Are you looking for affordable travel destinations for your entire family? You might assume that all-inclusive plans would be expensive, but we’ve searched the options for you and found the best ones that are budget-friendly, too. All-inclusive trips are great no-hassle escapes that guarantee you won’t be bothered with little details and the kids will have plenty to do. You can expect lodging, food, drink, entertainment, on-site activities, and complimentary excursions to be included in your package.
We’ve found a dozen selections in the U.S. for your consideration, based on customer reviews posted on travel sites and amenities listed on the resorts’ sites. We tried to keep the total cost per adult under $1,000 for a four-night stay or longer, with activities and at least two meals per day included. The cost for children is cheaper, and some places even allow children to stay for free. Here are our choices, organized by type.
April 13th, 2015
The month of March is over and it is time for our usual monthly wrap-up when we look back at what happened during the past month, announce our contest winners, and also give you a heads up at what is coming.
Monthly Contest Results
CouponNut finishes first this month followed by onkarkulkarni and bemicmom in the seconds and third place. Congratulations guys! Here is the complete list of this month’s winners and prizes:
1. CouponNut (603 Points): $70
2. onkarkulkarni (558 Points): $50
3. bemicmom (508 Points): $50
4. anand (496 Points): $35
5. 2kidsnuts (457 Points): $35
6. mdshopper1 (456 Points): $35
7. clover (453 Points): $35
8. laaya (449 Points): $25
9. siggy38 (448 Points): $25
10. djhciskoski (441 Points): $25
11. lootango (419 Points): $25
12. mommy25 (399 Points): $10
13. Version (347 Points): $10
14. gabyperu (346 Points): $10
15. Goofy_Girl (330 Points): $10
April 6th, 2015
Although Easter is an important religious holiday worldwide, the celebration is intertwined with many other customs that may have been rooted in earlier pagan traditions. Together they honor renewal, rebirth, and the continuation of life. Here are ten interesting facts you probably didn’t know about Easter.
- Easter falls on a different date every year, the first Sunday after the full Moon following the Vernal Equinox. Easter is always observed in the spring between March 22 and April 25, during a time of the earth’s renewal after a long, cold winter.
- The name “Easter” comes from the goddess Eostre, according to one source. She was the Mother Goddess of the Saxons of Northern Europe, the “goddess of the growing light of spring.”
- Hot cross buns are traditionally eaten warm with butter on Good Friday. They were originally wheat cakes baked by early Anglo-Saxons in honor of the goddess of springtime; later the church substituted sweet breads and blessed them. Here is an easy recipe for the buns and a coupon for the flour.
March 30th, 2015
Most consumers never check their credit report unless they want to get a loan or they’ve been denied credit. Then, if they looked online to find their FICO score, they would end up paying for one of the plans posted here, without any guarantee that the score they’ll get is the one actually used to determine their credit worthiness. If they searched the Web for “credit report,” they would find promotions for fee-based credit-monitoring services directly from the three credit reporting companies – the same ones that are required by law to provide them a free annual report. Equifax, Experian, TransUnion each offer a trial period tied to their subscription monitoring service, with no mention of free reports. What consumers may not realize is that there is a government clearinghouse at AnnualCreditReport.com to actually get a free report from each of these companies once a year. If each report is requested separately, they can use this service to monitor their credit files every four months.
March 23rd, 2015
Do you care where the products you buy come from? Does knowing their origin affect your decision to buy them, or is cost the only consideration? A small number of consumers have always sought out some sustainable products, even when they were not mainstream, and previous Buxr blog posts have listed the best places to save on natural beauty products, finding organic foods and eating healthy on a budget. But when it comes to fashion, the idea of buying trendy, seasonal products at an affordable price appealed more to shoppers than those products whose manufacturing process addressed social and environmental issues.
Today’s consumers are more conscious about social issues. The news of a 2013 clothing factory collapse in Bangladesh increased public awareness of deplorable social and environmental issues (read our analysis here) and global apparel retailers were forced to examine their supply chains. Large stores like Amazon and Walmart are adding more sustainable goods to the shelves, and more companies are stepping up.
We have compiled a list of businesses that have made a big commitment to providing a wide variety of eco-friendly products and who follow sustainable / ethical practices. How do you feel about buying fair trade or renewable products from eco-friendly companies? Join discussion here to take our poll or if you want to suggest to our list more stores that follow the suit.
March 16th, 2015