Home https://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/3754/all en-US Ask the Readers: How Will You Prep Your Home for Winter? https://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-how-will-you-prep-your-home-for-winter <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/ask-the-readers-how-will-you-prep-your-home-for-winter" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_home_repair_845628790.jpg" alt="Woman prepping her home for winter" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Winter is coming! Sure, it's still early fall, but now is actually the best time to get to work around the house so that you stay cozy and secure when the cold months roll around.</p> <p><strong>How will you prep your home for winter?</strong> What are some of the common seasonal hazards in your area, and what will you do to prevent any damage or accidents? 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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 how you&#039;ll prep your home for winter 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-how-will-you-prep-your-home-for-winter">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-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/6-ways-youre-wearing-out-your-furnace-too-soon">6 Ways You&#039;re Wearing Out Your Furnace Too Soon</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-need-to-do-now-to-prepare-for-winter">9 Things You Need to Do Now to Prepare for Winter</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-put-all-that-snow-to-good-use">9 Ways to Put All That Snow to Good Use</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-humidifiers">The 5 Best Humidifiers</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/7-easy-ways-to-lower-winter-energy-costs">7 Easy Ways to Lower Winter Energy Costs</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Home Ask the Readers winter Tue, 18 Sep 2018 08:30:10 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 2175377 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-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-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-window-air-conditioners">The 5 Best Window 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-portable-air-conditioners">The 5 Best Portable 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-solar-powered-outdoor-security-lights">The 5 Best Solar-Powered Outdoor Security Lights</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 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? 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-oven-mitts-and-pot-holders&amp;media=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FThe%25205%2520Best%2520Oven%2520Mitts%2520and%2520Pot%2520Holders.jpg&amp;description=The%205%20Best%20Oven%20Mitts%20and%20Pot%20Holders"></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%20Oven%20Mitts%20and%20Pot%20Holders.jpg" alt="The 5 Best Oven Mitts and Pot Holders" 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-oven-mitts-and-pot-holders">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-cheese-graters">The 5 Best Cheese Graters</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-sous-vide-tools">The 5 Best Sous Vide Tools</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 Home Shopping 5 best cooking tools kitchen tools oven mitts pot holders product reviews Thu, 28 Jun 2018 08:00:11 +0000 Andrea Cannon 2152666 at https://www.wisebread.com 7 Ways to Make Owning a Pool Less of a Nightmare https://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-to-make-owning-a-pool-less-of-a-nightmare <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-ways-to-make-owning-a-pool-less-of-a-nightmare" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/girl_in_bikini_wearing_sunglasses.jpg" alt="Girl in bikini wearing sunglasses" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Nothing screams summertime like a day spent floating around in a pool. Installing a swimming pool in your own backyard might seem like a great idea, but unfortunately, the costs can add up quickly. Not only are pools expensive to build, but they're also costly to maintain. Luckily, there are plenty of ways you can make owning a pool less of a nightmare.</p> <h2>1. Purchase a high-quality pool cover</h2> <p>Pool covers do more than protect your pool from leaves and other debris. When you don't keep your pool covered, the water evaporates more quickly. In turn, this costs you more money because you have to pay to keep refilling it. A pool cover also helps to warm your pool naturally, so the cost of heating the water decreases.</p> <p>When it comes to <a href="https://amzn.to/2JeCC0h" target="_blank">pool covers</a>, there is no shortage of options. You can opt to install a flat, automatic pool cover or you can purchase one that you put on yourself every time you exit the pool. Most pool covers cost less than $100, depending on the size and type of cover you need. Either way, a pool cover is definitely a must when it comes to saving you time and money on pool maintenance.</p> <h2>2. Schedule regular maintenance</h2> <p>Swimming pools require a lot of care and attention. With regular maintenance, you can ensure your pool is functioning efficiently. Maintenance includes keeping the pH levels within proper range, clearing away any algae, and making sure the filters are running smoothly.</p> <p>Scheduled maintenance costs money, but failing to take care of your pool can cost you even more. For instance, failing to skim debris from the pool regularly can clog the filters, costing you more money down the road.</p> <p>To ease the burden of maintaining a pool, you can consider leaving it to the professionals. There are endless local and nationwide companies that will come by regularly to care for your swimming pool.</p> <h2>3. Put safety precautions in place</h2> <p>Pools can be dangerous, especially for children who don't know how to swim. Put your mind at ease by installing the proper safety gear and guidelines from the start.</p> <p>To ensure everyone's safety, it's a good idea to build a safety barrier around your pool. Most landscaping or pool maintenance companies are able to build a wood or metal fence around the pool, safeguarding children and pets against going into the pool area unsupervised. Require everyone in your household to be CPR certified and ask visitors to abide by the safety rules you already have set in place. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/dont-buy-a-house-with-a-pool-until-you-can-answer-these-7-questions?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Don't Buy a House With a Pool Until You Can Answer These 7 Questions</a>)</p> <h2>4. Adjust the temperature</h2> <p>Purchasing a pool heater can help extend your pool season, allowing you to get more use out of your investment. Just keep in mind, a heated pool comes at a premium price. For every degree higher you set the thermostat, your energy bill will also increase.</p> <p>To balance out this utility cost, keep the pool unheated when not in use. Invest in a <a href="https://amzn.to/2sj9Lyq" target="_blank">solar pool cover</a> to help insulate your pool naturally.</p> <h2>5. Consider downsizing</h2> <p>If you're in the initial stages of building a backyard oasis, the most effective way you can lower costs is to decrease the size of the pool. Not only will a smaller pool cost you significantly less to build, but it is easier to maintain, heat, and filter. And you can have just as much fun in a smaller pool.</p> <h2>6. Turn off filters and features when not in use</h2> <p>Water features such as slides and waterfalls use an enormous amount of energy. One easy way to save money is to make sure you turn off all pool features when they aren't in use. It's a simple step, but it makes a big difference in your electricity and water bills.</p> <p>You can also save money by turning off your water filter and automatic cleaner. Your pool can still get clean without running these tools 24 hours a day.</p> <h2>7. Buy the right chemicals</h2> <p>Of course, every pool owner needs some basic chemicals, such as chlorine, to keep everything clean and sanitary. While it may be tempting to purchase the cheapest chemicals you can find, by doing so, you may be spending more money in the long-run. The cheaper pool chemicals can sometimes be less concentrated, so you end up using more of the product to get the job done. So make sure you check out the concentration levels of pool chemicals before you buy any.</p> <p>And never ever mix chlorine products. This can be extremely dangerous.</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-to-make-owning-a-pool-less-of-a-nightmare&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F7%2520Ways%2520to%2520Make%2520Owning%2520a%2520Pool%2520Less%2520of%2520a%2520Nightmare.jpg&amp;description=7%20Ways%20to%20Make%20Owning%20a%20Pool%20Less%20of%20a%20Nightmare"></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%20to%20Make%20Owning%20a%20Pool%20Less%20of%20a%20Nightmare.jpg" alt="7 Ways to Make Owning a Pool Less of a Nightmare" 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/7-ways-to-make-owning-a-pool-less-of-a-nightmare">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/10-really-easy-ways-to-unclog-drains">10 Really Easy Ways to Unclog Drains</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/architect-designer-or-contractor-who-should-you-hire-for-your-project">Architect, Designer, or Contractor: Who Should You Hire for Your Project?