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Save Money Monday: Sign Up For Customer Rewards Programs!

Free Customer Rewards/Loyalty Programs are now being offered by many different types of businesses. If you are a frequent shopper, or if you think there is any chance you will be returning to the establishment in the future, then it is worth the few minutes it takes to sign up for a Free Customer Rewards/Loyalty Program. This week’s Save Money Monday post from Dottie Hobbs at PennySaverUSA.com will explain all the advantages of signing up for these Customer Rewards/Loyalty programs.

First off, what is a Customer Rewards/Loyalty Program?

  1. It gives consumers what they want, the incentive to frequent a business.
  2. It also gives merchants what they need, profitable customers who keep coming back.

The practice is common among book and music retailers, and ranges from large chains to independent retailers. In some instances, the customer purchases the card and receives a percentage discount on all purchases for a period of time (often one year), while in other instances, a customer receives a one-time percentage discount upon reaching a specified purchase level. (For example, a bookseller’s loyalty card program might provide a customer with a 10% off coupon once the customer has spent $200 at the bookseller.) Major retailers Best Buy and Sears offer loyalty programs that offer points redeemable for dollar-amount discounts after accumulating a set number of points along with other discounts from time to time. Independent hardware stores such as Ace Hardware and True Value added customer loyalty programs in order to compete more effectively against larger chains.

Three easy steps to help you save money when you use a Customer Rewards/Loyalty Program:

  1. Sign up for any free business rewards program offered to you.
    Even if you are a rare customer, having a rewards card for the business will eventually net you some coupons, discounts and maybe even freebies.
  2. Create a Gmail address just for your customer reward programs.
    It is very important to be cautious about giving out your personal information, and if you want, you can always make up an email address. In most cases the programs benefits are “virtual” meaning they do not require contact with your identity.
  3. Check that Gmail account for coupons and offers when you are ready to shop/or purchase a service.
    If the thought of keeping track of all these cards or bulking up the size of your wallet is overwhelming, then try using justoneclubcard.com to cut down the size of your wallet by up to 87% by literally combining up to eight rewards cards onto a single card.

Customer Advantages:

Some personal examples of rewards programs are the local fast food frequent buyers card. After five lunch entree purchases get $1.00 off the next one and after ten lunch entree purchases get one free. The local car wash has a frequent wash card, after eight get the ninth free, (I love that one!) After spending $100.00 at a local department store, either spent all at once or a combined total, I have been emailed a $10.00 reward coupon good toward anything I purchase on my next visit. Movie theaters often offer a free popcorn or drink after so many movie tickets are purchases. These are just a few examples of what you can save/receive if you ask for a free customer card or sign up with the rewards program. Sometimes you are given a bonus at the time you sign up, 10% off your immediate purchase, or a free gift.

Business Advantages:

These programs are a potent tool to attract new customers, reward existing customers, move inventory, increase spending and gather the data needed to make better business decisions. Statistics show that customers who belong to a Reward/Loyalty Program visit a business twice as often, and spend four times as much. It is a powerful means for a merchant to mold consumers’ purchase habits as well as capture, process, manage and report consumer demographics and transactions data. A merchant’s brand is reinforced and the customers are likely to buy more and more often.
It pays to build loyalty. In a well constructed loyalty card program, a customer will spend between 20% and 25% more each visit. By retaining just 5% more customers, a company can double its profits. 68% of consumers say that they spend more when participating in Loyalty Programs.

The 5 Best Reward/Loyalty Programs:

  1. Starbucks
  2. Best Buy
  3. Neiman Marcus InCircle
  4. National’s Emerald Club
  5. Intercontinental Hotels Priority Club Rewards

The 5 Worst Reward/Loyalty Programs:

  1. Celebrity Crusie Lines’ Captain’s Club>
  2. Subway
  3. Amtrak Guest Rewards
  4. Any Supermarket Card
  5. Sofitel Hotels A Club

Dottie Hobbs, Customer Service RepresentativeDottie Hobbs is a Customer Service Representative at PennySaver USA, California’s leading resource in print, online, and mobile for hyperlocal advertising, local coupons, classifieds, and business listings.

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Save Money Monday: Start Using Coupons NOW!

It’s no secret that everyone wants to save money. It may seem like a difficult feat, but with these tips from PennySaver USA, saving money will no longer be just a dream, but will soon be reality, all it takes is 30 minutes.

