As summer approaches, masses of people prepare for their vacations. To most, vacations are a costly luxury. However, it does not need to be this way. With a few simple tips, most people can save lots of money with very little effort. Using the popular beach vacation as an example, these tips will show how to save without having to sacrifice.
- Find coupons for places of interest. If it is known that an activity is a must, Google search for coupons. For example, if parasailing is essential to the beach vacation, then Google different companies in the area to find their website. Most likely, the company will have coupons and special packages if you bring in a coupon or mention their website. This tip also works for restaurants, amusement parks, and many other attractions.
- Find grocery store outside of tourist area. If eating every meal out is not within the budget, cooking will be necessary. Price markups in tourist areas are so severe that it could blow the budget before the vacation even gets started. Do research beforehand and find a local town within a short driving distance and do all shopping there.
- Make a list of everything you need and want. This is very important because this helps to avoid having to purchase items on a need-to-have basis. Organize the list into categories, such as “clothing,” “entertainment,” “health,” and “necessities,” or use one of these premade lists. As things are purchased and put aside (see next tip), cross them off the list. This list should include everything from sunblock, to boogie boards, to your laptop.
- Pack at least a month ahead. Packing early prevents several issues. First, packing early lets you determine what is actually needed. Now, obvious necessities like prescriptions cannot be packed early. However, be aware if a refill is necessary or if the medication is important enough to take extra in case it is lost or stolen. Second, knowing what you need gives a better chance of finding it on sale. If there is a month before departure, that gives ample time to find the item with a decent sale price.
All in all, planning ahead is the major key in having a luxury vacation while on a budget. By using these tips, it can be promised that the vacation budget would not be broken.
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