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Monday, October 14, 2013

How to Save in Cities Across the US

Alisha McDarris

No matter where you’re headed in the U.S. of A. there are a number of ways to ensure you’re getting your money’s worth. Follow these 6 tips to ensure you don’t miss some decent savings!

1. Before you head out, or even after you arrive, check discount sites like Groupon and Living Social for discounts. Most of these will come in the way of restaurant savings, but you might just score a good deal on activities like paintball or mini golf, too.

2. Conduct an internet search with terms like “restaurant coupons” or “attraction coupons” in the city you’re visiting. In South Florida, for example, you might stumble upon localdines.com where you can find 50% off coupons for local restaurants in a variety of counties in the area.

3. Look up the Chamber of Commerce’s website in your destination town. Oftentimes they will have links to discounts or visitor information to encourage travelers to visit.

4. If you’re staying in a hotel, utilize the concierge or front desk staff. They may be able to help you find discounts on local attractions and they can almost certainly point you in the right direction for cheap or free local events (like jazz night at the coffee shop down the street) since they live there.

5. In more touristy cities, find a line of newspaper dispensers, probably downtown, as there will probably be a publication with coupons for local attractions and restaurants. Even if you don’t find anything good, at least there’s usually a map inside for orienting yourself to a strange city.

6. Pick up a newspaper (one of those free weekly ones if the city or county you’re in prints one) and peruse the event listings. Often you will find free or cheap events like live music, kids activities or tours that are only going on the week you’re there and aren’t advertised elsewhere.

Happy savings!

Alisha McDarris / Author & Editor

Alisha has been a writer and photographer forever. OK, maybe not forever, but at least for more of her 20-something years than she hasn’t been those things... [Read More]

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