9 Ways To Budget Money For A Summer Vacation

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Summer is right around the corner, and after months of staying at home, you’re probably dreaming of getting away. But vacations cost money. Will one fit into your budget this year?

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BEING ON A BUDGET DOESN’T MEAN YOU CAN’T ENJOY A TOP-NOTCH SUMMER VACATION. Eileen Ogintz, travel columnist and creator of TakingtheKids.com, says you can plan a fantastic summer trip for a reasonable cost. Here are her top nine ways to maximize bliss and your budget.

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1 It’s All About Timing Save money by taking a vacation during less popular days of the week. Visit destinations during off-seasons or before summer’s peak in “shoulder” seasons.

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2 Drive If You Can If possible, driving — particularly when gas prices are low — can be more cost-effective than flying.

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3 Look For Airfare Deals Book flights on Tuesdays around 3 p.m. ET, when airlines release most sales. Fly either mid-week (Tuesday or Wednesday) or Saturday. Sign up for alerts from airlines and loyalty programs. Bundling car, flight, and hotel from one source may also trim costs.

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4 Buy Ahead Purchase admission and transportation tickets beforehand. Check for special offers, such as discounted family memberships or multi-site discount packages.

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5 Book A Suite Deal Rent lodging with a kitchen. Some hotel chains also offer kitchens and/or complimentary breakfast.

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6 Cruise For Bargains Cruise ships are great for savings and offer many activities for all ages.

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7 Alternate Between Free And Fee Events Hit the beach or lake one day, and a museum or theme park the next— local museums and zoos sometimes have reciprocity memberships with your destinations.

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8 Make It A Family Affair Challenge your kids to find free activities at your destination. Help them pre-plan souvenir purchases and save allowances in advance.

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9 It Never Hurts To Ask Take advantage of any membership groups, such as AAA, AARP, and active duty military. Always ask…‘Do you have a better rate?

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