TALLAHASSEE, FL (PRWEB) December 31, 2011

Travelhoppers – a website dedicated to providing free travel planning resources coupled with travel expert insight and advice – is pleased to unveil its ?Let Us Mail You a Cat (or Dog)? campaign and reveal five tips for encouraging safe travel with pets. As part of the campaign consumers can register for a chance to win a dog or cat of their very own!

Travelhoppers? ?Let Us Mail You a Cat (or Dog)? campaign features a monthly drawing being launched today where five lucky winners each will receive a $ 75 gift certificate or credit at their local animal rescue shelter to adopt a dog or a cat. Consumers can register at Travelhoppers.com and/or like the Travelhoppers page on Facebook at facebook.com/travelhoppers for a chance to win. The site will also be running a series of articles on pet traveling such as its current offering entitled 10 things you should not do when traveling with pets!

Due to the high costs of overnight animal boarding and an increase in the number of pet-friendly hotels and travel destinations, more people will be bringing their pets along on their winter vacations than ever before. While traveling with pets can be a wonderful experience for both pet owners and their animals, there are several precautions that should be taken to ensure the safety, health and well-being of your animals while traveling domestically or abroad. The contributing travel writers and niche travel experts at Travelhoppers.com have compiled the following five helpful tips for planning safe pet-friendly travels, from their personal experiences and important lessons learned along the way:

1. Avoid ?Pop-Up? Pet Carriers: One common mistake that travelers make when purchasing their animal carriers before a trip, is falling for the ?deal? and purchasing the super affordable ?pop-up? pet carriers that are advertised as being ultra-lightweight and compact as they can be easily folded and tucked away at the end of the day. While it?s true that these carriers are more affordable than traditional plastic crates, carriers and kennels, they are in actuality a real safety hazard for animals both large and small. What the advertisers DON?T tell you, is that these budget pop-up carriers are extremely flimsy, nearly impossible to carry and can collapse while your animal is inside of them at the drop of a dime. If you are planning to travel with pets, spend a little more money to purchase a durable kennel (preferably made of water-resistant plastic) with wire doors and windows for extra security and ventilation. Not only are these plastic kennels more easy to clean and maintain, but they will not collapse when luggage slightly shifts in your car or onboard a plane, they have carry handles for easy transport, they come in all sizes and will be a life-long investment that is well-worth the extra money spent. If traveling by plane, call the airline in advance to request their animal crate requirements and specifications to ensure you?ll have no difficulties boarding your animal.

2. Pack A Pet First-Aid Kit/Travel Bag: Prior to departing on a trip with your pet, preparation is key. Pack a separate bag for your pet that contains drinking water, enough food for several days, an extra leash, plastic bags to pick-up after your pet, cleaning supplies, first aid kit and one or two of your animal?s favorite toys from home. Don?t assume that the destination you?re visiting will have a pet supply store within a short driving distance or will have your pet?s specific food brand in stock, so pack these ?travel essentials? for your pet just in case. Some important things to have on hand for first aid kit supplies include clean towels and cloths, nonstick bandages, adhesive tape, gauze and clean water.

3. Obtain Veterinarian Records In Advance: Ask your veterinarian for copies of your pet?s medical records and proof of vaccinations (especially a valid rabies certificate) that you can keep close on hand, should any emergencies arise while you?re away. You?ll want to call at least one month in advance to ensure your veterinarian has enough time to make these medical record copies for you. If traveling with an exotic animal, ask your veterinarian to provide your pet with an exam and health certificate and make sure you have the appropriate documentation in order to cross state or country lines with your animal.

4. Do Your Destination Homework: When traveling across state and country lines, it?s essential to have a valid rabies vaccine certificate on-hand. It?s also important to ensure your animal is in good health ? as many countries require a signed certificate of health and some will even require an automatic veterinary inspection for all pets crossing the border. Do your research before traveling with a pet abroad. Some countries quarantine pets (for days and even months) before allowing the animal into their country. Some cities, states and countries also have restrictions on the types of exotic animals you?re allowed to bring with you, so contact the individual destinations you?re planning to visit (or those you will be driving through) to ensure that you have the proper documentation for your pet as well as to learn more about their possible quarantine procedures, exotic animal restrictions, mandatory microchip policies and more. It?s also recommended to microchip your animal prior to your trip, to avoid losing your pet while traveling.

