyn Bridge.</p> <h2>2. Boston</h2> <p><iframe width="605" height="340" frameborder="0" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/KpLTBUSwaqQ" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>I love the plan for <a href="http://www.july4th.org/">Boston's fireworks display</a> this 4th of July. For one, it's in Boston, home of the Boston Tea Party that was an impetus for the American Revolution. The setting is an obvious plus for this show. But, I think the most amazing part of the night would be the Boston Pops orchestra, world famous for their arrangements, performing in concert with the fireworks exploding above them!</p> <h2>3. Washington DC</h2> <p><iframe width="605" height="340" frameborder="0" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/LKXXP1Srlbo" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>My vote for the most patriotic of displays, the <a href="http://www.nps.gov/foju/index.htm">fireworks in Washington</a> are exploded over the National Mall, with the Washington Monument used as the foreground. The whole day seems fun, with a parade down Constitution Avenue a highlight of the day.</p> <h2>4. Atlantic City</h2> <p><iframe width="605" height="340" frameborder="0" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/e9iunuaCmbs" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>With over 250,000 people showing up for the display each year, the <a href="http://www.atlanticcitynj.com/events/details.aspx?id=3344">Atlantic City fireworks show</a> utilizes two barges and a platform marina. Over 1,000 fireworks shells will be fired in this 'top five' largest display in the country.</p> <h2>5. Addison</h2> <p><iframe width="605" height="340" frameborder="0" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/PhpgVC4GHME" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>Dubbed &quot;Kaboom Town,&quot; <a href="http://www.addisontexas.net/events/kaboomtown/">Addison's fireworks show is unique</a> in that the whole town can tune to a radio station to listen to choreographed music to the giant display. The display has been ranked among the top five in the US, and Bing.com even rated it #11 in the world.</p> <h2>6. Nashville</h2> <p><iframe width="605" height="340" frameborder="0" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/GdjzeTlOdl4" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>&quot;Music City&quot; will feature some <a href="http://www.visitmusiccity.com/july4th/july4th_eventdetails">great entertainment along with their fireworks</a>. And, what else would you imagine it would be? Country music stars! Billy Currington headlines this year's show along with the GRAMMY-winning Nashville Symphony.</p> <h2>7. San Francisco</h2> <p><iframe width="605" height="340" frameborder="0" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/ePcKB5pjuJ0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>Based around Pier 39, utilizing all the fine views that come with the San Francisco Bay, the <a href="http://www.fishermanswharf.org/events-q10043-c4-Fourth_of_July.aspx">4th of July fireworks in the Bay Area</a> are sure to impress. You can even rent boats to anchor offshore and watch the show from the water!</p> <h2>8. Las Vegas</h2> <p><iframe width="604" height="340" frameborder="0" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/MJ6KHTXGBfw" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>Not particularly known for their fireworks show, Las Vegas is arguably a great place to celebrate America's birthday. The Las Vegas Strip's many mega-hotels serve as the launchpad for a highly <a href="http://www.vegas.com/july4th/">choreographed display up and down Las Vegas Boulevard</a>.</p> <h2>9. Chicago</h2> <p><iframe width="604" height="340" frameborder="0" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/jbszaH-hOXA" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>One of my favorite cities in the United States, Chicago launches its <a href="http://www.navypier.com/things2do/fireworks.html">fireworks from Navy Pier</a>. As it's located along the shores of Lake Michigan, viewers can take fireworks cruises from downtown Chicago to check out the show.</p> <h2>10. San Diego</h2> <p><iframe width="605" height="340" frameborder="0" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/duo6UmlCqB8" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>Our last city on this list, <a href="http://www.sandiego.org/campaigns/summer-in-san-diego/4th-of-july.aspx">San Diego puts on the largest fireworks show</a> in the country, with four barges scattered around San Diego Bay for viewers. The display is so large that it can be seen from Shelter Island all the way to Coronado Island. (And who can forget the spectacular fail that was 2012's show: <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JuJHfkXEI-o">the Big Bay Boom Bust</a>.)</p> <p>We hope this list helps you decide which ones to watch in person, and, at a minimum, which ones to watch on television!</p> <p><em>So, where will you be this 4th of July?</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/watch-the-10-craziest-annual-4th-of-july-fireworks-displays" class="sharethis-link" title="WATCH: The 10 Craziest Annual 4th of July Fireworks Displays" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mark-jackson">Mark Jackson</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Entertainment 4th of July event fireworks Holidays Thu, 26 Jun 2014 11:00:03 +0000 Mark Jackson 1149614 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Plan a July 4th Blowout on a Budget http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-plan-a-july-4th-blowout-on-a-budget <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-plan-a-july-4th-blowout-on-a-budget" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/july-fourth-party-95517187-small.jpg" alt="july 4th party" title="july 4th party" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="154" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some wonderful articles on ways to plan a July 4th blowout on a budget, how bridesmaids can avoid going broke, and small business ideas for kids.