winter http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/7973/all en-US 14 Fun Ways to Spend a Snow Day Indoors http://www.wisebread.com/14-fun-ways-to-spend-a-snow-day-indoors <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/14-fun-ways-to-spend-a-snow-day-indoors" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock-492188694.jpg" alt="Woman finding ways to spend a snow day indoors" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="142" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I'm what you would describe as the &quot;indoorsy type.&quot; Not only is my skin capable of burning within five minutes on sunny days, but I am also a complete and utter wuss about any and all inclement weather, and my teeth tend to chatter when the temperature dips below 60 degrees F.</p> <p>Suffice it to say, I prefer to spend the long winter months holed up inside, particularly now that I have moved to the wintry tundra that is Wisconsin. Thankfully, staying indoors over the winter doesn't have to be a drag. In fact, all the frugal and fun indoor activities can make winter the best season of all.</p> <p>Here are 14 fun indoor activities you can enjoy while the wind is howling and the snow is falling outside.</p> <h2>1. Enjoy a Movie Marathon</h2> <p>There's no better time to watch movies at home than on a cold winter day. While you could just pop in your favorite DVD or pick something to stream on Netflix, it's even more fun to create a themed movie marathon. Some movie themes to consider:</p> <ul> <ul> <li>Watch every film in a franchise. Maybe you've always wanted to see all of Freddie's <em>Nightmare on Elm Street</em> adventures or watch every single movie in the <em>The Fast and The Furious </em>franchise.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Watch several films by a specific director. Check out early, midcareer, and recent films by a director you love to see how their talents have grown and changed over the years.</li> </ul> </ul> <ul> <li>Watch a remake back-to-back with the original.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Watch films from a best-of list.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Watch several of the most popular films from the year you were born.</li> </ul> <h2>2. Have a Spa Day at Home</h2> <p>A luxurious bath is a staple of indoor winter relaxation, but you can do much more than just stretch out in a hot tub with a book. Why not treat yourself to a mani/pedi, deep condition your hair, exfoliate your skin, and give yourself a facial while you're at it? These are all <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-spa-treatments-you-can-do-at-home" target="_blank">spa treatments you can easily give yourself</a> at home without breaking the bank. You'll feel refreshed, and you'll be helping to protect your skin and hair from winter dryness.</p> <h2>3. Teach Yourself to Draw</h2> <p>You can probably remember spending hours at a time drawing when you were a child, but it's likely you haven't done so in a while. Pull out some pencils and paper, and you'll soon remember just how fun drawing is. Whether you simply find pictures online that you'd like to copy (which is how art students learn, after all), or you take the time to learn the <a href="https://design.tutsplus.com/articles/i-want-to-draw-simple-exercises-for-complete-beginners--vector-20583" target="_blank">fundamentals of drawing</a>, your reintroduction to being an artist can be a thrilling way to spend your indoor hours during winter. The key is to let go of any perfectionist tendencies and draw the things that feel the most fun to you, whether that's unicorns, chain saws, or chainsaw-wielding unicorns.</p> <p>See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-cheap-ways-to-beat-stress?ref=seealso" target="_blank">13 Cheap Ways to Beat Stress</a></p> <h2>4. Bake Some Treats</h2> <p>Nothing is more homey than the smell of fresh-baked cookies. Even if you have never made anything more complex than slice-and-bake cookies, following the recipe on the back of the bag of chocolate chips or oatmeal canister is an easy way to get started as a from-scratch baker.</p> <p>If you're willing to try other types of baking, the time you spend indoors on a long winter day is perfect for allowing bread dough or pizza dough to rise. There is something very satisfying about spending the day working on something you can eat and share with others.</p> <h2>5. Put Your Photos in Albums</h2> <p>Whether you have physical photos stored in old shoe boxes, or a computer full of photo files, a winter day spent indoors is the perfect time to organize your pictures into albums. It will be fun to walk down memory lane looking at your old photos, and you'll end the day with an enviable sense of accomplishment.</p> <h2>6. Have a Dance Party</h2> <p>You may be cooped up inside, but that doesn't mean you can't get some exercise in. Move your couch out of the way, turn on your favorite station on Spotify, and get down in your own private dance club. This is also the perfect time to learn how to do all of your favorite dance moves. Find some tutorials on YouTube and hone your moves at home.</p> <p>Finally, you probably still have that old Dance Dance Revolution video game and mat stashed somewhere. Dust them off and make your dance party an actual game challenge.</p> <h2>7. Break Out a Jigsaw Puzzle or Board Game</h2> <p>Whether you're rocking the snow day solo or with the whole family, you can have a lot of old-fashioned fun by dusting off a puzzle or board game.</p> <h2>8. Read by the Fire</h2> <p>One of my most cherished memories from my first house with my husband was the day I spent rereading <em>Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows</em> in the living room while snow fell just outside the windows beside me. There is something so cozy about curling up with a book on a cold day, especially if you are lucky enough to have a roaring fireplace next to you (not to mention a cup of hot chocolate).</p> <h2>9. Write a Letter</h2> <p>Receiving an actual letter in the mail is such a rare occurrence these days that we rarely think to sit down and write one ourselves. Taking the time to think of someone special you could write to and putting your thoughts into a handwritten note will make you (and them) feel great.</p> <h2>10. Take a Nap</h2> <p>Napping is one of life's pleasures, and adults don't often get to indulge. The only problem with napping is that it can sometimes leave you feeling groggier than you did beforehand. If you need to get anything done on your winter day inside (even if it's just making dinner later), then plan on following these <a href="https://www.wsj.com/articles/SB10001424127887323932604579050990895301888#project%3DSLEEP0902%26articleTabs%3Darticle" target="_blank">scientifically approved</a> tips:</p> <ul> <li>Aim for a nap during your natural energy slump in the afternoon. This is usually between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Thirty- to 60 minutes is the length of naps most likely to make you groggy after you wake up. Try to sleep either longer or shorter than 30-60 minutes.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>If you don't have more than an hour, plan on a quick 10-20-minute snooze, which will leave you feeling awake and alert afterward.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>If you've got plenty of time to nap, a 90-minute siesta lets you go through a full sleep cycle, which will allow you to wake up easily and feel refreshed.</li> </ul> <h2>11. Catch Up With Friends and Family</h2> <p>Extroverts who might otherwise be climbing the walls on days they are stuck indoors now have many different ways to stay in touch with their nearest and dearest, no matter how frightful the weather might be. Phone calls, Skype, and FaceTime all give you the opportunity to connect, as do Facebook and Twitter. A day of nowhere-to-be is a great time to reach out to those you may have been thinking about but haven't had the time to connect with.</p> <h2>12. Rearrange Your Furniture</h2> <p>Not only does swapping your couch with that chair and moving your TV into a different corner help your home feel new and improved, it also gives you a chance to clean some neglected spots. It's likely that you'll unearth some stale Cheetos and pet hair tumbleweeds from beneath the couch, which you can easily sweep up when the couch is pulled away.</p> <p>While cleaning is no one's idea of fun, rearranging furniture can bring new life to a tired room &mdash; and you can't help but clean while you go. It's immensely satisfying to throw yourself down on your newly moved chair and enjoy the new layout in your much cleaner living room.</p> <h2>13. Create Music Playlists for Your Every Mood</h2> <p>Putting together mix tapes is getting to be a lost art, but you can recreate the fun by creating playlists of tunes you love on your favorite digital music provider.</p> <h2>14. Channel Your Inner Bartender or Barista</h2> <p>Being stuck at home doesn't mean you have to miss out on happy hour or your favorite elaborate coffee drink. Use your indoor time to learn how to mix your favorite cocktails or brew your favorite coffee treats. You can find recipes and video tutorials online.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/emily-guy-birken">Emily Guy Birken</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-fun-ways-to-spend-a-snow-day-indoors">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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I have not seen the sun in days. All this weather has got me dreaming about what my family will do this summer.</p> <p>But I can't just dream an epic summer into existence. I need to plan and prepare. Here are some things you &mdash; and I &mdash; can do in the gloom of winter to lay the groundwork for the best summer ever.</p> <h2>1. Reserve a Campsite</h2> <p>In some states, like California, state park sites book up devilishly early. In fact, a quick search of a couple of favorite beach campgrounds found them already booked for weekends throughout the summer. So if you haven't already booked any summer camp-outs, go to <a href="http://www.reserveamerica.com/" target="_blank">Reserve America</a> and snag them before it's too late.</p> <h2>2. Arrange a Home Exchange</h2> <p>If you're able to take a sabbatical or work from home, consider swapping your house with someone far away for a change of scenery, even without using vacation time. If you have to report to work every day, try a temporary relocation to a different part of your region. For instance, since my husband has a 40-mile commute to his Silicon Valley job, I'm eyeing swaps with families who live within the same distance from his work, but in other directions, on <a href="http://www.tkqlhce.com/click-2822544-10774433" target="_blank">HomeExchange</a>.</p> <h2>3. Send the Kids to Camp</h2> <p>If you're a parent, time away from your job might not be as relaxing as time away from your kids. I should know, I have three little buggers of my own. Fortunately, there exists a wonderful institution to give you a vacation from parenting: sleep-away camp. Camp catalogs go out soon. Girl Scout, Boy Scout, church, and YMCA camps offer some of the best values. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-save-money-on-child-care-this-summer?ref=seealso" target="_blank">How to Save Money on Child Care This Summer</a>)</p> <h2>4. Book a National Park Trip</h2> <p>The big-name parks book up fast. In fact, a random check of <a href="http://www.yellowstonenationalparklodges.com/" target="_blank">Yellowstone lodges</a> for June showed that rooms are already getting hard to find. If you're planning to stay in &mdash; or even near &mdash; a National Park this summer, get going.</p> <h2>5. Buy Baseball Tickets</h2> <p>It's not as if it will be impossible to get seats in most ballparks after Opening Day, but still, wouldn't it be nice to see a big circle on the calendar around a July day and know you'll be spending it at the ballgame? My family received tickets to a Cubs game as a Christmas gift, and I'm already looking forward to that August event.</p> <h2>6. Figure Out Where You'll Be for the Solar Eclipse</h2> <p>In case you haven't heard, there will be a total solar eclipse August 21, but the full monty will only be <a href="http://www.al.com/news/huntsville/index.ssf/2017/01/nasas_new_map_can_put_you_righ.html" target="_blank">viewable from certain parts of the United States</a>. You'd better believe that campgrounds and other lodging in the path, which will follow an arc from Oregon to South Carolina, are selling out fast. August 21 is a Monday, so if you can do a long weekend and get there, it should be a sight to see as the moon takes a big bite out of the sun and then blots it out entirely, bringing out the stars in the middle of the day. We haven't had a total eclipse cross the whole country like this for about 100 years.</p> <h2>7. Plan Your Garden</h2> <p>Your dirt may be buried under snow, but that doesn't mean you can't sketch out new garden beds (there's even <a href="http://theselfsufficientliving.com/7-vegetable-garden-planner-software-for-better-gardening/" target="_blank">gardening software</a> to help you do that now), ordering seeds, and starting seedlings indoors.</p> <h2>8. Research Major Summer Purchases on Your Wishlist</h2> <p>Is this the year you buy a boat or a camper, or even an inflatable dinghy? Most of the boat and <a href="http://www.rvpark411.com/rv-shows-camping-expos.html" target="_blank">RV shows</a> are in winter and spring. Even if you're just going to dream, walking through a boat show can help pass chilly days with dreams of fishing and snorkeling.</p> <h2>9. Get Medical Procedures Out of the Way</h2> <p>This may not be as fun as booking vacations or boat shopping, but think about it: If you need a knee replacement, do you want to be laid of up for six weeks in summer or now? Might as well get those bunions removed while you're stuck inside anyway.</p> <h2>10. Learn to Scuba Dive</h2> <p>If you live near water, you might love exploring the underside of it this summer. Did you know you can start learning even if it's too cold to jump in right now? First of all, scuba certification involves a classroom portion, which you can <a href="https://apps.padi.com/scuba-diving/elearning/purchasecourse.aspx" target="_blank">take online</a>. Then, there are <a href="http://www.dolphinscuba.com/scuba-diving-classes/overview.html" target="_blank">classes you can take in heated pools</a> to get you ready for dive season.</p> <h2>11. Buy Tickets to a Summer Theater Festival</h2> <p>For me, one of the highlights of summer is watching Shakespeare out in nature, whether it's at Wisconsin's <a href="http://americanplayers.org/" target="_blank">American Players Theatre</a> or the <a href="https://www.bard.org/" target="_blank">Utah Shakespeare Festival</a>. Tickets are already available for some of these festivals, and even if they're not, the schedule is probably posted, so you can decide which shows you'll see. And if you're unable to travel to see these, check for local shows in your area.