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Frugal Flying on Southwest Airlines

July 22, 2014 |

Nothing makes me more excited about a big vacation than getting a great deal on my airfare! As the price of gas has gone up in the last few years, airfare prices have skyrocketed which has made finding a good deal that much more difficult. Add in the recent trend of charging customers for baggage and you can easily spend your whole vacation budget just getting to your destination.

Southwest Airlines is well-known as the industry leader in low-cost airfare. While the majority of airlines now charge on average $50 per checked bag, Southwest still allows passengers to check up to two pieces of luggage (under 50 lbs. each) for free. That is a major savings! In addition, if you follow these three tips, you can save even more on your next Southwest vacation! Read More

Go to the Movies Without Going Broke

July 3, 2014 |

The summer blockbuster season is here, and although some of these mega movie hits costs billions to make, they often cost just as much for us to go see. Ok, maybe not billions, but close enough.

Last Saturday night, my husband and I decided on a movie date. It had been awhile since we last stepped into a movie theater, so you can imagine our surprise when two tickets set us back $26. That's pretty steep, even by New York standards. (Anyone else remember the days when you could go out and have change from your twenty-dollar bill?) Movie tickets prices are on the rise across the county; in late 2013, the average price in the U.S. was $8.13 a person ( Well, after that evening, I vowed never to pay that much for a trip to the movie theater ever again! Luckily, I found a few great ways to save on a movie outing. Read More

3 Ways to Avoid Sky-High Prices at the Airport

June 20, 2014 |

Summer travel season is here! You picked your destination, got a great deal on your airfare and are off to the airport! If you don’t watch out, you can easily spend a ton of money at the airport – before you even reach your destination. Avoiding these common pitfalls can mean that you’ll keep more cash in your pocket for excursions and great restaurants at your destination! Read More

Take Them Out to the Ballgame: 4 Ways to Save at the Ballpark

April 14, 2014 |

Attention, baseball fans: A fun family outing should not cost an arm and a leg. Before heading to the ballpark this season, consider the following tips for keeping your budget on the ball. Read More

One of the Easiest Ways to Earn Free Travel Rewards

March 7, 2014 |

Since I travel a lot, I will take any opportunity to earn miles and points. Miles and points is how I manage to travel a lot in the first place. But there is one opportunity that seems to be the most lucrative available right now for anyone who wants to earn free travel rewards.

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How to Score the Best Event Tickets at the Best Price

February 7, 2014 |

“Are you going to the game?” “Did you hear who is coming in concert?” “I’d love to see that live.” No matter what the event is, there are two things for certain: People want to be as close to the action as possible and get the best price they can on tickets. But, how do you do that? Here are a few tips that will help get you to the front of the line. Read More

How to Score the Best Travel Deals on Black Friday Weekend and Cyber Monday

November 25, 2011 |

Thanksgiving weekend will be stuffed with deals. According to, nine out of ten online retailers are offering special bargains Thanksgiving weekend, with 80 percent featuring Cyber Monday specials. Cyber Monday isn't just for tablets and t-shirts. It's also a great time to score super travel deals.

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Financial Lessons from Real Lotto Winners

July 13, 2011 | 2

It's fun to fantasize about winning the lotto. And it's even more fun to dream about spending the jackpot. Some of us imagine driving that brand new Lamborghini off the lot or decorating our French villa. But if you've ever caught an episode of TLC's show The Lottery Changed My Life, you know that winning big can come with a cost. Falling into wealth can split families, destroy friendships and actually push people faster into debt. If you're hoping to strike it rich one day, take this advice from someone who has been through it.

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Earn Airline Miles by Watching Movies? Crazy Ways to Fly Free

July 12, 2011 |

Want to earn airline miles for your summer vacation without flying somewhere or buying something? It's possible-- and it can even be fun. There are no longer just a couple of ways to add miles to your frequent flyer accounts. We found 5 easy ways to earn frequent flyer miles for your next trip.

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Can't Do Overpriced Orlando This Year? Think Again with These Money Saving Tips

June 24, 2011 | 1

Orlando is the  most popular summer travel spot for 2011, according to travel site Last year the city welcomed a record-Mickey Earsbreaking 51.455 million visitors and could top that this year. So if you're one of the millions heading south this summer to the Sunshine State, check out these great tips for saving money on your trip to Orlando.

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How to Get Sold Out Music Festival Tickets

May 18, 2011 | 1


One of the great parts of summer is the plethora of music festivals going on all season long. The downside to these festivals is that the tickets are pricey, and if you’ve procrastinated in buying, you may find the event sold out months in advance. Not all hope is lost, however, as there are a few options out there to help you get tickets even when the event is sold out.

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