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.smartasset.com/blog/money-saving-tip/6-ways-to-plan-a-july-4th-blowout-on-a-budget/">6 Ways to Plan a July 4th Blowout on a Budget</a> &mdash; Having a potluck and opting for BYOB can make your July 4th celebration a frugal one. [SmartAsset Blog]</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/How-Bridesmaids-Can-Save-Money-28761369">8 Ways Bridesmaids Can Avoid Going Broke</a> &mdash; To avoid going broke as a bridesmaid, be smart about gift giving and do your own makeup and hair. [POPSUGAR Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.biblemoneymatters.com/10-small-business-ideas-for-kids/">10 Small Business Ideas for Kids</a> &mdash; If your child wants to start a business, consider having them try walking dogs or mowing lawns. [Bible Money Matters]</p> <p><a href="http://christianpf.com/ways-to-give-cash/?hvid=43mAc">26 Ways to Give Cash You've Never Thought Of</a> &mdash; Do you like to give people cash as a gift? Make it a little more special by giving it in a money bouquet. [Christian PF]</p> <p><a href="http://www.moneyunder30.com/things-soccer-can-teach-you-about-money">Funny Money: 5 Things Soccer Can Teach You About Money</a> &mdash; When it comes to money, soccer can teach you that your head is your best weapon. [Money Under 30]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://moneyning.com/budgeting/while-youre-planning-for-tomorrow-dont-forget-to-live-for-today/">While You're Planning for Tomorrow, Don't Forget to Live for Today</a> &mdash; Sometimes it's ok to splurge if your splurge is intentional. [MoneyNing]</p> <p><a href="http://livingonthecheap.com/avoid-vacation-rental-scams/">How to Avoid Vacation Rental Scams</a> &mdash; When it comes to vacation rentals, keep in mind that if it sounds too good to be true it probably is. [Living on the Cheap]</p> <p><a href="http://cashmoneylife.com/imrpove-small-business-results/">Improve Your Small Business Results with Mindfulness</a> &mdash; Taking breaks and delegating can improve your small business results. [Cash Money Life]</p> <p><a href="http://couponpal.com/blog/5-reasons-you-should-be-composting">5 Reasons You Should Be Composting</a> &mdash; Did you know composting makes your fruits and veggies taste better? [CouponPal Blog]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/5-not-so-sweet-summer-treats-for-kids">5 Not-So-Sweet Summer Treats for Kids</a> &mdash; If you need a refreshing treat for your kids this summer, give them frozen banana pops. [Parenting Squad]</p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-plan-a-july-4th-blowout-on-a-budget" class="sharethis-link" title="Best Money Tips: Plan a July 4th Blowout on a Budget" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Entertainment best money tips blowout budget July 4th party Tue, 24 Jun 2014 19:00:05 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 1147198 at http://www.wisebread.com 7 Weird Money Laws You May Have Broken http://www.wisebread.com/7-weird-money-laws-you-may-have-broken <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-weird-money-laws-you-may-have-broken" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/fortune-teller-459884341.jpg" alt="fortune teller" title="fortune teller" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Money can make people do strange things. But what about when money laws themselves are beyond comprehension?</p> <p>From bizarre tax systems at home to monarchy-imposed oddities abroad, the world is full of some very odd laws governing the spending and collecting of money. Lucky for you, this list of them is free.</p> <h2>1. Don't Step</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/stepping-money-494564415.jpg?ggnoads" alt="" /></p> <p>Thailand's king is featured prominently on all the country's currency. Thailand's king is also not to be criticized, under legal penalty. So by extension, Thailand has one of the stranger money laws around: stepping on money is considered extremely disrespectful, and crazily enough, <a href="http://voices.yahoo.com/how-not-arrested-thailand-doing-these-things-5584569.html">could land you in a Thai jail</a>.</p> <h2>2. Do the Running Man, Pay the Tax Man</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/grandpa-dj-177803763.jpg?ggnoads" alt="" /></p> <p>In Washington state, cover charges for movies, concerts, and theater are tax free. Unless, that is, the venue provides patrons with an &quot;<a href="http://www.futureofmusic.org/blog/2013/04/16/washington-state-dance-tax-has-venues-hands-and-feet-tied">opportunity to dance</a>&quot; (seriously), in which case tax must be paid. A holdover law from the 60s, the provision was largely forgotten about until recently, when one establishment was charged $25,000 for non-compliance.</p> <h2>3. Candy Pain</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/pretzel-154204881.jpg?ggnoads" alt="" /></p> <p>Buy a Twizzler in Kentucky and you're free from paying taxes. Buy a chocolate-coated pretzel, and you better keep that receipt. That's because their state law declares tax exempt <a href="http://xfinity.comcast.net/slideshow/finance-unusualsalestaxes/kentucky-candy-not-such-a-sweet-deal/">only those candies that don't contain flour</a>. Seems a little half-baked.</p> <h2>4. Canadian Currency Conundrum</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/counting-change-139247071.jpg?ggnoads" alt="" /></p> <p>Find it annoying when the person in front of you in line starts counting out pennies for their purchase? Well in Canada, you could have that person arrested. According to the <a href="http://www.factfixx.com/2011/08/09/weird-laws-paying-with-coins-in-canada/">Canadian Currency Act</a>, there are all sorts of legal restrictions on what you can and can't pay for with coins, including the illegality of using more than 25 pennies in any transaction.</p> <h2>5. Nay-Saying Sooth-Saying</h2> <p><img width="605" height="341" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/fortune-teller-459884341.jpg?ggnoads" alt="" /></p> <p>For something weird you're not allowed to charge money for, how about <a href="http://www.mattmlaw.com/blog/2013/10/obscure-crimes-fortune-telling-is-illegal-in-pennsylvania.shtml">Pennsylvania&rsquo;s law against soliciting payment for fortune telling</a>? The misdemeanor is punishable by up to a year in jail, and extends to outlaw charging to place hexes or spells on people.</p> <h2>6. The Bagel Burden</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/bagel-121871835.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>It's tough to walk down a New York City street without running into a bagel joint. But if you're looking to avoid being charged tax on one of those heavenly bread circles, make sure you do not, under any circumstances, ask for your bagel to be sliced. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/08/25/bagel-tax-new-york_n_694361.html">As soon as the bagel is sliced</a> (or schmeared, for that matter!), it's considered prepared food, and can be taxed up to 9 cents.