Deals and Coupons http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/4813/all en-US The 5 Best Rechargeable Batteries http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-rechargeable-batteries <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-rechargeable-batteries" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/rechargeable%20batteries.jpg" alt="rechargeable batteries" title="rechargeable batteries" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Modern electronics are getting ever more powerful and coming with ever more capabilities, but no matter how great your electronic device is, it's powerless when it runs out of batteries. With that in mind, finding batteries that will keep your gadgets going is of the utmost importance.</p> <p>Rechargeable batteries have come a long way and are capable of keeping their charge longer and carry more charge cycles than ever before. Having rechargeables will save you in the long run from constantly buying and disposing of batteries.</p> <h2>What Are Rechargeable Batteries?</h2> <p>A rechargeable battery is a type of electrical battery that can be used over multiple charge cycles. While rechargeables typically have a higher initial cost compared to disposable batteries, their ability to be reused over a long period of time typically means that they cost less in the long-run and also have a smaller environmental impact. When it comes to purchasing rechargeable batteries, the key factors to look for are charging time, shelf life and the number of charge cycles they have.</p> <h2>Best 5 Rechargeable Batteries</h2> <h3>Powerex Imedion Rechargeable Batteries</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003LWMZ5M/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B003LWMZ5M&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=JCDBGWVOWTTI3ORH"><img align="right" width="180" height="180" alt="" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Powerex%20Imedion.jpg" />Powerex Imedion batteries</a> are low self-discharge rechargeable batteries that are capable of retaining a charge for an extended amount of time. According to the manufacturer, after a year, they will still retain 85% of their battery capacity. Additionally, these batteries come pre-charged and contain a thousand charge cycles. Finally, Powerex supplies rechargeable batteries in every standard size, from AAA up to 9 volts.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003LWMZ5M/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B003LWMZ5M&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=JCDBGWVOWTTI3ORH"><em>Currently $11.95 for a 4-pack of AAs on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Sanyo Eneloop Rechargeables</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004RP2VNI/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B004RP2VNI&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=NZP3ENFQMJVUR2FI"><img align="right" width="180" height="180" alt="" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Sanyo%20Eneloop%20Rechargeables.jpg" /></a>With an average of 4.6 stars and over 6,500 reviews, the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004RP2VNI/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B004RP2VNI&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=NZP3ENFQMJVUR2FI">Sanyo Eneloop Rechargeable batteries</a> are amongst the most popular rechargeable batteries available on Amazon. These batteries come pre-charged and ready for use right out of the package and maintain 75% of their charge after even 3 years of storage. Not only that, with 1,500 charge cycles, you can count on using these batteries for quite some time. Finally, while these batteries only come in AA and AAA sizes, spacers are available that can convert your AA or AAA batteries into larger C or D batteries</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004RP2VNI/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B004RP2VNI&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=NZP3ENFQMJVUR2FI"><em>Currently $24.80 for a 4-pack of AA batteries with the charger on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Energizer Recharge Value Batteries</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00339NINQ/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00339NINQ&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=6U5ZDV6S6RU6ORIX"><img align="right" width="180" height="180" alt="" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/energizer%20recharge%20value%20battery%202.jpg" /></a>Energizer is among the most well-known brands of batteries, and their reputation continues to precede them with <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00339NINQ/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00339NINQ&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=6U5ZDV6S6RU6ORIX">their rechargeable batteries</a> as well. The Rechargeable Value batteries come in AA and AAA sizes that are capable of holding 1000 charge cycles. The accompanying charger re-volts two or four batteries at once, is smart enough to stop when the batteries are full to avoid overcharging, and comes with the simplest indicator light that goes from red to green to tell you when your batteries are ready to go</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00339NINQ/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00339NINQ&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=6U5ZDV6S6RU6ORIX"><em>Currently $13.97 for the charger and a 4-pack of AA batteries on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>AmazonBasics Precharged Rechargeable Batteries</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007B9NXAC/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B007B9NXAC&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=RHZQKNILBYUAJXR4"><img align="right" width="180" height="145" alt="" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/AmazonBasics%20Precharged%20Rechargeable%20Batteries.jpg" /></a>With over 1,700 reviews and an average of 4.4 stars, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007B9NXAC/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B007B9NXAC&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=RHZQKNILBYUAJXR4">Amazon's own offering of rechargeable batteries</a> is another of the most popular available on the market. The low self-discharge rate of these batteries mean that they maintain 80% of their charge even after a year of storage. Also, with up to 1,000 charge cycles, you can be sure that you'll be using these batteries long after you've purchased them, saving you money in costs in the long-term</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007B9NXAC/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B007B9NXAC&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=RHZQKNILBYUAJXR4"><em>Currently $26.69 for a 16-pack of AA batteries on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Tenergy Centura Low Self-Discharge Rechargeable Batteries</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00410B734/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00410B734&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=SGR34O6XRUM5EYPI"><img align="right" width="180" height="180" alt="" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Tenergy%20Centura%20Low%20Self-Discharge%20Rechargeable%20Batteries.jpg" /></a>The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00410B734/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00410B734&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=SGR34O6XRUM5EYPI">rechargeable batteries from Tenergy</a> are advertised to perform as well as the other top contenders on this list, but are available for half the price. But while this may normally lead shoppers to caution, an average of 4.4 stars with almost 300 reviews seem to suggest that these batteries perform just as well as advertised. This battery is capable of maintaining 85% of its charge capacity after one year, and 70% after 2. It also features 1,000 charge cycles to keep your electronic devices going</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00410B734/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00410B734&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=SGR34O6XRUM5EYPI"><em>Currently $7.92 for a 4-pack of AAs on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And there you have our picks for the best rechargeable batteries. As always, make sure to check out the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar">Wise Bread Buying Calendar</a> to stay up-to-date on how and when to buy just about everything!</p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-rechargeable-batteries" class="sharethis-link" title="The 5 Best Rechargeable Batteries" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/jeffrey-pu">Jeffrey Pu</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Shopping Buying Guides alkaline lithium product reviews rechargeable bateries Wed, 15 Oct 2014 09:00:04 +0000 Jeffrey Pu 1224800 at http://www.wisebread.com Ask the Readers: What Do You Like Most About Autumn? http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-what-do-you-like-most-about-autumn <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/ask-the-readers-what-do-you-like-most-about-autumn" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/family-autumn-fun-101720570-small.jpg" alt="family fun" title="family fun" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Editor's Note: Congratulations to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-what-do-you-like-most-about-autumn#comment-757274">J. Pario</a>, Nicole, and Julie for winning this week's contest!</em></p> <p>Has the season changed where you live, yet? Many places still feel the summer heat, but other regions are cooling down for Autumn. That means costumes and turkeys and falling foliage &mdash; not to mention pumpkin spice!</p> <p><strong>What do you like most about Autumn?</strong> What seasonal traditions do you and your family come back to every year? What is your favorite Fall food?</p> <p>Tell us what you like most about Autumn 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> <h3>Mandatory Entry:</h3> <ul> <li>Post your answer in the comments below. One commenter will be randomly selected to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card!</li> </ul> <h3>For Extra Entries:</h3> <ul> <li>You can tweet about our giveaway for an extra entry. Also, our Facebook fans can get an extra entry too! Use our Rafflecopter widget for your chance to win one of the other two Amazon Gift Cards:</li> </ul> <p><a id="rc-79857dfa144" class="rafl" href="http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/79857dfa144/" rel="nofollow">a Rafflecopter giveaway</a> </p> <script src="//widget.rafflecopter.com/load.js"></script></p> <p><strong>If you're inspired to write a whole blog post OR you have a photo on flickr to share, please link to it in the comments or tweet it.</strong></p> <h4>Giveaway Rules:</h4> <ul> <li>Contest ends Monday, October 20th at 11:59 p.m. Pacific. Winners will be announced after October 20th on the original post. Winners will also be contacted via email.</li> <li>You can enter all three drawings &mdash; once by leaving a comment, once by liking our Facebook update, and once by tweeting.</li> <li>This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered, or associated with Facebook.</li> <li>You must be 18 and US resident to enter. Void where prohibited.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Good Luck!