Are you trying to figure out how you can plan a budget-friendly family adventure? There are several ways you can have fun, even while you are trying to save money. Here are some tips on how to save money on family adventures.
1. Determine where you can cut costs.
See where you typically spend the most when you take trips with your family, and then figure out ways to save. If you normally dine out for every meal of your trip, you may want to consider cooking some of your meals wherever you are staying or packing a lunch instead of buying one. Also, see if you can find ways to save money on the cost of gas. Depending on where you are planning to visit, you may be able to walk, bike, or use public transportation.
2. Look for free things to do.
While it may be tempting to do something costly every day of your trip, there are plenty of ways you can have family adventures without spending money. Consider visiting a national park or state park, going to the beach, or swimming at public pools. Also, if you have a local membership, find out if you can get free or discounted admission to another zoo, botanical garden, aquarium, or museum.
3. Keep an eye out for deals.
Groupon is an easy way to find deals from local businesses. Your local ski resort, waterpark, or adventure park may run a deal on Groupon that will help you and your family save money. You will also want to check out promotional code websites, like RetailMeNot.com, Local Flavor, or Seize The Deal. Why pay full price if there’s an offer you may be able to take advantage of?
4. Consider taking a staycation.
You don’t have to go far from home to have fun with your family. Instead of choosing a destination across the country, why not see what your own local area has to offer? Going to local theme parks, waterparks, museums, zoos, or aquariums will save you from spending money on a hotel room, airfare, car rentals, and gas. Again Groupon is a good source to look online for savings for these sorts of adventures.
5. Start saving in advance.
As soon as you decide that you’ll be taking a trip with your family, begin saving. Aim to set some money aside every week. You can open a separate savings account, or you might even consider saving your extra change. Another option is to open a credit card that offers cashback rewards. Or save money you earn as cashback in savings apps like Ibotta, Checkout 51, or Fetch Rewards. Whatever money you earn in cashback can be used at some point during your family trip.
These are just some of the things you can do to save money on family adventures. No matter where you go or how much you spend, the most important thing is to have fun!