Father&#039;s Day http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/6082/all en-US 10 Money Lessons I Learned From Dad http://www.wisebread.com/10-money-lessons-i-learned-from-dad <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-money-lessons-i-learned-from-dad" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/father_son_grandfather_86273959.jpg" alt="Son learning money lessons from dad" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It's Father's Day soon. In honor of all the dads out there, I thought it would be great to look back on some of the marvelous advice my dad gave me over the years. I'm sure a lot of the advice on the list is familiar to you, as the generation before mine passed down much of the same knowledge to all of us. Still, it's always advice worth following, and has saved me thousands of dollars over the years. Here are 10 tips from my dad, that I now pass on to you. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/3-smart-ways-to-save-on-fathers-day?ref=seealso" target="_blank">3 Smart Ways to Save on Father's Day</a>)</p> <h2>1. Don't Throw Good Money After Bad</h2> <p>When my dad first told me this one, I was too young to really understand it. Honestly, even in my midteens I wasn't exactly sure what he was getting at. Then, when I became an adult with an income, and the means to make my own purchases, I got it. First, it was buying a cheap used computer that I had to pour a bunch of money into to make usable. And even when it had the best specs, it was still not as good as a new one, which would have been faster and cheaper.</p> <p>From projects that suck money and time and have no profitable outcome, to investments that keep tanking despite a constant injection of cash, I always remember what my dad told me: Don't throw good money after bad.</p> <h2>2. Do a Job You Love, and You'll Never Work a Day in Your Life</h2> <p>Oh, how right he was on that one. I know it's not really my dad's quote, but it didn't stop me taking it to heart. From as long as I can remember, I have loved drawing, painting, writing, and creating. I did everything I could to follow a career path that utilized those skills, and today I am a creative director in advertising and entertainment &mdash; and I also get to write articles like this one.</p> <p>Sometimes, I feel a bit guilty about getting paid to do something day in, day out, that I really enjoy. And that is the best way to make money; when you aren't even trying. So if you are not yet out of school, follow your dreams and find a job that you will enjoy, if you can. If not, find a way to make money in your spare time by doing something you love &mdash; whether it's fixing cars, painting murals, or singing. When you love it, the money is not hard work. It's not work at all.</p> <h2>3. Buy Cheap, Buy Twice</h2> <p>As someone who loves a deal, I did not take this advice word for word. I don't believe in paying full price for anything, and that could be considered &quot;cheap.&quot; But I like to buy quality items at a lower price. What my dad was saying was that if you buy a cheap tool or a bargain bucket t-shirt, you cannot expect either to last. It's far better to pay $30 for something that will last you a few years, than $10 for something that will last only six months. If you're digging around in the dollar store bins for screwdrivers, you can guarantee you'll be back for a replacement much sooner than if you had picked up a quality item from a hardware store.</p> <h2>4. Don't Buy Champagne on a Beer Budget</h2> <p>&quot;Wait Dad, we never have Champagne.&quot; &quot;Exactly,&quot; was his response to me. I grew up in a working class home in the northeast of England. We rarely ate out, and when we did, it was cheap. I remember coloring in pictures every month at the same cafe because &quot;kids eat free if they color a picture.&quot; My parents never splurged, except at Christmas (which was a case of going overboard to make up for the rest of the year, I think). We bought food once a week, on Friday, and if we wanted something before then, we had to wait.</p> <p>I learned this lesson well. I don't have massive loans or a ton of credit card debt, I have a modest car, a small home, and I live well within my salary every month. This is probably the most important lesson I ever learned, and it has stood me in good stead.</p> <h2>5. You're Never Too Young to Save</h2> <p>Whether it's for retirement, a savings account, or just something on which to spend your allowance, saving was drummed into me from an early age. &quot;Pay yourself first&quot; was another way my dad put it.</p> <p>I had a savings account at the local bank when I was 10 (the Natwest piggy banks were awesome). At 22, I started saving for my retirement. Even though it was just a little each month, the power of compound interest is working its magic on that some 20 years later. Some people say you should live for today, because you'll be too old to enjoy it later on. I certainly don't think you should save everything and live a Scrooge-like existence, but plan ahead, and start saving as soon as you can, with whatever you can. You are going to need it.</p> <h2>6. There's Nothing Wrong With Second-Hand</h2> <p>Many of my friends growing up had new clothes, new bikes, new toys, and new backpacks every few months. I did not. I did get new things, but I made them last. However, I was taught early on that there was no stigma or shame in buying used items. It is a lifestyle choice I continue to practice, and it saves me a lot of money. Used cars are way cheaper than new ones. I will go to Craigslist for appliances, electronic items, tools, and, well, anything else that I need. I will search for &quot;factory refurbished&quot; or used before new. The only exceptions I have on used items are footwear, underwear, and safety items (think infant car seats).</p> <h2>7. Find a Way to Afford It</h2> <p>I grew up around the <em>haves</em>, and <em>have-nots</em>. I would say for the most part, I was in the latter category, but only because the <em>haves</em> were those who had everything they ever wanted. However, if I wanted something really badly, my dad would tell me, &quot;Figure out a way to make it happen.&quot;</p> <p>If my allowance wasn't enough for the book or DVD I wanted, I'd do odd jobs or get a paper route. I would sell things I owned to get something else (I still regret selling my entire Transformers toy collection to get a CD player&hellip; oh, if I had foresight). But today, the same is true. I'll work extra hours. I'll hustle freelance gigs. I will find ways to make it work, rather than the usual &quot;slap it on the credit card&quot; routine so many people follow.</p> <h2>8. Don't Shop on an Empty Stomach</h2> <p>Have you ever done this? It's a nightmare. Everything you see, in every aisle, looks fantastic. You may have a shopping list (in fact, my mum insisted on one) but it goes out the window when you shop hungry. You throw all sorts of food into the cart, and before you know it, you're checking out with way more than you need. Sometimes, you buy so much it goes off. Or you blow your budget for the week, and realize half the stuff in your cart is junk. So, before I do my shopping, I grab a bite. Even if it's just a granola bar, it can really stop those hunger pangs from taking over, and turning you into the &quot;eyes bigger than your belly&quot; monster.</p> <h2>9. Knowledge Is Money (and Power)</h2> <p>The more you know, the better the deal you can get. My dad taught me that from an early age, and to this day I am a research freak. Of course, he didn't grow up with the Internet, so he had to work a lot harder to find bargains and hustle great deals. So before I buy anything, I do my homework. I comparison shop. I ask friends and family. I talk to insiders, or visit forums. For me, buying something without knowing as much about it, and the buying process, as possible is just throwing money away. And knowledge is also power in this context. If you're armed with it, you can negotiate from a position of strength. Know you stuff, it will serve you well.</p> <h2>10. Learn How to Fix (and Make) Things</h2> <p>From as long as I can remember, I was helping my dad out with DIY projects. We didn't have a lot of money growing up, but he certainly knew how to stretch it out. Buying materials to build something was way cheaper than buying it ready-made. Coffee tables, lamps, desks, computer cases, fire surrounds, you name it, he built it. He was really good at it, too.</p> <p>Over the years, he must have saved so many thousands of pounds (as I say, I grew up in England) by making his own things, or fixing things instead of paying for repairs. I try to follow in his footsteps, although sadly, I didn't get his knack for woodworking. But I will look up ways to repair things that are broken, or follow online videos for things like replacing brake pads or cabin filters. Whenever anything is in need of a repair, my dad is in the back of my head saying &quot;Hey son&hellip; you can fix that, go on, give it a go.&quot;</p> <p>Happy Father's Day, Dad. I love you, and wish I could see you more. You're my hero.</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-money-lessons-i-learned-from-dad">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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There are many free (or really cheap) activities you can do on a nice summer day, and there are many gifts that you can make yourself. Hosting a party? Ask your guests to pitch in. The bottom line is that you can celebrate your favorite dad without busting your budget.</p> <p><strong>How do you celebrate Father's Day on a budget?</strong> Do you plan to splurge for any part of the celebration, like for a dinner at his favorite fancy restaurant or a high-end gift that you know he'll love? If you're a dad, what is your idea of a perfect Father's Day?