If you really want to travel cheap you need to remember one very important lesson – every dollar counts. Typically, when we head off on vacation the last thing we want to do is to set a budget or watch our spending. But, if you don’t watch your spending the payments will follow you home.
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Yesterday I flew from Buffalo to Denver with my family. We had a lot of baggage as we are doing some lengthy travel. With three kids, five large bags, and three car seats baggage carts are essential. Most airports charge $3.00. You buy the cart, push it outside and then leave it for someone else to return to the rack and then someone else pays $3 to rent the cart. So here is what I did – I took the elevator down one flight to the parking garage. Walked through the double doors and there was a cart sitting right there. I was back with a cart within 4 minutes. Now saving $3 might not seem like a big deal, but for those four minutes I was working for $45 per hour (if I made $3 per 4 min of work). When I got back up to my bags I realized on cart was not enough so I repeated the process. The second time I had to walk a few yards to the right so it probably took me 5 min total. So for 9 min I saved $6. The best part was that I got the carts all before our ride even arrived.
Cheap Travel Tip: Don’t rent a baggage cart. Go to the parking garage and get one. The best part? If you return it you typically will get 25 cents!