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Ideas for Cheap Fall Getaways

September 11, 2014 |

The final days of summer are flying by, but that does not mean you have to say goodbye to vacations until next year. Although the hot summer months are the peak vacation times, the cool and crisp fall air can signal a perfect opportunity to plan a final getaway before the holidays get underway and make travel unbearable. In fact, if you are looking for fewer crowds and cheaper prices, fall is a great time of year to take a vacation without emptying your pocketbook. Here are some destinations to consider.

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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

The More, The Merrier – How to Save on Group Travel

July 15, 2014 |

If you are attending a wedding out of town, planning a family reunion or just traveling with many friends or family members, you might have 10 people or more in your party. Trying to coordinate travel arrangements for a dozen or so people can be not only challenging but costly. However, with proper planning and perfect timing, you can save big while having the time of your life with loved ones.

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Beach Day: Summer Fun Without the Splurge

July 10, 2014 |

A day at the beach is the quintessential summer activity. It's a taste of paradise without the splurge of traveling hundreds of miles away. Here are some of my tips for planning a fun and inexpensive family day out in the sun, sand and surf. Read More

3 Ways to Make Your Staycation Feel like a Vacation

June 24, 2014 |

Sometimes, a vacation is just not in the cards. Whether the issue is money, time, or scheduling, vacations do not always come as easy as we wish they did. Despite that, you can make a staycation as memorable as any other vacation. You will be looking at your city with an entirely new perspective after your time vacationing at home. The best part is that you save on those big airfare expenses too! Find out how to make your staycation more than you could have ever imagined. Read More

Surviving the Family Road Trip on a Budget

April 23, 2014 |

When planning a family road trip with kids, it is always wise to be prepared. Hours spent in the car mean that your kids are going to need entertainment. There are tons of great solutions out there to help you keep your sanity, but a lot of them involve expensive equipment. Here is a list of a few things that will still give you gas money to leave town. Read More

Vacation Expenses: 5 Extras Taking the “All” Out of “All-Inclusive”

April 9, 2014 |

All-inclusive: It’s the promise of a vacation in which the majority (ahem, or dare I say all) of your expenses are paid upfront, so that when you arrive at your destination all you have to do is relax, enjoy yourself and leave your wallet locked safely away in your room safe. Read More

Summer Sales Round Up: Swimwear, Travel, and More!

June 19, 2012 |

Tomorrow marks the first day of summer! We have deals for you whether you're kicking it poolside, taking a trip, or relaxing in the comfort of your own backyard. Are you going anywhere this season?

Swimwear and Summer Apparel

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Don't Be a Tanning Mom: 5 Safe and Affordable Tanning Alternatives

May 17, 2012 |

She's been the brunt of late night talk show jokes and the center of criticism for her parenting skills. But now the New Jersey mom accused of taking her six-year-old daughter tanning with her could be starting a wildfire of legislation that would ban anyone under 18 from entering a tanning salon. Forty-four-year-old Patricia Krentcil is being called a tanorexic for her apparent addiction to the tanning salon. She pleaded not guilty to child endangerment charges but her scorched appearance is leaving many people to wonder if there are better alternatives for getting a golden glow. And experts agree - yes there are.

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A Naked Getaway in California Wine Country

August 10, 2011 | 2

I must admit that at first, the idea of disrobing in front of a gaggle of other disrobed people in a warm room filled with the scent of lavender and patchouli and then getting into a warm pool shoulder to shoulder with other naked folks did not sound like my idea of a relaxing, enjoyable vacation. It definitely takes some getting used to, and even still it might never be for you.Read More