activities http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/6993/all en-US 25 Easy Ways to Make Your Life More Interesting http://www.wisebread.com/25-easy-ways-to-make-your-life-more-interesting <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/25-easy-ways-to-make-your-life-more-interesting" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/bicycling-1851891-small.jpg" alt="bicycling" title="bicycling" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Variety is more than just the spice of life; it expands our experience and makes our lives more fulfilling. Unfortunately, many of us are bound to tight, overwhelming schedules that leave little room for novelty or adventure. The good news is that making your life more interesting is easy if you are willing to make small departures from the norm. Here are 25 simple ways you can make your life more interesting &mdash; starting today. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-benefits-of-changing-your-routine">Reasons to Change Your Routine</a>)</p> <h2>1. Greet the Dawn</h2> <p>Even if you&#39;re not a morning person, plan to watch the sun rise. Prepare for this moment by picking out a view point and determining when the weather in your area will be clear enough to usher in a beautiful day. Brew some strong coffee and bring a friend along. As the sun rises, remind yourself of all the possibilities that a new day holds.</p> <h2>2. Take a Different Path</h2> <p>Give yourself some extra time to take the scenic route to work. Try side streets instead of the freeway. Make a conscious effort to change your routine travels once-in-a-while and discover new places and new people.</p> <h2>3. Plan a Mini Roadtrip</h2> <p>Explore new vistas right around the corner. Search the web for nearby points of interest or comb the countryside for vegetable stands and garage sales. You don&#39;t have to travel far or spend a lot of time (or money) to make the most of the miles you roam. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-your-escape-with-these-14-affordable-weekend-getaways">14 Affordable Weekend Getaways</a>)</p> <h2>4. Move to the Beat of a Different Drummer</h2> <p><img alt="" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/u784/inting-4040854-small-ggnoads.jpg" style="height:303px; width:605px" /></p> <p>Tired of listening to the same old song? Applications like <a href="https://www.spotify.com/us/">Spotify</a> allow users to preview different artists and listen to entire albums for free. Spotify can also make suggestions for other music based on the genres you enjoy most. Who knows, your quest for variety might reveal a whole new musical interest!</p> <h2>5. Turn Off Your TV</h2> <p>Watching TV is a passive activity at best. Why not turn it off for a day and actively search out your news and entertainment elsewhere? Read a newspaper, enjoy a play at a community theater, or simply revel in some rare silence.</p> <h2>6. Make Something Interesting</h2> <p>Try your hand at crafting. Explore <a href="http://spoonful.com/create/recyclable-crafts-gallery">making simple recyclable crafts for kids</a> or try reconnecting with a skill you already have. <a href="http://www.pintrest.com">Pintrest</a> is a great place to search for quick and simple projects.</p> <h2>7. Find a Poem</h2> <p>Awaken your inner Shakespeare by penning a sonnet from words you find in newspapers, owners&#39; manuals, magazines, or even this blog post. For example, choose every third word from your found material and place them into a word bank. Next, choose words from your bank that fit into a Haiku format (5 syllables for the first line, 7 for the next, and 5 for the last).</p> <h2>8. Wander Down Memory Lane</h2> <p>Remember all those pictures you took at your last family reunion or vacation? What about that old diary tucked away in the shoebox? Find those memories and spend some time with them. As you wander down memory lane, reflect on what was interesting to you back then. Sparking a new interest can start by rekindling forgotten embers.</p> <h2>9. Visit With Children</h2> <p><img alt="" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/u784/inting-kid-dad-5118053-small-ggnoads.jpg" style="height:303px; width:605px" /></p> <p>Kids aren&#39;t afraid to color outside the lines or paint the sky orange instead of blue. Spending time in their company will open you up to the wild musings of your inner child. The young folks in your life will revel in the attention and sometimes, as the old saying goes, kids say the darnedest things! (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-free-ways-to-entertain-kids-for-an-afternoon">15 Free Ways to Entertain Kids</a>)</p> <h2>10. Make Your Own Value Meal</h2> <p>If you had only $2.00 to make a meal, what would be on the menu? Scrounge around your pantry first and complement your culinary findings with a $2.00 purchase (or less) at your local grocery store or farmer&#39;s market.</p> <h2>11. Play Anthropologist</h2> <p>Grab a small notebook and a pen and situate yourself in a park, at a cafe, or in the mall. Write down your observations of the people you see and make notes of the tidbits of conversation you can&#39;t help overhearing. This exercise takes you out of your own head and tunes you into the world around you.