Shopping https://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/1/0 en-US Ask the Readers: What Are Your Favorite Brands? https://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-what-are-your-favorite-brands <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/ask-the-readers-what-are-your-favorite-brands" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_grocery_shopping_170164732.jpg" alt="Woman grocery shopping for her favorite brands" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Editor's Note: Congratulations to Deanna, Gina, and Patricia for winning this week's contest!</em></p> <p>While brand loyalty can cause you waste money on products that aren't worth the price you pay for them, you may have found over the years that some brands are just consistently better than others.</p> <p><strong>What are your favorite brands?</strong> Why do you prefer them over their competitors? What do you like most about these brands?</p> <p>Tell us about your favorite brands and we'll enter you in a drawing to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card!</p> <h2>Win 1 of 3 $20 Amazon Gift Cards</h2> <p>We're doing three giveaways &mdash; here's how you can win:</p> <ul> <li>Follow us on Twitter</li> <li>Follow our Executive Editor Janet Alvarez on Twitter</li> <li>Tweet about our giveaway for an entry.</li> <li>Visit our Facebook page for an entry.</li> </ul> <p>Use our Rafflecopter widget for your chance to win one of three Amazon Gift Cards:</p> <p><a class="rcptr" href="http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/79857dfa403/" rel="nofollow" data-raflid="79857dfa403" data-theme="classic" data-template="" id="rcwidget_bhrf4gtz">a Rafflecopter giveaway</a> </p> <script src="https://widget-prime.rafflecopter.com/launch.js"></script></p> <h4>Giveaway Rules:</h4> <ul> <li>Contest ends Monday, July 30th at 11:59 p.m. Pacific. Winners will be announced after July 30th on the original post. Winners will also be contacted via email.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered, or associated with Facebook or Twitter.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>You must be 18 and U.S. resident to enter. Void where prohibited.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Good Luck!</strong></p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tell us about your favorite brands and we&#039;ll enter you in a drawing to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card! </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-what-are-your-favorite-brands">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="https://www.wisebread.com/5-big-brands-making-the-world-a-better-place">5 Big Brands Making the World a Better Place</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="https://www.wisebread.com/will-your-brand-boycott-actually-make-a-difference">Will Your Brand Boycott Actually Make a Difference?</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="https://www.wisebread.com/6-brands-with-the-best-warranties">6 Brands With the Best Warranties</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="https://www.wisebread.com/8-brands-that-came-back-from-the-dead">8 Brands That Came Back From the Dead</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="https://www.wisebread.com/47-simple-ways-to-waste-money">47 Simple Ways To Waste Money</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping Ask the Readers brands Tue, 24 Jul 2018 08:30:15 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 2158957 at https://www.wisebread.com How to Safely Test Makeup Before You Buy https://www.wisebread.com/how-to-safely-test-makeup-before-you-buy <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-safely-test-makeup-before-you-buy" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/happy_cosmetics_shopper.jpg" alt="Happy cosmetics shopper" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>How many times have you bought new lipstick, only to find the color is less than flattering on you? Or maybe you accidentally purchased the wrong shade of blush, making it look like you stepped right out of a bad '80s movie. We've all been there.</p> <p>Makeup can be quite expensive, and you'd hate to purchase something that doesn't work for you. Testing makeup before you buy can solve many of your beauty woes, but it can lead to a slew of other problems. When everyone uses the same samples, it becomes a breeding ground for bacteria and other icky germs, which can lead to rashes, breakouts, or even worse: infections.</p> <p>The good news is it's possible to safely test makeup before you splurge. With these five tips, you can rest easy knowing you're reducing the risk of contracting any scary diseases when testing makeup. (See also: <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/12-makeup-hacks-from-the-pros?ref=seealso" target="_blank">12 Makeup Hacks From the Pros</a>)</p> <h2>1. Ask for a prepped tester</h2> <p>The first order of business is to ensure the tester is freshly prepped. You can do this by asking a sales associate for assistance. This step is integral because most samples contain some level of contamination. In fact, in a 2004 study conducted by Rowan University, researchers found that after testing makeup samples taken from different companies over the span of two years, 67 to 100 percent of makeup samples contained bacteria. Yuck!</p> <p>To ensure that you're getting a safe and prepped tester, watch the sales associate as they prep the sample. Every type of makeup is prepped slightly differently. For lipsticks, the salesperson should scrape off the top layer of product, then spray or dip it in alcohol, and wipe it off with a tissue. To apply, use a fresh, disposable applicator or brush provided by the salesperson. Don't use your finger or unsanitary brushes to apply a lipstick sample, as you will just contaminate the product further.</p> <p>Since the contamination is just on the outside, lip liners and eyeliner pencils are easy to prep. You simply have to sharpen them. (See also: <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/heres-how-long-your-beauty-products-really-last?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Here's How Long Your Beauty Products Really Last</a>)</p> <h2>2. Test on your wrist</h2> <p>Even with a prepped tester, you should proceed with caution. With many beauty products, contamination can run deeper than just the surface layer, and it's just not worth the risk.</p> <p>Avoid putting any product directly on your eyes or lips since that is where you are most susceptible to contracting diseases. Instead of testing a product on your eyes or lips, try it out on your wrist or the back of your hand. You'll get an idea of what the product will look like on your face while sidestepping the risk.</p> <p>Generally, it's safe to test products on your cheek or neck, since the worst thing that could happen is a rash or breakout. Neither are exactly pleasant, but they aren't potentially life-threatening either. To be extra cautious, wash your face thoroughly when you go home. (See also: <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/15-frugal-and-natural-ways-to-fight-acne?ref=seealso" target="_blank">15 Frugal and Natural Ways to Fight Acne</a>)</p> <h2>3. What to avoid entirely</h2> <p>While testing out products before you buy is certainly helpful, there are some products you should avoid testing altogether.</p> <h3>Mascara</h3> <p>Mascara is nearly impossible to prep safely. Bacteria can stick to the wand fibers, making it dangerous to put near your eyes. You can ask for a tester wand, but that doesn't mean someone before you didn't double dip. Plus, if you use a tester wand, you won't have the opportunity to test the wand that belongs to the mascara, which is part of the product.</p> <h3>Eyeliner</h3> <p>Eyeliner, although generally safe if you sharpen it, can also be dangerous to put near your eyes. Instead of testing out eyeliner on your eyes, try drawing with it on your hand or wrist. This will give you an idea of how the product may look.</p> <h3>Powder products</h3> <p>Any powder makeup, or makeup in pots or small jars should be avoided entirely. Any bit of contamination can affect the whole product by going beneath the surface layer or sticking to the edges of the container, so it's risky even if it's properly prepped.</p> <h2>4. Ask for a fresh sample</h2> <p>While not every store does this, many are happy to provide you a fresh sample upon request. From my experience, stores like Ulta and Sephora keep small samples on hand in the event that customers want a clean test product. Of course, out of courtesy for the store, try to limit the number of fresh samples you are requesting to one or two.</p> <h2>5. Order samples online</h2> <p>Instead of using potentially germy samples in the store, have fresh samples delivered to your door. Many cosmetic stores, like MAC and Sephora, allow you to choose free samples with every online purchase. These mini-makeup products are packaged for individual use, so you can trust that they have not been touched by anyone else.</p> <p>If you're an Amazon Prime member, you have access to the Prime Samples program. You can purchase individual samples of beauty products for $2-$4 each. When you purchase a sample, you receive a credit of equivalent value, which you can redeem on a future purchase of the full-size product if you find something you like. (See also: <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/5-online-stores-that-let-you-try-before-you-buy?ref=seealso" target="_blank">5 Online Stores That Let You Try Before You Buy</a>)</p> <p>Or you can try a beauty subscription service like Ipsy or <a href="https://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/click?id=g519OIyP0is&amp;offerid=549588.249&amp;type=3&amp;subid=0" target="_blank">Birchbox</a>. For $10 a month, you receive several samples of beauty products. You can choose the types of products you want in your box, making it an easy and affordable way to sample new makeup. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/which-beauty-subscription-boxes-are-worth-the-cost?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Which Beauty Subscription Boxes Are Worth the Cost?</a>)</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Fhow-to-safely-test-makeup-before-you-buy&amp;media=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FHow%2520to%2520Safely%2520Test%2520Makeup%2520Before%2520You%2520Buy.jpg&amp;description=How%20to%20Safely%20Test%20Makeup%20Before%20You%20Buy"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/How%20to%20Safely%20Test%20Makeup%20Before%20You%20Buy.jpg" alt="How to Safely Test Makeup Before You Buy" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/rachel-slifka">Rachel Slifka</a> of <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/how-to-safely-test-makeup-before-you-buy">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="https://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-pressed-powders">The 5 Best Pressed Powders</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="https://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-false-eyelashes">The 5 Best False Eyelashes</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="https://www.wisebread.com/which-beauty-subscription-boxes-are-worth-the-cost">Which Beauty Subscription Boxes Are Worth the Cost?</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="https://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-makeup-removers">The 5 Best Makeup Removers</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="https://www.wisebread.com/heres-how-long-your-beauty-products-really-last">Here&#039;s How Long Your Beauty Products Really Last</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty Shopping beauty sample beauty tester buying makeup makeup shopping tips test makeup Fri, 20 Jul 2018 08:00:10 +0000 Rachel Slifka 2156333 at https://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Sous Vide Tools https://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-sous-vide-tools <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-sous-vide-tools" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/sous_vide_cooking_653547200.jpg" alt="Using the best sous vide cooking tools" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>A sous vide will allow you to cook a restaurant-quality meal at home, with control and precision. It can be used to cook vegetables, meat, seafood, eggs, and more, all with the touch of a button.</p> <h2>What is a sous vide?</h2> <p>Sous vide means &quot;under vacuum&quot; in French, which refers to the cooking process. The method of cooking involves vacuum-sealing food in a plastic bag, which the air is then extracted from. The ingredients in the bag are then cooked to a precise temperature in a water bath, using the device's heating element and a propeller. This ensures maximum tenderness and moisture retention. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sous-vide-is-the-fancy-cooking-technique-that-saves-you-money-too?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Sous Vide Is the Fancy Cooking Technique That Saves You Money, Too</a>)</p> <h2>Top 5 sous vide tools</h2> <h3>Anova Culinary Sous Vide Precision Cooker</h3> <p><a href="https://amzn.to/2MOGjrJ" target="_blank"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/anova.jpg" width="131" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="https://amzn.to/2MOGjrJ" target="_blank">Anova Culinary Sous Vide Precision Cooker</a> has a sleek design and impressive features. It easily connects to an app and can be controlled remotely from up to 30 feet away with smart devices. It has a timer and temperature control to ensure your food cooks perfectly every time. It can also provide you with cooking notifications so you know when your food is ready. And the detachable stainless steel skirt discs are dishwasher safe.</p> <p>The Amazon's Choice item is recommended by Consumer Reports, Wirecutter, Business Insider, CNET, NYMag, Epicurious, The Sweethome, Engadget, and Serious Eats. It is also backed by a one-year warranty and more than 3,500 five-star reviews on Amazon. There is also an option that has Wi-Fi capabilities as well.</p> <p><a href="https://amzn.to/2MOGjrJ" target="_blank"><em>Currently $120.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>ChefSteps Joule Sous Vide</h3> <p><a href="https://amzn.to/2KxGjzS" target="_blank"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/chefsteps.jpg" width="210" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="https://amzn.to/2KxGjzS" target="_blank">ChefSteps Joule Sous Vide</a> heats water faster than other immersion circulators or precision cookers. The small, sleek tool is easy to control with an app. It also works with Alexa and is Wi-Fi- and Bluetooth-ready. The exclusive Visual Doneness feature allows you to see how the food will turn out before you start cooking.</p> <p>This is available in two colors. It has more than 1,000 five-star reviews on Amazon and is recommended by Consumer Reports, Wirecutter, CNET, NYMag, Bon Appetit, Epicurious, The Sweethome, Engadget, Tom's Guide, and Serious Eats. It is also backed by a 90-day guarantee.