Entertainment http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/5995/all en-US Ask the Readers: How Much Do You Spend on Your Hobbies? http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-how-much-do-you-spend-on-your-hobbies <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/ask-the-readers-how-much-do-you-spend-on-your-hobbies" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/man_golf_course_843853424.jpg" alt="Man spending money on golfing" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Having hobbies that you can turn to after a long day at work is crucial to maintaining your health and sanity...but more often than not, you need to find ways to keep hobby costs low so that they don't become a source of stress.</p> <p><strong>How much do you spend on your hobbies?</strong> Would you say it's more than what most people spend, less than, or just about right for your hobbies? What tactics do you use to save money on your favorite activities?</p> <p>Tell us how much you spend on your hobbies and we'll enter you in a drawing to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card!</p> <h2>Win 1 of 3 $20 Amazon Gift Cards</h2> <p>We're doing three giveaways &mdash; here's how you can win:</p> <ul> <li>Follow us on Twitter</li> <li>Follow our Executive Editor Janet Alvarez on Twitter</li> <li>Tweet about our giveaway for an entry.</li> <li>Visit our Facebook page for an entry.</li> </ul> <p>Use our Rafflecopter widget for your chance to win one of three Amazon Gift Cards:</p> <p><a class="rcptr" href="http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/79857dfa384/" rel="nofollow" data-raflid="79857dfa384" data-theme="classic" data-template="" id="rcwidget_ln3qcbef">a Rafflecopter giveaway</a> </p> <script src="https://widget-prime.rafflecopter.com/launch.js"></script></p> <h4>Giveaway Rules:</h4> <ul> <li>Contest ends Monday, May 28th at 11:59 p.m. Pacific. Winners will be announced after May 28th on the original post. Winners will also be contacted via email.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered, or associated with Facebook or Twitter.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>You must be 18 and U.S. resident to enter. Void where prohibited.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Good Luck!</strong></p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tell us how much you spend on your hobbies and we&#039;ll enter you in a drawing to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card! </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-how-much-do-you-spend-on-your-hobbies">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-what-are-your-best-entertainment-tips-a-chance-to-win-tickets-to-a-broadway-show">Ask the Readers: What are Your Best Entertainment Tips? (A Chance to Win Tickets to a Broadway Show!)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-hobbies-you-can-start-for-under-10">25 Hobbies You Can Start for Under $10</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-what-is-your-new-years-resolution">Ask the Readers: What Is Your New Year&#039;s Resolution?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-frugal-ways-to-battle-boredom">15 Frugal Ways to Battle Boredom</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/beat-stress-with-these-28-inexpensive-pastimes">Beat Stress With These 28 Inexpensive Pastimes</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment Giveaways Ask the Readers hobbies Tue, 22 May 2018 08:30:34 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 2142239 at http://www.wisebread.com Ask the Readers: What Is Your Favorite Form of Entertainment? http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-what-is-your-favorite-form-of-entertainment <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/ask-the-readers-what-is-your-favorite-form-of-entertainment" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_headphones_music_613309632.jpg" alt="Woman listening to music through headphones" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Editor's Note: Congratulations to Jillian, Christie, and sweepermom for winning this week's contest!</em></p> <p>Entertainment is an important part of a balanced lifestyle. Many forms of entertainment are free, and there are usually affordable options for those that cost money.</p> <p><strong>What is your favorite form of entertainment?</strong> What strategies do you use to save money on this entertainment?</p> <p>Tell us about your favorite form of entertainment and we'll enter you in a drawing to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card!</p> <h2>Win 1 of 3 $20 Amazon Gift Cards</h2> <p>We're doing three giveaways &mdash; here's how you can win:</p> <ul> <li>Follow us on Twitter</li> <li>Follow our Executive Editor Janet Alvarez on Twitter</li> <li>Tweet about our giveaway for an entry.</li> <li>Visit our Facebook page for an entry.</li> </ul> <p>Use our Rafflecopter widget for your chance to win one of three Amazon Gift Cards:</p> <p><a class="rcptr" href="http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/79857dfa371/" rel="nofollow" data-raflid="79857dfa371" data-theme="classic" data-template="" id="rcwidget_6w8lv8xn">a Rafflecopter giveaway</a> </p> <script src="https://widget-prime.rafflecopter.com/launch.js"></script></p> <h4>Giveaway Rules:</h4> <ul> <li>Contest ends Monday, April 9th at 11:59 p.m. Pacific. Winners will be announced after April 9th on the original post. Winners will also be contacted via email.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered, or associated with Facebook or Twitter.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>You must be 18 and U.S. resident to enter. Void where prohibited.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Good Luck!</strong></p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tell us about your favorite form of entertainment and we&#039;ll enter you in a drawing to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card! </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-what-is-your-favorite-form-of-entertainment">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-5"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-what-are-your-best-entertainment-tips-a-chance-to-win-tickets-to-a-broadway-show">Ask the Readers: What are Your Best Entertainment Tips? (A Chance to Win Tickets to a Broadway Show!)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-whats-in-your-wallet">Ask the Readers: What&#039;s In Your Wallet?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/18-awesome-things-you-can-do-this-weekend-for-under-10">18 Awesome Things You Can Do This Weekend for Under $10</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-great-apps-for-book-lovers">11 Great Apps for Book Lovers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-200-giveaway-what-does-corporate-social-responsibility-mean-to-you">Ask the Readers $200 Giveaway: What Does Corporate Social Responsibility Mean to You?</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment Giveaways Ask the Readers entertainment Tue, 03 Apr 2018 08:30:10 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 2126679 at http://www.wisebread.com 7 Websites for Free Video Games http://www.wisebread.com/7-websites-for-free-video-games <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-websites-for-free-video-games" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/fun_and_gaming.jpg" alt="Fun and gaming" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Entertainment can be expensive. Gamers, in particular, can spend hundreds of dollars a year on equipment, games, and memberships for their beloved hobby. Luckily, gamers who are strapped for cash can reduce the cost of gaming in a number of ways. Checking out games from the library, purchasing used games, borrowing games from friends, and renting games are all common strategies to limit this kind of spending.</p> <p>Another lesser-known strategy you might consider is finding free, public domain video games online. Video games, like books and movies, eventually fall into the public domain &mdash; meaning they're available to everyone for free. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-cheap-ways-to-play-video-games?ref=seealso" target="_blank">8 Cheap Ways to Play Video Games</a>)</p> <p>It must be noted that the library of public domain video games isn't large &hellip; yet. This is primarily due to the fact that the video game industry is still relatively young. But until more games become available, you can quench your gaming thirst using these seven free video game sites.</p> <h2>1. Internet Archive</h2> <p>The Internet Archive is a nonprofit library with tons of public domain content. The site has thousands of <a href="https://archive.org/details/softwarelibrary_msdos_games" target="_blank">MS-DOS</a> games and <a href="https://archive.org/details/classicpcgames" target="_blank">Classic PC Games</a>. The games can either be played by streaming on the site or downloaded. A few public domain games that can be found on the site are: <em>Oregon Trail</em>, <em>Mario and Luigi</em>, <em>Pac-Man</em>, <em>Donkey Kong</em>, and <em>SimAnt.</em></p> <h2>2. RGB Classic Games</h2> <p><a href="https://www.classicdosgames.com/online.html" target="_blank">RCB Classic Games</a> is a site that &quot;saves&quot; classic PC games by ensuring they can be played on our newer computers and tablets. The site currently hosts 548 PC games that were once commercially available for purchase, and can now be streamed online. A few public domain games you can play are: <em>Doom</em>, <em>The Lion King</em>, <em>Epic Pinball</em>, <em>Wolfenstein 3D</em>, <em>SimCity 2000</em>, and <em>Galactix.</em></p> <h2>3. Abandonware DOS</h2> <p><a href="http://www.abandonwaredos.com/play-games-online.php?pag=620&amp;l=Play+games+online" target="_blank">Abandonware DOS</a> is a database of old PC games. This site has 1,624 games available to download. Gamers will need to click on a title to see if the game is free to download, as not all of them are available, but there are several to choose from that are. Unfortunately, the website doesn't have a good tagging system to make finding the downloadable content easier, so you might have to dig around a bit.</p> <p>If you don't have the time to sift through dozens of potential titles, you can check out their small collection of games that the site lists on their free to play online page. A few of the games available online are <em>Lakers vs. Celtics and the NBA Playoffs</em>, <em>Last Ninja</em>, <em>Prince of Persia (1990)</em>, and <em>Star Wars (1998).</em></p> <h2>4. Game Oldies</h2> <p><a href="http://game-oldies.com/" target="_blank">Game Oldies</a> is an online emulator that allows gamers to play old classic games online. The website hosts games that were originally created for Sony PlayStation, Nintendo NES, Game Boy, Atari Lynx, and Sega Genesis. Games available to play include:<em> The Addams Family, Tekken 3,</em> <em>Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3</em>, and <em>The Amazing Spiderman.</em></p> <h2>5. Classic Games</h2> <p><a href="https://www.classicgame.com/" target="_blank">Classic Games</a> has free to play classic and retro games. The collection includes multiple versions of: <em>Tetris, Pinball, Pacman, </em>and<em> Snake, </em>as well as several other sports, puzzle, and board games. You can also play stand-alone games like: <em>Ultimate Swish Sport</em> and <em>Space Invaders.</em></p> <h2>6. Classic Reload</h2> <p><a href="https://classicreload.com/" target="_blank">Classic Reload</a> is a game and software preservation site that has hundreds of classic games that can be played on Firefox or Chrome. Free games include: <em>Battleship</em>, <em>Volfied</em>, <em>Epic Baseball</em>, and <em>The Incredible Machine.</em></p> <h2>7. Free '80s Arcade</h2> <p><a href="http://www.free80sarcade.com/paperboy.php" target="_blank">Free '80s Arcade</a> is an online arcade website that has free-to-play arcade and Nintendo games. Games can be played on the site via your computer, as well as your mobile iPhone, Samsung, and Galaxy devices. Free games available on the site include: <em>Paperboy</em>, <em>Joust</em>, and <em>Duck Hunt.</em></p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F7-websites-for-free-video-games&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F7%2520Websites%2520for%2520Free%2520Video%2520Games.jpg&amp;description=7%20Websites%20for%20Free%20Video%20Games"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><em><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/7%20Websites%20for%20Free%20Video%20Games.jpg" alt="7 Websites for Free Video Games" width="250" height="374" /></em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/samantha-stauf">Samantha Stauf</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-websites-for-free-video-games">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-reasons-to-choose-traditional-books-over-e-books">5 Reasons to Choose Traditional Books Over E-Books</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-things-to-never-pay-full-price-for">25 Things to Never Pay Full Price For</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-ways-to-make-money-on-halloween">15 Ways to Make Money on Halloween</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-cheap-ways-to-play-video-games">8 Cheap Ways to Play Video Games</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-easiest-ways-to-score-free-ebooks">5 Easiest Ways to Score Free eBooks</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment Shopping free gaming free video games gaming gaming tips public domain video games Wed, 07 Mar 2018 09:30:10 +0000 Samantha Stauf 2112769 at http://www.wisebread.com 5 Everyday Routines of Wealthy People http://www.wisebread.com/5-everyday-routines-of-wealthy-people <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-everyday-routines-of-wealthy-people" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/businesswoman_doing_yoga_in_office.jpg" alt="Businesswoman doing yoga in office" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Whether you end each day binge-watching TV until the wee hours, or you drink a kale smoothie before hitting the hay promptly at 10 p.m., your daily routine will certainly affect your ability to achieve your goals.