How To Be Frugal On Vacation

by Jennifer on January 9, 2015 · 0 comments

are you frugal on vacation

How to be Frugal on Vacation

I love to travel, but we are on a limited budget.  So while taking a vacation isn’t the most frugal option, there are plenty of ways to be frugal while on vacation! Perhaps you have wondered how to be frugal on vacation.

Here are some of my favorite ways to stick to a budget while making the most of our vacation:

  • Pack snacks for your trip, especially if you are traveling with children.  I have found purchasing snacks out can add a lot of money to your day.  Plus being hungry = grumpy people, so having snacks on hand can easily prevent a meltdown.
  • Subscribe to daily deal sites for the city your are traveling to.  This summer we went to Virginia Beach for vacation.  A couple of months ahead of time I subscribed to the Virginia Beach Groupon listing.  When a deal came up for a local lighthouse visit I snagged it.  We had a great time and saved 50% on our tour.
  • Hit the grocery store.  Even if you are staying in a hotel, you can still take advantage of the grocery store to help you save money on your trip.  Last year after eating out several meals in a row and cringing at the expense, we hit the local Kroger on the way to the hotel.  We got summer sausage, a block of cheese, a box of crackers, a bag of baby carrots, a container of raspberries, cookies and some water bottles.  For under $15 we had dinner for our family of 6.  And it was much better than fast food or a long wait at a sit-down restaurant.
  • Be flexible.  We knew we wanted to do something in VA Beach other than hanging out on the beach but weren’t sure what.  By being flexible I was able to take advantage of the lighthouse deal. Having an open mind about the activities you do on vacation can help you take advantage of good deals.
  • On the other hand, if you know exactly what you want to do you can look into deals ahead of time. Sign up for email lists or purchase your tickets in advance to get the best deal.  If you are traveling with a group you can frequently get a group rate, but this can require advance notice.  In this case, knowing in advance what you want to do can save you money.
  • Grab a coupon booklet for the city you are visiting.  We went putt-putting this summer at the beach.  We found a coupon book for VA Beach at the grocery store and were able to save $2 per game at a local putt-putting place.

Are you frugal on vacation?

What are some of your best tips?

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