General Tips http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/8131/all en-US 7 Foods Scientifically Proven to Make You Smarter http://www.wisebread.com/7-foods-scientifically-proven-to-make-you-smarter <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-foods-scientifically-proven-to-make-you-smarter" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://cdn.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/coffee art.jpg" alt="coffee art" title="coffee art" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It's well established that the <a href="http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/why-does-the-brain-need-s/">brain uses more energy</a> than any other organ, accounting for up to 20% of the body's total energy needs. Feed your hungry brain these foods to keep it buzzing along at its optimal speed. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-foods-science-says-are-actually-making-you-dumber?ref=seealso">6 Foods Science Says Are Actually Making You Dumber</a>)</p> <h2>1. Avocado</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://cdn.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/avocados.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>This creamy fruit is a staple for many meatless dishes and for vegetarians and vegans who don't eat meat. It's unique among fruits because it is rich with high-quality protein and fats, compounds we typically associate with meat and dairy. It's <a href="http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/avocado-brain-function-6231.html">good for the brain</a> (and the body) because it aids blood circulation. Scramble it in eggs, mash it up to spread on toast, or slice it and sprinkle with a little salt, black pepper, and turmeric for a savory breakfast or snack.</p> <h2>2. Fresh or Frozen Blueberries</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://cdn.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/blueberries_0.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>Blueberries prove that good things come in small packages. When it comes to <a href="http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/your-brain-on-blueberries/">brain health, research says</a> they stave off a number of diseases such as Alzheimer's, enhance learning, and improve motor skills. They're very high in fiber, and though they have a touch of sweetness, they don't spike blood sugar. But make sure you use fresh or frozen blueberries. Dried blueberries often have sugar added and aren't as healthy. And since they have a fairly short growing season, substitute cranberries, pomegranates, cherries, grapes, and blackberries for many of the same health benefits.</p> <h2>3. Salmon</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://cdn.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/salmon%20meat.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>We know salmon makes our skin glow and it's very heart healthy. It's also <a href="http://womensbrainhealth.org/great-minds-think-alike/why-is-salmon-good-for-your-brain">highly beneficial for our brains</a> because of its omega-3 fatty acids. This healthy fat has been found to enhance memory (and therefore fight memory-related diseases brought on by aging), elevate mood, and reduce depression. This makes it a winner of a meal any time of year, especially in the winter when the short days and long nights can cause us to to feel blue.</p> <p>While farmed salmon is cheaper, I suggest opting for wild salmon whenever possible. You'll pay a bit more for it, but it has a much higher level of omega-3s than farmed salmon, so you don't need to eat as much to get all of the health benefits. If salmon isn't available or it's too expensive, tuna is a great alternative and it has vitamin B6, another vitamin important to brain health. Eggs are another option for vegetarians or for people who don't like fish.</p> <h2>4. Seeds and Nuts</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://cdn.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/peanuts_0.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>Toss them in oatmeal or on top of salads, spread them on toast or fruit, and incorporate them into trail mix and baked goods. <a href="http://www.ageright.org/2013/08/08/nuts-and-seeds-the-stars-of-brain-healthy-foods/">Seeds and nuts</a> give us fiber like fruits and veggies and protein like meat and dairy. This helps give our brains an energy boost and it keeps that boost going throughout the day. When it comes to brain health, the vitamin E and magnesium makes seeds and nuts especially valuable. Be careful to avoid sweetened nuts and nut spreads that are highly processed and contain a lot of sugar. Best bet for nut butters &mdash; make your own in a food processor or at the dry goods stations in grocery stores like Whole Foods. All nut, no additives.</p> <h2>5. Coffee and Tea</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://cdn.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/coffee%20art.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>What? Your morning brew of coffee and <a href="http://www.spring.org.uk/2013/11/tea-6-brilliant-effects-on-the-brain.php">tea</a> makes you feel good and is good for you? You betcha! Along with that kick of caffeine that gives you a noticeable and often immediate charge, both beverages have fiber and antioxidants, and they've been shown to <a href="http://www.drperlmutter.com/coffee-can-save-brain/">aid memory and stall aging in the brain</a>.</p> <p>But there are some do's and don'ts when it comes to coffee and tea. Do make it free-trade, organic, and fresh. Don't drown it in sugar and heavy dairy, and don't have more than two to four cups per day. To add a bit of sweetness and get an added health benefit, I like to sprinkle in a warming spice like cinnamon, clove, or nutmeg. You can also use a sweetener like stevia or agave nectar that is a much better alternative than granulated sugar because these alternatives don't spike, and then crash, your blood sugar. <a href="http://www.prevention.com/health/health-concerns/low-blood-sugar-and-memory">Spikes and crashes in blood sugar</a> actually cause damage to your brain.</p> <h2>6. Oatmeal and Brown Rice</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://cdn.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/fried%20brown%20rice.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>The high amount of fiber in <a href="http://www.livestrong.com/article/531680-is-oatmeal-good-for-your-brain/">oatmeal</a> and <a href="https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/cereal/brown-rice.html">brown rice</a> keeps our hearts healthy and our blood pumping, and what's good for the heart is good for the brain. Oatmeal also has the added benefits of protein and omega-3, so it's an especially important food for vegans and vegetarians. Also oatmeal lends itself to adding so many other brain healthy foods like blueberries, seeds, and nuts, and it pairs perfectly with a steaming cup of coffee or tea.</p> <h2>7. Dark Leafy Greens</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://cdn.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/arugula%20salad.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>Whether you like kale, spinach, arugula, or romaine, <a href="http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20434658_4,00.html">get your greens every day</a>. Blend them up in smoothies, make them a base for your salad, or chop them up in a stir-fry. They're an excellent fuel for your whole body, and what makes them so valuable for your brain is their high iron levels without the fat and calories that come from many kinds of iron-rich meat. When we're iron deficient, our thinking gets clouded and our memory dulled. Healthy iron levels enhance our learning abilities and give us the energy needed to get the most out of life.</p> <p><em>Are you getting enough of these delicious brain foods?</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-foods-scientifically-proven-to-make-you-smarter" class="sharethis-link" title="7 Foods Scientifically Proven to Make You Smarter" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/christa-avampato">Christa Avampato</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-foods-scientifically-proven-to-make-you-smarter">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-foods-scientifically-proven-to-increase-your-lifespan">6 Foods Scientifically Proven to Increase Your Lifespan</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/curing-warts-removing-splinters-and-19-other-bizarre-uses-for-banana-peels">Curing Warts, Removing Splinters, and 19 Other Bizarre Uses for Banana Peels</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-foods-that-are-scientifically-proven-to-increase-happiness">7 Foods That Are Scientifically Proven to Increase Happiness</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-to-eat-for-lunch-for-a-more-productive-afternoon">What to Eat for Lunch for a More Productive Afternoon</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/why-is-gasoline-so-cheap-a-cost-comparison-of-40-common-household-liquids">Why is Gasoline So Cheap? A Cost Comparison of 40 Common Household Liquids</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> Food and Drink General Tips Health and Beauty brain food brain hacks health food healthy eating Fri, 30 Jan 2015 12:00:04 +0000 Christa Avampato 1284260 at http://www.wisebread.com What You Should Do If You're Stumped During an Interview http://www.wisebread.com/what-you-should-do-if-youre-stumped-during-an-interview <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/what-you-should-do-if-youre-stumped-during-an-interview" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://cdn.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman-job-interview-Dollarphotoclub_54828193_1.jpg" alt="woman job interview" title="woman job interview" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>When you don't know how to answer a question during an interview, the silence can seem excruciating. You might even wish the floor would open up and swallow you whole. Not to worry, though &mdash; keep these tips in mind the next time you're strapped for an answer.</p> <p>RELATED: <a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Dos-Donts-Job-Interviews-34040192">16 Major Dos and Don'ts at a Job Interview</a></p> <h2>1. Calm Down</h2> <p>First of all, the most important thing to do is stay calm. If you start freaking out, your body will begin reacting physiologically. For example, your blood pressure will start rising, and your heart may race. Once you start a stress response, you won't be thinking clearly, and you may throw out answers without thinking. Take deep breaths, and tell yourself that it's OK to not know the answer to the question. You'll just have to work through it; there's nothing you can do to change things, but you need to stay calm to find the right answer.</p> <h2>2. Don't Say &quot;I Don't Know&quot; Off the Bat, and Don't Make Stuff Up</h2> <p>You should not tell the interviewer you don't know the answer without mulling it over. Then again, be careful not to<a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Can-I-Lie-Interviewer-22943027"> make stuff up</a>, because your interviewer can see right through that.</p> <h2>3. Ask Questions</h2> <p>Maybe it's the question you don't understand. Ask your interviewer to clarify what she said. Go deeper into the question to see if you can get more details that will help you figure it out.</p> <h2>4. Tell Your Interviewer What You Do Know</h2> <p>If you do have some knowledge of the question, then take the time to tell your interviewer what you do know of the situation. Saying everything out loud can start you on the process of figuring out the problem.</p> <h2>5. Tell Them How You Would Find the Answer</h2> <p>Even if you don't know what the answer is, you can tell the interviewer the steps you would take to figure out the problem. Interviewers ask you hard questions because they want to see what your thought process is. Sometimes, the thought process may be more important than the actual answer. They want to see that you can take initiative and have the resources to come up with a solution on your own, instead of needing someone to hold your hand through problems. While you're trying to find the solution, you can admit to not knowing certain parts; this way, you come off as being honest, and the hiring manager will know you are not trying to fake it. For example, if you need to calculate something and you're not good at math, you can respond with &quot;I can't do the calculations off the top of my head, but I think these calculations will give me the answer. And what I can do is use a calculator to find that answer.