Deals and Coupons http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/4813/all en-US Ask the Readers: Who Is Filing Your Taxes This Year? http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-who-is-filing-your-taxes-this-year <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/ask-the-readers-who-is-filing-your-taxes-this-year" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://cdn.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/tax-forms-Dollarphotoclub_52336704.jpg" alt="tax forms" title="tax forms" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Each person's finances is different from the next &mdash; and so are our taxes. If your financial situation is simple and straightforward, you can probably file your taxes on your own. If it's a bit more complicated, however, you may be more inclined to hire a professional (or ask your tax-accountant cousin).</p> <p><strong>Who is filing your taxes this year?</strong> Did you go this route last year? If not, what made you decide to change it up?</p> <p>Tell us who is filing your taxes this year 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 class="rcptr" href="http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/79857dfa166/" rel="nofollow" data-raflid="79857dfa166" data-theme="classic" data-template="" id="rcwidget_64i5uyby">a Rafflecopter giveaway</a> </p> <script src="//widget-prime.rafflecopter.com/launch.js"></script></p> <p>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.</p> <h4>Giveaway Rules:</h4> <ul> <li>Contest ends Monday, February 2nd at 11:59 p.m. Pacific. Winners will be announced after February 2nd on the original post. Winners will also be contacted via email.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>You can enter all three drawings &mdash; once by leaving a comment, once by liking our Facebook update, and once by tweeting.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered, or associated with Facebook.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>You must be 18 and US resident to enter. Void where prohibited.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Good Luck!</strong>&nbsp;</p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-who-is-filing-your-taxes-this-year" class="sharethis-link" title="Ask the Readers: Who Is Filing Your Taxes This Year?" 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 who is filing your taxes this year and we&#039;ll enter you in a drawing to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card! </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-who-is-filing-your-taxes-this-year">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-do-you-look-forward-to-tax-time-your-chance-to-win-20">Ask the Readers: Do You Look Forward to Tax Time? (Your Chance to win $20!)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-would-people-be-shocked-by-what-you-earn">Ask the Readers: Would People Be Shocked By What You Earn?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-is-valentines-day-too-commercial-chance-to-win-20">Ask the Readers: Is Valentine&#039;s Day Too Commercial? (Chance to win $20!)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-how-did-you-spend-your-first-paycheck">Ask the Readers: How Did You Spend Your First Paycheck?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-what-is-your-new-years-resolution">Ask the Readers: What Is Your New Year&#039;s Resolution?</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> Giveaways Ask the Readers taxes Tue, 27 Jan 2015 16:00:14 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 1283356 at http://www.wisebread.com Ask the Readers: What Tools Do You Use to Track Your Finances? http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-what-tools-do-you-use-to-track-your-finances <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-tools-do-you-use-to-track-your-finances" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://cdn.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/finance-tablet-Dollarphotoclub_53272238.jpg" alt="" title="" 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-tools-do-you-use-to-track-your-finances#comment-765726">Laura J</a>, Donna, and Mary for winning this week's contest!</em></p> <p>There are so many apps, gadgets, and systems to help you do, well, <em>everything</em>. Tracking your finances has never been easier... if you use the right tools for <em>you</em>.</p> <p><strong>What tools do you use to track your finances?</strong> Which tools or methods have worked well for you at the time, and which were not so successful? Do you think your current system still needs some tweaking, or is it right where you want it to be?</p> <p>Tell us about the tools you use to track your finances 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 class="rcptr" href="http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/79857dfa165/" rel="nofollow" data-raflid="79857dfa165" data-theme="classic" data-template="" id="rcwidget_tg205z5d">a Rafflecopter giveaway</a> </p> <script src="//widget-prime.rafflecopter.com/launch.js"></script></p> <p>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.</p> <h4>Giveaway Rules:</h4> <ul> <li>Contest ends Monday, January 26th at 11:59 p.m. Pacific. Winners will be announced after January 26th on the original post. Winners will also be contacted via email.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>You can enter all three drawings &mdash; once by leaving a comment, once by liking our Facebook update, and once by tweeting.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered, or associated with Facebook.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>You must be 18 and US resident to enter. Void where prohibited.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Good Luck!</strong>&nbsp;</p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-what-tools-do-you-use-to-track-your-finances" class="sharethis-link" title="Ask the Readers: What Tools Do You Use to Track Your Finances?" 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 the tools you use to track your finances and we&#039;ll enter you in a drawing to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card! </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-what-tools-do-you-use-to-track-your-finances">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-would-people-be-shocked-by-what-you-earn">Ask the Readers: Would People Be Shocked By What You Earn?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-is-valentines-day-too-commercial-chance-to-win-20">Ask the Readers: Is Valentine&#039;s Day Too Commercial? 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(Your Chance to win $20!)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-what-is-your-new-years-resolution">Ask the Readers: What Is Your New Year&#039;s Resolution?</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> Giveaways Ask the Readers budgeting tools Tue, 20 Jan 2015 16:00:23 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 1282240 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Outdoor Grills http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-outdoor-grills <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-outdoor-grills" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://cdn.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/outdoor-grill-barbeque-skewers-Dollarphotoclub_66301679.jpg" alt="outdoor grill" title="outdoor grill" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>When summer is in full swing, there's nothing better than having a get together with friends and family to celebrate the incredible weather. And what goes better with incredible weather than freshly cooked food straight off the grill? Meats and vegetables take on completely new tastes when cooked over the perfect grill outside, bringing out the best way to enjoy summer weather. To make sure you're enjoying the best quality cook available, it's important that you pick the perfect outdoor grill for you.</p> <h2>What Is an Outdoor Grill?</h2> <p>An outdoor grill is a cooking apparatus used to cook things like meat and veggies on a metal frame over an open fire. There are different varieties of grill like electric, charcoal, and gas, depending on whatever style you prefer to prepare you food and your price range. Some grills can be exceptionally hefty and others can be a more convenient size, so make sure you know how much space you want your grill to occupy before deciding exactly which one you think is best. Be sure to read all safety instructions that come along with your grill so you know how to keep it in optimal condition to continue churning out amazing food with minimal hassle for years to come.</p> <h2>Best 5 Outdoor Grills</h2> <h3>Weber Spirit E-210 Liquid Propane Gas Grill</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0098HR0PY/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0098HR0PY&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=DVM3VBHYGSVPGPL4"><img width="240" height="207" align="right" alt="" src="http://cdn.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/weberspirite210.jpg" /></a>One of the highest rated models on Consumer Reports as well as a Consumer Search favorite, the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0098HR0PY/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0098HR0PY&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=DVM3VBHYGSVPGPL4">Weber Spirit E-210 Liquid Propane Gas Grill</a> is a great option for anyone looking for a high-performance gas grill that won't take up too much room outside. It comes with two power-packed burners that keep the grill at even temperatures across, making cooking a much more pleasant experience. This particular model has received high praise for its even distribution of temperature in the grill making indirect cooking (cooking something while it's not directly over a flame) a breeze.</p> <p>The E-210 comes with some fold-down tables on the sides for some extra preparation space, but other than that, this grill is less about looking fancy and more about quality of performance. The only scattered complaint about this model is that because it is not as powerful as others it takes some extra time to preheat the surface. Other than that, the Weber Spirit E 210 has been consistently praised as a great product for anyone who loves to grill outside but is looking to save on space and get bang for their buck.