Entertainment http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/5995/all en-US 6 Lessons on Surviving and Thriving Through Tough Times From Author Donna Freedman http://www.wisebread.com/6-lessons-on-surviving-and-thriving-through-tough-times-from-author-donna-freedman <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/6-lessons-on-surviving-and-thriving-through-tough-times-from-author-donna-freedman" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/photo_of_young_business_woman_in_a_conference_room.jpg" alt="Photo of young business woman in a conference room" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>When you need a haircut, you go see your barber or hair stylist. When you're feeling ill, you go to your doctor. And when you need sound financial advice from someone who would never belittle or money-shame you, you go to <a href="http://donnafreedman.com/" target="_blank">Donna Freedman</a>. We sung her praises after reading her book, <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-tips-from-playbook-for-tough-times-thatll-help-you-live-your-best-life" target="_blank"><em>Playbook For Tough Times: Living Large On Small Change, For The Short Term Or The Long Haul</em></a>, and lucky for us (and you) she has recently released her new book, <a href="http://amzn.to/2tJQKqJ" target="_blank"><em>Your Playbook For Tough Times, Vol. 2</em></a><em>. </em></p> <p>Yep, Freedman is back with even more spectacular tips on how to make the most of what you have, even if that is very little. Here are some of the best ways to stretch your dollars and survive a financial setback <em>Vol. 2</em> had to offer.</p> <h2>1. Know that you are not alone</h2> <p>The best part of <em>Your Playbook For Tough Times, Vol. 2.</em> &mdash; or any bit of wisdom Freedman shares, really &mdash; is that she gets where you're coming from as she's been through financial struggles herself. Freedman has faced a lengthy divorce, she's been a single mom to a disabled adult daughter while scraping by on money from part-time jobs, and she went back to school later in life. She gets it.</p> <p>She's not sitting up in a gold tower on a pile of money telling you how your financial struggles are your fault. Freedman's empathy is genuine and her tips are realistic. It's like a best friend who is also your financial adviser telling you how to achieve your goals, and showing you why there's no doubt you will.</p> <h2>2. Stop seeing frugality as a punishment</h2> <p>Freedman emphasizes that frugality is not punishment, but rather, a power move. Controlling your spending urges, scaling back a bit on entertainment and dining out, and other frugal strategies will ultimately help you reach your financial goals. So while the road to reaching those goals may seem long, you shouldn't view your careful money habits as restrictive and misery-inducing, especially if they lead you to paying off your mortgage and retiring early. Because isn't that the whole point?</p> <h2>3. Always be prepared for tough times</h2> <p>After Freedman published <a href="http://amzn.to/2eLFRcE" target="_blank"><em>Your Playbook For Tough Times, Vol. 1</em></a><em>, </em>she received the following comment that caught her eye:</p> <p><em>&quot;I realized that 'tough times' are no longer an isolated event. They're pretty much like a fifth season, like hurricane season, and (something) one really has to prepare for.&quot;</em></p> <p>While many people see financial hardships as something to always be prepared for, others still view them as isolated incidents that may happen once or twice, but never again. That's not the case, though, is it? Life is long, and your financial situation may change a dozen times before you reach retirement. So rather than seeing these obstacles as temporary and infrequent, proactively gain the upper hand by spending mindfully and saving diligently, even when your finances are solid.</p> <h2>4. Focus, focus, focus</h2> <p>Every time I go to put an item into my cart from this point on, I'll hear Freedman's clever words, &quot;The trick is to care about what you spend vs. spending without a care.&quot;</p> <p>Sure, it looks like a blast to grab cute clothes off all the shelves of your favorite store and hand your card over to the cashier without even looking at the total, but nobody should be making reckless money moves like these unless all of their debt is paid off. Freedman provides actionable steps to kick this urge and spend more mindfully.</p> <p>There's also a section where she recommends adding personal finance goals in between items on your shopping list. Seeing things like, &quot;Retire by 40&quot; and &quot;Pay off credit debt by next year&quot; sandwiched between things you're planning to spend money on keeps you laser-focused on careful spending, keeping you from falling victim to impulse buys that can pull you off-course.</p> <h2>5. The right attitude can change everything</h2> <p>In chapter two, &quot;A Winning Attitude,&quot; Freedman discusses how vital it is to be able to adapt. A job loss or a health setback can quickly derail your finances. And as difficult as it is to recover, you must be able to strategize in order to survive.</p> <p>An example she gives is a woman living paycheck-to-paycheck who has just gotten her hours cut at work. Her attitude might be: &quot;<em>Once I pay my rent and utilities this month there will be nothing left for groceries.&quot; </em>Sure, it's a reasonable reaction, but how will that help her? Instead, Freedman recommends a shift in mindset like this:<em> &quot;I'm going to make it my business to find short-term help to get through this, and also search for a steadier job.&quot;</em></p> <p>This subtle tweak into positivity and determination can mean the difference between scraping by and going hungry. Those who can adapt during tough situations are the ones who will make it to the other side, after all.</p> <h2>6. Acknowledge how lucky you are</h2> <p>Freedman acknowledges that it may seem trite, but the importance of appreciating all that you do have during a financial crisis cannot be understated. She writes, &quot;When I was at my lowest point financially, I kept reminding myself that I had family and friends, a roof over my head, basic food, a library card, and a chance to improve my life by going back to school (on scholarship &mdash; no way was I borrowing money).&quot;</p> <p>So while it may take some time to reach your financial goals and to really feel the comfort of the cushion you're building, the ride will be a lot smoother if you can look around and be content with what you already have.</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" data-pin-save="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F6-lessons-on-surviving-and-thriving-through-tough-times-from-author-donna-freedman&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F6%2520Lessons%2520on%2520Surviving%2520and%2520Thriving%2520Through%2520Tough%2520Times%2520From%2520Author%2520Donna%2520Freedman.jpg&amp;description=6%20Lessons%20on%20Surviving%20and%20Thriving%20Through%20Tough%20Times%20From%20Author%20Donna%20Freedman"></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%20Lessons%20on%20Surviving%20and%20Thriving%20Through%20Tough%20Times%20From%20Author%20Donna%20Freedman.jpg" alt="6 Lessons on Surviving and Thriving Through Tough Times From Author Donna Freedman" 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/chrissa-hardy">Chrissa Hardy</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-lessons-on-surviving-and-thriving-through-tough-times-from-author-donna-freedman">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-tips-from-playbook-for-tough-times-thatll-help-you-live-your-best-life">5 Tips From &quot;Playbook For Tough Times&quot; That&#039;ll Help You Live Your Best Life</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-lessons-on-how-to-be-a-financial-grownup-from-bobbi-rebell">6 Lessons on How to Be a Financial Grownup From Bobbi Rebell</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-fun-books-that-will-get-your-kids-excited-about-money">10 Fun Books That Will Get Your Kids Excited About Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/read-ageproof-living-longer-without-running-out-of-money-or-breaking-a-hip-to-live-your-best-life">Read &quot;AgeProof: Living Longer Without Running Out of Money or Breaking a Hip&quot; to Live Your Best Life</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/this-simple-journal-may-be-the-fix-for-your-finances">This Simple Journal May be the Fix for Your Finances</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Budgeting Entertainment budgeting donna freedman finances money tips playbook for tough times saving money Mon, 10 Jul 2017 08:30:16 +0000 Chrissa Hardy 1980034 at http://www.wisebread.com 23 Cheap Summer Date Ideas http://www.wisebread.com/23-cheap-summer-date-ideas <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/23-cheap-summer-date-ideas" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/happy_couple_chasing_each_other_on_bike.jpg" alt="Happy couple chasing each other on bike" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It's summertime, and the options for a romantic date are endless. They also don't have to cost you very much. Take advantage of the gorgeous weather and spend some quality time with your boo, using these ideas on how to keep your summer love life active and exciting.</p> <h2>1. Fish a lake or river</h2> <p>Even if fish isn't in your diet, you can still enjoy throwing back a few cold ones by a river or a lake with your date as you cast your rods into the water. If you don't have fishing tools handy, pick up inexpensive rods at Walmart or Target and a container of worms at your local bait shop.</p> <h2>2. Crab off a pier</h2> <p>I grew up around the water in Baltimore, so crabbing is in my DNA. While I'm not a fan of pulling up crab pots from the side of a boat &mdash; you never know when you'll snag a jellyfish &mdash; I love crabbing from the side of a pier. All you need is a ball of long string, a bag of chicken necks (which you can find at your grocery store for cheap), and a crab net to scoop the little buggers up.</p> <h2>3. Hop in a kayak or canoe</h2> <p>If you have a kayak or canoe at your disposal, strap it to the roof of your vehicle and head for the water. If you're without a vessel, look into free rentals in your area. New York City, for instance, offers free kayaking at certain times during the summer; many other areas likely have similar programs.</p> <h2>4. Hike nearby trails</h2> <p>You can find a decent trail to hike no matter where you live. Just make sure you plan appropriately before embarking on your adventure. Don't choose a hike that's too difficult for you or your date, and make sure you take plenty of food, water, sunscreen, and your phone in case of emergencies. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-outdoor-adventures-that-dont-cost-a-dime?ref=seealso" target="_blank">6 Outdoor Adventures That Don't Cost a Dime</a>)</p> <h2>5. Attend a DIY workshop at Home Depot</h2> <p>I recently learned about free workshops that Home Depot offers that teach you how to make specific home items. Last month, there was a workshop on how to make a concrete serving tray, and in July, participants can learn to build a crate end table. Check out your local store and see what they have to offer.</p> <h2>6. Build a backyard fire or find a beach bonfire</h2> <p>I have a <a href="http://amzn.to/2taclHQ" target="_blank">fire pit</a> in my backyard that I picked up for around $80. It's more than paid for itself with all the good times I've had around it, including wine and cuddle time with my guy. If you don't have access to a fire pit, look into bonfires in your area, which are probably a sure bet if you live anywhere near a shoreline.</p> <h2>7. Find outdoor movies in your area</h2> <p>Outdoor movies are everywhere these days, and I happen to think they're one of the best date-night activities available. It's hard to beat a relaxing evening under the stars, holding hands and eating candy while watching a flick you both enjoy. And some of them are <em>free</em>.</p> <h2>8. Step back in time at a drive-in theater</h2> <p>Another one of my all-time favorite date options is pulling into a drive-in and putting the car in park for a double- or triple-feature. Admission is usually $10 per person, and some drive-ins let you bring your own snacks. There are 338 drive-in theaters left in the United States, and you can <a href="http://www.nerve.com/movies913/drivein-theater-open-find-location" target="_blank">find the drive-in closest to you</a> with this handy locator.</p> <h2>9. Lie under the stars and gaze</h2> <p>If you live in an area too lit to see many stars, take a quick drive outside the city limits, lay out a blanket, get snugly, and let nature treat you to a twinkling space show.</p> <h2>10. Pack a picnic with board games</h2> <p>Pack a lunch in a picnic basket along with a couple of board games, and head to your favorite park for food and a little friendly competition.</p> <h2>11. Pop into an art gallery</h2> <p>Most art galleries are free to visit, and if you can catch a gallery on opening night of an exhibit, you can probably score free wine and cheese, too.