It’s hard enough to get through the monthly finances as it is, while still trying to have some money leftover at the end of the month, so why pay more than you have to, if you can get for cheaper. By doing a little extra research and putting forth a little extra effort, and timing it right, you can capitalize on saving money and thus having more leftover to build your emergency fund, payoff debt, or save for retirement. It may be tough to come up with extra money, but by not paying full price for many popular items, you can watch the savings add up quickly.
There are endless amounts of travel sites out there, so which one is the right one? The fact is, it could be one of them, or even none of them and book directly on the airline or hotel’s website. When I have found over the years is that the travel sites will likely not yield any better deal than booking direct. In addition to booking directly, you can have the comfort in knowing that your reservation is secure, and if there is an issue, you won’t have to be told “you have to deal with the third party” in order to fix. When it comes to booking travel, it just takes plenty of research and checking rates over a period of time and then deciding when it’s time to actually book.
Concerts and sporting events are almost pricing themselves out of the market, and that is even before you add in all of the online service fees that could account for 40% in addition to the ticket price. By going to the venue’s box office, you can save on service charges and only pay face value, which can be even more appealing. While there are service charges on sites such as StubHub, you can still hope to cash in on those who are unloading tickets for less than face value and get lucky with a deal.
Cars & Homes
Much like making any purchase, it’s know when to buy, and finally pulling the trigger on the purchase when you believe it’s hit it’s low. When it comes to homes, if you are looking to buy in the spring and summer you may face top dollar compared to what you may find in the fall and winter months. Same goes with sales on a new car lease, if you can grab ahold of a previous year’s model as the new cars are coming out, you can see a considerable discount. No matter what the salesman will say, they’re always going to try and move them so it’s just waiting for the right time to save the most money.
You hate to put a price tag on our best friend, but with some groomer’s charging a premium price, you can look towards rescues, as they will be a fraction of the price, and at the same time you are giving a home to those in desperate need.