A post on MSNBC.com embraces the cheap with ingenuity. They’ve pulled together a list of ideas for shaving a few dollars off of some of those travel necessities. Some are a little questionable, others are tried-and-true favorites, but they all do the trick. Try them for yourself:
- Access free wi-fi from hotel parking lots. (“As long as you don’t camp out for too long, you’ll rarely get hassled.”) Holiday Inns and Best Westerns come highly recommended.
- Ask for the flagpole/boiler/ice machine room (the one that nobody wants because it’s too noisy)
- Earn a free Whopper at Burger King after answering the phone survey found on receipts
- Ask the parents to come along so you can use the senior discount
- Grab food from the complimentary breakfast and save it for a snack or lunch
- Snatch pre-read magazines from seat-backs on the way off the plane
- Buy food souvenirs from local grocery stores instead of tourist shops
- Make your own oatmeal, with the help of the in-room coffee maker
- Take advantage of membership discounts through Costco, AAA, and AMEX
What about you? What are your own unusual tips for saving money?