Should You Drive or Fly To Save The Most Money on a Long Trip?

A long trip can be the best the way to recharge and get away from the routine of everyday life. You could be taking a relaxing vacation or going to see family. You might even get to go somewhere far for a business trip or conference, like Aaron and I did last week.

Now-a-days there are many ways to go about getting to where to you need to go, especially within the United States. One can travel by train, car, plane, and even bike across this country.

When talking about traveling for leisure or business the question often asked is, should you drive or should you fly? Depending on a variety of factors driving or flying or both can save you money or be very costly. Here are some factors in making your car versus plane decision.

Time Commitment

The first thing you should ask yourself is how much time do you have? If you live say in Kansas and want to go visit the Atlantic Ocean, it’s going to take you a good day or two to drive, when you could be there within a few hours if you flew. Do you have time to add four days of travel (there and back) to your itinerary? ...continue reading

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subscriptionsFrom bacon- and stationery-of-the-month clubs to gym memberships and credit monitoring services, automatically renewed subscriptions that may start out as a free trial can easily end up as automatic renewals that bleed your bank account.

You don't notice your money slowly dripping away, and you could be forced to pay overdraft fees if your bank account balance drops to zero. Or you're stuck with charges on a credit card bill that you rarely look at for services you don't use.

The easiest solution is to monitor your bank and credit card statements, and to cancel subscriptions you no longer use. But that habit isn't common among millennials, says David Callis, co-founder and CEO of Hiatus, a new app that cancels auto-renewed subscriptions for free.

"A lot of times people aren't paying much attention to it," Callis said in a phone interview about reviewing credit card bills.

The average consumer wastes more than $500 per year in subscriptions and services they don't want because they forget or don't get around to cancelling, according to Hiatus.

In a survey it did this year, the company found that almost two-thirds of consumers paid for unwanted subscriptions because they didn't cancel the auto-renewal feature. It found that most people forgot about it, but 20 percent said it was too much of a hassle to cancel. ...continue reading

fall foliage

Fall is making a bit of an early appearance this year! The weather is getting cooler with snow even happening in the northern mountain states already. The pumpkin spice is in the air and starting to stack shelves upon shelves upon shelves at the grocery store! Most importantly the leaves have just started to show hints of yellow and orange.

Fall is great time of year to go out and immerse yourself in nature as it puts on its fall coat. The best part is, you don’t really have to travel far to see gorgeous fall foliage. Here are some inexpensive trips you can take in your area to get the best out of what fall has to offer.

Travel to Your Own Backyard

There’s no better place to see nature firsthand, and inexpensively, than your own backyard or neighborhood. If you live in an older part of town or an older community, chances are the trees are gigantic and turn all sorts of colors. Put on your jacket and take a stroll. Fresh, crisp air can do wonders for your health. ...continue reading