</p> <h2>12. Book Amtrak Tickets</h2> <p>Even more than flights, Amtrak trains can fill up early, especially those sleeper cars that make the journey more pleasant. Buy it now or you may find yourself sleeping in a seat.</p> <h2>13. Buy Theme Park Season Passes</h2> <p>Early bird discounts can net you some real savings on these. For instance, Six Flags Great America in Chicago is selling season passes for $75-$93 right now; full price runs $189-$250.</p> <h2>14. Work Out</h2> <p>I'm not talking about a &quot;get your beach body&quot; weight-loss program, because all bodies are welcome at the beach. I'm talking about cardio and strength training to build your endurance for those summer hikes and swims you're going to do. 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Raised in Iowa, I'm all too familiar with the extreme whiteouts and wind chills that start in November and don't reliably end until early April. It's the kind of weather that makes my nose hair freeze and my face hurt. But over the years, those of us from colder climates develop creative ways to thrive in winter's grip. If you find yourself tiring of the season, take heart and take heed! Here are seven mental tricks that might help you learn to love winter &mdash; or at least hate it a little less.</p> <h2>1. Understand Winter's Benefits</h2> <p>The purpose of cold winter months isn't simply to drive us all crazy with cabin fever. The long deep-freeze kills disease-carrying insects, interrupts the migration of invasive species, and slows the growth of nuisance vegetation. Ice buildup along lake shorelines even helps reduce soil erosion and protect wetland areas. At those moments when you feel frustrated by the frigid temps, remember &mdash; there's a beneficial cycle at play in nature.</p> <h2>2. Embrace All Things Domestic</h2> <p>Tired of winter interrupting your normal routine with freezing temps, snow, and icy roads? Maybe it's time to dominate domestically. Make a list of projects you can tackle and easily complete each week. My own list includes pricing items for a summertime yard sale, shredding stacks of personal paperwork, scanning and saving old family photos, and finally learning how to bake something &mdash; <em>anything </em>&mdash; from scratch. After two or three months of projects, I'll be more organized, more capable in the kitchen, and a few steps closer to spring.</p> <h2>3. Hang Out With Winter Enthusiasts</h2> <p>Misery loves company. If you want to beat your cold weather woes, don't look for the like-minded. Instead, seek out those folks who flourish in winter. With a little coaxing, you may find yourself enjoying the season with friends who love snowboarding, ice-fishing, or whiling away entire afternoons playing giant Jenga at a local pub.</p> <h2>4. Get Oh So Cozy</h2> <p>Roughly translated from Norwegian, &quot;koselig&quot; means &quot;coziness.&quot; Instead of fighting winter, do what the Norwegians do: Shift your thinking and give in to the spirit of the season. On those cold winter nights, wrap yourself in a down comforter, enjoy a steaming mug of cider, and binge-watch a TV series or lose yourself a good book. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/50-fun-things-to-do-when-youre-stuck-inside-during-winter?ref=seealso" target="_blank">50 Fun Things to Do When You're Stuck Inside During Winter</a>)</p> <h2>5. Indulge in Little Luxuries</h2> <p>Acquiring more stuff isn't the path to happiness, but a few strategic luxuries can help take the frost off winter. Treat yourself to some scented candles, good wine, high-end chocolate, or a monthly massage. While you're at it, spring for a temporary subscription to a video on-demand service like Netflix or Hulu to pass the time. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-little-luxuries-that-go-a-long-way?ref=seealso" target="_blank">8 Little Luxuries That Go a Long Way</a>)</p> <h2>6. Let the Light Shine In</h2> <p>Though it's a commodity during winter months, natural light is an essential mood lifter. Keep curtains and blinds open during the day, repaint dark or drab walls, clear clutter away from windows, and flood your space with as much natural light as possible.</p> <h2>7. Plan a Spring Fling</h2> <p>Having something to look forward to can make cold winter months seem like a mere blip on the calendar. Schedule a warm weather trip and countdown your departure date with an app like <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/days-until/id297804039?mt=8" target="_blank">Days Until</a> or <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/countdown+-lite-social-calendar/id566237798?mt=8" target="_blank">Countdown+</a>. Then, spend those snowy afternoons planning your itinerary, reserving a hotel, refining your vacation wardrobe, and finding new ways to squirrel away extra fun money. Spring will be here before you know it.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kentin-waits">Kentin Waits</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/learn-to-love-winter-with-some-simple-self-deception">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-6"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-reasons-alone-time-is-good-for-your-soul">9 Reasons Alone Time Is Good For Your Soul</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/treat-yourself-with-these-7-free-self-care-routines">Treat Yourself With These 7 Free Self-Care Routines</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/14-fun-ways-to-spend-a-snow-day-indoors">14 Fun Ways to Spend a Snow Day Indoors</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/51-uses-for-coca-cola-the-ultimate-list">51 Uses for Coca-Cola – the Ultimate List</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-only-money-advice-youll-actually-listen-to">The Only Money Advice You&#039;ll Actually Listen To</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Life Hacks Lifestyle mental health mental tricks SAD seasonal affective disorder self-care tips winter winter madness Fri, 10 Feb 2017 10:00:10 +0000 Kentin Waits 1889189 at http://www.wisebread.com 9 Ways to Put All That Snow to Good Use http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-put-all-that-snow-to-good-use <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/9-ways-to-put-all-that-snow-to-good-use" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock-499910260.jpg" alt="make use of all that snow" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Thanks to increasingly wacky weather patterns, most of the United States sees at least a dusting of snow once a year and, yes, that includes typically powder-free areas like Florida, Southern California, Texas, and Hawaii. In fact, the Big Island of Hawaii recently welcomed a winter storm that&nbsp;<a href="http://www.cnn.com/2016/12/05/us/hawaii-snow-warning/" target="_blank">dropped about six inches of the white stuff</a> on its higher elevations. Building an igloo in paradise &mdash; can you imagine?!</p> <p>Besides building snowmen and having snow fights, here are several ideas to take advantage of your abundance of snow. Some may save you money, while others are just downright delicious.</p> <p>See also:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-to-prevent-the-winter-blues-from-busting-your-budget?ref=seealso" target="_blank">5 Ways to Prevent the Winter Blues from Busting Your Budget</a></p> <h2>1. Make Sweet Snow Treats</h2> <p>If you've never made snow ice cream (and I haven't; this is a tip from a friend), consider this very essential criteria: The snow must be fresh, clean, and untouched. I mean, you're going to eat it, so you'll want to steer clear of the yellow spots. Once you've identified a pristine area of freshly fallen snow, scoop up about eight cups or so, which you'll then combine with a quick-and-easy milk/sugar/salt/vanilla mixture. The author of the food blog Gimme Some Oven has prepared this recipe for&nbsp;<a href="http://www.gimmesomeoven.com/how-to-make-snow-ice-cream-recipe/" target="_blank">snow ice cream</a> that calls for sprinkles on top &mdash; because why not? Definitely gonna give this a try myself.</p> <p>If you're a little more ambitious, check out this recipe for&nbsp;<a href="http://happyhooligans.ca/make-maple-syrup-snow-candy-3-simple-steps/" target="_blank">maple syrup snow candy</a>, which apparently is also quite popular.</p> <h2>2. Store Extra Food and Drinks</h2> <p>I don't know about you, but I have more food than I can fit into my fridge over the holidays and into the winter. It's mostly space-taking containers full of soup and other hearty dishes. I also store liquor outside during the winter &mdash; the hard stuff isn't in danger of freezing. To keep the animals away from my stash, I put everything in a cooler and pack the snow around it for safe keeping for as long as it lasts.</p> <h2>3. Adult Snow Cones</h2> <p>Maybe it's the perpetual college kid in me, but when the news folk start yammering on about a major snowstorm that threatens to close down the schools, government, and roads for at least a day, I immediately start making plans for my icy bar crawl. That's just what you do as an adult on a snow day. I've even braved blizzard conditions to get to bars about half a mile away from my house on foot; that's how invested I am in this annual tradition. Just make sure you dress accordingly, of course.</p> <p>If you're not the adventurous type, you can still enjoy a snow-day libation celebration in front of your own fireplace with homemade adult snow cones. Rob Clement over at Fansided recorded a&nbsp;<a href="http://foodsided.com/2014/02/12/make-adult-snow-cones-real-snow-video/" target="_blank">how-to video on making grown-up snow cones</a>, which feature thawed berries, a couple flavor extracts, and a shot of bourbon.</p> <h2>4. Scrub Your Winter Outerwear</h2> <p>If you have down- or poly-filled outerwear, particularly the nylon and polyester variety, it's best to keep them out of the washer and dryer. They'll either get all mangled and lumpy from the wash cycle, or damaged in the dry cycle, and then you'll be SOL for the next storm. Instead, take them outside for a &quot;snow wash.&quot; Grab a sponge or firm-bristled brush and use the clean snow to rid the items of winter schmutz, like dirt and salt stains. You can likely do this without a cleanser, but a dab of dish soap will work so long as you properly rinse the item once you're done and hang it to dry.</p> <h2>5. Fortify Your Garden</h2> <p>I can't keep a houseplant alive &mdash; I honestly don't know <em>what</em> I'm doing wrong &mdash; but my friend and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.kevinrichberg.com/" target="_blank">travel blogger/Huffington Post contributor</a> Kevin Richberg knows a thing or two about botany.</p> <p>&quot;Garden enthusiasts will shovel [snow] on top of all the delicate summer bulbs they're trying to overwinter in the ground because snow is the ultimate insulation against delicate plant tissue freezing in the soil.&quot;</p> <p>I don't suppose that'll work for my indoor dracaena?</p> <h2>6. Wash Your Hands and Face and Hair</h2> <p>I asked a bunch of my friends how they would use snow to save money, and one of them said that he'd fill up his toilet with it. I had so many other questions after that &mdash; like why, for instance (he said to converse water) &mdash; but I eventually digressed and promised myself that I'd draw the frugal line at dragging a bucket full of snow up my steps just so I could do my business in it.</p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/CH2KGboA35c" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>Other people, however, have found more practical bathroom uses for snow &mdash; like Rosemary Clooney, who likes to wash her hands and face and hair in it&hellip;&nbsp;<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CH2KGboA35c" target="_blank">and then sing about it</a>.</p> <h2>7. Replace Water in Your Hot Tub</h2> <p>If your hot tub or Jacuzzi is low on water in the winter because of all the half-naked people you're piling in it, take advantage of the snow by shoveling enough in to top it off so you don't have to turn on your outdoor faucet and use the hose. You should be turning this off in the winter to prevent freezing and pipe bursting, anyway.</p> <h2>8. Store Melted Snow for Future Yard, House, and Car Maintenance</h2> <p>If you have any large containers, perhaps coolers or barrels or really anything with multi-gallon capacity that can be sealed, you have the perfect vessel to store melted snow for future use watering your plants, pressure-washing your house, or washing your car. This tactic could come in handy if your area faces a particularly dry spring and summer, or drought conditions that force water restrictions.</p> <h2>9. Clean a Wool Rug</h2> <p>You'll save at least a hundred bucks on cleaning your large wool rug by placing it outside for at least 30 minutes in temps well below freezing before scrubbing it with snow. Apartment Therapy provides further details on&nbsp;<a href="http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/how-to-clean-a-rug-with-snow-h-109136" target="_blank">how to clean a wool rug with snow</a>. Just remember to bundle up.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-put-all-that-snow-to-good-use">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-avoid-these-5-hidden-costs-of-winter">How to Avoid These 5 Hidden Costs of Winter</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-remove-snow-and-save">How to Remove Snow and Save</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/9-things-you-need-to-do-now-to-prepare-for-winter">9 Things You Need to Do Now to Prepare for Winter</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/56-life-hacks-to-help-you-win-at-winter">56 Life Hacks to Help You Win at Winter</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/19-frugal-and-easy-ways-to-update-an-old-home">19 Frugal (And Easy) Ways to Update an Old Home</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Home frugal living ice snow snow cones snowstorm winter winter weather Wed, 01 Feb 2017 11:00:09 +0000 Mikey Rox 1884230 at http://www.wisebread.com 8 Frugal Destinations for a Dreamy Winter Getaway http://www.wisebread.com/8-frugal-destinations-for-a-dreamy-winter-getaway <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/8-frugal-destinations-for-a-dreamy-winter-getaway" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock-490080588.jpg" alt="frugal winter getaways" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Winter is chock-full of fun activities and pastimes to enjoy with the whole family &mdash; including sledding, snowball fights, and watching the ball drop on New Year's Eve. But if you tire of the cold weather easily, the winter wonderland outside might get old quickly, especially after the holidays are over.</p> <p>To break up the chilly monotony, a lot of families plan a winter getaway somewhere warm. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, the <a href="http://www.rita.dot.gov/bts/sites/rita.dot.gov.bts/files/publications/america_on_the_go/us_holiday_travel/html/entire.html">Thanksgiving and Christmas travel weeks are the busiest</a> of the year.