7 Hacks to Save Money on Car Rental Services

7 Hacks to Save Money on Car Rental Services

As our cities become more crowded and we long for affordable and comfortable personal cars, car rental service is one good alternative for anyone who wants to enjoy the car rides at fraction of the cost and that too without incurring any maintenance and other costs.

More demand for rental car services means higher rental charges and services like Uber and Lyft are really riding on this drive to cash in more money. Riding on this high demand tide are some local limousine services like the Elite in Houston or other routine services such as the Kayak and Turo, which are also competing with each other for their share of the pie.


So, in such a situation, what you can do to save more and enjoy the best of the cars, limos and high-end SUVs at the fraction of the cost? Here are some really nice tips for you:

1. Explore The Internet

The web of the internet is so huge that there is nothing that can’t be found in the pool. Being a common phenomenon of comparing the rates and selecting the best one of all is really beneficial for almost everyone. Almost every car rental service have their online portal where the price is listed. You can also surf the available discounts that you can redeem and enjoy the services on a low budget. You can also use VPN services to use a local IP address to get lower charges because many car rental services track your IP and location to determine how much they will charge you.


2. Select Your Destination Wisely

Always keep in mind that not all locations are priced equally. Generally, airport bus services cost you a bit higher than the others. The reason is that at an airport, the taxes and fees are added to the actual fare. But the taxes and fees also vary location to location. If you are in the US, states like Arizona, New Mexico, Maryland, Ohio and Missouri are some of the states where taxes are high whereas Houston airport buses have less tax.

3. Plan Your Trip on Weekends

The timing of your trip matters a lot. Typically rates are higher during the business days and lower in the weekends. So, if your trip is flexible to timing, it’s better to plan it at the weekend. The weekend will help you in saving money in terms of rental charges as well as utilize your weekend instead of taking a leave on your official days.


4. Book Early

Booking late is one of the biggest mistakes you all do in terms of saving money. It is a myth that hiring a car just before the trip will help you in saving money. Instead, they may charge you some extra penny. Always prefer to book a car rental prior to your trip. With this, you can get rid of the peak time charges that are applied at the time of instant hiring. It will also emit one hurdle in your planning and arrangements.

5. Consider Car Insurance

Before finalizing the car rental, you are provided with a collision damage waiver and a loss damage waiver. Both these policies are good when you are driving a rented car, but your own insurance policy may have some of the lavish features. You should call your insurance agent to know the coverage of your insurance policy. You should not sign the deal before complete confirmation as it will charge you extra.


6. Get A Club Membership

Most of the car rental service offers you to join their membership. The purpose of joining a club is that you pay a good amount to join the club. It adds a big amount in their bank along with a confirmed and long term customer. In return, you are given numerous offers that save money.

7. Pack The Additional Items You May Need

Most of the car rental service providers charge you for the extra items you need; like the safety kit for your children. So, if you are already having the one, you should carry it with you. It will help you ensure your children’s safety as well as save you from the extra charges.

Money can be easily saved when travel is planned wisely and smartly. Whichever car rental service you hire for your task, consider the points mentioned above and have a painless experience. These little hacks can help you undergo a healthy experience for your bank account.

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Published on September 17, 2018

How Being Smart With Your Money Leads to Financial Success

How Being Smart With Your Money Leads to Financial Success

Achieving financial success is not something that just happens. Maybe if you win the lottery or something, but for the average person like you or me, it comes from a series of small steps you take over a long period of time.

With each step, you form a new smart money habit. And with each smart money habit, you build towards financial independence.

So what sort of habits can you form to get on that path? Let’s take a look at smart money habits you can start today to get you closer to a financially independent future.

1. Avoid being “penny wise but pound foolish”

It’s tempting to try saving a couple cents here and there when buying small items. However, that’s not where the real money is saved. You’re putting in extra effort for something that doesn’t move the needle.

You get the most bang when you’re able to cut down on your bigger bills. For example, finding a lower interest rate for your mortgage could save you $50+ per month. And cutting your transportation bill by purchasing a cheaper car or taking public transportation can provide large gains as well.

So, look at your recurring expenses such as housing, transportation, and insurance, and see where there’s wiggle room. It’s a much better use of your time than trying to pinch pennies here and there on smaller purchases.

2. When you want something big, wait

Impulsivity can get you in trouble in most aspects of life. Finances are no different.

It’s human nature to see something and want it right then and there. It starts as a kid in the checkout line at the grocery store, and it continues on through adulthood.

We get an idea in our head of something we want, and it’s hard not to go out and get it right then.

