Going away can be an expensive affair, combining travel costs, food budgets and most importantly, accommodation expenses. Not to mention, trying to find good quality accommodation within your set budget. There are ways to compromise on hotel costs; staying in a hostel, finding a reasonable Airbnb stay or camping, but sometimes a hotel is your best option. Before starting to look for your hotel stay, consider what is a necessity – for instance, you don’t need to be paying for spa and golf access if you are only using the hotel to sleep. Consider your ideal location and how much you are willing to compromise on distance/cost. Also take into consideration what the hotel price includes – you may be paying for meals or breakfast that you don’t intend to take.
This is the time of year when we start thinking about taking a spring or summer vacation. Unfortunately we don’t always have the budget to take the vacation we really want. Or do we?
How to choose a frequent flyer program – costs, time to earn a flight, and more!
Infographic outlines the benefits of owning a hybrid car or truck.
How to save 20% to 30% on hotel rates
Food isn’t like souvenirs. No one goes on vacation without buying it. You have to make room in your travel budget to eat, but there are many ways you can make that part of your expenses smaller.
It’s vacation month on Cheap Like Me! Let’s take a look at some ways to save money while you travel — and on some days, hear from a few guest bloggers who have generously offered to give me a day off.
A perfect post for vacation week! Not so obvious things for the beach | Sugar and Spice. Can you say vacation hallelujah? So after beachin’ it for 10 days, lets talk about what you really need to know but no one talks about for a relaxed day at the beach.
9 ways to save on vacation lodging – what’s yours?
Energy-saving summer travel tips.
A couple of weeks ago, some friends and I road-tripped to Santa Fe, New Mexico, where after a delicious enchilada-and-tamale lunch at Maria’s New Mexican Kitchen, we headed across the street to Trader Joe’s.
This year, Colorado Ski Country USA has re-launched its Colorado Passport program for 5th and 6th graders. With the Passport, 5th graders can ski free all season, and 6th graders can ski all year for $99. It’s all a great bargain to suck kids into the pricey hobby of skiing, but if you’re up for it, it’s an excellent deal.
Carrying on the theme of vacation planning, check out this list (from Bills.com) of 12 ways to make vacation cheaper.
We’re seeing signs that summer is around the corner. A huge indicator is that the blogosphere is full of great posts about taking a cheap summer vacation this year ….
This week, I’ve been out walking my dog a few times in the morning and have seen several people commuting to work by bike. It looks so pleasant — especially in the early, pre-rush-hour hours, that it almost makes me wish I had a workplace away from home to bike to. If you’ve been considering the transition to a bicycle commute, Lighter Footstep has published a great list of Twelve Reasons to Start Using a Bicycle for Transportation.
Today’s weekly wrap-up tackles issues sure to raise hackles around family dinner tables, even those that are assiduously avoiding political conversation during the election year: Oil prices, green gifting and whether organic food is worth it.
This year, I’m taking a vacation. Well, to be honest, I’m taking a few. I know flying isn’t low impact, by any means, and until last week, I hadn’t been in a plane since May 2004. However, I hadn’t seen my dad in a year and a half, and he lives a 14-hour drive away. Little Cheap and I squeezed in a long-weekend visit in April, and rather than spend all our time off in the car, we flew.
It’s nearly the end of April and I’m still hanging in there with my attempt at Buy Nothing month. I missed the Sunday confession because I was out of town, but last week I bought … uh … plane tickets. But this is the previously planned graduation-celebration trip.
Easy, eco-friendly scrub-stuff! Using toothpaste and baking soda! However, word to the wise: I would think this would be very, very abrasive, so use it gently and consider a backup plan to refinish the surface afterward. And not that white boards are eco-friendly, but their tip to clean off permanent marker is a keeper, if it works. This week, I came across two posts on eco-friendly travel (which often saves you money, too!) — one from Divine Caroline and one from Penny Nickel at Money and Values.
Biggest news of the week: The President signed the energy bill. “The bill also calls for improved energy efficiency of appliances such as refrigerators, freezers and dishwashers, and a 70 percent increase in the efficiency of light bulbs. It also calls for energy efficiency improvements in federal buildings and construction of commercial buildings. “The new lighting standards alone are projected to lower consumers’ annual electricity bills by $13 billion in 2020, remove the need for 60 mid-size power plants and reduce emissions of carbon dioxide, the leading greenhouse gas, by 100 million tons a year, said the advocacy group Alliance to Save Energy.