Frugal Living http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/4800/all en-US 7 Things the Craziest Christmas Fanatics Do http://www.wisebread.com/7-things-the-craziest-christmas-fanatics-do <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-things-the-craziest-christmas-fanatics-do" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/couple-dogs-christmas-lights-house-Dollarphotoclub_68235681.jpg" alt="christmas house" title="christmas house" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>For many of us, Christmas is a time of joy, laughter, and making merry. It's Christmas decorations, festive foods, cards, presents, and family time. But some people just want more. They cannot get enough of the season of giving, and go out of their way to go way above and beyond. Here are 10 things only the craziest Christmas fanatics do.</p> <h2>1. Keeping the Christmas Decorations Up All Year</h2> <p>This one is baffling. What makes Christmas special if it's the same year round? That's the question I asked, but was blown away by how many people actually do this. Do a quick Google search for it, and you'll see hundreds of stories from around the world. <a href="http://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2010/12/05/family-leaves-christmas-lights-up-all-year/">This one,</a> about Mary and Richard Morgan, is typical. They love Christmas so much, they have snowmen and twinkling lights adorning the house every single day. From the coldest winter to the hottest summer, it's always Christmas at the Morgans. &quot;The way I look at it, with me and my emphysema and all, I never know when I'm going to take my last breath,&quot; says Mary. &quot;I'm going to enjoy what I want to enjoy.&quot;</p> <h2>2. Lights That Outshine the Griswold Display</h2> <p><iframe width="605" height="340" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/nkQ044GFGII"></iframe></p> <p>How many lights are enough to show you're a fan of Christmas? A few hundred? Nah. A few thousand? You're getting there. But if you really want to show your fanaticism, you're going to have to up the ante&hellip; a lot. The world record holder for the most Christmas lights on a residential display goes to the <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nkQ044GFGII">Gay family of Dutchess County</a>. What started out at 600 lights in 1995 has turned into over 600,000. Fortunately, 200,000 of those lights were donated by RITZ Crackers (a smart marketing move), but that still leaves a lot of lights, and money, that came straight from Tim Gay and his Christmas crazy family. The electricity bill? That's a treat for the New Year!</p> <h2>3. Creating Insanely Elaborate Christmas Greetings</h2> <p>Some people like to send cards adorned with professional photographs of the family. Others, they like to take things to the next level. Take <a href="http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865592287/Family-Christmas-video-takes-viewers-up-on-the-housetop&mdash;videos.html?pg=all">the Slade family of Arizona</a>. The family's annual greetings are like professional music videos. From filming underwater, to a room that spins 360 degrees, they are worthy of their viral notoriety. And as Micah Slade says, &quot;we really enjoy just doing this as a family, and at the heart of it all, that's why we're doing it.&quot; Bravo. But some people go even further, sending Christmas cards made from <a href="http://www.cnet.com/news/video-make-the-worlds-most-expensive-christmas-card-with-an-iphone/">iPhones</a>. Yes&hellip; iPhones.</p> <h2>4. Getting the Kids &quot;Whatever They Want&quot;</h2> <p>A blank slate (or blank check) is the last thing any reasonable parent would give their kids for Christmas. But some people believe that Christmas comes only once a year, and it's a day to do something very special&hellip; even if it means emptying the bank account. <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/lifestyle/2013/12/mom-defends-going-overboard-on-christmas-gifts-for-her-kids/">Lyz Lenz tells ABC news that</a> &quot;walking down the toy aisle is really hard because she wants everything,&quot; and continues, &quot;I don't think a princess castle will ruin her.&quot; Well, that's some gift for a 2-year old.</p> <h2>5. Teaching Their Animals to Sing Christmas Songs</h2> <p><iframe width="605" height="340" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/HtDFxm4Wupo"></iframe></p> <p>Parents out there will know it's hard enough to teach the kids a song. But some people take it up a notch or ten, and teach their pets a few holiday songs. Jingle Bells seems to be the most popular, as you can see with these howling successes <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HtDFxm4Wupo">here</a> and <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BmdHYI72L2s">here</a>.</p> <h2>6. Eating a 21 Pound, 6000 Calorie Christmas Dinner</h2> <p>When you're young, Christmas is all about the presents. When you become an adult, it's about watching the kids open them before tucking into an awesomely indulgent Christmas dinner. But you have to really love Christmas to eat the dinner served up in <a href="http://metro.co.uk/2014/10/03/gut-busting-guinness-world-record-breaking-christmas-dinner-contains-an-entire-turkey-and-6000-calories-4891236/">Worcestershire's The Duck Inn</a>. Christmas fans come to the pub to take on a festive challenge that would floor an elephant. A whole turkey, plus 175 trimmings, is put before you. You have just 45 minutes to polish it off; that's about half a pound of food every single minute. Could you do it? Are you that nuts about Christmas?</p> <h2>7. Dressing as Santa&hellip; and Climbing Down the Chimney</h2> <p>We've saved the worst until last; worst primarily because it's a completely awful idea, and a very easy way to get into big trouble. Although Snopes.com says that stories of Santas dying in the chimney are unconfirmed, it does say there are verified stories about people dressing as Santa and getting stuck. Fire, ambulance, and police services are called, and it can lead to nasty injuries and major embarrassment. However much you love the season, don't risk your life by climbing on a slippery roof or down the chimney. These days, it's a good idea for Santa to use the front door.</p> <p><em>Have a safe and festive Christmas everyone!</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-things-the-craziest-christmas-fanatics-do" class="sharethis-link" title="7 Things the Craziest Christmas Fanatics Do" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-things-the-craziest-christmas-fanatics-do">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 how to eat organic on the cheap, clever ways to save money and time on holiday travel, and money lies that are holding you back.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.moneyunder30.com/how-to-eat-organic-food-without-spending-a-lot-of-money">How to Eat Organic Food Without Spending a Lot of Money</a> &mdash; Prioritize your organics! Start with fruits, veggies, and milk. [Money Under 30]</p> <p><a href="http://www.supermoney.com/2014/12/holiday-travel/">23 Clever Ways to Save Money &amp; Time on Holiday Travel</a> &mdash; If you're planning to go on a cruise or out of the country, it may be worth it to use a travel agent's expertise to help you find discounts or special tour packages. 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[Money Smart Life]</p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-how-to-eat-organic-on-the-cheap" class="sharethis-link" title="Best Money Tips: How to Eat Organic on the Cheap" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><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-how-to-eat-organic-on-the-cheap">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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That's far from accurate, however, and if you're not careful, consuming out-of-date or spoiled pantry items means your meals won't be as nutritious or flavorful as they might be &mdash; and you could be risking your health. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/can-i-eat-this-a-quick-guide-to-expiration-dates-and-food-safety?ref=seealso">Can I Eat This? A Quick Guide to Expiration Dates</a>)</p> <p>How do you know which staples are susceptible? Here's a list of 10 common cupboard items to keep an eye on.</p> <h2>1. Tea</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/tazo%20tea.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>Tea has plenty of health benefits &mdash; like giving you <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/drink-your-tea-types-health-benefits-and-how-to-brew-a-perfect-cup">more energy to exercise and reducing the risk of heart attack</a> &mdash; but only if it's stored properly.</p> <p>&quot;<a href="http://www.prevention.com/food/healthy-eating-tips/food-safety-how-tell-when-food-spoiled">Antioxidants decrease an average of 32%</a> after 6 months on the shelf, according to a 2009 study in the Journal of Food Science,&quot; reports Prevention.com. &quot;These antioxidants, known as catechins, may decrease your risk of several types of cancer, but they are sensitive to both oxygen and light. Sadly, tea, unlike wine, does not improve with age.&quot;</p> <p>To maximize tea's efficacy, store in a sealed container in the fridge.</p> <h2>2. Spam</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/spam%20can.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>If you're stocking up on food to ride out the impending zombie-pocalypse, Spam is a great option to fortify your nutritional reserves. Yeah, nutrition and Spam is an oxymoron, but when there's very little food left on the planet, whatever you have is nutritious. You just better hope the crisis is over in less than 17 years &mdash; because that's when non-perishables of even maximum strength preservative power start to throw in the towel.</p> <p>&quot;I'm far from a food expert, but my wife and I bought a can of Spam in 1997 thinking that it would last forever,&quot; admits Dr. Dave Popple, president of a leadership development firm. &quot;This year it split one of the seams [because] it was so bloated. Now I can say our love has lasted longer than a can of Spam.&quot;</p> <p>Let's hope it lasts longer than the zombie-pocalypse too. Or just check the &quot;<a href="http://www.spam.com/spam-101/what-is-the-shelf-life-of-spam-products">Best by</a>&quot; date on the bottom of the can before opening the can.</p> <h2>3. Canned Ham and Seafood</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/canned%20tuna.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>I didn't call eww on Spam, but I am calling super yuck on canned ham and seafood. There's just something about meat in a four-year-old metal cylinder that's completely unappetizing. To each his own, I guess &mdash; but if you've been letting next year's holiday feast-in-a-tin sit in your pantry, prepare to spend Christmas getting your stomach pumped.</p> <p>Madison Kotack, digital marketing manager at <a href="http://www.mealkitsupply.com">Meal Kit Supply</a>, warns, &quot;Some canned hams and seafoods cannot be stored at room temperature, as many people might assume.&quot;</p> <h2>4. High-Acid Canned Goods</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/canned%20fruit%20vegetables.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>Kotack also weighs in on high-acid canned goods like tomatoes. &quot;Canned tomatoes only last 12 to 18 months, while many assume the full 2 to 5 years of standard canned foods,&quot; she says. &quot;High-acid foods contain natural chemicals that continually corrode the container, which can alter the taste, texture, and nutritional value of the food over a long period of time.&quot;</p> <p>To avoid ingesting a potentially dangerous product, always check the expiration date before opening.</p> <h2>5. Dried Herbs and Ground Spices</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/dried%20herbs.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>I know what you're thinking &mdash; how can dried herbs and spices possibly go bad? It's not so much that they actually go bad, per se, but they don't pack as much of a punch after a while. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-store-herbs-to-make-them-last-longer-and-taste-better?ref=seealso">How to Store Herbs to Make Them Last Longer and Taste Fresher</a>)</p> <p>&quot;Herbs and spices don't last as long as you think,&quot; says Lisa Wells, a blogger at Cook Eat Paleo. &quot;They lose their flavor and color over time and should be replaced. Dried herbs will last one to three years, but if they start to lose their scent that's a good indication that the flavor will be weak. Ground spices should be used within six to nine months for maximum flavor.&quot;</p> <h2>6. Whole Grain Flour, Nuts, and Seeds</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/nuts%20jar.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>If you're not a fan of pancakes that taste like turpentine, keep an eye on your whole grain flour along with any nuts and seeds you keep in the pantry.</p> <p>&quot;People think that whole grain flour and nuts and seeds last forever, but the natural oils in these go rancid quickly,&quot; explains Dr. Sharon Palmer, author of <a href="http://www.sharonpalmer.com/">Plant-Powered for Life</a>. &quot;This not only makes these products taste awful &mdash; that familiar paint thinner flavor and odor &mdash; and it's not a healthy habit to eat oxidized, rancid food.&quot;</p> <p>As an alternative to the pantry, Dr. Palmer recommends storing these items in the freezer.</p> <h2>7. Potatoes</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/potatoes.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>A lot of people think that potatoes are still consumable as long as they don't have &quot;eyes,&quot; and even then I bet a good portion of those people just pick them off and prepare the potatoes anyway. Unfortunately, that's not a very smart way to eat your starches.</p> <p>In the pantry, potatoes last only one to two weeks at room temperature, according to <a href="http://www.stilltasty.com/">StillTasty.com</a>, but anywhere from two to three months when stored in a cooler dark area (45 to 55 degrees). That doesn't mean you should refrigerate your potatoes, however. Refrigeration can give the spuds a sweet taste and cause them to darken when cooked. Prepare the potatoes and freeze them, and they're good to go for up to a year.</p> <p>The site also advises to store the potatoes in a loosely covered sack or basket to allow for air circulation. Keep them away from onions, too, as the chemical reaction between the two will speed up the spoilage process.</p> <h2>8. Brown Rice</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/brown%20rice.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>While brown rice lasts a good six to eight months in the pantry, that's not always a foolproof way to ensure that it's consumable, mainly because you don't know how long it sat on the shelf before you bought it. Thus:</p> <ul> <li>If it has a sour smell, like rancid oil, it's bad;</li> <li>If it's dusty or oily, it's bad;</li> <li>If it contains mold, bugs, insect eggs, or other &quot;things&quot; in it (which is a real possibility; I'm not making this up), it's reeeeally bad.</li> </ul> <p>And if that's not enough to make you want to run for sheriff of the Brown Rice Police Department, let holistic health coach Wendy Kuhn impart her wisdom upon you:</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;">&quot;Until this fall, I talked about how if you had healthy choices available in your pantry all of the time, it makes it easier to pull together healthy meals at the last minute,&quot; she says. &quot;I still believe that, but my timeline and quantities have changed significantly after a horrendous pantry moth invasion. The moths started in my brown rice and expanded to virtually all of my food products (except for canned goods). Not only did I have to throw out hundreds of dollars worth of food, but getting rid of them non-toxically was a huge and time-consuming challenge.&quot;</p> <p>Now, before you run to the pantry and throw out all your food, here are ways to prevent this nightmarish invasion from happening to you.</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;">&quot;First, store food (whether it comes in boxes, plastic bag or sealed packages) in sealed glass containers,&quot; Kuhn advises. &quot;This moves people away from storing in plastic, which, especially as a breast cancer survivor, is a practice that I think is a good thing. Secondly, I have become a proponent of buying what you need. I no longer buy huge quantities of grains, but only enough for a few meals. The upside of this is that shopping for these essentials more often also means buying fresh produce more frequently, which is always a good thing. My point is, even though you think grains, cereals, flour, mixes, and other foods last forever, the pantry moths love them just a little bit too much and, trust me, it is not worth it.&quot;</p> <p>Alas, nothing can get rid of that phantom itch you have all over your body right now. You're welcome.</p> <h2>9. Cereal</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/cereal.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>Your favorite breakfast cereal doesn't exactly spoil, but I'm sure you've noticed in the past that it's gotten stale. It's not immune to everyday elements, and it'll start <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/05/10/shelf-life-pantry-foods-_n_3248107.html">losing its texture and flavor</a> about three to four months after its been opened. (But let's be honest with ourselves here; those Fruity Pebbles don't last long in your house.) To extend cereal's shelf life, keep the box well covered so it stays crisper, longer.</p> <h2>10. Coffee</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/coffee%20bean%20cup.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>You don't have to worry about any nefarious living organisms infiltrating your coffee, but the pick-me-up does start to lose its flavor after a week or two in the pantry. Stash it in the fridge to preserve its full strength (and to keep the coffee thieves at bay).</p> <p><em>Do you know of other pantry staples to that don't last as long as we think they do? Let us know in the comments below.