</p> <h2>12. Spend the day at the beach</h2> <p>The beach provides plenty of built-in fun. Stuff your backpack with the essentials to keep you satisfied, hydrated, and protected from the UV rays.</p> <h2>13. Unchain the bikes and go for a ride</h2> <p>You and your bae can hop on your bikes for a little exercise, or you can cruise to a new café or restaurant you haven't tried yet.</p> <h2>14. Root for the home team at a baseball game</h2> <p>If your MLB home team isn't doing so hot this season, tickets are likely more affordable than normal. If that's not the case, look into a game at your local minor league stadium. They could always use the extra community support.</p> <h2>15. Take the dogs to &quot;Yappy Hour&quot;</h2> <p>More and more establishments are allowing pups onto their premises &mdash; because who doesn't like hanging out with adorable dogs? &mdash; and you can find the spots nearest you with a quick search of &quot;dog-friendly bars&quot; in your area. As long as your date is an animal lover, pets and dates are usually a home run.</p> <h2>16. Make homemade pizza</h2> <p>Homemade pizza is not only healthier than delivery (depending on what you're putting on it), but it's a ton of fun to make. Pick up a pre-made crust (it's easier than fresh dough if you don't have a pizza stone), build your pizza, pop it in for 10 minutes or so, and enjoy. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/this-is-how-you-make-restaurant-quality-pizza-at-home?ref=seealso" target="_blank">This Is How You Make Restaurant-Quality Pizza at Home</a>)</p> <h2>17. Prepare for a water battle</h2> <p>Fill leftover balloons or your high-powered toy guns with water and aim for each other to cool off on a blistering afternoon. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-clever-ways-to-keep-cool-when-its-stupid-hot-out?ref=seealso" target="_blank">10 Clever Ways to Keep Cool When It's Stupid Hot Out</a>)</p> <h2>18. Show off your vocal talents at karaoke</h2> <p>Impress your date with your vocal stylings by choosing your favorite song and belting it out with confidence. If you aren't running up a huge bar tab, karaoke itself won't cost you a dime.</p> <h2>19. Enjoy a local trivia or bingo night</h2> <p>Put on your thinking caps to show off how smart you are at a local trivia night, or get your competitive juices flowing at bingo. Bingo isn't just for grandmas anymore, BTW. Several bars in my area offer bingo at night or at brunch time with fun prizes, and if you're able to find a bingo night hosted by a drag queen, you've already hit the jackpot.</p> <h2>20. Check out a carnival</h2> <p>Save money by choosing just one or two rides at your local carnival to get your respective thrills on, and share a slice of that delectable funnel cake.</p> <h2>21. Get in some exercise at a trampoline park</h2> <p>An hour of jump time at a trampoline park is around $10 at most places, but I've seen discounted days and times &mdash; sort of like happy hour &mdash; that you might be able to take advantage of.</p> <h2>22. Lace up your skates at the roller rink</h2> <p>I went roller skating with my guy a few months ago and the place was unbelievable. I legit thought we would be the only two people there, but it was packed &mdash; on a Tuesday night, no less. Many rinks have adults-only nights, if the preteen crowd puts a damper on your romance. If you haven't taken any laps around a rink lately, don't sweat it; you'll learn how to bop again in no time.</p> <h2>23. Interact with the animals at a preserve or sanctuary</h2> <p>A lot of animal shelters won't let you come in just to pet and play with their tenants, but there are dedicated sanctuaries in certain areas &mdash; like the wolf-dog preserve in New Jersey and exotic animal sanctuaries in Florida &mdash; that let you pet and interact with the animals in their forever homes.</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" data-pin-save="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F23-cheap-summer-date-ideas&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F23%2520Cheap%2520Summer%2520Date%2520Ideas.jpg&amp;description=23%20Cheap%20Summer%20Date%20Ideas"></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/u5180/23%20Cheap%20Summer%20Date%20Ideas.jpg" alt="23 Cheap Summer Date Ideas" 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/23-cheap-summer-date-ideas">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/6-cheap-ways-to-entertain-your-kids-this-summer">6 Cheap Ways to Entertain Your Kids This Summer</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-surprising-ways-summer-will-cost-you">7 Surprising Ways Summer Will Cost You</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-lessons-on-surviving-and-thriving-through-tough-times-from-author-donna-freedman">6 Lessons on Surviving and Thriving Through Tough Times From Author Donna Freedman</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-ways-to-make-this-your-most-productive-summer-yet">10 Ways to Make This Your Most Productive Summer Yet</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-watch-movies-in-the-theater-for-free">How to Watch Movies in the Theater for Free</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment cheap dates date ideas Dating saving money summer date ideas summer fun things to do in summer Thu, 06 Jul 2017 08:30:15 +0000 Mikey Rox 1977970 at http://www.wisebread.com 9 Unexpected First Jobs of the Wealthy and Famous http://www.wisebread.com/9-unexpected-first-jobs-of-the-wealthy-and-famous <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/9-unexpected-first-jobs-of-the-wealthy-and-famous" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_serving_ice_cream.jpg" alt="Woman serving ice cream" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Singer, actor, author, business tycoon &mdash; everyone still starts somewhere. And while some people have the luxury of starting with wealth and fame behind them, others have had to scrape their way to the top. If you think millionaires and billionaires have always had it easy, think again. Many of them have worked jobs that may surprise you.</p> <h2>1. Orlando Bloom: Clay pigeon trapper</h2> <p>You probably know him as Legolas from <em>The Lord of the Rings</em>, or Will Turner from <em>Pirates of the Caribbean</em>. And although he's considered one of the sexiest men in the world, Orlando's first job was not exactly &quot;sexy.&quot;</p> <p>He was just 13-years-old when he took this job at the shooting range, and by all accounts, he loved it. &quot;I was a clay trapper,&quot; he said in a 2006 interview. &quot;People would go clay-pigeon shooting on the weekends, and when they said 'pull,' I was the one who released the pigeon. It was wild.&quot;</p> <p>Today, Orlando Bloom has a net worth estimated at $35 million.</p> <h2>2. Oprah Winfrey: Grocery store clerk</h2> <p>One of the most successful women in the world started her working life as many of us do &mdash; at the local grocery store. Oprah recounted her time working at the corner store for Oprah.com, part of the vast empire this billionaire businesswoman has created.</p> <p>&quot;I wasn't allowed to talk to the customers, and can you imagine for me? &hellip; That was very, very, very hard.&quot;</p> <p>She was in her early teens when she took the job in Nashville, but by the time she hit 16-years-old, she already had her sights set on broadcasting. She then landed a job reading the news at Nashville radio station, WVOL. The rest, as they say, is history.</p> <h2>3. Michael Dell: Dishwasher</h2> <p>In 1992, eight years after his computer company Dell was founded, Michael Dell became the youngest CEO ever to run a Fortune 500 company. He attributes his success to hard work, dedication, and doing whatever it takes to make your dreams happen.</p> <p>For the 12-year-old Michael Dell, that dream was to own a stamp collection. So, he took a job washing the dishes at the local Chinese restaurant &mdash; a job that, as you can imagine, was long hours for little pay, even for a boy not yet a teenager.</p> <p>But great oaks from little acorns grow, and just a few years later, he took apart an Apple computer to see exactly how it worked. His next dream was much more ambitious. And he achieved it.</p> <h2>4. Rod Stewart: Wallpaper screen printer</h2> <p>Known for his signature raspy crooning voice, Rod Stewart is an international singing superstar.</p> <p>Before he rose to fame, Rod held a couple of odd jobs, including newspaper deliverer and grave plot measurer. But before that, he had another unusual job that was short-lived &mdash; wallpaper screen printer.</p> <p>After dropping out of school at age 15, Rod worked printing the patterns on wallpapers. For some, a job like this could be a creative outlet. For Rod, it was never meant to be. Rod Stewart is colorblind, and that adversely affected his take on his job.</p> <p>&quot;If you are colorblind, one of the things you can't be is an aircraft pilot,&quot; he said in an interview. &quot;One of the other things you can't be is a wallpaper designer.&quot;</p> <p>He was laid off shortly after getting the job, but didn't let that dissuade him from pursuing the road to success. Today, Rod is worth about $235 million.</p> <h2>5. Sir Sean Connery: Milkman</h2> <p>He's considered by many to be the best James Bond ever to grace the screen. He is also still considered a sex-symbol, despite being 86-years-old. Back in 1944, when he was just 14, he earned his living pushing a barrow at the local Corstorphine Dairy, in a small village west of Edinburgh. The salary back then was 21 shillings per week &mdash; that's roughly &pound;1.05, which today would be the equivalent of around &pound;42, or $54.</p> <p>For most 14-year-olds, over $200 per month is a nice chunk of change. Still, he went on to become a legend in the acting business, but those early days pushing barrels of milk gave him quite the foundation.</p> <h2>6. Sir Richard Branson: Parakeet breeder</h2> <p>There are some people destined to become a huge success, and you can tell from an early age. Richard Branson clearly had the entrepreneurial spirit from the get-go, and at the age of just 11, he started a small business with his best friend breeding parakeets (known as &quot;budgies&quot; in the UK).</p> <p>&quot;With my best friend Nik Powell as my partner, we set about breeding budgerigars,&quot; Branson wrote in a 2013 LinkedIn article. &quot;We saw a gap in the market to sell budgies as they were very popular with kids in school at the time.&quot;</p> <p>Branson says that when he went off to boarding school, rats got to some of the birds. The remaining ones were set free, and he went on to sell Christmas trees, and a student magazine that became the foundation for Virgin Records.</p> <h2>7. Stephen King: Laundry worker</h2> <p>Stephen King is the master of horror, and one of the most famous authors who has ever lived. As a publisher of over 54 novels, inspiring countless movies and TV series, he's sold over 350 million copies of his books. But his beginnings were humble to say the least.</p> <p>After graduating from college in 1970, he tried to find work as a teacher, but there were no positions available. After marrying his wife Tabby in 1971, he was desperate for any kind of income to help support her and his children. So, he took a job as a laborer at an industrial laundry, and also moonlighted as a janitor.</p> <p>It was here that he set up a makeshift desk in the laundry room, between a huge washing machine and dryer, and on his wife's Olivetti typewriter, wrote stories for Playboy, Cavalier, and Penthouse. And from those small successes, and his wife's encouragement, he wrote a book &mdash; <em>Carrie</em>.</p> <h2>8. Barack Obama: Ice cream scooper</h2> <p>The 44th President of the United States of America honed his charming social skills at an early age. As a teenager, he took a job at the Baskin-Robbins on Honolulu, scooping the 31 flavors daily to lines of hungry patrons.</p> <p>Sue Thirlwall, brand operating officer for Baskin-Robbins, says that this job builds essential skills for use in later life. &quot;Scooping for America's favorite neighborhood ice cream shop can result in obtaining basic lifelong job skills, like handling consumer care in real time and keeping calm under pressure,&quot; she told the L.A. Times in 2009</p> <p>And if you look back on his presidency, even if you did not support him or his party, how often did you see Barack Obama become unhinged, or lose his cool? Maybe we should all take a stint in an ice cream parlor.</p> <h2>9. Amy Adams: Hooters waitress</h2> <p>Some of the most notable movies of the last decade feature Amy Adams, including <em>The Muppets</em>, <em>Doubt</em>, <em>Man of Steel</em>, <em>American Hustle</em>, and <em>Arrival</em>. But when she graduated high school, she only had one thing on her mind &mdash; a car. She was &quot;sick of taking the bus&quot; and found herself in the famous white and orange outfit at Hooters.</p> <p>&quot;I wasn't cut out to be a waitress, and I certainly wasn't cut out to be a Hooters waitress. That was a short-lived ambition,&quot; said Amy of her brief career. She lasted just long enough to raise the money, $900, for her new set of wheels &mdash; a Chevrolet. And thankfully for us all, she then pursued a career in acting.