Personal Finance Round-Up: All Work and No Play Is No Good

all work no playAs I’m writing this, I’m actually sitting on a sandy beach during a much needed vacation. Vacations, big or small, are essential to mental health and can help keep you motivated and going strong.┬áBut how in the world can anyone afford to travel now with gas prices rising, airlines milking us for every penny they can, and the price of everything else getting just ridiculous?

My family and I plan and budget for our annual vacation each year. It is costly but we make it work by sacrificing in other areas. There’s only so much money and if we don’t balance things out we’ll come up short. That plan doesn’t leave much for the rest of the year though and that can get difficult when stress starts to build up.

One thing that helps and doesn’t eat into the budget too much is a staycation. If during the year, my wife and I decide we need a break that is outside our original plans, we’ll look for some local event that the whole family can attend. As Family Balance Sheets points out in Fun Staycation Ideas from All Across the Country, there are things in just about every area of the country that you can do very inexpensively to let loose.

Check out these other articles for more advice:

5 Ways to Make Your Car More Money Efficient
You perform better when your body is in good shape and taken care of, and the same thing goes for your car. If you’re worried about gas prices, make sure your car is in the best condition possible so that pricey gas gets stretched to the limit. [Deliver Away Debt]

7 Tips from an Expert on Getting Freebies
Some consider the ability to produce freebies an art form. Are you the guy that can walk up to the bar and get a free drink with just a wink, or the gal that gets free event tickets with a smile? If not, don’t worry! Not everything is such a mystery. [Learnvest]

Don’t Be Afraid to Trust Other People With Your Money!
There are people out there who are after your money, but that doesn’t mean everyone is. Don’t be afraid to let someone more experienced manage a portion of your money in certain situations. [Thousandaire]

16 Ways to Lower Your Housing Costs
Houses are expensive, there’s no question about it. Buying them, selling them, and even maintaining them all take enormous amounts of time and money. These tips can help you cut those costs. [My Dollar Plan]

5 Reminders on How to Make Saving Money Fun
Saving money is not boring! It can be really fun and in the end you’ll be glad you did it. [Money Ning]

5 Career Moves with Exponential Returns
Some things make a huge difference in your career and those things aren’t always what you think they’ll be. Things you do, and things you don’t do can change your career path very quickly. Here are some things you should know. [Get Rich Slowly]

Making Money From Clinical Trials: Worth the Risk?
Have you ever sold something you regretted afterward? How about your health? Would you trade your future health for big cash now? [Wise Bread]

5 Best Entrepreneurial Ideas for Less than $5,000
There are so many ways to make money out there – all you have to do is choose one and run with it. Here are some that won’t cost a fortune to start up. [Wealth Pilgrim]

Why Renting Doesn’t Suck
The debate of renting vs. owning a home has gone on for ages. Usually the argument leans towards owning as the better decision but that isn’t necessarily the case here. [Punch Debt in the Face]

Home Improvement Projects Best Left to Professionals
The DIY movement is in full swing these days and there aren’t too many people against it. One thing is for sure though: Some things really shouldn’t be done yourself. [Cash Money Life]

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    Thanks for including my link! Great round-up.