Saving Money on the Road

by Rocket Finance

. . .sometimes. Actually, travel is very expensive, but if you happen to work for a company that takes care of your expenses, you can make money on the road. Here are some tips:

1) When on the road, you use less heat, electricity, water and other utilities around the house. I always include the price of unused utilities when traveling.

2) Pack a few snacks to supplement your meals – granola, string cheese, oranges and snack crackers are few of my favorites. Many times you can get away with only purchasing one or two meals a day this way.

3) Make coffee in the hotel room – it reduces the temptation to buy a $4 latte from Starbucks while you are out. If you don’t drink the coffee in the room, put the coffee packets in your luggage and housecleaning will give you several more each day. We get most of our decaffeinated coffee this way. Just be sure to check how many cups each portion will brew before you take it home. Hotel coffee does not usually have directions printed on each packet. If you don’t drink coffee at all, collect your packets and send them to me.

4) If you have time to kill, the movie theatre is cheaper than an in-room movie. . . but more expensive than spending a couple of hours reading a book in a book store or library.

5) Laundry on the road can be very expensive, but you can cut costs by packing a little detergent powder (there is too much danger of liquid detergent leaking in your luggage) and the laundromat is usually cheaper then the hotel machines.

6) Drink water when in a restaurant, you will save 10 to 15 % on your bill. If you usually drink alcohol, you can save a whole lot more. If the water in a particular locale tastes bad, ask for lemon to disguise the taste.

7) Apply for the Starwood Preferred card and get up to six free hotel stays after your first purchase!

  1. 3 Responses to “Saving Money on the Road”

  2. By plonkee on Nov 19, 2007 | Reply

    My favourite tip is to eat vegetarian when you can. I’ve found it’s almost always cheaper, and is generally a good decision in ethnic restaurants.

    If I’m travelling on business on my own, I often get a newspaper to read at the end of the day.
    For 70p (approx $1.40) I get enough to read for a good part of the evening – it’s certainly better than a magazine.

    I’ve seen paper laundry soap in Muji that I’ve always thought would be really good. Sadly I haven’t been on an extended trip since I discovered it.

  3. By rocketc on Nov 19, 2007 | Reply

    In the states, most hotels give away a free copy of our newspaper called USA Today. It is pretty good – full color.

    The reality is, it is very difficult to live frugally while traveling. Wish we had hostels over here.

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