From time to time, the family budget becomes very tight. Often the first thing to be cut is the family vacation. This can often leave your family sitting at home and bored. Before you cut the family vacation from your budget, try some money saving tips.
Saving money on hotel rooms will take a little work. Search for deals online. There are multiple sites that will search for the best price, such as Orbits, Priceline, etc. Before you accept that those are truly the best price, call that hotel. Ask about any specials, coupons or discounts they might be offering. Also, ask for their best deal. Depending on your timing, it might be better then any pricing listed for the general public. Don’t forget about all those perks, rewards and discount cards, employee benefits through your work and look at the back of receipts or ticket stubs for discounts.
A quick tip: Coupons are often found in free literature in gas station or restaurant lobbies.
Feeding your family while on vacation can be expensive. with a little bit of work and creative planning, you can cut the expense of eating while on vacation. Buying foods, snacks and drinks at your local grocery store will save you money. Keep in mind how many coolers and how much space you have to work with. Things like sandwiches, wraps, chips and bottle water travel well and are great for saving money. Also bake up some treats for your family to enjoy.
When you really must eat out while on vacation, check for local specials and coupons. Also, All You Can Eat buffets might satisfy your family longer then a fast food meal. Buffets are also wonderful for picky eaters, as they can fill up on what they really like and want.
Keep in mind that vacations are suppose to be relaxing for you and your family, don’t pack so much into the vacation that everyone goes home cranky. Think about what your family would really enjoy doing. Be creative with the time your family has. Think about long lasting fun things such as an amusement park, zoo, museum or something that will take up a large part of the day. This will keep everyone entertained and be a little easier on your budget. Search the internet for places to go, discounts and coupons.
A quick tip: While everyone has different interests, a vacation might be the key time to introduce your family to a new place or activity, that way everyone is entertained.
Another quick tip: When deciding where to vacation, be aware of picnic areas or food rules when visiting places. Some places will provide picnic areas, allowing you to eat food you’ve brought from home. While other places won’t let you bring food inside or leave to eat.
Save on gas while traveling by getting off the interstate and purchasing gas where the locals do. The difference can be marginal, sometimes ten to twenty cents. Well worth driving a couple blocks more, when filling up.