Entertainment https://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/5995/all en-US 5 Spectacular Amusement Parks for Thrill Seekers https://www.wisebread.com/5-spectacular-amusement-parks-for-thrill-seekers <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-spectacular-amusement-parks-for-thrill-seekers" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/group_of_friends_on_a_thrilling_roller_coaster_ride.jpg" alt="Group of friends on a thrilling roller coaster ride" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>You crave that feeling of anticipation deep down in your stomach when you get in line for a ride. The lightheaded intoxication that takes over your body when you strap yourself in. The unparalleled rush of excitement you experience when you're hurtling through the air at breakneck speeds. You're not alone.</p> <p>There are thousands of people all over the country who are constantly on the lookout for that next knee-knocking roller coaster ride. If you've got an insatiable thirst for the excitement that only a roller coaster can bring, check out these five theme parks for thrill seekers. (See also: <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/beyond-disney-8-affordable-family-destinations-in-the-us?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Beyond Disney: 8 Affordable Family Destinations in the U.S.</a>)</p> <h2>1. Six Flags Magic Mountain</h2> <p><strong>Location</strong>: Valencia, California</p> <p><strong>Cost of Day Pass</strong>: General Admission $84.99, Junior $59.99</p> <p>If roller coasters are your thing, then Six Flags Magic Mountain should be right at the top of your theme park bucket list. It has an unprecedented 19 roller coasters &mdash; the most of any single theme park in the world.</p> <p>Though there are plenty to choose from, the most intense rides will have even the coolest cucumbers screaming at the top of their lungs. The DC Super Heroes Drop of Doom boasts a 400-foot vertical drop tower enhanced by a virtual reality headset that shows you falling from a tower as the ride free falls at speeds of 85 miles per hour. X&sup2; is also guaranteed to get your heart pumping, with seats that twist and flip at 360 degrees while music, sound effects, and fire surround your journey at 76 miles per hour.</p> <h2>2. Cedar Point</h2> <p><strong>Location</strong>: Sandusky, Ohio</p> <p><strong>Cost of Day Pass</strong>: General Admission $72, Junior $45</p> <p>Known as &quot;The Roller Coaster Capital of the World,&quot; this park has 18 stomach-dropping roller coasters, and six of them are over 200 feet tall. Cedar Point has astonishingly been entertaining visitors since it launched its first ride in 1890, and has consistently remained competitive with other parks featuring cutting edge rides.</p> <p>The park is known for its tall roller coasters, including the Millennium Force at 310 feet, and the Top Thrill Dragster with eye-watering speeds of 120 mph and a dizzying maximum height of 420 feet. Yet it&rsquo;s not all about height. The Maverick roller coaster is just 105 feet tall and reaches speeds of &quot;only&quot; 70 mph, but it&rsquo;s regularly voted one of the best rides in the country with a vertical drop, inversions, and breathtaking launches.</p> <h2>3. Kings Island</h2> <p><strong>Location</strong>: Mason, Ohio</p> <p><strong>Cost of Day Pass</strong>: General Admission $70, Junior $43</p> <p>Kings Island is a top pick for more traditional ride fans, possessing four of the best examples of wooden roller coasters you're likely to find. For example, The Beast is the longest wooden roller coaster in the world and has held that record for nearly 40 years since it opened. Then there's the newly built Mystic Timbers, which offers plenty of airtime with speeds up to 53 mph.</p> <p>But it's not all about wooden rides. The park also has a plethora of brilliant and modern structures to make your hair stand on end. The world's longest steel inverted roller coaster, Banshee, will have you screaming like one.</p> <h2>4. Carowinds</h2> <p><strong>Location</strong>: Charlotte, North Carolina</p> <p><strong>Cost of Day Pass</strong>: General Admission $67, Juniors $47</p> <p>Carowinds proudly proclaims itself to have a selection of some of the &quot;biggest and baddest roller coasters around.&quot; And the park easily lives up to that statement with giant rides that you can see towering over the surrounding landscape as you approach the park, giving you a good idea of what's in store for your visit.</p> <p>Fury 325 is the cream of the crop, as it's the tallest and fastest giga coaster in the world standing at 325 feet and hitting speeds of 95 mph. Then there's the NASCAR-themed Intimidator, which lives up to its name with seven menacing drops along the race to the finish line.</p> <h2>5. Busch Gardens Williamsburg</h2> <p><strong>Location</strong>: Williamsburg, Virginia</p> <p><strong>Cost of Day Pass</strong>: General Admission $90, no Junior Prices</p> <p>Busch Gardens Williamsburg has a reputation of simultaneously catering to all age groups, making it hugely popular with families. Younger kids will be taken with the Sesame Street Forest of Fun, teens and young adults will revel in the wild thrill rides, while older generations can enjoy craft brews and pretzels in the German themed bars and beer gardens.</p> <p>But just because it effortlessly caters to all ages, doesn't mean it's short on adrenaline-inducing attractions. Apollo's Chariot is an award-winning hypercoaster with &quot;free flight&quot; elevated seating and a combined 825 feet of drops. The classic Loch Ness Monster has been delighting visitors for over 40 years with its double-looping course, and Alpengeist is a favorite among visitors due to its high-tempo inversions mimicking an out-of-control ski lift.</p> <h2>How to get the most from your theme park visit</h2> <p>Book online and in advance for the best prices, which can be up to 50 percent off general admission for tickets bought at the gate. Booking online will also save you the time it'll take to line up at the front gate to purchase tickets.</p> <p>You should also follow your favorite theme parks on social media, as many theme parks regularly dish out discount codes or special offers to their followers.</p> <p>And if you're planning to visit any of these parks regularly, consider purchasing season passes, as you can end up saving a ton of money compared to buying several single-day passes for each time you return. (See also: <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/how-to-have-a-fun-family-road-trip-without-breaking-your-budget?ref=seealso" target="_blank">How to Have a Fun Family Road Trip Without Breaking Your Budget</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-spectacular-amusement-parks-for-thrill-seekers&amp;media=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F5%2520Spectacular%2520Amusement%2520Parks%2520for%2520Thrill%2520Seekers.jpg&amp;description=5%20Spectacular%20Amusement%20Parks%20for%20Thrill%20Seekers"></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%20Spectacular%20Amusement%20Parks%20for%20Thrill%20Seekers.jpg" alt="5 Spectacular Amusement Parks for Thrill Seekers" 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/nick-wharton">Nick Wharton</a> of <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/5-spectacular-amusement-parks-for-thrill-seekers">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/8-affordable-amusement-parks-that-are-just-as-fun-as-disney">8 Affordable Amusement Parks That Are Just as Fun As Disney</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/free-and-cheap-things-to-do-in-seattle">Free and Cheap Things to Do in Seattle</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/how-to-enjoy-disney-world-on-the-cheap">How to Enjoy Disney World on the Cheap</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/seeing-mickey-for-a-song-disneyland-for-less">Seeing Mickey for a Song: Disneyland for Less</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-things-you-can-do-in-denver-that-you-cant-do-anywhere-else">8 Things You Can Do in Denver That You Can&#039;t Do Anywhere Else</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment Travel adrenaline junkies amusement parks family fun family vacations ferris wheel rides roller coasters theme parks Wed, 01 Aug 2018 08:00:10 +0000 Nick Wharton 2160816 at https://www.wisebread.com 9 Ways Gamers Can Make Extra Cash https://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-gamers-can-make-extra-cash <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/9-ways-gamers-can-make-extra-cash" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/excited_guy_in_checkered_shirt_holding_joystick.jpg" alt="Excited guy in checkered shirt holding joystick" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If your parents ever told you that playing video games is a waste of time, the joke might be on them. Many video game lovers have turned their passion into profits and anyone can follow suit. While making extra cash on video games is a lot more work than you might initially imagine, here are the top ways to do so.</p> <h2>1. Livestream your game play</h2> <p>You can invite fellow video game fans to watch you play during livestreaming with <a href="https://www.twitch.tv/" target="_blank">Twitch</a>. While you can upload prerecorded videos of yourself playing, most of Twitch's viewers are there for the livestreaming.</p> <p>How do you make money on Twitch? There are a few different ways. You can make money through ad views, similar to how individuals make money on YouTube. You can also include Amazon affiliate links for the game you are playing. Twitch streamers with large followings also get paid to do sponsorships, sell their own merchandise, and collect donations from fans.</p> <h2>2. Post YouTube videos</h2> <p>YouTube is notorious for making expert gamers into millionaires. Popular gamers Daniel Middleton, age 26, earned $16.5 million in 2017, and Evan Fong, age 25, earned $15.5 million &mdash; all through posting videos of themselves gaming. What earns the top gaming channels big money is expert game-playing skills paired with a winning personality and great video editing.</p> <p>YouTube is overflowing with gamers, but that doesn't mean there isn't room for new content. Find your &quot;in&quot; by finding a unique slant for your channel. Even though 300 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute, 5 billion videos are being watched every day. Therefore, individuals wanting to start a new YouTube career will have to work hard to build up their views and subscribers, but ultimately, more and more people are looking to YouTube as their source of entertainment and consuming more video content daily. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-make-money-by-creating-youtube-videos?ref=seealso" target="_blank">How to Make Money by Creating YouTube Videos</a>)</p> <h2>3. Beta test games</h2> <p>Game testers play new games and give their honest feedback. While game testing sounds like a fun experience, keep in mind you won't be playing your top choice games &mdash; and instead of enjoying the gaming experience, you are essentially hired to hunt down glitches. Apply for game beta testing positions at <a href="https://www.playtestcloud.com/signup" target="_blank">PlaytestCloud</a> and <a href="https://www.vmc.com/join-gbtn/" target="_blank">VMC Global Beta Test Network</a>.</p> <h2>4. Sell in-game items</h2> <p>Popular games like <em>Counter-Strike</em>, <em>Dota 2</em>, and <em>World of Warcraft</em> have allowed players to profit on collected in-game items, such as weapons and skins. Marketplaces like <a href="https://steamcommunity.com/market/" target="_blank">Steam</a> and <a href="https://gameflip.com/" target="_blank">Gameflip</a> make it easy to list popular game items. Recently, a scorching talon from <em>Dota 2</em> sold for just over $53 on Gameflip, and certain Counter-Strike weapons sell for over $1,500 on Steam.</p> <h2>5. Write walk-throughs and guides</h2> <p>With so many free game walk-throughs available, it can be hard to stand out. However, creating guides on games that are not as mainstream can help you make a name for yourself. Look at <a href="https://www.twitch.tv/directory" target="_blank">Twitch's directory</a> to get ideas on what content to create. For example, Fortnite has almost 20 million followers and guides are easy to find online. But games lower on the list have much fewer followers, and guides may be harder to come across. Creating one and selling it on Amazon could prove profitable.</p> <h2>6. Compete in tournaments</h2> <p>The best gamers eventually find themselves playing in tournaments. There are tournaments for several popular games and the prize money is substantial. For example, prize pools for the <em>Call of Duty</em> World League have awarded hundreds of thousands of dollars to competitors.</p> <h2>7. Apply to be gaming support</h2> <p>What's a gamer to do when they run into a problem during game play? Contact customer support. Companies like <a href="http://jobs.sutherlandglobal.com/ShowJob/Id/1671572/Gaming-Support-Customer-Service-and-Technical-Support-Work-At-Home/" target="_blank">Sutherland Global</a> and <a href="https://jobs-vmc.icims.com/jobs" target="_blank">VMC</a> hire gaming support agents. Some of these positions are fully remote.</p> <h2>8. Become a gaming coach</h2> <p><a href="https://www.gamersensei.com/senseis/searches?sort_by=relevance&amp;page=1" target="_blank">Gamer Sensei</a> connects pro-gamers with players who need one-on-one coaching. Individuals sign up for coaching to improve their game-play strategy, usually in the hopes of performing better in a tournament. Some coaches charge as much as $187.50 per hour.