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Saving Money this Memorial Day Weekend

Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer, which means it’s time to head to the beach and celebrate! #HipNJ wants to make sure you don’t break the bank this weekend, so here are some ways to save money this Memorial Day Weekend, courtesy of TopCashback.com.

Carpool

Between traffic and finding places to park, driving to the beach can be a hassle. If you have a group heading for an extended weekend getaway, consider carpooling and splitting the costs of driving and parking.

Bring Your Own Food

One of the best ways to save money when you visit the beach is by bringing a cooler of your own food. Prepare sandwiches, throw in some snacks, a bag of ice and you are beach ready!

Find Free Activities

Memorial Day weekend is known for fairs, public events and more! Scout out your town’s festivities for the weekend and catch the fireworks for free. If you’re headed to the beach, make sure to bring activities for your friends and family such as beach balls, pales and shovels!

Budget

Just because you’re at the beach during peak season, doesn’t mean you have to subject yourself to inflated prices! There are plenty of ways to save, including shopping online prior to your getaway or staying at a less popular hotel.

Replace Rental Cars With Local Transportation

Depending on your travel destination, you can easily research transportation options to get you out and about. Whether it is public or hotel transportation, you can significantly cut costs and see more in town when you choose public transportation.

Skip the Hotel

Adventure out of your comfort zone and book a stay through Airbnb or hostels for any last-minute bookings. Often Airbnb and hostels will be more accommodating to last-minute bookings and offer lower rates than popular hotel chains.

Have fun this weekend; we hope these tips come in handy!

Celest Quintana On Mentorship

Celest Quintana, owner and operator of more than 10 McDonald’s restaurants in the Jersey City and Newark area, sat with Steve Adubato on “One-on-One” to discuss the importance of mentorship.

“It works both ways,” Quintana says of mentorship. “We mentor people, and in the process, they mentor us.” Both parties benefit from this sharing of knowledge.

Quintana says that honesty is the key to mentorship. “It has to be somebody who is truly honest.”

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Working Mom

Andi Pasquin on Being a Working Mom

Andi Pasquin, Wells Fargo Home Mortgage Consultant, stopped by the #HipNJ studio to chat with Maria Falzo about her work with Wells Fargo in Summit.

Pasquin has been in mortgage banking for 15 years. 9 of those years have been spent with Wells Fargo, servicing the whole state of New Jersey. She primarily helps NJ’s law enforcement community. “It’s very rewarding to help those that help us,” she states.

“There’s a lot of balance and struggle that goes along with trying to have a successful career and also be a successful parent,” the working mom says. “So, I try my hardest every day.”

Pasquin offers some advice for maximizing your time. She states that she has tried to identify pockets of time she calls “empty space.” “Rather than listening to the radio or making personal calls, I try to capture anything I can get done professionally in that time space,” she explains.

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