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Saving Up On Your Vacations

Feb 10, 2008
Going on vacations can take a toll on your wallets and even leave you and your pockets empty handed if you are not careful. Most vacations happen only once or twice a year for the practical reason that going into one is expensive and can cause you to lose a chunk of your hard-earned cash. With a dose of common sense and these saving tips, you may be well on your way into keeping your vacation expenses within your finances reach.

As early as the planning stage of your trip, look into coupons that you can use. You can cut them off from newspapers or magazines or even find some online. These may seem like small things that you can forego but if you add them up they will actually lead you to savings. Booking your reservations in advance could also earn you discounts so plan ahead. Multi-day passes at recreational parks can earn you savings as well. These are commonly cheap when bought in advance and the additional advantage is their flexibility. You can use them anytime.

If you are traveling by car in going to your destination, you may opt to rent one instead of using your own. Sure it may sound ironic but it can give you savings. A long drive can take its toll on your car and can subject it to added wear and tear. Remember to bring water bottles that are refillable for each member of your family or your group. This will keep you hydrated during the long drive and you won't have to spend on bottles of water which are usually expensive when brought from a stopover diner or gasoline station marts. Replenish your thirst with a drink via your refillable bottles during those tour trips as well. You will definitely get parched from looking at those museum paintings or classical murals. Sodas and water sold in tourist spots are at higher prices than most.

And speaking of tours and attractions, if you are bringing in your precious baby, then it is best that you also bring in his or her stroller. Carrying the little tike around can be quite tiresome and strollers at recreational parks are pricey.

The meals that you take during vacation take on a big cut of your vacation funds so one way to save is to cut back on meal expenses. You may want to try to go for family meals instead of single ones especially if you are eating with children. More often than not, kids on vacation do not eat much because all their appetite goes to all the excitement being in a new place or the thrill of having new experiences. Surely, there would be a lot of kid friendly restaurants near your hotel or resort which can accommodate you and your children. Ask for extra plates, split your servings and you will definitely save more than you think. If you can, buy food from the local grocery and eat snacks or little meals in your room. A hearty sandwich and a handful of fresh fruits can replenish you with the energy you need for another busy sightseeing day.
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