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Need to build an emergency fund? This will help. One of the first things you need to when it comes to controlling your finances is to save $1,000 in your emergency fund. This sound like a good idea. But, if you struggle to make ends meet, this idea might be much easier said than done. If you can’t afford to pay your bills, how can you be expected to save $1,000? The truth is, your emergency fund is even more important if you struggle to pay your bills. How will you pay for an unexpected expense? In many cases, you will have to either rob Peter to pay Paul or just rack up more … read more
Every new year comes with more New Year’s resolutions. Here are five you might want to put on your list. 1. Have a Plan Set aside some time in 2017 to go over your finances and see how you’ve been doing. Are you following a budget? Do you need to? There might be some lifestyle changes you need to make to stay on top of your bills. You might have to put together a budget for an upcoming event or start saving for your children’s education. Set aside time to figure out where you stand and how you plan to afford your expenses for the year. Consider reevaluating that plan every three … read more
Wondering which categories you need in your budget? Get the full list here. It is no secret that the number one thing you must do in order to take control of your finances is to create a budget. Without one, you really can’t see where you money goes. Or, more importantly, direct your money to be spent as you would like for it to be. While there are posts on how to create a budget, one question I get frequently is what categories should be included. Obviously, I don’t have line items for every single store or company I pay each month. Instead, these are grouped together. To … read more Penny Pinchin Mom | Tips on Family, Recipes, Money and More!
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It was our first time to stay at an Extended Stay America and we weren’t sure what the experience would be like! I wanted to share a really honest review of our thoughts on this hotel chain for those of you who might be interested in trying out this hotel chain for an upcoming vacation or some travel you have planned this year. First off, Extended Stay America is designed for longer stays and is a really affordable option compared to most hotel chains — especially if you are planning to stay somewhere for a week or longer.
Over Christmas break, our family traveled to Wichita, KS to visit both of our families. While we were there for six days, we stayed at an Extended Stay America.
From the research I did, you’re usually going to pay around $69 to $79 per night for a regular room. However, they offer weekly, biweekly and monthly discounted rates.
The rooms are spacious and every room has a full kitchen! We loved having the ability to bring all of our own food and cook all of our meals in our room! It definitely not only allowed us to eat healthier, but it also saved us quite a bit of money.
I’d say one of the biggest differences between staying at a regular hotel and at an Extended Stay America is that they don’t offer daily housekeeping services — unless you want to pay an additional fee. They do offer weekly housekeeping services for stays over 8 days. Money Saving Mom® – Intentional finance. Intentional family. Intentional business.