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Flight Delayed? The Weather’s to Blame Less Than 1% of the Time

Flight Delayed? The Weather’s to Blame Less Than 1% of the Time

Flight Delayed? The Weather’s to Blame Less Than 1% of the Time

Weather isn’t what’s delaying most of our flights. In fact, when a plane is more than 15 minutes late, it’s mostly due to system glitches. Weather only accounted for less than one percent (.68%) of airline delays, compared to other causes, such as aircraft arriving late (7.91%), air carrier delays (6.1%) and National Aviation System... Read More

9 Foods to Buy in Bulk if You’re Looking to Save Money

9 Foods to Buy in Bulk if You’re Looking to Save Money

9 Foods to Buy in Bulk if You’re Looking to Save Money

I’ve been a frugal mom for the past 19 years.  At first, it was out of necessity and now it is out of habit. Throughout the years, I have figured out the best ways to save money on groceries for my large family of nine. Why Buy Food in Bulk To save money: When you buy food... Read More

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

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