Planning a getaway this summer? Whether you’re planning a trip around the world, a weekend staycation or something in between, it’s important to start saving and budgeting for your trip ahead of time. Your summer vacation may feel like it’s a long way away, but costs such as airfare, hotel fare, and passport and travel document fees will start to creep up on you even before the trip starts. If you create an accurate budget and savings plan, you will be much more relaxed once your vacation finally comes. [click to continue…]
We’ve all been there. You’re walking through a mall, and suddenly, you see it like a mirage in the desert, shining in the store window: the perfect bag. Then you look up and realize you’re standing in front of a Louis Vuitton store, and that bag is roughly one month’s rent and security deposit for a Manhattan loft. Though you try to walk away and put it out of your mind, you just can’t help returning to the store and putting it on your credit card. And now, you’re thousands of dollars in debt.
It doesn’t have to be that way. Talking Cents is launching a new series of informative graphics to help you understand, called “Buy This, Not That.” We’ll show you the luxury good or expensive item that you desperately want, and then show you a comparable item at a significantly lower cost. This month, we’re looking at the Louis Vuitton Biface bag, which costs a whopping $6,050 from the retailer. [click to continue…]