</p> <h2>12. Perform Random Acts of Kindness</h2> <p>Make your day more interesting by bolstering your positive outlook and giving someone else&#39;s mood a little lift. <a href="http://www.psychologytoday.com/articles/200607/pay-it-forward">Research in positive psychology</a> shows that doing something unexpected and kind has benefits for you, as well as others. Try holding the door for someone, send a thank you e-mail, or try composing a &quot;<a href="http://www.moreloveletters.com/">love letter&quot; to a stranger</a>.</p> <h2>13. Eat Outside the Box</h2> <p>Introduce your taste buds to a new experience. Maybe you&#39;ve noticed a new restaurant or heard about an ethnic cuisine you&#39;ve never eaten. Go ahead and give it a try &mdash; even if you only have an appetizer at first. For maximum effect, search out a recipe on your cuisine of choice and make it at home.</p> <h2>14. Have a Simple Scavenger Hunt</h2> <p>Have you ever noticed how focusing on one thing makes other things nearly impossible to see? Challenge your awareness patterns by going on a quick scavenger hunt in your home or office. Choose a simple trait to look for, like words spelled containing the letter &quot;Q&quot; or anything with the color green in it. Try to amass a collection of ten things that meet your chosen criteria. You might even find those long lost keys in the process.</p> <h2>15. Flip a Coin</h2> <p>Can&#39;t decide between two items on a menu or what to do on a random Sunday afternoon? Call one heads and the other tails and leave the decision to random whims of chance. You might be pleasantly surprised with the outcome.</p> <h2>16. Discover Treasure at the Library</h2> <p><img alt="" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/u784/inting-3061123-small-ggnoads.jpg" style="height:303px; width:605px" /></p> <p>Visit your local library and wander among the shelves. Scan the titles for something that grabs your attention and then look at the books on the shelves above and below. Because of libraries&#39; organization system, there&#39;s a good chance you&#39;ll find something related, but just slightly different from what you originally found interesting.</p> <h2>17. Volunteer</h2> <p>What better way to make your day more interesting than to be the change you want to see in the world? Consider the local groups who do good work in your community. Reach out to them and offer your time and talent. If you are unsure where to start, an online resource like <a href="http://www.volunteermatch.org">VolunteerMatch.org</a> can help connect you to the causes near and dear to your heart. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-unexpected-benefits-of-volunteering">Unexpected Benefits of Volunteering</a>)</p> <h2>18. Spend Time With Pets</h2> <p>Animals can be an endless source of interest and entertainment for the people in their lives. Treat your dog or cat to a new toy and spend a little time helping them enjoy it. Don&#39;t have a pet? Consider adopting one from a shelter or pet sit for a friend.</p> <h2>19. Revisit Your Childhood Dreams</h2> <p>What do you want to do when you grow up? Try to recall how you answered that question as a child. Did you want to be a nurse, an artist, or used car salesperson? If you&#39;re not already living that five-year-old&#39;s dream, take some time to read about the career you would have picked for yourself.</p> <h2>20. Stop and Smell the Roses</h2> <p><img alt="" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/u784/inting-garden-5271047-small-ggnoads.jpg" style="height:303px; width:605px" /></p> <p>When did you last spend time enjoying a rose bush, bed of hydrangeas, or a beautiful bouquet at the grocery store? Flowers have been evolving for over 100 million years to bring you their enchanting looks and inviting fragrances.</p> <h2>21. Don&#39;t Surf &mdash; Stumble</h2> <p><a href="http://www.stumbleupon.com">StumbleUpon</a> is a free web-based tool that helps you discover new sites, photos, and blogs. Just select what interests you, and StumbleUpon will suggest random related websites.</p> <h2>22. Repurpose Something</h2> <p>Add interest to your day, save money, and help the environment at the same time. Find an everyday object and envision another use for it. Brainstorm reuse ideas for typical throwaways like paper plates, coffee cups, and plastic bags. What new and useful creations can you make? (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/18-awesome-practically-free-upcycled-craft-projects">18 Practically Free Upcycled Craft Projects</a>)</p> <h2>23. Say &quot;Bonjour! Ciao! Hallo!&quot;</h2> <p>Learn how to greet someone in a new language. It&#39;s quick and easy to acquire a few simple phrases like &quot;How are you?&quot; and &quot;Thank you&quot; in another tongue. Once you&#39;ve mastered some pleasantries, find someone to practice them with. You might make a new friend in a faraway place!</p> <h2>24. Switch Hands</h2> <p>Most people tend to prefer one hand over the other for writing and other manual tasks. If it&#39;s safe and practical, try writing a short note or doodling a simple picture with your other hand. See if you can master simple tasks using your non-dominant hand.