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Money Saving Tips for the Traveler on a Budget

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Before you know it, the snow will be gone and spring will be here. You know what that means, right? Road-Trip season! Contrary to popular belief, you can be well-traveled without mounds of credit card debt. It’s entirely possible to enjoy a getaway without emptying your wallet, and for every frugal traveler – road trips are the way to go. It’s nice to experience some place new, without having to front the cost of a flight. Check out these 5 tips to help you save money while you’re out on the road.

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Tell your credit union. It’s important to alert your credit union about your upcoming road trip and provide them with destination details, so you don’t temporarily lose access to needed funds. Frequent out-of-state charges are often tagged as fraudulent and will lead to holds being put on your credit or debit card. Simply give SeaComm a call at 315-764-0566, at let us know about your trip, we’ll take care of the rest!

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Make some snacks. The cost of food is often the major factor of a road trip that will damage your budget. Instead of eating out at restaurants each night of your vacation, you should opt for food and snacks that you already have on hand. It’s a great idea to bring along a cooler, stocked with lunch meats, bread, salad and other food items that you and your family can easily prepare and enjoy – possibly saving yourself up to $100 per day! Check out these 25 healthy snacks to pack along on your road trip.

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Plan ahead. Sightseeing and entertainment is the most important component of any vacation, but it’s not always easy to find things to do that fit within your budget. Before you embark on your trip, visit the official tourism websites of the cities and states you plan to visit. Most sites provide links that will direct you to the free things to do.

Are you going to be traveling near a lake, waterway or beach? Plan a picnic with your family, friends, and a cooler full of snacks and drinks.

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Look for daily deals. Sites and Apps like Groupon and Living Social will give you the best deals, in accordance with where you will be traveling! Be sure to check these sites before you embark on your road trip, as the best deals don’t last for long. I recently booked a 3.5 star hotel with a $25 Dinner credit for just $65 plus tax, using Groupon!

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Pack Smart. The last thing you want to do is be forced to purchase something you need, that you already have at home. Make a list of anything you could possibly need while on your trip, and be sure to bring it along. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had to purchase a toothbrush and toothpaste, simply because I forgot it at home at the last minute. Follow these 15 tips on how to pack for a vacation like a pro!

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