Summer is here and that means many of you are gearing up for a family vacation. No matter where you decide to spend the summer, it can become expensive if you aren’t careful. Whether you are on a budget or simply want to save a few bucks, there are plenty of ways to cut your spending during your vacation.
Understand What You’re Paying For
Whether you’re spending money on a hotel room or planning a cruise, it is important to read all the fine print to ensure you know exactly what you’re paying for. Don’t just assume that breakfast is complimentary with your hotel room–and even if it is complimentary–find out what it includes. If some family members can’t or won’t eat it due to allergens or disliking what’s offered, purchasing separate breakfasts can add up fast.
Shop in the Right Places Beforehand
If you expect to be driving, you can expect to spend a lot on fuel. However if you shop at grocery stores that partner with gas stations, you can save 10 cents, 20 cents, or more per gallon once you rack up enough points. And then use those discounts while you’re driving during vacation.
Go Grocery Shopping
Speaking of grocery shopping, why not take groceries with you? Eating three meals per day in restaurants is going to get very costly very quickly. Shopping for convenient items that you can eat in the mornings or grab while out and about in the afternoon can save tons of money. If you are staying in a hotel, ask if they provide refrigerators or microwaves. Sometimes this costs an extra fee, but it is a worthwhile investment.
Compare Prices Online
Whether you want to rent a car, book a flight, or book an all-inclusive resort, don’t assume the price listed on the website is the best one you’ll find. There are dozens of sites that claim to have the best deal. Check all of them and compare prices to find the one that best suits your needs.
Plan a Staycation
You don’t have to go far from home to spend time with your family. Consider local attractions that you’ve never seen or don’t see often. Think about parks, museums, and the zoo, or keep your eye out for local events and festivals. Historical sites, pools, and local beaches are also popular. In most cases, you will spend much less money.
Get the Proper Insurance
Protect yourself while you’re on vacation. Health insurance and life insurance are a necessity. Depending on where you’re traveling and for how long, you may want to look into travel insurance. If you plan to use your car for a long trip, ensure you have a credible car insurance agent. Insurance may seem like an extra expense, but it won’t be if you find yourself in a situation that requires it.
No matter where you and your family decide to spend the summer, the most important part is to have fun and love each other. Vacations are about making memories, so be sure to keep a lenient schedule. If everyone is too focused on sticking to the itinerary, you’ll miss out on the fun.
See ya later,