The Most Wonderful Time of The Year!

Summer, the most wonderful time of the year for teachers and students! Maybe not so much for parents.  Clearly, second to Christmas this time of the year can be a little expensive with camps for students, back to school shopping, and summer vacations.

Planning a vacation… here are a few things to consider to help you save money.

  1. Leave the Toiletries at Home.  Why are you packing shampoo, conditioner, soap, and toothpaste?  Those items are readily available at most hotels for free.  The benefit of leaving toiletries at home is two-fold:  Not only will it preserve your own private stash, it will also free up space in your travel bags, while reducing airline baggage fees.
  2. Purchase Daily Deals in Advance.  Start monitoring daily deals from Groupon and LivingSocial in the city you’re traveling to.  This is a smart move for two reasons:  First, it gives you a greater sense of what there is to do in the area, and also, you will save far more than you would if showed up to the attraction on any given day.
  3. Stock Up on Gift Certificates.  To take advantage of the deals, all you have to do is enter the ZIP code of the area you’re staying in, pick the ones you like, pay the discounted fee, and print out the gift certificates.
  4. Remember Your Student, Teacher or Military ID.  Many times discounts for students, teachers and military personnel (current and former) aren’t advertised, so be sure to ask the attendant if such deals are offered.  Don’t ever assume they aren’t just because you don’t see them listed anywhere.

When you go on vacation, you want to splurge – and you deserve to splurge.  It is vacation, after all.  But by being smarter about how and where you spend your money, you’ll have more of it to spend on things that matter, like extra activities or shopping you can’t get back home.  Plus, forcing yourself to save on vacation will often get you out of the tourists traps and land you where the locals hangout.

Do you have additional ways to save money while on vacation?

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