</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" data-pin-save="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F9-unexpected-first-jobs-of-the-wealthy-and-famous&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F9%2520Unexpected%2520First%2520Jobs%2520of%2520the%2520Wealthy%2520and%2520Famous.jpg&amp;description=9%20Unexpected%20First%20Jobs%20of%20the%20Wealthy%20and%20Famous"></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/u5180/9%20Unexpected%20First%20Jobs%20of%20the%20Wealthy%20and%20Famous.jpg" alt="9 Unexpected First Jobs of the Wealthy and Famous" 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/9-unexpected-first-jobs-of-the-wealthy-and-famous">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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It's a great way to enjoy friends, family, fun games and yummy food without having to spend a lot. While there are a few BBQ staples (like hot dogs and burgers and lots of ice for drinks), every family parties differently and will have different items on their BBQ shopping lists.</p> <p><strong>What are your summer BBQ must-haves?</strong> What are some of your staples in terms of food, drinks, and activities? 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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 summer BBQ must-haves 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-are-your-summer-bbq-must-haves">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/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-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> <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-would-you-relocate-for-the-perfect-job-chance-to-win">Ask the Readers: Would You Relocate for the Perfect Job? (Chance to win!)</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/ask-the-readers-how-do-you-care-for-your-pet-affordably">Ask the Readers: How Do You Care For Your Pet Affordably?</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-what-is-your-new-years-resolution">Ask the Readers: What Is Your New Year&#039;s Resolution?</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment Giveaways Ask the Readers summer bbq Tue, 27 Jun 2017 08:30:08 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 1971279 at http://www.wisebread.com 8 Ways to Make Your Weekend Feel Longer http://www.wisebread.com/8-ways-to-make-your-weekend-feel-longer <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/8-ways-to-make-your-weekend-feel-longer" 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_relaxing_in_a_hammock.jpg" alt="Young woman relaxing in a hammock" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>What's not to love about weekends? The stresses of work fade away and life seems almost limitless. In fact, the only bad thing about weekends is their duration. Forty-eight hours isn't nearly enough time to decompress, recharge, and prepare for the coming workweek.</p> <p>So, how do we make those two precious days feel longer? Turns out, the trick is to try new things. As David Eagleman writes in his book, <a href="http://amzn.to/2sIwWUd" target="_blank">The Brain: The Story of You</a>, pursuing novel activities provides our brains with fresh data and &quot;stretches&quot; our perception of time. In contrast, doing the same old things (like binge-watching <em>Game of Thrones</em>) doesn't supply our noggins with new input and makes our weekends seem fast and forgettable. So on Saturday morning, resolve to break out of your routine and embrace the unfamiliar. Here are eight ideas to get your started.</p> <h2>1. Rise and shine</h2> <p>Expand your weekend by expanding your day. Wake up earlier than usual &mdash; perhaps even earlier than you do during the week &mdash; knock out a few household chores, and treat the dog to an extra long walk. By the time most folks are dragging themselves out of bed, you'll be energized and ready for a new adventure. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-benefits-of-being-a-morning-person?ref=seealso" target="_blank">9 Benefits of Being a Morning Person</a>)</p> <h2>2. Try a different mode of transportation</h2> <p>No matter where the weekend takes you, get there in a new way. Choose a slower pace by biking or walking to your destination. Make the journey part of the experience. Stop for coffee along the way, wander through a used bookstore, or explore a local farmers market. For longer trips, engage with fellow travelers and avoid parking hassles by taking public transportation.</p> <h2>3. Coordinate an escape room event with friends</h2> <p>Escape rooms are themed adventure games that require participants to solve a series of puzzles or riddles in order to &quot;escape&quot; from a room within a set period of time. To be successful, everyone has to work together, follow clues, and strategize. Enlist a group of friends and build a fun evening around this adrenaline-filled experience at your nearest escape room venue.</p> <h2>4. Browse yard sales and estate sales</h2> <p>Besides phenomenal bargains, yard sales and estate sales offer buyers a chance to hear the story behind each item they select. It's an interactive experience that just can't be matched in any other way. If you've never whiled away a Saturday wandering block-wide yard sales or strolling through a house where literally everything you see is for sale, give it a try. You'll be hooked.</p> <h2>5. Get out of town</h2> <p>Shake up your routine with a spontaneous weekend getaway. Pack the essentials, grab a friend or two, and see what other parts of your state have to offer. Many bus and train lines offer daylong excursions to nearby areas of interest. Bring a book and let someone else drive for a change.</p> <h2>6. Host a game night</h2> <p>When was the last time you devoted an entire evening to just having fun with friends and family? Hosting an informal game night puts people face-to-face again, gets them talking, and promotes something we all need a bit more of &mdash; unbridled silliness. If weather permits, try lawn games like ladder golf, cornhole, or badminton. If you're stuck inside, <a href="http://amzn.to/2rFhOCg" target="_blank">Jenga</a>, charades, and <a href="http://amzn.to/2rptLwC" target="_blank">Pictionary</a> are classics that everyone loves. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/score-how-to-host-a-great-game-night?ref=seealso" target="_blank">How to Host a Great Game Night</a>)</p> <h2>7. Go screen-free</h2> <p>Digital devices have a way of keeping us tethered to work, wrapped up in social drama, and consumed with mindless media. Oh, and in the process, they suck hours from our day. Encourage new thinking and new experiences by making at least part of your weekend completely screen-free. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-important-reasons-you-need-to-cut-back-on-screen-time?ref=seealso" target="_blank">10 Important Reasons You Need to Cut Back on Screen Time</a>)</p> <h2>8. Volunteer</h2> <p>Not only does volunteering make a difference in the lives of others, it helps us learn new skills and deepens our connection to the community. Consider donating your time and talent to a local animal shelter, youth organization, or food pantry. Just a few hours every weekend can change your whole perspective.</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" data-pin-save="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F8-ways-to-make-your-weekend-feel-longer&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F8%2520Ways%2520to%2520Make%2520Your%2520Weekend%2520Feel%2520Longer.jpg&amp;description=8%20Ways%20to%20Make%20Your%20Weekend%20Feel%20Longer"></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%20Make%20Your%20Weekend%20Feel%20Longer.jpg" alt="8 Ways to Make Your Weekend Feel Longer" 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/kentin-waits">Kentin Waits</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-ways-to-make-your-weekend-feel-longer">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/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-2 views-row-even"> <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-3 views-row-odd"> <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-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-free-or-cheap-ways-to-be-blissfully-unproductive">13 Free or Cheap Ways to Be Blissfully Unproductive</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-to-beat-the-sunday-blues">7 Ways to Beat the Sunday Blues</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment frugal fun fun activities relaxation weekend weekend fun weekend plans workweek Fri, 23 Jun 2017 08:00:08 +0000 Kentin Waits 1970389 at http://www.wisebread.com 5 Bedtime Routines of Famous Financial Gurus http://www.wisebread.com/5-bedtime-routines-of-famous-financial-gurus <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-bedtime-routines-of-famous-financial-gurus" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/beautiful_young_woman_at_home.jpg" alt="Beautiful young woman at home reading book" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Whether you're Joe Schmo or Bill Gates, there are just 24 hours in a day. Of course, not everybody spends them in the same way. Let's face it: Some people are better at managing time than others. And in a world where time equals money, it's often those with the best time management skills who are raking in the dough.</p> <p>It's not just how we spend our waking hours that counts &mdash; our habits pertaining to slumber also affect our income, stamina, success, and productivity.</p> <p>Read on for our roundup of evening rituals of these famously successful people. Because who wouldn't want to sleep like the fabulously wealthy?</p> <h2>1. Read a book</h2> <p>Bill Gates, who reads around 50 books per year, reserves the last waking hour of his day for reading. Yes, even on the stressful, exhausting days, Gates always makes time before bed for a good book.</p> <p>If you're wondering why someone like Gates has made this a priority, wonder no more: Not only does reading fuel creativity, it also helps a person de-stress while introducing new perspectives and expanding their knowledge. Hard up for something fresh to read? Here's <a href="http://time.com/4686426/bill-gates-book-recommendations/" target="_blank">every book recommendation</a> that Gates, the richest man in the world, has ever shared publicly.</p> <h2>2. Unplug the phone</h2> <p>On the brink of slumber, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg checks her email one last time. Then she turns off her cellphone, signaling an end to the day. Unplugging this way can be &quot;painful,&quot; Sandberg has admitted, but she conceded that she has found it to be the key to a good night's sleep. If the phone is on, she's said she is much more likely to be disturbed during the night.</p> <p>This is a smart habit to take up for yourself. Not only can waking up to check your phone in the middle of the night reduce the quality of your sleep, it can also cause anxiety, according to researchers at California State University.</p> <h2>3. Track your sleep</h2> <p>In complete contradiction to Sandberg's routine, business magnate Elon Musk uses his cellphone to track his sleep. His nightly sleep count averages about six hours, he admitted in a 2015 Reddit AMA. In preparation for this shut-eye, Musk, an avid consumer of coffee and Diet Coke, cuts himself off from caffeine six hours before bedtime.</p> <p>There are a number of smartphone apps that can help you track and understand your sleep cycles. Experts recommend seven to eight hours for most adults, though the true number is individualistic and likely depends on genetics. Getting enough sleep is critical to a satisfying social life and a high performance career. Here are a few top-rated sleep app options: <a href="https://mysleepbot.com/" target="_blank">Sleepbot</a>, <a href="https://www.sleepcycle.com/" target="_blank">Sleep Cycle</a>, and <a href="http://24-7.motionx.com/" target="_blank">MotionX 24/7</a>.</p> <h2>4. Treat yourself to quiet time</h2> <p>Oprah Winfrey designates 20 minutes at the end of her day for <a href="http://www.oprah.com/health/Oprah-on-Stillness-and-Meditation-Oprah-Visits-Fairfield-Iowa#ixzz2XoJNWPAR" target="_blank">meditation and silent reflection</a>. By allowing herself a regularly scheduled window during which she can decompress, Winfrey says she has reaped more benefits than she ever imagined. &quot;The results have been awesome,&quot; she said. &quot;Better sleep. Improved relationships with spouses, children, coworkers &hellip; Greater productivity and creativity all around.&quot;</p> <p>We all know how to sit quietly, but meditation takes a little bit more know-how and guidance. That's where a meditation aid can be helpful. Try the smartphone apps <a href="https://www.sattva.life/apps" target="_blank">Sattva</a> or <a href="http://buddhify.com/" target="_blank">Buddhify</a>. You can also find guided meditations on YouTube.</p> <h2>5. Skip the wine &mdash; soak in the tub</h2> <p>Entrepreneur Arianna Huffington's nighttime routine is ceremonious, and it comes in two stages. The first is simple: Skip the nightcap. Booze before bed can certainly help a person fall asleep, but the quality of that sleep will suffer. Instead, Huffington, who says she endeavors to clock seven or eight hours of shut-eye each night, indulges in a candlelit bath with piping hot water and Epsom salts. Then, after she gets under the covers, she takes a moment to count her blessings.