A good example is wanting a new car. Perhaps you’ve had your car for several years. It’s crossed the 100k mile mark. Maybe maintenance is due, and you’re annoyed that you need to replace the timing belt or purchase new tires.


So, you get the itch.

You start digging around online, and you realize you could trade in your current car for something newer and more exciting… all for a few hundred bucks a month. Then you get obsessed.

Here’s where you have to take a step back.

Your newfound obsession is clouding your judgement. Rather than giving into the impulse, wait it out.

Set a timeframe for yourself. Maybe you come back to the decision three months down the road. See if the obsession lasts.

It might, but often, a funny thing happens. Often, you forget about it. And often, you find that the new car wasn’t a need at all.

The impulse faded. And you just saved yourself a ton of money.

3. Live smaller than you can afford

You finally get that big raise. And you want to celebrate – and why not?

You’ve been looking forward to this forever. And after all, it was all due to your hard work.

That’s fine, splurge a little. However, make it a one-time deal and be done.


Don’t get caught in the trap that just because you’re now making more money, you should spend more.

Too often, people get more money and feel like they that gives them the means to buy a bigger house, a bigger car… you know the drill. Resist.

The fact is that living smaller than what you can afford is one of the fastest ways to build savings.

But if you constantly upgrade as you begin to make more, then you’ll never get ahead. You’ll just build up more debt along the way and have just as little wiggle room as before.

4. Practice smart grocery shopping

Food… it’s one of the biggest portions of any budget. And if you’re not careful, it can be one of the biggest drains on your wallet.

But luckily, there are a few things you can do to ensure that you stay smart with your money when buying groceries.

Create a grocery budget

Set a strict weekly grocery budget. When you know how much you can spend on groceries, you can then plan your weekly menu around it.

Once you know what all you need, you can go shopping and keep a running tally as you shop to ensure you’re on track.

I tend to do this in my head, rounding for each item. However, writing it down as you go would probably work best for most people.

Make a list… and never deviate

Never go to the grocery store without a list. If you go to the store with a ballpark idea in mind, you don’t have a true ide of what you need.


You’re not well-researched. You don’t know what the sales are. As a result, you’re going to make decisions on the fly.

These impulse decisions will lead to overspending, which will derail your grocery budget.

Eat before going grocery shopping

It’s also important to eat prior to going to the grocery store. Hunger is a powerful force.

If you’re shopping on an empty stomach, everything is going to look good. In particular, you may find a lot of ready-made, processed snacks will look enticing.

After all, you’re hungry now and that food is easily available. So subconsciously, you may lean towards those items.

Unfortunately, not only are those items typically less healthy, but they’re likely more expensive. You pay for convenience.

However, when you eat prior to shopping, then you’ll shop with a clear mind. Your hunger won’t cloud your judgement, influencing you to make poor decisions like a cartoon devil resting on your shoulder whispering in your ear.

This makes it much easier to stick to your grocery plan.

5. Cancel your gym membership

Now that you’re all set on your food, it’s time to get smart about managing your budget in terms of physical fitness. And let’s begin by avoiding the gym. The gym bill, that is.

The average gym membership costs around $60 per month. That’s $720 a year.


Yet, two out of three gym memberships go unused. That means two-thirds of people who have a gym membership are literally giving away almost a thousand bucks a year. It’s crazy!

I recommend seeking an alternative. One good alternative is to look into fitness streaming services.

Streaming services allow you to stream hundreds of workouts like Insanity and p90x, right in your own home for around $10-20 a month. That’s $40-50 less a month than the average gym membership.

Of course, then there’s the free option. The internet is full of free workouts that you can do on your own with minimal or no equipment.

For example, there’s the Couch to 5K program, that I personally used a decade ago to ease myself from couch potato to running my first 5K race. If I could do it, anyone could.

Then there are free resources like reddit that have limitless information on workouts. The Fitness subreddit has done all the research for you, populating workout tips and detailed workout routines for anyone to use in their wiki.

There are several routines that require no equipment. And you can join in on the subreddit to become part of the community, making it easier for those seeking comraderie and encouragement in their fitness goals. All for free.

It’s baby steps… And baby steps can start now!

I’ve never met anyone that can’t stand to be a bit smarter with their money. And on the flip side, anyone can get smarter with their money. But remember, it doesn’t happen all at once.

Begin by fighting your impulses. Prepare for the week and be smart at the store. And cut monthly expenses like gym memberships that are overpriced and you probably aren’t getting your money’s worth out of anyway.

The devil is in the details. And the details can change your lifestyle and prep you for a financially independent future.

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