</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-in-your-pantry-that-dont-last-as-long-as-you-think" class="sharethis-link" title="10 Things in Your Pantry That Don&#039;t Last as Long as You Think" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-in-your-pantry-that-dont-last-as-long-as-you-think">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/25-frugal-food-changes-you-can-make-today">25 Frugal Food Changes You Can Make Today</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/18-pantry-foods-that-keep-longer-than-you-think">18 Pantry Foods That Keep Longer Than You Think</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-unusual-but-necessary-staples-to-add-to-your-pantry">12 Unusual (But Necessary!) Staples to Add to Your Pantry</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/how-to-grocery-shop-for-five-on-100-a-week">How to Grocery Shop for Five on $100 a Week</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-5-credit-cards-for-groceries">The Best 5 Credit Cards for Groceries</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> Food and Drink Shopping expiration dates food waste pantry shelf life Staples Thu, 18 Dec 2014 18:00:08 +0000 Mikey Rox 1269733 at http://www.wisebread.com Mick Jagger Rarely Buys New and 4 Other Smart Money Lessons From Thrifty Musicians http://www.wisebread.com/mick-jagger-rarely-buys-new-and-4-other-smart-money-lessons-from-thrifty-musicians <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/mick-jagger-rarely-buys-new-and-4-other-smart-money-lessons-from-thrifty-musicians" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/young-stylish-muscian-Dollarphotoclub_57491582.jpg" alt="young stylish musician" title="young stylish musician" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you listen to entertainment gossip, you'd believe that most musicians don't know what they're doing with their money. After all:</p> <ul> <li>Willie Nelson had to record an album to pay the <a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/kellyphillipserb/2013/04/29/willie-nelson-who-saved-his-career-and-his-house-with-the-irs-tapes-turns-80/">$16.7 million to the IRS</a>.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Lionel Richie owed <a href="http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/life/people/story/2012-04-17/celebrity-tax-troubles/54319254/1">$1.1 million in unpaid taxes</a> to the IRS at one point.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Singer Courtney Love was sued by American Express <a href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/8071378.stm">over $350,000 in unpaid debt</a>.</li> </ul> <p>However, there are also plenty of musicians that are actually making savvy financial decisions every day. It may surprise you to learn who they are. Here are some smart money lessons from five of our favorite musicians. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/zooey-deschanel-never-pays-late-fees-and-5-other-smart-money-lessons-from-celebrities?ref=seealso">Zooey Deschanel Never Pays Late Fees and 5 Other Smart Money Lessons From Celebrities</a>)</p> <h2>1. Duff McKagan</h2> <p>While his Guns n' Roses bandmates, Axl Rose and Slash, stole all the spotlight during the 80's and 90's, nowadays Duff is the one making headlines as a savvy investor and wealth manager. After being hospitalized at age 30 for acute pancreatitis due to his heavy rock n' roll lifestyle, McKagan realized that he needed to clean up his act. He picked up a box of Guns n' Roses financials from the previous six years and he realized he couldn't understand anything. So, he decided that he had to take control of his finances.</p> <p>He quit his vices, enrolled in a community college (and eventually in a business school!), became more interested in finance, and made investments in companies that he understood. His hard work paid off. The investments he made in 1994 in Starbucks, Microsoft, and Amazon.com have approximate returns of <a href="http://www.reddit.com/r/todayilearned/comments/2g78h9/til_in_1994_former_guns_n_roses_bassist_duff/">5,337.14%, 2,347.92%, and 21,934.67%</a>, respectively.</p> <h3>Smart Money Lesson</h3> <p><a href="http://archive.fortune.com/2011/03/04/pf/duff_mckagan_meridian_rock.fortune/index.htm">In his own words</a>: &quot;I didn't want to be 60 years old and broke, having made all this money in my twenties&hellip; that was my simple goal.&quot; Don't take a backseat in your finances. If you don't understand something in your financial statements, do the necessary research to improve your understanding, and ultimately your financial situation.</p> <h2>2. Nicole Scherzinger</h2> <p>Despite her financial success, the former Pussycat Doll and current solo artist Nicole Scherzinger still looks for the best deal possible.</p> <p>During her college years, <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/moslive/article-1393458/Nicole-Scherzinger-X-Factor-boss-Simon-Cowell-genius-funny.html">Scherzinger had to spend almost all of her money on tuition fees</a>. Since she had little cash left for everyday expenses, she had to learn to be very frugal with everything, including groceries. Old habits die hard. <a href="http://www.askmen.com/celebs/entertainment-news/nicole-scherzinger/bargain-hunter-nicole-scherzinger.html">She still hunts for the best bargains at the grocery store</a> and loves buying in bulk.</p> <h3>Smart Money Lesson</h3> <p>Even after you've &quot;made it,&quot; you should still look for bargains and discounts. If you have extra money available, but continue to hunt for deals, you will have even more available to save for your rainy and retirement days.</p> <h2>3. Paul McCartney</h2> <p>Even though Sir Paul has been singing &quot;Money can't buy me love&quot; since the 60's, it doesn't mean that he doesn't appreciate the value of money.</p> <p>His <a href="http://www.people.com/people/archive/article/0,,20086390,00.html">friends describe him</a> by saying that &quot;Paul truly believes that lavish is vulgar, and ostentation crude.&quot; He is so frugal that he even made her daughter Stella choose a state school to get a lower tuition. Another reason to put her in a state school was to keep her as down to earth as possible. Stella praises her dad for his decision and she is now a successful fashion designer.</p> <h3>Smart Money Lesson</h3> <p>When it comes to education, it's about quality, not price. With advances in educational technologies you can further your education without chaining yourself or your kids to an enormous educational debt. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-cheap-ways-to-continue-your-education-without-going-back-to-school?ref=seealso">8 Cheap Ways to Continue Your Education Without Going Back to School</a>)</p> <h2>4. Mick Jagger</h2> <p>The Rolling Stones frontman gets plenty of satisfaction from his cars and computers. &quot;We don't like throwing computers away as soon as they don't work&hellip; We like cars to be repaired instead of junked,&quot; he explains about his <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/music/2003/jul/13/artsfeatures.popandrock">frugal philosophy</a>.</p> <p>Despite rumors of his lavish lifestyle, Jagger is very mindful of how he spends his fortune. Although he enjoys his bandmate Ron Wood's paintings, their $140,000 price tag scares him off from similar purchases.</p> <h3>Smart Money Lesson</h3> <p>Before tossing away a computer, car, or home appliance, check whether it can be repaired. Contact the manufacturer to see if the item's warranty still applies. Also, some repair shops provide a limited warranty for performed repairs.</p> <h2>5. Dave Grohl</h2> <p>In a 2003 interview the Foo Fighters frontman revealed, &quot;I've got tons of money, but I'm afraid to spend it. Knowing I don't even have a high school diploma to fall back on, I'm going to be really careful with what I've got.&quot;</p> <p>Many people thought he was done after Nirvana's leader Kurt Cobain died. Instead, Grohl started knocking on doors and collaborated with bands and musicians, such as Garbage, Nine Inch Nails, Killing Joke, David Bowie, Paul McCartney, the Prodigy, Iggy Pop, Tom Petty, and Stevie Nicks. Additionally, he is a member of Queens of the Stone Age and continues to tour with Foo Fighters.</p> <p>&quot;God, if I didn't have three children, I'd&hellip; spend 365 days out of the year on the road, probably. But I love what I do&quot;, <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/music/2014/nov/06/sp-dave-grohl-foo-fighters-sonic-highways-album-tv-show">Dave confesses about his job</a>.</p> <h3>Smart Money Lesson</h3> <p>The lesson is clear: find what you love and do it as long as you can. The key to job stability is to find a niche, network heavily, and work hard. Love your job so much that it doesn't feel like one and it will reward you for years to come &mdash; and not solely in steady paydays.</p> <p><em>Know of other frugal musicians? Let us know who your favorites are in the comments below.</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mick-jagger-rarely-buys-new-and-4-other-smart-money-lessons-from-thrifty-musicians" class="sharethis-link" title="Mick Jagger Rarely Buys New and 4 Other Smart Money Lessons From Thrifty Musicians " rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><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/mick-jagger-rarely-buys-new-and-4-other-smart-money-lessons-from-thrifty-musicians">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/5-money-lessons-from-the-third-world">5 Money Lessons From the Third World</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/6-great-teachable-money-moments-to-share-with-your-kids">6 Great Teachable Money Moments to Share With Your Kids</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/zooey-deschanel-never-pays-late-fees-and-5-other-smart-money-lessons-from-celebrities">Zooey Deschanel Never Pays Late Fees and 5 Other Smart Money Lessons From Celebrities</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/5-money-lessons-i-learned-from-watching-wheel-of-fortune">5 Money Lessons I Learned From Watching Wheel of Fortune</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-most-important-financial-lessons-people-learn-in-their-20s-did-you">The 5 Most Important Financial Lessons People Learn in Their 20s (Did You?)</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> Frugal Living celebrities frugal celebrities frugal musicians money lessons Thu, 18 Dec 2014 16:00:12 +0000 Damian Davila 1269786 at http://www.wisebread.com 7 Overpriced Holiday Gifts You Should Skip http://www.wisebread.com/7-overpriced-holiday-gifts-you-should-skip <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-overpriced-holiday-gifts-you-should-skip" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/couple-jewelry-shopping-Dollarphotoclub_63260683.jpg" alt="couple jewelry shopping" title="couple jewelry shopping" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Even the most frugal of shoppers can become very loose with their hard-earned money when it comes to getting gifts for loved ones around the holidays. But, just because they've asked for it, it doesn't mean you should throw down a ton of money to get it. Many of these gifts are overpriced, and you should really do your homework before shelling out serious money. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-great-holiday-gifts-from-the-thrift-store?ref=seealso">10 Great Holiday Gifts From the Thrift Store</a>)</p> <p>Here are seven of the biggest offenders at this time of year.</p> <h2>1. Beats By Dre</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" alt="" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/beats%20by%20dre.jpg" /></p> <p>Ranging in price from <a href="http://www.amazon.com/s/?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;field-keywords=beats&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;url=search-alias%3Daps&amp;linkId=ZZ2CV6LMQS2LVCF2">$200 - $300</a>, you may think that getting someone the Beats By Dre headphones is an investment in quality. Sadly, with BBD you're paying for <a href="http://advertising.about.com/od/insidetheindustry/fl/Beats-by-Dre-Proves-People-Buy-Marketing.htm">style over substance</a>, and a very expensive and slick marketing campaign. Music industry experts and audiophiles agree that Beats By Dre are nothing special, despite the huge price tag. If someone on your list has asked for these, save your money and get something like the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0033PROOY/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0033PROOY&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=BXOLHOUGSPEAERHE">Pioneer SE-A1000</a>. They're about $60, and every bit as good as the Beats offerings.</p> <h2>2. Anything With Diamonds</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" alt="" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/diamond%20ring.jpg" /></p> <p>It's truly staggering how, in this day and age, people still think <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-greatest-story-ever-sold-is-a-fantasy-covered-in-blood">diamonds are a girl's best friend</a>. Diamond prices are kept artificially high by a huge cartel. Just do a quick search right now and you'll find thousands of articles and information supporting this. What's more, artificial diamonds, such as moissanite, are cheaper and more brilliant. But, jewelry stores everywhere will be trying to push diamond necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and watches on you for holiday gifts. Don't bother.</p> <h2>3. Designer Sunglasses</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/sunglasses.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>Did you know that one company makes almost all of the sunglasses in the world? They're called Luxottica, and whether you're out shopping for a pair of $500 Prada shades, or some $10 cheapo brand, they're all made by the exact same company. And they all have the same minimum safety specifications, including 100% UV protection. At the end of the day, you're not paying for quality; you're paying for a logo. Is it worth it? No. No. No.</p> <h2>4. Fancy Vodkas</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/grey%20goose%20vodka.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>When it comes to liquor like scotch, bourbon, and brandy, you definitely should look for brands that offer wonderful flavors and aromas. And you will have to pay more to get them, especially when you're talking about aged single malt whisky. But vodka? The problem is, most people do not drink it straight. It's a drink that's mixed with tonic, orange juice, or some other flavor. So why spend three figures on a bottle that 99.9% of the people you buy it for will not appreciate? You are once again paying for packaging and marketing, not a quality product.</p> <h2>5. Air Jordan Sneakers</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/air%20jordan%20sneakers.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>You can pay up to $375 for a pair of new Air Jordan sneakers on Nike.com right now. Even the kids' Air Jordan's are close to $100. This is purely a fashion statement and nothing more. Very few people are going to actually play basketball in $300 shoes. The Air Jordan Future Premiums, coming in at over $400 after tax and shipping, boast &quot;Phylon midsoles&quot; and carbon fiber midfoot shank.&quot; Really, this is just bonkers. A decent pair of sneakers should not run you more than $100. If you're a deal hound, you can find them at half that price.</p> <h2>6. Doc McStuffins Get Better Talking Mobile Cart</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/doc%20mcstuffins%20toy.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>It's a mouthful. It's also one of the hottest toys of 2014, and it has pretty much sold out everywhere online. You may be able to find one in a local store, but people who are looking to monopolize on the gift frenzy bought up a bunch of these; now they're selling them for double, or even triple, the original $49.99 RRP. This happens every year, be it Zhu Zhu pets or Tickle Me Elmo. It may be worth fifty bucks, but don't go raiding the savings account for something that will be in stock after New Year.</p> <h2>7. Luxury Watches</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/rolex%20watch.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>This is not just about Rolex and Omega, which are out of the budgets of most American families. This is also about brands like Tag Heuer, Citizen, and Invicta. These watches tell the time accurately, and look good on your wrist. So too do countless other brands that can be found for less than $100. And while some watches can be an investment, most of these models lose value as soon as you buy them. You may end up spending a small fortune on a watch that someone wears a few times a year for fear of scratching it. Skip the fancy watch.</p> <p><em>What over-priced, over-hyped gifts will you be avoiding this year? Warn us in comments!</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-overpriced-holiday-gifts-you-should-skip" class="sharethis-link" title="7 Overpriced Holiday Gifts You Should Skip" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-overpriced-holiday-gifts-you-should-skip">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-5"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-ultimate-guide-to-holiday-tipping">The Ultimate Guide to Holiday Tipping</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/people-who-love-christmas-do-these-9-things-do-you">People Who Love Christmas Do These 9 Things — Do You?</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/many-happy-returns-5-tips-for-getting-what-you-really-want-this-holiday">Many Happy Returns: 5 Tips for Getting What You Really Want This Holiday</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/to-life-to-life-la-kayim-the-joy-of-home-enhanced-booze">To life, to life, la kayim! The joy of home-enhanced booze.</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-ways-to-have-a-no-spend-holiday-season">12 Ways to Have a No-Spend Holiday Season</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> Frugal Living Christmas expensive gifts gifts Holidays wasting money Thu, 18 Dec 2014 10:00:11 +0000 Paul Michael 1269731 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: The Best Things That Money Can't Buy http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-the-best-things-that-money-cant-buy <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-the-best-things-that-money-cant-buy" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/happy-man-relaxing-hammock-Dollarphotoclub_46830424.jpg" alt="happy man relaxing" title="happy man relaxing" 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 best things that money can&rsquo;t buy, tips for a productive home office, and new year&rsquo;s resolutions you might want to consider doing.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Best-Things-Life-Money-Cant-Buy-34442356">98 of the Best Things in Life That Money Can't Buy</a> &mdash; Money can buy a lot of things, but the peace of mind you get from letting go of grudges is not one of them. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://thirtysixmonths.com/5-tips-productive-home-office">5 Tips for a Productive at Home Office</a> &mdash; Pull back the curtains and let the light in! Natural light tells your brain that it's time to work and helps with concentration. [Thirty Six Months]</p> <p><a href="http://fitzvillafuerte.com/10-new-years-resolutions-consider.html">10 New Year&rsquo;s Resolutions That You Should Consider Doing</a> &mdash; Make the resolution to stop checking your social media accounts from your phone when you're out with friends. [Ready To Be Rich]</p> <p><a href="http://ptmoney.com/save-money-end-year-auto-insurance-purchases/">Save Money on End of Year Auto &amp; Insurance Purchases</a> &mdash; Some insurers offer low-mileage discounts. If drive just around 7,500 miles a year, it may be worth your while to look into public transportation or carpooling alternatives and keep your mileage low. [PT Money]</p> <p><a href="http://www.spillingbuckets.com/2014/12/essentials-to-look-for-in-your-next-home.html">Essentials to Look for in Your Next Home</a> &mdash; Ask if the insulation in the floors, walls, and attic have been upgraded to meet the minimum energy standards for your region. [Spilling Buckets Personal Finance]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/lawrencelight/2014/12/15/how-to-divvy-up-your-money-in-a-401k-plan/">How to Divvy Up Your Money in a 401(k) Plan</a> &mdash; If you want to see your money grow, don't allocate too much of your investments in stable value funds. [Forbes]</p> <p><a href="http://www.quizzle.com/blog/2014/12/gifts-smart-grandparents-relatives-give-raise-financially-savvy-kids/">The Gifts Smart Grandparents and Relatives Give to Raise Financially Savvy Kids</a> &mdash; Consider donating to the kid's college fund as a gift that grows with her! [Quizzle Wire]</p> <p><a href="http://www.modestmoney.com/keep-earning-retire/">How to Keep Earning After You Retire</a> &mdash; Investing in property is one way to make money during your retirement. [Modest Money]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/5-ways-kids-can-give-back-during-the-holiday-season">5 Ways Kids Can Give Back During the Holiday Season</a> &mdash; Kids can donate any coats or warm clothing that they've outgrown. [Parenting Squad]</p> <p><a href="http://blog.readyforzero.com/minimalism-fad-or-solid-debt-payoff-tool/">Minimalism: Fad or Solid Debt Payoff Tool?