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Wednesday, June 3, 2009 • Posted June 3, 2009

Vacationing on the Cheap

Thought this week I’d share some ideas about saving some money on your summer road trip!

Plan a Budget- set an amount to spend for each area: motel, snacks, souvenirs, etc. If you have a little money left in one area, then you can have it to spend however you want!

Map out your trip- have your itinerary all lined out. Then you won’t waste gas driving around lost, and you can get the best motel deals online before you get there!

Camping? If your family has a travel trailer or even living quarters in your horse trailer, you can save mega bucks bringing your motel with you! There are so many RV parks in beautiful places. If you can talk your family into really “roughing” it, camping in a tent is so much fun when you’re a kid- they’ll always remember what fun the trip was!

Take a Cooler- pack your own snacks and drinks to avoid buying them at a much higher price on the go. Be careful if you’re taking perishable food items, though- keep them cold! Make sure the items you need to heat up get thoroughly warmed through. You’d hate to have a very unpleasant food poisoning incident on the trip. Then the kids would remember the trip forever for a very different reason!

Save on gas- slow and steady wins the gas-saving race. Use cruise control when you can, and gas up when it’s cool to get more bang for your buck.

Cheap or free entertainment- Look up free things to do wherever you’re going. Playgrounds, museum, hiking, fishing, etc.

Consider a “staycation”! The kids would more than likely be just as happy at home with a slip n’ slide, so think about staying at home and spending some time together at home as a family.

Happy Summer, everyone!

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