5. Research Animal Restrictions & Fees for Pet-Friendly Hotels: Many hotels advertise as being pet-friendly these days, however, that does not mean that all animals will be warmly welcomed upon their arrival. Before booking rooms at a hotel that claims to be ?pet-friendly,? call the hotel in advance to find out if they have specific animal restrictions, a maximum number of allowable pets per room and fees associated with pet stays. Additionally, have one pet-friendly hotel ?back-up? plan for each destination on your travel itinerary should any problems arise with your original hotel reservations or their pet policies upon arrival. If traveling across country and making nightly hotel reservations on a whim, one great resource to keep in your car is ?The AAA PetBook? ? which is an on-the-road-guide for traveling with pets that has more than 13,000 pet-friendly hotels and campground selections by destination location across North America.

This roundup of pet travel tips was compiled by Travelhoppers? Founder, Richard Earls, and his team of highly knowledgeable travel experts and travel writers that regularly contribute to the Travelhoppers blog.

Travelers looking for insightful information about travel, personal tips and expert advice can benefit from visiting the Travelhoppers blog to delve into interesting and unique aspects of travel with new articles, excerpts, and content added daily. From facts and figures to firsthand traveler reviews and so much more, Travelhoppers gives travelers the information they need and want ? as well as providing free access to the largest, most frequently updated database of travel companies, brochures, and specialists on the Internet.

About Travelhoppers.com

Travelhoppers.com is a travel website dedicated to the proposition that it?s all about value. The company provides consumers with free access to the largest, frequently updated repository of travel companies brochures, and travel specialists on the Internet. All via one site, Travelhoppers.com brings travelers unabridged information directly from 3000+ tour operators, packagers, cruise lines, destinations and other travel suppliers; as well as insight from travel industry veterans, first-hand knowledge from travel writers and feedback from other consumers; and a means to connect with travel specialists for assistance with travel planning.

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10 Holiday Gift Tips to Keep Families Debt Free


Lake Bluff, IL (PRWEB) November 15, 2011

With holiday shopping upon us, I?ve devised a list a list of 10 almost-no-money gift ideas for the whole family this holiday season. These tips will help you keep spending to a minimum, while still offering your loved ones gifts to be treasured. Best of all, you?ll set a good example for your kids on how to give at the holidays without overspending or taking on any credit card debt.

Make it?

Use only what you have at home. We all know that we have enough leftover craft stuff to last us a lifetime. Make a game of finding everything you have and bring it all into the kitchen and then start making a few homemade gifts for those you love. Grandparents especially love this kind of gift. Go ahead, make their day!

Re-gift it?

One year my youngest wrapped up a stuffed animal she owned as a holiday present for her older sister. Well, that did not go over so well as my youngest was 13 and was clearly late to the gift game and was trying to make a silk purse out of a sows ear. With just a bit more thought, giving something you really love to someone you really love can be a great gift.

I give books that I have read and adored. This way my friends get a book that is guaranteed to please. I often include a note with other books that I have read by that author and suggestions they might want to follow up with at the library.

Kids can re-gift a favorite book, gently used and much-loved toy or even clothing that they have seen a sibling or friend admire. As long as they are willing to share the gift permanently and understand this, it?s a great way to let the person know you were listening. This strategy will also help strengthen a child?s sharing and empathy skills.

Write it?

Letters are so important. In the 21st century we are all inclined to email and text, but a real hand-written or typed letter is now so rare that it truly will get your child?s attention. Use it this holiday as a gift of your time and attention. Tell them how you spent your holidays as a child; what was most important. Pick a moment this year when you were proud of them. Recap a moment they really showed you what they were made of and then wrap the letter as a gift. Because it is a gift ? showing you see them and think enough of them to capture this memory on paper for them to read and re-read.

Forgive it?

This is an all-time favorite of my family at New Years ? but it can work at Christmas as well. I give them each a free pass on one thing they did wrong but have yet to confess. It?s a brilliant way to hear what might be lurking out there for you as a parent to yet be aware of, and it gets everybody talking about what took place that needs forgiving.

Craft a ?Forgiven? coupon and again, wrap it as a gift with a date and time when all will gather and share what they need to unburden themselves with.