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0098HR0PY/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0098HR0PY&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=DVM3VBHYGSVPGPL4"><em>Currently $399.00 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Char-Broil TRU-Infrared Gas Grill</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001H1NG1Q/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B001H1NG1Q&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=O5CYYSMZ2GTZ4IRM"><img width="240" height="240" align="right" alt="" src="http://cdn.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/charbroiledTRUinfrared.jpg" /></a>With a little more space than the first grill on this list, the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001H1NG1Q/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B001H1NG1Q&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=O5CYYSMZ2GTZ4IRM">Char-Boil TRU-Infrared Gas Grill</a> is a true contender for purchase with its competitive price and infrared technology. Unlike direct gas grills, infrared grills have a layer between the flame and the grill itself to use radiant heat rather than hot air to cook the food, sometimes making it more juicy than a standard gas grill. With excellent ratings in performance on both high and low temperatures as well as indirect cooking, this grill's three burners and small footprint make it perfect for cooking for a crowd.</p> <p>The high quality performance this grill delivers might take some getting used to from grillers who might not be used to such high temperatures, but it is well worth the effort for the consistent deliciousness the Char-Broil Tru-Infrared Gourmet provides. The only complaints about this grill seem to be it can rust sometimes and that it feels slightly less durable than other models. Still, for the excellent price and amazing results, the Char-Broil TRU-Infrared Gourmet might be the perfect grill to keep your summers ablaze with great food.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001H1NG1Q/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B001H1NG1Q&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=O5CYYSMZ2GTZ4IRM"><em>Currently $446.75 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Weber One-Touch Charcoal Grill</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00004RALU/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00004RALU&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=77JGBIW4TVL4RGPJ"><img width="240" height="240" align="right" alt="" src="http://cdn.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/weber-one%20touch-charcoal.jpg" /></a>If you aren't committed to buying a gas grill and are looking for something a little more cost-efficient but still exceptional, the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00004RALU/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00004RALU&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=77JGBIW4TVL4RGPJ">Weber One-Touch Charcoal Grill</a> is worth a look. It is kettle shaped and much smaller than the last two grills on the list, making it a great option if you are tight on space. Rated one of the best charcoal grills on Consumer Search, it provides ease of installation as well as great flavor to everything it cooks. Many customers have praised this particular grill for its durability multiple years after purchase with no complaints of breakage or rust.</p> <p>The &quot;One-Touch&quot; part of the name comes from the ash catcher at the bottom of the grill where sweeping away the coals into the ash pan, but this process can cause ashes to fly up, so tread with caution. Consumers also say the single handle can get really hot when cooking so make sure to take care when trying to move the grill after using it. However, these safety bugs are only mentioned in a few accounts, giving the Weber One-Touch Charcoal Grill overwhelmingly positive feedback as a great grill for a great price.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00004RALU/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00004RALU&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=77JGBIW4TVL4RGPJ"><em>Currently $99.00 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Coleman RoadTrip LXE Propane Grill</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0009V1BDA/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0009V1BDA&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=3QAXJGRRCPGAJ4DX"><img width="240" height="275" align="right" alt="" src="http://cdn.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/ColemanRoadtripLXE.jpg" /></a>If your goal is to have a grill that you can use anywhere, especially on the go, then the propane-using <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0009V1BDA/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0009V1BDA&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=3QAXJGRRCPGAJ4DX">Coleman Roadtrip LXE Grill</a> has you covered. If you're looking for a grill to fit your patio or take with you on a picnic (or both!) the Coleman RoadTrip LXE is perfectly designed to be simply set up and taken down to fit all your travel-based grilling needs complete with wheels and a handle to help you maneuver it around. It comes with space shelves and tool hooks to keep your extra space needs accounted for and provides exceptional heat for something designed to be a primary or portable grill.</p> <p>When it comes to cooking, the Coleman RoadTrip LXE receives mostly high praise, but there are the occasional complains of hotspots that can result in uneven temperatures and uneven cooking. It is essential to clean this grill after each use because the build-up can be extremely hard to clean if left unattended for too long. But even with its minimal flaws, the Coleman RoadTrip LXE makes a great addition to the porch or camping gear when you want to save some money but get amazing deals on portability and power.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0009V1BDA/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0009V1BDA&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=3QAXJGRRCPGAJ4DX"><em>Currently $135.42 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Weber Performance Platinum Charcoal Grill</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0098HR1I0/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0098HR1I0&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=DORIUBB5KD57OZCR"><img width="240" height="251" align="right" alt="" src="http://cdn.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/WeberPerformerPlatinumGrillGreen.jpg" /></a>Many people look to gas grills when trying to find high-performance cooking, but the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0098HR1I0/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0098HR1I0&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=DORIUBB5KD57OZCR">Weber Performance Platinum</a> proves that charcoal grills can produce great results, too. Called the top performer in this class of grills, the Weber Performance Platinum is praised for its gas-powered ignition system, making lighter fluid a thing of the past. With this convenient system, lighting the coal briquettes is now a simple action of turning the gas on and then off, meaning you can get to cooking much faster than with a regular charcoal grill.</p> <p>This model also comes with a charcoal bin for storage and plenty of workspace to keep everything you need at hand while grilling. It comes with a digital timer as well, though some customers don't find it necessary. Cleaning is easy and the charcoal will extinguish completely after use before turning into ash thanks to a very sturdy lid that seals exceptionally well. While this model may be a little higher in price, it is absolutely worth the extra money to get such a dependable, high-performing charcoal grill.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0098HR1I0/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0098HR1I0&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=DORIUBB5KD57OZCR"><em>Currently $349.00 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best outdoor grills. As always, be sure to check <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar">Wise Bread's Buying Calendar</a> to learn when and how to buy just about anything!</p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-outdoor-grills" class="sharethis-link" title="The 5 Best Outdoor Grills" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/janae-spinato">Janae Spinato</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-outdoor-grills">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-hair-clippers">The 5 Best Hair Clippers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-electric-can-openers">The 5 Best Electric Can Openers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-electric-blankets">The 5 Best Electric Blankets</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-swiss-army-knives">The 5 Best Swiss Army Knives</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-aaa-batteries">The 5 Best AAA Batteries</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> Shopping Buying Guides outdoor grills product reviews Wed, 14 Jan 2015 10:00:10 +0000 Janae Spinato 1270663 at http://www.wisebread.com Ask the Readers: How Do You Stay Active in the Winter? http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-how-do-you-stay-active-in-the-winter <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/ask-the-readers-how-do-you-stay-active-in-the-winter" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://cdn.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman-winter-stretching-Dollarphotoclub_38285341.jpg" alt="woman stretching" title="woman stretching" 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-how-do-you-stay-active-in-the-winter#comment-765535">Kristin</a>, Pat, and Ernest for winning this week's contest!</em></p> <p>We're smack in the middle of winter, and in most places, it's some combination of cold, wet, and frosty. While it's tempting to stay in all day and avoid the bad weather, it's important for our mind and bodies to stay active through the season.