5 Tips to Save Money for a Planned Vacation

Let’s face it, everyone needs a vacation at least once per year, OK, Let’s say, every two years! I’ve had mine this year, and it was a lovely time. So many people say that they DON’T have the money for a vacation. I bet if they considered the 5 tips below, they’d be more inclined to take one. ;)

5 ways to save money for your vacation getaway

Travel With Family – My husband and I went on a vacation for a whole week to Tennessee with my son and Daughter-In-Law. You know what? We came home with more spare money than we ever, ever have!

How did we do it?

1. We rented a cabin in the mountains and saved a ton of money by splitting the cost of the rental.

2. I personally don’t like to cook while vacationing. However, this cabin was fully equipped with a kitchen. We cooked 2 meals, and we actually had fun doing it. We figured it out for the 2 nights we cooked, (according to the places we were dinning at), each of us couples saved $50! Together that is a savings of $100.

3. The price of gas is forever rising, and yes you guessed it! We took just one vehicle and split the cost of gas.

And you can split up and go wherever you want to. On the days we browsed through all the shops and malls, we parked the vehicle as close to the middle of the main road as possible and then split up and went our own ways.

Book Vacations Online – Often times you can save a great deal just by booking ahead online. This way you can take your time and search for the best deals on lodging, shows, restaurants, tickets, and more. You will need to take into consideration if you go as a group, you can save even more money. The last 3 vacations we took, we booked online and I could not believe the savings!

Timeshares Tours – These need to be researched thoroughly before agreeing to the proposed deal. There are many reputable timeshare agreements that will benefit you for a 2 or 3 night vacation stay, with a great deal of savings. To benefit with a timeshare deal, you will most likely have to sit in on a tour sales pitch. However, in most cases, (after the tour) you will be high pressured with property sales of some sort.

Also, something else to keep in mind…there are huge savings in some cases for a group timeshare deal rental. It’s a good idea to check into this way ahead of time for the best deals and over-all vacation experiences.

Book Your Vacation On Off-Peak Months – Most all vacation places price their lodging, restaurant, tickets etc…at considerably high rates during peak months. If possible you will save a great deal of money if you book your getaway in off peak months, such as; January though May and September through December.

Coupons – Yes, this can benefit you in more ways than you may think. There are various coupon sites for couples and groups. You can search on the net by typing in “vacation couponing in Tennessee” or wherever you will be vacationing. Check these out, you may be surprised at what savings you will find.

I know this is August…so the above tips may not be time compliant. However, there is next year to carefully plan your next exciting getaway! :)

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  1. Sophia on August 11, 2011 at 6:04 pm

    These are good tips Tammy. I own a timeshare and I have say you’re not high pressured into anything after sitting in the presentation. Maybe some of them are, but the one I’m with wasn’t. Two years ago I went to Hawaii and sat in on another presentation and found that I learned more than the first one. lol. And the second one was more enjoyable too because it was interactive. Overall, yes, timeshares are great and just make sure you find a good one.

  2. Tammy on August 12, 2011 at 9:49 pm

    Thanks Sophia. :) Glad you had a good experience. You do have to research and ask around to friends and family to get in on the good ones. For the majority, I’ve heard had experienced high pressure with sales. My brother being one of them. We are planning to go to Florida next year and I’m going to be searching soon for information.

  3. Sophia on August 16, 2011 at 5:28 pm

    I completely agree you have to do some research because you don’t want to be paying an arm and a leg. Some are out there to rip you off. And if you ever want to sell your timeshare – one has to be careful too.

    Florida should be fun…maybe you can meet up with Lara. I guess it’ll depends on where in Florida you’re headed.

  4. Tammy on August 19, 2011 at 12:49 am

    Not exactly sure, I know we want to go to the beach/ocean for sure and Disney World. Still have yet to do any research for booking reservations and such. It would be nice to meet Lara. :)

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