</p> <p>Tell us how you celebrate Father's Day on a budget and we'll enter you in a drawing to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card!</p> <h2>Win 1 of 3 $20 Amazon Gift Cards</h2> <p>We're doing three giveaways &mdash; here's how you can win!</p> <h3>Mandatory Entry:</h3> <ul> <li>Post your answer in the comments below. 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Winners will also be contacted via email.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>You can enter all three drawings &mdash; once by leaving a comment, once by liking our Facebook update, and once by tweeting.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered, or associated with Facebook.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>You must be 18 and US resident to enter. Void where prohibited.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Good Luck!</strong></p> <p>Don't forget to enter before June 30th for your chance to win $1500 in prizes in our Rutgers Giveaway! If you are a young adult, take a quick survey on your financial decisions and you could win a $500 or one of five $200 Amazon gift cards. For more information and to enter, check out our <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/rutgers-is-giving-away-1500-to-wise-bread-readers">giveaway article</a>!</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tell us how you celebrate Father&#039;s Day on a budget and we&#039;ll enter you in a drawing to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card! </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-how-do-you-celebrate-fathers-day-on-a-budget">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/free-ways-to-celebrate-father-s-day">Free Ways to Celebrate Father’s Day</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/fathers-day-what-does-dad-really-want-4">Father&#039;s Day: What does Dad really want?</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-meaningful-money-saving-ways-to-celebrate-dad">10 Meaningful, Money-Saving Ways to Celebrate Dad</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/12-personal-finance-skills-everyone-should-master">12 Personal Finance Skills Everyone Should Master</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-dumb-ways-youre-going-to-waste-money-this-summer">9 Dumb Ways You&#039;re Going to Waste Money This Summer</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Ask the Readers Father's Day Tue, 14 Jun 2016 10:00:05 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 1728084 at http://www.wisebread.com 3 Smart Ways to Save on Father's Day http://www.wisebread.com/3-smart-ways-to-save-on-fathers-day <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/3-smart-ways-to-save-on-fathers-day" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_66361267_LARGE.jpg" alt="save money this Father&#039;s Day" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Father's Day is fast approaching, and dads and grandpas alike deserve some appreciation on their special day. Most of the nation agrees, considering this year, consumers will spend a record-breaking amount on Father's Day. From gifts to meals out, Americans plan to&nbsp;<a href="http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20160607006685/en/Father%E2%80%99s-Day-Spending-Reach-Record-High-14.3-Billion">spend $14.3 billion on dads</a> in 2016. That averages to about $125.92 spent per person on this holiday. However, this huge amount looks subpar when compared to how much was spent on Mother's Day this year, which was $21.4 billion.</p> <p>While fathers deserve the best, you don't have to blow your budget to make your husband, dad, or a grandpa feel special this year.</p> <h2>What Dads Really Want</h2> <p>If you ask Dad what he really wants, he will probably give a frustrating answer of &quot;nothing.&quot; In fact, many dads just want a day of relaxation rather than expensive cuff links or a stressful dinner at a packed restaurant. Here are a few last-minute Father's Day gift ideas that are extra thoughtful and budget-friendly.</p> <p>See also:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-frugal-fathers-day-gift-ideas?ref=seealso">Best Money Tips: Frugal Father's Day Gift Ideas</a></p> <h3>1. Crafts Worth Keeping</h3> <p>While the cute handmade necktie cards are a sweet gesture, try doing a craft with your kids that incorporates their handprint or footprint. This is not only cute, but it seals the memory of just how little your children's hands and feet were in their younger years. Pinterest is filled with many handprint/footprint ideas, including putting two feet together to make a heart, making a football out of a baby footprint, or making a <em>Star Wars</em> Yoda out of a footprint with the phrase, &quot;Yoda best, Dad!&quot;</p> <p>Another idea is to do a photo shoot with your kids holding up different words to a phrase, such as, &quot;I love you.&quot; Two years ago, I had my daughter pose with a letter &quot;D&quot; and &quot;A&quot; and then arranged the pictures to spell &quot;DAD&quot; on a photo card. The total cost was less than $5, and my husband still has the card on his desk at work. You can do this idea for Grandpa, too, and even older children or adult children can do this for their fathers.</p> <p>Last year, I found a printable dad survey on Pinterest and asked my three-year-old to answer questions about her daddy. The results were adorable and hilarious, and my husband asked if I would do that every year and save them.</p> <h3>2. Special Time Together</h3> <p>When's the last time you did something special just with you and your dad? Life can become so busy, and it is easy to put your relationship with your father on the back burner, especially since when we have our own families to manage. Try scheduling special one-on-one time with your father before or after Father's Day. Even if you just sit down and drink coffee together, it will be more meaningful to him then a generic card. Some other affordable ideas include hitting balls at a golfing range, going on a fishing trip (even if that is more your father's thing than yours), or seeing a local sports game together.</p> <p>If you are a family of little ones, your husband might appreciate a day or weekend alone with you or just the guys. Eric Brantner, founder of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.scribblrs.com/">Scribblrs</a> and father to a one-year-old daughter, said, &quot;What I really want for Father's Day is for a night alone with my wife. Having a one-year-old makes that next-to-impossible. But it's what I want more than anything.&quot;</p> <p>Even a trip out as a family can make a great Father's Day treat. Marcus Kusi, marriage blogger at&nbsp;<a href="http://ourpeacefulfamily.com/">Our Peaceful Family</a> and father to two toddler daughters, said, &quot;What I really want for Father's Day is to spend time with my kids, and to appreciate the opportunity they have given me to become a better person.&quot; Try a simple, stress-free outing, such as a trip to the beach or a picnic in the park.</p> <p>See also:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-father-s-day-gifts-dads-actually-want-for-under-100">10 Father's Day Gifts Dads Actually Want for Under $100</a></p> <h2>3. Words Matter</h2> <p>So many times we can save the gushy stuff for Mother's Day and hand our dads a funny or generic card that we signed her name to. But Dad would also appreciate a handwritten note saying how much he is loved. Because who wouldn't want to know that all of their hard efforts and sacrifices have been noticed by their family?</p> <p>Save money by avoiding the generic and cheesy Father's Day cards and opt for a handwritten note instead. Pair it with his favorite chocolate bar, and you have a meaningful gift for under $2.</p> <p>Father's Day is a day to celebrate your day and show him that you appreciate him. Don't get tied up finding the perfect gift that will impress him.</p> <p><em>What are you giving your dad/husband/grandfather for Father's Day this year?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-eneriz">Ashley Eneriz</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/3-smart-ways-to-save-on-fathers-day">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/easy-ways-to-save-on-7-everyday-buys">Easy Ways to Save on 7 Everyday Buys</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/this-season-give-your-child-the-gift-of-fiscal-responsibility">This Season, Give Your Child the Gift of Fiscal Responsibility</a></span> </div> </li> <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-use-new-toys-to-teach-kids-about-money">How to Use New Toys to Teach Kids About Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/never-use-cash-for-these-11-things">Never Use Cash for These 11 Things</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-great-gifts-for-5-or-less">25 Great Gifts for $5 or Less</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Family Shopping budgeting father Father's Day gifts gifts for dad Holidays saving money shopping Tue, 14 Jun 2016 09:30:27 +0000 Ashley Eneriz 1730455 at http://www.wisebread.com Ask the Readers: How Will You Show Your Appreciation This Father's Day? http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-how-will-you-show-your-appreciation-this-fathers-day <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/ask-the-readers-how-will-you-show-your-appreciation-this-fathers-day" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/fathers_day_gift_000063141029.jpg" alt="Daughter showing her appreciation for her dad on Father&#039;s Day" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Editor's Note: Congratulations to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-how-will-you-show-your-appreciation-this-fathers-day#comment-776192">Jeff</a>, Michelle, and Susan for winning this week's contest!