The wait is over. You’ve been planning and saving for your spring break vacation for what may seem like forever. And, now it’s finally time to head off on your adventure and make memories with your family that you’ll cherish for years to come. It’s all too easy to overspend, but these tips can help you enjoy your spring break and stick to your budget.
5 Ways to Enjoy Spring Break on a Budget
1. Plan Your Meals
If your spring break plans don’t include an all-inclusive resort, you’ll likely be eating out or having to cook. A little planning and research can amount to big spring break savings. When deciding where to eat, search online to see what restaurants are nearby. Often, Yelp and Google will show the price range of the restaurants. You can also utilize reviews to pick the best local fare and price point to match your budget. If you’re staying somewhere with a kitchen, you can save money by planning to eat in several times. You can also pack lunches if you’ll be out all day, helping you save money and time, so you can do more.
2. Look for Inexpensive or Free Activities
No matter your destination, you don’t have to break the bank on expensive activities. Chances are, there are numerous cheap or free things to do that the whole family will enjoy. Think museums, beaches, splash pads, concerts, farmer’s markets, hiking trails, historic landmarks, pools, parks, etc. Certain days of the week may offer discounts on attractions like theme parks, movie theaters, art exhibits and more. Buying admission tickets in advance or online may offer additional savings. Some cities offer free or inexpensive walking tours, providing the perfect opportunity to see the city and learn its history. A quick online search can provide endless spring break ideas for families on a budget.
3. Set a Daily Spending Limit
Spring break adventures are exciting and it’s easy to get caught up in that excitement. To help you keep your spring break on a budget, give yourself a daily spending limit. If you know how much you have to spend on attractions, meals and souvenirs, you’ll be more equipped to stay within your budget. Budgeting apps can help you track your spending and curb overspending.
4. Pack Everyday Items
Every expense adds up — even small things, like the deodorant you forgot to pack, can drain your spring break budget. Be sure to pack the necessities to avoid paying high convenience prices for things like deodorant, sunscreen, toiletries, swimsuits, etc.
5. Save on Transportation
Consider taking public transportation (if available) to help cut down on transportation costs like renting a car and filling up the tank. Look for day pass options for trains and buses to avoid paying peak pricing.
Enjoy Your Adventure
Spring break is all about getting away and spending time with the special people in your life. Enjoy your adventure to the fullest. Sticking to your budget will help ensure you don’t spend the next six months scrambling to pay down your credit card. If you’re looking for additional budgeting advice, connect with a Farm Bureau agent. Your local agent can help you discover more budgeting tips and tools to help you prepare for your financial future.