present http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/9688/all en-US 8 Little Ways to Become More Present (and Love Your Life More) http://www.wisebread.com/8-little-ways-to-become-more-present-and-love-your-life-more <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/8-little-ways-to-become-more-present-and-love-your-life-more" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/enjoying-nature-179061914-small.jpg" alt="enjoying nature" title="enjoying nature" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Do you ever pull into the driveway after a long day of work and wonder where the day went? Ever find yourself living for the weekend only to marvel on Sunday night how quickly it passed? Sometimes life demands not only that we multitask, but &quot;hypertask.&quot; And in the process we're skimming above the moments of our lives, exhausted. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/balancing-living-in-the-now-with-planning-for-the-future?ref=seealso">Balancing Living in the Now With Planning for the Future</a>)</p> <p>It's time to take a step back, be present, and be happier. Here are eight ways to get started:</p> <h2>1. Unplug</h2> <p>Did you know that according to a 2014 National Sleep Foundation poll, 72% of kids aged 6-17 <a href="http://sleepfoundation.org/media-center/press-release/national-sleep-foundation-2014-sleep-america-poll-finds-children-sleep/page/0,1/">sleep with at least one electronic device in their bedroom</a>? That's some pretty effective training on how to blur the lines between wake and rest. Who hasn't fallen asleep in front of their smartphone or tablet lately? And even when we're not trying to sleep, electronics compete for our attention. At work, at play &mdash; even while we're driving &mdash; mobile technology beeps, buzzes, and flickers into our consciousness. Live in the moment by learning to go dark when the occasion calls for it. Unplug, unwind, and be present.</p> <h2>2. Sleep Deep</h2> <p>The CDC recently issued a report stating that <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/features/dssleep/">lack of sleep is nothing short of a public health epidemic</a>. Once you're thoroughly unplugged, get some shut-eye. Sleep helps us manage stress and avoid negative coping behaviors like overeating or over-medicating. Reserve seven to nine hours for quality sleep each night and <em>defend it vigorously</em>. You'll be more present during your waking hours and better able to bend to the demands of the day without breaking. If your schedule makes seven to nine hours of shut-eye impossible, learn how to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-to-sleep-better-in-fewer-hours">sleep better in fewer hours</a>.</p> <h2>3. Tap Into All Five Senses</h2> <p>Be more present by experiencing the world using all five senses. Go for a walk and tune into the sights of nature, the sounds all around you, the way the air smells and tastes, and the way the earth feels under your feet. Make mundane moments more interesting by living them through as many senses as possible.</p> <h2>4. Revel in the Small Things</h2> <p>Nothing can get us out of our own heads quite as efficiently as tuning into nature. Take time to watch the clouds change shape, observe the activity of birds, or feel the wind on your cheek. These moments not only reconnect us to the wider world, they help to center us and put our troubles and worries in perspective.</p> <h2>5. Immerse Yourself in a Hobby</h2> <p>Don't let the <em>busy-ness</em> of life steal away your natural curiosity. Cultivate a hobby that you can immerse yourself in. Pursuing a relaxing passion is a form of meditation and restoration. Maybe you've felt it: You get absolutely lost in an activity you love and before you know it, hours have passed. A pleasant exhaustion lulls you into a satisfied sleep because you've been entirely present, focused, and happy. There are few better feelings; <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-simple-ways-to-find-your-passion">find your passion</a> or reclaim a long lost passion today.</p> <h2>6. Move Toward Your Worries, Instead of Away From Them</h2> <p><a href="http://www.cs.columbia.edu/~gongsu/desiderata_textonly.html"><em>Desiderata</em></a> is one of my favorite poems. Composed by Max Ehrmann in 1927, it contains some profound yet simple truths about living in the moment. Here's one of the best: &quot;Do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.&quot; How true.</p> <p>Many of our worries amass such power simply because we turn away from them &mdash; or turn away from real solutions. Live in the moment by learning <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-stop-worrying">how to stop worrying</a>, or at least stop worrying about what you can't control. Shine a light on all the other &quot;dark imaginings&quot; until you can see there's really little left to fear or until solutions become clear.