</p> <h2>25. Realize That Today Really Is Interesting</h2> <p>Maybe today is &quot;National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day&quot; or &quot;Take Your Teddy Bear to Work Day.&quot; <a href="http://www.checkiday.com/">Find out what&#39;s special about today</a> or learn about <a href="http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history">what happened today</a> in history.</p> <p>You don&#39;t have to do anything extravagant to experience a little variety in your life. Let go of the reins a bit and see where the ride takes you. Meeting new people, finding a poem, or a reviving a dormant talent carry benefits that extend far beyond breaking out of the mundane.</p> <p><em>What will you do to make your life more interesting today?</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-easy-ways-to-make-your-life-more-interesting" class="sharethis-link" title="25 Easy Ways to Make Your Life More Interesting" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kentin-waits">Kentin Waits</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Personal Development activities crafts hobbies self help self improvement Thu, 31 Oct 2013 10:36:03 +0000 Kentin Waits 1062403 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Free Activities to Get Your Creative Juices Flowing http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-free-activities-to-get-your-creative-juices-flowing <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-free-activities-to-get-your-creative-juices-flowing" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/relax-248232-small.jpg" alt="woman" title="woman" 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 fantastic articles on free activities to get your creative juices flowing, what to do if you lose your job, and talking about money with your honey.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Free-Activities-Get-You-Motivated-31040060">90 Free Activities to Get Your Creative Juices Flowing</a> &mdash; Get your creative juices flowing by joining Instagram or going to a free concert. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://genxfinance.com/i-lost-my-job-now-what/">I Lost My Job, Now What?</a> &mdash; If you lost your job, remember that a good head hunter is your best friend. [Generation X Finance]</p> <p><a href="http://ptmoney.com/how-to-talk-about-money-with-your-honey/">How to Talk About Money with Your Honey</a> &mdash; When talking about money with your significant other, determine your goals and values together. [PT Money]</p> <p><a href="http://andthenwesaved.com/selling-body-parts-for-cash/">Your Body is a Goldmine (If You So Choose) - Selling Body Parts For Cash</a> &mdash; Did you know you can make $20-$60 for donating your plasma? [And Then We Saved]</p> <p><a href="http://freefrombroke.com/textbooks-for-less/">10 Tricks to Get Cheaper Textbooks (Because Tuition is Expensive Enough!)</a> &mdash; Get cheaper textbooks by renting books or go half in with another student. [Free From Broke]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.girlsjustwannahavefunds.com/power-couples-mixing-business-love/">Mixing Business + Love: Is This Possible?</a> &mdash; Does the concept of being a &quot;power couple&quot; appeal to you? You must be able to have good communication and have fun with your significant other if you want to be a successful &quot;power couple.&quot; [Girls Just Wanna Have Funds]</p> <p><a href="http://www.narrowbridge.net/important-investment-accounts-you-should-have/">Important Investment Accounts You Should Have</a> &mdash; It is important to have an individual investment account or a traditional IRA. [NarrowBridge Finance]</p> <p><a href="http://moneysmartlife.com/assets-keep-bankruptcy/">What Assets Can You Keep in a Bankruptcy?</a> &mdash; If you file for bankruptcy, you can keep your retirement assets. [Money Smart Life]</p> <p><a href="http://cashmoneylife.com/are-you-ready-to-work-from-home/">Are You Really Work from Home Material?</a> &mdash; To figure out if you are work from home material, identify how you deal with distractions. [Cash Money Life]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/node/2354">5 Ways to Keep your Baby Cool at the Beach</a> &mdash; Cooling towels are a great way to keep your baby cool at the beach. [Parenting Squad]</p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-free-activities-to-get-your-creative-juices-flowing" class="sharethis-link" title="Best Money Tips: Free Activities to Get Your Creative Juices Flowing" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Frugal Living activities best money tips creative free Tue, 06 Aug 2013 09:48:45 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 981064 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Cheap Summer Activities for Families http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-cheap-summer-activities-for-families <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-cheap-summer-activities-for-families" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/family-4783779-small.jpg" alt="family" title="family" 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 cheap summer activities for families, teaching kids about money, and making the most of your time.