Our Frugal Theme Park Getaway

Is it possible to enjoy a frugal theme park getaway? Although prices at theme parks are notoriously high, where there is a will, there's a way.This past weekend, my husband and I took the kids on a frugal theme park getaway to King’s Island – a fun, family park just a few hours from our home. Although it wasn’t our first choice, we had an awesome time.

You see, I initially had this crazy idea to take a frugal trip to Disney World in Orlando. I was even offered two free park tickets if I sat through a 90 minute timeshare presentation. The thing is, I still couldn’t pull the trigger. Why? Because Disney is so freaking expensive! [Read more…]

How to Pay Your Mortgage With a Credit Card

Want to earn more credit card rewards points for free travel? You need to pay your mortgage with a credit card! Check out our complete guide inside!If you’re into earning points and miles, you’ve probably wondered if it’s possible to pay for big ticket items with a credit card. You know, the big stuff – your mortgage, daycare, and car payment. Fortunately, it is possible and there are several ways to get the job done with minimal hassle and expense.

While the process itself is easy, there is a lot of strategy that goes into earning your points and miles. Getting the most out of them takes knowledge and planning. But tread carefully. Playing the credit card rewards game can be dangerous if you don’t do it right. Do you have the cajones (or the vajajay) to make rewards work for you? If you want to know how you can pay your mortgage with a credit card, keep on reading… [Read more…]

Travel Hackers: You Need to Know Your Credit Score

Everybody needs to know their credit score, especially travel hackers. Learn how to keep an eye on your credit score (for FREE) inside.As someone who travels almost exclusively on points and miles, I’ve gotten my fair share of crazy questions about my credit score. People often want to know if a) travel hacking has ruined my credit score, b) opening and closing so many accounts has negatively impacted my score, or c) I just don’t care. [Read more…]

How to Go On Vacation without Losing Your Mind

Want to go on vacation without losing your mind? Trust me, you do. This list of must-do items can help make that happen.It’s 8:00 a.m. as I write this, and I’m running on fumes after getting only 5 hours of sleep. Our flight home from Jamaica was supposed to land in Indianapolis at 11:05 p.m. last night, but it was delayed, so we didn’t get home until almost 1:00 a.m. Grrreeeaaatttt…..

I scrambled to get my kids out the door this morning before turning my attention to the 5 suitcases of dirty laundry and other stuff we brought back home with us. But once I got the first load in, I breathed a sigh of relief. Why? Because the house is clean, my work is mostly caught up, and I left for vacation with my life in order.

People ask me all the time how I go on vacation so often without losing my mind. Because, let’s be honest, travel – especially with kids – can be just as stressful and complicated as it is relaxing and carefree. Not only do you have to plan your trip, but you also have to plan for everything that needs to happen in your life when you’re gone.

How to Go On Vacation without Losing Your Mind

Here are some of the steps I take before vacation that lead to a much smoother transition once we return home: [Read more…]

How to Travel with Kids On a Budget

Family walking on the beachWhen you have young kids, travel can be both inconvenient and expensive. Not only do you have to lug car seats and diaper bags all over the place, but you also have to learn to live with higher travel expenses overall.

Obviously, this should be expected. After all, little bodies take up space on airplanes and often require pricey snacks and their own tickets to attractions.

It almost makes you want to just stay home, doesn’t it? [Read more…]

How We Booked a Jamaican Spring Break for Four On Points

I booked our Spring Break trip for four to Jamaica...and I did it (basically) for free. How did I do it? With credit card rewards, of course. Let me show you how!In just a few weeks, the four of us plan to embark on a week-long all-inclusive vacation to beautiful and sunny Jamaica.  Sounds expensive, doesn’t it?  I mean, four plane tickets are involved, plus six nights at an all-inclusive hotel that will serve me unlimited BBCs for free.

The cool thing is, this trip wasn’t expensive at all, especially when you consider the fact that the retail cost for the vacation we booked is around $3,500.  Here’s how we paid for a spring break for four on points: [Read more…]