</p> <p>&quot;I pause to think about the things that I'm grateful for in that moment,&quot; she wrote for The Telegraph. &quot;That way my blessings, not my worries, get the closing scene of the night.&quot;</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/brittany-lyte">Brittany Lyte</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-bedtime-routines-of-famous-financial-gurus">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-wise-tips-famous-ceos-would-give-their-younger-selves">8 Wise Tips Famous CEOs Would Give Their Younger Selves</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-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-3 views-row-odd"> <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-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-unexpected-first-jobs-of-the-wealthy-and-famous">9 Unexpected First Jobs of the Wealthy 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/8-things-you-can-do-in-denver-that-you-cant-do-anywhere-else">8 Things You Can Do in Denver That You Can&#039;t Do Anywhere Else</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment Lifestyle bedtime business owners celebrities CEOs entrepreneurs famous habits routines sleep success Mon, 05 Jun 2017 08:00:09 +0000 Brittany Lyte 1955704 at http://www.wisebread.com 6 Cheap Ways to Entertain Your Kids This Summer http://www.wisebread.com/6-cheap-ways-to-entertain-your-kids-this-summer <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/6-cheap-ways-to-entertain-your-kids-this-summer" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock-521079240.jpg" alt="Mother entertaining her daughter on the cheap this summer" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>School will be out before we know it. As a parent, I understand that reality can be terrifying. After all, what are you going to do with the kids all summer? Will they spend another summer break playing video games and watching TV?</p> <p>I don't know about you, but my kids do better when they are active and entertained, and I aim to keep them busy. Here are some ways I'll be keeping my kids moving a little more this summer, and how you can, too. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-save-money-on-child-care-this-summer?ref=seealso" target="_blank">How to Save Money on Child Care This Summer</a>)</p> <h2>1. Throw a water party</h2> <p>Kids of all ages like to play with water. I'm planning a couple of days when my kiddos can each invite a few friends over and go water-crazy for an afternoon. We'll have water guns, water balloons, the sprinklers will be going, an old school <a href="http://amzn.to/2qQEjry" target="_blank">Slip 'N Slide</a>, and more. It will be a blast, won't cost too much, and they will run around all afternoon.</p> <h2>2. Show them how to grow veggies</h2> <p>Having a garden takes some work, and I plan to put my kids in charge of (at least part of) mine. Digging, weeding, and watering are all active tasks and, even better, they get the kids out of the house. I'll give them each a small plot in the garden and put them in charge of picking what to grow and the actual planting, watering, weeding, etc. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-simple-gardening-skills-anybody-can-master?ref=seealso" target="_blank">13 Simple Gardening Skills Anybody Can Master</a>)</p> <h2>3. Have them create a funny video</h2> <p>Rather than have my kids watch videos, they'll be making their own. I'll encourage them to write the script, come up with costumes and props, and even shoot as much of it as they can themselves. It's cheap, it will keep them busy, and they'll have to exercise both their brains and their bodies to get it done.</p> <h2>4. Cook together</h2> <p>Most kids don't know how to cook, but I've found that they usually like to learn. As long as they don't feel like it's a chore and they aren't left entirely to their own devices, most kids are surprised to learn just how easy and satisfying it can be to throw a meal together. Plus, you'll finally have help with meal planning and preparation!</p> <h2>5. Teach them a new sport</h2> <p>Learning doesn't have to take place inside the confines of school, and kids can remember this over the summer. Take the time to learn some new activity with your kids. Try stand-up paddleboarding or kayaking if you want to do something outside. Not only will you and your kids get out of the house and move, but you'll learn a new skill that will keep you active.</p> <h2>6. Wash the car</h2> <p>Going back to the idea that everyone loves to play in the water, put your kids to work washing cars, bikes, scooters, etc. The job has to be done anyway, so you might as well use it as an excuse to get your kids moving. They may resist at first, but after the hose comes on, most kids are more than happy to do these particular chores.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sarah-winfrey">Sarah Winfrey</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-cheap-ways-to-entertain-your-kids-this-summer">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-have-a-fun-family-road-trip-without-breaking-your-budget">How to Have a Fun Family Road Trip Without Breaking Your 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/7-surprising-ways-summer-will-cost-you">7 Surprising Ways Summer Will Cost You</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/these-8-everyday-buys-will-be-cheaper-this-summer">These 8 Everyday Buys Will Be Cheaper This Summer</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/23-cheap-summer-date-ideas">23 Cheap Summer Date Ideas</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-affordable-family-getaways-when-you-dont-have-a-vacation-fund">7 Affordable Family Getaways When You Don&#039;t Have a Vacation Fund</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment Family family time family vacation kids activities kids games saving money summer summer activities summer fun summer vacation Thu, 01 Jun 2017 08:30:19 +0000 Sarah Winfrey 1944521 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Ways to Make This Your Most Productive Summer Yet http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-make-this-your-most-productive-summer-yet <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-ways-to-make-this-your-most-productive-summer-yet" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/happy_young_woman_relaxing_in_a_hammock.jpg" alt="Happy young woman relaxing in a hammock" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Summer's a ton of fun, but most of us can't hit the beach every day. You have to fit work and chores in there somewhere, and this time of year is perfect because of all that sunlight that lasts into the evening. But it's easy to succumb to the exhaustion that summer heat brings, and just lounge around in the AC. If you're having trouble sticking to a regimen, consider these ways to make this your most productive summer yet. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-easy-ways-to-fix-your-whole-life-this-summer?ref=seealso" target="_blank">11 Easy Ways to Fix Your Whole Life This Summer</a>)</p> <h2>1. Plan a vacation</h2> <p>It sounds counterproductive to plan a vacation when you're trying to get more done, but you can't work, work, work all the time. Going on vacation lets you relax for a few days and come home refreshed, ready to tackle your to-do list. Plus, the lead-up to your vacay often includes packing, cleaning, and tying up loose ends at work, which is sort of forcing you to pay attention to things you may have neglected for a while. Just be sure to finish what you need to finish beforehand. Work hard, reward yourself for your diligence while you're away, and return better than before.</p> <h2>2. Get outside more</h2> <p>When I was in college, some of my professors would have class on the quad to take advantage of the nice weather. It might not sound like much, but it's amazing how creatively you think when you're not stuck in a bland classroom. Of course, you're probably not still in college, but you can apply this logic to your work life. Have walk-and-talk meetings outdoors or plan a meeting during lunchtime at a picnic table. Getting out for a bit will break the day up, and you'll gain more energy after that dose of vitamin D so you can beat the 3 p.m. slump.</p> <h2>3. Make lists</h2> <p>There's a list for almost everything on my phone &mdash; groceries I need to buy, meals I'm making, date night ideas, articles I need to write, restaurants I want to try, etc. I honestly can't function without a list. I don't know how any busy person can. So if you really want to own your summer, start making lists for things you need to buy, places you want to visit, books you want to read, and anything else you'd like to accomplish by Labor Day.</p> <h2>4. Set reasonable goals</h2> <p>When setting productivity goals, be reasonable. If you think a project or task is too much for you to handle, it probably is. In that case, it might be necessary to cut it down into smaller goals to make the process more digestible and ultimately achievable.</p> <p>&quot;Choose one or two reasonably sized projects to work on during the summer,&quot; advises Rashelle Isip, professional organizer and author of the lifestyle blog TheOrderExpert.com. &quot;Once you finish those projects, you can take stock and re-evaluate your situation. Did you finish your project? Do you want to work on another project? Do you have enough time to complete another project? Finishing a single project is much more productive than halfheartedly starting three projects and leaving each half-finished.&quot;</p> <h2>5. Multitask while you relax</h2> <p>As a multi-business owner, I'm always doing something. That leaves me little time to relax. By combining tasks &mdash; particularly an enjoyable task with a mundane one &mdash; I'm able to speed things up. For instance, I catch up on my DVR'd shows while I'm folding laundry, respond to emails and read the news while I'm on the treadmill, and I listen to audiobooks while mowing the lawn. Those jobs alone are rather boring, but by pairing them with an activity I like, I seem to get them done faster and without dread.</p> <h2>6. Sleep more</h2> <p>I don't have to present you with a study or new research about how sleep is necessary and good for you. You already know that. So why do we all feel guilty when we get the recommended amount of sleep per night, or even sleep in sometimes? That ends here. Make peace with your need for more shut-eye, and you'll see the results in your energy level almost immediately.</p> <p>Sarah Brown, wellness expert for Mattress Firm, concurs. &quot;When we're trying to be productive, we often think we need to stay up late hours to fit everything in, but it actually decreases our productivity,&quot; she explains. &quot;Adults need six to nine hours of sleep each night, depending on the person, to stay productive. Keep a sleep schedule so that your body falls into a routine for sleep. You'll find yourself making better use of the time you are awake.&quot;</p> <h2>7. Edit your closet as you change seasons</h2> <p>I swap out my fall/winter wardrobe for my spring/summer wardrobe in May, and I take that time to pull out anything I haven't worn or don't think I'll wear this summer to either send to my nephews as hand-me-downs or sell on Swap.com. I just started doing the latter and so far I've made over $100 selling my old clothes. It feels nice to recoup some of my cost and keep my garments out of the landfill, plus my closet is pared down and organized. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-i-make-800-on-month-on-ebay-selling-used-clothes?ref=seealso" target="_blank">How I Make $800 on Month on eBay Selling Used Clothes</a>)</p> <h2>8. Rise earlier</h2> <p>Summertime certainly tempts you to stay up later, but try to manage your sleep so you're getting enough and can also get up fairly early without feeling like a zombie. Your daily commute to work will go smoother once you've had time to sufficiently shake the sleep off and face the day rather than jumping out of bed and rushing around because you may be late. Get up early, get ready at your own pace, enjoy your cup of coffee, and prepare for the day ahead without the frazzle.</p> <h2>9. Involve the whole family</h2> <p>If there's too much on your to-do list, spread those tasks around. There's no reason you should be taking on the brunt of the chores when you're not the one who even came close to making the brunt of mess. Plus, the kids are on summer vacation. What else do they have to do besides sleep all day and play video games? Make 'em earn their keep with good old-fashioned housework. They'll survive, and maybe they'll learn a few skills along the way.</p> <h2>10. Prepare your outfits and meals in advance</h2> <p>One of my biggest time savers is choosing my outfits and planning my meals for the week ahead. I usually do this on a Sunday evening when I'm at home watching TV. I choose what I'm going to wear for the week, and iron and assemble the outfits on hangers in the closet. This alone makes mornings a breeze because I can get dressed straight from the shower without any decision-making.