</p> <p><a href="https://amzn.to/2KxGjzS" target="_blank"><em>Currently $179.00 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Gourmia 11-in-1 Multi Cooker + Sous Vide</h3> <p><a href="https://amzn.to/2lYOBlH" target="_blank"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/gourmia.jpg" width="245" height="189" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="https://amzn.to/2lYOBlH" target="_blank">Gourmia 11-in-1 Multi Cooker + Sous Vide</a> offers endless cooking options to help you get the most out of your food. The versatile 11-in-1 6.5-quart multicooker has various display features as well as manual mode for up to 425 degrees and 12 hours. It has durable stainless steel housing, easy lift handles, a tempered glass lid, smart LCD display, and a dishwasher-safe die cast aluminum insert.</p> <p>This is available in three colors. It comes with a sous vide rack, baking rack, and free recipe book. It is backed by outstanding online reviews.</p> <p><a href="https://amzn.to/2lYOBlH" target="_blank"><em>Currently $84.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Wancle Sous Vide Cooker</h3> <p><a href="https://amzn.to/2NrT64A" target="_blank"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/wancle.jpg" width="126" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="https://amzn.to/2NrT64A" target="_blank">Wancle Sous Vide Cooker</a> has a portable, curved design for ultraquiet, one-hand operation. It offers accurate temperature control, constant temperature heating, and stainless steel heating tube. The stainless steel sleeve is also easy to clean.</p> <p>This comes with a recipe ebook. It is backed by outstanding online reviews and a two-year warranty.</p> <p><a href="https://amzn.to/2NrT64A" target="_blank"><em>Currently $97.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Kitchen Gizmo Sous Vide Immersion Circulator</h3> <p><a href="https://amzn.to/2NnrddM" target="_blank"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/kitchen%20gizmo.jpg" width="153" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="https://amzn.to/2NnrddM" target="_blank">Kitchen Gizmo Sous Vide Immersion Circulator</a> offers quiet and reliable operation. It includes an easy-scroll selection wheel, ergonomic rubberized grip, detachable stainless steel sleeve, touch-screen control panel, LED indicator lights, and enhanced safety features. This is available in gray or blue and includes a free recipe book. It is recommended by Epicurious, Wirecutter, The Sweethome, and Engadget.</p> <p><a href="https://amzn.to/2NnrddM" target="_blank"><em>Currently $89.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best sous vide. As always, be sure to check <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar" target="_blank">Wise Bread's Buying Calendar</a> to learn when and how to buy just about anything!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Fthe-5-best-sous-vide-tools&amp;media=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F3%2520Reasons%2520to%2520Be%2520Picky%2520When%2520Hiring%2520a%2520Financial%2520Planner_0.jpg&amp;description=The%205%20Best%20Sous%20Vide%20Tools"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/3%20Reasons%20to%20Be%20Picky%20When%20Hiring%20a%20Financial%20Planner_0.jpg" alt="The 5 Best Sous Vide Tools" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/andrea-cannon">Andrea Cannon</a> of <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-sous-vide-tools">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="https://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-oven-mitts-and-pot-holders">The 5 Best Oven Mitts and Pot Holders</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="https://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-reusable-straws">The 5 Best Reusable Straws</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="https://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-thermoses">The 5 Best Thermoses</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="https://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-smart-water-bottles">The 5 Best Smart Water Bottles</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="https://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-aluminum-and-stainless-steel-water-bottles">The 5 Best Aluminum and Stainless Steel Water Bottles</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Shopping 5 best cooking methods cooking tools product reviews sous vide sous vide cooking Thu, 05 Jul 2018 08:00:16 +0000 Andrea Cannon 2154922 at https://www.wisebread.com 28 Ways to Never Pay Full Price for Anything https://www.wisebread.com/28-ways-to-never-pay-full-price-for-anything <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/28-ways-to-never-pay-full-price-for-anything" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/happy_young_woman_with_shopping_bags.jpg" alt="Happy young woman with shopping bags" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>So, you don't want to pay full price for anything you buy? That's smart. And why should you? These days, you have so many ways to get around that pesky price on the tag, and with the latest apps and websites on your side, you can save big with very little effort. Here are 28 ways to get out of paying what's on the sticker. (See also: <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/how-to-master-these-10-shopping-skills-before-you-hit-30?ref=seealso" target="_blank">How to Master These 10 Shopping Skills Before You Hit 30</a>)</p> <h2>1. Comparison shop</h2> <p>You might find the cost of the item you want varies significantly from store to store. Never buy anything without first doing a little research. Google will show you multiple prices from different stores, and an app like ShopSavvy makes it easy on the go.</p> <h2>2. Get price-drop refunds</h2> <p>Many credit cards now offer price protection. That means if the price you pay for something drops in the 90 days after you bought it, you can get the difference back. An app like Earny automates the whole process for you. Just wait and cash in. (See also: <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/10-awesome-credit-card-perks-you-didnt-know-about?ref=seealso" target="_blank">14 Awesome Credit Card Perks You Didn't Know About</a>)</p> <h2>3. Use cash-back credit cards</h2> <p>Many <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/5-best-cash-back-credit-cards?ref=internal" target="_blank">credit cards offer cash-back</a> incentives. You'll find that 1-2 percent cash back is standard, although sometimes it's higher on items like gas and airfare. As long as you pay off the balance in full each month, you're instantly cashing in every time you swipe.</p> <h2>4. Subscribe to deal newsletters and apps</h2> <p>Sites and apps like DealNews and SlickDeals make it easy to find the items you want for less. Just do a search for what you need, and you'll be given a range of items that are currently on sale or clearance, and which retailers are offering the lowest price. (See also: <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/these-apps-and-extensions-find-online-deals-for-you-automatically?ref=seealso" target="_blank">These Apps and Extensions Find Online Deals for You &mdash; Automatically</a>)</p> <h2>5. Clip coupons</h2> <p>With many coupons going digital, there's not a pressing need to actually 'clip' anything, but get into the habit of looking through coupon apps and circulars before you shop. You may find that you can use the coupons so effectively you're barely paying for anything in your shopping cart. (See also: <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/the-10-best-couponing-apps?ref=seealso" target="_blank">The 10 Best Couponing Apps</a>)</p> <h2>6. Abandon your online cart</h2> <p>Pick out everything you want, put it in your cart, and then skip the final process. Many sites will encourage you to come back and check out with a discount. Just check your email (you may even get an offer code as you attempt to leave the site). After all, offering you 10 percent off is better for them than you not spending any money at all.</p> <h2>7. Look for refurbished items</h2> <p>Most manufacturer refurbished items are as close to new as you can get without actually being brand-new, and they are significantly cheaper. They've also been rigorously tested. And if you see &quot;new (other)&quot; in the item's description, it's probably just missing a price tag or a small accessory, but the lower price is well worth it. (See also: <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/this-is-the-secret-to-buying-electronics-for-cheap?ref=seealso" target="_blank">This Is the Secret to Buying Electronics for Cheap</a>)</p> <h2>8. Buy offseason</h2> <p>Shopping offseason can save you big bucks. Base all your shopping on the sales cycles of the stores you frequent. Plan ahead. Buy a winter coat when the warm weather hits. Buy swimsuits as the winter draws in. You'll pay way less for everything. (See also: <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/these-6-shopping-challenges-will-keep-you-stylish-without-breaking-your-budget?ref=seealso" target="_blank">These 6 Shopping Challenges Will Keep You Stylish Without Breaking Your Budget</a>)</p> <h2>9. Shop warehouses and outlets</h2> <p>Warehouse clubs. Outlet and factory stores. These are places where the emphasis is on getting the most value for your money &mdash; not paying the full retail price. You'll be getting the same items, only in bulk or off season. It's great if you don't care about wearing the very latest fashions.</p> <h2>10. Shop in thrift stores</h2> <p>There's no shame in buying secondhand items or donated goods. Often, you can find items in excellent condition at 75 percent less than the retail price. In some cases, you can get clothing for just $1, including jackets and jeans &mdash; just wash and wear. (See also: <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/7-money-lessons-i-learned-from-thrift-shopping?ref=seealso" target="_blank">7 Money Lessons I Learned From Thrift-Shopping</a>)</p> <h2>11. Set up automatic shipments</h2> <p>Amazon has a feature called &quot;subscribe and save&quot; that gives you big discounts when you get items delivered regularly, but they aren't the only retailer that offers this service. Magazines and newspapers also offer massive savings if you subscribe, knocking up to 95 percent off the cover price. (See also: <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/7-amazon-prime-perks-youve-forgotten-to-use?ref=seealso" target="_blank">7 Amazon Prime Perks You've Forgotten to Use</a>)</p> <h2>12. Learn to haggle</h2> <p>Haggling has become a lost art in America, but it can still work wonders for your budget. Polish your silver tongue and start asking how low merchants can go on the price of something you want. Or, ask them to throw in something else for free, which you could always sell later to save even more.</p> <h2>13. Look for price-matching</h2> <p>When you're shopping in a brick and mortar store, do a quick check online to see if another store (online or retail) has the same item for less. Then talk to customer service about a price-match offer. Most of the time, they'll match the price because they still make a profit if you buy the item from them. (See also: <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/heres-how-to-get-a-sale-price-match-at-16-popular-stores?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Here's How to Get a Sale Price-Match at 16 Popular Stores</a>)</p> <h2>14. Use cash for bigger items</h2> <p>Don't listen to anyone that says cash is dead. You may not carry as much of it in your wallet as you used to, put the prospect of a huge wad of cash in hand is very appealing to car dealerships, homebuilders, and anyone selling high-end retail. They'll offer a cash discount in most cases.</p> <h2>15. Buy when they're desperate to sell</h2> <p>There are certain times of the month, and the year, that are great for savvy consumers. For example, a car salesperson may have a monthly quota to fill, and you're more likely to get a great deal on the last day of the month. Same goes for airline tickets, items going out of season, and even gym memberships. (See also: <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/now-or-later-how-to-decide-the-right-time-to-buy-almost-anything?ref=seealso" target="_blank">How to Decide the Right Time to Buy Almost Anything</a>)</p> <h2>16. Use loyalty programs and cards</h2> <p>There are loyalty programs that offer discounts and points at virtually every store you shop at. Use them and save. (See also: <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/9-store-loyalty-programs-that-are-worth-it?ref=seealso" target="_blank">9 Store Loyalty Programs That Are Worth It</a>)</p> <h2>17. Shop at unusual hours</h2> <p>Have you ever been grocery shopping at night? You'll find all sorts of markdowns that were full price just a few hours earlier. You could also try going early in the morning, when items that didn't sell get one final markdown before leaving the shop floor.</p> <h2>18. When shopping online, go incognito</h2> <p>This has nothing to do with hiding &quot;delicate&quot; purchases. By going incognito, you aren't saving cookies during your searches. Dynamic pricing uses these cookies to monitor your searches and spending habits, meaning you could be paying more for certain items like airline tickets and hotel rooms based on your search history. Stop the cookies, and you'll see the prices drop. (See also: <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-avoid-sneaky-online-price-changes?ref=seealso" target="_blank">6 Ways to Avoid Sneaky Online Price Changes</a>)</p> <h2>19. Don't worry about the cosmetic condition of anything</h2> <p>Score major discounts for buying dented, scratched, bruised, and otherwise imperfect items. Does it matter that the fridge has a small ding in the corner? It certainly doesn't stop it from being a working fridge, and it's 25 percent off. Same goes for fruit, electronics, and almost anything else.</p> <h2>20. Be nice</h2> <p>Sometimes, kindness is all it takes. Mark Ellwood, author of <a href="https://amzn.to/2tFozIa" target="_blank">Bargain Fever</a>, says that &quot;Just being a friendly, nice shopper gets you free stuff,&quot; adding that most sales staff can knock 10 percent off the price instantly if you are polite, helpful, and ask nicely about flexibility on price.</p> <h2>21. Wait for sales</h2> <p>Shopping is just a waiting game that you have to play sometimes. Clothing will go on sale as the season starts to close out. Electronics go on sale when new models come in. Books and blu-rays get discounted once they're no longer new releases. If you're prepared to wait, you never have to pay full price.</p> <p>Many different sites, Google being the main one, offer the option of setting a price alert. Basically, you input the exact item you want, and the lowest price (within reason, of course) that you want to pay. When it drops to that price or lower, you get alerted to buy it.</p> <h2>22. Practice the &quot;Pantry Principle&quot;</h2> <p>Blogger Amanda Brackney coined the term &quot;<a href="https://www.stewardshipathome.com/the-pantry-principle/" target="_blank">pantry principle</a>,&quot; and it's an excellent way to save. The basic premise is to stock up on items you use regularly whenever they go on sale. We all need toilet paper and soap, so when they drop to their lowest price, buy in bulk and save. This way, you'll never pay full price on items you'll always need.</p> <h2>23. Use group purchasing power</h2> <p>One of the biggest examples of getting discounts for a group is health insurance. However, that idea spreads way beyond health care. Groupon was founded on this very idea, and you can find multiple sites out there offering discounts when multiple people buy the same item.