</strong></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-what-do-you-like-most-about-autumn" class="sharethis-link" title="Ask the Readers: What Do You Like Most About Autumn?" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tell us what you like most about Autumn 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">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Giveaways Ask the Readers Tue, 14 Oct 2014 15:00:05 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 1233263 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Light Therapy Lamps http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-light-therapy-lamps <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-light-therapy-lamps" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/sleeping-lamp-488999407-small.jpg" alt="sleeping light" title="sleeping light" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Light therapy lamps are very effective at treating a number of disorders, particularly certain sleep disorders and seasonal affective disorder. Light therapy lamps help with these conditions by emulating the brightness of the sun and, in the case of circadian rhythm disorders, shifting people's natural biological clock so they sleep through &quot;normal&quot; nighttime hours, and, in the case of seasonal affective disorder, providing more &quot;sunlight&quot; for those living in places with long and gloomy winters.</p> <h2>What Is a Light Therapy Lamp?</h2> <p>A light therapy lamp is a lamp that emits particular levels of light that can help treat a number of sleep or mood disorders. By providing artificial illumination, one can gain greater control of regulating the production of certain hormones that regulate both sleep and mood. According to the Center for Environmental Therapeutics, the following factors should be taken into consideration when purchasing a light therapy lamp: the lamps should be tested in clinical trials, they should provide 10,000 lux of illumination in a comfortable sitting distance, blue light is superior to red light in treating depressive symptoms, and larger boxes have a greater therapeutic range of light.</p> <h2>Best 5 Light Therapy Lamps</h2> <h3><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000W8Y7FY/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000W8Y7FY&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=H3H5LRAGXKFKRJHR"><img width="180" height="247" align="right" alt="" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/NatureBright%20Sun%20Touch%20Plus%20Light.jpg" /></a>NatureBright Sun Touch Plus Light</h3> <p>Highly reviewed by over 1,000 users, the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000W8Y7FY/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000W8Y7FY&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=H3H5LRAGXKFKRJHR">NatureBright Sun Touch Plus Light</a> is one of the favorite light therapy lamps available on Amazon. This NatureBright light lamp emits 10,000 lux of soothing light that can help stabilize your body's internal clock and improve your sleeping pattern, as well as treat depressive or mood symptoms associated with seasonal affective disorder or other irregular body patterns. Additionally, this light therapy lamp has been tested for safety at the University of Texas and avoids emitting UV rays that can be harmful to your eyes.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000W8Y7FY/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000W8Y7FY&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=H3H5LRAGXKFKRJHR">Currently $69.18 on Amazon</a></p> <h3><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0093162RM/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0093162RM&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=QJIMF3VQHDMRCGX4"><img width="180" height="238" align="right" alt="" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Philips%20HF3520%20Wake-Up%20Light.jpg" /></a>Philips HF3520 Wake-Up Light</h3> <p>For those of you that have trouble waking up in the morning, the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0093162RM/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0093162RM&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=QJIMF3VQHDMRCGX4">Philips Wake-Up Light</a> might be the perfect tool for you. With 20 different brightness settings and five natural alarm sounds, this light provides a colored sunrise simulation to help you wake up naturally, and with more energy. At night, this light does the reverse and guides you to a restful sleep with a dimming, sunset-simulating light. Additionally, tap anywhere on the light to give yourself an extra nine minutes of sleep. Users state that the light is great for combating consistently dark mornings and gets them out of bed quickly and feeling great.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0093162RM/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0093162RM&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=QJIMF3VQHDMRCGX4">Currently $139.99 on Amazon</a></p> <h3><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001I45XL8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B001I45XL8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=F6ZRJC6LZT6KFQ6X"><img width="180" height="189" align="right" alt="" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Philips%20goLITE%20BLU%20Light%20Therapy%20Device.jpg" /></a>Philips goLITE BLU Light Therapy Device</h3> <p>The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001I45XL8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B001I45XL8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=F6ZRJC6LZT6KFQ6X">goLITE Blue light therapy lamp</a> is clinically proven to improve mood and fight seasonal affective disorder with as little as 15-45 minutes of usage per day. The special blue light produced by the lamp is designed to emulate the light that occurs on naturally sunny days. The goLITE Blue is also compact and portable, making it easy to take with you when you travel, and the LED lights are designed to last for decades without losing their efficiency. The fully programmable touch display lets you change the brightness between four different settings as well as set a timer.<a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001I45XL8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B001I45XL8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=F6ZRJC6LZT6KFQ6X"><br /> </a></p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001I45XL8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B001I45XL8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=F6ZRJC6LZT6KFQ6X">Currently $146.94 on Amazon</a></p> <h3><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0001ATEJ2/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0001ATEJ2&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=NA3MYNGIN6NDDMUM"><img width="180" height="220" align="right" alt="" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Verilux%20HappyLight%20Deluxe%20Sunshine%20Simulator.jpg" /></a>Verilux HappyLight Deluxe Sunshine Simulator</h3> <p>The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0001ATEJ2/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0001ATEJ2&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=NA3MYNGIN6NDDMUM">HappyLight Deluxe light lamp</a> is capable of treating mood, energy and sleeping problems associated with decreased exposure to sunlight. By providing 10,000 lux, the HappyLight Deluxe Sunshine Simulator helps to trigger the production of natural hormones in your body that will improve mood and fight fatigue. Consistent usage among reviewers confirm the light's ability to improve mood and energy levels, and the concentrated, but UV-free, dosage is perfect for those with busy lifestyles without risking damage to your eyes.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0001ATEJ2/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0001ATEJ2&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=NA3MYNGIN6NDDMUM">Currently $149.99 on Amazon</a></p> <h3><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0009MFUWC/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0009MFUWC&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=23GICANATZSEHFJT"><img width="180" height="219" align="right" alt="" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Carex%20Health%20Brands%20Day-Light%20Classic.jpg" /></a>Carex Health Brands Day-Light Classic</h3> <p>The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0009MFUWC/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0009MFUWC&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=23GICANATZSEHFJT">Day-Light Classic light lamp</a> by Carex Health is a great lamp for dealing with mood swings, winter blues or problems with your sleeping pattern. Three fluorescent light tubes emit a total of 10,000 lux of light that can ease seasonal affective disorder symptoms within a week of regular use. The Day-Light Classic conforms to all the standards set by light therapy experts and has been clinically tested for effectiveness.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0009MFUWC/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0009MFUWC&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=23GICANATZSEHFJT">Currently $133.63 on Amazon</a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best electric drills. As always, be sure to check out the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar">Wise Bread Buying Calendar</a> to learn when and how to buy just about anything!</p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-light-therapy-lamps" class="sharethis-link" title="The 5 Best Light Therapy Lamps" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/jeffrey-pu">Jeffrey Pu</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Shopping Buying Guides light therapy lamps product reviews Wed, 08 Oct 2014 09:00:03 +0000 Jeffrey Pu 1225154 at http://www.wisebread.com Ask the Readers: Do You Celebrate Halloween? http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-do-you-celebrate-halloween <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/ask-the-readers-do-you-celebrate-halloween" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/family-baking-halloween-89793731-small.jpg" alt="family baking halloween" title="family baking halloween" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Editor's Note: Congratulations to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-do-you-celebrate-halloween#comment-756826">Ernest</a>, Carmen, and Betty for winning this week's contest!</em></p> <p>Get ready, folks! Witches and mummies and ice princesses will roam the night in just a few weeks. But even if you're not in costume, there are many other ways to have fun on Halloween.</p> <p><strong>Do you celebrate Halloween?</strong> What traditions do you have for this holiday &mdash; costume parties, trick-or-treating with the kids, or horror movie night? If you don't celebrate Halloween, what will you do instead on the night of October 31st?</p> <p>Tell us whether you celebrate Halloween 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> <h3>Mandatory Entry:</h3> <ul> <li>Post your answer in the comments below. One commenter will be randomly selected to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card!