From the category archives:

Travel

staycation

If you want to take a vacation but you’re short on cash, you’ve probably heard the term “staycation.” It basically means that you stay home or close to home for your vacation, and it’s a good way to save money. For many consumers, most extra money is being put towards regular bills or paying off [...]

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Beach Trips on a Budget

by Elaine H on July 3, 2014

beach

For the upcoming Fourth of July weekend, you may be planning a beach trip or a trip to the local lake or river to stay cool. As one of the busiest days for shorelines and beaches, the Fourth of July is also a day where many business owners jack up the prices on things like [...]

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summer activities

The days are getting longer, the nights are getting shorter, and your budget is still as tight as ever. Now that the kids are home from school and the weather is perfect for adventures, you may feel the pressure to spend money on expensive summer activities. But when it comes to making sure the summer [...]

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traffic

Everyone knows that winter holidays and school vacations are the busiest times of the year to travel. However, summertime comes with its own travel hazards, particularly for drivers. People scramble to the highways en route to beaches, lakes, boardwalks, campsites, and wherever else they choose to beat the heat. Fuel costs tend to increase during [...]

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summer music festivals

For the past five years, my friends and I have made it our tradition to forgo the classic summer vacation and get together for a music festival. But as these festivals have gained in popularity, ticket prices have increased exponentially, making it more difficult to attend while sticking to a budget. Factoring in the cost [...]

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family vacation

Summer vacation is upon us, and finding things to do that the kids will enjoy can get expensive quickly. We’ve come up with a list of ways to spend a meaningful vacation with the family without breaking the budget or racking up thousands of dollars’ worth of debt.

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saving for a summer vacation

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 [...]

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cruise ships

With World Consumer Rights Day coming up on Saturday, it’s important to understand all of your consumer rights, especially as a traveler. The cruise ship industry has taken a major hit with recent disasters, from deadly capsizing to norovirus outbreaks. With the reputation problems, the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) has been working on ensuring [...]

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airplane

This Saturday is World Consumer Rights Day, and we want to make sure you truly understand your rights as a consumer, across all industries. Air travel is one of the most frustrating places for consumers, with bumped flights, tarmac delays, lost baggage, and hours lost waiting in security lines. As of 2011, U.S. airlines must [...]

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Martin Luther King Day

Looking for something to do on Monday without breaking the bank or putting yourself in more credit card debt? In celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, all U.S. national parks will be offering free admission. This is a great year to take advantage of the waived fees – 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of [...]

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