Acknowledge it?

Look around you. There are likely a multitude of things to be grateful for. A word or a letter of acknowledgement is one of the best gifts you can give anyone. Thank your pastor for his or her spiritual leadership. Thank your friends for being there for you. Thank your doctor for his or her compassion. I?m sure that if you sit down for five minutes and think about the blessings in your life you will generate a very long list of people that deserve a gift of your acknowledgement.

Promise it?

My favorite gifts from my kids when they were young ? coupons! ?Anytime kitchen clean-up?, ?shoulder massage?, ?one hour of quiet time?, oh there were many such wonderful gifts. Kids made the coupons and wrapped each up and I got to ?cash-in? throughout the year.

Grandparents love to get coupons for guaranteed time with grandkids. From face-to-face time to time on the phone or Skyping on the computer on a regular basis ? this will be a cherished commitment that will end up being a gift to both grandparents and grandkids.

This year, as budgets are tight and Christmas is notoriously tough on budgets, because so much money gets spent all at once, try stretching that budget with a coupon. Do the kids love baseball? Coupon them tickets to a home game this summer and add a baseball or t-shirt to the gift to make it fun.

Tackle it?

Everybody in the family can make a list of needs and wants for things that do not cost money, but need someone?s time and talent to do. Then print the lists and cut apart each item from the list separately. (To make sure you do not pick your own, you can either color the paper or use colored paper when you print your list ? using a unique color for each family member.) Fold each item ?card? up and place them all in Santa?s hat, then on Christmas Day, everybody gets to pick 11. And that becomes the family?s gift to one another.

What?s on my list this year? Changing light bulbs around the house inside and out. Picking up shoes at the back door and putting them where they belong! Emptying the dishwasher. What kids list will depend on their age, but requests can range from a ride to the library to using the car on Friday night.

Start it?

Set a great example by starting something this year that your kids (or spouse) have been after you to do. Lose weight? Exercise? Cook more meals at home? Eat out more? Read more?

If you have a habit that is stressing out your kids ? not to mention your own health ? make a gift of quitting, tapering, changing or getting some kind of help that gives them peace. Show them how you plan to tackle the issue, and enlist their help. Everybody wins.

Bake it?

Okay, it does cost time and some money, but baking has long been a tradition for gifting at this time of the year for our family. I have a long list of kids that wait on my chocolate chip banana bread. (Email me if you?d like the recipe; happy to share.) Attach the recipe to the baled goods and you are good to go!

Lend it?

Make a list of what you have that you would be willing to ?lend out? when asked. Maybe you have a snow blower – for those of us here in the Midwest, it?s a welcome gift on those wet, snow days ? which you could lend to a friend and neighbor. Take the list and place it in your holiday card and include an email or phone number they can use when they?d like to take advantage of the gift you have offered for use.

About Susan Beacham:

Susan Beacham is CEO of Money Savvy Generation. Susan is an award-winning education entrepreneur and nationally recognized kids and money expert. Her passion is to empower children and young adults to take control over their financial lives and futures in a world of increasing financial complexity. Her company develops innovative products to help parents, educators and others teach basic personal finance skills to school-aged children. Follow Susan?s advice on her blog (http://www.susanbeacham.com) or on Twitter:@SusanBeacham

About Money Savvy Generation:

Since 1999, Money Savvy Generation continues to develop innovative products to help parents, grandparents, educators and others teach kids the skills of basic personal finance. The company strives to empower kids to take control of their financial lives and, in turn, their futures. Founded by Susan Beacham, the company created the beloved Money Savvy Pig

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With Trillions in Consumer Debt Worldwide MoneyNing.com Offers Money Tips for Struggling Families










Irvine, CA (PRWEB) March 13, 2011

The latest MoneyNing.com post offers practical money tips for families burdened with debt and struggling to create financial security. The post entitled 20 Top Personal Finance Tips to Teach Your Kids (and Yourself!) is available at http://MoneyNing.com/.

The Daily Mail announced this week that personal debt in the UK has risen to £1.4 trillion, with the average household debt in their nation at an astounding £57,635. Even with as high as the UK numbers are, when it comes to consumer debt, Canadians and Americans both surpass their British counterparts.

