4 tips for a budget-friendly, “plan b” getaway

Jessica Sommerfield •
MoneyNing
RV camper stands on side of road on background of huge mountain. Friends travel to motorhome on mountain road. Travelers rest on sidelines and enjoy mountain view

As our anniversary date approached this year, my husband and I started discussing ways to celebrate. Our initial idea would cost several hundred dollars before even getting to what we’d likely spend on meals, souvenirs, and miscellaneous expenses. Although we had some savings set aside, we decided we didn’t feel comfortable spending that much on

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Remaining frugal as your income grows

Trent Hamm •
The Simple Dollar
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Like many people, I spent my college years being extremely frugal. I did all kinds of things in college to save money. I ate absurd amounts of ramen noodles, as it was an extremely cheap form of calories. I lived in a tiny apartment with as many as seven other people to get rent well

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Your budget is no place for wishful thinking

Trent Hamm •
The Simple Dollar
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Budgets are often presented as being some kind of magical tool that people can use that will transform their day-to-day life from an ongoing slow-motion financial disaster into a debt eliminating and wealth building machine. Quite often, personal finance books and websites buy into this picture, too. They immediately suggest creating a budget for your

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9 ways to earn extra cash this summer

the editors of Kiplinger's Personal Finance •
Kiplinger

Maybe you’re a teacher, with a couple months of downtime before the new school year in the fall. Or a student, hoping to pocket some summer spending money or get a jump-start on your retirement savings. Or, heck, just a hard-working 9-to-5er trying to fund an overdue beach trip or looming holiday gifts. You want

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5 ways your camping budget can go up in flames

Holly Johnson •
The Simple Dollar

Camping, in its rawest form, is one of the most frugal vacation options in the world. All you really need is a tent (or some other shelter), something to sleep in or on, basic supplies for cooking and eating, and the means to start and maintain a fire. Beyond those essential furnishings and skills, everything

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