When it comes to planning a summer vacation, there are usually two types of people: Those who plan and book more than a year in advance, and those who decide to wing it and find themselves at the mercy of not being able to shop around. While last-minute travel deals are sometimes great finds, you … [Read more...] about Spring into summer vacation savings now
Cruises offer some of the best bargain vacations on the market today. But to make sure your cruise remains a true bargain, you have to be smart about “the spend.” Cruise lines, particularly those on the lower end of the market, can offer promotional prices that seem almost like giveaways. That’s … [Read more...] about Is that bargain cruise really a bargain?
You may be under the impression that a two or three-week French getaway is only a possibility for the much (and appropriately) maligned One Percent. But what if it isn’t? What if you could affordably live la bonne vie for a fortnight or more for, say, $2,000 per person? Or less? Doable, … [Read more...] about Five tips for a frugal French adventure
Finding inexpensive flights often means scouring dozens of websites to find the best prices. The process can be so time-consuming that you may feel travel-weary before you even take off. Fortunately, there are some easier ways to fly on the cheap that don’t require you to sacrifice hours of your … [Read more...] about 4 Tips for Landing Cheap Flights
With the cost of ski full-day lift tickets reaching $100 at a handful of high-end resorts, frugal skiers and snowboarders are finding a number of ways to save. Here are some simple tips: 1. Find deeply discounted tickets. Know when and where you plan to ski? Head to Liftopia.com and buy your … [Read more...] about 7 ways to get free or cheap ski lift tickets
Holiday travel is always more expensive than non-peak getaways, and it will be even more costly to fly this year thanks to airline consolidations and cuts in seat capacity. Here are eight ways to save on your holiday flights. Sign up for airfare alerts, so you're the first to know when … [Read more...] about 8 ways to save on holiday airfare
All three of the legacy airlines (American, Delta and United) are now selling Basic Economy fares. As a fairly frequent traveler I decided I needed to understand these fares. Here's what I've learned. We all strive to save money but sometimes the savings aren't worth it. Buying a Basic … [Read more...] about Are Basic Economy airfares worth the savings?
What everyone wants to hear is that there are one or two apps or websites that will always find you the best deal on hotel rooms. Sorry. It’s just not that easy. What worked for last month’s business trip to Chicago may not work for this summer’s family vacation to Disney World – or even … [Read more...] about 13 ways to save money on hotel rooms
Think finding the lowest airfare is tricky? Try getting the best deal on a rental car. These days, car rental rates change faster than television networks launch reality series. But there are ways to both save and be satisfied, without making you feel like a contestant on Survivor. Here are … [Read more...] about 10 ways to get the best deal on a rental car
Involving children with cheap activities this summer will help to not only keep your kids entertained, but will also ensure they’re tired come the end of the day. But coming up with ideas that don’t cost a fortune can sometimes be a problem. Maybe this list of free/cheap summer fun activities will … [Read more...] about Free or cheap summer fun activities with kids
Summer means travel. Living On The Cheap is all about saving readers money and that includes travel. I’m a bit of a suitcase addict -- you should see my basement -- and every year attend to the Travel Goods Showcase to see what’s new. It’s all about FUNCTION, SAFETY, SIZE, and WEIGHT -- and … [Read more...] about 7 money-saving tips for buying (and not losing) new luggage
With headlines screaming about long airport security lines, odds are you may have thought twice about taking that last-minute getaway or considered a road trip instead of a trip to Rome. Or maybe you have just landed after a long flight from an exotic destination and then cool your heels for hours … [Read more...] about How to fly through airport security lines