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Tips for Saving Money

Old Sep 3, 19, 9:33 am
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My personal tips for a budget travel

Hey, so I made a list of my tricks that helps me to save a little bit while traveling or planning a trip. Hopefully at least some of them will be helpful for you.

Let's start with the tips for planing the trip:
  1. I always go to a flight websites where I can look all airlines prices and destinations and etc, so I know what airlines would be cheapest or which ones offer direct flights. Though I never buy through those websites, since usually they add their own fees so the price might get just a little bit higher. So I go to the official airlines website and buy it through there.
  2. Another thing, I use nordvpn when booking flights or even accommodation. It's still pretty new to me, because I used this trick only for couple of travels, so I didn't figure out it super well yet. The trick is that you connect to the country's server you're going to or looking for accommodation and since they see that you're kind of 'local', the prices might be a little cheaper. Though it didn't work for me all 100 percent of the time. But it worked both times when booking flight tickets and just once on airbnb.
  3. I look through a nice budget places for dinners on pinterest or ask locals in different traveling forums.
When I'm already traveling:
  1. I try to take only a small luggage with me so I won't buy stuff while traveling, because I just won't have space for it.
  2. Always use public transport or ask your host for any tips on a transportation.
  3. I try to make food at home and it in the restaurants only once a day. So I take a prepared food with me and decide for which meal I'll got o my picked restaurant.

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Old Sep 29, 19, 9:05 pm
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- try to download local Uber/maps equivalent. E.g. in Seoul, Naver for maps and the local Korean Uber (we'd ask stores to help us book taxis and pay in the taxi) were much more useful in terms of coverage and pricing

Wifi
- compare prices between Sim cards with wifi and a mobile wifi (could be cost effective depending on number of devices that can be linked).

Activities/food
- find Groupon equivalent in the country. Otherwise travel sites may certainly sell both activity and meal vouchers at a discount
- go for lunch at the fancier place vs. dinner and save up to 50% for the same food!

We definitely try to travel off-season. September-November and February - May or even June are great times with great prices in many locales.
I also have no problem pulling my younger child out of school
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Old Sep 30, 19, 7:31 am
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In Europe download "To good to go" for lots of cheap food. I've walked away with a £20 tray of sushi for £4 before.
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Old Nov 19, 19, 5:21 am
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Saving Money

Here are some tips for saving money on holiday:

1. Negotiate pricing with the hotel
2. When booking tours/trips make sure they're refundable if plans are uncertain.
3. Pack Light
4. Travel during the off-peak season
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Old Nov 20, 19, 12:49 pm
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Stuff I've learned beyond the obvious.

See if a budget hotel or motel is cheaper than a private room at a hostel in the area you want to see. There are lots of hotels in urban centers that are inexpensive because they are older properties or located in unusual areas. For example the Strathcona in Victoria or Chrome in Montreal. Compare the cost of such a hotel to the cost of a private room in a decent hostel, often the rate is lower at the hotel.

Buy an inexpensive tablet and use the free WiFi at your hotel to book rooms for the next leg of your journey with online discounters. A Samsung or Acer can be bought for a fraction of the price of a mainline tablet (ie ipad) So if you lose it, you're only out a couple hundred dollars. Compared to the price of a laptop computer it's a lot less risk.

Join members clubs at hotels, even if you will never stay at that chain again. Lots of places have special rates and cancellation provisions for members.

If you are traveling for something with set dates that you know far in advance, contact as many hotels as practical and see if they have a multi night deal. The Grand Pacific for example in Victoria gave me a special rate because I was traveling for my brothers wedding and I knew what day I absolutely needed to be there. So I had a four night vacation at that time for the cost of three, it let me go to the wedding and enjoy a few days off in a great city.

Take advantage of multi attraction tickets. For example in Toronto, you can buy a pass good for multiple places and you have a few days to use it. Same deal in Montreal when you see the botanical gardens and biodome together.

Eat in casinos or places with games of chance. The food at a casino restaurant is usually better and cheaper than a chain restaurant. You don't need to gamble, just show up and enjoy a buffet or breakfast.

Don't buy stuff you can get at home. While the vacation spot might have high end boutiques often you can get the same items online and delivered to your house, buying expensive clothing or electronics puts you at risk of theft. It's often cheaper online.

Always keep enough cash on hand to take a cab back to your hotel. Sure, public transport is effective and cheap, but sometimes you don't take the right bus and can end up in slums or industrial areas. So by having a backup plan you can actually save money. If you're on a five day vacation and you spend a complete day trying to get out if an industrial park you cant use that day to visit museums or go to the beach.

Wear logoless clothing and avoid items that are from home that show your nationality. You might get better treatment in restaurants and save some money by appearing to be local. Often that means eating and drinking in local bars and pubs.

If coming out of a popular bar or nightclub, get your own taxicab instead of asking somebody to hail it for you. I was in a club and let somebody who I assumed was nightclub staff hail a cab. The guy was actually a homeless fellow who demanded money for his time. Also by hailing a cab on your own, you don't have to tip anybody.

Use public transport and local guidebooks to see the city in some areas it's possible to ride a transit bus all day instead of hiring a private guide.

Carry a sleeping bag liner or compact sleeping bag only if you know the hostel you are using at permits it. I've seen people buy expensive bags and be told that their hostel or hotel won't let you use it, usually because of bedbugs.