</p> <p>If you're able to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-surprising-winter-travel-destinations-that-wont-break-the-bank">book your winter travel</a> during the holidays, doing so should save you money. If you have kids in school, however, it might be hard to escape the higher price tag. Either way, it helps to know which warm weather destinations offer the best deals. Before you book your winter getaway, check out these eight cheap spots around the world.</p> <h2>1. Mexico</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5170/mexico_0.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Mexico offers an array of activities for beach-lovers and adventure-seekers alike. Swim in a <em>cenote</em>, go zip-lining, or simply relax on a beautiful palm-lined beach.</p> <p>Cities like Mazatlan offer beauty and comfort at crazy-low prices all winter long. Three-star hotels start at just $80 per night &mdash; even over the Christmas holiday. To get a beachfront room, however, rates start at around $98 per night. Since Mazatlan has its own airport, flights tend to be affordable, too. This winter, plan to pay around $400 for round-trip airfare to Mazatlan from most major cities.</p> <h2>2. Cuba</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5170/cuba.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Now that travel to Cuba is more feasible for American tourists, a world of hotel and travel options have become available. Plenty of airlines including: Spirit, JetBlue, United, and Delta have flights to Cuba running or in the works with round-trip fares as low as $400 over winter break.</p> <p>Cuban hotels run the gamut right along with the prices they charge. Count on paying around $50 per night, per person, for a lower end property, and more for something beachfront or all-inclusive.</p> <h2>3. Dominican Republic</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5170/domenican_rupublic.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>The Dominican Republic is known for its beautiful beaches, fun and upbeat culture, and of course, low hotel rates. Even during the winter season, you can score a cheap deal on a hotel or <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/are-all-inclusive-vacations-and-cruises-worth-the-money">all-inclusive resort</a>. According to Expedia.com, you'll pay an average of <a href="https://www.expedia.com/Hotel-Search?paandi=true#adults=2&amp;star=30&amp;regionId=601906">$135 for a three-star hotel</a> over winter break.</p> <p>New flight options have made getting there a lot easier, and cheaper. Lots of major airlines fly to the Dominican Republic, including American Airlines, United, Delta, and even Southwest.</p> <h2>4. Florida</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5170/ft_lauderdale.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Don't overlook Florida as a cheap travel destination this winter. Outside of the big resort towns, there's a ton of value to be had. If you can drive there, you'll save a bundle. But even if you have to fly, you can find a low fare. With Southwest Airlines, for example, flights into Fort Lauderdale or Orlando from select U.S. cities cost as little as $240 over winter break.</p> <p>Three-star hotels in towns like <a href="https://www.expedia.com/Hotel-Search?#&amp;destination=Hollywood,%20Florida&amp;startDate=&amp;endDate=&amp;regionId=6076&amp;latLong=26.019087,-80.164662&amp;adults=1">Hollywood, Florida start as low as $200</a>, according to Expedia. You can also book a cheap, last minute rental through VRBO or Airbnb if you want to save money by preparing your own meals.</p> <h2>5. Arizona</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5170/arizona.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>There may not be any beaches in Arizona, but it is warm. Fortunately, Arizona is fairly cheap, too, even over winter break. If you can drive there, you can obviously save a lot of money.</p> <p>A three-star hotel in Tempe, Scottsdale, Phoenix, or Mesa starts at around $122 per night. That leaves plenty of cash leftover to enjoy the great outdoors and the many natural marvels nearby.</p> <h2>6. Jamaica</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5170/jamaica_0.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Flights into Montego Bay cost as little as $400 during some parts of winter break, depending on where you're coming from. It helps to be flexible, both in terms of your travel dates and your departure city.</p> <p>Meanwhile, three-star hotels in Montego Bay start at just $162 per night during winter break, while all-inclusive resorts (including food, drinks, and entertainment) offer rates as low as $199 per night. A beachfront stay at a property like Doctor's Cave Beach hotel starts at just $111 per night, and that's over the New Year's holiday!</p> <h2>7. Southern California</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5170/california.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Flights into most southern California airports like LAX and SAN start at just $360 if you're flexible with travel dates over the winter holiday. This is partly because you're rushing against the crowd. Where most people are heading south or to the Caribbean, your southern Cali trip takes you in the opposite direction.</p> <p>Hotel prices vary greatly depending on where you stay. If you <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/chill-your-sunscreen-and-25-other-beach-trip-hacks">need a beachfront spot</a>, you can expect to pay more. Obviously, you'll pay less if you're slightly flexible.</p> <h2>8. Egypt</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5170/egypt.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Feel like turning winter break into an adventure? Egypt is offering crazy-low prices on everything this holiday season. In the resort region of Sharm el-Sheikh, for example, three-star resorts start at around $33 USD per night and the average five-star hotel costs around $157. You can even stay at an all-inclusive hotel like the <a href="https://www.expedia.com/Sharm-El-Sheikh-Hotels-Club-Reef-All-Inclusive.h4512940.Hotel-Information?chkin=12%2F29%2F2016&amp;chkout=12%2F31%2F2016&amp;rm1=a2&amp;hwrqCacheKey=c48d5702-9b58-4707-8ab5-84fddd25c422HWRQ1475865626261&amp;c=d872ef87-e8c2-4321-a6db-98c5a7f5e548&amp;&amp;exp_dp=70.56&amp;exp_ts=1475865620614&amp;exp_curr=USD&amp;exp_pg=HSR">Club Reef</a> for as little as $71 per night.</p> <p>Flights into nearby Cairo also start as low as $780 from major U.S. cities like Boston and Chicago over the busy winter travel season.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? 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Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-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/10-frugal-fall-getaways-you-can-start-packing-for-now">10 Frugal Fall Getaways You Can Start Packing For Now</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/why-you-should-never-buy-souvenirs">Why You Should Never Buy Souvenirs</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/4-really-expensive-places-to-spend-your-holidays">4 Really Expensive Places to Spend Your Holidays</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/sleeping-in-airports-for-the-stranded-and-frugal-minded">Sleeping In Airports For The Stranded And Frugal Minded</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/4-ways-to-take-a-frugal-grownup-spring-break">4 Ways to Take a Frugal Grownup Spring Break</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Travel destinations frugal travel getaway vacation winter winter vacation Tue, 29 Nov 2016 12:30:07 +0000 Holly Johnson 1843586 at http://www.wisebread.com 9 Great Jobs for Snowbirds http://www.wisebread.com/9-great-jobs-for-snowbirds <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/9-great-jobs-for-snowbirds" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_93221921_LARGE.jpg" alt="great jobs for snowbirds" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Planning to hit the skies this winter and fly south? That's probably not a bad idea, considering that the trusty Farmer's Almanac says Old Man Winter plans to unleash an exceptionally cold and wet one. But between posting photos of palm trees and swimming pools to Facebook so your friends can curse the day you were born, you may need to pick up some work to pay the tab for such luxury. What kind of seasonal gigs can you get <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-luxe-travel-destinations-that-are-cheaper-in-winter">this winter</a>? Take a look and start setting yourself up for success today.</p> <h2>1. Telecommute From Your Existing Job</h2> <p>Not everybody has the good fortune of being able to work from home, but if you work for a company that allows telecommuting, or you're an entrepreneur with mobility, take advantage of it. Earlier this year, I left my home in New York to spend a month dodging the cold in sunny, warm Los Angeles. It was just what I needed to recharge my winter-worn body and soul, and I returned home mid-spring excited and reinvigorated.</p> <h2>2. Pick Up Odd Jobs Around Town</h2> <p>There are plenty of ways to pick up odd jobs around the town you're visiting, especially if you're particularly skilled in a certain discipline. On Craigslist, for instance, you can find a decent amount of handyman jobs and other around-the-house work. In college, I used to help elderly folks around their homes, like weeding and planting in their gardens, and it was quite rewarding. If you're not as good with your hands, however, try picking up gigs as a freelancer. There are<a href="https://www.freshbooks.com/blog/freelance-jobs"> more than 70 sites from which to choose</a>, ranging from generic, all-job types to more focused disciplines including: writing, photography, and design.</p> <h2>3. Become a Personal Taxi Service</h2> <p>I started driving for Lyft and Uber a couple months ago &mdash; signing into the apps occasionally when I have the extra time &mdash; and I've made well over $1,000 already. If you've brought your personal vehicle with you to your winter escape, consider this option. It's been a great way for me to make extra cash, but I also enjoy interacting with my riders and learning a little about their lives during the ride.</p> <p><strong>Pro tip</strong>: Offer candy &mdash; I use Starbursts and Dum-Dums &mdash; and small bottles of water to your riders for free. Everyone who gets in my car is instantly happier when they see the candy, and as a result, they leave an excellent review and a tip (the latter of which isn't required on these services) more often than not.</p> <h2>4. Offer to Watch People's Pets</h2> <p>Last winter, I signed up for DogVacay (Rover.com is another <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-make-400-a-week-as-a-pet-sitter">pet-sitting site</a> that I can recommend) to make extra cash while I was working from home around the holidays or when it was too cold for me to go to my office. I've met so many awesome pets and pet parents using these services, I've put more than $500 in my bank account, and there's not a whole lot to it. All you have to do is make sure the pet is comfortable while their parent is away with lots of love and snuggles in between food and bathroom breaks. If you're snowbirding in a rental, you should check with the owners before you sign up, but for animal lovers, this is a great gig.</p> <h2>5. Apply for Seasonal Retail Work</h2> <p>Every mall in America needs extra hands on deck during the holiday season &mdash; and if you're a pro at customer service, pop into stores at which you think you'll enjoy working and inquire about opportunities. Don't limit yourself to the mall though. Lots of local businesses and stand-alone chains need additional help through the holidays and sometimes beyond, and you may be able to land a gig super close to home by broadening your search.</p> <h2>6. Wait Tables at a Local Restaurant</h2> <p>Like retailers, restaurants also often require additional staffing during the holidays to accommodate heavier traffic. You may not get prime hours, or even a spot on the floor if you don't have previous restaurant experience, but there may be a place for you behind the scenes or even as a host.</p> <h2>7. Investigate Substitute Teaching</h2> <p>Have a certified teaching certificate? Visit your local school district to identify opportunities that will put you in a classroom for a daily wage. Since requirements for substitute teachers vary from state-to-state, check out this guide on&nbsp;<a href="http://www.teacher.org/career/substitute-teacher/">How to Become a Substitute Teacher</a>.</p> <h2>8. Keep the Peace as a Part-Time Security Guard</h2> <p>Some states that have temperate weather year-round also play host to Major League Baseball training camps, and there are job opportunities at these small stadiums &mdash; like manning the concession stand or providing security. As a baseball fan, I couldn't pass up the chance for seasonal work in the southern states. You can also apply to become a security guard for apartment complexes, malls, or other public areas.</p> <h2>9. Look Into Opportunities at a Local Resort</h2> <p>Chances are, there are several resorts wherever you're heading for the winter, and just about the same time you plan to arrive is when they're in need for additional staff. There are lots of different types of jobs available at these resorts, including: front desk, night auditing, maid services, kitchen work, and more. If you happen to be close to an amusement park, you might even have a chance to walk around greeting guests at a costumed character, making you the hero of all your friends' children and grandchildren back home.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="//www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F9-great-jobs-for-snowbirds&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F9%20Great%20Jobs%20for%20Snowbirds.jpg&amp;description=9%20Great%20Jobs%20for%20Snowbirds" data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-config="above" data-pin-color="red" data-pin-height="28"><img src="//assets.pinterest.com/images/pidgets/pinit_fg_en_rect_red_28.png" alt="" /></a> </p> <!