The Family Road Trip

by Erin Steiner | July 15th, 2008 | Money Saving Hints

Once again, it is time for that family vacation! Every summer families pack up and hit the road for what is supposed to be a fun and carefree family vacation. Usually these vacations end up being stressful and expensive. This year the traditional family vacation stands to be even more expensive! Gas prices, the price of food and lodging – prices have exploded!

This year, why not do everything you can to save money? Here are a few hints to help:

1. Cars get better gas mileage if they don’t do a lot of stopping and starting and, while lonely roads and scenic routes are certainly fun to explore, if you are headed somewhere specific, you should take the highway—cars get better gas mileage on the highway.

2. Pack a cooler full of food and drinks, and keep it somewhere reachable. Count your blessings if you own a car that gives you trunk access through the car’s back seat! Packing your own food and drinks will cut down on the money you would spend at a restaurant or convenience store and will keep you from making lots of stops.

3. If you are traveling with younger kids, invest in a portable DVD player. When younger kids get bored, they tend to get loud and whiny—this could mean a lot of extra stops at rest stops for some running around or last minute entertainment. If you keep your kids occupied, you’ll make much better time!

4. An inexpensive digital camera can save you a lot of money on film and development costs. If you’ve brought your computer with you, you can download the photos as you take them!

It’s amazing how the little money savers, when used in conjunction with each other, can save you quite a bit of money!

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