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Sunday, June 24, 2018

3 Smart Vacation-Planning Tips You MUST Know

Are you looking to score the best vacation you can without going bankrupt? Follow these few tips and you’ll be able to afford your dream vacation this Summer.
  1. Before You Book Your Flight – Compare prices on each individual vendor’s site. Often, cutting out the ‘middle man’ and booking directly with the airline is cheaper than buying a package deal with sites like Expedia or Orbitz.
  2. Consult a Travel Agent – A travel agent who specializes in cruises or destination resorts is always the better option. They’ll have relationships with the vendor, which means discounted rates.
  3. Check the Trends – A recent study by suggests that you should book your flights 54 days in advance. But, before you set a calendar reminder – be sure to note that some flights (domestic or international) can vary. So, be sure to check weekly just in case your flight’s price drops.

Drink lots of water and save.

While it might seem odd to suggest drinking lots of water as a means to save money, it actually makes more sense than it might seem. A notable symptom of dehydration is hunger, so people who do not drink enough water often feel hungry when they’re likely just dehydrated. By drinking the recommended amount of water, you’re avoiding spending money on those pricey mid-afternoon snacks.

Staying Physically Fit on a Budget

In these tough times when every penny counts, costly gym memberships are a common casualty. But that doesn’t mean you should neglect your health.

“More than ever, it’s important to make exercise part of your daily routine,” says Don Brown, a well-known fitness expert.” You can maintain health, lead an energetic lifestyle and reduce stress by getting regular exercise.”

The longtime fitness guru notes that physical health should not be sacrificed to cost-cutting measures. Rather, Brown offers the following tips for those looking to stay, or get, physically fit:

Be sure to get outdoors. Walking and jogging (free exercises) are great cardiovascular activities especially for those new to regular exercise and they are free. What’s more, getting out in the sunlight encourages healthy circulation, strengthens the body’s immune system by increasing white blood cell count and helps improve mood.

On days when the weather isn’t cooperative, take your cardio workout indoors. Jumping rope and running on a treadmill are great traditional indoor exercises.

6 Things You Can DO Instead of Spending Money

These days, you can’t really go anywhere without breaking the bank. Heck! Even a cup of coffee costs four dollars. However, there still are some fun (and practical) things you can do on your day off to save money.
  1. Use YouTube videos for karaoke. Have fun all alone or invite friends to join. Host a themed party or just have a one-person sing-off.
  2. Visit a museum on a free day. Consider checking out those museums you’d never normally visit.
  3. Wash your car at home. The bucket, the sponge, the jean shorts — the whole nine.
  4. Finish a book in one sitting. When was the last time you did this? Fifth grade? Do it all over again with a book you’ve been dying to read.
  5. Practice yoga. Don’t know how or where to start? Search YouTube for free classes or videos for beginners.
  6. Have a garage sale (after you re-organize your closets). Take out that roll of masking tape and start pricing.

Money-Saving Tips