holiday travel http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/16707/all en-US 7 Frugal Ways to Protect Your Home During the Holidays http://www.wisebread.com/7-frugal-ways-to-protect-your-home-during-the-holidays <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-frugal-ways-to-protect-your-home-during-the-holidays" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock-137806346.jpg" alt="protect your home during holiday travel" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Headed out of town for the holidays? Don't get McCallistered! Keep the Harrys and Marvs at bay with these cheap ways to protect your home while you're away.</p> <h2>1. Ask a Friend or Neighbor to Watch the House</h2> <p>If you have the good fortune of having someone close to you who's sticking around for the holidays, it won't hurt to ask if they'd mind keeping an eye on your property &mdash; maybe even house sit. Your house sitter can collect the mail &mdash; as mail and newspaper buildup is a telltale sign that a house is unoccupied &mdash; and make sure trash and recycling is put out if you're departing on an off day.</p> <p>The sitter's coming and going will keep activity at your home consistent to deter would-be burglars. Make sure it's convenient for whomever you ask (if it's out of the way, you should expect to pay), and stock the fridge with the sitter's favorite foods and drinks to make the stay more comfortable and enjoyable.</p> <h2>2. Leave the Lights On</h2> <p>Even if I'm not leaving town for an extended period of time, I like to keep my dining room light or the TV in my living room on to create the illusion that someone is always home &mdash; and that's not a bad idea, according to Alyse Ainsworth, safety and security expert at ASecureLife.com.</p> <p>&quot;If your home looks like there are people in it, you'll be less likely to be robbed,&quot; she says. &quot;Consider installing motion light sensors or even a timer for your exterior and interior lights. You can also purchase timers that can be controlled with a mobile app. You can turn your lights on and off strategically, making it harder for burglars to keep track of patterns.&quot;</p> <p>Yes, I do realize that keeping the lights on nonstop for days on end will hike up that month's bill, but it's only one room, and it's cheaper than getting robbed.</p> <h2>3. Stop Announcing Your Plans on Social Media</h2> <p>I get it &mdash; you want to share your vacation plans with your friends on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, but in doing so, you may be giving someone all the details they need to clean you out during your daiquiri fest on the beach. If you'd like to share your vacation photos, do it after the trip is over when you're safe at home. You'll enjoy more of your vacay when you're<em> present</em> anyway; two for one.</p> <h2>4. Lock Up Every Entrance</h2> <p>Before you leave your house for good, do one last check that all points of entry are locked and secure. &quot;Robbers will see an unlocked door as an invitation to come in and take whatever they want,&quot; Ainsworth says. But don't forget the garage or windows, either. Burglars aren't particularly picky about how they get into your house, and they'll exhaust all their options before they give up if you've got what they want inside.</p> <h2>5. Don't Leave a Paper Trail</h2> <p>Thieves don't just want your tangible things. These days, identity theft is perhaps more valuable than any material item burglars will lift from your home, and it's wise to keep that in mind when tossing receipts and other financial and identifying documents in the trash and recycling bins.</p> <p>&quot;With the growing concern of identity theft, residents should also be mindful of what they're throwing out, being sure to utilize a paper shredder for documents with sensitive, personal information,&quot; advises Lynn Edmonson, regional manager of a property management firm in Florida. &quot;Placing un-shredded items in the trash not only increases your odds of identity theft, but it is also a method for burglars to find out whether or not a home is worth the effort of being burglarized.&quot;</p> <h2>6. Call Your Local Authorities For a Safety Check</h2> <p>Identity theft expert Robert Siciliano offers a great tip most people probably don't think of: Call the police <em>before</em> your house is robbed. Local law enforcement can provide basic tips on how to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/diy-home-defense-10-ways-to-protect-your-home-from-burglars" target="_blank">secure your home</a> before a trip, and they also can tell you what's trending in neighborhood crime &mdash; like bike or tool theft from a shed, for instance, or if home break-ins are on the rise and what the burglars are typically looking for. He also suggests looking for community programs in your area where law enforcement specialists are available to inspect properties and provide an assessment on how to fortify your home better.</p> <h2>7. Get a Dog &mdash; Or At Least a &quot;Beware of Dog&quot; Sign</h2> <p>Dogs are great protectors of your property &mdash; even those little guys whose barks are worse than their bites, because sometimes all it takes to deter a burglar is fear of having his limbs gnawed off. If you don't like the idea of pet parenthood, however, at least take a trip to Home Depot to pick up a &quot;Beware of Dog&quot; sign to make thieves think you've got a snarling canine on the premises. Siciliano details how to make the setup look even more authentic.</p> <p>&quot;Buy the biggest dog food bowl possible &mdash; one bowl for the front porch and one for the back,&quot; he says. &quot;Writing &quot;Killer&quot; on the bowl will give a burglar the impression that you have a big and vicious dog. You can even buy a barking dog alarm.&quot;</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="//www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F7-frugal-ways-to-protect-your-home-during-the-holidays&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F7%20Frugal%20Ways%20to%20Protect%20Your%20Home%20During%20the%20Holidays.jpg&amp;description=7%20Frugal%20Ways%20to%20Protect%20Your%20Home%20During%20the%20Holidays" data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-config="above" data-pin-color="red" data-pin-height="28"><img src="//assets.pinterest.com/images/pidgets/pinit_fg_en_rect_red_28.png" alt="" /></a> </p> <!