Learn to coupon like a proJust set aside 30 minutes each week to prepare and plan ahead, and you’ll start to save some serious cash on products you use everyday. Coupons can be used not only on food, but things like shampoos, paper products, pet food, cleaning supplies and more. Once you start using coupons and see the savings, you will more than likely want to continue using coupons on a regular basis. For this installment of Save Money Monday, here are a few helpful ideas to help you become a couponing pro:

First you need coupons, and there are many ways to collect coupons:

If you plan on a serious coupon career, (which might take longer than 30 minutes a week), a good filing system will also help:

  • Coupon Files
  • Binders
  • Shoeboxes
  • Recipe Boxes
  • Storage Containers

Listed below are a few ways to keep your coupons in order, but you really want to use whatever works best for you:

  • Categories
  • Store
  • Store Aisle
  • Expiration Date

Helpful Hint: Remember to purge your coupons about once a month to get rid of all expired coupons, creating more space for new coupons.

Once you have clipped your coupons, check the local stores in your area. Not just grocery stores, but drug stores such as Walgreens, CVS, and Rite Aid also have weekly offers already in place to match the weekly coupons offered, and they offer extra store incentives for customers with a free store membership. It is like they have done most of the work for you. Some stores also offer BOGO. (Buy one get one), double coupon offers and rebates for even more savings.You will find that sometimes buying name brands using coupons and store incentives, are often less expensive than buying the generic brands offered.

There are a few downsides of coupon shopping, often the savings are so good the product sells out very quickly leaving the shelf empty, but most stores will offer a raincheck on the items sale price if you ask and will honor the coupon as well. You can even ask the store when they receive shipments and if possible, plan your shopping accordingly. Believe it or not, stores want you to use coupons, because they benefit as well by often earning a handling fee from the manufacturers. Stores have been accepting coupons for so long that the checkout process is not as time consuming as it once was. Many stores now even accept mobile coupons, and will scan the coupon right from your mobile device. If you are worried about the line behind you getting a little long and impatient, it could be because they have just realized they are going to pay full price for the same product you just bought for half price or less!

The first one cent–off coupon was issued in 1895 by C.W. Post to promote his new cereal. According to WomansDay.com,

“a coupon is still one of the single best ways to get people to buy a product. Even if you forget to bring it to the store, clipping the coupon jogs your memory and you’ll likely buy the product anyway.”


Dottie Hobbs, Customer Service RepresentativeDottie Hobbs is a Customer Service Representative at PennySaver USA, California’s leading resource in print, online, and mobile for hyperlocal advertising, local coupons, classifieds, and business listings.

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Save Money Monday: Save Money on Your Electric Bill by Unplugging Vampire Electronics

There are a lot of things you can do with an extra $100, from buying a week’s worth of groceries to treating yourself and a date to a nice dinner. If you’re like the average household in the U.S., though, you’re probably using that $100 to pay for the energy-sucking habits of your appliances. The average American homeowner pays an extra $100 each year to power electronic devices that appear to be turned off, according to the Energy Star program. Save money by driving a stake through the heart of your vampire appliances.

Types of Vampires

Electricity vampires come in all shapes and sizes. An easy way to spot a vampire is to look for an appliance that has to do something even when powered down. For example, you might not be actively brewing coffee, but your coffee maker still has to draw some power to keep its clock going. Devices that are turned on and off via remote control need to use some power when off, too.

A coffee maker is a relatively weak energy vampire, drawing an average of 1 watt in standby mode, according to the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. More powerful electricity vampires include computers, televisions and other entertainment devices. Set-top boxes such as digital cable boxes and DVRs win the prize for being the most powerful electricity vampire. The average set-top digital cable box with DVR uses more than 40 watts in standby mode.

Modems also draw energy when powered down, though DSL modems use less standby power on average than cable modems. A DSL modem uses about 2 watts when powered down while a cable modem uses around 4 watts. If you want to save money connecting to the Internet, DSL bundles are the way to go, as you’ll draw less phantom power and pay less per month.

Slay ‘Em

Pull the plug when you aren’t using these vampire devices. There’s no point in leaving something like the guest room TV or a spare DVD player plugged in. Remove all phone, tablet or mp3 chargers from the outlet when they aren’t actively charging something.

Frequent plugging and unplugging can lead to wear and tear on some devices, however. Solve this by connecting them to a power strip. For example, plug your entertainment system—TV, modem, set-top box and video game console—to a power strip, then when you’re powering down for the night, switch the power strip to off to cut the supply of energy to those devices. Or, plug the power strip into an outlet powered by a light switch. Before you leave the home or head to bed, flip the light switch off.

