Weekend Getaways…on a Budget!

How many times have you or your friends pined for a vacation? A lot, right? Why not make that dream a reality and plan yourselves a fun getaway for the weekend! We’re keeping our suggestions budget-friendly, so don’t worry about any big expenses.

  • Piggy Banks: Okay so this isn’t a vacation suggestion, but a money-saving tip. Do you think that only little kids have piggy banks? Nope! I have one. Whenever I break a dollar I put the change in it. I cashed it in after a few months of savings…an easy $50! (It doesn’t even need to be a pig, it could be a can, cup, jar, baggie, anything!)
  • Camping: Chances are at least one of your friends has a tent and the rest of you probably have sleeping bags. Why not pack everything up and go camping for the weekend? The only thing you need to bring is BBQ food and other necessities (bug spray, trash bags, you get the idea). If you don’t want to rent a campsite or deal with the wilderness pitch the tent in your backyard, it can be just as fun!

  • Check out Living Social and Groupon for current specials in your area. You can find discounted food, hotels, amusement parks, etc.
  • Go to the beach! If you don’t live in a state with a coastline, that’s okay. What about a beach on a lake? Still nothing? If you don’t have that, get a Kiddie Pool for $25 at Wal-Mart, fill it up, lie out your towel and pretend you’re at the beach. Besides, if you’re in your backyard there is always a bathroom nearby (and snacks)!
  • Take a road trip: If you take one car and split the gas between all of your friends, expenses won’t be that bad! Go to the beach, amusement parks, beaches, etc. I know the car ride going places with my friends is the most fun part of the trip.
  • Have a “more the merrier” mindset: If you want to take a road trip, stay in a hotel, or anything else that costs a significant amount of money, bring more people. $500 split 5 ways is much less per person than only 2 ways!
  • Stay educated: Go to the city and take free museum tours. Depending on your interests, this could be right up your alley!
  • Use Public Transportation: It may be cheaper (and easier) to take a train, bus, ferry, etc. It saves you gas mileage and you don’t have to worry about parking. You can take any of these into the city for a day, down the shore, or to your friend’s house in the next state instead of driving. Weigh your options and see which would be cheaper and easier.
  • Always remember the obvious: Try to plan ahead to get the best deals, bring your own food if possible, and shop around…don’t be a compulsive shopper like I am!

Here’s a song to give you some inspiration:

What are your favorite things to do with your friends in the summer time? Comment below and let us know!

Written by Guest Blogger, Maria Cafferata

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