Best Money Tips: Time-Saving Secrets of Laid-Back Cooks

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found time-saving secrets of laid-back cooks, over 25 ways to decorate pumpkins without carving, and the most affordable Caribbean vacation destinations.

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10 Time-Saving Secrets of Laid-Back Cooks — You don't need to wash the microplane or zester every time you use them. Just put it near a heat source and let it dry. After a bit of heating or air flow, the zested bits will fall off on their own. [The Kitchn]

25+ Ways to Decorate Pumpkins Without Carving — If pumpkin carving is not your thing, then decorate this festive squash with paint, metallic Sharpies, and/or googly eyes! [PopSugar Smart Living]

The 10 Most Affordable Caribbean Destinations — Puerto Plata has untouched beaches and a fascinating historical district. Save some cash by skipping the all-inclusive resorts and look for accommodations downtown instead. [U.S. News & World Report]

6 Steps To Lasting Weight Loss WITHOUT Giving Up Chocolate, Wine, Or Your Favorite Foods — Give yourself a pre-committed serving of your favorite foods each day or week and plan for it. This will help you learn portion control and how to balance your choices. [Change Your Thoughts]

Everything You Need to Know About Social Security — What is Social Security, and how does it work? Here's the skinny on this much-debated government benefit. [Two Cents]

Other Essential Reading

10 Headphone Repair Hacks — Don't toss what you can fix! If your headphone cable has exposed wires, you can slide heat shrink tubing onto it to cover the wires. [Sustainablog]

8 Small Things To Do Every Morning To Make You Mentally Strong — Take a walk to help you stay in tune with your surroundings — observe it, appreciate it, and learn from it! [Lifehack]

How to Rescue Yourself From an Unproductive Day — Need an energy boost? Drinking a glass of water will increase your productivity by 14 percent. [Productivity Theory]

The Tricks of Financial Scam Artists — Getting ahead financially takes a lot of work. Anyone who tells you that you don't need much personal effort with their plan or strategy is probably trying to scam you. [The Simple Dollar]

Pregnancy and Infant Loss: 12 Things Everyone Should Know — October is National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month. Whether you're a grieving parent or a supportive friend, here's what you should know about pregnancy and infant loss. [Parenting Squad]

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