While many vacation expenses are unavoidable, there are certain areas where you could easily be spending less than you perhaps already are. Follow these four areas of savings advice to start shaving expenses and reduce your bottom line. (See also: How to Score Superior Spa Savings)
Paying 99 cents for less than a one – ounce tube of travel-sized toothpaste can seem a tad pricey when two bins down there are full dental kits that include a new toothbrush for the same price. Even greater savings are available by shuffling sideways down the aisle to the childrenís section where the same dollar will buy you a tube thatís triple the size yet still within acceptable TSA standards. Granted, it may be a challenge to find one that doesnít sparkle or taste like bubble gum, but they do exist. Dollar stores often have the same size of tube in a suitably adult peppermint flavor for a comparable price. (See also: How to Save 66 Percent on Travel Toothpaste)
While certain transportation costs are unavoidable, you can often save money on rental cars altogether by choosing a hotel which is located within walking distance of the attractions youíre most interested in seeing. This is more than possible in cities like Florence, Montreal and even London. However, sometimes your transportation options come built into the cost of your accommodations. For example, at the Delamar in Southport, Connecticut bikes are available to guests at no extra charge, allowing travelers to pedal leisurely through the seaside destination and experience the sights at their own pace. The Delamar also has a program where guests are provided with complimentary transportation within a three mile radius of the hotel, based on vehicle availability.
For those trips where a basic, factor 15 will suffice, you can easily save 50 percent on sunscreen by shopping in the section where the regular lotion is located as opposed to the general sunscreen aisle. Certain hand and body lotions come with broad-spectrum SPF 15 included in their formula, and offer significant savings potential. At the department store where I shop, the price for Lubridermís version rings in at half the price per ounce of several name Ė brand sunscreens. While I still need to purchase higher SPF ratings for sunbathing and days spent on the snow or water, Iím more than content with this alternative option for day-to-day hand and neck coverage when I enjoy walking tours and other basic travel activities.
As someone whoís only recently had to start carrying reading glasses in order to deal with extremely fine print, I have to say I found the process of locating affordable supplies to be somewhat of a challenge. Patience paid off in the end however, and I now have several budget Ėfriendly solutions at the top of my short list. For example, basic readers in a variety of colors are typically available in packs of three for roughly ten bucks at Marshalls, where Iíve also be able to locate reasonably-priced protective cases for those same glasses. For those who need a specific prescription however, savings can still be found by shopping at dollar stores for travel items like repair kits, disposable cleaning cloths and even reusable buffing fabric.
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