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Planning a holiday? Here are some money saving tips and tricks I use

Tips and tricks when booking holdiays 

Since I published this post I have been asked lots of times for any money saving tips and tricks I have for taking the family long haul.  I thought I’d set out some of those which helped us  anyway!

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    The money jar

I know this is old fashioned but what we tend to do when we book a holiday like Toronto is keep a jar of our loose change and convert it the week before we head away.  We had 8 months of saving for Toronto and had a nice sum of coins saved which converted into CAD$225. Along the same vein and I know this sounds a bit crazy myself and my husband put aside €20 each month and covert it that month to the currency of our destination this meant another CAD$470  to add to the pot.

  • Deals, Deals Deals

I am the queen of the deal! I just love a good deal. I scour the internet for good deals in our chosen destination.  Groupon is your friend. For example we had pancakes for lunch one of the days at Krepesz, that was pancakes for 4 and drinks for CAD$50.  While in Niagara Falls I booked the Captain Jacks Fun Zone  tickets which the kids thoroughly enjoyed and I saved 70% off the normal price.  There are so many options in these places so by buying in advance (the kids and the adults) know what included and we have a set amount of tokens each. There are also lots of hotel options on Groupon too with great saving or added extras.  A couple we spoke to at breakfast had got a great deal at the Sheraton on the Falls via Groupon with a Falls view room.

  • Shop around especially for accomodation

There are a myriad of hotel booking options with varying rates of discounts.

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One of my personal favourites is booking.com.   Also check out Expedia or hotels.com or as mentioned above Groupon hotel deals. Sign up for alerts for these site to keep up to date on the latest deals and offerings.   It can also be a good option to call the hotel direct as I have found that some will match the rates found elsewhere.

Another great option is booking via Airbnb. One of the key things to remember about Airbnb is to read the reviews of the property and look for hosts with good feedback. Secondly good Airbnb etiquette will help ensure good feedback is left for you in return as that’s the cornerstone of the community.

  • Flights

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This one is bit more tricky and sometime can just be down to the fact that the stars align and sales and timing of your trip work out. But failing that some things you can do include:

  • Settting up Sky Scanner alerts – im a big fan of this. You get emails relating to prices changes for the flight you are considering.
  • Timing – some times of the year are simply cheaper than others so do your research and look for the off peak times in the destinations you plan on visiting
  • Avios, this is currency of a number of airlines and you can collect point by purchasing flights or with the airline or any of its partners. For example you can convert you SuperValu real rewards to Avios points.  I had a quick look and its around 8,000 points for a return European flight. Not too bad!

Has anybody any other good holiday saving tips they have feel free to add them in the comments.


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  • Reply Adrienne July 11, 2017 at 1:52 am

    We take road trips instead of flying. We save so much money that way and see more of the country along the way. To save more money we pack most of our food.

  • Reply Becca Farrelly July 20, 2017 at 11:08 am

    I love a good deal and I always look for vouchers and offers before we go anywhere! I also have a money jar as I cant stand change so find it all adds up quite quickly and helps to give Mia some ‘pocket money’ on days out 🙂


  • Reply Becky, Cuddle Fairy July 20, 2017 at 3:11 pm

    I’ve heard great things about sky scanner but haven’t tried it myself! It’s like having a personal assistant checking flight prices for you. Putting money aside every week is a great idea, it’s a nice boost when the holidays roll around. Thanks so much for sharing with us at #BloggerClubUK x

  • Reply SeekAndRead July 25, 2017 at 3:34 pm

    Great post, what I do to save money is: first I find what I need for example hotel and then I google everything related to this hotel as prices. Then I select the best deal. My favorite is Expedia, their price is lower the rest most of the time and you earn some points as well.
    SeekAndRead | Happy Family Lifestyle

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