Frugal Living http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/4800/all/more en-US 6 Ways to Save Money on Family Road Trips http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-save-money-on-family-road-trips <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/6-ways-to-save-money-on-family-road-trips" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/road-trip-group-photo-64909735.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><font color="#666666"><i>This post contains references to products from our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. Please visit our <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/advertiser-disclosure">Advertiser Disclosure</a> to view our partners, and for additional details.</i></font></p> <p>There's almost nothing more American than a family road trip, except perhaps a family road trip to a National Park (with plenty of M&amp;M's and a stop for Dairy Queen ice cream along the way.) And that's what my family was fortunate enough to do earlier this summer, courtesy of American Express. We <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-things-to-do-with-kids-at-the-st-croix-national-scenic-riverway"> took a road trip to St. Croix National Park</a> and managed to save some money along the way. Here are 6 ways to save money on your next road trip, without losing out on any of the fun. (<a href="http://bit.ly/1elJ6qC">Jump to details on how to win a free trip to a national park</a>.)</p> <h2>1. Plan Ahead</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u4/family-horizon-picnic-65198197.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>The single best way to save money on your road trip is to plan ahead. When you're traveling with kids this means buying snacks ahead of time, so you're not in a convenience store with your children crying because they want &quot;all the candy.&quot; If you have a multi-night road trip, this means determining which hotel you'll stop at, so you aren't stuck at a $250/night motel because there's a conference in the only small town you've come across at 10:30pm after you're exhausted from a day of driving. Think about your major needs &mdash; when and where you'll need to eat and sleep and stretch &mdash; and you'll have a few extra dollars to spend at your destination. Just remember not to be too inflexible (or, for planners, we call this &quot;building in time for flexibility&quot;), as some of the best parts of road trips can be the random turnoffs to see a roadside waterfall or stopping at old-school putt-putt golf course along the drive.</p> <h2>2. Drive the Speed Limit</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u4/65-speed-limit-10377489.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>When you're driving hundreds of miles, it pays to conserve fuel. Driving the speed limit on a freeway or highway without a lot of stop lights is one of the best ways to save gas. Plus, you won't get stuck with a $350 speeding ticket (which you won't be able to contest since it is too far to travel). Getting a few more miles to the gallon over the course of a 1000 mile road trip can save you enough for the ice cream cone you've been dreaming about.</p> <h2>3. Check your Insurance and Roadside Assistance Options</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u4/family-driving-convertible-17648266.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>There's nothing worse than a broken vehicle or an accident while on a family road trip. Not only are you on a timetable and far from home, but the unknown of repairs or who to call in the middle of nowhere Kansas (or downtown NYC depending on your perspective) can be frightening. Thankfully, with many American Express cards, the Amex EveryDay Credit Card comes with the benefit of a quick call to the Roadside Assistance Hotline wherever you're stuck. And if you've rented a car for the road trip and paid with your eligible Amex card, you have accident insurance coverage. Check your card's eligibility, but these are great options when you're in pinch. Best part &ndash; the Amex EveryDay comes with no annual fee!</p> <h2>4. Earn Cash or Point Back on Gas and Snacks</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u4/camping-eating-corn-70757597.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>If you're camping at a National Park, lodging is cheap, so the most expensive part of your trip will be food and fuel. With the Amex EveryDay, you earn 20% back after 20 purchases per billing cycle and 2x points at all U.S. supermarkets. So, stock up before you hit the road to maximize your savings. If you take a lot of road trips, you might want to check out Blue Cash Preferred&reg; from American Express. With this card you earn 6% cash back on supermarket purchases each year (on the first $6,000 of purchases) and 3% cash back at gas stations.</p> <h2>5. Get a Toll Pass</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u4/happy-dog-on-road-70676525.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Depending on how far and where you're traveling, getting an electronic toll pass could save you money on toll roads (and lots of time waiting in toll lines). The most common electronic toll pass is the E-Z pass, which is accepted in <a href="http://www.e-zpassiag.com/about-e-zpass/where-can-i-use-it">15 states along the East Coast</a>.</p> <h2>6. Volunteer</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u4/on-the-road-12737913.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Once you're at your destination, a great way to save money on activities is to volunteer. One increasingly common activity is &quot;WWOOFing&quot; or &quot;World-Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms.&quot; My spouse and I enjoyed an unforgettable opportunity working on a small farm in Argentina several years ago. Unfortunately, most wwofing opportunities have several week minimum stays. So, a better option may be to volunteer at a national park. <a href="http://www.nps.gov/mora/getinvolved/vip-faq.htm">According to the National Park Service</a>:</p> <blockquote><p>&quot;Volunteers receive free admission to the park while volunteering, and may receive free camping or other accommodations as well, depending on the project and its duration (please see the housing question above). Meals are not provided. Annually, there is a &quot;volunteer recognition event&quot; where volunteers receive various service awards depending on their hours worked. And, of course, all volunteers have the opportunity to do meaningful work with interesting people in a National Park setting!&quot;</p> </blockquote> <p>The National Parks&rsquo; website lists volunteer projects that are currently available and children are also eligible to participate in some of the projects. Your family will have wonderful memories and you will have saved a lot of money on your road trip.</p> <p><i>How do you save money on road trips? </i></p> <p><i>On July 30th, Amex EveryDay kicked off a contest that encourages people to share a photo and caption of their&nbsp;own #EveryDayMoments, taken at any park, for a chance to win one of three trips to some spectacular National Parks:&nbsp;National Mall and Memorial Parks (Washington, DC), Yosemite National Park (California) and Grand Canyon National Park (Arizona).</i></p> <p><strong><i><a href="http://bit.ly/1elJ6qC">Click Here to Enter</a> between July 30th and August 31st;</i></strong><i>&nbsp;terms apply.</i></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/elizabeth-lang">Elizabeth Lang</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-save-money-on-family-road-trips">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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Today we found some great articles on ways to save $10 a day, mindsets that will change your money habits, and the best herbs for your fall garden.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Everyday-Money-Saving-Tips-21275269#photo-21275269">10 Tricks to Save $10 a Day</a> &mdash; Whether you're dining out or cooking at home, save all leftovers in tupperware boxes and write the date on each container. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://creativemoney.biz/2015/08/25/5-mindsets-to-change-your-money-habits-once-and-for-all/">5 Mindsets to Change Your Money Habits Once and For All</a> &mdash; Be less critical of yourself. When things go wrong, be curious and look for ways to do better in the future. [Creative Money]</p> <p><a href="http://momsneedtoknow.com/best-herbs-fall-garden/">The Best Herbs For Your Fall Garden</a> &mdash; There are hundreds of varieties of sage, so it shouldn&rsquo;t be too hard to find one that grows well in your area. [Moms Need to Know]</p> <p><a href="http://www.mydollarplan.com/5-budget-friendly-us-destinations-off-the-beaten-path/">5 Budget Friendly U.S. Destinations off the Beaten Path</a> &mdash; Get your fill of Cajun and Creole culture in the Louisiana Bayou! [My Dollar Plan]</p> <p><a href="http://www.thefrugaltoad.com/personalfinance/5-ways-to-find-your-next-job">5 Ways to Find Your Next Job</a> &mdash; Reach out to the HR manager at the places where you want to work, and see if you can have an informal interview to discuss your career goals and their organization. [The Frugal Toad]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.getrichslowly.org/blog/2015/08/26/10-splurges-that-wont-break-the-bank/">10 splurges that won&rsquo;t break the bank</a> &mdash; Maid or landscaping services usually cost less than $100 and are worth the splurge if you don't enjoy or have time for the work. [Get Rich Slowly]</p> <p><a href="https://www.dailyworth.com/posts/3792-8-ways-to-prepare-your-finances-for-a-baby">Thinking About a Baby? 8 Ways to Get Your Finances Ready</a> &mdash; Start saving for big-ticket baby items, like a crib, car seat, and bottles. [DailyWorth]</p> <p><a href="http://fitzvillafuerte.com/10-vital-financial-concepts-that-every-adult-should-know.html">10 Vital Financial Concepts That Every Adult Should Know</a> &mdash; Do you know the difference between bear and bull markets, and what the indicators are? [Ready To Be Rich]</p> <p><a href="https://aboutlife.com/blog/Savings/Save-BIG-On-Early-Christmas-Shopping">How to Save BIG With Early Christmas Shopping</a> &mdash; The sooner you start Christmas shopping, the more time you'll have to compare prices and look for deals. [aboutLife]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/how-to-get-your-child-to-clean-her-room-in-15-minutes-or-less">How to Get Your Child to Clean Her Room in 15 Minutes or Less</a> &mdash; Make it easy for your child to keep her room tidy before it turns into a disaster zone by giving her storage options, like boxes that fit under her bed or bins in the closet. [Parenting Squad]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-ways-to-save-10-a-day">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/lower-your-credit-card-interest-rate-and-reduce-your-phone-bill-immediately-and-easily">Lower Your Credit Card Interest Rate and Reduce Your Phone Bill, Immediately and Easily</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/how-wisebread-helped-me-get-45mpg-out-of-my-28mpg-car">How Wisebread helped me get 45mpg out of my 28mpg car.</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/recession-survivor-would-you-eat-bugs-and-roadkill-to-cut-the-grocery-bill">Recession Survivor: Would You Eat Bugs and Roadkill to Cut the Grocery Bill?</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/biggest-money-saving-tip-move-far-away-from-the-joneses">Biggest Money Saving Tip: Move Far Away from the Joneses</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/12-cheap-ways-to-make-your-car-look-awesome">12 Cheap Ways to Make Your Car Look Awesome</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living best money tips save money Fri, 28 Aug 2015 19:00:16 +0000 Amy Lu 1540520 at http://www.wisebread.com The 12 Best Weekend Activities for Introverts http://www.wisebread.com/the-12-best-weekend-activities-for-introverts <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-12-best-weekend-activities-for-introverts" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_reading_hammock_000044042996.jpg" alt="Woman finding best weekend activities for introverts" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Introverts: we prefer book lights to spotlights, and we're much more likely to be found in a corner of a coffee shop than at the center of attention. We're a bit different, and we enjoy doing different things. Here are 12 of the best weekend activities for people that don't necessarily want to party. <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-reasons-introverts-make-the-best-employees">Wonderful wallflowers</a>, unite!</p> <h2>1. Reading a Good Book</h2> <p>What could be better than getting lost in the pages of a good book (you know&hellip; the sort that you hate to put down and can't wait to pick up again)? Books are a refuge for many introverts. It makes us curiously reflective, notoriously well-read, and (once you get to know us), wonderful conversationalists. Find a good story and immerse yourself in it.