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From tax tips to money-saving tricks, the Check Into Cash blog is your one stop for money talk. Here you’ll find ideas that you can use to save money, time, and energy. Check back for new content every week. If you like a post, be sure to share it with a friend! After all, everyone could use a little extra cash in their pocket.

Got Fleas?

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No one likes itchy fleas crawling all over the place. Protect your home and your pet while saving money on flea treatments with these all-natural flea repellents.

cat scratching its chinIt’s that itchy, scratchy season for pets when fleas rear their ugly, annoying microscopic heads. Of course there are lots of chemical treatments and collars that can wipe out the annoying pests. But if those chemicals aren’t safe for you or your children to touch, do you really want them on your furry friends?

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Last Minute Vacation Ideas Before School Starts

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Trying to fit in one more vacation before school starts? Try these travel sites to find last-minute deals that could save you hundreds.

woman beach ocean hat summer travel relaxSometimes you just have to get away. If your wanderlust gets the better of you and the traveler inside is itching to hit the road, there are several Web sites equipped to help — fast. Whether it be a weekend getaway or a full-blown vacation, the following sites are a few of a growing number that are wholly or in part dedicated to helping you plan a last-minute trip.

For best results, keep an open mind and stay flexible — the cardinal rules of traveling last-minute on the cheap. Check out these four sites when the travel bug bites.

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10 Back-To-School Shopping Tips that Save Money

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The new school season is right around the corner. Before you spend your entire budget, read these tips on how to save money on school supplies.

mom and daughter out for shopping to go back to schoolTo your kids, shopping for new clothes, gear, and school supplies may be the only good thing about going back to school, but that doesn’t mean you have to spend a fortune every year. Here are 10 great ideas for how to get everything they need and save a few bucks doing it.

Hold off buying trendier gear

Kids may love a certain lunch box or pencil case they find in July, but once they start school and see that their friends are all using another kind, they’ll beg you to upgrade them, and that only results in wasted cash.

Shop end-of-summer sales

You know as well as we do that kids wear short sleeve polo shirts all year long, so hit the big summer sales and snap up discounted duds that can be worn well into fall.

Stick to the list

The teacher’s supply list at the start of a new school year is daunting enough so don’t waste time and money on unlisted items. Extra supplies, while they may be cute, will probably never get used and just leave your pockets empty.

Head to the supermarket for basic supplies

Check weekly circulars for great deals on pens and loose-leaf paper, and get your weekly grocery shopping done at the same time. Bonus: buying everything in one place will save time and gas money!

Let the kids raid your cabinets

The kids can select home-office supplies and then personalize them in unique ways. For example, decorate inexpensive plain, white binders with digital photos by creating a collage and inserting the page into the plastic outer cover.

Host a back-to-school swap

Round up a couple of other moms with kids the same gender as yours but different ages, and host an annual clothes swap. Trade toys and books, too! You’ll save a bundle.

Plan lunch

When you’re in charge of what your child eats, you’ll save yourself money. Check the weekly circulars at your local supermarkets for sales. If turkey isn’t on sale one week and ham is, go for the ham!

Buy bright

Lost school supplies may be a given, but gear that’s hard to miss can stave off the inevitable. Pack all their pencils, erasers, and other goodies into a bright backpack or pencil pouch to keep them from disappearing.

Shop the big three

Old Navy, Gap Kids, and The Children’s Place rotate merchandise often. Ask when they do their markdowns so you can grab the deals. Also, if you see an item you bought in the past 14 days on sale later, you can get the difference refunded, you don’t need the clothing, just the receipt.

Browse craigslist.org

Yes, you can find top-quality stuff on the cheap, but you can be a seller, too. Why not get some cash for that barely worn, now outgrown brand-name outfit? Just enter your location and click on “Baby and Kids.”

Dad’s Are Awesome!

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To all the dads out there, we just want to say thank you for being you! 

Show your dad how much you appreciate him this Father’s Day.


 

How To Plan a Summer Vacation on a Budget

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Summer vacation is good for the mind and the soul—overspending is not. Here are some great ideas to help you save on that much needed vacation.

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1. Plan as much as you possibly can in advance.

This is a no brainer, but you want to keep in mind at all times how much booking ahead will save you ultimately. Travel experts advise to book over 45 days ahead for the best deals on hotels and airfare. Worried that hotel rates might go down if you book ahead? Don’t.

Tingo.com offers to match hotel rates if you book on their site and the hotel lowers their prices before your stay. If you have some flexibility on dates use Airfarewatchdog.com to track flight prices over certain periods of time to determine the best time to travel.

2. Don’t plan your trip during the peak of the summer season.

The bulk of travelers plan trips for the second and third weeks of August (right before back to school season), and you’ll save big if you refrain from traveling during that time frame. Travel in June for the best summer rates (particularly at seasonal destinations like the South of France) or in September when many hotels will begin to lower their rates.

3. Rethink where you are going to stay.

So you have your flights sorted, now comes the tricky part of picking a place to stay. If you are planning a trip to a major tourist destination, like London for instance, consider staying in a city close by (with easy access via public transportation) and you could end up saving a ton. Another idea? Instead of reserving a pricey hotel, why not opt to pay to stay in someone’s home? Airbnb is a great place to start that search, but other similar sites abound including FlipKey and One Fine Stay. Lastly, why not consider a home swap with someone in similar situation who also has the travel bug? Check out HomeExchange.com to look for the right opportunity.

4. Visit destinations that aren’t as popular during the summer.

Southwestern states, like Florida, see a ton of tourism in the winter, but not nearly as much during the summer. Jonesing to visit Miami? The summer could be the best time (just make sure to stay somewhere with air conditioning). The same goes for popular winter destinations like St.Barths, Tulum in Mexico, and Costa Rica.

5. Research plenty of budget activities ahead of time.

Don’t get sucked into spending a ton of money on activities at your vacation spot of choice. Instead of spending a small fortune on a visit to a zoo, for instance, visit a wildlife sanctuary. Sometimes museums will be free during certain hours, and it is good to know when ahead of time. Instead of taking a pricey walking tour, print one out online, and create a do-it-yourself version. The possibilities are endless, all it takes is some thought and planning.

A win-win with Check Into Cash: Cash for you and Cash For Kids

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Check Into Cash’s June giveaway gives $500 to the winner and $500 to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

This month, don’t miss Check Into Cash’s Cash For Kids Facebook giveaway benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Check Into Cash will match June’s $500 giveaway prize with a $500 donation to St. Jude. St. Jude works to advance cures and prevention for pediatric catastrophic diseases, such as cancer, through research and treatment.

“It means a lot to Check Into Cash that we find ways to show community appreciation while helping those who need it most,” said Check Into Cash President Steve Scoggins. “June’s cash prize will put a smile on our winner’s face, and the donation to St. Jude will help sick children.”

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital does not deny children treatment based on the family’s ability to pay. The families of ill children never receive a bill from St. Jude, and unlike other hospitals, most of St. Jude’s funding comes from individual contributions.

“The plight of a family with a severely ill child is tough to imagine,” explained Scoggins. “The last thing they need to be worried about is hospital bills and money.”

For anyone who wants to enter for a chance to win $500, visit Facebook.com/CheckIntoCash before midnight on June 30, 2016, and select the Cash For Kids Giveaway tab. To learn more about Check Into Cash stores and services, check out CheckIntoCash.com.

Learn more or get involved with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at StJude.org.

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