</p> <p>In fact, many famous and wealthy individuals claim that their daily routines are the driving force behind their success. That's why it's a great idea to learn how trailblazers and top-earners structure their days so you can figure out which of their routines will help set you up for success. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-money-lessons-we-can-learn-from-beyonc?ref=seealso" target="_blank">7 Money Lessons We Can Learn From Beyoncé</a>)</p> <h2>1. Wake up early</h2> <p>While hitting the snooze button until 20 minutes before you absolutely have to leave for work may feel a little more comfortable than jumping out of bed at 5:30 a.m., this habitual procrastination may be costing you. Not only are you more likely to forget something important in your rush out the door, but you start your day already feeling like you're behind and out of control. It's difficult to start tackling work when you're still rubbing sleep out of your eyes, am I right?</p> <p>This is why nearly 50 percent of wealthy individuals get up at least three hours before their workday starts, according to Tom Corley, author of <a href="http://amzn.to/2HcItzA" target="_blank">Change Your Habits, Change Your Life</a>. Having that extra time in the morning gives you the opportunity to plan your day, exercise, or work on a side project &mdash; all of which will help you get in the right frame of mind to get to work once you get to the office.</p> <h2>2. Exercise</h2> <p>We all know that we should be exercising, but just because we know that breaking a sweat is necessary for good health doesn't mean we do it. However, Corley found that 76 percent of wealthy people make sure they spend 30 minutes or more every day on aerobic exercise.</p> <p>These successful individuals recognize that their physical health is the cornerstone of all of their success. You cannot work toward your goals if you're sick. In addition, according to <a href="https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/regular-exercise-changes-brain-improve-memory-thinking-skills-201404097110" target="_blank">Harvard Medical School</a>, aerobic exercise such as walking, running, biking, or swimming improves both thinking and memory. This means that making sure daily exercise is part of your routine can help you to work smarter. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-to-sneak-more-exercise-into-your-busy-schedule?ref=seealso" target="_blank">7 Ways to Sneak More Exercise Into Your Busy Schedule</a>)</p> <h2>3. Eliminate choices</h2> <p>How many times have you stood in front of your bulging closet wondering what to wear to work that day? While it may seem like a luxury to have lots of choices, it can often lead to decision fatigue, which is when you use up your brain's limited bandwidth on several smaller daily decisions, making it that much harder for you to figure out the right choice on bigger decisions.</p> <p>This is why many wealthy individuals have voluntarily chosen to eliminate decisions in their day. For instance, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg admits to owning 20 identical gray T-shirts so that he doesn't have to think about what to wear each morning. Similarly, Apple's Steve Jobs was famous for his uniform of black turtleneck and jeans. Adhering to these personal uniforms allowed these extremely influential men to focus their attention where it belongs &mdash; on the growth of their products.</p> <p>Similarly, many successful people choose to eat the same foods each day so they aren't tempted to stray from a healthy or inexpensive diet. This lack of choice means there is no chance of agonizing over whether or not to have pizza for lunch, since the decision has already been made. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/heres-how-too-many-decisions-costs-you-money?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Here's How Too Many Decisions Costs You Money</a>)</p> <h2>4. Meditate</h2> <p>Zoning out while playing Candy Crush may feel like a sort of Zen state while you're in the midst of a game, but it's hardly going to offer you the kind of stress-reducing relaxation that meditation can.</p> <p>For one thing, you'll never fall prey to an in-app purchase in a moment of weakness while meditating. For another, meditation offers everything from improved cognitive functioning, creative thinking, and productivity, to better physical health &mdash; none of which you'll get from a rousing round of smartphone gaming.</p> <p>This is why hugely successful individuals like Oprah Winfrey and Bridgewater Associates founder Ray Dalio make sure to include meditation in their daily routines. The daily mindfulness practice helps these wealthy individuals to keep their minds clear and focused. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-meditation-can-make-you-a-money-master?ref=seealso" target="_blank">6 Ways Meditation Can Make You a Money Master</a>)</p> <h2>5. Read</h2> <p>Reading has a number of excellent brain benefits, and incorporating a routine of reading a book at bedtime is far better for your sleep health than scrolling through Facebook or Instagram on your phone.</p> <p>But before you pick up the latest crime thriller or romance novel, consider what kind of reading is going to do the most to help improve your life. According to Corley, 85 percent of wealthy individuals read at least 30 minutes each day for self-improvement. That means they pick up books that will help them to achieve more or help them overcome bad habits, rather than reading solely for entertainment. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-books-to-read-for-a-better-money-mindset?ref=seealso" target="_blank">10 Books to Read for a Better Money Mindset</a>)</p> <h2>Create a wealthy life</h2> <p>Having a beneficial daily routine is not a shortcut to riches. Instead, it helps foster the proper circumstances you need in your life to reach your goals and live the life you want.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F5-everyday-routines-of-wealthy-people&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F5%2520Everyday%2520Routines%2520of%2520Wealthy%2520People.jpg&amp;description=5%20Everyday%20Routines%20of%20Wealthy%20People"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/5%20Everyday%20Routines%20of%20Wealthy%20People.jpg" alt="5 Everyday Routines of Wealthy People" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/emily-guy-birken">Emily Guy Birken</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-everyday-routines-of-wealthy-people">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-bedtime-routines-of-famous-financial-gurus">5 Bedtime Routines of Famous Financial Gurus</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-characteristics-of-the-worlds-youngest-billionaires">5 Characteristics of the World&#039;s Youngest Billionaires</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-money-lessons-we-could-all-learn-from-dwayne-the-rock-johnson">6 Money Lessons We Could All Learn From Dwayne &quot;The Rock&quot; Johnson</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-beloved-books-of-successful-millionaires">10 Beloved Books of Successful Millionaires</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-age-well-for-0">10 Ways to Age Well for $0</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment Health and Beauty Lifestyle celebrities everyday routines Facebook healthy habits lifestyles of the rich and famous morning routines success wealthy Fri, 16 Feb 2018 09:00:06 +0000 Emily Guy Birken 2104312 at http://www.wisebread.com 19 Free (or Cheap) Ways to Make Winter Hibernation Fun http://www.wisebread.com/19-free-or-cheap-ways-to-make-winter-hibernation-fun <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/19-free-or-cheap-ways-to-make-winter-hibernation-fun" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/family_sitting_by_the_window.jpg" alt="Family sitting by the window" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Wild winter weather keeping you cooped up inside? Cabin fever got you down? You're not alone. Send your stuck-in-the-house blues packin' with these cheap or free ways to have fun indoors while Mother Nature does her thing.</p> <h2>1. Challenge your partner to a cook-off</h2> <p>My boyfriend and I love cooking at home together, but we also love junk food, which is why our recent chicken wings and cookie cook-off was such a fun success. With our new <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-air-fryers?ref=internal" target="_blank">air fryer</a>, wings are easier than ever to make (seriously, this appliance has changed our lives!), and the cookies were a sweet juxtaposition to all that salt and spice.</p> <h2>2. Rent this year's Academy Award Best Picture nominees</h2> <p>Every year before the Academy Awards, I attend the Best Picture Showcase hosted by AMC theaters, which screens all the nominated films during two full-day Saturday screenings, or one marathon 24-hour screening that shows the nominees back-to-back.</p> <p>But you don't even need to step outside in order to catch some of this year's nominated films. Check to see which films are available to rent on-demand and have your own movie marathon from your couch or bed. And don't forget the candy and popcorn! It's a relaxing way to catch up on award-worthy flicks without having to brave the elements.</p> <h2>3. Host a puppy party</h2> <p>My dog Jaxon loves his life at the beach, especially during the warmer months when we go to the outdoor doggy happy hour to hang out and roll around in the sand. He misses that in the wintertime, which makes right now the perfect time to invite some of his furry friends over for a play date. It's a win-win for both of us; he gets to roughhouse with his pals, and I get to day drink with my buddies.</p> <h2>4. Start bullet journaling</h2> <p>My lovely friend Brooke recently introduced me to bullet journaling, in which you jot down quick bullet point notes or tasks, rather than writing out full sentences, and use different symbols as a way to prioritize goals and tasks that need to be completed at different times. It's a concept that any busy person can get down with to make themselves more productive. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/this-simple-journal-may-be-the-fix-for-your-finances?ref=seealso" target="_blank">This Simple Journal May be the Fix for Your Finances</a>)</p> <h2>5. Snuggle up with a podcast</h2> <p>Pour yourself a cup of tea, wrap up in a cozy throw, and climb into your comfiest chair to spend a couple hours listening to an engaging podcast, like the murder-mystery serials that have been so popular over the past few years. There's a podcast for everyone, and on pretty much any subject you can think of, so your options are endless. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-podcasts-bookworms-will-love?ref=seealso" target="_blank">12 Podcasts Bookworms Will Love</a>)</p> <h2>6. Create a vision board for the future</h2> <p>Fortify your New Year's resolutions with a vision board that helps you &quot;see&quot; your goals on a regular basis while you think about how to achieve them. Use your old magazines and newspapers as source material.</p> <h2>7. Prep your taxes</h2> <p>Tax prep isn't exactly fun, but it has to be done. Motivate yourself with the prospect of that helpful refund. And even if you don't get a refund, it'll give you peace of mind to know what you owe and give you plenty of time to get your finances in order before Tax Day. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-things-you-should-know-about-the-new-tax-law?ref=seealso" target="_blank">12 Things You Should Know About the New Tax Law</a>)</p> <h2>8. Plan a cheap, adventurous weekend getaway</h2> <p>You don't have to go far to experience something exciting and new. It doesn't have to be expensive, either. Hop online to plan a local getaway filled with low- or no-cost activities like hiking, biking, open-mic nights, bingo, and bar trivia.</p> <h2>9. Put on your cold-weather gear and play in the snow</h2> <p>During a blizzard a couple years ago, I ventured outside in all my snow gear and made my way to the downtown area for brunch and drinks. I ran into friends along the way, helped a few folks get their vehicles out of precarious positions, and got in a pretty good workout from all the treacherous ground I covered. It was honestly one of my best winter memories to date.</p> <h2>10. Try a new soup recipe to warm your soul</h2> <p>What's more satisfying than a hearty homemade bowl of soup on a chilly day? From-scratch soups are kinda my thing lately, but if you're imagining slaving over a pot for hours, think again. The ones I like go from pot to table in about 30 minutes. A quick search on Pinterest will get you started. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-cheap-and-easy-soup-recipes?ref=seealso" target="_blank">20 Cheap and Easy Soup Recipes</a>)</p> <h2>11. Build a grown-up fort</h2> <p>Tuck the corners of your extra flat sheets from one drawer to another around your room and act like a kid again. Make the covered space cozier with pillows, blankets, your favorite person, snacks, and devices to keep you two entertained.</p> <h2>12. Feed the birds</h2> <p>Gather a few pinecones, slather them with peanut butter, and roll in birdseed before hanging from your porch or trees. Watch all the beautiful birds &mdash; like colorful cardinals and jays &mdash; stop by for lunch.</p> <h2>13. Clean out your closets and sell what you don't want</h2> <p>Organizing closets and drawers is my idea of fun when there's a payoff involved. Gather your unwanted, in-great-condition clothing and send to an online consignment shop like Swap.com. I've made over $300 on the site just by selling the clothing I no longer want. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/turn-old-clothes-into-money-with-these-4-tools-and-apps?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Turn Old Clothes Into Money With These 4 Tools and Apps</a>)</p> <h2>14. Treat yourself to a DIY spa day</h2> <p>Exfoliate your body, make a DIY facial, and give yourself a mani/pedi before slipping into a warm, bubbly bath with a glass of wine (or two), and your favorite reading material. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-diy-beauty-masks-made-from-food?ref=seealso" target="_blank">9 DIY Beauty Masks Made From Food</a>)</p> <h2>15. Turn snow into ice cream</h2> <p>You only need three ingredients besides fresh snow to <a href="http://www.delish.com/cooking/recipe-ideas/recipes/a57137/snow-ice-cream-recipe/" target="_blank">make snow ice cream</a>: sweetened condensed milk, sugar, and vanilla extract. It's worth a try at least. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-put-all-that-snow-to-good-use?ref=seealso" target="_blank">9 Ways to Put All That Snow to Good Use</a>)</p> <h2>16. Crank up a few of your neglected appliances</h2> <p>I have several appliances that don't get as much use as they should, like my popcorn and waffle makers, which makes a hibernation day the perfect time for a popcorn and waffle party.</p> <h2>17. Rearrange your furniture</h2> <p>Repositioning your furniture can give your place a whole new look and feel. Switch things up while you have some time on your hands.</p> <h2>18. Use your holiday gift cards to shop online</h2> <p>Shopping is definitely one of my favorite pastimes. And there are lots of great sales this time of year, including post-Christmas and winter clearance, and President's Day (which is one of the best shopping weekends of the year, by the way).</p> <h2>19. Start a scrapbook of your recent adventures</h2> <p>My boyfriend and I just went on an incredible trip to Colorado Springs. So much nature and adventure at every turn (I recommend getting out there if you have the opportunity; you won't regret it), and we have lots of photos of the memories we made, which is the perfect starter material for a scrapbook.</p> <p>Of course, you don't have to go anywhere to start a scrapbook of your own. You probably have photos and mementos of past vacations and special occasions lying around the house right now that you can use to start your own scrapbooking project. Plus, Valentine's Day is coming up, and this would make a thoughtful gift.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F19-free-or-cheap-ways-to-make-winter-hibernation-fun&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F19%2520Free%2520%2528or%2520Cheap%2529%2520Ways%2520to%2520Make%2520Winter%2520Hibernation%2520Fun.jpg&amp;description=19%20Free%20(or%20Cheap)%20Ways%20to%20Make%20Winter%20Hibernation%20Fun"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/19%20Free%20%28or%20Cheap%29%20Ways%20to%20Make%20Winter%20Hibernation%20Fun.jpg" alt="19 Free (or Cheap) Ways to Make Winter Hibernation Fun" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/19-free-or-cheap-ways-to-make-winter-hibernation-fun">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-hobbies-you-can-start-for-under-10">25 Hobbies You Can Start for Under $10</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-fun-ways-to-spend-a-snow-day-indoors">14 Fun Ways to Spend a Snow Day Indoors</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/get-up-and-get-out-how-to-find-cheap-local-events">Get Up and Get Out: How to Find Cheap Local Events</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-143-fun-and-frugal-ways-to-spend-your-weekend">Flashback Friday: 143 Fun and Frugal Ways to Spend Your Weekend</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/50-fun-things-to-do-when-youre-stuck-inside-during-winter">50 Fun Things to Do When You&#039;re Stuck Inside During Winter</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment Lifestyle cheap activities free activities fun things to do winter winter hibernation Wed, 07 Feb 2018 09:31:08 +0000 Mikey Rox 2100154 at http://www.wisebread.com 8 Ways to Keep Boredom from Destroying Your Budget http://www.wisebread.com/8-ways-to-keep-boredom-from-destroying-your-budget <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/8-ways-to-keep-boredom-from-destroying-your-budget" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/young_woman_yawning.jpg" alt="Young woman yawning" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Bored, bored, bored; most of us find those words repeating in our head at some point during the week. The trouble is, when you&rsquo;re bored, you look for ways to relieve the boredom. And these days, that can lead to some poor money decisions. Here&rsquo;s how to avoid the lure of blowing your monthly budget just to escape the monotony.</p> <h2>1. Find a go-to &ldquo;boredom beater&rdquo; activity</h2> <p>If you know you&rsquo;re going to have spells of boredom in the future, put something together now to combat it. Make a list of books you want to read, and go get them from the library. Fill an empty drawer with cheap jigsaw puzzles, Sudoku books, and adult coloring books. Thrift stores can be a great source for many of these items (although you may be taking a risk purchasing a used jigsaw puzzle). (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-frugal-ways-to-battle-boredom?Ref=seealso" target="_blank">15 Frugal Ways to Battle Boredom</a>)</p> <h2>2. Plan something you would like to do</h2> <p>Making plans is something we all enjoy doing. Whether it&rsquo;s a weekend away, a trip to Europe, or figuring out your next home remodeling project, it&rsquo;s fun to think about the future. You can keep it realistic, or you can put together your &ldquo;dream vacation.&rdquo; You can make a bucket list, featuring everything you want to try in your lifetime. Use the internet to research delicious foods and incredible restaurants. Search for &ldquo;experiences of a lifetime.&rdquo; Not only does this put you in a positive frame of mind, it gives you a reason to start saving for something special. And the best part is, planning doesn&rsquo;t cost you anything.</p> <h2>3. Avoid any and all online shopping sites</h2> <p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;m really bored &hellip; maybe I&rsquo;ll see what&rsquo;s new on Amazon.&rdquo; That&rsquo;s a big mistake right there. Even if the initial intention was just to window shop, the prospect of instant gratification and enticing deals can lure you in. Before you know it, you&rsquo;ve put a bunch of items in your shopping cart, searched for a few promo codes, and checked out with that &ldquo;What just happened?&rdquo; feeling. If you absolutely must go online shopping when you&rsquo;re bored, keep a list handy that contains items you know you will need. A birthday gift for a friend or family member. Cleaning supplies. Household stuff. At least then, you&rsquo;ll be checking a chore off your list. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-prevent-a-drunken-online-shopping-spree?ref=seealso" target="_blank">How to Prevent a Drunken Online Shopping Spree</a>)</p> <h2>4. Don&rsquo;t raid the pantry or fridge</h2> <p>You&rsquo;re bored, not hungry, and there&rsquo;s a big difference. One of the reasons smokers put on weight when they quit is not because they&rsquo;re hungry, but because they feel the need to do something with their hands. When you&rsquo;re bored, you&rsquo;re looking for something to do to eat up some time and busy yourself, so you may think, hey &hellip; why not actually eat? But if you budgeted correctly, you&rsquo;re using up food meant for a different time; like, an actual meal. Do this often, and not only will you have to spend more on food than you planned, but you&rsquo;ll gain weight.</p> <h2>5. Don&rsquo;t go to the movies</h2> <p>Who doesn&rsquo;t love a night at the cinema? If you&rsquo;re bored, the idea of getting out of the house to see a new movie may be very appealing to you. And, if you have money set aside in your budget for that, go ahead. But if you&rsquo;ve already used that up, or there isn&rsquo;t a movie you really want to see, don&rsquo;t go.</p> <p>The average price of a movie ticket these days is around $9, although it can be less at off-peak times, or much more for 3D and IMAX. Then you&rsquo;ve got the snacks, which are very hard to resist. Throw in a small popcorn and soda and that&rsquo;s another $11&ndash;$13. You&rsquo;re over $20 in the hole for this boredom buster.</p> <p>Instead, check out some of the new releases at the local library or Redbox. The library is free, although the newest titles are often reserved for months. Redbox costs between $1.50&ndash;$2 depending on your choice of DVD or Blu-ray. However, search online for codes that can get you a free night&rsquo;s rental. Just remember to take the disc back the next day.</p> <h2>6. Have a game night</h2> <p>Board games. Video games. Charades. As long as you already have free access to your choice of games, inviting friends or family over to have some fun is a great way to kill boredom without spending a nickel. If you don&rsquo;t have any games in the house, or are bored with the ones you have, take a trip to the nearest thrift store. There is usually a huge selection of pre-owned games of all types.</p> <p>If you go to Goodwill, look for color tags that give you either 50 percent off or the item for just 99 cents. Of course, it goes without saying that you should open the box and check the contents first. Make sure the game has all the pieces, but don&rsquo;t worry too much about instructions. These days you can find them free online, ready to print out and use in an instant.</p> <h2>7. Go on free tours</h2> <p>Whatever town or city you&rsquo;re in, you have access to tours of a wide variety of places. In some cities you can tour the United States Mint facility. You can visit local breweries or wineries, candy companies, and even car manufacturing plants. These free tours vary from state to state, but a great resource is <a href="http://www.factorytoursusa.com/" target="_blank">FactoryToursUsa.com</a>. On a tour, you'll go around in a group with a guide explaining the history of the company and the step-by-step process that goes into the products being made. Plus, many of these tours offer freebies at the end, or as you&rsquo;re walking around. Free beer? Free candy? Now that&rsquo;s not boring at all. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-free-things-to-do-in-any-city-you-visit?ref=seealso" target="_blank">9 Free Things to Do in Any City You Visit</a>)</p> <h2>8. Get out and do something that costs nothing</h2> <p>There are plenty of ways to escape the house and not open your wallet. For starters, a simple walk around the neighborhood can be a great way to relieve boredom. Grab your phone and some headphones, play some music, and explore your local area. If you&rsquo;re feeling up to it, turn it into an exercise session instead. Jog, do pushups, run up and down steps. Find a way to turn that foray out of the house into something that will do you good.</p> <p>If you&rsquo;re in the right part of the country, you could try a hike, hit a bike trail, or maybe grab a tent and a few supplies and go camping. If you own a dog, take him or her on a walk. This is also a good chance to meet your neighbors. If you see one outside and you&rsquo;ve never found the time to say hello, strike up a conversation. You may find you have a lot in common. Get inventive. Imagine you don&rsquo;t have one penny to your name. Now, what can you do to entertain yourself?</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F8-ways-to-keep-boredom-from-destroying-your-budget&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F8%2520Ways%2520to%2520Keep%2520Boredom%2520from%2520Destroying%2520Your%2520Budget.jpg&amp;description=8%20Ways%20to%20Keep%20Boredom%20from%20Destroying%20Your%20Budget"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/8%20Ways%20to%20Keep%20Boredom%20from%20Destroying%20Your%20Budget.jpg" alt="8 Ways to Keep Boredom from Destroying Your Budget" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-ways-to-keep-boredom-from-destroying-your-budget">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-high-cost-of-modern-love">The High Cost of Modern Love</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/beat-stress-with-these-28-inexpensive-pastimes">Beat Stress With These 28 Inexpensive Pastimes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-common-weekend-money-traps-and-how-to-avoid-them">8 Common Weekend Money Traps (And How to Avoid Them)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-reasons-frugal-families-love-boardgame-night">8 Reasons Frugal Families Love Boardgame Night</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-143-fun-and-frugal-ways-to-spend-your-weekend">Flashback Friday: 143 Fun and Frugal Ways to Spend Your Weekend</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Entertainment activities bad habits boredom free things to do games movies online shopping Spending Money tours Wed, 17 Jan 2018 10:00:05 +0000 Paul Michael 2086414 at http://www.wisebread.com How I Successfully Gambled in Las Vegas Without Losing My Shirt http://www.wisebread.com/how-i-successfully-gambled-in-las-vegas-without-losing-my-shirt <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-i-successfully-gambled-in-las-vegas-without-losing-my-shirt" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/las_vegas_man_winning_money.jpg" alt="Las Vegas man winning money" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>When I learned that I would be going to Las Vegas for my sister-in-law's birthday, I was concerned that the trip would turn out to be an expensive adventure. So, before I left, I did some research and ended up writing about <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-enjoy-las-vegas-without-losing-your-shirt?ref=internal" target="_blank">ways to enjoy Las Vegas without spending a lot of money</a>.</p> <p>While in Las Vegas, I found that some strategies to limit expenses worked well, but I did run into some spending pitfalls. Here is a summary of what worked, what didn&rsquo;t, and what I would do differently on my next trip to Las Vegas.</p> <h2>Money successes in Las Vegas</h2> <p>Here's where I cashed in on the Vegas experience.</p> <h3>No shopping</h3> <p>Las Vegas features some expensive shopping opportunities at high-end stores and shopping malls that seem to cater to high rollers and provide an outlet for people to impulsively spend their gambling winnings. Fortunately, we managed to do some window shopping without buying anything.