• An Inexpensive, Fun Family Vacation Idea From My Childhood

    When I was young, my family did not have a whole lot of money for trips. Most of our “vacations” were trips to Grandma’s house – she lived a few hours away and had a big house that even had a hidden tunnel in it that let you sneak from one bedroom to another through …

  • Helping A Soldier Plan An Inexpensive Vacation

    I received a very interesting note from a reader who really deserves a vacation: I’m in the Army National Guard, currently serving in Iraq. I am scheduled to get home around mid-July, and my wife and I want to take a nice vacation. We’re planning on going to Ireland next year, so we’re not looking …

  • Traveling To Family Events: Ten Tips For Saving Money

    This weekend, my wife and I are traveling to see her younger sister graduate from college and also attend a small family reunion. We’ll have to drive at least seven hours this weekend and also spend three nights away from home, which in the end implies a lot of extra expenses. Here are ten things …

  • The Long Trip: Five Ways To Save Money On A Multi-State Road Trip

    A few months ago, I wrote about four techniques for saving money on road trips: performing maintenance before you leave, minimize your distance, pack snacks before you leave, and research gas prices before you leave. These are useful for planning your trip in advance, but here are five additional ways to maximize your cash while …

  • Blown Away By Prices Inside Of Airports? Five Travel Tips For Saving Cash Beyond The Security Checkpoint

    I’m sitting here in the Dallas/Fort Worth airport composing this post and all around me I see opportunities to burn through a lot of money very quickly. Hungry traveler? You can drop $10 on some pretty awful fast food quite quickly. Want to eat somewhat better? TGI Friday’s will be glad to take a few …

  • 25 Rules to Grow Rich By #24: Frequent Flier Miles

    The Simple Dollar is running a series in which we re-evaluate Money Magazine’s “25 Rules To Grow Rich By”. One “rule” will be re-evaluated each weekday until the series concludes; you can keep tabs on the action at the 25 Rules index. Rule #24: Don’t redeem frequent-flier miles unless you can get more than a …

  • 25 Rules to Grow Rich By #23: Airline Tickets

    The Simple Dollar is running a series in which we re-evaluate Money Magazine’s “25 Rules To Grow Rich By”. One “rule” will be re-evaluated each weekday until the series concludes; you can keep tabs on the action at the 25 Rules index. Rule #23: Buy airline tickets early because the cheapest fares are snapped up …

  • Minimizing the Personal Cost of Business Travel

    When I was employed early in my career, I did a significant amount of traveling, both domestic and internationally. Over time, I began to discover that I could often come out substantially ahead on the costs of travel with a bit of planning and foresight. Here are some of the lessons I learned that put …

  • Saving Money on Road Trips

    My wife and I live more than four hours away from our hometowns, so when we visit our parents and extended family, we spend a lot of time in the car. Over the years, we have developed several techniques for optimizing the cost of the trip. Here’s what we do: Perform some basic car maintenance …