</p> <p>As for my meals, I choose all my recipes and pull all the ingredients I need so I don't have to make many decisions when I'm tired and hungry. I enjoy cooking fresh on a nightly basis, but you can also spend one day preparing a week's worth of food and storing it in the fridge so you don't have to fuss with any food prep for the rest of the week. I get so much more stuff done with these two major daily tasks out of the way. Try it, and you'll feel the difference it makes in your life. Promise. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-shop-for-food-once-a-month-and-save-big?ref=seealso" target="_blank">How to Shop for Food Once a Month and Save Big</a>)</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/10-ways-to-make-this-your-most-productive-summer-yet">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/7-surprising-ways-summer-will-cost-you">7 Surprising Ways Summer Will Cost You</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-lessons-on-surviving-and-thriving-through-tough-times-from-author-donna-freedman">6 Lessons on Surviving and Thriving Through Tough Times From Author Donna Freedman</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/11-easy-ways-to-fix-your-whole-life-this-summer">11 Easy Ways to Fix Your Whole Life This Summer</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/23-cheap-summer-date-ideas">23 Cheap Summer Date Ideas</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-cheap-ways-to-entertain-your-kids-this-summer">6 Cheap Ways to Entertain Your Kids This Summer</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment Organization frugal summer get organized productive saving money summer plans things to do this summer to-do list Wed, 24 May 2017 08:30:13 +0000 Mikey Rox 1953074 at http://www.wisebread.com 7 Super Splurges of the Rich and Famous http://www.wisebread.com/7-super-splurges-of-the-rich-and-famous <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-super-splurges-of-the-rich-and-famous" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock-518185244.jpg" alt="Discovering the super splurges of the rich and famous" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Celebrities have money to spend, and boy do some of them spend it. There are a select few, including Winona Ryder, Tobey Maguire, and Kristen Bell, who are well known for their frugal habits. Others, not so much.</p> <p>But when you're bringing in six-figure paychecks, you're entitled to treat yourself a bit more often. Here are some of the most extravagant indulgences from the rich and famous. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/zooey-deschanel-never-pays-late-fees-and-5-other-smart-money-lessons-from-celebrities" target="_blank">5 Smart Money Lessons From Celebrities</a>)</p> <h2>1. Blue Ivy's custom Barbie</h2> <p>Since she was first introduced back in 1959, Barbie has been among the most popular toys for kids around the world. With an endless collection of accessories, dresses, vehicles, and homes, parents could spend a fortune on building a Barbie collection. However, very few could outdo Beyoncé with her custom-designed, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/14/blue-ivys-birthday-present_n_2472817.html" target="_blank">diamond-encrusted Barbie worth $80,000</a> that she gave her daughter Blue Ivy on her first birthday.</p> <h2>2. Ashton Kutcher's art book</h2> <p>The former star of <em>That '70s Show </em>and<em> Two and a Half Men</em> is known for his interest in venture capitalism, entrepreneurship, and investing. Having so many streams of income allows Kutcher to splurge on gifts. Back when he was married to actress Demi Moore, he spent $1,900 on a limited edition book of Africa photos by photographer and artist Peter Beard. Worth roughly $3.80 per page, that's one book you definitely wouldn't don't want to lose.</p> <h2>3. Lady GaGa's EMF detectors</h2> <p>After playing a menacing vampire for FX's <em>American Horror Story: Hotel</em>, wearing dresses and bikinis made out of raw meat, and jumping several feet into a football stadium for the Super Bowl Halftime Show, Lady Gaga seems pretty fearless. However, it turns out that the singer of &quot;Bad Romance&quot; believes in paranormal activity, has confessed to <a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/music/artists/who-was-joanne-the-tragic-figure-who-inspired-lady-gagas-new-alb/" target="_blank">having spiritual visions</a>, and wants to always be safe from spirits wherever she goes. That's why several sources report that she spent an estimated $40,000 in state-of-the-art Electromagnetic Field (EMF) detectors, which her team allegedly uses to <a href="http://www.glamourmagazine.co.uk/article/lady-gaga-spends-thousands-on-ghost-hunters" target="_blank">check for paranormal activity</a> backstage at concert venues.</p> <h2>4. Bono's favorite hat</h2> <p>Several studies have reported that at least half of online shoppers abandon their carts after discovering what the applicable shipping charges will be. U2 frontman Bono probably wouldn't even flinch because he paid more than $1,000 to have his signature <a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/comment/personal-view/3634411/Profile-Bono.html" target="_blank">black trilby flown from London to Italy</a>. To be fair, he probably cashed in several times that amount with his performance with opera tenor Pavarotti in Modena. Then again, the hat flew in a first-class seat in the cockpit next to the captain.</p> <h2>5. Madonna's Kabbalah water</h2> <p>Not to be outdone by Lady Gaga and Beyoncé's daughter, <a href="http://www.intouchweekly.com/posts/madonna-spends-10-000-a-month-on-water-23962" target="_blank">Madonna spent $10,000 per month</a> on specially blessed Kabbalah water back in 2008, according to <em>InTouch Weekly</em>. Madonna's water really puts to shame the bottled water we simple peasants can get at a Costco vending machine for only a quarter. The Material Girl is such a fan of the specially blessed H2O that she once wanted a <a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/celebritynews/3272832/Guy-Ritchie-cancels-Madonnas-order-to-fill-swimming-pool-with-Kabbalah-water.html" target="_blank">swimming pool filled with it</a>.</p> <h2>6. Daniel Radcliffe's special mattress</h2> <p>British actor Daniel Radcliffe made over $300,000 at age 11 as Harry Potter in the first two films in the series. That's way more most of us will make in a year as adults. So, how does a young man splurge with that type of cash? Apparently, the boy who lived dropped some serious cash on a <a href="http://people.com/premium/young-rich/" target="_blank">$17,000 custom-made Savoir mattress</a>. Money, <em>evanesco</em>!</p> <h2>7. Nicolas Cage's dinosaur skull</h2> <p>Without a doubt, the king of this list is actor Nicolas Cage. From albino king cobras, to exotic cars, to islands, there seems to be no object out of reach for the prolific film star. Still, no purchase is as eccentric as the <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/us-people-nicolascage-dinosaur-idUSKBN0U42MS20151222" target="_blank">$276,000 that Cage spent</a> on a <em>Tyrannosaurus bataar</em> skull in March 2007.</p> <p>Did this purchase work out for him? On the one hand, he outbid fellow Hollywood movie star Leonardo DiCaprio for the skull. On the other, the bragging rights only lasted eight years, as he had to return the dinosaur skull to the Mongolian government after authorities determined the seller had stolen the fossil. While Cage wasn't found guilty of any wrongdoing, he's still $276,000 short.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/damian-davila">Damian Davila</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-super-splurges-of-the-rich-and-famous">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/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-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-unexpected-first-jobs-of-the-wealthy-and-famous">9 Unexpected First Jobs of the Wealthy and Famous</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-bedtime-routines-of-famous-financial-gurus">5 Bedtime Routines of Famous Financial Gurus</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/extreme-couponing-5-reasons-why-i-ll-pass">Extreme Couponing? 5 Reasons Why I’ll Pass.</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment Shopping Beyoncé bono celebrities lady gaga luxury buys madonna nic cage rich and famous splurges Thu, 18 May 2017 09:00:09 +0000 Damian Davila 1949202 at http://www.wisebread.com 6 Inspiring Quotes About Money From Successful Women http://www.wisebread.com/6-inspiring-quotes-about-money-from-successful-women <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/6-inspiring-quotes-about-money-from-successful-women" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock-465667602.jpg" alt="Woman hearing inspirational quotes from successful women" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It's no secret that most people tend to think of finance as a boys' club. But women have been blazing trails, disrupting entrenched ideas and industries, and making serious bank for centuries. It is unfortunate that their words of wisdom have been so often overlooked.</p> <p>The following quotes from female financial gurus will inspire anyone to improve their lives, their careers, and their bottom lines.</p> <h2>1. &quot;Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don't have, you will never, ever have enough.&quot; &mdash; Oprah Winfrey</h2> <p>At a net worth of $3.1 billion, Oprah Winfrey is one of the richest women in America &mdash; but she didn't start out that way.</p> <p>Winfrey was born into poverty and raised until age six by her grandmother before bouncing back and forth between her mother and father. She suffered sexual abuse at the hands of family members, and at age 14, she had a baby who died within days.</p> <p>Her early life was not characterized by abundance, and yet Winfrey still learned to be thankful for what she had, rather than what she lacked. Her sense of gratitude helped her to focus on building her career rather than feel bitter over her childhood of abuse and neglect.</p> <p>Winfrey's attitude about the power of gratitude is actually borne out by scientific research. People who are <a href="http://www.cnbc.com/2016/11/04/being-grateful-improves-your-chances-of-success-studies-show.html" target="_blank">thankful for what they already have</a> are more successful, more emotionally resilient, and often even physically healthier. That's because they recognize there is no way to &quot;have it all.&quot; Feeling grateful for what they <em>do</em> have makes it possible to focus on appreciating the life they live right now, while also working toward the life they want to live.</p> <p>The fact that Winfrey overcame such a difficult, scarring childhood and feels grateful for the goodness in her life is part of what makes her so beloved. We can all learn to appreciate the abundance we already have while we work to build the life, career, and relationships we want.</p> <h2>2. &quot;One thing I've learned is that I'm not the owner of my talent; I'm the manager of it.&quot; &mdash; Madonna</h2> <p>Madonna may be the original &quot;Material Girl,&quot; but the singer, songwriter, actress, entrepreneur, and writer has parlayed her incredible talent into an estimated net worth of $560 million &mdash; meaning she never again has to wait for a man to present her with diamonds.</p> <p>Madonna's description of her talent may sound surprising. If she is not the owner of her own creativity and money savvy, then who is?</p> <p>As it turns out, Madonna's view of her abilities is reflective of something called the &quot;growth mindset.&quot; Rather than viewing her talent as an innate and fixed part of herself, Madonna sees it as something that she can manage and grow. If she believed that she &quot;owned&quot; her talent, then it would be easy for her to rest on her laurels and assume there is nothing new she could do with her music or writing.</p> <p>But as the manager of a prodigious talent, Madonna accepts the challenge of trying to push her creative boundaries and recreate herself over and over again. This mindset has allowed her to have an unparalleled career that has spanned close to four decades.</p> <p>That makes it an attitude we should all try to emulate. Whatever abilities we have can always be managed and improved by refusing to see them as static, which can lead to great success.</p> <h2>3. &quot;My best successes came on the heels of my failures.&quot; &mdash; Barbara Corcoran</h2> <p>Most people know Barbara Corcoran from her role on the show <em>Shark Tank</em>, but the Manhattan real estate investor, who is now worth $40 million, started off as a serially unemployed teacher and sometimes-waitress. After failing at 22 different jobs, she borrowed $1,000 from her boyfriend in 1973, and started a real estate business that she called The Corcoran Group. The boyfriend didn't last, but the business did. It grew to a $66 million company, which she sold in 2001 before embarking on her writing, speaking, consulting, and television career.</p> <p>Corcoran understood throughout her series of early failures that each of those missteps did not reflect poorly on her. They were simply different options to try until she found the right fit for her career. Since she did not internalize these failures, she was able to take the lessons she learned from them and find success.