Brave the Arizona Heat! 3 Ways to Vacation in Scottsdale for Less This Summer

Brave the Arizona Heat! 3 Ways to Vacation in Scottsdale for Less This Summer

Scottsdale, Arizona is the special place that I call home. Most of the year, the weather is lovely, with winter temperatures rarely dipping below 75 degrees. But the summer is a different story. For three months per year, we deal with extreme heat that often hits more than 120 degrees! While this isn't ideal, it means that the snowbirds, or part-time residents who live in Arizona during the winter, take off for more temperate climates. Once they're gone, the five-star resorts in the area start discounting heavily to attract customers, which means it's prime staycation time for me!

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9 Finger-Licking Freebies for National Chicken Wing Day

9 Finger-Licking Freebies for National Chicken Wing Day

It's the most wonderful time of the year! No it's not Christmas, it's even better: tomorrow, July 29, is National Chicken Wing Day, and that means a lot of your favorite wing joints are serving up free plates of spicy, tangy and piping-hot chicken wings, straight from the basket into your belly.

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7 Ways to Turn Unwanted Wedding Gifts Into Cash

7 Ways to Turn Unwanted Wedding Gifts Into Cash

No matter how carefully you curated your wedding registry, after all is said and done, you probably ended up with a few random, unwanted gifts from distant friends and relatives. 

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Why (and How!) to Fly Etihad Airways, the Swankiest Hotel in the Sky

Why (and How!) to Fly Etihad Airways, the Swankiest Hotel in the Sky

Ah the perks of being a travel writer! On Monday, I was invited to attend the opening of Etihad Airways' newest lounge at Los Angeles International Airport. I've flown in business class with Etihad in the past (on miles, naturally), so I knew it would be a classy affair. I was right. Here's how you can visit this lounge and take one of Etihad's star-quality flights, even if you're on a budget. 

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17 States Where You Can Shop Tax-Free for Back-To-School in 2016

17 States Where You Can Shop Tax-Free for Back-To-School in 2016

If you're lucky enough to live in a state that offers tax holidays for back-to-school shopping, this is your heads up -- the first of those wonderful tax-free weekends begins this Friday, July 29, and your favorite retailers are likely to be wooing you with some of the best back-to-school sales of the season.

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5 Oneworld Hacks to Upgrade Your Travel Experience

5 Oneworld Hacks to Upgrade Your Travel Experience

American Airlines is switching to a revenue-based frequent flyer program on August 1st, 2016, and this means that their miles system is changing. Under the old system, you earned one mile for every mile flown, and elite passengers could collect extra miles based on their status. However, after August 1st, miles earning will be based purely on how much a ticket costs, which means that people who buy a ticket on the cheap will be earning fewer miles than someone who buys the same flight for more money. 

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4 Ways to Explore Norway (Without Going Broke)

4 Ways to Explore Norway (Without Going Broke)

My mom's side of the family hails from Norway, and while I grew up hearing about what a beautiful country it is, I never thought I'd actually get to see it for myself. Surprise, somehow it happened! My husband got a new job, and with it came the opportunity to work from Norway for nine weeks this summer. 

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5 Reasons You Can't Miss the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

5 Reasons You Can't Miss the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

If you're a Nordstrom cardholder, you've probably already been enjoying the fruits of your early access to the Anniversary Sale, or perhaps you've been adding items to your shopping cart in anticipation. The sale officially launched this morning, and we couldn't be more excited. Here are five reasons why and the annual Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is always a recurring event on my calendar, and a breakdown of my top picks for this year. 

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The Frugal Bridesmaid's Guide to Staying Sane

The Frugal Bridesmaid's Guide to Staying Sane

It's the question every frugal woman in her mid-20s secretly dreads. The question that, if answered affirmatively, will likely result in thousands of her hard-earned dollars down the tube, an ugly dress stuffed in the back of her closet, and a potentially strained relationship with one of her best friends. That question? "Will you be a bridesmaid in my wedding?"

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12 Money-Saving Ways to Beat the Summer Heat

12 Money-Saving Ways to Beat the Summer Heat

Summer is in full swing. And thank goodness. Now how are you staying cool through the summer heat?

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