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45 Tested Secrets To Help Save On Vacations & Traveling
- When vacationing, save on transportation by staying close to home.
- Save on film developing and printing by ordering from mail order firms.
- Look for banks that offer traveler's checks as a free service.
- If you decide to take an ocean cruise, take a "no frills" freighter.
- Save on air fares by making arrangements ahead of time for special discounts.
- You can also save on air fares by taking night flights.
- If possible, vacation during the "off season" when prices drop.
- If handy with a sewing machine, make your family's vacation clothes.
- Eating away from home can be expensive. Travel with packaged snacks purchased from supermarkets along the way.
- Discontinue newspaper deliveries while away from home.
- Never travel on credit unless you can pay the bills when due.
- Rental cars are costly. If possible, drive your own car while on vacation.
- Consider sharing vacation homes. It's less costly than hotels/motels.
- Investigate "budget motels" that charge less. Get details from library.
- A "camping" vacation is fun and inexpensive. National parks, forest service campgrounds, etc., let you camp free or for just a small fee a night. Some even operate "rent-a-tent" programs.
- Plan in advance. Take proper clothing along for the climate you will be experiencing so you won't have to spend vacation money on new clothes.
- Never borrow to pay for your vacation.
- On business trips, keep records & receipts for all deductible expenses.
- Use toll-free "800" phone numbers to handle your accommodations. Airlines, railways, bus lines, hotels, motels, car rental chains, etc., will pay for your calls when you make reservations.
- Consider staying at inexpensive hostels. All you need to bring is your own bath towels and bed linens. They accept all age groups. For information contact: American Youth Hostel, 1332 I St. N.W., Washington, D.C. 20005.
- If you select accommodations with cooking facilities, you will be able to save considerably on a major expense: food.
- When sending picture postcards, use the correct postage.
- Vacation on a budget...and STICK TO IT!
- Buy "practical" souvenirs that won't end up at future garage sales.
- When traveling with pets, take along a good supply of their favorite foods.
- Travel with a portable electric iron for quick, no-cost press jobs.
- Carry a hot plate for fast, economical hot snacks.
- Pack wash 'n' wear clothes and use coin operated laundries.
- Many wash 'n' wear items can be washed by hand in your motel room.
- Enjoy picnic-style meals in public parks. Buy food at supermarkets.
- Carry a small sewing kit for minor clothing repairs. Also spot remover.
- Pack shoe polish and shine your own shoes.
- Take advantage of the free tourist attractions in cities and tourist areas such as free gardens, museums, restored villages, monuments, etc.
- Pack a small first aid kit and save on minor scrapes, cuts, bruises, etc.
- Have an auto checkup from a reliable home-town mechanic before you leave.
- Leave pets with friends instead of boarding them at kennels.
- Take advantage of hotels/motels offering special "family rates".
- Keep tank filled so you can shop around for lowest gasoline prices.
- Check ahead and reserve the most inexpensive accommodations.
- You may be able to if your phone is disconnected while away.
- Turn off the gas while away from home; also electric water heater.
- On business trips, keep mileage record & gas receipts for tax purposes.
- If you have friends or relatives in your vacation area, stay with them.
- Consider renting an inexpensive camper or mobile home.
- consider staying home & doing all the things you never had time to do.
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