</a> &mdash; Minimalism not only clears your physical space, it frees up your mental space, too. It's actually an effective psychological debt payoff tool. [Ready For Zero]</p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-the-best-things-that-money-cant-buy" class="sharethis-link" title="Best Money Tips: The Best Things That Money Can&#039;t Buy" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><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-the-best-things-that-money-cant-buy">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/seven-tips-for-the-newly-unemployed">Seven Tips for the Newly Unemployed</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/save-gas-dont-make-left-hand-turns">Save gas; don&#039;t make left-hand turns.</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/getting-by-without-money-in-spain">Getting by without money in Spain</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/in-times-like-these-separate-the-want-from-the-need">In times like these, separate the want from the need.</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/common-currency-a-primer">Common Currency: A Primer</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> Frugal Living best money tips money Wed, 17 Dec 2014 20:00:08 +0000 Amy Lu 1269542 at http://www.wisebread.com The Simplest Way to Live Simply — And Cheaply http://www.wisebread.com/the-simplest-way-to-live-simply-and-cheaply <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-simplest-way-to-live-simply-and-cheaply" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman-drinking-coffee-cafe-Dollarphotoclub_69832612.jpg" alt="happy woman cafe" title="happy woman cafe" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I moved this summer. Before packing, I did some decluttering, and took a lot of books to the used book store. And what I got rid of were my simple living books. Because, really, simple living is simple. It doesn't take a dozen books to explain it. It doesn't even take one.</p> <p>I started buying books on simple living twenty-odd years ago. I was undergoing a minor crisis in my life. I was moving then as well, plus having some financial problems. I was having to reevaluate my whole future, and simple living was looking pretty appealing.</p> <p>I read the modern classics like Duane Elgin's <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002QGSXJ6/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B002QGSXJ6&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=QBWWV4KYGM5TVWK3">Voluntary Simplicity</a> and Vicki Robin and Joe Dominguez's <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0143115766/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=0143115766&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=ESRHK2P6DXNJIOFS">Your Money or your Life</a>, and Amy Dacyczyn's <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0375752250/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=0375752250&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=7X34G2TAOCWZSZTL">Tightwad Gazette</a>, and re-read the older classics, like Thoreau's <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1494466694/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=1494466694&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=LKBUHVWQROEDLDKZ">Walden</a>. (In the end, the only one I kept was Dolly Freed's <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0982053932/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=0982053932&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=UZIDQSS7CD45XEJ2">Possum Living</a> &mdash; and that one mainly for the chapter on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-make-moonshine">moonshine</a>.) They came at just the right moment in my life. They helped a lot. But I eventually figured out that there's a problem with writing a book on something as simple as simple living: It's so simple that you can't fill a book, unless you add a bunch of other stuff.</p> <p>Because simple living is really simple. There's really just one idea: <em>Prioritize the few things that really matter, and put aside everything else</em>.</p> <p>Beyond that, everything you're going to read about simple living is just tactics &mdash; ways to figure out what matters, ways to optimize your acquisition and use of those things, ways to get by without the other stuff, ways to fit into a society where you're something of an oddball.</p> <p>And while simple living isn't complex enough to fill out a book, it's just about right for an article. So here's how to get started.</p> <h2>Figure Out What Matters</h2> <p>This is the core of the whole enterprise. In one sense, it's easy: What matters to you is what matters to you; what you want is what you want. Simple living isn't about wanting other stuff, and it certainly isn't about wanting less. It's about finding the essential core and focusing there.</p> <p>Even so, this doesn't turn out to be an easy step, for a lot of reasons.</p> <p>First of all, a lot of people don't know what really matters to them. Some people are deeply unsure about what they really want, and even people who have a pretty good grasp on it can still confuse what they want <em>right now</em> with what they really want on a deeper, more fundamental level.</p> <p>Second, almost everybody needs to take other people into account. What matters most to you has to take into account what matters most to your spouse, your kids, and possibly other relatives as well. To some extent, you probably need to allow for what matters to non-relatives as well &mdash; your neighbors, your boss, teachers, students, people who work for you, and people who care about you. The balancing act of figuring out how much the desires and expectations of other people should affect what matters to you is necessary, even in those cases where the decision ends up being to go with your own thoughts on the matter.</p> <p>Finally, what really matters to you isn't a fixed star. It changes over time. It changes as you learn and grow. It changes as your circumstances change. It changes as the world changes. So, you're always going to be dealing with a moving target.</p> <p>Having said all that, here are some thoughts on figuring out what matters to you most, and focusing on those things.</p> <p>The most crucial step is simply to think deeply about what matters to you. I wrote a post with some suggestions for how to start called <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/find-your-passion">Find Your Passion</a>. That post includes a list of related links at the bottom.</p> <p>Another thing that's worth doing is to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/reverse-engineer-the-best-time-of-your-life">Reverse Engineer the Best Time of Your Life</a>. That is, think back to the best times of your life, and figure out what it was about those times that made them the best.</p> <p>Yet another is to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/finding-joy-in-temporary-frugality">experiment outside your comfort zone</a>.</p> <p>Finally, it helps to be honest about what you really want, by recognizing that it includes things you may be taking for granted &mdash; such as a place to live, clean water to drink, and food to eat. I talk about figuring this stuff out in <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/if-budgeting-isnt-fun-youre-doing-it-wrong">If Budgeting Isn't Fun, You're Doing It Wrong</a>.</p> <p>On negotiating this stuff with your family and others, I want to suggest two posts, one called <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-line-between-frugal-and-crazy">The Line Between Frugal and Crazy</a>, and one called <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/it-takes-a-frugal-spouse-to-make-a-frugal-home">It Takes a Frugal Spouse to Make a Frugal Home</a>.</p> <h2>Optimize That Stuff</h2> <p>Okay, you've made the decision that simple living &mdash; this idea of simple living, where you focus on what's most important &mdash; is the way to go. And you've decided what is most important to you. Now what?</p> <p>Well, now you live a life rich in whatever you've decided is most important.</p> <p>That seems simple enough. Even easy, in a sense &mdash; what could be easier than <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/voluntary-simplicity-as-hedonism">doing whatever you want</a>? But, of course, it's not that simple. You probably need to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/dream-job-or-day-job">earn a living</a>. You also have longer-term goals, and meeting those will depend on <em>not</em> doing <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/book-review-happier">whatever might seem most attractive right now</a>.</p> <p>Your key tool for successfully living the life that you have chosen is a budget. Besides the one I mentioned above, about how budgeting is fun, I've got two other posts on creating a budget: One called <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/refactor-your-budget-categories">Refactoring Your Budget Categories</a> (because how you categorize an expense makes a bigger difference than you might think), and another called <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/a-better-way-to-create-a-budget">A Better Way to Create a Budget</a>.</p> <p>The key is to remember that your budget isn't a constraint. You do have constraints, but they come from the real world. Your budget is a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/a-budget-is-not-a-constraint">tool for helping you live a life of joy</a> in the face of those constraints.</p> <p>You can't go back and change the past, but except for the decision to have kids, there are almost no decisions that can't be revisited. Given time and effort, you can completely <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/designing-your-life">redesign your life</a> &mdash; you can move, change jobs, change careers, go back to school.</p> <p>You can alter every aspect of your life. Don't hesitate to do so, in your search for a life that's as fun and fulfilling as it is simple.</p> <h2>Get By Without the Other Stuff</h2> <p>There are <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-many-reasons-to-make-do-with-less">many reasons for making do with less</a>, and for some things, <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/doing-without-is-often-better-than-making-do">doing without is better than making do</a>. But wherever you draw the line below what's most important, there will be things that just barely miss the cutoff. Those things are pretty darned important, but you've decided that, to live a simple life, you'll let them go. Deciding that is one thing. Living out your decision is something else.</p> <p>The most common strategy among ordinary folks &mdash; folks who haven't chosen a simple life &mdash; is not to have that line at all. Instead of a sharp line, they have a long tapering off, where they have some of the stuff that's less important, just not as much than they really want. This strategy is, I think, a source of great misery. They don't just have less than they want of everything below the line. To pay for those things, they <em>also</em> have to make do with less of the stuff above the line &mdash; the really important stuff.</p> <p>The point of simple living is that you get enough of <em>all</em> the most important stuff. Once you make that <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/making-the-most-of-your-guilty-pleasures">mental shift</a>, the rest is easy. (There are plenty of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/treat-yourself-like-a-child-to-be-more-grown-up">mental tricks</a> for dealing with the things that don't make the cut.)</p> <p>Never forget that <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/simplicity-and-being-cheap">simplicity is not the same thing as being cheap</a>.</p> <p>Of course, you still have limited resources that you need to allocate. Wise Bread is full to bursting with suggestions on ways to do that effectively. I wrote one called <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/borrowing-renting-substituting-and-doing-without">Borrowing, Renting, Substituting, and Doing Without</a>, and another called <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-to-live-better-without-spending-more">Five Ways to Live Better Without Spending More</a>.</p> <h2>Fit In When You're an Oddball</h2> <p>Finally, there's the problem of being strange.</p> <p>There are the internal aspects &mdash; you're bound to sometimes get grumpy <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/when-poor-folks-have-better-crap-than-you">when poor folks have better crap than you</a>.</p> <p>And there are the external aspects &mdash; your friends and family will sometimes find it <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/not-driving-your-less-frugal-friends-crazy">tough to deal with your simple life</a>. Your choices here fall into two general categories. One is <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/passing-for-middle-class">Passing for Middle Class</a>. If you'd rather not &mdash; if you'd rather just appear to be the oddball you are &mdash; one way to make it easier for others to accept is to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/choosing-a-luxury-eccentricity">Choose a Luxury Eccentricity</a>.</p> <p>In the past, I've sometimes cast simple living in terms of needs and wants: You satisfy all your needs, and then you satisfy your most important wants. But I think even that might be more complex than necessary. It's simpler to say: You get enough of all the most important stuff.</p> <p>That's my idea of simple living. Not enough for a book, perhaps, but just about right for a Wise Bread post.</p> <p><em>What are some of your ideas about simple living? Please share in comments!</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-simplest-way-to-live-simply-and-cheaply" class="sharethis-link" title="The Simplest Way to Live Simply — And Cheaply" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/philip-brewer">Philip Brewer</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-simplest-way-to-live-simply-and-cheaply">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/what-ive-been-trying-to-say">What I&#039;ve been trying to say</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/frugality-simplicity-and-sustainability">Frugality, Simplicity, and Sustainability</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-best-kept-secret-to-frugal-living">The Best-Kept Secret to Frugal Living</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/book-review-wabi-sabi-simple">Book review: Wabi Sabi Simple</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/voluntary-simplicity-versus-poverty">Voluntary simplicity versus poverty</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> Frugal Living essentials frugal living fundamentals simple living simplicity wants and needs Wed, 17 Dec 2014 18:00:14 +0000 Philip Brewer 1269223 at http://www.wisebread.com 7 Beauty Savings Secrets Every Woman Should Know http://www.wisebread.com/7-beauty-savings-secrets-every-woman-should-know <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-beauty-savings-secrets-every-woman-should-know" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman-buying-cosmetics-Dollarphotoclub_67027622.jpg" alt="woman buying cosmetics" title="woman buying cosmetics" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>According to The Huffington Post, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/23/beauty-products_n_3975209.html">women spend over $426 billion a year on beauty products</a>. This can get exceedingly expensive for women who buy into the high priced anti-aging skincare lines and like to stay on top of the latest cosmetics trends. Fortunately, there are a few new ways to save that don't require sorting through the bargain bin at the end of each season.</p> <p>Here are the seven best ways to stretch your dollar in the beauty department.</p> <h2>1. Sign Up for Surprise Beauty Box Subscriptions</h2> <p>Beauty box services like <a href="http://www.glossybox.com/">Glossy Box</a>, <a href="http://www.ipsy.com/">Ipsy</a>, or <a href="http://www.beautybar.com/SampleSociety/LandingPage.qs">Sample Society</a> all work in more or less the same way. You select a plan with the type of products you're interested in getting and how long of a contract you want (typically, the longer your contract, the bigger the discount). Then every month you get a box in the mail, filled with sample or full-size beauty products to test out.</p> <h3>What's the Catch?</h3> <p>Most of these services are upfront about the fees and quality of products, but there's no way of knowing what you'll receive from month to month. It's possible to end up with a box full of products that you have no interest in using.</p> <h2>2. Sign Up for Retailer Rewards</h2> <p>Beauty companies that offer rewards systems pay you cash, redeemable points, or special discounts depending on the dollar amount you spend at their store. Some may even offer lower members-only prices. When signing up, make sure to ask about the program's benefits, so that you can figure out the best way it can work for you. For example, the CVS reward program offers personalized coupons, weekly sales to members, and 2% cash back on all purchases. Other programs to consider: <a href="http://www.beauty.com/">Beauty.com,</a> <a href="http://www.sephora.com/">Sephora</a>, <a href="http://www.sallybeauty.com/">Sally Beauty Supply</a>, <a href="http://ulta.com/">Ulta</a>, and <a href="http://www.cvs.com/">CVS</a>.</p> <h3>What's the Catch?</h3> <p>Rewards programs are a good deal, but read the fine print. Some companies may limit the items available to purchase with reward points or price reward items ridiculously high. For example, Sephora offers one reward point for each dollar spent, but it takes 100 points (or 100 dollars spent) to redeem one sample-size mascara.</p> <h2>3. Shop Online</h2> <p>Online beauty retailers like <a href="http://www.dermstore.com/">Dermstore</a>, Beauty.com and <a href="http://www.beautybar.com/">Beautybar.com</a> can offer better prices because they don't have the same overhead costs as a traditional brick and mortar. These retailers pass on the savings through daily or weekly sales, special promotions, and additional coupons found on third-party coupon websites.