11 Tips for Avoiding Airline Checked Baggage Fees

luggage suitcasesAs if finding affordable fares for air travel isn’t tough enough, rising and surprising fees are making it an even bigger challenge to figure out the best deal if you want to pack any luggage.

After all the fee increases, the best advice the airlines seem to have for saving on baggage fees is to “pack light.” That’s not good enough, especially since families with young kids, individuals who don’t travel often, and anyone traveling in search of better weather can’t simply “pack light.” And everyone’s definition of “light” is different.

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5 Alternative Uses for Dryer Sheets to Save Money

uses of dryer sheetsDryer sheets make your clothes smell nice, and come out of the dryer all warm, fluffy, and static-free. But did you know they have many more uses than just for laundry?

For as little as $2 for a box of dryer sheets, you can clean, store, and refresh so many different items in your house.

Ready to save money and be wowed? Check out this list of five alternative uses for dryer sheets.

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3 Home Phone Landline Alternatives that Save You Money

talking on phoneFor over 100 years, simple copper wires have transmitted phone calls between households and offices around the world. It’s a system far more technical and complicated than soup cans attached to string, and the expensive wire and complex systems are owned by big phone companies. It’s tough to find a lot of “new” phone companies, so while your provider may not have a monopoly on the industry, chances are it has a pretty good stronghold on business in your area.

Comfortable with the demand for service, these companies frequently raise the rates on long-distance calls and seem to enjoy adding fees and charging for every little feature you want to add to your service.

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Top 10 Green Energy Technologies & Solutions for Home Improvement

green energy earthBetween heating and cooling your home, gassing up your car and watering your lawn, energy costs are one of the most significant expenses that many of us face on a monthly and annual basis.

Thankfully, there are numerous ways to reduce both your carbon footprint and your recurring energy costs. Many of them are simple and common sense techniques that do not require major changes, construction, installation, or upfront expenses. In fact, there are a number of ways to save energy at home and slash your home energy consumption and costs by up to $2,500 a year without much effort. You can even significantly cut the cost of commuting to work without purchasing a new fuel-efficient car.

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Is Veterinary Pet Insurance for Dogs Worth It? – Comparison & Costs

pet veterinarian careI recently took my dog to a new veterinarian. As I was leaving, the vet handed me a sheet listing the costs of all of his services. While the wellness exam, heartworm medication, and vaccinations all seemed more than fair, my heart stopped beating for a second when I got to the bottom of the list – surgery, x-rays, MRIs, and chronic treatments all cost more than I could comfortably pay out-of-pocket. The vet must have noticed my horror because he threw in a pamphlet on pet insurance when I was leaving.

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4 Types of Outdoor Barbecue Grills – Which Should You Buy This Summer?

grill barbecue meatIs there anything better than the smell of juicy hamburgers and hot dogs sizzling on a grill on a hot summer day? If there is, I can’t think of it.

Spring is the perfect time to make sure you’re prepared for a season full of amazing culinary experiences. If you don’t have a grill, you’re ready to upgrade the grill you have, or you’re looking to try out a different type of grill, read this guide before you go shopping.

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What Is Insider Trading and How to Avoid It – Definition, Laws & Cases

insider trading informationWhen you hear the term “insider trading,” you probably immediately think of someone like Martha Stewart.

But you don’t have to be famous or wealthy to be guilty of it. In fact, it’s possible to engage in insider trading without even knowing it.

In this article, we’ll look at the ins and outs of insider trading and how to make sure that the investing you’re doing is above board – and won’t come with a stint in jail.

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6 Small Business Time Management Tips to Increase Productivity

time is moneyIf you’re in the process of starting your own business, you may feel like there isn’t enough time in the day to get everything done. To compound matters, for a small-business owner, every minute that ticks on the clock represent dollars – either earned or wasted.

Does that sound extreme? Consider this: In a study conducted by Microsoft, researchers found that workers used only about 60% of their available work time. That means that out of a five-day work week, they were productive only three of those days. Now, apply that to your own business. If time is money, then how would you feel about earning money only 60% of the time that you spend at work?

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PenFed Promise Credit Card Review – Low APR & No Fees

You can’t turn on your television or open your mailbox these days without seeing yet another credit card offer from a major bank. Some offers sound better than others, and they all have potential benefits and drawbacks. The sheer number can be mind-boggling, and if you’re in the market for a new card, the information can be overwhelming.

In light of this, I’d like to let you in on a little secret. One of the best offers out there is not from a bank at all; it’s the PenFed Promise Card from the Pentagon Federal Credit Union. If, like many people, you’re struggling to get a handle on your debt, this could be just the card for you.

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