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><script type="text/javascript" async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/7%20Frugal%20Ways%20to%20Protect%20Your%20Home%20During%20the%20Holidays.jpg" alt="7 Frugal Ways to Protect Your Home During the Holidays" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-frugal-ways-to-protect-your-home-during-the-holidays">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-ultimate-guide-to-flying-during-the-holidays">The Ultimate Guide to Flying During the Holidays</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-get-free-or-almost-free-airline-tickets">10 Ways to Get Free (or Almost Free) Airline Tickets</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-incredible-places-to-retire-abroad-that-anyone-can-afford">5 Incredible Places to Retire Abroad That Anyone Can Afford</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-flight-booking-hacks-to-save-you-hundreds">10 Flight Booking Hacks to Save You Hundreds</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-things-you-can-do-in-denver-that-you-cant-do-anywhere-else">8 Things You Can Do in Denver That You Can&#039;t Do Anywhere Else</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Home Travel Christmas holiday travel home protection home security surveillance travel Tue, 20 Dec 2016 11:30:11 +0000 Mikey Rox 1858110 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: How to Avoid Getting Sick While Traveling http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-how-to-avoid-getting-sick-while-traveling <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-how-to-avoid-getting-sick-while-traveling" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_bottled_water_000044051298.jpg" alt="Woman trying to avoid getting sick while traveling" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found simple ways to avoid getting sick while traveling, affordable alternatives to real Christmas trees, and the best way to clean your fridge.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.moneytalksnews.com/3-simple-rules-avoid-getting-sick-while-traveling/">3 Simple Rules to Avoid Getting Sick While Traveling</a> &mdash; If you're traveling abroad, stick to bottled water and avoid foods that may have been washed or prepared with tap or well water. [Money Talks News]</p> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Cheap-Christmas-Tree-Ideas-36107165#photo-36107165">15 Crazy-Affordable Alternatives to Real Christmas Trees</a> &mdash; Save money and space by tacking string lights to your wall in the outline of a tree. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://adebtfreestressfreelife.com/the-best-way-to-clean-your-refrigerator/">The Best Way To Clean Your Refrigerator</a> &mdash; Turn up the temperature when you're cleaning the refrigerator. If you're cleaning the freezer too, shut off the refrigerator altogether. [A Debt Free Stress Free Life]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/how-your-kids-can-help-you-save-money-on-family-vacations">How Your Kids Can Help You Save Money on Family Vacations</a> &mdash; New York City hosts an annual Kids&rsquo; Night on Broadway where children under 18 can watch a Broadway show for free when they attend with a full-paying adult. [Parenting Squad]</p> <p><a href="http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Society/2015/1122/How-to-change-the-world-with-10">How to change the world with $10</a> &mdash; The culture of giving is changing as more and more people are donating small amounts directly to their favorite causes, bypassing the big philanthropies. [The Monitor]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.kiplinger.com/article/spending/T062-C011-S000-best-gift-cards-to-give-this-holiday-season.html">10 Best Gift Cards to Give for the Holidays</a> &mdash; Target, Walmart and Home Depot are really good bets if you plan to give out gift cards. [Kiplinger]</p> <p><a href="https://www.listenmoneymatters.com/seven-financial-red-flags-in-a-relationship/">Seven Financial Red Flags in a Relationship</a> &mdash; A job loss can happen to anyone, but it's a bad sign if someone keeps getting fired for things within their control, like chronic lateness or an explosive temper. [Listen Money Matters]</p> <p><a href="http://blog.readyforzero.com/4-overlooked-ways-pay-off-debt/">4 Overlooked Ways to Pay Off Debt</a> &mdash; Prioritize your spending. Cut spending in areas that don't offer much value and put that money towards paying off debt. [ReadyForZero]</p> <p><a href="http://www.carefulcents.com/become-a-freelance-writer/">How to Become a Freelance Writer in 30 Days or Less (and Make $4,000 a Month)</a> &mdash; Work-life balance is especially important for freelancers who often work at home. Set a regular schedule for writing and stick to it. [Careful Cents]</p> <p><a href="http://frugalbeautiful.com/blog/tips-smarter-snacking-holidays/">Tips For Smarter Snacking During The Holidays</a> &mdash; It's easy to snack mindlessly when you're standing next to the buffet table at a party. Instead, nosh off a napkin or small plate and mingle among the guests. [Frugal Beautiful]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-how-to-avoid-getting-sick-while-traveling">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-travel-toiletry-bags">The 5 Best Travel Toiletry Bags</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-emergency-kits">The 5 Best Emergency Kits</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-easy-health-and-fitness-tricks-for-travelers">8 Easy Health and Fitness Tricks for Travelers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-ultimate-guide-to-flying-during-the-holidays">The Ultimate Guide to Flying During the Holidays</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-to-stay-healthy-on-vacation">7 Ways to Avoid Getting Seriously Sick on Vacation</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty Travel best money tips getting sick holiday travel Tue, 01 Dec 2015 20:00:10 +0000 Amy Lu 1617375 at http://www.wisebread.com Holiday Travel Hacks That Will Save Your Sanity http://www.wisebread.com/holiday-travel-hacks-that-will-save-your-sanity <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/holiday-travel-hacks-that-will-save-your-sanity" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/10862514.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Are you dreading holiday travel? The traffic jam to the airport, the crowded lines, delayed flights, and other headaches associated with holiday travel? Don't worry. There are ways to make your travel this holiday season a lot more comfortable.</p> <h2>Fly Through Security with TSA Pre-Check</h2> <p>It's hard to predict how long the line at security will be. There really is no way to know in advance. Travelers are always advised to arrive at the airport extra early, which usually means waiting around the packed gate areas before your flight. But if you are savvy enough to join the TSA's Pre-Check program, you're virtually assured that you will have a short line and will be subjected to a far less invasive process. For example, Pre-Check members do not need to take off their shoes, unpack their liquids and laptops, or go through a full body scanner. To access this line, you must register in advance for Pre-Check ($85 for five years), or better yet, apply for the Global Entry program for $100 which also includes expedited immigration upon arrival from a foreign country. Thankfully, Pre-Check application fees are reimbursed by some credit cards including the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amex-platinum-do-the-perks-justify-the-fee">American Express Platinum</a>.