Summer is officially here! June 21 marked the grand entrance of the season that so many people look forward to each year. The kids are out of school and vacation is on the mind. While it is definitely exciting, it may also be stressful. Vacation can be expensive but it does not always have to be! Check out these 4 ways to save money on this summer’s vacation!

1. Bring your own food

The price of food at popular vacation destinations tends to be higher than normal during the summer. One of the best ways to solve this is to bring your own food! Whether you are going to the beach or an amusement park, pack your own sandwiches and snacks! This is not only a great way to save money, but if you have a picky eater in your family, you are guaranteed to have something that they like! 

2. Go somewhere you can drive to

A vacation is about what you make of it and not how fancy the destination is! If you are on a budget, take a trip to a place that you can drive to! Whether you take a day trip or a long weekend, making fun summer memories is what is most important! Research all of the beaches, lakes, antique shops, amusement parks, etc. in your surrounding area and plan the perfect summer outing!

3. Limit souvenirs

When you are on vacation, you want to have something to show for it when you come home. Try limiting your souvenirs, especially if you are flying! Before your trip, think about the one thing you want to pick up for yourself. T-shirts, magnets, snow globes, etc. are all perfect souvenirs to help remember your trip by but just like food, they can be overpriced. Set a budget on how much you want to spend on mementos and try to stick to it!

4. Make lists!

Before going on vacation, make a list of everyday essentials that you use and could not live without while you are away. This is a useful tool in trying to prevent forgetting something at home and having to buy it when you get there. This will help you save extra cash and decrease that feeling of “ I feel like I am missing something.” Make your lists a few weeks in advance rather than the night before you leave. As vacation dawns closer, stress levels and hecticness tend to rise. Help yourself out and begin to prep early! 

No matter where you go this summer, enjoy your vacation! Planning a trip, despite how far you go, can be stress inducing especially financially. Follow these tips and research some more in an attempt to ease your anxiety. Everybody deserves time to relax! 

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