How To Take Frugal Vacations

How To Take Frugal VacationsWhile taking a vacation may not be in every frugal budget, it isn’t an expense that can’t be figured in at least on occasion. With the right steps you can learn How To Take Frugal Vacations that stay well within your budget range as well as give your family an experience they will remember.


Look close to home. Often we forget about the fun and great options that are close to home. Things like local theme parks, state capitals or beaches and lake resorts can often be found within a few hours of home. Not only do these often offer the option of staying at home and driving to the location during the day, they also may offer local resident discounts.

Drive instead of fly. When you are planning a vacation out of state, you may find it much less expensive to drive instead of fly. Take the time to look at all of your options before making a final decision. Compare the price of gas and hotel stays to the costs of flights fr your entire family to make it to the destination.

Take your own food. If you are driving, this is super easy to manage. You can pack your car with a cooler as well as staple items to make quick lunches and breakfasts on the go. Granola bars, cereal, fruit, luncheon meats and other easy to assemble meals for on the road will save a ton of money. If you are flying, scope out the grocery stores near your destination first. When you arrive, go shopping and pick up items you can prepare in your room or supplement meals out with easily.

Shop around for deals. We love checking out daily deal sites like Living Social, Groupon and Amazon Local for great deals on both hotel and resort stays. Not only will these places offer discounts on stays, sometimes you even find all inclusive deals that include flights or food. Local entertainment can also be a big part of deals found on these websites that can save you thousands of dollars on a full vacation with your family.

Just because your budget is small doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a full frugal family vacation. Not only can you take advantage of deals available, you can easily make a staycation something that will turn into a fun family tradition. Being frugal means looking at things from a new perspective. This year use our tips on how to take frugal vacations to make your budget stretch farther while you have fun with your family.

How do you take frugal vacations?

Michele is a married mom of 3 adult children. She is currently enjoying spending time with her husband in the empty nest. Michele can be found working on a healthy lifestyle, camping or having some frugal fun. Not necessarily in that order!

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    September 18, 2015 at 2:01 am

    Every weekend I and my husband take these frugal vacations near home. We take the map and plan in advance so that we can scan for things to see.

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    michelle elizondo
    October 27, 2015 at 7:37 pm

    I agree very much.

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