</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/19-frugal-and-easy-ways-to-update-an-old-home">19 Frugal (And Easy) Ways to Update an Old Home</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/10-things-to-know-before-you-start-a-home-improvement-project">10 Things to Know Before You Start a Home Improvement Project</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/13-problems-you-can-solve-with-duct-tape">13 Problems You Can Solve With Duct Tape</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Home Home repair homeowner pool pool maintenance pool owner property value Swimming Pool Thu, 07 Jun 2018 08:30:26 +0000 Rachel Slifka 2146442 at https://www.wisebread.com 14 Ways to Allergy-Proof Your Home https://www.wisebread.com/14-ways-to-allergy-proof-your-home <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/14-ways-to-allergy-proof-your-home" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_with_allergy_symptoms_blowing_nose.jpg" alt="Woman with allergy symptoms blowing nose" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>While most people are rejoicing over the arrival of spring, allergy sufferers know that with the warmer weather also comes sniffling, sneezing, and itchy eyes. Even though you won't be able to avoid all allergens, there are several ways to allergy-proof your home in order to keep the sneezing to a minimum.</p> <h2>1. Use doormats to catch outside irritants</h2> <p>Use two doormats, one outside and one right inside the front door to catch any pollen and other allergens hanging onto our shoes. Better yet, make your home a shoe-free zone and make a habit of taking off your shoes as soon as you come home.</p> <h2>2. Replace bedding with hypoallergenic options</h2> <p>Upgrade your sheets, pillows, pillowcases, duvets, and comforters to hypoallergenic versions. If you can't afford to replace all of your bedding at once, start with the pillowcases, since those are the closest to your face when you sleep. Your laundry detergent could cause allergy flare-ups, too, so wash with unscented soaps.</p> <h2>3. Clean or replace air filters</h2> <p>Clean or replace your home's air filters every 90 days if you are a pet-free home or every 60 days if you have a dog or cat. If you have more than one pet, clean or replace the air filters every 20-45 days. Pet fur and dander cling to these easily, and could be the cause of increased allergic reactions.</p> <h2>4. Add houseplants</h2> <p>Some house plants can help improve the air quality of your home, while also adding color and life to every room you put them in. The best air-purifying plants include garden mums, spider plants, and peace lilies, among others. Place one or more of these plants in the rooms you spend the most time in, and on your nightstand to help improve your sleep. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-cheap-plants-for-improving-indoor-air-quality?ref=seealso" target="_blank">The Best Cheap Plants for Improving Indoor Air Quality</a>)</p> <h2>5. Invest in an air purifier</h2> <p>A good <a href="https://amzn.to/2wHDnKl" target="_blank">air purifier</a> will cost you between $50-$100, but it is a worthwhile investment. Keep one in your room, your kid's room, and in the main living area. Remember to clean the filters and wipe down the unit every month or two to ensure the unit stays effective.</p> <h2>6. Use a humidifier</h2> <p>The difference between air purifiers and humidifiers is that the former clears smoke, dust, pollen, pet dander, and other allergens from the indoor air without adding moisture, and the latter adds water to the air, without cleaning it.</p> <p>In order to keep allergic reactions at bay, it's helpful to have both in your home. If indoor air becomes too dry, allergies and respiratory issues can be triggered. If the air has too much moisture, you risk the spread of dust and mold. Humidifiers should be cleaned once a week in order to prevent dust and mold buildup. So while it's a delicate balance, it's worth it to keep a humidifier nearby to the prevent sneezing fits, sore throats, and runny noses that are common during allergy season.</p> <p><a href="https://amzn.to/2L4pKb6" target="_blank">Humidifiers</a> are also extremely affordable, running you anywhere from $15&ndash;$50, depending on the size and model.</p> <h2>7. Rethink your curtains</h2> <p>While curtains and drapes can make a room look stylish and cozy, they can also harbor a lot of dust mites and other common allergens. Consider ditching the curtains altogether, or wash them in hot water every few months to remove allergens.</p> <h2>8. Kick your pet out of bed</h2> <p>Even if snuggling with your dog or cat is the best part of your day, health-wise, it might be worth it to kick them out of your bedroom and have them sleep elsewhere. If you can't get your dog or cat out of the room, at least train them to sleep somewhere other than your bed, so you aren't constantly exposing your airways to their fur and dander. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-money-lessons-you-can-learn-from-your-pets?ref=seealso" target="_blank">6 Money Lessons You Can Learn From Your Pets</a>)</p> <h2>9. Wash stuffed animals</h2> <p>Kids' stuffed animals can be major magnets for dust mites. Be sure to wash them regularly and don't be afraid to give a sweet teddy the boot (or replace it with a new one if your child is particularly attached) if it looks past its prime.</p> <h2>10. Get rid of carpet</h2> <p>This might not be in everyone's budget or realistic for everyone's lifestyle, but it could be highly beneficial for allergy sufferers, especially those who live in older homes. Your carpet might be the source of many of your allergy problems, especially if it has lived through another owner or two. Getting the carpets cleaned can help, but it doesn't eliminate the allergy problem like replacing carpets for hard floors does.</p> <h2>11. Keep an eye out for mold</h2> <p>Deep clean any area that is prone to mold, including the kitchen sink and underneath it, the bathroom, and the fridge. And any item that is regularly exposed to moisture can get moldy, so clean toys, garden tools, cleaning utensils, and kitchen tools to avoid allergic reactions and respiratory conditions involved in long-term exposure to mold. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-easy-ways-to-get-rid-of-mold-on-common-household-items?ref=seealso" target="_blank">6 Easy Ways to Get Rid of Mold on Common Household Items</a>)</p> <h2>12. Groom pets regularly</h2> <p>Getting long-haired pets trimmed or shaved for the spring and summer months can cut down on shedding, and reduce unwanted allergens in your home. If your pet can't rock a shaved look, give them baths regularly in the warmer months and brush out their fur outside.</p> <h2>13. Dust smarter</h2> <p>It's important to dust regularly, but dusting the wrong way can make particles fly up into the air and aggravate your sinuses. Instead, use a damp cloth or a <a href="https://amzn.to/2IMkA5C" target="_blank">Swiffer duster</a> that captures the dust molecules instead of spreading them.</p> <h2>14. Use a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter</h2> <p>A <a href="https://amzn.to/2Ild0PR" target="_blank">vacuum with a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter</a> is extremely effective at removing small dust particles from your home. Vacuum carpets and furniture once or twice a week, and change the HEPA filter according to your vacuum manual.</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%2F14-ways-to-allergy-proof-your-home&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F14%2520Ways%2520to%2520Allergy-Proof%2520Your%2520Home.jpg&amp;description=14%20Ways%20to%20Allergy-Proof%20Your%20Home"></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/u5180/14%20Ways%20to%20Allergy-Proof%20Your%20Home.jpg" alt="14 Ways to Allergy-Proof Your Home" 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/14-ways-to-allergy-proof-your-home">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-allergen-sprays">The 5 Best Allergen Sprays</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/how-to-spring-clean-your-whole-life-one-step-at-a-time">How to Spring Clean Your Whole Life — One Step at a Time</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/spring-into-cleaning-now">Spring into Cleaning Now</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/control-your-allergies-with-regular-cleaning">Control Your Allergies with Regular Cleaning</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-pet-flea-shampoos">The 5 Best Pet Flea Shampoos</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty Home allergens Allergies allergy-proof health tips pollen sneezing spring spring cleaning Wed, 23 May 2018 09:00:24 +0000 Ashley Eneriz 2142704 at https://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Laundry Tips That Will Simplify Your Life https://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-laundry-tips-that-will-simplify-your-life <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-laundry-tips-that-will-simplify-your-life" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_laundry_basket_926197284.jpg" alt="Woman using laundry tips that simplify her life" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found articles on ingenious laundry tips to simplify your life, how knowing the stages of sleep can help you rest better, and things that organized people do.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="https://organisemyhouse.com/laundry-routine-tips/">11 Ingenious Laundry Routine Tips That Will Simplify Your Life</a> &mdash; Speed up the drying time by adding a dry and fluffy towel to the dryer with the wet clothes. [Organise My House]</p> <p><a href="https://www.pickthebrain.com/blog/know-the-5-stages-of-sleep-for-better-rest/">Know The 5 Stages Of Sleep For Better Rest</a> &mdash; Optimize your sleep time around the REM stage so that you don't wake up during this most important part of the sleep cycle. [Pick The Brain]</p> <p><a href="http://www.napogetorganized.com/2018/05/02/10-things-organized-people-do/">10 Things Organized People Do</a> &mdash; We're all capable of being organized. Try adopting some of these practices to up your organizing game! [Get Organized &amp; Be Productive]</p> <p><a href="https://www.theseanamethod.com/2018/05/re-entry-after-vacation/">&quot;Re-entry&quot; After Vacation</a> &mdash; Follow these steps to make the transition from a vacation back to your daily routine as smooth as possible. [The Seana Method]</p> <p><a href="https://thetinylife.com/basic-tips-for-homestead-gardens/">The Basics of Homestead Gardens (For Non-Gardeners)</a> &mdash; Choose high-yield plants if you want your homestead garden to produce enough food through the season. Herbs, lettuce, zucchini and squash are great for beginning growers. [The Tiny Life]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="https://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Ways-Save-Disneyland-40699384">17 Ways to Save Major Money at Disneyland</a> &mdash; Disneyland resort hotels are amazing, but expensive! There are plenty of nonaffiliated hotels that are close to the park and don't cost an arm and a leg. