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April 21, 2014

Andrew Silow-Carroll: Passoverkill? Suggestions to make next year's seders even more culturally sensitive

Sara Israelsen Hartley: Seeking the Divine: An ancient connection in a new context

Christine M. Flowers: Priest's execution in Syria should be call to action

Courtnie Erickson: How to help kids accept the poor decisions of others

Lizette Borreli: A Glass Of Milk A Day Keeps Knee Arthritis At Bay

Lizette Borreli: 5 Health Conditions Your Breath Knows Before You Do

The Kosher Gourmet by Betty Rosbottom Coconut Walnut Bars' golden brown morsels are a beautifully balanced delectable delight

April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review

How to Save Money on Family Travel

By Cameron Huddleston





Follow these tips to keep the cost of accommodations, flights, meals and entertainment under control


JewishWorldReview.com | The cost of traveling with kids can add up quickly. I know because I have three children. But over the years as we have traveled to numerous spots across the U.S. and even overseas, I've learned several ways to keep costs under control. So the next time you take a trip with your family, here's how you can save on accommodations, flights, meals and entertainment:


ACCOMMODATIONS

Consider a vacation rental property. Renting a condo, apartment or home when traveling typically will give you more space than a hotel at a lower price. For example, the average nightly rate for a vacation rental in New York City listed on Vacation Rentals By Owner (VRBO.com) is about $219; whereas, the average nightly rate for a hotel is $350. Plus, you'll have access to a kitchen where you can cook your own meals to keep food costs down while on vacation.

Get the best deal on a hotel. With so many travel sites that can help you find a deal and a variety of discounts you might be able to take advantage of, there's no reason to pay full price for a hotel room. For example, the recently launched Last Minute Travel app offers travelers access to wholesale prices for hotels in more than 150 countries. We found that the prices of hotels in several cities we checked typically were lower -- by at least $10 but as much as $100 or more -- on the LMT app than on Hotels.com, Expedia and Priceline. Or you might be able to take advantage of discounts offered by hotels if you book directly through them. Many hotel chains, such as Marriott, offer discounts to government employees and members of the military. A AAA or AARP membership can also get you hotel discounts.

Join a loyalty program or use a rewards credit card. If you're loyal to a particular hotel chain, sign up for its loyalty program or get its branded credit card to rack up points for free hotel stays. Usually you can accrue points faster with a hotel-branded card because you get them for everyday purchases, not just hotel stays. In the year since I got the Citi Hilton HHonors Visa, I've scored four free nights for my family. See our picks for the top hotel rewards cards.


FLIGHTS

Score free flights. Airlines, like hotels, have branded credit cards that let you earn points when you make purchases and redeem them for free flights. However, if you're not a frequent flier, you'll earn points faster through a travel rewards card that isn't tied to a particular airline, according to a recent study by MileCards.com. That's because travel rewards cards attach a higher point value to most purchases than the airline-branded cards do.


Avoid baggage fees. When booking a flight, consider whether the airline charges for checked bags. Most airlines other than JetBlue and Southwest charge $25 for the first checked bag. Even if you find cheaper flights on airlines other than those two, your savings could be wiped out if you have to pay $100 to check bags for a family of four.

For more ways to save money when you fly, see When to Book flights to Get the Lowest Fares and 9 Ways to Avoid Airline Fees.


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MEALS

Bring your own food. The best way to save money on food is to pack sandwiches, snacks and drinks for road trips or flights so you don't have to buy pricey meals at the airport. To make it fun for kids, you can buy a few trinkets at the dollar store and put them in bags along with their food to replicate kids meals from fast food restaurants.


ENTERTAINMENT

Take advantage of freebies. Many museums waive admission fees on certain days of the week, so visit the Web sites of those you plan to visit beforehand to see if you can get in for free. Some credit cards can help you score free admission to attractions. For example, Bank of America and Merrill Lynch cardholders receive free admission to 150 museums in 85 cities on the first weekend of the month. And American Express membership rewards can be redeemed for concert, theater and sporting event tickets, as well as Universal Studios Hollywood tickets.

Cash in on memberships. In addition to hotel discounts, AAA membership entitles you to discounts on tickets to sporting events, museums, attractions and theme parks such as Legoland. Southwest Rapid Rewards members get a 20% discount at Sea World. Hilton HHonors members can use points for free admission to Busch Gardens, Sea World, Aquatica, Universal Orlando and Walt Disney World. More than 160 zoos and aquariums participate in a reciprocal program that entitles their members to get free or discounted admission to the other zoos and aquariums participating in the program. Check to see what perks your memberships offers.

Score discounts. Daily deal sites such as Groupon aren't just a great way to get deals at fancy restaurants (to which you'd never take your kids). They are a great source for savings of up to 50% on attractions and activities. Also check supermarkets in the area you're visiting because many sell discounted passes to attractions. If you're visiting a big city, you can save up to 50% on the cost of admission to several top attractions by purchasing a CityPASS. Many attractions offer discounts or free admission for members of the military and their families. And some offer discounts for educators. For example, Shedd Aquariumin Chicago offers one free pass to educators from Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin. Teachers from other states can receive $3 off admission by showing a school ID or paystub.

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Cameron Huddleston is an online editor at Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine.



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