</p> <h2>9. Create gamer crafts</h2> <p>Being a gamer gives you the inside information of what other video game fans want and love. Pair that with crafting skills, and you can create profitable video game paraphernalia. Etsy seller <a href="https://www.etsy.com/listing/551276904/hyrule-breath-of-the-wild-map-on-leather?ref=shop_home_active_4" target="_blank">ForeignRealms</a> has created a map of Zelda's Hyrule burned on leather, while seller <a href="https://www.etsy.com/listing/513206880/mini-nuke-bomb-storage-box-regular?ga_order=most_relevant&amp;ga_search_type=all&amp;ga_view_type=gallery&amp;ga_search_query=fallout&amp;ref=sc_gallery-1-4&amp;plkey=d57b637dca3d6ef182a1ee60d2b1a7782c22d3ba:513206880" target="_blank">PropsCom</a> offers <em>Fallout</em>-inspired objects, like a mini nuke bomb storage box. (See also: <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-sites-to-sell-your-arts-and-crafts?ref=seealso" target="_blank">The 5 Best Sites to Sell Your Arts and Crafts</a>)</p> <p>While making money off video games sounds like the easy life, it can be quite the opposite. To build up a fan base, create content, or make products that gamers love, it takes time and effort. Gaming won't make you a success overnight, but if you have a strong passion for video games, there are creative ways for you to turn your controller skills into a nice side gig. (See also: <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/how-to-make-money-as-a-superfan?ref=seealso" target="_blank">How to Make Money as a Superfan</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%2F9-ways-gamers-can-make-extra-cash&amp;media=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F9%2520Ways%2520Gamers%2520Can%2520Make%2520Extra%2520Cash.jpg&amp;description=9%20Ways%20Gamers%20Can%20Make%20Extra%20Cash"></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/u5180/9%20Ways%20Gamers%20Can%20Make%20Extra%20Cash.jpg" alt="9 Ways Gamers Can Make Extra Cash" 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/9-ways-gamers-can-make-extra-cash">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-8"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/5-social-media-stars-who-earn-way-more-than-you">5 Social Media Stars Who Earn Way More Than You</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/what-artists-and-fans-should-know-about-tipping-sites-like-patreon">What Artists and Fans Should Know About Tipping Sites Like Patreon</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-clever-ways-people-are-making-money-from-pok-mon-go">8 Clever Ways People Are Making Money From Pokémon GO</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-you-can-get-paid-to-watch-tv">6 Ways You Can Get Paid to Watch TV</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-to-make-money-as-a-chat-or-forum-moderator">How to Make Money as a Chat or Forum Moderator</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment Extra Income customer service customer support game tester steam twitch stream video games YouTube Mon, 23 Jul 2018 08:00:11 +0000 Ashley Eneriz 2156257 at https://www.wisebread.com These 8 Apps Will Help You Explore the Great Outdoors https://www.wisebread.com/these-8-apps-will-help-you-explore-the-great-outdoors <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/these-8-apps-will-help-you-explore-the-great-outdoors" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/hiker_looking_at_smartphone_while_taking_a_break.jpg" alt="Hiker looking at smartphone while taking a break" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The wind is whispering through the trees, the air hangs thick with pine fragrance, and you just whipped out your phone. Don't feel guilty about logging on when you're out in nature! There are more and more apps out there that can seriously enhance your outdoor experience, rather than distract from it &mdash; whether you need a map that still works offline, an audio guide for your earbuds, or help figuring out whether you just stepped in poison ivy or a harmless shrub. (See also: <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/10-smartphone-apps-that-can-help-you-in-an-emergency?ref=seealso" target="_blank">10 Smartphone Apps That Can Help You in an Emergency</a>)</p> <h2>1. Bivy</h2> <p>A bivy is a lightweight personal shelter you can carry around while backpacking. Consider the free <a href="https://www.bivy.com/" target="_blank">Bivy app</a> a lightweight outdoor adventure guidebook. You can pull up the app when you're in a new area looking for a good hike, climb, or paddle. Better yet, you can use the app to record and share your adventures with fellow nature lovers.</p> <p>This app also tells you when you're off the track, which, in my experience, would be pretty darn useful. Just last weekend, my husband, kids, and I were trying to hike to a waterfall using directions my husband had found online. We followed the landmarks, walked the recommended distance, and never found a waterfall. We still aren't sure what we did wrong. Next time, we'll use Bivy. (See also: <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/10-most-breathtaking-day-hikes-in-the-us?ref=seealso" target="_blank">10 Most Breathtaking Day Hikes in the U.S.</a>)</p> <h2>2. PlantSnap Plant Identification</h2> <p>There are several apps out there purporting to tell you what bush or tree you're looking at through photo recognition, but <a href="https://plantsnap.com/" target="_blank">PlantSnap</a> gets the best reviews from the most users on the iTunes App Store and the Google Play Store.</p> <p>The developer claims that the app recognizes 90 percent of all plant and tree species on the planet, although according to reviews, it's a bit hit-or-miss. Still, if you love to take pictures of pretty flowers and shrubs, but never know what they're called, it's worth a try at $3.99 on iTunes or free on Google Play. (See also: <a href="https://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>3. HERE WeGo</h2> <p>Billed as a free city navigation app, <a href="https://wego.here.com/" target="_blank">HERE WeGo</a> can also be useful for deep woods hikes for one important reason: It lets you download maps even when you're offline. Save your destination on the map before leaving civilization, then hike without worry that you'll lose your connection when you need it most. This feature also makes HERE WeGo handy for international travel, if you don't have a data plan abroad. (See also: <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/8-ways-to-save-on-smartphone-costs-while-traveling?ref=seealso" target="_blank">8 Ways to Save on Smartphone Costs While Traveling</a>)</p> <h2>4. Just Ahead</h2> <p>I'm famous for missing wild animal sightings &mdash; or tripping over my own feet &mdash; because my nose is buried in a guidebook. <a href="https://www.justahead.com/" target="_blank">Just Ahead</a> allows you to keep your head up and listen to an audio guide to a number of National Parks, including Yosemite, Zion, the Grand Canyon, and more. If the price seems high for an app (the app is free but each travel guide is an in-app purchase up to $19.99), keep in mind that these tours are professionally written and narrated by experts who have written for <em>National Geographic</em> and other publications.</p> <p>And don't worry about losing your connection out on the trail; the guide will download to your phone and keep working out of cell tower range. (See also: <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/how-to-save-on-national-park-visits-in-2018?ref=seealso" target="_blank">How to Save on National Park Visits in 2018</a>)</p> <h2>5. Sky Guide or Star Walk 2</h2> <p>Both of these apps use your phone's GPS and the concept of augmented reality to show you the stars and other celestial bodies that hover in the direction your phone is pointed.</p> <p>The reason I'm listing both is that <a href="http://www.fifthstarlabs.com/sky-guide/" target="_blank">Sky Guide</a> (for $2.99), made by Fifth Star Labs, is not available for Android. Instead, Android users (and iOS users) can try <a href="http://www.vitotechnology.com/star-walk-2-guide-sky-night-day.html" target="_blank">Star Walk 2</a>, by Vito Technology, which is available in both free and $2.99 versions.</p> <h2>6. Maprika</h2> <p>Billed as a ski app, <a href="http://www.maprika.com/" target="_blank">Maprika</a> is actually much more. It will not only help you navigate hiking and biking trails, it can even help you find the bathrooms at a theme park or guide you around a college campus. The best part of Maprika is that it shows you exactly where you are on the map, just like the big, friendly, &quot;YOU ARE HERE&quot; points on board maps in public places. And if you're with a group that splits up, you can track your friends (or your kids) on the map, as well. (See also: <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/6-cheap-date-ideas-for-nature-lovers?ref=seealso" target="_blank">6 Cheap Date Ideas for Nature Lovers</a>)</p> <h2>7. ChirpOMatic or Bird Song ID</h2> <p>As with the sky mapping apps, the best app in this category, <a href="http://www.chirpomatic.com/" target="_blank">ChirpOMatic</a>, is only available for the iPhone at $3.99. So Android users looking for the same features use <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.isoperla.birdsongidusa" target="_blank">Bird Song ID</a>, for $4.99.</p> <p>Sometimes referred to as &quot;Shazam for birds,&quot; these apps let you record bird calls, then they analyze the sound and guess what bird you're hearing. Like plant recognition apps, these are used with varying success; some reviewers love them and others end up frustrated.</p> <h2>8. AllTrails</h2> <p><a href="https://www.alltrails.com/" target="_blank">AllTrails</a> is a popular map app that covers the basics you would expect, like helping you find a promising trail and giving you directions along the way. One thing users love is seeing other users' comments; a recent review can save you from trying to hike a path that's covered in snow or searching for a waterfall that dried up a few years ago. With more than 50,000 ratings on iTunes, your chances are good that another user has recently tread the path you wish to explore.</p> <p>The paid Pro version (for $29.99 per year) allows you to download offline maps, create custom maps, and to create real-time map overlays, showing conditions such as heat or air quality along your route &mdash; all without the ads you'll have to endure on the free version. (See also: <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/7-affordable-destinations-for-nature-lovers?ref=seealso" target="_blank">7 Affordable Destinations for Nature Lovers</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%2Fthese-8-apps-will-help-you-explore-the-great-outdoors&amp;media=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FThese%25208%2520Apps%2520Will%2520Help%2520You%2520Explore%2520the%2520Great%2520Outdoors.jpg&amp;description=These%208%20Apps%20Will%20Help%20You%20Explore%20the%20Great%20Outdoors"></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/These%208%20Apps%20Will%20Help%20You%20Explore%20the%20Great%20Outdoors.jpg" alt="These 8 Apps Will Help You Explore the Great Outdoors" 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/carrie-kirby">Carrie Kirby</a> of <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/these-8-apps-will-help-you-explore-the-great-outdoors">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/how-to-get-netflix-and-hulu-to-play-on-your-tv">How to Get Netflix and Hulu to Play on Your TV</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/6-cheap-date-ideas-for-nature-lovers">6 Cheap Date Ideas for Nature Lovers</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-alternatives-to-cable-tv-that-will-keep-you-entertained">8 Alternatives to Cable TV That Will Keep You Entertained</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/five-quick-remote-control-hacks-to-save-you-time-and-money">5 Quick Remote Control Hacks to Save You Time and Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/5-reasons-to-choose-traditional-books-over-e-books">5 Reasons to Choose Traditional Books Over E-Books</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment Technology best apps great outdoors nature lovers outdoorsy summer fun summer travel Thu, 05 Jul 2018 08:00:12 +0000 Carrie Kirby 2154492 at https://www.wisebread.com 6 Cheap Date Ideas for Nature Lovers https://www.wisebread.com/6-cheap-date-ideas-for-nature-lovers <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/6-cheap-date-ideas-for-nature-lovers" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/life_is_beautiful.jpg" alt="Life is beautiful" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>After this year's seemingly interminable winter, nothing would be finer than getting outside to enjoy nature, especially if you can do so with your special someone. But week after week, you may find yourselves falling back into the Saturday night habit of drinks together at the local bar or watching Netflix on the couch.</p> <p>It's not that you want to spend all of your precious date nights indoors, but fun outdoor date activities are expensive! Maybe you and your beloved can't afford to go mountain biking, whale watching, or white water rafting. So you end up watching David Attenborough nature documentaries on Saturday nights instead.</p> <p>It doesn't have to be this way. Instead of settling into your regular booth at the pub or your favorite spot on the couch, consider trying these cheap dates you can enjoy in the great outdoors. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/23-cheap-summer-date-ideas?ref=seealso" target="_blank">23 Cheap Summer Date Ideas</a>)</p> <h2>1. Try stargazing</h2> <p>There's a reason stargazing is a classic romantic activity. Not only is it a free way to take in a breathtaking view, but it's an excellent excuse to snuggle with your sweetheart.</p> <p>All you really need for this activity is a blanket to spread on the ground, a clear night sky, and maybe a thermos of coffee or hot chocolate to share. But it can be more fun to study the night sky if you know what you're looking at, so consider downloading a free astronomy app to help you identify the constellations, planets, satellites, and thousands of stars that are visible to the naked eye. In addition, if you have a pair of <a href="https://amzn.to/2yn4KdF" target="_blank">binoculars</a> or a <a href="https://amzn.to/2M6tvwq" target="_blank">telescope</a>, bringing them along can help you to better see the glories of the night sky. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-natural-wonders-you-can-see-for-free?ref=seealso" target="_blank">5 Natural Wonders You Can See For Free</a>)</p> <h2>2. Go on a nature scavenger hunt</h2> <p>Working together can make for a fun and meaningful date, which is why taking part in a nature scavenger hunt together can create lasting romantic memories.</p> <p>For such a scavenger hunt, all you need is a list of things to find while you are jaunting through your favorite scenic area. Since the rule for nature walks is &quot;take only pictures and leave only footprints,&quot; all you have to do is check off that you saw each of the items on your list &mdash; or snap photos of them.</p> <p>For instance, you might challenge each other to find something that begins with every letter in the alphabet, in order. You could write down what you find (apple wood tree, beehive, coneflower, etc.) as you go. Similarly, you could challenge each other to find something representing every color of the rainbow.</p> <p>Even if you don't have time to come up with a scavenger hunt yourselves, there are a number of free printable scavenger hunts available online that can help you to see nature in a different way. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-outdoor-adventures-that-dont-cost-a-dime?ref=seealso" target="_blank">6 Outdoor Adventures That Don't Cost a Dime</a>)</p> <h2>3. Plant a garden</h2> <p>Plunging your hands into garden soil is a viscerally satisfying experience that you can share with your beloved. Planting, tending, and enjoying the fruits of your garden together can give you a lovely connection to each other and the earth.</p> <p>Even if you don't live in a place that allows for gardening, you can still enjoy the benefits of garden living by <a href="https://communitygarden.org/find-a-garden/" target="_blank">finding a local community garden</a>. This can help you and your sweetheart form stronger bonds in your community while you build something beautiful and nourishing together. (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>4. Watch the sunrise together</h2> <p>If you are early birds (or dedicated night owls), set your alarm for 0:dark-30 and watch the sunrise together. You can do this from the comfort of your own backyard, or make it an event by driving to the closest beach, park, or eastern-facing hill. As the night sky trades its blacks and grays for dawn's bright pinks and oranges, you and your date can cuddle together and enjoy some coffee and the quiet feeling of being the only people awake in the world.</p> <p>Finish your early morning date with breakfast al fresco, and you'll both spend the rest of the day with a smile on your faces.