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

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

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.

2)  If you think hostels are not family friendly enough for your taste, consider giving budget chain hotels, like Choice Hotel’s Comfort Inn, Sleep Inn, and Quality Inn brands, a chance.  They offer similar amenities as the larger, more expensive three to four-star hotels without the high price tag.  Even better, quite a few offer kitchenettes where you can save even more by preparing your own meals.

3)  Accommodation websites like Air B ‘n BHome AwayVacation Rentals By Owner, are excellent clearinghouses for renting private homes, rooms or vacation rentals at a fraction of the cost of fancy hotels.

4)  I am a faithful believer in the power of  Priceline.com, so much so that I have written a how-to guide on how to navigate this site.  You can get step by step instructions on how to successfully bid on four-star hotels here:
Renee King’s Priceline Primer

5)  There are several websites that offer travelers a chance to swap housing accommodations with one another.  The most well-known are Couch Surfing and Hospitality Club, but you can find similar opportunities by checking out Craigslist and clicking on the city where you plan to stay.

6)  Be sure to take advantage of any incentive program discounts that you may qualify for like AARP, AAA or the Military, when booking hotel rooms.

7)  Hotel aggregators like Hotels.com, Room Saver, Travelocity, Cheapostay, Expedia, KayakTravel Zoo, Get A RoomSherman Travel or Momondo will allow you to search for cheap rooms in any location at any time of the year.

8)  Once you’ve decided which hotel you would like to stay at, get actual feedback (positive and negative) from previous guests by visiting Trip Advisor.



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  • Monica
    Posted at 09:24h, 04 January Reply

    I wish I had the guts to try the couch surfing thing but I’m not sure I ever will.

    I have considered house-swapping or house sitting, though. There are some good websites that can connect you to people looking for house sitters and I like that because you’d have the house to yourself while you’re there. The websites for this option are plentiful but you do have to pay a yearly fee to access most of them.

    Nice article!

    • Renee
      Posted at 10:13h, 04 January Reply

      Hi Monica,

      Do you know that I’ve been a member of couchsurfing since 2005 and I haven’t pulled the trigger yet either! Participating in that type of home sharing is off putting to most, but there are thousands on that site who will testify that it has worked out well for them. Personally, I would like to try it one day, but that would be after a LONG correspondence with my host and I would only stay with a female. lol

  • estherjulee
    Posted at 14:38h, 11 October Reply

    great tips! I actually have done couch surfing and had a wonderful experience. A gf and I were traveling in Italy and decided to try it out. We were a bit nervous about how it would turn out since our hosts ended up being two guys… not 100% safe sometimes if you’re not traveling with another guy, but luckily we had wonderful hosts who also were frequent couch surfers. they took us around all their favorite local spots in verona, and even cooked for us.

    • Renee
      Posted at 15:14h, 11 October Reply

      Hi Esther,
      I realize that was taking a chance, but I have a feeling that you wouldn’t change your experience for anything, right? That the beauty of couchsurfing, you never know what you’ll get, but you’ll probably end up with mostly positive experiences. Thanks for coming by Esther. I had a chance to go to your site….very nice!!

  • Candice Michelle
    Posted at 04:08h, 18 June Reply

    Thanks for this tips! This will helps me a lot to know about this one!

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