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We’ve been cooped up during the winter months and it’s time to shake off the colder weather and escape your daily schedule. If you are thinking of taking a spring break with the possibility of travel, take some time to explore some money saving tips to help keep you within your budget.

 

  1. Set a budget for small treats - Do you tend to go overboard with the amount of times you visit the local frozen yogurt shop? Each week we place $20 in an envelope and know that this money is what we use for treats. We go local, and spend less. We set a budget per person and know when we run out, no more treats. This is also a great way to get kids involved in saving, counting and budgeting money.

  2. Plan your on the road meals - One expense that can get out of control without even realizing it is food. Especially if you are planning on going away for spring break, you should have a budget in mind of what you need to spend per person, per day on food. One of our favorite money saving tips while still on the road is packing enough snacks to try and avoid stopping at expensive rest areas. Buy drinks in bulk and buy in season fruits and vegetables as travel snacks. If you’re booking a room for travel, make sure your hotel serves continental breakfast so it is one less meal to pay for each day. If the hotel doesn’t serve breakfast, find a local grocery store or bakery and stock up breakfast essentials instead of going out each morning. 

  3. Search for online for hotel deals – Before booking a room or visiting a new place, search online for deals. You may find that some deals are for specific dates, it’s not always flexible, so just be sure to read the fine print before booking anything. Last year we saved $100 by booking online with a coupon.

  4. Don’t be afraid to ask for a military discount – Before booking any accommodations or buying those pricey amusement park tickets, ask if there is a military discount available. The Military Wallet has discounts listed for travel across the country. Make sure to do your research before you go anywhere, you’d be surprised how many discounts and sometimes free admissions you will find.

  5. Utilize local resources such as the MWR (Morale Welfare and Recreation) department. They will have some great information on local activities and events and often organize excursions to museums and attractions that you can join in for a discounted price! They will also have rentals such as snorkeling equipment if you happen to be visiting Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Navy MWR
    Marine Corps MWR
    Army MWR
    Coast Guard MWR

  6. Consider a shorter stay. Don’t be afraid to do a half-day’ worth of driving and stay a night or two in a hotel. Last minute hotel reservations are always more affordable, since the room is there anyway and they want to sell it to someone. Just getting your family out of their regular element of being at home can make a stay-cation feel like a real vacation.

 

Are you traveling this spring break? Where are you going and what money saving tips can you share with us?

 

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About the blogger: Angela Caban is an Army National Guard spouse, published author and branding expert. In 2010, she founded the Homefront United Network, a military spouse and family support blog created to assist spouses who do not live near an installation, but also focusing on bridging the gap between National Guard, Reserve and Active Duty spouses. She has an extensive background in Human Resources and Communications, with her Bachelor’s in Business Administration and a Master’s in Human Resources. Angela resides in the beautiful Garden State of New Jersey with her husband and two children.