</li> </ul> <h3>For Extra Entries:</h3> <ul> <li>You can tweet about our giveaway for an extra entry. Also, our Facebook fans can get an extra entry too! Use our Rafflecopter widget for your chance to win one of the other two Amazon Gift Cards:</li> </ul> <p><a id="rc-79857dfa142" class="rafl" href="http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/79857dfa142/" rel="nofollow">a Rafflecopter giveaway</a> </p> <script src="//widget.rafflecopter.com/load.js"></script></p> <p><strong>If you're inspired to write a whole blog post OR you have a photo on flickr to share, please link to it in the comments or tweet it.</strong></p> <h4>Giveaway Rules:</h4> <ul> <li>Contest ends Monday, October 13th at 11:59 p.m. Pacific. Winners will be announced after October 13th on the original post. Winners will also be contacted via email.</li> <li>You can enter all three drawings &mdash; once by leaving a comment, once by liking our Facebook update, and once by tweeting.</li> <li>This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered, or associated with Facebook.</li> <li>You must be 18 and US resident to enter. Void where prohibited.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Good Luck!</strong></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-do-you-celebrate-halloween" class="sharethis-link" title="Ask the Readers: Do You Celebrate Halloween?" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tell us whether you celebrate Halloween 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">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Giveaways Ask the Readers Halloween Tue, 07 Oct 2014 15:00:08 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 1229270 at http://www.wisebread.com Ask the Readers: Do You Use an Online Bank? http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-do-you-use-an-online-bank <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/ask-the-readers-do-you-use-an-online-bank" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/online-banking-78424624-small.jpg" alt="online bank" title="online bank" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>We have more banking options today than ever before. If you don't like traditional banks, you can opt for a credit union. While most banks give allow you to manage your money online, many people are attracted by the rates and convenience of purely online banks, like Ally and Everbank.</p> <p><strong>Do you use an online bank?</strong> What were your reasons for choosing an online bank &mdash; or for using a bank (or credit union) with physical locations? Are you happy with your bank?</p> <p>Tell us whether you use an online bank 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> <h3>Mandatory Entry:</h3> <ul> <li>Post your answer in the comments below. One commenter will be randomly selected to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card!</li> </ul> <h3>For Extra Entries:</h3> <ul> <li>You can tweet about our giveaway for an extra entry. Also, our Facebook fans can get an extra entry too! Use our Rafflecopter widget for your chance to win one of the other two Amazon Gift Cards:</li> </ul> <p><a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/79857dfa140/" class="rafl" id="rc-79857dfa140">a Rafflecopter giveaway</a> </p> <script src="//widget.rafflecopter.com/load.js"></script></p> <p><strong>If you're inspired to write a whole blog post OR you have a photo on flickr to share, please link to it in the comments or tweet it.</strong></p> <h4>Giveaway Rules:</h4> <ul> <li>Contest ends Monday, October 6th at 11:59 p.m. Pacific. Winners will be announced after October 6th on the original post. Winners will also be contacted via email.</li> <li>You can enter all three drawings &mdash; once by leaving a comment, once by liking our Facebook update, and once by tweeting.</li> <li>This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered, or associated with Facebook.</li> <li>You must be 18 and US resident to enter. Void where prohibited.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Good Luck!</strong></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-do-you-use-an-online-bank" class="sharethis-link" title="Ask the Readers: Do You Use an Online Bank?" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tell us whether you use an online bank 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">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Giveaways Ask the Readers online banking Tue, 30 Sep 2014 15:00:08 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 1222770 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Bluetooth Mice http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-bluetooth-mice <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-bluetooth-mice" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/wireless-mouse-469567391-small.jpg" alt="wireless mouse" title="wireless mouse" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>While we've written about wireless mice in the past, a Bluetooth-capable mouse works slightly differently. Most wireless mice operate by having a small receiver constantly plugged into a USB port. On the other hand, a Bluetooth mouse can connect to a computer or tablet directly through the Bluetooth connection, freeing up what can often be valuable USB real estate.</p> <h2>What Is a Bluetooth Mouse?</h2> <p>A Bluetooth mouse is a computer mouse that uses wireless Bluetooth to connect to another electronic device, such as a computer. Bluetooth is a wireless technology standard that is designed to exchange data over short distances, and is most commonly associated with wireless headsets. By utilizing a device's Bluetooth capabilities, a Bluetooth-enabled mouse can directly connect to the device without the need for a separate wireless receiver or USB port. Newer Bluetooth mice are even capable of connecting to tablets and are optimized for touchscreen devices.</p> <h2>Best 5 Bluetooth Mice</h2> <h3>Microsoft Wedge Touch Mouse</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008OEHV6U/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B008OEHV6U&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=XSZLL6ITY5VBCRXR"><img width="200" height="131" align="right" alt="" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Microsoft%20Wedge%20Touch%20Mouse.jpg" /></a>The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008OEHV6U/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B008OEHV6U&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=XSZLL6ITY5VBCRXR">Wedge Touch mouse</a> by Microsoft is an elegant and extremely portable Bluetooth mouse that is optimized for use with Windows 8. The Wedge Touch mouse still functions as a standard mouse, but also features a touch-sensitive surface that enables 4-way touch scrolling. Users note that it is exceptionally easy to use; all you need to do is turn it on and connect it to your device via Bluetooth, and you're good to go. Some mention that its small size might take some getting used to, especially if you have large hands, but most appreciate the compact nature of the mouse.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008OEHV6U/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B008OEHV6U&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=XSZLL6ITY5VBCRXR"><em>Currently $36.83 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Microsoft Sculpt Comfort Mouse</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BZC31WQ/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00BZC31WQ&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=K5M6FQOCGPS3R7OH"><img width="200" height="157" align="right" alt="" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Microsoft%20Sculpt%20Comfort%20Mouse.jpg" /></a>Another Microsoft mouse that is optimized for Windows 8, the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BZC31WQ/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00BZC31WQ&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=K5M6FQOCGPS3R7OH">Sculpt Comfort mouse</a> is designed like a standard computer mouse, but includes additional design features that complement your Windows 8 experience. The dedicated blue Windows Touch Tab allows you to access the Start menu and scroll through your apps. On Windows 7, it allows you to access the Start menu and scroll forward and backward on your web browser.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BZC31WQ/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00BZC31WQ&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=K5M6FQOCGPS3R7OH"><em>Currently $24.00 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Logitech V470 Bluetooth Cordless Laser Mouse</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000UY3NR8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000UY3NR8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=5F3EBFPVBSXVMNJ3"><img width="200" height="180" align="right" alt="" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Logitech%20V470%20Bluetooth%20Cordless%20Laser%20Mouse.jpg" /></a>The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000UY3NR8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000UY3NR8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=5F3EBFPVBSXVMNJ3">Logitech V470</a> brings the precision of a laser mouse together with the convenience of a Bluetooth connection. Laser mice outperform optical mice and this mouse by Logitech delivers smooth cursor control on just about any surface. The V470 also features a battery life indicator so that you never get caught off guard when the mouse runs out of juice. Most users agree that the mouse is easy-to-use and incredibly smooth and responsive.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000UY3NR8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000UY3NR8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=5F3EBFPVBSXVMNJ3"><em>Currently $84.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>HP X4000b Bluetooth Mouse</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B009KY58FE/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B009KY58FE&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=RUAN66GDR5VIS35Z"><img width="200" height="200" align="right" alt="" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/HP%20X4000b%20Bluetooth%20Mouse.jpg" /></a>The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B009KY58FE/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B009KY58FE&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=RUAN66GDR5VIS35Z">HP X4000b</a> is a great Bluetooth mouse that is designed to fit comfortably in your hand. The contoured design is very ergonomic and great for those that need to use a computer for extended amounts of time. The mouse also boasts an impressive nine month battery life as well as a laser sensor for precise use on just about any surface. Users attest to the solid construction of the mouse and its Bluetooth compatibility means it can be used on other devices such as Android tablets or Chromebooks as well.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B009KY58FE/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B009KY58FE&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=RUAN66GDR5VIS35Z"><em>Currently $27.21 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Logitech Ultrathin Touch Mouse T630</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00DR8LA6U/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00DR8LA6U&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=ZCDZFES2OKG3NAC4"><img width="200" height="195" align="right" alt="" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Logitech%20Ultrathin%20Touch%20Mouse%20T630.jpg" /></a>This slick and modern <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00DR8LA6U/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00DR8LA6U&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=ZCDZFES2OKG3NAC4">Ultrathin Touch mouse</a> from Logitech is designed to perfectly complement the slim design of an Ultrabook, but can be paired with any Bluetooth-capable device. The thin design makes it extremely portable; it's small enough to fit inside most jean pockets. The touch surface of the mouse supports a number of Windows 8 touch gestures as well. Finally, this battery doesn't require any batteries since it charges via a USB cable.