Tax Refund: To Spend or Save?

Tax Refund

What Will You Do with your Tax Refund?

Many Americans have plans for their 2013 tax refunds, according to a new survey by John Hancock Financial Services.

More than half of those surveyed expect to get a tax refund this year, and 17% of them plan to spend it. Of those, 56% plan to spend theirs on a vacation. That was the #1 category for splurging, and up from 36% last year who said they planned to use their refund check to finance a vacation.

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Vacation Pictures: Tips for Staying Safe!

Vacation Pictures

Don’t Share Vacation Pictures Until You’re Home Safe

You may already know that crooks make use of social media sharing to gain access to victims. Now, there’s some new research that sheds light on the dangers facing vacationers from social media over-sharing.

Specialty insurance company Meemic wants everyone to know the dangers of sharing vacation pictures and details about a vacation while that vacation is still in progress.

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Is Home Swapping Right for You?

iStock_000026062262SmallMore people are choosing the option of home swapping these days as an alternative to the traditional vacation ritual of booking a hotel, according to one of the firms that arranges these short-term relationships.

Los Angeles-based HomeExchange say they’ve experienced a 13% jump in summer travel for 2013 vs. 2012, and are on track to post 16% year-end annual growth. The company predicts their members will complete 75,000 home exchanges by the end of 2013. They completed 70,000 last year. Continue Reading…