How to road trip without breaking the bank

How to Vacation Without Breaking the Bank
4/20/2022

Trying to avoid expensive airfare for your vacation this spring? It can be pricey, but you can find ways to save when you read our most recent article & decide to road trip instead.
 

If you’re looking to get out and discover someplace new this year, a road trip may be the perfect solution for you. Airfare cost is rising, but we’ve put together some tips to help you get the most out of your money. Plus, a Christian Financial Credit Card can offer some extra rewards for you to spend while you’re on your trip! Here are some ways to save when on a road trip this year: 

SNACKING
Everyone knows the best part about a road trip is the tasty snacks you eat along the way. One way to save is to pack alternatives from home, buy family size chips and divide them out yourself. You can also pack a small cooler with water and sodas to save a little more and stop a little less.

MEALS ON THE ROAD
When it’s time to stop and refuel on more than just a bag of chips, you may be tempted to go to a familiar chain restaurant. Next time, try opting for a local establishment. The prices are typically better and often the serving sizes are much larger. If nothing looks appealing, you can always stop at the local grocery store and put together a meal yourself or stop by the deli.

FUELING UP
Using an app to search out the best gas prices in the area will help you save no matter where you are traveling! Along with gas price monitoring apps, some fuel stations may offer points or discounted rates to save you even more. Before any trip over an hour, don’t forget to examine the car for any minor issues such as tire pressure, fluid levels, and signal lights. Ensuring your tires have proper air pressure can save you fuel in the long run.

SLEEPING ON THE GO
Planning on driving through the night? It is ill advised to finish a 24-hour road trip without at least a few hours of sleep. If you know where you will be stopping for the night, booking a hotel room ahead of time is often cheaper than just walking into a hotel/motel. Also, consider looking for a listing on a vacation home rental site, these can often be cheaper than a hotel room. If you enjoy the outdoors, you can check out campsites near where you’re planning to stop. This may be a lower-cost option than a hotel.

ENTERTAINMENT
Are we there yet? Prevent the question by bringing along some items to keep kids busy. If you plan on stopping at a rest stop a frisbee or ball can burn off some energy and doesn’t take up a lot of room in the car. You can also win parent of the year with a grab bag of new toys. Stock up on toys, games and puzzles at the local dollar store to stock your grab bag without breaking the budget.

Itching to hit the road but need more space? Check out Christian Financial’s Recreational Vehicle Loans  to save money on your next RV camper or trailer. With an online application, you can apply from anywhere in five minutes or less. Flexible terms will ensure you’re getting a payment that won’t hurt your budget– unlike the overpriced snacks at the convenience store on your road trip.