</p> <h2>2. Playing Board Games</h2> <p>Introvert or extrovert, a little harmless competition has universal appeal. Skip charades and arrange an evening of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/play-on-5-great-card-and-board-games">great card and board games</a> with a small group of friends.</p> <h2>3. Curating a Collection</h2> <p>Curating a personal collection of something you love can become a wonderful obsession. Over the years, I've collected mid-century Italian pottery, postage stamps, coins, vintage postcards, and (oddly) antique syrup dispensers. A weekend spent researching, hunting, buying, and displaying items in your collection is a great way to meet folks one-on-one who share your interests.</p> <h2>4. Talking Aimlessly Over Coffee</h2> <p>One of my favorite writers, the late Paul Monette, penned the following line in his autobiography: &quot;I felt as if I had been born to talk in restaurants.&quot; That quote has always stuck with me, especially when I'm in the company of a dear friend and we're thoroughly unplugged and lost in coffee-fueled conversation. Introvert or extrovert, it's one of life's simplest pleasures.</p> <h2>5. Exploring a New Hobby</h2> <p>I pass countless weekend hours immersed in wood carving, assemblage art, and antique restoration. Each is solitary, alternately challenging and relaxing, and wonderfully rewarding. Indulge a new interest, pursue a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-fun-hobbies-you-can-take-up-for-free">free and fun hobby</a>, and go!</p> <h2>6. Watching a Classic Movie</h2> <p>If you're like me, a crowded theater, 40-foot screen, $8.00 popcorn, and texting teenagers hold little appeal. Choose the more intimate (and frugal!) option. Stay in and watch a movie with friends.</p> <h2>7. Going for a Long Walk</h2> <p>There are many <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-reasons-why-you-should-take-a-walk">reasons to take a walk</a>; long, leisurely walks outdoors can be restorative and energizing &mdash; the perfect antidote for a trying week at work. Tune the world out by creating a personal playlist, then (safely) hit the streets.</p> <h2>8. Having a Drink With a Small Circle of Friends</h2> <p>Introverts often get accused of being antisocial, but nothing could be further from the truth. We're just choosy about the context and the company. Pick a local watering hole that's off the beaten path, become a familiar face there, and make it your go-to spot for drinks with friends.</p> <h2>9. Gardening</h2> <p>Gardening is a solitary activity with tremendous rewards. Communing with nature, growing <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-edible-garden-plants-anyone-can-grow">edible garden plants</a>, and enjoying the delicious fruits of your labor all make gardening the perfect solo pursuit.</p> <h2>10. Cooking With Friends</h2> <p>Everybody's gotta eat, right? Invite a couple of your closest friends over, hit the local market, and spend some quality kitchen time together. And if cooking isn't exactly your passion, explore <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-quick-dinners-for-lazy-cooks">quick dinner ideas</a> for lazy cooks. Just imagine: healthier meals with no parking hassles, no big dinner bills, and no obnoxious birthday songs at the next table.</p> <h2>11. Solving a Crossword Puzzle</h2> <p>Next to a good game of solitaire, crosswords are the cliché activity for introverts, and there's a reason for it. A challenging crossword puzzle can be wonderful, maddening, exhausting and &mdash; when you finally finish &mdash; exhilarating.</p> <h2>12. Attending a (Small) Yoga Class</h2> <p>Though yoga classes are a group activity, the vibe is decidedly different. People focus on their bodies, on their breathing, and on the <em>experience</em>. It's physical, mental, and entirely independent. Attend a beginner's class one weekend, gently push your physical limits, and practice at home.</p> <p>There's no need to grit our teeth through dinner parties full of strangers, loud bars, and crowded gyms. Let's celebrate who we are by doing exactly what we love and pursuing activities as individual as we are.</p> <p><em>Are you a self-described introvert? What are some of your favorite weekend activities?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kentin-waits">Kentin Waits</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-12-best-weekend-activities-for-introverts">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/10-awesome-money-making-hobbies">10 Awesome Money-Making Hobbies</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/15-free-ways-to-spend-your-summer">15 Free Ways to Spend Your Summer</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-reasons-introverts-make-the-best-employees">6 Reasons Introverts Make the Best Employees</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/25-fun-frugal-things-to-do-tonight-besides-watch-tv">25 Fun, Frugal Things to Do Tonight Besides Watch TV</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-cheap-fun-things-to-do-this-summer">20 Cheap, Fun Things to Do This Summer</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment activities fun introverts shy weekends Fri, 28 Aug 2015 11:00:28 +0000 Kentin Waits 1534339 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: 27 Ways to Make the World a Better Place http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-27-ways-to-make-the-world-a-better-place <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-27-ways-to-make-the-world-a-better-place" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/women_volunteering_000044881110.jpg" alt="Women finding ways to make the world a better place" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some great articles on ways to make the world a better place, smart tactics for taming your laundry, and hostel etiquette for the budget traveler.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Simple-Ways-Go-Green-38206173">27 Ways to Make the World a Better (and Greener) Place</a> &mdash; Never ever litter, and if you see someone else do it, call them out. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.livingwellspendingless.com/2015/08/24/10-smart-ways-to-tame-that-laundry-pile/">10 Smart Ways to Tame that Laundry Pile</a> &mdash; Stick with cotton, rayon, hemp, and other fabrics that are easy to wash and will stay wrinkle-free.&nbsp;[Living Well Spending Less]</p> <p><a href="http://frugalbeautiful.com/blog/hostel-etiquette-survive-twentyperson-room/">Hostel Etiquette: How To Survive A Twenty-Person Room</a> &mdash; When you're sharing a space with other people, showering is a must! Just be sure to keep it short so you're not wasting water. [Frugal Beautiful]</p> <p><a href="http://www.cashthechecks.com/the-6-steps-to-buying-your-first-home/">The 6 Steps To Buying Your First Home</a> &mdash; Shop around to find a real estate agent that you're comfortable working with. This should be someone who pays attention to your needs, has time to work with you, and knows the area you're looking in. [Cash The Checks]</p> <p><a href="http://www.aspiringmillionaire.com/2015/08/how-to-keep-on-sale-items-from.html">How to Keep On-Sale Items from Destroying Your Net Worth</a> &mdash; Don't give in to the marketing machine! If you weren't going to buy an item at full price, then you probably don't need it anyway. [Aspiring Millionaire]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.frugalvillage.com/2015/08/20/thrifty-tips-on-how-to-save-money-in-your-dog-friendly-household/">Thrifty Tips On How To Save Money In Your Dog-Friendly Household</a> &mdash; Invest in some good grooming tools and give your dog his wash and haircut at home. [Frugal Village]</p> <p><a href="http://www.themoneyprinciple.co.uk/10-reasons-not-to-lend-money-to-your-friends/">10 Reasons Not To Lend Money To Your Friends</a> &mdash; You might be enabling bad behavior when you lend money to a friend. If that's the case, it's better to help them find the support they need instead. [The Money Principle]</p> <p><a href="http://www.wellkeptwallet.com/2015/08/how-to-sell-a-car-on-craigslist/">How to Sell Your Car on Craigslist</a> &mdash; Be thorough and honest when you write up the listing for your car. Include specs, any bonus features, and maintenance and care history.&nbsp;[Well Kept Wallet]</p> <p><a href="http://www.moneyunder30.com/why-was-my-credit-card-application-denied">When Good Credit Isn&rsquo;t Enough: Why You Could Be Denied A Credit Card Despite Your Excellent Score</a> &mdash; A bank may also look at your employment and income if you're applying for a card with a high credit limit. [Money Under 30]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/how-to-talk-to-your-child-about-stranger-danger">How to Talk to Your Child about Stranger Danger</a> &mdash; Teach them to say no, run, yell to attract someone's attention, or tell someone if they are confronted with a dangerous stranger. [Parenting Squad]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-27-ways-to-make-the-world-a-better-place">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/15-wonderful-uses-for-witch-hazel">15 Wonderful Uses for Witch Hazel</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/4-cheap-and-easy-homemade-mosquito-repellents">4 Cheap and Easy Homemade Mosquito Repellents</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/5-hair-conditioners-you-can-make-at-home">5 Hair Conditioners You Can Make at Home</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/22-ways-to-reuse-paper">22 Ways to Reuse 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/6-things-in-your-kitchen-that-get-rid-of-bad-smells-naturally">6 Things in Your Kitchen That Get Rid of Bad Smells Naturally</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Green Living best money tips green habits Thu, 27 Aug 2015 19:02:45 +0000 Amy Lu 1538730 at http://www.wisebread.com 7 Places to Get Vaccinated for Cheap or Free http://www.wisebread.com/7-places-to-get-vaccinated-for-cheap-or-free <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-places-to-get-vaccinated-for-cheap-or-free" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/flu_vaccine_000050442510.jpg" alt="Learning where to get immunized for cheap or free" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Less than half of Americans were <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/09/19/flu-shot-kids_n_5851984.html">vaccinated against the flu</a> during the 2013&ndash;2014 season.</p> <p>The statistics for other types of immunizations are even more discouraging:</p> <ul> <li>21% of adults with high-risk conditions have <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/features/adultvaccinations/">received a pneumococcal vaccination</a>;<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>24% of adults over age 60 have received a shingles vaccination; and<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>17% of adults have received a Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis) vaccine in the last 8 years.</li> </ul> <p>While there may be many reasons why people aren't getting vaccinated, cost shouldn't be one of them. Here are seven places to get immunized for cheap or free.</p> <h2>1. &quot;Stop Flu at School&quot; Programs</h2> <p>During the fall, most state Departments of Health in the country offer free flu vaccine programs at participating public, private, and parochial schools. For example, the Hawaii State Department of Health <a href="http://health.hawaii.gov/docd/files/2014/08/SFAS-FAQ-Combined-05012015-FINAL.pdf">provides flu shots</a> to over 65,000 students statewide every year through its Stop Flu at School program.</p> <p>Participation in school vaccinations is voluntary and requires permission of a child's parent or legal guardian. Check with your school whether or not it's participating in a flu vaccination program and inquire about more details, such as necessary consent forms and available methods of vaccine delivery.</p> <h2>2. Your Workplace</h2> <p>Every year, nearly 111 million U.S. workers get <a href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17544181">sick with the flu</a>, costing about $7 billion per year in sick days and lost productivity. Even more troubling is that adults ages 18 to 64 account for about 35% to 40% of <a href="http://www.livescience.com/43538-flu-season-young-people.html">flu hospitalizations</a>. If you're the main breadwinner at your home, you need to take action to protect yourself and your loved ones against preventable diseases and potential financial strains.</p> <p>This is why many businesses are offering free flu shots and other types of immunizations to their employees. The larger the organization that you work for, the higher the chances that your workplace offers at least one type of immunization for free. Check with your HR department for more details.