</p> <h2>24. Use first-time customer offers</h2> <p>Almost every online retailer will lure you in with a first-time customer offer. These savings can range from as little as free shipping, to a whopping 50 percent off. Just register your email, wait for the offer code, and then shop with your discount.</p> <h2>25. Buy gift cards</h2> <p>You can purchase discount gift cards for almost any store. Before you shop, drop by a site like CardPool or GiftCardGranny, and search for the store you want. Discounts range anywhere from 2 percent to 30 percent off. Just remember to check the terms and conditions on each card first for expiration dates and purchase restrictions.</p> <h2>26. When shopping online, sort prices &quot;low to high&quot;</h2> <p>The easiest way to check for deals is to switch from the default sorting (which is usually relevance) to the &quot;low to high&quot; price option when you're shopping online. You will have to dig through the selection to find what you're looking for, but apply filters, including four-star reviews on Amazon, and you'll find some killer discounts.</p> <h2>27. Take advantage of cashback sites</h2> <p>There are a lot of cash-back sites out there to choose from, including Ebates and iBotta. Just do your online shopping as usual, but get paid in cash, credits, or points that you can redeem later for awards and products. (See also: <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/30-cash-back-sites-to-earn-you-thousands-per-year?ref=seealso" target="_blank">30+ Cash Back Sites to Earn You Thousands Per Year</a>)</p> <h2>28. Use your birthday</h2> <p>Hey, getting one year older doesn't have to be all bad. A lot of places, including restaurants, salons, and retailers, will give you a discount or freebie on your birthday. Just be ready for a really annoying song in a restaurant.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F28-ways-to-never-pay-full-price-for-anything&amp;media=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F28%2520Ways%2520to%2520Never%2520Pay%2520Full%2520Price%2520for%2520Anything.jpg&amp;description=28%20Ways%20to%20Never%20Pay%20Full%20Price%20for%20Anything"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/28%20Ways%20to%20Never%20Pay%20Full%20Price%20for%20Anything.jpg" alt="28 Ways to Never Pay Full Price for Anything" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/28-ways-to-never-pay-full-price-for-anything">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="https://www.wisebread.com/these-6-shopping-challenges-will-keep-you-stylish-without-breaking-your-budget">These 6 Shopping Challenges Will Keep You Stylish Without Breaking Your Budget</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="https://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-your-lazy-habits-are-costing-you">9 Ways Your Lazy Habits Are Costing 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="https://www.wisebread.com/7-effortless-ways-to-prevent-budget-busting-impulse-buys">7 Effortless Ways to Prevent Budget-Busting Impulse 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="https://www.wisebread.com/how-a-simple-do-not-buy-list-keeps-money-in-your-pocket">How a Simple &quot;Do Not Buy&quot; List Keeps Money in Your Pocket</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="https://www.wisebread.com/4-effortless-ways-to-save-on-back-to-school-shopping">4 Effortless Ways to Save on Back-to-School Shopping</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Budgeting Shopping buying bulk couponing saving money shopping discounts shopping habits shopping tips Wed, 04 Jul 2018 09:00:10 +0000 Paul Michael 2153732 at https://www.wisebread.com 5 Home Investments to Make Your Summer Cooler https://www.wisebread.com/5-home-investments-to-make-your-summer-cooler <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-home-investments-to-make-your-summer-cooler" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/a_woman_looking_at_tablet_with_smart_home_screen.jpg" alt="A woman looking at tablet with smart home screen" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Summer heat is already in full effect, and you might already be sweating the bills that comes with keeping the house cool. While you want to save the most money possible this season, sometimes you have to invest money to save money in the long run. These home upgrades will cost you upfront, but will keep you cool and on budget for several summers to come. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-things-to-do-now-to-prepare-your-home-for-summer?ref=seealso" target="_blank">5 Things to Do Now to Prepare Your Home for Summer</a>)</p> <h2>1. Install a smart irrigation system</h2> <p>Using a smart irrigation system, like <a href="https://amzn.to/2KoTPSg" target="_blank">Rachio</a>, helps your grass stay greener through the dryer months without costing you an arm and a leg. Smart irrigation systems connect to Wi-Fi to keep track of how wet the soil is and waters it on the smartest, money-saving schedule possible. They cost anywhere from $150&ndash;$250.</p> <p>You can easily turn off your sprinklers, too, if you want to skip a watering, or if you know your kids are going to be engaging in water play outside. (See also: <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/34-smart-ways-to-cut-your-electric-bill?ref=seealso" target="_blank">34 Smart Ways to Cut Your Electric Bill</a>)</p> <h2>2. Start using a smart thermostat</h2> <p>When smart thermostats, like <a href="https://amzn.to/2N3634B" target="_blank">Nest</a>, first hit the market several years ago, they were initially seen as a luxury. Now that smart thermostats have been a proven way to save money and reduce energy usage, they are a must-have for every home. Smart thermostats cost anywhere from $100&ndash;$225, they learn your cooling and heating preferences when you're home, and many connect through Wi-Fi so you can manage them when you're away.</p> <p>Check with your electric company to see if they offer any additional incentives for using a smart thermostat. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-smart-thermostats?ref=seealso" target="_blank">The 5 Best Smart Thermostats</a>)</p> <h2>3. Get your HVAC serviced annually</h2> <p>Even if you think your HVAC system is working fine, it's worth the money to have it inspected, serviced, and cleaned once a year by a professional. Throughout fall and winter, debris can build up in and around your unit, hindering the air flow. If your HVAC has to work harder to cool your home, then you are going to see the increase in your electricity bill. Servicing your HVAC system can also prevent more costly issues from occurring down the road, and is there anything worse than a broken A/C unit in the middle of summer? Nope. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-youre-wearing-out-your-furnace-too-soon?ref=seealso" target="_blank">6 Ways You're Wearing Out Your Furnace Too Soon</a>)</p> <h2>4. Buy an Instant Pot</h2> <p>I'm a fan of the <a href="https://amzn.to/2N3EQij" target="_blank">Instant Pot</a> because it easily allows anyone to cook delicious meals in less time than with other cooking methods. And you can cook almost anything without heating up your entire kitchen. Many popular dishes can take 45-60 minutes in the oven, which can heat up the house and cause your AC unit to kick into overdrive.</p> <p>The Instant Pot costs about $100 upfront, it cooks meals quickly without putting out a lot of heat, and can be much easier than firing up the grill every night. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-summer-foods-you-can-make-in-an-instant-pot?ref=seealso" target="_blank">10 Summer Foods You Can Make in an Instant Pot</a>)</p> <h2>5. Purchase and install solar panels</h2> <p>If you're a homeowner, there's a good chance you've been solicited by a solar energy company in the past few years with claims that you can drastically cut your electricity bill with no money down. While solar panels can save you money on your monthly energy bill and add value to your home, it's more beneficial to own the solar panels outright rather than to lease them from a solar installation company. Purchasing the solar panels also entitles you to redeeming the tax credits and clears you to sell them without any issue when you sell your home.</p> <p>According to <a href="https://news.energysage.com/how-much-does-the-average-solar-panel-installation-cost-in-the-u-s/" target="_blank">Energysage.com</a>, solar costs in 2018 range from $11,380 to $14,990 after deducting the tax credit. Yes, the initial investment is costly, but you can pay for it through a home-equity loan or a home equity line of credit. If you're thinking of going with solar, skip the leasing option to save the maximum amount of money on your electricity bills for many years to come. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-anyone-can-go-solar-and-save-on-energy?ref=seealso" target="_blank">10 Ways Anyone Can Go Solar and Save on Energy</a>)</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F5-home-investments-to-make-your-summer-cooler&amp;media=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F5%2520Home%2520Investments%2520to%2520Make%2520Your%2520Summer%2520Cooler.jpg&amp;description=5%20Home%20Investments%20to%20Make%20Your%20Summer%20Cooler"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/5%20Home%20Investments%20to%20Make%20Your%20Summer%20Cooler.jpg" alt="5 Home Investments to Make Your Summer Cooler" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/ashley-eneriz">Ashley Eneriz</a> of <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/5-home-investments-to-make-your-summer-cooler">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-smart-thermostats">The 5 Best Smart Thermostats</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="https://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-portable-air-conditioners">The 5 Best Portable Air Conditioners</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="https://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-window-air-conditioners">The 5 Best Window Air Conditioners</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="https://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-pet-flea-shampoos">The 5 Best Pet Flea Shampoos</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="https://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-air-fresheners">The 5 Best Air Fresheners</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Home Shopping heat wave home upgrades smart thermostat solar panels summer heat summer time Mon, 02 Jul 2018 09:00:10 +0000 Ashley Eneriz 2153114 at https://www.wisebread.com 8 Things to Carry That Could Help Someone in an Emergency https://www.wisebread.com/8-things-to-carry-that-could-help-someone-in-an-emergency <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/8-things-to-carry-that-could-help-someone-in-an-emergency" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/smiling_healthy_traveller_woman_showing_first_aid_kit.jpg" alt="Smiling healthy traveler woman showing first-aid kit" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>When I was 13 years old and attending a friend's Bat Mitzvah, my friends and I were trying to request the song &quot;Jack and Diane&quot; by John Cougar Mellencamp, but the DJ informed us that he would only accept written requests. (I suspect he just didn't want to play the song.) None of us had a pen, so we found ourselves trying to spell out the interminable number of letters in &quot;Mellencamp&quot; with cheese dip on a cocktail napkin. In that moment, I made the lifelong resolution to become the sort of person who always has a pen on me.</p> <p>While hearing a favorite song at a party could hardly be considered an emergency, this frustrating experience began my quest to always have the tool I might need in jam. And like the pen I always carry, the following eight items don't take up a great deal of room, and they just might help someone out in a crisis.</p> <h2>1. Handkerchief</h2> <p>There are few small items that are as useful and versatile as the <a href="https://amzn.to/2tHujQQ" target="_blank">handkerchief</a>. While their primary purpose is for nose-blowing, brow-mopping, and tear-catching, hankies can be used for cleaning, as a makeshift bandage or tourniquet, a potholder, a method of keeping cool when soaked in cold water and applied to the skin, or even for self-defense if you tie a handful of loose change into it. Not even a jumbo-pack of travel tissues can claim such levels of versatility.</p> <h2>2. First aid kit</h2> <p>It's easy to find (or make) a miniature first aid kit to keep in your purse or car. Such a kit should include: bandages, antiseptic, <a href="https://amzn.to/2KmrSKM" target="_blank">antibiotic ointment</a>, and some painkillers. For those who don't carry a purse, it's entirely possible to create a nearly flat first aid kit composed of bandages and <a href="https://amzn.to/2K8Tjvm" target="_blank">travel-size packets of antiseptic wipes</a>, ointment, and pain medication. You never know when someone might need some immediate and minor medical attention. (See also: <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/6-must-haves-for-your-travel-first-aid-kit?ref=seealso" target="_blank">6 Must-Haves for Your Travel First Aid Kit</a>)</p> <h2>3. Multi-tool</h2> <p>Whether you need to slice open a package, remove a splinter, or cut up an apple, having a <a href="https://amzn.to/2N15ic9" target="_blank">Swiss Army knife or multi-tool</a> on hand can really make your day more convenient. However, a pocket knife is also a great tool to have on hand in case of a serious emergency. For instance, seat belts can often get stuck after an accident, potentially trapping a person in a car. Having a knife with you can ensure that you and anyone in your car can escape the vehicle after a wreck.</p> <p>Similarly, the butt end of a pocket knife can be used as a window punch in a vehicular emergency. If your car has electric windows and becomes submerged in water, being able to punch out the windows could be a life-or-death concern.</p> <h2>4. Reusable water bottle</h2> <p>It's smart to always have a source of water with you in case of emergency. The most obvious emergency you might encounter is thirst or heat stroke. However, a water bottle can also offer the ability to clean a wound, sterilize equipment (if you're able to boil the water), or clean off the dirt-encrusted windows in the house you are holed up in during the zombie apocalypse so that you can see what's coming before it arrives.</p> <p>While you can buy disposable bottles of water, investing in a <a href="https://amzn.to/2ItYn7X" target="_blank">reusable water bottle</a> that you always keep with you is a more environmental option. (See also: <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/5-low-cost-travel-items-that-can-save-you-big-on-your-next-trip?ref=seealso" target="_blank">5 Low-Cost Travel Items That Can Save You Big On Your Next Trip</a>)</p> <h2>5. Feminine hygiene products</h2> <p>Aunt Flo is not always predictable, so it's a good idea to keep some pads or tampons on hand in case she decides to visit at the most inconvenient of times.