Jul 16

Ways To Save On Summer Vacation

Today, I had the pleasure of stopping by the set of “Let’s Talk Live” on News Channel 8, to share some summer vacation savings tips!

If you saw me on the news and are visiting my blog for the first time: Welcome, I’m so glad to have you here!

Did you know this year, 94% of Americans are planning a vacation in the United States? And the average American household expects to spend about $1,200 per person on summer vacations. Your summer vacation doesn’t have to break the bank, though.

Thankfully there are some easy ways to cut expenses on your family’s summer vacation without cutting out the fun. Here are 4 tips to help you save on summer vacations:

1. Discover mobile apps

  • Save money on a road trip, by using an app like GasBuddy – it will show you the most affordable gas prices nearest your location.
  • Save money on family-friendly activities, food and entertainment while you’re on your trip or on a staycation, by using the Valpak app – it will bring up deals
  • If you’re in need of a last-minute hotel, check out the Hotel Tonight app – new deals are shared at noon each day for dozens of cities.

2. Get social

  • Facebook and Twitter are for more than just connecting – you can also discover exclusive deals. ‘Like’ and Follow your favorite retail brands and restaurants on Facebook and Twitter for exclusive deals.
  • Use Twitter to search for #deal, #save, or #coupon and you’ll see a flood of thrifty tweets.  Watch airlines’ handles for access to real time price alerts; for example, @JetBlueCheeps  tweets new deals every Tuesday.
  • If you don’t feel like searching yourself, you can tweet @ValpakCoupons or @Savings, include hashtag #HelpMeSave and mention what you’re trying to save on. You’ll receive a reply with a coupon or discount code to help jumpstart your savings.

3. Book Smart

  • Sign up for alerts on sites like Kayak.com, AirfareWatchdog.com and CheapAir.com – enter your route and you’ll receive emails when ticket prices drop. Keep in mind that prices are highest 8-10 weeks and 2-3 weeks in advance.
  • Never make a reservation before searching sites like Savings.com for a coupon code – you can find discounts on anything from car rentals to hotels to airfare.  Right now I see coupon codes for Hotels.com & Travelocity.com on the Savings.com site.

4. Shop Smart

  • It’s important to shop for summer essentials at the right time to score the best deals. From July 14 – 20, you’ll find the best deals on swimwear, sandals and sports apparel. From July 21 – 27, you’ll score great deals on sporting goods, bikes and boating accessories. Savings.com has a great info graphic below:
    your-summer-savings

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Maggie Miller July 16, 2013 at 7:04 pm

Great ideas!!!! Love it! WE do a road trip every summer and those are good tips!
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Lori Felix July 17, 2013 at 10:14 pm

Great segment Laura. We just finished a road trip and could have used a few more of your tips. We did use Hotel Tonight for the first time and the savings were really good – fun for a spontaneous weekend trip too.
You have a great site!
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Lindsay July 19, 2013 at 8:16 am

These are great ideas! Love the ‘get social’ tips. You’re right, apps can save you so much money. Three cheers for technology! Thank you!
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