</p> <h2>3. County Health Department Programs</h2> <p>Many county health departments offer immunization services that have lower prices than private pharmacy service providers.</p> <p>For example, the cost of a hepatitis A/B (Twinrix) vaccine at the <a href="https://www.washoecounty.us/health/fees/cchs-fees.php#iz">Washoe County Health District</a> is $63, while the cost of the <a href="http://www.costco.com/Pharmacy/adult-immunization-program.html?langId=-1">same vaccine at Costco</a> is $109.97. Another example is the State of Hawaii, Department of Health, which offers <a href="http://health.hawaii.gov/docd/home/imm/">free or low cost vaccinations</a> for persons without health insurance.</p> <p>Keep in mind that most county health departments require an appointment and walk-ins often result in long waiting times. Check with your local county health department for more details.</p> <h2>4. Participating Locations Through the Health Insurance Marketplace</h2> <p>Thanks, Obama.</p> <p>Per the Affordable Care Act, all health care plans sold through the health insurance marketplaces must cover certain preventative services, such as immunizations, without charging you a copayment or coinsurance.</p> <p>Here is a list of the <a href="https://www.healthcare.gov/preventive-care-benefits/">covered immunization vaccines</a> for children and adults:</p> <ul> <li>Hepatitis A</li> <li>Hepatitis B</li> <li>Herpes zoster</li> <li>Human papillomavirus</li> <li>Influenza (flu shot)</li> <li>Measles, mumps, rubella</li> <li>Meningococcal</li> <li>Pneumococcal</li> <li>Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis</li> <li>Varicella</li> </ul> <p>Check with your insurance provider for details about where you can receive immunizations for free. To get a list of locations near your zip code that may accept your insurance plan, you can also use the <a href="http://www.vaccines.gov/getting/where/index.html">vaccine finder</a> offered by Vaccines.gov.</p> <h2>5. Costco</h2> <p>Assuming that you have no health insurance, you need a flu shot right this minute, and are ready to pay out-of-pocket, your best bet is to visit a Costco Pharmacy. At $14.99, Costco offers the <a href="http://www.costco.com/Pharmacy/adult-immunization-program.html?langId=-1">most affordable flu shot</a> (influenza) to anybody that doesn't have insurance and is ready to pay out-of-pocket. Costco also offers types of vaccines, such as pneumonia and shingles.</p> <p>No Costco membership? No problem. Immunization services are one of the seven <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-things-non-members-can-get-at-costco-including-cheap-eye-exams">things non-members can get at Costco</a>.</p> <h2>6. Target</h2> <p>If a Target offering flu shots happens to be more convenient for you than the nearest Costco warehouse, then you can take advantage of <a href="https://corporate.target.com/about/shopping-experience/shop-with-confidence">Target's price match guarantee</a> to lower the cost of your immunization.</p> <p>Bring proof of the listed price for a flu shot at a nearby Costco and Target will <a href="http://www.target.com/c/flu-shots-pharmacy-health/-/N-4yn83">lower the price</a> of its original flu shot from $23.99 to $14.99. Call your nearby Target location for more details and a list of available immunizations for children and adults. (Note: Target stores in Hawaii and Alaska are excluded from the price match program.)</p> <h2>7. Sam's Club</h2> <p>Neither a Costco or Target nearby? Head to the nearest Sam's Club that offers <a href="http://help.samsclub.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/360">pharmacy services</a>. Non-members don't need a Sam's Club membership to buy pharmaceuticals and Sam's Club doesn't charge extra for those purchases.</p> <p>If you do have an insurance plan, it may entitle you to a free flu shot at qualifying Sam's Club locations. The cost of a flu shot is at Sam's Club is $15. The big box retailer also offers other types of immunizations.</p> <p><em>Where do you get immunized for cheap or free?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/damian-davila">Damian Davila</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-places-to-get-vaccinated-for-cheap-or-free">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/how-about-a-price-list-at-the-hospital-or-doctor-s-office">How About a Price List at the Hospital or Doctor’s Office?</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/im-fleeing-the-country-for-healthcare">I&#039;m Fleeing The Country For Healthcare!</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/cost-comparison-emergency-rooms-vs-urgent-care">Cost Comparison: Emergency Rooms vs. Urgent Care Centers</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/3-times-to-consider-declining-your-employers-health-coverage">3 Times to Consider Declining Your Employer&#039;s Health Coverage</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/ouch-5-ways-to-make-paying-for-the-dentist-less-painful">Ouch! 5 Ways to Make Paying for the Dentist Less Painful</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty flu shots healthcare immunizations medical vaccines Thu, 27 Aug 2015 11:00:15 +0000 Damian Davila 1535319 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best iPhone 6 Covers http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-iphone-6-covers <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-iphone-6-covers" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_iphone_000030435408.jpg" alt="Woman using best iphone cover on her iphone" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>You&rsquo;ve spent a lot of money on your smartphone, so why not protect it? With the right iPhone 6 cover, you can protect your phone from falls, scratches, and other damage, preserving it for the long run. By adequately protecting your phone, you can get more from your investment and enjoy years of reliable use from your iPhone.</p> <h2>What Is an iPhone 6 Cover?</h2> <p>No iPhone is complete without the right case or cover. An iPhone 6 cover will protect your phone, while helping you display your own personal style. To get the most of your new phone case, look for a durable solution that offers great shock absorption, drop protection, scratch resistance, and any other features you need to protect your device.</p> <h2>Top 5 iPhone 6 Covers</h2> <h3>OtterBox Defender Series iPhone 6 Case</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00N1AFY1Q/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00N1AFY1Q&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=VXVHGQCB2KV72CXR"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/otterbox.jpg" width="100" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>As Amazon&rsquo;s #1 best seller in cell phone holsters and clips, the award-winning <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00N1AFY1Q/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00N1AFY1Q&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=VXVHGQCB2KV72CXR">OtterBox Defender Series iPhone 6 Case</a> comes from the #1 most trusted supplier in smartphone case protection. It comes in all different colors and styles to match your personal preferences.</p> <p>The Defender Series case offers triple-layer protection and is built from a high-impact, scratch-resistant polycarbonate shell and durable silicone slip cover, providing heavy duty protection against drops, bumps, shock, dust, dirt, scrapes, and damage. The robust case also has a built-in screen protector to guard against scratches, while the port covers keep dust and debris out. There is also an included belt-clip holster that doubles as a kickstand for hand-free media viewing. OtterBox also offers superior customer service and a 1-year warranty.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00N1AFY1Q/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00N1AFY1Q&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=VXVHGQCB2KV72CXR"><em>Currently $34.19 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Trent Trentium 6S Rugged Protective Durable TPU iPhone 6 Rugged Case</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00MXDZFFM/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00MXDZFFM&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=YHBR3SXQ5CGWYDBS"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/trent%20trentium.jpg" width="245" height="202" align="right" alt="" /></a>If you&rsquo;re always changing your mind and frequently changing your case, then the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00MXDZFFM/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00MXDZFFM&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=YHBR3SXQ5CGWYDBS">Trent Trentium 6S Rugged Protective Durable TPU iPhone 6 rugged case</a> is the one for you. With Black/Silver/Gold Interchangeable Back Plates included, you can change your case between the three classic color choices whenever you like.</p> <p>The case includes a two-piece, flexible TPU shell and hard polycarbonate cover that offers full body rugged protection, yet surprisingly lightweight design. In fact, the slim case only adds an extra 5mm to your iPhone 6, so you won&rsquo;t have to worry about any added bulkiness. The precise design offers cutouts for full access to all speakers, microphone, camera, charging ports, audio ports, buttons, and features.</p> <p>It also features all around corners bumper for maximum impact resistance and durability. Many reviewers stated that the case feels very high end, despite its affordable price point. It is also backed by a 10-month warranty for your peace of mind.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00MXDZFFM/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00MXDZFFM&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=YHBR3SXQ5CGWYDBS"><em>Currently $18.95 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Cable &amp; Ultra Protection Case</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00SNVC41Q/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00SNVC41Q&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=DKNRGLGDEFNLTG6Y"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/labc%20case.jpg" width="205" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00SNVC41Q/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00SNVC41Q&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=DKNRGLGDEFNLTG6Y">iPhone 6 Cable &amp; Ultra Protection Case (or the Cable Case)</a>, will save you in all of your worst iPhone-related emergencies. It has a detachable silicon 8 pin Apple Certified MFi Lightning Cable and stand inside of the case, so you can plug in and charge your phone anywhere you need to. You&rsquo;ll never have to worry about forgetting your cable and running out of power again.</p> <p>The cable also doubles over as a kickstand, truly making it a multi-purpose gadget. The durable case can also withstand a fall. With advanced Shock Absorption Technology and a Hexagonal inner Pattern TPU protection case, it will keep your phone well protected. It is also a recipient of the Red Dot, IDEA, Product Design Awards in 2014 and is one of the top rated cases on Amazon. The case also includes a free screen protective film and is available in 7 different colors, so you can choose which one best suits your style.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00SNVC41Q/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00SNVC41Q&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=DKNRGLGDEFNLTG6Y"><em>Currently $24.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Spigen Tough Armor Case for iPhone 6</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00LL60JU8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00LL60JU8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=I447GRJT5GWLROP7"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/spigen.jpg" width="162" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>As an Amazon best seller in cell phone cases, holsters, and clips, the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00LL60JU8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00LL60JU8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=I447GRJT5GWLROP7">Spigen Tough Armor Case</a> offers superior protection, while remaining less bulky than other protective cases. The dual layered build of flexible, anti-stretch TPU and premium polycarbonate also feature Air Cushioned corners and an interior spider web pattern to offer better shock absorption and protection from drops and scratches.</p> <p>The 4-Point Rear Guard protects the polycarbonate back plate, while a 0.7mm lip protects the screen. The expanded port opening is made wide enough for any chargers and ports, and the case also offers easier access to the power and volume buttons. Spigen is a trusted manufacturer and offers a range of covers that are each award-winning best sellers on Amazon. This case is available in a range of colors to best suit your style.