affordable travel http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/9310/all en-US The Best and Worst Things to Buy in June http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-and-worst-things-to-buy-in-june <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-best-and-worst-things-to-buy-in-june" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/4131903993_9c32d66f9c_z.jpg" alt="kids in a pool" title="kids in a pool" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="154" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>June is the month with the longest daylight hours of the year, which for the deal-shopper means that you have even more time to shop! But before you let <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/free-ways-to-celebrate-father-s-day" title="Free Ways to Celebrate Father's Day">Father's Day</a> or the increasingly warm weather convince you to buy less-than-stellar deals, check out our latest buying guide. We searched through our extensive archives of sales, promotions, and coupons to sort the fact from fiction when it comes to getting the best deals in June. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar" title="Shopping Calendar: The Best Time to Buy Anything">Shopping Calendar: The Best Time to Buy Anything</a>)</p> <h3>Make Do With Last Year's Sandals</h3> <p>Much of your wardrobe can transcend a single season, but this is rarely the case with sandals. For most areas of the U.S., the summer months are the only time to let your toes breathe. And as such, you're unlikely to find any great discounts at the onset of the season. Although cheap <a href="http://dealnews.com/c280/Clothing-Accessories/Shoes?eref=wisebread" class="image_link" title="shoe deals">flip flops</a> and slip-ons are popular in promotional sales from the likes of Old Navy, you'll largely have to wait until at least mid- to late-July before seeing clearance-level deals on the informal footwear.</p> <h3>Cruises and Vacations to the Caribbean...During Hurricane Season</h3> <p>June is typically the beginning of the hurricane season in the Caribbean, which usually lasts through November. Because of the risk of tempestuous weather, prices on <a href="http://dealnews.com/c629/Travel-Entertainment/Cruises?eref=wisebread" title="cruise deals">cruises and vacations</a> to these regions are considerably less than during other seasons. We've already seen a plethora of above-average <a href="http://dealnews.com/features/Rough-Seas-for-the-Cruise-Industry-Drop-Prices-by-11-/554653.html?eref=wisebread" title="cruise price drops">deals on non-hurricane season cruises</a> this year due to the public relations disaster that was the cruise industry in the first few months of 2012, so it remains to be seen if &quot;hurricane&quot; packages will offer even steeper discounts. Either way, if you're willing to run the risk of a rainy tropical getaway, the Caribbean will certainly offer more bang for your buck than Europe, which has been seeing exorbitant prices as of late.</p> <h3>Book a Staycation Instead of Jumping the Pond</h3> <p>Speaking of <a href="http://dealnews.com/c206/Travel-Entertainment?eref=wisebread" title="travel deals">travel deals</a>, you might want to avoid booking a trip abroad, as the cost of flying is on the rise. According to <em>USA Today</em>, international airfare this summer will cost on average about <a title="summer airfare increase" href="http://www.usatoday.com/money/industries/travel/story/2012-04-26/Airfares-up-for-summer-travel-likely-to-keep-climbing/54564890/1">20% more than it did in 2010</a>. This is essentially due to rising fuel costs. Moreover, many airlines are cutting down on the sheer volume of the flights they offer, creating greater demand for fewer seats.</p> <h3>Ladies Love Cool Lingerie (Deals)</h3> <p>It's usually this month that <a title="Victoria's Secret deals" href="http://dealnews.com/s747/Victorias-Secret?eref=wisebread">Victoria's Secret</a> unveils its famed Semi-Annual Sale, and last year we saw prices as low as $3 for panties and $12 for bras. Moreover, we saw excellent <a title="lingerie deals" href="http://dealnews.com/c488/Clothing-Accessories/Womens-Apparel/Intimates?eref=wisebread">lingerie deals</a> in June from aerie by American Eagle, <a title="Frederick's of Hollywood deals" href="http://dealnews.com/s714/Fredericks-of-Hollywood?eref=wisebread">Frederick's of Hollywood</a>, <a title="Macy's deals" href="http://dealnews.com/s288/macys?eref=wisebread">Macy's</a>, Soma Intimates, and Figleaves. That said, while summer deals entailed steep discounts last year, they paled in comparison to the October to December stretch, which saw more Editors' Choice offers from many of these same vendors.</p> <h3>Consider Putting off Tool Purchases Until July, or Later</h3> <p>You may feel compelled to buy dear old Dad a new tool set for <a title="Father's Day gifts" href="http://dealnews.com/fathers-day-gifts?eref=wisebread">Father's Day</a> later this month, but in fact, July (as well and November and December) offers the highest number of Editors' Choice <a title="tool deals" href="http://dealnews.com/c197/Home-Garden/Tools-And-Hardware?eref=wisebread">tool deals</a>. That means, if you want to pay close to the best (if not <em>the</em> best) price of the year, skip June and splurge in July. (But remember to at least get your Pops a card!)