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2020 Booking.com Review – The Top Travel Site For Flights And Hotels?

With a top flight search engine & exclusive discounts for its top customers, Booking.com just might be the world's #1 travel site.

This post contains affiliate links, see disclosure at the bottom of this page or access our full disclosure here. I’m often asked how our family saves so much money on travel, and Booking.com is definitely one of the tools that we use to make it happen. Related Post: $800 Road Trip for Our Family of 5 Because it’s tough to describe all …

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The Many Advantages Of Tent Trailer Camping

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This post contains affiliate links, see disclosure at the bottom of this page or access our full disclosure here. With many campgrounds across Canada and the US beginning to re-open after being closed due to COVID-19 much of the spring, I thought it was the perfect time to republish this very popular post from the blog. Enjoy!  Hey everyone! We opened …

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Here’s One Less Excuse for Buying a New Car

Much to the chagrin, I’m sure, of a segment of my audience, I’ve written a lot of blog posts about cars. There are probably two reasons for this. Number one? I love cars. I’m a car guy, though not in the way most people think of when they refer to someone as a ‘car guy’. My mechanical skills are limited …

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What We Spent On Our Bermuda Vacation

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This post contains affiliate links. Please see our full disclosure below. We just returned from our ‘end of winter/early spring’ vacation to visit our family in Bermuda, so I thought I’d put together a short post on the money aspect of our trip. This is a personal finance blog, after all. 🙂 In a few weeks, I’ll write a more …

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Super Frugal Road Trip Recap

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We are a family that loves to road trip.  In fact, over the past 18 years my wife and I, along with our three kids, have logged more than 65,000 miles on over 20 road trips. During this time, we’ve learned how to create some pretty memorable vacations with our kids.  We’ve also figured out how to make them extremely …

5 Money Saving Tips For Your Next Family Road Trip

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This post may contain affiliate links.  See our disclosure below.  Today is Day 14 of our family’s annual Super Frugal Road Trip.  With 4 days remaining, and almost 2000 miles left to travel, it remains to be seen whether or not we’ll come in under our spending goal of less than $1000 for the entire 18-day vacation. The odds are …

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AN ASS-BACKWARDS APPROACH TO ROAD TRIP PLANNING

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This post contains affiliate links, see full disclosure at the bottom of the page. It’s mid-April, and planning for the 3rd Annual ‘Super Frugal Road Trip’ has begun in earnest. In actuality, it’s closer to our family’s 15th road trip of a frugal nature, but they received a fancy title when I started blogging about them two summers ago. ROAD TRIP PLANNING …

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THOUGHTS ON GEOARBITRAGE

Around this time last year, I read this article about a young couple who decided to cash out of the bubble that is the Toronto housing market.  They sold the small house they had purchased for $300,000 seven years earlier, for over $1MM, and moved 250 miles up the highway to Ottawa.  I’m not sure how the story turned out, …

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OUR SUPER FRUGAL ROAD TRIP – PART 3

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POST UPDATE:  AUG 27/2017. – In re-reading over this post tonight, I noticed that I made a glaring error in calculating our trip expenses.  It’s actually in my favour, meaning that we spent even LESS than I reported in the post below.  For anyone who is interested, the theme park tickets and parking, listed at a combined $247, were reported …

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OUR SUPER FRUGAL ROAD TRIP – PART 2

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This post contains affiliate links, see full disclosure below. Hey freedom fighters! We’re officially past the halfway point of the Mystery Money super frugal road trip, which makes for an opportune time to check in with an update. In case you missed my last post, our family left home on July 21st. During our trip, we’re staying in hotels and with family, covering over …