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><script type="text/javascript" async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/9%20Great%20Jobs%20for%20Snowbirds.jpg" alt="9 Great Jobs for Snowbirds" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-great-jobs-for-snowbirds">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/how-to-get-free-accommodations-and-paid-jobs-on-boats">How to Get Free Accommodations (and Paid Jobs) on Boats</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/11-signs-the-job-is-too-good-to-be-true">11 Signs the Job Is Too Good to Be True</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-a-job-learn-the-secret-from-a-bad-movie">How to get a job--learn the secret from a bad movie</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-holiday-gigs-that-are-perfect-for-introverts">5 Holiday Gigs That Are Perfect for Introverts</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-68-best-ways-to-make-money-that-are-actually-fun">Flashback Friday: 68 Best Ways to Make Money That Are Actually Fun</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Job Hunting Lifestyle Travel job search jobs snow snowbirds telecommute winter work-from-home Tue, 18 Oct 2016 10:00:10 +0000 Mikey Rox 1815055 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Windshield De-Icers http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-windshield-de-icers <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-windshield-de-icers" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_icy_windshield_000022631102.jpg" alt="Woman using best windshield de-icers during winter" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>In the middle of winter, it can be impossible to prevent the dreaded layer of ice or snow from building up on your car windows. Fortunately, a good windshield de-icer can clear away the ice and frost in no time, and even prevent it from returning.</p> <p>There are a number of homemade remedies, including simple rubbing alcohol, vinegar, and water, which can reduce ice on your windshield. However, when you need more than a DIY remedy, try a professional windshield de-icer. (See also: &ldquo;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/3-cheap-and-easy-formulas-for-homemade-windshield-de-icer-plus-bonus-tips">3 Cheap and Easy Formulas for Homemade Windshield De-Icer</a>&rdquo;)</p> <h2>What Is a Windshield De-Icer?</h2> <p>A windshield de-icer is an ice-melting liquid that can be applied to a frozen windshield. It will help melt the ice, frost, and snow, and can reduce your scraping time. It can also help reduce dangerous re-freeze, which in turn, will help increase visibility and driver safety.</p> <p>Driving with a frosty window is dangerous, so you won&rsquo;t want to be caught without this in harsh winter months. Most reviewers trend to agree that you need to use a lot of de-icer to get the results you&rsquo;re looking for, so a bottle of windshield de-icer may only last you through two or three big snow days, depending on where you live.</p> <h2>Top 5 Windshield De-Icers</h2> <h3>Prestone Windshield De-Icer</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000R2Z9E8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B000R2Z9E8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=DHJM47IVUYZAIDNR"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/prestone.jpg" width="78" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000R2Z9E8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B000R2Z9E8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=DHJM47IVUYZAIDNR">Prestone Windshield De-Icer</a> is made from a concentrated ice-melting formula that can quickly melt ice, snow, and frost, and prevent it from returning right away. The high-performance formula is effective at removing snow from your car doors, windows, wipers, and locks. You can feel good about using this because it won&rsquo;t ruin your vehicle&rsquo;s coating. This has a built-in ice scraper, which makes it a great value. Most auto stores recommend Prestone as the best windshield de-icer available. A number of independent online review sites also selected this as the best de-icer on the market.</p> <p>This is very easy to use. Simply start your car and turn on the defroster. Then, use the easy-to-use trigger bottle to dispense the strong, wind-resistant spray on the icy area and wait 15 seconds. Then, you can use the windshield wipers or the scraper to clear off any ice. Reviewers agree that this solution is very effective and you likely won&rsquo;t need a scraper, but in the event that you do, the attached scraper should work perfectly.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000R2Z9E8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B000R2Z9E8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=DHJM47IVUYZAIDNR"><em>Currently $8.88 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Rain-X De-Icer With Scraper</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003D8O68S/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B003D8O68S&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=7VUZWR46GUWXH45W"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/rainx.jpg" width="75" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003D8O68S/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B003D8O68S&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=7VUZWR46GUWXH45W">Rain-X De-Icer</a> can melt ice, snow, and frost from the windshield and wipers. The spray also includes a durable scraper on the bottom to help you break through any stubborn snow with ease. It will make your windshield ice, sleet, and snow repellent, so you won&rsquo;t need to worry about re-icing. Rain-X also makes a popular rain repellent, so they know what it takes to keep your windshield clear and streak-free. Independent online review sites selected this as one of the best de-icers on the market.</p> <p>It is so effective that you may not even need to scrape the windshield. To use it, you simply start the car, turn on the defroster, and spray the solution directly on the glass. Then, the windshield will begin de-icing itself, or you can use the scraper to remove the ice.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003D8O68S/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B003D8O68S&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=7VUZWR46GUWXH45W"><em>Currently $18.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Splash Red Hot De-icer Windshield Trigger Spray</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00POJ9VUW/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00POJ9VUW&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=GUKIBWDJLEAPJ2UW"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/splash.jpg" width="104" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00POJ9VUW/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00POJ9VUW&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=GUKIBWDJLEAPJ2UW">Splash Red Hot De-icer Windshield Trigger Spray</a> works by melting frost and ice on the windshield, wiper blades, locks, mirrors, and doors. It is very effective and some drivers won&rsquo;t even need to scrape the windshield after using this easy-to-use trigger spray. This three pack of de-icers is a great deal, but if you only need one bottle right now, try the single <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00GFTU1U4/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00GFTU1U4&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=R7FUYW5XM7YCWSRH">Windshield Deicer</a>.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00POJ9VUW/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00POJ9VUW&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=GUKIBWDJLEAPJ2UW"><em>Currently $23.41 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>einszett Eistau De-Icer Spray</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004PGVYF0/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B004PGVYF0&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=75MDZX547Q6OJEA2"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/einszett.jpg" width="100" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004PGVYF0/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B004PGVYF0&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=75MDZX547Q6OJEA2">einszett Eistau De-Icer Spray</a> can remove snow, ice, and frost from your vehicle. It is effective at defrosting mirrors, the windshield, wipers, and plastic headlight lenses. It can also help prevent re-icing, so you won&rsquo;t need to deal with fog or glare from the cold. You can feel good about using this because it doesn't contain ammonia or toxic methanol and won&rsquo;t harm your car&rsquo;s paint, glass, or trim. It is also silicone-free, glare-free, and smear-free. Reviewers agree that this is so effective, you likely won&rsquo;t need to use an ice scraper at all. Simply spray it on and watch the glass de-ice itself.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004PGVYF0/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B004PGVYF0&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=75MDZX547Q6OJEA2"><em>Currently $15.45 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>CRC Ice-Off Windshield Spray De-Icer</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000M8H65C/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B000M8H65C&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=GLWZYVON3T55H4KO"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/crc.jpg" width="85" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000M8H65C/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B000M8H65C&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=GLWZYVON3T55H4KO">CRC Ice-Off Windshield Spray De-Icer</a> melts snow, ice, and frost on contact, so you won&rsquo;t have to wait long before you can drive off. Along with defrosting your windshield, it can also thaw windows, frozen locks, and stuck doors. It is also very effective when you find a layer of film on your window from the cold. It will break through the fog and leave you with streak-free glass. This is extremely effective, can be used in sub-zero temperatures, and won&rsquo;t harm your car finish. Many reviewers found that this is so effective that they don&rsquo;t even need to use a scraper any longer. It has outstanding online reviews and is Amazon&rsquo;s #1 bestseller in winter products.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000M8H65C/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B000M8H65C&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=GLWZYVON3T55H4KO"><em>Currently $5.93 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best windshield de-icers. As always, be sure to check <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar">Wise Bread's Buying Calendar</a> to learn when and how to buy just about anything!</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-cannon">Andrea Cannon</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-windshield-de-icers">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/the-5-best-car-battery-warmers">The 5 Best Car Battery Warmers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-jump-starter-kits">The 5 Best Jump Starter Kits</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-folding-bicycles">The 5 Best Folding Bicycles</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-winter-tires">The 5 Best Winter Tires</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-humidifiers">The 5 Best Humidifiers</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Cars and Transportation Shopping car accessories product reviews windshield windshield de-icers winter Thu, 10 Mar 2016 10:00:07 +0000 Andrea Cannon 1664327 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Humidifiers http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-humidifiers <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-humidifiers" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/little_girl_humidifier_000034035904.jpg" alt="Girl using best humidifier to improve dry winter air" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>A humidifier can help with sinus pain, respiratory problems, asthma, allergies, nose irritation, and even the common cough and flu. It can also help improve your breathing and your sleep quality. If your skin, face, or lips are dry, a humidifier can add moisture and humidity to the room, so you won&rsquo;t have to deal with cold weather symptoms any longer. It can even help promote plant health, reduce static electricity, and protect wood furniture, which is subject to shrinking, cracking, and warping from moisture loss.</p> <p>If you are experiencing dry indoor air, then a humidifier can replenish the moisture. Maintaining the right humidity level can make the body and room feel warmer, which means you can cut your heating costs in the winter.</p> <h2>What Is a Humidifier?</h2> <p>A humidifier is a small device that can add moisture and humidity to a single room or the entire building. Humidifiers are available in cool mist, warm mist, and ultrasonic varieties to best suit your personal preferences. Allergy Buyers Club recommends a cool mist humidifier to combat allergies and a warm mist humidifier to combat asthma or respiratory infections. It is important to keep your humidifier clean and dry when not in use to prevent the growth of bacteria and fungi.</p> <h2>Top 5 Humidifiers</h2> <h3>Honeywell Germ-Free Cool Mist Humidifier</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002QAYJPO/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B002QAYJPO&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=TNGJRJB42L7L73PH"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/honeywell.jpg" width="220" height="201" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002QAYJPO/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B002QAYJPO&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=TNGJRJB42L7L73PH">Honeywell Germ Free Cool Mist Humidifier</a>, HCM-350, is unique because it features UV technology that kills up to 99% of bacteria, mold, fungus, and viruses found in the water. This means it will only produce clean and germ-free mist. The energy efficient, evaporative tabletop humidifier produces cool mist and can humidify up to 500 square feet of space. The self-regulating evaporative system will naturally adjust the output to the right amount of moisture. The durable tank has a handle for easy carrying, sits flat in the sink for easy filling, and has dishwasher-safe parts and a wide tank opening for easy cleaning. It is easy to use, is virtually leak-proof, and offers excellent output. It has a 1.5-gallon tank capacity and can offer reliable operation for up to 24 hours per filling. It is up to 25% quieter than other evaporative humidifiers. It is easy to clean and leaves no white dust residue. It is available in both black and white and is backed by a three-year limited warranty.</p> <p>This humidifier was selected by Consumer Search as the best cool mist humidifier, is a Consumer Reports&rsquo; recommendation, is recommended by iallergy, is the top recommendation by TheSweetHome.com, and came out on top for multiple independent review sites. It is also backed by outstanding online reviews, including nearly 1,000 five-star reviews on Amazon. Honeywell is one of the most respected and highly rated brands of humidifiers available, so if this unit isn&rsquo;t right for you, there is likely another Honeywell that will fit your needs.