</p> <h3>Fire It Up! It's Almost Time to Buy a New Grill</h3> <p>Last year, we saw a slight uptick in Editors' Choice <a title="grill deals" href="http://dealnews.com/c529/Home-Garden/Garden/Grills-BBQs?eref=wisebread">grill deals</a> during the month of June, which means we will likely start seeing respectable cuts on grills in the coming weeks. However, as is the case with any seasonal item, you will absolutely start seeing incrementally steeper cuts on comparable models (if not the model of your choice itself) as the season progresses. So <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-buy-a-bbq-grill" title="How to Buy a BBQ Grill">purchasing your grill</a> becomes a matter of deciding upon need; if you want a full season of use out of it, then June is the first month of the summer in which we see a notable decline in prices. Otherwise, wait for late-season sales instead.</p> <h3>Experience the Majesty of Our National Parks on Uncle Sam's Dime</h3> <p>While there are everyday ways to make a <a title="save money at national parks" href="http://dealnews.com/features/See-America-Right-and-Save-Money-While-Visiting-Our-National-Parks/545028.html?eref=wisebread">trip to a national park exceedingly affordable</a>, there are a handful of days each year in which more than 100 national parks offer free admittance. June 9 is one such occasion, as it celebrates Get Outdoors Day, an event that encourages &quot;<a title="National Outdoors Day" href="http://www.nationalgetoutdoorsday.org/about/">healthy, active outdoor fun</a>.&quot; Notable natural wonders like Yosemite and Yellowstone will be <em>gratis</em> on this day.</p> <h3>Don't Expect Cheaper Cotton to Yield Better Prices</h3> <p>While the cotton industry is likely invigorated by reports that <a title="cotton prices decrease" href="http://dealnews.com/features/Cotton-Prices-Are-Down-Does-that-Mean-T-Shirts-Will-Cost-Less-Now-/577350.html?eref=wisebread">cotton prices are at a 2-year low</a>, consumers are unlikely to see a difference on price tags at the store. While fluctuations in food costs have a demonstrable effect on prices at the supermarket, apparel retailers have a larger profit margin to work with that allows them to absorb raw material cost increases. Many retailers thus have been absorbing the additional costs, while others adjusted the prices slightly but not enough to actually cover the total increased costs. Others still found workarounds, like using less of the material. Either way, dropping cotton prices will have little effect on the prices that consumers see in-store.</p> <h3>Keep an Eye Out for Refurbished or Used Tablets</h3> <p>Tablets continue to shine in the tech spotlight, and if you're looking to get in on the still-strong trend, consider shopping for a second-hand option. The majority of the top-shelf <a title="iPad deals" href="http://dealnews.com/c622/Computers/iPad-Tablet?eref=wisebread">iPad and tablet deals</a> we've seen recently have been on refurbished or used models. Last month saw Apple again cut prices on refurbished iPad 2 models, slashing its starting price to $319. Meanwhile, we saw all-time low prices on used and refurbished <a title="Motorola tablet deals" href="http://dealnews.com/c594/Computers/iPad-Tablet/Tablets/b604/Motorola?eref=wisebread">Motorola Xoom</a>, <a title="Samsung tablet deals" href="http://dealnews.com/c594/Computers/iPad-Tablet/Tablets/b28/Samsung?eref=wisebread">Samsung Galaxy Tab</a>, and <a title="BlackBerry tablet deals" href="http://dealnews.com/c622/Computers/iPad-Tablet/b1890/Black-Berry?eref=wisebread">BlackBerry PlayBook</a> models over just the past month. A word to the wise though, pay close attention to the warranty information for used and refurbished iPad and tablet deals; a 1-year warranty is ideal.</p> <h3>46&quot; HDTVs Hit New Lows</h3> <p>June isn't a big month for <a title="TV deals" href="http://dealnews.com/c159/Electronics/TVs?eref=wisebread">HDTV deals</a>, but if you're in need of a new set, we recommend looking at name-brand 46&quot; and 47&quot; LCD HDTVs. For the past two months, name-brand 46&quot; LCD HDTV deals have remained at an all-time low of $490. By comparison, they bottomed out at $598 and $549 during the months of November and December of 2011, respectively. (Those months are traditionally the best months for HDTV sales.) Look for models from Sharp or Toshiba priced at $490 or lower.