With the country mired in a recession, many American families are looking for ways to cut back on expenditures and trim their budgets. At the same time, parents recognize the benefits of taking time off to relax with their kids—and to escape the economic malaise. Here are some tips to save money on much-needed getaways. (more…)
In travel, cheap doesn’t have to mean bad. No matter where you’re going, there are plenty of simple ways to cut expenses and still enjoy the quality vacation you desire.
A few years ago, my parents took a three-week vacation to Israel. They spent more than $6,000. I can’t remember the last time I spent that much money in three weeks; that amount could last me up to half a year on the road. When I asked them what they spent so much money on, their reply amounted to, “Travel isn’t cheap! Hotels, car rental, tours, and airfare all cost money!” (more…)
The American vacation is becoming more and more expensive. Here are ten common sense tips to help you save money on your next vacation.
-Rent a car. What sounds expensive can actually often save you money. Consider renting a car instead of using the airport shuttle. Many times the cost of the shuttle is more than that of a modest car rental – and you have the flexibility of having available transportation. Also, if you are driving to your destination, renting a car instead of using your own vehicle is often cheaper than the extra wear and tear on your own car. Take advantage of coupons to upgrade to a larger, and more comfortable, vehicle. (more…)
1. Be flexible with both time and place. You’ll save the most if you keep your vacation options open — and that includes both travel times and locations. For times, book in the off-peak seasons when popular destinations are cheaper. For locations, you’ll pay less year-round for less popular destinations. For example, instead of Miami, try Fort Myers, Fla. (more…)
Use privileges you already have What’s in your wallet? Probably a few discounts. A Bank of America ATM, credit or debit card is good for free admission to about 120 zoos, science centers, botanical gardens and museums across the U.S. on the first weekend of every month (museums.bankofamerica.com). If you’re a AAA member, you can save up to 20 percent on Hertz car rentals and up to 40 percent on tickets to theme parks, including Sesame Place, Six Flags and Busch Gardens (aaa.com). (more…)