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If you live in a part of the country where the leaves change color in the fall (or want to go to one), it’s time start planning on your fall hiking trip to see them! Sure, the kids may be back in school, but a nice family hike can make for a great weekend trip. So where should you go?

Here are five great locations from around the U.S. to get out and enjoy the beauty of fall. Let our travel partners save you big on airfare, rental cars and hotels.

  • Vermont. It wouldn’t be a fall leaf list without Vermont! If you’re thinking of heading up, the first week of October is forecasted to be the best this year for colors.
  • Colorado. It’s a big state, so it has a lot to offer! Hotspots include: Kebler Pass near Gunnison-Crested Butte, the 236-mile loop of San Juan Skyway, The Grand Mesa Scenic and Historic Byway, Trail Ridge Road and Rocky Mountain National Park. Early October is a good time to head out to Colorado.
  • Missouri. Here you can take a driving, walking or jogging tour of the fall foliage. And if boats are your thing, you can also do a boat tour. Missouri’s got a little something for everyone. Colors usually peak mid-October here.
  • California. Cali is a great state for a lot of things. There are several state parks scattered through the state where you can see the leaves change. So pick your favorite area of the state, and then if your travel calendar allows, head over to the beach, take a coastal drive, go camping… you have a lot of options in California. The best time to go depends on where you end up picking. But you’re pretty safe with early October.
  • Oregon. Check out the Cascade Mountains and Columbia River Gorge. Mid-September to mid-October would be best to head to Oregon.

Have your own fall foliage hot spot? Let us know!

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Higher learning certainly isn’t cheap! Once you get over the sticker shock of tuition and room & board, you find out how expensive textbooks can be. Well, we’re looking out for you, young scholar. Here are a couple of online stores that can help you save money and earn cash back while getting the books you need for class.

  • Textbooks.com: Earn 3.5% cash back and get free shipping on orders over $25 through the end of the year.
  • TextbookX.com: Buy and sell books! Earn 3.5% cash back and enjoy free shipping on orders over $49.

There are other ways to save too…

  • Buy used books, they can be remarkably less than new ones.
  • If you have the option, check out the e-version of a book to try to save. Plus, an e-reader is a lot lighter than heavy textbooks, so you’re helping your back too.
  • And don’t forget the library. Maybe you can get away with checking a book out instead of buying it all together.

And, if you’re a business major, take the opportunity to find some unique ways to save on books. Start your own bookshop, perhaps?

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Back-to-School Time Doesn’t Have to Cost You Big

September 2, 2014

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National Second Hand Wardrobe Day

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That’s right! It’s time to go through your closets and get rid of the old. It’s also time to check out your local second-hand shop and see what you can get for way less. Let’s start with your closet cleaning… We all have pieces of clothing that we save because we love them, they used [...]

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Back-to-School Time Can Earn You Money

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It’s Vinyl Record Day!

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National Night Out—Keeping Your Neighborhood Safe

August 5, 2014

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Keep Your Lawn Green without Breaking the Bank

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A good lawn is a point of pride, isn’t it? But maintaining your yard in the summer can end up costing you a lot in water bills alone. In fact, Americans spend roughly $40 billion on lawn care each year. Since we’re all about saving you money, we’ve got some tips to help you save [...]

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It’s National Penuche Fudge Day! Make Your Own for Less

July 22, 2014

Mmmm… fudge. I bet you didn’t know there was an entire day to honor penuche fudge! Or maybe you’re a huge fudge fan and you’re already all over this. Either way, here’s a recipe to help you celebrate the day and as always, CouponCactus.com can help you save on the things you need to get [...]

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Taking Sun Precautions Now Can Save You Later

July 15, 2014

Sure, it’s nice in the summer to have a healthy glow. However, it’s important to take safety precautions when you’re out in the sun. One in five Americans will develop some form of skin cancer at some point in their lifetime. So, when you take care of your skin, you’re not only protecting yourself from [...]

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