</p> <h3>Ivy Bridge Debuts, Desktop Replacements Prices Continue to Drop</h3> <p>June has the potential to be a great month for bargain <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-buy-a-laptop-computer" title="How to Buy a Laptop Computer">laptop shoppers</a>. On the one hand you have <a title="desktop replacement price drop" href="http://dealnews.com/features/dealnews-Price-Trends-Desktop-Replacements-Hit-All-Time-Lows/572709.html?eref=wisebread">Sandy Bridge Core i7 quad-core desktop replacements</a>, which have reached new price lows since the start of the year. We expect price tags on these laptops to drop even further, especially as we begin seeing new <a title="Ivy Bridge-based systems" href="http://dealnews.com/features/Intel-Ivy-Bridge-CPUs-Are-Here-But-Will-Sandy-Bridge-Deals-Offer-Better-Value-/569959.html?eref=wisebread">Ivy Bridge-based systems</a> enter the market.</p> <p>These Ivy Bridge laptops, which are packing Intel's latest CPUs, are pushing the price of Sandy Bridge systems even lower. Best of all, since their debut on April 30, 16&quot; <a title="Ivy Bridge price drop" href="http://dealnews.com/features/New-Ivy-Bridge-Laptops-Are-Falling-Fast-in-Price/578023.html?eref=wisebread">Ivy Bridge-based laptops have also dropped 31% in price</a> (falling from $1,010 to $689 in a span of weeks). These new systems are also boasting 8GB of RAM, dedicated 1GB video cards, 1TB hard drives, and in some instances built-in Blu-ray players. A 16&quot; system with the above specs went for $770 in late May, and we expect that price to repeat itself in June as manufacturers attempt to gain consumers' attention.</p> <p>Bottom line, if you're looking to purchase a <a title="laptop deals" href="http://dealnews.com/c49/Computers/Laptops?eref=wisebread">Windows laptop</a> that will last you the next few years, now's the perfect time. On the Sandy Bridge front, look for deals at $712 or below (that's been the average for 2012 so far). On the Ivy Bridge front you'll find plenty of deals, but $689 is the all-time low for a 16&quot; system as of late May.</p> <p>Ready to put this advice to use? Set up a customized <a title="dealnews email alert" href="https://dealnews.com/mydealnews/alerts.html?eref=wisebread">email alert</a> to receive notification as soon as we see deals on the categories above.</p> <p><em>This is a guest post by </em><a title="dealnews" href="http://dealnews.com"><em>Dealnews</em></a><em>.</em></p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Before you let Father&#039;s Day or the increasingly warm weather convince you to buy less-than-stellar deals, check out our latest buying guide for the best deals in June. </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/dealnews">Dealnews</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-and-worst-things-to-buy-in-june">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-13"> <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-best-and-worst-things-to-buy-in-march">The Best and Worst Things to Buy in March</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-best-and-worst-things-to-buy-in-april">The Best and Worst Things to Buy in April</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-and-worst-things-to-buy-in-july-2012">The Best and Worst Things to Buy in July 2012</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/11-retailers-where-you-can-negotiate-a-lower-price">11 Retailers Where You Can Negotiate a Lower Price</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/14-frugal-christmas-decorating-hacks">14 Frugal Christmas Decorating Hacks</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping affordable travel electronics Father's Day frugal summer trips sales Fri, 01 Jun 2012 10:36:10 +0000 Dealnews 932736 at http://www.wisebread.com Which is Cheaper: Flying or Driving? http://www.wisebread.com/which-is-cheaper-flying-or-driving <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/which-is-cheaper-flying-or-driving" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/which-is-cheaper-flying-or-driving.gif" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I have an upcoming trip to Chicago, which is about 400 miles northeast of me. This, of course, begs the usual question: is it cheaper to fly or to drive to my destination? It&rsquo;s a tricky equation, and one with a number of variables. I may even decide to fly to a destination one time and drive the next, as my circumstances change. However, there are some good rules of thumb to follow when deciding whether to drive or fly.</p> <h3>Weigh the Cost of Each Alternative</h3> <p><strong>Driving</strong>: Gas is obviously one of the first expenses that come to mind when road-tripping to your destination. However, there are several costs other than fuel, as well. If your destination is far enough away, will you have to stop and get a hotel at some point? Is your destination in a big city, like mine is? I&rsquo;m budgeting $30 per day for parking in Chicago, which is what they charge at my hotel downtown. Will you need to stop for meals on your drive?</p> <p><strong>Flying</strong>: Ticket cost is probably what pops into your mind foremost. However, don&rsquo;t forget that <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/02/business/02fees.html">taxes make up about 25% of a domestic airline ticket price</a> and that <a href="http://www.airfarewatchdog.com/blog/3801089/airline-baggage-fees-chart-updated/">airlines charge $15-$35</a> for your first checked bag on domestic flights these days (except for JetBlue and Southwest, which were still free as of this writing!).