We are doing a big clean out of our home. We are selling lots of items. Our go to website is www.CraigsList.org and we have had some success. A friend suggested using Facebook Marketplace, so we tried this. Not so much luck here – a lot of interest, but no actual sales. What website / app have you used that works for you?
Last week we were looking at a destination that we have wanted to travel to. This is how we got the best deal for us.
First we started at the cruise line’s website to come up with the cruise information. If you are first time cruiser, I wouldn’t suggest your try this. We determined the specific cruise / itinerary we wanted. Next, we look at sailing dates – which ones worked with our schedule and had the lowest pricing. Now, we have a base price.
We checked with our airline’s cruise vacation planner. Yes, they offered the cruise. But, they had a processing fee and were a little more than booking with the cruise line directly. We had an email that was saying they were having a great sale, so we called them. There price was higher than the cruise website.
Next, we set up a post to get bids on this specific cruise – cruise line, itinerary, sailing date, cabin category and waited. Several offers came in. We contacted one. They were able to match the cruise website price to the penny and offered us an on-board credit of $250.
In our experience, pricing is very similar among many options. The perks are what is different and they can be a great reason to use one vacation planner versus another.
How do you plan your cruise vacation?
Summer is coming and that makes me think of vacations. You might be saying, here they go again! You may be right, but not yet. There are a couple planned for later this year.
• Noodles / Rafts / Tubes / Snorkel Gear
• Soft-sided cooler – we have one that the freeze pack is a part of the cooler
(one less thing to carry along)
• Entertainment – playing cards, games, etc.
When we travel to a destination, we try to reserve a unit with a kitchen or at least a fridge. This saves us so much money by being able to make and bring our own meals. You might be thinking cooking on vacation – ugh! This can be as simple as having breakfast, beverages and snacks from a grocery store versus paying restaurant or resort prices. Picking up a bottle of water at the store is much more cost effective than buying a bottle at pool side.
Here’s an example of what we do. We bring as much as possible, especially things you won’t finish, like steel wool, paper plates, herbs and more. Next, we place an online order (if that is possible) from the grocery store before we leave. Then we either pick up the order at the store or have it delivered to where we are staying. Having some or most of your meals at grocery store prices saves money. Yes, we still do go out for some meals – just not all.
Remember that you typically cannot bring meat, fruit or vegetables out of the US and into another country. Usually, you can bring sealed items in their original packaging. Here’s one of our suitcases.
If you want a copy of my food packing list, email firstname.lastname@example.org and I will share it with you.
We have been dealing with this at our home. We have inherited our parents stuff. We cleaned out the stuff, but now we are on a mission to clean out the personal items – family photos, slides & movies, stuff that may be worth money. Do we really need all this stuff?
If money and time weren’t an issue, where you you travel to?
Spring is a great time of year! One of my favorites, as the weather turns warmer and the days are longer. For us, it means more time outside and that can be from getting my garden planted and the thrill of fresh vegetables right in my backyard, to having meals outside; either just us or with friends and family. We can open the windows to air out the winter stale indoor air and sleep comfortably with the windows open all night. It means exploring the outdoors, maybe taking a walk in a new neighborhood or park, picnics and movies in the park.
With spring comes weddings and graduations – new beginnings. This can be true for all of us, even if we don’t have a milestone event coming up.
Traditionally, spring makes me think of spring cleaning and tackling the heavier cleaning throughout the house. We can do the same for our finances. For the graduate, you can start them off with the gift of good finances – being able to start to plan their money and finance proactively and make planned purchases versus impulse buying. A great way to start would be the gift of my book, Cash Credit and Your Finances: The Teen Years.
For those who want to get your own finances back on track, 111 Ways to Save or Thrive In Five: Take Charge of Your Finances in 5 Minutes a Day will give you the push you need to get your finances in order.
You can order my books through my website or by order form. If you use the order form, you have the option of me personalizing the book. Just print the order form, fill out the recipient information section, and mail it to the address on the form or fax it to 203-504-7995. For the month of June 2017, we are also offering free shipping on all book sales that are ordered with the order form via mail or fax.
We always recheck the pricing on hotels, cruises, rental cars and more. Just last week, we found our hotel room was $60 less per night. Made a new reservation and cancelled the original. Make sure to check your reservations to save more money.
I always use travel pill cases when I travel – but not for pills. This time I used it to take my earrings, necklaces and other jewelry. All stays organized and it’s easy to carry or pack. For more tips, follow my blog at www.JillRussoFoster.com.
This is a great article about recent grads and tips for getting their first time job. Read more