Summer time means road trips—and you don’t have to go broke to enjoy your vacation. Here are some tips to help you save money on your vacation.
*Gas Buddy is your friend. You know where the best gas prices are at home, but on the road you don’t. Get the Gas Buddy app and you won’t get gouged.
*Take a picnic. On the first day, pack a picnic and enjoy a break from driving.
*Camp out. Camping is much cheaper than staying in a hotel. Be aware that many state and national parks fill up way in advance, so plan ahead.
*Car check. Get your car checked out before your trip. Repairs on the road are expensive and a huge hassle.
*Eat cheap on the road. If you can, pack your lunch and do the picnic thing every day. If that’s not feasible, try the dollar menu at a fast food joint.
*Use your money strategically. Spend your money on people, experiences, and things that make your vacation worthwhile. I’m willing to pack a picnic if it means I can afford a memorable night out with friends when I reach my destination.