It’s summer, which means vacation time is here and thriving! If you’ve started to budget for your vacation, you probably know that vacations are pretty expensive in general. We’re planning a trip ourselves, and I wanted to share a few tips on how to budget on vacation, because there are ways to cut costs and save in certain areas to be able to splurge for others!
So, pack your bags, and get ready to have fun AND save!
These are some pretty simple ways to budget effectively while on vacation, that anyone can implement, and that will allow for more spending money and more fun!
How to Budget on Vacation
Eat in Your Room!
First, instead of eating out for every meal, grocery shop and keep groceries in your hotel room. This is a huge money saver! Avoid the grocery store and have groceries delivered to you with Amazon Prime Fresh Store (in select cities)!
When creating your budget, it’s easy to forget that you need to eat while on vacation, leaving you to eat out the entire time you’re vacationing. Eating out for every meal, especially with kids, adds up really quick! If you plan on eating out, plan which meals you’ll splurge on and eat out for. This will help if you have a plan and don’t spontaneously decide on meals, which will ultimately cost more money.
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Pick a Cheaper Room
Next, you have to decide what you want from a hotel room. Often times, you spend the entire day out of your room exploring and sightseeing. So, is it really worth it to splurge hundreds on a hotel room that you’ll only be in to sleep? Probably not. If you plan on spending a good deal of time in your hotel room, especially if you decide to eat all your meals there, it might be worth it to get a nicer room. If not, get a cheaper (but still decent) room and save some of that money for your actual vacation budget.
Save Energy While You’re Gone
Another thing that often gets overlooked is things back home while they’re on vacation. For instance, if you normally have your AC blasting, turn it up while you’re gone so you’re not using as much electricity for the duration of your vacation. Make sure all lights are turned off in the house, doors are properly closed to avoid drafts of heat or cold air, and all unused electronics are off and unplugged. This doesn’t make a difference immediately for your vacation budget, but it will help your overall budget! A thermostat that can be controlled remotely is great for when you leave and forgot to turn things down!
Use Deal Sites to Save
You can also save by using deal sites. Sites like Booking.com, Groupon, and Living Social can save you a ton of money. Just enter the city you want to travel to, and browse around. Be sure to read the fine print for expirations and limitations.
Follow these simple tips to cut costs in your budget, that way you can incorporate more fun in your vacation! After all, who doesn’t love extra spending money and fun?