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002QAYJPO/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B002QAYJPO&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=TNGJRJB42L7L73PH"><em>Currently $51.07 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Crane Adorable Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008I20FT8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B008I20FT8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=VH6J3HCPBK2M73DZ"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/crane.jpg" width="178" height="220" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008I20FT8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B008I20FT8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=VH6J3HCPBK2M73DZ">Crane Adorable Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier</a> offers a cute, compact, owl design, perfect for a nursery or kids&rsquo; room. While it is equipped with a small one-gallon tank, it offers good moisture output of 2.1-gallons per day. The energy efficient model is easy to use, whisper quiet, and can humidify up to 250 square feet of space. The manual control knob will allow you to adjust the mist output intensity. Once the tank is low on water, the humidifier will automatically shut off. The ultrasonic cool mist operation does not require a filter and can offer reliable operation for up to 24 hours. The removable water tank is easy to clean. It features a one-year warranty and is built to last.</p> <p>This is Consumer Reports&rsquo; top humidifier pick for small rooms, Consumer Search selected it as the best humidifier for a child&rsquo;s room, and Health Magazine selected it as the best option for dry skin and stuffy sinuses. If owls aren&rsquo;t your thing, there are <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000GWJD0A/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B000GWJD0A&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=V4MNEHNLRENNPQED">10 different Crane Humidifiers</a> designed to look like all different types of animals, such as a frog, dragon, monkey, and elephant. You might also consider something like the bestselling <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007P9QXQO/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B007P9QXQO&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=IQK2F2PBMTB6W7P4">Crane Drop Shape Cool Mist Humidifier</a> because Crane offers some of the best humidifiers on the market.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008I20FT8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B008I20FT8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=VH6J3HCPBK2M73DZ"><em>Currently $30.00 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Vicks Warm Mist Humidifier With Auto Shut-Off</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001FWXKTA/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B001FWXKTA&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=AVJQJ6DIRVCIGZVN"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/vicks.jpg" width="158" height="220" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001FWXKTA/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B001FWXKTA&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=AVJQJ6DIRVCIGZVN">Vicks Warm Mist Humidifier With Auto Shut-Off</a> is unique because it can moisturize the air while making the room feel warmer during the winter. It has two vapor settings, an automatic safety shutoff, and a soft glowing nightlight. It produces up to 95% bacteria-free visible moisture and can humidify up to 400 square feet of space. It offers two settings for ideal comfort and an auto shut-off feature. The one-gallon tank offers up to 12 hours of quiet, reliable operation. It is easy to use, easy to clean with dishwasher-safe parts, and does not require a filter. It also has a three-year limited warranty.</p> <p>The humidifier can be used with water or with Vicks Vaposteam or Kaz Inhalant for added relief. Consumer Reports&rsquo; selected this as one of the best humidifiers for medium-sized rooms and Consumer Search selected it as the best warm mist humidifier. It is also recommended by iallergy and backed by outstanding online reviews, including 1,100 five-star reviews on Amazon.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001FWXKTA/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B001FWXKTA&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=AVJQJ6DIRVCIGZVN"><em>Currently $26.86 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Ultrasonic Dual-Mist Warm/Cool Humidifier</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000O3I2CG/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B000O3I2CG&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=JIQKV7QV7P7V2SAL"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/spt.jpg" width="180" height="200" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000O3I2CG/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B000O3I2CG&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=JIQKV7QV7P7V2SAL">SPT Ultrasonic Dual-Mist Warm/Cool Humidifier with Ion Exchange Filter</a> is unique because it produces either cool or warm mist. With variable humidity levels, it can produce plenty of fine mist to fit your needs. The ION exchange filter treats water to remove calcium and magnesium from hard water, which will prolong the useful life of the humidifier and prevent white dust particles from depositing into the air. The energy efficient model offers whisper quiet, reliable performance.</p> <p>The tabletop humidifier can humidify up to 500 square feet of space and offers a daily output of 2.31 gallons and a maximum of 12 hours usage. The large tank has a carrying handle for easy use and filling. Once the tank is empty, the unit will automatically shut off. It has a sleek, compact design with easy-to-use controls and impressive features, like overheat protection and a rotating nozzle to direct mist in two directions simultaneously. It is easy to use, refill, and clean with an included cleaning brush.</p> <p>This is Consumer Reports&rsquo; top humidifier pick for large rooms, Consumer Search&rsquo;s pick for the best ultrasonic humidifier, the Editors' Choice selection at BabyGearLab.com, and the top rated ultrasonic humidifier at TheSweetHome.com. It is also backed by a one-year limited warranty.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000O3I2CG/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B000O3I2CG&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=JIQKV7QV7P7V2SAL"><em>Currently $65.17 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Air-O-Swiss Travel Ultrasonic Humidifier</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001JL4LZ4/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B001JL4LZ4&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=442E65K6ANV7S6GJ"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/air%20o.jpg" width="128" height="245" align="right" alt="" />Air-O-Swiss humidifiers</a> can be very expensive, but are worth the cost. Fortunately, they now offer an affordable travel ultrasonic humidifier, so you can try the humidifiers everyone is talking about without going broke. If you suffer from dry air symptoms after traveling, then the Air-O-Swiss Travel Ultrasonic Humidifier can provide the relief you need. It is whisper quiet and couldn&rsquo;t be easier to use; all you do is attach your own standard water bottle, plug the unit in, and enjoy the clean moisture.</p> <p>The lightweight, compact device makes it easy to carry anywhere, like in your travel bag or purse. This will allow you to use it anywhere you like, including on your desk, in a hotel, or in a small dorm room. It uses efficient ultrasonic technology and high-frequency vibrations to produce a micro-fine cool mist. It has a 1.2-gallon output and can be used for 24 hours. There is a mist output control so you can control the humidification. It is easy to clean and features an auto shut-off feature when the tank is empty. It includes accessories like a travel bag, power adapter, and exchangeable power plug.</p> <p>Entrepreneur Magazine found that a travel humidifier can provide relief from uncomfortable symptoms caused by dry air and can create a soothing environment, no matter where you are. This humidifier came out on top for several independent review sites and is also backed by outstanding online reviews, including more than 500 five-star reviews on Amazon. It is also recommended by Amazon Baby for your new nursery and by the Allergy Buyers Club for people suffering from allergies. Air-O-Swiss is one of the most respected and highly rated brands of humidifiers available, so if this unit isn&rsquo;t right for you, there is likely another Air-O-Swiss that will fit your needs. If you need something more permanent or for a large room, consider the renowned <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001JL4LZ4/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B001JL4LZ4&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=NTQ3OQSHV7OFUB72">Air-O-Swiss Ultrasonic Humidifier - Warm and Cool Mist</a>.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001JL4LZ4/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B001JL4LZ4&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=442E65K6ANV7S6GJ"><em>Currently $49.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best humidifiers. As always, be sure to check <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar">Wise Bread's Buying Calendar</a> to learn when and how to buy just about anything!</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-cannon">Andrea Cannon</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-humidifiers">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-6"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-hardwood-floor-cleaners">The 5 Best Hardwood Floor Cleaners</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-pet-wipes">The 5 Best Pet Wipes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-vacuum-sealers">The 5 Best Vacuum Sealers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-paper-napkins">The 5 Best Paper Napkins</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-air-fresheners">The 5 Best Air Fresheners</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Home Shopping appliances dry air home products humidifiers product reviews winter Fri, 04 Mar 2016 10:00:05 +0000 Andrea Cannon 1656571 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Car Battery Warmers http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-car-battery-warmers <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-car-battery-warmers" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/couple_driving_winter_000017948081.jpg" alt="Couple using best car battery warmers on winter drive" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Winters can be harsh on your vehicle. If you&rsquo;re struggling to battle the cold winter weather, keep in mind that your car is too. It can become more difficult to start your vehicle during these cold months because the battery fluid can freeze over if you don&rsquo;t take precautionary measures now.</p> <h2>What Is a Battery Warmer?</h2> <p>A battery warmer can keep your battery insulated and warm throughout the cold winter months. This will help to prevent the battery fluid from freezing over and will allow you to get your car started much more quickly in the morning. They are very easy to install and should make your life a lot easier. Typically, the warmer can be plugged into any standard outlet and can be easily wrapped around your car battery.</p> <p>Having a jump starter kit can help to get you out of a bind when your car won&rsquo;t start in the morning. However, having a battery warmer in place will help prevent a problem from occurring in the first place. Auto fluids can thicken at cold temperatures, but battery warmers will transmit the heat continuously, to ensure the liquids stay fluid, so you can start your vehicle right away.</p> <p>Along with keeping your battery warm in cold climates, it can even help extend your battery&rsquo;s life, deliver better fuel economy, reduce wear, and protect your engine from cold weather damage. To ensure you choose the correct battery warmer, simply measure the distance around your battery and select the warmer length closest to that distance.</p> <h2>Top 5 Car Battery Warmers</h2> <h3>Kat's 22200 Battery Thermal Wrap</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000I8XD9E/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B000I8XD9E&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=YSXUVIEMST4XIOAF"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/kat%20battery.jpg" width="245" height="172" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000I8XD9E/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B000I8XD9E&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=YSXUVIEMST4XIOAF">Kat's 22200 80 Watt 36&quot; Battery Thermal Wrap</a> can help protect your vehicle from the cold weather, and all the associated problems it brings. This is one of the most widely recommended battery warmers and has exceptional reviews online. It offers easy installation and can perfectly fit most batteries. It is also vinyl covered to protect against oil and acid, ensuring a longer life.</p> <p>Kat&rsquo;s offers some of the most popular battery pad heaters on the market, so you really can&rsquo;t go wrong with any Kat&rsquo;s battery warmer. You may also want to consider the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000I8XDAS/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B000I8XDAS&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=L6YXP6NJT6HCNMAA">Kat's 22400 60 Watt 5.5&quot;x 8.5&quot; Battery Pad Heater</a>, which can fit most car and truck batteries.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000I8XD9E/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B000I8XD9E&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=YSXUVIEMST4XIOAF"><em>Currently $29.24 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Zerostart 280-0063 Blanket Style Battery Heater</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002UNASS4/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B002UNASS4&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=3LVQZOAC2UJP7ANU"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/zerostat.jpg" width="245" height="134" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002UNASS4/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B002UNASS4&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=3LVQZOAC2UJP7ANU">Zerostart 280-0063 Blanket Style Battery Heater</a> is an Amazon bestseller. The 160-Watt heating unit can help you quickly start your car, even in the coldest climates. It features a molded rubber cord, flexible heater sheathing, and is flame retardant and oil and acid resistant.</p> <p>The battery heater is really easy to install on a clean, dry battery with up to a 36&rdquo; perimeter. You simply wrap it around your battery and hold it in place with the included ties. The cord is installed into the blanket with a brass grommet, designed to prevent tearing and prolong the heater&rsquo;s useful life.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002UNASS4/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B002UNASS4&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=3LVQZOAC2UJP7ANU"><em>Currently $37.