It is that time of year when many people hit the road for a little rest and relaxation. Problem is that the relaxation can be undone by mounting vacation costs. Here are five ways to to bag some vacation savings and slow the run on your pocketbook.
1. Look for and take advantage of early bird specials at restaurants. Not only do you beat the crowds, but your food and drink bills may end up being a lot less than dining during primetime.
2. Keep your eye out for coupon books at Visitor’s Centers, Chambers of Commerce, and souvenir shops. The books often contain a wide variety of 2 for 1 deals an dollars off savings on attractions and dining.
3. Ask the locals where they eat regularly . Generally, these spots have tasty food and reasonable prices since they know that they depend on their patrons coming to dine again and again.
4. If you are driving to your vacation destination, buy as many of the supplies that you will need and can carry, before leaving. Stores in vacation locals often have elevated prices to take advantage of the tourist traffic.
5. Ask about discounts available at attractions for being a member of groups such as AAA, AARP, and professional groups. Discounts may also automatically be available for young children and seniors.
By doing a little quick planning and research, your vacation savings can really add up.