</p> <p>And before men (and others who do not menstruate) think that they are exempt from carrying this particular emergency item, there are two reasons why you should do so:</p> <ul> <li> <p><strong>Wound care:</strong> Tampons (and pads) are made of sterile and absorbent cotton, which means they are ideal for dealing with any kind of puncture wound and can be unraveled to use as a dressing for a burn or graze.</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>Help a lady out:</strong> You know someone who menstruates and who might be caught in an awkward situation. Save her day and offer her a tampon or pad in a pinch.</p> </li> </ul> <h2>6. Safety pins</h2> <p>Having safety pins available means you can keep a shirt closed if you pop a button, rig a closure for a bag with a broken zipper, or even provide a temporary fix for a necklace with a broken clasp.</p> <p>Safety pins have <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-smart-uses-for-safety-pins?ref=internal" target="_blank">a number of other important uses</a>, from keeping hotel room curtains fully closed to securing keys in your pocket (if you're about to ride roller coasters or worry about pickpockets), to eliminating static cling. So in the event of pretty much anything out of the ordinary, a safety pin can fix the problem.</p> <h2>7. Flashlight</h2> <p>While nearly everyone is carrying a portable light source in the form of a smartphone these days, it's still a good idea to have a dedicated flashlight available. For one thing, what happens if it's your phone that you need to search for under a car at night?</p> <p>You can find small, lightweight <a href="https://amzn.to/2tG5Co6" target="_blank">LED flashlights</a> that take up very little room but offer a great deal of illumination. Simply keep one in your car or attached to your keys.</p> <h2>8. Lighter</h2> <p>Gone are the days when everyone needed a lighter for cigarettes, and letting the cover band know just how much they are enjoying &quot;Free Bird.&quot; However, a lighter is still a useful tool to carry with you at all times. If you are in an emergency, having a lighter means you can more easily sterilize needles, light candles and torches, and of course, start a fire for warmth and to cook food.</p> <p>In addition, a <a href="https://amzn.to/2IrH9YY" target="_blank">lighter</a> is very helpful for doing things like fixing a frayed shoelace and lighting birthday candles. While neither of those might constitute an emergency, being able to provide the necessary spark will certainly make you a hero that day.</p> <h2>What you carry every day can make a difference</h2> <p>In general, you probably won't need most of the items on this list on a day-to-day basis. But you never know when you'll have to deal with a power outage, a medical emergency, a wardrobe malfunction, or a reluctant DJ &mdash; and when you do, you'll be glad you have the necessary tool to deal with the problem.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F8-things-to-carry-that-could-help-someone-in-an-emergency&amp;media=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F8%2520Things%2520to%2520Carry%2520That%2520Could%2520Help%2520Someone%2520in%2520an%2520Emergency.jpg&amp;description=8%20Things%20to%20Carry%20That%20Could%20Help%20Someone%20in%20an%20Emergency"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/8%20Things%20to%20Carry%20That%20Could%20Help%20Someone%20in%20an%20Emergency.jpg" alt="8 Things to Carry That Could Help Someone in an Emergency" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/emily-guy-birken">Emily Guy Birken</a> of <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/8-things-to-carry-that-could-help-someone-in-an-emergency">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="https://www.wisebread.com/micro-prepping-how-to-prepare-for-small-disasters">Micro-Prepping: How to Prepare for Small Disasters</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="https://www.wisebread.com/47-simple-ways-to-waste-money">47 Simple Ways To Waste Money</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="https://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-luxury-pens">The 5 Best Luxury Pens</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="https://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-resistance-bands">The 5 Best Resistance 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="https://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-exercise-mats">The 5 Best Exercise Mats</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Lifestyle Shopping bandages emergency items first aid kit handkerchief helping hand in a jam random act of kindness safety pins Fri, 29 Jun 2018 08:30:09 +0000 Emily Guy Birken 2153113 at https://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Oven Mitts and Pot Holders https://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-oven-mitts-and-pot-holders <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-oven-mitts-and-pot-holders" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_oven_mitts_677905496.jpg" alt="Woman wearing the best oven mitts" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Many people suffer painful burns and scalding from handling hot plates. Fortunately, pot holders and oven mitts can effectively save your hands and your table from damage.</p> <h2>What are oven mitts and pot holders?</h2> <p>A pot holder is a thick, padded piece of fabric that can be used to handle hot pans or dishes. It may be quilted or made of cotton, polyester, or silicone, and available in a range of fabrics and designs to match your decor. Oven mitts are insulated gloves that protect your hands from hot objects.</p> <h2>Top 5 oven mitts and pot holders</h2> <h3>DII Cotton Terry Pot Holders and Machine Washable Hot Pads</h3> <p><a href="https://amzn.to/2KbSwdn" target="_blank"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/dii_0.jpg" width="196" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="https://amzn.to/2KbSwdn" target="_blank">DII Cotton Terry Pot Holders and Machine Washable Hot Pads</a> are ideal for both cooking and baking. The cotton, machine washable pot holder set has terry cloth on one side and a heat-resistant lining on the other. They have a hanging loop and long-lasting material for optimal usage.</p> <p>These are available in a wide range of colors. The Amazon best-sellers are one of the &quot;Most Wished For&quot; items on Amazon. They also have more than 3,000 five-star reviews on Amazon and are recommended by Business Insider and The Wirecutter.</p> <p><a href="https://amzn.to/2KbSwdn" target="_blank"><em>Currently $6.82 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Ritz Royale Collection Terry Cloth Pocket Mitt Set</h3> <p><a href="https://amzn.to/2MpOsTf" target="_blank"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/ritz%20royale.jpg" width="239" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="https://amzn.to/2MpOsTf" target="_blank">Ritz Royale Collection Terry Cloth Pocket Mitt Set</a> can be used as a pocketed pot holder, oven mitt, and hot pad. The terry looped cotton offers an additional layer of heat protection. The machine-washable pot holders are available in a wide range of colors. They have more than 1,500 five-star reviews on Amazon and are recommended by The Wirecutter.</p> <p><a href="https://amzn.to/2MpOsTf" target="_blank"><em>Currently $9.98 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Homwe Extra Long Professional Silicone Oven Mitt</h3> <p><a href="https://amzn.to/2lDpYe4" target="_blank"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/homwe.jpg" width="191" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>Amazon's #1 best-seller in oven mitts, the <a href="https://amzn.to/2lDpYe4" target="_blank">Homwe Extra Long Professional Silicone Oven Mitt</a> offer protection up to 450&deg;F. The heavy-duty, heat-resistant oven mitts are made from FDA-approved, BPA-free silicone and can protect from burns and scalds. The commercial-grade, nontoxic, waterproof silicone oven mitts are ideal for all baking, grilling, and cooking needs. The extra-long, flexible, breathable gloves can keep your fingers, hands, wrists, and forearms free from burns. They have a nonslip, textured palm and soft, quilted cotton lining. They can be easily cleaned in the dishwasher or washing machine.</p> <p>These are available in multiple colors. The Amazon's Choice item is a &quot;Best Rated&quot; item, an Amazon best-seller, and a top &quot;Gift Idea&quot; and &quot;Most Wished For&quot; item on Amazon. They have over 2,000 five-star reviews on Amazon and are recommended by Business Insider and The Wirecutter. They're also backed by a 100% satisfaction guarantee.</p> <p><a href="https://amzn.to/2lDpYe4" target="_blank"><em>Currently $11.97 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Grill Armor 932&deg;F Extreme Heat Resistant Oven Gloves</h3> <p><a href="https://amzn.to/2tIPBxx" target="_blank"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/grill%20armor.jpg" width="245" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="https://amzn.to/2tIPBxx" target="_blank">Grill Armor 932&deg;F Extreme Heat Resistant Oven Gloves</a> offer the highest heat resistance available. They can withstand up to 932&deg;F, making them ideal for cooking and grilling. The machine washable, flexible gloves have a hanging hook. The two five-finger gloves make it easy to grip and carry hot dishes. The oven mitts also work as pot holders and are ideal for cooking, baking, grilling, using the microwave, smoker, Dutch oven, fireplace, campfire, or hot pans. They have soft cotton lining and quality insulation for reliable, long-lasting use.</p> <p>These come with a free ebook and are available in a range of colors and sizes. They are recommended by Business Insider and have more than 1,400 five-star reviews on Amazon. They are also backed by a money-back guarantee.</p> <p><a href="https://amzn.to/2tIPBxx" target="_blank"><em>Currently $25.95 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Bekith Silicone Pot Holders</h3> <p><a href="https://amzn.to/2tztb2x" target="_blank"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/bekith.jpg" width="243" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>The set of four <a href="https://amzn.to/2tztb2x" target="_blank">Bekith Silicone Pot Holders</a> are heat resistant to 350&deg;F and distribute heat to protect your hands and table. The multipurpose silicone pot holders can also be used as a trivet mat, jar opener, garlic peeler, and spoon rest. The nonstick, FDA-approved material won't stain, mold, mildew, crack, or absorb odors. They are dishwasher safe and each flexible pot holder can roll up small or be hung from a hook. The set comes in four bright colors. They have nearly 800 five-star reviews on Amazon and are backed by a lifetime replacement guarantee.</p> <p><a href="https://amzn.to/2tztb2x" target="_blank"><em>Currently $9.97 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best oven mitts and pot holders. As always, be sure to check <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar" target="_blank">Wise Bread's Buying Calendar</a> to learn when and how to buy just about anything!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? 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There are now games available for players of all skill levels and interests.</p> <h2>What are board games for adults?</h2> <p>Board games are an affordable way to spend time with friends, family, and party goers. They include a board and several game pieces to play with, along with rules on how to win the game. And they can be a fun way to laugh and bond with others, without a large investment of time or money.</p> <h2>Top 5 board games for adults</h2> <h3>Cards Against Humanity</h3> <p><a href="https://amzn.to/2tdG2X8" target="_blank"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/cards%20ah.jpg" width="145" height="245" align="right" alt="" />Cards Against Humanity</a> is technically a card game, but you won't find a better party game out there. It contains 500 white cards, 100 black cards, and a rule book. Each player asks a question from a black card and the other players answer with their funniest white card. The goal is to get players laughing with raunchy responses. Everything comes in a small box, so it's perfect for travel. It is recommended by a range of online publications, including Thrillist and Bustle, and has a whopping 30,000 five-star reviews on Amazon.</p> <p><a href="https://amzn.to/2tdG2X8" target="_blank"><em>Currently $25.00 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Catan</h3> <p><a href="https://amzn.to/2t1sGOC" target="_blank"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/catan.jpg" width="199" height="245" align="right" alt="" />Catan</a> has taken the board game world by storm. The game of strategy allows players to conquer land using source cards. Players can acquire their resources through trading, cards, or lucky dice. Each game can last an hour or longer. It includes 19 hexagonal terrain tile, six coastal frame pieces, nine harbor pieces, 20 wooden settlements, 16 wooden cities, 60 wooden roads, 95 resource cards, 25 development cards, four building costs cards, two bonus cards, 18 number tokens, two die, a wooden pawn, and a rule book.</p> <p>The award-winning game is an Amazon's Choice product, an Amazon best-seller, and one of the &quot;Most Wished For&quot; and top &quot;Gift Ideas&quot; on Amazon. It is also recommended by Good Housekeeping, BuzzFeed, The Wirecutter, NYMag, and Bustle, and has more than 1,700 five-star reviews on Amazon. If you like this award-winning game, there are at least 15 expansion and extension packs you can add on later.</p> <p><a href="https://amzn.to/2t1sGOC" target="_blank"><em>Currently $43.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Ticket To Ride</h3> <p><a href="https://amzn.to/2JIipkD" target="_blank"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/ticket%20to%20ride.jpg" width="245" height="245" align="right" alt="" />Ticket To Ride</a> is a train adventure game based on <em>Around the World in 80 Days</em>. The objective is to collect cards, allowing players to use the different railway routes to travel to different cities in North America. Players need to strategize to win. It includes a gameboard, 225 colored train cars, 144 illustrated cards, five wooden scoring markers, help cards, train miniatures, and a rule book. The award-winning game is an Amazon best-seller, Amazon's Choice item, and one of the &quot;Best Rated&quot; items on Amazon. It has over 4,000 five-star reviews on Amazon and is recommended by Good Housekeeping, The Wirecutter, and NYMag.</p> <p><a href="https://amzn.to/2JIipkD" target="_blank"><em>Currently $44.95 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Codenames</h3> <p><a href="https://amzn.to/2t0hth6" target="_blank"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/codenames.jpg" width="163" height="245" align="right" alt="" />Codenames</a> has become very popular in many different countries. Players go by codenames and race to identify the agents first. It comes with 16 agent cards in two colors, a double agent card, seven innocent bystander cards, an assassin card, 40 key cards, and a rule book. The Amazon best-seller is one of the &quot;Most Wished For,&quot; &quot;Best Rated,&quot; and top &quot;Gift Ideas&quot; on Amazon. The award-winning word game has more than 1,900 five-star reviews on Amazon and is recommended by Good Housekeeping, Popular Mechanics, The Wirecutter, NYMag, and Bustle.