</em></p> <p>Sunday is Father's Day! While it's important to love and appreciate the special dads in your life all year round, Father's Day is usually the time when many people want go the extra mile.</p> <p><strong>How will you show your appreciation this Father's Day?</strong> Will you be giving a gift, your time, or both? How do you usually show your appreciation when it <em>isn't</em> Father's Day?</p> <p>Tell us how you'll show your appreciation on Father's Day and we'll enter you in a drawing to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card!</p> <h2>Win 1 of 3 $20 Amazon Gift Cards</h2> <p>We're doing three giveaways &mdash; here's how you can win!</p> <h3>Mandatory Entry:</h3> <ul> <li>Post your answer in the comments below. One commenter will be randomly selected to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card!</li> </ul> <h3>For Extra Entries:</h3> <ul> <li>You can tweet about our giveaway for an extra entry. Also, our Facebook fans can get an extra entry too! Use our Rafflecopter widget for your chance to win one of the other two Amazon Gift Cards:</li> </ul> <p><a id="rcwidget_uu0693ue" data-template="" data-theme="classic" data-raflid="79857dfa192" rel="nofollow" class="rcptr" href="http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/79857dfa192/">a Rafflecopter giveaway</a> </p> <script src="//widget-prime.rafflecopter.com/launch.js"></script></p> <p>If you're inspired to write a whole blog post OR you have a photo on flickr to share, please link to it in the comments or tweet it.</p> <h4>Giveaway Rules:</h4> <ul> <li>Contest ends Monday, June 22nd at 11:59 p.m. Pacific. Winners will be announced after June 22nd on the original post. Winners will also be contacted via email.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>You can enter all three drawings &mdash; once by leaving a comment, once by liking our Facebook update, and once by tweeting.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered, or associated with Facebook.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>You must be 18 and US resident to enter. Void where prohibited.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Good Luck!</strong>&nbsp;</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tell us how you&#039;ll show your appreciation on Father&#039;s Day and we&#039;ll enter you in a drawing to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card! </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-how-will-you-show-your-appreciation-this-fathers-day">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-share-your-best-parenting-tips-stories-100-prize">Ask the Readers: What&#039;s Your Favorite Childhood Memory? (Win $100)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-whats-the-biggest-item-in-your-budget">Ask the Readers: What&#039;s the Biggest Item in Your Budget?</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-should-kids-get-paid-for-doing-chores">Ask The Readers: Should Kids Get Paid For Doing Chores?</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-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-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-will-this-winter-be-more-expensive-chance-to-win">Ask the Readers: Will This Winter Be More Expensive? (Chance to Win!)</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Family Giveaways Ask the Readers Father's Day Tue, 16 Jun 2015 15:00:16 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 1456841 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Financial Tips From Dad http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-financial-tips-from-dad <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-financial-tips-from-dad" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/father-money-121617883-small.jpg" alt="father money" title="father money" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="151" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some amazing articles on financial tips from dad, managing your money in retirement, and financial goals everyone should strive for.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="https://www.mint.com/blog/saving/50752-0614/">Father Knows Best &mdash; Financial Tips From Dad</a> &mdash; Did your dad teach you that money can't buy happiness? [MintLife Blog]</p> <p><a href="http://www.freemoneyfinance.com/2014/06/nine-steps-to-manage-your-money-in-retirement.html">9 Steps to Manage Your Money in Retirement</a> &mdash; To manage your money in retirement, maintain at least a year of cash and rebalance to stay aligned with your goals. [Free Money Finance]</p> <p><a href="http://lenpenzo.com/blog/id25534-seven-basic-financial-goals-everyone-should-strive-for.html">Seven Basic Financial Goals Everyone Should Strive For</a> &mdash; Diversifying your investments and saving every month are just a couple finance goals you should be working towards. [Len Penzo dot Com]</p> <p><a href="http://www.getrichslowly.org/blog/2014/06/11/becoming-friends-with-your-future-self/">Becoming Friends With Your Future Self</a> &mdash; Automating your savings and living within your means are two things you can do that you will thank yourself for in the future. [Get Rich Slowly]</p> <p><a href="http://www.threethriftyguys.com/2014/06/ways-to-save-by-waiting-til-the-last-minute/">5 Ways You Can Save More By Waiting Until the Last Minute</a> &mdash; If there is a sporting event you want to go to, you can oftentimes find tickets at a reduced price if you wait until the last minute to purchase them. [Three Thrifty Guys]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.cashthechecks.com/top-5-ways-to-earn-extra-household-income/">Top 5 Ways to Earn Extra Household Income</a> &mdash; To earn extra income, create an ebook or be an online tutor. [Cash the Checks]</p> <p><a href="http://www.fivecentnickel.com/2014/06/11/is-the-american-dream-dead/">Is the American Dream Dead?</a> &mdash; Reseting your expectations can help you combat the change in the American Dream. [Five Cent Nickel]</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Things-I-Wish-I-Knew-My-20s-34820923">19 Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me In My 20s</a> &mdash; In your 20s, it's important to be an adult and make a monthly budget. [POPSUGAR Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/how-to-fight-summer-learning-loss-0">How to Fight Summer Learning Loss</a> &mdash; Did you know that over the summer most students will lose about 2 months worth of grade level math skills? [Parenting Squad]</p> <p><a href="http://www.mainstreet.com/article/career/work/life-balance/best-ways-get-your-employees-outside-summer">Best Ways to Get Your Employees Outside This Summer</a> &mdash; If you want to get your employees outside this summer, try scheduling meetings outside. [MainStreet]</p> <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/best-money-tips-financial-tips-from-dad">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/10-money-lessons-i-learned-from-dad">10 Money Lessons I Learned From Dad</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/3-smart-ways-to-save-on-fathers-day">3 Smart Ways to Save on Father&#039;s Day</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/wisdom-from-my-favorite-frugal-tv-character-julius-rock">Wisdom from My Favorite Frugal TV Character - Julius Rock</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/womanhood-microscopic-and-other-hot-stock-tips">Womanhood microscopic and other hot stock tips</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/i-am-doing-well-financially-now-what">I Am Doing Well Financially. Now What?</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Personal Finance best money tips dad father Father's Day finance tips Fri, 13 Jun 2014 17:00:19 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 1142648 at http://www.wisebread.com Ask the Readers: How Do You Celebrate Father's Day Frugally? http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-how-do-you-celebrate-fathers-day-frugally <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/ask-the-readers-how-do-you-celebrate-fathers-day-frugally" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/fathers-day-200347310-001-small.jpg" alt="father&#039;s day" title="father&#039;s day" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="154" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Editor's Note: Congratulations to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-how-do-you-celebrate-fathers-day-frugally#comment-749884">lostAnnfound</a>, Carmen, and Ernest for winning this week's contest!</em></p> <p>Father's Day is coming up! Retailers have been targeting dads and dad-appreciators for weeks now, but here's another holiday that you don't need to bust your budget to enjoy.</p> <p><strong>How do you celebrate Father's Day frugally?</strong> Are you buying or making gifts for the dads in your life? Dads, how do <em>you</em> want to spend June 15th?</p> <p>Tell us how you celebrate Father's Day frugally and we'll enter you in a drawing to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card!</p> <h2>Win 1 of 3 $20 Amazon Gift Cards</h2> <p>We're doing three giveaways &mdash; here's how you can win!</p> <h3>Mandatory Entry:</h3> <ul> <li>Post your answer in the comments below. One commenter will win a $20 Amazon Gift Card!</li> </ul> <h3>For extra entries:</h3> <ul> <li>You can tweet about our giveaway for an extra entry. Also, our Facebook fans can get an extra entry too! Use our Rafflecopter widget for your chance to win one of the other two Amazon Gift Cards:</li> </ul> <p><a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/79857d106/" class="rafl" id="rc-79857d106">a Rafflecopter giveaway</a></p> <script src="//widget.rafflecopter.com/load.js"></script></p> <p><strong>If you're inspired to write a whole blog post OR you have a photo on flickr to share, please link to it in the comments or tweet it.