</p> <h3>What's the Catch?</h3> <p>You don't get the luxury of trying new products like you would in-store and to receive free shipping you have to meet the minimum order value of $35-$50.</p> <h2>4. Buy the Bundled Kit</h2> <p>Some brand-specific retailers promote the use of their products in a group or kit, for best results. For the full package, they offer big savings. For example, at Murad their &quot;<a href="http://www.murad.com/environmental-shield-30-day-kit">Environmental Shield Introductory Kit</a>&quot; costs under $40, but if you bought all the components separately, the cost would be $125.</p> <h3>What's the Catch?</h3> <p>As long as you want all the products in the kit, this one's a no-brainer.</p> <h2>5. Get Those Free Samples!</h2> <p>There are four ways to get free samples.</p> <ul> <li>When the woman at the department store counter asks if you want a free sample, you say, &quot;Yes!&quot;<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Stores like Sephora have sample containers waiting to be filled with products you'd like to try; you just have to ask an employee for it.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Check websites like <a href="http://womanfreebies.com/">Womanfreebies</a> and <a href="http://www.shopathome.com/">Shopathome</a> for updates on a variety of free stuff including bath and beauty supplies.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Manufacturers new and old are fighting for your business and offer free samples so that you can try them out, so check their websites for details.</li> </ul> <h3>What's the Catch?</h3> <p>You may not get the full benefit of a product from a sample size. Especially with skin and hair care products, potential results may not show up until a certain number of uses that can't be fulfilled in a one or two-time portion.</p> <h2>6. Compare Ingredients</h2> <p>According to a ShopSmart interview with cosmetics chemist Randy Shueller, &quot;if the first five ingredients are the same or nearly the same, then <a href="http://www.shopsmart.org/2014/11/smart-swaps-to-save-big-on-cosmetics-and-skin-care.html">the product is probably very similar</a>.&quot; They compared three similar products and found that the less expensive products were 50% cheaper &mdash; for the same ingredients!</p> <h3>What's the Catch?</h3> <p>You'll have to spend a little more time doing the research on these ingredients. But even if you know them inside out, the unfortunate truth is that beauty product labels don't state the usage amount of the ingredients listed. For all you know, they used a drop of the ingredient you need in your beauty product.</p> <h2>7. Buy Reusable Applicators</h2> <p>Every time you use a traditional foundation applicator, you have to throw it away. Instead, replace your one-time use foundation sponges with a reusable foundation brush or beauty blender sponge that will last you up to 3-6 months. Depending on how often it's used and how well you take care of it, it may even last longer. This will eliminate your restocking fees and decrease the unnecessary waste that's produced by traditional sponge applicators.</p> <h3>What's the Catch?</h3> <p>Nothing more than a change and learning curve, but there are hundreds of YouTube beauty tutorials that will show you the best ways of using it.</p> <p><em>What are your best beauty savings secrets? Please share in comments!</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-beauty-savings-secrets-every-woman-should-know" class="sharethis-link" title="7 Beauty Savings Secrets Every Woman Should Know" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/nayri-leanna-gregor">Nayri Leanna Gregor</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-beauty-savings-secrets-every-woman-should-know">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/budgeting-beauty-an-expert-tells-all">Budgeting Beauty - An Expert Tells All</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/can-beauty-be-this-basic">Can Beauty Be THIS Basic?</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-beauty-products-youre-using-that-actually-do-nothing">14 Beauty Products You&#039;re Using That Actually Do Nothing</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/win-a-burts-bees-essential-body-kit">Win a Burt&#039;s Bees Essential Body Kit</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/quick-and-dirty-skin-care-for-men-how-grandpa-used-to-do-it">Quick and Dirty Skin Care for Men: How Grandpa Used to Do It</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> Health and Beauty beauty cosmetics savings shopping Wed, 17 Dec 2014 16:00:09 +0000 Nayri Leanna Gregor 1269224 at http://www.wisebread.com 36 Workouts You Can Do in Your Living Room While It's Cold Out http://www.wisebread.com/36-workouts-you-can-do-in-your-living-room-while-its-cold-out <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/36-workouts-you-can-do-in-your-living-room-while-its-cold-out" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman-exercise-living-room-Dollarphotoclub_63851547.jpg" alt="woman exercise living room" title="woman exercise living room" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It's cold enough to reasonably excuse yourself from running, but it's not too cold to workout inside. So move your coffee table out of the way, roll out your yoga mat and make your TV the focal point of your workout, because we've rounded up 36 exercises you can do in your living room. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/these-at-home-exercises-will-give-you-a-gym-quality-workout-for-free?ref=seealso">These At-Home Workouts Will Give You a Gym-Quality Workout for Free</a>)</p> <p>Most of these workouts are available online for free, but don't forget Christmas time usually offers deals on videos at local retailers. You'll need a yoga mat and a few hand weights for some of the workouts. And no matter which workout is right for you, make sure you follow the instructions carefully &mdash; the last thing you want to do is pull a muscle trying to gain muscle.</p> <h2>Strength Training</h2> <p>You won't need a lot of fancy weight lifting equipment to start buffing up at home.</p> <h3>POPSUGAR Fitness</h3> <p>POPSUGAR Fitness is a fantastic source for <a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/popsugartvfit">YouTube</a> workouts. I will warn you though: Their channel is mixed with food recipes. Their <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=istOU9nxhm8">beginner strength training workout</a> is phenomenal if you don't have a lot of workout supplies &mdash; it only requires a yoga mat. It does require some coordination, but since you're in your living room and not in public, there is no need to feel embarrassed.</p> <h3>Nike+ Training App</h3> <p>If you're a woman with a smartphone, try out the free <a href="http://www.nike.com/us/en_us/c/womens-training/apps/nike-training-club">Nike+ Training Club app</a>, which acts as a personal trainer, motivator, and calorie counter. This app is great for when you don't know how to do a certain bend or lift.</p> <h3>Jillian Michaels App</h3> <p>The free <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/jillian-michaels-slim-down/id399841706?mt=8">Jillian Michaels app</a> helps you plan your workout in conjunction with a meal plan. It's like The Biggest Loser only you're the only one competing and no one is watching you.</p> <h2>Focus Areas</h2> <p>If you're trying to fix one certain part of your body, there are a plethora of body part specific workouts you can try out.</p> <h3>Abs</h3> <p>If you're looking for ab workouts, try <a href="http://www.hulu.com/watch/386209">Gaiam's Quick Fix Ab</a> workout.</p> <h3>Lower Body</h3> <p>If you're focusing on your lower body, try <a href="http://www.fitnessblender.com/v/workout-detail/Butt-and-Thigh-Workout-with-Fat-Burning-HIIT-Cardio-At-Home-Legs-On-Fire-/kd/">Fitness Blender's Butt and Thigh</a> workout or POPSUGAR's <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KCYCHj_NGNg&amp;list=UUBINFWq52ShSgUFEoynfSwg">Tighten Your Love Handles</a> workout.</p> <h3>Back</h3> <p>Strengthen your back with <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ql_fjjleuu8&amp;list=UUBINFWq52ShSgUFEoynfSwg">this workout</a>, also from POPSUGAR.</p> <h3>Upper Body</h3> <p>For your upper body, check out <a href="http://www.fitnessblender.com/v/workout-detail/Bodyweight-Only-Upper-Body-Workout-Killer-Arms-Shoulders-and-Upper-Back-Workout/ke/">Fitness Blender's Upper Body</a> workout (no weights needed!). And Military.com offers <a href="http://www.military.com/military-fitness/workouts/best-twenty-minute-workouts">a round-up of 20 minute workouts</a> on their website. No matter what your focus area is, make sure you give it a break at least every other day. Too much on one certain area can cause you to strain your muscles.</p> <h2>Dancing</h2> <p>I avoid Zumba like the plague because I have no rhythm and I am not quick at picking up dance moves. However, I will happily dance when no one is watching.</p> <h3>Dance Workout for Dummies</h3> <p>This <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rEjsAW5rokA">Dance Workout for Dummies video</a> on YouTube is helpful simply because she is instructional as she dances.</p> <h3>Dance and Be Fit</h3> <p>Hulu's <a href="http://www.hulu.com/dance-and-be-fit">Dance and Be Fit</a> channel offers a plethora of choices.</p> <h3>Beyonce Dance Workout</h3> <p>If you feel like you could be the next Beyonce, check out POPSUGAR's <a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/popsugartvfit">Beyonce Dance Workout</a>.</p> <p>Most importantly, these videos require nothing but your body and an ability to laugh at yourself.</p> <h2>Military Workouts</h2> <p>If you need a little extra motivation only a drill instructor can give, you have several options.</p> <h3>Military.com Whole Body Workout</h3> <p>Military.com offers <a href="http://www.military.com/military-fitness/workouts/stuck-inside-indoor-workout-ideas">a workout for your whole body</a>. This workout focuses on everything: arms, legs, chest, and shoulders. However, the instructor recommends splitting the workouts up to give your body rest time in between certain sections. The good news is they don't have a YouTube video attached to them, so if your &quot;workout instructor&quot; gets on your nerves, this is an alternative. The bad news is that you have to pace yourself and make yourself keep going.</p> <h3>Other Boot Camps</h3> <p>Health.com also offers a <a href="http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20690381,00.html">30-minute Boot Camp Workout</a> with no videos. And if you need someone yelling at you, try Exercise TV's <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QtYgmDEddug">Boot Camp Calorie Burn</a> or XHIT Daily's Military <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vR96MWRPwHg">Boot Camp Workout</a>, which features a British instructor.</p> <h2>Yoga</h2> <p>Yoga is the best living room workout, and if you learn from a video, you won't feel embarrassed when you don't know what happy baby is.</p> <p>Try <a href="http://myfreeyoga.com/">MyFreeYoga.com</a> or Hulu's channels <a href="http://www.hulu.com/yoga-for-everyone">Yoga for Everyone</a>, <a href="http://www.hulu.com/my-yoga-classes">My Yoga Classes</a>, or, the aptly named, <a href="http://www.hulu.com/yoga">Yoga</a>. POPSUGAR rounds up <a href="http://www.popsugar.com/fitness/Websites-Offer-Free-Yoga-Classes-21156881">a few more websites</a> that cost around $9 a month &mdash; certainly cheaper than $15-$20 a class!</p> <p>Refer to these <a href="http://www.yogajournal.com/">Yoga Journal</a> videos to make sure your poses are done correctly.</p> <h2>Pilates</h2> <p>Hulu has a great <a href="http://www.hulu.com/gaiam-pilates">Pilates channel</a> available on their website. And try out Fitness Blender's <a href="http://www.fitnessblender.com/v/workout-detail/Quick-and-Easy-Pilates-Toning-and-Flexibility-Workout/kn/">Quick and Easy Pilates Toning and Flexibility Workout</a> (which lasts less than 20 minutes and tells you how many calories you're burning as you go), or Fitness Blender's <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gugu8jehy7A">Leg Slimming Pilates Routine</a>. eFit30 also offers a <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vv1q-jpa5uM">30-Minute Pilates</a> workout, which is led by a delightful Aussie named Renee.</p> <h2>Total Body Workouts</h2> <p>If you're in a rush, <a href="http://www.womenshealthmag.com/fitness/total-body-workouts">this five minute workout</a> from Women's Health is perfect for you. This workout has five steps, which you do 50 seconds apiece, taking a 10 second rest in between.</p> <p>Gaiam Fitness on Hulu also offers a <a href="http://www.hulu.com/watch/510380">total body workout</a> for those with a little more time.</p> <p>Men's Fitness offers <a href="http://www.mensfitness.com/training/workout-routines/8-at-home-workouts-to-lose-weight-and-build-muscle">eight different workouts</a> you can do at home. Some do require dumbbells, but a lot are possible with just you.</p> <h2>Pinterest Workouts</h2> <p>If videos aren't your thing, try what I'm calling a &quot;Pinterest&quot; workout. You know, one of those workouts made in Paint that will make you feel bad about your recipe board. There is the <a href="https://makinghealthahabit.files.wordpress.com/2011/10/workout6.jpg">100 Workout</a>, the <a href="https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/236x/7b/c1/c5/7bc1c5f0e6c2f01a695dc80b214cf804.jpg">&quot;Everytime You See This&quot; Workout</a>, the <a href="https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/e2/55/ab/e255ab0de4298184fe191723d710df14.jpg">Quick Morning Workout</a>, the <a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ZPDmsOQRHhw/UhLQrxC9gnI/AAAAAAAABTA/3BveEI0PvjM/s1600/Quick+Fix+Workout.png">Quick Fix Workout</a>, the <a href="http://iheartvegetables.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/10-minute-circuit-workout-.jpg">10 Minute Circuit</a>, and <a href="https://www.pinterest.com/search/pins/?q=fitness%20workouts&amp;term_meta%5B%5D=fitness%7Ctyped&amp;term_meta%5B%5D=workouts%7Ctyped">numerous others</a>.</p> <p><em>What do you use to workout at home? Please share in comments!</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/36-workouts-you-can-do-in-your-living-room-while-its-cold-out" class="sharethis-link" title="36 Workouts You Can Do in Your Living Room While It&#039;s Cold Out" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/jennifer-holder">Jennifer Holder</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/36-workouts-you-can-do-in-your-living-room-while-its-cold-out">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/walk-walk-walk-walk-walk">Walk, walk, walk, walk, walk</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/if-youre-doing-these-4-exercises-your-workouts-are-worth-nothing">If You&#039;re Doing These 4 Exercises, Your Workouts Are Worth Nothing</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/7-tips-for-getting-the-best-morning-workout">7 Tips for Getting the Best Morning Workout</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-ultimate-green-workout">The Ultimate &quot;Green&quot; Workout</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/these-at-home-exercises-will-give-you-a-gym-quality-workout-for-free">These At-Home Exercises Will Give You a Gym-Quality Workout for Free</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> Health and Beauty Lifestyle exercise fitness free workouts home gym workouts Tue, 16 Dec 2014 18:00:08 +0000 Jennifer Holder 1268204 at http://www.wisebread.com 18 Little Food Shopping Mistakes You Need to Stop Making Today http://www.wisebread.com/18-little-food-shopping-mistakes-you-need-to-stop-making-today <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/18-little-food-shopping-mistakes-you-need-to-stop-making-today" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman-shopping-supermarket-Dollarphotoclub_66765758.jpg" alt="woman grocery shopping" title="woman grocery shopping" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Think you've got your grocery game on lock? Check yourself before you wreck yourself with this list of food shopping mistakes that could bruise your ego &mdash; and your wallet.</p> <h2>1. Never Go on an Empty Stomach</h2> <p>This is a no-brainer, for sure, but we're all guilty of taking a trip to the supermarket when there's a <em>rumbly in our tumbly</em>. Heck, it might even be our own subconscious way of torturing ourselves just so we'll give in and sneak that pack of Oreos into the cart. But if any situation had buyer beware written all over it, it's this one. Satisfy your hunger pangs before shopping so you can get in and out with exactly what you intended to buy and nothing more.</p> <h2>2. Make a List Before You Leave the House</h2> <p>Shopping without a list is a recipe for disaster that can quickly turn what was meant to be a reasonably priced trip to the market into a budget-busting excursion. When you're not armed with a list, you'll notice all kinds of things that you think you need, but really don't. Personally, when I forget my list I find myself trying to convince myself that we're running low on an item that most likely we're not &mdash; and that's exactly why there are four bottles of ketchup in my fridge. Learn from my occasional mistake and plan ahead.</p> <h2>3. Plan Your Weekly Menu So You Don't Overbuy</h2> <p>I like this idea from a Facebook friend, and part of it's something that I already do. To ensure that I'm eating healthy as much as I can, I create a weekly menu so my meals are set in stone. It's so much easier to make dinner after work when the plan is already in place. The twist here is to use that menu as your shopping list as well. Check the recipes to determine exactly what you need and in what quantities and buy only those ingredients. You end up with less waste in your trash at the end of the week and more cash in your pocket.</p> <h2>4. Becoming a Victim of &quot;Base Value Neglect&quot;</h2> <p>Ever heard of &quot;base value neglect&quot;? I hadn't either, and it totally made me rethink my food-shopping strategy. According to Thomas Nitzsche of <a href="http://www.clearpointccs.org">ClearPoint Credit Solutions</a>, base value neglect is &quot;when shoppers assume that a 'bonus pack' or larger packaging at a warehouse store is the best deal.&quot; Kind of a shocker, right? We sort of just presume that buying in larger quantities will cost less, but that's not always true. Nitzsche recommends using a smartphone calculator to break down the cost per unit to ensure that you're actually getting the best value.</p> <h2>5. Choosing Canned (or Even Fresh) Veggies Over Frozen</h2> <p>Food educator Kimmell Proctor <a href="http://www.goodeatsteach.com">specializes in family wellness</a>, and she thinks many of us are making a poor choice by choosing canned (and sometimes fresh) fruits and vegetables instead of their frozen equivalents. &quot;Frozen fruits and veggies are picked at their peak of ripeness so they're still loaded with nutrients and flavor &mdash; without the added sodium and preservatives of canned fruits and veggies,&quot; she says. &quot;Not to mention, frozen produce is far less expensive than its fresh counterparts.