August 2008

How to Avoid Airline Fees This Summer

I said some very unkind things when I heard that US Air is now charging for water in coach class. Water! On top of the baggage fees, fuel surcharges, booking fees, change fees, and breathing fees they’ve come up with recently, this one really burns me. I’m trapped in their airplane. They least they can do is spend three cents to give me a cup of water. The…
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New Year: Time to Reassess Your Financial Tools

Hopefully you rebalanced your investment portfolio at the end of 2009 to capture tax losses, but you can do it now if you haven’t already and have those losses for 2010. However, you should look at more than just your portfolio. It’s time to look at all the places you keep money to make you’re not being hit with new fees. Review Your Checking Account If you have…
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Reduce Your Family Entertainment Cost

There are a few TV shows I love. I make an appointment to watch them every week, but I don’t watch much TV beyond those. But now I have a problem – because of the writer’s strike, most of those shows I watch are off the air. A few of them have only recently started, but I know they’ll be gone in a few weeks, too. I’m so…
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How to Take an Affordable National Park Vacation

One of the best trips my husband and I ever took was our National Park loop. We started in Sedona, where we stayed two nights, then we traveled up to the Grand Canyon National Park for two nights. From there we proceeded to Bryce Canyon National Park for another two, and then finally hopped over to Zion National Park for two more nights. Even though we accidentally went…
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Big Long List of Candy – at the Carnivals

Mmm, candy. But I must focus. First, the Carnival of Personal Finance #229 hostedy by The Centsible Life.  In addition to my post about my financial frights, I also recommend Chief Family Officer’s advise to not pay bills that aren’t yours. It seems obvious, but I guess some people just pay their bills without looking at them. Second, the Festival of Frugality #202 hosted by  Frugal Homemaker Plus. In addition to my post about reducing…
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Cyber-Monday is Living Large at the Carnivals

Personally, I didn’t think Cyber-Monday was that big a deal this year. Everyone I know who shopped online did it on Black Friday, when the online retailers were also offering deals. Nevertheless, this week’s blog carnivals include an event in honor of the pretend shopping day (pretend in the sense that Cyber-Monday was PR move created three years ago.) First, the Carnival of Personal Finance hosted by Mighty Bargain Hunter.…
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