The holiday season can be expensive. Between travel, gifts, time off of work and food, there may seem like there is just not enough money to go around. Some costs are unavoidable but other costs are self determined. Here are several ways that you can save on holiday travel costs.
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Renting a Hybrid
Renting a hybrid car may save money over air fare or train travel. A hybrid car, such as the Toyota Pruis which gets 48 miles per gallon, can be rented for around under $300 with a AAA card for a week over the holidays. There will be traffic, but for the most part, you have more control over the travel schedule than if you were to travel by train or plane. Plus, you can do even more to save on gas by traveling the highways and interstate roads at around the speed limit.
Inviting Family and Friends to your House
Inviting your family and friends to your house for the traditional get-togethers may seem daunting and expensive as you have to prepare the meal and entertainment. However, depending on the potential destination if you were traveling, this option may be cheaper than airfare.
Combining Celebrations for Christmas and Thanksgiving
This can be combined with my next tip by creating a holiday that falls between the normal Christmas and Thanksgiving holidays. That way you can visit your home town, family and friends while saving on travel costs. Instead of traveling once for Thanksgiving and then a month later for Christmas, you can travel once and celebrate both. This will allow you to save money and perhaps go to visit your town, family and friends at another time. Plus if you are able to work on holidays or near holidays for overtime pay, by celebrating on unconventional days, you can earn extra money by being available to work the holidays.
Travel on Off-days
It is likely too late to buy your tickets early enough to get a discount, although this is a tip to remember for next year. You can still save a significant amount of money, time and aggravation by traveling on non-peak days. November 19 – November 29 and December 17 – January 3 airlines will be adding surcharges to flights due to demand, except for Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. If you can avoid traveling on those dates, you will save more than just the surcharges.