&quot;</p> <h2>6. Buying Healthy Protein Sources in Small Packages</h2> <p>If you've ever compared the price of a small package of nuts versus a larger quantity, you'll discover that you're probably paying less in terms of price per ounce when you go a bit bigger. &quot;Nuts, seeds, and dried fruit are all nutrient-dense, smart-sense snack foods that boast naturally long shelf lives. Beans are inexpensive but rich plant-based protein sources,&quot; Proctor explains. &quot;Save money and eat well by sourcing these nutritious foods in the bulk aisles.&quot;</p> <h2>7. Wasting Salad Greens by Choosing Prepackaged</h2> <p>It's a familiar scenario in my fridge that I buy two packages of salad greens per week with the intent of consuming every last leaf before they go bad, but it doesn't always work out that way. In fact, buying these prepackaged greens may be a bad idea all around. Proctor says, &quot;Not only do those bags of prepackaged salad mixes cost far more than loose, fresh greens, but they also don't last as long. Lettuces and other leaves wilt and become soggy twice as fast when bagged than when stored in your fridge's crisper drawer. Save money and the time of additional shopping trips by avoiding 'convenience' packaging.&quot;</p> <h2>8. Forgetting to Shake the Produce</h2> <p>If you have the good fortune of bumping into me at the supermarket, you'll see me shaking the wet produce like it did something wrong to me. Why am I doing that? Because I'm paying by weight for much of my produce, and excess water drives the price up. &quot;Take a moment to dry your produce if it has just been sprayed with water &mdash; it'll weigh and therefore cost less,&quot; advises Jamie Novak, author of <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0470549009/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=0470549009&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=DRXGOZONXJR24ID7">Stop Throwing Away Money</a>. &quot;And ask the employee to knock off any encrusted ice before packaging your purchase,&quot; she adds.</p> <h2>9. Being Too Shy in the Checkout Aisle</h2> <p>Have you changed your mind about a certain product once you're in the checkout line? That's totally okay; you're under no obligation to buy anything. So instead of sucking it up and paying for it because you don't want to &quot;inconvenience&quot; anybody, let the cashier know that you decided not to purchase it. He or she will take it back and put it behind the register. Case closed.</p> <h2>10. Grabbing a Cart Instead of a Shopping Basket</h2> <p>There's a perfect analogy for this problem, considering that Thanksgiving has just passed. When you have a large plate in front of you, you have a tendency to fill it up, no? Then you feel guilty and bloated and curse the holidays. With a smaller plate, however, you would have eaten less because you wouldn't have been able to fit so much food it. The same concept applies to your grocery cart. When you get the large one, you increase the danger level that you'll start throwing things in that you don't need. On the flipside, if you grab a hand basket before making your way through the aisles, you're less likely to make impulse buys because you don't have the capacity to carry it. Common sense, really, but it's an easy fix that's often overlooked.</p> <h2>11. Leaving Without a Rain Check If the Sale Product Is out of Stock</h2> <p>If you've missed out on a great deal because other savvy shoppers have bum-rushed the aisle and depleted the stock, ask the store manager if there's a rain check available. Often times there are, so you can take advantage of those savings at a later date.</p> <h2>12. Overlooking Fresh Food by the Case If You Have a Large Family</h2> <p>Vanessa Cassini, owner of the family lifestyle blog <a href="http://www.livesimplynatural.com">Live Simply Natural</a>, knows firsthand how hard it is to feed a family of four on a budget. One tip she offers is buying produce by the case if your family consumes it quickly. &quot;Many produce managers at your local grocery stores will provide a discount for buying a whole case of fruits or veggies,&quot; she says. &quot;We regularly purchase 40 pound cases of bananas or 50 pound bags of carrots for almost half the cost since we buy it by the case. Coconuts regularly cost $3 to $4 each, but a case of 12 is only $9-$14 at [some] local markets.&quot;</p> <h2>13. Skipping Over Your Local Farmer or Co-Op First</h2> <p>Many of us think that buying produce from the farmer down the street will be more expensive than the grocery store because the grocery store has buying power the keep the cost down. Not always so. Cassini recommends visiting locally owned markets and stands to scout better deals. &quot;Farmers' markets provide some of the best quality produce at prices that are very competitive,&quot; she says. &quot;For example, organic bell peppers at my regular grocery store cost $4 each; our farmers market sells them for $1.99 a pound.&quot;</p> <h2>14. Failing to Give Store-Brand Food a Chance</h2> <p>I'm a hardcore name-brand loyalist (for no particular reason; it's just what I grew up eating), so it takes a lot of convincing for me to switch brands &mdash; especially to generic, store brands. Part of that might have to do with the packaging &mdash; I like all the bright colors and characters on my name-brand junk food &mdash; but you can save a bundle if you're willing to make the psychological sacrifice. Heck, you might even find out you like it. &quot;Many private label products are of equal if not better quality than some of their branded counterparts,&quot;&nbsp;<a href="http://www.quenchagency.com">says the Quench Agency's annual Food &amp; Beverage Trends Report</a>. &quot;Some retailers are launching premium plus private label products that don't resemble the private labels of years gone by.&quot;</p> <h2>15. Slacking on Your Pre-Trip Savings Skills</h2> <p>Are you using every savings tool available to reduce your grocery bill? Coupons, apps, weekly sales, and other strategies can save you a bundle &mdash; but you have to use them. I understand that sometimes we get lazy, or we're just too busy to clip this week, or we forget the coupons when we go shopping, but these mistakes will cost you dearly. I look at grocery shopping as a tactical maneuver, and I attack it as such. If you want to save the most money you can, you've got to work for it; super savings rarely come easily.</p> <h2>16. Buying Items Just Because You Have a Coupon For It</h2> <p>When you clip a coupon that you're on the fence about or that seems like a good deal even though you don't need the item, sit down, stare at it for one full minute, and decide whether this is a coupon that will save you money or one that will cost you money. If you don't need the item and you didn't budget for it, it's costing you money, not saving it. Beware of the coupons that require you to purchase multiple items to get the discount, also. Like $1 off when you buy two of something. It's often a trap, and you're falling right into it.</p> <h2>17. Falling for the &quot;Buy 10 for $1 Each&quot; Marketing Gimmick</h2> <p>I see this advertised in sales circulars all the time &mdash; 10 Whatevers for $1 Each &mdash; and I'm sure you do, too. These are great deals, for sure, but you may have been a bit blindsided if you're buying 10 items because you think it's required in order to qualify for the deal. That's not usually the case, actually. &quot;It's very rare that you actually need to buy the specified amount,&quot; says Kiyo Wiesnoski, owner of <a href="http://www.mispriced.co/">MisPriced.co</a>. &quot;The items are the same price regardless of how many you buy. If you don't really need 10 of an item, don't buy 10. Also, some items have large signs that mimic 'sale' signs, but are actually just advertising the regular, everyday price. Make sure you lift those signs up to see the original price first.&quot;</p> <h2>18. Glossing Over the Sales Ad Before Shopping</h2> <p>How do you know if the items on your list are on sale if you don't take a look at the sales circular first? It's worth a quick look to inform your shopping trip and your savings. If something you don't necessarily need right now isn't on sale, wait a week and check next week's circular. No reason to pay full price when you have a little patience.</p> <p><em>Do you have any food shopping tips to share with me that I didn't cover here? Let us know in the comments below.</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/18-little-food-shopping-mistakes-you-need-to-stop-making-today" class="sharethis-link" title="18 Little Food Shopping Mistakes You Need to Stop Making Today" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/18-little-food-shopping-mistakes-you-need-to-stop-making-today">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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You think you have your holiday spending under control, only to get tripped up by the stocking stuffers. This year, stay on track with some budget-friendly stocking stuffer ideas, which include everything from sensible finds to unusual goodies, all of which you can score for $10 or less.</p> <h2>1. Unique Kitchen Gadgets</h2> <p>Clever and economical small kitchen tools, such as the <a href="http://www.williams-sonoma.com/products/chef-n-strawberry-huller/?pkey=e%7Cstrawberry%2Bhuller%7C1%7Cbest%7C4294967249%7C1%7C24%7C%7C1&amp;cm_src=PRODUCTSEARCH%7C%7CCategory-_-Cooks%27%20Tools-_-NoMerchRules">strawberry huller</a>, <a href="http://www.crateandbarrel.com/gift-ideas/10-and-under/motorino-pizza-cutter/s135173">scooter pizza cutter</a>, and the <a href="http://www.surlatable.com/product/PRO-1775493/Fred+Egg+A+Matic+Chick+Boiled+Egg+Mold">Egg-A-Matic</a> boiled egg mold, make cool kitchen gifts and a nice change from the usual tools.</p> <h2>2. Team Merchandise</h2> <p>The superfan on you list will appreciate anything with a favorite team logo on it. <a href="http://fansedge.com">FansEdge</a> has a great $10 and under search tool, which includes holiday ornaments, tailgating items, accessories, and more.</p> <h2>3. Wine Out</h2> <p>Anyone who appreciates wine will also be thankful for the practical gift of wine stain remover. <a href="http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/store/product/wine-out-1-ounce-stain-remover/1012008112">Wine Out</a> now makes a small, one-ounce mister for under $5, which can be kept on hand to quickly get rid of stubborn stains.</p> <h2>4. Device Screen Cleaning Cloth</h2> <p>An essential for those with a smartphone, tablet, or other device, a microfiber screen wipe makes a very useful gift. You can even find more <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00FOM5VTE/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00FOM5VTE&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=VN4XLKQ265VEECUE">decorative cloths</a> to make the mundane task of wiping a screen slightly more enjoyable.</p> <h2>5. Mug Warmer</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/mug-warmer-Dollarphotoclub_72130315.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>Never have a lukewarm cup of tea or coffee again when you give someone an <a href="http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/store/product/mr-coffee-mug-warmer/1017912933?mcid=PS_googlepla_nonbrand_dining_&amp;adpos=1o1&amp;creative=39230275429&amp;device=c&amp;matchtype=&amp;network=g&amp;gclid=CMrx5Iu8-8ECFcpj7AodUT4AOA">electric mug warmer</a>. It works great for the office or even for heating up a mug of soup.</p> <h2>6. Electric Screwdriver</h2> <p>A handy <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002XZLTQO/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B002XZLTQO&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=IEAZGDBF5Q6XANCT">handheld electric screwdriver</a> makes a great stocking stuffer for just about anyone. And with cordless models under $10, they won't break your wallet either.</p> <h2>7. Herb Stripper</h2> <p>For the cook that likes to buy fresh herbs, or the gardener that grows his or her own, an inexpensive <a href="http://www.gardeners.com/buy/herb-stripper-by-chef-n/8589177.html?start=5&amp;cgid=Giftsunder20_Cat&amp;srule=price-low-to-high">herb stripper</a> takes the fuss out of stripping fresh herbs to use in that next dish.</p> <h2>8. Bar Tools</h2> <p>A host of bar items under $10 can please the drink lover in the crowd. Try some fun <a href="http://www.surlatable.com/product/PRO-1378728/Zeal+Mini+Tongs">mini tongs</a> for ice cubes, a <a href="http://www.crateandbarrel.com/orb-cocktail-whisk/s180076">cocktail whisk</a>, decorative wine stoppers, or a <a href="http://www.potterybarn.com/products/mojito-bar-tools/?pkey=cdrink-accessories&amp;">mojito muddler</a>.</p> <h2>9. Sephora $10 and Under</h2> <p><a href="http://www.sephora.com/gifts-under-10">Sephora $10 and under</a> gifts, which include everything from makeup to skin care products, make great stuffers. You can also use some of the free samples you receive as additional stocking stuffers.</p> <h2>10. Coffee Clip</h2> <p>Never let your bag of coffee go stale or pour the wrong amount into your machine again with a cool <a href="http://www.cb2.com/cafe-clip/s303522">coffee clip</a> tool. Check out <a href="http://www.organizeit.com/wood-coffee-scoop-owl">wood coffee clip</a> options under $10 as well.</p> <h2>11. Foot Massager</h2> <p>For athletes or those on their feet all day, <a href="http://www.rei.com/product/872985/pro-tec-athletics-spiky-ball">a massage ball</a> can help do the trick to ease away aches and pains. Check out local sporting goods stores for a variety of cheap options.</p> <h2>12. Detangler Brush</h2> <p>Great for kids and adults, try out the <a href="http://www.thewetbrush.com">Wet Brush</a> and similar models under $10 to take the tears and pain away when combing out tangles and long hair.</p> <h2>13. Back Scratcher</h2> <p>Try a back scratcher for a fun and soothing gift. For under $5 you can find old-fashioned <a href="http://www.pier1.com/Bamboo-Backscratcher/101841,default,pd.html">bamboo scratchers</a> or even telescoping <a href="http://www.barnesandnoble.com/p/home-gift-extendable-back-scratcher-in-beechwood/28281046?ean=612615068827">extended reach models</a>.</p> <h2>14. Reusable Tote</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/grocery-tote-bag-Dollarphotoclub_46436751.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>For the environmentally-conscious shopper, a reusable tote makes a great gift and easily rolls up to fit in a stocking. Look for options near checkout aisles at any major store, like <a href="http://www.pier1.com/on/demandware.store/Sites-pier1_us-Site/default/Search-Show?q=reusable-tote">Pier One's decorative totes</a>, or even at the supermarket, which usually run only a dollar or two.</p> <h2>15. Decorative Toothbrush</h2> <p>Kids or reluctant toothbrushers will love a decorative toothbrush in their stocking. Most pharmacies sell character brushes, light-up brushes, and even brushes you can decorate with stickers to motivate even the most stubborn folks on your list.</p> <h2>16. $5 to $10 Treats</h2> <p><a href="http://www.apple.com/itunes/gifts/?cid=wwa-us-kwg-music-itu">iTunes</a> has $10 gift cards, while $10 cards at <a href="https://www.starbucks.com/card">Starbucks</a> or <a href="https://www.dunkindonuts.com/content/dunkindonuts/en/ddcard.html">Dunkin Donuts</a> can buy a few fun coffee drinks. Or give $5 or $10 in cash with a little note saying to buy to an ice-cream at the local shop or a nice drink at a favorite watering hole.</p> <h2>17. Spoon Rest</h2> <p>Great for any cook, find unique spoon rests at places, like <a href="http://www.crateandbarrel.com/search?query=spoon%20rest">Crate&amp;Barrel</a>, <a href="http://www.target.com/s?searchTerm=spoon+rest&amp;category=0%7CAll%7Cmatchallpartial%7Call+categories&amp;lnk=snav_sbox_spoon+rest">Target</a> and <a href="http://www.wayfair.com/filters/Spoon-Rests-l1294-c530865-P10385~0~10-P10385~0~10.html">Wayfair</a>, for under $10. Or, check out a cute <a href="http://www.worldmarket.com/product/aqua+owl+spoon+rest.do">owl spoon rest</a> for a pop of color in the kitchen.</p> <h2>18. Sporting Goods</h2> <p>For those on your list who like to exercise or play sports, think of small items, like economical pedometers, water bottles, tennis balls, sweat bands, and golf tees. Sporting goods stores like <a href="http://www.dickssportinggoods.com/">Dick's</a> and <a href="http://www.sportsauthority.com">Sports Authority</a> have many options as do most big box retailers.</p> <h2>19. Decorative Hooks</h2> <p>For a different type of stocking stuffer, search out a decorative hook that fits your recipient's style. From a <a href="http://www.worldmarket.com/product/monogram+letter+hooks.do?&amp;from=fn">monogram letter hook</a> to a beautiful carved <a href="http://www.anthropologie.com/anthro/product/home-hardware-hooks/670470.jsp#/">floral hook</a>, there are many options available under $10.</p> <h2>20. Coin Purse</h2> <p>There are many fashionable and economical <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00HGB1AQO/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00HGB1AQO&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=V2UQT32JCTMGL5O5">coin purses</a>, which can be used to house coins, keepsakes, keys, and other items someone would want to have on hand.</p> <h2>21. Wine and Spirits</h2> <p>Champagne splits, mini wine bottles, and even airplane-sized liquor bottles make great little stocking stuffers for those who enjoy a nice cocktail.</p> <h2>22. Slang Flashcards</h2> <p>For those recipients who like a good laugh and need a boost in the hipster department, try a pack of <a href="http://www.uncommongoods.com/product/slang-flashcards?utm_medium=shopping+sites&amp;utm_source=gifts&amp;utm_campaign=18952">slang flashcards</a> to help someone become instantly cool and entertained at the same time.</p> <h2>23. Room Spray</h2> <p>A useful gift for eliminating odors or just enjoying a great scent, <a href="http://www.containerstore.com/shop/travel?productId=10023043&amp;N=130+1000040&amp;Nao=60">room sprays</a> come in all different scents for under $10. Try places like <a href="http://www.bathandbodyworks.com/family/index.jsp?categoryId=4147329&amp;sr=1&amp;origkw=room%20spray">Bath &amp; Body Works</a> for a wide selection.</p> <h2>24. Cold Weather Accessories</h2> <p>An extra pair of mittens, a hat, warm scarf, or even <a href="http://www.rue21.com/store/jump/product/0325-000203-0001000?color=0036&amp;mkwid=shkWoVf0Q_dc&amp;pcrid=41545041134&amp;gclid=CPHt6bv0icICFQET7AodpHAA_A">texting gloves</a> will fill any stocking cheaply and stylishly. Try places like <a href="http://www.oldnavy.com">Old Navy</a> for great deals under $10.</p> <h2>25. Jewelry</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/jewelry-Dollarphotoclub_51432648.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>Try <a href="http://www.worldmarket.com/category/code/107343.do">World Market's earrings</a> for $4.99 or look for great costume jewelry at popular stores, like <a href="http://www.forever21.com">Forever 21</a>, <a href="http://www.hm.com/us/">H&amp;M</a>, and <a href="http://www.claires.com/">Claire's</a>. