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Here is my cost philosophy: If you can get something at a slightly lower price, it’s a little harder.

However, I also like tools that work hard for me. Tap or click for an online shopping helper to find working discounts.

There are also digital ideas that make travel easier, safer and more affordable. Tap or click for five smart tech tips you need to read before you hit the road this summer.

When saving on hotel rooms, sites that claim to have the best deal possible are not always the way to go. Sometimes, you can do better on your own. My son used the following tips to get a hotel room for $ 80 less than the lowest price online.

Do not book through a travel site

When you’ve looking for a hotel, travel discount sites like Kayak, Expedia or are good places to start – but do not book there. Once you find the lowest price available at the hotel you want to visit, call the hotel reservation desk.

Most hotels get the best internet rate or beat when you book with them. They will skip the commission to the travel site and book your stay directly. The hotel can also offer a free upgrade such as a good room or a complimentary breakfast.

If you are unlucky enough to be the first person to answer, politely ask to talk to the sales manager.

Speaking of savings, I put it together 8 proven ways to reduce your monthly internet, cable and streaming bills. You are welcome.

This is the perfect time to book a hotel room

If this is possible, wait until the day you need a hotel room to book it. After the day, good. After 4pm, hotels know that the chances of selling a room are slim, so you are likely to get a much lower price. On average, the same day price of a hotel room is 10% lower than booking in advance.

But it comes with a warning. Do not rely on this strategy if you are traveling to a busy tourist city or town where a big event is taking place. You may be lucky, but most people book rooms in advance. In a pinch, sites like Hotel Tonight Last minute bookings can help.

The hotel inspector is doing final checks for a bed with white sheets in a hotel.

The hotel inspector is doing final checks for a bed with white sheets in a hotel.

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Do not forget about additional discounts

When you book online, you can probably see the field to enter membership details to save more. Don’t forget to ask for those discounts when you call the hotel to book.

Veterans, AAA members, seniors, government employees and students often qualify for discounted hotel rooms – sometimes above the discount, you are already getting.

These are not just a few bucks. AARP members can get discounts of up to 15% on Marriott hotels; Offers a 10% discount on Best Western members. Wyndham Hotels has special prices for guests aged 60 and over. AAA will save you up to 10% on Hyatt Hotels and MGM Resorts properties.

Here’s another tip: If you know what hotel chain you want to be on, go to their website, sign up for their mailing list or download their app. You will be the first to know about any special discounts and promotions.

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When you need to book online, use incognito mode

It’s great to make a last minute call to score the cheapest room, but sometimes you need to book online in advance. Your best bet is to open an incognito browser window.

Some travel companies track what you search for and increase prices the next time you visit the site. You do not have to worry about price increases when you use incognito mode.

This is not just the travel industry. Many online shopping sites know when you are looking for an item and can increase the price if you leave it and come back later to buy. Do not leave it as an opportunity.

In the picture, a man is using his iPhone and laptop computer at his desk.

In the picture, a man is using his iPhone and laptop computer at his desk.

Incognito mode may not hide everything you do online, but it has some practical uses. Tap or click for another five of my favorites.

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