Student discounts you can get on holiday travel and at tourist destinations

Book flights and hotels in advance, travel in the shoulder season and take the DIY approach. We are all familiar with such travel tips to keep our vacation budgets under control. However, there’s more money to be saved during family holidays if you have a school or college-going child. You can grab student discounts on entry fees to heritage sites and airfare. Then there are additional benefits like special travel cards that are designed exclusively for students. These discounts should not be confused with concessions that are offered to children in general….

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Family finance: How salaried Singhs can achieve their money goals easily

Raman Singh and Amrita Kaur are both employed and bring in a combined monthly salary of Rs 1.5 lakh. They live in their own house worth Rs 1 crore, in Delhi, with their two children, aged eight and four. They have no liabilities, and their portfolio comprises equity in the form of mutual fundsworth Rs 82.2 lakh, debt worth Rs 90 lakh in the form of EPF, PPF and fixed deposits, and Rs 5 lakh as cash. Their goals include building an emergency corpus, saving for their kids’ education and weddings, buying another house,…

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Volvo XC40: Can this rival the BMW X1, Audi Q3, Mercedes GLA ?

Volvo is all set to launch the XC40 on 4th July and this SUV will rival the likes of the Audi Q3, BMW X1 and the Mercedes-Benz GLA. The XC40 will be imported as CBU (completely built unit) and will only be offered in one trim, the R Design. Expected to be priced around Rs 35-40 lakh, ex-showroom, the XC40 will be fully loaded and will also get Volvo’s semi-autonomous driving tech. We drove the car in and around Hyderabad recently and came back impressed. It is the largest among…

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Can standardisation of exclusions in health insurance policies help customers?

Different health insurance products carry different exclusions. Photo: iStock Malti Jaswal, chief operating officer, Health Insurance TPA of India Ltd Need to rationalise scope of exclusions One of the most contentious issues, which is also the reason for the highest number of grievances lodged by health insurance policyholders, pertains to “exclusions” under a health insurance contract. As more comprehensive products are being introduced, the list of exclusions by insurance companies (to avoid litigation and court awards) is also growing. Different products carry different exclusions, and the same exclusion could mean different things,…

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10 SUVs that can easily be modified for MEGA street presence: Mahindra XUV500 to Toyota Fortuner

One of the USPs of SUVs is that they offer a strong road presence. Thanks to their dimensions, aggressive stance and bold design, the SUVs help you make a powerful statement on the street. Here are 10 SUVs that have been modified to have a MEGA street presence, showing you how it’s done! Mahindra Bolero The Mahindra Bolero has always been appreciated for its rugged, mini-G Wagon looks. This Bolero, however, looks significantly bolder than the regular variant. Much of it is due to the all-black paint scheme and wider…

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Five Countries Indians Can Travel to Without Worrying About Visa

Gone are the days when travelling abroad meant dealing with lots of paperwork, dreadful queues, visa applications and unprecedented stress levels – no matter where you were headed. Times have changed, with several countries now offering visa on arrival to Indians. All you need to do is to pick your location wisely, book your tickets and go! India ranks 75th on Passport Index’ Global Passport Power Rank 2018, which means Indians can travel to 24 countries sans a visa and 27 countries offer Indians visa on arrival. So, if your…

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The One Travel Sin In Israel That You Can Easily Avoid

Not so very long ago terminally bland chain hotels were the mainstay of lodging in Israel—indeed, a certain generation of travelers can remember when they were practically the only choice in cities like Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. But the past decade has seen a total transformation of the Israeli boutique hotel landscape. Big chains are still amply represented, but with demand for innovation in the lifestyle space high even well-known brands are finding it necessary to get their style game on. 65 Hotel The Hotel 65, once an office building, rises above Rothschild Boulevard…

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What is AAA Travel and Can It Save You Money On Travel?

Before you could research and book your travel in an instant on the Internet, you needed AAA Travel. The information superhighway has made DIY travel planning extremely easy, but travel agencies including AAA Travel still exist. If you’ve grown up in the Internet age, you’re probably wondering what is AAA Travel? If you or you’re family booked a flight or planned on driving across the country as a child, it’s possible you used an AAA service. Whether you needed roadside assistance, a TripTik, or a travel agent to book your trip, it…

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How Technology Can Save Your Small Business Big Money

If you own a small business, you know how important it is to keep costs down and profits up. In fact, experts say that over 80% of small businesses that fail do so because they suffer from problems with their cash flow. No matter how great your business idea is, if you can’t fund it, it won’t succeed in the market. Luckily, there are ways that you can use technology to increase your chances of success and protect yourself from some of the common problems that small business owners have….

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Have an idea for a startup but not sure where to start? These online classes can help.

Everyone and their mother has an idea for a startup, but the impressive part is getting it off the ground. Luckily, there are a few critical skills that will help you succeed in the startup world no matter which industry you plan to disrupt. The Startup School Bundle, which is just $40 right now (a massive 97% discount) offers ten courses that can help you learn essential skills for any field. Generating Ideas Most ideas for startups and apps are pretty vague, and just about everyone has a plan for “the Uber of…

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