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00DR8LA6U/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00DR8LA6U&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=ZCDZFES2OKG3NAC4"><em>Currently $49.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best Bluetooth mice. As always, be sure to check out the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar">Wise Bread Buying Calendar</a> to learn when and how to buy just about anything!</p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-bluetooth-mice" class="sharethis-link" title="The 5 Best Bluetooth Mice" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/jeffrey-pu">Jeffrey Pu</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Shopping Buying Guides bluetooth mouse product reviews Wed, 24 Sep 2014 09:00:04 +0000 Jeffrey Pu 1198765 at http://www.wisebread.com Ask the Readers: What Is Your Favorite Productivity Tool? http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-what-is-your-favorite-productivity-tool <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/ask-the-readers-what-is-your-favorite-productivity-tool" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/productivity-tools-451881387-small.jpg" alt="productivity tools" title="productivity tools" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Editor's Note: Congratulations to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-what-is-your-favorite-productivity-tool#comment-756041">Laura</a>, Carmen, and Liz for winning this week's contest!</em></p> <p>So much to do, so little time! Even after we prioritize the important stuff, actually getting things done is a whole other mountain that we need to climb. Luckily, there are tools to help us do just that, from pen-and-paper to-do lists to fancy time management apps!</p> <p><strong>What is your favorite productivity tool?</strong> Do you prefer high-tech or low-tech tools? How well is your current productivity system working for you &mdash; do you see any area that needs to be improved?</p> <p>Tell us about your favorite productivity tool 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> <h3>Mandatory Entry:</h3> <ul> <li>Post your answer in the comments below. One commenter will be randomly selected to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card!</li> </ul> <h3>For Extra Entries:</h3> <ul> <li>You can tweet about our giveaway for an extra entry. Also, our Facebook fans can get an extra entry too! Use our Rafflecopter widget for your chance to win one of the other two Amazon Gift Cards:</li> </ul> <p><a id="rc-79857dfa138" class="rafl" href="http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/79857dfa138/" rel="nofollow">a Rafflecopter giveaway</a> </p> <script src="//widget.rafflecopter.com/load.js"></script></p> <p><strong>If you're inspired to write a whole blog post OR you have a photo on flickr to share, please link to it in the comments or tweet it.</strong></p> <h4>Giveaway Rules:</h4> <ul> <li>Contest ends Monday, September 29th at 11:59 p.m. Pacific. Winners will be announced after September 29th on the original post. Winners will also be contacted via email.</li> <li>You can enter all three drawings &mdash; once by leaving a comment, once by liking our Facebook update, and once by tweeting.</li> <li>This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered, or associated with Facebook.</li> <li>You must be 18 and US resident to enter. Void where prohibited.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Good Luck!</strong></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-what-is-your-favorite-productivity-tool" class="sharethis-link" title="Ask the Readers: What Is Your Favorite Productivity Tool?" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tell us about your favorite productivity tool 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">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Giveaways Ask the Readers productivity Tue, 23 Sep 2014 15:00:06 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 1216060 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Electric Drills http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-electric-drills <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-electric-drills" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/drill-construction-56970887-small.jpg" alt="drill" title="drill" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="144" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Whether you're constructing a house or working on a DIY project at home, an electric drill is easily one of the most versatile and valuable tools to have in your toolbox. Although we may tend to most commonly think of them as merely more sophisticated screwdrivers or hole makers, a good electric drill with the right accessories can also be used to sand, polish, and grind materials and can ensure that your project gets done right and done fast overall.</p> <p>Wise Bread is here to help you find the perfect electric drill for your needs with our top five list.</p> <h2>What Is an Electric Drill?
</h2> <p>An electric drill is a handheld, motor-powered tool that uses an attached drill bit or driver bit on its chuck to bore holes into various materials or to drive screws to fasten materials together. Electric drills are available in both cordless and corded varieties. Cordless electric drills are powered by a rechargeable battery and give you the portability and freedom to use it wherever you want, which often makes them the more preferred option.</p> <p>Although corded electric drills are limited in how far away they can be from the nearest electrical outlet, you'll never have to worry about running out of power when using them, and they can sometimes be more powerful than the cordless drills. Because electric drills come in many different power levels and speeds, it's important to know what tasks you'll want to accomplish with the electric drill in order to find the one that will best fit your needs.</p> <h2>Best 5 Electric Drills</h2> <h3>DeWalt DCD780C2
</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0052MIHMO/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0052MIHMO&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=7YY5B5P36LDQVZQ5"><img width="190" height="190" align="right" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/DeWalt%20DCD780C2.jpg" alt="" /></a>As a Consumer Search top pick, the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0052MIHMO/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0052MIHMO&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=7YY5B5P36LDQVZQ5">Dewalt DCD780C2</a> is a top-notch cordless electric drill that has impressed both experts and consumers with the powerful, long-lasting performance that it packs within a comfortably compact design. With a &frac12;-inch chuck size, two speed ranges and 15 clutch settings, many users agreed that this 20-volt drill provides enough torque to tackle medium-sized jobs to the satisfaction of both casual homeowners and professional builders.</p> <p>Users were also very happy with the DCD780C2's rechargeable lithium-ion batteries, which take less than half an hour to charge and can last throughout a day's work. A surprisingly lightweight design and an easy-to-hold grip round out the superb package that this Dewalt drill can deliver.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0052MIHMO/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0052MIHMO&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=7YY5B5P36LDQVZQ5"><em>Currently $167.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Makita BHP454</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001EYUQM8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B001EYUQM8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=6ZMILHYQX3TTHDFA"><img width="190" height="217" align="right" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Makita%20BHP4542.jpg" alt="" /></a>For the bigger projects that require even more power and speed, the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001EYUQM8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B001EYUQM8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=6ZMILHYQX3TTHDFA">Makita BHP454</a> is the best cordless electric drill for getting those tougher jobs done. Along with a two-speed metal transmission and 16 different clutch settings, this Consumer Reports top pick features a mighty four-pole motor that can deliver up to 560 inch pounds of torque. And yet with all this power, this drill only weighs five pounds and is just under 10 inches in length.</p> <p>In addition, its compact lithium-ion battery pack is remarkably efficient, capable of delivering a day's worth of power with just a 30-minute charge. The BHP454 also comes with a Shift-Lock drive system, which allows it to switch into an effective hammer drill, giving you the nice value of having two tools in one. Two handy LED lights come standard with this drill as well to help illuminate your work area in the dark.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001EYUQM8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B001EYUQM8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=6ZMILHYQX3TTHDFA"><em>Currently $314.98 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Hitachi DS14DSFL
</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004D29IA4/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B004D29IA4&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=OHOQFXAZOQLZZJRZ"><img width="190" height="194" align="right" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Hitachi%20DS14DSFL.jpg" alt="" /></a>Named a Consumer Reports Best Buy, the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004D29IA4/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B004D29IA4&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=OHOQFXAZOQLZZJRZ">Hitachi DS14DSFL</a> is an exceptional choice for homeowners and consumers looking for a cordless electric drill that gets the job done without breaking the bank. Users absolutely love the DS14DSFL's sleek design which weighs significantly less than most heavy-duty drills, coming in at just 4.4 pounds. Despite its low weight, this Hitachi drill can still deliver a vigorous performance, one that's capable of outputting up to 300 inch pounds of torque with four different speed ranges and 22 drive settings.</p> <p>Combined with a slim soft grip handle, this light-duty drill is a delight to hold and use. The DS14DSFL&rsquo;s lightweight 14.4-volt lithium-ion batteries provide a long runtime that takes only 40 minutes to recharge. It also comes packaged with a handy flashlight for some extra value and utility.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004D29IA4/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B004D29IA4&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=OHOQFXAZOQLZZJRZ"><em>Currently $78.36 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Milwaukee 0240-20</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002WJH9WE/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B002WJH9WE&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=J4QIQDPENZNIQP2E"><img width="190" height="190" align="right" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Milwaukee%200240-20.jpg" alt="" /></a>If you want a powerful electric drill that doesn't burden you with having to recharge its batteries all the time, then the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002WJH9WE/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B002WJH9WE&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=J4QIQDPENZNIQP2E">Milwaukee 0240-20</a> corded electric drill is the best choice for you. While it lacks the bells and whistles found on other high-end models, this Milwaukee drill more than makes up for it with its mighty 8 amp motor, which provides an optimal blend of speed and torque with a wide speed range of 0-2,800 RPM that's perfect for drilling through most dense materials.</p> <p>An all-metal gear case provides more than adequate protection for the drill's gears during arduous use for the utmost durability. Thanks to a soft grip handle and a two-finger trigger, it also pleases owners with its great handling.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002WJH9WE/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B002WJH9WE&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=J4QIQDPENZNIQP2E"><em>Currently $79.00 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Black and Decker DR260B
