~ii~ Press-Repubncan-AAonday~,July 19V1982 How to avoid being taken taking vacation By SYLVIA PORTER During the peak of the vacation season in the Caribbean last Your December, I took off on a 10-day Money's holiday from New York's brutal cold to enjoy the weather for which Worth Caribbean resorts charge scandalous prices. It rained; it was cold; it was sheer misery; and the bill at the end completed the agony. Were I to go now — in the Carib• Check out your airlines as never bean's off-season — the weather would be just about guaranteed, the before and take the time to study resorts would be comfortably emp- which airline will give you the best ty, the price charged would be a bargain and biggest discount to the spot you've chosen. Air fares have delight. This — timing your vacation dur- never been lower. Many airlines are ing a popular resort's off-season — offering special package tours that is the top key to saving money. And include airfare and hotel room and you can have just as much fun in _ even discounts at selected casinos, such areas as Mexico or the Carib- restaurants and car rental agenbean (to name just two) during the cies. In most cases, children and insummer as you can during the peak fants can travel at reduced rates seasons of mid-December to mid- when accompanied by an adult. This checking is a nuisance, but the March. I assume most of you know this / savings may well stagger you. • Find out where the people aren't prime rule for saving money on vacations. But there are others that and go there, urges Harvey Baron, are not s6 familiar. What/rules, vice president of Leisure Club Interthen, might you follow to save national, headquartered in Austin, Texas. "The rulehere is simply: the money now? less people, the less it's going to cost you." says Baron. There are still many charming, unspoiled vacation spots that haven't been discovered or fully developed. A little detective work will pay big dividends in savings. • Instead of staying in a hotel, consider renting a house or condominium at much cheaper rates. If you doplan^to4"enta-CQttagethouse or condo, however, check out in advance the kitchen equipment and electrical appliances provided (such as toasters and hair dryers) to- see if you have to bring an adapter or items like corkscrews and bottle openers. And if you have small children or infants, find out about the availability of cribs, playpens and babysitters. • Ask your travel agent about bargain rates for package and charter tours, weekend and family specials and vacation specials, such as the resort that offers a winter weekend free if you spend two 'weeks there in the summer. But first make sure that the travel agent you're using is reputable,, reliable ^nd capable of saving you money. (Your local Chamber of Commerce t or friends who have used the travel agency areexeeHent sources. > And tell the travel agent, in person, just how much you can afford icfspend. • Make certain any deposits on your reservations are refundable if you have to cancel or change your vacation plans. Always try to find the most flexible plan available. • Despite the obvious temptations, „vow yoiuwill not- shop in tourist areas. Make a careful survey of prices in your neighborhood stores before you leave to compare with prices on your vacation. Then you'll be able to identify a bargain. And ask about local sales taxes that might be added to the purchase price. • With restaurant meals a major expense, find out if the price of the hotel room includes fixed menu meals or if it's all a la carte. • If you're traveling independently, investigate the availability of kitchen facilities or'family-style dining. This is the way to take a vacation — instead of ending' up with the vacation taking you. _ _. / Business News A ~ credit for the defense of America." Collectors value their The 1976 $2 seriesbills replaced two-dollar WASHINGTON Wall Street Journal—ONS - The two-dollar bill, a flop as circulating currency, is becoming a collectors' item. The Treasury Department's Bureau of Engraving and Printing, which produces the nation's money, has been selling uncut sheets of 16 uncirculated bills since mid-May. Some 5,150 of the sheets have been sold, at a profit to the government. Buyers include currency collectors and people who frame the bills to decorate their walls, says T.A. Ferguson, acting chief of the Bureau's Office of Planning and Policy. "For any number of reasons, people like to have money in a strange form," he says. Two-dollar bills have been ground since 1776, when they were issued by the£ontinental Congress as "bills of U.S. notes that had been discontinuedJnJMSJbecause ol low public demand, despite their traditional acceptance at the $2 betting window at race tracks. The Treasury decided to reintroduce two-dollar bills to try to reduce the public demand of one-dollar bills and save some $4 million a year on printing cosls. Bu the latest two-dollar bills have proved so unpopular with the public that the Federal Reserve banks, which put currency into circulation, still have in their vaults nearly half of the 575,360,000 bills that were printed. "Unless Americans unexpectedly change their habits, we don't foresee any surge in demand in Jthe short rim," a Fed official says, • New plastic spur to new packaging - moisture, gases, and temperature, ByLeROYPOPE and to provide the fight .strength UPI Business Writer NEW YORK (UPI) - The exten- and rigidity of flexibility, can sive development of multi:property reduce the need for refrigeration in layered plastic films promises^ stores and greatly extend the shelf another revolution in the packaging life of many products. For example, of foods, pharmaceuticals and hun-. in aseptic or in-process sterilizaz^ tion packaging, milk can be kept dreds of other products. .These "nruitilayer films, co- unrefrigerated for weeks in extruded composites of as many as multilayer film containers. It may even be possible,in the not : seven different types of plastics, are making big inroads as a replace- distant future to package fresh ment for glass and metal containers meats and produce in multilayer '•« and may even, replace coated fita packages that have been flushed out with nitrogen to get rid of oxpaper cartons. The packages are 75 percent or ygen, making it posible to keep more lighter than glass or metal, them with little or no refrigeration yielding savings on freight and for fairly long periods. Laminated multilayer film trucking. Their initial cost is as much as 50 percent below glass amd packaging has been used for some metal containers, arid they require years but the process is more labor less energy in manufacture. They intensive and., expensive. Cocan be molded into a huge variety of extrusion turns but-the. tnultilayer film in a single high-speed operation efficient shapes. . ' • ' • • • But most important, the co- and that's what gets the cost down. According to Jack Hill, a Stainextrusion of layers offilmin a single step to provide high-performance ford, Conn., research writer, coproperties such as barriers against extrusion of packaging, film has been going on for a dozen years and at. least a dozen companies in the United States build machines.for making co-extruded films. In recent years, two companies, Composite Containers Corp. of Medford, Mass., and Ball Plastics of Muncie, Ind., have developed highly specialized co-extrusion film machinery for making a wide variety of small containers. Ball is using a process developed by Dow Chemical Co. of Midland, Mich. David Bernard of Composite Containers and Jim Vaughn of Ball told United Press -International they agreed witk Hill that co-extruded multilayer film in. time could, replace nearly eyejcyJother-type^ofpackagihg. It probably will not be- used, however, for highly; corrosive chemicals, for which a strong, inert, material like glass is ideal, and there are many, products that do not require the extensive protection afforded by multilayer filtfis. Nevertheless, this fact that comultilayer- film can be New rules listed lor automobile insurers cxtrudcd formed by heat and pressure into any desired shape, plus the fact tfiaT ALBANY ~ The New York State plans to all insureds; . Insurance Department has issued a —. Require insurers to refund there is no material waste in mak,>-! ' new regulation establishing stan- merit rating surcharges under cer- ing it, gives it a big edge oyer other materials. . dards for all non-commercial tain prescribed circumstances; In the long run though, Bernard private- passenger automobile in— Establish a maximum sursaid, the ability of co~~ surance merit-rating plansr — charge that can be appHed-to-an-in- extruded ghn multilayer film to provide . j A merit-rating plan is a system of sured's premium; aseptic packaging maybe as imporrules, varying by company, for imtant as the cost savings. -rlPerjnit the state insuranceposing-: insurance jrate _$utcharges_i and credits based upon an in- department superintendent to apI. dividual's past accident or violation prove highly innovative merit rating plans which do not meet all I record. . . the proposed standards. 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