Money Saving Monday: July 6

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Welcome back from the holiday weekend! Hope you enjoyed celebrating America's birthday and hopefully some nice weather.

We have a new crop of money-saving tips, strategies and articles for your reading pleasure:

In case you don't have a vacation on the books yet, here are 12 simple ways to save on summer travel from Christopher Elliot's website.

Bankrate has a few less traditional - but very feasible - ideas to save a ton of cash.

It's hard to pin down the exact best time to book a flight, but a new trend report covered by Daily Finance offers interesting data - and it never hurts to try!

Finally, CNBC suggests you check with your credit card to see if they offer this very valuable perk  you might not even know about.

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