&quot; Showing a little honesty shows vulnerability and transparency. It also makes you more likable.</p> <h2>6. Know the Right Time to Come Clean</h2> <p>Although we mentioned not admitting to the interviewer that you don't know the answer, there is an exception to this rule. If the answer is something that you will only know through memorization, such as a definition of the word, then it's probably best to admit that you don't know the answer, as it may be impossible to figure it out independently. Here's what you can tell the interviewer: &quot;It's a good question, but I'm sorry, I don't have the answer off the top of my head. I will be sure to follow up with the answer after the interview.&quot;</p> <h2>7. Send a Follow-Up Email</h2> <p>The <a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Interview-Follow-Up-Email-Template-19179139">follow-up email for an interview</a> could become your second chance. Try to talk about the answer you were stumped on, but be smooth when you're talking about it. And make sure you're only naming the mistakes your interviewer caught and not drawing attention to the ones she did not catch. Don't say something like &quot;I'm sorry I did not know the answer to that question.&quot; Instead, tell her that after more time and thought, you managed to come up with a couple of solutions that could work for the problem.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Your resume worked and you landed an interview! 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You really can't beat a batch of homemade brownies or a loaf of crusty bread, am I right? However, as my life has morphed and changed, my time in the kitchen has dwindled. I eventually found myself relying more heavily on boxed mixes to get by. After a while, I decided to start making my own to save money and banish the questionable ingredients.</p> <p>Here are some mixes I've made for my kitchen that you should consider stocking in yours.</p> <h2>1. All Purpose Mix</h2> <p>My mom always had a box of Bisquick on hand for making biscuits, waffles, and all sorts of baked goods. Try this <a href="http://www.kitchennostalgia.com/canning_and_preserving/homemade_bisquick_mix_recipe.html">All Purpose Baking Mix</a> to fill that gap the homemade way. The magic is in the shortening, which you'll pulse into the flour and other ingredients until the mix resembles fine crumbs.</p> <h2>2. Gluten-Free Mix</h2> <p>If you're sensitive to gluten, try this <a href="http://alittleinsanity.com/all-purpose-gluten-free-flour-mix-recipe/">Gluten-Free Flour Mix</a> that works for breads, muffins, cookies, etc. Comparable store bought mixes are around $8 per four cups. This one costs just $12 for a whopping 18 cups of flour. Now that's some major savings!</p> <h2>3. Pancake Mix</h2> <p>I keep a container of <a href="http://www.neverhomemaker.com/2010/04/planning-ahead-homemade-pancake-mix.html">DIY Pancake Mix</a> on hand for busy weekends when I want something substantial to put on the table at breakfast. And creating it couldn't be easier! Tip: I like using wheat pastry flour to make my pancakes fluffy and light.</p> <h2>4. Brownie Mix</h2> <p>Here's <a href="http://www.pbs.org/parents/kitchenexplorers/2011/09/15/diy-brownie-mix/">Homemade Brownie Mix</a> without all the extra ingredients. Sift together flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, salt, and even mini chocolate chips. When you're ready to bake, you'll add &frac12; cup hot water, ⅓ cup oil, 2 eggs, and 2 teaspoons vanilla extract.</p> <h2>5. Cake Mix</h2> <p>This basic <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchens/homemade-yellow-cake-mix.html">Yellow Cake Mix</a> would work wonderfully for birthday cakes or weekday cupcakes. They key ingredient is nonfat dry milk, which gives the whole cake a fuller flavor. Add in the oil, eggs, and vanilla extract when you need a treat on the hurry.</p> <h2>6. Bread Maker Mix</h2> <p>As if baking loaves inside a machine couldn't be easier, now you can make your own <a href="http://www.budget101.com/content.php/419-bread-machine-mix">Bread Mix</a>. Be sure to use bread flour because it contains more gluten, giving the final result the right texture you're after.</p> <h2>7. Cornbread Mix</h2> <p>For quick <a href="http://realhousemoms.com/homemade-cornbread-mix/">Cornbread</a>, combine flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking soda, and salt in a bowl and mix well. When it's time to bake, add butter, egg, milk, and honey and maple syrup for a touch of sweetness.</p> <h2>8. Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix</h2> <p>Skip those store-bought tubes of dough and whip up your own <a href="http://www.fivehearthome.com/2013/09/02/homemade-chocolate-chip-cookie-mix-for-fresh-chewy-cookies-in-a-flash/">Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix</a> from scratch. I make cookies all the time, so I can see this one being a huge time-saver for me. The cookie recipe says to use four cups of mix, but I'd split the recipe in half for a smaller batch.</p> <h2>9. Muffin Mix</h2> <p>You can take this <a href="http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/homemade-muffin-mix">Muffin Mix</a> to the sweet or savory, depending on your needs. What's inside is just flour, sugar, shortening, baking powder, and salt. This recipe will get you a heaping four batches, and I can't wait to try the cheesy cheddar variation.</p> <h2>10. Tortilla Mix</h2> <p>My husband and I eat more tortillas than I'm comfortable sharing. So, we decided this year that we'd like to make our own. This <a href="http://heart-hands-home.blogspot.com/2011/08/tortilla-mix.html">DIY Tortilla Mix</a> produces delicious wraps at a fraction of the price you'd pay for them at the store. Just combine mix with warm water and knead before cooking atop your stove.</p> <h2>Baking Mix Tips</h2> <ul> <li>Store all baking mixes in airtight containers. Gallon zip bags work well and allow you to write contents directly on whatever you're storing (use permanent markers so nothing wipes off). Otherwise use clean plastic or glass containers.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Always label whatever mix you've made along with any notes on quantity, allergy information, and &mdash; of course &mdash; the date. If you aren't using zip bags, write this info on an index card and staple or tape to your mix if you need more space.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Furthermore, include clear notes for whatever wet ingredients you must add to the mix to make the finished product. Write out specific bake times and any other special instructions (especially if a mix works for several purposes) whenever necessary.</li> </ul> <p><em>Do you use pre-mixed homemade baking mixes?</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-homemade-baking-mixes-that-save-money-and-time" class="sharethis-link" title="10 Homemade Baking Mixes That Save Money and Time" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><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-homemade-baking-mixes-that-save-money-and-time">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/dump-cake-and-other-sweet-easy-treats">Dump Cake and Other Sweet, Easy Treats</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/another-36-uses-for-tin-foil">Another 36 Uses for Tin Foil</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-foods-scientifically-proven-to-make-you-smarter">7 Foods Scientifically Proven to Make You Smarter</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-really-easy-ways-to-unclog-drains">10 Really Easy Ways to Unclog Drains</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/14-effective-grease-and-oil-stain-removal-tips">14 Effective Grease and Oil Stain Removal Tips</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> Food and Drink General Tips Home baking baking mix batter bulk cooking cookies pancakes premix Wed, 28 Jan 2015 16:00:10 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1283487 at http://www.wisebread.com 5 Ways Carry-On Luggage Can Save You Time and Money http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-carry-on-luggage-can-save-you-time-and-money <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-ways-carry-on-luggage-can-save-you-time-and-money" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://cdn.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/businessman-airplane-luggage-Dollarphotoclub_69149855.jpg" alt="businessman airplane luggage" title="businessman airplane luggage" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I don't know about you, but just the thought of air travel fills me with dread. Booking a flight is a bit like agreeing to toss my schedule into a chipper-shredder for at least a day and embracing the Great Unknown. The whole process is just stressful enough that travelers are hungry for any tip or trick to help the whole process go a bit more smoothly. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-airport-hacks-from-professional-travelers?ref=seealso">15 Airport Hacks From Professional Traveler</a>s)</p> <p>After 15 years of living far enough from family that any visit requires a flight, I've adopted a personal travel policy that makes a world of difference: I <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-flying-easy-the-ultimate-carry-on-packing-list">pack strategically</a> and fit everything into a single carry-on bag. Seriously &mdash; I haven't checked a bag since the Clinton Administration. If you're still checking luggage when you fly, it's time for a change. Here are five ways you can save time and money by traveling with only a carry-on.</p> <h2>1. Easier Check-Ins</h2> <p>Without luggage to tag and check, you can skip the long lines at the check-in counter. Print your boarding passes beforehand or at the self-service check-in machines at the airport and then breeze right over to the TSA screening line. If you're running late, being able to dodge even a single slow-moving line can mean the difference between making your flight and screaming as you watch it taxi down the runway.</p> <h2>2. No Fees&hellip; Most of the Time</h2> <p>One of the most obvious benefits of traveling with a carry-on only is avoiding the notorious checked baggage fee. Depending on the carrier, these charges can range from $25-$50 for the first two bags and up to $125 for each additional bag. For budget-conscious travelers, those numbers can add up quickly. And while the majority of airlines still don't charge for properly-sized carry-on bags, <a href="http://www.economist.com/blogs/gulliver/2014/05/carry-bag-fees">Frontier Airlines' new fees</a> may signify the first shot across the bow.</p> <h2>3. Itinerary Flexibility</h2> <p>During my most recent flight in August of last year, thunderstorms in Denver (my connecting city) left me stuck in Portland, Oregon. By checking-in with the gate attendant frequently, I was able to get rerouted through Chicago. The first question she asked me was &quot;Did you check any luggage?&quot; Of course I hadn't. I had everything I needed in a small carry-on slung over shoulder. No need to worry about where my luggage would end up and no need to make a special trip to the airport to pick up my belongings a day or two after I arrived at my final destination. I saved hours of time, avoided lots of drama, and dodged a major migraine.</p> <h2>4. Theft and Loss Avoidance</h2> <p>Take a second to Google this phrase: &quot;TSA theft checked luggage.&quot; If you still feel confident about the security of your checked luggage after wading through the 51,000 results, kudos to your boundless optimism. Though I don't travel with anything terribly expensive, I still cringe at the thought of someone thumbing through my daily planner, pocketing my favorite pair of sunglasses, or (worst of all), nabbing my fat jeans.</p> <h2>5. Speed and Convenience</h2> <p>Ever notice how antsy everyone gets as soon as a plane hits the tarmac? It's not because your fellow passengers have all developed a mad craving for a gooey Cinnabon &mdash; they're hoping to beat you to the car rental counter. Not having to wait for your luggage to be spit out onto the baggage carousel is a major benefit, especially if there are a limited number of rental cars or taxis available. Once again, the advantage goes to the traveler with the least amount of stuff to haul around.