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Personal Finance Round-Up: Are You a Frugal Flyer or Traveler?

By Money Crashers

frequent flyer woman travelAh, summer time! It’s fast approaching, and I’m already feeling the urge to get out and have an adventure. It’s no wonder people like to travel during the summer months; the world is inviting, glorious, and full of life!

Unfortunately, travel isn’t cheap. It takes a great deal of time to plan, and money to follow through and save up for a summer vacation. Plus, if you have a typical full-time job, it can mean taking unpaid vacation time, which drives the overall cost even higher.

In the end, however, travel is well worth the time you spend planning and saving. You gain new outlooks on life and amazing experiences, and can meet a wide variety of people, which is why it’s so important to learn how to cut costs. Money Crashers recently hosted the BankRate.com Frugal Travel Chat – check out the replay to gain some new travel tips and tricks.

According to Frugal Dad in Tips on Finding Cheap Airline Tickets, one key way to saving money when traveling  is to be flexible. When you can be flexible on where, when, and how you travel, you will get deals that those with a set itinerary leave behind.

If you’re traveling in the near future, don’t forget the essentials like a change of clothes, your toothbrush, and the rest of this week’s roundup articles.

How to Close on Your Home Remotely
The dynamics of real estate are tricky. It seems everything has some arbitrary deadline, every involved party is stressed, and if something doesn’t go exactly as planned, the deal will fall apart. Here is exactly how to reduce the stress, and handle the ins and outs of closing without actually having to be present on the big day. [No Debt Plan]

9 Disney Darlings Turned Business Moguls
Disney is a fascinating, and unique business. One aspect that is particular interesting is its ability to find talent and produce fame. Here are some child stars that took that opportunity to new heights. [Savvy Sugar]

Reasons To Relocate: Would You Move for Love or Money?
Sometimes opportunities seem to be once in a lifetime, and if that means relocating to take them, what are you willing to give up to get there? [The Digerati Life]

Have You Ever Had a Good Idea and a Dream?
What is the key to success? The answer will vary from person to person, but a lot can be learned from these back stories of some of today’s most successful people. What do you see in their success? [DINKS]

10 Safest Cities in America from Natural Disasters
Do you consider natural disasters when visiting or moving to an area? Knowing the chances can mean a safer life for your family, and better financial security. Here is a list of the top ten safest cities in America. [Wise Bread]

Top 10 States Most at Risk of Disaster
Being aware of the potential for danger in your life is half the battle of preparing for it. Do you know what the risks are where you live? [Kiplinger]

Income Growth vs. Savings: Where Should Your Efforts Go?
It seems like a catch 22 to have to decide between income growth and savings, but it is a choice you have to make. Where will you focus, and what will bring the biggest benefit to your family? [Squirrelers]

Financial Secrets: To Keep or to Share?
Money problems can break a relationship pretty quickly, so it’s no wonder couples tend to shy away from the subject. Do you keep financial secrets from your significant other? [Totally Money]

Do You Have Misplaced Money Values?
Your perception of money and the world can be your biggest asset, or your biggest challenge in life. How do you see things? [Hope to Prosper]

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  • http://squirrelers.com Squirrelers

    Thanks for including my article in the roundup!

  • http://hopetoprosper.com Bret @ Hope to Prosper

    Thanks a million for including my post.

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