Saving Money on Everything
While the main goal of this website is to show you how to save money on travel, I also aim to help people save money on everything they do in life. Many of the techniques I highlight on Miles to Memories really apply to everyday life.
For that reason I have written a few posts about some of my everyday purchases. For example, I wrote about how I got an incredibly low price on an Xbox One earlier this year, how I combined a number of deals to score a fantastic deal on my desktop computer monitors and even how I saved 40% on new flooring for my home.
The other day I wrote about my Independence Weekend trip to California. In that post, I calculated the redemption value of each Hyatt point for the hotels we booked. We ended up getting a great value for our points since hotel rates were high. Of course hotel costs are just part of what goes into making a road trip happen. We also saved on virtually every other aspect of our trip.
The Weekend Trip & Saving on Everything
Lets take a look at some of our savings on each part of our trip and how we achieved them.
In my post about the hotels, I spoke about how we stayed one night in the Hyatt Regency Valencia and another night in the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach. Combined those hotels would cost 28,000 points for the weekend, but we took advantage of the 20% rebate being offered. That is an additional 5,600 points back!
Of course any road trip requires something that can be quite expensive. Gasoline. No worries though. We saved 50% off of our gasoline by using Arco cards that we purchased at Smart & Final during the Amex Offer. (We also routinely save on fuel because of fuel points earned by purchasing gift cards.)
In the end we paid $25 for each of the $50 cards and Arco tends to be among the cheapest options around. Instead of paying about $80 for gasoline, this trip only cost us $40.
Then there is food. Of course most people know by now that I am a Hyatt Diamond member. I thus was able to get free breakfast at both hotel’s and we had lounge access in Huntington Beach. This really saved us quite a bit of money. The Hyatt Diamond Challenge isn’t quite the same as it was, but the status is no doubt valuable.
Of course there were other meals. One such example came on July 4. We were sort of stuck at the hotel (the roads were pretty much closed for the celebration) and we didn’t want to eat at a restaurant with the baby. So what did we do? We decided to order from Grubhub. Did we pay full price? Of course not! We used a $7 off coupon and our $25 delivery of Thai food became only $18!
While points took care of the resort fee and room cost at the Hyatt in Huntington Beach, we couldn’t avoid the mandatory $35 overnight parking cost. A large sum for sure, but I saved there too. Instead of paying with a credit card, I used a Hyatt gift card I purchased for about 25% off during an eBay promotion!
This post isn’t meant to be a revelation, but it just sort of shows how this is all a way of life. You’ll notice a lot of links to deals I have covered on the blog. The turth is these deals really do translate into fantastic savings in a lot of cases.
Our road trip took less time and planning than most people’s, yet we were able to go places and do things for fractions of what others were paying. Yes there are some things we do pay full price for, but those are becoming rarer than ever!