</p> <p>Let's face it, we live in a new era. <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-airline-travel-sucks-and-what-you-can-do-to-make-it-better">Air travel sucks</a> most of the time and all signs point to the whole process <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-8-scariest-things-probably-coming-to-air-travel">getting a lot scarier</a> for travelers in the not-too-distant future. Making it just a little more bearable means planning carefully, preparing diligently &mdash; and always packing lightly.</p> <p><em>Could you travel happily with a carry-on bag only? What ways do you save time and money when flying?</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-carry-on-luggage-can-save-you-time-and-money" class="sharethis-link" title="5 Ways Carry-On Luggage Can Save You Time and Money" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><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/5-ways-carry-on-luggage-can-save-you-time-and-money">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/make-flying-easy-the-ultimate-carry-on-packing-list">Make Flying Easy: The Ultimate Carry-On Packing List</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/23-airport-hacks-to-remember-before-your-next-flight">23 Airport Hacks to Remember Before Your Next Flight</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-8-worst-and-best-airport-buys">The 8 Worst and Best Airport Buys</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-packing-secrets-from-a-professional-traveler">15 Packing Secrets From a Professional Traveler</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-through-the-airport-faster">How to Get Through the Airport Faster</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> General Tips Travel air travel airport carry-on luggage packing Tue, 27 Jan 2015 12:00:08 +0000 Kentin Waits 1283249 at http://www.wisebread.com 12 Awesome Ways to Use Apple Cider Vinegar http://www.wisebread.com/12-awesome-ways-to-use-apple-cider-vinegar <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/12-awesome-ways-to-use-apple-cider-vinegar" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://cdn.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/apple-cider-vinegar-Dollarphotoclub_55532915.jpg" alt="apple cider vinegar" title="apple cider vinegar" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is one of the most versatile ingredients you have in your kitchen. And what's even more exciting is that its application can be extended far beyond the food world. First, it's important to understand that raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar will provide all the power and benefits versus distilled varieties. That's because that raw contains living nutrients and bacteria. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/254-uses-for-vinegar-and-counting">254 Uses for Vinegar and Counting</a>)</p> <p>Once you pick up a bottle, you can use it in these vastly different ways.</p> <h2>1. Food Dressing</h2> <p>My husband uses apple cider vinegar in place of balsamic vinegar on his salads. I sometimes use a splash in place of white vinegar in my baking (for making <a href="https://veganfoodaddict.wordpress.com/tag/apple-cider-vinegar/">vegan &quot;buttermilks&quot;</a> and the like). Basically, if a recipe calls for vinegar, you can likely replace it with ACV for a new twist.</p> <h2>2. Cold Remedy</h2> <p>Kill bacteria and ease your sore throat with apple cider vinegar. Dilute a couple tablespoons ACV into one cup of warm, filtered water. You can add raw honey for taste, if you like. Drink up four to six times a day.</p> <h2>3. Facial Toner</h2> <p>If you have bad skin like I do, check out how this gal <a href="http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-13304/how-i-cured-my-acne-with-apple-cider-vinegar.html">cured her acne</a> with apple cider vinegar. Depending on how sensitive your skin is, you'll dilute ACV with a little (or a lot of) water. Apply twice a day with a clean cotton ball after washing your face.</p> <h2>4. Foot Soak</h2> <p>Combine 1 cup epsom salts, 1 cup ACV, and water for this <a href="http://simplymal.com/pinterest-magic-3/">soothing foot soak</a>. When you're done lounging, use a pumice stone to smooth your softened calluses away.</p> <h2>5. Tooth Whitener</h2> <p>Apple cider vinegar can even <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=34oBoARmgIA">whiten your smile</a>. The acids in the vinegar eat away at the stains on your teeth. Simply pour some in a cup and swish around in your mouth for one or two minutes. Spit out and then rinse with water if you don't like the taste.</p> <h2>6. Fly Trap</h2> <p>We tried this trick for the first time over the summer, and it worked wonderfully. If you're noticing lots of fruit flies in your kitchen, pour some ACV into a small glass, cover with plastic wrap, and poke some holes in it. The flies will be attracted to the smell and congregate there so you can remove them.</p> <h2>7. Odor Remover</h2> <p>Does your room stink? Pour some ACV into a small bowl and place it near the source of the offensive odor. After a while, the vinegar will help absorb the odors until they're barely noticeable. (But it's a good idea to change the litter box anyway!)</p> <h2>8. Deodorant</h2> <p>Those of you looking for a natural stink-fighting alternative, check out this <a href="http://www.salubriousexclamation.com/2013/04/how-to-make-natural-spray-on-deodorant.html">Apple Cider Vinegar Spray Deodorant</a>. Just combine ACV with distilled water and essential oils in a bottle. Shake well before spritzing under your arms.</p> <h2>9. Hair Rinse</h2> <p>If you're interested in the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/diy-shampoo-the-baking-soda-experiment">Baking Soda Shampoo Method</a>, you'll soon discover the rinse is &mdash; you guessed it &mdash; apple cider vinegar. If the smell is too strong for your liking, dilute in a little water before pouring onto your head.</p> <h2>10. Sunburn Soother</h2> <p>Headed someplace warm on vacation? Well, you know the sunburn is likely to follow. This <a href="http://butterbeliever.com/sunburn-remedy/">Two Ingredient Fix</a> is simply apple cider vinegar and coconut oil. Wet a washcloth and splash on some ACV and apply to the burned area. Then nourish with the oil.</p> <h2>11. Produce Wash</h2> <p>Dilute ACV with a ratio of <a href="http://dontwastethecrumbs.com/2013/04/how-to-clean-produce-naturally-using-apple-cider-vinegar/">1 tablespoon to 1 cup of water</a> to wash your fruits and veggies naturally. All you do is soak them in a bowl for 5 to 10 minutes, then rinse and pat dry.</p> <h2>12. All-Purpose Cleaner</h2> <p>Just combine one part water with one part ACV (much like you'd do with white vinegar) inside a spray bottle. Add essential oils if you like. Then get to work! And don't worry. The vinegar smell will fade shortly after you clean. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-clean-everything-with-just-3-all-natural-cleaners?ref=seealso">How to Clean Everything With 3 All-Natural Cleaners</a>)</p> <p><em>What's your favorite awesome use for apple cider vinegar?</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-awesome-ways-to-use-apple-cider-vinegar" class="sharethis-link" title="12 Awesome Ways to Use Apple Cider Vinegar" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><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/12-awesome-ways-to-use-apple-cider-vinegar">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/10-really-easy-ways-to-unclog-drains">10 Really Easy Ways to Unclog Drains</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-effective-grease-and-oil-stain-removal-tips">14 Effective Grease and Oil Stain Removal Tips</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/3-cheap-and-easy-formulas-for-homemade-windshield-de-icer-plus-bonus-tips">3 Cheap and Easy Formulas for Homemade Windshield De-Icer (Plus Bonus Tips)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-bathroom-purchases-for-under-10-that-are-well-worth-the-money">10 Bathroom Purchases for Under $10 That Are Well Worth the Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/quickly-removing-scratches-from-cds-and-dvds">Quickly Remove Scratches From CDs and DVDs</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> DIY General Tips cool uses natural cleaners Vinegar Mon, 26 Jan 2015 16:00:08 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1283247 at http://www.wisebread.com 6 Foods Scientifically Proven to Increase Your Lifespan http://www.wisebread.com/6-foods-scientifically-proven-to-increase-your-lifespan <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/6-foods-scientifically-proven-to-increase-your-lifespan" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://cdn.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/grilled-salmon-salad-Dollarphotoclub_65341125.jpg" alt="grilled salmon salad" title="grilled salmon salad" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Abraham Lincoln once said, &quot;In the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years.&quot; True. But also&hellip; a few more years couldn't hurt. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/live-long-and-prosper-with-these-15-small-healthy-habits?ref=seealso">Live Long and Prosper With These Healthy Habits</a>)</p> <p>Over the last 150 years, human life expectancy has doubled, mainly due to modern medicine, technology, and advances in diet. How can you make sure you're taking full advantage? To live longer and healthier, incorporate these incredible foods into your diet.</p> <h2>1. Vitamin D</h2> <p>You may have heard about these <a href="http://blog.23andme.com/health-traits/getting-long-in-the-telomeres/">wondrous things called telomeres</a>, the tips of DNA whose length has been proven to correlate with longevity. Vitamin D acquired through a wide variety of sources including sunlight, dairy, and fatty fish like salmon and tuna directly impacts the length of telomeres. <a href="http://sciencenordic.com/vitamin-d-prolongs-life">The more vitamin D we have, the longer our telomeres</a>. Milk, it does a body good.</p> <h2>2. Probiotics</h2> <p>Much of our immunity, the ability to prevent and fight disease, <a href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23426535">lives in the flora of our gut</a>. Sugar and highly-processed foods (essentially almost any food product that has a commercial on television!) eats away at our fabulous flora. To maintain healthy flora levels, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/15/probiotic-remedies_n_1507166.html">eat a healthy dose of foods that are high in probiotics</a> such as pickled and fermented veggies and yogurt.</p> <h2>3. Antioxidants</h2> <p>Antioxidants are compounds that <a href="http://www.todaysdietitian.com/newarchives/050311p32.shtml">reduce the likelihood of disease and fight aging</a>. Luckily, they can be found in a wide variety of foods. Some of the most potent antioxidants are in a class called <a href="http://www.healthline.com/health-news/food-polyphenols-boost-gut-health-and-longevity-121213">polyphenols</a> and they're found in foods such as organic raw chocolate and green tea.</p> <h2>4. Vitamin B12</h2> <p>Keep your energy pumping by getting your fill of <a href="http://www.nextavenue.org/article/2013-05/fiftysomething-diet-boosting-your-longevity-odds">vitamin B12</a>. B12 is involved in the production of nerve cells, red blood cells, and DNA. It's also heavily involved in brain health. Vegans and vegetarians have a tough time getting enough B12 because it is found in greatest abundance in meat, fish, and dairy so if you are vegan or vegetarian you can get a synthetic form of B12 in fortified cereals and tofu.</p> <h2>5. Turmeric</h2> <p>Indian cuisine makes full use of this magical spice so it's no wonder that people from India often have very long life expectancies. <a href="http://mrvitaminsnews.com.au/alzheimers-disease/curcumin-from-curry-spice-improves-vascular-and-cognitive-health">Turmeric contains curcumin</a>, an active ingredient proven to fight inflammation and blocks cancer causing pathways in cells. It's also perfect sprinkled on roasted veggies, salads, and even in smoothies.