Better Choices

Not all electronic devices have vampire tendencies. The Energy Star program identifies products that draw less power in standby mode and use less energy when actively running. Energy Star products need to meet certain requirements created by the Environmental Protection Agency. When it comes to price, the product can cost more than a regular item, but will need to use significantly less energy over the course of its lifetime, and you’ll end up saving more money over time.

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Save Money Monday: Five Life Hacks that Will Reduce Your Two Biggest Expenses

Some days it feels like all you do is run errands, while others are spent solely within the confines of your home. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, that the average American household spends the most money on the two places where they spend the large majority of their time: their home and their vehicles. The most recent available statistics show that nearly $17,000 is spent on housing while more than $8,000 is spent on family vehicles. Though these expenses are necessary, for this installment of Save Money Monday, here are five tips to help minimize your cash outflow in these areas:

Bundle Your Insurance Policies

Many insurance companies offer discounts if you bundle your car insurance, home insurance and other supplemental insurance policies together. By doing this, you not only get a nice discount, you also have only one company to deal with when calling for information and paying your premiums.

Fill Up When You’re At the Grocery Store

Gas is a huge expense, and short of getting a new energy efficient vehicle, you can save money by shopping around for gas prices. This isn’t always an effective use of your time, so consider signing up for your grocery store’s rewards program so you can get coupons or rebates good for several cents off each gallon of gas. While saving ten cents a gallon might not seem like a lot, if you’re buying 30 gallons a week for a year, you save more than $150.

Lose Some (Vehicle) Weight

If you’re like most moms, your car contains a bulky stroller, a first aid kit, a diaper bag with plenty of diapers, miscellaneous toys, snacks, emergency supplies and other random things “just in case.” However, you might want to rethink what all goes with you when you’re just driving around town. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, for each extra 100 pounds that you remove from your vehicle, your gas mileage can increase by up to two percent. While it’s less convenient than just leaving everything in the car, a few extra minutes of unpacking can translate into dozens of dollars saved almost effortlessly.

Invest In A High Tech Thermostat

On days when everyone’s out of the house for the majority of the day, there’s no need to keep the whole house cool. By spending some money on a programmable thermostat, you can save about $180 a year, says Energy Star. Take time to learn how to use it, and save the settings, if possible, so that you only need to push a button or two to adjust the temperature to an appropriate level.

Let Your Yard Cut Your Heating Bills

Not many people consider just how much the shrubs and trees that they plant affect the temperature of their home, but spending an hour or two learning which types of greenery you should plant near your home can help keep your heating and cooling bills low. Work with a lawn and garden specialist, or study up on your own, to find the optimal locations for tall shrubs and plants before you start your landscaping.

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Save Money Monday: Even More Apps to Save You Money

PennySaver wants to make sure you have all of the apps that can you increase your savings, so for this installment in our Save Money Monday series, we’re going to highlight even more free apps, designed to help you save money.


Cell phones are as common as wallets these days and, with the right app, may actually come to replace the wallet in the future. This is because a cell phone is no longer just a phone but also a mini computer that operates as a digital toolbox, helping you through your day to day activities. Most of these apps are free to download and use and many have been developed for your convenience, primarily to help save you money. Below are a list of some of the best free cell phone apps on the market that will keep a few more dollars in your pocket.

iSlick

Save Money Monday: iSlick app can save you money on technology. If you want to find a specific gadget or piece of technology that was too expensive when it first hit the market and may have now gone down in price, you have to download iSlick. This free app allows you to search every retailer out there for the gadget and it’s price, both in-store and online. It will also allow you to price watch all the new gadgets and pieces of technology and give you updates whenever these prices go down, so you can be on top of every new technological trend. Available for download on your iPhone/iPad, Android and Nook.

Google Voice

Google Voice is a free app from Google that does a number of incredibly helpful things. It allows you to send text messages with just your voice, and also allows you to get text transcriptions of your voicemails for free. You can also opt to keep your actual number from showing up on people’s caller IDs if you are placing a business call from a personal line and vice versa. But the place Google Voice saves you the most amount of money is through international calls, which allows you to do so with a transparent, flat rate. So if you’re travelling around the world, you’ll be able to talk to whoever you want without spending an arm and a leg.