</strong></p> <h4>Giveaway Rules:</h4> <ul> <li>Contest ends Monday, June 16th at 11:59 p.m. Pacific. Winners will be announced after June 16th on the original post. Winners will also be contacted via email.</li> <li>You can enter all three drawings &mdash; once by leaving a comment, once by liking our Facebook update, and once by tweeting.</li> <li>This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered, or associated with Facebook.</li> <li>You must be 18 and US resident to enter. Void where prohibited.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Good Luck!</strong></p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tell us how you celebrate Father&#039;s Day frugally and we&#039;ll enter you in a drawing to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card! </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-how-do-you-celebrate-fathers-day-frugally">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-makes-you-a-cheapskate">Ask the Readers: What Makes You a Cheapskate?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-whats-the-biggest-item-in-your-budget">Ask the Readers: What&#039;s the Biggest Item in Your Budget?</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-should-kids-get-paid-for-doing-chores">Ask The Readers: Should Kids Get Paid For Doing Chores?</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-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-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-will-this-winter-be-more-expensive-chance-to-win">Ask the Readers: Will This Winter Be More Expensive? (Chance to Win!)</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Giveaways Ask the Readers Father's Day Tue, 10 Jun 2014 15:00:30 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 1142120 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Affordable Presents for Dad http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-affordable-presents-for-dad <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-affordable-presents-for-dad" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/fathers-day-155849496-small.jpg" alt="father&#039;s day" title="father&#039;s day" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some great articles on affordable presents for dad, getting a frugal start on summer, and how not to drown in student loan debt.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Affordable-Father-Day-Gifts-17860222">44 Affordable Presents for Dad</a> &mdash; Need a gift for dad this Father's Day? Consider getting him golf ball soap or DIY shaving cream. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.getrichslowly.org/blog/2014/06/05/getting-a-frugal-start-on-summer/">Getting a Frugal Start on Summer</a> &mdash; To get a frugal start on summer, purge your apartment from useless gadgets and personal documents. [Get Rich Slowly]</p> <p><a href="http://asklizweston.com/how-not-to-drown-in-student-loan-debt/">How Not to Drown in Student Loan Debt</a> &mdash; Getting through school as quickly as possible can help you avoid drowning in student loan debt. [Ask Liz Weston]</p> <p><a href="http://www.freemoneyfinance.com/2014/06/whats-your-target-retirement-age.html">What's Your Target Retirement Age?</a> &mdash; 34% of people think they will retire between the ages of 60 and 64. When do you think you'll retire? [Free Money Finance]</p> <p><a href="http://www.moneysavingenthusiast.com/2014/05/23/how-to-save-money-with-a-beach-bar/">Money: Have a Low-Cost Weekend for Under $10</a> &mdash; If you want to have a low-cost weekend, only allow soda to be consumed as a treat and try to stay in shape for less. [Money Saving Enthusiast]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://cashmoneylife.com/tips-for-entrepreneurs-looking-for-success/">5 Tips for Entrepreneurs Looking for Success</a> &mdash; Testing ideas and staying passionate can help entrepreneurs find success. [Cash Money Life]</p> <p><a href="http://www.smartasset.com/blog/money-saving-tip/top-4-tips-to-save-money-on-daily-essentials/">Top 4 Tips to Save Money on Daily Essentials</a> &mdash; Buying store brands can help you save money on daily essentials. [SmartAsset Blog]</p> <p><a href="http://www.fivecentnickel.com/2014/06/04/sensational-way-to-triumph-in-negotiations/">Sensational Way to Triumph in Negotiations</a> &mdash; Did you know that holding a hot or cold beverage can change your perception of an individual? [Five Cent Nickel]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/enjoying-salads-with-your-family">Enjoying Salads With Your Family</a> &mdash; To enjoy salads with your family, make pasta salad with broccoli and cauliflower. [Parenting Squad]</p> <p><a href="http://microblogger.com/5-tips-getting-email-subscribers/">5 Ways to Get More Email Subscribers</a> &mdash; If you want to get more email subscribers, offer an opt-in bribe or do a split test. [Microblogger]</p> <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/best-money-tips-affordable-presents-for-dad">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/3-smart-ways-to-save-on-fathers-day">3 Smart Ways to Save on Father&#039;s Day</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/almost-50-unique-housewarming-gifts-for-less-than-20">Almost 50 Unique Housewarming Gifts for Less Than $20</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/last-minute-wrapping-paper-5-options">Last Minute Wrapping Paper: 5 Options</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/ultimate-gift-guide-thoughtful-ideas-for-every-list-and-every-budget">Ultimate Gift Guide: Thoughtful Ideas for Every List and Every Budget</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/wise-bread-gift-guide-gifts-that-save-money">25 Gifts That Save Money</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping affordable best money tips dad Father's Day gifts presents Fri, 06 Jun 2014 17:00:29 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 1141945 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Money Tips Every Dad Should Teach His Kids http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-money-tips-every-dad-should-teach-his-kids <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-money-tips-every-dad-should-teach-his-kids" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/kid-homework-4247476-small.jpg" alt="father and son" title="father and son" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="186" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some stellar articles on money tips dads should teach kids, saving money by cutting food wste, and interview preparation.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://lenpenzo.com/blog/id3504-important-money-tips-every-dad-should-teach-his-kids.html">9 Important Money Tips Every Dad Should Teach His Kids</a> &mdash; Every dad should take the time to teach his kids that the harder they work, the luckier they will get. [Len Penzo dot Com]</p> <p><a href="http://www.getrichslowly.org/blog/2013/06/10/save-money-by-cutting-food-waste/">Save money by cutting food waste</a> &mdash; To make your food last longer and cut food waste, store your food smartly. [Get Rich Slowly]</p> <p><a href="http://www.freemoneyfinance.com/2013/06/interview-preparation-in-advance.html">Interview Preparation -- In Advance</a> &mdash; When preparing for an interview, remember to come in with questions for the person who is interviewing you. [Free Money Finance]</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Stay&mdash;Home-Dads-Talk-Breadwinner-Wives-30779083">Stay-at-Home Dads Talk Breadwinner Wives, Leaving the Workforce</a> &mdash; Did you know that 40% of households with children under the age of 18 have mothers who are the sole or primary income provider for the family? [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://genxfinance.com/maximum-401k-contribution-for-2013/">Maximum 401K Contribution for 2013</a> &mdash; This year you can contribute up to $17,500 into your 401K. [Generation X Finance]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.fivecentnickel.com/2013/06/12/refund-or-no-refund/">Refund, or no refund?</a> &mdash; It may be a good idea to set up your taxes to get a refund so that you have an incentive to file early and don't end up having to pay more money than you anticipated. [Five Cent Nickel]</p> <p><a href="http://www.goodfinancialcents.com/how-to-master-the-art-of-delayed-gratification/">How to Master the Art of Delayed Gratification</a> &mdash; To master the art of delayed gratification, change your value system. [Good Financial Cents]</p> <p><a href="http://www.thesimpledollar.com/2013/06/12/if-you-dont-like-the-way-things-are-why-are-you-still-doing-things-the-same-way/">If You Don't Like the Way Things Are, Why Are You Still Doing Things the Same Way?</a> &mdash; Do you want to see big, lasting changes in your life? If so, you have to change your daily routines. [The Simple Dollar]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/13-fun-baby-shower-decorating-ideas">13 Fun Baby Shower Decorating Ideas</a> &mdash; If you need a decorating idea for a baby shower, consider making a diaper cake or washcloth lollipops. [Parenting Squad]</p> <p><a href="http://www.threethriftyguys.com/2013/06/how-to-start-a-coin-collection/">How to Start a Coin Collection</a> &mdash; Are you thinking about starting a coin collection? Ebay is a good place to start when shopping for coins. [Three Thrifty Guys]</p> <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/best-money-tips-money-tips-every-dad-should-teach-his-kids">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/this-season-give-your-child-the-gift-of-fiscal-responsibility">This Season, Give Your Child the Gift of Fiscal Responsibility</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-money-lessons-i-learned-from-dad">10 Money Lessons I Learned From Dad</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/review-of-the-money-mammals-dvd-for-children">Review of The Money Mammals DVD for Children</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-much-should-your-kids-know-about-your-finances">How Much Should Your Kids Know About Your Finances?