</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004FRXWRW/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B004FRXWRW&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=JFLH5GAOX4WY5H4L"><img width="190" height="203" align="right" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Black%20%26%20Decker%20DR260B.jpg" alt="" /></a>As an Amazon Best Seller, the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004FRXWRW/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B004FRXWRW&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=JFLH5GAOX4WY5H4L">Black and Decker DR260B</a> is another excellent choice for a corded electric drill that's low on price and high on features and convenience. Built with the everyday homeowner in mind, the DR260B is one of the most compact electric drills you can buy, and its small size makes it incredibly ideal for working in those cramped, hard-to-reach areas of your home.</p> <p>The DR260B manages to pack a 5.2 amp motor with a variable speed range of 0-1,500 RPM inside its compact design, enabling it to provide enough power for all your home improvement needs. Last but not least, this ultra-convenient drill comes with a slew of handy features, including a built-in level, on-board bit storage, and a keyless chuck that allow for easy bit switching.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004FRXWRW/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B004FRXWRW&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=JFLH5GAOX4WY5H4L"><em>Currently $18.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best electric drills. As always, be sure to check out the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar">Wise Bread Buying Calendar</a> to learn when and how to buy just about anything!</p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-electric-drills" class="sharethis-link" title="The 5 Best Electric Drills" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/william-tran">William Tran</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. 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Void where prohibited.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Good Luck!</strong></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-how-often-do-you-replace-your-phone" class="sharethis-link" title="Ask the Readers: How Often Do You Replace Your Phone?" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tell us how often you replace your phone 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">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. 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Bluetooth keyboards are also great traveling companions for those who want to be productive on the go.</p> <p>There are a number of key factors to keep in mind when buying a Bluetooth keyboard. Wise Bread is here to help with our top five list of the best Bluetooth keyboards.</p> <h2>What Is a Bluetooth Keyboard?
</h2> <p>A Bluetooth keyboard is essentially a computer keyboard that wirelessly connects and communicates to computing devices using the Bluetooth radio frequency. They're most commonly used with portable devices such as smartphones and tablets that don't come with their own physical keyboard, but they can also be used with Bluetooth-enabled desktop computers and laptops if desired.</p> <p>Bluetooth keyboards are usually more compact and have smaller keys compared to regular computer keyboards, but they all use the same QWERTY key layout. They also come in a number of different form factors that cater to specific needs and comfort styles, and it's ultimately up to you to decide which one works best for you.</p> <h2>Best 5 Bluetooth Keyboards</h2> <h3>Logitech K810 Bluetooth Illuminated Keyboard</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0099SMFVQ/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0099SMFVQ&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=YSPACGV2IBJLKTRD"><img width="200" height="116" align="right" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Logitech%20K810%20Bluetooth%20Illuminated%20Keyboard.jpg" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0099SMFVQ/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0099SMFVQ&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=YSPACGV2IBJLKTRD">Logitech K810</a> is an outstanding Bluetooth keyboard that has been highly praised for its ability to be used seamlessly and interchangeably with multiple computing devices. Thanks to its Easy-Switch Bluetooth technology, not only can you can use the keyboard with up to three devices simultaneously, you can effortlessly switch between them with the simple press of a button.</p> <p>In addition, the K810 comes with a rechargeable battery pack along with built-in backlighting that can automatically adjust its brightness based on your current environment. Many users also love the keyboard's sleek brushed aluminum look as well as its unique keycap design that provides both a comfortable and noiseless typing experience.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0099SMFVQ/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0099SMFVQ&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=YSPACGV2IBJLKTRD"><em>Currently $69.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Microsoft Wedge Mobile Keyboard</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008OEHPKM/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B008OEHPKM&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=6ZZZ7BFRVJ4K3B7U"><img width="200" height="94" align="right" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Microsoft%20Wedge%20Mobile%20Keyboard.jpg" alt="" /></a>If you're looking for a keyboard that can handle the on-the-go lifestyle, then the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008OEHPKM/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B008OEHPKM&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=6ZZZ7BFRVJ4K3B7U">Microsoft Wedge</a> is the perfect choice for you. The Wedge's most exclusive feature is its multi-purpose cover that powers down the keyboard when it's attached and protects the keyboard from scratches and damage when in transit. Not only that, the cover can also transform into a convenient stand for your tablet, thus allowing you to set up an optimal workstation wherever you go.</p> <p>Despite its very compact and lightweight design, users say there's enough room provided for them to comfortably type on. While the keyboard is compatible with non-Windows devices, the Wedge does come with special Windows 8 hotkeys that work most effectively when paired with a Windows 8 tablet or smartphone.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008OEHPKM/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B008OEHPKM&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=6ZZZ7BFRVJ4K3B7U"><em>Currently $43.95 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Logitech DiNovo Edge Keyboard</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000J43HJ8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000J43HJ8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=P2HG4CP54VZT6AXV"><img width="200" height="138" align="right" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Logitech%20DiNovo%20Edge%20Keyboard.jpg" alt="" /></a>Although it is the most expensive option on our list, the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000J43HJ8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000J43HJ8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=P2HG4CP54VZT6AXV">Logitech DiNovo Edge</a> offers a phenomenal full-sized Bluetooth keyboard that's loaded with enough innovative features to satisfy any power user. Designed for use with desktop computers, its most notable features include the PerfectStroke key system that enables precise and fluid typing and the TouchDisc touchpad that lets you scroll, select, and control your cursor all in one place.</p> <p>The keyboard also comes with a touch-sensitive volume slider, hidden hotkeys that illuminate when you need them, and a handy charging base to recharge its batteries. These fantastic features are all packed onto an attractively super-thin brushed aluminum frame that's only 11 mm thick.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000J43HJ8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000J43HJ8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=P2HG4CP54VZT6AXV"><em>Currently $366.62 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Apple Wireless Keyboard
