August is only hours away but you still have a few more weeks before you’re driving your kids to school every morning. For some of you, that may mean one final road trip or vacation for the family. Sometimes, the decision to take an August vacation boils down to whether or not you’re willing to fork over the cheddar at a time when you have to spend money on back to school items. But don’t worry, you can still take that trip and make it an affordable one. Here are three ways you can save on your final getaway of the summer…
Stay close: You don’t have to stay at a hotel across town, but try to pick a destination that isn’t more than a couple hours away. You’ll end up spending less on gas and you can buy all of your food at your local grocery store before you go. Avoid buying anything at your destination that you could have brought from home. If you’re going to a tourist destination, you’ll be able to avoid paying those marked up prices on things that you forgot.
Find freebies: Instead of just taking another beach trip, find a destination that has cool things to do that won’t cost an arm and a leg. If you’ve enjoyed free activities around your town, look for similar events in other cool cities near you.
Be lazy: You may love a summer vacation that’s packed full of fun outings and delicious meals from local restaurants. But for an end of the summer vacation, remember what the purpose of the trip is: to take it easy one last time before it’s back to the grind of the school year. Cook all your meals, put your feet up and relax with a book or some Blurays, and have a relaxing time with your family.