Vacations are hard to come by these days so doing it on the cheap is a must for many of us. If you are choosing a Vacation instead of a Staycation this year, I have some tips for you to get the most for your money, have a good time, and not go broke. Staying home can be fun but getting out of the area is always better, so use these tips and save some money while doing it.
Get a Kitchen. Once you arrive at your destination, find a local grocery store and grab some food. Make sure you are purchasing just enough items for your trip so they do not expire, and so you do not have to pack the stuff back with you. Think about it: if you spend $50 a day on food eating out, and you are vacationing for a week, that’s $350! Shopping at the grocery store and using coupons, you could probably pick up a week worth of groceries for about $50-$75 and save the rest for souvenirs and activities. Or, you can throw it back in your wallet for “just in case” money.
Don’t travel around a holiday. Plan your vacations around your schedule of course, but try not to travel around a holiday or a huge event happening in the area. Companies tend to jack up the prices since they know they are going to busy. Weekdays usually have lower prices than weekends, and holidays or special events usually have the highest prices.
Check Gas prices before crossing state lines. If you are driving, this could save you a few dollars each time you fill up (which adds up quickly). As we all know, gas prices are sky-high in the Midwest (where I live), and even higher in other states. If the gas tank is getting low and you are getting ready to cross the border, search on your phone for gas prices in the neighboring state. See which state is cheaper, then make your decision on where to fill up. I know it sounds crazy but it can add up!
Visit the Tourist Center. If you are visiting a place that attracts tourists, chances are they have a little station where you can grab information (and coupons!). Stop in and ask for all the booklets of things to do, places to see and if they have discounts and what days. This is a great way to save money. If you don’t see discounts for something that looks awesome, just call and ask! They may have unadvertised deals.
Have FUN! Having fun is free. No matter where you go or what you do just remember the reason you are there – whether it is to spend time with the family or just get away. Remember the purpose of the trip and make the best of it!
Do you have any tips on saving money on vacations?