Onavo Extend

Save Money Monday: Onavo app will save you money on your data plans. If you are trying to get the most you possible can out of your smartphone plan, then downloading the Onavo Extend app will help you to use as much data as possible without having to pay for it. This app compresses emails and downloads, allowing you to get as much as four times the data plan you signed up for. It does this by diverting the data coming down to your smartphone through cloud-based servers, so that all the content that comes to you has already been compressed. So if you’re trying to save money on your cell phone bill, this is the perfect free app for you.

AirBnB

This free app from the popular website, AirBnB allows travelers to find rooms in the place they are visiting that are cheaper than any hotel imaginable and often in a better location. AirBnB allows people with apartments or condos to list their places online for travelers to stay in at a fraction of the price a hotel would cost. This app allows you to literally find the open AirBnB places near you and contact them to see if you can get a room. Available for download in the App Store and Google Play.

Spotify

The music app that is totally free and allows people to listen to even more music than they knew existed may be one of the best on the market. Spotify has changed the music industry again, much like Pandora changed it. While you won’t own any of the music for free through Spotify, you’ll be able to listen to more than 15 million tracks total whenever you want.

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Save Money Monday: Free Apps that Keep Your Wallet Full

PennySaver wants to keep you ahead of the curve, so for this installment in our Save Money Monday series, we’re going to highlight some free apps that will help you save money.


Using your phone as your own personal pocket computer has become the new trend these days, as the quality of cell phones and wireless internet has allowed these gadgets to be the most helpful tool in your daily arsenal. Because of the handiness of these phones, a slew of applications, better known as apps, have been created and can be downloaded for free which will help you get the best possible deals on a number of different products out there or keep track of finances, among other important things.

Below are some of the most helpful free apps for your phone, for you to use when you’re out shopping for that next great deal or that will just help you save money.

RedLaser

Redlaser is a free app that allows people to compare prices on products across a number of different stores so you can find a better deal. You can simply scan the item you wish to compare with your phone and the app will respond with prices from competing stores in your area and across the internet. In some cases you can buy the product directly from the app. This is most helpful if you’re the type of person who doesn’t mind going from store to store to find a particular item. The RedLaser app is available for iPhone, Windows Phone or Android systems.

GasBuddy

Hate paying the high prices for gas and always on the lookout for that off brand gas station with the best possible gallon prices? Well release that portion of your brain from ever having to do that again with the GasBuddy free app, which allows you to find the cheapest gas in your neighborhood when you need to fill back up. Prices are constantly updated by the app’s users, so the prices are usually pretty accurate, even if they are changing on a daily basis. Users are encouraged to do this by being eligible to win $250 for every gas price they report. GasBuddy is available for download on both iOS and Android platforms.

Kayak

If you travel regularly, then the Kayak free app is a must have. Much like the bargain travel website, Kayak scans the web in search of the best possible deals on flights, hotels and rental cars from just about every site possible. It then curates them all down into one list for you to easily peruse. There are even alerts that you can set up on the app itself every time fares you have set it to watch go down, so you can buy them before they sold out or the price goes back up. You can download the Kayak app for your iPhone, Android, Windows Phone, iPad or Kindle Fire.

Amazon Price Check

Ever been at a store and wanted to know the price of something that is not marked? You have to find a clerk, have them do a price check, wait… this can take forever. However, with the convenient Amazon Price Check app, you can know exactly what a product costs immediately by scanning the bar code. This way, you can know what a product costs and then compare it through another great free app (listed above) to see if it is worth buying at this location. The Amazon Price Check app is available in both the iTunes Store, App Store for Android, and on Google Play.

Zipcar

The free Zipcar app will allow you to use the sometimes convenient zipcar service in a big city when you just need some wheels for a short amount of time. This is perfect for people who live in a big city where it is impractical and expensive to own a car. After you secure a membership (which is around sixty dollars per year) you have access to this free app that will allow you to find the zipcar locations nearby, so you can go pick up your car for an hourly rate and hit the road. This is so much cheaper than a rental car and sometimes even cheaper and always more convenient than public transportation. Get the Zipcar app for your iPhone or Android device.

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Save Money Monday: Easy Ways to Lower Your Utility Bills

March Money Saving MadnessIn today’s shaky economy, we need to cut corners wherever we can. Some things are easier to do without than others, however, utility bills are something few people can get away from. Having heat, lights, and running water are all things most of us don’t want to live without. But when we use these things without thinking, utility bills start to stack up pretty quickly.

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Fortunately, a little mindfulness can go a long way when it comes to keeping those costs under control. For this special March Money Saving Madness installment of Save Money Monday, PennySaver is highlighting some money saving tips to help lower your utility bills.

