A new suitcase shouldn't drain your savings before you board the plane. I would really use luggage that's sturdy, functional, and price to please. Here's how to get it. First, consider hard shell luggage. Not only is it lighter than nylon, it's often cheaper. Many polycarbonate suitcases could be had for $200 or less compared twice that amount for high-end nylon bags. Rolling duffel bags sold by companies like L.L. Bean, Eddie Bauer, and Samsonite are cheaper still; often retailing for less than $80. Second, look for discounts online. Overstock.com, eBags, and Amazon.com sold two- to five-piece sets for more than half off the suggested retail price. If you prefer to buy in store and your heart isn't set on a specific color or brand, book the discount retailers. Stores such a Ross, TJ Maxx, Marshalls, and Tuesday Morning also save you big. Most carry luggage for up to 70 percent off, but their inventory is sporadic. Finally, consider a bag you can carry on the plane and learn to pack light. You'll save a fortune in baggage fees.