Are you in the middle of planning for your next road trip? Help keep the costs of the trip down with some simple tips for saving money on lodging, gas, and food below.
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How To Save Money On Your Next Road Trip
Consider Gas Rewards
Some credit cards offer gas rewards and cash back each time you fill up at the pump which can help earn you money towards other parts of your travel. If you have a favorite local gas station brand you prefer, we suggest starting there as they usually offer great rewards or gas savings when you purchase fuel from their locations.
Avoid Bottled Beverages and Gas Station Snacks
Steer clear of purchasing food and beverages at the nearest gas station as these products are priced higher for convenience. Instead, visit the local grocery store to purchase snacks and beverages or bring pre-made snacks from home for shorter trips. If you do need to stop for a drink and a gas station is the best bet, go for fountain drinks over expensive bottled beverages.
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Price Check Airbnb or Camp
Staying at a hotel each night of your trip can add up fast. Instead of bargain hunting for cheap motels, we like to find budget-friendly Airbnb properties whenever possible. If Airbnb is not an option and you have plenty of room in the back of the car, you may also be able to save a lot of money by renting a campsite and sleeping in your vehicle for way less than the price of traditional lodging.
Go Around Toll Roads
If you have plenty of driving time, planning a route in advance that steers clear of expensive toll roads can save you a large chunk of money. If there is no way to avoid the tolls, consider purchasing a transponder that links directly to your bank account as they can often save a few cents for each toll fee.
Stay Fuel Conscious
The largest cost for a road trip is usually fuel. Save on your overall cost of gas by taking the smallest and most fuel-efficient vehicle you can manage on your trip. To save even more money, adjust some driving habits like punching on the gas to get more from each drop of gas.
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