</p> <h2>5. Go bird-watching</h2> <p>Even if neither of you can tell the difference between an eagle and an egret, going on a bird-watching adventure can be a fun date. Start with a quick search on the best birding areas near you. <a href="https://www.audubon.org/birding" target="_blank">Audubon's official website</a> offers a great deal of information and tips for new bird-watchers, and can give you some suggestions for local places to enjoy your bird-watching date.</p> <p>From there, you'll need a field guide &mdash; which you can borrow from the library &mdash; and a pair of binoculars. (If you don't have your own pair, borrow some from a friend.) Even with minimal equipment, you can start searching the skies and listening to bird calls together to see if you can identify various local species.</p> <h2>6. Have a picnic</h2> <p>Eating a delicious meal together will be much more fun if you can do it outside. And you don't have to go far or spend a lot to do it. Whip a meal in your kitchen, grab a blanket, and eat it in your backyard under the night sky with some candles lit around you. Or you could pack your meal in some Tupperware and head to your local beach or park.</p> <p>But even if you're stuck indoors &mdash; because sometimes the weather makes it impossible to get outside &mdash; you can still have a memorable date night together that honors your love for the natural world. Turn off all the lights, stow away and power down all of your electronics, and enjoy an evening of uninterrupted romantic connection. Not only will you be conserving energy, but you'll also get to enjoy the benefits of unplugging together.</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-cheap-date-ideas-for-nature-lovers&amp;media=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F6%2520Cheap%2520Date%2520Ideas%2520for%2520Nature%2520Lovers.jpg&amp;description=6%20Cheap%20Date%20Ideas%20for%20Nature%20Lovers"></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%20Cheap%20Date%20Ideas%20for%20Nature%20Lovers.jpg" alt="6 Cheap Date Ideas for Nature Lovers" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/emily-guy-birken">Emily Guy Birken</a> of <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/6-cheap-date-ideas-for-nature-lovers">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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No matter where you are, there's bound to be a lot going on and a lot you want to do.</p> <p><strong>What is on your summer bucket list?</strong> What event or activity are you looking forward to the most? Is there any activity that you make a point to do every summer?</p> <p>Tell us about your summer bucket list 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/79857dfa395/" rel="nofollow" data-raflid="79857dfa395" data-theme="classic" data-template="" id="rcwidget_arb40sm3">a Rafflecopter giveaway</a> </p> <script src="https://widget-prime.rafflecopter.com/launch.js"></script></p> <h4>Giveaway Rules:</h4> <ul> <li>Contest ends Monday, July 2nd at 11:59 p.m. Pacific. Winners will be announced after July 2nd on the original post. Winners will also be contacted via email.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered, or associated with Facebook or Twitter.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>You must be 18 and U.S. resident to enter. Void where prohibited.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Good Luck!</strong></p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tell us about your summer bucket list 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-on-your-summer-bucket-list">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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There are now games available for players of all skill levels and interests.</p> <h2>What are board games for adults?</h2> <p>Board games are an affordable way to spend time with friends, family, and party goers. They include a board and several game pieces to play with, along with rules on how to win the game. And they can be a fun way to laugh and bond with others, without a large investment of time or money.</p> <h2>Top 5 board games for adults</h2> <h3>Cards Against Humanity</h3> <p><a href="https://amzn.to/2tdG2X8" target="_blank"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/cards%20ah.jpg" width="145" height="245" align="right" alt="" />Cards Against Humanity</a> is technically a card game, but you won't find a better party game out there. It contains 500 white cards, 100 black cards, and a rule book. Each player asks a question from a black card and the other players answer with their funniest white card. The goal is to get players laughing with raunchy responses. Everything comes in a small box, so it's perfect for travel. It is recommended by a range of online publications, including Thrillist and Bustle, and has a whopping 30,000 five-star reviews on Amazon.</p> <p><a href="https://amzn.to/2tdG2X8" target="_blank"><em>Currently $25.00 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Catan</h3> <p><a href="https://amzn.to/2t1sGOC" target="_blank"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/catan.jpg" width="199" height="245" align="right" alt="" />Catan</a> has taken the board game world by storm. The game of strategy allows players to conquer land using source cards. Players can acquire their resources through trading, cards, or lucky dice. Each game can last an hour or longer. It includes 19 hexagonal terrain tile, six coastal frame pieces, nine harbor pieces, 20 wooden settlements, 16 wooden cities, 60 wooden roads, 95 resource cards, 25 development cards, four building costs cards, two bonus cards, 18 number tokens, two die, a wooden pawn, and a rule book.</p> <p>The award-winning game is an Amazon's Choice product, an Amazon best-seller, and one of the &quot;Most Wished For&quot; and top &quot;Gift Ideas&quot; on Amazon. It is also recommended by Good Housekeeping, BuzzFeed, The Wirecutter, NYMag, and Bustle, and has more than 1,700 five-star reviews on Amazon. If you like this award-winning game, there are at least 15 expansion and extension packs you can add on later.</p> <p><a href="https://amzn.to/2t1sGOC" target="_blank"><em>Currently $43.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Ticket To Ride</h3> <p><a href="https://amzn.to/2JIipkD" target="_blank"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/ticket%20to%20ride.jpg" width="245" height="245" align="right" alt="" />Ticket To Ride</a> is a train adventure game based on <em>Around the World in 80 Days</em>. The objective is to collect cards, allowing players to use the different railway routes to travel to different cities in North America. Players need to strategize to win. It includes a gameboard, 225 colored train cars, 144 illustrated cards, five wooden scoring markers, help cards, train miniatures, and a rule book. The award-winning game is an Amazon best-seller, Amazon's Choice item, and one of the &quot;Best Rated&quot; items on Amazon. It has over 4,000 five-star reviews on Amazon and is recommended by Good Housekeeping, The Wirecutter, and NYMag.</p> <p><a href="https://amzn.to/2JIipkD" target="_blank"><em>Currently $44.95 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Codenames</h3> <p><a href="https://amzn.to/2t0hth6" target="_blank"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/codenames.jpg" width="163" height="245" align="right" alt="" />Codenames</a> has become very popular in many different countries. Players go by codenames and race to identify the agents first. It comes with 16 agent cards in two colors, a double agent card, seven innocent bystander cards, an assassin card, 40 key cards, and a rule book. The Amazon best-seller is one of the &quot;Most Wished For,&quot; &quot;Best Rated,&quot; and top &quot;Gift Ideas&quot; on Amazon. The award-winning word game has more than 1,900 five-star reviews on Amazon and is recommended by Good Housekeeping, Popular Mechanics, The Wirecutter, NYMag, and Bustle.</p> <p><a href="https://amzn.to/2t0hth6" target="_blank"><em>Currently $16.59 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>What Do You Meme Adult Party Game</h3> <p><a href="https://amzn.to/2MwqS8s" target="_blank"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/what%20do%20you%20meme.jpg" width="205" height="245" align="right" alt="" />What Do You Meme</a> is technically a card game, but it's been making a splash at parties and on social media. The goal is to create the funniest meme by pairing caption cards with the photo card in play. It includes 360 caption cards, 75 quote photo cards, an easel, and rules. It works for groups of all sizes and is ideal for meme-lovers. Everything comes in a small box, so it's perfect for travel. It has more than 4,000 five-star reviews on Amazon and is recommended by Good Housekeeping and Bustle. If you like the game, there are a range of expansion packs available to match your personal interests.</p> <p><a href="https://amzn.to/2MwqS8s" target="_blank"><em>Currently $29.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best board games for adults. As always, be sure to check <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar" target="_blank">Wise Bread's Buying Calendar</a> to learn when and how to buy just about anything!</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Fthe-5-best-board-games-for-adults&amp;media=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FThe%25205%2520Best%2520Board%2520Games%2520for%2520Adults.jpg&amp;description=The%205%20Best%20Board%20Games%20for%20Adults"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/The%205%20Best%20Board%20Games%20for%20Adults.jpg" alt="The 5 Best Board Games for Adults" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/andrea-cannon">Andrea Cannon</a> of <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-board-games-for-adults">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-board-games-for-children">The 5 Best Board Games for Children</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-waterproof-bluetooth-speakers">The 5 Best Waterproof Bluetooth Speakers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-gaming-mice">The 5 Best Gaming Mice</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-coloring-pens">The 5 Best Coloring Pens</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-coloring-pencils">The 5 Best Coloring Pencils</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment Shopping 5 best board games for adults fun activities games gaming product reviews Thu, 21 Jun 2018 08:01:20 +0000 Andrea Cannon 2149700 at https://www.wisebread.com This Is How Much Our Tech Necessities Would've Cost in the '80s https://www.wisebread.com/this-is-how-much-our-tech-necessities-wouldve-cost-in-the-80s <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/this-is-how-much-our-tech-necessities-wouldve-cost-in-the-80s" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/mullet_man_with_tape_rocerder_0.jpg" alt="Mullet man with tape recorder" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>We all love to look back on the 1980s as a sort of halcyon time. Transformers were still animated rather than CGI, movies were original rather than nostalgia-grabbing reboots, and we all kept our important papers in Trapper Keepers, just as nature intended.</p> <p>But before you decide that life really was better back in the decade that brought us hair metal, spandex, and She-Ra, consider what we take for granted now that would have been nearly impossible to replicate in the 1980s. As it turns out, there is quite a bit that makes modern life better.</p> <h2>Music on demand</h2> <p>A 32GB iPhone or other smartphone can store over 8,000 songs, depending on what other apps you have installed on the device. Alternatively, you can stream music through an app like Spotify or Apple Music, each of which allows you to save playlists and favorite albums. Your phone also offers you a remarkably portable package that you are likely to have on you at all times.</p> <p>To have all of that in your pocket these days, it will cost you around $450 for the phone, plus about $10 per month for your favorite music streaming service. All together, you might pay $570 in the first year of phone ownership to be able to enjoy your favorite tunes wherever you are in 2018.</p> <p>To recreate this kind of portable music library in the '80s, it would have been much more difficult. To start, you would need a portable CD player. The Sony Discman was introduced in 1985, and cost $300 at the time &mdash; or nearly $700 in 2018 dollars. To have 8,000 songs at your fingertips, you would need 570 CDs, assuming about 14 tracks per album. CDs cost about $15 each in the 1980s, or nearly $35 in 2018 dollars &mdash; which means you would have to drop the equivalent of $19,950 on CDs to have access to same number of songs. And of course, you could only really take one or two albums with you at a time, since carting around 570 CDs at all times would be next to impossible.</p> <p>All told, in 1985 you would have had to spend the equivalent of $20,650 in 2018 dollars to have access to the kind portable music library we take for granted today. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-choose-the-best-streaming-music-service-for-you?ref=seealso" target="_blank">How to Choose the Best Streaming Music Service for You</a>)</p> <h2>Cellphones</h2> <p>Having a mobile phone in your pocket has become so ubiquitous that we have reverse-engineered the term <em>landline</em> for the phone that's stuck at your house. We have become so used to carrying cellphones with us at all times that etiquette rules have sprung up around their usage, including a number of tacit rules about texting vs. calling someone.</p> <p>Assuming that you have a brand-new iPhone X, it cost about $1,000 to purchase the phone, and cell service generally costs about $60 per month, which means a modern cellphone user can expect to spend $1,720 in a year, including the purchase of the phone.</p> <p>Back in 1983, the first cellphone went on sale for $4,000, or around $10,062 in 2018 dollars. While there was no cellphone plan for early adopters who purchased this Motorola phone (which was 11 inches long, weighed 2.5 pounds, and was nicknamed &quot;the brick&quot;), the phone only offered 30 minutes of talk time, and only had six hours' worth of battery life.</p> <h2>Streaming videos</h2> <p>Netflix streaming has become a staple of modern entertainment, to the point where the term &quot;Netflix and chill&quot; has gone from solid Saturday night plan to dating euphemism to out-of-touch punchline. Subscribing to Netflix's standard streaming plan costs $10.99 per month, or about $132 per year, and gets you access to over 5,500 titles to watch, including both movies and television shows.</p> <p>Unless watching Netflix is your job, it would be impossible to watch all 5,500 titles in one year. But let's assume you watch two different titles on Netflix every day, or 730 per year. Back in 1988, you could expect to pay about $2.50 per movie rental at the local Mom and Pop video rental store (remember those?). In 2018 dollars, each rental would cost $5.29, meaning you would spend the equivalent of approximately $3,862 per year in 2018 dollars to watch 730 movies &mdash; and that doesn't even account for late fees, if you forgot to take <em>The Breakfast Club</em> or <em>Die Hard</em> back on time. