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Vacation Planning

Planning That Affordable Holiday Trip

By Nat Sillin Some people are planners and others are improvisers. Happily, both types can score real travel bargains during the winter holidays. Saving on travel means striking the right balance between affordability and preference. For example, families with children and a need for specific seating and direct flights may need to plan earlier to secure such reservations. Travelers with more scheduling flexibility can roll the dice on last-minute deals. According …Read More

Poll Results Show Credit Cards Stay Home This Summer

By Bruce McClary The June online poll conducted by the NFCC revealed how consumers intend to pay for their summer vacations this year. Among the available choices, the credit card seems to be the one most likely to face the same fate as Kevin from the movie Home Alone. According to the survey responses, people preferred to enjoy vacation with their own cash or debit cards. Sorry credit! It is natural to be …Read More

Where and When to Find the Best Vacation Deals

By Lauralynn Schueckler These days’ vacations can end up costing you a small fortune! Luckily, it is still possible to find the best vacation deals if you know where and how to look for them. Here are some tips for finding an affordable vacation deal: Book your trip last minute If you know where you want to go and when, booking a trip last minute can save you loads of …Read More

Avoid a Vacation Financial Hangover

By Mark Foster With summer approaching for many people that means time for some vacation fun! “Where do you want to go?” “What do you want to do?” Those are fine questions, but the most important vacation question of all is “How much can you afford to spend?” It’s okay to spend money on a vacation if your budget allows it, but overspending is something you definitely want to avoid. …Read More

Involving Kids in Family Vacation Planning

By Jason Alderman Travel can be a great learning experience. Asking your kids to help research and execute arrangements on a future trip can be an even better one. Learning about actual costs involved in the average family vacation can be an eye-opener for kids. By planning all or part of the trip, kids can gain an understanding of how to bargain hunt, budget and save money. Here are a …Read More

A Vacation That Won’t Ruin Your Finances

By Mark Foster Vacations are right around the corner for many families. If you’re not careful, a trip can hurt the family’s finances, making it difficult to pay the bills. To avoid this, the first step to vacation planning is to decide where you want to go, right? Wrong! The first step is to look at your finances and calculate how much vacation you can afford. There’s no sense in …Read More

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