Traveling With the Kids: 3 Ways to Save Money


If you’re planning a road trip with the kids, it pays to think of ways to keep the cost as low as possible. By using these tips, you can ensure there’s more money to spend when you reach your destination.

Pack a Picnic Basket

A lot of money is wasted on impulse buying during a road trip. Every time there’s the need to stop for fuel or a bathroom break, somebody is going to want a candy bar or some other confection offered at the gas station or rest stop. If you have a basket full of sandwiches, drinks, and healthy snacks, the temptation to grab overpriced snacks will be easier to resist.

Book a Hotel with Discounts

Always find out what discounts hotels offer for children under a certain age, and book in advance. Depending on the ages of the kids, you may find that they get to stay for free.

Buy Tickets in Advance

If there’s an amusement park or other attractions that the family wants to visit, find out if the tickets can be purchased in advance. Many parks now offer the ability to purchase day passes at deep discounts and allow consumers to download and print them in advance. You could trim as much as half off the total cost of a day at the park.

Advance planning is the key to saving money on a trip with the kids. Start today and you won’t spend the next six months paying off debt from that family outing.