</p> <p><strong>How do you stay active in winter?</strong> Do prefer indoor our outdoor activities, or a bit of both? Do you have a set exercise regimen to keep you moving?</p> <p>Tell us how you stay active in winter 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="rcwidget_n33b33vl" data-template="" data-theme="classic" data-raflid="79857dfa164" rel="nofollow" href="http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/79857dfa164/" class="rcptr">a Rafflecopter giveaway</a> </p> <script src="//widget-prime.rafflecopter.com/launch.js"></script></p> <p>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.</p> <h4>Giveaway Rules:</h4> <ul> <li>Contest ends Monday, January 19th at 11:59 p.m. Pacific. Winners will be announced after January 19th on the original post. Winners will also be contacted via email.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>You can enter all three drawings &mdash; once by leaving a comment, once by liking our Facebook update, and once by tweeting.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered, or associated with Facebook.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>You must be 18 and US resident to enter. Void where prohibited.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Good Luck!</strong>&nbsp;</p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-how-do-you-stay-active-in-the-winter" class="sharethis-link" title="Ask the Readers: How Do You Stay Active in the Winter?" 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 you stay active in winter and we&#039;ll enter you in a drawing to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card! </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-how-do-you-stay-active-in-the-winter">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-would-people-be-shocked-by-what-you-earn">Ask the Readers: Would People Be Shocked By What You Earn?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-is-valentines-day-too-commercial-chance-to-win-20">Ask the Readers: Is Valentine&#039;s Day Too Commercial? (Chance to win $20!)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-how-did-you-spend-your-first-paycheck">Ask the Readers: How Did You Spend Your First Paycheck?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-do-you-look-forward-to-tax-time-your-chance-to-win-20">Ask the Readers: Do You Look Forward to Tax Time? (Your Chance to win $20!)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-what-is-your-new-years-resolution">Ask the Readers: What Is Your New Year&#039;s Resolution?</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> Giveaways Ask the Readers exercise Tue, 13 Jan 2015 16:00:09 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 1279158 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Weed Trimmers http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-weed-trimmers <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-weed-trimmers" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://cdn.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/weed-trimmer-Dollarphotoclub_35902640.jpg" alt="weed trimmer" title="weed trimmer" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The joy of having a yard is not easily hindered. Freedom to have lawn parties or a safe place for the kids to play is a privilege worth using without a doubt. Still, once your slice of paradise starts to be overrun by weeds, stray patches of grass, or anything else that a lawnmower just can't cover, it might feel more like a burden than a privilege.</p> <p>Thankfully, we here at Wise Bread did some digging and found five blessings to help lighten your burden. With indisputable results and ease of use, you'll be enjoying your space again in no time.</p> <h2>What Is a Weed Trimmer?</h2> <p>A weed trimmer exists to tame grass and weeds in places that the lawn mower can't reach like the edges of a driveway or around a tree. It provides the finishing touches to make sure your lawn is perfectly presentable after every mow. Also known as string trimmers, weed trimmers often use a string instead of a blade, spinning incredibly fast to cut the grass.</p> <p>They can be electric, battery, or gas-powered. They range from super light to heavy and can be use for little jobs or intense gardening depending on the model you purchase. Overall the gas trimmers seem to pack the biggest power, but the electric and battery trimmers have their own niches in which to shine, such as their low noise and environmental pollution.</p> <h2>Best 5 Weed Trimmers</h2> <h3>Black and Decker LST136</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00602J3V4/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00602J3V4&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=NZJTSKWB2Z4QPB5X"><img width="200" align="right" height="200" alt="" src="http://cdn.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Black%20%26%20Decker%20LST136.jpg" /></a>Named the &quot;Best Cordless Grass Trimmer&quot; by Consumer Search, the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00602J3V4/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00602J3V4&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=NZJTSKWB2Z4QPB5X">Black and Decker LST136</a> is a 7.8 pound superhero in the world of lawn trimming. Though the punch it packs can't always take down big weeds or tall grass in one fell swoop, the battery is lithium ion and rechargeable to make sure no cord or gas is needed during the actual trimming.</p> <p>To help control battery power and life, the Black &amp; Decker LST136 also comes with a PowerCommand dial to help you designate the energy towards tackling tougher weeds or extending the runtime. The 13-inch head can be moved 180 degrees to switch from edging to cutting a breeze. This model also comes with automatically feeding line so bumping is not necessary.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00602J3V4/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00602J3V4&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=NZJTSKWB2Z4QPB5X"><em>Currently $125.00 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Husqvarna 223L</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Husqvarna-223L-18-Inch-2-Stroke-Straight/dp/B00280MV2K/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1406930844&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=husqvarna+223l"><img width="200" align="right" height="108" alt="" src="http://cdn.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/husqvarna%20223l.jpg" /></a>The 10.5 pound gas-powered <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Husqvarna-223L-18-Inch-2-Stroke-Straight/dp/B00280MV2K/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1406930844&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=husqvarna+223l">Husqvarna 223L</a> has been highly praised for its easy start-up and good protection from flying debris during trimming. A straight shaft trimmer, its durability and smooth usage with even the toughest patches of grass have made the 223L a favorite pick among many customers.</p> <p>Many people love the ease of handling the machine thanks to its low weight and adjustable handle. The only cons are that some people have desired hearing protection when using 223L and the warranty is only two years. Still, it is one of the best consistently performing products on the market.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Husqvarna-223L-18-Inch-2-Stroke-Straight/dp/B00280MV2K/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1406930844&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=husqvarna+223l"><em>Currently $249.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Green Works 21142</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008BY6ZEC/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B008BY6ZEC&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=FBMUG6YGALK5FCUE"><img width="200" align="right" height="200" alt="" src="http://cdn.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Green%20Works%2021142.jpg" />This electric trimmer</a> is a little on the heavier side at around 10 pounds, but delivers in its ability to cut like a light-duty gas model while being the least costly item on this list. It breezes through tall grass and tough weeds with a 10 amp motor all while being relatively quiet for an electric trimmer. The Green Works 21142 is also very useful in that with the right attachments it can be a variety of things from a blower to a pole slaw (keep in mind these attachments are sold separately).</p> <p>This trimmer also supports attachments from companies other than Green Works, making it the most versatile option on this list, though not the most durable. It comes with a four year warranty, and despite some extra money you might have to use to get an extension cord, it is a good model that gets a lot of work done without the hassle of a gas option.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008BY6ZEC/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B008BY6ZEC&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=FBMUG6YGALK5FCUE"><em>Currently $75.00 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Stihl FSE 60</h3> <p><a href="http://www.qcsupply.com/stihl-fse60-electric-trimmer.html"><img width="200" align="right" height="140" alt="" src="http://cdn.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/stihl%20fse%2060.jpeg" /></a>A second corded option, the <a href="http://www.qcsupply.com/stihl-fse60-electric-trimmer.html">Stihl FSE 60</a> is described as one of the sturdiest corded electric trimmers around. The curved shaft and good handles make it one of the easiest weed trimmers to maneuver at 8.7 pounds. The warranty is only two years, but this model is known not only for its easy usage but for its durability. After a few years, the Stihl FSE 60 still takes down rowdy weeds and tall grass. Though it is a little heavier than most electric trimmers, it still does a heavy-duty job.</p> <p>The only discernible low of this model seems to be that reloading the trim might be a bit of a hassle, though not all customers have had this problem, and the Stihl FSE 60 comes with instructions on what needs to be done. Though there is no link to a direct-buy page, typing in your zip code into the Stihl USA website under this product will show all nearby distributors of this product.