</p> <p>We should all take a page from Barbara Corcoran and learn to see each failure as a potential steppingstone to success. Picking yourself up after a failure may be difficult, but that is the only way you will ever succeed.</p> <h2>4. &quot;Some people think luxury is the opposite of poverty. It is not. It is the opposite of vulgarity. Luxury is the opposite of status. It is the ability to make a living by being oneself. It is the freedom to refuse to live by habit. Luxury is liberty. Luxury is elegance.&quot; &mdash; Coco Chanel</h2> <p>The iconic creator of the Chanel brand, Coco Chanel was born to an impoverished family in France. She died in 1971 with a net worth of $100 million. Her commitment to fashion and luxury made her one of the most influential people of the 20th Century, and her fashion line is worth $19 billion to this day.</p> <p>Growing up, Chanel knew the deprivations of poverty. This was part of the reason why she was so determined to enjoy luxury throughout her adult life. For Chanel, luxury was not defined by the corseted, heavy dresses that had been haute couture for many years before her own success. For Chanel, luxury in fashion had to be comfortable and true to the wearer. Trying to impress with excess was vulgar, and that was the true opposite of luxury.</p> <p>By Chanel's definition, luxury is available to anyone, no matter their income. And this is an important distinction to remember as you pursue your own successes. You can easily enjoy the luxurious comfort of being yourself, even if your budget runs more Old Navy than Chanel.</p> <h2>5. &quot;Money doesn't fall out of the sky. We had a business plan, an extraordinary proposal, and it was the right timing.&quot; &mdash; Sheila Johnson</h2> <p>Sheila Johnson is the co-founder of Black Entertainment Television and current owner of the WNBA team the Washington Mystics. Her net worth is currently estimated to be $710 million &mdash; but she wants to make sure that anyone who aspires to her kind of wealth understands what it took to get there.</p> <p>Johnson is not a multi-multi millionaire by accident. In 1979, she and her husband Robert Johnson created the television channel BET in order to provide a crucial outlet for African American voices in media. They knew exactly what they could offer, and they worked hard to create an excellent proposal in order to secure the funding they needed. They were also lucky to jump on the growth of television programming in the late '70s and early '80s. BET grew to the point where the Johnsons sold the channel in 2001 for $2.4 billion.</p> <p>Johnson makes it clear that there is no such thing as overnight success. You need to have a plan, you need to time things right, and you need to be able to persuade people to invest in you.</p> <h2>6. &quot;Did we ever plan on being billionaires? No, but we wanted to be millionaires.&quot; &mdash; Diane Hendricks</h2> <p>With a net worth of $4.9 billion, Diane Hendricks is the richest self-made woman in America. She and her husband Ken Hendricks created the Wisconsin-based ABC Supply Co. in 1982, which sells roofing, windows, gutters, and siding for residential and commercial buildings.</p> <p>Their success is all the more impressive considering the fact that Ken was a high school dropout and Diane only completed a high school education. The husband-and-wife team built their empire through hard work, financial savvy, and a shared vision. They both wanted to be millionaires and aimed their sights at that impressive goal.</p> <p>The fact that they were both on the same page in terms of growing their business, along with their lofty goals for their finances, eventually made them billionaires. They did not shy away from wanting financial success, so they were always ready to pounce when opportunities presented themselves.</p> <p>If you hope to emulate the Hendrickses, you would do well to partner with someone who shares your same goals and work ethic. Your level of success just might surprise you.</p> <h2>Heeding the words of wise women</h2> <p>The rags-to-riches stories of self-made women can offer incredible insight, hope, and inspiration to anyone who dreams of a successful life. Their words make it clear that opportunities are available to anyone, provided you have the drive, the mindset, the gratitude, and the audacity to chase your dreams.</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/6-inspiring-quotes-about-money-from-successful-women">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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From entrepreneurs and media tycoons, to international superstars and the President himself, here are 10 books that should be required reading for anyone looking to improve their lives.</p> <h2>1. Mark Cuban &mdash; <em>The Fountainhead</em> by Ayn Rand</h2> <p>A billionaire entrepreneur and a star of the hit series <em>Shark Tank</em>, Mark Cuban loves this book so much, he named his yacht after it. The author, Ayn Rand, is a polarizing figure in politics, and her books and life views are often adopted by both right-wing and libertarian politicians. Her basic philosophy revolves around the power of the individual, with the pursuit of happiness being the moral purpose of life.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2opib5I" target="_blank">The Fountainhead</a>, first published in 1943, offered the world Rand's philosophy of Objectivism. The story, which centers on a young architect who battles against conventional standards, has become a classic of modern literature. Speaking of the book to C-Span, Cuban said, &quot;You know it's funny because I'll pick it up when I need motivation, but then if I read too far, I get too much motivation and I get too jittery so I have to put it down.&quot;</p> <p>If a book can continue to give a multibillionaire goose bumps, it has to be worth a read.</p> <h2>2. Jeff Bezos &mdash; <em>The Remains of the Day</em> by Kazuo Ishiguro</h2> <p>Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos has a net worth of over $73 billion. So, it's perhaps a little surprising that his favorite book, Kazuo Ishiguro's <a href="http://amzn.to/2owrbGH" target="_blank">The Remains of the Day</a>, revolves around the life of a servant. In this case, that servant is an English butler called Stevens, who narrates the novel.</p> <p>Set in postwar England, the elderly butler must come to terms with some pivotal issues from his past, whilst maintaining his stoic and &quot;correct&quot; behavior. In 1993, the book was turned into a beautiful film featuring Sir Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson.</p> <p>Speaking about the book, Bezos said, &quot;You can't help but come away and think, I just spent 10 hours living an alternate life and I learned something about life and about regret.&quot; Awarded the Man Booker Prize for Fiction in 1989, <em>The Remains of the Day</em> was included in The Guardian's &quot;Books You Can't Live Without&quot; list.</p> <h2>3. Mark Zuckerberg &mdash; <em>The Aeneid</em> by Virgil</h2> <p>Written between 28 and 19 BC, <a href="http://amzn.to/2p2EJKL" target="_blank">The Aeneid</a> recounts the legendary story of Aeneas, a Trojan who traveled to Italy and became an ancestor of the Romans. From his journey from Troy, to the Trojan War, the funeral games, and a vision of the underworld, <em>The Aeneid</em> is widely regarded as a classic of Italian literature. What's more, the entire book is actually a poem, consisting of 9,896 lines in dactylic hexameter.</p> <p>So how did Mark Zuckerberg, a young tech-savvy entrepreneur who created the social media climate we now live in, come to read the book? He was introduced to it while studying Latin in high school, and says the book &quot;knows no boundaries in time and greatness.&quot; He is also known to quote lines from <em>The Aeneid</em> in Facebook meetings.</p> <h2>4. Oprah Winfrey &mdash; <em>To Kill a Mockingbird</em> by Harper Lee</h2> <p>If you ever needed an excuse to read this masterpiece of American literature, knowing it's Oprah Winfrey's favorite book is a doozy. Set in Alabama during the Depression, &quot;<a href="http://amzn.to/2opm2Q2" target="_blank">To Kill a Mockingbird</a>&quot; covers three years in the life of Scout Finch, an eight-year-old girl, her brother Jem, and their father Atticus, a defense lawyer. Atticus is called upon to defend Tom Robinson, a young black man accused of raping a white woman.</p> <p>Told through Scout's eyes, it's a compassionate and moving story of kindness, cruelty, and the roots of human behavior. &quot;I remember reading this book and then going to class and not being able to shut up about it,&quot; Oprah told The Baltimore Sun. &quot;I read it in eighth or ninth grade, and I was trying to push the book off on other kids. So it makes sense to me that now I have a book club, because I have been doing that since probably this book.&quot;</p> <h2>5. Elon Musk &mdash; <em>The Foundation Trilogy</em> by Isaac Asimov</h2> <p>The founder and CEO of Space Exploration Technologies Corp is bringing the ideas of the future into the present day, with award-winning electric cars and whole-home solar power. To discover that his favorite book series comes from noted science fiction author Isaac Asimov hardly raises an eyebrow.</p> <p>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2oVr2gR" target="_blank">The Foundation Trilogy</a> series revolves around mathematician Hari Seldon, who has spent his whole life developing a branch of mathematics known as psychohistory. Using the laws of mass action, the science is able to predict the future on a grand scale. Unfortunately, it predicts the fall of the Galactic Empire, and a dark age lasting 30,000 years before the second great empire arises.</p> <p>Musk says, &quot;The lessons of history would suggest that civilizations move in cycles &hellip; there could be some series of events that cause technology levels to decline.&quot; The book series has had a profound effect on the way Musk thinks about the world.</p> <h2>6. Bill Gates &mdash; <em>The Catcher in the Rye</em> by J.D. Salinger</h2> <p>Set in the 1950s, <a href="http://amzn.to/2nBPJPf" target="_blank">The Catcher in the Rye</a> is narrated by a 16-year-old boy named Holden Caulfield, who is undergoing treatment in a mental institution. He recounts the tale of two days in his life when all this &quot;madman stuff&quot; happened to him. But there is a deeper meaning here, as we see him battle with issues around growing up, and avoiding the pressures of adulthood.</p> <p>&quot;It's my favorite book,&quot; said Gates. &quot;It acknowledges that young people are a little confused, but can be smart, and see things that adults don't.&quot;</p> <h2>7. Michael Bloomberg &mdash; <em>The Honourable Schoolboy</em> by John Le Carré</h2> <p>John Le Carré is a highly-regarded author of espionage novels, and has written such classics as <em>The Spy Who Came in From the Cold</em>, <em>Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy</em>, and <em>The Constant Gardener</em>. However, it his one of his lesser known works that captured the imagination of Bloomberg.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2ownm4c" target="_blank">The Honourable Schoolboy</a> tells the story of George Smiley, who must reconstruct an intelligence service and run a successful offensive espionage operation. It is the second novel in an omnibus featuring Smiley, and in 1983 it was adapted for a BBC Radio production featuring Martin Jarvis.</p> <p>&quot;It's 600 pages, it's mostly description, there is almost nothing that happens. But it's fascinating,&quot; said Bloomberg. Reading 600 pages of fascinating nothingness? Sounds like fun.</p> <h2>8. Richard Branson &mdash; <em>Stalingrad: The Fateful Siege 1942&ndash;1943</em> by Antony Beevor<strong> </strong></h2> <p>Founder of the highly successful Virgin brand, Richard Branson includes <em>Peter Pan</em>, <em>Wild Swans</em>, and <em>Swallows and Amazons</em> in his list of favorite books. As such, a book about World War II's most harrowing battle seems a little out of place in that company.</p> <p>The year is August 1942, and Hitler's huge Sixth Army reached the city that bore Stalin's name. Over the five months that followed, the battle for the ruins of the city cost more than a million lives. More than just a pure account of the battle, <a href="http://amzn.to/2owN60f" target="_blank">Stalingrad: The Fateful Siege 1942&ndash;1943</a> recounts the personal experiences of soldiers on both sides, and includes tales of interrogation, desertion, and execution.</p> <h2>9. Beyoncé &mdash; <em>What Will It Take to Make a Woman President?</em> by Marianne Schnall</h2> <p>There aren't many people in America, or the world, who don't know of Beyoncé. The multi-Grammy winning singer and actress has amassed millions from her albums, concerts, perfume lines, clothing, and films.</p> <p>Schnall penned <a href="http://amzn.to/2on4DWG" target="_blank">What Will It Take to Make a Woman President?</a> after a question was brought up by her 8-year-old daughter: &quot;Why haven't we ever had a woman president?&quot; It was a question she did not know how to answer, and so she set about asking the likes of Sheryl Sandberg, Maya Angelou, Gloria Steinem, Nancy Pelosi, Nicholas Kristof, and Melissa Etheridge.