</p> <h2>Carry a Lounge Pass, Just in Case</h2> <p>Airport lounges offer not just peace and quiet, but free food, drinks, Wifi, and more. But perhaps the greatest advantage of visiting a lounge comes when you are experiencing a flight delay or cancellation. In these cases, hundreds of travelers could be lining up to be rescheduled. Alternatively, your airline's lounge is typically staffed with representatives that can quickly assist you before the next flight is booked. To access the lounge, you'll need to pay for membership (or a day pass) or you could use a rewards credit card such as the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/be-an-elitist-with-the-citi-aadvantage-executive-world-elite-mastercard">Citi Aadvantage Executive World Elite Mastercard</a> or the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/delta-skymiles-reserve-credit-card-from-american-express-review">Delta SkyMiles Reserve Credit Card from American Express</a>. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-best-credit-cards-with-free-airport-lounge-access">Best Credit Cards with Free Airport Lounge Access</a>)</p> <h2>Get Help</h2> <p>In the old days, travelers would call or page an experienced travel local agent whenever things went wrong, someone who always had someone available to help. These days, nearly all travelers book their own flights, or rely on online booking sites that aren't often as helpful as your local travel agent used to be. But if you are an inexperienced traveler in a pinch, you might try calling your credit card's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-do-the-concierge-services-from-credit-cards-really-provide">concierge service</a>, which can rapidly offer you assistance booking new reservations as necessary. Most reward credit cards offer some form of concierge which includes the service of experienced travel agents. Alternatively, you might consider paying for premium travel service like the <a href="http://crankyconcierge.com/">Cranky Concierge</a>, which specializes in tracking your trip, spotting problems in advance, and coming up with ingenious solutions.</p> <p>Always have a Plan B. No matter how you are planning on getting to your destination, you must always consider what will happen if your flight is delayed or cancelled. This means booking a flight that arrives well in advance of any event or reservation that you simply can't miss. For instance, cruise lines always recommend that you schedule your flight to arrive at least 24 hours before sailing, so that you don't literally miss the boat. Having a Plan B can also mean knowing which alternate flights exist that could get you there on-time, or even being aware of other backup modes of transportation such as a bus or a train.</p> <h2>Uber It to the Airport</h2> <p>One of the hiccups that often affect travelers is parking. Not only is it expensive to park at the airport, but you can discover that the parking lots are full at the last minute, especially during the holidays. And even when it all works out, you still are left traversing an enormous airport lot, or wasting time waiting for a shuttle bus from a remote lot. In the past, most people's best alternative was a taxi. But today, ride sharing services like <a href="http://www.uber.com">Uber</a> and <a target="_blank" href="http://track.flexlinks.com/a.ashx?foid=1029882.1525833&amp;fot=9999&amp;foc=1" rel="nofollow">Lyft</a> have fought and won access to most airports, and offer 24 hour service in many cities. Prices are often about half that of traditional taxi services, and you can start with <a target="_blank" href="http://track.flexlinks.com/a.ashx?foid=1029882.1525833&amp;fot=9999&amp;foc=1" rel="nofollow">$20 off first ride for new customers with code: LYFTAFF49255</a>..</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this post? Pin it!</h2> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="//www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Fholiday-travel-hacks-that-will-save-your-sanity&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FHoliday%20Travel%20Hacks%20That%20Will%20Save%20Your%20Sanity.jpg&amp;description=Holiday%20Travel%20Hacks%20That%20Will%20Save%20Your%20Sanity" data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-config="above" data-pin-color="red" data-pin-height="28"><img src="//assets.pinterest.com/images/pidgets/pinit_fg_en_rect_red_28.png" alt="" /></a> </p> <!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><script type="text/javascript" async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/Holiday%20Travel%20Hacks%20That%20Will%20Save%20Your%20Sanity.jpg" width="250" height="374" alt="" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/jason-steele">Jason Steele</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/holiday-travel-hacks-that-will-save-your-sanity">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-5-travel-reward-credit-cards">The Best Travel Reward Credit Cards</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-my-family-scores-free-travel-with-credit-cards">6 Ways My Family Scores Free Travel With Credit Cards</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-best-sign-up-bonuses-for-airline-miles-credit-cards">The Best Sign-up Bonuses for Airline Miles Credit Cards</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-best-co-branded-airline-credit-cards">The Best Co-Branded Airline Credit Cards</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cash-back-vs-travel-rewards-pick-the-right-credit-card-for-you">Cash Back vs Travel Rewards: Pick the Right Credit Card for You</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Credit Cards Travel holiday travel Tue, 24 Nov 2015 23:31:44 +0000 Jason Steele 1616743 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: How to Avoid Holiday Travel Stress http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-how-to-avoid-holiday-travel-stress <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-how-to-avoid-holiday-travel-stress" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/000072978665.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some great tips for the holidays! Learn how to avoid stressing out over holiday travel and spending, and gather the kids for Halloween costumes perfect for families.