</p> <h2>6. Vitamin A</h2> <p>Found in great abundance in carrots, sweet potatoes, and dark leafy greens such as kale, vitamin A <a href="http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/ART02759/facts-about-vitamin-a">fights infection and improves eye health</a>. But be a bit careful with this one because it is possible to have too much of this good thing, and that causes nausea and irritability. One helping of any of these veggies per day provides you with more than enough to stay healthy without making you sick.</p> <p>Modern medicine is a marvel and we're so lucky to have it. However, the food we eat has just as much to do with our health as any miracle drug, and probably more. Incorporate these foods into your diet and you'll be living in up while living well. Buon appetitto!</p> <p><em>Are you getting enough of these life-lengthening foods and nutrients?</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-foods-scientifically-proven-to-increase-your-lifespan" class="sharethis-link" title="6 Foods Scientifically Proven to Increase Your Lifespan" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/christa-avampato">Christa Avampato</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-foods-scientifically-proven-to-increase-your-lifespan">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/book-review-in-defense-of-food">Book review: In Defense of Food</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/hungry-have-a-drink">Hungry? Have a drink.</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-foods-scientifically-proven-to-make-you-smarter">7 Foods Scientifically Proven to Make You Smarter</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-foods-nutritionists-say-you-should-splurge-on">12 Foods Nutritionists Say You Should Splurge On</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-foods-with-the-most-bang-for-your-buck">10 Foods With the Most Bang for Your Buck</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> Food and Drink General Tips Health and Beauty food nutrients Health lifespan nutrition Mon, 26 Jan 2015 12:00:11 +0000 Christa Avampato 1282998 at http://www.wisebread.com 8 Questions to Ask Yourself to Help You Declutter http://www.wisebread.com/8-questions-to-ask-yourself-to-help-you-declutter <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/8-questions-to-ask-yourself-to-help-you-declutter" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://cdn.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman-clothes-rack-Dollarphotoclub_75282538.jpg" alt="woman clothes rack" title="woman clothes rack" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Stop making excuses and clean up the clutter in your home! It'll make you feel better and make your living space look better as well! Ask yourself these questions and get rid of your items based on your answers. And when we say dispose of your clutter, we mean either <a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Where-Sell-Used-Goods-28874509">sell it</a>, donate it, recycle it, give it away to friends and family, or throw it away.</p> <p>RELATED: <a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/List-Things-Dispose-24575006">One a Day: Throw These 116 Things Away</a></p> <h2>1. Have I used this in the last year?</h2> <p>If your answer is no, it's time to toss.</p> <h2>2. If I were shopping right now, would I buy this?</h2> <p>If the current you wouldn't buy this item now, why would you even keep it?</p> <h2>3. Is the only thing that's keeping me from disposing this item that I don't want to waste money?</h2> <p>Think of it this way: You wasted money when you bought an item you don't use.</p> <h2>4. Am I holding on to this for sentimental value?</h2> <p>Be strict and keep only a few of those sentimental items in a small memorabilia box. Then take a photo of items you are throwing away so you can keep them forever.</p> <h2>5. Do I have a similar item that serves the same purpose?</h2> <p>If yes, then get rid of one of them.</p> <h2>6. Do I have a realistic plan to use this?</h2> <p>Remember, don't lie to yourself about how perfect an item would be for <a href="http://www.popsugar.com/Halloween">Halloween</a>. Make sure you have a concrete plan to use the item, and if you don't use it within the time frame you set for yourself to use it, then toss it.</p> <h2>7. Does it fit me or my living space?</h2> <p>You may love it, but do you have space for the item or does it even suit you now? Think hard on what to keep &mdash; your space is sacred.</p> <h2>8. Am I holding on to the broken item to fix in the future?</h2> <p>Fix it now, or if you don't get around to fixing in the next two weeks, then toss it.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> So much clutter is stuff that seems important, but really isn&#039;t. Give your things this quiz, and if they don&#039;t pass, it&#039;s time to let them go. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-guestpost-blurb"> <div class="field-label">Guest Post Blurb:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p style="text-align:center;"><a style="border:none;" href="http://www.savvysugar.com"><img style="height:95px; width:300px" src="http://cdn.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u921/POPSUGARrgb.jpg" alt="" /></a></p> <p><em>This is a guest contribution from our friends at </em><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/"><em>POPSUGAR Smart Living</em></a><em>. Check out more useful articles from this partner:</em></p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/How-Live-Frugally-24174070#photo-24174070">66 Tried-and-Tested Tips for a Frugal Life</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/fashion/Simple-Closet-Organizing-Tips-36488783#photo-36488783">11 Easy Organization Hacks for the Lazy Fashion Girl</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/moms/Ways-Simplify-Family-Life-36292022#photo-36292022">8 Ways to Simplify Your Family's Routine in 2015</a></li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/popsugar-smart-living">POPSUGAR Smart Living</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-questions-to-ask-yourself-to-help-you-declutter">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/this-is-how-you-declutter-and-keep-your-stuff-too">This Is How You Declutter and Keep Your Stuff, Too</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-super-cool-ways-to-add-hidden-storage-to-your-home">10 Super-Cool Ways to Add Hidden Storage to Your Home</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-only-5-words-you-need-to-declutter-your-life">The Only 5 Words You Need to Declutter Your Life</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/a-denim-expert-reveals-why-you-only-need-3-pairs-of-jeans">A Denim Expert Reveals Why You Only Need 3 Pairs of Jeans</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-genius-storage-solutions-for-your-home-office">10 Genius Storage Solutions for Your Home Office</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> General Tips Organization clutter declutter organization storage Fri, 23 Jan 2015 16:00:14 +0000 POPSUGAR Smart Living 1281603 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Bathroom Purchases for Under $10 That Are Well Worth the Money http://www.wisebread.com/10-bathroom-purchases-for-under-10-that-are-well-worth-the-money <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-bathroom-purchases-for-under-10-that-are-well-worth-the-money" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://cdn.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/smiling-plumber-man-bathroom-tools-Dollarphotoclub_73820049.jpg" alt="smiling plumber" title="smiling plumber" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Ah, the bathroom. That space in my house that's totally disorganized and constantly begging to be scrubbed. In the new year, I've decided to clean up my act by purging, sorting, and organizing. And there are lots of cool hacks that can help. Check out these smart bathroom essentials that you can purchase for 10 dollars or &mdash; in most cases &mdash; less.</p> <h2>1. Fabric Shower Liner</h2> <p><img width="200" height="200" src="http://cdn.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/fabric%20shower%20liner.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>Stop buying plastic curtains over and over again and invest in a fabric (reusable) <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00IU2PET2/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00IU2PET2&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=TCDVO2VEUZVHIB6G">shower curtain liner</a> that will last you years. Just make sure you wash it every month or so to keep it fresh and mold-free. I like to toss some baking soda with mine for good measure and hang to dry.</p> <h2>2. Shower Rings</h2> <p><img width="150" height="240" src="http://cdn.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/shower%20rings.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>And if you're regularly washing your shower curtain and liner, stop fooling with standard plastic hangers and try these <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0042ZB1YI/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0042ZB1YI&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=TOO3CW3KFIWCRIF2">double-glide shower rings</a>. They allow you to remove and replace your curtains with ease. And if you have an old set of standard rings, use them to <a href="http://imgur.com/q1juq">hang baskets</a> inside your shower for added storage.</p> <h2>3. Ball Jars</h2> <p><img width="200" height="200" src="http://cdn.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/ball%20jar.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>There are many ways to use glass jars in your bathroom &mdash; from housing cotton balls to holding hand soap. And you can pick up a set of <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00KF5STQC/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00KF5STQC&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=MKUSRYAXTDMVJBUP">Wide Mouth Ball Jars</a> for less than $10. The switch to glass over plastic packaging is subtle, but makes the room feel remarkably cleaner.</p> <h2>4. Over-Door Rack</h2> <p><img width="250" height="192" src="http://cdn.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/door%20hook%20rack.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>Whether you own or rent your place, space might be an issue in your bathroom. This <a href="http://amazon.com/gp/product/B004KKX9KE/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B004KKX9KE&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=AHV4ZNMPAMRF4VNU">over-door hook rack</a> allows you to hang towels, clothing, and other items with ease (and without screwing anything into the wall). Assign each member of your family a hook for simplified storage.</p> <h2>5. Shower Caddy</h2> <p><img width="113" height="300" src="http://cdn.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/shower%20caddy.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>I grew up using a <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001340KF2/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B001340KF2&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=NYS4I7EWUNVJFN5C">shower caddy</a> and have continued the trend to this day. However, I'm quite surprised when I visit friends and family to find that not everyone is using this organization dynamo. Installation is easy &mdash; just slip it over your shower head and use the suction cups to hold it straight against the wall. Then fill with your favorite shampoos, conditioners, soaps, etc.</p> <h2>6. Step Organizer</h2> <p><img width="250" height="160" src="http://cdn.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/step%20organizer.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>Those of us lucky enough to have a bathroom closet probably don't keep it as tidy as we'd like. I can think of a hundred times when I've gone digging in the back only to find soaps or makeup I'd forgotten about years earlier. This <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0036OQU4C/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0036OQU4C&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=2R7362GNWNU46O2U">3-tiered cabinet organizer</a> is wonderful for displaying nail polish, moisturizers, toothpastes, soaps, and all other bath products.</p> <h2>7. Magnetic Strip</h2> <p><img width="180" height="270" src="http://cdn.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/magnet%20tape.