How Planning Ahead Can Save You Money

Birthdays, nights out, and vacations can be expensive, and threaten your budget. If you would like to maintain your financial health, and get more value for your money, it is a good idea to plan ahead and secure the best prices and discounts available in the market. Below you will read some of the tips on how to make your money go further; whether you are planning a vacation, a romantic dinner, a day out with the kids, or if you’re my age, spoiling the grand-kids.

Use Discount Code Sites

Planning Ahead Can Save You Money

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You could shop around to get a discount on your flights, cruises, restaurant bookings, or even hotels if you start your search early. There are several last-minute travel sites and voucher code pages on the internet that offer great savings for customers. You don’t have to sign up for each of them, as you might be overwhelmed by the number of promotional emails you receive. Instead, you could simply search for your destination or restaurant on the site.

Book Your Transportation Early

You can save a lot of money on travel and transportation if you book your flights, taxis, or train tickets early. Check out for travel voucher and discount codes. You can even get a family travel card or book your parking in advance to save money. If you already know the dates of your travel or night out, you can put everything in place on time, instead of making last-minute reservations.

Take Advantage of Young Person’s or Senior Discounts

You are likely to find young people’s, family, and senior discounts offered by restaurants, bars, and event organizers. You can cut the cost of your travel by making sure that you don’t pay more than you have to. Choose the right package and type of ticket, and check out the different offers. Some restaurants have happy hours for seniors or couples a few days a week, and this will help you save money.

Don’t Buy What You Don’t Need

How Planning Ahead Can Save You Money

Sometimes, you will be offered services you don’t need. If you are traveling by air, companies might add insurance to your booking that you already have through another company. Before you book cheap flights online, make sure you need the guarantees and services that are added to your account, or you will end up paying more than necessary. Getting a meal on board can be expensive, and if you have a meal before and after the flight or pack snacks, you can save hundreds of dollars per family.

Eliminate Credit Card Fees

Whenever you book a table online or order your tickets for events, look out for credit card  charges. While it is a good idea to make a vacation booking using your credit card, as it is easier to claim money back, you don’t want to pay extra for this convenience. Check out the terms and conditions before you complete your booking.


Whenever you are planning a night out or a vacation with your family, you should compare prices and get all the information to avoid paying more than you have to.

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4 thoughts on “How Planning Ahead Can Save You Money

  1. Good reminder Tommy. Don’t just accept the status quo and pay the rack rate for anything. Question all the line items when possible. Sometimes its only “$1.99” for some fee, but its for something you don’t even need. There are plenty of hacks out there now for ways to save. Once you get good at it, it only takes a few minutes online to see what the best deal likely is. I use the a few rebate sites like Ebates and MrRebates to click through when possible. Sometimes its only 1 or 2%, but regardless I’ll take it. It all adds up at the end of the year. With a little effort, you can really get some good deals by stacking various coupons and promotions.

    1. Thanks for the comment Arrgo. I am with you with cutting anything I really don’t need or want. Even small things. I think that everything comes with a dose of upsell now and all those little things add up.

  2. Great tips, Tommy! To have savings, you should not be afraid to ask, especially if you are already a senior citizen. Take advantage of the perks of turning 65, and you’ll find that you can save a lot because of discounts, are given only to that age groups. All you just have to do is ask. Another way to also save is by comparing prices from various stores and facilities before buying your need. Opt for a cheaper version of something, like in medicine, you don’t always have to buy branded ones.
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    1. Thanks for the comment Leandro. You are right. Not everything forces us to except lower cost generic alternatives so we do have to always be open to asking the question, is there a cheaper but equal alternative? That question should go for everything we purchase.

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