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Road Trip Money Saving Tips

Aug 17, 2007
If you want to get the most out of your vacation, you might want to consider a road trip. Most people would agree that the more money you save up, the better a vacation you can afford. A road trip is no different, so you will want to save as much money as you can to prevent wasting money on unnecessary items or services. Your best bet for vacations is to research your trip and plan to save as much money as possible.

1. Food Costs

Food is by far the largest contributor of lost funds when travelling, especially with kids. Kids will see all the food places you will pass by and they will beg you to eat even if they aren't necessarily hungry. By packing snacks and might be even a picnic meal or two, you will save money on unnecessary stops for meals and snacks. Stop at a rest stop to stretch your legs and enjoy a picnic lunch. If you are going to make stops to eat out along your trip, keep in mind that many restaurants offer either discount prices for children (usually under the age of twelve) or deals where kids eat for free. Research this prior to the start of your trip and if you are planning on stopping at a restaurant to eat, plan your trip around these eateries. Not only will you know that your child will eat cheap, by researching the restaurant beforehand you will also have an idea of the types of food sold and whether or not everyone in your family, even the pickiest eater, will find something they like.

2. Entertainment

Like food, you may be enticed to stop at all the different tourist traps you pass along the way. Alternatively, you could try to find free entertainment. Chances are there are upwards of hundreds of attractions along the way that not only will not cost you a dime to see, but will also amaze and entertain your children. Of course, some attractions that do cost money may be unavoidable. Theme parks and other major attractions will not be free but many do offer discount rates for children and senior citizens. It is a good idea to look into this before leaving. By having a plan of places to stop and knowing what kind of discounts are offered, you will be able to keep a much tighter budget.

3. Gasoline

The price of gasoline is constantly on the rise. Filling up is therefore one of the highest costs of any trip. The smartest thing to do when buying gas is to fill up in advance of the trip so you aren't forced to fill up at a station that has unreasonable rates. Listen on the radio for gas price information if it is available in your area. Most large gas station chains offer points or rebate programs you can also take advantage of.

4. Accommodations

If your trip is especially long, you will need a place to bunker down for the night. Don't get caught at the last minute and be forced to stay at an overpriced hotel. Research your accommodations well in advance and if you can, book in advance as well. It is also a good idea to try to book a room at the hotel that offers the most complimentary services. Many hotels offer complimentary continental breakfasts that could save you $40 or more because you won't have to buy breakfast for everyone the next morning.
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