With the internet at our fingertips, there are endless ways to find out how to be frugal on vacation. I thought I would share with you some the the ways our family saves money when we vacation.
One of our favorite vacations is to go to the beach. So, I make sure to research the best rentals from individual owners at least a couple of months prior to when we want to go. If you book in advance, you will normally get a better deal.
You also want to make sure that you do not go during their peak season, because you would definitely be paying more if you did. If you are in a position where you can, it is better to take several days off, because you will get a discount for say a 7 day stay versus a 3 day stay.
Another thing I like to do is to go ahead and plan out our meals for while we will be there, and we buy groceries here and pack coolers to take the food down with us. We cook most of our meals, and plan one or two nights where we will splurge and go out to eat. Most of the rentals have full kitchens and grills, etc. You will just need to make sure the one you are booking does if you chose to go this route.
We also go to the public beaches while we are there, because they are free! 😀 If we do any other activities, we just try to keep those limited. But, we are really there for is to enjoy the sand and surf any way.
I hope these tips help you to save money on your next vacation!