Light bulbs

By now, a lot of people have already made the switch to Compact Fluorescent Light bulbs (CFLs), but it is surprising how many people are still filling their sockets with the same type of bulb Thomas Edison first discovered. While the incandescent was certainly a good idea in its day, CFLs are a much better one. While CFLs cost more initially, you’ll see the savings on your electricity bills almost right away because CFL bulbs put out the same amount of light while using a fraction of the energy. They also don’t need to be changed as frequently and often last many years as opposed to the few months you’ll get out of the old fashioned bulbs.

In addition to these savings, there is an added perk because CFLs don’t hold heat the way the other bulbs do. This means they are safer for your family, and won’t overheat your house in the summer months.

Manage Your Heat Settings

Save Money Monday: Manage your heat settingsFor years we’ve heard that wintertime thermostats should be set no higher than 68, and summer settings should rest at around 78. If you’re too cold or too hot grab a sweater or a cool drink of water. But, although it’s a good place to start,  managing your heat goes beyond turning down the temperature. Programmable thermostats are all the rage these days, and for good reason. They allow you to set your indoor temperature even lower when you are gone all day or are on vacation. You can set it up to go back to a more comfortable level when it’s closer to the time you get home.

Proper insulation in your home also goes a long way when keeping the outside from invading the inside. Use weather stripping and apply caulk around cracks and crevices where unwanted air tries to get in.

A little work on the outside can help too. Homes that have a lot of shading from trees and shrubs block off excess heat and cold which will help keep bills under control. Painting your roof white not only gives your home character, but homes with a white roof use up to 40% less energy than those with a black roof. That extra coat can also serve as a weather sealant and increase the life of your roof.

Ease up on the Appliances

A lot of people use their appliances more than they really need to. They may heat the oven for smaller dishes that could be just as easily made in a toaster oven or even the microwave. When appliances are used, energy efficient appliances with an endorsement from Energy Star are preferable. Not only do they use less energy and lower your bills, but you may also be able to get a tax credit for making the investment. When appliances aren’t in use, they should be turned off or even unplugged. Electricity will still cost you, even when the appliance is dormant.

Watch Your Water

With water it is easy for people to either use too much, or to make it too hot. There are some who keep their water heaters set as high as 180 degrees, but 120 degrees is a more energy efficient temperature that will still allow you to take effective showers and get your clothes clean in the washing machine. If you head out of town, turn your water temp down even further.

Shower times should also be kept short in most cases. A long shower can be a treat, but it shouldn’t be an every day luxury. Clothes can also be washed in cooler temperatures most of the time and will get just as clean.

 

Just follow these money saving tips, and it’ll help keep the bite out of those pesky utility bills.

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Save Money Monday: DIY Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be expensive, and doesn’t only have to be about store-bought gifts. PennySaver has compiled some DIY Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas just for you, in the event that you didn’t have time to shop for something, are on trying to spend Valentine’s Day on a budget, or just prefer to gift something that you made yourself.

DIY Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

  • Create an ‘I Love You’ Book

    DIY Valentine's Day Gift Ideas like 'I Love You' booksTime to unleash your crafty and creative side! The ideas for this gift can be endless. All you need to do is create a book telling your significant other how much you love them. It can be small, it can be comically large, it’s completely up to your imagination. Here are some great examples to get you inspired.

  • Coupon Books

    Valentine's Day DIY Gift Ideas like Coupon books.You might remember doing these as a kid. Creating coupon books for your parents on Mother’s Day or Father’s Day, redeemable for you doing the dishes, or other household chores. The same gift would also make a great Valentine’s Day gift as you get older. You can still keep the coupons for the occasional hand with the household chores, but you can add coupons redeemable for foot massages, homemade dinner, car-wash, or even a kids-free day coupon! Some cute examples are:

    • Elegant Coupon Book using free printable templates, cardstock, and other office/craft supplies you probably already have at home.
    • Non-Corny Valentine’s Day Coupon book from Kind Over Matter
    • Packaged Coupon Book that’s abstract, and different from the usual coupon book format. This one’s more structured, and reminiscent of a fold-out wallet.
    • Vintage Coupon Book for the vintage-lover in your life.
    • Ticket-themed Coupon Book from Mommy by Day Crafter by Night. You can download the coupons with text already printed on them, or blank to add your own coupon text. They look similar to theater/movie tickets, and you can paste them on card stock to personalize them further.
  • Love Notes in a Jar

    This one is pretty self explanatory, and not much to it. If you already have empty jars laying around you can use those, or purchase some mason jars or small jars at your local craft store. You can create thin strips of notes, or larger notes, notes in circles or notes in square, folded or flat. You can hand-write them or have them printed. The possibilities are endless, but the outcome is the same. You have a beautiful jar full of love notes and sweet sayings for that special person in your life that they can enjoy at home or at work.

