Sign up for our FREE Monthly Email Newsletter
In addition to keeping in the financial know, you may be interested in checking your credit score and report.
¹The credit scores provided under the offers described here use the Equifax Credit Score, which is a proprietary credit model developed by Equifax. The Equifax Credit Score and 3-Bureau scores are each based on the Equifax Credit Score model, but calculated using the information in your Equifax, Experian and TransUnion credit files. The Equifax Credit Score is intended for your own educational use. It is also commercially available to third parties along with numerous other credit scores and models in the marketplace. Please keep in mind third parties are likely to use a different score when evaluating your creditworthiness. Also, third parties will take into consideration items other than your credit score or information found in your credit file, such as your income.
²The Automatic Fraud Alert feature is made available to consumers by Equifax Information Services LLC and fulfilled on its behalf by Equifax Consumer Services LLC.
³Equifax Credit Report Control™ is only available while you have a current subscription to Equifax Complete Premier. Locking your credit file with Equifax Credit Report Control will prevent access to your Equifax credit file by certain third parties, such as credit grantors or other companies and agencies. Credit Report Control will not prevent access to your credit file at any other credit reporting agency, and will not prevent access to your Equifax credit file by companies like Equifax Personal Solutions which provide you with access to your credit report or credit score or monitor your credit file; Federal, state and local government agencies; companies reviewing your application for employment; companies that have a current account or relationship with you, and collection agencies acting on behalf of those whom you owe; for fraud detection and prevention purposes; and companies that wish to make pre-approved offers of credit or insurance to you. To opt out of such pre-approved offers, visit www.optoutprescreen.com/.
4We will require you to provide your payment information when you sign up and we will immediately charge your card $4.95. After that, we will charge the card $19.95 for each month you continue your subscription. You may cancel at any time; however, we do not provide partial month refunds.
Equifax® is a registered trademark and Equifax Complete™ Premier is a trademark of Equifax, Inc. © 2014, Equifax Inc., Atlanta, Georgia. All rights reserved.
While your big travel plans might be focused around visiting family for the holidays, one of the best ways to enjoy family fun without a lot of planning, and without busting your budget, is to take a “staycation.”
You don’t have to go very far to make memories—a staycation can be enjoyed in your own hometown—or in the next town over.
Here are some staycation ideas that don’t require a lot of planning:
Whether you head to the woods or set up a tent in the backyard, camping can be a great way to make memories. For those (like me) who have all the gear, it’s easy to throw everything in the back of the car and drive an hour to a favorite camping spot.
However, you can also make a fun family memory by camping at home. Set up your tent, pull out the grill, and have a camp-like experience. If you don’t have a tent, you can make a blanket tent in the family room, tell ghost stories, and enjoy microwave s’mores.
Local history tour
Take a tour of local history sites. Your town’s tourism bureau, historical society, or chamber of commerce should have some ideas of where to go and what to see. Most sites are free, and you can visit two or three sites in one day. Bring along a picnic lunch to enjoy en route, and end the day with a stop at a local ice cream shop.
Hotel in the next town over
Stay overnight in the next town over. Choose a hotel with a pool, and enjoy some fun in the water. Save money by bringing your own food, or eat at an inexpensive local restaurant. Check out one or two of the attractions in that town. You’ll learn something new and enjoy the feeling of getting away from home.
Chances are, there are several geocaching sites around your town. If you have a GPS, go online to plot your real-world treasure hunt. You can take a day, or spend two or three days searching out interesting locations. We like to combine camping with geocaching for a really fun experience.
Do you live near a state park? State parks can combine water activities, hiking trails, camping, and other outdoor activities. Find out what is available nearby, and make a day trip (or a camping trip) of it. Bring your own food, or plan to stop somewhere inexpensive to eat.
Theme days at home
You don’t even have to leave the house to enjoy a low-cost staycation with your family. Step away from the computer and turn off all mobile devices. Then, pick a theme. For example, you can learn about another country or culture. Find out how the people dress and what they eat. Prepare a meal in keeping with the theme, watch movies from that country, and modify some of what you have around the house to imitate the appropriate dress.
These theme days can also include topics like “beach,” “spa,” and “mountain.” Figure out what you can do to get in the right mindset. The idea is to do something a little different and fun with your time. It doesn’t have to cost much money, and when your whole family is involved, it can create good memories—and give your kids something cool to talk about when they’re asked about their weekend.
Equifax maintains this interactive forum for education and information purposes in order to allow individuals to share their relevant knowledge and opinions with other members and visitors. We encourage you to participate in discussions about personal finance issues and other topics of interest to this community, but please read our commenting guidelines first. Equifax reserves the right to monitor postings to the forum and comments will be published at our discretion. Do you have questions or comments about your Equifax credit report or customer-service issues regarding an Equifax product? If so, please contact Equifax directly. All opinions and information expressed or shared in blog comments are solely those of the person submitting the comments, and don't necessarily represent the views of Equifax or its management.