</p> <h2>7. Bavarian Bribes</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/bribe-488122455.jpg?ggnoads" alt="" /></p> <p>While most of this list features legal restrictions, this last law gets honorable mention (it was eliminated just a few years ago) for <em>helping</em> facilitate a strange financial transaction. Namely: bribery. German tax law, it turns out, actually allowed private companies to <a href="http://www.businessweek.com/stories/1995-08-06/germany-where-bribery-is-tax-deductible-intl-edition%20http://www.businessweek.com/stories/1995-08-06/germany-where-bribery-is-tax-deductible-intl-edition">write off the costs of bribery on their returns</a>.</p> <p>Though good luck dealing with the angry bribe recipients after listing their names on your receipts&hellip;</p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-weird-money-laws-you-may-have-broken" class="sharethis-link" title="7 Weird Money Laws You May Have Broken" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/joe-epstein">Joe Epstein</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Entertainment Financial News Travel finance laws laws money money laws weird Fri, 20 Jun 2014 21:12:04 +0000 Joe Epstein 1142576 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: 98 Cheap Summer Date Ideas http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-98-cheap-summer-date-ideas <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-98-cheap-summer-date-ideas" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/couple-bike-466233129-small.jpg" alt="couple biking" title="couple biking" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some amazing articles on cheap summer date ideas, remaining frugal while traveling, and free (or nearly free) summer projects for kids.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Cheap-Date-Ideas-26949115">Love Don't Cost a Thing: 98 Cheap Summer Date Ideas</a> &mdash; This summer, bike around your city or take a scenic road trip for a cheap summer date. [POPSUGAR Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.americandebtproject.com/2014/06/how-to-remain-frugal-while-traveling/">How to Remain Frugal While Traveling</a> &mdash; To save on travel expenses, don't park your car at the airport and only bring carry-ons. [American Debt Project]</p> <p><a href="http://www.thesimpledollar.com/eight-great-free-or-nearly-free-summer-long-projects-for-children/">Eight Great Free (or Nearly Free) Summer-Long Projects for Children</a> &mdash; Growing vegetables or making a TV series are just a couple projects that can keep your kids busy this summer. [The Simple Dollar]</p> <p><a href="http://andthenwesaved.com/19-ways-get-work-time-generally-better-job/">19 Ways to Get to Work on Time (and Generally Be Better at Your Job)</a> &mdash; If you want to get to work on time and be better at your job, consider your direction and ramp up the positives. [And Then We Saved]</p> <p><a href="http://www.lifehack.org/articles/productivity/5-ways-focus-your-mind-and-super-boost-your-productivity.html">5 Ways To Focus Your Mind and Super Boost Your Productivity</a> &mdash; Avoiding multitasking can help you focus your mind and boost your productivity. [Lifehack]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://lifehacker.com/should-i-move-to-a-new-city-to-look-for-a-job-1588074995">Should I Move to a New City to Look for a Job?</a> &mdash; Before you move, do a mock job search from your current location. [Lifehacker]</p> <p><a href="http://www.marcandangel.com/2014/06/08/29-signs-youre-doing-just-fine/">29 Signs You're Doing Just Fine (Even If It Doesn't Feel Like It)</a> &mdash; If you have made the best of tough situations and you have a home, you are doing just fine. [Marc and Angel Hack Life]</p> <p><a href="http://www.dumblittleman.com/2014/06/8-negative-thought-patterns-hurting-relationships.html">8 Negative Thought Patterns That Are Ruining Your Relationships</a> &mdash; Holding a grudge and not listening can be detrimental to your relationships. [Dumb Little Man]</p> <p><a href="http://timemanagementninja.com/2014/06/to-get-more-done-you-need-to-do-less/">To Get More Done, You Need to Do Less</a> &mdash; Cleaning your to-do list can help you get more done. [Time Management Ninja]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/7-ways-to-have-more-fun-with-sidewalk-chalk">7 Ways to Have More Fun With Sidewalk Chalk</a> &mdash; Tracing shadows and making a math maze are just a couple ways to have more fun with chalk. [Parenting Squad]</p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-98-cheap-summer-date-ideas" class="sharethis-link" title="Best Money Tips: 98 Cheap Summer Date Ideas" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Entertainment best money tips cheap date ideas summer Thu, 12 Jun 2014 19:00:35 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 1142534 at http://www.wisebread.com The Surprisingly Frugal Lifestyles of 12 Famous Superheroes http://www.wisebread.com/the-surprisingly-frugal-lifestyles-of-12-famous-superheroes <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-surprisingly-frugal-lifestyles-of-12-famous-superheroes" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/flashsuperhero.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="166" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Bruce Wayne and Tony Stark are not just superheroes&nbsp;<span style="font-size: 13px;">&mdash;</span><span style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.7em;">&nbsp;they are major billionaires.</span></p> <p>They don't need Verizon or AT&amp;T to make phone calls. Heck, they can afford to launch their own satellite networks. Can you bat-hear me now? Good! Batman and Iron Man are at the top of superhero food chain when it comes to financial well-being. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/jack-bauer-never-buys-anything-how-tvs-frugalest-characters-get-by-with-less?ref=seealso">How TVs Frugalest Characters Get By With Less</a>)</p> <p>On the other hand, there are the other 99% of superheroes that are just like us. Trying to figure out what bill to pay first, how to afford a new car, or where to shop for cheaper groceries. Here are the 12 spendthrifty-est superheroes, in alphabetical order.</p> <h2>1. Cloak and Dagger</h2> <p>If you are a child of the 80's, then you probably remember these popular Marvel characters. <a href="http://marvel.wikia.com/Cloak_and_Dagger">Cloak and Dagger</a> often hang out with Spider-Man (more on him later).