7 Ways to Budget for a Family Vacation

Now is the time to begin planning the perfect getaway that fits your family’s budget.

Whether you’re looking for sand and sun or historical sites, you can find the right vacation for a pleasing price. Check out these money-saving tips.

1. Make early reservations.

Book early if there are specific things your family wants, such as quad cabins or connecting cabins on a cruise. Those things go fast. A lot of people get left in the lurch and end up paying top dollar.

2. Bargain for the best airfare.

“When flying, I’ll search all the major online sites to find the best deal, then call and quote that deal,” says Laura Bartha, a frequent traveler from Seattle. “[Competitors] usually either make a better offer or give perks or upgrades.”

3. Be flexible.

When booking plane tickets, stretch your dollars by being open to different scenarios. Driving a little farther to fly out of a smaller airport can generate big savings. Also, allowing Web sites such as Hotwire.com or Priceline.com to choose your airline and flight time may shave hundreds of dollars.

4. Eat with the locals.

Instead of dining at pricey restaurants geared toward tourists, ask local residents to tell you their favorite places to dine. Check online beforehand for coupon books for the area you’ll be visiting to find discounts on restaurants, movie and sporting event tickets, hotels and popular attractions.

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SOURCE: LifeWay – Francine Huff
Francine L. Huff is a financial journalist, news editor at the Wall Street Journal, and the author of “The 25-Day Financial Makeover: A Practical Guide for Women.” She and her husband live in New Jersey. Visit her Web site at www.Huffwrites.com.

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