Take 5: A Roundup of Reads From Around the Web

This week: How not to overpack for travel, curbing the urge to splurge, how to save on theme parks, a fiscal lesson for your teen and how to make money with Airbnb.

1. My Airbnb Experiment

[Chips Money Tips] “Instead of playing landlord to another long-term tenant, I decided to try out Airbnb to see how I liked being a hotelier. Airbnb places usually rent furnished and only for days or weeks, therefore they fetch more than what one might get per day on a long-term or month-to-month tenant. But how much more?”

If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to pick up some extra coin by renting out a guest house, here’s your primer from someone who did it.

2. Teens And Money: Teaching The Concept of Pay Yourself First

[Clever Dude] “My son approached me over the weekend and asked me an unexpected question: Dad, can we do that open a savings account thing?

I don’t have any kids, but if you do, this article makes for a good read. What better lesson is there than saving a part of everything you make before you have time to spend it?

3. Our Frugal Theme Park Getaway

[Club Thrifty] “I initially had this crazy idea to take a frugal trip to Disney World in Orlando. I was even offered two free park tickets if I sat through a 90 minute timeshare presentation. The thing is, I still couldn’t pull the trigger. Why? Because Disney is so freaking expensive!”

Having visited the Magic Kingdom over the Christmas holidays, I could feel this author’s pain and totally understand her family’s solution: Skip Disney and head to a local theme park. The money they saved over Disney was impressive, as was the time they had. They were even selected “Family of the Day.” Check out the post for more.

4. Curbing the Urge to Shop

[Frugal Rules] “Target to me is the giant money suck. I’ve always been convinced that once you walk through those automatic double sliding doors, your brain is zapped from whatever mission you were originally on, and you are now free to wander aimlessly and find a bunch of things you don’t really need, but want, to put in your oversized shopping cart.”

This post offers suggestions that will help you stop going to the store intent on buying one thing and instead returning home with many things. Suggestions include remembering why you’re buying something, using creativity instead of money and — my personal favorite — avoiding stores entirely.

5. If You’re Traveling With These 8 Things, You’re Overpacking

[Wise Bread] “Packing light doesn’t just save you money on luggage fees; it also gives you more freedom to move around and explore. Here’s the main thing to remember: It won’t be a disaster if you don’t have something when you need it during the trip.”

This is a topic I’ve written about in posts like Ask Stacy: How Can You Go to Europe for 10 Days With Just a Carry-On? What eight things should you leave home without? According to this author, excess clothes and shoes, toiletries, hair styling tools and books, among other things. Check out the post for the reasons why.

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