</p> <p><a href="http://www.qcsupply.com/stihl-fse60-electric-trimmer.html"><em>Currently $119.99 on QC&nbsp;Supply</em></a></p> <h3>Hitachi CG22EABSLP</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003D7L7LI/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B003D7L7LI&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=HAQG5QB7B3XHYRXZ"><img width="200" align="right" height="200" alt="" src="http://cdn.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Hitachi%20CG22EABSLP.jpg" /></a>The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003D7L7LI/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B003D7L7LI&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=HAQG5QB7B3XHYRXZ">Hitachi CG22EABSLP</a> is comfortably light at 9.7 ponds and is a great option for a gas powered model. With its curved shaft and powerful engine, this trimmer is made to last. It comes with a seven year warranty. The engine does not give off many fumes meaning little environmental damage from product usage. Hitachi's S-Start system makes it so having a powerful engine doesn't mean exceptional effort to get it started. The system actually reduces the energy needed to get up and running to keep customers from stressful beginnings.</p> <p>To top off the list of comfort from this model, it comes with anti-vibration system to reduce further discomfort during usage. Though it seems to have trouble on tall grass, the Hitachi CG22EABSLP is a great product for those seeking a more enjoyable trimming experience.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003D7L7LI/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B003D7L7LI&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=HAQG5QB7B3XHYRXZ"><em>Currently $165.76 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best weed trimmers. As always, be sure to check <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar">Wise Bread's Buying Calendar</a> to learn when and how to buy just about anything!</p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-weed-trimmers" class="sharethis-link" title="The 5 Best Weed Trimmers" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/janae-spinato">Janae Spinato</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-weed-trimmers">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-5"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-hair-clippers">The 5 Best Hair Clippers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-electric-can-openers">The 5 Best Electric Can Openers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-electric-blankets">The 5 Best Electric Blankets</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-swiss-army-knives">The 5 Best Swiss Army Knives</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ultimate-gift-guide-thoughtful-ideas-for-every-list-and-every-budget">Ultimate Gift Guide: Thoughtful Ideas for Every List and Every Budget</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> Shopping Buying Guides product review weed trimmers Wed, 07 Jan 2015 10:00:11 +0000 Janae Spinato 1267700 at http://www.wisebread.com Ask the Readers: What Are Your Goals for 2015? http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-what-are-your-goals-for-2015 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/ask-the-readers-what-are-your-goals-for-2015" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://cdn.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/girl-cafe-thinking-winter-Dollarphotoclub_68642749.jpg" alt="girl cafe winter" title="girl cafe winter" 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-are-your-goals-for-2015#comment-764433">Kim</a>, Lynda, and Elena for winning this week's contest!</em></p> <p>The new year is a time of fresh beginnings and hope for a better year. Many people like to set goals and resolutions at each new year, but it can be difficult to keep it up if you don't have a clear plan and the determination to follow through.</p> <p><strong>What are your goals for 2015?</strong> What steps will you take to achieve these goals? What is your favorite tip for achieving a New Year's resolution or goal?</p> <p>Tell us about your goals for 2015 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="rcwidget_13lyjnw2" data-template="" data-theme="classic" data-raflid="79857dfa163" rel="nofollow" href="http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/79857dfa163/" class="rcptr">a Rafflecopter giveaway</a> </p> <script src="//widget-prime.rafflecopter.com/launch.js"></script></p> <p>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.</p> <h4>Giveaway Rules:</h4> <ul> <li>Contest ends Monday, January 12th at 11:59 p.m. Pacific. Winners will be announced after January 12th on the original post. Winners will also be contacted via email.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>You can enter all three drawings &mdash; once by leaving a comment, once by liking our Facebook update, and once by tweeting.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered, or associated with Facebook.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>You must be 18 and US resident to enter. Void where prohibited.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Good Luck!</strong>&nbsp;</p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-what-are-your-goals-for-2015" class="sharethis-link" title="Ask the Readers: What Are Your Goals for 2015?" 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 goals for 2015 and we&#039;ll enter you in a drawing to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card! </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-what-are-your-goals-for-2015">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-6"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-would-people-be-shocked-by-what-you-earn">Ask the Readers: Would People Be Shocked By What You Earn?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-is-valentines-day-too-commercial-chance-to-win-20">Ask the Readers: Is Valentine&#039;s Day Too Commercial? (Chance to win $20!)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-how-did-you-spend-your-first-paycheck">Ask the Readers: How Did You Spend Your First Paycheck?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-do-you-look-forward-to-tax-time-your-chance-to-win-20">Ask the Readers: Do You Look Forward to Tax Time? (Your Chance to win $20!)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-what-is-your-new-years-resolution">Ask the Readers: What Is Your New Year&#039;s Resolution?</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> Giveaways Ask the Readers goals Tue, 06 Jan 2015 16:00:10 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 1273735 at http://www.wisebread.com Ask the Readers: When Do You Take Down Your Holiday Decorations? http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-when-do-you-take-down-your-holiday-decorations <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/ask-the-readers-when-do-you-take-down-your-holiday-decorations" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://cdn.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/christmas-tree-decoration-Dollarphotoclub_73701853.jpg" alt="christmas tree decoration" title="christmas tree decoration" 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-when-do-you-take-down-your-holiday-decorations#comment-763394">Rebecca</a>, Mary, and Betty for winning this week's contest!</em></p> <p>The holiday season is coming to a close, and it's time to take down the Christmas tree, put away the menorah, and unstring the twinkling lights from your roof...<em>or is it?</em></p> <p><strong>When do you take down your holiday decorations?</strong> Do you have a designated date every year, or just whenever you feel like it? How late do you think holiday decor can stay up before they're out of season?</p> <p>Tell us when you take down holiday decorations 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="rcwidget_cscbd6ey" data-template="" data-theme="classic" data-raflid="79857dfa161" rel="nofollow" href="http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/79857dfa161/" class="rcptr">a Rafflecopter giveaway</a> </p> <script src="//widget-prime.rafflecopter.com/launch.js"></script></p> <p>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.</p> <h4>Giveaway Rules:</h4> <ul> <li>Contest ends Monday, January 5th at 11:59 p.m. Pacific. Winners will be announced after January 5th on the original post. Winners will also be contacted via email.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>You can enter all three drawings &mdash; once by leaving a comment, once by liking our Facebook update, and once by tweeting.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered, or associated with Facebook.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>You must be 18 and US resident to enter. Void where prohibited.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Good Luck!</strong>&nbsp;</p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-when-do-you-take-down-your-holiday-decorations" class="sharethis-link" title="Ask the Readers: When Do You Take Down Your Holiday Decorations?" 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 when you take down holiday decorations and we&#039;ll enter you in a drawing to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card! </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-when-do-you-take-down-your-holiday-decorations">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-7"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-would-people-be-shocked-by-what-you-earn">Ask the Readers: Would People Be Shocked By What You Earn?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-is-valentines-day-too-commercial-chance-to-win-20">Ask the Readers: Is Valentine&#039;s Day Too Commercial? (Chance to win $20!)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-how-did-you-spend-your-first-paycheck">Ask the Readers: How Did You Spend Your First Paycheck?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-do-you-look-forward-to-tax-time-your-chance-to-win-20">Ask the Readers: Do You Look Forward to Tax Time? (Your Chance to win $20!)