</p> <p><a href="https://amzn.to/2t0hth6" target="_blank"><em>Currently $16.59 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>What Do You Meme Adult Party Game</h3> <p><a href="https://amzn.to/2MwqS8s" target="_blank"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/what%20do%20you%20meme.jpg" width="205" height="245" align="right" alt="" />What Do You Meme</a> is technically a card game, but it's been making a splash at parties and on social media. The goal is to create the funniest meme by pairing caption cards with the photo card in play. It includes 360 caption cards, 75 quote photo cards, an easel, and rules. It works for groups of all sizes and is ideal for meme-lovers. Everything comes in a small box, so it's perfect for travel. It has more than 4,000 five-star reviews on Amazon and is recommended by Good Housekeeping and Bustle. If you like the game, there are a range of expansion packs available to match your personal interests.</p> <p><a href="https://amzn.to/2MwqS8s" target="_blank"><em>Currently $29.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best board games for adults. As always, be sure to check <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar" target="_blank">Wise Bread's Buying Calendar</a> to learn when and how to buy just about anything!</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Fthe-5-best-board-games-for-adults&amp;media=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FThe%25205%2520Best%2520Board%2520Games%2520for%2520Adults.jpg&amp;description=The%205%20Best%20Board%20Games%20for%20Adults"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/The%205%20Best%20Board%20Games%20for%20Adults.jpg" alt="The 5 Best Board Games for Adults" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/andrea-cannon">Andrea Cannon</a> of <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-board-games-for-adults">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="https://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-board-games-for-children">The 5 Best Board Games for Children</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="https://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-waterproof-bluetooth-speakers">The 5 Best Waterproof Bluetooth Speakers</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="https://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-gaming-mice">The 5 Best Gaming Mice</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="https://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-coloring-pens">The 5 Best Coloring Pens</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="https://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-coloring-pencils">The 5 Best Coloring Pencils</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment Shopping 5 best board games for adults fun activities games gaming product reviews Thu, 21 Jun 2018 08:01:20 +0000 Andrea Cannon 2149700 at https://www.wisebread.com 10 Reasons You Probably Overpaid at the Store https://www.wisebread.com/10-reasons-you-probably-overpaid-at-the-store <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-reasons-you-probably-overpaid-at-the-store" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/young_accountant_working.jpg" alt="Young accountant working" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Even if you're a smart shopper, there are still some psychological factors that can cause you to pay too much at the store. After all, stores are set up to convince you to buy things you don't need. But being aware of the following spending traps can help you avoid emptying your wallet on your next shopping trip.</p> <h2>1. Peer pressure</h2> <p>If you go shopping with a group of friends and they're all buying things, you might get swept up and join in on the action, even if it means buying things you don't really need. A friend saying, &quot;This would look so great on you!&quot; is hard to resist. It also removes the opportunity for you to spend time comparison shopping before making a purchase, like you would on your own. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-friend-types-that-can-hurt-your-finances?ref=seealso" target="_blank">5 Friend Types That Can Hurt Your Finances</a>)</p> <h2>2. Fear of looking cheap</h2> <p>In the eyes of some, comparison shopping, bargaining on prices, and using coupons makes it seem like you don't have much money and can't afford to buy things. But even the wealthiest people among us know how important it is to get a good deal. In an effort to protect their pride, some people skip these frugal strategies to avoid appearing broke or cheap. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-pride-is-keeping-you-poor?ref=seealso" target="_blank">7 Ways Pride Is Keeping You Poor</a>)</p> <h2>3. You touched the merchandise</h2> <p>There's a reason stores put out neat displays of merchandise within easy reach &mdash; they want you to touch the products. Not only does holding a product make it more likely that you'll buy it, but it makes you willing to pay more for it as well.</p> <h2>4. Convenience</h2> <p>When you're at the store and the item you want is right there, it is a lot easier to simply buy it instead of going to other stores and websites to check for lower prices. For example, when you're thirsty, are you going to grab the closest water or soda? Or are you going to hit a couple stores to find the best deal for your dollar? Probably the former. Sometimes saving money takes more work than you're willing or able to put in. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/heres-how-much-more-youre-paying-for-these-6-convenience-buys?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Here's How Much More You're Paying for These 6 Convenience Buys</a>)</p> <h2>5. Force of habit</h2> <p>People can establish shopping habits that result in overpaying at the store on a regular basis. For example, you might have a routine of buying your coffee at a particular coffee shop, and your groceries at your favorite grocery store without even looking anywhere else for better deals. Routines are hard to break, as we are creatures of comfort. And that comfort can come at a price.</p> <h2>6. You're being upsold</h2> <p>Store displays can prompt you to buy a more expensive product than you originally intended. Picture this: You go into the store looking to buy a basic TV and come out with one of the nicer models with some advanced features (and an advanced price tag to match). When you see a range of products side-by-side, you tend to increase your expectations for the level of product that will meet your needs.</p> <p>You might also have a salesperson approach you and show you some product options. You might feel pressured into making a purchase before you have finished your research or comparison shopping, and the salesperson might get you interested in a more expensive item than you would select on your own. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-sneaky-ways-youre-being-upsold?ref=seealso" target="_blank">8 Sneaky Ways You're Being Upsold</a>)</p> <h2>7. Impulse buying</h2> <p>While shopping at the store, some impulse items might find their way into your cart without any comparison shopping or careful thought about whether you really need the items. Shopping while hungry, tired, distracted, or in physical discomfort tends to lower your impulse control and increases the tendency to reward yourself with immediate gratification through purchases. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-effortless-ways-to-prevent-budget-busting-impulse-buys?ref=seealso" target="_blank">7 Effortless Ways to Prevent Budget-Busting Impulse Buys</a>)</p> <h2>8. Store design and ambience</h2> <p>Some stores are designed to get you in the mood to spend money. These stores have high quality furnishings, good lighting, and even use scents to get shoppers in the buying mood for certain products. High prices seem more reasonable when all of your senses are being manipulated, so you are willing to spend more in that atmosphere.</p> <p>An example of this is when best-selling author and branding expert Martin Lindstrom found that when an appliance store was filled with the scent of apple pie, sales on ovens and fridges went up 23 percent.</p> <h2>9. You're stubborn</h2> <p>You decide what you want to buy before you even know the price, and no matter what it costs, you know you're going to buy it. For example, you have your mind set on your favorite brand and don't even consider other options that might cost less. Stores facilitate this behavior by promoting popular (and more expensive) brands, making it easy to overlook less expensive choices.</p> <h2>10. Payday shopping</h2> <p>The psychological effect of having more money in your bank account after a payday makes you more likely to spend money. Even if you have funds available throughout the month, knowing that there is more in your account after getting paid can change your spending behavior, reducing your motivation to avoid overspending. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-avoid-7-common-spring-spending-traps?ref=seealso" target="_blank">How to Avoid 7 Common Spring Spending Traps</a>)</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F10-reasons-you-probably-overpaid-at-the-store&amp;media=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F10%2520Reasons%2520You%2520Probably%2520Overpaid%2520at%2520the%2520Store.jpg&amp;description=10%20Reasons%20You%20Probably%20Overpaid%20at%20the%20Store"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/10%20Reasons%20You%20Probably%20Overpaid%20at%20the%20Store.jpg" alt="10 Reasons You Probably Overpaid at the Store" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/dr-penny-pincher">Dr Penny Pincher</a> of <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/10-reasons-you-probably-overpaid-at-the-store">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="https://www.wisebread.com/now-or-later-how-to-decide-the-right-time-to-buy-almost-anything">Now or Later: How to Decide the Right Time to Buy Almost Anything</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="https://www.wisebread.com/the-one-question-you-should-ask-before-every-major-purchase">The One Question You Should Ask Before Every Major Purchase</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="https://www.wisebread.com/6-things-its-better-to-buy-at-the-last-minute">6 Things It&#039;s Better to Buy at the Last Minute</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="https://www.wisebread.com/how-small-monthly-bills-slowly-wreck-your-annual-budget">How Small Monthly Bills Slowly Wreck Your Annual Budget</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/28-ways-to-never-pay-full-price-for-anything">28 Ways to Never Pay Full Price for Anything</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping budgeting tips overpaid saving money shopping tips Spending Money stop overpaying Wed, 20 Jun 2018 08:00:22 +0000 Dr Penny Pincher 2150091 at https://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Board Games for Children https://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-board-games-for-children <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-board-games-for-children" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/kids_board_game_466367920.jpg" alt="Kids playing board game on the floor" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Board games are an enjoyable, affordable way to pass the time with your family. Games can also be educational for children, teaching them critical thinking, reading, and even money skills.</p> <h2>What are board games for children?</h2> <p>Board games for kids are usually easier to play than adult games. They include a board and several game pieces to play with, along with rules on how to win the game. They are classic fun and can keep your child away from their electronics for hours.</p> <h2>Top 5 board games for children</h2> <h3>HedBanz</h3> <p><a href="https://amzn.to/2Moyn1c" target="_blank"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/hedbanz.jpg" width="200" height="245" align="right" alt="" />HedBanz</a> is a fast-paced game that the whole family can take part in. Players ask yes or no questions to figure out the character displayed on their headband. The game has a simple premise and encourages creative critical thinking skills. It includes 74 cards, 24 chips, six headbands, a timer, and rule sheet. Part of Amazon's Summer Toy List, the award-winning educational game is also an Amazon's Choice item, an Amazon best-seller, and a &quot;Best Rated&quot; item. It has more than 1,500 five-star reviews on Amazon and is recommended by Consumer Search and Heavy.com.</p> <p><a href="https://amzn.to/2Moyn1c" target="_blank"><em>Currently $12.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Hasbro Connect 4</h3> <p><a href="https://amzn.to/2JGsD0L" target="_blank"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/connect%204.jpg" width="228" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>Amazon's #1 best-seller in board games, <a href="https://amzn.to/2JGsD0L" target="_blank">Hasbro Connect 4</a> is designed for two players. The goal is to connect four discs in a row. The game of strategy can be played quickly and learned easily. It includes the vertical board, 21 red discs, 21 yellow discs, and instructions. It has more than 2,300 five-star reviews on Amazon and is recommended by NYMag and Heavy.com. It is also one of the &quot;Most Wished For,&quot; &quot;Best Rated,&quot; and top &quot;Gift Ideas&quot; on Amazon.</p> <p><a href="https://amzn.to/2JGsD0L" target="_blank"><em>Currently $8.77 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Hasbro Candy Land the World of Sweets</h3> <p><a href="https://amzn.to/2JBuAjh" target="_blank"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/candy%20land.jpg" width="245" height="158" align="right" alt="" />Hasbro Candy Land the World of Sweets</a> is an oldie, but a goodie. There is no reading or strategy involved, so it's ideal even for preschool-aged children. It includes a game board, four gingerbread pawns, 22 cards, and instructions. The colorful game board features a rainbow path that players race to finish first. It can help teach children color recognition and matching. The Amazon's Choice item is an Amazon best-seller, has more than 900 five-star reviews on Amazon, and is recommended by Heavy.com.</p> <p><a href="https://amzn.to/2JBuAjh" target="_blank"><em>Currently $12.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Hasbro Monopoly Junior</h3> <p><a href="https://amzn.to/2JFQHkt" target="_blank"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/monopoly.jpg" width="245" height="228" align="right" alt="" />Hasbro Monopoly Junior</a> has a kid-friendly vibe, with fun properties like an ice cream parlor and skate park. It also has single dollar bills and easy rules for simple gameplay. The property trading game can help kids learn the value of money and property. It includes a game board, four tokens, 20 Chance cards, 48 Sold signs, 90 bank notes, four character cards, and a die. There are a number of different Monopoly editions available now, so getting your kids hooked on the game from a young age can be a great way to keep them interested in the game as they grow up. It has over 900 five-star reviews on Amazon and is recommended by Ranker.