</p> <p>&quot;It's a collection of interviews and essays by great women,&quot; says Beyoncé. &quot;They will inspire you to become a better leader.&quot;</p> <h2>10. President Trump &mdash; <em>The Power of Positive Thinking</em> by Norman Vincent Peale</h2> <p>Love him or hate him, he's the 45th President of the Unites States, and a very wealthy man. Some say that he's not much of a reader these days, but he has stated that this book had a profound effect on him and his business empire.</p> <p>The international best seller by Norman Vincent Peale speaks of faith, spirituality, and the power of the mind to drive you forward. Via simple, prayerful exercises that you do daily, you can eliminate all the negative thoughts that prevent you from achieving the happiness and success you deserve.</p> <p>President Trump read <a href="http://amzn.to/2oniNY2" target="_blank">The Power of Positive Thinking</a> when he was billions of dollars in debt, and it turned his life around. &quot;My father was friends with Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, and I had read his famous book, <em>The Power of Positive Thinking</em>,&quot; said Trump. &quot;I refused to be sucked into negative thinking on any level, even when the indications weren't great. That was a good lesson because I emerged on a very victorious level.&quot; Victorious indeed, considering he is now the most powerful man in the world.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-beloved-books-of-successful-millionaires">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-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/how-to-think-like-a-billionaire-when-you-re-broke">How to Think Like a Billionaire When You’re Broke</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-cities-the-most-billionaires-call-home">The 5 Cities the Most Billionaires Call Home</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 billionaires books celebrities inspiration millionaires reading wealthy Fri, 21 Apr 2017 09:00:11 +0000 Paul Michael 1930340 at http://www.wisebread.com 3 Subscription Services Every Traveler Needs http://www.wisebread.com/3-subscription-services-every-traveler-needs <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/3-subscription-services-every-traveler-needs" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock-626700900.jpg" alt="every traveler needs these subscriptions" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Subscription services are everywhere these days, and some of them are great for frequent travelers. We've compiled a list of convenient ways you can save money through subscriptions that will work whether you're at home or traveling.</p> <h2>Netflix</h2> <p>Since it came out in 1997, Netflix has grown to be an international entertainment giant. And with good reason. While it can be great to watch movies or TV shows from the comfort of your home, Netflix can also travel with you to 190 different countries where you can stream content around the world.</p> <p>I have personally used Netflix in both France and Mexico. The selection of films and TV shows varies from country to country, but I love having the option to watch Netflix while I'm traveling. First, it gives me the ability to easily watch my favorite shows while I'm abroad, which can be a big comfort when I'm surrounded by a foreign language and culture. But secondly, I also like Netflix in that it is adapted to the local context and offers a good selection of some of the classic and contemporary films from the country I'm visiting.</p> <p>For instance, in Mexico, there's a very popular Netflix original show called Club de Cuervos, which is about a fictitious soccer team. Having a Netflix subscription made it easy for me to check out local pop culture. Watching local shows is also a great way to practice a foreign language, and you can always turn on the subtitles if you're struggling to understand.</p> <p>At $7.99 a month for online streaming to one screen in standard definition, a Netflix subscription costs less than one movie ticket and about one-seventh the price of the average cable bill. For that you get a wide selection of movies and TV shows in your home or hotel.</p> <h2>Spotify</h2> <p>One of my favorite subscriptions is Spotify. For a music lover like me, the premium subscription is well worth the price tag. The sign-up offer gives you a month for free, and then it costs $9.99 a month after that. You can save even more money with a student or family subscription.</p> <p>With the premium subscription, you're freed from advertisements popping up every few songs when you stream, and you get the option to download tracks to your device, which is great for travel. Having the tunes on your phone or tablet saves you the cost of data that you'd need to use to stream songs.</p> <p>Plus, with either the free or paid versions of the service, you have access to a huge library of music that's more affordable than buying lots of CDs or album downloads.</p> <h2>Amazon Subscribe &amp; Save</h2> <p>If you're spending lots of time away from home, it can be hard to keep up with tasks like keeping the house stocked for when you get back. When you get home from a trip, you'll want to spend time with friends and family, not out buying toilet paper.</p> <p>Amazon's <a href="http://amzn.to/2meUESq" target="_blank">Subscribe &amp; Save</a> can help by automatically delivering household staples, including groceries, office supplies, and beauty products. You choose the products you want to receive and set up an automated delivery. Deliveries of at least five products on a monthly basis are eligible for discounts of up to 15 percent.</p> <p>If you normally spend $300 a month on these types of items, that means you're setting yourself up for a monthly savings of $45 and the cost of gas, not to mention the time it takes you to do these errands yourself.</p> <p>Depending on how often you're on the road, you may need to check in just to make sure you don't end up with a large supply of paper napkins that you don't have space for.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" data-pin-save="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F3-subscription-services-every-traveler-needs&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F3%2520Subscription%2520Services%2520Every%2520Traveler%2520Needs.jpg&amp;description=3%20Subscription%20Services%20Every%20Traveler%20Needs"></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/u5180/3%20Subscription%20Services%20Every%20Traveler%20Needs.jpg" alt="3 Subscription Services Every Traveler Needs" 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/amanda-gokee">Amanda Gokee</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/3-subscription-services-every-traveler-needs">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/how-family-plans-can-save-you-tons">How Family Plans Can Save you TONS</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-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-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/3-tv-must-haves-once-you-cut-the-cable-cord">3 TV Must-Haves Once You Cut the Cable Cord</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/these-6-things-will-make-your-next-flight-more-comfortable">These 6 Things Will Make Your Next Flight More Comfortable</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/life-without-tv">Life Without Television</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment Travel abroad Amazon deliveries movies music netflix shopping spotify subscribe and save subscription services tv Wed, 19 Apr 2017 08:30:06 +0000 Amanda Gokee 1926605 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Coloring Pens http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-coloring-pens <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-coloring-pens" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/colored_pens_179927379.jpg" alt="Using the best coloring pens" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Colored pens allow you to explore the world in color through a range of artistic effects. They can help you accomplish everything from drawing precise lines to coloring large spaces, allowing you to add your signature style to any drawing, sketch, or art project.</p> <h2>What Are Coloring Pens?</h2> <p>Coloring pens are art tools with colored pigment that can be used to write or draw with ink. The pen tip is fitted into a metal or plastic holder, which makes up the pen. Whether you&rsquo;re into adult coloring books right now or need to find the perfect gel pens for your child&rsquo;s school supplies, the options below can meet your needs. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-pens?ref=seealso" target="_blank">The 5 Best Pens</a>)</p> <h2>Top 5 Coloring Pens</h2> <h3>Staedtler Color Pen Set</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2o2yBCn" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/staedtler.jpg" width="205" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2o2yBCn" target="_blank">Staedtler Color Pen Set (Triplus Fineliner Pens)</a> includes 36 assorted colors (no duplicates) and offers a great value. The 0.3mm fine point allows you to draw precisely, making them ideal for coloring, drawing, and art projects. The superfine, metal-clad tip and ergonomic triangular shape offer smooth usage. The water-based, acid-free ink has minimal bleed-thru and they can be left uncapped for days without drying up.</p> <p>These are favorites among both artists and students. They are recommended by The Pen Addict, The Well-Appointed Desk, and JetPens. The set also has outstanding online reviews, including more than 1,000 five-star reviews on Amazon.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2o2yBCn" target="_blank"><em>Currently $20.00 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Sakura Gelly Roll Stardust Meteor Pen Set</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2o2xB1l" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/sakura.jpg" width="155" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2o2xB1l" target="_blank">Sakura Stardust Meteor Pen Set</a> offer a consistent bold line. The pigment-based sparkle gel ink is chemically stable, waterproof, and fade-resistant, so it won&rsquo;t smear, feather, or bleed through most papers. The six vibrant colors work best on light-colored papers. The roller ball pens are ideal for writing, drawing, and doodling.</p> <p>There are endless color combinations available, so you can find the perfect colors and size for your needs. They are recommended by JetPens and have outstanding online reviews, including hundreds of five-star reviews on Amazon. The <a href="http://amzn.to/2pzzann" target="_blank">Sakura 12-Piece Koi Assorted Coloring Brush Pen Set</a> is another highly reviewed set.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2o2xB1l" target="_blank"><em>Currently $5.37 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Stabilo Pen Set</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2oKyg5W" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/stabilo.jpg" width="182" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2oKyg5W" target="_blank">Stabilo Pens</a> resemble a pen-marker hybrid. The ventilated caps and long-wearing, metal-encased tips offer long-lasting usage and can be easily used with rulers and stencils. The water-based ink won&rsquo;t dry out easily, so it can sustain a long cap-off time. The 0.4mm fine point is ideal for coloring, drawing, writing, and craft projects. They write smoothly and won&rsquo;t wear down over time or with repeated use.</p> <p>This set includes 30 unique vibrant colors. They are recommended by JetPens and have outstanding online reviews, including hundreds of five-star reviews on Amazon.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2oKyg5W" target="_blank"><em>Currently $15.49 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Paper Mate InkJoy Gel Pens</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2om5hD2" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/paper%20mate.jpg" width="185" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>The retractable <a href="http://amzn.to/2om5hD2" target="_blank">Paper Mate InkJoy Gel Pens</a> offer smooth usage and feature a unique quick-dry gel ink that dries up to three times faster for reduced smearing. They feature a textured ergonomic rubberized grip for added comfort. The translucent, color-tinted body shows the ink, so you can choose the right color for the job.</p> <p>These come in fine point or medium point and in endless color combinations, so you can find the perfect colors and size for your needs. They offer a great deal, are recommended by The Pen Addict, and have outstanding online reviews, including thousands of five-star reviews on Amazon.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2om5hD2" target="_blank"><em>Currently $6.46 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Gelmushta Gel Pens</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2o2sWw8" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/gelmushta.jpg" width="220" height="220" align="right" alt="" /></a>Amazon&rsquo;s #1 best-seller in multifunction writing instruments, the <a href="http://amzn.to/2o2sWw8" target="_blank">Gelmushta Gel Pen Set</a> come with a convenient fold-up case. The fine, durable 0.8-1.0mm tips offer a steady flow of ink for smooth coloring. They have longer pen ink cartridges for longer using time and dry faster for less smearing. They feature nontoxic, acid-free ink, so they are safe for kids. The gel pens are ideal for everything from detailed designs to large coloring spaces, so you can use them for drawing, sketching, doodling, coloring, and art projects.