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>Ever feel like you're always losing track of bobby pins, tweezers, and other small metal items? Stick a few <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005HY9XFC/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B005HY9XFC&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=YFFGQIZLXKPVYFAW">magnetic strips</a> on your wall or the inside of a cabinet. Then, simply let the magnets do their work corralling all that stuff in <a href="http://sprwmn.blogspot.com/2010/11/2-minute-bathroom-organization.html">one convenient place</a>.</p> <h2>8. Silverware Tray</h2> <p><img width="250" height="196" src="http://cdn.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/silverware%20tray.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>For all those random grooming tools, toothbrushes, combs, and more, try a <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002I2KDN2/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B002I2KDN2&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=4WKCCXP5HKOCPUSF">plastic silverware tray</a>. The slots are long and lean, providing ample room for all the items in your makeup drawer. Most trays will fit inside standard vanities.</p> <h2>9. Adhesive Hooks</h2> <p><img width="200" height="279" src="http://cdn.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/command%20hooks.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>For larger items, like curling irons and hairdryers, try <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000FSORW4/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000FSORW4&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=XYU5AGUDIPQP2UNV">adhesive hooks</a> on the inside of your cabinet doors. That way, they're out of sight, but certainly not out of mind. You'll spend less time fumbling around with tangled cords. Standard hooks hold up to three pounds.</p> <h2>10. Jewelry Organizer</h2> <p><img width="250" height="216" src="http://cdn.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/jewelry%20organizer.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>Grab one of those <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00LXR31HI/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00LXR31HI&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=MKRFVHEWHZWNASZE">jewelry organizers</a> with the hook and fill it with your makeup and other small beauty products. You can hang it on your bathroom door when you're getting ready for a night out and want to see all your options. Otherwise, fold and tuck away. Bonus: You can take this pack on all your travels near and far.</p> <p><em>What's essential in your bathroom?</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-bathroom-purchases-for-under-10-that-are-well-worth-the-money" class="sharethis-link" title="10 Bathroom Purchases for Under $10 That Are Well Worth the Money" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><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-bathroom-purchases-for-under-10-that-are-well-worth-the-money">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/10-really-easy-ways-to-unclog-drains">10 Really Easy Ways to Unclog Drains</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-effective-grease-and-oil-stain-removal-tips">14 Effective Grease and Oil Stain Removal Tips</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/build-a-bed-for-cheap-and-look-good-doing-it">Build a Bed for Cheap (and Look Good Doing It)</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/52-uses-for-rubber-bands">52 Uses for Rubber Bands</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-spruce-up-your-unfinished-basement-for-under-100">10 Ways to Spruce Up Your Unfinished Basement for Under $100</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> DIY General Tips Home bathrooms cheap fixes Home essentials Thu, 22 Jan 2015 16:00:07 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1282541 at http://www.wisebread.com A Denim Expert Reveals Why You Only Need 3 Pairs of Jeans http://www.wisebread.com/a-denim-expert-reveals-why-you-only-need-3-pairs-of-jeans <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/a-denim-expert-reveals-why-you-only-need-3-pairs-of-jeans" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://cdn.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/jeans-store-Dollarphotoclub_74108631.jpg" alt="jeans store" title="jeans store" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I paid for part of my college education and for the down payment on my house with the money I made buying and selling jeans. In my lifetime, I have bought and sold, conservatively, 11,000 pairs of Levis.</p> <p>When people discover my side business as a denim trader, the first question they always ask is, &quot;How many pairs of jeans do you own?&quot; They are always shocked by my answer.</p> <p>I own three pairs of jeans.</p> <p>A poll by ShopSmart, from the publisher of Consumer Reports, revealed that 25% of <a href="http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/jeaneology-shopsmart-poll-finds-women-own-7-pairs-of-jeans-only-wear-4-98274009.html">American women own 10 or more pairs of jeans</a>. The average American woman owns seven pairs of jeans. However, most women only <em>wear</em> four pairs out of their jeans collection on a regular basis. So, even if I weren't an expert on vintage denim, I'd still be considered an outlier, a jeans minimalist.</p> <p>If you are a coal miner, then yes, you possibly need more than three pairs of jeans, depending on your laundry schedule. But for most office workers, three pairs of jeans are all that is really needed to look tidy and well dressed.</p> <p>The three pairs of jeans that I own are: the pair I bought this year, the pair I bought last year, and the pair I bought the year before last year. Here are: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/myromanapartment/16189910321/">My Actual Jeans</a>. (Not a Denim Re-enactment!)</p> <p>Let's learn a little more about each pair.</p> <h2>This Year's Jeans</h2> <p>The jeans I bought this year are my dressy jeans. I wear This Year's Jeans to business meetings in creative environments where the dress code is suitably casual. These are also the jeans I wear to dinner or to nighttime events, paired with a nice blouse and dress shoes. These jeans are not play clothes. Just like my suit, these jeans are part of my work wardrobe, so I do everything I can to preserve the pristine quality of these jeans for as long as possible.</p> <p>After a year of office and dinner wear and tear, This Year's Jeans are usually too worn to wear to business meetings, even on Casual Fridays. At this point, This Year's Jeans become Last Year's Jeans.</p> <h2>Last Year's Jeans</h2> <p>Last Year's Jeans are my play clothes. They are the jeans I change into when I come home from work and change out of my dressy jeans. Last Year's Jeans are the pants I wear to school, to brunch with friends, and to run errands.</p> <p>After another year of wearing, Last Year's Jeans become The Year Before Last Year's Jeans.</p> <h2>The Year Before Last Year's Jeans</h2> <p>The Year Before Last Year's Jeans are my grubby jeans. These are the jeans I wear while beekeeping, painting, or cleaning the house. While the fading, tool marks, and repairs on these jeans might make them more charming to fashionistas, I generally don't wear these jeans out of the house. Why? Because even if they are my gardening pants, I need these jeans to hold on for another full year of wear before they are sold to a denim collector on eBay or <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-new-things-you-can-make-with-old-denim-jeans">repurposed as a craft supply</a>.</p> <p>By rotating my jeans on this three-year schedule, I ensure that I always have a pair of jeans that are Like New looking for work, but at the same time have a rugged pair of pants that I can hike in. This jeans-buying schedule also means that I can reduce my wardrobe budget, as I only have to purchase one new pair of jeans per year. Additionally, I only have to have enough room in my closet for three pairs of jeans.</p> <h2>How to Buy a Pair of Jeans</h2> <p>Now, the reason that most women own so many pairs of rarely worn jeans is that it's much harder to find <a href="http://www.graspingforobjectivity.com/2009/03/mom-jeans-and-dreaded-long-butt.html">flattering pants</a> than to buy a flattering skirt. Holding out for perfect fitting jeans does not make you shallow. Even the most anti-fashion guy will spend hours looking for that pair of jeans that make him look thinner and taller. Once you find a pair of jeans that fit, stick with that style. No one will notice if you aren't wearing up-to-date jeans or luxury denim if <a href="http://www.graspingforobjectivity.com/2012/10/plus-sized-denim.html">your butt looks amazing</a>. If you notice, all three pairs of my jeans are the exact same size and style. By keeping my jeans' style consistent, I save time and money, because I don't have to go on a denim safari every year. Instead, I can buy my jeans online when they go on sale.</p> <p><em>Are you a wardrobe minimalist or maximalist? How many jeans do you own and how many pairs do you actually wear? What's your best wardrobe hack?</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/a-denim-expert-reveals-why-you-only-need-3-pairs-of-jeans" class="sharethis-link" title="A Denim Expert Reveals Why You Only Need 3 Pairs of Jeans" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/max-wong">Max Wong</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/a-denim-expert-reveals-why-you-only-need-3-pairs-of-jeans">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-things-in-your-closet-you-can-throw-out-today">15 Things in Your Closet You Can Throw Out Today</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-questions-to-ask-yourself-to-help-you-declutter">8 Questions to Ask Yourself to Help You Declutter</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/12-tricks-that-make-you-look-skinnier-without-being-skinner">12 Tricks That Make You Look Skinnier (Without Being Skinnier)</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/101-little-things-you-can-fix-right-now">101 Little Things You Can Fix Right Now!</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/clean-jeans-right-without-going-to-the-dry-cleaner">Clean Jeans Right Without Going to the Dry Cleaner</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> General Tips Organization Style denim fashion jeans organization Thu, 22 Jan 2015 12:00:06 +0000 Max Wong 1282527 at http://www.wisebread.com 13 Parenting Hacks That Will Save You Time http://www.wisebread.com/13-parenting-hacks-that-will-save-you-time <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/13-parenting-hacks-that-will-save-you-time" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://cdn.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/happy-family-morning-Dollarphotoclub_73600395.jpg" alt="happy family morning" title="happy family morning" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Before I had kids, I thought I didn't have much time. Then came along Kid #1 and it felt like we were always busy. Fast forward three years to Kid #2 and now I really know what it's like to not have enough time to do everything I want to do in a day. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-things-you-must-do-if-youre-traveling-with-kids?ref=seealso">9 Things You Must Do If You're Traveling With Kids</a>)</p> <p>So how do busy parents save time? Try these time saving hacks for parents to get more done in your day.</p> <h2>Clothing</h2> <p>Getting kids dressed takes time. Here are my favorite tips for saving time when it comes to clothes.</p> <h3>1. Instead of PJs, Dress Your Kids in Clothes</h3> <p>Perhaps the most practical tip I got from Sheryl Sandberg's <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0385349947/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=0385349947&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=J3Z34FFQFFQYBC3X">Lean In</a> was that she dresses her kids in their next day's clothes instead of pajamas. If your kids are not yet of the I-want-to-wear-this-not-that-Toddler-kicking-and-screaming phase, you have no idea how much time this can actually save you. It literally took 45 minutes one morning to get my son's pants on. (&quot;I don't like these pants.&quot; &quot;Fine, don't wear pants.&quot; &quot;I don't want my legs to be cold.