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00LL60JU8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00LL60JU8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=I447GRJT5GWLROP7"><em>Currently $17.76 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>SUPCASE Full-body Belt Clip Holster Case for Apple iPhone 6&nbsp;</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00MOOF4D8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00MOOF4D8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=X33DAG32QLIP6OZ4"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/supcase.jpg" width="186" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00MOOF4D8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00MOOF4D8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=X33DAG32QLIP6OZ4">SUPCASE Full-body Belt Clip Holster Case</a> has a built-in screen protector to provide your phone with ultimate protection. The advanced dual layer design combines high grade polycarbonate hard shell and flexible TPU to withstand accidental drops, bumps, and shock. Precise cutouts allow for full access to the touchscreen, camera, buttons, speaker, and ports.</p> <p>This holster case also includes a 360 degree swiveling Belt Clip Holster, making it perfect to take on the job or on your next outdoor excursion. The shock resistant case is available in 5 color options to best suit your style.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00MOOF4D8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00MOOF4D8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=X33DAG32QLIP6OZ4"><em>Currently $15.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best iPhone 6 covers. 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> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-cannon">Andrea Cannon</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-iphone-6-covers">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/the-5-best-solar-power-banks">The 5 Best Solar Power Banks</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-waterproof-laptop-cases">The 5 Best Waterproof Laptop Cases</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-power-banks">The 5 Best Power Banks</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-ups-backup-batteries">The 5 Best UPS Backup Batteries</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-laptop-cases">The 5 Best Laptop Cases</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping Technology iPhone iphone covers product reviews tech accessories Thu, 27 Aug 2015 09:00:13 +0000 Andrea Cannon 1469257 at http://www.wisebread.com The Best Hotel Rewards Card for Free Nights: Marriott Rewards Premier Credit Card http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-hotel-rewards-card-for-free-nights-marriott-rewards-premier-credit-card <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-best-hotel-rewards-card-for-free-nights-marriott-rewards-premier-credit-card" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/000060276504.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>When you combine hotel loyalty programs with the benefits of a credit card such as the Chase Marriott Rewards Premier Visa Credit Card, the result is often an opportunity to earn valuable awards and perks that enhance your hotel stays and save money.</p> <p>The Marriott Rewards Premier Visa Credit Card offers a number of valuable benefits which range from its rewards program to its sign-up bonus and annual bonuses. If you stay in Marriott hotels frequently, this is the card you want to carry in order to get the most for your money. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-credit-cards-for-hotel-deals-and-rewards?ref=seealso">Best Credit Cards for Hotel Deals and Rewards</a>)</p> <h2>Why We Like This Card:</h2> <ul> <li>80,000 bonus points</li> <li>Annual free night</li> </ul> <h2>How This Card Works</h2> <p>Get five points for each dollar spent at Marriott locations, two points per dollar spent at car rental agencies, airline tickets purchased from the airline, and restaurants. You also earn one point for each dollar spent on all other purchases. There is no cap on the points you can earn in any category. Points do not expire as long as you have a paid stay at a Marriott hotel every 24 months.</p> <p><strong>Sign up bonus: </strong>For a <em>limited time</em>, get 80,000 bonus points after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months.</p> <p>Marriott rewards points can be redeemed for hotel stays for as few as 7,500 points for a Category 1 property up to 45,000 points for a Category 9 property. Depending on availability, PointSavers hotel stays are available for 33% fewer points and sometimes start as low as 6,000 for one night in a Category 1 property. You can also redeem points for hotel upgrades starting at 5,000 points and stays in partner hotels such as Ritz-Carlton, which start at 30,000 for a night at a Tier 1 property. These properties also provide PointSavers stays which are available for as few as 20,000 points. Finally, if you redeem your points for at least four award nights, your fifth night is free.</p> <p>If you don&rsquo;t want to or can&rsquo;t spend your points on Marriott stays, you can convert your points to airline miles or buy travel packages and merchandise.</p> <h2>Other Benefits</h2> <p>Enjoy Silver Elite Status for being a cardmember and get perks like late checkout, 20% bonus points for hotel stays, and exclusive offers. Additionally, get a free night stay every year on your card anniversary.</p> <h2>Costs</h2> <ul> <li>$85 Annual Fee</li> <li>15.99% APR</li> <li>3% Balance Transfer Fee</li> <li>$0 Foreign Transacation Fee</li> </ul> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://track.linkoffers.net/a.aspx?foid=26183058&amp;fot=1263&amp;foc=1" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/apply-now.png" width="154" height="50" alt="" /></a></p> <h2>Pros</h2> <p><strong>Sign-up bonus worth at least ten free nights.</strong> The value of the sign-up bonus is dependent on the property you choose when redeeming your points. If you meet the spend requirement and receive 80,000 bonus points, this can be worth at least ten nights in a Category 1 property, which cost approximately $80, more or less, per night. In this example, your sign-up bonus is worth almost $800, which can help cover the annual fee for a number of years. Plus, you receive a free night when your account is approved, which boosts the value to potentially, eleven free nights. Granted, if you use your points for upper level properties, you receive fewer award nights, but those properties generally cost more per night and may increase the value of the points significantly. This is one of the most valuable sign-up bonuses offered by a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-best-credit-cards-with-sign-up-bonuses-for-hotel-stays?ref=internal">hotel rewards credit card</a>.</p> <p><strong>Annual free night stay.</strong> You receive a free night at a Category 1 to Category 4 property when you are approved for the card. On your card anniversary, you also receive an e-certificate you can use for a free night stay in a Category 1 to Category 5 property. This certificate is valid for six months, and depending on the property. For example, one night at the TownePlace Suites in Anaheim, California can cost anywhere from $120 to $150 per night.</p> <p><strong>Elite status bonuses.</strong> If you stay at Marriott properties frequently, the perks that come with elite statuses can not only make your stay more comfortable, but can also save you money. Depending on the status, you can also earn extra bonus points on your purchases which can be redeemed for award nights. This card awards 15 credits each year on your card anniversary, which means you are at least guaranteed Silver status. You also earn one credit toward your next elite status for every $3,000 spent with your card. When these bonuses are added to the credits you earn for staying at Marriott hotels, you are able to reach your next status level much quicker.</p> <p><strong>No foreign transaction fees.</strong> One of the worst and most avoidable travel costs are foreign transaction fees for using credit cards abroad. This card would be useful for travel (and for staying at Marriott properties in other countries) since it has no foreign transaction fees.</p> <h2>Cons</h2> <p><strong>Annual fee. </strong>If you don&rsquo;t use the free night certificate or meet the requirement for the sign-up bonus, the annual fee for just carrying the card can become expensive. If you prefer to earn points that can be redeemed for hotel stays, there are cards such as <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/citi-hilton-hhonors-visa-signature-card-big-rewards-with-no-annual-fee?ref=internal">Citi Hilton HHonors Visa Signature Card</a> which has no annual fees. The <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/no-fees-and-unlimited-miles-capital-one-ventureone-rewards-credit-card?ref=internal">Capital One VentureOne</a> and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/discover-it-miles-simple-and-flexible-travel-rewards?ref=internal">Discover it Miles</a> cards have no annual fee and are generally considered to be strong overall travels cards since they award 1.25x and 1.5x miles respectively for all purchases, which can then be redeemed for most travel purchases.</p> <h2>Who This Card Is Best For</h2> <p>The Chase Marriott Rewards Premier card is best for those who frequently stay in Marriott hotels and can specifically take advantage of the benefits and perks provided. It is crucial with this card to consider the annual fee and whether you can earn the valuable sign-up bonus and use the annual certificates for free nights. It is also best for those whose spending includes restaurants, airlines, and car rentals in addition to Marriott purchases, in order to earn the most points for your money. There is also no foreign transaction fee, which makes the card ideal for those who travel abroad or use the card for foreign purchases.</p> <p><strong><a target="_blank" href="http://track.linkoffers.net/a.aspx?foid=26183058&amp;fot=1263&amp;foc=1" rel="nofollow">Click here to take advantage of this limited time offer and apply for the Marriott Rewards&reg; Premier Credit Card today!</a></strong></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/christina-majaski">Christina Majaski</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-hotel-rewards-card-for-free-nights-marriott-rewards-premier-credit-card">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/asiana-american-express-card-from-bank-of-america-review">Asiana American Express Card from Bank of America Review</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/travel-better-with-the-united-mileageplus-explorer-card">Travel Better with the United MileagePlus Explorer Card</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/get-free-nights-with-ihg-rewards-club-select-credit-card">Get Free Nights with IHG Rewards Club Select Credit Card</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/travel-together-for-less-with-british-airways-visa-signature-credit-card">Travel Together For Less with British Airways Visa Signature Credit Card</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/travel-in-comfort-with-the-united-mileageplus-club-card">Travel in Comfort with the United MileagePlus Club Card</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Credit Cards Travel chase marriott Thu, 27 Aug 2015 06:27:53 +0000 Christina Majaski 1539581 at http://www.wisebread.com 4 Ways Outsourcing Chores Can Save You Time and Money http://www.wisebread.com/4-ways-outsourcing-chores-can-save-you-time-and-money <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/4-ways-outsourcing-chores-can-save-you-time-and-money" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_shopping_000022890952.jpg" alt="Woman outsourcing chores and saving time and money" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>We're busy people, with lives filled by family, work, errands, chores, and tons of other tasks that pull us in a million directions. Add all of this on top of being a self-employed business owner, and there are times when I find myself sacrificing sleep, or skipping meals, as a way to get more things checked off my list.</p> <p>Two years ago I quit my day job to freelance full-time and have been in time-crunch mode ever since. As a way to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/give-yourself-a-break-the-productivity-secret-thatll-change-the-way-you-work">become more productive</a>, I've learned how to outsource work I don't have time for, or don't know how to do.</p> <p>What if you delegated household chores so you could regain control? Here's how to outsource your life so you have more time and money.</p> <h2>1. Avoid Grocery Shopping</h2> <p>Grocery shopping is one of my least favorite chores to do each week. Unless you're a personal chef (like my husband), you probably hate <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/save-100s-next-month-with-these-10-grocery-shopping-tips">going to the grocery store</a>, too. Instead of wasting your time on this chore, why not have your groceries delivered? If you live in a big city, check out services like <a href="http://www.anrdoezrs.net/click-2822544-10782119-1406910980000">Peapod</a> or <a href="https://fresh.amazon.com/">AmazonFresh's</a> food service.