Every year, our family always looks forward to our annual summer vacation. The first question I always get is, “Where are we going to go this summer?” Yes, this is one of the most important questions because we all want to agree on a place we can all enjoy.
However, I find it just as important to not only find out where we will visit, but also to prepare on how to save for a family vacation. Some families I spoke with awhile back mentioned having no vacation plans in the summer, because of how expensive everything has become.
This is understandable, especially once you have a family. However, if you and your family want to go on vacation, but need some help saving money to have this happen, keep reading. In this post, I discuss different ways to save for a family vacation this summer.
Get beach toys at the local dollar store
If your summer vacation plans include going to the beach, consider buying beach toys at the local dollar store. One local store I visited was selling a beach toy set for about $15. This set included toy shovels, sand molds, and a bucket.
When I went to our local dollar store, I saw similar beach toy sets for only a $1. It’s no secret that the local dollar store has great deals. Vacation expenses add up easily, so consider dropping by the local dollar store for some of your vacation items.
Save for a family vacation this summer by visiting Ebay
Ebay has awesome deals in general. If you are looking to save for a family vacation this summer, Ebay may be a great place to save hundreds of dollars on apparel you may need for summer vacation. When our family went to Hawaii several years ago for family vacation, I needed to buy a few swimsuits for the beach.
The local malls had a great assortment of swimsuits, but most were sold around $50+. When I visited Ebay, I saw deals ranging from $10-$20. Instead of spending $250 on swimsuits, I spent about $75 on swimsuits (excluding tax and shipping).
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Check out Groupon for restaurant discounts
Groupon is an awesome site where you can save a ton for a variety of services. I used Groupon for restaurant deals when I planned one of our vacations to Disneyland.
These deals certainly add up to a good chunk of savings throughout your vacation, so don’t forget to look at Groupon when you save for a family vacation this summer.
Save for a family vacation this year by including vacation expenses in your budget
Most household budgets I’ve looked at include the major necessities such as housing, food, transportation, and childcare. However, if you’re looking into doing at least yearly vacations with the family, I strongly recommend including vacation expenses in your budget.
Some people rely on getting company bonuses or overtime at work when paying for family vacation. I don’t see an issue with this so much if you go on vacation once in a while.
However, if you plan on doing a vacation with the family at least every year, it would be better to include it in your budget, instead of relying on overtime or bonuses. I say this because bonuses and overtime are not always guaranteed.
Re-visit your auto insurance rates
If I told you I received a $1 for every time I’ve seen an auto insurance commercial in my lifetime, I would probably be a rich woman. Just kidding. 😛 Seriously though, I have seen a ton of commercials about different auto insurance companies, begging viewers to switch to their auto insurance because they could be saving a ton of money.
Well, initially I was one of those people who ignored these commercials for the longest time because I was satisfied with my auto insurance company. Once I had a family of my own, I had to re-evaluate my household budget several times.
Auto insurance was one of those budget items I had to consider changing. First, I had to evaluate what was covered under my insurance plan. Most importantly, what was I paying for, what was essential to keep, and what could I take out? Once I discovered this information, I started applying for quotes with different companies.
I did end up switching auto insurance companies, since I found other competitors offering cheaper rates. Plus, I eliminated non-essential coverages from my auto insurance. I was able to save over $100/month (or $1200/year) on auto insurance. If you are looking for tips on how to save for a family vacation this summer, consider reassessing your auto insurance.
Use Ebates to save for a family vacation this summer
If you have read some of my other money-saving posts, you probably are aware that I love using Ebates. Why? Ebates is a cash-back site, that gives me money for shopping at stores I already shop at including Amazon, Target, and Walmart, to name a few.
Prior to using Ebates, I would utilize cash-back deals through my credit cards (ranging from 1%-5% on purchases).
When I found out about Ebates, I would make purchases on Ebates using my cash-back credit card. This meant I was getting twice the cash-back deal! I’ve seen cash-back deals on Ebates that go all the way up to 12%.
Talk to your Human Resources Department
Before I took my daughter to Disneyland over a year ago, I remember telling a work colleague that I was researching prices for Disneyland tickets and felt discouraged about how expensive they were.
She told me that we had employee discounts for various theme parks throughout the country, which I never knew about it. If you or your spouse work, consider talking to someone in Human Resources about any employee discounts available you could use for your family vacation.
Discounts could include restaurant meals, hotel stays, airfare, and amusement parks.
I hope you are able to use some of these ideas to help you save money for your next family vacation. Taking a vacation doesn’t need to break the bank if you budget carefully, spend wisely, and save money when you’re able to.
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