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5Frugal Retiring News, Issue 76, August 2015
August 22, 2015
Dear


We are RVing again

Little did we know that when we left for our usual summer trip to California and Oregon that we would purchase another RV.

We have been out of RVing since 2006 but Julie found on the Internet and ad for a model exactly like the one that we sold, and truly loved, 9 years ago.

Long story short we purchased that puppy, and the price we paid was equal to a recent major engine overhaul and new tires.

We are now in the process of having it checked out for other things we need to fix mechanically, no major surprises so far thank goodness...

Julie will now be concentrating on getting the interior of the coach remodeled to her specifications.

We have truly missed RVing, and are excited about finding a coach that was priced right and one that we are very familiar with.

We will keep you posted as to our progress in getting our motorhome that looks exactly like the one pictured above ready for the road.

A few short shakedown trips, and next spring we will join the ranks of Arizona snowbirds.

The fact that it was 110 plus in June also made us receptive to getting another RV.

Frugal Living Tip number One

We flew from Phoenix to Denver to pick up the coach and we used a service that you should be aware of if you want to save time and money getting from point A to point B.

Uber

Here is how Uber worked for us

1st you download the Uber app to your cell phone and when you get to the airport, use the airports free Wi-Fi to show your location... After we got our bag we punched pick up on the Uber app... my cell phone rang about 30 seconds later.

The driver gave us a description of his car and told us where he would pick us up, in less than 5 minutes we're on our way to pick up the motor home.

A 45 minute ride cost us $34... Uber drivers are not allowed to accept tips... When you compare this to picking up and dropping off a rental car we not only saved money but we save 2 or 3 hours of hassle.

Compared to a 45 minute taxi ride we saved around $40-$50.

So you may want to give it a try next time you need transportation... I am sure that the rental car companies and taxi drivers are not big fans of the Uber but you can sure save some money and I highly recommend the service.

Frugal living tip number two

Now don't think for a minute that we had given up one of our favorite pastimes which is cruising.

We booked a 15 day transatlantic cruise from Rome to Miami for $799 a person... That is cheap folks.

We used airline miles to fly for what the taxes are, $38 a person to Rome, and we will use our Southwest Airlines miles to fly home from Fort Lauderdale.

Use this site to get the latest deals on how to fly free.

Most offers go like this if you spend $2-$3000 in the next 3 months, using their card they give you mileage anywhere from 25 to 50,000 miles. There is no fee for the 1st year.

After you have used the miles, you can cancel the card, it's your choice.

This is dependent on your credit rating being good...go to this page on site.

Remember that getting your credit report is free, and you should take advantage of this service free 3 to 4 times a year.

Frugal living tip number three

If you have not taken your trip...this is a repeat of last month's travel tips.

Since this is prime vacation time I would encourage you to review the tips on how to save money while traveling.

We practice what we preach and save money every time.

frugal travel in general

Air travel tips.

Good money saving tips.

Travel safety tips.

visit National Parks...Remember if you're over 62, you qualify for the senior pass which is a $10 lifetime cost...

To break up the trip to Sacramento we will be going through Yosemite national Park up to Lake Tahoe before arriving in Lincoln Hills to visit Julie's mother.

make a checklist.

A trip to the mechanic is always wise before heading out...I use Brakemasters, because their mechanics are not paid on commission.

Frugal living tip number four

We are going to stay in Rome, one of our favorite cities, for 2 nights prior to the cruise.

We are going to use a new lodging system, the world's largest Air b and b.

I don't know why I have not heard of this company before, since Inc. magazine rated it the best company in 2014... It is a multibillion dollar company with short to moderate rentals all over the world.

We paid $160 (2 nights) for a complete apartment located right next to the Rome central train station...Termini.

We take an express train from the Rome airport to Termini, the apartment is a 5 minute walk away.

And we will take an express train from Termini to the cruise port, Civitecchia takes 48 minutes which costs €9 a person.

Incidentally thanks to Greece, the euro has really taken a pounding and is now $1.11 US to one euro.

We previously have used Booking.com...This new service appears cheaper, and the villa that we picked had over 50 positive reviews so we'll let you know how this works.

This may be another opportunity for you to save when you travel.

In closing

Until next time, keep on being frugal and please share this site or this newsletter with your friends... That is the best way you can tell me that you enjoy the tips that you receive every month.

God bless,

Gary and Julie

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