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/3-tv-must-haves-once-you-cut-the-cable-cord?ref=seealso" target="_blank">3 TV Must-Haves Once You Cut the Cable Cord</a>)</p> <h2>eBooks</h2> <p>Physical books will never completely fade away, but e-readers have made it possible for avid bookworms to carry entire libraries with them, whether they are packing for a trip to the beach or just a long line at the DMV. The Kindle Fire can store approximately 6,000 books, which means you can finish one book and start the next without having to go back to the bookstore or library.</p> <p>A Kindle Fire HD 8 costs about $80, and you can sign up for Kindle Unlimited for $9.99 per month, or about $120 per year. All together, a voracious reader can enjoy books to her heart's content for about $200 in the first year. If we assume our reader manages to finish one book a week, or 52 books per year, that $200 in a year cost comes to about $3.85 per book.</p> <p>A reader looking to buy 52 books a year in the 1980s would have spent a great deal more. In 1985, new books ranged in price from $8.95 to $19.95 ($20.84 to $46.45 in today's dollars). Assuming a reader only purchased books at the lower end of the cost spectrum, they would have to spend $1,083.68 (in 2018 dollars) in one year to be able to read the same number of books that a Kindle owner could read for $200 nowadays. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-easiest-ways-to-score-free-ebooks?ref=seealso" target="_blank">5 Easiest Ways to Score Free eBooks</a>)</p> <h2>Living in the future</h2> <p>There are certainly aspects of 1980s life and culture that we'd all like to return to &mdash; like having music videos on MTV. But it's also good to stop and reflect on all the great advances we get to enjoy now that would have been simply impossible back when Max Headroom and jelly shoes were still a thing.</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%2Fthis-is-how-much-our-tech-necessities-wouldve-cost-in-the-80s&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FThis%2520Is%2520How%2520Much%2520Our%2520Tech%2520Necessities%2520Would%2527ve%2520Cost%2520in%2520the%2520%252780s.jpg&amp;description=This%20Is%20How%20Much%20Our%20Tech%20Necessities%20Would've%20Cost%20in%20the%20'80s"></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/This%20Is%20How%20Much%20Our%20Tech%20Necessities%20Would%27ve%20Cost%20in%20the%20%2780s.jpg" alt="This Is How Much Our Tech Necessities Would've Cost in the '80s" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/emily-guy-birken">Emily Guy Birken</a> of <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/this-is-how-much-our-tech-necessities-wouldve-cost-in-the-80s">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/5-audiobooks-about-money-you-need-to-hear">5 Audiobooks About Money You Need to Hear</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/who-really-owns-your-digital-assets">Who Really Owns Your Digital Assets?</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/financial-lessons-from-its-a-wonderful-life">Financial Lessons From &quot;It&#039;s A Wonderful Life&quot;</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/3-subscription-services-every-traveler-needs">3 Subscription Services Every Traveler Needs</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-8-classic-personal-finance-books-you-must-read">The 8 Classic Personal Finance Books You Must Read</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Personal Finance Entertainment 1980s books cellphones cost comparisons inflation movies music products retro services throwback Mon, 18 Jun 2018 08:30:28 +0000 Emily Guy Birken 2148703 at https://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Board Games for Children https://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-board-games-for-children <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-board-games-for-children" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/kids_board_game_466367920.jpg" alt="Kids playing board game on the floor" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Board games are an enjoyable, affordable way to pass the time with your family. Games can also be educational for children, teaching them critical thinking, reading, and even money skills.</p> <h2>What are board games for children?</h2> <p>Board games for kids are usually easier to play than adult games. They include a board and several game pieces to play with, along with rules on how to win the game. They are classic fun and can keep your child away from their electronics for hours.</p> <h2>Top 5 board games for children</h2> <h3>HedBanz</h3> <p><a href="https://amzn.to/2Moyn1c" target="_blank"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/hedbanz.jpg" width="200" height="245" align="right" alt="" />HedBanz</a> is a fast-paced game that the whole family can take part in. Players ask yes or no questions to figure out the character displayed on their headband. The game has a simple premise and encourages creative critical thinking skills. It includes 74 cards, 24 chips, six headbands, a timer, and rule sheet. Part of Amazon's Summer Toy List, the award-winning educational game is also an Amazon's Choice item, an Amazon best-seller, and a &quot;Best Rated&quot; item. It has more than 1,500 five-star reviews on Amazon and is recommended by Consumer Search and Heavy.com.</p> <p><a href="https://amzn.to/2Moyn1c" target="_blank"><em>Currently $12.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Hasbro Connect 4</h3> <p><a href="https://amzn.to/2JGsD0L" target="_blank"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/connect%204.jpg" width="228" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>Amazon's #1 best-seller in board games, <a href="https://amzn.to/2JGsD0L" target="_blank">Hasbro Connect 4</a> is designed for two players. The goal is to connect four discs in a row. The game of strategy can be played quickly and learned easily. It includes the vertical board, 21 red discs, 21 yellow discs, and instructions. It has more than 2,300 five-star reviews on Amazon and is recommended by NYMag and Heavy.com. It is also one of the &quot;Most Wished For,&quot; &quot;Best Rated,&quot; and top &quot;Gift Ideas&quot; on Amazon.</p> <p><a href="https://amzn.to/2JGsD0L" target="_blank"><em>Currently $8.77 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Hasbro Candy Land the World of Sweets</h3> <p><a href="https://amzn.to/2JBuAjh" target="_blank"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/candy%20land.jpg" width="245" height="158" align="right" alt="" />Hasbro Candy Land the World of Sweets</a> is an oldie, but a goodie. There is no reading or strategy involved, so it's ideal even for preschool-aged children. It includes a game board, four gingerbread pawns, 22 cards, and instructions. The colorful game board features a rainbow path that players race to finish first. It can help teach children color recognition and matching. The Amazon's Choice item is an Amazon best-seller, has more than 900 five-star reviews on Amazon, and is recommended by Heavy.com.</p> <p><a href="https://amzn.to/2JBuAjh" target="_blank"><em>Currently $12.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Hasbro Monopoly Junior</h3> <p><a href="https://amzn.to/2JFQHkt" target="_blank"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/monopoly.jpg" width="245" height="228" align="right" alt="" />Hasbro Monopoly Junior</a> has a kid-friendly vibe, with fun properties like an ice cream parlor and skate park. It also has single dollar bills and easy rules for simple gameplay. The property trading game can help kids learn the value of money and property. It includes a game board, four tokens, 20 Chance cards, 48 Sold signs, 90 bank notes, four character cards, and a die. There are a number of different Monopoly editions available now, so getting your kids hooked on the game from a young age can be a great way to keep them interested in the game as they grow up. It has over 900 five-star reviews on Amazon and is recommended by Ranker.</p> <p><a href="https://amzn.to/2JFQHkt" target="_blank"><em>Currently $13.59 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Hasbro Scrabble Junior</h3> <p><a href="https://amzn.to/2l5v9D7" target="_blank"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/scrabble.jpg" width="245" height="195" align="right" alt="" />Hasbro Scrabble Junior</a> is an educational word game with colorful picture clues and letter matching. It's great for kids just learning to read. The best part is once you flip the game board, there is an advanced level on the opposite side, where players can create their own words, so your child can continue to be challenged as they age. The crossword game includes a two-sided game board, 105 letter tiles, four character tokens, and a game guide.</p> <p><a href="https://amzn.to/2l5v9D7" target="_blank"><em>Currently $13.97 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best board games for children. As always, be sure to check <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar" target="_blank">Wise Bread's Buying Calendar</a> to learn when and how to buy just about anything!</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Fthe-5-best-board-games-for-children&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FThe%25205%2520Best%2520Board%2520Games%2520for%2520Children.jpg&amp;description=The%205%20Best%20Board%20Games%20for%20Children"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/The%205%20Best%20Board%20Games%20for%20Children.jpg" alt="The 5 Best Board Games for Children" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/andrea-cannon">Andrea Cannon</a> of <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-board-games-for-children">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/top-five-economy-based-board-games-that-make-you-think">10 Economy-Based Games That Make You Think</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/8-amazing-board-games-you-can-diy">8 Amazing Board Games You Can DIY</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-board-games-for-adults">The 5 Best Board Games for Adults</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-waterproof-bluetooth-speakers">The 5 Best Waterproof Bluetooth Speakers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-infant-nail-clippers">The 5 Best Infant Nail Clippers</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment Family Shopping 5 best activities for kids board games game night games for kids product reviews Thu, 14 Jun 2018 08:00:27 +0000 Andrea Cannon 2148929 at https://www.wisebread.com 10 Fun Money Reads to Take to the Beach https://www.wisebread.com/10-fun-money-reads-to-take-to-the-beach <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-fun-money-reads-to-take-to-the-beach" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_reading_a_book_on_the_beach.jpg" alt="Woman reading a book on the beach" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Whether you're planning to spend a week in a lounger by the pool, or are jetting off to the beach for sun, sea, and serious relaxation, taking a book is a smart way to pass the time while soaking up those rays. And so often in life, we never find the time to educate ourselves on something that really matters: our money. When we're in control of it, we have more time, more freedom, and more choices.</p> <p>The following 10 books are not only educational, but they're fun reads that will get you excited about money management. Most of them are available to buy in multiple formats, including eBook and audiobook, and are available at your local library at no cost. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-personal-finance-books-you-should-read?ref=seealso" target="_blank">6 Personal Finance Books You Should Read</a>)</p> <h2>1. <em>You Are a Badass at Making Money: Master the Mindset of Wealth</em> by Jen Sincero</h2> <p>&quot;If my broke ass can get rich, you can too.&quot; That quote, from the #1 New York Times best-selling author Jen Sincero, should be enough to motivate anyone to grab a copy of <a href="https://amzn.to/2xQ83ts" target="_blank">You Are a Badass at Making Money</a> and read it cover to cover.</p> <p>Written playfully, with just the right amount of candid sass you need to pull you out of the money rut you're in, this is a book that is easy to read and impossible to put down. Sincero recalls her meager existence, with no money in the bank and a diet of cheap junk food, that made her realize she was not living the life she could. Within a few years, she had gone from money train wreck to financial guru, and she's not going to keep any of it a secret. Buy this book, read it at the beach, in the bathtub, on the sofa, or in bed; just read it, and be inspired to transform your own life into the one you feel you deserve.</p> <h2>2. <em>Money for Nothing: One Man's Journey through the Dark Side of Lottery Millions</em> by Edward Ugel</h2> <p>Wouldn't it be great if you won the lottery? All those millions. No more job. No more worries about bills to pay, rising health care and education costs, and how you'll ever afford to take a vacation. Well, be careful what you wish for. That's the premise of Edward Ugel's fascinating, terrifying, and incredibly funny book about the plight of lottery winners, and the system of legalized gambling that has become ingrained in modern American life. From the unscrupulous tactics used to get us all vying for the jackpots, to the way millions of dollars can actually become a burden, <a href="https://amzn.to/2sJzzmL" target="_blank">Money for Nothing</a> is essential reading and what Portland's The Oregonian called &quot;a jackpot of sleaze and hilarity.&quot;</p> <h2>3. <em>Broke Millennial: Stop Scraping By and Get Your Financial Life Together</em> by Erin Lowry</h2> <p>This may be a book with &quot;millennial&quot; in the title, but it's a great read for anyone living paycheck-to-paycheck and desperate to find a little financial freedom. Sadly, with college loans becoming astronomical, and &quot;McJobs&quot; being the only ones available for some well-educated millennials, Lowry's advice hits the nail on the head for this demographic more than most. It's a case of taking a few steps back, looking at your finances with a fresh eye, and finally taking control.</p> <p>This is not, however, a book that will tread mundanely through advice about credit card debt, loans, mortgages, and budgeting. It's replete with stories that will have you laughing out loud, and tips that are both simple and effective. <a href="https://amzn.to/2LrIRv7" target="_blank">Broke Millennial</a> is a refreshing, inspirational read that will help you tackle all of your money problems without ever making you feel patronized or ashamed. There's even advice about how to deal with your partner's money issues.</p> <h2>4. <em>Dollars and Sense: How We Misthink Money and How to Spend Smarter</em> by Dr. Dan Ariely and Jeff Kreisler</h2> <p>If you're a lover of TED talks, then you're probably already familiar with the name Dan Ariely. This superb behavioral economist has given some of the most impactful presentations to date, including &quot;<a href="https://www.ted.com/talks/dan_ariely_asks_are_we_in_control_of_our_own_decisions/transcript?language=en" target="_blank">Are we in control of our own decisions?</a>&quot; and &quot;<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5aH2Ppjpcho" target="_blank">What makes us feel good about our work?