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Vacation Planning

Vacations on the Cheap

By Jana Castanon With summer finally here many people are planning on getting out of town. In fact, July and August are the two most popular vacation months. So now is the time to start planning that perfect get-away. But, how do you do that when money is tight? The first thing you need to consider is how much you can afford to spend without having to rely on credit …Read More

Keep a Lid on Vacation Costs

By Jason Alderman Summer vacation is right around the corner. I’m not a big believer in pre-planning every single detail – sometimes the best vacation moments are spontaneous. But unless your rich uncle is paying for the trip, you’ll need to do a certain amount of preparation or your budget will fly out the window. You do have a vacation budget, right? If not, here are a few suggestions for …Read More

Budget Your Vacation

By Mark Foster As the school year winds down for many families people may have already begun planning for their summer vacation. What’s incredibly tempting is to do whatever you want to do and just put it on a credit card and worry about it later. However, that’s a backwards approach, and not the most financially responsible thing to do. The financial aftermath of charging a vacation you cannot afford …Read More

Summertime Vacation Saving Tips

By Mark Foster Families typically take vacations during the summer. However, the high cost of gasoline – currently in the $3.50/gallon range – has many families reconsidering. Some won’t go as far from home as they would have liked, while others won’t go anywhere. In fact, a recent CCOA online poll had 55% of respondents say the high cost of gasoline would prevent them from driving anywhere this summer for …Read More

Tips for Vacation Savings

By Mark Foster As school lets out for the summer vacations are on many families’ minds. A Credit Counseling of Arkansas (CCOA) website poll showed that 84 percent of families haven’t had a vacation in the past year. Many can’t afford to take one unless they pinch their pennies. But, whether someone plans an elaborate vacation or something close to home, it is vital to first create a vacation budget …Read More

Cool Tips For Summer Fun That Don’t Break The Bank

By Gail Cunningham When school let’s out every summer, the thoughts of children and families across the nation turn to fun-filled summer days. But rather than letting summer break the bank,  inexpensive activities can pass the sunny days with the children without missing a beat. Visit the local library. Most local libraries provide regular storytelling programs that provide an air-conditioned break that keeps even the youngest and oldest reader’s learning skills sharp. …Read More

How to Save Money for a Rainy Day

By Lauralynn Schueckler Saving money for a rainy day may seem impossible at times. Everything around us seems to be increasing in price, yet pay remains stagnant. Everyone should attempt to put away money for an emergency, even if it is only a little at a time. Some easy ways to save money for a rainy day that will not require major changes to your budget include: • Throwing all …Read More

How To Save Money This Memorial Day

By Lauralynn Schueckler Memorial Day and other holidays can be hard on your wallet, especially if you have a large family that you have to entertain. Save money this Memorial Day by participating in free or inexpensive community events that are sponsored by your local neighborhood organizations.  In many towns and cities, Memorial Day usually begins with a free parade down on the main street or avenue. Families can see …Read More

Tips For A Fun Family Vacation
That Won’t Drain Your Bank Account

By Gail Cunningham With Memorial Day weekend upon us that means the unofficial start of summer. Summer can be one of the most expensive times of the year to travel – especially if you are on a tight budget. With gas prices higher than ever, and many destinations only offering peak season pricing, many families are struggling with the task of planning a fun vacation without putting a serious financial …Read More