</p> <h3>Steering clear of buffets</h3> <p>We got in line for a breakfast buffet that was $30 per person. We came to our senses, got out of line, and found a less expensive diner nearby.</p> <h3>Walking instead of taxis</h3> <p>We used the inexpensive Las Vegas city bus to get from the strip to Fremont Street near downtown and back. On the strip, we walked everywhere. Bring comfortable shoes on your next trip to Vegas, because things on the strip are spread out and you will need to do a lot of walking if you don&rsquo;t want to pay for transportation.</p> <h3>Saving on snacks</h3> <p>We brought a supply of inexpensive drinks and snacks to our hotel room that helped us avoid more expensive options on the strip and at the hotel. There was a CVS near our hotel that had some cheap drinks and snacks as well for when we needed more.</p> <h3>Scoring free souvenirs</h3> <p>On our excursion from the strip to Fremont Street, we got an awesome free souvenir: a photo at Binion's Gambling Hall and Hotel standing next to pile of $1 million cash! After the photo was taken, we came back after an hour to pick up our free printed copy. Taking pictures next to the other famous landmarks on the strip also made for great free souvenirs.</p> <h3>Leaving the kids at home</h3> <p>There were some sights in Las Vegas that were not exactly kid-friendly. I am glad we left our teenage kids at home. This saved us money on airfare and food, plus the kids were able to take care of the dogs so we could avoid pet boarding expenses.</p> <h3>Finding free attractions on the strip</h3> <p>We did end up going to an one expensive show featuring music and acrobatics, but it was a fun part of what Vegas is famous for. Other than that, we found a number of entertaining free attractions on the strip including the volcano light, fire, and sound show outside the Mirage hotel; the fountain light show at the Bellagio; lounging by pool at the hotel; and walking the strip to explore the sights during the day and at night.</p> <h3>Fremont Street</h3> <p>After staying at a hotel on the strip and spending some time there, we were ready to try something different. The Fremont Street experience is a 20-minute bus ride from the strip and features a huge overhead LED screen light show, plus live music and a variety of street performers. I got the cheapest dinner of the trip here.</p> <h2>Money lessons in Las Vegas</h2> <p>Now that I've been to Las Vegas, and can recognize the money traps, here's what I'll do next time.</p> <h3>Find cheaper airfare</h3> <p>We paid more for airfare by booking a flight to arrive earlier in the day on Thursday. We wanted to have more time to explore on our first day there. Taking a later flight would have been less expensive, and since Vegas never sleeps, there's plenty of time to explore even if we arrive later in the day. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-costly-flight-booking-mistakes-you-make-all-the-time?ref=seealso" target="_blank">8 Costly Flight Booking Mistakes You Make All the Time</a>)</p> <h3>Engage in smarter gambling</h3> <p>I didn&rsquo;t have time to study up and practice, so I stayed with video blackjack, video poker, and betting on a college-football game for my first time gambling. I lost $50 on all of these combined, which is OK. I chalked it up to entertainment.</p> <p>But next time, I&rsquo;d like to improve. I'll practice, take some blackjack lessons at a casino, and try playing against a dealer at a blackjack table before I go back. It would be great to win my $50 back!</p> <h3>Stay off the strip</h3> <p>Next time, I would consider staying at a hotel in the Fremont Street area instead of staying on the strip. For one thing, the odds at the casinos are better. For example, many casinos off the strip have low bet blackjack tables with 3:2 payout vs. the 6:5 payout that is typical on the strip. Another advantage of staying off the strip is that hotel rooms and dining can be less expensive.</p> <h3>Try unique dining opportunities</h3> <p>We ended up eating out for dinner every night. It's hard to avoid spending a lot on food when you're walking around the strip at night. You get hungry and everything is so far apart that you tend to give in and eat somewhere expensive nearby instead of hunting for a less expensive place. Some of the restaurants weren&rsquo;t even that interesting. They seemed like upscale chain restaurants that you could find anywhere.</p> <p>Next time, I would seek out unique local places. Someone recommended Battista&rsquo;s Hole in the Wall, which has affordable dinner specials that include free house wine. The Ellis Island Cafe is another affordable local dining experience on my list to check out next time.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Fhow-i-successfully-gambled-in-las-vegas-without-losing-my-shirt&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FHow%2520I%2520Successfully%2520Gambled%2520in%2520Las%2520Vegas%2520Without%2520Losing%2520My%2520Shirt.jpg&amp;description=How%20I%20Successfully%20Gambled%20in%20Las%20Vegas%20Without%20Losing%20My%20Shirt"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/How%20I%20Successfully%20Gambled%20in%20Las%20Vegas%20Without%20Losing%20My%20Shirt.jpg" alt="How I Successfully Gambled in Las Vegas Without Losing My Shirt" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/dr-penny-pincher">Dr Penny Pincher</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-i-successfully-gambled-in-las-vegas-without-losing-my-shirt">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-famous-overseas-film-settings-you-can-visit-on-any-budget">5 Famous Overseas Film Settings You Can Visit on Any Budget</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-enjoy-las-vegas-without-losing-your-shirt">How to Enjoy Las Vegas Without Losing Your Shirt</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-most-affordable-beach-towns-in-mexico">8 Most Affordable Beach Towns in Mexico</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-podcasts-for-travel-lovers">6 Podcasts for Travel Lovers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-fun-affordable-travel-ideas-for-singles">6 Fun, Affordable Travel Ideas for Singles</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment Travel budget travel gambling las vegas las vegas vacation Spending Money travel tips vegas Tue, 16 Jan 2018 09:30:11 +0000 Dr Penny Pincher 2087010 at http://www.wisebread.com 5 Famous Overseas Film Settings You Can Visit on Any Budget http://www.wisebread.com/5-famous-overseas-film-settings-you-can-visit-on-any-budget <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-famous-overseas-film-settings-you-can-visit-on-any-budget" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/long_tail_boat_in_maya_bay.jpg" alt="Long Tail Boat in Maya Bay" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Hollywood has a long history of filming movies overseas, with production crews having made journeys to every corner of the earth to capture scenes for iconic movies. Often it's because of the fantastic and unique locations available, but sometimes even Hollywood producers are after a deal, and filming in a cheaper country can drastically slash a budget. Here are five famous film settings that just happen to be in affordable countries.</p> <h2><em>Tomb Raider</em> &mdash; Angkor Archaeological Park, Cambodia</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5197/giant_overgrown_root_at_angkor_wat.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Angelina Jolie's <em>Tomb Raider</em> series famously features the breathtaking backdrop of the world's largest religious monument, the Angkor temple complex. The majestic ruins of this vast 12th century complex, and specifically the Angkor Thom temple, are an integral part of the film's plot and helped to cause a huge explosion in visitors to the site. The intricate religious carvings, the trees whose tangled roots seamlessly entwine the temple walls, and the sheer size of the complex defy belief.</p> <p>A day ticket to the UNESCO designated park will cost you $37, but the relatively high entrance price is offset by the good value you'll get for your dollar elsewhere. Numbeo puts the cost of living in Cambodia at almost 37 percent lower than in the United States. A meal at an inexpensive restaurant is priced at just $2.65, and a double room in a midrange hotel can be found for as little as $10.</p> <p>I've traveled in Cambodia extensively and I find it to be one of the best value destinations in the world. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amazing-destinations-you-can-go-to-with-rewards-points-and-miles?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Amazing Destinations You Can Go to With Rewards Points and Miles</a>)</p> <h2><em>Eat, Pray, Love</em> &mdash; Bali, Indonesia</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5197/sacred_monkey_forest_sanctuary_in_ubud.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Though the film <em>Eat, Pray, Love</em> wasn't a critical success, it captured audiences' hearts and minds and went on to become a box office smash. This was in part thanks to the depictions of the various locations Julia Roberts' character finds herself in. Filming took place in Italy, India, and Bali, Indonesia, where protagonist Liz Gilbert finally finds true love and the inner peace she's been searching for. You can satisfy your own wanderlust by visiting some of the key locations in Bali such as the gorgeous Padang Padang beach, and the town of Ubud.</p> <p>Bali (and Indonesia as a whole) is an extremely cheap place to visit, with the cost of living 45 percent lower than in the U.S., according to Numbeo. I've stayed in some lovely places in Indonesia and in my experience, for a room in a hotel that looks similar to the villa where Roberts stays in the film, you'll pay around $20 per night. Entrance to the Ubud Monkey Forest featured in the movie is around $3.75 and a meal at an inexpensive restaurant in Indonesia will cost you less than $2. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-international-destinations-anyone-can-afford?ref=seealso" target="_blank">5 International Destinations Anyone Can Afford</a>)</p> <h2><em>Slumdog Millionaire</em> &mdash; India</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5197/taj_mahal.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>This colorful extravaganza, which won multiple Oscar awards, was set and filmed on location in Mumbai, India. For many, it managed to truly capture the magic and drama of this chaotic city. From the slums where the lead character Jamal was raised, to the scenes of the stunning Taj Mahal, the movie is beautifully shot. The closing scene where Jamal is finally reunited with Latika before they dance along with hundreds of extras was filmed at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus, one of India's busiest train stations.</p> <p>Entrance as a foreigner to the Taj Mahal will cost you around $15, but many of the filming locations are public places so they won't cost anything to visit. Numbeo shows the cost of living in India at almost 65 percent below that of the U.S., with an inexpensive meal coming in at around $2.30. Midrange hotel rooms are priced around $30. You can also go on a walking tour around one of Mumbai's slums for around $13, where much of the profits go back into the local community. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-incredible-places-you-must-visit-before-you-die?ref=seealso" target="_blank">25 Incredible Places You Must Visit Before You Die</a>)</p> <h2><em>Frida</em> &mdash; Mexico City, Mexico</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5197/teotihuacan_pyramids_mexico.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Based on the life of the popular Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, the movie <em>Frida</em> won wide critical acclaim and eventually went on to win two Oscars. Kahlo spent the majority of her life living on the outskirts of Mexico City, so it's only natural that this is where much of the shooting took place. The famous Casa Azul, where she lived with husband Diego Rivera and eventually died at age 47, is a museum you can visit for around $12.</p> <p>A day trip to the awe inspiring Aztec pyramids of Teotihuacan, where Kahlo and Leon Trotsky get to know each other in the movie, will cost you around $40 for an organized tour. It's also possible to reach them by public, and the entrance fee is just $4.</p> <p>Numbeo puts the cost of living in Mexico at over 50 percent lower than in the U.S., with a meal at an inexpensive restaurant coming in at around $5. A midrange hotel room will cost around $30 per night.</p> <h2><em>The Beach</em> &mdash; Koh Phi Phi Leh, Thailand</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5197/long_tail_boat_in_maya_bay.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><em>The Beach</em> is credited with driving a huge amount of tourism Thailand's way, as it introduced the wider world to the secluded and unspoiled magnificence of the country's islands. The island of Koh Phi Phi Leh, where most of the movie was set and filmed, is now one of the most popular places to visit in Thailand. It's no longer the deserted lagoon that's portrayed in the movie, but it's still as charming as ever. Visitors flock to enjoy the warm turquoise waters that lap the golden beaches, as well as the renowned island night life.</p> <p>Koh Phi Phi Leh isn't actually an inhabited island, but is part of the Koh Phi Phi archipelago, which includes Koh Phi Phi Don, where most visitors stay. From here you can book a day trip to Koh Phi Phi Leh, which is a half-hour boat ride away. A sunset cruise, where you'll encounter fewer tourists and get to witness the bioluminescent plankton in the waters once it's dark, costs around $50 per person.</p> <p>The cost of living in Thailand is more than 36 percent lower than in the U.S., with an inexpensive meal costing less than $2, according to Numbeo. For a double room at a midrange hotel or guesthouse on Koh Phi Phi Don, you'll pay about $30.