The Best Hotel Deals I’ve Ever Had

thebesthoteldealsiveeverhad.jpgIfs you were to visit the websites of many upscale hotels you would see that their rooms are almost always listed for well over $200 per night and you have to ask yourself: how do they do it? How can they sell hundreds of these rooms every night of the year for such an insanely high price? The answer is, THEY CAN’T! That’s right, other than during the busiest times of the year or when major events are taking place near the hotel in question, a large number of their rooms would sit vacant if they were to try and sell every single one of them at those high prices.

Thankfully years ago I learned this little secret about the hotel industry: they are desperate to sell their rooms! Why? Because it makes very little business sense as a hotel manager to let a large portion of your rooms sit vacant every night. Some money is better than no money, right? On the other hand, hotels don’t want to damage their brand and the upscale image of their hotel by dropping their rates to bargain basement prices just so they can sell their remaining rooms either. The hotels especially don’t want their high paying customers to know that the room they just purchased for $300, they would actually be willing to sell for $50 if it meant that it wouldn’t remain vacant for the night!

So how do these hotels ensure that their rooms are occupied while at the same time protecting their reputation so that everyone doesn’t know that they are selling their rooms so cheaply? The answer is they sell off their surplus inventory of rooms through 3rd party discount travel providers like Priceline and Hotwire at massive discounts.

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How Does Booking On Priceline And Hotwire Work?

Booking hotels through Priceline and Hotwire works slightly differently, but the basic concept is that they only provide a very rough description of the hotel and the general area where it is located without actually naming the hotel. The true identity of the hotel is only revealed after the person booking the hotel has already paid for their stay in full. They will also not be given the option to change or cancel their reservation meaning that the revenue from that sale becomes guaranteed for the hotel the instant that the room is booked. By doing things this way, the hotel’s brand is protected because their hotel is never publicly listed alongside the rock bottom price on their own website nor on any third party travel provider’s website either.

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I know, those are some pretty serious restrictions, but what if I told you that you could save up to 70% off the regular nightly rates for 3 and 4 star hotels in most major cities? Would it be worth it then? To me it definitely is and you’ll soon see why!

Here Are Some Actual Hotel Deals I’ve Scored

Based on my own personal experience, I have to tell you that staying in a hotel right in the heart of the city you are visiting with direct access to everything the city has to offer is much more enjoyable than paying more money to stay at a run down motel that is miles away. Here are a few of the cheap hotel deals I’ve managed to score by using Priceline and Hotwire over the past several years. Keep reading » about The Best Hotel Deals I’ve Ever Had

Where to Find Grocery Coupons Online in Canada

wheretofindgrocerycouponsonlineincanada.jpgEverybody needs to eat so anything you can do to save money on groceries and food in general is bound to make a significant impact to your family budget. Coupons are one of the best ways to do that! Many people shy away from coupons because they either think they are too hard to find, couponing is too much hassle, they only give you puny discount anyway, or coupons don’t exist for healthy products that are worth buying.

There is some truth to each of those objections, but they definitely aren’t universally true by any means. The main thing is to have an abundant source of easy to get coupons that you can hand pick to suit your needs. That’s why I’ve put together this comprehensive list of places where you can find Canadian coupons online.

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How to Minimize Your Monthly Cell Phone Bill with a Smartphone and a Data Plan

howtominimizeyourmonthlycellphonebillwithasmartphoneandadataplan.jpgThe Internet has significantly changed the way we communicate. Many people have already eliminated their monthly home phone by using Voice over IP (VoIP). Similarly, the business case for Enterprise VoIP is compelling. It eliminates separate voice and data services and the associated cost of maintenance.

If you have a Smartphone with a data plan, you can minimize your cell phone monthly bill by maximizing VoIP. That is, use low-cost VoIP to make calls as much as possible and only use prepaid minutes as backup.

How much do voice plans cost?

Mobility carriers offer to sell you a cell phone voice plan with 150-200 minutes for $30-35/month. Additional minutes are often charged at 30-40 cents/minute. This means you're spending about 20-30 cents/minute if you use all the minutes precisely. The monthly amount is fixed, whether you use all the minutes or not.

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A prepaid plan can help you minimize mobile voice cost, which often costs 20-25 cents/minute in a pay-as-you-go setup. You only get charged for the calls you make or receive. Examples of prepaid carriers are President's Choice Mobile (aka PC Telecom), Telus Prepaid, Virgin Mobile, and Fido prepaid. The big wireless companies also usually have a prepaid option as well, but they are typically more costly overall.

How to choose a mobile data plan?

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How To Make A Coupon Binder

howtomakeacouponbinder.jpgEveryone that uses coupons needs an efficient method of organizing them. For a couponer, there is nothing worse than knowing you have a coupon for an item; but you can not find it.

While there are several ways of organizing them, perhaps one of the best ways is to use a ring binder since it offers a great deal of flexibility. As your collection grows, then additional pages can easily be added (or removed when not needed). It can work equally well for someone who is new to collecting as well as the extreme couponer.

A coupon binder can be as simplistic or as elaborate as you want it to be. There is no right or wrong way to put one together. What is best for you is the correct way. Having said that, here are some ideas to consider:

Choosing The Right Binder

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