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How to Avoid Bridesmaid Bankruptcy

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Can you afford to be a bridesmaid? Via Shutterstock.

This summer my sisters and I are the only bridesmaids for my cousin’s wedding. While it can be hard to save as a wedding guest, it seems nearly impossible as a bridesmaid! Since I’m on a budget (and really who isn’t?) I’ve been looking for ways to save while still being a helpful and supportive bridesmaid. Here are my tips for how to save when you’re part of the bridal party.

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How to Attend a Wedding on the Cheap

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Celebrating with family and friends shouldn’t break the bank. Via Shutterstock.

Between the gift, travel, and buying a dress, attending a wedding can cost over $1,000..for only one day! And you thought I was crazy for spending $1,400 in four days! I can’t justify spending $1,000 to attend a wedding, even if I love the couple. While skipping the wedding is an option, I discovered 11 ways to attend a wedding without blowing through your savings account.

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A Weekend in the Windy City – Dedicated

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Learn all the reasons why you should visit Chicago…even if you’re on a budget! Gravity Wave/Flickr

Chicago is known as one of North America’s greatest cities. From food to architecture to legendary sports teams, the Windy City is a fantastic destination for everyone from jet-setters to backpackers.

The city’s hospitality is simply unrivalled. For the ultimate in accommodation, Chicago hotels offer everything from sprawling lakeshore views to trendy boutique rooms. Restaurants abound and the city’s culinary culture is well known throughout the world as being both innovative and affordable.

One of the greatest things about this storied American city is the abundance of inexpensive activities for tourists. Here are some of Chicago’s best attractions for limited budgets. (more…)

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How To Get Huge Discounts When Traveling In Las Vegas – Dedicated

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Las Vegas is one of the most popular tourist destinations in America. With its casinos, theme parks, fine dining and numerous hit stage shows, it offers a lot for any visitor to enjoy. However, with so much to see and do, the cost can soon add up. Fortunately, there are several ways that you can reduce the cost of your time in Vegas – without compromising the experience.

Flights
First you have to get to Vegas – but getting a discount on your flight shouldn’t be too difficult, as the internet allows you to search for the best deals. Flights to Las Vegas are very affordable and purchasing the right one that will suit your budget is easy with so many reputable travel companies out there that offer budget-friendly deals. For extra savings, fly midweek when services are less busy, or catch the red-eye overnight. (more…)
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Hunting For a Great Late Deal – Dedicated

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Learn how to find the best  travel deals! Via Shutterstock.

If you’re looking for some late travel deals on the internet then there are two key things to remember: research and flexibility. Let’s take a look at how these factors could help you save money on your holiday this year.

Firstly, take a look at the deals that various holiday operators are offering to a destination of your choice. This should give you a good ball park figure of the average holiday price. Then check the cost of flights to your destination on offer by various tour operators, in addition to the price of various hotels. You may find that it’s actually cheaper for you to book a hotel and flight separately than if you booked it as a package. Many airline companies and hotels offer internet deals, so it is well worth your while to check – putting in a couple of hours searching for the best late deals should ensure that you grab yourself a travel bargain. (more…)

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Great value experience gifts – Dedicated

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What’s the perfect gift? An experience they’ll never forget! Via Shutterstock.

Finding the right kind of experience gifts for the people who mean most to you in life is an incredibly rewarding experience both for them and for you – as long as you pick out the right gift of course.

Experience gifts are so much more fun than run-of-the-mill gifts and if you pick the right one – it’s a day that someone will never forget as long as they live. Better still, you can choose gifts carefully that let you share the experience with that special someone – as long as that feels the right thing to do.

The only problem here is that such gifts tend to be expensive. But not always. There are ways you can find some great experience based gifts at a fraction of the normal price. And here’s how it’s done… (more…)

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Cutting the Costs on Your Caribbean Holiday – Dedicated

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Learn how to save on your next vacation! Via Shutterstock

The Caribbean is one of the world’s most desired holiday destinations thanks to the pristine beaches, high temperatures and lush tropical scenery. If you’re considering a vacation on one of the islands but are worried about expense then these methods should help to make the most of your holiday money.

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How to Have a Fun and Budget-Friendly Winter Break

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The great part of winter break is that you have tons of free time. You should use this time to enjoy the holidays and visit friends and family, but you can also take advantage of this break to make your time back at school less stressful. By mixing equal parts work and fun, you can make the most of winter break without feeling like you missed out..and without breaking the bank.

Here are five tips to have an exciting and budget-friendly winter break.

 

 

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5 ways to save money on road trips

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I didn’t take my first airplane ride until I was a sophomore in high school, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t travel. During the summer or holiday season, we’d pack up the minivan with games, snacks and books and hit the road – these trips are some of my greatest memories. According to the US Travel Association, about 80 percent of Americans journey by car, so make this season’s holiday travel a cheap road trip.

 5 ways to save money on road trips

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