How to Spend a Weekend in Chicago for Almost Nothing

How to Spend a Weekend in Chicago for Almost Nothing

Chicago is my kind of town. It has a huge lakefront with beaches and parks, and it’s home to one of the most prestigious art museums in the country. Despite all this, it doesn't have to cost a fortune to visit, and maybe that's why it draws more than 40 million tourists ever year. I’ve written before about how I cut the cost of my vacation to Los Angeles in half, but you can cover even more of your trip if you know how to book it. Here’s how to visit Chicago for almost nothing.

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How to Use Points and Miles: A Beginner's Guide

How to Use Points and Miles: A Beginner's Guide

You could say I'm a seasoned traveler. Every year, I fly more than 150,000 miles around the world, often riding business class and staying in luxury hotels. You might assume I'm rich, but you'd be wrong. I just know how to earn and redeem the points and miles offered by airlines, hotels, and credit card issuers. The truth is that collecting and spending these points and miles is not that hard – anyone can do it. Yes, even you!

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How Retailers Use 'Dynamic Pricing' to Get You to Pay More

How Retailers Use 'Dynamic Pricing' to Get You to Pay More

Shopping online is convenient, easy and fun. But as with all good things, there's dark side to the world of online commerce. Whether you know it or not, your favorite sites are probably using pricing algorithms that change the cost of an item based on things like your browser history and your location.

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Why You Don't Actually Want a Tax Refund (Even if You Think You Do)

Why You Don't Actually Want a Tax Refund (Even if You Think You Do)

Tax day: a time that strikes both fear and hope in the hearts of so many. Most people pray for a refund, but is that actually something you should want? While it can feel nice to get a big chunk of change in the mail, consistently getting a refund year after year can actually hurt your finances. 

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5 Ways to Stop Wasting Food and Save Money

5 Ways to Stop Wasting Food and Save Money

According to the National Resources Defense Council, 40 percent of food produced in the U.S. goes uneaten, and ends up rotting away in landfills across the country. While much of this is food waste is due to poor farming and grocery story practices, consumer waste is still a major issue.

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How to Use Marriott Rewards: A Complete Guide

How to Use Marriott Rewards: A Complete Guide

Marriott is one of the oldest and most expansive travel brands in the world, with 5,700 properties around the globe. Their loyalty program, Marriott Rewards, can be used to redeem free nights at any of these hotels, and because of the recent Starwood-Marriott merger, Marriott Rewards now extend to Starwood hotels as well!

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JCPenney is Closing 138 Stores, is Yours on the List?

JCPenney is Closing 138 Stores, is Yours on the List?

Following at the heels of fellow retailers like Macy's, Walmart and Sears, which all recently closed hundreds of brick-and-mortar locations across the country, JCPenney announced it will be closing 138 stores this summer. 

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14 Things Every Budget Traveler Should ALWAYS Have in Their Carry-On

14 Things Every Budget Traveler Should ALWAYS Have in Their Carry-On

Whether you're a frequent business traveler or an occasional global explorer, you can save time, money, space, and extra baggage fees by investing in the right products to take with you.

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What Should I Do With My Tax Refund? Paying Debt vs. Starting an Emergency Fund.

What Should I Do With My Tax Refund? Paying Debt vs. Starting an Emergency Fund.

Ah, the tax refund. That thing I used to spend before I even got it. 

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2017 College Basketball: How to Score Cheap Tickets, Dress the Part & Watch Free Online

2017 College Basketball: How to Score Cheap Tickets, Dress the Part & Watch Free Online

Your bracket is full, your heart is pounding in anticipation and you're ready to see your favorite teams take the hardwood. But if you're in need of new team swag, or if recently took our advice to cancel your cable, you might be a little nervous. How are you going watch it all? And where can you find cheap team apparel at the last minute?

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