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The Lowdown on Military Hotels

Occasionally, men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces may be able to take some time off—take a vacation from the service. Military personnel would be pleased, and some would even be surprised, to know that there are several hotels that offer discounts exclusively for them. These hotels are often called military hotels.

Military hotels are all over the country and men and women in the army can look forward to as much as, or oftentimes more, than $10 worth of savings a day. Apart from regular discounts, some military hotels also offer various packages like lower daily hotel rates for longer or extended stays and also double benefits. Some hotels have policies against double benefits but there are still some who allow them. Military personnel may also be able to take special rates from having a roadside assistance program. To max your savings, find the best military hotel that suits you.

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But how does one find a military hotel? Some of your favorite hotels may actually be military-friendly hotels. A simple inquiry over the phone, online or through the front desk would provide you with all the information you need. If you are a bit wary over making calls and the like, you can always do a simple web search. The internet can supply you with a list of hotels that provide discount rates to the servicemen of the military.

Despite the obvious advantages of staying in a military hotel, some military personnel are either hesitant, adamant or both about finding these hotels. The important thing to remember is that everyone, not just military personnel, can always make room for savings from taking on discount (and most people are often all better for it).

Service Members Save Money On Groceries

Cutting down on costs at your Commissary is one way of managing your money well. Here are a few ideas you can employ to save money on your next run.

• Come up with a budget that is just at part with or if possible below what you can actually afford. Build a list of grocery items within that budget.

• Check out the coupon collection that most people ignore in the front of the Commissary .

• Have a list ready before your next trip to the Commissary, making sure to include common kitchen items such as coffee, milk, sugar, soy sauce, vinegar, salt, onion and garlic.

• Keep tabs on item prices, especially items you frequently use, so you can come up with a workable budget on your next grocery run.

• Limit your Commissary visits to once or twice a month. You can save on travel costs and decrease your chances of overspending.

• Plan your meals ahead of time. This helps you avoid missing an ingredient and saves you money if you choose meals that have common ingredients. Mayonnaise, for example, allows you to make both sandwiches and macaroni salads.

• Branded goods and choice-cut meats have cheaper substitutes that do not have to do away with quality. Go for those substitutes.

• Purchase goods in cash and save yourself the trouble of going over your budget.

• Buy snacks for your travels. 24/7 mini stores are usually more expensive, especially if you live in Europe. Bringing food in your travels eases hungers pangs without hurting your wallet.

• It pays to be inventive in the kitchen: You can make something special out of leftovers which can potentially maximize your savings.

Follow these tips and you will be in for a good surprise once you have tallied up your expenses for the month.

Avoiding Impulse Spending

One of the easiest habbits to develop while overseas is impulse spending. Impulse spending is never a good thing. It drains your chances of getting worthwhile items for yourself (e.g. car, house, vacation or retirement) and it will wreck your relationships. Not sure if you’re an impulse buyer? Answer the following questions with true or false to find out.

1. Your spouse or partner complains about your spending.
2. Your credit card never fails to surprise you with a larger amount than you expected.
3. There are not enough number of days to wear all the clothes and shoes you own.
4. You own the latest gadgets even if your old ones are not in the least bit obsolete.
5. You buy items you never thought you wanted until you saw them on a shelf.

If you answered true to any of the statements, chances are you are an impulse spender.

Here are a few tricks that can help put your impulsiveness in check: Make a list of the things you want to buy before hitting the stores and take only enough cash for your list. Leave your credit cards at home to avoid overspending. Ads and the media oftentimes dictate our needs. Distinguishing your needs from your wants will keep you from falling into the dictates of the media. Give yourself time to cool off when you see something you want (or something you think you need) that you haven’t planned on buying. Two weeks should be enough to help you figure out whether an item is something you can live without or not.

Taking heed of these simple steps and in no time you would be back on track with your loved ones and finally save up for important investments.

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