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Day trips and summer go together like peanut butter and chocolate. However, day trips can get expensive if you don’t take the time to do a little prep work.
The prep work doesn’t have to take long, but it does require you to think ahead.
5 Ways Thrifty People Save Money On Day Trips
1. See if you can grab a daily deal for the outing
When my family had a staycation several years back we did several day trips back to back. When we were planning out our staycation week we made sure to check daily deal sites for great deals on local attractions as well as those in larger centers near us.
2. Pack A Picnic Lunch And Snacks
The most expensive part of day trips can be the meals involved in a full day outing. You can entirely eliminate the cost by bringing food from home.
Our family has used these Rubbermaid divided storage containers for our road trip eating for years. We love that you can fit a sandwich in one side and then either chips or cut up fruit or veggies on the other. They also fit on laps fairly well if you are eating as you travel.
It is, however, nice to splurge on a few extra treats to either take or grab on the way. We often pack a few foods we normally wouldn’t buy, and often eat one picnic meal and one meal out.
3. Check Websites Of Places You Want To Visit For Discount/Free Days
Zoos and museums often have times where you can get admission at a reduced cost or even free. Yes, these times can be more crowded, but if it saves your family a significant amount of cash and you’re on a tight budget the extra crowds might be worth it.
Another thing to watch out for is that some sites offer cheaper rates when you pay for your tickets in advance online.
4. Search For Free Activities
My husband and I took a day trip up to a Tulip Festival this year. It was completely free and 100% worth the long drive there and back.
Most tourist information centers have festival guides that you can use to help you find websites and online reviews for the various free festivals within day trip distance of you.
5. Gas Buddy App
With day trips come a lot of driving and gas prices can really make or break the budget for day trips. Although you can do little to change the price of gas you can at least purchase it at the lowest priced gas station on your route by using the Gas buddy app.
What type of day trips does your family enjoy? And how do you save money on them?
For a list of 52 different websites, apps, and stores our thrifty family uses to help us keep our expenses low, click here to visit our Thrifty Tools Resource Page.