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Kristen Kuchar
Kristen Kuchar, author of "Mac 'N Cheese to the Rescue" writes about travel, food, and most importantly, enjoying life while on a budget. In the last several years, Kristen went back to college for a Journalism degree, got married, and is now pursuing a career in editing and writing. She also had to move, and her husband is going through a career change. All of these things have forced Kristen to find creative ways to save money.

17 Fun & Cheap Things to Do and See in Denver, CO

By Kristen Kuchar

denverWhile researching my summer road trip, I was pleasantly surprised by the affordability of Denver, Colorado. The bustling city offers activities and sights to see that are low-cost, diverse, and plentiful.

I’ve already signed up for Denver’s Deals & Discounts to print coupons and get updates on two-for-one ticket sales and other great money-saving offers. By purchasing affordable airline tickets, saving money on my hotel expenses, and taking advantage of these low-cost activities, my bank account will be in great shape when I return home.

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How to Plan a Cheap Road Trip With Multiple Stops – Tips & Ideas

By Kristen Kuchar

road tripLooking to take a fun, memorable vacation? This year, you may want to skip purchasing expensive airfare or traveling internationally and simply stick to the family car. Road trips allow you to see the country at a slow pace and create your own journey. Ever fly over the Grand Canyon or the Rocky Mountains and wish you could take some time to explore? Travel by automobile and this wish can become reality.

However, though taking a road trip may seem like a cheap vacation option, it can end up costing you far more than you’d think if you don’t properly plan. Consider all the expenses included, and make sure you budget properly before the final cost puts you in the red.

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Top 5 Money Mistakes You Should Avoid in College

By Kristen Kuchar

college studentCollege is one of the most exciting, memorable times in a person’s life. There are many reasons to attend college, as it allows one to gain an education, discover new passions, and meet lifelong friends. College can also heavily impact your financial future, as earning a degree can open doors for you to pursue the career of your dreams and make a rewarding salary.

However, there are many mistakes frequently made in college that can send your finances into a downward spiral. Recognize these missteps to keep your finances on the right track, and ensure that your future is not damaged by easily avoidable mistakes.

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Best 35 Fun, Free or Cheap Things to Do and See in Boston, MA

By Kristen Kuchar

boston, massachusettsWith its legendary seafood restaurants, abundance of historical sites, and popular destinations, such as Fenway Park and the original Cheers pub, there is plenty to love about Boston, Massachusetts. When I began researching my recent vacation to the area, I discovered one more thing to love: There are dozens of free or inexpensive things to do and see while visiting this vibrant and historic city.

By taking advantage of these fun, cheap activities and keeping costs low by saving on a hotel room and eating cheap while traveling, I’ll have enough money left to take a second vacation this summer. Whatever your reason for visiting Boston, you are sure to find something to please you that falls within your budget.

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16 Ways to Eat Cheap & Save on Food While Traveling on Vacation

By Kristen Kuchar

dining outIf you love food as much as I do, it’s rough to consider skimping on it, especially when you’re on vacation. Along with hotels and entertainment, food costs while traveling can add up quickly. However, sampling local cuisine is one of the best ways to experience your destination, and that should not be sacrificed!

Fortunately, you don’t have to. There are plenty of ways to please your palate on vacation without breaking the bank.

How to Eat Cheap on Vacation

1. Plan Ahead

When I finally visit Maine, the first thing I plan to do is sink my teeth into a lobster roll. But while I’m still in the Midwest, I’ll be researching the best restaurant to fit my small budget.

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14 Ways to Save Money on Hotels for Your Next Vacation

By Kristen Kuchar

find affordable hotelsWhen you travel on vacation, it’s easy to overspend and to forget about your budget. When taking a break from the real world, money can be the last thing you want to worry about! However, you have to consider what might happen if you return home with an empty wallet, or worse yet, end up drowning in debt. After all, you want to return from your travels with less stress, not more.

Paying too much for lodging is one surefire way to bust your budget. Hotels can exhaust your travel funds more rapidly than most other vacation expenses, including airline tickets. However, before you cancel your next trip, realize that there are numerous ways you can save money on hotels.

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