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-awesome-sites-to-shop-for-affordable-cool-jewelry?ref=seealso">Ten Awesome Sites to Shop for Cool, Affordable Jewelry</a>)</p> <h2>26. Smartphone Case</h2> <p>A snazzy, economical smartphone case can be put to good use. Check out some great options, like <a href="http://www.hm.com/us/product/61609?article=61609-A&amp;fromSearch=smartphone&amp;cm_vc=SEARCH">H&amp;M's chevron case</a>, <a href="http://www.bestbuy.com/site/samsung-flip-cover-for-samsung-galaxy-note-ii-cell-phones-blue/7278109.p?id=1218838639176&amp;skuId=7278109&amp;ref=06&amp;loc=01&amp;ci_src=14110944&amp;ci_sku=7278109&amp;extensionType=pla:g&amp;s_kwcid=PTC!pla!!!75144160095!g!!55971784335&amp;kpid=7278109&amp;k_clickid=755b7226-4cda-0b48-cb77-0000251be2c5&amp;kpid=7278109&amp;lsft=ref:212,loc:1&amp;ksid=755b7226-4cda-0b48-cb77-0000251be2c5&amp;ksprof_id=10&amp;ksaffcode=7709&amp;ksdevice=c">Best Buy's flip cover</a>, and the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0092TQHP2/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0092TQHP2&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=HTVNBAV5II3FPWZQ">Photive Hybrid Bumper</a>.</p> <h2>27. Pancake Mix</h2> <p>For those who enjoy a good breakfast, include a bag of fancy pancake mix, which you can find in any grocery or food specialty store for under $10. Look for organic and gluten-free mixes as well.</p> <h2>28. Address Labels</h2> <p>For an extremely thoughtful stocking stuffer, try some customized address labels for your recipient. Online sites, like <a href="http://www.vistaprint.com">Vistaprint</a>, have cheap options that you can design yourself.</p> <h2>29. Fancy Condiments and Seasonings</h2> <p>Most local grocery stores have an aisle with some fancier condiments, seasonings, and sauces. Look for yummy barbecue rubs, jams, dips, or try some <a href="http://www.surlatable.com/search/search.jsp?N=4294967064&amp;Ntt=seasoned+salt">fancy salts</a> for under $10.</p> <h2>30. Headphones</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/headphones-Dollarphotoclub_67129615.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>Whether it's a spare pair of economical earbuds or cool, colorful headphones, you can easily find cheap pairs at discount stores, dollar stores, and some big box retailers.</p> <h2>31. Pumice Stone or Loofah</h2> <p>Hit up any pharmacy or look online at places like <a href="http://www.drugstore.com">Drugstore.com</a> and <a href="http://www.soap.com">Soap.com</a> for a selection of bath loofahs, sponges, or pumice stones that anyone can use to make bathing more luxurious.</p> <h2>32. Cheese Markers</h2> <p>For the host or hostess that likes to do cheese tastings or buffets, food markers make a great gift. Check out <a href="http://www.crateandbarrel.com/set-of-6-cheese-markers/s135112">Crate&amp;Barrel's cheese markers</a>, or search on <a href="http://www.etsy.com">Etsy</a> for similar paper and mini chalkboard versions.</p> <h2>33. L'Occitane</h2> <p>For a little splurge on some high-end skin care products, shop smart at <a href="http://usa.loccitane.com/">L'Occitane</a> by dividing up their gift sets, which average below $10 per item. The <a href="http://usa.loccitane.com/petite-pleasures,82,1,64531,644969.htm">Petite Treats for under $40</a> section has some especially great finds.</p> <h2>34. Luggage Tags</h2> <p>Luggage tags make useful stocking stuffers and come in a variety of styles and designs. Try <a href="http://www.potterybarn.com/products/saddle-stitch-leather-luggage-tag/?pkey=e%7Cluggage%2Btag%7C4%7Cbest%7C0%7C1%7C48%7C%7C1&amp;cm_src=PRODUCTSEARCH%7C%7CNoFacet-_-NoFacet-_-NoMerchRules">leather options</a> for a classic look, some <a href="http://www.containerstore.com/shop/travel?productId=10037113&amp;N=130+1000040&amp;Nao=0">decorative tags</a> to make a bag easy to spot, or search <a href="http://www.etsy.com">Etsy</a> for whimsical options under $10.</p> <h2>35. Note Cards</h2> <p>You can search for beautiful box sets of note cards for under $10 at stationery stores like <a href="http://www.papyrusonline.com/stationery/boxed-note-cards-1.html?dir=asc&amp;order=price_asc">Papyrus</a>, or peruse pharmacies and discount stores for other great options.</p> <h2>36. Cookie Stamps</h2> <p>For a twist on the classic cookie cutter, cookie stamps make a great gift for bakers and kids' stockings. Try a <a href="http://www.worldmarket.com/product/cookie-stamps-set-of-2.do">cookie stamp duo</a> or check out craft stores for similar options.</p> <h2>37. Lottery Tickets</h2> <p>A lottery ticket can be a fun stocking gift for anyone to scratch off. And, it's even better if you happen to give a winning ticket.</p> <h2>38. Garden Markers</h2> <p>Whether for large outdoor beds or window herb gardens, <a href="http://www.gardeners.com/buy/copper-plant-markers/32-526.html?SC=XNET9280&amp;utm_campaign=PLA&amp;utm_medium=googleshopping&amp;utm_source=google&amp;gclid=CMG2z8yK_sECFU1k7Aod9FUAog&amp;kwid=productads-plaid%5E115064357798-sku%5E32@ADL4526-adType%5EPLA-device%5Ec-adid%5E51184140278">plant markers</a> will be a welcomed gift to mark which plants are growing where.</p> <h2>39. Nail Tools</h2> <p>Make a mini manicure set by buying cool emery boards, nail clippers, or buffers, which you can bundle together. Most pharmacies carry tools these days for just a few bucks.</p> <h2>40. Portable Dog Bowl</h2> <p>For the dog lover, the <a href="http://www.containerstore.com/shop/travel?productId=10031087&amp;N=130+1000040&amp;Nao=60">collapsible dog bowl</a> makes a great gift for travel or running out and about with your favorite companion. It also folds up easily to fit in a stocking.</p> <h2>41. Flip Flops</h2> <p>Sure, it may be winter in the Northern Hemisphere, but everyone loves a pair of flip flops. <a href="http://www.oldnavy.com">Old Navy</a> even has pairs for as low as $2.50, or browse your big box retailers and other specialty retailers who have slashed prices on off-season flip flops.</p> <h2>42. Sewing Kit</h2> <p>A mini sewing kit for travel or just to have handy in the house serves as a cheap buy and a useful stocking stuffer. Drug stores and dollar stores carry many versions of these helpful kits.</p> <h2>43. Ornaments</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/christmas-ornaments-Dollarphotoclub_74454537.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>No better time of the year than to gift an ornament. Check out unique options under $10 at places like, <a href="http://www.westelm.com/search/results.html?sortBy=priceAsc&amp;words=ornament">West Elm</a>, <a href="http://www.urbanoutfitters.com/urban/catalog/search.jsp?q=ornaments#/">Urban Outfitters</a>, and <a href="http://www.bronners.com/category/christmas-ornaments.do?nType=1">Bronner's</a>.</p> <h2>44. Picture Frames</h2> <p>Small picture frames make great stocking stuffers, especially when they go beyond the norm. Check out <a href="http://www.papyrusonline.com/gifts/10-and-under/4x4-green-gem-silver-round-mini-frame.html">mini gem frames</a> or <a href="http://www.pier1.com/on/demandware.store/Sites-pier1_us-Site/default/Search-Show?q=picture-frames#q=picture-frames&amp;srule=price-low-to-high&amp;start=0&amp;sz=60">clever photo holders</a> and small frames, all of which run below $10.</p> <h2>45. Decorative Napkin Rings</h2> <p>You can find some gorgeous napkin rings for around $2 at discount home stores and department stores, like <a href="http://www.kohls.com/search.jsp?search=napkin+ring&amp;submit-search=web-regular">Kohl's</a>. A group of four or five makes a nice stocking gift for anybody wanting to add style to the dinner table.</p> <h2>46. Electric Stirrer</h2> <p>Let the coffee lover froth up their own creations at home with a handheld electric milk stirrer. You can purchase many models for well under $10 at places, like <a href="http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/10076320/">Ikea</a> and <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA5US1ZU3088&amp;cm_re=electric_milk_frother-_-9SIA5US1ZU3088-_-Product">Newegg</a>, or try <a href="http://www.worldmarket.com/product/multicolored-milk-frother-set-of-3.do?from=Search&amp;cx=0">World Market</a> for a set of three to give to multiple recipients.</p> <h2>47. Chargers and Adapters</h2> <p>Most folks can use an extra charger, adapter, or other small electronic component for their many devices. Head to discount and dollar stores to find practical options under $10, or try something more interesting like a <a href="http://www.barnesandnoble.com/p/home-gift-foldable-drinn-phone-holder-red/28227200?ean=8718182450903&amp;isbn=8718182450903">smartphone charging platform</a>.</p> <h2>48. Fun Hair Accessories</h2> <p>Hair accessories can be a great $10 and under find for any gal's stocking when you go for fun hair bands, hair accessories that <a href="http://www.goody.com/Products/Hair_Accessories/Double_Wear_2n1_Ponytailer_and_Bracelet?colId=0533e96d-5060-4422-bef9-15189e8fcae5&amp;c_id=">double as jewelry</a>, or <a href="http://www.sallybeauty.com/hair-slides/SBS-424210,default,pd.html#start=6">fancy barrettes</a> fit for dressy attire.</p> <h2>49. Unique Playing Cards</h2> <p>A cool deck of cards is a nice item to have on hand for rainy days or the serious poker player in the crowd. Check out <a href="http://www.artofplay.com/">Art of Play</a> for some designer options under $10, or try a deck of <a href="http://www.urbanoutfitters.com/urban/catalog/productdetail.jsp?id=33009242&amp;color=060&amp;cm_mmc=SEM-_-Google-_-PLA-_-82530721624product_type_l1a%26product_type_l2ent%26product_type_l3games&amp;adpos=1o4&amp;creative=51636900664&amp;device=c&amp;matchtype=&amp;network=g&amp;gclid=CNOFh7u7gMICFUEV7AodkXoAEw#/">3D playing cards</a>.</p> <h2>50. Dish Towels</h2> <p>Make a colorful dish towel into a nice stocking stuffer with the many options at <a href="http://www.ikea.com/us/en/search/?query=towel&amp;category=products&amp;range_subcategory=18850">Ikea</a> or other major home goods stores.</p> <h2>51. Wine Bottle Coaster</h2> <p>Check out a shiny <a href="http://www.cb2.com/stainless-steel-shiny-wine-coaster/s564250">wine coaster</a>, which makes an attractive gift that will help keep the dribbles away from that bottle of red on the dinner table.</p> <h2>52. Nice Soap</h2> <p>Special soaps serve as a stocking stuffer staple. Browse some of the great selections for under $10 at <a href="http://www.anthropologie.com/anthro/search/search.jsp?searchPhrase=soap#/">Anthropologie</a>, as well as the many options of pumps, bars, and hand sanitizers at <a href="http://www.bathandbodyworks.com">Bath &amp; Body Works</a>.</p> <h2>53. Practical Gift Cards</h2> <p>A $5 or $10 gift card to practical shopping places, like pharmacies, grocery stores, fast food chains, or gas stations, can make a great stocking stuffer and help shave off some of the usual costs.</p> <h2>54. Tea, Coffee, and Hot Cocoa</h2> <p>Give someone a delicious gift of their favorite hot beverage. For a unique take on the usual, try <a href="http://www.surlatable.com/product/PRO-1355783/Belgiums+Chocolate+Source+Hot+Cocoa+Sticks">hot chocolate sticks</a>, a small bag of <a href="http://store.starbucks.com/starbucks-christmas-blend-whole-bean/000160420,default,pd.html?start=1&amp;navid=stocking-stuffer-ideas">Starbucks Christmas blend</a>, or a box of <a href="http://www.peets.com/gifts-goods/by-price/gifts-goods-shop-by-price-gifts-under-25/holiday-tea-bag-sampler-gift.html">Peet's Holiday Tea Bag Sampler</a>.</p> <h2>55. Gardening Gloves</h2> <p>For anyone that enjoys gardening or has yardwork to do, a pair of economical gardening gloves will do the trick. Try a pair of <a href="http://www.burpee.com/gardening-supplies/garden-tools/gardening-gloves-bamboo-fit-green-prod002509.html?omn2pd=sh&amp;catId=">bamboo fiber gloves</a> or search your local garden, home, or dollar stores for decorative options of all kinds.</p> <h2>56. Drink Charms</h2> <p>Like jewelry for your wine glass, a set of economical, fun <a href="http://www.pier1.com/on/demandware.store/Sites-pier1_us-Site/default/Search-Show?q=wine-charms">wine charms</a> for the entertainer on your list will be most appreciated.</p> <h2>57. Shoe Polish</h2> <p>For the person who wants to keep dress shoes shiny at all times, a <a href="http://www.target.com/p/kiwi-polish-paste-tin-assorted-colors/-/A-13349178#prodSlot=medium_1_4&amp;term=shoe+polish">tin of shoe polish</a> makes a very useful and budget-friendly stocking stuffer.</p> <h2>58. Lip Care</h2> <p>Lip care under $10 abounds. Hit up your local pharmacy to find some favorites, like <a href="http://www.burtsbees.com/natural-products/lip-care-beeswax-lip-balm/beeswax-lip-balm.html">Burt's Bees beeswax lip balm</a> or the cool <a href="http://evolutionofsmooth.com">EOS </a>products. For kids, try flavored chapsticks and glittery lip glosses, which can be found at discount stores, pharmacies, and toy stores.</p> <h2>59. Specialty Sweets</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/fancy-chocolate-Dollarphotoclub_70414801.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>A candy store or even your local supermarket is sure to have an abundance of high-end candies and sweet treats for under $10. Look for fancy chocolate bars with unique flavors, sea salt caramels, or your recipients favorite go-to indulgence.</p> <h2>60. Guest Towels</h2> <p>A pack of decorative paper guest towels makes a nice host or hostess present for the stocking. Check out the many <a href="http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/store/category/bed-bath/bath-accessories/guest-towels/12889/">guest towel options</a> for under $10 at major home and party stores.</p> <h2>61. Decorative Magnets</h2> <p>Cool <a href="http://www.cafepress.com/+decorative+magnets">magnets </a>can help someone dress up an old fridge or display things in fashion on a magnetic board in a home office or kitchen.</p> <h2>62. Candle Tins</h2> <p>Stuff a stocking with a small, personal candle tin for a luxurious gift. Some favorites include <a href="http://www.illumecandles.com/mediterranean-essential-mini-tin">Illume's Mediterranean</a>, <a href="http://www.casa.com/p/paddywax-library-collection-two-wick-travel-tin-mark-twain-1141377?qid=587334390891835100&amp;sr=1-17">Paddywax's Library Collection</a> tins, and <a href="http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/voluspa-japonica-eden-pear-petite-decorative-candle/3734937?origin=category-personalizedsort&amp;contextualcategoryid=0&amp;fashionColor=&amp;resultback=8151&amp;cm_sp=personalizedsort-_-browseresults-_-1_22_D">Voluspa mini tins</a>.</p> <h2>63. Night Light</h2> <p>Character-themed night lights, such as the <a href="http://www.toysrus.com/product/index.jsp?productId=34799236&amp;cp=2255957.2273443.2255986.2256246.2256296&amp;parentPage=family">Spiderman night light</a> or <a href="http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/store/product/disney-reg-frozen-wrap-shade-nightlight/1043034840?categoryId=12872">Disney's Frozen light</a>, make great stuffers for kids. But, don't forget the more mature, decorative home options, like <a href="http://www.lowes.com/pd_352319-1353-11390_0__?productId=3408628&amp;Ntt=led+night+light&amp;pl=1&amp;currentURL=%3FNtt%3Dled%2Bnight%2Blight&amp;facetInfo=">Alen + Roth's LED night light</a>, which adults can use to light up a dark hallway or bathroom.</p> <h2>64. Washi or Decorative Duct Tape</h2> <p>Throw in a roll or two of cool washi tape or decorative duct tape for crafters, kids, or those looking for stylish repairs. Try craft stores, like <a href="http://www.michaels.com/search?q=washi">Michaels</a>, for great washi tape options or office supply stores like <a href="http://www.staples.com/Fashion-Colored-Duct-Tape/cat_CL167765">Staples</a> or <a href="http://www.officedepot.com/a/products/894148/Scotch-Color-Duct-Tape-1-78/?Channel=Google&amp;mr:trackingCode=DB3F251B-88F0-E211-A755-BC305BF82162&amp;mr:referralID=NA&amp;mr:adType=pla&amp;mr:ad=22416888356&amp;mr:keyword=&amp;mr:match=&amp;mr:filter=20224360076&amp;cm_mmc=Mercent-_-Googlepla-_-Office_Supplies+Tape_Adhesives-_-894148">Office Depot</a>, which carry decorative duct tape.</p> <h2>65. Unique Books</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/books-stacks-Dollarphotoclub_62723568.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>A fun little book for under $10 can provide some entertainment or much needed advice. Check out <a href="http://www.amazon.com">Amazon </a>or <a href="http://www.barnesandnoble.com">Barnes&amp;Noble</a> for anything from after-dinner jokes to feng shui. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/21-perfect-holiday-gifts-for-book-lovers?ref=seealso">21 Holiday Gifts for Book Lovers</a>)</p> <h2>66. Slipper Socks</h2> <p>Give the gift of some ultra-comfortable, furry <a href="http://oldnavy.gap.com/browse/search.do?searchText=cozy+socks">slipper socks</a> for under $10. Don't forget plenty of <a href="http://www.totes-isotoner.com/totes/product/totes+toasties+mens+slipper+socks.do">slipper socks for men</a> are out there, too.</p> <h2>67. Pez Dispenser</h2> <p>You don't need to be a kid to appreciate the fun of a Pez Dispenser. Check out the official <a href="http://www.pez.com/">Pez site</a> for ideas and where to buy.</p> <h2>68. Bud Vases</h2> <p>A colorful bud vase makes a beautiful and cheap stocking stuffer. <a href="http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/00208986/">Ikea </a>has many selections for just a few bucks, while dollar stores and craft stores have many nice options as well.</p> <h2>69. Travel Umbrella</h2> <p>A small-sized umbrella makes a great gift for travel or to have in the car for adults and kids. Check out discount stores and big box retailers for some stylish <a href="http://www.walmart.com/browse/clothing/umbrellas/5438_426265_1032919?cat_id=5438_426265_1032919&amp;facet=price:0%20-%20$10">umbrellas under $10</a>.</p> <h2>70. Cool Keychain</h2> <p>Go beyond the usual keychain and include some fun options under $10, such as a fancy <a href="http://www.zgallerie.com/p-16140-tassel-keychain.aspx">tassel keychain</a>, a <a href="http://www.crateandbarrel.com/keychain-multi-tool/s610288?b=1&amp;a=1552">multi-tool keychain</a>, or a <a href="https://www.vat19.com/item/cash-stash-keychain-capsule?adid=gbase&amp;gclid=CN62kNPqhMICFUsV7AodjHUAnQ">cash stash keychain</a>.</p> <h2>71. Gift Tags</h2> <p>For someone who enjoys crafts and giving gifts, some high-end, <a href="http://www.papersource.com/item/Rifle-Striped-Gift-Tags/3610.010/569817.html">colorful gift tags</a> make a great stocking stuffer.</p> <h2>72. Toys</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/toys-Dollarphotoclub_49941449.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>For adults and kids alike, clever toy finds in the $10 and under range can make anyone smile. Ideas include, <a href="https://www.vat19.com/item/poppers-pig-moose-dino-toy">animal ball poppers</a>, <a href="http://www.perpetualkid.com/desktop-tennis-set.aspx">desktop table tennis</a>, and the all-time classic, <a href="http://www.toysrus.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2397414&amp;cp=&amp;parentPage=search">Slinky</a>.</p> <h2>73. Fun Office Supplies</h2> <p>For those office types, add some fun and offbeat desk supplies to the stocking. Some ideas include, <a href="http://www.containerstore.com/shop/office/clips?N=74532">fun paperclips</a>, <a href="http://www.wrapables.com/a63133/">unique sticky notes</a>, and <a href="http://www.staples.com/Cynthia-Rowley-Stapler-Dark-Blue-Floral/product_1195076">designer-inspired staplers</a>.</p> <h2>74. Cocktail Napkins</h2> <p>Give a pack of paper cocktail napkins to the entertainer in your life. Try places like <a href="http://www.orientaltrading.com/ui/browse/processRequest.do?sp=true&amp;categoryId=551216&amp;tabId=1&amp;requestURI=viewEndecaCategory&amp;No=0">Oriental Trading</a> or <a href="http://www.partycity.com">Party City</a> for great options under $10.