Savings Talk: 4 Ways to Save for Vacations From Budget Travel

Planning a winter vacation? The time to start saving is now — in fact, you may even want to start stowing away funds for next summer’s big getaway. So what are the smartest, most effective ways to build your travel finance arsenal? Budget Travel deputy editor, Robert Firpo-Cappiello, gives us these tips: 1. Figure out […]


U.S. Retirement Destinations With Lower Taxes

Are you looking to relocate during retirement? If so, keep in mind that certain destinations have tax benefits that will help your retirement savings go further. Looking at the best places to retire in 2012, Yahoo Finance noted the importance of considering local taxes. Nine states have no state income tax: Alaska, Florida, Nevada, New […]


How to Recover From Your Vacation

There’s not much to love about returning home from a great vacation, aside from reuniting with the family pet. If you find you have a hard time getting back into the swing of things after time away, take a look at some tips we found that could help you out. Build in an Extra Day […]


How to Cut Mobile Phone Costs When Traveling Abroad

Mobile phones have become an essential part of our daily lives. But when you’re traveling abroad, especially overseas, it can be tricky to stay connected without racking up a huge bill. Whether you’re looking to keep on top of your work email, or you just want to use Facebook to keep friends updated on your […]


How Going On Vacation Can Help Your Bottom Line

It’s a sad reality that many of us forgo vacations to work more. The average American uses only 12 of their 14 earned vacation days, according to, and 25 percent of us go an entire year without taking a single paid vacation day. But not taking time off may actually hurt your bottom line. […]


Going to the Olympics: How to Make it Affordable

Nobody hands out gold medals for achievements in saving money, unfortunately. But you can save money if you’re traveling to London to watch U.S. athletes compete for gold at the 2012 Summer Games. For the fan who’s looking to travel to London without spending a ton of money, The Frugal Toad has compiled a list […]


3 Travel Ordeals: How to Recover

When you’re traveling, you may hope to find adventure. But be careful what you wish for: Sometimes your adventure can involve the loss of passports, credit cards or money. Or you might find yourself in need of medical attention. Whatever the case, you should prep a game plan to deal with such travel trials and […]


Ally Asks: What Are You Doing for Memorial Day?

Tired of spending money on mittens, hot beverages and rock salt? Well, the time has come to open up your wallets for bathing suits, rocky road ice cream and suntan lotion. This coming weekend marks the unofficial start to summer, Memorial Day. And while many businesses will take a holiday, your wallet may be working […]


Ally Asks: What Are Your Summer Vacation Plans?

Everybody loves a good vacation. Time off doesn’t just improve your health and overall well-being, but it’s also good for the economy. Spending by domestic and international travelers in the U.S. averaged $24,000 per second in 2010, according to a report from the U.S. Travel Association. We’ve talked a bit about traveling recently on the […]


What You Should Know About Spending Abroad

When it comes to spending money abroad, ignorance can be bliss. Unfortunately, it can also be expensive. That’s why you should be up on how much your trip will actually cost you, when it comes to financial fees and exchange rates. As you budget your overseas vacation, keep the following in mind: The exchange rate: […]

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