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7 Small Expenses That Can Blow Up Your Vacation Budget

Shaunna Privratsky

Small expenses can creep up on you and sink even the savviest vacation budget. Unless your vacation is "all inclusive," there will be extra expenses you'll need to pay. Here are several things to watch out for and how to outsmart these budget busters.

Cheap Creative Vacation Souvenir Ideas for Kids

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Ideas for making memories for less!

7 Marvelous Ways to Save Money on Summer Vacation

Harrine Freeman

Many Americans spend more money during the summer because there are more temptations to spend money: the weather, the mall, boredom, longer days filled with sunlight, theme parks, vacations, museums and movies. However, you can still have fun by stretching your dollar. Here are seven marvelous ways to save money on summer vacation.

6 Ways Travel Savings Can Cost You More

Kelsey Wymore

You've budgeted and saved for your upcoming vacation and everything is coming together nicely. Not so fast! That great discount you found may be setting you up to break your budget. How can this be the case? Here are six scenarios where you will pay more up front, but save even more once that final total is tallied.

Free Things You Can Get While Traveling

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The Dollar Stretcher readers share tips and tricks on how to receive free things while traveling. These little travel freebies make for a more enjoyable trip!

Video: Avoiding Vacation Debt & Regret

Gary Foreman

Are you about to take a vacation that will make you unhappy? You could be if Donna Skeels Cygan of JoyOfFinancialSecurity.com is right. We'll ask her why on The Dollar Stretcher Interview as well as get some tips on how to take a vacation that will not leave us with the regret of debt.

How Housesitting Can Cut Your Vacation Costs

Mel Bridge

Everyone has vacation dreams: to bask in the sun on a picturesque beach, explore forests, climb mountains, roam the streets of a strange city, taste exotic cuisine, make new friends or simply get a much-needed break amid new surroundings. By taking a house sitting assignment in the place you want to visit, you can save yourself a great deal of money.

Why I Love Budget Travel

April Dykman

I love budget travel. Maybe it's from watching too many episodes of Europe Through the Backdoor and drinking the Rick Steves Kool-Aid, but I wonder if you'll believe me when I tell you that I wouldn't travel any other way.

5 Ways to Get the Best Value for Your Travel Dollar

Kristy Alexander

With the enormous expense of travel, your travel dollars need to go as far as possible. There are a number of ways to keep travel costs low to allow you more trips and longer stays without straining your budget. Here are 6 tips for getting the best value for your traveling dollar.

Surprising Travel Savings

Magnus Hirst

The key to traveling on a budget is researching deals before you go. Heavy hitting comparison websites like Expedia and Orbitz have taken much of the guesswork out of the process of arranging travel for less. Far too often however, consumers are content to run one search and believe they've found the best of what's out there. In many cases, the discounts and deals you know about are just the tip of the iceberg. Here's a whole new arsenal to add to your bag of money-saving tricks.

Get Away on the Cheap: Frugal Overnight Trips

Elaine Snyder

Do you feel frazzled and find yourself daydreaming about vacations on the beach, only to watch the dream dash on the rocks because you remember your bank log entries? You need to get away. But how? Here are some great tips to bringing your dreams to reality.

4 Great Ways to Save on your Next Big Trip


Sometimes the secret to a travel bargain isn't who you know, but what you know. Here are four insider strategies from travel pros to save money the next time you need to get away.

10 Secrets for Cheap Travel from a World-Record Traveler


See the world and save with a frugal adventurer who visited every country on Earth. Here are his 10 best tips for world travel on the cheap.

5 Tips for a Budget-Friendly Vacation


Vacations can be costly. To help take the hassle out of trip planning, we're making it easy with tried-and-true tips and tricks for enjoying a budget-friendly vacation.

3 Shoulder-Season Travel Tips


The shoulder season is one of the best times of the year for a frugal traveler. The falling demand for hotels, museums, amusement parks and other tourist attractions often results in lower prices.

6 Tips for a Fabulously Free Vacation


Savvy travelers know that if you play your cards right, you can get nearly every vacation expense, from transportation to lodging and food, without shelling out a single penny. Follow these tips for finding free vacation travel perks.

Off-Season Travel Can Mean Big Savings


By traveling to popular places when most people don't, you can save on airfare, hotels and meals.

Could you earn $50 while junior naps? Here's 5 possible extra money sources to put your naptime plans in motion.

Travel for Less

Guylaine Spencer

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