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://christianpf.com/cheap-summer-activities/">10 Cheap Summer Activities for Families</a> &mdash; Having a neighborhood block party or taking free tours are just a couple cheap summer activities for families. [Christian PF]</p> <p><a href="http://www.getrichslowly.org/blog/2013/05/27/the-first-step-to-teaching-our-kids-about-money/">The first step to teaching our kids about money</a> &mdash; Do you think sharing your family budget with your children is a good idea when teaching them about money? [Get Rich Slowly]</p> <p><a href="http://www.freemoneyfinance.com/2005/12/making_the_most.html">Making the Most of Your Time</a> &mdash; To make the most of your time, have a personal mission statement and allocate your time accordingly. [Free Money Finance]</p> <p><a href="http://www.moneyspruce.com/beyond-money-how-to-find-happiness-in-your-20s-or-any-time/">Beyond Money: How to Find Happiness in Your 20s (or Any Time)</a> &mdash; Find happiness at any point in your life by being grateful every day and letting go of fear. [Money Spruce]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/improving-the-communication-in-your-marriage">8 Ways to Communicate Better in Your Marriage</a> &mdash; If you want to communicate better in your marriage, make time for your spouse and take time to get away. [Parenting Squad]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.thousandaire.com/401k-options-when-you-leave-your-job/">401k Options When You Leave Your Job</a> &mdash; Did you know when you leave your job you can leave your 401k with your old company and continue to manage it like you would if you still worked there? You just can't add more money to the account. [Thousandaire]</p> <p><a href="http://www.fivecentnickel.com/2013/05/27/dont-believe-the-bull/">Don't believe the bull</a> &mdash; If companies are earning gains through cutting costs, it may not be a bull market. [Five Cent Nickel]</p> <p><a href="http://www.thesimpledollar.com/2013/05/29/16862/">Living Life to Its Fullest</a> &mdash; If you want to live your life to its fullest, do something everyday that really matters. [The Simple Dollar]</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/How-Make-Coffee-Ground-Soap-30647666">Cool Uses: Make Soap From Used Coffee Grounds</a> &mdash; Did you know you can make soap from used coffee grounds? [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.dumblittleman.com/2013/05/career-advice-3-reasons-you-should.html">Career Advice: 3 Reasons You Should Transform Your Talent Into a Money Making Service</a> &mdash; Transforming your talent into a money making service is a good idea because providing value becomes easy and puts some extra money in your bank accounts. [Dumb Little Man]</p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-cheap-summer-activities-for-families" class="sharethis-link" title="Best Money Tips: Cheap Summer Activities for Families" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Entertainment activities best money tips cheap families fun summer Fri, 31 May 2013 10:00:39 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 976335 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: 56 Things to Do Instead of Spending Money http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-56-things-to-do-instead-of-spending-money <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-56-things-to-do-instead-of-spending-money" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/2814468681_5ea8d2897d_z.jpg" alt="56 Things To Do Instead of Spending Money" title="56 Things To Do Instead of Spending Money" 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 56 things to do instead of spending money, stylish gifts for career girls, and retiring with little savings.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://andthenwesaved.com/things-to-do-instead-of-spending-money/">56 Things To Do Instead of Spending Money</a> &mdash; Instead of spending money, mend clothes that need mending or clean your car. [And Then We Saved]</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Gifts-Working-Women-25982249">12 Stylish Gifts For Career Girls</a> &mdash; Having trouble figuring out what gift to get the career girl in your life? Get her a desk calendar! [SavvySugar]</p> <p><a href="http://cashmoneylife.com/retire-with-little-savings/">Creating a Retirement Plan B -- How to Retire with Little Savings</a> &mdash; If you want to retire with little savings, move where life is cheaper. [Cash Money Life]</p> <p><a href="http://www.freemoneyfinance.com/2012/11/gym-memberships-are-good-deals-if-you-use-them.html">Gym Memberships are Good Deals - If You Use Them!