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>GM # 10952544 Battery Heater Blanket</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000FE7IIS/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B000FE7IIS&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=NVJD2572IZYIGQRP"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/gm.jpg" width="200" height="200" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000FE7IIS/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B000FE7IIS&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=NVJD2572IZYIGQRP">GM # 10952544 Battery Heater Blanket</a> is a genuine OEM factory part. You simply wrap this around your battery to help you start your vehicle in no time, even in the coldest climates. It can keep your battery warm year-round and is commonly chosen for snowplows in the middle of winter. The 80-Watt battery blanket fits batteries with a 32&quot;-38&quot; perimeter. It is easy to install and plugs into any standard outlets.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000FE7IIS/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B000FE7IIS&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=NVJD2572IZYIGQRP"><em>Currently $25.36 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Kat's 1160 Magnum Handi-Heat Magnetic Heater</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000I8YOR4/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B000I8YOR4&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=ZONMOWHKENJN6AVL"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/kats%20magnum.jpg" width="245" height="203" align="right" alt="" /></a>If you want to protect your vehicle and ensure that it starts up faster during the coldest times of the year, then you need the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000I8YOR4/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B000I8YOR4&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=ZONMOWHKENJN6AVL">Kat's 1160 300-Watt Magnum Handi-Heat Magnetic Heater</a>. It is easy to install and will fit securely, with a universal fit for all cars, trucks, vans, SUVs, farm equipment, snowmobiles, motorcycles, snow blowers, and chainsaws. Along with warming your vehicle battery, it can also warm hydraulic systems or thaw frozen gutters, livestock feeders, locks, and pipes. It heats about 20 square inches of surface area and features two powerful magnets.</p> <p>For smaller applications, such as snowmobiles and small engines, consider the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000BOABS6/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B000BOABS6&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=WSAEOUFEUPW4F655">Kat's 1153 Handi-Heat 200 Watt Magnetic Heater</a>. Kat&rsquo;s offers some of the most popular battery pad heaters on the market, so you really can&rsquo;t go wrong with any Kat&rsquo;s battery warmer.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000I8YOR4/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B000I8YOR4&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=ZONMOWHKENJN6AVL"><em>Currently $44.51 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>DEI 010480 Cell Saver</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000MY0MQ6/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B000MY0MQ6&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=H6UVDZVMYPEZ44VI"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/dei.jpg" width="220" height="188" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000MY0MQ6/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B000MY0MQ6&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=H6UVDZVMYPEZ44VI">DEI 010480 Cell Saver</a> can do more than just warm your battery; it can also help to protect it from overheating. With a reflective layer on the outside, it can absorb and neutralize any leaking battery acids and can withstand radiant temperatures of up to 2,000 degrees. It can protect your battery against heat and vibration that could cause premature failure and hazardous leaks during the summer, while keeping it warm during the winter. You can use this on its own or use it along with a battery thermal wrap, if you live in particularly cold climates.</p> <p>It comes with a complete battery insulation kit and everything you need. It is easy to install and should fit like a glove. You can trim the wrap to fit your battery and use the supplied edge sealing tape to secure it in place. It also comes with a base mat.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000MY0MQ6/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B000MY0MQ6&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=H6UVDZVMYPEZ44VI"><em>Currently $20.28 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best car battery warmers. As always, be sure to check <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar">Wise Bread's Buying Calendar</a> to learn when and how to buy just about anything!</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" data-pin-save="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Fthe-5-best-car-battery-warmers&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FThe%25205%2520Best%2520Car%2520Battery%2520Warmers.jpg&amp;description=The%205%20Best%20Car%20Battery%20Warmers"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/The%205%20Best%20Car%20Battery%20Warmers.jpg" alt="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-car-battery-warmers" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-cannon">Andrea Cannon</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-car-battery-warmers">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-7"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-jump-starter-kits">The 5 Best Jump Starter Kits</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-windshield-de-icers">The 5 Best Windshield De-Icers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-folding-bicycles">The 5 Best Folding Bicycles</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-winter-tires">The 5 Best Winter Tires</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-humidifiers">The 5 Best Humidifiers</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Cars and Transportation Shopping car battery car battery warmer car repair product reviews winter Thu, 31 Dec 2015 10:00:02 +0000 Andrea Cannon 1629637 at http://www.wisebread.com 6 Luxe Travel Destinations That Are Cheaper in Winter http://www.wisebread.com/6-luxe-travel-destinations-that-are-cheaper-in-winter <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/6-luxe-travel-destinations-that-are-cheaper-in-winter" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/man_selfie_london_000061899106.jpg" alt="Man finding luxe travel destinations that are cheaper in winter" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>What did you do on your summer vacation? Yawn, what a cliché. Just about every vacation spot is mobbed in summer, when families with children are free to travel. If you have the flexibility, enjoy fewer crowds and pay less by visiting these normally-expensive spots during winter!</p> <h2>1. Europe</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/europe_city_fountain_000054520320.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>The lowest airfares to Europe are usually available from mid-January through the end of February. Don't despair, there are plenty of great things to do there during the colder months, whether it's enjoying Denmark's <em>hygge</em>, sipping hot chocolate in Vienna, skiing in Switzerland, or hiking in temperate Italy and Spain.</p> <h2>2. Orlando</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/orlando_florida_attraction_000056623332.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Disney <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-hotel-hacks-from-professional-travelers">hotels offer their cheapest rates</a> during &quot;Value Season,&quot; which includes much of January and the first week of February. Universal Orlando lists the first three weeks of December as value season as well. Basically if it's winter but not a holiday week, you're good to enjoy a cheaper and less crowded theme park experience.</p> <h2>3. Yosemite National Park</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/yosemite_park_000008524397.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>You might think this spectacular mountain playground is snowed in all winter, but many of the main roads, including the popular Valley Loop, are kept open.</p> <p>Is there anything to do there in winter? Only if you like ice skating with a view of Half Dome, affordable family downhill skiing, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing. Make sure to check current conditions before you head out to find out about temporary road closures or chain requirements.</p> <h2>4. Iceland</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/iceland_000009978384.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Thanks to Iceland's affordable Wow Air, you can fly from Boston or DC to Reykjavik for under $400 just about any time of year &mdash; but accommodations (those that don't shut down until spring) cost about 40% less in winter.</p> <p>What can you do during an Icelandic winter when daylight only lasts a few hours? Bathe in a hot spring while sipping a frozen drink, enjoy all-day sunsets and sunrises, and see the Northern Lights. What you won't do is freeze to death, since thanks to the Gulf Stream, Iceland is not as cold as New York City in winter. Speaking of which...</p> <h2>5. New York City or Chicago</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/winter_chicago_city_000071070187.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>You can't deny that living in a northern U.S. city sucks during winter. However, staying in downtown hotels &mdash; where nightly rates plummet with the temperatures &mdash; is a different story.</p> <p>In downtown Chicago, you can ice skate in Millennium Park, walk for miles indoors through world-class museums, and brave the chill to eat strudel at the Christkindlmarket. In New York City, there are countless things to do in winter. Whether it's enjoying the shows on Broadway or visiting the city's many museums or world-class eateries, you won't be disappointed.</p> <h2>6. Montreal</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/montreal_at_christmas_000007750001.jpg" width="605" height="338" alt="" /></p> <p>I once visited Montreal during a mild January where the temperature was above freezing. Between Igloofest, Montréal en Lumière, and taking the kids to Mont Royal to sled and sip hot cocoa, Montreal glitters <em>en hiver </em>&mdash; and discount hotel packages make the normally pricey city <em>un bon march</em>é.</p> <p><em>What are your winter travel plans?</em></p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this post? Pin it!</h2> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="//www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F6-luxe-travel-destinations-that-are-cheaper-in-winter&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F6%20Luxe%20Travel%20Destinations%20That%20Are%20Cheaper%20in%20Winter.jpg&amp;description=6%20Luxe%20Travel%20Destinations%20That%20Are%20Cheaper%20in%20Winter" data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-config="above" data-pin-color="red" data-pin-height="28"><img src="//assets.pinterest.com/images/pidgets/pinit_fg_en_rect_red_28.png" alt="" /></a> </p> <!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><script type="text/javascript" async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/6%20Luxe%20Travel%20Destinations%20That%20Are%20Cheaper%20in%20Winter.jpg" width="250" height="374" alt="" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/carrie-kirby">Carrie Kirby</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-luxe-travel-destinations-that-are-cheaper-in-winter">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-8"> <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/caribbean-island-vacations-anyone-can-afford">Caribbean Island Vacations Anyone Can Afford</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-costly-flight-booking-mistakes-you-make-all-the-time">8 Costly Flight Booking Mistakes You Make All the Time</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/9-simple-ways-to-save-on-hotel-stays">9 Simple Ways to Save on Hotel Stays</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-easy-way-to-save-up-a-big-travel-budget">The Easy Way to Save Up a Big Travel 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/9-affordable-travel-items-that-you-shouldnt-leave-home-without">9 Affordable Travel Items That You Shouldn&#039;t Leave Home Without</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel disney world Europe new york city trips vacations value seasons winter Tue, 24 Nov 2015 22:00:33 +0000 Carrie Kirby 1615576 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Stocks to Invest in During the Holidays http://www.wisebread.com/10-stocks-to-invest-in-during-the-holidays <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-stocks-to-invest-in-during-the-holidays" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/large_cruise_ship_000032123654.jpg" alt="Finding stocks to invest in during the holidays" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you've been out to the malls or shopped online recently, you'll be fully aware that the holidays are approaching.</p> <p>For many companies, the months of November and December are make or break time. Retailers rely on holiday sales to hit revenue targets. Investors can take advantage of this holiday blitz by buying shares of those companies poised for an end-of-year boost.</p> <p>Here are 10 <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/stabilize-your-portfolio-with-these-11-dividend-stocks">stocks worth eyeing</a> as the winter holidays approach.</p> <h2>1. Amazon [NASDAQ: <a href="http://www.nasdaq.com/symbol/amzn">AMZN</a>]</h2> <p>The National Retail Federation is predicting online retail sales to jump 6%&ndash;8% this year. As the world's largest online retailer, Amazon will benefit from this perhaps more than anyone. It recently opened a &quot;Black Friday Deals&quot; store, with 30,000 deals available to Amazon Prime members.</p> <h2>2. Wal-Mart [NYSE: <a href="http://finance.yahoo.com/q?s=WMT">WMT</a>]</h2> <p>Have you ever seen a Walmart store on Black Friday? Demand for deals places this top retailer in a position to cash in every year, usually to the benefit of shareholders. Wal-Mart's investments in online sales should pay off here, as well.</p> <h2>3. FedEx [NYSE: <a href="http://finance.yahoo.com/q?s=FDX">FDX</a>]</h2> <p>Forget Santa and his sleigh &mdash; this company has found a way to really cash in on holiday sales. It saw package volume jump nearly 9% during last year's Christmas season, and it's getting better and better at delivering packages on time every year. With an increasing number of people shopping online during the holidays, FedEx is always poised to do big business this time of year. Look to competitor UPS [NYSE: <a href="http://finance.yahoo.com/q?s=UPS">UPS</a>] to have a great holiday season, too.