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://travel.usnews.com/features/how-to-avoid-holiday-travel-headaches/?int=a14709">How to Avoid Holiday Travel Headaches</a> &mdash; If you're planning to catch a connecting flight, travel through a warm-weather airport to avoid delays thanks to severe weather. [U.S. News &amp; World Report]</p> <p><a href="http://www.mydollarplan.com/7-tips-to-avoid-holiday-spending-stress/">7 Tips to Avoid Holiday Spending Stress</a> &mdash; Instead of buying separate gifts for everyone in a family, consider getting a group gift that the whole family can enjoy. [My Dollar Plan]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/25-perfect-family-halloween-costume-ideas">25 Perfect Family Halloween Costume Ideas</a> &mdash; This Halloween, coordinate your family's costumes as a team of superheroes, the Addams Family, or a set of crayons! [Parenting Squad]</p> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/How-More-Confident-38760035">How to Project Confidence (When You're So Not Feeling It)</a> &mdash; If you're nervous about something, take a minute to talk to a stranger. This will help you out of your own head and into the present moment. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.getrichslowly.org/blog/2015/10/14/brown-bag-lunch-strategies-for-grown-ups/">Brown bag lunch strategies for grown-ups</a> &mdash; Avoid a soggy meat-and-cheese sandwich by spreading condiments between the ingredients rather than on the bread. [Get Rich Slowly]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.dumblittleman.com/2015/10/5-tips-effective-online-dating.html">5 Tips for Effective Online Dating</a> &mdash; First impressions are important. Send a fun and thoughtful initial message tailored to the person you're interested in. [Dumb Little Man]</p> <p><a href="http://timemanagementninja.com/2015/10/7-signs-that-your-calendar-is-overbooked/">7 Signs That Your Calendar is Overbooked</a> &mdash; Are you always racing from one meeting to the next? Give yourself time in your calendar to travel between the places you need to be. [Time Management Ninja]</p> <p><a href="http://www.frugalvillage.com/2015/10/12/7-frugal-ways-to-winterize-your-home/">7 Frugal Ways to Winterize Your Home</a> &mdash; Minimize the number of rooms you use during the day and only heat those rooms. [Frugal Village]</p> <p><a href="http://sustainablog.org/2015/10/can-you-reuse-k-cups-yes-here-are-17-ideas/">Can You Reuse K-Cups? Yes &ndash; Here Are 17 Ideas</a> &mdash; You can use K-Cups for many different crafts! They're great for advent calendars, holiday lights, confetti poppers, and more. [Sustainablog]</p> <p><a href="https://www.dailyworth.com/posts/3901-5-financial-mistakes-to-avoid-after-divorce">Don&rsquo;t Make These 5 Financial Mistakes After Divorce</a> &mdash; Don't go at it alone! Your finances will look different after a divorce, and you may need some help to figure out what you want your new life to look like &mdash; and how to get there. [DailyWorth]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-how-to-avoid-holiday-travel-stress">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-ultimate-guide-to-flying-during-the-holidays">The Ultimate Guide to Flying During the Holidays</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/holiday-travel-hacks-that-will-save-your-sanity">Holiday Travel Hacks That Will Save Your Sanity</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/24-helpful-travel-hacks-to-make-flying-stress-free">24 Helpful Travel Hacks to Make Flying Stress-Free</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-frugal-ways-to-protect-your-home-during-the-holidays">7 Frugal Ways to Protect Your Home During the Holidays</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-5-travel-reward-credit-cards">The Best Travel Reward Credit Cards</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel best money tips holiday travel stress Thu, 15 Oct 2015 19:00:09 +0000 Amy Lu 1592567 at http://www.wisebread.com The Ultimate Guide to Flying During the Holidays http://www.wisebread.com/the-ultimate-guide-to-flying-during-the-holidays <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-ultimate-guide-to-flying-during-the-holidays" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/travel-78655071.jpg" alt="family at airport" title="family at airport" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Flying during the holidays is never fun. Between delayed flights, cranky travelers, and long security lines, it often seems easier to just stay home. Thankfully there are a few things you can do to better navigate the process so that you still show up to our destination ready and able to celebrate. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-ways-to-save-money-on-holiday-travel">How to Save Money on Holiday Travel</a>)</p> <h2>Choose Your Flights Wisely</h2> <p>The first step to lower stress when flying during the holidays is to choose the best flights for your situation.</p> <p><img alt="" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/u784/holfly-iStock_000003535771Small-ggnoads.jpg" style="width: 605px; height: 303px;" /></p> <p><strong>1. Try for Nonstop</strong></p> <p>Nonstop flights are typically more expensive than flights with a layover. But, the time, stress, and headaches you'll save is well worth any extra money you'll pay for the nonstop flight. I have been stuck at Chicago O'Hare the day before Thanksgiving for nearly eight hours (extremely close to renting a car for the seven hour drive to Minneapolis) because I didn't buy a nonstop flight home for the short holiday weekend. On one Christmas day, my family's first flight was delayed two hours due to weather, and we spent Christmas night eating frozen mac and cheese in a crappy airport hotel because of the missed connection. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-5-travel-reward-credit-cards">The Best Travel Reward Credit Cards</a>)</p> <p><strong>2. If Nonstop Is Out, Choose Connecting Cities Carefully</strong></p> <p>If you live in the northern part of North America, you are well aware that the holidays occur when it's cold and likely to snow. I always opt for southern connections if I can't fly direct. (Think Atlanta or Dallas over Denver or Chicago, as it's far less likely to snow there).</p> <p><strong>3. Book the First Flight Out</strong></p> <p>Inevitably there will be a snowstorm somewhere during the holidays. This means that flight schedules get snarled. Even if you're not flying to a snowy destination, your plane may be coming from the blizzard-swept city and delayed by the weather. If you can take the first flight out in the morning (as annoying it is to be at the airport at 4:30 a.m.), you are much more likely to a have a shorter security line and have an on-time departure. That's because <a href="http://www.farecompare.com/travel-advice/morning-flight-or-red-eye-the-best-times-to-fly/">you're flying out on a plane that probably arrived the night before</a>.