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="https://www.polishedhabitat.com/photo-box-organizing-ideas/">11 Things You Can Organize in Cheap Photo Boxes</a> &mdash; Photo boxes are great for containerizing a variety of items around the house, and the best part? They're often on sale at Michaels and other stores. [Polished Habitat]</p> <p><a href="https://www.refinedroomsllc.com/donating-garage-sale-discards/">Online Resources for Getting Rid of Unsold Garage Sale Items</a> &mdash; Don't bring leftover garage sale items back into the house! A number of online resources can help you get rid of the remaining stuff. [Refined Rooms]</p> <p><a href="https://apersonalorganizer.com/stay-organized-and-productive-at-work/">How You Can Stay Organized and Productive At Work</a> &mdash; Keep your mind and body hydrated for optimal performance. Limit your intake of caffeinated drinks like coffee and tea, and get into the habit of drinking water throughout the day. [Helena Alkhas]</p> <p><a href="https://www.csmonitor.com/World/Europe/2018/0503/Disclosure-in-the-Caymans-Global-walls-of-financial-secrecy-are-falling">Disclosure in the Caymans: Global walls of financial secrecy are falling</a> &mdash; In a global trend toward financial transparency, laws that require disclosure of who really owns offshore companies can counter crime and reduce the inequality that arises from corruption or tax evasion. [The Christian Science Monitor]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-laundry-tips-that-will-simplify-your-life">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/14-effective-grease-and-oil-stain-removal-tips">14 Effective Grease and Oil Stain Removal Tips</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-laundry-stain-removers">The 5 Best Laundry Stain Removers</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-laundry-detergents">The 5 Best Laundry Detergents</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/youre-washing-your-clothes-too-often-what-to-do-instead">You&#039;re Washing Your Clothes Too Often! (What to Do Instead)</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/we-do-the-math-when-is-it-worth-hiring-household-help">We Do the Math: When Is It Worth Hiring Household Help?</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Home best money tips laundry Wed, 09 May 2018 08:30:21 +0000 Amy Lu 2139910 at https://www.wisebread.com 6 Ways New Grads Can Save on Moving Costs https://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-new-grads-can-save-on-moving-costs <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/6-ways-new-grads-can-save-on-moving-costs" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/mother_helping_daughter_move.jpg" alt="Mother helping daughter move" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you're planning on moving to another state, get ready for sticker shock. According to the American Moving and Storage Association, the average cost of an out-of-state move is over $5,000. And when you're a new graduate fresh out of school, you likely don't have that kind of money stashed away.</p> <p>However, that doesn't mean you have to give up your plans. There are ways to reduce your moving costs to make it more affordable. With some planning and a little homework, you can dramatically reduce how much you'll need to spend to move. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/avoid-these-6-common-mistakes-when-moving-across-the-country?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Avoid These 6 Common Mistakes When Moving Across the Country</a>)</p> <p>Here are six ways you can make your move more budget-friendly.</p> <h2>1. Check Craigslist and Facebook for free packing materials</h2> <p>If you're spending money on boxes, Bubble Wrap, and packing materials, you're needlessly throwing cash away. You can find packing materials, including large boxes and mattress protectors, for free on sites like Craigslist or the Facebook Marketplace. People often leave the items out at the curb, so you can just drive by and pick them up.</p> <h2>2. Consider container-based shipping for long-distance moves</h2> <p>If you're moving far away, hiring movers to drive your stuff to the new location can cost thousands. A cost-effective alternative is using a shipping-container moving service like PODS or U-Pack. They cost a fraction of what a traditional mover would charge.</p> <p>For example, when I moved from Pennsylvania to Florida, a moving company quoted me $6,000 to deliver my things. I did my research and decided to go with PODS. Their price was just $1,000, freeing up more money for my other expenses.</p> <p>With these shipping services, the company drops off a shipping container at your home. You can load it up on your own schedule. Of course, you're doing all the heavy lifting yourself, packing and unpacking the containers, but the massive savings is hard to resist. Once you're finished &mdash; whether it's the same day or the next week &mdash; you call the company to request a pickup. They pick up the container and ship it to your new home when you're ready.</p> <h2>3. Seek out budget-friendly mover alternatives</h2> <p>Sometimes, offering friends pizza or beer just won't cut it; you might have to rely on movers, instead. However, that doesn't mean you have to spend a fortune.</p> <p>Rather than hiring an expensive moving company, you can rent a moving truck from U-Haul or Penske for as little as $20. If you need help with the heavy lifting, you can hire help through sites like TaskRabbit or Handy. They often charge much less than the moving companies will quote you.</p> <h2>4. Move midweek</h2> <p>If you go with a moving company, you can reduce your bill by moving midweek rather than the weekend. Most people move on the weekends, so that's when companies charge premiums. There's less demand during the workweek, so you'll pay less for your move.</p> <h2>5. Purchase discounted gift cards</h2> <p>Unexpected purchases pop up during a move. From spackling to patch up walls or needing a tool kit, those little extras can add up. You can stretch your budget by purchasing discounted gift cards ahead of your move. You can get cards to stores like Walmart, Lowe's, and Home Depot for up to 25 percent off, making your purchases more affordable. To find discounted gift cards, check out <a href="https://www.giftcardgranny.com/" target="_blank">Gift Card Granny</a> or <a href="https://www.raise.com/" target="_blank">Raise</a>. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-rack-up-extra-rewards-points-by-buying-gift-cards?ref=seealso" target="_blank">How to Rack Up Extra Rewards Points by Buying Gift Cards</a>)</p> <h2>6. Sell as much as you can</h2> <p>Selling your stuff helps you out during a big move in two ways:</p> <h3>You'll have more cash in your pocket</h3> <p>You could make hundreds or even thousands of dollars selling unused stuff in your home. By selling things you no longer need, you can make money to help finance your move.</p> <h3>You'll have fewer things to move</h3> <p>With fewer things, you'll save money on your move. Most moving companies base your moving costs on the amount of stuff you have and the total weight of your belongings. By cutting back, you could reduce your moving expenses.</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%2F6-ways-new-grads-can-save-on-moving-costs&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F6%2520Ways%2520New%2520Grads%2520Can%2520Save%2520on%2520Moving%2520Costs.jpg&amp;description=6%20Ways%20New%20Grads%20Can%20Save%20on%20Moving%20Costs"></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/u5180/6%20Ways%20New%20Grads%20Can%20Save%20on%20Moving%20Costs.jpg" alt="6 Ways New Grads Can Save on Moving Costs" 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/kat-tretina">Kat Tretina</a> of <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-new-grads-can-save-on-moving-costs">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/4-countries-where-you-can-live-on-1000-a-month">4 Countries Where You Can Live on $1,000 a Month</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/how-to-apply-to-lots-of-colleges-without-going-broke">How to Apply to Lots of Colleges Without Going Broke</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/avoid-these-6-common-mistakes-when-moving-across-the-country">Avoid These 6 Common Mistakes When Moving Across the Country</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/pack-up-your-house-tips-for-saving-money-and-sanity-on-a-move">Pack Up Your House: Tips for Saving Money (and Sanity) on a Move</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/6-smart-summer-side-jobs-for-new-grads">6 Smart Summer Side Jobs for New Grads</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Budgeting Home Travel college graduation moving costs moving tips new grads real world Tue, 01 May 2018 08:30:20 +0000 Kat Tretina 2135412 at https://www.wisebread.com 5 Things to Do Now to Prepare Your Home for Summer https://www.wisebread.com/5-things-to-do-now-to-prepare-your-home-for-summer <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-things-to-do-now-to-prepare-your-home-for-summer" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_on_ladder_outside_house_doing_repairs.jpg" alt="Woman on ladder outside house doing repairs" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>With the summer season approaching, your mind may be on family vacations, lounging at the beach, hosting barbecues, and soaking up the sun as often as your day job will allow. But summer weather can be pretty extreme in many locations all over the country, and the world. Is your home ready for the heat? Get your home into tiptop shape before summer's arrival by following these five tips.