Vacation/Holiday Planning – Does it Fit Into Your Budget?

 

Going on vacation is always a treat! A few days off can provide a time of rest and relaxation as well as the opportunity to create long lasting memories.  Taking a well-deserved vacation should leave you with wonderful stories, not a large credit card souvenir! As people relax on vacation they let down their guard and often spend more money than they realize on everything from food to clothing, hotels to events and attractions. Here are a few practical tips that will help you enjoy your time both on vacation and when you come home:

-Bring Your Own Snacks/Food

You can spend a fortune buying snacks or food on road trips. Plan ahead and prepare or make your own food. That way you won’t have to pay higher prices at convenience stores, rest stops or concession stands.

-Do NOT Run A Tab

Pay as you go, let’s you monitor your spending on a daily basis. It is too easy to just charge it to the room. When you check out you’ll be surprised how much more you will have spent than you thought.

-A Little Research Goes A Long Way

With a little research you can find plenty of activities and events that are free or offer internet discounts at your destination.  Take your family to something that they have never done before. You don’t always have to go shopping. Instead go visit a park or attend a local festival. 

-The Best Memories are Free

No matter what you do or where you go, the best memories are shared with family and friends. You don’t have to plan an exotic getaway to impress everyone. Create a trip that will allow you and your loved ones to spend quality time together.

Remember a vacation should be a time of fun and enjoyment. Don’t let your credit card take the hit. Plan ahead, that way you can lay back, relax and enjoy the ride. 

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