12/23/09

On the road again . . . Saving money on your holiday road-trip



For many of us, the holidays mean travel. We've been traveling on and around the holidays for many, many years. Last year, everyone came to us because I had just had a baby, which was nice. But, we're back on the road again this year. And I was thinking about all the ways we try and save money while we're traveling, so why not share them with you?

The single best money-saving travel secret I have is . . . if you can make your lunch before you leave (or pack lunch fixin's), you'll not only save cash, but you'll probably eat healthier, too. This CAN work for a multi-day trek, too—not just a day-trip. Just pack a cooler with all the lunch items you need. We don't always have a chance to do this, but when we do it really saves us money.

Another tip is to take your "pit-stops" at rest areas, if possible. Besides using the ol' "Hold it!" method, this saves you from running into the gas station store and walking out with munchies that you just don't need. Sure, rest areas have vending machines most of the time, but you mostly have to walk out of your way to get to them, which makes them not as convenient as . . . well, a convenience store. You'll save money, and get a chance to stretch your legs without getting too far off the freeway.

I also found several great tips for Saving Money on a Road Trip with Kids. I thought you might find them helpful, too.

Merry Christmas, and happy thrifty travels!

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