</p> <h2>7. Find Power in Releasing Control</h2> <p>We live in a culture that idolizes control. We're encouraged to be tireless masters of all areas of our lives; to control our emotions, our career, our kids, and our eating. And while there's certainly nothing wrong with a healthy level of control, there are moments when we're simply not at the wheel. Usually the situations involve family, work, health, or even weather-related dynamics. Find power and peace in understanding what you can reasonably control and what you can't. It can help you <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-stop-being-impatient-and-live-a-more-satisfied-life">stop feeling so impatient</a> and improve your quality of life.</p> <h2>8. Accept the Nature of Things</h2> <p>Much of our stress can be laid squarely at the feet of being unable to accept the true nature of things. We try to change the person we love, we constantly bump heads with &quot;challenging&quot; personalities at work, or we get caught up in family drama. But beyond a certain point, people are guided by their natures and any campaign to change that fact is a fruitless (and stressful!) pursuit. Accepting people as they are and moving on to those areas of our life where can exert real and constructive influence is liberating.</p> <p>Wouldn't it be wonderful if we could all live authentically in the moment? If you know someone who achieves this each and every day, share my email address; I'd love to learn his or her secret. As for the rest of us, we can try to keep the competing expectancies at bay and begin to appreciate the quiet subtleties of our lives. So often that's where the beauty and joys are hidden. Unplug and give it a try &mdash; but first, get some good sleep.</p> <p><em>What helps you live in the moment? Was there ever a situation where not being present led to comical or frightening consequences? Please share in comments.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kentin-waits">Kentin Waits</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-little-ways-to-become-more-present-and-love-your-life-more">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/regifting-a-simple-how-to-guide">Regifting: A Simple How-To Guide</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-tools-that-stop-computer-distractions-and-help-you-stay-on-task">6 Tools That Stop Computer Distractions and Help You Stay on Task</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/let-things-go">Let things go</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-dangerous-mistakes-even-safe-drivers-make">8 Dangerous Mistakes Even Safe Drivers Make</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><br/></br> General Tips attention flow focus in the moment present Fri, 25 Jul 2014 17:00:05 +0000 Kentin Waits 1167641 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Budgeting for the Present and Future http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-budgeting-for-the-present-and-future <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-budgeting-for-the-present-and-future" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/piggy-bank-1834866-small.jpg" alt="piggy bank" title="piggy bank" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread&#39;s <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some stellar articles on budgeting for the present and future, buying life insurance, and financial considerations before you become your own boss.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.fivecentnickel.com/2013/10/14/budgeting-for-the-present-and-future/">Budgeting for the present and future</a> &mdash; To develop a budget that will guide you into the future, hold yourself accountable to staying on budget. [Five Cent Nickel]</p> <p><a href="http://ptmoney.com/buy-life-insurance/">How to Buy Life Insurance in 7 Easy Steps</a> &mdash; The first step in buying life insurance is to research the type and amount of life insurance to buy. [PT Money]</p> <p><a href="http://freefrombroke.com/financial-considerations-before-you-quit-your-job-to-be-your-own-boss/">5 Financial Considerations Before You Quit Your Job to Be Your Own Boss</a> &mdash; Before you quit your job to be your own boss, take into consideration your retirement plan. [Free From Broke]</p> <p><a href="http://www.hullfinancialplanning.com/6-reasons-i-sold-my-car-at-carmax/">6 Reasons I Sold My Car at CarMax</a> &mdash; It may be a good idea to sell your car at a company like CarMax so that you don&#39;t spend a ton of time on your own trying to sell your car. You may lose out on some money, but time is money! [Hull Financial Planning]</p> <p><a href="http://www.investinganswers.com/investment-ideas/options-derivatives/5-secrets-every-successful-options-trader-knows-6833">5 Secrets Every Successful Options Trader Knows</a> &mdash; Every successful options trader knows to protect themselves by