Tuesday, August 6, 2019

how to save money at the airport

I'm the target market for the travel industry. I'm notorious for spending money on food and souvenirs when traveling. There are money traps everywhere just waiting for folks like me to fall into them. Here's a few ways that I save money at the airport.

Bring your own water bottle. // These one might seem silly, but bottled water costs upwards of $3. THREE DOLLARS! Per bottle. Ludicrous. However, you are permitted to bring your own water bottle! It must be empty to get through security, but then you can fill it up at the water fountains on the other side. No waste, either!

Bring your own entertainment. // I once forgot my crossword puzzle book when I flew to see Kyle. I ended up paying five times the price for one at the little airport store. Never again! I make sure I have a book to read, portable charger for e-books on my phone, crossword puzzle (and pen!! I paid $3 for a souvenir pen once), headphones, and a small notebook for notes.

Bring snacks! // I brought my own smaller bags of chips and a king size candy bar. They did have to be scanned outside of my backpack through security, but I saved a few dollars.

If you have to eat, stick to appetizers. // There is a fantastic restaurant in the airport I typically fly out of. They also have some pricey entrees on their menu. However, I always get an appetizer. It's still money I could've saved bringing my own food, but it's a little treat for myself because it's so good. It's also several dollars cheaper than buying a full meal.

Fly with only a carry on. // Obviously this isn't always possible. Some seats don't allow carry ons, so make sure you have one that does! When I fly to umpire I have to have my gear bag, which I can only check. If you can though, try to only fly with a carry on. You'll avoid checked bag fees (and potentially super pricey overweight fees) and you'll know your luggage hasn't been lost.

Don't pay for wifi. // I know it's tempting to pay for it on the flight, but seriously? Do you really need it? Chances are the people you're in contact with already know you're going to be on a plane.

If you have any more tips, drop them in the comments!

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