Your Summer Vacation Fund
It's time to start planning!
It may only be February, but many of us have already started daydreaming about summer—specifically, summer vacation. While summer is high season for traveling, you can still find ways to bond with your family or blow off steam without going broke. Check out how to do these favorite summer vacations on the cheap:
If your family is planning to flock to the nearest major amusement park when school lets out, start shopping for tickets now. Official websites will show you what to expect, but for some parks, you may be able to find discounted tickets from their authorized resellers’ sites.
To avoid going into debt once you arrive (looking at you, $8 bottle of water), do a little prep. Sunscreen, band-aids, a refillable water bottle—if there’s an item you might need that you’re allowed to bring, buy it ahead of time.
Hitting the open road and exploring the country is a great way to spend a summer vacation. But while it’s cheaper than flying, costs can still add up. If you’re into the outdoors, avoid hotel charges and consider a trip where you can camp. Prefer to sleep in a bed? See if your credit card offers travel rewards points that you can use to drive down the cost of hotels. Use your CURewards™ to pay for all or part of your car rental and hotel reservations.
To get the best deal on gas, download a gas finder app. These days, you can find several apps that use your location to identify the cheapest gasoline nearest to you. You may only save ten cents right now, but the savings add up over a multi-week trip.
Staycations / local attractions
If money is tight, turn your local city into a vacation destination. Find a deal on a nearby hotel, or stay home and plan a week of fun activities around town. Museums and zoos sometimes offer free days, while many movie theaters provide discounted family showtimes on weekdays. Also, check coupon sites for big deals on local restaurants and attractions.
No matter what you have in mind for your future vacation, it’s always a good idea to prepare for it financially. Start saving for your vacation now with a Name It Save It account! Earn dividends on the dollars you put in and enjoy the luxury of a stress-free, well-funded vacation.