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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

How to Stay on Budget During Spring Break



It can be easy to throw caution to the wind and completely go over budget during a vacation. Spring break is no exception. Here are some things I suggest you do to keep from going over your budget during your spring break.





Discuss the budget with the family


Make sure that you discuss your budget with your family before you leave. Let everyone know that there is only a certain amount of money available to spend. I know it sounds harsh, but if you let your family members know ahead of time what they can spend, it will save confusion once you get to your destination.





Make sure you have an actual kitchen in your room


When you book your room for spring break, make sure you have access to a kitchen. This way you can prepare your own meals instead of eating out every day. I know you don’t want to spend your vacation cooking. However, this is a great way to save some money while you are on Spring Break.





Find free or inexpensive things to do while you’re on vacation


It can be tempting to just go to the tourist attractions while you are on vacation. Take some time to find free or inexpensive things to do near where you’re planning to go. You will be surprised at some of the things you will find. It is important to me to spend time with my family. It doesn’t have to cost a lot of money to have fun with your family. Don’t forget to ask your network. If you have friends in the area where you will be staying, ask them what is available to do that is free or cheap.





Remember to bring your coupons


Just because you are on vacation doesn’t mean you have to take a break from couponing. A great way to stick to your budget is to remember to bring your coupons with you. If you have coupons for eating out at fast food restaurants, that will certainly help you stay on budget. Check Groupon for deals on fun things to do with the family while you’re on spring break. Ask at the front desk if they have any special discounts with the merchants in the area.





Leave your credit cards at home


If you feel like you will overspend while you are on spring break, leave those credit cards at home. Instead of using a regular credit card, use a prepaid debit card. You can put a set amount on the prepaid card and then once the money is gone, it is gone. You won’t have to deal with a big credit card bill when you get back from vacation.





Spring break is all about spending time with your family. It is about creating memories that will last a lifetime. It is not always about how much money you spend while you are on spring break. You shouldn’t have to work double shifts for the rest of the year just to pay off what you spent during your spring break vacation.





Do you have any money saving tips when you go on vacation?

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