&quot;)</p> <p>Now, most weekday nights he puts on clean clothes for the next day. And we have saved ourselves a ton of time and a huge battle.</p> <h3>2. Set Out a Week's Worth of Outfits</h3> <p>One week at my son's preschool was &quot;Rainbow Week&quot; where the kids wore a different color of the rainbow everyday. In order to make sure we had the right clothes for every day, we set out clothes for the week, and it saved a ton of time. We now do this at the beginning of each week. And this tip also works wonders for your own wardrobe.</p> <h3>3. Iron Clothes With a Flat Iron for Hair</h3> <p>I don't remember where I read this tip first, but a flat iron (for hair) actually does a fantastic job of ironing clothing. If you're time pressed or only have one item to de-wrinkle, your flat iron is already hot from straightening your hair and can be used to fix your clothes.</p> <h3>4. Put a Bathrobe Over Your Clothes</h3> <p>In my first few weeks of going back to work after maternity leave I frequently needed two outfits &mdash; one for before the spit-up and one for after I had handed off my baby daughter to the nanny. Even older kids (and pets) tend to leave work clothes in less than presentable shape if you're not careful before leaving the house. By throwing a bathrobe over your clothes once you're dressed, you won't have to get dressed twice every morning.</p> <h2>Eating</h2> <p>As a parent, it seems that about half of my &quot;free&quot; time involves preparing or eating meals. Here are the tricks we use to save time in our household.</p> <h3>5. Meal Plan</h3> <p>Planning the next week's worth of meals has become a key &quot;to-do&quot; item for our weekend. No longer do we scramble after work to figure out what's in the cupboard or go out to eat because we can't figure out what to make (which actually takes more time than cooking). Plus, you'll end up saving a ton of money.</p> <h3>6. Freeze a Bag Full of Sandwiches</h3> <p>Making school lunches was either a nightly or morning chore that usually seemed rushed. Now, we buy a bag of mini bagels, cut and fill each bagel with either peanut butter or cream cheese, and freeze the whole bag. We also own enough divided lunch containers (I like <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B006T5BLRQ/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B006T5BLRQ&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=NUOSVCIL4OAV7465">Lunchbots</a>) to make a whole week's worth of lunches on the weekends, and then easily throw the items each day in the lunch bag.</p> <h3>7. Master the Crock Pot</h3> <p>We got a crock pot for a wedding present, but it didn't become a counter-top staple appliance until after my daughter was born. We now have crock pot meals at least once a week, because they just save so much time.</p> <h3>8. Make Breakfast Ahead of Time</h3> <p>I like a hot breakfast (or at least not cold cereal) most mornings. Here are my <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-make-ahead-freezable-hot-breakfast-recipes">favorite make ahead and freezable breakfast recipes</a>.</p> <h3>9. Buy a Coffeemaker With Programmable Timer</h3> <p>Mornings with kids are difficult (as evidenced by the fact that half my tips are about them) and a great place to save time in your day. Using a programmable coffeemaker is a great as it's one less thing to spend time on once you're out of bed.</p> <h2>Cleaning</h2> <p>I'm convinced that once you have children, there is never enough time to master keeping a spotless house, but here are some tips to make it a bit easier.</p> <h3>10. Buy a Dustbuster</h3> <p>When you don't have time to vacuum, a dustbuster is a miracle worker. We use ours at least every other day.</p> <h3>11. Love Your Dishwasher</h3> <p>Before kids, we used to handwash most of our pots, pans, and bowls. Recently, I've fully embraced our dishwasher and started putting pretty much all cookware in it. While we run loads much more frequently, we are less likely to have a stack of dishes waiting to be hand washed in the sink.</p> <h3>12. Have a Washer/Dryer Routine</h3> <p>We have yet to figure out how to save time on folding laundry (as seen by the piles of clean clothes around our house. If you have any tips for getting this done, let me know!). But no longer are we rushing around trying to clean clothes for the day we need them. Growing up my dad always put in a load of wash first thing in the morning (we had a laundry chute so there was no collecting of clothes that had to be done). I have recently adopted this habit for myself and found that with a regular routine, I am saving time on laundry.</p> <h2>Shopping</h2> <p>Getting kids in the car, driving to the store, shopping, returning home, unloading kids, and unloading the car &mdash; this adds up to hours each week. My single favorite tip for saving time on shopping is this:</p> <h3>13. Join Amazon Prime</h3> <p>I don't know how parents got their shopping done before <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00DBYBNEE/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00DBYBNEE&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=BSRLSR2O6O2MPEFF">Amazon Prime</a>. If you don't know, Amazon Prime offers free two day shipping and one day shipping for $3.99. You'll save a ton of time by not having to run to the store every time you need an item.</p> <p><em>What are your favorite parenting hacks that save you time? Please share in comments!</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-parenting-hacks-that-will-save-you-time" class="sharethis-link" title="13 Parenting Hacks That Will Save You Time" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/elizabeth-lang">Elizabeth Lang</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-parenting-hacks-that-will-save-you-time">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/15-essential-life-hacks-that-will-save-you-time-in-the-morning">15 Essential Life Hacks That Will Save You Time in the Morning</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/when-should-you-say-no-to-those-who-want-to-borrow-money-from-you">When Should You Say No to Those Who Want to Borrow Money from You?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/having-a-baby-nine-financial-considerations-for-new-parents">Having a baby? Nine financial considerations for new parents</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/ow-do-you-deal-with-family-members-who-are-bad-at-managing-money">How Do You Deal With Family Members Who Are Bad At Managing Money?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-ways-to-entertain-your-child-for-free-or-cheap">25 Ways to Entertain Your Child for Free or Cheap</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> Family General Tips breakfast children laundry parenting time savers Wed, 07 Jan 2015 12:00:09 +0000 Elizabeth Lang 1275628 at http://www.wisebread.com 23 Travel Hacks That Will Save Time, Money, and Your Sanity http://www.wisebread.com/23-travel-hacks-that-will-save-time-money-and-your-sanity <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/23-travel-hacks-that-will-save-time-money-and-your-sanity" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://cdn.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman-phone-call-airport-Dollarphotoclub_68549683.jpg" alt="woman phone call airport" title="woman phone call airport" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Sometimes it seems like you need a vacation from your vacation. Although you usually associate traveling with relaxation, there are some aspects that can definitely stress you out. Luckily, we've complied some awesome travel hacks of our own and <a href="http://www.quora.com/Travel-Hacks/What-are-the-best-travel-hacks">from Quora</a> that will help make your trip more smooth.</p> <p>RELATED:<span class="title-text"> <a href="http://www.popsugar.com/moms/Car-Hacks-Kids-35505804#photo-35505804">11 Tricks for a Hassle-Free, Mess-Free Road Trip</a></span></p> <p>1. <strong>Delete people from your photos</strong>. Upset that you can't get a good shot because of all the tourists milling around in the background? According to <a href="http://www.quora.com/Sameer-Gupta">Sameer Gupta</a>, there's a <a href="http://www.reddit.com/r/LifeProTips/comments/1hivuk/lpt_remove_tourists_from_your_travel_photos/">lifeprotip</a> that gets rid of people in your photos. &quot;Put your camera on a tripod; Take about 15 pictures about every 10 seconds; open them all in Photoshop from File-&gt;Scripts-&gt;Statistics; choose median.&quot;</p> <p>2. <strong>Empty water bottle</strong>. Since you can't bring water bottles through security, bring an empty one to fill up when you're in the airport.</p> <p>3. <strong>Sleep tight</strong>. Bring eye masks and ear plugs with you so you'll be able to get a good night's rest on the plane and your lodgings.</p> <p>4. <strong>Clothes that dry quickly</strong>. Bring clothes that dry quickly so you'll be able to wash them at the end of the day and wear them again the next. This cuts down on the amount of clothing you bring with you.</p> <p>5. <strong>Book the aisle and window</strong>. If you're traveling with someone and your flight has rows of three seats, book the aisle and window seat and leave the middle seat empty. It's likely to remain empty if the flight is not full, because people usually choose the window and aisle seat. And if someone does pick that seat, they'll be willing to switch with one of you.</p> <p>6. <strong>Google maps</strong>. Use the hidden offline maps feature of Google maps to access it without an international plan. <a href="http://www.quora.com/Kartik-Ayyar">Kartik Ayyar</a> explains, &quot;You can use this feature by simply zooming to a map area you want offline in the maps app and typing &quot;OK maps&quot; into the search box, and then this data will be available even when you don't have data connectivity&hellip; Works in both the iOS and Android apps. I also suggest 'starring' places of interest since you can't search or route when offline.&quot; And as for routes, &quot;take screenshots of searches when you are online&hellip; and use them as guides.&quot;</p> <p>7. <strong>Be one of the first people to board in your seating group</strong>. It's good to get in line and board as early as possible so there's enough overhead space for you to slip your luggage in. If you board too late, your luggage might have to go in cargo, which means it'll take longer for you to get off the plan than if you stored your luggage in the overhead bin.</p> <p>8. <strong>Pay-as-you-go cell phone plans</strong>. Bring an unlocked phone on your travels, and sign up for a pay-as-you-go plan.</p> <p>9. <strong>Use a phrase book</strong>. You don't have to become fluent in another language, but carrying a phrase book around and knowing the basics will help you get around better in a country where English isn't the first language.</p> <p>10. <strong>Go to the airport early</strong>. Arrive early, so you don't have to make a mad dash against time to make your flight. Unforeseen incidents can happen along the way (traffic, forgotten identification, etc.), so it's best go have a time buffer.</p> <p>11. <strong>Keep a copy of your passport online</strong>. Keep a copy of your passport in your email inbox, so you can print it out if you ever lose your passport. This will help expedite the process of getting a replacement.</p> <p>12. <strong>Rent houses or apartments</strong>. Check out the rental rates of houses or apartments in the area on sites like Airbnb, Homeaway, and VRBO while you're checking out hotels. Chances are, you'll get a better rate and some cool perks.</p> <p>13. <strong>Check out Charles Schwab High Yield Checking accounts</strong>. According to <a href="http://www.quora.com/Brian-Tse">Brian Tse</a>, you should get a <a href="http://www.schwab.com/public/schwab/banking_lending/checking_account">Charles Schwab High Yield Checking account</a> when traveling internationally &quot;because it refunds every single ATM fee worldwide, requires no minimum balance, and has no monthly service fee.&quot;</p> <p>14. <strong>Money belt</strong>. Use a money belt, or sew a pocket in the inside of your clothes when traveling in places where there are lots of theft.</p> <p>15. <strong>Split your cash stash</strong>. Put cash in various places, such as your wallet, pocket, shoes, and your luggage.</p> <p>16. <strong>Ask your hotel for a charger</strong>. Hotels usually have a stash of forgotten chargers left behind by hotel guests that you can borrow.