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Start Saving For That Next Trip: Win A $50 Gift Card To SmartyPig

May 6th, 2008 · 9 Comments

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Every Travel Betty knows how much I love pork, so you shouldn’t be surprised to hear about my fascination with SmartyPig.  Although inedible, SmartyPig is the tastiest new way to save money online and share your goals with family and friends (who just may be willing to contribute too, once they see how responsible you’re being).  And since last time I checked, it costs money to travel, I think SmartyPig is an excellent way to save up for your next big adventure. 

Gorge yourself on savings with SmartyPig

The Ultimate Money Blog actually has a good breakdown of the service:

The basic gist of it is this: you want a new ipod, a Hawaiian vacation, a new bike, etc. First you start a profile on the site, then you establish your savings account and goal, and figure out your monthly contribution. Then you have the option to share with friends and family your savings goal so they can track your progress and make donations if they would like. Start saving, and before long you’ll meet your goal! 

Being Frugal also has a good review and like me, is having a SmartyPig contest with monetary rewards: 

What I Like About Smarty Pig

  • You can’t beat the interest rate.
  • Their customer service is top notch. They have responded quickly to customer requests to lower fees. They had an issue about a week ago, where their system rejected transfers that were supposed to happen over a weekend, and notified members that their accounts would be charged $25 fees. On the following Monday, I received a personal email from SmartyPig’s CEO apologizing, telling me my account would not be charged, and that they were fixing the problem immediately. They also quickly put up a blog post explaining what had happened, so their customers weren’t in the dark.
  • Others can pitch in towards savings goals, which makes it an appealing choice to teach children to save.
  • If I know I want to buy something from a particular retailer, I can get an additional savings bonus by receiving my money as a store gift card.
  • Savings are automated, so I don’t miss the money.
  • The website and avatars are pretty cute!

What I Don’t Like About Smarty Pig

  • It’s another account to manage. I could achieve the same thing by opening an ING sub-account.
  • I can’t just transfer money back to my funding source. (yet)
So now for the fun part. You want to save up for your next adventure, but are having trouble finding the inspiration? How does $50 bones in your pork satchel sound?  All you have to do is indulge me and Travel Boyfriend a bit:

Pretend you’re kicking back at your favorite travel destination and use the comments section to write us a short lil’ postcard making us wish we were there too. The one that transports us in a way we find most pleasing will win! It’s that easy. (and hey, while you’re at it, you might also take this opportunity to sign up for my RSS feed too!)

I’ll keep the contest going until we have at least 50 postcard comments, so be sure to send this around to all the other Travel Betties you know. I can’t wait to read your adventures! Good luck.

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  • 9 responses so far ↓

    • 1 Jenn // May 6, 2008 at 10:38 pm

      You rule for the phrase “How does $50 bones in your pork satchel sound?”

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    • 2 Laura // May 7, 2008 at 7:18 am

      ¡Saludos de México!

      In searching for a Mexican Riviera spot without hi-rise hotels and cruise ships, I found Chacala, this little sleepy fishing village I’m relaxing in now. Yesterday I met 2 local fisherman with whom I shared Pacífico beers and ceviche while we sat around a bonfire on the beach. They invited met to join them on their little lancha, a 27 foot fishing boat with an outboard motor off the back. I jumped at the opportunity and headed for the launching area with them this morning at 3AM! We rode out so far we could no longer see shore. My fishermen friends set their fishing net into the ocean and then we waited for 2 hours for the sun to rise. I kept an eye on the star-speckled sky watching for shooting stars. Just before 6AM the sky began to brighten. I sat up and anxiously awaited the sunrise over the hilly backdrop of the shoreline. Pelicans flew all around us in the quiet morning air and bobbed up and down in the calm waters around our boat. They approached us so closely that I was able to note that some had blue eyes while others’ had brown eyes and all had soft pale yellow tufts of feathers atop their heads, resembling a newborn’s fine baby hair. The fishermen sang along with the upbeat Mexican songs from the radio they turned on as they hauled the fish-filled net from the water, plucking the fish – and the stinging jelly fish! — from it and tossing them onto the floor of the boat. On our way back to shore, we spotted a mother and baby dolphin porpoising in the ocean and we steered the boat closer to them to get a better look! Back on land, I watched all the fishermen unload their daily catch into trucks of those buying fresh fish for their homes and restaurants as far away as Guadalajara. Now I’m sitting on this beautiful stretch of jungle-encircled beach, reflecting on the experience and soaking up the sun’s rays. Time for a nap!

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    • 3 Travel Betty // May 7, 2008 at 7:52 am

      Thanks, Jenn! I thought twice about it, but then decided that was exactly what I wanted to say :)

      Wow, Laura, way to kick off the contest! That sounds divine. Thanks for your entry.

      Who’s next? Let’s keep those postcards coming!!

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    • 4 JoLynn from The Fit Shack // May 8, 2008 at 11:55 am

      Hi Betty,

      Having loads of fun here on the slopes in Engelberg, Switzerland. It’s been snowing steadily so the scenery is beautiful but got in a touch over our heads on one of the runs – full of moguls, eek!

      It’s been a great time though, also went to Castle Kyburg, Uetliberg, Lucerne, up to Mount Pilatus, and more – I’ll show you the pics when I get back. Oh, and I’ve been using my German, which is always fun. :)

      See you guys soon!


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    • 5 Wali-G // Jun 22, 2008 at 2:17 am

      Like your website and your writing style.

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    • 6 Louise Brown // Jun 25, 2008 at 10:15 am

      Having a great time at NXNE indie rock music festival in Toronto, Canada. I partied all day, bar hopping and enjoying cutting edge Canadian music. You won’t believe what happened. I “found” an invite to a private party for rockstars, indulged myself thoroughly at the open bar, called Dave Foley “ugly and fat” and schmoozed with all kinds of musicians, including a guitarist from legendary punk band The Monks, Hollerado and a band currently “opening for Blondie”. Sweet!

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    • 7 Travel Betty // Jun 25, 2008 at 10:31 am

      JoLynn, Switzerland sounds fantastic! Careful on those moguls :)

      Wali-G, thanks for the props! Stop by soon.

      Louise Brown, you are super cool! Way to sneak your way into the scene. I actually met The Monks at a garage rock weekend in Vegas a couple years ago. Great guys and super talented musicians. You should read the book “Black Monk Time” for more insight into the band in their heyday!

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    • 8 Louise Brown // Jun 25, 2008 at 10:33 am

      Hahaha, yeah, if you want to check out my blog post it’s here:

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    • 9 Kris Lynn // Jul 6, 2008 at 7:33 pm

      Hair in a messy ponytail; and having a hard time communicating with a telephone diva in Paris, I finally boarded a train headed for Mons, Belgium in the dark of night and hoped, prayed for the best. I wanted a quiet ride to collect my thoughts and regroup. It was a crowded train, I had a place on the floor in the corridor. One of the compartments seemed to have a steady in and out flow of inhabitants…I was dead tired and coveted a seat, so did the math and realized a seat was vacant, I entered.
      I was the lone woman. There was a sleeping businessman, and…gypsies. Old, middle-aged and even young, very young men; laughing and ripping a chicken apart with their bare hands. All sharing a bottle of wine, stopped with a not-so-clean rag. I entered, they grew silent. Then they all hollered some kind of obvious welcome, and handed the bottle my way. It was one of those Anthony Bourdain split decisions…and btw, when this happened, he was still in college…I said what the hell, this is My Adventure, why not live it.

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