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Let’s face it. You’re tired, the kind of bone-weary that makes every day a struggle. The recession has added to your plate immeasurably—every day is full of worry, double shifts or extra jobs, balancing work and family, and trying to make impossible budgetary magic happen. Vacations and other “luxuries” are often the very first things to go.
Not so fast. Taking a much-needed break from life’s stress can have physical and psychological benefits. According to Psychology Today, worrying all the time can inhibit immune system functions, which means you’re sick more often. You probably aren’t sleeping well and are eating worse, making you more prone to mood changes and clumsiness. Chronic stress can even cause cellular damage. Vacations, however, break the vicious day-to-day cycle of stress—you get a bit more sleep, eat better, laugh with family members and benefit mentally from a change of scenery.
How do you make it work? After a few months of saving, you can have a vacation budget of $1500 for two—the kiddos will have to stay home.
Let’s say you started saving today for a 4-day getaway (Thursday through Sunday) in mid-November. You can fly, drive or otherwise with a budget of $500; for flights try newer discount sites like hipmunk.com, which not only compares airlines, but also shows the cheapest prices over a 90-day period.
If you’re looking for a vacation that’s full of free activities and beautiful photo ops, Washington, D.C. is a fantastic vacation choice.
Lodging: You can stay in the heart of Downtown D.C., for about $400, breakfast included. Look for online deals at large hotels and consider the hotel’s proximity to the Metro when booking.
Transportation: The DC Metro is your best bet. Purchase a SmarTrip card before you go and preload it; you can reload it at any Metro station.
While you won’t be able to full NY experience in a long weekend, you can surely have some bucket-list-worthy experiences.
Lodging: Since you’ll be spending most of your time exploring the city rather than relaxing in your room, budget-friendly accommodations in NYC focus on providing the basics—beds, baths, and luggage space. You should plan to spend at least $600, including a free breakfast.
Transportation: For $30, you can purchase an unlimited ride 7-day MetroCard, which allows unlimited rides on subways or city buses until midnight. If you’re out past midnight, you’ll want to budget for a cab.
A stunning stop on California’s Pacific Coast Highway, Monterey offers year-round whale watching, hiking, and historical sight seeing.
Lodging: Plan to spend about $500 on a three-night stay in Monterey, including free breakfast.
Transportation: You’re going to need a car for this trip, so if you don’t live too far away, it might be a worthwhile drive. If not, you rent a car at the Monterey Airport, with unlimited mileage, for about $175.
Budget Friendly Activities:
One of the biggest bangs for your buck, especially in the off-season, is a 3- or 4-day cruise, normally to the Bahamas or Mexico. A 4-day cruise during the off-season (and on sale) will cost about $600, for an interior room on a lower deck.
What’s Included: Your cruise package includes:
Your cruise does NOT include:
Start planning now! With a little time and research you can plan your own ideal vacation. …and now it’s time for my vacation.
Maxime Rieman is a writer for NerdWallet, a financial literacy site that helps consumers with financial concerns ranging from pet insurance cost to budgeting for that much needed vacation
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I recently wrote a post about Walgreens pharmacy and briefly mentioned the Prescription Savings Club. I have done a little more research and wanted to share a bit more with you about it.
We recently had a major change in our insurance and prescriptions are no longer covered. I have a child that takes an ADHD medication that is a couple of hundred dollars a month. I take Imitrex (which also isn’t cheap). A third child takes Singulair chewable tablets. I am very interested in the Prescription Savings Club at Walgreens because I really need to find a way to cut prescription costs in today’s tight economy.
The more I investigate the more I like it. You get these benefits:
Membership fee is only $35 a year per family (and includes pets) and $20 for individuals. Membership in the Walgreens Prescription Savings Club is also risk-free. f you don’t save at least that on your prescriptions, then they will refund your membership fees. I mean, after all, this club is about saving money, right?