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F5-famous-overseas-film-settings-you-can-visit-on-any-budget&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F5%2520Famous%2520Overseas%2520Film%2520Settings%2520You%2520Can%2520Visit%2520on%2520Any%2520Budget.jpg&amp;description=5%20Famous%20Overseas%20Film%20Settings%20You%20Can%20Visit%20on%20Any%20Budget"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/5%20Famous%20Overseas%20Film%20Settings%20You%20Can%20Visit%20on%20Any%20Budget.jpg" alt="5 Famous Overseas Film Settings You Can Visit on Any Budget" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/nick-wharton">Nick Wharton</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-famous-overseas-film-settings-you-can-visit-on-any-budget">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-i-successfully-gambled-in-las-vegas-without-losing-my-shirt">How I Successfully Gambled in Las Vegas Without Losing My Shirt</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-travel-on-a-budget-while-in-expensive-countries">6 Ways to Travel On a Budget While in Expensive Countries</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-free-or-low-cost-airline-seats-in-premium-classes">How to Get Free or Low-Cost Airline Seats in Premium Classes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-travel-warnings-you-shouldnt-ignore">8 Travel Warnings You Shouldn&#039;t Ignore</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-travel-destinations-for-introverts">9 Travel Destinations for Introverts</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment Travel affordable travel budget travel eat pray love film settings overseas travel the beach tomb raider travel abroad travel tips Tue, 26 Dec 2017 09:30:10 +0000 Nick Wharton 2076819 at http://www.wisebread.com Buying Virtual Cats Might Be the Future of Investing http://www.wisebread.com/buying-virtual-cats-might-be-the-future-of-investing <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/buying-virtual-cats-might-be-the-future-of-investing" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/scientist_gentleman_cat_with_glasses.jpg" alt="Scientist gentleman cat with glasses" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The latest trend in virtual goods is taking shape in the form of digital felines called <a href="https://www.cryptokitties.co/" target="_blank">CryptoKitties</a>. Launched November 28, 2017 as one of the world's first blockchain-based games, these virtual cats are already selling at outrageous prices. As of this writing, CryptoKitties are currently selling for an average price of about $84 per cat, though some are selling for tens of thousands of dollars.</p> <p>The only way you can purchase, sell, or &quot;breed&quot; CryptoKitties is with a smart contract-based token (ERC-721) based on Ethereum blockchain technology. Blockchain is the distributed ledger technology behind many cryptocurrencies, including Bitcoin. And Ethereum is a type of cryptocurrency after the likes of Bitcoin, but with some additional features to facilitate &quot;smart&quot; money movement between users. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-is-cryptocurrency-anyway?ref=seealso" target="_blank">What Is Cryptocurrency, Anyway?</a>)</p> <p>If you're in the market for some CryptoKitties, you've got to exchange whatever currency you have access to (say dollars or euros) to Ethereum currency, which is known as ether. At the time of this writing, one ether equals about $824.</p> <h2>What exactly are CryptoKitties?</h2> <p>CryptoKitties are digital cats that exist on a computer network. They each have different characteristics known as &quot;cattributes,&quot; which are the result of digital genomes. With over 4 billion potential genetic combinations, the possibilities for your kitty are seemingly endless. Some cattributes, like <em>wingtips</em> or<em> blood-red</em> are more appealing and more valuable than others &mdash; which is what makes this an actual marketplace.</p> <p>CryptoKitties have been likened to the Beanie Babies craze of the 90s, or trading baseball or Pokemon cards. If you've ever collected or sold these types of goods, you know that values can be very arbitrary or based on rarity. In this case, rarity is somewhat determined by the digital genome set by the developers of the game.</p> <h2>Why would I buy CryptoKitties?</h2> <p>Right now, CryptoKitties, seem to have no inherent value, aside from what the community assigns them. In other words, people are buying, selling, and breeding these cats only because they believe they will have more value in the future. When you sell or breed digital kittens, you get paid in <em>ether</em>, which converts to real money.</p> <p>Aside from making money, CryptoKitties is fun to play. You don't know what the cattributes of your offspring will be until they appear, so there's a gaming aspect to this phenomenon in addition to being a way to earn money.</p> <h2>What does the CryptoKitties craze mean?</h2> <p>As mentioned above, there seems to be no inherent value to CryptoKitties. However, the <a href="https://www.dropbox.com/s/a5h3zso545wuqkm/CryptoKitties_WhitePapurr_V2.pdf?dl=0" target="_blank">CryptoKitties White Papurr</a> created by the game's developer, venture studio Axiom Zen, explains the game's intent is largely to make blockchain technology, a concept many consumers find confusing, accessible to everyone.</p> <p>The paper sums up the true purpose of CryptoKitties in this way: &quot;By normalizing the practical application of smart contracts and cryptocurrency transactions, we will empower everyday consumers with a basic fluency in distributed ledger technology.&quot;</p> <p>Who knew digital cats could introduce the average Joe (or Jenny) to the future of technology?</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Fbuying-virtual-cats-might-be-the-future-of-investing&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FBuying%2520Virtual%2520Cats%2520Might%2520Be%2520the%2520Future%2520of%2520Investing.jpg&amp;description=Buying%20Virtual%20Cats%20Might%20Be%20the%20Future%20of%20Investing"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/Buying%20Virtual%20Cats%20Might%20Be%20the%20Future%20of%20Investing.jpg" alt="Buying Virtual Cats Might Be the Future of Investing" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/aja-mcclanahan">Aja McClanahan</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-virtual-cats-might-be-the-future-of-investing">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/is-bitcoin-still-a-thing">Is Bitcoin Still a Thing?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/holiday-gifts-6-fun-games-that-teach-money-and-finance">Holiday Gifts: 6 Fun Games That Teach Money and Finance</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/who-really-owns-your-digital-assets">Who Really Owns Your Digital Assets?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-celebrities-with-shockingly-low-net-worths">6 Celebrities With Shockingly Low Net Worths</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-ways-to-keep-boredom-from-destroying-your-budget">8 Ways to Keep Boredom from Destroying Your Budget</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Personal Finance Entertainment bitcoin cats cryptocurrency cryptokitties cute ethereum fads games virtual goods Tue, 26 Dec 2017 09:00:08 +0000 Aja McClanahan 2076886 at http://www.wisebread.com 8 Fabulous Last-Minute Places to Spend New Year's http://www.wisebread.com/8-fabulous-last-minute-places-to-spend-new-years <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/8-fabulous-last-minute-places-to-spend-new-years" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/new_years_party_621368754.jpg" alt="Friends attending fabulous New Year&#039;s party" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Still without plans to ring in 2018? It's not too late to book a New Year's Eve getaway. You just need to know where to go. Get in gear for the New Year with these fab-but-affordable destinations that promise plenty of holiday cheer.</p> <h2>1. Durham, North Carolina</h2> <p>Head south to enjoy temperate weather while you give 2017 the kiss-off with a stay at the ultra-stylish and super-chic <a href="http://www.unscriptedhotels.com/" target="_blank">Unscripted Durham Hotel</a>, the rooms at which start at just $169/night for the holiday. New Year's Eve festivities (tickets are $39-$49 per person) include entertainment in the rec-room-style lobby with Champagne and hors d'oeuvres; music by local DJ Guv'nor; and a tarot card reader who'll give you a sneak peek at what's ahead. During your stay, visit the on-premise all-day, a coffee shop/wine bar.</p> <h2>2. Orange, Virginia</h2> <p>Dodge the crowds and cozy up in the quaint town of Orange, Virginia, at the historic <a href="http://holladayhousebandb.com/holiday-packages.html" target="_blank">Holladay House Bed and Breakfast</a> &mdash; it's nearly 190 years old &mdash; where you'll spend an elegant New Year's Eve just like our ancestors did. Well, sort of. Reservations will be made on your behalf at one of six local restaurants where you can enjoy a delicious dinner before watching the ball drop and tucking yourself in for a restful night's sleep. You can take your time in the morning since breakfast hours will be extended and checkout isn't until noon. If you plan a three-night stay, you can score 25 percent off the third night with code HOLIDAY25 at checkout, bringing the grand total to around $500. Pretty good price to crash just a few miles away from James and Dolley Madison's Montpelier home, which you should definitely visit while you're in town.</p> <h2>3. Minneapolis, Minnesota</h2> <p>Wanna get hygge with it? Pronounced hoo-guh, hygge is a Scandinavian concept that embodies coziness and contentment, and there's no better place to hand over the holiday reins in that regard than in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, where you'll find hygge virtually everywhere. Sip hot cocoa at a ski lodge, bask in the glow of a fireplace at a bed-and-breakfast, snowshoe by candlelight, gaze upon the majestic Northern Lights, and thaw out at one of the local spas &mdash; all to your wallet's delight. In fact, many outdoor activities are free or inexpensive (11 state parks across Minnesota are <a href="http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks/winter_hiking.html" target="_blank">hosting free, guided First Day Hikes</a> to kick off 2018), and nearby resorts and lodges offer prime deals during winter months, including New Year's Eve.</p> <h2>4. Las Vegas, Nevada</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/vegas_new_years_459253345.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>You won't need to buy tickets to a fancy party if you're spending the last night of 2017 in Sin City. Everybody pours out of the casinos onto the Strip to watch the choreographed fireworks display while throwin' a few back (sidewalk drinks are legal in Vegas, y'all!), and you can score incredible deals like $163 a night at the 3.5-star rated Stratosphere hotel, available on value-hotel search site <a href="https://www.goseek.com/" target="_blank">GoSeek.com</a>.</p> <h2>5. Shenandoah Valley</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/shenendoah_caves_145842228.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Bring a big group or plan a private New Year's getaway with your S.O. with the help of <a href="http://www.allstarlodging.com/" target="_blank">Allstar Lodging</a> in the Shenandoah Valley, which offers rental cabins, cottages, and vacation homes close to lots of attractions, including Luray Caverns, George Washington National Forest, Shenandoah River State Park, and a wealth of outdoor activities, like hiking, horseback riding, snow skiing, and tubing. Couples can cop a comfy cabin starting at $125 per night, but if you make it a family or buddies' weekend rates can dip as low $50 per person for larger groups.</p> <h2>6. New Orleans, Louisiana</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/new_orleans_new_years_635932080.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>The <a href="https://www.windsorcourthotel.com/" target="_blank">Papa Noel package at New Orleans' Windsor Court</a> offers guests up to 20 percent off the best available rate (rates start at $188) from now to January 6. Guests can ring in 2018 at The Grill Room as its masterful culinary team presents a festive four-course meal to kick off the celebration. For $95 per person, plus tax and gratuity, guests can choose from delectable menu items such as poached lobster, rack of lamb, and cranberry bread pudding. After dinner, stop by the Polo Club Lounge to enjoy live jazz and a selection of fresh-start Champagne while watching the ball drop.</p> <h2>7. Glenwood Springs, Colorado</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/glenwood_springs_resort_623374660.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Make your New Year's festivities a wet-and-wild, budget-friendly family affair in Glenwood Springs, Colorado, where the <a href="http://www.hotspringspool.com/news/celebrate-new-year%E2%80%99s-eve-glenwood-hot-springs" target="_blank">Glenwood Springs Athletic Club</a> will stay open until 1 a.m. to usher in 2018. The alcohol-free event will feature a handstand contest and ping-pong scramble at 7 p.m. followed by dive and cannonball contests at 8 p.m. Other activities will include a noodle relay, Marco Polo, crocodile wrestling (not with real crocodiles) and a friendly game of sharks and minnows. As the clock approaches midnight, pool staff will hand out party favors and noisemakers. Kids younger than age 12 ski free with the Ski, Swim, Stay package at <a href="http://sunlightmtn.com/" target="_blank">Sunlight Mountain Resort</a>; the bundle includes a lift ticket to Sunlight Mountain resort, admission to the world-famous Glenwood Hot Springs pool, and overnight accommodations at one of the participating lodges in town where offers start as low as $99 per night.