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-what-is-your-new-years-resolution">Ask the Readers: What Is Your New Year&#039;s Resolution?</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> Giveaways Ask the Readers Tue, 30 Dec 2014 16:00:08 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 1274766 at http://www.wisebread.com Ask the Readers: Do You Find Re-gifting Socially Acceptable? http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-do-you-find-re-gifting-socially-acceptable <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-find-re-gifting-socially-acceptable" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://cdn.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/gift-wrapping-christmas-presents-Dollarphotoclub_71836718.jpg" alt="gift wrapping" title="gift wrapping" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="139" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Editor's Note: Congratulations to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-do-you-find-re-gifting-socially-acceptable#comment-762638">momkeywest</a>, Christina, and Louly for winning this week's contest!</em></p> <p>Re-gifting used to be a little taboo &mdash; we may do it, but we don't like to talk about it. Not anymore! In fact, the <a href="http://about.americanexpress.com/news/pr/2014/last-minute-shoppers-spread-holiday-cheer.aspx">American Express Spending &amp; Savings Tracker</a> found that 76% of people think it's socially acceptable to re-gift &mdash; up from 73% in 2013 and 71% in 2012. Surprisingly enough, more of the affluent crowd is OK with re-gifting (and more of them have re-gifted) compared to the general population.</p> <p><strong>Do you find re-gifting socially acceptable?</strong> What personal rules do you have about re-gifting, if any? Have you ever received a gift that you found out was re-gifted, and did that affect how you felt about the giver or the gift?</p> <p>Tell us whether you think re-gifting is socially acceptable 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 class="rcptr" href="http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/79857dfa160/" rel="nofollow" data-raflid="79857dfa160" data-theme="classic" data-template="" id="rcwidget_zqx8it71">a Rafflecopter giveaway</a> </p> <script src="//widget-prime.rafflecopter.com/launch.js"></script></p> <p>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.</p> <h4>Giveaway Rules:</h4> <ul> <li>Contest ends Monday, December 29th at 11:59 p.m. Pacific. Winners will be announced after December 29th on the original post. Winners will also be contacted via email.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>You can enter all three drawings &mdash; once by leaving a comment, once by liking our Facebook update, and once by tweeting.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered, or associated with Facebook.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>You must be 18 and US resident to enter. Void where prohibited.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Good Luck!</strong>&nbsp;</p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-do-you-find-re-gifting-socially-acceptable" class="sharethis-link" title="Ask the Readers: Do You Find Re-gifting Socially Acceptable?" 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 think re-gifting is socially acceptable and we&#039;ll enter you in a drawing to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card! </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-do-you-find-re-gifting-socially-acceptable">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-8"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-would-people-be-shocked-by-what-you-earn">Ask the Readers: Would People Be Shocked By What You Earn?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-is-valentines-day-too-commercial-chance-to-win-20">Ask the Readers: Is Valentine&#039;s Day Too Commercial? (Chance to win $20!)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-how-did-you-spend-your-first-paycheck">Ask the Readers: How Did You Spend Your First Paycheck?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-do-you-look-forward-to-tax-time-your-chance-to-win-20">Ask the Readers: Do You Look Forward to Tax Time? (Your Chance to win $20!)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-what-is-your-new-years-resolution">Ask the Readers: What Is Your New Year&#039;s Resolution?</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> Giveaways Ask the Readers regifting Tue, 23 Dec 2014 16:00:10 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 1270236 at http://www.wisebread.com Ask the Readers: What Is Your Favorite Holiday Tradition? http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-what-is-your-favorite-holiday-tradition <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-holiday-tradition" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://cdn.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/family-wrapping-gifts-christmas-Dollarphotoclub_66138822.jpg" alt="family wrapping gifts" title="family wrapping gifts" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Editor's Note: Congratulations to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-what-is-your-favorite-holiday-tradition#comment-761606">Bethany</a>, Kristin, and Christina for winning this week's contest!</em></p> <p>There are certain holiday traditions that we come back to year after year. They reflect our values, they are fun, or they taste really, really good. They're often the things we look forward to most when winter rolls in.</p> <p><strong>What is your favorite holiday tradition?</strong> Did you pick it up from other family or friends, or was it something you started doing one day &mdash; and then it stuck? What kind of preparations (if any) do you need to make for this tradition?</p> <p>Tell us about your favorite holiday tradition 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="rcwidget_lsv82ovu" data-template="" data-theme="classic" data-raflid="79857dfa159" rel="nofollow" href="http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/79857dfa159/" class="rcptr">a Rafflecopter giveaway</a> </p> <script src="//widget-prime.rafflecopter.com/launch.js"></script></p> <p>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.</p> <h4>Giveaway Rules:</h4> <ul> <li>Contest ends Monday, December 22nd at 11:59 p.m. Pacific. Winners will be announced after December 22nd on the original post. Winners will also be contacted via email.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>You can enter all three drawings &mdash; once by leaving a comment, once by liking our Facebook update, and once by tweeting.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered, or associated with Facebook.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>You must be 18 and US resident to enter. Void where prohibited.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Good Luck!</strong>&nbsp;</p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-what-is-your-favorite-holiday-tradition" class="sharethis-link" title="Ask the Readers: What Is Your Favorite Holiday Tradition?" 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 holiday tradition and we&#039;ll enter you in a drawing to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card! </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-what-is-your-favorite-holiday-tradition">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-9"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-would-people-be-shocked-by-what-you-earn">Ask the Readers: Would People Be Shocked By What You Earn?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-is-valentines-day-too-commercial-chance-to-win-20">Ask the Readers: Is Valentine&#039;s Day Too Commercial? (Chance to win $20!)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-how-did-you-spend-your-first-paycheck">Ask the Readers: How Did You Spend Your First Paycheck?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-do-you-look-forward-to-tax-time-your-chance-to-win-20">Ask the Readers: Do You Look Forward to Tax Time? (Your Chance to win $20!)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-what-is-your-new-years-resolution">Ask the Readers: What Is Your New Year&#039;s Resolution?</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> Giveaways Ask the Readers holiday traditions Tue, 16 Dec 2014 16:00:09 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 1268202 at http://www.wisebread.com Ask the Readers: What Is the Best Gift You've Ever Received? http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-what-is-the-best-gift-youve-ever-received-0 <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-the-best-gift-youve-ever-received-0" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://cdn.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/happy-woman-christmas-presents-Dollarphotoclub_56484600.jpg" alt="happy woman christmas gifts" title="happy woman christmas gifts" 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-the-best-gift-youve-ever-received-0#comment-761032">Nicole</a>, Louly, and Christie for winning this week's contest!</em></p> <p>The holiday season is about family and friends, holiday cheer, and &mdash; of course &mdash; giving! The best gifts are the ones that mean the most, with the recipient clearly in mind&hellip; or it might just be your favorite pair of fuzzy socks.</p> <p><strong>What is the best gift you've ever received?</strong> What was the occasion? What makes it better than all the other gifts you have gotten &mdash; a special meaning, its practical uses, or something else?</p> <p>Tell us about the best gift you've ever received 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 class="rcptr" href="http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/79857dfa157/" rel="nofollow" data-raflid="79857dfa157" data-theme="classic" data-template="" id="rcwidget_ujtx6l09">a Rafflecopter giveaway</a> </p> <script src="//widget-prime.rafflecopter.com/launch.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, December 15th at 11:59 p.m. Pacific. Winners will be announced after December 15th on the original post. Winners will also be contacted via email.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>You can enter all three drawings &mdash; once by leaving a comment, once by liking our Facebook update, and once by tweeting.