According to TheEpochTimes Canadians carry an average household debt of $ 112,000 for a combined total of $ 1.5 trillion. The situation is even direr in the US where total consumer debt is a whopping $ 2.4 trillion.

Recognizing that people are struggling under an unprecedented debt load, personal finance blog MoneyNing.com recently offered consumers hope with its recent post entitled 20 Top Personal Finance Tips to Teach Your Kids (and Yourself!). The post’s author Vered Deleeuw offers a series of practical money tips including encouraging families to avoid bad debt.

Deleeuw explains, “This mainly addresses credit card debt. There’s nothing good about this debt, which tends to quickly snowball out of proportion, making it extremely difficult to pay off.”

Deleeuw continues, “Avoid it at all costs – even if it means you can’t keep up with the glitzy neighbors.”

David Ning launched MoneyNing.com in 2007 to help consumers avoid making costly money management mistakes. The comprehensive personal finance blog covers a variety of issues including debt reduction, smart investing, and frugal living.

These practical, straightforward money tips have earned MoneyNing.com top ranking with a following of 300,000 monthly readers and a growing Facebook fan page. Content from the popular blog has been featured on the NYTimes.com, Time.com, and USNews.com.

David Ning is an author, trusted advisor and founder of MoneyNing.com as well as a regular contributor to the “ON RETIREMENT” section of USNews.com. Ning focuses on money tips for those seeking to build wealth slowly over time through smart management of their capital resources.

Subscribers to MoneyNing.com have access to a growing library of personal finance information including

David Ning’s free eBook How to Save Money on Everything, a weekly newsletter, and a 7-part mini e-course full of useful money tips.

Or, to read the 20 Top Personal Finance Tips to Teach Your Kids (and Yourself!) post in its entirety go to http://MoneyNing.com/.

To learn more money tips and subscribe to the newsletter, visit http://MoneyNing.com/.

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MoneyNing.com Talks Money Tips for the Upcoming 2011 Tax Season










Irvine, CA (PRWEB) January 17, 2011

MoneyNing.com gives a bit of food-for-thought and practical money tips to consumers who are considering hiring a CPA or other tax professional for the upcoming 2011 tax season. The post, entitled Choosing a Tax Professional: What to Consider, is available at http://MoneyNing.com/.

According to thetimes-tribune.com, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently implemented regulations that will affect tax preparers in the upcoming 2011 tax season. In years past, anyone could charge a fee to prepare taxes for others. Now, anyone who wants to prepare taxes must first register with the government and pass a series of competency tests. Tax preparers will also be required to participate in continuing education.

IRS spokesman Mark Hanson was quoted in thetimes-tribune.com article explaining the reason behind these changes, “The bottom line is, having your federal taxes prepared is one of the most important financial transactions that any taxpayer will have in any given year.”

Personal finance blog MoneyNing.com addresses exactly this issue in a recent post entitled Choosing a Tax Professional: What to Consider. In discussing the importance of solidly prepared tax documents, MoneyNing.com considers the appropriate use of tax preparation software and helps readers think through when their financial circumstances call for the help of a tax professional.

Thursday Bram, the blog post’s author explains, “…Tax preparation software doesn’t catch everything and it’s generally worthwhile to have a pro look things over… it doesn’t take much for a tax situation to get complicated.”

David Ning is an author, trusted advisor and founder of MoneyNing.com as well as a regular contributor to the “ON RETIREMENT” section of USNews.com. Ning focuses on money tips for those seeking to build wealth slowly over time through smart management of their capital resources.

MoneyNing.com was launched in 2007 and has been offering practical, straightforward money tips ever since. The blog enjoys a monthly readership of over 300,000 and a growing Facebook fan page. Content from the popular blog has been featured on the NYTimes.com, Time.com, and USNews.com.

Subscribers of MoneyNing.com have access to a growing library of personal finance information including David Ning’s free eBook How to Save Money on Everything, a weekly newsletter, and a 7-part mini e-course full of useful money tips.

Visit http://MoneyNing.com/ to subscribe to MoneyNing.com updates.

Or, to read Choosing a Tax Professional: What to Consider in its entirety, go to http://MoneyNing.com/.

To learn more money tips visit http://MoneyNing.com/.

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