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Carnival of Twenty Something Finances – DC Edition

Welcome to this weeks edition of the Carnival of Twenty Something Finances! Last weekend, the future Mrs and I headed down to Washington, DC to check out the famous cherry blossoms. Although it was VERY crowded, I must admit that it was an amazing time to see them. DC is a great place to see on the cheap. Most museums in the city are free and they have a great transit system. Personally, we parked outside of the city at one of the free metro stations and rode the train all day. It cost us about $5 per person and we did not have to deal with the horrendous traffic and confusing streets.

Sprinkled throughout the carnival this week are some common places to see while visiting DC. Like I mentioned before, most of these sites are free to the public. You can get away with spending very, very little compared to other cities. I advise packing a lunch for you and your family as food can be rather pricey if you purchase it from vendors. Anyway, off to the carnival!

This is a picture that we took in the midst of the trees. The cherry blossoms were at their peak this year from around March 28th through April 12th.

Editor Picks

Debt Kid shows you that getting a mortgage after foreclosure is not so simple.

Debt Ninja at Punch Debt in the Face wants to know what’s your favorite dumb but fun expense? I would have to say that mine was my iPhone. I love it with a passion but I really do not need all of the features and the added expense.

Jerry at Deal Supermarket talks about getting unplugged with frugality. This was a very creative post!

DR at The Dough Roller gives you 10 tips to declutter your finances.

The Washington Monument is the most prominent structure in DC. It was built in 1884 in honor of George Washington. It’s free to get in but make sure you get their early!

The Rest of the Field

KC Lau shows you 5 ways to take charge of your finances.

Fabulously Broke in the City shows you why a small space does not mean you put your life on hold and whine.

Bank Savings Review let’s you know about four banks that gave their TARP funds bank.

Kathryn at Out of Debt Christian has the top ways to waste money on your home.

Shaun from Learn Financial Planning shows you why being frugal is just the first step.

SVB at The Digerati Life helps you choose the best online stock brokers for cheap stock trades.

Personal Finance Analyst wants to know if saving money damages your quality of life.

Patrick at Cash Money Life tells you when you should tell your boss that you are pregnant.

The Smithsonian Institution has a ton of great free museums to see in DC. You can go to the Air and Space Museum, Museum of Natural History, Freer Gallery of Art, etc.

Mr CC at Ask Mr Credit Card let’s you know how American Express submits your credit information to the credit bureaus.

Matt at Fine-Tuned Finances compares new credit card programs for saving for college.

Ginger at Ginger Won’t Snap has some credit card fraud problems.

Peak Personal Finance has 3 smart personal finance tasks that you are probably putting off.

Diego at Bankling shares with us his top 50 economics blogs.

Big Cajun Man at Canadian Personal Finance Blog has some advice for new grads.

Patrick at Money Saving Deals gives us the lowdown on how to get up to $150 from TradeKing.

RJ at Our Financial Planner shows you the miracle of compound interest.

The Lincoln Memorial is another great (free) site to see in the city.

MoneyNing shares with your his review of Everbank.

Jeff Rose at Good Financial Cents let’s you know what to do if there is a layoff pending.

Destroy Debt shows you how to get the last drop out of many popular products.

Pinyo at Moolanomy shows you how to transfer credit card balances.

Raj at DebtGoal is cutting the bill on digital services.

Wren at True Adventures in Money Hacking shows you how to get a free car. Really!

Dan at Everyday Finance gives you the best CD yields in April.

Jim at Bargaineering shows you how to pick the best credit card.

J Money at Budgets are Sexy gives some advice on Roth IRAs vs 401ks.

Visit Arlington National Cemetery and pay your respects to the thousands of fallen soldiers. You can also view the resting place of JFK and see the Eternal Flame.

Patrick at Military Finance Network shows how the stimulus plan assists military members affrected by the mortgage meltdown.

Credit Card Assist wants to know if you have ever looked at your credit card closely.

Apply 4 Credit wants to know if credit card protection plans are really worth the added cost.

Christian Personal Finance is giving away a free subscription of Kiplinger’s personal finance.

Investing School compares Etrade, TradeKing, and Zecco.

Mike at Money TLD lets you know that some expired foods can still be edible.

Eric at Twenties Money has five pieces of advice for twenty somethings.

BillEater shows you how to avoid debt reduction scams.

Kyle at Suburban Dollar gives you his review of CashCrate.

Baggage Fees Keeping You Grounded?

If you’re like me, you don’t really like spending extra money on things that were previously free. Last month, several airlines instituted additional fees on checked baggage. American Airlines charges $15 for the first checked bag and then $25 for each additional bag. United’s policy is very similar. Many other airlines still allow at least one checked bag for free and then charge after that.

I typically fly Southwest which allows you to check two bags for free. However, I am attending a conference in Boston (which Southwest doesn’t fly directly into) and had to book a flight with American Airlines. Since they have this new fee schedule it made me think of some ways to avoid it. SmartMoney has a great article on ways to avoid paying baggage fees and I will list some of them as well as some I thought of.

Wear Your Suit
I usually carry a garment bag for my suit so that it stays nice. It’s a hard bag to carry on since it doesn’t fit very nice in the overhead compartments. I am only at my conference for a few days so I can get away with packing all of my regular clothes in a carry on bag but I still need my suit. If I wear my suit on the plane, I can save myself the hassle of checking a garment bag and I can avoid the $15 bag fee. I may be uncomfortable on the plane wearing a suit all day but at least I didn’t have to give my money to American.

Embrace the Middle Seat
The middle seat usually has more space underneath for a purse or a duffel bag that can be squished easily. This will give you more room for your stuff, but you still have the dreaded middle seat. If you’ve ever flown Southwest before you know that the middle seats are the last to go and you desperately try and avoid eye contact so no one sits beside you.

Carry-On
This is kind of a given. In order to avoid the check baggage fees, just don’t check any bags. Make sure that your carry-on bag is within the size limitations. Go to a site called One Bag to learn how to get all of your goodies into a nice tight spot.

Pack Light
When you are packing for your next overnight trip, remember that the hotel will have things like a hair dryer, shampoo, etc. Most hotels will even give you toothpaste. This will lighten your load significantly.

If you have any other suggestions or tips that you have about packing light for a trip, just post a comment for all of us to read!