Billeater: Save Money on Vacation Meals with Dining Discounts

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Have you ever thought about how you prioritize vacation expenses? Do you spend hour after hour searching for the cheapest airfare? Do you choose the early-morning flight and leave long before you’re usually awake because it’s $20 less than the mid-morning flight? Do you shove everything into carry-on bags to save on checked baggage fees?

Many of us can answer yes to all of the above; however, as soon as we arrive at our destinations, we make a beeline to the nearest restaurant. “I’ve earned this expense,” we say–and it’s true. Vacations are so rare that we need a chance to relax and not worry about money. Sure, our eyes may widen for half a second when the bill comes, but hey, we saved $30 on the luggage fee. This food is worth the extra bucks!

However, when you buy meal after expensive meal, the expenditures add up quickly, and suddenly you’re hundreds of dollars over your vacation budget.

Alternate Uses for Unwanted Beauty Products

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We’ve all bought something that we think we’re going to love, but just ends up in the back of our makeup drawers or in the trash. If you’re a beauty junkie, you’re probably always buying, re-arranging, and tossing out products. One way to stretch out your beauty budget is to make the things you buy go a long way.

Here are some alternative uses for your old or unwanted beauty products:

Cook Fast, Live Young: Money Saving Do it Yourself Kitchen Tricks

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At the grocery store, we often pay extra for convenience when it may be just as easy to do it for ourselves at home. Here are just a few simple cost-saving projects to consider before heading out to the store.

Macy’s Fitting Rooms and Other Controversial Store Policies

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Macy’s has admitted that they purposely install fitting room doors upside-down so that the slats face downward to allow employees to more easily see into the fitting rooms. Macy’s employs this policy, the purpose of which is to cut down on theft, in every U.S. state where it’s legal. The news has stirred up controversy about the Macy’s rights to survey their merchandise vs. customers’ rights to–you know–undress without strangers watching them.

Mrs. Money: Eco-friendly and Frugal Pet Care

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Caring for pets can be an added expense many families can’t handle.  We have two Labrador retrievers and sometimes when I think about how much money they cost us it depresses me.  Then I realize how much joy they bring into our lives, and I realize for us the cost is worth it.  We do try to make our pet owning expenses as small and as eco-friendly as possible. 

Here are some things we do to help reduce their environmental impact and keep our pet budget under control:

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