Friday, September 17, 2010

Money Saving Tip of the Week #3

Having just finished a vacation out to the state of Washington, I've realized something quite important. These days, efficient packing when it comes to air travel can make a reasonably large dent in your travel costs.

More and more airlines are charging for checked bags, and even at $20 per bag each way, this can add up quickly. While there might still be an airline here and there that doesn't charge such fees, they are becoming a rare breed.

Rather than pay these rediculous fees, the family packed light, each taking one carry-on bag. And by carry-on bag, I don't mean a full-sized suitcase, I mean a regular sized backpack. Of course since we were staying at a place with a washer and dryer, we had the advantage of not having to pack many outfits. Still, things were a little tight. It also meant we were forced to leave certain toiletries and other items behind, but that was okay because we had a plan.

We knew that a local discount dollar store existed near where we were staying. This meant that items such as soap, shampoo, shaving cream, socks, a few toys, and similiar items could be left behind to be purchased when we arrived. We figured that even if we spent between $20-40 at the store buying toiletries and clothing, we'd still come out ahead by $40 (the airline we traveled charges $20 per bag each way).

Therefore, consider this example the next time you're packing your bags. While you might not be able to pack as lightly as we did, even by eliminating one or two bags from your travel inventory, you can save quite a bit of money.

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