How to Get the Best Travel Deal from Price Comparison Websites

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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My 13-Year-Old Daughter Shares Her Financial Fears

Readers: Today’s post was written by my daughter, Nina. — Len

I’m only 13 and I’m worrying about my future. Not in an academic kind of way, but in a financial one. That’s because there are certain things that terrify me about growing up and living on my own.

Here is a list of the top five things that make me nervous for the future:

Paying taxes

The thought of paying taxes absolutely terrifies

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You Can Call Me Almost Anything – But Please Don’t Call Me Cheap

As the economy continues its struggle to emerge from its seemingly never-ending malaise, many folks are working hard to find additional and more creative ways to save a buck or two.

I recently had lunch with a friend of mine who called me a cheapskate because I dared to bring home a healthy handful of extra napkins that an overzealous fast-food server had placed on the tray with my meal.

“I’m not

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Black Coffee: It's All Good. Pay No Attention to the Man Behind the Curtain.

It’s time to sit back, relax and enjoy a little joe…

Welcome to another rousing edition of Black Coffee, your off-beat weekly round-up of what’s been going on in the world of money and personal finance.

We’re running the kids all over God’s little green Earth this weekend, so let’s get right to it!

The Way-Back Machine: Past Posts Of Mine You May Have Missed

From July 2010:

The Great Debate: Do Kids Really Need

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Three Key Steps to Becoming a Homeowner

For many people, owning a home is part of the American Dream. Given the recent explosion of available homes on the market coupled with historically low interest rates, it’s no wonder that more and more people are taking steps to purchase their own home. With a bit of careful planning and consideration of the following tips, you can ensure your future as a homeowner isn’t merely a pipe dream.

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How to Experience New York City on a Budget

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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A Few Thoughts from Aunt Doris: To Be or Not to Be?

This is another post in an occasional series from my dear nonagenarian Aunt Doris.

Aunt Doris (circa the good ol' days)

Being 92 and never really fully recovered from my stroke, I had to give up my driver’s license, which was the biggest blow of all.

Before then, I’d always been a free spirit — I’d jump into my red Corolla, Miss Ruby, and go; wherever and whenever I pleased. No more.

Now,

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How to Raise Your Kids to Be Personal Finance Losers (in 6 Easy Steps)

There are a handful of questions out there that simply defy explanation. For example, who built Stonehenge and what was it for? Why isn’t phonetic spelled the way that it sounds? And why can’t women put mascara on with their mouths closed?

Here’s another perplexing question: Why do otherwise intelligent people with triple-digit IQs still manage to dig themselves so deeply into debt that they’re often forced into bankruptcy?

Actually, I have

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Black Coffee: The Battle Between Gold and Fiat

It’s time to sit back, relax and enjoy a little joe…

Welcome to another rousing edition of Black Coffee, your off-beat weekly round-up of what’s been going on in the world of money and personal finance.

You may have noticed my blog had some performance issues earlier this week.

For most of the day on Wednesday and a portion of the day on Thursday my site was delivering a page that warned of

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Understanding Life Insurance: Does a Superhero Like Batman Need It?

In 2005, as a rather interesting educational experiment, the Life and Health Insurance Foundation for Education surveyed 1,014 adults asking, “Out of the following fictional characters, which are most in need of life insurance: Batman, Spider-Man, Fred Flintstone, Harry Potter, or Marge Simpson?”

It certainly seems like a fairly absurd question to ask, but there was a very necessary, and educational, purpose for asking this question: to determine Americans’ understanding of

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