I love summer. It’s my favorite time of the year — after spring and autumn.
I know. That may not sound like a ringing endorsement, but it’s true.
Anyway, one of my favorite things about summer is our annual family vacation; my favorites are when we go on extended cross-country road trips. I’ve made seven coast-to-coast trips during my lifetime, so suffice it to say that I have at least a little
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Usually, the only warm-blooded creature in the house that ever bothers to get up and acknowledge me when I come through the front door is my dog, Major.
So I knew something was wrong when I walked through the door and the Honeybee greeted me with a big kiss.
Needless to say, I cut right to the chase: “OK, what happened?”
“I got a parking ticket.”
“Thirty-five bucks. But I’m innocent!”
“Uh huh. That’s
Continue reading When Pigs Fly: How I Fought My Parking Ticket and Beat City Hall
Who doesn’t like money?
I don’t think I know a single person who couldn’t put their hands up and say, “I’d like a bit more money in my life.” Except maybe Oprah, but she’s living the dream so she doesn’t have to hold her hands up and say that. I mean, heck, she could probably buy two new hands and hire someone else to hold them up if she wanted to.
Continue reading Why Travel Accommodations Don’t Have to Cost You a Fortune
Price comparison websites are a great resource for budget-conscious travelers, with many people skipping travel agents altogether and doing the flight booking themselves. Due to the huge growth in this type of website, there are now more price comparison options than ever before. This is a boon for travelers, but there are some extra ways to go even deeper and find hidden savings.
Know how price comparison websites work
Price comparison websites
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New York is an amazing city that attracts millions of curious tourists each year. It’s also well known for being a very expensive place to visit, and many tourists find that they have to cut corners and miss out on enjoying all that the Big Apple has to offer. With some careful planning and a bit of research, though, it is possible to enjoy the complete New York experience, on
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Last week I needed to venture into my attic to check on some rat traps, so I grabbed my flashlight to help me navigate my way through the rafters. As luck would have it, the flashlight wasn’t working; the last person who used it forgot to turn the darn thing off, so the batteries died.
Anyway, with no spare C-cells in the drawer and an unplanned trip to the store in
Continue reading 9 ‘Oops’ Moments That I Ultimately Paid For (One Way or Another)
Originally built as the grand entrance to the 1889 World’s Fair, today the Eiffel Tower is the undisputed romantic symbol of Paris and most-visited paid monument on Earth. Even so, that didn’t stop more than 1000 travelers in a recent survey from bestowing la Tour Eiffel with the dubious honor of being the world’s most disappointing tourist attraction. So, are sightseers who diss the Iron Lady philistines — or is
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It seems like every time I go to Hawaii, I always learn a valuable financial lesson.
I already shared how, during my recent summer vacation there, I was reminded of why folks should always be on their toes when shopping, as illustrated by two sizes of the same detergent being sold at a local supermarket — and the jaw-dropping price-difference between them.
And although you’d think I’d know better, that wasn’t the
Continue reading Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? Guess My Rental Car Bill.
You may be surprised to know that many airlines are now charging extra money for a growing number of window and aisle seats. And while I might consider paying extra for a window seat, I’m still trying to understand why anyone would ever pay extra for an aisle seat, considering the physical abuse they often get from passing carts, stewardesses and passengers.
The bottom line: Sitting in a window seat affords
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Even Rod Serling couldn't make this latest Southwest story up …
You’re traveling through another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound, but of mind. A journey into a wondrous land whose boundaries are that of imagination. That’s the sign post up ahead, your next stop … The Personal Finance Twilight Zone.
And I thought my recent adventure with Southwest Airlines was infuriating!
While Southwest was pulling a classic bait
Continue reading Southwest Airlines: Website Horror Stories, Part II