</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Apple-Wireless-Keyboard-MC184LL-B/dp/B005DLDO4U/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1397030143&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=apple+wireless+keyboard"><img width="200" height="102" align="right" alt="" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Apples%20Wireless%20Keyboard.jpg" /></a>Don't be fooled by its simplistic appearance; the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Apple-Wireless-Keyboard-MC184LL-B/dp/B005DLDO4U/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1397030143&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=apple+wireless+keyboard">Apple Wireless Keyboard</a> offers an excellent choice for consumers looking for a basic Bluetooth keyboard, and it's one that's both minimalistically stylish and incredibly easy to use. This iconic keyboard's ultra-thin, brushed aluminum body falls right in line with Apple's signature design aesthetic and is easily the lightest option on our list with a total of weight of just eight ounces.</p> <p>Many users say the keys are wonderfully responsive and that it's painless to use this keyboard in any setting given its lightweight design. The Apple Keyboard works with all Bluetooth-enabled computing devices, but it also comes with Mac-specific hotkeys that work best with devices running Apple's operating system.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Apple-Wireless-Keyboard-MC184LL-B/dp/B005DLDO4U/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1397030143&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=apple+wireless+keyboard"><em>Currently $64.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Anker T300 Ultra-Slim Mini Wireless Keyboard</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0096M8VR2/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0096M8VR2&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=QDJAFBOSYBNGI6YY"><img width="200" height="149" align="right" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Anker%20T300%20Ultra-Slim%20Mini%20Wireless%20Keyboard.jpg" alt="" /></a>With a 4&frac12;-star Amazon rating from over 2,800 customer reviews, many consumers have come to love the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0096M8VR2/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0096M8VR2&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=QDJAFBOSYBNGI6YY">Anker T300</a> for providing a superb Bluetooth keyboard at an astoundingly low price. Although this keyboard is light on features, many users have praised the Anker T300 for its wonderfully compact and lightweight design that's similar to the look of higher-end models along with its amazingly long battery life.</p> <p>Users also say that connecting this keyboard to your devices via Bluetooth couldn't be any easier. This keyboard is compatible with all Bluetooth-enabled computers, tablets, and smartphones, so you don't have to worry about whether this keyboard will work with your devices or not.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0096M8VR2/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0096M8VR2&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=QDJAFBOSYBNGI6YY"><em>Currently $19.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best Bluetooth keyboards. As always, be sure to check out the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar">Wise Bread Buying Calendar</a> to learn when and how to buy just about anything!</p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-bluetooth-keyboards" class="sharethis-link" title="The 5 Best Bluetooth Keyboards" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/william-tran">William Tran</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Shopping Buying Guides bluetooth keyboards buying guide product reviews Thu, 11 Sep 2014 09:00:07 +0000 William Tran 1150926 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Internal Solid State Drives http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-internal-solid-state-drives <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-internal-solid-state-drives" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/10712284924_c539813cf7_z.jpg" alt="ssd" title="ssd" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="153" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Solid state drives are now all the rage when it comes to data storage and management. SSDs are becoming increasingly more popular than traditional hard drives because they're slimmer and much faster. For most, the biggest barrier to entry is the price, as SSDs are typically much more expensive than regular hard drives for the same amount of storage space. Nonetheless, prices for solid state drives are steadily dropping, and SSDs remain a great investment for data storage that can also improve your computer's performance.</p> <h2>What Is a Solid State Drive?</h2> <p>A solid state drive is a data storage device that serves a similar purpose to traditional hard disk drives. The primary difference between a solid state drive and a hard disk drive is that, unlike an HDD, SSDs contain no moving mechanical parts. Because of this factor, SSDs are less susceptible to physical shock, run more quietly, and transfer data far more quickly. Installing a solid state drive into your computer system will not only provide data storage, but will make your computer and applications run much more quickly.</p> <h2>Best 5 Internal Solid State Drives</h2> <h3>Samsung Electronics 840 Pro Series Solid State Drive</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B009NB8WTI/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B009NB8WTI&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=3PVSZCHXU33OO7MG"><img width="180" height="171" align="right" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Samsung%20Electronics%20840%20Pro%20Series%20Solid%20State%20Drive.jpg" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B009NB8WTI/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B009NB8WTI&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=3PVSZCHXU33OO7MG">Samsung Electronics 840 Pro</a> is a top-notch solid state drive that is extremely high-performing. Increased speed and efficiency through this SSD means that your computer can boot up in a matter of seconds and your battery life can improve by up to 50 minutes. This drive also increases your computer's security through its built-in full-disk encryption. Additionally, users love that this drive is very easy to install.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B009NB8WTI/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B009NB8WTI&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=3PVSZCHXU33OO7MG"><em>Currently $383.46 for the 256 GB model on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Corsair Neutron Series GTX Solid State Drive</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00AW3O4WU/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00AW3O4WU&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=GXBXJFP2H44ISY2F"><img width="180" height="166" align="right" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Corsair%20Neutron%20Series%20GTX.jpg" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00AW3O4WU/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00AW3O4WU&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=GXBXJFP2H44ISY2F">Corsair Neutron GTX</a> is a fantastic solid state drive that is compatible with any computer. The high-speed performance of this Corsair puts it ahead of not just regular hard disk drives, but also most SSDs out in the market currently. This SSD also features native TRIM support, which helps mitigate the problem of gradual deterioration of quality that many SSDs face due to the buildup of obsolete files.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00AW3O4WU/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00AW3O4WU&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=GXBXJFP2H44ISY2F"><em>Currently $209.99 for the 240 GB model on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Crucial M500 Internal Solid State Drive</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BQ8RM1A/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00BQ8RM1A&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=L73YYBW32HY7EXBW"><img width="180" height="117" align="right" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Crucial%20M500%20Internal%20Solid%20State%20Drive.png" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BQ8RM1A/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00BQ8RM1A&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=L73YYBW32HY7EXBW">Crucial M500</a> solid state drive transforms your computer's performance while remaining relatively affordable. Installing this SSD into your computer system will dramatically increase the performance of your box, along with increasing your ability to multitask, your system's reliability, and reducing your transfer speeds and boot times. Users love the speed boost as well as its ease-of-install.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BQ8RM1A/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00BQ8RM1A&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=WWS55ZGDMAT5YOOD"><em>Currently $109.99 for the 240 GB model on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Seagate 600 Solid State Drive</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00CKAOJA0/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00CKAOJA0&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=QXZN6L3U2QVRDPFM"><img width="180" height="170" align="right" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Seagate%20600s%20Solid%20State%20Drive.jpg" alt="" /></a>For Seagate's first foray into developing solid state drives, it's brought a very serious contender in the form of the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00CKAOJA0/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00CKAOJA0&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=QXZN6L3U2QVRDPFM">Seagate 600</a>. Compatible with just about any laptop, Seagate promises that its SSD will improve boot time and software speeds by up to 50%. Because of its lack of moving parts, it is also more resistant to shocks and drops, ensuring that there is a smaller chance the physical world will damage your data.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00CKAOJA0/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00CKAOJA0&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=QXZN6L3U2QVRDPFM"><em>Currently $139.09 for the 240 GB model on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Intel 530 Series Internal Solid State Drive</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00DTPYT78/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00DTPYT78&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=DNNLZWDQPICGDTUT"><img width="180" height="142" align="right" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Intel%20530%20Series%20Internal%20Solid%20State%20Drive.jpg" alt="" /></a>Rounding out our list of internal solid state drives is the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00DTPYT78/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00DTPYT78&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=DNNLZWDQPICGDTUT">Intel 530 Series</a> of internal SSDs. This drives comes with all the features and performance you've probably come to expect by the end of this list. Users claim that installing this drive makes their computer feel brand new and start-up takes virtually no time at all. Additionally, many people appreciate the 5 year warranty on the product.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00DTPYT78/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00DTPYT78&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=DNNLZWDQPICGDTUT"><em>Currently $164.00 for the 240 GB model on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best internal solid state drives. As always, be sure to check out the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar">Wise Bread Buying Calendar</a> to learn when and how to buy just about anything!</p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-internal-solid-state-drives" class="sharethis-link" title="The 5 Best Internal Solid State Drives" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/jeffrey-pu">Jeffrey Pu</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Shopping Buying Guides internal solid state drives product reviews Wed, 10 Sep 2014 09:00:07 +0000 Jeffrey Pu 1152741 at http://www.wisebread.com Ask the Readers: Where Do You Want to Retire? http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-where-do-you-want-to-retire <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/ask-the-readers-where-do-you-want-to-retire" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/senior-couple-motorcycle-167449264-small.jpg" alt="senior couple motorcycle" title="senior couple motorcycle" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Editor's Note: Congratulations to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-where-do-you-want-to-retire#comment-754938">Elle</a>, Betty, and Suz_Glo for winning this week's contest!