</p> <p><a href="https://amzn.to/2JFQHkt" target="_blank"><em>Currently $13.59 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Hasbro Scrabble Junior</h3> <p><a href="https://amzn.to/2l5v9D7" target="_blank"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/scrabble.jpg" width="245" height="195" align="right" alt="" />Hasbro Scrabble Junior</a> is an educational word game with colorful picture clues and letter matching. It's great for kids just learning to read. The best part is once you flip the game board, there is an advanced level on the opposite side, where players can create their own words, so your child can continue to be challenged as they age. The crossword game includes a two-sided game board, 105 letter tiles, four character tokens, and a game guide.</p> <p><a href="https://amzn.to/2l5v9D7" target="_blank"><em>Currently $13.97 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best board games for children. As always, be sure to check <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar" target="_blank">Wise Bread's Buying Calendar</a> to learn when and how to buy just about anything!</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Fthe-5-best-board-games-for-children&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FThe%25205%2520Best%2520Board%2520Games%2520for%2520Children.jpg&amp;description=The%205%20Best%20Board%20Games%20for%20Children"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/The%205%20Best%20Board%20Games%20for%20Children.jpg" alt="The 5 Best Board Games for Children" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/andrea-cannon">Andrea Cannon</a> of <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-board-games-for-children">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="https://www.wisebread.com/top-five-economy-based-board-games-that-make-you-think">10 Economy-Based Games That Make You Think</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="https://www.wisebread.com/8-amazing-board-games-you-can-diy">8 Amazing Board Games You Can DIY</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="https://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-board-games-for-adults">The 5 Best Board Games for Adults</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="https://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-waterproof-bluetooth-speakers">The 5 Best Waterproof Bluetooth Speakers</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="https://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-infant-nail-clippers">The 5 Best Infant Nail Clippers</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment Family Shopping 5 best activities for kids board games game night games for kids product reviews Thu, 14 Jun 2018 08:00:27 +0000 Andrea Cannon 2148929 at https://www.wisebread.com 10 Fun Money Reads to Take to the Beach https://www.wisebread.com/10-fun-money-reads-to-take-to-the-beach <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-fun-money-reads-to-take-to-the-beach" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_reading_a_book_on_the_beach.jpg" alt="Woman reading a book on the beach" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Whether you're planning to spend a week in a lounger by the pool, or are jetting off to the beach for sun, sea, and serious relaxation, taking a book is a smart way to pass the time while soaking up those rays. And so often in life, we never find the time to educate ourselves on something that really matters: our money. When we're in control of it, we have more time, more freedom, and more choices.</p> <p>The following 10 books are not only educational, but they're fun reads that will get you excited about money management. Most of them are available to buy in multiple formats, including eBook and audiobook, and are available at your local library at no cost. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-personal-finance-books-you-should-read?ref=seealso" target="_blank">6 Personal Finance Books You Should Read</a>)</p> <h2>1. <em>You Are a Badass at Making Money: Master the Mindset of Wealth</em> by Jen Sincero</h2> <p>&quot;If my broke ass can get rich, you can too.&quot; That quote, from the #1 New York Times best-selling author Jen Sincero, should be enough to motivate anyone to grab a copy of <a href="https://amzn.to/2xQ83ts" target="_blank">You Are a Badass at Making Money</a> and read it cover to cover.</p> <p>Written playfully, with just the right amount of candid sass you need to pull you out of the money rut you're in, this is a book that is easy to read and impossible to put down. Sincero recalls her meager existence, with no money in the bank and a diet of cheap junk food, that made her realize she was not living the life she could. Within a few years, she had gone from money train wreck to financial guru, and she's not going to keep any of it a secret. Buy this book, read it at the beach, in the bathtub, on the sofa, or in bed; just read it, and be inspired to transform your own life into the one you feel you deserve.</p> <h2>2. <em>Money for Nothing: One Man's Journey through the Dark Side of Lottery Millions</em> by Edward Ugel</h2> <p>Wouldn't it be great if you won the lottery? All those millions. No more job. No more worries about bills to pay, rising health care and education costs, and how you'll ever afford to take a vacation. Well, be careful what you wish for. That's the premise of Edward Ugel's fascinating, terrifying, and incredibly funny book about the plight of lottery winners, and the system of legalized gambling that has become ingrained in modern American life. From the unscrupulous tactics used to get us all vying for the jackpots, to the way millions of dollars can actually become a burden, <a href="https://amzn.to/2sJzzmL" target="_blank">Money for Nothing</a> is essential reading and what Portland's The Oregonian called &quot;a jackpot of sleaze and hilarity.&quot;</p> <h2>3. <em>Broke Millennial: Stop Scraping By and Get Your Financial Life Together</em> by Erin Lowry</h2> <p>This may be a book with &quot;millennial&quot; in the title, but it's a great read for anyone living paycheck-to-paycheck and desperate to find a little financial freedom. Sadly, with college loans becoming astronomical, and &quot;McJobs&quot; being the only ones available for some well-educated millennials, Lowry's advice hits the nail on the head for this demographic more than most. It's a case of taking a few steps back, looking at your finances with a fresh eye, and finally taking control.</p> <p>This is not, however, a book that will tread mundanely through advice about credit card debt, loans, mortgages, and budgeting. It's replete with stories that will have you laughing out loud, and tips that are both simple and effective. <a href="https://amzn.to/2LrIRv7" target="_blank">Broke Millennial</a> is a refreshing, inspirational read that will help you tackle all of your money problems without ever making you feel patronized or ashamed. There's even advice about how to deal with your partner's money issues.</p> <h2>4. <em>Dollars and Sense: How We Misthink Money and How to Spend Smarter</em> by Dr. Dan Ariely and Jeff Kreisler</h2> <p>If you're a lover of TED talks, then you're probably already familiar with the name Dan Ariely. This superb behavioral economist has given some of the most impactful presentations to date, including &quot;<a href="https://www.ted.com/talks/dan_ariely_asks_are_we_in_control_of_our_own_decisions/transcript?language=en" target="_blank">Are we in control of our own decisions?</a>&quot; and &quot;<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5aH2Ppjpcho" target="_blank">What makes us feel good about our work?</a>&quot;</p> <p>Now, alongside writer and comedian Jeff Kreisler, he delves into the subject of money; and he does it with the same use of humor, engagement, and fascinating facts. Questions like &quot;Why does paying for something feel like it's causing us physical pain?&quot; and &quot;Why do we pay $4 for a soda on vacation that we wouldn't even pay a $1 for at home?&quot; are just a few he'll have you pondering while you turn the pages of <a href="https://amzn.to/2LuldOJ" target="_blank">Dollars and Sense</a>. It's another easy read, and a real page-turner that leaves you so much more knowledgeable about money and human nature. And once you understand how those two things are connected, you'll have a better chance of overcoming the traps of spending.</p> <h2>5. <em>Panic: The Story of Modern Financial Insanity</em> by Michael Lewis</h2> <p>The stock market is a curious and unpredictable beast, and in <a href="https://amzn.to/2Ltb8Sg" target="_blank">Panic</a>, Lewis dissects the biggest crashes in modern financial history. But don't worry, this isn't a tired old analytical look at the numbers. Michael Lewis is considered one of the &quot;funniest serious writers in America,&quot; and you'll find evidence of that on almost every page. What caused the massive crash in 1987? What led to the internet bubble bursting, and the subprime mortgage disaster that cost so many people their jobs and their homes?</p> <p>Yes, the book touches on many extremely serious subjects. But if you've ever seen the movie <em>Moneyball</em>, based on the <a href="https://amzn.to/2kWFCRv" target="_blank">book by Lewis</a>, you'll know that he can make even the most seemingly-mundane statistics come alive. This is not just a book about money, but about human nature, greed, and corruption. Get ready for a roller-coaster ride through the biggest financial events of our lifetime.</p> <h2>6. <em>Real Money Answers for Every Woman: How to Win the Money Game With or Without a Man</em> by Patrice C. Washington</h2> <p>Don't let the title fool you, this is not a book just for the ladies. The advice in <a href="https://amzn.to/2sLQZz1" target="_blank">Real Money Answers for Every Woman</a> works for everyone, and it's delivered in a &quot;tell it like it is&quot; Q&amp;A-style that's incredibly easy to digest in both small bursts and long-haul reading sessions. As a reformed bad spender, Washington looks back on the excessive spending habits that almost ruined her by the tender age of 22. But she turned it all around by 25, learning all about finance, respecting money, and becoming debt-free &hellip; with her own real estate business to boot. You'll find invaluable advice on everything from paying off credit card debt and homeownership, to bagging affordable child care and negotiating a raise and promotion.</p> <p>Get yourself a copy and start learning the habits that will get you feeling, and living the financially free lifestyle you've always dreamed of.</p> <h2>7. <em>Get Smart!: How to Think and Act Like the Most Successful and Highest-Paid People in Every Field</em> by Brian Tracy</h2> <p>Brian Tracy is an acclaimed business guru, speaker, and best-selling author. In <a href="https://amzn.to/2Lurbzh" target="_blank">Get Smart!</a>, he brings his literal wealth of knowledge to you in a way that's easy to digest, and comes complete with handy exercises throughout. One of the startling facts presented by Tracy is that the average person uses just 2 percent of their mental ability. But if we all learn to think, act, and embrace the ways of successful people, we can unlock so much more of our potential and go on to lead financially-secure lives.</p> <p>In short, if you think you can do it, or you think you can't &hellip; you're right. This is about harnessing positive thinking and using it to create success in whatever field you're currently in, or want to be in. Exercise your courage and get ready to become a much better version of yourself. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-books-to-read-for-a-better-money-mindset?ref=seealso" target="_blank">10 Books to Read for a Better Money Mindset</a>)</p> <h2>8. <em>F.U. Money: Make As Much Money As You Damn Well Want And Live Your Life As You Damn Well Please!</em> by Dan Lok</h2> <p>Well, any book that talks about &quot;F.U. Money&quot; is already off to a fun start. This is the amount of money that would keep you comfortable enough to be able to quit your job, support your family, and eliminate your money stress. In fact, many conversations around the lunch table at work are about F.U. Money, and what you would really say to your annoying boss if you ever got it. This is your chance to make that dream become a reality.</p> <p>Of course, <a href="https://amzn.to/2kUXpbI" target="_blank">F.U. Money</a> takes the approach that dead-end jobs and soul-sucking careers are no way to live a life that is so short. If we're lucky, we get about 80 years on this planet, and do we really want to spend most of those stuck in a job we hate, day in, day out? This book gives you the tools you need to go out there and forge your own path. No relying on a corporation to pay your mortgage and your health insurance. No worrying about layoffs and backstabbing co-workers. If you want it, and you work hard, you can have the lifestyle you currently only dream of. Now, go and get it.</p> <h2>9. <em>How Come That Idiot's Rich And I'm Not?</em> by Robert Shemin</h2> <p>How often have you asked yourself that question? Seriously, you sometimes look at the person driving the latest BMW, rocking designer threads, and yet they can barely string two coherent sentences together. What have they got that you don't? Is it luck? An inheritance? Why are they swimming in money and freedom? <a href="https://amzn.to/2sJbSLe" target="_blank">How Come That Idiot's Rich And I'm Not?</a> examines that in a fun and common-sense way, and you'll find it easy to flip through the pages and garner some excellent advice. Written in a way that isn't preachy, but is definitely persuasive, this is one of those books that gets you riled up enough to do something about that initial question.</p> <h2>10. <em>The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck: How to Stop Spending Time You Don't Have with People You Don't Like Doing Things You Don't Want to Do</em> by Sarah Knight</h2> <p>OK, so this isn't strictly a book laser-focused on money. But if you're looking for a very fun read that will have you literally rolling on the floor laughing, and will also help you live a better life, <a href="https://amzn.to/2JqlykI" target="_blank">The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck</a> is one for your next beach vacation. It's written with the kind of satirical swagger that makes you nod constantly, laugh out loud to an embarrassing extent, and also want to get to social media and share the advice with everyone you know.</p> <p>You'll learn the &quot;NotSorry&quot; method of mental decluttering (who couldn't use that?) that will stop you from worrying so much about your physical appearance, the opinions of your co-workers, that insane family drama, and all the other nonsense that fills our brains to capacity. Flush it out, and you'll have the time and energy to focus on what really matters; and that includes getting your finances in order and creating a stream of income that comes from something you genuinely enjoy doing. If you can, find the audiobook narrated with passion by the author.