66 Ways to Save Money
able advice and comparisons on the Internet.
Ask a librarian or friends which Internet sites
they think are helpful, or you can use a search
engine like Google or Yahoo. Be aware that informa-
tion you find is often biased. At many websites, the
only products or sellers listed are ones that pay to
advertise. Before buying anything on the Internet,
check several websites and make sure you deal with
1. Compare low-cost carriers with major carriers
that fly to your destination. Remember, the best
fares may not be out of the airport closest to you.
2. You may save by including a Saturday evening
stay-over or by purchasing the ticket at least 14
days in advance. Ask which days of the week
and times of the day have the lowest fare.
3. Even if you are using a travel agent, check airline
and Internet travel sites, and look for special
deals. If you call, always ask for the lowest fare
to your destination.
4. Since car rental rates can vary greatly, compare
total price (including taxes and surcharge) and
take advantage of any special offers and member-
5. Rental car companies offer various insurance and
waiver options. Check with your automobile
insurance agent and credit card company in
advance to avoid duplicating any coverage you
may already have.
6. You can save thousands of dollars over the life-
time of a car by selecting a model that combines
a low purchase price with low depreciation,
financing, insurance, gasoline, maintenance, and
repair costs. Ask your local librarian for new car
guides that contain this information.
For most kinds of purchases, you can get valu-