</p> <p>Cloak and Dagger are so poor that they fully depend on friends and priests for shelter and money. They never know where they will sleep next because they find shelter at the nearest church. This has forced Cloak and Dagger to become really good at budgeting and making the very best of whatever they can get their hands on. Luckily for this crime-fighting duo, they don't need to worry about groceries at all, as they don't need to eat to survive. Bye, bye Safeway!</p> <h2>2. Flash</h2> <p>Being the fastest man alive in the DC Comics universe comes with an incredible perk &mdash; he is able to be in virtually two places at once.</p> <p>This comes very useful to <a href="http://dc.wikia.com/wiki/Flash_(Barry_Allen)">Flash</a> because he has to live off a policeman's salary. Despite being one of the top A-listers of DC Comics, he needs to worry about keeping his blue-collar job. Flash is the king of multitasking and can do house chores, buy groceries, fight crime, and complete all his job duties on the same day, almost all at once! Since he runs all around the world, he knows where to buy anything at the best possible price. But the ultimate reason why Flash is one of the spendthrifty-est superheroes is that he doesn't own a car and doesn't spend a cent on gas.</p> <h2>3. Goku</h2> <p>No matter that he can <a href="http://dragonball.wikia.com/wiki/Kamehameha">kame-hame-ha</a> the moon and teletransport to outer space, Goku, of <a href="http://www.dragonballz.com/">Dragon Ball Z</a>, is definitely one of the most spendthrifty superheroes.</p> <p>Goku and his wife, Chi-chi, are humble radish farmers, which means that they mostly depend on their hard labor to make a living. Fortunately for them, they live in area blessed with enormous fishes and birds, so they never go hungry. On top of that, Goku wears the same orange uniform and black boots 90% of the time, and mostly is just happy to eat noodles and rice. Imagine how much money and time he saves every day. While it is true that he made good money from winning several fighting tournaments over the years, he saved most of it for the martial arts training and higher education tuition of his son, Gohan.</p> <h2>4. Hulk</h2> <p>Hulk SMASH! living expense problem.</p> <p>By hiding from the government most of his life, Bruce Banner (<a href="http://marvel.com/comics/characters/1009351/hulk">Hulk</a>'s alter ego) has subsisted as a homeless wanderer. With whatever he can fit in a backpack, Bruce can survive for several months away from civilization. And when he turns into the green goliath, he can live like a wild beast in even the scorching deserts of the American Southwest. No need to go get groceries when Hulk can hunt wild game. This Marvel super hero doesn't need to worry about several bills like the rest of us. And since he is always hiding from the government, the last thing he wants to do is to leave a credit card trail. It's all cash for Bruce, which really helps him monitor his spending.</p> <h2>5. Kyle Rayner (Green Lantern)</h2> <p>There are several men that have worn the powerful emerald green from DC Comics, but none have been as budget conscious as Kyle Rayner.</p> <p>Despite his gifted abilities, the Los Angeles-based freelance artist often struggles to find steady income. Unlike the Flash, <a href="http://www.dccomics.com/characters/green-lantern">Green Lantern</a> has a hard time keeping a job. During his first years as a member of the Justice League, our hero even found himself once unable to afford a latte at Starbucks. Still, through hard work, dedication and the ability to stretch every dollar as much as he can, he is able to meet the rent of his modest apartment, buy flowers for his girlfriend, and refrain from asking for a bat-loan.</p> <h2>6. Ryu</h2> <p>If Bruce Banner and <a href="http://streetfighter.wikia.com/wiki/Ryu">Ryu</a> were to ever meet, they would probably argue about who can survive the longest in the wild.</p> <p>With just a gym bag, pair of sparring gloves, red bandana, and white uniform, Ryu, of the Street Fighter video games, travels the world, spending great lengths of time in remote areas. This guy is so cheap that he doesn't even wear shoes. Any prize money that he receives, he milks as much as possible to travel to his next tournament destination. He would probably even turn down Chun-Li if she ever asked him out on a date, just to avoid having to pay the restaurant bill.</p> <h2>7. Silver Surfer</h2> <p>Marvel's <a href="http://marvel.com/universe/Silver_Surfer">Silver Surfer</a> takes Ryu's spending philosophy to the extreme. He has his board, and nothing else&nbsp;<span style="font-size: 13px;">&mdash;</span><span style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.7em;">&nbsp;not even clothes! Thanks to his life-maintaining cosmic energy, the Silver Surfer does not need to eat, breathe, or sleep. This grants him plenty of time to work and do whatever he pleases. The only downside to his lifestyle is that the poor fella doesn't have pockets. He should probably sit down with Ryu and Hulk and get some lessons on the benefits of a good bag.</span></p> <h2>8. Spawn</h2> <p>Poor <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spawn_(comics)">Spawn</a>! Even the Silver Surfer has a cool surfboard. Spawn, of Image Comics, just has a cape and some chains. He is so gloomy that he is satisfied with whatever scraps people throw at him. At least Cloak and Dagger have some ambition; Spawn, on the other hand, just hangs out in a dank alley. Despite all the crazy cyborgs, hellspawns, demons, and cyborgs that show up in his alley, he still lives at the same place. This guy is quite spendthrifty but in a negative way &mdash; he doesn't even own a cardboard box. Come on Spawn, get some ambition!</p> <h2>9. Spider-Man</h2> <p>With all the money that Marvel makes from the <a href="http://marvel.com/universe/Spider-Man_(Peter_Parker)">Spider-Man</a> movies, you would hope that the execs give Peter Parker a bonus. But no, Peter is still living with his Aunt May, making just a few bucks with his freelance photo gig at The Daily Bugle, and having to sew his own Spidey costumes. Unlike Batman, this is a regular guy that dresses on a budget. It has been estimated that Peter's regular wardrobe costs him about $313, which is far cry from <a href="http://www.geeksofdoom.com/GoD/img/2012/07/2012-07-06-batman_spiderman_infographic.jpg">Bruce Wayne's $20,000 ensemble</a>. Plus, he mostly just eats whatever sandwich he can fix from stuff in Aunt May's fridge.