hedging. [InvestingAnswers]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/DIY-Microwave-Container-Covers-32106356">DIY Microwave Container Covers</a> &mdash; Did you know you can make your own microwave container covers using fabric, tupperware, pencils, string, scissors, and a needle? [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://tightfistedmiser.com/2013/10/14/my-experience-getting-insurance-from-healthcare-gov/">My Experience Getting Insurance from Healthcare.gov</a> &mdash; Have you been able to successfully use the healthcare.gov website or see how much insurance would cost for you? [Tight Fisted Miser]</p> <p><a href="http://shopmyclosetproject.com/cash-money-dollar-dollar-bills/">Cash money, dollar, dollar bills</a> &mdash; To save $2,000, consider picking up a side-hustle or cutting down on eating out. [The Shop My Closet Project]</p> <p><a href="http://www.momsplans.com/2013/10/kids-america-get-much-crappy-food-lets-cut-junk-food-change-idea-treats/">Why Do Kids in America Get So Much Crappy Food? Let&#39;s Cut the Junk Food and Change Our Idea of Treats</a> &mdash; Would you rather your child eat cookies or orange slices after a sports game? [Mom&#39;s Plans]</p> <p><a href="http://artofbeingcheap.com/recipe-cost-calculator/">Recipe Cost Calculator</a> &mdash; Ever wanted to know how much a certain recipe costs per serving? Check out this calculator! [Art of Being Cheap]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-budgeting-for-the-present-and-future">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-things-yoga-can-teach-you-about-money">5 Things Yoga Can Teach You About Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-money-moments-that-are-awkward-for-everyone">10 Money Moments That Are Awkward for Everyone</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-go-from-two-incomes-to-one">How to Go From Two Incomes to One</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-financial-to-dos-for-college-freshmen">8 Financial To-Do&#039;s for College Freshmen</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-best-free-financial-learning-tools">9 Best Free Financial Learning Tools</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Personal Finance best money tips budgeting future present Fri, 18 Oct 2013 10:00:03 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 1022981 at http://www.wisebread.com Holiday Gift Ideas Straight Out of Your Pantry http://www.wisebread.com/holiday-gift-ideas-straight-out-of-your-pantry <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/holiday-gift-ideas-straight-out-of-your-pantry" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/xmascookie.jpg" alt="Christmas cookies" title="Christmas cookies" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="230" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>When it comes to thinking up creative holiday gifts, it's worth taking a look in your pantry. If you're looking for a way to make your own holiday gift from scratch, consumables &mdash; better known as food &mdash; can be the way to go. After all, you're giving something that shows that you're willing to spend time on a gift, something that tastes great and something the recipient doesn't have to find a way to store.</p> <h2>The Traditional Baked Goods</h2> <p>When it comes to holiday gifts, it's hard to go wrong with cookies. I've long made a habit of handing out plates of cookies to people I want to acknowledge during the holiday season &mdash; but who I might not know well enough for a personalized gift, such as co-workers or professors. I've found that if I start baking cookies a little early and freeze them, I can make a surprising variety. Then I defrost just in time to put together plates and drop them off with my friends. Be absolutely certain of what ingredients you use, though &mdash; setting off someone's allergies doesn't quite share holiday cheer the way you might hope.</p> <p>Don't limit yourself to cookies, though: cakes, pies and other baked goods can definitely make great gifts. If you're worried about giving gifts on a budget, baked goods can be an easy way to stretch your money. Even chocolate chips are fairly inexpensive &mdash; and it's been my experience that people feel good when a friend shows that they're willing to take time to make a gift.</p> <h2>Savory Treats</h2> <p>It's pretty easy to get tired of sweets during the holidays. Not as many people offer up savory treats, making them a nice change. One of my favorite savory treats that I've received at the holidays was a bag of beef jerky seasoned with a super-secret combination of spices. It was homemade and absolutely wonderful. There are plenty of other possibilities (some of which will work a little better for vegetarian friends and family members).