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5 Tips to prevent eating out from eating a hole in your wallet


Here is a guest post on youngandthrifty.ca by Jennifer Williams. Jennifer Williams is a writer, turner traveler, turned blogger. She’s trying her hand at blogging on various topics, so you can find her stepping into tech, business and finance. Follow her on twitter- @JtotheWilliams or check out her blog- allovertech.wordpress.com.

We live in a culture where nobody seems to have the time to cook anything. Or maybe it’s the dishes nobody has time for. Whether it’s a race through the drive-through or a dinner that uses the last of your energy (that takeout bag is pretty heavy), eating out is a way of life, recession or not. But you still have other expenses. Here are five ways you can eat out, and still have some money to fill your fridge later on.

1. Eat your biggest meal early.

It’s a well known fact that you need to eat early in the day to jump start your metabolism.  Common sense also dictates that if you eat a larger meal in the morning, you won’t be ravenous (and spending even more) for lunch or dinner… or even wandering the grocery store like a zombie looking for bloog.  And if you want a fourth reason, remember that taking in your calories earlier means that you’ll be burning them off all day long.

2. Bring snacks.

While this may sound like advice only a parent needs to follow, remember that there’s
no rule saying you have to eat entirely at restaurants.

The grocery store is often the least expensive option available to you. Look for free days
at bulk discount stores (such as the one Sam’s Club had on August 6-8, 2010), and pick
up a box of small chip bags, or a large container of popcorn. A little self knowledge and
some foresight can pay big dividends when it comes to meals on the go. Just be sure
to get things you actually like, instead of falling into the trap of “I should eat this, even
though it tastes like packing peanuts.”

You can also go to sites likeOffers.com and download some coupons- this way, you
can get more of what you want without spending a ridiculous amount of money.

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Weekend Ramblings and PF Blog Love: Inadvertent Savings Edition

This week, I was happy to have saved money by not having to pay for an oil change. Inadvertently.

How I inadvertently saved $100 on my car:

I went to get my winter tires put on and the place I go to (will not mention names lol) provides a free mechanical inspection on your car.  I thought- why not, it’s free anyways.  I already had an oil change booked with my usual mechanic for the following week.  The tire place told me that my car would be ready in a couple of hours, so I took transit down to do some errands.  Understandably, they were very busy as it was the first snow fall of the season and of course Vancouver drivers were scrambling madly to get their snow tires on at the first hint of 5 cm of snow on the ground.  I get a call from them to say that my car needed an oil change and a new air filter.  I told them that I had an appointment with my regular mechanic next week, so they didn’t need to do the oil change or change the air filter.  They said okay, and that my car was ready for pick up.

I arrive to pick up my car.

I see the bill: $100.  Usually to change the tires over, it’s free.  Mechanical inspection was free. So… why was I asked to pay $100?

They said they were charging me for the oil change and the air filter and labour.

I didn’t kick up much of a fuss, really. I just firmly said that I didn’t say I wanted the oil change and air filter done.

So they gave waived the bill and I got the oil change and air filter for free.

Needless to say, I was a happy camper!  Snow (check out the pic of Vancouver) and free oil change.  Couldn’t be happier.

Readers, have you had an experience where you got something substantial for free because of a mistake?

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Top 10 Tips For Avoiding Travel Trauma & Saving Money

Below is a guest post by Anna, creator of Bargainmoose.ca, a Canadian blog for shopping deals, freebies, coupons and more. Anna  wants to share some tips on avoiding travel trauma and saving money while holidaying.

The vacation season is looming, and many of you have probably already booked, or are thinking about planning your summer trip. I thought I would write an article about how to avoid troubles when you are travelling and how to save a bit of cash.

Here are the top 10 tips:

1. Book early bird flights: Though flight delays may seem like something completely our of your hands, there are a few things you can do to minimize the chances of problems. If you are booking a short jaunt with the likes of Westjet, Air Canada or Porterair I’d recommend booking a flight which leaves early in the morning. There will be less chance of your flight being delayed due to knock-on effects of delays in earlier flights, or due to mechanical failure. Also, if you book with an airline that has many flights scheduled that day for your particular trip, it will be easier to switch flights if needed.

2. Fly direct: If you can, fly directly to your intended destination rather than stopping half-way at a hub airport. If you must have a stopover, you can check ratings of Canadian airports at flightstats.com. However, you do have to weigh up costs and convenience for this option. A direct flight may not be geographically or economically feasible.

3. Minimize baggage: As many airlines now charge extra for checked baggage, you can try and minimize your costs by reducing the amount you are carrying. For example, if you are travelling in a family of 4, you might be able to squeeze your luggage into 2 cases only. This all depends on your destination and how much luggage you think you will need. There are some good tips for packing light at Onebag.com, such as “parkas aren’t needed in North Africa!”

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