</p> <p>Just order your regular grocery items that you purchase every week, such as milk, bread, toilet paper, and other consumables, and get them delivered right to your door. No driving through traffic, or weaving in-and-out of the busy produce section.</p> <p>The great thing about these services is that you can find the best prices, use coupons, and take advantage of weekly discounts, just as you would if you were going the traditional grocery shopping route.</p> <p><strong>Time saved per week</strong>: One hour or more (depending on how long you usually take to meal plan and drive to your local store).</p> <p><strong>Average monthly cost</strong>: Cost of groceries plus delivery and tip (plus $99 a year for Amazon Prime).</p> <h2>2. Look Stylish on a Budget</h2> <p>Retail therapy is a great way to unwind, score some fashionable finds, and hang out with friends, but it's not always great for your budget. Limit your regular shopping trips by outsourcing your clothing needs using services like <a href="http://www.anrdoezrs.net/click-2822544-11713107-1413249375000">Stitch Fix</a> or <a href="http://www.shoedazzle.com/">ShoeDazzle</a>.</p> <p>A box is delivered straight to your front door that includes styles based on your personal taste. You only pay for the items you like and want to keep, otherwise you simply return any unworn clothing or shoes.</p> <p>The upside is you get customized picks, from designers and professional stylists, without ever leaving the house. You'll also be able to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-ways-stores-trick-us-into-impulse-buys-and-how-to-resist">avoid any impulse buys</a> or unwanted purchases simply by choosing the bare essentials.</p> <p><strong>Time saved per week</strong>: One hour or more (depending on how long you usually shop).</p> <p><strong>Average monthly cost</strong>: $55 for clothing and shoes (plus $20 processing fee applied to purchase).</p> <h2>3. Get Help With Daily Errands</h2> <p>Odd jobs around the house constantly seem to stack up. From cleaning the car, to mowing the yard, to cleaning out the gutters, a resource like <a href="https://www.taskrabbit.com/">Task Rabbit</a> can help. No task is too big or too small.</p> <p>If you need a ride to the airport, furniture delivered on a certain day, help walking the dog, or deep housecleaning, you can use this service to find the right person. You can even pay someone to stand in line for you at the DMV! This service is currently available in 19 cities and counting, so save yourself time by outsourcing your daily errands.</p> <p><strong>Time saved per week</strong>: Two hours or more (depending on chore).</p> <p><strong>Average monthly cost</strong>: Cost of errand billed hourly.</p> <h2>4. Hire a Bookkeeper or Household Manager</h2> <p>As the breadwinner for my small family, I don't always have time to prepare reports, pay taxes, and manage the affairs of our household. If you're in the same position, you know the importance of these tasks, and how vital it is that the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-simple-ways-to-save-money-by-tracking-your-receipts">bills are paid on time</a>, but you also want to spend your time with your family and friends.</p> <p>One way to solve this is to hire a part-time bookkeeper or household manager. For $125 a month I work with a virtual bookkeeper who helps manage my bills, bank accounts, schedules appointments, and deals with other household projects. This allows me to spend my time at a yoga class, or going on a date with my husband.</p> <p><strong>Time saved per week</strong>: Two hours or more (depending on chore).</p> <p><strong>Average monthly cost</strong>: $100 or more depending on tasks.</p> <h2>You Really Can Save Time and Money With Outsourcing</h2> <p>Life's too short to spend a lot of time on doing household chores or trying to DIY tasks that are too complicated. Thanks to a rise in outsourcing services, you can delegate any kind of chore you don't have time to do. This will allow you time to do more important things, like spending quality time with your kids, or enjoying a weekend with friends.</p> <p><em>Have you tried outsourcing chores? What's another way to save time and money each week?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/carrie-smith">Carrie Smith</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-ways-outsourcing-chores-can-save-you-time-and-money">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/10-grocery-store-secrets-only-the-pros-know">10 Grocery Store Secrets Only the Pros Know</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-best-5-credit-cards-for-groceries">The 5 Best Credit Cards for Groceries</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/30-cash-back-sites-to-earn-you-thousands-per-year">30+ Cash Back Sites to Earn You Thousands Per Year</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/breaking-the-bread-code-how-to-get-the-freshest-loaf">Breaking the Bread Code: How to Get the Freshest Loaf</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-best-and-worst-times-to-go-grocery-shopping">The Best and Worst Times to Go Grocery Shopping</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Productivity Shopping chores errands groceries Help outsourcing Wed, 26 Aug 2015 11:00:20 +0000 Carrie Smith 1533307 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Trash Bags http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-trash-bags <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-trash-bags" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/000002109687.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Have you experienced a trash spill that left you dreading the thought of taking the trash out? When you just want to take the trash out, are you worried that the bottom will burst open or the handles will tear off? Well, you shouldn&rsquo;t be worried. There are so many great trash bag options available that you shouldn&rsquo;t have to deal with mediocrity anymore.</p> <p>Unless you want to clean up spilled trash, it&rsquo;s important to find a quality trash bag that works for you. Fortunately, we&rsquo;ve done the dirty work for you and have found some of the best garbage bag options available, so you won&rsquo;t have to worry about items breaking through ever again.</p> <h2>What Is a Trash Bag?</h2> <p>Trash bags, or garbage bags, are disposable bags designed to securely contain your trash. They can be used to line your trash cans, protecting the sides of the can from being exposed to trash. Trash bags are typically made of plastic and can come in a range of sizes, scents, and options. We all naturally accumulate trash, so garbage bags are something that every person will need to purchase, at every stage of their lives. This is why it is so important to find a sturdy trash bag that won&rsquo;t tear when you fill it, can contain messes, and can mask the smell of trash.</p> <h2>Top 5 Trash Bags</h2> <h3>Glad Tall Kitchen Drawstring Trash Bags</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00ASBOP9S/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00ASBOP9S&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=EOKBSM56PRW4T3SM"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/glad%20tall.jpg" width="238" height="240" align="right" alt="" /></a>Amazon&rsquo;s #1 best seller in tall kitchen bags, the unscented <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00ASBOP9S/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00ASBOP9S&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=EOKBSM56PRW4T3SM">Glad Tall Kitchen Drawstring Trash Bags</a> is also Glad&rsquo;s #1 value bag. The 13-gallon bags are guaranteed strong, no matter what you need them for. The bag is reinforced at the top, middle, and bottom, featuring reinforcing strength bands, a unique diamond pattern that stretches to prevent rips, and thicker plastic for enhanced leak protection. These bags are ideal for the kitchen, but can also be used in your home office or anywhere else throughout the house.</p> <p>They are also strong enough to hold your heavy laundry, linen, clothing, toys, holiday decorations, and sports equipment. The three-layer drawstring closure makes it easy to keep the bag closed, while also making it easy to lift, carry, and toss the bag. The bag is lined with innovative reinforcing bands, which results in a stronger bag with less plastic waste. In fact, this innovation alone will help save 6.5 million pounds of plastic every year. This means that you can feel good knowing you made a difference, while enjoying unrivaled performance from the trusted Glad brand.</p> <p>Consumer Reports, Good Housekeeping, and ABC News all found that this bag holds more than the competition. Tested.com also found that this tall kitchen bag was the clear winner, after testing out various competing trash bags.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00ASBOP9S/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00ASBOP9S&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=EOKBSM56PRW4T3SM"><em>Currently $15.29 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Hefty Trash Bags, Drawstring Multipurpose</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00HNW8CXA/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00HNW8CXA&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=6LINFE77TAS3OCP4"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/hefty%20extra%20strong.jpg" width="240" height="175" align="right" alt="" /></a>As Amazon&rsquo;s #1 best seller in lawn and leaf bags, you can count on these <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00HNW8CXA/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00HNW8CXA&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=6LINFE77TAS3OCP4">Hefty Trash Bags</a> to handle any large jobs, such as party cleanup, yard cleanup, donation collection, or to store any other items around the home or office. Because it offers dependable long-term strength, this trash bag is also ideal for long-term storage needs. The bags offer a larger capacity, a drawstring closure, and are tear and puncture resistant, allowing them to stand up to any mess. They are also thicker than your average 0.9 mil thickness bags, coming in at 1.05 mil thickness.</p> <p>In fact, these bags are backed by a 100% money back guarantee, so you can feel confident that they are going to work the way you need them to. The 30-gallon Hefty Extra Strong bags are strong, powerful, offer superior performance, and are one of Amazon&rsquo;s best-selling trash bags. Hefty Ultra Flex bags also topped the list of best trash bags on Real Simple and ConsumerSearch. Hefty bags are continually chosen as the best premium trash bags by various independent review sites, so as long as you&rsquo;re choosing Hefty, chances are the bags will hold up, even when filled to capacity.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00HNW8CXA/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00HNW8CXA&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=6LINFE77TAS3OCP4"><em>Currently $27.45 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Glad ForceFlex OdorShield Tall Kitchen Drawstring Trash Bags</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00ASBOPA2/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00ASBOPA2&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=TTTIOKROQT2IQJTH"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/glad%20forceflex.jpg" width="240" height="223" align="right" alt="" /></a>The new and improved <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00ASBOPA2/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00ASBOPA2&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=TTTIOKROQT2IQJTH">Glad ForceFlex OdorShield Tall Kitchen Drawstring Trash Bags</a> are now stronger than ever and can hold even more trash (up to a whopping 60 pounds). These 13-gallon tall kitchen bags have an improved middle layer and a Fresh Clean scent to keep the smell of trash at bay. These are more than your typical scented bags, thanks to the effective OdorShield technology with Febreze freshness, which can continuously neutralize odors, day after day.</p> <p>You can also choose from a range of scents, in varying degrees of strength, to suit your personal preferences. The bags&rsquo; diamond texture stretches to prevent rips and tears, while using less plastic than comparable flex-type bags. The three-ply drawstring closure makes it easy to lift, carry, and toss the bags. These bags are intended for the kitchen, but they can be used anywhere throughout your home or workplace, and are even strong enough to store sports equipment, toys, laundry, holiday decorations, and other large bulky items.