</p> <h2>1. Tune up your air conditioner</h2> <p>Before the heat arrives, take time now to ensure that your air conditioner is in perfect working condition. You can start by replacing your air filter and cleaning the area around the air conditioning unit and vents. Try running your air conditioner to see if it is cooling your home effectively. If it isn't working efficiently, you will probably want to call in an HVAC professional. They can do a detailed check to look for any leaks or defects in your A/C unit.</p> <p>Now is also a great time to consider installing a programmable or <a href="https://amzn.to/2JXSRwz" target="_blank">smart thermostat</a>. Not only do they help you save energy, but also they can save you significant money down the road since you can program the A/C to run only when you want it to. (See also: <a href="http://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. Safeguard against water damage</h2> <p>Along with the heat comes rain, and occasionally, rainstorms can turn dangerous and disastrous.</p> <p>Be sure to protect your home against flooding and storm damage by checking your home's foundation. Specifically, you'll want to check out your basement. Look for cracks or holes and seal accordingly. Make sure that your gutters are cleaned and that water is flowing away from your home, not to it. Finally, don't forget to inspect your roof to check for broken shingles, cracks, and warping. If you suspect your roof needs some repair, it's a good idea to call in the professionals and get quotes on how much it'll cost to fix the damage before it gets worse. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-easy-home-maintenance-to-dos-for-spring?ref=seealso" target="_blank">8 Easy Home Maintenance To-Dos for Spring</a>)</p> <h2>3. Bug-proof your home</h2> <p>Nothing is worse than having a house infested with insects come summertime. Since bugs are trying to escape the heat themselves (or they're after the crumbs you leave on the counter), they often find comfort in your nice, cool home. It's also the time of year they enjoy the most, as many insects are unable to thrive during the cold winter months.</p> <p>You can work to prevent this by ensuring that your home is properly sealed. Take a look at your windows and doors to see if there are any gaps or cracks and caulk closed if necessary.</p> <p>You may also want to consider bringing in a pest control specialist to spray the outside of your home with insecticide. Many pest control companies offer natural solutions to safeguard your home against unwanted visitors. There are also many pest control products that you can use on your home, without having to hire a professional. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-cheap-ways-to-get-rid-of-household-pests?ref=seealso" target="_blank">6 Cheap Ways to Get Rid of Household Pests</a>)</p> <h2>4. Dust and switch your ceiling fans</h2> <p>After winter, your ceiling fans have likely collected a considerable amount of dust. Take the time to dust and wash them. One trick to prevent dust from getting everywhere is to use an old pillowcase to clean the ceiling fan blades, which allows you to collect the dust inside the pillowcase.</p> <p>Further, consider switching the direction of your ceiling fans. Ceiling fans are actually created to spin in different directions depending on the season. During the summertime, ceiling fans should rotate counterclockwise to promote air movement.</p> <h2>5. Create a storm emergency kit</h2> <p>No matter where you live, you're probably at some risk for severe weather. Prepare yourself now by creating a storm emergency kit to have on hand in the event of dangerous conditions.</p> <p>Creating a storm kit doesn't have to be complicated or expensive. Put a small plastic container together containing emergency items, such as a small <a href="https://amzn.to/2J5xDLK" target="_blank">first aid kit</a>, a <a href="https://amzn.to/2EZKqga" target="_blank">flashlight</a> and batteries, bottles of water, canned food and a <a href="https://amzn.to/2qNBjdN" target="_blank">can opener</a>, <a href="https://amzn.to/2HIbFyY" target="_blank">duct tape</a>, cellphone chargers, and a <a href="https://amzn.to/2JYaRXu" target="_blank">hand-held radio</a>. (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> <p>Hopefully, you won't have to use much of your kit, but the peace of mind it provides makes it worth every penny.</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%2F5-things-to-do-now-to-prepare-your-home-for-summer&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F5%2520Things%2520to%2520Do%2520Now%2520to%2520Prepare%2520Your%2520Home%2520for%2520Summer.jpg&amp;description=5%20Things%20to%20Do%20Now%20to%20Prepare%20Your%20Home%20for%20Summer"></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%20Things%20to%20Do%20Now%20to%20Prepare%20Your%20Home%20for%20Summer.jpg" alt="5 Things to Do Now to Prepare Your Home for Summer" 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/5-things-to-do-now-to-prepare-your-home-for-summer">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/10-things-to-know-before-you-start-a-home-improvement-project">10 Things to Know Before You Start a Home Improvement Project</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/we-do-the-math-when-is-it-worth-hiring-household-help">We Do the Math: When Is It Worth Hiring Household Help?</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-things-that-are-cheaper-to-replace-than-to-fix">8 Things That Are Cheaper to Replace Than to Fix</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/6-ways-youre-wearing-out-your-furnace-too-soon">6 Ways You&#039;re Wearing Out Your Furnace Too Soon</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/7-easy-ways-to-budget-for-summer-vacation">7 Easy Ways to Budget for Summer Vacation</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Budgeting Home heat wave home maintenance Home repair saving money summer summer tips summer weather Mon, 30 Apr 2018 08:00:13 +0000 Rachel Slifka 2135302 at https://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Smart Thermostats https://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-smart-thermostats <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-smart-thermostats" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/home_smart_thermostat_474100082.jpg" alt="Using the best smart thermostats at home" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>A smart thermostat can automatically adjust the temperature when no one is home to save you money every season. It can save energy and may even help you qualify for energy-saving programs and utility rebates. Over time, a smart thermostat can even pay for itself with the savings you'll enjoy.</p> <h2>What is a smart thermostat?</h2> <p>A smart thermostat can make your home more energy-efficient. Investing in a smart thermostat can save you big money in the end. That's because running your furnace, heater, or air conditioner more than necessary will just cost you more on your utility bills. The right smart thermostat can keep you at the optimal temperature while you're at home, and help save money on your heating and cooling costs while you're away.</p> <p>In most cases, you can easily connect a smart thermostat to your Wi-Fi network to control it from anywhere. They typically work with most HVAC systems and couldn't be easier to use and setup. They can even learn your habits and schedule, so your home or business is always at the ideal temperature.</p> <h2>Top 5 smart thermostats</h2> <h3>Nest Learning Thermostat</h3> <p><a href="https://amzn.to/2FbCGYB" target="_blank"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/nest.jpg" width="245" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>Amazon's #1 best-seller in home programmable thermostats, the <a href="https://amzn.to/2FbCGYB" target="_blank">Nest Learning Thermostat</a> learns your habits and schedule. It's easy to use and install, and works with Amazon Alexa, the Nest App, and other smart devices. It features energy saving options, a remote control, auto scheduling, and much more. The Energy Star thermostat also uses Farsight for an easy-to-read display that you can see from across the room, which displays the temperature, weather, and time. It can also alert you if something is wrong in the home while you're away.</p> <p>This is available in a number of color options. It's backed by over 17,000 five-star reviews on Amazon and is recommended by CNET, Tom's Guide, Lifehacker, PCMag, and DigitalTrends.</p> <p><a href="https://amzn.to/2FbCGYB" target="_blank"><em>Currently $222.50 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Honeywell Smart Wi-Fi Programmable Color Touch Thermostat</h3> <p><a href="https://amzn.to/2HohGnr" target="_blank"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/honeywell_5.jpg" width="245" height="190" align="right" alt="" /></a>An Amazon's Choice product, the <a href="https://amzn.to/2HohGnr" target="_blank">Honeywell Smart Wi-Fi Programmable Color Touch Thermostat</a> works with Amazon Alexa. The smart programmable features include flexible scheduling, smart response technology, on-screen comfort information, indoor humidity sensor, auto alerts, and energy-saving options. It includes an app so you can control your thermostat from anywhere. The advanced comfort, security, and control features include a customizable locking color touch-screen, simple setup, and Wi-Fi remote access. It's recommended by Lifehacker and backed by over 3,000 five-star reviews on Amazon.