The vacationing season is upon us and I want to pass these saving tips along.  I took my family to Myrtle Beach South Carolina last year.  As we have done for the last 7-8 years.  We went  in large group, and we had a great time and save quiet a bit of money by splitting 3-bedroom 3-bath condo between two families.   After I got back my neighbor told me he a got a great deal for a week vacation at Folly Beach South Carolina through Vacation Rental by Owner (VRBO).  So,  I started planning our next summer vacation and to compare with the prices we paid Summer 2010.  I tell you  VRBO is the real deal.  I found a number of places in North Myrtle for considerably less money than what we paid last summer.   I compared a 2-bedroom 2-bath condos for $1200-$1400 next door to Sea Watch, Saturday to Saturday stay for the peak months of June, July and August. I found a number of options in the same area for less money.  Don’t get me wrong we got a good deal at Sea Watch Resort, we have have been coming here for a long time and they have treated us incredibly well.  Sea Watch is a bigger complex with more amenities, and it has worked well for our large group with 7 kids of age ranging 5 -12 years.   VRBO has great deals in the same area and you don’t have to split the cost to get the savings.  VRBO has also over 150,000 rentals worldwide, so you have a lot of options for great vacation deals. So if you are trying to look for an affordable vacation check VRBO I have a number of friends who have gotten great them. I am not getting any kickbacks from VRBO, I just thought I pass this saving tip along especially right now when gas price are very high; saving in lodging may make your summer vacation more affordable.

Here is another saving tip I came across freeshipping.org.  freeshipping provides codes for those who like shopping online and you not only get the convenience of having the products delivered to your home, but you get it for free.  These are some of the reputable retailers: Amazon, Best Buy, Cabela’s, DSW, JCPenney, Kmart, Kohls, Lands’ End, Macy’s, Nordstrom, Sears, Sierra Trading Post, Target, Victoria’s Secret, Zappos just to name more than a few. I particularly love the Amazon experience, they have taken the all the fear and apprehension I had about internet shopping.  Also some of these retailers may not charge Sales Tax for additional savings to you.

If you have kids this is a good one. For those nights you may feel like cooking and dealing with all the cleaning afterwards.  There are number of restaurant chains offering Kids Eat Free specials. This is a nice alternative for parents who do not feel like cooking a certain night of the week to take the family to dinner without breaking the bank.  Here are some of the chains please check in your area: Firehouse Subs, Buffalo Wild Wings, Cici’s Pizza, Funddruckers, Golden Corral, Piccadilly, O’Charley’s, Chick-fil-A, Captain’s D, Tony Roma’s, Bennigan’s and Ihop.  I have tried some of these and you can save a pretty penny; just make sure the kids don’t order those fancy mixed drinks off the kid’s menu because it defeats the purpose.  Please check their websites for promotion’s night.

Here is another one if you ever have to access Information @ 411, m.google.com from your cell and via text @ 466453 offer 411 calling service for information for free. This can save you a $1 or $2 per call.  Also if your cell has internet access simply google the name of the business and you can get the number that way as well.

I hope this info is of good use, one good thing about the slow economic times we live in today is that every vendor is trying to drive SALES and TRAFFIC to their store and  giving something for free drives both sales and traffic (it lowers your revenues, but that’s a topic for another blog). Until my next blog…

 

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