Thursday Thrifty Throwdown: Fun on A Budget Challenge #3
Ahhhh, vacation. As we've been discussing all week, it is vacation time, a time off from work, pile the kids into the car and head out...but as you plan a family road trip, you have to be aware of some hidden costs that may pop up around the turn. For the third round of our Fun on a Budget Challenge, we have some things to think about before you buckle up the seat belts to drive to your vacation spot.
-- Be sure driving is your best option. As much as you may think you are saving money, do a good cost comparison on how much it will cost to drive and fly. Check out this calculator on BeFrugal.com, which breaks down the nitty-gritty.
-- Get prepared before you go. Investing in a good car tune-up and tire inspection can save you bundles to avoid an emergency breakdown on the road.
-- Remember the tolls for road and bridges. Though not too much, $5 here and $7.50 there can add up.
-- Bring lunches and snacks with you in the minivan. Yes, you will need breaks along the road, but make them for maybe a soda or an ice cream cone, not a full lunch or a lot of bags of chips. That can save you at least $20-$30 a day.
What did I miss -- add your best road trip tips here!