</p> <p><a href="https://amzn.to/2HohGnr" target="_blank"><em>Currently $183.95 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>ecobee3 lite Smart Thermostat</h3> <p><a href="https://amzn.to/2JnwHCI" target="_blank"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/ecobee3.jpg" width="245" height="243" align="right" alt="" /></a>Amazon's Choice for smart thermostats, the <a href="https://amzn.to/2JnwHCI" target="_blank">ecobee3 lite Smart Thermostat</a>, 2nd Generation works with Amazon Alexa, optional room sensors, and the mobile app. It offers hands-free control, HomeKit capabilities, and hundreds of integration possibilities. It's easy to install with an easy-to-use touch-screen display. It works with your local weather, schedule, and desired comfort settings.</p> <p>While there are other (even newer) versions of this smart thermostat (such as the <a href="https://amzn.to/2K9PimO" target="_blank">ecobee4 Thermostat</a>), the ecobee3 remains the most popular, dependable option for most people. It has more than 500 five-star reviews on Amazon and is recommended by CNET, Tom's Guide, and Lifehacker. It's also backed by a three-year warranty.</p> <p><a href="https://amzn.to/2JnwHCI" target="_blank"><em>Currently $169.00 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Emerson Thermostats Sensi Smart Thermostat</h3> <p><a href="https://amzn.to/2KdryhK" target="_blank"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/emerson_0.jpg" width="245" height="156" align="right" alt="" /></a>Amazon's Choice for learning thermostats, the <a href="https://amzn.to/2KdryhK" target="_blank">Emerson Thermostats Sensi Smart Thermostat</a>, works with Amazon Alexa and other smart devices. It's easy to install and remotely control temperature and timeline with the free mobile app. It uses geofencing for location-based temperature control and flexible scheduling to help reduce your utility bills. It's recommended by CNET and Lifehacker, and backed by more than 3,500 five-star reviews on Amazon.</p> <p><a href="https://amzn.to/2KdryhK" target="_blank"><em>Currently $135.89 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Honeywell Lyric T5 Wi-Fi Smart Touchscreen Thermostat</h3> <p><a href="https://amzn.to/2HUx8ol" target="_blank"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/honeywell%20t5.jpg" width="245" height="244" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="https://amzn.to/2HUx8ol" target="_blank">Honeywell Lyric T5 Wi-Fi Smart Programmable Touchscreen Thermostat</a> works with Amazon Alexa and features a simple app and HomeKit technology. It also has automation features like Smart Alerts, individualized programming, and geofencing location-based temperature control.</p> <p>The Energy Star Certified thermostat is easy to use and install, allowing you to connect from anywhere with your smartphone or tablet. It has more than 600 five-star reviews on Amazon and is recommended by CNET, PCMag, and Digital Trends.</p> <p><a href="https://amzn.to/2HUx8ol" target="_blank"><em>Currently $98.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best smart thermostats. 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-smart-thermostats&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FThe%25205%2520Best%2520Smart%2520Thermostats.jpg&amp;description=The%205%20Best%20Smart%20Thermostats"></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%20Smart%20Thermostats.jpg" alt="The 5 Best Smart Thermostats" 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-smart-thermostats">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-air-fresheners">The 5 Best Air Fresheners</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-allergen-sprays">The 5 Best Allergen Sprays</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-usb-powered-fans">The 5 Best USB-Powered Fans</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-glass-cleaners">The 5 Best Glass Cleaners</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-shower-curtains">The 5 Best Shower Curtains</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Home Shopping Technology energy bills go green home product reviews smart thermostat thermostat Wed, 25 Apr 2018 08:00:07 +0000 Andrea Cannon 2135768 at https://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: How to Avoid the Worst Kitchen-Cleaning Mistakes https://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-how-to-avoid-the-worst-kitchen-cleaning-mistakes <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-how-to-avoid-the-worst-kitchen-cleaning-mistakes" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/man_sad_cleaning_638124188.jpg" alt="Man making kitchen cleaning mistakes" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found articles on the worst kitchen-cleaning mistakes you can make, student loan mistakes that cost you huge money, and what you can do today to help yourself tomorrow.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="https://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Mistakes-Youre-Making-When-Cleaning-Kitchen-44762548">The 11 Worst Mistakes You're Making When Cleaning the Kitchen</a> &mdash; You need more than just soap and water to keep gross mold and buildup out of your garbage disposal. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="https://www.frugalrules.com/biggest-student-loan-mistakes/">7 Biggest Student Loan Mistakes That Cost You Huge Money</a> &mdash; These major student loan mistakes can keep you from killing that debt and make it more difficult to pursue other goals. [Frugal Rules]</p> <p><a href="https://adebtfreestressfreelife.com/how-can-you-help-yourself-today/">What Can Today&rsquo;s You Do To Help Tomorrow&rsquo;s You?</a> &mdash; Many choices we make are choices for today that may actually have a negative impact on your life in the future. [A Mess Free Life]</p> <p><a href="https://everythingfinanceblog.com/24424/how-to-stop-allowing-other-people-to-influence-your-spending.html">How to Stop Allowing Other People to Influence Your Spending</a> &mdash; It's okay to get advice from other people, but you know your own situation best. If it seems like other people are trying to influence your financial decisions, try these tips to keep them at bay. [Everyday Finance]</p> <p><a href="http://www.experian.com/blogs/news/difference-net-worth-self-worth/">Emotions and Money: The Difference Between Your Net Worth and Self Worth</a> &mdash; Join Experian's #CreditChat tomorrow at 3 p.m. ET for a discussion on how your emotions can affect your money &mdash; and vice versa. [Experian]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="https://wallethacks.com/best-early-retirement-calculators/">Best Early Retirement Calculators</a> &mdash; These calculators will help you determine if you're on track to hit your retirement goal. [Wallet Hacks]</p> <p><a href="https://www.theclassysimplelife.com/eliminate-decluttering-overwhelm/">3 Steps to Eliminate Decluttering Overwhelm and Create a Space You Love</a> &mdash; Start by creating a vision of what you do and do not want in your space. You'll get there faster if you have a good idea of what you want your space to look like. [Classy Simple Life]</p> <p><a href="https://diseasecalleddebt.com/how-to-remodel-your-home-on-a-budget/">How to Remodel Your Home on a Budget</a> &mdash; Do your research. Get ballpark prices on the projects you want to do and eliminate the ones that you already know will be too expensive. [Disease Called Debt]</p> <p><a href="http://www.freemoneyfinance.com/2018/04/feeling-poor-despite-good-earnings.html">Feeling Poor Despite Good Earnings</a> &mdash; Even if you have a decent income, you will never get ahead if you keep spending more than you earn. Take a look at these guidelines to figure out how much you should budget for each spending category. [Free Money Finance]</p> <p><a href="https://www.csmonitor.com/Technology/2018/0419/Voice-assistants-can-t-understand-Pittsburghese">Voice assistants can't understand Pittsburghese</a> &mdash; Alexa and other voice assistants are trained in regular American English and often trip up on requests in regional dialects. [The Christian Science Monitor]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-how-to-avoid-the-worst-kitchen-cleaning-mistakes">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/25-things-to-throw-out-today">25 Things to Throw Out Today</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/secret-lawn-tonic-recipe-from-golf-course-groundskeeper">Secret Lawn Tonic Recipe From Golf Course Groundskeeper</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/10-really-easy-ways-to-unclog-drains">10 Really Easy Ways to Unclog Drains</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/20-things-to-have-on-hand-for-power-outages">20 Things to Have on Hand for Power Outages</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/8-ways-clutter-keeps-you-poor">8 Ways Clutter Keeps You Poor</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Home best money tips cleaning kitchen Tue, 24 Apr 2018 08:00:10 +0000 Amy Lu 2135411 at https://www.wisebread.com Ask the Readers: What Is Your Best Spring Cleaning Tip? https://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-what-is-your-best-spring-cleaning-tip <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-is-your-best-spring-cleaning-tip" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/man_spring_cleaning_657488704.jpg" alt="Man doing spring cleaning around the house" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Editor's Note: Congratulations to sweepermom, Lori, and Mami2jcn for winning this week's contest!</em></p> <p>With the season changing, many households are rolling their sleeves up for spring cleaning. This is a big undertaking for many families, but with every cleaning, you learn better and easier ways to get your home spick-and-span.