It has been a BUSY week for us. I met up with a real estate agent and the credit union to get information and begin the home selling buying process.
We now have a loan pre-approval so we can start the process of looking at homes in the area. However we want to make sure we take care of selling our house first so our current focus this weekend is getting the house cleaned and de-cluttered so we can move on to the next steps and get it listed as soon as possible.
I already went to the dump and get rid of some of the old stuff – like the broken grill and old bike we don’t use anymore.
Next week and beyond we’ll get more paperwork done and hopefully get some ideas on how to stage our house and get some pictures taken. We’ll keep you posted on how that goes.
Couple Money Around the Web
Here are few things I’ve been busy with on the podcast and around the web this past week:
How To Manage Money When You’re In A Relationship: My nervousness helped me fight my natural routine of winding down. Happy that I joined the panel. LOTS discussed – starting the conversation about different money styles, finding common ground, and where do you draw the line? I actually got two post ideas for here that I’m working on.
One of my goals this year is to try out and expand different projects. Hopping on other sites and podcasts is a great learning experience as I get to see the other side of the mic and pick up tips on how to do interviews.
Money and More Posts I Loved This Week
I didn’t have much time to read, but these were a few of my favorite posts this week.
Going away for the weekend doesn’t mean you break your budget. With a little planning and the right resources, you two can score some nice trips and still save money.
So if you’re looking at getting away from it all for a few days, save this post.
Travel Sites to Bookmark for Your Weekend Getaways
There are more sites than ever for travelers. Besides snagging last minute deals on popular tourist spots, you can also discover some awesome destinations.
Airbnb: If you want to live like a local, Airbnb can help you find a bed or whole house for your next trip. We used the site when we went away for an anniversary trip and had a beautiful riverfront apt in Wilmington, NC for a fraction of the price of a hotel.
Priceline: I’m a huge fan of their Name Your Own Price feature, which has helped us score plane tickets, hotel rooms, and car rental half off the advertised prices.
Better Bidding: Speaking of bids, there are forums and sites online that can help you figure out what it will take to your bid accepted.
You might also want to keep an eye for flash deals with airlines like Southwest where you can score huge discounts on flights for select cities.
Apps to Help Score Great Deals and Keep Organized
With smartphones everywhere, apps have been developed to help travelers. Download these apps to help you get the best deals and explore your destination.
Localeur: (iOS only) Locals share some of their favorite spots in 14 major U.S. cities.
TripIt: With two kids in tow, I love have one app to handle and organize all of the travel arrangements.
Hopper: If you like to double check the deals on flights, Hopper is great. The app analyzes tons of flight prices and can suggest when it’s a good time to purchase ticket.
Hipmunk: An all in one solution where you can find last minute deals and book them.
Even though you might not think of it as a travel app per se, GasBuddy can tremendously helpful if you’re taking a road trip.
Thoughts on Weekend Getaways
I’d love to hear your ideas and stories. What has been your favorite getaway destination? What has been your most recent travel deal you’ve taken? What travel apps are your favorite for planning?