Traveling Cheap: Money for Nothing – Step IX

Of course there is no such thing as “Money for Nothing” although there are some ways to come pretty close. I can’t promise a lavish all expense paid trip, though I’m sure someone out there has figured out a way to use every perk possible in the book. Instead, I’ll share ideas that have worked for me to $ave on costs and find “free” money.

Start with what you already have and use on a regular basis. If you will be driving, taking a train or bus, you can pack favorite snacks. During the weeks before your trip, watch for BOGO or great sales on food that travels well, such as granola bars, nuts, dried fruits and cereals. Go one step further and take your favorite coffee packets, just add hot water! 20140607_134614.jpg

Next, look through your debit, credit and store cards. Do any of them earn points that can be converted to gift certificates or cash back? If you have a discount gas card, save up points for additional $avings on the road.  Do you have any gift cards you received for the holidays or a birthday that you forgot about?

Finally, check out special discounts and offering from hotel chains, airlines, trains and buses. Especially during the summer some hotels will offer a free night after two or three stays. Both Amtrak and Greyhound offer travel passes and discounts throughout the year as well. If you are open to a destination, look for super low rates during your blocked time.

STEP 9: Maximize coupons, discounts and points that you have and can accumulate before your trip.

How are your plans coming along? Getting excited? I’d love to hear about your plans.