How To Save Money, Part 3: Fun

How To Save Money, Part 3: Fun


This is the final installment in a three-part series focusing on
important ways you can save money on food, fuel, and fun.

save moneySo you’re not going on vacation this year because of the high cost of everything. What a pity.

Though the reasons for you not going away are sound — high gas prices, food, room and board, etc. — you may be missing out on an important time of relaxation that you won’t get if you stay at home. In other words, are you putting a price on valuable leisure and family time?

Yes, gas prices is the deciding factor for many people who decide not to travel this year. However, gas is only one expense, something you cannot control, but food, lodging, and entertainment are expenses you can reign in. Let’s take a look at ways you can save in other ways, monies which can be used to cut vacation travel expenses.

Lodging — True, many hotels are jacking up their prices. After all, they’re being hit by the high cost of living including energy costs, maintenance, and payroll. Yet, finding bargains is still possible and not where you think — Expedia, Pricewise, and Travelocity are very good sites for finding bargains, but calling the hotel desk directly at the place you want to stay will get you their lowest price. Also, many beach and mountain rentals are going for less this year as rental traffic is down.

Food — One or two meals out and you’ll be singing the blues. Vacation is all about going out to eat, right? Well, it doesn’t have to be. If you need to recover the cost of higher gas prices, cutting back on outside meals is the way to go. However, instead of going frugal and not eating out at all, why not save your money up for one or two big nights out on the town?

Entertainment — Once thought as an immovable object, a lot of entertainment options are now available at a discount. Passes to the aquarium, visits to a lighthouse, even boardwalk amusements can be had for less. Oftentimes, the discounts are available right at the place where you are staying — bring your room key and save ten percent on your order. Or, use that coupon for buy one get one free admissions. Otherwise, enjoy all of the local free options — a stroll on the beach, a trip to the state park, etc.

One thing seasoned travelers frequently do is to ask for discounts. Your age, group rates, and off peak are some options available to you. Again, speak up — discounts are near. Add your savings up and guess what? You probably more than made up for the increase in gas prices, making you glad that you decided to get away after all.


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Matthew C. Keegan

Matt Keegan is a freelance writer and editor as well as publisher of "Matt's Musings", his personal blog. Matt covers campus, consumer, business and financial topics on various websites and blogs, and has been published in the "Houston Chronicle", "Sam's Club Magazine" and "Wisconsin Golfer".