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered, or associated with Facebook.<br /> &nbsp;</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-the-best-gift-youve-ever-received-0" class="sharethis-link" title="Ask the Readers: What Is the Best Gift You&#039;ve Ever Received?" 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 the best gift you&#039;ve ever received and we&#039;ll enter you in a drawing to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card! </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-what-is-the-best-gift-youve-ever-received-0">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-10"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-would-people-be-shocked-by-what-you-earn">Ask the Readers: Would People Be Shocked By What You Earn?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-is-valentines-day-too-commercial-chance-to-win-20">Ask the Readers: Is Valentine&#039;s Day Too Commercial? (Chance to win $20!)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-how-did-you-spend-your-first-paycheck">Ask the Readers: How Did You Spend Your First Paycheck?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-do-you-look-forward-to-tax-time-your-chance-to-win-20">Ask the Readers: Do You Look Forward to Tax Time? (Your Chance to win $20!)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-what-is-your-new-years-resolution">Ask the Readers: What Is Your New Year&#039;s Resolution?</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> Giveaways Ask the Readers gifts Tue, 09 Dec 2014 16:00:09 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 1264948 at http://www.wisebread.com Ask the Readers: What Is Your Favorite Winter Activity? http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-what-is-your-favorite-winter-activity <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-winter-activity" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://cdn.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/kids-winter-playground-fun-459320471-small.jpg" alt="kids playground fun" title="kids playground 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-is-your-favorite-winter-activity#comment-760517">Elena</a>, Laura, and Susan for winning this week's contest!</em></p> <p>Winter in many places can be cold, wet, and miserable... but the chilly days can be enjoyable, too! Building snowmen, sipping hot chocolate by a fireplace, or just taking a walk on a crisp afternoon are just a few activities that can make a winter day more pleasant.</p> <p><strong>What is your favorite winter activity?</strong> Why do you like it so much? Is it something you would invite others to do with you, or is it more of a solo activity?</p> <p>Tell us about your favorite winter activity 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="rcwidget_7w24fx0d" data-template="" data-theme="classic" data-raflid="79857dfa156" rel="nofollow" href="http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/79857dfa156/" class="rcptr">a Rafflecopter giveaway</a> </p> <script src="//widget-prime.rafflecopter.com/launch.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, December 8th at 11:59 p.m. Pacific. Winners will be announced after December 8th on the original post. Winners will also be contacted via email.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>You can enter all three drawings &mdash; once by leaving a comment, once by liking our Facebook update, and once by tweeting.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered, or associated with Facebook.<br /> &nbsp;</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-winter-activity" class="sharethis-link" title="Ask the Readers: What Is Your Favorite Winter Activity?" 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 winter activity and we&#039;ll enter you in a drawing to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card! </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-what-is-your-favorite-winter-activity">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-11"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-would-people-be-shocked-by-what-you-earn">Ask the Readers: Would People Be Shocked By What You Earn?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-is-valentines-day-too-commercial-chance-to-win-20">Ask the Readers: Is Valentine&#039;s Day Too Commercial? (Chance to win $20!)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-how-did-you-spend-your-first-paycheck">Ask the Readers: How Did You Spend Your First Paycheck?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-do-you-look-forward-to-tax-time-your-chance-to-win-20">Ask the Readers: Do You Look Forward to Tax Time? (Your Chance to win $20!)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-what-is-your-new-years-resolution">Ask the Readers: What Is Your New Year&#039;s Resolution?</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> Giveaways Ask the Readers winter activities Tue, 02 Dec 2014 17:00:07 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 1260490 at http://www.wisebread.com What to Buy (and Avoid Buying) in December http://www.wisebread.com/what-to-buy-and-avoid-buying-in-december <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/what-to-buy-and-avoid-buying-in-december" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://cdn.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/child-toy-store-101470124-small.jpg" alt="child toy store" title="child toy store" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I write this as another day of truly vulgar behavior is behind us. Yes, deals are great. I love them. But I did not go anywhere <a href="http://www.businessinsider.com/black-friday-crowds-2014-11">near the craziness today</a>, and with so many tools now available to us, we don't need to venture into the insane crowds to get bargains. Remember, Black Friday deals are not always what they appear to be, and you can often find better deals on Cyber Monday (without having to set foot in a store). So, with that said, let's look forward to the last shopping month of 2014.</p> <h2>First, What to Buy&hellip;</h2> <p>So, it's that time; the Christmas and holiday shopping lists are being made, and it's time to start digging out the best deals to keep everyone happy and your wallet in check. Here are the deals you should pounce on this month.</p> <h3>Gift Cards</h3> <p>If you're smart, you can grab yourself some free money by buying select gift cards that come with incentives. You can get $25 to $50 in free gift cards by spending $150 to $200 on them. If you were planning to shop at those stores anyway, you've just bagged free money. Even places like Chipotle will give you a free burrito for buying a certain amount in gift cards. If you eat their food often, you're golden.</p> <h3>Thanksgiving Merchandise</h3> <p>When Thanksgiving ends, the stores are desperate to dump their stock to fill the shelves with Christmas goodies. Make a space in your basement or attic for the killer deals you'll find on decorations, cards, cookware and much more. There are also going to be huge discounts on Thanksgiving themed food and drink. It's still fresh; it's just got a dated theme. Who cares?!</p> <h3>Thrift Store Goodies</h3> <p>If you aren't shopping in thrift stores, you're missing out on some unbelievable bargains. Most people are too busy with the upcoming holidays to bother listing unwanted items on eBay or Craigslist, so they drop them off at the local ARC or Goodwill. Not only will you find some items in like new condition, you'll also get incredible bargains on items you can resell on eBay for a massive profit. One great find could pay for your whole shopping list, if you know what you're looking for.</p> <h3>Christmas Decorations and Goods</h3> <p>Wait a second. Don't go rushing out for these now. You need to wait until after December 25th. But after that, go hog wild! The stores do not want all that merchandise clogging up their shelves. Expect to see 50% to 90% savings on everything from trees and lights to yard decorations, cards, and gift-wrap. Remember, Christmas will be here again next year, so buy now to save later.</p> <h3>Champagne</h3> <p>It's odd, putting champagne on the discount list when this is the peak month to buy it. But, liquor stores are smart. They know that by making champagne a loss leader, they'll make it back on the other booze you'll buy. However, you don't have to buy anything else &mdash; just grab the cheap champagne and celebrate in style.</p> <h3>Cars</h3> <p>As the year comes to a close, and the bad weather comes rushing in, car dealerships are clearing out inventory. They'll drop their prices to do it, and offer huge incentives. If you don't mind braving the weather on those cold, open lots, you could drive into 2014 with a great bargain. However, it's always better to buy used, even if it's just a year old. New cars depreciate quickly.</p> <h3>Homes</h3> <p>Just like car dealerships, sellers of homes have it tough at this time of year. Most just take their homes off the market to ride out the winter months. So if houses are on the market, the sellers are very motivated. Now is the time to do some home hunting, and dare to undercut asking prices by a chunk.</p> <h3>Kitchen Supplies</h3> <p>Manufacturers know this is the season for cooking impulse buys, and they'll do what they can to lure you in. A nicely timed discount will tip people from &quot;maybe next month&quot; to &quot;I'll take it.&quot; So with all the different holidays and events coming, you can stock up on new kitchen gadgets and save more than a few bucks. Also, consider wedding gifts, which may be coming up in the spring.</p> <h3>Toys Go Cheap</h3> <p>Deals on lots of toys pop up in December every year, even though they're in high demand. There is insane competition between all the different toys, and so manufacturers are cutting prices to grab your attention. It's good news for you and the kids, but there is a catch &mdash; you'll have to wait until Mid-December.</p> <h3>Tool Prices Are Cut</h3> <p>It's not a great time to be doing DIY, but it's a great time to stock up on the essentials everyone needs to get the jobs done. You'll see prices cut on all sorts of tools and equipment, from power drills (go for Lithium batteries) and bench saws to screwdrivers, wrench sets, and sanders.