5 Savings Tips for Labor Day Travel
Do you have big Labor day plans this weekend? Will you be taking a last summer vacation? Labor Day weekend is one of the biggest travel weekends of the year, which means that you’ll need a dose of patience this weekend if you are heading out of town. It also means that you may be spending a bit of money, but don’t worry, I have some Labor Day travel tips to help you save, even while you are having fun!
Savings on Labor Day Travel
1. Find a deal. No matter where your destination lies, you can probably find a deal or coupon to help you save on entertainment or dining costs. Check out daily deal sites like Groupon to see what is available before you head out. Or look at “Groupon Now” for savings you can use the same day. This is a nice way to save on not only restaurants, but also car services, or spas/salons!
2. Find cheaper gas. If you are driving, don’t forget to use resources like GasBuddy.com to find the cheapest gas near you. You can compare prices before heading out, which will save you money and time. I also love this Fuel Cost Calculator by AAA to find out an estimate of how much your trip will cost you based on your destination and the type of car you are driving.
And don’t forget to check out these other Tips to Save At the Pump.
3. Map out your trip. Fight long delays and getting lost by knowing exactly where you should be. If your car (or rental vehicle) doesn’t have a GPS, you can use an app on your smartphone. Many of the navigation systems have apps too, and the price may vary depending on what you get. If you have an Android phone, check out Google Maps navigation for an internet-connected GPS navigation system with voice guidance.
4. Take food. Make sure you pack plenty of snacks and lunches. You can really save while traveling if you take food with you, plus you can pack healthier choices than what you may find along the road (or on the plane). Snacks are also an easy way to help make the trip go faster, especially for kids.
5. Use your smartphone. Take advantage of all the free apps available to help you save on the go. Check out Yelp and Foursquare to find local deals or discounts. And while you are out, use Big Tipper to calculate a tip easily. If you are traveling with the kids, there are plenty of free apps you can also download to help entertain them, as well. Check the app store on your phone to find some of these kid-friendly apps.
Need to make a call to someone at home? Check out the Skype app, which allows you to talk to anyone else on Skype for free. Calls to landlines or cellphones are just pennies, too.
Hopefully these tools can help you save this weekend – or anytime you are taking a trip. Have fun, and of course, stay safe!