</p> <p><strong>What is your best spring cleaning tip?</strong> What does your cleaning process look like &mdash; do you clean room by room, assign different areas to different members of your family, or is each person responsible for various tasks? What is the most challenging part of spring cleaning for you?</p> <p>Tell us your best spring cleaning tip 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/79857dfa373/" rel="nofollow" data-raflid="79857dfa373" data-theme="classic" data-template="" id="rcwidget_uo5i1802">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, April 16th at 11:59 p.m. Pacific. Winners will be announced after April 16th 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 your best spring cleaning tip 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-is-your-best-spring-cleaning-tip">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/ask-the-readers-is-a-penny-saved-really-a-penny-earned">Ask the Readers: Is a Penny Saved Really a Penny Earned?</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/12-garage-sale-items-that-sell-like-hotcakes">12 Garage Sale Items That Sell Like Hotcakes</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-reasons-to-get-spring-cleaning-done-during-winter">7 Reasons to Get Spring Cleaning Done During Winter</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/14-ways-to-allergy-proof-your-home">14 Ways to Allergy-Proof Your Home</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/ask-the-readers-what-is-your-new-years-resolution">Ask the Readers: What Is Your New Year&#039;s Resolution?</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Giveaways Home Ask the Readers spring cleaning Tue, 10 Apr 2018 08:30:06 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 2129032 at https://www.wisebread.com How New Homeowners Can Furnish Their Place on a Budget https://www.wisebread.com/how-new-homeowners-can-furnish-their-place-on-a-budget <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-new-homeowners-can-furnish-their-place-on-a-budget" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/man_and_woman_looking_each_other_and_smiling.jpg" alt="Man and woman looking each other and smiling" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Buying a first home is an exciting milestone. You finally have a space to call your own. But if you moved into a new home from a small apartment, you may feel overwhelmed by having to fill all of that space.</p> <p>Furnishing a home can be downright expensive. You may need new sofas, extra beds, more art for the walls, or even new appliances. While it can be tempting to swipe your credit card at the local furniture store to get everything you need, you should be cautious to ensure that furnishing a home doesn't leave you flat-out broke. Here's how to fill your new home on a budget.</p> <h2>1. Prioritize your list</h2> <p>There's no need to furnish your entire home within a few months of moving in. Likely, there will be rooms that are of higher importance to set up. Take time to go through and rank the urgency of everything you think you need. For instance, it might be necessary to purchase a new appliance before you purchase a guest bed.</p> <p>This is a great way to prevent yourself from overspending. It also helps to make a list of everything you need so you can keep an eye out for deals and clearance sales for the items of higher importance. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-places-to-find-cheap-good-looking-new-furniture?ref=seealso" target="_blank">10 Places to Find Cheap, Good-Looking New Furniture</a>)</p> <h2>2. Bargain shop</h2> <p>Buying new is nice, but it can get very expensive very quickly. Luckily, there are more resources than ever to help you find gently used or antique furnishings.</p> <p>Craigslist is a reliable place to find steals on home furniture and even some decor. And now, apps like OfferUp, LetGo, and Facebook Marketplace connect you with local sellers. You may be surprised at what other people are willing to sell for cheap. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-things-you-should-always-buy-used?ref=seealso" target="_blank">8 Things You Should Always Buy Used</a>)</p> <h2>3. Consider hand-me-downs</h2> <p>Chances are, you have family and friends with a lot of extra stuff lying around, and who would love to give it to you. While you may feel obligated to accept their generous gesture and take all that they have available, it's a good idea to proceed carefully. Only say yes to things you actually like. Otherwise, you risk having a mishmash of decor in your home, some of which may not be useful, and it'll be an added source of stress trying to figure out what to do with it.</p> <h2>4. Ask for a cash discount</h2> <p>Big ticket items such as couches and mattresses are likely to get more use than anything else in your home. Since you'll spend so much time on them, it makes sense to purchase a high quality, new item that's built to last. The last thing you want to do is to buy a cheap couch that is uncomfortable or will start falling apart after a year or two.</p> <p>If you choose to buy new, keep in mind that most stores will allow a little room for negotiation, especially if you show up with cash in hand. Stores love when you pay in cash, because they don't have to go through the process of financing and they're guaranteed to get their money today. Plus, using cash works for you as the buyer because it prevents overspending when you walk in the store. You can sleep even better knowing that your brand-new mattress is paid in full.</p> <h2>5. Do it yourself</h2> <p>Are you a crafty person? If you enjoy making homemade items, then your house is the perfect place to showcase your creative works.</p> <p>Whether you choose to paint pictures to hang on the wall, build furniture from wood scraps, or sew blankets and drapes, all of these are fantastic options that will save you money. In addition, you can customize your projects to be exactly what you want. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/18-amazing-diy-decorating-projects-that-are-easier-than-you-think?ref=seealso" target="_blank">18 Amazing DIY Decorating Projects That Are Easier Than You Think</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%2Fhow-new-homeowners-can-furnish-their-place-on-a-budget&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FHow%2520New%2520Homeowners%2520Can%2520Furnish%2520Their%2520Place%2520on%2520a%2520Budget.jpg&amp;description=How%20New%20Homeowners%20Can%20Furnish%20Their%20Place%20on%20a%20Budget"></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%20New%20Homeowners%20Can%20Furnish%20Their%20Place%20on%20a%20Budget.jpg" alt="How New Homeowners Can Furnish Their Place on a Budget" 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-new-homeowners-can-furnish-their-place-on-a-budget">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/10-things-to-know-before-you-start-a-home-improvement-project">10 Things to Know Before You Start a Home Improvement Project</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/colorstrology-and-3-modern-d-cor-trends-that-will-fit-any-budget">Colorstrology and 3 Modern Décor Trends That Will Fit Any Budget</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-ways-new-grads-can-save-on-moving-costs">6 Ways New Grads Can Save on Moving Costs</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/we-do-the-math-when-is-it-worth-hiring-household-help">We Do the Math: When Is It Worth Hiring Household Help?</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/5-things-to-do-now-to-prepare-your-home-for-summer">5 Things to Do Now to Prepare Your Home for Summer</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Budgeting Home affordable furniture decor tips first home home decor home decorating tips homeowners Thu, 05 Apr 2018 08:30:10 +0000 Rachel Slifka 2127518 at https://www.wisebread.com 12 Easy Ways to Win Over Your Neighbors https://www.wisebread.com/12-easy-ways-to-win-over-your-neighbors <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/12-easy-ways-to-win-over-your-neighbors" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/young_adults_bring_groceries_to_senior_woman.jpg" alt="Young adults bring groceries to senior woman" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Relationships with our neighbors aren't what they used to be. Growing up, everybody knew each other. Nowadays, we barely acknowledge the people who live next door to us, let alone folks up the block. I try to engage with my neighbors, perhaps to their chagrin, because I enjoy meeting new people &mdash; especially ones I'm going to see on a regular basis. If you like to be neighborly, too, put yourself out there, say hi, because until they move or you do, you're stuck with them. So you might as well be friendly, right?</p> <h2>1. Introduce yourself</h2> <p>When you move into a new neighborhood, knock on your neighbor's door to introduce yourself. Taking a minute or two to let your neighbors know who you are and where you're from gives them a good impression of you from the moment you arrive. Conversely, if you've been in your home for a while and you notice new neighbors moving in, feel free to pop by and introduce yourself &mdash; and maybe bring a sweet treat with you.</p> <h2>2. Be helpful</h2> <p>My neighbors and I help each other out in little ways, like dropping off incorrectly delivered mail, clearing paths on the sidewalk in front of each others' homes when the snow arrives, and taking trash cans to the curb and back. We remove random litter that may be in our yards, and we accept packages that require signatures when one of us isn't home. These small gestures have a significant impact on our relationship with one another while also building trust and appreciation.</p> <p>If you haven't yet established these same helpful routines, it's never too late to start.