</p> <h2>And, What to Avoid&hellip;</h2> <p>With the exception of Cyber Monday, there are some deals that are too good to be true in December. With 2015 quickly approaching, you may see some good offers on older equipment, gadgets, and appliances. Make sure you're okay with dated products before you dive in. Here are other things to avoid this month.</p> <h3>Gym Memberships</h3> <p>I said it last year, and I'll say it again. Gym memberships and subscriptions hit a peak in the New Year, and they are starting to see those increase in December. A lot of people like to have the membership in place, so that they can get straight down to the hard work in the first week of January. It's going to be this way for a while, so just find another way to stay fit. Craigslist will have some killer deals thanks to new equipment for Christmas.</p> <h3>Electronics</h3> <p>Aside from Cyber Monday, the best deals for your electronic gadgets have come and gone. What's more, any deals you may find will be on the 2014 stock that retailers are trying to clear out before the 2015 goodies arrive in the New Year. Do yourself a favor, and wait it out.</p> <h3>Jewelry</h3> <p>People love giving jewelry at this time of year. And when people love doing something, retailers love charging them top dollar for it. So unless you really have to drop some of your cash on rings, necklaces, and other sparkling items, wait until next year for that pricey item.</p> <h3>Calendars</h3> <p>Unless you absolutely have to put a brand new calendar up on the stroke of midnight on New Year's Eve, you should steer clear of calendars. They are expensive right now. Full price, everywhere you look. But come a few weeks into 2015, the prices will start to fall like the rain in Seattle. You can expect to save at least 50%, and when February comes around, stores everywhere will be almost giving them away. Really, with the smartphones and tablets, does anyone really need them as reminders anymore?</p> <h3>Winter Gear and Clothing</h3> <p>It's cold out there. Snow shovels, big coats, hats, gloves, boots, and all the other winter gear is marked at full price for the next few months. If you really need them now, consider Craigslist or thrift stores to save some cash.</p> <p>From everyone here at Wise Bread, have a wonderful holiday, and a prosperous 2015!</p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-to-buy-and-avoid-buying-in-december" class="sharethis-link" title="What to Buy (and Avoid Buying) in December" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-to-buy-and-avoid-buying-in-december">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-12"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-to-buy-and-avoid-buying-in-april">What to Buy (and Avoid Buying) in April</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ultimate-gift-guide-thoughtful-ideas-for-every-list-and-every-budget">Ultimate Gift Guide: Thoughtful Ideas for Every List and Every Budget</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-great-gift-ideas-for-geeky-fanboys-and-fangirls">10 Great Gift Ideas for Geeky Fanboys and Fangirls</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-cheap-clever-and-attractive-ways-to-save-on-gift-wrapping-paper">15 Cheap, Clever, and Attractive Ways to Save on Gift Wrapping Paper</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-holiday-stocking-stuffers-for-techies">10 Holiday Stocking Stuffers for Techies</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> Frugal Living Buying Guides buying guide discounts gifts shopping what to buy Mon, 01 Dec 2014 22:44:21 +0000 Paul Michael 1098941 at http://www.wisebread.com Ultimate Gift Guide: Thoughtful Ideas for Every List and Every Budget http://www.wisebread.com/ultimate-gift-guide-thoughtful-ideas-for-every-list-and-every-budget <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/ultimate-gift-guide-thoughtful-ideas-for-every-list-and-every-budget" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://cdn.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/gift_guide_image_text.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Do you have your shopping list ready? Are you checking it twice? And are you at a loss for what to get your friends and family? Instead of wandering the busy mall hoping for inspiration, we&rsquo;ve got hundreds of gift ideas for everyone on your list, no matter what your budget. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-steps-to-stress-free-holiday-gift-giving?ref=seealso">5 Steps to Stress-Free Holiday Giving</a>)</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/wise-bread-gift-guide-gifts-that-save-money">25 Gifts That Save Money</a></strong></p> <p>Want to go a step beyond gifts that are useful? Every single one of the items on this list can help save money. Now THAT is a gift that keeps on giving.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/31-great-gifts-that-keep-on-giving">31 Great Gifts that Keep on Giving</a></strong></p> <p>Don't give something that'll end up in the junk drawer. Instead, try one of these creative gifts that will be appreciated for months (or even years!) to come.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-awesome-useful-gifts">25 Awesome, Useful Gifts</a></strong></p> <p>Eliminate the phrase &quot;it's the thought that counts&quot; by giving one of these awesome, useful gifts.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-thoughtful-and-frugal-personalized-gift-ideas">25 Thoughtful and Frugal Personalized Gift Ideas</a></strong></p> <p>You don&rsquo;t need to spend a fortune to show someone you care. Find something cool to give in this collection of affordable personalized gift ideas.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/unusual-gift-ideas-for-a-memorable-holiday-season">Unusual Gift Ideas for a Memorable Holiday Season</a></strong></p> <p>Every year I struggle to find meaningful gifts for relatives that they will appreciate instead of adding to the clutter of &quot;stuff&quot; they own. Here are a few of my favorite ideas.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/fine-art-makes-fine-gifts">How to Buy Art as Gifts</a></strong></p> <p>Beautiful original art doesn&rsquo;t have to be expensive. Often, it costs no more than you&rsquo;d spend on a sweater at the mall or a gift certificate for a nice restaurant. In other words, entirely within many holiday gift budgets.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-awesome-kitchen-gifts">9 Useful Kitchen Gifts</a></strong></p> <p>There some kitchen items that have become part of my life in the past year that I now can't live without, that would make great gifts.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-great-holiday-gifts-from-the-thrift-store">10 Great Gifts From the Thrift Store</a></strong></p> <p>This year, lessen your carbon footprint, support your local economy, save money, and give to charity all at the same time &mdash; buy gifts at the thrift store. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-to-look-for-every-time-you-visit-a-thrift-store?ref=seealso">10 Things to Look for at a Thrift Store</a>)</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-last-minute-gift-ideas-for-under-15">10 Last-Minute Gift Ideas for Under $15</a></strong></p> <p>Find the perfect gift in the nick of time, with 10 last-minute gift ideas that cost less than $15.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-great-gifts-for-5-or-less">25 Great Gifts for $5 or Less</a></strong></p> <p>Need some non-crafty, hardly homemade gift ideas, all for less than $5? Here are 25 with something suitable for nearly everyone on your gift list.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-your-own-coupons-20-great-free-gift-ideas">20 Great, Free Gift Ideas</a></strong></p> <p>You don't need money to give great gifts &mdash; instead, give the gift of your time with one of these thoughtful ideas.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/holiday-gift-giving-for-the-truly-broke">14 Gift Ideas for the Truly Broke</a></strong></p> <p>The holidays are already upon us, and some of us are completely and utterly broke. Here are a few ideas for time and skill-related gifts that you can give to friends and family, and maybe even acquaintances.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-spend-almost-nothing-on-gifts-this-year">10 Gift Ideas That Cost Almost Nothing</a></strong></p> <p>We all love to give gifts, but sometimes tight budgets make it difficult. Use these ideas to give thoughtful gifts without spending much &mdash; or any &mdash; money. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cheap-and-easy-holiday-shopping-at-the-dollar-store?ref=seealso">Holiday Shopping at the Dollar Store</a>)</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-gifts-you-can-make-today">25 Gifts You Can Make Today</a></strong></p> <p>There's still time to craft an affordable, meaningful homemade gift with one of these 25 awesome ideas.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-homemade-liqueurs-to-bottle-now-for-tasty-holiday-gifts">10 Homemade Liqueurs to Bottle for Tasty Gifts</a></strong></p> <p>Infused alcohols, or liqueurs, are easy to make at home and are always welcome gifts.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-unique-holiday-gifts-you-can-bake">15 Delicious Gifts You Can Bake</a></strong></p> <p>Holiday baking is a sweet tradition, and you'll find plenty of traditional holiday baking ideas here, plus a few new ones for some sweet holiday surprises.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-savory-holiday-food-gifts">7 Savory Food Gifts</a></strong></p> <p>I love sweets, but by the time December gift-giving comes around, I can feel my cavities forming. Here are some savory alternatives to traditional sugary gifts.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/gifts-for-the-person-who-has-everything">Gifts for the Person Who Has Everything</a></strong></p> <p>It&rsquo;s always hard to have a person on your list who has everything. Here are some gift ideas for just for them.