Traveling can be expensive, but don’t let that stop you from following your dreams and completing your bucket list.
My husband and I love to travel, but with three-kids, we had to find ways to save money. We save hundreds of dollars on our travels, just by implementing these 5 rules!
Here are some tips my husband and I use while we are out:
1. We pack our own lunches. Before we really started traveling a lot, we made the rookie mistake of eating fast food. While that may not sound like such a bad idea, I soon came to the realization that we were spending way more money on food than we thought. Plus, we were always so sick, that we barely enjoyed the trip back home. Now whenever we know we will be gone all day, we pack ourselves a lunch. This probably saves us $30-$50 a trip!
2. We pack our own drinks. I used to love gas station stops, but when we begin to spend $10-$15 on drinks, I knew we had to change something. Now, my family packs our own drinks and we save a ton of money. And, instead of my children drinking soda and sugary drinks, they can drink healthier alternatives.
3. We baby our car. This may sound a little silly, but we’ve paid a lot for our car, so we like to keep it looking and sounding good whenever we go out. We make sure to keep the fluids tapped off and keep our tires rotated. This ensures that whenever we are out we don’t break down. An unexpected tow truck and/or mechanic’s bill is just not in our budget.
4.We never leave home without a plan – I’ll admit, some days my husband and I bicker about where to go, but we never ever leave home without deciding on a location first. This ensures that we aren’t wasting extra gas by turning around ten miles down the road and we can always try to pack whatever we need for where we go. For example, if we decide on swimming, my family can pack up the kid’s floaties, rather than, having to buy new ones.
5. We limit our miles driven daily – Although, we would love to drive hours every day, with the price of gas that is impossible, so we limit ourselves. Normally on weekdays, my family will only drive within a 15-mile radius of our house, while on weekends when my husband is off of work, we tend to drive much, much further. Having a limit on our driving tends to save us a ton of money on gas throughout the week and allows us to have fun on the weekends when we’re not rushing around.
Some days we “forget” to follow these tips or decide its easier to eat out, but in the long run, these 5 tips have saved our family hundreds of dollars!
Do you have any special ways you save money while on a road trip?