Thanks to everyone for stopping by while we’re vacationing in Mexico! We’re having an awesome time! In case you’re wondering, we’re in the Playa del Carmen area at an all-inclusive resort, the Viva Wyndham Maya. Here is the view from our rooms: [Read more...]
Earlier this week, I wrote about how I made $883 in cash money this weekend. As I mentioned in that post, $275 was scored solely from signing up for some bangin’ Chase banking deals. Basically, they gave me some free money just for signing up. On top of that, I let everyone know that I made an amazing $508 at my garage sale. In the comments, a lot of you asked how I managed to pull in that much cash. And to be honest, I’m not really sure. I really didn’t think that I had that much stuff! However, the numbers sure don’t lie and I actually did make $508 over the course of my 1 1/2 day sale. In case you’re interested, here is a basic rundown of the stuff that I sold: [Read more...]
We talk a lot about vacation here at Club Thrifty for one simple reason: we love going on vacation! It is our very favorite thing to do, and we look forward to our trips all year long. We truly enjoy deciding where to go and doing all of the planning that is involved. Actually, I’ll take that back. *I* love the planning. Greg is pretty laid back and happy to be going anywhere, but I really do enjoy planning out every aspect of our travels. Planning is half of the fun in my opinion, and I love researching travel options almost as much as I enjoy going on the vacation itself.
What is your favorite type of vacation? Here are the options that we usually consider: [Read more...]
Obviously, everyone knows that we went on vacation earlier this month. We’ve talked about it nonstop and even wrote a review of the hotel we stayed in. In case you forgot, we did our first “all-inclusive vacation” at the Majestic Colonial Resort in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. Blah, blah, blah. We know you’re all sick of hearing about it. However, we wanted to share a few of the cooler stories from our trip. [Read more...]
The following is a guest post by Angie Picardo from NerdWallet. If you are interested in guest posting at Club Thrifty, please see our guest posting guidelines.
There is so much information online today for researching travel destinations that it’s not too difficult for you to make excellent vacation choices on a budget. The places you can go — without breaking the bank — may surprise you.
But where do you start? First, how you search makes a big difference, and looking at the climate and atmosphere of a place is a good way to start your research. For example, YouTube has many videos made by travelers so you can get an idea of what it is like to visit many places.
Next, really do your research — there are some great travel deals out there. A good travel tip for those looking for bargains on airfare is setting an alert for the lowest fares using sites like Kayak and Air Watch Dog. You can also search for air fares using Google Flight, which offers a basic search function covering many airlines for fare comparisons. Tuesday afternoons have been pinpointed by some studies as the best day to buy cheap airline tickets because it is the day of the week when the most seats are available. Traveling on a Wednesday or Saturday can also be cheaper. Flexibility with days and times also can reduce fares. For example, early morning and late night flights are often better deals, and traveling on flights with stopovers or plane changes can reduce costs too, though they are less convenient. In addition, shopping for deals far in advance and looking for discounted hotel and flight packages can help also. Of course, traveling lightly is cheaper, because some airlines try to gouge passengers that carry extra or overweight bags.
Fun Fact: For international flights you could try flying as a courier for a package that requires a human attendant. These discounted, or even free flights, are generally available only for one person though. There are courier agencies to sign up with and you can try contact airlines directly. In addition, there are many volunteer programs that allow you to travel for little to no money.
Yay! We are back from the beautiful Emerald Coast of Florida! We had a great trip, made some wonderful memories, and we are already planning our next trip back to the Gulf Coast Region. But the burning question that most of you frugal fellows (and females) are here to read about is this: did we stick to our vacation budget? [Read more...]