Review Category : Vacations

Five Ways To Save Money On Spring Break

With Spring Break right around the corner, families across America are thinking about vacations to staycations wondering how to fit this into their family budget.  If you aren’t careful, Spring Break could cost you upwards of $5,000 or more depending on how far of a getaway you plan for your family.  There are a number of ways to save money along the way, and if you plan appropriately you can even save money on your trip. What’s In Your Wallet – We walk around all year with our Contanza size wallet full of cards we don’t use at all. Before you spend a nickel on Spring Break, see if you have a AAA card, an AARP card, a Student ID (if a student is with you), or some other discount card that can offer you savings at local venues, rent-a-cars, or restaurants.  In addition, double check what your credit card may offer from lower cost Uber rides to savings at ...

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Quit Buying Stuff You Can’t Afford

Generation X is classically defined as people born between the years 1965 and 1979.    Pretty much those of you in your late 30’s and now, *GULP* into the early 50’s.  Having given personal financial advice to thousands of people, I can tell you that many of you who were born 1960 to 1964 fit within the Generation X type of financial and personal attitude.   Since I am 47 and have had a good deal of financial success on my own, I’ve noticed some big mistakes that I see my generation making with their money and how they think about money.    One of the main problem with our generation is that it seems we can defy gravity when it comes to buying anything but savings for our own future. Where do you think we should take the kids away for spring break this year?      Should we go away for Thanksgiving or would it be better during the holiday season?    I know ...

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The Biggest Financial Vacation Mistake A Parent Can Make

For dual-income families with children today, you often burn the candle at both ends trying to be the best you can be at work and the best you can be at home. You want to create magical memories for your children because some days you don’t get to see them when the sun comes up or until the sun goes down. Due to the frenetic pace you are running every day, it’s not that your competency shrinks, but your capacity shrinks, often forcing you to make bad financial decisions. The dumbest financial lesson I see parents teach their children today is to take fancy vacations that simply aren’t in the family budget. As a side note, over-the-top birthday parties aren’t far behind on my list. Take the average parent today who has a 4-year-old and a 2-year-old and they get the bright idea to wipe Disney World off the bucket list.  Going to Disney World isn’t enough. You’ve got to ...

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5 Attractions To Do On The Cheap In London

My family and I were recently on vacation in London.   You need to make sure you put away a few extra dollars when you head out to London because it isn’t a cheap city for vacationing.  However, as a savvy money guy, I’m always looking for deals to put a few extra quid (see that British slang) back in my pocket.   If you travel to London anytime soon, here are five attractions you can do on the cheap in London. Tate Modern-  The Tate Modern Museum is now undergoing a new massive construction project and should prove to be an unbelievable attraction in the future.   The beauty about visiting the Tate Modern which is just a hop, skip, and a jump from St. Paul’s Cathedral is that it is a FREE attraction today.   You are likely going to donate 1 pound for the map to the museum, but the rest of the attractions are FREE.   There will always be one ...

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Road Trip Savings For The Summer Family Vacation

At some point during the summer, you’ll likely embark on some type of vacation whether it be a week at the beach or a cross country trip in the motor home.   Since the summertime may afford you just a little bit more time off of work and gas prices are still on the lower side, you might decide that going by automobile is the travel mode of choice.  If you decide to load up the SUV or the station wagon and start out on a road trip, here are five smart money moves you might want to consider to stretch your dollars this summer. Avoid the holiday weekends– If you are going to a popular destination, make sure to avoid Memorial Day, 4th of July, and Labor Day Weekend.   These weekends will likely cost you more for hotel rooms and getting into certain attractions.  You might want to get out on the road extra early to make sure that you ...

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How To Do Spring Break On A Budget

For legions of parents and kids across the United States, Spring Break represents a well-deserved week of vacation that splits up the second half of the school year.   It’s a great time for families to reconnect and refresh from the frantic schedules that they run every week at home.   Spring Break can end up costing a family budget quite a hefty punch if isn’t planned out well.  The closer you get to Spring Break, the more expensive the airfare, hotels, and entertainment can cost your bottom line.   Here are five smart money moves to help you enjoy Spring Break on a budget. Use some of those ‘rainy day’ point programs– Spring Break season is not usually a blackout period for hotel or airline point programs.   You might think you will save these up for a bigger trip in the future, but the truth is these points lose value year to year if you don’t use them (think inflation alone).  You ...

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Should You Rent A House On Vacation?

When I pick up one of those travel and getaway magazines in the bookstore, I always feel like there is a resort I should be taking my family to for a vacation.  They show the pictures of the lavish pools, the incredible scenery, and the four start restaurants at the resort. Over the years, our family (me, my wife, and our three kids) have been to some incredible destinations.  When the kids were young, getting everybody comfortably into a hotel room was a piece a cake. As the kids have gotten older, staying in one hotel room for all five of us has become something of a nightmare. I noticed over time that no matter what city or location we went to as a family that my kids simply loved hanging out at the pool. We always tried to do the tourist thing which the kids certainly had fun, but they always seemed to have fun just spending time splashing ...

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What to Do When You’re Robbed on Vacation

Heather Godsey was 600 miles from home when her wallet was stolen in a restroom. Godsey, from Joliet, Illinois, usually travels with half her cash and one or two credit cards at her hotel—but not on this trip. “I broke my rule at the wrong time,” she says. At least she had some rules. To prepare against an unimaginable hassle, you can take precautions before, during, and after your travels. Want more travel tips? Check out these stories. • 12 Sneaky, Slimy Travel Scams • Staying in Touch, Wirelessly (International Rates Don’t Apply) • 4 Ways to Make Calls from Overseas on a Dime Before You Go Plan on traveling light—on the finances. Keep just three or four things in your wallet: cash and traveler’s checks, a driver’s license, an American Express card and another credit card, says Ted Jenkin, co-CEO/founder of Georgia-based financial-services company oXYGen Financial. Julie Sturgeon, owner of Indiana travel agency Curing Cold Feet, suggests photocopying your ...

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