Creating Christmas Memories without Breaking the Bank

The Christmas tree is up!

The Christmas tree is up!

As much as I love the holiday season, it has become even more special now that I have kids.  But even though we want to make the holidays special for our girls, we still want to meet all of our long-term financial goals too. Here are few things we do to create memories without breaking the bank. [Read more…]

How Much Should You Budget for a Trip to Europe?

eiffelAs most people know, we’re leaving Tuesday for a trip across the pond.  We’re slightly nervous about the long plane ride, but mostly just excited to get the ball rolling.  Recently, I was drafting up our zero-sum budget for November when Greg asked me how much we were budgeting for our trip.  Sadly, I hadn’t even thought much about it.  I’ve been so busy with life and everything else that our vacation budget had become an afterthought somehow.

So we sat down and figured it out.  Here’s what we came up with: [Read more…]

My Frugal Trip to Denver with Credit Card Rewards

denverEarly this morning, I left on the first non-stop flight from Indianapolis to Denver to catch an epic Pearl Jam concert that is set to take place at 7:30 tonight.  Our plane left at 6:50 which means that we had to be at the airport at 4:00 a.m. <Gulp>, which is why I might be slow to reply to comments today.  We arrive in Denver at 8:30 a.m. so I do plan to work for a few hours once we get there.  After that, I suppose we’ll drive around and kill some time until the concert.

Fortunately, the vast majority of this trip was paid for with credit card rewards.  Here’s how it went down. [Read more…]

Alternatives to Manufactured Spending

Trips to Walmart ARE NOT worth it.

Trips to Walmart ARE NOT worth it.

Although I generally only cover topics within the realm of personal finance and frugality, writing about travel is my hands-down favorite thing to do.  And as a writer for Frugal Travel Guy, I know I’m slightly preoccupied with the latest credit card signup bonuses, destinations, and hot deals. [Read more…]

Watch Out for Scams on Expedia.com

expediaI have been a big fan of online booking site Expedia for nearly a decade, and have used it to book thousands of dollars in airfare, hotel stays, rental cars, and more.  I’ve used it so much that I currently have $225 built up in my Expedia Rewards account, which is quite a bit when you consider how long those points take to earn.

Still, I recently encountered an issue with them that infuriates me- bait and switch pricing. [Read more…]

My Upcoming Trips with Credit Card Rewards, Part Two

Me and some random guy in New Orleans.  He told me he felt queasy because he "just ate a sammich."

Me in New Orleans with my….ummmm…..friend…..

Yesterday I wrote about our upcoming trips with credit card rewards, and how we used points and miles to pay for the majority of our travels.  Today I’m simply picking up where I left off.  And that, my friends, will be in one of my favorite places on Earth- New Orleans, Louisiana. [Read more…]