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F10-fun-money-reads-to-take-to-the-beach&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F10%2520Fun%2520Money%2520Reads%2520to%2520Take%2520to%2520the%2520Beach.jpg&amp;description=10%20Fun%20Money%20Reads%20to%20Take%20to%20the%20Beach"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/10%20Fun%20Money%20Reads%20to%20Take%20to%20the%20Beach.jpg" alt="10 Fun Money Reads to Take to the Beach" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/10-fun-money-reads-to-take-to-the-beach">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="https://www.wisebread.com/10-books-to-read-for-a-better-money-mindset">10 Books to Read for a Better Money Mindset</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="https://www.wisebread.com/these-8-everyday-buys-will-be-cheaper-this-summer">These 8 Everyday Buys Will Be Cheaper This Summer</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="https://www.wisebread.com/6-cheap-ways-to-entertain-your-kids-this-summer">6 Cheap Ways to Entertain Your Kids This Summer</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="https://www.wisebread.com/these-8-apps-will-help-you-explore-the-great-outdoors">These 8 Apps Will Help You Explore the Great Outdoors</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="https://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-board-games-for-adults">The 5 Best Board Games for Adults</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment Shopping beach beach reads finance books money books new books summer activities summer fun Tue, 12 Jun 2018 08:00:38 +0000 Paul Michael 2147653 at https://www.wisebread.com 7 Ways You Can Save $1,000 by Christmas, If You Start Now https://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-you-can-save-1000-by-christmas-if-you-start-now <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-ways-you-can-save-1000-by-christmas-if-you-start-now" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/piggybank_under_christmas_tree_in_beach.jpg" alt="Piggy bank Under Christmas tree in Beach" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>In 2017, an American Research Group survey found that American shoppers planned to spend an average $983 on holiday gifts. Though we don't yet know what this year's average will be, it will likely go up. Do you have an extra $1,000 stashed away for the holidays? If not, you've got six months to build your reserve. Here are seven ways you can save $1,000 by Christmas &hellip; if you start now.</p> <h2>1. Turn your clutter into cash</h2> <p>OK, I'm cheating a little bit with this one. But hey, you gotta <em>make</em> money in order to <em>save</em> money!</p> <p>Explore the dark recesses of your attic, closets, and basement. What long-forgotten treasures could you liquidate for cash on eBay, Etsy, or Facebook Marketplace? List a few items each week. Depending on value and volume, you could easily accumulate $1,000 by Christmas. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-garage-sale-items-that-sell-like-hotcakes?ref=seealso" target="_blank">12 Garage Sale Items That Sell Like Hotcakes</a>)</p> <h2>2. Cut back on dining out</h2> <p>For many of us, cooking has become a casualty of our busy lives. According to a report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, American families spent an average $3,008 dining out in 2015 (that's more than $250 a month!). Replace takeout with &quot;make-in&quot; and you'll save that $1,000 by Christmas. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-instant-pot-recipes-that-will-save-you-money?ref=seealso" target="_blank">12 Instant Pot Recipes That Will Save You Money</a>)</p> <h2>3. Make water your beverage of choice</h2> <p>Though recent statistics are scarce, Time magazine reported in 2012 that the average American spends nearly $850 a year on soda and $1,100 on coffee. Oh, and don't forget our other liquid love &mdash; booze. According to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, American families spent an average $515 on alcohol in 2015. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/heres-how-rich-youd-be-if-you-stopped-drinking?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Here's How Rich You'd Be If You Stopped Drinking</a>)</p> <p>Make tap water your beverage of choice for the next six months and you'll save a load of cash. Even if you don't cut out the soda, coffee, and booze entirely, cutting back until Christmas will help you save a significant amount that you can spend on gifts for your loved ones.</p> <h2>4. Swap cable TV for a streaming service</h2> <p>According to data collected by Leichtman Research Group, the average monthly cable TV bill in the U.S. was about $106 in 2017. But with just few extra premium channels, your bill could easily hit $150-$175 a month. Cut the cord and subscribe to a streaming service. A Hulu Plus membership is $7.99 a month and Netflix's standard streaming service is currently $10.99.</p> <h2>5. Try no-spend weekends</h2> <p>Movies, shopping, dinners out, and drinks with friends &mdash; weekends can be expensive. Try a different approach. Two weekends each month, take a spending break. Besides essential bills that come due, challenge yourself to not spend one dime. If your typical weekend budget is $70, by the time Christmas rolls around, you'll have saved over $700. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/47-cheap-fun-things-to-do-this-weekend?ref=seealso" target="_blank">47 Cheap, Fun Things to Do This Weekend</a>)</p> <h2>6. Don't buy any new clothing</h2> <p>A pair of jeans for $65? A shirt for $48? New clothes can really take a bite out of your budget. Over the next six months, see how far your current wardrobe will stretch. That means saying &quot;no&quot; to all new clothing purchases.</p> <p>Need something essential during that time? Skip retail and shop secondhand. If your current clothing budget is $150 per month, this single move could save you $900 by Christmas. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/these-6-shopping-challenges-will-keep-you-stylish-without-breaking-your-budget?ref=seealso" target="_blank">These 6 Shopping Challenges Will Keep You Stylish Without Breaking Your Budget</a>)</p> <h2>7. Cut out the smaller expenses</h2> <p>Try cutting or eliminating 10-15 small expenses. Resolve to never use an out-of-network ATM. Examine your homeowners, auto, and life insurance policies to see if you qualify for discounts or lower premiums. Wait another year to upgrade your smartphone. Buy generic groceries or embrace a discount grocery store. Remember, dozens of small changes can quickly add up to big savings. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/save-big-at-these-4-discount-supermarkets?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Save Big at These 4 Discount Supermarkets</a>)</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F7-ways-you-can-save-1000-by-christmas-if-you-start-now&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F7%2520Ways%2520You%2520Can%2520Save%2520%25241%252C000%2520by%2520Christmas%252C%2520If%2520You%2520Start%2520Now.jpg&amp;description=7%20Ways%20You%20Can%20Save%20%241%2C000%20by%20Christmas%2C%20If%20You%20Start%20Now"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/7%20Ways%20You%20Can%20Save%20%241%2C000%20by%20Christmas%2C%20If%20You%20Start%20Now.jpg" alt="7 Ways You Can Save $1,000 by Christmas, If You Start Now" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/kentin-waits">Kentin Waits</a> of <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-you-can-save-1000-by-christmas-if-you-start-now">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="https://www.wisebread.com/buy-these-9-christmas-gifts-now-and-save">Buy These 9 Christmas Gifts Now and Save</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="https://www.wisebread.com/9-things-you-can-do-right-now-for-a-frugal-holiday-season">9 Things You Can Do Right Now for a Frugal Holiday Season</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="https://www.wisebread.com/28-ways-to-never-pay-full-price-for-anything">28 Ways to Never Pay Full Price for Anything</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="https://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-your-lazy-habits-are-costing-you">9 Ways Your Lazy Habits Are Costing You</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="https://www.wisebread.com/how-getting-more-sleep-helps-your-finances">How Getting More Sleep Helps Your Finances</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Budgeting Shopping budgeting tips christmas budget christmas shopping holiday fund saving money Tue, 05 Jun 2018 09:00:25 +0000 Kentin Waits 2146551 at https://www.wisebread.com 12 Cool Travel Items for Your Summer Vacation https://www.wisebread.com/12-cool-travel-items-for-your-summer-vacation <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/12-cool-travel-items-for-your-summer-vacation" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/young_girl_in_doughnut_float_at_pool.jpg" alt="Young girl in doughnut float at pool" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="149" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Winter is finally over, and the summer vacation you've been counting down to has arrived. But before you head out for your trip, you need to pack the right clothing and the right gear. Beyond the basic necessities, you can make your summer vacation more enjoyable by packing these 12 cool travel items. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-credit-card-perks-thatll-make-your-summer-travels-easier?ref=seealso" target="_blank">8 Credit Card Perks That'll Make Your Summer Travels Easier</a>)</p> <h2>1. Portable power bank</h2> <p>Tech devices have become an essential part of travel gear for most of us. We often use them even more while we're away from home &mdash; whether it's following a GPS map on a phone, watching movies on tablets, or reading books on e-readers. Don't run the risk of your devices running out of juice while you're on vacation. Get yourself a <a href="https://amzn.to/2spqG2n" target="_blank">portable power bank</a> so you can charge your gadgets on the go. You charge it up before you head out the door, then when you need it you can plug your device in.</p> <h2>2. Filtered water bottle</h2> <p>Often on vacation, and particularly in foreign countries, tap water doesn't meet the same quality standards you're used to. This can mean you end up buying a lot of bottled water. <a href="https://amzn.to/2xytjDY" target="_blank">Filtered water bottles</a> are great from both an environmental perspective as they reduce the amount of plastic you use, and also because they save you a significant amount of money. You can fill up from virtually any water source and drink with confidence, knowing that the water you&rsquo;re drinking is safe. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-low-cost-travel-items-that-can-save-you-big-on-your-next-trip?ref=seealso" target="_blank">5 Low-Cost Travel Items That Can Save You Big On Your Next Trip</a>)</p> <h2>3. Selfie stick</h2> <p>A <a href="https://amzn.to/2HbrTif" target="_blank">selfie stick</a> is a must-have accessory for any vacationer these days. They're inexpensive and extremely useful for conveniently snapping great vacation photos. No more pictures with one of the family members missing or having to trust strangers with your camera or smartphone. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-selfie-sticks?ref=seealso" target="_blank">The 5 Best Selfie Sticks</a>)</p> <h2>4. Electronic accessories organizer</h2> <p>Why is it that whenever you put a bunch of wires in a bag, they always come out intertwined in an impossibly tangled mess? There's no need to worry about that happening with an <a href="https://amzn.to/2HcwTDa" target="_blank">electronic organizer</a>. There are separate compartments for all of your cables, chargers, headphones, memory cards and whatever other accessories you have. The organizer will keep all of the wires untangled and give you one easy place to find everything electronics-related.</p> <h2>5. Multitool</h2> <p>A <a href="https://amzn.to/2LSZDEz" target="_blank">multitool</a> is an unquestionably handy item to take on vacation, as there will always come a time when you need to open a bottle, tighten some sunglasses, or fix something else in a pinch. There are many that are now TSA-approved if you're heading somewhere by plane, and most are small enough to fit in your pocket. (See Also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-essentials-every-emergency-bag-should-have?ref=seealso" target="_blank">13 Essentials Every Emergency Bag Should Have</a>)</p> <h2>6. Portable espresso machine</h2> <p>If you're a coffee enthusiast whose brain doesn't function until you've had your morning cup of joe, this one's for you. You'll never need to worry about finding a decent cup of coffee again. Portable espresso machines are compact, lightweight, and hand-powered so all you need to add is ground coffee beans for the perfect brew. I personally use the <a href="https://amzn.to/2sq2xZl" target="_blank">Handpresso</a> and it works very well.</p> <h2>7. Flexible tripod</h2> <p>Unlike a traditional, bulky, extendible tripod, a <a href="https://amzn.to/2Lf5ItM" target="_blank">flexible tripod</a> can be configured on pretty much any surface, and they're so small they'll fit in your carry-on bag. Wrap it around a pole, secure it to a tree, or set it up on an uneven surface. They're the best way to achieve a stable base for your smartphone or camera, and can be used with a self timer for when the selfie stick just won't do.</p> <p>I personally use the <a href="https://amzn.to/2HblR1b" target="_blank">JOBY Gorillapod</a>, and it seems to last longer than other similar products on the market. In my experience, many cheaper brands break down with use.</p> <h2>8. Portable backrest chair</h2> <p><a href="https://amzn.to/2HcZfx1" target="_blank">Folding seats with backs</a> are ingenious inventions that are little more than a padded mat with two straps attached to keep the seat at a 90-degree angle to the back. But they provide a great backrest for when you're relaxing at the beach, having a picnic in the park, or out camping in the wild. They're also extremely lightweight, and you can carry them anywhere in your backpack or suitcase.</p> <h2>9. Inflatable lounger</h2> <p>These <a href="https://amzn.to/2xBQflC" target="_blank">inflatable loungers</a> can be blown up in minutes without an air pump. The compartments are designed to catch the air, so all it takes is a few waves and they fill up, then you fold down the end and secure it in place. These loungers can be used on the beach, in the park, or even in the pool or sea. They pack down to the size of a very small backpack, so it's like being able to carry your sofa with you wherever you go.</p> <h2>10. Sand-free beach mat</h2> <p>If you've ever spent a day at the beach, only to get home with what seems like half of it folded into your beach blanket, then you'll appreciate a <a href="https://amzn.to/2sAasCu" target="_blank">sand-free beach mat</a>. These mats have a one-way mesh design, allowing sand to filter out through the microscopic holes rather than staying on top. It's not just for the beach, either. Dirt and water also pass through the mesh, so the mat is great for camping or picnics. It's easy to clean and can be used anywhere outdoors.</p> <h2>11. Camera drone</h2> <p>If you want to snap some super cool shots of your vacation and have a bit of fun while getting them, then a <a href="https://amzn.to/2Lf8hfo" target="_blank">camera drone</a> is the way to do it. The thrill of flying your own mini, unmanned quadcopter is endlessly entertaining.</p> <p>For ultimate portability, I use the <a href="https://amzn.to/2sCQKX8" target="_blank">DJI Spark</a>, which takes beautiful cinematic videos and photos that put the iPhone to shame. And you may even be able to make a few dollars from the amazing aerial footage that you capture from it as well. