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Save Money on Your Next Road Trip

Some families that do not have the means to take an extended vacation can still enjoy some time away from home by planning a weekend road trip. There are likely plenty of locations within a few hours’ drive the whole family can enjoy. Even the drive itself can be a great way for families to spend quality time together and create lots of memories.

Click through for five ways to save on a weekend road trip…

  • Ways to Save Money on a Weekend Road Trip 1 of 6
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    Click through for ways to save money on your next road trip!

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  • Visit the Visitor’s Center 2 of 6
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    If you are near a local visitor's center, be sure to stop in and look at the various coupon and entertainment books. These materials are offered for free and often contain great coupons and discounts on local attractions, dining facilities, and lodging. 

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  • Think Outside the Box 3 of 6
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    Spend some time looking online for out of the way attractions to visit that are just as fun but not as touristy and expensive. By avoiding the most popular attractions and the crowds, the family can have a more enjoyable time exploring things they may not have otherwise been able to see. 

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  • Pack a Cooler 4 of 6
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    Boredom on the road often leads to hunger. Forget about the expensive drive-thru stops and pack healthy snacks in easy-to-grab bags in a cooler. Bring plenty of drinks to prevent convenience store stops where things tend to cost three times as much as the grocery store.

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  • Make an Advanced Checklist 5 of 6
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    To avoid having to go shopping for forgotten items, take time to prepare a packing checklist that includes everything you need on the road including prescription medications, toiletries, and phone chargers. You'll have more trip spending money if you don't have to go shopping for things you forgot to bring along. 

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  • Tune Up Your Vehicle 6 of 6
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    Before leaving on a road trip, schedule an engine tune up. A well-tuned engine will process gasoline more efficiently so you'll save at the pumps. It will also give mechanics the opportunity to identify potential mechanical problems that can trigger a breakdown on the roadside. Make sure tires are filled with the right amount of air pressure (see your owner's manual) so you can prevent flats and maintain fuel efficiency.

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