</p> <h2>Make Up A Mix</h2> <p>Have a friend or relative who isn't the handiest in the kitchen? Grab a couple of jars and put together some baking mixes for them. When I was first learning to cook, I got several mixes of my grandmother's cookie recipes. There was a card with them, instructing me on what wet ingredients to add and how to bake my cookies. Even better, these mixes were for cookies not found at my local grocery store. I've also seen pancake, bread and other mixes &mdash; matched to the recipients' favorite treats when they come for a visit.</p> <h2>Rain Checks</h2> <p>With certain family members, a rain check for a few home-cooked meals can come in handy. I know my cousin was actually grateful not to get a present one year: instead, the family kept her freezer filled with meals she could pop into the oven &mdash; especially useful because she was pregnant and not always up to cooking herself.</p> <h2>Other Ideas</h2> <p>The ideas above are just a few examples. Over the years, I've received and given big blocks of fudge, jams and jellies, candies and &mdash; on one memorable occasion &mdash; a huge box of fruit. These gifts are appreciated just as much as less consumable presents, and they often work better with your budget. So, before you finish up your Christmas shopping, crack open a cookbook.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/thursday-bram">Thursday Bram</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/holiday-gift-ideas-straight-out-of-your-pantry">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/flashback-friday-119-amazing-meals-you-can-make-from-a-can">Flashback Friday: 119 Amazing Meals You Can Make From a Can</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-and-worst-times-to-go-grocery-shopping">The Best and Worst Times to Go Grocery Shopping</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-wise-breads-88-best-food-hacks-ever">Flashback Friday: Wise Bread&#039;s 88 Best Food Hacks Ever</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/concession-stand-treats-a-license-to-print-money">Concession stand treats – a license to print 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/beat-the-heat-with-cool-summer-meals">Beat the heat with cool summer meals</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Christmas Food gift hanukkah present Tue, 02 Dec 2008 19:26:48 +0000 Thursday Bram 2617 at http://www.wisebread.com Regifting: A Simple How-To Guide http://www.wisebread.com/regifting-a-simple-how-to-guide <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/regifting-a-simple-how-to-guide" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/holiday-86538649.jpg" alt="regift" title="regift" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>We&rsquo;ve all been there. You open a present with giddy anticipation, ripping the gift wrap away like a 10 year old on a sugar high. And then, as you open the box and peek inside, your brain searches for a way to act really happy&hellip;because the gift you have received is just, well, awful. And when the dust settles and the event is over, it&rsquo;s time to start thinking about regifting. But be careful&hellip;there are rules to follow. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-to-deal-with-unwanted-gifts?ref=seealso">How to Deal With Unwanted Gifts</a>)</p> <p>Some people see a big stigma attached to regifting. Personally, I think it&rsquo;s fine if you follow a few simple guidelines. You don&rsquo;t want to hurt the feelings of the person who gave you the gift, or the person who gets the regifted item. But look at the alternatives; you can just let the offending item rot in your basement or garage; you can give it to charity; or you can put it out with the trash. So if you know someone who would really like the gift that just didn&rsquo;t do it for you, where&rsquo;s the harm?</p> <p>I&rsquo;ve combined my own rules with some research I did online and at my local library (yes, there are books and news stories on this&hellip;I kid you not). Generally, there seem to be some major guidelines that regifters follow to ensure everyone is happy. Here&rsquo;s what I have uncovered.&nbsp;(See also:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-ways-to-avoid-awkward-moments-at-white-elephant-parties?ref=seealso">How to Avoid Awkward Moments at White Elephant Parties</a>)</p> <h2>1. Mum&#39;s the Word</h2> <p>It&rsquo;s amazing how often people have made it quite clear that I was receiving a gift that was from their reject pile. Sure, they dressed it up nice enough, with language like &ldquo;I just would never have used this cool gadget but I know how much you need one.&rdquo; It still makes you feel like you&rsquo;re getting crappy old hand-me-downs. Of course, if someone&rsquo;s giving me a brand new, state-of-the-art laptop or cool pair of sunglasses, my hurt feelings fly out of the window. But if it&rsquo;s a nasty crystal picture frame or a hideous painting, I&rsquo;d rather not know you hated it as well. Ignorance is bliss.