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5 Ways to Save Money on Rental Cars

While frugal air travel tips abound, info on saving money on car rentals is scarce. That’s too bad, as car rental can be the most confusing part of traveling. Online quotes do not include multiple taxes, fees, and surcharges, and the rental agency … [Read more...]

Travel Europe (and Beyond), Cheap

This guest post on frugal European travel is written by my friend Rick, who has been living in Italy for over a year on a shoestring budget. You can read more about his adventures at his blog: Over a Bottle. Photo by dachalan.The falling dollar … [Read more...]

An Expensive Mistake: How I Overslept and Missed My Flight

It’s been quiet around the blog this week because I’ve been traveling. I’m becoming a pretty seasoned business traveler. I rarely check my bags, I know how to get free first class upgrades, and I have no sympathy for you if you don’t have your belt, s … [Read more...]

15 Free Things to do When You’re Trying to Save Money

The following is a guest post by Heather Johnson, a freelance writer and contributor to Credit Card Lowdown. Heather invites your comments and freelancing job opportunities at her email address: heatherjohnson2323@gmail.com. Want to write for Money … [Read more...]

Are You Ready to Buy a Home? An Easy Way to Check

The real estate market is dismal these days, which means bargains-a-plenty for first-time home buyers. Problem is: the real estate market is suffering because so many homeowners took out loans they can’t repay. In turn, mortgage lenders have t … [Read more...]

Five Credit Score Killers and Boosters

Most people know that paying your credit cards late can wreck havoc on your credit score, but there are many other less-known ways to harm (and help) your credit. Here are five things that can damage your credit, and five things that can raise your … [Read more...]

10 Ways to Demonstrate Value to Your Employer

With the economy tightening, even good workers may find themselves on the corporate chopping block. While there’s no way to guarantee your job security during lean years, it might be high time to make sure your boss knows just how valuable you are to … [Read more...]

The Annual Cost of Pet Ownership: Can You Afford a Furry Friend?

My friend Dan has always been an animal lover. He grew up with two dogs and three cats, and he always talked about owning his own pets. When he bought a condo last year, Dan immediately went out and adopted two kittens. The other day, Dan remarked … [Read more...]

Need Help With Your Budget? Try a Weekly Budget

Budgeting is so important, but so hard to develop as a habit. You can faithfully crunch numbers once a month, only to find out you’re consistently spending more than you planned. I know, because it happens to me. That’s why I find breaking your mon … [Read more...]