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Texas CPAs Offer Five Savings Tips for Summer Vacation Planning

Dallas, Texas (PRWEB) June 04, 2014

Are you planning to take a family vacation this summer? If so, it could become a pricey proposition. For those Americans with summer vacation plans, 41% expect to pay an average of $ 3,000 for transportation, lodging, meals, activities, entertainment and pet care, according to a new telephone survey conducted for the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) by Harris Poll. The Texas Society of CPAs offers some tips on how you can set a budget for and hold down the cost of a family trip while still having an enjoyable break.

Check Out Prices Ahead of Time

There are many online options to help you compare and minimize hotel and airfare spending, but it can be hard to budget when you’re not sure how much your everyday needs will cost. To solve that problem, search online for local restaurants that appeal to you and check out the menus to get a sense of meal prices. Visit the sites of museums or any other type of attraction you plan to visit to learn about entrance fees. Don’t forget, too, that you may need to rent a car or take taxis or public transportation to get around. Other expenses may include hotel Internet charges, fees for using an ATM outside your own banking network and currency exchange costs if you travel abroad. You’ll probably find yourself buying at least a couple of souvenirs to remember your trip, so add those to your budget, as well.

Read the Fine Print

Are you planning to visit a resort or take a cruise? While you may expect many amenities to be included, it’s smart to find out ahead of time what will cost extra. Hotels may charge for daily parking, for use of the pool or other facilities, or for renting bicycles, jet skis or other water craft. On a cruise, there may be added charges for alcoholic or other beverages and even for dining in certain on-board restaurants. Trips outside of your resort or on-shore cruise excursions may also cost extra, and you’ll probably have to ante up a little more for massages or other spa services.

Consider Ways to Cut Costs

Once you learn what expenses to expect, how can you keep a lid on them? If your hotel does charge a daily Internet fee, try to plan your usage so that you don’t need to get online as often or search for cafes or other locations with free wireless. If you’re flying, find out about baggage or other added fees and try to pack light to avoid them. To lower meal costs, seek out a hotel that offers free breakfast, cocktail hour or other great meal deals.

Get Settled

If you’ll be away for a week or more, check out online sites that specialize in short-term apartment rentals. You may find accommodations that are no more expensive than a hotel, but you will be able to make yourself some morning coffee, keep a stash of water bottles or soda and whip up a quick meal if you want instead of paying for a restaurant.

Think About a Staycation

The most effective way to save money is to have some fun right in your own backyard. If you’re dreaming of a vacation that will bring the family together, could you have the same fun by spending the day at a local amusement park or taking a day trip to the beach or a state park? If your budget is tight, remember that it may be possible to get a break without leaving home.

Turn to Your Local CPA

No matter what type of financial questions you’re considering, remember that your local CPA can help. He or she can offer the insights and advice you need to make the best decisions.

About TSCPA

TSCPA (http://www.tscpa.org) is a nonprofit, voluntary, professional organization representing Texas CPAs. The society has 20 local chapters statewide and has more than 27,000 members, one of the largest in-state memberships of any state CPA society in the United States. TSCPA is committed to serving the public interest with programs that advance the highest standards of ethics and practice within the CPA profession.







The Top Five Best Business VoIP Providers of 2014, Ranked by VirtualPBXPhoneSystems.com

San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) April 04, 2014

For a small business owner, it is important for to not only save money, but to also provide exceptional customer service to clients and potential customers. While most cable and Internet providers do offer direct landlines, this service is generally expensive and is something needed to avoid as it is going to cost way too much money. Instead, opting for one of the business VoIP providers is going to be better. With the help of the business VoIP providers, users are able to receive exceptional phone service for a fraction of what would be paid with the cable or Internet company. Experts at VirtualPBXPhoneSystems.com recently put together a list of the top five business VoIP providers for 2014. For their list, the experts considered price, customer satisfaction, additional features and more. While there are dozens of different business VoIP providers out there, this is a list of the top five.

1. Vonage Business Solutions

There are three different business plans that are perfect for small to medium-sized businesses. The first is a $ 14.99 plan plus $ .03 per minute. The plan is good for a business that doesn’t make a large number of phone calls though. The $ 39.99 plan is a multi-line unlamented plan that is the most popular and offers both unlimited inbound and outbound options. There is also a $ 14.99 virtual extension, which is for people who don’t work in the office but need to integrate phone calls from the office into their mobile device.

2. RingCentral Cloud Phone System

With RingCentral, there is access to three different service plans. The first costs $ 24.99 a month and comes with a free, 30-day trial, so a user can determine if they like the service or not (all three plans have this trial period). With the standard plan, customers receive unlimited calling, 1,000 toll-free minutes, unlimited Internet fax, instant messaging and conference calling. There is also full integration with Microsoft Office along with a mobile application for a portable device. The Premium $ 34.99 plan is the same but comes with 2,500 toll-free minutes, salesforce CMR integration, automatic call recording and premium support. Lastly, the Enterprise $ 44.99 plan offers 10,000 minutes, multipoint mobile and desktop HD video conferencing and online meetings.

3. Jive Communications

Jive is designed for small to large businesses and bills per device instead of by minutes and other services. There are five tier plans available. The first is $ 29.95 per device for 1-4 users. The second is $ 25.95 for 5-9 users, the third is $ 23.95 for 10-24 users. Tier 4 is $ 21.95 for 25-49 users and the fifth tier costs $ 19.95 per user when there are at least 50 different users. There are also excellent phone options that are available with the plans as well.

4. Mitel

Mitel is another VoIP service provider that charges per phone, but it allows a user to alter and adjust what sorts of features they receive on each phone. There is the MiVoice service, which allows individuals to enjoy quality phone calls from their phones, a mobile enterprise, so calls can be made from mobile devices, plus a MiCollab Client feature, that allows the business to directly communicate through a video chat with their clients. For a specific quote, a business needs to contact Mitel.

5. BroadVoice

BroadVoice provides five different service plants. The first standard plan that comes with a two year contract is $ 17.95 per extension and comes with unlimited minutes. The one year standard contract costs $ 19.95 per month per extension. The two year global contract plan provides unlimited services for $ 24.95 per extension and the final plan, which is a one-year contract, costs $ 29.95 per extension. The global plan can be used in over 50 countries around the world.

People are that are looking to learn more about business VoIP providers can visit: http://virtualpbxphonesystems.com/.