Category: Travel

Gas Buddy

With gas prices going up every minute, the Frugal Diva has spent a lot of time on the Gas Buddy site.  They list the lowest prices sent in by gas buddy members. Arco leads with their no credit card policy to avoid passing the fees onto the consumer.  As you probably have guessed, those with Costco Memberships have one more benefit-among the lowest gas prices in town. Since all indicators say gas prices are rising this is a good time to go over their fuel saving tips.  Who  knew that the air conditioning used about 20% more fuel?  And…

Malibu For The Rest Of Us

This is for natives and tourists. There are many places to spend big bucks in Malibu however enjoy this beautiful town for an afternoon and spend less then $20 per person for a day vacation. The Adamson House Tour is a guided tour through the house which contains its original furnishings and is decorated with the renowned Malibu Potteries tile. Trained volunteer docents relate the history of the house, details of its architecture and furnishings, and the history of the family that lived in and created this distinctive home. And what does this all cost -$5.00 per person includes…

Spring Break Travel Savings

The Frugal Diva always wondered how to decide between driving and flying if the distance was not too great.   Jon Lal at befrugal.com has a way to help you decide and some tips for saving on your travel plans. When planning a trip, start with a free online tool to decide whether flying or driving makes more sense. The Fly or Drive Calculator (http://www.befrugal.com/tools/fly-or-drive-calculator/) factors in time taken, cost and carbon emissions. Complete your reservation to get the most for your money: 1) book online 2) use a coupons and cash…

Budget-Friendly Tips for the Cash-Strapped Traveler

Great guest post for summer vacation plans! If you’re skipping out on a vacation this year, don’t let your finances be the reason for your sacrifice. While traveling can often eat into your savings, spending a fortune on your vacation is not necessary. There are many budget-friendly travel tips that can help even the most cash-strapped globe trotter’s vacation dreams become a reality. Choosing Your Trip Traveling during the off season can literally save you half of what you would pay to travel during peak seasons. If you’re traveling by plane, consider leaving in…

Southwest Airlines Deals

Travel is a luxury and we all need a little down time. Californians have the distinct advantage of living in a state where there are national parks, sophisticated cities, deserts, Disneyland, and everything in between. For flying anywhere else in the United States,  Southwest Airlines is my favorite, great fares, egalitarian seating, no fees for one piece of luggage,  and for most fares you can make changes without a penalty. They have some great click and save fares, so it might be a good time to make plans…

National Wildlife Federation Camp Out

On the night of June 23, join families across the country in the Great American Backyard Camp Out.  Now as you know, the Frugal Diva is not a camper however they say you could even try spending the night in your own backyard. This didn’t sound too bad. You could even jog back into the house to use the bathroom and there are usually no wild animals to worry about. They even give you reasons why children benefit from camping. For someone who spent their entire childhood reading and afraid of the dark, this was a revelation. Now…

Marriott.com

Some people love the quaint bed and breakfast, the old style rooms with mismatched furniture, and the ministrations of a cheery staff.  These people are not me. Do they really expect me to talk to strangers in the morning, go without television for the night, and return every day to chat with the owners?  Please just give me your basic hotel room – clean, with modern bathrooms, cable TV, mostly free parking and mostly free breakfasts. What chains lacks in charm they make up for in convenience, dependability and free Wifi. Find one that has a wide range of low…