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Ways to Save Money during Summer

originally posted by Farnoosh Torabi on

Summer’s well upon us, and after last year’s “staycation” trend there’s some pent-up demand to go out, get away and have fun. At the same time, we still want to save money. From dining out to buying airline and concert tickets, here are some great saving strategies, … and in some cases free deals!


Americans spent more than $200 billion eating out last summer, according to the U.S. Census.

Day Trips

• Look for Target free arts and culture events. The retailer offers free or discounted entry to museums, concerts and galleries across the country. This year there are more than 2,000 free events.

• Free summer movie days at Regal Theatres. The chain runs a “Free Family Film Festival,” with a nine-week schedule of free movies with select days and times.

• If you’re a member of a discount club you may get discounts when they buy movie tickets in bulk.

• The U.S. National Park Service is offering free admission on August 14-15 at more than 100 parks that normally charge a fee.



The average family of four will spend $4,000 on a vacation this summer, according to American Express. Eighty percent of those surveyed said they plan to lower their travel costs. Here’s some help.

• Swap homes. Join a home exchange club like There’s also a housing swap section.

• Book plane tickets on either Tuesday or Wednesday when prices are cheapest, according to travel experts.

• Reserve hotel rooms on Sundays, when the weekend rush is over and hotel managers have time to talk on the phone and discuss available discounts.


Stock up on food, drinks, beach towels and chairs before you get to the beach. Otherwise, you’re likely to pay a premium for things you can easily get for much, much less back home.

Eclectic Vacation Cottage at base of Catskills

This charming one bedroom, complete cottage, is the perfect place to take time out while still having quick access to all the Hudson Valley has to offer.
Only 90 minutes north of NYC, we are situated 6 miles from the village of picturesque New Paltz with it’s wonderful restaurants and shopping, 5 minutes to Rosendale, 10 minutes to High Falls, 15 to Stone Ridge and 25 minutes to Woodstock.


An outdoor enthusiasts dream with the Wallkill River one block away, beautiful Shaupeneak Ridge only 4 miles away, and 10 minutes to The Gunks, Mohonk Preserve, and Minnewaska State Park with its beautiful lake.

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Consider Bartering During the Holidays


Posted on November 24th, 2009
Original post by: Nashua Telegraph

Bartering for goods and services has a long standing history in New England. We’ve all grown up reading stories about how the colonists helped each other out by trading products or services. Hey, I’ve got a dozen eggs – I’ll trade the eggs for help with tilling my garden.

These days, bartering is still alive and well. In my case, one way I save money by bartering is that I review books for a Web site. I don’t get paid for the reviews, but I get to keep the books, which then become gifts for friends and family. To me, that’s a pretty good tradeoff. Books are wonderful gifts and ones you can personally recommend are even better.

In another case, I have a friend who has offered to help us pick up the leaves in our yard in exchange for my setting her up an account and getting her going on Craigslist. Living near woods with lots of tall oaks, this is a welcome trade I happily accepted.

This season, think about how you might be able to barter for what you need. Can you provide a meal to someone in exchange for helping you figure out a software program? Can you watch a friend’s child for a few hours in return for help cleaning out a garage? Can your son shovel a driveway in return for some math tutoring?

With so much to be done in all of our lives and with continued limited funds, the time has come to be creative and think about how we can share what we have to help each other along.

A Great Holiday Deal – House Swapping

Posted in Budget Travel ,November 16th, 2009

There is an old saying that goes (it better to give than to receive). Who came it with that saying, I say it is better to do both at the same time. If you want cheap-discount-travel, how about house swapping. That’s right I said it house swapping. I would rather call it vacation swapping. This is newest, latest thing in cheap-discount travel. Here is how it works. You find a family or a person that wants to travel to your location the town or city where or near where you live. You will stay in their house in their city, town or different country, and they will come to where you live. Yes, they will actually be staying in your house, so you have to be ok with sharing your personal space.

There are a couple of precautions that I would take. You might want to put up all your valuable and personal information or anything that you would be terrified if it gotten broken. I sure they would not intentionally destroy anything, but mistakes do happen. Prior to the switch, you have to decide who would pay the utilities and other usable items. Everyone usually purchases their own food and clean the house when the visit is over. You can also swap automobiles with that person; this will further save you some money on car rental fees again adding to your cheap-discount- travel experience. Again each person would pay for their gas while in usage and fill and clean the automobile up on completion of usage. Thus, both parties receive and give a free vacation stay and transportation for free. Not to mention that the family in question; might have some family pass to local events, that can be used by their home guess, since your staying in their home, your more like an extended family instead of a visitor. Again, adding more value to your cheap-discount-travel vacation.

Depending on where you want to go and where you want to visit, will determine how many responses you get to your offer. If you live in a hot vacation spot or big city or not to far from one this might be a very easy task for you. However, if your location is not so popular, you might have to do a little research. Do some research and find out what types of events or activities that are happing is your area. Make a list and enhance the features. You would be surprised at what local activities that don’t necessary appeal to you might be the very thing that some else is looking for. Cheap Vacations, Vacations Available for Swapping, House Swapping Locations