It really can happen to anyone, no matter how much you plan, you end up overspending on your spring break vacation. Some even have budgets that are all set up, but what usually happens its that the kids start asking for things and you cave in. Or worse you start to see things you want, and can’t control yourself. Well with spring break quickly approaching in many areas, why not take the time to read through a few of the suggestions below? Hopefully they will be able to help you avoid breaking the bank during this years spring break.
Use the envelope system
Many have probably heard of the envelope system that is used for many households. Basically what you do is put the set amount of cash for a particular item into an envelope. Once the amount is saved you buy the item. You can do this while you are on your spring break vacation as well. You can set aside some cash for gas, food, and even souvenirs. This will help you to avoid going over budget. Or if you don’t like the idea of carrying cash around, you could invest in a few prepaid cards. This will allow you to load a set amount on a card and when it’s done, it’s done. I would recommend having one or two cards. This way you can keep food, and activities separate from souvenirs and non essential items. You and your spouse can each be responsible for a card. When it is spent vacation over. The best part is that when you get home you wills till have money in the bank.
Keep it local
By keeping your spring break vacation local you can really save yourself a lot of money. Look for places you can visit within your state. It is must cheaper to travel to a hotel within the state than to travel to one outside. This way you, and your children will still feel like you are getting away from it all without breaking the bank.
Make it family time
Who says spring break has to be all about visiting amusement parks? Instead why not make your spring break a time to reconnect with your family. You can make arrangements for your family to come spend a week with you. The cost you will have to cover will include the meals while they are there are perhaps some transportation, but this will make your spring break a lot more affordable.
Avoid popular destinations
The most popular spring break destinations are usually the most expensive. Often during spring break they raise their prices, so you may want to avoid them. You will also avoid the long lines by doing things this way as well.