Money Saving Travel Tips

Save Money on Vacations

Save money on vacations with these money saving travel tips.

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How to Save Money to go on Vacation

  • Get a coin jar! One year we saved all of our quarters, dimes, and nickles and we had close to eight hundred dollars.

  • Have a thrift sale. Take the money you make from your thrift sale and put it towards your vacation fund.

  • Go on vacation for holidays such as Christmas, and make that your gift.

  • Take a chunk out of your tax return each year to put toward your vacation.

  • Have a Save Money Jar. If you want to go out for ice cream as a family, but you realize you have ice cream in your freezer, make ice cream sundaes at home instead. Then take the money you were going to use on ice cream at an ice cream shop and put it in that jar. You will be surprised how much money you can save on other things, too!

  • If you can afford it, set aside a certain amount of each pay check for your vacation. It could be as little as $10.00 if you get paid weekly. That's $480.00 a year you could put toward your vacation.

  • When you go shopping, ask I need it or do I want it? If you just want it, don't buy it. Every time you do that, save that money toward your vacation.

  • Have a separate savings account for a vacation. That way all the money you end up saving or earning through thrift sales you can put in that savings account to build interest.

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  • Ask another family to go on vacation with you and then you can split the cost. For example if you rent a cabin, you could split the rental cost.

  • Rent a car. It might sound expensive at first, but if you calculate the airport shuttle and all the cabs and buses you might take, they will cost more in the long run.

  • Use websites like Expedia, Priceline, Hotwire. They usually can find you better deals for your hotel.

  • Make reservations up front. It's cheaper than just showing up at a hotel and getting a room.

  • Ask the hotel if they have any deals with the local attractions. Sometimes you can get cheaper discounts just for staying at that hotel.

  • Stay at hotels that offer a free breakfast.

  • Pack your own lunches.

  • Get coupons for restaurants and attractions.

  • Stay at a family member's house. If you want to go to California and you have a great aunt there, see if she would be up for some visitors. Not only would you have a free place to stay, but you would get to catch up with a family member you haven't seen in years.

  • Set a limit you're allowed to spend each day.

  • Don't buy souvenirs. Take a lot of pictures. Collect seashells or free nature items. Make sure there isn't a sign up telling you not to take anything from the beach or nature. You can even paint the seashell with the name of the place that you visited. Souvenirs end up being junk and get thrown away.

  • Eat at restaurants that have a kids eat free deal.

  • Plan ahead. Decide what your going to do on your vacation before you even leave so you know how much you will be spending.

  • Carry cash instead of credit cards. That way you will only allow yourself to spend what you have, not what you have in the bank.

  • Find free attractions.

  • Visit the scenery, walk around and sight see.

  • Depending on how many people you have in your family, it might be cheaper to drive than fly.

  • If you're flying, travel light so you don't have to pay extra for heavy bags.

  • If you fly at night or on Tuesdays it's usually cheaper.

  • Go on vacation during the off season.

  • If you're going to a big vacation city, try and stay just outside of town. The hotels are usually way cheaper and aren't completely booked.

  • Book a bundle. If you book your flight, hotel, and car rental at the same time, you usually get a discount.

  • Bring enough clothes to last throughout the whole vacation so you don't have to waste money at a laundromat.

  • Collect rewards points. Even if you don't vacation regularly, sign up for those rewards points. They come in handy when you want to travel.

  • Bring your own food.

  • See if attractions have student, family, senior or even military discounts. Most places do.

  • Talk to the locals. Be friendly with the locals, they will tell you where the best places are for the best prices.

  • Ask the hotel workers. Tell them you are looking for a fun budget friendly family vacation.

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    Just because you're going on vacation, doesn't mean you have to spend a lot of money. We've taken many trips in our state and stayed at a hotel for a few days. It didn't cost that much but we still had a blast.

  • Find a campground that allows tents. I've seen campgrounds for tents that only cost $15 a day. Pitch a tent and have a wonderful weekend fishing, swimming, and grilling being out doors and bonding.

  • Stay in your own state. You will be amazed at how many wonderful things that are only half an hour away.

  • Take a trip to Washington D.C. Many attractions are free and it's very educational.

  • Go to Valencia. They have three beautiful beaches. Spend your vacation at the beach. All you would have to worry about is how you're going to get there and what you're going to eat and where you're going to stay.

  • Yellowstone Park offers plenty of beautiful scenery and the attractions are very cheap.

  • Vancouver has plenty of beautiful outdoor city parks including other attractions that won't empty your wallet.

  • Grand Canyon is one of the cheapest places to visit in the world. They have beautiful national parks for the nature loving family.

  • Have a fun exciting Texan adventure in Austin. It's one of the cheapest tourist cities to visit in America.

  • Rent an RV and explore the U.S. Many people can fit in an RV depending on the size you rent. It comes with a kitchen, a living room, a bathroom and a bedroom. You would be saving money by cooking your own meals and not having to rent a hotel room.

    For other good vacation or field trip information, I recommend Diane's School Field Trip Ideas online ebook. It has tons of ideas for field trips. I even use the information toward my vacations. Plus the price is a steal!

    Enjoy a homeschool trip while putting these money saving travel tips to good use!

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