Knowing When It’s Time to Cut Your Child Off

Knowing When It's Time to Cut Your Child Off

Being a parent is one of the most difficult things that you will ever do, and it’s especially difficult when your child is grown and you have to cut them loose. If you have a child who is still depending on you or taking advantage of you in terms of money, it’s extremely difficult to cut them off from taking your money. You may feel extremely guilty for this, but it’s something that you’re going to have to do it some point or another. Everyone wants to provide for their child as long as possible, but sometimes your child needs to learn responsibility and not have an easy access to your money. If your child is just taking advantage of you and taking your money, you need to know exactly when it is time to cut them off. If you have never consider this before or you are dealing with the situation in you don’t know what to do, here’s what you need to be keeping in mind.

Why Should You Ever Do This?

Don't Let Your Child Take Advantage Of You
Don’t Let Your Child Take Advantage Of You
You may not understand why you should never do this, but it really is quite simple. Sometimes, your child is just going to wind up taking advantage of the fact that they can get money from you whenever they want it. An allowance is one thing, but if your child is grown and still demanding money so they can spend it on leisure or luxury items, you need to be aware of the fact that that’s not okay. There are some points when your child just needs to learn that you are not a bank or a free ride, and they need to accept that fact at some point. Cutting your child off and refusing to give them any more money for those sorts of things is probably going to be a good idea.

Knowing When They’ve Gone Too Far

Know When They've Gone Too Far
Know When They’ve Gone Too Far
Of course, you need to know exactly when your child is going to far so that you can understand when this is not acceptable. If your child is an adult and is asking you for tons of money to spend on concert tickets or things for their friends, then this is not a good situation for you to be in. It’s also just not acceptable. You need to be very careful of the site your child doesn’t wind up taking advantage of you needlessly. It’s not something that you should be allowing, so you do need to be extremely careful about the sort of thing.

Sticking to Your Guns

Stick to your gunsIt’s definitely difficult to do this, but you need to know how to stay firm and stick to your guns. Lay down the line make sure your child knows exactly why you are cutting them off and what you are cutting them off for. You obviously still want to provide for your child if they are struggling financially, but it can always be about getting what they want. You need to make this clear and stick to your guns. It’s going to be difficult and is going to make you feel guilty, but it’s just something that you are going to have to do.

The Ins and Outs of Saving on Transportation Costs While Traveling

The Ins and Outs of Saving on Transportation Costs While Traveling

When you’re traveling, the first thing that’s most common to look for is the cheapest ticket available. Whether you’re flying, taking the train, or riding the bus, the most obvious way to save money is to find the lowest fare possible. While this is a good way to start, don’t discount the other costs that you’ll encounter while traveling, because they’re substantial. Just getting to airport, for example, can cost half as much as the actual price of your ticket depending on where you live. Taking a private car can add a hefty bill onto your entire travel tab, so you need to be mindful of where you’re spending your money. There are also offers that travel booking websites claim save you money, but it’s not always true. You need to weigh all the factors that determine the final cost of a trip and make sure that you’re making the best decisions for the type of travel you’re going on. Here are a few points of the ins and outs of traveling costs you may not predict.

Airfare, Car, and Hotel Combos

Book A Travel Package Online & Save Big
Book A Travel Package Online & Save Big
When you’re searching for the cheapest airfares, many times travel websites will offer the opportunity to save money if you include the cost of a car and hotel along with the airfare. This can also exist in various combinations that only include two of the services, depending on what your travel needs are, and might seem like a good idea. However, make sure you compare what it costs to book everything separately. For example, if you’re going on recreational trip and need to fly, it might be cheaper to book the flight with one airline, and then the car rental with a different provider that isn’t included on the booking website’s list. You can also find better deals sometimes by booking separately if you specifically want to pick up a rental car from somewhere nearby where you live. Whatever your needs are, sometimes it’s better to book separately. On the other hand, if you’re traveling to a popular destination, it’s more likely that the combo deal the website is offering will actually save you money. The key is comparing and contrasting.

Deciding on Travel Dates

Travel dates can make a big difference in the cost of a ticket, regardless of whether you’re taking a plane, train, or bus. There are certain times of year that are less popular to travel. Usually this is around downtimes when there aren’t any holidays or vacation off-seasons. The demand for tickets is less, so the supply becomes less expensive. It’s worth exploring your options and making your dates flexible, if possible, when you go searching for what kind of ticket deals you can get. Make sure you check out both different departure and return dates, because a single day can mean a difference of $100 or more.

Checking Baggage and Fees

Cheap BagaggeA decade ago, baggage fees didn’t exist unless you were bringing aboard a box of lead in your suitcase. With the increase in travel expenses, though, you now have to pay for any bag you’re checking with most airlines. It’s a complete waste of money, though, if you can fit everything into a carry-on bag. While this tactic can save a clever packer money, make sure you also aren’t that person in line who can’t fit their giant carry-on bag into the overhead storage compartment. The key is to learn how to pack efficiently and only bring absolute necessities. Consider leaving behind toiletries, for example, that you can pick up for cheap after you get off the plane. If you do bring toiletries, leave the giant shampoo bottles at home, and downsize with a travel container. If you’re going on a bus or train, on the other hand, usually there aren’t baggage check fees.

Temptations at the Airport

Avoid Airport Food Courts
Avoid Airport Food Courts
You might have successfully beaten the odds of all hidden travel costs associated with traveling. You took public transportation to your departure point, avoiding exorbitant taxi fees. Perhaps you packed well, and you don’t check baggage at the airport, saving you money with the baggage check fee. However, the final frontier of truly saving money and not falling victim to the excessive expenses of travel is the airport itself. Every airport has a food court and other services for weary travelers, such as pop-up massage stations. Avoid these amenities at all costs, because they’re going to be twice as expensive as they would be outside the airport. If possible, try to eat beforehand, and save yourself the excessive expense of a meal at a subpar fast food restaurant.