Last week, Mrs. Pennypacker were enjoying our biennial holiday trip to see family. Traveling is fun, but it can also be pricy. So, here’s a list of 8 money saving tips we actually used on our trip:
1. Pack bar soap
This one was actually a tip from my bro-in-law. It’s cheaper than shower gel and you don’t have to worry about the 3 ounce liquid rule.
2. Refill travel bottles
Mrs. Pennypacker does this one pretty consistently. Instead of continually buying those travel size shampoos, refill the empty ones with shampoo from your big bottle at home. Those travel-size bottles are more expensive per ounce than their normal-sized counterparts. This tip also applies to conditioner, sunscreen, and any other sundries that come in liquid form.
3.Roll-up your clothes
I started doing this one a few years ago and I love it. Rolling cuts down on the wrinkles and I feel like I can fit so much more in my carry-on. And, the more you fit in your carry-on the less likely it is you’ll need to pay extra for that checked bag.
4.Do laundry at your destination
If the place your staying has laundry facilities, great! You only have to pack half as many clothes. In our case, we were staying with family members who have washers and dryers, so it was easy to throw a load in the wash. And, just like the last tip, the less you have to pack, the more likely it is you won’t need that extra checked bag.
Mrs. Pennypacker is the queen of taking her own food. I take some, but I usually regret not packing more. Paying $12 for a salad that would normally cost $6 is never easy.
6.Pack an empty water bottle
Rather than shell out big bucks for that over-priced bottled water at the airport, take an empty bottle with you through security and fill up at the nearest drinking fountain.
7.Rent a cheap car
This one actually happened by accident for us on last week’s trip. We “reserved” a mid-size car, but when we arrived at the rental place, it was obvious we weren’t getting a mid-size. It was either going to be a mini-van or a sub-compact. In the interest of time, we took the sub-compact. Cue the car rental scene from Seinfeld…
Despite the initial disbelief that they ran out of cars, it actually worked out quite nicely. Fiesta’s don’t use a whole lot of gas and the rental company manager gave us a bunch of discounts to make up for not having the right car ready for us. If you need to rent a car, it might be better to go cheap in the first place. They seem to never run out of sub-compact, the rental price is usually lower, and the fuel economy is outstanding.
8.Workout for free at the playground
Instead of paying for a day pass or using inadequate equipment at a hotel gym, find a nearby playground and relive your childhood. climb the ladders, do some pull-ups, swing across the series of rings, race down the slides. It’s amazing how easy these things seemed as a kid and how much of a workout they are now. Just try to go in the morning to avoid competing with the 8 year olds for monkey bar space.