Putting the Brakes on Summer Road Trip Expenses

Ahh..the summer road trip.  Load up the car, pack snacks and games for the kids and head out on your family adventure!  Admittedly along the journey, it can be easy to spend more than you planned along the way.   Let’s face it, unexpected expenses come up – everything from surprise treats and unexpected incidents like a flat tire that can be costly.  Here’s a how to on keeping the summer road trip expenses from taking a dent out of your wallet.

The big tip – plan in advance.  Really, it could not be emphasized enough.  A little prep can go a long way when it comes to savings.  Here’s how:

1. Plan your route and find rest stops ahead of time:  this will help put a brake on wasting time and money.  If you know where you’re going, you will spend less time searching and running low on fuel.  There are lots of mobile apps these days to help map out your trip and even alert you to quicker routes.

Map out your trip in advance with the help of various apps and websites!

Map out your trip in advance with the help of various apps and websites!

2. Hit the road early:  leaving ahead of rush hour will help free up the roads.  You and your family are less likely to get stuck in traffic and more likely to get where you need to go faster, which means saving on fuel costs.  It can also mean you don’t have to spend money on another hotel stay.

An early rise can lead to cost savings!

An early rise can lead to cost savings!

3. Don’t travel on holiday weekends.  Sometimes easier said than done but if you can swing it, doing so can turn into savings.  Rates go up during those peak times.

Avoid long weekend mark-ups!

Avoid long weekend mark-ups!

4. Find savings by figuring out where you’ll be staying overnight in advance instead of winging it.  Check out various websites to find lower rates on hotels.  There are also many group buying websites that may feature summer hotel deals.  You know your budget, just find the rate that suits best.

We all know a great way to save money is to go camping.  But, you can make camping even cheaper by going off the beaten path.  Head to less “touristy” spots and check out lesser known campsites.  It’s easy to research online and find unique campsites and savings before you pitch the tent.

Do your research! Sometimes you can find free campsites!

Do your research! Sometimes you can find free campsites!

5. Managing mealtime money:  This is definitely a big one.  Instead of spending money at restaurants, pack your meals and snacks.  Fill up a cooler with food, water and drinks.  By bringing your own food, you’re not only keeping your spending in check, you’re making sure you have healthy meals on the road.

Pack a cooler to save on cash.

Pack a cooler to save on cash.

Jennifer Palisoc

Jennifer is a blogger for Parentwise Canada and a former CST employee. Jennifer loves getting to the heart of a good story. As a former television news reporter, she knows great stories are shared when people truly 'connect’. Jennifer also enjoys spending time with family and friends. A proud auntie to her niece and nephews, she can be found carpooling or chasing them on the playground! You can also catch her on the volleyball court, on Social or planning her next adventure!

You may also like...

4 Responses

  1. I am commenting to let you know of the great encounter my friend’s daughter found reading your web page. She figured out numerous issues, not to mention what it’s like to have a wonderful giving mood to have men and women really easily have an understanding of selected hard to do subject areas. You really exceeded our own expectations. Many thanks for imparting the interesting, safe, explanatory and even easy thoughts on the topic to Janet.

  2. Thanks for the useful information on credit repair on your web-site. The thing I would offer as advice to people will be to give up a mentality they will buy at this moment and pay back later. As being a society most people tend to repeat this for many factors. This includes family vacations, furniture, plus items we really want to have. However, you must separate a person’s wants from the needs. When you’re working to fix your credit score you really have to make some trade-offs. For example you possibly can shop online to economize or you can click on second hand suppliers instead of highly-priced department stores to get clothing.

  3. Thanks for the tips on credit repair on all of this blog. What I would advice people is to give up the mentality that they can buy now and pay later. As a society we tend to do this for many things. This includes vacations, furniture, and items we want. However, you need to separate your wants from all the needs. While you are working to improve your credit score you have to make some sacrifices. For example you can shop online to save money or you can go to second hand stores instead of expensive department stores for clothing.

  4. I am glad for writing to make you know what a notable encounter my wife’s girl had studying your web site. She mastered several pieces, which include what it’s like to possess an awesome helping nature to let other individuals with ease know precisely some problematic subject matter. You truly exceeded people’s expectations. Thank you for producing these practical, trusted, informative and in addition fun tips about this topic to Kate.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *