Travel Savings Tips for the Summer (Savings Tips for your Summer Vacation)
Summer is the perfect time to get out and travel. With kids no longer in school and vacation days burning a hole in your pocket, now is the time to pack up the family and head out for a great summer adventure. Of course, vacations can quickly become costly. So, what exactly can you do to help cut down on expenses along the way? Here are a few tips and tricks for saving money during your next trip.
Travel During the Week
Most travel takes place during the weekends. Weekend travel does have its advantages, but if you're looking to save money, the weekend is not the time to hit the roads. Hotels and airlines typically increase prices due to demand during the weekend. Likewise, you're more likely to see gas prices increase. If at all possible, travel during the week - you'd be amazed at how much money you can save.
Check Gas Prices Ahead of Time
If you are driving through multiple states, look up gas prices of different states ahead of time. As different states have varying taxes, you may find one state charges 10 or 20 cents more per month than its neighboring state. With this knowledge, you'll know whether it's better to fill up right before you cross state lines or right after. You might end up saving yourself money by waiting a few more miles to fill up.
Make Your Food
Eating out is where the real expenses hit your pocket book. This is especially the case if you are traveling with a family. Even if you stop for burgers or eat at the local truck stop, a family of five can quickly cost you $50 to $100 out the door. Instead, consider packing your meals and make food ahead of time. If you're flying across the country and staying in a hotel, try to book a hotel that offers a complimentary breakfast. An extended-stay hotel with a kitchenette is helpful as well. This way, you can pick up food from the local grocery store.
Vacation Club Accounts
It may be too late for this summer, but around January or February, it is a good idea to start a Vacation Club account with CCCU. A Vacation Club savings account helps you set aside money each month to be used in the summer months. Automatic transfers to this savings account can help keep the funds out of sight and out of mind so the money really adds up. Then when the last day of school is here, you’ll be ready to take that family trip!
As long as you plan ahead, there are a number of ways you can save money on your summer vacation. For more information about the services Clark County Credit Union offers, contact us at 702-228-2228, option 3.