</p> <h2>3. Invite them over for dinner</h2> <p>If you feel comfortable enough inviting new neighbors over for dinner or maybe just wine and conversation, go for it. If you're too shy for the one-on-one approach, wait until you're hosting a larger gathering of friends and neighbors, like a backyard BBQ, to include them. There's no wrong way to let your neighbors know they're welcome at your home, so pursue whatever avenue makes you most comfortable. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/throw-an-awesome-potluck-dinner-with-these-6-easy-tricks?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Throw an Awesome Potluck Dinner With These 6 Easy Tricks</a>)</p> <h2>4. Keep your trash contained</h2> <p>Don't let your trash pile up to the point that it stinks while drawing vermin. Handle your garbage on a regular basis by putting it out every pickup cycle. If you have lidded cans, you can maybe skip a cycle in the cooler months, but trash should be dealt with efficiently during warmer months. Nobody wants the smell of hot trash wafting through their open windows while they're trying to relax and enjoy the breeze.</p> <h2>5. Park with consideration</h2> <p>If you and your neighbors share street parking, be courteous enough to leave the spot in front of their home open for them, even when you have company. Ask your guests to park somewhere else that doesn't inconvenience your neighbors. Also, leave minimal space between vehicles to maximize the total space provided for parking. There's nothing more annoying than coming home at night and seeing three cars haphazardly parked when there should be enough space for four cars. You won't win me over with that.</p> <h2>6. Take care of your property</h2> <p>Keep your yard tidy, your landscape trimmed, and the exterior of your home clean and presentable. Nobody wants to look at your junk lying out where everybody can see it, and letting your property fall into disrepair also could affect your property's value and that of your neighbors. You can bet they won't take too kindly to that when general upkeep requires only occasional attention. If you lack storage space, invest in a shed.</p> <h2>7. Offer to help when needed</h2> <p>If you know your neighbors are going out of town, offer to keep an eye on their home and collect their mail if they're going away for more than a week. If they have a dog and you're inclined to watch it while they're away, offer that as well. This, in particular, might be the start of a mutually beneficial trade-off where you can rely on each other to help with each other's pets if you also have one. Potentially a major money-saving opportunity considering how much it costs to board animals these days.</p> <p>It also won't hurt to do a general check-in from time to time.</p> <p>&quot;You don't have to go over for coffee on a daily basis, but checking in with them on a periodical basis will go a long way toward having a good relationship,&quot; says Justin Lavelle, chief communications officer at online background check platform BeenVerified.com. &quot;It can be as simple as having a conversation over the fence. If you are in communication, they might be more likely to share if they are dealing with health, family, or other issues, giving you the opportunity to offer help if needed.&quot;</p> <h2>8. Don't be too loud</h2> <p>If you're enjoying your outdoor space with your friends and family, keep the noise at a reasonable level and take the party inside after 10 p.m. Nobody should be shouting and your music shouldn't be blasting, either. They might have to work early in the morning, or have a baby who needs to sleep. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-youre-being-a-terrible-neighbor?ref=seealso" target="_blank">10 Ways You're Being a Terrible Neighbor</a>)</p> <h2>9. Inform them of upcoming construction projects</h2> <p>If you're about to start a construction project that will affect your neighbors &mdash; like debris out in the open, parking spaces being occupied, or early morning equipment noise &mdash; give them as much notice as possible. It's the right thing to do. You may not be able to avoid annoying them altogether, but they'll understand a lot more if you made an effort to communicate what's going to happen and the potential repercussions of the project.</p> <h2>10. Make nice regarding your short-term rentals</h2> <p>If you engage in short-term rentals via Airbnb or a similar service, it's extremely wise to have your neighbors on your side. Let them know what you're doing, ease their mind by telling them how involved you will be throughout the entire process, and ask them to call you if there are any problems, so you can deal with them promptly in order to keep the peace. Your guests are your responsibility, and if you're doing your job correctly, your neighbors won't even know they're there. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-things-i-learned-from-renting-out-my-home-on-airbnb?ref=seealso" target="_blank">13 Things I Learned From Renting Out My Home on Airbnb</a>)</p> <h2>11. Mind your pets</h2> <p>Don't leave your yappy dog outside unattended, especially in the morning or late at night. And don't let your cat roam the neighborhood so it can relieve itself all over your neighbor's garden. Clean up after them, and do what you can to make sure they're trained, friendly, and not a danger to other animals or kids. Your pets are <em>your</em> pets, and they shouldn't affect your neighbors whatsoever.</p> <h2>12. Notice your neighbors' home improvements</h2> <p>If your neighbors have recently put in time and money to improve their home, notice it. Tell them how great it looks. They'd like to know that their hard work has paid off and that the neighborhood appreciates it. You don't have to make a special stop to do it; just mention it in passing. You'll stand out favorably from the other neighbors who are too self-involved to care. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-reasons-why-its-good-to-know-your-neighbors?ref=seealso" target="_blank">25 Reasons Why It's Good to Know Your Neighbors</a>)</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? 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Add a little life without subtracting too much from your cash stash with these money-saving tips. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-surprising-ways-a-houseplant-can-save-you-money?ref=seealso" target="_blank">6 Surprising Ways a Houseplant Can Save You Money</a>)</p> <h2>DIY air plants</h2> <p>I recently visited a nursery where air plants in seashells were being sold for $13 a pop &mdash; an outrageous price point if you're familiar with what each of those items cost separately. Air plants alone retail for less than <a href="http://amzn.to/2FZXzHp" target="_blank">$4 on Amazon</a>, and seashells are free if you pick them up on a relaxing walk along the shore. Air plants don't require soil to grow, but they still need water, sunlight, and TLC. You can buy a pack of them and give them all the care they need for under $10. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-no-fuss-plants-that-will-brighten-your-home-until-spring?ref=seealso" target="_blank">9 No-Fuss Plants That Will Brighten Your Home Until Spring</a>)</p> <h2>Reuse food and decorative jars as planters</h2> <p>Instead of tossing my used candle jars in the trash or recycling bins, I clean out the leftover wax residue by setting the jars in boiling water for about a minute and then wiping out the excess before hitting it with soap and warm water. The more decorative candle jars make excellent planters.</p> <p>You also can use old food jars as planters, and I highly recommend the new <a href="http://amzn.to/2u47gmZ" target="_blank">Oui by Yoplait yogurt jars</a> as mini planters. I love these small jars because they don't have lids but rather foil coverings, which eliminates the need for grooves at the top of the jar. In my opinion, they don't look as cheap as regular jars when used as planters.</p> <p>Also, be advised that some plants don't like to sit in too much water, so keep that in mind if your planters don't have holes on the bottom to provide drainage.</p> <h2>Repurpose deep dishes and wooden boxes</h2> <p>Before you send your old dishes and wooden boxes to the trash or local donation center, look at them as potential planters. For instance, I have a couple deep, high-sided modern dishes from CB2 that I've chipped and don't want to use for entertaining anymore, so I turned them into planters. I keep the chipped edge to the back so no one can see it. They look great on coffee tables and mantles.</p> <h2>Take a walk through the woods</h2> <p>Mother Nature provides us access to all her bounty, and there's no reason you can't take advantage of this by collecting seeds or identifying plant species from unrestricted wooded areas that will survive in your indoor or outdoor gardens. Dig 'em up and replant them at home &mdash; sparingly, of course. You can easily research types of plants with the help of apps or nature books.</p> <p>No trespassing on private land, and don't even think about taking cuttings from protected areas, like state and national parks. That's a big no-no with even bigger fines if you get caught.</p> <h2>Snip from your parents' or grandparents' plants</h2> <p>My grandmother had this spider plant the whole family would snip from to propagate spider plant babies of their own. You can <a href="https://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/ornamental/a-reference-guide-to-plant-care-handling-and-merchandising/propagating-foliage-flowering-plants/" target="_blank">use this method to start new plants</a> from a variety of species, as detailed by the Texas A&amp;M AgriLife Extension. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-simple-gardening-skills-anybody-can-master?ref=seealso" target="_blank">13 Simple Gardening Skills Anybody Can Master</a>)</p> <h2>Check Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace, and Letgo</h2> <p>While you're out there trying to save money on plants to spruce up your joint, others are tossing theirs out.