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...]

How to Save on Holiday Travel with Choice Hotels

holiday travelThe holidays are coming up, and you know what that means.  It means it’s time to pack your car full of kids and gifts and drive all over the country in an effort to meet everyone’s holiday expectations.  The problem?  Holiday travel can get expensive.

Fortunately, Choice Hotels is offering up some hot deals for this year’s holiday travel season.  Let me explain… [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...]

Club Thrifty October Budget Breakdown and Blog Updates

Take...me...to....Anguilla

Take…me…to….Anguilla

I just realized something- I completely forgot to spell out my budget details last month.  I know, I know….I totally dropped the ball.  But I’m going to make up for it somehow!  Pinky swear.

Fortunately, last month was pretty boring when it came to budgeting and spending.  I mostly just paid the mortgage and bought groceries, and paid for a bunch of other boring Midwestern housewife stuff.  The only expense that was out of the ordinary was the $400 I spent at FinCon.  And, as I told you last week, that was totally worth it! [Read more...]

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...]