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4 Money-Saving Ways To Make a Vacation Cheaper

4 Money-Saving Ways To Make a Vacation Cheaper

There are plenty of “how to” posts on ways to save money on a vacation, but what about saving money before the vacation starts? This post dabbles precisely in ways to save money before you’re even on vacation. There’s no nicer feeling leading to a vacation (aside from the vacation itself) than knowing you saved up a great deal on your trip! The words “great deal” are like music to the ears as it means more money to play with while on vacation. If you want to enjoy your vacation without having to worry about how much you spend, just implement the following tips to save money before you leave town.

1. Book flights during a major event

Booking flights during the low season is, sure enough, a good way to save money, but you can maximize your vacation savings even more by simply booking smartly at the right time. You can snap up even better deals when booking your flight during major events or celebrations that draw the world attention such as the: • NBA finals • Groundhog Day • Boxing Day • The Super Bowl • World Cup • Olympics • The Grand National • Halloween • World Series • Wimbledon • The Masters I have done the test myself by booking my flights tickets during one of these major events mentioned above and airfare has been considerably cheaper than during normal days. Having said this, to make this hack work 100% of its magic, you will want book your flights 8 weeks from the date of the major event for domestic flights within the US, and somewhere between 10 and 12 weeks for trips overseas.

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2. Keep on Eye on Airfare Glitches

Unbeknown to many people are the airfare glitches experienced by airline booking systems where they unintentionally advertise a plane fare price ridiculously low.

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Airfare Glitches

    How low? How about paying $25 for a RT (round-trip) ticket from Cincinnati to Minneapolis? Or paying $6 for a RT ticket from NYC (New York City) to Houston? Or, better still, paying nothing. Yep, Delta experienced this glitch this past Boxing Day where they sold flights for $0–and guess what? I was one of the lucky ones who got a ticket! Even if I had to pay $25 for Cincinnati to Minneapolis, it’s a still a “steal” because that trip normally costs in excess of $200. These airline computer glitches don’t happen all the time, but when they do happen it’s “Bonanza” time, I tell you. That said, airlines don’t have to honor these “glitches”; though as far as I know, they always do.

    3. Churn Credit Cards for miles

    Want to save money on your next trip, or better still, get a free flight? Simply sign up for a new credit card (a.k.a. churning) and make several purchases on it to benefit from great offers such as free air-miles, no annual-fees, or no foreign and transaction fees.

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    Air-miles

      For instance, when you sign up for a Southwest Airline credit card, you automatically get a welcome air-mile bonus of 50,000 miles, which is good for two round-trip flights. The Southwest Airline credit card is one of hundreds of credit card deals you can sign up for. All credit card companies are literary offering this type of promotional offer to get your business, which is awesome for us customers. Do make sure, though, to pay the balance in full every month and carry no debt on the credit card to avoid hurting your credit score.

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      4. Check Your Car Insurance

      Renting a car on vacation can be a convenient and inexpensive way to get around, but it can add up to a huge expense due to the purchase of car rental extras. To hack a good car rental deal, you will want to avoid extras such as rental insurance, navigation system, adding a second driver, etc. Many car insurance policies and credit cards (i.e. American Express and MasterCard) offer insurance coverage for rental cars, so be sure to look this up or inquiry this with your car insurance or credit card provider. Other things you can do to hack an ever better car rental deal include: • Hiring a car at a second-tier airport (car rental companies based at major airports and nearby charge a premium for their convenience) • Picking up a car rental on weekdays (to avoid the high weekend rate) • Hiring a subcompact car to save up as much as $15 a day • Signing up to a car rental loyalty program such as National Car Emerald Club or Hertz Gold Plus Rewards • Search for discounts online (one of the best threads I found to be very useful is Flyertalk’s “new discount contract ids coupons thread”)

      James Jones lives in California and blogs for My Travel Guide Posts. He has written topics such as things to do in Uruguay and tourist attractions in Southern India.

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      How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

      How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

      You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

      We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

      The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

      Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

      1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

      Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

      For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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      • (1) Research
      • (2) Deciding the topic
      • (3) Creating the outline
      • (4) Drafting the content
      • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
      • (6) Revision
      • (7) etc.

      Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

      2. Change Your Environment

      Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

      One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

      3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

      Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

      Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

      My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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      Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

      4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

      If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

      Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

      I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

      5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

      I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

      Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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      As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

      6. Get a Buddy

      Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

      I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

      7. Tell Others About Your Goals

      This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

      For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

      8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

      What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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      9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

      If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

      Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

      10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

      Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

      Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

      11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

      At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

      Reality check:

      I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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