This week on Money Saving Monday, the theme is saving money during Spring Break.
1). Instead of taking an expensive vacation to a faraway land, plan a staycation! Become a tourist in your local area. There are bound to be places you have not taken time to explore right in your own backyard.
2). Visit your local library. The library is full of free resources. Many libraries have story time or toddler time. Some even offer movies and video games to checkout. My library rents video games for $2 for two weeks- a huge savings over the video store. Plus, if you are going on a trip, checkout a few resource books for your travel destination.
3). If you do plan to travel for spring break, plan to cook some of your meals. Eating out is one of the most expensive aspects of vacations. If you are staying in a place with a kitchen, plan to cook a few meals. If you don’t have access to a kitchen, bring breakfast and snack items.
4). Pack your own snacks and drinks. Every time I leave the house I pack snacks and drinks for me and the kids. Buying these items out is very costly.
5). Sign up for e-mails for your favorite restaurants. Many send out weekly or monthly e-mails with money saving coupons.
6). If you are heading to a museum, attraction or entertainment event, search online for discounts. If you are going on vacation, research entertainment options ahead of time. Many places offer a web discount.
7). Sign up for My Parent Rewards which is like a coupon book in the card form. The best part about My Parent Rewards is that the discount card is good at 100,000 businesses throughout the U.S. and Canada. That means if you travel, you can take your card and use it wherever you go! Currently My Parent Rewards is offering a 30 day FREE trial. The card costs $20 for the year after that.
8). Set a budget and stick to it!