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“Everyday Cheapskate”

Posted on May 27, 2015 at 8:31 am

Secrets of stress-free vacations with kids SYNDICATED COLUMNIST mary hunt Family vacations can be either delightful or disastrous — it depends greatly on your attitude and the care you devote to research and planning. Adjust your attitude. Here is the first rule of family vacations: Parents on vacation really aren’t on vacation. If you can unload personal expectations that you will be relaxed and refreshed when it’s over, you won’t

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    Posted on April 22, 2015 at 10:43 am


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