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Travel tip: Save your $1 and $5 bills for vacation use

Travel tip: Save your $1 and $5 bills for vacation use

On the dresser near where I change my clothes is a ceramic jar. It's a convenient reminder, as I empty my pockets, to add $1 or $5 bills. It is an excellent emergency cash fund, of course, but I try to keep it for travel, especially for tips. Before a trip, I dip into the jar and take what I think I'll need for hotel housekeeping, luggage handlers (at the airport and at the hotel) and small purchases. Except this time. In a rush, I left without grabbing anything from my stash. Mistake. At LAX, I bought some water, thus breaking a $20, and had tip money for the shuttle driver at the Fort Lauderdale, Fla., airport, the hotel bellman and housekeeping. I broke another $20 for...

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