</p> <h2>2. Beware&nbsp;the Previously Regifted Gift</h2> <p>Sometimes you&rsquo;ll receive a gift that doesn&rsquo;t quite feel right. Your Spidey Sense will tingle and you&rsquo;ll realize, perhaps after some investigation, that this gift has already been through the regifting process. Now you&rsquo;ve got problems. The last thing you want is for the gift to end up back in the hands of the person who originally gave it; not only will you look embarrassed, so will the person who gave it to you. And we don&rsquo;t want friendships strained. My best advice&hellip;if in doubt, regifting is out. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-friends-and-be-happy-why-cultivating-relationships-is-good-for-you?ref=seealso">Why Making Friends Is Good for You</a>)</p> <h2>3. Keep Records</h2> <p>When you receive a gift that is destined to be a gift once again, label it as soon as you can with the name of the person who gave it to you, and when they gave it to you. This is a simple habit to get into, but an essential one for regifting. Log items in the same way you would to make thank you cards for wedding presents and baby shower gifts.</p> <h2>4. Keep Original Packaging</h2> <p>A dead giveaway for a regift are opened packaging or missing pieces. Even if you&rsquo;ve never used it, a coffee machine or spanky new DVD player is less impressive when something&#39;s rattling around inside the box (because you couldn&#39;t put stuff back in just right). Generally, if the packaging has gone bye-bye, so has your chance of regifting the item.</p> <h2>5. Some Gifts Cannot Be Regifted</h2> <p>Beware of the following gifts you&#39;re considering regifting: books that have no tie to the person you&rsquo;re giving it to; CDs or DVDs that are equally random, obscure or awful; clothing without the tags; shoes or sneakers (unless they&rsquo;re spot on for both size AND style); useless appliances (come on, who really wants a &ldquo;Clapper?&rdquo;) If you feel a little uncomfortable or guilty about regifting any item, probably best not to do it. Of course, if you really don&rsquo;t like the person you&rsquo;re giving it to, but have to give a gift (like those Secret Santa deals) I&rsquo;ll look the other way as you pass on a crappy DVD movie with a random autobiography taped to it.</p> <h2>6. Used Items Are Out</h2> <p>Sorry, but a sweater you&rsquo;ve only worn a few times is not a regifter, even if you do have all the tags and the original gift box. Same goes for all other clothing, most appliances, anything in fact that you can get actual &quot;mileage&quot; out of. Gift cards are also included here. It doesn&rsquo;t matter if you only used $5 of a $30 card, that&rsquo;s just tacky.</p> <h2>7. Don&#39;t Wait Too Long</h2> <p>Time may be a great healer, but it doesn&rsquo;t really do the regifter any favors. The older the brand new item becomes, the more obvious it becomes that this is a regift. If you can no longer find the product in the stores, if the packaging has been updated or if the company that made it went out of business ages ago, you&rsquo;re stuck with that item. By all means try to sell it or give it to charity, but as a regift it stinks of &ldquo;here&rsquo;s an old thing I found in my basement, but hey, it&rsquo;s never been used!&rdquo;</p> <h2>8. There&rsquo;s Always Craigslist or eBay.</h2> <p>The web has opened up a world of choices to regifters. Now, if an item does go beyond its &lsquo;&rdquo;regift date&rdquo; or has been gently used, there&rsquo;s the option of the free classified ads on Craigslist, or the wider reach of eBay. In some instances the item you have for sale could now be a collectors item and you could get back more money for it than it was originally worth. This is also a great way to attack the idea of regifting if you&rsquo;re just against it in principle. Simply sell an unwanted gift to raise money for a brand new gift for that special someone in your life. You&rsquo;re happy, they&rsquo;re happy, and the person who originally gave you that gift&hellip;well, what they don&rsquo;t know won&rsquo;t hurt them, right? (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-9-secrets-of-highly-successful-craigslist-sellers?ref=seealso">Secrets of Successful Craigslist Sellers</a>)</p> <p>To sum up, regifting is a great way to pass on a gift if you&rsquo;re watching your budget or want to see an unwanted gift go to someone who could genuinely use it. And as my mum and dad always told me, it&rsquo;s the thought that counts anyway. As long as it&rsquo;s done with someone else in mind, I don&rsquo;t see the harm. Better to do that than throw it away or mindlessly chuck it in the spring-cleaning bag for Goodwill.</p> <p><em>What other regifting rules would you add to this list?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/regifting-a-simple-how-to-guide">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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