</p> <h2>4. Best Buy [NYSE: <a href="http://finance.yahoo.com/q?s=BBY">BBY</a>]</h2> <p>I am not normally a big fan of investing in &quot;big box&quot; retail, but Best Buy usually does well this time of year as the go-to place for many of the most popular consumer electronics. And the company is being aggressive online as well, after announcing it will offer free shipping with no minimum purchase through the holiday. Best Buy is rolling out &quot;Black Friday&quot; sales as early as November 7. Can the costs of offering deep discounts and free shopping be offset by higher sales? Investors hope so.</p> <h2>5. Foot Locker [NASDAQ: <a href="http://www.nasdaq.com/symbol/fl">FL</a>]</h2> <p>This retailer has been on a tear in 2015, with shares up 25% on the year. In the last fiscal quarter, the company saw net income rise 29% over the same quarter a year ago. Analysts predict that the company will see a 17% rise in earnings for the year. A strong holiday season will make investors a very happy bunch.</p> <h2>6. Big Lots [NYSE: <a href="http://finance.yahoo.com/q?s=BIG">BIG</a>]</h2> <p>Few multi-line retailers have had as good a year as Big Lots, with shares up 15% on the year. It's already getting buzz for its new &quot;Black Friday Deals Every Day&quot; campaign, and two new commercials. Analysts are predicting earnings to rise about 20% in 2015 when compared to last year.</p> <h2>7. Nike [NYSE: <a href="http://finance.yahoo.com/q?s=NKE">NKE</a>]</h2> <p>The athletic footwear and sports equipment manufacturer had a great year and is expected to enter 2016 with a lot of momentum. Shares are up 40% on the year, and there's buzz about the company's sponsorship of next year's Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Nike announced it set an aggressive goal of $50 billion in annual sales by 2020.</p> <h2>8. Royal Caribbean [NYSE: <a href="http://finance.yahoo.com/q?s=RCL">RCL</a>]</h2> <p>The travel industry often gets a bump around the holidays, as people find the time to get away to warmer climates. Shares of Royal Caribbean are near a 52-week high, as analysts recently predicted earnings would rise 37% in 2015 compared to last year.</p> <h2>9. Ross Stores [NYSE: <a href="http://finance.yahoo.com/q?s=ROST">ROST</a>]</h2> <p>This discount retailer has been a consistent solid performer over the holiday season in recent years. Morgan Stanley reported that the stock price has gone up an average of 1.2% after every fourth quarter earning report dating back to 2010. Shares are already up 25% in the last 12 months, making Ross one of the better-performing retailers out there.</p> <h2>10. JetBlue [NYSE: <a href="http://finance.yahoo.com/q?s=JBLU">JBLU</a>]</h2> <p>Planes will be full during the holidays, and with oil prices at super-low levels, airlines should be pulling in solid profits. Consumer Reports recently rated JetBlue its top overall airline, giving the company some nice publicity heading into the heavy travel season. Shares of JetBlue have more than doubled in value this year.</p> <p><em>How will you plump up your portfolio this holiday season?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/tim-lemke">Tim Lemke</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-stocks-to-invest-in-during-the-holidays">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-9"> <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/15-cheap-and-delicious-punch-recipes-for-holiday-parties">15 Cheap and Delicious Punch Recipes for Holiday Parties</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/make-smarter-investments-by-mastering-this-simple-ratio">Make Smarter Investments by Mastering This Simple Ratio</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-stocks-your-kids-would-love-to-own">5 Stocks Your Kids Would Love to Own</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-small-cap-value-investments-are-on-fire">These 8 Small Cap Value Investments Are on Fire</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-3-rules-every-mediocre-investor-must-know">The 3 Rules Every Mediocre Investor Must Know</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Investment Christmas Holidays stock market stocks winter Tue, 24 Nov 2015 14:00:03 +0000 Tim Lemke 1615575 at http://www.wisebread.com 15 Cheap and Delicious Punch Recipes for Holiday Parties http://www.wisebread.com/15-cheap-and-delicious-punch-recipes-for-holiday-parties <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/15-cheap-and-delicious-punch-recipes-for-holiday-parties" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/holiday_punch_000076603497.jpg" alt="Finding delicious and cheap punch recipes for winter occasions" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It's almost time to get started on the holiday festivities! Not only are these delicious drinks crowd-pleasers, but the majority of them require very easy-to-acquire and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/avoid-these-5-common-holiday-budget-pitfalls">affordable ingredients</a>. Check out these 15 super-tasty and cheap punch recipes for every winter occasion.</p> <h2>Non-Alcoholic Punches</h2> <p>While these mixes lack a boozy punch, they still deliver welcome holiday flavors.</p> <h3>1. Ginger Hibiscus Tea</h3> <p>This delicious <a href="http://www.saveur.com/article/Recipes/Iced-Ginger-Hibiscus-Tea">ginger hibiscus tea</a> is perfect for daytime parties (winter brunch, anyone?). It may be too early for booze, but a slight caffeine boost is always welcome.</p> <h3>2. Sparkling Ginger Apple Cider Punch</h3> <p>A sparkling <a href="http://www.snixykitchen.com/2013/10/21/sparkling-ginger-apple-punch-with-muddled-cranberries/">ginger apple cider punch</a> is perfect for multi-generational gatherings like Thanksgiving. Kids will love this as-is, and adults can spike their own cups to make a <em>really</em> great drink.</p> <h3>3. Slow-Cooker Peppermint Hot Cocoa</h3> <p>Who doesn't love a <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchens/slow-cooker-peppermint-hot-chocolate.html">hot cocoa</a> during the holidays? This slow-cooker version makes for simple set-up and serving. You probably already have most of the ingredients!</p> <h3>4. Low-Cal Eggnog</h3> <p>Eggnog is delicious, but admittedly, it's not the healthiest drink. This <a href="http://www.delish.com/cooking/recipe-ideas/recipes/a28582/healthy-makeover-eggnog-ghk1207/">low-calorie version</a> cuts down on the cholesterol but not the taste.</p> <h3>5. Sparkling Apple Tea</h3> <p>This delicious <a href="http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2012/10/brunch-drinks-sparkling-apple-tea-nonalcoholic-recipe.html">tea-infused punch</a> brings the apple flavor to the forefront and would be a great transition drink after all the Christmas morning cocoa and coffee.</p> <h2>Boozy Punches</h2> <p>Alright, for the adults in the room: punches that do feature a dose of winter cheer.</p> <h3>6. Sparkling Bourbon Pear Cider</h3> <p>Everyone likes this mildly sweet and wintery <a href="http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2014/11/sparkling-bourbon-pear-cocktail-easy-big-batch-drink-recipe-for-a-party.html">bourbon pear cider</a>. Pour your bourbon as light or heavy as you'd like.</p> <h3>7. Mulled Wine</h3> <p><a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/mulled-wine-recipe.html">Mulled wine</a> will not only make any wine-lover happy, but its wonderful Christmas-y smell will linger throughout the home. Use the cheaper wines at Trader Joe's ($5 or under) for this.</p> <h3>8. Blood Orange Punch</h3> <p>Blood oranges are coming into season, so get ready to find bags of them at reasonable prices. This tart, refreshing <a href="http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2012/10/blood-orange-punch-halloween-brunch-cocktail-recipe.html">blood orange punch</a> will make you wish they were available year-round.</p> <h3>9. Tequila Horchata Punch</h3> <p>This <a href="http://www.saveur.com/article/Recipes/desert-snow-tequila-punch">Southwestern punch</a> is perfect for folks who love the sweet, velvety taste and texture of horchata and the smoothness of good Tequila. Surprise your guests with this one.</p> <h3>10. Christmas Sangria</h3> <p><a href="http://www.delish.com/cooking/recipe-ideas/recipes/a31566/classic-sangria-recipe/?click=recipe_sr">Classic sangria</a> is great year-round, but this one adds a few cheap ingredients for a more Christmas-y flavor. Remember to use your less expensive Spanish red blends.</p> <h3>11. Poor Girl's Champagne Punch</h3> <p>Want a sparkly, fun punch that impresses a crowd enough for them to ask what's in it? This punch featuring <a href="http://www.thekitchn.com/party-on-a-budget-poor-girl-champagne-punch-187988">cheap beer and frozen raspberries</a> comes together deliciously.</p> <h3>12. Sparkling Pomegranate Punch</h3> <p>This playful and <a href="http://www.recipe.com/sparkling-pomegranate-punch/">flavorful pomegranate punch</a> uses both still and sparkling wine, and winter favorite fruit, pomegranates. Head to a local bodega for your pomegranates instead of the big chains who will charge you more for the convenience.</p> <h3>13. Virgin Island Punch</h3> <p>Can't &quot;winter&quot; in the Caribbean this season? Fake it with this <a href="http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2011/11/slightly-oliver-aloe-strawberry-virgin-island-punch.html">sweet and simple punch</a> using a very cheap ingredient; aloe juice. Sub in more affordable frozen berries if you are not in an area with fresh available.</p> <h3>14. Cranberry Christmas Punch</h3> <p>This <a href="http://www.marthastewart.com/316360/christmas-punch">cranberry and pomegranate punch</a> is full of lip-smackingly tart holiday flavor. It's also very easy to mix &mdash; make the simple syrup at home in a few minutes.</p> <h3>15. Charles Dickens Punch</h3> <p>What's more Christmas-y than a punch named for the author we talk about most during the holidays? The simple to mix ingredients are <a href="http://punchdrink.com/recipes/charles-dickenss-punch/">set on fire</a> before serving!</p> <p><em>What's your favorite holiday punch recipe? Share a ladleful in comments?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amanda-meadows">Amanda Meadows</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-cheap-and-delicious-punch-recipes-for-holiday-parties">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-10"> <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-things-youll-waste-money-on-this-thanksgiving">10 Things You&#039;ll Waste Money on This Thanksgiving</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-thanksgiving-traditions-you-should-skip">5 Thanksgiving Traditions You Should Skip</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-stocks-to-invest-in-during-the-holidays">10 Stocks to Invest in During the Holidays</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/14-festive-and-easy-diy-holiday-decorations">14 Festive and Easy DIY Holiday Decorations</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-old-holiday-traditions-we-cant-believe-ever-existed">8 Old Holiday Traditions We Can&#039;t Believe Ever Existed</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Christmas cocktails Holidays parties Punch Thanksgiving winter Thu, 19 Nov 2015 17:12:04 +0000 Amanda Meadows 1614974 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Easy Ways to Prep Your Garden for Winter http://www.wisebread.com/10-easy-ways-to-prep-your-garden-for-winter <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-easy-ways-to-prep-your-garden-for-winter" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/children_gardening_000068058399.jpg" alt="Children prepping their garden before winter comes" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Your garden provided beauty and sustenance throughout the season, but now it's time to close up shop until next year. Or is it? Here's what you need to know about extending the life of your garden and preparing it for next year. (Related: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-cheap-ways-to-deter-garden-pests?ref=seealso">8 Cheap Ways to Deter Garden Pests</a>)</p> <h2>1. Enjoy the Harvest</h2> <p>There are plenty of crops you can plant at the end of summer. Try extending your garden enjoyment with <a href="http://www.almanac.com/sites/new.almanac.com/files/Succession-gardening-chart-cropped.pdf">radishes, beets, lettuce</a>, and other vegetables that do well in cooler weather. If you're gardening for the first time this fall, you'll notice fewer pests and other issues than you deal with in the spring and summer months. Missed this season's planting dates? Remember this tip for the future.</p> <h2>2. Clear It Out</h2> <p>At the end of each season (when frost hits), we take time to remove all the leftover plants in our raised bed and other garden spaces. We toss the old plants into our compost heap to create super rich soil for next year. Don't skip this step. Mary Lou Shaw at <em>Mother Earth News</em> explains that clearing out &quot;prevents the build-up of <a href="http://www.motherearthnews.com/homesteading-and-livestock/preparing-your-vegetable-garden-for-winter.aspx">disease and harmful insects</a>.&quot;</p> <h2>3. Prepare the Soil</h2> <p>Now is the time to beef up your soil's quality. You can add <a href="http://www.colostate.edu/Dept/CoopExt/4dmg/Garden/longwint.htm">compost, peat, leaves</a>, and even well-rotted manure to your empty garden. Carl Wilson and Mary Hartman at the Colorado State University Cooperative Extension explain that &quot;Soil microorganisms and beneficial soil insects will help incorporate these materials into the soil before the ground freezes and in the spring after it thaws.&quot; A robust garden starts with quality soil.</p> <h2>4. Keep Hydrating</h2> <p>According to horticulturist Sharon Yielsa, you should keep <a href="http://extension.illinois.edu/gardenerscorner/issue_02/fall_07_05.cfm">watering your perennials</a> until the ground freezes. The extra hydration will help maintain a healthy root system and help the plant thrive next spring. The best way to water is by soaking plants just once a week versus giving them a light watering every day.</p> <h2>5. Cut It Back</h2> <p>Some perennials should be <a href="http://www.garden.org/regional/report/arch/inmygarden/4258">cut back before winter</a>, so get your garden scissors and check out a few guidelines from the National Gardening Association offers. Plants like heliopsis, purple coneflower, and black-eyed Susans are actually beneficial to birds, so don't cut them. Plants like bearded iris, peonies, bee balm, and garden phlox act like safe havens for insects and disease spores, so clip them clean.</p> <h2>6. Cover It Up</h2> <p>My neighbor is big into her roses. We have our own bush, so she explained to us that we need to cover it during the cold weather. Hardy plants like roses, hydrangeas, transplanted evergreens, and more can benefit from a <a href="http://www.finegardening.com/shelter-plants-winters-worst">burlap or styrofoam cover</a>. Tender plants get some added protection with mulch, shredded leaves, and even pine boughs.</p> <h2>7. Kill Weeds</h2> <p>If you have an area that's just covered in nasty weeds &mdash; cover it up with <a href="http://www.almanac.com/content/putting-garden-bed">black plastic</a>. You'll keep this sheet in place over the entire winter. This action will keep the seeds from sprouting so you can get a fresh start in the spring.