</p> <h2>10. Superman</h2> <p>Talk about being super-frugal! The Man of Steel has zero overhead and doesn't spend money on <a href="http://mashable.com/2013/07/16/batman-price-infographic/">fancy gadgets like Batman</a>. He even built his lair in the north pole &mdash; low rent! If you ever wonder why <a href="http://www.dccomics.com/characters/superman">Superman</a> needs to save as much as he can, consider this: He has been around for so long that a five buck bonus was considered a cause for celebration among the Daily Planet's reporters. Lucky for him he doesn't need to spend too much to impress Lois Lane&nbsp;<span style="font-size: 13px;">&mdash;&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.7em;">&nbsp;just a night time fly-by during a full moon or cooking a steak to perfection with his heat vision.</span></p> <h2>11. Swamp Thing</h2> <p>Cloak and Dagger have Spider-Man as their buddy. Spawn has plenty of company. Poor <a href="http://www.dccomics.com/characters/swamp-thing">Swamp Thing</a>&hellip; has a swamp. This is one of the loneliest characters in the DC Comics universe. He has no friends and is happier to be around swamp plants and toads. He doesn't pay rent on an apartment, wear a fancy wardrobe, own a car, nor even <a href="http://mashable.com/2013/04/23/cost-to-be-iron-man-3/">expensive armor like Iron Man</a> (that ensemble is valued at $10 Billion!). Most of the time he just hangs out at his swamp, only leaving when hero duty calls. He is very eco-conscious and makes a buck every now then as <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=80RtuD2yxvc">spokesperson for Greenpeace</a>, which he nevertheless donates to environmental organizations.</p> <h2>12. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles</h2> <p>Last but not least, here are the spendthrifty-est superheroes of them all &mdash; the <a href="http://www.nick.com/shows/ninja-turtles/">Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles</a>. These heroes in a hard shell spend no money on rent and eat nothing but pizza. The TMNT gang is capable of living on a budget without isolating themselves from the outside world. Here are a few other ways they distinguish themselves as superheroes of frugality:</p> <ul> <li> <p>Unlike Spawn and Swamp Thing, they have plenty of friends, such as Casey Jones and April O'Neil.</p> </li> <li> <p>Unlike Superman and Spider-Man, they don't need to have a side-gig &mdash; their crime-fighting is their only full-time job.</p> </li> <li> <p>Like Ryu and Kyle Rayner, they know how to stretch a buck.</p> </li> <li> <p>Donatello can fix everything from TV's to skateboards to cars.</p> </li> <li> <p>Splinter homeschools them so they have zero student debt.</p> </li> <li> <p>They don't splurge on fancy wardrobes &mdash; just bandanas, belts, and the occasional trenchcoat.</p> </li> </ul> <p><em>Who is your favorite spendthrifty superhero &mdash; and why? Be a hero and share in comments!</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-surprisingly-frugal-lifestyles-of-12-famous-superheroes" class="sharethis-link" title="The Surprisingly Frugal Lifestyles of 12 Famous Superheroes" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/damian-davila">Damian Davila</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Entertainment frugality super frugal heroes superheroes Fri, 06 Jun 2014 15:00:32 +0000 Damian Davila 1141855 at http://www.wisebread.com Jack Bauer Never Buys Anything — How TVs Frugalest Characters Get by With Less http://www.wisebread.com/jack-bauer-never-buys-anything-how-tvs-frugalest-characters-get-by-with-less <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/jack-bauer-never-buys-anything-how-tvs-frugalest-characters-get-by-with-less" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/watching-tv-460592517-small.jpg" alt="watching tv" title="watching tv" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Saving is not a common trait among television characters. It's more common to see people spending money on frivolous goods than using a coupon. But there are a number of television characters that appear to having the saving money thing down pat. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-surprising-life-and-money-lessons-from-will-ferrell-movies?ref=seealso">8 Surprising Life and Finance Lessons From Will Ferrell</a>)</p> <p>Here's a look at nine television characters who wave their thrifty flag proudly.</p> <h2>1. Jack Bauer (&quot;24&quot;)</h2> <p>You can't live off the grid for four years without knowing how to stretch a dollar. In many ways, he's living the dream. No mortgage, no car payments, no credit cards. There's a lot that we don't know about how Jack's been getting by, but we do know he wears the same outfit everyday and always seems to be able to get a ride to wherever he needs to go. We also never see him eat or drink, so he's probably saving money in that area.</p> <p>Granted, Jack is probably a bit of a moocher, and there are times when he's just taken stuff through force when he could have just asked nicely. But that's hardly the worst of his crimes.</p> <h2>2. Scooby-Doo and the Gang</h2> <p>The conventional advice on car ownership is to drive your vehicle until it dies, and this group has certainly squeezed a lot of mileage out of the old Mystery Machine. Scooby appears to be content with a diet of low-cost Scooby snacks, while everyone else is fine eating at whatever side-of-the-road diner they find. Their choices of lodging are often a bit sketchy, but surely offer low nightly rates. Like Jack Bauer, this crew is happy wearing the same clothing every day.</p> <h2>3. Max Black and Caroline Channing (&quot;Two Broke Girls&quot;)</h2> <p>This is a show about two poor roommates working to try and save enough money ($250,000, initially) to open a cupcake shop. The show has several good financial lessons, chiefly the idea of having a specific financial goal and working towards it.</p> <p>Also, there are some good messages about the value of hard work and taking advantage of opportunities. In last year's season finale, the duo agreed to clean a nasty, once-hidden section of the diner to make some extra money. After they began work, they discovered a window that would eventually serve as the opening to their new shop.</p> <h2>4. Walter White (&quot;Breaking Bad&quot;)</h2> <p>The man amassed tens of millions of dollars, but he was forced to maintain the guise of the out-of-work schoolteacher. He lived in a humble Albuquerque tract home and drove a Pontiac Aztec for much of the show's run. His clothes may have been straight out of an old Sears catalog. He even saved money on haircuts by shaving his head, even when he wasn't getting chemo treatments.