</p> <p>In addition to tickets, taxes, and baggage fees, there may be some expense associated with driving to the airport. In my case, I live two hours from the nearest large airport. This adds an additional tank of gas to any trip I plan, which is about $35. And then, there&rsquo;s also parking to be reckoned with: long-term parking at my airport is $9 per day.</p> <p><em>Side note: my little college town also offers a round-trip shuttle to the two nearest airports, for $85 round-trip. For me, the break-even point between the shuttle and driving myself to the airport is a five-day trip. At that point, the cost of gas plus daily parking becomes more than the $85 shuttle ticket.</em></p> <h3>Think about Time</h3> <p>Driving generally takes longer than flying, as you might assume. There&rsquo;s also the possibility of staying overnight which, again, would add to your overall transit time, as would stopping for meals. In my case, driving to Chicago takes about six hours, while a flight would last less than two. However, if you&rsquo;re flying, don&rsquo;t forget commute time to the airport (two hours each way for me, although I think that&rsquo;s probably not the norm for most of you considering driving vs. flying). </p> <p>In addition, you&rsquo;ll need to arrive at the airport with enough time to spare to pass through security and check your bag. The <a href="http://www.tsa.gov/travelers/airtravel/screening_experience.shtm">TSA</a> indicates that arrival time varies by airline and day of travel, which is certainly true: Delta Airlines suggests arriving <a href="http://www.delta.com/traveling_checkin/itineraries_checkin/requirements/">75 minutes prior to departure</a>, for example, while Southwest has a <a href="http://www.southwest.com/html/air/airport-information.html">matrix</a> that shows suggested arrival times by airport (1 &frac12; hours is the average suggested arrival time).</p> <h3>Other Considerations</h3> <p>Cost and time aren&rsquo;t the only things to consider when weighing the option to drive or fly. A number of other trip-specific variables come into play.</p> <p><strong>Comfort and Sanity:</strong> I don&rsquo;t care if it&rsquo;s cheaper to drive to Colorado than fly. I absolutely refuse to drive, because the 12-hour drive just kills me. I&rsquo;ve done it enough to know that to protect my sanity, the cost of flying is completely worth it. Your personal cut-off may be longer or shorter, depending on whom you travel with (young children in the car for eight hours? No thank you) and your personal tolerance for long stretches on the road.</p> <p><strong>Economies of Scale:</strong> Carrying more passengers in the car yields a lower overall cost, while the cost of an airline ticket remains constant no matter how many are in your group.</p> <p><strong>Personal Preference:</strong> I went to a conference in South Carolina a few years ago (a four-hour flight or so total), and a member of my group chose to drive, although it took two days and cost more. The reason? He had a paralyzing fear of flying. This, of course, would affect your travel decision.</p> <h3>Useful Travel Apps &amp; Articles</h3> <p>AAA&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.fuelcostcalculator.com/">fuel cost calculator</a> will help you to accurately predict the cost of gas. It&rsquo;s updated regularly with the price of gas and even calculates fuel cost based on your car&rsquo;s make and model.</p> <p><a href="http://www.getsetapp.com/">getset</a> actually calculates the cheapest method of travel (plane, car or bus). It doesn&rsquo;t take into consideration other costs associated with travel, but it is a great starting point.</p> <p>US News &amp; World has an article that <a href="http://www.usnews.com/usnews/biztech/articles/070530/30travel.driving.htm">compares some popular destinations</a> over which people often have the drive-vs.-fly dilemma. Its cost assumptions are a bit outdated, but several other assumptions still ring true.</p> <p>Hope this helps you next time you&rsquo;re facing the decision whether to fly or drive, and happy travels to you!</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/janey-osterlind">Janey Osterlind</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/which-is-cheaper-flying-or-driving">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/5-ways-to-minimize-baggage-fees-when-flying">5 Ways to Minimize Baggage Fees When Flying</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">5 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/save-on-car-rentals-with-these-10-easy-hacks">Save on Car Rentals With These 10 Easy Hacks</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-sign-up-bonuses-for-airline-miles-credit-cards">5 Best Sign-up Bonuses for Airline Miles 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/travel-resources">40 Most Useful Travel Websites That Can Save You a Fortune</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel affordable travel Tue, 28 Sep 2010 13:00:12 +0000 Janey Osterlind 248346 at http://www.wisebread.com 5 Ways to Minimize Baggage Fees When Flying http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-to-minimize-baggage-fees-when-flying <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-ways-to-minimize-baggage-fees-when-flying" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/businessman-luggage-78771123-small.jpg" alt="businessman luggage" title="businessman luggage" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>In the near future, people may need to get loans to be able to afford the baggage charges when they fly.