</p> <h2>75. Stamps</h2> <p>$10 can still buy a book of stamps these days, which makes a useful gift for anyone.</p> <h2>76. Gourmet Food Snacks</h2> <p>Instead of specialty candy, look for some creative snack options to put in a stocking. Dried fruits and nuts make a nice choice, but so do small unique snacks, like jars of stuffed olives, <a href="http://www.deandeluca.com/bakery-shop/fig-olive-raincoast-crisps.aspx?ref_code=GoogleMerchant&amp;kpid=402354&amp;gclid=CNzey6LLicICFYtr7AodaQ8AcA">fancy cookies</a>, or even <a href="http://www.popcornpopper.com/gopoco3lbvap.html?productid=gopoco3lbvap&amp;channelid=FROOG&amp;utm_source=CSE&amp;utm_medium=GoogleShopping&amp;utm_campaign=SolidCactus">gourmet popcorn kernels</a>.</p> <h2>77. Jewelry Travel Case</h2> <p>An upgrade to the usual jewelry travel rolls, a <a href="http://www.containerstore.com/shop/stockingStuffers?productId=11000758">folding travel tray</a> is a great stocking stuffer for anyone that needs to keep jewelry or personal items organized and untangled when traveling.</p> <h2>78. Fashion Tape</h2> <p>For a practical gift, <a href="https://hollywoodfashionsecrets.com/">Hollywood fashion tape</a> can be used to keep shirt openings and necklines in place, not to mention hold up pant hems and prevent everyday fashion emergencies.</p> <h2>79. Hand Warmers</h2> <p>Include some packs of instant <a href="http://www.mountainsports.com/MSmain.asp?Option=Detail&amp;Detail=188416">hand warmers</a> for those who like to play or attend cold weather sports or just to have on hand in the car in case of emergency.</p> <h2>80. Magazine</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/magazine-stack-Dollarphotoclub_64449348.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>Try a cool magazine rolled up in a stocking for your recipient to enjoy. Think of magazines by hobby, visual design, or anything that might be a great one-time treat.</p> <p><em>What are some of your favorite stocking stuffers for under $10? Please share in comments!</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/80-stocking-stuffer-ideas-for-10-or-less" class="sharethis-link" title="80 Stocking Stuffer Ideas for $10 or Less" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kelly-medeiros">Kelly Medeiros</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/80-stocking-stuffer-ideas-for-10-or-less">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/what-to-buy-and-avoid-buying-in-december">What to Buy (and Avoid Buying) in December</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/21-perfect-holiday-gifts-for-book-lovers">21 Perfect Holiday Gifts for Book Lovers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-overpriced-holiday-gifts-you-should-skip">7 Overpriced Holiday Gifts You Should Skip</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/ultimate-gift-guide-thoughtful-ideas-for-every-list-and-every-budget">Ultimate Gift Guide: Thoughtful Ideas for Every List and Every Budget</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-ultimate-guide-to-holiday-tipping">The Ultimate Guide to Holiday Tipping</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> Frugal Living buying guide frugal gifts gifts holiday buying guide stocking stuffers Mon, 15 Dec 2014 18:00:10 +0000 Kelly Medeiros 1098643 at http://www.wisebread.com 7 Ways Psychologists Say Saving Boosts Your Mental Health http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-psychologists-say-saving-boosts-your-mental-health <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-ways-psychologists-say-saving-boosts-your-mental-health" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/happy-woman-piggy-bank-Dollarphotoclub_73644280.jpg" alt="young woman piggy bank" title="young woman piggy bank" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>We all know that saving consistently can do wonders for our bank accounts, but what about our minds and our moods? As those dollars add up, how do our personalities change? Our outlooks on life? Our stress levels?</p> <p>If your personal savings plan is gaining momentum, I bet you've noticed some unexpected benefits in other areas of life. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/frugal-factors-what-traits-do-most-savers-share?ref=seealso">What Traits Do Most Savers Share?</a>)</p> <p>Here are seven psychological benefits of saving regularly.</p> <h2>1. Discipline</h2> <p>A healthy bank balance doesn't happen by accident. We live in a virtual wonderland of consumer goods where every taste, inclination, or terrible idea can be indulged with a swipe or a click. Saving means swimming against the tide of stuff and having the discipline to say &quot;no&quot; more often than &quot;yes.&quot; And the wonderful thing is this: When we adopt effective <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-self-discipline-tricks-i-learned-from-the-marathon">self-discipline tricks</a>, the results can help us in nearly every part of life.</p> <h2>2. Peace of Mind</h2> <p>If being in debt or riding the edge of your budget has you stressed, then <a href="http://njaes.rutgers.edu/sshw/message/message.asp?p=Finance&amp;m=122">building a savings cushion</a> should bring you peace of mind, suggests Rutgers University. All savers may not be Zen masters, and there's a lot more to tranquility than a pile of cash, but establishing a healthy financial buffer sure doesn't hurt. Saving is a form of personal insurance and, after all, isn't peace of mind what insurance companies are selling?</p> <h2>3. Confidence</h2> <p>Successful saving builds confidence in at least two important ways. First, it reinforces the fact that you can really achieve something when you set your mind to it. And second, saving provides the capital to get things done when necessary. If that 1979 Bronco finally kicks it, you have the capital to buy a dependable replacement (or at least fund a healthy down payment). If your 30-year old furnace gives you the cold shoulder in the middle of a January blizzard, you don't have to kindle a campfire in the bathtub to stay warm. Isn't having the resources to act the ultimate confidence-builder? (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/17-little-ways-to-feel-more-confident?ref=seealso">17 Little Ways to Feel More Confident</a>)</p> <h2>4. Assertiveness</h2> <p>Having a deeper and more authentic sense of confidence makes people more assertive. With the skills to save and the bank balance to prove it, you can channel healthy assertiveness when the occasion calls for it. Go after that promotion, ask that special someone out on a first date, or simply work toward your next set of personal goals with greater gusto.</p> <h2>5. Optimism</h2> <p>It's easy to be cynical when all your hard work barely floats you from one paycheck to the next. Research shows that saving <em>something</em> &mdash; no matter how small &mdash; can gradually build a sense of optimism. Watching a fledgling bank account grow helps us feel like we're working toward something greater and gives us the traction we need to find new ways to save more and save faster.</p> <h2>6. Compassion</h2> <p>Savers don't have a monopoly on compassion, of course, but saving can give us enough breathing room in our own financial lives to look around and see what others need. Saving regularly affords us the luxury of a clearer perspective &mdash; and that's often the seed of active compassion. It also gives rise to compassionate actions &mdash; such as having the means to donate to good causes or help others when they're in need.</p> <h2>7. Sense of Freedom</h2> <p>A high level of consumer debt is a lot like indentured servitude. Steep interest rates, late fees, the potential damage to credit (and all that can entail) can keep people toiling for years with very little to show for it. Being able to save regularly means you've at least tamed your debt enough to stash some cash &mdash; and cash is often an important part of being free. Spending less and saving more can help us embrace <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-freedoms-you-gain-by-spending-less">important freedoms</a> in our careers, our relationships, and where we choose to live. Without overstating it: If you feel cornered by any aspect of life, explore the transformative power of amassing some capital and then use it to launch yourself in a new direction.</p> <p>Sure, it might not be the cure for everything that ails you, but there are some very real psychological benefits to establishing and maintaining a savings routine. In fact, saving and frugality can be <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/men-why-frugal-is-sexy">downright sexy</a>. So, as you watch that bank balance grow, consider what other parts of your life are blossoming too.</p> <p><em>Do you save regularly? How has it improved your frame of mind and your sense of self? Share your story below.</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-psychologists-say-saving-boosts-your-mental-health" class="sharethis-link" title="7 Ways Psychologists Say Saving Boosts Your Mental Health" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><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/7-ways-psychologists-say-saving-boosts-your-mental-health">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-12"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-dark-side-motivations-to-start-saving">8 Dark-Side Motivations to Start Saving</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-to-save-26000-in-5-years-or-less">How to Save $26,000 in 5 Years or Less</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/9-easy-ways-to-save-50-every-month">9 Easy Ways to Save $50 Every Month</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/16-easy-ways-to-save-100-this-month">16 Easy Ways to Save $100 This 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/making-every-penny-count-with-a-zero-based-budget">Making Every Penny Count With A Zero-Based Budget</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> Budgeting confidence psychology saving security Mon, 15 Dec 2014 16:00:10 +0000 Kentin Waits 1267802 at http://www.wisebread.com 7 Foods That Are Scientifically Proven to Increase Happiness http://www.wisebread.com/7-foods-that-are-scientifically-proven-to-increase-happiness <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-foods-that-are-scientifically-proven-to-increase-happiness" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/chocolate-Dollarphotoclub_63094547.jpg" alt="chocolate" title="chocolate" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Feeling down? Many people self-medicate with food when they get down in the dumps, but that pint of double fudge ice cream isn't doing you any favors (granted, it's not hurting your tastebuds). (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-things-scientists-say-will-boost-your-happiness-today?ref=seealso">11 Things Scientists Will Boost Your Happiness Today</a>)</p> <p>The next time you're feeling low, try eating one of the following foods, which are scientifically proven to help turn that frown upside down.</p> <h2>1. Chili Peppers</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" alt="" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/red-chili-peppers-Dollarphotoclub_51133856.jpg" /></p> <p>Are you into spicy foods? That's <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2014/02/24/281978831/sriracha-chemistry-how-hot-sauces-perk-up-your-food-and-your-mood">good news</a> for your mental wellbeing. Chili peppers contain two hard-hitting compounds: <a href="http://www.rsc.org/Education/EiC/issues/2006May/SpicingupChemistry.asp">capsaicin</a> and dihydrocapsaicin. These chemicals trick your brain into thinking that something is burning your mouth, which is where that &quot;ouch get it out!&quot; reaction comes from. But soon after, your body reacts by releasing endorphins and gives you a natural high. So go ahead and add some hot sauce to your meal when you need a little pick-me-up.</p> <h2>2. Spinach</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" alt="" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/spinach-Dollarphotoclub_71723946.jpg" /></p> <p>There may be good reason why Popeye was always so chipper. Not only is spinach high in calcium and iron, it's packed with antioxidants and folic acid (B vitamins), both of which are associated with good mood. One study found that low levels of folic acid <a href="http://health.usnews.com/health-news/diet-fitness/brain-and-behavior/slideshows/best-foods-to-eat-for-your-mood&mdash;and-a-few-bad-ones/3">increased risk for depression</a>, and more studies are being conducted about the effect of folate on mental health. Folate is water-soluble, so your body does not store it and therefore needs a continuous supply. Other foods rich in B vitamins include legumes, avocado, and broccoli.</p> <h2>3. Poultry</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" alt="" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/roasted-chicken-Dollarphotoclub_66130868.jpg" /></p> <p>Poultry like chicken and turkey contain an amino acid called <em>tyrosine</em>, which is involved in the production of stress hormones. Some scientists believe that when your body is under stress, it can't <a href="http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/supplement/tyrosine">make enough tyrosine</a>. Eating poultry could help replenish your supply and help reduce psychological stress. Lean poultry contains a variety of nutrients and is a high quality source of protein, so there's more than one reason to have chicken tonight!</p> <h2>4. Wild Salmon</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" alt="" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/wild-salmon-Dollarphotoclub_49166527.jpg" /></p> <p>Most fish is really good for you, and salmon is at the top of the list. That's because it's full of omega-3 fatty acids. The coveted omega-3's are good for many things, including fighting inflammation and promoting a healthy nervous system. Both help regulate brain chemistry and bolster better thinking and a happier mind. According to a recent study, taking <a href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21784145">omega-3 fatty acids reduced stress</a> for medical students while they studied for exams.</p> <p>Salmon and other omega-3 rich foods are also thought to <a href="http://www.webmd.com/healthy-aging/omega-3-fatty-acids-fact-sheet">lower risk for heart disease</a>, ease arthritis pain and improve asthma symptoms, among other benefits. So what are you waiting for? Get to the fish market!</p> <h2>5. Tomatoes</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" alt="" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/tomatoes-Dollarphotoclub_66998563.jpg" /></p> <p>Tomatoes are high in lycopene, a phytochemical that gives red fruits and vegetables their color. Lycopene is a powerful antioxidant that can have a surprisingly strong effect on the body, and has been shown to help prevent heart disease and certain kinds of cancer. Researchers are investigating the potential for phytochemicals like <a href="http://www.alive.com/articles/view/23977/good_mood_foods">lycopene to fight inflammatory diseases</a> and help negate their negative effects on the brain. Tomatoes are also rich in beta-carotene, vitamin C, and potassium, and are just plain good for you and your mental health.</p> <h2>6. Garlic</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" alt="" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/garlic-Dollarphotoclub_69286967.jpg" /></p> <p>Garlic is often championed as one of the healthiest foods in world. Garlic is being studied for cancer and heart disease prevention, and promoting good cholesterol and a healthy immune system. Garlic contains chromium and other compounds, which some believe to function as a natural antidepressant. Dr. Henry Emmons claims that raw <a href="http://books.google.com/books?id=j_Yxd9xnHAoC&amp;lpg=PA54&amp;ots=B3AmVlrgLf&amp;dq=%22the%20chemistry%20of%20joy%22%20garlic&amp;pg=PA91#v=onepage&amp;q&amp;f=false">garlic can encourage serotonin production</a>; depression is thought to be due to a serotonin imbalance. Studies are still being conducted on garlic's effect on mood and depression, but with it's anti-inflammatory and other beneficial properties, why not eat more garlic? (Just carry some mints.)</p> <h2>7. Chocolate</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" alt="" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/chocolate-Dollarphotoclub_63094547.jpg" /></p> <p>I know, I don't need to tell you to eat chocolate when you're sad. Luckily, dark chocolate contains an antioxidant called resveratrol, which can also be found in red wine. Resveratrol is thought to boost levels of endorphins in your brain as well as serotonin. Studies have shown that <a href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24117885">chocolate can improve mood</a> states or lessen negative moods, and more studies are being conducted. Now, if only I could get the doctor to write me a chocolate prescription!</p> <p><em>What foods are your go-to antidepressants? Please share in comments!</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-foods-that-are-scientifically-proven-to-increase-happiness" class="sharethis-link" title="7 Foods That Are Scientifically Proven to Increase Happiness" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/laurel-randolph">Laurel Randolph</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-foods-that-are-scientifically-proven-to-increase-happiness">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/if-youre-eating-these-6-things-your-diet-is-doing-nothing">If You&#039;re Eating These 6 Things, Your &quot;Diet&quot; Is Doing Nothing</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/why-is-it-so-expensive-to-be-healthy">Why is it so expensive to be healthy?</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/22-reasons-to-stop-drinking-soda">22 Reasons to Stop Drinking Soda</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/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-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-gluten-free-lunch-ideas">20 Gluten-Free Lunch Ideas</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> Food and Drink Health and Beauty food science happiness happiness foods health food Mon, 15 Dec 2014 12:00:10 +0000 Laurel Randolph 1267799 at http://www.wisebread.com Beware These 16 Holiday Hazards http://www.wisebread.com/beware-these-16-holiday-hazards <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/beware-these-16-holiday-hazards" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman-burned-chicken-Dollarphotoclub_67120531.jpg" alt="woman burned chicken" title="woman burned chicken" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>There are plenty of delightful things to love about the holidays &mdash; the people, the parties, the presents! &mdash; but there are also a few dangers that can turn a celebration sour in a flash. Keep your wits about you and your limbs intact by avoiding these common holiday hazards.</p> <h2>1. Christmas Tree Mold</h2> <p>If you think Clark Griswold had a problem on his hands with a stowaway squirrel, you haven't yet encountered the dreaded Christmas tree mold. It sounds like something out of a sci-fi movie, but <a href="http://www.myfoxal.com/story/27521440/doctors-say-mold-found-in-christmas-tree-varieties-can-trigger-allergies">it's a real threat this time of year</a> that can spark a potentially severe attack in allergy sufferers.