This week’s Tightwad Tuesday story took place a few years back. Some friends were checking into a hotel along the coast of Maine. While they were chatting with the clerk about where they were from, the clerk announced, “In these parts, you’re either from Maine or from away.” One of the visitors – who happened to be a Maine native – seized the moment and asked, “As someone who isn’t from ‘away,’ what’s the possibility of getting a Maine upgrade?” The clerk happily arranged for them to stay in a lovely suite instead of a standard room. The moral of the story? A little creative thinking can turn an unexpected opportunity into a money-saving opportunity.