Vacation is becoming more and more expensive. Here are ten common sense tips to help you save money on your next vacation.
1.Rent a car. What sounds expensive can actually often save you money. Consider renting a car instead of using the airport shuttle. Many times the cost of the shuttle is more than that of a modest car rental – and you have the flexibility of having available transportation. Also, if you are driving to your destination, renting a car instead of using your own vehicle is often cheaper than the extra wear and tear on your own car. Take advantage of coupons to upgrade to a larger, and more comfortable, vehicle.
2.Eat breakfast where kids eat free and split meals. This can mean an enormous saving for a family of four or larger. Children are many times too excited or tired to eat much at a time. Restaurants that are kid friendly are more than happy to accommodate special requests for extra plates.
3.Eat lunch in your room. You will be surprised how good a peanut butter sandwich, chips, and fresh fruit tastes away from home, and everyone gets a needed break from the heat and crowds of tourist destinations.
4.Take advantage of coupons. Whether it is for lodging, food, or attractions – coupons SAVE money! Find them everywhere… online, in local newspapers, at convenience stores, motels, etc. Always read the fine print carefully for terms of the coupon.
5.Bring your own stroller. This can save $7 to $10 a day at some of the attractions.
6.Bring along individual refillable water bottles. These can be refilled at the hotel and at attraction water fountains. A family of four could easily spend $20 or more a day buying water.
7.Take advantage of multiple day passes at the attractions. This is especially a good deal when they can be used anytime.
8.Make your own reservations. Many hotels and airlines offer additional discounts and specials for booking online.
9.Give each child a set amount to spend. You can tame the “gimmes”, and your pocketbook at the same time, by giving children a preset spending limit for souvenirs. Also, invest in an autograph book (about $6 at most attractions) and watch the fun as the children collect the “autographs” of their favorite characters. My girls still cherish their “Barbie” autograph obtained at Epcot several years ago.
10.Spend the day away from the attractions. You are paying for that hotel swimming pool… use it! Spend the day at the beach or a nearby museum. The shopping areas near the major attractions (like Downtown Disney) have children’s play areas, providing an inexpensive day of fun for the little ones.
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