</a>&quot;</p> <p>Now, alongside writer and comedian Jeff Kreisler, he delves into the subject of money; and he does it with the same use of humor, engagement, and fascinating facts. Questions like &quot;Why does paying for something feel like it's causing us physical pain?&quot; and &quot;Why do we pay $4 for a soda on vacation that we wouldn't even pay a $1 for at home?&quot; are just a few he'll have you pondering while you turn the pages of <a href="https://amzn.to/2LuldOJ" target="_blank">Dollars and Sense</a>. It's another easy read, and a real page-turner that leaves you so much more knowledgeable about money and human nature. And once you understand how those two things are connected, you'll have a better chance of overcoming the traps of spending.</p> <h2>5. <em>Panic: The Story of Modern Financial Insanity</em> by Michael Lewis</h2> <p>The stock market is a curious and unpredictable beast, and in <a href="https://amzn.to/2Ltb8Sg" target="_blank">Panic</a>, Lewis dissects the biggest crashes in modern financial history. But don't worry, this isn't a tired old analytical look at the numbers. Michael Lewis is considered one of the &quot;funniest serious writers in America,&quot; and you'll find evidence of that on almost every page. What caused the massive crash in 1987? What led to the internet bubble bursting, and the subprime mortgage disaster that cost so many people their jobs and their homes?</p> <p>Yes, the book touches on many extremely serious subjects. But if you've ever seen the movie <em>Moneyball</em>, based on the <a href="https://amzn.to/2kWFCRv" target="_blank">book by Lewis</a>, you'll know that he can make even the most seemingly-mundane statistics come alive. This is not just a book about money, but about human nature, greed, and corruption. Get ready for a roller-coaster ride through the biggest financial events of our lifetime.</p> <h2>6. <em>Real Money Answers for Every Woman: How to Win the Money Game With or Without a Man</em> by Patrice C. Washington</h2> <p>Don't let the title fool you, this is not a book just for the ladies. The advice in <a href="https://amzn.to/2sLQZz1" target="_blank">Real Money Answers for Every Woman</a> works for everyone, and it's delivered in a &quot;tell it like it is&quot; Q&amp;A-style that's incredibly easy to digest in both small bursts and long-haul reading sessions. As a reformed bad spender, Washington looks back on the excessive spending habits that almost ruined her by the tender age of 22. But she turned it all around by 25, learning all about finance, respecting money, and becoming debt-free &hellip; with her own real estate business to boot. You'll find invaluable advice on everything from paying off credit card debt and homeownership, to bagging affordable child care and negotiating a raise and promotion.</p> <p>Get yourself a copy and start learning the habits that will get you feeling, and living the financially free lifestyle you've always dreamed of.</p> <h2>7. <em>Get Smart!: How to Think and Act Like the Most Successful and Highest-Paid People in Every Field</em> by Brian Tracy</h2> <p>Brian Tracy is an acclaimed business guru, speaker, and best-selling author. In <a href="https://amzn.to/2Lurbzh" target="_blank">Get Smart!</a>, he brings his literal wealth of knowledge to you in a way that's easy to digest, and comes complete with handy exercises throughout. One of the startling facts presented by Tracy is that the average person uses just 2 percent of their mental ability. But if we all learn to think, act, and embrace the ways of successful people, we can unlock so much more of our potential and go on to lead financially-secure lives.</p> <p>In short, if you think you can do it, or you think you can't &hellip; you're right. This is about harnessing positive thinking and using it to create success in whatever field you're currently in, or want to be in. Exercise your courage and get ready to become a much better version of yourself. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-books-to-read-for-a-better-money-mindset?ref=seealso" target="_blank">10 Books to Read for a Better Money Mindset</a>)</p> <h2>8. <em>F.U. Money: Make As Much Money As You Damn Well Want And Live Your Life As You Damn Well Please!</em> by Dan Lok</h2> <p>Well, any book that talks about &quot;F.U. Money&quot; is already off to a fun start. This is the amount of money that would keep you comfortable enough to be able to quit your job, support your family, and eliminate your money stress. In fact, many conversations around the lunch table at work are about F.U. Money, and what you would really say to your annoying boss if you ever got it. This is your chance to make that dream become a reality.</p> <p>Of course, <a href="https://amzn.to/2kUXpbI" target="_blank">F.U. Money</a> takes the approach that dead-end jobs and soul-sucking careers are no way to live a life that is so short. If we're lucky, we get about 80 years on this planet, and do we really want to spend most of those stuck in a job we hate, day in, day out? This book gives you the tools you need to go out there and forge your own path. No relying on a corporation to pay your mortgage and your health insurance. No worrying about layoffs and backstabbing co-workers. If you want it, and you work hard, you can have the lifestyle you currently only dream of. Now, go and get it.</p> <h2>9. <em>How Come That Idiot's Rich And I'm Not?</em> by Robert Shemin</h2> <p>How often have you asked yourself that question? Seriously, you sometimes look at the person driving the latest BMW, rocking designer threads, and yet they can barely string two coherent sentences together. What have they got that you don't? Is it luck? An inheritance? Why are they swimming in money and freedom? <a href="https://amzn.to/2sJbSLe" target="_blank">How Come That Idiot's Rich And I'm Not?</a> examines that in a fun and common-sense way, and you'll find it easy to flip through the pages and garner some excellent advice. Written in a way that isn't preachy, but is definitely persuasive, this is one of those books that gets you riled up enough to do something about that initial question.</p> <h2>10. <em>The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck: How to Stop Spending Time You Don't Have with People You Don't Like Doing Things You Don't Want to Do</em> by Sarah Knight</h2> <p>OK, so this isn't strictly a book laser-focused on money. But if you're looking for a very fun read that will have you literally rolling on the floor laughing, and will also help you live a better life, <a href="https://amzn.to/2JqlykI" target="_blank">The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck</a> is one for your next beach vacation. It's written with the kind of satirical swagger that makes you nod constantly, laugh out loud to an embarrassing extent, and also want to get to social media and share the advice with everyone you know.</p> <p>You'll learn the &quot;NotSorry&quot; method of mental decluttering (who couldn't use that?) that will stop you from worrying so much about your physical appearance, the opinions of your co-workers, that insane family drama, and all the other nonsense that fills our brains to capacity. Flush it out, and you'll have the time and energy to focus on what really matters; and that includes getting your finances in order and creating a stream of income that comes from something you genuinely enjoy doing. If you can, find the audiobook narrated with passion by the author.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? 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Your children just want to enjoy time together, and there are plenty of ways to do that on a budget. Here are 28 free ways you can have a blast with them.</p> <h2>1. Head to the library</h2> <p>The library is a great resource for free books, and you can make your trip even more enjoyable by letting your kids pick out any books that interest them or by using a <a href="https://www.freekidscrafts.com/printable-library-scavenger-hunt/" target="_blank">printable library scavenger hunt</a> to discover new reads. It will keep them busy, they'll have tons of fun, and they'll end up with new books to enjoy. Check your library's calendar for fun activities and story times as well. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-modern-reasons-to-visit-your-local-library-today?ref=seealso" target="_blank">7 Modern Reasons to Visit Your Local Library Today</a>)</p> <h2>2. Turn your backyard into a water park</h2> <p>Turn on the sprinklers, have your kids change into swimsuits, and allow them to run wild. You can also add a tarp and some dish soap for a DIY slip and slide. It's really the perfect way to keep cool on a hot summer day.</p> <h2>3. Host a family game night</h2> <p>Pull out your board games and dedicate a whole night to playing a game together as a family. If you have a big family, you can play the games as teams and compete for a prize like, the winner gets to pick the movie on movie night, or the last place team has to do the dusting for the next week. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-fun-games-that-teach-your-kids-about-money?ref=seealso" target="_blank">6 Fun Games That Teach Your Kids About Money</a>)</p> <h2>4. Let them play dress up in your clothes</h2> <p>Who needs fancy dress up costumes when Mom and Dad have dresses and suits to throw on? See what funny combos your kids can come up with and even organize a mock fashion show.</p> <h2>5. Create a fort in the living room</h2> <p>Hunkering down inside a homemade fort is a fun activity for kids and adults alike. All you need is a few chairs, some sheets or blankets, and a lot of comfy pillows to make the perfect indoor fort.</p> <h2>6. Have a camp out in the backyard</h2> <p>A camping trip won't always fit your schedule or budget, but you can still enjoy the experience by pitching a tent in the backyard. Roast hot dogs and s'mores outdoors with a grill or fire pit, tell ghost stories, and sleep under the stars. And make sure to use bug spray!</p> <h2>7. Bake some sweet treats</h2> <p>On a rainy day that can't be spent enjoying the summer sun, stay in and whip up some treats. Scour Pinterest for fun baking recipes to try out. What kid wouldn't want to make <a href="http://www.lordbyronskitchen.com/unicorn-poop-cookies/" target="_blank">unicorn poop cookies</a> or <a href="https://thedecoratedcookie.com/rainbow-smores-dip/" target="_blank">rainbow s'mores dip</a>?</p> <p>Or you can turn a regular meal into a game by letting the kids make funny food art. My girls always love when I turn their pancake breakfast into a dog, cat, or something holiday themed, like a turkey or Santa.</p> <h2>8. Have a picnic</h2> <p>Take meal time out in the fresh air with a picnic blanket and paper plates. Enjoy your family picnic at the park, in your backyard, or even in your living room if the weather isn't cooperating.</p> <h2>9. Make bath time extra fun</h2> <p>A bath with glow sticks, extra bubbles, or a few drops of food coloring can make tub time a blast. You can even add new toys or bring in water toys for the special occasion. Or you take bath time outside by filling a kiddie pool with bubble bath solution and letting kids get clean in their swimsuits.</p> <h2>10. Go hiking</h2> <p>A family hiking trip can be a wonderful bonding experience, especially if there is a lot of wildlife and plants to see along the way. Get kids more involved in the hike by making it a scavenger hunt or by bringing binoculars so they can birdwatch. <a href="https://www.americantrails.org/resources/statetrails/" target="_blank">American Trails</a> lists hiking and equestrian trails available in each state. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-most-breathtaking-day-hikes-in-the-us?ref=seealso" target="_blank">10 Most Breathtaking Day Hikes in the U.S.</a>)</p> <h2>11. Have a spa day</h2> <p>Everyone loves a little pampering from time to time. Whip up DIY face masks for you and your kids from ingredients in the kitchen, like yogurt or avocado. Enjoy a bath with a homemade bath bomb or treat yourself and the kiddos to a mani/pedi and let them pick their own colors &mdash; even if it's a different color on each nail. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-spa-treatments-you-can-do-at-home?ref=seealso" target="_blank">10 Spa Treatments You Can Do at Home</a>)</p> <h2>12. Conduct a science experiment</h2> <p>No need to make your kids sit through a dull science lesson. Get them interested in the subject by trying fun experiments that will blow their minds like making <a href="https://science.howstuffworks.com/innovation/edible-innovations/ice-cream3.htm" target="_blank">homemade ice cream</a>, <a href="https://www.wikihow.com/Make-Rock-Candy" target="_blank">rock candy</a>, or creating <a href="http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/experiments/invisibleink.html" target="_blank">invisible ink</a> for writing secret messages.</p> <h2>13. Hold an impromptu dance party</h2> <p>When your kids are complaining that they're bored or are fighting with each other, turn up the music and just start dancing. Watch the anger or antsiness fade into endorphins as they enjoy a subtle workout.</p> <h2>14. Visit Petsmart or Petco</h2> <p>My kids love going to the pet store just to walk around and look at the animals who've come in with their owners, and the smaller pets like fish that are available for adoption. Some locations have dog and cat adoption days on the weekends, so the kids can meet and pet four-legged friends, too!</p> <h2>15. Turn your garage into a roller skating rink</h2> <p>Clear out the garage, put on your skates, and blast some tunes for a fun DIY roller skating party. If you have a disco light, even better!</p> <p>You can also check out <a href="https://kidsskatefree.com/locations/" target="_blank">Kids Skate Free</a> to find free skating rink passes in your area.</p> <h2>16. Write and star in your own movie</h2> <p>Want your kids to take a break from the screen? Encourage them to make a movie or show of their own. If you don't have a video camera, you can use your smartphone and upload clips to a free movie editor, such as Blender or iMovie, to add special effects and cut and paste scenes.</p> <h2>17. Throw a tea party</h2> <p>Serve herbal tea, cookies, and tea sandwiches on your fanciest plates and drink with your pinkies up. Talk in accents or listen to a narrated audiobook like the <em>Harry Potter</em> series while you and your kids fancily dine.</p> <h2>18. Blow some bubbles</h2> <p>Bubbles are not just for babies and toddlers. Older kids (and even adults) love them, too! Create giant bubbles with this <a href="https://happyhooligans.ca/homemade-giant-bubbles/" target="_blank">homemade recipe</a> or <a href="http://www.housingaforest.com/giant-ghost-bubbles-homemade-gak-recipe/" target="_blank">reusable bubbles</a> with items you already have on hand.</p> <h2>19. Try geocaching</h2> <p>Geocaching is where you hunt for a hidden object through GPS coordinates. Many people around the world have made the experience a thrilling one for families with kids to enjoy. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-outdoor-adventures-that-dont-cost-a-dime?ref=seealso" target="_blank">6 Outdoor Adventures That Don't Cost a Dime</a>)</p> <h2>20. Go bowling</h2> <p>Who doesn't love using a giant heavy ball to knock down several pins at once? Bowling is great for kids and adults, and it doesn't have to cost you a thing. Get free bowling passes through <a href="https://www.kidsbowlfree.com/" target="_blank">Kids Bowl Free</a> or see if your local bowling alley gives away free games for good grades or birthdays.