</em></p> <p>Retirement planning is a big deal for most of us. We want to have enough money to support a comfortable retirement &mdash; who doesn't? How much money each person needs will depend on their expected standard of living, and a major component of <em>that</em> is where you plan to spend your golden years.</p> <p><strong>Where do you want retire?</strong> Is it somewhere close to home, or somewhere completely different from where you are now? Do you plan to settle down, or will you be traveling the world?</p> <p>Tell us where you want to retire 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> <h3>Mandatory Entry:</h3> <ul> <li>Post your answer in the comments below. One commenter will be randomly selected to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card!</li> </ul> <h3>For Extra Entries:</h3> <ul> <li>You can tweet about our giveaway for an extra entry. Also, our Facebook fans can get an extra entry too! Use our Rafflecopter widget for your chance to win one of the other two Amazon Gift Cards:</li> </ul> <p><a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/79857dfa135/" class="rafl" id="rc-79857dfa135">a Rafflecopter giveaway</a> </p> <script src="//widget.rafflecopter.com/load.js"></script></p> <p><strong>If you're inspired to write a whole blog post OR you have a photo on flickr to share, please link to it in the comments or tweet it.</strong></p> <h4>Giveaway Rules:</h4> <ul> <li>Contest ends Monday, September 15th at 11:59 p.m. Pacific. Winners will be announced after September 15th on the original post. Winners will also be contacted via email.</li> <li>You can enter all three drawings &mdash; once by leaving a comment, once by liking our Facebook update, and once by tweeting.</li> <li>This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered, or associated with Facebook.</li> <li>You must be 18 and US resident to enter. Void where prohibited.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Good Luck!</strong></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-where-do-you-want-to-retire" class="sharethis-link" title="Ask the Readers: Where Do You Want to Retire?" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tell us where you want to retire 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">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Giveaways Ask the Readers retirement Tue, 09 Sep 2014 15:00:10 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 1204542 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Underwater Cameras http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-underwater-cameras <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-underwater-cameras" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/underwater-camera-465359597-small.jpg" alt="underwater camera" title="underwater camera" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="126" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It's always a bummer when you have to leave your camera at home when you go on vacation near a beach or a lake because you're worried of getting it wet and damaged. Pictures taken by or underwater can yield some spectacular and memorable photos. Picking up an underwater camera can allow you to finally begin capturing those special moments. If you find yourself frequently regretting the inability to take photos by the beach, then Wise Bread is here for you with our pick of the top five underwater cameras.</p> <h2>What Is an Underwater Camera?</h2> <p>An underwater camera is a camera that is capable of being operated underwater and withstanding tougher physical conditions. Underwater cameras are built with materials that protect the normally delicate electronics from water, frozen temperatures and crushing pressure. Different cameras have different limits as to what they can handle, so be sure to do your homework to pick out the camera that is just right for you.</p> <h2>Best 5 Underwater Cameras</h2> <h3>Olympus Stylus TG-2</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00AQ2BTHK/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00AQ2BTHK&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=A5EFHI2NPZZHHGJX"><img width="200" height="119" align="right" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Olympus-Tough-TG-2-iHS-4.jpg" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00AQ2BTHK/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00AQ2BTHK&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=A5EFHI2NPZZHHGJX">Olympus Stylus TG-2</a> is an extremely well-reviewed underwater camera. According to its specifications, the TG-2 is waterproof down to 50 feet. It's also capable of handling temperatures down to 14 degrees Fahrenheit, is shockproof as well as crush-proof. In addition, its lens covers a field of view between 25-100mm with a maximum aperture of f/2 at its widest, which means you'll be able to take great photos, even in lower light.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00AQ2BTHK/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00AQ2BTHK&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=A5EFHI2NPZZHHGJX"><em>Currently $459.00 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS5D</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00ATE7UUK/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00ATE7UUK&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=RIYMT223RRJUXBB6"><img width="200" height="130" align="right" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Panasonic%20Lumix%20DMC-TS5D.jpeg" alt="" /></a>For those that are looking for a tough and rugged camera, the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00ATE7UUK/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00ATE7UUK&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=RIYMT223RRJUXBB6">Lumix DMC-TS5D</a> is another great choice. This Lumix is waterproof to a depth of 43 feet, is freezeproof down to 14 degrees, can withstand pressure to 220 pounds and is shockproof from a height of 6.6 feet. This camera also boasts a 28-128 mm equivalent lens that can shoot 1080p HD video. In addition, this Wi-Fi enabled camera allows you to save and share your photos easily.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00ATE7UUK/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00ATE7UUK&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=RIYMT223RRJUXBB6"><em>Currently $289.00 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Sony Cyber-Shot TX30</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BEHQKP2/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00BEHQKP2&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=KTGIAHCLF27BG2MF"><img width="200" height="127" align="right" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Sony%20Cybershot%20TX30.jpg" alt="" /></a>If you don't plan on going scuba diving with your camera, but still want something that is a bit sturdier than a typical point-and-shoot, then the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BEHQKP2/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00BEHQKP2&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=KTGIAHCLF27BG2MF">Sony Cyber-Shot TX30</a> is the right camera for you. This Sony camera has the sleek and slim build of a modern point-and-shoot digital camera but is also waterproof to a depth of 33 feet and shockproof from falls of 5 feet, which means this camera can still take a decent beating.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BEHQKP2/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00BEHQKP2&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=KTGIAHCLF27BG2MF"><em>Currently $199.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Canon PowerShot D20</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0075SUKIC/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0075SUKIC&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=VENGXPVJBXMXYUEC"><img width="200" height="130" align="right" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Canon%20PowerShot%20D20.jpg" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0075SUKIC/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0075SUKIC&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=VENGXPVJBXMXYUEC">Canon PowerShot D20</a> is another underwater camera that is a favorite amongst users. The PowerShot D20 is waterproof to 33 feet, temperature resistant between 14 and 104 degrees and shockproof up to 5 feet. Its 28-140mm lens takes great photos, even in the higher ISO settings as well as high definition, 1080p video. The biggest gripe with this camera is that it's not particularly fast; it takes about 1.4 seconds for it to take a photo.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0075SUKIC/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0075SUKIC&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=VENGXPVJBXMXYUEC"><em>Currently $249.00 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Fujifilm FinePix XP60</h3> <p><img width="200" height="137" align="right" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Fujifilm%20FinePix%20XP60.jpg" alt="" />Rounding out our list of the best underwater cameras is the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00B18L7KC/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00B18L7KC&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=72Q6MWNL53ICQ6AH">Fujifilm FinePix XP60M</a>. The most affordable camera on this list, this Fujifilm is waterproof to a depth of 20 feet, shockproof to drops of up to 5 feet and can withstand temperatures down to 14 degrees. The 16 megapixel lens has a focal length of 28 &mdash; 140mm, can shoot 1080p HD video and has a continuous shooting mode that shoots at up to 10 frames per second.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00B18L7KC/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00B18L7KC&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=72Q6MWNL53ICQ6AH"><em>Currently $179.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best underwater cameras. As always, be sure to check out the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar">Wise Bread Buying Calendar</a> to learn when and how to buy just about anything!</p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-underwater-cameras" class="sharethis-link" title="The 5 Best Underwater Cameras" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/jeffrey-pu">Jeffrey Pu</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Shopping Buying Guides product reviews underwater cameras Thu, 04 Sep 2014 09:00:06 +0000 Jeffrey Pu 1152547 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Sleeping Bags http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-sleeping-bags <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-sleeping-bags" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/sleeping-bags-86542668-small.jpg" alt="sleeping bags" title="sleeping bags" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="133" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Regardless of whether you're a first-time camper or a master of Mt. Everest, having the right sleeping bag will dramatically improve your outdoors experience. While buying a sleeping bag may seem like a straightforward process, there are a surprising number of factors to consider. When purchasing a new sleeping bag, it's important to note the filling of the bag, the shape as well as the warmth rating, in order to find the perfect bag for you.