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Nine Ways to Find an Affordable Hotel

With summer travel season upon us, many of us are busy dreaming of our next chance to get away. And whether you crave a mountain

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An International Adventure Is Closer – and Cheaper – Than You Think

Whether it’s the exotic thrill of hearing or speaking another language, eating unusual dishes, or just experiencing another culture, the allure of wandering foreign lands calls to

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Four Reasons to Invest (That Have Nothing to Do With Retirement)

Everyone knows you’re supposed to be investing for retirement. But let’s be honest: That’s kind of a drag. Yes, it’s important to save and invest

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What Packing for an Amazing Weekend Can Teach You About Your Financial Life

Imagine, if you will, that it’s Friday morning. (This shouldn’t be too much of a stretch for some of you, considering that this post is

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10 Frugal Summer Vacation Ideas for People Who Don’t Fly

The summer travel season can be a letdown if you don’t like to fly. While your friends are packing their bags and jetting off to

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25 Ways to Save on Summer Travel

Summer might be the perfect time for a vacation, but peak-season travel doesn’t come cheap. The warm weather, coupled with the fact that kids are out of school,

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Is It Still Possible to Do Disney on a Budget?

Disney World and Disneyland are wishlist vacation destinations for plenty of kids — and kids at heart. But recent hikes in ticket pricing have made

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Eight Things to Pack for a Frugal Vacation

While the price of a spring break or summer getaway can vary drastically based on where you go and what you do, most parents are keenly

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Make the Most of Your ‘Stay-Cation’

Right about the time you are reading this, I’m waving good bye to my family as they travel a bit during spring break. They’re going

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How to Get a Free Flight for Just 7,500 Credit Card Points

One common misconception surrounding airline miles is that it always costs a gazillion points to redeem them for a flight. While that may be true

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Cheap Vacation Showdown: All-Inclusive Resorts vs. Cruises

With spring break just weeks away, many of us are daydreaming about our upcoming travel plans. And that’s especially true for those of us who endure

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Real-World Cost of Living Analysis: Los Angeles vs. Madison, Wis.

Awhile back I wrote a post explaining my decision to move from Los Angeles to the Midwest. I’ve now lived in Madison, Wis., for more

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Seven Cheap Romantic Getaways

With the thick of winter upon us and Valentine’s Day around the corner — smack in the middle of Presidents Day weekend, no less —

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Hotel Rewards Cards for People Who Hate Hotels

Hotel credit cards let you earn points for free hotel stays, room upgrades, and more. With the right card, you could even book a week-long

01.12.16
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Why I’ll Never Feel Bad About My Vacation Spending

A few weeks ago, I spent seven nights in Cancun with my little family of four. It was a fairly inexpensive trip, largely paid for

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Seven Ways to Find Affordable Flights

Airfare is one of the most expensive components of any vacation or business trip. More often than not, getting there isn’t just half the fun — it’s half

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No, You Don’t Have to Fly to Earn Airline Miles

Think you need to fly to earn airline miles? Think again. Consumer Reports notes that nearly 100 million consumers belonged to a frequent flyer program

U.S. Bank FlexPerks® Travel Rewards Visa Signature® Review

If you’re looking for a rewards card that’s slightly different than its competitors, the  is one to consider. Even though it offers a fixed-value rewards program

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