5 Nifty Tips on How to Save Money on a Road Trip
Road trips are the most inexpensive (and efficient) way to travel, right? Not always! The little things like cost of food and fuel can really add up if you’re not careful. Review these five nifty tips before you hit the road so you can make the most out of your trip.
1. Stick to a Budget
Creating a budget for your trip allows you to stay on track with your expenses. When determining how much you might spend, start by adding up the costs of gas, food, and lodging. From there, you can add any additional spend such as shopping or entertainment. To better control your spending, consider paying with cash instead of card. We suggest tucking your credit cards away and using them in case of emergency only.
2. Pack Your Own Food
One of the biggest expenses on a road trip is often times the food. Going out to eat three times a day can add up quickly, especially if your vacation is longer than one week. To avoid a giant food bill, prepare or buy your own snacks and meals ahead of time. This goes for beverages as well.
3. Book Your Lodging Ahead of Time
Another way to save money on a road trip is to plan your lodging out ahead of time. Since you will likely be in an unfamiliar city, you might run into higher rates at hotels you wouldn’t have otherwise booked. Forever Resorts offers plenty of affordable lodging around some of the most popular travel destinations in the U.S.
4. Fuel Up Where the Gas is Cheapest
Headed to a state where gas prices are known to be higher? Fill up at the border, even if you’re only at half a tank. The GasBuddy app (which seeks out the cheapest gas prices in your area) is also a useful tool when you’re looking to save more at the pump.
5. Set Your Cruise Control
Believe it or not, you can actually save gas by turning on your cruise control. This encourages you to press on the gas pedal less and to keep a consistent speed limit, which is better on your gas mileage.
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