</p> <p>The Glad ForceFlex brand offers a number of options and scents, as well as black out bags, can gripping bags, and other options to suit your needs. Real Simple deemed this bag the best tall kitchen bag, thanks to its unwavering durability, and Consumer Reports also named it one of the best trash bags. According to Best Reviews Guide, the ForceFlex drawstring trash bags were voted the best trash bags out of more than 11,000 reviews. They are also one of Amazon&rsquo;s best-selling trash bags, so you can feel confident that they will hold up to your expectations.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00ASBOPA2/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00ASBOPA2&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=TTTIOKROQT2IQJTH"><em>Currently $14.98 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Green Legacy Tall Kitchen Trash Bags</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005HZLJJO/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B005HZLJJO&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=WPCXIGD4IFSTJ2EC"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/green%20legacy.jpg" width="240" height="179" align="right" alt="" /></a>If you&rsquo;re looking for an earth friendly bag, then look no further than <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005HZLJJO/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B005HZLJJO&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=WPCXIGD4IFSTJ2EC">Green Legacy</a> fragrance-free, guilt-free trash bags. They can provide the dependability you need, with the environmental consciousness you want. The box of 60 biodegradable Green Legacy Tall Kitchen Trash Bags also includes biodegradable twist ties.</p> <p>Even the package itself is recyclable, so you can feel good about your impact on the environment. These kitchen bags are also one of Amazon&rsquo;s best-selling trash bags because they can provide a great value at an affordable price tag.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005HZLJJO/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B005HZLJJO&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=WPCXIGD4IFSTJ2EC"><em>Currently $9.93 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Kirkland Signature Drawstring Kitchen Trash Bags</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001UB44SM/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B001UB44SM&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=HUFHLT6NTC4HA5C7"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/kirkland_0.jpg" width="240" height="228" align="right" alt="" /></a>Don&rsquo;t let the low price of <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001UB44SM/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B001UB44SM&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=HUFHLT6NTC4HA5C7">Kirkland&rsquo;s Signature</a> trash bags fool you. The 200-count box of 13-gallon Kirkland Signature Drawstring Kitchen Trash Bags is very affordable, so it can provide an incredible value, without sacrificing quality. Most reviewers agree that these bags work as well, or better, than bags that are more than twice the price.</p> <p>Each expandable drawstring kitchen bag can be easily removed with the unique one-by-one dispensing box. Consumer Reports also recommends purchasing this Costco staple, rating it one of the best trash bags available.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001UB44SM/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B001UB44SM&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=HUFHLT6NTC4HA5C7"><em>Currently $24.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best trash bags. 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> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-cannon">Andrea Cannon</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-trash-bags">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/the-5-best-laundry-detergents">The 5 Best Laundry Detergents</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-woks">The 5 Best Electric Woks</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-measuring-cups">The 5 Best Measuring Cups</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-measuring-spoons">The 5 Best Measuring Spoons</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-blow-dryers">The 5 Best Blow Dryers</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Home Shopping kitchen trash bags product reviews trash trash bags Wed, 26 Aug 2015 09:00:28 +0000 Andrea Cannon 1511602 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Foods That Are Breaking Your Grocery Budget http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-foods-that-are-breaking-your-grocery-budget <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-foods-that-are-breaking-your-grocery-budget" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_grocery_shopping_000016262663.jpg" alt="Woman finding foods that are breaking her grocery budget" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some great articles on the foods that are breaking your grocery budget, ways to wake up energized, and people you should hide from your Facebook feed.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/Saving-Money/2015/0823/Five-foods-that-are-breaking-your-grocery-budget">Five foods that are breaking your grocery budget</a> &mdash; The worst outbreak of bird flu in decades has caused egg prices to skyrocket. [The Monitor]</p> <p><a href="http://www.dumblittleman.com/2015/08/5-things-wake-energized-productive-every-day.html">Do These 5 Things To Wake Up Energized (And Productive) Every Day</a> &mdash; Listen to your body and sleep only when you're sleepy. It'll save you hours of tossing and turning! [Dumb Little Man]</p> <p><a href="http://momsneedtoknow.com/8-people-you-should-hide-from-your-facebook-feed/">8 People You Should Hide From Your Facebook Feed</a> &mdash; Facebook is a great way to keep in touch with distant family and old friends, but feel free to hide or unfollow someone when it turns out they're a &quot;Dirty Laundry Diva.&quot;&nbsp;[Moms Need to Know]</p> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/DIY-Mold-Mildew-Killer-34880343">The Amazing Tea Tree Oil Mold and Mildew Killer</a> &mdash; This DIY antifungal spray will keep mold and mildew far, far away. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.creditsesame.com/blog/a-hackers-favorite-password/">What&rsquo;s a Hackers Favorite Password?</a> &mdash; In 2014, the most common password stolen by hackers was &quot;123456&quot;. [Credit Sesame]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.kiplinger.com/article/cars/T009-C000-S001-3-things-car-dealers-don-t-want-to-hear-you-say.html">3 Things Car Dealers Don't Want to Hear You Say</a> &mdash; Ask to see the invoice. The invoice will show you the legitimate fees and you'll know exactly what you're paying for. [Kiplinger]</p> <p><a href="https://www.listenmoneymatters.com/how-to-pay-off-debt-on-a-low-income/">How To Pay Off Debt On A Low Income</a> &mdash; You'll see the biggest results from cutting down on your biggest expenses. Think housing, transportation, and food costs. [Listen Money Matters]</p> <p><a href="http://blog.readyforzero.com/4-tips-to-furnishing-a-dorm-room-without-going-broke/#.VdtXTrXR3lZ">Tips to Furnishing a Dorm Room Without Going Broke</a> &mdash; Space will be limited in a dorm room. Don't buy things that can be rented or borrowed when you need it &mdash; like a vacuum cleaner! [ReadyForZero]</p> <p><a href="http://www.consumerismcommentary.com/for-better-or-worse-5-ways-to-approach-retirement/">For better or worse: 5 ways to approach retirement</a> &mdash; One affordable way to approach retirement is to keep working as much (or as little) as you want towards a second career. [Consumerism Commentary]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/adopting-through-foster-care-myths-and-raising-awareness">Adopting Through Foster Care: Myths and Raising Awareness</a> &mdash; Foster care adoptions aren't necessarily as expensive as private adoptions. Expenses are often reimbursed, and the state may help with medical bills and college expenses.&nbsp;[Parenting Squad]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-foods-that-are-breaking-your-grocery-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-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/10-grocery-store-secrets-only-the-pros-know">10 Grocery Store Secrets Only the Pros Know</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-best-5-credit-cards-for-groceries">The 5 Best Credit Cards for Groceries</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/breaking-the-bread-code-how-to-get-the-freshest-loaf">Breaking the Bread Code: How to Get the Freshest Loaf</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/fresh-fruits-and-vegetables-by-the-month">Fresh Fruits and Vegetables, By the Month</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/20-ways-to-eat-paleo-for-super-cheap">20 Ways to Eat Paleo for Super Cheap</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink best money tips groceries Tue, 25 Aug 2015 19:00:18 +0000 Amy Lu 1536314 at http://www.wisebread.com The 8 Best Ways to Stream TV and Movies for Free http://www.wisebread.com/the-8-best-ways-to-stream-tv-and-movies-for-free <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-8-best-ways-to-stream-tv-and-movies-for-free" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_holding_tablet_000024578966.jpg" alt="Woman finding best ways to stream tv and movies for free" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>&quot;Cutting the cord&quot; to cable and satellite TV seems to be everyone's dream these days. However, getting rid of your cable bill often only makes sense if you can find cheap (or free) replacements for your viewing habits. Fortunately, cord-cutters have some pretty amazing free &mdash; and totally legal &mdash; streaming options available to them. While many of these are still fairly unknown services, they can provide some terrific options for your viewing needs. Here are eight streaming services worth checking out.</p> <h2>1. Crackle</h2> <p>Owned by Sony,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.crackle.com/">Crackle</a> has an excellent selection of free streaming movies, TV shows, and original content. If you have a smartphone, tablet, smart TV, PlayStation 3 or 4, or current Xbox, you can stream Crackle content for free. Current top movies include <em>Joe Dirt</em>, <em>Click</em>, and <em>Underworld,</em> while popular TV shows include <em>Seinfeld</em>, <em>The Shield</em>, and <em>Damages</em>. The original content available on Crackle is what gets it on my list; popular programs include <em>Sports Jeopardy</em> with Dan Patrick, and the highly acclaimed series <em>The Ropes</em> produced and directed by Vin Diesel.</p> <h2>2. Hulu</h2> <p><a href="http://www.hulu.com/">Hulu</a> is by far the most recognizable service on my list, and for good reason. While they have a premium service that will cost you $7.99 per month, their free content is pretty darn amazing as well, and worth a look. As I type this, I'm watching last night's <em>The Daily Show </em>for free, without commercials. Other network programming that you can watch for free (eight days after they air), includes <em>Once Upon a Time</em>, <em>Modern Family</em>,<em> Nashville</em>, and <em>The Mindy Project</em>. It's also worth noting that they offer a free 30-day trial.</p> <h2>3. PopcornFlix.com</h2> <p>While&nbsp;<a href="http://www.popcornflix.com/">PopcornFlix.com</a> has hundreds of movies and TV series available for free streaming (most of which you'd never heard of), they make my list simply for their awesome selection of kids' titles and &quot;general family&quot; viewing. A few that immediately caught my eye include Jim Henson's <em>Mee-Shee</em>, <em>Jack and the Beanstalk</em>, <em>Benii</em>, and <em>School of Life</em> starring Ryan Reynolds. Supported devices include Android phones, Apple devices, Roku players, Samsung Smart TV's, and Xbox consoles.</p> <h2>4. MoviesFoundOnline.com</h2> <p>The movies tend to be indie classics along with some cult favorites, but it's the variety of TV shows available for streaming that makes <a href="http://moviesfoundonline.com/">MoviesFoundOnline.com</a> stand out from the crowd. A few examples include <em>The Lucy Show</em>, <em>Mr. Bean</em>, <em>BattleBots</em>, and stand-up comedy acts from Robin Williams and Zach Galifianakis. Watch shows on their website, as they do not have an app available for mobile viewing yet.</p> <h2>5. RetroVision</h2> <p>If you're a big fan of classic TV shows like <em>Bonanza</em>, <em>Alfred Hitchcock Presents</em>, <em>Star Trek</em>, or <em>Dragnet</em>, you'll want to give&nbsp;<a href="http://retrovision.tv/">RetroVision</a> a solid look. Many of these classic shows are hard to find on DVD, or regular cable, making RetroVision a pretty cool and valuable service. Supported devices are limited, and thus requires you to view via your computer or with their free Google Chrome app.