</p> <p>17. <strong>Bring an external battery for your cell phone</strong>. Walking around all day can make your phone quickly drain, especially if you're relying on it to be your GPS. Get an external battery or a car charger if you're taking a road trip.</p> <p>18. <strong>Hotel upgrade</strong>. Ask for a free upgrade at the hotel when you're checking in, because it doesn't hurt to ask, and you may actually get one for free.</p> <p>19. <strong>Bring plastic bags</strong>. Pack plastic bags so you can use them to throw your dirty clothes in and other items you want separated from the rest of your belongings in your luggage.</p> <p>20. <strong>Power strip</strong>. Bring a power strip for your electronics, so you will only need one or two local adaptors. But make sure it's one that supports 240V.</p> <p>21. <strong>Try calling the hotel</strong>. Try calling the hotel directly to see if there are better deals.</p> <p>22. <strong>Bring your ATM card</strong>. Get cash from your ATM when traveling, because in most places, you'll get better rates. Check to see if this is true in the country you're traveling to.</p> <p>23. <strong>Check the crime rates of the area you're going to</strong>. Just so you know what you're getting into, check the crime rates of the area you're staying in. The low prices might not be worth the stress of staying in an area where you're afraid for your safety.</p> <p>Here are <a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/How-Save-Travel-24627929">39 tips that will help you save</a> on travel!</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Take the hassle out of travel with this collection of nifty road trip shortcuts. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-guestpost-blurb"> <div class="field-label">Guest Post Blurb:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p style="text-align:center;"><a style="border:none;" href="http://www.savvysugar.com"><img style="height:95px; width:300px" src="http://cdn.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u921/POPSUGARrgb.jpg" alt="" /></a></p> <p><em>This is a guest contribution from our friends at </em><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/"><em>POPSUGAR Smart Living</em></a><em>. Check out more useful articles from this partner:</em></p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/How-Save-Money-Travel-36092909">Need Quick Cash For a Trip? 11 Easy Ways to Save</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Annoying-Things-About-Air-Travel-35643339#photo-35643339">The 20 Most Annoying Things About Airplane Travel</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Adventurecom-Travel-Video-Ad-36296718">This Travel Video Will Have You Jumping on a Plane in 2015</a></li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/popsugar-smart-living">POPSUGAR Smart Living</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/23-travel-hacks-that-will-save-time-money-and-your-sanity">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/23-airport-hacks-to-remember-before-your-next-flight">23 Airport Hacks to Remember Before Your Next Flight</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-ways-airline-travel-sucks-and-what-you-can-do-to-make-it-better">5 Ways Airline Travel Sucks — and What You Can Do to Make It Better</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-ways-to-get-more-legroom-on-your-next-flight-for-free">5 Ways to Get More Legroom on Your Next Flight — for Free</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-airport-hacks-from-professional-travelers">15 Airport Hacks From Professional Travelers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-carry-on-luggage-can-save-you-time-and-money">5 Ways Carry-On Luggage Can Save You Time and Money</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> General Tips Travel airlines airports road trips travel hacks Wed, 31 Dec 2014 10:00:12 +0000 POPSUGAR Smart Living 1272039 at http://www.wisebread.com 14 Things You Forget to Do Before Leaving for Vacation http://www.wisebread.com/14-things-you-forget-to-do-before-leaving-for-vacation <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/14-things-you-forget-to-do-before-leaving-for-vacation" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://cdn.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman-office-vacation-luggage-Dollarphotoclub_72220936.jpg" alt="woman office vacation" title="woman office vacation" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>You have a million things to do before you leave for a trip, so it's very easy to let some important to-dos slip through the cracks. Read through our list of things people often forget to do before bidding adieu to their homes to make sure you're ready for your next travel adventure!</p> <p>RELATED: <a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Reasons-Why-You-Need-Vacation-36166220">You Might Be Suffering From Vacation Deprivation</a></p> <p>1. <strong>Pay off your bills before you leave or schedule automatic payments for your bills</strong>. You definitely don't want to be responsible for any late fees.</p> <p>2. <strong>Sort through your wallet and remove items you don't need for your trip</strong>. Think foreign currency from your last trip, extra credit cards, or reward cards that only apply in your country of residence.</p> <p>3. <strong>Make copies of important items</strong>. Be sure to have copies of your passport and credit cards with you in case you lose them on your trip. You can always have paper copies or scanned copies in your email &mdash; whatever you feel comfortable with.</p> <p>4. <strong>Update your calendar</strong>. Be sure to check your work calendar to see what commitments you have made while you are gone. Reschedule them before you leave. Check what other non-work appointments you have in store for you, and cancel or postpone them.</p> <p>5. <strong>Put mail on hold</strong>. You don't want strangers knowing that you're away with the pile of newspapers at your door, so be sure to go to the USPS website to request to hold your mail. You also don't want a mailbox that overstuffed when you're back from your vacation.</p> <p>6. <strong>Call your bank</strong>. Let your bank or credit card provider know that you're going to be out of town so they should expect to see some international charges.</p> <p>7. <strong>Unplug and switch off</strong>. Remember to turn everything off, or better yet, unplug them, to conserve energy and money.</p> <p>8. <strong>Create an automated email response</strong>. Remember to create an automated email response or even a personalized voicemail to let people who are trying to get in touch with you know that you're out of town.</p> <p>9. <strong>Make a checklist of things to bring and double check it</strong>. Include things like money, prescriptions, itinerary, confirmation numbers, emergency contact numbers, chargers, passport, tickets, and more.</p> <p>10. <strong>Pick up reading material and snacks</strong>. Don't blow your budget at the airport by forgetting to buy these items beforehand.</p> <p>11. <strong>Clean out your fridge and trash</strong>. Clean out perishables from the fridge so you're not in for a nasty surprise when you get back. Take out your trash as well so your apartment will smell fresh and clean.</p> <p>12. <strong>Wash your sheets and laundry</strong>. We often don't think about washing our sheets before we leave, but there's nothing more inviting than a fresh bed after we get back from our weary travels.</p> <p>13. <strong>Pack your chargers, and fully charge your electronics</strong>. We often forget our chargers when we're on a trip, which causes us to buy some from the area we're visiting. Remember to pack your chargers before you leave and to also fully charge your electronics, so you won't run out of batteries before you arrive at your hotel.</p> <p>14. <strong>Put liquid items in plastic baggies</strong>. Be sure to put your liquid items, such as cosmetics, into plastic baggies so they won't get confiscated by customs.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Honey? 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In fact, it has yet to happen to me, although I have only been driving for 13 years. However, at some point your car could break down, be it a mechanical failure, an electrical issue, or a flat tire. When that happens, you will probably call your insurance or a tow service first. But make sure you also take heed of the following list. It will save you time, money, and maybe even your life. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/repair-the-car-or-spend-the-cash?ref=seealso">Repair the Car or Spend the Settlement?</a>)</p> <h2>1. Do Not Stay in the Car</h2> <p>Unless the weather is extreme, you need to get everyone out of the car and away from the road. Ideally, people should be behind a crash barrier if there is one. Of course, if the weather is extreme, you may have to balance the risks of staying in the car and being hit, with the possibility of exposure or other weather-related conditions. And if you are in a dangerous area, you may need to lock yourself in the car until help arrives. Try and get the car as far away from the road as possible in these exceptions.</p> <h2>2. Do Not Exit the Vehicle Using the Doors Nearest the Traffic</h2> <p>This may seem like common sense, but few people are thinking clearly when they're in a situation like this. The first reaction is to get out of the car and look under the hood. But if you exit using the driver's door, you are at much greater risk of being hit by a vehicle. It may seem like a pain, but get out of the doors that are furthest from the flow of traffic. It is much safer.</p> <h2>3. Do Not Stand Behind, or Next to, the Vehicle</h2> <p>Once you're out of the car, you need to get a safe distance away from it. Remember, a car parked by the side of the road can be a distraction, and there are plenty of horrific crashes and near misses caught on camera every year. You do not want to be leaning on the car when a vehicle doing 60 mph smashes into it. Like it says above, get behind a crash barrier.</p> <h2>4. Do Not Accept Help From Unofficial Sources</h2> <p>It's a sad sign of the times that this one is on the list. But, it's necessary. Good Samaritans are everywhere, but so are predators, scam artists, and thieves. Even if their intentions seem genuine, someone could be setting you up for something unthinkable. You never want to get into their car if they offer to take you to the nearest gas station or repair shop. The only time you should ever accept help when it is offered is from the emergency services, official breakdown or highway services, or from someone you know and trust. If anyone else offers, politely decline and tell them the breakdown service is just a couple of minutes away.</p> <h2>5. Do Not Flag Down Other Vehicles</h2> <p>Just like the previous tip, this is a precaution you have to take for your personal safety. You have no idea who you're going to get to help, and there are plenty of people out there who will take advantage of the situation. You are basically telling a potential predator that you are stranded, and that puts you in a very vulnerable spot. Even if you're a big burly guy who can handle himself, there are always people out there who can do you harm. Don't take the chance; don't take the chance, wait for help from your breakdown service.</p> <h2>6. Do Not Leave Your Vehicle in the Road</h2> <p>You are required to get that car out of the way, and quickly. If it's possible to pull over to the side of the road, do so safely. If the car is stuck in traffic, you're going to have to move it yourself. A friendly (or impatient) motorist will no doubt come along and help you push or steer. If you don't get it out of the road, you could be rear-ended, cause a collision, or something even worse could happen.</p> <h2>7. Do Not Assume People Can See You</h2> <p>Your car is parked by the side of the road; the hood is up, it's clear you're having car trouble. But these days, motorists are more preoccupied than ever (which is not a good sign at all). You need to make sure you and your car are as visible as possible to other drivers. Turn on your emergency lights immediately, that's what they're there for.</p> <h2>8. Do Not Display Your Red Warning Triangle</h2> <p>It seems obvious that you should put that out the second you breakdown. Not so. <a href="http://www.greenflag.com/downloads/hardshoulderguide.pdf">Green Flag breakdown service</a> says that the risks of getting out of your car and walking by the side of fast-moving traffic are far greater than the benefits of that red triangle.