The Where and When of booking flights
Travel experts KAYAK have worked out the best times, based on how far you’re going. To save up to 80% on mid-haul flights, book 1-2 months in advance. For long-haul flights, save up to 40% by booking 2-4 months ahead.
Wings and weekends - an expensive mix
People tend to fly outside working hours, so fares are usually higher on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. KAYAK recommend Tuesday and Thursday as the most economical departure and return days.
On your bike
Cycling to work is not only great exercise, it could also save you up to £3,000 a year (based on an average commute of 5 miles each way). Ask your employer about the tax-efficient Cycle to Work scheme.
Beware of sales
Sounds counter-intuitive, but Which? warns that some sales really aren’t good value. In fact, 60% of Black Friday deals actually cost the same or even more than they did just before or after the event.
Watch the birdie for bargains
Follow your favourite retailers on social networking sites. They nearly all tweet about their latest deals or upcoming sales. More info at the Telegraph Online.
Two train tickets can be cheaper than one
Which? reveals the train travel secret that is rarely mentioned – the split ticket. Instead of one ticket, you buy multiple ones, each covering a different part of the journey. Worth looking into - travelling from Ipswich to Sheffield, for example, works out 88% cheaper if you ‘split’ at Doncaster.
The Abandoned Shopping Trolley Trick
Next time you’re shopping online, add items to your shopping basket, then leave them there a while. As Express online says, companies will sniff a sale and often send you discount codes to tempt you back and finish your order.
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