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Penny-pinching tips can go far

February 08, 2009|Times Staff and Wire Reports

If one of your resolutions for 2009 is to save more money, consider these penny-pinching travel tips:

* Instead of buying individual fold-out state maps for every place you visit, invest instead in the latest road atlas for the entire U.S. and Canada, and keep it in your car for your next road trip. Print out city and other, more detailed maps from your computer.

* You can't bring bottles of water through airport security -- but you can bring empty bottles through. Rather than paying inflated prices for bottled water at the airport, bring your own reusable bottle, send it through security empty, and fill it up at a water fountain on the way to your gate.

* Check your destination's official tourism website for coupons and other money-saving offers.

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