Our feelings are all sorts of jumbled. On one hand, we want to travel to see family and friends this summer. On the other hand, we know we need to save money because gas and electric prices are skyrocketing with no relief in sight.

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The logical side of our brains tell us to hunker down at home rand save rather than spend money on travel. The longing side of the brain says we aren't about to be robbed of spending time with those we love because if we've learned anything over the last few years, it's that life can change in a snap.

If your longing side has won the argument and you're planning a summer vacation this year, it might not be a bad idea to lay your eyes on this list of ways to make sure that you have plenty of time to prepare so that your home and property are protected while you're out of town.

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