</p> <h2>21. Start a kids book club</h2> <p>Invite your children's friends over once a week for a book club meeting and read something that everyone will enjoy. Make themed snacks, crafts, or have the kids re-enact their favorite scenes.</p> <h2>22. Paint outside</h2> <p>Get creative without the mess. Use paint that you have on hand and make masterpieces on paper, rocks, or old shirts. You can even lay down an old bed sheet and let the kids paint with odd objects around the house, like a whisk or straw.</p> <h2>23. Set up a scavenger hunt</h2> <p>Hide a prize, such as a pan of brownies, and write and hide clues all over the house. They will have a blast solving riddles and trying to guess what the ultimate prize is. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-free-ways-to-entertain-kids-for-an-afternoon?ref=seealso" target="_blank">15 Free Ways to Entertain Kids for an Afternoon</a>)</p> <h2>24. Host family Olympic Games</h2> <p>Inspire some friendly competition among your family members by holding your own Olympic Games. If you have enough people to split into teams, you can even make your own uniforms with old T-shirts. Try fun games like a three-legged race, carrying an egg on a spoon, and water balloon toss.</p> <h2>25. Tour museums for free</h2> <p>Sign up for your local museum's mailing list to get notifications of free events and fee-free admission days. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-visit-museums-for-free?ref=seealso" target="_blank">How to Visit Museums for Free</a>)</p> <h2>26. Take a factory tour</h2> <p>Give your kids an inside look at people hard at work in various industries. Search <a href="http://www.factorytoursusa.com/" target="_blank">FactoryToursUSA</a> under your state to discover free factory tours near you. There are 565 tours listed, and many of them with free or little admission cost.</p> <h2>27. Sign up for a free class</h2> <p>Many stores offer free classes for children. Check with your local library, bookstores, schools, and community center for more offerings.</p> <p>Here is a short list of free classes to get you started:</p> <ul> <li> <p>The <a href="https://www.americangirl.com/retail/" target="_blank">American Girl Store</a> occasionally offers free events and crafts.</p> </li> <li> <p><a href="http://www.michaels.com/classes" target="_blank">Michael's Craft store</a> offers free craft activities along with $2 and $5 craft classes.</p> </li> <li> <p>The <a href="https://shop.lego.com/en-US/minibuild-registration?ShipTo=US&amp;ShipTo=US&amp;_requestid=5506530&amp;_requestid=665480" target="_blank">LEGO store</a> allows children to complete a free mini-build once a month.</p> </li> <li> <p><a href="https://www.homedepot.com/workshops/?AID=11210757&amp;PID=8259874&amp;SID=103604X1560189X1bbde55f30fefa894195b95140e495a8&amp;cm_mmc=CJ-_-8259874-_-11210757&amp;cj=true#store/6651" target="_blank">HomeDepot</a> does a free workshop for kids each month.</p> </li> </ul> <h2>28. Visit a nearby farm</h2> <p>It's so important for kids to see where their food comes from, and visiting a local farm is the perfect way to show them. Use <a href="https://www.localharvest.org/" target="_blank">LocalHarvest</a> to find nearby farms and free events. You can also connect to pick-your-own farms near your area. Check to see if admission is free and if you can walk and picnic on the farm for free.</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-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-fun-books-that-will-get-your-kids-excited-about-money">10 Fun Books That Will Get Your Kids Excited About Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/7-money-conversations-parents-should-have-with-their-adult-kids">7 Money Conversations Parents Should Have With Their Adult Kids</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/how-to-help-your-kid-build-their-first-budget">How to Help Your Kid Build Their First Budget</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-board-games-for-children">The 5 Best Board Games for Children</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-essential-money-moves-for-new-parents">7 Essential Money Moves for New Parents</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment Family activities for kids free fun for kids fun activities kids parenting tips saving money Mon, 11 Jun 2018 09:00:24 +0000 Ashley Eneriz 2147652 at https://www.wisebread.com 24 Ways to Have a Blast This Weekend While Spending $0 https://www.wisebread.com/24-ways-to-have-a-blast-this-weekend-while-spending-0 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/24-ways-to-have-a-blast-this-weekend-while-spending-0" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_plant_gardening_504344623.jpg" alt="Woman gardening and spending $0 over the weekend" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Do you feel like you're stuck in a rut doing the same old things each weekend, and draining your finances while you're at it? Weekends are the best part of the week, but when you go into Monday without any money left in your wallet, you're doomed to have a stressful workweek.</p> <p>Luckily, with a bit of imagination and a little planning, a fun or productive weekend doesn't need to cost a cent. Here are 24 ways to spend $0 over an entire weekend. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/47-cheap-fun-things-to-do-this-weekend?ref=seealso" target="_blank">47 Cheap, Fun Things to Do This Weekend</a>)</p> <h2>1. Learn a new skill</h2> <p>Thanks to the internet, there are instructional videos for virtually any skill you could ever wish to learn &mdash; from a clever magic trick to DIY woodworking tips. So pick something you'd love to be able to do, and spend the weekend learning how to master it. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-easy-to-learn-skills-that-will-save-you-money?ref=seealso" target="_blank">10 Easy to Learn Skills That Will Save You Money</a>)</p> <h2>2. Start writing a book</h2> <p>They say that everyone has at least one book in them. Even if you don't have an idea for the next best-selling fiction novel, you can always tell your own life story. Why not try your hand at being an author? All you need is a computer or a pad of paper and pen and you're good to go. Start writing, and see what comes out. You never know, you may just turn out to be the next J.K. Rowling.</p> <h2>3. Catch up on sleep</h2> <p>A lack of sleep has been proven to adversely affect everything from your mood to your immune system, so making sure you're well rested is an excellent time investment. A weekend spent in slumber won't cost a thing, but it will pay dividends when it comes to your health. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-getting-more-sleep-helps-your-finances?ref=seealso" target="_blank">How Getting More Sleep Helps Your Finances</a>)</p> <h2>4. Visit friends</h2> <p>Got a friend you haven't seen in a while? Invite yourself over for the weekend, or invite them over to your place You will have a blast catching up, and they will likely appreciate the company. Humans are social creatures, so not only will you have fun seeing an old friend, but it can also count as self-care.</p> <h2>5. Go camping</h2> <p>Camping can get expensive if you stay in campgrounds with designated campsites and top notch facilities. However, there are plenty of places where it's possible to camp in the wild at zero cost. It's referred to as &quot;dispersed&quot; or &quot;wild camping&quot; and many national forests allow it &mdash; as long as you follow their camping guidelines. So pack the tent, stock up on food from your pantry, and head out into the wild for the weekend.</p> <h2>6. Visit museums</h2> <p>Visiting museums is an interesting and educational way to spend a weekend. Look for museums that don't charge an entry fee, then check out the free days available for the ones that do. Many open their doors at no cost one day a week. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-visit-museums-for-free?ref=seealso" target="_blank">How to Visit Museums for Free</a>)</p> <h2>7. Play Pokémon Go</h2> <p>If you're into gaming, but don't want to spend the weekend stuck inside, then Pokémon Go is a great solution. This game will get you checking in at PokéStops and meeting other Pokétrainers, all while exploring your local neighborhood in the fresh air. Beware, it's addictive! (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-clever-ways-people-are-making-money-from-pok-mon-go?ref=seealso" target="_blank">8 Clever Ways People Are Making Money From Pokémon GO</a>)</p> <h2>8. Tidy up your garden</h2> <p>A weekend is enough time to completely transform your garden from drab to fab. So make a plan, dig out the garden tools, and get to work on landscaping, weeding, mowing, and beautifying your garden. (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>9. Bake up some treats</h2> <p>Get out your baking dishes and spend the weekend whipping up some pastries like cakes, biscuits, and pies from the ingredients you already have in your cupboard. Your colleagues will love you on Monday morning when you show up to work with a basket full of goodies.</p> <h2>10. Find free events in your neighborhood</h2> <p>Most towns and cities have regular events organized each weekend that are absolutely free to attend. A quick search online or a look at the community calendar on your town or city's website will provide you with the info you need on everything from concerts and plays to festivals.</p> <h2>11. Host a board game night</h2> <p>Dig out a selection of your favorite board games, or even just a pack of cards, and invite friends over for a games marathon. Cut out the potential catering costs by turning it into a potluck as well, and asking each guest bring a dish or drink with them. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-fun-cheap-party-games-you-didnt-know-about?ref=seealso" target="_blank">5 Fun, Cheap Party Games You Didn't Know About</a>)</p> <h2>12. Volunteer</h2> <p>Volunteering can be a wonderful way to give something back to your community, with the added benefit of making you feel great at the same time. Find an organized volunteer project, or do things on your own like pick up garbage, or help an elderly neighbor with their shopping or gardening. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/18-free-ways-to-be-a-better-person?ref=seealso" target="_blank">18 Free Ways to Be a Better Person</a>)</p> <h2>13. Do a deep clean</h2> <p>Spring cleaning isn't just for springtime. You can give your home a deep cleanse at any time of the year. Start with your most frequently used room, as this will take the most time, and work out to your other rooms.</p> <h2>14. Have an at-home spa day</h2> <p>A pamper weekend is the ultimate in luxurious relaxation, but it doesn't have to cost a penny. Instead of heading to a spa and spending hundreds of dollars, you can do it in your own home. Make yourself some products from things you've already got in the house and spend the weekend enjoying a bit of quality &ldquo;me time.&rdquo; (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-homemade-beauty-treatments-that-actually-work?ref=seealso" target="_blank">7 Homemade Beauty Treatments That Actually Work</a>)</p> <h2>15. Play a team sport</h2> <p>Grab a ball and head down to your local park with some friends for a sportsfest. Depending on the equipment you have, you could play dodge ball, softball, football, or any other team sport. Why not try organizing a weekend tournament that takes place over two days and ends with the crowning of a champion? No prizes needed, as bragging rights alone will get people interested.</p> <h2>16. Do some meal prep</h2> <p>We've all got ingredients lying around that for one reason or another we've never gotten around to using. Instead of letting them go bad in the pantry, take them all out and plan some meals for the week ahead. Then you can stick the meals in the freezer so you've got homemade food ready for when you can't be bothered to rustle something up from scratch. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/save-money-and-eat-better-with-these-6-online-meal-planners?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Save Money and Eat Better With These 6 Online Meal Planners</a>)</p> <h2>17. Host a movie marathon</h2> <p>Dig out your old DVD collection or check your streaming service for some of your favorite movies, set a schedule for the weekend for when you'll be &quot;screening&quot; them, and send it out to all of your friends. They can then choose which ones they want to see and you'll have a revolving door of company for the weekend.</p> <h2>18. Hold a yard sale</h2> <p>Yard sales are a fantastic way to get rid of all your unwanted stuff and also make a few dollars in the process. Spend some time putting together everything you want to sell, publicize it on social media and with your friends and family, then set up shop in your front yard or garage. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-garage-sale-items-that-sell-like-hotcakes?ref=seealso" target="_blank">12 Garage Sale Items That Sell Like Hotcakes</a>)</p> <h2>19. Make a financial plan</h2> <p>Everyone should have a solid financial plan in place that covers short- and long-term goals. Even if you already have one, it's worth revising it regularly. Spend time setting out a plan for where you want to be in a year or five, and how you're going to get there. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-reasons-why-financial-planning-isnt-just-for-the-wealthy?ref=seealso" target="_blank">6 Reasons Why Financial Planning Isn't Just for the Wealthy</a>)</p> <h2>20. Learn about different religions</h2> <p>Learning about different religions can be eye-opening, enriching, and educational. Places of worship are usually extremely welcoming to newcomers, and you can explain to anyone who asks that you're there to observe and learn. Go to a Muslim mosque for Friday night prayers, attend a Jewish synagogue on Saturday, and head to a Christian church service on Sunday morning to see how different, and similar, they are.</p> <h2>21. Start exercising</h2> <p>Whether it's been months, years, or decades since you last laced up a pair of sneakers, there's no time like the present to get going again. You don't need a pricey gym membership, fancy equipment, or swanky athletic wear to do so, either. Throw on comfy clothes and go for a run around the block. Find a park and do some pullups on the bars. Or you could follow along with a free yoga class on YouTube. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/these-at-home-exercises-will-give-you-a-gym-quality-workout-for-free?ref=seealso" target="_blank">These At-Home Exercises Will Give You a Gym-Quality Workout for Free</a>)</p> <h2>22. Start a vlog</h2> <p>If you've ever dreamed of becoming an internet star, why not give vlogging a go? Starting a vlog on YouTube is quick, free, and easy. All you need is a camera or smartphone, and an idea of what your vlog will be about. Spend the weekend making videos on your favorite subject and uploading them for the world to enjoy. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-make-money-by-creating-youtube-videos?ref=seealso" target="_blank">How to Make Money by Creating YouTube Videos</a>)</p> <h2>23. Learn a new language</h2> <p>It's unlikely that you're going to be fluent in a new language after just 48 hours, but you can certainly lay down the foundations. Some modern methods of language learning work on the principle that memorizing the 100 most frequently used words will give you a basic understanding of everyday conversations. Find a list of these for your chosen language on the web and focus on committing them to memory. Or check out a free language learning app to get you started. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/you-can-learn-a-new-language-just-use-one-of-these-3-apps?ref=seelso" target="_blank">You CAN Learn a New Language &mdash; Just Use One of These 3 Apps</a>)</p> <h2>24. Read a classic novel</h2> <p>There are endless works of literature that are revered as all-time classics, and many are now completely free to download or access online. If you're more of a paperback kind of person then head down to your local library, and get sucked into some timeless writing from the greats.</p> <p>Another alternative: We all have a pile of &quot;to be read&quot; books collecting dust in our homes, and this weekend is the perfect time to crack a few of those open.</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%2F24-ways-to-have-a-blast-this-weekend-while-spending-0&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F24%2520Ways%2520to%2520Have%2520a%2520Blast%2520This%2520Weekend%2520While%2520Spending%2520%25240.jpg&amp;description=24%20Ways%20to%20Have%20a%20Blast%20This%20Weekend%20While%20Spending%20%240"></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/u5180/24%20Ways%20to%20Have%20a%20Blast%20This%20Weekend%20While%20Spending%20%240.jpg" alt="24 Ways to Have a Blast This Weekend While Spending $0" 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/nick-wharton">Nick Wharton</a> of <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/24-ways-to-have-a-blast-this-weekend-while-spending-0">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/8-common-weekend-money-traps-and-how-to-avoid-them">8 Common Weekend Money Traps (And How to Avoid Them)</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/6-cheap-date-ideas-for-nature-lovers">6 Cheap Date Ideas for Nature Lovers</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/11-budgeting-skills-everyone-should-master">11 Budgeting Skills Everyone Should Master</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-fun-books-that-will-get-your-kids-excited-about-money">10 Fun Books That Will Get Your Kids Excited About Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-your-bartender-is-ripping-you-off">7 Ways Your Bartender Is Ripping You Off</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Budgeting Entertainment activities free activities hobbies saving money skills weekend fun weekend plans Fri, 08 Jun 2018 08:30:30 +0000 Nick Wharton 2147390 at https://www.wisebread.com How to Plan Your Best Summer Staycation Ever https://www.wisebread.com/how-to-plan-your-best-summer-staycation-ever <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-plan-your-best-summer-staycation-ever" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_lying_in_a_hammock_laughing.jpg" alt="Woman lying in a hammock laughing" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>When an out-of-town escape isn't in your budget, a staycation can provide the R&amp;R you require. The place you live has plenty going on if you know where to look. Start planning your summer staycation today with these tips on how to do a lot while spending very little.</p> <h2>Search for resident-only hotel and activity discounts</h2> <p>Some hotels and resorts have resident-only discounts, especially in the offseason, because they, just like us, need to pay the bills. If they're not listed on the company's websites (they're often not), pick up the phone and call.</p> <p>If there aren't any resident-only deals, ask about other savings, like AAA, student, military, or <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/40-restaurants-that-offer-senior-discounts?ref=internal" target="_blank">senior citizen discounts</a> if any of those apply to you.</p> <h2>Find &quot;Locals Welcome&quot; events at resorts</h2> <p>I've found that many boutique hotels welcome locals to their summer events, if only to build a rapport with year-round residents. For instance, I've stayed at several mini-resorts that offer free cookouts during the summer to which local residents are invited. You can use the pool, grab a burger, and socialize with other staycationers or even out-of-towners if that's your thing. Visit the websites of local hotels to find out what's going on and send a quick email to ask if you're welcome to swing by.</p> <h2>Make your own outdoor adventure</h2> <p>My boyfriend and I have started making our own adventures lately, most recently with a hike through a state park and a hike to a waterfall for an afternoon picnic &mdash; and neither of these activities cost us a dime. I'm also a big fan of the Bivy app, which helps you find nearby DIY adventures based on your location. You also should check your town's Chamber of Commerce site, which will likely have plenty of events on their calendar.</p> <h2>Research free or discounted hours at museums</h2> <p>I try to pop into one museum, zoo, or other education center when I visit a new town, but I never just show up and pay the fee. Instead, I look on their websites and social media accounts to see if there are days and times when the doors are open for free.</p> <p>In New York City, for example, you can access the Museum of Modern Art for free on Fridays from 4 to 8 p.m., and in Houston, the city zoo is open to the public at no charge on the first Tuesday of the month from noon to closing. And if you haven't checked out your local zoo or museum in a while, now's the perfect time to visit. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-visit-museums-for-free?ref=seealso" target="_blank">How to Visit Museums for Free</a>)</p> <h2>Visit your library and browse tourism books of your area</h2> <p>We all have the same thought when planning a staycation: <em>There's nothing to do around here.</em> Not true, and if you take a trip to the library and flip through local tourism books, you'll come up with more than a few ideas on something fun to do that you probably never knew existed in your area. And keep an open mind. The activities you discover might not be what you'd typically do, but push yourself out of your comfort zone. You might be surprised at how much you enjoy yourself. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-modern-reasons-to-visit-your-local-library-today?ref=seealso" target="_blank">7 Modern Reasons to Visit Your Local Library Today</a>)</p> <h2>Go through your coupons and pick a fun activity</h2> <p>If you're a consummate saver like me, you have at least a small pile of coupons &mdash; either hard copies or digital &mdash; that are waiting to be redeemed. Go through your stash and see what's going on and how you can participate while spending the least amount of cash possible. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-free-things-you-can-do-on-any-vacation?ref=seealso" target="_blank">8 Free Things You Can Do on Any Vacation</a>)</p> <h2>Tap into your daily deal sites and apps</h2> <p>Groupon and LivingSocial are still a relevant source of savings, so make sure you check their deals before your staycation. In fact, Groupon recently featured up to 80 percent off its list prices for local activities, which in my area consisted of escape rooms, arcades, spas, obstacle races, yoga classes, pistol ranges, and more.</p> <h2>Give your house a good cleaning beforehand</h2> <p>While saving is a big part of planning the best staycation, so is relaxation, and the only way you'll be able to do that is if everything else in your life is in order, especially your home. When you go away for a traditional vacation, the laundry, dishes, and other chores are hundreds of miles away, but it's much harder to block out these tasks when they're staring you in the face.</p> <p>That's why I recommend taking care of that business <em>before </em>your staycation starts. Clean the house and get everything else in order &mdash; like your weekly grocery trip &mdash; so you don't stress yourself out with a to-do list mid-staycation. I'd even suggest hiring a cleaning person to come in and do this for you as a one-time luxury. You're already saving a lot of money by not leaving town, so you won't have to feel guilty by spending a $100 or so to let someone else do the dirty work so you can enjoy some peace of mind. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-ways-outsourcing-chores-can-save-you-time-and-money?ref=seealso" target="_blank">4 Ways Outsourcing Chores Can Save You Time and Money</a>)</p> <h2>Skip the bar and invite your friends over to your place</h2> <p>Why meet your friends out at a local bar and spend tons of money when you can invite them to your place for cocktails and games? Plus, your house should be spotless by now, so you can eagerly welcome people in and show it off. If your joint isn't ideal for entertaining, maybe another friend wants to host, or you could all just pack up the snacks and laze around in a local park</p> <h2>Plan a daily itinerary just like you would on vacation</h2> <p>Sometimes my travel itineraries are so full of activities and reservations that I don't have time to breathe. And God bless my poor boyfriend &mdash; he's just following me around hoping for a water break.</p> <p>You don't have to fill your schedule to the brim like I do, but you should create a staycation itinerary so you have a solid plan in place. Otherwise, you'll spend a good chunk of your day trying to find something to do, or worse, you'll lose motivation and end up doing nothing.</p> <h2>Schedule at least one new thing each day</h2> <p>The fun of a staycation lies in the excitement of finding new-to-you things to do without going far, so try to keep it fresh every day.</p> <p>&quot;Go somewhere you've never been before &mdash; maybe a close-by lake, a new hotel, water-park, museum, or attraction,&quot; suggests Jamie Harper, family travel blogger at FlyByTheSeatOfOurPants.com. &quot;Even a library or park in a neighboring town will have different offerings of free programs. Go to an outdoor festival or music show. Create a passport for food places you've never been and give yourself stamps once you try them out.&quot;</p> <h2>Prepare to disconnect</h2> <p>Disconnecting from our devices to enjoy real life is hard, but you've got to give yourself a break every now and then. Keep the phone around for emergencies, but try to stay off it as much as possible. I find it helpful to delete my social media apps during my blackout period so I'm not mindlessly checking them every three minutes.</p> <p>If you like to take photos of your adventures, use the camera, but wait until the end of the day or the end of your staycation to share them. Truth is, nobody's on pins and needles waiting to see what you're up to, so the sharing can wait.</p> <h2>Take time to do nothing</h2> <p>Yes, you should get out there and do something during your staycay, but don't be afraid to do nothing, either. If you want to sleep in every day, do it. If you want to veg out on the couch on a rainy afternoon binge-watching shows on Netflix, do that too. Just don't fill your entire time off with things you can and probably already do on a regular basis to waste time or quell boredom. Lounging is OK in moderation, just don't make it the foundation of the staycation, or it won't feel any different from your average day off or nightly routine.</p> <h2>Don't be afraid to spend (some) money</h2> <p>You've saved big bucks by not purchasing airline tickets, and not paying for a hotel room every night &mdash; which is hundreds of dollars still in your pocket &mdash; so why not splurge a bit?</p> <p>&quot;Go out to that nice restaurant and order that bottle of wine that you never order,&quot; says Byron Ellis, a certified financial planner and founder of Texas-based Doing Money Right. &quot;Pay for upgraded tickets to the show. You deserve it! In the end, you still want to spend much less than if you had gone out of town, but you don't have to make it feel like you are on a budget.&quot;</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-to-plan-your-best-summer-staycation-ever&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FHow%2520to%2520Plan%2520Your%2520Best%2520Summer%2520Staycation%2520Ever.jpg&amp;description=How%20to%20Plan%20Your%20Best%20Summer%20Staycation%20Ever"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/How%20to%20Plan%20Your%20Best%20Summer%20Staycation%20Ever.jpg" alt="How to Plan Your Best Summer Staycation Ever" 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/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/how-to-plan-your-best-summer-staycation-ever">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/12-cool-travel-items-for-your-summer-vacation">12 Cool Travel Items for Your Summer Vacation</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/5-affordable-and-unforgettable-experiences-to-have-in-national-parks-this-summer">5 Affordable and Unforgettable Experiences to Have in National Parks This Summer</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/how-to-wisely-choose-your-next-travel-destination">How to Wisely Choose Your Next Travel Destination</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/yes-affordable-family-travel-is-possible">Yes, Affordable Family Travel Is Possible</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-famous-overseas-film-settings-you-can-visit-on-any-budget">5 Famous Overseas Film Settings You Can Visit on Any Budget</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment Travel saving money on travel stay home staycation summer summer staycation summer travel travel tips Mon, 04 Jun 2018 08:00:18 +0000 Mikey Rox 2145338 at https://www.wisebread.com How to Entertain Your Grandkids Without Going Broke https://www.wisebread.com/how-to-entertain-your-grandkids-without-going-broke <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-entertain-your-grandkids-without-going-broke" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/grandfather_carries_grandson_on_shoulders.jpg" alt="Grandfather Carries Grandson On Shoulders" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Having the grandkids over is great. It can also be expensive. A trip to the movies for a family of four can easily set you back $80 or more after the tickets and snacks. Entrance fees to water parks and amusement parks are just as expensive, and even a meal at a local restaurant can empty your wallet. But if you get creative, you can give the grandkids a great time without fretting about the cost.</p> <h2>1. Head to McDonald's</h2> <p>There's always an outcry from a select set of people when you mention McDonald's. Whatever you think of the golden arches franchise, it's hard to deny the convenience and wonder of the PlayPlace. It's completely free, it's well-maintained, and the kids <em>love</em> it. It's bright, it's full of other excited kids, and grandparents can watch the grandkids from a comfy bench. You don't even have to order a meal to access it. Split a coffee or bottle of water and watch the kids have a blast.</p> <h2>2. Check out a local playground</h2> <p>Most suburban housing areas have a Homeowners' Association (HOA) that takes care of garbage, snow removal, and the upkeep of a safe, secure playground. They usually have some kind of climbing frame, swings, monkey bars, and lots of room to play.