Carnival Sensation Review (And a $100 Giveaway)

DSCF3750In mid-August, I took my husband and kids on a mini-trip to the Bahamas on the Carnival Sensation.  I’m not big on ships, the open ocean, tsunamis, or drowning, but I thought “what the heck” and decided to go for it.  What could go wrong? [Read more...]

Things I Hate About Travel

planeAs many of you know, I write about travel and credit cards for a living.  I love traveling to far-flung places, enjoying new cultures, and meeting new people.  This is especially true when I can finance the majority of each trip by utilizing credit card rewards in the form of airline miles, hotel loyalty points, or cash-back.  After all, who doesn’t love free travel? [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...]

Club Thrifty August Budget Breakdown

hire meGood morning, peeps!  Yesterday I wrote about how proud I am to have a kindergartener, and today I’m happy to report that she had a great first day.  In fact, she says that she can’t wait to go back tomorrow.

As a momma bear, I was completely relieved to hear nothing but good news.  I can only hope that her outlook on education stays this bright until she graduates from college.  #doubtful [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...]

My Upcoming Trips with Credit Card Rewards, Part One

My Worst Nightmare....

My Worst Nightmare….

Good morning, party people!  Happy Monday!

I just got done planning out the details of my August budget, and it’s…ummmm…..slightly on the pricey side.  That’s because some of the trips we’ve been planning are coming up this month and, as we all know, travel ain’t cheap.    [Read more...]