</p> <p>The set includes 120 unique vibrant colors (no duplicates) of nine variety styles, including neon, metallic, glitter, and pastel options. These have outstanding online reviews, and are backed by a satisfaction guarantee.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2o2sWw8" target="_blank"><em>Currently $21.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best coloring pens. As always, be sure to check <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar">Wise Bread's Buying Calendar</a> to learn when and how to buy just about anything!</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-cannon">Andrea Cannon</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-coloring-pens">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-6"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-coloring-pencils">The 5 Best Coloring Pencils</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-gaming-mice">The 5 Best Gaming Mice</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-robotic-mops">The 5 Best Robotic Mops</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-pet-flea-shampoos">The 5 Best Pet Flea Shampoos</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-shampoos-for-frizzy-hair">The 5 Best Shampoos for Frizzy Hair</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment Shopping 5 best art supplies art utensils coloring coloring pens product reviews shopping Wed, 19 Apr 2017 08:17:08 +0000 Andrea Cannon 1930604 at http://www.wisebread.com How to Throw a Kid's Birthday Bash on the Cheap http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-throw-a-kids-birthday-bash-on-the-cheap <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-throw-a-kids-birthday-bash-on-the-cheap" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock-511382332.jpg" alt="Learning how to throw a kid&#039;s birthday bash on the cheap" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>We all want to throw an unforgettable party for our kids, but we don&rsquo;t have to break the bank to do so. Fortunately, you can throw a big party on a small budget with the right plan. You won't have to sacrifice much, either. Here's how to save money on your child's special day.</p> <h2>Get the kids involved</h2> <p>Get your child involved in planning the party so they take part in the fun leading up to the special day. Invite one or two of their friends over before the party to help decorate. They can make their own decorations, blow up balloons, and cut out signs. Instead of expensive printed or themed tablecloths, cover tables with butcher paper and leave out crayons so the kids can write messages and draw while they eat.</p> <h2>Comparison shop</h2> <p>Don&rsquo;t just visit your local party supply store. If you have time (and energy), you can find some great deals at dollar stores and online suppliers like <a href="http://www.orientaltrading.com/party-supplies-a1-551135.fltr" target="_blank">Oriental Trading</a> and <a href="https://www.alibaba.com//Festive-Party-Supplies_pid100002992" target="_blank">Alibaba</a>. Shipping can take a few weeks, but you will likely find everything you need, from plates and cups to streamers and balloons, and even fun toys like bubbles, glow sticks, and water balloons for the party.</p> <h2>Get the timing right</h2> <p>According to Danielle Walker, author of <a href="http://amzn.to/2opfwJp" target="_blank"><em>Against All Grain: Celebrations</em></a>, the best time to throw a party is between 2 p.m. &ndash; 5 p.m., when guests are between meals and won't be expecting a full meal. You can just provide kid-friendly finger foods for them to munch on.</p> <h2>Combine parties</h2> <p>If your child's birthday falls close to one of their classmates' birthdays, you may consider joining forces with the other child's parents to throw a larger dual party.</p> <h2>Stick to the basics</h2> <p>It's great to have a party theme and budget in mind. This can keep you on track and provide inspiration during the party planning stages. However, it can be pricey if you try purchasing only themed items.</p> <p>For instance, purchasing <em>Frozen</em>-themed decorations is an expensive way to achieve the <em>Frozen</em> birthday party theme. You can just as easily achieve the theme &mdash; at a much lower cost &mdash; by purchasing affordable light blue items (like streamers, plates, balloons, and tablecloths) and adding several <em>Frozen</em> balloons, cupcake toppers, or centerpieces.</p> <h2>Call in favors</h2> <p>If you have a brother who dabbles in magic or a friend who can make great balloon animals, ask them to perform at the party as their gift to your child.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-cannon">Andrea Cannon</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-throw-a-kids-birthday-bash-on-the-cheap">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-7"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-cheap-ways-to-entertain-your-kids-this-summer">6 Cheap Ways to Entertain Your Kids This Summer</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-fun-books-that-will-get-your-kids-excited-about-money">10 Fun Books That Will Get Your Kids Excited About Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-frugal-living-skills-i-wish-my-parents-would-have-taught-me">8 Frugal Living Skills I Wish My Parents Would Have Taught Me</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-smart-ways-to-save-on-audio-books">8 Smart Ways to Save on Audio Books</a></span> </div> </li> <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/3-smart-ways-to-save-on-fathers-day">3 Smart Ways to Save on Father&#039;s Day</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment Family birthday birthday party budget frugal party how to throw a party kid's birthday saving money shopping Thu, 13 Apr 2017 08:30:07 +0000 Andrea Cannon 1926609 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Coloring Pencils http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-coloring-pencils <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-coloring-pencils" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/colored_pencils_paper_495035414.jpg" alt="Using the best coloring pencils to color" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Colored pencils can allow you to explore the world in color. They can help you accomplish everything from drawing precise lines to blending shades together for unique effects.</p> <h2>What Are Coloring Pencils?</h2> <p>Coloring pencils are art tools with wax- or oil-based cores of colored pigment and protective outer casings made of wood. Whether you're looking for something for your new adult coloring book, for your child's school supplies, or for professional purposes, the selections below can meet your needs.</p> <h2>Top 5 Coloring Pencils</h2> <h3>Crayola Colored Pencils</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2nd4MyM" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/crayola.jpg" width="217" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>The best-selling <a href="http://amzn.to/2nd4MyM" target="_blank">Crayola Colored Pencils</a> are ideal for use at home or school. The smooth colors offer great color mixing and blending, so they are ideal for school supplies, art projects, and adult coloring. The box contains 50 bright, intense colors in a wide spectrum of shades, including metallic shades of silver and gold. The pre-sharpened points are strong, durable, and stay sharp longer. The thick, soft graphite points won't break easily under pressure. They offer better control and smooth use with no scratching. The long pencils are made from reforested wood and are long-lasting.</p> <p>Influenster voted these #1 in colored pencils, thanks to thousands of&nbsp;five-star reviews on their website. They also have&nbsp;thousands of five-star reviews on Amazon and are most teachers' preferred choice. They are also backed by a satisfaction guarantee.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2nd4MyM" target="_blank"><em>Currently $7.13 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2p2Yw95" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/prismacolor.jpg" width="179" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>Amazon's #1 best-seller in wooden colored pencils, the artist-quality <a href="http://amzn.to/2p2Yw95" target="_blank">Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils</a> come in a durable tin case. The 48 vibrant colors are made with light-resistant, high-grade pigments for rich color saturation that lasts. The thick, durable leads resist cracking, chipping, and breaking. They are slow to wear, waterproof, and are strong enough to be sharpened to a precision point. The soft, thick, creamy cores offer smooth, even coverage and color laydown. They are the best choice for blending, shading, shadowing, and layering. They allow you to effortlessly switch between detailed work, precise lines, delicate blends, and smooth shadowing.</p> <p>These are recommended by About.com and have outstanding reviews from artists. They also have thousands of&nbsp;five-star reviews on Amazon and are backed by a satisfaction guarantee.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2p2Yw95" target="_blank"><em>Currently $24.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Sargent Art Premium Coloring Pencils</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2o5b16x" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/sargent.jpg" width="204" height="220" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2o5b16x" target="_blank">Sargent Art Premium Coloring Pencils</a> are made of premium wood for easy sharpening and long-lasting usage. The thick leads offer smooth color lay-down. The durable presharpened seven-inch long pencils come in a variety of shade and hue variations. The vibrant colors are made with high-quality pigments for consistent color coverage, making them ideal for illustrating, drawing, sketching, and special effect blending and blurring. The pack of 50 colored pencils have thousands of five-star reviews on Amazon and are a favorite among professional artists.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2o5b16x" target="_blank"><em>Currently $5.10 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Derwent Colored Pencils</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2p3nkxN" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/derwent.jpg" width="245" height="204" align="right" alt="" /></a>The 12-pack of <a href="http://amzn.to/2p3nkxN" target="_blank">Derwent Colored Inktense Ink Pencils</a> come in a durable metal tin. The bright, opaque ink-like colors are highly blendable. They offer an intense color combined with a translucent effect for great depth. You can use the water-soluble pencils dry or mix them with water for a more vibrant color. The color is permanent once dry. They offer more precise handling, so they are ideal for everything from precise drawing to watercolor art.</p> <p>These offer very different effects when they are wet and when they are dry, so they offer a great value. They are recommended by About.com and have over&nbsp;1,000 five-star reviews on Amazon. They are also very popular with artists around the world.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2p3nkxN" target="_blank"><em>Currently $14.98 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Faber-Castell Polychromos Colored Pencil Set</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2nd7dkD" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/faber%20castel_0.jpg" width="216" height="220" align="right" alt="" /></a>The 16-piece <a href="http://amzn.to/2nd7dkD" target="_blank">Faber-Castell Polychromos Colored Pencil Set</a> comes in a sturdy metal tin. These are expensive, but reviewers tend to agree that they are well worth the cost and offer a great value for the money. The intense colors are made with unsurpassed lightfast pigments. While the tips are soft enough for smooth usage and easy layering, you won't have to worry about them crumbling. That's because the thick leads are waterproof, non-smudge, and break-resistant.</p> <p>The artist-quality pencils are commonly referred to as the best colored pencils available. They are recommended by About.com and have great reviews from professional artists.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2nd7dkD" target="_blank"><em>Currently $25.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best coloring pencils. As always, be sure to check <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar">Wise Bread's Buying Calendar</a> to learn when and how to buy just about anything!</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-cannon">Andrea Cannon</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-coloring-pencils">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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