Road trips are a great way to spend time with your family and make great memories (and some not so great ones that you will laugh at in a few years). However, it can also be expensive if you don’t plan ahead.
A family road trip doesn’t need to blow your budget. Follow some of these saving tips from Sunset Bank and get ready to hit the highway!
Save Money on Gas
Download the GasBuddy app – Have you ever stopped for gas only to drive a few miles down the road and see a better price? This app helps you find the cheapest place along your route to fill up your tank so there is no more guessing!
Use fuel points – If your favorite grocery store offers rewards in the form of fuel savings, use them! Even if your points won’t be accepted along the entire trip, saving on your first tank near home will save you the few bucks that can be used somewhere else down the road.
Save Money on Hotels
Book in advance – If you find a great deal, book it. Most places won’t charge you until you arrive at the hotel. You can book your room then continue to look for a better deal, and then cancel the original reservation. Just be sure that you are aware of the cancellation policy.
Use rewards points and promotions – If you tend to book with the same hotel chain, you probably have reward points saved up or get promotional emails. Pay attention to these deals and you could save 10-15 percent off your room.
Save Money on Food
Stay at a hotel offering a complimentary breakfast – Many hotels offer both hot and cold options each morning for free. Even if you aren’t a big breakfast eater, having the option to grab a piece of fruit for the road could save you some dollars at the convenience store later.
BYOS – Bring Your Own Snacks. After eating a complimentary breakfast at the hotel, keep fruit, nuts, cheese sticks, granola bars, etc. in the car to munch on.
Save Money on Entertainment
Visit state or national parks – Many parks offer free admission and can provide a full day of fun activities.
Download the Roadside America app – This app is full of ideas for unusual and unique roadside attractions. Most of these are free or low-cost so adding a few stops to your road trip can stretch your travel budget a bit.
If you are ready to embark on a road trip, big or small, we wish you safe travels! For more tips on saving for your family’s next vacation, talk to the experts at Sunset Bank!