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5 Ways to Save Money on Your Summer Road Trip

5 Ways to Save Money on Your Summer Road Trip | Tina Hamilton

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Your kids are finishing up with school for the summer and the whole family is in much need of a break. Road trips are always a good choice in the summer to see the country and spend quality time with your family. Driving to your destination is often less expensive than flying, but that does not mean that a summer road trip is without cost.

Fortunately, there are a lot of great and doable ways that you can save money on your family road trip this summer. You can create a trip that your whole family will enjoy that won’t break the bank! Here are some ideas that you can use to make an affordable road trip happen for your family this summer.

Pitch a tent

Camping is significantly less expensive than staying in a hotel. Apart from saving vast amounts of money, you will be able to spend time with your family outdoors enjoying all of the natural wonders of the world.

Find camp sites along your chosen route. Many are free, first come first serve, but usually they range from about 10 to 50 dollars a night. Pull out the old camping equipment and get in touch with nature this summer to save money!

Stop accidents before they happen

Five Ways to Save Money on Your Family's Summer Road Trip

If you are going to be hitting the road for any amount of time, you should make sure that you have a reliable form of transportation before you leave. Take your car into your preferred auto body repair shop and get a quick tune-up before you leave. Doing this can ensure that you will prevent accidents or unexpected car troubles before you leave.

Also, make sure to pack and emergency kit in your car before you leave. Pack everything you would need in the case of an emergency, such as a first aid kit, extra food, flashlights and batteries. This will keep you safe even if an emergency happens that you could not predict.

Know where you are going before you leave

Map out where you will be driving before you leave. This may sound unnecessary, but knowing where you are going will save you a lot of time, money and hassle during your summer road trip. Mapping out your path saves you driving time, so you can spend more time having fun at your destination. Not to mention the fact that you will save a lot of money on gas if you spend less time driving around aimlessly. Stay on main roads and stick to the speed limit to get the best gas mileage.

Bring your own snacks

Buying fast food and gas station snacks is not only unhealthy, but it also costs a significant amount more than bringing your own, homemade snacks. Stock up at the grocery store before you leave with healthy, portable food options that will keep everyone satisfied during the whole trip. Bring a cooler for sandwiches and beverages, or any other snack that you like to keep cold.

Finance the trip

You don’t need to wait until the end of summer to save up enough money to go on your family road trip. Find a smart way to finance your trip that you will be able to pay off easily, like TitleMax. Picking an option that works within your budget will allow your family to have the much needed vacation that you all deserve without sending your family into debt.

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Author Bio:

Tina Hamilton is a journalist and blogger who loves all things DIY. You can usually find her in the middle of a project or walking along the Southern California beaches with her dog, Joey.

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  1. The last tip to get a title loan to finance a vacation is confusing to say the least. How your guest contributor can promote going into debt to go on vacation and with a high interest title loan is beyond me. The last sentence does not qualify this as a good idea – ever. Then at the very end of the post it is “filed under: debt-free living”. If you do not have the money to save for a vacation, you do not have money to make a loan payment! Staycations may be a more debt-free option. The other 4 tips are smart and smart to consider.
    I do appreciate your blog and enjoy reading it.

  2. Lizbeth says:

    i’m with Edith!
    how could anyone in their right mind suggest a high-interest title loan to pay for a vacation??!!

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