</a> &mdash; As long as you are actively using your gym membership, it is saving you money! [Free Money Finance]</p> <p><a href="http://retireby40.org/2012/11/save-sanity-money-black-friday/">6 ways to save your sanity (and money) on Black Friday</a> &mdash; To save your sanity and money this Black Friday, prioritize the items on your list. [Retire By 40]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://onecentatatime.com/101-ways-to-get-love-and-respect-in-life/">101 Ways To Get Love And Respect In Life</a> &mdash; If you want to have love and respect in your life, don't be a bully and give yourself value while learning to cooperate too. [One Cent at a Time]</p> <p><a href="http://www.americandebtproject.com/2012/11/financial-transitions-with-a-new-job/">Financial Transitions with a New Job</a> &mdash; When transitioning to a new job, use your paid time off wisely. [American Debt Project]</p> <p><a href="http://www.mint.com/blog/investing/6-ways-to-give-the-gift-of-investing-for-the-holidays-1112/">6 Ways to Give the Gift of Investing for the Holidays</a> &mdash; To give the gift of investing this holiday season, give someone a savings bond. [MintLife]</p> <p><a href="http://youngandthrifty.ca/4-strategies-for-effective-workplace-communication/">4 Strategies for Effective Workplace Communication</a> &mdash; Thinking positively can help you have more effective workplace communication. [Young and Thrifty]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/7-easy-thanksgiving-centerpieces-kids-can-help-make">7 Easy Thanksgiving Centerpieces Kids Can Help Make</a> &mdash; Have your kids make a Native American centerpiece for Thanksgiving this year. [Parenting Squad]</p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-56-things-to-do-instead-of-spending-money" class="sharethis-link" title="Best Money Tips: 56 Things to Do Instead of Spending Money" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Frugal Living activities best money tips Spending Money Wed, 21 Nov 2012 10:48:33 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 956839 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Free Summer Activities for Kids http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-free-summer-activities-for-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-free-summer-activities-for-kids" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/6686342293_99c6214b17_z-1.jpg" alt="Free Summer Activities for Kids" title="Free Summer Activities for Kids" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some fantastic articles on free summer activities for kids, money saving cooking tips, and finding balance with your savings goals.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.thecentsiblelife.com/2012/05/40-free-or-nearly-free-summer-activities-for-kids/">40 Free (Or Nearly Free) Summer Activities for Kids</a> &mdash; One great free summer activity to do with your kids is to take advantage of free National Park days. [The Centsible Life]</p> <p><a href="http://www.guarantorloanscompany.co.uk/blog/money-saving-cooking-tips-save-money-in-the-kitchen/">Money Saving Cooking Tips - Save Money in the Kitchen</a> &mdash; Want to save money in the kitchen? Cook from scratch and shop around. [GLC Money Saving Blog]</p> <p><a href="http://cashmoneylife.com/balance-multiple-savings-goals/">How to Find Balance With Your Savings Goals</a> &mdash; Find balance with your savings goals by making a list of your goals, then prioritizing that list. [Cash Money Life]</p> <p><a href="http://www.budgetsaresexy.com/2012/05/6-tips-to-landing-your-dream-job/?utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+budgetsaresexy+%28Budgets+are+Sexy.%29">6 Tips to Landing Your Dream Job</a> &mdash; To land your dream job, create relevant work history. [Budgets Are Sexy]</p> <p><a href="http://barbarafriedbergpersonalfinance.com/cheap-mothers-day-gifts/">Cheap Mother's Day Gifts</a> &mdash; You don't have to break the bank to get mom a gift she will love. Books and pampering treats are great frugal gift options for mom this Mother's Day! [Barbara Friedberg Personal Finance]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://deliverawaydebt.com/how-to/6-ways-to-save-money-at-the-movies/">6 Ways to Save Money at the Movies</a> &mdash; Save money at the movies by heading to the theater before 5pm. [Deliver Away Debt]</p> <p><a href="http://www.boomerandecho.com/turning-60-some-things-to-consider/">Turning 60: Some Things To Consider</a> &mdash; When you turn 60, consider the importance of keeping yourself in good health. [Boomer &amp; Echo]</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/How-Cut-Your-Wedding-Guest-List-23014651">5 Simple Tips To Trim Your Wedding Guest List</a> &mdash; To trim your wedding guest list, consider your budget and venue. [SavvySugar]</p> <p><a href="http://www.freemoneyfinance.com/2012/05/how-to-make-your-resume-last-longer-than-six-seconds.html">How to Make Your Resume Last Longer thank Six Seconds</a> &mdash; Did you know that recruiters spend an average of six seconds reviewing an individual resume? [Free Money Finance]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/family-staycation-ideas-for-summer">23 Family &quot;Staycation&quot; Ideas for a Spectacular Summer</a> &mdash; This summer, include geocaching in your staycation plans. [Parenting Squad]</p> <h2>News &amp; Events</h2> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-100-most-popular-personal-finance-blogs/news/2012/04/money-crashers-tweetchat-mcchat-7">Money Crashers Tweetchat (#MCchat)</a> &mdash; Don't miss Money Crashers weekly #MCchat starting at 1pm PST!</p> <p>Be sure to check out our <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-100-most-popular-personal-finance-blogs/news">News &amp; Events Calendar</a> to see all the awesome upcoming events in the personal finance world!