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Eight Sure-Fire Ways To Stretch Your Housing Dollars Now!

December 28, 2009 • By

Your Housing Dollars

With the US dollar growing seemingly weaker by the day, it’s important to figure out inventive ways to stretch your hard earned and sometimes hard to come by housing dollars. Whether traveling overseas or to the next town over, everyone wants to feel as though they are getting the most for their money.

When searching for affordable accommodations, consider booking housing alternatives like:

1)  Hostels where you share basic accommodations with fellow travelers, usually students.   Hostels are usually run like college dormitories,  where the sleeping area consist of bunk or twin beds for several people (usually 4-8) who share one room and a common bath.  Occasionally, some will offer private rooms/baths with double beds at a slightly higher price.  Hostels have come a long way, you will find that some (not all!) offer certain amenities, like breakfast, shuttle service, WI-FI lounges, community kitchens and cable as standard fare.  Some are specialized where only females are allowed to stay there.  Hostelworld is a great resource to research which ones rate the best.READ MORE

Budget Tips, Travel Advice

The Spendthrift’s Guide To Traveling On The Cheap Tip # 3

December 4, 2009 • By

The Spendthrift’s Guide | Back Again With Tips For Cutting Costs While You Travel 

Utilize online tools that will help you to find unadvertised fares

* Compare prices from different airlines by using fare search engines of online travel agencies like Orbitz, Expedia and Travelocity – each of which will email you a ‘fare alert’ for your particular itinerary. This pretty much means that you have to be flexible when it comes to carriers. Never be married to or loyal to any one airline or you will lessen your chances of finding a good deal. Airlines are aware of this trend and to counterbalance this reality, airlines try to match other sale fares offered by their competitors.

* Contact a specific airline’s website directly to book your flight with no booking fees. You will probably have to pay a nominal fee to book a flight by phone but if you do, try calling late (preferably after midnight); usually that is when reservations that have been placed ‘on hold’ that day and not purchased are released.

Airlines have also been known to offer ridiculously low fares on early Saturday morning that can disappear within hours. It is up to the traveler to be vigilant about catching these ‘sneak’  or ‘glitch’ fares.READ MORE