</p> <p><strong>4. Avoid Day-Before or Weekend Travel</strong></p> <p>Traveling the Monday before Thanksgiving is going to be much less hassle than the Wednesday before, since most people fly on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. And with Christmas on a Wednesday in 2013. the Monday before is probably also a good day to fly. (Folks who are taking the full week off will head out on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday. And folks who can't take a full week off will be flying on Tuesday, Christmas Eve. So Monday is probably your best bet this year.)</p> <h2>Pack Like a Pro</h2> <p>Packing right makes for easier travel because you'll have less hassle with security, lost luggage, or fighting for overhead space.</p> <p><img alt="" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/u784/holfly-travel-3529755-small-ggnoads.jpg" style="width: 605px; height: 303px;" /></p> <p><strong>1. One Carry-On Bag Only</strong></p> <p>The more stuff you bring, the less flexible you are. Besides the expense of checked bags on almost every airline (Southwest Airlines is the primary exception), checking a bag also means that you you could have problems if your flight is cancelled or delayed or you miss a connection. If you carry on a bag, you can much more easily switch flights if needed. I'm currently testing out some <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0048CJX9U/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0048CJX9U&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20" target="_blank">Eagle Creek luggage, like the Tarmac 22</a>, that has great pockets for easy one-bag packing. So pack your favorite rollerboard only and ditch the large duffels or oversized suitcases for this season's holiday travel. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-avoid-new-carry-on-luggage-charges">How to Avoid Carry-on Luggage Charges</a>)</p> <p><strong>2. Be Willing to Check</strong></p> <p>If you are only bringing one bag and are flying nonstop, be willing to check your bag if given the option to do so for free (either through your status, a credit card with free bag check, or sometimes at check in or the gate). You'll not only save the stress of getting through security with a bag, you also won't have to rush to board just to fight for overhead bin space.</p> <p><strong>3. Consider Your Gift Options</strong></p> <p>If your holidays include gift giving, you are going to have a more difficult time fitting all your clothes and gifts into one bag. There are two good workarounds for this. You can purchase online and ship to the destination you're headed. We do this every year when we visit my in-laws. It is not only easier on us, but if they don't like something and want to return it, all the return labels are already in the place they need to be. Or another option is to opt for smaller gifts &mdash; like gift cards or small electronic gadgets. If you do have to carry something with you, wait to wrap it until you're at your destination. It's rare that TSA has to unwrap presents, but you don't want it to happen to you.</p> <h2>The Big Day: Managing the Craziness</h2> <p>The day of the holiday flight has arrived. How do you cope? These tips will make the trip itself much easier.</p> <p><img alt="" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/u784/holfly-iStock_000006106179Small-ggnoads.jpg" style="width: 605px; height: 303px;" /></p> <p><strong>1. Make a Checklist</strong></p> <p>Here's <a href="http://lifehacker.com/5861949/get-through-the-airport-in-record-time-with-this-checklist">one to get you started</a>. After you've found your slip-on shoes, stowed your gadgets in your carry-on, printed out your boarding passes, review your packing list, travel plans, and everything else before you head out.</p> <p><strong>2. Plan Your Ground Transport in Advance</strong></p> <p>If you are planning on driving to the airport, check your local airport's parking capacity. Most airports will tell you on their websites whether or not certain parking garages are already full. If you have to park further away, you'll want to give yourself more time to get from the parking lot to the gate.</p> <p><strong>3. Give Yourself Extra Time for Security</strong></p> <p>You never know how busy TSA will be during the holidays. Sometimes it's painless, and sometimes you're waiting for 45 minutes. Plan for extra time, and if it's faster, you'll have more time to read a book (or grab a drink) before the flight. Quick tip: <a href="http://lifehacker.com/choose-the-airport-security-line-based-on-the-number-of-1449986614">Choose the security line with only one agent at the screen</a>. That's the one that will move the fastest.</p> <p><strong>4. Pack Snacks and Entertainment</strong></p> <p>People are always crankier (especially kids) when they are hungry and or bored. Pack more snacks and more entertainment than you need and you'll ensure that everyone is content if there are delays. If you're carrying that entertainment on your laptop, stow it in a <a href="http://www.tsa.gov/traveler-information/checkpoint-friendly-laptop-bags">TSA friendly laptop bag</a>. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-compact-airplane-snacks-for-frequent-fliers">Airplane Snacks for Frequent Fliers</a>)</p> <p><strong>5. Be Above It All and Remember It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year</strong></p> <p>People get cranky during holiday travel. Don't be one of them. Instead, rise above it and remember that ultimately you will get to your destination (even if it's not the exact moment you planned). You will get treated better if you put on a smiling face, too.</p> <p>Embrace the craziness for what it is &mdash; just don't become a part of it, and you'll have the most successful flights this holiday season.</p> <p><em>What's your best advice for getting through holiday travel?</em></p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="//www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Fthe-ultimate-guide-to-flying-during-the-holidays&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FThe%20Ultimate%20Guide%20to%20Flying%20During%20the%20Holidays.jpg&amp;description=The%20Ultimate%20Guide%20to%20Flying%20During%20the%20Holidays" data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-config="above" data-pin-color="red" data-pin-height="28"><img src="//assets.pinterest.com/images/pidgets/pinit_fg_en_rect_red_28.png" alt="" /></a> </p> <!