</p> <h2>6. Watch Documentary</h2> <p>The name&nbsp;<a href="http://watchdocumentary.org/">Watch Documentary</a> pretty much sums up what's offered. They stream over 9,000 free high-quality documentaries for your viewing pleasure. A few of their currently popular documentaries include <em>Planet Earth</em>, <em>Roger &amp; Me</em> by Michael Moore, <em>From the Earth to the Moon </em>by Tom Hanks, and <em>The U</em> by ESPN. While they allow viewing from any computer or Android device, they currently do not have an app for Apple products.</p> <h2>7. SnagFilms</h2> <p>The folks at&nbsp;<a href="http://www.snagfilms.com/">SnagFilms</a> differentiate themselves by specializing in over 5,000 indie films and what they term &quot;hidden movie treasures.&quot; A few of their current favorites include cult classics like <em>Heavy Metal Parking Lot</em>, <em>Murder on Flight 502</em>, and <em>The Boogey Man</em>. You can stream content via their iOS or Android app, Kindle, smart TV, computer, or Xbox 360.</p> <h2>8. Yidio</h2> <p><a href="http://www.yidio.com/">Yidio</a> is a popular streaming service that allows you to search and watch TV shows and movies &quot;across Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, and hundreds of other providers in one place.&quot; While they do have free stand-alone content available, the power of Yidio is shown when you pair it with a Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime subscription. Essentially they pull all content available into one handy interface to make searching and viewing a breeze. Yidio is compatible with iOS, Android, and smart TVs.</p> <p>The amount of free content available online for free streaming is truly remarkable. If you're on the fence about removing cable or satellite from your monthly bills, these resources are definitely worth a look. It's easy to make an argument that a combination of several of these free services can easily satisfy your family's TV and movie needs.</p> <p><em>Have you used any of these streaming services after cutting the cord to cable? If so, what's your favorite?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kyle-james">Kyle James</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-8-best-ways-to-stream-tv-and-movies-for-free">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/how-to-watch-movies-in-the-theater-for-free">How to Watch Movies in the Theater for Free</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/25-great-movies-about-money">25 Great Movies About Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/never-pay-for-a-redbox-dvd-rental-again">Never Pay for a RedBox DVD Rental Again</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/want-free-hbo-or-showtime-just-ask">Want Free HBO or Showtime? Just Ask.</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/8-alternatives-to-cable-tv-that-will-keep-you-entertained">8 Alternatives to Cable TV That Will Keep You Entertained</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment cable free tv movies smartphones streaming Tue, 25 Aug 2015 17:00:29 +0000 Kyle James 1530585 at http://www.wisebread.com 7 Diet Trends That Can Hurt You http://www.wisebread.com/7-diet-trends-that-can-hurt-you <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-diet-trends-that-can-hurt-you" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_eating_carrot_000012077170.jpg" alt="Woman following diet trend that can hurt her" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>We're surrounded by friends, coworkers, and celebrities who swear by Paleo, juice cleanses, &quot;nothing white,&quot; and gluten-free diets. Do they work? Maybe. But are they safe? Maybe not.</p> <p>Below are descriptions of some popular <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-ways-to-track-your-diet-and-fitness-for-free">eating trends</a>, and what experts have to say about them.</p> <h2>1. Gluten-Free</h2> <p>Gluten-free has become so popular that most grocery stores now have entire sections devoted to the products, and avoiding gluten is a must if you have celiac disease or some version of sensitivity to gluten. But how many people actually have <a href="http://www.celiaccentral.org/celiac-disease/facts-and-figures/">celiac disease</a>? Only about one in 133.</p> <p>And there are dangers associated with eating a gluten-free diet. If you have self-diagnosed as needing a gluten-free diet absent a medical diagnosis, you may be assuming you have celiac disease where there may be another medical cause. Secondly, by eating gluten-free, you may be missing out on important vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Think you have gluten sensitivity? This <a href="http://www.businessinsider.com/gluten-sensitivity-and-study-replication-2014-5">study</a> may be eye-opening. Unconvinced? See your doctor.</p> <h2>2. Paleo</h2> <p>Paleolithic man existed before agriculture, when we assume they survived as hunter-gatherers. They probably would have eaten berries, tubers, mammals, and fish. They would not have had access to dairy or processed foods. Proponents of this diet claim that we would be healthier if we had stuck to this menu, rather than eating grains, legumes, dairy, and processed foods. By following a Paleo diet, it is claimed, we would not be obese, have diabetes, or heart disease.</p> <p>Maybe. I think we can all agree that cutting down on processed foods is a good idea. I know I have concerns about refined foods, sodium, and preservatives. However, consider that humans have greatly evolved since Paleo man.</p> <p>According to William Leonard of Northwestern University, &quot;We now know that humans have evolved not to subsist on a single, Paleolithic diet but to be flexible eaters, an insight that has important implications for the current debate over what people today should eat in order to be healthy.&quot;</p> <p>Areas of concern? The amount of red meat the Paleo diet recommends (which may lead to bowel cancer) and eliminating whole grains and legumes, which have proven health value.</p> <p>Also, as the Mayo Clinic reports, &quot;There is <a href="http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/paleo-diet/art-20111182?pg=2">little clinical research</a> on the benefits of paleo diets.... Researchers have argued that the underlying hypothesis of the paleo diet may oversimplify the story of how humans adapted to changes in diet.&quot;</p> <p>James Hamblin, in his March 24, 2014 article for <em>The Atlantic, </em>writes about a study conducted by Dr. David Katz of Yale University's Prevention Research Center:</p> <p>&quot;If Paleolithic eating is loosely interpreted to mean a diet based mostly on meat, no meaningful interpretation of health effects is possible.... The composition of most meat in today's food supply is not similar to that of mammoth meat, and that most plants available during the Stone Age are today extinct.&quot;</p> <h2>3. &quot;Nothing White&quot;</h2> <p>Pretty much just the way it sounds, the &quot;nothing white&quot; diet has you avoid refined white flour, white sugar, potatoes, pasta, bread, white beans, etc. Carbohydrates are not eliminated, but rather, replaced with healthier alternatives. This is a method of lowering your glycemic index (a measurement of carbohydrates and their impact on blood sugar).</p> <p>It may indeed help you lose weight, and eating more of the colorful fruits and vegetables recommended may help you decrease your risk of heart disease, cancer, and diabetes.</p> <p>So what are its issues? It's pretty difficult for Joe Regular Person to eliminate all white bread, pasta, potatoes, and white sugar from your diet. Secondly, you need to be mindful of this information from WebMd:</p> <p>&quot;Keep in mind that <a href="http://www.webmd.com/diet/obesity/truth-about-white-foods?page=2">not all whole grains</a> are a good source of fiber. For example, brown rice is more nutritious than white rice because it contains the whole kernel of rice, but it's not necessarily a good source of fiber.&quot;</p> <h2>4. Juice Cleanse</h2> <p>Another popular trend, the juice cleanse, purports to help you lose weight, detox, and have more energy. You can concoct your own, or purchase from a (staggering) number of sources.</p> <p>Sure, you will probably lose weight, but it will mostly be water weight. Also, fruit sugar is still sugar, so you might actually <em>gain</em> weight if you're drinking lots of fruity cleanses.</p> <h2>5. The Alkaline Diet</h2> <p>Avoidance of high-fat animal products, sugar, caffeine, and alcohol, plus eating lots of nuts, some soy, avocados, and produce are the hallmarks of the alkaline diet. Like the &quot;no-white&quot; diet, it has been popularized by great-looking celebrities. As the theory goes, avoiding acid-promoting foods and beverages promote a &quot;neutral&quot; blood pH, promoting health and weight loss. A list of specific foods supposedly helps keep your body more &quot;alkaline.&quot;</p> <p>But the thing is: your body is already taking care of this for you, unless you have kidney problems. Our stomachs are acidic, so that they can break down food; your urine changes depending upon what you eat. So, your body is already taking on this job. Nothing you eat is going to substantially change the pH in your blood.</p> <p>However, unless you overdo the avocados, nuts, and seeds, which are full of calories, the diet is pretty good for you, although I personally think the list is pretty restrictive. As an experiment, I tried it for a while. I missed dairy, coffee, and alcohol. It did get me eating more fruits and vegetables, although the recommended choices were sort of expensive. While there is some promising data, a study from the National Institute of Health concludes, &quot;At this time, there are limited studies...&quot;</p> <h2>6. Vegan</h2> <p>Vegans do not eat meat, fish, poultry, or animal products such as eggs, dairy, or honey. Being a vegan, though, is not just about weight loss. People often choose to become vegans for ethical reasons, their health, or environmental reasons.</p> <p>A vegan diet may help with weight loss, heart health, and diabetes prevention and control. But there are also some things you'll need to watch for:</p> <p>&quot;As a vegan, you need to spend a large part of your life planning what to eat,&quot; warns Dr. Michael D. Gershon, chairman of the department of anatomy and cell biology at New York's Columbia University. &quot;While it is possible to get the nutrients you need, it's difficult.... Vegans are more vulnerable to <a href="http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/the-vegan-myth?page=2">certain nutritional deficiencies</a>,&quot; he says, referring to vitamin B12, omega-3 fatty acids, iron, zinc, calcium, and vitamin D &mdash; all critical for energy and mood.</p> <h2>7. The Raw Diet</h2> <p>Proponents of a raw diet claim that cooking food destroys nutrients and natural enzymes. Some even believe cooking makes the food toxic. Food is either uncooked or unprocessed. You can eat fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and sprouted grains; some eat unpasteurized dairy, meat, or fish. I love to cook, so this isn't at all appealing to me, but the list of foods to use is very nutritious, high in vitamins, minerals, etc.</p> <p>So, any big red flags on the raw food diet? Much like other diets listed above, you need to make sure you are getting enough protein, iron, and calcium. In tropical areas, eating raw foods can be dangerous due to the presence of rat-lungworm disease.</p> <p><em>Have you tried any of these trendy diets? How'd they work for you?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/marla-walters">Marla Walters</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-diet-trends-that-can-hurt-you">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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Today we found some great articles on smart home hacks that save time and money, obvious money-saving tips we often forget, and the best time to buy an iPhone 6 for cheap.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://adebtfreestressfreelife.com/9-super-smart-home-solutions/">8 Super Smart Home Solutions That Save Time and Money</a> &mdash; Get an old pair of pantyhose and cut it to fit over the bristles of your broom for a cheap alternative to the pricey Swiffer. [A Debt Free Stress Free Life]</p> <p><a href="http://www.moneytalksnews.com/slideshows/duh-7-obvious-money-saving-tips-people-often-forget/">Duh! 7 Obvious Money-Saving Tips People Often Forget</a> &mdash; Pay attention to your utilities. Turn off the lights when you leave a room and set the thermostat to a reasonable level when the seasons change. [Money Talks News]</p> <p><a href="http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/Saving-Money/2015/0821/Want-a-cheap-iPhone-6-Buy-in-September">Want a cheap iPhone 6? Buy in September.</a> &mdash; You can expect a hefty price cut on the iPhone 6 a month after the new iPhone 6s is announced. [The Monitor]</p> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/How-Write-Good-Cover-Letter-24357796">Catch a Recruiter's Eye With These 7 Cover Letter Tips</a> &mdash; Focus on the company and how you can be a helpful addition to it. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.livingwellspendingless.com/2015/08/17/9-tech-tools-to-simplify-your-life">9 Tech Tools to Simplify Your Life</a> &mdash; The free organizing app Cozi can help your family stay on top of the household's busy schedule.&nbsp;[Living Well Spending Less]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.thepennyhoarder.com/environmental-jobs/">Get Paid to Help the Environment: 7 Green Jobs With Salaries Up to $120,000</a> &mdash; Environmental engineers and hydrologists make a decent wage and do good for the environment. [The Penny Hoarder]</p> <p><a href="http://www.northerncheapskate.com/getting-just-a-little-bit-more-for-your-money/">Getting Just a Little Bit More For Your Money</a> &mdash; Learn how to navigate a salad bar to get the most value! [Northern Cheapskate]</p> <p><a href="http://blog.allstate.com/pack-your-bags-for-these-last-minute-summer-vacations/">Pack Your Bags for These Last-Minute Summer Vacations</a> &mdash; Check the National Park Service's website for a list of notable parks and landmarks in your state, and visit a few on a day trip! [The Allstate Blog]</p> <p><a href="http://moneysoldiers.com/2015/08/20/household-must-haves-steps-saving-big-money-major-appliances">Household Must-Haves: Steps for Saving Big Money on Major Appliances</a> &mdash; Look at older models. They'll likely have similar functions as the newest models but at a much lower cost. [Money Soldiers]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/10-foods-we-think-are-healthy-for-our-kids-but-arent">10 Foods We Think are Healthy for Our Kids but Aren't</a> &mdash; You may be tempted to choose things labeled &quot;fat free&quot;, but processed fat-free foods are usually packed with sugar and salt! [Parenting Squad]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-save-time-and-money-with-smart-home-hacks">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/the-best-and-worst-places-to-stash-cash-in-your-home">The Best and Worst Places to Stash Cash in Your Home</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-really-easy-ways-to-unclog-drains">10 Really Easy Ways to Unclog Drains</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/14-effective-grease-and-oil-stain-removal-tips">14 Effective Grease and Oil Stain Removal Tips</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/beginners-guide-to-finding-your-interior-design-style">Beginner&#039;s Guide to Finding Your Interior Design Style</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/secret-lawn-tonic-recipe-from-golf-course-groundskeeper">Secret Lawn Tonic Recipe From Golf Course Groundskeeper - Updated</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Home best money tips home hacks Mon, 24 Aug 2015 19:00:18 +0000 Amy Lu 1533817 at http://www.wisebread.com 6 Unexpected Uses for Avocados http://www.wisebread.com/6-unexpected-uses-for-avocados <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/6-unexpected-uses-for-avocados" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/000059059744.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Silky, buttery avocados. When you think of this nutrient-rich and tasty fruit, you probably think of guacamole. Surprise yourself by trying these unexpected uses for avocados.</p> <h2>1. Skin Moisturizing Mask</h2> <p>Want perfectly supple, smooth skin without having to buy expensive lotions full of weird stuff like parabens? Make your own, <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-diy-beauty-masks-made-from-food">using avocados</a> as the star ingredient. Here is a really <a href="http://www.freutcake.com/in-the-kitchen/winter-avocado-mask/">easy avocado mask recipe</a> that involves basic ingredients that are probably in your fridge right now. Simply leave the mask on for five to 10 minutes, then rinse when it starts to harden. Wash it away to reveal super soft skin.</p> <h2>2. Ice Cream</h2> <p>An excellent source of healthy fats and boasting such a smooth and buttery texture, avocados make a wonderful substitute for cream, coconut milk, or soy milk in frozen treats. Making these diet and vegan-friendly desserts is also insanely easy. Try making <a href="http://purelytwins.com/2013/09/04/raw-vegan-dairy-free-healthy-mint-chocolate-chip-avocado-ice-cream-recipe/">mint-chip avocado ice cream</a>, or this recipe for <a href="http://www.popsugar.com/food/Avocado-Popsicle-Recipe-3797490">avocado popsicles</a>!</p> <h2>3. Hair Deep Conditioner</h2> <p>Skin is one thing, but what about an all-natural deep conditioning treatment that will soothe a dry scalp and alleviate damaged hair? Avocado is rich in healthy oils that easily coat the hair shaft, but even more so when they are overripe. So, if you have some forgotten avocados that are no longer at peak deliciousness, this is a great use for them. Try this <a href="http://burtongirls.burton.com/fitness/diy-avocado-hair-treatments/">hair treatment recipe</a>, which uses oatmeal and vinegar for a great at-home spa day.</p> <h2>4. Cocktails</h2> <p>Avocado margaritas, anyone? Adding a creamy and somewhat savory taste to the classic drink makes for a refreshing update to a summer favorite. This <a href="http://cookingstoned.tv/recipe/frozen-avocado-margarita/">frozen margarita recipe</a> calls for avocado and tarragon. Just add tacos! Also delicious: try a <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/04/30/michelada-recipes_n_1470804.html">savory Michelada</a> with avocado slices or puree added in for an even dreamier meal-in-a-glass.</p> <h2>5. Breakfast</h2> <p>Avocados for breakfast is no alien concept &mdash; we have breakfast burritos and omelets to thank for that. And, lately, avocado toast has become a hot snack for any meal. But have you heard of the <a href="http://www.popsugar.com/fitness/Baked-Eggs-Avocado-Recipe-30787252">baked avocado</a> with an egg inside? It's two of the most delicious foods combined, plus it's stupidly easy to make, so why not try it tomorrow morning?</p> <h2>6. Baby Food</h2> <p>Did you know that avocados make for a great and tasty transitional food during the period your baby is teething? It is firm enough to help them learn to chew, but soft enough to mash with their gums with ease. To share with younger or smaller babies, simply mash or puree the ripe and unseasoned avocados before feeding. Avocado also works as a great secondary ingredient in these <a href="http://www.newkidscenter.com/Avocado-Baby-Food-Recipes.html">homemade baby foods</a>.</p> <p><em>How do you put avocados to good use outside a bowl of guac? Let us know in comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amanda-meadows">Amanda Meadows</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-unexpected-uses-for-avocados">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/15-easy-and-delicious-ice-cream-substitutes">15 Easy and Delicious Ice Cream Substitutes</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/frugal-gluten-free-living-homemade-gluten-free-noodles">Frugal Gluten-Free Living: Homemade Gluten-Free Noodles</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/frugal-gluten-free-living-delicious-homemade-gluten-free-bread">Frugal Gluten-Free Living: Delicious Homemade Gluten-Free Bread</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/7-homemade-beauty-treatments-that-actually-work">7 Homemade Beauty Treatments That Actually Work</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/12-great-ways-to-eat-bananas">12 Great Ways to Eat Bananas</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Health and Beauty avocados baby food cocktails hair healthy ice cream recipes skin Mon, 24 Aug 2015 17:00:23 +0000 Amanda Meadows 1531969 at http://www.wisebread.com The 7 Best Pieces of Homemaking Advice From Martha Stewart http://www.wisebread.com/the-7-best-pieces-of-homemaking-advice-from-martha-stewart <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-7-best-pieces-of-homemaking-advice-from-martha-stewart" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/000018281549.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Martha Stewart's name is synonymous with clever tips and tricks. Even as time has advanced, her tips remain the gold standard of anything homemaking. Here's a collection of some of her most useful advice on anything from flavoring foods to cleaning your grungy down comforters. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-old-fashioned-skills-that-save-you-money?ref=seealso">7 Old Fashioned Skills That Save You Money</a>)</p> <h2>1. Hard Boiling Eggs</h2> <p>Eggs are inexpensive, portable protein bites that are nutritious and delicious to boot. I've used Martha's instructions on <a href="http://www.marthastewart.com/354061/perfect-hard-boiled-eggs">how to hard boil eggs</a> many times with perfect results. Place a dozen eggs in a large saucepan and cover with an inch of cold water. Bring water to boil over medium heat, then cover and remove from the burner. After 12 minutes, transfer to a colander and soak in cool water to stop the cooking process. Eggs (in shells) stay good for three days, sometimes longer.</p> <h2>2. Preserving Herbs</h2> <p>Martha helps us save money by offering some tips on how to <a href="http://www.marthastewart.com/247551/preserving-herbs">preserve summer herbs</a> for fall and winter enjoyment. There are several methods you can try, including wrapping herbs loosely in tulle fabric inside the fridge. In a couple of weeks, the herbs will dry out and can be packaged in a tin. Blanching and freezing is another great way to preserve and will also keep colors vibrant. Or you can blend a pint of olive oil with a bunch of blanched herbs before freezing into an ice tray for flavorful oil cubes. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/preserving-in-season-foods-for-off-season-feasts?ref=seealso">Preserving In-Season Foods for Off-Season Feasts</a>)</p> <h2>3. Creating a Cleaning Bucket</h2> <p>Save time on your chores by creating a <a href="http://www.marthastewart.com/340652/spring-organizing-tips/@center/276989/organizing#234877">cleaning bucket</a> with all your supplies in one place. Martha suggests adding a glass cleaner, all-purpose spray, an assortment of scrub brushes, rubber gloves, and a few towels to your collection. My tip? Make your own <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-clean-everything-with-just-3-all-natural-cleaners">DIY cleaning supplies</a> and pick up the rest at your local dollar store.</p> <h2>4. Folding Fitted Sheets</h2> <p>Are your fitted sheets crumpled in the linen closet like mine? Martha shows us the right way to <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q-a2FR1iwqg">fold these fitted sheets</a> to eliminate wrinkles. To start, hold the top two corners in each hand. Flip the right side over onto the left and shake the sheet to get everything lined up correctly on the bottom. Feel your way down the elastic to the next corner and flip it over the others. When you get the final corner squared away, you should be able to fold everything into a neat, flat package.</p> <h2>5. Cleaning Stainless Steel</h2> <p>I have a good collection of stainless steel pots and pans I love to use for the bulk of my cooking. Unfortunately, they're marked up from heat and hard water. Martha explains that the best way to get your stainless gleaming again is to rub them with a cloth <a href="http://www.marthastewart.com/266191/cleaning-stainless-steel">soaked in white vinegar</a>. Wash after each use to prevent a film from forming. And never soak, as it will result in a pitted surface.</p> <h2>6. Laundering Down</h2> <p>With the cold weather season ahead of us, I'm getting ready to pull out our down comforters again. The thing is, I've never washed them &mdash; and they're getting funky. Martha shares that I don't need to take these things to a professional. Instead, I can <a href="http://www.marthastewart.com/270108/laundering-down">launder my down</a> by using a mild, low-sudsing detergent in a front-load washer (I'll need a few quarters for the laundromat). To dry, just go through the spin cycle and then tumble on low.</p> <h2>7. Storing Fresh Greens</h2> <p>Fresh kale is one of my go-to snacks, but I feel like it goes bad the minute I stick it in the fridge. Martha offers a simple <a href="http://www.marthastewart.com/973761/how-wash-and-store-greens#973761">wash and dry method</a> that will keep greens kicking longer. Just dunk them in cold water to loosen dirt and debris, dry in a salad spinner, wrap loosely in paper towels, and store in a plastic bag. It's as easy as that! (Related: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-fruits-and-veggies-that-stay-fresh-a-month-or-longer?ref=seealso">10 Fruits and Veggies that Stay Fresh a Month or Longer</a>)</p> <p><em>What's your favorite bit of homemaking advice from Martha Stewart?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-7-best-pieces-of-homemaking-advice-from-martha-stewart">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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