</p> <h2>What Is a Sleeping Bag?</h2> <p>A sleeping bag is essentially a protective blanket that can be zipped closed for use as a bed when a traditional bed is unavailable. As mentioned above, the three primary factors to look for are the type of filling, the shape and the warmth. When it comes to filling, you have the primary choice between synthetic and down, with down being significantly higher in quality and cost. Sleeping bags also come in two main shapes: mummy and rectangular. Mummy bags are lighter and warmer, thus making them better for backpacking, but less comfortable. Finally, sleeping bags come in three rough categories: summer sleeping bags, three-season bags, and winter sleeping bags.</p> <h2>Best 5 Sleeping Bags</h2> <h3>Sierra Designs DriDown Zissou Sleeping Bag</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00ABDHS9C/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00ABDHS9C&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=DPP3OECFHIGKZ4GA"><img width="180" height="180" align="right" alt="" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Sierra%20Designs%20DriDown%20Zissous.jpg" /></a>The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00ABDHS9C/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00ABDHS9C&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=DPP3OECFHIGKZ4GA">Sierra Designs DriDown Zissou</a> sleeping bag is known for combining the warm and easy-to-pack features of down lining with the water repellant features of synthetic by having the down treated with a polymer. Campers have noted that it performs exceptionally well at dealing with various forms of condensation such as dew and sweat. The mummy shape of the bag also does well at retaining body heat, but the bag is roomy enough at the torso to be comfortable while sleeping.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00ABDHS9C/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00ABDHS9C&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=DPP3OECFHIGKZ4GA"><em>Currently $279.90 for the regular size on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Coleman North Rim 0 Degree Sleeping Bag</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0009PUSO4/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0009PUSO4&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=LJ4YVE7FMROWBK2L"><img width="180" height="180" align="right" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Coleman%20North%20Rim%200%20Degree%20Sleeping%20Bag.jpg" alt="" /></a>Users love the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0009PUSO4/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0009PUSO4&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=LJ4YVE7FMROWBK2L">Coleman North Rim 0 Degree</a> sleeping bag because it provides a 0 degree bag at an extremely reasonable price. Its great warmth rating means that it's well-suited for winter camping and can keep you warm and comfortable even in frigid temperatures. However, it's important to note that many campers have claimed that this sleeping bag is a little too bulky for backpacking purposes; it's best kept at base camp.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0009PUSO4/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0009PUSO4&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=LJ4YVE7FMROWBK2L"><em>Currently $50.00 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Teton Sports Mammoth Queen Size Sleeping Bag</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000F38YI2/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000F38YI2&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=34PNORSHSNWLHO3U"><img width="180" height="156" align="right" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Teton%20Sports%20Mammoth%20Queen%20Size%20Sleeping%20Bag.jpg" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000F38YI2/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000F38YI2&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=34PNORSHSNWLHO3U">Teton Sports Mammoth</a> sleeping bag's large size is perfect for couples or families with a small child that want to stay together when sleeping. This Teton Sports sleeping bag is available in two temperature settings, with the lighter bag appropriate for summer camping, and the heavier one great for winter camping. The all-cotton interior flannel lining makes this sleeping bag extremely comfortable, a feature many users attest to. Unfortunately, its size makes it unwieldy when it comes to portability and re-packing.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000F38YI2/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000F38YI2&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=34PNORSHSNWLHO3U"><em>Currently $143.58 for the winter variant on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Teton Sports Celsius XXL 0 Degree Flannel Lined Sleeping Bag</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001D6MF26/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B001D6MF26&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=C3M5B6HQSZNX7LJ6"><img width="180" height="180" align="right" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Teton%20Sports%20Celsius%20XXL%200%20Degree%20Flannel%20Lined%20Sleeping%20Bag.jpg" alt="" /></a>For those that are looking for a large sleeping that provides a comfortable sleep, look no further than the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001D6MF26/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B001D6MF26&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=C3M5B6HQSZNX7LJ6">Teton Sports Celsius XXL</a>. This sleeping bag can easily fit someone at least six feet tall, or can snugly fit two people. The inner flannel lining makes this sleeping bag exceptionally comfortable, and the bag is rated down to 0 degrees. Campers agree that this is a great sleeping bag to have for winter camping.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001D6MF26/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B001D6MF26&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=C3M5B6HQSZNX7LJ6"><em>Currently $79.37 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Coleman White Water Large Cool-Weather Sleeping Bag</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00363X1IG/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00363X1IG&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=56PGY2UBZTCPBMSN"><img width="180" height="180" align="right" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Coleman%20White%20Water%20Large%20Cool-Weather%20Sleeping%20Bag.jpg" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00363X1IG/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00363X1IG&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=56PGY2UBZTCPBMSN">Coleman White Water</a> sleeping bag is a great affordable, cool-weather sleeping bag for campers that aren't camping in sub-freezing conditions. This sleeping bag is rated for temperatures between 30 and 50 degrees and can fit campers up to 6 feet, 4 inches tall. Users have stated repeatedly that this bag is great for summer camping and doesn't keep you too warm at night. However, its size keeps it from being a particularly good backpacking sleeping bag.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00363X1IG/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00363X1IG&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=56PGY2UBZTCPBMSN"><em>Currently $42.07 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best sleeping bags. As always, be sure to check out the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar">Wise Bread Buying Calendar</a> to learn when and how to buy just about anything!</p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-sleeping-bags" class="sharethis-link" title="The 5 Best Sleeping Bags" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/jeffrey-pu">Jeffrey Pu</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Shopping Buying Guides buying guide product reviews sleeping bags Wed, 03 Sep 2014 09:00:04 +0000 Jeffrey Pu 1152742 at http://www.wisebread.com Ask the Readers: Where Do You Want to Be, Financially, in 5 Years? http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-where-do-you-want-to-be-financially-in-5-years <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/ask-the-readers-where-do-you-want-to-be-financially-in-5-years" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman-money-tree-179234584-small.jpg" alt="woman money tree" title="woman money tree" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Editor's Note: Congratulations to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-where-do-you-want-to-be-financially-in-5-years#comment-754892">Kim</a>, Liz, and Louly for winning this week's contest!</em></p> <p>Most of us have goals for our money, whether specific (pay off the mortgage) or general (maintain a comfortable lifestyle). We set our financial visions on different timelines, too &mdash; each person's circumstances are different, after all. This week, let's talk about where we want to see our finances in 5 years.</p> <p><strong>Where do you want to be, financially, in 5 years?</strong> What is your main goal for the next few years? What changes to your lifestyle (if any) will you need make to get your finances where you want them to be?</p> <p>Tell us where you want to be, financially, in 5 years 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> <h3>Mandatory Entry:</h3> <ul> <li>Post your answer in the comments below. One commenter will be randomly selected to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card!</li> </ul> <h3>For Extra Entries:</h3> <ul> <li>You can tweet about our giveaway for an extra entry. Also, our Facebook fans can get an extra entry too! Use our Rafflecopter widget for your chance to win one of the other two Amazon Gift Cards:</li> </ul> <p><a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/79857dfa133/" class="rafl" id="rc-79857dfa133">a Rafflecopter giveaway</a> </p> <script src="//widget.rafflecopter.com/load.js"></script></p> <p><strong>If you're inspired to write a whole blog post OR you have a photo on flickr to share, please link to it in the comments or tweet it.</strong></p> <h4>Giveaway Rules:</h4> <ul> <li>Contest ends Monday, September 8th at 11:59 p.m. Pacific. Winners will be announced after September 8th on the original post. Winners will also be contacted via email.</li> <li>You can enter all three drawings &mdash; once by leaving a comment, once by liking our Facebook update, and once by tweeting.</li> <li>This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered, or associated with Facebook.</li> <li>You must be 18 and US resident to enter. Void where prohibited.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Good Luck!</strong></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-where-do-you-want-to-be-financially-in-5-years" class="sharethis-link" title="Ask the Readers: Where Do You Want to Be, Financially, in 5 Years?" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tell us where you want to be, financially, in 5 years 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">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Giveaways Ask the Readers financial goals Tue, 02 Sep 2014 15:00:06 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 1199638 at http://www.wisebread.com