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><script type="text/javascript" async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/The%20Ultimate%20Guide%20to%20Flying%20During%20the%20Holidays.jpg" alt="The Ultimate Guide to Flying During the Holidays" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/elizabeth-lang">Elizabeth Lang</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-ultimate-guide-to-flying-during-the-holidays">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-flight-booking-hacks-to-save-you-hundreds">10 Flight Booking Hacks to Save You Hundreds</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/wise-bread-reloaded-the-surprisingly-easy-way-to-defend-your-knees-and-other-air-travel-tips">Wise Bread Reloaded: The Surprisingly Easy Way to Defend Your Knees and Other Air Travel Tips</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-frugal-ways-to-protect-your-home-during-the-holidays">7 Frugal Ways to Protect Your Home During the Holidays</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-get-free-or-almost-free-airline-tickets">10 Ways to Get Free (or Almost Free) Airline Tickets</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-best-credit-cards-that-transfer-points-to-airline-miles">The Best Credit Cards that Transfer Points to Airline Miles</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel flying holiday travel Holidays travel travel planning Mon, 18 Nov 2013 11:24:04 +0000 Elizabeth Lang 1096336 at http://www.wisebread.com 11 Ways to Have Fun at Your In-Laws http://www.wisebread.com/11-ways-to-have-fun-at-your-in-laws <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/11-ways-to-have-fun-at-your-in-laws" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/235004809_eccdb799f5_z.jpg" alt="happy family" title="happy family" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Visiting in-laws can seem like competing on &quot;Survivor.&quot; You have to learn to thrive in a foreign environment amid unfamiliar ways.</p> <p>Though I have never been on a reality television show, I have made numerous visits to the homes of my husband's family, just the two of us in the beginning and later accompanied by children.</p> <p>I have learned survivor-like skills such as how to accept and overcome challenges, make shrewd decisions, and show an unflagging spirit (that is, how to&nbsp;select Christmas gifts for all ages,&nbsp;contribute to meals for extended family gatherings, and get active children to behave well during multi-hour car trips).&nbsp;</p> <p>Over the years, I have also learned ways to enjoy what may otherwise be an emotionally and physically draining experience due to the stress of travel, holiday preparation, and alien surroundings. Consider these techniques to increase genuine pleasure of visiting your in-laws. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-tips-for-hosting-holiday-houseguests">15 Tips for Hosting Holiday&nbsp;Houseguests</a>)&nbsp;</p> <h3>1. Pack Your Own Supplies</h3> <p>Missing the amenities of home can make you miserable. So if there are a few things that can bring you pleasure or keep you comfortable, then carry those with you. If your in-laws aren&rsquo;t coffee drinkers (mine avoid caffeinated beverages for example), pack a great instant version or your own grind. If beds and couches are in short supply, bring a sleeping bag, pad, or blankets; or book a room at a hotel or inn. &nbsp;</p> <p>Be self-sufficient with your own supplies, rather than expecting others to provide all that you want or need.</p> <h3>2. Bring a Book</h3> <p>Reading a book gives you a fun escape without completely ignoring everyone else. Unlike watching a movie, listening to music, or playing a game on a digital device, reading is not totally isolating and generally considered acceptable during extended visits.</p> <p>Just because you may be with people who you see occasionally doesn&rsquo;t mean that every moment must involve deeply meaningful interaction. You can join and exit group discussions while reading, and you may find that the right book is fodder for conversation.</p> <h3>3. Take a Walk</h3> <p>Out-of-town visits are generally not conducive to fitness activities. But you may be able to step outside your in-laws&rsquo; home and take a walk in the neighborhood to get fresh air and exercise.</p> <p>On my trips, I have enjoyed walking with my immediate family and some of the in-laws. Along with way, we study the architectural styles of nearby homes and businesses, tell and listen to family stories that involve a certain street or house, and note changes that have taken place since one or all of the siblings have moved from the area.</p> <h3>4. Go on an Outing</h3> <p>Getting out of the house for a few hours is a great stress reliever. My in-laws live in a small city, so there is not much to do there in terms of cultural or sporting events, art or historical museums, etc.</p> <p>However, the city has an expansive park near their home and the city&rsquo;s center. When our children were younger, my husband and I took them to the park&rsquo;s playground, which included old-fashioned slides, swings, and teeter-totters.</p> <h3>5. Help With Food Preparation or Clean-Up</h3> <p>There are various levels of expectation regarding contributing to meals and clean-up when visiting. I won&rsquo;t claim to be an expert in all situations, but I do know that lending a hand can be a pleasant way to pass the time; you don&rsquo;t have to take charge, but you can participate. You may learn a new recipe or cooking technique, plus you get to hear stories that may not otherwise be told at the family table.</p> <h3>6. Learn (to Love) Family Stories</h3> <p>Every family has a set of stories that are told and retold. The introductions may vary, so you may not realize that you are going to hear a familiar story until you have invested your attention and time into listening to what seems like the same-old, same-old recounting of a long-ago event.</p> <p>But these defining stories can help you to understand the family's values as well as the times and circumstances that they experienced. You may hear about the reaction of a child to her first sleepover camp, which reveals much about individual personalities and family dynamics. You might learn about a close call during a foreign war or <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/survival-basics-for-depression-era-kids">economic harshness in the early 20th century</a>. You'll hear the stories many times, so learning to love them and detect nuanced differences in each retelling can make visits more pleasant.</p> <h3>7. Learn Family Secrets</h3> <p>My mother-in-law often talks to me about the past of the immediate family as well as more distant connections. She shares stories of difficult circumstances, belligerence that caused personal and financial problems, romantic and career plans gone awry, regrets, disappointments, and life-changing illnesses along with instances of grace that saved family members from disaster.</p> <p>Like the tales that are told and retold, they help define the family &mdash; who they are as individuals and as a whole. The stories can help illuminate the rationale behind decisions and possibly give you understanding and compassion for unusual fears and biases. Hearing about heartbreak itself is not fun but helps put your current troubles into perspective.