</p> <h2>5. Ben Matlock (&quot;Matlock&quot;)</h2> <p>Forget $5,000 suits. The powder blue special served this successful country lawyer just fine. Matlock has a known fondness for hot dogs, not prime rib. In a crossover episode with &quot;Diagnosis Murder,&quot; it is explained that Matlock's thriftiness may stem from the sting of <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0090481/trivia">a bad investment in eight-track tapes</a>.</p> <h2>6. George Constanza (&quot;Seinfeld&quot;)</h2> <p>This is a man whose desire to save a buck led to him selecting cheap envelopes (for wedding invitations!) with toxic glue that eventually killed his fiancee. In another episode, George insists on seeking out a lower price for a massage chair to be given to a friend.</p> <p>&quot;I'll sniff out a deal,&quot; he says. &quot;I have a sixth sense.&quot;</p> <p>To which Jerry replies: &quot;Cheapness&hellip; is not a sense.&quot;</p> <p>We agree. It's a way of life.</p> <h2>7. Danny Tanner (&quot;Full House&quot;)</h2> <p>He's a single dad taking care of three daughters living in a house in San Francisco, one of the most expensive cities in the country. Oh, and he has to help support his freeloading best friend and brother-in-law. You can hear the bemused exasperation in his voice during this exchange with his eldest daughter, D.J.:</p> <p>D.J.: &quot;We hit the big sale at the Fashion Mart. Everything is half off.&quot;</p> <p>Danny: &quot;Of course that doesn't save me any money 'cause you'll just buy twice as much stuff, right?&quot;</p> <p>D.J.: &quot;I like your attitude.&quot;</p> <h2>8. Ron Swanson (&quot;Parks and Recreation&quot;)</h2> <p>I've written about <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-personal-finance-lessons-from-parks-and-recreation">the greatness of Ron Swanson</a> frequently in this space. He knows the value of making things himself, whether it be a child's crib or a wedding ring. He appears to only spend money on good breakfasts, steaks, and scotch. His favorite store is a place called &quot;Food N' Stuff,&quot; and he advocates for only the cheapest haircuts (high and tight, buzz cut, or crew cut).</p> <p>Swanson talks a lot about slashing government spending in Pawnee, Indiana, and he no-doubt practices cost-cutting in his personal life, too. Channel your inner Swanson, and you'll likely find yourself on a more stable financial path.</p> <h2>9. Adam Braverman (&quot;Parenthood&quot;)</h2> <p>He and his family live in a sizable house in Berkeley, CA. He has a special needs son and a wife who's battled cancer. Oh, and his daughter goes to Cornell. All this, and we're to believe that he's getting by on whatever money he brings in from running a recording studio with his brother. It's entirely possible that the Bravermans are in debt up to their eyeballs and on the verge of bankruptcy. But I choose to believe they are getting by because Adam has found some ways to save money along the way.</p> <p>When he and brother Crosby open the recording studio, it is Adam who crunches the numbers to see if it can work. And when Crosby comes to him seeking money to remediate mold in his house, Adam flatly says no. (A more fiscally irresponsible person would have caved to the pressure of helping out a family member.) Perhaps Adam learned a thing or two from his gruff father, Zeke, who's always insisted on doing his own car and home repairs.</p> <p><em>Any frugal TV characters I've missed? Please share in comments!</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/jack-bauer-never-buys-anything-how-tvs-frugalest-characters-get-by-with-less" class="sharethis-link" title="Jack Bauer Never Buys Anything — How TVs Frugalest Characters Get by With Less" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/tim-lemke">Tim Lemke</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Entertainment frugality television thrift Mon, 02 Jun 2014 14:00:52 +0000 Tim Lemke 1141163 at http://www.wisebread.com 14 of the Best Free Things to Do Abroad http://www.wisebread.com/14-of-the-best-free-things-to-do-abroad <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/14-of-the-best-free-things-to-do-abroad" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/travel-154076695.jpg" alt="tourist" title="tourist" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Vacationing abroad is going to put a dent in your wallet. Sure, you can search through<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/travel-resources"> money-saving travel websites</a>, book with <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-5-travel-reward-credit-cards">insane travel rewards programs</a>, and even <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-secrets-to-eating-great-food-for-cheap-while-traveling">eat cheap while you're abroad</a>, but it's still all but unavoidable: at some point, you're going to have to fork over some cash.</p> <p>(Wise Bread's pick for best travel rewards credit card is the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/capital-one-venture-rewards?ref=1140149">Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card - 40,000 mile signup bonus, 2x miles on every purchase, and more. Click here for details.</a>)</p> <p>Which is why finding just one amazing free activity in a foreign city can be so liberating. Beyond the activity itself, a fun freebie can go a long way to putting your mind at rest that you're not over-spending.</p> <p>So if you're thinking about a trip sometime soon, or just want to be reminded that you can take one without splurging on <em>everything</em>, check out this list highlighting 14 of the Best Free Things to do Abroad.</p> <h2>1. Hong Kong's Symphony of Lights Show</h2> <p><img width="605" height="268" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u784/hongkong_0.jpg?ggnoads" alt="" /></p> <p>The Guinness Book of World Records calls it &quot;<a href="http://www.discoverhongkong.com/eng/see-do/highlight-attractions/harbour-view/a-symphony-of-lights.jsp">the world's largest permanent light and sound show</a>.&quot; You'll call it &quot;free&quot;. Enjoy the show that involves over 40 buildings along the impressive Victoria Harbour, and synchronizes laser beams, spotlights, and music.</p> <h2>2. Amsterdam's Buiksloterweg Ferry</h2> <p><img width="605" height="341" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u784/amsterdam.jpg?ggnoads" alt="" /></p> <p>Americans often think of ferries as ways to commute, not beautiful scenic tour-boats. And very rarely to they think of them as free. But so it is with the <a href="http://www.amsterdamcityblog.com/tag/buiksloterweg/">ferries that leave just behind Amsterdam's Central Station</a> and take you to all sorts of different downtown neighborhoods.