</p> <p>You can often find several of these playgrounds within a few minutes' drive from each other, so take the kids on a kind of playground treasure hunt. Drive around the neighborhoods, and when they find a park they like, go play! There are usually benches right there at the park for the parents and grandparents to take a load off while the kids run around.</p> <h2>3. Visit the local public library</h2> <p>Your taxes have paid for this essential resource, and over the years public libraries have become modernized multimedia learning centers. You'll find all kinds of books, movies, and CDs that the kids will enjoy. Libraries also offer free activities for children, including readings by authors, movie screenings, puppet shows, crafts, science corners, and even poetry jams. Many libraries also offer refreshments at very reasonable prices, and have used books, DVDs, and CDs for sale at low prices. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-modern-reasons-to-visit-your-local-library-today?ref=seealso" target="_blank">7 Modern Reasons to Visit Your Local Library Today</a>)</p> <h2>4. Take advantage of free days at national parks</h2> <p>While it usually costs a small fee, either per car or per person, visiting a national park on certain days of the year is actually free. <a href="https://www.nps.gov/planyourvisit/fee-free-parks.htm" target="_blank">Those days in 2018</a> are January 15, April 21, September 22, and November 11. So pack a picnic and go see the sights at a national park for $0. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-save-on-national-park-visits-in-2018?ref=seealso" target="_blank">How to Save on National Park Visits in 2018</a>)</p> <h2>5. Try a free craft session at Home Depot or Lowe's</h2> <p>Hardware stores know that by offering these free crafts for the kids, the parents will visit the store and end up making a purchase. But you don't have to buy anything. Simply visit your nearest <a href="https://www.homedepot.com/workshops/#change_store" target="_blank">Home Depot</a> or <a href="https://www.lowes.com/cd_Childrens+Corner+and+Gifts+at+Lowes_751688466_" target="_blank">Lowe's</a> when they next have a kid's craft session, and watch the grandkids have an awesome time assembling a bird feeder, or wooden car, or play with sand and special tools. Whatever the grandkids make, they get to keep and bring home. It's a fun, free activity that takes up a few hours, usually on a Saturday morning.</p> <h2>6. Take them to a free concert</h2> <p>Free summer concerts are usually hosted by counties looking to help increase trade at malls, farmers markets, or other shopping venues, and it works. People come out for the free music, and spend money on food trucks, toys, rides, and more. Again, you don't have to spend any money if you don't want to. Get online and search for &quot;free concerts near me&quot; and just watch the results come flooding in. They're usually outdoor, rain-or-shine events, and you will have to provide your own seats and blankets. But it's a great way to spend a few hours watching the grandkids dance and have fun, while getting involved in something positive for your community.</p> <h2>7. Go bowling for free</h2> <p>Bowling centers in towns and cities all across America are participating in a program called <a href="https://www.kidsbowlfree.com/" target="_blank">Kids Bowl Free</a>. Register your grandkids and they will each receive two free games of bowling each day over the summer, a giveaway valued at over $500 per child. Find out which centers near you are involved in the initiative. If you want to join in, many bowling centers offer discounted rates for seniors, and you can also find great deals on sites like Groupon and LivingSocial.</p> <h2>8. Have a picnic</h2> <p>Kids spend way too much time indoors these days, so get them outside to a local park for a family picnic. You don't have to do anything fancy, all you need are a few blankets, folding chairs, some snacks, and maybe a few balls and Frisbees for the kids to throw around.</p> <p>Before you head out, have the grandkids help with the food preparation. It's a great way to get them feeling more independent, and they'll be invested in the whole experience. Making sandwiches, bagging up fruits and veggies, and making lemonade or ice water is another fun activity for them. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-cheap-fun-things-to-do-this-summer?ref=seealso" target="_blank">20 Cheap, Fun Things to Do This Summer</a>)</p> <h2>9. Visit a museum on a free day</h2> <p>Kids hear the word &quot;museum&quot; and they think of dusty sculptures, old paintings, and tired fossils. However, modern museums are jam-packed with the most incredible interactive exhibits, often showcasing great pop culture events. The recent <a href="http://www.powerofcostume.si.edu/" target="_blank"><em>Star Wars</em> and the Power of Costume</a> traveling exhibit from the Smithsonian was a smash hit, and kids everywhere flocked to the museums with their parents and grandparents.</p> <p>Most museums offer free days, and offer discounts for seniors, so plan a trip to a museum (they get busy on free days, so go early) and introduce your grandkids to the many wonders of the world. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-visit-museums-for-free?ref=seealso" target="_blank">How to Visit Museums for Free</a>)</p> <h2>10. Get them working in the garden</h2> <p>Don't make them do backbreaking work, but the kind of fun gardening that kids love to do. Have them help pulling weeds, plant flowers, prune bushes (with adult supervision), water the plants, and other gardening tasks that can be a chore for you, but a good time for them. (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>11. Turn the sprinklers on</h2> <p>While you're out in the garden, if it's a nice sunny day and the watering restrictions in your area allow it, get the sprinklers going. The grandkids can put on their swimsuits and run around in the water for hours. You can find cheap attachments at most major stores for hoses that are specifically designed to sprinkle out water in fun patterns, and you can also pick up a <a href="https://amzn.to/2LcHCAI" target="_blank">Slip 'n' Slide</a> for about $20.</p> <h2>12. Go fly a kite</h2> <p>Make a kite, and then go and fly it with the grandkids. There are instructions online for many different types of kites that you can make for pennies, using items you'll find around the house, or, you can pick up cool and <a href="https://amzn.to/2IR2JKE" target="_blank">colorful kites</a> for $10-$20. Then, go to a local park or a place that has plenty of space, and watch the grandkids go berserk when the kite hits new heights.</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-to-entertain-your-grandkids-without-going-broke&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FHow%2520to%2520Entertain%2520Your%2520Grandkids%2520Without%2520Going%2520Broke.jpg&amp;description=How%20to%20Entertain%20Your%20Grandkids%20Without%20Going%20Broke"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/How%20to%20Entertain%20Your%20Grandkids%20Without%20Going%20Broke.jpg" alt="How to Entertain Your Grandkids Without Going Broke" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/how-to-entertain-your-grandkids-without-going-broke">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/8-amazing-board-games-you-can-diy">8 Amazing Board Games You Can DIY</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/28-free-ways-to-entertain-your-kids-this-summer">28 Free Ways to Entertain Your Kids This Summer</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/free-and-cheap-things-to-do-in-seattle">Free and Cheap Things to Do in Seattle</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-board-games-for-children">The 5 Best Board Games for Children</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/19-free-or-cheap-ways-to-make-winter-hibernation-fun">19 Free (or Cheap) Ways to Make Winter Hibernation Fun</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment Family affordable activities baby-sitting cheap activities free fun grandkids grandparents watching the kids Tue, 29 May 2018 09:00:28 +0000 Paul Michael 2143391 at https://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Waterproof Bluetooth Speakers https://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-waterproof-bluetooth-speakers <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-waterproof-bluetooth-speakers" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/portable_bluetooth_speaker_511921328.jpg" alt="Using best waterproof Bluetooth speaker" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Portable Bluetooth speakers are cord-free, waterproof, and ideal for use in the shower, at the beach, poolside, or anywhere with splashing water. Along with serving as a dependable speaker, many of the options below can also be used to answer calls and can quickly connect to other devices through wireless Bluetooth streaming.</p> <h2>What is a waterproof Bluetooth speaker?</h2> <p>A waterproof speaker is a stereo sound system that utilizes Bluetooth technology to wirelessly connect with any Bluetooth-enabled device. The waterproof feature allows you to take your speakers on any indoor or outdoor adventures you choose. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-bluetooth-speakers?ref=seealso" target="_blank">The 5 Best Bluetooth Speakers</a>)</p> <h2>Top 5 waterproof Bluetooth speakers</h2> <h3>AOMAIS Sport II Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker 4.0</h3> <p><a href="https://amzn.to/2LqI6DA" target="_blank"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/aomais.jpg" width="245" height="175" align="right" alt="" /></a>Amazon's #1 best-seller in bookshelf speakers, the <a href="https://amzn.to/2LqI6DA" target="_blank">AOMAIS Sport II Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker 4.0</a> is one of the toughest speakers on the market thanks to a rubber exterior that protects from scratches and impact. It has high-fidelity audio with dual drivers and twin subwoofers for 20W clear, immersive sound and balanced bass. It is fully waterproof, snowproof, dustproof, shockproof, and can pair with two speakers or through an AUX cable. The durable design offers up to 12 hours of playtime. You can also answer calls using the hands-free function.</p> <p>This is backed by more than 2,300 five-star reviews on Amazon and a 12-month warranty. It is available in two colors and includes a micro USB charging cable. The <a href="https://amzn.to/2KQHsOL" target="_blank">AOMAIS Ball Bluetooth Speaker</a> is another best-selling option from the trusted brand.</p> <p><a href="https://amzn.to/2LqI6DA" target="_blank"><em>Currently $32.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>APIE Portable Wireless Outdoor Bluetooth Speaker</h3> <p><a href="https://amzn.to/2s7RQJW" target="_blank"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/apie.jpg" width="245" height="208" align="right" alt="" /></a>Amazon's #1 best-seller in satellite speakers, the <a href="https://amzn.to/2s7RQJW" target="_blank">APIE Portable Wireless Outdoor Bluetooth Speaker</a> has dual 10W high-performance drivers and passive subwoofer. The hands-free speakerphone has up to 10 hours playback time and can be used to answer calls. The durable, rugged speaker has a range of 33 feet. It also has enhanced bass and full, high-definition sound with impressive volume and clear sound quality. It has more than 2,000 five-star reviews on Amazon. It comes with a USB charging cable, AUX cable, and D-style hook.</p> <p><a href="https://amzn.to/2s7RQJW" target="_blank"><em>Currently $29.87 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>OontZ Angle 3 Portable Bluetooth Speaker</h3> <p><a href="https://amzn.to/2s8yBzQ" target="_blank"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/oontz.jpg" width="245" height="177" align="right" alt="" /></a>Amazon's #1 best-seller in portable Bluetooth speakers, the <a href="https://amzn.to/2s8yBzQ" target="_blank">OontZ Angle 3 Portable Bluetooth Speaker</a> is water resistant, dustproof, and sandproof. The weatherproof speaker has up to 12 hours play time. Two precision acoustic drivers and 10W of peak output power deliver high-quality sound, louder volume, and enhanced bass. The triangular design has no square edges, so it's easy to carry. It can also be used as a wireless speakerphone.</p> <p>This has nearly 25,000 five-star reviews on Amazon and is frequently recommended online. It includes a micro-USB charging cable and AUX audio cable for additional connection options. The <a href="https://amzn.to/2GJMfPk" target="_blank">OontZ Angle 3 Plus Edition 10W Portable Bluetooth Speaker</a> is also an Amazon's Choice Product.</p> <p><a href="https://amzn.to/2s8yBzQ" target="_blank"><em>Currently $24.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>VicTsing Shower Speaker</h3> <p><a href="https://amzn.to/2GHReQL" target="_blank"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/victsing.jpg" width="180" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="https://amzn.to/2GHReQL" target="_blank">VicTsing Shower Speaker</a> is waterproof, shockproof, and dustproof. The 5W speaker offers clear sound and full range output. The durable speaker offers fast charging and up to six hours of playtime. You can also answer phone calls using the hands-free function.</p> <p>The Amazon's Choice Product is recommended by Tom's Guide and has more than 4,500 five-star reviews on Amazon. It's available in various colors and comes with a USB cable, aluminum alloy metal hook, and a detachable suction cup on the back so it can be easily attached to any smooth surfaces.</p> <p><a href="https://amzn.to/2GHReQL" target="_blank"><em>Currently $18.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>JBL Flip 4 Waterproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker</h3> <p><a href="https://amzn.to/2IKmQa9" target="_blank"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/jbl.jpg" width="245" height="96" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="https://amzn.to/2IKmQa9" target="_blank">JBL Flip 4 Waterproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker</a> is truly the best that money can buy. The durable weatherproof speaker can even be submerged in water. It can wirelessly connect to up to two devices and can link to other JBL Connect+ devices. Dual external passive radiators offer high-quality sound, louder volume, and enhanced bass, with up to 12 hours of playtime. The built-in noise and echo-canceling speakerphone can also be used to make calls. It can also easily be used to talk to Siri or Google Now.</p> <p>This is recommended by CNET, Tom's Guide, and Forbes. It's also backed by more than 2,500 five-star reviews on Amazon and is available in a range of colors. If you're looking for something even more rugged, consider the <a href="https://amzn.to/2s2Jx2N" target="_blank" rel="noopener">FUGOO Tough Go Anywhere Speaker</a> instead.</p> <p><a href="https://amzn.to/2IKmQa9" target="_blank"><em>Currently $84.00 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best waterproof Bluetooth speakers. As always, be sure to check <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar" target="_blank">Wise Bread's Buying Calendar</a> to learn when and how to buy just about anything!</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? 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