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Save Time and Money on Holiday Travel

Friday, December 20th, 2013

With Christmas on its way and New Year’s soon after, we bet there’s one thing you’re in for this season: travel. We had the chance to learn some expert tips from Bob Diener, president of GetARoom.com. Whether you’re flying or driving in the weeks to come, these strategies will help make your journey hassle-free now and for the future.

1. When in doubt, over-plan.

Making stops along the way might be necessary, but it doesn’t hurt to stock up on supplies beforehand. “Shop for food in advance at your local store. You can get much better prices than trying to pick things up at a convenient store,” Diener says. His trick to avoid paying $3 for water? Pack empty sports bottles to fill up at airports or rest stops.

 2. Search for unconventional options.

Don’t be afraid to look outside the traditional hotel. “People gravitate toward big name chains, but those have more demand and higher prices,” Diener says. You can book vacation rentals for almost the same as a hotel with the bonus of having a kitchen and extra space. Though independent hotels may not seem as glamorous, reading customer reviews can help you find one just as nice as the usual.

3. Take advantage of surprise offers.

Flash sales also exist on travel sites and can offer rates 10 to 60 percent lower. The trick is booking within the sale window, anywhere from 2 to 24 hours. “Most people take a week to make plans, but flash sales require you to make a decision right away because the rate is so good,” Diener says. GetARoom.com also has unpublished rates from 30,000 participating hotels; just give them a call to find deals 20 to 60 percent less than what’s listed.

4. Be on the lookout for free stuff.

It’s important to consider amenities in your overall cost. Hotels or resort packages that include breakfast or internet can go a long way in saving . One low-cost way to keep kids entertained: Find a place to stay with a pool. “After a rough day of activities, you can take them there for hours,” Diener says.

5. Keep things sane with technology.

Yes, adding movies to your tablets prior to leaving guarantees entertainment. But it’s also good to download apps that will make your journey smoother. Diener uses the app of his preferred airport to keep track of delays and store boarding passes. His other favorite, Kayak, allows users to search multiple vendors at once to find deals on-the-go. Plus, you’ll need a weather app to know when rain or snow might dampen your day, or give you a white Christmas.

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Best Deals for the Week Across the Web

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

By Savings.com Editor Susan Yoo-Lee

 As a result of the shorter holiday shopping season, retailers are hoping to cash-in on sales by offering great deals before Black Friday and Cyber Monday even roll around.

 Here are some of the best deals across the web to help you meet your holiday shopping needs this year:

  1. Need toys and games for your little love bugs? Save $20 off your toy and game purchase over $200 at Sears. Use coupon code STOYS20. Expires 12/31/2013.
  2. If you’re one of the many millions planning to travel this holiday season, Budget car rental has an incredible offer for you. Until the end of this year, you can save 40% off your car rentals at Budget by using coupon code U347956. Expires 12/31/2013.
  3. Who doesn’t love Legos?  Get a free holiday set with your LEGO purchase over $99. Plus, you get free shipping. No code needed. Expires 10/31/2013.
  4. It’s getting colder as we write. If you need to get new shoes for your entire family, save $20 off your purchase over $100 at Shoes.com on Amazon. Use coupon code FLOWER13. Limited time offer and can expire anytime.
  5. Your four-legged family members also deserve some nice holiday gifts! At PetSmart, you can save $3 off your purchase over $10. Use coupon code BDAY10CAT13. Expires 11/04/2013.

 

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