</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/having-a-baby-nine-financial-considerations-for-new-parents">Having a baby? Nine financial considerations for new parents</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Personal Finance best money tips dads Father's Day kids money Fri, 14 Jun 2013 10:00:34 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 978156 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: DIY Gifts for Dad http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-diy-gifts-for-dad <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-diy-gifts-for-dad" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/gift-dad-4723923-small.jpg" alt="Father&#039;s Day gift" title="Father&#039;s Day gift" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some awesome articles on DIY gifts for dads, meaningful and unique wedding gifts, and how to save on running shoes, gear, and events.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/DIY-Gifts-Dad-30766623">Dad Will Love These Easy DIY Gifts</a> &mdash; This Father's Day, make your dad a beer cake or a man-cave sign. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://ptmoney.com/unique-wedding-gift-ideas/">5 Meaningful and Unique Wedding Gifts</a> &mdash; If you are in need of a wedding gift, frame the invitation for the happy couple. [PT Money]</p> <p><a href="http://freefrombroke.com/how-save-on-running-shoes-gear-events/">How to Save on Running Shoes, Gear, and Events</a> &mdash; Purchasing last year's model of running shoes can help you save money. [Free From Broke]</p> <p><a href="http://andthenwesaved.com/how-to-get-out-of-a-rut/">13 Ways to Get Out of a Rut</a> &mdash; To get out of a rut, get lost in a book or pick flowers. [And Then We Saved]</p> <p><a href="http://www.mainstreet.com/article/retirement/dipping-your-retirement-funds-ok-sometimes">Dipping into Your Retirement Fund Is O.K. -- Sometimes</a> &mdash; It may be ok to dip into your retirement fund if you need money to pay for your medical bills. [MainStreet]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.stretcher.com/stories/04/04jun14b.cfm#.UbdXS4Wf-UM">The Car Diet</a> &mdash; Carpooling and staying out of traffic can help reduce your gas consumption and save you money. [TheDollarStretcher.com]</p> <p><a href="http://www.mint.com/blog/how-to/5-rules-to-follow-when-lending-money-to-family-or-friends-0613/">5 Rules to Follow When Lending Money to Family or Friends</a> &mdash; When lending money to family or friends, set up a loan repayment plan. [MintLife Blog]</p> <p><a href="http://www.goodfinancialcents.com/how-to-become-an-independent-contractor/">How to Become an Independent Contractor</a> &mdash; If you want to become an independent contractor, you have to choose a self-employed business structure and get a license. [Good Financial Cents]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/7-heart-healthy-suggestions-for-summer-breakfasts">7 Heart Healthy Suggestions for Summer Breakfasts</a> &mdash; Consider having sweet potato pancakes or tea for breakfast. [Parenting Squad]</p> <p><a href="http://www.freemoneyfinance.com/2013/06/the-optimum-asset-allocation-to-gold-is-always-zero.html">The Optimum Asset Allocation to Gold is Always Zero</a> &mdash; Gold tends to have a return too low to be a real investment and its volatility is too high to justify its low return. [Free Money Finance]</p> <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/best-money-tips-diy-gifts-for-dad">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/5-cool-diy-christmas-gifts-for-the-under-6-crowd">5 Cool DIY Christmas Gifts for the “Under 6” Crowd</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/fathers-day-what-does-dad-really-want-4">Father&#039;s Day: What does Dad really want?</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-meaningful-money-saving-ways-to-celebrate-dad">10 Meaningful, Money-Saving Ways to Celebrate Dad</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-smart-and-frugal-uses-for-epsom-salt">10 Smart and Frugal Uses for Epsom Salt</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-frugal-and-refreshing-popsicles-to-make-this-summer">8 Frugal and Refreshing Popsicles to Make This Summer</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living best money tips dad DIY Father's Day gifts Wed, 12 Jun 2013 10:00:43 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 978092 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Meaningful, Money-Saving Ways to Celebrate Dad http://www.wisebread.com/10-meaningful-money-saving-ways-to-celebrate-dad <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-meaningful-money-saving-ways-to-celebrate-dad" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/kid-dad-4738722-small.jpg" alt="Father&#039;s Day" title="Father&#039;s Day" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Showing Dad you love him doesn't have to mean sending him on an expensive golf vacation or buying him a new camera. The special day should be all about connecting with him, and there's no better way to do so than by spending some quality time together. Here, we've rounded up meaningful activities you can do no matter where you live or what budget you have &mdash;&nbsp;all the activities are free or cost very little. Cheers to being fun and frugal with Dad!</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/How-Make-Coffee-Ground-Soap-30647666">RELATED:&nbsp;Make Coffee Ground&nbsp;Soap for Dad</a></p> <h2>1. Pack a Picnic</h2> <p>Picnics are for spending quality time with loved ones, and that certainly includes Dad. Take time to pack snacks you know he'll like, and head to the park for a day of sun and making memories.</p> <h2>2. Play Tourist</h2> <p>Make like a tourist and see sights in your own city that you often overlook. If Dad grew up there, he might even share some stories of his younger days around the block.</p> <h2>3. Browse Books</h2> <p>Whether it's at a local bookstore or public library, you two can get lost for hours surrounded by books. Discuss which genres are your favorites and why, buy one another a favorite book, or take home the same book so you can start your own book club for two.</p> <h2>4. Take a Cooking Class</h2> <p>Get ready to roll up your sleeves for some quality cooking time with Dad. Many culinary schools and even locals will open up their doors and homes to teach you how to make a delicious meal at a fair cost.</p> <h2>5. Play Mini Golf</h2> <p>He doesn't have to be a big golfer (or a middle schooler) to appreciate the fun that comes with a good game of mini golf. Other similar and budget-friendly ideas include bowling or hitting the batting cages.</p> <h2>6. Watch Home Movies</h2> <p>Break out those VHS tapes collecting dust in your drawers and take a trip down memory lane by watching homemade movies with Dad. You'll not only get to see how much you've changed, but you can also poke fun at Dad's camera skills.</p> <h2>7. Tour an Art Gallery</h2> <p>You'd be surprised at how many art galleries &mdash; and even big museums &mdash; open their doors for free or offer discounts. Bond with Dad while strolling past beautiful paintings and sculptures.</p> <h2>8. Go For a Hike</h2> <p>There's nothing like some fresh air and scenic views to enjoy the day. If Dad is someone who likes to hike a lot, ask him to take you on his favorite trail.</p> <h2>9. Go Wine Tasting</h2> <p>You don't have to travel to the vineyards of Napa to enjoy some wine tasting with Dad. Do so right at home by looking up wine bars and clubs that typically offer samplings at an affordable cost.</p> <h2>10. Learn Your Family History</h2> <p>It's not very often that we sit down with our parents to learn about their upbringings. Take this time to go through old family photos or mementos with Dad; ask him about his grandparents and to tell you all that he knows about your family's genealogy.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Father&#039;s Day isn&#039;t about pricey ties and expensive steaks; it&#039;s about honoring a man you love. Show how much you care with these frugal suggestions. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-guestpost-blurb"> <div class="field-label">Guest Post Blurb:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p style="text-align:center;"><a style="border:none;" href="http://www.savvysugar.com"><img width="300" height="95" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u921/POPSUGARrgb.jpg" alt="" /></a></p> <p><em>This is a guest contribution from our friends at </em><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/"><em>POPSUGAR Smart Living</em></a><em>. Check out more useful articles from this partner:</em></p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Affordable-Father-Day-Gifts-17860222">15 Affordable Presents for Dad</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Books-Dads-23563037">8 Best Book Gifts for Your Type of Dad</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Free-Things-Do-23881821">24 Fun and Free Things to Do This Weekend</a></li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/popsugar-smart-living">POPSUGAR Smart Living</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-meaningful-money-saving-ways-to-celebrate-dad">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/free-ways-to-celebrate-father-s-day">Free Ways to Celebrate Father’s Day</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-money-lessons-i-learned-from-dad">10 Money Lessons I Learned From Dad</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-affordable-alternatives-to-pet-boarding">5 Affordable Alternatives to Pet Boarding</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-money-lessons-you-can-learn-from-your-pets">6 Money Lessons You Can Learn From Your Pets</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> Frugal Living Family dad Father's Day Wed, 05 Jun 2013 10:36:35 +0000 POPSUGAR Smart Living 977938 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Frugal Father's Day Gift Ideas http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-frugal-fathers-day-gift-ideas <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-frugal-fathers-day-gift-ideas" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/senior-dad-4426987-small.jpg" alt="father&#039;s day" title="father&#039;s day" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some fantastic articles on frugal Father's Day gift ideas, tips that will save you hundreds on your next trip, and ways to save on your beauty regimens.