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This week I was in Seattle for a conference. I haven’t been there since I was 17, and have been looking forward to this trip most of the year. In an effort to save money at the conference I did a small Safeway shopping trip when I got in to help cut down on eating out.
Before I say that I should say that I also saved money getting a VRBO.com apartment rental rather than a hotel room. Most hotel rooms were over $250 a night in the downtown area, and I found something around $150 a night that also included a kitchen and washer/dryer! That means I can cook and pack less clothes. I shared this option on a number of Monday night Q&A sessions. While I’m not opposed to hotels, I have always found rentals to be cheaper with more amenities in larger cities.
Now back to my savings. I spent right at $25 for a box of cereal, granola bars, coffee, peanut butter and fresh fruit (my favorite snack), and a few frozen entrees. I found a few coupons on products and stuck to the sale items, but didn’t take any extra coupons out with me. This fed me for most meals for 5 days! Life in Seattle (and most big cities) isn’t cheap, the bag of coffee alone probably saved me $25. There are at least two coffee shops per block that would have loved my money though.
How was your savings this week? Leave a comment or a link to your savings post.