Monday, May 7, 2018

5 Money-Saving Tips for Summer Vacations with a Big Family

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For many, the school year is coming to an end, which means summer vacation is right around the corner. If you are like most, your summer travel plans are well underway; however, when raising a big family, you run into certain challenges when trying to stay within your budget. More kids mean more money! Although you may be able to find affordable places to stay or tickets for activities, when you multiple that by 6, 7, 8, or 10, the cost can be overwhelming. You do not have to let the cost of your vacation travel plans put a damper on your family fun. There are easy money-saving tips to help you plan memorable summer vacations—even with a big family.

1. Timing is Everything! 

No matter if you are booking plane tickets, reserving hotels rooms, or visiting an amusement park, timing is everything. If you pick the right days of the week or month, it can save you hundreds of dollars. Look for times when most people are not willing to travel, like during the week, early morning, or late at night. Sure, you may have to adjust a thing or two, but it will be well worth it. The money you will save can be spent on other activities to make the most of the summer months.

2. Look for Discounts

If you plan to visit an amusement park, show, or another attraction, look for discounts. I LOVE Groupon! You can find excellent prices for tickets to just about anywhere. Before I purchase the tickets, I also look at their website for deals and promotions to make sure I am getting the best deal. Often, you will find that they offer certain family packages, like discounted rates for visiting in the evening or on a Sunday.

3. Travel in Numbers 

As if you already don’t have enough people to plan for, why not add a few more into the mix? There are benefits to traveling in numbers. If you combine your family vacation with a close friend or a relative, you will increase the number of people in your traveling party. As a result, you can often get a group discount for zoos, amusement parks, and just about anywhere else you want to go.

4. Kids Eat Free! 

Kids eat…a lot! This can really drive up how much you will pay while you are away from home. Before you leave, look for restaurants along the way that allow kids to eat free with a paid adult. Although this may only knock the cost of one or two meals down, the amount you will save can really add up to have more money for souvenirs.

5. Bring What You Can 

Nothing will make you go over budget while traveling more than unexpected expenses, like a forgotten toothbrush, missing swim trunks, or snacks for the car. To cut back on these little expenses, bring what you can from home. I know, easier said than done. Something always gets left behind, and someone is always hungry. I tend to go a little list-crazy to plan for every possible scenario to ensure that we have everything we could possibly need before we leave. Although it may take a little extra planning and room in the car, it will save you money on the road.

Bonus Tip!! Skip the Rental Car 

If you are flying out of town, do not waste your money on a rental car unless it is absolutely necessary. You can easily use ride-sharing like Uber or take a bus. Yes, it may be a bit of a hassle, but it can save you hundreds of dollars!

Have an awesome money-saving travel tip? Let’s hear it in the comments.

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