The Washington Post Published 9:40 am, Tuesday, June 26, 2018 The Washington Post's Travel section writers and editors recently discussed stories, questions, gripes and more. Here are edited excerpts: Q: I've hit the web hard on this, but would appreciate your thoughts on a late August/early September visit to Yellowstone National Park. What are the chances of snow versus smaller crowds? A: Crowds should lessen after Labor Day, but if you really want the place to yourself, go in the winter. In August the park receives on average 822,000 people; in September, 630,000; in November, 13,000. No one can predict weather these days, but the park can receive snow in higher elevations in the fall. However, early September is more summer than fall, so you likely won't see any of the white stuff. LATEST SFGATE VIDEOS Now Playing: Now Playing Street fight during SF's Pride Festival Navdeep Thind, @_KingDeep A kayaker paddles with great white sharks off Northern … [Read more...] about Talk Travel: Think November for a crowd-free Yellowstone
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Claire Tsosie NerdWallet Published 9:48 p.m. UTC Jun 3, 2018 Remember that one time you spent four years living with roommates, studying around the clock and eating microwaved ramen? While pinching pennies as a 20- or 30-something, maybe it hit you: You could save a lot by returning to that frugal student lifestyle. When you look at old bank statements from those school years, you might marvel at how little was spent on, well, everything. But you don’t have to return to dorm life to save money. Just tackling your financial goals with a scrappy college student mindset may be enough. Splurge selectively While attending Rice University, Kay Rodriguez, now 25, lived frugally so she could spend on what mattered to her: travel. “Travel is sort of my big splurge whenever I make one,” says Rodriguez, of Washington, D.C., who founded the travel blog Jetfarer. In college, she set up a high-yield savings account specifically for saving for travel . She also spent … [Read more...] about Nerd Wallet: Save money – think like a college student
Updated 6:43 am, Tuesday, May 29, 2018 Photo: Mark Lennihan, AP Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 FILE - This Oct. 24, 2016, file photo shows dollar bills in New York. Tackling your financial goals with a scrappy college student mindset could help you set aside more cash. You can trim costs and boost your savings rate by making a habit of comparison shopping, mastering the art of negotiation and more. less FILE - This Oct. 24, 2016, file photo shows dollar bills in New York. Tackling your financial goals with a scrappy college student mindset could help you set aside more cash. You can trim costs and boost your ... more Photo: Mark Lennihan, AP Save money by thinking like a college student 1 / 1 Back to Gallery Remember that one time you spent four years living with roommates, studying around the clock and … [Read more...] about Save money by thinking like a college student
Since the first bank opened its doors in Siena, Italy, in 1472, banks have held onto something that is now being touted as more important than money – data. Unfortunately, however, it's taken the best part of five-and-a-half centuries to fully understand what impact this data could have on the industry, and more importantly its customers.Fast forward to today, the game changer that the industry needs to kick start the innovation era is here. Open Banking or PSD2 will enable third parties outside the traditional banking world to access customer data, with their permission, and stoke the fires of innovation in a market that is not renowned for it. In fact, whilst it might have been a long time in the making, Open Banking is set to have a hugely positive impact on the UK economy, with the Centre for Economics and Business Research (Cebr) estimating that it could provide a much needed £1bn boost, and 17,000 new jobs.Could there be any pitfalls?The success of Open Banking hinges … [Read more...] about Is there really a market for Open Banking?
Car expenses rank second only to housing costs for many Americans. A family with two cars to insure and pay off could easily spend $1,000 or more per month to drive. But automotive expenses can often be trimmed. You could find significant savings by shopping for better rates on what could be the biggest items in your auto budget: monthly loan payments and insurance premiums. Rather than simply pinching pennies on gas, taking a few hours to lower these bills can feel much like getting a raise, delivering free money you can count on every month. Refinance your auto loan If you didn’t know your credit score or shop for a loan when you bought your car, it’s hard to know whether you got the best possible rate. Dealerships — where most people finance their cars — may offer very low-interest financing. But sometimes the rate you get isn’t the lowest you could have qualified for. “Most people have no idea” when it happens to them, says Delvin Davis, … [Read more...] about 2 ways to cut the cost of owning 4 wheels