</p> <h2>3. Raffles Hotel, Singapore</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u784/singapore.jpg?ggnoads" alt="" /></p> <p>&quot;<a href="http://www.raffles.com">The grand of dame of Singapore</a>&quot; feels like it should cost you and arm and a leg just to walk through the colonial majesty of its grounds&hellip; but it doesn't. Just don't even <em>think</em> of staying the night if you're on a budget.</p> <h2>4. Parisian Flicks at the Parc de la Villette</h2> <p><img width="605" height="341" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u784/paris.jpg?ggnoads" alt="" /></p> <p>Just outside the city, this <a href="http://goparis.about.com/od/parismovietheaters/a/cinemalavillette.htm">enormous outdoor movie theater</a> plays free movies (both classic and contemporary) every night during July and August.</p> <h2>5. Tokyo Metropolitan Government Offices</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u784/tokyo.jpg?ggnoads" alt="" /></p> <p>You're on an adventurous vacation in an exotic country looking for excitement. &quot;Metropolitan government office&quot; probably isn't the first attraction that pops into your head. But <a href="http://www.lonelyplanet.com/japan/tokyo/sights/architecture/tokyo-metropolitan-government-offices">Japan's towering Tokyo Tocho building</a> will change all that with its 45<sup>th</sup> floor (free!) observation deck providing views of the city and even Mt Fuji.</p> <h2>6. Riverdale Farm, Toronto</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u784/toronto.jpg?ggnoads" alt="" /></p> <p>Imagine what would happen if you plopped a <a href="https://www1.toronto.ca/wps/portal/contentonly?vgnextoid=a4f8dada600f0410VgnVCM10000071d60f89RCRD">7.5 acre farm</a> full of sheep, goats, and cows in the middle of Chicago or San Francisco? In Canada, they can get away with that sort of wackiness, most notably at this free farmland sanctuary tucked inside a bustling downtown neighborhood.</p> <h2>7. The Art of St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u784/vatican.jpg?ggnoads" alt="" /></p> <p>Want to see works from some of history's best artists for free? Then don't go to an art museum, go to <a href="http://www.vatican.va/various/basiliche/san_pietro/vr_tour/index-en.html">this holiest of Catholic holy sites</a> filled the artwork of Raphael, Bramante, and Michelangelo.</p> <h2>8. Biking in Copenhagen</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u784/copenhagen.jpg?ggnoads" alt="" /></p> <p>Denmark may just be home to <a href="http://www.visitcopenhagen.com/copenhagen-tourist">the world's most bikeable city</a>, and the Danes want your pedal power so badly, they'll let you ride for free with the Go Bike bikeshare. Just pop in a small coin deposit, and hours of parks, beaches, and 17<sup>th</sup> century neighborhoods later, lock the bike up and you'll get your money back.</p> <h2>9. Northern Lights in Oslo</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u784/oslo.jpg?ggnoads" alt="" /></p> <p>It would be very, very difficult for the Norwegian government to charge you for looking up. So take full advantage by visiting in the winter, and more than likely <a href="http://www.visitnorway.com/en/what-to-do/attractions-culture/nature-attractions-in-norway/the-northern-lights/?gclid=CjkKEQjw-uubBRDs6rqExIXy7ZsBEiQACq4FqWQ9ENLCN43jrRZcihUARaM117kdY7vu4KqyNS6rwDnw_wcB">seeing the sky turn green</a> without having to spend any green.</p> <h2>10. The Kensington High Street Roof Gardens, London</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u784/londonken.jpg?ggnoads" alt="" /></p> <p>Until 2012 <a href="http://www.roofgardens.virgin.com">the largest rooftop garden</a> in Europe, this charmingly lush 1.5 acres are free and open to the public, but not visible from the street, so locate them by looking for the Virgin flag.</p> <h2>11. Sydney's Harbour Bridge</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u784/sydney.jpg?ggnoads" alt="" /></p> <p>Though walking <em>up</em> the bridge's catwalk can cost an arm and a leg (also what you'll lose if you fall&hellip;), walking across the bridge is free, and provides some amazing views of the city skyline and famed <a href="http://www.sydneyoperahouse.com/homepage.aspx?gclid=CjkKEQjw-uubBRDs6rqExIXy7ZsBEiQACq4FqXMhk76TSfPE8T01_YFe6dVW3j2guZsv1EL3RGjUPS3w_wcB">Sydney Opera House</a>.</p> <h2>12. Lindt Chocolate Factory in Zurich</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u784/zurich.jpg?ggnoads" alt="" /></p> <p>Even Charlie's golden ticket cost the price of a candy bar. Not so at the home of <a href="http://www.lindtusa.com">the world's most famous (real) chocolate</a>, which offers free tours.</p> <h2>13. Santa Skiing in Quebec</h2> <p><img width="605" height="342" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u784/quebec.jpg?ggnoads" alt="" /></p> <p>Just because it's free doesn't mean you don't have to work for it. But if you're willing to dress up like Old Saint Nick, you can <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D7f5pOnTmEE">hit the slopes at Le Massif in Charlevoix</a> at no charge.</p> <h2>14. The Tate Modern, London</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u784/londontate.jpg?ggnoads" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.tate.org.uk/visit/tate-modern/things-to-do">T</a><a href="http://www.tate.org.uk/visit/tate-modern/things-to-do">he most-visited art gallery in the world</a> is also&hellip; the free-est! Except for special exhibitions, there's no charge to visit London's famous museum.</p> <p><em>Done any equally amazing (or <strong>more </strong>amazing) free activities aboard? Then help grow this list by sharing in the comments below!</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-of-the-best-free-things-to-do-abroad" class="sharethis-link" title="14 of the Best Free Things to Do Abroad" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/joe-epstein">Joe Epstein</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Budgeting Entertainment Travel budget travel free travel Wed, 28 May 2014 15:08:24 +0000 Joe Epstein 1140149 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Cost Effective Things to Do This Memorial Day http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-cost-effective-things-to-do-this-memorial-day <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-cost-effective-things-to-do-this-memorial-day" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/bbq-84523137.jpg" alt="bbq" title="bbq" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some amazing articles on cost effective things to do this Memorial Day, saving on moving, and affordable wedding venues.