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-earn-extra-income-with-a-drone?ref=seealso" target="_blank">How to Earn Extra Income With a Drone</a>)</p> <h2>12. Clip-on phone camera lenses</h2> <p>Smartphone cameras are so advanced these days that it's often unnecessary to take a separate camera with you on vacation. But you may still want a bit more from your holiday snaps than your phone alone can provide. <a href="https://amzn.to/2swnH7q" target="_blank">Clip-on camera lenses</a> are great for producing different results like wide angle, fisheye, and macro, and can take your smartphone photography to the next level.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? 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Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-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="https://www.wisebread.com/8-travel-gadgets-to-take-on-your-next-road-trip">8 Travel Gadgets to Take on Your Next Road Trip</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="https://www.wisebread.com/5-affordable-and-unforgettable-experiences-to-have-in-national-parks-this-summer">5 Affordable and Unforgettable Experiences to Have in National Parks This Summer</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="https://www.wisebread.com/8-credit-card-perks-thatll-make-your-summer-travels-easier">Use These 8 Credit Card Perks to Save Big and Have More Fun on Your Summer Vacation</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="https://www.wisebread.com/how-to-plan-your-best-summer-staycation-ever">How to Plan Your Best Summer Staycation Ever</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="https://www.wisebread.com/my-5-favorite-budget-summer-destinations-for-2018">My 5 Favorite Budget Summer Destinations for 2018</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping Travel packing list summer summer travel summer vacation travel must-haves travel tips Tue, 05 Jun 2018 08:30:32 +0000 Nick Wharton 2146432 at https://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Cord Organizers https://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-cord-organizers <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-cord-organizers" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/cable_organizer_179047527_0.jpg" alt="Using the best cord organizer " title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>How much time have you wasted untangling headphone cords? Fortunately, affordable cord organizers can keep small cords packed together, so you don't have to spend your precious time untangling bunched up cables ever again.</p> <h2>What is a cord organizer?</h2> <p>A cord organizer is a small accessory that can keep headphone cords and data cables tidy and untangled. They are small enough to be stored in your desk, car, bag, or anywhere else you may have tangled cords. If you're looking for something that can fit both your cords and larger cables, then consider a travel cable organizer instead. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-travel-cable-organizers?ref=seealso" target="_blank">The 5 Best Travel Cable Organizers</a>)</p> <h2>Top 5 Cord Organizers</h2> <h3>Nite Ize Original Gear Tie</h3> <p><a href="https://amzn.to/2LLE2Oq" target="_blank"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/nite%20ize.jpg" width="144" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>Amazon's Choice for cord organizers, the <a href="https://amzn.to/2LLE2Oq" target="_blank">Nite Ize Original Gear Tie</a> is very practical. The four pack of durable, rubber twist ties have a strong, bendable internal wire and soft rubber exterior that is UV resistant, waterproof, and won't scratch, mark, or ding. The colorful 3&quot; reusable gear ties can also be used for bundling, organizing, and storing any small items. They are also easily mountable, hold their shape, and have excellent grip. The Amazon best-seller has over 4,000 five-star reviews on Amazon. They're available in a range of color options, but this multi-color option can also help you color code your headphones and cords.</p> <p><a href="https://amzn.to/2LLE2Oq" target="_blank"><em>Currently $2.98 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Avantree Wire Organizer</h3> <p><a href="https://amzn.to/2xvLQRm" target="_blank"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/avantree.jpg" width="245" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>Amazon's Choice for cord organizers, the <a href="https://amzn.to/2xvLQRm" target="_blank">Avantree Wire Organizer</a> can be used to organize a range of cords and small wires. The special design easily attaches to cords and cables of all sizes, so you won't have to worry about losing them. The reusable, durable cord fastening wraps come in three different sizes and various colors to effectively organize and color coordinate any wires, cords, and cables. They have over 400 five-star reviews on Amazon and are backed by a two-year warranty.</p> <p><a href="https://amzn.to/2xvLQRm" target="_blank"><em>Currently $6.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>BELUGA Cable Clips and Cord Management System</h3> <p><a href="https://amzn.to/2JkYjw0" target="_blank"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/beluga.jpg" width="219" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="https://amzn.to/2JkYjw0" target="_blank">BELUGA Cable Clips and Cord Management System</a> organizers are made of environmentally friendly material and have removable 3M sticky pads on the back, so you can adhere them to any smooth surface. The pack of eight is available in a range of colors, so you can color coordinate your cords. Each silicone holder has two soft, yet tough channels, which can hold headphones, power cords, charging cables, and any other small cords or chargers. The clips are backed by more than 600 five-star reviews on Amazon and a 30-day money-back guarantee.</p> <p><a href="https://amzn.to/2JkYjw0" target="_blank"><em>Currently $8.95 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>CAILLU Power Cord Organizer</h3> <p><a href="https://amzn.to/2J2KUoO" target="_blank"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/caillu.jpg" width="245" height="187" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="https://amzn.to/2J2KUoO" target="_blank">CAILLU Power Cord Organizer</a> and manager is ideal for headphones, lightning cables, USB cords, and other accessory wires. Each of the sleek, high-quality handmade leather earbud clips snaps shut with a metal button. This allows it to quickly release the headphones and keep them tangle-free. The headphone organizer is soft, compact, flexible, and can be used to easily wind all types of small cables and cords. The five-pack is available in a range of colors and backed by a satisfaction guarantee.</p> <p><a href="https://amzn.to/2J2KUoO" target="_blank"><em>Currently $7.48 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Nite Ize Curvyman Cord Supervisor</h3> <p><a href="https://amzn.to/2sp81CU" target="_blank"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/nite%20ize%20curvyman.jpg" width="144" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="https://amzn.to/2sp81CU" target="_blank">Nite Ize Curvyman Cord Supervisor</a> offers an easy way to wrap and store headphones. The lightweight, durable, compact plastic organizer has a unique design to keep small cords in order and tangle-free. The headphone cord wrap can also shorten long wires to keep cords close-fitting. This is available in a range of colors and comes with an attachment that allows you to clip it to your keychain or bag. The earbud organizer is backed by more than 500 five-star reviews on Amazon and a worry-free guarantee.</p> <p><a href="https://amzn.to/2sp81CU" target="_blank"><em>Currently $2.97 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best cord organizers. As always, be sure to check <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar" target="_blank">Wise Bread's Buying Calendar</a> to learn when and how to buy just about anything!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? 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Along with serving as a dependable speaker, many of the options below can also be used to answer calls and can quickly connect to other devices through wireless Bluetooth streaming.</p> <h2>What is a waterproof Bluetooth speaker?</h2> <p>A waterproof speaker is a stereo sound system that utilizes Bluetooth technology to wirelessly connect with any Bluetooth-enabled device. The waterproof feature allows you to take your speakers on any indoor or outdoor adventures you choose. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-bluetooth-speakers?ref=seealso" target="_blank">The 5 Best Bluetooth Speakers</a>)</p> <h2>Top 5 waterproof Bluetooth speakers</h2> <h3>AOMAIS Sport II Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker 4.0</h3> <p><a href="https://amzn.to/2LqI6DA" target="_blank"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/aomais.jpg" width="245" height="175" align="right" alt="" /></a>Amazon's #1 best-seller in bookshelf speakers, the <a href="https://amzn.to/2LqI6DA" target="_blank">AOMAIS Sport II Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker 4.0</a> is one of the toughest speakers on the market thanks to a rubber exterior that protects from scratches and impact. It has high-fidelity audio with dual drivers and twin subwoofers for 20W clear, immersive sound and balanced bass. It is fully waterproof, snowproof, dustproof, shockproof, and can pair with two speakers or through an AUX cable. The durable design offers up to 12 hours of playtime. You can also answer calls using the hands-free function.</p> <p>This is backed by more than 2,300 five-star reviews on Amazon and a 12-month warranty. It is available in two colors and includes a micro USB charging cable. The <a href="https://amzn.to/2KQHsOL" target="_blank">AOMAIS Ball Bluetooth Speaker</a> is another best-selling option from the trusted brand.</p> <p><a href="https://amzn.to/2LqI6DA" target="_blank"><em>Currently $32.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>APIE Portable Wireless Outdoor Bluetooth Speaker</h3> <p><a href="https://amzn.to/2s7RQJW" target="_blank"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/apie.jpg" width="245" height="208" align="right" alt="" /></a>Amazon's #1 best-seller in satellite speakers, the <a href="https://amzn.to/2s7RQJW" target="_blank">APIE Portable Wireless Outdoor Bluetooth Speaker</a> has dual 10W high-performance drivers and passive subwoofer. The hands-free speakerphone has up to 10 hours playback time and can be used to answer calls. The durable, rugged speaker has a range of 33 feet. It also has enhanced bass and full, high-definition sound with impressive volume and clear sound quality. It has more than 2,000 five-star reviews on Amazon. It comes with a USB charging cable, AUX cable, and D-style hook.</p> <p><a href="https://amzn.to/2s7RQJW" target="_blank"><em>Currently $29.87 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>OontZ Angle 3 Portable Bluetooth Speaker</h3> <p><a href="https://amzn.to/2s8yBzQ" target="_blank"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/oontz.jpg" width="245" height="177" align="right" alt="" /></a>Amazon's #1 best-seller in portable Bluetooth speakers, the <a href="https://amzn.to/2s8yBzQ" target="_blank">OontZ Angle 3 Portable Bluetooth Speaker</a> is water resistant, dustproof, and sandproof. The weatherproof speaker has up to 12 hours play time. Two precision acoustic drivers and 10W of peak output power deliver high-quality sound, louder volume, and enhanced bass. The triangular design has no square edges, so it's easy to carry. It can also be used as a wireless speakerphone.</p> <p>This has nearly 25,000 five-star reviews on Amazon and is frequently recommended online. It includes a micro-USB charging cable and AUX audio cable for additional connection options. The <a href="https://amzn.to/2GJMfPk" target="_blank">OontZ Angle 3 Plus Edition 10W Portable Bluetooth Speaker</a> is also an Amazon's Choice Product.</p> <p><a href="https://amzn.to/2s8yBzQ" target="_blank"><em>Currently $24.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>VicTsing Shower Speaker</h3> <p><a href="https://amzn.to/2GHReQL" target="_blank"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/victsing.jpg" width="180" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="https://amzn.to/2GHReQL" target="_blank">VicTsing Shower Speaker</a> is waterproof, shockproof, and dustproof. The 5W speaker offers clear sound and full range output. The durable speaker offers fast charging and up to six hours of playtime. You can also answer phone calls using the hands-free function.</p> <p>The Amazon's Choice Product is recommended by Tom's Guide and has more than 4,500 five-star reviews on Amazon. It's available in various colors and comes with a USB cable, aluminum alloy metal hook, and a detachable suction cup on the back so it can be easily attached to any smooth surfaces.</p> <p><a href="https://amzn.to/2GHReQL" target="_blank"><em>Currently $18.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>JBL Flip 4 Waterproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker</h3> <p><a href="https://amzn.to/2IKmQa9" target="_blank"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/jbl.jpg" width="245" height="96" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="https://amzn.to/2IKmQa9" target="_blank">JBL Flip 4 Waterproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker</a> is truly the best that money can buy. The durable weatherproof speaker can even be submerged in water. It can wirelessly connect to up to two devices and can link to other JBL Connect+ devices. Dual external passive radiators offer high-quality sound, louder volume, and enhanced bass, with up to 12 hours of playtime. The built-in noise and echo-canceling speakerphone can also be used to make calls. It can also easily be used to talk to Siri or Google Now.</p> <p>This is recommended by CNET, Tom's Guide, and Forbes. It's also backed by more than 2,500 five-star reviews on Amazon and is available in a range of colors. If you're looking for something even more rugged, consider the <a href="https://amzn.to/2s2Jx2N" target="_blank" rel="noopener">FUGOO Tough Go Anywhere Speaker</a> instead.</p> <p><a href="https://amzn.to/2IKmQa9" target="_blank"><em>Currently $84.00 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best waterproof Bluetooth speakers. As always, be sure to check <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar" target="_blank">Wise Bread's Buying Calendar</a> to learn when and how to buy just about anything!</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Fthe-5-best-waterproof-bluetooth-speakers&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FThe%25205%2520Best%2520Waterproof%2520Bluetooth%2520Speakers.jpg&amp;description=The%205%20Best%20Waterproof%20Bluetooth%20Speakers"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/The%205%20Best%20Waterproof%20Bluetooth%20Speakers.jpg" alt="The 5 Best Waterproof Bluetooth Speakers" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/andrea-cannon">Andrea Cannon</a> of <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-waterproof-bluetooth-speakers">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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