LinkStuff – Priceline Non-Savings Edition

by Mike Holman

I just finished booking a hotel room in downtown Toronto using Priceline.com. I was curious about how Priceline worked and how much money it would save. Unfortunately, I made a mistake when I entering the bids and ended up with an extra hotel room which cost me $116. Oops!

Oh well – I’ll be posting on the experience in a few weeks.

On with the links

Landlord Rescue had a good post called 11 Biggest lies in real estate investing.

Financial Uproar came out with another edition of Hot blogger chicks gone wild.

How to save money asks Is this morally wrong? He bought an item, started using it, noticed the price went down, bought another item at the lower price and then returned the new item with the old (higher) receipt.

Million Dollar Journey had a guest post which explains why a strong loonie doesn’t mean lower prices for imported products.

Larry Swedroe asks if Bill Miller’s stock picks will make you rich. Miller was an “allstar” money manager for about 15 years. Then he was one of the worst managers.

Retire Happy blog has a new allowance/work for pay program for his kids. I really like this idea.

Boomer and Echo is sad because Everyone is going to Vegas except him. ;)

Rob Carrick is Singing the home insurance blues. Rob says that you should change insurance companies every year to save money.

Krystal wrote a great post called It’s your job, but is it your passion? You don’t need the perfect job to have a great life.

I recently found this amusing blog called Spousonomics. It’s hard to describe, but it basically talks about relationships and economics in a very funny way.

Dianne Nice tells How to get good deals on children’s sports. I need to bookmark this one.

Michael James says that the safety of 5-year fixed mortgages is exaggerated. Great post.

Canadian Personal Finance blog says you can call the CRA. I do this all the time – very helpful.

Oblivious Investor shows How to plan for uneven retirement spending.

Canadian Capitalist notes that Home insurance premiums are going up.

And finally – I always thought I had the dullest blog in the world. Apparently, that is not the case.

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1 SavingMentor

Hi Mike,

Thanks for the mention and for commenting on my article this week!

I also happen to a very experienced Priceline user and am just about to bid on a hotel for my friend either tonight after I’m done this comment or tomorrow if I decide to go to bed :)

If you have any questions or need any tips/advice be sure to give me a shout. I routinely get hotels for up to 70% off the current advertised going rate. Sorry to here that you made a slip up and booked an extra room – that can be easy to do if you’re trying various rebidding strategies especially if you are tired when doing it!

2 Million Dollar Journey

Thanks for the link Mike!

3 Echo

Thanks for the link Mike (and to my guest post as well). When I was in the hotel industry I found that Canadian hotels weren’t using Priceline very well (not allocating much inventory to it). Not sure why, I would rather discount and experiment on a site where nobody knows it’s your hotel than to discount my rates everywhere else.

I checked out the dullest blog…why were there 378 comments on the “Tidying Some Pencils” article?

4 Jim Yih

Great list of articles! Thanks
I’m eager to hear about Priceline!

5 Michael James

I couldn’t resist going to the dullest blog. Funny at first, but then became quite dull.

6 Mike Holman

The “dullest blog” is just bizarre. I got a good laugh, and number of comments is unbelievable.

7 Canadian Capitalist

Belated thanks for the mention Mike!

8 Dianne Nice

Hi Mike,

Thanks for including me in your links!

Dianne

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