Are you ready for summer? I know what you’re thinking, “Um, it’s only spring break!” True. But, if you’re looking to save money at all this summer, planning in advance is key. I say that seriously, I’m actually not a planner at all but I do know if I don’t think about the summer right now, I’ll pay for all my last minuteness later.
That being said, I thought I’d share a few simple ways you can get ready for summer right now and save money:
1. Book the Lodging: Whatever you are booking (but this applies to vacation homes more than anything), book it now. You can save money on last minute rentals but you also end up with a poor selection that could end you in a more expensive option. Now is the time to book the condo you’ve been looking at and ask for a discount BEFORE you book it. Call or e-mail them directly and ask if there are any rate discounts for special memberships like AAA but also if you’re renting for several days. Many will discount the longer you stay.
2. Plan the Restaurants: Go ahead and get to googling the nearby restaurants of your hotel. Find out what options are available and then, purchase discounted gift cards. This might be one of my biggest tips, scan the restaurants right now and purchase gift cards for those restaurants at a fraction of the price. Then, when you take your trip, you’ll not only have saved money but you’ll also have gift cards loaded and ready to go which means less out of pocket at the moment you eat too.
3. Plan a Multifamily Trip: Ok, this only works if you like your family and/or friends. Sharing a condo or a house with another family will drastically reduce expenses. You’ll have a blast (ideally) and save money at the same time. Be sure to talk this one out thoroughly with the other family including expectations so no one is disappointed. I’ve done this myself and it’s a blast with the right family!
Again, the key to saving on your summer trip is planning EARLY. Get started now and bring on summer!