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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

01.05.16
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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

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Eight Alternative Ways to Redeem Credit Card Rewards

Depending on the type of rewards credit card you sign up for, you can earn all kinds of free stuff just for being a cardholder.

11.25.15
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Here’s What Living Cheaply in Another Country Looks Like

American retirees looking for a low cost of living and a comfortable climate are increasingly packing up for cheap, warm countries abroad. Around 615,000 Americans reportedly received

11.17.15
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Travel Insurance and Terrorism

Friday’s terrorist attacks in Paris were horrifying on every level. Unsurprisingly, some rattled and fearful travelers are considering canceling their trips to the City of Light, one of

11.12.15
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12 Strategies for Saving Money on Convention or Conference Trips

Back when I worked in an office environment, I attended two or three professional conferences per year. I often presented at these events and, for

11.01.15
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I Left the Coast for a Simpler Life in the Midwest – and You Can, Too

After graduating from college in 2009, I played professional basketball in Israel for three years. When I finished, I moved back to my hometown of

10.31.15
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Eight Romantic, Affordable Honeymoon Destinations

The average couple in the United States spends $3,400 on their honeymoon, according to Conde Nast Bridal InfoBank. This post-wedding getaway is supposed to be a

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$&#@! Six Tips for Booking Rewards Travel Without Cursing

Have you ever earned a bunch of frequent flier miles only to realize they are almost impossible to redeem? While earning miles with a co-branded credit

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The Best Way to Join U.S. News’ Top Hotel Rewards Programs

While no hotel rewards program is perfect for every traveler, certain ones tend to stand out among the rest. To highlight the best programs for

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How to Save on Travel With Expedia Coupons and Deals

Sometimes it’s hard to know which website to check first when it comes to finding the best travel deals. Some people swear by one site while

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Profound Life Experiences… on a Budget?

Kellen wrote in with a very thoughtful question that I wanted to address in detail: I’m currently in that stage of life where I have

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The Southwest Airlines Companion Pass: A Gold Mine of Free Travel

When it comes to domestic travel, the Southwest Rapid Rewards frequent flyer program is consistently rated as one of the best – and for good

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‘Money Cannot Buy What Time Delivers’

Earlier this week, I had the opportunity to read a wonderful article from Kevin Kelly entitled More Time, More Money. Here’s the idea behind the

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