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Handy Money Saving Travel Tips …

With many on the road, and August really starting the travel season, a few money saving travel tips crossed our minds. So we wanted to share.Money Saving Travel Tips

At the Dinner Table

Watch the Year of that Wine– So you splurged a little more than usual and bought that special bottle of Wine for the table. Take note of the year you purchased on the menu, if the one that is served is different, you may want to ask.

Watch the tip– In groups of six, the tip is often included. Double check, and of course if the server did an excellent job you may want to add more, but not accidentally double.

Watch the final bill– This is a new one, but one I personally experienced a few weeks ago. The final bill was different after I gave my credit card. Make sure they are the same.

As a former waiter (many years ago now) mistakes happen … servers are there to please, so feel free to ask, they will not be offended.

In the Air

A friend who travels a lot recently told me flying to him is the same as driving to me. For those that do not fly as frequently, here are a couple of tips.:

Book Early– The earlier you book, the better chance of getting a good deal.

Book Late– So you missed the early booking, with flexibility the very last-minute airfare may be an excellent value as filling the seat is better than no revenue at all.

Watch the Fine Print– Carry on, luggage, weights and sizes vary with every airline. The rules are the rules, be sure to check them … after all the clerk is just the messenger at the airport.

Safe and fun travels to all … and now, maybe a little less expensive.

Have a Great Day!

John A. Kvale CFA, CFP

8222 Douglas Ave # 590
Dallas, TX 75225

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Summer Vacation Plans and Thrifty Money Savings Tricks, Isn’t that an Oxymoron?

With summer brings vacation, the fun, family, travel  AND a few associated expenses. In a special light-hearted, headed into the weekend post, we thought we would stray from the icky heavy market talk briefly for some brighter, fun ideas for the summer. Of course, fun without frugality would be straying to far for us, so here are a few ideas you might consider for summer savings.

  1. Write a portion of that vacation off.  We do not want to compromise the integrity of your vacation, much less your tax return, but do consider meshing a vacation with business in order to write a portion off.  According to this Intuit Tax related article, the spirit of the code is what is not “ordinary and necessary.” We are not recommending stretching the rules by any means, only staying aware of items that may save you tax dollars later.
  2. Book that flight on a Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday for savings. According to Smarter Travel, several Orbitz executives find that Monday through Wednesday seems to be the best days to book travel. The execs state that time of day is of little difference, rather the particular day is of most importance. My personal favorite day to book air travel is Wednesday, away from a holiday and near the middle of the month if possible.
  3. Take a look at VRBO or Homeway.com (one in the same now)  for great vacation rental properties. I have personally rented from these sites over a dozen times now, and have yet to have a bad experience. Knowing several friends who have wonderful homes that are a part of these services also gives me confidence in the recommendation. Book early and be prepared to sign a contract, which is usually standard in nature.
  4. Staying away from peak times is the ultimate travel saver, which prior to having children I did not realize the advantage. If you have the option of traveling when others do not, YOU WILL be happily surprised, not only in price, but also in complication due to traffic.  Try to Zig when others Zagg, so to speak.

Short of bringing the sand, umbrella, water, mountain, or ocean to you directly, this is our next best effort that hopefully you have enjoyed. Be safe, and maybe if you remember a few of these ideas, you might have a few extra bucks in your pocket when you return!

Have a Great Day!


PS – Donald “The Brain” and I are out of the office today in Las Colinas on important business.