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Road trips can be fun with some preparation

A Family road Trip That Won’t Break the Bank

Summer is the perfect time for a family road trip. It’s warm. It’s breezy. All the best attractions and sites are open. So how do you take a family road trip without breaking the bank? I’m glad you asked! I’ve put together some tips to help you save money on your next family road trip.

How to Save Money on Your Family Road Trip

Family road trips are almost always less expensive than flying to a resort and spending a week. They’re also far more intimate. It’s nice to head down the highway, seeing the sites and bonding as a family. But how can you save even more on your family road trip? These tips can help you do just that.

Bring Snacks

One big expense on a road trip can be stopping to eat. Of course, you’ll want to stop occasionally at those local dining hot spots. That’s one of the fun parts of road tripping. However, you don’t need to stop every time you get hungry. Before your road trip, head to your local bulk savings store and stock up on snacks. Stocking up on snacks in bulk to bring with you on the road will save you a ton of money when you’re travelling.

Pre-Trip Car Check

Believe it or not, making sure your car is good to go can save you money. I’m not talking about saving money by not having your car break down on your trip. I’m talking about saving money by making sure your tires have the proper pressure and that it’s generally tuned up. Believe it or not, tire air pressure and a car that’s not running as smoothly as possible can affect your gas mileage which definitely affects your pocket book. The less gas mileage you get, the more you have to stop to fill up the tank.

Travel Apps

If you want to get the most bang for your buck on your next family road trip, get some of the great travel apps that are out there. These apps can help you save money by finding you the best deal on gas in your area and even recommending the best dining establishments.

  • Gas Buddy: This app helps you find the cheapest gas in your area. Search gas prices by city, zip code, or postal code. You even have a daily chance to win $100 worth of gas.
  • Yelp: The mobile version of Yelp helps you find the highest rated services in any given are when you’re on your family road trip. That includes dining establishments. Simply pull up your Yelp app and start searching.
  • WiFi Finder: Need to use the internet while you’re on your family road trip, but you don’t want to pay for extra data? WiFi Finder is there to help! With this app, you can find all of the WiFi hot spots in an area.
  • Road Ninja: This one does it all. When you’re on your family road trip, you don’t want to spend time and gas roaming around trying to find the best whatever. Road Ninja finds the best restaurants, gas stations, parking, nightlife, sushi, vegetarian eateries – whatever you need. And it finds everything possible in a 3-mile radius. Pretty snazzy.      

A Family Road Trip is More Affordable Than Ever

With some smart pre-planning before hand and making full use of today’s technology, you can take a great family road trip for even less money than you thought. A family road trip is one of the best ways to spend a week or two over the summer, so get ready, get set, and go on a great trip!

Mom of two beautiful active girls, traveller, fitness junkie, social media consultant, and keeper of the sanity.

3 Comments

  • Elizabeth Matthiesen

    Those Apps sound great for a road trip, saving both time and money. When I lived in MB we used to drive down to Disney World, a very long trip but with 7 children the air fare was just too much, It was fun, we always ate our first breakfast at the same spot every time. 🙂

    • paula schuck

      WOW!! Elizabeth seven children? I can’t even imagine how crazy flying would be with that many children! But hats off to you for traveling well with your big family. I love trips and travel is important to us but yes it’s hard to do on a budget sometimes. Thanks for commenting.

  • Judy Cowan

    Will have to check some of those apps out. We have a few road trips planned for the summer.