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://financialhighway.com/frugal-fathers-day-gift-ideas/">Frugal Father's Day Gift Ideas</a> &mdash; Cleaning your dad's car or giving him the day off are two great frugal Father's Day gift ideas. [Financial Highway]</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/How-Save-Travel-24627929">39 Tips That'll Save You Hunderds on Your Next Trip</a> &mdash; To save money on your next trip, check out underrated places and buy your tickets at the right time. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.mint.com/blog/consumer-iq/4-ways-to-save-on-your-beauty-and-health-regimens-0613/">4 Ways to Save on Your Beauty and Health Regimens</a> &mdash; Eliminating pricey face creams can help you save on your beauty and health regimens. [MintLife Blog]</p> <p><a href="http://www.mainstreet.com/node/28230">A newlyweds' guide to personal finance</a> &mdash; If you are getting married, have a wedding and honeymoon you can afford. [MainStreet]</p> <p><a href="http://www.joetaxpayer.com/poorly-managed-finances/">Warning Signs of Poorly Managed Finances</a> &mdash; Are you using payday loans or do you have uncontrolled credit card spending? Chances are you have poorly managed finances. [Joe Taxpayer Blog]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://freefrombroke.com/how-can-i-pay-off-my-student-loan-faster-3-programs-to-help/">How Can I Pay Off My Student Loans Faster? 3 Programs to Help</a> &mdash; SaveUp can help you pay off your student loans faster by giving you incentives to pay off your debts. [Free From Broke]</p> <p><a href="http://www.freemoneyfinance.com/2006/02/six_ways_to_cut.html">Six Ways to Cut Mortgage Costs</a> &mdash; Making a down payment of at least 20% can help you cut mortgage costs. [Free Money Finance]</p> <p><a href="http://yesiamcheap.com/2013/05/college-dropout-rates-around-the-world/">College Dropout Rates Around The World</a> &mdash; Did you know the United States has the highest college dropout rate in the world? [Yes, I Am Cheap]</p> <p><a href="http://www.dinksfinance.com/2013/06/reasons-behind-denied-life-insurance-claims-and-what-to-do-about-it/">Reasons behind denied life insurance claims - and what to do if you are denied</a> &mdash; If you are denied your life insurance claim, it may be because of a policy exclusion. [DINKS Finance]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/15-quiet-ways-kids-can-entertain-themselves-this-summer">21 Ways Kids Can Entertain Themselves This Summer</a> &mdash; To stay entertained this summer, kids can play board games or keep a journal. [Parenting Squad]</p> <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/best-money-tips-frugal-fathers-day-gift-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-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/3-smart-ways-to-save-on-fathers-day">3 Smart Ways to Save on Father&#039;s Day</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-wrap-gifts-with-leftovers">How to wrap gifts with leftovers.</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/wise-bread-gift-guide-gifts-that-save-money">25 Gifts That Save 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/ultimate-gift-guide-thoughtful-ideas-for-every-list-and-every-budget">Ultimate Gift Guide: Thoughtful Ideas for Every List and Every Budget</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-smart-garage-sale-bargain-hunting-tricks">13 Smart Garage Sale Bargain Hunting Tricks</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping best money tips Father's Day frugal gift ideas gifts Wed, 05 Jun 2013 10:00:36 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 977937 at http://www.wisebread.com Ask the Readers: How Will You Celebrate Father's Day? http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-how-will-you-celebrate-fathers-day-0 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/ask-the-readers-how-will-you-celebrate-fathers-day-0" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/family-4793764-small.jpg" alt="Father&#039;s Day" title="Father&#039;s Day" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Editor's Note: Congratulations to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-how-will-you-celebrate-fathers-day-0#comment-649037">Melissa</a>, Jennifer, and Bethany for winning this week's contest!</em></p> <p>We should show our appreciation for those we love every single day, but Father's Day is the day to do a little extra something for the dads in our lives. This is the day for gifts, fun, and quality time spent with our favorite dads.</p> <p><b>How will you celebrate Father's Day this year?</b> Are you planning an event or activities, or will you be giving a gift &mdash; or both? What tips and tricks do you have for celebrating Father's Day on a budget?</p> <p>Tell us about your Father's Day plans and we'll enter you in a drawing to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card!</p> <h2>Win 1 of 3 $20 Amazon Gift Cards</h2> <p>We're doing three giveaways &mdash; here's how you can win!</p> <h3>Mandatory Entry:</h3> <ul> <li>Post your answer in the comments below. One commenter will win a $20 Amazon Gift Card!</li> </ul> <h3>For extra entries:</h3> <ul> <li>You can tweet about our giveaway for an extra entry. Also, our Facebook fans can get an extra entry too! Use our Rafflecopter widget for your chance to win one of the other two Amazon Gift Cards:</li> <a id="rc-79857d35" class="rafl" href="http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/79857d35/" rel="nofollow">a Rafflecopter giveaway</a><script src="//d12vno17mo87cx.cloudfront.net/embed/rafl/cptr.js"></script> <p><strong>If you're inspired to write a whole blog post OR you have a photo on flickr to share, please link to it in the comments or tweet it.</strong></p> <h4>Giveaway Rules:</h4> <ul> <li>Contest ends Monday, June 10th at 11:59 pm Pacific. Winners will be announced after June 10th on the original post. Winners will also be contacted via email.</li> <li>You can enter all three drawings &mdash; once by leaving a comment, once by liking our Facebook update, and once by tweeting.</li> <li>This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered, or associated with Facebook.</li> <li>You must be 18 and US resident to enter. Void where prohibited.</li> </ul> </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 Father&#039;s Day plans and we&#039;ll enter you in a drawing to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card! </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-how-will-you-celebrate-fathers-day-0">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-makes-you-a-cheapskate">Ask the Readers: What Makes You a Cheapskate?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-whats-the-biggest-item-in-your-budget">Ask the Readers: What&#039;s the Biggest Item in Your Budget?</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-should-kids-get-paid-for-doing-chores">Ask The Readers: Should Kids Get Paid For Doing Chores?</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-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-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-will-this-winter-be-more-expensive-chance-to-win">Ask the Readers: Will This Winter Be More Expensive? (Chance to Win!)</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Giveaways Ask the Readers Father's Day Tue, 04 Jun 2013 10:36:35 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 976336 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Inexpensive Father's Day Gift Ideas http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-inexpensive-fathers-day-gift-ideas <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-inexpensive-fathers-day-gift-ideas" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/171612354_d4075ecb2f_z-1.jpg" alt="Inexpensive Father&#039;s Day Gift Ideas" title="Inexpensive Father&#039;s Day Gift Ideas" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some great articles on inexpensive Father's Day gifts, credit card mistakes, and unexpected costs in retirement.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://notmadeofmoney.com/blog/2012/06/inexpensive-fathers-day-gift-ideas.html">Inexpensive Father's Day Gift Ideas</a> &mdash; This Father's Day, consider relinquishing control of the tv-remote for 24 hours. [Not Made Of Money]</p> <p><a href="http://www.girlsjustwannahavefunds.com/credit-card-mistakes">Are You Making These 4 Credit Card Mistakes?