</p> <p>&quot;Looking on sites such as Craigslist and in the 'free' section local Facebook groups can sometimes land you a gorgeous house plant that could need a little love,&quot; says Vicky Popat, owner of PlantOGram.com, which delivers fully grown plants, like Cotton Candy Mango trees. &quot;If you live in a city, sometimes you could even spot a potted, ready-to-go plant just sitting on the curb. Before bringing any of these plants home, ask or check for pests.&quot;</p> <h2>Shop the clearance sections</h2> <p>Like everything else, plants go on sale, too. Poke around your local nursery or even your local big-box hardware store to see what kinds of deals they have. Don't be afraid to ask an associate either; they may know where the discounted goods are hidden if you can't find them. If available options aren't the most beautiful of the bunch, consider if you can clean them up, or if replanting in a more decorative planter will help. Many times you can just trim off the dead parts, wipe the dirty leaves with a washcloth, and feed with plant food until the plant is happy again.</p> <h2>Plant herbs</h2> <p>Herb seeds are cheap, but full-grown herb plants (often available at your supermarket) are quite affordable, too &mdash; in the $3 to $7 range. These plants will give your space, either indoors or out, the green punch you're looking for. You'll also save money over time on buying fresh herbs since you can snip from the ones you've cultivated. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-decorative-plants-you-can-eat-too?ref=seealso" target="_blank">6 Decorative Plants You Can Eat, Too</a>)</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? 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Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/9-no-fuss-plants-that-will-brighten-your-home-until-spring">9 No-Fuss Plants That Will Brighten Your Home Until Spring</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/11-home-and-houseware-upgrades-that-prove-youre-finally-a-grownup">11 Home and Houseware Upgrades That Prove You&#039;re Finally a Grownup</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/10-easy-ways-to-prep-your-garden-for-winter">10 Easy Ways to Prep Your Garden for Winter</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-solar-powered-outdoor-security-lights">The 5 Best Solar-Powered Outdoor Security Lights</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-long-does-it-take-to-break-even-with-solar-panels">How Long Does It Take to Break Even With Solar Panels?</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Green Living Home Shopping buying plants gardening tips green thumb home decor home items plants saving money shopping for plants Wed, 28 Mar 2018 09:30:21 +0000 Mikey Rox 2124571 at https://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Night Lights https://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-night-lights <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-night-lights" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/little_girl_nightlight_518780794.jpg" alt="Little girl using best night light " title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Whether it's to keep monsters at bay or to help you find your way around at night, a night light has a number of purposes. It can help you quickly fall asleep and keep you safe at night (so you won't have to worry about late-night stumbles anymore).</p> <h2>What is a night light?</h2> <p>A night light is a small light fixture that can add illumination to any dark areas, without interfering with your sleep. Night lights are ideal for nearly any room and people of all ages. Battery-powered night lights are also ideal in emergency situations.</p> <p>Night lights are also ideal for kids who are afraid of the dark. In fact, the vast majority of kids sleep with some sort of night light or light coming in from the hallway.</p> <h2>Top 5 night lights</h2> <h3>Sycees Plug-in LED Night Light</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2pePiZf" target="_blank"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/sycees.jpg" width="245" height="185" align="right" alt="" /></a>Amazon's Choice for night lights, the <a href="http://amzn.to/2pePiZf" target="_blank">Sycees 0.5W Plug-in LED Night Light</a> can save you money on energy and bulb replacement, even if you use them all day, thanks to energy-efficient LEDs. The compact size won't take up much space or block the second outlet. It has a soft glow, auto on/off, and built-in sensitive light sensor. This is available in six-pack or eight-pack sizes. It's an Amazon best-seller and has over 3,000 five-star reviews on Amazon.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2pePiZf" target="_blank"><em>Currently $13.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Maxxima LED Night Light</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2FLtjjp" target="_blank"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/maxxima.jpg" width="245" height="220" align="right" alt="" /></a>Amazon's Choice for bright night lights, the <a href="http://amzn.to/2FLtjjp" target="_blank">Maxxima LED Night Light</a> is the perfect solution if you need more substantial lighting. The night light has five bright LEDs and 25 lumens of light output. It has a light sensor and is one of the brightest night lights available.</p> <p>This can save you money on energy and bulb replacements, even if you use it all day. It's available in a range of colors and sizes. It's an Amazon best-seller, has more than 3,000 five-star reviews on Amazon, and is backed by a one-year warranty. If you're looking for something smaller and slimmer, consider the <a href="http://amzn.to/2pfxeho" target="_blank">Maxxima LED Plug-in Night Light</a> instead.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2FLtjjp" target="_blank"><em>Currently $10.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Munchkin Light My Way Night Light</h3> <p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B009UPUC36/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;th=1&amp;linkCode=sl1&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=3f9c10303274ec61a4724885a747b756" target="_blank"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/munchkin_0.jpg" width="159" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>Amazon's Choice for toddler night lights, the <a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B009UPUC36/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;th=1&amp;linkCode=sl1&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=3f9c10303274ec61a4724885a747b756" target="_blank">Munchkin Light My Way Night Light</a> is perfect for antsy toddlers who get up a lot during the night. It has a 20-minute timer, one-button operation, soft glow, and easy-grasp handle for ultimate portability. The owl night light looks cute and can help comfort your child to sleep. This runs on three AAA batteries (included). It's recommended by Parent Guide and has more than 1,000 five-star reviews on Amazon.</p> <p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B009UPUC36/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;th=1&amp;linkCode=sl1&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=3f9c10303274ec61a4724885a747b756" target="_blank"><em>Currently $9.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>AMIR Salt Lamp</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2pcmpOb" target="_blank"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/amir.jpg" width="245" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>Amazon's Choice for salt lamp night lights, the <a href="http://amzn.to/2pcmpOb" target="_blank">AMIR Salt Lamp</a>, can improve your health. The natural Himalayan crystal salt light is an effective air purifier and offers better air quality, sleep, mental clarity, and overall well-being. It can also help boost your mood and emit negative ions from your home. The salt lamp wall plug can be rotated 360 degrees for horizontal sockets. The stylish decorative lamp creates a romantic atmosphere and features a unique natural shape, color, pattern, and calming glow.</p> <p>Apartment Therapy recommends using a salt lamp as your night light and this Amazon best-seller is the best one available. It's backed by a 45-day money-back guarantee, 12-month replacement warranty, and lifetime support. If you're looking for something more traditional, consider the best-selling <a href="http://amzn.to/2Hz5Xy2" target="_blank">AMIR Motion Sensor Light</a> instead.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2pcmpOb" target="_blank"><em>Currently $18.69 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Ortz 16-Color Motion Activated Toilet Light</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2FJguX0" target="_blank"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/ortz.jpg" width="245" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2FJguX0" target="_blank">Ortz 16-Color Motion Activated Toilet Light</a> can attach to any toilet and automatically turn on when it detects motion within 10-15 feet. The multicolored LED toilet bowl light is a smart device that makes your bathroom more fun. Along with guiding your way for nighttime bathroom breaks, it can also make potty training fun. The energy-saving light has a soft glow with 16 colors and stays on for 60 seconds after the motion has stopped. This requires batteries (included) and is easy to install and clean. It's an Amazon best-seller and an Amazon's Choice product. It's also backed by a money-back guarantee and more than 500 five-star reviews on Amazon.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2FJguX0" target="_blank"><em>Currently $12.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best night lights. 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? 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