17 quirky ways to save extra money this summer

With the hype around spring cleaning and beach ready bodies, it’s time to give our personal finances some seasonal love. With longer days, better weather and relaxed attitudes, summer is a great time to amp up the mindfulness and institute some savvy habits. Here are a few ways to beef up your bank account by September.

1. Traveling internationally? Check your cards.

Thanks to a strong dollar and low gas prices, international travel is cheaper than ever. And it seems that Americans are catching on. A new survey by Synchrony Financial  found that more Americans are planning on  traveling in 2016 because of lower gas prices.

Take advantage of this perfect storm and book now. But before you go, make sure you have at least one credit card with no foreign transaction rates. With the variety of cards available that offer no fees, there is no need to be paying an extra 1 to 3 percent per transaction.

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