</a> &mdash; Do you make the credit card mistake of having too many active accounts with balances? [Girls Just Wanna Have Funds]</p> <p><a href="http://moneyning.com/retirement/unexpected-costs-in-retirement/">Unexpected Costs in Retirement</a> &mdash; Be prepared for home maintenance and repair costs as well as health care costs in retirement. [MoneyNing]</p> <p><a href="http://genxfinance.com/five-places-to-post-your-travel-experiences-for-free/">Five Places to Post Your Travel Experiences for Free</a> &mdash; Want to share your travel experiences with others? Try using EverLater.com or OffExploring.com. [Generation X Finance]</p> <p><a href="http://www.consumerismcommentary.com/four-risks-of-investing/">Four Risks of Investing</a> &mdash; Before you invest, be sure to understand the concept of inflation risk. [Consumerism Commentary]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.fiscalfizzle.com/2012/06/11-ways-i-save-money/">11 Ways I Save Money</a> &mdash; Did you know you can save money by buying a rental car and eliminating your home phone line? [Fiscal Fizzle]</p> <p><a href="http://www.thedigeratilife.com/blog/reasons-sell-stock-or-mutual-fund/">20 Typical Reasons To Sell Your Stock Or Mutual Fund</a> &mdash; If the stock's fundamentals have changed or your mutual fund has grown too big, it may be a good idea to sell your stock or mutual fund. [The Digerati LIfe]</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/How-Save-Money-Partying-22745172">How To Have An Active Night Life Without Going Broke</a> &mdash; To have an active night life without going broke, check out free events! [SavvySugar]</p> <p><a href="http://cashmoneylife.com/classic-car-buying-tips/">14 Tips for Buying a Classic Car</a> &mdash; Are you thinking about buying a classic car? Make sure you are flexible and are prepared to put money into the car. [Cash Money Life]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/reasons-to-breastfeed-a-toddler">33 Reasons to Breastfeed a Toddler</a> &mdash; It is a good reason to breastfeed your toddler because experts recommend it and it benefits your child. [Parenting Squad]</p> <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/best-money-tips-inexpensive-fathers-day-gift-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-5"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/3-smart-ways-to-save-on-fathers-day">3 Smart Ways to Save on Father&#039;s Day</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ultimate-gift-guide-thoughtful-ideas-for-every-list-and-every-budget">Ultimate Gift Guide: Thoughtful Ideas for Every List and Every Budget</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/wise-bread-gift-guide-gifts-that-save-money">25 Gifts That Save 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/25-great-gifts-for-5-or-less">25 Great Gifts for $5 or Less</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/chinese-money-habits-how-my-culture-influences-my-attitudes-toward-money">Chinese Money Habits - How My Culture Influences My Attitudes Toward Money</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping best money tips dad Father's Day gifts Tue, 12 Jun 2012 09:48:16 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 935065 at http://www.wisebread.com The Best and Worst Things to Buy in June http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-and-worst-things-to-buy-in-june <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-best-and-worst-things-to-buy-in-june" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/4131903993_9c32d66f9c_z.jpg" alt="kids in a pool" title="kids in a pool" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="154" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>June is the month with the longest daylight hours of the year, which for the deal-shopper means that you have even more time to shop! But before you let <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/free-ways-to-celebrate-father-s-day" title="Free Ways to Celebrate Father's Day">Father's Day</a> or the increasingly warm weather convince you to buy less-than-stellar deals, check out our latest buying guide. We searched through our extensive archives of sales, promotions, and coupons to sort the fact from fiction when it comes to getting the best deals in June. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar" title="Shopping Calendar: The Best Time to Buy Anything">Shopping Calendar: The Best Time to Buy Anything</a>)</p> <h3>Make Do With Last Year's Sandals</h3> <p>Much of your wardrobe can transcend a single season, but this is rarely the case with sandals. For most areas of the U.S., the summer months are the only time to let your toes breathe. And as such, you're unlikely to find any great discounts at the onset of the season. Although cheap <a href="http://dealnews.com/c280/Clothing-Accessories/Shoes?eref=wisebread" class="image_link" title="shoe deals">flip flops</a> and slip-ons are popular in promotional sales from the likes of Old Navy, you'll largely have to wait until at least mid- to late-July before seeing clearance-level deals on the informal footwear.</p> <h3>Cruises and Vacations to the Caribbean...During Hurricane Season</h3> <p>June is typically the beginning of the hurricane season in the Caribbean, which usually lasts through November. Because of the risk of tempestuous weather, prices on <a href="http://dealnews.com/c629/Travel-Entertainment/Cruises?eref=wisebread" title="cruise deals">cruises and vacations</a> to these regions are considerably less than during other seasons. We've already seen a plethora of above-average <a href="http://dealnews.com/features/Rough-Seas-for-the-Cruise-Industry-Drop-Prices-by-11-/554653.html?eref=wisebread" title="cruise price drops">deals on non-hurricane season cruises</a> this year due to the public relations disaster that was the cruise industry in the first few months of 2012, so it remains to be seen if &quot;hurricane&quot; packages will offer even steeper discounts. Either way, if you're willing to run the risk of a rainy tropical getaway, the Caribbean will certainly offer more bang for your buck than Europe, which has been seeing exorbitant prices as of late.</p> <h3>Book a Staycation Instead of Jumping the Pond</h3> <p>Speaking of <a href="http://dealnews.com/c206/Travel-Entertainment?eref=wisebread" title="travel deals">travel deals</a>, you might want to avoid booking a trip abroad, as the cost of flying is on the rise. According to <em>USA Today</em>, international airfare this summer will cost on average about <a title="summer airfare increase" href="http://www.usatoday.com/money/industries/travel/story/2012-04-26/Airfares-up-for-summer-travel-likely-to-keep-climbing/54564890/1">20% more than it did in 2010</a>. This is essentially due to rising fuel costs. Moreover, many airlines are cutting down on the sheer volume of the flights they offer, creating greater demand for fewer seats.</p> <h3>Ladies Love Cool Lingerie (Deals)</h3> <p>It's usually this month that <a title="Victoria's Secret deals" href="http://dealnews.com/s747/Victorias-Secret?eref=wisebread">Victoria's Secret</a> unveils its famed Semi-Annual Sale, and last year we saw prices as low as $3 for panties and $12 for bras. Moreover, we saw excellent <a title="lingerie deals" href="http://dealnews.com/c488/Clothing-Accessories/Womens-Apparel/Intimates?eref=wisebread">lingerie deals</a> in June from aerie by American Eagle, <a title="Frederick's of Hollywood deals" href="http://dealnews.com/s714/Fredericks-of-Hollywood?eref=wisebread">Frederick's of Hollywood</a>, <a title="Macy's deals" href="http://dealnews.com/s288/macys?eref=wisebread">Macy's</a>, Soma Intimates, and Figleaves. That said, while summer deals entailed steep discounts last year, they paled in comparison to the October to December stretch, which saw more Editors' Choice offers from many of these same vendors.</p> <h3>Consider Putting off Tool Purchases Until July, or Later</h3> <p>You may feel compelled to buy dear old Dad a new tool set for <a title="Father's Day gifts" href="http://dealnews.com/fathers-day-gifts?eref=wisebread">Father's Day</a> later this month, but in fact, July (as well and November and December) offers the highest number of Editors' Choice <a title="tool deals" href="http://dealnews.com/c197/Home-Garden/Tools-And-Hardware?eref=wisebread">tool deals</a>. That means, if you want to pay close to the best (if not <em>the</em> best) price of the year, skip June and splurge in July. (But remember to at least get your Pops a card!)</p> <h3>Fire It Up! It's Almost Time to Buy a New Grill</h3> <p>Last year, we saw a slight uptick in Editors' Choice <a title="grill deals" href="http://dealnews.com/c529/Home-Garden/Garden/Grills-BBQs?eref=wisebread">grill deals</a> during the month of June, which means we will likely start seeing respectable cuts on grills in the coming weeks. However, as is the case with any seasonal item, you will absolutely start seeing incrementally steeper cuts on comparable models (if not the model of your choice itself) as the season progresses. So <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-buy-a-bbq-grill" title="How to Buy a BBQ Grill">purchasing your grill</a> becomes a matter of deciding upon need; if you want a full season of use out of it, then June is the first month of the summer in which we see a notable decline in prices. Otherwise, wait for late-season sales instead.</p> <h3>Experience the Majesty of Our National Parks on Uncle Sam's Dime</h3> <p>While there are everyday ways to make a <a title="save money at national parks" href="http://dealnews.com/features/See-America-Right-and-Save-Money-While-Visiting-Our-National-Parks/545028.html?eref=wisebread">trip to a national park exceedingly affordable</a>, there are a handful of days each year in which more than 100 national parks offer free admittance. June 9 is one such occasion, as it celebrates Get Outdoors Day, an event that encourages &quot;<a title="National Outdoors Day" href="http://www.nationalgetoutdoorsday.org/about/">healthy, active outdoor fun</a>.&quot; Notable natural wonders like Yosemite and Yellowstone will be <em>gratis</em> on this day.