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://onecentatatime.com/51-cost-effective-things-to-do-this-memorial-day/">51 Cost Effective Things to do This Memorial Day</a> &mdash; Organizing a BBQ or going for a hike are just a couple cost effective things to do this Memorial Day. [One Cent at a Time]</p> <p><a href="http://www.moneytalksnews.com/2014/05/15/8-ways-to-save-a-bundle-on-moving">8 Ways to Save a Bundle on Moving</a> &mdash; Packing yourself or finding free materials can help you save a bundle on moving. [Money Talks News]</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Unique-Places-Get-Married-29497801">Unexpected Wedding Venues That Are Easy on the Wallet</a> &mdash; Carnivals and aquariums are wallet-friendly places to get married. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://kiplinger.com/article/saving/T063-C011-S001-get-paid-for-your-opinions.html">Get Paid for Your Opinions</a> &mdash; Did you know you can make money as an online juror? [Kiplinger]</p> <p><a href="http://www.moneyunder30.com/best-car-insurance-for-young-adults">The Best Car Insurance Companies For Young Adults</a> &mdash; StateFarm and AllState offer good insurance options for young adults. [Money Under 30]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://asklizweston.com/money-rules-of-thumb-college-savings-edition/">Money rules of thumb: College savings edition</a> &mdash; Using a good 529 plan is important when saving for college. [Ask Liz Weston]</p> <p><a href="http://www.creditsesame.com/blog/6-mortgage-terms-every-new-home-buyer-know/">6 Mortgage Terms Every New Home Buyer Should Know</a> &mdash; Every homebuyer should know what principle and interest are. [Credit Sesame]</p> <p><a href="http://www.bargaineering.com/articles/traveling-requires-planning-home-avoid-sorts-nasty-unexpected-fees.html">Traveling abroad requires planning at home to avoid unexpected fees on credit card and cell phone bills</a> &mdash; When traveling, take a credit card that has no foreign transaction fees. [Bargaineering]</p> <p><a href="http://www.freemoneyfinance.com/2014/05/likability-key-to-job-success.html">Likability Key to Job Success</a> &mdash; Treating people the way you want to be treated is key to your success. [Free Money Finance]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/breaking-the-binky-habit">Breaking the Binky Habit</a> &mdash; To break the binky habit, cut holes in the tip of the binky. [Parenting Squad]</p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-cost-effective-things-to-do-this-memorial-day" class="sharethis-link" title="Best Money Tips: Cost Effective Things to Do This Memorial Day" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Entertainment best money tips cost effective memorial day Mon, 19 May 2014 09:00:23 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 1139538 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Inexpensive But Romantic Dates http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-inexpensive-but-romantic-dates <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-inexpensive-but-romantic-dates" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/couple-3870883-small.jpg" alt="couple" title="couple" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some amazing articles on inexpensive date ideas, ways for families to save money in May, and making your wedding venue more affordable.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.moneytalksnews.com/2014/05/08/39-cheap-date-nights-youll-remember/">39 Inexpensive But Romantic Dates You Won't Forget</a> &mdash; Stargazing or volunteering are just a couple inexpensive yet romantic dates you won't forget. [Money Talks News]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/5-easy-ways-for-families-to-save-money-in-may">5 Easy Ways for Families to Save Money in May</a> &mdash; To save money in May, families can plan their summer vacations now. [Parenting Squad]</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/How-Save-Your-Wedding-Venue-24257605">6 Ideas to Make Your Wedding Venue More Affordable</a> &mdash; Combining the ceremony and the reception can make your wedding venue more affordable. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.creditsesame.com/blog/protect-yourself-from-identity-theft/">10 Ways to Minimize Your Exposure to Identity Theft</a> &mdash; If you want to minimize your exposure to identity theft, use strong passwords and monitor your credit report. [Credit Sesame]</p> <p><a href="http://www.moneycrashers.com/shopping-tips-outlet-malls-factory-stores/">10 Shopping Tips to Save Money at Outlet Malls &amp; Factory Stores</a> &mdash; Save money at outlet malls and factory stores by digging for clearance deals and using coupons with caution. [Money Crashers]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.bargaineering.com/articles/5-ways-slash-laundry-costs.html">5 Ways to Slash Your Laundry Costs</a> &mdash; To slash your laundry costs, wash your clothes on cold. [Bargaineering]</p> <p><a href="http://kiplinger.com/article/spending/T005-C000-S002-make-bill-paying-almost-painless.html">Make Bill-Paying Almost Painless</a> &mdash; Did you know you can typically sign up for bill pay free through your bank? [Kiplinger]</p> <p><a href="http://www.moneyunder30.com/should-you-pick-up-the-tab-for-unemployed-friends">Money Manners: Should You Pick Up The Tab For Unemployed Family And Friends?</a> &mdash; Instead of inviting unemployed family and friends to dinners, ask them to go for a walk with you. [Money Under 30]</p> <p><a href="http://www.budgetinginthefunstuff.com/how-to-budget-for-a-holiday/">How to Budget for a Holiday</a> &mdash; When you are budgeting for a vacation, be clever about currency. [Budgeting in the Fun Stuff]</p> <p><a href="http://www.consumerismcommentary.com/should-you-become-an-angel-investor/">Should You Become an Angel Investor?</a> &mdash; Before you become an angel investor, consider if you really know the industry in which you'll be investing. [Consumerism Commentary]</p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-inexpensive-but-romantic-dates" class="sharethis-link" title="Best Money Tips: Inexpensive But Romantic Dates" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Entertainment best money tips dates inexpensive romantic Mon, 12 May 2014 08:48:27 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 1138600 at http://www.wisebread.com