</p> <h2>8. Michigan City, Indiana</h2> <p>You won't have to lift a finger during your stay at the peaceful <a href="https://www.serenity-springs.com/rates-and-packages/" target="_blank">Serenity Springs</a> woodland oasis, which &mdash; for about $600 total for the weekend &mdash; includes a full-service stay in a secluded cabin. Amenities include a butler door with light switches that indicate when service has been delivered to your cabin (food, fun surprises); carriage rides, which are available to and from your cabin upon check-in and check-out, and for any other outings you'd like to take; heated floors; fireplaces; in-cabin massages; candlelit dinners in your cabin with food from local restaurants; and personal outdoor fire pits for getting all snuggly under the covers.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F8-fabulous-last-minute-places-to-spend-new-years&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F8%2520Fabulous%2520Last-Minute%2520Places%2520to%2520Spend%2520New%2520Year%2527s.jpg&amp;description=8%20Fabulous%20Last-Minute%20Places%20to%20Spend%20New%20Year's"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/8%20Fabulous%20Last-Minute%20Places%20to%20Spend%20New%20Year%27s.jpg" alt="8 Fabulous Last-Minute Places to Spend New Year's" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-fabulous-last-minute-places-to-spend-new-years">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/stuck-at-the-airport-relax-with-these-14-easy-self-care-tricks">Stuck at the Airport? Relax With These 14 Easy Self-Care Tricks</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-ways-to-actually-relax-over-the-holidays">8 Ways to Actually Relax Over the Holidays</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-host-a-great-new-years-eve-party-for-cheap">How to Host a Great New Year&#039;s Eve Party for Cheap</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-of-the-safest-countries-to-visit-in-2018">5 of the Safest Countries to Visit in 2018</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-retirement-splurges-that-are-worth-every-penny">7 Retirement Splurges That Are Worth Every Penny</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment Lifestyle Christmas getaways holiday travel New Year's New Year's Eve new year's travel new years plans travel tips Thu, 21 Dec 2017 09:01:07 +0000 Mikey Rox 2075989 at http://www.wisebread.com The High Cost of Pursuing Fame and Fortune http://www.wisebread.com/the-high-cost-of-pursuing-fame-and-fortune <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-high-cost-of-pursuing-fame-and-fortune" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/red_carpet_glamour.jpg" alt="Red carpet glamour" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Wouldn't it be great to achieve stardom and become rich and famous? I can imagine becoming a famous author, making TV appearances, meeting fans at book signings, and stopping by the set where the movie version of my book is being filmed. This level of success would be exciting, and I would be making millions of dollars.</p> <p>If writing isn't your thing, perhaps you can imagine becoming rich and famous as a rock star, elite athlete, or popular actor. It clearly takes talent to become a famous star, but it also takes a lot of hard work and plain old good luck. Even though there are a lot of benefits to reaching &quot;superstar&quot; status, is the cost of taking a shot at becoming famous worth the potential payoff?</p> <h2>The rocky road to fame</h2> <p>I recently saw a news piece about Kelly Clarkson, who is promoting her latest album. In 2002, Kelly Clarkson won <em>American Idol</em>, which propelled her to rock star status and came with a record deal, allowing her to make at least $1 million in her first year after winning. This is the part of her story that most people are familiar with, but it wasn't smooth sailing to get there. On her quest to become a star, Kelly passed up the chance to go to college on scholarship and instead spent a couple years trying unsuccessfully to land a recording contract. She ended up living in her car for a time and returned home to Texas broke and without a record deal.</p> <p>Taking a shot at becoming a star often requires big sacrifices. Stephen King's breakout hit novel <em>Carrie </em>was written on a portable typewriter while he was living in a trailer and working several odd jobs to keep the bills paid. Drew Carey lived in his car for a year and a half in Los Angeles before he got his big break on <em>The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson</em>. Olympic athletes work odd jobs and barely scrape by as they take their shot at winning gold &mdash; and perhaps a lucrative product endorsement deal.</p> <p>Since taking a shot at big dreams often has a high cost, is it worth the risk?</p> <h2>Calculating the risk</h2> <p>One way to evaluate whether or not to pursue an opportunity is to add up all of the costs of pursuing the opportunity, including expenses and the cost of not pursuing <em>other </em>opportunities. On the other side of the formula is the evaluation of the opportunity in terms of the size of the payoff and the probability of success. The basic formula could be written like this:</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;">Expenses + Opportunity Costs &lt; Payoff Value x Probability of Success</p> <p>In other words, if the total cost of pursuing the opportunity (the left side of the formula) is less than the value of the opportunity (the right side of the formula), then it makes financial sense to pursue it.</p> <h2>The value of success</h2> <p>Of course, it's hard to find solid numbers to estimate the probability of success, and the payoff is a big guess, too. Let's try out this calculation with some numbers from the world of sports, since statistics are readily available. We'll use an example of an NFL star, and we'll say the payoff value is $10 million for a multiyear contract.</p> <p>According to the National Collegiate Athletic Association, there are 1,083,308 high school football participants with 73,660 going on to play college football. This means that about 6.8 percent make it to the college level. Each year, the NFL drafts about 250 college players from the pool of about 16,000 who are draft eligible, or about 1.5 percent. Of the 250 or so NFL draft choices, perhaps a couple dozen will have the kind of big-money careers that high school players dream of achieving. Let's call the odds of becoming a big star after being drafted into the NFL about 10 percent.</p> <p>So from a purely statistical perspective, the odds of a high school football player becoming a big star in the NFL can be calculated as:</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;">6.8% probability of playing in college x 1.5% probability of being drafted into NFL x 10% probability of being a big star in the NFL.</p> <p>Working out the numbers gives:</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;">0.068 x 0.015 x 0.10 = 0.000102 or 1 out of 9,804</p> <p>The value of the opportunity is the payoff value times the probability of success:</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;">$10 million x 0.000102 = $1,020</p> <p>So to a high school football player, the average value of the opportunity to become a star in the NFL is about $1,000. Calculating probability like this does not account for talent and determination, which of course are huge factors that influence your chances of being successful. But running some numbers based on the statistical odds of making it big can help you decide whether pursuing a big payoff is worth the risk. Most ways of reaching stardom have very long odds, and as a result, the value of the opportunity turns out to be pretty low.</p> <h2>The opportunity cost</h2> <p>Looking now at the &quot;Expenses + Opportunity Cost&quot; side of the equation to decide whether to pursue an opportunity, a college football player could spend thousands of dollars going to football training camps, buying equipment, etc. If they had decided to major in something less demanding than, say, engineering so they could focus more on playing football, the opportunity cost of pursuing football in college could be in the range of a million dollars over the lifetime of an engineering career.</p> <p>So for my fictitious example of deciding whether to pursue a dream of being an NFL star instead of going to college to become an engineer, the expenses plus opportunity cost would have been around a million dollars, and the risk-weighted value of the opportunity would have been in the thousands of dollars. On paper this looks like an easy decision. Most calculations you could do to decide whether to try to become a big star in any field would work out to be similar to this since the odds of becoming a star are so small, even though the potential payoff is immense.</p> <h2>Going for it</h2> <p>No matter what the numbers say, sometimes there is no substitute for going all out for your dreams. Years ago when I was graduating from high school, most of my friends were getting ready to go to college, but one of my friends had a different plan. Instead of going to college, he was planning to move to Hollywood and become a movie star. At the time I thought this was absurd. Sure, he was talented, but lots of people are talented and very few go on to become movie stars. And what would he do if acting didn't work out?</p> <p>In my friend's case, the long shot paid off. He started out in TV commercials, worked his way up to appearing in a TV sitcom as a minor character, and eventually landed some major roles in movies with stars such as Helen Hunt and Tom Hanks. Sometimes the long shot does pay off, but it is important to understand the cost of pursuing fame and fortune before you decide to take your chance.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Fthe-high-cost-of-pursuing-fame-and-fortune&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FThe%2520High%2520Cost%2520of%2520Pursuing%2520Fame%2520and%2520Fortune.jpg&amp;description=The%20High%20Cost%20of%20Pursuing%20Fame%20and%20Fortune"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/The%20High%20Cost%20of%20Pursuing%20Fame%20and%20Fortune.jpg" alt="The High Cost of Pursuing Fame and Fortune" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/dr-penny-pincher">Dr Penny Pincher</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-high-cost-of-pursuing-fame-and-fortune">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-money-lessons-we-could-all-learn-from-dwayne-the-rock-johnson">6 Money Lessons We Could All Learn From Dwayne &quot;The Rock&quot; Johnson</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-inspiring-quotes-about-money-from-successful-women">6 Inspiring Quotes About Money From Successful Women</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-38-money-lessons-we-can-learn-from-celebrities">Flashback Friday: 38 Money Lessons We Can Learn From Celebrities</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-super-splurges-of-the-rich-and-famous">7 Super Splurges of the Rich and Famous</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-celebrities-with-shockingly-low-net-worths">6 Celebrities With Shockingly Low Net Worths</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Personal Finance Entertainment celebrities opportunity costs probability rich and famous risk stars statistics value Wed, 13 Dec 2017 09:30:09 +0000 Dr Penny Pincher 2069779 at http://www.wisebread.com 6 Podcasts for Travel Lovers http://www.wisebread.com/6-podcasts-for-travel-lovers <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/6-podcasts-for-travel-lovers" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/man_relaxing_listening_to_music.jpg" alt="Man relaxing listening to music" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The coming of the new year means that for many of us, our paid time off (PTO) allocation resets. This lets us dream of how we'll spend that vacation time, and where we'll travel. If you're not sure which sights to see, a travel podcast might be just what you need. These six travel podcasts will make you want to pack your bags, grab your passport, and get movin'! (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-science-says-travel-is-good-for-your-health?ref=seealso" target="_blank">5 Ways Science Says Travel Is Good for Your Health</a>)</p> <h2>1. Zero to Travel</h2> <p><a href="http://zerototravel.com/" target="_blank">Zero to Travel</a> (Z2T) is a travel podcast that's so much more than a travel podcast. Yes, it's packed with exciting destinations and adventurous travel stories. More importantly, it's a podcast that wants to help you get out there, and quite frankly, stay out there. The podcast, and the supportive online community built around it, offers tips, ideas, and action plans to help you get travel work, start a location-independent business, travel on a budget, and build a life that has travel at the very center of it. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-easy-way-to-save-up-a-big-travel-budget?ref=seealso" target="_blank">The Easy Way to Save Up a Big Travel Budget</a>)</p> <h2>2. Amateur Traveler</h2> <p>If more travel is one of your New Year's resolutions, <a href="http://amateurtraveler.com/" target="_blank">Amateur Traveler</a> is a podcast tailor-made for you. For over a decade, host Chris Christensen has been coaching new travelers on how to find and visit locations that are on their bucket lists, and to visit them sooner rather than later. Destinations are domestic and international, so in his deep catalog of episodes, there's something for everyone. Recent episodes include Northern Chile, Belarus, Albuquerque, and Napa. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/where-to-do-9-popular-bucket-list-items-on-a-budget?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Where to Do 9 Popular Bucket List Items on a Budget</a>)</p> <h2>3. The Budget-Minded Traveler</h2> <p>Solo female travel certainly isn't new. However, it's growing in popularity as a rite of passage every year. As someone who's traveled alone many times, I'm always amazed by the people I meet, what I learn, and how satisfying it is to trek through the world.</p> <p><a href="https://www.thebudgetmindedtraveler.com/podcasts/" target="_blank">The Budget-Minded Traveler</a> is specifically geared for solo women travelers, though its tips and resources are certainly valuable for anyone traveling on their own. In addition to the podcast, there is also a blog and a comprehensive list of resources. Jackie Nourse, host and founder of the blog, even offers <a href="https://travelingjackie.teachable.com/p/the-budget-minded-traveler-blueprint" target="_blank">an online class</a> that she describes as a blueprint for solo travel. