|Your annual road trip to Grandma's with your family is not the
time to be wasting money on unnecessary items or services. Road
trips the type of vacation where saving money is possible and
easy to do. Follow these simple steps and your Thanksgiving road
trip will be one of the best and cheapest you have ever taken.
One of the biggest areas where money can be saved is on food.
Pack snacks and maybe even a picnic meal or two before leaving
home. Rest stops are great to stretch your legs and enjoy a
If you are going to make stops to eat out along your trip, keep
in mind that many restaurants offer either discount prices for
children. Some offer deals where kids eat for free. Research
this prior to the start of your trip. Know where they are, what
they offer and the savings can add up.
Filling the car with gasoline can be the most costly expense of
your trip this year. With sky-high gas prices, the gas pump is
definitely the place to try to save money. When filling use a
credit card that offers rebates on the amount of gas purchased.
Typically, nationwide gas station chains such as Mobil or Shell
offer credit card rebates to frequent customers. Keep in mind if
you are using Mobil you will have to find and only use Mobil
stations on the road in order to use your rebate.
During some longer road trips an overnight stop and lodging
might be required. Research lodging choices ahead of time. Use
online resources prior to your road trip to find a quality hotel
or motel that offers reasonable nightly rates. With children
look for places that offer "children stay free" promotions.
Look to book a hotel that offers the most complimentary
services. Many hotels offer complimentary continental breakfasts
and some have snack bars set up as well. Hotels can also be
useful in offering coupons and discount rates for local
attractions and eateries, as well.
Finally, be safe. Traffic accidents increase over the holidays
with lots of people on the road. Drive the posted speed limits.
Take a first aid kit, extra safety supplies and drinking water,
drive safely and make it fun!
About the author:
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