</p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-free-summer-activities-for-kids" class="sharethis-link" title="Best Money Tips: Free Summer Activities for Kids" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Entertainment activities best money tips kids summer Fri, 11 May 2012 10:00:17 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 929134 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Activities for Toddlers on a Budget http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-activities-for-toddlers-on-a-budget <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-activities-for-toddlers-on-a-budget" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/4554748099_a4d75312c4_z-1.jpg" alt="Activities for Toddlers on a Budget" title="Activities for Toddlers on a Budget" 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 activities for toddlers on a budget, saving on tax preparation fees, and expensive decisions that can haunt you for life.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.moneycrashers.com/fun-activities-toddlers/">5 Fun Activities for Toddlers on a Budget</a> &mdash; Have fun with your toddler without breaking the bank by making a toilet paper trail. [Money Crashers]</p> <p><a href="http://genxfinance.com/24-ways-to-save-on-your-tax-preparation-fees/">24 Ways to Save on Your Tax Preparation Fees</a> &mdash; Use group discounts to save on your tax preparation fees. [Generation X Finance]</p> <p><a href="http://moneysmartlife.com/expensive-decisions-that-can-haunt-you-for-life/">5 Expensive Decisions That Can Haunt You for Life</a> &mdash; Don't make the decision of paying for college with student loans. That decision could haunt you for the rest of your life! [Money Smart Life]</p> <p><a href="http://www.moneytalksnews.com/2012/03/09/get-your-credit-report-without-getting-ripped-off/">In Search of the Elusive $11 Credit Report</a> &mdash; Did you know that legally you should be able to get your credit report for just $11? [Money Talks News]</p> <p><a href="http://www.creditsesame.com/blog/financial-questions-to-ask-your-fiance-before-you-say-i-do/">Financial Questions to Ask Your Fiance Before You Say &quot;I Do&quot;</a> &mdash; Before you tie the knot, ask your fiance how he or she would handle an inheritance. [Credit Sesame]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.davidmakescents.com/financial-tips-living-after-graduation/#utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+DavidMakesCents+%28David+Makes+Cents.com%29">5 Financial Tips for Living on Your Own After Graduation</a> &mdash; When living on your own after graduation, curb your entertainment expenses. [David Makes Cents .com]</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Procrastinating-Taxes-22109519">4 Steps To Stop Procrastinating With Your Taxes</a> &mdash; Stop procrastinating on your taxes by finding a buddy to do your taxes with. [SavvySugar]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/making-your-own-baby-food-is-a-complete-waste-of-time">Why Making Your Own Baby Food is a Waste of Time</a> &mdash; Instead of making your own baby food, opt for baby-led weaning. Baby-led weaning tends to result in children prefering healthier carbohydrates as opposed to more sugary foods. [Parenting Squad]</p> <p><a href="http://www.freemoneyfinance.com/2012/03/and-yet-another-reason-not-to-quit-your-job-early.html">And Yet Another Reason Not to Quit Your Job Early</a> &mdash; If you quit your job before you have another job lined up, you may struggle in both your job search and financially. [Free Money Finance]</p> <p><a href="http://kiplinger.com/columns/value/archive/3-reasons-the-bull-market-will-continue.html?si=1">3 Reasons the Bull Market Will Continue</a> &mdash; Since the ratio of advances to declines is positive, chances are the bull market will continue. [Kiplinger]</p> <h2>News &amp; Events</h2> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-100-most-popular-personal-finance-blogs/news/2012/01/best-of-money-carnival-146-hosted-by-retire-by-40">Best of Money Carnival #146: Hosted By Retire By 40</a> &mdash; Don't miss The Best of Money Carnival, featuring the ten best money-related posts of the past two weeks.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-100-most-popular-personal-finance-blogs/news/2012/03/carnival-of-personal-finance-352-hosted-by-sense-to-save">Carnival of Personal Finance #352: Hosted by Sense to Save</a> &mdash; Be sure to check out the Carnival of Personal Finance, featuring some of the week&rsquo;s most interesting and informative articles on personal finance.</p> <p>Be sure to check out our <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-100-most-popular-personal-finance-blogs/news">News &amp; Events Calendar</a> to see all the awesome upcoming events in the personal finance world!