If you’re looking for cheap airfare, it’s not far away. These days, there are tons of ways to find good fares. For starters, there’s skyauction.com. This site allows you to bid on airfare, hotels, and trips just as you would bid for a TV on ebay. Direct fares are also available through the site but the best deals are found by bidding. Bidders can scan the site to see what auctions are ending and jump in at the last minute to secure a cheapo flight.
Kayak.com is also a nice little site. The site allows you to run multiple airfare searcheson popular booking sites like orbitz, cheatickets, travelocity, hotwire, priceline, etc. so you don’t have to go through them one by one. Kayak also informs you when the best times to buy tickets will be. If fares are set to increase next week, a graph will show how costs of your travel is about to rise – convincing you to book now before that happens. The reverse is also true. If rates are set to fall for your journey, the fare graph will convince you to hold off on buying until the rates drop.
The drawback to Kayak.com is that it doesn’t search the real discount carriers like Spirit Air, Southwest Airlines, or Virgin America – now offering coast to coast travel for around $220. To take advantage of these airlines, sign up for their newsletters.
Spirit recently ran a $99 sale to Costa Rica I took advantage of only because I get their newsletter. The fare lasted 24 hours so if I wasn’t addicted to my crackberry, I never would have gotten to Costa Rica for $200.
Last but not least is Priceline.com. You’ve all seen the commercials; you can get cheap airfare and hotels on this site but you have to be a bit savvy. The site seems to inflate the prices of things so that when you bid on a fare, you think you’re bidding much lower than you are. Example: I searched for airfare from Boston to DC and got a rate of $200. When I checked Orbitz, I got a rate of $160. I had planned on bidding 30% under the Priceline rate, $140, but that would have really been a bid of about 12% under the real fare, $160. So be sure to get the rates on a site outside Priceline before bidding on something.
If you’re like most people, you buy a book new, read it, shelve it for a few years, and throw it away when you move into a new place and are trying to cut down on the junk you have to box up. Sound like you? There is an alternative.
The company is called Better World Books. It is a non-profit organization that organizes book drives – book donations – across the country. People donate used books for free and the company sells them on their website, to libraries, and through other distribution channels cheaply. On their website, www.betterworld.com, the average book costs $3.00. Profits from sales fund third world literacy programs.
Betterworld.com host a couple million titles, including textbooks, so you’ll likely find what your looking for unless it is brand new.
Freemoviescreenings.net lists links to movie studios’ offering free tickets for flicks. Most links allow users to print out tickets – though some require personal information.
News 24-7 near Chinatown hosts a ladies’ night every Wednesday where women eat for free. A three-course meal (salad, entree, and dessert) is served from 5-10 p.m. in the bar.
On the first Wednesday of every month from 5 to 7 p.m., the food shops in the FANEUIL HALL MARKETPLACE offer free samples.
Andrew Brett Einhorn, author and editor of Broke in Boston, signs two copies of his book for the Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick while at a book signing at the Eastern States Exhibition Fair in Springfield, MA. Gov. Patrick is seen here listening to Einhorn discuss why and how he wrote the book.
The Big E Welcomes Local Author of Broke in Boston: A Guide to Living Cheap in the City
New England’s largest fair showcases first-time author and CT native
September 9, 2007 – For the first year ever, the largest fair in the Northeast welcomes Colchester, CT native Andrew Einhorn, author of Broke in Boston: A Guide to Living Cheap in the City, to hold its local author booth from September 14th – 30th, 2007.
Attracting over one million spectators annually, the Big E (1305 Memorial Ave West Springfield, MA) provides New Englanders free top name entertainment, major exhibits, The Big E Super Circus, New England history and agriculture, rides, shopping, crafts, daily parades and food from around the world.
Mr. Einhorn will be the fair’s only featured author. He will be available for book signings. Copies of the book will be available at a discounted price of $10.
Broke in Boston is sold at major retailers including Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Hudson Booksellers for $16.95.