Beach Vacation Tips

When planning your family vacation to the beach, the costs can quickly add up. You and your family need a place to stay, food to eat, things to do, and the list keeps on growing. In today’s economy, people are always looking for small ways to save big money, and it is possible to achieve this while still making the most of your family’s beach vacation. The following are a few money saving tips for your next beach trip.

-Manage your meals: Most portion sizes at restaurant are far larger then what you can comfortably finish. Try splitting a meal or finding a restaurant were children under a certain age can eat for free. Make sure to do some research and take advantage of coupons or restaurants that offer certain specials on certain days. If you are going to be at the beach for a week, it is simple to plan your evening meals around the nights that specials are offered at specific restaurants you’d like to try.

-Make your own food: Consider heading to the grocery store on your first day at the beach and purchasing some lunch time items. By making your own sandwiches and having your own snacks, you not only will save money, but you will save your time. If you have a lunch that can be packed, you can spend the day enjoying the beach and the ocean without having to get dressed and spend time finding somewhere to eat lunch.

-Make use of what you pay for: Instead of paying for your entire family to spend the day at the water park, instead make use of the resources that you have already paid for. In other words, use the pool at your hotel or condominium. It will more then likely be less crowded then a water park pool and you can pack your own lunch to take with you.

-Find the best deals for attractions: Many attractions have deals when you purchase passes for multiple days or multiple attractions. Find a deal where the passes can be used at any time or on any day, so that your days are not dictated by the limits of the attractions or passes and you and your family are free to do what you want when you want to.

-Don’t buy junk: If you are traveling with children, you may run into the issue of the children wanting to own every boardwalk store item that they can put their hands on. Set a limitation before you leave and let each child know what amount they are allowed to spend during that week. Stick to the limits and you will not only teach your child the value of money, but also won’t end up coming home with a car full of beach toys.

By following these tips and doing a small amount of research before your trip, you can help to make your money go a long way. Through taking a little extra time to prepare, you will have a great beach vacation experience without burning a hole in your pocket.