Would you book your next vacation with Sears?

We are all familiar with Sears for its home appliances and goods. But did you know vacations are now in store, too? Well, maybe not literally “in store,” but the retailer did launch SearsVacations.com last week. Sears’ new online service provides vacation and travel packages, including adjustable flight-hotel-car rentals combinations, resorts and cruise search. This move from Sears certainly caught us by surprise, and we … Continue reading Would you book your next vacation with Sears?

Save on Traveling: What to Pack to Avoid Airline Fees

Nowadays, traveling is getting more and more expensive – especially when you’re flying. More than ticket booking, airline fees have become the main frustration for passengers. As airlines seem to invent more impossible hidden fees every year, you can still save on your travels by knowing the specific fees by airlines, comparing rates and packing smart. Here are a few great sites to help: Kayak’s … Continue reading Save on Traveling: What to Pack to Avoid Airline Fees

Thinking of Making a Medium-to-Large Purchase? Consider the Hidden Costs First

Before making a big purchase, consider the hidden fees with each. You may think you have enough money to afford the monthly bills, however there are often times many “hidden” costs we forget about.

  • Owning a home – utilities, furniture and ongoing maintenance are hidden costs many forget to consider. You may have enough to make your monthly payments on your home but what about having furniture? Will you buy the furniture all at once or will you tack this on to your monthly payment? Make sure you have a plan before making as large as a purchase as a new home. Other hidden fees to consider: moving expenses, homeowners association fees, landscape upkeep, closing costs, appraisal fees, home inspection, and pest control – just to name a few.
  • Buying a vehicle – this is one of the largest and most common purchases with hidden costs, besides buying a home. Before you decide you have enough to make your monthly car note, don’t forget insurance and other fees – this may seem obvious but some of us do forget! These include: gas (which depending on the type of vehicle, can be up to 50 or 60 dollars a tank and may require filling up weekly), maintenance (oil changes, tires, windshield wipers), batteries and required inspection stickers every year. Inspection stickers average about $15-$20 and oil changes cost about $40 every three months. Continue reading “Thinking of Making a Medium-to-Large Purchase? Consider the Hidden Costs First”