Cheap Travel Fixes for Winter Doldrums

Groundhog Day has come and gone. Winter’s still here. You’re paying holiday bills. Here are a few inexpensive ideas to keep you going until spring. Host a travel movie night The best way to save money is to stay home. How do you indulge your wanderlust from your living room? Rent a movie that transports you somewhere else. Invite a few friends and enjoy dinner and wine inspired by the movie’s locale. Here are some of my favorites. Research your …

Top Summer Travel Scams

As you look forward to a summer getaway, watch out for these common scams: Tricky tickets: Received a letter promising free or steeply discounted airline or cruise tickets? Read the small print – and between the lines – for words such as “eligible” and “guaranteed to win.” These mailers are often sent by vacation clubs as a lure to attend a high-pressure sales presentation where you’re promised huge travel discounts. The hook: You join by paying upfront fees that could approach five figures …

Black Friday Trends and Tips

Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving and the traditional start of the holiday shopping season, seems to be starting earlier every year. First we saw stores opening to hordes of shoppers at 4 a.m. Friday, then at 3 a.m., a few years back. Now some big-box retailers aren’t even waiting that long. They’re opening their doors on Thanksgiving Day this year, hoping families will eat and run to the nearest mall. >> Sign up for the AARP Money newsletter So what …

5 Tips to Curb Holiday Travel Costs

Holiday travel these days is a Santa-sized hassle and it can be a real budget buster as well. To curb your travel expenses, consider these tips: Leave your wheels parked at home. Since most rental cars nowadays come with competitive rates and unlimited free miles, it may pay to rent a car — and prolong the life expectancy of your own wheels. You might also be able to save on gas costs by renting a more fuel efficient car than …

Tax Day Freebies, Deals Near You

If you hate Tax Day, here’s something to make it a little easier to swallow: free food.  A variety of retailers and chains are easing the pain on Tuesday, April 17 — this year’s Tax Day — by offering freebies and discounts at shops around the nation. Some of the deals you can find on April 17 include: Free curly fries with a coupon at Arby’s. A free scoop of yogurt from 4-7 p.m. at Maggie Moo’s.   A free coffee sample (enough to brew a …

Garage Sale Tips and Yard Sale Finds: Take Our Week 2 Challenge

Best time for Finds Out of all the seasons, Spring time is prime time for shopping at thrift stores, along with garage and yard sales.  With spring cleaning on everybody’s to-do list, this is the time of year when people sort through their unwanted items and either donate them to thrift stores or try to make a few extra bucks by selling them at a yard or garage sale. Fun Factor with Surprise Element Not only can you save a …