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9 Money-Saving Tricks Grocery Stores Don’t Want You to Know

9 Money-Saving Tricks Grocery Stores Don’t Want You to Know

9 Money-Saving Tricks Grocery Stores Don’t Want You to Know

Grocers often spend countless time and resources researching to know how you shop and then may use this data to get you to buy more. I’ve figured out some of these tactics — you may want to read them before you shop so you don’t fall victim to spending more than you intended. 1. Purchase... Read More

Are Traveler’s Checks Still a Thing?

Are Traveler’s Checks Still a Thing?

Are Traveler’s Checks Still a Thing?

According to a 2015 Experian report, nearly 20% of travelers had sensitive information lost or stolen during their trips. One way people are combatting this is by using traveler’s checks in place of cash or a credit or debit card. What Are Traveler’s Checks? Traveler’s checks are used as a currency replacement for those who... Read More

The Ultimate Guide to Budgeting for Your Dream Vacation

The Ultimate Guide to Budgeting for Your Dream Vacation

The Ultimate Guide to Budgeting for Your Dream Vacation

Everyone has that one place they’d love to visit once in their lifetime. For me, it’s Bali, Indonesia, which I’ve been dreaming about since I saw a picture of the Water Temple on Lake Beratan in high school. Getting there won’t be easy, but it won’t be impossible either. In fact, after digging around for tips on what to... Read More

Is the ‘Southwest Effect’ Driving Down Airfare?

Is the ‘Southwest Effect’ Driving Down Airfare?

Is the ‘Southwest Effect’ Driving Down Airfare?

You may have heard of the “Southwest Effect,” a term airline industry experts use to describe how airfares offered by the nation’s major carriers decline when Southwest Airlines competes on certain domestic routes. The Southwest Effect has even applied to foreign routes, however, a new study shows that may no longer be the case. “Our latest study shows that Southwest Effect did... Read More

The Best Dates to Book Your Holiday Travel

The Best Dates to Book Your Holiday Travel

The Best Dates to Book Your Holiday Travel

It doesn’t feel like it should be time to book your holiday travel just yet — we haven’t even closed out the summer with Labor Day getaways — but many people think that the sooner you secure your tickets and hotel rooms, the better the deals you’ll get. Turns out, that may not be entirely... Read More

9 Items New Parents Might Not Actually Need

9 Items New Parents Might Not Actually Need

9 Items New Parents Might Not Actually Need

Expecting a child is an exciting time in a couple’s life. It is fun to plan and get everything ready in anticipation of the little one’s arrival. Of course, if you are on a tight budget, that can make planning more difficult or even sometimes stressful. While you will register and hopefully receive some of... Read More

The Average 65-Year-Old Retired Couple Needs $260,000 to Cover Health Care

The Average 65-Year-Old Retired Couple Needs $260,000 to Cover Health Care

The Average 65-Year-Old Retired Couple Needs $260,000 to Cover Health Care

Paying for health care is hard on many Americans, but costs are especially high in retirement. That’s according to recent analysis by Fidelity Investments, released this week, which found a 65-year-old couple retiring this year will need about $260,000 to cover their health care. “The estimate applies to retirees with traditional Medicare insurance coverage,” Fidelity said in a press... Read More

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