</p> <h3>Don't Expect Cheaper Cotton to Yield Better Prices</h3> <p>While the cotton industry is likely invigorated by reports that <a title="cotton prices decrease" href="http://dealnews.com/features/Cotton-Prices-Are-Down-Does-that-Mean-T-Shirts-Will-Cost-Less-Now-/577350.html?eref=wisebread">cotton prices are at a 2-year low</a>, consumers are unlikely to see a difference on price tags at the store. While fluctuations in food costs have a demonstrable effect on prices at the supermarket, apparel retailers have a larger profit margin to work with that allows them to absorb raw material cost increases. Many retailers thus have been absorbing the additional costs, while others adjusted the prices slightly but not enough to actually cover the total increased costs. Others still found workarounds, like using less of the material. Either way, dropping cotton prices will have little effect on the prices that consumers see in-store.</p> <h3>Keep an Eye Out for Refurbished or Used Tablets</h3> <p>Tablets continue to shine in the tech spotlight, and if you're looking to get in on the still-strong trend, consider shopping for a second-hand option. The majority of the top-shelf <a title="iPad deals" href="http://dealnews.com/c622/Computers/iPad-Tablet?eref=wisebread">iPad and tablet deals</a> we've seen recently have been on refurbished or used models. Last month saw Apple again cut prices on refurbished iPad 2 models, slashing its starting price to $319. Meanwhile, we saw all-time low prices on used and refurbished <a title="Motorola tablet deals" href="http://dealnews.com/c594/Computers/iPad-Tablet/Tablets/b604/Motorola?eref=wisebread">Motorola Xoom</a>, <a title="Samsung tablet deals" href="http://dealnews.com/c594/Computers/iPad-Tablet/Tablets/b28/Samsung?eref=wisebread">Samsung Galaxy Tab</a>, and <a title="BlackBerry tablet deals" href="http://dealnews.com/c622/Computers/iPad-Tablet/b1890/Black-Berry?eref=wisebread">BlackBerry PlayBook</a> models over just the past month. A word to the wise though, pay close attention to the warranty information for used and refurbished iPad and tablet deals; a 1-year warranty is ideal.</p> <h3>46&quot; HDTVs Hit New Lows</h3> <p>June isn't a big month for <a title="TV deals" href="http://dealnews.com/c159/Electronics/TVs?eref=wisebread">HDTV deals</a>, but if you're in need of a new set, we recommend looking at name-brand 46&quot; and 47&quot; LCD HDTVs. For the past two months, name-brand 46&quot; LCD HDTV deals have remained at an all-time low of $490. By comparison, they bottomed out at $598 and $549 during the months of November and December of 2011, respectively. (Those months are traditionally the best months for HDTV sales.) Look for models from Sharp or Toshiba priced at $490 or lower.</p> <h3>Ivy Bridge Debuts, Desktop Replacements Prices Continue to Drop</h3> <p>June has the potential to be a great month for bargain <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-buy-a-laptop-computer" title="How to Buy a Laptop Computer">laptop shoppers</a>. On the one hand you have <a title="desktop replacement price drop" href="http://dealnews.com/features/dealnews-Price-Trends-Desktop-Replacements-Hit-All-Time-Lows/572709.html?eref=wisebread">Sandy Bridge Core i7 quad-core desktop replacements</a>, which have reached new price lows since the start of the year. We expect price tags on these laptops to drop even further, especially as we begin seeing new <a title="Ivy Bridge-based systems" href="http://dealnews.com/features/Intel-Ivy-Bridge-CPUs-Are-Here-But-Will-Sandy-Bridge-Deals-Offer-Better-Value-/569959.html?eref=wisebread">Ivy Bridge-based systems</a> enter the market.</p> <p>These Ivy Bridge laptops, which are packing Intel's latest CPUs, are pushing the price of Sandy Bridge systems even lower. Best of all, since their debut on April 30, 16&quot; <a title="Ivy Bridge price drop" href="http://dealnews.com/features/New-Ivy-Bridge-Laptops-Are-Falling-Fast-in-Price/578023.html?eref=wisebread">Ivy Bridge-based laptops have also dropped 31% in price</a> (falling from $1,010 to $689 in a span of weeks). These new systems are also boasting 8GB of RAM, dedicated 1GB video cards, 1TB hard drives, and in some instances built-in Blu-ray players. A 16&quot; system with the above specs went for $770 in late May, and we expect that price to repeat itself in June as manufacturers attempt to gain consumers' attention.</p> <p>Bottom line, if you're looking to purchase a <a title="laptop deals" href="http://dealnews.com/c49/Computers/Laptops?eref=wisebread">Windows laptop</a> that will last you the next few years, now's the perfect time. On the Sandy Bridge front, look for deals at $712 or below (that's been the average for 2012 so far). On the Ivy Bridge front you'll find plenty of deals, but $689 is the all-time low for a 16&quot; system as of late May.</p> <p>Ready to put this advice to use? Set up a customized <a title="dealnews email alert" href="https://dealnews.com/mydealnews/alerts.html?eref=wisebread">email alert</a> to receive notification as soon as we see deals on the categories above.</p> <p><em>This is a guest post by </em><a title="dealnews" href="http://dealnews.com"><em>Dealnews</em></a><em>.</em></p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Before you let Father&#039;s Day or the increasingly warm weather convince you to buy less-than-stellar deals, check out our latest buying guide for the best deals in June. </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/dealnews">Dealnews</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-and-worst-things-to-buy-in-june">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-and-worst-things-to-buy-in-april">The Best and Worst Things to Buy in April</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-best-and-worst-things-to-buy-in-march">The Best and Worst Things to Buy in March</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-best-and-worst-things-to-buy-in-july-2012">The Best and Worst Things to Buy in July 2012</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-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-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-retailers-where-you-can-negotiate-a-lower-price">11 Retailers Where You Can Negotiate a Lower Price</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping affordable travel electronics Father's Day frugal summer trips sales Fri, 01 Jun 2012 10:36:10 +0000 Dealnews 932736 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: 10 Free Things To Do For Dad On Father's Day http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-10-free-things-to-do-for-dad-on-fathers-day <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-10-free-things-to-do-for-dad-on-fathers-day" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/154314958_b827c4f1f0_z-1.jpg" alt="10 Free Things To Do For Dad On Father&#039;s Day" title="10 Free Things To Do For Dad On Father&#039;s Day" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some awesome articles on 10 free things to do for dad on Father's Day, how to double your cash back spending rewards, and how to spot a scam.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://savingsscoop.com/free-things-do-for-dad-on-fathers-day?utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+SavingsScoop+%28Savings+Scoop%29">10 Free Things to Do for Dad on Father's Day</a> &mdash; This Father's Day, mow the lawn and take out the garbage so your dad doesn't have to do it! [Savings Scoop]</p> <p><a href="http://lifehacker.com/5812420/how-to-double-your-cash-back-spending-rewards-every-month">How to Double Your Cash Back Spending Rewards Every Month</a> &mdash; Double your cash back spending rewards by paying back your cash back credit card with a cash back checking account. [Lifehacker]</p> <p><a href="http://www.mint.com/blog/consumer-iq/how-to-spot-a-scam-7-questions-to-ask-before-buying/?utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+MyMint+%28Mint+Personal+Finance+Blog%29">How to Spot a Scam: 7 Question To Ask Before Buying</a> &mdash; Before you buy something, be sure to ask yourself if the company is offering something for free. If so, it may be a scam. [MintLife Blog]</p> <p><a href="http://www.kiplinger.com/features/archives/five-bad-financial-innovations.html">Investor Beware: 5 Financial Innovations to Avoid</a> &mdash; Investors should be careful when it comes to online currency trading. [Kiplinger]</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Common-Financial-Concerns-Solved-9439578">5 Fixes For Common Financial Concerns</a> &mdash; If you are concerned about your bank account getting drained, talk to your banker about security. [SavvySugar]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/3-reasons-not-to-host-a-birthday-party-in-your-home">3 Reasons NOT To Host A Birthday Party In Your Home</a> &mdash; By not hosting a birthday party in your home, you won't have to plan the details. [Parenting Squad]</p> <p><a href="http://getcurrency.com/technology-toys/10-smartphone-apps-that-boost-efficiency">10 Smartphone Apps That Boost Efficiency</a> &mdash; Consider downloading Remember the Milk to help you manage your tasks. [Currency]</p> <p><a href="http://canadianfinanceblog.com/4-tips-to-eat-cheap/">4 Tips to Eat Cheap</a> &mdash; Eat cheap by taking advantage of sales. [Canadian Finance Blog]</p> <p><a href="http://ptmoney.com/10-fun-summer-jobs-for-teens-and-college-students/">10 Fun Summer Jobs for Teens and College Students</a> &mdash; Working as a camp counselor or lifeguard is a fun summer job for any teen or college student. [PT Money]</p> <p><a href="http://www.consumerismcommentary.com/student-credit-card-tips/">7 Tips for Using Student Credit Cards</a> &mdash; When using student credit cards, be sure to get a checking account to pay for your credit card. [Consumerism Commentary]</p> <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/best-money-tips-10-free-things-to-do-for-dad-on-fathers-day">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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