</p> <p>Just how does the mold get in the tree?</p> <p>&quot;Mold loves moisture, so when you put the water in the tree it's a great place for mold to grow,&quot; says allergist Dr. Weilly Soong. &quot;So it releases mold spores and people become allergic.&quot; Chemicals sprayed on the tree also can trigger allergy symptoms that often are brushed off as a common cold. To reduce the probability of a reaction to tree mold, spray the tree with water and let it dry outside before bringing it into the house.</p> <h2>Potential Poisons and Other Pet-Related Hazards</h2> <p>It's not only our own backs we have to watch around the holidays; our pets also can fall prey to household hazards that could prove deadly. <a href="http://trupanion.com/pet-safety/holiday-tips">Trupanion's Holiday Tips for Dogs &amp; Cats</a> puts pet safety first, so you and your furbabies can have all the safe fun that comes with the season.</p> <h3>2. Beware of Poisonous Plants</h3> <p>Holly, mistletoe, and certain lilies look festive but can be dangerous if ingested. Cover the water for the tree and other plants and make sure your pets always have plenty of water. This will keep them from getting thirsty enough to share a drink with plants that could make them sick.</p> <h3>3. Decorating Dos</h3> <p>Keep tinsel, ribbon, and ornaments out of pets' reach, as they often prove too tempting for curious pets to avoid but can result in costly vet visits when chewed or swallowed. Christmas light cords can also be tempting to an avid chewer or new puppy.</p> <h3>4. De-Ice Those Paws</h3> <p>Remove any snow, salt, or de-icing chemicals from pets' paws right away after being outside in the cold. Frostbitten skin, which will appear red or gray, should be warmed with a moist, warm towel until the skin returns to its regular color.</p> <h3>5. Festive Feasts</h3> <p>No matter how much they beg, avoid giving your pets table food &mdash; many holiday treats can lead to a stomach ache and a swallowed turkey bone could be life-threatening. Many ingredients commonly used in holiday meals &mdash; like chocolate, onions, and garlic &mdash; can be toxic for your pets.</p> <h2>6. Injuries While Hanging Lights and Decorations</h2> <p><iframe width="605" height="340" frameborder="0" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/fMX2kKXX6sw" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>For the first time ever as an adult I decorated the outside of my home for Christmas. I managed to hang lights from the second story of my house without slamming onto the frozen tundra 20 feet below. I'm pretty proud of myself. And statistically speaking, I should be, because according to the CDC, an estimated 17,465 people are treated for <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5348a1.htm">fall-related injuries around the holidays</a>. I'm pleased that I'm not a statistic. You can avoid being one too with this video tutorial from Lowe's featuring <a href="http://www.lowes.com/projects/decorate-and-entertain/tips-for-hanging-outdoor-christmas-lights/project">helpful light-hanging tips</a>.</p> <h2>7. Frying Frozen Turkeys</h2> <p><iframe width="605" height="340" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/qvlHH7dX7_c"></iframe></p> <p>The most important rule to remember when deep-frying a turkey for your holiday meal is that it should never be placed in that huge tub of boiling oil while frozen. Unless, of course, you want to spend Christmas in a burn unit followed by a homeless shelter. Let <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qvlHH7dX7_c">this video from Gwinnett County Fire and Emergency Services serve as a forewarning</a> to all those who want to tempt fate. Instead, follow these safe and smart tips from The Art of Manliness that take you through <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U8wZ7_0J3-Y">the deep-frying process from start to finish in one 15-minute video</a>.</p> <h2>8. Bodily Burns From Cooking and Baking</h2> <p>While turkey frying has the potential to cause major damage if not done properly, it's not as common a hazard as ordinary burns from regular holiday baking and cooking. It's not that difficult to singe a few fingers making that huge holiday meal, especially when all burners and the oven are on at the same time. Also, keep in mind that children like to help out in the kitchen &mdash; especially when you're making sweet treats &mdash; so it's important to ensure that everybody is educated about <a href="http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/how-to-prevent-kitchen-burns.html">fire safety and burn prevention</a>.</p> <h2>9. Damage to Your Teeth</h2> <p>While we're busy trying not to kill our pets or burn the house to the ground, we're overlooking a potentially costly &mdash; and painful &mdash; oral holiday hazard. &quot;People tend to use their teeth to open presents, bottles, and chew on candy and other potential hazards that lead patients to our office for fixing,&quot; says Dr. Mark Helm of Helm, Nejad, Stanley Dentistry of Beverly Hills. So he offers a survival guide of sorts to help you keep your pearly whites firmly planted in your face.</p> <h3>Rinse With Water Immediately After Meals or Sweets</h3> <p>It's recommended to wait 30 minutes after eating or indulging in sweets to brush and floss, allowing your mouth to return to its normal pH balance, but we understand that waiting this long after a meal (especially for little ones) is not always realistic. By simply swishing water in your mouth for about 30 seconds after sweets, you can prevent a significant amount of tartar and plaque from taking hold and help your mouth return to normal pH faster.</p> <h3>Don't Forget to Brush and Floss</h3> <p>During the holiday season we're busy spending time with loved ones and traveling, which can make it very easy to forget to maintain our regular brushing and flossing habits. If you find yourself in a situation where you can't brush and floss, don't panic. Simply rinse with water. This doesn't replace brushing and flossing, but it's better than nothing. It's also wise to invest in a to-go toothbrush or designate a pack of floss for on-the-go activities.</p> <h3>Treat Your Teeth to Something Nice</h3> <p>In keeping with the giving spirit of the holidays, why neglect your teeth? Buy yourself or a loved one a new toothbrush. Treat yourselves to some delicious xylitol-flavored gum or candies. Your teeth have been working hard and they deserve it. While you're at it, visit your hygienist and get a teeth cleaning or ask your dentist about whitening options to make all your friends and family jealous of your sparkling smile.</p> <h3>Use Appropriate Tools</h3> <p>With all of the presents, packages, and bottles to be opened, and nuts to be cracked, it can be tempting to use our teeth to take care of these tasks. Do yourself and your dentist a huge favor by using appropriate tools instead of using your teeth for these tasks. It will save you plenty of pain, money, and time spent at the dentist during the holidays that you can otherwise spend feasting.</p> <h3>Just Say No</h3> <p>Candy canes, caramel, sticky sweets, and other hard candies are some of the most common (and tasty) holiday treats that cause the most damage, and they're best avoided. Do your best to limit your intake of these sweets, and if you do decide to enjoy a candy cane or two don't chew on them.</p> <h2>10. Back Strain From Moving Boxes/Bins In and Out of Storage</h2> <p><a href="http://www.jamienovak.com/">Organizing specialist Jamie Novak</a> advises us to avoid back injuries from lugging heavy tubs and containers of decorations in and out of storage areas and up and down flights of stairs. &quot;I suggest storing decorations in smaller tubs, grouping the items you use for one area &mdash; like a single bookcase or tabletop &mdash; in one bin so you can bring out what you need without hurting yourself,&quot; she says. If you're already prone to back problems, ask someone else to do the heavy lifting for you. Doing it yourself isn't worth being laid up for the holidays, unable to enjoy the festivities.</p> <h2>11. Cuts From Clamshell Packaging</h2> <p>One of the most frustrating parts of gift packaging are those annoying hard plastic cases that seem like they've been welded together for the sole purpose of making you curse the day Santa slid down your chimney. And if you're not careful, you could have a bloody mess on your hands. To open these types of packages Novak says, &quot;Always have a clamshell [package] opener at the ready. I keep mine in a decorative box under the tree, so I know just where it is. I also keep one of those tiny screwdrivers in the box so I can open battery compartments easily.&quot;</p> <p>You hear that folks? Put a <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000RT8GQY/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000RT8GQY&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=BVWDMJ4BPCYWVSLS">clamshell package opener</a> on your Christmas list this year &mdash; if only to enjoy the look of what-the-heck-is-that bewilderment from whoever reads it.</p> <h2>12. Unattended Candles</h2> <p>Candles help create a cozy ambience around the holidays, but such beauty can quickly turn into a blaze if the candles are left unattended. The National Candle Association (yeah, I had no idea either) takes safety seriously as detailed in <a href="http://candles.org/fire-safety-candles/candle-safety-rules/">this comprehensive list of candle safety rules</a>.</p> <h2>13. Overloading Power Strips and Outlets</h2> <p>Once you've strung up all your lights, you'll need to plug them in so the astronauts can see them from space. That is your goal, isn't it? While it's perfectly okay to pursue that passion, it's not a good idea to overload your electrical outlets so NASA can pinpoint the big ball of fire that has suddenly appeared on your block. Right where your house used to be. Howstuffworks details some electrical-outlet limits in <a href="http://home.howstuffworks.com/home-improvement/household-safety/fire/outlet-overload.htm">this educational and perhaps life-saving post</a>.</p> <h2>14. Letting the Tree Dry Out</h2> <p>What happens when you put bone-dry greenery next to a potential fire hazard? It could go up in flames. Be a responsible tree owner by keeping the stand filled with water while also minimizing the risk of fire by practicing the safety tips detailed earlier in this post.</p> <h2>15. Choking Hazards for Children</h2> <p>Be mindful of the gifts you're giving children this time of year and make sure that they're age-appropriate. Paramedic Jeff Meyers at Grand Rapids Healthcare Training offers this helpful tip to help you decide what items could mean trouble: &quot;If the object is small enough to fit in a toilet paper roll, it's too small.&quot;</p> <h2>16. Foodborne Illness</h2> <p>Dr. Michael Kaplan, national medical director for <a href="http://www.nextcare.com">NextCare</a>, warns about a hidden danger that can affect any family at holiday time.</p> <p>&quot;Foodborne illnesses &mdash; such as Salmonella and E.coli &mdash; that primarily consist of vomiting and/or diarrhea can lead to dehydration if a person loses more body fluids and salts (electrolytes) than they take in,&quot; he says. &quot;In addition to water, drinking oral rehydration solutions such as Ceralyte, Pedialyte, or Oralyte is recommended to replace the fluid losses and prevent dehydration. Sports drinks such as Gatorade do not replace the losses correctly and should not be used as treatment. Bismuth subsalicylate (i.e. Pepto-Bismol) can reduce the severity and duration of diarrhea, as well. (NextCare can also help to treat gastrointestinal illnesses such as foodborne illness).&quot;</p> <p><em>Do you have other holiday hazards that we should avoid? Please warn us about them in comments!</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/beware-these-16-holiday-hazards" class="sharethis-link" title="Beware These 16 Holiday Hazards" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/beware-these-16-holiday-hazards">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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In need of a new conceit to spur on some social interaction? Try one of these fun and affordable party games you didn't know about:</p> <h2>Mafia</h2> <p><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mafia_%28party_game%29">Mafia is a group game</a> designed in Russia during end of the Cold War, and it shows. I first heard of the game earlier this spring, when a friend hosted a party specifically to play Mafia. It's free to play, like Charades. We were confused at first but it quickly got weird and fun!</p> <p><strong>Players</strong>: At least 3</p> <h3>Basic Rules</h3> <p>There are two teams, the &quot;Mafia&quot; (who know each other in the group) and the &quot;Innocents&quot; (everyone else who have no idea who the &quot;Mafia&quot; are). One moderator leads the game.</p> <p>The game occurs in two phases: Night and Day. During the &quot;night&quot; phase, the mafia members elect someone to &quot;kill,&quot; while everyone's eyes are closed. During the &quot;Day&quot; phase, everyone opens their eyes, and the moderator declares who was &quot;killed.&quot; Everyone discusses, and someone must accuse a player of being in the &quot;Mafia&quot;. The most fun part is arguing over whether someone is in the &quot;Mafia&quot; and whether to kill them. The moderator will reveal whether or not the accused player was in fact a Mafioso. On it goes until everyone is figured out.</p> <h3>Why It's Fun</h3> <p>The game involves a lot of social strategy which is really funny in a group of close friends. Similar to other games like Werewolf, you get a lot of hilarious arguments about whether someone is guilty or innocent. The surprise of each player's role reveal is also really fun.</p> <h2>1,000 Blank White Cards</h2> <p>If you haven't played <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1000_Blank_White_Cards">1,000 Blank White Cards</a>, you're missing out on not only a great party game, but a really fun game for passing the time. I first learned about this game while in line for a panel at San Diego Comic-Con, known for crazy long waits.</p> <p><strong>Players</strong>: At least 2</p> <h3>Basic Rules</h3> <p>Gather as many blank cards as you can find. These can be index cards or chopped pieces of paper. The game is defined by the cards everyone creates. A card usually consists of a drawing and a short description of its meaning and the action required upon pulling the card. For example, you can have a card with a picture of a cactus that reads, &quot;You just got picked by a cactus! Lose 4,000 points,&quot; then if you pull it that's what happens! Destroying cards is discouraged; if a card is not good, you can nominate it to &quot;The Suck Box.&quot;</p> <h3>Why It's Fun</h3> <p>It's limited only by your imagination! Creating the deck is arguably one of the best parts of the game, trying to come up with the silliest rules funniest drawings you can imagine. The gameplay is one surprise after another.</p> <h2>Cards Against Humanity</h2> <p>A game that is rapidly becoming mainstream, <a href="http://cardsagainsthumanity.com/">Cards Against Humanity</a> first formed a rabid following online. It's free to print the cards at home, and costs around $20 for a deck. If you have not heard of it, chances are the next party you go to will break out in a game.</p> <p><strong>Players</strong>: At least 2</p> <h3>Basic Rules</h3> <p>It's similar to Apples to Apples (actually, it's exactly like Apples to Apples) with a crazy twist. Each player pulls 10 white &quot;answer&quot; cards with a hilarious nonsequitur on it. One player starts as the &quot;Card Czar,&quot; pulling a black &quot;question&quot; card. Each player takes a moment to best answer the &quot;Card Czar&quot; with one of their randomly drawn white cards. The &quot;Card Czar&quot; reads each white card in a funny manner, and chooses their favorite. The player who drew their favorite white card gets one &quot;Awesome Point&quot; and keeps the black card. Whoever has the most &quot;Awesome Points&quot; at the end of the game wins.</p> <h3>Why It's Fun</h3> <p>The cards are really funny, and many are surprising, controversial, or gross, so there is a ton of shock value. It's a really enjoyable game to play casually with friends.</p> <h2>TV Show Drinking Games</h2> <p>Did you know that nearly every single TV show or movie has its own drinking game? When having a night in with friends or roommates, a simple drinking game is a great way to get a party going. The only cost is the booze.</p> <p><strong>Players</strong>: 2 or more (drinking alone is sad)</p> <h3>Basic Rules</h3> <p>Go to <a href="http://drinkingcinema.com">drinkingcinema.com</a> or <a href="http://drunktvzone.com">drunktvzone.com</a> to find make your drinking game choice. I recommend 90s show like Family Matters or Ally McBeal or a schlocky horror movie like Halloween 3: Season of the Witch. Simply drink whenever a specific recurring action or visual element occurs as per each game's rules! For bonus points, everyone can dress up as a character from the show or movie of choice.</p> <h3>Why It's Fun</h3> <p>Drinking games are an easy way to get a party started and a fun way to appreciate a silly show or movie ironically, dress up, and drink with buddies.</p> <h2>ClueMates</h2> <p>Ok, full disclosure. While I did not create the game, ClueMates was created by a publishing company I own.</p> <p><a href="http://devastatorpress.com/toys/">ClueMates: The Passive Aggressive Roommate Detective Game</a> is a parody board game that comes inside of a book, based on the mystery engine of Clue. The game satirizes life with roommates and has a cult following among board game and humor nerds. The game and book cost only $10.</p> <p><strong>Players</strong>: 3-6</p> <h3>Basic Rules</h3> <p>The rules are just like Clue. Each person plays as a character who is a credible suspect. Only, instead of a murder mystery, it is much funnier &mdash; your least favorite roommate has locked himself in the bathroom.</p> <p>The Archetypes are different from classic Clue as well, with a couch-surfing stoner, a 4chan troll, a yoga instructor, a type-A bossypants, and one normal person, Rachel Feinstein. You must figure out which roommate ruined his day, what they did, and in which room of the terrible apartment you share, because everyone needs to use the bathroom! One new element to gameplay is that each character has one &quot;superpower&quot; causing others to lose a turn and making the game move faster.</p> <h3>Why It's Fun</h3> <p>For board game lovers, this is a fun, simplified party game full of adult jokes and it plays as a really funny, high-speed version of Clue for adults.</p> <p><em>What party games do you enjoy? Please share in comments!</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-fun-cheap-party-games-you-didnt-know-about" class="sharethis-link" title="5 Fun, Cheap Party Games You Didn&#039;t Know About" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><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/5-fun-cheap-party-games-you-didnt-know-about">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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