1. You can lower the price of a round-trip air fare by as much as
two-thirds by making certain your trip includes a Saturday
evening stayover, and by purchasing the ticket in advance.
2. To make certain you have a cheap fare, even if you use a
travel agent, call all the airlines that fly where you want to go
and ask what the lowest fare to your destination is.
3. Keep an eye out for fare wars. Be prepared to act quickly.
1. Since car rental rates can vary greatly, shop around for the
best basic rates and special offers.
2. Rental car companies offer various insurance and waiver
options. Check with your insurance agent and credit card company
in advance to avoid duplicating any coverage you may already
1. You can save thousands of dollars over the lifetime of a car
by selecting a model that combines a low purchase price with low
financing, insurance, gasoline, maintenance, and repair costs.
Ask your local librarian for new car guides that contain this
2. Having selected a model, you can save hundreds of dollars by
comparison shopping. Call at least five dealers for price quotes
and let each know that you are calling others.
3. Remember there is no "cooling off" period on new car sales.
Once you have signed a contract, you are obligated to buy the
1. Before buying any used car:
a. Compare the seller's asking price with the average retail
price in a "bluebook" or other guide to car prices found at
many libraries, banks, and credit unions.
b. Have a mechanic you trust check the car, especially if
the car is sold "as is."
2. Consider purchasing a used car from an individual you know and
trust. They are more likely than other sellers to charge a lower
price and point out any problems with the car.
1. Don't decide to lease a car just because th