</p> <h3>8. Get to Know Someone Each Time You Visit</h3> <p>Discover how interesting your extended family is. Take some time to learn about another family member's world &mdash; what they do at work, how they spend their free time, and even the circumstances of their childhood. You don&rsquo;t need to drill this person, but you can work on making conversation as a way of laying a foundation for future interactions.</p> <h3>9. Be Prepared to Tell Your Story</h3> <p>Family extroverts are always ready to tell you about what&rsquo;s going on in their lives. Being surrounded by talkers who are eager to share the highlights of the past year (the real-life equivalent of the holiday newsletter) can be trying, particularly if you are an introvert.</p> <p>By the time you feel comfortable sharing what&rsquo;s happening in your life, your visit may be over. Prepare for the extended time with family by thinking of things you would like to share, such as career milestones, hobby-related accomplishments, or vacation plans.</p> <h3>10. Don&rsquo;t Think About Work</h3> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/america-is-the-no-vacation-nation">Having to worry about work can be a drag on your happiness</a>. Unless you are required to be connected, cut off digital gadgets and work-related distractions. And, as much as possible, don't think about the office, store, or project worksite. You don't need the double stress of dealing with professional concerns and family issues at the same time. Let yourself enjoy a change in environment.</p> <h3>11. Befriend the Kind Relative</h3> <p>During the first several years of family visits, I often felt like an outsider who needed to display the survivor-like traits of loyalty and value to the team. However, I realized later that I&nbsp;ought to have been focusing on the family members who loved and adored me for who I was.&nbsp;Discovering that person or those persons is essential to enjoying the extended visit.&nbsp;</p> <p>The kind relative may not be obvious at first. Look to those who accept you &ldquo;as is&rdquo; while encouraging you to become the (better) person you hope to be. Certainly beware of inappropriate liaisons but don't ignore the kind aunt, sister-in-law, or cousin. She can become not only an ally but also shed light into family dynamics, reinforce how endearing you are, and help you to feel the love that may not get showered upon you in a crowd.</p> <p><em>How do you have fun at your in-laws? Are the visits naturally enjoyable or have you learned to embrace new and different circumstances?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/julie-rains">Julie Rains</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-ways-to-have-fun-at-your-in-laws">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/3-life-lessons-ive-learned-since-becoming-a-parent">3 Life Lessons I&#039;ve Learned Since Becoming a Parent</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-build-a-back-to-school-capsule-wardrobe-thats-trendy-and-affordable">How to Build a Back-to-School Capsule Wardrobe That&#039;s Trendy and Affordable</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/are-you-ruining-your-retirement-by-spoiling-your-kids">Are You Ruining Your Retirement by Spoiling Your Kids?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/23-recipes-for-slime-your-kids-can-make-and-even-sell">23 Recipes for Slime Your Kids Can Make — and Even Sell!</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-back-to-school-items-you-can-buy-used">6 Back-to-School Items You Can Buy Used</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Family family visits Help holiday travel Tue, 18 Dec 2012 11:24:31 +0000 Julie Rains 956838 at http://www.wisebread.com 11 Ways to Save Money on Holiday Travel http://www.wisebread.com/11-ways-to-save-money-on-holiday-travel <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/11-ways-to-save-money-on-holiday-travel" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/family-traveling-by-plane-iStock_000019705709Small.jpg" alt="holiday travel" title="holiday travel" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="166" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The holiday season isn&rsquo;t just about shopping and gifts; a great deal of travel also takes place during this time of year. Unfortunately, holiday travel can get expensive fast&mdash;faster than the wrapping paper flies off those gifts. These 11 tips will help you keep your travel spending under control. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-to-get-the-best-fall-and-holiday-travel-deals" title="7 Ways to Get the Best Fall and Holiday Travel Deals">7 Ways to Get the Best Fall and Holiday Travel Deals</a>)</p> <h2>1. Plan Ahead</h2> <p>One of the best things you can do to save money on holiday travel is to plan ahead. The earlier you book your travel, from airfare to hotels, the easier it is to find good deals. Plus, booking earlier can save you money.</p> <p>In general, your best prices on airfare come when you <a href="http://traveltips.usatoday.com/book-cheap-flight-20721.html">book three weeks before the plane leaves</a> for domestic flights. For international flights, consider booking about 30 days in advance.</p> <p>While there are last-minute deals that can save you money, you can&rsquo;t assume that things will always work&mdash;especially during the holidays when there is more travel happening. In fact, many experts point out that you should <a href="http://away.com/travel-advice/travel-ta-travel-ta-best-time-to-purchase-airline-tickets-and-book-hotels-sidwcmdev_155057.html">book travel between one month and three months out for high-traffic holidays</a>. Plan ahead, so you have more opportunities to find the best deals, and so that you know what you will be doing.</p> <h2>2. Book Your Air Travel on Cheaper Days</h2> <p>Whenever you travel by air, some days are cheaper than others. Travel on Tuesdays and Wednesdays often costs less than travel on Fridays and Sundays.</p> <p>During the holidays, though, it&rsquo;s not just about a specific day of the week. You also need to consider the days surrounding the holiday. Days immediately before and after a holiday can be expensive.</p> <p>One of the best ways to save is to actually plan your air travel on the day of the holiday. If you can adjust your plans so that you travel on Thanksgiving Day or Christmas Day, you might be able to find an even better deal.</p> <h2>3. Consider Traveling Overnight</h2> <p>Red-eye flights and overnight flights often cost less than those at more convenient times. Other alternatives include sleeper trains, as well as overnight ferries. Depending on where you are going, and the options for getting there, overnight travel can help you avoid a night in the hotel, as well as save you money on travel to your destination.