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-unexpected-benefits-of-solo-travel?ref=seealso" target="_blank">6 Unexpected Benefits of Solo Travel</a>)</p> <h2>4. Travel With Rick Steves</h2> <p>I've loved Rick Steves' travel books for years, and now I love his podcast, <a href="https://www.ricksteves.com/watch-read-listen/audio/radio" target="_blank">Travel with Rick Steves</a>, just as much. Steves is an expert in European travel, so if European destinations are on your must-see list, he is your sage. Yes, he covers the highlights that you'll find in any travel guide. However, the real value is in his secret finds. He's been traveling to Europe for so many years that he's built relationships with owners of tiny inns, local chefs, and niche tour guides who will take your European adventures from great to once-in-a-lifetime experiences that you will never forget.</p> <h2>5. Travel Wisdom Podcast</h2> <p>If you believe in the power of the hivemind and crowdsourcing, you're in good company with the <a href="http://travelwisdompodcast.com/" target="_blank">Travel Wisdom Podcast</a>. This podcast includes a wide variety of featured guests who share their travel stories and what they learned along the way. It packages up all of these experiences and gives you the very best advice to enhance your own trips. Better to learn from the travel mistakes and challenges of others, than have to manage them on the road yourself.</p> <h2>6. As Told By Nomads</h2> <p>Want to combine your concern for world affairs with your desire for cultural immersion in your travel? Tayo Rockson hosts the <a href="http://tayorockson.com/podcast/" target="_blank">As Told By Nomads</a> podcast, and he interviews other travelers who are leaders in business, culture, travel, and global affairs. They all share a deep sense of cultural awareness and global identity.</p> <p>These podcasts teach us that there are as many ways to incorporate travel into our lives as there are incredible places to visit. Whether you're looking for a vacation, a career break, or a way to build a location-independent life and career, these podcasts will give you what you need to make your travels the adventures you've always dreamed of having.</p> <p>Now get out there! Happy trails. I can't wait to hear about and see what you find.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F6-podcasts-for-travel-lovers&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F6%2520Podcasts%2520for%2520Travel%2520Lovers.jpg&amp;description=6%20Podcasts%20for%20Travel%20Lovers"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/6%20Podcasts%20for%20Travel%20Lovers.jpg" alt="6 Podcasts for Travel Lovers" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/christa-avampato">Christa Avampato</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-podcasts-for-travel-lovers">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-5"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-sell-all-your-stuff-and-travel-the-world">How to Sell All Your Stuff and Travel the World</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-i-successfully-gambled-in-las-vegas-without-losing-my-shirt">How I Successfully Gambled in Las Vegas Without Losing My Shirt</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-famous-overseas-film-settings-you-can-visit-on-any-budget">5 Famous Overseas Film Settings You Can Visit on Any Budget</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-fun-podcasts-for-kids-that-parents-love-too">7 Fun Podcasts for Kids (That Parents Love, Too)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-that-anyone-can-travel-for-free">7 Ways That Anyone Can Travel for Free</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment Travel free entertainment podcasts travel podcasts travel tips wanderlust Tue, 12 Dec 2017 10:00:08 +0000 Christa Avampato 2069138 at http://www.wisebread.com Holiday Gifts: 6 Fun Games That Teach Money and Finance http://www.wisebread.com/holiday-gifts-6-fun-games-that-teach-money-and-finance <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/holiday-gifts-6-fun-games-that-teach-money-and-finance" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/parents_playing_board_game_with_their_children.jpg" alt="Parents playing board game with their children" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>When I was growing up, some of my favorite holiday gifts were the board games my parents gave to me and my sister. Not only did receiving a board game ensure that we would be spending time together as a family, but I also loved how new games could teach me different ways of looking at the world, and managing money in particular.</p> <p>Consider gifting these board games to your kids to get them interested in investing, saving, and spending wisely. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-use-the-holidays-to-teach-kids-about-money?ref=seealso" target="_blank">How to Use the Holidays to Teach Kids About Money</a>)</p> <h2>1. Acquire</h2> <p><strong>For 2-6 players, ages 12 and up</strong></p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2A1VBXb" target="_blank">Acquire</a> is based on the idea of creating a super city, wherein each player tries to invest strategically in various businesses, including entertainment, food, fashion, marketing, and other major industries. Throughout gameplay, the various &quot;venture capitalists&quot; compete to build the city and try to own the majority shares in the most lucrative businesses. You make money by forming, merging, expanding, and acquiring businesses, and by buying stock at the right time &mdash; which makes this game an excellent introduction to how investing works. Whoever has the most money at the end of the game wins.</p> <h2>2. Allowance</h2> <p><strong>For 2-4 players, ages 5-11</strong></p> <p>As players make their way around the <a href="http://amzn.to/2hW8I5x" target="_blank">Allowance</a> board, they can earn money by doing chores, starting their own businesses, earning interest on their savings accounts, and of course, by collecting their allowance each time they go &quot;home.&quot; On the other hand, players can also spend money at the mall, at garage sales, or simply by losing it out of their pockets. The first player to save up $20 wins the game. Allowance comes with realistic looking play money, and helps teach young children everything from how to make change and count out money to how to save their pennies. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-fun-games-that-teach-your-kids-about-money?ref=seealso" target="_blank">6 Fun Games That Teach Your Kids About Money</a>)</p> <h2>3. Black Gold</h2> <p><strong>For 2-5 players, ages 13 and up</strong></p> <p>Imagine you are trying to make your fortune in the oil fields of Texas in 1922. That's the basis for the oil prospecting game <a href="http://amzn.to/2hW31Vi" target="_blank">Black Gold</a>, where between two and five prospectors compete by exploring the terrain for oil wells, surveying the possible sites, and building derricks. You can earn money by transporting your oil to one of three companies and earning the right to sell at auction. Game play includes bidding, bluffing, and strategizing &mdash; which can help your kids learn good negotiation skills while they try to glean the most wealth from their oil wells.</p> <h2>4. Pit</h2> <p><strong>For 3-8 players, ages 7 and up</strong></p> <p>This game, which was first introduced all the way back in 1904, helps to recreate the now (mostly) defunct open-outcry trading one used to find on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. <a href="http://amzn.to/2zuaeDC" target="_blank">Pit</a> is a card game wherein each player attempts to corner the market in a particular commodity. The winner of any particular hand is the first one to collect all of one commodity, and points are awarded based on the value of the cornered commodity. The overall winner is the first player to score 500 points. Not only will this game give you a chance to shout and wave your arms a la Dan Aykroyd and Eddie Murphy in <em>Trading Places</em>, but it will help you to better understand exactly how commodities traders do their jobs &mdash; even if it's mostly handled by computers these days.</p> <h2>5. Stockpile</h2> <p><strong>For 2-5 players, ages 13 and up</strong></p> <p>Helping your kids understand how the stock market works can be an uphill battle, until you break out this board game. With <a href="http://amzn.to/2jiVTyy" target="_blank">Stockpile</a>, each player is a stock market investor. The game helps make it clear that everyone knows a little something about the stock market, but no one knows everything. That means each player receives one piece of insider information, but there are plenty of unknowns facing each investor as well. You must consider multiple factors when buying or selling a stock, just as you would in real-world trading. Whoever has the most money at the end of the game wins, but everyone will certainly learn important investment strategy skills from this game.</p> <h2>6. Tin Goose</h2> <p><strong>For 3-5 players, ages 10 and up</strong></p> <p>In <a href="http://amzn.to/2hL4WYZ" target="_blank">Tin Goose</a>, it's the early days of commercial airlines, and each player is attempting to build a large, profitable airline. You are helped by the fact that planes are becoming safer and more fuel efficient over time. But even as your planes get better, you will also face more and more disastrous potential setbacks such as crashes, worker strikes, and spikes in oil prices. This game will help teach how to balance the emotions of greed and fear while strategizing how to build your business in competition with others.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Fholiday-gifts-6-fun-games-that-teach-money-and-finance&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FHoliday%2520Gifts_%25206%2520Fun%2520Games%2520That%2520Teach%2520Money%2520and%2520Finance.jpg&amp;description=Holiday%20Gifts%3A%206%20Fun%20Games%20That%20Teach%20Money%20and%20Finance"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/Holiday%20Gifts_%206%20Fun%20Games%20That%20Teach%20Money%20and%20Finance.jpg" alt="Holiday Gifts: 6 Fun Games That Teach Money and Finance" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/emily-guy-birken">Emily Guy Birken</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/holiday-gifts-6-fun-games-that-teach-money-and-finance">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-6"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-frugal-gifts-for-the-person-who-needs-a-nap">9 Frugal Gifts for the Person Who Needs a Nap</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-smart-financial-gifts-to-give-your-kids-this-year">6 Smart Financial Gifts to Give Your Kids This Year</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-best-sites-to-help-your-kids-learn-about-money">8 Best Sites to Help Your Kids Learn About Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-use-the-holidays-to-teach-kids-about-money">How to Use the Holidays to Teach Kids About Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-virtual-cats-might-be-the-future-of-investing">Buying Virtual Cats Might Be the Future of Investing</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Personal Finance Entertainment Family Christmas games games for kids gift guide gift ideas holiday gifts holiday shopping money games Thu, 30 Nov 2017 10:00:06 +0000 Emily Guy Birken 2062574 at http://www.wisebread.com The Cost of Finding a Treasure Chest Full of Gold http://www.wisebread.com/the-cost-of-finding-a-treasure-chest-full-of-gold <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-cost-of-finding-a-treasure-chest-full-of-gold" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/open_treasure_chest_on_the_beach.jpg" alt="Open treasure chest on the beach" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Most of us have had the fantasy of discovering hidden treasure. Maybe it's digging in the backyard and unearthing a chest of gold, or it washes up on the beach. However it happens in your mind, finding treasure and living happily ever after is the end of the story. But what about the costs and legalities involved? How much of that treasure would you actually get to keep?</p> <h2>First, can you legally keep the treasure?</h2> <p>&quot;Finders keepers, losers weepers.&quot; Is that an accurate description of the law when it comes to treasure, or finding anything of value? Well, yes and no. United States common law dictates that a treasure trove belongs to the finder. However, there are discrepancies to this in some states.</p> <p>For example, Texas does not recognize the common law regarding treasure troves. In Louisiana, found treasure must be split between the finder and the property owner. In Tennessee and Idaho, the treasure belongs to the landowner.</p> <p>In other states, you are required to make a reasonable effort to return found treasure to the rightful owner, which includes first taking it to the local police. If no one claims the find after a certain time period, it's yours. If you find treasure and do <em>not</em> report it or make efforts to return it to a rightful owner, you can be found guilty of theft. What's more, if the gold you find was due to criminal activity, it could well be claimed by the state if the rightful owner cannot be found.</p> <p>So, make sure you are free and clear in the eyes of the law before you think of spending a cent from that chest of gold.</p> <h2>How much of the treasure will be yours to own?</h2> <p>Again, this is going to vary depending on what you found and where you found it. Look at the example of the Schmitt family and the <a href="https://www.cbsnews.com/news/300-year-old-treasure-gold-found-schmitt-family-off-coast-florida/" target="_blank">treasure chest they found on a shipwreck</a> in 2015.