</p> <h2>8. Use the Space</h2> <p>You can use your <a href="http://www.motherearthnews.com/diy/garden-yard/root-cellars-zm0z11zkon.aspx?PageId=1">garden as a root cellar</a> of sorts when you're not growing stuff in it. Of course, your root crops (beets, carrots, parsnips) are what will do best with this method. Just dig them up, cut their tops down to one inch, then dig a trench that's six to 10 inches deep and 18 to 24 inches wide. Replant those crops at the bottom of the trench and cover with soil.</p> <h2>9. Think Ahead</h2> <p>The fall season is a great time to plant bulbs for flowers like daffodils, tulips, and crocuses or plants like onions and garlic. <a href="http://www.americanmeadows.com/how-to-plant-flower-bulbs">Plant bulbs</a> around the time of the first frost. You'll want to loosen the soil and add any compost before planting the bulbs with the pointy end up. Big bulbs should be set about eight inches deep. Smaller ones should go in a shallow five inches.</p> <h2>10. Make Plans</h2> <p>While your gardening efforts are still fresh in your mind, make a plan for next year. What plants did well? Which ones didn't so much? Did you deal with certain garden pests more than others? Ask yourself a bunch of questions to find your strengths and weaknesses. Draft up a few dreams, too. Then when the weather is chilly and the snow piles high, try reading books like <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1591865484/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=1591865484&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=DP7LOH7EWFG6IUFF">Square Foot Gardening</a> to learn how to maximize space for next year's crops.</p> <p><em>How do you prepare your garden for winter?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-easy-ways-to-prep-your-garden-for-winter">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-11"> <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-7-easiest-plants-to-grow-indoors-and-outdoors">The 7 Easiest Plants to Grow Indoors and Outdoors</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/13-simple-gardening-skills-anybody-can-master">13 Simple Gardening Skills Anybody Can Master</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-edible-garden-plants-anyone-can-grow">10 Edible Garden Plants Anyone Can Grow</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-turn-your-black-thumb-green">How to Turn Your Black Thumb Green</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-most-valuable-things-to-plant-in-your-garden-this-spring">10 Most Valuable Things to Plant in Your Garden This Spring</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Green Living Home gardening green thumb harvests planting plants winter Fri, 04 Sep 2015 15:00:29 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1542139 at http://www.wisebread.com How to Avoid These 5 Hidden Costs of Winter http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-avoid-these-5-hidden-costs-of-winter <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-avoid-these-5-hidden-costs-of-winter" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/winter_woman_000052678066.jpg" alt="Woman trying to avoid hidden costs of winter" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>As I type this article, the temperature outside is negative 17 degrees Fahrenheit. The wind chill? Negative 32. And this is, like, our fifth round of this frigid nonsense this year. We've gotten used to the cold, so I complain mostly to establish my clout as a northern girl who knows her winter weather and storms. As you might not know, there are costs hidden in the feet of snow dumped on our streets, the ice coating the trees overhanging our homes, and the plunging temperatures that seem unrelenting. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-things-you-need-to-do-now-to-prepare-for-winter?ref=seealso">9 Things You Need to Do Now to Prepare for Winter</a>)</p> <p>Here's how to avoid paying them.</p> <h2>1. Frozen Pipes</h2> <p>We had a plumber over the other day, and he was telling us about all the frozen pipes his team has been dealing with this winter. When pipes burst, they don't just dump water into your home. They run a path of destruction, ruining flooring, flooding furnaces, and more. The costs can be staggering. To avoid this unfortunate situation, make sure your pipes stay warm. The plumber explained to us that problems often arise when people go away and turn their heat down low, so keep your thermostat on a toasty 65 or higher. And learn where your <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YFZwynKnbQE">main water shutoff valve</a> is so you can stop the worst damage before it starts.</p> <h2>2. Fire Hazards</h2> <p>When the weather gets frightful, people often turn to secondary heating source to supplement the furnace. They switch on things like electric or gas heaters, gas or wood stoves, and light up fireplaces. Whenever you're using a flame inside your home, make sure you're watching it carefully. Fire is one of the most costly tragedies because you could lose absolutely everything you own, including your home. Get your <a href="http://www.csia.org/about-csia/faq.aspx">chimney cleaned annually</a> to eliminate the risk of fire. And always open your flue the whole way, which will keep the airflow in proper order.</p> <h2>3. Fallen Trees</h2> <p>With all that ice and snow and wind, there's a risk that trees around your home might fall without notice. We've never experienced this one ourselves, but we did almost buy a home where several sick-looking trees were overhanging the property. I still walk by that place and wonder when the damage is going to happen. Although there's not a lot you can do to ensure those trees won't come crashing down onto your roof or worse, you can be proactive &mdash; especially since costs aren't always covered by insurance. If you have trees hanging close to your house, consider trimming them back. Remove rotting or sick trees entirely. You can often get a free quote for the work (get several), and though it might cost a lot upfront, you'll save later on.</p> <h2>4. Ice Dams</h2> <p>We've had some impressively long icicles this year. They're both beautiful and slightly terrifying at the same time. Not only do ice dams pose dangers to people hanging below, but they can also cause some <a href="http://www.syracuse.com/weather/index.ssf/2015/02/snow_cold_means_icicle_season_in_cny_where_are_the_biggest_ones.html">major roof problems</a> by blocking water from flowing freely. Try removing as much snow as possible from your roof. If that's not a viable option, try removing icicles or hire a professional to come out and do it for you. It will cost less to take care of an issue before it gets downright nasty. To prevent the dams next year, add more insulation to your attic and check out heated wires you can install on gutters that melt ice away.</p> <h2>5. Utility Costs</h2> <p>Now, with the electric components, especially heaters, utility costs can climb. Your heater could be costing you between $50 and $120 per month to run &mdash; and when you consider that winter lasts forever some places, that adds up fast. Try running your heater at minimum and &mdash; instead &mdash; layering up with warm clothes for free. Otherwise, some general home maintenance can take care of a lot of the dollars that are literally flying out your windows. Check around for drafts and cover them up. Get your furnace serviced to ensure it's running properly. Use thermal curtains to block cold air out on the worst days. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-easy-ways-to-lower-winter-energy-costs?ref=seealso">7 Easy Ways to Lower Winter Utility Costs</a>)</p> <p><em>How do you control the high cost of a chilly winter? Let us know in comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-avoid-these-5-hidden-costs-of-winter">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-12"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-easy-ways-to-lower-winter-energy-costs">7 Easy Ways to Lower Winter Energy Costs</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-remove-snow-and-save">How to Remove Snow and Save</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/9-ways-to-put-all-that-snow-to-good-use">9 Ways to Put All That Snow to Good Use</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-things-you-need-to-do-now-to-prepare-for-winter">9 Things You Need to Do Now to Prepare for Winter</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/56-life-hacks-to-help-you-win-at-winter">56 Life Hacks to Help You Win at Winter</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Home heating home maintenance snow winter Fri, 27 Feb 2015 16:00:06 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1315155 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Surprising Benefits of Colder Winters http://www.wisebread.com/10-surprising-benefits-of-colder-winters <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-surprising-benefits-of-colder-winters" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000013853135_Large.jpg" alt="woman in the snow" title="woman in the snow" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Heavy snow. High winds. Sub-zero temperatures. You can almost feel the chill just thinking about it, right? But while they conjure unpleasant thoughts of numbing fingers and toes, colder winters do bring about some exciting benefits. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/50-fun-things-to-do-when-youre-stuck-inside-during-winter?ref=seealso">50 Fun things to Do When You're Stuck Inside for Winter</a>)</p> <h2>1. The Cold Kills Off Bugs</h2> <p>Some <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/home/winters-deep-freeze-kills-garden-pests/2014/01/14/98f321a2-7960-11e3-b1c5-739e63e9c9a7_story.html">ticks, mosquitoes, and stink bugs</a> die off when exposed to freezing temperatures, meaning there are fewer skin bites, garden pests, and unwelcome home visitors in the wintertime. A cold snap can also help kill or reduce cockroach populations.</p> <h2>2. Longer, More Meaningful Phone Conversations</h2> <p>Who we call and how long we speak to them changes with the weather, according to research from Newcastle University. Analysing the call patterns of 1.3 million mobile phone users, a research team found that people tend to <a href="http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/10/121010172126.htm">have longer phone conversations</a> with a smaller number of people during &quot;uncomfortable&quot; weather conditions. Not only are our conversations longer, they're more more meaningful. When the wind howls and there's a coat of ice on the street, we're more likely to contact our close friends and family rather than our casual friends and acquaintances.</p> <h2>3. Low Temperature Longevity</h2> <p>Preliminary studies show that biting winters may&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ns.umich.edu/new/releases/21202-stay-cool-and-live-longer">lead to longer life</a>. Researchers from the Department of Molecular and Integrative Physiology at the University of Michigan discovered that worms exposed to cold temperatures have longer life spans. Experts aren't sure yet, but they say the same might go for humans, too. &quot;It's too early to say, but it is possible our research applies to humans, because the genetic pathway we identified is found in people,&quot; says study author Shawn Xu.</p> <h2>4. The Cold Might Curb Pain</h2> <p>Finnish researchers found that cold-water plunges as well as whole-body cryotherapy sessions can bring about a two to three-fold jump in norepinephrine levels in humans. Norepinephrine is a chemical in the nervous system that is linked to pain suppression, meaning that exposure to extreme cold could&nbsp;<a href="http://www.health.harvard.edu/newsletters/Harvard_Health_Letter/2010/January/out-in-the-cold">reduce our aches and pains</a> temporarily.</p> <h2>5. Cold Helps You Burn Fat</h2> <p>Exposure to a cold snap&nbsp;helps activate brown fat, the heat-producing, calorie-burning fat that helps babies regulate their body temperature, according to literature from Harvard Medical School. Brown fat withers with age, and by adulthood there's not much left of it. But researchers say that when it comes to weight loss, there could be some very mild benefits to cold exposure.</p> <h2>6. Big Hawaiian Surf</h2> <p>Colder air, along with a sagging jet stream and stronger winds, combine to create the <a href="http://www.kauaiexplorer.com/guides/beach/seasonal_surf_trends.php">massive winter swells</a> that draw surfers from around the globe to the north and west-facing shores of the Hawaiian islands. A monster swell can create 40 to 70 foot waves, some of the largest and deadliest in the world. They're a spectacular sight to see, and for skilled surfers they're an even bigger thrill to ride.</p> <h2>7. It Boosts Our Appreciation of Sunshine</h2> <p>We need a little bad weather here and there to maintain a healthy appreciation for warmth and sunlight. Studies show that if the weather never changes, we lose our gratefulness for the weather when it's truly spectacular. As it turns out, those bone-chilling days of winter are a large part of the reason we're able to truly enjoy the balmy, bluebird sky days of spring.</p> <h2>8. The Fruit Tastes Sweeter</h2> <p>Cold weather is typically no friend to crops. But some of southern Florida's <a href="http://www.weather.com/science/nature/news/deep-freeze-silver-linings-20140109">citrus fruits</a>&nbsp;can actually benefit from a well-timed winter freeze. &quot;A good cold snap lowers the acidity in oranges and increases sugar content, (which) sweetens the fruit,&quot; Florida Farm Bureau Federation Policy Director Frankie Hall told The Weather Channel.</p> <h2>9. It Helps Runners Recover</h2> <p>Research shows that runners who immerse themselves in extremely cold water after a strenuous run <a href="http://www.plosone.org/article/info:doi/10.1371/journal.pone.0027749">recover from muscle strains</a> more quickly. Experts say the cold shocks the body into recovery mode by reducing inflammation, which helps the muscles fend off aches, pains, and discomfort. It also helps runners regain their muscle strength more quickly.</p> <h2>10. Winter Sports Heat Up</h2> <p>A chill in the air is one of the precursors of a great winter sporting season. Without it, the skiing, riding, and snowshoeing just isn't as enjoyable. During warmer winters, ski resorts and tubing parks tend to open late in the season and close early, and nature trails that can otherwise provide fine terrain for cross country skiing well into April are bare with grass.</p> <p><em>How does a cold winter benefit you?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/brittany-lyte">Brittany Lyte</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-surprising-benefits-of-colder-winters">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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