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About Kayla

Kayla is a mid-20s single girl living in the Midwest, USA. She is focused on paying off her consumer and student loans, while simplifying her life and closet. You can join her on her journey at ShoeaholicNoMore or follow her on Twitter.

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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

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

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6159071052_d160e791e4_zAmericans today are working harder than ever before. The thriving economy and the strong dollar are evidence that productivity is up. Despite their hard work, however, Americans haven’t seen a pay raise in the last 40 years, according to a study conducted by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI).

While the results of the EPI report can seem depressing to any hardworking individual, many people are coping with the pay gap by searching for better-paying jobs. Despite the lowest unemployment and inflation levels since 2007, not enough jobs are being created and job creation is expected to slow down in the near future.

All hope is not lost if you’re stuck in an underpaid position because there is a lot you can do to stretch your hard-earned dollars. Doing more with what you already have will mean that you don’t have to spend every day of your life working, simply to keep your head above water. While it seems like everything costs money, there are many ways to enhance your life without having to shell out piles of cash. There are a multitude of free services available, ranging from free investment advice to free medicine. Taking advantage of these services will help you make big savings in the long term.

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