  • Scrapbook of Dates

    If you collect or still have receipts or movie stubs from your dates, then this is the perfect DIY gift idea for you. Create a scrapbook of sorts, or a stub diary for your sweetie. Highlight the special moments you shared, and include cute anecdotes of the times you spent together.

Buying gifts are great, but nothing shows how thoughtful you are, more than dedicating time to making something yourself, and your wallet will also be happier!

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Save Money Monday: Get into the Holiday Spirit with PennySaverUSA.com

The Holiday season is in full swing, and PennySaverUSA.com wants to help spread the joy. We’re happy to announce our special limited time holiday icons and packages that you can add to spruce up your online classified ads placed on PennySaverUSA.com

You can choose to just add a single Holiday icon to your online classified ad, or you can get the premium package, which includes an icon, border and premium listing.

For the single icons, you can choose from a Santa icon, snowman icon, or Christmas tree icon, each priced at $5 (pictured below).

Santa Icon for your online classified adSnowman icon for your online classified adChristmas tree icon for your online classified ad

If you want to opt for the premium package, in addition to premium placement, you get a red border around your ad, and a sleigh icon in the corner (pictured below). The price on the premium package ranges from $22 – $52.

Add a premium holiday package to your online classified ad

If you were planning on placing a classified ad in the next few weeks, give into temptation, and add a cute icon or package to your online classified ad, and give it that extra oomph!

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Save Money Monday: Vacation Money Saving Tips

Everyone needs a getaway, but vacations typically involve a huge expense. If you don’t have a lot of disposable income, you might forgo an annual trip. But rather than pass on the opportunity to enjoy a little relaxation and fun with your family, consider these tips from PennySaverUSA.com, to help you save money on vacations.

Stay With Family or Friends

This is probably one of the easiest ways to save money on a vacation. If you’re going somewhere that you have friends or family you can stay with, instead of paying $100+ per night, you can stay with friends or family for free. Even if you’re only staying with them for a portion of your trip, you’re still saving a considerable amount of money overall.

Find Discount Hotel Rates

Save Money when planning a vacationIf it’s not possible to stay with friends or family, then always look for discounts when booking your hotel. Use online discount sites like Expedia.com, Priceline.com, or Hotels.com. You can get great savings up to 75%! You can also look for coupons and promo codes if you want to book directly with a desired hotel. Do an online search for a specific hotel followed by the words “coupon code” or “promo code”.

Book in Advance

Last-minute airline tickets are costly, but you can save money by booking plane reservations three or four months in advance. Use a comparison travel website to get the best deal, such as Kayak.com.

Do you NEED a Rental Car

Before you book a rental car, figure out if you really NEED one. Most hotels offer airport shuttles, and may also provide shuttles to nearby attractions. You can also opt to use public transportation. If you determine that you only need a rental car for certain days, check through your options when booking. See if it’s a better value to book for the entire length of your stay, or only for the days you’ll need to use the car.

Monitor Hotel and Rental Car Prices

Even after you’ve already booked a hotel or rental car, still continue to keep a close eye on hotel and rental car prices. Prices for both can fluctuate on a daily basis. Do book your hotel and rental car reservation early, but continue to check for specials or deals. If you find a better rate, cancel your previous reservation and re-book to take advantage of lower rates.

Plan a Cruise

Cruise vacations are an ideal way to save money, especially if you’re able to drive to the cruise port. Accommodations, entertainment and food are costly when planning a vacation. But if you book a cruise, you can enjoy all three for one affordable price. Book during the off-season or with a group to enjoy additional savings.

Eat Cheap

To save money on food, purchase an ‘Entertainment Book’ for the area that you’re visiting. These books can costs as much as $35, but with so many two-for-one deals, you can recoup your investment after two meals.

Cheap Vacation Packages

If you can’t book a cruise vacation, or an all-inclusive, look for packages that bundle attractions and offer discounts. Sometimes, you can get packages with tickets to multiple attractions, or that offer 2-for the price of 1, which will save you quite a bit of money.

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