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Weekend Trips in a Down Economy

The economy is bad, and this is putting a major strain on some families. With summer approaching, many people who usually vacation are worried that they will not be able to leave their home base. Although you may not be able to take a large trip, such as a cruise or a big amusement park run, a weekend jaunt would be a great way to have fun without spending too much money.

If you are planning a weekend trip, the tips below will help you save money:

1. Drive, don't fly. When saving money is the first thing on your mind you need to consider how you will reach your destination. Driving as opposed to flying will save you several hundred dollars or more.

2. Don't opt for the best of the best when it comes to lodging. For instance, if you are planning a weekend trip to Myrtle Beach you should stay away from ocean front hotels as they are most expensive. Instead, choose a building that is one street back and you will save yourself quite a bit of money.

3. Don't eat out (or at least cut back on this expense.) Taking a family of four out to eat will easily cost an average of $40 to $50; and this is if you stay away from high class restaurants. If you do this six times over the course of a weekend you are going to spend roughly $300. When you compare this to buying food at a local store and cooking in your hotel you will see how big your savings can be. This is an example of why we have guides to finding health food stores or your favorites like Trader Joes , Whole Foods or even Wal-mart locations . You can still find your favorites as you travel.

Nobody knows when the economy will pick back up, or when Americans will begin to spend their money again. If you are worried about spending too much this summer, take a weekend vacation.

Adam | Mar 20, 2009 | Category: Money Savings

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