Guest Post: Saving Money On The Family Staycation

A staycation does not have to cost a lot of money; there are numerous ways to save and still have a good time. Basically explained, a staycation is a vacation at home; no travel, no credit cards, hotel rooms, airplanes or taxis are involved. Sit down with the family and make plans ahead of time or plan each day as it comes. With a little planning and work, you can save money and have fun

• Gather coupons for local theme parks, museums, fast food places and events. Combine as many as you can for day trips. 
• Pack snacks from home and carry refillable water bottles; fill them at libraries, museums and at local water fountains. 
• Carry sugar-free drink mixes to add to the water bottles; let the children choose their favorite flavors. 
• Park the car and take the bus around town; day passes are far less expensive than gas and parking. 
• Scan your city’s website and local newspapers for free events; make these a priority. 
• Pretend to be tourists and see the local sites in your city; you will be surprised at how much you have been missing. 
• Turn the back yard into a beach by filling a plastic kiddie pool with sand. Set up an inflatable swimming pool; place plastic starfish, seashells and fish inside. Barbecue in the back yard or purchase barbecue from a local restaurant with coupons. Finish the day by showing a movie outside. 
• Prepare for your staycation by stocking up on items that relate to your activities. For example, purchase plastic fish, pool toys, flip flops and more at a local dollar store with a debit card instead of a credit card or when they are offered at an off-season sale.

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Growing Up Madison said...

Great tips. Thanks for sharing. :)

Mira Delos Reyes said...

you're most welcome, madison. :)

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