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My Scammed Vacation: How to Avoid Vacation Disasters


This year was my twin sister Alyssa’s last year in graduate school, so we planned what we thought we be the trip of a lifetime. Four of our closest friends, Miami beach, and six nights in a suite at the luxurious Fontainebleau Hotel. Unfortunately, our vacation dreams turned into a vacation disaster when we arrived at our hotel. Instead of a suite with the ability to fit six girls comfortably, we were put into a room that was meant for four or less. Ah!

Our vacation disaster and how to avoid it yourself



Is the Southwest Credit Card All It’s Cracked Up to Be?

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Is it just me, or is choosing a credit card harder than making the at-the-table fries or tots decision? “They’re so long and sleek! But they’re bite-sized! You must choose for me! I can’t possibly!” Almost two years ago, I decided to finally get a credit card and after much research, it came down to the Southwest Credit Card and the Capital One Venture Card. They are pretty equal when you compare their benefits, so I made my decision based on the successful relationship I’ve had with Southwest as a dependable airline – and Capital One was just another bank. It’s 24 months later and I bet you are wondering –

Is the Southwest Credit Card All It’s Cracked Up to Be?



Los Angeles has a lot to Offer Budget Travelers

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The city of Angels…Los Angeles! Via Shutterstock

Los Angeles is a city where the whole is greater than its parts. The world-class beaches, artist colonies, Hollywood and proximity to Disneyland and other famous theme parks, makes Los Angeles the tourist’s dream destination. Budget travelers need not worry because it’s possible to visit the City of Angles without spending a small fortune. Hotels in Los Angeles range from luxurious beyond your imagination to backpacker’s hostels and everything in between. (more…)


How Much of a Ripoff Is Travel Size Shampoo?


Do you buy travel sized shampoo bottles? Of course you do. We’ve all been there. Packing for a trip and realizing you have no small containers. Or arriving at your destination and realizing – crap – you forgot to pack shampoo! Or even worse, your airline tossed your luggage out of the plane! (At least, that’s the way it seems when they lose your bag.)

Travel size shampoo has it’s place. But I don’t want us to get lazy and buy them for the convenience.

How much of a ripoff is travel size shampoo?


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Your Kid Goes Abroad and Misses Home: What To Do

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Image via Flickr by Aurelijus Valeisa

Children moving abroad can face many cultural challenges that make adjustment difficult. Whether kids move by themselves or with their families, there are a few things that parents should know before their kids head to other countries.

Your Child Will Miss Home



Hotel Rooms 25% off on Priceline

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If you’re making holiday travel plans or planning on a winter vacation, make sure to check out the hotel prices on Priceline. Right now you can get up to 25% off thousands of hotels across the country. Because Priceline works with so many friggin hotels, you can expect to see hotel deals in all major cities across the country, and most medium and small sized cities, too!

How to get this deal

  • Book before Dec. 17, 2014.
  • Travel before Feb. 28, 2014
  • Best hotels will go quickly! If you can sneak it in before Thanksgiving, the selection will be MUCH better.

Get 25% off hotel rooms now.


ScanLife App: Save Before You Spend


ScanLife helps you save on purchases with just a quick picture!

I love to find bargain prices but looking for them can be a real pain. ScanLife offers the solution to this problem. This new app, available for both iOS and Android devices, takes the work out of finding the best price by finding the best deals for you.  Sound too good to be true? Find out how ScanLife helped me save $20 on one purchase!

How ScanLife helps you save



5 Ways to Travel For Less


Traveling for budget or pleasure? Via shutterstock

Whether traveling for business or for pleasure, there are many things that you can do to travel without having to spend outside of your means. Let’s take a look at how you can save money regardless of whether you have a limited budget or are looking to splurge and have a good time on your next trip.

5 tips to travel for less (more…)

Use your United Airlines miles for free eBooks.

New Use for United Airline Miles: Free eBooks!


Fly away into a good book. /via Shutterstock

Need more options for what to do with expiring airline miles? I already get more magazines than I can read each month, and never have enough for a flight or for “purchasing” items in the mileage stores. So when I got another letter from United saying I had 10,000 miles about to go the way of the buffalo, I was excited to see that I can “spend” my United miles on free eBooks or audio books!

The MileagePlus Digital Media Store recently began offering current, popular titles including Hilary Clinton’s Hard Choices, and the latest from Stephen King, Robert Galbreath (aka JK Rowling), and Malcolm Gladwell. They offer titles from broad categories including fiction, nonfiction, travel, mystery, and children’s/young adult fiction.

Continue reading for details on getting free eBooks with United Airlines miles: (more…)