Airline profits are up, their prices are up, their fees are up. And that can get a traveler down. Here's how to fight back.
This post comes from Jason Steele at partner site Money Talks News.
High oil prices and a tough economy mean that airlines are under increased pressure to squeeze every dollar out of their customers -- and it's working, according to Reuters. "Airlines are seen mostly profitable for the second quarter," the news service reported recently.
Fortunately, you can fight back with some clever tricks that are proven to get more from your vacation dollar:
We still overdraw our bank account several times a year. But it's no longer a sign of our financial failure.
This guest post comes from Lindy at Minting Nickels.
If there's one event in a person's life to trigger a financial wakeup call, that event is often the overdrawn bank account.
We've all been there.
When the checker at the grocery store gives you that look and tells you your debit card was declined.
When you make that walk of shame up to the bank teller to pay your mortgage, since the check you'd sent bounced.
It's definitely not cheap to love your team, especially if you want to flaunt your devotion.
This post comes from Lynn Mucken at MSN Money.
Pro football has been saved. Has the average NFL fan saved enough money to enjoy it?
The National Football League's owners and players have been bickering over a few billion dollars for some time and reportedly are just a few hours away from returning to the field after a months-long lockout.
But where are those billions coming from? The paying public, of course. Love affairs do not come cheap. Here's a quick rundown on the true price of being a real fan:
Credit card users will no longer be able to rack up frequent-flier miles by buying $1 coins from the government.
This guest post comes from Paula Pant at AffordAnything.org.
Two weeks ago, NPR's Planet Money ran a story about rewards enthusiasts buying $1 coins from the U.S. Mint with their credit cards in order to collect frequent-flier miles.
Within a day, the story was a top trending topic on Alexa.com. The following day, I wrote a post explaining the U.S. Mint loophole on my blog. It ran as a guest post here at Smart Spending, where it was shared 2,377 times and sparked nearly 100 comments.
Exactly one week later, the U.S. Mint announced it is ending credit card payments for its $1 coin program. Here's a statement the U.S. Mint posted on its website:
A total of 17 states have scheduled sales-tax-free shopping days for back-to-school and other items.
This post comes from Ashlea Ebeling at partner site Forbes.
It's back-to-school shopping season, and 17 states this year are offering sales-tax-free shopping days. The trick to saving a few dollars in sales tax is to time your trip to the mall right and put those impulse buys back on the rack.
Mississippi kicks off the season July 29, with 10 states following during the first weekend in August.
Because of political wrangling on Capitol Hill, the FAA is now partly shut down and unable to collect federal taxes on tickets. Booking now could save you at least 10% at several airlines.
This post comes from Stacy Johnson at partner site Money Talks News.
If there's air travel in your future, now might be the time to book your flight.
That's because as of midnight Friday, the Federal Aviation Administration has no authority to collect the nearly $200 million it takes in each week by taxing airline tickets.
Because of a variety of factors, prices are high now.
This post comes from J.D. Roth at partner blog Get Rich Slowly.
Because new cars tend to lose value rapidly, the conventional wisdom is that it usually makes more sense to buy a used vehicle instead of a new one. But is this rule of thumb always true? Has it changed in the past few years?
That's what Lily wants to know. She writes:
Want to wean yourself off convenience foods and treats? Try this new approach to a shopping list.
I mentioned a few old chestnuts, such as not shopping while hungry, creating menus based on the best deals of the week, and making a list of only the ingredients you need to cook those meals.
Then I suggested a different way to write the list:
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