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Saving on a Road Trip the Smart Way

Jul 3, 2008
You just planned your road trip for the summer and you're getting excited while you do your research. What if I told you there were a million and one ways to save money on your next trip and all it took was a little browsing over an article? Sounds good, doesn't it? Well, I'm here today to show you how you can save a few bucks on you next road trip and still see everything you want to while driving the roads of the earth.

Eat at the no names - When it comes to a road trip, many Americans find themselves becoming very comfortable with corporations and their buildings. What does this mean? Most Americans don't want to taste what America offers, instead they want to eat with what they are familiar with. This includes restaurants like TGIFridays and McDonalds. Instead of eating at these places, try the mom and pop shops. You'll be surprised at what you can find that relates to deals. Most places offer early bird and late bird specials that will blow away corporate America prices. Make sure you check out these places when you're on the road, you might find a hidden gem with great food!

Go big with snacks - Instead of stopping at every gas station you see and filling up on one dollar bags of chips, go out to the grocery store before your trip and buy eight pack of sodas and big bag of chips. Not only will you save on money, you'll also get more food for your money. If you don't have a lot of room, get a simple small cooler that can fit a few sodas and store them in there and keep the rest warm. A eight pack of soda should only cost you a few dollars compared to the gas stations that charge you a dollar fifty for one bottle.

Find the cheap gas - If you have a PDA or GPS system, you're already in the running to find the cheapest gas. Most PDAs and GPS systems today have software that will enable you to find the cheapest gas in your area. If you use this software all the time while travelling, this can save you a few dollars alone. If you don't have a GPS system, try and travel off the highway a little bit, the gas stations that are expensive tend to be next to the highway. If you can avoid these, this may lead you to one of the cheaper gas stations.

Going on a road trip can be a blast and it's even more exciting when you can save a lot of money. When you travel, just use your head. Don't stay at the Hilton if you're going to be there for a few hours, instead, stay at a place that only charges forty dollars a night. When you're not going to be somewhere for a long time, it's pointless to stay at a fancy place. The next time you go on a road trip, be sure to keep these tips in mind.
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