</p> <h2>4. Use Public Transportation</h2> <p>Mass transit is much cheaper than taking a taxi. If you keep your packing small, you can take public transportation and save quite a bit. Many cities have free options, as well as low-cost options, including some with passes that allow unlimited travel.</p> <p>Many cities have low-cost shuttles that run between the airport and other destinations. Your hotel might even offer a shuttle service. If you don&rsquo;t have a friend or relative picking you up (the cheapest option), consider using the public options.</p> <h2>5. Look for Coupons and Deals</h2> <p>Whenever you travel, look for coupons and deals. Look for discounts in cities that you are visiting. Not only can you look for city-specific deals, but you can also find other coupons. Check online for restaurant coupons and deals if you know you will be dining out.</p> <p>Many hotels also provide information about special offers in town, and you can find other deals with the help of the local Chamber of Commerce or the local Visitor&rsquo;s Bureau. Once you know your itinerary, you can find deals and coupons that match&mdash;and save money.</p> <h2>6. Use Your Credit Card Rewards</h2> <p>You&rsquo;ve already piled up reward points. It&rsquo;s a great time to use them to save money on holiday travel. Redeem your <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-best-sign-up-bonuses-for-airline-miles-credit-cards" title="5 Best Credit Card Sign-up Bonuses for Airline Miles">reward points for travel</a>, and you can save on airfare, hotel, and rental car costs.</p> <p>Find out if you receive extra value for choosing a gift card instead of getting travel or cash back directly. In some cases, you can redeem a cash back reward for 10% or 20% more than the face value on a gift card. This can apply to travel gift cards and restaurant gift cards as well.</p> <p>Before you decide to redeem your rewards, though, double check any restrictions and black out dates.</p> <h2>7. Ask for Upgrades</h2> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-travel-in-style-for-free" title="How to Travel in Style for Free">You can&rsquo;t get an upgrade if you don&rsquo;t ask for it.</a> You can save money on more comfortable travel with the help of upgrades. Even better, if you play your cards right, you can get free travel for later. If you are bumped from a flight (or volunteer to fly standby on an overbooked flight), you might even get a voucher for free travel later.</p> <h2>8. Fly Into an Alternative Airport</h2> <p>If you are flying, consider alternative airports. Traveling to a smaller airport in the same metro area is often cheaper. Similarly, if you&rsquo;re traveling to an out-the-way place with fewer flights, consider flying into a nearby major destination instead to save on airfare. For example, when my family travels to visit my husband&rsquo;s parents, flying into a major city like Boston or New York City costs a great deal less than flying into the closest airport.</p> <p>Figure out how much it would cost to travel from the alternate airport to your destination. In many cases, the savings from the air travel will still outweigh those other costs.</p> <h2>9. Use Aggregators to Compare Prices</h2> <p>Travel aggregation sites can help you compare prices on all your travel, from airfare to train tickets to hotel stays. Some sites can even help you compare prices on cruises. Travel aggregators like <a href="http://orbitz.com/">Orbitz.com</a>, <a href="http://priceline.com/">Priceline.com</a>, <a href="http://expedia.com/">Expedia.com</a>, and <a href="http://travelocity.com/">Travelocity.com</a> can help you create packages as well. Another option is to use a site like <a href="http://kayak.com/">Kayak.com</a> that scours the deals from various travel sites so you can easily compare what&rsquo;s available.</p> <h2>10. Sign Up for Fare Alerts</h2> <p>When you are ready to travel, sign up for fare alerts. If the cost drops, particularly for airfare, there are websites and smartphone apps that can let you know. Websites like <a href="http://www.airfarewatchdog.com/">Airfarewatchdog</a> can provide you with regular updates on a route, as well as information on fare sales. Fare alert site <a href="http://www.farecompare.com/">FareCompare</a> provides a smartphone app that can send alerts right to you, wherever you are.</p> <p>When you have a little time, you can wait for prices to drop. Just don&rsquo;t wait too long, or you could end up paying more.</p> <p>Another option is to book travel with sites that have fare guarantees. Orbitz will automatically refund the difference if the price of your travel drops between the time you book and the time you travel. Expedia will refund the difference and give you a $50 travel coupon if you find a lower airfare within 24 hours of booking.</p> <h2>11. Bring Your Own Food</h2> <p>One of the best ways to save money is to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-easy-ways-to-score-free-travel-food" title="8 Easy Ways to Score Free Food While Traveling">avoid buying food while you travel</a>. You can&rsquo;t bring liquids with you on the airline, but you can bring sandwiches and other snacks.</p> <p>When you&rsquo;re on the road, you can buy food at local groceries to make your own meals. If you are staying in a hotel long-term, consider <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-easy-recipes-perfect-for-the-traveling-chef" title="5 Easy Recipes for the Traveling Chef">cooking your own food</a>, especially if you have access to a range or a microwave.</p> <p>If you do dine out, consider heading away from the sightseeing touristy areas You&rsquo;re likely to find better&mdash;and better-priced&mdash;eateries</p> <p><i>How are you planning to save on travel this holiday season?</i></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/miranda-marquit">Miranda Marquit</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-ways-to-save-money-on-holiday-travel">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-5"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/holiday-travel-hacks-that-will-save-your-sanity">Holiday Travel Hacks That Will Save Your Sanity</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-5-travel-reward-credit-cards">The Best Travel Reward Credit Cards</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-0-balance-transfer-credit-cards">The Best 0% Balance Transfer Credit Cards</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-best-cash-back-credit-cards">The Best Cash Back Credit Cards</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-secured-credit-cards">The Best Secured Credit Cards</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Credit Cards holiday travel Fri, 02 Nov 2012 10:36:39 +0000 Miranda Marquit 955532 at http://www.wisebread.com