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How to Save on Travel Expenses

Contrary to popular opinion, holidays don’t have to be a money-gobbling venture that will leave you living on a stringent budget for weeks afterwards. With a combination of open-mindedness and thinking ahead, there are many ways you can save on costs when you go abroad. Ready to start enjoying your travels for less? Here are some of our top tips to help you cut expenses on your next vacation. Go All Inclusive The upfront cost of an all inclusive holiday may not feel like you’re saving money, but in the long run, it makes budgeting a lot easier. Food, drinks, accommodation and even many of your activities will already be covered before you arrive. As a result, you can fully enjoy your holiday without worrying about how much each day is going to cost. With all inclusive, you can set an upper limit for your trip and actually stick to it. Be flexible Flexibility is key to bagging an amazing holiday deal. This means you should stay open to different options surrounding both where and when to go. You might have had your mind set on the Algarve, but who’s to say you won’t have just as good a time on ...

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Investment and Net Worth Update

our beach trip

Happy Friday everyone. I’ve been trying to make up for being on vacation last week by working all five days. Let me tell you, a 40 hour work week is for the birds. It makes me really want to buckle down so that I can be on vacation all the time (or at least not in the office). I’m thankful to have work, but working part time has certainly spoiled me. Because I want to keep dedicated to the idea of financial independence and all the freedom that comes with it, I thought it was a good time to share some numbers regarding our investments so far this year and the direction of our net worth. Plus, I really want to be in the Million Dollar Club at Budgets Are Sexy. Do you get a t-shirt with that? I don’t expect anyone to compare themselves with us. We’re all on our own path. If you haven’t planned for which direction you want your path to lead, today is the day to start. For a recap of our net worth from last October, you can check out in this post. Assets: Cash: $64,288. We’ve been hoarding cash for a tax bill ...

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Eyes on the Dollar 20/20 Roundup #43- Pacific Northwest Vacation

    We made it back from our big trip yesterday. After spending almost two weeks in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, it’s good to be home. We haven’t taken a trip that long since before our daughter was born, and we’ve certainly never taken such a big trip without racking up credit card debt, so score one for the Eyes on the Dollar family! There was so much to see and do, and I’m sure you’ll get sick of hearing about it, but it’s my blog and I can show all the pictures I want. I’m hoping to get back to my regular online routine, but we’ll have lots to do before school starts in a few weeks. We’ll see. Thanks for all those who checked in over the past couple of weeks. Giveaway You still have time to enter for your chance to win $480 in Paypal cash, but not very much, so enter right now! Mentions Thanks for including me, even though I have been MIA for the better part of the month! If I missed you, please let me know. I Heart Budgets Stacking Benjamins Fun Search Terms we all smell like skunk– Have you tried tomato ...

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Can’t Take My Eyes Off These Blogs #19- I’m on Vacation

          I’ll be leaving tomorrow for a week in Kentucky to visit my family. If you could hear my voice as I write this, my twang is getting more pronounced as the minutes tick by. My husband thinks Southern is a whole different language and is amazed at how fluent I can be when the filter is turned off. Kentucky is a beautiful state and one of the only places I know where you can smoke AND buy fried chicken in every convenience store. I might be unplugged next week, so if you don’t hear from me, I haven’t forgotten you. I do have a couple of awesome guest posts and a giveaway lined up for next week, so stop by. It was a short week with the holidays, but there was lots going on the the blogosphere. Exciting news this week: Michelle got engaged. Congratulations! Mentions Eyes on the Dollar got some holiday love from these fine folks: Debt Roundup included my best financial tipin the Best Personal Finance Tips of 2012. My advice to stop being afraid was also shared by I Heart Budgets and Luke 1428. Frugal Rules  and Street Smart Finance were fans ...

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Fun, Fabulous, Free Things To Do in My Favorite Vacation Cities

  When you look at needs versus wants, travel probably fits into the latter category. You won’t starve, freeze to death, or stop breathing if you can’t take a vacation. I do believe it is important to see the world in whatever capacity is possible for your situation. I always need to have some sort of trip planned, even if it is only a camping trip a couple of hours away. It makes the hectic and often motonous routine of daily life more fun knowing a break is in sight. Transportation and lodging cost money in most cases, but you can find tons of free things to do in some great cities. While I am no world class traveler, these are some fun, fabulous, free things to do in my favorite vacation cities. San Diego We’ve been to San Diego several times. It is within a day’s drive from where we live, and has great beaches, which are always free. Some of my favorites in the area include: La Jolla Shores-This is an amazing area with ocean cliffs, a swim beach, and the harbor seals. If you’ve never seen a seal that wasn’t in the zoo or at Sea World, this is a must for ...

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