</p> <p>Filled with gold and coins valued at over $1 million, it would seem they hit the jackpot. However, the haul was discovered on a wreck off the coast of Florida. By law, the state collected 20 percent of that $1 million, and as the wreck was owned by a company called Queens Jewels, LLC, the remaining gold had to be split 50-50 between that company and the Schmitts. That reduced their $1 million find to $400,000.</p> <p>You may get lucky and find your treasure on a piece of land not owned by anyone, and live in a state that abides by the treasure trove law. But guess what? You still have to pay Uncle Sam ...</p> <h2>That treasure chest's value must be reported to the IRS</h2> <p>Taxes: It's a dirty word at the best of times, but it can really cast a dark cloud over your haul. IRS code section 61 states that &quot;gross income means all income from whatever source derived.&quot; While the tax code does not specifically call out buried treasure, it has been left broad enough to collect taxes on whatever the IRS deems to be income. And you can bet a find of valuable gold coins or jewels will make the IRS sit up and take notice. You can look for legal deductions to reduce your tax burden, but don't avoid paying it altogether. If you are living a Champagne lifestyle on a beer budget, the IRS will become suspicious. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/35-bizarre-things-you-can-be-taxed-on?ref=seealso" target="_blank">35 Bizarre Things You Can Be Taxed On</a>)</p> <h2>Know what you're selling, and how to sell it</h2> <p>So, you've gone through all the steps, and the treasure chest is yours. It's time to sell the gold and pocket the cash, and you know you will have to report that money to the IRS. What are your options?</p> <p>For a start, you need to know exactly what it is that you're selling. Not all gold coins and jewelry are made alike. In some instances, you may have a very valuable artifact that has historical significance, or was made by a highly-prized designer. In that case, the object will be worth much more than the going rate for an ounce of gold. If you have these items appraised, and they are indeed collector's pieces, you will most likely have to put the object up for auction. In that case, the auction house will take a percentage of the final value.</p> <p>If, on the other hand, it's simply a bunch of gold that is worth the going market price, you should find legitimate sales avenues. The first place to go is a reputable jeweler in your area. Their main source of income comes from selling jewels, not trading in gold, and they will be less likely to rip you off. Avoid those &quot;cash for gold&quot; places; they will try to give you the least possible amount of money for your trade. The same is true of pawn stores. The owners aren't knowledgeable in what you have, and just want to buy low and sell high. Also, do your homework. What kind of gold do you have? If it's 24 carat gold, it will get the highest value.</p> <p>A box of treasure is a lucky find however you slice it &mdash; but you will not get to keep the whole amount unless you're intent on breaking the law and accepting the consequences.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Fthe-cost-of-finding-a-treasure-chest-full-of-gold&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FThe%2520Cost%2520of%2520Finding%2520a%2520Treasure%2520Chest%2520Full%2520of%2520Gold.jpg&amp;description=The%20Cost%20of%20Finding%20a%20Treasure%20Chest%20Full%20of%20Gold"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/The%20Cost%20of%20Finding%20a%20Treasure%20Chest%20Full%20of%20Gold.jpg" alt="The Cost of Finding a Treasure Chest Full of Gold" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-cost-of-finding-a-treasure-chest-full-of-gold">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/heres-what-to-do-if-your-wages-are-garnished">Here&#039;s What to Do If Your Wages Are Garnished</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-expats-can-maintain-their-credit-scores">9 Ways Expats Can Maintain Their Credit Scores</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-things-you-need-to-know-about-401k-hardship-withdrawals">7 Things You Need to Know About 401(k) Hardship Withdrawals</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-can-you-do-if-you-cannot-afford-to-pay-your-taxes">What can you do if you cannot afford to pay your taxes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cross-your-fingers-and-hope-you-re-not-caught-by-alternative-minimum-tax-amt-this-year">Cross your fingers and hope you’re not caught by Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) this year.</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Personal Finance Entertainment buried treasure common law gold hidden costs IRS taxes treasure chest valuables Tue, 28 Nov 2017 09:00:06 +0000 Paul Michael 2057737 at http://www.wisebread.com 12 Podcasts Bookworms Will Love http://www.wisebread.com/12-podcasts-bookworms-will-love <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/12-podcasts-bookworms-will-love" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/schoolgirl_with_headphones_and_book_resting_on_bench.jpg" alt="Schoolgirl with headphones and book resting on bench" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I have been known to read while cooking, showering, walking the dog, and on one memorable occasion, at a concert. On more than one occasion when I have been behind the wheel, I have seriously considered whipping a book out at stoplights to continue a story that has gripped me.</p> <p>Unfortunately, even though I have tested the limits of where one can responsibly and comfortably read, you can't read books all the time. And even though audiobooks can scratch the reading itch for many of those instances when it's simply impossible to bury your nose in a book, there can be times when readers need something a little different.</p> <p>There's where reading and book-related podcasts come in. With these podcasts, not only can you listen to people talking about your favorite subject, but you can also get some great suggestions for what to read next and get some new insight into stories, authors, books, and subjects that you hadn't thought of before.</p> <p>If you are looking for your next great book-related listen, consider one of these 12 podcasts for bookworms. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-great-apps-for-book-lovers?ref=seealso" target="_blank">11 Great Apps for Book Lovers</a>)</p> <h2>1. Book Club Appetizer</h2> <p>This show describes itself as a &quot;snackable podcast to help kick off book club meetings or enhance solo reading.&quot; Each episode of <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/book-club-appetizer/id1059532301?mt=2" target="_blank">Book Club Appetizer</a> focuses on a single title. The hosts, Abbe and Emma from the book blog <a href="http://www.readitforward.com/" target="_blank">Read It Forward</a>, recap the chosen book, talk about some of the big ideas, questions, and details of the story, and then invite the book's author into the studio for an interview and a brief reading from the book.</p> <h2>2. All the Books!</h2> <p><a href="https://bookriot.com/" target="_blank">Book Riot</a> covers all book and literature-related news, reviews, commentary, and advice for diverse readers. The site hosts a number of book-related podcasts that are sure to tickle any reader's fancy.</p> <p><a href="https://bookriot.com/listen/shows/allthebooks/" target="_blank">All the Books!</a> is one of Book Riot's outstanding weekly podcasts. It has recommendations and discussions about the most interesting and exciting new releases for the week. The hosts of <em>All the Books!</em> have a great chemistry and banter and their love of all the books they are reading very clearly shines through. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-easiest-ways-to-score-free-ebooks?ref=seealso" target="_blank">5 Easiest Ways to Score Free eBooks</a>)</p> <h2>3. Book Riot: The Podcast</h2> <p>Another podcast from Book Riot, this weekly show focuses on what's new and interesting in the world of books and reading. <a href="https://bookriot.com/listen/shows/thepodcast/" target="_blank">Book Riot: The Podcast</a> is where you can go to learn about everything from upcoming movie adaptations of your favorite books to news about major literary awards to reports about the publishing industry.</p> <h2>4. Hey YA</h2> <p>Young adult literature gets the love and elevation it deserves in this brand-new weekly podcast from Book Riot. <a href="https://bookriot.com/listen/shows/heyya/" target="_blank">Hey YA</a> discusses everything from new titles to classic reads in the YA genre, as well as news about film adaptations and opinions about which traditional writers should attempt YA lit.</p> <h2>5. Read or Dead</h2> <p>If you love mystery and thriller novels, the <a href="https://bookriot.com/listen/shows/readordead/" target="_blank">Read or Dead</a> podcast is for you. This twice monthly show from Book Riot includes discussions about mystery and suspense tropes as well as recommendations for future reading.</p> <h2>6. SFF Yeah!</h2> <p>Science fiction and fantasy fans get their own twice monthly podcast with <a href="https://bookriot.com/listen/shows/sffyeah/" target="_blank">SFF Yeah!</a> from Book Riot. This show covers all aspects of the sci-fi and fantasy genres (with some discussions touching on horror), and offers great book recommendations and deep discussions about the genre.</p> <h2>7. KCRW's Bookworm</h2> <p>Michael Silverblatt, host of <a href="http://www.npr.org/podcasts/381444882/k-c-r-w-s-bookworm" target="_blank">Bookworm</a>, was once called <a href="https://www.believermag.com/issues/201006/?read=interview_silverblatt" target="_blank">the best reader in America by Norman Mailer</a>, and listening to this show will help you to read deeply and ask big questions of the books you read. Each week, Silverblatt interviews writers of both fiction and poetry to talk about their work. You can do a deep dive into the archives of this show, since it has been airing for over 20 years.</p> <h2>8. The Myths and Legends Podcast</h2> <p>Human beings have been telling stories for far longer than we've been writing them down. The <a href="https://www.mythpodcast.com/" target="_blank">Myths and Legends Podcast</a> introduces you to stories from myths, legends, and folklore from long ago &mdash; retelling these ancient stories with a modern sensibility and a dash of humor. Listening to this podcast can help you better understand the roots of your favorite tales.</p> <h2>9. The New Yorker: Fiction</h2> <p>In this podcast, host and <em>New Yorker</em> fiction editor Deborah Treisman invites an author with a published story in the <em>New Yorker </em>to choose a piece of fiction from the <em>New Yorker</em> archives to read and discuss. When you tune into the monthly <a href="https://www.newyorker.com/podcast/fiction" target="_blank">New Yorker: Fiction</a> podcast, you get to hear some of the best short stories ever written being discussed by some of today's best writers. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-great-side-jobs-for-book-lovers?ref=seealso" target="_blank">6 Great Side Jobs for Book Lovers</a>)</p> <h2>10. Overdue</h2> <p>Every reader has a stack of books in their &quot;to be read&quot; (TBR) pile that they just haven't gotten around to. <a href="http://overduepodcast.com/" target="_blank">Overdue</a> is the podcast that plunges into all of those older books that you've been meaning to read but just haven't opened yet. Each week, the hosts tackle one book from their backlog of &quot;overdue&quot; books, covering everything from classic literature to best sellers of bygone years to obscure works that you may not have heard of. The podcast posts its upcoming titles so you can read along with the hosts and listen after you have checked the book off your &quot;overdue&quot; list.</p> <h2>11. Smart Podcast, Trashy Books</h2> <p>Romance readers, rejoice! The hilarious writers behind the subversive romance fiction blog <a href="http://smartbitchestrashybooks.com/" target="_blank">Smart B*tches, Trashy Books</a> have a weekly podcast to discuss what's new, what's funny, and what's truly weird about romance novels. <a href="http://smartbitchestrashybooks.com/podcast/" target="_blank">Smart Podcast, Trashy Books</a> offers everything from author interviews to book recommendations to feminist discussion of romance tropes. If you know what a &quot;glittery hoo-ha&quot; is, then this is the podcast for you.</p> <h2>12. What Should I Read Next</h2> <p>Every reader knows the dreaded feeling of falling into a book rut. After finishing a great read, you might feel adrift trying to determine what book you should pick up next. Anne Bogel, host of <a href="https://modernmrsdarcy.com/what-should-i-read-next/" target="_blank">What Should I Read Next</a> and the blogger behind <a href="https://modernmrsdarcy.com/" target="_blank">Modern Mrs. Darcy</a>, interviews a new guest reader with every weekly podcast. Together, they discuss the books the guest loves, the books he or she hates, and what they are reading now. From there, Anne makes three book recommendations for what the guest can read next. Ultimately, every episode will give you some excellent ideas for new books to check out.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? 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Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-7"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-great-apps-for-book-lovers">11 Great Apps for Book Lovers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-fun-podcasts-for-kids-that-parents-love-too">7 Fun Podcasts for Kids (That Parents Love, Too)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-netflix-and-hulu-to-play-on-your-tv">How to Get Netflix and Hulu to Play on Your TV</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/17-cool-jobs-for-book-lovers">17 Cool Jobs for Book Lovers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-ways-to-get-paid-to-read">8 Ways to Get Paid to Read</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment Technology best books book lovers bookworms free books free podcasts new podcasts podcasts Wed, 08 Nov 2017 08:00:05 +0000 Emily Guy Birken 2049406 at http://www.wisebread.com