It's the start of the summer travel season, did you already miss out on the best deals? Not quite yet. There are ways to save on everything from airfare to Disney vacations. There's also a warning for anyone who plans to invest in the growing pot business in Washington.
Disneyland Raises Prices
Families heading to Disneyland this summer may need to adjust the budget.
For the fourth time in four years, the theme park is raising prices. Anyone over the age of 10 will now pay $96 for a one-day pass. That's a $4 increase. Parking will also cost an extra dollar.
That increase probably won't keep families from going to the Happiest Place on Earth, so you may as well save money. Check out the website MouseSavers.Com. A woman has made it her full-time job to collect coupon codes and deals at Disney Resorts and Hotels.
Summer Travel Costs More
Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial start of summer. AAA estimates 36 million Americans will travel at least 50 miles from home; that's the highest volume of travel since before the recession.
You can thank the long, cold winter for that. AAA says the cold winter in much of the United States has people itching to get out and explore. Wherever you travel this summer, expect to pay more.
Gas prices are up, plane tickets cost an average of six percent more than last year and hotel rooms cost about two percent more. It's a good reminder to think ahead to late summer.
"It might be too late to get an airfare deal for Memorial Day weekend," says Wendy Perrin from TripAdvisor. "But there are still airfare deals for the rest of the summer, especially right now if you're planning to get away in August or even over Labor Day."
Thinking of Investing in the Pot Biz? Be Careful
Does Washington's booming new marijuana industry have you thinking of investment opportunities? Not so fast.
The Securities and Exchange Commission says the risk of fraud is very high. They've even suspended trading shares of some pot companies, concerned about the accuracy of financial statements.
The bottom line: do your homework, be careful and if it's too good to be true, it probably is.