</p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-activities-for-toddlers-on-a-budget" class="sharethis-link" title="Best Money Tips: Activities for Toddlers on a Budget" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Lifestyle activities best money tips budget toddlers Mon, 12 Mar 2012 11:00:11 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 909859 at http://www.wisebread.com Make Your Own Moon Sand, Dirt Cheap http://www.wisebread.com/make-your-own-moon-sand-dirt-cheap <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/make-your-own-moon-sand-dirt-cheap" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/5066827629_45e7bb3caf_z.jpg" alt="moon sand" title="moon sand" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="188" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>One of the hot Christmas items this year was Moon Sand. But while it's certainly not a bank-breaker, it is costly for what is basically wet sand. So, I did a little digging around (pun intended) and discovered a way to make your very own moon sand. Here's the best part...the homemade stuff will set you back less than 60 cents per pound! (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-frugal-birthday-party-games" title="5 Frugal Birthday Party Games">5 Frugal Birthday Party Games</a>)</p> <p>As you may know, there are several Moon Sand kits out there, and they come with all sorts of the usual <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/three-kids-diy-projects-in-your-pantry" title="3 Kids' DIY Projects in Your Pantry">play-dough</a> style gadgets and molds. But if you just want a bucket of the stuff, the best deal I have found so far is at Amazon, where a 7 1/2 lb tub will cost you $18.74, down from $29.99 (at the time this article was published).</p> <p><img height="187" width="218" title="moon sand" alt="moon sand" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u17/313MJRRVUAL__SS400__0.jpg" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000SOZ5SA?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=wisebread07-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B000SOZ5SA">Moon Sand 7 1/2lb Mega Bucket</a><img height="1" width="1" src="http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wisebread07-20&amp;l=as2&amp;o=1&amp;a=B000SOZ5SA" alt="" /></p> <p>Now, if you do the math you'll figure out that Moon Sand is roughly $2.50 per pound on sale, down from $4/lb. Not bad, but not great. With the following recipe you can create around 50lbs of homemade moon sand for $30. That equates to 60 cents per pound, over 4 times cheaper than the sale bucket! So, grab your rubber gloves and lets get to work.</p> <p><img height="150" width="150" title="play sand" alt="play sand" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u17/631282240701.jpg" /></p> <h2><strong>Recipe for Homemade Moon Sand (1 batch)</strong></h2> <ul> <li>6 cups of play sand (I got a 50 lb bag from Lowe's; it was $4.99 plus tax.)</li> <li>3 cups of cornstarch (Most dollar stores carry it for $1 per box...you'll need around 24 boxes for the whole 50 lbs!)</li> <li>1 1/2 cups of cold water</li> </ul> <ol> <li>Mix the water and cornstarch together thoroughly, this will take a few minutes to get it nice and smooth.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Gradually mix in the sand, one cup at a time. You'll need to really work it in with your fingers.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Play with it!<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>When you're all done, pop it in an airtight container.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>When you next play with it, you'll need to revive it with 2-3 tablespoons of water. Just sprinkle it over and work it in.</li> </ol> <p>That's all there is to it. Very cheap, very easy and the kids will get to play with heaps of the stuff. Play sand also comes in different colors, so buy different colored bags to mix things up a little. Have fun!</p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-your-own-moon-sand-dirt-cheap" class="sharethis-link" title="Make Your Own Moon Sand, Dirt Cheap" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/frugal-living/diy">DIY articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> DIY activities children how to make play toys Mon, 31 Dec 2007 00:04:15 +0000 Paul Michael 1561 at http://www.wisebread.com Pursuing Interests: Free to $1K+ http://www.wisebread.com/pursuing-interests-free-to-1k <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/pursuing-interests-free-to-1k" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/environmental_science_books.jpg" alt="environmental science books" title="environmental science books" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Pursuing interests and learning new things, such as taking a class in environmental science, can be costly or not, depending on what your interest is, what happens to be available in your community or online, and how flexible your schedule is. If you or your family members happen to choose pricier interests, you can try to mix it up with some freebies of your choice. </p> <p>Ideally, I&#39;d like everyone in my family to have the same interests so that we can spend more time together and focus time and money on a few things (my choices would be swimming, hiking, canoeing, and cycling). My kids haven&#39;t conformed to my image and have pursued activities that I would never consider (community theater comes to mind). </p> <p>So, I’ve been torn between spending Saturday mornings on my road bike and some other free time I might have in the gym. I don’t want to mislead anyone who might think I’m a fitness freak (not that there’s anything wrong with that) but carving out workout moments in addition to taking care of children, working, cooking