Greetings all, last year when I was riding south through the US, the £ was almost $2.00 and I could afford to drink
in bars; however, now that I am once again travelling through the contiguous US en route to Alaska, prices seem to have gone up and in addition the £ is now worth less than $1.45 and I am looking for means of saving
coupons. The following may help other unfortunates:
1. If you want a hot meal a day (usually only Mon. - Fri.) use small town diners, they have lunch time specials which even with coffee(s) are less than $8.00 + the dreaded tip ad big, for the evening meal hit the supermarkets.
2. First thing is if possible stick to the big names and before beginning shopping approach a member of the staff and ask if they have a storecard, only one so far has said they don't, the rest have given me one there and then, except for the one I am presently using in Flagstaff AZ, Basha's which said just tell the checkout that you are a visitor and they will use their store card for you. Best saving so far, 50% in a Fry's store in Tucson but normally between 20 - 30%. They even have discount on booze, to encourage me to binge drink, hooray. Eating and drinking at night in your motel room or tent might not be as much fun as hitting the bars but you save a fortune by not having to indulge in the henious US custom, which is creeping around the world, of tipping.
3. Hotel/Motel and travel discount vouchers, the state Welcome Centres usually found when crossing state lines have them as do gas stations, civic centres and outside of supermarkets. Usually a saving of 10% (ish). On line at "hotel discounts email@example.com
" Also get a state travel map at the centre, so far all bar California v.good and free, California free and crap. Welcome centres can also be located on line.
4. Nation parks, get an Annual Pass, $80.00 and if you visit only 3 - 4 of the big ones, Yellowstone, Yosemite, Grand canyon and Big Bend you are in profit and there are lots more. In addition, if you have pillion, they get in on your pass.
5. Begging, if all else fails and you can borrow a small dog c/w a string lead, remember the mantra, "buddy can you spare $1.50 for a coffee for the dog."
6. You need something to keep you thrifty, an incentivisation as the late unlamented George W. would say. Mine is the thought of being able to blow all my savings on a
and Moose burger with freedom fries in a bar in Anchorage in about two months time. That is assuming my front tyre lasts the distance otherwise it will all go on new rubber and I will be back to the motel room with a 6 pack and Bologna rolls.