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The Honeymoon's Over Now What?
by: Nathan Dawson
After your honeymoon, thatís it for luxurious vacations right? Youíve now got your mortgage to think about, car payments, utilities, saving for children if you plan to have them, insurance, credit card debt and then thereís everyday expenses like food. With all those expenses how could you ever think about a vacation again, well you can!


Timeshares


Timeshares are great places to spend your time. Some find that they get several weeks on their ownership program each year while others may not be able to use them at all. However that doesnít mean you canít rent them out to others and make a slight profit.


Most timeshare owners pay on average $250 for a week. Find friends or family who are willing to split the fee and share the space. Or if you just want to stay the week you can pay the fee and enjoy your time there.


Before you head to your time share destination check on these things first: Make sure you agree on the price before taking over someoneís timeshare, and ask the other party about other expenses such as cleaning fees, and maintenance charges. Know whatís around you, you may think the time share comes with a full kitchen but find out there isnít so youíll want to know what you have access to and surrounding locations.


The more the merrier


Take a vacation with your friends. It can be fun, and less expensive because you can split some of the costs. Say you want to go to the mountains to do some skiing. An average price for a weeklong cabin rental with three bedrooms costs around $900. You can easily split that between other friends and save a ton while being located in an ideal spot. If you prefer to be outdoors, then take a camping trip. Your cost for the campsite will be nothing!


Before you go make sure to set some ground rules such as still making time for family, not just friends, or alone time with your other half. If you have kids, perhaps one night, one other couple or the friends you are with can watch them and then you can switch roles. Or you can choose to do your own things during the day and then get together during the night for dinner.


Swap Homes


Do you live in an attractive place where tourists always venture to. If so, consider doing a house exchange. Most house exchanges cost $30-$110 per year. You may feel skeptical about turning your house over to a stranger but itís completely safe. Most home exchangers are prosperous, mature, and well educated professionals so they are not likely to destroy your home. Or you can choose to do a house swap with a family with children if you have children so you are going from one child friendly home to the next.

About the author:
Nathan Dawson writes for http://www.marriedfinances.comand http://www.successfulmarriageresource.com,great online sources for marriage and finance information.


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