meals, washing clothes, keeping up a social life of sorts, and more is daunting. </p> <p>When <em>Wall Street Journal’s Love &amp; Money</em> columnist Jeff Opdyke wrote about trying to find time (and money) to pursue new interests last Sunday, July 15, 2007, his article “So Many Interests, So Little Time” resonated with me. </p> <p>Mr. Opdyke tells of the time and money his family spends on fun and enriching activities for the kids: soccer, baseball, dance, gymnastics, and piano are mentioned. His concern, like mine, is that the adults in the household may not pursue interests for themselves, such as language, art, or golf lessons. Some of you may consider this selfish; others, foolish. Whether you think that parents’ wants should be set aside or adults’ wishes honored, the dilemma of spending (how much?) and allocation (on whom?) exists. </p> <p>What surprised me about this discussion the most, though, was that Mr. Opdyke budgets close to $300 per month for his kids’ activities (none for the parents, by the way). It made me consider how much I spend to let my kids pursue their interests.</p> <p>My youngest has asked, on more than one occasion, if he could take Tae Kwon Do lessons. A school near us promotes itself heavily including offering special sessions at his public school and hosting kids’ birthday parties, one of which my son attended. I’ve resisted his pleas, and while I wouldn’t mind him benefiting from the exercise and discipline, I just can’t justify $50 per month for, well, indefinitely. Kids take lessons 3-4 times per week for a few to several years. </p> <p>This summer, however, has been the most expensive ever (just under $1,500), mainly because my oldest child (a middle school student) is taking an online class in environmental science offered by a private university. The class and the cost was one that I considered very carefully but I decided that it was worthwhile for him to participate (it was really my idea and I had to convince him to sign up) because I wanted him 1) to get used to online class format with its discussion board and electronically submitted assignments, 2) to learn something about environmental science, and 3) to realize that there are some super-bright kids out there, who may one day (hopefully) be his university classmates or workplace colleagues. </p> <p>The oldest also spent a week at a church camp/youth retreat in the mountains. My youngest child is participating in a public school-sponsored enrichment program and taking classes in science, scenery design, and sports. </p> <p>Our spending during the school year looks quite different. Activities in the past year or so are listed here and free unless listed otherwise: </p> <ul> <li>Community Theater</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Cotillions (etiquette and dance, $75)</li> </ul> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.odysseyofthemind.com" target="_blank" title="http://www.odysseyofthemind.com">Odyssey of the Mind</a></li> </ul> <ul> <li>Open Arms Community (outreach to children from troubled families) </li> </ul> <ul> <li>Vacation Bible School (one son was a participant; the other, a youth worker)</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Y League Basketball ($45)</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Art Lessons ($90)</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Swim Lessons ($45)</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Church Youth Group (talk sessions, games, suppers) </li> </ul> <p>At least one child has learned how to:</p> <ul> <li>sing and dance in a group;</li> </ul> <ul> <li>endure long theater practices;</li> </ul> <ul> <li>interpret instructions as a guideline not a limiting force; </li> </ul> <ul> <li>ask a girl for a dance; </li> </ul> <ul> <li>be yourself and enjoy people actually liking you just for that;</li> </ul> <ul> <li>give money to a <a href="http://www.heifer.org/" target="_blank" title="http://www.heifer.org/">cause</a> that helps to alleviate hunger through sustaining agriculture;</li> </ul> <ul> <li>swim backstroke;</li> </ul> <ul> <li>relate to other people even when they&#39;re being annoying.</li> </ul> <p>So, there’s our list of activities, not totally frugal but under $3,600 per year. As for me, I pursuing my interests, hoping to learn and grow by being involved in a book club, helping kids to lead brainstorming sessions as an Odyssey of the Mind coach, figuring out cycling and endurance fitness, and maybe picking up a new language soon (Spanish, sign language?), with costs ranging from free to much more for equipment and training facilities. If you (as an adult or a child) have participated in a particularly life-enriching activity, especially one that costs little, please share your experience. </p> <p>Photo of Environmental Science textbooks by me</p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/pursuing-interests-free-to-1k" class="sharethis-link" title="Pursuing Interests: Free to $1K+" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/julie-rains">Julie Rains</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Life Hacks activities Art and Leisure enrichment kids online classes summer activities summer camp Sun, 22 Jul 2007 16:00:00 +0000 Julie Rains 878 at http://www.wisebread.com