</p> <p>As you probably already know, <a href="http://www.spiritair.com/Policiesbags.aspx#CarryOnBag">Spirit Airlines</a> is going to start charging up to $45.00 for people to take a carry-on on the airplane. With only a few exceptions, long gone are the days that your luggage will accompany you on a domestic U.S. flight without an additional charge.</p> <p>Frequent travelers don&rsquo;t worry as much about baggage costs as they are often taking short trips that only require a carry-on or they are premium frequent flyer members so they get free baggage check in. But, what about the family of five that only flies one or twice a year?</p> <p>Fortunately, there are still ways to save money on baggage.</p> <h3>1. Buy Southwest Airlines tickets</h3> <p>The baggage cost you save by flying <a href="http://www.southwest.com/">Southwest Airlines</a> is amazing. At Southwest, each ticketed passenger can check two bags free of charge. Recently, some family members purchased tickets on a particular airline because they get the airline points and, as they said, &ldquo;They (Southwest and another airline) both cost the same amount.&rdquo; However, once you calculate for the baggage, there is a significant difference in price. This leads to point number two.</p> <h3>2. Calculate the total cost when you book travel &mdash; don&rsquo;t forget about the baggage cost</h3> <p>While you&rsquo;re in the vacation booking stage, you need to add all the extra charges. Decide what is the best deal based on which will give you the best price in the end (once all fees are paid), not the best price today.</p> <p>When calculating the cost of travel, if you are traveling as a family you need to seriously consider the cost advantage of driving. A trunk full of free baggage might be enough reason to consider driving.</p> <h3>3. Consider a credit card that offers free baggage</h3> <p>Many co-branded airline credit cards will offer perks like free baggage or priority check in. If you travel very often or have a large family, the free baggage alone might be worth getting the credit card.</p> <h3>4. Prepay for your baggage</h3> <p>If you know you will be paying for baggage, go ahead and prepay online. Several airlines offer a discount when you pay online rather than at the check in counter. It is never a huge savings, but every few dollars here and there saves you money. When you book your airline tickets, always be sure to read their baggage policies before booking. If they do allow you to prepay for bags at a discount and you know you will take bags then go ahead and pay now to save the money.</p> <p>As an example, with Spirit Airlines, your carry-on will cost $45.00, but if you prepay online, you&rsquo;ll only pay $30.00. A little forethought can save a big chunk of change.</p> <h3>5. (Warning: extreme measures) Don&rsquo;t take clothes on vacation</h3> <p>Just the other day, I thought, &ldquo;If I flew Spirit Airlines, would it be worth taking any clothes on vacation?&rdquo;</p> <p>In my family, there are two adults and three kids. My youngest daughter is less than 2 so she doesn&rsquo;t get a seat.</p> <p>Let&rsquo;s say that we were each going to take a checked bag and we had two carry-ons between the family and we pay at the airport.</p> <p>Each checked bag would cost $25 by four passengers for a total of $100.</p> <p>Each carryon bag would cost $45 by two bags for a total of $90.00.</p> <p>My family total baggage cost = $190.00</p> <p>Now, check this out.</p> <p>For the last 5 years, our family has bought 80-90% of our clothes at second hand stores.</p> <p>I just looked at our budget, and last year we spent around $150 on clothing for the entire year.</p> <p>Should my family pay $190 to transport our $150 worth of clothes? If my family had to pay $190 to transport our $150 worth of clothes for a week long vacation, we would not be taking clothes on vacation. I&rsquo;d probably plan an extra 2 hours into the vacation on the front end to stop at the local second hand store to stock up on clothes.</p> <p>But, hey, I can be know to be frugal (or is it cheap?).</p> <p><em>Would you ever consider buying some second hand clothes on vacation to avoid baggage fees? What are your thoughts on Spirit Airlines fees? How do you save money on baggage when flying?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/craig-ford">Craig Ford</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-to-minimize-baggage-fees-when-flying">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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