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5 Super-Fun and Frugal Staycation Ideas

As we head into what’s shaping up to be a post-pandemic summer, you’re probably ready to take a break from the daily grind. But you might not be ready — or have the funds — to travel for a full vacation. The good news is, staying close to home doesn’t have to mean sticking to […]

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Vacation Canceled? Use the Funds to Support Your Financial Goals

Many consumers have had their travel plans sidelined by the COVID-19 pandemic. If you had money saved for a trip this year you didn’t end up taking, you might be wondering how to best use those funds to help you reach your financial goals. Here are several constructive things to do with your unused vacation […]

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Summer Vacation Canceled? Try These Staycation Ideas.

The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has changed what summer vacations are going to look like this year. Non-essential travel is still discouraged, and many popular vacation destinations are still closed. Even those that slowly re-open will have limited capacity and restrictions on certain activities. At the same time, we could all use a break now more […]

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How to Get Refunds for Canceled Travel Due to COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic changed our lives virtually overnight. In addition to shifting our work and school schedules, many people lost the chance to take long-planned summer vacations. And it hasn’t been easy to receive refunds for canceled air travel, hotel bookings, tour packages and other travel essentials. In attempts to protect their bottom lines, many […]

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5 Tips for Planning a Vacation Budget

Whether you’re planning a quick getaway or the trip of a lifetime, establishing (and sticking to) a vacation budget allows you to travel while still making progress toward other financial goals. As with any large purchase, a vacation will be more enjoyable if you don’t have to go into debt to pay for it. Let’s […]

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Don’t Go Broke with Holiday Houseguests

One of the most enjoyable aspects of the holiday season is having friends and family come to stay for a visit. But having those extra people in the house can often lead to a blown budget and post-holiday debt. Fortunately, there are several ways you can be sure your houseguests will have an enjoyable stay […]

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6 Ways to Save Money on a Rental Car

Renting a car is a travel detail that often gets overlooked until the last minute, which can leave you paying far more than necessary. Fortunately, with just a little research and planning, you can save money on a rental car and get around town in style and comfort. Let’s take a look at some of […]

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Tips for Managing Friendship and Finances

Misunderstandings about money have caused the downfall of many friendships. Because we all have different backgrounds and experiences, we all approach money and financial issues in our own unique ways. Fortunately, there are some tried-and-true tips to help you manage the sometimes awkward intersection of friendship and finances. Let’s see what they are. Be Prepared […]

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Beyond Emergency Savings — Start Saving for These Priorities

By now, you’ve probably heard how 40% of Americans can’t afford to pay cash for a $400 emergency. That’s why having a fully-funded emergency savings account is so important. Opinions vary on what exactly fully-funded means, but most experts agree that saving 3-6 months of living expenses in an accessible savings account should be the […]

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The Pros and Cons of All-Inclusive Resorts

We’ve all seen the commercials. A gorgeous couple frolicking on a white sand beach by day, followed by an elegant candlelight meal at night, along with quick shots of them parasailing, playing beach volleyball and happily shopping for local trinkets. That’s right. It’s an ad for an all-inclusive resort. They promise a complete vacation experience […]

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