</p> <h2>9. Do Not Try to Fix the Problem Unless You Know What You're Doing</h2> <p>This may seem like a no brainer, but any mechanic will tell you that a little bit of knowledge is a dangerous thing. Most people know how to fix a flat tire, but some have never even tried. Put the jack in the wrong place on the car and start jacking it up, and you're doing damage. You may also have to put yourself perilously close to the moving traffic in order to change the tire. If that's the case, wait for your breakdown service. You pay a monthly fee, now is the time to utilize it.</p> <p>Fiddling with engine parts can also be dangerous, and can cause more damage to the car (and you). So, if you have the knowhow, and are confident you can solve the problem, by all means do so. But if you're planning to lift the hood to fiddle with wires and do a little mindless tinkering, don't bother. You are not helping. In fact, you could make it even harder to repair.</p> <p><em>Any other roadside safety tips we should pass along? Please share in comments!</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-things-to-never-do-when-your-car-breaks-down" class="sharethis-link" title="9 Things to Never Do When Your Car Breaks Down" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-things-to-never-do-when-your-car-breaks-down">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-13"> <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/skills-that-can-save-you-money-part-1-parallel-parking">Skills That Can Save You Money Part 1: Parallel Parking</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/broken-down-turn-your-pencil-into-a-flashlight">Broken down? 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Scrubbing floors with toothbrushes. Ruthless efficiency, glorious shine. The military knows how to clean. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-clean-everything-with-just-3-all-natural-cleaners?ref=seealso">How to Clean Everything With Just 3 All Natural Cleaners</a>)</p> <p>In just four steps &mdash; each of which are ingrained in boot camp &mdash; you too can have an inspection-passing home, and spend less time keeping it that way.</p> <h2>Step One: Clean a Little Each Day</h2> <p>&quot;If you keep everything fairly clean throughout the week, you really only need to do a larger clean two or three times per month,&quot; says Paul DiCesare, a former staff sergeant in the US Air Force and now CEO of <a href="http://www.sharejockey.com">ShareJockey</a>. It may seem daunting to wipe down your shower after every use or wipe the bathroom countertop down every other day but by &quot;finding a routine that works for you and your household and sticking to it,&quot; DiCesare adds, &quot;it's a pretty easy process to master.&quot; Whether you wipe down the bathroom counters, sweep the kitchen floors, or straighten up the items laying around the family room, a little cleaning each day is going to help you out immensely.</p> <h2>Step Two: Create a Simple System for Cleaning</h2> <p>This process should involve &quot;simple, basic cleaning that gets the job done,&quot; according to Chief Warrant Officer 3, Robert Streit who is currently stationed in Wiesbaden, Germany with the U.S. Army. &quot;You can overclean,&quot; he says, and when you do, you can ruin finishes, waste cleaning material, or even &mdash; as he discovered &mdash; wear off the water sealer around a tub due to excessive scrubbing with a wire brush. Using a simple, effective system with the right cleaners will always save you time and energy over harsher chemicals used once a month.</p> <p>Create a plan that works for you. Make a list of items you will clean daily or after each use. Items on this list would include:</p> <ul> <li>wiping down the shower walls (to ward off soap scum and mildew);</li> <li>wiping out the kitchen sink after each use;</li> <li>picking up items laying around in the main rooms of the house;</li> <li>doing one load of laundry from washing machine to putting everything away into drawers.</li> </ul> <p>Also, make a list of items you will do weekly. For example, you could wipe down bathrooms on Mondays, vacuum the carpets on Tuesday, sweep the kitchen floor on Wednesday (maybe daily if you have a busy household) and dust the main rooms of the house on Thursday. Set a schedule that makes sense for you and stick with it each week. Officer Streit agrees,&quot;routines are key to cleaning. If you establish a routine, then it becomes natural.&quot; He adds that this routine can also help you notice when something is out of place or doesn't belong.</p> <h2>Step Three: Find a Home for Everything</h2> <p>Space is a premium in places like barracks and ships; everything in those places has a designated space and must be returned to that space when it is no longer needed. This same tactic should be used in your home. Every coat should have a hanger; every backpack, it's own hook. Each toy should have a place to be stored (whether it's in a basket in the living room or a shelf in your child's bedroom.)</p> <p>Items without a space of their own will cause clutter and disorganization, and the military has learned that clutter and disorganization do not allow things to run smoothly. Tracy Tluchowski, wife of a former Marine sergeant found out quickly that the military taught her husband how to organize. &quot;Every file has a name on it. Everything is where it is supposed to be.&quot;</p> <h2>Step Four: Keep Cleaning Tools Nearby</h2> <p>Having items within reach allows you to complete the job in less time. Sergeant DiCesare took this step and turned it into a business when he created ShareJockey, a cleaning company that focuses on cleaning as quickly as possible for people who are renting out their apartments, condos, and rooms in their homes on the website Airbnb. His employees wear a custom made military-style backpack with all the tools they need to clean a one bedroom, one bath apartment in under one hour.</p> <p>While we can't all have a backpack like that, we can keep a caddy or bin in each bathroom with cleaners for the sink, toilet, shower and mirrors. Under the kitchen sink there should be plenty of hand towels and washrags, as well as cleaners for the sink, stove, and stainless steel surfaces. The linen closet near your bedrooms should have dusting supplies, glass cleaner and if there's room, a vacuum cleaner. Having all these items nearby will give you less reason to skip cleaning and help you finish quicker.</p> <p><em>How do you keep your place ship-shape? Please share in comments!</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-militarys-four-step-plan-to-keeping-your-place-clean" class="sharethis-link" title="The Military&#039;s Four-Step Plan to Keeping Your Place Clean" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/linsey-knerl">Linsey Knerl</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-militarys-four-step-plan-to-keeping-your-place-clean">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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Alton is always looking for something that you can use in many different ways, making best use of your money, and the space in your kitchen. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-surprising-ways-to-use-bungee-cords?ref=seealso">10 Surprising Ways to Use Bungee Cords</a>)</p> <p>So, with that in mind, here are 10 different ways you can use coat hooks of all different shapes and sizes.</p> <h2>1. Necklace Organization</h2> <p>I have two girls, 8 and 10, and I can say I am now an expert in untangling those really small gold and silver chains. But as I'd rather be spending my time with the girls than their necklaces, I hang them on a series of small coat hooks in the bedroom. They are organized by size and color, and I no longer have to spend a good 20 minutes untangling a mess of chains and beads.</p> <h2>2. Tablet/iPad Stations</h2> <p>Using the smaller plastic self-stick hooks, you can create a tablet holder in any room in your house&hellip; even the bathroom. Just place two of the hooks on a wall, using the longest side of the iPad as your guide. Then place another two hooks at the top, the same distance apart, but upside down. Now you can slide the tablet into it's custom holder and it will be held there safely, leaving your hands free.</p> <h2>3. Cable Tidy</h2> <p>Cables collect under your desk like a nest of angry snakes. Unplug and reconnect them a few times, and you have a puzzle that would test the patience of a saint. Use small coat hooks, arranged under your desk, to help with this problem. You can hang and wrap cables around them in a neat and organized fashion, making it a lot easier to separate them when the time comes to unplug.</p> <h2>4. Drawer Handles</h2> <p>Yes, many coat hooks are actually very cool alternatives for the traditional drawer handles. I replaced mine and can hang shirts from them when I'm sorting the laundry. With two on each drawer, you have 4 to 12 (or more) handy hooks at your disposal whenever you need them. Just be sure to pick sturdy hooks with screws, nothing that's self-stick or too frail and fragile.</p> <h2>5. Curtain Rod Holders</h2> <p>If you're looking for something a little different to do in the bedroom, living room, or dining room, why not replace those standard curtain rod hooks with coat hooks? They are often a lot less expensive, and do basically the same job. They, too, come in a variety of styles and colors, and allow you to really bring a unique look to the window treatment.</p> <h2>6. Tool Storage</h2> <p>Just like pots and pans, tools usually have a hole or hook integrated into the design. Use this to your advantage to organize your garage or workshop. Smaller hooks are great for things like scissors, soldering irons and hammers. Big hooks can support the weight of drills, sanders and saws. And speaking from experience, they are much more sturdy than the pegboard hooks that always seem to fall out when you remove a tool.</p> <h2>7. Pan Lid Holders</h2> <p>Those lids for your pots and pans can be quite the storage headache, especially if you like to hang your pans above the cooking area or kitchen island. One simple way to deal with the pan storage pain is to utilize the space on the inside of your cabinet doors. A couple of small hooks (the self-stick plastic ones) placed a few inches apart at an angle will hold a pan lid in place. It also makes it easy to remove when you need it. Give it a try. And speaking of pans&hellip;</p> <h2>8. Pan Holders</h2> <p>If you are running out of storage space in the cupboards, make space on a kitchen wall for your pans. Almost all of them will come with a hole in the handle for ease of hanging. Arrange coat hooks in a straight line (or a pattern if you're feeling adventurous) and hang them on a kitchen or dining room wall for easy access (and <a href="http://cdn.homedit.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/Coat-Hooks-kitchen.jpg">a great display</a> if you have really top notch pans).</p> <h2>9. Extension Cord Storage</h2> <p>Two coat hooks can put an end to those extension cord tangles. I got the idea when I was wrapping up the cord on the vacuum cleaner. Why not use two coat hooks, mounted vertically or horizontally on the garage wall, to keep the extension cords in order? You can wrap the cords tightly, which is much better than the usual coil that can unravel or get caught on other items. Put three of fours sets of coat hooks in a row at different widths apart and you can accommodate extension cords of all shapes and sizes. They are also really good for Christmas lights.</p> <h2>10. Ironing Board Hanger</h2> <p>Coat hooks often hold way more weight than the average coat. This is why they're perfect for hanging ironing boards. Find two durable brass, iron, or steel coat hooks that the foot of the ironing board will easily fit into. Hang these horizontally on the wall of your laundry room, and you now have a great place for the ironing board to go without constantly tripping over it on laundry day.</p> <p><em>What cool uses for coat hooks have you come up with? Please share in comments!</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-surprising-uses-for-coat-hooks" class="sharethis-link" title="10 Surprising Uses for Coat Hooks" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-surprising-uses-for-coat-hooks">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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