When in Japan, the Frugal Flugel recommends 100 YEN SHOPS, where packaged meals and snacks, groceries, water, toiletries, household items and more are available for about a buck. In addition to familiar picnic items like sandwiches, dried fruits and nuts, 100 Yen Shops offer a chance to sample such Japanese treats as sembei (rice crackers), iwashi (sardines) and ika (dried squid).
The Frugal Flugel recommends Zipcar! Zipcars can be found in cities across the USA and are a great option when you need a car for only a few hours. There is a $25 one-time application fee to join and an annual fee of $50, but then you get dirt-cheap hourly rates. In Chicago a Zipcar is $9 per hour; the same car in New York City is only $10 per hour.
The Frugal Flugel recommends REGIONAL AIRPORTS! For big savings, fly a low cost airline to a small regional airport near your destination. For example, instead of flying directly to Philadelphia International, try taking Spirit Airlines to Atlantic City International, just one hour away.
The Frugal Flugel recommends the portable Travel Kitchen! Find values online and make your own for less than $85:
1. RDT Travel Bag ($29.95 on Amazon.com) 2. Mini Hot Plate ($19.99 on Casa.com) 3. Portable 1.5 Cup Rice Maker & Warmer ($12.39 from Target) 4. Insulated French Press Coffee & Tea Mug ($.99 on Ebay) 5. Mess Kit ($4.99 on Rothco.com) 6. Flat Pocket Cutlery ($1.49 on Ebay) 7. Electric Kettle ($14.66 from Walmart) Prepare thrifty meals and healthy snacks on the road.