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-gifts-for-the-guy-who-has-everything">20 Gifts for the Guy Who Has Everything</a></strong></p> <p>What do you get for the guy who seems to have everything (or, at least, wants almost nothing)? Check out this list of practical and experience-based gifts.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/gift-ideas-for-practical-people">Gift Ideas for Practical People</a></strong></p> <p>What do you buy for people who hate to spend? These gift ideas will thrill the cheapskate on your list by saving them money.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/holiday-gifts-for-your-co-workers">20 Gift Ideas for Your Co-Workers</a></strong></p> <p>Bonus or no bonus, the gifts in this guide to giving to co-workers won't break your holiday budget. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-frugal-office-party-foods?ref=seealso">Frugal Office Party Foods</a>)</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-unique-holiday-gifts-for-booklovers">21 Perfect Holiday Gifts for Book Lovers</a></strong></p> <p>It's hard to buy a book lover the right book. These bookish gifts, some for reading, some to make reading easier, are bound to please your bibliophiles.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-gifts-for-your-boss">10 Gifts for Your Boss</a></strong></p> <p>Buying a gift for a boss will make them feel appreciated, which they're sure to reciprocate.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-great-holiday-gifts-for-home-cooks">20 Great Gifts for Home Cooks</a></strong></p> <p>The best thing about giving cool, thoughtful kitchen gifts to the avid home cook? The delicious home cooked gifts you'll enjoy for years to come.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/christmas-gifts-for-teachers-10-great-possibilities">10 Great Gifts for Teachers</a></strong></p> <p>No more apples, mugs, or other unwanted gifts. This year, consider one of these 10 winners, all suggested by teachers.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-great-diy-gifts-for-geeks">15 Great DIY Gifts for Geeks</a></strong></p> <p>Whether your geek is into comics, Star Wars, Lego, or steampunk, you can make a cool, thoughtful gift they'll love once for being DIY and twice for being nerdcore.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-gifts-the-man-in-your-life-really-wants">8 Gifts the Man in Your Life Really Wants</a></strong></p> <p>Truthfully, no man wants a cardigan for Christmas. Here are some surefire gifts to make the men in your life smile.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-holiday-stocking-stuffers-for-techies">10 Holiday Stocking Stuffers for Techies</a></strong></p> <p>Stuff your favorite techie's stockings with some of these great gadgety gifts.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-holiday-gifts-to-give-the-neighbor-you-like">9 Gifts to Give the Neighbor You Like</a></strong></p> <p>If strong fences make good neighbors, what do great gifts make? Give a couple of these this holiday season and find out!</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-fitness-gifts-for-15-or-less">20 Fitness Gifts for $15 or Less</a></strong></p> <p>From cyclists to swimmers, find great (and inexpensive!) gifts for the fitness-lovers in your life.</p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ultimate-gift-guide-thoughtful-ideas-for-every-list-and-every-budget" class="sharethis-link" title="Ultimate Gift Guide: Thoughtful Ideas for Every List and Every Budget" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/lynn-truong">Lynn Truong</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ultimate-gift-guide-thoughtful-ideas-for-every-list-and-every-budget">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-13"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-great-gift-ideas-for-geeky-fanboys-and-fangirls">10 Great Gift Ideas for Geeky Fanboys and Fangirls</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-holiday-stocking-stuffers-for-techies">10 Holiday Stocking Stuffers for Techies</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-gift-ideas-for-crafters">12 Gift Ideas for Crafters</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/holiday-gifts-for-your-co-workers">20 Gift Ideas for Your Co-Workers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-holiday-gifts-to-give-the-neighbor-you-like">9 Gifts to Give the Neighbor You Like</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> Shopping Buying Guides buying guide gift guide gifts holiday gift guide Thu, 27 Nov 2014 10:00:08 +0000 Lynn Truong 1098827 at http://www.wisebread.com Ask the Readers: What Are You Most Grateful For? http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-what-are-you-most-grateful-for <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/ask-the-readers-what-are-you-most-grateful-for" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://cdn.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/mother-daughter-love-177840421-small.jpg" alt="mother daughter love" title="mother daughter love" 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-are-you-most-grateful-for#comment-760082">Guest</a>, Gina, and Suz_Glo for winning this week's contest!</em></p> <p>One of the major themes of Thanksgiving is gratitude. Ideally, we would show our thanks for the important (and the not so important) things in life every day of the year, but it can sometimes be left on the wayside when life gets busy or difficult. This is a good time for all of us to remember the positive things in our lives.</p> <p><strong>What are you most grateful for?</strong> What is your favorite way to express gratitude? When was the last time you said thank you &mdash; and really meant it?</p> <p>Tell us what you are most grateful for 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-79857dfa155" class="rafl" href="http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/79857dfa155/" 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, December 1st at 11:59 p.m. Pacific. Winners will be announced after December 1st on the original post. Winners will also be contacted via email.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>You can enter all three drawings &mdash; once by leaving a comment, once by liking our Facebook update, and once by tweeting.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered, or associated with Facebook.<br /> &nbsp;</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-are-you-most-grateful-for" class="sharethis-link" title="Ask the Readers: What Are You Most Grateful For?" 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 are most grateful for and we&#039;ll enter you in a drawing to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card! </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-what-are-you-most-grateful-for">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-14"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-would-people-be-shocked-by-what-you-earn">Ask the Readers: Would People Be Shocked By What You Earn?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-is-valentines-day-too-commercial-chance-to-win-20">Ask the Readers: Is Valentine&#039;s Day Too Commercial? 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They are also offering investment management services to all Wise Bread readers for FREE for 3 months! Happy Holidays!<br /> <br /> Three prizes are up for grabs:</p> <ul> <li>1st Place: $1000 Amazon Gift Card</li> <li>2nd Place: $250 Amazon Gift Card</li> <li>3rd Place: $100 Amazon Gift Card</li> </ul> <h3>How to Win Hedgeable's Giveaway:</h3> <p>From now until December 21st, 2014, use our Rafflecopter widget to earn entries into the giveaway! Entry options include:</p> <ul> <li>Subscribing to <a href="https://www.hedgeable.com/blog/">Hedgeable's Blog</a>. To verify your entry, enter the email address you used to subscribe. Don't worry, your email address will not be publicly displayed! 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This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by, or associated with Facebook.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Additional terms and conditions apply. <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/wisebread-official-contest-rules">Click here for more details</a>.</li> </ul> <h3>About Our Sponsor</h3> <p>Here is a message from our sponsor:</p> <blockquote> <p><a href="https://www.hedgeable.com/">Hedgeable</a> is making its investment management services available to all Wise Bread readers FREE for 3 months! Just enter in the referral code &quot;wisebread&quot; when you sign up for a new account. Hedgeable is committed to democratizing sophisticated investing by providing everyone with access to automated investment portfolios that are typically only available to the wealthy. Hedgeable is a low cost and fully transparent digital investment manager that makes complex investing simple for you.</p> </blockquote><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/enter-to-win-over-1000-in-hedgeable-s-holiday-giveaway" class="sharethis-link" title="Enter to Win Over $1,000 in Hedgeable’s Holiday Giveaway! " rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/enter-to-win-over-1000-in-hedgeable-s-holiday-giveaway">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-15"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-would-people-be-shocked-by-what-you-earn">Ask the Readers: Would People Be Shocked By What You Earn?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/book-review-eco-friendly-families-win-a-copy">Book Review: Eco-Friendly Families (Win a Copy!)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/book-review-how-to-be-a-geek-goddess-win-a-copy">Book Review: How to Be a Geek Goddess (Win a Copy!)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/take-our-reader-survey-for-a-chance-to-win-one-of-five-amazon-gift-cards">Take Our Reader Survey for a Chance to Win One of Five Amazon Gift Cards!</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-i-used-to-but-now-i">Ask the Readers: I used to __, but now I __ to save money.</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> Giveaways giveaway hedgeable Sat, 22 Nov 2014 00:00:08 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 1258337 at http://www.wisebread.com