Check out third party online photos of a hotel before you book. Sometimes the official hotel webpages make a dump look like a 5 star hotel. So you should know what the rooms look like instead of having to risk booking somewhere else while your trip is in progress. Doing so means you pay a much higher rate to get a safe or clean place to stay at the last minute because your original hotel didn't end up being like the photos on the hotel site.



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Old Nov 20, 19, 4:42 pm
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Originally Posted by CKA1 View Post
Stuff I've learned beyond the obvious.
Wear logoless clothing and avoid items that are from home that show your nationality. You might get better treatment in restaurants and save some money by appearing to be local. Often that means eating and drinking in local bars and pubs.
As well as the logoless clothing, carefully consider shoes. Europeans simply wear better shoes than most US people wear when abroad (flipflops or big clumpy white athletic shoes in particular). Something in dark leather. Sleeker and more expensive looking. There really are comfortable good-looking shoes.

On a limited budget, I once found some fairly simple trimmer black leather athletic shoes. Used a black permanent market on the logos. Then polished the leather to a high sheen. Not 100% Europe classy, but fit in better than big clumpy white ones with prominent logos. And comfortable good walkers.
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Old Nov 26, 19, 11:53 pm
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Sign up for all of the birthday and anniversary programs at the nicer restaurants. For example, Texas de Brazil used to run a promotion where kids ate free. You were allowed to combine it with their 2 for 1 anniversary coupon. So, we'd only pay for 1 person and have several of us getting unlimited food. It was even nicer when hubs was on a business trip and could get reimbursed for his meal.

Use coupons and cashback sites even when using something like Groupon. Also, if you have multiple email accounts you'll find that the Groupon coupons get better in the accounts that haven't purchased from them recently so it's nice to rotate which account you use.

Learn what the gmail dot trick is.

Use sites like vipon to get coupons that you can use to purchase the same items you were going to purchase on Amazon. Not every deal is better with them, but I think it usually is about 80% of the time. I'm sure there are other sites like vipon also. I used to have a couple bookmarked, but unfortunately don't anymore.
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Old Jan 24, 20, 6:48 am
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Originally Posted by shefgab View Post
In Europe download "To good to go" for lots of cheap food. I've walked away with a £20 tray of sushi for £4 before.
Underrated post!
I use this app a few times a week. Sushi, Bakery, General Grocery, Many Restaurants, Prezels store... They are selling the food which is going to expire "soon" for like 70% off.

Another app that helps save tons of money specially abroad is Revolut. They use the interbank exchange rate which is an enormous difference to general credit cards. Unfortunately not yet available for US residents afaik.
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Old Jan 24, 20, 9:49 am
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Originally Posted by shefgab View Post
In Europe download "To good to go" for lots of cheap food. I've walked away with a £20 tray of sushi for £4 before.
Originally Posted by Splendiz View Post
Underrated post!
I use this app a few times a week. Sushi, Bakery, General Grocery, Many Restaurants, Prezels store... They are selling the food which is going to expire "soon" for like 70% off.

Another app that helps save tons of money specially abroad is Revolut. They use the interbank exchange rate which is an enormous difference to general credit cards. Unfortunately not yet available for US residents afaik.
Thanks for this! Everytime I go to London, my GBP gets eaten up by food quick so this is a life-saver.
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Old Jan 24, 20, 10:26 am
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Originally Posted by flipstah View Post
Thanks for this! Everytime I go to London, my GBP gets eaten up by food quick so this is a life-saver.
Jep. It's available all over Europe now. Plus you can help the environment while saving money. The only not so great thing about it is that the Company from the App ToGoodToGo takes way too much % of the sale so the store/restaurant is left with next to nothing.
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Old Jan 24, 20, 11:13 am
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Originally Posted by Splendiz View Post
Jep. It's available all over Europe now. Plus you can help the environment while saving money. The only not so great thing about it is that the Company from the App ToGoodToGo takes way too much % of the sale so the store/restaurant is left with next to nothing.
I wonder if it costs more to dispose of the good than to go through the app.
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Old Jan 25, 20, 9:58 am
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I tried to load the "to good to go" app here in the US and got: “This item isn’t available in your country.”
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Old Jan 25, 20, 7:30 pm
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Originally Posted by xooz View Post
I tried to load the "to good to go" app here in the US and got: “This item isn’t available in your country.”
Jep, only available in Europe so far.
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Old Jan 25, 20, 7:43 pm
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I just wanted to load it so I could try it on my next trip. Is there anything that precludes use by someone from the US? Some credit card restriction or something?
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Old Jan 25, 20, 7:58 pm
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Originally Posted by xooz View Post
I just wanted to load it so I could try it on my next trip. Is there anything that precludes use by someone from the US? Some credit card restriction or something?
Ah ok. Hm some app creators are not releasing the app for everyone but only for selected countries. Which is an absolute dumb thing to do because they are missing out on some profit.
So I guess ToGoodToGo has not released the app for the US appstore. You could either try with an Android instead (assuming you use an iPhone as those blockages happen mostly on the apple appstore) or you could create a European AppleID just for downloading that app. I would be very surprised if they would do any checks on credit card countries.
If you have an old phone I would use that just to make sure not to mess up the current phone settings.
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